The Annual October Horror Movie Watching Thread - Part 2017!!!!

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  1. Rocker10

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    Day 31

    Happy Halloween Everyone!

    127. Mirror Mirror (1990) Stream- Interesting concept in this one. First time watch for me. Megan reminded me of Wynona Rider, but I guess her name is Rainbow Harvest or something like that and she basically disappeared from films shortly after this film. I'll have to take in the sequel another time as I was a bit late in the month on this title.

    128. Witchtrap (1989) Blu- Okay B grade stuff here. Think this was a second time viewing. Some of the acting was a bit wooden, but the film has a bit of a nostalgic feel which I usually like.

    129. Dawn of the Dead (remake) (2004) Blu- Just got this today. I already had this but wanted the Scream Factory collectors edition. I'm still actually working through the unrated version. Always liked this remake. Some remakes suck, but this one to me was done right. Liked the cameos from some of the original Dawn movie. Good way to end this years run.

    It's been fun as hell! Time for a bit of a break, but already looking forward to some of the new announcements that were made today. My favorite genre of movies for sure. Thanks for your write ups and good comments! I will be looking back on this thread for the valuable info that has been contributed.

    Happy Halloween!

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    H4 is, by far, my favorite sequel because it's the only pre-H20 offering that plays more like the original than the generic slasher movies the other sequels mimic. Jamie and Rachel are sympathetic characters, and that makes all the difference. Sadly, it's not nearly as technically impressive as the first two films, and a lot of people don't seem to get past that. If H4 was shot by Dean Cundey and Michael looked like he did in H2, I'm certain that a lot more fans would choose it as the best sequel.

    Cundey's absence definitely hurts. H4 is a dull-looking film that looks more like a TV movie than the first two Myers outings. The pedestrian score also stacks up unfavorably against Howarth's great work for H2. Then there's Myers himself. In H2, Dick Warlock gets everything wrong in terms of body language, but he still has the original hero mask. Mostly because of that continuity, his Myers LOOKS tremendous. He also has the build of a normal person, not a hulking stunt man. George Wilbur is cut more from the Jason mold--thick, stocky, and plodding. Throw in the less effective mask and the ridiculous shoulder pads and Michael looks fairly ridiculous in H4. It's a shame since the script is superior.

    The H2 versus H4 debate is something of a litmus test. H2 has far superior atmosphere, a much better Myers, and much nastier kills. It's also imbecilic in the extreme. Huge chunks are devoted to unappealing, idiotic peripheral characters, and Laurie is only central to the story in the final reel. H4 still spends too much time dispatching paper-thin extras, but their screen time is far more limited than it is in H2. The tight focus on two relatable characters makes H4 much stronger from a narrative perspective.

    I love them both, but H4 is much closer in spirit to the original. Halloween doesn't really fit the slasher template, and neither does H4. I have a feeling that a lot of people don't connect with H4 because they prefer closer adherence to the slasher mold.
     
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    And a little film called Halloween.
     
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    23. Stranger Things: Season 1 (The Duffer Brothers, 2016)

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    Whew! Finished this by the skin of my teeth. When the credits started to roll on the last episode, my clock read 12:00. Synchronicity, I suppose. It's been a good Halloween season, and over the last few days I've been watching this with the hopes that I'd get to finish it by the end of the month. Turned out I was able to. Just barely. That rarely happens.

    I've had a rocky road with Stranger Things. I watched the first episode a month or so after it premiered, more than a year ago. It was ok, but I didn't feel any compulsion to continue it. A month or so later, I watched the second episode in two sittings a week or so apart. Again, it didn't really do much for me. And I basically forgot about it. Then IT came out, and I started to get the urge to revisit the show, in the hopes that maybe it would strike the same chord. So I watched episode three maybe a week ago. And once again, I was left a little disappointed. This certainly bore no resemblance to IT. IT was focused entirely on the seven children in The Losers Club. Their parents and siblings and classmates may as well not have existed. Whereas (especially in the third episode), Stranger Things seemed to almost forget about the kids. They didn't seem to have anything to do. At that point, I wasn't sure if I would continue. But the end of episode three, specifically the cover of Bowie's Heroes, seemed to stick with me. Not so much the events of the show, but just the song. It kind of grew on me. And then I watched the trailers for the second season, and that kind of sealed the deal. The Lovecraftian gigantic tentacled thing in the sky looked so awesome, I knew I would need to finish season 1, if only to get to season 2. So I plugged onward. And as I watched more of the episodes, in quicker succession than I had before, I began to enjoy it a lot more. It's still not great. I still felt like the kids took a real backseat for most of the story, including the finale, which seemed like a wasted opportunity, and a bit of a betrayal of the initial concept. Wasn't the show supposed to focus on the kids? Wasn't it supposed to be their story? Wasn't that the whole point? It seemed more like the police chief's story, or the older sister's story, or Winona Ryder's story. Also, the rules surrounding the "Upside Down" and the monster seemed pretty poorly thought-out.
    The monster just appears anywhere there's blood? What happens if someone cuts themselves shaving on the other side of town while big sister and big brother are trying to trap it at Winona Ryder's house? And the monster can just jump out at any time in any place? If that's the case, why does it matter where the gate is? Is the monster the only thing over there? That seems...a bit too easy. But police chief and Winona are so out-of-danger once the monster is dispatched that the filmmakers don't even bother to show their trip back to the gate (assuming they had to go that way?) once they revive Will. So it must have been the only thing over there.
    I know, I know, stuff like that isn't meant to be over-analyzed, it's just meant to be enjoyed. But it does seem like the mythology of the Upside Down and the monster were not thought through very well. On the whole, it was well-worth watching. Definitely entertaining. The last few episodes (minus the finale) where the best, when the show really focused on the kids. But I think this is a real example of excessive hype souring the experience. So many people seemed to think this was some sort of sublime time capsule of 80's cinema, the be-all-and-end-all of television, and for me it really wasn't that.

    (You wanna talk great television, talk to me about Mindhunter. God damn. That show is riveting. That's next on my list to finish, before I move on to Stranger Things 2: The Secret of the Ooze.)

    Happy Halloween, everybody! It's been a lot of fun!
     
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    OCTOBER 31ST: Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Psycho, The Shining, and Halloween
     
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    October 29:

    103) The Beasts' Carnival (1980): Paul Naschy plays a thoroughly unlikable criminal type who can never be trusted...but still manages to get all the gorgeous ladies. This starts off more as a crime caper, then turns into an action flick, then flirts with erotic and finally goes weird and becomes a horror movie. There's a pretty great dinner scene near the end and the finale is quite enjoyable. The movie is a little all over the place in it's plotting but like most Euro horror, that's more of a plus than a negative. And there's pigs.

    104) WNUF Halloween Special (2013):
    I think I appreciate this technically more than I do on an enjoyment level. There's some fun stuff like the host's snarky comments and the cool ads for heavy metal mix tapes and cheesy TV shows, but it started to wear thin after a while. Might be good as background noise while you're doing Halloween activities. The best part is trying to catch all the genre tribute names for the characters and businesses. I did read the spoiler posted earlier in this thread. Interesting.

    105) Night of the Sorcerers (1974): Attractive Euro ladies in the jungle, get tied up, whipped, stripped, bitten by vampires and then beheaded so the natives can bathe in their blood. There's plenty of footage of women in leopard print bikinis with fangs, running in slow motion at night and occasionally pouncing on their victims. Nudity, blood, the jungle, vampires and voodoo...it's pretty much a perfect Euro exploitation movie.

    106) Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954): It still boggles my mind the stunts they pull off underwater and the camera work as well.

    107) Girls Nite Out (1982): Almost plays like a college sex comedy for the first half and I really like the concept of the killer taking people out while they're doing a scavenger hunt. And the killer is wearing a bear mascot costume with blades for his "claws". How awesome is that? The first half drags a little bit and there's even some slow bits throughout the movie, but there's also a good amount of blood, shadows, creepy locations and a twist reveal that is why I've seen this movie many, many times. Did I mention the bear costume?

    108) Sting of Death (1966): It's one of those 60's beach movies complete with Neil Sedaka music and lots of dancing/close ups of wiggling booties....but it's not actually on a beach, it's on an island where a doctor is doing research on jellyfish (or something). When the movie started they showed a woman sitting on a dock and there was something coming towards her underwater. I was thinking there's no way that's the monster, I can see it's diving belt, rubber diving suit and flippers...I was wrong. That's the monster. With a big plastic bag over it's head. Awesome. There's also a scene where people are "being attacked" by jellyfish, which are plastic bags with colourful pieces of cloth inside them and bits of string tied to them. The actors have to flail their arms at these "monstrosities" like they're real and actually attacking them. It's beautiful(ly bad).

    109) Hatchet (2006): I've seen this so many times now. I still remember seeing it in the theatre and people walking out.

    October 30:

    110) Nabonga (1944): More of a jungle adventure with lots of stock footage of animals and a killer gorilla trying to protect the "White Witch", who's just some pretty girl who got lost in the jungle. There's a story about some stolen money as well but it really boils down to our hero falling for the jungle girl.

    111) Zombi 3 (1988): a silly story but with all the lovely blood and guts you'd expect from a movie that was at least partially directed by Fulci. Lots of gunfights, fistfights, leaping zombies, men with machineguns, and innards strewn about. Lots of fun.

    112) A Bay of Blood (1971): A movie that seems pretty convoluted and confusing early on, and to be honest most of the way through, but actually ties everything together by the end. It looks beautiful and you can really see the influence this had on later slasher movies, especially a certain kill from Friday the 13th Part 3.

    113) Watch Me When I Kill (1977): For those that like their gialli sleazy and full of nudity, look somewhere else. There are plenty of bloody deaths and a procedural aspect that while a little slow moving at times is also pretty captivating. The reveal for the killer's motives is more "heavy" than usual and I actually felt bad for the person. Also, whenever the killer is stalking a victim, there is a truly awesome bit of score by Trans Europa Express. It actually made me think of a more acoustic version of the Suspiria score.

    114) Touch of Death (1988): There's a bearded lady and a lot of horribly bad humour in this. I only enjoyed the cheap gore effects, otherwise this could possibly be my least favourite Fulci that I've seen.
     
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    I've finished watching the full movies without distractions. I'm just watching / listening to some Friday the 13th movies while I go over the posts in this topic. I finished off the month with a few old horror reviews from a youtube channel and also a short film. I'm still not satisfied with how this Halloween went. I didn't watch enough movies nor get to the books and comics I got for Halloween. I'll probably save them for next year and create a what did you get for Halloween topic. I always say next year. But I cut down my Horror folder by a bit this year. And next year I know I'll have a good Hellraiser setup. So I'm already looking forward to that.


    Monster (Short Film - Inspiration for The Babadook) -

    I liked this short film. It's in black and white and set during a different time period giving it a feel of older horror episodes of shows like The Twilight Zone. You can definitely see how The Babadook came from this short film. I would recommend people taking a look at this either before or after The Babadook. It's only 10 minutes or so. It's very artsy with the shots too.

     
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    Happy Halloween!!!

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    115) Hack-O-Lantern (1988): The only movie today that is not a re-watch. I have never seen someone throw as many Devil Horns in a movie as the grandpa Satanist did. At least they have a Halloween party complete with Jack o' Lanterns, candy, punch, costumes, a live band and the traditional stripper.

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    Total Movies watched: 121

    Thanks everyone for another fun October! Once again have a ton of new movies to check out thanks to this thread.
     
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    10/30/17

    THE THING (1982)

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    Our local theaters play plenty of retro films, yet this was the first time I ever saw John Carpenter's The Thing in a movie theater. Not going to bother with any condensed summary. So much has been discussed over the years, how do you offer up something new on this film?

    For starters, it looked to be just about sold out in our auditorium. Ticket sales were strong enough that they added a second screening as well last night. People often say this movie or that one needs to be seen on the big screen, I will say without hesitation that this falls into that category. Reactions from the crowd were great. Just what you would want. Dean Cundey's cinematography is pretty awe inspiring throughout. The masterful effects & creature design of Rob Bottin never looked better. Not only is this one of my very favorite John Carpenter films, it's an all-time favorite of mine period. Surpasses the 1951 original & stands as a timeless classic in its own right.


    CREEPSHOW (1982)

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    The recent passing of George Romero was such a huge loss. He made a number of my genre favorites. Also got to meet him twice plus attended a Q & A last year at a horror convention. So friendly, funny, & a perfect gentleman. Like the best films of John Carpenter (see above), Creepshow has been examined in such detail for so long that the usual analysis is pointless. I love the "more bang for the buck" approach of a well made anthology film & Romero's Creepshow is about the best one available - essential genre viewing for me every October.

    A very strong all star cast, some of Tom Savini's best effects work, well adapted Stephen King short stories, & such a brilliant comic book style come to life in vibrant lighting...I could go on & on singing the praises of this film. "Something to Tide You Over" was my favorite story years ago. More recently I would say "The Crate" takes that honor.

    There are some really nasty individuals you wouldn't want to know socially here, but they make some especially memorable characters in a horror film of short stories. Tom Atkins (Night of the Creeps, Halloween III: Season of the Witch) is a mean prick of a Dad who despises his son's love of horror & zero tolerance for any snooping around his private stash of porn. Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog, Escape from New York) as Wilma ("call me Billie") is an overly loud perpetually drunk embarrassment of a wife that couldn't be any more different than other parts she played in her acting career. Got to meet her year ago at Chiller Theatre & she told us that this was her favorite part. Could be because she was signing a Creepshow photo for us, but she sure seemed sincere about it. Speaking of sincere, Richard Vickers (Leslie Nielsen) truly means it when it comes to maintaining home entertainment setups in order to maximize hours of pleasure. He teaches us there is something to be said for private beaches too. Can't find anything redeeming about Upson Pratt (E.G. Marshall: Two Evil Eyes, The Tommyknockers). The guy is a fucking scumbag businessman, heartless prick, & a racist. He does have a lot of cool gadgets though. When their comeuppances arrive, it couldn't happen to a more deserving group of people.
     
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    I love Spider Baby! What a fun title sequence. Lon Chaney Jr can't sing worth a damn, but I wouldn't want anyone else trying.
     
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    Say what? Halloween, by definition, IS the slasher template. It was the success of Halloween that launched a gazillion movies with the exact same plot structure in the early 80's. Peel away the cosmetic stuff down to the skeleton of the story, and Friday the 13th, The Burning, Graduation Day, The Prowler, My Bloody Valentine, Prom Night, Madman, The House on Sorority Row, The Prey, Hell Night, etc. all follow the exact same story. One might argue that that story was not invented with Halloween, but it was certainly Halloween that popularised it. These movies also tend to signify the killer's presence via his POV as much as they do by showing him (until the final stretch of the movie, where we usually get the full reveal). Again, this was nothing new at the time Halloween came out, but it is a stylistic characteristic of Halloween which carried over into many of the slasher films that followed.

    That said, I share your enthusiasm for Halloween 4, though I'd personally rank it below Halloween and Halloween II.
     
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    Yes had a lot of fun with this, thanks to all who have commented, didn't get to watch as many as I hoped, but have plenty to watch over the coming months (just been to Edinburgh and a shop called fopp had a horror sale with arrow, BFI and 88 Films blu ray titles going for £6, as you can imagine I brought quite a few!). Keep being scared all!
     
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    October 31st: Curse of the Fly / Tarantula / The Evictors

    Curse of the Fly

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    It's been years since I saw the 1958 The Fly, but after looking at a few screenshots, I surmise that the movie takes place around the time it was produced (based on cars and fashions). Cars and fashions also imply that the second sequel, Curse of the Fly, takes place around the time of its production year (1965). And this is where things get confusing. In 1958, handsome young scientist André Delambre is working on teleportation. Seven years later, his middle-aged grandson is continuing those experiments. Sequel continuity? Who needs it? I did enjoy it, though. This time around, there's nary a fly in sight. All we get is a production still from Return of the Fly, and the middle-aged grandson, who retains some fly genetics which cause him to age rapidly unless he injects himself with a miraculous rejuvenation serum regularly. The best thing about the movie is the freak show. Not everyone who goes though the teleporter does so unscathed. Some are left horribly disfigured or deformed by the experience. Two unfortunate individuals transmitted at the same time are fused into one heaving mass of flesh (ew!). Funny side note: Apparently Asian actresses were hard to come by at the time, so what do you do? You take a very European looking actress and slap a couple of slanted eyelids on her. Voila! Imagine someone doing that in a movie today...

    Tarantula

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    Some of these 50's black and white popcorn flicks are just right for that Halloween feel. This one is well-paced, fun, and beautifully shot. Chin-like-an-anvil John Agar swept me off my feet with his perpetual grin. I also appreciated how everyone insists on calling the only female character of note (and a beautiful one at that) 'Steve'. The matte technique for the colossal tarantula will probably fool no one, but it's mostly well-done, aside from a couple of instances where the tips of spider's legs vanish behind a matte line. As for the menace of the tarantula, I don't suffer from arachnophobia, but I'd imagine that part of what makes spiders creepy is their ability to creep up on you. Despite its enormous size, the tarantula seems to have retained this ability, and the sight of it silently rolling over a hill, completely undetected by its prey, lands somewhere between 'impressive' and 'hilarious'. Thankfully, the movie has another trick up its sleeve. The serum the made the tarantula grow to such an astounding size has another effect on humans. Those injected develop acromegaly-like symptoms and become grotesquely deformed within a few short days. Ah, the sharp, politically incorrect shock value of physical deformity!

    The Evictors

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    I've seen three rural horror movies by Charles B. Pierce: The Legend of Boggy Creek, The Town that Dreaded Sundown, and The Evictors, a spooky proto-slasher set in the 1940s. All three are enjoyable, but The Evictors is probably the most stylish and technically polished of the bunch. Pierce employs sepia tones for the flashbacks and interestingly punctuates the opening shootout with freeze frames. There's also a nice period feel, with a few well-chosen locations and vintage cars. The principle actors are uniformly good, and only some stilted minor performances betray this as a Charles B. Pierce movie - no doubt local dilettantes with little to no acting experience. The Evictors doesn't have the classic status of those two other movies, but it serves up some nice scares when Jessica Harper looks through the window at night and suddenly makes eye contact with a stranger outside, or when she hears a creaking noise from upstairs and realises that she isn't alone.

    So that was it for this October - 16 genre movies in all (plus two I couldn't finish because they were so lame: Blood of Ghastly Horror and Blood Freak). Maybe it's time to revisit the Halloween franchise next year? :)
     
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    Movie #39:
    Cathy’s Curse (1977)
    First time viewing (U.S. Cut on Blu-ray)
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    Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge Guideline:
    31. SORE THROATS AND POPCORN STAINS: Now that you’ve accomplished your challenge goals and bragged along the way, we urge you to celebrate. Invite your friends over and watch a movie you can’t help but yell at. Get loud. Get rowdy. You tried to warn them and look what happened…they never listen.

    Finished off the month with a movie I’ve heard plenty about from Horror Movie a Day and it did not disappoint. Just bizarre fun.

    All in all I got nearly 40 movies watched and completed the Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge. It was a lot of fun watching new things and catching up on favorites I hadn’t seen in years. Till 2018!
     
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    Oct 31st-

    Halloween is over for another year. Last night I went with a couple horror comedies for my Halloween viewing.
     
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    Natas ....on the warm side of the dooooooor

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    Halloween day! Was awesome as usual. Cleared my schedule, started at 10am......started cracking beers and started my day off with Halloween! I normally watch that at night (going on probably 20 years now) but I figured I'd mix it up this year.

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    31st - October Madness No.62:

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    Ernest Scared Stupid (1991) Rewatch -Rating: 5/5
    Ernest Scared Stupid is a Halloween Day tradition for me. I somehow managed to skip it last year, so I had to be sure to remedy that this year and get it back in it's annual viewing slot. While there's a lot of nostalgia at play with this one as I distinctly remember my first viewing in the theatre at the age 5 when my mom took me to see it and have loved it ever since, Ernest Scared Stupid is just plain stupid fun and how can you not enjoy Ernest battling trolls created by the Chiodo Bros., especially when some of them are distinctly some of the Killer Klowns with a troll makeover?! Pure Halloween delight. And if you've got young ones, a perfect entry-way Halloween horror movie!

    31st - October Madness No.63 / SCV Psyhcotronic Challenge Day 31 - SORE THROATS AND POPCORN STAINS: Now that you’ve accomplished your challenge goals and bragged along the way, we urge you to celebrate. Invite your friends over and watch a movie you can’t help but yell at. Get loud. Get rowdy. You tried to warn them and look what happened… They never listen.

    To complete the Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge my girlfriend and I had some friends over for a Halloween party where the theme was Heavy Metal Halloween Night Horrors, which we did a double-feature of the below two flicks, as well as a round of the atomsfearic VHS board game NIGHTAMRE!

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    Trick or Treat (1986) - Rating: 3/5
    Eddie's, or Ragman, is a bullied metalhead in his high school and when he finds out his heavy metal hero Sammi Curr has died in a fire he gets lent the only copy of Sammi's unheard last recording from his friend / local radio DJ (none other than merchandising demon himself Gene Simmons). But when he hears something on the record and plays it backwards, Eddie unleashes Sammi from the grave who's back for revenge! Cue ripping guitar solo! And some rad heavy-metal-horror-set-pieces such as the girl who get's turned on by Sammi's ghost and when Sammi finally comes through the Ragman's stereo set-up. Also funny to hear Scream Until You Like it on the soundtrack - here credited to the band Only Child - that would show up the next year as the featured horror heavy metal hit in Ghoulies II but performed by and credited to W.A.S.P.!

    31st - October Madness No.64 / SCV Psyhcotronic Challenge Day 31 Part 2- SORE THROATS AND POPCORN STAINS: Now that you’ve accomplished your challenge goals and bragged along the way, we urge you to celebrate. Invite your friends over and watch a movie you can’t help but yell at. Get loud. Get rowdy. You tried to warn them and look what happened… They never listen.

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    Hack-O-Lantern (aka Halloween Night) (1987) Rewatch - Rating: 4/5
    Jag Mundhra's Hack-O-Lantern is a goofy, bloody, Devil-horned-waving Halloween Night set horror hoot! Tommy has been groomed by his Satanist Grandpa his entire life, and is about to be fully initiated in a Satanic Rite as the Devil's Son on Halloween Night. Meanwhile, the rest of his goody-two-shoes family is gearing up for the local Halloween dance but someone dressed up like one of the Satantic cult members in a crazy horned Devil mask is offing all those around Tommy and his family. Who's the killer? Is it Tommy? Or Gramps? And will the blood ritual be completed? Raise those horns and find out, while also turning your stereo up to 11 for the mid-movie music video featuring the hair-raising heavy metal hit The Devil's Son by D.C. LaCroix! I love Hack-O-Lantern and have seen it numerous times. From the incredibly bad overacting from the entire cast (Hy Pyke as Gramps is amazingly bad), to the select moments of gruesome deaths, to the abundance of nudity, stripping, and sleaze, this flick is a perfect choice to throw on during a Halloween party with a bunch of friends. And if you want to make it extra fun - or disastrous (most likely) - take a drink or shot every time someone raises the devil horns in the movie!

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    Of course we also ordered some pizza - which I had the pizza place not cut up so I could cut it into the shape of a pentagram because HAIL SATAN! HAIL PIZZA! - and that concludes HALLOWEEN / OCTOBER MADNESS for 2017! Until next year (or everyday on this forum) boils and ghouls!
     
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    X-human I ate my keys

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    27 10/21 Svengoolie Presents, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966)

    I never much liked this movie, but now that Svengoolie's played it a couple of times over the past few years I'm liking it a lot more. It occurs to me now how spot on the scene where Knotts gives a speech is as giving a speech is terrifying and he gets the shakes worse than any other point in the film. That's always played well even when I wasn't enjoying the film. The haunted house part also plays really well and they did a good job with it. There's a nice atmosphere about the murder house. One of my favorite touches is that the phonograph has thick dust on it except under where the needle extension was. Gives that moment a nice air of authenticity.

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    28 10/21 Mystery Science Theater 3000 Presents, Zombie Nightmare (1987)
    I put this on every year but of course this year, more than ever, was a good time to put this on with Adam West's passing. West is great in this; he would have made an excellent modern age Comm. Gordon. He's gruff and nasty; believably walking that thin blue line. A very underappreciated actor. It's nice that in the twilight of his life he was able to get steady work as almost a parody of himself, but as unbelievable as it may seems, this MST3k fair proves he could have a lot more if given the chance.

    I also played this a second in the background at my Halloween Party. Don't think I'll double count it though because I was in the kitchen the whole time. I'm honest, believe me. ;)

    I also played the Thunderbean Halloween Rarities in the background which my guests found very engaging. If it ever comes back on sale I think I can recommend it. I myself still haven't sat down and really watched it though!

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    29 10/21 Creepshow (1982)
    Halloween Party! We left off on this one last year, when I managed to talk people into staying just long enough to see The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill. A couple from that party later told me they frequently yell at each other, "WHERE'S MY CAKE YOU BITCH!" So I make a point of posting that on Facebook on their birthdays now. :D So this year with Romero's death and love for Stephen King still in the air from IT I figured we could play this through again from the beginning. It's funny last year I think people were too tired to get into it, as the second feature late into the night, but as the starter this year these same people got into it this time. I think prefacing it as, "it's fun" more than as horror by Romero/King helped set expectations. People were really interested in how the scenes with the kid from the opening get resolved. The Crate of course played the best, they really fell for
    when Fluffy was to the side of the Crate, not in it, to kill the first professor (second victim) they didn't seem to expect that. And then when Adrienne wasn't killed I think they were sold on the crate being empty (and the guy's bad luck) and were genuinely surprised when Fluffy popped out belatedly. There was a very satisfying cheer to that. Funny enough, JUST before Adrienne was shot early on, someone said "I bet you could shoot her now and people (at the party) would just cheer." :D
    But also They're Creeping Up on You gave many the willies with one barely able to keep his dinner down. But a good time was had by all. In fact one of the ladies who isn't much of a horror fan or an "old movies" fan said she REALLY liked it.

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    Zombeavers (2014) Pleasantly surprised. Modern movie with practical effects. A fun entertaining horror comedy that wasn't totally predictable. Definitely worthy of a re-watch
    Death Spa (1989) Did not do it for me. Lost interest and did not even finish it.
    Nightmare Sisters (1988) The movie and picture quality was so bad, could not get through it.
    Nightmare on Elm Street 4 : The Dream Master (1988) Did not disappoint. Liked the special effects.
    Friday the 13 Part 5 : A New Beginning (1985) Definitely one of my least favorite in the franchise.
    Fright Night Part 2 (1988) Enjoyable sequel, worthy of a re-watch.
    High Spirits (1988) Fun, light haunted house comedy with many famous actors.
     

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