The Annual October Horror Movie Watching Thread!!!

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  1. maskull

    maskull I finally got an avatar!!! Yay!!

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    October 31: HAPPY HALLOWEEN...a day late :)

    I was all set to do my usual Ginger Snaps/Halloween/Trick r' Treat/American Werewolf/Fulci movie/Suspiria/etc. Halloween deal. The movies I pretty much watch every year on the BIG DAY. Then I thought to myself, "hmmm maybe I'll do something completely different this year". So I decided to watch only movies that I have been meaning to watch, movies I have never seen before, movies that I purchased and was looking forward to watching but had never got around to them for one reason or another...mostly because I kept waiting for the right time to watch them. Halloween's a good time and this is what I watched:

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    REC 2 (2009) - This is an excellent sequel. Thrilling, scary, action filled, it has everything that the first one had but with more back story.

    Troll Hunter (2010) - Entertaining flick. The obviously put a lot of thought into how to bring troll lore to life and the trolls were pretty well done. Wasn't crazy about how the movie ended.

    The Changeling (1979) - Lots of creepiness but I was actually surprised that there was so much stuff outside of the house. The ghost was a jerk. The almost two hours flew by like nothing.

    28 Weeks Later (2007) - I loved this movie. I loved everything about it. It was horrible, heartbreaking, funny, looked great, had an amazing score and a really good cast...except for the annoying little boy.

    Say Yes (2001) - Our good friend Dwatts recommended this one a long time ago and even though it got a little melodramatic and unrealistic at points, it still was a tense little thriller with a bit of a surprise at the end.

    Cronos (1993) - Interesting take on vampires and it has Ron Perlman being a bad guy. Another excellent film from Del Toro.

    Burning Bright (2010) - Gotta admit I was on the edge of my seat for this one. You never knew when the tiger would show up....let's be honest, you pretty much know how it'll end and the main girl did a few silly things (though I thought mostly her character was pretty smart), but for a film about a girl and her autistic brother trapped in a house with a tiger it worked really well.

    Mother Of Tears (2007) - Pretty much a train wreck but once I realized that I wasn't going to get another Suspiria or Inferno, it became enjoyable in a silly, silly kind of way. Not sure I'd watch it again though.
     
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    maskull I finally got an avatar!!! Yay!!

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    oh yeah...

    Total movies watched: 126 (less than last year :( )
    First-time watches: 54

    Top Ten First-Time Watches:


    10. Mother's Day (2011)
    9. The Collector (2009)
    8. The Changeling (1979)
    7. Burning Bright (2010)
    6. The Children (2008)
    5. Cold Prey III (2010)
    4. Rec 2 (2009)
    3. 28 Weeks Later (2007)
    2. Island Of Lost Souls (1932)
    1. Frankenstein (1931)
     
  3. msw7

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    Darn. I only managed to watch 16 movies in October (list on first page of this thread). I was sick on Sunday and Monday, and tried to watch Trap them and Kill Them and then Brotherhood of the Wolf, but didn't make it through either one of them.

    So my Halloween viewing was nothing scary :(
     
  4. Workshed

    Workshed a.k.a. Villyan Shit

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    Very surprised that Frankenstein was a first-time viewing for you! Glad you liked it. Have you seen Bride of Frankenstein before?

    And 126 films? That's insaaaaane! :eek1:
     
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    Workshed a.k.a. Villyan Shit

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    Attack the Block (2011) Where the heck did this gem come from? I detailed my thoughts in the official thread, but damn, this was fun. Next to Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, this was my favorite October first-time viewing.
     
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    X-human I ate my keys

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    It doesn't get much better than James Whale's Frankenstein pictures.

    Here's how I made out this year:
    10/01 The War of the Worlds (1953)
    10/01 Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1987)
    10/01 The Pit and the Pendulum (1991)
    10/02 Halloween Spectacular of Spooky Doom (2001) [Invader ZIM]
    10/02 Carnival of Souls (1962) [Rifftrax]
    10/03 Night of the Living Dead (1968) [Movie Macabre 2010]
    10/04 The Terror (1963) [Movie Macabre 2010]
    10/05 The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962) [Movie Macabre 2010]
    10/06 The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) [Movie Macabre 2010]
    10/07 Embodiment of Evil (2008)
    10/08 Troll 2 (1990) [Rifftrax]
    10/09 Hold That Ghost (1941)
    10/10 Scared to Death (1947) [Movie Macabre 2010]
    10/11 The Werewolf of Washington (1973) [Movie Macabre 2010]
    10/12 Eegah! (1962) [Movie Macabre 2010]
    10/13 I Eat Your Skin (1964) [Movie Macabre 2010]
    10/14 Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of 'The War of the Worlds' (2006)
    10/14 The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
    10/14 Dead Alive (1992)
    10/15 The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)
    10/15 Night of the Living Dead (1990) [Workprint]
    10/16 The Cat and the Canary (1939)
    10/17 Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter (1966) [Movie Macabre 2010]
    10/18 Lady Frankenstein (1971) [Movie Macabre 2010]
    10/19 When Halloween Was Forever (1986) [The Real Ghost Busters]
    10/19 The Manster (1959) [Movie Macabre 2010]
    10/20 Tormented (1960) [Movie Macabre 2010]
    10/21 Drag Me to Hell (2009)
    10/21 My Name Is Bruce (2008)
    10/22 The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959)
    10/22 The Skull (1965)
    10/23 The Halloween Door (1989) [The Real Ghostbusters]
    10/24 The Mummy's Hand (1940)
    10/25 The Mummy's Tomb (1942)
    10/26 The Mummy's Ghost (1944)
    10/27 The Mummy's Curse (1944)
    10/28 Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)
    10/29 Toddlers & Tiaras: Halloween Bash (2011)
    10/29 The Mummy (1932)
    10/29 The Black Cat (1934)
    10/29 Doctor X (1932)
    10/30 Halloween II ½ (1987) [The Real Ghostbusters]
    10/31 "Manos" The Hands of Fate (1966) [MST3k]
    10/31 Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959) [Rifftrax]
    10/31 Monsters Crash the Pajama Party (1965)
    10/31 Frankenstein (1910)
    10/31 Dracula (1931)
    10/31 Frankenstein (1931)
    TOTAL: 48

    My goal is simply to watch a film every day, and I fell somewhat short of that by only watching Halloween specials on a couple of busier Sundays. Working 8-5PM sucks. Elvira turned out to be a great way to fill the work week though and I saw lots of movies I would never have seen otherwise. I Eat Your Skin and The Manster being enjoyable surprises. I was watching Invader ZIM or The Real Ghostbusters every day all month but didn't log any of it (unless specifically a Halloween special). I will have to put in the effort to do so next year. But since I watched over 31 solid films I consider myself ahead of the game anyways.

    I screwed up and didn't watch some of the things I was planning on traditionally doing but then there's always next year. I may start a schedule for next year just so I don't forget again!
     
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    SPAWNINGBLUE'S 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE WATCHING

    Bold = first time viewing. Rating out of 10.

    October
    1
    Terror in the Aisles (1984) 6/10
    Black Demons (1991) 5.5/10
    2
    Leprechaun 2 (1994) 6/10
    Halloween...The Happy Haunting of America (1997) 7/10
    Halloween...The Happy Haunting of America 10th Anniversary Edition (2007) 6/10
    The Troll Hunter (2010) 8/10
    House of the Damned (1963) 6.5/10
    3
    The Other (1972) 6.5/10
    Stake Land (2010) 8.5/10
    4
    Torso (1973) 7.5/10
    Superstition (1982) 7.5/10
    5
    Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) 6.5/10
    Halloween 2 (2009) 5.5/10
    6
    Doom Asylum (1987) 6.5/10
    Mountaintop Motel Massacre (1983) 6/10
    Home Improvement S:2 - Haunting of Taylor House (1992) 7.5/10
    7
    Ginger Snaps (2000) 7/10
    Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed (2004) 6/10
    A Haunting S:1 - The Lake Club Horror (2005) 6.5/10
    8
    Home Improvement S:3 - Crazy for You (1993) 8.5/10
    Ginger Snaps 3: The Beginning (2004) 6.5/10
    My Name Is Bruce (2007) 7.5/10
    9
    The Simpsons S:2 - Treehouse of Horror (1990) 6/10
    Dracula (1931) 7/10
    13 Ghosts (1960) 7.5/10
    Roseanne S:2 - Boo! (1989) 9/10
    Roseanne S:3 - Trick or Treat (1990) 7/10
    Roseanne S:4 - Trick Me Up, Trick Me Down (1991) 7.5/10
    Roseanne S:5 - Halloween IV (1992) 7/10
    A Haunting S:1 - The Haunting of Summerwind (2005) 7/10
    A Haunting S:1 - Hell House (2005) 5.5/10
    The Simpsons S:3 - Treehouse of Horror II (1991) 7/10
    The Simpsons S:4 - Treehouse of Horror III (1992) 8/10
    Home Improvement S:6 - I Was A Teenage Taylor (1996) 7.5/10
    10
    Blood Sisters (1987) 6.5/10
    Psycho (1960) 9/10
    The Masque of the Red Death (1964) 6/10
    Scars of Dracula (1970) 5.5/10
    The Simpsons S:5 - Treehouse of Horror IV (1993) 8.5/10
    11
    I Spit on Your Grave (2010) 6.5/10
    Night of the Demons 3 (1997) 6.5/10
    12
    The Premature Burial (1962) 7/10
    Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972) 6.5/10
    Haunted Histories Collection - The Haunted History of Halloween (1997) 8/10
    13
    Eden Lake (2008) 6.5/10
    Murder Party (2007) 8/10
    14
    Misery (1990) 8/10
    Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981) 8/10
    15
    Simpsons S:6 - Treehouse of Horror V (1994) 8.5/10
    The Phantom of the Opera (2004) 6.5/10
    Two Evil Eyes (1990) 7.5/10
    16
    Home Improvement S:7 - A Night to Dismember (1997) 6.5/10
    The Thing (2011) 7/10
    The Exorcist (The Version You've Never Seen) (1973) 9/10
    17
    The Exorcist 3 (1990) 8.5/10
    Exorcist: The Beginning (2004) 6.5/10
    18
    Home Improvement S:8 - Bewitched (1998) 8/10
    Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005) 6/10
    Hellgate (1989) 3/10
    19
    Cujo (1983) 7.5/10
    Cornered (2009) 5.5/10
    20
    Frankenstein (1931) 7/10
    The Wolf Man (1941) 7.5/10
    Witchfinder General (1968) 7/10
    Simpsons S:7 - Treehouse of Horror VI (1995) 7.5/10
    21
    Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943) 6.5/10
    Werewolf of London (1935) 5.5/10
    22
    Curse of the Blair Witch (1999) 8/10
    The Blair Witch Project (1999) 8/10
    23
    Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (1988) 6.5/10
    Critters (1986) 7.5/10
    Critters 2: The Main Course (1988) 7.5/10
    24
    The Last Exorcism (2010) 7.5/10
    The Fourth Kind (2009) 6.5/10
    25
    Roseanne S:6 - Halloween V (1993) 7/10
    Poltergeist 2 (1986) 7.5/10
    26
    She-Wolf of London (1946) 5.5/10
    Cronos (1993) 8/10
    The Collector (2009) 8/10
    Arachnophobia (1990) 7/10
    27
    The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) 6.5/10
    The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958) 7/10
    28
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) 8.5/10
    Witchboard (1986) 6/10
    30
    The Fog (1980) 9/10
    Day of the Dead (1985) 7/10
    Roseanne S:7 - Skeleton in the Closet (1994) 7/10
    The Invisible Man (1933) 8/10
    Graveyard Shift (1990) 6.5/10
    31
    Dead Alive (1992) 7.5/10
    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) 7.5/10
    It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) 6.5/10
    Trick 'r Treat (2008) 8.5/10
    Halloween (1978) 9/10
    Halloween 2 (1981) 8/10


    Movie Total = 70
    TV Episode/ Documentary Total = 25


    Dead Alive (1992) - I never really liked this movie as a whole, but I loved the gore soaked action scenes. This time I found more enjoyment out of the rest of the film, although I still can't sat I love it. That being said, this is the bloodiest movie of all time, and the insane and at time hilarious kills more then make of for the first half of the film. I watched Fangoria's 100 best kills of all time list the other night and was extremely disappointed with it, one of its biggest misses is the fact that it didn't include any kills from this movie. This movie has so many awesome kills, not even including the crazy bloodbath with the lawnmower, that to not include one death from this film kind of invalidates your list.

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) - I don't hold this movie with the same regard as all the other horror classics out there. I still really like it, and appreciate what it did for the genre, but I can't say it would make my top 10 list. I will give credit where it dues though, and the night chase scene is an amazing slice of film. When he appears in the flashlight, chainsaws the wheelchair guy, and then begins to chase the heroine through the pitch black, wow!

    It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) - This is a cartoon that I again like, but don't hold it in the same high regard as others. I grew up watching the Christmas special and to this day still think it's one of the best cartoons out there, but for some reason I don't feel the same way about this one. Maybe it's because I only recently added it to my yearly traditions, never growing up with it as a kid. I also have a problem with Snoopy's wartime sequences, to me they really slow the episode down and feel out of place with the rest of the Halloween related episode. I guess Peanuts were always about adding something with a little more substance then the traditional shows out there though. I do love the Great Pumpkin idea though, and am surprised that it never became more of a part of the holiday.

    Trick 'r Treat (2008) - Since this movie came out a few years ago I have watched it every October. This movie just screams Halloween, with its costumes, traditions, decorations and settings. Every frame has something Halloween related in it, whether its the jack-o-lanterns lining the dirt road, or the decorations on the windows. Some of the stories rely more on their surprise ending then working as a whole, but they are still pretty fun with all the foreshadowing throughout them. Overall, all four stories are very good and I have a hard time picking a favourite, every year it seems to change! Also, I should add that the Sam character is the best horror related creation since Freddy and Jason. There have been a few shorts released online since this film came out, but I hope that there will be a sequel to this film, and soon! I would love to have another love letter to Halloween to add to my October viewings.

    Halloween (1978) - I don't think I can add much about this classic that hasn't already been said a million times before. I love it, it is one of my favourtie movies of all time, and in my opinion is close to a perfect film. I don't agree with many others that say it is outdated. The blood may not live up to what teens expect these days, but I still think it is just as frightening thanks to the score and Carpenter's excellent Direction. There are so many iconic moments that just blow my mind how impressive they are, the stand out for me being the one where his face appears in the shadows behind her. It is so well done and still very creepy today.

    Halloween 2 (1981) - Halloween 3 is still my favourite sequel to this series, but this one comes close, continuing more of the night he came home. This is a much darker and violent film then its predecessor, relying more on its bloody kills then its tension from skilled Direction. The characters this time around take a seat back to Myers, with Jamie Lee unfortunately spending most of the movie drugged up in bed, only to reawaken due to a needlessly tacked on Myers relation plot development. That being said, those faults don't stop this movie from being a really great slasher. Of course compared to the first film, which happens to be one of the best slashers if not horror movies of all time, it's doesn't compare, but to most other slashers it's in the top tier.
     
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    2011 Totals

    Movie Total = 70
    TV Episode/ Documentary Total = 25

    So I ended up doing what I said and wiped the floor with last years record of 41 movies and 17 episodes! I was worried as I just switched positions at my work and changed from working mornings to evenings. This actually helped me though as it gave me a few hours every day instead of at night where I would fall asleep.

    Again though I didn't get through a lot of the classics I wanted to, or the small stack of films I wanted to revisit. Almost the entire list is movies I watched for the first time.

    The top 10 first viewing stand outs for me this year were:

    Stake Land (2010) 8.5/10
    The Troll Hunter (2010) 8/10
    Murder Party (2007) 8/10
    Misery (1990) 8/10
    Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981) 8/10
    Cronos (1993) 8/10
    The Collector (2009) 8/10
    The Invisible Man (1933) 8/10
    My Name Is Bruce (2007) 7.5/10
    Torso (1973) 7.5/10 and The Wolf Man (1941) 7.5/10

    Can't wait until next year! And thanks everyone for posting your lists and reviews, I had a great time reading them and came out with a big list of films I need to check out.
     
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    ** = first time viewing

    10/01 - Halloween (1978) 8/10
    10/01 - Halloween II (1981) 6/10
    10/02 - Terror in the Aisles (1984) 8/10 **
    10/03 - The Beast and the Magic Sword (1983) 7/10 **
    10/04 - Massacre at Central High (1976) 7/10 **
    10/05 - Demented (1980) 4/10 **
    10/06 - Night of the Howling Beast (aka The Werewolf and the Yeti) (1975) 6/10 **
    10/07 - Killer Fish (1979) 3/10 **
    10/08 - The Prey (Uncut) (1984) 1/10 **
    10/09 - Stone Cold Dead (1979) 3/10 **
    10/10 - Count Dracula's Great Love (1972) 6/10 **
    10/10 - Elvira's Movie Macabre: Count Dracula's Great Love (1972) 6/10 **
    10/11 - The Haunted (1977) 5/10 **
    10/12 - Night of the Demon (1980) 6/10 **
    10/13 - Curse of the Devil (1974) **
    10/14 - Pale Blood (1990) 4/10 **
    10/14 - Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural (1973) **
    10/15 - Vengeance of the Zombies (1972) 6/10 **
    10/16 - The Devil Within Her (aka Sharon's Baby) (1975) 2/10 **
    10/17 - Final Exam (1981) 6/10 **
    10/18 - Hanging Woman (aka Terror of the Living Dead) (1973) 5/10 **
    10/19 - Mardi Gras Massacre (1978) 5/10 **
    10/19 - The Pyx (1973) 3/10 **
    10/20 - Vampire at Midnight (1988) 2/10 **
    10/21 - Hunchback of the Morgue (1973) 6/10 **
    10/22 - Love Me Deadly (1973) 3/10 **
    10/22 - The Curious Case of the Campus Corpse (1977) 2/10 **
    10/23 - Zombiethon (1986) 6/10 **
    10/24 - Lady Frankenstein (1971) 7/10 **
    10/24 - Elvira's Movie Macabre: Lady Frankenstein (1971) 6/10 **
    10/25 - The Velvet Vampire (1971) 3/10 **
    10/25 - Time Walker (1982) 4/10 **
    10/26 - Grotesque (1988) 6/10 **
    10/26 - Horror Rises from the Tomb (1973) 6/10 **
    10/27 - Scream (1981) 1/10 **
    10/27 - Terror Circus (aka The Barn of the Naked Dead) (1974) 6/10 **
    10/28 - Voodoo Dolls (1990) 1/10 **
    10/29 - Madonna: A Case of Blood Ambition (1990) 1/10 **
    10/30 - Halloween (2007) 7/10


    Voodoo Dolls (1990) 1/10 **
    Spirits haunt the students at a girl's college. Even by softcore porn standards the effects are incredibly cheap and the acting is horrendous. Unfortunately, Voodoo Dolls is not softcore porn and the nudity and sleaze is infrequent and boring. The hilarious voodoo dolls show up in one scene at the 55 minutes mark. Its funny but by that point nothing could save this film and there is still 30 minutes of suffering to endure before the credits roll. The terrible PQ and audio of the Code Red DVD doesn't help, but the film would be awful regardless.


    Madonna: A Case of Blood Ambition (1990) 1/10 **
    A woman looking for revenge seduces a man with the intent of manipulating him into killing his wife. This one looks and feels like it was made by the same people as VOODOO DOLLS. Its just as cheap but with just a bit more nudity. Its still not worth subjecting yourself to it. I continually asked myself why I wasn't turning it off. Many of the sets are so fake its distracting and this one doesn't have a voodoo doll attack sequence to laugh at. It’s a good thing I watched these two awful films late in the month. It could have derailed my holiday horror viewing. I need a week of video games and Jason Statham movies to cleanse the pallete.


    Halloween (2007) 7/10
    I really enjoyed this the first time I watched it two years ago. Its no surprise that I enjoyed it again but this time I didn't care for the white trash extravaganza of the first act. Once little Michael gets his first kill I was back into it. The final act is fantastic. I get a kick out of Zombie's Halloween recreating some of Carpenter's classic scenes. One of the standout's is Laurie's walk home amongst the tall trees while Michael is in the background. Tyler Mane's Michael Myers might be my favorite mask wearing psycho (possibly second to Kane Hodder's Jason). The mask has never looked better and the power Mane's version projects leaves me awestruck. While I enjoy seeing so many genre actors show up at times it does get distracting. Another negative is that I don't care for McDowell's Loomis. I'm not sure anyone could fill Donald Pleasance's shoes, but McDowell doesn't even come close.


    Unfortunately there wasn't enough hours in the day for me since last Friday. I got caught up in DEAD ISLAND and NFL Football so I missed out on a couple of Naschy flicks and Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN 2. Still it was a wonderful month for horror watching and I really enjoyed everyone's contribution to this thread. A Big thanks to everyone that took the time to write up some impressions/reviews. I have a number of excellent recommendations to check out.
     
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    I got stiffed this year on Halloween enjoyment to finish the month as I live in CT and the huge storm knocked out my power on Saturday and rolled through until today. An awful experience, but I am ignoring my usual rules of putting away the true Halloween flicks after the date and watching a few of them here in early November. Anyway, thanks to all of you who did reviews along with the lists of movies. I am always interested to check out other horror fans' views!
     
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    Frankenstein (1931)
    Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (2011)
    Maniac (1980)
    Ils (2006)
    Day of the Dead (1985)
    Hell of the Living Dead (1981)
    Dagon (2001)
    Waxwork (1988)
    Strait-Jacket (1964)
    Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)
    Superstition (1982)
    Leviathan (1989)
    Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)
    Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
    Attack the Block (2011)

    Non-Horror:
    Drive (2011)
    The Room (2003)

    15 horror films, 10 first-time viewings; up from the dismal three I watched in 2010 (unexpected travel kept me away most of the month).

    Biggest surprises: Tucker and Dale vs. Evil and Attack the Block.

    Superstition was the worst. Fun month of films; great to read everyone's entries. I can't believe some of you can do 4 a day, every day--but I salute you.
     
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    My total was pretty low this year though I was able to catch a double bill of DEEP RED and PEICES in the theater,very cool . Did get my annual marathon in at least,ran HALLOWEEN 2,THE BEYOND,ZOMBIE and SHOCK WAVES.
     
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    60. Tucker And Dale Versus Evil--Mistaken identity backwoods horror-comedy is more amusing than funny. But there is one inspired laugh-out-loud setpiece involving a chainsaw and lots of gore. Subverts expectations of hillbilly horror films like Deliverance and Wrong Turn by making the rednecks the good guys. Definitely stretches a one-joke premise about as far as it can go. Still worth a look.

    61. Return Of The Living Dead--Horror-comedy classic is fully deserving of its rabid fanbase. Sharp writing, good main characters, and obvious affection for the genre result in a superior film. A great showcase for veteran character actors James Karen and Clu Gulager. Their scenes with Don Calfa are as good as this sub-genre gets.

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    62. Night Of The Living Dead--Landmark modern zombie film remains remarkably effective. Stark black-and-white photography and unpolished acting enhance the otherworldly atmosphere and give a newsreel "this could happen" feel to the proceedings. Zombie feeding scenes have been endlessly imitated and parodied. But their unnerving power has never been surpassed. Similar to Psycho in the way it established new rules for a new generation of horror films. Square-jawed heroes and happy endings were no longer guaranteed.

    63. Dawn Of The Dead--Second only to Halloween in my opinion. A true horror epic that enlarges the canvas of the original to deliver more action and more affecting drama. Far more literate than the typical genre film--with a satirical but ambitious script and four well-cast adult leads operating at a high level. Story is engrossing even when the zombies are out of sight and mind.

    64. Day Of The Dead--Most point to Land of the Dead as the moment where this series took a sharp downturn. But I believe the big drop-off came here. The characters are nowhere near as nuanced as those in Dawn. And too many performances border on the ridiculous, with Joe Pilato's homicidal turn the worst. But the actors can't be blamed for the overly simplistic "us versus them" struggle between the scientists and soldiers or the consistently melodramatic dialogue. Salvaged by Savini's tremendous work in the final reel. The siege setpiece may even surpass Dawn's final battle. Probably better than Land of the Dead--but not by much.

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    65. Dracula Prince Of Darkness--Lee's belated return to the series doesn't approach the heights of (Horror of) Dracula. Much more leisurely paced film takes too long to revive the Count. Benefits from a great score by James Bernard. His music sustains an eerie mood even while the action flags in the first couple reels. Peter Cushing is obviously missed. But Andrew Keir's Father Sandor is a good substitute. Really picks up after the sensational resurrection scene.

    66. The Halloween Tree--Highly praised animated version of Ray Bradbury's story is interesting but ultimately a cop out. Effectively explores the origins of Halloween and the way children process death and loss. But ultimately refuses to carry the narrative to its logical conclusion. Animation isn't terrible but looks cheap. Featuring the voices of Bradbury and Leonard Nimoy--who's almost unrecognizable. Could have been better with a less kid-friendly ending.

    67. Tales From The Darkside: Trick Or Treat--First episode of the series is an enjoyable romp with strong Halloween atmosphere. Haunted house gags evoke a lot of nostalgia.

    68. Tales From The Darkside: Halloween Candy--Director Tom Savini does a workmanlike job with this cautionary tale about a mean old man who refuses to welcome trick or treaters. Worth a watch. But not as good as Trick Or Treat.

    69. Curtains--Golden era Canadian slasher boasts better cast and situations than many of its competitors. But despite a tremendously creepy old woman mask, an awesome murder scene on a frozen pond, and campy work from genre faves John Vernon and Samantha Eggar this is a pretty average film. Troubled production is well documented. And finished product is predictably disjointed. Worth seeing once. Would probably disappoint repeat visitors.

    70. Halloween--My opinions here are already on record. My favorite film of all-time.

    71. Halloween II--Dumb sequel seems more inspired by Halloween's clones. Body count swells with diminishing results as Michael slaughters almost as many cardboard cut-outs as Rambo. Still hugely enjoyable due to the crazed intensity of Donald Pleasence, a sweet electronic reworking of Carpenter's iconic themes, and the return of Dean Cundey--who makes this look very much like a John Carpenter film. Dick Warlock's Shape looks great but moves too robotically. A fun bad movie that I love to watch. "Amazing Grace..."

    72--Halloween III---Once seriously underrated, it's now overrated by almost everyone. Great John Carpenter score and charismatic turns by Tom Atkins and Dan O'Herlihy aren't enough to overcome terrible supporting performances, plot holes, and illogical story. Distinctly un-campy approach is a minor plus. A nostalgic delight for me despite the warts--mainly because I've seen it way too many times and it's fun to watch drunk.
     
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    The Thing from Another World: While many old creature features suffer when the monster isn't on screen, the "people scenes" in this remain interesting and greatly entertaining by virtue of its snappy dialog, likable characters, and good performances. James Arness makes an imposing alien, kept mostly in the shadows. The full-body burn is a tremendous stunt, even for today. There is no more iconic scene in all of sci-fi than the search party forming a circle around the buried ship, or a line as well-remembered and lovingly quoted as "Keep watching the skies." This is one of, if not the best, sci-fi / monster movies of the 1950s.

    The Thing (1982): This remake / re-adaptation is disappointing in most respects, except one. The amazing special effects are the top reason to see this, as Carpenter's updated alien masquerades as human until it's found out, but then watch out! The transformations of the Thing are at once gross, complex, and amazing to behold. Beyond the visual appeal of the FX and the Antarctic setting, there's not much else to this version but paper-thin characters and minimalist dialog. One reason I'm looking forward to this year's prequel is the fact that this version unwisely made the discovery of the alien and its craft (so iconic in the original) an off-screen event.

    House (1986): A minor classic of the comedy / horror genre. The comedy is mostly low-key, and it's got some pretty good FX of the various creatures inhabiting the haunted house. (Some of the apparitions are quite similar to ones in Hellraiser and Evil Dead II.) The Vietnam sequences are very obviously not a real jungle, but Richard Moll's zombie vet is an impressive and imposing figure.

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    Dawn of the Dead (1978): It's been called "the Gone With the Wind of horror movies," a sweeping epic unrivaled in the genre. Roger Ebert gave it four stars for being a relentless parody of American consumerism, or something like that. I first saw it when I was in junior high. I was in my room, sitting on the edge of my bed, facing a 13" color TV. The movie was a fullscreen VHS rental. But it was an exhilarating experience, like I had seen it in a huge theater. That's the power of Dawn of the Dead, easily one of the greatest horror movies ever made.

    Dawn of the Dead (2004): When the horror remake boom touched off in '04 with this and Platinum Dune's Texas Chainsaw Massacre, I was quite skeptical that either could be successfully remade. Both still stand as two of the better horror remakes to come down the pike in the years since. The apocalyptic opening of this movie, up through the opening credits, is one of the great sequences in horror history. The rest of the movie could probably never equal it, but it remains a superior popcorn action movie up through a somewhat disappointing final act.

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    HALLOWEEN:

    Halloween II (2009, Theatrical Version): As much as I enjoyed Rob Zombie's second Myers outing in the theater, I was disappointed with the Director's Cut on BD (especially the ending). So this year I watched the pair of them in their superior Theatrical Editions (unfortunately available only separately on DVD, and NOT included on the Blu-rays). H2 has the feel of an especially brutal '80s slasher. The ghostly visions of Michael's mom are a great and interesting way to get into the head of a hulking mute killing machine. And the theatrical ending is much better and more full-circle satisfying than the DC version.

    Trick 'r Treat: My new holiday staple. I love the look of the film; it's dripping with holiday atmosphere. A wonderful rogues' gallery of characters populate this great anthology. All of the stories are good, and they all interconnect in both major and subtle ways. This is easily the best Halloween movie since the original 1978 Halloween. Little Sam is a terrific Halloween mascot, and he'll be popping up in my front-yard haunt in future years.

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  16. Hellbilly

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    Not October yet but I'm all excited already. Make sure to post that thread in time maskull :)
     
  17. maskull

    maskull I finally got an avatar!!! Yay!!

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    I was just thinking about it yesterday actually. Already starting to compile the movies I want to watch. :)
     
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    Glad to see I'm not the only one who is already geeked about October. I spent about an hour last night filling up my Netflix instant que with movies. I can't wait!
     
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    DVD-fanatic-9 And the Next Morning, When the Campers Woke Up...

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    I've already begun watching horror movies in my Netflix Queue. I mentioned that in the Lawnmower Man thread. Here's a quick rundown with my ratings (all are first time watches unless marked re-watch):

    Silver Bullet - 5/10 (Re-watch)
    Deadly Blessing - 5/10
    Mom (1991) - 6.5/10
    Hellgate - 5.5/10
    Pulse (2001?) - 6/10
    A Tale of Two Sisters - 5.5/10
    The Host - 3/10
    Shutter (2004) - 4/10
    Phantasm II - 5/10 (Re-watch)
    The Lawnmower Man - 2/10
    Piranha (Remake) - 1.5/10
    Insidious - 5.5/10
    Seed of Chucky - 6/10
    Mulberry Street - 7/10 (Everyone Put This in Your Queue NOW!)
     
  20. Workshed

    Workshed a.k.a. Villyan Shit

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    Ho-leee shiiiiit!

    October again already. No idea what the plan is this year, but I'll start planning now.
     

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