I don't expect to finish the checklist, much less reach 100 (50ish perhaps), so I think I shall simply aim to please myself. I'm going to try to include trailers for everything I watch.
September 30, 2011 (11:00 pm CST (12:00 EST))
1. Something Wicked This Way Comes
(1983) - DVD
What better way to start the Challenge than with a movie that celebrates the season as well as the month. It's a movie about dreams and regrets and using them to destroy a person. Jason Robards and Jonathan Pryce are both great in this and the language is like velvet.
October 1, 2011
2. Night of the Living Dorks
(2004) - DVD - First Time Viewing
Raunchy German teen comedy - with zombies. Three affable high school losers get covered with zombie ashes, die in a bong perpetrated crash and find themselves resurrected as the undead. They use their new zombie powers to get a little payback. Avoid the English dub. Nothing particularly original, kinda recalls teen sex comedies from the 80's & 90's, just with zombies. I think someone (writer, director...) has seen Shaolin Soccer. If you've seen Shaolin Soccer, you'll know it when you see it.
3.The Halloween Tree
(1993) - Youtube
Animated adaption of Bradbury's paean to Halloween. The animation looked kinda shoddy even back in '93 (thank you Hanna-Barbera). This is one kids' cartoon that doesn't just look death in the face, it wallows in it as it explores where Halloween came from and what it means.
4.The Haunted Cop Shop
(1987) - DVD
Jacky Cheung and Ricky Hui headline this HK horror comedy. During the Hungry Ghost Festival a Japanese spirit escapes from the afterlife, becoming a powerful vampire who proceeds to wreak havoc until a pair of bumbling detectives step up to the chase. Fun bit of Eighties HK cinema. Keeps up a relentless pace of gags and gore. Well, mostly gags and a couple of pinches of gore. Even with all the comedy there are some creepy, scary moments.
October 2, 2011
(2007) - DVD - First Time Viewing
A Spanish tv reporter and her camera man get trapped in a apartment building where a disease is turning people into murderous maniacs. Effective claustrophobic chiller.
6.The Woman in Black
(1989) - DVD - First Time Viewing
A young lawyer is sent to Eel Marsh House to deal with the estate of its deceased owner. While there he encounters something terrible, with dire consequences.
(1967) - DVD
Roddy McDowal plays a sympathetic nutter that gains control over a powerful humanoid artifact. Good creature feature.
October 3, 2011
(2007) - Hulu - First TimeViewing
The adventures of a group of 20-somethings who succumb to a zombie breakout. Goofy laughs and some heartfelt moments.
(1999) - DVD
Bats run amok in a Texas border town, killing everything in their flight path. I guess it qualifies as a guilty pleasure, but I've always though it was an underrated creature feature. The trailer doesn't do it any favors.
October 4, 2011
10. The Ghost Breakers
(1940) - DVD
Red herrings, a ghost, a zombie and Bob Hope's brave little coward routine. Love that B&W cinematography.
(1953) - Youtube
remake with Dean & Jerry. I give the edge to Ghost Breakers
. Dean Breaking into song every 8 minutes or so for 3/4s of the movie didn't help. Missed Paulette Goddard too and Jerry's shtick has helped me appreciate Willie Best's subtle performance. The B&W cinematography tended to reflect their eras. Not bad, but not up to the original.
October 5, 2011
DVD - 'Cecily' (1970) - 30 minutes - First Time Viewing - The Goodies babysit a young girl who's under a curse..? Some good gags but ultimately falls flat. You'd think the Goodies would've had a good horror spoof in them.
DVD - 'Halloween - Addam's Style' (1965) - 30 minutes - A Scrooge tells Wedsnday that there's no such things as witches on Halloween. The only Halloween episode for the Addam's Family. Good.
The Outer Limits
DVD - 'The Forms of Things Unknown' (1964) - 1 hour - Two women murder a sleazy blackmailer, who is then brought back to life. Creepy Outer Limits episode that had to have been at least partially informed by Diabolique.
13.Sapphire and Steel
DVD - 'The Man Without A Face' - Four parts - (1981) - Sapphire and Steel face one of their most powerful foes, a creature who exists in every photograph ever taken. Unsettling, just really unsettling.
October 6, 2011
14.Dead & Buried
(1981) - DVD
A small town sheriff's life gradually unwinds as he is confronted by a rash of inexplicable murders. Slow burn all the way to the down-beat ending.
15. Mystery Science Theater
DVD - The Giant Spider Invasion
Spiders from another universe invade white trash in Wisconsin. Mike and the bots both try to survive this dog and invading pods.
October 7, 2011
(1972) - DVD
The circus from hell arrives in a be-plagued town to wreak vengeance for a slain vampire. Superior late period Hammer movie.
October 8, 2011
(1989) - DVD
A 16th century warlock arrives in the late 20th century to find the Grim grimoire and undo creation. The first and best of the Warlock movies. Deserves a release in it's OAR.
18.Next of Kin
(1982) - DVD - First Time Viewing
Things start turning deadly weird after a young woman inherits an old folks home from her mother. Not what I expected. Low key, but it delivers in the end.
19.The Monster That Challenged The World
(1954) - DVD
Giant prehistoric mollusks are unearthed by an earthquake and proceed to use the local beaches as a buffet, much to the Navy's displeasure. Solid '50s creature feature. There's just something about those giant mollusks that get under my skin. Maybe it's the eyes. I dunno, I just find them icky disgusting. So, well done to the creature effects guys, I guess.
October 9, 2011
20.Sexton Blake and the Hooded Terror
(1932) - Hulu - First Time Viewing
Sexton Blake comes up against international crime boss The Snake and his organization, the Black Quorum. Pretty good Sexton Blake adventure, though the horror elements are light and mostly towards the end of the movie.
21.Dr Terrible's House of Horror
- DVD - 'And Now the Fearing', 'Frenzy of Tongs', 'Curse of the Blood of the Lizard of Doom', 'Scream Satan Scream!' - (2001)
Under-appreciated horror/comedy series starring Steve Coogan. The four episodes here parody various studio styles and movies. If you're any kind of student of British horror, this is a must buy.
October 10, 2011
(2001) - DVD - First Time Viewing
An Scotland Yard Inspector finds intrigue and conspiracy as he pursues Jack the Ripper. For all the lack of any real gore, it is a difficult movie to sit through.
(1989) - DVD
During a man's stay home vacation his lunatic neighbors try to convince him that his new next door neighbors up to no good. Tom Hank's horror movie.
October 11, 2011
(1990) - DVD
A cop/Taoist wizard battles ghosts, zombies and an evil Japanese sorceress who's using zombies for her dirty work. Magic battles, zombie fights and Lam Ching Ying. What's not to like.
(1992) - DVD
Author/adventurer Wisely pursues a some aliens who are trying to destroy an inimical life-form. It's uneven, but the monster action is pretty good and there's a dog and cat fight that has to be seen to be believed. As Wisely movies go, there are better and worse.
October 12, 2011
(2006) - DVD - First Time Viewing
An inventor of an anti-gravity device uses it to see and manipulate a ghost. Interesting take on ghosts. The directors original ending was a lot darker and less ambiguous than what the studio (probably) made him use.
(1971) - DVD - First Time Viewing
After Doctor Frankenstein's creation kills him, his daughter follows in his footsteps. Interesting variation on Frankenstein, maybe with a couple of dashes of Bride mixed in. No real gore to speak of, but there is some skin.
October 13, 2011
28.Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
(2005) - DVD
Wallace & Gromit try to protect the veg festival from the were-rabbit. Brilliant movie. As far as horror comedies go it's up there with Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein.
29.We're Going to Eat You
(1980) - DVD
Central Surveillance Agent 999 visits the island of misfit cannibals in his pursuit of the bandit Rolex. Early Tsui Hark movie, his only horror comedy. There's plenty of fine action with a healthy dollop of gore and gallows humour.
October 14, 2011
(1944) - DVD - First Time Viewing
A professor's new bride brings a bit of jungle hoodoo back to a college town. Not as good as Night of the Eagle, but it's still pretty good.
October 16, 2011
(1993) - DVD
A Chinese village is plagued by a western vampire when a church is re-opened. Lam Ching Ying busts western vampires nineteen years after Peter Cushing did in China.
(1981) - DVD - First Time Viewing
A nut with a taste for dead courtesans is making life difficult for a police detective. Splatter, gore and other unpleasantness abound in this Shaw flick.
October 17, 2011
(1956) - DVD
The blood-drained corpses of beautiful young women are being found around Paris. Very early Mario Bava, Italian horror movie. Lot's of atmosphere.
34.Claymation Comedy of Horrors (1991) - DVD - (30 minutes)
Wilshire Pig and Sheldon Snail go 'treasure' hunting in a mad scientists castle. It's full of claymation eye candy but I found the hero way too abrasive.
(1920) - DVD - (30 minutes) - First Time Viewing
Conniving relatives try to scare a young heiress and her new husband out of her inheritance. Fun Harold Lloyd short.
The Gorilla Mystery
(1930) - DVD, The Mad Doctor
(1933) - DVD, Lonesome Ghosts
(1937) - DVD, The Haunted House
(1929) - DVD (30 minutes)
(1946) - DVD, Scaredy Cat
(1948) - DVD, Claws for Alarm
(1954) - DVD, Transylvania 6-5000
(1963) - DVD (30 minutes)
October 18, 2011
35.Higanjima: Escape From Vampire Island
(2009) - DVD - First Time Viewing
A highschooler and his five friends travel to a vampire infested island to rescue his brother, who disappeared there for two years earlier. Pretty good Japanese vampire flick; guilty of some of the usual sins of popular Japanese film making. Still, there's plenty of action, even if the cgi blood is still as unconvincing as ever.
October 19, 2011
36.Queen of Spades
(1949) - DVD - First Time Viewing
A Russian captain pursues his desires to the edge of madness and beyond. Atmospheric tale of Russian murder and madness.
October 20, 2011
(1973) - DVD - First Time Viewing
Two young Londoners end up in the country at the spa from hell. Good campy fun. The coda was nonsensical though.
October 21, 2011
38.Resident Evil: Afterlife
(2010) - DVD
More of the adventures of Alice in zombieland. It's not high art, but who said it needed to be?
October 22, 2011
39.House 2: The Second Story
(1987) - DVD
A man and his friend go universe hopping while protecting a magical crystal skull. House's gonzo first sequel. Love the stop motion animation and puppet work.
40.Island of Terror
(1966) - DVD
Cancer researchers create a silicon based life form with a taste for human bones on an isolated Irish island. Likable horror/sci-fi flick with Peter Cushing and Edward Judd and directed by Terrence Fisher.
October 23, 2011
41.Eight legged Freaks
(2002) - DVD
Industrial waste makes spiders grow to gigantic size who then use the nearby town as a smörgåsbord. For all its flaws it's one of the better creature features made in the last dozen years.
October 24, 2011
(1974) - DVD
Dan Curtis' take on Dracula. A lavish (for the time) tv production. Palance's Dracula retains enough of his humanity to make his actions that much more monstrous.
October 26, 2011
43.Brides of Dracula
(1960) - DVD
One of Dracula's disciples starts building a harem when he is released from his imprisonment. Cushing is just really great in this movie.
October 27, 2011
(1998) - DVD
A human/vampire hybrid stalks the night hunting vampires. Good.
(2002) - DVD
A human/vampire hybrid joins forces with vampires to hunt a super vampire. Better.
October 28, 2011
46.The House in Nightmare Park
(1977) - Youtube - First Time Viewing
A actor is invited to a country manor by people with ulterior motives. Good horror comedy, with Frankie Howerd and Ray Milland, that plays the horror straight.
October 29, 2011
(2004) - DVD - First Time Viewing
Blade, the human/vampire hybrid battles Dracula. Better than I had hoped.
48.The Vampire Combat
(2001) - DVD
A Taoist wizard tries to prevent Devil Monster's return from Hell. Okay, but not really enough wizard or vampire action.
49.The Batman vs Dracula
(2005) - DVD
The Batman vs Dracula. Fairly intense and the vampires are creepy and menacing.
October 30, 2011
(2009) - DVD - 3-D version
Young Coraline's new apartment contains a door that leads to adventure and danger. A classic and the 3-D version is actually worth sitting through.
October 31, 2011
51.Sherlock Holmes in The Woman in Green
(1945) - DVD
Someone is murdering young women in London and Sherlock Holmes joins the case. Classic duo of Basil Rathbone and Comedy Rel---Nigel Bruce.
My list is finished.
Watch a film starring:
--- Barbara Crampton -or- Barbara Shelley -
--- Doug Bradley -or- Sid Haig -
--- Hazel Court -
--- Klaus Kinski -
--- Lance Henriksen -or- Ken Foree -
--- Lon Chaney Jr. -or- Lon Chaney Sr. -
--- Michael Gough -
--- Ron Perlman -or- Tom Atkins -
--- Ted Raimi -or- Reggie Bannister -
--- Vincent Price -
Watch a film composed by:
--- James Bernard -
--- Simon Boswell -
Watch a film directed by:
--- David Cronenberg -
--- Jean Rollin -
--- John Carpenter -
---Sergio Martino -or- Riccardo Freda -
--- Terence Fisher - Island of Terror
Watch a film with make-up effects by:
--- Dick Smith -
--- Tom Savini -
Watch a film in each of the following sub-genres / types:
--- Anthology Film -
--- Appears on Video Nasties List -
--- Based on a Novel - From Hell
--- Blue Underground -
--- Called "Attack of ..." -
--- Called "Day of ..." -
--- Called "Night of ..." -
--- Called "Return of ..." -
--- Called "Revenge of ..." -
--- Cannibalism - We're Going to Eat You
--- Documentary -
--- Extraterrestrial - The Cat
--- Film and at Least Two of its Sequels - Blade, Blade II, Blade: Trinity
--- Film and its Remake - The Ghost Breakers, Scared Stiff
--- Frankenstein - Lady Frankenstein
--- Ghost / Haunting - Silk
--- Giallo -
--- Horror Host (Count Gore De Vol, Elvira, Joe Bob Briggs, etc.)
--- J-Horror - Higanjima: Escape From Vampire Island
--- Killer / Evil Animal - Bats
--- Killer / Evil Child -
--- Killer / Evil Doll -
--- Made-for-TV Movie - The Woman in Black
--- Monster / Creature Feature / Godzilla - The Monster That Challenged The World
--- MST3K / RiffTrax / Cinematic Titanic - The Giant Spider Invasion
--- Mummy -
--- Musical -
--- Rape / Revenge -
--- Slasher / Psycho / Homicidal Maniac - Next of Kin
--- Silent Film -
--- Spoof / Comedy - The 'burbs
--- Takes Place in Space -
--- Takes Place on a Holiday -
--- Takes Place on or Under the Sea -
--- Vampire - Vampire Circus
--- Werewolf -
--- Witchcraft / Satanic / Religious - Warlock
--- With Commentary -
--- With the Words "Living Dead" in the Title -
--- Won an Academy Award (any category) -
--- Zombie -
Watch films in at least three formats (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, etc.):
--- First format, (Youtube), (The Halloween Tree ).
--- Second format, (Hulu), (Aaah! Zombies!!).
--- Third format, (insert format), (insert title).
Watch films in at least three languages other than English:
--- First language, (German), (Night of the Living Dorks).
--- Second language, (Spanish), ([REC]).
--- Third language, (Cantonese), (Magic Cop).
Watch one film from every decade of film history:
--- 1890 OPTIONAL -
--- 1900 OPTIONAL -
--- 1910 OPTIONAL -
--- 1920 - Haunted Spooks
--- 1930 - Sexton Blake and the Hooded Terror
--- 1940 - Weird Woman
--- 1950 - I Vampiri
--- 1960 - It!
--- 1970 - Horror Hospital
--- 1980 - .The Haunted Cop Shop
--- 1990 - Exorcist Master
--- 2000 - Eight legged Freaks
--- 2010 - Resident Evil: Afterlife
Watch a film for each rating:
--- G - Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
--- PG - Something Wicked This Way Comes
--- PG-13 - House 2: The Second Story
--- R -
--- X / NC-17 -
--- Unrated -
Venture Into the Literary World:
--- Read a Horror Novel or Novella OPTIONAL -