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Re: The 10th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Threa



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★★★★★ Awww snap!
★★★★ Excellent
★★★(+) Very Good, I enjoyed it
★★★(-) Good, I didn't dislike it
★★ Sucked
★ Made me angry

Trope sitch:
Can you hear me now? = No cell service
Killer comeback = Wait, the killer (or victim) isn't dead?
Not Muffy! = Pet death
The old flambé = Someone catches on fire
A guy named Josh = Ok, I'm just trying this one out



Cheer when you hear the name of the movie!

Oct 1
1. The Battery* (2012) ★★★(-)
I hate baseball. America's favorite pastime. It's too leisurely. Much like this movie. Two guys wander the countryside fighting a handful of zombies. You've got baseball. Crappy music. Music video montages. Long-assed scenes. A solid 6 minutes is spent just looking at one of the guys trapped in his car. The quotes on the box RAVE about this flick. One critic claimed it was highly ambitious. I thought it was flat-out lazy. The "Annie" subplot was semi-interesting, although they bailed out on that, too.
Scorecard - Can you hear me now?: 0 / Killer comeback: 0 / Not Muffy!: X (discussed) / The old flambé: 0 / A guy named Josh: 0

2. Cabin Fever: Patient Zero* (2014) ★★★(+)
Marcus and Kate are getting married. The groom's buds take him to a deserted island (or is it?) for a bachelor party. Sean Astin is Patient Zero, a pandemic carrier who shows no symptoms. He is quarantined because he may hold the cure. It ain't perfect, but it provides some fun and some great gory effects. Certainly better than part 2.
Scorecard - Can you hear me now?: X / Killer comeback: 0 / Not Muffy!: 0 / The old flambé: 0 / A guy named Josh: X (that paid off soon enough)


Oct 2
3. All Cheerleaders Die* (2013) ★
Yo yo yo, mothafucka! Am I this out of touch with "the kids"?! I had no idea Lucky McKee was involved. That's a shame. And a high school jock is going to trigonometry class? C'mon Lucky!
Scorecard - Can you hear me now?: 0 / Killer comeback: X / Not Muffy!: X (resurrected) / The old flambé: 0 / A guy named Josh: 0

4. Ghost Adventures Moon River Brewery* S2/Ep06 (2009) ★★★(+)
Ghost Adventures Ancient Ram Inn* S2/Ep07 (2009) ★★★★

Oct 4
5. Ghost Adventures Ohio Reformatory* S2/Ep10 (2009) ★★★★★
Ghost Adventures Linda Vista Hospital* S2/Ep11 (2009) ★★★★

Oct 5
6. Ghost Adventures Clovis Wolfe Manor* S2/Ep12 (2010) ★★★★★
Ghost Adventures Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum: Live Cut Down* S2 bonus (2009) ★★★(+)

Oct 6
7. Ghost Adventures Pennhurst State School and Hospital* S2/Ep08 (2009) ★★★★
Ghost Adventures Poveglia Island* S2/Ep09 (2009) ★★★★

Oct 7
8. Willow Creek* (2014) ★★★★
A Bobcat Goldthwait found footage movie about searching for Bigfoot? Color me intrigued. I'm a sucker for FF movies, even though everyone else is sick of them. And Willow Creek didn't get very good ratings. I thought the two main actors had good chemistry, and there was a very effective 19-minute single-shot scene in the tent in the middle of the film. Gets a bonus star for startling me during this intense scene. I definitely got some Blair Witch deja vu, but overall this was pretty good.
Scorecard - Can you hear me now?: X / Killer comeback: 0 / Not Muffy!: X (discussed) / The old flambé: 0 / A guy named Josh: 0

9. Willow Creek Audio Commentary* (2014) ★★★★
With writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait, and actors Bryce Johnson and Alexie Gilmore. Entertaining commentary with no lulls. I was surprised to find that most of this movie was improvised.

Oct 10
10. Donkey Punch* (2008) ★★
Three young British ladies hook up with three chaps or blokes or whatever they are. They break out the crack pipe, and things go awry. One guy's kind of a mutant. Of course he's the badass. Gotta have a defense mechanism, I guess. Plenty of franks and beans. Not enough of the other stuff. There's no backstory to the girls, there's little (if it's true) backstory to the guys. I don't know who the fuck they is (as they would say).
Scorecard - Can you hear me now?: X / Killer comeback: 0 / Not Muffy!: 0 / The old flambé: X / A guy named Josh: X

11. Oculus* (2014) ★★★★
Boy, Angie Everhart has really worked on her acting chops. Wait, that wasn't her at all. I did not expect this movie to be humorous.
Scorecard - Can you hear me now?: X / Killer comeback: X / Not Muffy!: X (speculation) / The old flambé: 0 / A guy named Josh: 0




Oct 12
12. Japanese Hell* (1999) ★★
This movie gets an extra star strictly because it warranted a discussion between my girlfriend and I. I was promised hideous gore and crazy rubber latex creatures. I got the long, agonizing story of a cult leader, a morality tale, a courtroom drama(?!), with some gore thrown in. Holy crap. The story is actually about a girl named Rika, who is in the cult, and needs to be shown "Japanese Hell" to change her ways. She's fairly innocent, even questioning why she is there. The cult story takes you so far away from Rika, you don't know if you're ever getting back. They even throw in a badaass samurai at the end to fight the denizens of Japanese Hell for, well, I have no idea why.
Scorecard - Can you hear me now?: 0 / Killer comeback: 0 / Not Muffy!: 0 / The old flambé: 0 / A chick named Rika: X

12.5. Ghost Adventures Sharon Tate Ghost* S9/Ep01 (2014) ★★★★

Oct 14
13.5. Cursed* (2004) ★
Nao works at the Mitsuya Mart. They're being bought up by a big chain. And a bunch of shit happens. I suppose everyone (except for upper management... ?!) who comes into contact with the store is "CURSED". I do like seeing good movies on occasion.
Scorecard - Can you hear me now?: X / Killer comeback: 0 / Not Muffy!: X / The old flambé: 0 / A chick named Rika: 0

14. Ghost Adventures Queen Mary* S10/Ep01 (2014) ★★★★

Oct 16
15. The Bunny Game* (2010) ★★★(-)
"Bunny" (or so is her character in the credits) the prostitute is having a rough week. She's picked up by a trucker who happens to have a torture chamber in the back of his truck. I liked that the story was primarily told through a series of vignettes. Some cool camera work and editing. But ultimately, not a lot happens. The actresses are certainly put through the wringer. The branding scenes were a bit of a shock. I was surprised the prostitute (Rodleen Getsic) masochistically co-wrote.
Scorecard - Can you hear me now?: Sort of, on a CB, although the guy came, so I guess he heard him / Killer comeback: 0 / Not Muffy!: 0 / The old flambé: 0 / A guy named Josh: 0




Oct 19
16. Monster Brawl* (2011) ★★★(+)
A bunch of creatures battle it out to the death in an old cursed graveyard. The officiator dies in about the first 2 minutes, so, anything goes! The writer/director was obviously a fan of wrestling. Buzz Chambers (Dave Foley) and Sasquatch Sid (Art Hindle) host, and are visited, hilariously, by the gravekeeper, to warn them of their fate. My favorite cameo was Lance Henriksen as the voice of God. Majestic! Appalling! Discombobulating! Very Mortal Kombat-esque. More bad reviews on this one. I thought it was a lot of fun. Certainly not to be taken seriously.
Scorecard - Can you hear me now?: 0 / Killer comeback: X / Not Muffy!: 0 / The old flambé: 0 / A guy named Josh: 0


Oct 20
17. Needle* (2010) ★★
Ben, a college student, inherits a strange device from his father. Someone steals it, and his friends begin to get killed off, voodoo doll-style. Ben's douchebag brother Marcus, who is a crime scene photographer, mysteriously shows up after being out of his life for 2 years. It is incredible how everyone's door is left open. Is this the way things are in Australia? This is another "whodunnit" that I could give a shit about, like the Scream movies. In the end, they withhold information until the killer is exposed, for the convenience of the plot. I feel cheated.
Scorecard - Can you hear me now?: X / Killer comeback: 0 / Not Muffy!: 0 / The old flambé: 0 / A guy named Josh: X (Mr. Joshua. Is that cheating?)


Oct 22
18. I Spit on Your Grave 2* (2013) ★★★(-)
Those darn Bulgarians. Katie is a waitress who wants to be a photographer. She answers an ad looking for a model, and meets up with some shady foreigners. For the third time, they have succeeded in making an extremely unpleasant rape. They've also made the culprits even more despicable. I guess that makes for a good revenge? Katie escapes, and is rescued by... oh wait. It's that nasty family again. C'mon Katie. Surely you could have seen such an obvious twist coming. This movie succeeds in being horrific. I can give it that much. I just don't know if I'm outgrowing horror movies or what. Oh well. Back to Gilmore Girls. Rory was hit by a deer and is late for her test!
Scorecard - Tropeless - Can you hear me now?: 0 / Killer comeback: 0 / Not Muffy!: 0 / The old flambé: 0 / A guy named Josh: 0


Oct 23
19. A Serbian Film* (2010) ★★★(+)
Wow. I didn't know what exactly to expect out of Serbia. This movie, anyhow, has high production values. Milos is a former porn star who has started a family. Vukimr makes him an offer that he can't refuse with a new film. Problem is, Milos isn't in on what it's about. It gets weird. Let's say Milos' world is turned upside-down into a drug-induced nightmare. Pretty much off the charts in terms of offensiveness. Did I just witness newborn baby fucking?
Cinnamon's gone!
Scorecard - Tropeless - Can you hear me now?: 0 / Killer comeback: 0 / Not Muffy!: 0 / The old flambé: 0 / A guy named Josh: 0


Oct 25
20. The Possession of Michael King* (2014) ★★
Michael researches the occult. Michael gets possessed. Michael goes mad. Relies far too heavily on jump scares.
Scorecard - Can you hear me now?: 0 / Killer comeback: 0 / Not Muffy!: X / The old flambé: X / A guy named Josh: 0


Oct 26
21. Roseanne Halloween: The Final Chapter* S8/Ep05 (1995) ★★★(+)
Roseanne Boo!* S2/Ep07 (1989) ★★★(+)
Roseanne Skeleton in the Closet* S7/Ep06 (1994) ★★★(+)
Roseanne Halloween V* S6/Ep06 (1993) ★★★(+)
21.25. Wildcard Everybody Loves Raymond Halloween Candy S3/Ep06 (1998) ★★★★



Oct 29
22.25. Neighbor* (2009) ★★★(+)
I tried to hate it, honestly! Three unlikeable tools get tormented by a hot psycho. I definitely didn't not not like this, but I feel that if it were told in a more straightforward manner (see how I did that?), it would've been more effective. There are flashbacks and dream sequences that ultimately confuse things. But I was really charmed by America Olivo's unhinged performance and antics, as well as the great gore fx.
Scorecard - Can you hear me now?: 0 / Killer comeback: X / Not Muffy!: 0 / The old flambé: X / A guy named Josh: 0


Oct 30
23.25. Dagon* (2001) ★★★★
Four vacationers encounter a creepy village of fish-people off the coast of Spain. A pasty nerd gets all the chicks, including female sea creatures. It probably would've helped if I knew more than a few words of Spanish, as half the movie is in it.
Scorecard - Can you hear me now?: X / Killer comeback: 0 / Not Muffy!: 0 / The old flambé: X / A guy named Josh: 0


Trope Final Stats (out of 16 movies)
No cell service: 7 (44%)
Wait, the killer isn't dead?: 4 (25%)
Pet death: 6 (38%)
Someone catches fire: 4 (25%)
A guy named Josh: 3 (19%)

Total: 23.25
Movies: 16
FTV: 31

List Final
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