Goals: 100 films, checklist, theme nights
*Denotes First Time Watch
Orange = TV/DVR/On Demand/Theater
September 30 - after dusk
* 1. TUSK
7/10 I wanted to give the movie a higher ranking, but the side story was distracting and the actors in those scenes just didn't do it for me. I loved the interaction with Justin Long and Michael Parks (who I want to see more of now) and I really loved how they played off of each other, but other than that, it kind of dragged at times, especially during the end. Still worth a view for the dynamic of Long and Parks, just could have cleaned up better.
* 2. THE TORTURED
5/10 I love Bill Moseley and decided to give it a watch. It's an interesting story with how, if your kid is murdered, what you would do to the killer. I actually also enjoyed the acting of Erika Christensen and Jesse Metcalfe during most of the movie, but after the trial it did drag on a bit. It did pick up (I think the people from Saw did this or something) so if you like those kinds of films, it's not too bad. However, ending did ruin it for me (and a bunch of other people if you read IMDB) and it did ruin it a bit for me. If you enjoy Bill, it's worth a watch, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it and probably wouldn't watch it again.
* 3. ATTACK OF THE PUPPET PEOPLE
5.5/10 My main issue isn't with the movie itself, but how it comes on Netflix. The volume is extremely low, even blasting the TV. The movie did start off kind of slow, as most classic films, but did end up picking up. The one thing I enjoyed was that while it is an older film, it didn't come across as that bad, given the technology back then. Of course you can tell they did something to film the short people with the tall puppet master, but it came off as better as some of the newer films. I was hoping for a few more scares and while it did have a few jumps, just wasn't as thrilling or suspenseful as I was hoping it would be. I liked the production and the acting was well done, so I would probably place the blame on the script.
* 4. STALLED
5/10 There were some good parts to this film and I have to say, by far, my favorite part was when the main character took the pill and had a dance party in the stall. For that, the movie was worth watching. However, after that party, it made me scratch my head as the woman he was talking to kept throwing out these random accusations and no idea how she came about this from the guy stealing money and a phone. Unless I missed something, I just don't know how she came about this information. Not worth the space in my movie shelf, but was worth killing an hour and a half.
* 5. MUTANTS
(2008) 2/10 So while the ratings were awful for this on Netflix, the description sounded interesting. Scientist makes regular sugar wildly addictive and people turn to mutants. Sadly the production and acting seemed like something you would watch late at night as a young teenager on some subscription cable network (you know, soft core porn). This was just awful. About 20-30 minutes in I wanted to turn it off as I know my time was wasted. Story was awful, acting was awful, this movie just SUCKED. Why Netflix has this crap streaming, I don't know. But I feel like Netflix should be paying me to sit through this.
* 6. THE CARRIER
5/10 I didn't hate, but I damn sure didn't love it. There were some funny one liners, some stuff that made you scratch your head, and things that just didn't fit. It was a nice time killer movie, but it didn't really scare me or do much for me. Gregory Fortescue seemed like a low class cool actor (you know, James Dean and to a degree dorky John Cusack). Not something I would watch again, though.
* 7. SLEEPAWAY CAMP
7/10 This was a fun movie and I went in with high expectations from the things I read about this film. It didn't exceed them, but it also didn't really disappoint. It's your typical summer slasher (which shows from the production value) but I was disappointed there wasn't more scares and blood. But I really enjoyed Jonathan Tiersten's acting (really portrayed the average boy) and the eyes of Felissa Rose are to die for. And Karen Fields as well as Katherine Kamhi are nice to look at. While I think I actually heard about the ending before seeing it (now watching it, I do remember hearing about something like this), it wasn't quiet the ending I was expecting. Reminded me of the reveal in Orphan
and was expecting the reveal to be someone else. But yeah, the ending, not so much the reveal, but how it ended kind of took me away. Still worth a watch and does seem to have some replay value. Might actually go out and purchase the blu-ray.
8. A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3
4/10 Wow I forgot how bad these sequels are. Some really bad acting, slow pacing, and this does nothing for Freddy's character. A few cool one liners and deaths, but that's about it. Lots of boring dialogue (Heather may be praised for this series, but there's a reason why she isn't in many films) and Freddy didn't get his justice in the film. Usually sequels give you more villain time on the screen, but not here.
* 9. DOLLS
8/10 I really enjoyed this film. It was short, so it was able to hold my attention. It had characters you could cheer for (like Judy and Ralph) and those you wanted to see die (like Rosemary and David). Though some of the deaths aren't graphic, some are fun to watch. Knowing that Charles Band had his hand in this, does make me wonder if he had a fetish for those types of objects coming to life. I felt this was actually a better movie than Puppetmaster
with the same music. There's some creepy scenes and it's a bummer this never got a sequel. I would highly recommend this for anyone who loves films from the 80's.
* 10. CLUB DREAD
6.5/10 This movie was actually semi-enjoyable. I like Kevin Heffernan's acting and Brittany Daniel is a beautiful woman. And, of course, Bill Paxton stole the show as Coconut Pete. While I wasn't a huge fan at the start (huge pet peeve, if a guy is getting blown, why show he still has everything on, just don't show that area). While it's not something I would watch every year, there was some humor to this like the Pac-Man game and Paxton's singing. Worth a watch if you like the Broken Lizard guys.
* 11. THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL
7.5/10 I heard good things about this movie and how it made Ti West, so wanted to give it a try. I do like the feel of a 70's and 80's horror film with the way it was filmed, but other than the creepy old man and the sudden kill in the middle, the pacing was kind of slow. Thought there could be a few more creepy moments or something thrown in. Kind of figured, after the kill, who the pizza guy would be, but the last 20 minutes was pretty cool. Really like the satanic part at the end and how it was done. Overall, something I would watch again and tell my friends about.
* 12. COME OUT AND PLAY
4/10 This was a pretty boring film all around. Couldn't keep my attention and just wanted it to end. The last 10 minutes or so did save it as I couldn't stop laughing as the main guy started wrestling with the kids and tossing them all into the water. The thing is, his wife just died, would have been nice to see some emotion as he shot the kids and wrestled with them. Kids also had no emotions. The kicker, the police shot to kill first, say anything else after attitude. Won't be watching this again.
* 13. THE STUFF
4/10 It seemed like a really cool premise, stuff like ice cream turns you into a mindless zombie, but overall, this script lacked direction and was just boring. There were some cool moments with the boy at a store destroying The Stuff and interaction with his family, but as the movie went on, I was hoping this movie would just need. Again, it had a really cool idea, but the overall acting was just awful and there wasn't much direction. Wouldn't watch this again.
* 14. BLACK SABBATH
(English version) 5.5/10 So the English version is really different than the Italian. The first part in the movie, the dead woman and the girl who takes the ring, was exciting and fun to watch. Probably the best part of the film, but the next two entries were pretty boring. I miss how they cut off the lesbian tension and the pimp, though the ghost writing was cool. But the last part of the film was a total drag and the longest segment in the film. Overall, I'd stick to the Italian and just read the subtitles.
* 15. BLACK SUNDAY
5/10 I heard really good things about this film, but it seems like the classics just don't do it for me. The opening was pretty amazing, I will give the movie that. Maybe it's because it's the American version that made most of the movie dull? Not too sure. But the opening is worth a view, but other than that, I'll pass on the rest.
* 16. THE BAY
4/10 I did enjoy the woman talking throughout the film and how they used today's technology to capture footage. Outside of that, the movie is pretty dull. It's very basic and seems like something you would see on the news. Nothing really drew my attention and it's not something I would watch again. I expected a little more with this being produced by Jason Blum and Oren Peli, but it comes out as pretty flat.
17. THE COMEDY OF TERRORS
9/10 I think I saw this one before, but not 100% sure. I loved it, though. Price can do no wrong. Joyce Jameson is a knockout doll. Great comedy and a lot of fun. A must watch for any horror fan that wants a bit of comedy in their film. They truly don't make films like this anymore, which is a shame.
* 18. THE PARANORMAL DIARIES CLOPHILL
2/10 Outside of maybe the last 15 or so minutes, this was a true drag. What was really awful was the sound. I couldn't hear any of the interviews or much about the legend even at full blast. The sound was just terrible and there were no subtitles so I could at least read what was going on. The scare scene at the end just isn't worth the trouble as you probably will end up falling asleep before you get there. Pass!
* 19. CARRIE
(REMAKE) 6/10 I didn't love it, but I also didn't hate it. There were some questionable moments like why Carrie killed the black girl who she just met at Prom and was sweet, she's 17-18 and just got her period, the horrible religion ideas of her mother, but it wasn't awful. Some of the acting was enjoyable. I should rewatch the original and see if there are any differences, but it seems like this sequel isn't something that was needed, that's for sure. Oh, another pet peeve, no cops or anyone went chasing Carrie. In this day and age, a student did that, you bet there would be cops and planes and everything out for her.
* 20. PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE
6.5/10 I don't know if I love this or hated it. It's got a campy feel to it and started off really strange, which I thought it was going to be a Rocky Horror Picture Show type of movie. But as the film went on, I did seem to enjoy it here and there. William Finley seems like a very talented actor, but his character just turned me off throughout the film. His whiny voice, the attention he wanted, it was a turnoff. I thought Paul Williams did a wonderful job as his role. It made sense, knowing the type of person he is, why he acted the way he did. Then, like typical Hollywood, you sell your soul to the Devil to be famous (or in this case, stay young) and it made sense. My biggest complaint, though, is Jessica Harper's character. Now, I really loved her singing, her dancing, but it was the character. She didn't want to sleep to get to the top. She just wanted to sing. She refused to sing and said she isn't that type of person. Then boom, she sleep with Paul Williams after she got her shoot. That didn't make a lot of sense to me and destroyed her character. But overall, if you want a horror musical, this could be one of the bright spots.
* 21. ANNABELLE
6/10 It was better than I expected. The acting wasn't as bad, but the doll just seemed like a gimmick. It was an object just to be used by a demon to cause mayhem and chaos, which is a bummer as we haven't had a good doll film in quite some time. Add on the fact that there wasn't that based on a true story line (or at least I didn't see it) which was a shame for me as I wanted that feel to the story and wanted some facts about the doll and the history. The movie just seemed to drag along the way and the best part was the beginning during the home invasion. Overall, I'd rather stick to Dead Silence
than this film as the doll does get more use and there's better scares.
* 22. THE HOWLING
7.5/10 While the sexual subtext was a bit confusing (don't get me wrong, I love sex and nudity, I just didn't get the whole idea of it in the movie). It was an interesting story and pretty unique for the time. I'm always a fan of Dee Wallace and this proves she's one of the best horror actresses in the genre. One big thing I'd like to give kudos to is the special effects team. Those effects are even better than what we see today. Overall, a really enjoyable film about werewolves.
* 23. DRACULA UNTOLD
6.5/10 The story was interesting, to say the least. It wasn't like the typical Dracula movies one would see, so it was nice to give it a different take. He's still a monster, either way you slice it. And I did enjoy the acting from all sides to the story. The only thing that bugged me was about the last 15 minutes or so. It left me with a bunch of headscratching questions like why did Dracula stay alive while the people he turned died (shouldn't they live with the same curse), how is the man that turned him to be Dracula also still alive, and why did it have to end in present day if they plan on doing a sequel and use other monsters? Thus, the ending killed it for me and the reason for a so-so score.
* 24. A BUCKET OF BLOOD
7.5/10 I must admit, the start of the movie did go by pretty slow, but I found Antony Carbone very entertaining and funny. It is a short and playful movie, so besides the start, the movie does pick up and is a lot of fun to watch. If you enjoy comedy horror films, this is certainly one to watch. You won't find these types of films anymore, that's for sure.
* 25. THE VAMPIRE LOVERS
* 26. THE BATTERY
* 28. THE RAGE: CARRIE 2
* 29. THE SACRAMENT
* 30. THE FUNHOUSE
31. HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL
* 32. BURIED ALIVE
* 33. THE WICKED
* 34. MIMIC 3: SENTINEL
35. THE FLY
* 36. GRAVE HALLOWEEN
37. DEAD SILENCE
* 38. RABID
* 39. MIDNIGHT MOVIE
* 40. THE HOST
* 42. THE BROOD
* 43. I WAS A TEENAGE ZOMBIE
* 44. 13/13/13
* 45. THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN
* 46. HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER
* 47. LIZZIE BORDEN TOOK AN AX
* 48. LIZZIE
* 49. JACK'S BACK
* 50. TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL
* 51. VAMPIRE IN VENICE
* 52. AUTOPSY
Select 10 actors:
--- John Agar -or- Donald Pleasence - ATTACK OF THE PUPPET PEOPLE
--- Adrienne Barbeau -or- Carolyn Purdy-Gordon - DOLLS
--- Bruce Campbell -or- Bill Moseley - THE TORTURED
--- Barbara Crampton -or- Phil Fondacaro -
--- Jamie Lee Curtis -or- Jill Schoelen -
--- Peter Cushing -or- Christopher Lee -
--- Larry Drake -or- Michael Ironside- MUTANTS
--- Lisa Langlois -or- Lynn Lowry -
--- Suzi Lorraine -or- Sara Paxton -
--- Christopher George -or- Kevin McCarthy -
--- Jeff Goldblum -or- Christopher Walken -
--- Anthony Hopkins -or- Anthony Perkins -
--- Boris Karloff -or- Bela Lugosi -
--- Jordan Ladd -or- Tiffany Shepis -
--- Josť Mojica Marins -or- Paul Naschy -
--- Malcolm McDowell -or- Julian Sands -
--- Ray Milland -or- Vincent Price -
--- Andrew Prine -or- Robert Z'Dar -
--- Michael Ripper -or- Thorley Walters -
--- John Saxon -or- Barbara Steele - A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS
Select 2 film composers:
--- John Frizzell -
--- Claudio Simonetti -
--- Howard Shore -
--- Frank Skinner -
Select 5 directors:
--- Dario Argento -or- Lucio Fulci -
--- Mario Bava -or- William Castle - BLACK SUNDAY
--- Lamberto Bava -or- Umberto Lenzi -
--- Larry Cohen -or- Don Coscarelli - THE STUFF
--- Roger Corman -or- David DeCoteau -
--- Ruggero Deodato -or- Herschell Gordon Lewis -
--- Kiyoshi Kurosawa -or- Hideo Nakata -
--- Tom Holland -or- Steve Miner -
--- The Pang Brothers (Danny & Oxide) -or- Takashi Miike -
--- Ti West -or- Adam Wingard - THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL
Select 2 make-up effects artists:
--- Roy Ashton -
--- Greg Cannom -
--- Robert Hall -
--- Dick Smith (R.I.P.) -
Select 2 producers:
--- Jason Blum - THE BAY
--- Herman Cohen -
--- Sam Katzman -
--- Guillermo del Toro -
Select 1 writer:
--- Robert Bloch -
--- Charles B. Griffith -
--- H.P. Lovecraft -
Select 30 of the following sub-genres / types:
--- *3-D Film -
--- Anthology Film -
--- Appears on BFI's 100 European Horror Films List -
--- Appears on Video Nasties List -
--- Based on a Novel -
--- Cannibalism -
--- Cinema Inspired By: Stephen King -
--- Cinematic Titanic / Horror Host / MST3K / RiffTrax -
--- Comedy / Spoof -
--- Criterion / Masters of Cinema Version Film -
--- Death by: Decapitation -
--- Distributor / Studio: Something Weird Video (R.I.P. Mike Vraney) -
--- Documentary -
--- Extraterrestrial / Takes Place in Space -
--- Found Footage -
--- Frankenstein -
--- Ghost / Haunting -
--- Giallo -
--- J-Horror -
--- Judges of Face Off (Glenn Hetrick, Ve Neil, Neville Page or Patrick Tatopoulos) -
--- Killer / Evil Animal -
--- Killer / Evil Child -
--- Killer / Evil Doll -
--- Made-for-TV Movie -
--- Monster / Creature Feature / Godzilla -
--- Mummy -
--- Musical / Rock ‘n Roll Horror
--- Nation of Origin: Mexico -
--- Nazi -
--- Psychological -
--- Rape / Revenge -
--- Slasher / Psycho / Homicidal Maniac -
--- Takes Place on a Holiday -
--- Takes Place on or Under the Sea -
--- Three Installments in a Franchise -
--- Vampire -
--- Werewolf -
--- Witchcraft / Satanic / Religious -
--- With Commentary -
--- With Two or More Horror Legends -
--- Zombie -
Watch films in at least three formats:
--- First format, (insert format), (insert title).
--- Second format, (insert format), (insert title).
--- Third format, (insert format), (insert title).
Watch films in at least three languages:
--- First language, (insert language), (insert title).
--- Second language, (insert language), (insert title).
--- Third language, (insert language), (insert title).
Select 8 decades of film history:
--- 1890 -
--- 1900 -
--- 1910 -
--- 1920 -
--- 1930 -
--- 1940 -
--- 1950 -
--- 1960 -
--- 1970 -
--- 1980 -
--- 1990 -
--- 2000 -
--- 2010 -
Select 4 ratings:
--- G -
--- PG -
--- PG-13 -
--- R -
--- X / NC-17 -
--- Unrated -
--- M -
--- GP -
Attend a live event (convention, play, haunted house, ghost tour, etc.):
--- (insert event). OPTIONAL
Venture Into the Literary World:
--- Read a Horror Novel or Novella (insert title). OPTIONAL
--- 10/01: Better Crypts and Mortuaries - Bathrooms & Kitchens Edition - Stalled
--- 10/02: Mosquito Bites & Outdoor Frights - Summer-Themed Horror Films - Sleepaway Camp
--- 10/03: Nightmares & Dreamscapes - Dreams, Hallucinations & Drug Trips - A Nightmare on Elm Street 3
--- 10/04: Hilariously Maniacal Acne-Ridden Mashup - Horror Comedies & Teen Screams - Club Dread
--- 10/05: Gilligan's Island It Ain't; Isolation & Death Await - Deserted Island Horrors - Come Out and Play
--- 10/06: Revenge of the Chronological Horror Years Faceoff! - 1964 (50th) Vs. 1989 (25th) -
--- 10/07: Soundtracks In the Key of Death - Horror Films w/ Original Songs -
--- 10/08: Lascivious Lychanthrope Lunacy (Werewolves / Were-Creatures) On A Full Moon -
--- 10/09: What's On The Menu? You, Of Course! Foodservice Industry Terrors -
--- 10/10: Innuendo, Demonic T&A, Some Prostitutes & A Dash of Not-So-Gentle Foreplay - Lesbians, Brothels & Sex Demons -
--- 10/11: Print Media is Dead...Alive...Kicking & Screaming - 35 Years of Fangoria Covers -
--- 10/12: Die In Agony. Rest In Pieces. - Graveyard Horrors -
--- 10/13: Embarrassment Level Exceeded; IMDB Entry Deleted - Before They Were Stars -
--- 10/14: Vroom! Vroom! Decapitation, Mutilation, Death & Doom! Motorcycle Horrors -
--- 10/15: Laden with MSG; Your Insides Will Bleed! The Asian Buffet of Tantalizing Terrors! -
--- 10/16: Slashing More Than Just Prices! - Retail Establishment Terrors -
--- 10/17: Intertwined Deadly Domestic Dispute: Parental Units - Demented Dads & Bad Mothas -
--- 10/18: Some Defunct, But the Terrors Continue To Run Amok - 1980's Video Companies -
--- 10/19: It Slices! It Dices! It Circumcises! - Slashers / Giallos / Serial Killers -
--- 10/20: Blood Sucking Freaks of the Apocalypse - Vampires & Apocalyptic Horror -
--- 10/21: Demise & Dispair By Land & By Air - Planes, Trains & Automobiles -
--- 10/22: Intertwined Deadly Domestic Dispute: Killer Offspring - Sibling Rivalry -
--- 10/23: Mario's Castle of Gimmicks & Gothic Gore
The 100th Birthday Celebration of Mario Bava & William Castle -
--- 10/24: Mausoleum Mayhem; Gangrene Brainstem! - Zombies -
--- 10/25: Mass Marathon of the Damned 5 - Drive-In Double Features: It's Alive! -
--- 10/26: Ectoplasmic Delights; Strong Emotional Frights - Supernatural & Quiet / Soft -
--- 10/27: Once, Twice, Three Times the Lacerations - Horror Anthologies -
--- 10/28: Identities...Conceal! Depraved Homicidal Maniacs Always Kill! - Masked Killers -
--- 10/29: Monsterama. Monsterpalooza. Monsteritis. - Creature Features -
--- 10/30: Demented Devil's Night Debauchery - Demonic Possession / Satanic / Witchcraft -
--- 10/31: All Hallows Eve Horrifically Hideous Hellfest - Halloween Related -