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TO AVOID CLUTTER THE LISTS THREAD WILL BE CREATED JUST PRIOR TO OCTOBER 1ST AS USUAL.
Since '05 the goal of the challenge has been to reach 100 horror/horror-related films. Your personal goal is as high or as low as you want it to be. Whether you achieve it, surpass it or don't even come close to reaching it, the ultimate goal here is to enjoy yourself while conversing with fellow horror fans.
There will be a separate thread to include your lists as indicated above. Be creative and personalize it however you wish - In 1 post, weekly, biweekly, give reviews, post pics, provide IMDB links to your titles, add YouTube videos, include running times (calculating total times is up to you), etc. It's recommended that you provide a link to your list(s) in your signature for easy access. The only mandatory rule here is NUMBER YOUR LISTS!
What qualifies? If you're unsure of your title's genre classification the IMDB and allmovie are good sources to determine its potential horror movie status. If you're still uncertain or think it's listed incorrectly, ask...that's what this thread is here for! Horror-comedies, Sci-Fi horror, shitty horror (Prom Night remake, anyone?), kiddie horror, creature features, erotic horror, Masters of Horror (Yesssss, they're considered movies) silents, made-for-TV movies, etc. count. Mini-series count as 1 despite the running time. Legitimate stand-alone horror documentaries count.No fluff! One that isn't a featurette produced exclusively for a film's DVD as supplemental material. For example, don't try and pass off the DVD featurettes, interviews, making of and the like as part of your list. TV shows don't count (except those used as wild cards).
Keep it civil - take the arguments, name calling and accusations elsewhere. Don't accuse someone of "not having a life" simply because they're able to watch more in a day than you. Remember, not everyone keeps the same schedule and some of us require less sleep than others. And above all, don't let your competitiveness turn ugly and start unnecessary accusations against your fellow participants. If you feel someone has padded their lists just leave it alone. If you have a personal beef with someone settle it anywhere but here ...the IMDB boards for instance. ( Anger Management Techniques ) Keep in mind this is done solely on the honor system.
The same film can't be viewed more than once. Remakes are the exception to the rule. In other words, don't go back and watch the theatrical version of "Pale English Titty Vampires Part III: The Anemic Areola" after already having viewed "Pale English Titty Vampires Part III: The Anemic Areola SPF 666 Edition". The same holds true for all versions: director's cuts, unrated editions, colorized versions, fan edits, extended editions, "the version you supposedly couldn't see in a theater", etc. Honestly, why waste precious time watching the same bloody thing over again when there's so many great titles just waiting to be discovered out there? Pick your favorite cut and be content with your decision!
Vote for you favorite commentary option:
Half credit option. Allow commentaries only after one has viewed the film with the proper soundtrack. If you do choose to go back and listen w/commentary it's worth half a credit/point.
7 commentary limit. Self explanatory.
WINNER ---> The "with or without" option. Same as last year. <--- WINNER
The formats and where/how you watch them is strictly your call -- DVDs, Blu-ray, HD DVD, at the theater, on television, public domain downloads (links provided below), VHS, Laserdisc, Video On Demand, Netflix, UMD, MiniDV, CED, Unbox, Apple TV, Watch Now, Payperview, Betamax, via laptop, VCD, Video iPod...you name it. And yes, that even includes the pan & scan edited-for-television movies on TBS with multiple pop-ups and commercial interruptions! (NOT Recommended, BTW!) Just make sure the movie is viewed in it's entirety ...especially those of an adult nature!
Nothing to see here. Move along!
If you do watch non-genre titles during the month and feel the need to include them in your list that's alright, but please keep them separate from the qualifying ones and don't number them. The preferred method would be to post them in the "What Are You Watching This Week" thread. Once again, NUMBER YOUR LISTS or my doppelgänger will haunt your dreams!
The prizes will be handled somewhat different than in previous challenges. This year it goes like this:
Random drawings will be held for anyone who reaches (or surpasses) the challenge's goal of 100. (via Random.org)
The participant with the most impressive list.
PRIZES WILL NOT BE REVEALED UNTIL THE END OF THE CHALLENGE.
WARNING: The possibility exists that "crappy" will be the term used to describe them.
More details coming soon.
6 WILD CARDS (courtesy of caligulathegod) - This allows you to add a TV show, Halloween cartoon, short film, etc...and have it count. As always, the challenge wouldn't be complete without wholeheartedly recommending "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" as essential viewing.
THE CHECKLIST - Complete it and feel a sense of accomplishment.
THE "31 FILMS FOR 31 DAYS" LIST (courtesy of Trevor) - Watch these 31 films on the listed day, with group discussion starting the next morning. Or don't watch them but still join the discussion. Click HERE for thread.
SEE POST 2 FOR MORE DETAILS
Turner Classic Movies ---> October 2008 Schedule of Qualifying Titles:
3:00 PM - Most Dangerous Game (1932)
1:15 AM - King Kong (1933)
10:00 AM - The Spiral Staircase (1945)
4:00 PM - The Haunting (1963)
4:15 AM - 13 Ghosts (1960)
10:30 PM - The Stepford Wives (1975)
12:30 AM - The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)
2:15 AM - Wicked, Wicked (1973)
12:00 PM - Village Of The Damned (1960)
1:30 PM - House Of Usher (1960)
2:00 AM - Eyes Without a Face (1960)
3:45 AM - The Mystery Of The Wax Museum (1933)
6:00 AM - Kongo (1932)
7:45 AM - The Ghost Ship (1943)
9:00 Am - The Seventh Victim (1943)
10:15 AM - The Return Of Doctor X (1939)
11:30 AM - The Mysterious Doctor (1943)
12:30 PM - The Woman In White (1948)
2:30 Pm - The Haunting (1963)
8:00 PM - The Hunchback Of Notre Dame(1939)
1:45 Am - Cat People (1942)
3:00 Am - I Walked With A Zombie (1943)
4:15 Am - Isle of the Dead (1945)
5:30 AM - The Body Snatcher (1945)
2:00 Am - Carnival of Souls (1962)
3:30 Am - Spider Baby (1968)
6:00 Am - The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
8:00 PM - Psycho (1960)
10:00 PM - Peeping Tom (1960)
12:00 AM - Strait-Jacket (1964)
3:45 AM - Homicidal (1961)
2:00 PM - The Birds (1963)
1:30 AM - The Unknown (1927)
2:30 AM - Vampyr - Der Traum des Allan Grey (1932)
3:45 AM - The Black Room (1935)
5:00 AM - Before I Hang (1940)
6:00 AM - The Spiral Staircase (1945)
4:45 PM - The Thing From Another World (1951)
6:15 PM - Mad Love (1935)
7:30 PM - The Beast With Five Fingers (1946)
9:00 PM - I Walked With A Zombie (1943)
10:15 PM - Curse of the Demon (1958)
12:00 PM - The Gorgon (1964)
1:30 PM - Mr. Sardonicus (1961)
3:15 PM - The Tomb Of Ligeia (1964)
5:00 PM - The Tingler (1959)
6:30 PM - House Of Usher (1960)
8:00 PM - Dead of Night (1945)
10:00 PM - Torture Garden (1967)
11:45 PM - Twice-Told Tales (1963)
2:00 AM - Kwaidan (1964)
4:45 AM - Spirits of the Dead (1969)
7:30 AM - Cat People (1942)
9:00 AM - Freaks (1932)
10:15 AM - The Devil Doll (1936)
11:45 AM - Mark Of The Vampire (1935)
1:00 PM - The Devil Bat (1940)
2:15 PM - White Zombie (1932)
3:30 PM - The Body Snatcher (1945)
5:00 PM - Bedlam (1946)
6:30 PM - The Ghoul (1933)
8:00 PM - The Haunted Palace (1963)
9:30 PM - Die, Monster, Die ! (1965)
11:00 PM - The Shuttered Room (1966)
12:45 AM - The Dunwich Horror (1970)
2:30 AM - Blood Feast (1963)
3:45 AM - Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964)
Provide a link to you list(s) in your signature.
Give reviews. Even if it's just a mini-review, a simple / or one word description.
Increase your coffee consumption.
Insomniac? Use it to your advantage!
Work from home? Ditto.
Cut down on your Internet time. Instead of constantly discussing movies...watch them!
Skip the supplemental material ...there's always November for that!
Boredom setting in? Watch another movie!
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2008 Additions & Revisions
As is usually the case, there's been a few minor changes made to this year's challenge. They are due to your feedback taken from this thread and are the following:
New this year is The "31 Films for 31 Days" List to encourage group discussion.
Horror documentaries are still allowed, but the "fluff" taken from DVD supplemental material (making of, featurettes, behind the scenes, etc.) no longer count. Some legitimate examples include: "100 Years of Horror", "American Nightmare", "Fear in the Dark" and "Halloween: 25 Years of Terror".
Pending your votes, a commentary rule change is a possibility.
The Wilds Cards have been doubled to 6.
Yes, I realize everyone doesn't always agree on allowing commentaries, the 40-minute rule, the exclusion of TV shows, etc. But the fact of the matter is it's damn near impossible to satisfy everyone, that's the sole reason the feedback thread was created and your input was taken accordingly.
October 1stNosferatuOctober 2ndShadow of the VampireOctober 3rdSuspiriaOctober 4thA Nightmare on Elm StreetOctober 5thNight of the Living DeadOctober 6thThe ShiningOctober 7th
Stuart Gordon's Re-AnimatorOctober 8thCreature from the Black Lagoon (chosen by vote)
October 9thThe Devil's Rejects (chosen by FusionX)
October 10thRosemary's BabyOctober 11thThe Texas Chainsaw MassacreOctober 12thFreaksOctober 13thFriday the 13thOctober 14thThe Wolf Man (this is October's Full Moon)
October 15thClaw of Terror (aka "Scream Bloody Murder")
YouTube link (chosen by Mister Peepers)
October 16thManos: The Hands of Fate (chosen by steelpotato)
October 17thThe ExorcistOctober 18thThe Invisible ManOctober 19thHard (chosen by edwardnortonfan)
October 20thApril Fool's Day (chosen by wlverinefactor)
October 21stJohn Carpenter'sThe ThingOctober 22ndThe Evil Dead October 23rdPsychoOctober 24thThe MummyOctober 25thThe Pit and the Pendulum (chosen by Dimension X)
October 26thHorror of Dracula (chosen by Crazee4DVDs)
October 27thThe Innocents (chosen by Giles)
October 28thBlack Sunday (chosen by Chad)
October 29thDraculaOctober 30thFrankensteinOctober 31stHalloween (1978)
There are 6 wild card options. The wild card can be used for any horror related item, including It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, various halloween Bugs Bunny cartoons, Roseanne or Simpsons Halloween episodes, X-Files or Angel the Series episodes, etc.
The Expanded Checklist/Bingo Card
(Copy & paste into your list.)
Watch one film from every decade of film history.
--- 1890 - (insert film title here)
--- 1900 -
--- 1910 -
--- 1920 -
--- 1930 -
--- 1940 -
--- 1950 -
--- 1960 -
--- 1970 -
--- 1980 -
--- 1990 -
--- 2000 -
Watch a film for each rating:
--- Unrated (pre-MPAA) - (insert film title here)
--- G -
--- PG -
--- PG-13 -
--- R -
--- NC-17 -
--- X (not porn; several horror films were rated X) -
--- Unrated (post-MPAA) -
Watch a film starring:
--- Bela Lugosi - (insert film title here)
--- Lon Chaney Sr. -
--- Boris Karloff -
--- Lon Chaney Jr. -
--- Vincent Price -
--- Peter Cushing -
--- Christopher Lee -
--- Robert Englund -
--- Bruce Campbell -
--- Jamie Lee Curtis -
Watch films in at least two languages other than English.
--- First language, (insert language), (insert title).
--- Second language, (insert language), (insert title).
Watch a film in each of the following subgenres/types:
--- Vampire - (insert film title here)
--- Frankenstein -
--- Werewolf -
--- Mummy -
--- Invisible Man -
--- Ghost/haunting -
--- Witchcraft/satanic/religious -
--- Zombie -
--- Slasher/psycho/homicidal maniac -
--- Monster/creature feature/Godzilla -
--- Documentary -
--- Musical -
--- Spoof/comedy -
--- Revenge -
--- Killer/evil doll -
--- Killer/evil animal -
--- Killer/evil child -
--- Giallo -
--- J horror -
--- MST3K/rifftrax/CT -
--- film and its remake -
--- based on a video game -
--- based on a novel -
--- directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis or Uwe Boll or Ulli Lommel -
--- won an Academy Award -- any category -
--- silent film -
--- Criterion version film -
--- with commentary -
--- film and at least two of its sequels -
--- anthology film -
--- takes place on a holiday -
--- takes place in space -
--- takes place on or under the sea -
--- animated film -
--- called "Night of the ..." -
--- called "Return of the ..." -
--- called "Revenge of the ..." -
--- called "Attack of the ..." -
--- with the words "Living Dead" in the title -
(One film could fill multiple items. Example: Dracula would fill one for decade, rating, actor, vampire, based on novel, and maybe others as well.)
(Use a * to mark first time viewings.)
(Change "---" to "-X-" or some similar mark when you have completed that line item.)
(First one to fill in all the blanks wins a random DVD from Trevor.)
Is it really that much of a burden to watch a real movie for the challenge? Commentaries pass the time "quicker" and more effortlessly, I'll give you that, but it takes more effort to actually be engaged in the story, the characters, the dialogue, the sound effects, etc. Horror's (of all genres) main purpose is to invoke a reaction, be it fear or terror, disgust or revulsion, shock, suspense, thrills, the jibblies, or whatever. Listening to someone talk over the soundtrack giving away tricks or upcoming scares, or telling us how much fun it was to work with so-and-so, or how great the catering was that day doesn't do that. This is a Horror movie challenge and it is in the spirit of the challenge to let the movies have a chance to work. It's not a "spend October with your DVDs" challenge. It's a "let's all watch a bunch of Horror movies together" challenge. Doesn't matter how you vote or what the rule ends up being. All I hope is for everyone to have respect for the genre and for the challenge and enjoy being scared the way it was meant to be.
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As to the vote, there probably should have been a "D:No Commentary" option, too. I suggested "A" so that those who really wanted to listen to commentaries could still do so, but with a modest cost.
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I'm torn on the commentary thing. Could easily vote "D", no commentaries. But then, my main "flogging a dead horse mantra" has been along the lines of "less rules, more fun, let people count whatever they want, don't worry if they're "doing it wrong", and relax". So I guess C is my choice. A and B are too "rulesy".
Also, we need a set rule that MST3K and rifftrax are not commentaries, as you still hear the "real soundtrack".
Isn't "Watch a film based on a video game" and "Watch a film directed by Uwe Boll" redundant? I'd just as soon lose the Uwe Boll entry and put in some other hack like H.G. Lewis or Joe D'Amato or someone else equally painful.
"A" really isn't as "rulesy as it seems. It is the only one (other than the non-existent D) that insists viewers actually watch the film properly. I mean, it really should be self-evident that in a movie watching challenge you actually watch movies. It's also a concession to those who really, really want to watch a commentary. If you watch "half" a film, you should only get half credit.
I'll try to watch some movies this October, but can make no guarantee that I will watch many or any.
Last year I only made it to 8 films, and that was a struggle itself with my work and class schedule. And i'm in a similar sitation this year. I'll try to watch stuff I have not watched yet, or haven't watched in a few years. And I may watch some alternate versions to mix it up as well. That is the plan anyway,if I can work in some films.
Of course it should be quality over quantity,and just have fun with it. And watching only 8 last year wasn't bad and was fun for the most part.
Wicked, Wicked sounds like an interesting oddity."No Glasses - All You Need Are Your Eyes." How many other films are completely split-screen? The only one I'm aware of is Mike Figgis' Timecode, with four (!) simultaneous frames of action.