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Old 09-18-11, 07:22 PM   #12
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Re: The 7th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread

2011 October Horror Movie Challenge

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☼ = First Time Viewing

Goals:
75 Entries
The Exorcist
Psycho
The Mummy Universal Legacy Collection

October 1
01. The Mummy (1932)☼ First half is pretty slow; however, the pace picks up in the second half and it finishes strong. Not quite as good as some of the other Universal monster movies like Dracula and Frankenstein, but still worth a watch for its place in history. 6/10

October 2
02. The Mummy's Hand (1940)☼ I actually enjoyed this one a little better than the original. It had just the right amount of humor and it worked perfectly for me. 7/10
03. The Mummy's Tomb (1942)☼ Similar to the original in that it started slowly, but finished strong. 6/10
04. The Mummy's Ghost (1944)☼ Very similar storyline to the previous sequels. Probably would be a little better if viewed individually rather than immediately after the previous films. 5/10

October 3
05. The Mummy's Curse (1944)☼ Picks up thirty years after The Mummy's Ghost and continues the storyline. I liked it a little better than Ghost because it continues the plot and doesn't rehash it. 6/10
06. The Woods (2006)☼ Good atmosphere and setting but weak storyline. I'm convinced there's a good movie in there somewhere; this just isn't it. 3/10
07. May (2002)☼ Bizarre and disturbing! I decided I liked it after thinking about it for a couple of days and it stayed with me for at least that long. 7/10
08. He Knows You're Alone (1980)☼ Tries its best to be another Halloween, but never successfully recreates the atmosphere or mood until the final fifteen minutes, which are quite good. Gets an extra point for finishing on such a strong point. 6/10
09. Near Dark (1987) Pretty good and somewhat different vampire movie. The bar scene was absolutely awesome! 6/10

October 4
10. Children of the Living Dead (2001)☼ Despite the cringe inducing dialogue and cheap effects, I really enjoyed this one. Falls into the so bad it's good category. 4/10
11. Slither (2006)☼ Excellent!!! I loved every second of it and don't know why I waited so long so see it. 8/10
12. Wolfen (1981)☼ I was expecting a werewolf movie, but that's not what I got, but it's still pretty good. The wolves used in the movie were awesome; if this movie were made today, it would be full of CGI and I don't think it would be nearly as effective. 6/10
13. Session 9 (2001)☼ Great setting and atmosphere in the abandoned mental hospital. I liked everything about until the twist ending. I must say I knew something was coming but I had it pegged to end differently. The ending prevents this good horror mvie from being great. 7/10

October 5
14. A Stranger is Watching (1982)☼ Good setting in the bowels of the New York City subway system directed by Sean Cunningham of Friday the 13th fame. A little slow at times, but overall not bad. 6/10
15. Black Sunday (1960)☼ Excellent film from Mario Bava. I didn't think I was going to like it at the beginning, but it grew on me, and I was loving it by the end. 7/10
16. Someone's Watching Me! (1978)☼ Not your typical John Carpenter film, but I suspect that's because it was made for TV. Much more psychological thriller than horror. I was a little disappointed in the ending as I would like to have known more about the stalker. 6/10
17. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006) Different and interesting. I loved all of the references to other horror movies and need to rewatch it because I'm sure I missed some. 7/10

October 6
18. The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)☼ A retelling of the original Frankenstein story with a few twists and turns thrown in that, I think, actually improve the story. 6/10
19. The Dentist (1996)☼ Good creepy and demented performance from Corbin Bernsen. I just hope my dentist is not having a bad day the next time I visit him! 5/10
20. Prom Night (1980)☼ I thought I had seen this many years ago, but none of it seemed even remotely familiar so I counting it as a first time viewing. I actually really liked it much more than I expected. Good storyline and well executed. Kept me guessing until the final reveal. 6/10
21. The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)☼ Loved all of the quirky characters that showed up. Also, some great and quotable one liners. Deserves a second viewing to pick up on the things I missed. 7/10

October 7
22. Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II (1987)☼ I actually liked this one better than the original, although, it really shouldn't be considered a sequel as there is absolutely no connection to the first one other than taking place a prom. 7/10
23. The Eighteenth Angel (1998)☼ Decent satanic thriller starring a very young Rachel Leigh Cook. 5/10
24. Black Sabbath (1963)☼ Another classic from Mario Bava. Three seperate stories hosted by Boris Karloff with The Wurdalak being the standout. 7/10

October 8
25. Dementia 13 (1963)☼ Dull and boring; it was all I could do to stay awake during this one. Francis Ford Coppola has improved tremendously since this. 1/10

October 9
26. Blame (2006)☼ Good beginning, horrible ending. No explanations were given as to why anything happened. Maybe that's standard for Spanish films, and if so, that's a shame. 5/10

October 10
27. The Cave (2006)☼ Good, creepy atmosphere much like The Descent; however, the storyline falls a little short of The Descent. Camera work was a little annoying with all of the quick cuts, but still better than I expected and worth a watch. 6/10
28. Le6ion of the Dead (2002)☼ A couple of good one liners, but overall, not very good. 3/10
29. Incubus (2007)☼ Stars Tara Reid. That should tell you all you need to know about this film. Actually, a good creepy setting in a laboratory in the middle of the woods, but that's the only good thing about it. 3/10
30. Village of the Damned (1960)☼ Excellent classic from the early sixties. I would like for it to have been a little longer as it left many questions unanswered. 6/10

October 11
31. Dog Soldiers (2002) Loved it!!! Good gore, good storyline, a couple of good twists and adequate acting all spell a cult classic! Suffered somewhat from a limited budget, but I can over look that. 8/10
32. Buried Alive (2007)☼ Interesting enough to hold my attention for its just over one hour runtime; however, at the end, I just felt meh. 4/10

October 12
33. Children of the Damned (1964)☼ Adequate sequal to Village of the Damned, but left many questions unanswered. 5/10

October 13
34. The Girl Next Door (2007) Absolutely loved the movie; however, it was brutal and hard to watch. I don't ever expect to watch it again, but it is well worth watching once. 7/10

October 14
35. Spectre (2006)☼ Another of the 6 Films to Keep You Awake collection, that much like Blame, showed promise, but ultimately disappointed me. 5/10

October 15
36. Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006) This is bad, one of the worst films I've ever seen. It's a good premise, but just a little too stupid to be good. 0/10

October 16
37. Kill, Baby...Kill! (1968)☼ Another Bava, another excellent film! I enjoyed Black Sunday slightly more; however, this is not far behind. 7/10
38. Hellion: The Devil's Playground (2001)☼ AKA Cubbyhouse, this was a somewhat entertaining satanic cult film set in Australia. Despite a lot of plotholes and not a lot of gore, it managed to keep my attention throughout the runtime. 4/10
39. Red Mist (2008) I actually enjoyed this title. Pretty good story and a couple of hot chicks helped. Much better than I expected. 6/10

October 17
40. The Toolbox Murders (1978) Starts out strong with some good kills and then fades a little when the action dies down a bit. Still better than most current day slashers. 6/10
41. The Blair Witch Project (1999) First half is pretty slow, but the last half is pretty intense and it ends on a strong note. 7/10

October 18
42. Deadline (2009) Decent ghost story starring Brittany Murphy in one of her last roles. Good creepy, atmosphere but it seemd as though something was missing. 5/10
43. Offspring (2009) I actually really enjoyed this title much more then I expected. Another crazy storyline from Jack Ketchum with lots and lots of gore. One of the biggest surprises of the month so far. 7/10

October 19
44. The Ruins (2008) Despite a plot that is totally outrageous, it was surprisingly good, at least I enjoyed it. The amputation scene was brutal and hard to watch. 7/10

October 20
45. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Loved it!!! My favorite movie of the challenge so far. I was beginning to wonder where the horror came in, but once it did, an hour in, it was non-stop until the end. Even the first hour was very entertaining despite the non-horror element. 9/10

46. Demon Knight (1995)☼ Not bad, not bad at all. 6/10

October 21
47. The Item (1999)☼ This is bad, real bad. Don't waste your time on it. 2/10
48. Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)☼ Another good Hammer film. I'm really enjoying these older Hammer films that I've never seen before. 6/10
49. Deadly Friend (1986)☼ Pretty good offering from Wes Craven. I was surprised I enjoyed it so much considering I had never heard anything about it. Probably deserves a little more love then it gets. 6/10
50. Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) Starts out a little slow, but finished strong. On par with part 2, but both films are a step below the original. Looking forward to part 4 next October. 6/10

October 22
51. A Real Friend (2006)☼ Another of the 6 Films to Keep You Awake series that put me to sleep. 3/10

October 23
52. Toolbox Murders (2004)☼ Started out strong but faded when the occult elements were introduced. Still, a good performance from Angela Bettis who is 2 for 2 this month with me. 6/10

October 24
53. Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)☼ Much better than I expected considering the hate it receives. 5/10
54. Decoys (2004)☼ Mediocre alien story aided by a very good looking female cast. 5/10
55. Bay of Blood (1971)☼ Another good effort from Mario Bava. Got a little complicated trying to keep all of the characters straight because a couple of them looked similar. 6/10
56. Cujo (1983)
57. Triangle (2009) Got a little repetitive after about the sixth time of retracing the same story, but other than that, I really liked it. It gains an extra point for the ending which I didn't see coming until the last minute. 7/10

October 25
58. Stir of Echoes (1999) Excellent thriller starring Kevin Bacon. How did I miss this all of these years? 7/10
59. Reign in Darkness (2002)☼ Vampires that don't burn when exposed to sunlight are not real vampires. 2/10

October 26
60. I Sell the Dead (2008) A little more comedic driven than horror driven, but still good nonetheless. Several good one liners and a couple of good gore scenes boost this above your average film. 6/10

October 27
61. Prom Night (2008) Hey, what can I say? I liked it. I know it gets a lot of hate, but it's mostly undeserved in my opinion. Maybe my expectations were lowered going in, but I enjoyed it. 6/10
62. Hostel (2005) Now, this is my kind of film. Another of those that I ask myself why I waited so long to see it. 7/10

October 28
63. Hostel: Part II (2007) One of the few cases where I think the sequel is better than the original. A little more straight forward and it answered many of the questions I had from the first film. 8/10
64. Creep (2004)☼ Great creepy setting in the sewers and subway system beneath London. Plot could have used a little more work, but overall, it was better than I expected. Plus, I could watch Franka Potente do nothing any day of the week. 6/10
65. The Skull (1965) Typical sixties horror in that it was probably creepy in its day, but doesn't hold up too well today. 4/10

October 29
66. Bloody Pit of Horror (1965)☼ A fun movie that falls in the so bad its good category. A remake is probably deserved. 5/10
67. Nightmare Castle (1965)☼ I think I was tired when I watched this because it was all I could do to stay awake. Seemed like I had seen the same story many, many times before. 4/10

October 30
68. Maniac (1934)☼ Not bad. Watched it because it was short and fit the timeframe I had available, but it was pretty good. 5/10
69. Nosferatu (1922)☼ I guess this was the original Dracula and it's a pretty good interpretation. Good performance from Max Schreck. Amazing that after nearly 90 years, it's still as creepy and atmospheric as ever. I can only imagine the reaction to it in 1922. 7/10
70. Bowery at Midnight (1942)☼ Dual roles from Bela Lugosi highlight this crime/horror tale. 5/10

October 31
71. White Zombie (1932)☼ I'm not sure why this film is never mentioned with the classics of the era. I wasn't expecting much from it and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. 7/10
72. Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)☼ Exactly what you would expect from a Roger Corman produced film. 4/10
73. The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961)☼ The best thing going for it is it's only 54 minutres long. Any longer and the pain would be unbearable. 1/10
74. Psycho (1960) A true classic that I had never seen completely. Deserves all of the praise and accolades it receives and then some. A near perfect movie. 9/10
75. Amusement (2008) Average at best. Really couldn't decide which direction to take and tried to do it all. 5/10

Checklist:
Spoiler:
Watch a film starring:
-X- Barbara Shelley - Village of the Damned (1960)
--- Doug Bradley -or- Sid Haig -
-X- Hazel Court - The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
--- Klaus Kinski -
-X- Lance Henriksen - Near Dark (1987)
-X- Lon Chaney Jr. - The Mummy's Tomb (1942)
-X- Michael Gough - The Skull (1965)
-X- Ron Perlman - I Sell the Dead (2008)
--- Ted Raimi -or- Reggie Bannister -
--- Vincent Price -

Watch a film composed by:
-X- James Bernard - The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
-X- Simon Boswell - Incubus (2007)

Watch a film directed by:
--- David Cronenberg -
--- Jean Rollin -
-X- John Carpenter - Someone's Watching Me!
--- Sergio Martino -or- Riccardo Freda -
-X- Terence Fisher - The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

Watch a film with make-up effects by:
--- Dick Smith -
--- Tom Savini -

Watch a film in each of the following sub-genres / types:
-X- Anthology Film - Black Sabbath (1963)
-X- Appears on Video Nasties List - The Toolbox Murders (1978)
-X- Based on a Novel - A Stranger is Watching (1982)
-X- Blue Underground - The Toolbox Murders (1978)
-X- Called "Attack of ..." - Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)
--- Called "Day of ..." -
-X- Called "Night of ..." - Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006)
--- Called "Return of ..." -
--- Called "Revenge of ..." -
-X- Cannibalism - Offspring (2009)
--- Documentary -
-X- Extraterrestrial - Slither (2006)
-X- Film and at Least Two of its Sequels - The Mummy (1932), The Mummy's Hand (1940) & The Mummy's Tomb (1942)
-X- Film and its Remake - Toolbox Murders (1978) & (2004)
-X- Frankenstein - The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
-X- Ghost / Haunting - Deadline (2009)
-X- Giallo - Bay of Blood (1971)
--- Horror Host (Count Gore De Vol, Elvira, Joe Bob Briggs, etc.)
--- J-Horror -
-X- Killer / Evil Animal - Wolfen (1981)
-X- Killer / Evil Child - Village of the Damned (1960)
--- Killer / Evil Doll -
-X- Made-for-TV Movie - Someone's Watching Me!
-X- Monster / Creature Feature / Godzilla - The Cave (2006)
--- MST3K / RiffTrax / Cinematic Titanic -
-X- Mummy - The Mummy (1932)
-X- Musical - Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006)
-X- Rape / Revenge - Prom Night (1980)
-X- Slasher / Psycho / Homicidal Maniac - He Knows You're Alone (1980)
-X- Silent Film - Nosferatu (1922)
-X- Spoof / Comedy - Slither (2006)
--- Takes Place in Space -
--- Takes Place on a Holiday -
-X- Takes Place on or Under the Sea - Triangle (2009)
-X- Vampire - Near Dark (1987)
-X- Werewolf - Dog Soldiers (2002)
-X- Witchcraft / Satanic / Religious - The Woods (2006)
--- With Commentary -
-X- With the Words "Living Dead" in the Title - Children of the Living Dead (2001)
--- Won an Academy Award (any category) -
-X- Zombie - Children of the Living Dead (2001)

Watch films in at least three formats (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, etc.):
-X- First format, DVD, The Mummy (1932)
-X- Second format, Blu-ray, Near Dark (1987)
-X- Third format, Theater, Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)

Watch films in at least three languages:
-X- First language, Italian, Black Sabbath (1963)
-X- Second language, Spanish, Blame (2006)
--- Third language, (insert language), (insert title).

Watch one film from every decade of film history:
--- 1890 OPTIONAL -
--- 1900 OPTIONAL -
--- 1910 OPTIONAL -
-X- 1920 - Nosferatu (1922)
-X- 1930 - The Mummy (1932)
-X- 1940 - The Mummy's Hand (1940)
-X- 1950 - The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
-X- 1960 - Black Sunday (1960)
-X- 1970 - Someone's Watching Me!
-X- 1980 - He Knows You're Alone (1980)
-X- 1990 - The Dentist (1996)
-X- 2000 - The Woods (2006)
-X- 2010 - Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)

Watch a film for each rating:
-X- G - Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)
--- PG -
-X- PG-13 - The Cave (2006)
-X- R - The Woods (2006)
--- X / NC-17 -
-X- Unrated - Incubus (2007)
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