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Re: The 8th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread

2012 October Horror Movie Challenge

Goal: 50 entries

☼ = First Time Viewing

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October 1
01. Candyman (1992)Started off with Candyman because it has been sitting unwatched on my shelf for nearly two years and it fit as a theme night selection and couldn't have enjoyed it more. The 90's were not kind to horror, but this is an exception. 7/10
02. April Fool's Day (1986)Look up snooze fest in the dictionary and this movie has to be there. It was all I could do to stay awake. I watched the remake a couple of years ago, and while not great, I don't remember it being this bad. 2/10
03. Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974)Starts off a little slow, but really ramps in the last half and finishes strong. Takes a few liberties with vampire mythology, but not enough to affect by enjoyment of the film. 6/10
04. The Reaping (2007)This was very meh. I firmly believe there's a good film in there somewhere just waiting to be released, but this was not it. 4/10

October 2
05. Chamber of Horrors (1966)I'm usually not too fond of 50's or 60's horror, but this is an exception. I absolutely loved it. I do have to laugh, however, when a film gives audible and video warnings just before the graphically horrific scenes so the weak stomached can look away. 6/10
06. The Mummy (1959)Fairly standard retelling of The Mummy story. Entertaining but I felt like I had seen it all before. 5/10
07. The Shortcut (2009)Another film that had a ton of potential but never delivered. I kept waiting for it to turn the corner into a good horror film, but it just never happened. Good creepy performance from Raymond Berry, however. I would love to see him in more horror films; he seems like such a natural. 4/10
08. The Midnight Meat Train (2008)Loved every gore induced moment of it!!! Did get a little weird at the end, but I loved it so much up to that point, I can overlook the flaws. 8/10

October 3
09. Insanitarium (2008)Not very good, but does get an extra point because of the gore factor. 4/10

October 4
10. Scream (1996)I had avoided this because it didn't look like something that would appeal to me. It really wasn't what I expected and turned into a fairly average slasher flick with a little comedy thrown in. I did, however, appreciate the homage to other horror films. 6/10

October 5
11. I Spit on Your Grave (1978)I really enjoyed this one, although I would only consider it borderline horror. 7/10

October 7
12. The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)Pretty standard Hammer film from the era. Always good, but never great. 6/10

October 8
13. The Pyx (1973)Fairly typical 70's era film, good movie, but nothing really stands out about it. Another film I would barely consider borderline horror. 5/10
14. Daybreakers (2009)This was more up my alley. A unique take on the vampire story, and surprisingly, I loved it. One of the better films I've seen this month. 7/10
15. I Spit on Your Grave (2010)This may be my favorite film of the month so far. Much more brutal and graphic than the original, and in my opinion, a better movie. 8/10

October 9
16. Day of the Dead (1985)I don't know; this seems to be fairly well respected based on its 7.4 rating on IMDB, but I just didn't love it. Maybe my expectations were a little high based on how much I enjoyed Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead. 5/10
17. Films to Keep You Awake: To Let (2006) This is the fifth of the six Films to Keep You Awake series I've watched, and this is by far the best of the lot so far. Some genuinely creepy moments and the first true horror film I encountered fro the series. 6/10

October 10
18. Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)A true classic. 7/10

October 12
19. FeardotCom (2002)This was potential here. Unfortunately, it never came together and we're left a mess of a movie. 3/10
20. I Walked with a Zombie (1943)I really enjoyed this one. I'm finding as I get older, I have much more appreciation for the older classics. 7/10

October 13
21. I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)Fairly typical slasher. Not horrible, but nothing really new to see here either. 5/10

October 15
22. Alone in the Dark (2005)Directed by Uwe Boll and Tara Reid playing an anthropologist. That should tell you all you need to know about this film. 1/10
23. Jekyll + Hyde (2006)Modern day Jekyll & Hyde story. Again, this is a movie that had potential, but never delivered. 3/10
24. The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)I didn't expect much going into this one, but I was pleasantly surprised. It seems as though I had heard nothing but hate for it, but it's not that bad. 6/10
25. Frontier(s) (2007)Very good film, but nowhere near as graphic or disturbing as I had heard. Not sure how it got its NC-17 rating, but still worth a watch. 7/10

October 16
26. Outpost (2008)Loved this one, one of my favorites of the challenge thus far. Discovering these hidden gems are what the challenges are all about for me. 7/10
27. Stephen King's Cat's Eye (1985)Pretty good anthology film. Really enjoyed the Quitters, Inc. and The General segments. 6/10
28. Decoys 2: Alien Seduction (2007)Proves that it takes a little more than hot chicks and aliens to make a decent movie. 3/10
29. All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006)This seems to be one of those polarizing films that everyone either loves or hates. Put me on the loves side. Yeah, it could probably have done with one less twist at the end, but I loved t so much to that point, I can forgive that. 7/10
30. Seventh Moon (2008)This is what happens when a good concept is put in the hands of an incompetent director. Dark scenes, shaky camera work and quick cuts make this film almost unwatchable. 3/10

October 17
31. Trog (1970)Watched this for the Joan Crawford check on the checklist and because it was in my unwatched pile. Those are the only reasons I can think of to watch it. 3/10
32. Scar 3D (2007)This wasn't as horrible as I expected, but if you watch it, don't watch it in 3D. I did and it washed nearly all the color out of the film. There is some decent gore and the story is not all that bad. 5/10
33. The Echo (2008)Average ghost story that wastes a good creepy setting. Still not sure I fully understand everything that happened at the end. 5/10

October 18
34. The Tattooist (2007)Starts slow, but comes together in the end to make for a decent movie. Watched it because it was on one of the lists for the theme night, but not sure how or why if qualifies. 5/10
35. Whisper (2007)Surprisingly good film about a kidnapped kid who make things happen with his mind. 6/10
36. Otis (2008)Love, love, loved it!!! Good gore and comedy elements make for a fun ride. Great over the top performance from Jere Burns and a very witty script to boot! 9/10
37. The Dorm That Dripped Blood (1982)Another very enjoyable early 80's slasher film. Don't know how I had missed this all these years. 6/10

October 19
38. The Hills Run Red (2009)Better than your average DTV slasher film. 5/10

October 20
39. The Body Snatcher (1945)Good film that contains more horror elements than typically seen in movies from this era. Great performance from Boris Karloff and a nice twist or two along the way make this a must watch. 7/10
40. Rattlers (1976)I hate snakes!!! 4/10

October 21
41. Carriers (2009)Not really sure what the point of this movie was. More unanswered questions than answered ones by the end. 4/10

October 22
42. Duel (1971)Pretty good early effort from Spielberg; however, I felt like it needed to be longer. I still have questions I want answered like what triggered the "chase" to begin with. I feel like there must be more to it than what was shown. 7/10

October 23
43. Ringu (1998)Very good, but I think I prefer the American remake better. I might not feel that way had I seen this version first. 7/10
44. Devil (2010)Typical M. Night film with all the twists, but I think it works here. I had wanted to see this since it was in the theaters, but never got around to it. 7/10

October 24
45. The Wizard of Gore (1970)I struggled to stay awake through this one. I really thought I would love it, but I really didn't enjoy it much at all. I don't know, maybe it was my mood or I was too tired or something. I may have to give it another shot someday. 3/10

October 25
46. Wrong Turn (2003)Really enjoyed this one. It's never bad to watch Eliza Dushku running around, but many of the characters fall into the typical horror movie trap: they really do stupid things and react in unrealistic ways. Still enjoyed it even with its stereotypical characters. 6/10

October 26
47. Rasen (1998)Decent follow-up to Ringu. Not scary in the least, but pretty good character development and an interesting storyline. 6/10

October 27
48. Sinister (2012)Starts out very slow, in fact it was all I could do to keep my eyes open during the first 30-45 minutes, but then it picks up and turns into one of the better horror releases. Good creepy atmosphere, a pretty good plot and a good performance from Ethan Hawke make for a good movie. 7/10
49. Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)Weakest of the franchise thus far, but still better than many recent horror films. Not sure how much farther they can go with these, but I'm sure they'll squeeze every last penny out of them. 6/10
50. The Face at the Window (1939)

October 28
51. Rubber (2010)I'm not sure what to think about this one. On one hand, it's brilliant and on the other hand, it's hard to take seriously because it's so stupid. I love the concept and really wanted to love the movie; however, something about it just rubs me the wrong way. 5/10

October 29
52. Wolf (1994)More of a love story than a horror movie. Well done, but I would have liked to see more of the transformations. A little weak on the werewolf action, but that's okay. It's still a pretty good film. 6/10

October 30
53. The Exorcist (1973)Yes, that ☼ next to the title is correct!!! I'm almost ashamed to publicly acknowledge that I had never seen this classic. While I didn't find it particularly scary, it is creepy and an effective film and I thoroughly enjoyed it. One of these challenges, I'll get around to seeing the sequels. 8/10
54. Ringu 2 (1999)What a mess!!! After one really good movie (Ringu) and one pretty good one (Rasen), this is a total clusterf***. I went into it with such high hopes, but they were quickly dashed. I had no idea what was happening most of the time. 2/10

October 31
55. Ringu 0 (2000)Massive improvement over the horrible Ringu 2. The biggest problem with this is it's a prequel, so if you've watched the films in release date order, you know how it ends. Still, maybe the creepiest of the anthology. The last thirty minutes were some of the best film watching of the month for me. 6/10
56. Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)You now, the Ernest movies are so stupid, it's hard to admit I like them; however, they have such heart and charm about them, it's hard not to like them. 6/10

Theme Nights:
-X- 10/01: Cessation City - Urban Horror - Candyman (1992)
-X- 10/02: Peace, Love & Dismemberment - 1960's Horror Cinema - Chamber of Horrors (1966)
-X- 10/03: The Doctor is In ...sane - Medical Horrors - Insanitarium (2008)
-X- 10/04: Wink Wink, Nudge Nudge, Kill Kill - Meta Horror Films - Scream (1996)
-X- 10/05: Gruesome, Greasy, Grindhouse Sleazy - Exploitation Horror - I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
-X- 10/06: Movies That Mess With Your Head - "Exploding Head" Horror - Daybreakers (2009)
-X- 10/07: Day of the Pissed Off Woman - Scream Queens - The Pyx (1973)
-X- 10/08: The Ultimate Pointless Cash Grab Blood Feud! - Remakes Vs. Sequels - I Spit on Your Grave (2010)
-X- 10/09: Dawn of the Decaying - Zombie Films - Day of the Dead (1985)
-X- 10/10: Sweaty Asses Scaring the Masses - Rubber Suit Horror Films - Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
-X- 10/11: Avant-garde, Surreal & Without Mass Appeal - Arthouse Horror Films - I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
-X- 10/12: When Metal Meets Flesh - Killer Robots / Evil Technology - FeardotCom (2002)
-X- 10/13: Angst-Ridden with Blemishes Hidden - Teen Screams - I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
-X- 10/14: Buried Alive and Itching to Survive - Subterranean Horror - Alone in the Dark (2005)
-X- 10/15: Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Frankenstein / Mad Doctor Films - Jekyll + Hyde (2006)
-X- 10/16: Die You Nazi Bastards! - Third Reich Terrors - Outpost (2008)
-X- 10/17: Rent's Overdue & So Are You! - Apartment Horror - The Echo (2008)
-X- 10/18: Viking Decapitation Via Windmill - NetherHorror Vs. Norwegian Horror - The Tattooist (2007)
-X- 10/19: It Slices, Dices & Guts You Like a Fish - Slashers / Giallos / Serial Killers - The Hills Run Red (2009)
-X- 10/20: Bela...Bram. Bram...Bela. - Bela @ 130 & Bram @ 165 - The Body Snatcher (1945)
-X- 10/21: The Earth Died Screaming - Apocalyptic Horror - Carriers (2009)
-X- 10/22: The Last Man on Earth is Not Alone - Cinema Inspired By Richard Matheson - Duel (1971)
-X- 10/23: The Asian Buffet of Tantalizing Terrors! - Korean / Thai / J-Horror / Indian / Chinese / Philippine / Indonesian - Ringu (1998)
-X- 10/24: Some Folks Have a Strange Idea of Entertainment - Grave Robbing Horror - The Wizard of Gore (1970)
-X- 10/25: It was a Dark and Stormy Night... - Campground Tales - Wrong Turn (2003)
-X- 10/26: For God's Sake, Get Out! - Supernatural / Haunted House / Ghost - Rasen (1998)
-X- 10/27: Mass Marathon of the Damned 3: Battery Acid Tea - Sinister (2012)
-X- 10/28: On the Highway to Hell - Road Terrors - Rubber (2010)
-X- 10/29: Lychanthrope Lunacy - Werewolves & Were-Creatures - Wolf (1994)
-X- 10/30: The Demented Debauchery of Devil's Night - Demonic Possession / Satanic - The Exorcist (1973)
-X- 10/31: All Hallows Eve Hellfest - Halloween Related - Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)

Watch a film starring:
-X- Angela Bettis -or- Raine Brown - Scar 3D (2007)
-X- Caroline Munro - Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974)
--- Danielle Harris -
-X- Joan Crawford -or- Peter Lorre - Trog (1970)
--- John Agar -
--- Kane Hodder -
--- Lina Romay (R.I.P.) -
-X- Max von Sydow - The Exorcist (1973)
--- Michelle Bauer -
--- Oliver Reed -

Watch a film composed by:
--- Bernard Herrmann -
-X- Ennio Morricone - Wolf (1994)
--- Pino Donaggio -

Watch a film directed by:
--- Amando de Ossorio -or- Paco Plaza -
--- Brian De Palma -or- Roman Polanski -
-X- George A. Romero - Day of the Dead (1985)
-X- Jacques Tourneur -or- James Whale - I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
--- Kazuo 'Gaira' Komizu -or- Takashi Shimizu

Watch a film with make-up effects by:
-X- KNB Effects (Howard Berger / Robert Kurtzman / Gregory Nicotero) - FeardotCom (2002)
--- Germano Natali -or- Carlo Rambaldi (R.I.P.) -
-X- Rick Baker - Wolf (1994)

Watch a film written by:
-X- Jimmy Sangster - The Mummy (1959)

Watch a film in each of the following sub-genres / types:
-X- *3-D Film - Scar 3D (2007)
-X- Anthology Film - Stephen King's Cat's Eye (1985)
--- Appears on BFI's 100 European Horror Films List -
-X- Appears on Video Nasties List - I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
-X- Based on a Novel - The Pyx (1973)
-X- Cannibalism - Insanitarium (2008)
--- Cinematic Titanic / Horror Host / MST3K / RiffTrax -
-X- Comedy / Spoof - Otis (2008)
-X- Distributor / Studio: Synapse Films - The Dorm That Dripped Blood (1982)
--- Documentary -
-X- Extraterrestrial - Decoys 2: Alien Seduction (2007)
-X- Film and at Least Two of its Sequels - Ringu (1998), Rasen (1998) & Ringu 2 (1999)
-X- Film and its Remake - I Spit on Your Grave (1978) & (2010)
-X- Found Footage - Sinister (2012)
-X- Frankenstein - The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
-X- Ghost / Haunting - The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)
--- Giallo -
-X- J-Horror - Ringu (1998)
-X- Killer / Evil Animal - Rattlers (1976)
-X- Killer / Evil Child - Whisper (2007)
--- Killer / Evil Doll -
-X- Made-for-TV Movie - Films to Keep You Awake: To Let (2006)
-X- Monster / Creature Feature / Godzilla - Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
-X- Mummy - The Mummy (1959)
--- Musical / Rock n Roll Horror
-X- Nazi - Outpost (2008)
-X- Psychological - The Echo (2008)
-X- Rape / Revenge - I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
-X- Slasher / Psycho / Homicidal Maniac - The Midnight Meat Train (2008)
--- Takes Place in Space -
--- Takes Place on a Holiday -
-X- Takes Place on or Under the Sea - Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
-X- Vampire - Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974)
-X- Werewolf - Wolf (1994)
-X- Witchcraft / Satanic / Religious - The Reaping (2007)
--- With Commentary -
-X- Zombie - Day of the Dead (1985)

Watch films in at least three formats:
-X- First format, DVD, Candyman (1992)
-X- Second format, Blu-ray, The Reaping (2007)
-X- Third format, Theater, Sinister (2012)

Watch films in at least three languages:
-X- First language, Spanish, Films to Keep You Awake: To Let (2006)
-X- Second language, French, Frontier(s) (2007)
-X- Third language, Japanese, Ringu (1998)

Watch one film from every decade of film history:
--- 1890 - 1919 OPTIONAL -
--- 1920 -
-X- 1930 - The Face at the Window (1939)
-X- 1940 - I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
-X- 1950 - The Mummy (1959)
-X- 1960 - Chamber of Horrors (1966)
-X- 1970 - Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974)
-X- 1980 - April Fool's Day (1986)
-X- 1990 - Candyman (1992)
-X- 2000 - The Reaping (2007)
-X- 2010 - I Spit on Your Grave (2010)

Watch a film for each rating:
-X- G - Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
-X- PG - Rattlers (1976)
-X- PG-13 - The Shortcut (2009)
-X- R - Candyman (1992)
-X- X / NC-17 - Frontier(s) (2007)
-X- Unrated - The Midnight Meat Train (2008)

Final Stats:

First Time Viewings:
56/56 100%

DVD: 33
Blu-ray: 21
Theater: 2

1930's: 1
1940's: 2
1950's: 3
1960's: 1
1970's: 8
1980's: 4
1990's: 8
2000's: 24
2010's: 5

Theme Nights:
31/31 100%

59/82 72%
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