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


Orange Title - Denotes first-time-ever viewing

Caution: Spoilers may follow!

Last year's tally: 63 films; 45 first-time viewings

This year's goals: 31 films; 13 first-time viewings; complete theme nights and subset lists


NOTE: This film is NOT counted in my totals, as I consider it to be a sort of pre-Challenge warm up.

XX The Uninvited (1944) (Blu-ray) - A wonderfully old-fashioned ghost story from the heyday of Hollywood, The Uninvited was one of the first American films to treat ghosts as frightening and real. It's a far cry indeed from other roughly contemporary films such as Topper Returns and Hold That Ghost. It's still able to produce goosebumps--just be sure to watch it with the lights out.


1. Stalled (2013) (Streaming--Netflix) - Mediocre comedy/horror film concerns the plight of a janitor who's stuck in a stall in a women's room when the zombie apocalypse breaks out. While the film is able to build some tension in a few scenes, Stalled is never fully engaging enough to make the viewer really care about what happens to anybody in it. Even at 84 minutes, the film seems dreadfully overlong and padded, and it's not nearly as clever as it thinks that it is. Stalled, indeed.


2. The Beach Girls and the Monster (1965) (DVD) - Woo-hoo! Boys in bikinis, girls in surfboards, everybody's rockin', everybody's fruggin'...wait a minute. That's "Rock Lobster" by the B-52's, not this swill. Beach girls (and boys) are getting killed by a very distant relative of the Creature from the Black Lagoon...only it turns out that it's not the mutated fish that Jon Hall (as star, director, and cinematographer(!)) says that it is. I won't tell you who or what IS killing these middle-aged beach party-ers (never before in the history of cinema have facial lacerations been so deadly), but I will say that if you can't figure out who the culprit is, you need to watch a whole lot more Scooby-Doo episodes. The beach music by Frank Sinatra, Jr. is fairly weak and repetitive, but it does have a bit of that Ventures guitar sound, so I can cut it some slack.


3. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) (DVD) - I loved this movie when it first came out; after a disappointing first sequel, I thought that this second sequel righted the ship of the series and set it on a successful course. I was wrong, of course, and we didn't get another good sequel until Wes Craven's New Nightmare. Still, at the time of its release, I thought that Dream Warriors was awesome. Watching it tonight for the first time in probably twenty years, I discovered how stuck squarely in the '80s the film really is. It has all of the hallmarks of bad movies from that decade: a cocky band of misfit teenagers, bad one-liners from the villain, an awful fashion sense (for proof, check out most any costume for Heather Langenkamp in the film or Jennifer Rubin's Dream Warrior get-up), a heavy metal song that plays over the end credits, and Craig Wasson. At the time, none of these things were yet cliches; now, they're painful to see and/or hear. Tonight, I had hoped to love the film all over again, but I found myself somewhat bored by it all. It wasn't that I disliked it this time around; I just didn't feel any connection to it whatsoever. George Harrison was right--all things must pass.


4. Club Dread (2004) (DVD) - This intermittently funny slasher film/Jimmy Buffett satire from the Broken Lizard comedy troupe entertained me again on this, my second viewing of it. I guess that it says something to its memorability that I had no idea who the killer was either time that I watched it... but I should also point out that ten or so years had elapsed between my viewings. But I digress. It's probably 20 minutes too long, but if you dislike Jimmy Buffett at least a little, you'll probably get a kick out of the merciless skewering that this film gives him and his music. Bill Paxton plays Buffett Coconut Pete, singer-songwriter of such classics as "Pina Coladaburg" and "I'd Tell You, But I'd Have Tequila." Dumb, but occasionally very funny.

5. Invisible Invaders (1959) (DVD) - Fun '50s drive-in fodder is about invisible creatures from outer space who want to take over the world. For some reason, they have to inhabit the bodies of dead people in order to do this. One of them, played by John Carradine as deceased scientist Karol/Carl Noymann (the film can't seem to make up its mind about what his name is--a newspaper obituary identifies his first name as Karol, which is what all of the other characters call him as well, but the end credits list the character's name as Carl...which is the name he's given in the disc's subtitles), tells another scientist that the Earth has three days to surrender, or these invisible invaders will wipe humanity from the earth. Will the scientist be able to figure out a way to repel the invisible invasion? What do YOU think? Film seems to be at least somewhat responsible for the depiction of the zombies in George Romero's Night of the Living Dead.


6. Annabelle (2014) (Theatrical Showing) - I can't say that I like the direction that the filmmakers took this prequel to last year's much-superior The Conjuring. The first ten minutes of The Conjuring told the story of Annabelle, the demon-possessed doll, and the problems that it caused some nursing students. Those first ten minutes contained arguably the scariest moments in the entire film; however, instead of fleshing out that story and giving us more of something that worked, the producers of Annabelle decided to chuck most of that and give us a story that mostly didn't work. To be fair, there are two or three very creepy moments in Annabelle (one of which was lifted nearly verbatim from Mario Bava's Shock, except with a gender change), but it could have been SO much scarier. As it stands, it's a missed opportunity, but it's okay if you've got some time to kill and nothing better to watch.

7. Come Out and Play (2012) (DVD) - Since I watched this for the first time only a few months ago, and my opinion of the film hasn't changed since my first watch, I'll just repeat what I wrote at the time here: "Remake of Who Can Kill a Child? (which was released in America by American International with the rather generic yet strangely intriguing title of Island of the Damned) sticks pretty closely to the original film (and, I suppose, the novel upon which both are based) but increases the gore factor a bit. The plot in a nutshell: a man and his pregnant wife rent a boat for a few days and take it to an island off the Mexican coast. Upon arriving, they find that the island seems strangely deserted. The only people that they see are children…and soon, they find out why. I can’t help but think that Stephen King saw the original film and kinda/sorta based “Children of the Corn” on it, but I could be wrong. Still, there are some pretty big similarities in the plots. While this new version doesn’t really do anything better than the earlier film, I really quite liked its jarring, atonal score. Worth a watch." Okay, I lied. I do have one other comment to add. I think that this film is very successful at giving a beautiful setting on a sunny day a real sense of foreboding. In fact, the only other film that I can think to compare it to in this regard is the original version of And Soon the Darkness. I wish more horror films could manage to take place in broad daylight.


8. The Comedy of Terrors (1963) (DVD) - Fairly amusing trifle written by Richard Matheson concerns an undertaker (Vincent Price) and his sidekick (Peter Lorre) who, when business is slow, kill people so that they'll have new customers. Boris Karloff and Basil Rathbone show up as well, along with Rhubarb the cat. It's very much of a piece with The Raven and "The Black Cat" from Tales of Terror, two other spoofy scripts that Matheson wrote for Roger Corman during his Poe cycle. In fact, not only do the three films (actually, two and one-third films) share a similar tone, but the same actors pop up in various iterations. Although it might bore them silly, The Comedy of Terrors would be an excellent film to help increase the vocabulary of high school students.


9. Phantom of the Paradise (1974) (DVD) - Phantom of the Paradise was the very first Brian De Palma film that I ever saw, and, as such, it holds a special place in my heart. I was in seventh grade when it first came out, and I met my girlfriend at the theater so that we could see it together. If I remember correctly, she didn't enjoy it too much, but I thought that it was a blast. I recall that it came back to town the next year, and I was disappointed when I didn't get to go back and see it again. The next time that I saw it was when Key Video released the VHS. What do I love about the film? I love the songs (okay, well SOME of the songs), I love the performances (especially those by William Finley and Gerrit Graham, and yes, even that of Paul Williams), I love the inspired mashup of The Phantom of the Opera and Faust, I love the satire of both the music industry in general and the types of music that were popular in the mid-'70s, and I especially love the energy, inventiveness, and the sheer joy of moviemaking that De Palma brings to the project. Required viewing.


10. The Howling (1981) (DVD) - Yet another of the seven of this year's subset films that I saw theatrically on first release, The Howling is probably my favorite werewolf movie. It was released by Avco Embassy, which was on quite the horror movie roll when this came out--in the two years prior to The Howling's release, Avco Embassy had released Phantasm, Prom Night, The Fog, Fear No Evil, and Scanners. With The Howling, Avco Embassy beat An American Werewolf in London to theaters by about four months and, in the process, stole a lot of its special effects thunder. The Howling also features tons of in-jokes and references to wolves, which turns rewatching the film into a game of "Spot the Reference." As an example, at one point in the film, Christopher Stone's character is reading the book You Can't Go Home Again. Who's it by? Thomas Wolfe. Another character has Allen Ginsburg's "Howl" on his desk. Many of the characters are named after guys who directed werewolf movies. Every time that I watch The Howling, I'm in film geek nirvana. Essential viewing, obviously.


11. A Bucket of Blood (1959) (DVD) - The first in an unofficial trilogy of ultra-low-budget films written by Chuck Griffith for Roger Coman, A Bucket of Blood is probably the most accomplished of the lot. The film stars Dick Miller as Walter Paisley, a none-too-bright busboy in a beatnik coffee shop called The Yellow Door. Envious of all the pretentious poets and artists that frequent The Yellow Door, he decides to become an artist himself, but he's absolutely talentless. After he accidentally kills his landlady's pet cat, he decides to coat it in clay and pass it off as his work. His "sculpture" is a big hit, and he's pressured to create more art...and so he does. The film mercilessly skewers beatnik culture and is nominally a comedy, but Miller's performance is nicely layered, with moments of real pathos shining through. As far as I know, this was Miller's only leading role, which is really too bad. Anthony Michael Hall and Justine Bateman starred in the remake for cable TV in the 1990s.


12. The Vampire Lovers (1970) (DVD) - I watched this for the first time during last year's Challenge and enjoyed it quite a bit, even though I found it to be somewhat on the silly side. While watching it for this year's Challenge, I found that my opinion hadn't changed much in the last year. I did think to myself that I really didn't like the font that they used for the main titles, but that's not exactly a valid criticism. I was struck this time around by the heat that flew off Kate O' Mara (as Mademoiselle Perrodot) when she finally noticed that Carmilla/Mircalla/Marcilla had lesbiotic tendencies (thanks to Poultrygeist for introducing that word to my vocabulary). When I went to look O' Mara up on the IMDB, I was bummed out to find that she had died earlier this year.


13. The Funhouse (1981) (DVD) - Every time that I watch this film, my opinion of it changes. I first saw it in its theatrical run and found it to be completely disposable. Years later, I watched it and thought that it was much better than I had remembered it. Watching it tonight, I found it to be a rather schizophrenic film, with some things in it that I liked quite a bit, and some aspects that just didn't work at all. For instance, I was really taken with Elizabeth Berridge's performance this time around, and I was once again impressed with how easily William Finley stole the film in his one scene. The main thing that I didn't appreciate was the whole kid brother subplot--it seemed to me that the brother's sole purpose in being in the film was to pad it out to a respectable length. Another thing that struck me was that the film has definite parallels to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. The relationship between the Barker and the Creature was very similar to the one between Jim Siedow's character and the character of Leatherface. Both sets of relationships have an abusive father and an often-masked, mentally deficient son. Both films also end with the wild-eyed heroine surviving the slaughter but obviously becoming irreparably damaged by the experience. I like The Funhouse, and I think that, warts and all, it's an interesting film that could be considered a minor classic.


14. Edgar Allan Poe's Buried Alive (1990) (DVD-R from VHS) - The only thing that this excruciatingly bad film has in common with anything ever written by Edgar Allan Poe is the plot device of having someone bricked up alive. Even with that link, this is still just another bad late '80s "horror" film featuring lots of girls with awful hair. Robert Vaughn stars as the head of a school for emotionally-disturbed girls, Donald Pleasence is one of his employees, and John Carradine shows up as Vaughn's father in two brief scenes. If you know your horror film history, the fact that this film was produced by Harry Alan Towers should be enough to scare you away, but if you need even more reason to avoid it, the film was released by 21st Century. You've been warned.


15. Mimic 3: Sentinel (2003) (Streaming--Netflix) - As this is the first Mimic movie that I've seen, I'm a little in the dark as to the whole giant mutant cockroach backstory. I don't think that it mattered a whole lot, however, as the plot is a simple one: guy who's sort of a "bubble boy" sees weird stuff happening through his bedroom window; said stuff turns out to be giant mutant cockroaches who are killing people. And that's pretty much it. Film tries to marry Rear Window to the mutant cockroach thing to no great effect. I was neither overwhelmed nor particularly underwhelmed by this movie, so I'll just say that it whelmed me. For me, it's the horror film equivalent of tapioca pudding--it's neither offensive nor particularly tasty. It's just there.


16. Rabid (1977) (DVD) - David Cronenberg, at least in the early part of his career, was not exactly known for having logical storylines for his films. His cinematic vision has always been distinctive and unsettling, but if you're looking for narrative coherence, you might want to avoid his first four or five features. Exhibit A: Rabid. While the storyline provides plenty of opportunities to shock the audience, it doesn't exactly play out in the most logical ways. In Rabid, the once and future queen of girl-next-door pornography, Marilyn Chambers, stars as Rose, a woman who's been badly injured in a motorcycle accident. She's taken to the nearest medical facility, which just happens to be a plastic surgery clinic where a new skin grafting technique is being developed. The doctors at the clinic give her skin grafts and save her life, but (and this is where you've got to make a gigantic leap of faith/suspension of disbelief) these grafts also develop into a phallic growth that's situated in Rose's armpit. This growth can best be likened to the mouth parts of a mosquito, in that it can puncture the skin and suck the blood of a victim while also deadening the area around the wound. As if that weren't hard enough for the audience to swallow, Rose's victims later exhibit a previously-unseen form of rabies which causes them to bite others, who then also contract the rabies. By the end of the film, Montreal is under martial law due to the rabies outbreak. As Lou Costello said in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, "This is awful silly stuff." And yet, to a very large extent, it works. Rabid's not essential viewing, but as a variant on the formula wrought by Night of the Living Dead and as an example of early, bat-shit crazy Cronenberg, it's worth seeking out.


17. The Host (2006) (DVD) / (Streaming--Netflix) - The Host is, for most of its running time, a delightful throwback to the monster movies of the '50s, albeit given an off-kilter, anti-American, East Asian twist. The plot concerns a monster that, for lack of a better word, kidnaps a middle-school student, and the lengths that the student's family go to in order to get her back. Really, that's all that you need to know about the film before you see it, and that actually may be too much information. I had to list viewing The Host as being both on DVD and via streaming, as my DVD wouldn't play past the layer change and I had to finish watching the film on Netflix. I loved the film so much, though, that I bought a Blu-ray copy of it online as soon as I had finished watching it. It's easily my favorite first-time viewing of this year's Challenge.


18. Intruder (1989) (DVD) - Intruder is a passable slasher flick that has the novelty value of: a) casting Evil Dead and Spiderman director Sam Raimi in a supporting role; b) having the events of the film take place in one location (a supermarket) over the course of one night; and c) having a couple of the ghastliest kill scenes that I've ever seen. It certainly doesn't reinvent the wheel, but you can tell that the filmmakers are smart and funny, and that goes a long way toward engendering good will in me at least. If you go into this one with low expectations, you'll probably be pleasantly surprised--I know that I was. Worth seeing for the average horror movie fan; required viewing for gorehounds.


19. The Brood (1979) (DVD) - The second Cronenberg film that I've watched in four days, The Brood still falls under the "whacked-out early Cronenberg" umbrella, but I like it quite a bit more than I like Rabid. Not that there's anything wrong per se with Rabid; I just find The Brood to be scarier. As far as I'm concerned, nothing can beat the capsule review that Leonard Maltin gives The Brood in his Movie and Video Guide; here's his review (from the 2003 edition of the book) in its entirety: "[Samantha] Eggar eats her own afterbirth while midget clones beat grandparents and lovely young schoolteachers to death with mallets. It's a big, wide, wonderful world we live in!"


20. I Was a Teenage Zombie (1987) (Streaming--Hulu Plus) - Very, very low-budget zombie film (that looks as if it were shot on Super 8mm film) starts off abysmally, recalling the worst of Ray Dennis Steckler and Troma films, but it eventually finds its groove and becomes, if not really good, at least watchable. I thought that I was going to have to turn it off without finishing it, as the location sound recording was awful (and was mixed even worse), the "humor" wasn't in the least bit funny, and the actors were all too old for their parts. When I heard Lloyd Kaufman name-checked in a radio newscast, that was nearly the last straw. Yet I persevered, and the film DID get better. The effects work near the end of the film was endearingly tacky yet delightfully repulsive, and the soundtrack has some great songs on it. What was in the water in the late '80s and early '90s that gave us so many teenage zom rom coms, anyway? Not to be confused with I Was a Zombie for the F.B.I., a Memphis-shot film that came out around the same time and featured about the same level of craftsmanship.


21. Jack's Back (1988) (Streaming--Netflix) - Enjoyable mystery/thriller about a Jack the Ripper copycat killer stars James Spader in two roles as identical twin brothers. Cynthia Gibb (NOT a member of the Bee Gees) stars as the cute girl in distress, and Robert Picardo shows up in his second appearance in a subset film this Challenge. The Netflix stream was encoded a bit wonky; it would sure be nice if this were to get released on Blu-ray.


22. Vampire in Venice (1988) (Streaming--GoogleDrive / AlyxStarr's link) - Klaus Kinski stars in a purported sequel to his 1979 Nosferatu film, except this time he refused to wear most of the makeup that he wore in the first one. His character still has the same rat teeth, however. Christopher Plummer slums it as an ineffectual vampire hunter, and Donald Pleasance shows up to collect a paycheck. Nothing much happens. I was bored.

23. Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013) (Blu-ray 3D) - This direct sequel to the 1974 film got a lot of bad word of mouth when it came out, but as I'm a sucker for 3D movies, I bought the 3D Blu-ray anyway and gave it a whirl for the first time for this year's Challenge. I wasn't expecting a whole lot, so I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't stink up my living room. It's not great, and the 3D was merely okay, but it was certainly watchable...and I loved the cameos by several stars of the original film.


24. Christine (1983) (DVD) - Christine has never been among my favorite Stephen King books, and the film is, in my opinion, one of John Carpenter's worst. That's not to say that it isn't nice-looking, because it is; it just doesn't seem that anyone involved had any real enthusiasm for the project. It also appears that the film either underwent some fairly extensive retooling before release to get the film under two hours in length or Carpenter had to rush to meet its release date, because it seems to be missing large swatches of plot. The best thing about the film is Roberts Blossom's performance. If you're looking for anything even remotely frightening, look elsewhere.


25. The Uninvited (2009) (DVD) - I've assiduously avoided this film since I first heard of it because it's a remake of one of my favorite films of all time, A Tale of Two Sisters. However, since it's a subset pick, I've now given in and seen it...and it wasn't nearly as bad as I was afraid that it would be. The changes that have been made all serve to make the story much more linear, and everything is explained all nicely and neatly, but one of the reasons that I like A Tale of Two Sisters is that it doesn't explain everything. Still, the cast is uniformly excellent, and the film certainly looks great (and then there's Arielle Kebbel, the cast member who looks really great). Worth checking out.


26. House on Haunted Hill (1959) (DVD) - I just took a look at my DVD collection and found that I've got nine copies of House on Haunted Hill. If you're a horror movie fan, it's sort of a hard film to avoid, as it's in the public domain and appears on nearly every DVD multi-pack that comes out. Luckily, it's a pretty good film, arguably the best film that William Castle ever directed. The cast is chock full of great "types": Vincent Price trots out his suave cad routine, Carol Ohmart plays the scheming wife to the hilt, Richard Long is the cocky playboy/jet pilot, etc. Even though the film sags a little in the middle, it contains one great "gotcha" moment which was designed to scare the sleep out of kids (and a lot of adults) for days. Even it you don't find it frightening, it's nearly impossible to dislike.


27. Bio-Zombie (1998) (DVD) -


28. The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) (Blu-ray) -

29. Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972) (DVD) -


30. Oculus (2013) (DVD) -


31. The House That Dripped Blood (1971) (DVD) -


32. Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988) (DVD) / (Streaming--Netflix) -

31 Films Subset

-X- BONUS: Everybody - Any theatrical showing - Annabelle (2014)
-X- 09/30: - The Uninvited (1944)
-X- 10/01: mightysparks - Stalled (2013)
--- 10/02: The Man with the Golden Doujinshi - The Carrier (1988)
-X- 10/03: Darkgod - A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
-X- 10/04: PCBreakdown - Club Dread (2004)
-X- 10/05: rbrown498 - Come Out and Play (2012)
-X- 10/06: ntnon - The Comedy of Terrors (1963)
-X- 10/07: Gobear - Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
-X- 10/08: ororama - The Howling (1981)
-X- 10/09: Trevor - A Bucket of Blood (1959)
-X- 10/10: clckworang - The Vampire Lovers (1970)
-X- 10/11: Chad - The Funhouse (1981)
-X- 10/12: indiephantom - Buried Alive (1990)
-X- 10/13: Mondo Kane - Mimic 3: Sentinel (2003)
-X- 10/14: Bladz - Rabid (1977)
-X- 10/15: tarfrimmer - The Host (2006)
-X- 10/16: therja - Intruder (1989)
-X- 10/17: DaveyJoe - The Brood (1979)
-X- 10/18: nezumi - I Was a Teenage Zombie (1987)
-X- 10/19: J. Farley - Jack's Back (1988)
-X- 10/20: SethDLH - Vampire in Venice (aka "Prince of Night") (1988)
-X- 10/21: Darth Maher - Christine (1983)
-X- 10/22: shellebelle - The Uninvited (2009)
-X- 10/23: cwileyy - The House On Haunted Hill (1959)
-X- 10/24: coyoteblue - Bio-Zombie (1998)
-X- 10/25: Dimension X - The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) / Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)
-X- 10/26: arw6040 - Oculus (2013)
-X- 10/27: Undeadcow - The House That Dripped Blood (1971)
-X- 10/28: shadokitty - Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)
--- 10/29: SterlingBen - Rats: Night of Terror (1984)
--- 10/30: Melmoth - Here Comes the Devil (2012)
--- 10/31: jacob_b - Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

Theme Nights

-X- 10/01: Better Crypts and Mortuaries - Bathrooms & Kitchens Edition - Stalled
-X- 10/02: Mosquito Bites & Outdoor Frights - Summer-Themed Horror Films - The Beach Girls and the Monster
-X- 10/03: Nightmares & Dreamscapes - Dreams, Hallucinations & Drug Trips - A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
-X- 10/04: Hilariously Maniacal Acne-Ridden Mashup - Horror Comedies & Teen Screams - Club Dread
-X- 10/05: Gilligan's Island It Ain't; Isolation & Death Await - Deserted Island Horrors - Come Out and Play
-X- 10/06: Revenge of the Chronological Horror Years Faceoff! - 1964 (50th) Vs. 1989 (25th) - The Comedy of Terrors
-X- 10/07: Soundtracks In the Key of Death - Horror Films w/ Original Songs - Phantom of the Paradise
-X- 10/08: Lascivious Lychanthrope Lunacy (Werewolves / Were-Creatures) On A Full Moon - The Howling
-X- 10/09: What's On The Menu? You, Of Course! Foodservice Industry Terrors - A Bucket of Blood
-X- 10/10: Innuendo, Demonic T&A, Some Prostitutes & A Dash of Not-So-Gentle Foreplay - Lesbians, Brothels & Sex Demons - The Vampire Lovers
-X- 10/11: Print Media is Dead...Alive...Kicking & Screaming - 35 Years of Fangoria Covers - The Funhouse
-X- 10/12: Die In Agony. Rest In Pieces. - Graveyard Horrors - Buried Alive
-X- 10/13: Embarrassment Level Exceeded; IMDB Entry Deleted - Before They Were Stars - Mimic 3: Sentinel
-X- 10/14: Vroom! Vroom! Decapitation, Mutilation, Death & Doom! Motorcycle Horrors - Rabid
-X- 10/15: Laden with MSG; Your Insides Will Bleed! The Asian Buffet of Tantalizing Terrors! - The Host
-X- 10/16: Slashing More Than Just Prices! - Retail Establishment Terrors - Intruder
-X- 10/17: Intertwined Deadly Domestic Dispute: Parental Units - Demented Dads & Bad Mothas - The Brood
-X- 10/18: Some Defunct, But the Terrors Continue To Run Amok - 1980's Video Companies - I Was a Teenage Zombie
-X- 10/19: It Slices! It Dices! It Circumcises! - Slashers / Giallos / Serial Killers - Jack's Back
-X- 10/20: Blood Sucking Freaks of the Apocalypse - Vampires & Apocalyptic Horror - Vampire in Venice
-X- 10/21: Demise & Dispair By Land & By Air - Planes, Trains & Automobiles - Christine
-X- 10/22: Intertwined Deadly Domestic Dispute: Killer Offspring - Sibling Rivalry - The Uninvited
-X- 10/23: Mario's Castle of Gimmicks & Gothic Gore: The 100th Birthday Celebration of Mario Bava & William Castle - House on Haunted Hill
-X- 10/24: Mausoleum Mayhem; Gangrene Brainstem! - Zombies - Bio-Zombie
-X- 10/25: Mass Marathon of the Damned 5 - Drive-In Double Features: It's Alive! - The Abominable Dr. Phibes; Dr. Phibes Rises Again
-X- 10/26: Ectoplasmic Delights; Strong Emotional Frights - Supernatural & Quiet / Soft - Oculus
-X- 10/27: Once, Twice, Three Times the Lacerations - Horror Anthologies - The House That Dripped Blood
-X- 10/28: Identities...Conceal! Depraved Homicidal Maniacs Always Kill! - Masked Killers - Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood
--- 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 -v

The Checklist

Select 10 actors:
-X- John Agar -or- Donald Pleasence - Invisible Invaders
--- Adrienne Barbeau -or- Carolyn Purdy-Gordon -
-X- Bruce Campbell -or- Bill Moseley - Texas Chainsaw 3D
--- Barbara Crampton -or- Phil Fondacaro -
--- Jamie Lee Curtis -or- Jill Schoelen -
-X- Peter Cushing -or- Christopher Lee - The Vampire Lovers
--- Larry Drake -or- Michael Ironside -
--- Lisa Langlois -or- Lynn Lowry -
--- Suzi Lorraine -or- Sara Paxton -
-X- Christopher George -or- Kevin McCarthy - The Howling
--- Jeff Goldblum -or- Christopher Walken -
--- Anthony Hopkins -or- Anthony Perkins -
-X- Boris Karloff -or- Bela Lugosi - The Comedy of Terrors
-X- Jordan Ladd -or- Tiffany Shepis - Club Dread
--- José "Coffin Joe" Marins -or- Paul Naschy -
--- Malcolm McDowell -or- Julian Sands -
-X- Ray Milland -or- Vincent Price - The Comedy of Terrors
--- Andrew Prine -or- Robert Z'Dar -
--- Michael Ripper -or- Thorley Walters -
-X- John Saxon -or- Barbara Steele - A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

Select 2 film composers:
-X- John Frizzell - Texas Chainsaw 3D
-X- Howard Shore - The Brood
--- Claudio Simonetti -
--- Frank Skinner -

Select 5 directors:
--- Dario Argento -or- Lucio Fulci -
-X- Mario Bava -or- William Castle - House on Haunted Hill
--- Lamberto Bava -or- Umberto Lenzi -
--- Larry Cohen -or- Don Coscarelli -
-X- Roger Corman -or- David DeCoteau - A Bucket of Blood
--- Ruggero Deodato -or- Herschell Gordon Lewis -
--- Kiyoshi Kurosawa -or- Hideo Nakata -
--- Tom Holland -or- Steve Miner -
--- The Pang Brothers -or- Takashi Miike -
--- Ti West -or- Adam Wingard -

Select 2 make-up effects artists:
--- Roy Ashton -
-X- Greg Cannom - A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
--- Robert Hall -
--- Dick Smith (R.I.P.) -

Select 2 producers:
-X- Jason Blum - Oculus
--- Herman Cohen -
--- Sam Katzman -
--- Guillermo del Toro -

Select 1 writer:
--- Robert Bloch -
-X- Charles B. Griffith - A Bucket of Blood
--- H.P. Lovecraft -

Select 30 of the following sub-genres / types:
-X- *3-D Film - Texas Chainsaw 3D
-X- Anthology Film - The House That Dripped Blood
--- Appears on BFI's 100 European Horror Films List -
-X- Appears on Video Nasties List - The Funhouse
-X- Based on a Novel - The Howling
--- Cannibalism -
-X- Cinema Inspired By: Stephen King - Christine
--- Cinematic Titanic / Horror Host / MST3K / RiffTrax -
-X- Comedy / Spoof - Club Dread
--- Criterion / Masters of Cinema Version Film -
-X- Death by: Decapitation - Club Dread
--- Distributor / Studio: Something Weird Video (R.I.P. Mike Vraney) -
--- Documentary -
--- Extraterrestrial / Takes Place in Space -
--- Found Footage -
--- Frankenstein -
--- From a Face Off Judge (links will be provided) -
--- Ghost / Haunting -
--- Giallo -
--- J-Horror -
-X- Killer / Evil Animal - The Abominable Dr. Phibes
-X- Killer / Evil Child - Come Out and Play
-X- Killer / Evil Doll - Annabelle
--- Made-for-TV Movie -
-X- Monster / Creature Feature / Godzilla - The Host
--- Mummy -
-X- Musical / Rock ‘n Roll Horror - Phantom of the Paradise
--- Nation of Origin: Mexico -
--- Nazi -
--- Psychological -
-X- Rape / Revenge - The Abominable Dr. Phibes
-X- Slasher / Psycho / Homicidal Maniac - Intruder
-X- Takes Place on a Holiday - Stalled
--- Takes Place on or Under the Sea -
--- Three Installments in a Franchise -
-X- Vampire - The Vampire Lovers
-X- Werewolf - The Howling
--- Witchcraft / Satanic / Religious -
--- With Commentary -
-X- With Two or More Horror Legends - The Comedy of Terrors
-X- Zombie - Stalled

Watch films in at least three formats:
-X- First format, (Netflix Streaming), (Stalled).
-X- Second format, (DVD), (The Beach Girls and the Monster).
-X- Third format, (Theatrical Screening), (Annabelle).

Watch films in at least three languages:
-X- First language, (English), (Stalled).
-X- Second language, (Korean), (The Host).
-X- Third language, (Chinese), (Bio-Zombie).

Select 8 decades of film history:
--- 1890 -
--- 1900 -
--- 1910 -
--- 1920 -
--- 1930 -
--- 1940 -
-X- 1950 - Invisible Invaders
-X- 1960 - The Beach Girls and the Monster
-X- 1970 - Phantom of the Paradise
-X- 1980 - A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
-X- 1990 - Buried Alive
-X- 2000 - Club Dread
-X- 2010 - Stalled

Select 4 ratings:
--- G -
-X- PG - Phantom of the Paradise
-X- PG-13 - The Uninvited
-X- R - A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
--- X / NC-17 -
--- Unrated -
--- M -
-X- GP - The Abominable Dr. Phibes

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

This Year's Stats -- Final Tally

Goal: 31 Total Watched: 32

First Time Viewings: 15 (47%)

Number of films that I didn't have time to write comments for because I was so behind by the end of the Challenge: 6 (19%)

Formats Watched:

22 DVD – 69%
6 Streaming (Netflix, Hulu Plus, GoogleDrive) – 19%
2 Blu-ray - 6%
1 DVD-R (from VHS) - 3%
1 Theatrical Screening - 3%


1950s: 3 (9%)
1960s: 2 (6%)
1970s: 7 (22%)
1980s: 9 (28%)
1990s: 2 (6%)
2000s: 4 (13%)
2010s: 5 (16%)

Longest Film Viewed: The Host (119 minutes)
Shortest Films Viewed: The Beach Girls and the Monster, A Bucket of Blood (66 minutes)

New favorites: The Host, Jack's Back

Would not miss if North Korea suddenly obtained all available copies: Stalled, Edgar Allan Poe's Buried Alive, Vampire in Venice, Oculus

A note on this year's Challenge: I knew that this was going to be a tough year to participate in the Challenge, as I was teaching night classes on Monday through Thursday nights in addition to having my 8-5 job. Luckily, one class was only a half-semester class, so it wrapped up on October 9th, which allowed me a little more time for horror movie watching. Even with the respite, I ended up having to bail out three days before the end of the month due to tests that I had to make out, papers that I had to grade, etc. Still, the Challenge was (and always is) a nice diversion.

October Horror Challenge: 2010 / 2011 / 2012 / 2013 / 2014 / 2015 / 2016 / 2017
DVD/BR Spending Tab: 2011 / 2012 / 2013 / 2014 / 2015 / 2016 / 2017
My collection at Film Aficionado
My blogs: Psychotronica Redux / Unpopular Culture

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