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Old 09-04-17, 10:38 PM   #26
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Re: The 13th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Threa

Standouts: Sleep Tight, Evolution, Sweet Home, Necrophobia, Dark Signal, The Windmill, The Devil's Candy, The Transfiguration, Ghostwatch, Under the Shadow, Midnight Son, Autopsy of Jane Doe
Duds: Intruder (2016), Shelley, Hellbenders, Ludo, Beyond Re-Animator, Urban Legends: Bloody Mary, Beyond the Gates, XX, Residue, The Presence, The Visit, I Drink Your Blood
1st Viewing = first time viewing [69% of viewings; 74 out of 107 so far]
Theme = theme day items
Subset = subset film

September 30 [Criterion Challenge Crossover Theme Night - starting after dusk, 7:38pm] (4 hours, 53 minutes watched)
01. Mad Monster Party (1967, 95 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ I love the Rankin Bass animation and the epic assortment of monster characters but while the character homages are part of what 'makes' MMP I think they were also played too conservatively to the point of thin characters - this film is the poster child for the worst time of pastiche. A fun homage but not as epic as Island of Misfit toys, a near hit. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. Subset
02. Get Out (2017, 104 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰Pleasantly impressive - a lot of the hype is deserved for socially conscious race relations commentary more so than on the basis of a horror movie. It was certainly original and intense, I enjoyed it but some of the humor seemed odd (I hated the TSA character) - despite inconsistent humor Get Out was an especially witty film. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. 1st Viewing
03. Cronos (1993, 94 minutes) ★★★★★★★★✰✰It takes chops to pull off a movie about an alchemy bug in such an whimsical and engaging way despite some plot holes. There are some great thematic elements and the score add a lot. Format: Blu-ray. Theme Subset

October 1 [RIP Tope Hooper Memorial Theme Night] (9 hours, 28 minutes watched)
04. The Mangler (1995, 104 minutes) ★★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰ In an alternate universe of comically oversized laundry presses where Robert Englund's hammy overacting is the worst part of a movie exists The Mangler, a film consisting of randomly shocked actresses and a plot propelled by a beatnick who just speculates correctly the events/basis of the movie. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX] Theme
05. Invaders from Mars (1986, 100 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ A fun homage that skirts being too derivative with well executed alien practical effects and ironic suburban atmosphere. The military aspect and one twist seems too over the top but also very 80s. Karen Black does well as a school nurse 'against the world.' Format: Blu-ray Theme
06. The Toolbox Murders (2004, 95 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ Unintentionally funny 90s time capsule with a grungy handiman, loud practice acoustic alternative rock, with a timecapsule atmosphere that's better than the movie itself. Psychological thriller elements fall flat and pacing is often slow until the end. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX] Theme
07. My Babysitter is a Vampire (2010, 85 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ Kids picked this one, it was better than I expected with a modern comedy Buffy the Vampire slayer vibe. As far as kid friend fiend movies go this one was better than I expected = fighting vampires with popcorn. Format: Streaming [Netflix] 1st Viewing
08. No Estamos Solos [We Are Not Alone] (2017, 76 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Serviceable hodge podge of atmospheric but overly familiar tropes aping so many other movies. The lack of originality is distracting but still some tropes still feel eerie despite the plot. Format: Streaming [Netflix] 1st Viewing
09. Sleep Tight (2011, 108 minutes) ★★★★★★★★½✰ Tense character driven oddity that stretches disbelief but if you stick with it an effectively intense thriller with an ending that will stay with you. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX] 1st Viewing

October 2 [Toxic Slime Theme Night] (9 hours, 13 minutes watched)
10. C.H.U.D. [Integral Cut] (1984, 96 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ Bait and switch if you're going in expecting a slimey gorey creature feature. Takes a while to get going and is much more subtle than the marketing hints at but the plot, which is more about the community surrounding CHUDS, is more complicated than I could appreciate in my first few viewings, even if it is slow on the creature rampage. Format: Blu-ray. Theme Subset
11. Fairlane Road (2016, 92 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ An awkwardly acted indie movie with some cryptic imagery and a plot with a dizzying lot going on for a far out deserted setting. There are creepy moments and the ending is tense so the apparently limited budget was used to some winning effect but so much of the film is slow and the actors too weak to carry the character driven dramatic aspects (two guys in the dessert). I want to rate this higher because it seems like there's a lot of heart here, but didn't. Format: Streaming [Netflix].
12. The Void (2016, 90 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ Effectively paced surreal first half despite some overly familiar tropes but the second part jumps the shark and gets too vague forsaking mystery for dim light imagery. Format: Streaming [Netflix]. 1st Viewing Theme Subset
13. Antibirth (2016, 82 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ As much a stoner 'comedy' as a horror film Antibirth is refreshingly nihilistic and modern. It maybe rewards those with patience to sit through the stoner antics and super obnoxious characters (Meg Tilly must die). The plot is surreal and unusual. Format: Streaming [Netflix]. 1st Viewing Theme
14. Frankenweenie (2009, 94 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ Fun movie for family viewing and a gateway to classic horror even if some of the gags escape the kids. Does well at infusing syrupy sentimentality with the dog. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX].
15. Be Afraid (2017, 99 minutes) ★★★★★✰✰✰✰✰ Interesting creatures that blur the line between fantasy and reality but some stale acting and lame production standards give this a generic 'television' feel. Format: Streaming [Netflix]. 1st Viewing

October 3 [Slasher/Giallo/Killer Theme Night] (11 hours, 2 minutes watched)
16. Intruder (2016, 95 minutes) ★✰✰✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ Prepare for the most random movie every - there's little plot, it's literally just a woman walking through her house were an unidentified person walks behind her, stands still in front of her, or takes a bit of fruit an places it back in the bowl. You're heard of 'pure cinema,' the art of visual imagery with no words or narration - prepare to sit through 95 minutes of a dull woman doing household activities unaware that standing awkwardly in her hallway for a long period of time is a stranger who just might pull some mostly non-violet tom foolery.Format: Streaming [Netflix]. 1st Viewing Theme
17. Most Likely to Die (2015, 90 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ A refresh throwback slasher with a bizzare masked killer and an interesting 'most likely to' gimmick, there are times the gimmick doesn't quite land (it's set up but then carried out so subtly I'd have to backtrack to check). Decent tension and kills balancing shallow drama with slasher conventions. Format: Streaming [Netflix]. 1st Viewing Theme
18. Sweet Home (2015, 80 minutes) ★★★★★★★★★✰ Randomly watched this not expecting much and it blew me away, well staged and atmospheric with an intense scenario and some gore. The premise is simple enough but the execution and performances are top notch. Format: Streaming [Netflix]. 1st Viewing Theme
19. It (2017, 135 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰ A retro themed update with different plot structure and a more in your face clown. It feels like the kids are up against more here with both natural and supernatural adversaries turned up a notch perhaps to a fault with bullies sometimes seeming unbelievable nasty. Format: Theatrical. 1st Viewing Theme
20. Friday the 13th Part 2 [R Rated Cut] (1981, 87 minutes) ★★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰ Not my favorite Friday the 13th but makes some genius additions to the mythos building it past the first movie with some gruesome reminders. The middle is slow and there are some odd plot elements. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. Subset Theme
21. Preservation (2014, 90 minutes) ★★★★★✰✰✰✰✰ Tense thriller with some interesting themes about nature vs technology convenience and youth vs age but those themes and the plot are largely lifted from other; Preservation is a decent film just not an original one. Format: Streaming [Netflix]. 1st Viewing Theme
22. Luna De Miel [aka Honeymoon] (2015, 96 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Novel premise for a torture porn flick with heart. The psychopath is a little flat and dispassionate for the role which gives some of the gruesome proceedings a strangely casual feel. Typical for torture porn it goes to extremes but some cheap production values hold it down. Format: Streaming [Netflix]. 1st Viewing Theme
23. Hellbenders (2012, 85 minutes) ★★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰ Felt like something more lighthearted after super murder theme day - Hellbenders is a colorful film about hellbound sinful priests who can die and drag resistant demons to hell with them if all else fails, it's humor comes mostly from contradictions of priests using profanity in reference to spiritual protection creating a sort of religious humor that might suite a specific niche audience. If priests cussing is hilarious then this movie is for you. The lowbrow jokes get old quick and the movie's not especially tense/scary - the demons are mostly so cartoonish there's not much threat and it's all just so meh. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. 1st Viewing

October 4 [Animated Theme Night] (7 hours, 23 minutes watched)
24. Extraordinary Tales (2013, 73 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ Computer generated animation is cel shaded pleasantly to look of a better quality than it is but at times the filters/digital is distracting. Fun celebrity narration (I suspect sources from other places because the wraparound segment voices are subpar) is nice and some of the visuals are creative (my favorite is Red Death). The stories in this anthology are artfully constructed with stylish touches but sometimes oversimplified to a fault where it seems some of Poe's story is lost; there are 5 segments plus a wraparound. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. 1st Viewing Theme
25. Ludo (2015, 87 minutes) ★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ Named after an apparently popular board game (like Sorry); Ludo is more interesting to me as an international film showcasing a different culture (in part here the females are sexual aggressors, not sure if that's just horror fantasy 'slut' trope?). Some kids break into a mall where crudely made up white faced people show up, apparently these are ghosts, to challenge the kids to a gorey version of Ludo. Fortunately the blood effects are better than the ghost ones and there's a bit of gore. The mall setting is underutilized; it could just as well have been a school, grocery store, or dance hall (no obvious Dawn of the Dead style commentary here - just superficial popcorn horror); really gets weird when it changes direction to tell some metaphysical tale of evil Lugo's origin. Format: Streaming [Netflix]. 1st Viewing
26. Patchwork (2015, 86 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Very intentionally strange and fun spirited film that never really makes sense and while it can be devil may care braindead fun there are countless other body horror / Frankenstein riffs that are better executed. It's stupid but never quite crazy enough to be memorable (see the similar but superior Sexy Killer instead or even re-watch Re-animator). There is a clever internal monologue gag and the actresses are not bad. Format: Streaming [Netflix]. 1st Viewing
27. Scooby Doo! Camp Scare (2010, 77 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ Cool campout theme with three different monsters and a few additional gang members. The villains is less obvious. I might have rated it higher but I find I need to be in the right mood for Scooby Doo these days since the movies are so formulaic. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. 1st Viewing Theme
28. The Empire of Corpses (2015, 120 minutes) ★★★★★★★★✰✰ A strange anime-ish hybrid of Frankenstein lore with apocalyptic zombie slaves and musings on the nature of the soul that includes Sherlock Holmes and Ulysses Grant. Not really geared towards horror because it gets more technical about mythos and goes so overboard into fantasy sci-fi, a bizzare spin on Frankenstein. The action and scope of the film give it an epic grand feel, it really works. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. 1st Viewing Theme

October 5 [Werewolf Theme Night] (9 hours, 20 minutes watched)
29. Bad Moon (1996, 80 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ I was glad to see Bad Moon selected as a subset film, I've heard excellent things about it. It's a good by the book werewolf movie that does a lot with a small cast. Some of the production values seem a little too sleek and some of the effects work haven't aged well but are cheesy enough to be fun. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. 1st Viewing Theme Subset
30. Uncaged (2016, 95 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ A buddy comedy where one is a werewolf and they get embroiled with a strange crime lord named Gonzo who is maybe more over the top than the werewolf. Covers werewolf legacy well with some cool family backstory but some of the character actors are awkward. Format: Streaming [Netflix]. 1st Viewing Theme
31. The Disappointments Room (2016, 85 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ Enjoyable as a psychological minded drama rather than a horror film failing to generate scares but really nailing a theme of grief, I've heard negative things about Disappointments Room and can see how expecting scare factorwould be a letdown but I ended up enjoying it more than I expected. Format: Streaming [Netflix]. 1st Viewing
32. Demonic (2015, 85 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ Told mostly in reverse based around a supernatural crime scene involving some standard ghost imagery and some cringe worthy decisions from detectives. With so much going on in the past and present the pacing is good and at least one twist is interesting. Format: Streaming [Netflix]. 1st Viewing
32b. Ghost Patrol (2016, 47 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Roughly animated kids movie about a haunted house ghost prank turned true with kid friendly demons, it's under developed but held my kids' attention. Format: Streaming [Netflix]. 1st Viewing
33. The Wolf Man (1941, 70 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ A classic but I think I've seen it enough times that it doens't keep it's edge with me. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. Theme
34. Dark Signal (2016, 98 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰ A compelling mix of eccentric radio talk show segments, supernatural frights, and serial killings that hit the right notes for me. For me it was just eccentric and varied enough to work for my mood despite being a bit slow. Format: Streaming [Netflix]. 1st Viewing

October 6 [Urban Legend / Folklore Theme Night] (9 hours, 44 minutes watched)
35. Candyman (1992, 99 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ Epic scope with a great sense of supernatural menace with a great psychedelic horror cat/mouse escapade. The racial themes are interesting but sometimes seem to bleed into stereotypes and the Candyman mythos is awkwardly overemphasized (this is a pet peeve of mine, over explaining). Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. 1st Viewing Theme Subset
36. Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005, 97 minutes) ★★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰ Generic themes with some elements that are predictable and generally forgettable. Bloody Mary is unmemorable and they seem to force the myth into a murder mystery supernatural thriller, which isn't really what Bloody Mary is (kind of like they just slapped the Bloody Mary idea onto a previous script which was itself an earlier version of some other movie we've all already seen). Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. 1st Viewing Theme
37. Beyond the Gates (2016, 84 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ I really like some of the style in the movie and losing control of reality to be forced into a game idea is a promising idea, it's just that too little really happens - there are a few 'wtf' strange scenarios but it's a little slow paced and there isn't a big sense of threat. Format: Streaming [Netflix]. 1st Viewing
38. The Windmill (2016, 85 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰ Great pseudo-slasher film that's not very original but pulls off what it does in an atmospheric and interesting way. Format: Streaming [Netflix]. 1st Viewing
39. Sennentuntschi (2010, 110 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ Folksy and brutal with an unusual premise. Going back and forth in time with similar characters is sometimes confusing.Format: Blu-ray. 1st Viewing Theme
40. Hounds of Love (2016, 108 minutes) ★★★★★★★★✰✰✰ Nice cinematography and style with a slow burn tension that's more atmospheric than substance.Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. 1st Viewing

October 7 [Hallucinatory / Nightmare Theme Night] (10 hours, 13 minutes watched)
41. Curandero (2005, 90 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ Far out imagery that plunges into mysticism without much sense of subtley, immediately the son of a with doctor is enlisted by a surprisingly open police office to hunt down a satanic drug dealer and spiritual hallucinations kick up to 11 plaguing the rest of the film with a parade of imagery and a plot that moves along on the basis of whatever hallucinations show up. The visuals are often wild but so over the top and handled so casually it detracts. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. 1st Viewing Theme
42. Visions (2015, 102 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ I'm a sucker for strange imagery and this worked well balancing tension and visual oddity but without breaking much new ground. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. 1st Viewing Theme
[Irish Party Aid Double Feature - Grabbers & Shrooms]
43. Grabbers (2012, 94 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Meh. Cool grabber creature but the rest of the movie didn't really 'grab' me, for a film about an alcohol fueled fight for survival it's surprisingly subdued and small scale with characters who seem bland, like an underdeveloped low budget Shaun of the Dead spin. Format: Streaming [Hulu]. 1st Viewing Theme
44. Shrooms (2007, 86 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ Occasionally cool visuals but the mushroom druggie theme seems pointless (the participants could has just as well walked into a haunted forest). Having participants engage in hallucinations seems to blunt the idea of a menace because it makes it easy to assume that everything is just a drug fueled fantasy.Format: Streaming [Vudu SD]. 1st Viewing Theme
45. Necrophobia (2013, 75 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰ Much more enjoyable than I expected about a twin who has strange visions after his brother dies with cool psychological elements. Format: Streaming [Netflix]. 1st Viewing Theme
46. Caltiki the Immortal (1959, 76 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ Neat scientific spin on monster mythis and I love the idea of Aztec mythology (but the background seems glossed over). Format: Blu-ray. 1st Viewing
47. The Hills Have Eyes (1977, 90 minutes) ★★★★★★★★★✰ Probably Wes Craven's most intelligent script. Format: Blu-ray.

October 8 [Zombie Theme Night] (10 hours, 8 minutes watched)
[Re-Animator Marathon]
48. Re-Animator [Integral Cut] (1985, 105 minutes) ★★★★★★★★½✰ A classic with one of the most nutsy endings every. Format: Blu-ray. Theme
49. Bride of Re-Animator [Unrated Cut] (1990, 98 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰ Great sequel with a clever concept but Dr Hill is an obnoxious character and while the body horror elements are fun the hypnotism bit is lame. Format: Blu-ray. Theme
50. Beyond Re-Animator (2003, 96 minutes) ★★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰ A lame rip off of the originals shot on obvious low budget with a script that stretches things by focusing too much on shallow characters and over explains the 'science.' A very awkward structure. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. Theme
51. The Rezort (2015, 93 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ Jurassic Park with zombies and a Dead Island (island zombie video game) feel going for action horror in a way that's ultimately mediocre with just one cool plot twist. Format: Streaming [Netflix]. 1st Viewing Theme
52. Here Alone (2016, 98 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ Meditative post apocalyptic drama using zombies as a catalyst for tragedy, I enjoyed it but it is slow paced and not outright horror. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. 1st Viewing Theme Subset
53. Train to Busan (2016, 118 minutes) ★★★★★★★★✰✰ Fast paced zombie mayhem with some emotional gut punches. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. 1st Viewing Theme Subset

October 9 [Female Director Theme Night] (8 hours, 50 minutes watched)
54. Raw (2016, 99 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰ Eerie slow burn buildup with lots of intense character driven moments, it's got a lot of partying for a horror movie and quite gruesome. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. 1st Viewing Theme Subset
55. XX (2017, 80 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Mostly subtle and strange premises that don't quite end up landing. Mystery is one thing but these stories seem to subtle to really sell frights, it seemed like a collection of mediocre outlandish tales told in a matter of face way without as much style and intentionally withholding some of the more in your face elements to a fault. Format: Streaming [Netflix]. 1st Viewing Theme
56. Amer (2009, 90 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ Strange mostly nonverbal segments of stopwatches, ants, and other impenetrable symbolism fill my screen in a tale that I think is about sexuality and the intensity of human interactions. I ended up enjoying it more than I expected to but nothing could have prepared me for how subtle and mysterious much of it is.Format: Streaming [Thanks to Alyxstarr!]. 1st Viewing Theme Subset
57. Siren (2016, 82 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰ Not as sleazy or low brow as the premise of a seductress from a supernatural brothel would seem with supernatural oddities that are bizzare enough to keep things moving despite some questionable computer imagery. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. 1st Viewing
58. #Horror (2015, 101 minutes) ★★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰ I can't decide if the movie is just too experimental and saavy that it's using horror as a metaphor but it's definitely over long. I feel like whatever commentary it's attempting about social media is mostly superficial. This movie has the most convincing preteen setup but maybe to a fault focusing so much on sleepover antics. Format: Streaming [Netflix]. 1st Viewing Theme
59. Scooby Doo! Stage Fright (2013, 78 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ One of the better recent Scooby Doo movies with endless twists and a musical theme. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. 1st Viewing

October 10 [1967/1992 AnniversaryTheme Night] (9 hours, 8 minutes watched)
60. House IV (1992, 94 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ A good blend of light hearted horror and silly comedy that hit the right notes for me despite not really seeming like a great movie generally speaking (slow at times, dated); I really enjoyed House IV but I'm not sure I can explain why. Format: Blu-ray. 1st Viewing Theme
61. Evolution (2015, 81 minutes) ★★★★★★★★½✰ A masterpiece in cryptic atmospheric film making. Beautiful underwater photography sets the stage for the most unusual unsettling mysterious events. Format: Streaming [Netflix]. 1st Viewing
62. The Forgotten (2014, 89 minutes) ★★★★★✰✰✰✰✰ Ends up much better than I expected with a gritty emphasis on poverty (which sometimes comes across as forced) and an interesting final act; the initial setup is off putting with oddly empty set designs and a laborious setup. Format: Streaming [Netflix]. 1st Viewing
63. Highway to Hell (1992, 94 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰ A cartoonish action comedy spin on the Orpheus myth with fun car races and a gnarly hell cop. It had a lot of great sight gags like the handcuffs, sex demon, claymation Cerberus dog, etc. The light hearted fast pace of Highway to Hell was refreshing. Format: Streaming [Thanks to Alyxstarr]. 1st Viewing
64. Yongary: Monster from the Deep[Mystery Science Theater 3K] (1967, 87 minutes) ★★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰ The creature itself was nicely dated b-movie fluff with amusing low quality effects but wow was it a chore to get there. I'm grateful for the MST3K edition, that made it somewhat better.. Format: Streaming [Netflix]. 1st Viewing Theme
65. Boo! A Madea Halloween[Mystery Science Theater 3K] (2016, 103 minutes) ★½✰✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ My wife wanted to watch the Madea halloween movie, and I enjoy Halloween oriented shows - I just don't 'get' the Madea movies. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. 1st Viewing

October 11 [Skull/Skeleton Art/Monster Theme Night] (5 hours, 33 minutes watched)
66. Crush the Skull (2015, 80 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ At first glance it looks like a cheap knockoff but it's actually a smartly made thriller with a refreshingly straight sense of humor (not overly silly). Tension is good with an intelligent script and there are a few interesting twists. An impressively clever film with an intelligent script despite some indie movie flaws. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. 1st Viewing Theme
67. Holidays (2016, 105 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ Curious assortment of holiday themed segments, mostly mediocre with a few taking risks - my favorites were Easter and New Year's. Format: Streaming [Netflix]. 1st Viewing Theme
68. The Screaming Skull (1958, 68 minutes) ★★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰ Slow going with a few nightmarish segments, the dated special effects were fun. Format: Streaming [Thanks Alyxstarr]. 1st Viewing Theme Subset
69. The Devil's Candy (2015, 80 minutes) ★★★★★★★★½✰ A slow burn with some nightmarish segments that boils over into an intense finale. Format: Streaming [Thanks Alyxstarr]. 1st Viewing

October 12 [Mummy Theme Night] (8 hours, 58 minutes watched)
70. Bubba Ho-Tep (2002, 92 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ Seems relentlessly weird just for the sake of seeming 'cult,' but despite the oddball fake Elvis and black JFK the theme of a supernatural force feasting on nursing home residences is a smart idea. Some of the narration is especially clever and even the sillier concepts end up working ok. I wish the film wouldn't have spent so much of the first third focusing on fake Elvis and his backstory. Thematically the over exaggerated cartoonish characters work as examples of vitality in a field of death, but the films oversells it a little. Format: Blu-ray. Theme Subset
71. Demon Inside (2013, 93 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Gorey imagery and a confused point of view help this along to a clever twist. Format: Streaming [Netflix]. 1st Viewing
72. The Mummy (2017, 101 minutes) ★★★★★✰✰✰✰✰ Slick production design and special effects help this one along, it's not a great mummy movie with the mummy seeming like more of a plot device than main antagonist but it's serviceable action fantasy. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. 1st Viewing Theme
73. Indigenous (2014, 86 minutes) ★★★★★✰✰✰✰✰ Typical jump scare teenagers partying fluff but with a unique ending and cool jungle environment. Some of the villain effects are distracting. Format: Streaming [Netflix]. 1st Viewing
74. Timewalker (1982, 83 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ The time walker mummy is a really interesting variant on mummies with a mythos that is especially interesting shoehorned into slasher and plague movie conventions. Format: Blu-ray. 1st Viewing
75. Inside [Unrated] (2007, 83 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ An intense villain steals the show in a nicely paced film. Some of the still often cringe worthy gore hasn't aged well (especially not the CGI baby) and the parade of victims is over the top but a lot of fun. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. 1st Viewing

October 13 [Friday 13th / Black Cats / Bad Luck Theme Night] (8 hours, 18 minutes watched)
76. Jason X (2001, 93 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ A really bizzare film that's just campy and low budget enough to be fun in a fan fiction sort of way. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. Theme
77. Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988, 112 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ This is one of my favorite F13th movies with the telekinetic girl and the birthday party teens, it's got some great kills and gruesome special effects - I watched it for checklist but especially enjoyed it. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. Theme
78. The Babysitter (2017, 85 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰ Entertaining blend of comedy and gore with fast pacing that pulls off a change in tone from romantic comedy to a horror cat and mouse game well. Format: Streaming [Netflix]. 1st Viewing
79. Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986, 106 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰ One of my favorite Friday the 13th movies, it's got a great opening and some good kills. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. 1st Viewing Theme
80. Hotel Transylvania (2012, 92 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ Hotel Transylvania is one of the better kid friendly seasonal movies to come out lately, I feel like I've seen it too much that I didn't enjoy it as much as I had before. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX].
81. Road Games (2015, 95 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰ Well executed mystery thriller with a great twist that's executed so well even if you can guess it in advance it's still entertaining. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. 1st Viewing

October 14 [Splatter Gore Theme Night] (6 hours, 50 minutes watched)
82. Martyrs (2008, 103 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ A bizzare mix of brilliantly paced intense wtf first half that takes a nose dive in the second half with a twist so lame it dulls the movie. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. Theme Subset
83. Cabin Fever (2002, 94 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ Excellent theme of a strange gorey virus, some of the characters are too obnoxious. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. Theme
84. Audrey Rose (1977, 103 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ Overly long for the content falling into a diluted battle to 'prove' reincarnation despite some pitfalls with the plotting it's executed stylishly with such stage presence it's still entertaining and the plot of very original. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. 1st Viewing
85. The Sixth Sense (1999, 110 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ It took me a while to appreciate Sixth Sense at all, the 'twist' seems so immediately predictable and if you're patient there's some interesting themes are redemption from the afterlife that seem underdeveloped and the syrupy attempts at drama are so unconvincing. Format: Streaming [Netflix].

October 15 [Anthology Theme Night] (9 hours, 20 minutes watched)
86. Tales of Halloween (2015, 92 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰ Excellent anthology film with a spot on ghoulish vibe. I like more plentiful shorter segments in anthology films like this. Some of the crossover between segments was nice.. Format: Streaming [Netflix]. Theme Subset
87. ABCs of Death 2.5 (1995, 98 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ Often lackluster segments many of which are so intentionally weird it comes off as more amateurish than zany. The thought of 26 out takes seemed like an interesting idea, but I can see why many of these weren't used. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. 1st Viewing Theme
88. Tales from the Hood (1995, 98 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ Better than I expected twist of familiar tales with political context (this seem like Twilight Zone episodes). Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. Theme
89. Torture Garden (1967, 93 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ Slow going anthology but well acted with some clever twists. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. Theme
90. Hocus Pocus (1993, 96 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ I don't think I've ever seen Hocus Pocus before but I really enjoyed it despite Bette Middler's overacting. It was cartoonish and atmospheric with just enough silly humor. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. Theme
91. Trick R Treat (2007, 83 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ Slow going anthology but well acted with some clever twists. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. Theme

October 16 [Fangoria / Video Watchdog Memorial Theme Night] (5 hours, 6 minutes watched)
92. Curse of Chucky[Unrated] (2013, 97 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ Nice use of a small cast and scenes bathed in darkness. A few of the kills don't seem too staged but overall an impressive effort and return to form of straight horror. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. Theme
93. Ganja & Hess (1973, 110 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ I really like the strange upbeat vibe with the tribal/religious music and nearly every scene bathed in sun. The modern atypical vampire approach is really cool. Sometimes the music seemed repetitive (especially the 'oh hosana' one). While it was stylish I'm not sure I understand a lot of the religious symbolism embedded in the movie (maybe a longing for redemption) but there seem to be some deeper themes. Format: Blu-ray. Theme Subset
94. Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000, 99 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ I enjoyed BoS when it first came out but it hasn't aged well, the twist is still interesting but so much of the content is too subtle to the point of seeming like characters are just shuffling around the setting acting scared or unsure rather than any sense of plot development. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. Theme

October 17 [Friends - Good, Bad, or Imaginary Theme Night] (7 hours, 54 minutes watched)
95. Pin (1988, 103 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ The Leon character does creepy well. It's an interesting scenario with the sister seeming to be like a hostage in her own home to her brother and an anatomical dummy. Format: Streaming [thanks to Alyxstarr]. 1st Viewing Theme Subset
96. Alucarda (1978, 78 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ Alcudarda is such a bizzare combination of hammy overacting, religious satire, provocative imagery, sleaze, and low production values. I can't tell if the poor acting (especially the priest) is so awesomely satirical or just a happy accident. It is a lurid and the finale is nicely chaotic really delivering. Tina Romero has got one heck of a bug eyed gaze. Format: Streaming [thanks to Alyxstarr]. Theme Subset
97. Dolls (1987, 78 minutes) ★★★★★★★★✰✰ I especially like Dolls, this is at least the third time I've seen it and it holds up. The pacing on Dolls is expect with so little being revealed for much of the run time using atmosphere hinting at more going on. The musical score is especially effective and the old couple are well acted. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. Theme Subset
98. The Revenant (2009, 118 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰ A soldier who strangely wakes up after being dead a month hungry for blood and uses his undead status to become a vigilante gunslinger with his best friend as the thrill of things and the consequences of undeath spiral out of control - I think it's a worthy and too often overlooked vampire-ish film with a modern spin on horror conventions.. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. Theme
99. The Initiation (1984, 97 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ Parts of it seem overly familiar but the mall scene is great and while it's slow at times with a mostly disposable mystery of explaining nightmares there are some gruesome first person perspective kills and camera gimmicks that work. I've heard a lot of recommendations for this and it was a good slasher but I don't think it lived up to the hype in my head. Format: Blu-ray. 1st Viewing Theme Subset

October 17 [Pregnancy Theme Night] (7 hours, 28 minutes watched)
100. Seeding of a Ghost [Zhong Gui] (1983, 88 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ It's clear these Shaw Brothers films were made to entertain and what I've seen has delivered with some great low budget visual and an end that is top notch. I love the dark cartoonishness of the film. Format: Streaming [thanks to Alyxstarr]. 1st Viewing Theme Subset
101. Shelley (2016, 92 minutes) ★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ Subtle psychological build up - I did not enjoy Shelley (2016), it's so slow moving and too subtle for my taste, but directed artfully enough that I feel guilty not liking it. The camera aspect ratio felt a little zoomed in and that seemed disoriented. Format: Streaming [Netflix]. 1st Viewing Theme
102. Residue (2017, 82 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ Lured in by obvious Lovecraft ripoffs and a lurid looking cover image I found an aimless fantasy horror with a lot of strange people loitering around watching someone read a book that included occasional hallucinatory imagery. The Max Headroom and Smoking Man (X-files) actors give it some gravitas but it's ultimately passable unless you're hard up for cryptic character driven fantasy fluff. Format: Streaming [Netflix]. 1st Viewing
103. The Unborn (2009, 89 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ Not bad for a PG13 commercialized horror film with some unrelenting imagery and a silly amount of twists and mythos invention. Format: Streaming [Netflix]. Theme
104. The Transfiguration (2016, 97minutes) ★★★★★★★★½✰ The pacing is a little slow because it's a mood piece for most of the run time but despite that I especially enjoyed it. It's sort of like Moonlight for closeted deranged vampire film lovers, just the right amount of macabre twist in a gritty urban tale. Format: Streaming [Netflix].

October 19 [Supernatural Theme Night] (0 hours, 0 minutes watched)
105. Under the Shadow (2016, 84 minutes) ★★★★★★★★½✰ Usually political/social allegories are hard to pull off because equating something fantastic to something political can seem forced but it works well here. I wonder if there's any cultural themes I might have missed not being as familiar with Iran and Iraq much less in the 1980s. At first I thought this would be more about the bomb but a good slow burn horror with better than average depth and an interesting setting. Format: Streaming [Netflix]. 1st Viewing Theme Subset
106. Ghostwatch (1992, 91 minutes) ★★★★★★★★½✰ I've heard good things & it delivers. There's a good attention to detail with small touches that no one ever references just left for viewers to see and wonder. Nicely paced television special feel with charismatic anchors and enough moving pieces to keep things entertaining offering tidbits of the story in a convincing way. They can just throw whatever at the audience through telephone call ins, research data, or house footage. Format: Streaming [thanks to Alyxstarr]. 1st Viewing Theme Subset
107. The Presence (2010, 87 minutes) ★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ The main attraction is a small castle environment that provides a backdrop for cameras filling with static, leering night vision shots of with jarring musical cues over nothing, and a bump of strange knocking on the wall... it's a cheap Blair Witch knockoff that fails to sustain (Blair Witch is a personal favorite, I usually go for this stuff but Presence is a letdown). Format: Streaming [Netflix]. 1st Viewing Theme
*****Personal note that I stopped some stats tracking here, need to resume later after 107 for individual items or at 10/19 for day totals*****
108. The Darkness (2016, 93 minutes) ★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ For a film with 3% approval on Rotten Tomatoes it's about what I expected; the ghosts are a really cool idea just under utilized and this comes across like a poor man's Poltergeist. The film has a 'special needs' kid which I found to be an offensive plot device. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. 1st Viewing Theme
109. The Hatred (2017, 100 minutes) ★★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰ Backstory heavy with an awkward catalyst and large periods where nothing especially happens then crams much of the "scares" into the final third (the trailer ruins most of them anyway). Some of the imagery doesn't make sense (like the gas mask) but there are a few effective moments among those not marred by bad computer imagery. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. 1st Viewing Theme

October 20 [Vampire Theme Night] (0 hours, 0 minutes watched)
110. Summer of Blood (2014, 86 minutes) ★★★★★✰✰✰✰✰ Awkward dry observational humor, I appreciate the adult social themes but it's not especially funny and some characters are inconsistent - sort of if Woody Allen made a vampire movie. Format: Streaming [Netflix]. 1st Viewing Theme
111. Midnight Son (2011, 89 minutes) ★★★★★★★★½✰ Moody modern vampire film about a security guard who develops a sun allergy and taste for blood, he tried to balance his normal but isolated existence with the vampire needs. Well acted with crime thriller elements and dramatic chops. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. 1st Viewing Theme
112. Stake Land (2010, 96 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰ Scenic and action packed with a country western edge and sober plot that has a man against the world feel. Format: Streaming [Netflix]. Theme
113. Scooby Doo! and the Witch's Ghost (1999, 77 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ Some of the better twists with Scooby Doo, The Hex Girls provide some upbeat music and the witch ghost is fun. Format: Streaming [Vudu SD].
114. The Visit (2015, 94 minutes) ★★✰✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ Nonsensical setup with a twist that makes equally little sense and characters that are obnoxious, I'm surprised people keep giving Shyamalya money to make movies. There are some occasionally creepy moments but it takes some patience. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX].
115. Blood of Irina (2012, 70 minutes) ★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ Musically driven with no words but leering shots of landscapes and women staring off to represent vampirism, written and directed by a composer who favors audio cues with only very rare narration from a strange robotic voice. I appreciate how experimental this is but it's not very good and is painfully dull. I was going to watch it's sequel also but cannot bring myself too do so right now. There are some queasy shots of blood that worked. Format: Blu-ray. Theme
116. Lips of Blood (1975, 88 minutes) ★★★★★★★★✰✰ Strange dream like imagery with a plot that doesn't quit make sense until everything comes together; it was initially frustrated but once it gels really a good film that is such a perfect blend of odd low production and artistry. Format: Blu-ray. Theme

October 21 ['Media Home Entertainment' Video Company Theme Night] (0 hours, 0 minutes watched)
117. Day of the Dead (1985, 103 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰ A smart continuation of the series asking some interesting questions about the new zombie post apocalypse in a claustrophobic mine environment. Characters mostly seem one dimensional to a fault but some of the special effects especially shine. Format: Blu-ray. Theme Subset
118. Sharknado (2013, 86 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ Ok popcorn fluff that's more fantasy action than horror, it was better than I expected and for a shameless mix of no budget effects and action. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX].
119. Girl House (2014, 101 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ Slow going at first and overall not as sleazy as you'd expect, it's a respectable modern slasher than delivers and has a creepy menacing villain smartly using cameras and modern voyeurism with some nods at gender politics that are interesting. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX].
120. I Drink Your Blood [Director's Cut] (1970, 89 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Nicely graphic but some of the characters are so cheesy and cartoonish in a way that was jarringly inconsistent with the tone of the violence. Format: Blu-ray. 1st Viewing Theme
121. House on Willow Street (2016, 90 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰ Smart possession movie with an interesting backstory and a demon that has more depth than just frights; balances parody (flashbacks to priests that seem semi-serious or overly theatrical) well with tension. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX]. 1st Viewing
122. Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986, 101 minutes) ★★★★★★★★✰✰ The balance of upbeat and gorey works amazingly well most of the time and it's artistically directed. The movie is fun and sort of lighthearted (despite the killings and all) then bam it gets gorey and tense. Sometimes the 'humor' doesn't quite work and detracts some from the film (some of the over acting is to a fault).Format: Blu-ray [Original 'Gruesome Edition' MGM release] Subset
123. It Runs in the Family [Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 Making Of] (2006, 87 minutes) ★★★★★✰✰✰✰✰ General background, some of it self congratulatory - not as in depth as I'd hoped but some interesting tales about set designl. Format: Blu-ray [Original 'Gruesome Edition' MGM release] 1st Viewing Subset
124. The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016, 86 minutes) ★★★★★★★★★✰ Cryptic and eerie with nicely built up frights and an very unusual premise. Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX] 1st Viewing

October 22 [Twins / Doppelgangers Theme Night] (0 hours, 0 minutes watched)
125. I Am Not A Serial Killer (2016, 104 minutes) ★½✰ Slow going character pieces with . Format: Streaming [Vudu HDX].
126. Plus One (2013, 96 minutes) ★½✰ Pending. Format: Streaming [Shudder - free trial]. Theme Subset

Partial Summary Viewing Stats :[Most last updated after film 107]
Total Watched: 104 films - 158 hours, 49 minutes (92.63 minutes per film average)

By Decade: 60 2010s | 16 2000s | 12 1990s | 12 1980s | 4 1970s | 3 1960s | 2 1950s | 1 1940s | 0 1930s
By Format: 94 Online Streaming | 0 DVD | 15 Blu-ray | 1 Theater
Average Film Rating: 5.51 stars out of 10
074 First Time Viewings

Select 10 actors [DONE - 10/10 Completed]:
-X- Kevin Bacon – The Darkness
--- Tobin Bell – [Saws, Buried Alive]
--- Michael Biehn – [Bereavement]
--- Doug Bradley - [Hellraisers]
--- Veronica Cartwright – [Alien, Town that Dreaded Sundown-R]
-X- Peter Cushing – Torture Garden
--- Jocelin Donahue – [Summer Camp, Insidious 2, House of Devil, Burrowers]
-X- Brad Dourif – Curse of Chucky
-X- Ethan Embry - Devil’s Candy
-X- Boris Karloff – Mad Monster Party
-X- Brea Grant – Beyond the Gates [Devil’s Dolls]
-X- Kane Hodder – House IV [Room 6, Digging Up the Marrow, Hatchets]
-X- Elizabeth Kaitan – Friday the 13th VII: The New Blood
-X- Bela Lugosi - Extraordinary Tales, The Wolf Man
-X- Christopher Lee – Extraordinary Tales
--- Rose McGowan – [Scream, Rosewood Ln, Planet Terror, The Sound]
--- R.A. Mihailoff - [Smothered, Hatchet 2]
--- Dina Myer - [Dead in Tombstone, Crazy 8s]
-X- Meg Tilly – Antibirth [Psycho II]
--- Mary Elizabeth Winstead – [Thing-R, Ring 2, Faults, Black XmasR, Final Destination3]

Select 5 recently deceased actors -or- directors [3/5 Completed]
--- Don Calfa – [Return of the Living Dead]
-X- John Vulich - Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Day of the Dead
--- Ted V. Mikels -
--- John Zacherle – [Frankenhooker]
--- William Peter Blatty – [Exorcist 1, 3]
--- Carrie Fisher – [Scream 3, Sorority RowR]
--- Miguel Ferrer – [Guardian]
--- John Hurt – [Alien, Only Lovers Left Alive, Lost Souls]
--- Bill Paxton – [Frailty, Aliens]
--- Robert Day –
--- Alessandro Alessandroni - [Killer Nun,
--- Michael Parks – [Red State, Dusk Till Dawn, Tusk, Planet Terror, We Are What We AreR]
--- Adam West – [One Dark Night, Zombie Nightmare]
-X- George A. Romero - Day of the Dead
-X- John Heard - C.H.U.D.
--- Sam Shepard - in only 2 horror movies...
--- Robert Hardy – [Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Berzerk]
--- Haruo Nakajima – [Mothra, Destroy All Monsters, Son of Godzilla]
--- Sonny Landham – [Predator, Poltergeist]
-X- Jay Thomas – CHUD
-X- Tobe Hooper - Invsaders from Mars, The Mangler, Toolbox Murders, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
-X- Martin Landau – Frankenweenie
--- Harry Dean Stanton – [Alien]
--- Bernie Casey – [In the Mouth of Madness]

Select 2 film composers [DONE - 2/2 Completed]:
--- Antón García Abril - [Loreley's Grasp]
--- John Carpenter -
-X- Daniel Licht - Bad Moon
-X- Harry Manfredini - House IV

Select 5 directors [3/5 Completed]:
--- Dario Argento -
-X- Don Coscarelli – Bubba Ho-Tep
--- David DeCoteau – [Murder Weapon]
--- Mike Flanagan – [Gerald’s Game, Oculus, Ouija: Origins of Evil]
--- Tom Holland – [Thinner, Fright Night, Child’s Play, Psycho II]
-X- Mary Lambert – Urban Legends: Bloody Mary
-X- Jean Rollin - Lips of Blood
-X- Steve Miner - Friday the 13th Part 2 [House, Warlock]
--- James Wan – [Insidious 2-3, Lights Out, Annabelle, Conjuring 2, Saws, Dead Silence]
--- Adam Wingard – [Death Note, Blair WitchR, V/H/S 1-2, You’re Next]

Select 2 makeup effects artists [DONE - 2/2 Completed:
-X- Patrick Baxter - The Void
-X- Jason Collins - The Revenant, Tales from Halloween
-X- Mark Shostrom - Toolbox Murders (2004) [Phantasm 2-3, Prince of Darkness]
--- Bud Westmore - [It Came Form Outer Space, Incredible Shrinking Man, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Abbot/Costello Frankenstein]

Select 2 producers [1/2 Completed]:
--- Bradley Fuller - [Ouija: Origin of Evil, Purge, many remakes]
--- Dino De Laurentiis - [Halloween 2-3, Amityville 2-3, Maximum Overdrive]
-X- Roy Lee – It (2017) [PoltergeistR, The Boy, The Ring, Blair WitchR]
--- Lloyd Kaufman – [Return to NukeEm High, Poulterygeist]

Select 2 writers [DONE - 2/2 Completed]:
-X- Jaume Balagueró - Sleep Tight
-X- Robert Bloch – Torture Garden [Psycho]
--- Jack Ketchum – [Girl Next Door, The Offspring]
-X- H.P. Lovecraft – Re-Animator [Color Out of Space]

Select 30 of the following sub-genres / types [DONE - 31/30 Completed]:
--- *3-D Film -
-X- Agoraphobia - Demon Inside
-X- Anthology Film - Extraordinary Tales, Holidays, XX, Tales of Halloween
--- Appears on BFI's 100 European Horror Films List - [Bird With Crystal Plumage]
-X- Appears on Video Nasties List - The Hills Have Eyes
-X- Based on a True Story - Hounds of Love
-X- Based on a Novel - It
-X- Cannibalism - Raw, XX
-X- Cinema Inspired By: Edgar Allan Poe - Extraordinary Tales
-X- Cinematic Titanic / Horror Host / MST3K / RiffTrax - Yongary [with MST3K]
-X- Classic Universal Monsters Movie - The Wolf Man
-X- Comedy / Spoof - Mad Monster Party, Crush the Skulls
-X- Criterion / Masters of Cinema Version Film - Cronos
-X- Death by: Fire - Dark Signal, C.H.U.D., The Windmill
--- Distributor / Studio: Vinegar Syndrome -
--- Documentary -
-X- Extraterrestrial / Takes Place in Space - Invaders from Mars, Grabbers
-X- Film From Someone Else's List You've Never Seen - The Windmill as recommended by Dick Laurent [planning: pagefrance says The Black Room (2012) A movie that seems a throwback to the 80's and does it very well. A perfect mix of sex and horror with a dash of humor.]
--- Film From TCM's October Schedule - [Island of Lost Souls]
-X- From a Basil Gogos Painting - The Wolf Man
-X- Found Footage - Demonic, The Presence
-X- Frankenstein - Patchwork
-X- Ghost / Haunting - We Are Not Alone,
--- Giallo - [Bird With a Crystal Plumage]
-X- K-Horror - Train to Busan
--- Killer / Evil Animal -
-X- Killer / Evil Child - Seeding of a Ghost
-X- Killer / Evil Doll - Curse of Chucky, Tales from the Hood
-X- Made-for-TV Movie - My Babysitter is a Vampire
-X- Monster / Creature Feature / Godzilla - C.H.U.D., Yongary
-X- Mummy - The Mummy (2017), Bubba Ho-Tep
-X- Musical / Rock ‘n Roll Horror - Mad Monster Party?
-X- Nation of Origin: China - Seeding of a Ghost
-X- Nazi - The Unborn, The Hatred [Outpost, Frozen Dead]
-X- Psychological - The Disappointments Room, Shelley
-X- Rape / Revenge - Sennentuntschi, Seeding of a Ghost
-X- Slasher / Psycho / Homicidal Maniac - Intruder, Sweet Home, Friday 13th 2
-X- Takes Place on a Holiday - Cronos (New Year's Eve), Holidays (most of the holidays)
-X- Takes Place on or Under the Sea - Evolution (2015), Lips of Blood
-X- Three Installments in a Franchise - Re-animator -> Bride of Re-Animator -> Beyond Re-Animator
-X- Vampire - Cronos, Ganja & Hess, Summer of Blood
-X- Werewolf - Bad Moon, Uncaged, The Wolf Man
-X- Witchcraft / Satanic / Religious - Curandero, Seeding of a Ghost
--- With Commentary -
-X- With Two or More Horror Legends - Extraordinary Tales [narrated by Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee, Roger Corman, & Guillermo del Toro]
-X- Zombie - Re-animator, The Rezort, Train to Busan

Watch 1 w/commentary from the "Masters of Commentary" [0/1 Completed]:
--- Joe Bob Briggs -
--- John Carpenter -
--- Larry Cohen -
--- Joe Dante -
--- Tim Lucas -
--- Guillermo del Toro -
--- David del Valle -

Watch films in at least three formats [DONE - 3/3 Completed]:
-X- First format, Digital Streaming, Get Out.
-X- Second format, Blu-ray, Cronos.
-X- Third format, Theatrical, It (2017).

Watch films in at least three languages [DONE - 6/3 Completed]:
-X- First language, Spanish, Cronos, Sleep Tight, We Are Not Here.
-X- Second language, Japanese, Empire of Corpses.
-X- Third language, Bengali, Ludo.
Also: Fourth language, German, Sennentuntschi
Fifth language, Korean, Train to Busan
Sixth language, Italian, Caltiki the Immortal, Amer
Seventh language, Mandarin, Seeding of a Ghost
Eighth language, German, The Presence
Ninth language, Persian, Under the Shadow
Tenth language, French, Lips of Blood

Watch 3 films that you've never seen before that [DONE 8/3 Completed]:
-X- Stars a Barbara (Steele, Crampton, Hershey, Shelley) - Beyond the Gates, Re-Animator (featuring Barbara Crampton)
-X- Features music by Richard Band - Time Walker
-X- Was made in the 1950s - Caltiki the Immortal (1959), Screaming Skulls (1958)
-X- Features a Disembodied / Possessed Hand - Necrophobia
--- Was written by Jimmy Sangster – [Horror of Dracula, Curse of Frankenstein]
-X- Features a solar eclipse - Holidays
-X- Has the words "It" in the title – It (2017)
--- Was directed by David Cronenberg – [Shivers, Dead Ringers]
--- Stars Michelle Bauer - [Murder Weapon, Puppet Master 3]
-X- Takes place at a cemetery - Fairlane Road, Extraordinary Tales
-X- Features an actor who played Michael Myers, Jason, Freddy, Pinhead, or another pop culture horror killer in a different role - Kane Hodder (uncredited cameo as The Pizza Man) in House IV

Select 8 decades of film history [DONE - 8/8 Completed]:
--- 1890 -
--- 1900 -
--- 1910 -
--- 1920 -
--- 1930 -
-X- 1940 - The Wolf Man (1941)
-X- 1950 - Caltiki the Immortal (1959), Screaming Skull (1953)
-X- 1960 - Mad Monster Party (1967)
-X- 1970 - The Hills Have Eyes (1977), Alucarda (1978), I Drink Your Blood (1970)
-X- 1980 - C.H.U.D. (1984), Pin (1988)
-X- 1990 - Cronos (1993), Candyman (1992)
-X- 2000 - Toolbox Murders (2004)
-X- 2010 - Get Out (2016), It (2017)

Select 1 from the "Chronological Horror Years Faceoff" [DONE 2/1 Completed]:
--- 1942 (75th) - [Cat People]
-X- 1967 (50th) - Yongary: Monster
-X- 1992 (25th) – House IV, Highway to Hell

Select 2 from the following anniversaries:
--- 100th Birthday of Santos -
--- 15th Anniversary of The Rondo Hatton Awards - Island of Lost Souls [Best Classic DVD, Rondo X Award in 2011]
--- 20th Anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer - [Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Darkness Falls, House on Haunted Hill 1999]
--- 25th Anniversary of The Sci-Fi/SyFy Channel - [Species III, Sharknado 203]

Select 4 ratings:
-X- G - Yongary, Monster From the Deep [It Came From Outer Space]
-X- PG - Invaders from Mars
-X- PG-13 - The Visit
-X- R -
--- NC-17 - [Frontiers]
-X- X - Friday the 13th Part 2, Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI, Hills Have Eyes
--- 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
--- Read a Horror Comic Book or Graphic Novel (insert title). OPTIONAL
--- Read a Horror Magazine (insert title). OPTIONAL

Theme Nights [COMPLETE - /31]:

-X- 09/30: Criterion Crossover - Cronos
-X- 10/01: Farewell Texas Gentleman Who Took the Chainsaw That Extra Mile, You Directed Poltergeist; We Know Your Style! - R.I.P. Tobe Hooper - The Mangler, Toolbox Murders, Invaders from Mars
-X- 10/02: Radioactive Materials Produced from Industrial Waste, These Slimy Carcinogenic Poisons Will Give You Superpowers to Fly to Outer Space! - Slime, Goo & Toxic Waste Horror - C.H.U.D., Last Lovecraft
-X- 10/03: It Slices! It Dices! It Circumcises! - Slashers/ Giallos / Serial Killers - Intruder, Sweet Home, Friday the 13th Part 2
-X- 10/04: Produced Carefully One Frame At a Time, These Two-Dimensional Abominations Are Nightmare-Fueled Versions of Modern Day Pantomime. - Animated Horror - Extraordinary Tales, Empire of Corpses, Scooby Doo! Camp Scare
-X- 10/05: Straitjackets Unhinged; Crazies On the Fringe! Holy Crap, It's Societal Collapse! - Werewolves / Were-Creatures On A Full Moon - Bad Moon, Uncaged
-X- 10/06: Enchanted Forests, Men with Hooks for Hands, A Ghostly Woman Residing in the Mirror ...It All Goes Hand In Hand. - Folklore, Urban Legends & Fairy Tale Horror - Sennentuntschi, Candyman, Urban Legends: Bloody Mary
-X- 10/07: Mindfuckery of Lynchian Dream Logic Style with Hallucinogenic Head Trips that Beguile - Nightmares & Dreamscapes / Hallucinations & Drug Trips - Visions, Curandero, Shrooms, Necrophobia
-X- 10/08: Viruses! Plagues! Outbreaks! Walking Corpses that are Undead! Call In the Military; Shoot 'Em in the Head! - Zombies - Re-Animator, Bride of Re-Animator, Beyond Re-Animator, The Rezort, Train to Busan, Here Alone
-X- 10/09: From Scream Queens to the Final Girl, These Deadly Women Will Make Your Nightmares Unfurl! - Day of the Woman: Female Directed Horror Films - Raw, XX, Amer, #Horror
-X- 10/10: Chronological Horror Years Faceoff - Chapter 5 - 1967 (Gold) Vs. 1992 (Silver) : It Survived - House IV, Highway to Hell, Yongary
-X- 10/11: Dusty Decaying Bones in Rat-Infested Paris Catacombs - Skull & Bones - The Screaming Skull, Crush the Bones
-X- 10/12: Some Poor Sap in the Museum's Egyptian Wing is Lying Dead ...Never Remove the Cursed Sarcophagus Amulet From the Mummy's Ancient Rotting Head. - Mummies - Bubba Ho-Tep, The Mummy (2017)
-X- 10/13: It's That Annual Event At Camp Crystal Lake When Teens Get a Little Perverse ...Meanwhile Crazy Ralph Politely Reminds Everyone You're All Doomed; There's a Death Curse! - Unlucky Charms - A Celebration of Friday the 13th: Black Cats / Broken Mirrors / Ladders / F13 Films - Jason X, Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood
-X- 10/14: Intestinal Annihilation with a Little Arterial Spray, Add Some Gory Depravity & Blood Spatter... It's All In a Day! - Splatter / Gore - Martyrs, Cabin Fever
-X- 10/15: Once, Twice, Three Times the Lacerations - Horror Anthologies - Tales From Halloween, Tales From the Hood, Torture Garden, Trick R Treat, ABCs of Death 2.5
-X- 10/16: Print Media is Slowly Decaying. Two of the Big Dogs Unfortunately Won't Be Staying. - R.I.P. Fangoria / Video Watchdog - Curse of Chucky [Fangoria #327, October 2013], Ganja & Hess [Video Watchdog #3, January/February 1991], Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 [Fangoria #198, November 2000]
-X- 10/17: Friends, Frenemies or Just a Figment of the Imagination; That's a Friendship Crapshoot Gambling with Your Eradication! - Friends 'till the End: The Good, The Bad & The Imaginary - Pin [Imaginary], Alucarda [Good?], Dolls [Imaginary], The Revenant [Good?]
-X- 10/18: Expectant Mothers Carrying the Antichrist; Their Freakishly Mutated Offspring Presumably Won't Play Nice! - Pregnancy Horror - Shelley, Seeding of a Ghost, The Unborn
-X- 10/19: Ectoplasmic Entities Materializing at Night. Strong Yet Suspenseful Emotional Frights. Summoning the Dead by Candlelight. - Supernatural / Quiet/Soft / Seances - Ghostwatch, Under the Shadow, The Presence
-X- 10/20: Bela's Blood Sucking Bloodbath Birthday Bash Bonanza Extravaganza! - Vampires - Summer of Blood, Midnight Son
-X- 10/21: R.I.P. VCR: You're Officially Belated, But Your Kick-Ass VHS Video Cover Art Will Never Be Outdated! - 1980s Video Companies Spotlight: Media Home Entertainment / Video Stores - I Drink Your Blood, Day of the Dead
-X- 10/22: Manufactured Tulpas from Unearthly Dimensions Or Maybe Evil Twin Siblings Just Hanging At Local Horror Conventions? - Evil Twins & Doppelgangers - Plus One
--- 10/23: Tonight's Forecast Calls for a 100% Chance of Unadulterated Fright! - It Was a Dark and Stormy Night... - [Knock Knock, Conjuring 2, Wailing, House, Haunted Mansion, Frankenhooker, Return of Killer Tomatoes, Bad Dreams, Successive Slidings of Pleasure]
--- 10/24: Now Boarding: Your Ticket to Sun-Drenched Terror! - Coffin Joe's Caribbean, Mexican & Central/South American Cruise to Port Oblivion Featuring Hispanic Icons - [Consider Santos]
--- 10/25: The Shittiest, Cheapest Movies Mankind Ever Sprung; Some So Bad, They're Good ...Others are Killer Tongue! - IMDB Lowest Rated Horror -
--- 10/26: Goodbye Godfather of the Modern Living Dead & Social Commentary Guru of What Needed to Be Said. - R.I.P. George A. Romero -
--- 10/27: Hello Friends, Welcome to the 100th Anniversary of Antonio Bay! We're Murderous Ghost Mariners from A Leper Colony ...Yeah, We Can't Stay! - Small Town Horrors -
--- 10/28: Binge-Watch Parties From Beyond the Grave & Benighted. Beware! There's a Catch; Pray You're Not Invited! - Mass Marathon of the Damned 8: Horror Parties -
--- 10/29: Electronically Produced Via Keyboard from the Bowels of Hell... This Retro Futuristic Music from Beyond Is the Proverbial Death Knell. - The Synth of Fear -
--- 10/30: Evil Witches Cast Their Spell, Runaway or Discover the Demon-Infested Layers of Hell! - Devil's Night Debauchery: Demonic Possession / Satanic / Witchcraft / Hell -
--- 10/31: Halloween Evokes the Spirits of the Dead, Tread Lightly or Experience a Decapitated Head! - All Hallows Eve Horrifically Hideous Hellfest / Samhain: An Evening of Celtic Horror -

Subset Films [COMPLETED -/31]:
-X- 09/30: group vote - Cronos (1993) [on 9/30]
--- 11/01: group vote - Arachnophobia (1990)
-X- xx/xx: wildcard - any horror theatrical showing (2017) - It (2017)

-X- 10/01: Dick Laurent - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) [on 10/21]
-X- 10/02: shellebelle - C.H.U.D (1984) [on 10/02]
-X- 10/03: ororama - Amer (2009) [on 10/09]
-X- 10/04: clckworang - Mad Monster Party? (1967) [on 9/30]
-X- 10/05: Darkgod - Bad Moon (1996) [on 10/05]
-X- 10/06: hbsvb - Candyman (1992) [on 10/06]
-X- 10/07: Gobear - The Void (2016) [on 10/2/17]
-X- 10/08: arw6040 - Train to Busan (2016) [on 10/08]
-X- 10/09: jacob_b - Raw (2016) [on 10/09]
-X- 10/10: nezumi - Yongary, Monster from the Deep (1967) [on 10/10]
Highway to Hell (1992) [on 10/10]
-X- 10/11: rbrown498 - The Screaming Skull (1958) [on 10/11]
-X- 10/12: Trevor - Bubba Ho-Tep (2002) [on 10/12]
-X- 10/13: tarfrimmer - Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) [on 10/3]
-X- 10/14: Chad - One Dark Night (1982) [on 10/14
-X- 10/15: Mondo Kane - Tales of Halloween (2015) [on 10/15]
-X- 10/16: Bladz - Martyrs (2008) [on 10/14]
-X- 10/17: mallratcal - Pin (1988) [on 10/17]
-X- 10/18: numbercrunch - Seeding of a Ghost [Zhong gui] (1983) [on 10/18]
-X- 10/19: pacaway - Under the Shadow (2016) [on 10/19]
-X- 10/20: Shack - Ganja & Hess (1973) [on 10/16]
-X- 10/21: The Man with the Golden Doujinshi - Day of the Dead (1985) [on 10/21]
-X- 10/22: Undeadcow - +1 (2013) [on 10/22]
-X- 10/23: TheBigDave - Dolls (1987) [on 10/17]
-X- 10/24: alyxstarr - Alucarda (1977) [on 10/17]
--- 10/25: WillieMLF - Hobgoblins (1988)
--- 10/26: PCBreakdown - The Crazies (1973)
--- 10/27: DaveyJoe - Messiah of Evil (1973)
-X- 10/28: SethDLH - The Initiation (1984) [on 10/17]
--- 10/29: Darth Maher - The Fog (1980)
--- 10/30: SterlingBen - Witchtrap (1989)
-X- 10/31: cwileyy - Ghostwatch (1992) [on 10/19/17]

Scariest: Autopsy of Janes Doe
Most High Spirited: TCM2
Horror Challenge: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 | Criterion Challenge: 2012, 2011, 2010

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