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Old 09-05-17, 05:53 AM   #38
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Re: The 13th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Threa

This will be my 12th consecutive year participating in the "October Horror Movie Challenge!" A dozen challenges - and still going strong!

2006 = 36 movies
2007 = 50 movies
2008 = 31 movies
2009 = 52 movies
2010 = 20 movies
2011 = 43 movies
2012 = 46 movies
2013 = 42 movies 2013 Horror Challenge Prize Winner!!
2014 = 39 movies
2015 = 45 movies
2016 = 35 movies

Total Horror Movies Before This Year = 439


"Lights out. And now the movies, folks . . ."

September 30, 2017 . . . after sunset

1. The Mad Ghoul (1943) - I'd never seen this old Universal Horror flick - Evelyn Ankers breaks a lot of hearts in this one, directly and indirectly. Ahem.

October 1, 2017

2. It (2017) - One of the most intense mainstream movies I've seen in a theater. Pennywise is brilliantly realized in this Stephen King adaptation. Great horror film!

October 2, 2017

3. The Ape Man (1943) - Goofy B-movie has Bela Lugosi seeking spinal fluid to cure him of a self-inflicted simian transformation. Ralph Littlefield's comic relief character is the highlight here.

October 3, 2017

4. Alien: Covenant (2017) - Cerebral. Lots of references to classic literature and classical music. This is definitely one of my favorite Alien sequels.

October 4, 2017

5. She-Wolf of London (1946) - I rather liked this old Universal horror flick. The climax may be obvious but the appearance of the killer brandishing a large butcher knife was unexpected.

October 5, 2017

6. The Other Side of the Door (2016) - Somber story of an American mother in India who goes to great lengths to connect with her dead son. Atmospheric setting - but the film is let down a bit by a surprisingly cheesy ending and coda.

October 6, 2017

7. Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943) - Predominantly a Wolf Man sequel, this meeting of the classic Universal monsters follows a lot of cliches, but does so effectively with atmospheric sets and a great cast of horror regulars.

October 7, 2017

8. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009) - Third Underworld film takes the prequel route and tells the backstory of Lucian and Viktor. Sort of cheesy but fun.

October 8, 2017

9. The Mummy's Ghost (1944) - Lon Chaney Jr. returns for another entry in the Mummy series. The young couple uncharacteristically don't get a happy ending together.

October 9, 2017

10. The Mummy's Curse (1944) - A direct sequel of The Mummy's Ghost, though the action is inexplicably moved from New England to bayou country. Lon Chaney Jr.'s final go-round as the mummy.

October 10, 2017

11. Shadow of the Cat (1961) - Entertaining black-and-white Hammer film sees a cat haunting the heirs of its murdered owner.

October 11, 2017

12. Split (2016) - This might be M. Night Shyamalan's best film. James McAvoy gives a tour de force performance, ably assisted by Anya Taylor-Joy from The Witch.

October 12, 2017

13. The Invisible Man Returns (1940) - A very young Vincent Price assumes the vocal lead in this first sequel to Universal's The Invisible Man. Not bad.

October 13, 2017

14. The Pearl of Death (1944) - Based loosely upon Doyle's "The Six Napoleons," this entry in Universal's Sherlock Holmes series benefits from a cast that includes horror icons Evelyn Ankers and Rondo Hatton.

October 14, 2017

15. Happy Death Day (2017) - Slasher film final girl, meet Groundhog Day. There's some issues with pacing and tone, but this was entertaining enough to get a pass.

October 15, 2017

16. Godzilla Raids Again (1955) - Immediate follow-up to the original Godzilla. Some goofy dubbing, but it's a fun monster romp.

October 16, 2017

17. Mothra Vs. Godzilla (1964) - Mothra (and later two larvae) take on Godzilla in this memorable matinee smackdown.

October 17, 2017

18. Terror Train (1980) - Post-Halloween slasher film starring Jamie Lee Curtis; perhaps the most notable aspect today is that a very young David Copperfield has a role as, surprise, the magician.

October 18, 2017

19. Godzilla's Revenge (1969) - This early attempt at cashing in on the juvenile market for Godzilla has odd results.

October 19, 2017

20. The Mysterious Mr. Wong (1934) - Politically incorrect relic of the 1930s sees Bela Lugosi play evil mastermind Wong. Wallace Ford is fun as a wisecracking newspaper reporter.

October 20, 2017

21. The Living Ghost (1942) - Some horror overtones occur in this breezy whodunit comedy. It's a watchable "poverty row" flick from the 1940's.

October 21, 2017

22. The Car (1977) - A driver-less black car menaces a desert town in this entertaining '70s horror flick with some memorable stunt work.

October 22, 2017

23. Murder by Television (1935) - Bela Lugosi has a dual role in this murder mystery with an antiquated view of television during its infancy.

October 23, 2017

24. The Uninvited (1944) - Ghost movie with a strong reputation that I hadn't seen before. Atmospheric - and like a lot of good haunting films, this has a solid mystery as its base.

October 24, 2017

25. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) - A fitting conclusion to the modern Caesar trilogy that "apes" Apocalypse Now quite a bit.

October 25, 2017

26. The Veil {4 Episodes}
"The Crystal Ball" (1958)
"The Doctors" (1958)
"Food on the Table" (1958)
"Summer Heat" (1958) - Four episodes of a quaint anthology series hosted by Boris Karloff that also sees him take on a role in each story. Sort of a precursor to The Twilight Zone. "Summer Heat" was my favorite of these four episodes.

October 26, 2017
27. The Veil {4 Episodes}
"Girl on the Road" (1958)
"The Return of Madame Vernoy" (1958)
"Vision of Crime" (1958)
"Whatever Happened to Peggy" (1958) - Another four episodes of this Boris Karloff series. "Vision of Crime" had some unexpeced humor in it; it was probably my favorite of this batch.

October 27, 2017
28. The Phantom of the Opera (1925) - My wife and I saw this tonight at the Bound Brook Performing Arts Center in NJ. It featured live organ accompaniment with Brett Miller. Last year, we saw him accompany Nosferatu at the same venue. Both performances were really cool experiences.

October 28, 2017
28.75 The Veil {3 Episodes}
"Destination Nightmare" (1958)
"Genesis" (1958)
"Jack the Ripper" (1958) - The remaining three of the eleven episodes of this short-lived Boris Karloff series. "Jack the Ripper" was perhaps my favorite of the trio.
29. Telephone Time "The Vestris" (1958) - Apparently, this was a pilot for The Veil. Boris Karloff appears in the story, but it's hosted by that goofy guy that did the intro in The Mole People.

October 29, 2017
30. Life Returns (1935) - Bad melodrama more than an outright horror film - This meandering movie has a doctor devote everything (to the detriment of his family) to the resuscitation of life. Valerie Hobson from The Bride of Frankenstein has a supporting role.
31. Invisible Ghost (1941) - Entertaining entry in Bela Lugosi's B-movie oeuvre. Maybe a bit too somber at times given the silly plot.

October 30, 2017
32. Island of Terror (1966) - Peter Cushing receives top billing but technically plays second fiddle in this fun "village under siege" sci-fi thriller directed by Terence Fisher.
33. They Came From Beyond Space (1967) - Jazz-infused and over-the-top British alien invasion flick from Amicus studio.

October 31, 2017
34. Annabelle: Creation (2017) - This prequel shows the origin of Annabelle. The isolated setting and Great Depression time period are effectively used to create a gothic atmosphere.

... and that'll bring 2017 to a close. 34 films bests 2008 and 2010, but it's a bit below my yearly average. 11 months until (hopefully) DVD Talk's 2018 October Horror Movie Challenge.


2017 Total = 34 movies
All-Time 12-Year Total = 473 movies


Last edited by mrpeavey; 10-31-17 at 03:29 PM.
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