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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.

Last edited by mrpeavey; 10-23-17 at 01:22 PM.
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