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Old 09-07-17, 11:52 PM   #65
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Re: The 13th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Threa

Title in BLACK = From my personal DVD / Bluray collection
Title in RED = Seen on an online service like Netflix
Title in GREEN = Seen on regular TV programming
Title in PURPLE = Seen in movie theater or screening room
31FSS = Movie from the 31 Film Subset
THN = Movie from the Theme Nights

NOVEMBER 1 (DUSK)
1. 31FSS: Cronos (1993) First feature film by Guillermo del Toro who would go on to bigger things though exploring similar themes. An antiquarian finds an ancient device that gives immortality at a price. Future Hellboy actor, Ron Perlman stars.
2. THN: Art-House / Avant Garde: The Mansion of Madness (1973) Absolutely hallucinogenic telling of the Poe tale "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether". A doctor visits an asylum where the patients have taken over and madness reigns.

OCTOBER 1
3. 31FSS: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) Hadn't seen this one since the 80s. For a Chainsaw franchise movie this one has an unusually low bodycount preferring instead to focus on the Chainsaw family members for most of the film.
4. THN: Tobe Hooper Poltergeist (1982) A Tobe Hooper film but it has writer-producer's Steven Spielberg's hands all over the place, so much in fact that many think it was directed by him. All the hallmarks are here: kids, people staring into or off-camera in amazement, ILM special effects, the works. Still holds up.
5. The Ninth Gate (1999) Hadn't seen this one in a while but I remember it i intrigued me when it first came out. This devilish tale still holds up and has many layers. Roman Polanski directs Johnny Depp who gives an understated performance that fits his character perfectly. A great cast all around: Frank Langella, Lena Olin among others.

OCTOBER 2
6. 31FSS: C.H.U.D. (1984)
7. THN: Slime / Goo 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.

OCTOBER 3
8. THN: Slashers Maniac* (2017) I might get kicked of the forum for this but... I have never seen the original Maniac. As it is I approached this remake with fresh eyes and no preconceptions. An excellent story with very interesting direction and mood that superbly complements Elijah Wood's performance.

OCTOBER 4
9. THN: Animation Death Note (2006) Episodes: Shinsei / Taiketsu / Torihiki / Tsuiseki
10. Death Note (2006) Episodes: Kakehiki / Hokorobi / Donten / Mesen Totally addictive and very intelligent Anime series. The story here is not just the terrible power of the Death Note but the cat and mouse game between Kira an L.

OCTOBER 5
11. 31FSS: Bad Moon (1996) Low budget and unassuming but a very entertaining werewolf movie nonetheless. The werewolf looks fantastic and there is enough gore to make it menacing. Great characters and acting by Michael Pare and Mariel Hemingway.
12. THN: Werewolves An American Werewolf in Paris (1997) A huge step down from American Werewolf and a total wasted opportunity. See it for Julie Delpy only.

OCTOBER 6
13. 31FSS: Candyman (1992) Still holds up as one of the best of the 90s. Virginia Madsen's performance goes above and beyond what you would expect from a low-budget horror film. Tony Todd as the Candyman overplays the part a bit but it doesn't detract from the film. Great score as well.
14. THN: Folklore Sacrifice* (2016) Combines element of the British police drama with supernatural folklore, rather slow at times but an interesting story.

OCTOBER 7
15. Veronica* (2017) Spanish movie about a teenager who summons a demon during a Ouija session with her friends. The performance by the young actress is very good and there is an air of authenticity to the movie that makes it extra creepy.
16. THN: Hallucinations Red Shoes* (2005) Not to be confused with the movie about ballet slippers, this Korean film is about a woman who finds some red shoes in a subway that exert an evil influence on all who wear them.

OCTOBER 8
17. THN: ZombiesSanto vs The Zombies (1962) Santo fights some scientifically-created zombies who are used by an evil man to commit crimes. The usual fare.
18 The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
19. One Missed Call (2008) Hadn't seen this one in a while, a classic movie.

OCTOBER 9
20. 31FSS: Raw (2016) French film about cannibalism treating it like a symptom of a dysfunctional family. Lives up to it's title.
21. THN: Day of the Woman Blood Sabbath* (1972) Enough nudity to make it interesting, but not much else.

OCTOBER 10
22. THN: 1967 Viruta y Capulina en el Camino de los Espantos* (1967? Possibly 1965) Mexican comedy movie about a group of travelers encountering ghosts during a road trip. The typical Scooby Doo plot.

OCTOBER 11
23. THN: Skulls As Above, So Below (2014) Much as I loathe the found-footage genre, this one is pretty damn good and offers a real sense of the unearthly. A group of investigators delve deep into the catacombs of Paris in search of the Philosopher's Stone. What they find is Hell itself.
24. Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King (2006) Episodes: Battleground / The Road Virus Heads North Battleground is amusing but The Road Virus... kind of falls short and is very predictible.
25. Witchfinder General AKA The Conqueror Worm (1968) An understated performance by Vincent Price who usually eats scenery and hams it up. Here he brings his A-game to a tale of corruption during England's witch trial period.

OCTOBER 12
26. THN: Mummies Las Momias de Guanajuato (1972) The first of the Mummies from Guanajuato series and possibly the best. Main heroes are Mil Mascaras and Blue Demon but Santo makes an appearance at the end to save the day.
27. Tales of Terror (1962) Vincent Prices stars in all three of these Poe adaptations, the last one, The Case of M Valdemarr is the best.

OCTOBER 13
28. 31 FSS Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
29. THN: F13 films Friday the 13th (2009) Considering the original F13 was not that great to begin with, this remake is pretty good.

OCTOBER 14
30. THN: GORE Wrong Turn 3
(2009) Watched it to fulfill the Theme Night as gore for gore's sake is uninteresting to me. Some good moments, though.
31. IT (1990) TV mini-series part 1 IT is starting to age, especially with the remake out but it still holds up.
32. The Pit and the Pendulum (1961) Vincent Price is always great to watch and Barbara Steele as well. I only wish she had more screen time.
33. La Cámara del Terror AKA Fear Chamber (1968) Allegedly Boris Karloff's last movie.

October 15
34. THN: Anthologies Tales from the Darkside: the Movie
(1990)

October 16
35. THN: Fangoria covers Under the Skin (2013)
36. Flatliners* (2017)

OCTOBER 17
37. THN: Friends Veneno Para las Hadas
(1984)

OCTOBER 18
38. THN: Pregnancy Rosemary's Baby
(1968)

OCTOBER 19
39. THN: Supernatural Soulmate
* (2013)

OCTOBER 20
40. THN: Vampires Thirst
(2009)

OCTOBER 21
41. THN: Media Home Entertainment Devil Times Five
* (1974)
42. IT (1990) TV mini-series part 2

OCTOBER 22
43. THN: Dopplegangers Body Snatchers
(1993)

OCTOBER 23
44. THN: Stormy Night The Last Witch Hunter
* (2015)

OCTOBER 24
45. 31 FSS: Alucarda
(1977)
46. THN: Hispanic Satanico Pandemonium AKA La Sexorcista (1975)

OCTOBER 25
47. THN: Low-Rated Horror The Beast of Yucca Flats
* (1961)
48. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
49. Santo Contra la Magia Negra (1973)

OCTOBER 26
50. THN: George Romero The Crazies
* (1973)

OCTOBER 27
51. THN: Small Town Horror Ghost Whisperer, S3
(2007) Episodes: The Underneath / Don't try this at home

OCTOBER 28
52. THN: Parties Contracted
* (2013)

OCTOBER 29
53. 31 FSS: The Fog
(1980)
54. THN: Synthesiser Score It Follows (2014)
55. El Robo de las Momias de Guanajuato (1972)
56. Momias de San Angel (1975)

OCTOBER 30
57. THN: Witches Blair Witch
(2016)
58. Leyendas Macabras de la Colonia (1974)
59. Vampiros de Coyoacán (1974)
60. México Bárbaro (2014)

OCTOBER 31
61. EVENT: Local library had a Horror Marathon where I saw the next two films:
62. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
(1974)
63. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
63. El Castillo de las Momias de Guanajuato (1973)
65. THN: Halloween The Houses October Built* (2014)

FINAL TALLY
65 entries divided as follows:
35 from my own personal DVD / Blu Ray collection
4 seen in movie theater or in a screening room
5 seen during regular TV programming
16 seen online (Netflix / Youtube)
1 attended event

13 of the above films were first-time views


CHECKLIST:
Spoiler:
Select 10 actors:
--- Kevin Bacon -
--- Tobin Bell -
--- Michael Biehn -
--- Doug Bradley -
--- Veronica Cartwright -
--- Peter Cushing -
--- Jocelin Donahue -
--- Brad Dourif -
--- Ethan Embry -
-X- Boris Karloff - La Cámara del Terror AKA Fear Chamber
--- Brea Grant -
--- Kane Hodder -
--- Elizabeth Kaitan -
--- Bela Lugosi -
--- Christopher Lee -
--- Rose McGowan -
--- R.A. Mihailoff -
--- Dina Myer -
-X- Meg Tilly - Body Snatchers
--- Mary Elizabeth Winstead -

Select 5 recently deceased actors -or- directors
--- Don Calfa -
--- John Vulich -
--- Ted V. Mikels -
--- John Zacherle -
--- William Peter Blatty -
--- Carrie Fisher -
--- Miguel Ferrer -
--- John Hurt -
--- Bill Paxton -
--- Robert Day -
--- Alessandro Alessandroni -
--- Michael Parks -
--- Adam West -
-X- George A. Romero - Night of the Living Dead
--- John Heard -
--- Sam Shepard -
--- Robert Hardy -
--- Haruo Nakajima -
--- Sonny Landham -
--- Jay Thomas -
-X- Tobe Hooper - Poltergeist
--- Martin Landau -
--- Harry Dean Stanton -
--- Bernie Casey -
--- Hugh Hefner -

Select 2 film composers:
--- Antón García Abril -
-X- John Carpenter - The Fog
--- Daniel Licht -
--- Harry Manfredini -

Select 5 directors:
--- Dario Argento -
--- Don Coscarelli -
--- David DeCoteau -
--- Mike Flanagan -
--- Tom Holland -
--- Mary Lambert -
--- Jean Rollin -
--- Steve Miner -
--- James Wan -
--- Adam Wingard -

Select 2 makeup effects artists:
--- Patrick Baxter -
--- Jason Collins -
--- Mark Shostrom -
--- Bud Westmore -

Select 2 producers:
--- Bradley Fuller -
--- Dino De Laurentiis -
--- Roy Lee -
--- Lloyd Kaufman -

Select 2 writers:
--- Jaume Balagueró -
--- Robert Bloch -
--- Jack Ketchum -
--- H.P. Lovecraft -

Select 30 of the following sub-genres / types:
--- *3-D Film -
--- Agoraphobia -
-X- Anthology Film - Tales of Terror
--- Appears on BFI's 100 European Horror Films List -
--- Appears on Video Nasties List -
--- Based on a True Story -
-X- Based on a Novel - Witchfinder General
-X- Cannibalism - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
-X- Cinema Inspired By: Edgar Allan Poe - The Mansion of Madness

--- Cinematic Titanic / Horror Host / MST3K / RiffTrax -
--- Classic Universal Monsters Movie -
-X- Comedy / Spoof - El Camino de los Espantos
--- Criterion / Masters of Cinema Version Film -
-X- Death by: Fire - Wrong Turn 3
--- Distributor / Studio: Vinegar Syndrome -
--- Documentary -
--- Extraterrestrial / Takes Place in Space -
--- Film From Someone Else's List You've Never Seen -
--- Film From TCM's October Schedule -
--- From a Basis Gogos Painting -
-X- Found Footage - As Above, So Below
--- Frankenstein -
-X- Ghost / Haunting - Poltergeist
--- Giallo -
-X- K-Horror - The Red Shoes
--- Killer / Evil Animal -
--- Killer / Evil Child -
--- Killer / Evil Doll -
--- Made-for-TV Movie -
--- Monster / Creature Feature / Godzilla -
-X- Mummy - El Robo de las Momias de Guanajuato
--- Musical / Rock 'n Roll Horror
--- Nation of Origin: China -
--- Nazi -
--- Psychological -
--- Rape / Revenge -
-X- Slasher / Psycho / Homicidal Maniac - Friday the 13th
--- Takes Place on a Holiday -
--- Takes Place on or Under the Sea -
--- Three Installments in a Franchise -
-X- Vampire - Thirst-X- Werewolf - An American Werewolf in Paris-X- Witchcraft / Satanic / Religious - The Ninth Gate
--- With Commentary -
-X- With Two or More Horror Legends - Cronos (Ron Perlman and Claudio Brook)
-X- Zombie - Santo vs Los Zombies


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

Watch films in at least three formats:
-X- First format, Blu Ray, Rosemary's Baby
-X- Second format, DVD, Soulmate
-X- Third format, Netflix, contracted


Watch films in at least three languages:
-X- First language, Spanish, El Camino de los Espantos
-X- Second language, French, Raw

--- Third language, (insert language), (insert title).

Watch 3 films that you've never seen before that:
--- Stars a Barbara (Steele, Crampton, Hershey, Shelley) -
--- Features music by Richard Band -
--- Was made in the 1950s -
--- Features a Disembodied / Possessed Hand -
--- Was written by Jimmy Sangster -
--- Features a solar eclipse -
--- Has the words "It" in the title -
--- Was directed by David Cronenberg -
--- Stars Michelle Bauer -
--- Takes place at a cemetery -
--- Features an actor who played Michael Myers, Jason, Freddy, Pinhead, or another pop culture horror killer in a different role -

Select 8 decades of film history:
--- 1890 -
--- 1900 -
--- 1910 -
--- 1920 -
--- 1930 -
--- 1940 -
--- 1950 -
-X- 1960 - Rosemary's Baby
-X- 1970 - Devil Times Five
-X- 1980 - The Fog
-X- 1990 - Candyman
-X- 2000 - Red Shoes
-X- 2010 - Flatliners


Select 1 from the "Chronological Horror Years Faceoff":
--- 1942 (75th) -
--- 1967 (50th) -
--- 1992 (25th) –

Select 2 from the following anniversaries:
--- 15th Anniversary of The Rondo Hatton Awards -
--- 20th Anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer -
--- 25th Anniversary of The Sci-Fi/SyFy Channel -
--- 100th Birthday of Santo -

Select 4 ratings:
--- G -
--- PG -
--- PG-13 -
--- R -
--- NC-17 -
--- X -
--- Unrated -
--- M -
--- GP -

Attend a live event (convention, play, haunted house, ghost tour, etc.):
-X- Horror Movie Marathon at my local library.


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

Last edited by pagefrance; 11-06-17 at 12:56 PM. Reason: List update
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