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Old 09-29-17, 09:57 PM   #97
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Re: The 13th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Threa

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*Note: Unless otherwise noted, everything here is a First Time Viewing

1.La setta (1991)
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Pretty good start to the challenge. Not what I'd considered one of Soavi's best, it pinballs around for a while before settling on a groove but does have some pretty memorably disturbing set pieces including a face ripping scene straight out of Hellraiser and a WTF stork rape.

2. The House of Seven Corpses (1974)
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Dull as dishwater... John Carradine has that hang-dog "I'm doin' this for booze money" look on his face the whole time and John Ireland hams it up like a mofo. It starts to drum up a little atmosphere at the end but feels too little too late.

3. Il profumo della signora in nero (1974)
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I went into this expecting a giallo based on the nationality, time period and abnormally long title but instead got a fascinating flick that was like Rosemary's Baby-esque gaslighting cannibals. I ended up liking it a good deal.

4. Sugar Hill (1974)
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Huh... didn't intend to watch three movies in a row from 1974 but here we are. This flick about a wrong woman seeking revenge using voodoo zombies doesn't entirely succeed due to some really lame effects during death scenes and some expository scenes that drag but it's still pretty entertaining with Baron Samedi hamming it up pretty well and the voodoo zombies actually looking pretty creepy at times with their blacked out eyes and cobwebbed features.

5. As Above, So Below (2014)
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Takes the found footage genre (and yea, technically not found footage but still plays like one) in a little different direction with a kind of DaVinci Code-esque plot about digging around in catacombs for relics. It still overuses a lot of the tropes of found footage films though (long stretches of nothing interesting happening in the first half, overly shaky camera to overcompensate for lack of effects, etc.).

6. The Flesh and the Fiends (1960)
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Some nice performances with Cushing delivering some grand-standing speeches and Donald Pleasance really relishing his role as Hare of the murdering entrepeneurs Burke & Hare. A little slow in places but overall not bad.

7. Dread (2009)
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eh... just... unpleasant. I don't get the appeal of movies like this really. Falls pretty squarely in the torture porn genre for the most part. Also takes WAY too long to get to the point of the movie.

8. Bride of Boogedy (1987)
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Oh why, Eugene Levy? Levy hams it up with the rest in this stupid sequel to the original made-for-TV Disney movie Mr Boogedy. I've heard of people reminisce of their childhood, laying claims to once being scared by this... Seriously? I think this one manages to be even hammier than the first one.

9. Los ojos de Julia (2010)
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While this one had it's moments, it also had some dumb plot beats and pacing issues. it could've also rung more suspense from the Julia pretending to be blind with the killer believing her to be still blind.

10. The Tunnel (2011)
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Yet anonther found footage movie, this time with some wraparound faux documentary interviews. This format actually had a significant downside since it was pretty obvious based on who was being interviewed who was going to live and die. I also found the ending anti-climactic and got super sick of hearing everyone shout the name Tangles over and over.

11. It (2017)
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This one has a pretty conventional vibe to it but is pretty well made for what it is. I think it's probably about as good an adaptation as the Stephen King book is going to get anyway. Oddly enough, as long as it is, there were a couple of sections that still felt rushed (not surprisingly since this film represents half of King's second longest novel).

12. The Mutilator (1984)
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Pretty run-of-the-mill slasher with an uninteresting killer and an ultra cheesy theme song for its alternate title "Fall Break". It did have some pretty fun, gruesome effects though if you're a gorehound.

13. The Return of the Vampire (1944)
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Bela Legosi slips into a very familiar skin as a vampire with a werewolf as his helper. It has some nice atmosphere at times and Legosi is fine (he can play this kind of role in his sleep) but ultimately doesn't offer much of anything original for the genre.

14. Grizzly (1976)
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Smarter than the average bear indeed.... You know, this movie wasn't terribly exciting for the most part but the scene where the bear lops off the kid's leg was pretty surprising. Also, I probably shouldn't have, but when the bear punched the head off a horse, I just burst out laughing uncontrollably.

15. Il mulino delle donne di pietra (1960)
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Pretty lurid subject matter for the time, it starts really slow with a lot of exposition dumps but picks up in the latter half once the doctor gets down to business.

16. Return of the Living Dead III (1993)
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Starts out slow but ultimately ends up more interesting than Part 2 (which really just plays out like a rehash of the first one). I did think Julie just suddenly being studded out was a little cheesy but Yuzna loves his cheese, so what are ya gonna do. I also wanna add I hated Curt... Just terrible.

17. The Pit (1981)
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Well, this was just kinda dumb, especially the section where the kid's luring victims into the troglodyte pit. When the guy falls in trying to catch a football, I just yelled "the fuck?". The movie never really could settle on a tone either, veering wildly between dorky slapstick and low budget whiny melodrama.

18. Død snø 2 (2014)
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This was such a ridiculous over-the-top fun movie... Even more than the first one, approaching Troma levels of ludicrousness.

19-21. Rose Red (2002)
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Well, I guess Stephen King had to try his had at the paranormal investigation haunted house story at least once. It plays out in a very extended and unsurprising fashion with most of the characters being super one-dimensional. It's also let down by really flat directing and cheesy effects. Having said all that, sadly enough by being merely competent, it still ends up better than like 80% of Stephen King TV movies. I did get a kick out of Rose Red obviously being influenced by the Winchester Mystery House, a real life bizarre ever-evolving house.

22. Shhh (1993)
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WTF? This is one of the nuttiest movies I've seen to come out of India (and music free to boot!). A sort of slasher basically but with lots of random nonsense thrown in for no apparent reason. Recommended if you are into crazy stuff like Raw Force and Mystics in Bali.

23. The Living and the Dead (2006)
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Eh... So cringeworthy. This story of a deranged, mentally troubled son tormenting his sickly mother unknowingly is just deeply unpleasant to watch. I just was so mad at the negligent father who left them alone the entire time...

24. Antropophagus (1980)
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Yea, it's Joe D'amato so you pretty much know what you're getting: a modicrum of plot as an excuse to get a shitty-looking cave man creature going around killing people. Throw in some cheesy gore effects and you've got yourself a D'Amato supreme.

25. Warlock (1989)
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I kinda liked this one despite the crappy special effects. Julian Sands as the ultra evil warlock and Richard E. Grant as the protagonist helped a lot.

26. Pandorum (2009)
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Man, what a wasted premise. This one had some good ideas rattling around in it but it just didn't come together very well. Clunky dialogue, bad acting and a weird, haphazard pace all contributed to making this crappier than it should've been.

27. Sílení (2005)
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I can always count on Svankmajer to provide everything he does best: bizarre torments fused with otherworldly stop motion nonsense, uncomfortable sexual perversions and extremely unpleasant close-ups of people consuming food. It works for me.

28. De lift (1983)
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I found myself kinda liking this oddball Dutch neon hot pink killer elevator movie. I mean, it oozed 80's but still delivered quirky cheese with some entertaining kills.

29. Rings (2017)
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They really need to just stop. Such a waste of Vincent D'onofrio. It tries to reveal more of Samara's origins but really only evaporates any mystique the farnchise may have had as well as breaking it's own random rules. Also, the ending was stupid.

30. The Black Cat (1941)
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Is it impossible for the film industry to make a straight adaptation of Poe's The Black Cat? I've seen at least half a dozen different versions with all taking massive liberties with the source material. This one basically centers around a bunch of greedy relatives dealing with the fallout of a rich matriarch leaving her inheritance to a maid and her cats. Murder is afoot and no one is safe! Or whatever. Despite its fairly short length, it feels padded with unnecessary exposition and lame comedic relief. The Legosi/Karloff Black Cat is MUCH better despite having even less to do with Poe's source story.

31. Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971)
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An earlier Argento effort, I thought it was pretty good but not without flaws. While it features Argento's flair for visuals, especially during death scenes (the hedge maze and the final scene are highlights) and a pretty solid foundation for a plot (I Know What You Did Last Summer-style), it does have some pacing problems, especially in the middle.

32. Demons 2 (1986)
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I really enjoyed the first Demons in a batshit nutso kind of way so was looking forward to this one. While it didn't disappoint necessarily, it did feel a little same-y, not unlike Return of the Living Dead vs RotLD Part II. The baby demon was a bit much and WTF was with that ending?

33. Goodnight Mommy (2014)
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Very unsettling but good movie regardless of whether you see the twist coming. Very slow pacing early on ends up being a benefit to the film, letting the horror of the situation sink in.

34. Curse, Death & Spirit (1992)
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Very weak anthology movie from Hideo Nakata of The Grudge fame. Very low budget production and weak, generic J-Horror story lines make this one pretty hard to recommend.

35. Sting of Death (1965)
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Good ol' Something Weird, dredging up the most shitty, stupid movies possible. From schlockmeister extraordinair William Grefe comes a movie about a killer jellyfish guy. The first half of the movie was pretty much nothing but teen dance parties while the second half was mostly shots of the jellyfish thing's legs and tentacles dangling down (with good reason... the few shots of the head looked beyond awful; basically a plastic balloon over a guy's head). I had fun with it though.

36. Sheitan (2006)
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Takes a while to really get going but once it does, it completely goes off the deep end. Cassel was great. By the end it reminded me of something out of Tales from the Crypt.

37. Der Student von Prag (1926)
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A solid version of the story that starts a little on the slow side but finishes well and has some very nice expressionist cinematography going for it at times. Why won't people learn not to make deals with the devil?

38. Frightmare (1983)
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I'm not going to say this was an amazing movie by any stretch but I had some fun with it as a dead horror film star (coming off vaguely like Christopher Lee at times) terrorizing a bunch of obnoxious theater geeks who desecrate his body as some kind of bizarre tribute.

39. The Horrible Dr. Hitchcock (1962)
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There's a core fallacy at play with this one. Why would anyone married to Barbara Steele want to kill her in order to bring back his rotting corpse of an ex-wife? Although I guess it just goes to show how deranged he really was.

40. Brainscan (1994)
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This was hardcore cheesy but vaguely entertaining for a while. The ending was a total cop out though (and what's with that stupid post-credits scene with the dog?). I can't even begin to understand how this game supposedly worked but I guess that's not the point.

41. Ankle Biters (2002)
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This was just...dog shit... Like, so bad. The concept of dwarf vampires could be stupid entertaining if in the hands of schlock kings such as Lloyd Kaufman or Charles Band. Unfortunately, it seemed to have been made by some dipshit in Georgia or Alabama or something with muffled sound, one cheapo camera, a bunch of non-actors and toy guns bought from Walmart or somewhere. There's also a motorcycle gang driving around for 10 minutes right before the end of the movie and a lot of pointless slo-mo for no reason at all. Think Birdemic levels of bad and you're getting close.

42. The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)
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While it employs a similar mockumentary format to The Tunnel, it's more chilling due to the subject matter and the use of the video footage reproducing a serial killer's torture and murder. It's only let down by occasional bad acting that removes the viewing from the realism of it.

43. From Beyond the Grave (1974)
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A pretty middling Amicus horror anthology with nothing specifically remarkable about any of it. The middle story's probably the weakest with the first having some decent kills and the last having some decent set design. The wrap around segment with Cushing was fairly uninspiring and predictable also.

44. The Thing (2011)
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Sigh... This was ok, I guess but pales in comparison to Carpenter's. The director really doesn't understand why the original The Thing was so successful. When it should've been doubling down on the paranoia, it threw out a spaceship and a big CGI fight scene that felt ludicrously out of place. The idea of it being a prequel was fairly novel, but it just failed to execute it well at all. Also practical effects > CGI for sure.

45. Man Made Monster (1941)
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Lon Chaney Jr really made this one worth watching. His tortured expression when he's forced to repeatedly admit to killing the doctor is beyond sad and goes a long way toward helping you relate to what would otherwise be a mindless monster. The last twenty minutes play out about as expected but it's still a pretty competent under-seen Universal horror.

46. Doghouse (2009)
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This was decent but seemed to be trying too hard to be Shaun of the Dead, coming off less funny with less likable characters. I did like the variety of creature effects in the Phase 2 mutation though. Nice spin on the typical zombie virus genre even if it didn't make a damn bit of sense.

47. Uninvited (1988)
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This may need to fall into my regular rotation of stupidly entertaining shitty movies. The concept of a monster living in a cat's mouth and killing people is too bonkers to not appreciate on some level.

48. The Sorcerers (1967)
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Too bad they don't give Karloff much to do here other than basically sit and look like he's concentrating. But hey, at least he's shows he's hip with the swingin' sixties scene, man. Really, there's not a lot that's very compelling here and the scariest thing in the movie is the jarring quick cuts to close ups of that old woman.

49. Black Water (2007)
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Way too drawn out to be entertaining or suspenseful. I refuse to believe any random crocodile is this motivated. I think I like Rogue a little more just because it didn't take itself as seriously.

50. Ben (1972)
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Kinda dull in many spots with most of the last 20 minutes being just shots of guys with flamethrowers and rats scurrying away from them. I will say I got a little choked up when Danny found Ben at the end and promised to always be friends. Maybe it's the Michael Jackson song that really drove it home for me.

51. Death Nurse (1987)
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Well, this was a shot-on-video craphole of a movie with random cuts for what appears to be a totally different movie spliced in. Typical of 80's SOV movies with god awful acting, poor effects and next to no plot.

52. Los sin nombre (1999) a.k.a. The Nameless
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Pretty good thriller from the director of [rec] that drums up some decent mystery and suspense but the directing comes across heavy handed at times. The end was also fairly weak for me.

53. Slaughter High (1986)
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Pretty run-of-the-mill slasher with fairly unimpressive kills for the most part. One thing I did find interesting was that the killer actually killed all of them which was nice since they were all pretty relentlessly unlikable. Too bad the movie had a crappy fake out ending where it was all in his head. But then it just kept going and had a bizarre non-fake out ending instead... I just dunno.

54. Isolation (2005)
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Genetic mutated cows run amuck. The premise sounds like something ludicrous like Black Sheep or Poultrygeist but the movie plays it totally straight and actually comes across very competent with some truly tense moments.

55. Saint Ange (2004) a.k.a. House of Voices
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A pretty good but quite sad ghost story in the vein of The Orphanage. The ending was a little unsatisfying but the movie created a good sense of atmosphere that carries it regardless.

56. Scars of Dracula (1970)
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This was a pretty bland, straightforward Hammer Dracula movie. Christopher Lee acquits himself fine but isn't given a lot interesting to do. I will say, they really liked that shot of the guy climbing in and out of the castle window with that obviously painted matte background below him.

57. Die! Die! My Darling! (!965)
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Tallulah Bankhead was solid as a crazy, religious nut (is there any other kind? amiright!? har har). It's not as over-the-top as some of the finer hagsploitation movies like Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? but it's still pretty decent.

58. Stigmata (1999)
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Man, I hated the direction in this. It was so... of its time. The random metal soundtrack also seemed really out of place given the subject matter. I also felt like the movie meandered a lot without a clear direction of where it was going. It also had a pretty weak ending.

59. I lunghi capelli della morte (1964) a.k.a. The Long Hair of Death
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This was actually quite a nice surprise and better in my opinion than the more well known Castle of Blood from the same director. Speaking of the director, Margheriti is less known than some of his Italian counterparts in genre film but I'd say is as equally adept if not more skilled behind the camera than the likes of Fulci or Franco, who get far more attention. Barbara Steele is great as ever and the the film creates a very nice gothic horror atmosphere.

60. Voodoo Man (1944)
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Pretty middling Legosi pre-Romero voodoo zombie movie. Mostly pretty dull. I cringed as that last zinger also.

61. Zirneklis (1991) a.k.a. Spider
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Holy shit... I don't know hat the hell I just watched exactly but I found it deeply fascinating. The whole movie feels like a bizarre fever dream of hallucinatory visuals, of twisted sexual perversions... Really one of the best things I've seen come out of Russia.

62. La maldición de la momia azteca (1957)
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Santo movies are always pretty fun in their own way. This one pits him against some gangsters and an Aztec mummy. You can certainly do worse.

63. La corta notte delle bambole di vetro (1971) ak.a. Short Night of Glass Dolls
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Huh... that was different. Like a lot of giallo (not that this is a typical giallo in most ways), it has a kind of slow middle section but really has a pretty interesting hook and while I saw the ending coming, it didn't make it any less squirmy.

64. I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016)
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So I can see why some traditional horror fans have reacted negatively to this but I personally really liked it. While it was (VERY) slow moving, it built an incredible atmosphere with a dense and pervading mood of sorrow. If you have seen Osgood Perkins' other film The Blackcoats Daughter, you basically know what to expect here.

65. The Wolfman (2010)
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Serviceable but fairly unremarkable Hollywood remake. Some nice set design and atmosphere along with a solid cast is let down by unimpressive CGI and a middling script.

66. Incubo sulla città contaminata (1980) a.k.a. Nightmare City
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Hm, like a shitty pre-cursor to 28 Days Later's fast infected zombies. The makeup looks really bad here and it mostly is comprised of characters just going from point A to B with little depth. Also the ending sucked.

67. Shura (1971)
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This one was really good. Excellent B&W cinematography with a very fascinating script. It could've been tightened a little but overall better than many I've watched this month.

68. The Gorgon (1964)
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Even more talking than a lot of Hammer films, it still has solid set design and acting. Just needed more actually happening.

69. The Video Dead (1987)
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A goofy 80's nonsense movie about a TV that brings forth crazed zombies to terrorize and murder its owners. It's stupid but kind of entertaining in the same way other movies of its ilk are.

70. Raw (2016)
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Interesting take on cannibalism with a great soundtrack and excellent direction. It doesn't work 100% of the time but still left me fairly satisfied.

71. Kôrei (2000) a.k.a. Seance
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I've generally quite like Kiyoshi Kurosawa's films and while Seance isn't bad, it isn't at the level of Pulse or Cure either. It takes the same slow burn approach but doesn't offer as compelling a story. It's still pretty good overall though.

72. Blood Rage (1987)
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Turn your brain off for this one and let the waves of gory stupidity wash over you. I just kept cracking up over how hilariously over-the-top everything was. This would make a good party movie.

73. The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014)
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I guess this went in a somewhat different direction than I expected toward the end, but it's still a pretty run-of-the-mill found footage movie, falling prey to overuse of shaky cam during climactic fright sequences, muting the scares and making it vaguely nauseous to watch.

74. Killer's Delight (1978)
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Beyond dull recounting of the exploits of Ted Bundy and the Henry Silva-esque cop and his relentlessly partner tracking him down. You'd probably have more fun reading the back of a cereal box than watching this.

75. Un gatto nel cervello (1990) a.k.a. A Cat In The Brain
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I found myself actually kind of enjoying this piecemeal, disjointed self-reflexive Lucio Fulci stroke job. One could look at this as Fulci's 8 1/2, a meta commentary on the inner character of the director and what drives him. It's just unlike Fellini, Fulci is driven by butts, boobs and blood. Lots and lots of blood.

76. Baby Blood (1990)
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I kinda liked the whole freewheeling vibe of this one. Has an anarchic tone that reminds me of the likes of Troma or Frank Hennelotter but without the obvious humor elements (although I can't see the filmmakers taking this totally seriously).

77. Mum & Dad (2008)
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I didn't get a whole lot out of this one, a story of a bizarre couple of abducts people and indoctrinates them into their family under threats of torture. The production values were weak and some of the acting was sketchy also.

78. The Invisible Ray (1936)
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Honestly I kind of expected more from Legosi and Karloff beyond just a glowing dude killing people. It does feel a little different with its globe hopping narrative in the first half but ultimately falls under old tropes of typical Universal horror of the day.

79-81. Lore S1E1-6
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I thought this was a pretty good series based on a podcast that focuses on tales from folklore, primarily recreated as a combination of animation, re-enactments and voice over courtesy of Aaron Mahnke, the creator of the original podcast. while narratively it was fairly compelling I felt it relied too heavily on reenactments (I wish there was more of the experimental animation... those were really cool segments) and there were times it left me wanting on the actual origins of the some of the folklore manifestations.

82. Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953)
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The formula's wearing thin on me with this one. The original conceit of mixing actual Universal monster storylines with Abbott & Costello slapstick worked pretty well with the original Meets Frankenstein but just seems to have diminishing returns with each successive movie. Having Costello turning into a giant rat was just too silly even for the nonsense at play here.

83. Split (2016)
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Shyamalan definitely needs to stick with smaller scale thrillers. They seem to be his forte. This one was pretty solid with a good pace, a bravura scenery-chewing performance from McAvoy and some genuinely tense sequences. Shyamalan couldn't resist his cheesiest impulses with that reference to Unbreakable at the end though.

84. The Hearse (1980)
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Decent but rarely remarkable, The Hearse has a mildly interesting central mystery with a couple of kind of creepy segments but much of the runtime is spent with the main character just being treated rudely by unwelcoming townspeople. I GET IT. EVIL HOUSE. Let's move on.

85. Ouija (2014)
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Just really bland, paint-by-numbers PG-13 horror movie... Very little happens in the first half of the movie and when something finally does start happening, it just comes off mostly silly. Also the dialogue is mostly crap.

86. The Editor (2014)
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Astron-6, folks. I enjoyed this giallo parody quite a bit. I mean, it rarely made much sense but it had so many ridiculous things going on it didn't really matter.

87. Gerald's Game (2017)
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Having read the book, I can say that this is probably as good an adaptation as could be done. I remember when I read it thinking that it was probably Stephen King's least film-able book with most of the "action" taking place in a single location with almost entirely internal narrative. But Flanagan finds some creative ways to manifest the protagonists' inner thoughts and struggle, ultimately resulting in a pretty solid movie with an unfortunately terrible epilogue that should've just been cut off (King's book had a similarly unnecessary epilogue also).

88. Alien: Covenant (2017)
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Very nice visuals and cool effects as well as Fassbender's awesomeness can't hide the plot inconsistencies and poorly developed characters. With a twist that's not half as clever as it seems to think it is making several things just straight up not make sense in retrospect, I feel like while this wasn't terrible, it wasn't nearly as good as it could have been.

89. Black Friday (1940)
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List: TSZDT 1001-2000 #532
Wait, you replaced this kind-hearted professor's brain with that of an evil gangster's and suddenly he's started acting evil and gangster-y? Shocking... This is definitely the weakest of the Karloff/Lugosi movies I've seen with Lugosi basically just given a bit part and the meatiest role given to some Blandy McBlanderbland. Really not a lot to recommend it honestly.

90. Chungyo (1972)
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Here we have an interestingly bizarre and hallucinatory psycho-drama from the director of Hanyo. Good overall but left me puzzled as to what the hell actually happened? Who killed who? Did that baby crawl into the sewer after the rats or die in the fridge? Timeless questions of the ages.

91. Hush (2016)
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List: TSZDT 1001-2000 #387
Very nicely paced, tense home invasion thriller with some very suspenseful moments and a great sound mix. It plays out a little more straightforward than I prefer toward the end but still ends up good in general.

92. Under the Shadow (2016)
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I was really impressed with this one. What starts as a very real terror brought on by the realities of living in a war-torn city under an oppressive regime begins to morph into a more supernatural and metaphorical horror that comes across as genuinely imaginative and creepy in places. While reminding me of The Babadook in general tone at times, this Iranian horror film (which is a miracle in and of itself) still succeeds on its own merits with some interesting ideas and effects.

93. Plankton (1994)
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Wow, this was a gloriously stupid piece of shit. Horrible acting? Check. Ludicrously terrible special effects? Check. Pure gibberish plotting and gratuitous sex? Definitely a big check.

94. Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)
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While this isn't what I'd call a truly great horror film, it was certainly light years beyond the first one with a better pacing, more well-drawn characters, a more interesting basic premise and a fresh 60's time period.

95. Eyes of a Stranger (1981)
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A near tension-less stalker flick with endless scenes of the characters walking around talking about being worried with very little actually happening. It tries to ramp up a little toward the end but with a very nonthreatening killer and a too-little-too-late anti-climactic finale.

96. The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964)
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List: TSZDT 1001-2000 #284
Unnecessarily chatty and exposition heavy, very little actually happens until nearly an hour end at which point it starts to feel more like classic Hammer horror. Unfortunately it really doesn't gather enough steam to be interesting despite a few solid moments.

97. The Babysitter (2017)
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This one's not going to win any Academy Awards but actually ends up a lot of fun. It's nice to see McG channeling his OCD music video style to something that really fits it as opposed to old TV adaptations and deadly serious Terminator movies.

98. Schloß Vogelöd (1921) a.k.a. The Haunted Castle
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List: TSZDT 1001-2000 #540
An early Murnau effort that has glimpses of the expressionist touches that would soon follow but mostly comes off fairly stiff and stage-y. Not unusual for the time period though, and if you set your expectations accordingly, you'll find a fairly interesting mystery at play in a spooky castle.

99. The Evictors (1979)
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If you're only familiar with Charles B. Pierce through Town That Dreaded Sundown and Legend of Boggy Creek, you'll find this one to be a little more professionally filmed in places (although still peppered with the local culture of Arkansas that Pierce seems to put in many of his films). Plot-wise, it keeps things moving by flashing back to the murders in the house from the previous tenants so as not to get too bogged down in exposition for too long. Really not a bad movie although Pierce's flat directing style is a weakness as always. As a side note, I think it's kind of hilarious that Pierce adds the "true story" message at the end (another motif he likes to throw in there regardless of how ridiculous it is).

100. Horror Island (1941)
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This one is basically an old dark house treasure hunt that is fine while it lasts but offers nothing new or interesting to latch onto.

101. La notte che Evelyn uscì dalla tomba (1971) a.k.a. The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave
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List: TSZDT 1001-2000 #473
Here we have a lurid gothic horror giallo with a relentlessly unlikable cast and a somewhat interesting gaslighting plot. While Miraglia is certainly no Argento or Bava in the style department, he still conjures up some decent atmosphere and style at times.

102. Dude Bro Party Massacre III (2014)
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From the Five Second Film guys (look 'em up on youtube if you aren't familiar), DBPMIII is a pretty funny parody/homage to 80's slashers with gratuitously over-the-top death scenes courtesy of Motherface (a killer bent on revenge against the dude bros for a third time), hilarious nonsense partial commercial breaks, and an unnecessarily weird and pointless subplot about a cop hired by police chief Patton Oswalt to hunt down the dude bros but really get suckered into a devil cut sacrifice only to be saved by a bag of oranges (I dunno...).

103. The Nail Gun Massacre (1985)
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I actually watched this one last week and forgot about it (with good reason). Poorly shot, garbage acting, unimaginative repetitive kills, borderline nonexistent script.... Just shit.

104. O Ritual dos Sádicos (1970) a.k.a. Awakening The Beast
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List: TSZDT 1001-2000 #782
So this was a really weird one. The first hour or so is a series of shorts exploring sexual perversions brought on by drug use and vice versa. And then some "scientists" decide to see how LSD and Coffin Joe mix... The results are...unusual to say the least. I kind of liked this despite it not being an actual Coffin Joe sequel and really more having him show up to fuck with people's minds.

105. Deadtime Stories (1986)
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Unsurprisingly cheesy anthology from the 80's using more grown up fairy tales as a framing device (with a really stupid ending to the framing story). The first story about a couple of witches is fairly dull and only notable for some cheesy but interesting gore effects. The second one about Little Red Riding Hood is pretty much exactly what you'd expect. The third one involving Goldi Loxx (har har), a psychic, who goes on a crime spree with the Bear family (geddit!?). This one was probably the least boring in a dumb but entertaining way.

106. The Dismembered (1962)
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What a bizarre goofy little regional movie... A bunch of criminals end up at a haunted house with both ghosts from the house and a graveyard nearby trying to kill them. Gives off a little bit of a William Castle vibe. I liked it.

107. Axe (1974)
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Interesting almost avant-guarde (mostly not by choice though according to the write-up in Nightmare USA) tale of an unhinged girl who retaliates against some murderers who invade her and her disabled father's home and attempt to assault her. Disorientingly amateurish yet effective camerawork coupled with a bizarre electronic soundtrack go a long way toward making this more watchable than it has any right to be.

108. Jaws 2 (1978)
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Mediocre follow up to one of the best horror films of the 70's. It's basically like someone watched the first one and said, "this is alright but we need more bland directing and lots more people yelling for help and stumbling around in boats... also let's make sure we show the shark as little as possible because frankly it kinda looks like ass".

109. Annabelle: Creation (2017)
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Second prequel to a crap horror movie that's actually fairly decent I've seen this week (Ouija Origin of Evil being the first). So many of my comments on Ouija: Origin apply to this one as well. Not amazing but certainly much better than the first with some genuinely solid creepy sequences. It even has Lulu Wilson, the creepy girl from Ouija: Origin in a protagonist role.

110. The Dark Power (1985)
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Oh, Lash La Rue... If I ever need a priest with mad bullwhip skills, I know who to call. This movie was just a train wreck. Horrible acting with nothing happening for the first hour, cheesy Toltec monsters and wildly out of place random comedy elements. But thank the heavens above that Lash La Rue comes to save the day inexplicably and also that the Toltec monster is patient enough to step outside with him to have a proper bullwhip fight.

111. Autostop rosso sangue (1977) a.k.a. Hitch Hike
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List: TSZDT 1001-2000 #495
Does David Hess only play crazy scumbags? There are actually some good ideas in this flick but they're executed in a fairly lifeless way. I didn't feel like there was much in the way of tension build up once the couple start conspiring against Hess.

112. Chandu the Magician (1932)
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Legosi is well-cast here as the villainous Roxor on a conquest to destroy the world with an evil death ray (a reputable villain plan for sure). Of course leave it to Chandu to fuck with people and save the day in equal measure. This keeps a pretty nice pace with some nice camerawork for such a low budget, older film despite the out of place comic relief.

113. The Conjuring 2 (2016)
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It's hard for me to divorce reality from fiction when watching these movies, knowing what I know about the Enfield haunting as well as the Warrens' involvement (which was actually very little... and also the Enfield haunting was pretty much a hoax). The film itself is well made and slowly builds tension (almost to a fault at times.. could've been trimmed up a little) before building to its sturm und drang conclusion. The villainous demon is fairly poorly developed (gotta save some backstory for the spin off!) but the movie still has a few slick scares up its sleeve.

TV Viewing (I'll total these up at the end of the month):
Are You Afraid of the Dark S1E 5-13
Stan Against Evil S1E1-8
Tales from the Darkside S1E11-20
Ghosted S1E1-4
Bates Motel S4E1-4
Community: Paranormal Parentage
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: HalloVeen
The Mick: The Haunted House
Simpsons: Treehouse of House XXVIII
Bob's Burgers: The Wolf of Wharf Street

Shorts:
I'll total these up at the end of the month.
Too Many Cooks (2014) 11 min.
Danger! 50,000 Zombies! (2004) 26 min.
Crush the Skull (2010) 10 min.

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