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Re: The 14th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Threa

First-Time Viewing: 20 | Blu-Ray: 4 | DVD: 2 | Theatrical: 1 | TV: 8 | Streaming: 25 | Commentaries Listened To: 0

1910: 1 | 1920: 0 | 1930s: 2 | 1940s: 2 | 1950s: 1 | 1960s: 1 | 1970s: 3 | 1980s: 6 | 1990s: 2 | 2000s: 3 | 2010s: 13

Sept. 30
1. I Married a Witch (1941)-Blu-Ray-**** Veronica Lake plays a witch burned at Salem (except no witches were burned there--they were hanged) who comes back to bedevil the heir of a curse she placed on his family at her execution. Cecil Kellaway plays her father and Frederic March plays her beau. This is a genuinely funny, sweet comedy.
2. Dressed To Kill (1980)-Blu-Ray-**** De Palma's films are often derivative of Hitchcock, and Dressed To Kill is a prime example, clearly ripped of from Psycho. In 1980 transgender characters were an easy punchline but nearly 40 years later the topic is much more problematic.

Oct. 1
3. IT (2017)-TV-**** Although Tim Curry will always be my Pennywise, Bill Skarsgĺrd's performance gives the audience an alien Pennywise, a creature that is so far removed from humanity that we can see the monster beneath the mask, an entity imitating the things humans fear. The kids in the Losers gang are all excellent, and I can't wait to see part 2 next year.
4. Mom and Dad (2017)-Hulu-**** Premise: A static TV signal makes parents kill their own children. That's a horrifying idea, but here it's played partially for laughs. Nicholas Cage is in top gonzo form as a father turned child murderer.
5. Lifeforce (1985)-Blu-Ray-**** Steve Railsback's performance is turned up way too high, but this is a terrific sci-fi update of Dracula.

Oct. 2
6. Blue Sunshine (1978)-Shudder-**** Blue Sunshine neatly captures the 60s hangover the young Boomers experienced in the 70s as their values switched from Woodstock Nation to the Me Generation. The boomers cut their hair, put on suits, went to grad school and shoved their youthful idealism in the closet next to their love beads and tie-dyed bell bottoms.
7. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919)-YouTube-**** The nightmare visuals that are emblematic of German Expressionism are probably responsible for this movie's longevity.

Oct. 3
8. 47 Meters Down (2017)-Netflix-**** Definitely not for claustrophobes. Two sisters on vacation in Mexico decide to go on a shark viewing excursion in a submersed shark cage. An equipment malfunction sends their cage tumbling to the bottom of the sea. Sharklarity ensues. Really good movie that had me on the edge of my seat the entire time.
9. Blood Beach (1980)-Youtube-** I found this to be unsatisfying and the creature FX were terrible, although the post-climax scene is creepy as hell.

Oct. 4
10. Devil (2010)-Starz-**** I remember seeing a video of a movie theater audience laughing at M. Night Shyamalan's name in the trailer for Devil, but this is a decent horror film, a sort of "Lifeboat" of the damned set in an elevator.
11. Down (2001)-Starz-**** Down is the kind of dumb, fun horror flick you'd rent from Blockbuster on a Friday night back in the day. Is it a classic? No, but it is enormously fun to watch. Michael Ironside makes any movie he's in worth watching. And who knew dolphin brains were evil?
12. Thirst (2015)-Shudder** A group of teen delinquents stuck in a wilderness boot camp have to save themselves from being consumed by an alien. Not very good.
13. Venom (2018)-Theatrical**** Don't listen to the critics, Venom is an entertaining ride. Tom Hardy kicks ass, and his scenes where Venom is fighting by operating Hardy's body like a puppet reminded me of Upgrade, another movie I enjoyed immensely.

Oct. 5
14. The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)-TV-**** This was a top-class thrill ride that absolutely worked for me.
15. Ghost Stories (2017)-Viooz-*** A British professor who debunks the supernatural investigates separate incidents of ghostly manifestations. The interweaving of the stories is clever

Oct. 6
16. The Rezort (2015)-Netflix-**** The plot here was stolen scene by scene from Jurassic Park but with zombies. I enjoyed it because the film works for me and it's executed well, but Spielberg should sue for copyright infringement.

Oct. 7
17. The Mummy (1932)-Blu-Ray-**** Boris Karloff. Accept no substitutes

Oct. 8
18. Mr. Jones (2013)-Amazon Prime-*** A young couple settle in a house in the country, where they discover the mysterious Mr. Jones, a reclusive Banksy-like artist who turns out to be a sentinel who guards the real world from the Dreamtime. There are some fascinating ideas here, but the execution is crippled by a low budget.

Oct. 9
19. Prom Night (1980)-Amazon Prime-*** I'm not a fan of 80s slasher films, but this is fairly decent with a young Jamie Lee Curtis in the lead and Leslie Nielsen when he was playing heavies before Airplane changed his career trajectory.
20. The Curse II: The Bite (1989)-TV-*** Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes? A couple are traveling in the Southwest, where the guy gets bitten by a radioactive snake, which turns his left hand into a snake, and he eventually transforms into a snake monster. Solid practical effects and some bad acting. Bonus Jamie Farr!

Oct. 10
21. Happy Birthday to Me (1981)-Viooz-*** Fairly decent slasher film up to the total horseshit ending out of Gaslight.
22. The Devil's Bride (1968)-TV-***** Top-notch Hammer. Christopher Lee plays an aristocrat who rescues a youngr couple form the clutches of a Satanic cult. Supposedly this is getting an R1 Blu from Scream Factory in 2019.
23. Horror of Dracula (1958)-TV-***** The movie that launched Lee as a horror star. It's a loose adaptation of the Bram Stoker novel with Peter Cushing as Van Helsing.

Oct. 11
24. Frogs (1972)-Amazon Prime-*** Ray Milland plays the patriarch of a Southern family who are done in one by one by the local swamp fauna. It's not nice to fool Mother Nature.

Oct. 12
25. Happy Death Day (2017)-TV-*** Much better and funnier than I thought it would be. While this Groundhog Day ripoff is clearly aimed at a teen market, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
26. It Stains the Sands Red (2016)-TV-***** Excellent zombie horror flick for the #MeToo era that shows there is still life in the genre. A Vegas stripper and her boyfriend flee the zombie apocalypse when they are stuck in the desert. He dies in the first 5 minutes and the rest of the film is the woman fleeing an extremely persistent zombie, escaped convicts and other dangers.

Oct. 13
27. The Devils (1971)-Filmstruck-***** The Devils reminds me of Oliver Stone's "JFK," another cinematic masterpiece that is utter nonsense from a strictly historical perspective. Although it was reviewed poorly on its release, over the intervening half century critics like Mark Kermode have rehabilitated its reputation as Ken Russell's crowning achievement. Oliver Reed gives a career-best performance as the internally conflicted Father Grandier, a man torn between serving God, his city, and his lust, and Vanessa Redgrave is alternately touching and grotesque as the Mother Superior who is sexually obsessed with Grandier.
28. The 50 Best Horror Movies You've Never Seen (2014)-Amazon Prime-*** Good source of ideas for the challenge.
29. 1313: Giant Killer Bees! (2011)-Amazon Prime-* Utter garbage. Hot, shirtless twinks are supposed to be a lab team engineering superior honeybees that become monsters. None of the twinks that DeCoteau cast can act, but they do have great abs.

Oct. 14
30. The Wicker Man (1973)-DVD-***** The Wicker Man is a perfectly made film, and one of the best films from the 70s
31. American Satan (2017)-TV-**** The plot seems to have been lifted from a Jack Chick tract. A struggling LA metal band makes a deal with The Devil (Malcolm McDowell), only to find their success is a lure into death and suffering.

Oct. 15
32. The Blood on Satan's Claw (1971)-Amazon Prime-**** The soundtrack is excellent, although I found ther plot a touch confusing;
1. a demon causes patches of fur to grow on local children
2. ???
3 Profit!
33. Cast a Deadly Spell (1991)-HBOGO-***** I absolutely love this movie! It's a perfect blend of film noir and Elder God horror, although the homophobic and transphobic bits detract. Fred Ward is great as the gumshoe who doesn't use magic in a magical world. C'mon Shout, get this out on Blu-Ray!
34. The Shape of Water (2017)-TV-***** Guillermo Del Toro teeters on the line of bad taste with this girl-meets-fish-monster love story.

Oct. 16
35. Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)-Amazon Prime-**** for a low-budget horror flick, this succeeds as a comedy and a slasher film.
36. Nine Miles Down (2008)-Amazon Prime-**** The plot did not go where I expected. The description made it sound like a movie about demons, but turns out to be mindgames.
37. Uncle Sam (1997)-Amazon Prime-**** The 4th of July gets its own slasher flick. I thoroughly enjoyed this one--great action and a ton of "Hey, it's that guy" character actors.

Oct. 17
38. Hereditary (2018)-AlyxStarr-***** The shocks don't work the second viewing, but this is still a brilliant film about family dysfunction that rewards repeat viewings, even without the demonic trappings.
39. Don't Sleep (20177)-TV-* Total snoozefest. The plot, such as it is, is about a 20-something guy who experienced vivid nightmares as a child that are becoming real now, and turns out to be the product of demonic possession. Nothing here works; the direction, writing, and acting are all awful.
40. The Ferryman (2007)-DVD-**** A group of vacationers sailing from New Zealand to Fiji encounter ancient, soul-stealing evil at sea. This is a solid horror flick, although I had to turn on the English subtitles to understand the Kiwis.
41. The Walking Dead (1936)-TV-*** Solid B-picture action with Boris Karloff playing yet another sad character
42. The Mad Ghoul (1943)-Daily Motion-**** Slight but entertaining. A mad scientist uses an ancient Mayan elixir to turn a college student into a monster. I can't believe that TCM wants $20 for the DVD!

Oct. 18
43. Apostle (1971)-Netflix-**** The soundtrack here is terrific and really augments the action. Apostle could have used a bit more editing because the running time is a bit long and some of it feels stretched. Michael Sheen and Dan Stevens are awesome as always as the antagonists in this tale of a pagan cult covering dark evil.


-X-10/01: ! The 50th Anniversary of Night of the Living Dead -IT
-X- 10/02: Studies in Terror -The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
-X- 10/03: Jawsploitation -47 Meters Down
-X- 10/04: Elevator Horrors -Devil
-X- 10/05: Horror Anthologies -Ghost Stories
-X- 10/06: Zombies -The Resort
-X- 10/07: Universal Monster Movies -[b]The Mummy/b]
-X- 10/08: Atmospheric Horror Films -Mr. Jones
-X- 10/09: Cheesy '80s Horror -Prom Night
-X- 10/10: Bloody Birthday Parties-Happy Birthday to Me
-X- 10/11: Dogs / Bogs / & Logs - Frogs
-X- 10/12: Apocalyptic Horror -It Stains the Sands Red
-X- 10/13: The European Passport to Terror -The Devils
-X- 10/14: Rocktober Blood - The 100 Greatest Horror Soundtracks - The Wicker Man
-X- 10/15: IMDB Highest Rated Horror -The Shape of Water
-X- 10/16: Slashers / Giallos / Serial Killers -Behind The Mask
-X- 10/17: Blood on the Beach - The Ferryman
--- 10/18: Modern Horror Films -
--- 10/19: The Horrors of USA Up All Night -
--- 10/20: 1980s Video Companies Spotlight: Prism Entertainment / Video Stores -
--- 10/21: Vampires -
--- 10/22: Chronological Horror Years Faceoff - Chapter 6 -
--- 10/23: Horrorspondents: You're On The Air! -
--- 10/24: Werewolves / Were-Creatures On A Full Moon -
--- 10/25: IMDB Highest Rated Horror -
--- 10/26: Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Frankenstein / Mad Doctors
--- 10/27: Mass Marathon of the Damned (9) Presents...
The Texas-Bred Host with Crazy Drive-In Totals Returns Anew
And the World's Foremost Horror Movie Mag with Gratuitous Horror Fu! -
They Live! The Return of Joe Bob Briggs -&- Fangoria Magazine -
--- 10/28: Supernatural / Quiet/Soft / Seances
--- 10/29:- Mind Games
--- 10/30: 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 List

-X- 09/30: group vote - Dressed to Kill (1980)
--- 11/01: group vote - Dave Made a Maze (2017)
-X- 10/04: wildcard - any horror theatrical showing Venom (2018)

-X 10/01: Chad - Lifeforce (1985)
-X-10/02: ororama - Blue Sunshine (1977)
-X-10/03: indiephantom - Blood Beach (1980)
-X-10/04: Gobear - Down (The Shaft) (2001)
--- 10/05: hbsvb - Kwaidan (1964)
--- 10/06: Darkgod - Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror (1981)
--- 10/07: shellebelle - Dr. Cyclops (1940)
-X- 10/08: mallratcal - Hereditary (2018)
--- 10/09: TheBigDave - The Zero Boys (1986)
-X- 10/10: Elliot57 - Happy Death Day (2017)
--- 10/11: orlmac - Cujo (1983)
--- 10/12: arw6040 - A Quiet Place (2018)
--- 10/13: Bladz - Inside (2007)
-X- 10/14: Trevor - The Blood on Satan's Claw (1971)
--- 10/15: Shack - Peeping Tom (1960)
--- 10/16: Mondo Kane - Terrifier (2017)
--- 10/17: DaveyJoe - Who Can Kill a Child? (1976)
--- 10/18: PCBreakdown - Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)
--- 10/19: jacob_b - The Toxic Avenger (1984)
--- 10/20: SterlingBen - Evil Toons (1992)
--- 10/21: tarfrimmer - The Lost Boys (1987)
--- 10/22: numbercrunch - Son of Dracula (1943) / Fangs of the Living Dead (1968) / The Washing Machine (1993)
--- 10/23: JAX036 - Silver Bullet (1985)
--- 10/24: SethDLH - Tenebre (1982)
--- 10/25: WillieMLF - Antropophagus (1980)
--- 10/26: clckworang - Dr. Caligari (1989)
--- 10/27: Darth Maher - Maximum Overdrive (1986)
--- 10/28: jholmes - Marrowbone (2017)
--- 10/29: Undeadcow - Brainscan (1994)
--- 10/30: alyxstarr - Demon Wind (1990)
--- 10/31: cwileyy - Sleepy Hollow (1990)


Select 10 actors:
--- Lauren Ashley Carter -
-X- Brian Cox -The Autopsy of Jane Doe
-X-Jamie Lee Curtis - Prom Night
-X- Peter Cushing - Horror of Dracula
--- Bruce Davison -
-X-Boris Karloff -The Mummy
-X-Christopher Lee -The Devil's Bride
--- Helga Liné -
--- Bela Lugosi -
--- Elina Madison -
--- Burgess Meredith -
--- Sam Neill -
--- Michael J. Pollard -
--- William Shatner -
-X-Oliver Reed - The Devils
--- Anita Strindberg -
--- Dee Wallace -
-X-Naomi Watts -Down
--- Caroline Williams -
--- Ray Wise -

Select 5 recently deceased
--- Umberto Lenzi -
--- Ulli Lommel -
--- Peter Wyngarde -
--- Jack Ketchum (Dallas Mayr) -
--- Alf Humphreys -
--- Dorothy Malone -
--- John Gavin -
--- Ren Osugi -
--- Lewis Gilbert -
--- Debbie Lee Carrington -
--- R. Lee Ermey -
--- Verne Troyer -
--- Michael Anderson -
--- Janine Reynaud -
--- Jerry Maren -
--- Derrick O'Connor -
--- Tab Hunter -
--- Shinobu Hashimoto -
--- Margot Kidder -
--- Robert Dix -
--- Jacqueline Pearce -
--- Donnelly Rhodes -
--- Fenella Fielding -
--- Pasquale Buba -
--- Al Matthews -
--- Gary Kurtz -
-X-Scott Wilson: Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

Select 2 film composers:
--- Philip Glass -
--- John Williams -

Select 5 directors:
--- Alexandre Aja -
--- Mario Bava -
-X-Larry Cohen - Uncle Sam
--- Jesús "Jess" Franco -
--- Lucio Fulci -
--- William Malone -
--- Sergio Martino -
--- Hideo Nakata -
--- Roman Polanski -
--- Jee-woon Kim -

Select 2 makeup effects artists:
--- Nigel Booth -
--- Screaming Mad George -
--- Steve Johnson -
--- Stan Winston -

Select 2 producers:
-X-Larry Cohen - Uncle Sam
--- Bryan Foy -
--- Michael Hertz -
--- Jeanette Volturno -

Select 2 writers:
--- Dan O'Bannon -
--- David Cronenberg -
--- Dennis Paoli -
--- R.J. Robertson -

Select 30 of the following sub-genres / types:
--- *3-D Film -
-X- Agoraphobia -The Devils
-X-Anthology Film -Ghost Stories
--- Appears on The 50 Best Horror Movies You’ve Never Seen -
-X- Based on a True Story -The Devils
--- Based on a Novel -
--- Cannibalism -
--- Cinema Inspired By: H.P. Lovecraft -
--- Cinematic Titanic / Horror Host / MST3K / RiffTrax -
-X-Classic Hammer Films -The Devil's Bride
--- Comedy / Spoof -
--- Criterion / Masters of Cinema Version Film -
--- Cryptid Cinema -
--- Death by: Explosion, 2 -
--- Director or Writer Cameo in Own Film / Film Adaptation, 2
--- Distributor / Studio: Code Red -
-X- Documentary -The 50 Best Horror Movies You've Never Seen
-X- Drunk Horror -It Stains the Sands Red
-X- Extraterrestrial / Takes Place in Space -Thirst
--- Film From Someone Else's List You've Never Seen -
-X-Film From TCM's October Schedule -Horror of Dracula
--- Film Title Drop -
--- Flashback Horror -
--- From a Basis Gogos Painting -
--- Found Footage -
--- Frankenstein -
--- Ghost / Haunting -
--- Giallo -
--- Ouija Board -
--- K-Horror -
-X-Killer / Evil Animal -Frogs
--- Killer / Evil Child -
--- Killer / Evil Doll -
--- Made-for-TV Movie -
--- Mummy -
--- Musical / Rock ‘n Roll Horror
--- Nation of Origin: Thailand -
--- Nazi -
-X-Prom -Prom Night
--- Psychological -
--- Rape / Revenge -
--- Scarecrows -
-X- Slasher / Psycho / Homicidal Maniac -Uncle Sam
--- Takes Place in a Hospital -
-X-Takes Place on a College Campus or High School -Happy Death Day
-X-Takes Place on a Holiday -Uncle Sam
--- Television -
--- Three Installments in a Franchise -
--- Vampire -
--- Werewolf -
-X- Witchcraft / Satanic / Religious -Devil
-X- Wilhelm Scream -Venom
--- With Commentary -
--- With Two or More Horror Legends -
-X-Zombie -It Stains The Sands Red

Watch 1 w/commentary from the "Masters of Commentary":
--- Joe Bob Briggs -
--- John Carpenter -
--- Larry Cohen -
--- Joe Dante -
--- Herschell Gordon Lewis -
--- Tim Lucas -
--- George A. Romero -
--- Guillermo del Toro -
--- David del Valle -

Watch films in at least three formats:
--- First format, (insert format), (insert title).
--- Second format, (insert format), (insert title).
--- Third format, (insert format), (insert title).

Watch films in at least three languages:
--- First language, (insert language), (insert title).
--- Second language, (insert language), (insert title).
--- Third language, (insert language), (insert title).

Watch 3 films that you've never seen before that:
--- Stars an Arquette (Rosanna, David, Patricia, Richmond, Alexis) -
-X- Features music by a rock band -American Satan
--- Was made in the 1960s -
--- Features an investigation by Ed and Lorraine Warren -
--- Was written by Stephen King -
--- Features snow -
-X-Has the words "Don't" in the title: Don't Sleep
-X-Was directed by David DeCoteau -1313: Giant Killer Bees!
--- Stars Brinke Stevens -
--- Takes place at a strip club
--- Features a nun or priest -

Select 6 decades of film history:
-X- Pre-1930 - The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
--- 1930 -
--- 1940 -
--- 1950 -
--- 1960 -
--- 1970 -
--- 1980 -
--- 1990 -
-X- 2000 -The Ferryman
--- 2010 -

Select 3 from the following horror film tropes:
--- Jump Scare -
-X-No Cell Coverage -Mr. Jones
--- The Abandoned Place -
--- The Vengeful Spirit -
--- Death By Sex -
-X-The Final Girl -The Rezort
-X- Flickering Lights -Devil

Select 1 from the "Chronological Horror Years Faceoff":
--- 1943 (75th) -
--- 1968 (50th) -
--- 1993 (25th) –

Select 1 from the following anniversaries:
--- 25th Anniversary of Vincent Price's Death -
--- 50th Anniversary of Night of the Living Dead -
--- 100th Birthday of Evelyn Ankers -
--- 200th Anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, 2 -

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.):
--- (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

Last edited by Gobear; 10-18-18 at 04:54 PM.
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