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Old 09-07-18, 03:25 PM   #65
mrpeavey
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Re: The 14th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Threa

This will be my 13th consecutive year participating in the "October Horror Movie Challenge!" A baker's 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
2017 = 34 movies 2017 Horror Challenge Prize Winner!!

Total Horror Movies Before This Year = 473

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

September 30, 2018 . . . after sunset

1. Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959) - Unsavory secondary characters serve as creature fodder for this low budget American International Pictures romp.

October 1, 2018

2. The Bat (1959) - I wasn't keen on the opening credits theme tune, but it's hard to fault a movie that pairs Vincent Price and Agnes Moorehead.

October 2, 2018

3. Ghosts on the Loose (1943) - The second of two teamings of the East Side Kids with Bela Lugosi, which sees the latter as a Nazi in a supposed haunted house.

October 3, 2018

4. Fog Island (1945) - Revenge thriller with George Zucco and Lionel Atwill. Too bad the prints circulating on YouTube aren't in great shape.

October 4, 2018

5. Killers From Space (1954) - This movie could have been half its length and still gotten its story line across.

October 5, 2018

6. The Brute Man (1946) - Rondo Hatton is front and center in this flick, apparently a Universal production which was sold to PRC for distribution.

October 6, 2018

7. The Screaming Skull (1958) - The best part of this silly low-budget flick is the producer's offer at the start to pay burial expenses for anyone who dies of fright while watching it.
8. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Screaming Skull (1998/1958) - Even Mike and the bots have a hard time breathing life into this mess, though this episode has an entertaining Gumby short preceding the film itself.

October 7, 2018

9. Mystery Science Theater 3000: Parts: The Clonus Horror (1997/1979) - Peter Graves shows up in this film - "Biography" jokes abound.
10. Mystery Science Theater 3000: Riding with Death (1997/1976) - Ben Murphy . . . at his Ben Murphy-est.

October 8, 2018

11. Strangler of the Swamp (1946) - This might be the very definition of "faint praise," but technically Strangler of the Swamp may be the best horror film PRC distributed. A surprisingly atmospheric yarn.

October 9, 2018

12. The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962) - One of the most lurid horror films I've seen from this era.

October 10, 2018

13. Ready Player One (2018) - Yes, it's a sci-fi spectacle from Steven Spielberg, but the frequent references to horror films, especially The Shining sequence, makes this one count.

October 11, 2018

14. Hereditary (2018) - Chilling and memorable horror drama with a great performance by lead Toni Collette.

October 12, 2018

15. A Quiet Place (2018) - An interesting little experiment with a postapocalyptic, largely dialogue-less horror story.

October 13, 2018

16. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Giant Spider Invasion (1997/1975) - Mike and the Bots riff this infamous feature sporting a VW dressed up as a giant spider.
17. Mystery Science Theater 3000: Space Mutiny (1997/1988) - Arguably one of the all-time best episodes of the series!

October 14, 2018

18. Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hobgoblins (1998/1988) - Pearl promises to give Mike and the Bots "such a movie" - and she delivers!
19. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Touch of Satan (1998/1971) - "This is where the fish live." Mike and the bots do a good job lampooning this rural witchcraft flick.

October 15, 2018

20. A Bucket of Blood (1959) - One of Roger Corman's black and white horror comedies. I liked it - but enjoyed Little Shop of Horrors more.

October 16, 2018

21. Phantom of the Opera (2004) - Great cast - I liked this film version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical more than I anticipated.

October 17, 2018

22. {a} Black Christmas Legacy (2015)
{b} On Screen! "Black Christmas" (2005) - I've seen Black Christmas several times over the years, but I thought I'd take the opportunity of this challenge to watch some of the substantial documentaries on Scream Factory's special edition of it.

October 18, 2018

23. The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958) - Decent Peter Cushing Frankenstein sequel sees the mad doctor escape the guillotine and rebrand himself Dr. Stein in another country.

October 19, 2018

24. The Phantom Creeps (1939)
1. "The Menacing Power"
2. "Death Stalks the Highways"
3. "Crashing Towers"
4. "Invisible Tower" - The first four installments of Bela Lugosi's most memorable serial.

October 20, 2018

25. The Phantom Creeps (1939)
5. "Thundering Rails"
6. "The Iron Monster"
7. "The Menacing Mist"
8. "Trapped in the Flames" - The next four installments of this Lugosi serial - I'll note that his Dracula co-star, Edward Van Sloan, has a supporting role. They were also in The Death Kiss together.

October 21, 2018

26. The Phantom Creeps (1939)
9. "Speeding Doom"
10. "Phantom Footprints"
11. "The Blast"
12. "To Destroy the World" - The final four installments of this Lugosi serial - I have to say, serials feel very . . . repetitive . . . when you watch them episode after episode in order.

October 22, 2018

27. Halloween (2018) - Some pacing and tone issues aside, it was fun to see Jamie Lee Curtis once again taking on Michael Myers. I liked it.

October 23, 2018

28. Snowbeast (1977) - Retromedia released this monster flick on blu-ray with two cuts; I watched the longer "International Cut."

October 24, 2018

29. Octaman (1971) - I like how "The Octaman" gets credited in the cast of actors. The rubber suited monster gets lots of action in this film, which Retromedia's blu-ray packaging notes is directed by Harry Essex, writer of The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and features the earliest film work of Rick Baker.

October 25, 2018

30. It Came From Beneath the Sea (1955) - Interesting 1950s-era gender dynamics among the protagonists in this Ray Harryhausen creature feature.

October 26, 2018

31. The Mad Magician (1954) - A Vincent Price revenge film that forecasted the type of output he'd be in later on in his career.

October 27, 2018

32. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) - My wife and I saw Brett Miller for a third time perform the complete score to an old silent horror film, this time The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, at the historic Brook Arts Center. Another fun evening!

October 28, 2018

33. 13 Ghosts (1960) - Another gimmicky concoction from William Castle.

October 29, 2018

34. The Tingler (1959) - And another gimmicky concoction from William Castle. This one benefits from Vincent Price's presence.

October 30, 2018

35. The Return of the Vampire (1943) - In hosting this movie, Svengoolie stated this was originally conceived as a sequel to Dracula, but Universal quelched that. Still, it's fun to see Bela Lugosi in vampire mode again here.

October 31, 2018

36. Mr. Sardonicus (1961) - One last William Castle production to round out this year's horror movie challenge, starring Audrey Dalton who was also in The Monster That Challenged the World.

... and that's going to be it for me. 36 films bests 2008, 2010, 2016, and 2017. It also ties my very first outing back in 2006. So, all in all, not a bad showing on my part based upon my averages. 11 months until (hopefully) DVD Talk's 2019 October Horror Movie Challenge!

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2018 Total = 36 movies
All-Time 13-Year Total = 509 movies

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Last edited by mrpeavey; 10-31-18 at 10:39 AM.
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