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Old 09-14-18, 07:30 PM   #74
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Re: The 14th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Threa



Holiday Horror Challenge 2018


GOALS FOR 2018
1) To complete Theme Nights (at least one film corresponding to each)
2) To attempt selections from the Subset Films and Checklist
3) To have fun!
☼ indicates first time viewing

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October 1st
1. Document of the Dead (1985)
Watched the newly updated version which goes beyond Dawn and Day. It's always great to Romero, Savini and their talented group on location and attempting those practical effects. This doc made an impression on me when I was in film school because of its reflections on the editing skills of Romero. Ironically, editing is one the doc's biggest flaws, especially when we move past George's prime and into the muddled digital age. Romero isn't unkind when he's asked about the newest generation of filmmakers who are shamelessly bringing back the dead in film after film. Nevertheless, he does express mild dissatisfaction at Hollywood's ruthless exploitation of the genre that he fathered at a time when independents were thriving. The producers of The Walking Dead should be thanking Romero every single chance they get. 7.6/10

2. The Walking Dead (2013) Season 3 - Episode 14: "Prey" 5.2/10 ☼

2. The Walking Dead (2013) Season 3 - Episode 15: "This Sorrowful Life" 4.6/10 ☼

3. The Walking Dead (2013) Season 3 - Episode 16: "Welcome to the Tombs" 5.4/10 ☼

3. Primal Screen (2017)
Too short on the subject. Was kind of hoping this was the pilot for a series about movie trailers that gave kids traumatic nightmares. It definitely made me recall that TV spot for Magic, but as a kid, I was more stressed by the unmasked Fembots on The Bionic Woman. 7.9/10 ☼

October 2nd
4. Mad Ron's Prevues From Hell (1987)
A kick-to-the-balls selection of exploitation trailers and TV spots comprise these Prevues from Hell. Mad Ron's collection is co-hosted by the hilariously demented dummy, Happy Goldsplatt; a less refined, grindhouse version of the Crypkeeper. Trashy good stuff from the bygone VHS era, and currently streaming hard on Netflix. 7.4/10 ☼

5. Tourist Trap (1979)
That Leatherface mask is creepy for sure. I kind of wish the tourist trap location had been exploited a bit better, or with a less bizarre method. The filmmakers can't seem to decide which horror hit of the zeitgeist they want to rip off the most; there are cues from Carrie, Halloween, Psycho and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Prefer Pino Donnagio when he's composing for DePalma, as this score is pretty underwhelming and has too much Mickey-Mousing. I also agree with Joe Bob Briggs on the distressing lack of breasts. You can't have a skinny dipping scene with these beautiful girls and not show 'em nekkid. Tanya Roberts was ready to pop out of that tube top multiple times. Full star deduction. 5/10 ☼

6. Blue Sunshine (1977)
"Let's Make America Good Again!" Like early David Cronenberg spinning a tale of a blue-pilled Los Angeles going totally "loco." Not quite as much fun as that sounds, but I dug the concept and its unexpected relevancy. And yes, that quote above was used by a fictional political candidate during a congressional rally. Pretty close to Reagan's initial slogan, but I think it also predates it. 5.8/10 ☼

7. Magic (1978)
Bested by its much creepier TV spot, which was the focus of Shudder's documentary short subject, Primal Screen. Richard Attenborough and William Goldman decide to focus too much on the psychological thriller aspects, therefore missing the opportunities to make this a scary and fun horror flick. Hopkins is definitely getting warmed up for that moment when he'll become a household name. 5.2/10 ☼

October 3rd
8. American Psycho 2: All American Girl (2002)
Mila Kunis is the Mary Sue of serial killers. She's an All American girl, for sure. I had seen this years ago on cable and didn't realize it was her. Baby fat Mila looks good with her puffier cheeks and firmer breasts, but it's the Shatner that I can't turn off. Checklist for the Shat! 5.6/10

9. Wild Beasts (1984)
Noah's Ark has cracked. Literally. This bit of Mondo Macabre is like an antidote for the CG friendly animals that Hollywood wants us to believe in with movies like Life of Pi and The Jungle Book. The real wild kingdom ain't so friendly. These animals are raw and predatory, and they will fuck you up. An absurdly apocalyptic animal attack flick that will help keep me pet-free forever. Savagely cool. 8.7/10 ☼


Theme Nights
Spoiler:

-X- 10/01: In 1968 the Recently Dead Get Up and Walk. A Copyright Suddenly Vanishes. Document of the Dead; Mad Ron's Prevues From Hell
The Social Commentary Makes Everyone Talk. - They're Coming to Get You, Barbara! The 50th Anniversary of Night of the Living Dead -
-X- 10/02: A Critic-Compiled List of Favorites that Left an Indelible Imprint
It's Full of Cult, Classics, Obscure ...Damn, Out of Print! - Studies in Terror - Tourist Trap; Blue Sunshine
--- 10/03: Just When You Thought It Safe To Go Back in the Water...
Along Come the Italians Bringing the Regurgitated Slaughter! - Jawsploitation - Wild Beasts
--- 10/04: Claustrophobia is the Least of Your Worries...
These Demonic Death Boxes Will Drop You 100 Stories! - Elevator Horrors -
--- 10/05: Once, Twice, Three Times the Lacerations - Horror Anthologies -
--- 10/06: Viruses! Plagues! Outbreaks! Cloths That Smell of Death!
Call In the Military, And Someone Tell Michael--Lay Off the Meth! - Zombies -
--- 10/07: Monster Kids Unite! Chiller Theatre Brings the Fright! - Universal Monster Movies -
--- 10/08: Creepy with an Atmosphere of Paranoia & Dread
It's Mysteriously Lurking in the Shadows ...Or Under Your Bed! - Atmospheric Horror Films -
--- 10/09: The Decade of Decadence Aged and Fermented
Full of Big Hair, Grace Jones, and the Totally Demented! - Cheesy '80s Horror -
--- 10/10: Candles Lit. Throats Slit. - Bloody Birthday Parties
--- 10/11: Canines with Hydrophobia, Swamps with Creatures From the Abyss,
and Cabins Deep Within the Woods ...Hey, Cujo's Taking a Piss! - Dogs / Bogs / & Logs -
--- 10/12: Left Deserted and Alone in a Post-Apocalyptic Earthbound Hell
Steer Clear of the Mutant Hellspawns & Things Will Turn Out Just Swell - Apocalyptic Horror -
--- 10/13: Itinerary of Hostel Intent. Railway of Unnerving Descent. Airport Security of Hellish Torment. - The European Passport to Terror -
--- 10/14: Original Soundtracks in the Key of Death That Are Eclectic In Every Way
Just Don't Play Them Backwards, Or the Demons Will Come Out to Play - Rocktober Blood - The 100 Greatest Horror Soundtracks -
--- 10/15: High Caliber Films Determined By Mass Vote
Some Are Distinguished, Others Go Right for the Throat - IMDB Highest Rated Horror -
--- 10/16: It Slices! It Dices! It Circumcises! - Slashers / Giallos / Serial Killers -
--- 10/17: The Beaches Are Closed Early This Season...
Visitors Being Sucked Into Oblivion Could Potentially Be the Reason - Blood on the Beach -
--- 10/18: Fresh As That Chemically-Induced New Car Smell...
These Films for the Modern Age Will Unleash a Little Hell - Modern Horror Films -
--- 10/19: Rhonda's the Quintessential Blonde with Lots of Curves
Also There's Gilbert Who Just Plain Gets On Your Nerves - The Horrors of USA Up All Night -
--- 10/20: R.I.P. VCR: You're Officially Retired, But Your Kick-Ass VHS Video Cover Art Will Always Be Admired! - 1980s Video Companies Spotlight: Prism Entertainment / Video Stores -
--- 10/21: Bela's Belated Blood Sucking Bloodbath Birthday Bash Bonanza Extravaganza! - Vampires -
--- 10/22: Chronological Horror Years Faceoff - Chapter 6 -
--- 10/23: Newscasters Are Beaming Emergency Broadcasts On Every Station...
The Radioactive Venus Space Probe Crash Spells Total Eradication! - Horrorspondents: You're On The Air! -
--- 10/24: Straitjackets Unhinged; Crazies On the Fringe! Holy Crap, It's Societal Collapse! - Werewolves / Were-Creatures On A Full Moon -
--- 10/25: High Caliber Films Determined By Mass Vote
Some Are Distinguished, Others Go Right for the Throat - 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: Ectoplasmic Entities Materializing at Night. Strong Yet Suspenseful Emotional Frights.
Summoning the Dead by Candlelight. - Supernatural / Quiet/Soft / Seances
--- 10/29: Elaborate Games Played In a Puzzle-Ridden Room of Death
Orchestrated By a Sadistic Dying Killer Gasping For His Last Breath - Live or Die? Make Your Choice - Mind Games
--- 10/30: Evil Witches Cast Their Spell, Runaway or Discover the Demon-Infested Layers of Hell! - Devil's Night Debauchery: 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 Films
Spoiler:

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

--- 10/01: Chad - Lifeforce (1985)
-X- 10/02: ororama - Blue Sunshine (1977)
--- 10/03: indiephantom - Blood Beach (1980)
--- 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)
--- 10/08: mallratcal - Hereditary (2018)
--- 10/09: TheBigDave - The Zero Boys (1986)
--- 10/10: Elliot57 - Happy Death Day (2017)
--- 10/11: orlmac - Cujo (1983)
--- 10/12: arw6040 - A Quiet Place (2018)
--- 10/13: Bladz - Inside (2007)
--- 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)


Checklist
Spoiler:

Select 10 actors:
--- Lauren Ashley Carter -
--- Brian Cox -
--- Jamie Lee Curtis -
--- Peter Cushing -
--- Bruce Davison -
--- Boris Karloff -
--- Christopher Lee -
--- Helga Liné -
--- Bela Lugosi -
--- Elina Madison -
-X- Burgess Meredith - Magic
--- Sam Neill -
--- Michael J. Pollard -
-X- William Shatner - American Psycho 2: All American Girl
--- Oliver Reed -
--- Anita Strindberg -
--- Dee Wallace -
--- Naomi Watts -
--- 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 -

Select 2 film composers:
--- Philip Glass -
--- Joseph LoDuca -
--- Paul Ratajczak -
--- John Williams -

Select 5 directors:
--- Alexandre Aja -
--- Mario Bava -
--- Larry Cohen -
--- 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:
--- Larry Cohen -
--- 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 -
--- Agoraphobia -
--- Anthology Film -
--- Appears on The 50 Best Horror Movies You’ve Never Seen -
--- Based on a True Story -
--- Based on a Novel -
--- Cannibalism -
--- Cinema Inspired By: H.P. Lovecraft -
--- Cinematic Titanic / Horror Host / MST3K / RiffTrax -
--- Classic Hammer Films -
--- 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 -
--- Documentary -
--- Drunk Horror -
--- Extraterrestrial / Takes Place in Space -
--- Film From Someone Else's List You've Never Seen -
--- Film From TCM's October Schedule -
--- Film Title Drop -
--- Flashback Horror -
--- From a Basis Gogos Painting -
--- Found Footage -
--- Frankenstein -
--- Ghost / Haunting -
--- Giallo -
--- Ouija Board -
--- K-Horror -
-X- Killer / Evil Animal - Wild Beasts
-X- Killer / Evil Child - Wild Beasts
-X- Killer / Evil Doll - Magic
--- Made-for-TV Movie -
--- Mummy -
--- Musical / Rock ‘n Roll Horror
--- Nation of Origin: Thailand -
--- Nazi -
--- Prom -
-X- Psychological - Magic
--- Rape / Revenge -
--- Scarecrows -
-X- Slasher / Psycho / Homicidal Maniac - American Psycho 2: All American Girl
--- Takes Place in a Hospital -
-X- Takes Place on a College Campus or High School - American Psycho 2: All American Girl
--- Takes Place on a Holiday -
--- Television -
--- Three Installments in a Franchise -
--- Vampire -
--- Werewolf -
--- Witchcraft / Satanic / Religious -
--- Wilhelm Scream -
--- With Commentary -
--- With Two or More Horror Legends -
--- Zombie -

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) -
--- Features music by a rock band -
--- Was made in the 1960s -
--- Features an investigation by Ed and Lorraine Warren -
--- Was written by Stephen King -
--- Features snow -
--- Has the words "Don't" in the title -
--- Was directed by David DeCoteau -
--- Stars Brinke Stevens -
--- Takes place at a strip club, 2 -
--- Features a nun or priest -

Select 6 decades of film history:
--- Pre-1930 -
--- 1930 -
--- 1940 -
--- 1950 -
--- 1960 -
--- 1970 -
--- 1980 -
--- 1990 -
--- 2000 -
--- 2010 -

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

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 -
-X- 50th Anniversary of Night of the Living Dead - Document of the 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 (insert title). OPTIONAL
--- Read a Horror Magazine (insert title). OPTIONAL



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