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



LIST HAS BEEN FINALIZED

This Year's Stats

This year marks my 9th Challenge.

Goal: 31 Total Watched: 55

Theme nights, 31 film subset, and Checklist completed.

First Time Viewings: 36 (65%)

Formats Watched:

22 Streaming (Google Drive, Showtime [via Hulu], Amazon Prime, Netflix, Shudder, Hulu) – 40%
19 DVD – 34%
10 Blu-ray - 18%
2 DVD-R – 4%
1 Blu-ray 3D – 2%
1 Theatrical showing – 2%

Decades:

1940s: 3 (5%)
1950s: 2 (4%)
1960s: 5 (9%)
1970s: 8 (15%)
1980s: 15 (27%)
1990s: 6 (11%)
2000s: 5 (9%)
2010s: 11 (20%)

Longest Film Viewed: Kwaidan (183 minutes)
Shortest Film Viewed: Gargoyles (74 minutes)

New favorites: Dave Made a Maze, I Saw the Devil, Peeping Tom, Happy Death Day

Will never watch again: Brainscan, Demon Wind, Succubus, Repo! The Genetic Opera

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Orange Title - Denotes first-time-ever viewing

Caution: Spoilers may follow!

Last year's tally: 41 films; 23 first-time viewings

This year's goals: watch a minimum of 31 films, with at least 20 first-time viewings; if I have time, attempt to complete Theme Nights and Subset lists, and take a shot at the Checklist



9/30/2018

Note: This film is not counted in my totals, as it was watched outside the actual month of October. I consider it to be a sort of pre-Challenge warm up.

XX Dressed to Kill (1980) (DVD) - A call girl sees a woman murdered in an elevator, and now the killer's after her. This twisty film from Brian De Palma was a huge hit, despite (or because of?) the controversy it generated. For De Palma neophytes, it's a good starting point into his body of work.


10/1/2018

1. Lifeforce (1985) (Streaming--Google Drive [Alyxstarr's link]) - The crew of a spaceship investigating Halley's Comet finds a derelict spacecraft in the comet's tail and three humanoid creatures in the spacecraft. The crew brings the creatures back to earth, only to find out that they're space vampires. All hell breaks loose, Tobe Hooper loses control of the narrative, and it all eventually ends. I saw this in its theatrical run, and I hated it then. As it turns out, I still dislike it a whole lot. The only thing that perked me up this go 'round was spotting a Prefab Sprout poster in the background of one of the scenes near the end. It's just an awful film.


10/2/2018

2. Blue Sunshine (1977) (DVD) - Jeff Lieberman's follow-up to the flawed but interesting Squirm concerns a rash of murders committed by bald people. What do the words "blue sunshine" have to do with the killers, and how is a political candidate involved? This film ultimately has more questions than answers, and the end is rather anticlimactic. Otherwise, it's a fun little thriller that would make a great basis for a cable TV show along the lines of The Following or True Detective.


10/3/2018

3. Blood Beach (1980) (Streaming--Google Drive [Alyxstarr's link]) - A giant worm-like creature is killing people on a California beach, sucking them down through the sand. John Saxon is the police chief who's in charge of finding and stopping the monster. Burt Young's character and that of the shopping cart lady are EXTREMELY annoying. Fairly clever low-budget nonsense is fun, but it was bested ten years later by Tremors.


10/4/2018

4. Down (The Shaft) (2001) (Streaming--Showtime via Hulu) - Down is a dumb yet entertaining movie about a killer elevator. I suppose that if one is dead-set on making a film about a killer elevator, this is probably the best anybody could expect. It's doubly-strange that this is, in fact, a remake of the director's own 1983 film, The Lift. Let's be honest--isn't one killer elevator film enough? For more madness from director Dick Maas, check out his Saint (aka Saint Nick), the most mean-spirited Christmas movie that you'll ever see.

5. The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) (Streaming--Showtime via Hulu) - The body of an unidentified young woman found at the scene of a mass murder is brought to a coroner’s office for a routine autopsy to determine who she was and what caused her death. As the coroner soon finds out, the autopsy is anything but routine. I’d heard good things about this film, and it didn’t disappoint me. I figured out a few of the film’s twists before they occurred, but that didn’t detract from its entertainment value. From the director of Trollhunter.


10/5/2018

6. Kwaidan (1964) (Blu-ray) - I really hate it when I’m out of step with a film’s critical reception. It makes me feel like I’m just not “getting” what others are getting. Case in point: Kwaidan. Because I’m rather fond of Japanese cinema, I figured that I’d love Kwaidan, so I put it in, expecting to be blown away by its sheer awesomeness. The first story was rather lackluster, but the cinematography and art direction were great, so I felt that I could cut it a little slack. I mean, it’s an anthology film, and anthology films tend to build, right? So the second tale commenced, and I really quite liked it—again, great cinematography, art direction, etc. And then the story ended and left me hanging. It was like I’d been treated to the first two acts of a play, and then the third one had been forgotten. Still, I enjoyed it, even if it felt unfinished. And then came the third story, “Hoichi the Earless,” which should have been a separate film due to its length. It just went on, and on, and on, and I thought that I was going to lose my mind if it didn’t end soon, but it didn’t, and Hoichi just kept on singing and playing his biwa, and it just wouldn’t end until, finally, FINALLY, of course, it did. The last story added insult to injury, in that it was based on an incomplete tale. Why would you make one of four stories in your over-three-hours-long anthology film an INCOMPLETE one, of all things? I didn’t even want to start watching it, since I knew that whatever I invested in it would be tossed out with the abrupt non-ending. So, I really didn’t like Kwaidan, but I can appreciate it for its cinematography and art direction.


10/6/2018

7. Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror (1981) (DVD) - A bunch of people spending the weekend at a house in the countryside get eaten by zombies. This Italian film was an unauthorized sequel to Lucio Fulci's Zombi 2 (aka Zombie in the US), which was, of course, an unauthorized sequel to George Romero's Dawn of the Dead, which was known as Zombi in Italy. Burial Ground is one of the more idiotic zombie films from that era, but it's lively and has some of the most grotesque-looking zombies ever to (dis)grace the screen. Not only are they grotesque, they've also mastered the art of using tools. One of them is even able to throw a metal spike with astounding accuracy from a distance of at least thirty or forty feet, which is definitely something one doesn't see in most other zombie films. It's not a good film, but it sure is enjoyable.

8. Nightmare City (1989) (DVD) - I first saw this film on Continental's VHS, which had been retitled City of the Walking Dead to cash in on the zombie craze of the early '80s. Prior to tonight's viewing, I remembered practically nothing about it...possibly because I never actually finished watching the tape. Still, to be fair, I'll count this as previous watch. As to the plot, an unidentified airplane makes an unscheduled stop at an airport, and radioactive zombies spill out of the plane, killing everyone on the tarmac. They then run amok in the city, creating more zombies. Can our hero Hugo Stiglitz save the day, or at least save himself and his wife? This is the type of film that's great to put on when you've had a rough day at work and don't want to think too hard.


10/7/2018

9. Dr. Cyclops (1940) (DVD) - It's kind of hard for me to believe that I've never seen this film, but I hadn't until tonight. Albert Dekker plays a scientist who has discovered the secret to shrinking people and animals. He works in the middle of the jungle so that others won't know what he's up to, but he's also there because he's found a plentiful supply of uranium, which he needs for his shrinking process. Unfortunately, his eyesight is bad, so he sends for some experts to help him, but he ends up shrinking them when they get all up in his business. Fun film from Paramount is notable for being the first horror/science fiction film to be shot in three-strip Technicolor. From the director of King Kong.

10. It Came from Outer Space (1953) (Blu-ray 3D) - I watched It Came from Outer Space in 3D for the first time tonight, and it’s totally changed my opinion of the film. In the times that I’ve watched the movie flat, I found it to be fairly boring. In 3D, though, it’s a thing of beauty, with more depth than probably any 3D film that I’ve ever seen. There are very few pop-out moments, but the astonishing depth more than makes up for it. From now on, I’ll only watch this in 3D.


10/8/2018

11. Hereditary (2018) (DVD) - Here’s another film that a rewatch under different circumstances has caused my opinion to change. I saw this opening weekend early this summer, and I found it to be underwhelming and more than a bit confusing. Over the last few weeks, I’ve read a lot about it and seen some explanatory YouTube videos about it, and I think that those have helped me to understand the film better and appreciate it a lot more. Maybe watching it at home helped as well; since it’s such an intimate film, the more intimate viewing experience might have a lot to do with my increased enjoyment of it. Then again, maybe it’s one of those films that just takes multiple viewings to catch everything that’s been layered into it. Whatever the reason, I count myself as a fan now. Better late than never, I suppose.

12. The Messengers (2007) (Blu-ray) - A family moves from the big city to a farm in North Dakota to raise sunflowers. Once there, the oldest child (Kristen Stewart) starts seeing ghosts. The Pang brothers (of The Eye fame) direct their first English-language film, but the PG-13 rating that the film was saddled with keeps things fairly mild. There are an awful lot of jump scares, however.


10/9/2018

13. The Zero Boys (1986) (Streaming--Amazon Prime) - A paintball team and their assorted girlfriends go to the woods to celebrate a paintball victory. On the way out, one of the girls (Kelli Maroney, who really should look into buying a good bra) sees a woman running in the distance. When they get to where she saw her, there’s no sign of her…but there is a recently-deserted cabin. Being lunkheads, they decide to party there for a while. Unfortunately, the folks who had left the cabin come back, and the paintballers et al. find themselves fighting for their lives. Not bad for its budget, The Zero Boys is a fun trip back to the mid-eighties, but it’s no classic. The ending is particularly unsatisfying, but that’s the way they ended movies back then.

14. Forbidden World (1982) (Streaming--Amazon Prime) - A space cowboy “fixer” gets called to a distant planet to help out some scientists in a research station. You see, they’ve created a new life form, and it’s escaped, and it’s constantly morphing into other forms and killing them, one by one. This may be the most blatant Alien rip-off that I’ve ever seen, but it’s mindless fun by virtue of the fact that it’s a blatant Alien rip-off. So in addition to the often gooey monster, we’ve also got two good-looking women scientists who walk around the science labs in high heels and aren’t afraid to get nekkid (both individually and together) AND we’ve got a fairly icky way of destroying the monster, which you’ll just have to see for yourself. It’s only 77 minutes long.


10/10/2018

15. Happy Death Day (2017) (Blu-ray) - I’d heard good things about this film, and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s essentially a remake of Groundhog Day with a slasher twist. It’s not even remotely frightening, but it IS pretty funny in parts. The bitchy sorority sister Danielle (Rachel Matthews) has one of the funniest lines I’ve heard in a long while. I laughed so hard that I had to pause the disc to pull myself back together. I loved it, and I can’t wait for the sequel that should be out next year.

16. You'll Find Out (1940) (DVD) - This film has a lot going for it: a trio of the world’s biggest (at the time) horror stars—Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, and Peter Lorre; a secluded, mysterious mansion; a raging thunderstorm that knocks the only bridge to the house out, effectively stranding everyone there; and séances. It also has Kay Kyser and his band and Ish Kabibble, which may or may not be a selling point. Personally, I love seeing radio stars of the ‘30s and ‘40s in movies, so I enjoyed this a lot. However, a little bit of Kay and Ish goes a long, long way…and it’s essentially their movie (and not Bela, Boris, and Peter’s), since it’s a sequel of sorts to That’s Right—You’re Wrong, the Kay Kyser Band’s first starring feature. The plot has to do with Kay and his band performing at a birthday party at the aforementioned secluded, mysterious mansion, with the birthday girl seemingly the target of a killer…or SOME killers, as the case may be. If you’re not put off by Kay and Ish and all the singing, you can have a pretty good time with this lightweight film.

17. It Lives Again (1978) (DVD) - As the ads said, the It’s Alive baby is back…only this time there are three of them. If you’ve seen the first film, this is more of the same from Larry Cohen. I didn’t like the first one very much, but this one went down a lot easier, probably because the rubber mutant babies weren’t shown nearly as much in this one as they were in the original film. If you liked the first one, you should definitely give this one a shot.


10/11/2018

18. Cujo (1983) (Streaming--Google Drive [Alyxstarr's link]) - Pretty good adapatation of Stephen King’s novel about a loveable Saint Bernard who gets bitten by a rabid bat and turns into a killer. It’s pretty odd that I’d never seen this film before, but I’d heard so much about it that I never really felt the need to watch it. The performances are all really, really good, but the dog actor was GREAT. I wasn’t particularly fond of the freeze-frame ending, however. I’m surprised that this hasn’t been remade yet.


10/12/2018

19. A Quiet Place (2018) (Blu-ray) - Taking place a few years in the future, A Quiet Place focuses on a family’s day-to-day struggle against creatures that kill and devour anything that makes noise. After a pre-title sequence wherein the youngest member of the family gets killed by these creatures, the film skips ahead almost a year and settles into showing how the family copes with having to be quiet all the time. And that’s the whole setup. Of course, they DO make noise, and of course the creatures hunt them, and of course there are heroic gestures on all of the family members’ parts…but I was left strangely uninvolved for the entire movie. It's kind of like when you meet a new person and you take an immediate dislike to them for no discernible reason--that's the way that I feel about this film. This was my second viewing, and I've felt the same way about it both times. I really, really can't put my finger on why I don't like it...but I don't like it.


10/13/2018

20. Inside (2007) (DVD) - Wow, but this film is intense! Part of the wave of French films that came out in the late aughts that were hyper-gory and nihilistic, Inside is the tale of a pregnant woman who’s attacked in her house by a woman who wants to steal her unborn baby. And, really, about 90% of the film takes place in her home, with her trying to defend herself from this crazy woman. I normally don’t have a problem with gore in films, but this one is the rare exception that made me squirm. It’s exceptionally well-made, but I can’t really say that it’s enjoyable. I’m glad that I’ve seen it, but I’m probably never, ever going to watch it again. I’m not prone to nightmares, but I won’t be surprised if this one rears its bloody head in my dreams tonight.

21. Succubus (1969) (DVD) - This is, as far as I can tell, only the second Jess Franco film that I’ve ever seen (Kiss Me, Monster, also starring Janine Reynaud, is the other one). I’ve read that this is pretty atypical for Franco, and it’s certainly quite different from Kiss Me, Monster, so I don’t want to judge Franco’s entire output on two films…but so far, I’m not a fan. Succubus is the longest 76 minutes that I’ve spent in years; I tried and tried, but I couldn’t for the life of me discern a plot anywhere in the film. It was originally rated X, but unless the copy I saw was heavily edited, I didn’t notice anything that really should have earned it that rating...but then again, I didn’t think that Midnight Cowboy deserved an X either, so maybe I’m not the best judge. Succubus is easily the worst first-time viewing that I’ve experienced for the Challenge this year. Unless you’ve got a major jones for Reynaud and/or are a big Franco fan, you’d probably be best off doing a load of laundry instead of watching this film.

22. Blood and Black Lace (watched with Tim Lucas commentary track) (1964) (Blu-ray) - This is probably my favorite Mario Bava film as a whole (although my favorite thing that Bava ever did is the “The Drop of Water” segment from Black Sabbath). I love the camerawork; I love the music; I love the gel lighting that obviously influenced Dario Argento’s Suspiria—in fact, the whole film is eye candy. This watch, I listened to Tim Lucas’s commentary while I watched it. Tim certainly knows his Bava, and his commentary track is filled with insights--some revelatory, some obvious, and a few quite far-fetched. Still, it’s an entertaining listen—my only gripe is the terribly affected way that he pronounces “Los Angeles.” Puh-leeze.

23. Veronica (2017) (Streaming--Netflix) - Pretty good Spanish horror film from one of the directors of Rec doesn’t break any new ground, but it’s often quite spooky, and it never gets boring. Veronica has made the mistake of playing with a Ouija board with some friends, and now something that they made contact with has followed her home and is endangering her and her family. My favorite character by far is Sister Death.


10/14/2018

24. The Blood on Satan's Claw (1971) (Streaming--Amazon Prime) - One day while plowing a field, a guy unearths some bones, including a human-like skull with some skin and an eyeball still intact. After reporting it, he brings the local magistrate to show him the find, but it’s disappeared. Soon after, people in his village start dying, and it all seems to point to one of the local girls. It’s a pretty good film that falls chronologically and ideologically between Witchfinder General and The Wicker Man, but the film that it most closely resembles, at least in my eyes, is Cry of the Banshee. Take that as you will.

25. The House by the Cemetery (1981) (DVD) - I first saw this three years ago as part of the 2015 Challenge. It’s yet another Lucio Fulci gorefest that doesn’t make a lick of sense. A professor-type guy moves his family into the Freudstein (!) house to finish some research started by a colleague who committed suicide. Once there, they slowly come to realize that maybe the whole thing was a bad idea. It’s quite bloody, but it’s also impossible to take any of it seriously.


10/15/2018

26. Peeping Tom (1960) (DVD) - A lonely man who works at a film studio has a strange hobby—using a 16mm camera, he films women as he kills them, then enjoys watching the films later as he relives the murders. A young woman who lives with her blind mother in the apartment below his strikes up a friendship with him, and she slowly finds out his secrets. Peeping Tom has been sitting on my shelf for years, but this is the first time that I’ve gotten around to watching it, and I’m glad that I did. It’s an excellent film that was critically reviled at the time of its release (and ruined director Michael Powell’s career in the process), but thanks to its being championed by Martin Scorsese and others, it’s now seen as the masterpiece that it is. It’s required viewing for any serious student of the horror film.

27. I Saw the Devil (2010) (Blu-ray) - I’d heard a lot of good things about this supercharged revenge film from South Korea, but nothing I’d heard led me to expect the sheer ferocity of this film. A detective’s fiancée is killed, and he vows to find the killer and make him suffer like his fiancée did. Unfortunately, the killer proves to be much more resourceful and twisted than the detective ever imagined. One of my favorite first-time views of the Challenge so far, but, like Inside, it’s got some truly repugnant content.


10/16/2018

28. Terrifier (2017) (Streaming--Netflix) - A silent, psychotic clown goes on a killing spree on Halloween night. There’s nothing here that you haven’t seen dozens of times before. It’s low-budget, but competently made and worth checking out if you’ve got an hour and a half to spare.


10/17/2018

29. Who Can Kill a Child? (1976) (DVD) - This Spanish horror film, later remade as Come Out and Play, tells the story of a married couple who rent a boat to go to an island off the coast of Spain for a few hours. Once they get to the island, they realize that there are very few adults around, and there’s something weird about all the children that they see. Chaos ensues. It’s sort of like a sunny, travelogue version of Children of the Corn. I dug it pretty hard, and it made me wish once again that more horror films could take place in broad daylight like this one does.


10/18/2018

30. Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008) (Streaming--Shudder via Amazon Prime) - Oh, but I was dreading watching this film. You see, I watched The Devil’s Carnival, its sequel, for the Challenge several years ago and hated, hated, hated it. So naturally I was not looking forward to watching this. I made it through it, and it wasn’t nearly as bad as The Devil’s Carnival, but that doesn’t mean that it was any good, either. My problem with the film wasn’t that all of the dialogue was sung; I mean, that’s what operas DO. My problem was that the songs were so awful—there wasn’t one memorable melody in the entire film. I’ve seen it compared to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, but at least with that film, I left the theater humming “Time Warp”; with Repo!, I just wanted it all to end. The way I see it, if your musical doesn’t have at least one song that sticks in the audience members’ heads, it’s a failure. Repo!, then, in my estimation, is an abject failure.


10/19/2018

31. The Toxic Avenger (1984) (Streaming--Amazon Prime) - Wow, but this movie is bad. A janitor at a health club who’s picked on by everybody ends up submerged in a barrel of toxic waste, which turns him into a superhero of sorts. There must have been some colossal lapse of cinematic taste when this came out, because it made enough money for Troma to make a few sequels to it and base their entire output on its formula of lowest-common-denominator filmmaking. If one were to cut out all of the reaction shots in this film, it’d probably run about thirty minutes. It’s just awful, with no saving graces whatsoever.


10/20/2018

32. Evil Toons (1992) (Streaming--Google Drive [Alyxstarr's link]) - And the third stinker of a subset film in a row rears its ugly head. God bless Fred Olen Ray; his heart is in the right place, but I’ve never seen a film of his that was even remotely any good. This one is no exception, as four women are left at a house for the weekend to clean it up for its new owners. As luck would have it, they summon up a cartoon demon who possesses one of them and causes her and almost everyone else’s deaths. This film would have no reason for existing at all if all four of the women didn’t get topless at regular intervals. David Carradine, Dick Miller, and Arte Johnson show up for extended cameos, and Michelle Bauer shows up (and I am NOT kidding about this) long enough to get topless, then disappears again. The film’s title is misleading; there’s only ONE animated demon, and he’s in the film for two minutes, tops.

33. Halloween (2018) (Theatrical showing) - I had very high hopes going into this, mainly due to the incredible amount of publicity that it’s received. It seems that I couldn’t open a web page without there being another exclusive interview about it with Jamie Lee Curtis, and all of the reviews that I read for it were pretty glowing, so it HAD to be great, right? JLC wouldn’t waste her time talking up the film so much if it were bad, would she? Well, she might. As it turns out, she’s an executive producer of the film and is getting profit participation in it, which stands to make her a nice wad of cash if it turns out to be a big hit. So, yeah, she’s pimping it for all it's worth, because it’s worth a lot to her. I found the film to be one of the better follow-ups to the original, but it still doesn’t hold a candle to John Carpenter’s film. My two main issues with the film are that it has very little atmosphere, and it’s just not scary. After seeing the first one forty years ago, I saw The Shape lurking on every darkened porch and behind every hedge on my way home from the theater, and even though it was shot in the spring, the original very much captured the feel of fall, right down to Dean Cundey’s remarkable ability to somehow mimic that indefinable quality of autumnal light. While the new one is certainly serviceable, it never really clicked for me like I hoped that it would. Whether it’s truly very ordinary or whether my expectations were so high that the film could never possibly fulfil them, for me, it ends up being just another sequel.


10/21/2018

34. The Lost Boys (1987) (Streaming--Google Drive [Alyxstarr's link]) - After her divorce, a mom and her two sons move in with her father, who lives in a little coastal town in California named Santa Clara. The older son falls in with a group of troublemakers, while the younger son becomes friends with two brothers whose parents own a comic book store. As it turns out, the troublemakers are actually a pack of vampires, and the younger son’s friends are vampire hunters. Kinda convenient, huh? The film was directed by Joel Schumacher, who is probably the worst high-profile director to have made films in the ‘80s and ‘90s. I’ve never liked the film, mainly due to its last line. If the character who says it had just said it at the beginning of the film, it would have saved all of the characters a LOT of trouble. It also had one of the worst advertising slogans ever: “It’s fun to be a vampire.” Ugh. The one thing that the film has going for it (besides Jami Gertz in her prime—hubba!) is a truly great soundtrack.

35. Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995) (Streaming--Amazon Prime) - This sequel to one of the better horror films of the 1990s keeps a lot of what made the first one work, except this time it’s set in New Orleans instead of Chicago. A young teacher discovers that the Candyman was a blood relative, and her life gets turned upside down as a result. It’s not as surreal as the original, but this follow-up merits a watch if you liked the first one.

36. Willard (1971) (Streaming--Showtime via Hulu) - Bruce Davison stars as Willard, a socially awkward mama’s boy who develops a weird relationship with the rats that live in and around the house he shares with his mother. Ernest Borgnine plays Willard’s boss, his deceased father’s former business partner, who has taken it upon himself to pretty much destroy Willard’s life. When Willard and his newfound vermin pals decide to return the favor, things get interesting. From Bing Crosby Productions.


10/22/2018

37. Son of Dracula (1943) (Blu-ray) - Lon Chaney, Jr. (minus the Jr. in the credits) plays Count Alucard, a none-too-clever alias. He shows up at a plantation house in Louisiana at the invitation of one of the sisters who lives there. Once there, he marries her and turns her into a vampire, much to the consternation of her fiancée. Even though this is a Universal horror sequel, it has the feel of the films that Val Lewton was producing at RKO at the time. It’s also notable in that there’s another vampire in the film besides the titular one. Chaney, although horribly miscast, still manages to muster an air of menace as the Count.

38. Welcome to the Jungle (2007) (DVD) - The Blair Witch Project meets Cannibal Holocaust. A foursome of incredibly annoying people decide that they’re going to go find out what happened to Michael Rockefeller, who disappeared in New Guinea forty-five years ago. They almost succeed. Although this is only an 83-minute film, it still feels excessively padded. Maybe if the characters had been better written and/or acted, the film wouldn’t feel like the slog that it does. Recommended only for cannibal movie completists.


10/23/2018

39. Tenebre (1982) (Blu-ray) - Tony Franciosa stars as Peter Neal, an American novelist who goes to Rome for a publicity junket for his latest book. Right after he arrives, someone kills a woman and stuffs her mouth with pages of the book. When other murders follow, he starts doing his own investigation into who might be doing the killing. The narrative gets a little jumbled along the way, but the film contains enough bravura moments to earn it a strong recommendation.


10/24/2018

40. Silver Bullet (1985) (DVD) - How weird is it that Corey Haim shows up in two of the subset picks this month? For some reason, I’d successfully avoided this film until this Challenge. I don’t really have a reason for having done so, except that I had heard that this wasn’t that good of a film. It turns out that I found the film to be a pleasant surprise. It wasn’t anywhere near as awful as I expected it to be; in fact, I’d have to put it in the upper tier of King adaptations. I’m not saying that it’s a classic by any means, but I found it to be quite enjoyable, if not exactly scary.

41. The Day Time Ended (1979) (DVD) - Gonzo film from Charles Band Productions (back when Chuck wasn’t churning out endless Puppet Master sequels) makes no sense at all…and I kind of liked it for that. I don’t think that anyone would ever mistake this for a good movie, but it does have a certain naïve charm to its tale of a house that comes under attack by UFOs and aliens and dinosaur-like beasts and pyramids. The small cast led by Jim Davis (Jock Ewing from TV’s Dallas) really doesn’t have much to do except react to all the weird crap that’s going on around them. I found it to be non-demanding stupid fun.


10/25/2018

42. Anthropophagus (1980) (DVD) - This film, retitled The Grim Reaper when released in America by Film Ventures in 1981, tries to marry the very Italian cannibal subgenre to the very American slasher film, with noticeably lacking results. A group of tourists go to a nearly-deserted island, where they soon find themselves being picked off by a crazed cannibal. If you can stay awake during the long, long stretches where characters walk around and look at stuff, you’ll be rewarded with a few fairly icky kills (and one truly audacious scene). Those familiar with the work of director Joe D’Amato will know what to expect.


10/26/2018

43. Dr. Caligari (1989) (DVD-R recorded from VHS) - There are mainstream movies, there are independent movies, and then there are movies like Dr. Caligari (and Eraserhead, and Liquid Sky) which defy any kind of rational description. The people that made this film were behind two of the weirdest pornographic movies ever, Night Dreams and Café Flesh, which became minor causes célèbres at the dawn of the video age. In addition to sharing crew members, all three films have a shared aesthetic that is decidedly far left of center. At first, the highly-stylized look of the film is off-putting, but as the film skitters along, it becomes more tolerable. The artifice of the film is, in part, an homage to the film to which it acts as a sequel, as the original The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari was also made up largely of painted flats and odd camera angles. The plot doesn’t really matter; just watch it for the weirdness. TRIGGER ALERT: If your idea of an odd movie is Edward Scissorhands, you should probably avoid Dr. Caligari.

44. Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969) (Blu-ray) - The fifth in Hammer’s Frankenstein series is probably my favorite of the bunch. Peter Cushing as Baron Frankenstein is up to his old tricks again, except that he seems to be getting more and more ruthless in trying to achieve his goals. This time around, he’s working on brain transplants, which is a logical progression from the previous film, Frankenstein Created Woman. At least this time he’s not creating gender dysphoria with his experiments. The film's first sequence is a stand-out, as is the one involving a burst water main.

45. Frankenstein's Daughter (1958) (DVD) - Okay, let’s get this out of the way: even though one character calls another character “Frankenstein’s daughter,” the Frankenstein character in the film is actually the original Dr. Frankenstein’s grandson, and he has no actual daughter. Frankenstein’s female creature is being metaphorically referred to as his daughter, so don’t think that this is going to be like a ‘50s version of Lady Frankenstein…because it’s not. Instead, we get a lower-budgeted take on I Was a Teenage Frankenstein and I Was a Teenage Werewolf, combining aspects of both into a totally forgettable film. Still, if you like the sort of film that AIP was churning out in the late ‘50s (as I do), then you’ll probably find something to enjoy here.

46. Gargoyles (1972) (DVD) - In one of the more memorable made-for-TV movies of the 1970s, living gargoyles attack a writer and his daughter in the American southwest. Cornel Wilde, Jennifer Salt, and Scott Glenn star, and Grayson Hall from Dark Shadows shows up as well. The creature makeup by Stan Winston is pretty nifty.

47. Ghost Actress (1996)(a.k.a. Don't Look Up) (DVD-R recorded from Sundance Channel) - The cast and crew shooting a film on old soundstages encounter the ghost of a former actress. The second horror film from Hideo Nakata (but his first to be released theatrically), Ghost Actress shows promise, but it was his next theatrical movie that really pushed Asian horror to the preeminent position it occupied for the first decade or so of this millennium. Still, Ghost Actress is not without its charms. It has a couple of goosebump-inducing scenes, although it never really lets loose, relying more on mood and half-glimpsed images than trafficking in in-your-face horror. The shot right before the end credits is deliciously creepy.


10/27/2018

48. Maximum Overdrive (1986) (Streaming--Amazon Prime Rental) - Although Stephen King promised in the TV spots for this, the only movie he’s yet directed, to “scare the hell outta” us, I don’t think that anybody was actually scared by it. It’s a goofy movie in which, due to a comet and/or aliens, all the machines in the world suddenly gain the ability to move on their own and start attacking any humans they come across. It’s dumb, but it’s enjoyably dumb. Stephen King’s cameo at the beginning is the most amusing scene in the film. Music by AC/DC.


10/28/2018

49. Marrowbone (2017) (Streaming--Hulu) - Sort of like a dark twin to Where the Lilies Bloom, Marrowbone is also about some children keeping a parent’s death a secret so that they’re not split up into foster homes, but it adds a supernatural element and disturbing family secrets to the proceedings. It’s not a bad film, but you’ve seen many of the plot elements in other films, and the elliptical storytelling may be a little off-putting for some. The somewhat odd-looking Anya Taylor-Joy, from The Witch and Split, plays the oldest son’s love interest. “Marrowbone” is the family’s assumed last name, in case you were wondering.

50. Impulse (1974) (DVD) - Although he wouldn’t agree, this may be William Shatner’s most entertaining role. Yes, I’ve found a new favorite bad movie in Impulse. The Shat plays Matt Stone, a psychopath who woos women, steals their money, and kills them. He’s got his sights set on a pretty widow, but her annoying pre-teen daughter Tina might thwart his plans. There’s so much to admire here—Shatner’s usual over-emoting, some incredibly bad mid-‘70s fashions, Harold “Odd Job” Sakata’s attempt at intelligible dialogue (which reminded me somewhat of Tor Johnson’s attempt to act in Plan 9 from Outer Space), and perhaps the funniest chase scene that I’ve ever seen. It all comes together in a movie that’s absolutely awful but hypnotically watchable.

51. We Are Still Here (2015) (Streaming--Amazon Prime) - A couple grieving the death of their college-aged son in a fatal car crash move from the city to a house on the outskirts of a small town. Almost immediately, the wife (Barbara Crampton) feels the dead son’s presence in the house…but the presence she feels turns out to be far more diabolical then she could ever imagine. This is the first film of this year’s Challenge to give me gooseflesh; admittedly, it was just a fleeting moment of creepiness, but it’s better than none at all. I love the look of the ghosts in this movie; they’re the victims of a fire, and when they touch things, little sparks can be seen flying from them, like those from a fireplace log. The film’s plot isn’t particularly novel, but any film with ghosts as creepy as these and a guest-star turn from Larry Fessenden gets my seal of approval.

52. Intruders (2015) (Streaming--Amazon Prime) - After the brother she’s been caring for dies of pancreatic cancer, an agoraphobic woman is the victim of a home invasion…but she’s more resourceful than the interlopers think she is. There’s an interesting twist about midway through the film, but it’s not enough to make this film terribly notable. It’s worth a watch if you’ve got time to kill, but I don’t see Intruders being remembered very fondly (or, probably, at all) twenty years from now.


10/29/2018

53. Brainscan (1994) (Streaming--Amazon Prime Rental) - Edward Furlong stars as a kid who gets a new computer game that causes him to commit murder while playing it yet leaves him with no memories of the events…so basically it’s a slightly more dangerous, electronic form of Ambien®. A character in the game, The Trickster, starts showing up and hanging out with Eddie, even when he’s not actually playing the game. Mind games of the dumbest sort ensue. You can tell that the producers of this nonsense were hoping that The Trickster would become the new Freddy Krueger; that he didn’t is a testament to exactly how bad this film is. Frank Langella, as a detective, has nothing to do in this except frown really hard; he looks as if he’s in the film because he lost a bet. The ending of the film either doesn’t make any sense, or it proves that Furlong’s character is psychotic. Perhaps both are true.


10/30/2018

54. Demon Wind (1990) (Streaming--Amazon Prime) - This impoverished production tells the tale of a guy and his girlfriend (and six other assorted, expendable friends) who visit his father’s childhood home to find out why his grandparents abandoned his father sixty years earlier. Short answer: demons. This film should be lots of fun, but it’s not of the “so bad it’s entertaining” ilk; it’s just boring (and badly acted and plotted). If I had to put a percentage to it, I’d guess that about 80% of this film’s budget went into making demon dental prosthetics, with at least 10% more going to the line item that read “Stuff for actors to drool out of their mouths when becoming possessed.” And what’s up with that diner? It’s not only not on a major highway, it’s not even on an actual road. It looks like it’s on more of a cow trail, really. Just awful.


10/31/2018

55. Sleepy Hollow (1999) (Blu-ray) - In 1799, Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate some murders that the locals attribute to a headless Hessian horseman. Scoffing at this idea, Crane looks for a live killer, but soon finds himself believing the townspeople when he has a run-in with the phantom. I love the look of this film; it has a wonderful autumnal countryside ambiance to it that’s both lovely and creepy. Johnny Depp is enjoyable as the rather easily-spooked constable; he once referred to his character as “Ichabod Crane, Girl Detective.” I can’t think of much about the film that I didn’t enjoy, although I could have lived without the “Large Marge” moment with the witch in the cave. Overall, though, I find Sleepy Hollow to be hugely entertaining.


11/1/2018

Note: This film is not counted in my totals, as it was watched outside the actual month of October. I consider it to be a sort of post-Challenge footnote.

XX Dave Made a Maze (2017) (Streaming--Hulu) - Well, it’s really more of a labyrinth. Annie comes home from a weekend trip to find her boyfriend Dave has built a cardboard maze in their living room. When she tries to get him to come out, he says that he can’t—he’s lost in the maze and can’t find his way out. When she starts to tear down the maze, he begs her to stop because she’s endangering his life. He tells her that the maze is a lot bigger on the inside than the waist-high cardboard construction in the living room, and he asks her to call a friend to help, which soon leads to an apartment full of people trying to figure out how to get him out. He repeatedly begs them not to come in to get him, as he’s also built booby traps into the maze. Eventually, they decide, against his advice, to go in after him. This endlessly inventive film really caught me off guard; even though it wound up on several “Best of” lists for 2017, I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. It’s delightfully surreal; it reminds me a bit of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in that there’s something strange and vaguely dangerous around every corner. It’s easily my favorite film of the Challenge, and it’s now firmly in place as one of my favorite films of 2017.



Theme Nights -- Completed

Spoiler:

-X- 10/20: wildcard - any horror theatrical showing - Halloween (2018)
-X- 09/30: The Criterion Collection Crossover - Dressed to Kill (1980)
-X- 10/01: The 50th Anniversary of Night of the Living Dead - Lifeforce (1985)
-X- 10/02: Studies in Terror - Blue Sunshine (1977)
-X- 10/03: Jawsploitation - Blood Beach (1980)
-X- 10/04: Elevator Horrors - Down (The Shaft) (2001)
-X- 10/05: Horror Anthologies - Kwaidan (1964)
-X- 10/06: Zombies - Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror (1981)
-X- 10/07: Universal Monster Movies - Dr. Cyclops (1940)
-X- 10/08: Atmospheric Horror Fims - Hereditary (2018)
-X- 10/09: Cheesy ‘80s Horror Flicks - The Zero Boys (1986)
-X- 10/10: Bloody Birthday Parties - Happy Death Day (2017)
-X- 10/11: Dogs, Bogs, and Logs - Cujo (1983)
-X- 10/12: Apocalyptic Horror - A Quiet Place (2018)
-X- 10/13: The European Passport to Terror - Inside (2007)
-X- 10/14: Rocktober Blood: The 100 Greatest Horror Film Soundtracks - The Blood on Satan's Claw (1971)
-X- 10/15: IMDB Highest-Rated Horror - Peeping Tom (1960)
-X- 10/16: Slashers / Giallos / Serial Killers - Terrifier (2017)
-X- 10/17: Blood on the Beach - Who Can Kill a Child? (1976)
-X- 10/18: Modern Horror Films - Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)
-X- 10/19: The Horrors of USA’s Up All Night - The Toxic Avenger (1984)
-X- 10/20: ‘80s Video Companies Spotlight: Prism Entertainment - Evil Toons (1992)
-X- 10/21: Vampires - The Lost Boys (1987)
-X- 10/22: Chronological Horror Years Faceoff: 1943 /1968 / 1993 - Son of Dracula (1943) / Fangs of the Living Dead (1968) / The Washing Machine (1993)
-X- 10/23: Horrorspondents: You’re on the Air! - Tenebre (1982)
-X- 10/24: Werwolves / Were-Creatures / Full Moon - Silver Bullet (1985)
-X- 10/25: Video Nasties 35th Anniversary - Antropophagus (1980)
-X- 10/26: Frankenstein / Mad Doctors - Dr. Caligari (1989)
-X- 10/27: Mass Marathon of the Damned - Maximum Overdrive (1986)
-X- 10/28: Supernatural / Quiet, Soft / Seances - Marrowbone (2017)
-X- 10/29: Mind Games - Brainscan (1994)
-X- 10/30: Demonic Possession / Satanic / Witchcraft / Hell - Demon Wind (1990)
-X- 10/31: Halloween-Themed - Sleepy Hollow (1999)
-X- 11/01: Horror Comedies Crossover - Dave Made a Maze (2017)




31 Films Subset -- Completed

Spoiler:

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


The Checklist -- Completed

Spoiler:

Select 10 actors:

--- Lauren Ashley Carter -
-X- Brian Cox - The Autopsy of Jane Doe
-X- Jamie Lee Curtis - Halloween (2018)
-X- Peter Cushing - Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed
-X- Bruce Davison - Willard (1971)
-X- Boris Karloff - You'll Find Out
-X- Christopher Lee - Sleepy Hollow
--- Helga Liné -
-X- Bela Lugosi - You'll Find Out
--- Elina Madison -
--- Burgess Meredith -
--- Sam Neill -
--- Michael J. Pollard -
-X- William Shatner - Impulse
--- Oliver Reed -
--- Anita Strindberg -
-X- Dee Wallace - Cujo
-X- Naomi Watts - Down (The Shaft)
--- Caroline Williams -
--- Ray Wise -

Select 5 recently deceased:

-X- Umberto Lenzi - Nightmare City
--- Ulli Lommel -
--- Peter Wyngarde -
--- Jack Ketchum (Dallas Mayr) -
--- Alf Humphreys -
-X- Dorothy Malone - The Day Time Ended
--- John Gavin -
-X- Ren Osugi - Ghost Actress (a.k.a. Don't Look Up)
--- Lewis Gilbert -
--- Debbie Lee Carrington -
--- R. Lee Ermey -
--- Verne Troyer -
--- Michael Anderson -
-X- Janine Reynaud - Succubus
--- Jerry Maren -
--- Derrick O'Connor -
--- Tab Hunter -
--- Shinobu Hashimoto -
--- Margot Kidder -
-X- Robert Dix - Frankenstein's Daughter
--- Jacqueline Pearce -
--- Donnelly Rhodes -
--- Fenella Fielding -
--- Pasquale Buba -
--- Al Matthews -
--- Gary Kurtz -

Select 2 film composers:

-X- Philip Glass - Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh
-X- Joseph LoDuca - The Messengers
--- Paul Ratajczak -
--- John Williams -

Select 5 directors:

--- Alexandre Aja -
-X- Mario Bava - Blood and Black Lace
-X- Larry Cohen - It Lives Again
-X- Jesús "Jess" Franco - Succubus
-X- Lucio Fulci - The House by the Cemetery
--- William Malone -
--- Sergio Martino -
-X- Hideo Nakata - Ghost Actress (a.k.a. Don't Look Up)
--- Roman Polanski -
-X- Jee-woon Kim - I Saw the Devil

Select 2 makeup effects artists:

--- Nigel Booth -
--- Screaming Mad George -
-X- Steve Johnson - Brainscan
-X- Stan Winston - Gargoyles

Select 2 producers:

-X- Larry Cohen - It Lives Again
--- Bryan Foy -
--- Michael Hertz -
-X- Jeanette Volturno - Happy Death Day

Select 2 writers:

-X- Dan O'Bannon - Lifeforce
--- David Cronenberg -
--- Dennis Paoli -
-X- R.J. Robertson - Forbidden World

Select 30 of the following sub-genres / types:

-X- *3-D Film - It Came from Outer Space
-X- Agoraphobia - Intruders
-X- Anthology Film - Kwaidan
-X- Appears on The 50 Best Horror Movies You’ve Never Seen - Inside
--- Based on a True Story -
-X- Based on a Novel - Lifeforce
-X- Cannibalism - I Saw the Devil
--- Cinema Inspired By: H.P. Lovecraft -
--- Cinematic Titanic / Horror Host / MST3K / RiffTrax -
-X- Classic Hammer Films - Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed
-X- Comedy / Spoof - The Lost Boys
-X- Criterion / Masters of Cinema Version Film - Kwaidan
-X- Cryptid Cinema - Silver Bullet
--- Death by: Explosion, 2 -
-X- Director or Writer Cameo in Own Film / Film Adaptation, 2 - Maximum Overdrive
--- Distributor / Studio: Code Red -
--- Documentary -
-X- Drunk Horror - Silver Bullet
-X- Extraterrestrial / Takes Place in Space - Forbidden World
--- Film From Someone Else's List You've Never Seen -
-X- Film From TCM's October Schedule - Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed
-X- Film Title Drop - Frankenstein's Daughter
--- Flashback Horror -
--- From a Basis Gogos Painting -
-X- Found Footage - Welcome to the Jungle
-X- Frankenstein - Frankenstein's Daughter
-X- Ghost / Haunting - Ghost Actress (a.k.a. Don't Look Up)
-X- Giallo - Tenebre
-X- Ouija Board - Veronica
-X- K-Horror - I Saw the Devil
-X- Killer / Evil Animal - Cujo
--- Killer / Evil Child -
--- Killer / Evil Doll -
-X- Made-for-TV Movie - Gargoyles
--- Mummy -
-X- Musical / Rock ‘n Roll Horror - You'll Find Out
--- Nation of Origin: Thailand -
--- Nazi -
--- Prom -
--- Psychological -
-X- Rape / Revenge - I Saw the Devil
--- Scarecrows -
-X- Slasher / Psycho / Homicidal Maniac - Terrifier
--- Takes Place in a Hospital -
-X- Takes Place on a College Campus or High School - Happy Death Day
-X- Takes Place on a Holiday - Terrifier
--- Television -
--- Three Installments in a Franchise -
-X- Vampire - Son of Dracula
-X- Werewolf - Silver Bullet
--- Witchcraft / Satanic / Religious -
--- Wilhelm Scream -
-X- With Commentary - Blood and Black Lace
-X- With Two or More Horror Legends - You'll Find Out
-X- Zombie - Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror

Watch 1 w/commentary from the "Masters of Commentary":

--- Joe Bob Briggs -
--- John Carpenter -
--- Larry Cohen -
--- Joe Dante -
--- Herschell Gordon Lewis -
-X- Tim Lucas - Blood and Black Lace
--- George A. Romero -
--- Guillermo del Toro -
--- David del Valle -

Watch films in at least three formats:

-X- First format, (DVD), (Blue Sunshine).
-X- Second format, (Blu-ray), (Kwaidan).
-X- Third format, (Streaming), (The Zero Boys).

Watch films in at least three languages:

-X- First language, (Japanese), (Kwaidan).
-X- Second language, (French), (Inside).
-X- Third language, (Korean), (I Saw the Devil).

Watch 3 films that you've never seen before that:

--- Stars an Arquette (Rosanna, David, Patricia, Richmond, Alexis) -
--- Features music by a rock band -
-X- Was made in the 1960s - Kwaidan
--- Features an investigation by Ed and Lorraine Warren -
-X- Was written by Stephen King - Silver Bullet
-X- Features snow - I Saw the Devil
--- 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 -
-X- 1940 - Son of Dracula
-X- 1950 - It Came from Outer Space
-X- 1960 - Kwaidan
-X- 1970 - Blue Sunshine
-X- 1980 - Lifeforce
-X- 1990 - Brainscan
-X- 2000 - The Messengers
-X- 2010 - The Autopsy of Jane Doe

Select 3 from the following horror film tropes:

-X- Jump Scare - The Messengers
--- No Cell Coverage -
--- The Abandoned Place -
-X- The Vengeful Spirit - We Are Still Here
--- Death By Sex -
--- The Final Girl -
-X- Flickering Lights - Veronica

Select 1 from the "Chronological Horror Years Faceoff":

-X- 1943 (75th) - Son of Dracula
--- 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 -
-X- 100th Birthday of Evelyn Ankers - Son of Dracula
--- 200th Anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, 2 -

Select 4 ratings:

-X- G - It Came from Outer Space
--- PG -
-X- PG-13 - Happy Death Day
-X- R - It Lives Again
--- NC-17 -
-X- X - Succubus
--- Unrated -
-X- M - Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed
--- 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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