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Old 11-03-08, 06:03 PM
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I hit 116 movies.

When you're watching so many films, it seems like the really good, really bad, and really quirky stuff stands out.

Really good:

The Leopard Man
Black Sunday
Kill, Baby... Kill!
The Girl Who Knew Too Much
Bride of Frankenstein
The Brood

Really bad:

Lifeforce
30 Days of Night
Dracula Prince of Darkness

Really quirky:

Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires
Shadow of the Vampire
The Vampire's Kiss
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
Shock Waves

Biggest surprises:

Ghost Ship
Tombs of the Blind Dead
28 Days Later is not nearly as groundbreaking as I thought. I watched it after Return of the Living Dead, Rabid, and the BBC Day of the Triffids.

I watched Triffids in September so it's not on my list.

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Overall, a most enjoyable challenge. Most of my viewings were on the weekend, so I kind of sputtered at the end. There were only 3 days, I think, that I didn't watch a movie. I've already ordered 6 more movies for next year and will have to order quite a few more to stay in the 30-50 range for next year (I can't watch the same movie more than once a year.) How you guys watch over 100 is beyond me.

Best Movies (First Time Viewing)
1. Dawn of the Dead (2004) - LOVE the use of the Johnny Cash song near the end of the movie.
2. The Frighteners - One of Peter Jackson's earlier movies, very well done.
3. Joy Ride - Ok, let's be honest, I'm just putting this up here because of Leelee Sobieski.

Worst Movies
1. Manos: The Hands of Fate - I will NEVER watch the non-MST3K version again. Twice is two times too many.
2. House II: The Second Story - Ugghhh…. There was nothing in common with the first one. Horrible.
3. Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare - Horrible pop music and a cheesy 3D sequence.

Imagine My Surprise! (aka "holy sh*t, I actually enjoyed that!")
1. Maniac Cop - This is a very well done low-budget movie. Bruce Campbell is great as always.
2. Wishmaster - Andrew Divoff was excellent as The Wishmaster, not nearly as cheesy as I was expecting.

Biggest Disappointments
1. Day of the Dead - I had high hopes after Dawn of the Dead. The Bub character was almost unbearable.
2. Splinter - I really had no expectations, but was hoping for something more than this.
3. The Shining (Mini-Series) - I love the Kubrick movie too much that I couldn't see the mini-series as a separate entity (I tried.)
4. John Carpenter's The Fog - It was good, but I think I was expecting something much more since it was a Carpenter movie.

"WTF did I just watch?"
1. Scream Bloody Murder (Claw of Terror) - I think the title(s) say it all.
2. Within the Woods - I'm sorry, was there something to watch here?
3. Cemetery Man - Hey, don't get me wrong, I liked this movie, but I'm still not sure what happened.

Better Upon 2nd Viewing:
1. Brotherhood of the Wolf - It was great the first time, and fantastic the second.
2. Videodrome - This is one of those movies that needs to be viewed more than once. I originally watched this before (I think) I had seen any other Cronenberg movies. After watching quite a few of his movies now I really enjoy his style.

Other thoughts:
1. Next year I don't know if I'm going to do ratings or not. I kind of like to look through other peoples lists for ratings, but it's somewhat arbitrary. Edit: After reviewing everyone's lists, I'm going to keep my ratings.
2. I fizzled on the "scare factor" ratings. There wasn't one movie that really really scared me. Maybe next year. I'll admit there were a few movies I couldn't bring myself to watch (American Psycho comes to mind.)
3. The body count/boob stats got a little old after the first week (not to mention it's hard to mark them down with all the lights off.) I also felt myself WAY overthinking those things when I was watching movies..."If I know this person is going to become a zombie, does that count as a dead body?" I think I'll just focus on weird/funny things next year. I still like how Mondo Kane does it, but I don't watch enough movies in one day to do it the same way.
4. I still think commentaries should count for 1/2. I like to listen to commentaries within a reasonable amount of time after I watch a movie and they definitely add to the experience of a movie. I'm going to listen to them regardless, and unless I watch a whole bunch of horror movies in September, none of my commentaries count.

Wildcards I should have watched (d'oh!):
1. Food Network Challenge Pumpkin Carving - I love these food network shows for the challenges. Some great ones for the Holiday Challenge.
2. The X-Files - "Home" - This is a must watch for any horror fan, no matter if you have ever seen an X-Files episode or not. Stands on its own as one of the freakier TV episodes ever.
3. A Millenium episode from season 1 - plenty of horror related episodes in the first season

Movies I'll have to pick up (and never seen) - After reviewing peoples lists and viewing some of my movies:
Special Note: The Cranberries - "Zombie" came on Winamp as soon as I finished up... I know it's not about movie zombies, but still...)
1. Halloween series (undecided on all or some)
2. Final Destination 2 and 3
3. The one Re-Animator I don't own
4. An American Werewolf in London
5. The Fly (Cronenberg)
6. The Masters of Horror Series
7. The Hellraiser movies (at least the first 3)
8. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
9. Maniac Cop 2 and 3
10. Land of the Dead + Diary of the Dead
11. Rosemary's Baby
12. Shutter
13. [REC]
14. That Dick Laurent bed movie
15. The Wicker Man (original)
16. Susperia - There are only about 15 versions out there...research time.
17. Finally, I really should pick up some of the "classics" - Frankenstein, Nosferatu, etc...

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Best Movies First Time Viewing:
1)The Strangers – Genuinely scary & creepy as hell
2)Rob Zombie’s Halloween (Director’s Cut) – Flows better than the theatrical version.
3)Zombie Strippers – Jenna Jameson pole dances as a zombie

Worst Movie(s)
1)Day of the Dead (2006) – Nothing to do with Romero & just plain awful
2)Clive Barker’s The Plague

Imagine My Surprise! (aka "holy sh*t, I actually enjoyed that!")
1)Shutter (2007) – The pissed off Japanese ghost thing is still scary

Biggest Disappointment
1)Diary of the Dead – I am tired of the shaky camera movies
2)Dance of the Dead – Entertaining, but I expected more

Better Upon 2nd Viewing:
1)Land of the Dead


Looks Great on Blu-Ray
1)30 Days of Night
2)The Thing, John Carpenters
3)Halloween, John Carpenter’s
4)Resident Evil Apocalypse
5)Underworld

Top 5 Must See Halloween Flicks
1)Halloween, John Carpenter’s – Still the best
2)Pumpkinhead – Great creature design by the late Stan Winston
3)Sleepy Hollow – Tim Burton’s take on the headless horseman
4)Bride of Frankenstein – Classic!
5)Brides of Dracula – hammer Horror starring the late great Peter Cushing
Old 11-03-08, 07:27 PM
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Best Movies:

1. [REC]
2. Don't Torture a Duckling
3. Saw 5

Worst Movies:

1. Poltergeist (this doesn't hold up well at all for me)
2. Poltergeist 2

Biggest Surprise:

1. Saw 5 ( HATED part 4 so I had no expectations, but I really loved this movie)

Biggest Disappointment:

1. Magic (I've wanted to see this for years, and surprisingly, it really really sucked and made me want to drink bleach. it was so boring. I don't know how they made a ventriloquists dummy unscary, but they succeeded).

WTF Did I Just Watch:

1. Manos: The Hands of Fate

Better on Second Viewing:

1. Burnt Offerings (actually my third viewing...it's growing on me).
Old 11-03-08, 11:28 PM
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Where do we nominate who we think did the best format ect?

My list is done. I really am tired of movies and I think I've slept more in the past 3 days than in a single week of october.

Next year I need to come up with a more solid and simple plan. At least my horror films are in one section on my shelf now.
Old 11-04-08, 05:15 AM
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Originally Posted by wlverinefactor
Where do we nominate who we think did the best format ect?
Originally Posted by Chad
A few reminders before delirium begins to set in...

1. Vote for your favorite list. Sometime within the next week please vote in this thread (or PM me) who you feel has the most impressive list. And take into consideration that not everyone will have theirs ready immediately afterward. Once again, we're looking more for quality of formatting and comments/reviews as opposed to the number of titles viewed.

A perfect example of what NOT to look for would be Chad's list - someone who didn't follow through with his intentions and gave up on the reviews after the first week.
Next year I need to come up with a more solid and simple plan. At least my horror films are in one section on my shelf now.
It's funny you mention that, because all my horror movies are on my "special features to watch" shelves since I didn't watch any special features in October. It's going to take me forever to catch up. My Horror shelf will be noticeably empty for a while.
Old 11-04-08, 10:53 AM
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Theatrical viewings: 3
Rentals: 34
Owned Titles: 65 / 20 purchased for, and during the challenge
Films seen for the first time: 58 + (3 TV shows/episodes + 3 tv documentaries)
Commentaries: 29

Best Movies:

1. [REC]
2. The Girl Who Knew Too Much
3. Fido
4. The Black Cat (Fulci)

Worst Movies:

1. Demonia
2. Don’t Look in the Basement
3. Children of the Corn 666 Isaac’s Return
4. Monstroid

Biggest Surprise:

1. Hellraiser: Hellseeker
2. The Mummy’s Ghost
3. Night of the Seagulls

Biggest Disappointment:

1. Children of the Corn - like the story this would have worked better if the movie were a short film.

WTF Did I Just Watch:

1. Color Me Blood Red

Best Commentary tracks:

1. The Mummy (1932)
2. Ugetsu
3. The Innocents
4. The Nightmare Before Christmas (2008 commentary track)
5. Ilsa: She Wolf the SS
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Best Movies

1. Braindead (like always..)
2. Inside
3. Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead
4. Baby Blues
5. Shaun of the Dead

Worst Movies (first time viewing)

1. Funny Games (U.S.)
2. Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!
3. Der Todesking
4. Pulse 2: Aftermath
5. Wicked Lake

Best Movies (first time viewing)

1. Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead
2. Gutterballs
3. Dance of the Dead
4. Feast 2: Sloppy Seconds
5. The Strangers

Goriest Movie

1. Das Komabrutale Duell
2. Braindead
3. Darkness: The Vampire Version
4. Gutterballs
5. The Machine Girl
6. Inside - (I had to add a 6th, because for some reason "Inside" wasn't even in the top of 5 of goriest flicks I watched)

Best of the French

1. Inside
2. Sheitan
3. Them
4. High Tension

Hottest chick in movie

1. Amber Heard ["All the Boys Love Mandy Lane"]
2. Sophia Bush ["The Hitcher"]
3. Jessica Biel ["Texas Chainsaw remake"]
4. Rachel Nichols ["P2"]
5. Danielle Harris ["Michael Lives: Making Halloween"]
6. Jill Wagner ["Splinter"]
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Crimeny, I've been trying to put some Horror titles on my wish list for next year. Which version to get for Susperia, Halloween, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre have been driving my head to spin. Obviously, my preference is HD, but I don't want to miss out on any goodies in the special feature category.

Any suggestions are welcome for the titles above. I am more than willing to buy multiple releases to get everything. dvdcompare.net is my friend, but hearing it firsthand will help.

Edit: No Maniac Cop 2/3 Anamorphic OAR transfers? Boo!

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Man, I sucked this year. Work and school abused me like no other. Hopefully next year I'll have more time. Still, as always it was a lot of fun. Any excuse to watch more horror is a good one to me.
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I've been working on getting the new thread ready and noticed a few of your lists have the last date of editing occurring before the end date. And there's really no way of me knowing whether that was your last entry or if you simply have yet to finalize your lists. That's why I've really come to appreciate wlverinefactor's LIST IS FINISHED comment on top.

So, I'd appreciate if the following people would let me know whether their list is complete or not:

Beebs
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I'd prefer not to have to PM all 41 of you!
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SactownRipper still has the "Needs to contact an admin about multiple accounts" next to his name so I think you can cross him off the list.
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I'm calling mine finished now. I've had the titles listed, and today I've added my final comments. Might need to correct spellings here and there, but I'm complete.

I posted "List is finished" as the title. I'm kind of sad to say I'm done... Oct '09, here we come!
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List is Finished.

I'll add it to my post as well.
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Originally Posted by wlverinefactor
Where do we nominate who we think did the best format ect?
Chad mentioned before to post here or to PM him. I PM'd him (in full electoral privacy policy consideration) who I liked the most.
Old 11-06-08, 06:20 PM
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Originally Posted by late_but_earnest
When you're watching so many films, it seems like the really good, really bad, and really quirky stuff stands out.
There's nothing greater than the feeling after you watch a couple of duds and then you hit a movie you've never heard of before that's pretty damn good.
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I hit 100 this year, but I feel like a disgrace. I barely made any time to get on here and discuss any of them.
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Guys, I hate to sound like a broken record here....

Please vote for your favorite list!

Here or PM me. I can literally count the current number of votes on 1 hand ...with 3 fingers tied down!
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Originally Posted by Chad
I can literally count the current number of votes on 1 hand ...with 3 fingers tied down!
Well, at least I know I'm not that far behind.
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Here or PM me. I can literally count the current number of votes on 1 hand ...with 3 fingers tied down!
Fair enough, but is your real name Count Rugen or Alfonso Alfonseca? That will make a HUGE difference.
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Vote for favorite list: Darth Maher

Loved this entry:
October 25th
10. Mad Monster Party (1969, Theater)
I played the Frankenstein monster for the kiddies at a local movie theater, then took in this classic from Rankin-Bass.

And he watched the Paul Lynde Halloween Special.
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My Favorite List: I have to go with Pizza. Dick Laurent comes in a close second, but a lot of people's lists looked great this year, so it really was hard to vote. The images on the lists made things fun. I loved Giles' ghosts! They're so cute! I'd vote for Trevor because his formatting was cool, or for ThatAnymore because I loved his haiku as well, but I think Pizza had the best overall look and formatting.
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My Favorite List: I have to go with Pizza.
Thanks! I appreciate the nod.
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Guys, I hate to sound like a broken record here....

Please vote for your favorite list!

Here or PM me. I can literally count the current number of votes on 1 hand ...with 3 fingers tied down!
clckworang - liked the links to the movie posters
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clckworang - liked the links to the movie posters
Thanks. This post finally got me to get off my butt to update the rest of the titles.

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