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Old 10-10-08, 12:15 AM
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Saw Day of the Triffids earlier for the first time. Again, I always knew about this movie thanks to the monster mags/books, but I went in expecting a schlocky plant-eater flick and got a worthwhile, epic (In the "B" sense) apocalyptic sci-fi horror film. It must be a nightmare to not only surrounded by killer plants, but being blind as well!
Which version did you watch? I saw the original version at the drive in when I was a kid in the 60's and loved it.

I recently watched the BBC version. It updated the story to modern times but it still retained the spirit of John Wyndham's book. I enjoyed it quite a bit. My understanding is that it had a big influence on 28 Days Later.
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The Quartermass films are all good, especially "Quartermass and the Pit." "The Lost Continent" is filled with creepy creatures.
I love the Quatermass films both the Brian Donlevy and the Andrew Kier versions but I was going to avoid them as part of this challenge, seemed a little too much sci-fi to me.

And Lost Continent is filled with plenty of creepy creatures - if you see still photos of them it doesn't do the film justice - but I've always felt the pacing was pretty excruciatingly slow.
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Originally Posted by poster mayhem View Post
I love the Quatermass films both the Brian Donlevy and the Andrew Kier versions but I was going to avoid them as part of this challenge, seemed a little too much sci-fi to me.
Except for the last one, The Quatermass Conclusion, I think they all safely fall under sci-fi/horror, and should be perfectly acceptable viewing for this challenge.
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Originally Posted by poster mayhem View Post
I love the Quatermass films both the Brian Donlevy and the Andrew Kier versions but I was going to avoid them as part of this challenge, seemed a little too much sci-fi to me.
I understand your point but I would classify the series as sci-fi/horror.

I just checked and the IMDB backs that up and even lists horror first for The Quartermass Xperiment.

I wasn't planning on watching these, but thinking about them may have changed my mind. Maybe I'll do Pit and Xperiment.
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Originally Posted by Pizza View Post
I understand your point but I would classify the series as sci-fi/horror.

I just checked and the IMDB backs that up and even lists horror first for The Quartermass Xperiment.

I wasn't planning on watching these, but thinking about them may have changed my mind. Maybe I'll do Pit and Xperiment.
Fair enough, I certainly can't deny that there are frightening moments and monsters.

Watching and talknig a lot of Hammer kind of has me in the mood as well, maybe I'll bust out the Hammer trilogy myself.

BTW, and not to linger on the Hammer question more than necessary but I forgot to suggest Village of the Damned, a classic.
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Just started delving into my Hammer box set yesterday, and I quite liked The Nanny. Restrained direction and a creepy central performance from Bette Davis made it a pleasantly unsettling ninety minutes.
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The sequence where Davis tries to force her way into the boy's room, done entirely without music or dialogue, was gripping.
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What is the ruling on Scooby Doo movies? I'd like to watch a few for this.
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Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Alright, so I've never seen Dawn of the Dead (1978) before. I have the Ultimate Edition. Which version should I watch? The 127 minute U.S. Theatrical Version, the 139 minute Extended Version, or the 118 minute European Version? In the booklet, it says that the U.S. Theatrical Version is the true director-preferred version, so it's almost a no-brainer, but thought I'd get opinions from everyone.
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I would avoid the European cut, at least for your first viewing experience. The theatrical cut is tighter, obviously, but the extended cut is good as well.

You'll have to share with us what your first impressions were!
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Originally Posted by Numes View Post
Alright, so I've never seen Dawn of the Dead (1978) before. I have the Ultimate Edition. Which version should I watch? The 127 minute U.S. Theatrical Version, the 139 minute Extended Version, or the 118 minute European Version? In the booklet, it says that the U.S. Theatrical Version is the true director-preferred version, so it's almost a no-brainer, but thought I'd get opinions from everyone.
romero's prefered cut is the theatrical cut so i'd watch that first.
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I'd say the Theatrical cut. I personally really like Argento's cut. Some of the gore was cut, but it has Gaylen Ross's boobs. So it kinda balances itself out.
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^Theatrical. Longer doesn't always equal better.

And while we're on a Hammer kick...

How about some love for "Hammer House of Horror"? It's everything Masters of Horror wishes it could have been. Despite some hits and misses, it's good at building up the suspense without rushing the story for the sake of gore, yet remains consistently entertaining ...especially for a TV series. And it has the occasional British boobs. Come to think of it, it's probably got more of an Amicus vibe since it takes place in modern times. Anyway, practically all my wildcards will be used on it.

Very impressed with "Films to Die For" too.
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What is the ruling on Scooby Doo movies? I'd like to watch a few for this.
I asked this before and everyone who responded said the movies were okay. Obviously some don't fit at all like the Arabian Nights one but I've been watching all of the ones I had that feature a creature of sorts. Actually just finished my last one and now I'm watching the live action ones in reverse because 2 is so bad, I'd rather end my Doo run with the first live action film.
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^Theatrical. Longer doesn't always equal better.

And while we're on a Hammer kick...

How about some love for "Hammer House of Horror"? It's everything Masters of Horror wishes it could have been. Despite some hits and misses, it's good at building up the suspense without rushing the story for the sake of gore, yet remains consistently entertaining ...especially for a TV series. And it has the occasional British boobs. Come to think of it, it's probably got more of an Amicus vibe since it takes place in modern times. Anyway, practically all my wildcards will be used on it.

Very impressed with "Films to Die For" too.
It's a great series and for anyone that doesn't have it, it's fairly inexpensive considering the amount of episodes you receive.

I was already planning on using a wildcard on the Silent Scream with Peter Cushing and Brian Cox, since wild cards have been moved up to 6 I'll likely use more than one here as well. I've always been a fan of the Denholm Elliott episode, good stuff all around.
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Has anyone seen the Danish animated film called Terkel in Trouble? It has been a long time since I have seen it. I remember there was a maniac on the loose terrorizing Terkel. But honestly can't remember it enough to classify it as horror.
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Finally watched House of 1000 corpses for the 1st time. Seeing as I watched Devils Rejects last night, my gf said I ought to watch House of 1000 Corpses as well. While I admit it is no oscar winner, but I actually liked it. I found Rob Zombies twisted sense of humor rather refreshing. I know there were a couple over the top scenes but all in all I found it an enjoyable movie. And Captain Spalding is hilarious. I can imagine showing this movie of Devil's Rejects to someone afraid of clowns.
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Originally Posted by wlverinefactor View Post
I asked this before and everyone who responded said the movies were okay. Obviously some don't fit at all like the Arabian Nights one but I've been watching all of the ones I had that feature a creature of sorts. Actually just finished my last one and now I'm watching the live action ones in reverse because 2 is so bad, I'd rather end my Doo run with the first live action film.
Cool, thank you.
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Plague of the Zombies - This one pre-dates Night of the Living Dead by a couple of years and was probably influential in form or fashion. It also made Cinefantastique's Top 10 Zombie Films list.
Watched this last night. I didn't find the make-up all that convincing, but that's probably because I'm used to the rotting flesh so prevalent in more modern zombie films. The first zombie appearance in the film is quite a start though. I was amused by the fox hunter "hoodlums" - they were like a British biker gang!
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My goal was set at 31. And after watching "The Shining" last night, I officially made it to 32. On the 10th. That's awesome.

Truthfully, It's because I keep looking at everybody else's lists. After I keep seeing how everyone is kicking my ass, it's a good motivation tool.
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Is there anyone else who has watched, or is planning to watch, the 10-movie Sons of Kong set? I had been planning to watch, and count, all 10 films, but I just noticed the other day that only five of them are classified as horror on IMDb. The other five (Law of the Jungle, Nabonga, The Savage Girl, The White Gorilla and White Pongo) are listed as adventure instead. Now I'm not sure if I should still count all 10 movies, or just those first five.

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Is there anyone else who has watched, or is planning to watch, the 10-movie Sons of Kong set? I had been planning to watch, and count, all 10 films, but I just noticed the other day that only five of them are classified as horror on IMDb. The other five (Law of the Jungle, Nabonga, The Savage Girl, The White Gorilla and White Pongo) are listed as adventure instead. Now I'm not sure if I should still count all 10 movies, or just those first five.

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I've watched four of them earlier this year, and would count them, but they were all of the 5 you didn't list, so therefore listed as horror.

As to those five, they don't look promising as I look at them at allmovie, but only you could judge (after watching unfortunately).

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Is there anyone else who has watched, or is planning to watch, the 10-movie Sons of Kong set?
That set has been sitting on my shelf unwatched and collecting dust for months now. I'm all for films that carry the possibility of falling in the "so bad they're good" category, but I don't think I'm brave enough to take that risk just yet.

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I've watched three of them earlier this year, and would count them, but they were all of the 5 you didn't list, so therefore listed as horror.
How bad were they?
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-Updated the AMC link on the front page to reflect the Fearfest '08 schedule (formerly Monsterfest) that runs from Oct 24 - 31. Apparently they snatched Rob Zombie from TCM to host.

-If you own the "Return of the Evil Dead" DVD head on over to the stills gallery and revel in the "missing footage". Evidently a) that's not the true uncut version of the film b) it's the best damn outtakes ever or c) a soft-core porn was being shot during downtime!

-Why is it that Netflix always slows to a grinding halt during for me during October? I've been waiting 4 days and counting for Horror Rises from the Tomb to arrive and you can't report it as missing until the 6th day!? And then that damn "shipping tomorrow" status keeps creeping up!

-Those Halloween sales are killing me! Between the various sales at DDD, Amazon, BestBuy, Family Video, etc. I've ordered more titles than I'll possibly be able to watch this month!
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That set has been sitting on my shelf unwatched and collecting dust for months now. I'm all for films that carry the possibility of falling in the "so bad they're good" category, but I don't think I'm brave enough to take that risk just yet.



How bad were they?
It's been a few months and a few hundred movies since I watched them, but I remember at least two of them. Bela Lugosi meets a Brooklyn Gorilla and Bride of a Gorilla were both decent fun. The other two started with an A or a B, but I can't recall them at the moment. I'm working my way thru my collection alphabetically (except for this challenge). I remember watching them and thinking that as a package it was well worth the couple bucks we all likely paid for it. I'll browse the web on them and perhaps add to this post later. But now, back to Terrified.
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I watched The White Gorilla and White Pongo last year because they came in a horror box set. I figured that was good enough for me.

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