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100 Movies. 31 Days. The 4th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (Oct 1-31) Pt 2

Continued from: http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/53...1-10-31-a.html








100 Movies. 31 Days. October 1st - 31st, 2008




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The Poll


Feedback Thread 2

Challenge #1 ~ 2005 Results

Challenge #2 ~ The Lists ~ 2006 Results

Challenge #3 ~ Part 2 ~ Part 3 ~ The Lists ~ 2007 Results

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THIS THREAD IS FOR DISCUSSION ONLY!


----> ACTUAL LISTS WILL GO HERE! <----


LINK IS NOW ACTIVE!
TO AVOID CLUTTER THE LISTS THREAD WILL BE CREATED JUST PRIOR TO OCTOBER 1ST AS USUAL.




THE "RULES"
Since '05 the goal of the challenge has been to reach 100 horror/horror-related films. Your personal goal is as high or as low as you want it to be. Whether you achieve it, surpass it or don't even come close to reaching it, the ultimate goal here is to enjoy yourself while conversing with fellow horror fans.
There will be a separate thread to include your lists as indicated above. Be creative and personalize it however you wish - In 1 post, weekly, biweekly, give reviews, post pics, provide IMDB links to your titles, add YouTube videos, include running times (calculating total times is up to you), etc. It's recommended that you provide a link to your list(s) in your signature for easy access. The only mandatory rule here is NUMBER YOUR LISTS!
What qualifies? If you're unsure of your title's genre classification the IMDB and allmovie are good sources to determine its potential horror movie status. If you're still uncertain or think it's listed incorrectly, ask...that's what this thread is here for! Horror-comedies, Sci-Fi horror, shitty horror (Prom Night remake, anyone?), kiddie horror, creature features, erotic horror, Masters of Horror (Yesssss, they're considered movies) silents, made-for-TV movies, etc. count. Mini-series count as 1 despite the running time. Legitimate stand-alone horror documentaries count. No fluff! One that isn't a featurette produced exclusively for a film's DVD as supplemental material. For example, don't try and pass off the DVD featurettes, interviews, making of and the like as part of your list. TV shows don't count (except those used as wild cards).
Keep it civil - take the arguments, name calling and accusations elsewhere. Don't accuse someone of "not having a life" simply because they're able to watch more in a day than you. Remember, not everyone keeps the same schedule and some of us require less sleep than others. And above all, don't let your competitiveness turn ugly and start unnecessary accusations against your fellow participants. If you feel someone has padded their lists just leave it alone. If you have a personal beef with someone settle it anywhere but here ...the IMDB boards for instance. ( Anger Management Techniques ) Keep in mind this is done solely on the honor system.
The same film can't be viewed more than once. Remakes are the exception to the rule. In other words, don't go back and watch the theatrical version of "Pale English Titty Vampires Part III: The Anemic Areola" after already having viewed "Pale English Titty Vampires Part III: The Anemic Areola SPF 666 Edition". The same holds true for all versions: director's cuts, unrated editions, colorized versions, fan edits, extended editions, "the version you supposedly couldn't see in a theater", etc. Honestly, why waste precious time watching the same bloody thing over again when there's so many great titles just waiting to be discovered out there? Pick your favorite cut and be content with your decision!
Vote for you favorite commentary option:
  1. Half credit option. Allow commentaries only after one has viewed the film with the proper soundtrack. If you do choose to go back and listen w/commentary it's worth half a credit/point.

  2. 7 commentary limit. Self explanatory.

  3. WINNER ---> The "with or without" option. Same as last year. <--- WINNER
The formats and where/how you watch them is strictly your call -- DVDs, Blu-ray, HD DVD, at the theater, on television, public domain downloads (links provided below), VHS, Laserdisc, Video On Demand, Netflix, UMD, MiniDV, CED, Unbox, Apple TV, Watch Now, Payperview, Betamax, via laptop, VCD, Video iPod...you name it. And yes, that even includes the pan & scan edited-for-television movies on TBS with multiple pop-ups and commercial interruptions! (NOT Recommended, BTW!) Just make sure the movie is viewed in it's entirety ...especially those of an adult nature!
Nothing to see here. Move along!
If you do watch non-genre titles during the month and feel the need to include them in your list that's alright, but please keep them separate from the qualifying ones and don't number them. The preferred method would be to post them in the "What Are You Watching This Week" thread. Once again, NUMBER YOUR LISTS or my doppelgänger will haunt your dreams!




PRIZES


The prizes will be handled somewhat different than in previous challenges. This year it goes like this:
  • Random drawings will be held for anyone who reaches (or surpasses) the challenge's goal of 100. (via Random.org)

  • The participant with the most impressive list.

PRIZES WILL NOT BE REVEALED UNTIL THE END OF THE CHALLENGE.

WARNING: The possibility exists that "crappy" will be the term used to describe them.

More details coming soon.



OPTIONAL
6 WILD CARDS (courtesy of caligulathegod) - This allows you to add a TV show, Halloween cartoon, short film, etc...and have it count. As always, the challenge wouldn't be complete without wholeheartedly recommending "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" as essential viewing.
ORANGE
THE CHECKLIST - Complete it and feel a sense of accomplishment.
ORANGE
THE "31 FILMS FOR 31 DAYS" LIST (courtesy of Trevor) - Watch these 31 films on the listed day, with group discussion starting the next morning. Or don't watch them but still join the discussion. Click HERE for thread.
ORANGE
SEE POST 2 FOR MORE DETAILS



Turner Classic Movies ---> October 2008 Schedule of Qualifying Titles:

Code:
  • October 1 3:00 PM - Most Dangerous Game (1932) 1:15 AM - King Kong (1933) October 5 10:00 AM - The Spiral Staircase (1945) October 11 4:00 PM - The Haunting (1963) October 12 4:15 AM - 13 Ghosts (1960) October 17 10:30 PM - The Stepford Wives (1975) 12:30 AM - The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976) 2:15 AM - Wicked, Wicked (1973) October 19 12:00 PM - Village Of The Damned (1960) 1:30 PM - House Of Usher (1960) 2:00 AM - Eyes Without a Face (1960) 3:45 AM - The Mystery Of The Wax Museum (1933) October 20 6:00 AM - Kongo (1932) 7:45 AM - The Ghost Ship (1943) 9:00 Am - The Seventh Victim (1943) 10:15 AM - The Return Of Doctor X (1939) 11:30 AM - The Mysterious Doctor (1943) 12:30 PM - The Woman In White (1948) 2:30 Pm - The Haunting (1963) October 22 8:00 PM - The Hunchback Of Notre Dame(1939) 1:45 Am - Cat People (1942) 3:00 Am - I Walked With A Zombie (1943) 4:15 Am - Isle of the Dead (1945) October 23 5:30 AM - The Body Snatcher (1945) October 24 2:00 Am - Carnival of Souls (1962) 3:30 Am - Spider Baby (1968) October 25 6:00 Am - The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) 8:00 PM - Psycho (1960) 10:00 PM - Peeping Tom (1960) 12:00 AM - Strait-Jacket (1964) 3:45 AM - Homicidal (1961) October 26 2:00 PM - The Birds (1963) 1:30 AM - The Unknown (1927) 2:30 AM - Vampyr - Der Traum des Allan Grey (1932) 3:45 AM - The Black Room (1935) October 27 5:00 AM - Before I Hang (1940) October 29 6:00 AM - The Spiral Staircase (1945) October 30 4:45 PM - The Thing From Another World (1951) 6:15 PM - Mad Love (1935) 7:30 PM - The Beast With Five Fingers (1946) 9:00 PM - I Walked With A Zombie (1943) 10:15 PM - Curse of the Demon (1958) 12:00 PM - The Gorgon (1964) 1:30 PM - Mr. Sardonicus (1961) 3:15 PM - The Tomb Of Ligeia (1964) 5:00 PM - The Tingler (1959) 6:30 PM - House Of Usher (1960) 8:00 PM - Dead of Night (1945) 10:00 PM - Torture Garden (1967) 11:45 PM - Twice-Told Tales (1963) 2:00 AM - Kwaidan (1964) October 31 4:45 AM - Spirits of the Dead (1969) 7:30 AM - Cat People (1942) 9:00 AM - Freaks (1932) 10:15 AM - The Devil Doll (1936) 11:45 AM - Mark Of The Vampire (1935) 1:00 PM - The Devil Bat (1940) 2:15 PM - White Zombie (1932) 3:30 PM - The Body Snatcher (1945) 5:00 PM - Bedlam (1946) 6:30 PM - The Ghoul (1933) 8:00 PM - The Haunted Palace (1963) 9:30 PM - Die, Monster, Die ! (1965) 11:00 PM - The Shuttered Room (1966) 12:45 AM - The Dunwich Horror (1970) 2:30 AM - Blood Feast (1963) 3:45 AM - Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964)

TIPS, SCHEDULES & LINKS:

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TCM October Schedule --> Complete

TCM October Schedule --> Daily

AMC FearFest '08

Netflix Watch Instantly (Watch Now) --> Horror

Monsters HD

HDNet October Schedule

Chiller Schedule

Scream Television Schedule

FOX Movie Channel Schedule --> Skip to the last 2 days of the month.

FearNet

DVD Stalk

IMDB --> Horror

Public Domain Horror Films --> Archive.org (Some are Sci-Fi) -or- PDT


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Provide a link to you list(s) in your signature.
Give reviews. Even if it's just a mini-review, a simple / or one word description.
Increase your coffee consumption.
Insomniac? Use it to your advantage!
Work from home? Ditto.
Cut down on your Internet time. Instead of constantly discussing movies...watch them!
Skip the supplemental material ...there's always November for that!
Boredom setting in? Watch another movie!
ENJOY YOURSELF!


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See this thread.


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The challenge officially begins Wednesday, October 1, 2008 @ Midnight (EST).




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2008 Additions & Revisions


As is usually the case, there's been a few minor changes made to this year's challenge. They are due to your feedback taken from this thread and are the following:
  • New this year is The "31 Films for 31 Days" List to encourage group discussion.

  • Horror documentaries are still allowed, but the "fluff" taken from DVD supplemental material (making of, featurettes, behind the scenes, etc.) no longer count. Some legitimate examples include: "100 Years of Horror", "American Nightmare", "Fear in the Dark" and "Halloween: 25 Years of Terror".

  • Pending your votes, a commentary rule change is a possibility.

  • The Wilds Cards have been doubled to 6.

Yes, I realize everyone doesn't always agree on allowing commentaries, the 40-minute rule, the exclusion of TV shows, etc. But the fact of the matter is it's damn near impossible to satisfy everyone, that's the sole reason the feedback thread was created and your input was taken accordingly.


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The "31 Films for 31 Days" List
NEW

This is an optional subset of the overall challenge. Watch these 31 films on the listed day, with group discussion starting the next morning. Or don't watch them but still join the discussion.

The "31 Films in 31 Days" Thread

-Courtesy of Trevor

Code:
October 1st 
Nosferatu 

October 2nd
Shadow of the Vampire 

October 3rd
Suspiria 

October 4th 
A Nightmare on Elm Street 

October 5th
Night of the Living Dead

October 6th 
The Shining 

October 7th 
Stuart Gordon's Re-Animator 

October 8th 
Creature from the Black Lagoon (chosen by vote) 

October 9th 
The Devil's Rejects (chosen by FusionX) 

October 10th 
Rosemary's Baby 

October 11th
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 

October 12th
Freaks 

October 13th
Friday the 13th 

October 14th 
The Wolf Man (this is October's Full Moon) 

October 15th 
Claw of Terror (aka "Scream Bloody Murder")
YouTube link (chosen by Mister Peepers)

October 16th
Manos: The Hands of Fate (chosen by steelpotato) 

October 17th
The Exorcist 

October 18th
The Invisible Man 

October 19th
Hard (chosen by edwardnortonfan) 

October 20th
April Fool's Day (chosen by wlverinefactor) 

October 21st
John Carpenter's The Thing 

October 22nd
The Evil Dead 

October 23rd
Psycho 

October 24th
The Mummy 

October 25th
The Pit and the Pendulum (chosen by Dimension X) 

October 26th
Horror of Dracula (chosen by Crazee4DVDs) 

October 27th 
The Innocents (chosen by Giles) 

October 28th 
Black Sunday (chosen by Chad)

October 29th
Dracula

October 30th
Frankenstein 

October 31st 
Halloween (1978)

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6 WILD CARDS


RULES

There are 6 wild card options. The wild card can be used for any horror related item, including It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, various halloween Bugs Bunny cartoons, Roseanne or Simpsons Halloween episodes, X-Files or Angel the Series episodes, etc.


-Courtesy of caligulathegod


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The Expanded Checklist/Bingo Card
(Copy & paste into your list.)


Watch one film from every decade of film history.
--- 1890 - (insert film title here)
--- 1900 -
--- 1910 -
--- 1920 -
--- 1930 -
--- 1940 -
--- 1950 -
--- 1960 -
--- 1970 -
--- 1980 -
--- 1990 -
--- 2000 -

Watch a film for each rating:
--- Unrated (pre-MPAA) - (insert film title here)
--- G -
--- PG -
--- PG-13 -
--- R -
--- NC-17 -
--- X (not porn; several horror films were rated X) -
--- Unrated (post-MPAA) -

Watch a film starring:
--- Bela Lugosi - (insert film title here)
--- Lon Chaney Sr. -
--- Boris Karloff -
--- Lon Chaney Jr. -
--- Vincent Price -
--- Peter Cushing -
--- Christopher Lee -
--- Robert Englund -
--- Bruce Campbell -
--- Jamie Lee Curtis -

Watch films in at least two languages other than English.
--- First language, (insert language), (insert title).
--- Second language, (insert language), (insert title).


Watch a film in each of the following subgenres/types:
--- Vampire - (insert film title here)
--- Frankenstein -
--- Werewolf -
--- Mummy -
--- Invisible Man -
--- Ghost/haunting -
--- Witchcraft/satanic/religious -
--- Zombie -
--- Slasher/psycho/homicidal maniac -
--- Monster/creature feature/Godzilla -
--- Documentary -
--- Musical -
--- Spoof/comedy -
--- Revenge -
--- Killer/evil doll -
--- Killer/evil animal -
--- Killer/evil child -
--- Giallo -
--- J horror -
--- MST3K/rifftrax/CT -
--- film and its remake -
--- based on a video game -
--- based on a novel -
--- directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis or Uwe Boll or Ulli Lommel -
--- won an Academy Award -- any category -
--- silent film -
--- Criterion version film -
--- with commentary -
--- film and at least two of its sequels -
--- anthology film -
--- takes place on a holiday -
--- takes place in space -
--- takes place on or under the sea -
--- animated film -
--- called "Night of the ..." -
--- called "Return of the ..." -
--- called "Revenge of the ..." -
--- called "Attack of the ..." -
--- with the words "Living Dead" in the title -

(One film could fill multiple items. Example: Dracula would fill one for decade, rating, actor, vampire, based on novel, and maybe others as well.)
(Use a * to mark first time viewings.)
(Change "---" to "-X-" or some similar mark when you have completed that line item.)
(First one to fill in all the blanks wins a random DVD from Trevor.)

-Courtesy of Trevor ...and more


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New thread started due to length.

Someone remind me to start another and contact a mod when this one gets around the 800 mark.

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[REC] was a great movie. Iw as excited to see the remake "Quarantine," but after seeing [REC] I have a hard time believing they'll be able to top or even make a movie as good as this one was. Plus now I know what people meant when complaining that the trailer for "Quarantine" gives too much away.
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Those hours stopped when I hit 30. Or maybe it was 28? I'll go with 28.4.
Yeah, I'm pretty much the same way. I wish we had this challenge back then. I would have probably been in the Top 10 at least. In fact the year that I turned 30, I spent the first few days of one of my vacation weeks watching most of the Alien Quadrilogy.
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[REC] was a great movie. Iw as excited to see the remake "Quarantine," but after seeing [REC] I have a hard time believing they'll be able to top or even make a movie as good as this one was. Plus now I know what people meant when complaining that the trailer for "Quarantine" gives too much away.
the trailer does give too much away

including

Spoiler:
the very last shot of the victim being dragged into the darkness


word of note, anyone who doesn't want to be given too much detail about the plot, don't read Fango. Needless to say it pretty much negates [REC]'s little twist.
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random observations from page 3 and 4 of the list thread

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7. The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots * Often credited as being the first horror movie, it's a very quick watch and interesting from a historical perspective. I was actually really surprised at how well done the edit was for the decapitation.

18. Le Chaudron Infernal * How could anyone not like Melies? I would say that Melies was easily the first special effect wizard in motion picture industry. He was able to do such remarkable things -- and all in camera! I wouldn't say that is his most wondrous work or anything like that, but it's nice to see something that is more horror rather than the fantasy, comedy stuff he is usually known for.
I agree. Looking to get that Melies boxset once I find a good deal on it.
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Someone can have my spot.....I'm not gonna be able to compete this year.
It's not a competition.
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October 1st
1. Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
___Figured I'd start off with something light to break my fiancee in.
Nice! Is she still onboard the horror train with you?
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OCTOBER 6th
12. Alien I've had heated arguments with my hubby on why Alien is the superior movie and have decided that if I'm the only one that holds that opinion in my household, so be it. This never gets old and is fresh each time that I watch it. I'm not sure whether to classify this as Sci-Fi or horror, so I'll use a wild card.
Superior movie to the sequel? I completely agree. And no need for a wildcard, it definitely counts as Horror.
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October: 4
10. Idle Hands (DVD - 1999 - 92 Min – Color)
"You blew off heaven, to kick it with me."
This movie has always been a guilty pleasure for me, but a guilty pleasure that is validated by the film being truly freakin’ cool! Everything I need in a horror film is here, plus The Offspring cover The Ramones! I’ve had a lot of people watch this, and they all love it. I highly recommend it. And of course, Jessica Alba is always fun to watch. Love that angel costume...

20. Terrified (DVD - 1963 - 85 Min – B&W) *
"I’m your oldest friend…terror!"
Did Eli Roth direct this in a previous life? This is some good torture fluff. Not gratuitous torture, mind you, but the kind where you can see the fear in the victim’s eyes as the situation takes a turn for the worse. This isn’t too bad of a flick. I was entertained the entire time, and the Ken character (played by Rod Lauren) comes across a lot like James Dean. As far as a killer/terror film goes, this one serves it up quite nicely. And the scene where the killer’s identity was revealed played out well. I didn’t see it coming.
Looking forward to seeing Idle Hands again. And thanks for the Terrified description, I'll have to add that to my queue.
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Very stylish and i liked the subtitle effects, but the story is iffy.
You've watched a lot of stuff with this being one of the only "positive" comments. I wish you better luck in the rest of your movies.
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13. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!: I know I'm going to miss her, a tomato ate my sister. B

24. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978): I can't believe I've never seen this before. Really great film, with an awesome cast. A
I still hum that song almost every time I eat a tomato. And I envy your first time experience with IotBS.
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the trailer does give too much away

including

Spoiler:
the very last shot of the victim being dragged into the darkness


word of note, anyone who doesn't want to be given too much detail about the plot, don't read Fango. Needless to say it pretty much negates [REC]'s little twist.
I know, after I saw [REC] I couldn't believe they gave that away in the trailer for "Quarantine." Now everyone who sees the movie isn't going to be shocked, and it's a shame.
Spoiler:
Seeing Angela get dragged away at the end was just heartbreaking, even though I knew it was going to happen because I put two and two together from seeing the trailer from "Quarantine." When I first saw the trailer, I didn't know that was a final shot, I just assumed it happened during a fight scene or something. Now I don't know what they're going to do with it, but if they did indeed use it as their final shot, they need to fire their marketing team.


Fango and Rue Morgue like to spoil movies. It's true. They should be shot.
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word of note, anyone who doesn't want to be given too much detail about the plot, don't read Fango. Needless to say it pretty much negates [REC]'s little twist.
Too late. Unfortunately I made that very mistake and was planning on including it in this challenge. Fango is a great horror publication, but it's probably in ones best interest to wait until after seeing the actual film before reading any of their articles because they've always been bad about spoilers.

And come to think of it, Tony Timpone has been guilty of the same a few times on FANGORIA Radio.
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The Rue Morgue letters section is notorious for spoilers, and Rue Morgue gave away the endings of Hostel 2, Audition, and the MOH episode Pelts. I was pretty pissed when I read that. I love both the magazines, but I try to skip any article about anything I don't want spoiled for me.
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I'm about a day behind in updating my list, just posted yesterday's watches.

I also wanted to take a moment to show my gratitude for this challenge and its participants. I've seen some great films, thanks to many of your comments/write-ups/recommendations. I watched the three shorts (from 1895, 1903, 1910 years) yesterday, and I was so amazed. I'm a movie lover, but stuff like that I wouldn't have looked for if it wasn't for you guys/gals. Feel free to read my take on them.

Well, off to more watching!
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Just a heads up but I watched Return to Sleepaway Camp just now and besides 2 amusing deaths (one w/ a bunkbed, one with a jeep) the film is perhaps the worst horror film I have ever seen.

In no way were the original worth viewing either (well, 1's ending was good).

I see talk of REC on here. Haven't seen it yet but do you mean the trailer for Quarantine ruins a twist in REC or is Quarantine a remake or what? I listened to a trailer at gamestop and it sounded pretty good.

Oh and personally I try and do my watching from home, my work is dead right now so I have the ipod, psp and most of the pc's have dvd players so depending on where I'm at I can always watch a film.
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I just watched The Abominable Dr. Phibes for the first time, and I must say I was quite impressed. Imaginative, ornate set pieces and a wonderful sense of composition are aided by an editing style that is almost abstract at times, helping make the film truly unique within the horror genre. It's hard to believe that this wonderfully inventive, strangely poetic film was released by drive-in schlock peddlers AIP.
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I just watched The Abominable Dr. Phibes for the first time, and I must say I was quite impressed. Imaginative, ornate set pieces and a wonderful sense of composition are aided by an editing style that is almost abstract at times, helping make the film truly unique within the horror genre. It's hard to believe that this wonderfully inventive, strangely poetic film was released by drive-in schlock peddlers AIP.
You're in for more good times then, because the sequel is really good too.

AIP put out some good stuff amidst the schlock. They handled most of Vincent Price's best movies in the 60's, as well as introducing the US to some great Euro-horror (albeit in dubbed form).

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30. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark - Little monsters live in the wall and terrorize the lady that moves in. Could've been good but had a poor ending.
IMO, this is one of the best made-for-tv horror movies of the 70s. For kids who grew up in that era, there are a couple of images that seem to repeatedly seer their way into memory - the Zuni doll from "Trilogy of Terror" and the little demons in this one. I recently rewatched this a couple of months ago, and I was surprised at how well it held up. The demons even looked decent, considering they were really midgets in costumes. Damn shame this doesn't have an official DVD release. Just curious Peepers ... why did you consider the ending poor? I thought it ended on an absolutely chilling note ...
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... with the demons dragging Sally down into the fireplace pit, and help arriving too late. And presumably Sally just disappears from the world, and the husband seals up the fireplace and moves away. And the last scene is a mirror of the first ... sometime later, a new family moves in. And you hear the whispering of the demons, as Sally's disembodies voice joins them. Finally, they break into a horrid laughter as the scene freezes and the credits roll. Damn ... that still sent a chill up my spine. Sure it's a downer, but that comes with the territory in horror. If there was a more conventional ending, I don't think this movie would've made the impact on so many people that it did.

If there's a criticism I have, it's that it seemed a bit contrived to have Sally in the house alone that last night. You'd think she saw (and believed) enough by that point to absolutely not spend a night alone in the house.
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Well I just used my first wild card EVER. I've never used one any other year, since I have well over 100 horror movies in my collection. But I just bought the Charlie Brown box set and watched It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown which I haven't seen since I was a kid. And chose to use one of my wild cards for that.
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I must ask: What movie is REC? (I dread when movies are referred to only by their initials because half the time I can't figure out what flick is being talked about.)
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Chad - You should change your countdown to how many days left until the challenge is over (i.e. get watching!!)... just a thought.

I wish my region free player didn't die. I really wanted to watch the 4 Phantasm movies, I have never seen them before.
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All right, confession time: I have never seen a Hammer Studios film. I know, I know. I think it's because I have never been as drawn to the Dracula, Frankenstein thing. I've always gone a bit more for slashers. Anyway, I'm rectifying that in this challenge. I just got Curse of Frankenstein from Netlix and am excited to watch it.

But I was wondering: What do you all consider the top Hammer films? I want to try to get a good sampling this month, but it will be a good reference for me in the future as well.
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Old 10-08-08, 09:19 PM   #19
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28. Young Frankenstein
Sure, it's only my fourth favorite Mel Brooks movie, but it's still a classic. Also, Teri Garr looked damn good in 1974.
Wow, it's only fourth? It's definitely my favorite although I can understand why Blazing Saddles tops most lists. What are the three Mel Brooks flicks you like better?
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But I was wondering: What do you all consider the top Hammer films? I want to try to get a good sampling this month, but it will be a good reference for me in the future as well.
here's a cheap place to start.
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But I was wondering: What do you all consider the top Hammer films? I want to try to get a good sampling this month, but it will be a good reference for me in the future as well.
The Devil Rides Out; Horror of Dracula.
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All right, confession time: I have never seen a Hammer Studios film. I know, I know. I think it's because I have never been as drawn to the Dracula, Frankenstein thing. I've always gone a bit more for slashers. Anyway, I'm rectifying that in this challenge. I just got Curse of Frankenstein from Netlix and am excited to watch it.

But I was wondering: What do you all consider the top Hammer films? I want to try to get a good sampling this month, but it will be a good reference for me in the future as well.
A few of my favorites are:

Brides of Dracula
Paranoiac
Curse of the Werewolf
Devil Rides Out
Night Creatures

and if you can find it Vampire Circus (I know, silly title) is top notch

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Wow, it's only fourth? It's definitely my favorite although I can understand why Blazing Saddles tops most lists. What are the three Mel Brooks flicks you like better?
Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs and History of the World. Although History of the World and Young Frankenstein could go either way. If I had wrote that yesterday I may have said third instead. I will say Young Frankenstein seems to have more heart than any other Mel Brooks movie. It's got a deeper story mixed in among the silly jokes.
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Just a heads up but I watched Return to Sleepaway Camp just now and besides 2 amusing deaths (one w/ a bunkbed, one with a jeep) the film is perhaps the worst horror film I have ever seen.

In no way were the original worth viewing either (well, 1's ending was good).
See I liked the original ones, the first one was great, the other 2 were just there for a good laugh. My question is: Was Angela a decent sized role, or was it just a cameo?

I got a copy tonight to watch so we'll see.
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As for Hammer films, I'm often a little on the fence with them. Sometimes they're just way too talky for me (I recall it taking over an hour for Frankenstein Created Woman to get going) but I've definetly ran into a few that I've liked. Gonna check out Brides of Dracula some time around next week.

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and if you can find it Vampire Circus (I know, silly title) is top notch
I agree with this choice. Fine film!
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