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The 6th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread***

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Re: The 6th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread

Goal: 31 movies in 31 days.

(Star rating is based on a 5-star scale)

October 2:
1. The Strangers (3.5 stars)
2. The Grudge (2 stars)

October 3:
3. The Grudge 2 (2.5 stars)

October 4:
4. The Grudge 3 (1 star)

October 6:
5. See No Evil (2 stars)

October 10:
6. Splice (3.5 stars)

October 17:
7. Frozen (4 stars)

October 19:
8. 8213: Gacy House (2 stars)

October 22:
9. Paranormal Activity 2 (4.5 stars)

October 24:
10. Altitude (2.5 stars)
11. Saw (3.5 stars)

October 26:
12. The Brazen Bull (1 star)

October 29:
13. Saw VI (3.5 stars)

October 30:
14. Saw 3D (3 stars)

Failed goal by 17 movies.

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Re: The 6th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread

Goal: 50 (Accelerated program at school makes 100+ impossible)

Blue = Repeated viewing
Green = 1st time viewing

Oct 1st
1)Halloween (2007) - This has sort of become a tradition for me by now, to watch the remake at the start of the month and end the month with the original. There is nothing enjoyable in the first hour of the movie. Rob Zombie sure has a lot of buddies he threw into this flick. 3/10
2)Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) - Awwww, let's all feel sympathetic for Leatherface because he grew up being made fun of for having a rare skin disease. I believe this was the first Platinum Dunes remake, so let's all thank them for getting the ball rolling *rolls eyes*. 2/10
3)The Hills Have Eyes (2006) - Loved this one when it first came out, perhaps even more than the original. I give it credit for having balls, how many other horror movies have the guts to show a gun being pointed at an infant? Otherwise, just your typical remake filled with much more blood and gore. 6/10
4)Behind the Mask: Rise of Leslie Vernon -Owned this one for several years, just never got around to watching it. What a mistake! Not only is it a great horror movie, but you learn a lot as well! I think I might be in the wrong business... 7/10

Oct 2nd
5)The Blob (1988) - Let this be a lesson to all the young fellas out there who try to cop a feel off of your gal. Watched for the first time I think two years ago. Love how they desperately attempt to make Dillon's character into a badass the first second he's on screen, complete with leather coat, smoking a cigarette, long hair, and riding a motorcycle. Too much? Anyways, love how Shawnee Smith's character turns into Rambo at the end. Some great effects that still hold up, and the clogged pipe scene is still a classic! 6/10
6)Tremors - Love this one, great monster flick. Great sense of humor, great creature design, and Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward play off each other wonderfully. Just like Jaws made you afraid of going into the water, this movie makes you afraid of stepping on ground? 8/10
7)Alligator - Another creature flick for the day. I guess it's ok despite it's low budget. No star power whatsoever, and all the acting is dry. Loved the scene where the kid gets eaten in the swimming pool though. 4/10
8)The Last Man on Earth - Discovered this one for the first time a few years back. Infinately times better than Smith's I am Legend. I'll go as far as saying it's even better than Night of the Living Dead. This might be my only Vincent Price movie in my entire collection. 8/10
9)Paranormal Activity - Kind of let down with this on. I was expecting much more jump scares, but didn't get one until the end. I didn't hate it, thought it was kind of creepy throughout, but just not enough to be considered frightening. I still like these types of movies though, give me these types of scares over slashers anyday. 6/10
10)Cujo - Didn't watch this one last year, so time to revisit. Generally frightening throughout, and is paced well for a movie about two people stuck in a car for over forty minutes. How did the people who dressed Cujo up in "rabies" wear and tear not win an Oscar for make up effects? Holy cow did it look real! 6/10

Oct 3rd
11)Child's Play - Scariest movie I ever saw as a kid, never was afraid of Jason or Freddy though. I remember going into video stores as a child and being afraid of just seeing Chucky on the VHS covers. Still love it, and still love Dorif's performance. 7/10
12)Maniac Cop - Owned this on dvd a few years ago, didn't like it too much so I sold it, and then just rebought it back for future Oct. challenges. As if Bruce Campbell didn't endure enough shooting the Evil Deads, now he has to endure being thrown around in the back of a moving van. Kind of scary exactly how we are taught to respect authority, and do anything a cop says. 6/10
13)Wishmaster - Besides Hatchet, great to see a movie starring Robert Englund, Tony Todd and Kane Hodder! More funny than scary overall. 5/10
14)Silent Night, Deadly Night - Naughty! Punish! Slightly controversial, but glad to have this in my collection. The unrated footage is obvious and VHS quality, but I'm just glad it's there. Some pretty good kills, and always have a soft spot for holiday themed horror titles. 7/10

Oct 4th
15)Silent Night, Deadly Night III: Better Watch Out! - It's a blind girl vs comatose patient fight to the death! Features one of the worst, most random one-liner in movie history: Right before shooting the killer, a guy says "Is it live? Or is it Memorex?" I just don't get it. There's a lot about this movie that makes no sense whatsoever. For instance, why the first thing you do upon arriving at your boyfriend's grandma's house for christmas is take a bath, or how the killer arrives at grandma's house way before the main characters, despite getting a late start and hitchhiking. Plus, not to mention the whole psychic storyline. This movie really is a chore to watch, and it might be awful to say this, but I envy the main character for being blind so that way I wouldn't have had to sit through this. Bill Moseley acts like a robot the whole movie (not his fault). I'll rate it a 1/10 for the one pair of boobs this movie offers. 1/10
16)Hatchet - Love this one, perfect homage slasher flick to all the 80's slashers. Very stereotypical deformed villain who uses a variety of weapons and his brute strength to dispose of his victims. Even the characters were stereotypes with the survivor girl, black guy, blonde bimbo, etc etc. Loved the nudity, and can't wait for the sequal to see more Tony Todd! 8/10
17)MoH: Deer Woman - Didn't watch any Masters of Horror last year, but decided to use these as my "wild cards". Figured the only time of year I'd be willing to watch these are in October. This is my favorite episode for sure out of season 1, and possibly out of the entire series. John Landis creates a great blend of comedy and horror. Loved the reference to his own horror hit. 7/10

Oct 5th
18)Dracula (1931) - A classic! I think a perfect actor would have Lugosi's eyes, Jack Nicholson's eyebrows and mouth, and Christopher Walken's voice. Probably my second favorite Universal horror after Frankenstein. 9/10
19)Silent Night, Deadly Night IV: Initiation - Ulta-feminism to the max! Severely disappointed in Brian Yuzna, the man who brought us Re-Animator, put this out. Has a lot going on with bugs, rituals, mythology and Clint Howard running around as a homeless henchman. 2/10
20)Cabin Fever - One of my favorites to watch every year. Love the idea behind it, and entering into the nursing profession, I am more afraid of germs than ever! So watching this movie sure doesn't help calm my fears. 7/10
21)MoH: Sick Girl - My second bug themed movie of the night. Interesting story. Oh man, did I hate the main actress's acting, ESPESCIALLY when she talked to her pet bugs. Just incredibly annoying, and almost ruined the entire episode. Misty Mundae is looking hot as always, and actually pulls off a transformation of character at the end. 4/10

Oct 6th
22)Silent Night, Deadly Night V: The Toy Maker - Much better than the previous two movies in the trilogy boxset, but still pretty awful. At least it finally marks the essential return to a christmas themed horror movie. It's Pinocchio meets christmas meets Child's Play. Loved the kid on rollerblades death scene, major laughs there. 4/10
23)Maniac Cop 2 - Boy, did they really turn Cordell into Jason in this one. He gets lit on fire, shot a million times but he just keeps on going. Loved the police station massacre scene, may get crap for this, but I think it rivals the massacre scene out of Terminator. Little more backstory revealed, telling us how exactly Cordell ended up in prison. Cordell also makes a buddy in this film. 5/10

Oct 7th
24)Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence - Almost don't want to qualify this as horror, more of an action movie. However, Cordell is even more "zombified" in this one, so I'll count it. Lame plot, but a cool finale with a flaming Cordell driving and chasing after an ambulance. 3/10

Oct 8th
25)Candyman - Completely forgot how amazing the Philip Glass score is in this movie, might have to purchase the soundtrack. It's really a smart horror movie, audiences really don't know who the real Candyman is. A man dressed as Candyman to scare people, Helen herself, or a true legend? Tony Todd's voice acting is nothing short of amazing and gives the character a real chill down your spine. I found Virginia Madsen covered in blood and removing her clothes during the strip search unusually attractive. 7/10
26)Drag Me to Hell - (BLU RAY) This is a horror movie that's just fun to watch. Great blend of jump scares, gross-outs, and use of background shadows. Story is kind of average, but Raimi makes it work with his creativity and mix of slight humor. 8/10
27)Nude for Satan - Sort of disappointing overall, despite having full frontal nudity at 38 seconds into the movie. I have some american exploitation films, but I believe this might be my first Italian exploitation. Pretty decent for a first time view, liked the whole doppleganger storyline. Wish I had the Dutch release for the unedited version, but I'll take what I can for now. Found myself slightly bored near the end, had to fast forward through some random dancing nudity parts. 4/10

Oct 9th
28)The Evil - Generic name for a pretty unique horror film. One of the better haunted house movies I've watched. Richard Crenna looks great with a beard. Really enjoyed it overall and pleasantly suprised with this title. 7/10
29)The Mummy (1932) -Not much else to say about it, classic Universal horror at its finest. Great set designs, especially for the time era. Bay's costume is marvelous to look at as well. 8/10
30)Cabin Fever 2: Spring Break - An embarassment both to the horror genre and to its predecessor. There is literally nothing redeeming about this movie at all. You know you have a bad movie when the writers think it would be hilarious for the janitor to get revenge at kids by pissing in their punch. Perhaps maybe a teenager would find this hilarious, but it's just repulsive and stupid. It earns a bonus point for having an obvious homage to Irreversible, cameo by Mark Borchardt (WI native from American Movie), some relatively cool music (Ramones, original song from 80's horror Prom Night), and decent animated intro and ending. 1/10
31)Twice Dead - Another great haunted house movie. Pretty sure an old hearse couldn't out-drive a Firebird. Not as good as The Evil, but still has a great 80's vibe to it. Hope to have more time in the challenge next year so that I can watch this back to back with The Evil. 6/10

Oct 10th
32)Fido - Should have purchased this one a long time ago. Great satirical film with many laughs. Part of me wishes it was in black and white to give it even more vintage feel. Dylan Baker is always great. Loved the head coffin bits. Shaun of the Dead is still slightly better. 7/10

Oct 11th
33)Motel Hell - Good concept, but kind of drags in some parts. The gurgling noise of the victims with their vocal cords cut will haunt me for a while though. 4/10
34)Slither -Perfect homage to 80's sci-fi invasion flicks. Great acting all around, and great use of both puppetry and make-up. The humor was appreciated since it doesn't take itself seriously, and fun to pick up on horror homages found throughout the film. 8/10
35)The Lost Boys - Love this film. Let's face it, Keifer Sutherland in this role is a cool character. Only thing holding the score back slightly is Corey Feldman's attempt at being dramatic every line he has. Great soundtrack as well. 8/10

Oct 12th
None today, busy day at school preparing for finals and finishing up a presentation

Oct 13th
Again, nothing. Starting to disappoint myself here

Oct 14th
36)Night of the Living Dead (1968) - Easily in my top 3 zombie movies. A classic that really set the standard. Great acting throughout, and had I actually seen this when it debuted, I think I would be terrified. 9/10
37)Monster Squad - Probably my favorite horror film I discovered as a result of recommendations from other members as part of this challenge, so many thanks! Lots of humor, great creature designs from Stan Winston, and tons of quotables. Really a timeless movie, I can't see myself not liking this as I get older. 7/10

Oct 15th
38)The Watcher - More of a thriller than horror, but gave it a try after a recommendation from a girl in my class. Pretty generic cat and mouse story, and wasn't a fan of the quick editing shots. Keanu Reeves gives the stalest performance I have ever seen. Everything is predictable. 2/10
39)Dolls - Pretty darn sure had I seen this more than 10 years ago, it'd scare my pants off. However, at 23 years old, it's pretty laughable. Love the noises all the dolls make, especially when they're being smacked and thrown around. Definatley low budget, you can see most of the wires, but that's ok. Good 80's cheese. Fun to watch for such a short length. 6/10
40)Splice - (BLU RAY) I consider myself a nerd, so I'm totally into genetics and stuff so I expected to like this movie. It's alright, but I was hoping for a little more supsense/horror later in the film. So does this movie prove males are definately more aggressive than females? 5/10

Oct 16th
41)MoH: Chocolate - Decent concept, appreciated that it was something other than ordinary horror. Loved the nudity! I know I wouldn't mind experiencing a woman's POV every once and a while. The story never really pays off, and the ending is a let down. 4/10
42)Monster House - Best (only?) animated horror film since Nightmare before Christmas. Steve Buscemi's voice is great and fits perfectly as a crotchety old man. Only have on dvd, but great coloring and superb animation. 7/10
43)Deranged - Semi-biographical story of Ed Gein. Kind of creepy throughout, but just didn't hold my attention. I'm pretty sure if you got your ankle caught in a bear trap you would be screaming a LOT louder. 5/10
44)Night of the Demons (1988) - Watched this at a friend's last year, decided I had to have it myself. Great demon/posession story, and very good costume/make up. Of course, loved the full frontal nudity of Linnea Quigley. Angela's dance was something unique. Might have to save this one to watch on Halloween next year. Also, so glad the black guy lived for once. 7/10

Oct 17th
45)Night of the Demons 2 - Doesn't surpass the original, but just as good. Didn't like the new actress playing Angela though, even if she was in demon makeup for a majority of the film. Loved the boob grab gag. A lot more humor than its predecessor. Loved the nudity and the ass-kicking nun. 7/10
46)Slaughter High - And to think I would have never found this movie had it not been for the trailer on the Silent Night, Deadly Night 3-5 trilogy dvd. What a lost gem! It's nothing but a by-the-book slasher, but has some pretty unique kills and decent amount of nudity. The dvd is almost VHS quality though, unfortunately. If I were the killer, I don't think I would wear a hat that jingles everytime I move. 5/10

Oct 18th
47)Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies - Decent follow up, but nothing too exciting. Hated that they brought religion into it. Like the first, has a pretty cool bloodbath near the end. Seems to have a little more sense of humor, like the man who ***** himself, or the woman who craps coins. 4/10
48)Frankenstein (1931) - The best Universal monster movie and one of the most iconic movies of all time. The "It's alive!" sequence, the girl with flowers, and the ending at the windmill are all some of the most historic scenes in cinema history. Love the man vs nature theme, and impresses me more everytime I watch it. 10/10

Oct 19th
49)Critters - What a fun movie this is. The critters are such a simplistic creature design, but effective. Lots of laughs to be had, love the part with the Critter trying to communicate with an ET stuffed animal. 6/10
50)Critters 2 - Love a PG13 horror film with breasts! Even more humor added to this one, the whole scene of the Critters in the burger restaurant is a laugh riot. Glad to see some characters return from the first movie. Unless someone can correct me, it's the only Easter themed horror film that I know of. 6/10
51)Cannibal Ferox - Have to watch this one every once and a while to remind myself what the difference is between this and Cannibal Holocaust. The story is decent, cutting back and forth between the grad student and friends doing research with the natives, and then back in NY where some people are trying to locate another guy that is in the same area of the natives as well. Don't know if I would have bought this film had it not been for the controvery surrounding it. 4/10
52)Ice Cream Man - Not even Clint Howard's goofy face could save this one. The story is literally all over the place, but mostly from the kids' point of view. Perhaps written by a disgruntled ice cream employee? 2/10

Oct 20th
53)The Wolf Man (1941) - Seeing this classic Universal for the first time this year. Good story, and good costuming and makeup for the time. Loved the psychological element added to the storyline. 8/10

Oct 21st
None today, busy studying for last final

Oct 22nd
54)Ghoulies - It's like a darker version of Harry Potter. Who knew that a title with the name like Ghoulies would feature so little of the title characters? I wish I could summon midgets to do my bidding. 4/10
55)Ghoulies 2 - My favorite part is when a little kid gets angry at a ghoulie, and so he pulls a ninja throwing star out of his pants and throws it perfectly at the demon. How many kids have ninja stars in their pants? This movie also confirms my theory that all carnies carry pieces in case things get heavy. The finale is kind of fun, it pokes fun at all the carnival games. Love the part where a ghoulie rams an unconscious girl with a bumper car. 5/10
56)Slumber Party Massacre - Thank you Roger Corman and the folks behind this dvd! Great slasher and has aged well. Loved all the pointless nudity, the zoom in of the buttocks was pretty nice. The killer was truely a psycho in this one. 7/10
57)Poltergeist - (BLU RAY) A childhood favorite of mine, still holds up. Pretty much the only horror film my girlfriend will watch with me since it doesn't scare her and doesn't have any gore. Love the beginning parts, ie the storm and chairs rearranging themselves. 7/10
58)Halloween II (2009) - A different take than the original sequal, and I can respect that. The first 20 minutes I guess you could call an homage to the original. Don't know why Loomis's character was changed to a sell-out, nor do I understand why all the psychology elements with Meyer's mother needed to be included. Still HATE how Rob Zombie writes movies, does he think this is typical dialogue in society? The worst case was the coroners driving Meyer's body in the beginning talking about how sexy a corpse looks. Absolutely cringe-inducing. Also, can't be positive, but pretty sure Rob designed the Brackett house himself (Laurie's room, bathroom, etc) 3/10
59)MoH: Dreams in a Witch House- Can't go wrong with Gordon adapting an H.P. Lovecraft story. Loved the full frontal nudity. The story was pretty good. One of the better entries from Season 1. 7/10

Oct 23rd
60)Slumber Party Massacre II - I kind of liked this one honestly. Something completely different from your average slasher, it's like an hour and a half horror musical. Completely different from the first as well, in that there is only one nudity scene and the killer isn't psychotic, he's actually kinda cool! 6/10
61)Slumber Party Massacre III - And then I get to this entry. Below average slasher with very predictable everything. I expect teens to be stupid in horror films, but these teens were borderline mentally challenged. There's one scene where one teen is getting killed, and two other girls just stand by an adjacent room and watch for like 3 minutes. 3/10
62)From Dusk Till Dawn - Don't know why I waited this long to see this. If any character from any movie ever deserved their own spinoff, it's definately Sex Machine. Hell, that's what they should title the film too, The Sex Machine. All around great movie. Good hour long character development with usual Tarantino-style dialogue, and then buildup to the vampire attack. The effects were great as well as the makeup. All star cast. Where is the blu ray? 8/10

Oct 24th
63)The Stepfather (1987) - The opening scene is truely haunting, loved it! If Jerry really desired a perfect family, I don't see why he married to a woman with a teenage daugther. Of course she's going to hate you, she's a friggin' teenager! They hate everything! Go and marrie a widow with little kids. Anyways, great movie and a great amount of tension throughout. 8/10
64)From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money - What would vampires need to rob a bank for? Man, if Danny Trejo wasn't ugly enough, he tops himself with vampire makeup. Definately some wierd camera shots in this one, like inside the mouth from a vampire biting into a victim? Stupid! 4/10
65)Dawn of the Dead (1978) - (BLU RAY) The best zombie movie ever, end of discussion. First time watching the blu ray copy, and it actually looks great! You can actually see Francine's nipple while she's in bed, on dvd, it was just completely obscured by shadow. I think I could watch this all day and never get tired of it. 10/10
66)Hellraiser - I wonder how loyal my fiance is? I would like to think she would be willing to drag unsuspecting men home for me to use their skin in order to reform myself and live again. Not much I can add about this movie, it's a classic. 9/10
67)The Strangers - I loved the first 30 minutes, especially the parts where Liv Tyler is alone. Once her boyfriend comes back though, it falls apart. Too many horror cliches start to occur at that point. 6/10

Oct 25th
68)Hellraiser 2: Hellbound - Good follow up that a lot of fans like, but I prefer to stick to the original. This sequal gets a little too complex for me, exploring more of the mythology of the cube and even Pinhead's origin to some extent. Wasn't a fan of the whole labyrinth, nor the new Cenobite doctor. Glad that it's a true sequal in that most characters from the first return. 6/10
69)Nightmare On Elm Street (2010) - (BLU RAY) Saw this when it was in theaters, first time viewing since then, and my opinions havn't changed much. Typical remake horror in that it relies exclusively on jump scares. All the teens in this one are completely dry. The CG looked terrible, especially for the wall scene. 4/10

Oct 26th
70)The Fly (1986) -2nd greatest horror remake of all time, next to Carpenter's The Thing. Love the tagline: "Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid." Goldblum is perfect in this role, and I honestly see him being like his character in real life (intellectual, curious). Just imagine how horrible the Brundlefly would look today if done in CGI. Thank you 80's! 9/10
71)Phantasm - A unique horror movie and truely a favorite of mine, easily in my top 5. The theme is really awesome as well. Tall Man is a horror icon that deserves more recognition. 10/10

Oct 27th
72)Phantasm II - Decent sequal. Picks up right after the first one leaves off, so that's cool. Otherwise it's just a 2-man army hunting the Tall Man type of movie. Hated the psychic connection storyline though. 6/10
73)Nightmare Before Christmas - I remember when this first came to home video (VHS days), I was at a sleep over at a friend's and was given the choice to either watch this or Cabin Boy....and I chose Cabin Boy. Well, since then my tastes have matured and I still live with that bad decision in my life. 10/10
74)MoH: Haeckel's Tale - Should have been called Orgy of the Dead. It's a Clive Barker tale, so you know it's going to be somewhat disturbing. Liked the references to Frankenstein throughout. 4/10

Oct 28th
None today, busy typing a paper and early day tomorrow

Oct 29th
75)Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead - Cool how the original cast was all brought back, although...not really. For half the film, it's just Reggie following the trail and gaining new sidekicks. Nothing special here, hated the kid and the numbchuck gal. 5/10
76)Dog Soldiers - Great werewolf movie, can't believe I waited this long to see it. The werewolf costumes weren't the best, but didn't distract at all. Good storyline, kept me involved the whole time. 7/10
77)The Human Centipede (First Sequence) - DUMB! Director was going for pure shock value, and I think he succeeded. Word of mouth of this movie spread very quick. Nothing too disturbing in the movie for me, worst part was seeing an IV ripped out. As a health care worker, that's definately cringe-worthy. One complaint about the dvd itself was that english subtitles didn't come on automatically during the German language parts. Took me a long time before I realized I had to turn them on myself. 2/10

Oct 30th
78)In the Mouth of Madness - As if I didn't hate reading books already, now I have a reason to fear them. Completely underrated Carpenter movie, I totally loved this one. Took me a few viewings to fully understand everything that's going on. Sam Niel is great, as well as John Glover's small role. Great effects and creature design. 8/10
79)American Psycho - (BLU RAY) In my top 5 horror movies easily. So many great things about this movie, don't know where to start. Every time I watch it, I find myself identifying with Patrick Bateman more and more. 10/10
80)Evil Dead - (BLU RAY) Wow, what a difference in picture quality for the blu ray. Classic, again in my top 5 horror movies. I think Bruce Campbell got put through more punishment from Sam Raimi in these movies than Rocky Balboa. 10/10
81)Pumpkinhead - Only thing I disliked about this movie was all of the teenagers' attempts at dramatic acting. Great creature movie. What's the price you'll pay for vengeance? Stan Winston will always be immortal, RIP. 7/10

Oct 31st
82)Slaughter Hotel - My second sleazy European slasher. Typical "who's the killer" slasher, just with a lot of added nudity. 6/10
83)Trick 'R Treat - (BLU RAY) - Great anthology! Will save this one for Halloween every year. 8/10
84)Psycho (1960) - (BLU RAY) - I'd like to take this time to thank Ed Gein for inspiring the horror genre to a great degree. Nothing much more to add that hasn't been said. Perfect film. 10/10
85)Phantasm IV: Oblivion - Usually I wouldn't save this for Halloween, but wanted to finish the whole series this year. Honestly, I hated this one and easily the most boring out of the sequals. Tons of lost footage from the first movie is used here, which is kind of cool I guess. I found the story hard to understand, but maybe it was because the film didn't hold my attention for very long. 3/10
86)The Exorcist - (BLU RAY) - Again, not much to add here. Perfect horror movie and love all the religious themes. 10/10
87)Suspiria - Forgot how perfect this film is. Brilliant use of colors, almost like a nightmare. The score is great too, love that pulsating beat. 10/10
88)Halloween (1978) - (BLU RAY) Do I need to say anything? Best horror film ever made. The score is genious, and every shot in the entire film is brilliant. 10/10

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Re: The 6th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread

2005 -- 85
2006 -- 134
2007 -- 128
2008 -- 98
2009 -- 67

*= first-time views

October 1
1. Drag Me To Hell (2009) * 4/5
2. Bitten (2008)* 2/5
3. From Beyond (1986)* 3/5
4. The Brides of Dracula (1960)* 4/5
October 2
5. Horror of Dracula (1958)* 4/5
6. Daughters of Satan (1972)* 3/5
7. Psychomania (1971)* 2/5
8. Terror Circus (1974)* 2/5
9. The Dunwich Horror (1970)* 3/5
10. Jennifer's Body (2009)* 3/5
11. Masters of Horror: The Damned Thing (2006)* 3/5
October 3
12. Masters of Horror: Family (2006)* 3/5
13. Masters of Horror: The V Word (2006)* 2/5
14. Re-Animator (1985) 5/5
15. Hostel (2005) 4/5
16. Hostel II (2007)* 3/5
October 4
17. Corpse Bride (2005)* 4/5
18. Masters of Horror: Sounds Like (2006)* 4/5
19. Masters of Horror: Pro-Life (2006)* 3/5
20. Paranormal Activity (2007)* 4/5
October 5
21. Masters of Horror: Pelts (2006)* 2/5
22. Masters of Horror: The Screwfly Solution (2006)* 3/5
23. The Uninvited (2009)* 3/5
24. Dead Snow (2009)* 4/5
October 6
25. House of the Devil (2009)* 5/5
26. Zombiemania (2008) 5/5
27. Cat People (1943) 5/5
28. The Curse of the Cat People (1944) 5/5
October 7
29. Masters of Horror: Valerie on the Stairs (2007)* 3/5
30. Masters of Horror: Right to Die (2007)* 4/5
31. Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever (2009)* 2/5
32. The Toolbox Murders (1978)* 3/5
October 8
33. The Virgin Spring (1960)* [wildcard] 5/5
34. The Last House on the Left (1972) 4/5
35. The Last House on the Left (2009)* 4/5
36. Plague of the Zombies (1966)* 3/5
37. The Devil's Bride (1968)* 4/5
October 9
38. Masters of Horror: We All Scream for Ice Cream (2007)* 3/5
39. The Reptile (1966)* 3/5
40. The Gorgon (1964)* 2/5
41. Let's Kill Uncle (1966)* 4/5
October 10
42. Survival of the Dead (2009)* 3/5
43. Zombies of Mass Destruction (2009)* 2/5
44. Tombs of the Blind Dead (1971)* 3/5
45. Return of the Evil Dead (1973)* 4/5
46. Ghost Ships of the Blind Dead (1974)* 2/5
October 11
47. Night of the Seagulls (1975)* 3/5
48. Masters of Horror: The Black Cat (2007)* 4/5
49. Zombieland (2008) 4/5
50. Tormented MST3K 4/5
October 12
51. I Walked With a Zombie (1943) 5/5
52. The Body Snatcher (1945) 5/5
53. Fido (2006)*
October 13
54. Smash Cut (2009)* 2/5
55. Masters of Horror: The Washingtonians (2007)* 2/5
56. Masters of Horror: Death Cruise (2007)* 3/5
October 14
57. My Name is Bruce (2007)* 3/5
58. The House of 9 (2005)* 2/5
59. Killer Pad (2009)* 1/5
60. The American Nightmare (2000)* 4/5
61. American Nightmare (1983)* 2/5
October 15
62. Bad Biology (2008)* 1/5
63. The Mummy (1959)* 5/5
64. The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964)* 2/5
65. The Mummy's Shroud (1967)* 3/5
October 16
66. When a Stranger Calls (1979) 4/5
67. When a Stranger Calls Back (1993) 3/5
68. I Dismember Mama (1974)* 1/5
October 17
69. The Gore Gore Girls (1972)* 2/5
70. Paranoia 1.0 (2006)* 4/5
71. Isle of the Dead* (1945) 3/5
72. Bedlam* (1946) 3/5
October 18
73. The Leopard Man (1943)* 3/5
74. The Ghost Ship (1943)* 2/5
October 19
75. The Seventh Victim (1943)* 5/5
76. Shadows in the Dark: The Val Lewton Story (2005)* 4/5
October 20
77. Tremors (1990)* 4/5
78. Tremors 2 (1996)* 3/5
79. Tremors 3 (2001)* 2/5
October 21
80. The Thing From Another World w/commentary (1951) 5/5
81. The Thing w/commentary (1982) 5/5
82. Do You Like Hitchcock? (2005)* 2/5
October 22
83. Frankenstein (1931) 5/5
84. Bride of Frankenstein (1935) 5/5
85. Gods and Monsters (1998) [wildcard] 4/5
86. X The Unknown (1956)* 3/5
87. Five Million Years to Earth (1968)* 3/5
October 23
88. Scream (1996) 4/5
89. Scream 2 (1997) 4/5
90. Scream 3 (2000) 3/5
91. The Wolf Man (1941) 5/5
92. Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1942) 4/5
93. An American Werewolf in London* (1981) 3/5
94. I Was a Teenage Werewolf [MST3K]
October 24
95. Don't Look Now (1973) 5/5
96. Orgy of the Dead (1965)* 1/5
97. The Stink of Flesh (2005)* 2/5
98. Alligator (1980) 4/5
99. Piranha (1978) 3/5
100. The Exorcist (1972) 5/5
October 25
101. The Silence of the Lambs (1990) 5/5
102. Freaks (1932) 4/5
103. Tod Browning's 'Freaks': The Sideshow Cinema (2004)* 4/5
104. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) 5/5
October 26
105. The Fly (1986) 5/5
106. The Devil's Backbone (2001)* 4/5
107. Near Dark (1987) 4/5
October 27
108. Halloween: The Inside Story (2010)* 5/5
109. Isolation (2005)* 3/5
110. Attack of the Eye Creatures (MST3K) 4/5
October 28
111. Carriers (2009)* 3/5
112. The Hunger (1982) 3/5
113. Soultaker (MST3K) 4/5
114. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) 5/5 [wildcard]
October 29
115. Zombie Nightmare (MST3K) 3/5
116. The Crazies (1973)* 3/5
117. The Crazies (2010)* 3/5
118. Night of the Blood Beast (MST3K) 4/5
October 30
119. The Walking Dead (1936) 3/5
120. Suspiria (1977) 4/5
121. Opera (1987)* 3/5
122. Mad Love (1936) 4/5
123. The Brute Man (MST3K) 4/5
October 31
124. Wolf Creek (2005)* 1/5
125. The Wicker Man (1973) 4/5
126. Bubba Ho-Tep (2003) 5/5
127. Peeping Tom (1960) 5/5
128. Halloween (1978) 5/5
129. The Walking Dead "Days Gone Bye"/Modern Family "Halloween"*
130. Evil Dead (1981) 4/5

Total Watched: 130 (second highest ever)
First-time Views: 65%

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Re: The 6th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread

Think I'm going for 100 this year.

October 1st
1. Black Sunday (1960)
2. Black Sabbath (1963)

October 2nd
3. Kill, Baby...Kill! (1966)
4. Lisa & the Devil (1974)
5. House of Exorcism (1974)
6. Baron Blood (1972)

October 3rd
7. Bay of Blood (1971)
8. 5 Dolls For An August Moon (1970)
9. The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

October 4th
10. Supernatural: Sympathy for the Devil/Good God, Y'all *
11. Supernatural: Free to Be You and Me/The End *
12. Supernatural: Fallen Idols/I Believe the Children Are Our Future *

October 5th
13. Supernatural: The Curious Case of Dean Winchester/Changing Channels *
14. Supernatural: The Real Ghostbusters/Abandon All Hope... *
15. Supernatural: Sam, Interrupted/Swap Meat *

October 6th
16. Supernatural: The Song Remains the Same/My Bloody Valentine *
17. Supernatural: Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid/Dark Side of the Moon *
18. Supernatural: 99 Problems/Point of No Return *

October 7th
19. Supernatural: Hammer of the Gods/The Devil You Know *
20. Supernatural: Two Minutes to Midnight/Swan Song *
21. Misterios de ultratumba (1959)

October 8th
22. I Walked With a Zombie (1943)
23. The Body Snatcher (1945)

October 9th
24. Nosferatu (1979)
25. The Curse of the Crying Woman (1963)

October 10th
26. The Leopard Man (1943)
27. The Ghost Ship (1943)

October 11th
28. Cat People (1943)
29. Curse of the Cat People (1944)

October 12th
30. Isle of the Dead (1945)
31. Bedlam (1946)

October 13th
32. Mark of the Vampire (1935) *
33. The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932) *

October 14th
34. Phantasm (1979)
35. The Witchs' Mirror (1962)
36. The Man and the Monster (1959) *

October 15th
37. Doctor X (1932) *
38. The Return of Dr. X (1939) *
39. Mad Love (1935) *

October 16th
40. The Devil Doll (1936) *
41. Phantasm II (1988)
42. Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994)
43. Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998)
44. Castle of Blood (1964)

October 17th
45. MST3K: Indestructible Man (1956)
46. MST3K: Tormented (1960)
47. MST3K: Horrors of Spider Island (1960)
48. MST3K: The Giant Spider Invasion (1975)
49. MST3K: The Killer Shrews (1959)

October 18th
50. Demons (1985)
51. The Black Cat (1941)
52. Man Made Monster (1941)
53. Horror Island (1941)
54. Night Monster (1942)
55. Captive Wild Woman (1943)

October 19th
56. The Return of Dracula (1958) *
57. The Vampire (1957) *
58. Whip and the Body (1963)

October 20th
59. Blood Feast (1963)
60. City of the Dead (1960)
61. Brainiac (1961) *
62. Fright Night (1985)

October 21st
63. The Mummy (1959)
64. Blood of the Virgins (1967)
65. Dead Ringers (1988)
66. The 7th Victim (1943)

October 22nd
67. Santo & Blue Demon vs. Dracula & the Wolfman (1973)
68. The Cremator (1969)
69. Don't Look Now (1973)
70. From Beyond (1986)
71. The Tingler (1959)
72. Die, Monster, Die! (1965)
73. The Dunwich Horror (1970)

October 23rd
74. Hour of the Wolf (1968)
75. The Mist (2007)
76. Drag Me To Hell (2009)
77. Ginger Snaps (2000)
78. Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed (2003)
79. At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul (1963)
80. This Night I'll Possess Your Soul (1966)

October 24th
81. Shaun of the Dead(2004)
82. The Fog (1979)
83. The Brood (1979)
84. Tombs of the Blind Dead (1971)
85. Return of the Evil Dead (1973)
86. The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)

October 25th
87. The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964)
88. Piranha(1978) *
89. She Killed in Ecstasy (1970)
90. Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) *

October 26th
91. Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1968)
92. Taste the Blood of Dracula (1969)
93. Scars of Dracula (1970)
94. The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) *
95. Fascination (1979) *
96. The Mummy's Shroud (1967) *

October 27th
97. The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue(1974) *
98. The Gorgon (1964)
99. Scream of Fear (1961)
100. Rabid Dogs (1974)

October 28th
101. The Plague of the Zombies (1966) *
102. Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981) *

October 29th
103. MST3K: Werewolf (1996)

October 30th
104. Spider Baby (1968)
105. Psycho(1960)
106. Requiem for a Vampire (1971) *
107. MST3K: Soultaker (1990)
108. MST3K: Zombie Nightmare (1986)
109. Onibaba (1964)

October 31st
110. Bram Stoker's Dracula(1992) *
111. The Omega Man(1971) *
112. Burnt Offerings (1976)
113. The Devil's Backbone (2001)
114. Suspiria (1977)
115. Cat People(1982)
116. The Thing(1982)
117. Halloween(1978)

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*First time Viewing

Red - Theater
Blue -Blu Ray
Black - DVD
Orange - Download File
Green - DVR
Turquoise- YouTube
Purple - TV


1. Hatchet 2*
Kicked off the challenge at the movies. Danielle Harris was at the theater for a midnight opening and sat with the audience. Very good slasher flick like the original. Its the first time in 25 years a movie gets release uncut and unrated. It didn't disappoint. Nice way to begin.

2. Frozen*
Nice thriller. The guy jumping and seeing his legs bugle made it painful

3. Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever*
Decent horror flick. Very blooding

4. Splice*
Kind of like species but done better. Adrian Brody must have felt weird getting caught in the act.

5. Wolf Creek*THEME NIGHT
Slow moving but picked up second half. I enjoyed it this time around.

6. The Breed* Theme Night
These dogs were well trained for this. They had me entertained.

7. Black Sheep* Theme Night
Kind of silly seeing humans turn to sheep. Reminds me of the howling

8. Rogue* Theme Night
Boring. Nothing got me interested or excited.

9. Piranha (1978)* Theme Night
Liked this when I was kid and still like it now.

10. The Human Centipede *
Interesting sick insane movie. The old man very creepy.

11. End Of Days
I liked this movie before and loved it more this time around. Good action horror at its best..There is really no dull moment. Had me jumpy a few times too. Arnie is good fighting the devil off

12. Lord of illusions
I went to see this in the theater when it first came out. I don't know what I was thinking. Nothing really going on here. Awful

13. House on Haunted Hill*
I put it on for a few seconds to see how this movie was. From the first scream and Vincent introducing the characters got me to watch it that same night. Very nice classic film with some spooky moments at times. Liked the twist with his wife.

14. Let me in*
This was far better than I expected. I think it beats the original. The acting was great from the lil girl of Kick-ass. I like the scene when the kid cuts himself and she goes crazy not to suck his blood.

15. Dead Snow* SUBSET LIST
This had it all. Plenty of gore, comedy, hot chicks and crazy killing zombies. I like the second half of the movie when it picks up. The guy holding the zombie guts from the cliff was awesome.

16. Going To Pieces*
Very Very good Documentary. So many slasher movies I"ve heard but never seen. I have to look for them. Nice to know all the facts of Halloween and Friday the 13th.

17. Swamp Thing*
This remind me so much of a mix of toxic avenger and the creature of the black lagoon. Add that with some friday the 13th type of music. Ok movie

18. House of the Dead*
Buddy of mine told me of this. Also all the hype here made really want to watch this soon. I love the 80's theme which is done real well. The movie is a great build up toward the end. The guy asking about if your the babysitter and what happen next shocked me. wow

19. Sorority Row*
Ok film. Looked like a copy of urband lengend and i know what you did last summer. Some cute girls in it.

20. The Slumber Party Massacre*
A good 80's slasher flick which was stupid showing the killers face from the get-go but I enjoyed it.

21. The Book of Blood*
I like some Clive Barker, Eventhough plenty don't. I went in thinking this movie I wouldn't like. Turns out it enjoyed this one from the start. I like the paranormal and hearing the dead theme.

22. After.Life*
This mystery thriller was interesting. Has a buried alive feel to it. Christina Ricci was nude alot . I like seeing Justin Long in horror movies. Can't say enough about Liam Nesson as an actor. Christina signed my copy


23. The Horror Vault 3*

5 stories of horror. The only one I kind of enjoyed was with the zombies in office. Also the guy torturing his daughters killer. The rest was Blah. The last story in b&w with the gothic element sounded good but 10 mins in, I was hoping it to end quick.

24. When a killer calls*

Asylum film company is not popular here. I can see why. This looks like a made for tv film. The killer didn't scare me. Plus so much unnecessary phone ringing it was getting to me.

25. Halloween(Rob Zombie's)
Met Rob at night. Came home and decide it was fitting I play his movie since he signed it and was a hell of a cool guy. Still love this movie from the start to end

26. Blood Night The legend of Mary Hatchet*
Was curious about this since Danielle Harris stars in it. Started out great. Middle was dragging introducing so many characters. The last few minutes made it an ok movie.

27.Thirteen Ghosts(2001)
I ended up liking it this time around. Sure its not like the original but the ghosts in this look more horrific. The sound of the movie thru my home theater system has a very good effect.

28. Someone's watching me*
A very good suspenseful movie done well John Carpenter. A Few movies have follow this theme.

29. Do You like Hitchcock?*
From the beginning I was hooked. Dario Argento doesn't disappoint in this one. I like the Hitchcock references. The running away bike scene in the rain was intense.

30. Suicidegirls Must Die!*
Has its shocking moments. This is movie came to me as a cross between MTV's real world vs. The Blair Witch. Didn't like the ending

31. Phenomena* Theme night
One of the best Dario Argento movies. The opening scene keep you interested thru out. It drag in the middle a little but the last 15 mins is awesome.

32. The Card Player* Theme Night
With a game to be played and showing his victims before killing them, this had the elements of Jigsaw (Saw). Good idea and a nice twist at the end.

33. House on Haunted Hill
This was awful to watch. Didn't like this remake at all.

34. Suspiria*
Great 70's horror build up movie. The sound and creepy moments make this a classic. I wanted a better ending though.

35. Burning Bright*
A few people mention this movie here- about a tiger in a locked inside a house during a storm with a girl and brother. Glad I watched it. Didn't think a tiger movie will keep me on the edge to see what happens next. That scene on the duct was intense.


36. Zombieland*
I Like comedy horror and this one was worthwhile. The Ghostbuster reference was great. Woody was funny.

37. Scream Awards*
Nice seeing Sigourney Weaver come out to that alien pod. Scream 4 looks good from the preview.

38. Night of Demons *2009
Fun movie withe jumpy moments. The scene where a women puts her lipstick in her chest and out her vag was wow. I think like this more than the original

39. 2001 Maniacs *
Killing each character in a different way was good. Much better than I anticipated.

40. Army of Darkness *
The skeleton fighting with Bruce Cambell face is priceless. Those skeletons were funny with their one liners.

41. Lost Boys: The Thirst *
Didn't enjoyed it so much. What I did like was the many references and flashbacks of the first movie.

42. Behind the Mask :The Rise of Leslie Vernon
Much better the 2nd time. Like the fact they had Freddy*( Robert Englund), Jason (Kane Hodder) and others make guest appearances. The story is great and anybody who is a horrors should see this.

43. Return To House On Haunted Hill
Was waiting to get to this cause of the different storyline you chose and help determine the characters fate. Think I did bad because only one left the house, Amanda

44. Saw 3D *
Story wasn't great, except for the pay off in the end. 3D effects didn't help the movie either. Some nice traps. The Car trap with Linkin Park singer was great.

45. Harvest of Fear *
Decent Slasher movie..

46. Tales from the Darkside: The Movie *
All 3 stories where good. like the last one especially with the creature. Also the kid telling the stories and ending it was also great.

47. Deadlands 2 Trapped *
Some of the scenes was to weak and dark. It had its moments.

48. Embrace of the Vampire
Mediocre sexy thriller. Nice seeing Alyssa Milano and Jennifer Tilly in this one.

49. Psycho
Ahhh very nice on blu..
50. Hellraiser
Can't remember to much but I dig this one
51. Halloween
Classic all the time
52. Halloween 2
Haven't seen this in forever. Surprise at how much I forgot about the story. Theme music sounded different
53. Halloween 3
I appreciate this more than when I was little. nice horror film..The sons is catchy and must have played 20 times in the movie lol
54. Martyrs *
This movie is very outthere..Plenty gore and torture. a mix of saw,hostel and high tension.
55. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Still holds up good. Jessica Biel can't look any hotter in this
56. The Walking Dead*
This had a feel to the 28 days series. Very quite and slow moving..The eating of the horse was unreal. wow. Looking forward to seeing this play out.


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Re: The 6th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread

My first attending year, I shall give it the old college try. Goal = 60
For movies I haven't seen before look for one of these in red *
For movies I watch with my wife look for one in blue *

October 1st

I Spit On Your Grave (aka Day Of The Woman) (1978) (VHS)*
My Thoughts: While not as brutal as my 15 year old self remembers this is still an intense movie and something you will never forget. From the very moment I saw that sticker across her butt on the cover I knew I had to buy it. Also the carpet in her house is awesome, where can I get red shag carpeting?
(4 out of 5)
My Wife's Thoughts: "I am going to always cary a gun from now on". "OK, take the shower and kill them". "I like scary movies not terrifying ones. Kitton does not want to go to work tomorrow, all the guys will attack me".
(3.5 out of 5)

From Beyond (1986) (DVD)
My Thoughts: This title had been on my too watch list for some time before it's DVD release due mainly to the cast. I was initially disappointed with this title but here on my second viewing it did grow on me. I mean you get Barbara Crampton being touched inappropriately by a monster, Jeffery Combs eating brains through eye sockets and... Ken Foree.
(3.5 out of 5)
Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) (DVD)
My Thoughts: Public domain title I picked up at Wal-Mart years ago for a buck. When considering the plot it is a bit ridiculous: Dracula commissions a super bubonic plague to destroy mankind (his food stock). But the addition of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushishing and the slight accents of the cast make it seem much classier (plus there are plenty of British boobs).
(3 out of 5)

October 2nd

Tales From The Crypt Season 2: Korman's Kalamity (1990) (DVD)**
My Thoughts: A decent episode, nothing too special. I have always found the girl who played the love interest appealing (Cynthia Gibb).
(3 out of 5)
My Wife's Thoughts: "Not that great because know the answer already". (She just didn't like it because the wife was the villain)
(2.5 out of 5)
Blade: House of Chthon (2006) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: Probably wouldn't have picked this up if I had known it was a feature length pilot to a tv series. It was acceptable tv level production and made me receptive of the idea of obtaining the series at some point if the price is right. Blade is a lot less bad ass in this adaptation, however.
Sisters (1973) (DVD)
My Thoughts: Rear Window meets Basket Case minus the basket. A fantastic thriller, I often look out my window in the vain hope I will get mixed up in a murder mystery such as this. And the use of split screen is phenomenal, it should be used more often.
(4.5 out of 5)
Howling III: The Marsupials (1987) (DVD)
My Thoughts: Easily the widest variety of Werewolves in any movie, all the way from Zombie-Werewolves to Nun-Werewolves. Also look for a Nilbog moment in the funnest of the Howling series.
(3.5 out of 5)

October 3rd
Piranha (1978) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: Widely noted at Spielberg's favorite Jaws rip off but mine has always been Blades (of course thats more of a spoof than a rip off). I say not bad, decent fish flick.
(3.5 out of 5)
My Wife's Thoughts: "So far great, scary, I won't eat fish anymore". (Which is a lie. She is Japanese and if given the choice would eat only fish). "Need something changed that ending".
(3.5 out of 5)

The Ghoul (1933) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: Whenever I see Karloff all I can think is Frankenstein. In this film he plays a Mummy-esk character and it is actually pretty entertaining, some of the comedy still plays 77 years later.
(3.5 out of 5)
Tales From The Crypt Season 2: Lower Berth (1990) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: One of the best Tales from the Crypt episodes. This is one of the few episodes I remember seeing as a kid, now wither that is due to them playing it over and over again or it making an impression is a mater of speculation. Got to love origin stories.
(4.5 out of 5)
My Wife's Thoughts: "What are you doing? Serious, don't put that on the internet... thats a good story". "So far Spit On The Grave is the best, so far".
(3.5 out of 5)

October 4th
The Irrefutable Truth About Demons (2000) (iPod Touch)
My Thoughts: Surprisingly good demon fair. Reminds me of that old USA/SYFY show G vs E. That being said I think this would have made a better show.
(4 out of 5)
Phantasm (1977) (DVD) *
My Thoughts: Obviously a classic. Every time I watch it I still get that feeling like I am a kid discovering it for the first time.
(5 out of 5)
My Wife's Thoughts: "Very Mysterious". "I just wondering where is that come from, the ball". "Scared, can't go to bed"(<-In Japanese) "Unrealistic, crazy movie".
(4.5 out of 5)

Horror Hotel (1960) (Via The Net) *
My Thoughts: Wow a lot of good black and whites, lately. Lot of the same themes as Wicker Man so if that was your kind of movie this one is defiantly recommended.
(4 out of 5)

October 5th

Cannibal Apocalypse(1980) (DVD)
My Thoughts: Vietnam vets with contagious cannibalism on the run from the cops. Great premies but unfortunately it doesn't live up to it's title.
(2.5 out of 5)
The Grudge (Audio Commentary)(2004) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: I actually have the Unrated Director's Cut but in a stroke of genius the studio decided to have completely different feature sets on both releases. So when I finally saw this at BL for $3 I jumped on it for the SMG commentary. Some of my favorite commentaries are from US actors on an foreign production and this one doesn't disappoint; lots of info about Japan and SMG is infectiously likable.
(4 out of 5)
Piranha (2010) (Theater) **
My Thoughts: I was resistant at the thought of this one but I have got to say it does surpass the original. There are some inspired choice of actors and the movie was filled with blood and boobs, can't wait for the unrated version.
(4 out of 5)
My Wife's Thoughts: "I like that one better than last Piranha". "Kitton going to listen to whatever police officer said". "Poor PeePee".
(4.5 out of 5)

October 6th

The Strangler (1964) (DVD) *
My Thoughts: A mildly entertaining murder flick. There are some interesting Mommy issues that make it feel like a Something Weird video release, or that could be just that the main actor is the man from the Mad Butcher.
(2 out of 5)
Night of the Living Bread (1990) (VHS)
My Thoughts: This spoof of Night of the Living Dead with Killer Tomato style effects is a stupid but fun student film included in the Special Collector's Edition Elite release of Night of the Living Dead. It is the only reason I have not given up this particular vhs tape.
(2.5 out of 5)
It's Alive (1974) (DVD)
My Thoughts: I am a big Larry Cohen fan and while this one is not his best it is still a great formula monster flick. But for some reason I always get sleepy while watching it..
(3.5 out of 5)
Ugly Americans Season 1: Better Off Undead (2010) (TV) *
My Thoughts: This is the third episode of this series I have seen and I am really liking it. Excellent use of horror themes in an animated comedy.
(4 out of 5)

October 7th
X-Files Season 2: Humbug (1995) (DVD) *
My Thoughts: I enjoyed this episode, it has Basket Case overtones and I thought would really complement going to the fair this year. Unfortunately they didn't have the freak booth with the Fiji-mermaid that they had the last time I went .
(3.5 out of 5)
My Wife's Thoughts: "Thats not that good and thats not anything related to fair". "Yeah, X-Files more mysterious, that one just unbelievable unrealistic compared to other X-File".
(2.5 out of 5)

It's Alive 2: It Lives Again (1978) (DVD)
My Thoughts: I like this take on the subject material better than the first but being a sequel they are obligated to have much more of the monster(s) and that doesn't always work well.
(3.5 out of 5)
Phantasm 2 (1988) (DVD) *
My Thoughts: While not quite as good as I remember from my youth (and aside from the Mike recast and the casting off of the quad shotgun) this is still a very satisfying sequel. I do wish the DVD had an audio commentary though, almost seems like a waste of an upgrade.
(4 out of 5)
My Wife's Thoughts: "Reggie is good but... too ordinary ending, can guess the ending, I guess exactly what happened". What did you think about that gun? I like that fire one better, I think I can make that, I like to use the torch to make sushi".
(3 out of 5)

Continued In Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 & Part 5

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Re: The 6th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread

1-Scarecrows (1988/Dir: William Wesley/83 mins)
2-The Helter Skelter Murders (1970/Dir: Frank Howard/84 mins)
3-Crypt of Dark Secrets (1976/Dir: Jack Weis/71 mins)
4-The Zodiac Killer (1971/ Dir: Tom Hanson/87 mins)
5-Poor Pretty Eddie (1975/Dir: Chris Robinson & David Worth/92 mins)
6-Horror of Dracula (1958/Dir: Terence Fisher/82 mins)
7-The Brides of Dracula (1960/Dir: Terence Fisher/85 mins)
8-Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966/Dir: Terence Fisher/90 mins)
9-Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968/Dir: Freddie Francis/92 mins)
10-Sleepy Hollow (1999/Dir: Tim Burton/105 mins)
11-The Silence of the Lambs (1991/Dir: Jonathan Demme/118 mins)
12-Gremlins (1984/Dir: Joe Dante/106 mins)
13-Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990/Dir: Joe Dante/106 mins)
14-Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972/Dir: Alan Gibson/96 mins)
15-Army of Darkness (1992/Dir: Sam Raimi/81 mins)
16-The Last House on the Left (2009/Dir: Dennis Iliadis/110 mins)
17-The Dead Zone (1983/Dir: David Cronenberg/103 mins)
18-Ghostbusters (1984/Dir: Ivan Reitman/104 mins)
19-Chamber of Horrors (1966/Dir: Hy Averback/99 mins)
20-The Brides of Fu Manchu (1966/Dir: Don Sharp/94 mins)
21-The Sex Killer (1967/Dir: Barry Mahon/60 mins)
22-Till Death (1978/Dir: Walter Stocker/70 mins)
23-Student Bodies (1981/Dir: Mickey Rose/86 mins)
24-El gran amor del conde Drácula (1972/Dir: Javier Aguirre/85 mins)
25-Vampire Hookers (1978/Dir: Cirio H. Santiago/79 mins)
26-Sisters (1973/Dir: Brian De Palma/93 mins)
27-A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984/Dir: Wes Craven/91 mins)
28-Flesh for Frankenstein (1973/Dir: Paul Morrissey/95 mins)
29-Matinee (1993/Dir: Joe Dante/99 mins) WILDCARD
30-Sleepaway Camp (1983/Dir: Robert Hiltzik/84 mins)
31-April Fool's Day (1986/Dir: Fred Walton/89 mins)
32-Tales from the Crypt (1972/Dir: Freddie Francis/92 mins)
33-The Raven (1963/Dir: Roger Corman/86 mins)
34-A Bucket of Blood (1959/Dir: Roger Corman/66 mins)
35-My Soul to Take (2010/Dir: Wes Craven/107 mins)
36-Don't Answer the Phone! (1980/Dir: Robert Hammer/94 mins)
37-The Evil Dead (1981/Dir: Sam Raimi/85 mins)
38-The Plague of the Zombies (1966/Dir: John Gilling/91 mins)
39-The Devil Rides Out (1968/Dir: Terence Fisher/96 mins)
40-The Reptile (1966/Dir: John Gilling/86 mins)

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My second year. Hope to do at least 31.

October 2
01. The House on Sorority Row (1983, Mark Rosman) - Pretty standard 80s slasher with a few good scares and kills.
02. Vampire Circus (1972, Robert Young) - Blood, boobs, sleaze and cheese...Hammer rarely lets me down.
October 3
03. Nightmares in Red, White & Blue: The Evolution of The American Horror Film (2009, Andrew Monument) - Hard to do an adequate overview of the entire history of American horror in 90 mins, but they did a decent job. Still...wish it would've covered more and gone into greater detail in spots.
04. Sheitan (2006, Kim Chapiron) - Annoying city douchebags get terrorized out in the country by a freakish handyman and other local rednecks. Some things are effective, others not so much. Vincent Cassel with an over-the-top turn as the psycho.
05. The Fog (1980, John Carpenter) - One of the only earlier Carpenters I hadn't seen. Solid acting and creepy atmosphere help overcome a kinda weak story.
October 4
06. Two Evil Eyes (1990, Dario Argento/George Romero) - Romero and Argento do Poe. Romero's segment plays like an extended Tales From The Crypt episode and is pretty solid. Argento's is weirder and ups the gore...but is a little off and isn't helped by Harvey Keitel's annoying performance as a beret-wearing psychotic douchebag.
07. Tales From The Hood (1995, Rusty Cundieff) - Anthology film features four segments full of heavy-handed social morality, some of which are better than others. Best segment is the one with Corbin Bernsen playing a racist political candidate stalked by dolls inhabited with the souls of pissed-off slaves.
October 11
08. I Sell The Dead (2008, Glenn McQuaid) - This story of grave robbers told in flashback is not really funny enough to be a great comedy and not really scary enough to be a good horror film. Still somehow manages to be likeable and entertaining.
09. Pig Hunt (2008, James Isaac) - The 3000 lb. killer boar doesn't appear onscreen till the last 20 mins. His arrival and the scene with 8 hot topless hippie girls isn't enough to make up for the mediocrity that's delivered by the rest of the movie.
October 12
10. Blood and Lace (1971, Philip S. Gilbert) - This is not a good movie...but it is worth seeing if you're into 70s exploitation stuff. There's horrible acting and the story is all over the place. But it's weird and sleazy and keeps you watching to see what the hell will happen next. It has Gloria Grahame (from a lot of good noir films) and Mel from Alice and Uncle Leo from Seinfeld in it and, yes, John Carpenter did steal from the opening of this film for Halloween.
October 14
11. The People Under The Stairs (1991, Wes Craven)
12. Frozen (2010, Adam Green)
October 16
13. Candyman (1992, Bernard Rose)
October 17
14. Alice, Sweet Alice (1976, Alfred Sole)
October 19
15. Die, Monster, Die! (1965, Daniel Haller)
16. Paranormal Activity (2007, Oren Peli)
October 21
17. The Burning (1981, Tony Maylam)
October 24
18. Dead and Buried (1981, Gary Sherman)
19. Trick 'r Treat (2007, Michael Dougherty)
October 25
20. Terror Train (1980, Roger Spottiswoode)
21. Zombies of Mass Destruction (2009, Kevin Hamedani)
October 26
22. Tombs of The Blind Dead (1971, Amando de Ossorio)
October 27
23. Psycho II (1983, Richard Franklin)
October 28
24. Scarecrows (1988, William Wesley)
25. The Descent: Part 2 (2009, Jon Harris)
October 29
26. The Omen (1976, Richard Donner)
27. Saw II (2005, Darren Lynn Bousman
28. Halloween II (1981, Rick Rosenthal)
October 30
29. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1931, Rouben Mamoulian)
30. Tourist Trap (1979, David Schmoeller)
31. House (1977, Nobuhiko Obayashi)

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Re: The 6th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread

October Horror Movie Challenge 2010

Goal: 50
Total: 55
☼ = first time viewing

October 1 -
1. ☼ No Man's Land: Rise Of The Reeker (2008)
2. ☼ Laid to Rest (2009)

October 2 -
3. ☼ Cornered (2009)

October 3 -
4. ☼ Drive-In Massacre (1976)
5. The Burning (1981)

October 4 -
6. ☼ I Bury The Living (1958)
7. The House On Haunted Hill (1959)
8. ☼ Horror Hotel (1960)

October 5 -
9. ☼ The Ghoul (1933)
10. White Zombie (1932)

October 6 -
11. The Last Man On Earth (1964)

October 7 -
12. ☼ I Am Legend (2007)

October 8 -
13. ☼ City of The Living Dead (1980)
14. ☼ The Beyond (1981)

October 9 -
15. The Evil Dead (1982)
16. Evil Dead II (1987)

October 10 -
17. ☼ The Collector (2009)

October 11 -
18. ☼ Last House On The Left (2009)

October 12 -
19. ☼ Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer (2008)

October 13 -
20. Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
21. Friday the 13th Part III (1982)

October 14 -
22. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1983)
23. Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)

October 15 -
24. Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)
25. Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)

October 16 -
26. Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)

October 17 -
27. Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)
28. Friday the 13th (2009)
29. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

October 18 -
30. Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)
31. Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

October 19 -
32. ☼ Final Exam (1981)
33. ☼ Frankenhooker (1990)

October 20 -
34. ☼ The Devil's Nightmare (1971)

October 21 -

October 22 -

October 23 -
35. ☼ The Undertaker and His Pals (1966)
36. ☼ House By The Cemetery (1981)

October 24 -
37. ☼ The Giant Gila Monster (1959) (Elvira's Movie Macabre)
38. ☼ Dark Night Of The Scarecrow (1981)
39. ☼ Scarecrows (1988)

October 25 -
40. Hatchet (2006)
41. ☼ Night Of The Demons (2009)

October 26 -
42. Dawn Of The Dead: European Version aka Zombi (1978)
43. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

October 27 -
42. From Dusk till Dawn (1996)
43. Land of the Dead (2005)

October 28 -
44. ☼ Trick r Treat (2007)
45. Tales From The Darkside: The Movie (1990)

October 29 -
46. Frankenstein (1931)
47. Bride Of Frankenstein (1935)
48. Son Of Frankenstein (1939)

October 30 -
49. I Walked With A Zombie (1943)
50. Isle Of The Dead (1945)
51. The Walking Dead (1936)
52. The Tingler (1959)

October 31 -
53. Halloween (1978)
54. Halloween II (1981)
55. Halloween H20: 20 Years (1998)

Final list.

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Re: The 6th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread

My goal is to top the 35 films I watched for the Sci Fi / Fantasy challenge.
☼ Denotes first time viewing. Denotes film seen during its original theatrical run. DVD Denotes film from my personal DVD collection.

October 1
1. CHECKLIST: Watch films in at least three formats
(First format: Youtube) - The Norliss Tapes ☼, 1973 Made for TV movie about a writer who stumbles upon a case where a woman's husband comes back from the grave to kill and use the blood of his victims to resurrect an ancient god. No gore, since it's made for TV but an entertaining chiller nonetheless. Roy Thinnes (The Invaders) and Angie Dickinson (Police Woman) star. Also Claude Akins, later known for the TV series Sheriff Lobo plays, what else, the sheriff!
2. THEME: Bloody Tea & Crumpets - Horror of Dracula, 1958 (DVD) - A classic, top notch cast (Lee, Cushing, Gough), fluid direction and great production values.
October 2
3. CHECKLIST: Witchcraft/satanic/religious
- Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby ☼, 1976 (Youtube) Totally bland "sequel" to the classic Rosemary's Baby. Miss it at all costs.
4. CHECKLIST: Anthology - Screams of a Winter Night ☼, 1979 (Youtube) I actually had to force myself to finish seeing this piece of crap. A group of friends go to a secluded cabin and tell each other a trio of terror tales. Not even gratuitous nudity to spice things up. Avoid at all costs.
5. THEME: Outback Chillers & Kiwi Killers - Rogue, 2007(DVD) Possibly the best killer croc movie ever made. A simple story, suspensful and well made. Special effects are top notch. Rhada Mitchell (Silent Hill) stars.
6. CHECKLIST: Slasher/psycho/homicidal maniac - Rest Stop ☼, 2006 (Rental) Above average psycho killer movie. I went in with low expectations and was pleasently surprised.
October 3
7. THEME: Mother Nature Runs Amok!
- Primeval ☼, 2007 (Rental) In spite of bad reviews, I decided to give this one a try and was rewarded with a pretty darn good killer croc film. The story is somewhat bogged down by a subplot involving civil war violence in Africa which moves the tone from horror to action film at times. Good croc effects. I still prefer Rogue, though.
8. CHECKLIST: Film from the 1970's - Let's Scare Jessica to Death ☼, 1971 (Internet download) It's supposed to be an underrated classic but upon first view, I just didn't get it. Atmospheric and low key but lacking in narrative. Perhaps a second viewing will change my mind.
9. CHECKLIST: Film from 2010 - Resident Evil 4, 2010 ☼(Theatrical) Mila Jovovich and Ali Larter in 3D are the only reason to see this film. The zombies are almost an afterthought and serve as nothing more than target practice for some shoot em up scenes which get more and more generic.
10. CHECKLIST: Subgenre, Mummy - The Mummy, 1932 ☼ (DVD) The original with Karloff not the modern CGI-spewing atrocity. This movie is classy all the way, a must-see for every horror aficionado.
11. Friday the 13th the Series, EP1 - The Inheritance, EP2 The Poison Pen
October 4
12. THEME: An Excellent Day for an Exorcism
- Amityville II: The Possession, 1982(DVD) A personal favorite of mine which I consider one of the best horror films of the 80's. When I first saw it in the early 80's it scared the crap out of me but the years and repeated viewings have not diminished its creepiness. It's an american film with a very European sensibility, no wonder since it was produced by Dino DeLaurentis and directed by Damiano Damiani (what a name!). Damiani's direction is excellent, his camera flows and moves as if living, he takes the typical POV shot and uses it in inventive ways. The story, though a prequel to The Amityville Horror (before the word "prequel" became common jargon), stands on its own and is far superior to the sequels that came after. The cast is also top-notch, Burt Young (Pauly from the Rocky films) as the abusive father, Rutanya Alda as the mother trying to keep the family together, Jack Manger as the possesed teen, and the very memorable Diane Franklin as the daughter. Many dismiss the movie as an Exorcist rip-off, and indeed there are many similarities, especially in the last third of the movie, but the story is hardly a rip-off and holds its own quite nicely as an excellent and very underrated piece.
13. 31 FILM SUBSET: Horror Hotel, 1960 ☼ (Archive.org) Very well made BW film with Christopher Lee that just oozes atmosphere and creepiness.
October 5
14. THEME: Human. It's What's for Dinner
- The Undertaker and his Pals, 1966 ☼ (DVD) Mildly amusing horror comedy about a restaurant who serves pretty girls on the menu.
15. CHECKLIST: Subgenre, Ghost/Haunting - The Legend of Lucy Keyes, 2006 ☼ (Rental) The only reason I rented this was because of the very lovely Julie Delpy, but I'm afraid there's not much else to recommend about this allegedly true story about the ghost of a mother searching for her long lost daughter. A subplot involving a wind farm delutes the threadbare story even more. Only for diehard fans of Julie Delpy.
October 6
16. THEME: The Freaks Come Out at Night
Dagon, 2001 (DVD) Based very loosely on H.P. Lovecraft's The Innsmouth Horror that tries really hard to bring HPL's vision to the screen but falls just short of the mark as so many others have done. The main problem are the sub-par CGI effects that call attention to their awfulness and take you out of the movie each time they appear. Also, the story varies in tone from horror to comedy at times and if there's one thing HPL was NOT was funny. In spite of that there are some redeeming factors, some well made gore effects and two attractive female leads that show their breasts at least once. Macarena Gómez as the Dagon priestess is particularly memorable as she recalls a young Barbara Steele with her large dark eyes.
17. CHECKLIST: Watch films in at least three formats (Second format: TV) The Skeleton Key, 2005Very well made film set in New Orleans that uses the swampy locale to full effect. The acting very solid with Kate Hudson, Gena Rowlands and John Hurt. The story, for once, does not rely on a bunch of horny teenagers, but rather on a young, intelligent woman (Hudson) hired as a nurse for a dying man who lives in a secluded mansion. The horror starts when she starts to see evidence of a local religion named hoodoo.
October 7
18. THEME: Killer Grannies & Saggy Mammaries
- Flowers in the Attic, 1987 (Youtube) Mildly interesting gothic drama, that only barely goes into "horror" territory at times about a group of children secluded in the attic by their strict grandmother (Louise Fletcher).
19. CHECKLIST: Film from the 2000's - The Exorcism of Emily Rose, 2005(TV) The best film about exorcism since The Exorcist, yes - it's that good. This is not to say that it's similar to that classic film, far from it, and perhaps because of its uniqueness many were off put by it. Part courtroom drama and part horror movie, the mix of the two plays very well in this very intelligent, well crafted movie. The superb performances of all involved go above and beyond what any horror movie has a right to expect, Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson and Jennifer Carpenter who puts Linda Blair to shame as the possessed girl. Not to be missed.
October 8
20. THEME: Fava Beans & Chianti Mindfucks
- The Wicker Man, 1973 (DVD) Haunting and very literate film. A classic.
October 9
21. THEME: A Dish Best Served with Bloody Mayhem
- Baise-Moi, 2000(DVD) I'm using my first WILDCARD on this one since it's more of a crime thriller than a horror film but the amount of gore and the crazed behavior of the two killers makes it borderline horror. This controversial French film is infamous for its hardcore unsimulated sex, but upon seeing it again I really don't find anything else to recommend it for. It's like those movies that rely upon gore and have no other merits.
22. THEME: Monster/creature feature/Godzilla - Deadly Waters AKA Kraken, Tentacles of the Deep, 2006 ☼ (TV) The beautiful Victoria Pratt spends most of the movie in a bikini top, that's enough reason to see this movie. Story involves a giant squid who protects an underwater treasure.
23. CHECKLIST: takes place on or under the sea - Below, 2002 ☼ (Rental) I was pleasentaly surprised by this one, part WWII war movie and part ghost story about a haunted submarine. The supernatural aspect takes second place to the suspense of being in a submarine whose systems are failing and the screw scrambling to stay alive amidst underwater bombs, poison air and other dangers.
October 10
24. CHECKLIST: Watch films in at least three formats
(third format: DVD-R) The Medusa Touch, 1978 ☼ (DVD-R) I can't believe I'd never heard of this gem of a movie (discovered thanks to a fellow forum member's list). Richard Burton and the ever classy and beautiful Lee Remick star in this movie about a man (Burton) who can cause death and destruction with his mind.
25. THEME: They're coming to get you Barbara - Planet Terror, 2007 (TV) Entertaining zombie-action film made to look like a cheap 70's drive-in movie. Rose McGowan provides suitable eye candy and there's plenty of gore for the gorehounds.
October 11
26. THEME: Welcome to Virginityville - Population: 0
Satan's School for Girls, 1973 ☼ (Youtube) Tame made for TV movie about, well... the title says it all. Pre-Charlie's Angels Kate Jackson and Cheryl Ladd star alongside Pamela Franklyn.
27. CHECKLIST: Film from the 1950's House on Haunted Hill, 1958 ☼ (DVD) The original with Vincent Price, not the remake. Good haunted house story.
October 12
28. THEME: Get the Hell Off Jethro's Property!
Stanley, 1972 (DVD) Rather boring tale of a man with an affinity for rattlesnakes and uses them to get his revenge on those who wronged him.
29. CHECKLIST: Film from the 1960's Carnival of Souls, 1962 ☼ (DVD) Surreal and haunting cult classic.
October 13
30. THEME: Reading is Fundamentally Dead
Count Dracula, 1977 (DVD) In my opinion, simply the BEST Dracula film ever made, period. This superb BBC TV adaptation follows the book very closely, and Louis Jourdan plays the Count like no one has before or since, with an icy demeanor and a sense of being above good an evil. He infuses the character with a sense of indeed having lived for centuries. Unlike modern interpretations (The Coppola movie), Dracula is not "suffering for love" or whining because he's lonely (insert any modern vampire movie title here), Jourdan's Dracula is subtle and his restrained performance hints at incredible power and majesty lurking beneath the surface. Some have critized the use of both film and video, but this is a minor and irrelevant complaint because as a whole this version of the oft-told tale is not to be missed.
31. CHECKLIST: Film from the 1980's Blood Tide, 1981 ☼ (DVD) James Earl Jones uncovers an ancient underwater demon god. Mildy entertaining film that benefits greatly from its Greek isles location.
October 14
32. THEME: Schedule a Play Date with Damien
Orphan, 2009 ☼ (Rental) Above average film about a killer child who is more than meets the eye.
33. CHECKLIST: with the words "Living Dead" in the title Fangs of the Living Dead, 1968 ☼ (DVD) The alluring Anita Ekberg and a host of Italian beauties adorn this vampire tale. There's plenty of cleaveage but not much else. Some nudity would have spiced things up, but alas, it was not to be.
October 15
34. THEME: Fermented for Your Approval
Deadly Messages, 1985 ☼ (Youtube) I'm going to use my second WILDCARD on this because even thought the story includes a knife-wielding killer, a Ouija board, and a stalked young woman (the lovely Kathleen Beller, which is why I picked this movie to watch), the story is more of a murder-mystery than horror. As such it's entertaining but not very thrilling. For Kathleen Beller fans only
October 16
35. THEME: The Newly Expanded Asian Buffet of Terrors!
Dai Yat Gaai AKA Rule No. 1, 2008 ☼ (Rental) Starts out slow but gains momentum and becomes a very interesting cop thriller/horror tale.
36. CHECKLIST: Based on a novel The Last Man on Earth, 1963 ☼ (DVD) Very good adaptation of Richard Matheson's classic tale. Vincent Price gives a great performance as the desolate "last man" in a world of vampires.
37. CHECKLIST: Vampire Count Dracula and his Vampire Bride AKA The Satanic Rites of Dracula, 1973 (DVD) Modern day tale of the Count (Chris Lee) who is trying to destroy humanity with a super plague. Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) thwarts him. Nudity is added to the usual Hammer Dracula formula. Joanna Lumley (The New Avengers) co-stars.
October 17
38. CHECKLIST: Revenge
The Nurse, 1997 (DVD) Lisa Zane is a nurse who seeks revenge on a man who casued her father's death. The man has a stroke which causes "locked in syndrome" leaving him completelt paralized. Zane poses as his nurse and her plan is to force him to witness the death of his family.
39. THEME: It Slices, Dices & Guts You Like a Fish Luther the Geek, 1990(DVD) This movie is from 1990 but it looks like a film from circa 1975, washed out photography and all. A geek (a man who bites the heads of chickens) terrorizes a mother and daughter in a secluded house. On a side note, the DVD has the single greatest special feature of all time. All the outtakes from a nude shower scene with the big-breasted Stacy Haiduk.
40. 31 FILM SUBSET My Bloody Valentine, 1981 ☼ (Youtube) I never saw this one back in the 80's and I see I didn't miss anything. I found it to be quite generic.
41. CHECKLIST: film with Barbara Steele The Ghost, 1963 ☼ (DVD) Barbara Steele stars in this very gothic tale of ghosts and revenge. Good stuff.
October 18
42. THEME:Nevermore Frightening
The Tomb of Ligeia, 1964 (Youtube) Excellent gothic story with Vicent Price and the heaving bosom of Elizabeth Sheperd. What more could you ask for?
October 19
43. THEME: Ooh! Scary, eh?
Cube, 1997(DVD) Filmakers take note of what can be done with a small budget and a lot of creativity. Simply a brilliant film. A group of strangers awake to find themselves trapped in a labrynth of cubic rooms.
October 20
44. THEME: A Reel Cinematic Suckfest!
Embrace of the Vampire, (DVD) Alyssa Milano shows her breasts in this generic as hell vampire movie. That's all you need to know.
45. CHECKLIST: Film rated R The Entrance, 2006 ☼ (Rental) Starts out with a bang but fizzles out towards the end as if the filmakers got lost along the way. Nevertheless a very interesting movie about a demon who punishes the guilty and tempts the innocent. Sarah Jane Redmond is a welcome change of pace from the usual stupid teens in peril
October 21
46. THEME: Once, Twice, Three Times the Lacerations
Black Sabbath, 1963 (DVD) Trio of terror tales directed by Mario Bava, the best one is The Wurdulak with Boris Karloff.
October 22
47. THEME: Passport to Sheer Terror!
Black Sunday, 1960 (DVD) Barbara Steele directed by Mario Bava. Need I say more? A classic!
October 23
48. THEME: Full Moon Madness!
The Wolfman, 2010(DVD) I don't know why this film got such a mixed reaction. Saw it three times at the movies so that should tell you how much I liked it. Cool werewolf makeup by Rick Baker who did American Werewolf.
49. CHECKLIST: Film from the 1940's The Wolfman, 1941 (DVD) The classic Lon Chaney Jr. version. Still holds up.
50. CHECKLIST: Won an Academy Award An American Werewolf in London, 1981 (DVD) A film that brought the werewolf genre to another level. Fantastic effects.
October 24
51. THEME: Condemned to VHS Hell!
Dead and Buried, 1981 (Youtube) Very good early 80's film. One of the best of the decade IMO.
52. CHECKLIST: Films in at least two languages other than English (German) Nosferatu, 1979 (DVD) Drenched in atmosphere. Not to be missed.
53. CHECKLIST: Takes place on a holiday Solstice, 2008 (DVD) Above average "teens go to a secluded house in the woods" film. But when you consider the average for that sub-genre that's not saying much. Still, worth a look.
54. CHECKLIST: Flim from the 1990's Sleepwalkers, 1992 (DVD) Could have been so much better. The movie is more concerned with giving us cameos of horror personalities (King, Barker, Landis, Dante) than with delivering a good movie. Stephen King wrote this. No it's not based on one of his novels, he wrote the screenplay, so he can blame no one. One liners Mr. King? Really? Shame on you.
55. CHECKLIST: Film rated PG The Watcher in the Woods, 1980 (DVD) Much creepier than any Disney film has a right to be.
October 25
56. THEME: Giant monkeys & radioactive lizards
Godzilla vs King Ghidorah, 1991 ☼ (DVD) Strange time travel plot makes the plot more confusing than it needs to be, but fortunately there's plent of Godzilla mayhem to even things out.
57. CHECKLIST: Film from the 1920's The Phantom of the Opera, 1925 ☼ (DVD) Chaney Sr. still manages to amaze! Great film.
October 26
58. THEME: ¡Mierda Espantosa!
REC2, 2009 ☼ (Rental) Hollywood, take note of how to make a sequel. Continues where the last ine left off and turns it up a notch.
59. CHECKLIST: Killer/evil child The Children ☼ (Rental) Simple premise, but well executed (pun intended).
October 27
60. THEME: Supercharged zombie go boom!
Pitch Black, 2000 (DVD) Perhaps the best of all the ALIENS rip-offs. And I mean that in a good way. Fantastic film and highly recommended.
61. CHECKLIST: Film called "Night of" Night of the Demon, 1980 ☼ (Youtube) Strange amalgam of bigfoot and satanism. A mix that does not go well I might add.
October 28
62. THEME: They're Still Here
Dominique is Dead, 1978 ☼ (DVD) Slow moving ghost story. See it only for the lovely Jenny Agutter.
October 29
NO MOVIES - Just way too busy - DAMN!
October 30
63. 31 FILM SUBSET: Theatrical
Paranormal Activity 2, 2010
THEME: Death by Caffeine on Devil's Night Mexican Horror Wrestling Double Feature
64. CHECKLIST: Zombie El Robo de las Momias de Guanajuato, (DVD)
65. CHECKLIST: Films in at least two languages other than English (Spanish) Leyendas Macabras de la Colonia, 1973 (DVD)
66. CHECKLIST: Unrated film (pre MPAA) Nightmare Castle, 1965 (DVD)
October 31
67. THEME: I'm Crazy Blu-ray Face! Give Me Some Candy!
Dark Night of the Scarecrow, 1981 (Youtube) One of the best made for TV movies ever.
68. CHECKLIST: Killer/Evil animal - Rats, 2003 (DVD)Killer CGI rats terrorize a mental hospital. You may want to take a pass on this one. I saw it, so you won't have to. You can thank me later
69. CHECKLIST: Takes place in Space - The Black Hole, (DVD) I'm going to use my third WILDCARD even though I believe this science fiction film totally belongs on this list because anyone who saw this as a kid when it came out will tell you - IT SCARED THE CRAP OUT OF THEM! Let's see, we have the creepy John Barry score, an evil red robot that was scary as hell, Anthony Perkins being all shifty eyed, and to top it al off, that ending, OH SWEET MOTHER OF GOD THAT ENDING! THE BAD GUY GOES TO FRIKKIN' HELL! AAAAHHHH! I rest my case
70. CHECKLIST: Frankenstein - Frankenstein (DVD) Pure genius.
71. CHECKLIST: Film from the 1930's - Dracula (Spanish version) 1931 (DVD) Some say it's better than the Lugosi version, and who am I to argue? A great film to finish off the challange.

Watch one film from every decade of film history.
--- 1890 - (insert film title here)
--- 1900 -
--- 1910 -
-X- 1920 - The Phantom of the Opera
-X- 1930 - Dracula (Spanish version)
-X- 1940 - The Wolfman
-X- 1950 - House on Haunted Hill
-X- 1960 - Carnival of Souls
-X- 1970 - Let's Scare Jessica to Death
-X- 1980 - Blood Tide
-X- 1990 - Sleepwalkers
-X- 2000 - The Exorcism of Emily Rose
-X- 2010 - Resident Evil 4

Watch a film for each rating:
-X- Unrated (pre-MPAA) - Nightmare Castle
--- G -
-X- PG - The Watcher in the Woods
--- PG-13 -
-X- R - The Entrance
--- NC-17 -
--- X (not porn; several horror films were rated X) -
--- Unrated (post-MPAA) -

Watch films in at least three formats (DVD, BD, HD DVD, Laserdisc, TV, online, UMD, theater, iPod, etc).
-X- First format, (Youtube), The Norliss Tapes
-X- Second format, (TV), The Skeleton Key
-X- Third format, (DVD-R), The Medusa Touch

Watch a film starring:
--- Basil Rathbone -or- Glenn Strange - (insert film title here)
--- John Saxon -or- Danny Trejo -
--- Paul Naschy -or- José "Coffin Joe" Marins -
--- Donald Pleasence -or- John Carradine -
--- Clint Howard -or- Michael Berryman -
--- Bill Moseley -or- Keith David -
--- Dick Miller -or- David Warner -
-X- Udo Kier -or- Barbara Steele - The Ghost
--- Tony Todd -or- Brad Dourif -
--- Linnea Quigley -or- Debbie Rochon -

Watch films in at least two languages other than English.
-X- First language, (German), Nosferatu
-X- Second language, (Spanish), Leyendas Macabras de la Colonia

Watch a film in each of the following subgenres/types:
-X- Vampire - Count Dracula and his Vampire Bride AKA The Satanic Rites of Dracula
-X- Frankenstein - Frankenstein
--- Werewolf -
-X- Mummy - The Mummy
-X- Ghost/haunting - The Legend of Lucy Keys
-X- Witchcraft/satanic/religious - Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby
-X- Zombie - El Robo de las Momias de Guanajuato
-X- Slasher/psycho/homicidal maniac - Rest Stop
-x- Monster/creature feature/Godzilla - Deadly Waters AKA Kraken, Tentacles of the Deep
--- Documentary -
--- Musical -
--- Spoof/comedy -
-X- Revenge - The Nurse
--- Killer/evil doll -
-X- Killer/evil animal - Rats
-X- Killer/evil child - The Children
--- Giallo -
--- J horror -
--- MST3K/rifftrax/CT -
--- film and its remake -
-X- based on a novel - The Last Man on Earth
--- directed by Fred Olen Ray or Frank Henenlotter or Ti West -
-X- won an Academy Award -- any category - An American Werewolf in London
--- silent film -
--- Criterion version film -
--- with commentary -
--- film and at least two of its sequels -
-X- anthology film - Screams of a Winter Night
--- appears on video nasties list -
--- hosted by Elvira -
-X- takes place on a holiday - Sleepwalkers
--- takes place in space -
-X- takes place on or under the sea - Below
--- animated film -
--- called "Day of ..." -
-X- called "Night of ..." - Night of the Demon
--- called "Return of ..." -
--- called "Revenge of ..." -
--- called "Attack of ..." -
-X- with the words "Living Dead" in the title - Fangs of the Living Dead

THEME NIGHTS: 30 of the 31 - only missed one night! DAMN!

I had a blast! So many movies, so little time. Did not make it to 100 but I managed to double my goal of 35 which was the number of films I saw for the sf/fantasy challange.

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Re: The 6th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread

I'm in...first year.

First time viewing= *

October 1st:
1. The Last Horror Film a.k.a Fanatic (1982/52) (4.5/5)*
2. The Horrible House On The Hill a.k.a Devil Times Five (1974) (2.5/5)*

October 2nd:
3. Patrick (1978) (3.5/5)*
4. Zombie Honeymoon (2004)
5. Pieces (1982)

October 3rd:
6. Sugar Hill (1974) (3/5)*
7. The New York Ripper (1982) (3/5)*
8. Brain Damage (1988)(2/5)*

October 4th:
9. Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things (1973)(2.5/5)*
10. Ganja & Hess (1973) (2.5/5)*
11. Cannibal Apocalypse (1980)

October 5th:
12. Zombi 2 (1979)
13. Head Of The Family (1996)(2.5/5)*
14. Torso

October 6th:
15. Visiting Hours (1982)

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Re: The 6th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread


"Dick Laurent is (still) dead" ...and is participating in...

The 6th Annual October Horror Movie Challenge!

Stuntman Mike says: "Watch more horror"


Previous year's lists:

2009/100 Watched/87 FTV2008/74 Watched/57 FTV

This year’s goals:

-x- Watch 101 films
-x- Watch films on at least 12 formats
-x- Watch each 31 Films Subset on the specified day
-x- Watch at least one film for each Theme Day, on specified day
-x- Complete the Expanded Checklist

Total Watched = 127

All films USA unless noted otherwise
Shorts 1 Min or less counted as 1 Min
* = First Time Viewing
WC# = Wild Cards 1-3
"Quotes" = First line/words spoken (or prominent scream)

October: 1
1. Death Proof (DVD – 2007 – 113 Min – Color) IMDb
"Hold on, I gotta come up!"
More on the Slasher/Thriller side of the genre, but has some of the most unsettling kills I've ever seen, and a good example as to why we don't dangle our legs out of a car window.
Goodbye, Sally Menke.
2. The Faculty (DVD – 1998 – 104 Min – Color) IMDb
"Look alive!"
Masters of Horror meets Dawson’s Creek, featuring the best use of a paper-cutter, EVER! Bonus: Harry Knowles changes a water jug.
3. Happy Birthday to Me (DVD – 1981 – 110 Min – Color) IMDb *
"Winston! Winston! Winston!"
The first scarves club. I found this movie really confusing, and it seems like it shouldn't have been. No idea what was going on in the end. Cool kills, though.
4. Abominable (DVD – 2006 – 94 Min – Color) IMDb *
"What…what is it?"
It’s cool to see that Aliens android again in proper character. Too bad he didn’t make the film worth watching. This movie does feature one of the coolest analog phones I’ve seen. And that’s about the extent of how much I cared about this Red Circle production.
5. Anaconda III (DVD – 2008 – 91 Min – Color) IMDb *
"Take it easy, Peter."
Big CGI snake + Knight Rider = 91 minutes I’ll never get back.
6. The Seven Brothers Meet Dracula (DVD – 1974 – 75 Min – Color – UK/Hong Kong) IMDb *
So tonight I decided to have my “Tea and Crumpets” with a side of Shaw take-out. I’ve never seen the US edit of this, so I thought I’d give it a gander. Definitely has more of a grind house feel, but it’s still pretty cool. Glad Hammer and Shaw got together on this. Really feels like a little bit of both. I’m also pleased that these vamps don’t jump.
7. From Beyond (DVD – 1986 – 86 Min – Color) IMDb - 31 Films Subset
I absolutely love watching this. There’s not much to it, considering how short the original story was, but anytime Yuzna/Gordon are together you know you’re in for a fantastic good time. It’s great to have the Lovecraft world inhabited by such capable lunatic film makers. And how weird is it that I manage to watch two films in one day, the first with a “Dr. Block” and the last with a “Dr. Bloch”?

October: 2
8. The Trollenberg Terror AKA The Crawling Eye (DVD – 1958 – 82 Min – B&W – UK) IMDb *
"What’s he doing?"
Wow, this was a lot of fun! Not too campy, not too serious. Plenty of old-school gore. Janet Munro is easy on the eyes, yet she’s kinda creepy when she does that psychic stuff. This is a keeper for sure. I’ll have to stay clear of the MST3K version.
9. The Ruins (BD – 2008 – 93 Min – Color – USA/Germany/Australia) IMDb
"Help me!"
This is hard to watch, but it is so well done. The scenery is beautiful, the plants are effectively creepy, and we get a whole lot of Jena Malone. Maybe not the hottest actress, but definitely the coolest.
10. It came From Beneath the Sea (DVD – 1955 – 79 Min – B&W) IMDb *
"From her beginnings on a Navy drawing board… "
Hmmm… Hard to critique this one. I love the monster effects, the story, and the idea. But the execution of this is just plain boring. Worth a watch, well, because it’s Ray Harryhausen.
11. The Death Wheelers AKA Psychomania (HDTV/TCM – 1973 – 85 Min – Color – UK) IMDb *
"Well, he’s on the hook."
Clockwork Orange meets Easy Rider… are some words that describe this film from the pages of this Oct’s Fangoria. And I must agree. Cool pic, in a not-cool, super weird way. And that whole biker-funeral scene is simply bizarre. We’re talking Death Bed bizarre. But overall it’s a lot of fun, and by-the-way, what’s with the frogs? Is there some kind of devil-worshiping frog cult in the UK?
12. Sisters (Roku/Netflix – 1973 – 93 Min – Color) IMDb - 31 Films Subset *
"It’s Peeping Toms!"
Great watch. Don’t know why I hadn’t checked this out before. I really dug the split-screen effect that is mentioned quite a bit by viewers. Terrific story, big win in execution. Of course now I have a complex about hide-away bed/couches…

October: 3
13. Alligator II – The Mutation (DVD – 1991 – 92 Min – Color) IMDb *
"What’s this stuff gonna do down there?"
Fun monster cheese! I was pleasantly surpised at how entertaining this was. Not a good film by any means, but compared to today’s direct to SyFy fare, this one’s got some magic.
14. Eight Legged Freaks (Roku/Netflix – 2002 – 99 Min – Color) IMDb *
"Do you know fear?"
What an entertaining watch! This has a great mother-daughter casting, plus my man-crush, Matt Czuchry (yes, my wife thinks that’s weird). A fun time.
15. The Cat and the Canary (Roku/Netflix – 1927 – 82 Min – B&W/Tinted) IMDb - 31 Films Subset *
". . ."
I know some silent aficionados frown upon this a bit, as I’m told it was rather clichéd and below-par for the late ‘20s. But I sure enjoyed the heck out of it. Great use of tinting and the presentation of wording changes up a bit, which I liked to see. Effective score as well. I highly recommend for silent fans or horror/mystery watchers alike.

October: 4
16. The Ghoul (PD/YouTube – 1933 – 77 Min – B&W – UK) IMDb *
"We don’t want to buy no – "
I may be a little late to this classic monster party, but I’m glad I finally made it. This is a good, creepy crime thriller, with an even creepier Boris Karloff in what is now one of my favorite rolls. The acting seems over-played at times (even for the 30’s), but I really enjoyed it. Great atmosphere as well.
17. Thir13en Ghosts (PD – 2001 – 91 Min – Color) IMDb *
I have yet to see the original this is based on, but the idea is so fun I may just have to check it out. This was entertaining, except that I just can’t watch anything staring Tony Shalhoub without thinking of Monk (or Trevor). Fun film, lots of gore, and Shannon Elizabeth. Worth a watch.
18. The City of the Dead AKA Horror Hotel (Roku/Archive.org – 1960 – 75 Min – B&W – UK) IMDb - 31 Films Subset *
"Bring out Elizabeth Selwyn."
This is such a great little movie. Effective atmosphere, great story, really enjoyed it. Also features one of the scariest roads to drive down. Totally a sign you’re going in the wrong direction. Something else I found interesting, this film did a good job of making me feel cold. It has that air about it. I like that. Terrific ending as well.
19. The House of the Devil (DVD – 2009 – 95 Min – Color) IMDb *
"I can tell you like it."
Holy crap…

October: 5
20. House on Haunted Hill (PD/YouTube – 1959 – 75 Min – B&W) IMDb *
I’ve not actually watched this up until this point, but this challenge (and Chad’s OHMC6 banner) made me have to correct this error. I thought it was a lot of fun. Great story, didn’t move slow at all. I really enjoyed every aspect of this. Good time.
21. Snake People (PD/YouTube – 1971 – 90 Min – Color – Mexico/USA) IMDb *
"During many centuries in various parts of the world…"
What do you know? Boris Karloff can make a bad movie. Really bad.
22. Maniac (PD/YouTube – 1934 – 51 Min – B&W) IMDb *
"Tonight, my dear Maxwell, I am ready to try my experiment on a human."
Whoa, a 1930’s BOMB. But we get boobs, so worth a watch.
23. Død snø AKA Dead Snow (LG/Netflix – 2009 – 91 Min – Color – Norway) IMDb - 31 Films Subset *
"Å som setter meg ut"
I’m not a big fan of this one. It wasn’t exactly bad; it’s just that I constantly watched the clock through the last half. It seems to have been forced into a feature length, 90 minute run. The most annoying aspect is the whole movie felt like other movies mixed in. And not mixed well. And zombies should never squirt or spew blood. Never.
Now that I got my dislikes out of the way, I do feel the movie was a lot of fun, with a lot of gore, and COME ON, Nazi zombies? That's horror.

October: 6
24. It’s Alive (PD/YouTube – 1974 – 91 Min – Color) IMDb - 31 Films Subset
This film has all the right notes for the horror genre: great title; perfect score; apt directing; fun story; plenty of gore. Always a good time. And I love the Frankenstein speech.
25. It’s Alive 2: It Lives Again (PD/YouTube – 1978 – 91 Min – Color) IMDb
"(crowd noise) Who is this from?"
Great sequel. All the same ingredients that made the first a great time, except now that the audience is in on it, we can enjoy the ride all that more.
26. It’s Alive III: Island of the Alive (PD/YouTube – 1987 – 95 Min – Color) IMDb *
"(crowd noise) Hey! Hey! Hurry up!"
Was it really 10+ years since the last one? Well, great job jumping right back into the mutant kid story. This was a lot of fun to watch. Kind of a mixture of Jaws 3, Jason takes Manhattan, and a little bit of Lost thrown in for fun. Of course two of those are post 1987, but that’s was my impression during this watch, which made it all that more fun. And in the end, it’s kind of a sad story, huh?

October: 7
27. Octaman (PD/YouTube – 1971 – 76 Min – Color – Mexico/USA) IMDb - 31 Films Subset *
Great, fun watch. Not a “good” film by any means, but a heck of a lot of fun. The monster is delightfully campy, and the actors play their parts so serious. But they don’t over-act. Someone here needs to get a hold of this for a special edition treatment. Hey, if it can happen for Death Bed it can happen for Octaman. And notice in the opening credits that Octaman is credited as… “Octaman.” I guess that wasn’t an octo-suit after all.
28. Satan’s School for Girls (PD/YouTube – 1973 – 78 Min – Color) IMDb *
"Operator –"
This is a mildly enjoyable made-for-TV film. I’m a little surprised that such a movie was born in the TV world, but it does kinda play like an episode of Columbo. Some cute Nancy Drew elements are prominent as well. Worth a watch.
29. Teenage Zombies (PD/YouTube – 1959 – 73 Min – B&W) IMDb *
Terrible. Just, terrible.
30. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (Roku/Netflix – 1962 – 134 Min – B&W) IMDb *
"Wanna see it again little girl?"
This is perfect for the challenge Theme Night. I enjoyed this enormously. It is chock full of really great camera angles, settings, pacing, all of it simply right on point. Kind of creepy at times, but that works wonderfully. I love the above-angel, wheelchair-crazy shot.

October: 8
31. The Fog (DVD – 2005 – 103 Min – Color – USA/France) IMDb *
An average quality remake. Nice and slick and big-budget style, but it is relatively effective. I was amused through most of it. I sure wished Selma Blair was my mother. Eh, make that step-mom.
32. Werewolf of London (Roku/Netflix – 1935 – 75 Min – B&W) IMDb *
"What will you do if they won’t go?" (1st English line)
I didn’t realize there were such well done werewolf films before The Wolfman. This one was quite enjoyable. The acting wasn’t too over-the-top, the sets were nice, the story seemed unique to the werewolf idea. Great pre-curser to the “Classic.”
33. The Uninvited (BD – 1935 – 87 Min – Color – USA/Canada/Germany) IMDb
"I love you...I have a condom."
For a remake, this is done extremely well. This isn’t a straight re-shoot, just a good interpretation of the story. I think it works extremely well as a companion to aToTS. Well framed and great acting.
34. Salvage (DVD – 2009 – 79 Min – Color – UK) IMDb - 31 Films Subset *
"What is this noise?" (1st English line)
This is a good little movie. It’s nice to go into a film completely oblivious as to what the story is about. I enjoyed the father daughter banter at the beginning, and boy did it make a quick turn into strange events. One of the best aspects of the film was the little village it was shot in. It provided some great atmosphere and believability. I had a problem with the ending, but overall it was a good watch.

October: 9
35. Plague of the Zombies (HDTV/TCM – 1966 – 91 Min – Color – UK) IMDb *
Great, atmospheric zombie fare from Hammer studios. I love the cinema photography for this. The framing is pleasant, the costumes delightful, and the sets downright grimy. When the coffin is dropped early on, wow, that was rather unsettling. Good, tight, well made film. I enjoyed it immensely.
36. The Devil Rides Out AKA The Devil’s Bride (HDTV/TCM – 1968 – 96 Min – Color – UK) IMDb *
"Hello, Nicholas!"
This was a really fun, enjoyable film from Hammer. It was great to see Christopher Lee play a good guy. And he plays it very believably as well. I loved the satanic ritualistic elements. They were presented in a very creepy way, and were very effective in execution. The car chase scene was a lot of fun to watch as well. I can’t wait for this title to be readily available for purchase.
37. Last House on the Left (DVD – 1972 – 84 Min – Color – w/ commentary) IMDb
Craven to Cunningham during the MGM Lion roar: "Oh my God. Sean, there’s your old house cat…"
This is always a tough movie to watch. So I thought I’d give the commentary a try. This is by far the best commentary I’ve ever heard. It is fun, informative, lighthearted, and a genuine good time hanging with Wes and Sean while watching the film. Made the disgustingness a little bit easier to watch.
38. Never Cry Werewolf (HDTV/SyFy – 2008 – 87 Min – Color – Canada) IMDb *
"Dwayne? Okay…okay, chill."
I was pleasantly surprised by this Sci-Fi production. It wasn’t terrific by any means, but it was a lot of fun to watch. I enjoyed the story, the actors, and the werewolf effects. It was a treat. Good daytime, popcorn entertainment.
And Nina Dobrev is simply beautiful:

39. The Reptile (HDTV/TCM – 1966 – 86 Min – Color – UK) IMDb *
"Anyone? Anyone there?"
I wasn’t really into this for most of it. The story was decent, but it just felt like it drug on. I loved the ending sequence, but the rest was just there I suppose. Nice to see the set re-use from Plague of the Zombies.
40. The Gorgon (HDTV/TCM – 1964 – 83 Min – Color – UK) IMDb *
"Yes. Yes, I think I can stop painting in the morning."
This was a good take on a classic story. I like the idea of the Gorgon being able to take human form. I think the build-up of the creature was also great. There was a lot made of what wasn’t seen. My only complaint was the makeup for the snake head. It just looked terrible. I liked the stone effects, though.
41. Black Rainbow (HDTV/TCM – 1989 – 103 Min – Color – UK) IMDb - 31 Films Subset *
I knew nothing about this before watching it. This moves with a slow burn of gritty crime drama, and mystery suspense. A lot of what happens is presented in such a realistic, low-key way that it makes it almost unnerving. Rosanna Arquette delivered a great performance.

October: 10
42. White Zombie (Roku/Netflix – 1932 – 69 Min – B&W) IMDb *
"Looks like a burial."
Wow, no idea why it took me so long to get to viewing this. Really amazed with this picture, and kinda blown away as well. And they filmed this in 11 days? In 1932? Cool.
43. Zombi 3 (DVD – 1988 – 95 Min – Color – Italy) IMDb *
"We’re ready."
This was chock full of zombie blood and guts and nonsense. And bad dubbing, of course. Not much to this, but I did like the flying skull.
44. The Video Dead (Roku/Netflix – 1987 – 90 Min – Color) IMDb *
"Go away…"
So what we have here is a cross between The Ring and Dead Alive. Obviously innocent of the first reference, but you can’t help but think of a Japanese video while watching zombies come out of a TV. In general I have real mixed emotions of this. I enjoyed the idea and the effects, but the execution was terrible. There were framing mistakes and set-up fails galore. I don’t think these cats even went to film school; no fundamentals at all. But, zombies come out of a TV. I guess that’s good enough.
45. Fear Itself: New Year’s Day (DVD – 2008 – 44 Min – Color) FEARnet
Sure, this story maybe isn’t the best, but I sure enjoy the heck out of it. And for those that argue that
…Helen doesn’t walk or act like a zombie. Well, remember that she killed herself by over-dosing on pills and booze. This would impair her senses somewhat I believe, even as a newly awakened zombie. And she would not immediately be slowed by broken bones or missing parts, as we know she just went to sleep and died. The tarantula proves that the zombie virus that’s infecting everyone is something in the air, not transmitted by bites.
…That’s my take at least.
46. Paura nella città dei morti viventi AKA City of the Living Dead (Roku/Netflix – 1980 – 93 Min – Color – Italy) IMDb - 31 Films Subset *
Absolutely terrific Fulci outing. This is probably the most visually arresting of all of his films that I’ve seen. It kind of had an Argento feel to it. What sticks out in my mind the most is the bleeding glass shards. That scene was very well done, and so subtle. I did find it difficult trying to follow exactly where the plot was going. But it was a groovy, ghoulie ride.

October: 11
47. The Blob (PC/Crackle – 1988 – 95 Min – Color) IMDb - 31 Films Subset *
"That’s a first down."
Cool remake. Well, not really a remake per say. More like a new film with the same idea. I liked it. Nice and gooey and gory. Over-the top military experiments gone awry; always a go-to plot.
48. The Craft (DVD – 1996 – 101 Min – Color) IMDb
"Now is the time. This is the hour. Ours is the Magic. Ours is the power."
This film actually holds up rather well for me. I have fond memories of splicing the reels for this together (I held the position as Regal Cinemas Head Projectionist/Asst Manager in Myrtle Beach, SC for a time). I found the 35mm frames fascinating as I was matching them up. The movie is pretty simple, and there’s not much to the climax of events, but with some cute girls in school skirts, and a rockin’ soundtrack, it had the right elements to make it hold. And Robin Tunney is just cool.
49. House on Sorority Row (Roku/Netflix – 1983 – 91 Min – Color) IMDb *
"I told you to keep an eye on her."
Great, classic offering that’s way above average for the ‘80s horror craze. This one really blew me away as far as expectations go. The visuals are stunning. The cane is one of the coolest horror accessories I’ve ever seen. The way it moves in the dream sequences is fantastic. I really believe that if Fulci had made a teen-scream style film, it would be exactly like this. I can see why Quentin Tarantino picked this for his first QT film festival.
50. I Know What You Did Last Summer (Roku/Netflix – 1997 – 100 Min – Color) IMDb
"I tell you what, that’s got to be the prettiest girl we’ve ever had in the competition."
A decent offering during the Kevin Williamson craze. There’s not much to it, but it’s made well enough that it keeps you entertained throughout. And even though this was a pre-curser to the teen, PG-13 phase years later, at least here we have plenty of gore and some pretty heavy (sometimes unnecessary) language. It was also cool to see a young Ryan Phillippe. And there’s always time for a little JLH action.

October: 12
51. Zombie Wars (PD/YouTube – 2006 – 80 Min – Color) IMDb *
"These were the darkest days the world had ever known."
What we have here is post-survival of a world-wide zombie epidemic. I think the ideas here are pretty cool. I like the thought that zombies would have “Human” farms to feed off of. I also really enjoyed the characters. The production is very sparse, but the actors were really into it, and the story moved along fine. All of the narrating really reminded me of T2, though.
52. Night Shadows AKA Mutant (PD/YouTube – 1984 – 99 Min – Color) IMDb *
Some brothers head into a town. People turn up dead. They investigate. I really wasn’t into this.
53. War Wolves (HDTV/SyFy – 2009 – 104 Min – Color) IMDB *
Oh, my. Sometimes I find original “Sci-Fi” films to be decent. This one was not. I suppose the story was good enough, and it’s always fun to see more John Saxon. The biggest problem I had was that nothing is really explained, there’s no real pay-off. And the effects are just terrible. The quality of the production was fine, but the wolf make-up was a joke. I’ve seen better trick-or-treating. And the teeth? Come on! Did they get those out of a quarter machine?
54. Sheitan (DVD – 2006 – 94 Min – Color – France) IMDb - 31 Films Subset *
"Vous êtes ok?"
I was really looking forward to this. And I was mesmerized while watching, and in the back of my mind, the cues were telling me, “This is it, this is where all hell breaks loose.” I heard that from myself for a good hour before, well, only part of hell broke loose. I can appreciate the cinema photography here, the quick cuts, jump cuts, cut to’s, but sometimes enough is enough. This is way heavier on style than it is substance. And it’s too bad. I really like the characters and where the story was going. I even liked where the story ended up. But come on, this is one of the most pretentious films I’ve ever seen.
Oh, but it is worth a watch to see Roxane Mesquida.

October: 13
55. Hellbound: Hellraiser II (DVD – 1988 – 97 Min – Color – UK) IMDb - 31 Films Subset
"What's your pleasure, sir?"
This is a great continuation of Barker’s Hellbound Heart novella. Barker gets the exec producer credit for this, and I believe he did an exceptional job. I also think that this benefited from having a different director than the first. The choice to take the producer position here probably allowed for a better over-all product. The story seems so huge I’m sure it was good to have more “hands” on the reigns. The biggest problem is the matte work did not age well. This really could benefit from some Lucas-type tinkering.

October: 14
56. Flesh, TX (PD/YouTube – 2009 – 92 Min – Color) IMDb *
"Hello, my name’s Joseph."
This is a perfect example of don’t judge a movie by its poster. Great poster. Even a great title. Awful, awful film. Just awful. It’s pretty bad when a little kid is your best actor. I’m sorry she got stuck in this production.
57. OC Babes and the Slasher of Zombietown (PD/YouTube – 2008 – 70 Min – Color) IMDb *
"(mumble) Did you hear that?"
Well, I guess you should know what you’re getting into with a director named Creep Creepersin. I think this quote from IMDB sums it up best: “An unborn baby with a used teabag in a desert could've produced a better film than this.” – Robert Stone
58. Body in the Web AKA Horrors of Spider Island (PD/YouTube – 1960 – 75 Min – B&W – West Germany/Yugoslavia) IMDb *
"Here’s Singapore."
This was good at times…but mostly bad. There was a lot of potential, which of course makes it all the more irritating to watch. But there are some cute girls, and the shots are decent. I’m a bit of a ballet freak, so the little dance bit in the beginning was the highlight for me.
59. Vampire Circus (Roku/Netflix – 1960 – 87 Min – Color – UK) IMDb *
"And there you are!"
I enjoyed this a lot. It felt like a very modern Hammer film, but it worked fine. There’s some great visuals, and the cast is mostly stunning to watch. Some of the kills seemed very unique for the time. And of course the presentations of undress were very, well, delightful. Soft frames and presence aren’t qualities I usually equate to Hammer. But this worked.
60. The Children (DVD – 2008 – 84 Min – Color – UK) IMDb - 31 Films Subset *
"Stop bothering Paulie, Miranda."
Truly a magnificent surprise. This was a blind bye for me at one point, and I’m glad I saved it until now to watch. Other than the obvious disturbing and horrible ideals the film deals with, it is just beautifully photographed. This is a true joy to watch. Simply, just, watch.

October: 15
61. Evil Laugh (PD/YouTube – 1988 – 87 Min – Color) IMDb *
"Mr. Burns, what’s wrong?"
I was actually surprised by this. It’s not that great, but served as a better than average slasher scenario. And execution wasn’t so bad. I loved the Fangoria mag shot, and the blood spray was a real treat. Expect the least, and you may just achieve enjoyment here.
62. The Final Terror (PD/YouTube – 1983 – 82 Min – Color) IMDb *
"Jimmy, look out!"
Not too bad of a film. There’s some good slasher moments here and there, and some of the characters are pretty far out as well. I can’t name anything particularly bad, but there’s nothing that really stands out either. Nice locations.
63. Carnival of Souls (PD/YouTube – 1962 – 84 Min – B&W) IMDb *
"Hey, Joe –"
This is such an amazing film. The visuals are just stunning. I knew I was in for a real treat once the intricate opening credits began. There are many moments in this film that could easily stand on their own. And the entire abandoned carnival sequence was quite mesmerizing. Reminded me a of Rollin’s early B&W work. Highly recommend this gem of horror.
64. After Midnight (DTV/Reelz – 1989 – 90 Min – Color) IMDb *
"Allyson? What are you doing…"
I enjoyed the heck out of this. Great time, the stories are decent. The first story is my favorite by far. For an anthology film, this was very well done, but still campy and light. I really enjoyed the over-dramatic narration from the professor. The whole thing gives you a good ghost story told by the campfire feel.
65. Night of the Creeps (BD – 1986 – 88 Min – Color) IMDb - 31 Films Subset
This is always a fun watch. But I seem to be having a problem with the fact that I've seen this so many times, it's a bit tough to get through. Only a bit, though. Still great fun. Also, I believe this film features the best bathroom graffiti EVER. And to confirm, Stryper does rule.

October: 16
66. Blood From the Mummy’s Tomb (HDTV/TCM – 1971 – 94 Min – Color – UK) IMDb *
This was my first time watching a female mummy movie. It was a lot better than I expected, and I really like the beauty and pain we get from the feminine view of this ideal. The movie did a good job of making a fun plot that I was actually interested in. And I was really interested in Valerie Leon. Both of them.
67. Planet of the Vampires (Roku/Netflix – 1965 – 86 Min – Color – Spain/Italy) IMDb *
"Are you able to see anything at all, Bert?"
This is a case where I’m very glad that I started the Expanded Checklist for the challenge, or I never would have taken the time to seek out a horror film set in space that I hadn’t seen before. And this one is a real treat. The tension is course throughout the length of the film, foreboding and moody. Even though there is little to no budget, Bava works well with what he is given, though I could have done without the spacecraft-flying shots. I can see the heavy influence this had on Alien. Practically the same movie, minus the chest-bursters.
68. Fear No Evil (DVD – 1981 – 99 Min – Color) IMDb - 31 Films Subset *
"And God endowed one specific Archangel with striking beauty, wisdom and power."
Not a fan of this. Too much going on. The soundtrack and the score are completely mismatched. There seemed to have been a lot of potential here, but just ended up a big mess. John Waters could have done much better here.

October: 17
69. My Bloody Valentine (DVD – 1981 – 90 Min – Color – Canada) IMDb - 31 Films Subset *
Great 80s slasher film.
70. My Bloody Valentine (BD – 2009 – 101 Min – Color) IMDb *
"Listen! We’re not sure what caused the collapse."
Decent remake. First time watching it in 2D. Lots of gory, horror fun.
71. His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th (BD – 2009 – 86 Min – Color) IMDb *
An okay documentary. Nothing really special here, just a bunch of interviews strung together without any cohesion at all. It really plays as just an ad for the Universal Studios horror theme that the park was promoting at the time.
72. Never Sleep Again: The Making of ‘A Nightmare on Elm St.’ (DVD – 2006 – 50 Min – Color) IMDb
"Whatever you do, DON’T FALL ASLEEP…"
This was a lot of fun to watch, but really seems like just a teaser to the mammoth 4 hr project we were recently blessed with. This one remains aptly done, organized well, and filled with some great deleted scenes sure to please any fan with only an hour to watch making-of Freddy.
73. Freddy vs Jason (DVD – 2003 – 97 Min – Color) IMDb
"My children... from the very beginning, it was the children who gave me my power."
Fun film. It’s great to see these two legends together, and narrated by Freddy! Doesn’t get much better than that.

October: 18
74. The Raven (Roku/Netflix – 1963 – 86 Min – Color) IMDb *
"Once upon a midnight dreary…"
This film was a real treat. Kind of goofy at times, but the special effects were really cool and the whole story was pretty entertaining. Kind of a pre-cursor to the old Freddy vs Jason. I also loved the way the Poe poem was intertwined with the story. Great execution.
75. Tourist Trap (DVD – 1979 – 90 Min – Color) IMDb - 31 Films Subset *
The beginning of this reminded me a lot of Death Bed, with the crickety, rigged style special effects. And the movie got pretty crazy as it progressed. I found it a little odd the way the supernatural element was present, but not prominent enough to make sense in the story. But this was delightfully campy, and good fun.

October: 19
76. Blood Thirsty Butchers (PD/YouTube – 1970 – 79 Min – Color) IMDb *
"How long have you been in London?"
Well, this one is hard to decide about. On one hand it’s a low-budget, badly acted crapfest. On the other, it has a certain mystique to it, and some of the images are quite fascinating. The over-the-top removal of the ring was a creepy scene to watch play out in the beginning, but what remains fizzles as a mild exploration of unsettling boringness. And that’s about the extent of what I got out of it.
77. Countess Dracula (PD/YouTube – 1971 – 93 Min – Color – UK) IMDb *
This was mildly enjoyable to me. One of my lesser favorite Hammer films, but there are some great visuals. And the basic story works well enough. Ingrid Pitt does a great job with the starring role.
78. Samurai purinsesu: Gedô-hime AKA Samurai Princess (PD/YouTube – 2009 – 82 Min – Color – Japan) IMDb *
Here we have a great Japanese gore fest. Not much to it but your standard exploiting of all things horror and hotness, with a lot of craziness thrown in for good, or over-the-top measure. This is pretty standard Japanese gore gone wild, but it is the first time I’ve ever seen killer, flying boobs.
79. Smash Cut (DVD – 2009 – 86 Min – Color – Canada) IMDb - 31 Films Subset *
"Ladies and Gentlemen –"
What a perfect homage film this is. The filmmakers really captured the feel of Herschell Gordon Lewis. The ridiculous acting, nearly insignificant plot, cheesy gore, crazy score…it all works perfect here. And Sasha Grey on top of all that? A jewel. Of course if you are not a fan of HGL or are completely unfamiliar with his work, then chances are this won’t be as much fun. The corniness really has to be appreciated to be enjoyed.

October: 20
80. Fright Night (PD/YouTube – 1985 – 106 Min – Color) IMDb - 31 Films Subset
"What was that?"
There’s always time for a little Fright Night. This was again lots of fun to watch, as expected. There are some cool elements here that are fantastic and very relatable, with that fantasy of mystery just within reach, posing as your next door neighbor. Sometimes I look out of my neighborhood window and hope to see a dead body being moved into a basement. Well, I don’t wish harm, just mystique.
81. Count Dracula and His Vampire Bride (PD/YouTube – 1973 – 87 Min – Color – UK) IMDb *
"Here ye, great demons of hell."
Kind of an underground conspiracy/cult theme going on here. Not much to keep me interested, except the ladies, of course, and chained vampires in a cellar = SCORE! I found this to be more of a boring mystery than gothic horror. But rituals and nudity make it worth the watch.

October: 21
82. Creepshow (DVD – 1982 – 120 Min – Color) IMDb
"I told you before, I didn’t want you to read this crap."
This is truly a classic to me. Probably one of the best comic book adapts. The precision of the comic frames mixed with the live action, and the melding of the story all works so well. I have fond memories of all of these stories, but the last one, with the bugs, that’s by far my favorite one now. It really stands out as all-out crazy. Love it.
83. Attack of the Puppet People (PD/YouTube – 1958 – 79 Min – Color) IMDb *
This is a film with a title and artwork that would be hard-pressed to deliver on. And I’m pleased to report that it delivers well. The idea of humans suspended as “puppets” is just insanely fun. And the miniatures work so well here. Everything seems to work well. There’s just a right amount of oddity and believability that makes this a real joy. And that doll maker is one crazy dude.
84. Masters of Horror: Cigarette Burns (PD/YouTube – 2005 – 59 Min – Color) IMDb *
"Film is magic, and in the right hands, a weapon."
Wow. By far this is the best MoH I’ve seen. It has some all-out, gross-out moments, gore galore, but man is it well done. Just the premise of a film as a weapon I found intriguing. And the journey to find it was quite the ride.
85. The Seventh Victim (PD/YouTube – 1943 – 71 Min – Color) IMDb - 31 Films Subset *
"Come in, please."
Really a great film. It has such perfect pace and substance that it almost commands that you sit and pay close attention to everything that is happening on the screen. I especially liked the sounds of vocal practice and chatter that you hear during the stairwell walks. The ending was so simple, but quite perfect. And just the fact that (mystery) room is there (with what’s inside of it), locked… well, is kind of scary, no matter how you look at it.

October: 22
86. Kill, Baby…Kill! (DVD – 1966 – 85 Min – Color – Italy) IMDb *
"Nooooo! Nooooo!"
This is classic Bava that I’ve never actually watched. Not sure why, as it is a pretty terrific film. I loved the atmosphere, the way the “baby” is show. Great, simple story shot very effectively.
87. Succubus (DVD – 1968 – 95 Min – Color – West Germany) IMDb *
A very apt film from the master of Euro “trash” cinema, Jess Franco. This one is much better made than Franco’s later efforts, which can be good and bad. With this film we get a great snapshot into the mind of a paranoid schizophrenic, draped with crazy jazz and swingin’ love-ins, minus the trademark Franco frenetic cinemaphotography. I personally prefer Franco’s shaky camera style, with his crazy zooms and wandering pans. I enjoy his style, though I know how difficult it can be for others to watch. You could compare it to Hemingway vs. Kerouac. One is a literary genius, with skilled word craft and carefully planned story-telling. The other, a jazz, Beat poet that writes to the rhythm of life as he experiences it (but a genius in his own right). They can both be appreciated, but to read On the Road, expecting it to be For Whom the Bell Tolls, is unfair to both artists. Appreciate the style as it’s offered, and enjoy each as its own. Me, I'll always be a Franco-phile.
88. Demons (DVD – 1985 – 88 Min – Color – Italy) IMDb - 31 Films Subset *
"Uhhh, can I have another one?"
So, I started off the day with a classic Bava, and then ended it with a classic next generation Bava. This movie is a lot of fun. There’s plenty of gore and crazy happenings. But what really stands out is the premise of the theatre, and how the victims are targeted. Cool film all the way around.

October: 23
89. The Wolf Man (DVD – 1941 – 70 Min – B&W) IMDb *
"Talbot Castle, Mr. Larry."
So here we have a great film about some creepy perv that peers into unsuspecting woman’s windows with a telescope, then proceeds to stalk them with knowledge gleaned from said telescope. Oh, and eventually he turns into a werewolf.
90. Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (DVD – 1943 – 74 Min – B&W) IMDb *
"Laurence Stewart Talbot, who died at the youthful age of 31."
Now this is a great werewolf film. I love the excitement of knowing that the wolf man is going to be resurrected as the thieves are messin’ around in the beginning. It kind of reminded me of the enjoyment of seeing Jason brought back to life many times over. The monster comes into the picture when the wolf man decides that the good doctor may have a cure for him. The desperation that Chaney shows in trying to find his release from the curse is very well played. The Frankenstein aspect kind of takes a back seat most of the film, but it succeeds for what it is. I enjoyed it.
91. Elvira’s Movie Macabre: The Werewolf of Washington (PC/Hulu – 1973 – 90 Min – Color) IMDb *
"Happy days are here again…"
I’ve seen some pretty bad movies for this challenge. Some I won’t even consider a “movie” per say (just having access to YouTube doesn’t make you a filmmaker), but this one is pretty bad. I was looking forward to a young Dean Stockwell’s performance, but this whole thing was a mess. Never mind the government and White House inaccuracies. Never mind the terrible plot and acting. What really got me was the shoddy camera work. And not just the framing, but what made it into the frame. There are at least two scenes where you can clearly see the shadow or reflection of the cameraman. One scene in particular shows a full figure shadow of the cameraman (and camera) while filming, and it is way too noticeable to be a mistake. Clearly the filmmakers wanted to send a message that they either didn’t care, or were being paid for a job that they were just going to deliver, no matter what the result. Elvira was cool, though.
92. She-Wolf of London (DVD – 1946 – 61 Min – B&W) IMDb *
"What is it, Latham?"
This was an excellent watch. It’s much more on the mystery/crime side of the genre, but a great watch non-the-less.
93. Ginger Snaps (DVD – 2000 – 108 Min – Color – Canada) IMDb - 31 Films Subset
"What have you got there?"
I’ve always been a big fan of this film. There are so many quotable lines in here, that it’s almost overboard, but not delivered in a comic way. Of course this mainly boils down to a film about female adolescence, but I believe a lot of the themes are relatable and the subtext is easy to read.

October: 24
94. Toolbox Murders (Roku/Netflix – 1978 – 93 Min – Color) IMDb *
"At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus –"
This was a mildly amusing slasher. There was a lot of promise here, and some of the kills are great watches, but the execution just doesn’t work. It’s like there’s no suspense or drama at all. Just some crazy guy killing. Who really cares. None of the characters seem to care about one-another either. Worth a watch for some cool killing.
95. Flowers in the Attic (Roku/Netflix – 1987 – 93 Min – Color) IMDb - 31 Films Subset
"Grandmother’s house."
I think this is an okay movie. It’s effective in its creepiness, and the story is decent enough. I never read the books, so I can’t comment on the “closeness” of the siblings, but there are only mild hints in the film. I still feel uncomfortable watching this, I guess from being disturbed by it when I was younger. Kind of scary to think of an adult/authority figure being so crazy and mean. That’s just not supposed to happen, is it?

October: 25
96. Drive-In Massacre (PD/YouTube – 1977 – 74 Min – Color) IMDb *
"Okay, we haven’t got all night, come on."
So in this film we get a great opening kill. Then it’s all downhill from there.
97. Chopped (Ep: 5x10): Fright Bites (HDTV/Food Network – 2010 – 44 Min – Color) TV.com *
WC #1
I love me some Chopped, and this one delivered the goods with a great Halloween spin.
98. Gojira (DVD – 1954 – 96 Min – B&W – Japan) IMDb - 31 Films Subset *
Classic creature movie, and one of the best ever. I am amazed at how well done the miniatures were. They were so detailed, and the lighting and framing was perfect for each scene of destruction. Sure, the war message is pretty in-your-face at certain points, but considering the subject, the fear of the time is bound to show through. This also has the best Godzilla growl I’ve ever heard.

October: 26
99. Master of Horror: Dreams in the Witch-House (PD/YouTube – 2005 – 55 Min – Color) IMDb *
"What do ya want?"
This is a great entry into the MoH series of films. I loved the dimensional mystery-play. Very well done. And the rat, well, he gets rather gross at times.
100. Food Network Challenge (Ep: 11x02): Outrageous Pumpkins 2 (HDTV/Food Network – 2010 – 44 Min – Color) Livedash *
WC #2
What’s better than watching pro’s carving pumpkins? Watching pro’s carving “Outrageous” pumpkins, of course.
Oops…didn’t mean for #100 to be a Wild Card…

101. El espinazo del Diablo AKA The Devil’s Backbone (DVD – 2001 – 106 Min – Color) IMDb - 31 Films Subset *
"¿Qué es un fantasma?"
An absolutely beautiful film. The ghost element kind of rides quietly in the background, but is effective. The acting is great, and a there are some subtle hints here and there as to what Del Toro will show us in the future. No matter if you enjoy this or not, it is wonderful to look at.

October: 27
102. Splinter (BD – 2008 – 82 Min – Color) IMDb - 31 Films Subset *
"Go on, I ain’t got nothin."
Surprisingly, this was a really great film. Not much to it, but very effective in portraying fear and a whole lot of scared confusion. The “splinters” themselves looked really good, and what they do to the bodies they collect is pretty creepy. Great monster flick, presented at a high-speed, action pace.
103. Friday the 13th (BD – 2009 – 106 Min – Color) IMDb
I still enjoy this quite a bit. I believe they really captured the feel of a Friday film, only polished and with a big budget. When it comes down to it, though, everything you need in a horror film is right here.
104. A Nightmare on Elm Street (Roku/Amazon – 2010 – 95 Min – Color) IMDb *
"Can I have another?"
This is absolutely terrible. I came into this pretending like it wasn’t a remake, like I never heard of Freddy. I wanted to give the movie the best chance on its own merit. And this is so far removed from the original film that it really shouldn’t even be considered a remake in the first place. My problem with this: I just didn’t care. Freddy wasn’t scary. He was annoying and not at all interesting. And his appearances jacked-up the flow of the film more than anything else. Every time he showed up, it felt like the filmmakers were forced to figure out what to do with him. Even if Freddy wasn’t already an established character, I would expect from the way the movie presented him that he wouldn’t be so small and unintimidating. And it doesn’t help that he has the voice of Eeyore. Total disaster.
105. Halloween Block Party 2010 (Ep: HHBP2-S10H) (HDTV/HGTV – 2010 – 44 Min – Color) HGTV *
WC #3
Learn to make some pretty cool Halloween decorations. Or in my case, abandon ambition and just watch. Remember to support UNICEF!

October: 28
106. Dark Night of the Scarecrow (DVD – 1981 – 96 Min – Color) IMDb - 31 Films Subset *
"Are the flowers that I’ve seen, growing in the fields so gay –"
For an ‘80s TV movie, this little title blew me away. This is the perfect example of a hidden gem, and just a real fun treat. There are some great supernatural elements here, but mostly it’s a good story, decent kills, and a “killer” looking scarecrow.
107. Revenge of the Living Dead Girls (Roku/NetFlix – 1987 – 76 Min – Color – France) IMDb *
This was an okay zombie film from France. There’s some cool visuals, interesting kills, and I love the zombie makeup. But the story is pretty flat, and the directing uninspired, so it rates as an average genre watch.
108. MST3K: Zombie Nightmare (Roku/NetFlix – 1987 – 92 Min – Color – Canada) IMDb *
"MST3K intro: Sector four clear. Platform secure for traveler. Proceed."
Wow, I didn’t realize that Jon Mikl Thor could actually act worse than he did in R ‘n R Nightmare, but here’s proof. This actually wasn’t the worse movie I’ve ever seen, but the MST3K version certainly helped.

October: 29
109. Day of the Dead (DVD – 1985 – 102 Min – Color) IMDb *
"Nothing, nothing at all!"
This is the only entry from the original trilogy I hadn’t seen before. I don’t know why there’s so much love for this, to me it seemed sort of drawn out and a little unnecessary at times. I loved the gore, and the near final scene with the salute was very cool. But over-all, this was a bit tedious and felt long as I was watching it. I think the pacing killed this for me more than anything else.
110. Repo! The Genetic Opera (BD – 2008 – 98 Min – Color) IMDb *
I finally got around to watching this, and absolutely loved it! Cast was perfect, the songs a lot of fun, and the gore was delightful. This is actually the only film this challenge to make me tear up…
And how cool is it that sweet Alexa Vega drops an f-bomb?

111. Evil Dead (DVD – 1981 – 85 Min – Color – w/ commentary) IMDb *
Bruce Campbell: “Evil Dead was not the original title…"
This is such a classic, but being that I’ve seen it so many times, I wanted to hear what Ash himself had to say. I’m pleased to report that he gives a very enlightening and entertaining commentary. I really enjoyed his insights and MST3K style comments. Highly recommend.
112. Monster Squad (DVD – 1987 – 82 Min – Color) IMDb - 31 Films Subset
"Three minutes. The girl. Now!"
Always a fun watch. I really like the club/tree house. My inner child is so jealous.
113. Hausu AKA House (BD – 1977 – 88 Min – Color – Japan) IMDb *
I had really high expectations for this; so many reviews had so much to say about it. I was looking to have my head twisted off by the craziness on screen. But this was not the case. It is a very good film, full of color and life and yes, craziness. The problem with my expectations and what I watched was that the entire film was equally crazy. The horror elements didn’t really stand out because they fit right in with the rest of the film. Great watch, though.

October: 30
114. Resident Evil: Afterlife (2D) (Cinema/35mm – 2010 – 97 Min – Color) IMDb -31 Films Subset *
"My name is Alice."
You can’t expect too much from the RE franchise except for mindless action and a lot of zombie killing. And that’s just what you get here. Unfortunately, this one is a little heavier on the mindlessness, and my least favorite of the series. But a fun watch, and that’s all I can really ask for.
115. La noche de Walpurgis AKA Werewolf Shadow (DVD – 1971 – 86 Min – Color – Spain/West Germany) IMDb *
"The inspector might have at least waited until the morning."
This was a decent addition to the werewolf cannon. Good story and some great visuals, nice ladies as well. Kind of a corny execution, but enjoyable none the less.
116. Shorts (92 Min TOTAL for the day)

(Shorts listed in the order they were watched)

Une nuit terrible (PC/YouTube – 1896 – 1 Min – B&W – France) IMDb *
That’s quite the spider problem you got there…
Le Diable Noir (PC/YouTube – 1905 – 4 Min – B&W – France) IMDb *
That’s quite the chair problem you got there…
Frankenstein (PC/YouTube – 1910 – 13 Min – B&W/Tinted) IMDb
Always a great watch. So creepy for the time it was made.
Les Pays Loins (DVD – 1965 – 17 Min – B&W – France) IMDb
I love Jean Rollin’s eye for framing and his knack for storytelling. Even when you have no idea what’s going on, it seems like you’ve experienced a grand story. My interpretation of this is pure horror. I’m sure everyone that watches will come away with something different.
Voodoun Blues (DVD – 2004 – 6 Min – B&W) IMDb
Misty Mundae and a topless sorceress. What more could you need?
Michael Jackson’s Thriller (DVD – 1983 – 14 Min – Color) IMDb
Such a great short.
Amante del vampiro, L' AKA The Vampire and the Ballerina (8mm – 1960 – 10 Min, edit from 85 Min feature – B&W – Italy/USA) IMDb
Wonderful visuals here. I really need to watch the entire film one day.
Castle Films: Creature from the Black Lagoon (16mm – 1954 – 8 Min, edit from 79 Min feature – B&W) IMDb
Creepy creature looks even scarier on “real” film.
Treevenge (LG/YouTube – 2008 – 16 Min – Color – Canada) IMDb *
The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots (PC/YouTube – 1895 – 1 Min – B&W) IMDb
Still amazed at how well this looks considering when it was made.
Le chaudron infernal AKA The Infernal Boiling Pot (PC/YouTube – 1903 – 2 Min – B&W/Tinted – France) IMDb
Great use of coloring. Very imaginative, and not at all limited by the day’s technology.

117. TV (88 Min TOTAL for the day)

(TV shows listed in the order they were watched)

Modern Family: Halloween (Ep: 2x06) (HDTV/ABC – 2010 – 22 Min – Color) TV.com *
Nice cat.
Community: Epidemiology (Ep: 2x06) (HDTV/NBC – 2010 – 22 Min – Color) TV.com *
This is by far one of the best Halloween theme sitcoms I’ve ever seen. This one just gets crazy. Love the cute dinosaur.
The Office: Costume Contest (Ep: 7x06) (HDTV/NBC – 2010 – 22 Min – Color) TV.com *
I’m glad that Jim came around in the end.
Outsourced: Bolloween (Ep: 1x06) (HDTV/NBC – 2010 – 22 Min – Color) TV.com *
I really dislike this show. But that is a great spice rack…

October: 31
118. Night of the Demons (DVD – 1988 – 90 Min – Color) IMDb - 31 Films Subset *
"Trick or treat!"
Crazy party, cool house. Love the make-up and gore effects. And what the HECK was up with that ending?
119. House of Frankenstein (DVD – 1944 – 71 Min – Color) IMDb *
"Now, will you give me my chalk?"
This was a lot better than I was expecting it. I was pretty involved with the story, and I’m glad they kept the continuity from the last Wolf Man film. And as always, great visuals.
120. Return of Dracula (Roku/NetFlix – 1958 – 77 Min – Color) IMDb *
"It is a known fact that there existed in central Europe a Count Dracula."
What a cool idea. Take Dracula out of his home dwelling, and drop him right into the good 'ol U.S. of A. Kind of boring in execution, but it works for what it is.
121. Dr. Giggles (LD – 1992 – 95 Min – Color) IMDb
"We’ve negotiated the outer epidermis and the subcutaneous fat layer."
This really is a great, fun watch. It’s too bad that it is so underrated. I for one enjoy the heck out of it.
122. TV (94 Min TOTAL for the day)

(TV shows listed in the order they were watched)

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (HDTV/ABC – 1966 – 25 Min – Color) IMDb
Always a pleasure, Chuck.
Scared Shrekless (HDTV/NBC – 2010 – 22 Min – Color) TV.com *
Standard Shrek fair, which is fine by me.
Monsters vs Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space (HDTV/NBC – 2009 – 22 Min – Color) IMDb
You explode when you eat too much candy. Sucks to be a pumpkin!
Addams Family: Halloween – Addams Style (Ep: 2x07) (DVD – 1965 – 25 Min – B&W) TV.com
They do Halloween the best (and all year long).

123. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (BD – 1970 – 98 Min – Color – Italy/West Germany) IMDb *
Here is an entry from the master of Giallo himself, Dario Argento. Lovely piece of filmmaking this is. This film is atmospheric, mysterious, tense, and visually arresting. What a way to begin.
124. The Midnight Hour (VHS – 1985 – 94 Min – Color) IMDb
"Lookout it’s the midnight hour, baby!"
I think this is my favorite Halloween special. I really look forward to putting it in the ‘ole VCR each year. This really needs a good special edition re-release.
125. Sleepy Hollow (HD DVD – 1999 – 105 Min – Color – USA/Germany) IMDb *
"Help here!"
This is one of the few Tim Burton films I hadn’t seen before. No good reason why, just never set aside the time to watch this. But it is great. The setting, the lush costumes, even the characters themselves are all a thrill to spend time with. I think it could have benefited with about 10 minutes less in runtime, and maybe lose the silly eyeball and tongue gags as well. But I enjoyed this a lot. Nice to get a new take on the Hollow legend.
126. Child’s Play (Roku/NetFlix – 1988 – 87 Min – Color) IMDb
"I got the strangler!"
Chucky is such a simple idea, but entirely effective as a horror subject. I think the original movie even holds up today, mainly due to the scare factor being simple and relatable. Toys aren’t supposed to attack you, just like parents are supposed to protect you (I’m looking at you, Flowers in the Attic). But the bigger question on my mind, whatever happened to all of those Good Guy dolls you see in the stores and commercial? I don’t care if they work or not. It’d be cool to have one. Preferably one not possessed.
127. Halloween (DVD – 1978 – 91 Min – Color – w/ commentary) IMDb *
John Carpenter: "Hi, I’m John Carpenter."
Well, you always have to watch this for Halloween, even if it’s late Halloween night. This is the first time I watched with commentary. There’s some good stuff in there, but the way it’s edited (the commentary) is a little off-putting. I like it better when everyone is live and watching together. But there are some entertaining moments, and the film is a classic no matter who talks. Great way to end.

(Foreign Language translations notated using Google Translate)



Total Watched = 127
Total Approx Min Watched = 11084
Total Approx Hrs Watched = 185
Total First Time Watches/Listens = 108 *

(BD) Blu-ray Disc = 10
HD DVD = 1
DVD = 48
(LD) LaserDisc = 1
VHS = 1
Cinema/35mm Film = 1
16mm Film = 1
8mm Film = 1
Roku/LG Streaming Device = 23
(PC) Personal Computer/Internet = 5
(PD) Personal Device/iPod Touch, Droid X, Zune = 29

* Shorts/TV counted as seperate first watches/formats per title

List Photo (1st Film Watched) = Death Proof
Total List Words/Code = 11,566
Approx Hours in List Edit Time = 82 **
Forecasted Years Institutionalized for Challenge Mental Damage = 2.1

** List stayed open during some watches


31 Films Subset:

-x- From Beyond (1986)
-x- Sisters (1973)
-x- The Cat and the Canary (1927)
-x- Horror Hotel (1960)
-x- Dead Snow (2009)
-x- It's Alive (1974)
-x- Octaman (1971)
-x- Salvage (2009)
-x- Black Rainbow (1989)
-x- City of the Living Dead (1980)
-x- The Blob (1988)
-x- Sheitan (2006)
-x- Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)
-x- The Children (2008)
-x- Night of the Creeps (1986)
-x- Fear No Evil (1981)
-x- My Bloody Valentine (1981)
-x- Tourist Trap (1979)
-x- Smash Cut (2009)
-x- Fright Night (1985)
-x- The Seventh Victim (1943)
-x- Demons (1985)
-x- Ginger Snaps (2000)
-x- Flowers in the Attic (1987)
-x- Gojira (1954)
-x- The Devil's Backbone (2001)
-x- Splinter (2008)
-x- Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)
-x- The Monster Squad (1987)
-x- Theatrical Showing – Anything – Resident Evil: Afterlife – 2D (2010)
-x- Night of the Demons (1988)

Theme Nights:

I’ve listed only the first film watched that meets each theme (to the best of my knowledge) –

-x- Bloody Tea & Crumpets - Hammer / Amicus / Ealing – The Three Brother Meet Dracula
-x- Outback Chillers & Kiwi Killers - Australian / New Zealand – The Ruins
-x- Mother Nature Runs Amok! - Natural Horror Films – Alligator II
-x- An Excellent Day for an Exorcism - Possession / Satanic / Demonic – Horror Hotel
-x- Human. It's What's for Dinner – Cannibalism – Snake People
-x- The Freaks Come Out at Night – Mutants – It’s Alive
-x- Killer Grannies & Saggy Mammaries - Psycho-biddy (Hagsploitation) – What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
-x- Fava Beans & Chianti Mindf#$ks - Psychological Horror – The Uninvited
-x- A Dish Best Served with Bloody Mayhem - Rape & Revenge – Last House on the Left
-x- They're Coming to Get You, Barbara! - Zombie Films – White Zombie
-x- Welcome to Virginityville - Population: 0 - Teen Screams – The Craft
-x- Get the Hell Off Jethro's Property! - Backwoods Horror – Sheitan
-x- Reading is Fundamentally Dead - Films Based on Horror Novels – Hellraiser II
-x- Schedule a Play Date with Damien - Creepy Kids – The Children
-x- Fermented for Your Approval - Cheesy '80s Horror – Night of the Creeps
-x- The Newly Expanded Asian Buffet of Terrors! - Korean / Thai / J-Horror / Indian / Chinese / Philippine / Indonesian – Meatball Machine
-x- It Slices, Dices & Guts You Like a Fish - Slashers / Giallos / Serial Killers – My Bloody Valentine (1981)
-x- Nevermore Frightening - Cinema Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe – The Raven (1963)
-x- Ooh! Scary, eh? - Canadian Horror Films – Smash Cut
-x- A Reel Cinematic Suckfest! - Vampire Films – Fright Night
-x- Once, Twice, Three Times the Lacerations - Horror Anthologies – Creepshow
-x- Passport to Sheer Terror! - BFI's 100 European Horror Films – Kill, Baby…Kill!
-x- Full Moon Madness! – Werewolves – The Wolf Man (1941)
-x- Condemned to VHS Hell! - Video Nasties – The Toolbox Murders
-x- Giant Monkeys & Radioactive Lizards - Creature Features – Gojira
-x- ¡Mierda Espantosa! - Spanish Horror Films – The Devil’s Backbone
-x- Supercharged Zombie Go Boom! - Action Horror – Splinter
-x- They're Still Here - Supernatural / Haunted House / GhostDark Night of the Scarecrow
-x- It's Pronounced "Fronkensteen" - Comedy Horror Films – Monster Squad
-x- Death by Caffeine on Devil's Night - Mass Marathon of the Damned – (Shorts Marathon)
-x- I'm Crazy Blu-ray Face! Give Me Some Candy! - Halloween Related – Night of the Demons

Expanded Checklist:

I’ve listed only the first film watched that meets each category (to the best of my knowledge) –

Watch one film from every decade of film history.
-x- 1890 – Une nuit terrible (1896)
-x- 1900 – Le Diable Noir (1905)
-x- 1910 – Frankenstein (1910)
-x- 1920 – The Cat and the Canary (1927)
-x- 1930 – The Ghoul (1933)
-x- 1940 – The Wolf Man (1941)
-x- 1950 – The Crawling Eye (1958)
-x- 1960 – Horror Hotel (1960)
-x- 1970 – The Seven Brothers Meet Dracula (1974)
-x- 1980 – Happy Birthday to Me (1981)
-x- 1990 – The Faculty (1998)
-x- 2000 – Death Proof (2007)
-x- 2010 – A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

Watch a film for each rating:
-x- Unrated (pre-MPAA) – The Crawling Eye
-x- G – The Devil's Bride
-x- PG – It’s Alive
-x- PG-13 – Alligator II: The Mutation
-x- R – The Faculty
-x- NC-17 – Evil Dead
-x- X (original or final) – Succubus
-x- Unrated (post-MPAA) – The Ruins

Watch films in at least three formats (DVD, BD, HD DVD, Laserdisc, TV, online, UMD, theater, iPod, etc).
-x- First format – DVD – Death Proof
-x- Second format – BD – The Ruins
-x- Third format – HDTV – Psychomania

Watch a film starring:
-x- Basil Rathbone -or- Glenn StrangeHouse of Frankenstein
-x- John Saxon -or- Danny Trejo – War Wolves
-x- Paul Naschy -or- José "Coffin Joe" Marins – Werewolf Shadow
-x- Donald Pleasence -or- John CarradineHouse of Frankenstein
-x- Clint Howard -or- Michael BerrymanSmash Cut
-x- Bill Moseley -or- Keith David – The Blob (1988)
-x- Dick Miller -or- David Warner – Night of the Creeps
-x- Udo Kier -or- Barbara Steele – Masters of Horror: Cigarette Burns
-x- Tony Todd -or- Brad DourifChild’s Play
-x- Linnea Quigley -or- Debbie Rochon – Night of the Demons

Watch films in at least two languages other than English.
-x- First language – Norwegian – Død snø AKA Dead Snow
-x- Second language – French – Sheitan

Watch a film in each of the following subgenres/types:
-x- Vampire – Vampire Circus
-x- Frankenstein – Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
-x- Werewolf – Werewolf of London
-x- Mummy – Blood From the Mummy’s Tomb
-x- Ghost/haunting – Thir13en Ghosts
-x- Witchcraft/satanic/religious – The House of the Devil
-x- Zombie – Zombi 3
-x- Slasher/psycho/homicidal maniac – I Know What You Did Last Summer
-x- Monster/creature feature/Godzilla – Gojira
-x- Documentary – His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
-x- Musical – Repo! The Genetic Opera
-x- Spoof/comedy – Night of the Creeps
-x- Revenge – The Last House on the Left
-x- Killer/evil doll – Child’s Play
-x- Killer/evil animal – Alligator II
-x- Killer/evil child – The Children
-x- Giallo – The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
-x- J horror – Meatball Machine
-x- MST3K/rifftrax/CT – MST3K: Zombie Nightmare
-x- film and its remake – My Bloody Valentine (1981/2009)
-x- based on a novel / “Jewel of the Seven Stars” – Blood From the Mummy’s Tomb
-x- directed by Fred Olen Ray or Frank Henenlotter or Ti WestThe House of the Devil
-x- won an Academy Award – Best Costume Design, B&W – What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
-x- silent film – Cat and the Canary
-x- Criterion version film – Sisters
-x- with commentary – Last House on the Left
-x- film and at least two of its sequels – It’s Alive plus sequels
-x- anthology film – After Midnight
-x- appears on video nasties list – The Last House on the Left
-x- hosted by Elvira – The Werewolf of Washington
-x- takes place on a holiday (Valentine’s Day) – My Bloody Valentine (1981)
-x- takes place in space – Planet of the Vampires
-x- takes place on or under the sea – It Came From Beneath the Sea
-x- animated film – It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
-x- called "Day of ..." – Day of the Dead
-x- called "Night of ..." – Night of the Creeps
-x- called "Return of ..." – Return of Dracula
-x- called "Revenge of ..." – Revenge of the Living Dead Girls
-x- called "Attack of ..." – Attack of the Puppet People
-x- with the words "Living Dead" in the title – City of the Living Dead


This was a great Challenge this year. I had a lot of fun, and I met all of my goals (and exceeded most). I really wanted to break 100 this year, but I also ended up with some bonuses:

• Total over 100 watches
• Completed all 3 “Checklists”
• Watched each 31 Films Subset on the specified day (I think this was the most difficult)
• Watched on 12 formats (some lumped together as the same, i.e. personal devices)
• More than half of my watches were first time views

It seems that everyone got along quite well this year, which I believe the Challenge benefited from. It’s never any fun when the threads get uncomfortable to read.

I also really enjoyed the 31 Films Subset this year (well, except for Fear No Evil). Some stand-outs for me:

The Children
Dark Night of the Scarecrow

And other than the 31 Films, one of my favs this year was Repo! The Genetic Opera. I don’t know why I waited so long to watch it, but it was so good, and even made me tear up at the end. I also enjoyed my first viewing of Carnival of Souls. Souls is such a terrific visual and atmospheric feast. These were two big plusses for me.

Special mention also goes to The House of the Devil which was something very special all on its own. Nearly perfect in every way.

So, many thanks to Chad for the hard work, and Trevor for the constant oversight.

Thanks also to my wife, whose love for horror even surpasses my own, and makes the Challenge that much more fun. And of course thanks to all of you participants and lurkers and anyone that loves horror, even if it’s just for once a year. Good time, lots of fun.

And whatever you do…

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2010 October Horror Movie Challenge List
First timer here
*=1st time watched

October 1st
1.*Brain twisters (1991) DVD ***out 5
Never knew about this flick just threw it on. Decent early 90's stuff
2.*Invitation to Hell(1984)DVD***out 5
An unknown to me Wes craven TV movie.
3.*Saw 6(2009)BR*** out 5
Ok movie with good gore.
Oct 2nd
4.The pumkin carver(2007)DVD **out5
Ok movie just watched for a halloween movie
Oct 3
Oct 4
5.Case 39 (2009)***out5
Ok movie not scary.
6.The Evil Dead (1981)BR *****out5
Excellent scary movie havent seen it in along time. Blu ray quality really grainy but who cares tons of gore. Creepy as hell. Just great!!!!
7.*Mirrors 2 (2010)***out5
I thought this was a pretty good movie had some good gore scenes.story wasnt the best but overall good movie.
8.*30 DAys of night Dark days(2010)BR***out5
A pretty good sequel with some good bloody scenes.
9.*Terror Creatures from the grave(1965)DVD**out5
First time i saw this i thought it was kinda slow the best part was Barbara steele
10.*From Beyond(1986)***out5
Another 1st time I seen this movie some good gore.
11.*Night of the demons(2009)****out5
I reallly liked this movie Edward furlong,Monica keena and Shannon elizabeth. Great horror movie alot of Gore. This was alot better than all the PG13 crap they play in theaters in which this could have played in.
12.Dark fields(2006)DVD**out5
really low budget movie.I just watched it again for Jenna scott she is so hot.
13*Zombie wars(2006)Online
What a low budget piece of crap this was. Dont even waste your time watching this.
14.*Hideaway(1995)On Demand**out5
OK movie nothing special here just Alicia Silverstone hot as always.
15.Planet terror(2007)BR*****out5
Awsome movie the 3rd time around gets better everytime i see love.Awsome GORE!!!!!!!!


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

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

Watch films in at least three formats (DVD, BD, HD DVD, Laserdisc, TV, online, UMD, theater, iPod, etc).
-X- First format, (DVD), (Brain twisters).
-X- Second format, (Blu Ray), (Saw 6).
--- Third format, (insert format), (insert title).

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 -
-X- 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:
-X- Vampire - (30 days of night dark days)
--- Frankenstein -
--- Werewolf -
--- Mummy -
--- Invisible Man -
--- Ghost/haunting -
-X- Witchcraft/satanic/religious -(The Evil dead)
--- 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 -
-X- film and its remake - Night of the demons
--- 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 -
-X- takes place on a holiday - (The Pumkin carver)
--- takes place in space -
--- takes place on or under the sea -
--- animated film -
-X- called "Night of ..." -
--- called "Return of ..." -
--- called "Revenge of ..." -
--- called "Attack of ..." -
--- with the words "Living Dead" in the title -

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It's gonna be a slow month, I bet. Way too busy. Here goes

October 2nd
1. The Evil Dead (Blu-ray)
October 3rd
2. Case 39*

* denotes new viewing.

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I'll give this another shot. I think I only had one really good year, 3-4 years ago. But I'll see what I can do this year.

1. Son of Dracula (1943) B- 10/1
2. The Dunwich Horror (1970) C- 10/3
3. The Gorgon (1964) B- 10/10
4. Horrors of the Black Museum (1959) C+ 10/14
5. The Howling (1981) B 10/22
6. Where the Wild Things Are (2009) A- 10/25
7. A Study in Terror (1965) B 10/25
8. Blood on Satan's Claw (1971) B+ 10/27
9. The Haunting (1963) A 10/29

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Re: The 6th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread

Goal = 31

(First time for this challenge! I have way too many other movies to watch. At least this gets me to watch some movies that have been sitting on the shelf for awhile...)

Oct. 1:
1) The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Oct. 2:
2) Jonah Hex (2010)

Oct. 3:
3) Night Of The Creeps (1986)
4) The Gate (1987)

Oct. 4:
5) Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Oct. 7:
6) The Exorcist (1973)

Oct. 9:
7) Hatchet (2006)

Oct. 10:
8) Poltergeist (1982)
9) Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)

Oct. 11:
10) Poltergeist III (1988)

Oct. 12:
11) The Haunting (1999)

Oct. 13:
12) The Matrix (1999)

Oct. 16:
13) Let Me In (2010)
14) My Soul To Take (2010)

Oct. 17:
15) Horror Hotel (The City Of The Dead) (1960)

Oct. 18:
16) A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)

Oct. 19:
17) A Nightmare On Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)

Oct. 20:
18) A Nightmare On Elm Street Part 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

Oct. 21:
19) A Nightmare On Elm Street Part 4: The Dream Master (1988)

Oct. 22:
20) A Nightmare On Elm Street Part 5: The Dream Child (1989)

Oct. 23:
21) Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)
22) Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

Oct. 24:
23) Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)

Oct. 25:
24) Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005)

Oct. 26:
25) Monster House (2006)

Oct. 27:
26) Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Oct. 28:
27) The Return Of The Living Dead (1985)

Oct. 29:
28) Maniac (1980)

Oct. 30:
29) The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Oct. 31:
30) Halloween (1978)
31) The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Mission Accomplished!

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Brainee's 2010 DVDTalk Horror Movie Challenge List

Goal: 50
Total: 100
First Time Views: 70.75

= first time viewing

October 1st
1. Ghost Story (1974) - No, not the Fred Astaire movie where the Borg Queen shows her boobs. I had never heard of this movie, but blind bought the R2 DVD since I was already placing an order and it was on sale. Apparently this is a bit of a cult item due to its cast: including a strung-out Marianne Faithfull and the real-life counterpart of "Withnail" (of "Withnail and I" fame). Taken on its own, I found it a solid little ghost story. Fairly reserved, and not quite coming together - but it has its creepy moments and doesn't overstay its welcome.

2 and 3. The Dark Secret of Harvest Home (1978) - First time I've seen this since it was originally aired - so it was practically new to me. It's a crime this hasn't gotten a DVD release yet. Excellent story of building creepiness that has a similar vibe to "Wicker Man" and "Children of the Corn" (though Tryon's novel predates both of them). The mini-series running time (nearly 4 hours without commercials) allows this to have the depth of the a novel. Though a lot of 70s genre fair comes across of goofy today, this most certainly doesn't. The cast is an interesting mix of classic stars (Bette Davis, Donald Pleasance), future stars (Rosanna Arquette), and tv veterans (Rene Auberjonois, Tracey Gold, Joanna Miles).

4. Horror of Dracula (1958) - Time for a triple feature of Hammer Dracula in HD (on TCMHD)! The first and still my favorite of the Hammer Dracula movies. Though I never noticed before how bad some of the actors were at "playing dead" And Jonathan Harker is really an idiot here. Not even mentioning that his whole plan is kind of hair-brained. But at one point, he has the coffins of Dracula and his bride right in front of him. But there's only enough time to stake one, before the other wakes up. Guess which one he chooses?

5. Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966) - Takes a while to get the big guy resurrected, but once that happens the movies races along. And this is the movie where Dracula never spoke, with Lee explaining that the dialog was so bad he refused to do it. I tend to agree with screenwriter Jimmy Sangster's take on this - that his script never had any lines for Dracula to begin with. After all, he barely spoke in "Horror of Dracula" (after a couple of lines at the start, I think he was silent). And considering all the crap Lee has appeared in over the years, I find it hard to believe that, of all movies, this is the one where Lee makes that stand. No insult intended - you appear in as many movies as Lee and you'll work in some sinkers along the way.

6. Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968) - It's interesting to see a weak-willed priest used as Dracula's human henchman. And I don't get the "G" rating this got. With all the gory impalings and biting, this would get a PG-13 today easily. I know the system wasn't the same in those days, but you would've thought that this would at least merit the "M" (all ages admitted, but parental discretion advised). I guess that sci-fi and horror was dismissing as "kiddie" fare, no matter the content (which explains other odd "G" ratings, such as "Planet of the Apes" and "2001").

October 2nd
7. Halloween II (2009) - Dear Rob Zombie, Please stop making Halloween movies. Thank you.

8. Daughters of Satan (1972) - I thought I had seen this before, but it turns out I was thinking of "Brotherhood of Satan". That was a good movie ... this was crap. It does have a few moments of unintentional hilarity going for it. My favorite is when one woman has to spit on a crucifix. Trouble is the actress doesn't really know how to spit. Instead, she just kind of flaps her lips making a raspberry sound. I think a little spit got on the crucifix, but I think the other actors in the scene got the worst of it.

9. Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (1977) - How to describe "Death Bed"? I think one can only experience it. I will say this - Patton Oswald's bashing isn't really fair. Sure, it may make for a funny routine. But he didn't even see the movie. "Death Bed" may be ultra-low budget, have actors who can barely read their lines, and have a silly title. But it's captivating in its weird way, and has some imaginative touches.

10. The Hypnotic Eye (1960) - There's a good plot at the core here. Some of the self-mutilations are pretty gruesome for the time. Unfortunately, there's only enough story for about 45 minutes. The rest of the running time is shamelessly padded - with lengthy stretches of the hypnotists stage show, and even a beatnik poetry reading. And really - what person keeps a huge bottle of sulfuric acid by the bathroom sink?!?! That's just asking for trouble, evil hypnotist or not.

October 3rd
11. Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970) - I'm pretty sure I've seen these two Dracula movies before, but I couldn't remember a thing about them. Hammer amps up the sex here. And like "Dracula, Prince of Darkness", it takes about half the movie to get Dracula resurrected. There's enough violence and debauchery to keep things interesting, though.

12. The Scars of Dracula (1970) - I think Hammer's period piece Dracula movies are starting to run out of steam here, though there's a memorably gruesome opening. And I really couldn't stand the "Tom Jones"-like character, who is the focus of the movie in the first half. And the bats-on-strings are awfully silly. Dracula has perhaps his most humiliating death scene:
disintegrating after randomly struck by lightning, while in the process of handing an ass-whipping to the pretty boy hero.

October 4th
13. Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972) - Updating the series to modern times gives things a shot in the arm - and getting Peter Cushing back to play Van Helsing is even better! All is not great though. James Bernard's music is sorely missed. It gave the period-piece Dracula's excitement and class. Instead, we get some goofy "groovy" rock score that elicits giggles at what are supposed to be dramatic/scary moments. It's funny how the older Hammer movies have aged tremendously, but these "modern" efforts are horribly dated. The series also suffers from not having one of the top tier of Hammer directors on the job: like Terrence Fischer, Freddie Francis, and Roy Ward Baker. And Van Helsing's first name was Larry? Really?!?

14. The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) - This was a pleasant surprise - nowhere near as bad as its reputation. I liked how this had more of an action-thriller vibe. And Dracula's certainly upping the stakes by plotting to destroy the world with a super-plague. Though another dumb-ass death - for a guy that's lived for centuries, he seems about as death-prone as South Park's Kenny. This time:
we're introduced to a new vulnerability of Dracula - the particular thorn bush that made up Jesus' crown of thorns. Never heard that one before ... and as soon as you hear it, you know it comes into play later. And wouldn't you know it - Dracula lives in a building surrounding by the stuff

October 5th
15. The White Reindeer (1952) - Leave it to the Fins to come up with a horror movie about a killer were-reindeer. Actually this is quite good - it has more the tone of folk-story than horror movie. The entire movie has an otherworldly feel to it: from the "midnight sun" setting of Lapland, the rustic society where the supernatural is an accepted part of daily life, vast landscapes of snow, and almost a "silent movie" theatricality. Highly recommended if you're up for something different.

16. I Married a Witch (1942) - Old time comedies are really hit-and-miss with me. When they're bad, they're just unwatchable. I think a great cast is key - actors who can sell the material and keep you interested, no matter how dated the humor. And I really enjoyed this. Fredric March is a legend. I had never seen a Veronica Lake movie, but she's absolutely adorable in this - though I liked her more in the first half when she was "evil", rather than all lovey-dovey later on.

17. The World Beyond: "Monster" (1978); ☼ Supernatural: "Two and a Half Men" (2010) - If I had managed to watch "The World Beyond" when it aired, it would've scared the crap out of me. Apparently, this was a failed tv pilot. Too bad, because the one episode is fantastic. It starts with the briefest of set-ups - the hero had some sort of near-death experience, and dead people talk to him and send him on missions to help their loved ones. Yeah, it sounds like some sappy "Ghost Whisperer" crap. But the first mission is to help a ghost's sister (Poltergeist's JoBeth Williams) trapped on an island with a rampaging mud golem. It's intense, survival horror, with a small group trapped in a house with this thing's horrific screaming. The monster actually looks really good, and there were a number of "jump-in-your-chair" scares.

October 6th
18. ☼ Fringe: "The Box" (2010); ☼ The Event: "Protect Them From the Truth" (2010) - Wildcard #1 I figure sci-thrillers are a reasonable wildcard

19. Horror Hotel (1960) - A couple of days late for the group watch, but better late than never. There are tons of "burned witch returns" movies. Though this one is near the top of the sub-genre, thanks in part to terrific atmosphere and cinematography. Damn, that's got to be one of the creepiest towns of all time. Not sure what was keeping the cute antique dealer in town all that time.

20. Evil Eye (1975) - Surprisingly well-done Italian supernatural thriller. I thought it was going to be another giallo, but turned out to be something else entirely. Lots of style, good music, and attractive (and often naked) women - what more could you ask for? Well, I suppose you could ask for the last 10 minutes to not fall completely apart - with the grand finale being the lamest of plot twists:
it was all a dream.

21. The Devil's Nightmare (1971) - Another cool, yet little known, 70s Euro-horror. This one kind of bridges the atmospheric gothic horrors of the 60s to the sleazier and gorier 70s movies. You've got a spooky castle, stranded tourists, a creepy butler, a cursed baron, naked lesbians, a sexy succubus - and even Satan himself drops in on the proceedings!

October 7th
22. Dead End (2003) - OK micro-budget horror. Maybe a little disappointing considering rave reviews that I read. The characters were so aggressively annoying was it was hard to give a shit about anything that happened to them. And maybe this is more a sign of me having seen way too many horror movies - but I called the "twist" ending just a few minutes into the movie.

23. Death Knows Your Name (2007) - Not a single comment on imdb? I'm not even sure how this ended up in my Netflix queue - but it showed up and I watched it! Another micro-budget horror. Like a lot of those it suffers from cheap "shot-on-video" feel, though the acting is surprisingly solid. And the story is engaging - about a psychiatrist who uncovers a skull in the abandoned wing of the hospital he works. Forensic reconstruction (which is his father's profession) shows the face on the skull to be his own, and the whole thing gets tied into a gruesome plague outbreak, a possessed patient, an evil old man, and an ancient murder.

24. Return to Horror High (1987) - I liked this more than other 80s slasher spoofs, like "Student Bodies" or "Saturday the 14th". Maybe because this was generous with the blood and boobs. And it felt more like a horror movie with comedic elements, than a comedy with horror elements. The story structure felt overly convoluted - bouncing between flashbacks, flashbacks that turned out to be scenes from a movie, "fake-out" nightmare scenes, and a "present-time" crime investigation scene. Lots of familiar faces in this one. Plenty of character actors, Marcia Brady (as a perverted policewoman turned on by all the gory body parts), and a young George Clooney. Of course George Clooney gets top billing on the DVD - though he only has a few moments of screen time.

October 8th
25. Crooked House (2008) - This was a blind buy of a R2 DVD from Amazon.uk. And quite a good little movie too. A creepy, atmospheric anthology of three ghost stories in the tradition of "Dead of Night". A very classy BBC production with some nice scares and twists.

26. The Reptile (1966) - Another solid Hammer movie. Disappointing that TCMHD's print was so poor (non-HD, scratchy, and pan-and-scan). Nice to see Michael Ripper (the guy practically appears in every Hammer movie) with a juicy part. Sorry to say, I still find the snake-woman monster pretty silly looking.

27. The Gorgon (1964) - There's good and bad here. The good is that Hammer has its "A-list" on board to make this one: Cushing, Lee, and Fisher. And it's a nice idea updating a horror from Greek mythology to Hammer's typical period piece setting. This is a rather talky movie though. And for all the talking, we never get a good explanation for what the Gorgon is doing on continental Europe circa 1900 in the first place. And the monster ... Lee is on record for saying how the poor monster effects hurt the movie. The makeup on the Gorgon was solid, and the "stoning" effects on the victims were convincing. Just those stupid plastic wiggling snakes. Where was Ray Harryhausen when you really needed him?

October 9th
28. Let's Kill Uncle (1966) - Starting off TCM's double feature of William Castle ... a couple I hadn't seen, no less! The premise of this is pretty good. Though it feels more like a kid's program than other Castle movies I've seen. And the ending is extremely lame:
no one dies, the Uncle just calls a truce, and everyone goes their happy way!

29. 13 Frightened Girls! (1963) - Despite the title and the director (Williams Castle again), this isn't a horror movie. Instead it's a silly spy comedy, with teen girls getting involved in espionage because one girl wants to help out a real spy on whom she has a crush on.

30. Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things (1973) - I won't pretend this is a masterpiece, but I do have a soft spot for this movie. It was one of the first (if not the first) zombie movie I saw as a kid, and it made an impression on me. One thing that still strikes me is the use of sound. The music and background sounds are unrelentingly creepy - keeps an atmosphere of dread going even when nothing in particular is happening.

31. Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (1987) - Like "Death Bed", this is a movie that defies description. You know you're in for something special when the writer/musician/producer/star of the movie is named Thor! And he looks like a Thor, with long blond hair and body-builder physique. You have lengthy musical numbers by Thor's hair-metal band, The Tritons. You've got lots of hot girls with big 80's hair getting naked and having sex with the band. You've got a wonderful array of hand puppets serving as the minions of Satan. And the final battle between Thor and Satan himself?!?! You really have to see it to believe it. In fact, here it is (of course, this spoils the end of the movie - and may ruin the emotional impact of viewing this scene out of its context):

October 10th
32. The Devil's Bride (1968) - One of Hammer's best. Lee, Fisher, and a crackerjack script from horror master Richard Matheson that just doesn't let up.

33. Night Train to Terror (1985) - Holy crap! Make it stop ... make it stop!!! The band (repeating one song over and over) makes Jon-Mikl Thor's Tritons look like Led Zeppelin in comparison. And the "meat" of the movie, 3 horror anthology stories, is utterly incoherent. Researching things a little bit, it's not so surprising that the 3 segments were all full-length movies - edited to hell to fit here. Philip Yordan, the screenwriter, has actually won an Oscar (and been nominated 2 other times). However, this movie was overlooked by the Academy.

October 11th
34. ☼ Dexter: "Hello, Bandit", "Practically Perfect" (2010)

October 13th
35. The Devil's Mask (1946)

36. The Unknown (1946) - I'm kind of sorry I didn't DVR the first movie in this trilogy ("I Love a Mystery"). Looking at imdb reviews now, it sounds the best of the bunch (and nominally horror as well). These two movies have creepy elements, but are mainly mysteries. "Devil's Mask" has shrunken heads and a man-eating panther named Diablo. "The Unknown" has a nice southern Gothic feel to it: a old mansion, a will-reading, a shadowy killer, secret passages, insanity, a mysterious crying baby, a hidden corpse, and a matriarch who may or may not be back from the grave.

37. Ninja III: The Domination (1984) - What do you get when you cross "The Exorcist", "Flashdance", and ninjas? Why, this movie of course! One of my favorite cheeseball 80s movies - I remember the joy I had as a kid when I discovered this for the first time on HBO one afternoon. Not only entertaining, but educational. We learn: 1) If you are golfing, and a ninja jumps out of the bushes and crushes your ball, DO NOT fight the ninja. Instead, take the stroke penalty and play on. 2) Only a ninja can destroy a ninja!

October 14th
38. ☼ Fringe: "The Plateau" (2010); ☼ The Event: "A Matter of Life and Death" (2010) Wildcard #2

39. I Love a Mystery (1945) - I think this has more than enough macabre elements to count in the challenge. A man is told that an Asian cult, because of his similarity to their dead leader, will take his head in a year. There are a lot of twists and turns along the way, before finishing up with a ghoulishly ironic ending that seemed like something out of "Tales From the Crypt". Don't be put off by the corny title - give it a shot if you can enjoy an old-time shocker.

October 15th
40. The Mummy (1959) - Solid and typically classy Hammer horror movie, blessed with Hammer's "A" team talent. After watching the later Hammer mummy movies, I appreciate Lee's effort in this more - despite only his eyes showing while in the mummy makeup, he brought life (so to speak) to the character.

41. The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964) - There's a lot of competition in this one for the most miscast Egyptian: Hammer vet Michael Ripper, good Pharaoh son Dickie Owen, or evil Pharaoh son Terence Morgan. As much as I love the guy, I'll have to go with Ripper. When you need a British villager with character, he's your man. But comedy relief Egyptian? Not a great movie by Hammer standards. It picks up when the mummy starts rampaging, but by that point there's less than 30 minutes left. And despite a very cute French love interest, she's in the middle of a god-awful romantic triangle (in which every character comes across like an idiot). I did like that they tried to something a little different with a mummy story here, with an interesting twist late in the movie.

42. The Mummy's Shroud (1967) - I'm saying I never saw this before, but honestly the movie is so forgettable that I may have (but just didn't remember a thing about it). I've seen this all before: archaeologists break into tomb, take out mummy, mummy comes to life, kills everyone one-at-a-time until stopped. Painfully dull until the mummy starts killing (a long 50 minutes in).

October 16th
43. Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971) - I thought I had seen this before, but turns out it was the other adaptation of Stoker's work: "The Awakening". Hammer was wise to not make another shambling killer mummy movie (despite the title, there are no mummies in this movie). Instead, this has a "Rosemary's Baby"/"The Omen" kind of vibe to it. That's the turn Hammer really needed to take in the 70s - instead of adding more sex and violence to the classic monsters, try to tell more adult and modern horror stories. Pokes along at times, but I like the ironic ending.

44. The Lovely Bones (2009) - Wildcard #3 This played a lot more like a horror/thriller than I was led to believe. Which is perhaps why so many seemed to hate it (I didn't read the book, but I've heard it has a different tone). Not bad, but falls short of the emotional impact I'm sure Jackson and company were aiming for.

October 17th
45. ☼ Supernatural: "The Third Man"; ☼ Dexter: "Beauty and the Beast"

October 19th
46. The Vampire's Coffin (1958) - Why does Netflix have the sequel to "El Vampiro" as Disc 1 in the double-feature? Unfortunately Netflix only sent me the one disc and I was stuck watching it. And it was really made it clear that more interesting stuff was going on in the previous movie. German Robles makes a nice suave vampire, and the style of the movie has a nice classic Universal vibe. But everything's just so familiar - already done many times by 1958 (and many times since). And despite running only 82 minutes, there are some awfully dull stretches.

47. Tears of Kali (2004) - Ever had a movie do everything to piss you off within minutes of trying to watch it? First, the DVD had several minutes worth of unskippable trailers (and they were truly wretched). Then, there's a typo in the opening text screen of the movie. How fucking lazy and incompetent do you have to be to not even spell-check the text that your movie opens with?!? Then I realized that even though the movie had the original German-language track, there were no subtitles. There was an English dub track, but it was one of the worst dub jobs I've ever heard. If I didn't sit down to watch this for the challenge, that would've been strike three and I'd have turned it off then. But I finished it. And it's too bad - there are actually decent qualities here. The filmmakers are trying for an otherworldly atmosphere, and the stories have very much a Clive Barker vibe to them. But the production is so cheap that the filmmakers have no chance of meeting their ambitions.

October 20th
48. The Unborn (2009) - Utterly forgettable and disposable movie. And extremely annoying with the overuse of jump scares (many of which more silly than scary).

49. Drag Me to Hell (2009) - I've seen it before - I just reached a point in my horror movie viewing where I was desperate for a good movie.

October 21st
50. Carrie (1976) - Hitting my goal of 50 in style! Despite some dated elements and awkward comic relief, still packs an emotional wallop that few horror movies can match.

October 22nd
51. X: The Unknown (1956) - Solid little monster movie - kind of like a more serious (but less fun) "The Blob". Some gruesome body melt scenes for its time.

52. Five Million Years to Earth (1967) - I don't get tired of watching this movie, one of Hammer's best. I actually prefer all the Quatermass movies to the BBC miniseries, which all felt needlessly bloated for time.

53. These Are the Damned (1963) - Didn't turn out to be horror, but since TCM billed it as horror I'm counting it. Despite having "damned" in the title and creepy children, this isn't a sequel to "Village of the Damned". But I was surprised at how good it ended up being. It's a bit of a schizophrenic movie - like "From Dusk to Dawn", the first half is one kind of movie and the second half is something else entirely. Here, we start off with a biker drama and romance ... before getting to the sci-fi thriller stuff. The romantic leads aren't convincing at all, but Oliver Reed is compelling as the gang leader. But the sci-fi part of the story is very well done, and the movie has an astonishingly bleak ending.

October 23rd
54. The Stranglers of Bombay (1960) - Fast-paced and entertaining, based on a true story so notorious that it's surprising more filmmakers haven't tackled it. Like other early Hammer horror, this also pushes the violence for it's time.

55. The Boogens (1981) - In a way, feels more like the creature feature monster movies of the 50s than the popular slashers of its time. I like the idea and setting - things take a while to get going though. And the boogens themselves are pretty laughable-looking once they get revealed (reminding me of the Basket Case brother - but with tentacles). Tiger the dog gives a hell of a performance though.

56. Night of the Lepus (1972) - Bunnies arent just cute like everybody supposes, They got them hoppy legs and twitchy little noses, And whats with all the carrots? What do they need such good eyesight for anyway? Bunnies, Bunnies, it must be bunnies!

October 24th
57. ☼ Supernatural: "Weekend at Bobby's"; ☼ Supernatural: "Live Free and Twi-hard"

58. 301/302 (1995) - Does a movie where 90% of the running time is devoted to people cooking, eating, and cleaning up after cooking/eating sound like fun to you? Well, have I got a movie for you then!

59. The Hanging Woman (1973) - I rather enjoyed this. It the feel of 60s Euro gothic horror (with 70s nudity and gore), a touch of mystery, sci-fi, and some zombie action (though they're old-school zombies, instead of Romero gut-munchers).

October 25th
60. The Sweet Sound of Death (1965) - A pleasant bonus feature on the "Hanging Woman" DVD. Not so much a "shocker" horror movie, but more a creepy slow building one - ala "Carnival of Souls". Great B&W cinematography.

61. The Return of the Vampire (1944) - It starts off shaky, but picks up once the vampire Tesla actually ... well, returns. One of the last classy major roles Bela would have. Though the werewolf is laughable - nicely dressed and talking normally while still in full werewolf mode.

62. Count Yorga, Vampire (1970) - Solid little movie - nothing new, but well-played and excitingly paced. Robert Quarry makes a great vampire, though I do prefer his hippie cult leader vampire in "Deathmaster" to Yorga.

October 26th
63.5 Dead Set (2008) - I really enjoyed this. Truly a zombie movie made by lovers of the genre for lovers of the genre. I watched the whole thing in one setting, and I thought it played like an epic zombie movie. Don't be put off by it being a tv production - this is as gory as any zombie movie I've seen ("Walking Dead" now has a tough act to follow for me). If I had to level a criticism, it's that "Dead Air" doesn't really do anything we haven't seen before. It just does it really well. It plays much more like a straight horror movie than I was lead to believe. Oh yeah ... it has running zombies. So if that's a problem, deal with it. Seriously, sometimes I wish I could reach through the computer screen and smack the horror-geeks that whine about how running zombies "aren't correct".

64. ☼ Dexter: "First Blood" (2010) - Since "Dead Set" was 6 25 minute episodes, I'm counting that as 1.5 movies with a Dexter ep rounding me up to 64. I can't imagine anyone caring though

65. House of Whipcord (1974) - I liked this more than I thought I would. Peter Walker has been a mixed bag for me, but this was a solid suspense movie with a good premise. I was expecting a sleazy WIP affair, like the Ilsa movies - while there was certainly exploitation material, it took a backseat to just telling a good stories. And the beatings weren't sexual. Strange as it seems, for all the horrible stuff I enjoy watching, I can't stand to watch movies focused on sexual torture. I did have trouble understanding how the "prison" kept order. For the most part, it was just 3 middle-aged women and an invalid old man - none of them armed. Seems like the prisoners should've been able to overpower them. Though I guess that would make for a short movie.

October 27th
66. The Silent Scream (1980) - I remember adverts for this, but I'm not sure if I ever saw it. It was probably underwhelming (belatedly) released after "Halloween" and "Friday the 13th" - but it's a solid little movie. That's two Rebecca Balding movies I've seen this challenge. She was a real cutie - and despite playing "good girls" she wasn't shy about getting naked

67. Paranormal Activity (2007) - Yup, finally got around to seeing this. Fortunately, I missed this initial hype ... and the inevitable post-hype backlash. So just taken on its own merits, as a low-budget movie steamed via Netflix to my dark living room ... I really liked it! Though Micah is one of the biggest morons I've ever seen in a horror movie. It's like every time he's presented with a situation, he thinks "If this was a horror movie, what's the absolute worst thing I could do?" And sure enough, that's what he does!

68. Legion (2010) - When I saw the ads for this, I thought "that looks cool". And then all the reviews were awful, so I put it off. I suppose the best thing I can say is that "Legion" passed 95 minutes or so relatively quickly. And I still like the central idea. But there are so many problems. The mythology seems half-assed (and I never got why having the baby born was so important - aside from being told it is). The action sequences are laughable, and don't think they were intended to be. Possessed grandmas and toddlers, Gabriel's "tricked out" mace, slo-mo baby tosses ... funny stuff!

October 28th
69. Puppetmaster (1989) - I'm noticing a lot of people with this (and the sequel) on their lists this year. Maybe being on Netflix streaming has something to do with that? OK movie, and compared to most of the crap that Full Moon put out it's a friggin' masterpiece!

70. Puppet Master II (1991) - Aw hell ... might as well watch both of them. Not a bad movie - if you liked 1, you'll probably like 2. I liked the bit where Torch had a run-in with an annoying brat ... and the part where the puppets squared off against an angry trailer trash behemoth reminded me of that Twilight Zone episode ("The Invaders").

71. Chopping Mall (1986) - Jim Wynorski's finest hour (which admittedly isn't much of an accomplishment). Fans of horror and cult films will find many familiar faces. Mary Woronov, Paul Bartel, and Dick Miller have fun cameos. And the main damsels in distress are Barbara Crampton and Kelli Maroney. Kelli was such a cutie in those days! Too bad she didn't get more work. Looking at imdb, it's nice to see she's still working (and looking really good for 50+ years old).

72. My Bloody Valentine (1981) - Finally seeing the uncut version. And holy crap - did they cut the hell out of the murder scenes! One of the best of that first wave of slashers: good suspense scenes, unique-looking killer, great setting (especially in the mine). Despite the low-budget, it's a solid production.

October 29th
73. Night of the Demon (1957) - In an era where the big "monster reveals" are often laughable and horribly dated, this "demon" still delivers the goods. I wonder if Sam Raimi had this movie on his mind when making "Drag Me to Hell"? The similarities are numerous: a curse that gives you a certain number of days before a demon kicks your ass, increasing events for the cursed person that takes them from skeptical to a believer, the curse only being broken by passing an object back to the curser.

74. The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) - Rewatching Hammer's Frankenstein series, this one actually turns out to be one of my least favorite. It's still good - it's just the basic Frankenstein story is so familiar. And Lee disappointingly has very little to do. Hammer presents a nice take on the doctor. While Universal's Dr. Frankenstein was well-meaning, but just meddling in "forbidden science", Cushing's take presents the man as an outright evil bastard.

75. The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958) - The only direct sequel in the series. I like how, with the exception of "Curse" and "Evil", Hammer's Frankenstein series didn't feature the classic "monster". It makes sense for the doctor to make creations that aren't hideous-looking - and here, the creature is actually a pretty good looking guy. Of course, there are always plenty of things that can go wrong.

76. The Evil of Frankenstein (1964) - I guess with the deal Hammer made with Universal (giving them official sanction to remake their movies), it was only a matter of time until we got a "classic Frankenstein's monster" movie (flat-headed and neck bolts). The movie stays fresh with the introduction of new characters: a local hypnotist as the real villain, a good-guy assistant (who seems far too nice to be hanging with Dr. Frankenstein), and a cute deaf-mute beggar girl.

77. Frankenstein Created Woman (1967) - The doctor's character has been getting nicer since "Curse" (though that won't last). Though it's hard to imagine how he could've thought it was a good idea to put the soul of a wrongly executed man into the body of his girlfriend who killed herself. That's just a murder spree waiting to happen! The image of a man's severed head issuing murderous command to his girlfriend is a compelling one.

78. Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969) - Dr. Frankenstein has never been as much of a bastard as he is here - gleefully murdering, terrorizing, blackmailing, and even raping. As great as Christopher Lee's portrayal of Dracula was, I think Cushing's Dr. Frankenstein makes for more interesting stories and a better series.

October 30th
79 to 91. Fear Itself (2008) - Much better than I thought it would be, considering the disappointing "Masters of Horror". Maybe the inability to use gore and nudity forced the filmmakers to come up with better stories? I also think the 45 minute running time works better than 60 (where the stories often felt bloated with filler). Hopefully it won't be too long until we get another horror anthology series.

92. Mr. Sardonicus (1961) - Could anyone have been such a lame-ass in the 60s to actually vote for the "mercy" ending? Not that it mattered - Castle only filmed the "no mercy" one

93. The Crazies (2010) - Eh ... awfully routine movie for me. Not bad, and reasonably well-made. Just nothing that I haven't seen plenty of times. Not to mention yet another modern horror movie that's obnoxiously filled to the brim with sound-cue jump scares. Whatever happened to honestly earned scares and suspense? And the movie didn't really cover any new ground over the original.

October 31st
94. Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) - The 2-strip color looks a lot better here than in "Doctor X" (probably due to smarter color design on the set). The big fire scene looks particularly great. I love that the villain's name is Professor Igor. So many horror movie Igors toil away serving another - but here is an Igor that got an education and a chance to run things for a change!

95. A Bucket of Blood (1959) - Fun and fast-paced horror-comedy. You can really see Corman actually turning into a quality director with this one. And you have to love the beatnik atmosphere.

96. Not of This Earth (1957) - Some pretty good ideas abound in this ultra-low budget early Corman movie. I love how they throw in some kind of flying alien umbrella monster out of nowhere near the end!

97.☼ Dexter: "Everything is Illumenated" (2010); ☼ Supernatural: "You Can't Handle the Truth" (2010)

98. The Terror (1963) - Leave to Corman to see, after finishing a movie, that he has some sets for a few days, left-over film, some actors/crew free for a few days, and says "Let's make another movie!" Not as bad as its reputation, though far below the level of his Poe movies. Nicholson really doesn't make a good straight-laced good guy. And talk about bad age casting! Karloff is 27 years older than the actress who plays his mother (and looks every year of it).

99. Straight-Jacket (1964) - One of the least gimmicky William Castle horror movies I've seen. In fact, for the most of the running time it plays as a straight drama. Starts slow, but builds nicely. And some pretty graphic murder scenes for its time (one axe decapitation even shows blood spurting out of the neck stump).

100. ☼ The Walking Dead: "Days Gone By" (2010); Roseanne: "BOO!" (1989)

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Re: The 6th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread

2010 October Horror Movie Challenge List

October 1st
1. Swamp Thing (1982) d. Wes Craven - (7:15 am, Netflix)
Swamp Thing was enjoyable enough to watch but immediately after it was over I forgot everything about it. I also couldn’t stop thinking about Creepshow as it was on. Maybe it was the overall tone. Maybe it was the transitions. Maybe I should just plan on re-watching it sometime in the future.
2. Black Christmas (1974) d. Bob Clark - (9:00 am, Netflix)
I really enjoyed Black Christmas. The pacing, acting, and mood were perfect. More importantly, it had a thoroughly creepy killer. I got chills every time he called. Also, even though I didn't expect to like it, I did actually like the ambiguity about the killer's identity.
3. American Nightmare (2000) d. Jon Keeyes - (11:15 am, Netflix)
Is it really necessary to make all your characters unlikeable? That’s a question I find myself asking all the time. I didn’t like it. I didn’t like any of the characters, the story didn’t make sense, and it wasn’t suspenseful or scary in any way. However, watching it was totally worth it just hear the killer say, “go to www dot I'm killing your friends dot com.
4. Frogs (1972) d. George McCowan - (1:45 pm, Hulu)
Frogs is actually I film I’ve studied before in school so definitely not first time viewing. For all its flaws, there is something endlessly entertaining about watching shot after shot of those frogs advancing on the house. I also learned from this film that reptiles and amphibians have evil faces. They just look like they’re about to do something dastardly which was probably useful considering what looks like a serious lack of budget.
5. The Haunting (1963) d. Robert Wise - (6:30 pm, DVD)
Even though I could have done without the voiceover narration and I found myself bored a couple of times, I did really enjoy The Haunting. It’s not hard to see why it’s considered so good. It had an interesting plot, complex characters (I would love to do a character study on Theo) and fascinating subtext. Plus, how could I not enjoy a film with Russ Tamblyn?

October 2nd
6. Chain Letter (2010) d. Deon Taylor - (12:30 pm, Theater)
I enjoyed Chain Letter well enough. The acting was pretty bad, he montage at the end where the true villain is revealed was a bit much and the death scenes were uninteresting. But I really did enjoy the way they brought it all around to the beginning again at the end of the film. I didn’t see it coming at all. Also, the theater really supported something I read in Carol Clover’s book (though I don’t know that the idea was hers) which is that the theater reflected the supposed horror audience perfectly. A couple sitting in the back, a group of young-ish girls (including myself) and one older, lone wolf man. I thought that was interesting.
7. Case 39 (2010) d. Christian Alvart - (2:00 pm, Theater)
As my movie-going companion stated as the credits began to roll, “this is not the crapfest I was led to believe it would be.” And it wasn’t. It was a thoroughly mediocre film without any real scares and an obvious plot. Fortunately, I like films with evil kids so I didn’t mind. The best scene was the scene when the little girl’s parents are trying to kill her and Renee Zellweger is trying to stop it.
8. Let Me In (2010) d. Matt Reeves - (4:30 pm, Theater)
I think the simplest way to describe this film is as follows: Let Me In is an American remake of Let the Right One In. This primarily means that the characters speak English and what the film itself lost mood and subtly it made up for in slightly cartoonish death scenes. Let Me In also gained a bad, distracting score. I’m mainly talking about that kids choir/Enya bit that they would play seemingly only to pull me out of the movie. Otherwise, it’s a good film.

October 3rd
9. The Return of the Living Dead (1985) d. Dan O'Bannon - (10:30 am, DVD)
This is one of my favorite movies. Period. I love everything about it – the characters, the story, the pacing, the soundtrack, the ending, and Linnea Quigley. I don’t find it scary, though the ending thoroughly freaked me out as a child, but it is completely entertaining and worth watching again. I find the ending to be one of the most realistic horror film endings.
10. Carnival of Souls (1962) d. Herk Harvey - (12:05 pm, DVD)
For some reason, I thought this was going to be a good movie. I was wrong. To be honest, I probably thought it was good because it has a title that I associate with a remake. I know that logic doesn’t make sense but it doesn’t have to, that’s what I thought. Overall, it was boring. You knew where it was going almost immediately. The acting left something to be desired. It was shot oddly.
11. Zombie (1979) d. Lucio Fulci - (1:25 pm, DVD)
There have been days I have watched Zombie on repeat all day long. I thoroughly enjoy this film so I was happy to have an excuse to watch it again. There are several classic scenes including the most famous one with an eye and a sharp piece of wood but the best part of this film is the score. It’s amazing.
12. Cloverfield (2008) d. Matt Reeves - (2:55 pm, DVD)
The idea behind this movie is so much better than the actual movie. During the whole viral campaign all I wanted was to see the monster. Then I watched the movie and saw the monster and all I wanted was to go back in time and not see it. Maybe there was no way it could not be a disappointment. Also, I don’t like the end and I don’t like that the monster somehow learns to creep up on people after spending the night making a scene.
13. Return of the Living Dead III (1993) d. Brian Yuzna - (4:15 pm, DVD)
This movie is worth watching for one scene. And I know you know what scene that is. It makes it all worthwhile. And, luckily, the racial and ethnic stereotypes are laughable enough to not be offensive and distracting. In terms of horror and zombies, it could definitely have benefited from more.

October 4th
14. It's Alive (1974) d. Larry Cohen - (7:30 am, Netflix)
I was really looking forward to watching this film because I’ve been reading about it for quite awhile. But, after the baby is born and takes off, this film is really boring. It wasn’t until the Dad goes into the sewers that I got interested again because yes, I wanted sympathized with that baby and wanted him to survive.
15. New Year's Evil (1980) d. Emmett Alston - (9:15 am, Netflix)
I’m not going to lie; I liked this film very much. I like the music especially. My only problem was that the killer was obvious from the first mention of you know who. I don’t want to say who just in case you haven’t seen it and would like to be surprised.
16. The House on Sorority Row (1983) d. Mark Rosman - (11:05 am, Netflix)
I would describe this film as thoroughly mediocre. It’s not boring or difficult to sit through but it isn’t something I would be able to watch again. Though as a soap opera fan it was a pleasant surprise when I saw Eileen Davidson on screen. It almost made it worth it though that’s not a good reason to recommend it to another person.
17. Session 9 (2001) d. Brad Anderson - (12:55 pm, Netflix)
I chose this film based on a positive review I glanced at on Netflix. That said, I found this film neither creepy nor haunting. This solidifies my opinion that I can trust no one. I thought this film was completely boring. I didn’t care about the characters and the surprise ending was eye roll-worthy.
18. Puppet Master (1989) d. David Schmoeller - (4:15 pm, Netflix)
Like killer kids, killer puppets or dolls for that matter are always entertaining. I don’t care if its Talking Tina or a Zuni warrior doll, I’m in. I don’t think I’ve seen this movie since I was a very small child so it was a bit surprising to see that the only thing this film really has going for it is the novelty of the puppets. For some reason I remembered it as a really good movie. This is why you can’t trust your childhood memories.
19. The Children (2008) d. Tom Shankland - (7:00 pm, Computer)
Once again, creepy kids are always fun to watch. I also saw one of the most effective scenes I’ve seen recently in a horror film and that would be blood staining the snow red. It was incredibly simple and beautifully horrifying. And as always I love an apocalyptic ending.

October 5th
20. Mother's Day (1980) d. Charles Kaufman - (7:00 am, Netflix)
Maybe my barometer has shifted in a very worrisome way but this film wasn’t nearly what I was expecting. It wasn’t too long ago that I was reading about it and thinking it sounded like a perfect film for me. But I didn’t enjoy it all that much. I felt like I watched the entire film waiting for something to happen and then nothing did happen. But while I did find it disappointing, I didn’t find it entirely unwatchable. Mixed feelings, or possibly apathy, abound.
21. Fright Night (1985) d. Tom Holland - (1:00 pm, Computer)
Watching Fright Night after reading Harry Benshoff’s Monsters in the Closet made it even more enjoyable than it was before. I’ll be completely honest; I think I ever noticed the queer subtext, which is surprising since that is right up my alley. Other things making this movie awesome include Evil Ed and every scene with him and my undying love for Roddy McDowall.
22. The Blob (1958) d. Irvin Yeaworth - (7:00 pm, Computer)
This movie was just pure fun. The plot was fine, definitely nothing to write home about but there was enough other stuff going on to keep me enraptured. You know, like wondering if Steve McQueen really passed for a “kid” at any point in time or it’s just nobody really cared. Or what they used as the blob because it looked delicious, like melted twizlers. Anyway, I honestly don’t remember if I’ve ever seen this film before but, since it is one of my Dad’s favorite films, I’m going to assume I have and not count it as first time viewing.

October 6th
23. From Beyond (1986) d. Stuart Gordon - (7:00 am, Netflix)
I hate to admit this but I really did not care about this movie. It lost my interest very quickly. Surprisingly quickly considering how short the film was. I’m trying to think of some redeeming qualities but all I can of is the fact that Ken Foree was in it – that was positive.
24. Night of the Living Dead (1968) d. George Romero - (8:30 am, Netflix)
Night of the Living Dead was really the first horror film I saw that completely and utterly freaked me out. It is just so effective. It’s full of classic scenes and I still find the ending unnerving – it is just as apocalyptic as any film where the zombies “win.” Although, the last time I tried watching it my movie-watching companion found it so dated and boring so maybe it has lost some of its punch.
25. Tales From the Hood (1995) d. Rusty Cundieff - (12:45 pm, Netflix)
I love Tales From the Hood. Like I said, any film with any evil, murdering dolls (and I mean any – puppets, Chucky, Zuni warriors or dolls housing the souls of brutally murdered slaves) is a film I want to see, usually repeatedly. In addition, you get to see racists get their comeuppance and Rosalind Cash (or as I know her, Mary Mae Ward on General Hospital) in the Clockwork Orange rip-off turn in a classic performance.
26. The Evil Dead (1983) d. Sam Raimi - (3:25 pm, Netflix)
I love everything about The Evil Dead. I love the special effects, the make-up, the camera angles and perspective, and the characters. The scene were they play the recording is still creepy and I don’t think you can do better if you’re looking for a cool looking ending.
27. Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922) d. F.W. Murnau – (7:00 pm, Netflix)
I can’t count this movie as a first time viewing since I’m pretty sure I’ve seen it before but it might as well been a first. I’m pretty sure that the first time I saw it, it was in a theater during class and I fell asleep. But on second viewing, I stayed awake and really enjoyed it. It led to some very interesting discussions of sexuality and the portrayal of Jews on screen.

October 7th
28. Ils (Them) (2006) d. David Moreau and Xavier Palud - (7:20 am, Netflix)
I only vaguely read the synopsis before viewing but a few minutes in the title hit me and I all of a sudden I remembered The Strangers, a film I never saw but remembered the spoilers for. This is one of the few times I wished I didn’t know what was going on. It would have made the film more interesting. On another note, after watching I didn’t feel like watching another movie for the rest of the day.

October 8th
29. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) d. Charles Barton - (7:20 am, Netflix)
I basically grew up watching this movie. This is one of my Dad’s favorite films of all time – right up there with Jaws, Tremors, and The Blob. I just love seeing them interact with all these classic monsters. It is still as entertaining as ever and Vincent Price showing up is priceless.
30. Them! (1954) d. Gordon Douglas - (8:45 am, Netflix)
I don’t think you can ever go wrong with giant ants. I love it when they come on screen. The characters are solid as well and even the exposition, while in your face, worked well. It also doesn’t hurt that Cold War cinema is one my primary interests and I chose this film when I created my own horror class.
31. The Alligator People (1959) d. Roy Del Ruth - (10:30 am, Netflix)
I spent the first part of this movie wondering why he would voluntarily leave to become an alligator person. That’s what I thought had happened for a good while. It just didn’t click. Once I realized what actually happened, I was relieved. It was enjoyable, but the ending was a little sad.
32. Suspiria (1977) d. Dario Argento - (12:05, Netflix)
This is a beautiful film. So beautiful that all I remembered of it was the color scheme and not the plot. I vaguely remembered that there were witches involved somehow. So it was a fun surprise re-watching after all this time.
33. The Fly (1958) d. Kurt Neumann - (2:00, Netflix)
I really liked this film. Really. However, there’s this nagging bit of me that just cannot understand why he insisted on testing this on himself. I just can’t believe it. Also, was it necessary for Vincent Price to be in love with her? But other than that bit, I think it’s great. I love the scene where his wife sees his hand and freaks out and of course the end with the spider web.
34. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) d. Robert Wiene - (3:05, Netflix)
Yet another film I watched in the theater in class and fell asleep during. I promise I didn’t do that often – it was just for this, Nosferatu and McCabe and Mrs. Miller. Anyway, upon second viewing I found this film to be quite entertaining. Of course, it’s known for being visually interesting and it is. Watching a film like this is such a clear reminder of what the genre began as that it is kind of surprising to think about the trajectory of the last hundred years.

October 9th
35. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) d. Wes Craven – (9:55 am, DVD)
This is obviously the best film of the entire series. It’s also the most imaginative. I wanted to put that out there after hearing Chuck Russell say in the documentary that his film opened the door to being more imaginative in the series. That’s just not true. Nancy Thompson remains the best female adversaries in any horror film and Heather Langenkamp was made to play her.
36. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985) d. Jack Sholder – (11:30, DVD)
The second film in the series is obviously the most fun to watch and discuss. There is so much going on that I think it’s impossible not to enjoy. It also opens up the discussion on what it means to have a final boy in your film, a question that also comes up every time I watch Jeepers Creepers.
37. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) d. Chuck Russell – (12:55, DVD)
My third favorite film in the series, Dream Warriors has a great plot, compelling characters and really good acting. It has some of the most memorable death scenes in the entire series and the marionette scene still makes me cringe more than any other scene in the series.
38. A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988) d. Renny Harlin – (2:35, DVD)
My second favorite film in the series, The Dream Master has the best death scenes in the entire series. I love the look of the film and I really enjoyed Alice as the protagonist. The supporting cast is solid as well. It also has my favorite sequence – the time loop while Freddy torments Deb.
39. A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989) d. Stephen Hopkins – (4:00, DVD)
The Dream Child gets lost in the shuffle for me. It is the film I always forget about when I think about the series. It’s not as good as the two films before it and it’s not nearly as bad as the film that comes after it.
40. Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) d. Rachel Talalay – (5:30, DVD)
My least favorite film in the series, the drop off here is tremendous by the way, Freddy’s Dead is simply not fun to watch. I don’t care about any of the characters and the death scenes are entirely forgettable.
41. Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994) d. Wes Craven – (6:55, DVD)
The fact that it's so meta alone is reason enough to watch it. However, its long and a bit boring at times. It is also not one of the most fun of the series to watch. That said I can acknowledge it is one of the better made films - though the font on the credits and titles look like a tv movie.
42. Freddy vs. Jason (2003) d. Ronny Yu – (8:40 pm, Computer)
I like Jason Ritter. That's about as positive as I can get. It's funny to think they worked on this concept so long and this is what they turned out. And, I hate to be mean but I can’t look at Monica Keena’s face without getting distracted.
43. Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010) d. Daniel Farrands and Andrew Kasch – (10:10 pm, DVD)
One of my primary reasons for wanting this documentary as much as I did was to finally get some concrete answers on what was going on in the Nightmare 2. Also there’s something very compelling about seeing people twenty years later and seeing how they’ve changed. Never Sleep Again was very interesting, full of information, and great interviews.

= First time Viewing

The Expanded Checklist
Watch one film from every decade of film history.
--- 1890 - (insert film title here)
--- 1900 -
--- 1910 -
--- 1920 -
--- 1930 -
--- 1940 -
--- 1950 -
-X- 1960 - The Haunting (1963)
-X- 1970 - Frogs (1972)
-X- 1980 - Swamp Thing (1982)
--- 1990 -
--- 2000 -
--- 2010 -

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 films in at least three formats (DVD, BD, HD DVD, Laserdisc, TV, online, UMD, theater, iPod, etc).
-X- First format, Online, American Nightmare (2000)
-X- Second format, Theater, Let Me In (2010)
-X- Third format, DVD, Cloverfield (2008)

Watch a film starring:
--- Basil Rathbone -or- Glenn Strange - (insert film title here)
-X- John Saxon -or- Danny Trejo - Black Christmas (1974)
--- Paul Naschy -or- José "Coffin Joe" Marins -
--- Donald Pleasence -or- John Carradine -
--- Clint Howard -or- Michael Berryman -
-X- Bill Moseley -or- Keith David - Chain Letter (2010)
--- Dick Miller -or- David Warner -
--- Udo Kier -or- Barbara Steele -
--- Tony Todd -or- Brad Dourif -
-X- Linnea Quigley -or- Debbie Rochon - The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

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 -
--- 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 novel -
--- directed by Fred Olen Ray or Frank Henenlotter or Ti West -
--- won an Academy Award -- any category -
--- silent film -
--- Criterion version film -
--- with commentary -
--- film and at least two of its sequels -
--- anthology film -
--- appears on video nasties list -
--- hosted by Elvira -
--- takes place on a holiday -
--- takes place in space -
--- takes place on or under the sea -
--- animated film -
--- called "Day of ..." -
--- called "Night of ..." -
--- called "Return of ..." -
--- called "Revenge of ..." -
--- called "Attack of ..." -
--- with the words "Living Dead" in the title -Spoiler:
(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.)

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October 1st
October 2nd
1. Body Snatchers
October 3rd
2. The Magician
3. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
4. The Descent
October 4th
October 5th
5. Little Shop of Horrors
6. The Evil Dead
7. Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn
8. Army of Darkness
October 6th
October 7th
October 8th
9. Let Me In
October 9th
10. The Exorcist
October 10th
11. The Mist
October 11th
12. Planet Terror
13. Death Proof
October 12
October 13
October 14
October 15
October 16
October 17
14. 28 Days Later
15. The Black Dahlia (wildcard)
16. 28 Weeks Later
October 18
17. Drag Me to Hell
18. Near Dark
October 19
19. Misery
October 20
20. Psycho
October 21
October 22
October 23
October 24
October 25
October 26
21. Sweeney Todd
22. The Shining
October 27
October 28
October 29
23. Alien
24. Aliens
25. Alien3
26. Alien: Resurrection
October 30
October 31
27. Night of the Living Dead
28. Dawn of the Dead
29. Day of the Dead
30. Land of the Dead
31. Diary of the Dead
32. Survival of the Dead
33. The Walking Dead (Pilot) + Community Episode 2.6 (Halloween Episode)

Watch one film from every decade of film history.
--- 1890 - (insert film title here)
--- 1900 -
--- 1910 -
--- 1920 -
--- 1930 -
--- 1940 -
--- 1950 - The Magician
--- 1960 - Psycho
--- 1970 - Invasion of the Body Snatchers
--- 1980 - Little Shop of Horrors
--- 1990 - Body Snatchers
--- 2000 - The Descent
--- 2010 -

Watch a film for each rating:
--- Unrated (pre-MPAA) - The Magician
--- G -
--- PG -Invasion of the Body Snatchers
--- PG-13 - Little Shop of Horrors
--- R -The Descent
--- NC-17 -The Evil Dead
--- X (not porn; several horror films were rated X) -Evil Dead II
--- Unrated (post-MPAA) -

Watch films in at least three formats (DVD, BD, HD DVD, Laserdisc, TV, online, UMD, theater, iPod, etc).
--- First format, (insert format), (insert title).
--- Second format, Blu-ray, The Descent.
--- Third format, TV, Little Shop of Horrors

Watch a film starring:
--- Basil Rathbone -or- Glenn Strange - (insert film title here)
--- John Saxon -or- Danny Trejo - Grindhouse
--- Paul Naschy -or- José "Coffin Joe" Marins -
--- Donald Pleasence -or- John Carradine -
--- Clint Howard -or- Michael Berryman -
--- Bill Moseley -or- Keith David -
--- Dick Miller -or- David Warner -
--- Udo Kier -or- Barbara Steele - Grindhouse
--- Tony Todd -or- Brad Dourif -
--- Linnea Quigley -or- Debbie Rochon -

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

Watch a film in each of the following subgenres/types:
--- Vampire - Let Me In
--- Frankenstein -
--- Werewolf -
--- Mummy -
--- Ghost/haunting -
--- Witchcraft/satanic/religious - The Exorcist
--- Zombie -
--- Slasher/psycho/homicidal maniac - Death Proof
--- Monster/creature feature/Godzilla -The Descent
--- Documentary -
--- Musical - Little Shop of Horrors
--- Spoof/comedy - Army of Darkness
--- Revenge -
--- Killer/evil doll -
--- Killer/evil animal -
--- Killer/evil child -
--- Giallo -
--- J horror -
--- MST3K/rifftrax/CT -
--- film and its remake -Invasion of the Body Snatchers & Body Snatchers
--- based on a novel -Let Me In
--- directed by Fred Olen Ray or Frank Henenlotter or Ti West -
--- won an Academy Award -- any category -
--- silent film -
--- Criterion version film -The Magician
--- with commentary -
--- film and at least two of its sequels - The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, Army of Darkness
--- anthology film -
--- appears on video nasties list - The Evil Dead
--- hosted by Elvira -
--- takes place on a holiday -
--- takes place in space -
--- takes place on or under the sea -
--- animated film -
--- called "Day of ..." -
--- called "Night of ..." -
--- called "Return of ..." -
--- called "Revenge of ..." -
--- called "Attack of ..." -
--- with the words "Living Dead" in the title -

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List is finalized

DVD Talk Horror Challenge 2010

2009 Total: 100
2010 Goal: 50

Stats can be found here

* Denotes first time viewing

October 1
1. The Dead Next Door (1989, DVD) - This was a 2nd chance viewing after a few years. Its still bad. It does get points for having decent effects and the idea of the Zombie Squad is cool. 2.5/10

2. Killer Pad* (2008, On Demand) - Robert Englund directs this horror comedy about a group of young guys that buy a demon infested house. Think Dude Where's My Car but with a house and Satan. Not very good. 4/10

3. Evil (To Kako) (2005, DVD) - A Greek zombie film that doesn't take itself too seriously and has it's heart in the right place. Worth watching if you're a fan of zombies but not the best stuff you'll find. 5/10

4. Perfect Creature* (2006, TV) - This movie is weird in that its better than it probably should have been but still falls short of its potential. It looks like a typical DTV horror flick and it does suffer from some of those cliches but it has an interesting plot, cool set pieces and decent acting. It just fell short of being good though and will forever dwell in mediocrity. 5.5/10

5. Hatchet 2* (2010, Theater) - A very worthy follow up to 2007's slasher with the same relentless gore and comic relief. We get deeper into the history of Crowley and Rev. Zombie. Check it out unrated! 8.5/10

October 2
6. Creep* (2004, On Demand) - A British slasher film taking place almost exclusively in the subway tunnels and stations. That setting is always creepy however the look of the villain was a let down. Middle of the road stuff here. 5/10

7. Piranha* (1978, Blu Ray) - B-movie goodness from Roger Corman and director Joe Dante. Lots of fun to watch and actually less cheesy than I expected. 8/10

8. Dead Alive (1992, DVD) - I always find it funny that this isn't the uncut version of the film because of how much ridiculous gore is involved. This movie is over the top in every way, in a good way. Any gorehound, fan of horror with dark humor, or zombie fan needs to see this. I just wish it would get a release on Blu soon. 8/10

9. The Mummy's Tomb* (1942, DVD) - This one reeks of other Universal horror films that preceded it. There are definite moments where Dracula and Frankenstein "influenced" this sequel, the 3rd in The Mummy series. Not bad, but not great. 5/10

October 3
10. Swamp Devil* (2008, TV) - An incredibly boring movie about a plant monster that looks like a shittier version of Swamp Thing on steroids. Leave the steroids and give me Swamp Thing. This sucked ass. 1/10

October 4
11. Dying Breed* (2008, TV) - A group looking for a rare tiger encounters a cannibal family... the typical hijinx ensue. Middle of the road in every way but it looked like gold after Swamp Devil. 5/10

12. Beast From Haunted Cave* (1959, DVD) - Pretty slow moving B-movie about a group of thieves hiding in a cabin in the snowy mountains and encounter a giant hairy spider-like creature that eats humans. Nothing new or special here. 3/10

13. Forbidden World* (1982, Blu Ray) - Roger Corman makes entertaining movies, and makes them well. That's all there is to it. There is schlock mixed in with the gold and I wouldn't have it any other way. Forbidden World comes off as a trashier version of Alien with a hint of The Thing thrown in for good measure. While its not as good as either of those, its almost as entertaining. 8/10

14. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (w/ commentary) (1974, DVD) - The movie itself will remain an example of how to make a raw film on a tight budget that can scare the hell out of people with very little blood. I love this movie. The commentary track on the other hand, which featured Tobe Hooper (director), Gunnar Hansen (leatherface) and Daniel Pearl (cinematographer), was slow and honestly pretty boring even though it did have a few interesting moments. Including one where Hansen admits to actually cutting Marilyn Burns to get a shot over with toward the end of the film. The movie is great, this commentary track not so much. 10/10

15. Zombie Strippers* (2008, On Demand HD) - I tried watching this before and only got 5 minutes in. I don't consider that a viewing so this was my first viewing of it, beginning to end. Add in enough beers to get me slightly drunk and it still isn't very good but gets some entertainment value from laughs and ridiculous zombies. 4/10

October 5
16. Scream Blacula, Scream* (1973, DVD) - The sequel to Blacula is just as good as the original blaxploitation/horror. These movies are endlessly entertaining. Blacula is looking for a voodoo queen, and takes out anyone who stands in his way. Its Dracula meets the jive talking 70s and I love it. 8/10

October 6
17. Night Of The Living Dead (1990, On Demand HD) - This is a personal favorite of mine and was one of the horror movies I ever saw as a child. Its a great representation of a how a remake can work when its not a cheap cash in on the original. 8/10

18. The Mist (2008, Blu Ray) - At one end The Mist is a great monster movie, full of drama, action, some very cool creatures and effects. On the other hand it is an intense social commentary on the state of religion and politics in modern society. Either way it is entertaining if somewhat depressing and well acted through out. Frank Darabont did a great job here. 9/10

19. Le Chaudron Infernal (1903, Streaming) (Wild Card 1) - This short film from director Geroges Melies is incredible. I first watched it last year for the challenge and clocking in at just over 1 minute it still blows me away. Each frame was hand painted to give it color and the special effects are pretty incredible given its age. Definitely check this one out, its available streaming on Youtube.

20. The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots (1895, Streaming) (Wild Card 2) - A film I watch during the challenge to try and complete the dreaded checklist haha. A short film of under a minute depicting Queen Mary getting beheaded by the executioner. Obviously a very early film and one of the first "horror" themed films ever produced.

21. Frozen* (2009, Blu Ray) - I was always one of the believers among many naysayers that thought Adam Green could pull off a successful horror thriller based around 3 people stuck on a ski lift. Frozen delivered on my faith. The film is tense, realistically scary and believable. The film itself is well made, the script is well written and the atmosphere is natural and thick. Frozen is not perfect, but its pretty damn good. 8/10

October 7
22. Captivity* (2006, On Demand HD) - Wow. That is all I can say. What a fucking horrible movie. Even Elisha Cuthbert being hot as hell couldn't save this pile of shit. 2/10

October 8
23. The Two Faces Of Dr. Jekyll* (1961, DVD) - Solid adaptation of the classic story. Good acting all around, especially from Christopher Lee in a supporting role. 7/10

October 9
24. Planet Terror (2007, Blu Ray) - Fun zombie/infected flick. Not necessarily truly in the vein of the exploitation films Grindhouse was a throwback to but entertaining never-the-less. 8/10

25. Death Proof (2007, Blu Ray) - Finishing this one was great, it meant I got to see the theatrical cut of Grindhouse for the first time in 3 and a half years. The whole experience was a blast, especially for a fan of the genre films they paid homage to that wasn't alive in the hay-day of these films and theaters. Death Proof is just as good as Planet Terror. 8/10 (9/10 for Grindhouse as a whole)

26. The Blob (1959, On Demand) - I watched this one with a few friends who had never seen it before. It was fun to see their reaction to the blob itself and the special effects. Still an enjoyable 50s "creature feature". 7/10

27. The Crazies* (2010, Blu Ray) - An entertaining remake of an underrated Romero movie. This is nothing ground breaking but it is a decent popcorn movie that is fun to watch with friends. I missed a few minutes due to laughing over my friend punting a dvd of Blood Car hahaha. 7/10

28. Troll 2 (1990, Blu Ray) - Troll 2 may be the most perfect movie ever made. I have more fun watching this movie than any other movie and it has endless rewatch value. Sober, or inebriated its perfect in every way, quite possibly for the wrong reasons but perfect nonetheless. I am eternally happy that is on Blu and has a great transfer and will entertain me in HD for years to come. Thank You/10

29. Puppetmaster: Axis Of Evil* (2010, DVD) - Another sequel to Puppetmaster? I'm drunk and I'll take it. It is bad and fun and there is nothing else I can ask for right now. I wish Six-Shooter was in this one though. This one was real mixed bag, slightly entertaining slightly shitty...It was worth a watch for a fan of the series. 4.5/10

October 10
30. House Of Clocks* (1989, Download) - This movie can be summarized by the first and last five minutes of the movie. Everything other than that is just (somewhat) gory icing on the cake. Its not bad, not good... it just is what is is. Fulci has done better and worse. 5/10

31. Curse Of The Mummy's Tomb* (1964, DVD) - A promising beginning and very cool last 25 minutes or so were nearly totally ruined by a middle that was uninspired and just plain dull. I was hoping for more out of this Hammer production. 5/10

32. Zombies Of Mass Destruction* (2009, On Demand HD) - The only thing I can really think of after seeing this one is "what was the point?" Sure there was some okay zombie action and blood and all that stuff but there really was no point and just as little plot. It just happens and doesn't give you any reason to care. 3/10

October 11
33. Grace* (2009, On Demand) - Grace was original in idea and decent in execution. I'm glad I checked it out because I'm a fan of Adam Green so far and will give anything he directs or produces a chance. Nothing incredible here but I found it to be worth a watch and probably a cheap purchase. 6/10

34. Short Film Marathon
-Judith* (2010, Streaming) - a cool tribute to Halloween, would have been interesting to see Rob Zombie's remake go in a direction like this one
-Treevenge* (2008, Streaming) - Pretty funny film about trees getting pissed off at being cut down for Christmas and taking their revenge on the town. I could see Troma doing a full length version of this
-Elevated* (1997, Streaming) - Very cool and suspenseful piece from Vincenzo Natali, director of Cube. Check this one out.
-Frankenstein (1910, streaming) - Saw this one for the first time last year, its still cool to check out every October.
-The Haunted Curiosity Shop*(1901, Streaming) - Not a whole lot to say about this one, a shop owner is haunted by various beings.
-La Maison Ensorcelée* (1908, streaming) - 3 people are haunted by a ghost and slapstick hijinx ensue.
-The Hasher's Delirium* (1910, streaming) - This seemed like a PSA using psychological horror to get its point across

35. Orphan* (2009, On Demand HD) - This one was a rough watch. It could have easily been 20 minutes shorter, the twist was stupid and painful to see play out even though I knew what it was going in. It was well acted which is a plus but overall I did not enjoy myself. 4/10

36. Carriers* (2009, On Demand HD) - Imagine living in an infected world where you have to disinfect everything before handling it and live in fear of breathing in the virus. Now imagine the relationships closest to you falling apart and having those people get the deadly virus. That is what Carriers is. Its pretty good too. 7/10

October 12
37. Columbus Day Weekend* (1998, Streaming) (Wild Card 3) - Adam Green directed this short spoof when he was still a student. Its bad in every conceivable way but it was almost funny.

38. Lake Mungo* (2008, On Demand HD) - Presented as a documentary, Lake Mungo is the story of a family trying to figure out the mystery surrounding their daughter's death and subsequent haunting of their home. It wasn't bad, I feel like it lacked "something" to really put it over the top. 6/10

39. The Haunting In Connecticut* (2009, On Demand HD) - Painfully average. I feel it was a few music cues and directorial choices away from turning the corner. As it stands its a decent horror entry for the past few years that is worth a watch at least. I wanted this one to make that turn so bad into a truly haunting ghost story. 5/10

October 13
40. The Uninvited* (2009, On Demand HD) - holy shitty movie batman! predictable, boring, uninspired. blahhhh 2/10

41. The Wizard Of Gore* (1970, DVD) - Gory and entertaining but a bit on the slow side. The story was basic but worked and kept the film going. I'd say they could have easily chopped 10 minutes off and it would have had a better flow. The weird little twist at the end was cool. 6.5/10

42. The Gorgon* (1964, DVD) - Solid Hammer effort from Terence Fisher. I feel that the design of The Gorgon was the film's main problem, and that is sort of a big one when the whole film revolves around it. Its not going to fall into the realm of "classic" but for anyone digging deeper into the Hammer catalog its worth checking out. 6.5/10

43. Monsters* (2010, On Demand HD) - Great story, solid movie pretty much sums it up. Enough monsters and action to keep it fun but its much more than that. 7/10

October 14
44. Pandorum* (2009, On Demand HD) - Even after having mixed reviews temper my expectations this one was a big disappointment. Ben Foster had a varied performance, sometimes he was the great actor I know he can be from roles such as 3:10 To Yuma (where he stole the whole damn movie) and 30 Days of Night where he had a small supporting role, but again was extremely memorable but other times he was hamming it up like the rest of the cast. The direction is to blame for this no doubt because it was a huge problem for me the entire movie. Just bad and amateur in its approach and execution. The sets and mutant monsters were cool though, and did have a few decent action sequences. 4/10

45. The Last House On The Left* (2009, On Demand) - It got away with a bit more than I thought it would be able too, but still didn't do a whole lot. The original is certainly a better film and grittier and nastier. The payoff is also better than the remake. Its remake is okay for what it is. 5/10

46. Motel Hell (1980, DVD) - Entertaining through and through. You're either laughing, being thrilled or cringing at how awkward these country folk are. There are definitely a few memorable scenes in this one. 7.5/10

47. Survival Of The Dead* (2009, DVD) - I had hoped this would be a return to form for Romero, or at the very least a step in the right direction, though I kept expectations low. I'd say the low expectations were met. It wasn't bad, and I did like it more than Diary but it is still miles removed from his classics. There were some decent effects and some real shoddy cgi, a few likable characters but mainly none of them were developed enough. Overall it was worth a single viewing for free. 4.5/10

48. The Exorcism Of Emily Rose* (2005, On Demand HD) - This one was surprisingly good to me. I knew going it it was more of a courtroom drama than a straight exorcism horror and it really worked out. Well acted and written. 7.5/10

October 15
49. The Stepfather* (2009, On Demand HD) - Well if I didn't know the meaning of "god awful" before I do now. Overly dramatic, boring, drawn out, over acted. It was basically a cracked out soap opera. At least the girlfriend was nice to look at. 1/10

50. Sleepless Nights: Revisiting The Slumber Party Massacre* (2010, DVD) - A documentary covering the 3 entries into the SPM franchise. Interviews from directors, actors and writers recount the days on set and the reaction and reception the films have got since their release. I wish there was more information and that it went deeper though. 5/10

51. Slumber Party Massacre (1982, DVD) - An enjoyable little slasher film. This is nothing groundbreaking for the genre but its a fun watch with some drinks and friends. Shout! Factory did a great job on the re-release. 7/10

52. Slumber Party Massacre 2 (1987, DVD) - Hilarious sequel, with a non existant plot. Fun for anyone looking for brainless nonsense. 7.5/10

53. Slumber Party Massacre 3 (1990, DVD) - The final chapter in the slasher series took it back to a darker feel and more serious tone. While it is my least favorite of the series, its still solid slasher fare. 6/10

October 16
54. Monster Squad (1987, Blu Ray) - A classic children's style horror from the 80s. Drac, Frank, Wolfie, Mummy and Creach are all here and terrorizing the neighborhood. Its the Goonies meets Universal horror. 8/10

55. The Last Horror Film* (1982, DVD-R) - Such an oddball of a movie. Filmed partially guerilla style at the Cannes Film Festival and starring the late Joe Spinell, this is celebrity obsession and madness all rolled up into one. 7/10

56. Scream Of Fear* (1961, DVD) - A nicely crafted horror thriller full of twists and turns from Hammer. This one will keep you guessing until the very end. 6.5/10

October 17
57. Seven Deaths In The Cat's Eye* (1973, DVD) - Antonio Margheriti directed this giallo that has a flare of gothic horror as well. All of the classic giallo elements are here- red herrings, the black gloved killer, crazy title and so on. Its a pretty decent movie and entry into the giallo category. 6/10

58. The Horrors Of Spider Island* (MST3K) (1960, Streaming) - Even the MST3K commentary couldn't save this from being a dreadful 90 minutes. A few laughs from the commentary kept me with it but it was an absolute struggle. The points are for the laughs I had and nothing else. 1/10

October 18
59. Return To Horror High* (1987, On Demand) - A disjointed mess. It had potential to be entertaining but instead it just kept changing on itself. 3/10

60. This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse* (1967, DVD) - A beautiful glimpse into madness. Some horrific scenes, some beautiful scenes but it always goes back to madness. Check out the Coffin Joe series if you never have. 9/10

61. The Strange World Of Coffin Joe* (1968, DVD) - This anthology film from the the director of the Coffin Joe series is 3 shorts introduced by Coffin Joe himself (who is also the director). The films range from a deranged dollmaker and his daughters to necrophilia and even a pseudo Coffin Joe appearance. It never ventures into the league of great anthology films such as Creepshow but it does have enough value to check out. 6/10

October 19
62. Leviathan* (1989, On Demand HD) - To put it simply its an underwater version of John Carpenter's THE THING. And while it did "borrow" quite a bit from it Leviathan stands on its own feet. Its a fun monster movie aided by comedy from Daniel Stern and seemingly perfect timing of Ernie Hudson's great one liners. The cast does great, the effects are great. The real downfall for this movie is a lack of tension and that its so heavily borrowed from other movies. That said its still very fun to watch. 7.5/10

63. 2010 Scream Awards* (2010, TV) - Fairly entertaining awards show ranging from horror to sci-fi to comic books. It had some cool appearances from cast members of Troll 2 (awarding the best worst movie of the year appropriately enough) and Michael J. Fox w/ Christopher Lloyd. 5/10

64. All Souls Day: Dia De Los Muertos* (2005, On Demand) - It started off okay but fizzled out fast and ended up being nothing but typical DTV crap. A few familiar faces were nice to see though. 3/10

October 20
65. Ju-On: The Grudge* (2003, On Demand) - I didn't realize I was watching the 3rd entry into a series, I didn't even know the Ju-On series HAD 3 entries. Either way this one wasn't great. It also wasn't bad but I'm sure the earlier entries into the series were better. A middle of the road ghost story here. 5/10

66. Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch (1982, DVD) - This movie gets me in the spirit for Halloween every year. I really know its the final stretch to the best holiday when I watch it. Its underrated and gets way too much undeserved hate simply because it has Halloween 3 in the title. Take it as a stand alone horror movie and its good stuff. Plus you can annoy your friends with the song! 8/10

67. The Mummy's Ghost* (1944, DVD) - It suffers from the same problems Tomb had. It feels like we've seen this all before. I do think this one was more interesting than Tomb, but still doesn't reach the same level as the original or even The Mummy's Hand. 5.5/10

68. Puppetmaster (1989, DVD) - I watched it as a refresher for some of the sequels I haven't seen and ya know what? It isn't all that bad. Sure its low budget and stupid, but for what it is its fun. I hope the sequels don't all blow like the later ones I've seen. 6/10

October 21
69. Puppetmaster 2* (1991, DVD) - Overall it wasn't great but I'm drunk and the scenes that entertained me really entertained me so I'll give it a marginal score. I doubt I'd give it this much sober though...who watches this shit sober anyways? 5/10

70. Fear Itself: Something With Bite* (2009, On Demand HD) - An unaired episode that I thought could be cool from the plot... it was just boring. I was hoping for something far more fun from the director of Demon Knight. 3/10

71. Drag Me To Hell (2009, On Demand HD) - This movie is fun. It has well executed jump scares, some great gross outs and a nice ending that you don't see coming from a mile away. The score is integral to the effectiveness of this movie. Raimi did a nice job here. 8/10

72. Legion* (2010, On Demand HD) - The action was fun and the casting was solid, but some of the effects were horrible. It would have benefited from trimming about 10 minutes off too. Overall not bad stuff here for a popcorn flick. 6/10

73. Prophecy* (1979, On Demand) - A cool creature and good character development really drive this one. It does have quite a bit of social commentary but not enough to really become bothersome. 6/10

October 22
74. I Drink Your Blood (1970, DVD) - A great example of 70s exploitation horror. Satanic cults, rabid meat pies, sex, sleaze. It has a reputation around it that over time it hasn't totally lived up to but still good stuff nonetheless. 7.5/10

75. Cannibal Ferox (DVD, 1981) - Simply put its a rip off of Cannibal Holocaust but I'm okay with that. Its gory, and crazy like most of the cannibal films of this time and features some animal issues that test the morals of some viewers. I find it to be entertaining and though its not as good as CH in almost any way it does have one of my favorite score tracks ever. 7.5/10

October 23
76. Revolt Of The Zombies* (1936, On Demand) - Not very good at all. And for a movie clocking in at 65 minutes it was unbearably slow. 3/10

77. Witchfinder General* (1968, DVD) - With most horror movies you get some sort of humor involved. Whether its intentionally funny or you find yourself with a belly laugh at how extreme some gore was. This had none of that. It was straight forward and brutally honest with its viewers. Excellent film that any horror fan needs to see. 9/10

78. City Of The Dead* (1960, DVD) - Atmosphere that goes on for days, some great set pieces and good performances. Not to mention the cinematography. Very cool stuff here. 8.5/10

October 24
79. Return Of The Living Dead (1985, DVD) - One of my top 10 favorite movies ever and something I never get tired of watching. 10/10

October 25
80. Nosferatu (1922, DVD) - A beautiful film that is still creepy as ever after almost 90 years. 8/10

81. The Revenge Of Frankenstein* (1958, DVD) - More goodness from Hammer. 7.5/10

82. Count Dracula's Great Love* (1972, Streaming) - I didn't expect much and I didn't get much. What I did get was a boring Naschy role and some very attractive women. That's about it. 3/10

83. Halloween (2007, DVD) - If I take this film as a remake of Carpenter's brilliant Halloween it fails on every level. If I take it as a stand alone modern day slasher it isn't too bad and has some entertainment value even though it isn't great. 4.5/10

84. Scooby-Doo Marathon (1969, On Demand)
-Hassle In The Castle
-Mine Your Business
-Clue For Scooby-Doo
This was a fun throwback to when I was a kid and Saturday morning cartoons were good. Amazing how far they've fell in so few years.

October 26
85. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (2007, DVD) - The biggest problem this movie has is that, for a musical, it doesn't have very memorable or catchy songs. The main song about England is great, other than that there aren't any. It is still a good story, well acted and entertains. 7/10

86. The Evil Dead (1982, Blu Ray) - An absolute favorite of mine, that now looks great in HD. I love the whole series but the darker side of this one tips the scales in its favor for me. 10/10

87. Paranormal Activity (2009, DVD) - A few friends, included 2 that haven't seen it wanted to watch it... I wasn't going to turn down an entry on the list just upset it had to be this movie. Boring. 4/10

October 27
88. Day Of The Dead (1985, Blu Ray) - I feel that this one is commonly overlooked in Romero's dead trilogy. It is always an enjoyable watch for me and is every bit as good as Night or Dawn if not better in the realm of character development. 8.5/10

89. House Of Frankenstein (1944, DVD) - I wasn't planning on watching this one again for the challenge, but checklist OCD kicked in and I needed it. An enjoyable movie even if by this point the same old Universal monster movie ideas started to get played out a bit. 6/10

90. The Fifth Cord* (1971, DVD) - Solid giallo with a great performance from Franco Nero. 6.5/10

91. Tremors (1990, TV) - Always a fun watch. The chemistry between Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward is perfect. I wasn't planning on watching it but when I saw it was a minute away from starting in HD I couldn't resist. 8/10

92. Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman* (1958, Streaming) - It takes too long to get going and once it does there is a little bit of entertainment to be had but not much. 3.5/10

93. Basket Case (1982, DVD) - Frank Henenlotter may not be my favorite director ever but his movies always entertain me. His consistency in movie making is one of his strong points (along with his sheer insanity haha). It has been 3 years (or more) since my first viewing of this movie and its as crazy as ever and just as fun. 8/10

October 28
94. The Devil Rides Out* (1968, DVD) - How was this rated G? Satanic themes abound would immediately equal pg13 at the very least these days. Entertaining and embracing. Its nice to see Christopher Lee be a good guy in a Hammer film once in a while. I'd call this "Rosemary's Baby lite". 7.5/10

95. Fear Itself: Spirit Box* (2009, On Demand HD) - It aided me in falling asleep as soon as it was done. That was cool. Other than that it was pretty common stuff. 3/10

96. Night Of The Creeps (1986, Blu Ray) - Thrill Me! Entertaining from beginning to end I just wish it had more action throughout the middle. Still great stuff either way. 8/10

97. Re-Animator (1985, DVD) - Such a great movie. From the crazy score to the insanity that happens in Miskatonic U. Blending comedy and horror together beautifully. 8.5/10

98. From Beyond (1986, DVD) - This movie gets better and better with each viewing. Pretty soon its going to have a hard time doing that because it is so damn good. Amazing effects everywhere in this movie. 9/10

October 29
99. 5 Dolls For An August Moon (1970, DVD) - I thought it was a first time viewing, come to find out I had seen it before. Whoops. Still, its a solid giallo from Mario Bava and worth a re-watch every now and then especially when you forgot that you've seen it haha. 6.5/10

100. Suspiria (1977, DVD) - I don't know what to say about this movie that I haven't already said. Its perfect in every way and remains in a tie with Halloween for my favorite movie ever. 10/10

October 30
101. Trick 'R Treat (2007, Blu Ray) - I'm so happy this movie has officially made itself a tradition to watch around Halloween. Its fun, original, and awesome. 9/10

October 31
102. Return To Sleepaway Camp (2007, DVD) - Ridiculously bad but entertaining nevertheless. Its so fun to hate on just about everything in this movie. 5/10

103. Zombi 2 (1979, DVD) - I was totally worn out from a wild weekend and it really made the pacing a glaring problem for me in this one. There are multiple times where long periods of time go by with nothing happening. The good parts of the movie are great, but the slow parts are a chore. Still the bad outweighs the good. 7.5/10

104. Halloween (1978, Blu Ray) - I can recite the dialogue and still it gives me goosebumps. Absolutely perfect. 10/10

105. Dawn Of The Dead (2004, TV) - A fun remake of a classic. Always provides good entertainment. 7.5/10

106. TV/Short Film Entry
-Trick 'R Treat: The Lore And Legends Of Halloween* (2008, Blu Ray) - A short documentary about the traditions of the holiday revolving around the cast and crew of the movie Trick 'R Treat
-The Walking Dead "Premiere"* (2010, TV) - The series based off of the comic books is off to a nice start. The casting seems good as does the writing. I hope this continues as I've been looking forward to it.

107. Halloween: H20 (1998, DVD) - An underrated sequel that follows up part 2. It went back to the roots of Halloween and probably could have been pretty damn good if it didn't have a few of the 90s slasher downfalls. 6.5/10

Checklist (complete)
Watch one film from every decade of film history.
X1890 - The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots (1895)
X 1900 - Le Chaudron Infernal (1903)
X 1910 - Frankenstein (1910)
X 1920 - Nosferatu (1922)
X 1930 - Revolt Of The Zombies (1936)
X 1940 - The Mummy's Tomb (1942)
X 1950 - Beast From Haunted Cave (1959)
X 1960 - The Two Faces Of Dr. Jekyll (1961)
X 1970 - Piranha (1978)
X 1980 - The Dead Next Door (1989)
X 1990 - Dead Alive (1992)
X 2000 - Killer Pad (2008)
X 2010 - Hatchet 2

Watch a film for each rating:
X Unrated (pre-MPAA) - The Mummy's Tomb
X G - The Devil Rides Out
X PG - Prophecy
X PG-13 - Troll 2
X R - Killer Pad
X NC-17 - The Evil Dead
X X (not porn; several horror films were rated X) - I Drink Your Blood
x Unrated (post-MPAA) - Hatchet 2

Watch films in at least three formats (DVD, BD, HD DVD, Laserdisc, TV, online, UMD, theater, iPod, etc).
X First format, (DVD), (The Dead Next Door).
X Second format, (On Demand), (Killer Pad).
X Third format, (Theater), (Hatchet 2).

Watch a film starring:
X Basil Rathbone -or- Glenn Strange - House Of Frankenstein (Strange)
X John Saxon -or- Danny Trejo - All Souls Day: Dia De Los Muertos (Trejo)
X Paul Naschy -or- José "Coffin Joe" Marins - This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse (Jose Marins)
X Donald Pleasence -or- John Carradine - Halloween (Donald Pleasance)
X Clint Howard -or- Michael Berryman - Halloween 07 (Clint Howard... ok so he didn't exactly star in it, but he's there. Slim pickens for these 2)
X Bill Moseley -or- Keith David - Night of the Living Dead 90 (Bill Moseley)
X Dick Miller -or- David Warner - Piranha (Dick Miller)
X Udo Kier -or- Barbara Steele - Suspiria (Udo Kier)
X Tony Todd -or- Brad Dourif - Hatchet 2 (Tony Todd)
X Linnea Quigley -or- Debbie Rochon - Return of the Living Dead (Linnea Quigley)

Watch films in at least two languages other than English.
X First language, (Greek), (Evil (To Kako).
X Second language, (Portuguese), (This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse).

Watch a film in each of the following subgenres/types:
X Vampire - Scream Blacula, Scream
X Frankenstein - Frankenstein 1910
X Werewolf - Monster Squad
X Mummy - The Mummy's Tomb
X Ghost/haunting - The Haunted Curiosity Shop
X Witchcraft/satanic/religious - The Exorcism Of Emily Rose
X Zombie - The Dead Next Door
X Slasher/psycho/homicidal maniac - Hatchet 2
X Monster/creature feature/Godzilla - Beast From Haunted Cave
X Documentary - Sleepless Nights: The Slumber Party Massacre Revisited
X Musical - Sweeney Todd
X Spoof/comedy - Columbus Day Weekend
X Revenge - The Last House on the Left
X Killer/evil doll - Puppetmaster: Axis of Evil
X Killer/evil animal - Piranha
X Killer/evil child - Grace
X Giallo - Seven Deaths In The Cat's Eye
X J horror - Ju-On: The Grudge
X MST3K/rifftrax/CT - The Horrors Of Spider Island
X film and its remake - Halloween
X based on a novel - The Mist
X directed by Fred Olen Ray or Frank Henenlotter or Ti West - Basket Case (Henenlotter)
X won an Academy Award -- any category - Sweeney Todd
X silent film - Le Chaudron Infernal
X Criterion version film - Nosferatu (MoC)
X with commentary - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
X film and at least two of its sequels - Puppetmaster 1, 2, Axis of Evil
X anthology film - The Strange World Of Coffin Joe
X appears on video nasties list - Cannibal Ferox
X hosted by Elvira - Count Dracula's Great Love
X takes place on a holiday - Trick 'R Treat
X takes place in space - Forbidden World
X takes place on or under the sea - Piranha
X animated film - Scooby-Doo
X called "Day of ..." - Day Of The Dead
X called "Night of ..." - Night Of The Living Dead
X called "Return of ..." - Return Of The Living Dead
X called "Revenge of ..." - The Revenge Of Frankenstein
X called "Attack of ..." - Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman
X with the words "Living Dead" in the title - Night Of The Living Dead

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The 6th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge"

I am a new member to DVDTalk and count me in for the "October Horror Movie Challenge"! Let the movie watching commence! :-)

2010 Goal: 100

Running Count: 48
* = First Time Viewing

October 1:
1. Horror of Dracula (1958)* [Turner Classic Movies 8:00 PM]: This movie was enjoyable for the time period for which it was made. (Rating: 2/5)

October 2:
2. Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981) [DVD 11:00 AM]: Quite enjoyable and lived up to my childhood memories. (Rating: 3/5)

3. The Fog (2005) [DVD 2:00 PM]: A semi-descent remake, but definitely prefer the 1980 original. (Rating: 3/5)

4. The Boogens (1981) [VHS 10:00 PM]: A great little monster flick. I have fond memories of watching this on HBO ALL the time back in the 80's. (Rating: 3/5)

October 3:
5. Fright Night (1985) [DVD 9:00 PM]: (Rating: 2/5)

October 4:
6. Let Me In (2010)*[Movie Theater 7:30 PM]: (Rating 3/5)

October 5:
7. Candyman (1992) [DVD 8:00 PM] (Rating 3/5)

October 6:

October 7:

October 8:
8. The Blob (1988) [DVD 8:00 PM] (Rating 3/5)
9. The Exorcist (1973) [DVD 9:45 PM]: Hands down one of the most scariest movies EVER! (Rating 5/5)

October 9:
10. Visiting Hours (1982) [DVD 12:00 PM] (Rating 2.5/5)
11. Wrong Turn (2003) [DVD 2:30 PM] (Rating 4/5)
12. Psycho (1960) [DVD 4:00 PM]: Pure Classic with the ultimate shower scene! (Rating 5/5)
13. Friday the 13th (1980) [DVD 10:30 PM]: Enjoyable 80's classic! [ 4/5]

October 10:
14. The Believers (1987) [DVD 5:00 PM] (Rating 3.5/5)

October 11:
15. The Crazies (1973)* [Netflix 8:00 PM]: I prefer the remake to the original. (Rating 0/5)

October 12:
16. Child's Play 2 (1990) [DVD 7:15 PM] (Rating 3/5)

October 13:
17. A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010) [DVD 9:00 PM] (Rating 3.5/5)

October 14:
18. A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984) [DVD 9:00 PM]: Love this movie! Way better than the 2010 remake. (Rating 5/5)

October 15:
19. The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005) [DVD 8:30 PM] (Rating 3/5)

October 16:
20. The Hitcher (2007) [DVD 2:00 PM] (Rating 3/5)
21. Critters (1986) [DVD 8:00 PM] (Rating 2.5/5)
22. A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) [DVD 9:30 PM] (Rating 4/5)

October 17:
23. Paranormal Activity (2007)* [Netflix 8:00 PM] (Rating 0/5)
24. Spellbinder (1988) [Netflix 9:30 PM] (Rating 2.5/5)

October 18:

October 19:
25. Poltergeist (1982) [DVD 8:30 PM] (Rating 5/5)

October 20:
26. My Bloody Valentine (1981) [DVD 9:00 PM] (Rating 3/5)

October 21:
27. My Soul To Take (2010)* [Movie Theater 7:20 PM]: Not the best Wes Craven film, but had its moments. (Rating 2/5)

28. Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989) [AMC Fright Fest 10:00 PM]: This movie is tied as one of the worst enteries in the Friday the 13th franchise! (Rating 0/5).

October 22:

October 23:
29. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006) [DVD 9:00 AM] (Rating 3/5)
30. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) [DVD 11:00 AM] (Rating 4/5)
31. Friday The 13th (2009) [DVD 12:45 PM] (Rating 4/5)

October 24:
32. Final Destination (2000) [DVD 2:30 PM] (Rating 3/5)
33. Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (The Producer's Cut) (1995) [DVD 6:30 PM] (Rating 3/5)
34. Leviathan (1989) [Netflix 8:00 PM] (Rating 3/5)

October 25:
35. Saw (2004) [DVD 7:00 PM] (Rating 3.5/5)
36. Saw 2 (2005) [DVD 9:00 PM] (Rating 4/5)

October 26:
37. April Fool's Day (1986) [DVD 9:00 PM] (Rating 3/5)

October 27:

October 28:
38. Saw 3 (2006) [DVD 8:00 PM] (Rating 3.5/5)

October 29:
39. Night of the Living Dead (1990) [DVD 8:30 PM] (Rating 4/5)

October 30:
40. Saw 4 (2007) [DVD 9:30 AM] (Rating 3.5/5)
41. Last House On The Left (2009) [Unrated Version] [DVD 1:00 PM] (Rating 4/5)
42. Jason X (2001) [DVD 3:00 PM] (Rating 0/5)
43. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) [Netflix 8:00 PM] (Rating 2/5)

October 31:
44. Halloween (1978) [AMC Fear Fest 8:00 AM] (Rating 5/5)
45. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) [AMC Fear Fest 12:00 PM] (Rating 4/5)
46. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) [AMC Fear Fest 2:00 PM] (Rating 3/5)
47. Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) [AMC Fear Fest 4:00 PM] (Rating 2.5/5)
48. Halloween: H20 (1998) [DVD 6:00 PM] (Rating 3.5/5)

BONUS: The Walking Dead (2010) [AMC Fear Fest 10:00 PM] (Rating 5/5)

Watch one film from every decade of film history.
--- 1890 - (insert film title here)
--- 1900 -
--- 1910 -
--- 1920 -
--- 1930 -
--- 1940 -
1950 - Horror of Dracula (1958)
1960 - Psycho (1960)
1970 - The Exorcist (1973)
1980 - Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)
1990 - Candyman (1992)
2000 - The Fog (2005)
2010 - Let Me In (2010)

Watch a film for each rating:
--- Unrated (pre-MPAA) - (insert film title here)
--- G -
PG - Poltergeist (1982)
PG-13 - Critters (1986)
R - The Boogens (1981)
--- NC-17 -
--- X (not porn; several horror films were rated X) -
Unrated (post-MPAA) - Last House on the Left (2009) [Unrated Version]

Watch films in at least three formats (DVD, BD, HD DVD, Laserdisc, TV, online, UMD, theater, iPod, etc).
First format: Television, Horror of Dracula
Second format: DVD, Dark Night of the Scarecrow
Third format: VHS, The Boogens

Watch a film starring:
--- Basil Rathbone -or- Glenn Strange - (insert film title here)
John Saxon: A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
--- Paul Naschy -or- José "Coffin Joe" Marins -
Donald Pleasence: Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers - Producer's Cut (1995)
--- Clint Howard -or- Michael Berryman -
Bill Moseley: The Blob (1988)
--- Dick Miller -or- David Warner -
--- Udo Kier -or- Barbara Steele -
Tony Todd: Candyman (1992)
--- Linnea Quigley -or- Debbie Rochon -

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 - Fright Night (1985)
--- Frankenstein -
--- Werewolf -
--- Mummy -
Ghost/haunting - Poltergeist (1982)
Witchcraft/satanic/religious - The Believers (1987)
Zombie - Night of the Living Dead (1990)
Slasher/psycho/homicidal maniac - Friday the 13th (1980)
Monster/Creature Feature/Godzilla - Leviathan (1989)
--- Documentary -
--- Musical -
--- Spoof/comedy -
Revenge - Last House on the Left (2009) [Unrated Version]
Killer/evil doll - Child's Play 2 (1990)
--- Killer/evil animal -
--- Killer/evil child -
--- Giallo -
--- J horror -
--- MST3K/rifftrax/CT -
Film and its remake - A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984) and (2010)
Based on a novel - The Exorcist (1973): Based on the novel by William Peter Blatty
--- directed by Fred Olen Ray or Frank Henenlotter or Ti West -
Won an Academy Award - The Exorcist (1973): Won an Academy Award for Sound and Writing Adapted Screenplay
--- silent film -
--- Criterion version film -
--- with commentary -
Film and at least two of its sequels - Saw (2004), Saw 2 (2005), and Saw 3 (2006)
--- anthology film -
Appears on video nasties list - Visting Hours (1982)
--- hosted by Elvira -
Takes place on a holiday - My Bloody Valentine (1981)
Takes place in space - Jason X (2001)
Takes place on or under the sea - Leviathan (1989)
--- animated film -
--- called "Day of ..." -
Called "Night of ..." - Night of the Living Dead (1990)
--- called "Return of ..." -
--- called "Revenge of ..." -
--- called "Attack of ..." -
With the words "Living Dead" in the title - Night of the Living Dead (1990)

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Beebs 2010 Horror Fest!

Mrs. Beebs and I are back for our third year. Will finish formatting list soon. Have two goals this year. One, 100 movies which is gonna be tough given my schedule, and two, at least 1/3rd new movies.

Previous Year Results and Goal
2008 - 104
2009 - 97
2010 - Goal 100+

October 1st
001. Maniac [1980] I think it is a testament to how grisly movies are today that the violence in Maniac seems sedate where the mania of the killer seems more out there than anything today. Regardless, this is early shared movie experience between Mrs. Beebs and I and as recognition we kick off this year's challenge with this 1980 splatterific misogynist slasher. Netflix DVD on 42" Plasma
002. Quarantine [2008] I like this remake of [REC], and it's one we saw in theaters the first year of the challenge. A nice way to follow-up the previous title that has personal meaning to us. Beebs Collection Blu-ray on 106" screen
003. Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde [1953] Made on the downward slope of their career, this movie features few bits and more atmosphere and new humor for them. I grew up watch these guys Sunday afternoon and still love them for a little simple fun. Beebs Collection DVD on 25" TV

October 2nd
004. Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever [2009] new! The best part of this movie are the crude animation sequences and the quirky upbeat song that goes along with them. Comcast OnDemand
005. Night of the Creeps [1986] This is such a well done light horror movie. Slither clearly owes it's killer slug design to this one. Comcast OnDemand
006. Body Snatchers [1993] Much more enjoyable than the recent remake, I think. But not a match for either of the former movies... although the effects are excellent. Comcast OnDemand
007. Killer Pad [2008] new! Scariest thing here is that the sexy succubus has a penis. Comcast OnDemand on 42" Plasma
***. The Warriors [1979] Took the night off and watched a couple of great drive-in features. At the Drive-In
***. Machete [2010] At the Drive-In

October 3rd
008. Child's Play 2 [1990] new! Never seen this one before. I find this series more amusing than scary. Comcast OnDemand on 42" Plasma
009. Signs [2002]Seems like this is the last good movie from Mr. Shyamalan so far. Beebs Blu-ray on 105" Screen
0010. Final Destination [2000] A modern horror series I like going back to again and again. This first one feels the most cinematic and polished, but the later movies work just as well. Beebs DVD on 105" Screen

October 4th
011. Deadline [2009] new! Just okay spooky house story. Mrs. Guru wanted to see Ms. Murphy's last few movies, too.
012. Them! [1954] new! Great creature feature from the 1950s. I like the way make these movies feel massive in scope with some stock footage and some modestly okay sets. These days this sorta movie would cost $100M at least.
013. Kolchak/The Night Stalker: Ep01: The Ripper / Ep02: The Zombie [1974] Still great after all these years. McGavin does an amazing job of narrating these in such a way as to give them a tangible creepiness. Stories are well done, and played straight... and I never tired of four or five cops getting thrown around some supernatural killer.

October 5th
014. Fiend Without a Face [1958] new! This was a Criterion disc from the library. Am I the only one who finds a good number of their collection are more important than entertaining. Too much of this picture goes by before you get any clue what is doing the killing.
015. Tales of the Crypt Loved to Death/Carrion Death/Abra Cadaver/The Trap [1991] Wow what an amazing series. I scored this lone set during the Big Lots box set sale last holidays, and it turned out the be one of the best find there. Beebs Collection DVD on 25" TV

October 6th
016. Christine [1983] I had not seen this early King movie by Carpenter in some time. It was more entertaining than I thought it would be. Comcast OnDemand on 42" Plasma
017. Stevie [2008] new! Random pick from Fearnet OnDemand that ended up being a snooze fest. I'm guessing the doll house was supposed to be scary. Not. Comcast OnDemand on 42" Plasma

October 7th
018. The Uninvited [2009] new! A new movie I hadn't seen yet from OnDemand. Looks much more promising than Stevie. Comcast HD OnDemand on 42" Plasma

October 8th
Night off to attend a concert.

October 9th
019. Let the Right One In [2008] Better the second time. Wonderful vampire tale. Netflix Streaming on 42" Plasma
020. Kolchak/The Night Stalker: Ep03 / Ep04 [1972] Still great after all these years. Netflix Streaming on 42" Plasma
021. Zombieland [2009] Emma Stone as a badass. Nice. Not sure why the founder of Facebook is in this one, though. Netflix Streaming on 42" Plasma
022. Buffy The Vampire Slayer (movie) [1992] Amazing amount of recognizable faces in this 90s comedy horror. Netflix Streaming on 42" Plasma

October 10th
023. The Descent: Part 2 [2009] new! I found this one very enjoyable, despite the story changes it makes you accept. Redbox DVD on 42" Plasma
024. A Nightmare on Elm Street [1984] Introducing Mr. Depp... wow, that's some nice 80s hair. Library DVD on 42" Plasma
025. The Crazies (remake) [2010] new! Fun remake of an overlooked Romero movie. Redbox DVD on 42" Plasma
026. Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit [2005] I never grow tired or too old for this one. A lavishly animated miracle that full of fun ideas, wonderful characters, and a were creature. Beebs Collection DVD on 42" Plasma
027. Tremors [1990] One of my all time favorite movies to watch when I don't know what to watch. Bacon and Ward really work so well together here. Surprised no one put them back together at some point. Beebs Collection HD-DVD on 42" Plasma

October 11th
028. Final Destination 3 [2006] I really like the movies in this series. Don't know why, just enjoy them. Library DVD on 42" Plasma
029. Dreamscape [1984] Nice little sci-fi shocker that hasn't aged all that well. Library DVD on 42" Plasma

October 12th
030. Frozen [2010] new! I don't know if this is a horror or not, so I'll use a wildcard on this one. But it's close enough in my book. Redbox DVD on 42" Plasma
031. Young Frankenstein [1984] Nice little sci-fi shocker that hasn't aged all that well. Beebs Collection DVD on 42" Plasma

October 13th
032. Dexter Season 5, Episode 1 & 2 [2010] new! Everyone's favorite serial killer with a heart of gold returns for another season. Great show. SAGETV on 42" Plasma

October 14th
033. Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge [1985] A teenager's descent in darkness and flame. Along for the ride, Freddy. Library DVD on 42" Plasma

October 15th
034. The Alphabet Killer [2008] new! Creepy serial killer flick full of has-been actors. That's a recipe for good stuff. Library DVD on 42" Plasma
035. The Cave [2005] new! Good-looking predictable monster in the dark flick. Beebs DVD on 42" Plasma

October 16th
036. Spellbinder [1988] new! Yawner from the 1980's with Mrs. Travolta as a catnip who turns out to be a witch on the run. Impact HD OnDemand on 42" Plasma
037. Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors [1987] My favorite from the series. Library DVD on 42" Plasma

038. Final Destination 2
039. Resident Evil 4 (at the drive-in) new!

October 17th
040. Jaws
041. Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror

October 18th
042. Cirque de Freak: Vampire's Assistant new!
043. Wolf-man (original)

October 19th
044. Tales from the Crypt S3, EP5-8.

October 20th
045. Ghostbusters
046. Drag Me To Hell

October 21th
047. Wishcraft new!
048. Dexter S3 Ep3/Ep4 new!

October 22th
049. The Mummy (S. Sommers)

October 23th
050. Last House on the Left (remake) new!
051. Nightmare on Elm Street 4: Dream Master
052. The Collector new!
053. Beetle Juice

October 24th
054. Shaun of the Dead
055. The Stepfather (original) new!

October 25th
056. Tales from the Darkside: The Movie new!

October 26th
057. Silence of the Lambs

October 27th
058. The Tingler
059. Son of Kong new!

October 28th
060. Zombie Strippers new!
061. Se7en
062. The Mist
063. Hellboy
064. An American Werewolf in London

October 29th
065. Wolf
066. Monster on Campus new!
067. Carrie
068. The Shining
069. Hellboy II

October 30th
070. I Am Legend
071. Lost Souls new!
072. Nightmare & Dreamscapes - Ep1 "Battleground" / Ep2 "Crouch End" new!
073. Nightmare & Dreamscapes - Ep7 "Autopsy in Room Four / Ep8 "You Know They Have a Hell of a Band" new!
074. Monsters Inc.
075. The Thing (Carpenter)

October 31st
076. King Kong (Peter Jackson)
077. The Hunger
078. Kolchak: Nightstalker Ep05 "The Werewolf" / Dexter Ep05 "First Blood"
079. Fright Night

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Re: The 6th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread

Oct. 1

1. Piranha (1978) 6.5/10
2. The Video Dead 4/10*

Oct. 2

3. Horror Of Dracula 8.5/10

Oct. 3

4. Trilogy Of Terror 2/10*

Oct. 4

5. The New Daughter 7/10*

Oct. 5

6. Deadtime Stories 1/10*
7. The Collector 5/10*
8. Dr. Jekyll And Sister Hyde 7.5/10*

Oct. 6

9. My Mom Is A Werewolf 5/10*
10. Dracula, Prince Of Darkness 7/10

Oct. 7

11. The Incredible Melting Man 5/10*

Oct. 8

12. Shuttle 4/10*

Oct. 9

13. New Years Evil 3.5/10

Oct. 10

14. Pet Semetery 6/10*

Oct. 11.

15. King Of The Zombies 6.5/10*
16. The Last Broadcast 1/10*
17. The Skeptic 4.5/10*

Oct. 12.

18. The Funhouse 8/10
19. The House Of Horrors 6.5/10*
20. Dark Night Of The Scarecrow 8/10*

Oct. 13.

21. Tales From The Crypt 8/10
22. 13 Ghosts (1960) 7/10

Oct. 14

23. Shock Waves 1/10*

Oct. 15

24. Haunted Honeymoon 6.5/10*
25. The Fourth Kind 2/10*
26. The Cat And The Canary(1939) 5.5/10*

Oct. 16.

27. Human Centipede 6/10*
28. The Devil’s Mask 4/10*
29. The Hills Run Red 6/10*

Oct. 17

30. Amityville 3-D 3.5/10*
31. Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb 1/10*

Oct. 18

32. Tomb Of Ligeia 7/10

Oct. 19

33. Murder, He Said 5.5/10*
34. The Devil’s Bride 6/10*
35. Tales Of Terror 8.5/10

Oct. 21

36. Chamber Of Horrors 8/10*
37. House On Sorority Row 2/10*

Oct. 22

38. Doghouse 7.5/10*
39. Son Of Frankenstein 8.5/10
40. Phantasm 7.5/10

Oct. 23

41. Invasion of The Saucer Men 4/10*

Oct. 24

42. City Of The Dead 8.5/10*

Oct. 25

43. Legend Of Hell House 7/10

Oct. 26

44. Strange Case Of Dr. Rx 2.5/10*

Oct. 27

45. Night of The Demons8/10
46. Halloween (1978) 9.5/10
47. Headless Ghost 1/10*
48. Night Of The Demons (2010) 4/10*
49. Trick R’ Treat 9.5/10

Oct. 28

50. The Witches 4.5/10*
51. Halloween Tree 7.5/10*
52. Return of The Vampire 7/10*

Oct. 29

53. Halloweentown 8/10
54. Frankenstein Created Woman 7.5/10*

Oct. 30

55. Son Of Dracula 7.5/10
56. Hocus Pocus 9.5/10
57. Werewolf In A Girls Dormitory 1/10*
58. Mark Of The Vampire 8.5/10

Oct. 31

59. Halloween III: Season Of The Witch 9/10

* - First Time Viewing

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Re: The 6th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread

I'm new to the site so this will be my first year doing this, I'm going to make the most of it! This is my favorite genre of movies (books and video games too) so this is a great challenge for me!

Goal: 100

T10 - Top 10 Favorite Movie
- First Time Viewing
* - Second Chance Viewing (Disliked, Confused at first viewing, etc.)
Personal Collection DVD
Personal Collection Blu-Ray
Personal Collection VHS
Borrowed/Rented DVD, Blu-Ray, VHS
Foreign Film (Japanese, Korean, Italian, etc.)
Web/Digital Viewing (iPod, YouTube, Dailymotion, etc.)

October 1st:
001. Rosemary's Baby [1968] 136 mins. DVD, T10
Thoughts/Ramblings: This movie is a classic and also a faithful adaption of the original novel.
Favorite Line(s):
Rosemary: I look awful.
Guy: What are you talking about? You look great. It's that haircut that looks awful.
Favorite Scene(s):
The "baby shower." When the one woman says "Hail Satan," the look on her face is hilarious.

002. Private Parts [1972] 86 mins. DVD
Thoughts/Ramblings: Ayn Ruymen, the actress portraying Cheryl, is gorgeous and a great actress. I really wish this movie was more well known. I used to think the girl who played Judy Adams was also the girl who played Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Favorite Line(s):
Cheryl: You must do an awfully good job fixing his refrigerator.
Favorite Scene(s):
When Judy is in the dark room looking at the pictures of Alice. That would be so frightening to see the progression in those pictures.

003. Urban Legend [1998] 93 mins. DVD
Thoughts/Ramblings: I used to be obsessed with this movie. Urban legends are always crazy to read because you never know if they are true or not. This was such a good idea for a movie.
Favorite Line(s):
Dean Adams: Missing? He's not missing. It's the weekend. He's probably shacked up in some motel with a girl... or a guy... farm animal, whatever.
::Reese makes an uneasy face::
Dean Adams: Weren't you ever 18?
Reese: Not that kind of 18.
Favorite Scene(s):
All of Reese's scenes.

004: The Happiness of the Katakuris (カタクリ家の幸福) [2001] 118 mins. DVD, , J-Horror/Comedy/Musical
Thoughts/Ramblings: I purchased this movie shortly after it was re-released in America back in 2008 but didn't watch it until today. I love the claymation scenes and the dance/song sequences are hilarious!
Favorite Line(s):
Girl From the Intro: My uvula!
Richard Sagawa: Well, just between you and me, I'm also a British secret agent. By order of Queen Elizabeth, give me your mobile number.
Favorite Scene(s):
When the family discover their first guest the morning after his arrival. Love their reaction.
005: Suspiria [1977] 98 mins. DVD, Giallo
The first film in "The Three Mothers" trilogy.
Thoughts/Ramblings: Imagery plays a big part in all Argento films. Suspiria is probably the best example of this. Every shot is amazing. The story is a bit out there, but still great. Awesome soundtrack too. Plus, Joan Bennett is in the movie. I've always loved her in Dark Shadows.
Favorite Line(s):
Madame Blanc: Vanish, she must vanish! Make her disappear! Understand?
Favorite Scene(s):
The first death scene and the "wire" death scene.
006: American Psycho [2000] 102 mins. Blu-Ray
Thoughts/Ramblings: Christian Bale played Patrick Bateman perfectly. I think Patrick Bateman may be one of the best killers in cinema. I get the urge to go out to eat at a nice restaurant every time I watch this movie.
Favorite Line(s):
David Van Patten: They don't have a good bathroom to do coke in.
Random Drug User: Can you keep it down? I'm trying to do drugs!
Favorite Scene(s):
The ATM scene with the kitten.
October 2nd:
Just for fun before work:
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown [1966] 25 mins. DVD
Favorite Line(s):
Lucy Van Pelt: All you have to do is walk up to a house, ring the doorbell, and say 'Tricks or treats.'
Sally Brown: Are you sure it's legal?
Lucy Van Pelt: OF course it's legal!
Sally Brown: I wouldn't want to be accused of taking part in a rumble.
Favorite Scene(s):
When "the gang" is trick-or-treat-ing. I love that everyone is giving Charlie Brown rocks.

007. The Stuff [1985] 87mins. DVD
Thoughts/Ramblings: This is like The Blob, only yummier. I remember seeing it in the early 90's when I rented it from the library. Most of the death scenes actually made me sick. I think of this movie whenever I eat frozen yogurt.
Favorite Line(s):
Jason: Why are you talking like you're in a commercial?
Favorite Scene(s):
When Jason starts going crazy in the supermarket. After throwing three shelves of The Stuff on the ground, he finds a broom and uses it to push down a huge display of the containers and then thrusts the broom handle through a freezer door. After he gets tackled to the ground he starts screaming, "It's gonna kill you, it's gonna kill you all!" Um... at this point the kid with the broom seems to be what's going to "kill you all."
008. I Know What You Did Last Summer [1997] 101 mins. DVD
Thoughts/Ramblings: When this movie came out my friends and I were obsessed. We quoted lines from this all the time, even when the situation had nothing to do with the quote. Stupid, I know. This brings back memories from middle school so it's always fun to watch. Sarah Michelle Gellar had the creepiest scenes.
Favorite Line(s):
Barry: Let's just pretend he's some escaped lunatic with a hook for a hand and we're doing everybody a favor.
Roommate: Julie, get your white-as-death, chalky corpse in the car now.
Helen: What exactly is the plan? I mean, are we just gonna ring the doorbell and say, "We killed your son and were in the neighborhood so..."
Elsa: Hey, is the washed-up, dried out hasbeen having a moment?
Favorite Scene(s):
When Ben Willis sneaks into Helen's house.
From the moment Ben snuck into Shiver's through the point when he revealed himself under the plastic.
The "tire alley" scene.
009. I Still Know What You Did Last Summer [1998] 100 mins. DVD
Thoughts/Ramblings: Good as far as sequels go. Good twist ending. Even at 11 I knew that something was wrong when Carla and Julie guessed that Rio de Janeiro was the capital of Brazil and the radio DJ said they won. I guess not everyone is good at geography.
Favorite Line(s):
Julie: Carla, did you tell him I was gonna be here?
Carla: No, no, no. I told him that you would absolutely not be at this bar between ten and eleven and then he came anyway.
Favorite Scene(s):
The karaoke scene. Would Gloria Gaynor have stopped singing? No.

October 3rd:
010. Four Flies On Grey Velvet [1972] 104 mins. DVD, Giallo, T10
Thoughts/Ramblings: Great story, characters, and ending. I really enjoy Argento's movies because the shots are always cool and the stories keep me entertained. The "retina image" thing was pretty ridiculous, but other than that I love it.
Favorite Line(s):
Roberto: You bastard, you!
Favorite Scene(s):
The first postman scene. The look on his face is hilarious.
The park/playground scene: post-cigarette lighting, pre-chase.
The final scene. Beautifully filmed.
011. Urban Legends: Final Cut [2000] 99 mins. DVD
Thoughts/Ramblings: Reese is back! I remember seeing this in theatres and being so excited. For some reason, and I've always thought this was random, smoke was being filtered through a machine during the "Tunnel of Terror" scene in the theatre I saw the movie in. Also, worst underwear in a sex scene ever.
Favorite Line(s):
Stan: L-atex and corn flakes!
Favorite Scene(s):
When Reese is singing and dancing while watching the "Foxy Brown" movie. Hilarious!
The end credits. Such a good idea and I love the music. I won't spoil it, but if you're a fan of the original you'll love it!
All of Reese's scenes. She cracks. Me. Up.
October 4th:
012. The Last House On The Left (Original) [1972] 91 mins. DVD
Thoughts/Ramblings: Each time I see this movie I always feel so bad for Junior. I also feel extremely horrible for Mari and Phyllis. I find this to be such a great story though I do feel slightly uneasy during a few of the scenes. This is a good revenge movie. Great soundtrack too.
Favorite Line(s):
Mari: Daddy, don't be so clinical.
Weasel: You guys ain't cowards, is ya?!
Sadie: I can't even look at the Grand Canyon without crossing my legs!
Favorite Scene(s):
Mrs. Collinswood and Sadie's scuffle.
013. Happy Birthday To Me [1981] 111 mins. DVD,
Thoughts/Ramblings: Um... I really got deceived with this one. I was unsure of whether or not I liked this movie up until the last ten or fifteen minutes. Loved the song in the end credits. After watching this I really wanted to wear a scarf.
Favorite Line(s):
Rudy: I feel just like... Quasimodo! Quasimodo in a bell tower!
Ginny: My God you don't look like him.
Favorite Scene(s):
The "birthday party" scene. Especially when the birthday party hat is placed on the dad's head and she says, "That's better." The way she said it cracked me up.
014. Vacancy [2007] 85 mins. DVD,
Thoughts/Ramblings: If I didn't find Kate Beckinsale attractive I wouldn't have finished it. She has beautiful teeth. This was purchased a couple of years ago... I really wasn't missing much. I wouldn't actively watch this again in the near future.
Favorite Line(s):
Favorite Scene(s):

October 5th:
015. The Bad Seed [1956] 129 mins. DVD, T10
Thoughts/Ramblings: I've loved watching this movie ever since I was a kid. Nancy Kelly is such a beautiful woman and has a lovely voice. As I've gotten older I've come to realize that there is quite a bit of over-acting in most of the movie. The novel is even better than the movie.
Favorite Line(s):
Monica: Now that's an interesting psychic block. Why would Christine dislike reading about muuuurder?!
Favorite Scene(s):
Mrs. Daigle's first visit to Christine's.
The "shoes" scene between Rhoda and LeRoy.
016. The House of the Devil [2009] 95 mins. Blu-Ray,
Thoughts/Ramblings: I read in one of the forums here about how great this movie was and decided I should probably check it out. When I first saw the cover I thought it was a 70's/80's horror movie. I looked it up before buying to get some info on it and found out that was the point. I really enjoyed this. Jocelin Donahue is gorgeous and I'm hoping to see her some more movies, horror or otherwise.
Favorite Line(s):
Megan: Oh! Is it carpet or hard-wood?
Sam: Hardwood.
Megan: Good. Carpet's filth.
Favorite Scene(s):
When Samantha is dancing around the house. I love the Fixx.
October 6th:
017. My Bloody Valentine [1973] 90 mins. DVD,
Thoughts/Ramblings: There was quite a bit of annoying dialog. The death scenes were done really well. I really like the idea for the mining setting. I found myself with a strong dislike for Patty throughout the entire movie. Very surprised by the ending.
Favorite Line(s):
Random Search Party Man: He's alive!
Favorite Scene(s):
Sylvia's "shower" scene.
The discovery of Dave. The reactions of the kids was slightly hilarious.
October 7th:
018. A Tale of Two Sisters (장화, 홍련) [2003] 115 mins. DVD, Korean horror
Thoughts/Ramblings: The filming, music, and scenery are all beautiful. I had to watch this a second time after my original viewing a few years back because of confusion, the movie grew on me though. If you're into good stories AND great filming, see this movie.
Favorite Line(s):
Favorite Scene(s):
Su-mi's dream. Frightening.
The realization scene.
019. The Uninvited [2009] 87 mins. DVD
Thoughts/Ramblings: When I saw this in theatres I was slightly uncomfortable because the story seemed so familiar but I didn't know why. Then the closing credits revealed that it was a remake of A Tale of Two Sisters.
Favorite Line(s):
Favorite Scene(s):
020. Ju-on: The Grudge (呪怨) [2000] 92 mins. DVD, J-Horror
Thoughts/Ramblings: Having been a fan of the original Ring series, I was excited when this was finally released in America. Good story. The video game is decent.
Favorite Line(s):
Kayako's clicking.
Favorite Scene(s):
Hitomi's apartment. Especially when she finds the bear keychain in her bed.
021. The Grudge [2004] 92 mins. DVD
Thoughts/Ramblings: Pretty good remake. I didn't enjoy it as much as I remember, but still a god movie.
Favorite Line(s):
Favorite Scene(s):
Yoko's return.
022. Stacy [2001] 80 mins. DVD, J-Horror/Comedy
Thoughts/Ramblings: The earth is populated by zombies... who are girls aged 15 - 17 years, codnamed: Stacy. A Bruce Campbell-themed chainsaw, the Drew Barrymore Squad, and lots of dismembered body parts. Personally I found the Shibu/Eiko storyline to be sad.
Favorite Line(s):
Eiko: You were sure sawing logs, I tell ya!
Favorite Scene(s):
When Eiko is dancing around and laughing while the Romero Kill Troops members are crying. Her laugh is ridiculous.
023. Inferno [1980] 107 mins. DVD, Giallo
The second film in "The Three Mothers" trilogy.
Thoughts/Ramblings: Alida Valli (Miss Tanner from Suspiria) gets a small role here... I find that to be cool for some reason. As always, good story telling from Argento.
Favorite Line(s):
Favorite Scene(s):
The window death scene. It actually made me cringe.
When karma bites Kazanian in the ass (and hands, and face, and legs, and neck).
024. Sleepaway Camp [1983] 88 mins. YouTube
Thoughts/Ramblings: The girl water skiier in the beginning may be one of my most favorite characters in a movie. Ever. Aunt Martha comes in at a close second. Such a crazy finale. I am in DIRE need of the Sleepaway Camp Survival Kit to be re-released on Blu-Ray.
Favorite Line(s):
Aunt Martha: Hurry sweetie! We don't wanna be late for the bu-us! ::tilts head thoughtfully:: Goodness, no. Well that wouldn't do at all.
Bill: Eat shit and die, Ricky!
Ricky: Eat shit and live, Bill.
Favorite Scene(s):
The curling iron scene. Ouch.
The ending. No matter how many times I see it I still think it's crazy.
October 8th:
025. The Haunting of Julia (Full Circle) [1977] 98 mins. VHS
Thoughts/Ramblings: Loved this movie since I was a kid. It's one that has always stuck with me. I haven't read the novel (though I own it) but I hear it's pretty good. Great score. Too bad this isn't on DVD/Blu-Ray... my VHS copy won't last much longer.
Favorite Line(s):
Favorite Scene(s):
Breakfast. What a horrible way to start the day...
The final scene. I am always angered when the credits roll.
026. The Stepford Wives [1975] 115 mins. DVD
Thoughts/Ramblings: Nanette Newman is gorgeous! Always a joy to watch. I disliked the remake from 2004. Horrible, horrible idea for a remake.
Favorite Line(s):
Joanna: There's this thing they've invented, it's called "knocking."
Bobby: It doesn't interest me, I'm a natural-born barger.
Favorite Scene(s):
Bobby's transformation revealed.
027. Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers [1988] 80 mins. YouTube
Thoughts/Ramblings: The pre-murder dialogue is pretty comical. The Sleepaway Camp series is great! I love the Freddy glove and Jason mask the kids make. There were a ridiculous amount of people "sent home" this summer...
Favorite Line(s):
Mar: What are you looking for? A gun?
Angela: No, a drill.
Favorite Scene(s):
When the stoner sisters "light up" for the last time.
028. Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland [1989] 80 mins. YouTube
Thoughts/Ramblings: The first three SC movies never disappoint. As I said before, the Survival Kit needs to be re-released on Blu-Ray.
Favorite Line(s):
Bobby: So... you're under privileged, huh?
Angela: Good thing you're dead, cuz in a couple years your breasts would have been sagging somethin' terrible.
Angela: Don't worry, you'll be suffocated soon!
Favorite Scene(s):
Lawnmower scene.
029. Tomie [1999] 95 mins. DVD, , J-Horror
Thoughts/Ramblings: I purchased "The Tomie Collection" specifically for the challenge. A story about a beautiful girl who can never die. Tsukiko has a pin on her bag that is of the lips with top hat and legs from The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie poster. Though it's small, it caught my eye. Pretty neat story, hopefully the others will be good too.
Favorite Line(s):
Favorite Scene(s):
Tsukiko's flashback.
030. Hostel [2005] 94 mins. DVD
Thoughts/Ramblings: I don't enjoy torture movies but I did like many aspects of the story though. I'm more of a slasher movie guy I guess. Unless it's for a movie challenge, I probably won't watch this again.
Favorite Line(s):
Favorite Scene(s):
I wouldn't say this is a favorite but it was one that was very important to the movie, I think.
When Paxton was almost out and he heard Kana screaming and he went back in to save her, I feel that it was in a way making up for not doing more about the drowning girl when he was a kid. Also, I'm glad that Svetlana, Natalya, Alex, and the businessman were killed.
October 9th:
Just for Fun:
M (Episodes 1 - 3) [1990] 40 - 50 mins. each episode, DVD, K-Horror/Drama/Television Series

031. A Nightmare On Elm Street [1984] 91 mins. DVD
One of the best horror movies and horror movie "villians" of all time! The story is written well and actors fit their characters. Nancy is my favorite heroine out of all horror series.
Favorite Line(s):
Nancy: Screw your pass.
Favorite Scene(s):
Freddy's phone call.

October 10th:
Just for Fun:
M (Episodes 4 - 6) [1990] 40 - 50 mins. each episode, DVD, K-Horror/Drama/Television Series

032. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge [1985] 87 mins. DVD
Thoughts/Ramblings: Though this movie is probably the weakest of the series, it's still an alright movie. The female lead, Kim Meyers, in gorgeous.
Favorite Line(s):
Grady: Why don't you just go home and take a bottle of sleeping pills?
Favorite Scene(s):
When Jesse's arm becomes Freddy's.
October 11th:
033. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors [1987] 96 mins. DVD
Thoughts/Ramblings: Nancy! I like that Freddy was given a backstory (and more of it in 4). I don't like that Kristen (Patricia Arquette) screams in just about every scene.
Favorite Line(s):
Freddy: Welcome to prime time, bitch!
Favorite Scene(s):
The "Freddy Worm."
Zsa Zsa Gabor's talk show interview.
034. The Poughkeepsie Tapes [2007] 85 mins. MySpace,
Thoughts/Ramblings: I guess this has never been officially released on DVD. I remember seeing the poster in the theatre and that same night seeing the preview. After that I never heard about it again. Luckily I thought of it for this challenge. I had chills during most of the "tapes." The Cheryl storyline is also sad.
Favorite Line(s):
Jennifer Gorman: I'm not supposed to talk to strangers.
"Ed": Y-y-you're not supposed to have bad manners either.
British woman: Oh god... I thought he just attacked prostitutes.
Favorite Scene(s):
From the moment "Ed" entered Cheryl's house I was creeped out. I actually had to check to make sure my front door was locked.
When "Ed" was crawling on all fours in the basement with the mask on his face and one on his head, I got scared.
035. Prom Night [1980] 90 mins. DVD
Thoughts/Ramblings: Once the first murder happens, the movie starts to get good. This has one of the longest chase scenes I have EVER seen and it's really great. It had been a few years since I last saw this movie and I had forgotten the reveal. WAY better than the remake... which isn't surprising.
Favorite Line(s):
Wendy: It's not who you go with honey, it's who takes you home.
Favorite Scene(s):
The dance scene. The song is amazing (and on my iPod) and the dance is hilarious. "Prom night! Everything is alright!"
October 12th:
036. A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master [1988] 98 mins. DVD
Thoughts/Ramblings: Tuesday Knight is amazing. A great singer too. Huge fan of her song Temporary Obession. I'm glad they replaced Patricia Arquette, it was much needed.
Favorite Line(s):
Kristin: We have matching luggage again... the bags under your eyes.
Kristin: In case you haven't been keeping score it's his fucking banquet and I'm the last course.
Favorite Scene(s):
The cockroach transformation scene is slightly disturbing.

October 13th:
037. The Omen [1976] 111 mins. DVD
Thoughts/Ramblings: Classic movie. Great story and an awesome soundtrack. I liked Leo McKern in The Blue Lagoon. Sanguis! Bibimus!
Favorite Line(s):
Holly: It's all for you, Damien!
Favorite Scene(s):
The birthday party. I love a good suicide.
October 14th:
038. Damien: Omen II [1978] 111 mins. DVD
Thoughts/Ramblings: For a sequel this is really good. Great acting and story. The twist at the end took me by surprise when I first saw it.
Favorite Line(s):
Sgt. Neff: You're the little unit that I have to polish until the glare of your achievements blinds everybody on this parade ground.
Favorite Scene(s):
The bird attack/semi-truck scene.
039. Omen III: The Final Conflict [1981] 108 mins. DVD, *
Thoughts/Ramblings: This movie was slightly difficult to get through. I liked the scenery but the story wasn't that great. The acting was pretty good. Not looking forward to the fourth in the series...
Favorite Line(s):
Favorite Scene(s):
The press conference booby trap.
Runaway baby... what a waste of oranges.
040. What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?[1962] 134 mins. DVD, T10
Thoughts/Ramblings: Since childhood this has been one of my favorite movies. It has a creepy tone all the way through and ends well. Everyone should see this movie at some point in their lives.
Favorite Line(s):
Jane: I didn't bring your breakfast because you didn't eat your din-din.
Favorite Scene(s):
Edwin and Jane's "I've Written A Letter To Daddy" rehearsal.
041. Human Centipede (First Sequence) [2009] 90 mins. DVD,
Thoughts/Ramblings: What a bad movie. Luckily, it was only $1 for the rental. I had heard quite a bit about the movie and really didn't go in with any high expectations.
Favorite Line(s):
Favorite Scene(s):
October 15th:
042. The Omen IV: The Awakening [1991] 97 mins. DVD,
Thoughts/Ramblings: The Awakening seemed to be a sort of remake of the original. The "fetus papyraceous"/conspiracy aspect of the movie was a good twist. This was easier to get through than III: The Final Conflict.
Favorite Line(s):
Karen: That freak will never rule... BECAUSE I'M GONNA KILL 'IM!
Favorite Scene(s):
The demonic carolers.
043. Trauma [1978] 84 mins, DVD, Giallo,
Thoughts/Ramblings: The plot is extremely similar to What Have You Done To Solange? only it's not as good.
Favorite Line(s):
Inspector Di Salvo: Let's go, Starsky. It's time we put the cat among the pigeons.
Favorite Scene(s):
The roller coaster interrogation.
044. Friday the 13th [1980] 95 mins. DVD
Thoughts/Ramblings: I always love watching this.
Favorite Line(s):
Marcie: (Katharine Hepburn voice) When I looked into that mirror I knew I'd always be ugly. I said, "Lizzy, you'll always be plain."
Favorite Scene(s):
Alice and Mrs. Vorhees' beach scuffle.
October 16th:
045. Graduation Day [1981] 96 mins. YouTube,
Thoughts/Ramblings: Not the worst movie I've seen but definitely not the greatest. I was very surprised by the ending though. I thought I had it figured out.
Favorite Line(s):
Favorite Scene(s):
Opening sequence. The song is interesting.
046. Rebecca [1940] 130 mins. DVD,
Thoughts/Ramblings: Amazing movie. The filming is great and I found myself anxious throughout the movie to know what would happen next.
Favorite Line(s):
Max: I'm asking you to marry me, you fool!
Favorite Scene(s):
Backstory explanation.
October 17th:
047. The Tenant [1976] 125 mins. DVD,
Thoughts/Ramblings: Such a crazy movie! The third in Polanski's "Apartment Trilogy," all unrelated films but with a general theme: conspiracy and/or paranoia. Randomly found this at a used DVD store and I look everywhere I go. Glad I am finally able to see it!
Favorite Line(s):
Trelkowski: I think I'm pregnant.
Favorite Scene(s):
The child slap scene.
048. Babysitter Wanted (2008) 93 mins. DVD,
Thoughts/Ramblings: Either I didn't fully read the description of the movie before renting or it was left out intentionally, but this movie had a crazy story. Glad I chose to watch this. I need to see Sarah Thompson in more leading roles, she was great.
Favorite Line(s):
Favorite Scene(s):
Sarah's first meeting of her roommates boyfriend.
October 18th:
049. Audrey Rose [1977] 113 mins. DVD
Thoughts/Ramblings: I remember seeing this movie on television with my mom when I was younger and really enjoying it. This viewing was nothing like I remember it to be. I don't think I will watch this again.
Favorite Line(s):
Favorite Scene(s):
The bonfire.

October 19th:
050. Savage Weekend [1976] 86 mins. DVD,
Thoughts/Ramblings: I read the description of the movie and it turned out being quite a bit different than I thought it would be. It wasn't until the last 10 - 15 minutes that I really enjoyed.
Favorite Line(s):
Nicky: Okay sweetheart, you come one more step towards me and I'll make a bloody mary outta his face.
Favorite Scene(s):
051. Sisters of Death [1977] 87 mins. DVD,
Thoughts/Ramblings: A pretty dull movie. I didn't expect the ending though, that much I did like.
Favorite Line(s):
Francie: He's a madman! He's gonna kill us!
Favorite Scene(s):
Spider stomp.
October 20th:
052. The Omen [2006] 110 mins. DVD
Thoughts/Ramblings: When I first heard of this remake I was quick to judge. After finding out that Mia Farrow had a role I knew I would have to see it release day in the theatre. Great remake.
Favorite Line(s):
Favorite Scene(s):
The bathroom scenes.
October 21th:
053. Turistas [2006] 89 mins. iPod,
Thoughts/Ramblings: Horrible. Aside from the filming and music, this was just plain bad.
Favorite Line(s):
Favorite Scene(s):
October 22nd:
054. Uzumaki (うずまき) [2000] 90 mins. DVD, J-Horror
Thoughts/Ramblings: A town infected by spiral shapes. Only Junji Ito could come up with something so brilliant. Such a great movie (and comic).
Favorite Line(s):
Kirie: I don't want a boy for a mother!
Favorite Scene(s):
The fingerprint freakout.
055. Black Christmas [1974] 98 mins. Blu-Ray
Thoughts/Ramblings: Required viewing for slasher fans. Such a great movie.
Favorite Line(s):
Barb: You're a real gold-plated whore, mother. You know that?
Pretty much all of Barb's lines.
Favorite Scene(s):
The rocking chair scenes. I laugh every time.
056. Halloween [1978] 91 mins. Blu-Ray
Thoughts/Ramblings: Been watching this since I was a kid. I always enjoy this movie. It looks great on Blu-Ray.
Favorite Line(s):
Annie: I hate a guy with a car and no sense of humor.
Favorite Scene(s):
Laurie, Annie, and Lynda's walk home.
October 23rd:
057. Black Christmas [2006] 84 mins. DVD,
Thoughts/Ramblings: I love the original and decided to give this one a chance. Definitely didn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped. Billy's history is dragged on way too much and it should have ended long before it did. I always love Michelle Trachtenberg though.
Favorite Line(s):
Orderly: Tastes like chicken... because it's chicken.
Favorite Scene(s):
Michelle Trachtenberg's bag scene. She's a badass.
058. Creature From the Black Lagoon [1954] 79 mins. DVD
Thoughts/Ramblings: One of the first horror movies I remembered seeing as a kid. 50's horror used to be my favorite thing to watch because of this movie.
Favorite Line(s):
Lucas: But I, Lucas, will do it!
Favorite Scene(s):
When "the crew" sees the Gillman, via spotlight, after he's been drugged.
October 24th:
059. The Strangers [2008] 88 mins. DVD
Thoughts/Ramblings: I really enjoy this movie each time I view it. I still find it to be creepy, even though know what's going to happen next. Liv Tyler was great and as always very beautiful. This has one of the best soundtracks of any horror movie I've seen.
Favorite Line(s):
Kristen: But you said you used to hunt with your dad.
JamesNo, I never did. It was just something I said.
Favorite Scene(s):
When Kristin tries to crawl under the bed. The fact that she obviously wouldn't to begin with always make me laugh.
060. A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child [1989] 89 mins. DVD
Thoughts/Ramblings: Up until about a week before this challenge started, I hadn't actually seen this installment in the Elm Street series. The VHS used to always be checked out (I'm going to now assume it was never returned) at the only rental place in town that carried it. I finally got the entire collection and was able to see this. This is now my second viewing. Definitely not my favorite in the series, but still a decent movie.
Favorite Line(s):
Yvonne: You're just a little pregnant.
Favorite Scene(s):
Dan's motorcycle ride.
October 25th:
061. The Shining [1980] 144 mins. DVD
Thoughts/Ramblings: Great filming and story. Not a favorite, but I like to watch it every so often.
Favorite Line(s):
None in particular, but I like "Tony."
Favorite Scene(s):
062. Repulsion [1965] 104 mins. Blu-Ray, T10
Thoughts/Ramblings: This was an impulse buy back in December. I'm glad I chose to get it because it is tied in the number one spot with Rosemary's Baby (also Polanski) on my list of Top 10 Favorite Movies. This was the first in Polanski's "Apartment Trilogy."
Favorite Line(s):
Colin: I've been waiting over an hour!
Carol: What for?
Colin: Well not for Christmas.
Favorite Scene(s):
When Carol is "ironing" her clothes.
October 26th:
063. Halloween [2007] 121 mins. Blu-Ray,
Thoughts/Ramblings: I'm kind of on the fence about this movie. I liked that Zombie took some of the scenes from the original and made them his own. I don't like that the first half hour of the movie was filled with the word "fuck" every two seconds. Better than I thought it would be though. I liked seeing Danielle Harris in the movie too.
Favorite Line(s):
Lynda: You know what that dried up fucking bitch did?
Favorite Scene(s):
The nurse stabbing... because I feel she deserved it.
064. The Red Shoes (분홍신) [2005] 104 mins. DVD, K-Horror
Thoughts/Ramblings: I love watching this movie. The filming, acting, and storyline are awesome. The ending is great.
Favorite Line(s):
Sung-Joon: Aren't you too old to like red?
Favorite Scene(s):
Tae-Su's ledge fall.

October 27th:
065. Urban Legends: Bloody Mary [2005] mins. DVD, *
Thoughts/Ramblings: Oh lawd. This movie is horrible. It does have some hilarious lines in it.
Favorite Line(s):
David:Just because there's a dead mexican hooker in my room, doesn't mean I went to Mexico.
Samantha: What are you? Smoking crack? This is dial-up.
Samantha: Damn, that's some chronic.
Favorite Scene(s):
The spider egg scene was sick and ridiculous at the same time.
066. Scream [1996] 109 mins. Web Viewing
Thoughts/Ramblings: The first 12 minutes and 43 seconds are the best. Drew Barrymore was great. When Scream was released, I remember it was a huge deal and for obvious reasons. C'mon April 14th, 2011!
Favorite Line(s):
Casey: What do you want?
Killer: To see what your insides look like.
Billy: I thought we could do a little on-top-of-the-clothes stuff.
Reporter: So how does it feel to be almost brutally butchered?!
Sidney: Sorry I mangled your face.
Too many to name.
Favorite Scene(s):

The opening scene.
Ugh. My computer is completely dead. I'll be using my phone to update my list. I'm not going to be color coding anything or going into too much detail until I get it fixed.

October 28th:
067. Scream 2 [1997] 120 mins. YouTube
068. Scream 3 [2000] 116 mins. YouTube
069. Halloween II [1981] 92 mins. YouTube
070. I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer [2006] 91 mins. DVD

October 29th:
071. The Craft [1996] 101 mins. Blu-Ray, T10
072. Tomie: Another Face [1999] 72 mins. DVD, J-Horror,
073. Ringu[1998] 96 mins. DVD, J-Horror
074. Rasen [1998] 97 mins. DVD, J-Horror
075. Child's Play [1988] 87 mins. Zimbio.com

October 30th:
076. House of the Devil (with Commentary) [2009] 95 mins. Blu-Ray

Got my computer up and running. Whee! Going back to color code everything.

October 31st:
077. Tomie: Replay [2000] 95 mins. DVD, J-Horror,
078. Tomie: Rebirth [2001] 101 mins. DVD, J-Horror,
079. Tomie: Forbidden Fruit [2002] 91 mins. DVD, J-Horror,
080. Ringu 2 [1999] 92 mins. DVD, J-Horror


Watch one film from every decade of film history.
--- 1890 - (insert film title here)
--- 1900 -
--- 1910 -
--- 1920 -
--- 1930 -
--- 1940 - Rebecca
--- 1950 - Creature From The Black Lagoon
--- 1960 - Rosemary's Baby
--- 1970 - Black Christmas
--- 1980 - Friday the 13th
--- 1990 -
--- 2000 - American Psycho
--- 2010 -

Watch a film for each rating:
--- Unrated (pre-MPAA) - (insert film title here)
--- G - Creature From the Black Lagoon
--- PG - Sisters of Death
--- PG-13 -
--- R -
--- NC-17 -
--- X (not porn; several horror films were rated X) - Repulsion
--- Unrated (post-MPAA) -

Watch films in at least three formats (DVD, BD, HD DVD, Laserdisc, TV, online, UMD, theater, iPod, etc).
--- First format, (insert format), (insert title).
--- Second format, (insert format), (insert title).
--- Third format, (insert format), (insert title).

Watch a film starring:
--- Basil Rathbone -or- Glenn Strange - (insert film title here)
--- John Saxon -or- Danny Trejo -
--- Paul Naschy -or- José "Coffin Joe" Marins -
--- Donald Pleasence -or- John Carradine - Halloween
--- Clint Howard -or- Michael Berryman -
--- Bill Moseley -or- Keith David -
--- Dick Miller -or- David Warner -
--- Udo Kier -or- Barbara Steele -
--- Tony Todd -or- Brad Dourif -
--- Linnea Quigley -or- Debbie Rochon -

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 -
--- Ghost/haunting - The Haunting of Julia
--- Witchcraft/satanic/religious - Rosemary's Baby
--- Zombie - Stacy
--- Slasher/psycho/homicidal maniac - Black Christmas
--- Monster/creature feature/Godzilla - Creature From the Black Lagoon
--- Documentary -
--- Musical - The Happiness of the Katakuris
--- Spoof/comedy -
--- Revenge - The Last House On The Left
--- Killer/evil doll -
--- Killer/evil animal -
--- Killer/evil child -
--- Giallo - Four Flies On Grey Velvet
--- J horror - Ju-on: The Grudge
--- MST3K/rifftrax/CT -
--- film and its remake -
--- based on a novel - The Bad Seed
--- directed by Fred Olen Ray or Frank Henenlotter or Ti West - The House of the Devil
--- won an Academy Award -- any category -
--- silent film -
--- Criterion version film - Repulsion
--- with commentary -
--- film and at least two of its sequels - A Nightmare on Elm Street
--- anthology film -
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Re: The 6th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread

Going for 100 movies. ☼ = first viewing

October 1st

1. Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) - (Theme Night)

I love Gothic horror so naturally the Hammer Draculas appeal a great deal to me. In his 2nd outing, Christopher Lee proves he can provide a commanding presence without saying a word. Unfortunately, Cushing's presence is missed, preventing this one to succeed as well as the first film. Atmosphere is all here however and there are some great Dracula moments, particularly the resurrection and that great bit when Dracula snaps a sword in half.

2. ☼From Beyond (1986) - (31 Film Subset)

Good enough film with a solid cast of horror regulars, gross monsters, and bondage. Similar to Re-Animator, but lacking the level of humor that made Re-Animator the fine black horror comedy it is. Had it gone in that direction I feel it could have been better. Aside from that, kept me entertained the whole time and always like watching Jeffery Combs.

October 2nd

3. ☼Dementia 13 (1963)

Ax Murder, atmospheric castle, some creepy imagery and score are all pluses here. Not to mention it was rather fun to see Coppola's beginnings. Liked the use of dolls, rather creepy with black and white photography. Can't fail to mention Patrick Magee who does a fine job as the doctor.

4. ☼Sisters (1973) (31 Film Subset)

This was an interesting film. I usually hate the use of split screens but it worked so well in that particular scene. Reminiscent of Rear Window but I also got a Rope vibe during the scene when the detectives are looking for evidence and the body is right there in front of them, inside the couch, and they don't know it. I thought the movie delivered a stronger first half, lost a bit of steam toward the end when the story went a different direction, but the final scene with Durning was great. Likable cast, all in all a solid film.

5. Dead Alive (1992) (Theme Night)

This movie has the beautiful combination of excessive gore and nonstop laughs. One of the funnest horror films to watch. My favorite scene was when Lionel was beating up the baby at the park while everyone looks on in horror, then it cuts to the bum cheering him on. Too funny. Great dialogue, fun characters, especially mum and uncle. End zombie fight runs a tad long but had good fun with it.

October 3rd

6. ☼Horror Island (1941)

Goofy horror/comedy. I really like these situations when a group of people spend the night at a creepy castle/house for promises of money but never felt this one succeeded like House on Haunted Hill. Perhaps if the tone was more scary than humorous I'd have liked it better.

7. Piranha (1978) (Theme Night)

Piranha's such a fun flick I can visit over and over again, capturing that great 70's B-horror spirit. Rural woodland setting and campers provides a sort of Friday the 13th feel. Fun situations and some great funny lines. Plus Barbara Steele is always a delight. A true killer animal classic.

8. ☼The Cat and the Canary (1927) (31 Film Subset)

I'm a huge fan of silent horror, glad this was recommended for the film subsets. There's such a strong spooky atmosphere in these silents, the way they look. Nothing screams Halloween more than a spooky house movie like this one with the secret corridors, creepy maid and a lunatic loose in the house somewhere. Would have liked more usage out of the "monster", his hand was a nice creepy image in this film.

October 4th

9. Horror Hotel (1960) (31 Film Subset) (Theme Night)

This is among my favorite satanist/cult films, which is why I recommended it for the subset. I think its a perfect film to watch around Halloween because it has that classic horror atmosphere. The Whitewood village is quite eerie and sets the mood just right. The cemetery, ominous fog, hooded cultists all provide spooky imagery. I particularly liked the ending when Nan's boyfriend raises the cross, alighting the cultists on fire, a great image. Christopher Lee makes a strong impression even with limited screen time, and Venetia Stevenson is a likable protagonist, making the events that happen to her all the more terrible. Also have to give credit to Patricia Jessel, who is delightfully wicked as Mrs. Newless. VCI dvd has some nice bonuses including interview and commentary with Christopher Lee.

10. ☼ Bluebeard (1944)

This is reported to be John Carradine's favorite performance. He has a strong presence here and is definitely the highlight of the movie, along with his puppets. I would have liked more horrific scenes and felt the editing was choppy in parts.

11. ☼ The House of the Devil (1896) (Wildcard #1)

Always nice to watch film this old.

October 5th

12. ☼ Dead Snow (2009) (31 Film Subset)

I liked the Nazi zombies and a change of local from the typical zombie setting. Don't get too many set up in the snowy peaks. Can't say this was a great zombie flick, it never quite engaged me like Romero's films or provided the laughs like Shaun of the Dead, but it did provide for some mindless zombie fun and gore. The POV shot when the girl was being torn apart was pretty interesting and I have to admire the menacing look these zombies have sporting those Nazi uniforms.

13. Hannibal (2001) (Theme Night)

This film will always be in Silence of the Lambs shadow, and while it never provides the oomph Lambs leaves you with, Hannibal is a rather enjoyable film. Lecter is such a great character, and Oldman provides a fantastic performance. The Florence scenes with the detective trying to turn Hannibal in are very thrilling and the brain dinner scene is unforgettably grotesque. As much as I love Julianne Moore, I can't help feel how much cooler the movie would have been with Foster back.

October 6th

14. ☼ It's Alive (1978) (31 Film Subset) (Theme Night)

I liked it better than expected. I think it was rather effective to not show the baby most of the time and keeping it under heavy shadows, that certainly brought the camp down. The strongest aspect of this film for me was dads inner conflict of having spawned a murderous creature. I liked how he compared himself to Dr. Frankenstein, his struggle of killing or saving this creature certainly added greater drama to this weird story. I also enjoyed John Ryan's performance.

15. ☼ Tower of London (1939)

Plays more like a Medieval Drama than horror like advertised on the dvd but it does feature one of Karloff's creepiest characters, Mord the executioner. I enjoyed him quite a bit. This film has a rather nice mix of horror greats. Along with the above mentioned Karloff, Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone are a joys to watch.

16. Humanoids from the Deep (1980) (Theme Night)

One of my all time favorite monster films. Roger Corman sure knows how to show the audience a good time. To think how close this movie came to not feature the creature rapes had he not stepped in. Love scenes with large crowds being attacked by horrible monsters like the carnival scene at the end. All around a great fun film.

October 7th

17. ☼ Octaman (1971) (31 Film Subset)

I had a hard time getting through this one. Dull story, poor acting and the monster scenes weren't very exciting. The only thing I got out of it was viewing Rick Baker's first film credit.

18. ☼ The Nanny (1965) (Theme Night)

Couldn't help feel compassion for Bette Davis' character. The kid in this ticked me off so much. It's a very effective film that plays with your emotions and features an excellent performance by Davis.

19. ☼ I Walked With a Zombie (1943)

Excellent gothic romance and the best of the voodoo zombie genre, I'd rank it right up there with White Zombie. The movie really takes off during the trek through the sugar cane fields, spooky imagery aplenty. I found the story to be very appealing and a much deeper context than the typical voodoo film.

October 8th

20. ☼ Session 9 (2001) (Theme Night)

There's something unnerving about large empty buildings like the asylum featured in this film, akin to the Overlook hotel in The Shining. It's a genuinely frightening film that uses a more subtle approach to scare and I think it is one of the better horror films of the 2000's decade.

21. ☼ Salvage (2009) (31 Film Subset)

I like these house containment situations but Salvage never quite reaches the level of excitement that other similar films provide like Night of the Living Dead or The Crazies due to the smaller scale of the situation. I think if we saw more of the neighborhood terrorized or more than one monster it would be better but that being said it was a pretty entertaining flick, especially since until this challenge I never heard a thing about this film.

October 9th

22. ☼ The Devil's Bride (1968)

I really like seeing Christopher Lee playing the hero and Charles Gray of Rocky Horror playing the lead Satanist is a treat but can't say I'm a fan of the time reversal ending. That aside, the film features some interesting magic scenes including one with the devil.

23. ☼ Black Rainbow (1989) (31 Film Subset)

This was a pretty good medium story. I particularly liked the church scenes and found Rosanna Arquette a likable lead. Ending leaves you thinking.

24. ☼ Last House on the Left (1972) (31 Film Subset)

I enjoyed this film quite a bit. Awful situation to be in, making it a great subject for a horror film. I particularly liked the gang, and the 60's influenced soundtrack that provides a nice contrast to the happenings on screen. I think it's impossible to watch this film and not think of The Virgin Spring, nice similarities there.

Continued in: Part 2

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