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I really liked the TCM remake and that's about the only horror film Michael Bay didn't really destroy when he pushed out all the remakes. I was really hoping for something good in the 3D one that came out, saw it at 10 PM on the Thursday it came out and left disgusted at what they did to the series.
Yes, it was such a cool remake. Wow that sucks about TCM 3D being so terrible, thanks to you I will probably avoid this experience happening to me.
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...Part of me wants to watch only theme-compliant titles; part of me wants to do not only the checklist but the "uber-checklist" with all past items inserted; part of me wants to focus on the alphabet checklist first; part unwatched stuff; part netflix only to get my money's worth out of this one month on it; part on watching the items I'm donating as prizes before I mail them out; etc etc.
I'd say one day I wish to take on the "uber checklist," but with every challenge that passes, the bigger it gets. For now I'll try to keep weekdays as theme only days and see how that goes.

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...I usually end up compromising a little bit on all aspects and just making sure that I have fun and don't completely ignore the family.
The most important part of the challenge.

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Don't know if it was posted here or not but Scream Factory is having a daily sale on horror.
http://www.shoutfactory.com/ThePriceIsFrightSale

Movies update at 9am PST
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Regarding Jess Franco in general, I think he has some ability but gets a bad rap because he lacks artistic integrity often agreeing to tackle soft porn type exploitation shamelessly. I wouldn't put him in the same sentence as Argento (well... before Dracula 3D) or Fulci (who has his share of duds) but I do think Franco's under-rated and has some surreal films that tackle mature themes in an interesting way.
Good points. I haven't found anything by Jess Franco that I dislike, but I "experience" his films in a different way than most. More of a cinematic rhythm than plot device. Since Franco has always considered himself a jazz musician over movie director, I kind of view his films as vehicles for his musical compositions, which also take a particular appreciation (considering jazz music of the time). Now why my wife loves his films I have no idea...

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Here's the blog post for days 8 and 9 (sorry, could've sworn I had posted day 8 so it is a bit long) http://celluloidterror.blogspot.com/...3-day-8-9.html
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I KNEW it was going to be Detention, haha. It's unbelievable how love/hate that film is. It's normally the kind of film I'd hate, but for some reason it all just worked so well.
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Good points. I haven't found anything by Jess Franco that I dislike, but I "experience" his films in a different way than most. More of a cinematic rhythm than plot device. Since Franco has always considered himself a jazz musician over movie director, I kind of view his films as vehicles for his musical compositions, which also take a particular appreciation (considering jazz music of the time). Now why my wife loves his films I have no idea...

I'm curious to check out what SethDLH has to say.
Franco is a lot like Jean Rollin for me, in slightly different ways. They're similar in that they're both very hit or miss for me. Franco films are certainly an experience, rarely will you find one to simply sit and watch. He would try to arouse an emotion out of the viewer in just about every one of his films. Now, sometimes that emotion would be built up anger at his questionable style of directing at times but usually there's something better going on. I'd agree with you DL that his films are very much a vehicle for his choices in music at times. I've never torn one of his films apart, I've found some to be bad or unenjoyable, but even Nightmares Come At Night, which I was bored to tears by on a first viewing, I came to appreciate a bit more on a second (I still don't like it). Franco made movies for himself, and I'll never blame him for that.
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Originally Posted by mightysparks View Post
I KNEW it was going to be Detention, haha. It's unbelievable how love/hate that film is. It's normally the kind of film I'd hate, but for some reason it all just worked so well.
And upon posting that I saw who the director was and it all makes perfect sense that a guy that made his career directing talentless hack music videos would make me want to suffer each and every Fatality from Mortal Kombat back to back just so I'd never have to see it again
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For the first watch of the day today, I started small. I just picked an ep of Ghost Lab off of Netflix.
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Originally Posted by jacob_b View Post
Saw was POS? For someone that says that You're Next had brutal kills, the first few Saw's were really good and delivered. Disappointing tieup, but that's what happens when they change writers and everything. They probably didn't hold up Insidious because The Conjuring did so well, they expected another Paranormal film, and with James Wan behind you, they can release it at any time and make money.
While the comment I was replying to cited specific franchises, I wasn't necessarily referring to Saw or any specific franchise. I was just saying that in any year, a studio can release any crappy horror movie in October and it'll make money, because people are in the mood to watch something scary around that time of the year.

Having said that, I didn't love Saw, although I wouldn't call it garbage either. It had some great ideas and a fantastic ending. Although the execution is weak in some areas, specifically the acting, the pacing, and some of the direction in the action scenes felt more like music videos than movies. The acting in You're Next didn't bother me, but in Saw it was very noticeable, especially considering these are actors that are usually quite capable, I don't know if it was a rushed production schedule or Wan's inexperience at directing actors, but several key characters turned in awful performances.

However I did like a lot of things about Saw, it's just a shame that they milked the franchise so mercilessly. I gave up after Saw 2 because it became evident that it was just torture porn without any suspense or sense of mystery. They gave me no reason to care about the characters, just introduced them to the audience and then to intense agony. I can understand why it's a popular franchise, it's just not for me.

I am very impressed with how far James Wan has come as a director, with Insidious 1 and 2 and the Conjuring he's made 3 great horror films and made it look easy. Insidious 2 made a lot of money so they obviously made the right decision with releasing it when they did, I'm just glad it was still playing in my area during October so I could have a spooky theatrical experience for the challenge. I'm not interested in the Carrie remake.

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Most likable horror heroines in years? Got to go with the chick from Evil Dead. I liked her and she was bad ass. I will admit the chick in You're Next is good, but she was just surrounded by a horrible cast. I'm really just how shocked the rating it had gotten for a
I haven't seen The Evil Dead, I usually try to avoid remakes and reboots. There are so many good movies I still haven't seen, and the way I see it, a viewing audience votes with their wallet, so I try to support more original movies by watching those instead. I have heard really good things about the Evil Dead reboot, however, so I may decide to check it out someday, if I can overcome the lack of Bruce Campbell.
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Yes, it was such a cool remake. Wow that sucks about TCM 3D being so terrible, thanks to you I will probably avoid this experience happening to me.
I can offer a differing opinion on Texas Chansaw 3D, I enjoyed it enough to recommend (it's not a highlight but doesn't belong on any sort of "ignore at all costs" list, 6 out of 10). I found TC3D much better than I expected despite retconing the series, the leatherface character is diminished but it has good tension (although not just from Leatherface) and takes ambitious steps with the series by adjusting some of the conventions (it is but is not just more of the same chainsaw slashing). I found it to have a more "psychological" element that I liked.
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I KNEW it was going to be Detention, haha. It's unbelievable how love/hate that film is. It's normally the kind of film I'd hate, but for some reason it all just worked so well.
I can see how people might now like Detention, it's a kinetic pop culture comedy more than anything. I found it to be inventive and refreshing parodying many cinematic conventions with success considering the amibitiousness of the project. I agree it's not for everyone and although I enjoyed it, it wasn't top tier stuff.
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Franco is a lot like Jean Rollin for me, in slightly different ways...
I think surrealism and ambiance is one of 70s-80s eurohorror's greated contribution to horror along with plots to propel sleaze. On Redemption's Fascination blu-ray there is a documentary that discussed Rollin's career as basically taking advantage of an audience for stag films to present exploitative content (artistically framed with disconnected but dreamlike plot) in a "grindhouse" style. With the internet today, there's not as much demand for movies that flaunt the line between sincere horror and oddball exploitation or if they show up they lack such artistic merit (resorting to cheap CGI, obnoxious "humor," or lame attempts at plot). Although not in the same b-grade class it's a shame the Suspiria remake got shelved, I'd love to see someone try to tackle that with today's mentality.
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...in any year, a studio can release any crappy horror movie in October and it'll make money, because people are in the mood to watch something scary around that time of the year...
In general I agree but I also hope the studios and film makers aren't under-estimating the audience for horror movies. In a dream world it'd be nice if studios cashing in on cheap horror in October would green light more ambitious projects with this "devil may care" attitude towards cheap seasonal profit with the genre.
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Wake Wood (Kind of liked this one unlike undeadcow)
Maybe I need to re-watch Wake Wood at some point.

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Most likable horror heroines in years? Got to go with the chick from Evil Dead. I liked her and she was bad ass.
Really??? Likeable? I thought just about everyone in the cast was incredibly unlikeable except the dog. And the main girl? She was a shitty heroin addict who didn't want any help from the friends that where trying to give it to her (while bitching about it). But I don't think I've had an easier time rooting against someone than I did the main girl from the ED remake in a long long time.
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Really??? Likeable? I thought just about everyone in the cast was incredibly unlikeable except the dog. And the main girl? She was a shitty heroin addict who didn't want any help from the friends that where trying to give it to her (while bitching about it). But I don't think I've had an easier time rooting against someone than I did the main girl from the ED remake in a long long time.
On the other hand, maybe I won't rush to see it...
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Just saw that Redbox code XD33WQAP is giving free possibly unlimited rentals. May expire at midnight, sorry for the late notice, but I just read the thread here and verified that it works. Got 6 horror titles.
I think the code is expired, sorry I didn't get it posted earlier to help more people.

I rented six titles that I'd otherwise have blind bought at some point, so hopefully it ends up saving me some cash.

World War Z was good enough, but nothing original so I doubt I'll feel the need to buy it. Although $5 for a decent BD will likely always be irrestible to me.

Curse of Chucky was surprisingly decent. I was never a huge fan of the franchise, but it's one where the later sequels are as good as the originals imo.

Mama was better than I had heard. I saw the original short at a fest a few years ago and it was the highlight of the night. I didn't think they'd be able to drag it out into a feature but it works fairly well. Chastain is always good, and the del Toro touches are evident.

I rented Under the Bed despite how lame it looked because I continue to have the same fear. It's crafted well enough, and I'm paused halfway through to check-in, but I doubt this will end up being memorable or purchase-worthy.

Later, Sinister and Paranormal Activity 4 are on tap. Hope I can finish them all and return by 2100.
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Curse of Chucky was surprisingly decent. I was never a huge fan of the franchise, but it's one where the later sequels are as good as the originals imo.
I thought I was really out of the loop since I never even heard of it. Then I looked it up and saw it came out this year and was wondering how I missed seeing any ads for it until I saw it was a DTV release. Made me feel a little better.

Last night I watched The Burning Moon and felt like I saw something completely different then what the reviews that hated it on Amazon saw. It seems like none of them realize it was a no budget, shot on video horror film. There's a bunch of complaints about cheap special effects, which makes me think they had no clue about the budget.

The other main complaint that really leaves me perplexed is a lot of people saying there wasn't much gore until the end. I don't think they were watching the same film because I saw tons of excessive gore up through the end.

I'll admit it starts off slow and takes awhile before it develops into an anthology. It was something like 30 minutes before it really started to pickup with where it wanted to go.

I can only assume these people are more into recent horror that's filled with cgi and other non-practical effects. I guess if you are a fan of cheap and bloody horror from the 70s, you'll be into it. If you aren't, then you should probably skip it. If you really like bloody horror from the 70s, I really can't recommend it enough.

I also watch Candyman, which is a great classic that immediately went down the drain with the first sequel.
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Last night, I watched Hammer Studio's The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb. Instead of continuing any previous story, there is a new mummy with a new back story and slightly different motivation for killing off some meddlesome Europeans. Neither Cushing or Lee are on hand to lend their charisma, and none of the characters are particularly memorable with the exception of Fred Clark as a businessman funding the dig and the subsequent roadshow. While not particularly interesting or compelling, it is still a mummy movie so I loved it. Not sure if there is anything beyond the mummy aspect to recommend the movie.
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Last night I had to work late and cover the coastal storms we're getting on the east coast this week. So I didn't have time for 2 movies. I was able to watch Shakma and then an episode of The Walking Dead. It has been months since I lost interest in the 2nd season because it's so plodding and uneven, but last night was a really good episode(Season2Episode7). Hopefully the rest of the season is this good, I'll plan on watching it when I don't have time for a full movie.

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Last night I watched The Burning Moon and felt like I saw something completely different then what the reviews that hated it on Amazon saw. It seems like none of them realize it was a no budget, shot on video horror film. There's a bunch of complaints about cheap special effects, which makes me think they had no clue about the budget.

The other main complaint that really leaves me perplexed is a lot of people saying there wasn't much gore until the end. I don't think they were watching the same film because I saw tons of excessive gore up through the end.

I'll admit it starts off slow and takes awhile before it develops into an anthology. It was something like 30 minutes before it really started to pickup with where it wanted to go.

I can only assume these people are more into recent horror that's filled with cgi and other non-practical effects. I guess if you are a fan of cheap and bloody horror from the 70s, you'll be into it. If you aren't, then you should probably skip it. If you really like bloody horror from the 70s, I really can't recommend it enough.
I love The Burning Moon. Total SOV madness. A freaking blast to watch.
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I love The Burning Moon. Total SOV madness. A freaking blast to watch.
Good, it's not just me being crazy
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watched The Other last night I could see the twist at around the 10 minute mark, but I wasn't prepared for what was to occur during the last thirty minutes of the movie - wow! holy shit!! surprise movie of the challenge so far.
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I'll definitely keep your advice in mind for must watches and stay far away titles. Sometimes I like mediocore teen horror films as a guilty pleasure so I might check out Excision, TCM 3D, and The Woman In Black just depends on my mood/schedule for other films I have planned. It definitely sounds like I'll dislike ATM from your's/other's advice so I plan to avoid that for now at least.
I guess one person's crap is another person's treasure, but I thought Woman in Black and Excision were anything but "stay FAR away" movies. And they're certainly not "mediocre teen movie" guilty pleasure horror. Both were the rare horror movies to actually positive reviews from mainstream press ("fresh" tomatoes at RT). Though you've probably seen other things to give you a clue whether they'll be something you'll like. Woman in Black is an old-fashioned atmospheric ghost story. And it had more bite to it then I was expecting, with the ghost being particularly nasty and malevolent. And if you watched and enjoyed American Mary (from earlier in the month), Excision will probably be something you'll like, since it's also about a troubled young woman and elicit surgery. It's also darkly comic, uncomfortable, and not for the "body horror" squeamish. I liked some of the "mash-ups" reviewers have given to describe the movie: Todd Solondz meets David Cronenberg and Napolean Dynamite crossed with Carrie.
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Just finished The Ape. Was interesting seeing Boris Karloff in kind of a sympathetic role as he only wanted to help his patient.
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I haven't found anything by Jess Franco that I dislike
Clearly you haven't watched enough Franco He's made some awfully awfully shitty movies.

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I haven't seen The Evil Dead, I usually try to avoid remakes and reboots. There are so many good movies I still haven't seen, and the way I see it, a viewing audience votes with their wallet, so I try to support more original movies by watching those instead. I have heard really good things about the Evil Dead reboot, however, so I may decide to check it out someday, if I can overcome the lack of Bruce Campbell.
I feel the same way about remakes vs original movies. Though I hate to be one of those stodgy "all remakes are crap" guys, and I eventually get around to watching a lot of them if I hear some good things.

I saw ED over the weekend. It was ok ... fast-paced (with a short running time) with over-the-top gore. Doesn't have any of the charm or humor of the original. And I agree with the comments here - the cast was unlikable. About Bruce Campbell:
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I can offer a differing opinion on Texas Chansaw 3D, I enjoyed it enough to recommend (it's not a highlight but doesn't belong on any sort of "ignore at all costs" list, 6 out of 10).
I'll be watching this (the 3D version) soon. My expectations are very low so it will be hard for the movie not to meet them. Probably make a 3D double-feature with the latest Silent Hill.

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Maybe I need to re-watch Wake Wood at some point.
I thought Wake Wood was ok. A solid movie to start the Hammer Horror revival. It was well-made, though the story wasn't very original (mash-up of Wicker Man and Pet Semetary). Not surprised it has mixed reviews since it probably leans too much into sentiment and melodrama for many horror fans taste.
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watching my original MOTHER'S DAY blu-ray tonight...
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Yesterday I caught The Mansion of Madness which is basically a Eurotrash Poe adaptation (third I've caught this week). Aside from some dancing chicken people, it didn't live up to the insanity of the trailer.

The Hamiltons was a disappointment mostly due to the pacing. And it didn't help matters that I caught a trailer for the sequel (The Thompsons) beforehand that gave away the "twist" ending.

The Killer Must Kill Again was also a letdown. Felt more like a crime/thriller than a giallo, and the fact you know the killer's identity from the beginning didn't help. I did get a chuckle out of seeing a dead body that was breathing pretty heavily.

Monkey Shines was a blast, although it didn't feel like a Romero film. Basically a soap opera with a killer monkey, and the telekinesis bit was a little hard to swallow.

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Theme Night suggestion for next year "Don't Watch That Film!" (Sinister, V/H/S, 8mm, The Ring, ect)
For a second there I thought you were being facetious and meant have a theme for films you personally found to be shitty. It's possible I might be somewhat sleep deprived.

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FYI - For anyone that orders directly from Scream/Shout, they use those plastic bag mailers that do not have any cushion at all. My first title from them had the slip cover banged up pretty good. I know Amazon has gotten bad with packaging, but at least what they use is more protective (as in, just card stock paper/bubble mailer/even a manila folder would provide more protection).
Apparently I got lucky - my copy of They Live arrived yesterday in one of those flat cardboard mailers with the tear down strip, and in great shape. I did however have that exact experience with ordering The Fog from B&N.
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Clearly you haven't watched enough Franco He's made some awfully awfully shitty movies.
Umm, have you noticed the picture at the bottom of my list? It's a close up of one of my DVD/BD shelves, and although the box sets aren't very visible, you can see I do have a bit of Franco knowledge. I think SethDLH put it best about Franco just making films for himself.

And I will admit that the one Franco movie (I've seen) that I could do without would be Paula-Paula.

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Apparently I got lucky - my copy of They Live arrived yesterday in one of those flat cardboard mailers with the tear down strip, and in great shape. I did however have that exact experience with ordering The Fog from B&N.
That's funny, as my copy of Halloween III came from Scream in the bag mailer, but at the same time my Halloween DVD from the Bio channel arrived in the cardboard mailer like you described. Would of rather them switched for sure. Pleased with your report though.
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Speaking of Scream Factory, Life Force is $15.99 on BD today (with free ship). And now I'm glad I procrastinated that purchase.
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