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Ideas/Suggestions for Next Challenge:
Recently deceased seems unruly with so many names and a lot of them don't seem to have big horror outputs, maybe trim it down to just watch a movie by a recently deceased contributor.
Remove 'masters of commentary,' it's too specific when most participants don't emphasize commentary tracks anyway.
Consider alternating out 'tales place on lake/water' because variety.
Be cool with multiple viewings of same movie.
The checklist feels routine and most people who watch 100 films might automatically complete it anyway, maybe alter checklist to include subtle things like grimy walls, white dresses, axe, flickering lights, or other tropes more like a scavenger hunt.
Maybe allow for multiple day themes - for example, there are tons of zombie or vampire films so maybe there could/should be multiple zombie days (or maybe an Undead week with linked themes alternating each day)

Future Theme or Checklist Ideas: Victims sleeping through chaos and/or sleep related, Mirrors, Takes Place in a Mall checklist item, Psychiatric Theme Day, Sealed Room theme day (a room or building that is sealed away is catalyst), Electronic voice phenomena and/or cameras/technology showing truth, Jocks/Bullying, Redemption/Soul Harvesting, burgomaster present, horror movie playing on television, dogs


Future Actor/Actress Ideas: Brian Cox, Caroline Williams

The Theme Nights Copy & Paste

--- 10/01: Farewell Texas Gentleman Who Took the Chainsaw That Extra Mile, You Directed Poltergeist; We Know Your Style! - R.I.P. Tobe Hooper -
--- 10/02: Radioactive Materials Produced from Industrial Waste, These Slimy Carcinogenic Poisons Will Give You Superpowers to Fly to Outer Space! - Slime, Goo & Toxic Waste Horror -
--- 10/03: It Slices! It Dices! It Circumcises! - Slashers/ Giallos / Serial Killers -
--- 10/04: Produced Carefully One Frame At a Time, These Two-Dimensional Abominations Are Nightmare-Fueled Versions of Modern Day Pantomime. - Animated Horror -
--- 10/05: Straitjackets Unhinged; Crazies On the Fringe! Holy Crap, It's Societal Collapse! - Werewolves / Were-Creatures On A Full Moon -
--- 10/06: Enchanted Forests, Men with Hooks for Hands, A Ghostly Woman Residing in the Mirror ...It All Goes Hand In Hand. - Folklore, Urban Legends & Fairy Tale Horror -
--- 10/07: Mindfuckery of Lynchian Dream Logic Style with Hallucinogenic Head Trips that Beguile - Nightmares & Dreamscapes / Hallucinations & Drug Trips -
--- 10/08: Viruses! Plagues! Outbreaks! Walking Corpses that are Undead!
Call In the Military; Shoot 'Em in the Head! - Zombies -
--- 10/09: From Scream Queens to the Final Girl, These Deadly Women Will Make Your Nightmares Unfurl! - Day of the Woman: Female Directed Horror Films -
--- 10/10: Chronological Horror Years Faceoff - Chapter 5 - 1967 (Gold) Vs. 1992 (Silver) : It Survived -
--- 10/11: Dusty Decaying Bones in Rat-Infested Paris Catacombs - Skull & Bones -
--- 10/12: Some Poor Sap in the Museum's Egyptian Wing is Lying Dead ...Never Remove the Cursed Sarcophagus Amulet From the Mummy's Ancient Rotting Head. - Mummies -
--- 10/13: It's That Annual Event At Camp Crystal Lake When Teens Get a Little Perverse ...Meanwhile Crazy Ralph Politely Reminds Everyone You're All Doomed; There's a Death Curse! - Unlucky Charms - A Celebration of Friday the 13th: Black Cats / Broken Mirrors / Ladders / F13 Films -
--- 10/14: Intestinal Annihilation with a Little Arterial Spray, Add Some Gory Depravity & Blood Spatter... It's All In a Day! - Splatter / Gore -
--- 10/15: Once, Twice, Three Times the Lacerations - Horror Anthologies -
--- 10/16: Print Media is Slowly Decaying. Two of the Big Dogs Unfortunately Won't Be Staying. - R.I.P. Fangoria / Video Watchdog -
--- 10/17: Friends, Frenemies or Just a Figment of the Imagination;
That's a Friendship Crapshoot Gambling with Your Eradication! - Friends 'till the End: The Good, The Bad & The Imaginary -
--- 10/18: Expectant Mothers Carrying the Antichrist; Their Freakishly Mutated Offspring Presumably Won't Play Nice! - Pregnancy Horror -
--- 10/19: Ectoplasmic Entities Materializing at Night. Strong Yet Suspenseful Emotional Frights. Summoning the Dead by Candlelight. - Supernatural / Quiet/Soft / Seances -
--- 10/20: Bela's Blood Sucking Bloodbath Birthday Bash Bonanza Extravaganza! - Vampires -
--- 10/21: R.I.P. VCR: You're Officially Belated, But Your Kick-Ass VHS Video Cover Art Will Never Be Outdated! - 1980s Video Companies Spotlight: Media Home Entertainment / Video Stores -
--- 10/22: Manufactured Tulpas from Unearthly Dimensions Or Maybe Evil Twin Siblings Just Hanging At Local Horror Conventions? - Evil Twins & Doppelgangers -
--- 10/23: Tonight's Forecast Calls for a 100% Chance of Unadulterated Fright! - It Was a Dark and Stormy Night... -
--- 10/24: Now Boarding: Your Ticket to Sun-Drenched Terror! - Coffin Joe's Caribbean, Mexican & Central/South American Cruise to Port Oblivion Featuring Hispanic Icons -
--- 10/25: The Shittiest, Cheapest Movies Mankind Ever Sprung; Some So Bad, They're Good ...Others are Killer Tongue! - IMDB Lowest Rated Horror -
--- 10/26: Goodbye Godfather of the Modern Living Dead & Social Commentary Guru of What Needed to Be Said. - R.I.P. George A. Romero -
--- 10/27: Hello Friends, Welcome to the 100th Anniversary of Antonio Bay! We're Murderous Ghost Mariners from A Leper Colony ...Yeah, We Can't Stay! - Small Town Horrors -
--- 10/28: Binge-Watch Parties From Beyond the Grave & Benighted. Beware! There's a Catch; Pray You're Not Invited! - Mass Marathon of the Damned 8: Horror Parties -
--- 10/29: Electronically Produced Via Keyboard from the Bowels of Hell... This Retro Futuristic Music from Beyond Is the Proverbial Death Knell. - The Synth of Fear -
--- 10/30: Evil Witches Cast Their Spell, Runaway or Discover the Demon-Infested Layers of Hell! - Devil's Night Debauchery: Demonic Possession / Satanic / Witchcraft / Hell -
--- 10/31: Halloween Evokes the Spirits of the Dead, Tread Lightly or Experience a Decapitated Head! - All Hallows Eve Horrifically Hideous Hellfest / Samhain: An Evening of Celtic Horror -


The 31 Film Subset Copy & Paste

--- 09/30: group vote - Cronos (1993)
--- 11/01: group vote - Arachnophobia (1990)
--- xx/xx: wildcard - any horror theatrical showing (2017)

--- 10/01: Dick Laurent - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
--- 10/02: shellebelle - C.H.U.D (1984)
--- 10/03: ororama - Amer (2009)
--- 10/04: clckworang - Mad Monster Party? (1967)
--- 10/05: Darkgod - Bad Moon (1996)
--- 10/06: hbsvb - Candyman (1992)
--- 10/07: Gobear - The Void (2016)
--- 10/08: arw6040 - Train to Busan (2016)
--- 10/09: jacob_b - Raw (2016)
--- 10/10: nezumi - Yongary, Monster from the Deep (1967)
Highway to Hell (1992)
--- 10/11: rbrown498 - The Screaming Skull (1958)
--- 10/12: Trevor - Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
--- 10/13: tarfrimmer - Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
--- 10/14: Chad - One Dark Night (1982)
--- 10/15: Mondo Kane - Tales of Halloween (2015)
--- 10/16: Bladz - Martyrs (2008)
--- 10/17: mallratcal - Pin (1988)
--- 10/18: numbercrunch - Seeding of a Ghost [Zhong gui] (1983)
--- 10/19: pacaway - Under the Shadow (2016)
--- 10/20: Shack - Ganja & Hess (1973)
--- 10/21: The Man with the
Golden Doujinshi - Day of the Dead (1985)
--- 10/22: Undeadcow - +1 (2013)
--- 10/23: TheBigDave - Dolls (1987)
--- 10/24: alyxstarr - Alucarda (1977)
--- 10/25: WillieMLF - Hobgoblins (1988)
--- 10/26: PCBreakdown - The Crazies (1973)
--- 10/27: DaveyJoe - Messiah of Evil (1973)
--- 10/28: SethDLH - The Initiation (1984)
--- 10/29: Darth Maher - The Fog (1980)
--- 10/30: SterlingBen - Witchtrap (1989)
--- 10/31: cwileyy - Ghostwatch (1992)


The Checklist Copy & Paste

Select 10 actors:
--- Kevin Bacon -
--- Tobin Bell -
--- Michael Biehn -
--- Doug Bradley -
--- Veronica Cartwright -
--- Peter Cushing -
--- Jocelin Donahue -
--- Brad Dourif -
--- Ethan Embry -
--- Boris Karloff -
--- Brea Grant -
--- Kane Hodder -
--- Elizabeth Kaitan -
--- Bela Lugosi -
--- Christopher Lee -
--- Rose McGowan -
--- R.A. Mihailoff -
--- Dina Myer -
--- Meg Tilly -
--- Mary Elizabeth Winstead -

Select 5 recently deceased actors -or- directors
--- Don Calfa -
--- John Vulich -
--- Ted V. Mikels -
--- John Zacherle -
--- William Peter Blatty -
--- Carrie Fisher -
--- Miguel Ferrer -
--- John Hurt -
--- Bill Paxton -
--- Robert Day -
--- Alessandro Alessandroni -
--- Michael Parks -
--- Adam West -
--- George A. Romero -
--- John Heard -
--- Sam Shepard -
--- Robert Hardy -
--- Haruo Nakajima -
--- Sonny Landham -
--- Jay Thomas -
--- Tobe Hooper -
--- Martin Landau -
--- Harry Dean Stanton -
--- Bernie Casey -
--- Hugh Hefner -

Select 2 film composers:
--- Antón García Abril -
--- John Carpenter -
--- Daniel Licht -
--- Harry Manfredini -

Select 5 directors:
--- Dario Argento -
--- Don Coscarelli -
--- David DeCoteau -
--- Mike Flanagan -
--- Tom Holland -
--- Mary Lambert -
--- Jean Rollin -
--- Steve Miner -
--- James Wan -
--- Adam Wingard -

Select 2 makeup effects artists:
--- Patrick Baxter -
--- Jason Collins -
--- Mark Shostrom -
--- Bud Westmore -

Select 2 producers:
--- Bradley Fuller -
--- Dino De Laurentiis -
--- Roy Lee -
--- Lloyd Kaufman -

Select 2 writers:
--- Jaume Balagueró -
--- Robert Bloch -
--- Jack Ketchum -
--- H.P. Lovecraft -

Select 30 of the following sub-genres / types:
--- *3-D Film -
--- Agoraphobia -
--- Anthology Film -
--- Appears on BFI's 100 European Horror Films List -
--- Appears on Video Nasties List -
--- Based on a True Story -
--- Based on a Novel -
--- Cannibalism -
--- Cinema Inspired By: Edgar Allan Poe -
--- Cinematic Titanic / Horror Host / MST3K / RiffTrax -
--- Classic Universal Monsters Movie -
--- Comedy / Spoof -
--- Criterion / Masters of Cinema Version Film -
--- Death by: Fire -
--- Distributor / Studio: Vinegar Syndrome -
--- Documentary -
--- Extraterrestrial / Takes Place in Space -
--- Film From Someone Else's List You've Never Seen -
--- Film From TCM's October Schedule -
--- From a Basis Gogos Painting -
--- Found Footage -
--- Frankenstein -
--- Ghost / Haunting -
--- Giallo -
--- K-Horror -
--- Killer / Evil Animal -
--- Killer / Evil Child -
--- Killer / Evil Doll -
--- Made-for-TV Movie -
--- Monster / Creature Feature / Godzilla -
--- Mummy -
--- Musical / Rock ‘n Roll Horror
--- Nation of Origin: China -
--- Nazi -
--- Psychological -
--- Rape / Revenge -
--- Slasher / Psycho / Homicidal Maniac -
--- Takes Place on a Holiday -
--- Takes Place on or Under the Sea -
--- Three Installments in a Franchise -
--- Vampire -
--- Werewolf -
--- Witchcraft / Satanic / Religious -
--- With Commentary -
--- With Two or More Horror Legends -
--- Zombie -

Watch 1 w/commentary from the "Masters of Commentary":
--- Joe Bob Briggs -
--- John Carpenter -
--- Larry Cohen -
--- Joe Dante -
--- Tim Lucas -
--- Guillermo del Toro -
--- David del Valle -

Watch films in at least three formats:
--- First format, (insert format), (insert title).
--- Second format, (insert format), (insert title).
--- Third format, (insert format), (insert title).

Watch films in at least three languages:
--- First language, (insert language), (insert title).
--- Second language, (insert language), (insert title).
--- Third language, (insert language), (insert title).

Watch 3 films that you've never seen before that:
--- Stars a Barbara (Steele, Crampton, Hershey, Shelley) -
--- Features music by Richard Band -
--- Was made in the 1950s -
--- Features a Disembodied / Possessed Hand -
--- Was written by Jimmy Sangster -
--- Features a solar eclipse -
--- Has the words "It" in the title -
--- Was directed by David Cronenberg -
--- Stars Michelle Bauer -
--- Takes place at a cemetery -
--- Features an actor who played Michael Myers, Jason, Freddy, Pinhead, or another pop culture horror killer in a different role -

Select 8 decades of film history:
--- 1890 -
--- 1900 -
--- 1910 -
--- 1920 -
--- 1930 -
--- 1940 -
--- 1950 -
--- 1960 -
--- 1970 -
--- 1980 -
--- 1990 -
--- 2000 -
--- 2010 -

Select 1 from the "Chronological Horror Years Faceoff":
--- 1942 (75th) -
--- 1967 (50th) -
--- 1992 (25th) –

Select 2 from the following anniversaries:
--- 15th Anniversary of The Rondo Hatton Awards -
--- 20th Anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer -
--- 25th Anniversary of The Sci-Fi/SyFy Channel -
--- 100th Birthday of Santo -

Select 4 ratings:
--- G -
--- PG -
--- PG-13 -
--- R -
--- NC-17 -
--- X -
--- Unrated -
--- M -
--- GP -


Attend a live event (convention, play, haunted house, ghost tour, etc.):
--- (insert event). OPTIONAL

Venture Into the Literary World:
--- Read a Horror Novel or Novella (insert title). OPTIONAL
--- Read a Horror Comic Book or Graphic Novel (insert title). OPTIONAL
--- Read a Horror Magazine (insert title). OPTIONAL

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Old 08-29-17, 09:39 PM   #51
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Shout Factory has a 30% off linewide 'Back to School' sale on their website, excludes some preorders and new releases ('...of the Deads').
Crap. Hard for me to resist Scream Factory sales.
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Ah yes. I believe that was it. Thanks!
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I want to help recommend some epic scary movies but I struggle with thinking of ones that are really tense. I tend to enjoy a lot of horror on a 'dark humor' level or appreciate the surreal qualities but not end up feeling goosebumps over them. The scariest movie, for me, I can readily think of is the original Blair Witch Project (1999).

Here's a quick 'top 10 scariest' list (in no particular order, your mileage may vary):
I Am The Ghost (twisted imagery honestly gave me a nightmare)
Grave Encounters 1 (cartoonish but I'm a sucker for abandoned buildings)
The Eye (2002)
Darling
Here Comes the Devil
Absentia
Theatre Bizzare
[Rec] 1-2 (really should be seen back to back as '1 film' for best experience)
Mischief Night
Ringu
I enjoyed Rec and Grave Encounters as well as Blair Witch. Your vote for Absentia has me a bit worried (lol) as I thought it was overhyped, but since you did name some good ones, I'll give the rest of the ones I haven't seen a shot. Thanks!

Anyone else?

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This was the first time in years I'd seen it, but I want to say, "I love the ending of The Devil's Rejects." That is all.
Such a badass ending. For all the crap Rob Zombie gets, he does have some nice surprises in his movies including this ending.
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I enjoyed Rec and Grave Encounters as well as Blair Witch. Your vote for Absentia has me a bit worried (lol) as I thought it was overhyped, but since you did name some good ones, I'll give the rest of the ones I haven't seen a shot. Thanks!

Anyone else?
If you don't mind subtitles, Under the Shadow scared the crap out of me. Could barely walk to my car after seeing it in the theater... of course it was midnight and 4 blocks away on quiet streets, but still... And typically movies don't scare me.
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Your vote for Absentia has me a bit worried (lol) as I thought it was overhyped....
It's hard to disagree that Absentia is overhyped (wow did the internet ever build this movie up) but for me it executed a few ideas especially well.

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The idea of something hunting us just out of reach, not an immediate ghost stuck in our reality or a tangible demon but a strange beyond invisible thing is haunting and nicely metaphysical. I really liked the 'magical realism' mix of the urban setting and mystical with the husband trapped so close to his house/wife. It takes some of the boogeyman/haunting tropes and magnifies them in a smart way. It's not a perfect movie, the premise demands odd narrative exposition to somehow reveal this unknowable and perhaps too far out omnipotent thing and acting isnt top notch, but it hit some of the right notes for me.
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I enjoyed Rec and Grave Encounters as well as Blair Witch. Your vote for Absentia has me a bit worried (lol) as I thought it was overhyped, but since you did name some good ones, I'll give the rest of the ones I haven't seen a shot. Thanks!

Anyone else?



Such a badass ending. For all the crap Rob Zombie gets, he does have some nice surprises in his movies including this ending.
Got to give Absentia a look. I started Darling a few months back, but stopped because I wasn't in the right frame of mind. I'll give it a go this time around.

Under the Shadow freaked me out a bit also.

Ah, Rob Zombie! I get two of those earlier movies mixed up all the time. One I liked, and the other I didn't. If I wasn't so ambivalent about Rob I would try to figure out which is which, but....
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I didn't know Absentia was hyped on the internet. I just saw it on Netflix one day and gave it a shot. I though it was a really interesting and creepy indie horror, and I've enjoyed all of the subsequent films from that director as well.
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Hi-Def Ninja put up 3 special editions of the upcoming Synapse Suspiria blu-ray for pre-order yesterday. The one with artwork from Matt Ryan Tobin is sold out, but the other 2 are still available. Each edition is limited to 200 and they're numbered. I ordered the Dark Inker edition and it came out to about $64 with shipping, which is $14 more than the standard edition from Synapse, but I think it's well worth it, and the slipbox is nice to have for protecting the steelbook. Here's the link to order... https://shop.hidefninja.com/products...nt=40814848197
I was lucky enough to grab the Matt Ryan Tobin version - I even set an alarm for 8am on Saturday to be sure I woke up in time! I also have the HDN exclusives for Tenebre and Phenomena, so getting this one was a no-brainer. However, the Synapse version does come with a slipcover featuring the poster art, and that looks gorgeous as well:
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One thing I'm looking forward to in October is Never Sleep Again. A few months ago it was on sale on the Xbox store, so I grabbed it. Maybe I'll revisit Crystal Lake Memories as well. I didn't get mine from the place that sold the 8 hour version, I think it is between 6 1/2 - 7 hours. So would that be three entries? Or should I go by one entry per disc?
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If you don't mind subtitles, Under the Shadow scared the crap out of me. Could barely walk to my car after seeing it in the theater... of course it was midnight and 4 blocks away on quiet streets, but still... And typically movies don't scare me.
I've had Under the Shadow loaded up in my Netflix queue all month, waiting for this October

Has anyone seen the Polish wedding horror Demon? It has really good reviews at Rotten Tomatoes and Amazon Prime has it free. Another one I've been holding off for the challenge.

At the start of last October, I began a giant viewing project of working through Dark Shadows (the 60s original). Managing about 10 episodes a week in the horror "off season", I'm up to episode 483 now (aired originally in early 1968). But I'm planning on upping that for October and getting in at least another 100 episodes for the challenge. The show just finished their big 1795 time travel story a couple of weeks ago. It's amazing how much the pacing of the show has picked up ... I can't even be sure (without checking) what the Friday episodes are because it seems like big events and cliffhangers can occur on any day of the week. The flashback seems to have invigorated everyone on both sides of the camera. Not to mention that it allowed for the leeway of piling up a huge body count without having to worry about permanently killing off the entire cast. Even being back in the present-time (well, 1968 that is), the show is continuing to embrace the reality that it's a full-blown horror/monster show (and not a soap opera where one of the characters just happens to be a vampire). That's reflected in the fact that in just a couple of weeks back in present-day, the big new storylines established are: Angelique the witch returning from the grave to wreak havoc on Collinwood with a dream curse; and Barnabas teaming up with Dr. Frankenstein to transplant his brain into the body of a monster stitched together from pieces of corpses (with the head from Vicky's boyfriend, of course)

I guess the downside is that I can see how the show can burn itself out in a couple of years. But as a viewer, I'd rather have a short run of glory than a longer run of mediocrity.
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I need some off the beaten path recommendations from all of you knowledgeable horror hounds, preferably Blu-ray but am open to DVD. I'm familiar with and own much from Severin, Scream Factory, Synapse and Vinegar Syndrome. I was looking at buying some Code Red titles and maybe some lesser known labels or films, the kind of stuff Diabolik DVD would carry but other retailers might not.

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I need some off the beaten path recommendations from all of you knowledgeable horror hounds, preferably Blu-ray but am open to DVD. I'm familiar with and own much from Severin, Scream Factory, Synapse and Vinegar Syndrome. I was looking at buying some Code Red titles and maybe some lesser known labels or films, the kind of stuff Diabolik DVD would carry but other retailers might not.

Any suggestions?
If you like slashers I highly recommend Just Before Dawn. If you like atmospheric 70s horror I'd go with Messiah of Evil. Neon Maniacs is a fun 80s monster movie set in San Francisco. The rest of the titles are much more subjective and might depend on what type of horror films you prefer. You also might want to check out Scorpion Releasing run by Code Run operator Bill Olsen's brother. The House on Sorority Row is a really great slasher released by them.
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I love slashers. It's probably my favorite horror subgenre. Just Before Dawn was one I was considering. Good to hear some positive feedback. Messiah of Evil was on the short list as well. Have you seen The Redeemer?

I know most of the films on these labels will be wildly subjective, but I have friends who love to watch these kind of movies so I know they will for sure get watched and be a fun night.
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I love slashers. It's probably my favorite horror subgenre. Just Before Dawn was one I was considering. Good to hear some positive feedback. Messiah of Evil was on the short list as well. Have you seen The Redeemer?

I know most of the films on these labels will be wildly subjective, but I have friends who love to watch these kind of movies so I know they will for sure get watched and be a fun night.
Just Before Dawn is a must for slasher fans, Messiah of Evil is a safe blind buy as well. I liked the Redeemer, it's like an early proto-slasher but with more of a surreal, end of days atmosphere and can be kind of weird, but not in a bad way. It's a bit divisive among Code Red fans, but I thought it was enjoyable.
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I need some off the beaten path recommendations from all of you knowledgeable horror hounds, preferably Blu-ray but am open to DVD. I'm familiar with and own much from Severin, Scream Factory, Synapse and Vinegar Syndrome. I was looking at buying some Code Red titles and maybe some lesser known labels or films, the kind of stuff Diabolik DVD would carry but other retailers might not.

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I use to follow Code Red's releases better than I'm financially able to right now; I'm not sure about some of their newer releases or what's currently available. Code Red's Nail Gun Massacre blu-ray is a fun release, the sort of b-movie that doesn't take itself seriously but isn't obnoxiously self aware. Code Red's Mary Mary Bloody Mary is probably one of my favorite releases they issued, it's a modern neo-vampire film with an intelligent script steeped in eurohorror vibes.

Mondo Macabro's Devil's Business release is a more subdued slow burn film that's been compared to Kill.List (which I haven't seen) about 2 hitmen who break into a house for an assassination that they maybe shouldn't have, it's atmospheric and character driven.

Camp Motion Pictures' blu-ray for Call Girl of Cthulhu is dumb Troma style fun; an your face mix of low budget design, gore splatter, and Lovecraft antics with a good mix of low brow sex jokes combined with tentacle horror for really weird body horror splatter.

Cult Epic's release of In a Glass Cage is a searing intense murder drama with an odd premise and arthouse style; maybe not for everyone.
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...Have you seen The Redeemer?
I thought The Redeemer was average, it's got a great killer but sometimes the pacing feels odd and random.
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Nice. Thanks for the recommendations, Undeadcow. You also hit on a couple I was considering. I seem to recall from previous challenge discussions that our horror tastes overlap a lot, so the input is much appreciated. Plus, you're in Texas. That has to count for something.

That's the kicker on these labels. The titles are often so expensive and rarely go on sale. Then you have to navigate the store exclusive thing. I get why it would be necessary for a smaller niche label to do this, but it can still be a challenge for the consumer.

On my must list so far are: Just Before Dawn, Messiah of Evil, Nail Gun Massacre, and Mary Mary Bloody Mary. Still debating a few more titles that I might wait to purchase next month.
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So excited for another year of this! Crazy that I've been doing this since 2005.
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On my must list so far are: Just Before Dawn, Messiah of Evil, Nail Gun Massacre, and Mary Mary Bloody Mary. Still debating a few more titles that I might wait to purchase next month.
Messiah of Evil blew me away when I first watched it, when I went in with zero expectations.

Looking at the Code Red list there were a couple of other titles I liked. It's been a while, but I remember thinking The Carrier was pretty good. And I've watched People Who Own the Dark for a recent horror challenge. An interesting mix of Night of the Living Dead and Day of the Triffids, and worthwhile for fans of 70s Eurohorror.
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Nice. Thanks for the recommendations, Undeadcow. You also hit on a couple I was considering. I seem to recall from previous challenge discussions that our horror tastes overlap a lot, so the input is much appreciated. Plus, you're in Texas. That has to count for something.

That's the kicker on these labels. The titles are often so expensive and rarely go on sale. Then you have to navigate the store exclusive thing. I get why it would be necessary for a smaller niche label to do this, but it can still be a challenge for the consumer.

On my must list so far are: Just Before Dawn, Messiah of Evil, Nail Gun Massacre, and Mary Mary Bloody Mary. Still debating a few more titles that I might wait to purchase next month.
I remember watching a beat up copy of Clavaire many years ago. It's a movie that has really stuck with me through the years. Recently, we got SlingTV, and I found it streaming on one of those art movie channels one night. The print looked great and I was still affected by some of the strange imagery.
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I didn't know Absentia was hyped on the internet. I just saw it on Netflix one day and gave it a shot. I though it was a really interesting and creepy indie horror, and I've enjoyed all of the subsequent films from that director as well.
I remember Absentia getting praise here, but I don't recall much hubbub about it on other forums. I remember being astonished at how good it was when I watched it for the challenge a few years ago. You don't find many innovative ideas in horror films, just different modes of the same monsters. Tired of slow zombies, here are fast zombies!

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I remember Absentia getting praise here, but I don't recall much hubbub about it on other forums. I remember being astonished at how good it was when I watched it for the challenge a few years ago. You don't find many innovative ideas in horror films, just different modes of the same monsters. Tired of slow zombies, here are fast zombies!

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but the concept of an intelligent, extradimensional insect kidnapping humans for arcane purposes as a metaphor for grief was handled excellently.
Yes! I did see Absentia. I did really like it, but didn't know the name. This one really didn't catch up with me until the end.
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I remember watching a beat up copy of Clavaire many years ago. It's a movie that has really stuck with me through the years. Recently, we got SlingTV, and I found it streaming on one of those art movie channels one night. The print looked great and I was still affected by some of the strange imagery.
One of my streaming cable plans is SlingTV. I'll have to look for that movie sometime.
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The countdown has officially begun for me. Starting tomorrow, I'll be counting the days.
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Nice. Thanks for the recommendations, Undeadcow.

On my must list so far are: Just Before Dawn, Messiah of Evil, Nail Gun Massacre, and Mary Mary Bloody Mary. Still debating a few more titles that I might wait to purchase next month.
Arrow release of The Slayer and The blue Underground release of Amsterdamnned would be my two suggestions
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I remember watching a beat up copy of Clavaire many years ago. It's a movie that has really stuck with me through the years. Recently, we got SlingTV, and I found it streaming on one of those art movie channels one night. The print looked great and I was still affected by some of the strange imagery.
Oh, I've seen that one! I think I recorded it off Showtime one year. It's definitely a weird and disturbing movie. I remember liking it, but I can see where the slow pace might be too much for some people. That might be one worth revisiting in October.
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