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The 15th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread***

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Re: The 15th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread***

** List Final - Subset, Checklist, and Theme Nights Complete - 210 films - 11th Year **
Gems: White God, Demon, The Lure, Who's Watching Oliver?, Lovely Molly, Mon Mon Mon Monsters, Girl With All the Gifts, Summer of 84, Audition, The Wind, Butterfly Kisses, Dead Night, Creep 2
Disappointments: Sleepwalkers, Brightburn, Black Site, I Survived the Zombie Holocaust, P, Red Clover, Valentine, The Prey, Song of Solomon, Nails, Climax, Vicious Lips
Gem Reviews:

Spoiler:
Audition (1999, 115 minutes) ★★★★★★★★˝✰ Chilling slow burn that nails themes related to modern angst. I wasn't sure it wouild hold up on repeat viewings but aside from the sensationalism there's a lot of complicated themes and ambiguity leaving me trying to figure it out.
Butterfly Kisses (2018, 91 minutes) ★★★★★★★★✰✰ Found footage with a cool premise of the camera being haunted by a Babadook looking 'Peeping Tom' with a documentary about a documentary that dissects the phenomena across time in interesting ways. It's creepy and cynical about the creepiness at the same time.
Creep 2 (2017, 78 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ A bittersweet romance that perfectly follows the theme set by Creep combining socially awkward comedy and murder. There are more than a few surprises and some scenes that are endearing working well to propel the character driven film homerun even if some of the characters act in implausible ways.
Demon (2012, 95 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ Atmospheric grandiose wedding ceremony punctuated by increasingly less subtle groom behavior with a menacing undertone that's cryptically taunt while maintaining an upbeat wedding party atmosphere 'marrying' awkward social etiquette with hints of supernatural leaving an ending that didn't immediately make sense to me with food for thought.
Dead Night (2017, 83 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ Far out nocturnal events that meld from one oddity to another for an ultimately satisfying tale with supernatural twists. Barbara Crampton steals the show.
The Girl With All the Gifts (2017, 95 minutes) ★★★★★★˝✰✰✰ Smart script with a far out approach to zombie pseudo-science that's got heart and takes risks that pay off.
Lovely Molly (2011, 100 minutes) ★★★★★★★˝✰✰ I cannot decide if Lovely Molly is a clever take on evil humans or sleazy and overly exploitative of cheap real life shocks - probably some of both. So far I think it's the most intelligent and thought provoking film I've seen getting pretty far out and leaving room for interpretations but also delivering on the visceral smut and gore.
The Lure (2015, 92 minutes) ★★★★★★★★✰✰ The Lure is a far out colorful pop odyssey with some great mermaid creature effects; I ended up enjoying that more than I thought. It's a bizzare and never too serious musical adaptation of the The Little Mermaid.
Mon Mon Mon Monsters (2017, 113 minutes) ★★★★★★★˝✰✰ Mean spirited high school kids find and capture one monster but still have to put up with each other in a better than I expected supernatural gang war with high schoolers and vampires. Gore, comedy, and awkward social situations abound.
Summer of '84 (2018, 106 minutes) ★★★★★★★˝✰✰ Lives up to the hype with dirty minded kids yucking up together and sleuthing around a serial killer delivering an especially memorable ending with some great twists along the way.
White God (2014, 122 minutes) ★★★★★★˝✰✰✰ Like a boldly cinematographic cynical version of Homeward Bound that flirts with being too absurd to be serious but effectively dramatic and moody to lift past some flaws.
The Wind (2019, 88 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ Moody slow horror that ping pongs back and fort in time keep this period western horror well paced.
Who's Watching Oliver? (2017, 87 minutes) ★★★★★★★★✰✰. Dry execution of a cartoonish nerdy anti-hero plot sizzles as our lead goes on about mommy issues and gets hammy - but the direction is so straight it works impressively as if American Psycho lampooned nerdy 'Mamma's Boys' instead of Wallstreet with an compelling mix of overacting, gore, sleaze, and psychodrama that is enjoyable but inexplicable. A cartoonish parody that out-gores many slashers and is straight enough to be a knockout.



More Standouts:
Spoiler:

Glue / Stayed With Me [Thought Provoking or Puzzling With Merit] : Lovely Molly, The Man in the Orange Jacket, Always Shine, The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh, Audition, Perfect Blue
War of Monsters [Most Original Creatures/Frights]: The Lure, The Lifechanger, Neverknock, The Manitou, Prophecy
Best Visuals: Mandy, The Heretics, Herbert West Reanimator [Gremlins may not be visually stunning but was fun in UHD]
Guilty Pleasures [Not Good, But I Especially Enjoyed]: Doom Annihilation, Honeybee, The Demon’s Rook, Dead End, Blair Witch (2016), Bethany, Vidar the Vampire, He’s Out There, Tonight She Comes, 100 Bloody Acres
Stop the Hype [Over-rated or Surprisingly Lacking]: The Lighthouse, Brightburn. What Keeps You Alive, Climax, Us




Summary Viewing Stats :
Total Watched: 210 films - 323 hours, 4 minutes (92.3 minutes per film average)
By Decade: 2010s 132 | 2000s 19 | 1990s 17 | 1980s 21 | 1970s 9 | 1960s 7 | 1950s 0 | 1940s 3 | 1930s 2 | 1920s 1
By Format: Digital 206 [15 in 4K/UHD] | Theater 3 | Blu-ray 1 | DVD 0
Average Film Star (★) Rating: 5.3 stars out of 10 ★★★★★˝✰✰✰✰ [5 ★ is average, less is bad and more is good]
1st = first time viewing [143 First Time Viewings (68.1% of total)]
Theme = theme day related [136 theme day related films, 64.8%]
Subset = subset discussion film [100% participation (33 out of 33 watched & discussed)]
[size=1]September 13 [Friday the 13th / Full Moon 'bonus day' but I'm not counting] (7 hours, 50 minutes watched)
[September 30 is Not Include In Any Summary Statistics]
00. The Snarling (2016, 84 minutes) ★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ There's a few meta jokes that stick but then it devolves into the most obvious plot narrated by two 'comedic relief' cops and centered more on extras in a movie than werewolves, zombies, or anything else remotely scary/interesting. It's actively bad enough that I'm curious if the meta elements didn't overtake the film and everything is some sly tongue in cheek joke about being aggressively bad. There's a scene where they use an obvious strobe light and shaky camera to simulate a werewolf attack; which is hilarious but not the strong start I was hoping for. Eventually the stupid casualness of the film is amusing but in a way that often feel cheap and just dumb rather than scary or witty. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st
00. Another WolfCop (2017, 106 minutes) ★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰✰ Gonzo enough to be fun as long as you don't take it serious and often stumbles over some of it's attempts at humor but kinetic enough to not care; it's actively stupid cartoonish popcorn carnage. The villain is gleefully over the top enough to take emphasis off WolfCop and his lame super hero invulnerability ramping up the cheesy weirdness to a level of obnoxiously intentional 'cult.' Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st
00. Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986, 87 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ I've long been a fan of the film that gives us Zombie Jason, the plot has a lot going on and it's a fitting cap to the Tommy Jarvis trilogy. Format: Digital [Vudu HD].
00. Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988, 89 minutes) ★★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰ The 'weirdest' F13 (until Jason X) jumps the shark by necessity to find a fresh way to 'explain' Voorhees featuring a more robust animated Jason. Format: Digital [Vudu HD].
00. The Others (2001, 104 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Doesn't hold up as well on repeat viewings and has some awkward elements, like photosensitive kids. Nicely atmospheric and the servant characters nail it (which is necessary because Kidman doesn't). Format: Digital [Vudu HD].

September 30 [Criterion Challenge Crossover Theme Night - starting after dusk, 7:32pm] (2 hours, 59 minutes watched)
01. Videodrome (1983, 87 minutes) ★★★★★★★˝✰✰ At first I though Videodrome had more substance than it seemed like this go round, it takes socially conscious technology themes and then just gets phantasmagorical with them. Plotwise I feel like Videodrome falls apart. Clever analogies that aside from the oddity never really made any sense to me outside of lampooning technology culture. Great effects and imagery, often just outside of making sense but stuff like that bolsters such an odd movie because I don't think making literal sense was ever the point. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Theme 1st Subset
02. The Lure (2015, 92 minutes) ★★★★★★★★✰✰ The Lure is a far out colorful pop odyssey with some great mermaid creature effects; I ended up enjoying that more than I thought. It's a bizzare and never too serious musical adaptation of the The Little Mermaid. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Theme 1st

October 1 [Cats & Dogs Theme Night] (10 hours, 52 minutes watched)
03. The Lifechanger (2018, 84 minutes) ★★★★★★˝✰✰✰ Moody existential shape-shifter moping around about love is better than expected with a 'hero' whose is often someone else. The ending is a bit of a letdown. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st
04. Burning Bright (2010, 84 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ Execution that's tense with vivid sound design and an unusual premise that is painstakingly orchestrated to justify a tiger (named Lucifer) in someone's home with a cringeworthy developmental disability subplot and 'beat you over the head' style character development complete with a deadbeat stepdad with execution that somehow still works. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme [Cat]
05. White God (2014, 122 minutes) ★★★★★★˝✰✰✰ Like a boldly cinematographic cynical version of Homeward Bound that flirts with being too absurd to be serious but effectively dramatic and moody to lift past some flaws. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme [Dog]
06. Sleepwalkers (1992, 91 minutes) ★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ Relentlessly cheesy, I was never a big fan but wanted to revisit to see if my opinion has changed. It's got a nice 'rock music video' style and a potentially cool premise but seems so aimless. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Theme [Cat]
07. The Carrier (1988, 98 minutes) ★★★★★★˝✰✰✰ A near hypnotic blend of bad movie, odd premise, cats, plastic wrap, and melting bodies that is as near impossible to not enjoy as it is to love. Format: Digital [Youtube]. Theme [Cat]
08. Cat People (1942, 72 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ Cat people is different enough despite it's age to feel exotic. Nicely subtle building of character driven tension, the talky emphasis on evil with symbolism more than outright chills. It is a difficult balance because could be quite boring if the film didn't offer the tidbits it does along the way (some work better than others). Films like Cat People use irony much more to build tension than we see in more modern offerings. Format: Digital [Youtube, looking for a better digital copy and YT was not it]. Subset Theme [Cat]
09. Pet Sematary (2019, 101 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ Un-necessary remake with some slight changes that comes across well, what this remake does different especially works but elements rehashed from the original are often pale imitation - the neighbor, sister, and wife were better in the original. I think the creepy kid here was effective and the ending especially more horrific but less dramatic lacking some of the heart of the original. Format: Digital [Vudu 4K]. 1st Theme [Cat]

October 2 [Wedding Theme Night] (10 hours, 33 minutes watched)
10. Seventh Moon (2008, 87 minutes) ★★★★★˝✰✰✰✰ Overly dark with a cool ethnic premise, there's not a lot of subtlety here basking in being a far out too dark to see chase epic. I can't decide if the film celebrates Cantonese culture or exploits it. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme
11. Demon (2012, 95 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ Atmospheric grandiose wedding ceremony punctuated by increasingly less subtle groom behavior with a menacing undertone that's cryptically taunt while maintaining an upbeat wedding party atmosphere 'marrying' awkward social etiquette with hints of supernatural leaving an ending that didn't immediately make sense to me with food for thought. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme Subset
12. [Rec] 3 Genesis (2012, 85 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ The imagery of the chainsaw bride slaughtering zombies is great but too little of the film is that over the top enough for it to work as a whole. I’d be really curious about the decision to abandon the found footage style that gave [Rec] it’s name, which I think ultimately hurt part 3 (the characters are less serious and horror more remote) detouring a formerly epic franchise into overly familiar horror comedy staples more about sight gags than plot or frights. Format: Digital [Alyxstarr] Theme Subset
13. Who's Watching Oliver? (2017, 87 minutes) ★★★★★★★★✰✰. Dry execution of a cartoonish nerdy anti-hero plot sizzles as our lead goes on about mommy issues and gets hammy - but the direction is so straight it works impressively as if American Psycho lampooned nerdy 'Mamma's Boys' instead of Wallstreet with an compelling mix of overacting, gore, sleaze, and psychodrama that is enjoyable but inexplicable. A cartoonish parody that out-gores many slashers and is straight enough to be a knockout.Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st
14. Lovely Molly (2011, 100 minutes) ★★★★★★★˝✰✰ I cannot decide if Lovely Molly is a clever take on evil humans or sleazy and overly exploitative of cheap real life shocks - probably some of both. So far I think it's the most intelligent and thought provoking film I've seen getting pretty far out and leaving room for interpretations but also delivering on the visceral smut and gore. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Theme
15. The Midnight Swim (2014, 88 minutes) ★★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰. First person point of view film of a mom who disappeared swimming in a lake too deep for anyone to reach the bottom. Sunny and often upbeat emphasizing drama between three sisters with subtle maybe supernatural elements that overall feels refreshingly unique and colorful but seeming to get a little metaphysical for my tastes but something I might appreciate more on another viewing. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st
16. Brightburn (2019, 91 minutes) ★★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰ Clever concept but too tongue-in-cheek to the point it doesn't push the envelop much going nowhere, staying small scale, and reveling too much in teen angst. The Superman parody is fun but there's hardly any mystery or tension from the ultimately too derivative premise propped up only by being derivative which also kind of spoils any twists. Format: Digital [Vudu 4K]. 1st

October 3 [Playground Theme Night] (11 hours, 59 minutes watched)
17. Der Fan (1982, 92 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ The Fan is a sleeping giant seeming mundane early on with a pedestrian teen fan plot and a gleefully mediocre but repetitive soundtrack then slow burning it's way to an increasingly more and more intense conclusion. The Fan ends up being one of the weighty films that I find myself having to take a break after. Format: Blu-ray [Mondo Macabro limited edition red case]. Subset Theme
18. Possum (2014, 88 minutes) ★★★★★✰✰✰✰✰ Creepy spider visuals strike across a bleak landscape as two characters, one angry and one whiny, bicker. It's arty but maybe not deep enough with too much repeated imagery carried by a plot structure of microscoping the whiny guy's grimacing pained looks and irony. There are hints of a larger plot and I can't decide if I like the subtle implication or plot or prefer something more transparent. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme
19. The Ice Cream Truck (2017, 88 minutes) ★★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰ Hypnotically dry suburban strife that gets side tracked with a housewife's mid life crisis and characters with motives that don't make sense. ICT remains compelling for longer than it should. The overall tone of the film is good but the ICT itself plays like an interlude in a different film, because I think it's meant to be symbolic or clever metaphor (showing up when there's romance) - the pastiche of different genres is impressively executed but in conflict with one another resulting in more discussion of the housewife smoking pot and eyeing the boy next door than bloodshed. Nice soundtrack. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme
20. Tonight She Comes (2018, 85 minutes) ★★★★★★˝✰✰✰ Odd humor and an elaborately awkward process in service of that humor nearly ruins what is far out enough to work despite some unintentionally (and some purposefully) cringe-worthy parts. Pacing is odd alternating between college humor to bloody ritual - it's the sort of film where to establish tension the characters yell profanity and over act then to compensate pushes the envelope to 11 and taking more chances pays off if you can stick with the lame first half. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st
21. Maggie (2015, 96 minutes) ★★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰ Somber melodrama that tries to hard to pull at the heartstrings and wastes Schwartzenegger but while it works really really hard for it manages to score some ethos because it cheaply exploits my parental instincts. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme
22. Critters (1986, 86 minutes) ★★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰ Shamelessly over familiar cutesy creature film that is dumb but manages to ape 50s scifi basked 80s nostalgia enough to be a guilty pleasure. Format: Digital [Vudu HD].
23. Critters 2 (1988, 94 minutes) ★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰✰ I remember liking 2 more years ago but this time it just seemed so much dumber with odd jokes about cheeseburgers and a forced attempt to tie in Easter. Format: Digital [Vudu HD].
24. Child's Play (2019, 90 minutes) ★★★★★✰✰✰✰✰ New Chucki seems devoid of personality taking a wtf horror concept and making it a more pedestarian technological thriller. There is a potentially smart idea of technological run amuck which oddly contrasts with Chucki's neediness of having a buddy - which is maybe intended to be ironic. The kills are a bit more mean spirited maybe in part because there's not a dynamic Charles Lee Ray style personality behind them so some of the humor and cheesiness is gone. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st

October 4 [Zombie Theme Night] (9 hours, 17 minutes watched)
25. Anna and the Apocalypse [USA Cut] (2017, 93 minutes) ★★★★★★★˝✰✰ Absorbing musical with good energy that helped pep me up after feeling disillusioned by recent zombie comedy rip-offs. Aside from the low hanging fruit of mixing zombies and musicals Anna nicely balanced camp and sorrow. I especially liked the subdued ending paying off on earlier elements.Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Theme 1st
26. Zombie (1979, 91 minutes) ★★★★★★˝✰✰✰ A near classic with some great one liners. Zombi 2 does a decent job of nonsensically mixing spirituality and lore giving a better impression of scope across time and over the world. No matter how stupid it sounds when I think about it the shark vs zombie scene never gets old. Some of the gore here looks obviously fake - but still stomach turning because while it doesn't look like vomit or actual flesh it looks like they somehow found something more even vile to smear all over that woman. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Subset Theme
27. The Cured (2017, 95 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ Zombies are mostly cured but outcasted and some are immunity to the cure in a film filled with political intrigue about terrorism and social strife kind of like X-men with zombies instead of mutants thick with what must be analogies to strife in Ireland. Cinematographic and well executed enough to make the liberties with the zombie genre feel heartfelt and intriguing. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Theme 1st
28. The Girl With All the Gifts (2017, 95 minutes) ★★★★★★˝✰✰✰ Smart script with a far out approach to zombie pseudo-science that's got heart and takes risks that pay off. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Theme 1st
29. The Dark (2018, 95 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Awkward plot if taken literally about an abused ghoul who finds a kidnapped and blinded boy with some thematic bits about innocence and exploitation that necessitate some of the odd storyline. Seems to reach to have our anti-hero feel sympathetic and out victim aggressive.Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Theme 1st
30. Black Site (2018, 88 minutes) ★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ Sucker for Lovecraft horror I got shackled with this awkward attempt at bad actors 'possessed' by Elder Gods (which mostly means they rant about how cool they are). A third of the film is explaining rules of how Elder Gods get 'deported' to justify that there will be no Elder God eye candy here and nevermind the near climax 'talking to' the person pretending to be an Elder God gives our awkward military heroes. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Theme 1st

October 5 [Donald Pleasence 100th Birthday Theme Night] (9 hours, 39 minutes watched)
31. Prince of Darkness (1987, 112 minutes) ★★★★★★★˝✰✰ I love the high concept physics approach to the 'anti-god partical' in a unique film on whatever it's about exatly - some cool ideas obscured enough to be abstract and disorienting. Many of the actors seem to have good chemistry and that helps sell the idea of graduate students holed up against ants and homeless people, or whatever else is haunting their dreams. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Theme
32. Phenomena [110 Minute Cut] (1985, 110 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ Phenomena is so gleefully cartoonish and bizarre it's hard not to like. It holds up well on repeat viewings but drags a bit in the middle. Format: Blu-ray [Synapse Films steelbook]. Theme Subset
33. Doom (2005, 105 minutes) ★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ Odd film that takes the skeleton of the legendary Doom video game series (shareware I grew up on) and reinterprets it into some thing involving a lot of people yelling in dark corridors. It's got a few clever "plot" twists but is not 'metal' enough to recapture even a fraction of the video game's hellacious pixelated gore oddly focusing more on first person room scans than memorable creatures or action. Format: Digital [Vudu HD].
34. Doom: Annihilation (2019, 96 minutes) ★★★★★˝✰✰✰✰ More faithful to the game with a few references that made me chuckle and while not an objectively great movie is an ok throwback to the video game with faithful staging/creatures taking with some cheesy sci fi action segments that were popcorn fun. The female hero was a smart socially conscious inversion of the Sarge character. Format: Digital [Vudu HD].
35. Scooby Doo and the Goblin King! (2008, 75 minutes) ★★★★★★★˝✰✰ Halloweenish parade of jackolanterns, headless horsement, fairies, goblins in one of the most entertaining Scooby Doos I've seen in a while. Format: Digital [Vudu HD].
36. Book of Monsters (2018, 81 minutes) ★★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰ Rubber suits and fake chainsaws make for a kinetic upbeat movie with delightfully questionable practical effects that's cartoonish and enjoyable but not immersive which given not much plot may never have been the point - it's like the staged spectacle of wrestling but with girls fighting obviously fake monsters. Like Power Rangers for adults with bloodsplatter. Format: Digital [Vudu HD].

October 6 [Family Friendly Theme Night] (7 hours, 36 minutes watched)
37. Gremlins (1984, 106 minutes) ★★★★★★★★✰✰ This classic looked especially good in ultra high definition. Format: Digital [Vudu 4K]. Theme
38. Braid (2018, 84 minutes) ★★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰ Coked out childhood friends hid from a bust at their oddly unstable friends who insists they continue to play a game where she's their mom in a relentlessly odd setup that detracts from the movie. There's some creative editing and sight effects if you can overcome the odd premise in a spectacle of style over substance for a twist that's more confusing that it's convincing. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st
39. Monster House (2006, 91 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ A family favorite. I cannot decide if the computer generated graphics are starting to look dated but there's a nice level of shading/detail that give it an almost clay appearance. I especially like the Halloween tone at first. I think it's interesting that instead of taking a phantasm approach the haunted house is literally and physically after then, which is a genre twist we don't see a lot. At first I though the monster concept was too bizarre. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Theme Subset
40. Night Creatures (1962, 82 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ Period trappings make for an interesting film that's more about pirates and smuggling than night creatures, who do have a cool design when they're about. Unexpected swashbuckling to save the day. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme
41. Resolution (2012, 93 minutes) ★★★★★★˝✰✰✰ Delightfully abstract film with totally out there twists and premise where there's no telling what will come next. It's never especially gorey and the plots got heart in spades. Seeing this a second time I'm still not entirely sure what's going on, which is all the more reason to see it a third time. Format: Digital [Vudu HD].

October 7 [Australia / New Zealand Theme Night] (9 hours, 15 minutes watched)
42. Boar (2017, 96 minutes) ★★★★★✰✰✰✰✰ I admired the sly comedy of Boar, from the title itself (perhaps a play on Bore) to the totally silly 'monster' with it's pig first person point of view. It's rare for horror comedies to be this deadpan and that works brilliantly staggering between semi-serious gorey carnage to playfully self aware humor that's never too out of the moment. Boar is a smart parody with competent staging and the outside scenes that feel cinematographic. I appreciated what mostly seemed to be practical effects (and the CGI they did need was questionable). Format: Digital [Shudder]. 1stTheme Subset
43. 100 Bloody Acres (2012, 91 minutes) ★★★★★★˝✰✰✰ A gorey comedy of errors that turns bickering into a plot device but doesn't get too obnoxious until the end when the taut social tension erodes from characters mysteriously changing their motives. Nicely casual with some humor that works. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1stTheme
44. Frankenstein (2004, 88 minutes) ★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ A failed TV pilot based on Dean Koontz novels that quickly settles into a 'monster of the week' format and takes on the low hanging fruit of spirit vs science. There's a consistent sense of plot/dialog being seeding for another installment that never comes. Takes Frankenstein mythos and turns everything plural - more time, more experiments, etc losing some of the poetry in Frankenstein who becomes a supporting character for some obnoxious leads chasing disposable alternative monsters. Frankenstein is a rich and conflicted monster with a lot of potential and making him a sidekick is pretty far removed from the potential, shamelessly trading away the mythos without building on it. Format: Digital [Vudu SD]. 1st
45. I Survived a Zombie Holocaust (2014, 100 minutes) ★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰✰ Questionable indie film with an obnoxious lead driving humor that only occasionally strikes offering little new to zombie horror comedy threads. There's a lengthy subplot about an outside bathroom that shows the worse of it's low brow humor but when it gets meta ISaZH is at it's best - amusing enough at times but overall average with a gimmick that's not fresh. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme
46. Backcountry (2014, 92 minutes) ★★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰ Scenic but painfully slow and while 'based on a true story' it seems implausible with not enough suspense until near the end, but gets points for emphasizing a romance drama plot over cheap jump scares or immediate gore. Format: Digital [Netflix]. 1st Theme
47. Red Clover (2012, 88 minutes) ★★˝✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ Redundant Irish folklore thriller that's inferior to Warwick Davis in Leprechaun devoid of a dynamic Leprechaun personality (which is a hard feat because that's no classic). There's some potentially interesting psychodrama elements that are too quickly jettisoned for a lame quest to find the four lucky horseshoes missing because of fire and a generic creature that looks like a Halloween store prop come to life. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme

October 8 [Slasher / Giallo / Killer Theme Night] (9 hours, 32 minutes watched)
48. Skinner (1993, 90 minutes) ★★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰ Ted Rami hams it up with a sexually frustrated Rikki Lake across some dated thematic staging shots (think slow walking across concrete with graffiti) and not much plot. The 90s time capsule vibe rules but attempts at shock are too 'kind of like that other movie' and don't push the envelope enough feeling token rather than visceral or scary. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1stTheme Subset
49. Disconnected (1984, 82 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Disconnected was a very odd movie. The end seemed entirely random, I'm tempted to rewatch to see if I missed anything but don't hate myself that much. I usually admire slow burn psychological films but Disconnected seemed to get too 'experimental' for me really getting over indulgent with prolonged segments of people answering or not ringing telephones 20+ minutes after apparent resolution. I rated this a little higher are reading some thoughts about it being more psychological than I originally thought or having some supernatural subtext - I'm not sure if I agree but it gave me room to think. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1stTheme Subset
50. Valentine (2001, 96 minutes) ★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰✰ Rips off Carrie then draws it out in an awkward romance focused slasher where these women have to tolerate jerks while someone dressed as cupid picks people off because perhaps lonely. Shallow characters chasing a shallow premise with kills that are not inventive enough and a slasher who offers little new to the subgenre but rips off enough of it to be something I disliked rather than felt neutral about or enjoyed. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Theme
51. Don't Go in the House (1979, 89 minutes) ★★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰ A poor man's 'Psycho' with a cult appeal I can understand given the lurid turn versus wooden anti-hero and an unusual kill mechanism, stir in religious fever and childhood trauma for an overbaked plot about nothing. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme
52. Psycho (1960, 109 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ Competently staged Psycho is one of those films that is brilliant but over the years I'd argue has lost some of it's novelty and impact - it's legacy overshadows the film. I know it's a great film but don't think I've ever experienced it's impact as strongly as it must have been in the 1960s. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Theme
53. Summer of '84 (2018, 106 minutes) ★★★★★★★˝✰✰ Lives up to the hype with dirty minded kids yucking up together and sleuthing around a serial killer delivering an especially memorable ending with some great twists along the way. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme

October 9 [Stranded Theme Night] (8 hours, 0 minutes watched)
54. Dead End (2003, 85 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ Dead End is a great premise hamstrung by odd humor and tone that is both it's greatest strength and biggest weakness. None of it makes any sense, from the entire family talking about how unfaithful both spouses are to the circle they're driving in. The characters are so inconsistent and unlikeable it's off putting at first but then ends up coming together in a cartoonish but still spooky way, some so over the top and it could not have worked in a more serious film. A black comedy first and a horror film second. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Theme Subset
55. Penny Dreadful (2006, 96 minutes) ★★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰ Disposable thriller with an overly power and cryptic villain that hints at psychological explanation but maintains a cryptic air for much of it's stay. Competently staged but didn't sit with me because the unreliable hero stranded in a car felt too staged staggering between psychological red herrings and a villain that is rarely compelling beyond these altered perception gimmicks. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme
56. Open Windows (2014, 101 minutes) ★★★★★˝✰✰✰✰ Techno-thriller didn't feel much like horror, but IMDB says it is. Flirts with being too scifi parading technology that's too ever powerful omniscent but with enough twists to make it interesting and I'm a sucker for these 'all on the computer' style films. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st
57. Soul to Keep (2018, 94 minutes) ★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ Derative but serviceable demon movie. There's a gnarly demon worm and some themes about friendship that peak out from a tapestry of odd fully clothed sex scenes and questionable acting patchworking Evil Dead, The Thing, and other elements from better filmsFormat: Digital [Netflix]. 1st
58. The Manitou (1978, 104 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ Unusual concept as hammy as it is psychedelic that's hard to enjoy but impossible not to like. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st

October 10 [Movies Show in Movies Theme Night] (13 hours, 6 minutes watched)
59. Innocent Blood (1992, 113 minutes) ★★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰ Competent actors chew up a lukewarm screenplay with 'comedy' that is distracting, like the obnoxiously Italian gang members and their strange rants about robbing toasters or garlic in italian food being a literal plot point. Innocent Blood has a nice early 90s vibe that somehow works despite itself thanks in part to Anne Parillaud and what I think is some keen direction from John Landis who should have found a better writer. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Theme
60. The Faculty (1998, 104 minutes) ★★★★★★˝✰✰✰ Some of the humor is great and twists feel unpredictable. The soundtrack is nicely ironic and suited for the film, mostly featuring 90s popular rock bands covering older era popular rock songs. The Faculty was the film that we needed in 1998, when horror was starting to get questionable in the years that immediate followed Scream. I think The Faculty's biggest problem is that as an analogy it's too thin and the drug subplot is a real oddity. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Theme Subset
61. Thankskilling (2008, 70 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Nonsensical amateurish horror comedy with a relentlessly silly Indian turkey muppet that's more fun than it should be but never reaches the heights of humor or gore to stick the premise - but it's the kind of film that doesn't expect you to think it's good and shows some promise.. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme
62. Vamps (2012, 93 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Campy silly comedy about ditsy vampires in the city trying to abstain from human blood and pal-ing around with romantic comedy overtones and a very casual feel - it's hardly horror but it was a nice break from some of the doom with other films. There's a lot of recognizable faces mostly wasted in small roles - Sigourney Weaver, Alicia Silverstone, Wallace Shawn, Malcolm Mcdowell, etc glitzing up typical vampire movie tropes. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme
63. Thankskilling 3 (2012, 100 minutes) ★★★★★✰✰✰✰✰ Relentlessly weird with an aimless parade of creative skits, gags, muppets, and all manner of flippiant nonsense. Much of it is incredibly dumb material often presented in a smart way - the sort of film that shows genius but is still unlikeable despite the inventiveness with much of it, like when the killer turkey and a geriatric turkey enter a 8 bit era video game for no obvious reason. Much of the film seems to take place in a living room arguing about a theme park called Thanksgiving land with robot turkeys, rapping grannies, a sexually ambigious worm, and now my brain just hurts. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st
64. Ma (2019, 109 minutes) ★★★★★✰✰✰✰✰ Middle age woman parties with the kids in an atypical twist to horror villains that is delightfully different but doesn't quite work as it's flashbacks and flimsy justification develops in the most predictable way. Pulp fluff. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme
65. Rust Creek (2018, 108 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ Scenic slow burn about a stranded girl and a meth lab. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st
66. Double Date (2017, 89 minutes) ★★★★★★˝✰✰✰ Epic cold open that stalls out to the extended awkwardness of a prolonged date scene with a clumbsy oaf too intentionally odd to be taken seriously flops around trying to lose his virginity now that he's 30. Entertaining enough despite some pacing problems but a bit over long for the content but with some style. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st

October 11 [Club Theme Night] (8 hours, 58 minutes watched)
67. Goddess of Love (2015, 93 minutes) ★★★★★˝✰✰✰✰ Moody jazzy slow burn with an angsty woman agonizing over a lover in increasingly isolating ways with hints of late night Cinemax. Maybe her work as a dancer is thematic to idealize her as a object of passion too remote to know and love beyond appearances creating the conflict of isolation and vague romantic conflict central to the plot - or maybe it's just low brow sleaze. This is the sort of slow cryptic film I might usually enjoy more but am not sure I was in the mood for it or if it just didn't grab me.Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme
68. The Hills Run Red (2009, 81 minutes) ★★★★★★˝✰✰✰ Hills Run Red not only parodies the genre, it also delivers on gore and twists worth following beyond the satire. The premise captures the over the top legacy of video nasties that sound even more amazing by reputation than they ever where in real life. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st
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69. The First Purge (2018, 112 minutes) ★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰✰ Lacking the suspense of Purge 1 or the eye candy style of Purge 2 (Purge 3-4 I cannot clearly remember because they're all so similar) it stokes the most obvious threads of social angst in ways that seem so 'on the nose' it's near mean spirited over exaggeration of political violence in the news today rehashing rather than elevating or reinterpreting the most direct commentary. One could watch videos of actual police brutality or mass shootings and probably experience the themes more directly rather then seeing them staged here. Generic masked villain after another versus a modern day Rambo hero who inexplicably snaps peoples necks and takes out groups of armed goon squads with ease as machine guns miss their mark until the plot needs a device. The camera is always tilted to an angle with cinematography that seems disjointed and over edited flipping from face to face in strobe light kung fu. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st
70. Nightmare Before Christmas (1993, 76 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ Relentlessly creative oddity that is not as entertaining as it should be because each character seems overly detailed and caught up in their eccentricities. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st
71. Critters Attack! (2019, 89 minutes) ★★★★˝✰✰✰✰ Great cheesy practical effects with a lukewarm disposable plot. The Critters films have never been especially strong but this one was a disposable popcorn creature feature - not good but not bad, not scary and not funny but a strange mindless babysitting and aliens adventure. Format: Digital [Vudu 4K]. 1st
72. Sinister Circle (2016, 87 minutes) ★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰✰ Very focused on lengthy discussion of the mental health with patients at an asylum from a psychologist whose mother is a patient, off screen musing of people 'having another episode' punctuated by appearances of a generic phantom girl and elements from The Omen. Format: Digital [Netflix]. 1st

October 12 ['Guitar Barbarians, Mutant Bimbos & Cult Zombies Run Amok In' Theme Night] (13 hours, 17 minutes watched)
73. Tales From the Crypt: Bordello of Blood (1996, 87 minutes) ★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰✰ Cringeworthy one liners and cheesey overacting that was a lot cooler when I was 15 with a lurid premise that's not funny nor scary enough. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Theme
74. 976-EVIL (1988, 93 minutes) ★★✰✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ Relentlessly bad and not in the right state of mind to enjoy it for any 'so bad it's good' potential. All the players are shallow caricatures, it's got pacing issues, and the effects are never great. Very little happens until much later in the film, there isn't much of a conflict for too long other than an obnoxiously over religious 'mom' and general bullying with none of the subtlety or humor to carry the 'slice of life' elements. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Theme Subset
75. 976-EVIL II (1991, 87 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Cheesier with a more clear bad guy and much much better pacing featuring more of a character from this first film. Also delivering on motorcycle road stunts. Neither are great films or ones I'd especially recommend. Format: Digital [Amazon Prime]. 1st
76. Vamp (1986, 93 minutes) ★★★★★★˝✰✰✰ Overlooked 80s gem with a smart script, fun buddy comedy elements, and memorable vampire effects. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Theme
77. 47 Meters Down (2017, 89 minutes) ★★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰ I'm a glutton for underwater films and the sound design carries this film a long way, I like some of the vague elements that come up but the actresses aren't grate and pacing sometimes too slow it dulls the tension with CGI sharks not helping much either. Format: Digital [Vudu HD].
78. The Bye Bye Man (2017, 96 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ B-grade villain gets to be in a movie because maybe, thankfully, they couldn't get the rights to Candyman. There are some threads of interest, even if they're not especially original but the Bye Bye Man is the worse element of his own film. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st
79. Hotel Transylvania (2012, 91 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ An upbeat busy party movie with a lot of sight gags that I enjoy revisiting with the kids. Format: Digital [Vudu 4K].
80. The Old Dark House (1932, 72 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ Suspenseful slow burn with rich atmosphere and a buildup that's better than the payoff and some witty banter. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme
81. Blair Witch (2016, 89 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Effectively scary rich with atmosphere but at the same time featuring some ridiculous looking effects with twists and requiring keen attention to quick shaky camera sweeps of very generic environments (both frustrating but also leaving the impression there's something just out of view or maybe overlooked). Nicely referencing Blair Witch mythos but adding little new to it. Despite obvious mediocre elements it scared me more than most.Format: Digital [Vudu 4K]. 1st

October 13 [Werewolf Theme Night] (10 hours, 40 minutes watched)
82. Romasanta: The Werewolf Hunter (2004, 90 minutes) ★★★★★★˝✰✰✰ Scenic period horror with grisly murders that approaches them with a clinical interest and gravitas. Moody and different but with some plot structure that's odd - like retelling a story with clips rather than experiencing the events. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Theme 1st
83. Wer (2013, 89 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ The forensic docudrama feel of Wer is great and it takes a gutsy approach to structure, not depending on subtlety to tell a story that's more 'in your face' than usual. From newclips to set the stage to a forensic rationale for investigation it mostly works brilliantly but sometimes the attorney's 'all people deserve to be heard' over involvement seems odd. Some distracting CGI blood lends itself to the unreal feel of the story and there's a rich implied backstory. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Theme Subset
84. Little Monsters (2019, 93 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ Sweet zombie comedy that doesn't add much new to the zombie comedy formula but the cliche loser's search for redemption is competently acted well enough to elevate it beyond the norm and a room full of kids provides ready levity. Format: Digital [Hulu]. 1st
85. The Addams Family (2019, 87 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Takes the same 'everyone is an outsider so let's celebrate imperfections' theme of The Lego Movie, Ugly Dolls Movie, and countless others inserting Addams Family. It's a persistently feel good theme but also a little too 'Mr Rogers Neighborhood' and overly general. The Addams Family never gets better than cute and some of it's sibling revival outsiders fitting in cgi family comedies do a much more creative job with the same premise. Format: Theatrical. 1st
86. Mon Mon Mon Monsters (2017, 113 minutes) ★★★★★★★˝✰✰ Mean spirited high school kids find and capture one monster but still have to put up with each other in a better than I expected supernatural gang war with high schoolers and vampires. Gore, comedy, and awkward social situations abound. Format: Digital [Shudder]. 1st
87. The Creeping Flesh (1973, 92 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Gnarly skeletons for Peter Cushing to peer at and act preoccupied with until there's a disappointing ending and a really cool premise that feels half baked. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st
88. The Corpse of Anna Fritz (2015, 76 minutes) ★★★★★★˝✰✰✰ Deranged thriller taking place in a morgue that was tense and sick but not as creepy as I had hoped for [this is no Autopsy of Jane Doe]. Format: Digital [Shudder]. 1st

October 14 [1994/1969/1944 Anniversary Theme Night] (14 hours, 33 minutes watched)
89. Escape Room (2019, 99 minutes) ★★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰ Good enough to exceed my low expectations. The odd Escape Room premise has neat enough wraparound story but I wasn't as into the actual escape gimmicks which seemed too odd despite the associated backstory. I was a safe enough film to watch with my oldest daughter and not have to worry about nightmares. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st
90. Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994, 112 minutes) ★★★★★˝✰✰✰✰ Clever premise of a film within a film that's a sequel to the other films yet also a Hansel and Gretel homage involving a lot of behind the screen talent trying their best to act in front of the camera. The smart concept seems under utilized because for a movie about making a movie there's a whole lot of Heather standing around in her kitchen, people driving alone on the road at night, or walking down hallways. This is the best Freddy sequel in some time, but that's not saying much. The darker more improved Freddy is starting to look rubbery. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Theme Subset
91. Knife + Heart (2018, 112 minutes) ★★★★★★★˝✰✰ Giallo with style framed around gay porn capitalizing on it for humor and a lot of the pathos culminating in a slow burn. Format: Digital [Shudder]. 1st
92. It Came From the Desert (2017, 90 minutes) ★★★★★˝✰✰✰✰ CGI Ants versus Motorbikes has got good pacing that carries it with better than average CGI. It's a fluffy and casual film that's easy to enjoy though never gets great - a party movie with a cast of three that's still a party but leaving you feeling like something is missing. Format: Digital [Shudder]. 1st
93. Itsy Bitsy (2019, 94 minutes) ★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰✰ Awkward backstory about tribal double cross and also a car accident and a family movie but there's a creepy neighbor who is grieving his wife and then... it's all to justify a cool looking spider creature. Now an old guy is explaining to us what a legend is. So much gabbing on to justify how cool this spider must be and a little bit of weighty family drama that they work so hard for. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st
94. The Cloverhitch Killer (2018, 109 minutes) ★★★★★★˝✰✰✰ Smart script with tight pacing and good diverging stories about a killer that seems near average compared to most horror movies which is a great strength here slying emphasizing suburban elements. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st
95. The Mummy's Curse (1944, 60 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ The image of a mummy in the swamp is a great one but it doesn't break much new ground and seems to intentionally emphasize that the plot is similar to a previous film (?). I didn't understand how the mummy got to the swamp (other than maybe a prior film) and while consistency is important this seemed to over obsess over the mummy seeking his love yet again. Format: Digital [Alyxstarr]. 1st Theme Subset
96. The Curse of La Llorna (2019, 93 minutes) ★★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰ La Llorna is a very unique premise and they've twisted it into a much more routine haunted house film complete with an exorcist, jump scares, and odd rituals. It's atmospheric enough but ultimately seems like wasted potential. Format: Digital [Vudu 4K]. 1st
97. The House That Screamed [Extended Cut](1969, 104 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ Theatrical with a sense of gravitas across a scenic boarding house, they could pan over the boarding house for half the film and it'd still be interesting. The kills here are shocking especially the first one seeming to come out of nowhere, probably the most starling kill I've seen this month. I did not predict the killer. What a cheesy title for a better than average film that has probably hurt it over the years. Format: Digital [Alyxstarr]. 1st Theme Subset

October 15 [Film Crew Theme Night] (8 hours, 0 minutes watched)
98. One Cut of the Dead (2017, 96 minutes) ★★★★★★★˝✰✰ Something different masquerading as something overly familiar with a clever premise and some sly humor. I think the 100% Rotten Tomato rating and hype might be overboard but I enjoyed it a lot. Format: Digital [Shudder]. 1st Theme Subset
99. Effects (1979, 84 minutes) ★★★★★★★˝✰✰ Film about a film where the cast sits around drinking, snorting cocaine, and wondering if violence they see on camera is real. It's got a natural style to it that works well and feels, maybe at times too much, like a hangout film until the slow burn pays off. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme
100. Shadow of the Vampire (2000, 92 minutes) ★★★★★★★˝✰✰ Excellent meta film that might just make the classic Nosferatu even better seeing it with epic acting and set design fittingly keeping tension high as we watch a film of them making a film that's nearly a vampire hostage situation. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme
101. P (2005, 110 minutes) ★★˝✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ Mean spirited and pretentious, the sort of film about a strip club that features no nudity with characters that are different shades of unlikeable and a the most fake looking photorealistic creature they somehow managed to CGI onto the actor; the mystical elements are appreciated but ultimately wasted. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme
102. What Keeps You Alive (2018, 98 minutes) ★★★★★★˝✰✰✰ Scenic but initially predictable, it's not as tense as the plot sets up to be but is artfully made in a scenario where the backstory makes the film much better as it's slowly revealed and woven into the present. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme

October 16 [Pranks Theme Night] (10 hours, 1 minutes watched)
103. Final Exam (1981, 89 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ Slyly defies standard slasher conventions in smart ways but also is enslaved to familiar tropes that prevent it from breaking out too much - it's a better than average memorable slasher but not one of the best with kills that are, perhaps intentionally, subdued as they get so it's not as sleazy or gorey and a cast that's as generic. Pacing is better than average with a memorable out of nowhere prank scene that has little to do with the plot. Format: Digital [Prime]. Theme Subset
104. Pledge (2018, 77 minutes) ★★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰ Torture porn college style makes some gutsy twists but is not extreme enough for torture alone and over indulges in the low hanging fruit of torment rather than mining any social commentary rich themes. The kind of film that's predictable in trying to do more torture as it goes along tinged with slightly promises of hope on repeat. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st
105. Better Watch Out (2016, 89 minutes) ★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰✰ Revisiting BW because I didn't like it before & people say it's good. BWO starts out suspenseful but goes from balancing suspense and uncertainty to jumping the shark with increasingly unconvincing characterization to the point of near comedy, which conflicts with the grim proceedings. This may be the ironic design of BWO but from wonderfully contrasting extremes it veers too much towards being mean spirited schlock reducing any sympathetic characters to duct tape set dressing. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Theme
106. Child's Play (1988, 87 minutes) ★★★★★★˝✰✰✰ Brilliant idea well paced with an implied metaphor about consumerism and an out there premise that Mancini pulls off convincingly. Cool effects and deftly balances action with oddity creating something strangely good but also 'so bad it's good' cheesiness that works directly and on an ironic level. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Theme
107. Happy Death Day (2017, 96 minutes) ★★★★★˝✰✰✰✰ Vibrant upbeat comedy with a horrible ending that diminishes much of the earlier buildup and is not clever enough; kind of like the writer is just messing with you. Some of the 'live every day like it's your last' punchlines work well and the leads have good chemistry. It's a feel good horror movie. Format: Digital [Vudu 4K].
108. The Purge (2013, 85 minutes) ★★★★★✰✰✰✰✰ Somehow managed to save a horrible premise with some interesting twists and generally good acting. The lead villain is so obnoxious it launches you out of the movie; like a bad Shakesphere actor - I think that's suppose to make him menacing or sound educated but it's cringeworthy. Eventually descends into people jumping around dark corridors getting less memorable as it goes along and the masks make many of the characters look like the disposable cannon fodder that they are. Format: Digital [Vudu 4K].
109. The Interior (2015, 78 minutes) ★★★★★˝✰✰✰✰ Workplace comedy spins into a strange outdoors slow burn; the first part is so filled with office grief it practically rolls it's eyes at you then suddenly there's a title card and shift to some odd outdoors atmosphere that's both off putting and weird enough to be funny. Format: Digital [Vudu HD].

October 17 [Fog Theme Night] (10 hours, 30 minutes watched)
110. Mandy (2018, 121 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ Psychedelic to a fault this trippy oddity is sometimes too slow and stylized for my taste artfully drawing out proceedings as a clever homage to doom metal with a spaghetti western style that makes no sense and is delightfully pretentious. Well crafted but overly long film about nothing pulling in design features so over the top they look great as neon snapshots so long as you don't assemble them into anything that tries to be cohesive, popcorn mysticism. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme
111. The Fury (1978, 118 minutes) ★★★★★✰✰✰✰✰ Slow spy odyssey with psychic romance and government conspiracy held together by world class actors, the sort of film that could not be made today with this sort of deadpan seriousness. It's overly long but what an ending. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Theme Subset
112. Wildling (2018, 92 minutes) ★★★★★★˝✰✰✰ From the engagingly cryptic introduction to it's more average middle Wilding flirts with overly familiar plot elements but ends up working despite those with a fantastic finale and some neat creature effects. Seems to get weaker as it goes along and doesn't try to avoid being predictable. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme
113. Dead Tone (2007, 100 minutes) ★★★★★✰✰✰✰✰ The sort of mindless slasher antics I was in the mood for, there's some filler and it's an amalgam of mainstream films but serviceable and probably better than a lot of post-Scream 2000s era teen oriented slasher revival films were. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st
114. Silent Hill (2006, 125 minutes) ★★★★★˝✰✰✰✰ An abstract premise that's one of the better video game adaptations with well choreographed fiends that stumble through narrow hallways or fog clouded streets. Some of the CGI is starting to look dated distracting from at least one gorey kill. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Theme
115. The Honor Farm (2017, 74 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Ecclectic hangout movie that's less surreal or frightening than I had hoped with a casual vibe tinted with strangeness rather than whole heartedly committing to much of any plot or frights. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st

October 18 [Larry Cohen Theme Night] (10 hours, 38 minutes watched)
116. God Told Me To (1976, 91 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ Inventive blasphemy with startling enigmatic kills and a plot that could only have come from the 70s far out enough there's no way of know what comes next. With biblical allusions like this I'm surprised God Told Me To wasn't burned; Gold Told Me To is the kind of blasphemy mild in sex/gore but that my parents would have disowned me for watching. Format: Digital [Shudder]. Theme
117. Special Effects (1984, 106 minutes) ★★★★★★˝✰✰✰ A not bad thriller most interesting for it's sizzling irony with meta elements taking on identity and the art of film, observation versus experience. Sometimes too obvious with machinations but still fun. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme
118. The Stuff (1985, 87 minutes) ★★★˝✰ Social commentary rich parody of commercialism and diet that stretches a thin concept as far as it can with bold characters but perhaps too little plot beyond the clever concept. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Theme
119. Bethany (2017, 90 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ Expecting bottom bin zoned out viewing here but it was much better than I expected with psychological tension and a just confusing enough story that slowly unpacks across it's zoomed in frequent cut camera angels and blue tinted night scenes - the staging isn't very cinematic but it was compelling indie horror despite some questionable effects and iffy plot twists. Format: Digital [Vudu HD].
120. Voices (2007, 85 minutes) ★★★★★✰✰✰✰✰ Eventually a cool premise that's too intentionally cryptic for some of it's run time and doesn't stand out as original enough - it's gorey but the characters aren't dynamic enough getting lost in all the twists and 'shocks.' Format: Digital [Vudu HD].
121. Desolation (2017, 76 minutes) ★★˝✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ My wife joked about how the killer looks like they just staged a camera man in front of the lens. The characters are given a tragic backstory to compel sympathy compensating for them going around acting unlike real people. I kept expecting more of a payoff that never comes. Format: Digital [Vudu HD].
122. The Purge: Anarchy (2014, 103 minutes) ★★★★˝✰✰✰✰ Better staging with a cityscape where social issues pound you over the head and the introduction of elements that get so recycled through the other Purge films they feel stale on repeat viewing. Format: Digital [Vudu 4K].

October 19 [Video Store Theme Night] (10 hours, 25 minutes watched)
123. Kiss of the Damned (2012, 97 minutes) ★★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰ Shows promise once you get past the least convincing romance and some pretentious dialog with attempts at sensuality that are appreciated. It's grandiose and the romance flavor helps with some depth but sometimes aimlessness with one sister complaining about the other - the talking heads that suck the life out of you dwelling on the fallout of action that's less frequent.Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Viewing Theme
124. Willow Creek (2017, 80 minutes) ★★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰ Documentary style with a parade of interviews that play like subtle semi-serious sketch comedy, a hillbilly who breaks into song about bigfoot or a gas station attendant peddling bigfoot memorabilia. Nothing especially funny but staged enough to be distracting until it eventually evens out to straddle the line between out there and 'frightening' with found footage staples. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Viewing
125. The Prey (1983, 80 minutes) ˝✰✰✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ I am a victim of The Prey, forced to watch overly long campouts and images of ants or moths. I'm so glad I didn't attempt the 103 minute composite cut. Format: Digital [Alyxstarr]. 1st Viewing Theme Subset
126. Highway to Hell (1991, 94 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ Fast paced oddball Hell comedy that doesn't take itself to seriously and is fantastic enough to work well, Hell Cop for president. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Theme
127. The Addams Family (1991, 99 minutes) ★★★★★★˝✰✰✰ Brilliant sight gags nail the tone of Addams Family and some of the Fester oriented plot is odd attempting to shoehorn a heist mystery thriller into the cartoonish gothicness it still works atmospherically. Format: Digital [Vudu HD].
128. Scooby Doo and the Gourmet Ghost (2018, 77 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Odd team up with Food Network personalities who are too boring for the screen time they're given with a surprisingly elaborate fake Bobby Flay backstory. Format: Digital [Vudu HD].
129. Greta (2018, 98 minutes) ★★★★★✰✰✰✰✰ Unconvincingly random January December friendship goes to unconvincing extremes that are sometimes intense and interesting but hard to suspend disbelief. Stylishly made with a more interesting open middle before it's jump the shark premise gets too married to tropes. Format: Digital [Vudu 4K].

October 20 [Vampire Theme Night] (12 hours, 47 minutes watched)
130. Vidar the Vampire (2017, 83 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ Raunchy but not juvenile with some explicit humor that is played straight and works well. Frank about sexuality and blasphemy using some gross out humor in provocative ways resulting in situations not always as funny as they are queasy. Making an ironic fool of the Vidar character like the loser hero of sex starved vampires or playing on his religious origins with evil Jesus frenemy buddy comedy elements. There are some oddly paced flashback scenes to Vidar's childhood years that seem to comment on innocence versus adulthood but contrast with some of the tone. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Viewing Theme
131. Eat Locals (1967, 77 minutes) ★★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰ I expected to hate but ultimately better than serviceable with an interesting structure where the vampires are under siege combining indie grade action and enough characters that even the weak ones don't bottleneck the films better elements. A brazen approach to vampires (with CGI fire machine guns) where the vampires are not the aggressors and cool siege elements tainted by an odd sense of humor that requires an appreciation for indie grade action. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Viewing Theme
132. Viy (1967, 77 minutes) ★★★★★★★˝✰✰ Brilliantly strange blend of paranoia and irony forcing a seminary student through night after night of increasingly strange torment and the ending is really visually great. It's engaging but vague enough to leave one wondering what exactly you just saw, surreal enough to not be clear what is real.Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Viewing Theme Subset
133. The Reflecting Skin (1990, 96 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ Rural thriller oozing with rustic charm across sunlight wheat fields populated by eccentric characters who radiate magical realism. A few intentionally odd quirks that detract from the film making it feel less smooth than it could but maybe necessary for the fake real charm of Reflecting Skin. Great tone. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Viewing Theme
134. Count Dracula (1970, 98 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Eurohorror Dracula that didn't impressed me as much; seems like Kinski needs someone to hold a gun for him to act and I've never been an especially big fan of the Dracula story with little new coming out of this. I think I prefer sleazy Franco, who shows up in the film. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Viewing Theme
135. Dracula (1931, 75 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ It's age makes for a stronger film with a sense of formality and big staging for the now overly familiar plot that doesn't outstays itself here. A lot of the actors are impassioned and not just Lugosi. I think the plot is xenophobia and has not held up over the decades and imitators. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Theme
136. Happy Death Day 2U (2019, 100 minutes) ★★★★★✰✰✰✰✰ Clever addition to the original film that makes revisiting the same day yet again seem much less painful that it sounds. Blend in some scifi and time travel theory with less serial killing for a comedy with heart and dimension hopping. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Viewing
137. Nails (2017, 85 minutes) ★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ Occasionally scary but the sort of film the relishes in explaining a bad guy who is hardly a bad guy at all being so generic with CGI glee. Staging a horror movie around an invalid woman is not a very engaging premise it comes out like Rear Window where she's spying on the other side of her bedroom. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Viewing
138. The Devil's Doorway (2018, 76 minutes) ★★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰ Found footage so real that there are frequent blemishes on screen and a cute box around the proceedings. It has a nicely historical feel with period trappings and sets itself slightly better than typical found footage or possession films with a bizarre cryptic ending. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Viewing

October 21 [John Carl Buechler Theme Night] (10 hours, 35 minutes watched)
139. Viscious Lips (1986, 84 minutes) ★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ Relentlessly campy movie about nothing that's scifi filler and music with 80s fashion. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Viewing Theme
140. A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988, 93 minutes) ★★★★★˝✰✰✰✰ Dream Master is slickly produced and well staged but without some of the teasing buildup that make horror movie greats. I usually love continuous sequels like Dream Master and was glad to see them step away from the failings of part 3. Robert Englund doesn’t get as much screen time here as needed dulling some of the kills. Parts feel like an ‘insert random dream scene and repeat’ mode rather than feeling like there’s a presence. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Theme Subset
141. Yoga Hosers (2016, 88 minutes) ★★★★★✰✰✰✰✰ Aimless and obnoxious, the sort of carefree film engineered to be cult oddity we don't see a lot of these days filled with jokes about Canada and cell phones that aren't as funny as they are cartoonish. Overall I liked it's silly tone but it's more a series of in-jokes than a film. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st
142. Hyenas (2011, 92 minutes) ★★˝✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ Painful film with a sometimes naked were-hyena cult being chased by b-grade action movie reject hunters. Buechler is credited with effects, but they're a little CGI heavy. One hyena announces she's near immediately pregnant because she has hyena senses... Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Theme
143. Mausoleum (1983, 96 minutes) ★★★★★✰✰✰✰✰ I enjoyed Mausoleum with it's slow possession buildup and cheese effects; it has not aged well but is a captivating mix of campiness and menacing giving it a dreamlike quality. There are some fun kills and I'm a sucker for demon films. Format: Digital [Prime].1st Theme
144. Earnest Scared Stupid (1991, 91 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ Great creature effects, a fun soundtrack, and shadows of childhood nostalgia make this a fun rewatch. I don't think Earnest has aged as well as some other 80s icons. Format: Digital [Vudu HD].
145. The Black Room (2017, 91 minutes) ★★★★★˝✰✰✰✰ Sleazy and comedic film that seems to push the envelope. I don't think it's a 'good' film but I've enjoyed it with cheesy occult gimmicks and corny sex jokes it's ultimately a low brow, but not stupid, film that cannot be taken seriously and I'm a sucker for demons. Format: Digital [Vudu HD].

October 22 [Letterboxd 50 Best Horror You've Never Seen Theme Night] (9 hours, 56 minutes watched)
146. Audition (1999, 115 minutes) ★★★★★★★★˝✰ Chilling slow burn that nails themes related to modern angst. I wasn't sure it wouild hold up on repeat viewings but aside from the sensationalism there's a lot of complicated themes and ambiguity leaving me trying to figure it out. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Theme subset
147. Joshua (2007, 106 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ Captures some of the disillusioned hardship of parenthood simmering into a slow cryptic payoff with overall great tone in a drama heavy approach to subtle horror. Each character is sympathetic at different points in the film and the balance of that varies from end of the movie to the next.
There are some subtle details that I think imply more to the story without spelling them out (for example hinting that none of the kids are baptised could be random, or could imply something diabolical). Format: Digital [Vudu HD].1st Theme
148. Romina (2018, 77 minutes) ★★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰ Scenic campout takes a brutal twist leading to kills that mostly happen off screen and shows some talent behind the camera but little of reward for gorehounds and superficial enough there's ultimately little merit beyond the experimentation of low violence slashing. A twist or two makes for little payoff in the end. Format: Digital [Vudu HD].1st
149. Prophecy (1979, 102 minutes) ★★★★★★˝✰✰✰ Preachy ecological thriller with great effects and and maybe too much buildup to the reveal that we all know about after so many years. Format: Digital [Vudu HD].1st Theme
150. Hard Candy (2005, 104 minutes) ★★★★★˝✰✰✰✰ Witty dialog that is maybe a little too scripted dovetailing into an unusual sexual thriller; the feminist themes are interesting but a little too direct with both principles being one dimension in overexaggerating plot related qualities. Format: Digital [Vudu HD].1st
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151. The Prodigy (2019, 92 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Serviceable film with a lukewarm plot but some stylish effects. Some corny touches keep it from becoming better - like the different color eyes or a serial killer that's very average in persona. Format: Digital [Vudu HD].1st
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October 23 [Home Invasion Theme Night] (? hours, ? minutes watched)
152. 2 Pigeons (2017, 80 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Economic based thriller with a gnarly looking home invader and some gross out antics that is low key in a sort of battle between the embittered whiny invader and a punky sarcastic loser. Format: Digital [Vudu HD].1st Theme
153. The Man in the Orange Jacket (2014, 71 minutes) ★★★★★˝✰✰✰✰ Hallucinatory imagery with a seemingly thoughtful but impenetrable plot of an invader in an orange construction style vest inside the lavish mansion of a manager that seems to ask questions of who the truly invader is and who the manager. Format: Digital [HD]. 1st Theme
154. Tiger House (2015, 80 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Home invasion thriller where a teenage girl defies the mercenary abilities of tactical soldiers standing against them with a crossbow that has some ok twists that are telegraphed early no the least of which is how invincible teenage girls can be. Format: Digital [HD]. Theme
155. Us (2019, 116 minutes) ★★★★★˝✰✰✰✰ Us does not live up to the hype, or standards of Get Out, even if it's a good film that shows promise. It does seem abstract and thoughtful so maybe part of it is that I haven't puzzled it out well enough; great tone and style but seems to play with great ideas that don't really go anywhere. I read some about Us being about xenophobic paranoia or situational classism but don't think those stick because of the whole backstory to the invaders which overexplains them to the point they no longer fit those thematic generalities and ends up seeming to provide more answers than there are questions while still leaving loose ends. Format: Digital [Vudu 4K]. Theme Subset

October 24 [Retail Theme Night] (10 hours, 58 minutes watched)
156. Nina Forever (2015, 98 minutes) ★★★★★★˝✰✰✰ The plot is clever but some of the characters too fragile they're 'emo' and hard to empathize with making the ending seem especially odd. It elevates the film beyond a simple ghost story adding some psychological depth with a film more about psychological headspace and tragic preoccupation than grief alone but to a point sometimes a stretch. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Theme Subset
157. Gravy (2015, 98 minutes) ★★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰ An assault on the senses with constant clash of upbeat banter and music clashing with gore in nonstop stylized irony, much of the humor falls flat but and is overly emphasized to the point of being obnoxious and dulling tension. Format: Digital [Vudu HD].1st Theme
158. The Greasy Strangler (2016, 95 minutes) ★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰✰ Prosthetic penises in a odd film staring John Travalta's hairdresser with gross out humor that rarely works and is odd to a fault; it's ending is far out enough but rarely feels as effective as it is ambitious. Format: Digital [Vudu HD].1st Theme
159. Tone-Deaf (2019, 87 minutes) ★★★★★✰✰✰✰✰ Richard Bates Jr, or Excision fame, deserves credit for usually balancing quirky characters with gruesome impact but his films seems increasingly less successful with Tone-Dead where some of the humor doesn't hit and the slow burn is more pathetic towards the characters than sizzling. Format: Digital [Vudu HD].1st
160. Herbert West Reanimator (2017, 84 minutes) ★★★★★★˝✰✰✰ Italian surreal horror with little similarity to the popular Stuart Gordon adaptation focusing here on the phenomenon of death and what happens in the silence between life rather than zombie carnage. Characters stand in black space remembering life's tragedies with some artful direction with cosmic and metaphysical factors. I liked the weighty more existential bend to Reanimator but am not sure I understood all of it. Format: Digital [Vudu HD].1st
161. Dead Night (2017, 83 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ Far out nocturnal events that meld from one oddity to another for an ultimately satisfying tale with supernatural twists. Barbara Crampton steals the show. Format: Digital [Vudu HD].1st
162. Velvet Buzzsaw (2019, 113 minutes) ★★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰ Pretentious art twits backstab for culture as the most obviously disposable characters get knocked off in nicely odd ways, doesn't take enough risks or highlight very empathetic characters setting up a premise that cannot be easily resolved other than in disappointment. Format: Digital [Netflix 4K].1st

October 25 [Joe Bob Briggs Theme Night] (10 hours, 48 minutes watched)
163. Society [The Last Drive-in With Joe Bob Briggs] (2019 for Joe Bob Briggs Last Drive-in and 1989 for Society, 142 minutes) ★★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰ You cannot beat the gnarly special effects and abstract theme of Society; which is fortunate because the plot is lacking. I like the attempt at class commentary but this brand of snob is somewhat not relevent to today's social climate so Society hasn't aged well. Overall it's a fun film worthy of cult status so long as you don't dwell too much on it. It's the kind of film you could watch the last half of and not miss a lot other than redundant build up. Joe Bob Briggs always seems to make movies better. Format: Digital [Shudder]. Theme Subset
164. The Ranger (2018, 77 minutes) ★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰✰ I cannot decide if The Ranger is refreshingly straight forward and unpretentious telling the exactly predictably story with twists that are hinted at a mile in advance; ultimately I didn't enjoy it as much with a cold open that shows the villain is a villain but maybe works as standard slasher element distilled down to their most basic elements. There's an odd pink power drug that makes no sense and punk kids whose behavior is inexplicable even by punk kid standards. Format: Digital [Shudder]. 1st
165. 8989 Redstone (2016, 81 minutes) ★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰✰ Ambitious parody of home improvement makeover shows that quickly turns into a framework for showcasing a bossy hothead stomping around an eerie house where the drama is never very tense and the supernatural makes some cameos then an ending that is abrupt and off putting but maybe the best part of the film, which isn't saying much. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st
166. Let Her Out (2016, 89 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Starts off strong with a enigmatic sex worker and mysterious stranger then morphs into the sort of film that tells you it's premise then acts like the premise should be a surprise for the next 50 minutes using elements that don't feel unfamiliar. Format: Digital [Shudder]. 1st
167. Der Nachtmahr (2015, 92 minutes) ★★★★★★★˝✰✰ Dark fantasy with an edge of sweetness that was compelling enough to make me ignore some dodgy effects and one of the only movies to have me cheering inside for an outcome. Format: Digital [Shudder]. 1st
168. Creep 2 (2017, 78 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ A bittersweet romance that perfectly follows the theme set by Creep combining socially awkward comedy and murder. There are more than a few surprises and some scenes that are endearing working well to propel the character driven film homerun even if some of the characters act in implausible ways. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st
169. He's Out There (2018, 89 minutes) ★★★★★★˝✰✰✰ Despite stupid decisions an enjoyable and tense slasher film with strange twists and a cool villain. It's flirts with being boilerplate but has good enough pacing and odd enough touches to be more engaging than more. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st

October 26 [TV/Casino/Aerobic/Misc Theme Night] (9 hours, 14 minutes watched)
170. Climax (2018, 97 minutes) ★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ Admirable attempt at making a video incorporating dance with a kinetic fun vibe but despite getting darker never seems to escape a sort of aimlessness with turns that are either too cryptic for me to appreciate or way too straight forward they seem dull. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st
171. Death Spa (1989, 88 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ Despite the intentionally cheesy setup there is a solid haunted house film with better than average kills beneath the neon veneer even if parts of it are a slog to get through. I wish more supernatural thrillers were this willing to take chances stepping out of timeless darkness clad mansions and into more modern stylized settings even at the risk of getting dated. Death Spa gleefully does not care about it's premise and just goes for broke - doesn't matter so long as it looks cool and is a memorable kill. The go for broke approach to epic kills with better than average effects and a crazy villain ultimately pays off even if it flirts with being unintentionally comedic with it's intentionally oddball premise. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st
172. Night Vision (1987, 102 minutes) ★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰✰ Satanic tape that feels like a good idea for a film but also one that's been done better in other ways; maybe it was the poor quality on YouTube but this film seemed mostly boring and dated. Format: Digital [Youtube (poor quality awful sound)]. 1st Theme
173. The Golem (2018, 95 minutes) ★★★★★★★˝✰✰ History setting in a scenic valley brings an atmospheric and moody approach to golem that feels epic in scope. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st
174. Digging Up the Marrow (2014, 89 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ Found footage featuring many genre cameos and a cool premise but suffers from some of the shaky camera too brief glipse pitfalls that plague many found footage films; casting Ray Wise in a 'found footage' film is an example of some of the sly humor here. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st
175. Haunters: The Art of the Scare (2017, 88 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ Festive documentary that has some disjointed fragments covering multiple haunted house locations interchangeable but showing some preoccupation with a more extreme haunt so gets a little unbalanced in attempting to cover so many without a lot of specifics about any. Format: Digital [Netflix]. 1st
176. The Perfection (2014, 90 minutes) ★★★★★˝✰✰✰✰ Rewarding twists using a cool rewind gimmick to reveal a different vantage point for some of the plot - sets up a fantastic image for the finale that looks sizzingly unique but doesn't make much sense. Format: Digital [Netflix]. 1st

October 27 [Party Theme Night] (13 hours, 31 minutes watched)
177. The Neon Demon [Unrated](2016, 117 minutes) ★★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰ Pretentious commentary on 'beauty' that's artful at times but feels shallow like a long dramatic pause between words - the sort of film a director might make about beauty standards in Los Angelos that the rest of us cannot readily relate to. Captivating style and narrative techniques. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme
178. Don't Fuck In the Woods (2016, 73 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ An indie movie with heart featuring a creature that looks like it was made partially with trash bags and old halloween latex haunting tent sex scenes not without scenic aspects of walking through the woods at night or an ending that's admirable for what must have been an inexperiences crew on a small budget. There's easily 10 minutes of 'bloopers' after the credits as filled but apparently there's to be a sequel. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme
179. Starry Eyes (2014, 98 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ A film that's more about experience than plot with a simple narrative slow burn with some deadpan humor about a movie within a movie called The Silver Scream (which I suspect is really the film we're watching) and workplace humor but it's all so grim that those details don't land amongst the gore. Many of the secondary character feel underdeveloped. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Theme
180. The Heretics (2017, 87 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ Fantasy horror with engaging twists and spectacular effects; it's over the top and just when it seems too odd or mundane becomes unpredictable. Almost as quick as you can say 'she would never really do that...' it twists. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Theme
181. Haxan (1922, 107 minutes) ★★★★★★˝✰✰✰ Recounts approaches through witchraft over the ages in a way that seems both educational and ironically funny using some cartoonish effects and filled with pagentry trying to balance a frank tone with dismissiveness. It's slow enough in some segments it's less interesting and a triumph of style over substance in others.Format: Digital [Vudu HD].
182. The Seventh Curse (1986, 78 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ I didn't enjoy the fantasy adventure elements of Seventh Curse as much but the practical special effects and kung fu are great. Just when some of the oddball antics that feel like filler get boring something interesting and crazy happens with an ending not to be missedFormat: Digital [Prime]. 1st Theme Subset
183. Scooby Doo and the Witch's Ghost (1999, 77 minutes) ★★★★★˝✰✰✰✰ Fast paced with 2 mask reveals by the mid-way point and an unusual twist to the villain with some environmental Captain Planet style preaching about wiccans by glam rock vampires. Format: Digital [Youtube SD]. Theme
184. Always Shine (2016, 85 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ Slow burn competition that seems deep as it's simmers over and proceeds to get subtly meta leaving me with something to think more about and probably the sort of film I'll revisit again soon.Format: Digital [Vudu HD].
185. House of 1,000 Corpses (2003, 89 minutes) ★★˝✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ Obnoxious trash - ambient subtle soundtrack works really well - there are often slow stray notes throughout the film. Rob Zombie could not write dialog to save his life and just shoves so much into this that it feels like random non-plot. It's too derative of Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1-2 and other films under using more original elements like Doctor Satan.Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. Subset

October 28 [Anthology Theme Night] (7 hours, 35 minutes watched)
186. Field Guide to Evil (2018, 117 minutes) ★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰✰ Some segments feel too abridged and some too confusing in part because they parade the creature features of spirits without buildup that would seem necessary for effective scares and thoughtfulness. There are a few images that stick but a lot that doesn't work and it ultimately felt frustrating despite slick production standards. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme
187. Nightmare Cinema (2018, 120 minutes) ★★★★★✰✰✰✰✰ Decent anthology film with a tired premise of a movie theater where a caretaker played unenthusistically by Mickey Rourke makes wooden banter - the segments in general are fun and start out strongest. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme
188. Vault of Horror (2018, 120 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ I enjoyed Vault of Horror tonight. I especially liked the vampire one and the wraparound story is neat. Format: Digital [Alyxstarr]. Theme Subset
189. Minutes Past Midnight (2016, 98 minutes) ★★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰ Collection of small studio shorts; there are a few that are interesting and one with scat humor. Serviceable but not stellar. Format: Digital [Alyxstarr]. Theme Subset

October 29 [Supernatural Theme Night] (13 hours, 52 minutes watched)
190. Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017, 83 minutes) ★★★★★★★˝✰✰ Magical realism movie with grit and unusual supernatural forces that work around human drama rather than provide the antagonist of the film giving it a unique structure. There are some heart wrenching scenes but parts of it related to life on the streets in Mexico feel unrealistic (or Mexico is more harsh than I realize). Format: Digital [Shudder]. 1st Theme Subset
191. The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh (2012, 82 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ Ending makes the film that is sometimes slow and seems to hit a homerun by spinning it's horror elements in a thematic way at the conclusion. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme
192. Perfect Blue (1997, 81 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ Psychadelic anime cartoon with kpop, murder, meta elements, and a lot of red herrings. Upbeat and myserious. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st
193. The Lighthouse (2019, 109 minutes) ★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ Competently made artistry that's slow going with mind messing that is too intentionally cryptic and what plot there was is slow going. I usually like like abstract films like this but it felt somewhat random with contradictions or occasional fantastic images that didn't go anywhere obvious. After watching it I looked up more about it online because I thought I had somehow missed part of it and did not appear to. Maybe future re-watches will change my mind.Format: Theatrical. 1st Theme
194. Zombieland: Double Tap (2019, 99 minutes) ★★★★★˝✰✰✰✰ An upbeat 'metal' film that's fun but leaves one wondering if there's not a better film in there somewhere. A 'plot' that's more stupid comedic than the original and some bits that just don't work carried out with gleeful carnage; at it's best when it embraces hang out buddy comedy zombie action and it's worse when machinations are moving the characters towards a goal. I was not a fan of some of the additions. Format: Theatrical. 1st
195. St. Agatha (2018, 103 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ Blends subgenres well; St Agatha is the nunsploitation film we didn't know we needed. The plot is detailed enough that it elevates some of the more standard elements to feel like more is going on with little touches like an off screen whispering voice that suggests more afoot. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme
196. Butterfly Kisses (2018, 91 minutes) ★★★★★★★★✰✰ Found footage with a cool premise of the camera being haunted by a Babadook looking 'Peeping Tom' with a documentary about a documentary that dissects the phenomena across time in interesting ways. It's creepy and cynical about the creepiness at the same time. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme
197. Honeybee (2016, 95 minutes) ★★★★★★˝✰✰✰ Awkwardly acted indie film that rewards patience and takes changes. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme
198. Devoured (2012, 89 minutes) ★★★★★˝✰✰✰✰ Slow paced film that hints as social issues and takes a long time to get going ultimately worth seeing but the last part feels like too little too late with a twist that's hardly clever but plays well in the gritty diner environment. I had an idea of the premise before seeing a film that was nothing like I thought it would be, for the better. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme

October 30 [Demonic/Withcraft Theme Night] (12 hours, 30 minutes watched)
199. The Dead Don't Die (2019, 105 minutes) ★★★★★˝✰✰✰✰ Doldrum that flirts with being quirky and scenic. A strange quiet uneventful pacing but swerves more into boring than ironic or clever and seems to waste most of the conflict setup with socially awkward dry comedy. Format: Digital [Vudu 4K]. 1st
200. I Trapped the Devil (2019, 82 minutes) ★★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰ Brilliant plot that fizzled with me seeming to turn into three people standing in a dimly lit house, ambitious beyond it's reach. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme
201. The Wind (2019, 88 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ Moody slow horror that ping pongs back and fort in time keep this period western horror well paced. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme
202. The Demon's Rook (2013, 103 minutes) ★★★★★★˝✰✰✰ A latex clad figure stands in a field of trees as two characters approach wordlessly with a slow drum beat as they walk - it looks fake and cheap but nails the tone like someone raided the halloween store but went on to direct/produce a serviceable non-sense psychadelic horror. Makes no sense and whatever plot there is disposable. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme
203. American Guinea Pig: The Song of Solomon (2017, 86 minutes) ★★˝✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ Stupid and poorly acted, gorey but in the most nonsensical way with bones randomly breaking for the camera to leer at rivers of blood that give away we're looking at a hose and not veins emphasizing that movies often don't over emphasize gore because it can look pretty fake if not handled with some subtlety. If you've ever wanted to watch minutes long scenes of hammy overacting involving vomitting up organs then swallowing them back for no obvious reason this is the film for you. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme
204. Welcome to Mercy (2018, 103 minutes) ★★★★★˝✰✰✰✰ Mystery that starts off strong then bends over backwards to try to explain it's Welcome to Mercy-verse logic in a payoff that's bittersweet but forced. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme
205. Return to Horror High (1987, 95 minutes) ★★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰ he meta elements are initially fun but then start to feel tired more often than not seeming to intentionally kill any tension which is sort of funny but not as enjoyable. There are already large swaths of movie that seem boring pierced by occassional humor or interesting kills; but maybe I was just not into as much of the back and forth meta elements. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme Subset
206. The Night Sitter (2018, 88 minutes) ★★★★★˝✰✰✰✰ More goofy than scary going for light horror comedy; it's neon splattered and cartoonish but not cartoonish enough. Watching sterotypical nerd, babysitter, obnoxious worrywort, and earnest kid narrate escape routes to each other seems familiar enough stuff that it's near parody and not upbeat enough or over the top to stand out leaving a very average film that's not bad but not great and has red/blue/green neon walls everywhere that are more distracting than immersive. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme

October 31 [Halloween Theme Night] (4 hours, 22 minutes watched)
207. The Barn (2016, 88 minutes) ★★★★★★˝✰✰✰ The Barn is a better than average film with some cool effects (like the pumpkin guy) and thick with ironic lampooning. It's shot with a static looking filter to emulate an old print for the entire film and my biggest complaint is that some of the tone was off because there was so much emphasis on a sort of comedy in making the film look old/dated not just with the filter but in other 'homage' ways. I wasn't expecting as much comedy but the idea of a haunted barn standoff should be a giveaway to expect parody. I'm glad to hear a sequel is in the works. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme
208. Neverknock (2017, 86 minutes) ★★★★★˝✰✰✰✰ Odd premise of a door that when knocked on summons a creature to play on people's fear but it's got a lot of action as one big chase sequence. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme
209. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013, 88 minutes) ★★★★˝✰✰✰✰✰ Slick production and action oriented horror that's popcorn fun although never scary and with some jokes that aren't very funny (like than Hansel has 'sugar sickness' diabetes). Format: Digital [Vudu 4K].

November 1 [Before Dawn] [Comedy Crossover Theme Night] (1 hour, 30 minutes watched)
210. Another Evil (2016, 90 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Clever plot of a paranormal researcher more clingy and obnoxious that the paranormal and fortunately doesn't fully commit to that because it could have been one note but in keeping some focus on the supernatural it feels like Another Evil never nails down tone especially as it gets to a wonderfully cryptic ending that I'm not sure I have the interest in figuring out more. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]. 1st Theme

Checklist [Completed Minimums]:
Spoiler:

Note: Titles in brackets [ ] are planning, not claiming credit for those yet.
Select 10 actors:
-X- Abigail Breslin – Maggie, Zombieland: Double Tap [Final Girl, Fear Inc Haunter]
--- Clancy Brown – [John Dies at the End, The Bride, Nothing Left to Fear, Hellbenders, Burrowers]
-X- Peter Cushing – Night Creatures, The Creeping Flesh [Curse of Frankenstein, House that Dripped Blood, Revenge of Frank]
--- John Carradine – [Sentinel, Monster Club, Vampire Hookers, Nesting, Jack-O, House of 7 Corpses]
-X- Charles Durning – The Fury [When a Stranger Calls, Sisters]
-X- Sid Haig – House of 1000 Corpses [3 From Hell, El Superbeasto, Hatchet 3, Blood Bath, Devil in My Ride]
-X- Doug Jones – Doom [John Dies, Legion, Hellboy, Ouija: Origin, Bye Bye Man, Gehenna]
-X- Boris Karloff – The Old Dark House
-X- Klaus Kinski – Count Dracula [Nosferatu-R, Crawlspace, Schizoid]
-X- Christopher Lee – The Creeping Flesh [Curse of Frakenstein, Sleepy Hollow]
-X- Bela Lugosi - Dracula (1931)
-X- Richard Lynch – Gold Told Me To [Bad Dreams, The Premonition, Lords of Salem]
-X- Dick Miller – Gremlins [Night of the Creeps, Chopping Mall, Piranha, Route 666, Burying the Ex]
-X- Michael Moriarty – The Stuff [It’s Alive 3, Q, Return to Salem’s Lot, Troll]
--- Bruce Payne – [Re-Kill, The Keep, Necronomicon, Warlock 3, Howling 6: Freaks, Prowl]
-X- Ted Raimi – Skinner [Candyman, Grudge-r, Evil Dead 2]
-X- Oliver Reed – Night Creatures [The Brood, Burnt Offerings, Pit & Pendulum]
--- Eric Roberts – [Prophecy 2, Clinton Road]
-X- Felissa Rose – Bethany [Tales of Halloween, Victor Crowley]
-X- Dominique Swain – The Black Room [Rottentail]
-X- Billy Zane – Critters [Red Clover, Dead Calm, Demon Knight]

Select 2 film composers:
-X- Joseph Bishara – The Prodigy [Annabelle Comes Home, Conjuring 2, Vatican Tapes, Gravedancers]
--- Elisabeth Lutyens – [Paranoiac]
-X- Lalo Schifrin – The Manitou [Amityville 1-2, Day of the Animals]
--- Shirley Walker – [Final Destination 2-4, Child’s Play 2, Arachnophobia, Nightbreed]

Select 5 directors:
-X- James Bressack – Bethany
-X- John Carpenter - Prince of Darkness
--- Terrence Fisher – [Curse of Frankenstein]
-X- Adam Green – Digging Up the Marrow [Hatchet 1-3, Victor Crowley]
--- Peter Jackson -
--- Franck Khalfoun – [Maniac-R, P2, Amityville: The Awakening, Prey]
-X- Ryűhei Kitamura – Nightmare Cinema [Midnight Meat Train, No One Lives, Downrange]
-X- Deon Taylor – Dead Tone [Meet the Blacks, Dead Tone]
-X- Rob Zombie - House of 1000 Corpses
-X- Watch a Movie Directed By a Female Director – Braid (Mitzi Peirone), Kiss of the Damned (Xan Cassavettes), Tigers Are Not Afraid (Issa López)

Select 2 makeup effects artists:
-X- Al Magliochetti – The Black Room [Jason Goes to Hell, Day of the Dead, Brain Damage, Frankenhooker]
-X- Mike Measimer – Critters 2 [Hellraiser: Judgement, The Hatred, Beneath, Piranha 3DD]
-X- Michelle Sfarzo – The Black Room [Love Witch, Devil’s Carnival, Feral]
-X- Michael Spatola – Return to Horror High

Select 2 producers:
-X- Nate Bolotin – Mandy, Yoga Hosers
-X- Brad Fuller – The First Purge, The Purge (1), Purge: Anarchy
-X- Enrique Lopez Lavigne – Open Windows
-X- Trevor Macy – Bye Bye Man

Select 2 writers:
-X- Robert Bloch – Psycho
-X- Jeff Buhler – Pet Sematary (2019)
-X- Jamie Nash – Seventh Moon, Lovely Molly
-X- Wesley Strick – Doom

Select 30 of the following sub-genres / types:
-X- *3-D Film – Monster House
-X- Anthology Film - Field Guide to Evil, Nightmare Cinema
-X- Appears on 25 Weird Horror Movies – Videodrome, Old Dark House [Society, Eraserhead, Beyond, ITMoM]
-X- Based on a True Story – Backcountry
-X- Based on a Novel – Pet Sematary (2019), Sleepwalkers
-X- Cannibalism – Gravy
-X- Cinema Inspired By: Bram Stoker – Dracula, Count Dracula, Shadow of the Vampire
-X- Cinematic Titanic / Horror Host / MST3K / RiffTrax - Society as The Last Drive-in With Joe Bob Briggs on Shudder
-X- Comedy / Spoof – Boar, Hotel Transylvania, The Barn
-X- Criterion / Masters of Cinema Version Film – Videodrome, The Lure
-X- Cryptid Cinema – The Lure
--- Death by: Silver Bullet –
-X- Diary / Journal – Brightburn, Prince of Darkness
-X- Director or Writer Cameo in Own Film / Film Adaptation – Sleepwalkers (featuring author Stephen King as a gravekeeper), Count Dracula (featuring director Jess Franco), New Nightmare (featuring director Wes Craven), Psycho (cameo by Hitchcock), Gravy (featuring director James Roday as an EMS driver)
-X- Distributor / Studio: Mondo Macabro – Der Fan
-X- Documentary – Haunters: The Art of the Scare
-X- Drunk Horror – Pet Sematary '19, The Carrier (first victim is a drunk stereotype)
-X- Euro Horror - Zombie, Phenomena, Der Fan
-X- Extraterrestrial / Takes Place in Space - Critters, Doom, Doom: Annihilation
-X- Film From Someone Else's 'Best of' List - The Old Dark House (featured in Time Out's '100 Best Horror Films' - https://www.timeout.com/london/film/best-horror-films)
-X- Film From TCM October 2019 Schedule - Cat People (TCM showing 10/30 at 10:30pm)
-X- Film Title Drop - The Carrier, The Perfection
-X- Flashback Horror – Psycho, Ma, House of 1K Corpses
-X- Folk Horror – Seventh Moon, Viy, Field Guide to Evil
-X- From a Basil Gogos Painting - Dracula
-X- Found Footage - [Rec] 3, Digging the Marrow
-X- Frankenstein - Frankenstein (2014)
-X- Ghost / Haunting - Sinister Circle
-X- Giallo - Phenomena
-X- Ouija Board - Sinister Circle
--- Kaiju / Giant Monster -
-X- K-Horror - Voices
-X- Killer / Evil Animal - Burning Bright [Tiger], White God [Dog], 47 Meters Down [Shark]
-X- Killer / Evil Child - Pet Sematary (2019)
-X- Killer / Evil Doll - Child's Play (2019), Child's Play (1988)
-X- Made-for-TV Movie - Frankenstein (2014)
-X- Mummy - The Mummy's Curse
-X- Musical / Rock ‘n Roll Horror - Anna and the Apocalypse
-X- Nation of Origin: Thailand - P
-X- Nazi - Yoga Hosers (Canadian nazis), The First Purge (neo-nazis)
--- Nepotism Dynasty - [Symptoms, Stigmata, Ice Cream Man, Twixt, Vampire's Kiss, When Animals Dream, The Witches]
-X- OHMC 15th Anniversary Watch: 2005 - Doom
-X- One-Word Titles - Videodrome, Braid, Doom, Dracula, Nails, P, Frankenstein (2014), Voices, Zombie, Phenomena, Bethany, Critters,
-X- Prom - The Honor Farm [Honor Farm, Tragedy Girls, Dance of the Dead, Detention]
-X- Phobias - Neverknock
-X- Psychological - Braid
-X- Rape / Revenge - Romina
-X- Scarecrows - Night Creatures
-X- Slasher / Psycho / Homicidal Maniac - Skinner, The Prey
-X- Shot in Bronson Canyon - Starry Eyes [Army of Darkness, Cabin Fever, Body Snatchers, Starry Eyes, Last Lovecraft]
-X- Takes Place in a Hospital - The Corpse of Anna Fritz
-X- Takes Place on a Farm - The Lifechanger
-X- Takes Place on a Holiday - Critters 2 [Easter], Gremlins [Christmas]
-X- Television - Videodrome, 976-EVIL II
-X- Three Installments in a Franchise - Critters 1-2+Critters Attack!, The Purge 1-2 & First Purge
-X- Vampire - Reflecting Skin, Vidar the Vampire, Eat Locals
-X- Werewolf - Romasanta: Werewolf Hunter, Wer
-X- Witchcraft / Satanic / Religious - Blair Witch
-X- Wilhelm Scream - Doom, Girl With All the Gifts
--- With Commentary -
-X- With Two or More Horror Legends - The Creeping Flesh [Peter Cushing & Christopher Lee]
-X- Zombie - Maggie, Anna and the Apocalypse, The Cured

Watch films in at least three formats:
-X- First format, Digital, Videodrome, Dead Don't Die, etc.
-X- Second format, Blu-ray, Der Fan.
-X- Third format, Theatrical, Addams Family (2019), Lighthouse, Zombieland: Double Tap.

Watch films in at least three languages:
-X- First language, Hungarian, White God
-X- Second language, Polish, Demon.
-X- Third language, German, Der Fan, Der Nachtmer.
-X- Fourth language, Spanish, Sinister Circle, Corpse of Anna Fritz
-X- Fifth language, French, Heart + Knife
-X- Sixth language, Thai, P
-X- Seventh language, Norwegian, Vidar the Vampire

Watch 3 films that you've never seen before that:
--- Stars a Baldwin (Daniel, Stephen, William) -
-X- Features time travel - Happy Death Day 2U
-X- Was made in the 1970s - Effects (1979)
-X- Features a giant insect - It Came From the Desert, Itsy Bitsy
--- Was written by H.G. Wells -
-X- Features a character who has a premonition - 976-Evil 2: The Astral Factor
-X- Has a scene in a morgue - The Corpse of Anna Fritz
--- Was shot in Alabama -
--- Is listed on the Film Registry of the National Film Preservation Board -
-X- Takes place at a castle - Count Dracula
-X- Features a vampire hunter - Count Dracula

Watch 1 film with a recently deceased personality:
-X- Recently deceased list - Dick Miller (Gremlins), Larry Cohen (Got Told Me To, Special Effects, The Stuff), John Carl Buechler (Viscious Lips, Nightmare on Elm Street 4: Dream Master), Sid Haig (House of 1000 Corpses)

Watch 1 of your OHMC "favorites":
-X- The Carrier (1988) - [on 10/1]
--- Shakma (1990) -
--- The Killer Tongue (1996) -
--- The House by the Cemetery (1981) -
--- Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (1977) -
--- Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror (1981) -
--- Hobgoblins (1988) -
--- Microwave Massacre (1983) -
--- Killer Condom (1996) -

Select 6 decades of film history:
-X- Pre-1930 - Haxan (1922)
-X- 1930 - The Old Dark House (1932)
-X- 1940 - The Mummy's Curse (1944)
--- 1950 -
-X- 1960 - Night Creatures (1962), Psycho (1960)
-X- 1970 - Zombie (1979)
-X- 1980 - The Carrier (1988)
-X- 1990 - Sleepwalkers (1992)
-X- 2000 - Hills Run Red (2009)
-X- 2010 - Child's Play (2019), Pet Sematary (2019)

Select 3 from the following horror film tropes:
--- The Feline Fright -
-X- "Let's Split Up" - Boar
-X- The Mirror Scare - Penny Dreadful
-X- The Suddenly Undependable Vehicle – Burning Bright
-X- The Invincible Killer - Brightburn
-X- Dream Scares – Burning Bright
-X- Mythology Exposition – The Lure

Select 1 from the "Chronological Horror Years Faceoff":
-X- 1944 (75th) - The Mummy's Curse
-X- 1969 (50th) - The House That Screamed
-X- 1994 (25th) – Wes Craven's New Nightmare

Select 1 from the following anniversaries:
-X- 30th Anniversary of USA Up All Night - Critters 1 & 2, Return to Horror High
--- 40th Anniversary of Fangoria Magazine -
--- 40th Anniversary of Svengoolie -
--- 45th Anniversary of Troma Entertainment-
-X- 85th Anniversary of Hammer Films - Night Creatures
-X- 100th Birthday of Donald Pleasence - Prince of Darkness, Phenomena

Select 4 ratings:
--- G -
-X- PG - The Creeping Flesh
-X- PG-13 - Gremlins, Happy Death Day + 2U
-X- R - Nina Forever
--- NC-17 -
--- X -
-X- Unrated - Neon Demon [Unrated Cut]
--- 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



Theme Nights [100% Completed]:
Spoiler:
-X-9/30: Criterion Crossover - Videodrome, The Lure
-X- 10/01: It Has Nine Lives... You Only Have One!
Man's Best Friend Just Unfriended You! - Litterboxd / Devil Dogs (Cats & Dogs) - White God [Dogs], Sleepwalkers [Cats], The Carrier [Cats], Burning Bright [Cats]
-X- 10/02: Grab a Hatchet for the Honeymoon or Be a Newlydead! - 'Till Death Do Us Part - Wedding Horrors - Seventh Moon, Lovely Molly, Rec 3 Genesis
-X- 10/03: It's the Last Place You'll Ever Play! - Playgrounds of the Damned - Der Fan, Possum, The Ice Cream Truck
-X- 10/04: Viruses! Plagues! Outbreaks! Cloths That Smell of Death!
Call In the Military, And Someone Tell Michael--Lay Off the Meth! - Zombies - Anna and the Apocalypse, Zombie, The Cured
-X- 10/05: Hey Lonnie, Get Your Ass Away from There! - The 100th Birthday Celebration of Donald Pleasence - Prince of Darkness, Phenomena
-X- 10/06: Films Grandma Can Enjoy That Don't Go Beyond PG-13 -
Still Shit-the-Bed Scary, Just Not What You'd Call Obscene - Family-Friendly Horror - Gremlins, Monster House, Night Creatures
-X- 10/07: Let's Put Another Kiwi On the Ozsploitation! - Australia / New Zealand - Boar, 100 Bloody Acres, I Survived a Zombie Apocalypse.
-X- 10/08: It Slices! It Dices! It Circumcises! - Slashers / Giallos / Serial Killers - Skinner, Disconnected, Psycho, Summer of '84, Don't Go In the House
-X- 10/09: Lost In the Middle of Nowhere; The Damn Car Won't Start
Outside a Vagabond's Eager to Rip Out Your Still-Beating Heart - Stranded - Dead End, Penny Dreadful
-X- 10/10: The Immortal Classic, Followed By the Big Giveaway at Nine - Horror Movies In Horror Movies - Innocent Blood, The Faculty, Thankskilling
-X- 10/11: The Striptease is Swell. It's the Lap Dance That's Hell. - Pasties, G-Strings, & Chainsaws - Strip Club Horrors - Goddess of Love, Hills Run Red
-X- 10/12: Guitar Barbarians, Mutant Bimbos & Cult Zombies Run Amok In...
The 666 Most Ear- And Eye-Ripping Big-Scream Films Ever! - Heavy Metal Movies - Bordello of Blood, Old Dark House, 976-Evil
-X- 10/13: Straitjackets Unhinged; Crazies On the Fringe! Holy Crap, It's Societal Collapse! - Werewolves / Were-Creatures On A Full Moon: Phase 2 - Wer, Romasanta: Werewolf Hunter
-X- 10/14: Chronological Horror Years Faceoff - Chapter 7 - 1944 (Diamond) Vs. 1969 (Gold) Vs. 1994 (Silver) - Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)
-X- 10/15: We're Gonna Need Another Boom Operator! - Frights, Camera...Traction! - One Cut of the Dead, Effects, Shadow of the Vampire
-X- 10/16: Dowsed In Pigs Blood & Dissolved In Sulfuric Acid
It Ain't April, But These Pranks Will Render You Flaccid! - April Ghouls' Day - Deadly Pranks - Final Exam
-X- 10/17: Forecast Calls For a Mysterious Fog This Afternoon.
If That Shit's Glowing, Run Like the Shakma Baboon! - Fog-Infested Horror Films - The Fury, Mandy, Silent Hill
-X- 10/18: An Independent Maverick That Broke the Rules Abroad...
From Killer Mutated Babies to a Flying Aztec God - R.I.P. Larry Cohen (1936 - 2019) - Special Effects, God Told Me To, The Stuff
-X- 10/19: R.I.P. VCR: You're Officially Retired, But Your Kick-Ass VHS Video Cover Art Will Always Be Admired! - 1980s Video Companies Spotlight: Thorn EMI / HBO Cannon / HBO Video + Video Stores - Kiss of the Damned, The Prey, Highway to Hell
-X- 10/20: Bela's Bloodsucking Bloodbath Birthday Bash Bonanza Extravaganza! - Vampires - Vidar the Vampire, Eat Local, Viy, The Reflecting Skin, Dracula, Count Dracula
-X- 10/21: Goodbye to the Practical Effects Whiz Roger Corman Called The Best In the Biz - R.I.P. John Carl Buechler (1952 - 2019) - Viscious Lips, Nightmare on Elm Street 4: Dream Master, Hyenas, Mausoleum
-X- 10/22: Nothing Much Here In the Way of A Nonsensical Plot
Horrorphiles Have Experienced These Films A Helluva Lot - The 50 Best Horror Movies You've Never Seen - Audition, Joshua, Prophecy (1979), Hard Candy
-X- 10/23: No Trespassing Sign Rejected. Survival Mode Initiation Expected. - Home Invasion Horror - 2 Pigeons, Us, Tiger House
-X- 10/24: We're Slashing More Than Just Prices! - Retail Establishment - Nina Forever, Gracy, The Greasy Strangler [Into the Mirror, Street Trash, Kiss of the Damned, Maggie, Cabin Fever, Here Comes the Devil, Xmas Horror Story, Barricade, Nina Forever, When Animals Dream]
-X- 10/25: Blood, Boobs, and Beasts: Drive-In Total Ingredients For A Mutant Horror Feast. - The Return of Joe Bob Briggs - Society
-X- 10/26: Mistress of the Dark Commits Aerobicide Shocker While Leprechaun Invades the Vegas Strip. Story at 11. - The Random Maniacal Mashup of Insane Indecisiveness 2! - TV Terrors / Late-Night Horror Hosts / Aerobics Craze / Casinos - Death Spa, Night Visions
-X- 10/27: Teens Throw a Kegger In the Abandoned Hospital Off 3rd & Otter Unexpected Guests Arrive; Radio Broadcast Mentions Mass Slaughter - Horror Parties - Neon Demon, Starry Eyes, Don't Fuck in the Woods, Seventh Curse
-X- 10/28: Once, Twice, Three Times the Lacerations - Horror Anthologies - Field Guide to Evil, Nightmare Cinema, Vault of Horror, Minutes Past Midnight
-X- 10/29: Ectoplasmic Entities Materializing at Night. Strong Yet Suspenseful Emotional Frights. Summoning the Dead by Candlelight. - Supernatural / Quiet/Soft / Seances - Tigers Are Not Afraid, Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh, St Agatha, Butterfly Kisses, The Lighthouse [The Housemaid, I Remember You]
-X- 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 - I Trapped the Devil, The Wind, Welcome to Mercy, Demon's Rook, Song of Solomon, The Night Sitter
-X- 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 - Neverknock, The Barn
-X- 11/01: Comedy Crossover - Another Evil



Subset Films [100% Completed]:
Spoiler:
-X- 09/30: group vote - Videodrome (1983) [on 9/30]
--- 11/01: group vote - Return to Horror High (1987)
-X- xx/xx: wildcard - any horror theatrical showing (2019) - Addams Family (2019) [on 10/13], Lighthouse [on 10/29], Zombieland: Double Tap [on 10/29]

-X- 10/01: shellebelle - Cat People (1942) [on 10/01]
-X- 10/02: tarfrimmer - [REC]ł Genesis (2012) [on 10/02]
-X- 10/03: DaveyJoe - Der Fan (1982) [on 10/03]
-X- 10/04: Bladz - Zombi 2 (Zombie) (1979) [on 10/4]
-X- 10/05: hbsvb - Phenomena (1985) [on 10/05]
-X- 10/06: mrcellophane - Monster House (2006) [on 10/06]
-X- 10/07: Trevor - Boar (2017) [on 10/07]
-X- 10/08: SterlingBen - Disconnected (1984) [on 10/08]
-X- 10/09: Mondo Kane - Dead End (2003) [on 10/09]
-X- 10/10: alyxstarr - The Faculty (1998) [on 10/10]
-X- 10/11: TheBigDave - The Hills Run Red (2009) [on 10/11]
-X- 10/12: PCBreakdown - 976-EVIL (1988) [on 10/12]
-X- 10/13: WillieMLF - Wer (2013) [on 10/13]
-X- 10/14: MysterioMan007 - The Mummy's Curse (1944) / The House That Screamed (1969) / Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994) [all three on 10/14]
-X- 10/15: rbrown498 - One Cut of the Dead (2017) [on 10/15]
-X- 10/16: numbercrunch - Final Exam (1981) [on 10/16]
-X- 10/17: Shack - The Fury (1978) [on 10/17]
-X- 10/18: ororama - God Told Me To (1976) [on 10/18]
-X- 10/19: Darkgod - The Prey (1983) [on 10/19]
-X- 10/20: Chad - Viy (1967) [on 10/20]
-X- 10/21: JAX036 - A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988) [on 10/21]
-X- 10/22: Darth Maher - Audition (1999) [on 10/22]
-X- 10/23: clckorang - Us (2019) [on 10/23]
-X- 10/24: Undeadcow - Nina Forever (2015) [on 10/24]
-X- 10/25: Gobear - Society (1989) [on 10/25]
-X- 10/26: cwileyy - Death Spa (1989) [on 10/26]
-X- 10/27: coyoteblue - The Seventh Curse (1986) [on 10/27]
-X- 10/28: orlmac - The Vault of Horror (1973) [on 10/28]
-X- 10/29: arw6040 - Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) [on 10/29]
-X- 10/30: mallratcal - Mausoleum (1983) [on 10/21]
-X- 10/31: jacob_b - House of 1000 Corpses (1987) [on 10/27]




** List Final - Subset, Checklist, and Theme Nights Complete - 210 films **

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Re: The 15th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread***

My list is complete

7th (2011) - 51
8th (2012) - 42
9th (2013) - 58
10th (2014) - 50
11th (2015) - 42
12th (2016) - 80
13th (2017) - 53
14th (2018) - 51
15th (2019) - 80

9 Challenges (7-15)
80 Movies
32 First Time Views

First Time Watch - ¤

09/13/2019
01. Bad Moon,, 1996, Eric Red, Movie, Stream, US, Color, ¤
02. Werewolf of London,, 1935, Stuart Walker, Movie, Stream, US, B&W,

09/30/2019
03. Giallothon, "Hour 1", 2019, N/A, Trailers, Stream, Various, Color & B&W, ¤
Spoiler:
  • The Girl Who Knew Too Much
  • Blood and Black Lace
  • Libido
  • The Embalmer
  • The Murder Clinic
  • Deadly Sweet
  • Death Laid an Egg
  • Naked You Die
  • The Sweet Body of Deborah
  • A Black Veil for Lisa
  • Deadly Inheritance
  • Paranoia
  • One on Top of the Other
  • The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
  • Five Dolls for an August Moon
  • Hatchet for the Honeymoon
  • Death Occurred Last Night
  • The Weekend Murders
  • The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion
  • The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh
  • The Cat O’ Nine Tails
  • A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin (AKA Schizoid)
  • Cold Eyes of Fear (AKA Desperate Moments)

04. Fiend Without a Face,, 1958, Arthur Crabtree, Movie, Stream, US, B&W,
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, "28 Pranks Later", 2016,, TV, Stream, US, Color,

10/01/2019
Futurama, "The Honking", 2000,, TV, Stream, US, Color,
05. Giallothon, "Hour 2", 2019, N/A, Trailers, Stream, Various, Color, ¤
Spoiler:
  • The Designated Victim
  • In the Eye of the Hurricane
  • Slaughter Hotel
  • The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail
  • The Fifth Cord
  • The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave
  • The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire
  • The Black Belly of the Tarantula
  • The Bloodstained Butterfly
  • Short Night of Glass Dolls
  • Death Stalks on High Heels
  • The Devil with Seven Faces
  • Four Flies on Grey Velvet
  • The Dead Are Alive
  • My Dear Killer
  • Seven Blood-Stained Orchids
  • All the Colors of the Dark
  • What Have You Done to Solange?
  • Amuck
  • Who Saw Her Die?

06. Ghost Sweepers,, 2012, Shin Jung-won, Movie, Stream, KR, Color, ¤

10/02/2019
Gravity Falls, "The Inconveniencing", 2012,, TV, Stream, US, Color,
The Monkees, "Monkee See, Monkee Die", 1966,, TV, Stream, US, Color,
07. Giallothon, "Hour 3", 2019, N/A, Trailers, Stream, Various, Color, ¤
Spoiler:
  • The French Sex Murders
  • The Case of the Bloody Iris
  • The Crimes of the Black Cat
  • The Red Queen Kills Seven Times
  • Knife of Ice
  • Don’t Torture a Duckling
  • Tropic of Cancer
  • The Killer is on the Phone
  • A White Dress for Marialé
  • Torso (AKA Carnal Violence)
  • Death Carries a Cane
  • Seven Deaths in the Cat’s Eye
  • Spasmo
  • The Killer Reserved Nine Seats
  • The Girl in Room 2A
  • What Have They Done to Your Daughters?
  • Puzzle
  • Death Will Have Your Eyes
  • The Killer Must Kill Again

08. Blood and Donuts,, 1989, Holly Dale, Movie, Stream, CA, Color, ¤
09. Haunted Honeymoon,, 1986, Gene Wilder, Movie, Stream, US, Color,

10/03/2019
Psych, "The Devil Is in the Details... And the Upstairs Bedroom", 2009,, TV, Stream, US, Color,
10. Giallothon, "Hour 4", 2019, N/A, Trailers, Stream, Various, Color, ¤
Spoiler:
  • Autopsy
  • Eyeball
  • Deep Red (AKA Profondo Rosso)
  • Strip Nude for Your Killer
  • The Bloodsucker Leads the Dance
  • Strange Shadows in an Empty Room
  • The House of the Laughing Windows
  • Nine Guests for a Crime
  • Watch Me When I Kill(AKA The Cat’s Victims)
  • The Psychic
  • The Pajama Girl Case
  • Hotel Fear
  • Enigma Rosso (AKA Rings of Fear)
  • The Sister of Ursula
  • The Bloodstained Shadow
  • Killer Nun
  • Giallo in Venice
  • The New York Ripper
  • Tenebre
  • A Blade in the Dark

11. Goosebumps,, 2015, Rob Letterman, Movie, Stream, US, Color,

10/04/2019
12. One Cut of the Dead,, 2017, Shinichirou Ueda, Movie, Stream, JP, Color, ¤
13. Blood of Dracula,, 1957, Herbert L. Strock, Movie, Stream, US, B&W,

10/05/2019
14. The Beast, "Part-1", 1996,, TV, Stream, US, Color,
15. The Beast, "Part-2", 1996,, TV, Stream, US, Color,
16. Humanoids From the Deep,, 1980, Barbara Peeters, Movie, Stream, US, Color,

10/06/2019
17. Resident Evil: Degeneration,, 2008, Makoto Kamiya, Movie, Stream, JP, Color,
Over the Garden Wall, "The Old Grist Mill", 2014,, TV, Stream, US, Color,
18. Monster House,, 2006, Gil Kenan, Movie, Stream, US, Color,
19. The Black Cauldron,, 1985, Richard Rich/Ted Berman, Movie, Stream, US, Color,
20. Mystery Science Theater 3000, "Night of the Blood Beast", 1996,, TV, Stream, US, B&W,

10/07/2019
Seis Manos, "Toppled", 2019,, ONA, Stream, US, Color, ¤
Seis Manos, "Grief", 2019,, ONA, Stream, US, Color, ¤
21. Hex,, 2017, George Popov/Jonathan Russell, Movie, Stream, GB, Color, ¤
22. The Black Lizard,, 1981, Chor Yuen, Movie, Stream, HK, Color,

10/08/2019
23. Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff,, 1949, Charles Barton, Movie, Stream, US, B&W,
24. Secrets in the Hot Spring,, 2018, Kuan-Hui Lin, Movie, Stream, TW, Color, ¤
Seis Manos, "Night of the Wolves", 2019,, ONA, Stream, US, Color, ¤
Seis Manos, "Caged Dogs", 2019,, ONA, Stream, US, Color, ¤

10/09/2019
25. Hellboy Animated: Blood and Iron,, 2007, Victor Cook/Tad Stones, Movie, Stream, US, Color,
26. Dylan Dog: Dead of Night,, 2010, Kevin Munroe, Movie, Stream, US, Color,
Seis Manos, "Blindfold", 2019,, ONA, Stream, US, Color, ¤
Seis Manos, "Reunion", 2019,, ONA, Stream, US, Color, ¤

10/10/2019
27. Bats,, 1999, Louis Morneau, Movie, Stream, US, Color,
28. Nightwing,, 1979, Arthur Hiller, Movie, Stream, US, Color, ¤
Seis Manos, "Between This World and the Next", 2019,, ONA, Stream, US, Color, ¤
Seis Manos, "The Empty Place", 2019,, ONA, Stream, US, Color, ¤

10/11/2019
29. Rampant,, 2018, Kim Sung-hoon, Movie, Stream, KR, Color, ¤
30. The Head Hunter,, 2018, Jordan Downey, Movie, Stream, US, Color, ¤
Costume Quest, "Breaker, Breaker / Factory Tour", 2019,, ONA, Stream, US, Color, ¤

10/12/2019
31. Francis in the Haunted House,, 1956, Charles Lamont, Movie, Stream, US, B&W,
32. Charlie Chan at Treasure Island,, 1939, Charles Foster, Movie, Stream, US, B&W,
33. The Addams Family,, 2019, Greg Tiernan/Conrad Vernon, Movie, Drive-in, US, Color, ¤

10/13/2019
34. Resident Evil: Damnation,, 2012, Makoto Kamiya, Movie, Stream, JP, Color,
35. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit,, 2005, Nick Park/Steve Box, Movie, Stream, GB, Color,
36. Monster on the Campus,, 1958, Jack Arnold, Movie, Stream, US, B&W,
Over the Garden Wall, "Hard Times at the Huskin' Bee", 2014,, TV, Stream, US, Color

10/14/2019
Over the Garden Wall, "Schooltown Follies", 2014,, TV, Stream, US, Color
37. The Trollenberg Terror,, 1958, Quentin Lawrence, Movie, Stream, GB, B&W,
38. Curse of the Faceless Man,, 1958, Edward L. Cahn, Movie, Stream, US, B&W,

10/15/2019
39. Overlord,, 2018, Julius Avery, Movie, Stream, US, Color, ¤
40. Priest,, 2011, Scott Stewart, Movie, Stream, US, Color,

10/16/2019
41. Transylvania 6-5000,, 1985, Rudy De Luca, Movie, Stream, US, Color,
42. Die Tür mit den sieben Schlössern,, 1962, Alfred Vohrer, Movie, Stream, DE, B&W, ¤

10/17/2019
43. City of the Dead,, 1960, John Llewellyn Moxey, Movie, Stream, GB, B&W,
44. The Devil Rides Out,, 1968, Terence Fisher, Movie, Stream, GB, Color,

10/18/2019
45. Hold That Ghost,, 1941, Arthur Lubin, Movie, Stream, US, B&W,
46. Paranoaic,, 1963, Freddie Francis, Movie, Stream, GB, B&W, ¤

10/19/2019
47. Horror Express,, 1972, Eugenio Martín, Movie, Stream, GB, Color,
48. Mystery Science Theater 3000, "It Conquered the World", 1991,, TV, Stream, US, B&W,
49. Nothing But the Night,, 1973, Peter Sasdy, Movie, Stream, GB, Color,
50. Cave of the Living Dead,, 1964, Ákos Ráthonyi, Movie, Stream, DE, B&W, ¤

10/20/2019
51. Quatermass II,, 1957, Val Guest, Movie, Stream, GB, B&W,
52. Doom,, 2005, Andrzej Bartkowiak, Movie, Stream, US, Color,
53. Planet of the Vampires,, 1965, Mario Bava, Movie, Stream, IT, Color,
Over the Garden Wall, "Songs of the Dark Lantern", 2014,, TV, Stream, US, Color,

10/21/2019
54. The Cat,, 1992, Ngai Kai Lam, Movie, Stream, HK, Color,
55. The Peacock King,, 1989, Ngai Kai Lam, Movie, Stream, HK, Color,

10/22/2019
56. Resident Evil,, 2002, Paul W. S. Anderson, Movie, Stream, US, Color,
57. Mortuary Blues,, 1990, Jeff Lau, Movie, Stream, HK, Color,

10/23/2019
58. Resident Evil: Apocalypse,, 2004, Alexander Witt, Movie, Stream, US, Color,
59. Terrified,, 2017, Demián Rugna, Movie, Stream, AR, Color, ¤

10/24/2019
60. Resident Evil: Extinction,, 2007, Russell Mulcahy, Movie, Stream, US, Color,
61. Deadtectives,, 2018, Tony West, Movie, Stream, US, Color, ¤

10/25/2019
62. Resident Evil: Afterlife,, 2010, Paul W. S. Anderson, Movie, Stream, US, Color,
63. Atomik Circus - The Return of James Battle,, 2004, Didier Poiraud/Thierry Poiraud, Movie, Stream, FR, Color,
64. The Vampire Combat,, 2001, Wilson Tong, Movie, Stream, HK, Color,

10/26/2019
65. Resident Evil: Retribution,, 2012, Paul W. S. Anderson, Movie, Stream, US, Color,
66. Silent Rage,, 1982, Michael Miller, Movie, Stream, US, Color,
67. The Vampire Doll,, 2001, Michio Yamamoto, Movie, Stream, HK, Color,

10/27/2019
68. The Seventh Curse,, 1986, Ngai Kai Lam, Movie, Stream, HK, Color,
69. Resident Evil: Vendetta,, 2017, Takanori Tsujimoto, Movie, Stream, JP, Color,
70. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter,, 2016, Paul W. S. Anderson, Movie, Stream, US, Color, ¤
71. The House in Marsh Road,, 1960, Montgomery Tully, Movie, Stream, GB, B&W, ¤

10/28/2019
72. Cold Skin,, 2017, Xavier Gens, Movie, Stream, ES, Color, ¤
73. The Batman vs Dracula,, 2005, Sam Liu/Brandon Vietti/Seung Eun Kim, Movie, Stream, US, Color,

10/29/2019
74. Monsters vs. Aliens,, 2009, Rob Letterman/Conrad Vernon, Movie, Stream, US, Color,
75. Infestation,, 2009, Kyle Rankin, Movie, Stream, US, Color,

10/30/2019
76. To Catch a Virgin Ghost,, 2004, Shin Jung-won, Movie, Stream, KR, Color,
77. Taoism Drunkard,, 1984, Yuen Woo-ping, Movie, Stream, HK, Color,

10/31/2019
78. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad,, 1949, Clyde Geronimi/Jack Kinney/James Algar, Movie, Stream, US, Color,
79. Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King,, 2008, Joe Sichta, Movie, Stream, US, Color,
80. Eden Log,, 2007, Franck Vestiel, Movie, Stream, FR, Color,

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Re: The 15th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread***

List Finalized!
9th Challenge
92 entries
66.5 FTVs
Completed Checklist


Mr. Cellophane's 2019 Horror Challenge List




*= first time viewing
blue= personal BluRay
purple= personal DVD
green= streaming
red= theatrical presentation
orange= borrowed or rented BD/DVD

  1. Thriller (dir. Douglas Heyes / John Brahm)*
    1.7, "The Purple Room" / 1.10, "The Prediction"
    1960 / United States / 100 minutes / R.I.P. Rip Torn / 9-30

  2. Videodrome (dir. David Cronenberg)*
    1983 / Canada / 87 minutes / unrated version / BD / Subset Film / 9-30

  3. Cat People (dir. Jacques Tourneur)
    1942 / United States / 73 minutes / BD / Subset Film / 10-1

  4. The Haunting of Seacliff Inn (dir. Walter Klenhard)*
    1994 / United States / 87 minutes / YouTube / Theme Movie / 10-1

  5. Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (dir. Curtis Harrington)*
    1985 / United States / 95 minutes / YouTube / Theme Movie / R.I.P. Ken Kercheval / 10-1

  6. Cat's Eye (dir. Lewis Teague)*
    1978 / United States / 94 minutes / Theme Movie / 10-1

  7. The Brotherhood of Satan (dir. Bernard McEveety)*
    1971 / United States / 92 minutes / 10-1

  8. The People Across the Lake (dir. Arthur Allan Seidelman)*
    1988 / United States / 95 minutes / YouTube / R.I.P. Valerie Harper / 10-2

  9. I Married a Monster from Outer Space (dir. Gene Fowler Jr.)
    1958 / United States / 78 minutes / Theme / 10-2

  10. The Seventh Victim (dir. Mark Robson)
    1943 / United States / 71 minutes / Criterion Channel / 10-3

  11. Waxwork (dir. Anthony Hickox)*
    1988 / United States / 95 minutes / AmazonPrime / 10-3

  12. I Walked with a Zombie (dir. Jacques Tourneur)*
    1943 / United States / 69 minutes / Theme Movie / Criterion Channel / 10-4

  13. The Fog (dir. John Carpenter)
    1980 / United States / 90 minutes / 10-4

  14. Thriller (dir. Ida Lupino)*
    2.1, "What Beckoning Ghost?" / 2.2, "Guillotine"
    1960 / United States / 100 minutes / 10-4

  15. The Nightcomers (dir. Michael Winner)*
    1971 / United Kingdom / 96 minutes / kanopy / 10-4

  16. The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (dir. Edward L. Cahn)
    1959 / United States / 70 minutes / 10-5

  17. Torture Garden (dir. Freddie Francis)*
    1967 / United Kingdom / 100 minutes / 10-5

  18. Phenomena (dir. Dario Argento)*
    1985 / Italy / 111 minutes / AmazonPrime / Subset Movie / 10-5

  19. Death Line (dir. Gary Sherman)*
    1972 / United Kingdom / 87 minutes / Shudder / Theme Movie / 10-5

  20. The Creeping Flesh (dir. Freddie Francis)*
    1973 / United Kingdom / 92 minutes / Theme Movie / 10-6

  21. Monster House (dir. Gil Kenan)
    2006 / United States / 91 minutes / Subset Movie / 10-6

  22. Deadly Messages (dir. Jack Bender)*
    1985 / United States / 94 minutes / YouTube / 10-7

  23. Shadow of the Vampire (dir. E. Elias Merhige)*
    2000 / United States / 92 minutes / AmazonPrime / 10-7

  24. Frankenstein Created Woman (dir. Terence Fisher)
    1967 / United Kingdom / 92 minutes / 10-7

  25. The Cradle Will Fall (dir. John Llewellyn Moxey)*
    1983 / United States / 100 minutes / YouTube / 10-8

  26. Stillwatch (dir. Rod Holcomb)*
    1987 / United States / 118 minutes / YouTube / with original commercials / R.I.P. John Wesley / 10-8

  27. Sleepaway Camp (dir. Robert Hiltzik)*
    1983 / United States / 85 minutes / AmazonPrime / Theme Movie / 10-8

  28. Hush (dir. Mike Flanagan)*
    2016 / United States / 81 minutes / Netflix / Theme Movie / 10-8

  29. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (dir. Kevin Murphy)*
    9.12, "The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies"
    1997 / United States / 91 minutes / Netflix / 10-9

  30. Paranoiac (dir. Freddie Francis)
    1963 / United Kingdom / 80 minutes / 10-9

  31. Little Evil (dir. Eli Craig)*
    2017 / United States / 94 minutes / Netflix / Theme Movie / 10-10

  32. Children of the Corn (dir. Fritz Kiersch)*
    1984 / United States / 89 minutes / Hulu / 10-10

  33. The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (dir. Roy Ward Baker / Cheh Chang)
    1974 / United Kingdom & Japan / 80 minutes / 10-10

  34. The House Where Evil Dwells (dir. Kevin Connor)*
    1982 / United States & Japan / 88 minutes / 10-10

  35. Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (dir. Xavier Burgin)*
    2019 / United States / 83 minutes / Shudder / 10-11

  36. Son of Ingagi (dir. Richard C. Kahn)*
    1940 / United States / 62 minutes (missing footage) / AmazonPrime / 10-11

  37. The Mummy (dir. Terence Fisher)
    1959 / United Kingdom / 88 minutes / 10-12

  38. Psycho II (dir. Richard Franklin)*
    1983 / United States / 113 minutes / 10-12

  39. The Bat People (dir. Jerry Jameson)*
    1974 / United States / 93 minutes / 10-12

  40. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (dir. Kevin Murphy)*
    11.10, "It Lives by Night"
    1999 / United States / 92 minutes / 10-12

  41. The Fan (dir. Eckhart Schmidt)*
    1982 / Germany / 92 minutes / BD / 10-13

  42. Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (dir. Hiroshi Aoyama / Kazumi Fukushima / Jim Stenstrum)
    1998 / United States / 77 minutes / Theme Movie / 10-13

  43. Magic (dir. Richard Attenborough)*
    1978 / United States / 107 minutes / Shudder / 10-13

  44. Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (dir. Roy William Neill)
    1943 / United States / 74 minutes / Theme Movie / 10-13

  45. The Phantom Creeps (dir. Ford Beebe / Saul A. Goodkind)*
    1939 / United States / 78 minutes / 1949 television cut / AmazonPrime / 10-14

  46. The House That Screamed (dir. Narciso Ibáńez Serrador)*
    1969 / Spain / 105 minutes / extended cut / Alyxstarr Link / Subset Movie / R.I.P. Narciso Ibáńez Serrador / 10-14

  47. Bone Tomahawk (dir. S. Craig Zahler)*
    2015 / United States / 132 minutes / AmazonPrime / R.I.P. Sid Haig / 10-14

  48. The Mummy's Curse (dir. Leslie Goodwins)
    1944 / United States / 60 minutes / Subset Movie / 10-14

  49. Hobgoblins (dir. Rick Sloane)*
    1988 / United States / 93 minutes / 13 Nights of Elvira episode / AmazonPrime / 10-15

  50. Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms (dir. Phil Weinstein / Tad Stones)
    2006 / United States / 77 minutes / 10-15

  51. One Cut of the Dead (dir. Shin'ichirô Ueda)*
    2017 / Japan / 97 minutes / Shudder / Subset Movie / 10-15

  52. The Curse of the Cat People (dir. Gunther von Fritsch / Robert Wise)
    1944 / United States / 70 minutes / 10-16

  53. Doom (dir. Andrzej Bartkowiak)*
    2005 / United States / 113 minutes / unrated cut / 10-17

  54. Season of the Witch (dir. George A. Romero)*
    1972 / United States / 90 minutes / 10-17

  55. Into the Dark: All That We Destroy (dir. Chelsea Stardust)*
    2019 / United States / 90 minutes / Hulu / 10-17

  56. The Triangle (dir. Lewis Teague)*
    2001 / United States / 92 minutes / YouTube / R.I.P. Luke Perry / 10-18

  57. God Told Me To (dir. Larry Cohen)*
    1976 / United States / 91 minutes / Shudder / Subset Movie / R.I.P. Larry Cohen / 10-18

  58. Bride of Re-Animator (dir. Brian Yuzna)*
    1989 / United States / 96 minutes / R.I.P. John Carl Buechler / 10-18

  59. Hellboy Animated: Blood and Iron (dir. Victor Cook / Tad Stones)
    2007 / United States / 75 minutes / 10-19

  60. The Queen of Spades (dir. Thorold Dickinson)*
    1949 / United Kingdom / 95 minutes / kanopy / 10-19

  61. Dark Night of the Scarecrow (dir. Frank De Felitta)*
    1981 / United States / 96 minutes / Tubi / 10-19

  62. Cry of the Banshee (dir. Gordon Hessler)*
    1970 / United Kingdom / 91 minutes / AmazonPrime / Theme Movie / 10-19

  63. The Lair of the White Worm (dir. Ken Russell)*
    1988 / United Kingdom / 93 minutes / AmazonPrime / 10-19

  64. Dracula (dir. Tod Browning)
    1931 / United States / 75 minutes / Theme Movie / 10-20

  65. Viy (dir. Konstantin Ershov / Georgiy Kropachyov)*
    1967 / Soviet Union / 77 minutes / Subset Movie / 10-20

  66. Zombieland: Double Tap (dir. Ruben Fleischer)*
    2019 / United States / 99 minutes / 10-20

  67. Blade (dir. Stephen Norrington)*
    1998 / United States / 120 minutes / Theme Movie / 10-20

  68. The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (dir. Terence Fisher)
    1960 / United Kingdom / 88 minutes / 10-20

  69. The Island of Dr. Moreau (dir. Don Taylor)*
    1977 / United States / 99 minutes / AmazonPrime / 10-21

  70. Midsommar (dir. Ari Aster)*
    2019 / United States / 147 minutes / BD / 10-21

  71. The Haunting (dir. Jan de Bont)*
    1999 / United States / 113 minutes / Hulu / 10-22

  72. Bram Stoker's Dracula (dir. Francis Ford Coppola)
    1992 / United States / 128 minutes / 10-22

  73. The Hound of the Baskervilles (dir. Terence Fisher)*
    1959 / United Kingdom / 87 minutes / hoopla / 10-23

  74. Creature from the Black Lagoon (dir. Jack Arnold)
    1954 / United States / 79 minutes / R.I.P. Julie Adams / 10-23

  75. i-Lived (dir. Franck Khalfoun)*
    2015 / United States / 97 minutes / 10-24

  76. They Live (dir. John Carpenter)*
    1988 / United States / 93 minutes / BD / Theme Movie / 10-24

  77. Top of the Food Chain (dir. John Paizs)*
    1999 / Canada / 99 minutes / Hulu / 10-25

  78. It Follows (dir. David Robert Mitchell)
    2014 / United States / 100 minutes / 10-25

  79. The Black Cat (dir. Edgar G. Ulmer)
    1934 / United States / 65 minutes / 10-26

  80. Seoul Station (dir. Sang-ho Yeon)*
    2016 / South Korea / 92 minutes / 10-26

  81. Godzilla: Final Wars (dir. Ryűhei Kitamura)
    2004 / Japan / 125 minutes / 10-27

  82. The Mummy (dir. Karl Freund)
    1932 / United States / 73 minutes / 10-27

  83. The Simpsons (dir. Timothy Bailey)*
    31.4, "Treehouse of Horror XXX"
    2019 / United States / 22 minutes / Hulu / 10-27

    Bob's Burgers (dir. Chris Song)*
    10.4, "Pig Trouble in Little Tina"
    2019 / United States / 22 minutes / Hulu / 10-27

    Tales from the Crypt (dir. Peter Medak / Russell Mulcahy)*
    4.7, "The New Arrival" / 5.5, "People Who Live in Brass Hearses"
    1992-1993 / United States / 45 minutes / 10-27

  84. The Haunted Castle (dir. F.W. Murnau)*
    1921 / Germany / 82 minutes / kanopy / 10-27

  85. Alice, Sweet Alice (dir. Alfred Sole)*
    1976 / United States / 98 minutes / AmazonPrime / 10-28

  86. The Addams Family (dir. Barry Sonnenfeld)
    1991 / United States / 99 minutes / 10-29

  87. The Gate (dir. Tibor Takács)*
    1987 / Canada / 85 minutes / AmazonPrime / 10-29

  88. Isle of the Dead (dir. Mark Robson)
    1945 / United States / 71 minutes / Criterion Channel / 10-30

  89. Addams Family Values (dir. Barry Sonnenfeld)
    1993 / United States / 94 minutes / 10-30

  90. Mandy (dir. Panos Cosmatos)*
    2018 / United States / 121 minutes / Shudder / 10-30

  91. Dead End (dir. Jean-Baptiste Andrea / Fabrice Canepa)*
    2003 / France / 85 minutes / AmazonPrime / 10-31

  92. Tales from the Crypt (dir. Bob Gale / Elliot Silverstein)*
    5.7, "House of Horrors" / 5.8, "Well Cooked Hams"
    1993 / United States / 52 minutes / 10-31

    Tales from the Cryptkeeper
    1.5, "The Works... in Wax" / 1.6, "The Sleeping Beauty"
    1993 / Canada / 44 minutes / Tubi / 10-31


Checklist
Spoiler:
10/10 - Select 10 actors: Complete
-x- Abigail Breslin - Zombieland: Double Tap
-x- Clancy Brown - Little Evil
-x- Peter Cushing - The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires
--- John Carradine -
--- Charles Durning -
-x- Sid Haig - Bone Tomahawk
-x- Doug Jones - Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms
-x- Boris Karloff - Thriller, 2 episodes
--- Klaus Kinski -
-x- Christopher Lee - The Mummy
-x- Bela Lugosi - Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
-x- Richard Lynch - God Told Me To
--- Michael Moriarty -
--- Bruce Payne -
--- Ted Raimi -
--- Oliver Reed -
--- Eric Roberts -
-x- Felissa Rose - Sleepaway Camp
--- Dominique Swain -
--- Billy Zane -

2/2 - Select 2 film composers: Completed
--- Joseph Bishara -
-x- Elisabeth Lutyens - Paranoiac
--- Lalo Schifrin -
-x- Shirley Walker - The Haunting of Seacliff Inn

5/5 - Select 5 directors: Complete
--- James Bressack -
-x- John Carpenter - The Fog
-x- Terence Fisher - Frankenstein Created Woman
--- Adam Green -
--- Peter Jackson -
-x- Franck Khalfoun - i-Lived
-x- Ryűhei Kitamura - Godzilla: Final Wars
--- Deon Taylor -
--- Rob Zombie -
-x- Watch a Movie Directed By a Female Director - Into the Dark: All That We Destroy

2/2 - Select 2 makeup effects artists: Complete
--- Al Magliochetti -
-x- Mike Measimer - Bram Stoker's Dracula
--- Michelle Sfarzo -
-x- Michael Spatola - Bride of Re-Animator

2/2 - Select 2 producers: Complete
-x- Nate Bolotin - Mandy
--- Brad Fuller -
--- Enrique Lopez Lavigne -
-x- Trevor Macy - Hush

2/2 - Select 2 writers: Complete
-x- Robert Bloch - Torture Garden
--- Jeff Buhler -
--- Jamie Nash -
-x- Wesley Strick - Doom

33/30 - Select 30 of the following sub-genres / types: Complete
--- *3-D Film -
-x- Anthology Film - Cat's Eye
--- Appears on 25 Weird Horror Movies -
--- Based on a True Story -
--- Based on a Novel -
-x- Cannibalism - Death Line
-x- Cinema Inspired By: Bram Stoker - The Lair of the White Worm
-x- Cinematic Titanic / Horror Host / MST3K / RiffTrax - MST3K: The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped...
-x- Comedy / Spoof - Addams Family Values
-x- Criterion / Masters of Cinema Version Film - Cat People (Criterion)
--- Cryptid Cinema -
--- Death by: Silver Bullet -
--- Diary / Journal -
-x- Director or Writer Cameo in Own Film / Film Adaptation - Psycho II
-x- Distributor / Studio: Mondo Macabro - The Fan
-x- Documentary - Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror
--- Drunk Horror -
--- Euro Horror -
-x- Extraterrestrial / Takes Place in Space - I Married a Monster from Outer Space
--- Film From Someone Else's 'Best of' List -
-x- Film From TCM October 2019 Schedule - The Seventh Victim
-x- Film Title Drop - I Walked with a Zombie
-x- Flashback Horror - Hellboy Animated: Blood and Iron
-x- Folk Horror - Midsommar
-x- From a Basil Gogos Painting - Dracula
--- Found Footage -
--- Frankenstein -
-x- Ghost / Haunting - The House Where Evil Dwells
-x- Giallo - Phenomena
-x- Ouija Board - Deadly Messages
--- Kaiju / Giant Monster -
--- K-Horror -
-x- Killer / Evil Animal - Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell
-x- Killer / Evil Child - The Nightcomers
-x- Killer / Evil Doll - Magic
-x- Made-for-TV Movie - Stillwatch
-x- Mummy - The Mummy's Curse
--- Musical / Rock 'n Roll Horror -
--- Nation of Origin: Thailand -
--- Nazi -
--- Nepotism Dynasty -
--- OHMC 15th Anniversary Watch: 2005 -
-x- One-Word Titles - Waxwork
--- Prom -
-x- Phobias - Isle of the Dead
--- Psychological -
--- Rape / Revenge -
-x- Scarecrows - Dark Night of the Scarecrow
-x- Slasher / Psycho / Homicidal Maniac - The People Across the Lake
--- Shot in Bronson Canyon -
-x- Takes Place in a Hospital - The Cradle Will Fall
--- Takes Place on a Farm -
-x- Takes Place on a Holiday - Dead End
-x- Television - Videodrome
--- Three Installments in a Franchise -
-x- Vampire - Shadow of the Vampire
--- Werewolf -
-x- Witchcraft / Satanic / Religious - The Brotherhood of Satan
--- Wilhelm Scream -
--- With Commentary -
-x- With Two or More Horror Legends - The Creeping Flesh
--- Zombie -

3/3 - Watch films in at least three formats: Complete
-x- Streaming - The Queen of Spades
-x- Blu-ray - They Live
-x- DVD - The Black Cat

3/3 - Watch films in at least three languages: Complete
-x- Japanese - One Cut of the Dead
-x- Russian - Viy
-x- Korean - Seoul Station

4/3 - Watch 3 films that you've never seen before that: Complete
--- Stars a Baldwin (Daniel, Stephen, William) -
--- Features time travel -
-x- Was made in the 1970s - The Bat People
--- Features a giant insect -
-x- Was written by H.G. Wells - The Island of Dr. Moreau
--- Features a character who has a premonition -
-x- Has a scene in a morgue - Alice, Sweet Alice
--- Was shot in Alabama -
--- Is listed on the Film Registry of the National Film Preservation Board -
--- Takes place at a castle -
-x- Features a vampire hunter - Blade

1/1 - Watch 1 film with a recently deceased personality: Complete
-x- Julie Adams - Creature from the Black Lagoon

1/1 - Watch 1 of your OHMC "favorites": Complete
--- The Carrier (1988)
--- Shakma (1990)
--- The Killer Tongue (1996)
--- The House by the Cemetery (1981)
--- Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (1977)
--- Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror (1981)
-x- Hobgoblins (1988) - watched 10/15
--- Microwave Massacre (1983)
--- Killer Condom (1996)

8/6 - Select 6 decades of film history: Complete
-x- Pre-1930 - The Haunted Castle
-x- 1930 - The Phantom Creeps
-x- 1940 - Son of Ingagi
-x- 1950 - The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake
-x- 1960 - The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll
-x- 1970 - Season of the Witch
-x- 1980 - The Gate
-x- 1990 - The Haunting
--- 2000 -
--- 2010 -

3/3 - Select 3 from the following horror film tropes: Complete
--- The Feline Fright -
-x- "Let's Split Up" - The Triangle
--- The Mirror Scare -
--- The Suddenly Undependable Vehicle -
--- The Invincible Killer -
-x- Dream Scares - Children of the Corn
-x- Mythology Exposition - The Mummy

2/1 - Select 1 from the "Chronological Horror Years Faceoff": Completed
-x- 1944 (75th) - The Curse of the Cat People
-x- 1969 (50th) - The House That Screamed
--- 1994 (25th) -

2/1 - Select 1 from the following anniversaries: Complete
--- 30th Anniversary of USA Up All Night -
-x- 40th Anniversary of Fangoria Magazine - The Addams Family, featured on cover of #109
--- 45th Anniversary of Troma Entertainment-
-x- 85th Anniversary of Hammer Films - The Hound of the Baskervilles
--- 100th Birthday of Donald Pleasence -

5/4 - Select 4 ratings: Complete
-x- G - Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island
-x- PG - Monster House
-x- PG-13 - Top of the Food Chain
-x- R - It Follows
--- NC-17 -
--- X -
--- Unrated -
--- M -
-x- GP - Cry of the Banshee

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

1/3 - Venture Into the Literary World:
-x- Read a Horror Novel or Novella - Magic by William Goldman
--- Read a Horror Comic Book or Graphic Novel (insert title). OPTIONAL
--- Read a Horror Magazine (insert title). OPTIONAL



Theme Nights
Spoiler:
-x- 10/01: Cats & Dogs - Cat People / The Haunting of Seacliff Inn / Devil Dog / Cat's Eye
-x- 10/02: Weddings - I Married a Monster from Outer Space
--- 10/03: Playgrounds of the Damned -
-x- 10/04: Zombies - I Walked with a Zombie
-x- 10/05: Donald Pleasence - Phenomena / Death Line
-x- 10/06: Family-Friendly Horror - The Creeping Flesh / Monster House
--- 10/07: Australia / New Zealand -
-x- 10/08: Slashers / Giallos / Serial Killers - Sleepaway Camp / Hush
--- 10/09: Stranded -
-x- 10/10: Horror Movies In Horror Movies - Little Evil
--- 10/11: Strip Club Horrors -
--- 10/12: Heavy Metal Movies -
-x- 10/13: Werewolves / Were-Creatures - Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island / Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
-x- 10/14: 1944 (Diamond) Vs. 1969 (Gold) Vs. 1994 (Silver) - The House That Screamed / The Mummy's Curse
-x- 10/15: Frights, Camera...Traction! - One Cut of the Dead
--- 10/16: Deadly Pranks -
--- 10/17: Fog-Infested Horror Films -
-x- 10/18: R.I.P. Larry Cohen (1936 - 2019) - God Told Me To
-x- 10/19: Thorn EMI / HBO Cannon / HBO Video + Video Stores - Cry of the Banshee
-x- 10/20: Vampires - Dracula / Viy / Blade
--- 10/21: Goodbye to the Practical Effects Whiz Roger Corman Called The Best In the Biz - R.I.P. John Carl Buechler (1952 - 2019) -
--- 10/22: The 50 Best Horror Movies You've Never Seen -
--- 10/23: Home Invasion Horror -
-x- 10/24: Retail Establishment - They Live
--- 10/25: The Return of Joe Bob Briggs -
--- 10/26: TV Terrors / Late-Night Horror Hosts / Aerobics Craze / Casinos -
--- 10/27: Horror Parties -
--- 10/28: Horror Anthologies -
-x- 10/29: Supernatural / Quiet/Soft / Seances - The Gate
-x- 10/30: Demonic Possession / Satanic / Witchcraft / Hell - Mandy
--- 10/31: All Hallows Eve Horrifically Hideous Hellfest / Samhain: An Evening of Celtic Horror -



Subset Movies
Spoiler:
-x- 10/01: shellebelle - Cat People (1942)
--- 10/02: tarfrimmer - [REC]ł Genesis (2012)
-x- 10/03: DaveyJoe - Der Fan (1982) - watched 10/13
--- 10/04: Bladz - Zombi 2 (Zombie) (1979)
-x- 10/05: hbsvb - Phenomena (1985)
-x- 10/06: mrcellophane - Monster House (2006)
--- 10/07: Trevor - Boar (2017)
--- 10/08: SterlingBen - Disconnected (1984)
-x- 10/09: Mondo Kane - Dead End (2003)
--- 10/10: alyxstarr - The Faculty (1998)
--- 10/11: TheBigDave - The Hills Run Red (2009)
--- 10/12: PCBreakdown - 976-EVIL (1988)
--- 10/13: WillieMLF - Wer (2013)
-x- 10/14: MysterioMan007 - The Mummy's Curse (1944) / The House That Screamed (1969) / Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)
-x- 10/15: rbrown498 - One Cut of the Dead (2017)
--- 10/16: numbercrunch - Final Exam (1981)
--- 10/17: Shack - The Fury (1978)
-x- 10/18: ororama - God Told Me To (1976)
--- 10/19: Darkgod - The Prey (1983)
-x- 10/20: Chad - Viy (1967)
--- 10/21: JAX036 - A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
--- 10/22: Darth Maher - Audition (1999)
--- 10/23: clckorang - Us (2019)
--- 10/24: Undeadcow - Nina Forever (2015)
--- 10/25: Gobear - Society (1989)
--- 10/26: cwileyy - Death Spa (1989)
--- 10/27: coyoteblue - The Seventh Curse (1986)
--- 10/28: orlmac - The Vault of Horror (1973)
--- 10/29: arw6040 - Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017)
--- 10/30: mallratcal - Mausoleum (1983)
--- 10/31: jacob_b - House of 1000 Corpses (1987)

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LIST HAS BEEN FINALIZED





This Year's Stats

This year marks my 10th Challenge.

Goal: --
Total Watched: 100

Theme nights, 31 film subset, and Checklist completed.

First Time Viewings: 76 (76%)

Formats Watched:

51 DVD – 51%
32 Streaming (Google Drive, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Shudder, YouTube, Vudu, Shout Factory TV) – 32%
15 Blu-ray - 15%
1 Blu-ray 3D – 1%
1 16mm film print – 1%

Decades:

1930s: 5 (5%)
1940s: 7 (7%)
1950s: 1 (1%)
1960s: 10 (10%)
1970s: 17 (17%)
1980s: 17 (17%)
1990s: 6 (6%)
2000s: 19 (19%)
2010s: 18 (18%)

Longest Film Viewed: Spirits of the Dead (121 minutes)
Shortest Film Viewed: The Mummy’s Curse (60 minutes)

New favorites: Stuck; Tigers Are Not Afraid; Better Watch Out; The Man They Could Not Hang
Will never watch again: The Carrier; The Hills Run Red; My Little Eye; Behind the Walls; Maniac

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Orange Title - Denotes first-time-ever viewing

Caution: Spoilers may follow!

Last year's tally: 55 films; 36 first-time viewings

This year's goal: To enjoy the month without unduly worrying about completing the theme nights, subset, or checklist--I'm not even concerned with how many films I watch. I'm wingin' it, baby!



9/30/2019

Note: This film is not counted in my totals, as it was watched outside the actual month of October. I consider it to be a sort of pre-Challenge warm up.

XX Videodrome (1983) (Blu-ray) – Here's what I wrote about Videodrome when I watched it for the OHCM back in 2013: “While I generally enjoy David Cronenberg's films, Videodrome is an exception. It starts off great, but the longer it goes on, the less sense it makes. By the end of the film, I just don't care WHAT happens to the character of Max Renn. It's not a film that I plan to rewatch anytime soon, but to give credit where credit is due, it features one of my favorite character names of all time: Barry Convex.” As I watched it for this year’s Challenge, I found that I liked it slightly better than I did that last time I watched it six years ago. That’s still not saying that I particularly enjoyed it, however. What I do find fascinating is that it fits so snugly into Cronenberg’s canon, recalling the body horror of Rabid and The Brood (but giving that horror a name: the “new flesh”) while presaging the aberrant sexuality that was the main preoccupation of the characters in Crash. It’s an important work among his films, but I just don’t like it very much.


10/1/2019

1. Cat People (1942) (DVD) – Val Lewton’s first horror film at RKO, Cat People is still my favorite of the seven that he made there. I feel that it’s the first truly modern horror film, as Universal’s output mostly took place in remote European villages at least 100 years ago, and the horror films made at Warner Brothers, while taking place in contemporary times, still showed the influence of Universal in their plotting. But Cat People, with its subject matter of sexual repression very much up-front and its psychiatrist character, has very modern sensibilities. There’s so much to love about it that I think that I need to list the five things that make me most happy about it:

  • Simone Simon—she’s quite fetching
  • Irena’s line: “I like the dark…it’s friendly.”
  • Dr. Judd’s description of childhood trauma: “A canker in the mind”
  • The cat in the shipbuilding office’s name: John Paul Jones
  • The shot of Oliver when he leaves Irena’s apartment for the first time—it’s a high shot from Irena’s vantage point, looking down at him looking up from the bottom of the staircase
I also feel sorry for all of the caged big cats at the zoo; their cages are so like prison cells that it hurts to think of them actually living in them. While I love all of Lewton’s horror films, this is the first one that I ever saw, and it still resonates the most with me. It’s a well-deserved addition to the Criterion Collection, and one of my two favorite horror films from the 1940s.

2. The Black Cat (1966) (DVD) – What an odd bird this film is! It’s technically crude, with bad sound and sloppy editing, but it’s oddly effective despite its shortcomings (including an incredibly bad shot of a burning “mansion”). The effects are surprisingly graphic for the time, especially the scenes featuring the torture, mutilation, and killing of the titular animal. Being a cat lover, I was more upset at what happened to the cat than at what happened to any of the film’s human actors. The lead actress was pretty awful, but everyone else was quite good, including Pluto the Cat (playing “Pluto the Cat”). You might recognize the bar girl, played by Anne MacAdams, as the same actress who played Dr. Masters in Don’t Look in the Basement a few years later. Worth checking out.

3. The Carrier (1988) (DVD) – This film was a subset film five years ago, but I missed it back then, so I figured that, since it fit today’s theme, I’d give it a watch. That was a bad move on my part. I know that this film has its fans, but I’m most certainly not one of them. The plot, in a nutshell: A guy who lives in a tiny town is attacked by “The Black Thing” and becomes a carrier for a disease that causes any inanimate object that he touches to melt any living thing that comes in contact with it. Naturally, people all over town start melting. The citizens of the town break into two factions that start fighting each other, they mark known contaminated objects with red cloth, cats take on a new significance, and the guy that started it all just wants to get out of town. It’s whacked out, but not a lot of fun. For its budget, it does have some intriguing special effects, but they weren’t enough for me to deem the time spent watching it worthwhile.


10/2/2019

4. [rec] 3: Genesis (2012) (Streaming—Google Drive [Alyxstarr's link])– A wedding reception goes downhill fast when a zombie virus breaks out. That’s the whole plot. Really. This second sequel to the wonderful [ rec] doesn’t break any new ground at all; in fact, I found it to be a step backward in quality, because the first one had some terrific scares in it, and this one doesn’t. It’s been called a comedy, but I didn’t see anything particularly amusing in it, nor I did see anything that was particularly clever. I neither loved it nor hated it; the word that comes to mind when I think of it is “perfunctory”—it’s just another sequel.

5. Honeymoon (2014) (DVD) – A newlywed couple goes to spend their honeymoon at her family’s summer cabin at a remote lake. Awakened by something at 3:45 on their second night there, the husband finds that his new wife has disappeared. He finds her outside in the woods, naked and cold. Once back inside, she shrugs it off as a sleepwalking episode, but he’s not so sure, as her personality and memory seem to be off after the incident. I found this low-key, Invasion of the Body Snatchers-like film engrossing, with great performances and a couple of fairly icky special effects. Recommended.

6. Lovely Molly (2011) (DVD) – Gretchen Lodge is really good in this downbeat film about a woman who gets married and moves with her husband into her childhood home outside of town. As he’s a trucker, she’s in the house alone most of the time. She starts hearing whispering voices and singing, and she soon becomes convinced that her father is haunting the house. This film reminded me a whole lot of The Babadook, which I could never really warm up to…and I feel the same about this film. I appreciate it for what it’s trying to do, and it’s very well-made, but I never felt engaged with it, especially in the middle third of the film (which drags a lot). Still, I feel like I’ll have to give it a second chance at some point in the future, because I think that maybe I was just tired when I watched it and wasn’t up to unraveling its mysteries. The last time we see Molly in the film is super-creepy, and the final shot of the film is intriguing. Worth checking out, but be prepared for a somewhat ambiguous and bleak experience.


10/3/2019

7. Der Fan (1982) (Streaming—Google Drive [Alyxstarr's link])– A German teenager is obsessed with a new wave singer and writes him letter after letter. When she doesn’t get any response, she decides to leave home and track him down. She actually finds him, and he takes an interest in her. Will everything work out for them? For the first hour or so of this film, I kept wondering why it was listed as a horror film. It seemed to be much more like an after-school special than a horror movie…but then the horror movie aspect kicked in, and, maybe because it was so antithetical to what came before it, it got a LOT darker than I thought that it would. It’s not for everyone’s tastes, but I liked it, boring first half and all.

8. My Little Eye (2002) (DVD) – Five uninteresting people are chosen to be on an Internet streaming series wherein they’re forced to live together in an isolated house for six months. The prize: a million dollars, but they’ll only get it if they ALL stay the full six months. The film concerns itself with the last few days of their stay, when “the company” starts trying to force them to leave so that they don’t have to pay the prize money. At first, the nudges are mild, such as delivering a box of bricks instead of the expected food, but the closer the end of their stay gets, the rougher “the company” seems to be playing. It’s an okay film, but the characters are so uninteresting that it’s a chore to work up enough good will toward them to care what happens. Bradley Cooper shows up in one of his first roles.


10/4/2019

9. Zombie (1979) (Blu-ray) – I actually saw this film in the theater way back in 1980, and I felt ripped off. I’ve come to appreciate it a bit more over the years, but I still don’t think that it’s a very good film. It is, however, important in that it kicked off the Italian zombie movie cycle, which, for better or worse, lasted until The Road Warrior kicked off the post-apocalyptic cycle. The theme song is awesome.

10. Juan of the Dead (2011) (DVD) – Not bad horror-comedy takes place in Cuba, where Juan and his pal spend their days doing as little as possible. When the zombie apocalypse breaks out, Juan discovers that he, his friend, and assorted acquaintances and relatives are pretty good at taking down zombies, so they open a for-profit zombie-killing business. I didn’t particularly like the look of the film, but there were enough funny bits to keep me entertained.

11. Zombies on Broadway (1945) (DVD) – Two publicity men, charged with finding a real zombie for the opening of a New York club, go to San Sebastian to find one. They run afoul of Bela Lugosi and Darby Jones, the actor who played the zombie in I Walked with a Zombie, made for the same studio (RKO) two years earlier. They also run into Sir Lancelot, the calypso singer from I Walked with a Zombie, as well. The film stars Wally Brown and Alan Carney as the publicity guys. Brown and Carney were RKO’s very poor, unfunny answer to Abbott and Costello, yet somehow they were still able to make over half a dozen films together for the studio. Don’t let them stop you from seeing the film, however, as it’s fairly fun, with one pretty funny gag involving a monkey.

12. The Return of Dr. X (1939) (DVD) – Humphrey Bogart gets third billing in the opening credits, yet he’s top-billed in the end credits, in this film about a doctor who’s created synthetic blood. It’s not a scary film at all, but it moves fast and doesn’t take itself too seriously. I enjoyed it a lot.


10/5/2019

13. Phenomena (1985) (DVD) – If all the films in Dario Argento’s filmography were titled like Friends episodes, this one would be called “The One Where Jennifer Connelly Talks to Bugs,” or perhaps “The One That Looks Real Good but Doesn’t Make a Lick of Sense.” In it, Jennifer Connelly is sent to a boarding school in Switzerland. It just so happens that there are also some unsolved murders that have taken place in the vicinity, with the victims all being schoolgirls. Also, Jennifer (playing a girl named “Jennifer”) has telepathic rapport with insects, and she sleepwalks, apparently over great distances. Donald Pleasence plays a world-famous entomologist who lives near the school. He has a pet monkey that helps him out with stuff, since he’s confined to a wheelchair due to a car accident. This was originally released in the US by New Line, who cut almost thirty minutes out of it and renamed it Creepers. I like that version better than the full-length release. The soundtrack has some great music on it, including songs by Iron Maiden and Motorhead. I had the cassette.

14. From Beyond the Grave (1974) (DVD) – The last of Amicus’s horror anthology films, From Beyond the Grave is fairly weak sauce. In it, Peter Cushing plays the proprietor of an antique shop, and the stories all involve people who have gotten things from him. In the first story, David Warner buys a haunted mirror; in the second, Donald Pleasence and his daughter Angela are befriended by an unhappy man who has stolen a military medal from Cushing’s shop; in the third, a man who buys a snuff box finds himself host to an elemental spirit that threatens to kill his wife; and in the fourth tale, a guy who buys a door from Cushing to put on his stationary closet finds that an entirely new room lies beyond the door once it’s installed. It’s a fun film, but it’s not scary in the least.

15. Raw Meat (1972) (DVD) – Donald Pleasence stars as a police inspector who notices that a lot of people have gone missing at a particular subway stop. It turns out that the stop is adjacent to a line of the subway system that was abandoned when it collapsed eighty years before, trapping a dozen or so workers in the rubble. These workers didn’t die, however; they and then their ancestors have been living in the tube tunnels ever since. This film features my new favorite Donald Pleasence performance; it’s too bad that Halloween conferred a gravitas to his persona that he was never able to shake, because Raw Meat shows what fun he could be when given an offbeat role.


10/6/2019

16. Monster House (2006) (Blu-ray 3D)Monster House is an adequate children’s film about a house that’s evil. When the house’s owner is taken away in an ambulance, the house gets really mean and starts eating people. The film’s in 3D, but use of the gimmick is rather restrained. I’m sure that kids will like it fine, but I wasn’t particularly impressed with it.

17. (WILD CARD #1) Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) (DVD) – I’ve somehow avoided seeing any of the Wallace & Gromit short films over the years, so this was my first introduction to the duo. In it, Wallace and Gromit run a pest-removal service that seems to focus primarily on rabbits. When Wallace combines a couple of contraptions of his to brainwash the rabbits into not liking veggies, it backfires, creating a were-rabbit that threatens to disrupt Lady Tottington’s giant veggie show. I wasn’t expecting much from this film, but it turned out to be quite entertaining.

18. The Green Slime (1968) (Blu-ray) – Another film that I caught in the theater waaay back when. I was probably six or seven when I saw it, and it scared the daylights out of me. I sure did love it, though. Nearly fifty years later, I can’t say that it still scares me, but I do still love it. In it, some green slime from an asteroid that our heroes are sent to blow up gets onto one of their suits and is taken back to the space station from whence they came. Soon, the tiny patch of slime has morphed into dozens of deadly slime creatures, and complications ensue. The theme song is legendary.

19. The Man They Could Not Hang (1939) (DVD) – How have I gone all my life without seeing this movie? Boris Karloff plays a doctor who is sentenced to death, hung, and then brought back to life by an assistant. Naturally, he decides to kill all of the people responsible for giving him the death sentence. It is, in its own way, a kind of a precursor to The Abominable Dr. Phibes…and it moves like lightning. It’s a new favorite oldie of mine.

20. Paranoiac (1963) (Blu-ray) – Oliver Reed chews the scenery (as he is wont to do) in this super-twisty psychological thriller from Hammer. In it, Oliver’s brother, who seemed to have committed suicide eleven years before (he threw himself over a cliff into the ocean, and his body was never found), suddenly shows back up. Oliver’s sister believes that it’s really her brother; Oliver isn’t quite so convinced. I quite enjoyed it, and it gets extra credit for containing a pretty good scare.


10/7/2019

21. Boar (2017) (Streaming—Shudder via Amazon Prime)– A giant feral hog roams Australia, munching on pretty much whatever it wants to. Some people try to stop it; eventually, they succeed. I liked this movie a lot better the first time I saw it thirty-five years ago, when it was called Razorback.

22. Berlin Syndrome (2017) (DVD) – An Australian tourist visiting Munich meets a local, they click, and she decides to extend her visit by a day or two. The local decides that’s not long enough and imprisons her in his isolated apartment. Berlin Syndrome features some very good performances, but the film’s leisurely pacing and overlength really dilute what could have been a solid thriller. It’s not a bad film, but it could have been so much better. Based on a novel.

23. Lake Mungo (2008) (DVD) – A teenaged girl drowns during a family outing; afterwards, strange occurrences lead her family to believe that her ghost is haunting them. Lake Mungo is shot as if it’s a documentary, and the filmmakers have done a remarkable job in making it feel as if it’s a real documentary (I loved the posed shot of the funeral home guys). The story’s intriguing, but by the end I felt that it had piled up, then discarded, too many possible resolutions, and the one that actually ended the film was sort of a let-down after some of the intriguing ideas that had been touched upon beforehand. The film has a really creepy feel to it, but I don’t think that I’d recommend it to casual horror viewers. However, if “The Blair Witch Project meets Kairo” sounds intriguing to you, you should try to get your hands on a copy of it.


10/8/2019

24. Disconnected (1984) (Streaming—Amazon Prime)– A video store clerk starts receiving scary phone calls that unnerve her. At the same time, she starts dating a guy who may or may not be a murderer. Needless to say, her life gets complicated pretty quickly. This dumb-as-dirt cheap slasher film is practically worthless as far as having an interesting story to tell, but as a trip back in time to somewhere around 1984, it’s priceless. The fashions, the technology on display, and especially the video store setting took me right back to my youth. Don’t watch Disconnected for the plot; watch it for a time-trip to a more honest depiction of the ‘80s than Hollywood ever gave us.

25. The Cannibal Man (a.k.a. Apartment on the 13th Floor) (1972) (DVD) – Grim Spanish shocker about a worker at a food-processing plant who kills a cab driver during a fight and then has to keep killing to cover up his previous murder(s). It’s not a fun watch by any stretch of the imagination, but the film did manage to keep my attention the whole way through. I love the dogs that hang around the lead character's house after the bodies begin to stack up inside. Neither of the two titles have a whole lot to do with the film; the first may or may not be accurate, and the second isn’t where the main character lives, but where a friend of his lives. Since the film was made in Spain in the early 1970s, I’m sure that it has some sort of political subtext that I’m not knowledgeable enough about to pick up on.


10/9/2019

26. Dead End (2003) (DVD) – I first saw this film probably ten or so years ago, and it horrified me. I didn’t find it scary, but I did find several of the deaths, especially that of Lin Shaye’s character, to be very hard to take. Therefore, I was dreading watching it again…but I shouldn’t have worried. This time, I saw the film as a pitch-black comedy, and I quite enjoyed it. My favorite moment features the drawing that the mother makes for her daughter. The film seems like it would have made a great Twilight Zone episode; as it stands, the material is stretched a little thin. It’s still enjoyable, though, for those with twisted senses of humor.

27. Open Water (2004) (DVD) – This film, in opposition to Dead End, is nightmare fuel indeed. A married couple goes deep water diving from an excursion boat far out in the ocean, and they accidentally get left behind when a member of the boat’s crew miscounts the number of passengers who have returned from the dive. The rest of the film is the couple treading water, trying to avoid sharks. It’s not a feel-good film by any stretch of the imagination. It’s quite well-made, but I don’t think that I ever want to see it again.

28. Attack of the Beast Creatures (1985) (Streaming—YouTube)– Hysterically awful film concerns itself with a group of people who, due to their ship sinking somewhere in the North Atlantic, are stranded on an island inhabited by “beast creatures.” The majority of the film seems to have been shot in the woods behind someone’s house, and there’s not a real actor in the bunch. The “beast creatures” who terrorize the cast mostly seem to be hand puppets. It’s a must-see film for bad movie devotees.

29. Out of the Darkness (a.k.a. Night Creature) (1978) (DVD) – Donald Pleasence stars as a big-game hunter who’s almost killed by a black panther. He pays to have it caught and released on his private island so that he can hunt it down and kill it without it escaping. Unfortunately, his family shows up unannounced, leading to complications and tragedy. There’s some nice Thai scenery on display, but it’s not Pleasence’s finest hour as an actor, and the film drags a bit in the middle. For a fun drinking game, take a shot every time that the film shows the panther looking straight into the camera. The filmmakers must have used that same shot a dozen or more times.


10/10/2019

30. The Faculty (1998) (DVD) The Faculty was fairly big news amongst genre enthusiasts when it came out in 1998, primarily because it was written by Kevin Williamson, still hot from writing Scream and Scream 2, and Robert Rodriguez, riding a crest of popularity stemming from having directed Desperado and From Dusk Till Dawn. I saw it, and I thought that it was fun but slight. I still feel that way, although time has been kind to it. If you’ve seen Invasion of the Body Snatchers and all of its remakes and rip-offs, and you still find yourself craving more alien invasion action, you can do worse than The Faculty.

31. Trick 'r Treat (2007) (DVD) – I’ve been hearing good things about this film for years, so I was kind of excited about watching it. Trick ‘r Treat features five interlocking tales of horror set in a small town on Halloween night. Now that I’ve seen it, I’ve got to admit that I have no idea why people go so crazy over this movie. I didn’t hate it, but I truly don’t see anything special about it whatsoever. Give me an Amicus anthology film over this any day. (Does anyone else think that Dylan Baker looks like Stephen Colbert’s identical twin in this film?)


10/11/2019

32. Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015) (Streaming—Digital Copy via Vudu)– I wasn’t particularly looking forward to watching this, since it’s gotten less-than-stellar reviews and is somewhere under a 50% “Fresh” rating at Rotten Tomatoes, but I ended up enjoying it a lot. In it, three scouts and a stripper team up to try to save one of the scouts’ sister from the usual rampaging zombies. This movie certainly breaks no new ground, but it was a fun way to spend an hour and a half on a Friday afternoon.

33. The Hills Run Red (2009) (Streaming—Google Drive [Alyxstarr's link]) – I’ve now seen the first film that I’ve totally hated of this year’s Challenge. Despite having a great setup (three friends try to track down a legendary lost splatter film and the people who made it), this film seemed to make the wrong choice at every step of the way. It appears to have been shot somewhere in Eastern Europe, if all of the crew names ending in “v” are any indication. Absolutely awful.

34. Tomie (1998) (DVD) – Not entirely successful film about a girl (or is she a demon?) named Tomie, who seems to inspire the people she’s around to murder. She’s always one of the murder victims as well, but she apparently has a way of regenerating herself so that she’s as good as new after a brief period. It’s an intriguing premise (based, as is often the case with Japanese horror films, on a comic), and the lead actresses are good, but it just misses the mark. The soundtrack, however, is exceptional.

35. Zombie Stripper Apocalypse (a.k.a. The Big Tits Dragon and Big Tits Zombie) (2010) (DVD) – With titles like these, I wasn’t expecting this film to be any good…and I was right. Apparently, even though the Japanese version of the film is already whacked out, the version I watched was an American redub job that tried to make it even wackier. It just made it seem that much more stupid. Still, any film that features a zombie with a flame-throwing vagina (as does this one) has to been seen in some form at least once, doesn’t it?


10/12/2019

36. 976-EVIL (1988) (Streaming—Google Drive [Alyxstarr's link]) – I saw this film when it first came out on VHS, and I didn’t particularly care for it then and don’t particularly care for it now. A teenager calls a “Horrorscope” 976 number (for those who don’t remember them, 976 phone numbers automatically billed one’s telephone account at exorbitant by-the-minute rates) and is turned into a demon. Funny how this doesn’t affect his cousin, who calls the number multiple times a day. Oscar winner Sandy Dennis shows up as the kid’s mother and the cousin’s Aunt Lucy and gives a really, really quirky performance. Somehow Robert Englund, the guy who played Freddy Krueger, got a chance to direct with this film. It’s good that he had a day job to fall back on. This film exemplifies everything that was wrong with horror cinema in the late ‘80s.

37. Night Creatures (1962) (Blu-ray) – Fun change of pace for Hammer Films tells the same basic story as the better-known Disney film Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow (which originally aired as a three-episode installment on The Magical World of Disney called The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh). In the Hammer film, Peter Cushing stars as the Reverend Dr. Blyss, who’s a mild-mannered clergyman by day and a smuggler by night. To scare off those who might stumble upon his smuggling operation, he and his men (and their horses) dress up in skeletal costumes and ride through the marsh as the Marsh Phantoms. His little hamlet is visited by an army regiment, sent to determine if there is, indeed, any smuggling going on. Will the army guys find out about the smuggling? Will they also find out that Dr. Blyss is actually Captain Clegg, notorious pirate who was assumed to be dead after a hanging years ago? Or will the Marsh Phantoms scare them away? Look for Oliver Reed in an early role.

38. Without Warning (1980) (Blu-ray) – The first film in a Greydon Clark two-fer for today, Without Warning is about an alien who’s come to Earth to hunt humans. It’s kind of like a cross between It Conquered the World and Predator. (Speaking of Predator, Kevin Peter Hall played both the alien in Without Warning and the Predator in the first two films in that franchise.) It’s low-budget, but it’s not awful. It marks a lot of time in the middle third, but then it picks up for an explosive finale. I remember hearing about this film from friends who saw it back in the early days of HBO.

39. Satan's Cheerleaders (1977) (DVD) – The Greydon Clark double-feature continues with an unusually-annoying film wherein the world’s smallest cheerleading squad runs afoul of some Satanists. It’s one of those films where a character will make a wisecrack, and everyone within earshot laughs…which isn’t the worst thing in the world, usually. But in THIS film, every other line is delivered that way, and the “wisecracks” aren’t funny in the least. This film alone may be responsible for hundreds of teenage pregnancies, as I can imagine that anyone seeing this at the drive-in with a date would bail on it pretty quickly and end up in the backseat.


10/13/2019

40. Wer (2013) (Streaming—Google Drive [Alyxstarr's link]) – I had heard nothing about this film before watching it today, and since it’s been out for a while and hadn’t made it onto my radar, I wasn’t expecting anything great. I was surprised to find that I enjoyed it reasonably well. The CGI effects were fairly crummy, with a whole lot of unconvincing CGI blood splatters, but the practical effects were nicely gruesome. My main complaint was the final big fight; the film veered into comic book territory for it, and it took me out of the film. Up until that fight, however, I found the film to be a fresh take on werewolf tropes.

41. She-Wolf of London (1946) (Blu-ray) – June Lockhart (of Lost in Space and Lassie fame) stars as a girl who believes that she’s the werewolf that’s been murdering people in a park near her house. Even at 61 minutes, this movie drags quite a bit. Directed by Jean Yarbrough, who also directed Bela Lugosi in The Devil Bat and made probably my favorite bad movie, Hillbillys in a Haunted House.

42. Curse of the Devil (1973) (DVD) – Paul Naschy stars as cursed werewolf Waldemar Daninsky for the seventh time in this fairly-gory-for-its-time Spanish shocker. Because of an ancient curse placed upon one of his ancestors, Waldemar Daninsky becomes a werewolf and starts chewing up the populace of his small village. It’s not particularly good, but it’s fun, with some nice-looking actresses in the altogether and some super-fake but still sort of unsettling bloodletting.

43. Santo and Blue Demon vs. Dracula and the Wolf Man (1973) (DVD) – If you’ve never seen a Mexican wrestling movie before, you need to put it on your “To Do” list ASAP. In this one, Santo (the masked wrestler) calls in his friend Blue Demon (also a masked wrestler) to help him save three women and a girl from the newly-revived Dracula and the Wolf Man. There’s a formula to these films (and they are legion): each film opens with a wrestling match, then there’s the film proper, and then it closes with a wrestling match. In this one, since it’s Santo AND Blue Demon, there’s a bonus wrestling match in the middle of the film when Blue Demon is added to the proceedings. In this bonus match, Blue Demon wrestles a maskless guy named Renato, the Hippie. And speaking of dumb names, in case you never knew it, the Wolf Man’s real name is Rufus Rex. Take that, Larry Talbot! It’s dumb fun that was pretty much made for kids, although it does have more blood and violence than I’m used to seeing in movies aimed at children. And it’s just weird having the two stars walking around in masks that make them look like burn victims, but I guess that it sold like hotcakes in Mexico fifty years ago.


10/14/2019

44. The Mummy's Curse (1944) (Blu-ray) – I watched this one for the Challenge in 2013, and since my feelings haven’t changed about it, here’s what I had to say about it six years ago: Fast-moving entry in the series (the last, in fact, if you don't count Abbott and Costello into the equation) is pretty much interchangeable with the other entries in the series. Luckily, The Mummy's Curse features TWO gorgeous brunettes as eye candy. The resurrection of Princess Ananka in this one is probably my favorite sequence out of the entire Universal horror cycle of the '40s (again, excepting Abbott and Costello). On the debit side, another lame song slows things to a crawl for two minutes or so. One of eight(!) films that Lon Jr. made in 1944.

45. The House That Screamed (1969) (Streaming—Google Drive [Alyxstarr's link]) – Murders take place at a boarding school for wayward girls, but who’s doing the killing? This Spanish film has a stellar reputation that I find rather unwarranted; in its favor, it does have some nice atmosphere and camera work, but to its detriment it moves very slowly and is actually too tame. I mean, where in the history of anywhere has the entire population of students at a school been forced to shower wearing clothes? I realize that I’m voicing a minority opinion, and maybe the film with grow on me with repeated viewings, but at the moment, I’m not a fan. I have a feeling that I might like the US theatrical edit better than the longer version that I watched for the Challenge.

46. Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994) (Streaming—Google Drive [Alyxstarr's link]) – Another film that I watched for a previous Challenge; again, my feelings for it have stayed the same. Here's what I wrote about it four years ago: It’s ten years after A Nightmare on Elm Street, and, because the Freddy Krueger films are no longer being made, the spirit of Freddy is getting restless and needs an outlet back into our world. What better way back in than to start showing up in the dreams of the real people who created the movies: Heather Langenkamp, Wes Craven, and Robert Englund? At once silly and dizzyingly self-reflexive, New Nightmare is much like a cinematic Mobius strip that keeps turning in on itself. It’s sorta-kinda brilliant until it gives in to its own tropes with about twenty minutes left. Unfortunately, audiences didn’t want meta-Freddy, and the film fizzled at the box office. Craven tried going meta again two years later with much more profitable results.


10/15/2019

47. One Cut of the Dead (2017) (Blu-ray) – I watched One Cut of the Dead for the fifth time for the Challenge, and I think that I love it more every time that I watch it. I first saw it on July 5th of this year, and here's what I wrote about it then: "After hearing unanimous praise for this low-budget Japanese wonder (which cost roughly $25,000 and raked in more than $25 million at the global box office—and that’s without playing theatrically in the U.S.), I went online and bought a Region B Blu-ray of it from the UK. I’d tried to hear as few details about the plot as possible, but I was still a little apprehensive to put it in my player, fearing a) that the disc wouldn’t play (I’d read that the Region B disc was miscoded, and was actually an all-region disc, which is why I decided to spend the $27.79 in the first place), and b) that the movie wouldn’t live up to its hype. Well, the disc played, so that was one fear allayed. Once the film started, I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed, because, while it did indeed seem to be shot in one take, the quality of the filmmaking, in particular the acting, camerawork, and special effects, wasn’t all that great. And then the film within the film ends, and the audience is told the backstory, and the film becomes wonderful beyond words. Is it a horror film? No. It’s a film about the making of a horror film, but there’s nothing actually horrific about it…and better yet, I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest. In fact, when it was over, I broke down in tears for no discernable reason. I guess that the sheer delight of filmmaking evidenced in the film, along with what actually turns out to be some great performances, hit me right in the feels. Whatever the reason, I enjoyed this film more than I’ve enjoyed a film in a long time, and I’m glad that I decided to splurge and buy it." I don't foresee anything besting One Cut of the Dead as my favorite new watch of 2019.

48. Snuff (1975) (DVD) – This sub-par crime film, mostly shot in Argentina, gained notoriety (and made some serious cash) when it was passed off as showing an actual on-camera murder. Anyone who’s ever seen a Herschell Gordon Lewis film would know that the on-screen “murder” is actually comprised of some pretty dodgy gore effects. Snuff is bad, and not even entertainingly so—it’s just bottom-of-the-barrel grindhouse fodder. It does have one memorable line, though: “Pig! Filthiest of all animals! I will cut your heart from your body and feed it to the dogs!”

49. Effects (1979) (DVD) – A crew shooting a low-budget horror movie soon come to realize that they’re working on a snuff film. A super-low budget and generally obnoxious characters sink this one pretty fast. Many of George Romero’s late ‘70s/early ‘80s crew worked on this, but George’s presence is sorely missed.


10/16/2019

50. Final Exam (1981) (Streaming—Amazon Prime)– A random guy shows up to kill students at a small college. And that’s it—really. A couple of obnoxious characters with fitting names (Wildman and Radish, which suddenly sounds to me like a show that should be on the Cartoon Network) are given waaaay too much screen time until the final girl kills the slasher real good with his own knife. This is probably the most boring and least suspenseful slasher film that I’ve ever seen; if you were to show this film right next to a bowl of melting vanilla ice cream, I probably wouldn’t be able to tell you which one was the slasher film. Shot at the Earl Owensby studios in North Carolina.

51. Better Watch Out (2016) (Streaming—Shudder via Amazon Prime)– A babysitter in charge of a 12-year-old boy on an evening right before Christmas finds the house she’s sitting at besieged by an unknown assailant or assailants. I went into this one knowing only that basic premise, and the film has turned out to be one of my favorites of the month so far. I don’t want to spoil any of its surprises, so I’ll just urge you to see it.

52. Cry_Wolf (2005) (DVD) – A prank email sent to the students of an elite boarding school turns out to have deadly consequences. This is really quite the twisty thriller, so there’s a better-than-average chance that if you’re not paying attention to all of the details, you’ll come away from it confused and unsatisfied. If you’re willing to pay close attention, however, it’s a fascinating film, even if it does feature Jon Bon Jovi in a key role. (Full disclosure: I’m not a fan of Jon Bon Jovi.)


10/17/2019

53. The Fury (1978) (DVD) – I first saw this film back around the time that it first came out (I think that I caught it on HBO, but I might have seen it in the theater), and I’ve always been a bit underwhelmed by it. Director Brian De Palma is in fine form, but something about the screenplay by John Farris (based on his novel) seems a little off. It’s still entertaining, with an early appearance by Daryl Hannah and a memorable finale.


10/18/2019

54. God Told Me To (1976) (DVD) – Oscar-winner Sandy Dennis shows up in her second subset pick of this year’s Challenge as the wife of New York City detective Tony Lo Bianco. He’s investigating a series of murders in which the killers all give “God told me to” as their reason for killing. As it turns out, he may also have a connection to the murders. Pretty good Larry Cohen film features one of the grooviest couches in cinematic history, and Andy Kaufman shows up as one of the killers.

55. Uncle Sam (1995) (Streaming—Amazon Prime)– A kid’s uncle, killed by friendly fire in the Gulf War, is sent home for burial. Unfortunately for everyone involved, he decides not to stay dead. Isaac Hayes, P. J. Soles, Bo Hopkins, and William Smith help to keep things interesting between the killings. It’s a long, long way from Bob Clark’s Deathdream, but it’s not totally awful, either.

56. It's Alive III: Island of the Alive (1987) (DVD) – I’m not a fan of Larry Cohen’s It’s Alive, since I have a hard time suspending my disbelief far enough to allow me to take killer mutant babies in stride. I’m not fond of It Lives Again, the sequel, in which three killer mutant babies show up to continue the bloodletting. Oddly enough, I really kinda dug It’s Alive III: Island of the Alive, because, with the babies grown up a little, I can finally suspend my disbelief enough to meet Cohen halfway. Killer mutant children are SO much more believable than killer mutant babies. I was a bit disappointed that so little of the film actually took place on the island where the killer mutant babies had been abandoned, but Michael Moriarty’s performance more than makes up for that misstep.


10/19/2019

57. The Prey (1983) (Streaming—Google Drive [Alyxstarr's link]) – Bizarro slasher film-cum-nature documentary has practically nothing to recommend it…unless you like watching insect footage that’s been overdubbed with idiotic sound effects. If that’s the case, you’re in for a real treat. The ending is ultra-dumb and somehow reminded me a bit of Eegah! That should be enough to steer any rational person away from this swill.

58. Full Moon High (1981) (Streaming—YouTube)– I don’t know what was going on with genre comedies in the early ‘80s, but the majority of them were awful. This one is no exception. Adam Arkin goes to Romania with his dad Ed McMahon and returns as a werewolf. Twenty years later, he has to fulfill his destiny…by scoring a touchdown against Full Moon High School’s rival. Larry Cohen was responsible for this hairball. If you absolutely have to watch a high school werewolf film, watch Teen Wolf or I Was a Teenage Werewolf instead.

59. The Curse of the Crimson Altar (a.k.a. The Crimson Cult) (1968) (Blu-ray) – The very definition of “meh.” A guy’s brother disappears while on an antique-buying trip, so he goes looking for him, with only an address as a clue. He winds up finding Barbara Steele in green makeup. Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee star.


10/20/2019

60. Viy (1967) (Streaming—Shudder via Amazon Prime)– A seminary student in Russia, traveling with two friends during a break from their studies, ends up spending the night with his friends on the farm of a witch with whom he later finds himself flying in the night skies. When he gets back to the seminary, he’s immediately sent off to say prayers at the deathbed of a young woman who asked for him by name. By the time he gets to her, however, she’s already died, so he’s pressed into staying in a church with her corpse for three nights to offer up prayers. Bad move. Each night the dead girl leaves her coffin and terrorizes the student until dawn, with each subsequent night being more horrifying than the last. On the third night, all hell breaks loose in the church, with all sorts of demons and devils, and ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties, threatening him. The copy of the film that I saw was dubbed, and I probably would have preferred a subtitled version, but it still packed quite a punch in the church scenes and had some truly nightmarish imagery. It’s definitely a change of pace from the usual.

61. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970) (DVD) – Thirteen-year-old Valerie hits puberty and all sorts of weirdness breaks loose. A lot of people seem to like this film, but its non-linear plot (if it can be said to have a plot at all) kept me from enjoying it much. I found it to be pretty, but confusing and fairly non-eventful. Your mileage may vary, but I don’t think that I’ll be rewatching it any time soon.

62. Billy the Kid vs. Dracula (1966) (DVD) – Movie titles rarely get this self-explanatory. Dracula goes up against a reformed Billy the Kid. You can probably guess who survives ‘til the end of the film. This movie often gets derided, but for a low-budget affair aimed strictly at kiddie matinees, it supplies exactly what it promises: some western action and some vampire action. I enjoyed it for what it was.

63. Vampyr (1932) (DVD) – Carl Theodor Dreyer’s follow-up to The Passion of Joan of Arc is a fairly slow-moving tale about an old woman vampire. A lot of people seem to find this to be a horror classic, but I found it to be a film with some interesting imagery but not a whole lot else going for it. It’s worth seeing, but don’t expect to have your socks knocked off.

64. Vampyr (1932) (With Commentary) (DVD) – Try as he might, film scholar Tony Rayns fails at convincing me that the sloppiness of Vampyr’s narrative was an intentional act on director Carl Theodor Dreyer’s part. For a fun drinking game, take a shot whenever Rayns says the word “disjunction.”

65. Slaughter of the Vampires (1964) (DVD) – A vampire living in the basement of a couple’s castle comes up for some snacks. This good-looking vampire film fits right in with the films that Barbara Steele was making in Italy around the same time, although it’s not terribly memorable in any way. I am rather partial to one of its alternate titles, however: Curse of the Blood-Ghouls. Now that’s a title to be reckoned with.

66. The Return of Dracula (1958) (DVD) – Dracula kills a poor artist who’s about to go live with relatives in America and assumes his identity, causing complications for said relatives. The film bears more than a passing resemblance to Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt, but with more bloodsucking (naturally). The brief color insert at the end is rather unexpected, but it’s a nice touch.


10/21/2019

67. A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988) (Streaming—Google Drive [Alyxstarr's link]) – Freddie Krueger’s back and up to his same old tricks. And as if one twisted nursery rhyme (“One, two, Freddie’s coming for you…”) wasn’t enough, this one stirs yet another idiotic one into the mix. It’s blatantly obvious that New Line had no idea where the series was headed by this point, but since the films were making money, New Line kept cranking them out, quality be damned. Honestly--did we really think that this was frightening, back when it first came out?

68. Hatchet (2006) (DVD) – I first watched Hatchet for the 2013 OHMC, and I loved it. Here’s what I wrote about it then: “I enjoyed Hatchet a bunch. While it doesn't break new ground, Hatchet exemplifies Roger Ebert's quote about what makes a good movie: ‘It's not what a movie is about, it's how it is about it.’ Hatchet goes about it with a great and game cast, some really funny lines, and a handful of terrific jump-scares. Highly recommended.” I still love it, perhaps even more than I did six years ago. And what an ending!

69. Troll (1986) (Streaming—Amazon Prime)– Terminally weird film has a family moving into a new apartment and running afoul of a troll (as in the mythical creature, not that snarky guy who lives in his parents’ basement) that lurks in the building. Because this is a Charles Band production, I am genetically predisposed to dislike it, but it’s just too strange to dismiss easily. Watch for the scene wherein the troll, who’s taken the form of the family’s young daughter, goes on a hamburger rampage.


10/22/2019

70. Audition (1999) (Blu-ray) – I first saw Audition on the Sundance Channel back when it first hit cable. I hadn’t heard much about it except that it was scary. So I watched it, and I found myself disliking it more and more as it wore on. By the end of the film, I really, really hated it. In fact, I hated it so much that I decided that I would tell my best friend that he just had to see it and make him watch it, just to see how much he would hate it as well. I knew that this subterfuge would work because we have extraordinarily similar tastes in film. As I had recorded it on tape, I took it over to his house the following evening and we watched it together. At about the 90-minute mark in the movie, he pressed the “stop” button on the remote, got up, and took the tape out of the VCR. When I asked him what was going on, he said that he didn’t like it and he didn’t want to finish watching it. I was rather dumbfounded, as I’d never seen any film get the better of him. So, after much cajoling and calling him names, I got him to put the tape back in and finish the movie. Once it was over, he said that he’d never had a film unnerve him like that one did, and that it must be a great film because it pushed buttons that he didn’t know that he had. This second viewing for me, on the other hand, changed my view of the film entirely—I suddenly “got” it, and I thought that it was phenomenal. I’ve found that this often happens with Miike’s films—I hate or at least dislike them on first viewing and come to love them on the second viewing. (SIDE NOTE: I told this story to a co-worker a couple of years later, and he told me that he and his wife had rented the DVD and had a similar experience in hating the film. It creeped them out so badly that he didn’t even want the DVD in the house, so he ended up throwing it in the freezer until he could take it back to Blockbuster.) Every time that I see Audition, I find new meanings in it; it’s a densely-layered film that I’ve come to see as a nearly-perfect horror film and one of the best films, horror or otherwise, of the past twenty-five years.

71. Wrong Turn (2003) (Blu-ray) – I saw Wrong Turn years ago and wasn’t particularly impressed by it. This viewing made me think that I judged it a bit too harshly the first time out, as I rather enjoyed this tale of some twenty-somethings who get tangled up with a family of inbred mountain folk.


10/23/2019

72. Us (2019) (Blu-ray) – I believe that Jordan Peele, director of Us, is a very good director. He’s so good, in fact, that his directorial sleight-of-hand kept me from noticing all the huge, gaping holes in the plot of this film the first time that I saw it. It was only when I was thinking about the movie later that I realized that many of the plot points didn’t line up. I am terribly enamored, however, of the score of the film. I would be perfectly happy if its composer, Michael Abels, were allowed to score every new movie from now on. (I also think that Peele’s use of Minnie Ripperton’s “Les Fleurs” to end the film was a stroke of genius.) I feel that all of the performances in Us are great, but perhaps Peele should give some consideration to having a co-writer on future projects.

73. Ils (Them) (2006) (DVD) – For all of this film’s accolades, I really didn’t enjoy it. The plot and the actors were fine, but the hand-held camera footage and insufficient lighting were beyond annoying. I didn’t mind it so much in The Blair Witch Project because there was a reason for it, but here it’s just used for effect, and it really, really aggravated me. I doubt that I’ll ever watch this one again.


10/24/2019

74. Nina Forever (2015) (Streaming—Amazon Prime)– I hadn’t heard of this film before this year’s Challenge, so I went into it knowing nothing about it except for Google’s synopsis: “After his girlfriend Nina dies, Rob falls in love with Holly. The new relationship faces a huge challenge when Nina comes back to life to sarcastically taunt the couple whenever they try to have sex.” That summary didn’t exactly fill me with confidence that the movie was going to be any good, but I found the film to be a quirky yet rather touching metaphor for how we deal with grief. I have a feeling that I’ll be revisiting this one in the near future.

75. Alien Raiders (2008) (DVD) – As a supermarket is closing for the night, it’s taken over by what appear to be terrorists…but they’re actually there to try to put a stop to a global takeover by extraterrestrial critters who hide inside people. Yeah, it’s not the most original of ideas, but I found Alien Raiders to be exciting and well-made, especially for a film that went straight to video. Color me pleasantly surprised.


10/25/2019

76. Society (1989) (Streaming—Amazon Prime)Society is a one-joke film, but it’s rather a good joke. A kid starts to have suspicions that his family and a lot of the other “upper crust” folks in town aren’t really who they seem to be. It turns out that he’s right. The special makeup effects for this film, created by Screaming Mad George, are waaaaay out there, but Devin DeVasquez is the reason that I’ll be revisiting it. To quote Martin Landau playing Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood, “She’s a honey!”

77. Warlock Moon (1973) (Streaming—Shout Factory TV)– I love, love, love the atmosphere of this movie. It has a mid-‘70s, shot-by-nonprofessionals feel to it that reminds me of other favorite off-Hollywood films from that era such as Bloodstalkers, The House of Seven Corpses, and Messiah of Evil. In it, a couple on a date stumble upon an old, seemingly abandoned spa that had been popular a hundred years ago. There’s an old woman who has taken up residence in one of the guest cottages, but something seems amiss about her. I feel that this is one of those movies that I like that most other people won’t, but that’s okay with me. It’s sort of like a cross between Carnival of Souls and House of the Devil. If you prefer mood over action, you should give it a shot.

78. American Scary (2006) (DVD) – This documentary about horror movie hosts covers the topic fairly exhaustively, although it couldn’t possibly highlight every horror movie host ever. (I’ll admit to being a little disappointed that Sivad from Memphis had only a few seconds of footage, and Scarticia from Jackson, MS wasn’t mentioned at all—they were my local hosts back in the ‘70s.) The film does have some great interviews with Maila Nurmi (a.k.a. Vampira), John Zacherle (a.k.a. Zacherley, the “cool ghoul”), and Ernie Anderson (a.k.a. Ghoulardi), among others. The modern horror hosts aren’t nearly as compelling, however, with Joseph Fotinos (a.k.a. Professor Anton Griffin) being particularly irritating.

79. Freaks (1932) (DVD) – This classic film from Tod Browning still has the power to unsettle an audience. In it, a beautiful trapeze artist finds out that one of the little people in the circus where she performs is wealthy, so she pretends to love him while she plots to marry him and take all his money to share with her lover, the circus strong man. When the sideshow “freaks” discover her duplicity, they exact a horrifying revenge. Most of the circus freaks in the movie were actual sideshow performers, which lends an authenticity to the film that couldn’t have been achieved by any other means at the time that it was made. For me, the creepiest moment involves Violet and Daisy Hilton, the conjoined twins in the cast; as one is getting kissed, the other gets a rapturous look on her face. I’m amazed that MGM, the most glamourous of the Hollywood studios and the one least involved with horror films, decided that making Freaks would be a good corporate move. It was banned in England until the 1960s.


10/26/2019

80. The Haunting of Seacliff Inn (1994) (Streaming—YouTube)– Ally Sheedy and William R. Moses star as a couple who decide to give up their high-paying jobs to become bed-and-breakfast owners. It turns out to be a bad decision, as the house that they end up renovating has some problems, the least of which are structural. If the Hallmark Channel made horror films, this is what one of them would look like. It’s mildly spooky at best.

81. Death Spa (1989) (Streaming—Amazon Prime)– A fitness club where no one actually seems to do any exercising is plagued by a series of gruesome, if somewhat illogical, deaths. Judging from the choreography involved, that HAD to have been an advanced aerobics class, right? I understand that there are those who find this film to be a lot of fun; I am not one of them.

82. Nightmare in Blood (1977) (DVD) – John Stanley, a San Francisco Bay Area TV horror host, co-wrote and co-directed this super low-budget vampire tale set at a horror convention. It’s got a weird, proselytizing aspect to it; a big chunk of its running time is devoted to arguing that horror movies aren’t bad for you. It also has a very irritating film nerd aspect to it as well—very early in the film, one of the characters mentions Frankenstein, and another pops off, “The original Frankenstein, Universal, 1931, starring Boris Karloff.” I bet that he doesn’t get invited to many parties. The film’s not the worst that I’ve seen this month, but it’s not one that I plan on ever watching again, either.

83. The Roost (2005) (DVD) – This first feature from Ti West (House of the Devil, The Innkeepers) about bats in a barn that carry a zombie-type virus shows some promise, but he hadn’t quite yet figured out how to make a slow burn work. And although I love me some Tom Noonan, his segments as a TV horror host fall flat and only serve to eat up the film’s already brief running time. Still, it’s fun to see an early work by one of my favorite current directors. I'm ready for West to make another horror film.


10/27/2019

84. The Seventh Curse (1986) (Streaming—Amazon Prime)– Absolutely bonkers Category III film from Hong Kong has Chow Yun Fat in the supporting role of “Wesley.” A doctor, in Thailand to try to gather botanicals from which to fashion a cure for AIDS, saves a woman from becoming a human sacrifice and gets a curse put on him for the effort. He returns home, but to keep the curse from killing him he has to return to Thailand to fight the sorcerer who cursed him in the first place. Along the way he encounters a living skeleton with glowing blue eyes, a flying monster baby, and all sorts of less fantastic danger. It’s a lot of fun if you’re in the right frame of mind.

85. The Invitation (2015) (Streaming—Netflix)– A guy named Will and his girlfriend are invited to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife Eden (from whom he hasn’t heard in two years) and her new husband. Once they get to the house that Will used to share with Eden, Will finds that many of his and Eden’s old friends are there as well. As the evening progresses, Will begins to sense that something’s not quite right…and that there may be another, darker reason for the dinner party other than to have a reunion. I really enjoyed this film, and I didn’t anticipate where it might be headed until a few moments before it actually got there. The feeling of paranoia in the film is palpable, and it makes for an exquisitely squirmy viewing experience.

86. The Midnight Meat Train (2008) (Blu-ray) – This pretty good adaptation of one of Clive Barker’s short stories from the Books of Blood stars Bradley Cooper as a photographer who discovers the titular vehicle while shooting random photos one night. The film becomes more predictable as it goes on, but other than having some dodgy CGI gore effects and a cliched ending, it’s well-made and generates a fair amount of tension.

87. Murder in the Blue Room (1944) (Streaming—YouTube)– Over the past few years, I’ve discovered that I have a fondness for films from the 1940s that combine humor, horror, and music. Earlier this month I watched Zombies on Broadway and enjoyed it; last year I watched You’ll Find Out and really loved it; and now I’ve seen Murder in the Blue Room and enjoyed it, too. It’s probably my least favorite of the three, but it’s still fun. In it, a girl’s father was killed in the Blue Room of the family mansion. The mansion was abandoned for twenty years and reputed to be haunted by his ghost, but now she, her mother, and her stepfather have moved back in. When another murder happens in the Blue Room, everyone at the house starts trying to figure out who’s doing the killing. That’s the horror angle; the music and humor are supplied by three of her friends, an Andrews Sisters knock-off act called the Three JazzyBelles. It’s fun if you can shut off your brain and your expectations for an hour.

88. Weird Woman (1944) (DVD) – Lon Chaney, Jr. stars as a college professor who’s married to a woman who, unbeknownst to him, is practicing witchcraft to advance his academic career. Based on the novel Conjure Wife by Fritz Leiber, it’s one of the Inner Sanctum films released by Universal in the ‘40s. I enjoyed it a lot.


10/28/2019

89. The Vault of Horror (1973) (DVD) – A sequel of sorts to Amicus’s Tales from the Crypt, Vault of Horror gives us five more tales that originally appeared in EC comics in the 1950s. This go-round, the stories aren’t nearly as strong as the ones in Tales from the Crypt, but they’re still fun.

90. Maniac (2012) (DVD) – This needless remake of the similarly needless original film from 1980 stars Elijah Wood as a guy who restores old mannequins when he’s not stalking and scalping women. As far as I’m concerned, this film has no reason to exist—avoid it.

91. Spirits of the Dead (1968) (16mm film print) – An anthology film directed by some of Europe’s biggest art-house directors of the ‘60s, Spirits of the Dead features adaptations of three of Edgar Allan Poe’s stories with varying results. The first segment, directed by Jane Fonda’s then-husband Roger Vadim, is based on “Metzengerstein,” and features Jane and Peter Fonda as cousins. In it, Jane gets to wear some funky outfits and falls in love with a horse who may or may not be possessed by the spirit of Peter. The second segment, “William Wilson,” directed by Louis Malle, concerns a guy with a doppelganger, but most of the segment’s running time is taken up by a two-player poker game. Both of these first two segments are just short of awful, but the film redeems itself admirably with the final segment, “Toby Dammit.” In it, Terence Stamp plays a washed-up alcoholic actor who arrives in Rome to make a movie and ends up speeding around the countryside in the sports car that he was given as an incentive to make the film. Along the way, he keeps seeing a creepy little blonde-haired girl with a white ball, whom he seems to think is the Devil. This segment, directed by Federico Fellini, is simply amazing. It’s a high point both for Fellini and for the genre, and it shouldn’t be missed.


10/29/2019

92. Behind the Walls (2018) (Streaming—Amazon Prime)– This steaming pile of tripe should have been called Close-ups of Random Objects, since that’s what the film seems to want to show more than anything else. A mother and her three kids move into a house where something seems to be living in the walls. Subplots are brought up and dropped at an alarming pace—but that’s okay, as none of this gels into anything resembling an actual movie anyway. This may very well end up being the least-competently-made film that I see this year.

93. Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) (Streaming—Shudder via Amazon Prime)– I loved this unusual film about children orphaned by the Mexican drug wars and how they band together to survive. Highly, highly recommended.

94. Stuck (2007) (Blu-ray) – Based on a true story, Stuck stars Mena Suvari as a nursing home aide who hits a guy with her car. Unfortunately, she hits him with such force that he becomes stuck in her car windshield, with his upper body inside the car and his lower body on the hood. To make matters worse, he’s not dead. Utterly freaked out, she leaves her car in her garage, hoping that he’ll die. When he isn’t dead the next morning, she has to figure out how to handle this awkward situation. Mena sports the worst hairstyle of her career. The last feature directed by Stuart (Re-Animator) Gordon to date, Stuck is probably my favorite new-to-me film of the month.

95. The Apparition (2012) (Blu-ray) – Some smarty-pants academics try to conjure an entity via a supercharged version of a séance. They succeed, but they don’t know how to send it back to its home dimension. Bored, it decides to follow one of them to his house and mess up his home life. Said academic’s wife is not amused. Completely forgettable.


10/30/2019

96. Mausoleum (1983) (Streaming—Amazon Prime)– Bobbie Bresee plays a woman who’s possessed by a demon. She really should have expected this, since her family name is Nomed. Marjoe Gortner makes another in a long line of career mistakes by co-starring in this claptrap. LaWanda Page as Elsie the maid easily steals the film; she has all the best lines, including this gem: “It’s some strange shit going on in this house, and I know damn well it is!” Don’t watch this for scares; watch it because of its ineptitude. And can someone please explain to me why “mausoleum” doesn’t rhyme with “linoleum”?

97. Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (1977) (Streaming—Amazon Prime)– I can’t figure out any plausible reason that would explain why this film exists. It’s not scary, it’s not funny, it’s just strange. In it, a bed in an abandoned house eats various people who happen to lie down on it. In that respect, it’s not that dissimilar to a Venus fly trap plant. There’s also a guy who lives in a painting that’s hanging in the room where the bed is, and he comments on things that are happening. My favorite line: “The place looks clean for being abandoned so long…I hope there’s not a maniac around.” If you love oddball cinema, you really should check this out, just to say that you’ve seen it.

98. Strange Confession (1945) (DVD) – It’s another Inner Sanctum mystery from Universal starring Lon Chaney, Jr.! In this one, Lon is a chemist who works for a drug manufacturer who takes credit for every drug that Lon creates. Lon gets upset with him and quits, but after a New Year’s Eve visit from his former boss, Lon goes back to work for him. During his visit, the boss meets Lon’s wife and becomes smitten with her, so he sends Lon off to the jungles of South America to finish working on his new drug Zymurgine while he swoops in to try to steal away Lon’s wife. And that’s not even half the plot of this 62-minute film! Man, but I love these Inner Sanctum mysteries!


10/31/2019: Halloween

99. The Return (2006) (DVD) – Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as an account manager for a trucking company who travels to Texas to meet with a client. While there, she starts having visions of a town she’s never visited. She stumbles across a photograph of one of the buildings she saw in a vision, so she goes to the town to check it out. She soon finds herself involved in trying to solve a fifteen-year-old murder. The Return isn’t bad, but it seemed rather needlessly complicated to me; it reminded me of what Dead Again might have been like if the entire film had been in color. I found it to be marginally enjoyable, but not necessary viewing.

100. House of 1000 Corpses (2003) (Streaming—Amazon Prime)– Oh, Rob Zombie, you try so hard. As my reactions to Rob Zombie’s films generally range from strong dislike to out-and-out hatred, I wasn’t expecting to like this one much. It surprised me, then, that I found myself enjoying it relatively well…until about the midway point, when it stopped making any sense whatsoever. I’m amazed at the great cast he was able to pull together for this, though.


11/1/2019

Note: This film is not counted in my totals, as it was watched outside the actual month of October. I consider it to be a sort of post-Challenge footnote.

XX Return to Horror High (1987) (Streaming—Amazon Prime) – I think that I smiled twice during this unfunny “horror comedy.” In it, a movie crew is shooting a movie about some murders that took place at a high school a few years before…in the very high school where the murders took place. Unfortunately, the act of filming at the now-abandoned high school causes whoever did the original killings to start killing again. It’s impossible to figure out at any given point whether the murders that we’re seeing are re-enactments for the film that they’re shooting, or if they involve the cast and crew shooting the film. And then the very end of the film throws the audience another curveball, and the whole thing collapses in upon itself like a bad souffle. This marked my second time to watch this film; I hope that there’s never a third.



Theme Nights -- Completed!

Spoiler:

--- 10/xx: wildcard – any horror theatrical showing -
-X- 09/30: The Criterion Challenge Crossover - Videodrome (1983)
-X- 10/01: Litterboxd / Devil Dogs (Cats & Dogs) - Cat People (1942)
-X- 10/02: 'Till Death Do Us Part - Wedding Horrors - [rec] 3: Genesis (2012)
-X- 10/03: Playgrounds of the Damned - Der Fan (1982)
-X- 10/04: Zombies - Zombie (1979)
-X- 10/05: The 100th Birthday Celebration of Donald Pleasence - Phenomena (1985)
-X- 10/06: Family-Friendly Horror - Monster House (2006)
-X- 10/07: Australia / New Zealand - Boar (2017)
-X- 10/08: Slashers / Giallos / Serial Killers - Disconnected (1984)
-X- 10/09: Stranded - Dead End (2003)
-X- 10/10: Horror Movies In Horror Movies - The Faculty (1998)
-X- 10/11: Pasties, G-Strings, & Chainsaws - Strip Club Horrors - The Hills Run Red (2009)
-X- 10/12: Heavy Metal Movies - 976-EVIL (1988)
-X- 10/13: Werewolves / Were-Creatures - Wer (2013)
-X- 10/14: Chronological Horror Years Faceoff - Chapter 7 - 1944 (Diamond) Vs. 1969 (Gold) Vs. 1994 (Silver) - The Mummy's Curse (1944) / The House That Screamed (1969) / Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)
-X- 10/15: Frights, Camera...Traction! - One Cut of the Dead (2017)
-X- 10/16: April Ghouls' Day - Deadly Pranks - Final Exam (1981)
-X- 10/17: Fog-Infested Horror Films - The Fury (1978)
-X- 10/18: R.I.P. Larry Cohen (1936 - 2019) - God Told Me To (1976)
-X- 10/19: 1980s Video Companies Spotlight: Thorn EMI / HBO Cannon / HBO Video + Video Stores - The Prey (1983)
-X- 10/20: Vampires - Viy (1967)
-X- 10/21: R.I.P. John Carl Buechler (1952 - 2019) - A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
-X- 10/22: The 50 Best Horror Movies You've Never Seen - Audition (1999)
-X- 10/23: Home Invasion Horror - Us (2019)
-X- 10/24: Retail Establishment - Nina Forever (2015)
-X- 10/25: The Return of Joe Bob Briggs - Society (1989)
-X- 10/26: TV Terrors / Late-Night Horror Hosts / Aerobics Craze / Casinos - Death Spa (1989)
-X- 10/27: Horror Parties - The Seventh Curse (1986)
-X- 10/28: Horror Anthologies - The Vault of Horror (1973)
-X- 10/29: Supernatural / Quiet/Soft / Seances - Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017)
-X- 10/30: Demonic Possession / Satanic / Witchcraft / Hell - Mausoleum (1983)
-X- 10/31: All Hallows Eve Horrifically Hideous Hellfest / Samhain: An Evening of Celtic Horror – House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
-X- 11/01: The Comedy Challenge Crossover – Return to Horror High (1987)


31 Films Subset -- Completed!

Spoiler:

--- 10/xx: wildcard - any horror theatrical showing (2019)
-X- 09/30: group vote - Videodrome (1983)
-X- 10/01: shellebelle - Cat People (1942)
-X- 10/02: tarfrimmer - [REC]ł Genesis (2012)
-X- 10/03: DaveyJoe - Der Fan (1982)
-X- 10/04: Bladz - Zombi 2 (Zombie) (1979)
-X- 10/05: hbsvb - Phenomena (1985)
-X- 10/06: mrcellophane - Monster House (2006)
-X- 10/07: Trevor - Boar (2017)
-X- 10/08: SterlingBen - Disconnected (1984)
-X- 10/09: Mondo Kane - Dead End (2003)
-X- 10/10: alyxstarr - The Faculty (1998)
-X- 10/11: TheBigDave - The Hills Run Red (2009)
-X- 10/12: PCBreakdown - 976-EVIL (1988)
-X- 10/13: WillieMLF - Wer (2013)
-X- 10/14: MysterioMan007 - The Mummy's Curse (1944) / The House That Screamed (1969) / Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)
-X- 10/15: rbrown498 - One Cut of the Dead (2017)
-X- 10/16: numbercrunch - Final Exam (1981)
-X- 10/17: Shack - The Fury (1978)
-X- 10/18: ororama - God Told Me To (1976)
-X- 10/19: Darkgod - The Prey (1983)
-X- 10/20: Chad - Viy (1967)
-X- 10/21: JAX036 - A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
-X- 10/22: Darth Maher - Audition (1999)
-X- 10/23: clckorang - Us (2019)
-X- 10/24: Undeadcow - Nina Forever (2015)
-X- 10/25: Gobear - Society (1989)
-X- 10/26: cwileyy - Death Spa (1989)
-X- 10/27: coyoteblue - The Seventh Curse (1986)
-X- 10/28: orlmac - The Vault of Horror (1973)
-X- 10/29: arw6040 - Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017)
-X- 10/30: mallratcal - Mausoleum (1983)
-X- 10/31: jacob_b - House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
-X- 11/01: group vote - Return to Horror High (1987)


The Checklist -- Completed!

Spoiler:

Select 10 actors:

--- Abigail Breslin -
--- Clancy Brown -
-X- Peter Cushing - From Beyond the Grave (1974)
-X- John Carradine - Satan's Cheerleaders (1977)
-X- Charles Durning - The Fury (1978)
--- Sid Haig -
--- Doug Jones -
-X- Boris Karloff - The Man They Could Not Hang (1939)
--- Klaus Kinski -
-X- Christopher Lee - The Curse of the Crimson Altar (a.k.a. The Crimson Cult) (1968)
-X- Bela Lugosi - Zombies on Broadway (1945)
-X- Richard Lynch - God Told Me To (1976)
-X- Michael Moriarty - It's Alive III: Island of the Alive (1987)
--- Bruce Payne -
-X- Ted Raimi - The Midnight Meat Train (2008)
-X- Oliver Reed - Night Creatures (1962)
--- Eric Roberts -
--- Felissa Rose -
--- Dominique Swain -
--- Billy Zane -

Select 2 film composers:

--- Joseph Bishara -
-X- Elisabeth Lutyens - Paranoiac (1963)
--- Lalo Schifrin -
-X- Shirley Walker - The Haunting of Seacliff Inn (1994)

Select 5 directors:

--- James Bressack -
--- John Carpenter -
--- Terrence Fisher -
-X- Adam Green - Hatchet (2006)
--- Peter Jackson -
-X- Franck Khalfoun - Maniac (2012)
-X- Ryűhei Kitamura - The Midnight Meat Train (2008)
--- Deon Taylor -
-X- Rob Zombie - House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
-X- Watch a Movie Directed By a Female Director - Leigh Janiak, Honeymoon (2014)

Select 2 makeup effects artists:

--- Al Magliochetti -
-X- Mike Measimer - Stuck (2007)
-X- Michelle Sfarzo - Behind the Walls (2018)
--- Michael Spatola -

Select 2 producers:

-X- Nate Bolotin - The Invitation (2015)
--- Brad Fuller -
--- Enrique Lopez Lavigne -
-X- Trevor Macy - The Return (2006)

Select 2 writers:

--- Robert Bloch -
-X- Jeff Buhler - The Midnight Meat Train (2008)
-X- Jamie Nash - Lovely Molly (2011)
--- Wesley Strick -

Select 30 of the following sub-genres / types:

-X- *3-D Film - Monster House (2006)
-X- Anthology Film - From Beyond the Grave (1974)
-X- Appears on 25 Weird Horror Movies - Society (1989)
--- Based on a True Story -
-X- Based on a Novel - Berlin Syndrome (2017)
--- Cannibalism -
-X- Cinema Inspired By: Bram Stoker - The Return of Dracula (1958)
--- Cinematic Titanic / Horror Host / MST3K / RiffTrax -
-X- Comedy / Spoof - Juan of the Dead (2011)
-X- Criterion / Masters of Cinema Version Film - Vampyr (1932)
--- Cryptid Cinema -
--- Death by: Silver Bullet -
--- Diary / Journal -
-X- Director or Writer Cameo in Own Film / Film Adaptation, 2 - Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)
--- Distributor / Studio: Mondo Macabro -
-X- Documentary - American Scary (2006)
--- Drunk Horror -
-X- Euro Horror - The Cannibal Man (a.k.a. The Apartment on the 13th Floor) (1972)
-X- Extraterrestrial / Takes Place in Space - The Faculty (1998)
--- Film From Someone Else's 'Best of' List -
-X- Film From TCM October 2019 Schedule - Cat People (1942)
-X- Film Title Drop - The Faculty (1998)
-X- Flashback Horror - Curse of the Devil (1973)
--- Folk Horror -
--- From a Basil Gogos Painting -
--- Found Footage -
--- Frankenstein -
--- Ghost / Haunting -
--- Giallo -
--- Ouija Board -
--- Kaiju / Giant Monster -
--- K-Horror -
-X- Killer / Evil Animal - Boar (2017)
--- Killer / Evil Child -
--- Killer / Evil Doll -
-X- Made-for-TV Movie - The Haunting of Seacliff Inn (1994)
-X- Mummy - The Mummy's Curse (1944)
-X- Musical / Rock ‘n Roll Horror - Murder in the Blue Room (1944)
--- Nation of Origin: Thailand -
--- Nazi -
-X- Nepotism Dynasty - Full Moon High (1981)
-X- OHMC 15th Anniversary Watch: 2005 - (WILD CARD #1) Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
-X- One-Word Titles - Honeymoon (2014)
--- Prom -
-X- Phobias - Venustraphobia - Audition (1999)
-X- Psychological - Berlin Syndrome (2017)
--- Rape / Revenge -
-X- Scarecrows - Night Creatures (1962)
-X- Slasher / Psycho / Homicidal Maniac - Disconnected (1984)
-X- Shot in Bronson Canyon - The Return of Dracula (1958)
-X- Takes Place in a Hospital - Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)
--- Takes Place on a Farm -
-X- Takes Place on a Holiday - Trick 'r Treat (2007)
--- Television -
--- Three Installments in a Franchise -
-X- Vampire - Slaughter of the Vampires (1964)
-X- Werewolf - Curse of the Devil (1973)
-X- Witchcraft / Satanic / Religious - Satan's Cheerleaders (1977)
--- Wilhelm Scream -
-X- With Commentary - Vampyr (1932)
-X- With Two or More Horror Legends - The Curse of the Crimson Altar (a.k.a. The Crimson Cult) (1968)
-X- Zombie - Zombie (1979)

Watch films in at least three formats:

-X- First format, (DVD), (The Black Cat [1966]).
-X- Second format, (Blu-ray), (Zombie [1979]).
-X- Third format, (16mm film), (Spirits of the Dead [1968]).

Watch films in at least three languages:

-X- First language, (Spanish), (Juan of the Dead [2011]).
-X- Second language, (Japanese), (Tomie [1998]).
-X- Third language, (Czech), (Valerie and Her Week of Wonders [1970]).

Watch 3 films that you've never seen before that:

--- Stars a Baldwin (Daniel, Stephen, William) -
--- Features time travel -
-X- Was made in the 1970s - Raw Meat (1972)
--- Features a giant insect -
--- Was written by H.G. Wells -
--- Features a character who has a premonition -
-X- Has a scene in a morgue - Wer (2013)
--- Was shot in Alabama -
--- Is listed on the Film Registry of the National Film Preservation Board -
-X- Takes place at a castle - Curse of the Devil (1973)
--- Features a vampire hunter -

Watch 1 film with a recently deceased personality:

-X- Recently deceased list - Joseph Pilato - Effects (1979)

Watch 1 of your OHMC "favorites":

-X- The Carrier (1988)
--- Shakma (1990)
--- The Killer Tongue (1996)
--- The House by the Cemetery (1981)
--- Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (1977)
--- Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror (1981)
--- Hobgoblins (1988)
--- Microwave Massacre (1983)
--- Killer Condom (1996)

Select 6 decades of film history:

--- Pre-1930 -
-X- 1930 - The Man They Could Not Hang (1939)
-X- 1940 - Cat People (1942)
--- 1950 -
-X- 1960 - Paranoiac (1963)
-X- 1970 - From Beyond the Grave (1974)
-X- 1980 - Phenomena (1985)
-X- 1990 - The Faculty (1998)
-X- 2000 - Monster House (2006)
-X- 2010 - Honeymoon (2014)

Select 3 from the following horror film tropes:

-X- The Feline Fright - Without Warning (1980)
--- "Let's Split Up" -
--- The Mirror Scare -
--- The Suddenly Undependable Vehicle -
-X- The Invincible Killer - Hatchet (2006)
-X- Dream Scares - Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)
--- Mythology Exposition -

Select 1 from the "Chronological Horror Years Faceoff":

-X- 1944 (75th) - The Mummy's Curse
-X- 1969 (50th) - The House That Screamed
-X- 1994 (25th) – Wes Craven's New Nightmare

Select 1 from the following anniversaries:

--- 30th Anniversary of USA Up All Night -
--- 40th Anniversary of Fangoria Magazine -
--- 40th Anniversary of Svengoolie -
--- 45th Anniversary of Troma Entertainment-
--- 85th Anniversary of Hammer Films -
-X- 100th Birthday of Donald Pleasence - Raw Meat (1972)


Select 4 ratings:

-X- G - The Green Slime (1968)
-X- PG - Monster House (2006)
-X- PG-13 - Troll (2006)
-X- R - The Fury (1978)
--- 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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JAX036's October Horror Challenge 2019

Bonus Day - September (Friday the 13th):
1. Friday the 13th (2009) 4/10 - I remember enjoying this a lot more on previous viewings, but was annoyed at most of the characters on this rewatch. I still enjoyed most of Jason's kills in this one.

September 30th:
2. Carnival of Souls (1962) 5/10 - I enjoyed the facial expression range of lead actress Candace Hilligoss but this movie is not horror enough for me. Found the ending highly predictable too.

October 1st:
3. Pet Semetary (2019) 5/10 - I am a big fan of Stephen King's books. I can't put my finger on it but something about this movie didn't sit right with me. I have yet to watch the original, so hopefully that delivers.

October 2nd:
4. [REC]3 Genesis (2012) 4/10 - Was expecting something a lot closer to the first [REC] movie. Didn't mind the change of direction but was disappointed with the predictability of the storyline and will not be rushing to watch this one again.

October 3rd:
5. Death Note (2017) 6/10 - Enjoyed the soundtrack on this one and there were some interesting visuals. I'm not familiar with the anime/comic it is based on and may need to check them out for comparison.
6. The Omen (1976) 6/10 - First time viewing and I'm disappointed. Was expecting much more. Should have watched sooner.
7. Cat's Eye (1985) /10 - More Stephen King. I found the short stories more intense than what was delivered here.

October 4th:
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* - First Time View

FTV Total - 11


September 13

1. The Wolf Man - DVD
2. The Wolf Man (Audio Commentary) - DVD
3. Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man - DVD

September 30

4. Godzilla Raids Again - DVD (Theme Movie)
5. Rodan - Criterion Channel

Oct 1

6. House (1977) - Criterion Channel (Theme Movie)
6.25 Paranormal State: The Raven - FYI
6.75 A Haunting: Hell House - DVD
7. The Addams Family: Cat Addams - Pluto TV
7.25 The Addams Family: Lurch’s Little Helper - Pluto TV
7.75 Haunted Towns: Wrath Of The Fire Goddess - Travel Channel
8.75 When A Stranger Calls (2006) - HDNet Movies
9.25 A Haunting: The Haunting Of Summerwind - DVD

Oct 2

10.25 The Phantom Of The Opera (1925) - The Film Detective
11.25 Psycho (1960) - Encore Suspense *
11.50 Scare Tactics: When The Larvae Breaks - MTV 2
12. A Haunting: Echoes From The Grave - DVD
12.50 Paranormal Lockdown: Monroe House - Destination America
13. A Haunting: Cursed - DVD
13.5 A Haunting: Darkness Follows - DVD
13.75 The Simpsons: Treehouse Of Horror IV - Freeform

Oct 3

14.25 A Haunting: The Lake Club Horror - DVD
14.50 The Parkers: Scary Kim - Fuse
14.75 Home Improvement: The Haunting Of Taylor House - CMT
15.25 The Dead Files: Deadly Force - Travel Channel
16.25 Zombies - Disney Channel *

Oct 4

17.25 Varan The Unbelievable - DVD
18.25 Firestarter - Encore Classic
18.75 A Haunting: Gateway To Hell - DVD
19.25 A Haunting: The Diabolical - DVD
19.75 A Haunting: Demon Child - DVD

Oct 5

20. Mickey Mouse Roadster Racers: Goof Mansion ; A Night Of Mystery - Disney Jr
20.5 A Haunting: Sallie’s House - DVD
21.5 Goosebumps - Freeform *

Oct 6

21.75 Muppet Babies: Haunted Hallowocka ; Teeth Chattering Tale Of The Haunted Pancakes - Disney Junior
22.25 A Haunting: Ghost Soldier - DVD
22.50 Will & Grace: Boo! Humbug - Cozi TV
23.50 The Seventh Sign - HDNet Movies *
24. A Haunting: Where Demons Dwell - DVD
25. Misery - IFC
25.50 Most Terrifying Places In America: Volume 3 - Travel Channel
26. Most Terrifying Places: Shadow Factory - Travel Channel
27. The H-Man - DVD

Oct 7

27.50 The Walking Dead: Lines We Cross - AMC
28.50 Zombie Strippers - Sony Movie Channel
29.50 The Raven (1963) - DVR
30.50 Ghoulies II - Comet
31.50 Bear - Xbox *

Oct 8

31.75 Paranormal State: Spirits Of The Slave Dungeon - FYI
32. PJ Masks: Halloween Tricksters Pts 1 & 2 - Disney Channel
32.50 Haunted Towns: Vigilante Vengeance - Travel Channel

Oct 9

32.75 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Treat - Disney Channel
33. Tales From The Crypt: The Sacrifice - DVD
33.50 Spookley The Square Pumpkin - Disney Junior
33.75 Hotel Transylvania: The Series: Married To The Blob - Disney Channel
34.25 Ghost Hunters: The Cursed Castle - DVR

Oct 10

34.50 Jessie: The Ghostest With The Mostest - Disney Channel
34.75 Scare Tactics: Chainsaw Attack - MTV2
35. Tales From The Crypt: The Man Who Was Death - Amazon Instant Video
35.25 Mickey’s Roadster Racers: The Haunted Hot Rod ; Pete’s Ghostly Gala - Disney Channel
35.75 The Dead Files: Not My Child - Travel Channel
36.25 The Dead Files: The Blurry Man - Travel Channel

Oct 11

36.50 Hellsing: The Undead - Amazon Instant Video
37. A Haunting: House Of The Dead - DVD

Oct 12

38. Attack Of The Monsters - Amazon Prime
38.50 A Haunting: Hungry Ghosts - DVD
39. Most Terrifying Places In America: Volume 1 - Apple TV
39.50 Ghost Adventures: St. Anne’s Retreat - Travel Channel
40. Ghost Adventures: Astoria Underground - Travel Channel
40.5 A Haunting: Dark Forest - DVD
41.5 Jaws - AMC

Oct 13

42. A Haunting: A Haunting In Florida - DVD
42.50 A Haunting: Fear House - DVD
43.50 Gammera The Invincible - Amazon Prime
44. Talking Dead: Talking Dead On We Are The End Of The World - AMC

Oct 14

44.50 A Haunting: The Attic - DVD
44.75 Two Sentence Horror Stories: Gentleman - NWI
45. Forensic Files: Textbook Murder - HLN
45.25 The Simpsons: Treehouse Of Horror XXV - DVR
45.50 Liv And Maddie: Helga Ween A Rooney - Disney Channel
46. Halloween Baking Championship: It’s All In Your Head - DVR
46.25 Paranormal State: The Fury - FYI On Demand
46.75 My Haunted House: Don’t Fall Asleep - Travel Channel
47. Forensic Files: Seeing Red - HLN

Oct 15

48. Zodiac - DVR
48.50 Making Monsters: Demon Dogs & Hell Hounds - Travel Channel
49. Making Monsters: A Monster In Malibu - Travel Channel
50. Devils Of Darkness - FXM *
50.25 Paranormal State: Lady Vampire - FYI
50.50 Paranormal State: The Sensitive - FYI

Oct 16

51.50 Ouija: Origin Of Evil - FXM
52. Challenge: Outrageous Pumpkins - Food Network
52.25 Butterbean’s Cafe: A Bean For Halloween! - Nick Jr
52.75 Paranormal Emergency: It Wasn’t Human - Travel Channel
53.25 Halloween Top 20 - Travel Channel On Demand
53.75 Beyond The Unknown: Annabelle The Doll - Travel Channel
54.75 Priest - Encore Suspense *
55.25 Halloween: Feast Of The Dying Sun - Amazon Prime

Oct 17

56.25 The Fall Of The House Of Usher - HDNet Movies
57.25 The Comedy Of Terrors - Comet
57.75 Halloween Crazy - Travel Channel On Demand
58.75 The Crazies (2010) - AMC
59.25 America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions 3 - DVR

Oct 18

59.50 Frasier: Room Full Of Heroes - Hallmark Channel
60.50 The Invisible Man - Blu Ray
61.50 Quarantine - DVR
62.50 Resident Evil: Extinction - Encore Suspense
63.50 Earth vs The Spider - Amazon Prime *
64.50 Shaun Of The Dead - DVD

Oct 19

65.50 Portals To Hell: Demons In The South And The Fortress Of Doom - Travel Channel
66. Halloween Baking Championship: Ginger Dead House - Food Network

Oct 20

66.50 Halloween Baking Championship: Haunted Circus
66.75 The Thundermans: Happy Heroween - Teen Nick

Oct 21

67.75 Stir Of Echoes - Encore Suspense *
68. Henry Danger: Jasper Danger - Teen Nick
68.50 Halloween Craziest - Travel Channel On Demand
68.75 Sister, Sister: Halloween - Fuse
69.75 Cloverfield - Epix Drive In

Oct 22

70.25 Antiques Ghost Show: Season 1, Episode 2 - Film Rise

Oct 23

70.75 Ghost Hunters: French Quarter Phantoms - FYI
71. Paranormal Cops: Victim’s Revenge - Crime & Investigation
71.50 Haunted History: Murder Castle - Pluto TV
72.50 Spongebob Squarepants: Halloween episode - Nick (WC 1)
73. Paranormal Lockdown: Evidence Revealed - Destination America
73.50 Paranormal Lockdown: Hinsdale House - Destination America
74.50 Frankenstein Life Size Collection - YouTube (WC 2)
75. Antiques Ghost Show: Season 1, Episode 3 - Film Rise
75.50 Antiques Ghost Show: Season 1, Episode 4 - Film Rise

Oct 24

76. Most Terrifying Places In America 2 - Apple TV
76.50 The Dead Files: Inviting Evil - Travel Channel
77. The Dead Files: Desert Curse - Travel Channel
78. Animal - Dish On Demand *
78.25 Bunk’d: Your Wildest Screams - Disney Channel
78.50 Forensic Files: Writing On The Wall - HLN
78.75 Forensic Files: A Leg To Stand On - HLN
79. Forensic Files: The Alibi - HLN
79.25 Forensic Files: Out Of Ashes - HLN

Oct 25

79.50 Halloween Wars: Zombie Cooking Show - Cooking Channel
80. Antiques Ghost Show: Season 1, Episode 5 - Film Rise
80.25 Witchblade: The Beginning - DVD
80.50 Witchblade: Bewilderment - DVD
80.75 Witchblade: Defiance - DVD
81. Witchblade: Movement - DVD

Oct 26

81.25 Parks And Recreation: Halloween Surprise - E!
82.25 Army Of Darkness - Encore
82.50 Blaze And The Monster Machines: Truck Or Treat - Nick Jr

Oct 27

82.75 Forensic Files: Hair Line - HLN
83.25 Antiques Ghost Show: Season 1, Episode 6 - Film Rise
83.75 The Kitchen: Harvest Of Horrors - Food Network
84.25 Antiques Ghost Show: Season 1, Episode 7 - Film Rise
84.50 Witchblade: Search - DVD
84.75 Witchblade: Change - DVD
85.25 Witches: A Century Of Murder: Part 1 - NWI

Oct 28

85.75 Witches: A Century Of Murder: Part 2 - NWI
86.75 House Of Frankenstein - DVD
87.25 Antiques Ghost Show: Season 1, Episode 8 - Film Rise
87.75 American Pickers: Pick Or Treat - History Channel
88.75 Haunted High School - SyFy *
89.25 Halloween Hits - Revolt TV
89.75 Ghost Stalkers: Whispers Estate - Destination America On Demand
90.25 Psychic Kids: Children Of The Paranormal: Fear Management - FYI
90.75 My Horror Story: Run, Ghost Boy, Run - Travel Channel

Oct 29

91. Jessie: Ghost Bummers - Disney Channel
91.25 Liv And Maddie: Call Style: Scare A Rooney - Disney Channel
92.25 Paw Patrol: Pups Save Trick Or Treaters - Nick (WC 3)
92.75 Things That Go Bump In The Night - PBS
93.50 American Masters: Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive - PBS

Oct 30

94. Paranormal Lockdown: Rampart St. Murder House - Destination America
94.50 Paranormal Lockdown: Chatham County Jail - Destination America
95. Ghost Stalkers: Springfield State Hospital - Destination America On Demand
96. White Zombie - TCM On Demand
96.25 Toy Story Of TERROR - Disney Channel
96.50 Disney Mickey Mouse: The Scariest Story Ever - Disney Channel

Halloween

96.25 Jessie: The Runaway Bride Of Frankenstein - Disney Channel
96.50 Bunk’d: Camp Kiki-Slasher - Disney Channel
96.75 The Goldbergs: Couples Costume - TV Land
97.75 Helltown - Destination America On Demand
98.25 Haunted History: A Deadly Possession - History Channel
98.75 Haunted History: The Torso Murders - History Channel
99.75 American Scary - Amazon Prime
100.25 The Real Killer Clown - Reelz
101.25 Beyond The Spectrum: The Unwonted Sasquatch - Amazon Prime

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The Past...
2006 - 170
2007 - 168
2009 - 198
2010 - 102
2011 - 163
2012 - 139
2013 - 158
2014 - 100
2015 - 96
2016 - 38
2017 - 48
2018 - 60
2019 - 40
Thanks to CHAD for the table inspiration



September 30th
1. Us (BD)

October 1st
2. The Possession of Hannah Grace
3. Crawl

October 2nd
4. Pet Sematary (2019)

October 3rd
5. The Banana Splits Movie (BD)

October 7th
6.Overlord (BD)

October 8th
7. Rust Creek
8. Greta (BD)
9. Clovehitch Killer
10. Cabin Fever (2016)

October 9th
11. Motel Hell (BD)
12. Mandy (BD)
13. Escape Room (BD)

October 11th
14. Ghost Stories
15. I'll Take Your Dead
16. Feral

October 13th
17. Devil's Gate
18. The Resurrected (BD)
19. Dark Summer

October 14th

20.Kolobos (BD)
21. The Mutilator (BD)
22. Mermaid: Lake of the Dead

October 15th
23. 3 From Hell
24. The Final Wish

October 17th
25. Suspiria (2018) (BD)

October 18th
26. Scared Stiff (BD)

October 20th
27. The Last Horror Movie

October 21st
28. Abandoned (BD)

October 22nd
29. Elizabeth Harvest

October 24th
30. The Slayer (BD)

October 25th
31. Scalpel (BD)

October 26th
32. Deadly Blessing (BD)
33. Grim
34. Killer Tongue

October 27th

35. Seconds Apart
36. Destroyer (1988) (BD)

October 29th
37. Edge of Sanity (BD)
38. Eli

October 31st
39. Blood and Lace (BD)
40. Deep Blue Sea 2





LIST COMPLETE

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October Horror Movie Challenge



10th year participating!

List FINAL
10th year participating!
65 First time viewings

- First time viewing
▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲ - Rating on a 1 to 10 scale


Bonus day - Friday the 13th w/Full moon
September 13th
1. The Wolf Man (1941) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
2. Werewolves on Wheels (1971) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
3. Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
4. House of Frankenstein (1944) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
5. House of Dracula (1945) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

September 30th
6. The Crater Lake Monster (1977) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
7. Land of the Minotaur (1976) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 1st
8. Fleshburn (1984) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
9. Escape from Hell Island (1963) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 2nd
10. The Hearse (1980) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
11. Bloodlust! (1961) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 3rd
12. Horror High (1973) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
13. The Creeping Terror (1964) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 4th
14. The Teacher (1974) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
15. The Babysitter (1969) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
16. Lurkers (1988) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
17. Carnival of Crime (1962) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 5th
18. Ghost Ship (2002) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
19. The Ring (2002) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
20. Jeepers Creepers (2001) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
21. Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
22. Le pacte des loups (Brotherhood of the Wolf) (2001) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
23. Get Out (2017) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
24. The Mummy (1932) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 6th
25. Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster (1965) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
26. Constantine (2005) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
27. Dream No Evil (1970) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
28. Cry of the Bewitched (1957) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
29. The Quatermass Xperiment (aka The Creeping Unknown) (1955) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
30. Thriller (1960): S1E31/S1E32 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
31. Thriller (1960): S1E33/S1E34 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 7th
32. Thriller (1960): S1E35/S1E36 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
33. 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 8th
34. Thriller (1960): S1E37/S2E1 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
35. Vampire Hookers (1978) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 9th
36. Saturn 3 (1980) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
37. The Void (2016) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
38. Army of Darkness (1992) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 10th
39. Annihilation (2018) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
40. Slither (2006) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
41. Grandma Werewolf (2017) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 11th
42. Dog Soldiers (2002) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
43. Hands of the Ripper (1971) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲


October 12th
44. Stranger Things (2016): S1E1/S1E2 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
45. Stranger Things (2016): S1E3/S1E4 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
46. Stranger Things (2016): S1E5/S1E6 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
47. Stranger Things (2016): S1E6/S1E8 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 13th
48. The Man Who Laughs (1928) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
49. The Penalty (1920) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
50. The Phantom of the Opera (1925) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
51. Tremors (1990) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
52. Tremors II: Aftershocks (1996) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 14th
53. I Am Legend (2007) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
54. Weresquito: Nazi Hunter (2016) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 15th
55. Dead of Night (1945) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
56. Tremors 3: Back to Perfection (2001) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 16th
57. Varan the Unbelievable (1962) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
58. Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (2004) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
59. The Uninvited (1944) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 17th
60. Thriller (1960): S1E2/S2E3 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
61. Thriller (1960): S1E4/S2E5 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
62. Countess Dracula (1971) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
63. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
64. Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell (2018) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
65. BloodRayne: The Third Reich (2011) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
66. Stop Me Before I Kill! (1960) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 18th
67. Cash on Demand (1962) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
68. The Snorkel (1958) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
69. Maniac (1963) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
70. Never Take Sweets from a Stranger (1960) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
71. These Are the Damned (1962) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
72. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
73. Psycho (1960) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 19th
74. Thriller (1960): S1E6/S2E7 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
75. Thriller (1960): S1E8/S2E9 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
76. Moontrap (1989) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 20th
77. Thriller (1960): S1E10/S2E11 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
78. Psycho II (1983) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
79. Thriller (1960): S1E12/S2E13 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 21st
80. Thriller (1960): S1E14/S2E15 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
81. Thriller (1960): S1E16/S2E17 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 22nd
82. Thriller (1960): S1E18/S2E19 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
83. Thriller (1960): S1E20/S2E21 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 23rd
84. Thriller (1960): S1E22/S2E23 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
85. Thriller (1960): S1E24/S2E25 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 24th
86. Monster House (2006) cc
87. Psycho III (1986) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
88. Thriller (1960): S1E26/S2E27 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
89. Thriller (1960): S1E28/S2E29 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 25th
90. The Wicker Man (2006) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
91. Virgin Witch (1972) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 26th
92. Cooties (2014) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
93. Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
94. The Grudge (2004) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
95. Blade (1998) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
96. Blade II (2002) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 27th
97. Quatermass 2 (1957) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
98. John Dies at the End (2012) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 28th
99. Arachnophobia (1990) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 29th
100. The Awakening (2011) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 30th

October 31st

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Indy's 11th Annual Halloween/Horror Challenge

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Goal= 50 (Finished with 61)
* indicates first time viewing (Finished with 13)

September 30
1. Child's Play* (2019)- If you had asked me if they should remake this quasi-classic, I'd have said hells no. And that's why I'm kinda an idiot, cause it was actually good. They did enough new things with it, think Black Mirror, to make it worthwhile.

October 1
2. The VVitch (2016)- Man, they don't make them like this anymore. What a thoughtful, purposeful, and interesting film. But they are missing an opportunity with more Black Phillip, just imagine Black Phillip: Season of the VVitch, Black Phillip's Revenge, Black Phillip Takes Manhattan, and (of course) Black Phillip in Space.

October 2
3. Marianne S1 E1: Your Dreams*, S1 E2: Tradition*- Very good start with all the spooky and the distressful. This might not be politically correct, but a lot of old women are just plain frightening. And this might not be politically correct either, but the only thing that feels French about this are the doors.

October 3
4. Kolchak: The Night Stalker S1 E1: The Ripper*, S1 E2: The Zombie*- Watching this is like looking back through your high school yearbook. It's a mix of fun and interesting stories along with some cringe worthy dialogue, action, and effects.
5. Marianne S1 E3: Not an Easy Person*, S1 E4: Beautiful Moment*

October 4
6. The Thing (2011)- Look, you paint yourself into a corner doing a prequel to the Thing. So they acquitted themselves well, telling us what happened to the Norwigs with good acting and decent effects. But couldn't someone have asked the Thing, "why are you here", "what do you really look like", and "did we really land on the moon?"
7. Penny Dreadful S2 E6: Glorious Horrors*, S2 E7: Little Scorpion*

October 5
8. Bloody Birthday* (1981)- Charming little slasher that proves my theory, kids are just as creepy and evil as old women. Interesting to see the other Julie Brown before the valley girl shtick.
9. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile* (2019) [WC]- I don't think I wanna live in a world where a movie about Ted Freakin' Bundy isn't considered horror. A drama? Kramer vs Kramer is a drama. What's next, Friday the 13th is listed as a nature video? Anyways, Efron was serviceable as Bundy and this was overall not bad.
10. Scream 2 (1997)- AKA the Scream franchise gets woke. This is more of the same, pretty faces uttering snappy dialogue, then spewing blood out of newly made orifices. But it is a nice stroll down 90's TV lane.

October 6
11. Midnight Meat Train (2011)- Carnage incarnate! I don't know what this movie is saying; Humans are meat puppets? Gore is art? Love your work? Whatever it is, this movie is a bloody good time.
12. Lair of the White Worm* (1988)- Dr. Who and Hugh Grant vs a sometimes hot, sometimes not lassie and baby sand worm. There's a bit o'psychedelic funk here along with an over-baked Christianity Paganism conflict. Come on, everyone knows Christianity absorbs Paganism for breakfast.
13. Sinister 2 (2015)- First off, I did like this. No, really, it's not a bad follow up. That said, now Imma rip it a new one. It's like whoever made this didn't understand the nuances of the first film or of how to build suspense through mystery. Showing the monsters way too much minimizes their effectiveness. That's just Jaws 101. Also, what did I say about kids? Dead or alive, they creepy.
14. As Above So Below (2014)- I didn't see 25% of this movie due to the crazy, lazy camera work (aka found footage style) nor hear 25% of the dialogue due to whispering or French accents. The 75% or so I did see/hear was pretty good, although it leaves you with more questions than answers. Main one being why would you even talk to someone who left you in a Turkish prison?

October 7
15. Mirror Mirror* (1990)- Someone must have said, "Hey, lets do a sequel to Beetlejuice and have the mother and daughter move to Beverly Hills 90120." Not kidding, Winona Ryder could sue for copyright infringement of a fictional character. Wait, is that Ned... Ryerson. "Needlenose Ned"? "Ned the Head"? Ned Ryerson, did the whistling belly-button trick at the high school talent show? Bing! Ned Ryerson, got the shingles real bad senior year, almost didn't graduate? Bing, again. Ned Ryerson, dated my sister Mary Pat a couple times until I told him not to anymore? Well?
16. Candyman (1992)- A Gothic urban tale that hinges on Tony Todd's performance and man does he bring it. If some schmuck says the 90's suck for horror, point to this movie and say, "Be my victim bitch!" Unless it's a woman, then leave off the bitch part.
17. Creepshow (1982)- How can I describe this over the top, campy yet charming macabre comic book come to life? I have no IKEA. I will say most of the cast is old white people, not judging cause old white people hate to be judged (ironic, since they love judging), just pointing it out.

October 8
18. Return to Horror High (1987)- You know what's worse than bad acting? Bad jokes. I get they were satirizing the horror genre, being meta before meta was cool, but those "jokes" were worse than any gore. And what the hell Clooney, you lose a bet or something?

October 9
19. Casper (1995)- I know what you're thinking, since my girls have aged out of enjoying this fun and charming little movie, why am I still watching it? My answer to that is simple... oh my god, look behind you. No, seriously, it's coming right for you! (runs away)

October 10
20. Below (2002)- Submarines are spooky by their nature, so it's the perfect setting for a suspenseful thriller. Well written and acted, even if the SPX are a bit dated. This is more of a long episode of the Twilight Zone. Want your mind blown, Alan from The Hangover did say his grandfather died during WWII and there's a character that looks just like him.

October 11
21. The Perfection* (2019)- Hands down the most intense, hardest to watch scene I've seen this challenge. It was so bad, I vowed to stop telling people to 'go shit yourself'. A crazy movie that was probably taken straight outta Larry Nassar's nightmare.

October 12
22. Kolchak: The Night Stalker S1 E3: They Have Been, They Are, They Will Be...*, S1 E4: The Vampire*
23. Penny Dreadful S2 E8: Memento Mori*, S2 E9: And Hell Itself My Only Foe*
24. Gothika (2003)- Underrated scary prison tale with the pulchritudinous Halle Berry battling ghost. And I do mean battling, that ghost might be Ike Turner in drag. Also starring a younger Iron Man doing his speed talking thing.

October 13
25. Scream 3 (2000)- AKA the kitchen sink. Obviously these get worse with each installment and this one is like decent fanfic. More interested in jokes and cameos than interesting characters, plot, and scares. It's not bad, but you can see the franchise plodding along and stumbling into second base.
26. Into the Tall Grass* (2019)- Interesting idea that feels familiar, but overall just doesn't work. Call it Ed Warren investigates the Children of the Tall Grass if you want, but the story that was the most interesting never gets told.
27. Marianne S1 E5: You Left Her*, S1 E6: Memories*

October 14
28. Jennifer's Body (2009)- Grab your too cool for high school slang translator and teen satire glasses and enjoy this Clueless meets The Possession of Regina George movie mash-up. Can I take a moment here and talk about the vomiting? Not just in this movie, but EVERY movie? Used to be heard and not seen, but lately (as in like the last 15 years or so) spew shots are the horror movie version of money shots.
29. Penny Dreadful S2 E10: And They Were Enemies*, S3 E1: The Day Tennyson Died*

October 15
30. Vampires (1998)- This movie has aged about as well as James Woods. Sure, it is still kinda fun and entertaining, but the misogyny and toxic masculinity stick out like me at a Billie Eilish concert. And let me stop you right there, no this wasn't true to the times, I was there in 98 and most guys didn't act like that. The big difference is the behavior wasn't called out like it is now. Cry all you want about how SJWs are ruining being an asshole, but the good news is you can still make this movie today, just not with studio money because society has evolved. The only thing stopping you from getting off your moon pies, grabbing your lil iPhone, calling up Jimmy Woods (I am sure he's available) and going to town, is yourself.

October 16
31. Urban Legend (1998)- This gets lumped in as just another Scream clone and sure, it probably is, but this is like Friday the 13th to Scream's Halloween. Playing on the urban legends we all grew up with is fun to build a movie around, but the absence of the hook-handed escaped maniac was a huge plot hole. Talented cast and interesting story makes this one an almost classic.

October 18
32. House at the End of the Street (2012)- I am just gonna say it, this is a pretty good movie. It has a good cast and a decent story with a nice twist. And Elisabeth Shue, who has aged very well. Really the only problem is that derivative title. Here's a fact that I just made up, 37% of all horror movies have the word house in the title. Now I am ready to be president.

October 19
33. Kolchak: The Night Stalker S1 E5: The Werewolf*, S1 E6: Firefall*
34. Haunted S2 E1: The Mimic*, S2 E2: Ward of Evil*, S2 E3: Cult of Torture*, S2 E4: Spirits from Below*- About as true as The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, the biggest mystery is why the hell am I still watching this fake news. Ghosts and demons aren't real, but mental illness sure as hell is. That being said, the actors telling their stories and the better looking versions of them acting 'em out are effective. We do need more diversty in our evil spirits though.
35. Halloween (1978)- My yearly watch of this slasher classico. I can't claim to see something new every time I watch, but this is so entertaining and well made that cliche' (and possible sign of diabetes) doesn't matter.
36. Halloween II (1981)- The first of the three part twos of the Halloween franchise and arguably the best. A step down from the original, but not a huge one. Little known fact, the first socialized medical hospital opened in Haddonfield back in 1980. Then Michael Myers, backed by big pharmaceutical companies, shut that shit down in one night.

October 20
37. Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000)- A step down from the original, but it's not like the original was Halloween or anything, so who cares. It's kinda entertaining, but you spend most of the movie not trying to figure out who the killer is, but who the older professor is. Spoiler alert, it's Harry Ellis from Die Hard. "Hans, boobey, I'm your white knight.”
38. Fright Night (2011)- This is remake 101, stay true to the original's spirit, but update it and change enough to give it a reason to exist. This is just a fun flick with a great cast.

October 21
39. Bad Moon* (1996) This wasn't bad per se, just sunk by some wooden acting. Someone please explain to me how Mariel Hemingway had a career? Also, the lead wolf Eddie, had the range of a body pillow. 5 will get you 10 they had a special Lannister relationship.
40. Unfriended 2: Dark Web* (2018) They weren't kidding calling this dark. It was compelling to watch, but I am now more scared of the WWDW than old ladies or kids.
41. Hocus Pocus (1993) This truly gets better with every viewing. The spirit of Halloween captured on celluloid, at least the 90's version of it. I believe there are two kinds of people, those would don't like this movie and those that will one day ascend into heaven... or Valhalla or Shangri-la or Disney World, whatever.

October 22
42. Marianne S1 E7: Too Young to Handle*, S1 E8: On a Tuesday*

October 23
43. Castle Rock S2 E1: Let The River Run*, S2 E2: New Jerusalem*- If you would have told me back in the 90's that one day I'd be slightly attracted to Annie Wilkes, I would have hobbled your stank ass. Lizzy Caplan does an uncanny imitation of a younger Katy Bates in a very intriguing start to a whole new and different season two of Castle Rock.

October 24
44. Kolchak: The Night Stalker S1 E7: The Devil's Platform*, S1 E8: Bad Medicine*
45. Misery (1990) I think I understand who Annie Wilkes is now. She is basically the embodiment of a toxic fanbase. Whether it's Star Wars, Marvel, or anything popular, she is the epitome of crazy trolls who feel an unnatural connection and entitlement to intellectual property they did not create. You spend time on the internet bashing the new Star Wars movies, you are Annie Wilkes. You attack creators, actors, writers, directors, etc. on Twitter, you are Annie Wilkes! Chew on that ya dirty birds.

October 25
46. Lady in White (1988) Back in the 80's I loved this little spooky tale, but unfortunately it hasn't aged well. Still enjoyable overall, but the tone is erratically and the humor and FX are unsophisticated.

October 26
47. Little Monsters* (2019)- Starts off strong, a 'bad adult' doing and saying inappropriate, funny things around a child. But once this zero turns into a hero, it becomes a run of the mill and run away from zombies generic episode of the Walkabout Dead.
48. Carrie (1976)- So this is where the red neck rallying cry git-r-done comes from. Points off for that. I wish I could have seen this back in 1976, I am sure the impact was much greater then. But now that we have the X-Men and Stranger Things, this is less effective.
49. Penny Dreadful S3 E2: Predators Far and Near*, S3 E3: Good and Evil Braided Be*

October 27
50. Goosebumps 2* (2019)- I know this will lose me a million followers, but I liked this. Funny and really captures the commercialism of Halloween (the costumes, yard decor, modern stories) in an entertaining way.
51. In the Mouth of Madness (1994) Lovecraft meets King via Carpenter. I just wish they'd have gotten Rob Bottin to do the creatures, the ones in the movie were more like Disney animatronics. I am beginning to think maybe Sutter Cane wrote the playbook on immigration based on this movie, sell irrational and specious fear to the simple-minded in order to control them.
52. Eli* (2019) Pretty much the opposite of how I felt about Little Monsters, the beginning is your generic haunted house with ghost who are either hurting or helping and no characters to really care about, then it turns on a dime in the 3rd act and becomes interesting. Too bad I was not invested once the twist sprang.

October 28
53. The Addams Family (1991)- This is what I think of when someone says, 'black comedy'. The casting is spot on and the humor is fast, furious, and funny. I never saw the t.v. show or read the comics, so this is my baseline for the franchise.

October 29
54. Needful Things (1993)- King being King, showing us how "ordinary people" are merely a slight nudge away from going completely Jack Torrance. I think the moral of this story is many of our professional religious leaders wouldn't recognize the devil if he/she was sitting on the throne. As a matter of fact, they'd be more inclined to help him/her get there than oppose. Think about that when someone is preaching fear of the devil... they are probably in league with him/her.
55. Penny Dreadful S3 E4: A Blade of Grass*, S3 E5: This World Is Our Hell*

October 30
56. House of 1000 Corpses (2003)- Zombie's version of the Texas Chain Saw Massacre where everyone is dumber and more, hmmmm, let's just say rustic. Robbie is like the horror version of Kevin Smith and this is his Clerks. They both basically write the same characters and dialogue for every movie.

October 31
57. Kolchak: The Night Stalker S1 E9: The Spanish Moss Murders*, S1 E10: The Energy*
58. Trick 'r Treat (2007)- You want 100 minutes of Halloween fun, humor, spooks, gore, and learn a thing or two about the holiday? Pop this sucker into your player (or stream, whichever chews your Charleston), sit back and enjoy.
59. Penny Dreadful S3 E6: No Beast So Fierce*, Haunted S2 E5: Demon of War*, S2 E6: Born Cursed*
60. Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)- I do love how simple these movies are, yet how real they feel. I mean the dialogue and chemistry of the family, not the demons. I'm not mentally ill ya know.
61. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Toy Story of Terror, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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Challenges participated in: 10th
Total views: 37
First-time views (including TV episodes): 25 items
Formats viewed: BD, Netflix stream, Prime, Vudu, Vudu Free
Decades watched: 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s
Personal goal: Set a new high
Favorite first-time views: Cabin Fever (2003), IT (2017)

Boo!

9/13
1. Friday the 13th Part IV The Final Chapter

10/1
2. Sleepaway Camp (1985)* (VUDU)
3. Sleepaway Camp II* (VUDU)
4. Sleepaway Camp 3* (VUDU)
5. The Babysitter* (Netflix)

10/2
6. Happy Death Day (BD)
7. Phantoms* (VUDU)
8. King Kong (1976) (VUDU)

10/6
9. Deep Blue Sea 2 (2018)* (BD
10. Cursed (2005)*

10/8
11. Black Mirror season 5 ep 3 “Rachel, Jac, and Ashley Too”*

10/11
11.5. 13 Ghosts*

10/14
12.5. Solo*
13.5. Summer Camp
14.5. The Cabin in the Woods

10/15
15.5 30 Days of Night (2007)* (VUDU free)
16.5. 30 Days of Night Dark Days (2010)* (VUDU free)
17.5. They Follow (VUDU free)

10/16
18.5. Bloodrayne 2* (VUDU)
19.5” Cabin Fever (2003)* (HBO)
20.5. Cabin Fever Spring Fever (2009)* (HBO)
21.5. Cabin Fever (2016)* (Netflix)

10/17
22.5. Hemlock Grove s1 ep1* (Netflix)
23. Head Count* (Netflix)
24. True Blood s1 ep1 (HBO)
24.5. True Blood s1 ep2 (HBO)
25. True Blood s1 ep3 (HBO)

10/21
25.5. Good Witch s2 Halloween episode* (Prime)
26.5. The Ruins (2009)* (VUDU)

10/22
27.5. Isabelle* (VUDU)
28.5. Killer Klowns from Outer Space*

10/23
29.5. Straw Dogs (2011)*

10/24
30.5. House of 1000 Corpses*

10/25
31.5. True Blood s1 ep4
32. True Blood s1 ep5

10/30
32.5. Bram Stoker’s Dracula

10/31
33.5. Embrace of the Vampire
34,5. True Blood s1 ep6
35. True Blood s1 ep7
35.5. True Blood s1 ep8
36. IT (2017)* (BD)
37. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

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First-time View: 24
Streaming: 26
Television: 17
Blu-Ray: 15
DVD: 7

Sept. 13-Full moon + Friday the 13th Bonus Day

1. Scream of the Wolf (1974), YouTube-When Hollywood actors were on the downward arc of their careers in the 1970s, they could find work in TV-movies and anthology series like The Love Boat and Fantasy Island. Peter Graves plays a professional hunter who is involved with a hunt for a lupine killer, who might be his former friend, Clint Walker.
2. Cold Ground (2017), Prime-A found footage flick set in 1976, hence the digitally added scratches and dirt to make the movie look old. The plot concerns French documentarians exploring cattle mutilations in the Swiss Alps who find themselves on the menu. This really was tedious to sit through.
3. An American Werewolf in London (1981),Blu-Nearly 40 years later this movie still packs a punch.

Sept. 30
4. Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), Blu--Werner Herzog's remake of the FW Murnau vampire classic Nosferatu is drenched with foreboding from the first frame, as Popul Vuh's music plays over shots of mummified children. Klaus Kinski is chilling as the vampire Graf Orlok who is draining the life from the people of Bremen.
5. Videodrome (1982), DVD--David Cronenberg thought TV would devour humanity, if only he had foreseen Twitter!
6. Night of the Living Dead (1968),Blu-I think the chief reason that NOTLD still works today 51 years later is its B/W photography, which gives the film a timeless feel, and how Romero uses the camera to throw the viewer off with odd angles and shadows.

Oct. 1
7. Cat People (1942), DVD--Val Lewton gets the credit for this film's success, but it's Jacques Tourneur's moody, atmospheric direction that sells this film.
8. The Uncanny (1977), YouTube--A Canadian anthology film featuring Peter Cushing as an author who tells tales of cats avenging their owners as proof that cats are secretly the evil overlords of humanity.
9. The Carrier (1988), YouTube--CATS OR DEATH!

Oct. 2
10. Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Watch TCM--A sequel superior to the original.
11. Arnold (1973)-YouTube- A truly bizarre horror comedy that plays as if Agatha Christie wrote for television. After a gold-digger marries her dead fiance, the members of the wedding party die one by one.
12. A Return to Salem's Lot (1987),TV--Holy shit, this was awful! The basic set-up, an anthropologist discovers an isolated New England village that turns out to be controlled by vampires, has promise, but it was handled so incompetently that watching this was a test of endurance.
13. It Stains the Sands Red (2017)-TV- I watched this for last year's challenge and loved it. A Las Vegas stripper finds herself stranded in the desert during the zombie apocalypse after her car and boyfriend die. This is a top-notch zombie film, and the lead actress is terrific as the stripper who discovers her inner strength as she struggles to get to her son.

Oct. 3
14. The Birds (1963), DVD--One of my favorite Hitchcock films, although knowing now the harassment he inflicted on Tippi Hedren makes watching the film a difficult experience.
15. Pledge (2018), Hulu-Three nerds try to pledge a fraternity that turns out to be a terminal experience

Oct. 4
16. Anna and the Apocalypse (2017), Putlocker--This movie combine my 3 favorite genres: musicals, zombies, and Christmas. Terrific songs and a fresh-faced cast plus zombie gore make this a holiday perennial I hope this comes out on Blu-Ray in time for Christmas.
17. The Dead Don't Die (2019), Putlocker--Jim Jarmusch can be a mixed bag, but this movie is terrible. The movie constantly winks at the audience, throwing in Brechtian reminders that we are watching a work of fiction, which destroyed my involvement with the characters. The cast is fantastic, but this fails as satire and as a zombie film. Two thumbs down.
18. Return of the Living Dead II (1988)-TV- While RotLD II is a definite step down from the original classic, it's still worth watching as an 80s time capsule. Despite the II, this is a remake, and not a sequel.
19. Fido (2017), DVD--Fido is a small gem, about an alternate 1950s where humanity has barely survived a zombie apocalypse.

Oct. 5
20. Quatermass and the Pit (1968),Blu-One of my favorite Hammer films, in which it is posited that ancient Martians engineered the evolution of humanity into thinking beings. The melding of ancient evil and modern science is one of my favorite horror tropes. The Scream Factory Blu is packed with extras, and is a marked improvement over the old DVD.
21. Prince of Darkness (1988),Blu-Another example of modern science confronting primordial evil. Carpenter's screenplay is a touch too vague and incoherent, but it works nonetheless
22. Dawn of the Dead (2004),Blu-The zombie baby was a bad idea.

Oct. 6
23. The House With a Clock In Its Walls (2018), TV--I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this Disney story of an orphaned boy who goes to live with his warlock uncle. Cate Blanchett is elegant as always and Jack Black is at his Jack Blackiest as the magical uncle. I thought Kyle would show up for a Tenacious D reunion for a moment
24. Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018), TV-This might be too British for me, even though it has Michael Sheen, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost in the cast. A British public school (which we would call a private school) is forced to combat underground monsters that have been summoned by a fracking plant on the school's land.

Oct. 7
25. 100 Bloody Acres (2013), Prime-I really enjoyed this horror/ comedy blend about a pair of brothers running a small fertilizer business that sells a "special blend" a la Soylent Green.

Oct. 8
26. Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eye(1973), YouTube-A young girl returns to her ancestral castle which is possibly being sold away from the family. There are eerie rumors of vampires afoot as members of the household are slaughtered. As usual, the culprit is a human. The cinematography is stunning. Italians might be rubbish at writing coherent screenplays, but they are unmatched at sheer style.
27. Eyes of Laura Mars (1978),Blu-I'm glad this high fashion slasher flick finally got a Blu release because it is a total 70s campfest. This movie's so old Tommy Lee Jones looks hot. Faye Dunaway is a haute couture photographer whose work blends sex with violence. She begins to have psychic visions of murders of people in her circle. Tommy Lee Jones plays the detective investigating the crimes who becomes romantically involved with Dunaway. Hilarity ensues.

Oct. 9
28. Demon Knight (1995), DVD-William Sadler and Jada Pinkett are terrific in this story of a wounded man stranded at a run-down motel in the middle of nowhere who recruits a new soldier in the fight to save Creation from being unmade by the forces of Hell. Pre-Titanic Billy Zane plays the villain, a demon searching for an artifact that will bring the reign of darkness over the entire universe. The cast is made up of familiar character actors like CCH Pounder and Dick Miller, and the mid-90s practical effects still stand up today.

Oct. 10
29. Chopping Mall (1986),Blu-All the killing could have been avoided if the the mall security had installed surge protectors so the Protector robots wouldn't go on a murder spree from a single lightning bolt.
30. The Black Cat (1934), TV--Definitely the best of all the Karloff/ Lugosi parings.
31. Curse of the Demon, (1957), TV--Dana Andrews is a woefully unappreciated leading man, a shame that booze ruined his career. Here he plays a skeptic who becomes convinced that the occult world is real.

Oct. 11
32. Call Girl of Cthlhu (2014), Blu-Despite the Troma-level production values and mostly atrocious acting, this little Lovecraft horror/ comedy about a young artist who tries to save his hooker girlfriend from becoming a bride of Cthulhu kept me entertained.
33. Suspiria (1935), Watch TCM--I had forgotten how good this movie is. It starts out scary and the tension keeps building until the fiery climax. Of course, witches are evil, but I don't see the point of having a dance school if you keep killing your students.
34. The Devil's Bride (1968), Watch TCM--I need to buy the Scream Factory release of this movie. Definitely one of the best late Hammer films, with Christopher Lee as the hero

Oct. 12
35. Scarecrows (1988), Prime-If I taught a class on film, I would use this as an example of low-budget story-telling. In the first 5 minutes we get the exposition, the relationships of the characters, and the set-up of the main conflict. Now that's it's going OOP, I need to add this to my shopping list.
36. Little Monsters (2019), Hulu--Lupita Nyong'o shines as the World's Greatest Kindergarten Teacher who protects the children in her care when a US military facility in Australia unleashes a zombie outbreak, with the help of David, the smitten uncle of one of her students. Josh Gad plays a degenerate kiddie show host caught in the mayhem. I really wanted to like this movie, but the pacing is skewed, and the movie wastes the first 20 minutes of the film establishing David as a hopeless case of arrested development.
37. Vampires (2010), Hulu--A mockumentary about a family of Belgian vampires that just plodded along with no humor or plot. What We Do In the Shadows covered this territory much better.

Oct. 13
38. Upgrade (2018)-TV- Total adrenaline rush from the jump. A man turned quadriplegic from a botched robbery that left his wife dead seeks revenge through an AI implanted into his nervous system.
39. Overlord (2018)-TV- The plot about WWII soldiers who've landed in France on D-Day discovering mad Nazi scientists creating monsters has been done before, but this iteration is engaging and entertaining.
40. The Company of Wolves (1984)-DVD- A collection of morality tales about people becoming wolves as a reflection of their inner natures.

Oct. 14.
41. In the Mouth of Madness (1994)-DVD-The best Lovecraft movie not based on any Lovecraft story.
42. The Valley of Gwangi-(1969)-Blu-Not my favorite Harryhausen, but you have to love cowboys and dinosaurs
43. The Mummy's Ghost-(1944)-Blu-There's no ghost here, just Kharis the mummy chasing a young woman who is te reincarnation of his lost love Ananka.
42. The Mummy's Curse-(1944)-Blu-Kharis is back although I'm confused how he carries Ananka into a swamp in New England, but emerges in Louisiana Cajun country.

Oct. 15.
43. Blood Fest (2018)-TV-A horror film festival becomes a slaughter house when the convention organizer decides to create a real-life horror movie by killing the attendees and filming the results. I wanted to like this, but despite some clever twists, I just didn't care about the characters.

Oct. 16.
44. Truth or Dare (2017)-Netflix-A gang of 20-somethings start a game of Truth or Dare that turns into a ghastly series of mutilation and death. This is a SyFy original and not the theatrical film. Hell of a lotta fun
45. We All Scream For Ice Cream--Daily Motion--The ghost of an ice cream vending clown wreaks sweet revenge on the men who killed him during a prank as children.

Oct. 17.
46.Dead & Buried (1981)-DVD-Instead of the usual flesh-eating monsters, this movie has traditional voodoo zombies.
47. The Fog-(1980)-Blu-One of John Carpenter's best films, this never fails to creep me out despite having seen it multiple times over the last 40 years.

Oct. 18.
48. Body Snatchers-(1993)-Blu-Abel Ferrara's remake is solid, seriously scary, albeit aimed more at teenagers.

Oct. 19
49. The Changeling (1980), DVD-George C. Scott turns in another great performance as a composer who has lost his family in a tragic accident which has given him a connection to the spirit of a murdered child. The Changeling is a superior ghost story with atmospheric direction and a terrific cast. The sound editing in particular really adds to the eerie aura in this film.
50. White Zombie, (1932), TV--The movie about zombies and voodoo on Haiti is OK, but Bela Lugosi gives a star turn as Murder Legendre
51 Svengoolie: The Mummy's Hand, (1940), TV--None of the Mummy sequels are great cinema, but they are always entertaining. Dick Foran as the dashing hero definitely echoes in the Indiana Jones films and Brendan Fraser in The Mummy

Oct. 20
52. Fanged Up (2017)-Putlocker-A low-brow British comedy about a prison run by vampires who collect AB- prisoners as their food supply. The lead actor apparently got his start as a Twitter comedian, and wow, is he annoying.
53. Let Me In, (2010), TV-- Generally, American remakes of foreign films tend to lose the elements that make the original work, but this is a strong exception. I'd say that this is even better than the Swedish original.
54. John Carpenter's Vampires, (1996), TV-- James Woods found his ideal role as a homophobic, racist vampire hunter.
55. Deep Rising-(1997)-Blu-A good old-fashioned monster movie is a terrific way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon.
56. Thirst (2010)-TV-Park Chan-Wook's vampire film is less a horror film although it is, than a meditation of loss of self and guilt. The vampire here had no choice; he's a priest who was turned by tainted blood and his blood thirst provokes profound despair.

Oct. 21.
57. Re-Animator-(1986)-Blu-From the first blood-soaked moment you know you are in for a gory thrill ride, and, wow, this film delivers. Jeffrey Combs was born to play the creepy Herbert West whose unorthodox ideas on resurrecting the dead create a hellzapopping organpalooza.

Oct. 22
58. Prophecy (1979)-Prime-A public health physician and his cellist wife run into mutant critters in the Maine woods spawned by.the polluted runoff from a paper mill. The movie plays like an artifact from a more enlightened era: a woman's right to choose, the EPA caring about pollution, Native American rights.
59. It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! (1966)/ Toy Story of Terror (2013)/ Bugs Bunny's Howl-O-Ween Special (1978)/ The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror XXX (2019)--TV
60. Wounds (2019), Hulu. Armie Hammer plays a New Orleans bartender who finds a message on a patron's lost smartphone which starts him down a path of Lovecraftian revelations. If you are triggered by bugs, do not watch this flick because it is buggier than an Apple iOS update. It's one of those "is he channeling Elder Gods or is he crazy" plots that just doesn't gel properly.

Oct. 23
61. Keep Watching (2017), TV. I only watched this for the theme because I dislike torture porn intensely. The story here is that masked killers terrorize a family and broadcast their suffering online. It's well done if you like that kind of thing.
62. Scream (1996)-Netflix-Scream has held up remarkably well; the cast's careers, less so. When was the last time you saw Skeet Ulrich in anything?
63. Us (2019)-Streaming-Good movie, although ultimately it still a slasher movie with a sci-fi twist.

Oct. 24
64. Creepshow 2 (1987)-Shudder-Not as bad as its reputation, the strongest story is The Raft, not least due to Paul Satterfield's Speedo in a Best Supporting Role.
65. Needful Things (1993)--Blu-Max von Sydow is terrific as Leland Gaunt, small town storekeeper of precious objects. In fact, the whole movie is perfectly cast.It's a shame the budget didn't cover Gaunt flying off in a dragon-drawn chariot at the end of the book.

Oct. 25
66. Joe Bob Briggs--Demon Wind (1990)--Shudder--This was a a shoddy, low budget Evil Dead Ripoff, but Joe Bob's breaks made it worth watching.
67. Joe Bob Briggs--Society (1989)--Shudder--If I had to describe this movie in one word, it would be "eccentric" The effects at the climactic orgy are the most bizarre I have ever seen.
68. Nosferatu (1922), TV--The first filmed version of Stoker's Dracula was nearly a lost film because Stoker's widow tried to have all copies of the film destroyed. Luckily, she failed, so we have this poetic meditation on death, embodied by the cadaverous Graf Orlok.
69. The Hunger (1983), TV--Poor David Bowie never had a chance to grow really old, Tony Scott's direction relies way too much on billowing curtains and flying doves, as if vampires lived in a music video. Sarandon and Deneuve making out to the Flower Duet from Lakme is the only scene anybody remembers. I wish more of Miriam's backstory from the novel had been included.

Oct. 26
70. The Final Wish (2019), TV. A failing lawyer returns to his hometown for his father's funeral. Among Dad's possession's the lawyer finds an urn that grants wishes, aaaaannnddd you can guess that Things Go Horribly Wrong.
71. Double Date (2017), TV. This year's FTVs have been pretty bad, and this is no exception. The plot involves a guy who is still a virgin who is trying to get laid on his 30th birthday. The girls he and his friend meet at a bar have other plans involving black magic and virgin sacrifice. The ideas here had potential, but I just found this flick a tedious bore to sit through.
72. Await Further Instructions (2018), Netflix. This was really good, if seriously depressing with a downer ending. A dysfunctional British family together for Christmas discover the are imprisoned in their home by an entity that communicates with them through the television. Hilarity does not ensue.
Wild Card #1--73. The Terminator (1984) Theatrical--While this is usually categorized as sci-fi, it is also a killer robot horror movie.Arnold is scary AF in this.

Oct. 27.
74. Rosemary's Baby-(1968)-Blu-You don't get slow burn movies like this nowadays.

Oct. 28
75. All the Creatures Were Stirring (2017)-Shudder-A low-budget Christmas-themed with stories ranging from a homicidal Rudolph to a Christmas demon. Christmas horror can be enthralling (see Krampus), but here none of the stories worked.
76. Vault of Horror (2017)-Streaming-Not as good as its predecessor, Tales From the Crypt, but still a fun watch. I'm glad that the restored film with the complete vampire story has been released

Oct. 29
77. Assimilate (2019)-Netflix-The title gives away the secret to this Disney Channelesque version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Two teen boys making YouTube videos about their boring small town discover that their friends and neighbors are being transformed into soulless automatons, although the culprits here are bugs that become copies of humans instead of plants.For a low budget horror flick, this is pretty decent.
78. Haunter (2013), TV.A novel take on the haunted house story. A teenage girl becomes aware that she and her family are stuck repeating one day in 1985 because that's the day they were murdered. She discovers the killer is still active and she uses her ghostly powers to try to save a victim's life. Really enjoyed this.

Oct. 30
79. Phantom of the Paradise (1974), Amazon.Paul Williams wrote some terrific music.
80. The Last Exorcism (2010)-Netflix-Patrick Fabian of Better Call Saui gives a terrific performance as a fraudulent exorcist who encounters a genuine demonic possession.I've seen this several times, and it still makes me jump.
81. SNL Halloween (2019), TV/ Spooky Treats Unwrapped (2002), TV
82.
Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog (2008)--DVD, This is still heartbreaking. The last note makes me tear up. Poor Billy.

Halloween
83. The Paul Lynde Halloween Special (1978), Amazon/ Halloween Unwrapped (2007), TV
84. The Terror of Hallow's Eve (2017), TV. A teenage boy accidentally uses blood magic to summon a demon that punishes his bullies. This had its moments, but overall really lacked any suspense.

Theme nights
Spoiler:

X- 10/01: Litterboxd / Devil Dogs (Cats & Dogs) -The Uncanny
-X- 10/02: Wedding Horrors -Bride of Frankenstein
-X- 10/03: Playgrounds of the Damned -The Birds
-X- 10/04:- Zombies -Anna and the Apocalypse
-X- 10/05: The 100th Birthday Celebration of Donald Pleasence -Prince of Darkness
-X- 10/06:- Family-Friendly Horror -The House With a Clock in the Wall
-X- 10/07: -Australia / New Zealand -100 Bloody Acres
-X- 0/08: Slashers / Giallos / Serial Killers -Seven Deaths in a Cat's Eye
-X- 10/09: Stranded -Demon Knight
-X- 10/10: The Immortal Classic, Followed By the Big Giveaway at Nine - Horror Movies In Horror Movies: Chopping Mall
-X- 10/11: The Striptease is Swell. It's the Lap Dance That's Hell. - Pasties, G-Strings, & Chainsaws - Strip Club Horrors -Call Girls of Cthulhu
-X- 10/12: Heavy Metal Movies : Scarecrows
-X- 10/13: Straitjackets Unhinged; Crazies On the Fringe! Holy Crap, It's Societal Collapse! - Werewolves / Were-Creatures On A Full Moon: Phase 2 -
-X-10/14: Chronological Horror Years Faceoff - Chapter 7 - 1944 (Diamond) Vs. 1969 (Gold) Vs. 1994 (Silver) -The Valley of Gwangi
-X-10/15: Frights, Camera...Traction! -Blood Fest
-X-10/16: - Deadly Pranks -Truth or Dare
-X-10/17: - Fog-Infested Horror Films -The Fog
-X-10/18: R.I.P. Larry Cohen (1936 - 2019) -Body Snatchers
-X-10/19: 1980s Video Companies Spotlight: Thorn EMI / HBO Cannon / HBO Video + Video Stores -The Changeling
-X-10/20: -Vampires -Fanged Up
-X-10/21: Goodbye to the Practical Effects Whiz Roger Corman Called The Best In the Biz - R.I.P. John Carl Buechler (1952 - 2019) -Re-Animator
-X-10/22: The 50 Best Horror Movies You've Never Seen -Prophecy
-X-10/23: - Home Invasion Horror -Keep Watching
-X-10/24: We're Slashing More Than Just Prices! - Retail Establishment -Needful Things
-X-10/25: Blood, Boobs, and Beasts: Drive-In Total Ingredients For A Mutant Horror Feast. - The Return of Joe Bob Briggs -Demon Wind
-X-10/26: The Random Maniacal Mashup of Insane Indecisiveness 2! - TV Terrors / Late-Night Horror Hosts / Aerobics Craze / Casinos -Await Further Instructions
-X-10/27:Horror Parties -Rosemary's Baby
-X-10/28: Once, Twice, Three Times the Lacerations - Horror Anthologies - All the Creatures Were Stirring
-X-10/29: Supernatural / Quiet/Soft / Seances--Haunter
-X-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 -
-X-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 Terror of Hallow's Eve




CHECKLIST
Spoiler:

Select 10 actors:
1.-X- Abigail Breslin -Haunter
2.-X- Peter Cushing -The Uncanny
3.-X- John Carradine -Bride of Frankenstein
4.-X- Doug Jones -The Terror of Hallow's Eve
5.-X- Boris Karloff -Bride of Frankenstein
6.-X- Klaus Kinski -Nosferatu the Vampyre
7.-X- Christopher Lee -The Devil Rides Out
8.-X- Bela Lugosi -White Zombie
9.-X- Michael Moriarty -Return to Salem's Lot
10. -X- Billy Zane -Demon Knight



Select 2 film composers:
--- Joseph Bishara -
--- Elisabeth Lutyens -
--- Lalo Schifrin -
--- Shirley Walker -

Select 5 directors:
--- James Bressack -
-X-John Carpenter -Vampires
--- Terrence Fisher -
--- Adam Green -
--- Peter Jackson -
--- Franck Khalfoun -
--- Ryűhei Kitamura -
--- Deon Taylor -
--- Rob Zombie -
--- Watch a Movie Directed By a Female Director -

Select 2 makeup effects artists:
--- Al Magliochetti -
--- Mike Measimer -
--- Michelle Sfarzo -
--- Michael Spatola -

Select 2 producers:

--- Nate Bolotin -
--- Brad Fuller -
--- Enrique Lopez Lavigne -
--- Trevor Macy -



Select 2 writers:

--- Robert Bloch -
--- Jeff Buhler -
--- Jamie Nash -
--- Wesley Strick -



Select 30 of the following sub-genres / types:

--- *3-D Film -

-X- Anthology Film -All the Creatures Were Stirring

--- Appears on 25 Weird Horror Movies -
--- Based on a True Story -
--- Based on a Novel -
--- Cannibalism -
--- Cinema Inspired By: Bram Stoker -
--- Cinematic Titanic / Horror Host / MST3K / RiffTrax -
--- Comedy / Spoof -
--- Criterion / Masters of Cinema Version Film -
--- Cryptid Cinema -
--- Death by: Silver Bullet -
--- Diary / Journal -
--- Director or Writer Cameo in Own Film / Film Adaptation, 2
--- Distributor / Studio: Mondo Macabro -
--- Documentary -
--- Drunk Horror -
--- Euro Horror -
--- Extraterrestrial / Takes Place in Space -
--- Film From Someone Else's 'Best of' List -
-X- Film From TCM October 2019 Schedule -The Devil's Bride
--- Film Title Drop -
--- Flashback Horror -
--- Folk Horror -
--- From a Basil Gogos Painting -
--- Found Footage -
-X- Frankenstein -The Bride of Frankenstein
-X- Ghost / Haunting -The Fog
--- Giallo -
-X- Ouija Board -The Changeling
--- Kaiju / Giant Monster -
--- K-Horror -
--- Killer / Evil Animal -
-X- Killer / Evil Child -Body Snatchers
--- Killer / Evil Doll -
-X- Made-for-TV Movie -Truth or Dare
-X- Mummy -The Mummy
-X- Musical / Rock ‘n Roll Horror: Anna and the Apocalypse
--- Nation of Origin: Thailand -
-X- Nazi -Overlord
--- Nepotism Dynasty -
--- OHMC 15th Anniversary Watch: 2005 -
-X- One-Word Titles - Pledge
-X- Prom -Night of the Creeps
--- Phobias -
--- Psychological -
--- Rape / Revenge -
-X- Scarecrows -Scarecrows
--- Slasher / Psycho / Homicidal Maniac -
--- Shot in Bronson Canyon -
--- Takes Place in a Hospital -
--- Takes Place on a Farm -
-X- Takes Place on a Holiday -Anna and the Apocalypse
-X- Television -The Terminator
-X- Three Installments in a Franchise: The Mummy/ Ghost/ Curse -
--- Vampire -
-X- Werewolf -An American Werewolf in London
--- Witchcraft / Satanic / Religious -
--- Wilhelm Scream -
--- With Commentary -
-X- With Two or More Horror Legends -The Black Cat
-X- Zombie -Dead & Buried

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 Baldwin (Daniel, Stephen, William) -
--- Features time travel -
--- Was made in the 1970s -
--- Features a giant insect -
--- Was written by H.G. Wells -
--- Features a character who has a premonition -
--- Has a scene in a morgue -
--- Was shot in Alabama -
--- Is listed on the Film Registry of the National Film Preservation Board -
-X- Takes place at a castle -Seven Deaths in a Cat's Eye
--- Features a vampire hunter -



Watch 1 film with a recently deceased personality:

--- Recently deceased list -



Watch 1 of your OHMC "favorites":

-X- The Carrier (1988) -

--- Shakma (1990) -

--- The Killer Tongue (1996) -

--- The House by the Cemetery (1981) -

--- Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (1977) -

--- Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror (1981) -

--- Hobgoblins (1988) -

--- Microwave Massacre (1983) -

--- Killer Condom (1996) -



Select 6 decades of film history:

--- Pre-1930 -

--- 1930 -

--- 1940 -

--- 1950 -

--- 1960 -

--- 1970 -

--- 1980 -

--- 1990 -

--- 2000 -

--- 2010 -


Select 3 from the following horror film tropes:
-X- The Feline Fright -The Uncanny
-X- "Let's Split Up" -Body Snatchers
-X- The Mirror Scare -The Final Wish
--- The Suddenly Undependable Vehicle -
-X- The Invincible Killer -Terminator
--- Dream Scares -
--- Mythology Exposition -

Select 1 from the "Chronological Horror Years Faceoff":
-X- 1944 (75th) -The Mummy's Ghost
-X- 1969 (50th) - The Valley of Gwangi
-X- 1994 (25th) –In the Mouth of Madness

Select 1 from the following anniversaries:
--- 30th Anniversary of USA Up All Night -
--- 40th Anniversary of Fangoria Magazine -
--- 40th Anniversary of Svengoolie -
--- 45th Anniversary of Troma Entertainment-
--- 85th Anniversary of Hammer Films -
-X- 100th Birthday of Donald Pleasence -Prince of Darkness

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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Re: The 15th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread***

That's a wrap on a great October! I hit 114 viewings, a new personal best, and the first time I've ever hit 100.

A * denotes a new viewing.

September 13th
1. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
2. Friday the 13th: A New Beginning
3. Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives

September 30th
4. Nightwish*
5. Galaxy of Terror*

October 1st
6. Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight*
7. Slaughterhouse
8. Cropsey*

October 2nd
9. The Psychic*
10. Pledge Night*
11. Mortuary*

October 3rd
12. The Hitcher*
13. Zombie
14. Mountaintop Motel Massacre

October 4th
15. Crawl*
16. The Beast in Heat*
17. (TV): Creepshow S01E01* + S01E02* (90 minutes total)

October 5th
18. The Blood on Satan’s Claw*
19. 3 from Hell*
20. Escape Room*

October 6th
21. Roadgames*
22. Inseminoid*
23. Rabid
24. Headhunter*

October 7th
25. One Cut of the Dead*
26. The Prey*

October 8th
27. Hellmaster*
28. Killer Crocodile*
29. Demons 2*

October 9th
30. The Witch Who Came from the Sea*
31. Saw

October 10th
32. Dead Calm*
33. Halloween (1978)
34. Killer Crocodile II*
35. Saw II

October 11th
36. The Frighteners
37. WILDCARD: Mister America*
38. The Vineyard*
39. Hostel

October 12th
40. WILDCARD: Between Me and My Mind*
41. Train to Busan*
42. The Redeemer: Son of Satan!*
43. Saw III

October 13th
44. 28 Days Later
45. Night Shift: The Final Checkout*

October 14th
46. Alice Sweet Alice*
47. StageFright: Aquarius*
48. Manhattan Baby*
49. A Bucket of Blood

October 15th
50. 28 Weeks Later
51. The Howling

October 16th
52. Strays*
53. Halloween II (1981)
54. Chopping Mall

October 17th
55. From Beyond the Grave*
56. Shaun of the Dead
57. Zombie 4: After Death

October 18th
58. The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
59. The Amityville Horror (1979)*
60. Creepshow
61. Ringu*
62. The Dead Next Door

October 19th
63. Burn, Witch, Burn*
64. Cemetery Man
65. Beyond Evil*
66. Vampyros Lesbos*
67. Burial Ground
68. Out of the Dark*
69. Sorority House Massacre*

October 20th
70. Nosferatu*
71. Shadow of the Vampire
72. Hush*
73. Squirm*
74. The Leopard Man*

October 21st
75. (TV): Creepshow S01E03* + S01E04* (90 minutes total)
76. Oculus*
77. Devil Fish*

October 22nd
78. Dr. Terror's House of Horrors*
79. Amityville II: Possession*
80. Dark Waters*

October 23rd
81. The Thing from Another World
82. Warlock: The Armageddon*

October 24th
83. Amityville 3-D*
84. Halloween III: Season of the Witch
85. Carrie
86. Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers*

October 25th
87. Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland*

October 26th
88. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
89. An American Werewolf in London
90. Witchboard*

October 27th
91. Dead & Buried
92. The Faculty*
93. Nekromantik*

October 28th
94. Amityville: The Evil Escapes*
95. Opera*
96. The Uninvited*
97. Unmasked Part 25*

October 29th
98. Amityville 1992: It’s About Time*
99. A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge
100. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

October 30th
101. Amityville: A New Generation*
102. A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
103. A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child*
104. Berserker*
105. The Return of the Living Dead
106. Trick 'r Treat

October 31st
107. (TV) Creepshow S01E05* + S01E06* (90 minutes total)
108. Witchfinder General
109. Amityville: Dollhouse*
110. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
111. Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare*
112. Night of the Living Dead
113. Night of the Demons
114. House on Haunted Hill (1959)

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1. Riddick
October 19
2. Crawl
October 27
3. Brotherhood of the Wolf
October 28
4. Interview with the Vampire
5. Hellraiser

October 29
6. Hellraiser II: Hellbound
October 30
7. Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth


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Sept. 13 - Friday the 13th & Full Moon! Bonus Day
1) The Beast Must Die (1974) - Pretty nice looking blu from the Amicus box. Kind of fun watching a 1970 era movie with an African American in the lead. Very young Michael Gambon as one of the guests. 3/5 *
2) The Snarling (2018) - The humor on this one really fell flat. Werewolf runs amuck during a zombie movie shoot. 1/5*

Sept. 30 - Criterion Crossover - So It Begins!
3) Videodrome (1983) -
Criterion -Blu is chocked full of goodies I will need to revisit. One of my favorite performances by James Woods. 3/5
4) Gojira (1954) - First time watching the Japanese version completely. Hiroshima atomic bombing is strong theme throughout the entire movie.Gojira has sure evolved from the 50s having just seen the new 2019 version.4/5

October 1
5) Cat People (1942)
-Criterion- Simone Simon sure is gorgeous in this one. 5/5
6) Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956) -Criterion- The commentary was quite helpful. Raymond Burr inserted and a few new scenes added made this very coherent, but most of the atom bomb subtext was excised. 3/5

October 2
7) [[i]REC] 3 Genesis (2012) -
Zombie outbreak during a wedding. I've never seen any of the previous REC movies, so as a stand alone I liked this one a good bit. Nice humor and had a bit of fun with it. 4/5 *
8) The Golem (2018) - Netflix. 'That monster will destroy everything you love'. That statement seems prophetic! Nicely shot, somewhat predictable movie set in the 1600's where everyone is beautiful. Bad guys are bad! 3/5 *

October 3
9) The Fan (1982) -
Mondo- Pretty disturbing movie, about a fan murdering her idol. 4/5 *
10) The Lifechanger (2018) - Netflix. Shapeshifter wanting to reconnect with an ex from a previous 'life'. Thought the premise and follow-through was fascinating. 4/5 *
11) Welcome to Mercy (2018) - HULU - Very slow burning possession movie that couldn't keep my attention. 3/5 *

October 4
12) Zombi 2 (1979) -
Arrow- One of my favorites for the season. Watched it with the commentary. Enjoyable watch. The first zombie encountered on the abandoned boat trained the dogs for the musical Annie. 5/5
13) Skinner (1993) - Severin- *
14) White God (2015) -
Tubi - I kept on questioning if the horror tag was correct, and it was paid in full by the last 25 minutes. 4/5 *

October 5
15) Phenomena (1985) - Arrow - One of the craziest ending I've seen in a while. 3/5 *
16) The Burrowers (2008) - Tubi- I love horror westerns and this one has two of my favorite actors Hutchison and C.Brown. 5/5
17) The Children (1980) -VS- This was a pretty good creepy kid movie. Loved the burned victim effects. 4/5 *

October 6
18) Monster House (2006) -
Phew. Lower budget animation. 2/5 *
19) The Living Corpse (1967) -Mondo- Nice to see a Pakistani version of Dracula with all the flavor added. 4/5 *
20) Child's Play (2019) - Didn't mind the update, but jettisoning the doll possessed by murderer for technology run amok didn't seem to click with me. CGI doll didn't look as bad as I expected, and humor worked. 3/5 *
21) Downrange (2017) - Now I can get behind this American Sniper. I liked this a good bit. Kids broken down on some isolated road pinned down by a sniper. 4/5 *

October 7
22) Boar (2017) -
I guess Australia has a shortage of animals to fear , so they make 2 movies about giant boars. I love them both! I could have done with less CGI, but thought the practical effects were good. 4/5 *
23) Blood of Dracula (1957) -Tubi- Fifties teen movie. Science teacher at all girls school has some non-conventional hypothesis she wants to test out on her student. Dracula effect was nice and scary. 4/5
24) Grotesque (2009) - Tubi- J Shocker that was pretty unnerving. 3/5 *

October 8
25) Disconnected (1984) -
Finally get to put one of my VS blus to use. I liked the slow pacing on this one, but the acting wasn't very good. 3/5 *
26) Night Hunter (2018) - Forgettable serial killer movie. 2/5 *

October 9
27) Dead End (2003) -
The car ride that goes forever, where people keep dropping like flies. I liked the ambiguous ending. 3/5 *
28) Cave of the Living Dead (1964) - This had a lot of humor for what I was expecting. Would like to get this on blu. 4/5 *

October 10
29) The Faculty (1998) -
I've never heard of this movie before, and had a good deal of fun. The HS faculty are aliens, and they're trying to convert the students. 4/5 *
30) Psycho Circus (1966) - This had a horror tag on IMDB, but I don't think there's too much there. Nice spin by Christopher Lee as Otto, with some strange accent. 3/5 *
31) Cam (2018) - I was disturbed this movie was written by a former cam girl from some of her experiences. I felt it was good and creepy. 4/5 *

October 11
32) The Hills Run Red (2009) -
I believe I liked this more than most posting on the theme forum. It was slick and sleazy. 3/5 *

October 12
33) 976-EVIL (1988) -
I liked this one from the Ethan Hawke clone, to the cheese-ball synth score. 3/5

October 13
34) Wer (2013) -
Scientific approach to Lycanthropy 3/5 *
35) Night Howl (2017) - One word TERRIBLE 0/5 *

October 14
36) The Mummy's Curse (1944) -
Kharis is loose in the bayou! 4/5

October 15
37) One Cut of the Dead (2017) -
I was completely surprised how much I really liked this movie. 5/5 *
38) Crocodile (2000) - I was really excited about a Tobe Hooper wild animal on the rampage movie, but the CGI was not very good. 3/5 *

October 16
39) Final Exam (1981) -
A killer is on the loose. Campus hijinx ensue. 4/5 *
40) The Ranger (2018) - I really liked the idea behind an unhinged park ranger is on after the protagonist. One of the best Shudder movies I've seen in a while. 4/5

October 17
41) The Fury (1978) -

October 18
42) God Told Me To (1976) -
43) The Furies (2019) - *
44) The Dead Don't Die (2019) -
I liked this one better than expected, and had lots of famous people. Adam Driver with a Star Wars key chain. Sword wielding mortician. This had enough odd moment that worked for me. 4/5 *

October 19
45) The Prey (1984) -
I'm not entirely sure what version I watched, but this one was pretty painful to watch. 2/4 *
46) Hell House LLC III: Lake of Fire (2019) - Got forced into watching this one, as I really didn't care for the first 2 HH installments. There are some creepy moments. 3/5 *
47) Primal Rage (2018) - *
48) Abominable (2006) -
49) Troll Hunter (2010) -

October 20
50) The Train (2008) - *
51) Wretch (2018) - *
52) Head Count (2019) - *
53) Audition (1999) -
54) Oldboy (2003) -

October 21
55)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988) - *
56) Pledge (2018) - *
57)
Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994) - *
58) Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) - *
59) We Are What We Are (2013) -

October 22
60) Viv (1967) - *
61) Humanoids From the Deep (1996)- Shout *

62) 31 (2016) - *

October 23
63) US (2019) - *
64) Happy Hunting (2017) - *

October 24
65) Nina Forever (2015) -

66) REC (2007) - *
67) Maniac Cop (1988) - *

October 25
68) Society (1989) - *

69) Vidar The Vampire (2017) - *
70) Alone with Her (2006) - *
71) Valentine (2017) -
Oh man, I screwed this one up. I thought it was the 2001 slasher. I got tricked into watching a superhero movie. This one gets the wildcard I guess. 2/5 *

October 26
72) Death Spa (1989) -
73) Sweetheart (2019) - *
74) Kolobos (1999) - *
75) Pet Sematary (2019) - *
76) Crawl (2019) - *

October 27
77) The Seventh Curse (1986) -
One of my favorite FTV with plenty of action and guts. 5/5 *
78) The Predator (2018) - Everyone here is likeable, and it was a quick paced actioner. 4/5*
79) The Perfection (2018) - *
80) Upgrade (2018) - *

October 28
81) The Vault of Horror (1973) -
Amicus anthology that had some interesting segments. 3/5

October 29
82) Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) -
Nice slow burn which has a bleakness running throughout. 4/5 *
83) REC 2 (2009) - Nice follow up to the first movie. 4/5 *

October 30
84) Mausoleum (1983) -
85) Monsters (2010) -
Loved everything about this movie. The weakest point for me was the monsters, which I didn't think needed as much exposure. Interesting idea and story. 5/5 *
86) Phantom of the Opera (1925) - Film Detective played this one and loved the beat up print. Much prefer this version to any of the latter. 5/5

October 31
87) House of 1000 Corpses (2003) -
Felt this film outstayed it's welcome. Not a huge fan of Zombie, or his wife, and felt these were some really unlikable characters. 2/5 *
88) Hagazussa (2019) - A really nice, slow burn of a witch movie akin to The Witch. Need to watch this again 4/5 *

DVD - 2 (3%)
BLU-RAY - 38 (43%)
Streaming - 48 (54%)
* FTV - 66 (75%)

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1630 Entries - 1225 First Time Viewings (75.15%)
88 repeat viewings (watched the same thing in two or more challenges)
53 TV shows & short films watched
1539 different movies watched




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9/13/19 Bonus Day (Friday the 13th / Full Moon)

1) The Werewolf (1956) [Svengoolie - DVR] - Guy wanders into a small town and soonafter people start dying. Soon, two scientists show up hunting for one of their experiments, a guy they turned into a werewolf. I watched this during an earlier OHMC, and I had seen the Svengoolie segments before, but decided to watch the whole thing since I had it on the DVR and it fit the day's theme.

9/30/19

2) Zombie Night (2003) [B-Movie TV] - Canadians argue and fight nocturnal zombies (somehow created by a nuclear war in the Middle East) in this shot on video crapfest. I'd seen it a few years ago, but I watched it anyway.
3) Videodrome (1983) - James Woods plays the owner of a Cable TV station who is shown a violent video, said to be from an underground video series called "Videodrome," which he wants to acquire for his third-rate cable channel. Odd occurrences begin to happen to him as he investigates the origin of the video. I watched this during an earlier OHMC. Not my favorite Cronenberg film.

10/1/19

4) Pet Sematary (1989) - Another rewatch that I watched during an earlier OHMC. A young doctor and his wife and family move into a house in the country, next to a busy road. After the daughter's cat is run over by a truck, their neighbor takes the doctor to an old Indian burial ground, and tells the doctor to bury the cat there. Later, the cat comes back, alive, but different. Then the doctor's son gets run over by a truck... Fred Gwynne's performance as the neighbor makes this movie quite a bit better than it actually is.
5) Awakening (Zombie Night 2: Awakening) (2006) [B-Movie TV] - Sequel in name only to the flick I watched last night. Shot on video Canadians fighting other Canadians and nocturnal zombies, again.

10/2/19

6) Hatchet for the Honeymoon (Il rosso segno della follia) (1970) - Mario Bava movie about a cleaver-wielding fashion designer/serial killer, haunted by cryptic childhood memories and the ghost of his murdered wife, who butchers newly married brides, while a police inspector tracks him down.
7) Creep (2014) [Netflix] - Young fellow is hired by a mystery person to film something. When he gets to the appointed house on a mountaintop, he meets an odd fellow who tells him he is dying from an inoperable brain tumor, and wants to leave a video for his unborn child. Pretty good found footage movie; starts out a little maudlin, then gets weird, and finally turns creepy - all in a reasonably short run time. Worth a watch if you have Netflix.
8) Day X (2005) [B-Movie TV] - Following a zombie outbreak, a diverse group of strangers take refuge in an abandoned foundry. Nothing special.

10/3/19

9) Little Evil (2017) [Netflix] - Evangeline Lilly, Clancy Brown, and Sally Field star in this mildly amusing horror-comedy about a newly married real estate agent who slowly begins to suspect that his new stepson might be the Antichrist.
10) Get Out (2017) - Young fellow travels with his new girlfriend to a weekend visit to meet her family.

10/4/19

11) The Rezort (2015) [Netflix] - Jurassic Park with zombies instead of dinosaurs. After a zombie apocalypse has been brought under control, people pay to go to an island resort to go on zombie safaris. A computer virus causes the safeguards to fail, leaving a group of people racing to the island's port to escape on a boat before the island is firebombed. Better than I expected it to be.

10/5/19

12) The Devonsville Terror (1983) - Ulli Lommel crapfest about a town where three women were executed in 1683 for being witches, then 300 years later, three women show up who townspeople suspect to be the three witches reincarnated. Donald Pleasence plays a doctor who doesn't really add much to the story. All of his scenes are in his office, and probably took just a day or two to shoot.
13) Dial: Help (Minaccia d'amore) (1988) [B-Movie TV] - Silly Ruggero Deodato mess about a model terrorized by killer telephones and other electrical devices. I had seen it before just over a year ago, but it was on, and Charlotte Lewis was easy on the eyes, so I watched it again (not that it made any more sense the second time through).
14) Slipping Into Darkness (Crazed) (1978) [B-Movie TV] - Woman moves into a boardinghouse. Her neighbor lusts after her. She has a seizure and dies in a bathtub, so he takes her dead body and keeps it in his room, and kills anyone who discovers the body. Another one I'd seen before but watched anyway since it was on.
15) My Mom's a Werewolf (1989) [B-Movie TV] - Goofy, but not very funny Crown International horror comedy. The title pretty much covers the plot: John Saxon is a pet shop owner/ werewolf who hooks up with a housewife one afternoon. He bites her toe, and she slowly turns into a werewolf. I'd seen this before, but I don't know how long ago (kind of surprised that I hadn't watched it during a previous OHMC). Worth a look for John Saxon if nothing else.
16) The House by the Cemetery (Quella villa accanto al cimitero) (1981) [B-Movie TV] - Fulci flick where a man and his wife, and fan favorite, Bob, move into the titular house and weird stuff starts to happen. I had seen this one before during a previous OHMC, but was kind of planning to watch it again after seeing the trailer so many times during the past few months, so it came on and I didn't have to dig up my copy to watch it.

10/6/19

17) Terror at Orgy Castle (1972) [B-Movie TV] - Swingin' couple stay overnight at a spooky castle somewhere in Europe. I'd seen this one before during a previous OHMC also, but watched anyway. I'm beginning to doubt they will show anything new-to-me on B-Movie TV this month.
18) Tusk (2014) [Netflix] - Weird-ass Kevin Smith horror comedy about a podcaster (Justin Long) who goes to Canada to interview a guy who was in a viral video and ends up being abducted by a crazy old guy (Michael Parks) who claims a walrus saved his life after a shipwreck, and wants to turn the podcaster into a walrus. Appears to have been heavily influenced by The Human Centipede, Sssssss, and probably a few other movies I'm forgetting. Started out pretty good, with Michael Parks turning in a really good maniacal badguy performance, then about halfway through, Johnny Depp turns up, playing a Canadian Inspector Clouseau type character, and it starts to be not so good. I didn't hate it. It could've been worse.
19) Yoga Hosers (2016) - Spinoff/sequel to the previous movie has most of the actors back from that one, with about half of them playing the same characters. Two teenage convenience store clerks fight tiny nazi monsters. Kevin Smith's Hobgoblins.
20) Monster House (2006) - On Halloween night, three kids fight for their lives against a living house - in 3D! A fun action, adventure, horror, comedy, coming-of-age film. Just don't think too hard about the story.

10/7/19

21) The Cars That Ate Paris (1974) - Residents of a small town called Paris cause automobile accidents, and then strip everything of value from the cars and passengers.
22) Mikey (1992) [B-Movie TV] - Insane little brat, Mikey (Brian Bonsall), kills his adopted family, then gets adopted by another family. Eventually his new family pisses him off enough for him to go after them too.

10/8/19

23) Hatchet (2006) - A couple of college kids in New Orleans for Mardi Gras go on a swamp ghost tour. The tour boat hits a rock and sinks, leaving the tour group in the swamp where one by one they fall victim to the local legend, deformed killer Victor Crowley.
24) Hatchet II (2010) - [size = 1]Picks up right at the first movie's awkward, abrupt ending. Character from first movie gathers some local hunters and returns to the swamp to battle Victor Crowley again.
25) Hatchet III (2013) - This one too starts right where the previous movie abruptly ended. Survivor turns herself in to local police, and is jailed and the cops go to the crime scene in the swamp where, at nightfall, Victor Crowley rises again looking for new victims.
26) Victor Crowley (Hatchet IV) (2017) - It's ten years after the events in the first three movies, and the Survivor of the third movie has written a book about his experience. He and a few people are on a plane heading to do an interview in the swamp when the plane crashes into the swamp. A different group of people, in the swamp making a movie about Victor Crowley, go to the plane to help, and they hide out in the crashed plane when Victor Crowley attacks. This one was sillier than the first three. They should've left Victor Crowley dead.

10/9/19

27) Dr. Renault's Secret (1942) - Loosely based on a story by Gaston Leroux: A young American doctor goes to a small village in France to visit his fiancee who lives with her uncle, a scientist (George Zucco) whose manservant (J. Carrol Naish) is the subject of his greatest experiment.
28) Dead End (2003) - Family traveling to relatives' house on Christmas Eve find themselves on a lonely road where they keep seeing a mysterious women dressed in white, and family members die one by one.

10/10/19

29) Ruby (1977) - Movie begins with Ruby (Piper Laurie) and her gangster boyfriend Nick enjoying drinks next to a swamp when Nick's gangster pals show up and shoot him dead. Cut to sixteen years later, and Ruby, who now has a 16 year old daughter, owns a drive-in theater (where the old gangsters now work) showing Attack of the 50 Foot Woman. The gangsters start dying, and a psychic (Roger Davis) is called in by one of the old gangsters (Stuart Whitman) to figure out what's killing them.

10/11/19

30) The Hills Run Red (2009) - Guy is obsessed with a lost horror film. He finds the director's daughter, who was in the film, and goes with her to her father's house in the woods to see if a copy is there. In the woods, they encounter a killer who looks like the killer from the film. People die.
31) I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957) [B-Movie TV] - High schooler (Michael Landon) with anger management issues goes to a psychiatrist (Whit Bissell) for help, but the psychiatrist has other plans, and turns him into a werewolf, using drugs and hypnotism.
32) The Bride's Initiation (Demon's Brew) (1973) - A just married couple is kidnapped and dropped off at Dracula's place, where the groom gets castrated and murdered and the bride is raped by Dracula. Then Dracula takes a nap, and later goes out for a ride in the hot Florida sun and meets, and falls in love with, the nurse from Deep Throat.

10/12/19

33) The Quick and the Undead (2006) [B-Movie TV]- In a post-apocalyptic world, a bounty hunter who makes money killing zombies goes after some bad guys who shot him and left him for dead.
34) 976-EVIL (1988) - In this generic '80's horror flick directed by Robert Englund, a nerd calls a 976 number and is given powers he uses to kill bullies, and anyone else who gets in his way. I watched this during a previous OHMC, but I didn't remember much about it.
35) Death Nurse (1987) - Shot on video shitfest about a doctor and his sister, a nurse, who run the Shady Palms Clinic, where patients check in, but they don't check out.
36) Dogs (1976) [B-Movie TV] - David McCallum plays the new, young, alcoholic, cool prof at a university looking into some recent cattle mutilations at a ranch near the university. He and another professor find out that local pet dogs are going crazy. After a bunch of people are killed by dogs, it's up to the two profs to try to save whoever is still alive in town and at the school.Wow, something I hadn't seen before on B-Movie TV. Unfortunately I wasn't as lucky with the rest of the night.
37) 976-Evil II (1991) - Spike, from the first film, returns in this sequel I didn't know existed. He's riding around on his motorcycle, hoping to help people who have called the 976 number. Not sure why they made a sequel, but it was better than the first one: Buck Flower was in it, and the It's a Wonderful Life/Night of the Living Dead mashup may be my favorite moment from any movie I've seen so far this month.

10/13/19

38) Fear, Inc. (2016) - A horror movie fanatic, disappointed by the lack of scares at a "haunted house," is approached by a guy representing Fear, Inc., a company which provides scares to wealthy clients. So much like The Game that they mention The Game specifically within the film. Not terrible, but no surprises either. Played out just as I suspected it would to the end.
39) Child's Play (2019) - Reboot with Chucky as an AI robot made by a huge conglomerate, able to interact with other electronic devices made by the company, which has had its "do no harm" safety protocols disabled by a disgruntled employee at the manufacturing plant, which eventually ends up with the son of a single mom, and starts killing people it thinks are coming between it and the boy. Surprisingly okay.
40) The Wolfman (2010) - American actor, Lawrence Talbot (Benicio Del Toro), returns to his boyhood home in England after his brother is killed by someone, or something, in the woods. While investigating the murder at a Gypsy camp, a creature attacks, and Lawrence pursues it, and is bitten, and is cursed to become a werewolf.

10/14/19

41) The Mummy's Curse (1944) - Twenty-five years after the events of the previous mummy movie, a construction company draining a swamp in Louisiana unearths the two mummies (Kharis and Princess Ananka).
42) The Strangers Gundown (Django the Bastard, Django il bastardo) (1969) - Unstoppable gunman, Django, is the only survivor of an ambush during the Civil War, or maybe he's a ghost, who thirteen years later is hunting down and killing the officers who deserted their posts and helped the enemy. I was a little excited by the chance to change things up with a Spaghetti Western, but sadly, this just was not good, at all. I don't know why imdb categorized it as a horror film, but they did.

10/15/19

43) Frankenstein (Mary Shelley's Frankenstein) (1994) - Kenneth Branagh's overly long, pretentious retelling of the story of a scientist who reanimates a body stitched together from pieces of corpses which turns on the scientist. I'm not sure if I had seen this before or not, but I'm counting it as a rewatch because I feel like I probably saw it on cable in the '90s.
44) Kamera o tomeru na! (One Cut of the Dead) (2017) - Movie starts with a film crew making a one-continuous-shot zombie movie when real zombies show up, then goes back and shows how the film within a film that we just watched came to be made.

10/16/19

45) The Perfection (2018) [Netflix] - Following the death of her mother, who she had been taking care of, a cellist reconnects with her old teacher and befriends his promising new student, then things turn weird. Watched this based on recommendations in the main thread, and I'm glad I did.
46) Cam (2018) [Netflix] - A popular internet performer finds herself locked out of her account when someone or something that looks like her steals her online identity. Sleazy and odd little film. Worth a look.
47) Don't Knock Twice (2016) - Two Welsh (I guess) teens knock on a door on an old house despite an urban legend warning about a witch, or something. The boy disappears and the girl goes to live with her estranged ex-addict, artist, mother. Eventually something comes after them. I just couldn't get into this one (I didn't care about the characters or the story), and it took me several tries to trudge through it.

10/17/19

48) Mandy (2018) - Cult leader and failed musician Jeremiah sees lumberjack Nicolas Cage's plain, uninteresting wife Mandy and inexplicably has to posesss her, so his cult calls up a gang of demon motorcyclists, and they kidnap her and leave Cage for dead. Then Cage gets his old crossbow, and forges a shiny, fancy looking battle-axe and goes looking for revenge. Unfortunately it wasn't as badass as the description would make it sound, and the weird-ass imagery and random animated sequences didn't help any.
49) The Houses October Built (2014) - Found footage film about five friends traveling from Texas to Louisiana making a movie about haunted house attractions.
50) The Houses October Built 2 (Blue Skeleton) (2017) - It's a year after the events in the first movie and the five friends are now internet celebrities because of what happened to them, and they are offered a chance to get paid to visit several haunted houses, so they go, and film their journey again. The attractions they visited looked more interesting this time.
51) Ouija (2014) - After a young woman kills herself, a few of her friends use a Ouija board that she had apparently been using to try to contact the dead girl, but contact something else instead.

10/18/19

52) Special Effects (1984) - Guy goes to New York to get his wife to move back home. She runs off and goes to a down on his luck director's apartment, and ends up sleeping with him. While they're in bed, she discovers that he is filming them, so he kills her. Later, he decides to use the real murder he accidentally filmed in a movie about the murdered actress, and hires a look-alike and the widower as actors.
53) Reeker (2005) [B-Movie TV] - A group of friends are traveling through the desert when their car breaks down and they end up at a deserted diner/gas station/motel with something tracking and killing them one by one.

10/19/19

54) Ghoul School (1990) [B-Movie TV] - Something gets into a school's water supply and turns students into ghouls.
55) Mad Cowgirl (2006) - Weird-ass flick about a woman who loves beef and martial arts movies, who's having an affair with a creepy televangelist (Walter Koenig) who is at least twice her age. She is diagnosed with a brain disease by her doctor (who for some reason doesn't speak English - all the scenes he's in are subtitled), then after the story drags on for some time, she goes on a killing spree (complete with flying guillotine) which ends as abruptly as it started.
56) Terror on Tape (1985) - It's Halloween night, and a video clerk (Cameron Mitchell) is working his shift in a crappy little video store. Three customers come in, one by one, looking for horror movies to rent and he shows them clips from movies that are available to rent on VHS at a shop near you.
57) Little Witches (1996) [B-Movie TV] - Construction workers uncover a secret room containing dead bodies next to an all-girls Catholic school. Later, six girls stuck at the school over Easter break go to the secret room , take off their clothes, and perform a ritual, which causes an earthquake that reveals a hidden book. So, of course they decide to read spells out of the book and conjure up a demon.

10/20/19

58) Dracula (The Dirty Old Man) (1969) [B-Movie TV] - Badly dubbed Dracula hypnotizes a guy and turns him into a werejackal and sends him out to kidnap women that they tie up naked in Dracula's cave.
59) Vampire Boys (2011) - The vampire boss of a gang of sunbathing L.A. vampires is looking for "the one" with whom he is meant to spend eternity. He thinks it is the woman he is dating, but then he has a vision of a college student who just moved to town who also has dreams and visions about him, and decides that that connection means he must be "the one" he's destined to be with instead.
60) Sharktopus (2010) - A genetically engineered shark-octopus hybrid, created to be a Naval weapon, escapes its handlers and kills a few people, then some other people hunt it down. Goofy, mildly entertaining bad movie full of bad CGI and lots of attractive women in bikinis.
61) Les possédées du diable (Lorna... the Exorcist) (1974) - Jess Franco mess about a wealthy couple and their daughter. The man gets a call from someone, and cancels his daughter's birthday plans. We later learn that the call came from Lorna, an evil, magical being whose eye makeup appears to have been inspired by either drag queens or circus clowns, who years ago promised the man great wealth in exchange for his daughter on her eighteenth birthday.
62) Berserker: The Nordic Curse (Berserker) (1987) [B-Movie TV] - Young people in the woods with a killer. This time the killer is a cannibalistic Viking Berserker dressed in a bear skin. Too many scenes with people, or a bear, wandering aimlessly in the dark through the woods, but, hey, Buck Flower was in it, and it was an '80s slasher I hadn't seen before, so it had that going for it.
63) The Oblong Box (1969) - After his brother is hideously disfigured in Africa, Vincent Price locks him away in a room in their manor. The brother fakes his death to escape, but ends up with doctor Christopher Lee after body snatchers dig him up. Then he runs around and kills a few people. It had been a while since I last watched this, and it's probably the AIP Poe flick I've watched the fewest times, so I decided to give it a look.

10/21/19

64) The Deadly Bees (1966) - British pop star, suffering from exhaustion, has a breakdown so her doctor sends her to a small, isolated island for rest. Unfortunately, someone on the island is raising killer bees.
65) Necronomicon: Book of Dead (1993) - H.P. Lovecraft goes to a strange library and reads three stories out of The Necronomicon that we see acted out on screen. I had seen this a couple of times before, but it fit today's theme, plus gave me a couple of checklist checks, so why not?

10/22/19

66) Mirrors 2 (2010) - A mirror from the department store in the first movie has been moved to a new department store that's about to open, and a ghostly presence in the mirror injures and kills a few store employees, leading the store's new security guard to investigate.
67) Joshua (2007) - After the birth of his sister, creepy little Joshua starts acting weirder than usual, animals start dying, and his family falls apart. This was the only film on "The 50 Best Horror Movies You’ve Never Seen," list which IMDb categorizes as "horror," that I hadn't seen, so I watched it. I certainly hope there are better horror movies I haven't seen yet. This one wasn't bad, but it wasn't anything great either.
68) Errementari (2017) [Netflix] - Crazy blacksmith lives alone in a locked fortress outside of a town, feared by townspeople. One day a little girl sneaking around his place sees a young boy locked in a cage. She helps him escape and he reveals himself as a demon. This was pretty darned good. It was nice to see a kid who wasn't an evil bastard.
69) Terror Night (Bloody Movie) (1987) [B-Movie TV] - Six young friends, plus two supermodel motorcyclists, spend the night in a condemned mansion which once belonged to a silent movie star. Someone kills them off one by one in ways inspired by the star's old movies.

10/23/19

70) Us (2019) - A family on vacation in their summer home, are attacked by their evil twins.
71) The Purge (2013) - Once a year, for twelve hours, anything is legal. A family is locked down in their home for the night when the son lets a desperate stranger into the house. Then a group of people show up and demand they send the stranger out. Nothing special.
72) The Purge: Anarchy (2014) - A group of strangers band together to fight their way through Los Angeles during the annual purge. Much better than the first one.

10/24/19

73) Nina Forever (2015) - Following his girlfriend Nina's death in an accident, Rob is working in a supermarket, slowly learning to deal with her death. He begins dating a co-worker, and his dead, shattered girlfriend shows up whenever they get intimate. A ham-fisted metaphor disguised as entertainment.
74) The Purge: Election Year (2016) - An anti-purge senator running for president is targeted and on the run in Washington, D.C on purge night. Nothing special.
75) Abominable (2006) - Following his wife's death and his injury in a rock climbing accident, now wheelchair bound Preston and his male nurse go back to his old house in the mountains for him to convalesce. As five young women move into the house next door, he's settling into Rear Window mode, sitting in a wheelchair, watching his neighbors through binoculars, when he spots a creature in the woods. Not much to see here, but if you're a character actor fan, it's like a character actors' convention; with Jeffrey Combs, Lance Henriksen, Tiffany Shepis, Dee Wallace, and several other familiar faces in the cast.

10/25/19

76) The Sleeper (2012) - Killer makes a lot of phone calls and kills sorority girls. I was wondering why this seemed so familiar. At first I thought maybe the director had lifted scenes from other movies as part of its "retro style," but then I checked, and I had watched it last year. Well, John Bloom (Joe Bob Briggs) had a cameo in it, so it fit today's theme, so it wasn't a total wasted watch I guess.
77) Claw (2017) [B-Movie TV] - Three friends leave New York City and go up-state to a small town called Swamp Hollow for a weekend in the country. Swamp Hollow turns out to be the hometown of several historic serial killers, and at least one who is still active. Boring.
78) Final Destination (2000) - A group of teens are boarding a plane, going on a senior class trip to France. One of them has a vision of the plane exploding, and wants off the plane. He and a few others get off the plane, which soon takes off and explodes moments after takeoff. About a month later, Death, who's apparently a Rube Goldberg fan, and pissed off that it was cheated, starts killing off the survivors one by one in intricately orchestrated chain reactions. After they figure out what's happening, the last few survivors fight to cheat Death again.

10/26/19

79) Final Destination 2 (2003) - While traveling with a few friends, a young lady has a premonition of a multi-vehicle accident caused by a logtruck, so she blocks an onramp to prevent the cars behind her from being involved, saving several lives when an accident does occur. Then Death comes after her and the people she saved.
80) Final Destination 3 (2006) - A bunch of teens at a "grad night" celebration at an amusement park are on a roller coaster when one has a premonition of a roller coaster accident which will kill everyone on the ride. As in the first movie, she starts screaming to be let off the ride, and a few other people get off, or are thrown off, the ride with her, only to be later killed one by one in Rube Goldbergian deathtraps.
81) NiteTales (Nite Tales: The Movie) (2008) - Flavor Flav plays host for two stories ("Know what I'm sayin'?"). First, four guys from "the city" rob a bank in a small town. On their way back to "the city," their car breaks down. They go to a nearby house to use the phone, and the oddball residents of the house decide to have them for dinner. Then, five young people are hanging out during a storm. They decide to chant "Bloody Mary" into a mirror, then a clown (Tony Todd) shows up asking to use the phone, followed by a cop asking the same thing. People get killed, and a parent calls warning them that a psycho is loose in the area.
82) Spookies (1986) [B-Movie TV] - A group of people looking for a party, and a kid who ran away from home because his parents forgot his birthday, end up at an old house full of various monsters. I've seen this a couple of times before: the story about the filming of the movie (it's a mishmash of footage from the original filmmakers who were fired and another group which was hired by the producer to finish the movie) is more interesting than the movie itself.
83) Camp Blood 7 (It Kills) (2017) [B-Movie TV] - A group of friends driving somewhere have their car stolen and end up stranded at Camp Blood, where the killer in a clown mask is still killing people. About what you'd expect if you've seen any of the earlier Camp Blood movies (at least it looks like they have a better camera now, making it look a little better than the ones I've seen, at least).
84) Faces of Schlock (2009) - "Slutpira" introduces four short films and reads viewer mail. "Blood Witch" - an obnoxious goth chick conjures up a long-dead Spanish witch and orders her to kill pretty much everyone she encounters. "Mike Wuz Here" - A guy gets a job as manager at a movie theater that is haunted by a former employee named Mike. "One Foot in the Grave" - A dancer gets some kind of infection and has her foot amputated. A "holistic healer" casts a spell and re-animates the dead foot, which then kills a couple of people. "Slay Ride" - After getting in trouble and failing classes at school, slacker punk Bianca gets left alone over Christmas vacation by her parents.

10/27/19

85) The First Purge (2018) - Prequel showing the first, experimental purge night on Staten Island. These things were barely horror movies anyway, and moved more toward the action genre with each subsequent film, culminating with this one with the hero wearing a wife-beater shirt and fighting a bunch of armed men inside a high-rise building.
86) The Final Destination (Final Destination 4) (2009) - At an auto race, a guy has a premonition of a spectacular car crash which kills him and a bunch of spectators, and starts yelling for people to move. A few people follow him to the parking lot, and most survive the crash which does occur moments later. Then Death kills off the survivors one by one... in 3D! Pretty good 3D too. Lots of "pop outs," if you're into that.
87) Final Destination 5 (2011) - A group of paper company employees are on a bus going to a company retreat when one of them has a vision of them all dying when a bridge collapses. He warns everyone on the bus, and several of them leave the bus and survive the bridge collapse. Then Death comes after them one by one... in 3D! I liked the way they wrapped this up and connected it back to the first film.
88) The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960) - Workaholic Dr. Jekyll injects himself with his experimental serum and turns into a soft-spoken, ladies' man with violent tendencies. Christopher Lee plays Jekyll's best friend, who is having an affair with Jekyll's wife.

10/28/19

89) Return to Horror High (1987) - A film crew is shooting a low-budget horror movie at a school where several murders occurred and the killer was never caught.
90) Slices of Life (3 Slices of Life) (2010) - A woman wakes up with amnesia outside an old motel. The motel's handyman leads her to the motel's front desk, where she sees three sketchbooks that he says are hers that she has written and illustrated stories into as she works. She reads the three stories that we see: "W.O.R.M." - A nerd sends an email containing a virus that turns his coworkers into zombies; "Amber Alert" - After several little girls are abducted in her neighborhood, a pregnant woman sees monstrous visions which lead her to her abusive police detective husband's locked garage; "Pink Snapper" - A middle-aged guy locks a woman in a basement, then goes upstairs and starts to chop up a corpse in a bathtub. Meanwhile a young lady is attacked by her uncle, and her brother comes home and stops him from raping her. They get into a fight and the girl hits the uncle on the head with an iron skillet. Leaving him for dead, the brother and sister go on the run, and happen upon the middle-aged guy, who has been knocked unconscious in an accident, near the house with the woman in the basement. They take him to a hospital, where they are assumed to be his children, then they go back to the house, and eventually discover the woman in the basement, then the story takes an odd, bloody turn. Surprisingly decent low-budget flick, thanks to that wacky, over the top third story.

10/29/19

91) Vuelven (Tigers Are Not Afraid) (2017) - A young girl, orphaned by drug dealers, ends up with a group of orphaned boys, and they, with the help of a few ghosts, try to stay alive and to bring the killers to justice. A really beautiful movie.
92) Friday the 13th: Part III (1982) - Jason kills a few assholes, gets a hockey mask... in 3D! Yeah, it's a crappy movie, but it's a heck of a 3D showcase. I finally watched the Russian bootleg version (I think I got it just after last Halloween), and it was the best copy I've seen, and will serve nicely since Paramount doesn't seem to want to release it officially on 3D Blu-ray.
93) The Maze (1953) - A man receives a letter summoning him to his uncle's castle. He goes, and a few weeks later, he breaks off his engagement. Soon after, his fiancee and her aunt go to the castle, where they find that the man appears to have aged several years and acts strangely, wanting them to leave, but his fiancee wants to discover what he is hiding... in 3D! Turns out it ain't much. Looked good, though.

10/30/19

94) Lovely Molly (2011) - Molly and her husband move into Molly's childhood home, and Molly starts to lose her mind.
95) The Old Dark House (1932) w/ commentary by Gloria Stuart- A storm forces five strangers to stay overnight in an old dark house. Gloria Stuart talks about filming this movie and others. I had listened to this commentary during the first OHMC, but decided to listen to it again since I didn't really remember any of it because it had been so long ago.
96) The Bell Witch Haunting (2013) - Asylum found footage flick presented as a police video edited from different sources showing a family that just moved to Tennessee experiencing strange events which a neighbor kid attributes to the Bell witch. A few people are killed, and eventually the daughter becomes possessed and the mother calls a priest, who performs an exorcism. It's like they just threw whatever they could at a wall to see what, if anything, would stick.

10/31/19

97) Bad Apples (2018) - A young couple are moving into their new home in a small town on Halloween. The husband has to work the night shift at the local hospital, leaving the wife home alone. Meanwhile two masked teenage girls, who look like extras from The Purge, go on a killing spree - breaking into houses and killing people who don't give them candy. This was almost a good movie. It didn't suck, but it wasn't really good either.
98) Candy Corn (2019) - It's Halloween, and a group of douchebags who pull pranks on a weird kid named Jacob every Halloween go to his new job at a carnival and harass him, but this time he fights back, and the gang beats him up and kills him. His boss, "Dr. Death," the owner of the carnival, reads a few sentences from a book, which brings Jacob back to life, and he goes looking for revenge. Nothing special, but it had a few aging genre stars in supporting roles, which was kind of entertaining.
99) Halloween (2007) - Ten year old Michael Myers kills his older sister, her boyfriend, and his stepfather on Halloween night, and is committed to an insane asylum under the care of Dr. Samuel Loomis (Malcolm McDowell). Years later, and after almost an hour of screentime, he escapes and goes after his younger sister Laurie on Halloween. I think remakes work best if they change up the story and don't waste time trying to make a shot-for-shot refilming of the original, but this one spends a little too much time on the backstory (trying to cover several films' worth of mythology all at once) when it should have just jumped into the main story. The way it is here, there's no mystery, and at two hours the film runs way too long. Not a great movie, but its at least as good as, if not better than, most of the later films in the original series. Heck, it's worth a look just for the cast full of genre actors.
100) Halloween (1978) - Halloween 1963, young Michael Myers kills his sister. Fifteen years later, he escapes from an asylum and goes back to his hometown and kills a few teenagers, with Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence) in hot pursuit.
101) Halloween II (1981) - Picking up where the first movie ended: Laurie is taken to the hospital, Michael Myers, who is still alive and killing, follows her and kills a bunch of people in the hospital, and Dr. Loomis is still looking for Michael.

11/1/19

102) Idle Hands (1999) - Stoner doofus Anton discovers that his right hand is possessed and that he has killed several people, including his parents and his two stoner buddies. His buddies come back from the dead as zombies and the three of them fight the hand.




THEME NIGHTS - COMPLETED

CHECKLIST - COMPLETED
Spoiler:

Select 10 actors:
-1- Abigail Breslin - Fear, Inc. (2016)
-2- Clancy Brown - Little Evil (2017)
--- Peter Cushing -
-3- John Carradine - Terror on Tape (1985)
--- Charles Durning -
-4- Sid Haig - Hatchet III (2013)
--- Doug Jones -
-5- Boris Karloff - The Old Dark House (1932)
--- Klaus Kinski -
-6- Christopher Lee - The Oblong Box (1969)
-X- Bela Lugosi - Candy Corn (2019) - Scenes from The Phantom Creeps (1939)
-7- Richard Lynch - Necronomicon: Book of Dead (1993)
--- Michael Moriarty -
-8- Bruce Payne - Necronomicon: Book of Dead (1993)
--- Ted Raimi -
--- Oliver Reed -
-9- Eric Roberts - Sharktopus (2010)
-10 Felissa Rose - Victor Crowley (2017)
--- Dominique Swain -
--- Billy Zane -

Select 2 film composers:
--- Joseph Bishara -
--- Elisabeth Lutyens -
-X- Lalo Schifrin - Abominable (2006)
-X- Shirley Walker - Final Destination (2000)

Select 5 directors:
--- James Bressack -
-X- John Carpenter - Halloween (1978)
-X- Terrence Fisher - The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)
-X- Adam Green - Hatchet (2006)
--- Peter Jackson -
--- Franck Khalfoun -
--- Ryűhei Kitamura -
-X- Deon Taylor - NiteTales (2008)
-X- Rob Zombie - Halloween (2007)
-X- Watch a Movie Directed By a Female Director - Pet Sematary (1989) - Mary Lambert

Select 2 makeup effects artists:
-X- Al Magliochetti - Spookies (1986)
--- Mike Measimer -
--- Michelle Sfarzo -
-X- Michael Spatola - Return to Horror High (1987)

Select 2 producers:
-X- Nate Bolotin - Tusk (2014)
-X- Brad Fuller - Ouija (2014)
--- Enrique Lopez Lavigne -
--- Trevor Macy -

Select 2 writers:
-X- Robert Bloch - The Deadly Bees (1966)
--- Jeff Buhler -
-X- Jamie Nash - Lovely Molly (2011)
--- Wesley Strick -

Select 30 of the following sub-genres / types:
-1- *3-D Film - Monster House (2006)
-2- Anthology Film - Necronomicon: Book of Dead (1993)
-3- Appears on 25 Weird Horror Movies - The House by the Cemetery (1981)
--- Based on a True Story -
-4- Based on a Novel - Pet Sematary (1989)
--- Cannibalism -
--- Cinema Inspired By: Bram Stoker -
-5- Cinematic Titanic / Horror Host / MST3K / RiffTrax - The Werewolf (1956) - Svengoolie
-6- Comedy / Spoof - My Mom's a Werewolf (1989)
-7- Criterion / Masters of Cinema Version Film - Videodrome (1983)
-X- Cryptid Cinema - Abominable (2006)
--- Death by: Silver Bullet -
--- Diary / Journal -
-8- Director or Writer Cameo in Own Film / Film Adaptation, 2 - Pet Sematary (1989)- Stephen King
-9- Distributor / Studio: Mondo Macabro - Lorna the Exorcist (1974)
--- Documentary -
--- Drunk Horror -
--- Euro Horror -
--- Extraterrestrial / Takes Place in Space -
--- Film From Someone Else's 'Best of' List -
--- Film From TCM October 2019 Schedule -
10- Film Title Drop - Yoga Hosers (2016)
11- Flashback Horror - Get Out (2017)
--- Folk Horror -
--- From a Basil Gogos Painting -
12- Found Footage - Creep (2014)
13- Frankenstein - Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)
--- Ghost / Haunting -
--- Giallo -
14- Ouija Board - Ouija (2014)
--- Kaiju / Giant Monster -
--- K-Horror -
15- Killer / Evil Animal - Pet Sematary (1989)
16- Killer / Evil Child - Mikey (1992)
17- Killer / Evil Doll - Child's Play (2019)
18- Made-for-TV Movie - Sharktopus (2010)
19- Mummy - The Mummy's Curse (1944)
--- Musical / Rock ‘n Roll Horror
--- Nation of Origin: Thailand -
20- Nazi - Yoga Hosers (2016)
--- Nepotism Dynasty -
21- OHMC 15th Anniversary Watch: 2005 - Reeker (2005)
22- One-Word Titles - Mikey (1992)
--- Prom -
--- Phobias -
--- Psychological -
--- Rape / Revenge -
--- Scarecrows -
23- Slasher / Psycho / Homicidal Maniac - The Hills Run Red (2009)
--- Shot in Bronson Canyon -
-X- Takes Place in a Hospital - Halloween II (1981)
24- Takes Place on a Farm - The Deadly Bees (1966)
25- Takes Place on a Holiday - Monster House (2006) - Halloween
26- Television - Videodrome (1983)
27- Three Installments in a Franchise - Hatchet 1 - 4
-X- Vampire - Vampire Boys (2011)
28- Werewolf - The Werewolf (1956)
29- Witchcraft / Satanic / Religious - Little Witches (1996)
30- Wilhelm Scream - Hatchet II (2011)
-X- With Commentary - The Old Dark House (1932)
-X- With Two or More Horror Legends - Hatchet III (2013) - Sid Haig & Kane Hodder
-X- Zombie - The Rezort (2015)

Watch films in at least three formats:
-X- First format, (streaming), (Zombie Night (2003)).
-X- Second format, (Blu-ray), (Yoga Hosers (2016)).
-X- Third format, (DVD), (Final Destination (2000)).

Watch films in at least three languages:
-X- First language, (Japanese), (One Cut of the Dead (2017)).
-X- Second language, (French), (Lorna the Exorcist (1974)).
-X- Third language, (Basque), (Errementari (2017)).

Watch 3 films that you've never seen before that:
--- Stars a Baldwin (Daniel, Stephen, William) -
--- Features time travel -
-X- Was made in the 1970s - The Cars That Ate Paris (1974)
--- Features a giant insect -
--- Was written by H.G. Wells -
-X- Features a character who has a premonition - Final Destination 3 (2006)
--- Has a scene in a morgue -
-X- Was shot in Alabama - Get Out (2017)
--- Is listed on the Film Registry of the National Film Preservation Board -
-X- Takes place at a castle - The Maze (1953)
--- Features a vampire hunter -

Watch 1 film with a recently deceased personality:
-X- Recently deceased list - Hatchet III (2013) - Sid Haig

Watch 1 of your OHMC "favorites":
--- The Carrier (1988) -
--- Shakma (1990) -
--- The Killer Tongue (1996) -
-X- The House by the Cemetery (1981) -
--- Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (1977) -
--- Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror (1981) -
--- Hobgoblins (1988) -
--- Microwave Massacre (1983) -
--- Killer Condom (1996) -

Select 6 decades of film history:
--- Pre-1930 -
-X- 1930 - The Old Dark House (1932)
-X- 1940 - The Mummy's Curse (1944)
-X- 1950 - The Werewolf (1956)
-X- 1960 - The Deadly Bees (1966)
-X- 1970 - The Cars That Ate Paris (1974)
-X- 1980 - Videodrome (1983)
-X- 1990 - Little Witches (1996)
-X- 2000 - Final Destination (2000)
-X- 2010 - Hatchet III (2013)

Select 3 from the following horror film tropes:
-X- The Feline Fright - Idle Hands (1999)
-X- "Let's Split Up" - Hatchet II (2011)
--- The Mirror Scare -
-X- The Suddenly Undependable Vehicle - The Rezort (2015)
-X- The Invincible Killer - Hatchet (2006)
-X- Dream Scares - Camp Blood 7 (2017)
--- Mythology Exposition -

Select 1 from the "Chronological Horror Years Faceoff":
-X- 1944 (75th) - The Mummy's Curse (1944)
-X- 1969 (50th) - The Strangers Gundown (1969)
-X- 1994 (25th) – Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)

Select 1 from the following anniversaries:
--- 30th Anniversary of USA Up All Night -
--- 40th Anniversary of Fangoria Magazine -
-X- 40th Anniversary of Svengoolie - The Werewolf (1956)
--- 45th Anniversary of Troma Entertainment-
-X- 85th Anniversary of Hammer Films - The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)
-X- 100th Birthday of Donald Pleasence - The Devonsville Terror (1983)


Select 4 ratings:
--- G -
-X- PG - My Mom's a Werewolf (1989)
--- PG-13 -
-X- R - Zombie Night (2003)
--- NC-17 -
-X- X - The Bride's Initiation (Demon's Brew) (1973)
-X- Unrated - Victor Crowley (2017)
--- M -
-X- GP - Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1970)


-=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


Total Items Watched: 102
First Time Viewings: 59 (57.84%)
Watched something for each theme night.
Completed checklist.


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By decade:
1930s - 1 - .98%
1940s - 2 - 1.96%
1950s - 3 - 2.94%
1960s - 5 - 4.90%
1970s - 9 - 8.82%
1980s -16 - 15.69%
1990s - 7 - 6.86%
2000s -19 - 18.63%
2010s -40 - 39.22%

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Totals for all 15 OHMCs:
1732 Entries - 1284 First Time Viewings (74.13%)
53 TV shows & short films watched

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Re: The 15th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread***

Friday the 13th Bonus Day.
(1) Friday the 13th Part 1. (1980). A crazed murderous stalker gets revenge on the camp counselors working at Crystal Lake. With bonus 2008 reunion segment. 8/10
(2) The Wolf Man. (1941). A man returns home after the death of his brother. Only to have been bitten by a werewolf and turns into the Wolfman. 9/10

9/30
(3) The Mummy. The Hammer films version. I didn't like this that much. Very slow. 5/10

10/1
(4) The Amityville Horror. A family buys a house in upstate New York. Only to find out later it was a scene of a mass murder built on a burial ground. This was a hit back in the day. 8/10
(5) Ghost Ship. A salvaging crew stumble across a ghost ship provided to them by a ghost . 8.5/10
(6) House of Wax. Vincent Price stars as a wax museum owner who uses murdered or just deceased people as his actual models in his museum. 8/10

10/2
(7) Horror of Dracula. 1958. Hammer's Lee and Cushing. The granddaddy of them all. As far as I'm concerned. 10/10
(8) Psycho. 1960. Anthony Perkins shines in his most famous role. Great creepy I'm glad it's in black & white movie. 10/10

10/3
(9) The Witch. 2016. A family is banished from the plantation during the 1600's. They have to live by themselves. And become bait to the witch of the woods. Another good one. A bit slow at times but it works. 9/10
(10) Psycho II. Norman Bates is considered mentally stable. Until his mother gets a hold of him that is. 8/10
(11) Frankenstein. 1931 Boris Karloff. Dr. Frankenstein creates a man from different parts of dead people. 9/10

10/4
(12) Outpost. 2007. A mercenary team is sent to obtain a machine in an old underground German WWII bunker used to control dead German troops. 9/10
(13) Psycho III. This one didn't grab me too much but it ended good. 7/10
(14) Psycho IV. A throwback to the beginning of Norman's troubles with his mother. Heard on flashbacks of his life. 7/10

10/6
(15) AHS 1984.Episode 3. Looks like a Halloween / Friday the 13th ripoff to me. Why do I keep watching this every week. Waiting for something useful to happen 5/10
(16) The Night Stalker. 1973. A Las Vegas news reporter helps to catch a vampire running loose in Las Vegas. Great old timer made for TV movie. 9/10

10/7
(17) Night of the Living Dead. 1968. This is a first time ever viewing for the challenge. A human flesh eating zombies roam the country side looking for victims. 9/10

10/8
!18) Shadow of the vampire. What if the actor in Nosferatu really was a vampire?8/10
(19) The Long Hair of Death. Barbara Steele. The Karnstein family plants a curse on the town when one their own is burned at the stake. 7/10

10/12
(20) Scars of Dracula. 1970. Another in the famous Hammer Dracula films. 8/10

10/13
(21) A Comedy of Terrors. . Light effort from Vincent Price with Peter Lorre. A mortuary company looks for bodies to compliment their business.5/10
(22) The Shining. 1980. Jack Nicholson shrieks as a man possessed by spirits when he takes over the management job at a Colorado ski resort. 8/10

10/14
(23) The Thing from Another World. An North Ploe expedition team discovers a crashed flying saucer. With a blood fueling creature that was trapped inside. 7/10
(24) The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires. 1974. The legend continues until frail Doctor Van Hesing arrives on the case. 7/10
(25) Blade. 1998. A half human, half vampire walks the streets hunting vampires. 8/10
(26) Hammer House of Horror S1 Ep11. A few con men con a woman out of her fortune. Or do they? Kind of cheesy. But the ending was good. 5/10

10/15
(27) Lets Scare Jessica To Death. 1971. Low budget horror. Very slow building to an ok ending. Lady of the Lake takes revenge on the town and the people who buy her house. Not great. 6/10
(28) Young Frankenstein. 1974.Mel Brooks's take off on the great Frankenstein movie from the 30's. 9/10
(29) Subspecies. 1991. A foreign film centering around a pair of exchange students visiting Romania and of course running into a vampire. 8/10

10/16
(30) The Fall of the House of Usher. 1960. Roderick Usher does everything to keep his family together at the mansion. Even murder. 9/10
(31) Resident Evil- Extinction. A virus has wiped out almost all of the earth. A surviving caravan roams the Nevada area looking for refuge. 8/10
(32) Horror of Frankenstein. 1970. Another Hammer adaption of the famed Frankenstein subject. This one is a little more relaxed? 8/10

10/17
(33) Witchboard. A ouija board is introduced at a party. One of the patrons gets addicted to it to disastrous results.. 8/10
(34) Constantine. A go between heaven / hell helps to save a police detectives sister from the gates of hell. 9/10

10/18
(35) An American Haunting. The Curse of the Bell Witch from Tennessee. Neat ghost story. 9/10
(36) Dracula- Prince of Darkness. Don't go to the castle they said. So what happens? They end up at the castle. 8/10
(37) Hammer House of Horror S1 Ep9. A reincarnated woman from the Countess Bathory era seduces men and then kills them when they are indisposed. 7/10

10/19
(38) Bride of Frankenstein. Dr. Frankenstein produces a mate for the monster. Had good points and bad points. 7/10
(39) The Birds. 1960. Alfred Hitchcocks masterpiece of birds attacking humans for no apparent reason. 9/10

10/20
(40) Winchester. Helen Mirren. Some ghostly things going on at the Winchester mansion. 7/10
(41) The Mummys Ghost. A high priest resserects and controls the Mummy to kill. 6/10

10/21
(42) From Hell. 2001. Johnny Depp. Jack the Ripper is running loose in the streets of London. It's up to the inspector to catch him. 9/10
(43) House on Haunted Hill. Vincent Price will pay $10,000 to anyone who survives the night at his mansion. 6/10
(44) Vampire Lovers. Ingrid Pitt. The Karnstein family reeks havoc over a couple of Aristocrat families. 8/10
(45) The Mummys Curse. A female mummy comes on to the scene. Being chased by the male mummy. 7/10
(46) Dracula has risen from the Grave. Dracula gets resurrected. Has a priest to do his dirty work. Then chases Veronica Carlson around the town. Not a bad gig. 8/10

10/23
(47) And Now the Screaming Starts. An ancient curse disrupts a newlywed family. 8/10
(48) The Creature form the Black Lagoon. An Amazon expedition team discovers an ancient gill-like creature. 8/10
(49) Kiss of the Dammed. A vampiric love story. Woman turnss a man into a vampire and shows him the ropes. 9/10
(50) Cape Fear. Robert D'Nero. A convict fresh out of prison exacts revenge on the lawyer who did him wrong. 10/10

10/24
(51) Brides of Dracula. Peter Cushing. A traveling teacher unleashes the count. That is until Van Helsing comes on the scene. 8/10
(52) The Others. Nicole Kidman. A family tries to survive in a mansion not realizing that they're already dead. 9/10

10/25
(53) Halloween. Jamie Lee Curtis. A murderous lunatic tracks down his long lost family . 9/10
(54) Halloween II. Jamie Lee Curtis. Sequel of the famed Halloween. Michael Myers gets shot a total of 12 times through two movies and comes back for more. Even gets burned to death. But is he dead? Hmmmm. Stay tuned. 8/10

10/26
(55) Curse of the Werewolf. Lesser Hammer tale of a young werewolf boy who grows up with the infliction. It started out good, but went downhill. 5/10
(56) The Innkeepers. Neat little horror title. Two innkeepers of a isolated hotel go looking for ghosts and you know what happens when you go looking for something.... 7/10

10/27
(57) The Evil of Frankenstein. Peter Cushing. Dr. Frankenstein goes back home where he was kicked out for making the monster. He finds the creature in the mountains and start things up again. 7/10
(58) Dracula. 1931. Bela Lugosi. Universal Dracula movie. I like the Dracula fanfare. But this one is kind of hard to watch versus the other Universal monsters. 7/10
(59) American Psycho. Christian Bale. A Wall Street CEO doubles as a psychotic murderer. 7/10

10/28
(60) Slaughter of the Vampires. Old Italian horror Vampire story. The Count runs through a castle collecting his victims. 7/10
(61) Argentos Dracula. Rutger Hauer. Loosely based CGI movie covering the Dracula theme. Not great but it had it's moments. 6/10
(62) Deadly Blessing. 1981. Ernest Borgnine. McHale..oops.. He's the leader of an amish cult fearing the Incubus. Not bad 80's horror movie. 8/10
(63) Hammer House of Horror. S1 Ep 10. The leader of a Satanic cult needs a mirror to summon the beast. It gets stolen by a cult member. 7/10

10/29
(64) Twins of Evil. Peter Cushing. A witch hunter receives two nieces after the death of his brother. one good, one evil. 8/10
(65) The Fly. Vincent Price. The Scientist brother develops moving matter from one place to another. But an accident happens when a fly wanders into the experiment. 8/10
(66) An American Werewolf in London. David Naughton. Two Americans get bitten by a werewolf while traveling in London. One dies and one becomes a werewolf. 9/10

10/30
(67) Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman. Lon Chaney. Less than average movie about the Wolfman seeking a doctors help to die. 5/10
(68) I am Legend. Will Smith. A cancer vaccine goes awry and causes a society of canibal mutants. 7/10
(69) A Nightmare on Elm Street. 1984. Robert Englund. Freddy Kruger enters the nightmares of a circle of teens. Started a franchise. 9/10
(70) Sleepy Hollow. Johnny Depp. Icabod Crane investigates the beheadings in the nearby village of Sleepy Hollow. 9/10
(71) King Kong. 1933. Faye Rae. A film crew travels to a long deserted Island for proof of a giant pre-historic society. 10/10

10/31
(72) Ghost Story. 1980. Fred Astaire. A group of men hold a decades old secret that produces a revengeful ghost of the past. 9/10
(73) Phantasm, 1979. Aliens take over a funeral home. Send the dead to their planet as slaves. 8/10
(74) Psychosis Charisma Carpenter. An author is driven mad by her husband along with a haunted mansion that they bought. 8/10
(75) The Haunted Palace.1963. Vincent Price. A man gets possessed by his ancestor while inheriting his castle. My favorite Price movie. 9/10

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Re: The 15th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread***

Total Watches - 121 | Blu Ray- 94 | DVD- 14 | Streaming - 13 |
total New Watches - 50 (***)


September 13th (Bonus Day)

1. Friday the 13th, The Final Chapter (1984) - My favorite of the series. great kills, great characters. 9/10. Blu Ray
2. Friday the 13th, A New Beginning (1985) - A fun film that gets maligned because Jason is an impostor. Still great kills and great characters. 7.5/10. Blu Ray
3. Friday the 13th, Jason Lives (1986) - Another entertaining entry in the series with a number of comic moments and a great ending. 7.5/10. Blu Ray
4. Friday the 13th, The New Blood (1988) - Kane Hodder's performance raises my rating to an 8.5/10. Blu Ray.
5. Friday the 13th, Jason Takes Manhattan (1988) - Pure fun. Silly cheese. 7/10. Blu Ray

September 30th

6. Night of the Living Dead (1968) - One of the greatest horror films of all time. 9/10. Blu Ray
7. Videodrome (1983) - A torture show becomes real life in this fascinating Cronenberg film, perhaps his best. 8/10. Blu Ray
8. Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961) - Brutally dull Corman crime drama masking as a monster movie. 3/10. DVD ***
9. Eraserhead (1977) - Bizarre, dark, twisted story by David Lynch. Fascinating to look at, but completely beyond me. Visually very compelling film. 7/10. Blu Ray ***

October 1st

10. Cat People (1942) - A well acted, atmospheric, implied, suggestive, and subtle horror film.7/10. DVD
11. Tales of Terror (1962) - I have seen this anthology many times and i am always entertained. Awesome stuff.8/10 DVD
12. The Black Cat (1934) - Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff are at their menacing best in this classic. I listened to the commentary track. 9/10. Blu Ray
13. Torture Garden (1967) - A great anthology from Amicus. Great acting, solid stories. 7.5/10. Blu Ray

October 2nd

14. REC (2007) - Interesting take on the "zombie virus" type film, but the "shaky cam" style hurts the film in my opinion. 6.5/10. Blu Ray ***
15. REC (2009) - A much better film than the original. The possession story is compelling and far less use of the "shaky cam" style really helped. 7.5/10. Blu Ray ***
16. I-Lived (2015) - Phone app turns people into killers. I can see the under 18 crowd will like this one, but not me. 4/10. Amazon Prime ***
17. Dr. Jekyll Mr Hyde (1931) - Probably the best film interpretation of the story with Barrymore running a very close second.9/10. DVD
18. REC 3 Genesis (2011) - Not as good as the first two , but decent watch with some comedy tossed in. 6/10. Blu Ray ***

October 3rd

19. REC 4 Apocalypse (2014) - A good final film. I liked the claustrophic setting on a boat. 7/10. Blu Ray. ***
20. The Fan (1982) - Similar to The Audition. Moral of the story is be careful who you jump into bed with. 7/10. Blu Ray ***
21. The Leopard Man (1943) - A classic "who done it" thriller from Val Lewton. 7/10. DVD

October 4th

22. The Ghost Ship (1943) - An excellent tale from Val Lewton about a crazy ship captain.7/10. DVD
23. The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976) - Very fascinating early film of Martin Sheen and Jodi Foster. A slow burn, but excellent. 7.5/10. Blu Ray ***

October 5th

24. World War Z (2013) - The problem with this film is having a superstar like Brad Pitt drains the tension from the film because you know he can never die, so none of the scenes where he is at risk have any tension. 6.5/10. Blu Ray.

October 6th

25. Zombie (1979) - A classic of Italian horror and probably the best Italian horror film ever. 9/10. Blu Ray
26. The Raven (1935) - A classic pairing of Lugosi and Karloff. An all time classic horror film. 8.5/10. Blu Ray
27. The Prey (1983) - A dull, uninspired slasher film. 4/10. Blu Ray ***

October 7th

28. Phenomena (1985) - A supernatural horror classic from the master, Dario Argento. 9/10. Blu Ray.
29. One Cut of the Dead (2017) - Silly J Horror about a director that has a spell to create real zombies for his movie. Entertaining one time watch. 6/10 Shudder ***
30. X The Man with the X Ray Eyes (1963) - Classic Corman with a stellar performance by Ray Milland.7.5/10. DVD
31. Monster House (2006) - I normally would bypass an animated scary monster flick, but i am glad i did not with this one. Very entertaining film.7.5/10. Streaming ***
32. Boar (2016) - A throwback to 70s "nature run amuck" monster movies. To say I loved it would be an understatement. Great acting, great story. 9/10. Shudder ***

October 8th

33. Body Melt (1993) - Australian body horror film. A vitamin company is putting more than just vitamins in their pills. A bit of a miss for me. 6/10. Blu Ray ***
34. The House on Tombstone Hill (1989) - Bat shit crazy slasher flick with an old woman as the killer. Great kills, decent story. 7/10. Blu Ray ***
35. Lovely Molly (2012) - Great story of one woman's descent into madness. 8/10. Shudder
36. The Golem (2018) - a descent modern update to the classic Golem story. 7/10. Netflix. ***

October 9th

37. The Invisible Ray (1936) - Another classic pairing of Karloff and Lugosi with a compelling story. 7.5/10. Blu Ray.
38. Black Friday (1940) - Entertaining little thriller with Karloff as a scientist who switches the brain of his friend with a crook. 6.5/10. Blu Ray.
39. The Bloodstained Butterfly (1971) - An interesting and unusual giallo in many respects. This film does not follow the giallo playbook strictly, but the end result is awesome. 8/10. Blu Ray.
40. Disconnected (1983) - bizarre, off beat serial killer / slasher flick. micro budget. 7/10 Blu Ray

October 10th

41. Dead End (2003) - An engrossing watch about a family caught in a repetitive time loop. Reminds me of a good twilight zone episode. 7/10. DVD
42.The Faculty (1998) - Descent Teen Invasion of the Body Snatchers type film, but hampered by bad 90s CGI. 6.5/10. Blu Ray ***
43. The Children (1980) - Cheesy low budget film about kids that can burn people by holding them. Entertaining. 6.5/10 Blu Ray ***

October 11th

44. Rituals (1978) - An excellent horror film that needs to be seen and talked about more. The new Scorpion Blu Ray looks outstanding. 8/10. Blu Ray.
45. Death Weekend (1976) - In a glut of Rape/Revenge flicks from the mid-seventies, Death Weekend stands out as a notch above. 7/10 ***
46. The Killing Kind (1973) - John Savage plays a deranged killer with mommy issues. Very good low budget film.7/10. Blu Ray
47. The Night Stalker (1974) - On of my favorite horror movies from childhood. Darren McGaven as Kolchak is an iconic character and Barry Atwater played a great vampire. 9/10. Blu Ray

October 12th

48. The Night Strangler (1973) - A serviceable follow up to The Night Stalker. 7/10. Blu Ray
49. Torso (1973) - Classic giallo from Sergio Martino. Gruesome and well acted film.8/10. Blu Ray
50. The Hills Run Red (2009) - Interesting premise to this slasher film, but the plot twists were too silly to be effective.6/10. DVD

October 13th

51. 976-Evil (1988) - My interest in this film and rating decline with every watch. Not a fan of this one. 4/10. Blu Ray
52. WER (2013) - A refreshing new take on the werewolf mythology. I really liked it. 7.5/10. Streaming ***
53. 31 (2016) - A dreadful pile of trash with some of the worst camera work and direction I have ever seen. 2/10. ***
54. Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Next Generation (1994) - It's a shame Kim Henkel's original vision for Texas Chainsaw Massacre finally got made. Multiple viewings seems to reinforce just how god awful TCM The Next Generation is. Almost everything that could be wrong is wrong with this film. Jesus , Mary and Joseph.2/10. Blu Ray

October 14th

55. All the Colors of Giallo (2019) - A good entry level documentary on the history of Giallo films. 7/10. Blu Ray ***
56. All the Colors of the Dark (1972) - A classic giallo from Martino. Great performance from Edwige Feneche 7.5/10. Blu Ray
57. The Mummy's Ghost (1944) - I love all of the old Universal Mummy films. They are like comfort food for the eyes. 7/10. Blu Ray
58. The Mummy's Curse (1944) - A nice finale to the Mummy series. Princess Ananka rising out of the mud is an iconic scene.7.5/10 Blu Ray

October 15th

59. Joy Ride (2001) - I enjoyed the first Joy Ride film. I thought the characters were engaging without being annoying (an all too common modern film issue) and moments of real suspense. 7.5/10. DVD
60. Troll (1986) - Entertaining one time watch geared to teens. 6/10. Blu Ray ***
61. Joy Ride 2 : Dead Ahead (2008) - I really enjoy road horror and although this second film has some annoying characters the ending makes up for it. 7/10. DVD
62. Green Inferno (1988) - Loose sequel to Cannibal Holocaust in title only (alternate title is " Cannibal Holocaust 2" ). This film is more of a jungle adventure film with much of the cannibalism and animal cruelty cut out. Still an enjoyable watch. 7/10. Blu Ray. ***
63. Happy Death Day 2U (2019) - I watched it so you don't have to. This follow up to Happy Death Day is more of the same, but with less horror , more attempts at teen humor and a bunch of Sci Fi mumbo jumbo with time portals.2/10. Streaming ***

October 16th

64. Final Exam (1981) - A run of the mill slasher with some scenes of campus violence that wouldn't see the light of day with today's modern sensitivities. The killer is an average guy with no attempt made to explain his motivations (which bothers some people, but not me). 5/10.Bu Ray
65. Anaconda (1997) - I enjoyed Jon Voight's performance. The CGI is pretty bad, but overall, i still enjoyed revisiting this film. 7/10. Blu Ray
66. Anacondas : The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004) - Descent follow up to the first film with a good story and serviceable acting. 6.5/10. Blu Ray ***
67. Anaconda 3: Offspring (2008) - Definite drop off in quality with entry 3 in the series as it moves into Sci Fi Channel territory. I knew we had issues when I saw David Hasselhoff as the star. 5/10. Blu Ray. ***
68. Anacondas: Trail of Blood (2009) - An Anaconda is loose in the Carpathian Mountains. Why not, its a Sci Fi Channel flick. 4/10. Blu Ray ***

October 17th

69. A Dark Song (2016) - An intense relationship story about a woman who hires an occultist to reach the afterlife.7/10. Blu Ray ***
70. The Return of the Vampire (1943) - Bela returns as the vampire in the columbia pictures B movie. Bela always gives his utmost in every performance. 7/10. Blu Ray
71. The House on Sorority Row (1983) - A classic slasher film. Probably one of the best of the genre.7.5/10. Blu Ray

October 18th

72. Devil's Due (2014) - Found Footage Rosemary's baby. 6/10. Blu Ray ***
73. Bloody New Year (1987) - Low budget Norman J Warren supernatural horror film complete with incomprehensible story.5/10. Blu Ray ***
74. God Told me to (1976) - A gripping 70s film with Tony Lo Bianco playing a NY cop who is "other worldly" 8/10. Blu Ray

October 19th

75. Dead Night (2017) - A family's cabin vacation turns into a murder spree. The acting is on the level of Lifetime channel or Sci Fi channel. 4/10. Showtime channel ***
76. I Walked with a Zombie (1943) - A moody, atmospheric genre classic from Val Lewton.8.5/10. Blu Ray
77.The Body Snatcher (1945) - My favorite Val Lewton film and one of my favorite Karloff performances. 9/10. Blu Ray

October 20th

78. Twice Told Tales (1963) - Anthology of tales that run longer than is typical of anthologies. Vincent Price is excellent as always; however, these tales are pretty tame overall and play more like a daytime soap opera.6/10. DVD
79. Cat's Eye (1985) - A descent anthology film with the first story the best of the three.6/10. Blu Ray ***
80. VIY (1967) - Fascinating Russian take on the vampire mythos 7.5/10. Blu Ray
81. Vampires (1998) - John Carpenter gives us a violent, action oriented take on Vampires. I loved it. 8/10. Blu Ray
82. Child's Play (2019) - A surprisingly good reboot of a super popular slasher film. I thought the premise and acting were very good.7.5/10. Blu Ray

October 21st

83. Murder-Rock Dancing Death (1984) - Giallo murderer who uses pins to kill off girls at a dance school. Not one of Fulci's best efforts, but not bad. 6/10. Blu Ray ***
84. Nightmare on Elm Street 4 Dream Master (1988) - The famous resurrection of Freddy via dog piss. A fun film overall, but lacking any real scares. 6.5/10. Blu Ray.
85. Unfriended The Dark Web (2018) - Watching people mess around with a computer gets tedious after awhile.4/10. Streaming ***

October 22nd

86. Uninvited (1988) - A small group is trapped on a yacht with a cat that coughs up more than just hairballs. George Kennedy is at his grouchy best in this one. 6/10. Blu Ray ***
87. Cutting Class (1989) - Early Brad Pitt slasher film. Descent acting, good kills. 7/10. Blu Ray
88. Isle of the Dead (1945) - Another moody, atmospheric thriller from Val Lewton. A timeless classic.7.5/10. DVD

October 23rd

89. Bedlam (1946) - Boris Karloff is at his best in this great story of an insane asylum run by a ruthless administrator (Karloff) 8.5/10. DVD
90. Curse of the Demon (1957) - Classic horror film about occultism. The monster was cheesy, but it is 1957. 9/10. Blu Ray.
91. Us (2019) - Interesting horror film with a fresh idea and well acted. 8/10. Blu Ray ***

October 24th

92. Galaxy of Terror (1981) - Cheesy low budget Sci Fi horror with lots of monsters and gore. Entertaining watch with descent acting. 7/10. Blu Ray ***
93. Party Line (1988) - Who told Leif Garrett he could act? 4/10. Blu Ray ***
94. Forbidden World (1982) - Cheesy Alien inspired film from Roger Corman. Very entertaining. 7.5/10. Blu Ray ***
95. The Seventh Victim (1943) - Val Lewton film about a lost sister who gets involved with occultists. Good story. 7/10. DVD. ***

October 25th

96. The Frighteners (1996) - Entertaining Michael J Fox ghostly story. Good blend of humor and horror. 7.5/10. Streaming ***
97. Shadows in the Dark :The Val Lewton Legacy (2005) - A great documentary of Val Lewton's career. 7.5/10. DVD. ***
98. The Fury (1978) - I initially had this film as a 7 out of 10, but seeing John Cassavettes explode pushes this to an 8. 8/10. Blu Ray
99. Woman Chasing the Butterfly of Death (1978) - Interesting horror film with the central theme of man's ability to cheat death through the force of their will. 7.5/10. Blu Ray ***
100. The Midnight Meat Train (2008) - Clive Barker short story about a "mallet" killer on a subway train hunted down by Bradley Cooper. Interesting and under rated film.7.5/10. Blu Ray

October 26th

101. Killing of the Dolls (1975) - Bizarre spanish psychological slasher/giallo with a young man raised as a woman by his mother.7/10. Blu Ray ***
102. Society (1989) - Bizarre body horror film with an interesting social commentary on rich vs poor. 7.5/10. Joe Bob Briggs Shudder.
103. Nina Forever (2015) - An interesting film but not one I would want to rewatch. I thought the acting was good, but the plot did not have anywhere to really go beyond the dead girlfriend haunting the ex during sex. 7/10. Streaming . ***

October 27th

104. Drag me to Hell (2009) - A woman has a curse put on her by an old european witch. Descent watch.6.5/10. DVD
105. Audition (1999) - An excellent slow burn film with alot of depth beyond just the final 20 minutes. Holds up to multiple viewings. 8.5/10. Streaming
106. It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958) - One of my childhood favorite space horror films and a precursor to Alien. 7.5/10. Blu Ray

October 28th

107. Demented (1980) - Rape/Revenge flick with some interesting moments, but overall a disappointment due to the spotty acting and voice of the lead. 6.5/10. Blu Ray ***
108. Grave of the Vampire (1972) - A very entertaining and effective vampire flick with William Smith as the vampire hunter and Michael Pataki as a very effective modern vampire. 7.5/10. Blu Ray ***
109. The Man from Planet X (1951) - An alien from Planet X attempts to communicate with humans. Interesting in that the threat is within the human race and not from the alien. 7/10. Blu Ray

October 29th

110. Death Spa (1989) - Pure 80's cheese. I love the gym setting and the ending is a hoot. 7.5/10. Blu Ray
111. The Vault of Horror (1973) - One of the classic anthologies from Amicus. Solid stories with great acting from Tom Baker and Terry Thomas.7/10. Blu Ray
112. Quatermass II (1957) - Kind of a blend of Invasion of the body snatchers and soylent green. Good Hammer flick with cranky Brian Donlevy 7/10. Blu Ray
113. The Horror of Frankenstein (1970) - This Hammer black comedy has some issues, but i have a soft spot for it because of Ralph Bates performance. 6.5/10. Blu Ray

October 30th

114. Valentine (2001) - Valentine exemplifies what is wrong with many of modern horror films and that is the casting. Everyone in the film looks like a fashion model and unfortunately, most are simply uninteresting except when killed off. I give this one a 6/10. Decent kills, but lifeless, uninteresting characters.6/10. Blu Ray
115. The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1957) - A guilty pleasure from my childhood and surprisingly gory for the 1950s. 7.5/10 Blu Ray
116. The Seventh Curse (1986) - Bat shit crazy story about a sorcerer who holds court over a "worm" tribe and cast spells that causes people to bleed out seven times (seventh time is death). Flying demon babies, alien like lizard monsters, killer skeletons and martial arts galore.7.5/10. Amazon Prime ***

October 31st

117. Crawl (2019) - Very tense, entertaining alligator flick from Alexandre. Aja. 7/10. Blu Ray ***
118. The Deadly Mantis (1957) - Cheesy 50s sci fi with a mutated giant preying mantis. very entertaining. 6.5/10. Blu Ray
119. Trick R Treat (2007) - A classic Halloween anthology. Highly recommended. 8/10. Blu Ray

November 1st

120. Shaun of the Dead (2015) - A classic zom/com. The best in my opinion. I love the british sense of humor. 8.5/10. BLu Ray
121. Army of Darkness (1992) - Slapstick comedy combined with evil dead elements and a fantastic finale with skeletons storming a castle. 8.5/10. BLu Ray

CheckList and Subset

Subset completion

Spoiler:
28/32 watched Y/N---
09/30: group vote - Videodrome (1983)yes---
11/01: group vote - Return to Horror High (1987)no---
xx/xx: wildcard - any horror theatrical showing (2019)---
10/01: shellebelle - Cat People (1942)yes---
10/02: tarfrimmer - [REC]ł Genesis (2012)yes---
10/03: DaveyJoe - Der Fan (1982)yes---
10/04: Bladz - Zombi 2 (Zombie) (1979)yes---
10/05: hbsvb - Phenomena (1985)yes---
10/06: mrcellophane - Monster House (2006)yes---
10/07: Trevor - Boar (2017)yes---
10/08: SterlingBen - Disconnected (1984)yes---
10/09: Mondo Kane - Dead End (2003)yes---
10/10: alyxstarr - The Faculty (1998)yes---
10/11: TheBigDave - The Hills Run Red (2009)yes---
10/12: PCBreakdown - 976-EVIL (1988)yes---
10/13: WillieMLF - Wer (2013)yes---
10/14: MysterioMan007 - The Mummy's Curse (1944) yes---
10/15: rbrown498 - One Cut of the Dead (2017)yes---
10/16: numbercrunch - Final Exam (1981)yes---
10/17: Shack - The Fury (1978)yes---
10/18: ororama - God Told Me To (1976)yes---
10/19: Darkgod - The Prey (1983)yes---
10/20: Chad - Viy (1967)yes---
10/21: JAX036 - A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)yes---
10/22: Darth Maher - Audition (1999)yes---
10/23: clckorang - Us (2019)yes---
10/24: Undeadcow - Nina Forever (2015)yes---
10/25: Gobear - Society (1989)yes---
10/26: cwileyy - Death Spa (1989)yes---
10/27: coyoteblue - The Seventh Curse (1986)yes---
10/28: orlmac - The Vault of Horror (1973)yes---
10/29: arw6040 - Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017)no---
10/30: mallratcal - Mausoleum (1983)no---
10/31: jacob_b - House of 1000 Corpses (1987)no


Select 10 Actors

Spoiler:

Select 10 actors:
8 out of 10 films watched
--- Abigail Breslin -
--- Clancy Brown -
--- Peter Cushing - torture garden
--- John Carradine -the night strangler
--- Charles Durning - the fury
--- Sid Haig -
--- Doug Jones -
--- Boris Karloff the body snatcher
--- Klaus Kinski -
--- Christopher Lee -
--- Bela Lugosi - the body snatcher
--- Richard Lynch - god told me to
--- Michael Moriarty - troll
--- Bruce Payne -
--- Ted Raimi - midnight meat train
--- Oliver Reed -
--- Eric Roberts -
--- Felissa Rose -
--- Dominique Swain -
--- Billy Zane -



Select two film composers 1/2
Spoiler:

Select 2 film composers:

--- Joseph Bishara - dead night
--- Elisabeth Lutyens -
--- Lalo Schifrin -
--- Shirley Walker -


Select five directors
Spoiler:
Select 5 directors: 4/5


--- James Bressack -
--- John Carpenter - vampires
--- Terrence Fisher -
--- Adam Green -
--- Peter Jackson - the frighteners
--- Franck Khalfoun - I-Lived
--- Ryűhei Kitamura -
--- Deon Taylor -
--- Rob Zombie - 31
--- Watch a Movie Directed By a Female Director -


Select 2 makeup effects artist 0 complete

Select 2 producers 0 complete

Select two writers
Spoiler:
Select 2 writers: 3


--- Robert Bloch - torture garden
--- Jeff Buhler - the midnight meat train
--- Jamie Nash -
--- Wesley Strick - lovely molly


Select 30 subgenres
Spoiler:
Select 30 of the following sub-genres / types:
38 completed

--- *3-D Film - world war z
--- Anthology Film - twice told tales
--- Appears on
25 Weird Horror Movies - eraserhead
--- Based on a True Story - the body snatcher
--- Based on a Novel - world war z
--- Cannibalism - the green inferno (cannibal holocaust II)
--- Cinema Inspired By: Bram Stoker - the night stalker
--- Cinematic Titanic / Horror Host / MST3K / RiffTrax -
--- Comedy / Spoof - happy death day 2 u
--- Criterion / Masters of Cinema Version Film - the cat people
--- Cryptid Cinema - troll
--- Death by: Silver Bullet -
--- Diary / Journal - night of the demon
--- Director or Writer Cameo in Own Film / Film Adaptation, 2
--- Distributor / Studio: Mondo Macabro - der fan
--- Documentary - all the colors of giallo
--- Drunk Horror -
--- Euro Horror - zombie (zombie flesh eaters)
--- Extraterrestrial / Takes Place in Space - it the terror from beyond space
--- Film From Someone Else's 'Best of' List -
--- Film From TCM October 2019 Schedule -
--- Film Title Drop -
--- Flashback Horror -
--- Folk Horror -
--- From a Basil Gogos Painting - dr.jekyll mr hyde
--- Found Footage - REC
--- Frankenstein -
--- Ghost / Haunting -
--- Giallo - torso
--- Ouija Board -
--- Kaiju / Giant Monster - the deadly mantis
--- K-Horror -
--- Killer / Evil Animal - anaconda
--- Killer / Evil Child - the children
--- Killer / Evil Doll - child's play
--- Made-for-TV Movie - the night stalker
--- Mummy - the mummy's ghost
--- Musical / Rock ‘n Roll Horror murder - rock
--- Nation of Origin: Thailand -
--- Nazi -
--- Nepotism Dynasty -
--- OHMC 15th Anniversary Watch: 2005 -
--- One-Word Titles - WER
--- Prom -
--- Phobias - audtion
--- Psychological - devil's due
--- Rape / Revenge - death weekend (the house by the lake)
--- Scarecrows -
--- Slasher / Psycho / Homicidal Maniac - final exam
--- Shot in Bronson Canyon -
--- Takes Place in a Hospital -
--- Takes Place on a Farm - night of the living dead
--- Takes Place on a Holiday - dead end
--- Television - videodrome
--- Three Installments in a Franchise - REC
--- Vampire - VIY
--- Werewolf - WER
--- Witchcraft / Satanic / Religious -
--- Wilhelm Scream -
--- With Commentary -
--- With Two or More Horror Legends - the raven & the black cat
--- Zombie - I walked with a zombie


Watch films in 3 formats
Spoiler:
Watch films in at least three formats:
3/3

--- First format, (insert format), (insert title). blu ray , valentine
--- Second format, (insert format), (insert title). dvd. Joy ride
--- Third format, (insert format), (insert title). streaming, the seventh curse



Watch films in 3 languages
Spoiler:
Watch films in at least three languages:

--- First language, (insert language), (insert title). russian, VIY
--- Second language, (insert language), (insert title). german, der fan
--- Third language, (insert language), (insert title). spanish, killing of the dolls


Watch 3 films you never seen before
Spoiler:
Watch 3 films that you've never seen before that: 5


--- Stars a Baldwin (Daniel, Stephen, William) -
--- Features time travel - happy death day 2u
--- Was made in the 1970s - the little girl who lives down the lane
--- Features a giant insect -
--- Was written by H.G. Wells -
--- Features a character who has a premonition -
--- Has a scene in a morgue - joy ride 2 dead ahead
--- Was shot in Alabama -
--- Is listed on the Film Registry of the National Film Preservation Board - eraserhead
--- Takes place at a castle -
--- Features a vampire hunter - grave of the vampire


Watch 1 film with a recently deceased
Spoiler:
Watch 1 film with a recently deceased personality:

--- Recently deceased list -
troll - john buechler, larry cohen god told me to
sid haig - galaxy of terror


Watch 1 of the OHMC favorites - 0 complete

Six decades of film history
Spoiler:
Select 6 decades of film history:

--- Pre-1930 -
--- 1930 - the invisible ray
--- 1940 - the body snatcher
--- 1950 - It! The Terror From Beyond Space
--- 1960 - twice told tales
--- 1970 - god told me to
--- 1980 - bloody new year
--- 1990 - vampires
--- 2000 - anaconda 3: offspring
--- 2010 - devil's due


Select 3 from the following tropes
Spoiler:
Select 3 from the following horror film tropes:
3/3

--- The Feline Fright - cat's eye
--- "Let's Split Up" -
--- The Mirror Scare -
--- The Suddenly Undependable Vehicle - a dark song
--- The Invincible Killer - galaxy of terror
--- Dream Scares -
--- Mythology Exposition -


Select 1 from the Chronological Horrors
Spoiler:
Select 1 from the "Chronological Horror Years Faceoff":


--- 1944 (75th) - the mummy's curse
--- 1969 (50th) -
--- 1994 (25th) –


Select 1 from the following anniversaries
Spoiler:
Select 1 from the following anniversaries: 3

30th USA Up All Night - 976 Evil
--- 40th Anniversary of Fangoria Magazine -
--- 40th Svengoolie - black Friday
--- 45th Anniversary of Troma Entertainment-
--- 85th Anniversary of Hammer Films -
---100th Birthday D Pleasence - phenomena


Select 4 Ratings
Spoiler:
Select 4 ratings:
--- G -
--- PG - the little girl who lives down the lane
--- PG-13 - cat's eye
--- R - murder rock
--- NC-17 - 31
--- X -
--- Unrated - a dark song
--- M - drag me to hell
--- GP -


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Re: The 15th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread***

☼ = first time viewing

September 30
1. Happy Death Day
2. Happy Death Day 2U ☼
3. Murders in the Rue Morgue ☼

October 1
4. Phantasm: Remastered
5. Phantasm II
6. Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead ☼
7. Phantasm IV: Oblivion ☼
8. Phantasm V: Ravager☼
9. Brightburn☼

October 2
10. The Skull☼
11. Nosferatu

October 3
12. Nosferatu the Vampyre
13. Shadow of the Vampire

October 4
14. Wes Craven's Summer of Fear☼

October 5
15. Pumpkinhead
16. Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings☼
17. Creepshow [S1:E1 "Gray Matter / The House of the Head & S1:E2 "Bad Wolf Down / The Finger"]☼

October 6
18. Sleepwalkers

October 7
19. Overlord☼
20. Hellfest☼

October 8
21. The Initiation☼
22. In the Tall Grass☼

October 9
23. Midsommar (Director's Cut)☼
24. The Craft

October 10
25. House of Wax (1953)
26. House of Wax (2005)

October 11
27. Silver Bullet

October 12
28. The Nun☼
29. Thinner

October 13
30. Prom Night
31. Prom Night (2008)
32. Dracula
33. Horror of Dracula

October 14
34. Scared Stiff☼
35. Dracula's Daughter

October 15
36. Son of Dracula☼

October 16
37. House of Frankenstein
38. House of Dracula

October 17
39. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

October 18
40. Bram Stoker's Dracula

October 19
41. Near Dark
42. Night of the Living Dead: Re-Imagination☼

October 20
43. Creature from the Black Lagoon
44. Jaws
45. The Host
46. Crawl☼
47. Deep Rising☼

October 21
48. Night of the Living Dead
49. Dawn of the Dead
50. Day of the Dead
51. Land of the Dead

October 22
52. Creepshow [S1: E3/4 "All Hallows Eve" / "The Man in the Suitcase" / "The Companion" / "Lydia Layne's Better Half"]☼
53. The Return of the Living Dead

October 23
54. Scream
55. Re-Animator

October 24
56. An American Werewolf in London

October 25
57. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

October 26
58. Night of the Comet

October 27
58. Scream II

October 28
59. Scream 3
60. Scream 4
61. Shaun of the Dead

October 29
62. Misery

October 30
63. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
64. The Howling
65. Ginger Snaps
66. The House on Haunted Hill (1959)

October 31
67. Halloween


Spoiler:
Select 10 actors:
--- Abigail Breslin -
--- Clancy Brown -
--- Peter Cushing -
X - John Carradine - House of Frankenstein
--- Charles Durning -
--- Sid Haig -
--- Doug Jones -
--- Boris Karloff -
--- Klaus Kinski -
--- Christopher Lee -
X - Bela Lugosi - Dracula
--- Richard Lynch -
--- Michael Moriarty -
--- Bruce Payne -
--- Ted Raimi -
--- Oliver Reed -
--- Eric Roberts -
--- Felissa Rose -
--- Dominique Swain -
--- Billy Zane -

Select 2 film composers:
--- Joseph Bishara -
X - Elisabeth Lutyens - The Skull
--- Lalo Schifrin -
--- Shirley Walker -

Select 5 directors:
--- James Bressack -
--- John Carpenter -
X - Terrence Fisher - Horror of Dracula
--- Adam Green -
--- Peter Jackson -
--- Franck Khalfoun -
--- Ryűhei Kitamura -
--- Deon Taylor -
--- Rob Zombie -
X - Watch a Movie Directed By a Female Director - Near Dark

Select 2 makeup effects artists: COMPLETED
--- Al Magliochetti -
X - Mike Measimer - Bram Stoker's Dracula
--- Michelle Sfarzo -
X - Michael Spatola - The Return of the Living Dead


Select 2 producers:
--- Nate Bolotin -
--- Brad Fuller -
--- Enrique Lopez Lavigne -
--- Trevor Macy -

Select 2 writers:
--- Robert Bloch -
--- Jeff Buhler -
--- Jamie Nash -
--- Wesley Strick -

Select 30 of the following sub-genres / types:
--- *3-D Film -
--- Anthology Film -
--- Appears on 25 Weird Horror Movies -
--- Based on a True Story -
X - Based on a Novel - Thinner
--- Cannibalism -
X - Cinema Inspired By: Bram Stoker - Nosferatu
--- Cinematic Titanic / Horror Host / MST3K / RiffTrax -
X - Comedy / Spoof - Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
X - Criterion / Masters of Cinema Version Film - Night of the Living Dead
--- Cryptid Cinema -
X - Death by: Silver Bullet - Silver Bullet
--- Diary / Journal -
X - Director or Writer Cameo in Own Film / Film Adaptation - Sleepwalkers (Stephen King cameo)
--- Distributor / Studio: Mondo Macabro -
--- Documentary -
--- Drunk Horror -
--- Euro Horror -
--- Extraterrestrial / Takes Place in Space -
--- Film From Someone Else's 'Best of' List -
--- Film From TCM October 2019 Schedule -
--- Film Title Drop -
--- Flashback Horror -
X - Folk Horror - Midsommar
--- From a Basil Gogos Painting -
--- Found Footage -
--- Frankenstein -
X - Ghost / Haunting - Scared Stiff
--- Giallo -
--- Ouija Board -
X - Kaiju / Giant Monster - Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings
--- K-Horror -
X - Killer / Evil Animal - Crawl
X - Killer / Evil Child - Brightburn
--- Killer / Evil Doll -
X - Made-for-TV Movie - Wes Craven's Summer of Fear
--- Mummy -
--- Musical / Rock ‘n Roll Horror
--- Nation of Origin: Thailand -
X - Nazi - Overlord
X - Nepotism Dynasty - Son of Dracula
X - OHMC 15th Anniversary Watch: 2005 - House of Wax (2005)
X - One-Word Titles - Phantasm
X - Prom - Prom Night (2008)
--- Phobias -
--- Psychological -
X - Rape / Revenge - Pumpkinhead
--- Scarecrows -
X - Slasher / Psycho / Homicidal Maniac - Hell Fest
--- Shot in Bronson Canyon -
X - Takes Place in a Hospital - Re-Animator
--- Takes Place on a Farm -
--- Takes Place on a Holiday -
X - Television - In the Tall Grass
X - Three Installments in a Franchise - Phantasm / Phantasm II / Phantasm III / Phantasm IV / Phantasm V
X - Vampire - Nosferatu the Vampyre
X - Werewolf - An American Werewolf in London
X - Witchcraft / Satanic / Religious - The Nun
--- Wilhelm Scream -
--- With Commentary -
X - With Two or More Horror Legends - House of Dracula
X - Zombie - Night of the Living Dead: Re-Animation

Watch films in at least three formats:
X - First format - (Streaming), (Phantasm II)
X - Second format - (Blu-Ray), (Deep Rising)
--- Third format, (insert format), (insert title).

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

Watch 3 films that you've never seen before that:
--- Stars a Baldwin (Daniel, Stephen, William) -
X - Features time travel -Happy Death Day 2U
--- Was made in the 1970s -
--- Features a giant insect -
--- Was written by H.G. Wells -
--- Features a character who has a premonition -
X - Has a scene in a morgue - Murders in the Rue Morgue
--- Was shot in Alabama -
--- Is listed on the Film Registry of the National Film Preservation Board -
--- Takes place at a castle -
--- Features a vampire hunter -

Watch 1 film with a recently deceased personality: COMPLETED
X - Recently deceased list - Day of the Dead (Joseph Pilato)


Watch 1 of your OHMC "favorites":
--- The Carrier (1988) -
--- Shakma (1990) -
--- The Killer Tongue (1996) -
--- The House by the Cemetery (1981) -
--- Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (1977) -
--- Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror (1981) -
--- Hobgoblins (1988) -
--- Microwave Massacre (1983) -
--- Killer Condom (1996) -

Select 6 decades of film history: COMPLETED
--- Pre-1930 -
X - 1930 - Dracula's Daughter
--- 1940 -
--- 1950 -
--- 1960 -
X - 1970 - Dawn of the Dead
X - 1980 - Prom Night
X - 1990 - Phantasm III
X - 2000 - Shadow of the Vampire
X - 2010 - Happy Death Day


Select 3 from the following horror film tropes: COMPLETED
--- The Feline Fright -
--- "Let's Split Up" -
X - The Mirror Scare - The Craft
--- The Suddenly Undependable Vehicle -
X - The Invincible Killer - Phantasm V "The Tall Man"
X - Dream Scares - The Initiation
--- Mythology Exposition -


Select 1 from the "Chronological Horror Years Faceoff":
--- 1944 (75th) -
--- 1969 (50th) -
--- 1994 (25th) –

Select 1 from the following anniversaries:
--- 30th Anniversary of USA Up All Night -
--- 40th Anniversary of Fangoria Magazine -
--- 40th Anniversary of Svengoolie -
--- 45th Anniversary of Troma Entertainment-
--- 85th Anniversary of Hammer Films -
--- 100th Birthday of Donald Pleasence -


Select 4 ratings: COMPLETED
X - G - Creature from the Black Lagoon
X - PG - Jaws
--- PG-13 -
X - R - Phantasm IV
--- NC-17 -
--- X -
--- Unrated -
--- M -
X - GP - House of Wax (1953)



Attend a live event - Walker Stalker Atlanta 2019

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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TheBigDave's Horror Movie Challenge 2019


ALIENS & SCI-FI
Body Snatchers (1993) - It's alright, but nothing special. It doesn't live up to the 1956 original or the 1978 remake.
Brightburn (2019) - A dark take on the Superman origin. Pretty gruesome. As a fan of Superhero & Horror movies, I enjoyed it.
The Faculty (1998) - One of the best 90's Teen Horror/Sci-Fi flicks. A really fun twist on Invasion of the Body Snatchers with a great cast.
The Puppet Masters (1994) - Another 90's "body snatcher" movie. A few interesting scenes. But this one is my least favorite.
Videodrome (1983) - I'm not a fan of Cronenberg's "body horror" flicks. The social commentary is interesting and probably more relevant today.


ANTHOLOGIES
Creepshow: Season 1 (2019) - Only watched a couple episodes, but so far so good.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) - Wow. I loved this movie. It'll be on my annual Halloween watchlist.
Tales of Halloween (2015) - A few good stories and a few bad ones. Worth watching, and in the future just revisiting the good segments.
Trick 'r Treat (2007) - The perfect Halloween film. I watch this every Oct 31st.


DEMONS, SATAN & WITCHCRAFT
976-EVIL (1988) - A ridiculous movie that's dripping with late-80's cheese. I love that stuff, so I had a blast.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Season 1 (2018) - The witchy stuff is great. The teen angst stuff is ho-hum.
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) - I hated this in the 80's, but now I really like it.
The Omen (1976) - The 70's had some amazing religious horror movies.
Practical Magic (1998) - A very charming witchy Rom/Com with a great cast.


FAMILY FRIENDLY
Hocus Pocus (1993) - I didn't like this when it first came out. But I enjoy it more each time I watch it. Now a Halloween favorite.
Monster House (2006) - It's just ok. Lacking the charm of most major animated movies. Some of the characters are really annoying.
Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall (2011) - A wonderfully lavish production of the famous musical play. A fantastic show.
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XXIX & XXX (2018/19) - Lame. Stale jokes. No creativity. This show is on auto-pilot.


GHOSTS, SUPERNATURAL & SPOOKY HOUSES
Annabelle Comes Home (2019) - I'm a fan of the Conjuring universe. Unfortunately, this movie is an overbooked mess.
Dead End (2003) - A very simple and predicable horror story. But it's fun with some good scares.
The Haunting of Hill House: Season 1 (2018) - Amazing. One of the best haunted house movies/shows I've ever seen. Highly Recommended!!


GIALLOS
Phenomena (1985) - Not one of my favorite Argento movies. I wish it was more of a standard giallo flick.


KILLER ANIMALS & GIANT MONSTERS
Alligator (1980) - I loved this movie as a kid. And it still holds up pretty well.
Boar (2017) - My second favorite giant killer pig movie from Australia.
Crawl (2019) - This was a blast. A disaster movie with giant alligators. I hope there's a sequel.
The Meg (2018) - Along with Jaws and Deep Blue Sea, this is in my Top 5 Shark Movies.
Snakes on a Plane (2006) - It's over-the-top and ridiculous, but a whole lot of fun.
Sweetheart (2019) - This movie was great. A lean, fast-paced monster flick.


PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLERS
Der Fan (1982) - 60 minutes of boredom followed by 30 minutes of batshit crazy. It's an 80's German New Wave version of Audition.
Disturbing Behavior (1998) - I like this movie. It's a 90's teen version of Stepford Wives. Katie Holmes was crazy hot.
Ma (2019) - Good build-up but the pay-off was flat. I was expecting it to get really crazy. This could have been great if the ending was better.
Midsommar (2019) - A really long, slow pagan cult movie. Interesting but way too drawn out. They should have trimmed it to 90-minutes.
Us (2019) - Very exciting. I was on the edge of my seat and it kept me guessing until the end.


SLASHERS, SERIAL KILLERS & MANIACS
Bride of Chucky (1998) - My favorite Child's Play sequel.
Child's Play (2019) - I enjoyed this modern day reboot. It was much better than I expected.
Friday the 13th (1980) - I know it's the original, but I'd rank it probably 4th or 5th out of the F13 movies.
Friday the 13th: Part 3 (1982) - I consider this to be the quintessential F13 movie. It's full of all the 80's horror movie cliches.
Friday the 13th: Part 6 (1986) - Probably the most entertaining F13 movie. It's fun and fast-paced.
Halloween (1978) - I watch this every Halloween. This time was the Joe Bob Drive-In episode. His segments were great.
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) - My favorite Halloween sequel. The ending was awesome.
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) - My least favorite Halloween sequel. Disappointing after the great Halloween 4.
The Hills Run Red (2009) - An absolutely brutal slasher flick packed with nudity, gore and a few nice twists.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988) - I prefer the original movie's scary Freddy. At this point, Freddy's basically a killer clown.
Seed of Chucky (2004) - The worst Child's Play sequel. Chucky masturbating to Fangoria? Lame.
Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994) - I love the meta storyline and returning characters. But I hate little kids in horror films.


VAMPIRES, WEREWOLVES & CAT PEOPLE
Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001) - I always liked this movie. I didn't know it was based on a true story (the Beast of Gevaudan).
Cat People (1942) - One of my favorite classic horror movies. I love the way they used darkness and shadows. The power of suggestion can be very effective.
Cat People (1982) - Aside from the panthers and sex, this is completely different from the original version. It has great practical effects and some really bloody scenes. Lots of nudity.
The Curse of the Cat People (1944) - Has almost nothing to do with the original Cat People other than the same cast/characters. Not really a horror movie.
Van Helsing (2004) - A lightweight popcorn action/horror flick. It's a fun movie if you don't take it seriously.
Wer (2013) - An interesting take on the werewolf tale. A bit slow paced, but worth watching.


ZOMBIES & THE APOCALYPSE
The Dead Don't Die (2019) - How can this awesome cast make such a boring Zom/Com?
Land of the Dead (2005) - The social satire is a little heavy handed. But the armored RV is really cool. I like this one better than Day of the Dead.
One Cut of the Dead (2017) - Loved it. This movie was hilarious and a whole lotta fun. Highly recommended!!
REC 3: Genesis (2012) - I really liked the first two REC movies. This time instead of scary, it's campy and over-the-top. It was just kinda average.
Shaun of the Dead (2004) - The best of the zombie apocalypse comedy movies.
Zombie (1979) - A serious hardcore gut-munching zombie flick. The eyeball scene always makes me squirm.
Zombieland (2009) - A very fun movie. Even my family members that hate horror movies enjoy this one.

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Goal: 50
Blue = Repeated Viewing
Green = 1st time viewing

Sept 30th
1)Little Shop of Horrors ('86)- (BLU RAY) I learned that no matter how persuasive a plant may be and how desperate you may be for a change in your life to occur, never trust any talking plants. They do not make good house plants. The Director's cut ending is infinitely times better and i feel sorry for the director having to explain the crew who shot the massive destruction at the end of the film with the plants' continued growth as I'm sure it took so much hard work to complete 7/10

Oct 1st
2)The Shining - (Theater 4K) I learned that a hedge maze is your safest bet when escaping an axe-wielding psycho. Nothing I can add to describe how great this film is. Seeing it in theaters was a new and pleasurable experience and the 4K remaster is truly astonishing. 10/10

Oct 2nd
3)Jack's Back - (BLU RAY) I learned that your twin is the only person capable of avenging your murder. A double dose of James Spader for the price of one! I wish it focused more on the murders, but the second half is more of a police procedural and investigation. 5/10

Oct 3rd
4)Banana Splits - (BLU RAY) I learned that your best bet to survive murderous, robotic children's mascots is to get to know your theme songs! A fun surprise and always refreshing to see a horror film that targets children. 6/10

Oct 4th
5)Malatesta's Carnival of Blood - (BLU RAY) I learned that some cannibalistic ghouls have very talented singing voices and seem to enjoy the movies quite a bit. A surrealistic experience for those into that, but to me, seemed more of an amateur student film. 4/10
6)Tales From the Crypt ('72) - (BLU RAY) I learned to NEVER cross blind people, they will get a very creative revenge. A fun anthology film, my favorite segment being how cute Peter Cushing is in his segment. 8/10

Oct 5th
7)The Dead Don't Die - (BLU RAY) I learned that a samurai sword should be your weapon of choice in a zombie apocalypse. Fun watch although I can imagine being dulled with repeat viewings. This really is a Jarmusch film = very dry humor, no characters even slightly panic given the circumstances etc 6/10

Oct 6th
8)Vault of Horror - (BLU RAY) I learned that Haiti is where you go to buy voodoo. A successful follow up to Tales From the Crypt and again, a fun anthology film. 6/10
9)Mountain Top Motel Massacre - (BLU RAY) I learned that similar to checking for peepholes in any hotel/motel's bathroom, you should check for any hidden passageways under rugs. 4/10

Oct 7th
10)Die, Monster Die! - (BLU RAY) I learned to bring pruning shears if you're going to be investigating any radioactive greenhouses. 6/10
11)Happy Death Day - (BLU RAY) I learned you CAN escape death (at least until the sequel). Formulaic perhaps, but the production crew seemed to have fun exploring this idea marketing to horror fans. 6/10
12)Witch From the Sea - (BLU RAY) I learned to stay clear of any woman who says she wants to shave you. 4/10

Oct 8th
13)Uncanny - (BLU RAY) I learned to not bully kids who have access to witchcraft books. I seem to be a sucker for anthology films this year, and as typical, certainly enjoyable. 7/10
14)Happy Death Day 2 U - (BLU RAY) I learned that any friend capable of acting as a blind person is an acceptable decoy. Really bummed by how little I enjoyed this sequel which focuses WAY too much on the science of the events and the romance/family dynamics of the main character than on the actual deaths, which by my count were only 3-4x in occurrence. 3/10
15)Skinner - (BLU RAY) I learned that it may be worthwhile to ask additional questions to "it didn't work out. She died" as a landlord when interviewing a possible tenant's past history. TED RAIMI! 6/10

Oct 9TH
16)Night of the Sorcerers - (BLU RAY) I learned that if bullets don't work against the undead, try blunt force. 3/10
17)Town That Dreaded Sundown ('76) - (BLU RAY) I learned that if a girl is not into you during a first date, try having a masked killer interrupt the date. 6/10
18)Critters - (BLU RAY) I learned that if you see a celebrity wearing weird clothes in your town, you're either residing in Los Angeles or in the midst of an alien infestation. 7/10
19)Slumber Party Massacre - (BLU RAY) I learned that even if you have a test on Monday, you don't go back in for your books when the school is locking up. 7/10

Oct 10th
20)Slumber Party Massacre II - (BLU RAY) I learned that even if your first call turns out to be a false alarm, it should not dissuade you or your friends from continually calling 911 following an actual murder. An odd combination of "is it a dream?" and then turning gears into a rock musical, but either way, a guilty pleasure of mine. 6/10
21)Curse of La Lorna - (BLU RAY) I learned that you can turn the tables by stealing something in possession of the demon trying to terrorize you. I'm all in when it comes to the Conjuring universe, so was disappointing in overall how it doesn't live up to those standards. 5/10

Oct 11th
22)Slumber Party Massacre III - (BLU RAY) I learned that you should always pay the extra $5 for beach parking. I know this happens a lot in horror films, but felt it was an extreme example of characters having plenty of opportunity to double tap the villain to ensure his death, but they chose not to do so. 4/10

Oct 12th
23)The Premonition ('76) - (BLU RAY) I learned to appease the spirit of the murdered woman who attempts to kidnap your child. Go ahead, try! Maybe she'll be helpful.
24)Critters 2 - (BLU RAY) - ?
25)The Nun - (BLU RAY) - ?
26)Creep - ?
27)Pervert! - ?

Oct 13th
28)Creep 2 - With 30+ years experience myself, I learned it is possible to out-creep the creepy guy.
29)Town That Dreaded Sundown - (BLU RAY) I learned the importance of getting to know your town's history

Oct 14th
30)13 Ghosts ('60) - (BLU RAY) I learned to not let children get involved in your murder schemes

Oct 16th
31)Critters 3 - (BLU RAY) I learned that discovering green goop on underside of your car may be worth exploring further. Features the most athletic non-athletic people in a film.

Oct 17th
32)13 Ghosts ('01) - I learned ghosts do not take kindly to flares being thrown at them. Features Matthew Lillard over-acting the entire film.

Oct 18th
33)Crawl - (BLU RAY) - I learned a wrench can re-lodge your tibia
34)Killer Crocodile - (BLU RAY) I learned that crocodiles are very sensitive. They get really mad when you insult them. Go real crazy! (an actual quote)

Oct 19th
35)Critters 4 - (BLU RAY) I learned not to crawl into any intergalactic space pods
36)Martyrs ('08) - (BLU RAY) ?

Oct 20th
37)Critters 5: Critters Attack - (BLU RAY) I learned extraterrestrial life or not, don't bring wild animals into your home
38)Us - (BLU RAY) I learned to take dance lessons if you want to learn how to fight like a badass

Oct 21st
39)Terrifyer - (BLU RAY) I learned not to mess with mime clowns

Oct 22nd
40)The Prodigy - (BLU RAY) I learned to take your child to a psychiatrist if they start requesting paprika

Oct 23rd
41)The Resurrected - (BLU RAY) I learned to not bring up what you can't put down

Oct 24th
42)Dawn of the Dead ('76) - (BLU RAY) I learned to not "whoop" while hot wiring vehicles during a zombie apocalypse. Also, it's pointless to get your BP checked during a zombie outbreak. You're surrounded by zombies fighting for your life and your friends/family are dead, your BP is gonna be high!

Oct 27th
43)Zombieland - (BLU RAY) I learned to double tap
44)Zombieland 2: Double Tap - I learned the importance of friendship. Just kidding, double tap, again.

Oct 28th
45)Bride of Chucky - (BLU RAY) I learned when in doubt, ask yourself, "what would Martha Stewart do?" and get creative.

Oct 29th
46)Killer Crocodile 2 - (BLU RAY) I learned that fear and near death situations stimulate and heighten the arousal of a human being's reproductive organs

Oct 30th
47)3 From Hell - (BLU RAY) - ?

Oct 31st
48)Evil Dead ('13) - (BLU RAY) I learned to not invite your English teacher friend to your cabin getaway. They just have to go reading that ancient book bound in human flesh hidden in the basement.
49)Beetlejuice - (BLU RAY) I learned the living are not to be trusted

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Re: The 15th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread***


The 15th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge"
Red = First Time View
2019-10-01
1. Theater Of Blood (1973) HDNET
2. The Final Wish (2018) Showtime On Demand
3. The Nun (2018) HBO Zone
4. My Bloody Valentine (2009) Starz On Demand
5. The Veil (2016) Starz On Demand
2019-10-02
6. Bringing Out The Dead (1999) Showtime Extreme
Note: Wildcard 1!
Spoiler:
About an Ambulance driver haunted by the ghosts of the people he couldn't save.

6 & 1/2. American Horror Story: 1984 ''Slashdance'' (2019-10-02) FX
2019-10-03
7 & 1/2. Big Chuck & Lil' John ''King Dinosaur'' (1955/2000) YouTube
8 & 1/2. House Of 1000 Dolls (1967) HDNET
9 & 1/2. Innocent Blood (1993) MoviePlex On Demand
2019-10-04
10 & 1/2. Welcome To The Jungle (2007) Dimension Extreme Terror 6 Pack DVD
11 & 1/2. Rogue (2006) Dimension Extreme Terror 6 Pack DVD
12 & 1/2. Gojira (1954) TCM
13 & 1/2. Godzilla, King Of The Monsters! (1956) TCM
2019-10-05
14 & 1/2. The Messengers (2007) HDNET
15 & 1/2. Night Screams (1987) YouTube
15 & 3/4. Dracula Bites The Big Apple (1979) YouTube
16 & 3/4. The Amityville Murders (2018) Starz On Demand
17. Dead Of Night (2018) YouTube
2019-10-06
18. The Fall Of The House Of Usher (1960) HDNET
19. Tales Of Terror (1962) HDNET
20. The Raven (1963) HDNET
21. Open Windows (2014) YouTube
2019-10-07
22. Dark Haul (2014) Syfy On Demand
23. Karma (2018) Syfy On Demand
24. Fright Night 2: New Blood (2013) Starz On Demand
25. Silent Hill: Revelation (2012) IFCTV On Demand
2019-10-08
26. The Canned Film Festival Starring Laraine Newman ''Bride Of The Monster'' (1953/1986) YouTube
27. Commander USA's Groovie Movies ''Jaws Of Satan'' (1982/1987) YouTube
28. The Possession Of Hannah Grace (2018) Starz On Demand
29. The House With A Clock In Its Walls (2018) Showtime On Demand
2019-10-09
30. It Came From Outer Space (1953) TCM On Demand
30 & 1/2. American Horror Story: 1984 ''True Killers'' (2019-10-09) FX
2019-10-10
31. Ghost Story ''The New House'' (March 17, 1972) YouTube
32. Supergator (2007) YouTube
33. Big Driver (2014) YouTube
34. Eternal Evil (1985) YouTube
35. Automaton Transfusion (2006) Dimension Extreme Terror 6 Pack DVD
2019-10-11
36. Shock (1977) YouTube
37. MST3K (Cinema Edition) ''S04E07 - The Killer Shrews'' (1959/1992/2018) YouTube
Note: From YouTube: ''Cinema Editions are newly restored versions of films featured on, ''Mystery Science Theater 3000''. These are produced from the highest quality source available and remixed with the audio from the original corresponding episode of the television show. There are no opening/closing show themes, segment skits, or host silhouettes. These uncut versions of films are being presented as they were originally shown in theaters and on television, while retaining the "MST3K Audience Experience''.''
38. MST3K (Cinema Edition) ''S06E03 - The Dead Talk Back'' (1957/1994/2019) YouTube
39. The Beyond (1981) Showtime On Demand
2019-10-12
40. Finder's Keepers (2014) Syfy On Demand
41. Annabelle: Creation (2017) Syfy On Demand
42. Megalodon (2018) Syfy On Demand
43. Season Of The Witch (2011) HBO On Demand
Note: Wildcard 2!
Spoiler:
Knights fight witches and demons, but not listed as horror anywhere!

44. Open Water 3: Cage Dive (2017) Showtime On Demand
45. The Banana Splits Movie (2019) Syfy
2019-10-13
46. Children Of The Corn (1984) Retrovision
47. The Haunted Strangler (1958) ShoutFactoryTV
48. Dolls (2019) YouTube
49. Movie Macabre With Elvira Mistress Of The Dark ''The Werewolf Of Washington'' (1973/1981) ShoutFactoryTV
50. Black Sheep (2006) Dimension Extreme Terror 6 Pack DVD
2019-10-14
51. Curse Of The Voodoo (1965) ShoutFactoryTV
52. RiffTrax ''Hillbillys In A Haunted House'' (1967/2016) ShoutFactoryTV
53. Mandrake (2010) Syfy On Demand
2019-10-15
54. Day Of The Dead 2: Contagium (2005) ShoutFactoryTV
65. Movie Macabre With Elvira Mistress Of The Dark ''Maneater Of Hydra'' (1967/1983) ShoutFactoryTV
66. Movie Macabre With Elvira Mistress Of The Dark ''The House That Screamed'' (1970/1981) ShoutFactoryTV
67. Happy Death Day (2017) HBO On Demand
68. Happy Death Day 2U (2019) HBO On Demand
2019-10-16
69. Claws (1976) YouTube
70. Bloody New Year (1987) YouTube
70 & 1/2. American Horror Story: 1984 ''Red Dawn'' (2019-10-16) FX
2019-10-17
71. Chiller ''Prophecy'' (1995-03-09) ShoutFactoryTV
72. MST3K (Cinema Edition) ''S03E09 - The Amazing Colossal Man'' (1957/1991/2018) YouTube
73. MST3K (Cinema Edition) ''S03E19 - War Of The Colossal Beast'' (1958/1991/2018) YouTube
74. Phantasm (1979) DVD
75. Haunted Gold (1932) TCM On Demand
2019-10-18
76. Voodoo Woman (1957) ShoutFactoryTV
77. Tomb Of Torture (1963) ShoutFactoryTV
78. Corpse-Grinders II (2002) YouTube
79. The Corpse Grinders 3 (2012) YouTube
80. #FollowFriday (2016) Syfy On Demand
2019-10-19
81. Clownhouse (1989) YouTube
82. Rings (2017) Syfy On Demand
83. Snakehead Terror (2004) Syfy On Demand
84. Snakehead Swamp (2014) Syfy On Demand
85. Critters (2002) MoviePlex On Demand
86. Critters Attack! (2019) Syfy
2019-10-20
87. Trollhunter (2010) YouTube
2019-10-21
88. The Uninvited (1944) TCM On Demand
89. Ghoulies (1985) TCM On Demand
2019-10-22
90. The Manster (1959) YouTube
91. Hitchcock (2012) DVD
Note: Wildcard 3!
Spoiler:
The making of Psycho!

92. The Wolfman (2010) Starz On Demand
93. House In The Alley (2012) ShoutFactoryTV
94. Hell Fest (2018) Showtime On Demand
2019-10-23
95. Blood And Chocolate (2007) YouTube
96. Hereditary (2018) DVD
96 & 1/2. American Horror Story: 1984 ''Episode 100'' (2019-10-23) FX
2019-10-24
97. Ghost Story ''The Dead We Leave Behind'' (September 15, 1972) YouTube
98. Ghosthouse (1988) ShoutFactoryTV
99. The Gorgon (1964) TCM
2019-10-25
100. Movie Macabre With Elvira Mistress Of The Dark ''Gamera, Super Monster'' (1980/1983) ShoutFactoryTV
101. Commander USA's Groovie Movies ''The Hills Have Eyes Part II'' (1985/1987) YouTube
102. Poltergeist III (1988) YouTube
103. Godzilla Vs. Megalon (1973) TCM
2019-10-26
104. Summer Camp Nightmare (1987) YouTube
105. The Dark Tower (2017) Showtime On Demand
106. Horror Of Dracula (1958) TCM On Demand
2019-10-27
107. Stir Of Echoes (1999) Starz On Demand
108. Big Chuck And Lil' John ''Dracula Vs. Frankenstein'' (197/19??) YouTube
109. Messengers 2: The Scarecrow (2009) DVDR
110. 13: Game Of Death (2006) Dimension Extreme Terror 6 Pack DVD
111. Snake Island (2002) DVDR
2019-10-28
112. Stray (2019) Showtime On Demand
113. Deadtime Stories (1986) ShoutFactoryTV
114. Beyond Darkness (1990) ShoutFactoryTV
115. The Snake Woman (1961) DVDR
116. Cry_Wolf (2005) Starz On Demand
2019-10-29
117. Demon Of Paradise (1987) ShoutFactoryTV
118. Up From The Depths (1979) ShoutFactoryTV
119. MST3K (Cinema Edition): ''S04E09 - Indestructible Man'' (1956/1992/2019) YouTube
120. The Voices (2014) Starz On Demand
121. Megafault (2009) Syfy On Demand
2019-10-30
122. Ghoulies II (1987) YouTube
123. The Remains (2016) YouTube
124. Night Wolf (2010) YouTube
124 & 1/2. American Horror Story: 1984 ''The Lady In White'' (2019-10-30) FX
125. Ghost Story ''The Concrete Captain'' (September 22, 1972) YouTube
2019-10-31
126. Mystery Science Theater 3000 ''Werewolf'' (1996/1998) YouTube
127. MST3K (Cinema Edition): ''S06E06 - The Creeping Terror'' (1964/1994/2019) YouTube
128. MST3K (Cinema Edition): ''S04E06 - Attack Of The Giant Leeches'' (1959/1992/2018) YouTube
129. Halloween - Extended TV Version (1978/1981) DVD
130. The Walking Dead (1936) TCM On Demand

Total = 130
First Time Views = 71
This is my 10th Horror Challenge!
My List is Done!

10 Favorite First Time Views
The Banana Splits Movie (2019)
Big Driver (2014)
Blood And Chocolate (2007)
Bringing Out The Dead (1999)
Happy Death Day 2U (2019)
Hitchcock (2012)
The House With A Clock In Its Walls (2018)
Open Windows (2014)
Season Of The Witch (2011)
Trollhunter (2010)

5 Least Favorite First Time Views
Automaton Transfusion (2006)
Clownhouse (1989)
The Corpse Grinders 3 (2012)
Poltergeist III (1988)
Rings (2017)



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Re: The 15th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread***

* indicates first time viewing, complete with a useless review so I can remember what NOT to watch again.


September 30th
1. Casper (1995)
"Who ya gonna call? Someone else."
2
. Final Destination (2000)
"Alex. Let's go take a shit."

October 3rd
3. Case 39 (2009)*
Everyone (the Internet trolls) loved complaining about how predictable this movie was. Look, I was fooled! I totally thought it was a demonic possession and not a demon itself. I expected an exorcism and it never happened. SUCK ON THAT, PREDICTABLILITY.

October 5th
4. The Conjuring (2013)
"Stop farting. It really stinks."
5. Friend Request (2016)*
I might need to call Dr. Phil and discuss my issues since I love it when there isn't a happy-ish ending for all of those precious characters in horror movies. And let me tell ya, I loved the end of this one.

October 6th
6. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Chapter One: October Country*, Chapter Two: The Dark Baptism*
Think of everything you know about the Praise Jesus folks that go way above and beyond with their religion to uphold old, controversial traditions... then apply it here at the Church of Satan. And cute Sabrina challenges those traditions and rules that spin the universe out of control. I love the layers to this show and the enormous amounts of diversity. Mystery, drama, demons, spirits, dead bodies and witchcraft, all in a big ass creepy mansion. This was an easy win for me. I binged the shit out of it.
7. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Chapter Three: The Trial of Sabrina Spellman*, Chapter Four: Witch Academy*
8. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Chapter Five: Dreams in a Witch House*, Chapter Six: An Exorcism in Greendale*

October 11th

9. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Chapter Seven: Feast of Feasts*, Chapter Eight: The Burial*

October 12th
10. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Chapter Nine: The Returned Man*, Chapter Ten: The Witching Hour*
11. It (2017)
"I hear the list is longer than my wang."

October 13th
12. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Chapter Eleven: A Midwinter's Tale*, Chapter Twelve: The Epiphany*
13. The Cabin in the Woods (2011)*

Fine. You got me. This wasn't my first time view, but it felt like it. My actual first time was hardly memorable so I am counting this as my first. Anyway, Chris Hemsworth fails at an accent other than his native and I'm still confused as shit. Give me another 5 years to study horror and I will watch it again... hopefully appreciating all the Easter Eggs and cliches.
14. In the Tall Grass (2019)*
Let me start with saying Patrick Wilson was all sorts of old-man hot. Let me follow up with saying how visually pleasing the cinematography was, not just the actor. This film was mighty pretty on my TV, but I wasn't shocked or scared. It was weird, and I love weird, but I didn't leave satisfied. Give it a try, you might not think it was as whack as I did.

October 14th
15. Happy Death Day (2017)
"Would you stop looking at me like I just took a dump on your mom's head?"
16. Happy Death Day 2U (2019)*
More poop jokes and a solid amount of sci-fi mixed with murder, who wouldn't have a jolly time watching this in their favorite pajamas? This PG-13 Horror will be my gateway into more intense films, like Cadet Kelly and Spice World.
17. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Chapter Thirteen: A The Passion of Sabrina Spellman*, Chapter Fourteen: Lupercalia*
18. American Horror Story 1984, S9 E1: Camp Redwood*, S9 E2: Mr. Jingles*

Dude, it's titled 1984. Of course it's going to be awesome. Turn up the volume cause there are some classic tunes to dance to while you witness some gruesome murders.

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Sep 13th (Friday)
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1.) Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell (2018) (DVD)*

My Thoughts: It felt wrong picking up a new release on DVD but for $10 for all 6 movies and I get to clear some shelf space down to a single Armani case I bit. The movie is about as poor and lowbrow as you would expect, especially if you have already seen part 5. You have Michael Gross who can act, Jamie Kenney who can kind of act and then an entire crew of seemingly amateurs and you really feel it. The effects are sub par, there is bad CG, shots where you can tell the ground has been dug up and prepped in certain areas and there are some shots where they throw a blue filter on and try to pass desert for arctic. And guys, for the love of god, stop giving Jamie Kennedy love interests. There is a modicum of enjoyment to be had here though for the long time Tremor fan, the vast majority of it being derived from Micheal Gross's performance. It was also nice that they did some plot callbacks to numbers 1, 3 & 5. And this Tremors movie stands out for being the only Tremors movie to include nudity (not counting just pictures on the wall) but unfortunately it's Michael Gross doing said nudity. It's a bad movie but with it's inclusion into the series not a terrible background watch just go in with looooow expectations.

(2 out of 5)




2.) Teen Wolf (1985) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: Yes, I am one of the 5 people left who had never seen Teen Wolf. But thanks to Hamilton Books clearance sales that is a secret shame that has been qukelshed (Now I need to finally get around to watching Firestarter). Anyway, Teen Wolf is probably a movie I should have seen while I was a lot younger. It's a goofy coming of age werewolf basketball film that might be otherwise forgettable if not for lead actor Michael J. Oddly enough I have seen several Teen Wolf rip offs over the years and as a result never really had any interest in seeing the original. I was surprised how straight most of this movie was played, given the time frame I was expecting something a little more Return of The Killer Tomatoes/Return To Horror High. The beats were very in line with a typical high school movie of the era and it was a pleasant if somewhat unremarkable watch. A decent film that probably played a bit better during the werewolf explosion of the 80's.

(3 out of 5)




3.) Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989) (Blu-Ray)

My Thoughts: This is my number 2 favorite entry in the franchise I have seen it many times over the years and I feel like I have talked everyones ear off about it so I will just leave you with my 2012 OHMC review of this title: "I know everyone hates this one but it was just too integral a part of my childhood not to look on with fondness. This movie and C.H.U.D. permanently set in my mind what New York was like. 'Help there is a maniac trying to kill us'... 'Welcome to New York'. 'We got to get out of here, the sewers fill up with toxic waste every night at midnight'. Ah the grimy crime ridden forbidden fruit. Also we have Jason out of his element which is almost always fun. True you can almost see the lack of budget but I just really enjoy this one."

(4 out of 5)

My Daughter's Thoughts: I think I like it. I think they will be married, they like each other. It was good. He turned out to be melt like terminator. I like Terminator 2 and this Jason movie, I think Jason X was not that good maybe.



B-1.) O'Fallon Brewery Vanilla Pumpkin Beer (Missouri)

My Thoughts: This one was actually my pick as best pumpkin beer last year but I fell off the boat with my beer reviews. I did keep some note however and I wrote the following about this beer last year (obviously after having a few) "the vanilla does sit on top . oh... I think I might like this. It's like a very diluted vanilla liquuer pumpkin pie this time. Is this even beer anymore? I love it 5/5." And I must confess a similar affection for it this year as well. It smells like an air freshener or a fancy fall candle and just has a pleasant light carbonation with that heavy caramel pumpkin vanilla flavoring. I wonder if this is just flavoring? Either way this stuff is amazing, makes me feel like a basic white chick getting a pumpkin spice Starbucks.

(5 out of 5)




4.) Another Wolfcop (2017) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: Ah, Wolfcop... Much like the original you need to go in with both bargain basement expectations and copious amounts of alcohol. The effects aren't quite as good this time around and really neither is the plot but if you enjoyed the original and can stand Basket Case 2/3 then this might be up your alley. Taking place a short time after the original I am thrilled that we do have some returning cast and the basic continuation of the WolfCop universe (I jumped to some wild conclusion based on the title that that would not be be case). And really as a result of said continuation I was a bit lost on a few of the continuing sub plots but I think I got the gist. The movie is dumb but rememberable, comparing this to Tremors 6 it is amazing what slightly better actors/writers/an R rating can do for a picture. I remember none of the one liners from Tremors 6 but I have had "You look like a bag of smashed assholes" stuck in my head for days now. Oh and Kevin Smith pops up.

(3.5 out of 5)

Sep 30th
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5.) Critters Attack! (2019) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: You ever watch a movie and think to yourself; If I had to direct a movie tomorrow, like I was just dropped in with no experience, I could do at least this good. Thats about this movie. So... positives, positives, positives... the picture quality was very good. As was the lighting, the lighting might have actually been too good. You can see the Critters, very well. No dark quick cut away shots here, you get long well lit and frequently full sunlight day time shots. I think of myself as a bit of a Critters apologist (actually liking 3 & 4) but man this was bad. It plays like a made for TV kids scary movie, with just a dash more fake blood and green goo. I am kind of surprised this even got an R. Ultimately my 5 year old enjoyed it but I think the primary demographic for this property will not. While Critter movies have always enjoyed a status of tier 1 Gremlins knock-offs this easily falls into your tier 2 or Ghoulies level of quality category. Is it weird I still want to see Critters: A New Binge though?

(1.5 out of 5)

My Daughter's Thoughts: It's good because I like that cute thing that they found, the white one, I like it. If we watched all the Critters movie can we compare which one is the goodest, which one is the bad, and if one of them were bad we can just sell it.




B-2.) Lazer Raptor (Indiana)*

My Thoughts: Should Laser Raptor count? I mean if people are counting Jurassic Park movies surly I can count this as a horror related beer. I guess the next question would be is this even really a beer? This one self identifies as a sour ale and generally tastes the part if not somewhat more demure. It is not overly sour, in fact I could peg this as a run of the mill young person’s drink in a blind taste test situation. Light carbonation followed a sweet lemon berry that quickly turns the corner into a light sour that dances along the sides of your tongue. Not really my style but not bad. As always I am a sucker for a good label.

(3 out of 5)



6.) Videodrome (1983) (DVD)

My Thoughts: Ah Videodrome, I could have sworn I watched this during a previous challenge but that turned out not to be the case. I remember first seeing this movie not too long after Criterion released it, back in the days when owning the entire Criterion Collection seemed feasible. And it was disturbing back then to my 19-20 year old self. But over the years it has gotten less and less weird or perhaps it is me that is changing. The movie is top notch Cronenberg-ian mind fuckery. It stars James Woods as a sleazy cable channel operator trying to find out the source of a new snuff program he wants to show on his network only to fall into something much deeper and more sinister. Over the top effects, crazy WTF comments, a whole movie of quotable lines, this is exactly my type of movie and I am not sure how I feel about that... See you in Pittsburg.

(5 out of 5)

Oct 1st
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7.) Commentary For Videodrome (1983) (DVD)*

My Thoughts: I listened to the actor track here with our 2 main leads; James Woods and Blondie. It was initially disappointing that they weren't in the same room together as the interplay between actors tends to yield the best commentary but it still turned out to be a great track. In fact there was some interesting opportunities for the actors to talk about one another here that was quite enjoyable, especially Blondie talking about how hot Jimmy was. Also James Woods was fantastic giving tons of behind the scenes, interpretations and inside Hollywood stories throughout. Long live the new flesh.

(4 out of 5)




8.) Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers (1988) (Blu-Ray)

My Thoughts: Another movie I thought I had watched for the challenge that I had not. There is something about those late 80's splatter comedies that just work so well for me. I am sure I have talked about it to excess in other reviews but that intangible is intreating. I suppose it could be the actors. I was thinking to myself while watching that making the same movie with the same plot, editing & effects today but it would be garbage. But I suppose this was once considered garbage. In 20-30 years will people look at stuff like Sharknado with such a sentimentality? One shudders to think. Starring 2/3rds of the 80's B-Movie dream team this movie follows a detective looking for a teen runaway that finds himself on the wrong side of a ancient chainsaw cult. Copies nudity, sight gags and cheesy acting make this a surprisingly light & enjoyable horror comedy. I recall being disappointed when I picked this up at the dawn of the optical disc, thinking it was going to be a Torso/New York Ripper style blood bath but now its something I can just put in as a fun background flick. And also something I have revisited way more than those. I suppose I also used to consider myself a horror expert but now I am more of a seasonal horror enthusiast. I am not sure where I am going with this review... suffice to say that I think this (in its own way) is a classic.

(4.5 out of 5)




9.) Friday The 13th Part VII: A New Blood (1988) (Blu-Ray)

My Thoughts: This movie has somehow become my most watched movie of all the OHMCs having previously watched it during both the 8th and 10th OHMC, how embarrassing. A few things I noticed this time around that I might have missed before; the blu-ray is so clear that crew members can frequently be seen in reflections, it is somewhat comical how Jason seems to always have a different weapon every time you cut back to him, also girl how you going to accidentally run into that group of like 5 dead people and be surprised? and to steal a line from one of my previous reviews "Carrie meets Jason was no more out of bounds than the Dream Warriors, it was the 80's after all."

(3.5 out of 5)

My Daughter's Thoughts: It’s good, I like it. I don’t think it is really slow or anything. How did her dad really there? How did her dad kill Jason?




10.) Offerings (1989) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: Ouch, terrible decade late Halloween ripoff. And not even shy about it, with several beat for beat scenes and knockoff music. Offerings is about a weird mute child who gets locked in an insane asylum after suffering a fall down a well? Upon reaching peak murder age he breaks out and makes the trip back home to kill the kids responsible for his disfiguring childhood accident. The movie was slow and relatively boring, I found myself more looking at the houses and the things contained in them as opposed to center frame actors. But being that it was shot in my home state I am willing to give it a half a point bump just to save this one from being in consideration for worst of challenge.

(1.5 out of 5)




B-3.) Benedikriner: Festbier (Germany)*

My Thoughts:This beer seemed like a slam dunk, its a fest beer, had people in traditional german outfits on the label and it was made in Germany! Well, unfortunately in this situation it appears to be a case of shipping out junk to make it seem like a more worthwhile item as an import. Starts out really light and then you get this weird bitter burnt caramel flavor around the back of your tongue and sides of your mouth that leaves you with an unpleasant almost skunky aftertaste. And that is with a slow sip, a faster gulp give you a rather unpleasant feel on the top of your pallet. It is a cheap beer and it tastes the part but at least it isn’t an IPA. Additionally at warmer temperatures it taste like a cheap beer with a drop of vanilla liqueur in in it, I suppose that the flavoring might be the real issue here as I have otherwise seen a lot of very positive reviews on this one.

(1.5 out of 5)



11.) Commentary For Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers (1988) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: Well I have said it before but low budget movies make for some of the best commentary tracks. This commentary track stars director Fred Olen Ray and is moderated by similar low budget auteur David DeCoteau. Lots of interesting things in this track, to think that this Fred made this in 5 days with 50k and then has had this crazy 30 year revenue stream off this movie. There is a great discussion about the film black market, not the movies but the actual film in the camera. Talk about the other movies that they stole sets from like House II and Vamp and about the guy who owned his own police car and would rent it out to movies with the stipulation that he be in the movie as a cop (I love that idea! ). This was a great track and I am glad I upgraded to the blu, yes I upgraded Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers.

(4 out of 5)

Oct 2nd
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12.) Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) (4K UMD)

My Thoughts: I thought I would start the day off with a little class after a bit of a trashy start tot the challenge. It had been quite some time since I have sat down to watch this movie and I think the last time I did it was on VHS so as you can probably guess I found the visuals to be quite astounding this time around. Also I didn't pick up on the sexuality near as much originally as I did this go around. For any that had even dragging their feet on this version for the last 25 years it is must watch version of Dracula. My favorite Dracula? Maybe not quite but classy and quite a good telling of the source material. Cinemassacre did a fantastic comparison of most of the Dracula adaptations and how they followed/varied from the source material that I would also recommend.

(4.5 out of 5)



13.) It: Chapter Two (2019) (Theater)*

My Thoughts: This conclusion to the It reboot was a very serviceable movie but was also a lot more of the same from chapter one. So much so that the spooks were very much diminished this time around making this more of a horror themed action movie. I generally liked this set of adults better than the mini-series version (aside from Ben being too attractive and Mike with the shade). They fixed the horrible jokes and most of the other cringe inducing aspects of the second half of the story. They did go off script in a few somewhat questionable ways for the better or worse. One bit that I particularly enjoyed was the meta moments of everyone not liking the endings to Will's books. Generally I did like this movie but again I just didn't feel anything, too much CG craziness, in fact I feel like the creepiest moment in part 2 was a completely practical shot of Mrs. Kersh creeping in the background. It's a must watch if you liked the first one but it's not going to sway any minds. Also while I was watching the previews there is another Black Christmas remake coming out?

(3.5 out of 5)




14.) Inkubus (2011) (DVD)*

My Thoughts: I was somewhat surprised by this bargain bin name-recognition pickup. It wasn't terrible, in fact it kind of felt like a good movie that was just poorly executed. If it was shot with better cameras, had better effects, better editing and timing this could have been a decent movie. Robert England plays a murderous & physiologically manipulating demon who turns himself in to terrorize and kill the skeleton staff of a relocating police department. It's boiler plate horror stuff, but the plot is solid and for the most part so are the actors, everything else is just a little clumsy. I looked into this director's IMDB as it feels like the start of some talent but alas he seems not to have had much luck over the years.

(2.5 out of 5)




B-4.) Rahr & Sons Brewing Co: Pumpkin (Texas)

My Thoughts: This is a beer that I actually bought and wrote up last year but never updated to last years list and as such this can has been aged, something that for the most part seems to make beer taste better, to me at least. Also looking at my unposted notes I do notice that my score today for this beer is marginally higher that when I first tasted this one last year and my taste observations seemed to yield better results (remembering that this beer is from the same 6 pack as the one I previously wrote up). Anyway this one has a wonderful pumpkin spice scent on top, the beer it's self is a little weird being a brown ale and doesn’t exactly seems to match up with its pumpkin spice aftertaste. You get that brown ale up front and a bit of pepper then pumpkin spice followed up by a lingering but not unpleasant liquorish aftertaste. I would say it taste like a manlier pumpkin spice beer. Additionally as it warms it develops more tastes of caramel.

(3.5 out of 5)



15.) Mansion Of The Living Dead (1982) (DVD)*

My Thoughts: Don't let that lurid graphic content sticker on the front fool you, this movie is terrible.This movie is about a group of 4 girl from Germany that go on vacation in Spain only to find the "resort" that they booked to be completely abandoned. A fairly interesting start in a Anthropophagus way but all they do is just talk, kiss, walk around naked, lez out and get killed by a local cult. And while that description sounds like a movie you would want to see it is not. First off of the 4 women there are 2 lookers and 2 more mom types and you guessed it the mom types are the ones racking up the most on screen nudity. Aside from that its so so boring. The premis promised by the title is a lie, there are no zombies here. This is more of a Vacation Resort of a Lame Cult than a Mansion of the Living Dead. And if you want to get even more upset by your terrible purchase you can watch the special features where Jess Franco is going on about George Romero not making good movies and about how great this waste of time was. I wish I had rewatched Zombie Lake instead.

(1 out of 5)

Oct 3rd
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16.) Curse II: The Bite (1989) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: After last nights exercise in patience I found myself constantly thinking "wow, there is so much happening!". Also is one of those rare instances where the sequel is better than the original. It is a name only sequel but still, a movie that would have otherwise just fallen into an unloved obscurity saved by its tenuous connection to an existing "franchise". The Bite follows a young couple on their way to Albuquerque, after taking a shortcut thru a nuclear testing site they pick up a slithery hitchhiker who's bite starts to transform the young man in a mysterious way. And its a good watch, that is really all they had to do but there is also this sub plot where the crazy guy from MASH is chasing them with help of a convoy of truckers to try and save the mans life to reduce his legal responsibility. It is Grade A b-movie cheese and perhaps the best snake movie around, I would take this one again over Sssssss, Stanly or Anaconda in a second.

(3.5 out of 5)



17-19.) Poltergeist: The Legacy S01E01-06 (1996) (DVD)*

My Thoughts: I have dodged this franchise for year because it just never seemed like something that would be worthwhile but seeing this in the clearance bin I finally decided to give it a try. And I can't say that I was with let down or pleasantly surprised, everything struck me as very run of the mill. So this plays like a ghost only rip off of Friday The 13th the series, this time instead of an antique shop the team has a computer commend center in a hidden room of a mansion (very 90's CSI). I suppose the big thing going for this series is that being on Showtime they can do nudity, one of out mains being a former playmate and love interest from Tremors 2 does get naked in the pilot and then gets skimpy again after some ghost clothes she was wearing in a later episode disappears. Of the 6 episodes I watched there were 2 decent ones but even so they weren't anything over what I would think would be average for TV at the time. I may revisit this again later as it does seem to have run for a few season and maybe it picks up some steam, thus far I am unimpressed though.

(2.5 - 3 out of 5)

Oct 4th
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20.) Maggie (2015) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: Finally we get Arnold fighting zombies! But alas its a father daughter drama. Abigail Breslin, having remembered none of the rules from Zombieland, gets bitten and is taken home by her father to say goodbye. In this universe it takes several weeks to turn after getting bitten but also things are way more under control, powers down, wrecks everywhere but society is still going. I think this depiction of the zombie apocalypse is much closer to what would actually happen (with Romero zombies at least), I have always thought that the south here would stand a pretty good chance with there being a lot less people per square mile and with all the guns. The movie is an interesting slice of life that I can really relate to but is also a pretty big downer. As a father you ask yourself what would you do in that situation. I think personally when it started getting too close I would tie my daughter to a tree or something (nothing crazy just around the waist) and then just read to her until it was over, just keep reading and reading, and then put her down not going to do a Governor.

(3 out of 5)



21.) Going To Pieces: The Rise And Fall Of The Slasher Film (2006) (DVD)*

My Thoughts: I do enjoy me some horror docs. That being said this is probably one of the lesser ones, made before Never Sleep Again & Crystal Lake Memories redefined what a horror documentaries should be this is largely and excuse to show clips. But being over a topic I love it was enjoyable enough even though it does stick a little to close to the mainstream. I loved the girl, now woman, from Sleepaway Camp as the reverent horror counter point to the 'won't someone think about the children' moms. And there was a Carpenter quote that really stuck with me on his opinion of 70's horror; 'films that really nail you to the back of the theater'.

(3 out of 5)



22.) Annihilation (2018) (4K UMD)*

My Thoughts: What a beautiful movie. I almost felt like they said I want to do Prometheus except colorful. After a strange alien... thing falls to Earth an ever expanding shimmer zone comes into being. Natalie Portman tags along with an all female team as yet another in a long line of disposable teams headed in to try and stop the spread of the event. From here on there be spoilers and I would suggest seeing this unspoiled. Old Rose still has the necklace and she throws it in the ocean at the end of the movie! I warned you. Very thought provoking, my take is that the original husband is the one that burned, not the copy as we see what happens with that grenade when the alien is holding it. Also I think it is highly likely that that is a Natalie Portman is a copy at this point. I think the whole team is killed and replaced right at the beginning when they wake up and can't remember the last 3 days. There is an argument to be made that it is just a genetically altered Portman at the end and I suppose the book would go into greater detail but I am going with both of those beings being aliens by the end. And then of course the big question is what is next? do they go back to their live? Spread their genetics? Does the government know and incinerate them?

(4 out of 5)



B-5.) Paulaner: Oktoberfest Marzan (Germany)

My Thoughts:Ah Paulaner, always a classic. This one is the default Oktoberfest in my mind, that crisp caramel deliciousness... I wonder what the Germans think of this beer, is it their domestic blandness, the Budwiser of Germany? It's a smooth light beer with caramel and ever so light hops & barley taste, one of those beers that is actually refreshing when you drink it. I feel a little guilty naming this my best Oktoberfest nearly every year but man I would be remiss if I gave up the opportunity to have a few of these during the best time of the year.

(5 out of 5)



23.) RedLetterMedia Commentary For Army Of Darkness (1992) (Streaming)*

My Thoughts: Mike, Rich and Jay are onboard for this track of the original theatrical version of the film. I had to sync this one up with my VHS as that is the only version of the theatrical that I have. Something that is really making me weak in the knees to buy the Scream Factory release but also I know that the 4K has got to be right around the corner, this is one of the most re-released movies ever... I wonder how Xage's collection is going? Anyway it was a fun track, nothing super amazing but the real reason you are listening to this would be that you enjoy the personality of the RLM crew. I feel like I relate to these guys way too much. Best part of this track is another story from the infamous Phoenix, Arizona failed horror con that Mike went to. Nice end of the night track to enjoy a beer with.

(3.5 out of 5)

Oct 5th
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24.) Evils Of The Night (1985) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: Was this really just 1 movie and not 2 spliced together? The sparsely on screen John Caradine & Julie Newmar play aliens, dressed in regent Star Trek OG costumes, that take teenagers to a regular 70's styled hospital to extract their blood to extend their lives. And they hire some mechanics to help get the teens who really just end up murdering a few. such an oddly disjointed movie. I would have pegged this as a 60's movie except for the 70's gore and the 80's nudity, a lot of nudity. There is also something to b e said about having quality nudity when thinking about this verse something like Mansion of the Living Dead. Realistically those lasts two things saved it from being a total disaster, all things considered it was at least interesting enough to keep my attention even though it was bad movie. Also awesome poster with that stolen Millennium Falcon knockoff that does not appear in the movie. .

(2 out of 5)

J

25.) Cherry Tree (2015) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: I think the English setting and cast of this movie just save it from being underwhelming, catapulting it into average territory. An English schoolgirl with a terminally ill father falls in with a coven of witches in order to save his life, but of course she gets a lot more than she bargained for. I am not sure if I am quite the target audience for this movie as at one point I turned to my daughter and said "that's a good deal, if you get a chance to save dad's life so cheap then definitely do it". The effects are a bit sub par and the story is fairly guessable. There is a lot of bug action if that is something that makes you squirm. I would have pegged this as a tv movie almost if not for a few R-Rated bits.

(3 out of 5)

My Daughter's Thoughts: Why are witches at school? Yeah, I liked it. And I like this part where the baby came and it was a witch, right?




26.) After.Life (2009) (DVD)*

My Thoughts: I would have probably given this movie an average rating but Christina Ricci was naked like a lot. The movie centers around Liam Neeson as a mortician, who you know at the onset is evil due to him wearing crocs, who either has a gift to speak to the dead or is gas-lighting Ricci that she is dead. Not a remarkable movie but a must for the Ricci fans out there and anyone with a great fear of being buried alive. I pondered to myself if I would like this as much if it was someone unknown, I think if it was they would have had to really up the exploitation. On a release note there is no commentary, would have liked a Ricci commentary or even other people talking about her would have been nice. Has this review turned creepy? Christina why aren't you returning my calls!?

(3.5 out of 5)



B-6.) Dogfish Head: Punkin Ale (Delaware) - 2019 vs 2017

My Thoughts:I had 1 2017 Punkin left so I decided it would be fun to put it up against its current counterpart. Starting with the 2019; Very flavorful compared to some of the other lower rated pumpkin brews, this one lights up your whole mouth right at the onset. It has a slightly more sharp bitter base with that sort of odd pumpkin flavor behind everything with a peppery pumpkin spice ending. Additionally there is a slight liquorish finish that boldness as the beer warms. I could have gone a little heavier on the pumpkin spice ending but this is still a top shelf pumpkin ale. It feels much more authentic somehow, like that there are real pumpkins in the brewing process, I do wonder how much of what I just said is due to advertising though. Remember when there was that brief tv show about Dogfish Head breweries and big beer threatened to pull their ads unless it was canceled? Ever since then I have been quite the fan of the formerly indie brand, one of my goto non-seasonal being Midas Touch. Anyway now for the 2017; a more pungent alcohol scent -hmm, also way more cloudy in the glass. That is interesting... my initial thought is that it is decadently delicious, like I should be drinking this in the study while having a cigar. An earthy, woody almost liquorish liqueur flavor is the first thing that hits you, the vegetable pumpkin is still there but reduced. The bite of the hops and the carbonation is much lighter too and there is a very light nutmeg finish. It taste fancy. This does not taste like the same beer. I wonder if this is spoiled, is it spoiled beer that I like? Cold this taste better than the 2017 but at warmer temps it develops a more lingering bitter aftertaste making the 2019 better approaching room temp.

(4 - 4.5 out of 5)



27.) Specters (1987) (Streaming)*

My Thoughts: Here is the part when I become an apologist for a bad movie due to the decade in which it was made. It's not you, its defiantly me. Anyway, it being the birthdate and Donald Pleasence theme day I decided to try to find one of his movies that I haven't seen before. This movie seems to have been forgotten to time, never making it past a VHS release. It is available to watch on youtube in a lower quality version and that is where I saw it. The movie follows a group of archeologists who thanks to expansion of the Rome subway uncover a long hidden tomb under the Colosseum. Obviously given the title of the movie and it's genre designation there is something evil in there. This is an admittedly bad movie that is saved by it's cadre of actors and fun Roman ruins setting. The "evil" is rather generic but man I would love to see this all cleaned up on blu-ray. I often think that that would be my lottery job. Aquire the rights to movies like this and release them on physical media, probably to financially bleeding results but I think it would be fun.

(3 out of 5)

Oct 6th
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28.) Godzilla Vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: About what you would expect.

(3 out of 5)

My Daughter's Thoughts: It's good. I like the baby Godzilla. And I like the fight too. Why is there American all of those words, because you turned it into American?



29.) Beetlejuice (1988) (DVD)

My Thoughts: I have a weird relationship to this movie. Its one of those titles they would play on repeat on cable growing up and I watched it, every time it would seem, that it was on. To the point where I have become completely bored with this property. The only reason I own it was because it had 3 episodes of the cartoon on it and because it was on clearance for $0.49 one post-Halloween season. It has sat in my to watch pile unloved for years until being revived for todays family friendly horror theme. But despite all that it was still a fun revisit. Ghosts vs. yuppies, will the kids even know what yuppies are anymore? (They're 80's hipsters but with better paying jobs). I liked the Burton flair before his style got too specific and of course the ghost world is great also fun to see your Winona again after getting so used to her in Stranger Things.

(3.5 out of 5)

My Daughter's Thoughts: It's, good. Because the ghost didn’t eat people because the ghost didn’t hurt people. because sometimes some ghosts movies are sometime really scary, some ghost movies that eat people.



30.) In The Land Of The Cannibals (2004) (DVD)*

My Thoughts: After all the family friendly content I thought I would watch something sneezy and exploitative. Imagine my surprise while handling the case for this one when I saw the name Bruno Mattei, oh no. So it turns out this wasn't a 70's style cannibal blood bath but a crappy shot on tape (I am assuming due to the quality) Predator knock off except the Predator in this case is a group of cannibals. And not just like a regular Predator knock off but a shot for shot type knock off. If I had known before watching and could have had a few beer then.. maybe but no, even with alcohol I think this would have come off as terrible. The acting ranges from annoying to terrible and all the cannibal scenes are either done as cutaway or just off camera, so pretty much an all around fail.

(1 out of 5)



B-7.) Iron Monk: Oktoberfest (Oklahoma)*

My Thoughts:Has a floral lemon hoppy scent. Ow, what? Is this like a lemon sour Oktoberfest? Is this even an Oktoberfest fest… is this the wrong beer in this can? Its a lemon sour, try as I might I taste no Oktoberfest. wtf? Is this like a college prank? Come on Stillwater.

(2.5 out of 5)




B-8.) Rahr & Sons Brewing Company: Oktoberfest (Texas)

My Thoughts:Ah, ok, now this is an oktoberfest, was beginning to think I was losing it after that first one. Disclaimer I have aged this a year and this one might not have been a prime candidate for such an endeavor, bottles seems to work out much better for this activity. This beer has been clover the board for me rating a (4.5 out of 5) 2 years ago and a (1.5 out of 5) the year before that. This years (last years) starts out with a burnt bitter pepper flavor that lingers into a sight caramel. That pepper flavor developing more into a hops bite at the fringes of your pallet. A solid beer for a cold night but not quite the jovial feel I am looking for in an Oktoberfest. It does get nicer as it warms deepening in the caramel and taking away in the bite.

(2.5 out of 5)



31.) Hereditary (2018) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: If you have any interest in the horror genre then you have undoubtably heard the overweening praise for this title. This is one of those where avoiding spoilers had been difficult but it was rewarding. If you liked the VVitch but could have gone for just a hair more plot, not a lot just a touch, than this is a movie for you. Fantastic family dynamic, great acting and I loved connecting all the pieces even though they kind of hit you over the head with some of it. Super creepy, the ending could have used... something, not sure what but this is a near perfect horror movie. One of those movies where you turn on all the lights after.

(4.5 out of 5)

Oct 7th
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32.) The Survivor (1981) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: This one as a 'horror' film is a bit of an oversell. More of a drama with the occasional ghost. It follows the pilot as the the only survivor of a plane crash, instantly you are thinking Unbreakable, Final Destination and of course Sole Survivor. But it doesn't really shake out like that, mostly the pilot walks around moaning about what happened, there is a side plot where the nurse from An American Werewolf In London channels some of the dead but it is all way underplayed and the reveal at the ending is super cliched, it does beg the question of if it was cliched in 1981 but regardless I was mostly bored by this one.

(2 out of 5)



33.) Annabelle: Creation (2017) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: I keep watching these Conjuring movies even though they are progressively less and less scary. I decided to test this out on the daughter to see if she could handle it so I did like the main cast being all little girls. It is a bit cheap making your main characters kids so that they are less capable, and even more so to make one a crippled kid but it is what it is. This round as you can probably ponder out from the title involves the building and possession of the doll to be known as Annabelle. I do like the interconnectedness of this horror universe but it keeps upping and upping the 'scares' to the point where it becomes less scary. Also those little girls where suspension of disbelief bending brave.

(3 out of 5)

My Daughter's Thoughts: I like it. Not that scary. I like that doll, why is that doll the same as the girl who died? I like the ending, it's happy. Because it had just a little tiny scare.



B-9.) Wasatch Brewery: Pumpkin Seasonal Ale (Utah)*

My Thoughts:Has a strong soapy floral pumpkin scent… That is a thick one. Pumpkin squash water with a pepper nutmeg spice to it. It dissipates quickly leaving you with that slightly liquored up vegetable water. Taste like beer brewed in a pumpkin that had been ashed into a bit. As it warms some pumpkin spice and liquorish notes develop. I feel like these reviews are getting too similar. Think if you took V8 juice, watered it down but instead of tomato its pumpkin, then add a touch of alcohol and some pumpkin spice, that is a more visceral description of this one. It's good but not quite a match for Dogfish Head.

(4 out of 5)

Oct 8th
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34 - 38.) American Horror Story S08E01E10 (2018) (Streaming)*

My Thoughts: Season 7 was the first season of AHS that I didn't watch, just wasn't into the political stuff. But after seeing the teaser for this season on Netflix I decided to jump in at the thought of a post apocalyptic AHS. That bit of fluff was ripped away after this season turned from 'end of days' into a sequel to Coven with some interweaving of Murder House & Hotel. It was fun to see this characters again but also a bit odd with some actors playing upwards of 4 or 5 different characters this season. Then there was a cyborg Kathy Bates and a Ryan Reynolds on Thursdays and Fridays. It was weird. I liked it but I think this is enough for interconnectedness of the seasons. This season isn't going to gain any new followers, its basically fan service to those who are already on board and have watched the last 7 seasons. Super optimistic about 1984 though.

(3 - 4 out of 5)



39.) Deep Blue Sea 2 (2018) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: Surely they were trying to go for so bad it's good territory here, right? I mean there is one point where a shark is eavesdropping next to a window. Yes, that had to have been their goal. Slightly better than an 'in name only' sequel because it is at least dealing again with genetically altered smart sharks. But that seems to be about the extent of what this one has going for it, there is not one scene here even half as effective as the shark in the hallway or hiding from shark in the kitchen from the original. Also there is some terrible shark effects in this movie. I am now somewhat regretful that I even own this.

(2 out of 5)

My Daughter's Thoughts: I like all of the parts, I liked when they blowed up the lab, and I liked where they were try to save the guy and his whole guts were showing out. That was the best part, right? (It should be noted that she was frequently bored and walked away several times).




B-10.) Choc Beer: Choctoberfest (Oklahoma)

My Thoughts:
This is probably the freshest beer I have had and will have for the challenge, having only been canned about 3 weeks ago. Strong hop scent on top, the beer is heavy with the caramel and there is way more barley here than I think I have had with an Oktoberfest before. Almost to the point where it feels like a barley tea beer fusion. Very mild on the carbonation and hops and almost a bit creamy. Way off point for an Oktoberfest but I am digging it. Also looking back over my reviews for this local brew over the past few years it seems to be consistently getting better every year.


(4.5 out of 5)



40.) Strip Nude For Your Killer (1975) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: A somewhat run of the mill Gaillo elevated due by its overly erotic nature (over here shaking my head at Jess Franco). A leather clad motorcycle murderer stalks and kills a variety of models and photographers, it seems like there is a disproportionately large amount of killers aimed at models. I suppose that their fame and frequently nudity would be alluring to that type. There is a lot of sex in this movie and even more aggressive male behavior that would not fly nowadays. The quote on the cover labeling this as Ultra Trashy Fun is an accurate one. Although I can't believe they end the movie with a joke about anal.

(3.5 out of 5)

Oct 9th
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41.) The Colony (2013) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: Not bad for a Big Lots clearance title! Set in the future where global weather control has gone awry and frozen the planet, a few bastions of humanity survive in installations peppered throughout the winter wasteland. The story follows a group of people traveling to the next nearest facility after mysteriously losing contact with them. I got a very intriguing Screamers like set up to this one. Also you get both Lawrence Fishburne and Bill Paxton. The "villain" leaves a little something to be desired but overall I was pleasantly surprised with this one.

(3.5 out of 5)



42.) Season Of The Witch (1973) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: Ugh 70's movies with the nihilism and the existentialism. Well, much improved title, I probably would not have purchased this of it was called Hungry Wives. Season of the witch follows a stay at home mom and her slow decent into witchcraft. But not like fun real witchcraft its more akin to how Martin thought he was a vampire. In fact there are many shades of Martin in this movie. Post NOTLD pre-The Crazies this is one of the few Romero movies I had yet to see. I found the story adequate if a bit underwhelming and depressing but I feel like the real draw here is the crazy late 60's early 70's home decor, and how the saturation on this disc seems to be cranked to the point where these scenes almost bleed off your tv.

(2.5 out of 5)



43.) Commentary For Season Of The Witch (1973) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: Technically a good track but even so being based on a movie I wasn't super into made it a bit of a bore. The best parts where when the film historian would talk about Romeros other works. I also liked the tumultuous history, name recognition re-release and retitling story. One does wonder what could possibly be in the 4 hour original cut of this film. The speaker does seem very knowledgable about Romero's work and I would like to have him back for say a Martin blu but this is not a track I plan on revisiting.

(3 out of 5)



44.) Ravenous (2017) (Streaming)*

My Thoughts: Hey! I love seeing other countries deal with the Zombie Apocalypse, you know it's not just the US left. Also tricked once again by a French horror film! You get your standard ZA scenario, group of people cobbled together trying to escape the heard of rot. But these are running zombies so you know everyone is screwed. They make a few zombie rules that aren/t deal breakers but one of the quirks of these zombie does seem to be more for just having interesting shots as opposed to forwarding the narrative. Decent genre slice.

(3 out of 5)





45.) The Raven (2012) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: To set the stage; this movie came out after 2 smash hit Sherlock Holmes movies, and that is exactly how this knock off plays out. This time it is of course Edgar Allan Poe versus his greatest adversary, a copy cat killer using his own works against him! And yeah the whole premise of this movie is just dumb but I kind of liked it. It had just enough going for it for my brain not to check out completely, also I do like John Cusack even though there is no way him running around as an 1800's action star really fits Poe. If you generally liked the Sherlock Holmes reboot and are strong with the ways of suspension of disbelief its not a movie you would kick out of bed.

(3 out of 5)




B-11.) Shiner: Oktoberfest (Texas)

My Thoughts:
Disclaimer: this is another one of my aged beers so my review of this might not line up to reality. Has a pleasant caramel and barley scent on top. Bitter and hoppy on the tip of the tongue rolling to the back of your pallet. There is a caramel spike but it is overpowered quickly by a harsh pepperiness. This may not have been a successful aging attempt here (especially considering that this beer in my past reviews has ranged from 3 to 3.5). The aftertaste on this one makes your mouth feel like an ashtray. So far this has been my bottom of the barrel Oktoberfest, even including Festbier. It does become somewhat more palatable at warmer temps.


(1.5 out of 5)




B-12.) Prairie Artisan Ales: Basic Becky (Oklahoma)*

My Thoughts:
This imperial pumpkin stout pours completely black and does not look like something you should be putting in your body. Scents ranging from wood chips, liquorish & green coffee beans top this one off. Shit tastes rough though. Thick super liquorish body with a tiny flair of peppery hops start this one out. Coats the sides of your mouth in this sickly sweet pumpkin liquorish flavor that takes a while to dissipate. To me this taste like hangover in a bottle, like someone poured some pumpkin tequila into a black beer. It should be noted if you are into imperial stouts this one is super interesting, I on the other hand am not. But I do like to support my local breweries in their wild flights of fancy. Keep it up Prairie Artisan Ales.


(1 out of 5)

Oct 10th
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46.) Happy Death Day 2 U (2019) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: The cupcake isn't quite as fresh this time around but still a worth wild watch for anyone who enjoyed the first movie. They do kind of step on the magic of the first movie by trying to explain the event as an unexpected side effect to someone's scientific thesis project. There is a suicide montage that isn't quite as the investigation montage from the first movie (except for jogging scene). And that is about as far as I will go to avoid spoilers. Still a fun time even if the pendulum has shifted more from horror comedy to comedy horror. Not sure if the 3rd movie will ever get made as this one was not quite the success that the first one was but I would still be curious to see it if they can get it off the ground. Also one more complaint is the lack of an audio commentary, this and the last one would have benefitted from a cast track.

(3.5 out of 5)




47.) The Bat People (1974) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: This 1974 feature about a man who's bat bite makes him turn into a were-bat-man feels a lot more like a 1950's/1960's movie. It had that sort of pacing and rather boring plot and structure. The only 70's flair here is from a somewhat bad cop, otherwise change the film grain and say this came out in 64 and no one would really feel the difference. It committed the cardinal movie sin of being boring, I guess that is why it was on clearance at Hamilton Books. But I am kinda jazzed to watch the MST3K take that they were generous enough to include on the disc. In the future when a movie includes that feature it is probably best just to watch that version.

(2 out of 5)




48.) MST3k Commentary for The Bat People (1974) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: Oh yes, much more bearable this time around with Mike and the gang. I dare say I might have even liked this more having just watched it straight. Loved all the bat humor and the skits were a nice interlude. Not sure what else your can really say in a MST3k review. Squeak squeak squeak.

(3.5 out of 5)




49.) Microwave Massacre (1983) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: A fun irreverent 80's horror sex comedy following a Rodney Dangerfield type character who just can't take anymore of his wife's weird cooking. So he does what anyone would do, he kills her and eats her and then develops a taste for loose women and human flesh. It's all done in a very tongue and cheek light hearted sort of way, Eating Raoul would be the darker of the two. I found the over acting and black comedy worked just right for me, but I must admit this will not be a fit for everyones... tastes.

(4 out of 5)




50.) Commentary For Microwave Massacre (1983) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: This movie was written with Rodney Dangerfield in mind! And I guess it is actually a 70's move that sat on the shelf for half a decade. This is a producer and moderator track. There were lots of great stories here about the actors and film production. Things like a Wes Craven garage sale and how Dennis Leary loved the movie. The producer is so happy that the film is actually making money now, 30 years after the fact. One small thing is that the producer is having too much fun here and his laughter really spikes the audio frequently, a small quibble but it is a bit annoying.

(3.5 out of 5)




B-13.) Samuel Adams: Octoberfest (Massachusetts)

My Thoughts:
This is another ‘aged’ beer after my less than successful 2018 challenge, not quite a purposeful one I just didn’t want to drink it. But the aging process does seem to have added more dimension to this typically average brew. More of a sharp punchy bitterness to start out with, that turns into your more general caramel Oktoberfest flavor but way more of a bitter peppery happiness to the entire drink. And a little bit warmer it takes on this mellow creamy finish. Not bad.


(3.5 out of 5)



B-14.) Abomination Brewing Company: Only Hell Can Save Us Now (Pennsylvania)*

My Thoughts:Counting this one in the Horror themed category. This has got to be the most opaque lighter beer I have ever glassed. Oh, a dreaded IPA. Not one of the worsts I have had though. It is still too over powering in that floral happiness, the hallmark of an IPA but just this side of bearable and it does have a nice fruit finish. Really tasting the mango, not so much the raspberry that is promised on the side of the can.

(2 out of 5)



51.) Helldriver (2010) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: I was a bit worried on the onset as the firm starts out with a little clip of the director suggesting you watch this movie while drinking a beer, which I am but still, doesn't bode well. For whatever reason I keep watching Japanese zombie movies, wanting and hoping to like them but seems like for the past few decades I have been for the most part perpetually disappointed. And this is no exception. Now there were a few moments here and there where I was thinking, maybe this is the turning point like when the opening credits ran 48 minutes into the film and for it seems like the next 6 minutes that it was going to turn into a passable movie. But alas those 6 minutes ended and it turned back into overly goofy overly vocal J-Zombie film. Instead of this try One Cut Of The Dead or Wild Zero.

(1.5 out of 5)

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Re: The 15th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread***

Oct 11th
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52.) The Perfection (2018) (Streaming)*

My Thoughts: Decided to watch this one after Trevor called it out in the discussion thread as a fantastic blind watch and damnnnn Trev! Not a movie that I would have ever watched otherwise, the title and the poster holding zero appeal. But wow, I am going to echo recommendations and say just go in blind. I wished I had watched this with the wife, I think it would be a great couples watch, depending on the couple of course. The Ghoulies don't have to be in every horror movie.

(4 out of 5)




53.) Joker (2019) (Theater) (Wild Card #1)*

My Thoughts: OK, first off the theater was only like 1/8th full and this fucking couple buys seats right next to mine, sitting here in this entire empty row and this mother fucker sits down right next to me. Then I don't know if they both had bladder infections or what but they each left the theater during the movie 3-4 times a piece, not together, separately so that it was really noticeable. And on top of that the guy is a gasper, someone gets shot gasp! What the fuck did you think you were coming to see! But really I only have myself to blame, I broke my no theater after noon rule. Anyway, the movie was generally good, super depressing but a great Joker character study. It was a period piece which I liked but it was odd seeing more current cultural class warfare type stuff shoved in here like this. I don't know, even though I love movies from this era, I wasn't alive in 1981 and maybe that is how it was. Phoenix's performance was phenomenal in the most non-DC DC movie to date. The only thing is I just don't see this character orchestrating anything as intricate as we have come to expect from the Joker, I suppose he has some years to grow into the roll, though seeing as how Phoenix is 44 he would end up being Batman's nemesis at retirement age.

(4 out of 5)



54.) Vamps Deadly Dream Girls (1995) (DVD)

My Thoughts: I picked this one up in the super early days of DVD, my young mind obviously drawn to the subject matter but alas it sucked, I put it on the shelf never to be watched again. Cut to 20 years later (have I really been buying disc that long?) and yes it still sucks but there are a few bits of interest. The movie is about a group of sexy vampires who run a strip club and it lure mens to their death (a surprisingly popular mid 90's idea). The script is terrible but not nearly as bad as the acting, oh the acting. Our hero the cool vampire movie loving priest ends up falling in love with one of the deadly dream girls and must battle to save her very soul. There is a Elvira parody that our lead actor watches with a fictional movie called Vampire Busters that is actually better than the movie proper, wish they had just made that instead. And there is also a shameless conversation about Nightmare Sisters along with a framed picture of Brinke Stevens, just in case you didn't know what they were going for. Anyway back on the shelf it goes to disappoint someone in a few decades more.

(1 out of 5)



B-15.) Marshal Brewing Company: Oktoberfest Marzen Lager (Oklahoma)

My Thoughts:Marshal's Oktoberfest has been all over the board for me, being both a disappointment and an Oktoberfest best in show over the years. This year is a mixed bag. Light floral caramel hops scent, on point with what you would expect. Smooth going into a hoppy bite at the top of you pallet, has that classic caramel flavor but just a hair too hoppy for what is suppose to be a smooth more mellow drink. Also as a lingering liquorish bitterness. The liquorish becomes very strong as it warms and then there is flavors that come out like… cantaloupe? Is my taster off?

(3 out of 5)



B-16.) Wichita Brewing Company: Yumkin Pumkin Ale (Kansas)*

My Thoughts:I like these cans, seeing a lot of wrapped labels as opposed to printed on the aluminum, is it cheaper or to get better color, I don’t know if I care enough to look it up. Very heavy and aggressive hops smell to this one. And that is reflected in the taste. Hits you with that hoppy punch but it doesn’t hit the top of your mouth in that IPA sort of way. Not getting a lot of the pumpkin spice here but I am getting that vegetable pumpkin flavor. Closes with a not unpleasant liquorish finish that does develop a bit of a nutmeg hint as the beer warms. Middle of the road or slightly better than for a pumpkin ale.

(3 out of 5)



55.) The First Purge: A Nation Reborn (2018) (4K UMD)*

My Thoughts: Another year another Purge movie. I suppose next year I might start watching the TV series. As you can guess by the title this is a prequel sequel, it follows the first Purge set for a test run on Staten Island. It seems like the Purge in pretty corrupt right from the start and in a very easily provable way. I just don't see this test turning into the national holiday that it turns into in the first 3 movies. Also I know they have always been political but even more so this time. We get direct Trump references and a lot of very obvious white people are bad vibes. Its like the Purge is turning into Meet The Blacks, the 'blaxploitation" Purge parody. Class warfare seems to be a heavy theme with my viewing choices today. I would love for The Purge to get back to it's deeper horror roots but it seems like action satire is the direction this boat is going.

(3 out of 5)

Oct 12th
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56.) Friday The 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986) (Blu-Ray)

My Thoughts: This might be the Friday the 13th I have seen the least. Tommy Jarvis, played by Return Of The Living Dead's Freddie, still upset about his stressful youth with the notorious slasher digs up Jason's corpse to defile it when a stray bolt of lightning kicks off the 3 feature zombie Jason arc. It is weird but watching this now this seems like almost a straight up horror comedy. The next 3 entries after this are played very straight but this one has a Jason as James Bond opening, a 1 blow triple beheading, a weird smiley face imprint when jason smashes someones face against a tree and even 4th wall breaking jabs at the audience. I think I kind of dug it. Looking back over the last time I watched they film during the 2012 challenge on my old From Crystal Late To Manhattan box set I only gave this a 3 and noted it as "one of Jason's more average outings". For whatever reason the humor hit me just right this time and made this one stand out just a little bit more than before. While watching this my daughter asked me if Jason could read, and why they don't just blow him up. You know I think I might have to revisit Crystal Lake Memories this challenge... maybe.

(3.5 out of 5)

My Daughter's Thoughts: I love the movie. I like the killing and all of the kids in the movie. I liked the hair styles, I like everyone's hair style in the movie, why did their hair style look different? Can Jason hold heavy rock on a chain on his neck can he walk with it?



B-17.) Leinenkugel's: Harvest Patch Shandy (Wisconsin)

My Thoughts:Based on the expiration date I have had this one in the beer drawer since 2017. Back then I quite liked it, I gave it a 4 out of 5 and called it a "creamy mellow… Pumpkin pie soda". Now with some age on it it still has a nice, seemingly normal, fresh pumpkin scent on top. The flavor is a weird one though, not sure if it’s because it is a shandy or because its old. Has to be the latter though. Very light carbonation that just tickles the center and sides of your tongue and then you are hit with some apricot turned pumpkin spice that quickly turns a bit sour and filmy and seems to coat the inside of your mouth there is hints of wood and sour liquorish. It is different at least but not what I would call good.

(2 out of 5)



57.) All Of The Colors Of The Dark (1972) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: All The Colors Of The Dark is about a woman plagued by nightmares and a seemingly phantom stalker. With neither medication or psychoanalysis doing the job she makes the only other logical decision and decides to go in on some devil worshiping. It was a rather average Giallo but the devil cult stuff spiced it up a bit. Loved those dark Italian eyes the lead actress had and the locations interiors were all very stylish. Not something at the top of anyones list but a decent watch if you have seen all the big names.

(3 out of 5)


Oct 13th
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58 - 61.) Crystal Lake Memories (2013) (Blu-Ray)

My Thoughts: I did it. All 7 hours. I couldn't bring myself to watch the 4 hour bonus disc but I did it. I took about half a decade off from my last viewing of this because this is a title that goes a long way. Also there is so much information here that you are bound to pick up new things each time. Some favorites this time were when a crew member blew some cocaine into an actors mouth to help them get thru a particularly hard effects scene, the lead actress in Freddy Vs Jason claiming herself as the victor and I loved that outdo with people redoing their lines (especially the chicken lady from part 5). The last time I saw this it was pretty close to my viewing of His Name Was Jason and I think that affected my score on this a bit. This is such a near perfect retrospective that I feel like I must break tradition with my never changing as score on a re-watch and up this one a hair, it deserves it.

(4.5 out of 5)



62.) The Howling (1981) (VHS)

My Thoughts: Ha, that Corman cameo. I always forget how seedy this movie starts. I reviewed this one for the 2014 challenge and I am going to take the lazy way out and and just repost that review here: " Easily one of the top 5 werewolf movies ever made. I loved the whole Wickerman small town with a big secret aspect. Does anything good ever happen to city folks when they decide to take some time off in the country? There is some really good physical effects in this movie but the just aren't quite as good as An American Werewolf In London. Dee Wallace is, as usual, great and I love her unique screaming. Several good old school horror cameos and that ending credits shot made me so so hungry!"

(4.5 out of 5)

My Daughter's Thoughts: Its not really good enough, its just not like the scenes in An American Werewolf in London, Right?. Its good but it just doesn’t have those scenes, and it also has the good music in it. I want to listen to Blue Moon.



B-18.) New Belgium Brewing Company: Voodoo Ranger: Atomic Pumpkin (Colorado)

My Thoughts:Another one aged for 2 years, this and the last were were in the back of the drawer. I see now they are selling a spicy version of this which sounds bizarre. Lets see how an aged version holds up as this is another one I really liked in the 2017 challenge also rating it a 4 out of 5. It has a light floral hops scent on top, very demure nothing bombastic. Holds up way better than that shandy. I would say this is already spicy, perhaps that one I keep seeing in the store is due to people being caught off guard by this. Smooth low carbonation very light pumpkin brew that develops a peppery spiciness at the back of your mouth the longer you drink it. Kind of like a light ginger beer but with the pumpkin flavor. If for some reason your ever looking for a spice pumpkin beer, I guess this one?

(3 out of 5)



63.) The Ritual (2017) (Streaming)*

My Thoughts: Shortcuts, an easy way to find yourself in a horror movie situation. This movie is about a group of 4 30-somethings men (how relatable) who try to reroute their long holiday hike after one of them falls afoul of some bad footing. But the reroute ends up taking them into a patch of evil/ Swedish woods (I feel like their is a joke there but I am not familiar enough with the local colloquialisms. I liked this movie a lot. Walk in the woods type horror movies can sometimes just end up a crap show but when you can make the woods a character on to themselves you can really have something entertaining (I am looking at you Yellow Brick Road). Wonderfully creepy, it was nice to feel something again. A side thought: I know this is a one off but man I would love to see a sequel to this. Think this final guy goes back spends all his money hiring a team of mercenaries to go back into the woods to get revenge, I would watch The Ritual II: Redemption.

(4 out of 5)




B-19.) Dead Armadillo: Dunkel Weizen (Oklahoma)*

My Thoughts:Hey another local, Tulsa blowing it up with the breweries lately. I wonder if they are hiring? A bit darker than most Oktoberfest brews. It has that pleasant light floral hops scent, I think (I have been burning this pumpkin latte candle all day that my wife says stinks bit it reminds me of japan for some reason (probably not their scentention (scent intention))). Bit of a lightly citrus fruit zing to that one. I think this probably isn’t a seasonal Oktoberfest beer just a German style beer but it is too late, picture is taken notes are being transcribed. Anyway yes it does had a distinctly altered German purity law styled taste. A nice crisp german beer with a bit of orange and lemon and just a hair extra barley and surprising bitterness, not overbearing just surprises you with rest of this beer. Pretty good, keep it up TTown.

(4 out of 5)



64.) Commentary For All Of The Colors Of The Dark (1972) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: I am usually a sucker for historian tracks but this one just didn't land right with me. It is probably because she spent the first 30 minutes of the track telling people how they should give this director a chance, lady I bought the movie and am listening to the commentary, I am not one of the people not giving this director a chance. The track recovered a bit but never enough to really click with me the rest of the time. Skip it.

(2.5 out of 5)

Oct 14th
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65.) Don't Torture A Duckling (1972) (DVD)*

My Thoughts: I am surprised I haven't seen this one yet, its one of those titles that sticks with you after you read it and is always coming up in discussion of the subject matter. Comparing this to All The Colors Of The Dark which came out at the same time this is easily a better movie. Even having worse PQ and way inferior dubbing it just really hits that giallo style much better. I suppose the real reason is the whodunit aspect seems sorely missing from dark. A depraved child murder terrorizes a small Italian town. Lots of weird interesting Fulci aspects here. The dark arts, a sex pot that is way to flirty with the 10 year old crowd and a particular toy that I am sure Disney was not pleased about being in this movie.

(3.5 out of 5)



66.) Brainscan (1994) (VHS)

My Thoughts: Coming in hot after T2, the character Edward Furlong played in this was the ideal i aspired to going into high school. So much so that I made sure that I was the president of the horror club and did get in trouble for titles screened at school. Furlong has the coolest 90's kid attic apartment, the hot girl that is just throwing herself at him, a subscription to Fango and the ultimate gaming rig (I mean for the time, that screen is so tiny!). The movie is about a murder simulator CD-ROM video game and there is a Freddy knock offf, its all so wonderfully dated and relatable. It also runs the line of feeding into that video games/movies cause people to commit violence that was such a hot button issue at the time. Its the perfect time 90's horror movie time capsule. Also one of the last VHS dubs I have left from when I used my dual deck VCR to copy tapes I rented from the video store. [/nostalgia]

(4 out of 5)



67.) Ritual (2002) (DVD)*

My Thoughts: Had to finally give this one a watch and save it from years of my 'to watch' pile after it came up in the main discussion thread. Ritual is a sad swan song to the Tales From The Crypt Legacy. Following the failure of Bordello Of Blood this unrelated movie was picked and a short (terrible) Crypt Keeper intro was filmed and attached to it prior to it being shipped out. It is immediately obvious why watching this movie why it was given the extra push as a Tales From The Crypt feature, its because it is bland, It is not a terrible movie but its not a good movie either. It has some recognizable faces and some good nudity but it is not something I would have otherwise ever shook out. And surprisingly I think the Crypt Keeper opening is so bad it actually detracts from the meh movie.

(2.5 out of 5)



B-20.) Traveler: Jack-O Pumpkin Shandy (Vermont)

My Thoughts:Oh, I guess I must have missed this one a few times as based on the best by date it is a 2015 vintage… (collar tug). Poured with plenty of head and just like the other shandy just has a very light refreshing pumpkin scent. Ok, this one held up a lot better. Very light on the carbonation (an unsurprising theme of the aged beers) and you get just a dab of a hoppy punch on the tip of your tongue followed by a light vegetable-esk beer that is rather unremarkable but unlike the last aged shandy didn’t leave a disgusting film coating the inside of my mouth. And similarly there is a slight but not off-putting sour twinge that based on my previous reviews of this one seems to indicate a bit of degradation of the beer.

(3 out of 5)



68.) The Shape Of Water (2017) (4K UMD)*

My Thoughts: It's like Amelie, except instead of being a waitress she is a janitor and instead of falling for a boy she falls in love with The Creature From The Black Lagoon. I was so sure that someone else had to have started a review like that I googled it and it came up with stories about the director of Amelia accusing Del Toro of plagiarism. This movie is oddly beautiful for a movie consisting of such a small range of color and really the direction they should have gone with the Universal Monsters dark reboot. Maybe a little much on the social commentary but that is probably what helped win it Best Picture. This is probably the classiest thing I have watched in awhile and for sure will be of the challenge, also thought the addition of Carmen Miranda was a great touch.

(5 out of 5)

Oct 15th
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69.) Death Nurse (1987) (DVD)*

My Thoughts: Picked this up at the dollar store, was in trigged by its date of production and the Slasher Video branding. The movie its self is barely a movie. Think Video Violence with less plot, yes less plot, and less gore. The "story" is about a homicidal nurse and doctor that kill the patients at their clinic which is obviously just someones house. Everything about this movie is just terrible, the acting, the effects, the picture quality. It might delve into the so bad it's good range with the right sort of audience, and there is plenty of down moments for talking to people while watching it. But it just didn't hit right for me for that categorization. Why do I watch stuff like this? This is not the kind of thing normal people watch. Lets get even weirder and watch the commentary next!

(1 out of 5)



70.) Commentary For Death Nurse (1987) (DVD)*

My Thoughts: Its like if my grandfather recorded a commentary. This is a fairly boring track and a lot of that has to do with the tenure of the directors voice, there are a few invites here and there like when he talks about the 3M blood everyone used to use. But there is also way too much of him repeating and being overly pleased with lines from his own film. And there is a surprising amount of lets talk about how fat this actress is. Still it was marginally better than the movie proper. In fact there is a feature on this disc from VHSCollector.com where a man stands in front of his VHS collection and talks about how bad this movie is and how the VHS was routinely selling in the $70 dollar range that is better than anything else presented here. So for anyone who picked this up at Dollar Tree like me at least watch that little bit.

(1.5 out of 5)



71.) Anaconda (1997) (DVD)

My Thoughts: I remember seeing Anaconda when it first came out and like everyone else it seemed at the time I found it to be somewhat disappointing. Then I tried to get back into it when I fell in love with Kari Wuhrer. Seems like this is a running theme in my reviews this year, motion picture starlets I pined for. Ok so the list goes Erica Eleniak, Christina Ricci, Jessica Alba and then Kari Wuhrer after which I just kind of give up on life a little. I met Kari Wuhrer at a con once back when I was super in shape and desperately regret not flirting it up with her, although she was married and I was 16 but still. Anyway revisiting it today I am surprised by how star studded the cast is. The movie doesn't really hold up, the effects are bad and the acting is similarly sub par. There is some slight interest in the way it parallels Creature From The Black Lagoon, but not enough to float this turkey.

(2.5 out of 5)

My Daughter's Thoughts: (The Snake is) not very good at killing because it is not killing that well. It’s good, do you have some other snake movies, do you have other snake movies? (She then refused to believe that I had a movie called Sssssss.)


B-21.) Bob's '47: Oktoberfest (Missouri)

My Thoughts:Heavy barley leaning oktoberfest scent. And surprise surprise heavy barley leaning Oktoberfest taste. A somewhat bitter chalky brew with a second lingering ipa bitterness on the back of the pallet. It’s odd, the first sip was decent then it all kind of fell apart. And then after I wrote that the next few sips were much more your typical caramel Oktoberfest, then back to the bitter. The closer you get to the bottom the better it gets, I would have rated it higher is not for the off-putting first 1/2 bitterness. Slightly better only chilled or at room temp.

(3 out of 5)



72.) Summer Of 84 (2018) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: Man that was a huge basement, I am always jealous when I see these horror movies with the big basements being from Oklahoma where basements aren't a thing. So I am going to be basic too and compare this to Stranger Things. Yes it is a group of kids horror adventure set in the 80's but even it it was influenced by the Netflix phenomenon it still has legs. In plays as a more down to earth Rear Window styled thriller. And yes I am a sucker for the 80's ascetic and that was presented great here with the exception of the town celebration scene where the quality of the esthetic wained a little. I found the movie to be thurowwy entertaining and will be looking forward to more from these film makers over the years. It does bare mentioning that this release is not a traditional pressed blu-ray, it is burnt, with an obvious stick on disc label, an oddly generic blu-ray case and low resolution cover art, I would almost think it was a bootleg but a fairly low budget affair.

(4 out of 5)


Oct 16th
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73.) Wild Beasts (1984) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: Where has this movie been my whole life? This was kind of amazing. I mean I know these are all trained animals but you have scenes with cheetah running down the street, a polar bear chasing a group of kids, and a Tiger in the subway among other things. Wild Beasts is about drugs getting into the local water supply and making the animals go crazy, that with the help of a malfunctioning future zoo sets us up for one of the most entertaining schlocky B-Movies I have seen in awhile. It does go a bit overboard in it's exploitative-ness when they let a lion eat a cow locked up in a pen and similarly a hyena with a pig. But you can't say this movie didn't deliver. 80's Italian horror shlock with zoo animals as the killers. Man oh man if any movie deserved a commentary. I highly recommend reading some of the trivia on IMDB about this one.

(4.5 out of 5)

My Daughter's Thoughts:
It was good. I liked the polar bear, thats all, I have to go.



74.) Zombie Hunter Rika (2008) (DVD)*

My Thoughts: Finally got thru my Nihombie set this year and as it turns out Rika was the best one. Comparing this to Helldriver which I watched earlier in the challenge this is much less epic in scale, way lower budget, way less zombies but oh so much more effective than its slick compatriot. I suppose the issue is when they try to have live action movies have Anime set pieces, that almost always kills it. Although there is a part in this movie where a macho white guys arm is sown onto a Japanese school girl but it is all practically done and actually funny and effective. Also way better on the musical queues and the nudity. I think I might have gone in with too low of expectations here because this was by no means a good film but man did I enjoy it.

(3 out of 5)




75.) Aenigma (1987) (DVD)

My Thoughts: Another Italian horror movie set in an all girls school. In this one the weird girl is put up on a fake date and humiliated only to run out into the street and get hit by a car. The rest of the movie is her astral projecting and killing those responsible in weird and interesting ways. It almost feels like they came up with the kills first and were like ok now how do we turn this into a movie. Otherwise all the halmarks of a good Giallo you just know who the killer is the whole time. I had a moment as I was sitting there watching these girls make fun of that girl for smelling like garlic and it slowly dawned on me that I had just had a super garlicy slice of New York pizza and was basically channeling Wario over here. This one is fun if a bit ridiculous.

(3 out of 5)

Oct 17th
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76 - 80.) The Mist S01E01-10 (2017) (Streaming)*

My Thoughts: It's weird seeing Harvey Weinstein's name at the top of every episode, I suppose this is one of the last things he produced before it all came crashing down. Obviously if you are watching this show you have seen and at least somewhat like this movie. This time however there seems to be no one to like, nearly every character is unsympathetic and you really don't care if they live or die. Also there is a very specific character reveal in the later episodes that you see coming a mile away. I was interested enough in the mythology that I probably would have watched the next season if there had been one but I was never really captivated, it all just struck me as rather average entertainment.

(2.5 - 3 out of 5)

Oct 18th
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81.) Zombieland 2: Double Tap (2019) (Theater)*

My Thoughts: How fun, it's so nice having a post apocalypse where you don't have to worry about other humans, and where everyone is just kind of a fun person now. So we are back, finally, with Zombieland 2! There is a full returning cast from the previous movie along with a few others, potentially too many new faces but also you can't just do the exact same thing in your sequel. The humor is sometimes low brow (as echoed by one one particular idiot in my theater who was just so overjoyed when the bag of weed came out), but it is forgivable because you love there characters. Lots of entertaining zombie action and I enjoyed the twist they gave to the zombies this time. But for real though, why are you even reading g this, you know you are going to watch this.

(4 out of 5)



82.) The Baby (1973) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: Was this still a creepy person fetish in the 70's? I feel like it wasn't yet. I watched the actor & director interviews on the disc (they are inverted from their on screen options by the way) and they don't mention that particular proclivity, instead they talk about a news story where a family kept a little girl as a baby in such a way to receive financial aid from the state. Speaking of which both the financial aid family and the social worker in this movie live in huge houses! Anyway this movie is about a social worker that becomes infatuated with a man who acts and is treated like a baby. Is there a twist? I mean probably but I gotta say cynical me did not see this one coming. The movie is ok for one of these 70's character driven "horror" movies, it reminded me of Girly but not nearly as good also it is a lot more bearable to watch than you would guess by the title and poster art. For $6.70 for a Severin clearance title it was passable.

(3 out of 5)



83.) It's Alive (1974) (Blu-Ray)

My Thoughts: In honor of the late Larry Cohen I thought i would break into my newish It's Alive boxset and watch the namesake. The last time I saw it was my very first year participating in OHMC some 10 years ago. Those reviews are not nearly as long and self important as this bit of narcissism you are reading now but still share some agreeable sentiments all these years later. Except I didn't get sleepy this time, probably because I spent a lot of the movie trying to keep my daughter interested. This is a solid 50's B-Monters movie just made in the 70's, with some slightly risqué body horror. Also how am I suddenly doing a weird baby theme today?

(3.5 out of 5)

My Daughter's Thoughts:If I had the baby I would just drop it. I like this movie. It said the baby’s weird. Did he just said there was another baby born in Seattle?



B-22.) Coop Ale Works: Spare Rib Pale Ale (Oklahoma)*

My Thoughts:I saw the spooky skeletons on the front of the can and was like yes, OHMC fodder! I did neglect to notice 3 little characters though, the dreaded IPA, dang it. And can confirm this is indeed an IPA. Has that aggressive almost raw hops scent. The taste is not quite as bad as mtos IPAs I have had but not really pleasant either. It almost taste a bit watered down? Like an IPA light? I mean it is only 4% so really there is basically no reason to drink this, those damn skeletons.

(1.5 out of 5)



B-23.) Flying Dog: Dogtoberfest Marzen (Maryland)

My Thoughts:Another 2017 holdover. This one has a nice rye and teak wood scent to it. A very smooth near creamy consistency with a burnt barley aftertaste. There is a bit of cigarette liquorish bitterness but it is not overbearing. In fact I would say that it actually makes it taste a bit fancy as it were. I like.

(4 out of 5)



84.) Commentary For It's Alive (1974) (Blu-Ray)

My Thoughts: This is an older track ported from the DVD release of the film, wish Scream would have sprung for a critic track or historian track but at least this allowed me to get rid of my old DVDs. Cohen is a treat to listen to, he is very engaging and tells a lot of great stories about making low budget movies. One that really stood out was a fascinating story about the tumultuous release and then subsequent re-release and box office success of this film. And about getting police cars into those storm drains. The guy is all over the place with asides about Jaws and Robert Deniro. It's a very entertains track. Whenever I listen to commentaries like this it makes me really want to get back into that sphere, there was a time in my life where I was for sure going to go into making movies in some aspect. Anyone in Oklahoma want to make a movie?

(4 out of 5)

Oct 19th
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85.) The Conjuring 2 (2016) (Blu-Ray)

My Thoughts: So my goal was to freak my daughter out and The Conjuring 2 failed at this task. Is it because she has watched so much horror at this point? Am I raising the female version of myself? Or maybe it is just a case of spook overload. I asked her which movie she thought was scarier between this and It's Alive and she went with It's Alive being scarier "Because the Conjuring 2 is more like shaking the bushes around". Goal failed. The movie didn't quite play as well for me either, maybe due to this viewing being too close to my last view or watching it with someone else but I really think that Red Letter Media reviews are what killed the spook here for me. Also the witch in the first movie is just much more compelling a ghost than the old guy in this one, even if that isn't entirely straight. This movie kind of made me want to watch Warlock again, what's the deal with getting power over these super natural entities just by knowing their name? I was probably sitting more between a 3.5 and a 4 when I initially saw this in the theater but this one doesn't quite hold up.

(3 out of 5)

My Daughter's Thoughts:(Halfway thru) It's not really that scary. (After the movie) The end, thats the part I like, because I saw the Annabelle doll. (savage)



B-24.) Avery Brewing Company: The Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest (Colorado)

My Thoughts:A light floral hops scent starts off this pretty decent Oktoberfest lager.You get your classic mellow caramel flavor, light touch of barley, and just a touch of white grape and pear. Slight but pleasant liquorish aftertaste with no hoppy bite, delicious. I wish I had gotten a 6 pack of this instead of a single in a mix 6. Hot on Pauly’s tail for best Oktoberfest of the challenge. Is any of that psychological because the Kaiser on the can? Maybe.

(4.5 out of 5)



B-25.) Cabin Boys Brewery: Oktoberfest (Oklahoma)*

My Thoughts:Yet another new Tulsa beer! It has a lighter crispier smell than the Kaiser with no happiness to speak of. Although you do get just a hint of it in the taste of the beer though. This is a very light Oktoberfest, I probably should have had it before the Kaiser because it almost taste watered down in comparison. The caramel notes are a little softer and I am getting some light banana flavoring like someone dropped a little chunk of circus peanut in here. Has a bit more of a sharp liquorish bitter finish and is a very drinkable beer but next to the kaiser its a little basic.

(3 out of 5)



86.) Disconnected (1984) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: Well first I must apologize, I know this was my pick to watch for Slasher day on the 8th but I needed it for today's Video Store theme. That was a sad video store btw, my guess is that it was actually someones collection, but who's to say it as the 80's. Disconnected is about a girl who dates creeps and gets more phone calls than anyone else on the planet. This movie is all over the play dabbling in buddy cop comedy, psychotronic horror, horror comedy and standard slasher faire. And while the variety is enough to almost keep you interested it never really does anything that well. It has some big ideas but is your standard low budget bad actor 80's slasher. There is a commentary on this disc that I almost want but I just don't like the IP enough. Maybe in another decade though I'll give it another spin.

(2 out of 5)

Oct 20th
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87.) MST3k: The Slime People (1963) (DVD)

My Thoughts: Ha, took me bit to realize that I had seen this one before, those 50's & 60's monster movies teen to blend a bit. Really I think MST3k is running on alll cyllendars when they do 70's & 80's Sci-Fi. This is from the only MSR3k set I own; vol XXVII. I kept telling myself I would buy the complete series but as it would turn out that is a unicorn product and once I realized that there were so many MST3k sets out of print that it just felt weird jumping into the middle. But I am a sucker for a clearance deal so Hamilton Books is the reason I own this set. The Slime People is a forgettable and unremarkable but a pleasant MST3k experience. Also weird that this is Vol 27 but this is from season 1 with Joel. The effects aren't quite as slick as they would become but I just find this such a relaxing show to watch, it reminds me of being a kid. Mustache kits!

(3 out of 5)



88.) The Visit (2015) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: M. Night's worst project? Let me start out by saying that this film is intended for a very specific age range, maybe 10-15? It is also intended for people that haven't spent a lot of time with their grandparents and realize how feeble the old are. Yes you guessed right its kids vs. the elderly, in this cringe inducing found footage style trash fest. I missed this the first time around, in fact I kinda stopped with M. Night after Lady in the Water and jumped back on board with Wayward Pines and Split and was thinking to myself that everyone was being g a bit hyperbolic about his stretch from 2008 to 2015 but damn was this a hard watch. Looking back over my 1.5's of the challenge this is for sure the movie I am least likely to play again. That is unless my daughter has a sleepover in 5-7 years in which case I am totally cueing this up and leaving the room.

(1.5 out of 5)



89.) Vamp (1986) (VHS)

My Thoughts: This is a movie that has sat unloved on my movie shelf for awhile, the only things I remembered about it were that it had that 80's asian guy and that Grace Jones was a weirdo in it. But after all the talk about this movie (and the prop re-utilization) on the the Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers blu-ray I felt it deserved another go. And man was I surprised that it was an 80's vampire comedy! It is unfortunately as far as 80's horror comedy go its not a very good one but I still loved the theme and they style (so much neon), I wonder if I watched this again on blu if my opinion would be different. Either way in 250 lines of resolution I thought it was just meh. Oh and Grace Jones as Pennywise.

(3 out of 5)




90.) Thirst (1979) (VHS)

My Thoughts:So I am like 13, I have my first job, I take my hard earned wages to the Best Buy to buy VHS tapes at full MSRP. We still have dial up internet so I don't really have a lot of... outlets shall we say. This tape is there on the shelf, I look at the sexy Vampire girl on the front and the copywriter date on the back 1997, the same date as on the cassette tape proper, I don't read any plot synopsis because I hate me some spoilers. I put the tape in and get a trailer for Freddy's Dead, A New Nightmare and Jason Goes To Hell, then I am hit with a 1970's vampire psycho drama. Much disappointment was had by angsty teenage me. Watching this now it is a decent vampire movie. It is about a woman who has been identified as a vampire descendant and is brought back into "the brotherhood" a vampire group that has a farm where blood donors walk around in a bleary state and they are harvested in a Soylent Green reminiscent factory. LPT keep your blood cows in medical induced comas to have less live stock and acclimatization issues. It has a lot of ideas that are pretty ahead of its time and would become common place in the next few decades of vampire entertainment. Also there is some pretty interesting special effects but I still to this day feel burned by this one.

(3 out of 5)




B-26.) SterlingBen's 2015 Oktoberfest Style Homebrew (Oklahoma)

My Thoughts:Way in the back of the garage fridge I found one lone bottle of my 2015 Oktoberfest Homebrew. I poured this leaving about an inch of beer left in the bottom to prevent sediment from musing up the taste. A light floral most sour scent? If I recall this one never really hit proper Oktoberfest notes for me... and it still doesn’t. It taste more basic craft brew than anything. Has a sharp hoppy bite that hits the back of your pallet but dissipates quickly. I am not getting any of those fun aged beer notes either, I wonder if having been refrigerated that whole time prevented flavor progression. As it warms you go get hints of a caramel Oktoberfest flavor but a they are quickly washed away by a generic craft beer flavor. I have yet to find any home-brew kits that really impress me, they do all taste like beer though so at least that is hitting right. I am going to dabble in additional aging next round and see if that is the key to victory. Open to recommendations on 5 gallon kits if there are any other home brewers on the forum.


(3 out of 5)

Oct 21st
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91.) Bride Of Re-Animator (1989) (Blu-Ray)

My Thoughts: Yet another Arrow Re-Animator where I didn't get the deluxe edition with the extra cut of the film, I feel like such a bad Re-Animator fan. But man it is hard to justify that price tag for a movie you have already owned on multiple previous formats. I actually pit this in to listen to the new audio commentary but the bit of preview they play in the menu really made me want to watch the movie proper. The blu-ray looks great, I do wish they had included the open matte but I guess that just gives me an excuse to keep my wild green Bride DVD. I have always considered this to be one of the best 90' horror sequels, nothing ever really tops the head giving head in the first but there is a lot go great effects here and West's one liners were great. It is a little light on story as the movie feels like about 85-90% of a movie and then it ends but much better than the next sequel that was to come.

(4 out of 5)




92.) Commentary For Bride Of Re-Animator (1989) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: Brand new Brian Yuzna track here with a moderator that just nudges him from time to time. Tons of great stuff here, which may or may not have been covered in the previous tracks (it has been quite some time since I listened to them). There was a small possibility once of Re-Animator Vs Phantasm (fanboy-ness intensifies). Also they were in pre-planning on this even after Jeffery Combs had initially said no. What would that movie have looked like? Would they have made Abbot the crazy scientist this time? And I wonder what could have been if Crampton hadn't said no to reprising her roll, even if they killed her in one of his mentioned prologues that would have been a satisfying additon Also seems like Japanese money is the way to go, I wonder if I could get some Japanese investors to pay for me to hire Screaming Mad George? Then all I would need is actors and a script... It's all coming together.

(4 out of 5)




93.) Suicide Girls Must Die! (2010) (Streaming)*

My Thoughts: I know what you are thinking, Suicide Girls I remember liking those! And the next thought through your head would be, I bet there is going to copious nudity in this movie. And you would be right, everyone in this movie will be naked at some point but it is not worth it. Just look at the pictures online. Billed as the worlds first reality horror movie the set up here is sending a group of Suicide Girls out to the middle of nowhere for a picture shoot but have more and more girls go missing over the course of the shoot along with some mysterious characters popping up. It was done with the majority of the girls supposedly thinking everything was real (a la Scare Tactics) but I really hope they were trying to ham it up for the cameras because it really just has the effect of making them all look like morons. It is shot like a 2010 reality show with a confessional and the bickering you would expect. In fact the whole movie seems like it would play more towards women then men, except there is all the nudity so I think in effect they really just made a movie for other Suicide Girls and potentially uber fans who can stand the hackneyed story and terrible execution. For everyone else this movie will be nearly too annoying to stand watching, but again lots of nudity.

(1 out of 5)




94.) It Comes At Night (2017) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: We have a family hold up in the woods following a sort of home-brew quarantine type life. We get hints a long the way of what is happening in the outside world but never to exposition levels. Main rule of this universe seems to be that you can't trust other people. And then bamn, other people. I had a hard conversation with the wife while watching this and I am not sure how reliable of a post-apocalyptic parter she is really going to be. I felt a little bait and switched with this movie, I kept hearing about how good it was and how scary and I mean that title, come on. But It is really none of that. Its more a paranoid post apocalyptic disease movie, in fact with very little editing I could see this being It Comes At Night: A Contagion Story. The movie was really good but I still can't help but feel a bit cheated.

(4 out of 5)


My Wife's Thoughts: What the fuck? This is such a good movie, sterlingben, what the fuck that ending? It was very interesting but that story doesn't resolve anything, that ending suck. I want to know where that disease come from and what happened to begin with but I don’t see anything the movie. It’s everything very mysterious and didn’t resolve anything. That title seems like something come at night but disease… that is why I didn’t care for it. It is good but ending need to make better.



95.) Commentary For It Comes At Night (2017) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: I was hoping for a little idea as to what exactly happened there at the end but alas, nothing. We wanted to leave it open to the audience, at least give your opinions. This track has the director and the lead's son who might be the actual lead as nearly everything is seen thru the prism of him or the idea of protecting him. It is a really upbeat and positive track considering the tone of the film so it was a nice wind down. Memorable parts included the kid relating a story about his mom seeing the movie and being all "why did you let them do that to you?", story inspiration and of course the stunt dog. Decent track but maybe a bit overly congratulatory.

(3.5 out of 5)


Oct 22nd
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96.) Lemora: A Child's Tale Of The Supernatural (1973) (Streaming)*

My Thoughts: It was hard to find a movie in The 50 Best Horror Movies You Have Never seen list that I hadn't seen. But I was able to come up with this with this one and it had a just barely passable youtube posting (360p, ouch). It was a very interestingly styled movie almost Hammer meets Corman. Our main character is this 13 year old girl, played by a 20 year old girl, that everyone wants to bang. But I guess it's cool because it is a period piece being set in the 1950's. Said main is tricked into coming to a vampire countess's mansion under the guise of coming to the deathbed of her estranged father. It is a very Beauty and the Beast opening that turns into a seduction of innocence tale. Not bad but I am not sure if it would qualify in a 50 best list.

(3 out of 5)





97.) MST3k: The Deadly Mantis (1957) (DVD)*

My Thoughts: And then this one in the same set as Slime People and is from season 8 & almost a decade later. The movie is a bit better here and so are the laughs. I love Joels personality but mike seems a bit more honed on the joke tracks. Also digging the Beneath The Planet Of The Apes skit (my favorite apesploitation flick), even though it dragged on for a few minutes too long.

(3.5 out of 5)




98.) Warlock III: The End Of Innocence (1999) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: This came out during the final throes of the video store boon and as someone who had given all of their efforts over to dvd ownership I just wasn't renting anything anymore. Over the years I would be reminded that there was a Warlock 3 and make empty vows to obtain it. Cut to today and and the Vestron blu-ray release of the entire Warlock trilogy, and was the wait worth it?!? No, no it was not. This shitty Julian Sands-less imposter to the Warlock legacy is about a woman inheriting an old house and her and her friends decide too go spend the night in it to see if there is anything they can learn about her real parents. They decide to let the Warlock stay with them because it's raining and he kills them in meh ways thought the corse of the movie. The house set is painfully obviously a set that they could not afford to furnish, there is one point where a guy flops down on a bed that is quite clearly an air mattress (heirloom
I am sure) another scene where they are listening to music and you can clearly see there are no batteries in the boombox and the lighting, oh my do we get to see every detail of the fake aging in this fake house. Now it looks like they were using some sort of tax credit break by shooting in Scotland so I am assuming this thing was just sitting there waiting to be used but come on throw a little trash around guys. Most of the $2 million posted budget for this movie must have gone to the bad cg and to insure all the actresses were nude at some point. Skip this when you watch yours, just stop at being mildly disappointed after watching Warlock: Armageddon.

(1.5 out of 5)


Oct 23rd
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99.) Mausoleum (1983) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: Thinking about this film objectively it's not a good movie but man did I enjoy it. It is about a Beverly Hills house wife type possessed by a demon with a lust for blood. There are good effects here and some questionable ones to, oh and green light and smoke there are green lights everywhere! The husband is played by a b-movie actor who you will recognize but probably won't remember his name and the wife is a former Playboy bunny so you know at least what some of the subject matter here is going to be. I found this movie highly enjoyable, again not a good movie but a good enough movie that titters into the so bad it is good category frequently. But by far my favorite character was the older sassy black domestic who wasnt putting up with any of it. This one goes right up there with the the kind of 80's horror movies that Quigley was doing at a time, and is highly recommendable for fans of that sort.

(4 out of 5)




100.) Us (2019) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: Wow. I went in blind and that was the way to go. If you haven't seen this film and by some bizarre turn of events you are reading my dribble about it then stop and go watch Us. I have yet to see Get Out and I came into this thinking it was probably going to be somewhat racially charged and I really liked that it wasn't. There was no stereotyping going on in our lead family they are just normal people and I really appreciated that (the one thing being the hide-a-key but that was legitimately funny). So you throw all of that baggage out the window and the story presented to you is this weird surreal tale of a shadow race of doppelgängers living in underground structures (across just the US?) that in mass goes out to kill their "real" surface level counterparts. Now I know what you are thinking, you are thinking SterlingBen this is obviously some kind of metaphor for.. No, fuck you. It is a creepy doppelgänger movie and it is great. You know I would almost think that it is a bit of a troll film, like maybe he put just enough in there so that everyone could jump to conclusion but I must say I have not read or heard any interviews with the director and he might be very forth coming, I do not know. I mean I would have watched the commentary if there was one, y'all know I loves me my commentaries. Anyway as a straight film it is beautiful, twisted funny, surprisingly epic and fresh. And I can't stress that last part enough, we need more new ideas in horror like this, one can only watch so many zombie headshots and vampire staking. And if you are so inclined I am sure there are metaphors a plenty here for you two. This film added some spice to the challenge for me. Bravo.

(5 out of 5)




101.) Willow Creek (2013) (DVD)*

My Thoughts: Director Bobcat Goldhwait's Bigfoot take on The Blair Witch Project. I actually thought the setup faired a little better than most found footage style movies, it felt much more natural and you generally liked the characters (I am looking at you The Visit). It follows a couple that are going to visit the site of the famously debunked Bigfoot footage. They spend some time in a rather fun looking tourist trap town and then it is off to the woods. I generally liked it up until the first night in the woods when it started to drag. And then the last act was paint by numbers, what are those sounds, we are walking in a circle, why are you still recording? Passable but unremarkable like most found footage movies. But there is a Bobcat audio commentary I am dying to listen to next!

(3 out of 5)




102.) Commentary For Willow Creek (2013) (DVD)*

My Thoughts: I listened Bobcat. I listened. Great commentary track with Bobcat and two leads. Loved the genre discussions and how he called the movie the Blair Squash Project. Turns out Bobcat is a true believer and originally envisioned a Trekkies like doc set during one of the Willow Creek Bigfoot festivals but I agree that this was probably the better way to go. This commentaries does something that is rare and it really makes me reconsider my initial reaction to the movie. It's probably going to get a 3.5 next go around, or in 10 years or whenever I ever get around to rewatching non-Marvel movies these days. Also thank you, yes the ending is up to the viewer but Bobcat gave us just enough clues here to know that is was a Bigfoot cult as opposed to an actual Bigfoot, I suppose they could have been working together but still, sometimes I want to know what is going on.

(4 out of 5)




103.) Carrie (1976) (Blu-Ray)*

My Thoughts: Finally crossed this one off the list of shame, I mean you not see clips from this movie so of course over the years in various forms I saw most of the blood pour and prom scene also I have seen the recent remake and Zapped so there was no huge spoilers going into this. I was surprised by the star power here though and damn if RoboCop's Nancy Allen wasn't pli-cow! I found it to be a great watch, I enjoyed the pacing and how the mother who was an over the top Christian dressed like a witch. Also I had never seen this in HD and wow do they have her come off creepy there at the end, bravo. Hey and I got to talk to my wife about what a card catalog was or at least used to be. I know it would tarnish the original but wouldn't it be cool if they did a real sequel to this now? Like Carrie is a little old Grandmother in New York and her daughter gets rapped and she just flips it back on and is just taking people out Bronson style? Too much?

(4.5 out of 5)


My Wife's Thoughts: Very classic good scary movie but people are mean. But I don’t understand why Carrie killed the teacher, she is her side.

Oct 24th
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104.) Life After Beth (2014) (Streaming)*

My Thoughts: I had been dodging this one for awhile since I knew it was going to be something I wanted to own, but theme day must have it's sacrifice. This doppelgänger to the other 2014 girlfriend back from the dead zombie comedy Burring The Ex plays a bit goofier and has a more likable zombie significant other than the former. A grieving young man makes a rather odd connection to the family of his late girlfriend but when they sudden cut off contact with them he dioceses to go investigates and uncovers something out of this world. Well I guess it is pretty obvious that it is a living dread Aubrey Plaza but you still gotta have that setup. I rather liked this movie but it is more of a tug of war rather than a clear victor on which of these two is better. The girlfriend is better in this, the boyfriend is better than that but I think overall, as much as I like Aubrey Plaza, I like they zombie mythos of Burring The Ex a bit better. Still this is a fun movie, why not both?

(3.5 out of 5)





105.) Open House (2018) (Streaming)*

My Thoughts: Young adult actor (that you will remember from something) and his mother (frequently naked but not exactly a milf) move into a large house as caretakers of sorts while it is on the market for sale. As you can guess based on the title there is an open house or two and the son has this monologue about how creepy they are and you can immediately tell, there that is exactly where this started. Someone said that and then someone else said it would make a great movie and now we have this. The film is not bad it's just sort of bland. A vanilla horror movie that does hint at something more from time to time but in the end never does anything to differentiate it's self from the pack. Still watchable and not boring though, been having a lot of films fail at those two criteria during this years challenge.

(3 out of 5)




106.) Altered (2006) (DVD)

My Thoughts: This title and cover art was so generic I put this in thinking it was going to be a first time view. And really it doesn't have to be, there are enough elements here where you have a pretty appealing poster. That could be a worthwhile industry to be in, fining releases like this that are decent that immediately fell into obscurity and redressing them, although it seems like the business model right now is streaming platform saturation. I generally liked Altered it is about a group of rednecks that finally catch one of the aliens that they have been hunting for years after their abduction experience, and although that does sound like more of a comedy it is played straight and its pretty good. The movie is a bit small scale but the effects are good and so is the acting except for the lead who comes of a little wooden. But that caveat aside I would give this a soft recommendation and now I think I need to check into what else the Director of the Blair Witch Project has done lately.

(3.5 out of 5)


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