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Re: 100 Movies. 31 Days. The 17th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31)

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Pulled an interesting Double Feature last night of:

Straight-Jacket
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Die, Die My Darling

There was that interesting phase in the 60s of golden age Hollywood actresses going bonzo in horror movies. Bette Davis, I'm looking at you.
Feud: Betty and Joan on FX, about the making of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, dealt with the desperation felt by both Joan Crawford and Bette Davis at the time. Both of them were regarded as washed up by studio heads at the time because the film industry in the early 60s didn't have leading roles for older women. Crawford wanted to maintain her lavish, one might almost say delusional, lifestyle, and Bette needed the work. During the 60s Bette made films in the UK like The Nanny because she couldn't get decent film roles in the US.

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Did anyone check out the Manor yet on Prime? Little John Carpenter “cameo”. His wife produced.
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Did anyone check out the Manor yet on Prime? Little John Carpenter “cameo”. His wife produced.
I've been eyeballing. If you've see it, what did you think?
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I’m about 30 min I'm not 100% where it’s going, but I’m enjoying it so far.
It’s about old timers and that alone is frightening considering most of us will be there someday.
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Re: The Curse of Humpty Dumpty. Let me guess ... he's defeated at the end by being tricked to sit on a wall (and then falls to his death)!
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Re: The Curse of Humpty Dumpty. Let me guess ... he's defeated at the end by being tricked to sit on a wall (and then falls to his death)!
I watched it a few days ago for the challenge, and I thought it was pretty good. The plot is about a woman who has early onset dementia and is being cared for by her adult daughters. The Humpty Dumpty doll turns up, and then things get deadly. I don't want to say too much about this movie because you need to watch it without any foreknowledge. It's available on Tubi if you want to check it out.
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Did anyone check out the Manor yet on Prime? Little John Carpenter “cameo”. His wife produced.
Finished it last night. Love Sandy King who is a sweetheart (John's wife). Movie itself, two main characters (grandmother and grandson) are good actors. Overall gave it a 6.5 as the story could have been better. Good acting for the most part, story just could use more punch.

Since we are close to the halfway mark, what has been some of everyone's favorite watches? Just been watching random stuff on Hulu and Amazon so far. I've quite enjoyed A Nasty Piece of Work, Personal Shopper, and The Clovehitch Killer. How about everyone else?
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I enjoyed introducing my wife to Idle Hands. I was surprised to have as much fun as I did with Blood Fest. I still loved Frighteners. I really enjoyed the original Stepfather and added it to the list to pick from next year to share with my wife. I randomly put on Boys from County Hell on Shudder the other morning and was surprised how much I enjoyed it despite having a weak middle.
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Which release? I can grab mine and check it in a bit. I checked and it loaded the menu and I was able to start the movie fine. I skipped into a few chapters and they played without fine. I have this release:
https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Ghost...lu-ray/105570/
Pretty sure it's this one:
Ghostbusters Blu-Ray
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Since we are close to the halfway mark, what has been some of everyone's favorite watches?
So far, my top FTVS are The Wolf of Snow Hollow (I have a massive crush on Jim Cummings), Road Games, great cat and mouse action, Grabbers, a fun Irish monster flick, and Malignant. I also liked Spontaneous, which explores the grieving process and how we cope with tragedy. It's a surprisingly smart film disguised as a teen horror comedy.

The worst FTVS I've seen so far are Aquaslash, an incompetently made film despite the cool title, and Slumber Party Massacre II, the whole "dream killer" thing was stupid and derivative, although the actor Atanas Ilitch was easy on the eyes. Nowadays he's an executive with his family company and apparently worth billions.

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Since we are close to the halfway mark, what has been some of everyone's favorite watches?
Of the movies I've never seen before, I was mesmerized by the surreal nature (as well as grotesque) Eyes Without A Face. I also was surprised by how much I enjoyed the 1979 Frank Langella Dracula. At the end I thought it was funny that despite changing more from the Stoker novel than almost any other serious adaptation, it produced one of the most satisfying versions I've seen.

Thanks for the recs of The Manor. I'm going to have to check that out.
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Anyone seen The Neon Demon?
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Double featured Re-Animator (1985) and From Beyond (1986) last night. It is a great combo but I feel that From Beyond is the better of the two but gets overshadowed by Re-Animator.

I definitely recommend the shorter, unrated version of Re-Animator over the longer "Integral Cut." The Integral Cut may add more story but it slows down the picture to a crawl in my opinion. It adds almost 20 minutes to the movie (compared to the unrated version) and I think the movie suffers from that.

Rob Zombie's 3 From Hell sucks. Plain and simple. I am not a fan of his movies but I like his style. But it does seem that he is a one trick pony. He has only one tale to tell and can't seem to formulate anything different. I know he is doing an update of The Munsters which will likely break this chain but I will be very surprised if it is any good. Luckily I am not a Munsters fanatic or I would be worried. He is a self-avowed Munsters fanatic so maybe he will get it right?
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^Honestly, I am a little wary of extended cuts. Sometimes they are better, add more story, add more fun, but a lot of times there is a reason why some scenes were cut. If nothing else, sometimes scenes get cut for pacing reasons and that can be important to the movie's flow.
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I’m halfway to my goal although I’m lagging behind on my first time watches. I pretty much have the checklist completed so that frees me up to watch stuff from my unviewed pile. Still doing the daily subsets.
If I had to pick a favorite so far I’d say it was Road Games.
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Anyone seen The Neon Demon?
I watched it a few nights ago. Well made, great cast, nasty and cynical script, but most Hollywood-set movies are. I liked it. :-) Gave it a 4/5 stars.
The horror elements come mostly at the very end and they're pretty gnarly.
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I hit #52 last night. Here are my 4 or 5 star rated watches so far:

Slither (2006)- ★★★★✰ - Brilliant horror comedy about an invasion of alien parasites. Super funny and majorly gross body effects.
Dr Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1941)- ★★★★★- The best Jekyll and Hyde. How can you go wrong with Spencer Tracy and Ingrid Bergman?
The Creeping Flesh (1973)- ★★★★✰ -Fun vintage horror with Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing.
The Spiral Staircase (1946)- ★★★★✰ -I love this gothic pot-boiler. Always a pleasure to revisit it.
The Frighteners (1996)- ★★★★★-Loved this.
The Mephisto Waltz (1971)- ★★★★✰ -A decent Satanist movie from the 70s. Not as good as Rosemary's Baby but still quite good, and the cast is terrific.
Splinter (2008)- ★★★★✰ - This is a really strong little creature feature. I loved the characters and the way the ex-con redeems himself in the end.
Paranoiac (1963)- ★★★★★ - Loved this. Reed is spectacular in this--mesmerizing, young, beautiful, and over-the-top in the best way.
Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on the Exorcist (2019)- ★★★★✰ - This is a stellar doc about The Exorcist that mainly features Friedkin talking and footage from the film, but it's fascinating.
Carrie (1976)- ★★★★★ -Horror classic right up there with The Exorcist and The Omen.
The Woman (2011)- ★★★★★ -I'm shocked how much I loved this. The Woman was a badass!
Crimson Peak (2015) - ★★★★✰ -I have a thing for gothic Victorian romances like Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. Crimson Peak feels like a Del Toro version of those stories.
Tales from the Hood (1995) - ★★★★✰ - I really enjoyed this. It feels a lot like the Creepshow movies. All segments were good, but I liked the doll one the best.
Quiet Place II (2021) - ★★★★✰ - Good sequel. I love Cillian Murphy and this film has the same nail-biting tension as the first.
Mimic (1997) - ★★★★✰ -Very solid big budget creature feature. I liked the entomology aspects of this.
Battle Royale (2000)- ★★★★★ - Loved it. The fact that these were young kids battling it out made it so much creepier.
Kuroneko (1968)- ★★★★✰ - Beautiful imagery and cinematography on this Japanese ghost story.
The Eye (2002)- ★★★★✰ - The plot has been done before, but it's done very well here. I loved the final sequence.
L'Inferno (1911)- ★★★★★ - This is mesmerizing and harrowing. The effects are astonishing for the time
The Neon Demon (2016)- ★★★★✰ - Striking imagery in this intense little film about beauty. The ending came as a shock.
Curse of the Demon (1957)- ★★★★✰ -- I enjoyed it more this year. I think I've been watching so much hard core stuff this was a nice change.
Wrong Turn (2003)- ★★★★✰ -- The cast elevates this above your typical back woods killer story.

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Trying to get things ready to watch Halloween Kills soon... does anyone have experience with Peacock? If I subscribe to Peacock Premium (which has ads), will the movie be interrupted with an ad? Is it better to get Peacock Premium Plus (no ads), in this case?
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Finished it last night. Love Sandy King who is a sweetheart (John's wife). Movie itself, two main characters (grandmother and grandson) are good actors. Overall gave it a 6.5 as the story could have been better. Good acting for the most part, story just could use more punch.

Since we are close to the halfway mark, what has been some of everyone's favorite watches? Just been watching random stuff on Hulu and Amazon so far. I've quite enjoyed A Nasty Piece of Work, Personal Shopper, and The Clovehitch Killer. How about everyone else?
Actually really surprised with Hunter Hunter (2020). Kind of blown away by it and wasn't expecting the ending, based on the slow burn.
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Anyone seen The Neon Demon?
I think this is very much a "your mileage may vary" movie (even more than most). My review from an earlier challenge (I didn't care for it):
Having liked a number of earlier Nicolas Winding Refn movies (the Pusher series, Drive, Valhalla Rising), I was quite looking forward to seeing how he would tackle a horror movie. Overall, disappointing. Sure, it looks nice and at times manages a trance-like atmosphere. There was just no substance to it. I felt hit over the head with the "symbolism" ... and NWR isn't really saying anything daring or novel. I found the way everyone spoke really annoying. Kind of like the sloths from Zootopia. There would be a line, then a pause ... another line, and another pause. When they were doing this for the first scene I thought there was no way this movie could subject the viewers to that for the entire running time. They sure did
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Anyone seen The Neon Demon?
I think I agree with brainee... well shot but seemed hollow to me.
The Neon Demon[Unrated](2016, 117 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ 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 LA that the rest of us cannot readily relate to. Captivating style and narrative techniques but empty.
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Hitting 50 right now with the Hysteria Continues track on Silent Madness.

Anyone else keeping a watch-goals/scenario spread sheet?
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Anyone else keeping a watch-goals/scenario spread sheet?
I use a spreadsheet to plan my month and it also lists how many films I should have watched along the way. I keep it updated with what I actually watch each day.
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