Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > DVD Discussions > DVD Talk
Reload this Page >

The 19th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread***

DVD Talk Talk about DVDs and Movies on DVD including Covers and Cases
Old 08-29-23, 07:47 PM
DVD Talk Forum Expert How-Tos and Guides
Last edit by: Chad
Theme/Subset List / The Checklist / TCM Oct 2023 Schedule / Trivia Question #1 / Trivia Question #2 / Trivia Question #3 / The Ghana Giveaway

Theme Nights 2023 list is complete.

The Subset 2023 List w/ Physical Media and Streaming Guide is complete.

The current progress of the Checklist is on post #148.

The Discussion Thread is UP.

Subset Volunteers - 25

IMDB advanced title search

Horror Films by year starting 1895


Print Wikipost

The 19th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread***

Old 08-30-23, 05:34 AM
  #26  
Challenge Guru & Comic Nerd
 
Trevor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: spiritually, Minnesota
Posts: 36,891
Received 683 Likes on 458 Posts
Re: The 19th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread***

Sweet!
Old 08-30-23, 06:32 AM
  #27  
DVD Talk Legend
 
BobO'Link's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 10,482
Received 666 Likes on 483 Posts
Re: The 19th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread***

19th Annual
October Horror Movie Challenge

14th year participating!

**LIST FINAL**
140 films viewed
43 First time viewings


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


2nd? Annual Early Bird Horror Watch Roulette Movie
0 - Chopping Mall (1986) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

September 30th
1. Dinosaurus! (1960) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
2. Twice-Told Tales (1963) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 1st
3. Dementia 13 (1963) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
4. The Black Room ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
5. The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
6. The Return of the Vampire (1943) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
7. Solomon Kane (2009) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
8. Eye of the Devil (1966) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
9. Lust for a Vampire (1971) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 2nd
10. Doctor Sleep (2019): Director's Cut ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
11. Coming Home in the Dark (2021) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
12. The Brothers Grimm (2005) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 3rd
13. The Outer Limits (1963): S1E1/S1E2 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
14. The Outer Limits (1963): S1E3/S1E4 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
15. The Outer Limits (1963): S1E5/S1E6 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 4th
16. The Outer Limits (1963): S1E7/S1E8 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
17. The Outer Limits (1963): S1E8/S1E10 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
18. The Outer Limits (1963): S1E11/S1E12 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 5th
19. City of the Living Dead (1980) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
20. The Outer Limits (1963): S1E13/S1E14 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
21. The Outer Limits (1963): S1E15/S1E16 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 6th
22. Warning (2021) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
23. The Earth Dies Screaming (1964) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
24. The Outer Limits (1963): S1E17/S1E18 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 7th
25. Freaks (2018) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
26. The Wasp Woman (1959) - Extended, aka TV version ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
27. I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
28. Species (1995) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
29. Attack of the Puppet People (1958) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
30. Planet Terror (2007) Scratch Free International/Extended version ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
31. Calling Dr. Death (1943) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 8th
32. From Dusk til Dawn (1996) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
33. From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1999) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
34. From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter (1999) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
35. God Told Me To (1976) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
36. Secret of the Blue Room (1933) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
37. Elvira's Haunted Hills (2001) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
38. MST3K (1992): S5E5 - Being From Another Planet ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
39. The Outer Limits (1963): S1E19/S1E20 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 9th
40. The Castle of Fu Manchu (1969) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
41. Daughters of Darkness (1971) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
42. The Deadly Bees (1966) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 10th
43. The Osiris Child (2016) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
44. The Spider Woman Strikes Back (1946) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
45. Weird Woman (1944) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 11th
46. Dead Man's Eyes (1944) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
47. The Giant Gila Monster (1959) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
48. The Killer Shrews (1959) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 12th
49. The Frozen Ghost (1945) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
50. Renfield (2023) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
51. Voodoo Man (1944) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 13th
52. Horror Express (1972) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
53. The Thing from Another World (1951) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
54. The Flesh and the Fiends (1960) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
55. The Outer Limits (1963): S1E21/S1E22 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 14th
56. The Brain (1962) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
57. Strange Confession (1945) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
58. Pillow of Death (1945) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
59. Spontaneous (2020) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
60. Mothra (1961) - Japanese version ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
61. Konga (1961) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
62. Supernatural (1933) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
63. Frankenhooker (1990) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
64. Mark of the Vampire (1935) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 15th
65. Scary Movie (2000) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
66. The Old Dark House (1932) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
67. The Wicker Man (1973) - The Final Cut ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
68. Gappa the Triphibian Monster (1967) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
69. Scream and Scream Again (1970) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
70. Return of the Ape Man (1944) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
71. Scary Movie 2 (2001) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
72. Swamp Thing (1982) - International Cut ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
73. The Outer Limits (1963): S1E23/S1E24 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 16th
74. Evil Dead (2013) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
75. Scary Movie 3 (2003) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
76. The Outer Limits (1963): S1E25/S1E26 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 17th
77. The Oblong Box (1969) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
78. The Strange Door (1951) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
79. Transylvania 6-5000 (1985) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 18th
80. Penny Dreadful (2014) S2E1/S2E2 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
81. Penny Dreadful (2014) S2E3/S2E4 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
82. Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (1974) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
83. Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 19th
84. Penny Dreadful (2014) S2E5/S2E6 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
85. Penny Dreadful (2014) S2E7/S2E8 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
86. Penny Dreadful (2014) S2E9/S2E10 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 20th
87. Hercules in the Haunted World (1961): US version ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
88. Slither (2006) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
89. Burke & Hare (1972) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
90. The Human Monster (1939) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 21st
91. A Quiet Place (2018) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
92. Night of the Living Deb (2015) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
93. The Awful Dr. Orlof (1962) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
94. The Outer Limits (1963): S1E27/S1E28 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
95. The Outer Limits (1963): S1E29/S1E30 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 22nd
96. Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
97. Resident Evil (2002) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
98. Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
99. Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
100. Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
101. Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
102. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 23rd
103. The Blood Beast Terror (1968) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
104. The Undying Monster (1942) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
105. The Outer Limits (1963): S1E31/S1E32 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 24th
106. The Fly (1958) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
107. Return of the Fly (1959) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
108. The Outer Limits (1963): S2E1/S2E2 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 25th
109. Curse of the Fly (1965) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
110. The Fly (1986) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
111. The Outer Limits (1963): S2E3/S2E4 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 26th
112. The Fly II (1989) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
113. Teen Wolf (1985) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
114. Teen Wolf Too (1987) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 27th
115. Pumpkinhead (1988) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
116. Burke and Hare (2010) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
117. The Outer Limits (1963): S2E5/S2E6 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 28th
118. Crawl (2019) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
119. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
120. Låt den rätte komma in (Let the Right One In) (2008) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
121. The Frozen Dead (1966) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
122. Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
123. Lifeforce (1985) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
124. Beast from Haunted Cave (1959) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
125. The Outer Limits (1963): S2E7/S2E8 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 29th
126. L.A. AIDS Jabber (1994) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
127. The Mad Doctor (1940) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
128. The Exorcist (1973) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
129. The Evil Dead (1981) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
130. La frusta e il corpo (The Whip and the Body) (1963) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
131. The Outer Limits (1963): S2E9/S2E10 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
132. The Outer Limits (1963): S2E11/S2E12 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 30th
133. Pet Sematary (2019) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
134. Overlord (2018) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
135. The Black Sleep (1956) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 31st
136. The Ape Man (1943) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
137. Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
138. Let's Kill Uncle (1966) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
139. The Outer Limits (1963): S2E13/S2E14 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
140. The Outer Limits (1963): S2E15/S2E16 ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

Last edited by BobO'Link; 11-01-23 at 08:59 AM.
Old 08-30-23, 07:25 AM
  #28  
Senior Member
 
Indy24LA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 900
Received 53 Likes on 31 Posts
Re: The 19th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread***

Indy's 15th Annual Halloween/Horror Challenge

2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009

Goal= 50
* indicates first time viewing

September 30
1. Swamp Thing (1982)- I am Swamp Thing! By no means a good movie, it's still very watchable and dare I say entertaining? I dare, I dare. No doubt 'cause I grew up watching this on the HBO. Came out during one of the greatest cinematic years of all time and it's a DC property, beating Wonder Woman and Aquaman to the theaters by over 30 years, so there's that.
2. Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College* (1990)- Gremlins meets every 80s R-rated college comedy. I don't know what's worst, the Ghoulies, the douchey frat boys, or the dad jokes. This movie is why I never went to college (it had nothing to do with my poor grades or lack of money).

October 1
3. Terrifier 2* (2022)- Rejects from the Jake Lloyd School of Acting meet an inarticulate Pennywise. It feels like a Nightmare on Elm Street reimagining for the torture porn generation. Art the clown is basically a less quippy, more woke version of Freddy Krueger. This chapter leans into the magical dream-like world and, of course, the gore.
4. No One Will Save You* (2023)- aka Close Encounters of the Therapy Kind. Speaking of laconic, mum's the word in this alien home invasion thriller. It's an acting tour de force for Tim Allen's daughter as she faces her grief and finally forgives herself then lives happily ever after in a straitjacket. Or not, who the hell knows.

October 2
5. Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II* (1987)- Asks the eternal question; can a relationship survive a possession? It's certainly a dealbreaker for me. This charming and surprisingly entertaining movie is a mashup of many of 80s horror flicks, but the first Prom Night ain't one of them.
6. The Pope’s Exorcist* (2023)- This movie had the rosary beads to retcon the Spanish Inquisition. The scary thing is, I bet some people believe it. It's the marquee matchup of Maximus v the Devil... or a devil? So, I guess it's less Muhammad Ali v Joe Louis and more Muhammad Ali v Buster Douglas. It's pretty good but they've got the Exorcist's playbook and they're running it, step by step. And back to the possession being a dealbreaker—that goes for kids as well. Sorry Henry, but it's adoption time.
7. From S1 E1: Long Day's Journey Into Night*, S1 E2: The Way Things Are Now*- Michael and Walt escaped the island only to get trapped in a Stephen King-style off the map town. This show will suck you in right from the jump (scare) and hopefully doesn't end with them being stuck in some convoluted purgatory.

October 3
8. Blades* (1989)- I can hear the pitch for this now, "Let's do a near shot-for-shot remake of Jaws, but on a golf course." Unfortunately, they didn't respond, "You're gonna need a bigger premise." Roy Kent is a washed-up golf pro at a deadly country club for bad golfer and even worse actors. And I'm not being cute here, he's name is really Roy F-ing Kent. He's here! He's there! He's every-f—ing-where! Roy Kent! Roy Kent!
9. Ghostwatch* (1992)- And now for something completely different. This is a sorta cross between The Conjuring 2 and a Paranormal Activity long before they were even conceived. For a BBC TV show in 1992, this was scary AF. Everything felt authentic, from the old patronizing male host to the American skeptic doing a Jeff Goldbum impression.

October 4
10. Tenebrae* (1982)- More of a WhocaresWhodunit slasher, this is a paint by numbers giallo film. It's not bad, but my attention wasn't particularly captured by the story, actors, or style.
11. Haunted Mansion* (2023)- I don't care if I lose all my horror movie cred—I unabashedly loved this film! Full disclosure, the Disney ride is my all-time favorite attraction so I'm almost predisposed to enjoy it. This flick did an amazing job simulating the essence of the ride with a witty, spooky, and fun story. The special effects were top self, and the cast brought their A-game (except for Owen Wilson who brought his usual Owen Wilson-game).

October 5
12. Ghoulies* (1985)- Detective Olivia Benson is handed her toughest case yet—tracking down a trio of ugly murder-muppets and their Dr. Strange cosplaying master. Unlike with Swamp Thing, I have no nostalgia glasses for this since I've never seen it, so its silliness was lost on me. I did appreciate the 80s cheesy bits though.
13. Brand New Cherry Flavor S1 E1: I Exist*, S1 E2: Hair of the Dog*- Alita goes to La La Land to turn her student film into a major motion picture. There she meets the sleeziest producer since Harvey Weinstein, sells her soul to Witchy Armitage, and pukes kittens. You had me at pukes kittens!
14. Insidious: The Red Door* (2023)- Another worthy chapter in a franchise that rivals Scream for having no bad entries. If you think hard and squint, it's really a remake of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Dalton channels Anakin Skywalker as he's led down the path to the dark side by Darth Maul leading to a face-off with his dadster, Obi-Josh Kenobi. My zero-tolerance possession rule also goes for friends—always swipe left on any former demon vessels.

October 6
15. Stepfather II: Make Room for Daddy (1989)- Not as good as the first, mainly because of the lack of Jill Schoelen. Locke is back to his slash-daddy ways, as an identity appropriating psychiatrist. This time, he's after Meg Foster and her uncanny valley eyes. He really is a perfect father, just as long as he doesn't get pissed off. Then it's "children should be stabbed and not heard."
16. Halloween Cake-off S1 E1*, S1 E2*- Duff hosts his own show that pits 4 cake makers in a confectionery bake-off to the death... by chocolate. All for a generous serving of dough.
17. The Boogeyman* (2023)- Your standard monster who loves the dark terrifies a grieving family. As you can guess, it doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it's still well done with a good CGI shadow demon. Honestly, the real villain is the blonde mean girl, I haven't rooted for a character to get killed this much since The Flash (sorry, not sorry Ezra).
18. From S1 E3: Choosing Day*, S1 E4: A Rock and a Farway*

October 7
19. Elvira’s Haunted Hills* (2001)- Kudos to the writers for finding enough dad jokes to fill an entire film (I'm sure they're reading this right now saying, "You're criticizing us?"). Elvira gets picked up by one of the instigators for #MeToo and is taken to a cursed castle where she makes a LOT of bad puns, repeatedly fat shames her lacky, take more pratfalls than Charlie Chaplin, and breaks the 4th castle wall all in an effort to get to the bottom of the spooky shenanigans.
20. Phantoms (1998)- A 90s, CW version of The Thing... if the Thing was a preachy Star Trek villain. Peter O'Toole must have owed back taxes or something. Affleck is the youngest former FBI agent turned small town sheriff in the history of film. I'll let the million other reviewers tell you how he was in this extended X-Files episode.
21. Brand New Cherry Flavor S1 E3: Roman Candle*, S1 E4: Tadpole Smoothie*
22. Halloween Cake-off S1 E3*, S1 E4*
23. Slumber Party Massacre* (2021)- What if Barbie was an 80s slasher flick? That's the question no one asked that this movie answers. It's not quite as funny or scary or meta as it wants to be, but there's enough story/social commentary to make this at least interesting.
24. From S1 E5: Silhouettes*, S1 E6: Book 74*

October 8
25. Dead Alive* (1992)- Cruella de Vil is bitten by a claymation rat-monkey that turns her into a zombie Typhoid Mary. But really, this is all about two annoying, tropey characters trying to find love in a hopeless zombie apocalypse. There's plenty of gore, splatstick comedy, extreme close-ups, and a surprising amount of spiritual Kung Fu in Peter Jackson's take on the Evil Dead 2.
26. Totally Killer* (2023)- This funny sci-fi/slasher combo is an interesting whodunit or whowilldoit... I dunno, time travel bakes my noodle. A love letter to the 80s that shows the good that Gen X drones on about but also the bad that they conveniently ignore. If you're watching this with someone who giggles uncontrollably at the bullying, homophobia, and sexual harassment, that's what we call a red flag.

October 9
27. The Return of the Living Dead 3 (1993)- A couple 90210 rejects sneak onto the least secure secret military base in history and catch Major Dad trying to create an army of zombies. Then the necrophiliac New Kid On The Block brings his girlfriend back from the dead only to gaslight and berate her. Not quite as good as the original, but miles better than part two. Love means never having to say you're sorry... for eating Riverman's brains.
28. Gothic* (1986)- The infamous story of how Mary Shelley came up with Frankenstein comes to life in this Merchant Ivory Productions on acid. Steeped in symbolism and metaphor, this film is less of a coherent narrative and more of an arthouse fever dream. This movie made me hate poetry.
29. Cam* (2018)- AI strikes again as a cam girl gets her identity jacked by... an algorithm maybe? This is a pretty interesting Black Mirror style flick that shows the unsurprisingly seedy underbelly of the virtual stripper world. And as usual, the creepy incel and porno-Don are the truth villains.

October 10
30. Evil Toons* (1991)- The acting is amateurish, the writing is silly, and the production value is low in this demonic version of Roger Rabbit. But let's be honest folks, we're watching this for our love of... classic animation. And for multiple variations of Dick Miller. Also, calling a cartoon character a "doodle" just feels racist.
31. Monkey Shines* (1988)- Marcel is given some PEDs and turns into a murder monkey from hell who probably stole Milton's red stapler. It's difficult to make a cute, tiny monkey as scary as say Jaws or even Chucky, but Romero gets an A for effort. You do gotta feel for the lil primate, she was basically a slave and never asked to be tainted with human brain-orade.
32. Rise: Blood Hunter (2007)- A remake of Kill Bill that swaps ninjas for vampires. Lucy Liu takes on the role of the good/bad guy in this semi-underrated, stylish Blade knock-off. A lot of odd cameos so you can also play that game of, "Hey, isn't that _____?"

October 11
33. V/H/S/85* (2023)- You know the drill here, filmmakers with an unnatural VHS fetish shoot several found footage style "stories" with subtle connections. Not as good as the first couple, but worth watching... especially if you want a headache with a side of nausea. I feel like there's a race between this franchise and Children of the Corn to see who can make the most films. Speaking of, did you know there are 11 (as of now) Corn movies?
34. Color Out of Space* (2019)- Finally, a movie about what it must be like inside Nicolas Cage's head. The movie starts off with Nic on about 3, then slowly moves up the Cage scale until it ends with him on a full blown 11. Pretty interesting, if a little too Lovecraftian for me. Tommy Chong plays himself doing what we'd expect him to be doing now.
35. Brand New Cherry Flavor S1 E5: Jennifer*, S1 E6: Milk Bath*

October 12
36. Two Evil Eyes* (1990)- Two masters of horror combine with Edgar Allan Poe to bring you a meh film. It's not bad but doesn't really make an impression. I'm having trouble even remember much about it an hour later. I think there was a zombie in the first tale and a cat in the second... maybe.
37. Talk to Me* (2022)- A24—your reliable source for disturbing horror. This is so well crafted, from the original story to the acting to the deft direction. It's nice to finally see some teens dumber than American ones. Asks the important question; should you still trust your dead, zombie mom?
38. Hocus Pocus (1993)- A Halloween classic that's become a merchandising monster. And for a good reason, captures the vibe of the season perfectly. Wait, how did the teacher know Binx was turned into a cat? Only the witches knew, and they died like 3 minutes later.

October 13
39. Slasher S5 E1: The Slaughterhouse*, S5 E2: The Painful Truth*- Canadian Horror Story is back... in time. A Jack (or Jill) the Ripper knock-off stalks some agathokakological characters in Victorian era Toronto. It's okay so far, but it does have a little too much bullisploitation.
40. Friday the 13th part 2 (1981)- Aka the Camp that Dreaded Sundown. This bookends nicely with part 1, and it feels like they were at least trying to make a coherent narrative. But they did forget to film an ending. Like, what the cuss happened after the window scene? The other burning question: who peed under the bed, the rat or Jenny?
41. Spirit Halloween: The Movie* (2022)- A commercial for Spirit written by a 13-year-old (or AI perhaps) that is ridiculous in all the wrong ways. Tries desperately to be a coming-of-age story but ends up more generic than the decorations in the store. I know they didn't want to shell out the dough for any licensed products, but that's what makes Spirit the cool Halloween store. This was more like Dollar General: The Movie. Doc Brown deserves better.
42. The Fall of the House of Usher S1 E1: A Midnight Dreary*, S1 E2: The Masque of the Red Death* - The annual Mike Flanagan Netflix October extravaganza really puts the R in TV-MA. It's like a deranged Succession... okay a more deranged Succession that brings back the usual Flanaganites plus a Sith as hell Luke Skywalker.

October 14
43. Scream VI (2023)- Aka Ghostface Takes Manhattan. This is how you do a franchise right, honor what's come before while giving us something interesting, relevant, and somewhat different. Scream goes to NYC and unlike Jason, spends more than 5 minutes in the Big Apple. Starring Wednesday as the new Scream queen and even brings back fan-fave Kirby in a leather jacket.
44. Hubbie Halloween (2020)- Adam Sandler throws a SNL reunion Halloween party and secretly films it. This has become an annual challenge viewing and for a good reason—it's hilarious and vibes with the spooky season.
45. What We Do in the Shadows (2014)- I don't know which is better, this or the TV show. Both are hysterical with great, lovable characters and relatable stories. It's like choosing between donuts and donut holes.
46. Goosebumps S1 E1: Say Cheese and Die*, S1 E2: The Mask*- This is off to a good start, but I'm a little confused, is it self-contained stories or a long mini-series?

October 15
47. Meg 2: The Trench* (2023)- Absurdity is on the menu in this mash-up of Jaws, Fast & Furious, and Jurassic World minus any attempt of staying inside the realm of plausibility. There's a one-minute scene where a Meg eats more people than Jaws did in its entire series which encapsulates how over the top this film is. On the positive side, I will say it looks good and the cinematography is on point.
48. The Last Horror Film* (1981)- Caroline Munro cosplays Cruella de Vil in the most securely fitted towel in film history. This no-budget, guerilla shot movie is a Taxi Driver rip-off that hinges on Joe Spinell's unhinged performance. He acquits himself well in this almost character study of a stalker gone wild at Cannes.
49. Casper (1995)- Casper the thirsty ghost helps the Middle Wednesday put the heart in a Halloween party. Fun 90s family horror in the same vein of Hocus Pocus.
50. The Fall of the House of Usher S1 E3: Murder in the Rue Morgue*, S1 E4: The Black Cat*

October 16
51. Death Game* (1977)- Two Manson Family strays play knock knock on a hapless mustachio's door. It's all fun and games until this soft-core porn turns into hard-core horror. Does a masterful job of selling the loony tunes of the way overaged "teens". This is every midlife crisis man's wet nightmare.
52. Relic* (2020)- Aka Granny goes on a Walkabout. An Outback plague house is possessed by demonic black mold (the silent killer) in this creepy geriatrics attack film. Boldy asks the question: is it elder abuse if Gran Gran is bewitched by satanic fungus?

October 17
53. Look Away* (2018)- This is really an alternate version of the Incredible Hulk if you think about it. For a boy, their wish fulfillment for getting power and agency involves turning into a giant, green idiot and smashing everything in sight. For a girl, she turns into a more confident, stylish version of herself that wages psychological warfare on her enemies. Mira Sorvino leaves the where are they now file and is joined by professional bad guy Jason Isaacs and Juliet's daughter in this slow burning Doctor Jekyll/Missy Hyde cautionary tale about being the best, least murderous version of yourself.
54. Goosebumps S1 E3: The Cuckoo Clock of Doom*, S1 E4: Go Eat Worms*
55. Halloween Baking Championship S9 E5: The Fantastic Fondante and Funhouse Hall of Mirrors*, S9 E6: Heads Will Roll*
56. I Am Not a Serial Killer* (2016)- Dexter Jr. is struggling through adolescence because let's face it, most teenagers are quasi-sociopaths. He befriends Doc Brown who turns out to be... something straight outta a Stephen Koontz novel. Great Scott! This was a very well-done, independent-vibing thriller.

October 18
57. Influencer* (2022)- In Cyberspace, No One Can Hear You Scream. A cryptic woman named CW Single White Female's a bunch of social media influencers in this interesting take on fame and worth in the digital media age. I mean, would y'all know if I was replaced by an AI deepfake?
58. From S1 E7: All Good Things...*, S1 E8: Broken Windows, Open Doors*

October 19
59. Hide and go Shriek* (1988)- Mike Barnes and some Cobra Kai rejects get locked in his furniture store with their clumsy, maniacal former sensei. Sure, this is a very poorly lighted, amateur hour horror flick, but what you can see is mildly interesting in all of its 80s glory.

October 20
60. Return to Nuke Em High Volume 1* (2013)- A Troma movie, which means it's way over the top, in your face satire wrapped in a b horror movie soft shell. The acting is just shy of porn level and the caricatures and humor can only be defined as low-hanging fruit. All that said, there is something entertaining about watching Lloyd Kaufman throw everything against the wall to see what sticks.
61. The Case of the Bloody Iris* (1972)- Aka Only Giallo Murders in the Building. All you troglodytes complaining about woke culture, this is the movie for you. Italian Darkman goes around killing attractive women in a swanky high rise in this serviceable yet antiquated thriller.
62. Smile (2022)- "We hate to see you smile!" The daughter of Kevin Bacon, Jim Carry, Hilary Swank, and Kyra Sedgwick (depending on lighting) takes on one of those pesky, invisible to everyone but the protagonist, entities. She goes from trained and competent psychiatrist to babbling nutty buggy inside of 15 minutes. This is a great and very unsettling, psychological horror flick that mashes up It Follows with The Grudge.

October 21
63. Halloweentown* (1998)- April O'Neil has a covenant of kids with muggle KC Jones, who, of course, dies. This charming if not spell by numbers spooktacular is Disney AF, but that exclusive Disney that the internet loves because their only agenda was money. Unlike the current, inclusive Disney whose only agenda is money. But don't bother explaining how corporations work to their ignorant mouse ears.
64. Cobweb* (2023)- This is a pretty decent and very Ringesque throwback horror flick. An intrusive substitute teacher tries a little too hard to help the loner boy trope and save him from his old-fashioned mommy and daddy. Who knew that Homelander and young Annie Wilkes would make terrible parents?
65. Near Dark (1987)- An Anne Heche progenitor falls for a thirsty, whiney-ass cowboy who must be allergic to showers in this 80s version of Twilight. They join a band of redneck Lost Boys who are very bad at time management and love going around living out loud in the bowels of the good old USofA. These 'Merica loving vamps straight from a Lana Del Rey song are simply trying to make Nosferatu scary again.
66. Teeth (2007)- This flick is every gaslighting, manipulative, date-raping-frat-boy misogynist's nightmare, which is probably why it's so enjoyable to watch. Amanda Seyfried steals Winona Ryder's voice then develops mutant powers to fight sexual assault. I'm sure in part two, she joins the Avengers to become their least merchandised member. Would saying, 'My, what big teeth you have' be slut shaming?
67. From S1 E9: Into the Woods*, S1 E10: Oh, the Places We'll Go*
68. The Fall of the House of Usher S1 E5: The Tell-Tale Heart*, S1 E6: Goldbug*

October 22
69. Poltergeist (1982)- The best PG horror film of all time. Finally, somebody said it. This is a classic 80s slow burn that follows the Exorcist's example of giving your characters/story time to breath but dropping them into a hellish nightmare.
70. Altered States* (1980)- This movie's a trip! The late General Thunderbolt Ross is an on the spectrum genius who appropriates some acid from a group of Indigenous people in this weird re-envisioning of Harry and the Hendersons. There's a lot of pseudoscientific psychobabble and music video mysticism that will make you question what reality you are in thanks to Ken Russell being Ken Russell.
71. Creepshow S4 E1: Twenty Minutes with Cassandra/Smile*, S4 E2: The Hat/Grieving Process*

October 23
72. The Dark and the Wicked* (2020)- Aka The Devil Went Down to Texas... and no one noticed. This movie starts off in the bleak AF setting of a secluded, decrepit farmhouse in a rural, small southern town, so all the horror that follows is like adding black licorice to your anchovy salad. What follows is Satan doing a little demo-day on some bland, cookie cutter souls in this whispery, dreary slow burn.
73. The Thing (1982)- One of the greatest films of all time... yada yada yada. What I want is to talk to the Thing, you know, find out what it wants. What are its likes (dogs, margaritas, Cards Against Humanity) and dislikes (the cold, math, flamethrowers)? Is it a Swiftie? Does it wear Crocs? We could learn so much from each other.
74. The Thing (2011)- A prequel that magically feels like it's 30 years in the future... because it is. Even though it's moderner, slicker, CGIier, and big budgetier than the perfect original remake, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Stays true to the spirit of Carpenter's version while giving us the origin story of the Thing.
75. Halloween (1978)- I have a new theory. We all assume Mikey is stalking Jamie Lee Curtis because she's an Oscar-winning actress. But I think he's stalking Tommy Doyle, trying to convert him into the next silent slasher.
76. Brand New Cherry Flavor S1 E7: Egg*, S1 E8: Bodies*

October 24
77. Night of the Creeps (1986)- One of the Rusty Griswolds and his way more interesting, quippy sidekick open up a can of space worms all over your standard movie college campus. You gotta love 80s horror, rarely did it stay inside the lines. This fetching little movie has it all: sci-fi, comedy, horror, and outdated stereotypes. And the internet's favorite daddy, Tom Atkins, tries way too hard to make "thrill me" happen. There's even a bonus game for anyone who wants alcohol poisoning; take a shot for every horror reference.
78. Halloween Baking Championship S9 E7: Sword Swallow Your Pride*, S9 E8: A Smashing Good Time*
79. Scare Me* (2020)- Stormfront and some non-descript white dude sit around a pretty spectacular cabin telling scary stories and making endless pop culture references in this movie that feels more like an off-broadway play. It's a pretty interesting ride until the Uber driver takes a weird left turn at the end that doesn't make a lot of sense.

October 25
80. The Brood* (1979)- Leave it to Cronenberg to make kids creepier than they naturally are. Oliver Reed is a goblin whisperer in this rageaholic, body horror tale about family trauma and how it manifests. With an emphasis on manifests. Poor Canadian Carol Anne; she was stuck between a loony tunes mom and a beige dad.
81. The Puppetman* (2023)- Discount Emily VanCamp sleepwalks her way through this demon cult-y mystery. She and her band of deceitful frenemies must out-quip each other or die trying. Can Eddie Wilson and the new Gidget exorcise the sleepy spirit from the Power Broker? Or is the old adage once possessed always possessed true? If you think your parents f-ed you up, watch this and you're guaranteed to feel 100% better.

October 26
82. The Burrowers* (2008)- What do you get when you put Termors, The Descent, and True Grit in a blender? This movie. Western horror is an underserved genre, so this is an interesting film almost by default. For a flick I've never heard of, this is incredibly well-made on all accounts and would even make John Ford-Carpenter proud.
83. Halloween 4 (1988)- For my money, this is the best of the myriad of Halloween sequels/reboots/restarts. Captures the essence of the first one with the atmosphere and likable characters.
84. Come Play* (2020)- This is a quasi-cautionary tale for using electronic devices in lieu of parenting that also serves as a long Spongebob Squarepants commercial. It's also a quasi-American version of The Babadook with a much less annoying child and a much more banal name. I mean, Larry? Cmon man, how are we supposed to be frightened by a (misunderstood) monster named Larry?
85. Creepshow S4 E3: Parent Death Trap/To Grandmother's House We Go*, S4 E4: Meet the Belaskos/Cheat Code*

October 27
86. The Nun II* (2023)- Aka Irene Jones and the Holy Peepers of Paragon. On par with the first one, but this time Nunya teams up with Black Philip in an attempt to achieve sainthood. Also trades the super-cool gothic abbey for a French school for whiny bullies.
87. The Fall of the House of Usher S1 E7: The Pit and the Pendulum*, S1 E8: The Raven*
88. The Enfield Haunting S1 E1*, S1 E2*- Peter Pettigrew and Mr. Darcy team up to fight Joe, the limey poltergeist from London. Ole Wormtail projects his grief onto a poor, possessed girl while Darcy tries to capitalize on the whole affair. A pretty good alternate version of The Conjuring 2, minus evil nuns and crooked men.

October 28
89. Creepshow S4 E5: PSomething Burrowed, Something Blue/Doodles*, S4 E6: George Romero in 3D/Baby Teeth*
90. Zombie Town* (2023)- This is more of a made-for-TV Disney channel flick. Like the OG Goosebumps, his is really aimed at the pre-teen demographic but does offer a pseudo SNL and Kids in the Hall reunion for us older folks. Not 100% sure what the message here is. It's either that horror fans are basically zombies or to find true happiness, you must embrace the zombie genre.
91. Haunting of the Queen Mary* (2023)- Dr. Carol Marcus the 2nd stars in this WTF, hodge podge of a horror film. This is a confusing, almost experimental cruise that contains tap dancing, animated, and Twilight Zonesque sequences. I will say that I did love the history part of the story and wish they leaned into that more.
92. Five Nights at Freddy's* (2023)- Angry Peta, Jennifer Lawerence’s stunt double, and a young Olive Oil play hunger games at a Showbiz pizza knockoff that was seemingly abandoned mid-shift. Sure it’s silly, but it’s fairly entertaining and pretty disturbing if you really think about it. But why would you want to do that?
93. Day Shift* (2022)- MF Jones and the good Franco brother do the buddy comedy thing in this John Wick with vampires flick. The jokes, like the bullets, are hit or miss and the violence is over the top but it does have fun with the vampire lore.

October 29
94. The Exorcist (1973)- One of the greatest movies of all time, but I noticed this go-round that after expertly building the suspense/tension the denouement happens pretty quickly. The actual exorcism takes like 5 minutes. I've waited longer for my Taco Bell order.
95. Dead End* (2003)- The worst family in the history of cinema takes a detour... into the Twilight Zone. Or Creepshow or Tales From the Crypt. The point is, this is a morality tale and you end up rooting for the antique hearse-looking car driven by a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reject villain.

October 30
96. Hell House LLC Origins: The Carmichael Manor* (2023)- Aka Four Nights at Krusty's. Bangs, her girlfriend, and brother are all down to clown in the nicest, abandoned haunted house in the world. Think the Haunted Mansion infested with a buncha Pennywises. Side note: Why aren't there any found footage Westerns?
97. Halloween Cookie Challenge S1 E1: Cute, Creepy and Spellbound*, S1 E2: Halloween Costumes and Haunted Houses*
98. The Entity (1982)- The Ghost of Harvey Weinstein terrorizes Barbara Hershey in this adult version of Poltergeist. The real mystery is did Steven Spielberg direct this one too? A lesser-known classic, this movie leans into the fantasy of her "true story" while keeping one foot planted in the reality of what was more than likely really going on, even if the legitimate doctors were portrayed more like dogmatic fools.

October 31
99. Nightbreed (1990)- A mullet in a leather jacket named Aaron F-ing Boone seeks out a matte painting that is a horror fanboy's version of Narnia. Clive Barker directs David Cronenberg (probably should have been the other way around) who plays Sackboy, the standard evil psychiatrist cliche in this bizarre, horror fairytale. Also, why is every other character in the 80s/90s a musician?
100. Possession* (1981)- A young Dr. Alan Grant plays a Kiwi Jack Torrance in this surrealist and minimalist view about going coconuts. Plays like a fantasy that some clueless dudes have about why their wives left them. One could argue that Marriage Story is a spiritual remake.
101. Halloween Baking Championship S9 E9: Sword Swallow Your Pride*,
Toy Story of Terror,
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
102. Trick r Treat (2009)- Ending with my Halloween night staple. One point of contention, Charlie Brown is NOT an asshole. Everyone is pretty much an asshole to him, even Snoopy, but he's the nicest, most sincere of all the Peanut characters.

Last edited by Indy24LA; 11-01-23 at 11:31 AM.
The following users liked this post:
Gobear (10-03-23)
Old 08-30-23, 07:36 AM
  #29  
DVD Talk Legend
 
DaveyJoe's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Maryland
Posts: 19,344
Received 189 Likes on 132 Posts
Re: The 19th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread***

Here
Old 08-30-23, 08:24 AM
  #30  
Member
 
PCBreakdown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 192
Likes: 0
Received 12 Likes on 1 Post
Re: The 19th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread***

2013: 164 | 2014: 124 | 2015: 126 | 2016: 40 | 2017: 74 | 2018: 70 | 2022: 80

BluRay: 0 | Subscription Streaming: 32 | Free Streaming: 33 | VOD: 1 | Paid Streaming: 1
☼ First Time Viewing: 59
September 30 (dusk)
1. Vampire in Brooklyn (1995) FMovies ☼ ★★★★☆
2.
Diabolique (1955) Max ☼ ★★★★☆

October 1
3.
House of the Long Shadows (1983) Tubi ☼ ★★★★☆
4.
Skinwalker Ranch (2013) YouTube ☼ ★★☆☆☆
5.
The Rental (2020) Netflix ☼ ★★★☆☆
6.
Maniac Cop 2 (1990) Shudder ☼ ★★★☆☆
7.
The Lodge (2019) Max ☼ ★★★☆☆

October 2
8.
The Craft: Legacy (2020) FMovies ☼ ★★★★★
9.
The Man with Nine Lives (1940) DailyMotion ☼ ★★★☆☆
10.
Psycho Goreman (2020) Shudder ☼ ★★★☆☆

October 3
11.
Black Christmas (2006) FreeVee ★★★★★
12.
Black Christmas (2019) Fmovies ☼ ★★★★★

October 4
13.
House of Darkness (2022) Hulu ☼ ★★★☆☆
14.
Evil Dead Rise (2023) Max ☼ ★★★★☆
15.
The Haunting (1999) Max ★★★★☆

October 5
16.
Come to Daddy (2019) Tubi ☼ ★★★★☆
17.
Close Calls (2017) Tubi ☼ ★☆☆☆☆

October 6
18.
House on Haunted Hill (1999) Tubi ★★★★★

October 7
19.
Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings (2011) Fmovies ☼ ★★★★☆
20.
Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey (2023) Peacock ☼ ★★☆☆☆

October 8
21.
Demon Wind (1990) Tubi ☼ ★★☆☆☆
22.
Linnea Quigley's Horror Workout (1990) Tubi ☼ ★☆☆☆☆
23. Rent-A-Pal (2020)
Hulu ☼ ★★★☆☆
24. Zombieworld (2015)
Tubi ☼ ★★☆☆☆

October 9
25.
Decampitated (1998) Tubi ☼ ★★☆☆☆
26. Totally Killer (2023)
Prime ☼ ★★★★★

October 10
​​​​​​27. We Are Still Here (2015) Prime★★★★

October 11
​​​​​​28. Without Warning (1980) Plex ☼ ★★★☆☆
29. The Conspiracy (2012)
Tubi ★★★★
30. Villains (2019) Hulu ☼ ★★★★☆

October 12

31. Decadent Evil (2005) Tubi ☼ ★★☆☆☆
32. Shanks
(1974) Amazon Rental ★★☆☆☆
33. The Girl with All the Gifts (2016) Prime★★★★

October 13
34. Symptoms (1974) YouTube ★★☆☆☆
35. Komodo vs. Cobra (2005) Tubi ★★☆☆☆
36. Sorry About the Demon (2023) Shudder★★★★

October 14
37. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (2008) Tubi★★★☆☆
38. Firestarter (2022) Peacock★★★★
39. Crimes of the Future (2022) Hulu★★★☆☆

October 15
40. Ice Sharks (2016) Plex ★★☆☆☆
​​​​​​41. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) Kanopy★★★☆☆
42. Zombie Tidal Wave (2019) Syfy★★★☆☆
43. Attack of the Killer Donuts (2016) Tubi ★★★★

October 16
44. Scream VI (2023) Paramount+ ☼ ★★★★☆
45. Little Evil (2017)
Netflix ★★★★

October 17
46. The Owners (2020) Hulu★★★☆☆
47. Til Death Do Us Part (2023) FMovies ☼ ★★★☆☆

October 18

​​​​48. Alone (2020) PlutoTv ★★★★

October 19
49. Something Wicked (2014) FMovies★★★★
50. Manborg (2011) Tubi ★★★☆☆
51. They Live (1988) Tubi ★★★★★

October 20
52. 247°F (2011) Tubi ☼ ★★★☆☆
53. Elevator Game (2023) Shudder ☼ ★★★☆☆

October 21
54. Dementia (1955) Tubi ☼ ★☆☆☆☆

October 22
55. The Invisible Man (2020) Peacock★★★★
56. Fright Night (2011) Tubi ★★★★★

October 23
57. Slices of Life (2010) Tubi ☼ ★★☆☆☆

October 24
58. Renfield (2023) Prime ★★★★★

October 25
59. Meg 2: The Trench (2023) Max ★★★★

October 26
60. The Silence (2019)
Netflix ☼ ★★★★★
61. Extinction (2018) Netflix ☼ ★★★★☆

October 27
62. Stoker (2013) Hulu ☼ ★★★☆☆

October 28
63. Shaun of the Dead (2004) Hulu ★★★★★
64. Haunted Mansion (2023) Disney+ ☼ ★★★★★
65. Five Nights at Freddy's (2023) Peacock ☼ ★★★☆☆

October 29
66. The Devil Conspiracy (2022) Hulu ☼ ★★★☆☆

October 30
October 31


Checklist: Completed
Spoiler:
Select 10 actors:
--- John Agar -
--- Paul Bartel -
-X- Barbara Crampton - We Are Still Here (2015)
-X- Peter Cushing - House of the Long Shadows (1983)
--- Hannah Fierman -
-X- Boris Karloff - The Man with Nine Lives (1940)
-X- Christopher Lee - House of the Long Shadows (1983)
-X- Justin Long - House of Darkness (2022)
--- Bela Lugosi -
--- Roddy McDowall -
-X- Stephen McHattie - Come to Daddy (2019)
--- Caroline Munro -
--- Paul Naschy -
-X- Lou Diamond Phillips - Demon Wind (1990)
-X- Vincent Price - House of the Long Shadows (1983)
--- Diana Prince -
-X- Julian Richings - The Conspiracy (2012)
--- Mindy Robinson -
-X- Conor Sweeney - Psycho Goreman (2020)
-X- Recently Deceased (Michael Lerner) - Maniac Cop 2 (1990)

Select 5 directors:
-X- Charles Band - Decadent Evil (2005)
--- Lamberto Bava -
-X- William Castle - Shanks (1974)
--- Creep Creepersin -
--- Dan Curtis -
--- Noboru Iguchi -
-X- José Ramón Larraz - Symptoms (1974)
--- Michael J. Murphy -
--- Bill Rebane -
--- Todd Sheets -
-X- Watch a Movie Directed By a Female Director, 2, 3 - The Craft: Legacy (2020)
-X- Watch a Movie Directed By a Horror Director Icon (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ,6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Random) - Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)

Select 2 film composers:
-X- Chuck Cirino - Komodo vs. Cobra (2005)
-X- Rocky Gray - Close Calls (2017)
--- Riz Ortolani -
--- Paul Sawtell -

Select 2 makeup effects artists:
--- Gabriel Bartalos -
-X- Howard Berger - Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
-X- Greg Cannom - Without Warning (1980)
--- Kazu Hiro -
--- Helen Magelakis -

Select 2 producers:
--- James Cullen Bressack -
--- Sean S. Cunningham -
-X- Michael Paszt - Psycho Goreman (2020)
-X- Sam Raimi - Evil Dead Rise (2023)

Select 2 writers:
--- Sheridan Le Fanu -
--- David Schmoeller -
-X- Robert Louis Stevenson - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (2008)
-X- Stephen King - Firestarter (2022)

Select 30 of the following sub-genres / types:
--- *3-D Film -
-X- Anthology Film - Slices of Life (2010)
-X- Appears on 100 Obscure Horror Trash! list - Without Warning (1980)
-X- Appears on Edgar Wright's 1,000 Favorite Movies List - Diabolique (1955)
-X- Appears on They Shoot Zombies, Don't They - The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films - Diabolique (1955)
-X- Based on a True Story - Something Wicked (2014)
-X- Based on a Novel - House of the Long Shadows (1983)
--- Blaxploitation -
--- Candy Cinema, 2 -
-X- Cannibalism - Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings (2011)
--- Cinema Inspired By: H.P. Lovecraft -
--- Cinematic Titanic / Horror Host / MST3K / RiffTrax -
-X- Comedy / Spoof - Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
-X- Coming-of-Age - The Craft: Legacy (2020)
-X- Criterion / Masters of Cinema Version Film - Diabolique (1955)
--- Cryptid Cinema -
-X- Cult - The Lodge (2019)
-X- Death by: Machete, 2 - Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey (2023)
--- Director or Writer Cameo in Own Film / Film Adaptation, 2
-X- Distributor / Studio: 88 Films - Linnea Quigley's Horror Workout (1990)
--- Documentary -
--- Dream Horror -
-X- Drunk Horror - 247°F (2011)
-X- Euro Horror - Diabolique (1955)
--- Enzo Sciotti Art -
-X- Extraterrestrial / Takes Place in Space - Without Warning (1980)
--- Fan Film -
-X- Featured In: In Search of Darkness Trilogy - Diabolique (1955)
--- Film From Grampa Presents -
--- Film From Someone Else's 'Best of' List -
-X- Film From Shudder / AMC+ Fearfest - Elevator Game (2023)
--- Film From TCM October 2023 Schedule -
-X- Firearms - Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
-X- Fog, 2 - The Rental (2020)
--- Folk Horror -
--- From a Basil Gogos Painting -
-X- Found Footage - Skinwalker Ranch (2013)
--- Frankenstein -
-X- Ghost / Haunting - The Haunting (1999)
--- Giallo -
--- Hagsploitation -
-X- Hypnosis - Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
--- In Media Res, 2 -
-X- Investigation - Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
--- J-Horror -
--- Kaiju / Giant Monster -
-X- Killer / Evil Animal - Komodo vs. Cobra (2005)
-X- Killer / Evil Child - Firestarter (2022)
--- Killer / Evil Doll -
-X- LGBT - Diabolique (1955)
-X- Liminal Horror - The Lodge (2019)
--- Luchador -
-X- Made-for-TV Movie - Komodo vs. Cobra (2005)
-X- Mad Scientist - The Man with Nine Lives (1940)
--- Mummy -
--- Musical / Rock ‘n Roll Horror
-X- Name In Title - Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey (2023)
--- Nation of Origin: Sweden
-X- Nonlinear Timeline - Evil Dead Rise (2023)
-X- Nu Metal Cinema - House on Haunted Hill (1999)
-X- Ouija Board - The Craft: Legacy (2020)
-X- Painting - The Rental (2020)
--- Phobias -
-X- Prison Horror - Maniac Cop 2 (1990)
-X- Psychological - The Invisible Man (2020)
--- Quarantine -
--- Random Horror Film -
--- Rape / Revenge -
--- Shot in Los Angeles -
-X- Slasher / Psycho / Homicidal Maniac - Maniac Cop 2 (1990)
-X- Slow Motion - The Lodge (2019)
-X- Split Personality - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (2008)
-X- Suicide - Skinwalker Ranch (2013)
-X- Takes Place in a police station - Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
--- Takes Place in a jungle -
-X- Takes Place in an amusement park - Totally Killer (2023)
-X- Takes Place on an island - Komodo vs. Cobra (2005)
-X- Takes Place on a farm - Skinwalker Ranch (2013)
--- Takes Place on a cruise ship -
--- Three Installments in a Franchise -
-X- Title Spoken By Character, 2 - Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
--- Trailer Compilation -
--- Travelogue -
-X- Vampire - Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
-X- Voice-Over Narration - Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
-X- Voyeurism - The Rental (2020)
--- War -
--- Werewolf -
-X- Witchcraft / Satanic / Religious - The Craft: Legacy (2020)
--- Wilhelm Scream -
--- With Commentary -
-X- With Two or More Horror Legends - House of the Long Shadows (1983)
-X- Zombie - Linnea Quigley's Horror Workout (1990)

Select 1 from the "Chronological Horror Years Faceoff":
--- 1923 (100th) -
--- 1948 (75th) -
--- 1973 (50th) -
-X- 1998 (25th) - Decampitated (1998)

Select 2 from the following anniversaries:
-
X- 10th Belated Anniversary of 88 Films - Linnea Quigley's Horror Workout (1990)
-X- 20th Belated Anniversary of Umbrella Entertainment - Diabolique (1955)
--- 20th Belated Anniversary of Unearthed Films -
--- 35th Anniversary of Hong Kong Category III Horror Films, 2 -
--- 40th Anniversary of Video Nasties, 2, 3 -
--- 70th Anniversary of 3-D Film -
--- 90th Anniversary of Drive-In Theaters -
-X- 100th Anniversary of Warner Bros. - Evil Dead Rise (2023)

Select 3 from the following horror film tropes, 2:
-X- It was a dark and stormy night... - Skinwalker Ranch (2013)
-X- A town with a dark secret, 2, 3 - We Are Still Here (2015)
--- The crazy cat lady, 2 -
-X- The staircase tumble, 2 - Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
-X- When the lights go out, 2, 3 - Without Warning (1980)
-X- Cranial combustion / The exploding head - Skinwalker Ranch (2013)
--- The dirty coward, 2, 3 -
--- The television portal, 2 -

Select 4 ratings:
--- G -
-X- PG - House of the Long Shadows (1983)
-X- PG-13 - The Craft: Legacy (2020)
-X- R - Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
--- NC-17 -
--- X -
-X- Unrated - Diabolique (1955)
--- M -
--- GP -

​Select 6 decades of film history:
--- Pre-1930 -
--- 1930 -
-X- 1940 - The Man with Nine Lives (1940)
-X- 1950 - Diabolique (1955)
--- 1960 -
-X- 1970 - Shanks (1974)
-X- 1980 - House of the Long Shadows (1983)
-X- 1990 - Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
-X- 2000 - Decadent Evil (2005)
-X- 2010 - Skinwalker Ranch (2013)
-X- 2020 - The Rental (2020)

Watch 1 film with a recently deceased personality:
-X- Recently deceased list - Maniac Cop 2 (1990)

Watch a film shot on 1 of the following:
-X- Video ,2 - Linnea Quigley's Horror Workout (1990)
--- 8mm (Super 8) -
--- 16mm -

Watch 1 title from the OHMC "Favorites" list:
-X- Demon Wind (1990)

Watch a movie and its remake or two adaptations of the same source material back to back on the same day
-X- Original - Black Christmas (2006)
-X- Remake - Black Christmas (2019)

Watch 1 unseen entry from a horror franchise:
-X- Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings (2011)

Watch 1 film from any Amityville, 2 or Bad Shark, 2 movie:
-X- Ice Sharks (2016)

Watch films in at least three formats:
-X- Free Streaming - Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
-X- Subscription Streaming - Diabolique (1955)
-X- Rental - Shanks (1974)

Watch films in at least three languages:
-X- English - Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
-X- French - Diabolique (1955)
-X- Korean - A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

Watch 2 films with similar plots:
-X- Film #1 - The Haunting (1999)
-X- Film #2 - House on Haunted Hill (1999)

Watch 3 films that you've never seen before that:
-X- Stars a Bruce (that's not Bruce Campell) - Bruce Davison / Bruce Payne / Bruce Dern / Bruce Greenwood / Bruce Boxleitner / Bruce Bennett / Bruce Dickinson - The Man with Nine Lives (1940)
--- Features water turning to blood -
-X- Was made in the 2010s - Skinwalker Ranch (2013)
-X- Features a computer - Alone (2020)
--- Was written by Wes Craven -
--- Features a peephole -
-X- Has a scene in an elevator - Elevator Game (2023)
--- Was shot in Oakley Manner, 2 -
-X- Is listed in House of Psychotic Women - Dementia (1955)
--- Takes place in a hotel -
-X- Features death by acid burn - House of the Long Shadows (1983)
--- Title includes the word terror -

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

--- Listen to a horror movie soundtrack - 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

Last edited by PCBreakdown; 11-01-23 at 08:02 AM.
Old 08-30-23, 08:49 AM
  #31  
Senior Member
 
lrend's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 333
Received 28 Likes on 13 Posts
Re: The 19th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread***



My 11th year participating
**List Final**
Total Movies Watched: 128
Total First Time Viewings: 94
Theme Nights: Complete


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

September 30
1. Dead Ringers (1988) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
2. Prometheus (2012) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
3. Into The Dark: Pure (2019) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 1
4. Shark Night (2011) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
5. Watch Me (2006) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
6. Cherry Falls (1999) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
7. Home Movie (2008) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
8. Deadfall Trail (2009) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 2
9. New Nightmare (1994) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
10. Scream VI (2023) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
11. The Fear Chamber (2009) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 3
12. Perpetrator (2023) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
13. Student Body (2022) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
14. The Friendship Game (2022) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
15. Dying God (2008) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 4
16. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
17. The Cave (2005) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
18. Shaun of the Dead (2004) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 5
19. House of Usher (1960) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
20. The Haunted Palace (1963) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
21. Bad Things (2023) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 6
22. A Christmas Horror Story (2015) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
23. The Seed (2021) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
24. Offspring (2009) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
25. The Woman (2011) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
26. Darlin (2019) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 7
27. Dr. Giggles (1992) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
28. P2 (2007) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
29. The Exorcist: Believer (2023) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
30. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
31. Hell House LLC (2015) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
32. Talk to Me (2023) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
33. X (2022) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 8
34. The Strange Case of Dr. Rx (1942) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
35. Haunt (2019) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
36. Children of the Corn (2020) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
37. Influencer (2022) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
38. Psycho (1960) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 9
39. The Killer Nun (1979) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
40. Ouija Witch (2023) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
41. Hellraiser (2022) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 10
42. The Faculty (1998) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
43. Pearl (2022) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
44. Fire Island (2023) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 11
45. The Beyond (1981) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
46. V/H/S/85 (2023) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 12
47. Horror of Dracula (1958) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
48. The Craft: Legacy (2020) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
49. Barbarian (2022) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
50. Malignant (2021) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 13
51. The House that Jack Built (2018) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
52. The Dark and the Wicked (2020) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
53. The Dark Song (2016) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
54. Wrong Turn (2021) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
55. Hell House LLC II: The Abaddon Hotel (2018) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 14
56. Dementia 13 (1963) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
57. Significant Other (2022) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
58. Bodies Bodies Bodies (2022) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
59. Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
60. The Puppetman (2023) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
61. I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
62. When a Stranger Calls (2006) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
63. Elevator Game (2023) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 15
64. House on Haunted Hill (1999) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
65. Devil's Pass (2013) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
66. Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
67. A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
68. The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs: Halloween (2023) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
69. American Mary (2012) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 16
70. The Monkey's Paw (1948) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
71. There's Something Wrong with the Children (2023) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 17
72. Girls Nite Out (1982) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
73. Halloween: Resurrection (2002) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
74. Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
75. Funhouse (2019) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
76. The Owners (2020) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 18
77. The Quiet Ones (2014) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
78. The Long Night (2022) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 19
79. Exorcist: The Beginning (2004) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
80. Alone at Night (2022) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
81. False Positive (2021) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 20
82. All About Evil (2010) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
83. The Initiation of Sarah (1978) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
84. The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs: Demons 2 (2023) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 21
85. Creepshow S4.E1 & S4.E2 (2023) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
86. Leprechaun 2 (1994) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
87. Leprechaun 3 (1995) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
88. Leprechaun 4: In Space (1996) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
89. The Communion Girl (2022) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
90. Slumber Party Massacre (2021) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
91. Nocebo (2022) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
92. The Vigil (2019) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
93. The Boogey Man (1980) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 22
94. Creepshow S4.E3 & S4.E4 (2023) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
95. Creepshow S4.E5 & S4.E6 (2023) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
96. An American Werewolf in London (1981) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
97. Hell House LLC III: Lake of Fire (2019) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
98. Lake Mungo (2008) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
99. The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs: All Hallows Eve (2023) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 23
100. House of 1000 Corpses (2003) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
101. Evil Dead Rise (2023) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
102. Undead (2003) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
103. Tales from the Hood (1995) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 24
104. The Cellar (2022) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
105. The Wrath of Becky (2023) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
106. Pieces (1982) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 25
107. The Lawnmower Man (1992) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 26
108. Totally Killer (2023) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
109. War of the Colossal Beast (1958) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 27
110. Haunted Honeymoon (1986) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
111. Candyman: Farewell to Flesh (1995) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 28
112. American Horror Story S12. E2 & S12. E3 (2023) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
113. American Horror Story S12. E4 & S12. E5 (2023) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
114. American Horror Stories S3. E1 & S3. E2 (2023) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
115. American Horror Stories S3. E3 & S3. E4 (2023) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
116. Censor (2021) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
117. Candyman: Day of the Dead (1999) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
118. The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
119. When Evil Lurks (2023) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
120. Five Nights at Freddy's (2023) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 29
121. The Invitation (2015) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
122. Slither (2006) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
123. Let Us Prey (2014) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
124. The Midnight Man (2016) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 30
125. The Devil's Rejects (2005) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
126. The Dunwich Horror (1970) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

October 31
127. 3 from Hell (2019) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲
128. Cobweb (2023) ▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲▲



Theme Nights:
Spoiler:
-X- 10/01: Just When You Thought It Safe To Go Back in the Water...
Along Come the Italians Bringing the Regurgitated Slaughter! - Jawsploitation V: Cruel Jaws Returns - Shark Night (2011)
-X- 10/02: Wink-Wink Nudge Nudge, Kill Kill Stab Stab - Breaking the Fourth Wall / Meta-Horror-Cinema - New Nightmare (1994)
-X- 10/03: Teens Slaughtered in the Woods ...Are Any Alive?
It's Brutal, It's Barbaric ...Wait, That Dude's 35! - Teen Screams! - Perpetrator (2023)
-X- 10/04: This Cinefile's Guidebook Covers the Horror Genre Monstrously Well! - The Horror Show Guide: The Ultimate Frightfest of Movies - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
-X- 10/05: No Longer In Service. Still Haunting Our Dreams. - Night of the Defunct Studios - House of Usher (1960)
-X- 10/06: Once, Twice, Three Times the Lacerations - Horror Anthologies - A Christmas Horror Story (2015)
-X- 10/07: Find It. Fear It. - Mass Marathon of the Damned XIV presents...
The OHMC Guide to Location-Based Horrors - P2 (2007)
-X- 10/08: Creepy with an Atmosphere of Foggy Paranoia & Dread
It's Mysteriously Lurking in the Shadows ...Or Under Your Bed!
Danza Macabra: An Exploration of Gothic Horror Cinema - Psycho (1960)
-X- 10/09: Blood-Stained Black Gloves of Yellow - All the Colors of Giallo - The Killer Nun (1979)
-X- 10/10: What's In a Name? Misery, Death, Torture & Shame. - What's Your Name? - Pearl (2022)
-X- 10/11: 72 Films of Depravity, Sex Plus Cat III Gory Delights...
Banned by the BBFC; They're Too Bloody Uptight!
The Category of Nasty: An Exploration of Banned & Extreme Cinema
Video Nasties 40th Anniversary / Hong Kong Category III Horror Films 35th Anniversary - The Beyond (1981)
-X- 10/12: Left Deserted and Alone in a Post-Apocalyptic Earthbound Hell
Steer Clear of the Mutant Hellspawns & Things Will Turn Out Just Swell
The FrightFest Guide: Volume 2 - Horror of Dracula (1958)
-X- 10/13: It's That Annual Event At Camp Crystal Lake When Teens Get a Little Perverse...
Meanwhile Crazy Ralph Politely Reminds Everyone - You're All Doomed, There's a Death Curse!
Unlucky Charms - A Celebration of Friday the 13th - The House that Jack Built (2018)
-X- 10/14: Farewell to the Late-Night Cinephile's Campy, Kitschy, Shocking, and Weirdly Wonderful Cult Film Showcase.
R.I.P. TCM Underground (2006 - 2023) - Dementia 13 (1963)
-X- 10/15: Paralysis-induced Demonic Entities Materializing at Night
Waking from Nude Sleepingwalking with Embarrassing Blight
Don't Go to Sleep on a Sleepless Night! - A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
-X- 10/16: Chronological Horror Years Faceoff XI
1923 (Platinum) Vs.1948 (Diamond) Vs. 1973 (Gold) Vs. 1998 (Silver) - The Monkey's Paw (1948)
-X- 10/17: It Slices. It Dices. It Circumcises. - Slashers / Serial Killers - Girls Nite Out (1982)
-X- 10/18: Based On a True Sickening Story. It's Gonna Get Devilishly Gory.
Horror Movies Inspired By True Events - The Quiet Ones (2014)
-X- 10/19: Ectoplasmic Entities Materializing at Night.
Strong Yet Suspenseful Frights.
Summoning the Dead by Candlelight.
Supernatural, 2, 3 / Quiet/Soft / Seances - Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)
-X- 10/20: John Bloom. Master of Doom.
The Joe Bob Briggs Helloween Special
The Joe Bob Definitive List / Drive-In Theater / MonsterVision / The Last Drive-In -
The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs: Demons 2 (2023)

-X- 10/21: R.I.P. VCR: You're Officially Retired. Your Kick-Ass VHS Video Cover Art Will Always Be Admired!
1980's Video Companies Spotlight - Vidmark Entertainment + Video Stores - Leprechaun 2 (1994)
-X- 10/22: Poster Art From the Sublime to the Insane with Illustrations So Good They'll Infect Your Brain.
Wrong Side of the Art: Celebrating Horror Artists, Illustrators & Poster Art - An American Werewolf in London (1981)
-X- 10/23: Viruses! Plagues! Outbreaks! Cloths that Smell of Death!
Call in the Military, And Someone Tell Michael--Lay Off the Meth! - Zombies - Evil Dead Rise (2023)
-X- 10/24: Itinerary of Hostel Intent. Railway of Unnerving Descent. Airport Security of Hellish Torment.
The OHMC Passport to Terror - Global Edition - The Cellar (2022)
-X- 10/25: The Studio of Suspense and Exorcism Rights Celebrates a Centennial of Extraordinary Frights
100 Years of Warner Bros. Horror - The Lawnmower Man (1992)
-X- 10/26: A Celebration of Four Risk-Taking Innovators of Their Craft
Goodbye Banana Man, Farewell Scorpion, Adios Cannibal Man & Adieu Mr. B.I.G.
Bill & Walt / Ruggero Deodato / Bert I. Gordon's Centennial - War of the Colossal Beast (1958)
-X- 10/27: Man Funds Dream Project By Killing & Stealing Identity of Millionaire with Cursed Doll He Resurrected Through Children's Parable. Story at 11.
Random Maniacal Mashup of Insane Indecisiveness: The Fourth Kind
Vanity Projects / Eat the Rich / Killer Inanimate Objects, 2, 3 / Based on Children's Books, 2 - Haunted Honeymoon (1986)
-X- 10/28: Straitjackets Unhinged! Crazies On the Fringe! - Werewolves, 2 / Were-Creatures, 2, 3 on a Full Moon - The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)
-X- 10/29: Beware the Parasitic Mutations of the Facehuggers and Body Snatchers - Parasite Infestation, 2 - Slither (2006)
-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 - The Dunwich Horror (1970)
-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 - Cobweb (2023)

Last edited by lrend; 11-01-23 at 09:07 AM.
Old 08-30-23, 09:55 AM
  #32  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 313
Received 25 Likes on 14 Posts
Re: The 19th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread***

1. The Witch (2015) Max #
2. Razorback (1984) Hoopla # *
3. The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon - L'ame Perdue (2023) Sling *
- - The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon - Alouette (2023) Sling *
4. The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon - Paris Sera Toujours Paris (2023) Sling *
- - The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon - La Dame De Fer (2023) Sling *
5. Saw (2004) Prime *
6. Final Destination (2000) Vudu *
7. The Peanut Butter Solution (1985) Tubi # *
8. Hocus Pocus (1993) theater
9. The Exorcist: Believer (2023) theater *
10. Final Destination 2 (2003) Vudu # *
11. Cat's Eye (1985) Vudu # *
12. The Burning (1981) Tubi # *
13. The Company of Wolves (1984) Shudder # *
14. Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986) Vudu # *
15. It Follows (2013) Netflix #
16. Scream (1996) Max
17. Chopping Mall (1986) Tubi
18. Never Hike Alone 2 (2023) YouTube *
19. V/H/S/85 (2023) Shudder *
20. Come True (2020) Hulu # *
21. The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon - Deux Armours (2023) Sling *
- - Creepshow - The Last Tsuburaya/OK I'll Bite (2021) Shudder *
22. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) YouTube # *
23. Creepshow - Stranger Sings/Meter Reader (2021) Shudder *
- - Creepshow - Time Out/The Things in Oakwood's Past (2021) Shudder *
24 Saw X (2023) theater *
25. The Amazing Mr. X (1948) Hoopla # *
26. The Birds (1963) Fawesome
27. Ready or Not (2019) Prime
28. Evil Dead Rise (2023) Max #
29. Scream 2 (1997) Max
30. Scream 3 (2000) Max
31. Scream and Scream Again (1970) Prime *
32. Barbarian (2022) Max
33. Poltergeist (1982) Max
34. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) theater
35. American Horror Story: Delicate - Multiply They Pain (2023) Sling *
- - American Horror Story: Delicate - Rockabye (2023) Sling *
36. The Evil Clergyman (2012) Freevee *
- - The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon - Coming Home (2023) Sling *
37. Demons (1985) Shudder *
38. Creepshow - Drug Traffic/A Dead Girl Named Sue (2021) Shudder *
- - Creepshow - Twenty Minutes with Cassandra/Smile (2023) Shudder *
39. Haunted Mansion (2023) Disney+
40. The Haunted Mansion (2003) Disney+ *
41. House on Haunted Hill (1959) Prime
41. V/H/S/94 (2021) Shudder *
42. 28 Weeks Later (2007) Tubi
43. Vampyr (1932) Max
44. Mother! (2017) Paramount+
45. The Last Drive-in with Joe Bob Briggs - Night of the Living Dead (2022) Shudder *
46. Shakma (1990) Tubi
47. The Last Man on Earth (1964) Freevee
48. The Amityville Horror (2005) Max *
49. Creepshow - The Hat/Grieving Process (2023) Shudder *
- - Creepshow - Parental Deathtrap/To Grandmother's House We Go (2023) Shudder *
50. The Haunting (1999) Max *
51. Truth or Dare (2018) DVD *
52. Gerald's Game (2017) Netflix *
53. When Evil Lurks (2023) Shudder *
54. Slash/Back (2022) Shudder *
55. Pearl (2022) Paramount+ #
56. Five Nights at Freddy's (2023) theater *
57. Spirit Halloween: The Movie (2022) Shudder *
58. Creepshow - Meet the Belaskos/Cheat Code (2023) Shudder *
- - Creepshow - Something Burrowed, Something Blue (2023) Shudder *
59. Better Watch Out (2017) Shudder

# subset pick
* first time view

streaming
theater
DVD


Checklist completed
Spoiler:
Code:
Select 10 actors: completed
--- John Agar -
-x- Paul Bartel - Chopping Mall
-x- Barbara Crampton - Chopping Mall
-x- Peter Cushing - Scream and Scream Again
--- Hannah Fierman -
--- Boris Karloff --
-x- Christopher Lee - Scream and Scream Again
-x- Justin Long - Barbarian
--- Bela Lugosi -
-x- Roddy McDowall - Shakma
-x- Stephen McHattie - Mother!
--- Caroline Munro -
--- Paul Naschy -
--- Lou Diamond Phillips -
-x- Vincent Price - Scream and Scream Again
--- Diana Prince -
-x- Julian Richings - The Witch
--- Mindy Robinson -
-x- Conor Sweeney - V/H/S/94
--- Recently Deceased (insert actor) -

Select 5 directors:
completed
-x- Charles Band - The Evil Clergyman
-x- Lamberto Bava - Demons
-x- William Castle - House on Haunted Hill
--- Creep Creepersin -
--- Dan Curtis -
--- Noboru Iguchi -
--- José Ramón Larraz -
--- Michael J. Murphy -
--- Bill Rebane -
--- Todd Sheets -
-x- Watch a Movie Directed By a Female Director, 2, 3 - V/H/S/85 (Natasha Kermani, Gigi Saul Guerrero)
-x- Watch a Movie Directed By a Horror Director Icon (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ,6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Random) - Scream (Wes Craven)

Select 2 film composers: completed
-x- Chuck Cirino - Chopping Mall
--- Rocky Gray -
--- Riz Ortolani -
-x- Paul Sawtell - The Last Man on Earth

Select 2 makeup effects artists: completed
-x- Gabriel Bartalos - Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
-x- Howard Berger - Scream
--- Greg Cannom -
-x- Kazu Hiro - The Haunted Mansion
--- Helen Magelakis -

Select 2 producers: completed
--- James Cullen Bressack -
--- Sean S. Cunningham -
-x- Michael Paszt - V/H/S/94
-x- Sam Raimi - Evil Dead Rise

Select 2 writers: completed
-x- Sheridan Le Fanu - Vampyr
--- David Schmoeller -
--- Robert Louis Stevenson -
-x- Stephen King - Cat's Eye

Select 30 of the following sub-genres / types: completed
-x- *3-D Film - The Nightmare Before Christmas
-x- Anthology Film - Cat's Eye
-x- Appears on 100 Obscure Horror Trash! list - Shakma
-x- Appears on Edgar Wright's 1,000 Favorite Movies List The Birds
-x- Appears on They Shoot Zombies, Don't They - The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films - The Birds
-x- Based on a True Story - The Amityville Horror
-x- Based on a Novel - The Hunchback of Notre Dame
--- Blaxploitation -
-x- Candy Cinema, 2 - Pearl
-x- Cannibalism - When Evil Lurks
-x- Cinema Inspired By: H.P. Lovecraft - The Evil Clergyman
-x- Cinematic Titanic / Horror Host / MST3K / RiffTrax - The Last Drive-in with Joe Bob Briggs - Night of the Living Dead
-x- Comedy / Spoof - Hocus Pocus
-x- Coming-of-Age - Slash/Back
-x- Criterion / Masters of Cinema Version Film - Vampyr
--- Cryptid Cinema -
-x- Cult - Mother!
-x- Death by: Machete, 2 - Never Hike Alone 2
-x- Director or Writer Cameo in Own Film / Film Adaptation, 2 The Birds
--- Distributor / Studio: 88 Films -
--- Documentary -
-x- Dream Horror - Come True
-x- Drunk Horror - Truth or Dare
-x- Euro Horror - Vampyr
--- Enzo Sciotti Art -
-x- Extraterrestrial / Takes Place in Space - Slash/Back
-x- Fan Film - Never Hike Alone 2
--- Featured In: In Search of Darkness Trilogy -
--- Film From Grampa Presents -
--- Film From Someone Else's 'Best of' List -
-x- Film From Shudder / AMC+ Fearfest - V/H/S/94
-x- Film From TCM October 2023 Schedule - Poltergeist
-x- Firearms - V/H/S/85
-x- Fog, 2 - The Nightmare Before Christmas
-x- Folk Horror - The Witch
--- From a Basil Gogos Painting -
-x- Found Footage - V/H/S/85
--- Frankenstein -
-x- Ghost / Haunting - Haunted Massion
--- Giallo -
--- Hagsploitation -
--- Hypnosis -
--- In Media Res, 2 -
-x- Investigation - Scream
--- J-Horror -
--- Kaiju / Giant Monster -
-x- Killer / Evil Animal - Razorback
-x- Killer / Evil Child - When Evil Lurks
--- Killer / Evil Doll -
--- LGBT -
-x- Liminal Horror - It Follows
--- Luchador -
--- Made-for-TV Movie -
-x- Mad Scientist - Scream and Scream Again
--- Mummy -
-x- Musical / Rock ‘n Roll Horror The Nightmare Before Christmas
-x- Name In Title - Pearl
--- Nation of Origin: Sweden
-x- Nonlinear Timeline - Evil Dead Rise
--- Nu Metal Cinema -
--- Ouija Board -
-x- Painting - The Peanut Butter Solution
--- Phobias -
--- Prison Horror -
-x- Psychological - It Follows
--- Quarantine -
--- Random Horror Film -
--- Rape / Revenge -
-x- Shot in Los Angeles - Poltergeist
-x- Slasher / Psycho / Homicidal Maniac - The Burning
-x- Slow Motion - Saw
--- Split Personality -
-x- Suicide - The Evil Clergyman
-x- Takes Place in a police station - Scream
--- Takes Place in a jungle -
--- Takes Place in an amusement park -
--- Takes Place on an island -
-x- Takes Place on a farm - The Witch
--- Takes Place on a cruise ship -
-x- Three Installments in a Franchise - Scream, Scream 2, Scream 3
-x- Title Spoken By Character, 2 - Hocus Pocus
--- Trailer Compilation -
--- Travelogue -
-x- Vampire - Vampyr
-x- Voice-Over Narration - The Last Man on Earth
-x- Voyeurism - Scream 2
--- War -
--- Werewolf -
-x- Witchcraft / Satanic / Religious - The Witch
-x- Wilhelm Scream - It Follows
--- With Commentary -
-x- With Two or More Horror Legends - Scream and Scream Again
-x- Zombie - 28 Weeks Later

Select 1 from the "Chronological Horror Years Faceoff": completed
-x- 1923 (100th) - The Hunchback of Notre Dame
-x- 1948 (75th) - The Amazing Mr. X
--- 1973 (50th) -
--- 1998 (25th) –

Select 2 from the following anniversaries: completed
- 10th Belated Anniversary of 88 Films -
-x- 20th Belated Anniversary of Umbrella Entertainment - Razorback
- 20th Belated Anniversary of Unearthed Films -
- 35th Anniversary of Hong Kong Category III Horror Films, 2 -
- 40th Anniversary of Video Nasties, 2, 3 -
-x- 70th Anniversary of 3-D Film - The Nightmare Before Christmas
- 90th Anniversary of Drive-In Theaters -
-x- 100th Anniversary of Warner Bros. - Final Destination

Select 3 from the following horror film tropes, 2: completed
-x- It was a dark and stormy night... - It Follows
-x- A town with a dark secret, 2, 3 - Never Hike Alone 2
--- The crazy cat lady, 2 -
-x- The staircase tumble, 2 - Scream
-x- When the lights go out, 2, 3 - Night of the Living Dead (The Last Drive-in with Joe Bob Briggs)
-x- Cranial combustion / The exploding head - Ready or Not
--- The dirty coward, 2, 3 -
-x- The television portal, 2 - Poltergeist

Select 4 ratings: completed
--- G -
-x- PG - Hocus Pocus
-x- PG-13 - Cat's Eye
-x- R - Saw
--- NC-17 -
--- X -
-x- Unrated - Come True
--- M -
--- GP -

​Select 6 decades of film history: completed
-x- Pre-1930 - The Hunchback of Notre Dame
-x- 1930 - Vampyr
-x- 1940 - The Amazing Mr. X
-x- 1950 - House on Haunted Hill
-x- 1960 - The Birds
-x- 1970 - Scream and Scream Again
-x- 1980 - Razorback
-x- 1990 - Hocus Pocus
-x- 2000 - Saw
-x- 2010 - The Witch
-x- 2020 - The Exorcist: Believer

Watch 1 film with a recently deceased personality: completed
-x- Recently deceased list - Poltergeist (George P. Wilbur)

Watch a film shot on 1 of the following: completed
--- Video ,2 -
--- 8mm (Super 8) -
-x- 16mm - Mother!

Watch 1 title from the OHMC "Favorites" list: completed
-x- Shakma

Watch a movie and its remake or two adaptations of the same source material back to back on the same day completed
-x- Original - The Haunted Mansion (2003)
-x- Remake - Haunted Mansion (2023)

Watch 1 unseen entry from a horror franchise: completed
-x- Saw

Watch 1 film from any Amityville, 2 or Bad Shark, 2 movie: completed
-x- The Amityville Horror

Watch films in at least three formats:
-x- First format, streaming, Razorback
-x- Second format, theater, Hocus Pocus
-x- Third format, DVD, Truth or Dare

Watch films in at least three languages: completed
-x- First language, Spanish, When Evil Lurks
-x- Second language, German, Vampyr
-x- Third language, Indonesian, V/H/S/94

Watch 2 films with similar plots: completed
-x- Film #1 - House on Haunted Hill
-x- Film #2 - The Haunting

Watch 3 films that you've never seen before that: completed
-x- Stars a Bruce (that's not Bruce Campell) - Bruce Davison / Bruce Payne / Bruce Dern / Bruce Greenwood / Bruce Boxleitner / Bruce Bennett / Bruce Dickinson Gerald's Game
-x- Features water turning to blood - The Exorcist: Believer
-x- Was made in the 2010s - Gerald's Game
--- Features a computer -
--- Was written by Wes Craven -
-x- Features a peephole - Saw
-x- Has a scene in an elevator - Final Destination 2
--- Was shot in Oakley Manner, 2 -
--- Is listed in House of Psychotic Women -
--- Takes place in a hotel -
--- Features death by acid burn -
--- Title includes the word terror -

Last edited by hbsvb; 11-01-23 at 07:25 PM.
Old 08-30-23, 10:06 AM
  #33  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
clckworang's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: The toe nail of Texas
Posts: 9,557
Received 762 Likes on 493 Posts
Re: The 19th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread***

15th Challenge Completed!

FTV = 89

Oct. 1

1. Ready or Not (2019) - Blu-ray
2. The Beast With Five Fingers (1946) - DVR
3. Razorback (1984) - UHD
4. The Witch (2015) - UHD (with audio commentary)

5. Terror at Tenkiller (1986) - UHD
6. The Orphanage (2007) - Blu-ray
7. Pearl (2022) - Blu-ray

8. Cut and Run (1984) - Blu-ray ☼

Oct. 2
9. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970) - Blu-ray
10. Linnea Quigley's Horror Workout (1990) - Streaming
11. There's Nothing Out There! (1991) - Blu-ray


Oct. 3
12. It Follows (2014) - UHD
13. Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988) - Blu-ray
14. Torso (1973) - Blu-ray


Oct. 4
15. Martin (1977) - UHD
16.
Cat's Eye (1985) - UHD

Oct. 5
17. Shock Waves (1977) - Streaming
18. The Peanut Butter Solution (1985) - Blu-ray


Oct. 6
19. The Hidden (1987) - Blu-ray
20. Mexico Barbaro (2014) - Blu-ray
21. All Hallows' Eve (2019) - DVD
22. Final Destination (2000) - Blu-ray

23. It Lives Inside (2023) - Theater
24. The Exorcist: Believer (2023) - Theater
25. Evil Dead Rise (2023) - UHD

Oct. 7
26. Terrifier (2016) - Blu-ray

27. Terrifier 2 (2022) - UHD ☼
28. Final Destination 2 (2003) - Blu-ray
29. The Burning (1981) - UHD

30. Sole Survivor (1984) - Blu-ray

Oct. 8
31. Come True (2020) - Blu-ray ☼
32. The Asphyx (1972) - Blu-ray ☼
33. Warlock (1989) - Blu-ray

34. The Amazing Mr. X (1948) - Blu-ray ☼
35. Dementia (1955) - Blu-ray ☼

Oct. 9
36. Strangler vs Strangler (1984) - Blu-ray ☼
37. Libido (1965) - Blu-ray

Oct. 10
38. Night of the Living Deb (2015) - Blu-ray
39. Spree (2020) - Blu-ray

Oct. 11
40. Ebola Syndrome (1996) - UHD ☼

Oct. 12
41. Scream (1981) - UHD
42. The Howling (1981) - UHD
43. Ringu (1998) - UHD ☼
44. Final Exam (1981) - UHD
45. Night Screams (1987) - UHD

Oct. 13
46. The Boogey Man (1980) - UHD
47. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) - Blu-ray
48. Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985) - Blu-ray
49. Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986) - Blu-ray

Oct. 14
50. She Freak (1967) - Blu-ray
51. Alone in the Dark (1982) - Streaming ☼
52. Skinamarink (2023) - Streaming
53. Sam Was Here (2016) - Streaming
54. Host (2020) - Streaming

55. Kids vs. Aliens (2023) - Streaming

Oct. 15
56. Invaders From Mars (1953) - UHD
57. Invaders from Mars (1986) - Streaming ☼
58. Totally Killer (2023)- Streaming ☼
59. At the End of Eight (2019) - Streaming ☼
60. There's Something Wrong With the Children (2023) - Streaming ☼
61. The Haunting of Julia Fields (2023) - Streaming ☼
62. Warlock: Armageddon (1993) - Blu-ray
63. Warlock III: The End of Innocence (1999) - Blu-ray

Oct. 16
64. Goodbye 20th Century (1998) - Blu-ray
65. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) - Blu-ray ☼

Oct. 17
66. Hell High (1986) - Blu-ray
67. Sleepless (2001) - Blu-ray

68. Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988) - Blu-ray

Oct. 18
69. The Sacrament (2014) - Streaming
70. Gorgo (1961) - UHD

Oct. 19
71. Carnival of Souls (1962) - Blu-ray
72. Influencer (2022) - Streaming

Oct. 20
73. Children of the Corn (1984) - UHD
74. Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice (1993) - Blu-ray
75. Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest (1995) - Blu-ray

Oct. 21
76. American Gothic (1988) - Streaming
77. The Uninvited (1944) - Blu-ray
78. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) - UHD

79. Cat o' Nine Tails (1971) - UHD
80. Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971) - UHD
81. Gremlins (1984) - UHD

Oct. 22
82. Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) - Blu-ray
83. Halloween (1978) - UHD
84. Halloween II (1981) - UHD
85. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) - UHD
86. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) - UHD
87. Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) - UHD

Oct. 23
88. Overlord (2018) - UHD
89. Shaun of the Dead (2004) - UHD
90. Mail Order Murder: The Story of WAVE Productions (2020) - Blu-ray
91. Wave of Terror (1988) - Blu-ray
92. Saw (2004) - Streaming
93. Saw X (2023) - Theater
94. When Evil Lurks (2023) - Theater

Oct. 24
95. Bait (2012) - Blu-ray 3D
96. Maniac Cop (1988) - Blu-ray
97. We're All Going to the World's Fair (2021) - Blu-ray
98. Axe (1975) - Blu-ray
99. The Invisible Maniac (1990) - UHD
100. Freaks (1932) - Blu-ray

Oct. 25
101. Blood Sucking Freaks (1976) - UHD
102. Q: The Winged Serpent (1982) - Blu-ray
103. Final Destination 3 (2006) - Blu-ray
104. The Final Destination (2009) - 3D Blu-ray
105. Final Destination 5 (2011) - 3D Blu-ray

106. Monster of Camp Sunshine (1964) - Blu-ray
107. Honeymoon of Terror (1961) - Blu-ray
108. Begotten (1989) - Streaming

Oct. 26
109. Neon Maniacs (1986) - Blu-ray
110. The Baby - 1.1-1.4 (2022) - DVR
111.
The Baby - 1.5-1.8 (2022) - DVR
112. Beware! Children at Play (1989) - Blu-ray
113. The Dead Pit (1989) - UHD
114. Curfew (1989) - Blu-ray

115. Saint Maud (2019) - Blu-ray

Oct. 27
116. Psycho Girls (1985) - Blu-ray
117. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) - Blu-ray ☼

118. Trauma (1978) - Blu-ray
119. Schizoid (1980) - UHD
120. Tales of the Walking Dead (2022) - 1.6 - DVR; What We Do in The Shadows (2023) - 5.9-5.10 - DVR
121. Five Nights at Freddy's (2023) - Streaming
122. Knife + Heart (2018) - Blu-ray

Oct. 28
123. Franky and His Pals (1990) - DVD
124. The Wolf Man (1941) - UHD

125. Livescream (2018) - Blu-ray
126. Night of the Animated Dead (2021) - Blu-ray
127. Freak (2022) - Blu-ray
128. The Walking Dead: Darryl Dixon - 1.1 (with Joe Bob Briggs, 1 hour, 45 minutes); Teen Titans Go - 8.23 (2023) - DVR ☼
129. Calling Dr. Death (1943) - Blu-ray

Oct. 29
130. Brain Damage (1988) - Blu-ray
131. Weird Woman (1944) - Blu-ray
132. Dead Man's Eyes (1944) - Blu-ray
133. Frankenstein (1931) - UHD
134. Bride of Frankenstein (1935) - UHD
135. The Amusement Park (1973) - Streaming
136. An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe (1970) - Blu-ray
137. I Like Bats (1986) - Blu-ray
138. The Mummy (1932) - UHD

139. The Frozen Ghost (1944) - Blu-ray

Oct. 30
140. Strange Confession (1945) - Blu-ray
141. Challenge the Devil (1963) - Blu-ray
142. Pillow of Death (1945) - Blu-ray ☼
143. The Mummy's Hand (1940) - Blu-ray
144. The Mummy's Tomb (1942) - Blu-ray

Oct. 31
145. Boo at the Zoo (2023) - Live Event - WILDCARD
146. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) - UHD
147. Weedjies: Halloweed Night (2019) - Streaming ☼
148. The Walking Dead: Darryl Dixon - 1.2 (2023) - (1 hour, 30 minutes); Smiling Friends - 1.4 (2022) - DVR; Craig of the Creek - 4.1 (2021) - DVR
149. Bloody Muscle Body Builder in Hell (1995) - Streaming ☼

Themes - COMPLETE
Spoiler:
-X- 10/01: Just When You Thought It Safe To Go Back in the Water...
Along Come the Italians Bringing the Regurgitated Slaughter! - Jawsploitation V: Cruel Jaws Returns - Razorback
-X- 10/02: Wink-Wink Nudge Nudge, Kill Kill Stab Stab - Breaking the Fourth Wall / Meta-Horror-Cinema - Linnea Quigley's Horror Workout
-X- 10/03: Teens Slaughtered in the Woods ...Are Any Alive?
It's Brutal, It's Barbaric ...Wait, That Dude's 35! - Teen Screams! - It Follows
-X- 10/04: This Cinefile's Guidebook Covers the Horror Genre Monstrously Well! - The Horror Show Guide: The Ultimate Frightfest of Movies - Martin
-X- 10/05: No Longer In Service. Still Haunting Our Dreams. - Night of the Defunct Studios - The Peanut Butter Solution
-X- 10/06: Once, Twice, Three Times the Lacerations - Horror Anthologies - Mexico Barbaro
-X- 10/07: Find It. Fear It. - Mass Marathon of the Damned XIV presents...
The OHMC Guide to Location-Based Horrors - Final Destination 2
-X- 10/08: Creepy with an Atmosphere of Foggy Paranoia & Dread
It's Mysteriously Lurking in the Shadows ...Or Under Your Bed!
Danza Macabra: An Exploration of Gothic Horror Cinema - The Asphyx
-X- 10/09: Blood-Stained Black Gloves of Yellow - All the Colors of Giallo - Libido
-X- 10/10: What's In a Name? Misery, Death, Torture & Shame. - What's Your Name? - Night of the Living Deb
-X- 10/11: 72 Films of Depravity, Sex Plus Cat III Gory Delights...
Banned by the BBFC; They're Too Bloody Uptight!
The Category of Nasty: An Exploration of Banned & Extreme Cinema
Video Nasties 40th Anniversary / Hong Kong Category III Horror Films 35th Anniversary - Ebola Syndrome
-X- 10/12: Left Deserted and Alone in a Post-Apocalyptic Earthbound Hell
Steer Clear of the Mutant Hellspawns & Things Will Turn Out Just Swell
The FrightFest Guide: Volume 2 - The Howling
-X- 10/13: It's That Annual Event At Camp Crystal Lake When Teens Get a Little Perverse...
Meanwhile Crazy Ralph Politely Reminds Everyone - You're All Doomed, There's a Death Curse!
Unlucky Charms - A Celebration of Friday the 13th - Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
-X- 10/14: Farewell to the Late-Night Cinephile's Campy, Kitschy, Shocking, and Weirdly Wonderful Cult Film Showcase.
R.I.P. TCM Underground (2006 - 2023) - Alone in the Dark
-X- 10/15: Paralysis-induced Demonic Entities Materializing at Night
Waking from Nude Sleepingwalking with Embarrassing Blight
Don't Go to Sleep on a Sleepless Night! - The Haunting of Julia Fields
-X- 10/16: Chronological Horror Years Faceoff XI
1923 (Platinum) Vs.1948 (Diamond) Vs. 1973 (Gold) Vs. 1998 (Silver) - Goodbye 20th Century
-X- 10/17: It Slices. It Dices. It Circumcises. - Slashers / Serial Killers - Sleepless
-X- 10/18: Based On a True Sickening Story. It's Gonna Get Devilishly Gory.
Horror Movies Inspired By True Events - The Sacrament
-X- 10/19: Ectoplasmic Entities Materializing at Night.
Strong Yet Suspenseful Frights.
Summoning the Dead by Candlelight.
Supernatural, 2, 3 / Quiet/Soft / Seances - Carnival of Souls
-X- 10/20: John Bloom. Master of Doom.
The Joe Bob Briggs Helloween Special
The Joe Bob Definitive List / Drive-In Theater / MonsterVision / The Last Drive-In - Children of the Corn
-X- 10/21: R.I.P. VCR: You're Officially Retired. Your Kick-Ass VHS Video Cover Art Will Always Be Admired!
1980's Video Companies Spotlight - Vidmark Entertainment + Video Stores - American Gothic
-X- 10/22: Poster Art From the Sublime to the Insane with Illustrations So Good They'll Infect Your Brain.
Wrong Side of the Art: Celebrating Horror Artists, Illustrators & Poster Art - Halloween
-X- 10/23: Viruses! Plagues! Outbreaks! Cloths that Smell of Death!
Call in the Military, And Someone Tell Michael--Lay Off the Meth! - Zombies - Shaun of the Dead
-X- 10/24: Itinerary of Hostel Intent. Railway of Unnerving Descent. Airport Security of Hellish Torment.
The OHMC Passport to Terror - Global Edition - Bait
-X- 10/25: The Studio of Suspense and Exorcism Rights Celebrates a Centennial of Extraordinary Frights
100 Years of Warner Bros. Horror - Final Destination 5
-X- 10/26: A Celebration of Four Risk-Taking Innovators of Their Craft
Goodbye Banana Man, Farewell Scorpion, Adios Cannibal Man & Adieu Mr. B.I.G.
Bill & Walt / Ruggero Deodato / Bert I. Gordon's Centennial - Neon Maniacs
-X- 10/27: Man Funds Dream Project By Killing & Stealing Identity of Millionaire with Cursed Doll He Resurrected Through Children's Parable. Story at 11.
Random Maniacal Mashup of Insane Indecisiveness: The Fourth Kind
Vanity Projects / Eat the Rich / Killer Inanimate Objects, 2, 3 / Based on Children's Books, 2 - The Killing of a Sacred Deer
-X- 10/28: Straitjackets Unhinged! Crazies On the Fringe! - Werewolves, 2 / Were-Creatures, 2, 3 on a Full Moon - The Wolf Man
-X- 10/29: Beware the Parasitic Mutations of the Facehuggers and Body Snatchers - Parasite Infestation, 2 - Brain Damage
-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 - Challenge the Devil
-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 - Weedjies: Halloweed Night



Daily Subset - COMPLETE - 35 watched + 2 theatrical:
Spoiler:
-X- 09/30: group vote - The Witch (2015)
-X- 11/01: group vote - Ready or Not (2019)
-X- 10/07: wildcard - It Lives Inside (2023)
-X- 10/07: wildcard - The Exorcist: Believer (2023)

-X- 10/01: alyxstarr - Razorback (1984)
-X- 10/02: SterlingBen - Linnea Quigley's Horror Workout (1990)
-X- 10/03: jholmes - It Follows (2014)
-X- 10/04: mallratcal - Martin (1977)
-X- 10/05: spiderbite - The Peanut Butter Solution (1985)
-X- 10/06: Darth Maher - Cat's Eye (1985)
-X- 10/07: Fist of Doom Jr - Final Destination 2 (2003)
-X- 10/08: tarfrimmer - The Asphyx (1972)
--- 10/08: DaveyJoe - Mill of the Stone Women (1960)
-X- 10/09: Shack - Libido (1965)
-X- 10/10: Chad - Pearl (2022)
-X- 10/11: Toddarino - The Burning (1981)
-X- 10/11: SterlingBen - Ebola Syndrome (1996)
-X- 10/12: mallratcal - Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)
-X- 10/12: clckorang - Dementia (1955)
--- 10/12: SterlingBen - The Company of Wolves (1984)
-X- 10/13: Darkgod - Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)
-X- 10/14: WillieMLF - Alone in the Dark (1982)
-X- 10/15: Bladz - Come True (2020)
-X- 10/16: hbsvb - The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
-X- 10/16: jholmes - The Amazing Mr. X (1948)
-X- 10/16: jholmes - Torso (1973)
-X- 10/16: mallratcal - Ringu (1998)
-X- 10/17: DaveyJoe - Terror at Tenkiller (1986)
--- 10/18: TheBigDave - Dream Home (2010)
--- 10/19: Chad - Talk to Me (2023)
--- 10/20: ororama - Possession (1981)
-X- 10/21: Gobear - Warlock (1989)
-X- 10/21: Darkgod - There's Nothing Out There! (1991)
-X- 10/22: shellebelle - Invaders from Mars (1986)
-X- 10/23: numbercrunch - Shock Waves (1977)
-X- 10/24: Chad - Strangler vs Strangler (1984)
-X- 10/25: hbsvb - Evil Dead Rise (2023)
--- 10/26: Darth Maher - Nightmare In a Damaged Brain (1981)
-X- 10/26: alyxstarr - Sleepless (2001)
-X- 10/26: alyxstarr - Cut and Run (1984)
--- 10/26: Darth Maher - Empire of the Ants (1977)
-X- 10/27: PCBreakdown - Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)
--- 10/28: Darkgod - Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)
-X- 10/29: tarfrimmer - The Hidden (1987)
--- 10/30: Undeadcow - Livid (2011)
-X- 10/31: mallratcal - Terrifier 2 (2022)
--- 10/31: shadokitty - Trick or Treat (1986)



Checklist:
Spoiler:
Select 10 actors:
--- John Agar -
-X- Paul Bartel - The Howling
--- Barbara Crampton -
-X- Peter Cushing - Shock Waves
--- Hannah Fierman -
-X- Boris Karloff -- Frankenstein
-X- Christopher Lee - Challenge the Devil
--- Justin Long -
-X- Bela Lugosi - The Wolf Man
--- Roddy McDowall -
--- Stephen McHattie -
--- Caroline Munro -
--- Paul Naschy -
--- Lou Diamond Phillips -
-X- Vincent Price - An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe
-X- Diana Prince - Weedjies: Halloweed Night
-X- Julian Richings - The Witch
-X- Mindy Robinson - Weedjies: Halloweed Night
--- Conor Sweeney -
-X- Recently Deceased (Julian Sand) - Warlock

Select 5 directors:
--- Charles Band -
--- Lamberto Bava -
--- William Castle -
--- Creep Creepersin -
--- Dan Curtis -
--- Noboru Iguchi -
--- José Ramón Larraz -
--- Michael J. Murphy -
--- Bill Rebane -
--- Todd Sheets -
-X- Watch a Movie Directed By a Female Director, 2, 3 - Totally Killer
-X- Watch a Movie Directed By a Horror Director Icon (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ,6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Random) - Martin

Select 2 film composers:
--- Chuck Cirino -
--- Rocky Gray -
--- Riz Ortolani -
--- Paul Sawtell -

Select 2 makeup effects artists:
-X- Gabriel Bartalos - Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
-X- Howard Berger - The Hidden
--- Greg Cannom -
--- Kazu Hiro -
--- Helen Magelakis -

Select 2 producers:
--- James Cullen Bressack -
--- Sean S. Cunningham -
-X- Michael Paszt - Mexico Barbaro
-X- Sam Raimi - Evil Dead Rise

Select 2 writers:
--- Sheridan Le Fanu -
--- David Schmoeller -
--- Robert Louis Stevenson -
-X- Stephen King - Cat's Eye

Select 30 of the following sub-genres / types:
--- *3-D Film -
-X- Anthology Film - Cat's Eye
--- Appears on 100 Obscure Horror Trash! list -
--- Appears on Edgar Wright's 1,000 Favorite Movies List
--- Appears on They Shoot Zombies, Don't They - The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films -
--- Based on a True Story -
-X- Based on a Novel - Razorback
--- Blaxploitation -
--- Candy Cinema, 2 -
-X- Cannibalism - The Ebola Syndrome
--- Cinema Inspired By: H.P. Lovecraft -
--- Cinematic Titanic / Horror Host / MST3K / RiffTrax -
-X- Comedy / Spoof - Ready or Not
--- Coming-of-Age -
-X- Criterion / Masters of Cinema Version Film - Valerie and Her Week of Wonders
--- Cryptid Cinema -
--- Cult -
-X- Death by: Machete, 2 - Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
--- Director or Writer Cameo in Own Film / Film Adaptation, 2
--- Distributor / Studio: 88 Films -
--- Documentary -
-X- Dream Horror - Come True
--- Drunk Horror -
-X- Euro Horror - Torso
--- Enzo Sciotti Art -
-X- Extraterrestrial / Takes Place in Space - Invaders From Mars
--- Fan Film -
--- Featured In: In Search of Darkness Trilogy -
--- Film From Grampa Presents -
--- Film From Someone Else's 'Best of' List -
-X- Film From Shudder / AMC+ Fearfest - Skinamarink
--- Film From TCM October 2023 Schedule -
--- Firearms -
--- Fog, 2 -
--- Folk Horror -
--- From a Basil Gogos Painting -
-X- Found Footage - Spree
--- Frankenstein -
-X- Ghost / Haunting - The Orphanage
-X- Giallo - Torso
--- Hagsploitation -
--- Hypnosis -
--- In Media Res, 2 -
--- Investigation -
-X- J-Horror - Ringu
--- Kaiju / Giant Monster -
-X- Killer / Evil Animal - Razorback
--- Killer / Evil Child -
--- Killer / Evil Doll -
--- LGBT -
--- Liminal Horror -
--- Luchador -
--- Made-for-TV Movie -
-X- Mad Scientist - The Beast With Five Fingers
--- Mummy -
--- Musical / Rock ‘n Roll Horror
-X- Name In Title - Pearl
--- Nation of Origin: Sweden
--- Nonlinear Timeline -
--- Nu Metal Cinema -
--- Ouija Board -
--- Painting -
--- Phobias -
--- Prison Horror -
-X- Psychological - Come True
-X- Quarantine - The Ebola Syndrome
--- Random Horror Film -
--- Rape / Revenge -
--- Shot in Los Angeles -
-X- Slasher / Psycho / Homicidal Maniac - Terror at Tenkiller
--- Slow Motion -
--- Split Personality -
-X- Suicide - The Orphanage
--- Takes Place in a police station -
--- Takes Place in a jungle -
-X- Takes Place in an amusement park - She Freak
-X- Takes Place on an island - Shock Waves
-X- Takes Place on a farm - The Witch
--- Takes Place on a cruise ship -
-X- Three Installments in a Franchise - Friday the 13th IV-VI
-X- Title Spoken By Character, 2 - Razorback
--- Trailer Compilation -
--- Travelogue -
-X- Vampire - Martin
-X- Voice-Over Narration - Terror at Tenkiller
--- Voyeurism -
--- War -
--- Werewolf -
-X- Witchcraft / Satanic / Religious - Ready or Not
--- Wilhelm Scream -
-X- With Commentary - The Witch
--- With Two or More Horror Legends -
-X- Zombie - Shock Waves

Select 1 from the "Chronological Horror Years Faceoff":
--- 1923 (100th) -
--- 1948 (75th) -
-X- 1973 (50th) - Torso
-X- 1998 (25th) – Ringu

Select 2 from the following anniversaries:
--- 10th Belated Anniversary of 88 Films -
-X- 20th Belated Anniversary of Umbrella Entertainment - Razorback
--- 20th Belated Anniversary of Unearthed Films -
--- 35th Anniversary of Hong Kong Category III Horror Films, 2 -
--- 40th Anniversary of Video Nasties, 2, 3 -
--- 70th Anniversary of 3-D Film -
-X- 90th Anniversary of Drive-In Theaters - It Lives Inside
--- 100th Anniversary of Warner Bros. -

Select 3 from the following horror film tropes, 2:
-X- It was a dark and stormy night... - Terror at Tenkiller
-X- A town with a dark secret, 2, 3 - The Orphanage
--- The crazy cat lady, 2 -
-X- The staircase tumble, 2 - The Beast With Five Fingers
-X- When the lights go out, 2, 3 - Alone in the Dark
--- Cranial combustion / The exploding head -
--- The dirty coward, 2, 3 -
-X- The television portal, 2 - Ringu

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

​Select 6 decades of film history:
-1- Pre-1930 - The Hunchback of Notre Dame
-4- 1930 - Freaks
-12- 1940 - The Beast With Five Fingers
-2- 1950 - Dementia
-8- 1960 - Libido
-14- 1970 - Valerie and Her Week of Wonders
-42- 1980 - Razorback
-13- 1990 - Linnea Quigley's Horror Workout
-8- 2000 - The Orphanage
-18- 2010 - Ready or Not
-27- 2020 - Pearl

Watch 1 film with a recently deceased personality:
-X- Recently deceased list - Warlock

Watch a film shot on 1 of the following:
--- Video ,2 -
--- 8mm (Super 8) -
--- 16mm -

Watch 1 title from the OHMC "Favorites" list:
--- (insert title).

Watch a movie and its remake or two adaptations of the same source material back to back on the same day
-X- Original - Invaders From Mars
-X- Remake - Invaders From Mars

Watch 1 unseen entry from a horror franchise:
-X- Warlock: Armageddon

Watch 1 film from any Amityville, 2 or Bad Shark, 2 movie:
--- (insert title).

Watch films in at least three formats:
-73- First format, Blu-ray, Ready Or Not
-39- Second format, UHD, Razorback
-6- Third format, DVR, The Beast With Five Fingers
-21- Fourth format, Streaming, Linnea Quigley's Horror Workout
-2- Fifth format, DVD, All Hallows' Eve
-4- Sixth format, Theater, It Lives Inside
-3- Seventh format, 3D Blu-ray, Bait
-3- Eighth format, Live Event, Boo at the Zoo

Watch films in at least three languages:
-X- First language, English, Ready or Not
-X- Second language, Spanish, The Orphanage
-X- Third language, Czech, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders.
-X- Fourth language, Italian, Torso.
-X- Fifth language, Cantonese, Ebola Syndrome
-X- Sixth language, Serbian, Strangler vs. Strangler
-X- Seventh language, Japanese, Ringu
-X- Eighth language, Macedonian, Goodbye 20th Century
-X- Ninth language, French, Knife + Heart
-X- Tenth language, Polish, I Like Bats

Watch 2 films with similar plots:
--- Film #1 -
--- Film #2 -

Watch 3 films that you've never seen before that:
--- Stars a Bruce (that's not Bruce Campell) - Bruce Davison / Bruce Payne / Bruce Dern / Bruce Greenwood / Bruce Boxleitner / Bruce Bennett / Bruce Dickinson
--- Features water turning to blood -
-X- Was made in the 2010s - Mexico Barbaro
--- Features a computer -
--- Was written by Wes Craven -
--- Features a peephole -
-X- Has a scene in an elevator - Warlock: Armageddon
--- Was shot in Oakley Manner, 2 -
--- Is listed in House of Psychotic Women -
--- Takes place in a hotel -
--- Features death by acid burn -
-X- Title includes the word terror - Terror at Tenkiller
Attend a live or virtual event (convention, play, haunted house, ghost tour, etc.):
--- (insert event). OPTIONAL

--- Listen to a horror movie soundtrack - 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


Last edited by clckworang; 11-03-23 at 08:15 PM.
Old 08-30-23, 10:10 AM
  #34  
Senior Member
 
jholmes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Olympic Peninsula, Washington
Posts: 808
Received 232 Likes on 161 Posts
Re: The 19th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread***





2023 GOALS:
1) Watch at least 100 movies
2) Watch at least 1 subset movie for every theme & complete checklist
3) Watch at least one movie each day that fits that day's theme
4) Get to 99% on the They Shoot Zombies list


RUNNING TALLY:
* 122/100 movies watched - 80 First Time Views
* SUBSET list - 39/45

* THEME NIGHTS - 33/33
* CHECKLIST - DONE
1910's - 0; 1920'S - 1; 1930'S -2; 1940'S - 5; 1950'S - 4; 1960'S -5; 1970'S - 13; 1980'S - 25; 1990'S - 16; 2000'S -18; 2010'S - 17; 2020'S - 17

SEPT 30: INDIE/ARTHOUSE CROSSOVER
1. THE WITCH (2015) [4K disc] - ★★★★★- Rewatch. I love historical horror, and this one is fabulous. I love everything about it.
Watched for: Subset, theme night
2. BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW (2012) ☼ [VOD] - ★★✰✰✰ - Meh. I'm not a fan of these vague, mumble-core, artsy movies. There were some compelling visuals, but I need more of a plot. This felt like a one-line idea that hadn't gotten flushed out in the scripting process.
Watched for: They Shoot Zombies #746, theme night
3. J'ACCUSE (1938) ☼ [BLU RAY] - ★★★✰✰ - (3.5 stars) This isn't horror until the very end. Most of this feels like a drama. It starts in WWI with a unit being sent to almost certain death. But there's not a lot of fighting footage. One of the men survives and is passionately anti-war. He tries to invent a kind of armor to prevent war from ever happening again but fails. The last fifteen minutes or so were worth the price of admission when, with WWII looming, he calls forth the war dead to protest. The effects are extremely modest by today's standards, but they show some real-life war veterans with their disfigurements, and the entire sequence is effective emotionally.
Watched for: They Shoot Zombies #880, theme night

OCT 1: JAWSPLOITATION
4. RAZORBACK (1984) [BLU RAY] - ★★★✰✰- I've seen this before but remembered very little. The opening has a great hook. There was a lot of time spent on two disgusting brothers. The giant boar wasn't in it all that much until the end. It's an OK watch but not a favorite.
Watched for: Subset, theme night
5. SEA BEAST (2008)☼ [DVD] - ★★✰✰✰ - I love creature features, and this one isn’t as bad as the ratings would have you believe. The cast and the human side of the story is serviceable. I liked the Buffy-the-vampire-slayer girl and the female biologist. The “fishing village” folks are cliché but in a chuckle-inducing way. There are some gnarly body-kill-gore shots. But the creature was such a direct rip-off of Predator (with its invisibility, POV shots, and they even used the same clicking sound), that it’s embarrassing. And then they mix it with a sea monster, even though most of the kills and hunting it all happen on land (it’s amphibious). The CGI is pretty awful. Not a bad creature-popcorn movie if you dig this kind of thing.
Watched for: Composer - Chuck CIriino, theme night
6. SLUGS (1988) ☼ [blu ray] - ★★✰✰✰ - This is so absurd! It's a odd film because it's not as much of a comedy as you'd expect. It plays it straight-faced while at the same time being incredibly ridiculous. The slugs are supposed to be larger than normal, but the ones in the film just look like normal slugs to me. But somehow they eat people alive. There are lots of shots of slugs crawling on people's bodies, which must have been gross to film. And the 'solution' ends up blowing up half the town -- but oh well! Not nearly as good as Frogs or Slither, IMHO.
Watched for: They Shoot Zombies #986, theme night
7. MEG 2; THE TRENCH (2023)☼ [VOD] - ★★★✰✰ - I can see why this film didn't get the best reviews. For much of the film there's this subplot about deep sea mining and Jonah and his crew getting stuck in the trench and having to walk across the ocean floor in pressure suits etc etc. It felt like it stole from other films like Underwater and pirate-y films. The megs were hardly present and the dim sea atmosphere was gritty and oppressive. The film doesn't really come alive until the last act when the crew finally gets above water and they have to go to "Fun Island" to warn them about 3 approaching megs. Finally we're in the sea and beach and sun and we have lots of great megalodon action. They added in some other creatures as well, which came from the depth, and that was a bit too Jurassic Park-y. But there are some terrific action sequences in this last part. Too bad so much of the movie is a bore.
Watched for: Theme night, Checklist: Takes place on an island
8. 12 DAYS OF TERROR (2004)☼ [DVD] - ★★★✰✰ - Based on a true story and set in the early 1900s, this film is about a summer in which the water was so warm, sharks came in to the Jersey shore and killed 5 people. It feels a little odd. I've never seen a historical creature feature and I typically associate 1916 with movies like The Gilded Age rather than shark movies. But the story was well done and Alex, a lifeguard, made a strong lead character. The shark scenes were tense and showed just enough. A keeper.
Watched for: Theme night, checklist: Amityville or Bad Shark movie, checklist: based on a true story & TV movie


OCT 2: META HORROR / 4TH WALL
9. Linnea Quigley'S Horror Workout (1999) ☼ [BLU RAY] - ★✰✰✰✰- 1/2 star. Truly awful. Who is the audience for this? It's got way too much actual exercise time to be a horror movie. But if you wanted to exercise to it, you'd have to fast-forward past endless vanity videos from LQ's movie. Horribly tedious even at one hour.
Watched for: Subset, theme night
10. THE HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS (2001)☼ [VOD] - ★★★★✰- This is amazingly creative. The songs were a hoot, especially the romantic duet and the groovin' zombies. All the characters were well-drawn and likeable, though the little girl was underused. So many hilarious bits in this--the sumo wrestler/little girl, the dog and the volcano... It's glorious to see so much quirky personality in one film. I watched this for the They Shoot Zombies, Don't They list, and it's truly a gem. I'm surprised I'd never heard of it before.
Watched for: theme night; They Shoot Zombies #896
11. SCREAM VI (2023) ☼ [VOD] - ★★★✰✰- This screenplay did it's best to pump fresh life into the franchise. I liked the NY setting. But the whole "which of this group is secretly the killer" is wearing thin for me. We get a little Gale Weathers but I missed the other tried-and-true characters like Sidney and Dewey. Not bad but not memorable.
Watched for: theme night
12. THE NIGHT STRANGLER (1974) ☼ [Blu Ray] - ★★★✰✰ - I enjoyed the 70's vibe of this and the familiar character actors like Margaret Hamilton and Willy Cox. I also liked the Seattle setting and the use of the Seattle underground. The paranormal killer storyline was just OK. I disliked the way the characters continually yelled at each other.
Watched for: Checklist: director Dan Curtis

OCT 3: TEEN SCREAMS
13. IT FOLLOWS (2014) [4K] - ★★★★✰- I haven't seen this since it first came out. I loved it then and it holds up. The idea of something relentlessly pursuing you in that slow way is terrifying. You can outrun it, but you can't *always* be on guard. And no one else can see it, so they can't stand guard for you. Sooner or later, you have to screw up. The scene on the beach where the thing approaches from behind--you in trouble, girl! The pool scene was another great set-piece.
Watched for: Subset, theme night
14. STRANGER IN OUR HOUSE AKA SUMMER OF FEAR (1978 )☼ [DVD] - ★★★✰✰- I have a soft spot for 70's TV horror movies. It's fun seeing faces of character actors I'd completely forgotten about. Linda Blair does the whole "sweet innocent" routine better than just about anyone. And the "cousin" was creepy. Just a fun vintage watch.
Watched for: Theme night, Checklist: Director Wes Craven, TV movie
15. THE HOLE (2001) ☼ [VOD] - ★★★★✰- Really strong horror-thriller that sucked me in and kept me engaged. I liked the multiple versions of the story and the uber creepy factor of Thora Birch's mega crush. I must POSESSSSSS you! Yikes. Strong actors all around and great production values. A keeper.
Watched for: Theme night, They Shoot Zombies #861
16. DANCE OF THE DEAD (2008) ☼ [VOD] - ★★✰✰✰- Meh. I didn't love this one. Zombies are so overdone. And the ensemble-of-high-school-students-fight-zombies plot was nothing new. The script was mediocre and so were the actors.
Watched for: Theme night, They Shoot Zombies #965

OCT 4: THE HORROR SHOW GUIDE
17. MARTIN (1978) [bu ray rip] - ★★★✰✰- This is one of those films I wanted to like a lot more than I did. I heard about it for years before I was able to watch it the first time. I was surprised because it had such a great reputation. I found it just OK. Much "smaller" in scope and grittier/more ordinary that I expected. It plays very much like real life, which is the point, but it's not an attractive film, if that makes any sense. The Martin character is not at all likeable. I watched it again a few years ago and appreciated it a little more without the huge expectations of my first viewing, but I still didn't love it. And on this rewatch, I was a little bored.
Watched for: Subset, theme night
18. JASON GOES TO HELL (1993) ☼ [BLU RAY] - ★★★✰✰- This was better that quite a few of the Fri the 13th films. At least it had more of a story and a decent cast. They really built on the old Jason legend here, to good effect. Still a bit schlocky, but not bad.
Watched for: Theme night, They shoot zombies list #894; Checklist: not seen horror franchise installment
19. THE MUMMY'S HAND (1940) [BLU RAY] - ★★★★✰- I enjoyed this. It's not as good as The Mummy, but it has a nice vintage feel, good characters, and fairly witty dialogue. The story is a poor treasure hunter and his pal find a vase with a map to Ananka's tomb. But the mummy Karnak is kept alive to guard her and a priest of Karnak revives him to go after the treasure hunters. Fun old monster movie.
Watched for: Theme night; Checklist: mummy
20. DONOVAN'S BRAIN (1953) ☼ [BLU RAY] - ★★★✰✰- Fun! I don't think I've ever seen Nancy Reagan in a movie, but she plays the wife here. This is a twist on the Jeckyll and Hyde plot. A scientist is experimenting with brains and gets a chance to get one from a recently dead millionaire. But the brain grows in power and starts controlling the scientist, making him renew the dead man's life of wealth, corruption, and blackmail. One of the better made scientist movies I've seen.
Watched for: Theme night; Checklist: 2 movies with the same plot (with Mary Reilly), Mad scientist, 1950s

OCT 5: NIGHT OF THE DEFUNCT STUDIOS
21. THE PEANUT BUTTER SOLUTION (1985) ☼ [VOD] - ★★✰✰✰- This would be good for younger kids. I'd say under 10. It's big on fantasy and the supernatural. It felt long to me as an adult. Definitely more fantasy than horror.
Watched for: Subset, theme night
22. HALLOWEEN II (2009) ☼ [blu ray] - ★★★✰✰- I didn't expect to like Rob Zombie's Halloween movies, but I do. I love the series so much, it's nice to have an alternate spin on them. I liked the first one better than this one, but this one isn't bad. I like Michael McDowell as Lumis, and I liked the white horse/mother imagery. It's not as good as the original series, but worth a watch.
Watched for: Theme night - Dimensions, They Shoot Zombies #849
23. THE POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES (1985) ☼ [VOC] - ★★★✰✰- This very effective found footage film disturbed the crap out of me. Some horror films, such as home invasion films Funny Games and Straw Dogs, are a little too close to reality to be bearable. I prefer the supernatural or clearly bonkers horror myself. This is one of those “it could be real” films which makes it hard to watch at times when the serial killer is filming his own killings. But I liked the documentary-style interviews and newsreel footage. Very well done. Definitely worth a watch if you like found footage.
Watched for: Theme night - Turner, They Shoot Zombies #923; Checklist - found footage
24. BATS (1999) [blu ray] - ★★★✰✰- I've seen this before but didn't remember much except the cool Southwest setting, Lou Diamond Philips, and great bat design. The story is a little predictable with a sheriff and female scientist trying to stop military-modified killer bats. There are some effective set pieces including a bat attack on the town of Gallup, Texas. The ending was a little too straight-forward but this is a solid creature feature.
Watched for: Checklist - Lou Diamond Philips

OCT 6: ANTHOLOGIES
25. CAT'S EYE (1985) [Blur ray] - ★★★★✰- The last time I watched this was in 2018 and I gave it a 6/10. I liked it more this time - a solid 7.5. I still like the "Quitter's Inc" segment best. Great story idea and wonderful actors. The ledge segment is OK. The little girl/cat segment is the one that I liked considerably more this time. The cat in the shelter with the "TERMINATION" sign... noooooo! lol. It is amazing how perfectly they captured the cat throughout the film. How did they get it to do all that stuff? Drew Barrymore is also cute as blazes in this.
Watched for: Subset, theme night
26. TWO EVIL EYES (1999) ☼ [Blu ray] - ★★★✰✰- This has been on my TBW list for a long time. It's a solid watch with a good cast in both segments. And I love Poe, so I enjoyed the stories. The cat torture was a bit much to take, especially since we had to see it multiple times. Harvey Keitel played such a loathsome man. And Andrienne's Barbeau's character was a lot more sympathetic than you'd expect. A keeper.
Watched for: Theme night, They Shoot Zombies #999; Checklist - Director: Argento
27. MAUSOLEUM (1983) ☼ [VOD] - ★★✰✰✰- Pretty ridiculous, as you’d expect from a “OHMC Favorite”. The “demon” special effects, green glowing eyes, and the actress grimacing, were hilarious. Not her finest work, I’ll reckon. And the solution is so stupid. How fortunate that, in order to stop a powerful demon that was hundreds of years old, all that was required was to fetch a “crown of thorns” from the mausoleum and put it on her head. Easy peasy! The deaths were all about killing off leering men. Which makes the demon an advocate of Me Too and feels a little low-ambition for a supernatural entity. The housemaid was the best part.
Watched for: Checklist: OHMC favorite
28. HAUNTED MANSION (2023) ☼ [VOD] - ★★★★✰- 3,5/5 stars. I thought this was a lot of fun. Yes, it's CGI city and the effects are way over the top, but that goes with the Haunted Mansion ride and works fine in a family film like this one. The characters were all likeable and the story held my attention. I love the New Orleans vibe. I'll watch this again.
Watched for:

OCT 7: THE OHMC GUIDE TO LOCATION-BASED HORRORS
29. FINAL DESTINATION 2 (2003) [blu ray] - ★★★★✰- Pretty fun and slick horror movie. A group of people survive a horrible pile-up on the freeway when one girl has a vision/premonition and blocks the on-ramp. Soon they begin to die by crazy means. There's a bunch of time spent on figuring out what's going on, including pulling in characters from the first movie and then trying things to subvert Death (which never works). I quite like this franchise.
Watched for: Subset, theme night
30. THE BARN (2016) [VOD] - ★★✰✰✰- I feel like this movie tries awfully hard and was made by horror fans. It's a fun enough concept, and there's always room for more horror movies that take place on Halloween. However, the actors are very much B or C grade and it feels ameteurish or I'd have scored it higher. But it's not a bad watch.
Watched for: Theme night - farm; Checklist: composer Rocky Gray, takes place on a farm
31. DELICATESSAN (1991) ☼ [VOD] - ★★★✰✰- (3.5 stars) This is a tough movie to rate. There's a lot of heart in this film. I loved the clown character (and Livingston) and the crazy gonzo soldier guys. The lead female was good. The butcher and many of the other residents were evil and despicable in a believable way. I'm not a fan of the gritty/depressing feel of the film, which is set in a time post some big world-changing disaster that I'm not sure was ever mentioned (or I missed it if it was). Some of the humor didn't quite work for me but some hit the mark. Definitely worth a watch.
Watched for: Theme night - kitchen; They Shoot Zombies list #881; Checklist: cannibalism, French language
32. I SAW WHAT YOU DID (1965) ☼ [blu ray] - ★★★★✰- (3.5 Stars). This was really fun and a real palette cleanser. It feels like an episode of Patty Duke at first. Not horror at all, but cute tween girls and a little sister getting into mischief while the 'rents are away. But then they call the wrong random person from the phone book and suddenly there's murder happening. And then Joan Crawford comes in playing a clingy, controlling cougar, and she seems to be in a different movie entirely. The climax involves one of the tweens and her little sister being hunted in the fog. The prankster tween was ridiculously stupid with those prank calls and deserved to die, honestly. But I really enjoyed this vintage b&w oddity.
Watched for: Checklist: director William Castle, hagsploitation
33. WEIRD WOMAN (1944) ☼ [blu ray] - ★★★★✰- (3.5 stars) The plot of this was very familiar I think there's a 60's film with the same plot. A professor brings back a bride after an expedition and she was raised with a native Voodoo-like religion. A jealous woman on campus hates the new bride and tries to destroy the couple. The native wife tries to protect them with her native magic, but her prof husband insists it's all nonsense. Bad idea, bub. I enjoyed this version of the story. Great cast with Lon Chaney Jr and Evelyn Ankers and a solid script. Just enough "voodoo" to make it creepy. A keeper.
Watched for: Theme night - Jungle; Checklist: Takes place in a jungle

OCT 8: GOTHIC HORROR
34. THE ASPHYX (1972) [blu ray] - ★★★✰✰- I saw this years ago and didn't remember much. As an Anglophile, I enjoyed the British manor setting and the idea was unique--trying to capture Death, basically, only in this case everyone has their own "Death" spirit, or Asphyx. Really loved the ending.
Watched for: Subset, theme night
35. MILL OF THE STONE WOMEN 1972) [blu ray] - ★★★✰✰- I was more impressed with this the first time I saw it. It's a combo of the Bucket of Blood/Wax Museum story (a museum of figures that aren't what they appear) and the Eyes Without a Face story (a man kills to try to restore his daughter). The set is very gothic and yet colorful and I like the unusual setting in a Dutch country. This time it felt a bit long and not super original.
Watched for: Subset, theme night
36. MARY REILLY (1996) [VOD] - ★★★★✰- This is a fun Jeclyll & Hyde adaptation told from the POV of a household maid. Malkovich and Roberts are fantastic but also very Malkovich and Robertsy. We've seen these performances before. Still, it's a A+ production, very gothic, and an interesting take on the story.
Watched for: Theme night, Checklist - Robert Louis Stephenson, 2 films with similar plots
37. PHANTOM OF THE MONASTERY/CONVENT (1934) ☼ [blu ray] - ★★★★✰- I picked this blu ray up because it sounded intriguing. I really enjoyed it. It's sort of like Old Dark House except the lost travelers take refuge in an old monastery where they meet a group of silent monks. The Prior can talk to them and at supper he tells them about a monk who had committed a sin "even God couldn't forgive" which was being in love with this bff's wife and killing his bff. Turns out the party of 3 lost tonight include a man, his wife, and the man's bff, whom the wife is in love with. This isn't a film filled with big events. It's pretty slow based and not that much happens, but it's effectively creepy and I enjoyed the Catholic vibe and the unusual morality tale aspect.
Watched for: theme night; Checklist - language (Spanish)

OCT 9: GIALLO
38. LIBIDO (1965) ☼ [VOD] - ★★✰✰✰- This film has nice gothic atmosphere and a sense of foreboding, but the pacing is so slow. Lots and lots of silent, moody brooding. The story involves four people at a villa, one of whom is a young, rich heir, and an attempt to drive him insane for the dough. (Or is he imagining it and really insane?) The ending was good, but it took a long time to get there. It's not nearly as lurid or sex-infused as the title suggests. The gore factor is also extremely light.
Watched for: Subset, theme night
39. THE PERFUME OF THE LADY IN BLACK (1974) ☼ [VOD] - ★★★✰✰- (2.5 stars) This is a very pretty film, with an extraordinarily appealing female lead. The baroque Euro setting is stunning. The plot is inexplicable but seems to be about Sylvia’s increasing madness as she recalls some horrible events from her childhood and sees her mother's ghost. There’s an ominous African professor who talks about witch doctors and curses, but that thread never goes anywhere. Her boyfriend and people in her building also seem to be "in on it", but what, exactly, they are doing never manifests. Is it her own paranoia? I kept waiting for more resolution, but what is really going on remains vague throughout. Looking online, it seems the film is famous for being ambiguous and having "no plot". Though it doesn’t answer any questions, it's always interesting and a beautiful film and very creepy at times.
Watched for: Theme night; They Shoot Zombies #963
40. A BLADE IN THE DARK (1983) ☼ [VOD] - ★★★✰✰- This whodunnit thriller is an enjoyable watch. A film composer goes to a remote "villa" to work on a new film. It seems someone else is hiding in the house/on the grounds and is murdering women who come by. There are some lurid death scenes (very giallo-esque). We only see enough of the killer to know it's a woman. Various suspects are laid out for the viewer. PROS: The red herrings/suspects in this screenplay were very deftly handled. I sort of guessed the killer early on but the red herrings were convincing and threw me off.
CONS: the rural "villa" is super modern, plain, and boring in design. ALSO: The trans panic issues in this are super super dated and eye-rolling.
Watched for: Theme night; Checklist - Director Bava
41. TOTALLY KILLER (2023) ☼ [VOD] - ★★★★✰- Loved this so much! Thanks to those who rec'd it. Back to the Future meets Scream, and it's brilliant. The whodunnit aspect was a wee bit predictable. But I loved the way time travel was used, how little things Jamie did in the past affected the future/present. Super fun watch.
Watched for: Checklist - A film from someone else's "best of" list, takes place in an amusement park

OCT 10: WHAT'S IN A NAME?
42. PEARL (2022) ☼ [blu ray] - ★★★★✰- It took a long time for the horror to come in, but when it did, this packed a wallop. Mia Goth and the director did a great job of making you feel both sympathetic for Pearl and horrified by her. When the credits roll and she holds that ghastly smile -- sheer insanity.
Watched for: Subset, theme night; Checlist - Candy Cinema
43. BEAU IS AFRAID (2023) ☼ [VOD] - ★★★★✰- (3.5 stars) This is super well-done, well-acted, well-written. There were times when I laughed out loud at the sheer pessimistic absurdity of it. I didn’t like it nearly as much as Hereditary or Midsommar. Those films had plenty of surprises and shocks, unexpected moments. But they were set in the real world and had a narrative that made sense. With Beau is Afraid, Aster takes a big step toward David Lynchian surrealism. Still, it was vaguely plausible in a Sad Sack kind of way until the end when the film jumped the shark with the things in the attic and then the whole arena ending. I also can’t say it’s a *pleasant* film to watch. It’s a series of awkward nightmares, like being on stage and forgetting your lines or being in a store and realizing you’re naked in your pajamas. The whole film has that anxious feeling and it never breaks. Poor Beau.
Watched for: theme night; Checklist - actor Julian Richings
44. JASON X (2001) ☼ [blu ray] - ★★✰✰✰- This is so absurd. I give it props for *knowing* it's insane and playing it tongue-in-cheek. There are some laughs to be had here. But I felt it overstayed its welcome and went on too long with too many near-escapes to the point of frustartion. And the last "cyber Jason" was a jump too far over the shark for me. A very odd mishmash of genres.
Watched for: theme night; They Shoot Zombies #850; Checklist - 3 in a franchise
45. SCHALCKEN THE PAINTER (1979) ☼ [blu ray] - ★★★✰✰- This film plays like a biography of a Flemish painter in the 1700's, with a light supernatural story woven in here and there. The supernatural bit is that Schalcken, the young painter, is in love with his mentor's pretty young niece. But the mentor marries her off to a hideous, strange man for oodles of money. After her wedding day, she and her husband vanish, she only shows up in the story a few more times, and her "marriage" is hinted to be horrible and very strange, but we don't get much of an answer as to what her husband really is. Her story truly is horrifying, and I wish it had been more present in the film. More sad and unforgiveable in the way the men in her life used her than scary. Nice for a change of pace.
Watched for: Theme night; Checklist - writer sheridan le fanu
45b. APACHES (1977) ☼ [YouTube] - ★★✰✰✰- SHORT (27 mins). Very weird public service message film about children getting killed playing on a farm. I'll tell you, the farmer who owned that place is the most devious and insidious serial killer ever!
Watched for: Checklist - from Edgar Wright's favorite films list

OCT 11: EXTREME CINEMA
46. EBOLA SYNDROME (1996) ☼ [blu ray] - ★✰✰✰✰- I like pandemic/disease films, so I was hoping this one lived up to its title. I seriously hated the first half, with Kai being so disgusting and brutal. I'm not a fan of a lot of graphic sex in horror movies, so I didn't like that aspect. In the second part, once people started getting Ebola and trying to track Kai down, it got more tolerable. However, the "Ebola" symptoms and virus stuff had zero relation to reality, so that was disappointing too.
Watched for: Subset, theme night; Checklist - 88 Films
47. MEN BEHIND THE SUN (1988) ☼ [DVD RIP] - ★★★✰✰- (2.5 stars) Based on the reviews, I expected this to be a much more difficult/torture porn watch than it was. Yes, there are some gross "experiments" with graphic gore. But there was also a lot of history and story with the soldiers and youth core stationed at the research facility. I knew nothing about these experiments in WWII, so it was historically of interest. For a horror or extreme movie, it's often a little dry.
Watched for: Theme night; They Shoot Zombies #824
48. THE TOOLOX MURDERS (1978) ☼ [VOD] - ★★✰✰✰- A very 80’s-vibe slasher. The killer is obvious from the start, but then revealed to the viewer early on as well. The deaths nearly all happen at the start, as other reviewers have pointed out, and then there’s an “investigation” of sorts, and creepy hostage scenes. I enjoyed the vintage vibe and seeing character actors I hadn’t seen in a long time. But both the murders and the killer/s were sort of ridiculous and unbelievable. The ending is silly. People don’t so easily go mad, especially not 2 people. But anyway. The vintage vibe was kind of fun.
Watched for: Theme night; They Shoot Zombies #818

OCT 12: FRIGHTFEST GUIDE: Vampires, Grindhouse, Werewolves
49. DEMENTIA (1955) ☼ [VOD] - ★★★✰✰- What an oddity. This film, with zero dialogue, does a great job of capturing the concept of insanity solely through visuals. It's not always obvious what's really happening and what's being imagined by the protagonist, a woman. Even during flashbacks of her childhood, it's not clear what is truth and what is her fantasy of what happened. Very moody and effective.
Watched for: Subset; Theme night- grindhouse; They Shoot Zombies #976
50. REQUIEM FOR A VAMPIRE (1971) ☼ [blu ray] - ★✰✰✰✰- I'm not a fan of Jean Rollins. Like many of his vampire movies, this one has very little plot. It's basically soft-core porn in a colorful gothic setting. It obviously seems to have its audience.
Watched for: Theme night - vampires; They Shoot Zombies #746
51. GINGER SNAPS 2 (2004) ☼ [VOD] - ★★★✰✰- (3.5 stars) I really liked this one. I don't recall that much of Ginger Snaps, but I got the drift. I loved the rehab center, the slimy male orderly (who was undermining everything that rehab is supposed to accomplish), and the character of Ghost.
Watched for: Theme night - werewolves
52. WHITE DOG (1982) ☼ [VOD] - ★★★✰✰- This was a thought-provoking film. Kristy McNichols adopts a dog she hits with her car. She loves the dog but discovers he is a "white dog", trained to attack and kill any black person. She wants him "cured", and a local Hollywood animal trainer, a black man, is determined to cure the dog as if that will somehow prove that racism can be overcome. I've never seen a film like this and thought it was quite effective.
Watched for: Checklist - Actor Paul Bartel, Criterion film

OCT 13: FRIDAY THE 13TH
53. FRIDAY THE 13TH 6: JASON LIVES (1986) [VOD] - ★★★✰✰- The plot is pretty straight-forward with the dead Jason Voorhees coming back to life thanks to a bolt of lightening and going on a killing spree involving camp counselors once again and basically anyone who enters the woods. There's a lot of comedy here, and the kills are mostly offscreen. A fun 80s slasher for those who want more goofs than brutality.
Watched for: Subset; Theme night
54. FRIGHT NIGHT (1985) [4K disc] - ★★★✰✰- This is cornier than I remembered. Very Stephen King in feel even though it's not Roddy McDowell was the best part.
Watched for Checklist - watch a film and is remark on the same night, Actor - Roddy McDowell
55. FRIGHT NIGHT (2011) ☼ [VOD] - ★★★★✰- This is so much better than the original. First of all, the cast is way better. David Tenant as Peter Vincent, Toni Collette, Colin Firth... fantastic. I also liked the Las Vegas setting and the way they made Peter Vincent an edgy stage magician. Fun cameo from Chris Sarandon. Fantastic ending. The fire suit was a brilliant idea. Evil Ed was less creepy, but no one could ever be as creepy as the original. Good stuff.
Watched for: They Shoot Zombies #; Checklist - watch a film and is remark on the same night
56. FRIGHT NIGHT 2 (1988) ☼ [VOC] - ★✰✰✰✰- This wasn't good. First mistake: they acted like the first movie never happened. So it was sort of a remake only the characters are older, and it's in Romania, and the vampire is Elizabeth of Bathory. It would have made a lot more sense if they'd kept the characters history and made this the second vampire they encountered. Mediocre cast. Kind of boring tbh.
Watched for Checklist - make-up artist

OCT 14: RIP TCM UNDERGROUND
57. ALONE IN THE DARK (1986) [VOD] - ★★✰✰✰- I liked the insane asylum setting and the ideas. The main doctor, Pleasance, believes all his inmates are good at heart and misunderstood. But when the most dangerous psychopaths escape during a power outage, they are truly evil. Great character actors. However, the whole last part devolves into a jump scare slasher, which I didn't love.
Watched for: Subset; Theme night
58. CORRIDORS OF BLOOD (1958) [DVD] - ★★★✰✰- The story of trying to invent anesthesia is interesting. Great cast. It's a little dry at times, but has a classic vibe.
Watched for: Theme night, Checklist: actor Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee, 2 or more horror legends in one movie
59. NIGHT MONSTER (1942) ☼ [DVD] - ★★★★✰- I really liked this one. It has a feel similar to And Then There Were None. A group of people are invited to a lonely country manor and there they are killed off one by one. Lugosi has a smallish role as the butler. Nice mix of whodunnit and horror.
Watched for: Theme night, Checklist: actor Bela Lugosi
60. FACELESS (1988) ☼ [4K disc] - ★★★✰✰- Euro horror-mystery which involves a doctor killing young women to try to transplant their faces onto his sister, who is disfigured. Meanwhile, Telly Savalas plays the father of one of the missing girls who hires a detective to go find her in Paris. There are some graphic surgery scenes and some lurid seductions. This is a slick film with a good cast.
Watched for: Checklist: actor Caroline Munroe

OCT 15: DON'T GO TO SLEEP
61. COME TRUE (2020) [VOD] - ★★✰✰✰- This film has some interesting ideas around dreams and dream imagery. But there were some logic holes, like what happened at the clinic after the 2 male dreamers saw the shadow figures? That was all built up and then there was a cut, and we never went back. The ending, similarly, was muddled and disappointing. It was cool when they were following the girl who was dreaming into the woods but then she "woke up" and had vampire fangs and there was a message about beig in a coma for 20 years. It was just not set up well enough to make that work.
Watched for: Subset; Theme night
62. IT COMES AT NIGHT (2017) ☼ [VOD] - ★★★✰✰- This movie has a very grim feel. I'm not sure the non-linear timeline was necessary or added anything except confusion. It ends with a sense of hopelessness, and the events are tragic, so it's effective in evoking emotion. Not one I'd want to rewatch.
Watched for: Theme night; They Shoot Zombies #973
63. THE LORDS OF SALEM (2012) ☼ [VOD] - ★★★★✰- I loved this way more than I thought I would. Given that it was Rob Zombie I expected something gritty and brutal. But the story involves modern day Salem and historical Salem and witches coming back to fulfill their Satanic mission. Lots of great f'ed up religious imagery. Totally my jam.
Watched for: Theme night (sleeping nude); They Shoot Zombies #747; Checklist - actor Barbara Crampton, movie you haven't seen that stars a Bruce (Bruce Davidson)

OCT 16: CHRONOLOGICAL
64. HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1923) [VOD] - ★★✰✰✰- 'm just not a fan of most silent movies. Without dialogue, my mind wanders. Lon Chaney is amazing, but by every other measure, I much prefer the 30's version with Charles Laughton.
Watched for: Subset; Theme night
65. THE AMAZING MR X (1948) ☼ [blu ray] - ★★★✰✰- My first watch of this one. Hubs and I enjoyed it. I love 40's films, especially noir, and this one was interesting with the whole medium/seance/trickery angle. But the "ghost" that appeared in her bedroom at the start -- not sure how they made that happen. But anywho, an interesting film. it dragged a bit int he middle.
Watched for: Subset; Theme night
66. TORSO (1973) [blu ray] - ★★★✰✰- I watched this a few years ago but enjoyed the rewatch tonight. The Italian settings are wonderful. I always enjoy a good whodunnit slasher, and the better giallos (like this one) do such a good job of setting up red herrings. Was it the Uncle? The stalker guy? The doctor? One choice I find odd is that the 3 main women are killed off camera. The protagonist the story has been following up til now, Heidi?, is killed off camera and then suddenly the final girl you follow is Jane. It's kind of like skipping the main course to not see the main character's death. But I liked the whole "the killer didn't now another girl was there" angle.
Watched for: Subset; Theme night
67. PI (1998) [VOD] - ★★★✰✰- I really like the ideas in this film--mixing Jewish Qabblah with math and the hunt for the name of God. It's one of those stories where you relaly long for something deep and profound to be revealed. But, of course, it's just a movie, and that thing always lingers out of reach. Maybe the point of a film like this is to make you long for it. The ending was kind of meh. I wish he'd given the number to the rabbi.
Watched for: Theme night; Checklist - shot on 16mm

OCT 17: SLASHER/SERIAL KILLER
68. TERROR AT TENKILLER - RIFFTRAK (1986) ☼ [VOD] - ★✰✰✰✰ - I'm glad I watched the Rifftrak version of this since it woulid have been boring otherwise. The Rifftrak guys had some very funny one-liners. Certainly the movie itself has very little going for it. Low, low budget, not much going on, zero effects, and a pretty boring slasher.
Watched for: Subset; Theme night
69. FRIDAY THE 13TH (2009) ☼ [VOD] - ★★★✰✰ - (2.5 stars) A very grim and actually scary entry in this series. Very true to the slasher formula. It was pretty intense.
Watched for: Theme night, They Shoot Zombies #863; Checklist - 3 in a franchise
70. JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 (2003) ☼ [blu ray] - ★★★★✰- This was much better than I expected. A really solid monster movie. The monster from Jeepers Creepers is shown in full daylight, and often. It’s a man-sized, black skinned vampire type of thing with huge bat wings and clawed feet, major chompers. It’s super well-done. The characters are fun and their personalities bounce off each other as they try to survive in a terrifying situation.
Watched for: Theme night, They Shoot Zombies #878
71. THE BLACKENING (2023) ☼ [VOD] - ★★★✰✰ - Fairly entertaining, and very 2023, slasher. There were some funny moments and production and casting were good.
Watched for: Theme night, Checklist - Blaxploitation

OCT 18: BASED ON A TRUE STORY
72. DREAM HOME (2010) ☼ [VOD] - ★★✰✰✰ - Not a fan. The kills were so brutal and they really lingered on them. Also the non-linear timeline made it hard to figure out why tf the killer was doing all this. I didn't really buy it (no pun intended).
Watched for: Subset; Theme night, They Shoot Zombies #946
73. THE GIRL NEXT DOOR (2007) ☼ [VOD] - ★★✰✰✰ - The movie is very well done, but what a horrible, horrible true story. Ugh. Not one I'll rewatch in a hurry.
Watched for: Theme night, They Shoot Zombies #859
74. THE SNOWTOWN MURDERS (2011) ☼ [VOD] - ★★✰✰✰ - This is a really good film but another difficult watch. Jamie, a young adult, lives with his mom and 3 brothers in a poor neighborhood in Australia. His mom starts dating a man, John, who seems great at first. He's charismatic. He connects with the kids. But when the neighbors come over they talk about pedophiles and "faggots". He and his friend start committing murders and they drag Jamie into it. Lots of beating and torture. The cinematography and pacing are lovely. There's a dark poetry here, but poor Jamie's fate is hard to stomach.
Watched for: Theme night, They Shoot Zombies #922

OCT 18: BASED ON A TRUE STORY
75. TALK TO ME (2023) ☼ [Vblu ray] - ★★★✰✰ - (3.5 stars) Interesting! It had a bit of a slow start, but I was truly invested in the characters and what happened to them. The possession stuff felt fresh--not the same old possessed person cliches. Creepy and effective.
Watched for: Subset; Theme night
76. LOVELY MOLLY (2011) ☼ [DVD] - ★★✰✰✰ - (2.5 stars) I enjoyed this movie. The actors and production value were good. It was hard to figure out what was going on especially at the end. It seemed to be a legit haunting or possession of a person, but they left it vague. It's one of those films where I had to go online looking for an explanation. Just ok.
Watched for: Theme night, They Shoot Zombies #960
77. SYMPTOMS (1974) ☼ [blu ray] - ★★★✰✰ - I’ve been wanting to watch this for years since I’m and Anglophile and this sounded like a British ghost story. It’s not quite that. More of a “quirky/creepy British oddball killer” type story. Angela Pleasance looks so much like her father and she is quite disturbing in this film in a wide-eyed, innocent, hatchet-wielding sort of way. It’s a slow film. Not much happens for the first half. Angela, playing Helen, takes her girl friend to her family estate in the country for a little quiet time holiday. There’re lots of scenes of country walking and biking and quiet evenings in. But there’s the frequent references to another girlfriend, Cora, who used to come here and the always-watching handyman that Helen despises. This vague vibe goes on for a long time before anything occurs. But the last act has enough action to get and hold your attention. An effective, if minor, British rural horror film.
Watched for: Theme night, Checklist - director Jose Ramon Larraz
78. THE DEVIL ON TRIAL (2023) ☼ [Netflix] - ★★★✰✰ - A documentary about the true-life demonic possession case investigated by Ed and Lorraine Warren. Interesting and creepy, though one brother swears it was all a scam while the others seem genuinely convinced.
Watched for: Checlist - genre documentary

OCT 20: JOE BOB BRIGGS
79. POSSESSION (1981) [BLU RAY] - ★★★✰✰- (2.5 stars) This movie is very European and bizarre. I had to look up what it was about at the end. At the beginning, a husband and wife are separating. The fights become violent and then the wife ends up living in a secret apartment with a tentacled "thing" and murdering people. The husband begins having an affair with his son's schoolteacher who is a doppelganger for the wife. There are some very gruesome set pieces such as when the wife (Isabelle Adjani) appears to go berserk in a subway tunnel. Critics say the film is an allegory for divorce with the wife's "monster" representing her version of the idealized husband and the schoolteacher as the man's idealized version of his wife--but even these idealized caricatures are doomed in the end. Interesting but a bit too confusing and abstract for me. It also felt overly long.
Watched for: Subset, theme night
80. FREDDY'S DEAD; THE FINAL NIGHTMARE (1991) ☼ [BLU RAY] - ★★★✰✰- (2.5 stars). This was just OK. All of the kids of Springwood are dead except for one, Freddy sends this poor schmuck to a new town in an attempt to get a fresh playing field. The kid is sent to a shelter where a female counselor tries to help him. The story involves figuring out who the counselor really is and, of course, killing more teens from the shelter in their sleep. A solid attempt by everyone involved, but the formula feels tired. I did like the flashbacks we got of Freddy's human life.
Watched for: They Shoot Zombies #817
81. SVENGOOLIE: THE CRAWLING EYE (1958) ☼ [ME TV] - ★★★★✰- I loved this! Great 50's weird alien movie in which a "cloud" hanging around a Tyrolian mountain beheads mountaineers. A scientific observatory that just happens to on top of the mountain, a mentalist sister act, and fake German villagers round out the fun. I'd never watched Svengoolie before and he was a hoot. I figured he's "Joe Bob adjacent".
Watched for: Theme night

OCT 21: 1980'S VIDEO COMPANIES SPOTLIGHT
82. WARLOCK (1989) ☼ [VOD] - ★★★✰✰- I was looking forward to this. Juian Sands was very much at his prime here. So stunning. The story felt a bit juvenile. It was a decent watch but, IMHO, forgettable.
Watched for: Subset, theme night; Checklist - deceased actor Julian Sands
83. THERE'S NOTHING OUT THERE (1991) ☼ [VOD] - ★✰✰✰✰- I was not into this one. Super low budget, bad acting, bad sound, bad everything. The creature effects were soooo ridiculously awful. I'm also kind of over the "no one will believe me" trope, and that's the entire plot of this movie.
Watched for: Subset, theme night
84. RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD 3 (1993) ☼ [VOD]- ★★✰✰✰- (2.5 stars) This movie feels very 80’s even though it was made in 1993. It’s sort of Romeo and Juliet with zombies. The movie focuses heavily on a teen boy and his girlfriend. The boy’s dad is military and runs a zombie research program. They’re trying to figure out a way to use zombies for warfare. The boy and his danger-loving girlfriend get into the facility to spy. Long story short, we end up with the military guy's teen son and a zombie girlfriend. They run away from authorities in a bid to somehow protect/save her. It's very corny but has some fun moments.
Watched for: Theme night; They shoot zombies #921

OCT 22: EXTREME CINEMA
85. INVADERS FROM MARS (1986) ☼ [VOD] - ★★✰✰✰- I prefer the original which had a simple naivete. This film was a very close remake but the 50's-era simplicity didn't play as well. My attention wandered.
Watched for: Subset, theme night
86. CHILD'S PLAYS 3 (1996) ☼ [4K disc - ★★✰✰✰- (2.5 stars) I love this series, but this one is my least favorite of all I've seen. The boy in Child's Play 1 is a teenager and he's sent to a military school. Chucky comes back to life and gets himself sent to the school. The boy, Tony, figures it out early on but no one believes him. Chucky kills a number of people at the military school while trying to transfer his soul. The finale takes place in a amusement park spook house. It's fine but just felt a bit of a rehash.
Watched for: Theme night, They Shoot Zombies #936
87. FATHER'S DAY (2011) ☼ [VOD] - ★★★★✰- I loved this. If you’re a fan of horror movies, you’ll appreciate this clever parody. The script is wittier than most Hollywood films and the actors do a great job even though it’s clearly low, low budget. There’s gore and violence, but it’s so clearly tongue-in-cheek and over the top, it’s just silly (in a good way). The tropey characters of the priest, the eye-patch wearing tough guy, and the twinky teen are fun. There’s a plotline involving a serial killer they’re all hunting. And just when that resolves, the film takes a huge leap into the metaphysical, even going to Hell to chase their case. I honestly can’t recommend this film enough. Also: the Twink guy was adorable.
Watched for: theme night, They Shoot Zombies #830; Checklist - rape/reverge
88. CHAMBER OF HORRORS (1966) ☼ [blu ray] - ★★★✰✰- I enjoyed this one. It's an interesting mish-mash. Two men who run a wax museum/chamber of horrors also solve crimes. They get involved in a case of a man who killed his fiancee and married her dead corpse. The man was arrested and sentenced to be hanged, but he escaped, losing his hand in the process, and sets out to get revenge on those who arrested and tried him. Lots of elements gonig on with bright, technicolor production of the era. There's a Hammer flavor to it, which isn't a bad thing.
Watched for: Checklist - on TMC's schedule

OCT 23: ZOMBIES
89. SHOCK WAVES (1977) [blu ray] - ★★★★✰- I loved this when I saw it a few months back and immediately bought the blu ray. Watched that tonight. This movie is my jam. I love the vintage 70's feel, the actors (Brooke Adams, Peter Cushing, John Carradine), the super creepy vibe. The underwater Nazis feel more genuine and spooky than you'd expect. One of my favorites.
Watched for: Subset, theme night
90. WORLD WAR Z (2013) [4k disc] - ★★★★✰- I wanted to watch my new 4K disc. This is one of my favorite zombie movies. Big budget, great cast, great effects. I love the scenes in Israel.
Watched for: Theme night
91. ONE CUT OF THE DEAD (2017) ☼ [VOD] - ★★★✰✰- I'm not as crazy about this as most people. I tried watching it before but was bored at the constant "fighting zombies" action and turned it off. It did improve once I got to the movie-inside-a-movie part on tonight's watch. It was fun and interesting to watch the behind-the-scene stuff. But it didn't really seem like a horror movie in that second half.
Watched for: Theme night; They Shoot Zombies #998
92. DEAD HEAT (1988) ☼ [VOD] - ★★✰✰✰- This was better than I anticipated. Not a fan of Joe Piscapo, but Treat Williams creates an appealing, sympathetic character. It was also a special treat to see Vincent Price in what was surely one of his last roles (Edward Scissorhands was *the* last). The zombie plotline was pretty dumb but it was still cute and entertaining.
Watched for: theme night;; Checklist - deceased actor Treat Williams; Actor - Vincent Price

OCT 24: PASSPORT TO TERROR
93. STRANGLER VS STRANGLER (1984) ☼ [Rental DVD] - ★★★✰✰- A fun little oddity of a horror film that reminds me of Little Shop of Horrors at time. It has that goofy sense of humor. Both stranglers are so likeable. The narration was brilliant.
Watched for: Subset, theme night- Yugoslavia/Serbia
94. IN MY SKIN (2002) [VOD] - ★★★✰✰- (2.5 stars) This is such an odd film. A woman becomes obsessed with harming herself and even eating herself. She tries to hide her behavior from work and her boyfriend but begins to lose it more publicly. There's lots of gnarly body horror. We see her descend into madness, though there's not enough backstory given on her character to have any idea why. I can't say it's a pleasant watch, but it's not boring.
Watched for: Theme night - France Checklist - female director (Marine de Van)
95. LUNACY (2005) [Rental DVD] - ★★★✰✰- (2.5 stars) I disliked the “meat animation” interludes. As a vegan, it was just gross and I’m not sure what it had to do with anything. The main storyline about the asylum was interesting.
Watched for: Theme night - Czech; Checklist - sub-genre travelogue
96. DELIVER US (2023) [VOD] - ★★★✰✰- I like religious horror, so I watched this as soon as it was brough to my attention on letterboxd. There's some gorgeous scenery/cinematography of snowy Euro locations. I liked the story overall. It was a somewhat unique twist on the birth-of-the-anitchrist theme. I feel like they could have done more with religious visions to break up the more mundane setting they were in for a good third of the movie. But overall, I'd recommend.
Watched for: just because

OCT 25: WARNER BROTHERS
97. EVIL DEAD RISE (2023) [☼ Rental DVD] - ★★✰✰✰- Too bleak, unrelenting gory action, no upbeats or humor. I don't like this film and didn't the first time I saw it either.
Watched for: Subset, theme night
98. FLATLINERS (1990) [4k disc] - ★★★★✰ - This is a rewatch. Haven't seen it for years but I remembered most of it. I love the concept so much--med students who clinically kill themselves to explore the other side. The cast is phenomenal. There's lots of creepy imagery. The "moral" of the story is a little preachy, and I wish they'd done more with the after life images. But overall this is a gem.
Watched for: Theme night; Checklist - make-up man Greg Cannom
99. LAST VOYAGE OF THE DEMETER (2023) ☼ [blu ray] - ★★★★✰- This was one of my most anticipated films of the year, and I waited to watch it on blu ray. It pretty much lived up to expectations. They went full-out hideous monster with the vampire character, and though I enjoyed the creature's look, it might have been more interesting to let him shape shift into a more human look from time to time. But it was a solid watch.
Watched for: Theme night; Checklist - make-up man Howard Berger

OCT 26: A CELEBRATION OF THE OLSEN BROTHERS
100. NIGHTMARE (1981) ☼ [Rental DVD] - ★★★✰✰- This was much better than I expected. Obviously low budget, but the script was quite good. I don't think I've ever seen such a realistic depiction of motherhood in a movie. That mom was *not* having a good time. And the parallels between the killer and the little boy were interesting.
Watched for: Subset, theme night (Bill); They Shoot Zombies #919
101. EMPIRE OF THE ANTS (1977) ☼ [VOD] - ★★✰✰✰- I enjoy creature features, so I'm surprised I've never seen this. It's endlessly silly, but most creature features are. The queen/pheromone thing was a bit too much, but it gave the movie a unique twist, I guess.
Watched for: Subset, theme night (Ruggero)
102. SLEEPLESS (2001) ☼ [VOD] - ★★★✰✰- Max Von Sydow was a treat, as always, and the mystery was sufficiently twisty. The plot involves a rash of murders in Turin that follows the MO of a “killer dwarf” years ago. But the dwarf, Vincenti, was supposedly killed back then. Did he not actually die? Or was he not the real killer? Von Sydow is a retired detective who once headed the 17-year-old case, and he works outside the current police force to find the killer along with a young man who was the son of one of the original victims. Worth a watch.
Watched for: Subset, theme night

OCT 27: MANIACLE MASH-UP
103. ELVIRA MISTRESS OF THE DARK (1988) [VOD] - ★★★✰✰- A much better script than you'd expect. The conflict with the towns people has you rooting hard for Elvia and wondering how it'll turn out. It's mostly funny with some great one-liners. But it gets surprisingly dark with the wtich burning stuff. No trial? Just put her on a stake? Sure! lol A light and entertaining watch for Halloween.
Watched for: Subset, theme night (eat the rich, vanity project)
104. THE PURGE (2013) [blu ray] - ★★★★✰- I thought I hadn't seen this, but I had. Still, it sucked me in immediately and I enjoyed the rewatch. It's a unique concept and the script is masterful at setting up the question of who we really want to be and what are we willing to become to "succeed". The acting is incredible. The fight scenes are some of the most realistic I've seen in horror movies. Just top notch.
Watched for: theme night (eat the rich), They Shoot Zombies #832
105. IT! CHAPTER 2 (2019) ☼ [blu ray] - ★★★✰✰- This was a decent popcorn movie watch. The clown effects were visually interesting, elaborate, and bizarre. The cast was good. It was more funhouse cartoony than genuinely scary other than the opening scene But that’s not a bad thing. As in many King films, the emotional/”friendship bond” moments play as too cheesy. I wish they’d dug a little more into Bev and her history with abusive men. Her horrible husband is just forgotten after the first scene. But, overall, a solid adaptation of the novel. One thing that bugged me -- there's an anti-gay thread through this film with the opening gay bashing that's never resolved and then the "shameful secret" Richie is supposedly hiding in, what, his 30's? Stuck me as very much out of date.
Watched for: theme night (inanimate killer object), They Shoot Zombies #763
106. PILLOW OF DEATH (1945) ☼ [blu ray] - ★★✰✰✰- I love old black and white horror movies, but this honestly bored me. I had to keep refocusing on the plot. And I wasn't crazy about the resolution, didn't want that to be the "who" in the whodunnit. I mean, the other guy, the neighbor who creeps around the house, was so obnoxious. Not a keeper for me.
Watched for: just because

OCT 28: WEREWOLVES / WERE-CREATURES / FULL MOON
107. BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF (2001) [blu ray] - ★★★★✰- Loved this--the historical period and costumes, the wolf legends and effects, the martial arts, the characters. All great.
Watched for: Subset, theme night
108. BLIND BEAST (1969) ☼ [VOD] - ★✰✰✰✰- (1/2 star) I honestly hated this. First we get a creep who kidnaps and abuses a woman. Then she supposedly decides she likes it and we get lots of sex and increasingly extreme S&M as she submits to his depravity. This isn't horror, it's incel porn. No. Just no. And then Hell to the No.
Watched for: They Shoot Zombies #989
109. RETURN OF THE FLY (1969) ☼ [VOD] - ★★★✰✰- This was okay. Not as good as the first one, but fun.
Watched for: Theme night, Checklist: composer Paul Sawtel, actor Vincent Price
110. JOE BOB'S HALLOWEEN FEAR FEST (2023) - HALOWEEN (1978) [VOD] - ★★★✰✰- TBW
Watched for: Checklist - Diana Prince

OCT 29: PARASITES
111. THE HIDDEN (1987) [blu ray] - ★★★★✰- This is my third watch of this film and I always enjoy it. Love Kyle McLachlan and the body-swapping alien premise. Just a lot of fun.
Watched for: Subset, theme night
112. BROOKYN 45 (2023) ☼ [VOD] - ★★★✰✰- This feels like a stage play since it all occurs in one room, the living room of a Brooklyn brownstone. The era is just after WWII. The story involves a seance conducted by a group of friends who were all in the US armed forces during the war. There's lots of talky exposition about prejudice and how immigrants (German, in this case) are treated. Based on the blurb, I expected more of the ghosts in the movie to be the people the participants hurt in the war, but we only got a brief flash of that. It was ok as a stage-y, talk-y drama.
Watched for: Checklist: producer Michael Pabst
113. MURDER PARTY (2007) ☼ [blu ray] - ★★★✰✰- It's clear a lot of heart went into this low-budget production. It feels a little like a student film. The humor wasn't really my jam, but I appreciated the effort. It was a decent enough first watch though I doubt I'll revisit it.
Watched for: They Shoot Zombies #974

OCT 30: DEMONIC/SATANIC/WITCHCRAFT/HELL
114. LIVID (2011) ☼ [blu ray] - ★★✰✰✰- This is a strange film. It starts out fairly straight-forward with three young adults breaking into a mansion to steal a supposed treasure. One of them is a female nurse intern who had visited the house with her new job to visit shut-ins. Inside the mansion is an old lady who has been in a coma for years. The house interior is creepy with lots of stuffed animals and weird artifacts. So far so good. But then there are vampiric (?) things in the house and flashbacks to the dance teacher/coma lady and her mute daughter who are, apparently, Not Normal. It kind of falls apart in the end and gets very confused and bizarre, and not in a good way. The ending felt random.
Watched for: Subset, theme night
115. HELLRAISER 3 (1992) ☼ [blu ray] - ★★✰✰✰- (2.5 stars) Not bad. This one features a nightclub (The Boiler Room) with a young, party guy owner. He loves weird/dark art and he acquires a statue that looks like a bunch of people being tormented and the head of Pinhead. Needless to say, this is a bad idea and the statue slowly takes over. The story is a bit contrived and silly, and the cenobite action is nothing new, but a decent enough horror watch.
Watched for: Theme night; They Shoot Zombies #944
116. WHEN EVIL LURKS (2023) ☼ [VOD] - ★★★★✰- I liked this one alot. I like that they created a whole new mythology around possession (being "rotten") and that everyone in the film already knew it going in, but the viewer has to piece it together. It was tied to religion somehow (several people say "God is dead" and the female expert says she and her husband were phony evangelists until this thing hit.) There was a post apocalyptic feel to some of it but not entirely. I think I'd have to watch it again to pick up all that backstory and or look up an interview iwth the director or something. But it was well-done, I thought.
Watched for: Theme night
117. PET SEMATARY: BLOODLINES (2023) [VOD] - ★★★✰✰- I enjoyed this more than many reviewers. It has that folksy Steven King vibe, decent characters in Manny and Jud, and some solid creepy stuff. The dog was fun. The backstory of the town was a little stereotypical and short, but okay. An easy watch for this stage of the challenge.
Watched for: Theme night

OCT 31: HALLOWEEN
118. TERRIFIER 2 (2022) ☼ [VOD] - ★★✰✰✰ - I liked the characters and production values in this, though I had to look away from the gore. It was too much. A bigger issue, though, is the run time. It just went on way too long. The climax, especially, felt endles and, to me, taxed the viewer, lost the viewer. It really was a shame.
Watched for: Subset, theme night
119. TRICK OR TREAT (1986) ☼ [blu ray] - ★★★✰✰- I think you need to be a heavy metal rocker to truly appreciate this movie. But it was an okay watch.
Watched for: Subset, theme night; They Shoot Zombies #866
120. HELLBENT (2004) ☼ [Rental DVD] - ★★★✰✰- I really enjoyed this gay slasher. The story follows a group of friends who go out to party in a gay district on Halloween night. Everyone’s in costume and having a good time. There’s lots of footage of Pride-like rowdy crowds, dancing, etc. Unfortunately, danger lurks. Just recently two gay guys were beheaded while making out in a car by persons unknown. And a tall, built guy in a Satan mask is wandering in the crowd with a scythe looking for more victims. There’s a lot of personality in this film, the characters are all fun, I liked the untypical vibe of a gayborhood party, and the final shot is brilliant. Recommended.
Watched for: Theme night; Checklist: LGBT; They Shoot Zombies #827
121. HALLOWEEN III (1982) [4K disc] - ★★★✰✰- I had a yen to see this again today. The song was in my head. As my husband said, it's not a good movie but I still like it.
Watched for: Theme night

NOV 1: COMEDY CROSS-OVER
122. READY OR NOT (2019) [blu ray] - ★★★★✰- I love this even more the second time around. Samara Weaving is brilliant.
Watched for: Subset, theme night

CHECKLIST - **DONE**
Spoiler:

**DONE** ​ Select 10 actors:
--- John Agar -
-X- Paul Bartel -
WHITE DOG (1982)
-X- Barbara Crampton - LORDS OF SALEM (2012)
-X- Peter Cushing - SHOCK WAVES
--- Hannah Fierman -
-X- Boris Karloff --
CORRIDORS OF BLOOD (1958)
-X- Christopher Lee - CORRIDORS OF BLOOD (1958)
-X- Justin Long - JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 (2003)
-X- Bela Lugosi - NIGHT MONSTER (1942)
-X- Roddy McDowall - FRIGHT NIGHT (1985)
--- Stephen McHattie -
--- Caroline Munro -
FACELESS (1988)
--- Paul Naschy -
-X- Lou Diamond Phillips -
BATS (1999)
-X- Vincent Price - DEAD HEAT (1988), RETURN OF THE FLY (1969)
-X- Diana Prince - JOE BOB'S HALLOWEEN FEAR FEST (2023) - HALOWEEN (1978)
-x- Julian Richings - BEAU IS AFRAID (2023)
--- Mindy Robinson -
-X- Conor Sweeney -
FATHER'S DAY (2011)
-X- Recently Deceased (insert actor) - WARLOCK (1989) - Julian Sands; DEAD HEAT (1988) - Treat Williams

**DONE** ​ Select 5 directors:
--- Charles Band -
-X- Lamberto Bava -
A BLADE IN THE DARK (1983)
-X- William Castle - I SAW WHAT YOU DID (1965)
--- Creep Creepersin -
-X- Dan Curtis -
THE NIGHT STRANGLER (1974)
--- Noboru Iguchi -
-X- José Ramón Larraz -
SYMPTOMS (1974)
--- Michael J. Murphy -
--- Bill Rebane -
--- Todd Sheets -
-X- Watch a Movie Directed By a Female Director, 2, 3 -
IN MY SKIN (2002) - Marine de Van
-X- Watch a Movie Directed By a Horror Director Icon (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ,6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Random) - STRANGER IN OUR HOUSE AKA SUMMER OF FEAR (1978 ) - Wes Craven; TWO EVIL EYES (1999) - Romero & Argento

**DONE** ​ Select 2 film composers:
-X- Chuck Cirino -
SEA BEAST (2008)
-X- Rocky Gray - THE BARN (2016)
--- Riz Ortolani -
-X- Paul Sawtell -
RETURN OF THE FLY (1969)

**DONE** Select 2 makeup effects artists:
-X- Gabriel Bartalos -
FRIGHT NIGHT 2 (1988)
-X- Howard Berger - LAST VOYAGE OF THE DEMETER (2023)
-X- Greg Cannom - FLATLINERS (1990) [
--- Kazu Hiro -
--- Helen Magelakis -


**DONE** Select 2 producers:
--- James Cullen Bressack -
-X- Sean S. Cunningham -
Fri the 13th (2009)
-X- Michael Paszt - BROOKYN 45 (2023)
--- Sam Raimi -

**DONE** Select 2 writers:
--X- Sheridan Le Fanu -
SCHALCKEN THE PAINTER (1979)
--- David Schmoeller -
-X- Robert Louis Stevenson -
MARY REILLY (1996)
-X- Stephen King - CAT'S EYE (1985), IT! CHAPTER 2 (2019)

**DONE** Select 30 of the following sub-genres / types:
--- *3-D Film -
-X- Anthology Film - CAT'S EYE (1985)
-X- Appears on 100 Obscure Horror Trash! list - NIGHTMARE (1981)

-X- Appears on Edgar Wright's 1,000 Favorite Movies List -
APACHES (1977)
-X- Appears on They Shoot Zombies, Don't They - The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films - SLUGS (1988)
-X- Based on a True Story - 12 DAYS OF TERROR (2004)
-X- Based on a Novel - MARY REILLY (1996) - Dr Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde

-x- Blaxploitation -
THE BLACKENING (2023)
-X- Candy Cinema, 2 - PEARL (2022)
-X Cannibalism -DELICATESSAN (1991)
--- Cinema Inspired By: H.P. Lovecraft -
-X- Cinematic Titanic / Horror Host / MST3K / RiffTrax - TERROR AT TENKILLER - rifftrax

-X- Comedy / Spoof - THE HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS
-X- Coming-of-Age - I SAW WHAT YOU DID (1965), GINGER SNAPS 2 (2004)
-X- Criterion / Masters of Cinema Version Film - WHITE DOG (1982)

--- Cryptid Cinema -
--- Cult -
-X- Death by: Machete, 2 - JASON GOES TO HELL
-X Director or Writer Cameo in Own Film / Film Adaptation, 2 -
IT! CHAPTER 2 (2019)
-X-- Distributor / Studio: 88 Films - EBOLA SYNDROME (1996)
-X- Documentary - THE DEVIL ON TRIAL (2023)
-X- Dream Horror - NIGHTMARE (1981)
--- Drunk Horror -
-X- Euro Horror -
DELICATESSAN (1991), MILL OF THE STONE WOMEN
--- Enzo Sciotti Art -
-X- Extraterrestrial / Takes Place in Space - THE HIDDEN (1987)

--- Fan Film -
-X- Featured In: In Search of Darkness Trilogy -
RETURN OF THE FLY (1969)
-X- Film From Grampa Presents - THE CRAWLING EYE
-X- Film From Someone Else's 'Best of' List -
TOTALLY KILLER (2023)
-X- Film From Shudder / AMC+ Fearfest - CORRIDORS OF BLOOD (1958)
-X- Film From TCM October 2023 Schedule - CHAMBER OF HORRORS (1966)
-X- Firearms - It Follows (2014), Razorback, 12 Days of Terror
-X- Fog, 2 - I SAW WHAT YOU DID (1965)
-X- Folk Horror - THE WITCH (2015)
--- From a Basil Gogos Painting -
-X- Found Footage -
THE POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES (1985)
--- Frankenstein -
-X- Ghost / Haunting - Haunted Mansion (2023)
-X- Giallo -
THE PERFUME OF THE LADY IN BLACK (1974)
-X- Hagsploitation - I SAW WHAT YOU DID (1965)
-X- Hypnosis - TWO EVIL EYES (1990)
--- In Media Res, 2 -
-X- Investigation -
THE NIGHT STRANGLER (1974)
-X- J-Horror - THE HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS (2001)
--- Kaiju / Giant Monster -
-X- Killer / Evil Animal - MEG 2: THE TRENCH (2023), WHITE DOG (1982)
--- Killer / Evil Child -
-X- Killer / Evil Doll - CHILD'S PLAY 3

-X- LGBT -
HELLBENT (2004)
-X- Liminal Horror - IT FOLLOWS (2014)
--- Luchador -
-X- Made-for-TV Movie -
12 Days of Terror (2004)
-X- Mad Scientist - DONOVAN'S BRAIN (1953). CORRIDORS OF BLOOD (1958)
-X- Mummy - THE MUMMY'S HAND (1940)
-X- Musical / Rock ‘n Roll Horror - THE HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS (2001)
-X- Name In Title - PEARL (2022)
--- Nation of Origin: Sweden
-X- Nonlinear Timeline -
THE HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS (2001)
-X- Nu Metal Cinema - JASON X (20010
--- Ouija Board -
-X- Painting - THE PEANUT BUTTER SOLUTION
--- Phobias -
--- Prison Horror -
-X- Psychological - THE HOLE (2001)
--- Quarantine -
--- Random Horror Film -
-X- Rape / Revenge - FATHER'S DAY (2011)

-X- Shot in Los Angeles - WHITE DOG (1982)
-X- Slasher / Psycho / Homicidal Maniac - SCREAM VI (2023)
-X- Slow Motion -
MEG 2; THE TRENCH (2023)
-X- Split Personality - DONOVAN'S BRAIN (1953)
-X- Suicide -
THE HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS (2001)
-X- Takes Place in a police station - THE NIGHT STRANGLER (1974), SCREAM VI (2023)
-X- Takes Place in a jungle - WEIRD WOMAN (1944)
-X- Takes Place in an amusement park -
TOTALLY KILLER (2023)
-X- Takes Place on an island - MEG 2: THE TRENCH (20230
-X- Takes Place on a farm - THE BARN (2016)
--- Takes Place on a cruise ship -
-X- Three Installments in a Franchise - JASON GOES TO HELL,
JASON X (2001), Fri the 13th #6: Jason Lives, FRIDAY THE 13TH (2009)
-X- Title Spoken By Character, 2 - I SAW WHAT YOU DID (1965)
--- Trailer Compilation -
-X- Travelogue -
LUNACY (2005)
-X- Vampire - MARTIN (1977)
-X- Voice-Over Narration -
WEIRD WOMAN (1944)
-X- Voyeurism - A BLADE IN THE DARK (1983)
-X- War - J'ACCUSE (1938)
-X- Werewolf - GINGER SNAPES 2 (2004)

-X- Witchcraft / Satanic / Religious - THE WITCH (2015)
-x- Wilhelm Scream -
IT FOLLOWS (2014)
--- With Commentary -
-X- With Two or More Horror Legends -
CORRIDORS OF BLOOD (1958)(Boris Karloff & Christopher Lee)
-X- Zombie - DANCE OF THE DEAD (2008)

**DONE** ​Select 1 from the "Chronological Horror Years Faceoff":
--- 1923 (100th) - HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

--- 1948 (75th) - THE AMAZING MR. X
--- 1973 (50th) - TORSO
--- 1998 (25th) – PI


**DONE** ​Select 2 from the following anniversaries:
- X- 10th Belated Anniversary of 88 Films -
EBOLA SYNDROME (1996)
-X- 20th Belated Anniversary of Umbrella Entertainment - RAZORBACK (1984)
- 20th Belated Anniversary of Unearthed Films -
- X- 35th Anniversary of Hong Kong Category III Horror Films, 2 - MEN BEHIND THE SUN (1988)

-X- 40th Anniversary of Video Nasties, 2, 3 - THE TOOLBOX MURDERS (1978)
- 70th Anniversary of 3-D Film -
- 90th Anniversary of Drive-In Theaters -
-X- 100th Anniversary of Warner Bros. - MEG 2 (2023)


**DONE** ​Select 3 from the following horror film tropes, 2:
-X- It was a dark and stormy night... -
IT FOLLOWS (2014)
-X-- A town with a dark secret, 2, 3 - EMPIRE OF THE ANTS (1977)
-X- The crazy cat lady, 2 -
TWO EVIL EYES (1999)
-X- The staircase tumble, 2 - THE HOLE (2001)
-X- When the lights go out, 2, 3 - SCREAM VI (2023) - on subway
-X- Cranial combustion / The exploding head - MEG 2: THE TRENCH (2023) - head explodes when deep sea decompression helmet fails
-X- The dirty coward, 2, 3 - FRIGHT NIGHT (1985, 2011),
IT! CHAPTER 2 (2019)
--- The television portal, 2 -

**DONE** ​Select 4 ratings:
--- G -
-X- PG - THE PEANUT BUTTER SOLUTION (1985)
-X- PG-13 - 12 DAYS OF TERROR (2004)
-X- R - BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW (2010)
--- NC-17 -
--- X -
-X- Unrated - J'ACCUSE (1938)
--- M -
--- GP -


**DONE** ​Select 6 decades of film history:
-X- Pre-1930 - HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1923)
-X- 1930 - J'ACCUSE (1938)
-X- 1940 -
THE MUMMY'S HAND (1940)
-X- 1950 - DONOVAN'S BRAIN (1953)
-X- 1960 - I SAW WHAT YOU DID (1965)
-X- 1970 -
THE NIGHT STRANGLER (1974)
-X- 1980 - RAZORBACK (1984)
-X- 1990 - JASON GOES TO HELL (1993)
-X- 2000 -DANCE OF THE DEAD (2008)
-X- 2010 - IT FOLLOWS (2014)
-X- 2020 - MEG 2: The TRENCH (2023)


**DONE** Watch 1 film with a recently deceased personality:
-X- Recently deceased list -
Warlock - Julian Sands

**DONE** Watch a film shot on 1 of the following:
--- Video ,2 -
--- 8mm (Super 8) -
--- 16mm -
PI (1998)

**DONE** Watch 1 title from the OHMC "Favorites" list:
-X-
MAUSOLEUM (1983)

**DONE** Watch a movie and its remake or two adaptations of the same source material back to back on the same day
-X- Original - FRIGHT NIGHT (1985)

-X- Remake - FRIGHT NIGHT (2011)


**DONE** Watch 1 unseen entry from a horror franchise:
-X- JASON GOES TO HELL: THE FINAL FRIDAY (1993)


**DONE** Watch 1 film from any Amityville, 2 or Bad Shark, 2 movie:
-X-
12 Days of Terror (2004)

**DONE** Watch films in at least three formats:
-X- First format, (insert format), (insert title). VOD - THE HOLE (2001)
-X- Second format, (insert format), (insert title). BLU RAY - JASON GOES TO HELL (1998)
-X- Third format, (insert format), (insert title). 4K - IT FOLLOWS (2014)


**DONE** Watch films in at least three languages:
-X- First language, (insert language), (insert title).
DELICATESSAN (1991) - French
-X- Second language, (insert language), (insert title). THE HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS - Japanese
-X- Third language, (insert language), (insert title).
PHANTOM OF THE MONASTERY/CONVENT (1934) - Spanish

**DONE** Watch 2 films with similar plots: - The plot: a scientist doing experiments that are supposed to benefit mankind accidentally brings forth a new and malevolent personality/entity that takes the scientist over and begins acting outside his control, doing evil deeds. A woman in the scientist's life tries to save him. He tries to figure out a way to kill this new entity but the entity may prove too strong. (two unique twists on Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde)
-X- Film #1 - MARY REILLY (1996)
-X- Film #2 - DONOVAN'S BRAIN (1953)


**DONE** Watch 3 films that you've never seen before that:
-X- Stars a Bruce (that's not Bruce Campell) - Bruce Davison / Bruce Payne / Bruce Dern / Bruce Greenwood / Bruce Boxleitner / Bruce Bennett / Bruce Dickinson -
LORDS OF SALEM (2012) Bruce Davison
--- Features water turning to blood -
-X- Was made in the 2010s - BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW (2010)
-X- Features a computer - JASON X (2001)

--- Was written by Wes Craven -
-X- Features a peephole - BLADE IN THE DARK (1983)

-X- Has a scene in an elevator - FRIGHT NIGHT PART 2
--- Was shot in Oakley Manner, 2 -
-X- Is listed in House of Psychotic Women - DEMENTIA (1955)

--- Takes place in a hotel -
-X- Features death by acid burn - TERRIFIER 2
-X- Title includes the word terror - TERROR AT TENKILLER


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

--- Listen to a horror movie soundtrack - OPTIONAL

Venture Into the Literary World:
-X- Read a Horror Novel or Novella (insert title). OPTIONAL -
THE PRAM by Joe Hill
--- Read a Horror Comic Book or Graphic Novel (insert title). OPTIONAL
--- Read a Horror Magazine (insert title). OPTIONAL

Last edited by jholmes; 11-01-23 at 10:52 AM.
The following users liked this post:
Gobear (10-03-23)
Old 08-30-23, 10:20 AM
  #35  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
WillieMLF's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Not Every Man Really Lives
Posts: 1,282
Received 145 Likes on 97 Posts
Re: The 19th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread***

September 30: Indie/Arthouse Crossover

1) The Witch (2015) - I forgot how unnerving most of this movie is. It’s been a while since I saw this and I still think it’s fantastic. I think it would have profoundly sucked to live back in these times, and the kind of religious fervor makes me completely uneasy during some of the scenes.

2) Diabolique (1955) - This has some really unsettling moments and is a classic. That husband is one sadistic dude. That scene where the wife has a heart attack is chilling.

October 1:

3) Razorback (1984) - Move on Down, Move on Down the Road. They sure do make Australia as a barren hellscape of a location. I really love this movie, and completely forgot the wife was killed and the husband ended up being the protagonist.

4) The Barn Part II (2022) – This sequel was not very good. I watched this for Darcy, who played a 35-year-old sorority sister.

5) Meg 2: The Trench (2023) - My wife really wanted to see this one, and I couldn’t figure why. It’s dumb fun and we had a good time making fun along the way. The action finally kicked in on this one during the last half hour, and it was worth it. Jason Statham impaling a meg using a helicopter rotor is something you don’t see every day.

6) Barbarian (2022) – Justin Long for the checklist. My wife was yelling at the television on several occasions. I’ve seen this movie 2 years in a row and it has some very effective scenes. While I’m not a fan of Rob Zombie, I do love seeing Richard Brake in horror movies.

October 2:

7) Linnea Quigley's Horror Workout (1999) – Just like, no one talks about Fight Club, no one talks about Horror Workout. I’m not even sure this one works as a workout tape, but I didn’t care for it.

8) Return to Horror High (1987) – I thought I had seen this one, but didn’t recognize a thing about it. I really loved this one and how self-aware it was.

9) 28 Weeks Later (2007) – This is one bleak movie. I have definitely seen this movie before, but my memory removed a good bit of the horror of a virus outbreak. I would love to see a follow-up to this.

October 3:

10) It Follows (2014) - This is one of my favorite modern horror movies. I haven’t seen it in about 8 years, and it’s hit a bit differently from when I first saw it. It’s still a good story with many different interpretations and pitfalls.

11) Saw (2004) - This is a really effective horror movie. I’m always surprised at the turn that the Princess Bride took by doing this movie.

12) Evil Dead (2013) - A much more serious remake of the Evil Dead movies. I wasn’t really expecting how mean spirited it turned. Felt it was better than I expected.

October 4:

13) Martin (1977) – This was a dull slog for me. There were some genuinely unsettling moments, but they just weren’t enough to get me invested.

14) The Thing That Couldn’t Die (1958) - A buried chest holds a ghastly treasure. I love these 50s horror gems, and this one pays plenty of dividends via groovy scores, 50s sexuality, water witches and square dancing. ‘He’s strong in the body, light in the rafters’.

15) Saw 2 (2005) - Detective’s son is kidnapped by Jigsaw, and all kinds of depraved ways to die are realized. I was thoroughly entertained by this one.

October 5:

16) The Peanut Butter Solution (1985) - Very wholesome kids movie with a really muddled message. When I think of movies that scarred childhood, I think of When the Wind Blows, or Old Yeller. This seems like an odd choice to instill childhood trauma.

17) Supernova (2000) – Lou Diamond Phillips for the checklist. This had some established actors in it and it turned out to be pretty good. This movie is strong with the sci-fi jargon, and almost lost me there, but I stuck with it and it paid off somewhat.

18) Killer Crocodile (1989) - The rubber crocodile looks terrible, but I’m a sucker for these Italian movies that don’t make a lick of sense.

October 6:

19) Cat’s Eye (1985) - I grew up watching this on HBO. Between this and Creepshow, I must have seen these ten times each over the years. Nice homage to Cujo and Christine. Man, I love Alan King, and 80s James Woods. ‘You will never see all of them, all of the time’.

20) Black Demon (2023) – Had I not been watching this for the challenge, I would have turned this one off after 30 minutes. I like bad movies, just not this kind of bad. Convolutedly preachy in a bad way.

21) Cobweb (2023) – This started out really well and just fell apart in the last 20 minutes. I felt really bad for this kid, but this just felt lazy at the end.

22) Totally Killer (2023) – I really liked this one, and I’m glad it was recommended. That was the lady from the Blackcoat’s Daughter, and she really rocked this one.

October 7:

23) Final Destination 2 (2003) – Really good follow-up in the series. The log truck effect is the greatest deaths in the entire series.

24) Mill of the Stone Women (1960) – I have to admit that some gothic stores are not my thing. I though the setting and scenery were great, I just didn’t love the story.

25) Man Bites Dog (1992) – A very dark comedy, where a film crew is documenting a serial killer by following him around town. I couldn’t help but to laugh that the film crew is the only members dying before we get to the climax.

26) Dead Sushi (2012) – I really needed to be high or drunk to truly appreciate this one. Sushi is reanimated by a mad scientist who is now taking his revenge on the company that fired him. This is one of those depraved Japanese movies that makes very little sense, but I enjoyed it.

October 8:

27) The Asphyx (1972) – This dad has to be the worst father on the planet. Yes, I’ll put my daughter in a guillotine, because the imminent death is the only way to summon an Asphyx. What could go wrong? I love this movie and it’s one of my favorite Kino disks.

28) Angel Heart (1987) – I saw this as a youngster and didn’t care for it. This rewatch was a completely different experience. This movie is seeped in a grimy atmosphere and the sweat permeates everything. This was a great watch, and I’m glad I gave it another chance.

29) From Dusk till Dawn (1996) – Tarantino classic that never ceases to deliver the goods. I think the vampire aspect could have been another movie entirely. I feel you could have gotten 2 very good movies out of this idea. Cheech Martin has at least 4 roles in this movie.

30) The Wicker Man (2006) - The BEES! I’ve learned to appreciate Nick Cage movies more through the years. I didn’t hate this remake, but felt it removed aspects that make the original such an effective movie.

October 9:

31) Libido (1965) – This b/w cinematography and Severin disk looks great. It had some pretty amusing scenes including the lady doing the can-can in bed followed by a lurid hula dance for the executor.

32) There’s Something Wrong with the Children (2023) – Blumhouse cribbing off of half a dozen creepy kid movies, distilling them into one crappy one. I have seen this done much better and would like my hour and a half back. This movie gets one thing spot on, the cop asking the same question 10 times and still not getting the information correct. That was the only thing that stuck with me.

33) No One Will Save You (2023) – I really liked this one. There is an alien invasion and they are infecting the hosts with the idyllic life. This is a unique movie with something to say about grief and the punishment we impose upon ourselves.

October 10:

34) Pearl (2022) – I wasn’t looking forward to this, but I’m glad I was wrong. This is the prequel to X, and I really loved the slow build. The rotting pig as a metaphor for Pearl’s final descent. Now you’re going to eat it. Pearls honesty where she was confessing to the sister-in-law was a real gut punch. I need to watch X again, as I don’t remember much.

35) Exit Humanity (2011) – I forgot I had seen this a few years ago. I love the premise of a post-civil war zombie movie, but this one sucked big time. Ten minutes in and I wanted everyone dead just to spare us the terrible southern accent.

October 11:

36) The Burning (1981) – Mark Ratner from Fast Times. I’ve put off watching this one forever, and it was good to finally watch the blu. This felt like a fairly standard summer camp slasher, but from 1981, before all those summer camp movies had been made. No red-herrings here, we know exactly who the killer is.

37) Ebola Syndrome (1996) – This is one crazy movie. This was a bit of a rough watch, and the VS 4K looked great, but I’m not entirely sure I’m going to revisit this movie anytime soon. Ah, this is the same dude from the Untold Story, which I thought was more coherent.

38) Se7en (1995) – This is one captivating, but bleak movie. This is one grimy city and it’s raining all the time to add to the atmosphere. Everyone puts in some stellar performances, and th3 2 hour run time just flies by.

39) Laserblast (1978) – Oh brother, these Full Moon Features …. I’m not entirely sure what this movie wants to be. We got Claymation, sci-fi aliens, horror elements, and Smokey and the Bandit car chases. Many moons ago, I got one of those signed, limited big-box set of DVDs of all the Full Moon ‘classics’. Roddy McDowall for the checklist. He was in this movie for like 30 seconds.

October 12:

40) Dementia (AKA "Daughter of Horror") (1955) - This should just be called The Horrors of Jazz Music! I watched the narrated version, and I'm not entirely sure what I just watched. There wasn’t much narration, but I don’t think I cares too much for it. It seemed like they had a 10 minute story filmed and needed to pad the run time with extra filler.

41) The Company of Wolves (1984) – I’ve never seen this, and felt a little let down by it.

42) Tarantula (1955) - Evil scientists are injecting animals and themselves with an unstable growth serum. The tarantula escapes and mayhem ensues. This is a classic 50s monster movie, and it’s pretty great.

October 13:

43) Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986) – I’m a big fan of the series, despite them being a nostalgic journey. I thought the story was a good one where the main protagonist wants to ensure Jason is dead by digging up his body. Lightning strikes the corpse and mayhem ensues. This installment Is a lot of fun.

44) Terror Trips (2021) – Oh great, European trip that turns into an opportunity of harvest American organs. Checklist film for Hannah Fierman. It wasn’t that bad, but I really didn’t care for these people.

45) Death Run (1987) – The microbudget cinema of Michael Murphy. Paul and Jenny have woken to a post-apocalyptic world, and they need to kill the sadistic messiah to survive. This is about as bare bones cinema as you will encounter.

October 14:

46) Alone in the Dark (1982) – This is a fun siege movie, where the crazies are storming the pshyciatrist’s house. Palance, Pleasence and Landau really elevate this movie.

47) 28 Days Later (2002) – I think this a near perfect movie. It kept me on the edge of the seat for most of the runtime, and the characters are engrossing. This world of theirs is truly a bleak place, and I really needed that happy ending to give me hope.

48) Brooklyn 45 (2023) – Hey, that’s Larry Fessenden. Friends gather for a reunion, and a séance results in a twisty, turning story.

October 15:

49) Come True (2020) – Surreal is how I would describe this one, but it just endlessly meandered and at one point I was too confused to care. Lab guy is creeping on one of the participants. This dude is why they invented tasers. She should use one.

50) Influencer (2022) – I immediately expected not to like this movie, but was pleasantly surprised by it. Social media darlings are dropping like flies in exotic locales, and they all have one person in common. There’s nothing novel here, but I thought the tension was pretty good.

51) Infinity Pool (2023)

October 16:

52) The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) – This movie really needs more hunchback. Currently reading the book Lon Chaney: The Man Behind the Thousand Faces by Blake. Have not got to this chapter, but Chaney adds real expression to all his roles, and this is no exception.

53) The Amazing Mr. X (1948) – He only understands how little he understands. Mr.X is the budget Paul Henreid, and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing. That bird sounds more like Jar-Jar Biniks than any bird I ever heard. I have the Film Detective blu, and it looks pretty good when we’re not on a misty beach. I like that we are in on the grift, and we get to see how the spiritualist really gets his information.

54) Torso (1973) – The night of bad bird voiceovers continues. I thought this was a captivating story, with plenty of twists.

55) Ringu (1998) – While the visuals aren’t as scary as the remake, I still think this movie holds up incredibly well. It’s as compelling as the first time I watched it.

October 17:

56) Terror at Tenkiller (1987) – The VS 4K looks fantastic, but I’m pretty sure I won’t revisit this one anytime soon. A killer is stalking Tenkiller Lake during summer vacation. This has them all, bad acting, bad story, bad music, etc.

57) Lockdown Tower (2022) – This feels like a Lord of the Flies type of situations. Some kind of mist has settled over this apartment complex, and the residents need to set up a hierarchy to rule the tower. It’s really unsettling at points and I was genuinely disturbed at how some events played out.

October 18:

58) Dream Home (2010) - I've seen this a couple of times now, and I've really warmed up to it. This was a really apt movie to watch when interest rates were lower, and home buying could illicit murderous intentions.

59) Dead of Night (1945) - This is a movie I’ve been meaning to get to for some time. An Ealing anthology centered around a man who has been having recurring dreams about a group of people he just met. Everyone has a story regarding unexplained phenomenon.

60) Pet Sematary: Bloodlines (2023) - Jermy Davies has never led me astray for a good horror movie. This is the first time, and boy was this underwhelming. Why do parents continue to put themselves through the agony of having to kill the loved one that they buried in the cemetery

61) Frankenstein (1931) – Love Rudy Behlmer commentary tracks, and this one is very informative. This is my favorite Universal Horror movie, and watching it in 4K is a revelation.

October 19:

62) Talk to Me (2023) - Man, what a great visual. Very nice movie. I've been going in blind to most new movies I've seen, and this was a pleasant surprise. That hand is a great tool, and a novel way of getting us to the meat of this story. I was glad to see something refreshing and this one really worked for me.

63) Dead Silence (2007) – Not entirely sure how this made They Shoot Zombies list, but I didn’t care for it. Wahlberg was fun to watch, but the rest was just tedious. I know we don’t need more killer puppet movies, but this needed more of that. The dad ending up being a puppet was fantastic, and I loved it. 62

October 20:

64) Possession (1981) - This is such an intense movie, it really kept me uneasy for most of the runtime. I just felt sorry for everyone having to endure this type of dissolution of a marriage. I have the Limited DVD, but couldn’t find it.

65) Opera (1987) – First Argento I ever watched.

66) Brain Dead (2007) – This is a fun Kevin Tenney film.

October 21:

67) Warlock (1989) – This series has flown below my radar forever, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to watch it. The effects were not good, but I really loved the whole fish out of water transported to modern times. I love how straight everything was played

68) The Fly (1986) -

69) Breeder (2020) -

70) The Blackening (2022) – I liked the game premise, and the challenges. Friends get together for a reunion, and a killer is on the loose. Got a good laugh of or this one although the premise seems familiar.

October 22:

71) Invaders from Mars (1986) – That kid is watching poltergeist on the TV. I admit to being a fan of the original when I saw it last year. This one felt too much like an after-school special, and that kid surely was annoying. There were some funny moments, but I much prefer the original.

72) There’s Nothing out There (1991) – I really dug this one. It seemed like everyone was having fun with this movie, and it was a lot of fun. The creature and effects were terrible, but that just added to the charm.

73) El Conde (2023) – Ancient vampire is Pinochet. Dark comedy, with some really funny moments. If I knew more about the guy I’m sure I would have liked it more, but it just dragged on too long.

October 23:

74) Shock Waves (1977) -

75) Pillow of Death (1945) – Lon Chaney Jr is accused of murdering his wife, and he’s trying to convince the cops and his girlfriend that he didn’t do it. Everyone is against the poor guy, including the ghost of his wife!

76) Cube (1997) -

October 24:

77) Strangler vs Strangler (1984) -

78) The Man with Two Heads (1972) – Dialog heavy Milligan, go figure! Dr. Jekyll is having a hard time and the guy just can’t get any respect. The sound is just so terrible on these movies, with the music drowning out everything.

October 25:

79) Evil Dead Rise (2023) -

80) Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) - A follow-up to What Ever Happened to Baby Jane. Watching these two go at it is a highlight of the challenge.

81) Werewolf of London (1935) -

October 26:

82) Nightmare (1981) -

83) Sleepless (2001) -

84) Cut and Run (1984) -

October 27:

85) Elvira Mistress of the Dark (1988) -

86) Empire of the Ants (1977) – Ants are exposed to illegally dumped radioactive waste, and they are invading a new housing community. Those arts sure are huge. I wasn't expecting to have as much fun, but I really do love these 'nature going wild due to mankind'. This was a filler movie for me between the main theme movies, but it turned out to be a real gem of a first time view. This had a made-for-TV vibe, but more polished.

87) Bad Things (2023) -

October 28:

88) Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001) -

89) Teen Wolf (1985) -

90) Teen Wolf Too (1987) -

91) Summoning Sylvia (2023) -

October 29:

92) The Hidden (1987) – This was a lot of fun. Space aliens are trying to take over the world,

93) Five Nights at Freddy's (2023) – Animatronics are running amok at Freddy’s.

94) Deliver Us (2023) – Twins are about to bring abut the end of days.

95) Curse of the Black Widow (1977) – This is exactly the kind of ABC movie that would freak me out as a kid. Spiderlady is killing all these men, and the cops are watching the body count rise. This is one of the better made-for-TV ABC movies.

October 30:

96) Livid (2011) -

97) Trick or Treat (1986) -

98) When Evil Lurks (2023) -

October 31:

99) Terrifier 2 (2022) -

November 1

100) Ready or Not (2019) -

Last edited by WillieMLF; 11-03-23 at 12:22 PM.
Old 08-30-23, 10:37 AM
  #36  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 742
Received 67 Likes on 49 Posts
Re: The 19th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread***





* First-Time Views
Subset
Theme Nights

September 30:
1. Peeping Tom (1960)
2. Don't Look Now (1972)
3. The VVitch (2015)
October 1:
4. The Meg (2018)*
5. Meg 2: The Trench (2023)*
6. Razorback (1984)*
7. Cujo (1983)
8. Green Room (2015)
October 2:
9. Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)
10. Linnea Quigley's Horror Workout (1990)*
October 3:
11. It Follows (2015)
12. Scream IV (2023)*
October 4:
13. Martin (1977)
14. I Sell the Dead (2008)*
October 5:
15. The Peanut Butter Solution (1985)*
16. Frankenstein (1931)
October 6:
17. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
18. Son of Frankenstein (1939)
19. Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
20. Cat's Eye (1985)
October 7:
21. Final Destination 2 (2003)*
22. The Final Destination (2009)*
23. Grave Encounters (2011)*
October 8:
24. The Face at the Window (1939)*
25. Baron Blood (1972)*
26. The Asphyx (1972)
October 9:
27. Libido (1965)*
28. Torso (1973)
29. Five Dolls for an August Moon (1970)*
October 10:
30. Gerald's Game (2017)*
31. Pearl (2022)*
32. Dracula (1931)
33. Son of Dracula (1943)
October 11:
34. The Burning (1981)
35. Visiting Hours (1982)*
October 12:
36. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)
37. The Werewolf vs. the Vampire Woman (1971)*
38. The Last Horror Movie (2003)*
October 13:
39. Friday the 13th (1980)
40. Friday the 13th Part II (1981)
41. Friday the 13th Part IV: Jason Lives (1986)*
42. Renfield (2023)*
October 14:
43. Saw IV (2007)*
44. Saw V (2008)*
45. Saw VI (2009)*
46. Alone in the Dark (1982)
47. The Exorcist (1973)
48. The Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)
October 15:
49. Exorcist III (1990)
50. Exorcist: Believer (2023)*
51. Come True (2020)
52. Carrie (1976)
October 16:
53. Torso (1973)*
54. The Amazing Mr X (1948)*
55. Happy Death Day (2017)*
56. Haxan (1922) with scholar commentary
October 17:
57. Host (2020)*
58. Terror at Tenkiller (1986)*
59. Clownhouse (1989)*
October 18:
60. Dream Home (2010)*
61. The Black Phone (2021)*
62. The Mad Room (1969)*
October 19:
63. Talk to Me (2022)*
64. The Lords of Salem (2012)*
65. Noroi (2005)*
October 20:
66. Slumber Party Massacre II (1987)*
67. Possession (1981)
68. Diabel (1972)*
69. The Third Part of the Night (1971)*
October 21:
70. There's Nothing Out There! (1991)*
71. Warlock (1989)*
72. Clearcut (1991)*
73. Scarecrows (1998)*
74. The Thing From Another World (1951)
75. The Thing (2011)
76. The Thing (1982)
October 22:
77. Invaders From Mars (1986)
78. The Sacrament (2013)*
79. Child's Play (1998)
80. Child's Play 2 (1990)*
81. Saw 3D (2010)*
82. Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021)*
October 23:
83. Halloween (1978)
84. Halloween II (1981)
85. Shock Waves (1977)
October 24:
86. Jigsaw (2017)*
87. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
88. Strangler vs. Strangler (1984)*
89. Blind Beast (1969)*
October 25:
90. Evil Dead Rise (2023)
91. Mark of the Devil (1970)*
October 26:
92. Sleepless (2001)*
93. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
94. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) wildcard
October 27:
95. Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (1988)*
96. Be My Cat: A Film for Anne (2015)*
97. Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
98. Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later (1998)
October 28:
99. Halloween (2018)
100. The Wolf Man (1941)
101. Werewolf (2017)* wildcard
October 29:
102. Creepshow (1982)
103. The Invisible Man (1933)
104. The Invisible Man Returns (1940)
105. The Telltale Heart (1928)* / The Tell-Tale Heart (2008)*
October 30:
106. Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
107. The Big Shave (1967)* wildcard
108. As Above, So Below (2014)*
October 31:
109. The Invisible Woman (1940)
110. The Life and Death of a Pumpkin (2006)* wildcard
111. The Innocents (1961)

Last edited by Shack; 10-31-23 at 09:40 PM.
Old 08-30-23, 10:51 AM
  #37  
DVD Talk Ultimate Edition
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 4,054
Received 213 Likes on 140 Posts
Re: The 19th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread***

**LIST FINAL- 232 Total / new personal record, Subset/Themes/Checklist Completed, 15th year** Thanks to everyone for a good time!
1st = first time viewing [199 total, 86%] | Theme = theme day related [147 total, 63%] | Subset = subset discussion film [45, 100% done]
Gems: Miranda Veil, Dream Home, Venus, Frostbitten, Livid, Talk to Me, Pearl, I Had a Bloody Good Time at House Harker, Slapface, Fresh Hell, History of the Occult, Megalomaniac, Good Boy, The Asphyx, Dream Home
Disappointments: Cobweb, Benny Loves You, Camp Murder, It Lives Inside, The Astrologer, Forbidden Zone, Hayride from Hell, Vampyres (remake), Crying Wolf, Night of the Animated Dead, Prisoners of the Ghost Land


Stats & Other Highlights:
Spoiler:
Indie Films Worth a Chance [Great Within Limitations]: Hellbender, Deeper: The Retribution of Beth, Mean Spirited, Forest of Death, Speak No Evil, Red SNow
Most Relevant Metaphor: The Invitation, Antlers, Dream Home, Targets
Most Thought Provoking/Puzzling: Livid, They Live Inside Us, All Jacked Up and Full of Worms, Dementia, Death Laid an Egg
Guilty Pleasures [Not Good But Still Great] : Massacre in Dinosaur Valley, Murderlust, The Djinn, Mercy Black, Pledge Night
Funniest/Lighthearted: Dude Bro Party Massacre III, Dead By Midnight (Y2Kill), Eddie the Sleepwalking Cannibal, Monster of the Opera, The Madelines
Scuzziest/’Feel Bad’ Cinema: The Sacrament, Dear God No, Cut & Run, They Wait in the Dark
Sleaziest: Arabella, Torso, The Day After Halloween
Gore/Effects Standouts: Mad God, Diablo Rojo PYT, Invaders from Mars ('86), Skin Creepers (exploding heads), Ready or Not (watch end only), Black Friday
Delightfully Strangest: A Wounded Fawn, Private Parts, Perpetrator, The Breach
Weirdest Creature: Tammy & the Trex, Ouija Shark, Snakehead Swamp, Empire of Ants
Best Kill: Aquaslash, Scream V (violent killer's death)
Memorable Killer: Happy Hell Night
Most Unique/Original: Pernicious (plot that took chances, but poorly executed), I See You (cool structure)
Favorite Theatrical Film: Talk to Me followed by Soul Mates (neat twist) then Exorcist: Believer [overall not a great year for theatrical horror]


Total Watched: 232 films [new personal record] - 356 hours, 52 minutes (92.3 minutes per film average) | 15th year participating
By Decade: 2020s 103 | 2010s 43 | 2000s 16 | 1990s 17 | 1980s 31 | 1970s 11 | 1960s 5 | 1950s 2 | 1940s 2 | 1930s 1 | 1920s 1
By Format: Digital 220 [195 in high definition, 22 in 4K/UHD, 3 in 480p standard definition] | Theatrical 10 [thanks to AMC A-list]| Blu-ray 2 | DVD 0
Average Film Star (★) Rating: 5.2 stars out of 10 ★★★★★✰✰✰✰✰ [Intended Scale: 5 ★ is average, < 5 is bad and > 5 is good]

List/Reviews (232 total films):
Spoiler:
September: DVDTalk 'Early Bird Horror Watch Roulette' & Other Early Mischief [Thanks to IBJoel! - Pre-challenge / Sept so not counted]
00. The Devil's Doorway (2018, 76 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ A period horror film shot in style mimicking an older camcorder set in a religious woman's asylum awash in themes of systematic sexism and church ordinated bias accounted for by supernatural (downright blasphemous in theme and content). The setting worked at times seeming gothic and ripe with corner of vision eeriness built into the architecture but other times it seemed cheap/unconvincing (we shot our film in a dark hallway) but with a subtlety that shines. Obvious clichés abound in a horror film set in an asylum about religious people. There is a psychological bend to the film that is the best part of it but at the cost of confusing some of the setup, it teeters between being a curious brain puzzle and not making sense (substance falls victim to theme). Format: Digital [Vudu HD] [not in stats, 9/2/23]
00. Talk to Me (2022, 95 minutes) ★★★★★★★★★½ Deep and cryptic puzzler that delivers on visceral in your face freights with allegory ripe enough to leave uneasiness both in terror and in curiosity. Predictable irony is deceptive since much of the film betrays it's telegraphed elements and gives way to the unexpected - seemingly tame, then obvious commentary on loss or escapism, then a twist that destroys both but not really because there's not telling what is really going on other than in the splintered interpretations unique to each viewer. I took to online forums to read more and was amused to find so many contradicting interpretations. Enjoyable supernatural elements but also feels hard hitting on loss, belonging, and escapism (not all ghosts are supernatural). Format: Theatrical [not in stats, 9/20/23]

September30[From Dusk, 7:30pm Texas time] [Arthouse Crossover] (3 hours, 9 minutes watched)
01. Werewolves Within (2021, 97 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰ Fun character driven comedy in a scenic cabin winter setting that feels homey lending itself well to oddball characters and humor. The werewolf plays a background to tone and atmosphere. There's a fun mid film dance number, romantic innuendo, ripe whodunit, and even an environmental subplot and on a second viewing I noticed different aspects than the first. Hard to believe it's based on a video game. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]
02. The VVitch: A New-England Folktale (2015, 92 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ I love the scenic melancholy of The Witch and the cryptic no hand holding storytelling. It seems ripe with symbolism and inference, much of which might go over my head. I don't end up enjoying it as much as the hype I hear. It's a times too much of a slow burn. I think the real star here is the great slow eerie ambient soundtrack and sound design, like the fathers piercing gravely voice, is excellent. What a chilling great ending. It feels like there are probably tidbits I'm missing out on with small details imbedded. The theme of exile from what passes for civilization leading the corruption and risk the family suffers is a cool but surface level seeming one. The quiet of the film makes some of the shocks so much more graphic and intense but so much more of the film feels dull. Format: Digital [Vudu UHD] Theme Subset

October 1 [Jawsploitation Theme Night] (10 hours, 36 minutes watched)
03. Coraline (2009, 100 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ Whimsical fantasy that sometimes feels forced but has a relatable narrator/heroine and focuses on familiar family issues of good versus bad parenting. As a parent myself I could relate to both Coraline and the different aspects of her parents. I hate to say it sometimes feels like Time Burton's style flirts with feeling stale but Coralina lacks some of the intense details of his better films like Nightmare Before Christmas or Frankenweenie (or if they are there I was oblivious to them making the background feel a little less interesting). Format: Digital [Vudu UHD]
04. Saw II [Unrated cut] (2006, 94 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ Updated modern thriller that flirts with being cheesy (in a good way) despite the gore. Many of the characters are cartoonish lacking humanity which dulls some of the impact of the brutality (see how the token macho character behaves in a cruel manner to the unreliable flake character, repeat). It feels like they evolved the Jigsaw mythos too soon considering there are now 11 Saw films.Format: Digital [Vudu HD]
05. Razorback (1984, 95 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ Razorback was not what I expected. The scenic Austrialian vibe was amazing and I appreciated it didn't take itself too seriously, unexpectedly low key. There's a nice sense of social malaise that makes it feel like a film about longing, grief, loss, the opposite of togetherness open enough that the mutant warthog could be a metaphor for all manner of relatable adversity. It didn't pull any punches murdering a kid from go. If anything bad brothers seemed too unrealistically mean spirited they were less believable than the outgrown pig. The staging and cinematography was great. It'd be curious if they tried to make a Warthog 2 with updated social climate and technology of today. Format: Digital [Thanks to Meghan] 1st Theme Subset
06. Ouija Shark (2020, 71 minutes) ★★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰ Dumb fun, a casual no to be taken serious movie that was breezy to watch. I enjoyed it because it fit my 'meh' mood at the moment and didn't require much investment of attention or thought. It's cheesy and the Ouija Shark is a hilarious but under utilized creature. At first I thought it would be a soft mostly clothed flesh show but it deliver on the questionable film effects and cheese. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
07. The Menu (2022, 107 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ A concept film that is twisty and unexpected for it's 'single room' scale but feels like it hits a peak earlier than expected and starts to get silly with more misses than hits as it peters alone to an outlandishly corny ending. It grasps for low hanging fruit level social commentary about 'Haves' and 'Haves Not,' superficially grazing commentary that deserves better than the make believe heavy handedness here. As a 'comedy of manners' it's largely subdued to a fault not leaning enough into gleeful carnage but staying too stately for too long. What some hams dressed as chefs for 60 minutes over acting and being cryptic... Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
08. Ouija Shark 2 (2022, 82 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Dumber and fun-er with a hellscape setting, bikini musical number, and more otherworldly cheap creatures. I would not recommend either Ouija Shark to anyone; but people should consider it anyway.Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
09. Frankenweenie (2012, 87 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰ When my daughter was 5 we took her to Frankenweenie and none of us were prepared for how intense it got especially with the loss of pets (a sore spot for any toddler), it was a disastrous experiment in parenting - so I was glad to revisit with my daughter now that she is 15. The detailed homages to classic horror tropes are fun and seem likely to be overlooked by a lot of family friendly audiences (the science teacher looks just like Vincent Price although he was apparently modelled after someone else). I appreciate it's gutsy 'no pulling punches' approach to death. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme

October 2 [Meta Theme Night] (8 hours, 54 minutes watched)
10. Linnea Quigley's Horror Workout (1990, 61 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ More humorous in concept than execution it's value ends up being in how shameless it gets. I loved the zombie segment because it seemed so cheesy and fun and quite ridiculous but unabashedly so. The slasher bit was clever enough for the content that came before it. I'm glad to have finally watched this, and to have done so without my wife or kids judging me for it, but am not sure I will revisit it any time soon. I'd be curious to see how Linnea Quigley was sold on this, it doesn't seem like the sort of film that would get made today and more credit to her for having a sense of humor about the scream queen / sex symbol status.Format: Digital [Thanks to Meghan] 1st Theme Subset
11. Pledge Night (1988, 86 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ "Behold the coffin of Numarian!" Frat hijinks create disbelieve surrounding murders that may be real but may be pranks but may be real but they're just pretending but it's not pretend. It's less 'fun' than one would think (more straight, mild shocks and lite torture porn - prank porn?). The best part is a cheesy maybe murderer and the last third when it goes from subdued pranks to maybe far out supernatural. "We're already in a lot of trouble, we're going to get killed! ...my friends are dead and you're telling me to sleep on it." I missed the Anthrax [band] connection at first. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
12. Saw X (2023, 118 minutes) ★★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰ I don't think I've seen any Saw film after part 3 or 4 but figured it would be fun to see more horror at the movie theater so would dive in even if a little blind since this is suppose to occur between Saw 1 and Saw 2. The amount of stretch and world building for a torture pron film into a 11 film series is wild so I was disappointed to find Saw X seemed to require little knowledge of the franchise beyond Part II (almost a soft reboot). Nice gore but thin characters without the eerie grittiness of earlier films (there is a warehouse that seems awfully dull). Its probably intentional the traps seem more improvised and primitive with kills personal (less mystery, no video tapes) but that makes it feel more nihilistic and cheap. There are a lot of ethnic cliches to a point it flirts with offense about the plight of Hispanic drug dealers, third world hookers, etc. Id much rather the jigsaw persona than to peer into the tired eyes of Tobin Bell's addled increasingly needy seeming human character - it abandons any premise of 'fighting for life' in exchange for a cheap revenge plot (contradictory to a point it undermines the franchise even if there are some skeletal parts of the theme - he doesn't seem interested in 'saving' anyone anymore). Format: Theatrical 1st
13. Dude Bro Party Massacre III (2015, 91 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ Refreshingly silly, at times tiring and could use some tightening up but gonzo off the wall enough to be worth squinting into it's fake lo fi vhs grade gimmick with for the psychotic antics. There is a lot of energy here, and a lot of blood. Format: Digital [Vudu 'HD'] 1st Theme
14. There's Nothing Out There (1991, 91 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ Cheesy mix of sci-fi homage, hammy comedy, and cheap creature effect. If anything the acting (especially the often wooden Mike) held it down from being better and the humor was a bit too dumb. I was hoping we would see more face melting effects. The video store into using poster images to show the action was clever. Director Rolfe Kanesky seems to have made a lot of b-films and while they never seem 'great' I've liked more than a few. Imagine the surprise when Wes Craven takes the gag (maybe by coincidence) and makes a sensation with Scream. Its delightfully sleaze how the female lead runs around in her swimsuit most of the film and the skinny dipping typical horror victims were clever.Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme Subset
15. Deadstream (2022, 87 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ My 11 year old son rated this a 7 out of 10. I'm a sucker for abandoned buildings and creepy atmosphere the sort of which Deadstream delivered with a slapstick comedy twist. Incorporating social media gimmicks worked well here (multiple cameras, chats, viewers videoing in, etc). Well balanced tone of horror and humor with some open ended-ness that lets you think about it. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme

October 3 [Teen Theme Night] (10 hours, 35 minutes watched)
16. It Follows (2014, 100 minutes) ★★★★★★★★✰✰ Best cold open ever; mysterious and gorey to a point anything after that feels like a decline. I love the lurid shame of sexuality that lives in this film and reject comparisons to sexually transmitted disease (which I've read elsewhere). The STD comparison feels too surface level - largely because I think STDs are overexaggerated to slut shame kids away from impulses, the base physical need (note how the It is an external force). It Follows feels like a mockery of morality and an expression of longing in subdued horror movie style. The brilliant romantic subplot about the girl who is cursed and the neighborhood boy who pines for is ripe. The idea of sex as a weapon calling for destruction of the wanton is timeless but feels novel here. The camera uses wide zoom in a lot if scenes which gives a cinematic scenic feel and relates well to the plot point of scanning for the 'It.' Format: Digital [Vudu HD] Theme Subset
17. Final Destination 2 (2003, 92 minutes) ★★★★★★★★✰✰ I forgot how amazing the Final Destination films are. The disaster candy of the over the top catastrophe, the formula breaking unusual plot/adversary, and the careful detailed sequencing of the victims is all... (chef's kiss). Somehow they even managed to connect it to the first FD film for continuity. The visual and auditory cues during the averted catastrophe and corresponding to each death feel cinematic even if there is a bit of over obvious spoon feeding. I remember thinking the premonition plot is hammy and far out but the execution makes it work.Format: Digital [Vudu HD] Theme Subset
18. Slash/Back (2022, 86 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ Ethnic modern Inuit story that works best looking at tradition versus youth - the CGI polar bear has got to be a meta commentary but some of the effects are not great. It's a kinetic and fun movie with obvious influences that mostly delivers despite some cheap effects for a last third that keeps to what is important about horror - fun, unity, togetherness - it's an awfully upbeat film not just because of extended daylight from the North Pole but because the team of young actresses are largely fun to root for. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
19. Psycho Beach Party (2000, 95 minutes) ★★★★★★★★½✰ A movie about a killer and a whole cast doing 'everything in his power to appear normal' that uses homage and convention to paint a façade over characters each with their disguised quirks. The campy references to surfer and b-movies are fun but often too knowing and the envelop pushing subtext interesting (cross dressing cop/writer, repressed sexuality, etc etc) to pick apart. It's an brilliant film for as much for inference and the silence between the lines than the content on delivery but may require a pretty open mind. 'Can't there be anyone who is utterly perfect?' Format: Digital [Vudu HD] Theme
20. Aquaslash (2019, 71 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ The upbeat graduation party vibe of Aquaslash was a refreshing break from the cobwebbed hallways or pine tree darkness of many horror films; more movies should have a blaring 80s cover band concert at a waterpark. Unfortunately Aquaslash gets distracted with a business dispute, deadbeat dad, romance tangents, even a janitor subplot, etc book ended by too little of the necessary horror tension and juice until the last third when it completes a blinding intensity of gore and tension worth recommending. Production quality seems decent and it rarely comes across at cheap, just poorly paced until the glourious end. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
21. Cobweb (2023, 110 minutes) ½✰✰✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ Flashes of creative visuals and fantasy elements sometimes reminded me of better films ultimately offering little original or even that makes sense. From the go the set design is so odd and off-putting me and my 11 year old son were making fun of the impossibly high walls of every building, the school looked like a cave for no clear reason - unearned whimsy. Stuff like a poetic looking pumpkin patch for a yard looks cool in a flash but ends up generic and formless reminding of a million other pumpkin patches without too much that sticks. Eventually it's just no fun lacking ethos for any character and basking in cliché. The most eerie thing is how much Gary Busey's other son looks a lot like him. I think horror movies need more dark fairy tale trappings but not if it doesn't result in anything unique. Hiruko the Goblin did this sort of thing so much better. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
22. Dear God No! (2011, 81 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ 'Get off the b-tches, c-cks in britches' leads the dialogue of a mean spirited crew of biker outlaws who mope around, engage in degenerate crap, and end up in scenario deranged even by their own standards - it's a tasteless sendup to trash cinema that largely works because it makes no sense and leans into weird. It's not thrilling, it's disguising but to a point it's hard to look away and the last third is appropriately nonsensical and unexpected. It tries too hard but in a low key color washed amateur style that ends up more delightfully bizarre and over the top than off putting in the end if you can stomach the mean spirited crap and shock value that often misses it's mark then it's a wild unexpected ride. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st

October 4 [Horror Show Guide Theme Night] (11 hours, 53 minutes watched)
23. Alice Sweet Alice (1976, 107 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰ Creepy kid movie with a gnarly rain coat rubber mask style in a world filled with neurotic adults. Maybe because it is nothing like my own experiences with my adolescent daughter I found myself finding the movie seemed to be more about the anxieties and failures of the adults projecting onto a kid than anything else; 'children pay for the sins of their parents.' Key that that kid is perhaps a murderous fiend maybe with a strange double. It felt soap opera-ish a lot but had some cool ideas about a murder in an early church messing with people's heads and drawing in old world themes of religious sin that I am a sucker for and some of the visuals with the killer are strange ripe with obvious potential for red herrings or implied commentary about identity. There is a religious subtext that I found puzzling and suggested more subtext and commentary some of which I might have missed. Format: Digital [Youtube with ads - thanks to Culture Tube] 1st Theme
24. Martin (1977, 95 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰ It’s never too distracting but Romero uses a lot of Dutch angles and off center shots here, which I think contributes to the sense of magical realism – the camera is rarely a traditional viewpoint. Relentlessly experimental seeming. I had to google to confirm the original aspect ratio (1.33:1, full screen). Maybe this was also necessary because it gets into a lot of hallways, cars, and other narrow spaces which feel authentic (not stage-y). Speaking of which the dated aesthetic of Martin is amusing – even the soundtrack. The opening a great – a generic seeming train then suddenly a syringe and attack. Excellent in your face way to make the macabre seem routine right down to the everyday striped t-shirt Martin wears. “I’m always very careful with the needle” (also a great euphemism considering how we find later Martin orbits sexy stuff from a distance). I wish the uncle didn’t spoil the theme so early on because it’s so wonderfully modernized to seem cryptic especially at first but even the uncle’s antics feel strange. I don’t usually like backstory but there seems to be some implied history with him being so subdued in general and depending on the kindness of an uncle (Martin prequel ripe). I dont think they sell Martin well enough as a 'kid' throughout the film since the first scene is so menacing.Format: Digital [Thanks to Meghan] Theme Subset
25. It Lives Inside (2023, 99 minutes) ★★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰ Djinn style Pandora's Box films have a lot of potential, but this is part of the herd. I enjoyed the ethnic stretch but it felt more like casting cultural actors in a lukewarm film rather than weaving a unique culturally specific mythos (representation is important but feels like tokenism). Littered with clichés about diaries, closets, mother/daughter drama, popularity struggles, etc it struggles rather than lives - but it's likely 42 year old Dads are not it's target audience. The lead actress has a great bewildered look that helps some of the slow low effect stretches that go on too long. Ultimately it gets better along the way to deliver some on the patience it requires getting there and some of the more upbeat dramatic moments balance to create a sense of a world worth waiting for the scares in. Format: Theatrical 1st
26. Ghost Googles (2016, 95 minutes) ★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ The sort of film that made me wish I could be a kid again so I could better appreciate the parade of corny subplots and easily resolved melodrama delivered by hammy actors. Really a hodge podge of capers, friendship drama, family issues, and weirdo neighbors/aunts with a little tame supernatural. Its hard to believe this is from the same guy as likely more ballsy films like Caged Lesbo A Go Go or Orgy of Blood. Format: Digital [Tubi] 1st Theme
27. Tammy and the T-rex [Uncut/Tanny Edit] (1994, 86 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ Guilty pleasure comfort food - it makes no sense but made me smile a few times. The Trex effect is fun and some of the gore makes for dark comedy. Tone all over the place but a braindead bmovie good time. I could watch the robot Trex havok all day. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
28. Lifechanger (2018, 84 minutes) ★★★★★★★★✰✰ Lifechanger is a masterpiece that makes horror existential and even though it features a wide range of actors (each playing the same shape shifter) it feels consistent and strives at feeling personal creating sympathy for the monster. The ending feels out of nowhere but it's about the journey. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
29. Penny Pinchers: The Kings of No Budget Horror (2017, 90 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ 'Can do' attitude oozes from this upbeat document that features an assortment of indie directors most of whom I'm not readily familiar with - Dustin Fergueson, Todd Sheets, Donald Farmer, Tim Ritter, Chris Seavers, and Phil Herman plus Lloyd Kaufman who seems hilariously edited in (a bit out of context/league). There's a few light technical details about shooting cameras but a lot of war stories and general advice - overall it feels more puff than educational and even if I respect some of the participants none of the clips made me want to run out and watch the films included. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
30. Host (2020, 57 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ I enjoyed Host more this time than the first time I saw it - it's gimmicky and the low effect approach has inconsistent payoff sometimes seeming cryptic and other times feeling forced. It makes ambitious use of the distortion and oddness of Zoom backgrounds to create tension that is largely effective especially near the half way point but loses steam some towards the end but tidy endings are dull. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme

October 5 [Defunct Studios Theme Night] (9 hours, 20 minutes watched)
31. Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988, 96 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ Strangely I only ever knew of Elvira as a pop culture force, I remember even being surprised to find she hosted late night showings of cheesy horror films (apparently her show started in 1981 - the year I was born). It's funny how her persona seemed to grew beyond her career and a lot of the bigger than life personality shines through the film but aside from Elvira too many of the characters feel like generic set dressing (when her humor is hit or miss it sometimes lacks a skeleton/centerpiece). I think I would have appreciated this film more if I had better exposure to Elvira in her original form. Capitalizing on the moral panic and 'normalcy' of society seems like low hanging fruit by 1988 and aside from the self promotion of it there's not too much satirical bite. Mistress of the Dark has an aimless chatty feel to it which is it's biggest strength and weakness, it's thin camp often most supported by references to the era or genre rather than serving up a self contained impact - the Flashdance reference is funny because it's a Flashdance reference; parody and reference is Elvira's thing but harder to support in a standalone film without a target. At times I wish MoD has been more dark or envelope pushing. I remember seeing MoD when I was a kid and really enjoyed the high of the family friendly comedy, almost a pinnacle of cinema for a 9 year old but I don't think it's held up over time. William Morgan Sheppard stole the show as Vincent. The Morgana plot is great and I wish it had taken a more center role earlier on or been better peppered in. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme Subset
32. Trick 'R Treat (1986, 98 minutes) ★★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰ I think the 80s needed more movies that mocked the trend of making ‘morality’ (whatever that is) a political issue by campaigning against musics, movies, etc – but TrT is an odd film that seems to fantasize about how evil Rock music really is while maybe lampooning it. It’s like Republicans tried to make a pandering film for a culture they didn’t understand. The tone is odd, but maybe it’s of a different time I was too young for. The 80s rock spirit of Trick R Treat is great. It’s unfortunate how ‘rockers’ are sometimes portrayed as losers who don’t fit in and need to fend off bullies, an oddly self defacing stereotype inconsistent with the in your face confidence of the Rock music itself. It makes it hard to relate to the ‘hero’ here. This is a rock movie that needed more ROCK other than the lip singing type or at least a better lead. Trickster villain films is a subgenre that’s frustratingly rare - here Sam Curr has a diabolic presence but rarely seems to offer too much other than claim he is ‘your hero;’ surprisingly few spoken lines and a jump to obsession – again like loser Rock fans are just so enthralled by their musical tastes they offer no defenses to far out things. Format: Digital [Thanks to Meghan] 1st Theme Subset
33. Peanut Butter Solution (1985, 93 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ It's a cool hook for the character to lose his hair after seeing a ghost; I wish more films let the characters be drastically changed by encounters with the supernatural - too often they just seem to go on around their business once any threat of the ghost is over (new rule should be any character who sees a ghost loses hair). I appreciate Peanut Butter Solution has characters that are largely more realistic and subdued - too often family friend movies are clogged with hammy overacting or odd slapstick antics - even the French art teacher who hates imagination handles his lines with a bit of gravity and theater. Where the homeless people trying to help him regain his hair or curse him? "Sometimes Im mean, sometimes Im nice" - that weirdness might have been the most brilliantly under stated twist of the film; ambiguous homeless people ghosts. Overall I enjoyed Peanut Butter Solution and am glad I finally got to check it out with it's tame weirdness. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme Subset
34. Dead By Midnight (Y2kill) (2022, 96 minutes) ★★★★★✰✰✰✰✰ Juvenile and animated with a manic spree of shorts stories intercut with fake commercials, corny hosts, etc. Muderal and some of the other bits had be chuckle a bit. You can tell its got some questionable production values but thats ok because it's so gonzo and nonstop I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to.Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
35. Freddy Vs Jason (2003, 97 minutes) ★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ My son wanted to watch this (again this year). Its got sleek production values and the cornfield rave is a highlight. However it gets both the characters wrong - recasting Jason was a waste and Freddy is largely subdued often hitting us over the head with spats of over explanation (Freddy mansplains). Subplots about an asylum and dream suppression medicine are too sci-fi and detract from needed visceral horror visuals. It feels like they just did whatever they could to justify the 'fight' without much buildup or artistry. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]
36. Dave Made a Maze (2017, 80 minutes) ★★★★★★★★★✰ A legendary testament to creativity with a weird film that never tips what might come next; it's fun and unexpected with lots of visual gags. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]

October 6 [Anthology Theme Night] (9 hours, 46 minutes watched)
37. Cat's Eye (1985, 94 minutes) ★★★★★★★★✰✰ I really enjoyed it. Cats, being evil as they are and with their eerie nimble way of being everywhere at once make a clever framing device. The despicable James Woods segment was a good one and had a lot of maybe too on the nose commentary about addiction - hurting loved ones, etc. The Quitters Inc actors balanced menacing and mentoring well. I loved the last cat fighting scene, what a surreal mix of far out humor and horror. A lot of the segments felt like they could have been fleshed out longer. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] Theme Subset
38. Sinphony: A Clubhouse Horror Anthology (2022, 88 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ Indie anthology film creatively shot - the style and polish is better than I expected for a random (to me) anthology, none of the stories as especially crazy (like we sometimes see with anthology films) but for the most part they all land well and are consistently good. From zombies to vampires to ancient texts, etc there are a lot of twists . There is a chant that is used is several of the stories that gives a nice feel of continuity. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
39. Hi-Fear (2022, 112 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ "You should have let him save you." I really enjoyed Hi-8 and Hi-Death so was excited to see this group of dedicated independent horror film makers make a third film. To be honest I don't always have a lot of patience for super low budget films if I can even find them but here in anthology form a lot of it is gleefully amazing and fun. Generally well acted and staged even if some show lower grade film equipment. Tim Ritter's 'When Shadows Come Alive' segment felt like the weakest of the bunch but I especially liked Anthony Catanese's 'The Streets Are Watching' bit even if neither was as shameless and far out as Todd Sheet's 'Losing It At the Devil's Whorehouse' gore. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
40. Scare Package II: Rad Chad's Revenge (2022, 98 minutes) ★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ "I'm not a dead boyfriend, I'm a dead husband..." Corny humor but relentless and upbeat enough to be fun even though it's dumb and overly referential - slapstick and gorey with funny twists is what I thought at first but then it quickly got old and started feeling more lazy than clever, like they just threw whatever tropes into it and thought viewers would be amused by Fly or Stand By Me references. I did like the soundtrack and some of the low hanging fruit references. Setting a scene in an old view store is nostalgic, but hardly envelope pushing or witty enough - even in the out of context manner it just seems like a cheap half thought. This movie made me want to find a better meaningful horror comedy without thin characters or blind rehashes or a dozen other amusing films. I may need to revisit the first Scare Package, but I remember liking that one a lot more (in 2021 the first seemed like a humor standout in a marathon but with a similar dumb 'Mad Magazine' tone). Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
41. Body Bags (1993, 94 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ John Carpenter and Mark Hamill to the rescue. The first story is a great mix of paranoia and gore.
The second story is the weakest but a twisted plotline. The third story and framing decide are especially standout. It balances expected tropes of horror with gusto and humor.
Format: Digital [Vudu HD] Theme
42. Give Me an A (2022, 100 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ Abortion centered feminist commentary seems right for the time and horror movies necessarily require a fight against wrongs/evils that seems natural to end up 'political' (most films have subtext so no need to pretend cinema is a neutral force for thoughtless entertainment). The segments are inconsistent and rarely veer into traditional horror. Often they are obvious twists on social gender norms but a few felt more thoughtful or visceral. Worth a casual watch with low expectations and bonus points for being socially necessary dialogue but often feels more 'angry'/emotional than thoughtful. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme

October 7 [Location Based Theme Night] (9 hours, 52 minutes watched)
43. Terrifier 2 (2022, 138 minutes) ★★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰ Despite all the weaknesses I found myself enjoying Terrifier 2. It's well paced, got slick direction, and filled with seasonal spirit even if sometimes a stretched thin parade of set pieces and eye rolling developments. The Art character works better here because it's more balanced with dramatic moments. The clown (similar to Freddy Krueger) is an interesting contrast to the blank faced killer or gothic shadows typical of horror movies and here his pantomime gag seemed to work better than the first (and as a duo). Although to a fault Art feels implausibly all powerful which helps some of the brainless shock and dark 'comedy' but prevents a lot of necessary tension. The surreal dream imagery and more carefully constructed balance of tones go a long way in the sequel, but makes it feel even more random at times - like the characters dont even have a motive, they're autopiloted by dream and destiny. They really beat us over the head with spoon feeding about the dad subplot or the redeeming angel character. I appreciate the unwaivering gore and T2 is a film thats not afraid to be mean, sometimes to a fault. I hated the first film. I think the scene where the kids are poking at an obviously fake dead possum trying to trick a girl into seeing it is a good metaphor for these films. Even here at times there's little development other than people implausibly obsessing over the clown, a year later - which feels too much like the crew self congratulating. Format: Digital [Vudu UHD] 1st Theme Subset
44. Massacre in Dinosaur Valley (1985, 88 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ Knowing its an Italian exploitation bmovie it exceeded my expectations. I found the rainforest setting to be cool looking if predictable at times. The dubbing is a bit off but in a nostalgic of the era way. Cheesy but in a good way. A weird hodge podge of cannibals, jungle, machismo, mean-ness, and snakes. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
45. Snakehead Swamp (2014, 86 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ Better than I expected for a SciFi Channel original film but I'm a sucker for aquatic horror movies and the swampscape made a good environment. Some of the CGI is distractingly bad and a voodoo subplot feels forced in but overall a brainless decently paced time waster. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
00. Fort Bend County Fair Went to the county fair with my 15 year old daughter and 11 year old son, we had a good time riding the rides especially the one that climbs up then drops from under you or a hang glider one.
46. Shakma (1990, 100 minutes) ★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰ Neat staging in a lab after hours for a dungeons and dragons fantasy game and with a cool killer ape vibe but doesn't combine well. It ends up feeling like some people wondering the halls for a few hours then occasionally cut in footage of Shakma. The Shakma footage is amazing but feels to sterile and repetitive to fit into the context of the film. Format: Digital [Youtube - Thanks to 'Marco Antonio Garcia'] 1st Theme
47. The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016, 86 minutes) ★★★★★★★★½✰ Unexpectedly creepy film that is eerie. The autopsy as a plot device is genius. My son made me turn this off half way through because he was scared then when we watched more during daylight he said it was less scary during the day. Great stuff. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
48. Benny Loves You (2019, 94 minutes) ★✰✰✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ Even my 11 year old son refused to finish Benny - it's awfully cheap with a promising idea that is wasted on an obnoxious character more needy and lifeless than other killer toys/dolls. It's filled with awkward comedy and social observations that feel too flat to land. The idea of a cherished childhood object/memory weighing one down is interesting but it gets so lost in romance, killer robot, and coworker subplots with some of the least convincing gore even (so bad I think it's a meta joke I don't understand). Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme

October 8 [Gothic Theme Night] (11 hours, 18 minutes watched)
49. The Asphyx (1972, 99 minutes) [Extended cut] ★★★★★★★★✰✰ I love The Asphyx. The premise is chilling and mirrors a lot of general ideas about death to a point is never feels too far out. Given the concept and era of the movie there are a surprising near slash movie number of deaths, which fit the theme. I think that some of the early lake deaths are surprisingly unconvincing but the relatively tame nature of the deaths helps the scientific inquiry tone a lot, its never especially lurid and that helps it creep in. Format: Digital [Thanks to Meghan] 1st Theme Subset
50. Mill of the Stone Women (1960, 96 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ I was excited to revisit MotSW - the stately melodrama and slow burn psychological eerieness really works well especially early on. It veers into being painstaking slow at points but even then the weirdness gives it a subtle comedy especially with how driven mad the guest seems or the some of the shameless characters. The mill is an effective and cool setting.Format: Digital [Thanks to Meghan] 1st Theme Subset
51. Halloween Ends (2022, 111 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ Rewatched HE and if you understand its more of an epilogue to a climax that never happened free from obligation to be a Halloween film and more open to moving beyond The Shape it does some interesting things. The theme of generational/social malice possessing us towards patterns is curious. My son suggested we watch this and he ended up hating it. Format: Digital [Vudu UHD] 1st Theme
52. Scream (1996, 111 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ My son is encouraging we watch all the Scream movies this year, but I'd never been much of a fan (there is so much subplot and the 'rules' stuffs seems more cheesy based on a dated snapshot of the genre than clever). It was more fun watching it was someone else who appreciated the film and could point out some of the tidbits about things like the possibility of another killer never revealed, etc. Format: Digital [Vudu UHD] 1st Theme
53. The Monster of the Opera (1964, 84 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ Unexpectedly filled with creative dance numbers and meta elements this was not the Italian gothic horror movie I expected but it was a refreshing twist that I came to appreciate. Nearly every scene is busling with characters and energy - the world needs more upbeat antics especially in horror movies so the way it defied convention seemed clever and envelope pushing. This all occurs in a cavernous theater and if it didnt feel atmospheric enough those responsible even add wind effects. There is a last third pivot fowards more explicit horror almost like two different films converged into one, "I feel like Ive plunged into a forgotten dream." Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
54. The Blackening (2022, 97 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ Fun hangout horror movie about a cast of character exploring racial typing and horror tropes. The kind of socially conscious horror we need more of. It was often fun and filled with twists. Necessary for the comedy there were a lot of reaction shots and character emphasis, with the crew feeling more fleshed out that some other films. Format: Digital [Vudu UHD] 1st Theme
55. Brides of Satan (2020, 80 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ It was getting late so I chose something cheap and braindead seeming in case I dozed off during it. To my surprise it was artistically shot with over the top edits and shooting style. Suicide girl bandits want to 'destroy something beautiful' so they elect to raid the worlds tamest biker strip club and attempt a devil sacrifice upsetting Mindy Robinson in a trailer park. The screen flashes neon and audio blares a long shrill note while Switchblade Kitty makes their knucklehead gang who let it all go wrong pay. "Now find me that g-d d-mn dog or else!". It is on, a b movie 'hero's journey.' Its stupid but playful. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st

October 9 [Giallo Theme Night] (11 hours, 43 minutes watched)
56. The Editor (2014, 95 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ Clever film with a lot of subtle meta touches to lampoon giallo tropes. Its lurid, bloody, and funny in equal measures with an amusing twist. I remember thinking it was especially brilliant the first time I watched it but rewatching it now some of it seemed more hammy and reaching with a bit of wooden delivery that kept it from being more than just a really funny referential film. The frenzied editor with a consuming passion for film tries to stay out of cliche murders. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
57. Libido (1973, 117 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ The very slow psychological drip of Libido was a disappointment; with a lurid sounding title I expected much more sleaze. Overall I enjoyed the film even if it seemed a bit simple single mindedly refraining about Christian's childhood trauma or corresponding moody existential crisis scene after scene. This resulted in some nicely drab lingering shots and artistic compositions sure to be reflective of the silence scream we are to believe is in his head and I largely enjoyed the staging and tone. For someone so messed up or if he was to be a victim the main character was surprisingly cool and that subverted a lot of what seems cliché plus the twists were fun.Format: Digital [Thanks to Meghan] 1st Theme Subset
58. Torso (1975, 83 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ More lurid and sleazy than other films I’ve watched this challenge so far. I like the initial parallels to art which gives a sense of grander themes beyond this film building on classic works of art to tell a more base tale. The parade of red herrings here is more obvious than in most films sometimes feeling cheap or distracting. The doll imagery is a clever one the ties into the talk about art representing spirit earlier in the film and feel more universal. Format: Digital [Thanks to Meghan] 1st Theme Subset
59. Death Laid an Egg (1968, 86 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ Strangely subdued film that seemed to use a chicken farm as a metaphor for evil sidelining into commentary on commercialism, the fickle nature of romance, etc. For a giallo there aren't many on screen murders and a lot is implied to the point of feeling psychological and artsy. I still can't decide how I feel about it and didn't expect something so experimental - I think it's more enjoyable to pick apart the oddness than it was as a movie itself, more curious than fun. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
60. Skin Creepers (1997, 86 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ I was in the mood for something trashy so this adult film set exorcism movie seemed to fit the bull. There are some great exploding head effects worth the patience for but overall its more tame with a breezy comedy vibe. A guy walks around with a giant dil-o most of the movie, which is comedic but hardly spirited enough. Its like, after the epic head explosions, they ran out of budget for much other than people talking in a hotel room. This makes it sound worse than it was - I liked it overall and it has some cool ideas I wish they could have been more varied in presenting. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
61. Scream 2 (1997, 120 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ My son says this is his favorite Scream installment. I find it amusing how they managed to cram in so many characters from the first movie for more. Nice production details but the murders feel a bit aimless - like there is a whodunit but they don't bother peppering in many clues. This didn't need to be 2 hours long and really needed more new and varied characters.Format: Digital [Vudu UHD] 1st Theme
62. Scream 3 (2000, 116 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ Cute premise about murders on the set of a horror movie feels overly familiar (even just within Wes Craven films it's like New Nightmare lite) and again the gang is back. This installment might be my favorite so far because it feels better paced and I like the retroactive continuity with the original plus as cheap as the movie set bit is it offers parallels that were still interesting. Format: Digital [Vudu UHD] 1st Theme

October 10 [Name in Title Theme Night] (10 hours, 45 minutes watched)
63. Night of the Bastard (2022, 82 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Cheaply made film about a demonic cult home invasion in the dessert. It's eccentric and the demon worshiper characters are odd enough to work as adversaries (even if it's obvious a cheap device to use humans rather than supernatural). There is a lurid but pointless seeming twist and it's premise is so far out it's like misplaced comedy because not funny nor chilling. Worth a watch despite some indie elements. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
64. Deeper: The Retribution of Beth (2016, 80 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ Clever premise of a exploitive website being targeted for revenge ended up being much more gutsy and cruel than I expected with an ending that seemed thoughtful. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
65. The House Jack Built [Director's Cut] (2018, 153 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ "I don't have a handle on how many processes occur in the decay of a human being, but I know a bit about dessert wines..." Clumsy socially awkward killer blends gore and dark comedy in a movie that pays off in the end but overall feels awfully routine despite some of the well shot scenes and theatrical dialogue. Lars Von Tier is a visionary director and technically the film is well directed but the serial killer topic feels more cliché than his usual gutsy material. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
66. The Nun II (2023, 110 minutes) ★★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰ After The Flash and some of the similarly dodgy CGI here Im inclined to avoid Warner Brothers films. Still the visuals are the highlight because the plot makes little sense and in areas doesn't even seem to try - like offering a vague nondescript 'relic' chase as a pivotal plot point. Again some of the resolution reminds me of another film but the plot feels more like a framework to shoe horn in a reason for The Nun to nun around rather than offer much compelling storyline. It's annoying to hear 'religious' characters chatting about blasphemies in a way that seems unlike religious characters (sort of talking in 'church profanity'). Format: Theatrical 1st Theme
67. Scream 4 (2011, 111 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ My son says this is his least favorite Scream film. I was impressed how they kept the meta commentary going in a way that felt fresh even if it 'jumps the shark' with a intro of a kill within a movie with a kill. The killer or killers revealed here seem the least believable to date and that spoils some of the film. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
68. Miranda Veil (2020, 104 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰ I almost turned this off after the corny auditory hallucination serial killer intro but it turns into a brilliantly far out existential comedy. Its weird and unique and despite some iffy acting really lands. The mentally ill serial killer cliché is a little tiresome and exploitative, but its done in a so bad its good way it must be tongue in cheek like so much of the rest of the movie obviously is. Originally I expected some sort of religious propaganda but MV lets you sit with its premise and savor. It abandons horror movie trappings and starts to seem metaphysical. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
69. Murder in the Woods (2021, 88 minutes) ★★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰ Cartoonish tropes abound as a group of teens go into the woods. It doesnt reinvent the wheek but does a cheap not too serious version of backwoods horror. The reveal is a bit of a disappointment but wraos everything in a bow. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st

October 11 [Extreme / Category III Theme Night] (12 hours, 41 minutes watched)
70. Blood Bags (2013, 83 minutes) ★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ Gunther Disease as a medical basis for vampirism seems to take the tropes into an overly serious medical direction then the film stalls out. There are long stretches of clueless police driving around the city (which isnt tense because they dont know what is happening) or people walking around an empty building. Even the killer often looks more cheap than scary much of the time. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
71. The Burning (1981, 91 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ The hangout vibe from most of the movie was good, character development but relatable summer camp stuff. Probably today everyone would be on their phone. Bookending the film with more gorey segments works and prevent it from ever feeling too slow. That raft scene is pretty epic - over the top but stylized to a point it feels intense. The garden shears (obvious in marketing) as a murder weapon is a really cool image but in reality, unless they're amazingly sharp, those have to be awfully awkward to try to attack someone with. Format: Digital [Thanks to Meghan] 1st Theme Subset
72. Ebola Syndrome (1996, 98 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ I’ve often heard of Ebola Syndrome and was glad to finally cross it off my list. It’s a competently made film with an enjoyable amount of questionable elements. From the start with the least convincing sex scene every it’s an odd mix of provocation but in the most hammy oddly toned manner. Maybe something is lost in translation. I appreciate the efforts at gore or sex but it’s weird to center them around such a corny loser (maybe to offend without any risk of ambiguity or anyone relating to the killer?). I'm more used to seeing violence glorified than lampooned. There is some sly comedy in an aimless loser being both intentionally selfishly evil and unintentionally highly deadly. The problem is that none of the characters end up being relatable to a point it blunts the impact of some awfully gross or spectacularly gorey evil making everything feel almost cartoonish rather than rattling. The ebola theme is timely for the 90s and a good pick in this year following all the COVID stuff. When the film talks about Kai’s odor, gross breath, etc that stuff ends up feeling effective. It feels like some of the racism here is a part of the risqué comedy but some of it feels maybe unintentional or dated. Format: Digital [Thanks to Meghan] 1st Theme Subset
73. The Exorcist: Believer (2023, 111 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ Slow foreshadowing works best when the premise isn't obvious. It takes a lot of backstory to eventually get to the diabolical main course which presents an intellectually challenging dilemma and feels a little existential but seems random. The build up of obvious developments or relatively tame supernatural hints takes some patience. Its epic to hear the iconic Exorcist theme or seem some of the references to the first but there is little obvious or sensible connection to a 'franchise' and much of it seems shameless rather than compelling. In some ways its a startling reminder of how backward cinema has come over the years that a classic frightening film be reduced to a redundant gimmick featuring two girls rather than one because serving up even more of the same is sure to win. None of the characters feel well established and what development occurs is presented as an unearned 'twist' right from the start of Angela's birth leading the film. The attempt to incorporate different religious perspectives feels too token and weakens the gutsy confident spiritual warfare in earlier installments. The soundtrack is the star of the show and elevates the lingering moments which end up being the best part of Exorcist - not the plot or the visuals but the hanging weigh of a dark room with eternal stakes and no answers (a tone this film hits fleetingly in the end). Speaking of the end that felt like a bit of a letdown for reasons I wont spoil. Format: Theatrical 1st
74. Human Experiments (1979, 82 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰ Straight forward prison film with a sad moody prison vibe that didnt try too hard to force in a plot. There's a random concert and strange bugs and a Twilight Zone style twist. Overall I enjoyed it having low expectations and it was more moody than exploitative despite some apparent budget limits. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
75. Love Camp 7 (1969, 96 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Cheesy and shameless prison film with an interesting historical context (to whatever degree it's true). Some of the actors hit tones so different from one another its unintentionally funny when, i.e., the serious dramatic guy talks to the actor who overacts everything for comedy. Soft trash with a disguisting context and lots of flesh. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
76. Nightmare [Nightmare in a Damaged Brain] (1981, 97 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ The stylized disjointed way Nightmare capitalizes on home invasion tropes is brilliant, it creeps in showing the journey back into madness from the killer more and more leering into the normalcy of a family in their house. One of my pet peeves is mental illness being used as a catchall 'explanation' in pop culture - that the real plot is some guy has Schizophrenia so people die (lazy storytelling). Here the rotating timeframes and camera tricks of memory blending past and present play well. The gore is intense if not dated at times. My favorite part is how the flashbacks versus modern day seem to intermingle some of the characters, its unclear to what degree they are two separate people. Format: Digital [Thanks to Meghan] 1st Theme
77. Pearl (2022, 103 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰ I was underwelmed by X (distracting makeup, odd comedy tone) so I found myself enjoying Pearl a lot more than I expected. The neon 'candy cinema' visuals of Pearl were great and each scene existed for visual story telling. There's something so far out about the visual style it feels like a façade, something off that can't be trusted. The strained sense of misbalanced fantasy and reality makes the film feel richer (the projection of a movie, the pining for stardom, even the intermingling with a fake man / scarecrow, etc). "Its not about what I want anymore... its about making the best of what I have..." - is a brilliant twist on the idea of fantasy, its not even about stretching beyond the present so much as candy coloring it - of not seeing the maggots on the pig. The irony of us knowing the outcome from X is nice but despite being a prequel Pearl never feels too indebted to X and does it's own thing. It almost feels like they could revisit X more from Pearl's fantastic perspective and it would be a totally different film. Mia Goth shines in some emotionally intense segments and Tandi Wright (the mom) does well too. Kudos to them for making a prequel so different from X; I'm even more curious in Maxxxine (the 3rd upcoming film in this 'series') now. What a perfect ending shot. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Subset

October 12 [Frightfest Guide Theme Night] (12 hours, 4 minutes watched)
78. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970, 77 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ I've seen Valerie a few times now and cant quite say what its about. With so many changing roles and alternating idyllic versus nightmare imagery it's awfully cryptic. I think I see it as a film about how the fickle and hidden nature of lust, represented by vampires/lies/treachery, with the bright nature and religious symbolism representing fake polite society. There are a dizzying amount of twists and recants and re-twists to a point there's little reason to especially follow it all (but I probably lost a lot of subtext and context). Format: Digital [Vudu HD] Theme Subset
79. I Had a Bloody Good Time at House Harker (2016, 79 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰ Slacker comedy horror films can feel routine but IHaBGT@HH twisted horror conventions to tell a kinetic often clever vampire take using some cool camera tricks and with a lot of heart. I watched this because someone on X/Twitter recommended it and it's a good example of 'indie' horror that is too often overlooked. The blood splattered effects look great and there's a lot of wit. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
80. The Company of Wolves (1984, 95 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ The fairy tale vibe of The Company of Wolves was wonderful. Angela Lansbury elevates nearly everything she was in. At times the gender politics stuff felt a tad heavy handed as if the whole film was a metaphor for the dirt and hurt of romance; a cynicism which somewhat belittles much potential for relatability even if at times clever, “if there is a wolf in man it has it’s match in women.” The effects were brilliant with a great gorey startling werewolf transformation that highlights the dark nature of the content. Format: Digital [Thanks to Megan] 1st Theme
81. Dementia (1955, 56 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ More movies should open with a quote about the subjective nature of art. The entirely silent nature of the film is bold and what a creepy score. The tracking shots and sense of motion across the film was compulsive and gives the feel of a journey beyond the context, overall almost phantasmagorical. I read an idea of it occurring across a psychological landscape of the woman but if we accept that interpretation is also feels cartoonish and exaggerated (says the male). Some of the representations of the dead is a cool visual; horror really needs more abstract representations of literal death. Partly feels dated and odd but maybe refreshingly so in a weird surreal sort of manner and it makes the violence that much more startling along with the jazz to follow (seeming to travel from barren death to most vibrant of settings then back again). Dementia feels like a rich film I’ll have to think more about and might not mind revisiting (especially with it’s breezy 56 minute run time). Format: Digital [Thanks to Meghan] 1st Theme Subset
82. Project Metalbeast (1995, 92 minutes) ★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ Project Metalbeast - because the world "needs" more movies that are really political thrillers about the moral responsibility of medical experimentation and short on the Kane Hoddder helmed metallic werewolf we were promised. Can I still count a film if I had to fast forward until the last 15 minutes? Im a bit surprised I havent run i to more shamelessness with films teasing an epic setup they deliver far too little of. I blame Project Metalbeast and its ilk for Youtube highlight clip channels that spoil legit films for serving up too little good stuff for the filler of a full run time. Format: Digital [Vudu "HD"] 1st Theme
83. The Amazing Mr X (1948, 78 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ Nice pick. I went in blind expecting some cheesy bmovie but this was a rich mystery film. The atmosphere was great, the whole film felt forlorn - visuals like waves crashing ashore worked well. It was a good ride but if I stop and think about how I might replicate some of the premise I am stumped and even here it stretches plausibility a bit. The ghost effects were pretty far out, ambiguous but creepy. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme Subset
84. Brotherhood of the Wolf [Director's Cut] (2001, 151 minutes) ★★★★★★★★✰✰ I was excited to revisit Brotherhood of the Wolf in Ultra High Definition; it looks fantastic - what layered and haunting film. Its strange the director, Christopher Gans, never did much more than BoTW (also Silent Hill & an upcoming Silent Hill 3 movie); I guess making an elaborate critically acclaimed historical epic was enough. Id be curious to know how he got such a gutsy unique film financed, it looks like they spared no expense but Ive read it made quite a profit for what it cost. Early sections feel carefully paced to increase the mystique of the beast with detailed scenes of panic, dread, and much talking. Its well shot and varied enough it never feels especially slow even if the beast rarely starts to exist within the film outside the myth until later - the slow reveal gives way to hysteria beyond the fiend and parallels the revolution nicely (its a film about context more than horrors). Set designs is elaborate and ghastly. The film challenges the tropes of wolves as models of feral rage using it more symbolically to create grand intrigue on a scale beyond compare. I do not miss Y2K era CGI. Format: Digital [Vudu UHD] Theme Subset
85. Evil Dead Raise (2023, 96 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ The intro segment is brilliant and kickstarts EDR off on an intense high. This apartment complex is a wonder of dimly lit grit that looks like a night hued hellscape even before the gore and kool aid haired Mommy hijinks. Its unfortunate because the monotonously drab tone turns what could be a relatable household into something more dim. EDR needed more bright fun character development to balance out the ominous it does so well (maybe let the kid jam on his record player, or give us some other teasing sense of life) - most films take too long to get to the horror while EDR errors on the side of gleefully rushes in head first. The weirdness and intensity of horror moments are well peppered throughout. Writer/Director Lee Cronin will be someone to watch. Some of the references to earlier films were fun but maybe a little too on the nose. Overall I enjoyed EDR but as part of a legendary franchise its not saying much that its my least favorite installment. Given its commercial success in a year of cinema reigned over by Super Mario Bro and Barbie films maybe there's still hope for gritty dark horror (that nets ten times it's budget). Format: Digital [Vudu UHD] Theme Subset

October 13 [Friday the 13th Theme Night] (10 hours, 59 minutes watched)
86. House of Darkness (2022, 88 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ From the director of the Wicker Man remake this film was a teasing slow (but not boring) labor of ominous banter that worked well and it's weakest part was the eventual resolution. Justin Long and Kate Boswell are both charismatic and amusing actors who chew the scenery and for a film mostly about taking in a room it was suspenseful and eerie. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
87. Ready or Not (2019, 95 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ At first I didnt like Ready or Not; it seems weird but not quite outlandish enough and the tone is strange - but it's gutsy conclusion excuses some of the setup. We really really need more unqiue endings like this. This is definitely a film you could fast forward through. The Most Dangerous Game is an excellent film/premise but it's been done better before and here the premise is so forced with humor more annoying than funny. Samara Weaving though has a great presence with a brilliant mix of bewildered victim but never too helpless. Ending aside one of the best parts of RoN is the contrast of murder gore and sorrowful hesitance (when is comes down to it few are gleeful) which is surprisingly unique for the genre.Format: Digital [Vudu UHD] Subset
88. Friday the 13th: Vengeance (2019, 98 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ This is a fan film so some iffy acting and occasional corniness is a given but it was a winner. There are a lot of references to the original series (mostly Part VI Jason Lives) and even some character evolution (extending family / mythology), even some mild nonthreatening retroactive continuity that works well. I'd never heard of the Elias character before but apparently he has appeared in some F13 extended universe stuff, which makes me curious about more unofficial adaptations and fan fiction. After it gets going the kills/effects are satisfying especially in the finale that nails the Camp Crystal Lake vibe. The Tommy Jarvis trilogy is the best part of the franchise so I was glad this grasped onto those plotlines. Format: Digital [Youtube - (ZF) Heisenberg Channel] 1st Theme
89. Friday the 13th Vengeance 2: Bloodlines (2022, 107 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ Continuation from the Vengeance fan film with a good device of using the morgue bodies to expand some of the plot/elements and parallel Mrs Voorhees; playfully riffing on F13 Part 2. The kills are often far out especially a roadside scene and one of the other characters uses more torture porn stuff that's a bit unique for the franchise. At times it's aimless but there are some fun cameos and the ending is really top notch. Format: Digital [Youtube - (ZF) Heisenberg Channel] 1st Theme
90. Mimesis Nosferatu (2018, 87 minutes) ★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ Strange mix of high school drama and vampire references that struggles to catch a tone - it seems to compare high school bullying and grisly murder in a way that seems tone deaf. Since there is a 'high school play' motif it's appropriate the costume effects look questionable and while this is a bit meta it's off putting. Lance Henriksen even phones in a wooden performance to aid a lot of other lifeless acting. It gets points for making a horror movie about a play about a horror story but gives a routine show of the potentially ripe premise. Go watch Shadow of the Vampire instead. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
91. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1931, 98 minutes) ★★★★½✰ Set in a bygone era where women are compared to literal birds and love is the most noble of pursuits. Clever premise about the intellectual vs base duology of man but that is a premise that has become as dated as it is over simplified. The old fashioned nature of this film as a relic of past times is stunning now that's its 90+ years old and some of the effects are charming nostalgic. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
92. Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986, 86 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ The opening reanimation scene is perfection. The maggots are oozey and thunder reanimation feels powerful. Its funny that Horshack from Welcome Back Kotter is playing in a horror movie (effectively at that). The Tommy Jarvis stuff is great and adds to the complexity of the F13 films (not unlike Moby Dick). I use to think the paintball subplot was too corny and comedic but it helps the body count along. For a 'slasher' there's a lot of smart ideas.Format: Digital [Vudu HD] Theme Subset

October 14 [TCM Underground Theme Night] (8 hours, 52 minutes watched)
93. Private Parts (1972, 87 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ Kitschy comedy about a bunch of oddballs in an apartment. A repressed girl moves in with some awfully cryptic family and develops socially. The ending is unusual but ends up feeling a tad unearned but maybe that's just because its so out there - but it definitely sticks with you. Ayn Ruymen is a star here as the heroine. Updating after a few days but the doll scene is so graphic and weird it is nightmare fuel; I still see it when I close my eyes. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
94. Huesera: Bone Woman (2022, 97 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ Slow burn body horror with moody dramatic pacing; its a dramatic film filled with the uncertainty of life peppered with a small pinch of supernatural. Parental anxiety and existenrial dread are the real horrors here. Its a much quieter film than some of the imagery and premise might suggest making it more relatable and searing but also cryptic and up for interpretation. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
95. Alone in the Dark (1982, 92 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ It took me a while to realize how tongue in cheek they were being, but the amusingly random introduction should have been a giveaway. It feels like a sly straight on lampoon of horror that is not good but also not bad even though it is perhaps trying to be bad. The 'escaped mental patients' premise is irksome (lazy explanation that ultimately makes no sense, stigmatized illness) and about as vanilla as it gets but maybe intentionally so and the nuclear power subplot feels dated. Vanilla is a good description for the film in general. Its surprising how little screen time some of the big names get (which is maybe part of the sly comedy). Having more than one 'slasher' was a good idea, under utilized here but since to better effect in more popular films, and the home invasion segment was good. The ending was brilliant where he just sort of gives up or not.. Format: Digital [Thanks to Meghan] 1st Theme Subset
96. Terror at Tenkiller (1986, 87 minutes) ★½✰✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ Theres no point in pretending this was a good movie; but Im in a positive mood. The killer being obvious from go was refreshingly unpretentious. The Tenkiller Lake was a beautiful scenic background. I liked the un-nerving repetition of Beautiful Dreamer, with a bit more polish and strategy using music cues like that has potential. There are brief shadows of antihero flavor that was a little more layered that usual for slahsers. The Indian maiden parallel gave a bit of history and context beyond the simple absurd film itself; part of me would sign on for a Tenkiller prequel. The ending might be one of the most anticlimatic ever filmed. Horrible trash but for the likely budget and talent involved miraculously watchable. Format: Digital [Thanks to Meghan] 1st Subset
97. Talk to Me (2022, 95 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰ Rewatching Talk to Me with awareness of how it goes didn't reveal as much as I hoped. It's a dark layered film open for interpretation. I love the subtext with addiction and grief that feels more central than a lot of commentary in horror movies. Format: Digital [Vudu UHD] Subset
98. Summoning Sylvia (2023, 74 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ The world needs more inclusive and supporting films like Summoning Sylvia, even if it's not necessarily even a horror movie. It uses horror tropes to explore bias and there is a bit of mind messing. The upbeat nature of it was nice even if some of the characters felt like obnoxious stereotypes (which might be my own bias). When I watched this it has a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 9/10 on IMBD and it's the sort of film that should be seen but I don't think it lives up to that hype and if you go in too blind (as I did) it might seem like a disappointment especially if one is close minded. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st

October 15 [Sleep Theme Night] (10 hours, 49 minutes watched)
99. Come True (2020, 105 minutes) ★★★★½✰ Come True felt more pretentious this time. The blue tint and music score go a long at creating a great tone but a twist feels random. Knowing the twist I didn't pick up anything too obvious that seemed to hint at it but there are some things that feel more twisted with the reveal. Chapters are titled after architypes from Carl Jung suggesting a level of depth that might not be obvious even to me after watching it twice and that makes an ending that has got to be more thought out feel random and disappointing (even experience destroying). Format: Digital [Vudu HD] Theme Subset
100. Influencer (2022, 92 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ I watched this with my 15 year old daughter who seemed to not be impressed by it, but I think some of the 'Thriller' elements might have been too straight for her. The upbeat beach scenes are colorful but there is also a generic postcard quality that, maybe intentionally, undermines the film. That none of the characters or settings feel well established - there is an epic looking beach, that looks like any other beach (not necessarily an obvious Thai beach); there is a Buddah statute that looks awfully like many other Buddha statues, etc. I think this is a commentary about the intermingling of religion, culture, and even identity but it feels maybe too subtle. I liked some of the twists and that Influencer seems to milk as much as possible out of the premise (too many other films just dispense with horror and no aftermath). Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
101. Children of the Corn (1984, 92 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ I read about unfilmed scenes due to them running out of budget and feel like this is a good description of CotC. It's great premise but some of it feels under developed. The ending lands and it's evil is unique enough to standout, I especially like some of the effects with 'he who walks...'. Some of the imagery has a lot of potential and I wish I had time to marathon more of the sequels. The original CotC is gleefully dark with viscous kids and captures the hysteria of fanaticism in a ghastly way. The UHD/4K transfer felt a little underwelming. Format: Digital [Vudu UHD]
102. Children of the Corn (2020, 93 minutes) ★★★★★✰✰✰✰ Better balances childlike innocent versus deadly evil than the first (which made the kids feel like vague murder pawns). This remake adds more social context (but maybe since it's more of my time I picked it up better). Some of the CGI presents imagery that could be more bold but feels cheap due to the nature of the CGI. Format: Digital [Vudu UHD] 1st
103. Bring Me a Dream (2020, 86 minutes) ★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ I try not to judge a film too harshly for being indie with poor acting and effects but that really held back BMaD. The bag guy looks like a high school photoshop project. It's an ambitious film that should get credit for the reach. There is an effort to confront racism that feels well intentioned but comes across looking narrow minded, overly judgement, and wrong - like it's preaching to an exaggerated worse case. The parade of nightmares has been done better in other films. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
Subset
104. Hellbender (2021, 86 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ This is how to make an indie film right, now only as the family behind this movie spirited and champions of the genre they often make great stuff. Hellbender is a small scale near exclusively mother daughter dialogue intersected with random musical performances, lingering nature shots, and moodiness to spare. At times it feels too experimental and does things within it's own rules. The ending is great and in part due to the intimate nature of the film it's got an excellent villain. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
105. You're Next (2011, 95 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ Killer visuals with murderers and gore jumping out from everywhere and some epic masks in a home invasion thriller. It's fun to watch some horror luminaries end up getting arrowed in the head. Some of the effects are worth pausing and rewinding to see queasy blood splatter from neck cuts - it's an in your face film. The killer reveal twist is a good one and unique. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]

October 16 [Anniversary 1923/1948/1973/1998 Theme Night] (12 hours, 2 minutes watched)
106. Kandisha (2020, 85 minutes) ★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ We need more evil genie films, it's a good idea but this one was very disappointing especially since made by the same people behind the masterpiece of Inside. The urban grit is the best part of the film - the fun hooligan antics of an unusual street family. The creature feels ethnic but in a way that might feel biased and some of the effects don't work - at times it looks too fake and other times too disproportionate. The ethnic touches feel more token than meaningful offering little flavor. Some of the deaths are nicely grisly if you can abide the poor effects. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
107. Ringu (1998, 96 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ My favorite part of Ringu is the existential dread – the immediate feeling of impending death and struggle to live effectively. Ringu is a fatally economical film and it feels like much of the development is the reporter tripping over clue after clue – open a newspaper to the relevant headline, happen on a key receipt, etc etc - it could have done with more suspense, irony, or even red herrings. Even the phone calls feel unassuming and matter of fact ('Seven days...'). The ‘negative exposure’ death effect looks cheap and is distracting but even if Ringu feels inferior to the remake the TV scene is chilling. I love the trope of 'forbidden knowledge' but here it's awfully superficial - that it's not some brain scorching ethereal but it's the simple 'human' story; but the idea of living on is thematic and rich. I like Ringu a lot more as an idea than as a film. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] Theme Subset
108. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923, 107 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰ The immortal struggle of the haves versus the have nots. Grand film, one could watch people climbing around cathedrals all day and it might not get old; cathedral parkour and blowing raspberries - definitely needs more Hunchback! The implied historical context (predating it’s 1920s originals) is surreal considering how much actual historical context there is in the film. “Have you so little misery you need to create more?” HoND is a witty film but it’s plot of cartoonish and filled with melodramatic turns less interesting than it’s weird context and clever dialogue. Au revoir! Format: Digital [Thanks to Meghan] 1st Theme Subset
109. Baba Yaga (1973, 82 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ Having more fleeting knowledge of Guido Crepax (who even is featured in a meta segment) gave me a bit of a better appreciation for Baba Yege. It's a surreal but dated film, they don't name drop Godard early in the film for nothing - it's got an experimental subtlety to it that requires some patience. There is a puzzle of identity as characters seem to bleed in and out of the film - it's so often surreal, which I think nails a lot of the Crepax references with some staging and imagery that doesn't quite work outside the reference (because it seems out of context in the shifting). The world needs more films with S&M dolls, even if they don't make sense. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] Theme
110. When Evil Lurks (2023, 99 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ Highly rated theatrical foreign horror seems like a win and I appreciated how experimental and weird it was mixing gritty rural life with far out evil stuff. There was demonic possession I didn't quite understand that felt like a lot of variables and rules that were a little harder to stick with me. At some point I gave up and just enjoyed the developments and visuals - the axe scene in the poster is intense and there are more than a few dark twists. Format: Theatrical 1st
111. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948, 83 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ Strange mix of comedy and traditional horror that plays well and feels like an energetic cartoon, it's near experimental and gutsy combination of characters and tropes. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] Theme
112. Eddie the Sleepwalking Cannibal (2012, 90 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ Blending creative angsty and bloodletting with Canadian humor in a sleek production that is gorey and funny. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
113. The Madelines (2022, 80 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ Brea Grant and Perry Sheen anchor the film with sometimes questionable effects and production quality. It's creative and far out filled with murder comedy and science fiction visuals but seems to run out of steam by the end. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme

October 17 [Slasher/Killer Theme Night] (11 hours, 21 minutes watched)
114. Megalomaniac (2022, 118 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ Dark tracking shots down a dimly lit corridor abound in this artistic murder film - there are times it made me want to turn it off because of how grim it felt, even mean, - which I suppose it a good thing. It's a silent scream with softer moments in the middle. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
115. Candy Land (2021, 92 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ Odd truck stop antics don't quite work other than as a counter towards morality of other characters. The sex worker element seemed more shameless than thrilling. Dramatic irony is a strength of Candyland. None of the characters are especially relatable but never too far out, it's a nihilistic film despite the colorful pop of the advertising and knowing homages to grindhouse - darkly cartoonish. The killer has twists upon twists. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
116. Strangler Vs Strangler (1984, 96 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ The sly comedy of one killer trying to avoid detection, a singer publicly reveling in the killing, and a police inspector oblivious to it all. "In this city hundreds of women are wearing pants... who will be the next victim?" I enjoyed the goofy weird tone of Strangler Vs Strangler. It handled a dark plot with much lightheartedness even in the grimmer moments, the inept police officer was an amusing comedic relief and so far it's the only film I've seen this month with a carnation subplot. The silly introduction of a metropolis as needing a criminal element such as an epic killer seemed to pulse through the film like with the celebrity rock start glorifying the strangler status - in some ways this film almost seemed like it was more about a culture, context, or city than one person; a relic of the 80s. "If we catch that criminal we can get into the history of the world..." One killer looked distractingly like a dimestore Peter Lorre but nicely unassuming. Hold on to your ears. Better than Freddy Vs Jason. Format: Digital [Thanks to Meghan] 1st Theme Subset
117. Sleepless (2001, 117 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ I did not expect that killer reveal, not sure anyone could - its a stretch that is a cool visual but a bit nonsense. Max Von is an epic actor but seems miscast as a forgetful burnt detective; he seems un-naturally humble here. The nursery rhyme theme is a good idea but that is one far out rhyme, it's hard to easily keep track of all the animals. It’s strange how many parallels get drawn between horror and ballet.Format: Digital [Thanks to Meghan] 1st Theme Subset
118. Slashlorette Party (2020, 78 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Obviously going to be a cheap dumb movie but with that in mind I enjoyed it. It has a better than expected soundtrack that goes a long way. There aren't enough kills (but some are nicely bloody) and it ends up filled more with wedding comedy and one dimensional characters - a few funny moments that land. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
119. Camp Murder (2021, 77 minutes) ★✰✰✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ When it starts with 10 minutes of trailers I thought it was going to be some sort of over the top comedy with fake grindhouse trailers, only to realize these horrible advertisements were real movies. This is a movie that riffs so many tropes but fails to do too much to even make it stand out as much of a movie, it's a reference to other things. There is a moment where the killer mysteriously disappears - that is this movie, as you watch it mysteriously disappears. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
120. A Haunting in Venice (2023, 103 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ The Halloween/haunting tone is excellent ripe with atmosphere and some cool vintage seeming visuals. I've never been a big Poirot or Agatha Christie fan (too much pretentious mustache twirling and laborious wording) so this was the first of the newer Kenneth Branagh films, I was pleasantly surprised. My son kept joking about how a caged bird was clearly the killer because for the atmosphere they kept showing random rain, the bird, etc - which worked overall. Format: Theatrical 1st

October 18 [True Stories Theme Night] (9 hours, 20 minutes watched)
121. [The Curse of] Wolf Mountain (2022, 94 minutes) ★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ Tobin Bell and Danny Trejo phone it in as filler in a movie that is often boring or questionably acted concluding with an eyerolling twist but decent epilogue, squeezing the most out of it very routine premise. I read some positive reviews of Wolf Mountain and it makes me even more suspicious of fake reviews - it was serviceable but seems over hyped on Rotten Tomatoes. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
122. Dream Home (2010, 96 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰ The potential for social commentary in horror is something I wish more films capitalized on, here some of the economic commentary is great but maybe too strong. It took me a while to realize the time jumps but the melodrama is really hammy in places, maybe necessarily so because they give the 'villain' an unique ethos (by making economic forces look even more evil). This is a movie as much about empowerment and capacity than about some of the epic gorey kills but it's a shame some of the apt commentary is targeted at everyday smucks. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme Subset
123. The Sacrament (2013, 99 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ Ti West has made some great films but I've always avoided The Sacrament because it seemed a bit too shamelessly on the nose about Jonestown and I prefer escapism. It's good immersive 'documentary' style camerawork and effectively balances plausible utopianism with dark obvious twists that despite the clear end remains suspenseful. Ultimately it's a movie that effected me more than most and I don't think I'll revisit it much. It's a shame when an optimistic twist happens and it just seems really implausible for the context. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
124. Mercy Black (2019, 88 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ 'Another shameless true crime exploitation' is what I thought going in but instead I found something that takes the girls who stab their friend for Slender Man and evolves it 15 years later; from the writer of Blood Fest it's much more cryptic and subdued at times. There are some nice twists. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
125. The Demons of Ludlow (1983, 92 minutes) ★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ VHS grade content was nicely nostalgic with some amusing effects and a cool premise but too much a relic of it's time. I enjoyed it for what it was despite some iffy acting and cheap production typical of the time and quality but it reaches ambitiously about a mysterious piano in a coastal town. Format: Digital [Youtube - 42nd Street Films] 1st Theme
126. The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster (2023, 91 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ As a white guy I'm not one to judge the ethnic representation here but I enjoyed how it came together in the end. It smartly keeps the horror to the background and focuses a bit on urban angst or social issues. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme

October 19 [Supernatural Theme Night] (12 hours, 18 minutes watched)
127. Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021, 103 minutes) ★★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰ Weird film with odd humor - Nicholas Cage and Bill Mosley are legends but here they are so wooden and hammy it's curious but cuts immersion. There are some far out whimsical 'cool' visuals but overall it feels so random. I've read hype that this is the 'craziest movie' but I found it too intentionally strange and pandering with humor often more off putting that clever - plus I feel like I've seen crazier movies. Tag from same director Sion Sono was a better film. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
128. Don't Come Back Alive [Mete Miedo] (2021, 85 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ More spirited and well shot than I expected about a police raid gone wrong by way of cultists igniting themselves on fire. There are some well thought out vibrant visuals and only sometimes the cheap production quality is an issue. I liked the visuals more than I liked some of the twists it took but it took chances, did things differently, and overall worked. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
129. Mean Spirited (2022, 96 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ Starts out aping obnoxious Youtube personalities to a fault making the crew obnoxious and unrelatable until things get progressively darker. That Youtube framing feel too routine now than it might have been a few years but adds a bit of ego and humor (ethos). The twists are fun and in the end it lands well. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
130. The Jonestown Haunting (2020, 79 minutes) ★★✰✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ After watching a more literal Jonestown movie yesterday that was a real bummer I thought a corny supernatural thriller about it might help wash the grim away. Unfortunately this TJH is about as offense as one might expect with little horrors other than a supposed survivor casually pretending to need therapy and remembering poorly acted low emotion events from Jonestown in the most vanilla way - not a supernatural haunting but a oddly poetic attempt at remembering complete with panning shots of wildflowers for some reason. There is a metaphysical subplot that is a neat and a strange twist with the therapist but a bit too little too late. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
131. Seizure (2016, 86 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ There's something to be said about bad guys getting comeuppance but the human trafficking angle here is a bit too much of a downer. At first the idea of a curse seemed interesting and I like dark mature content but there is a lot of aimlessness here, from the opening scene with a stereotype witch lady bathing a woman there is a lot of driving in cars and acting macho that seems pointless (I suppose we need more flavor of the trafficking?). Imperiled women are a trope but the chained up to a bed variety (handled mostly tame here) seems the most far fetched. It fails to surpass it's indie qualities or shine in it's unusual angle because the pacing is too slow but there are a few great details that could have worked in a leaner film (the chanting might become my new ringtone). Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
132. History of the Occult (2022, 82 minutes) ★★★★★★★★✰✰ Black and white pollical drama newscast with supernatural elements nails the right tone intrigue and hysteria to weave a tale that feels large scale, near cosmic, beyond it's screen. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
133. Swamphead (2011, 75 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Ruined by off humor and poop jokes a cheap indie film that might have just the right mix of bizarre creature and oddball characters pushes the 'humor' too far. With some more editing and thought it could have been a highlight and the Swamphead creature is unforgettable, which in the end might be the thing that matters most - it's a wonder if bad and indie film making. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
134. Bone Tomahawk (2015, 132 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰ Gutsy mix of western atmosphere, revenge, and strange horror adjacent 'troglodytes' that is a delightful mix of genres. Format: Digital [Vudu HD]

October 20 [Joe Bob Briggs Theme Night] (9 hours, 52 minutes watched)
135. Possession (1981, 124 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰ One thing I love about Possession is that it focuses on people and the horrors seem more metaphorical or expand the human story. It feels relatable and universal, not just about a cool killer or a queasy premise, but about the awkwardness of laying in bed with the spouse wondering what the future holds. The emotional intensity of a turbulent relationship is a great hook then suddenly there's weirdness that still works. The café scene with Sam Neil throwing chairs is a great display of wanton destruction and norm breaking that helps Possession creep in. One of my favor scenes is when a bum reaches into her grocery bag and casually eats her banana. Ha, my 82 year old mother lives with us (wow, not unlike Heinrich) and was watching it early on then abruptly lost interest when it got especially weird. The over acting is silly if you think about it but I feel it sells the drama well; except the Heinrich guy is too over the top (maybe dated stereotypes). I love the effects - they look so fake but also in an eerie way and they are just living enough. People say CGI is cheaper than practical effects but these seem pretty economical and effective. The biggest flaw with Possession is that it has so much going on it's sometimes hard to get a read on. The shifting characters and personalities is a puzzle. Does he still wear pink socks?. Format: Blu-ray [Mondo Vision Special Edition] Theme Subset
136. Edge of Sanity (1989, 90 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ Jekyll & Hyde and Jack the Ripper through a lens of 80s excess. Anthony Perkins is a legend and handles repressed neurotic characters with subtlety and finesse but his Dr Hyde is unintentionally funny with pale makeup and combed forward hair. Fun for it's style but the awkward leering sexuality of some scenes feeling too over the top and not well balanced. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
137. Embrace of the Vampire (1995, 92 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ I've always heard this was slow with only some sleazy bits to make it memorable but I was pleasantly surprised. It's corny with lovelorn vampires, before Twilight made them popular, but the dated soundtrack and melodrama was a nice exercise in failed style. It doesn't make a lot of sense but was a curious relic of the 90s. As it went on the extended oddball vampire seduction bit felt more and more forced - in a fleeting moment it was nice but overlong for the content. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
138. My Boyfriend's Back (1993, 85 minutes) ★½✰✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ "This is the most pathetic sexual fantasy I've ever seen." Dull humor in an attempt to be family friend and upbeat, but often too hammy. It was strange seeing a young, now deceased, Phillip Seymour Hoffman. The ending felt like a cop out but in line with the rest. I wanted to like the light heartedness but so often the humor didn't work. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
139. Swallowed (2022, 96 minutes) ★★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰ I expected a far out heist action film that dovetailed into surreal body horror; that is not what this was. The shadow of Mark Patton looms over the film, famous for his legendary turn as male hero in the homoerotic Nightmare on Elm St 2 (a favorite of mine). There is a moment of perfection in dread just past the halfway point but before and after that stretches. There are some fantasy aspect that don't gel because the nature of the drugs being smuggled feels more random than magical. As a straight male one would need to be prepared for how homoerotic Swallowed is. The parallels with the premise, title, erotic, and ending are clever and while I may not be the audience for the film it didn't land with me.Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
140. The Stylist (2020, 105 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ Gruesome and existential. The visual is clever mixing fright and identity. Smartly holds off the horror to stare into an abyss of need and uncertainty that is The Stylist. At a point you can see the train wreck coming but savoring the slow march to tragedy is wonderful. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st

October 21 [Vidmark or Video Stores Theme Night] (13 hours, 23 minutes watched)
141. The McPherson Tape [UFO Abduction] (1989, 66 minutes) ★★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰ Early VHS found footage tape is more authentically old so has a nice nostalgia. Some of the questionable acting gives away that its fake early on. The effects are lacking but in a spirit of fun, a winking acknowledgement that the video is a laugh. The continuous taping has boring mundane moments but lends a sense of immediacy and context. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
142. Warlock (1989, 103 minutes) ★★★★★✰✰✰✰✰ The disappearance of Julian Sands earlier this year, especially the grisly nature of it, seems apt to make Warlock a more intense watch. I had only recently watched Warlock for the first time and given it's prominence in VHS rental stores I was a bit disappointed (I expected some legendary gem). Warlock is one corny film but breezy enough that it need not be taken too seriously, I think rewatching it with the right expectations helped - that its more of a fantasy buddy comedy. The mix of metaphysical and Christianity is odd (is Zamiel the same as Satan, does it matter?); it sometimes puzzles me when films shoehorn in Christianity. At times I respected the attempts at theatrical presence from the actors given the hammy content (when Julian Sands holds up the most obviously wake eyeballs.. or the 'witch compass'...). Kassandra, with a K is a likeable heroine and has great chemistry with Richard Grant. Warlock finds inventive ways of inflecting evil beyond bloodletting which is refreshing. The flying potion bit is great how they sequence Warlock talking to a kid then to reveal it was a flashback. Nail the ground? Now they're just making stuff up. An end of film standoff is epic and by that time I was having a blast.Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
143. Venus (2022, 100 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰ Director Jaume Balaguero (Rec, Sleep Tigth, etc) delivers again with a far out mix of heist and supernatural colliding not unlike the eclipse on the poster into a tense strange conclusion best to go in blind on. I'm not sure Ill think about staple guns the same way again. "You sure messed up, all you have to do was dance..." - "I am dancing." Format: Digital [Vudu UHD] 1st
144. Unicorn Wars (2022, 92 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ The creative teddy bear astheric wears thin eventually and overstays its welcome. There are moments of brilliants that get distracted in elaborate backstory. I was expecting something really far out to happen but for the most part it was subdued and psychological with a bit of political and religious commentary. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
145. Good Boy (2022, 76 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ Unusual story that is well paced with a seering intensity. I expected it to get lost to a gimmick but it holds up because of the strange unexpectedness. Best to go in blind and trust that whatever happens its well acted and worth staying the duration. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
146. Murder, Anyone? (2022, 81 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ Amusingly silly meta exercise unpredictable and more fun that it should be. Breezy and sentimental for the amount of murder. I enjoyed the aimlessness of it especially since it doesn't overstay and keeps things funny. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
147. The Prey: Legend of Karnoctus (2022, 93 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ Busy film with heist, creature, and war stuff blended. Its a wordy film filled with banter and geek speak peppered in (referencing pop culture, etc). One guy looks/sounds distractingly like Bill Duke - which isnt the first or last Predator homage (that might be a good thing but it's sometimes on the nose). I didn't really tune in for a lecture of 'chroney capitalism' (not that it's very heavy handed, played for humor) or talk of Yoda fighting whoever... its amusing but light weight. The creature is b-movie fluff but cartoonish enough to be fun and made with zest and spirit to spare but they stretch things in a way that works. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
148. A Wounded Fawn (2022, 91 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ Abstract and weird with haunting artistic visuals, presents a concept that feels original. Its shot witb a gritty vintage style thats not too distracting and work great for the content. Often more intellectually curious that chilling but a few effective jump scares. Eccentric but I loved it. Thief! Murderer! Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
149. The Others (2001, 101 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ I've seen this a few times, first theatrically, but even knowing the twist it holds up well because the family element is so far out. I still don't quiet get the father character, he is gone and there and gone but maybe that is thematic. The servants acting, atmosphere, and weight of a good soundtrack carry the show. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st

October 22 [Glourious/Weird Poster Art Theme Night] (11 hours, 38 minutes watched)
150. Invaders From Mars (1986, 100 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ Let's talk a walk up at the hill. David and his school nurse fend off the most obvious alien invasion ever. The special effects steal the show, often the right mix of lifeless cheese and magic. We need more military themed horror films. It meanders a bit in the middle through the routine of the least convincing military collaboration but ends on such a high. They dont make films like this anymore, I can only imagine how horrible it would be CGI. Great stuff. I think I liked the original better, effects aside. Dan Obannon (remake writer) is usually on fire but this script is a bit happenstance. The more I think about it the more I feel IfM should get points for being family friendly and genuinely wholesome while also being chock full of legit movie magic and surreal visuals. Too many times, especially now, this stuff gets too dumbed down or played for comedy.Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
151. Invaders From Mars (1953, 78 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ The espionage and pseudoscience of the original IfM seems top tier, nevermind the scene chewing theatrical actors of the 50s. The effects are more corny but the presence of the actors and the gravitas goes a long way. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] Theme
152. Hawk & Rev: Vampire Slayers (2020, 85 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ Mumbling loser comedy with vampires, often hammy but spirited - a sort of quiet joke that goes on long focusing on the crew just likeable enough to pull it off. It's more buddy comedy within the horror. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
153. Forest of Death (2023, 75 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ A good hook goes a long way past sometimes questionable acting for something more memorable as a whole than its parts. Top tier indie film making where the premise is chilling (but not especially novel) presented with enough mystery and irony it's amazing. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
154. They Wait in the Dark (2022, 85 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ Melancholy setup with a thoughtful quiet for much of it's run time then some gutsy piledriver tier twists. Artfully staged and engaging but requires some patience and belief in the far out evils of man. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
155. Pernicious (2014, 95 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ There is a great movie under the wooden acting, standard music, and a very pedestrian execution of a cool idea. The trailer looked chilling and novel. In the film it takes some patience through airhead travel channel before a crazy gorey twist early on. Its a gutsy film willing to be different. The poor acting, straightforward direction, and public domain sounding music is sometimes too distracting and really keeps it from being great but if it has a bit more production value things could have been epic. The thoughts of the movie I'm left with are a lot more crazy than what shows up on the screen but the ambition of the plot is amazing. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
156. The Wind (2018, 88 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ Western atmosphere in spades with a shifting timeline that focuses on grief and adjustment. It's never quite clear exactly what is going on given the constant but subtle deception of a possible demon awash in enough mind tricks to be about more than anything that shows on the screen. It's a clever setup intermingling shapeshifting, psychology, and atmosphere to supreme effect. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
157. The Breach (2022, 92 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ Adapted from an Audible audiobook and it shows in some of the setup but Breach is one delightfully weird film. This might be the most far out movie I've seen this month and the less known in advance the better. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme

October 23 [Zombie Theme Night] (10 hours, 25 minutes watched)
158. Unhuman (2022, 91 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Gimmick heavy film that ultimately disappoints. The world today needs more zombie movies and director Marcus Dunstan (The Collector) has proven himself before. High schoolers vs zombies in a routine zombie update. Zombie movies don't have to 'reinvent the wheel' but the zombies show up too sparingly; and are more memorable for being eccentrically dressed. The abandoned complex feels jarringly sparse/cheap - like a thinly veiled sound stage. There is a unique twist that's memorable and maybe justifies how routine the preceding stuff feels intellectually but it needed just a bit more visceral punch. Format: Digital [Vudu UHD] 1st Theme
159. Dead Zone (2022, 83 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ "The air in here is like drinking napalm." Competent indie zombie action horror with a tactical macho feel. Watch as Call of Duty clones leer down the barrel of an impossibly long gun down a red lit hallway looking for zombies that often aren't there - it is serviceable and even cool but doesn't reach heights of gonzo action a film like this might require. Filming this must have required an impressive amount of abandoned office building location scouting. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
160. Colin (2008, 97 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ Zombie character drama is clever. Sometimes cheap but inventive perspective to follow a single zombie and has more heart for it. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
161. Shock Waves (1977, 85 minutes) ★★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰ A heart warming yarn for those among us who've wondered - do zombies breath underwater? I admire how painfully straight they made Shock Waves; its premise is far out cheese so its odd they would proceed to take it so seriously and low key. They had a great idea but didnt know how to pull it off. Im a sucker for aquatic based horror movies (the ocean depths are home to real horrors worse than nazi zombies) so appreciated that atmosphere. The nazi ghouls just stroll around so nonchalantly they're more funny than scary; nevermind the odd random Peter Crushing walking. Peter Crushing's facial scar is distracting - it's a shame they didn't squeeze out more of Crushing's intense theatrical presence, he is more a phantom here than the water zombies. I think Shock Waves punches above its weight and holds up better than one would think, it has a sort of dreamy eurohorror jazz to it, but after about an hour it drags a bit. Usually there is a scene to 'establish' a villain; some gruesome hook to warn about the worse case scenario; but here the nazi zombies never come to form giving them an ethereal quality (plus they are rarely in frame with anything but each other). Its almost like two different movies - a motely crew of used car salesmen surviving an island and the zombies. That swimming pool segment is very strangely out of place, ha. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
162. Veneciafrenia (2021, 100 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ Venice based tourism commentary has an epic street clown and grand backstory. The street clown elevates the murders and somehow the twists keep coming. Álex de la Iglesia is a mastermind who has done some epic stuff (Day of the Beast, Last Circus, etc) and V does not disappoint even if it at times feels more routine than I expected. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
163. Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham (2023, 86 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ Victorian batman is a series of DC Comics cameos or references more than a full fledged standalone story. A parade of 'look how they made [xyz character] different' much more than horror or Lovecraft but it has some moments most at the beginning and end. The cartoon format has some cool visuals at times even if a lot of it feels too in service to toying with or promoting DC Comics, sometimes with a lot of restraint and sometimes disposing of characters too soon for the fanfare. Format: Digital [Vudu UHD] 1st
164. Mad God (2021, 83 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ A nonsensical puzzle of crazy effects work across a dark landscape of horror. It's charmingly constructed and magical watching whatever floats down the diving bell and feels cryptic enough to leave me wondering whatever I just saw. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st

October 24 [Global/International Theme Night] (12 hours, 24 minutes watched)
165. Project Wolf Hunting (2022, 122 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ Gruesome blood letting fills a horror super hero film with convicts and cops trapped on a barge for reasons the film takes efforts to explain. The effects steal the show and it has nice action segments, bravado to spare. It doesn't always make sense - like when a guy is being operated on in a grave then picks up a skull and bashes someone to death with it but what a spectacle. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
166. Livid (2011, 92 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ I appreciated the artful buildup to the more gorey bits; the haunted house style lingering sense of foreboding. From the go with the two colored eyes there is teasing foreshadowing; as if the film tells us what is about to happen then it happens but is so fantastic. It seems like the sort of thing that might reward a second watch. The visuals are sometimes too over the top but it keeps you guessing about whatever might happen next. Thankfully once it finally gets to a more lurid segment the cat and house it doesn't belabor an extended chase segment and goes to something unique plus its peppered with context and flashbacks (which work well here and since its so weird don't feel like over explanation). I loved the 'old hag' visuals; which were a twist on the youthful doll and really fogged up what was happening. I wonder what they were really suggesting, maybe as a commentary on parenthood or even education. This is one unique premise and I love how envelope pushing it is thematically. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
167. Frostbitten (2006, 98 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰ Swedish vampire film that has fun pacing complete with teen parties, nazi flashbacks, and workplace comedy. It reminds me a lot of the energy with 80s horror comedies in featuring nice horror elements, gore, and craziness balanced with relatable everyday. The ending feels abrupt but I didn't feel let down. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
168. Hayride From Hell (2022, 91 minutes) ★★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰ "We're having a special on pirate corn - a buck an ear." A strangely straight forward Halloween hayride with murder and corny one liners from Bill Mosley. Bill Moseley banter elevates any film he is in and Kane Hodder is tossed in as a sheriff. It's a morbid breezy comedy with predictable turns and kills with more comedy laced gore. It captures the lame hayride antics of seasonal vendors well but rarely ever feels more than 'cutesy.' It's a shame how mercenary some Format: Theatrical 1st
169. Signal 100 (2019, 88 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ A suicide signal film that feels familiar at times but delivers a premise of secret messages that trigger the signal/suicide so once another student learns the signals they can manipulate others. The beer spraying scene has to be seen to believed. Despite the familiar elements I enjoyed the way it rolled out. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
170. Calvaire [The Ordeal] (2022, 92 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ Competently acted and well staged with a forlorn village and atmosphere. An odd sort of buddy comedy and social comedy of manners tilted sideways to an extreme; maybe too much of an extreme in an unfavorable torture porn manner. Format: Digital [Vudu HD, 'Remastered'] 1st Theme
171. Nightmare Before Christmas [3D] (1993, 76 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ I've come to appreciate the detailed figures and animation with NbC but haven't always been a fan of it's intentionally odd premise - the laborious stretch of staring into Jack skeleton just not understanding Christmas. The visual gags ultimately steal the show and it was a lot of fun watching it in 3D. Format: Theatrical [3D]
172. Virtual Reality (2021, 85 minutes) ★★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰ A small film crew meet at a house to screen their horror film finding it has footage they didn't shoot that impacts how they are in reality; it's a great idea but poorly executed. The ending has a twist that is cool but too little too late. The obvious commentary on the nature of film and identity feel too superficial. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme

October 25 [Warner Brothers Theme Night] (12 hours, 53 minutes watched)
173. House on Haunted Hill (1999, 93 minutes) ★½✰ I remember seeing this theatrically and going out to buy the soundtrack (but now I can see it's more generic). The house element especially at the end is really great but there are so many red herrings and disconnected murder set pieces getting there. Ultimately I didn't care as much about most of the twists until the cool house bit at the end. Geoffrey Rush is top notch in everything and helps HoHH go further than it should. Jeffrey Combs feels underutilized as a doctor (he has a great presence, more subdued here). Format: Digital [Vudu HD] Theme
174. Return to House on Haunted Hill [Unrated] (2007, 79 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ This was released on disc with a 'chose your own adventure' setup that seemed curious, apparently with up to 96 variations on the film; I might have liked to toy with that. Competing art collectors at 'The House' give justification for more of the same antics and it nails a lot of the same tone as the remake. The art collector subplot brings with it a twist that seemed clever. Overall it help the tone and eerieness enough to keep me satisfied even if I could see some of the holes and typical sequel setbacks. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
175. Satan Place: A Soap Opera From Hell (1988, 67 minutes) ★★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰ Seems like a curious film that doesn't require much investment and I needed for the checklist [shot on video, blood turns to water]. It had charmingly dated shot on video trappings and was cheap enough to enjoy. I enjoyed the first segment about a demonic wife and the too much tv segment; it has some fun twists. Disappointing lack of soap opera but catchy title. Format: Digital [Youtube - NonsenseCinema] 1st
176. Soul Mates (2023, 95 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ Cleverly toys with romance tropes and horror scenarios to blend them into something that for the most part feels effective routine - except it becomes great when it doesn't let up and cuts to an aftermath that elevates the whole thing. It's unbelievable and cutesy but I enjoyed it. Format: Theatrical 1st
177. Night of the Animated Dead (2021, 71 minutes) ½✰✰✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ Earlier I tried to start Night of the Living Dead Reanimated, a remake of NotLD with different animation styles, but turned in off because I wasn't feeling it. I should have done the same here. Reanimated felt like an earnest indie attempt to homage a classic; this 'Animated Dead' stuff is a straight remake of NotLD with inferior voice acting (cue generic audiobook quality) and graphics that feel straight out of a javascript web game. It's really not clear who the audience for this is and a shame that anyone would be exposed to this as an introduction to the social commentary (largely dulled here, by time) and weirdness of Romero's films. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
178. Murderlust (1985, 90 minutes) ★★★★★✰✰✰✰✰ Lurid murder character driven horror with a restrained sunday school teacher who has a dark side, I've seen better films of this type but I enjoyed ML for what it was. I had to look up the BTK Killer because of parallels to this movie (a killer hiding as a respected church member) and was surprised to see BTK was caught six years after this film, which is eerie but maybe that trope has a different origin than BTK. One thing I liked about ML is that it was rarely hammy and often had a seriousness that gave it a good intensity. Format: Digital [Youtube - NonsenseCinema] 1st
179. Alien Space Avenger (1989, 80 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Weird mix of genres with time traveling aliens paralleled in the work of a comic artist that includes surprisingly mature sex comedy for the hammmy sci fi humor of the rest of the film. Some of the effects works was brilliant but too fleeting. The acting left a lot to be desired - I almost stopped it during an initial prohibition era introduction because it seemed to offer too little scifi, horror, or even comedy hit but overall glad I stuck with it - disposable fun. Format: Digital [Youtube - NonsenseCinema] 1st
180. Speak No Evil (2022, 97 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ A slow 'comedy of manners' well acted and increasingly odd, subtle off putting behavior and etiquette clashes it's subtle but crescendos into a weird intense conclusion for those patient enough to stick with it. There is some talk about them scrapping an original ending due to logistics and the director commenting that it would have given it an Netflix style that explained everything, I love that it did not. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
181. Perpetrator (2023, 101 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ "There's a dangerous girl out there somewhere?!?" Boldly feminist with a cool visual style. It's an odd podge of comedy, commentary, and horror with the horror elements being the weakest of the bunch. Being a male I could appreciate the intellectual parts of it but it might hit harder for a likely female target audience. The setup is very unique and there was not telling where it would go, I hope we see more of the sort of style and substance here. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st

October 26 [Rest in Peace - Recently Deceased Theme Night] (13 hours, 12 minutes watched)
182. Happy Hell Night (1991, 84 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ The Calling! It's a great premise for a slasher movie with a killer that deserves a better film. Often meandering with a lot of disposable college students who spend too much time talking and too little time being disposed. Format: Blu-ray [Code Red] 1st Theme
183. Cut & Run [Uncut] (1984, 91 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Prime Michael Berryman; even if he seemed out of place among the cannibals. The opening scene was epic, I enjoyed the jumping out of the water stuff and the ending with the swirling helicopter was pretty kinetic - It felt like they had a higher budget. The 'life is cheap' stuff was so unfun and grim it made me feel a little down - still for a Ruggero Deodato film it was not as dark as some others. Overall I'm not a big Deodato [RIP] fan but he does have a way of trying to make things feel literal and in your face. I enjoyed the jungle setting and the action elements, even docudrama journalism aspect. I appreciated it's attempt to parallel the horror of the jungle or the drug cult with the real world of urban crime and universal human nature even if it often felt like a stretch. Format: Digital [Thanks to Meghan] 1st Theme Subset
184. Empire of Ants (1977, 89 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ Dreamland Shores: Toxic ants versus yuppies in a clash for the real estate scam island. The scientific voiceover narration makes ants look so epically terrofying I'll be staring at the ground for a bit. A few good piano notes go a long way, Jaws style. It takes some time to get going but when the Ants show up they are glorious. Format: Digital [Thanks to Meghan] Theme Subset
185. Killer Crocodile (1989, 90 minutes) ★★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰ "Crocodile's are really sensitive. They go really made when you insult them, really crazy." The crocodile is sight to behold, an epic monster with a jam of obvious rubber and huge teeth often deployed in a efficient frenzy; forgot a lot of the stranded in the swamp ecological plot that is boring - bring on the robot 'dile. Maybe I've seen enough swamp movies lately but this one felt less atmospheric. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
186. Bloodstream (1985, 76 minutes) ★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ After the 'art' of Killer Crocodile and Empire of the Ants I was in the mood for trash - which was a mistake. BS (ha) is about a horror director who is deceived by a producer then amidst random seeming clips from cheap horror movies seeks a revenge. It's an idea that seems meta and clever but here the execution feels dated in an unfavorable way and the simple plot stretched - there is a cool gorey introduction clip then it dulls to a conniving secretary (which isn't very scary). Format: Digital [Youtube - NonsenseCinema] 1st
187. The Horrible Sexy Vampire (1971, 88 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ "Don't forget this time to make sure you lock your door." Platinum blonde couple with distracting hair land in a maybe vampire yarn that is more horrible than sexy. There are some amusingly odd 'invisible killer' assaults with the victim thrashing around a room seemingly alone. An inherited house carries with it more than riches and hits a lot of vampire and eurohorror tropes complete with crypts, capes, and staircases but is long winded and while not without merit of it's own reminds of so many other classic and better traditional horror films. However I could not look away until it was over. Format: Digital [Youtube - NonsenseCinema] 1st
188. Arabella, L'angelo Nero (1988, 89 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Pulpy sleaze with fashionable sexuality and murder, it's the stuff of late night cable greatness with a disposable small cast clothing optional murder mystery. The beginning is a S&M hued sex scape followed by justification after justification for slow leering encounters plus some people die in often grisly memorable ways. Scissors are a cool murder weapon image but hardly original. I think the lingering sexuality adds a lot to the psychology of obsession and murder justification, but Arabella might be too shameless. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
189. Dead End (2003, 85 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ My wife often suggests we watch this - is got a great twist and a cool aimless comedy plot that we especially liked the first time. Ray Wise and Lin Shaye are always a pleasure to watch. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
190. The Grandmother [La Abuela](2021, 100 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ Well shot with creepy vibe. Its willfully predictable basking in foreshadowing. The premise is unique, a slow subtle battle of wits that could be comedic if not played with such gravity. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st

October 27 [Based of Kids' Book, Killer Inanimate Objects / Eat the Rich / Vanity Mashup Theme Night] (13 hours, 41 minutes watched)
191. Killer Sofa (2019, 81 minutes) ★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ The trailer and killer sofa effect made me want to believe in this film. It walked up to the doorway making a spot on killer sofa creature that is equally eerie and funny - then they made a questionable film about star crossed lovers of the past haunting into our day. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
192. The Astrologer (1975, 79 minutes) ★½✰✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ Craig Denney vanity project chock full of slow and metaphysical fluff - the zodiac potential of The Astrologer is low. The second coming is a cool subplot that dangles without much development and the astrology stuff didn't do much beyond chatter.Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
193. Suitable Flesh (2023, 100 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ Body swapping horror is far fetched but effective. Heather Graham and especially Barbara Crampton steal the show. There are times the premise seems cheap (body swapping being an easy mechanic) or low budget but overall it works even if it underwelms on the scale of Lovecraft style cosmic horror. I usually dislike 'mental health' themed films, my least favorite trope because of the real world need for psychiatric wellness, but SF does the best I've seen at justifying the concept. The corpse scene is a great. Format: Digital [Vudu UHD] 1st Theme
194. Targets (1968, 90 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰ "I'm retiring." Brilliant casting of the legendary Boris Karloff in a meta thriller. Two subplots weave together so effectively the real world of disillusioned gun violence and the staging of fictional horror tropes. Some of the gun violence elements feel troubling given the 'school shooting' times we live in. Karloff steals the show and the killer movie screen bit is a genius merging of fiction and nonfiction. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
195. Deathmoon (1978, 90 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ Great advertising lured me in to find a psychanalytic hint about dreams in the mind of an overworked business man on vacation lost in a hotel theft and romance subplots... eventually I understood it was a made for tv movie and that helped me understand and appreciate it's pedestrian pacing and effects, which get more enjoyable as it moves along. The Hawaiian theme is a good one and delightfully clashes with the werewolf gore and not bad effects. Format: Digital [Youtube - Nonsense Cinema] 1st
196. Bones and All (2022, 132 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰ Director Luca Guadagnino has made some great serious arthouse films. The lingering Americana of Bones and All is rustic and serene. It has a devil may care, live off the land aimlessness. The compulsive cannibalism plot is a gnarly one and parallels relatable elements of being an unaccepted outsider to society. The movie pieces don't always feel natural so come together in a manufactured way that hits a tone so well it's easy to forgive the forced plot. Format: Digital [Vudu UHD] 1st
197. The Beast (2019, 78 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Decent twisty mystery for an indie film, small budget makes some of the talking heads more understandable but there is a lot of staring at people. Some of the turns are better than others but what an ambitious attempt from the early prologue murders (mysteriously eerie) to flames of the final scene; an ending better than anything before it. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
198. Revealer (2022, 86 minutes) ★★★★★★✰✰✰✰ Neon drenched 80s feel with synch soundtrack is a fun gem often feeling cheap in a fun knowing way that works. Its a smart film that doesn't get too heavy handed in the social commentary of it's premise for giddy horror fun. Some of the character elements feel one dimensional with twists that seem more far fetched for the characters than the horrors but it had heart to spare. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
199. Slapface (2021, 85 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ Leaf strewn fallscapes and abandoned building demon film makes some gutsy moves. The characters feel alive with trauma and longing. The generic look of the monster betrays how comedically endearing and dramatic it can be. "There's something I got to know - are you good or evil?" Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st

October 28 [Werewolf Theme Night] (11 hours, 00 minutes watched)
200. Bad Girl Boogey (2022, 80 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ Atmospheric and inclusive with a cool parasitic theater mask hook and a breezy small cast hangout vibe. There's a nightclub scene where the lights and sound and glitz are a good metaphor for the film itself, vibrant and just weird enough. Join Dario and Fulci on a winking homage with nice subtext. "It doesn't make you kill, it let's you kill."Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
201. The Hidden (1987, 97 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰ The real parasite is the lust and envy of capitalism. Its a good film and Im surprised I havent seen it before. Any movie that starts with the gunfire of a bank robbery is alright by me. A great slant on buddy comedy tropes and a brilliant conclusion. The Hidden walks through 80s excess challenging us to be thrilled by glut associated with the parasitic. Despite being a fun crazy horror movie it's themes seem a little heavy handed. What a random Danny Trejo cameo.Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme Subset
202. All Jacked Up and Full of Worms (2022, 72 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ Disturbing and weird, maybe too intentionally so. The director says it
s about "yearning for normalcy and a 'regular life,' but also feeling totally broken and too f-ed up to deserve that sort of thing" reflecting a theme that makes the grit of it seem more redeeming. At times it's gross and trying but the far out ending redeems it a lot, a sort of outcast horror comedy. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
203. Crying Wolf (2015, 91 minutes) ★★✰✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ This looked like a fun movie to make so I wish I could have enjoyed it more. The computer generated effects are distractingly bad. I wasn't expecting so much corny comedy which also kept me from enjoying all the kinetic energy and twists; this is one high population wolf film - probably the sort of fluff you might go into not expecting to have to invest much or be impacted by. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] Theme 1st
204. Ginger Snaps (2000, 108 minutes) ★★★★★★★★½✰ Ginger Snaps toys with comedy and social reference but mostly is willing to get so dark that it defies viewer expectations and carries a dramatic weight uncommon for body count horror films. There are some eyerolling elements like the conveniently located monkshood but GS is a mature in your face wonder. I've heard GS is a metaphor for girls developing but as the parent of a 15 year old daughter I felt that was pandering and the least relatable aspect of GS, an inclusive subplot but the meat of it is in the relationship between sisters Katherine Isabelle and Emily Perkins. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] Theme
205. I See You (2019, 98 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ Stellar narrative structure carries an otherwise routine thriller - its an excellent framework and experiment in viewpoint that makes a lot of moving pieces feel natural and relatable. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
206. Scream [5] (2022, 114 minutes) ★★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰ They somehow found a way to keep it going with the same crew but making for the least convincing killer or killers yet. The 'next generation' gimmick isn't bad and some of the murders are nicely graphic (the way the killer or killers end is one of the more gruesome). It gets some points for some gutsy character deaths. Format: Digital [Vudu UHD] 1st

October 29 [Parasite Theme Night] (13 hours, 28 minutes watched)
207. Scream VI (2023, 122 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ Scream in the big city with an overdose of weird 'nostalgic' props; its appropriate for the franchise to spend so much of its run time in a cob webbed basement filled with relics rather than living in the cityscape. It's dogged dedication to mythos is both admirable and eye rolling. Scream 6 does some things well - the shotgun scene is a nice twist, the near psychadelic subway scene, etc etc. Format: Digital [Vudu UHD]
208. Who Invited Them (2022, 81 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ A sly home based horror that gets increasingly more off, it never really tips it's hand and keeps the viewer guessing what is happened or might come next - baiting the bear. There's a nice complexity to the reveal that makes something specific seem relatable and I enjoyed WIT squeezing the paranoid most out of it.Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
209. Growth (2010, 90 minutes) ★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ CGI worms on an island we are told at least a dozen times is totally surrounded by cgi worm killing salt water. Its a cool premise with that overstays a bit and needed more punch with effects work. It gets lot in plot for film that might not need as much structure rather than gnarly worms and surreal imagery - I dont think we care too much about the backstory. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
210. Parasite (1982, 85 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Intoxicatingly weird postapocalyptic vibe with wooden acting and nonsense plot is a curious relic of trash cinema. Lemon grove maiden Demi Moore makes an appearance. The 3D staging with distorted background and some into screen images are fun as are some of the oozey practical effects. Format: Digital [Youtube - Dick Laurent] 1st Theme
211. Mandrake (2022, 85 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ Mandrake exists in a universe where the world is a dark and unfair place. There is little pretense or mystery but magic and a sort of dark adventure. Its a film about holding the justified lynch mob at bay rather than solving the crime. It stares grief in the face with a simmering anger - substitution for loss. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
212. Red Snow (2021, 80 minutes) ★★★★★✰✰✰✰✰ Amateurish and poorly acted but Dennice Cisneros (whoever that is) does well as a hapless home owner trying to deal with a vampire intrusion in her home. The Christmas seasonals are festival but aside from that RS doesn't try too hard to be atmospheric or scary, its imperfect and unpretentious if you can be open to it's indie film setbacks. "Merry Christmas you undead b-" Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
213. The Invitation (2015, 100 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰ Brilliant film that softly explores grief amid a socially awkward dinner 'party.' Its filled with surprising depth and gut punches for a premise that could easily be dismissed as shallow. One of the most memorable endings in recent memory with a high drenched in ethos. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
214. The Djinn (2021, 81 minutes) ★★★★★✰✰✰✰✰ A mute boy explores the dark caverns of his new apartment in the night light hue of dark. Effective sound and fleeting visuals make the most out of the economical setup. Magical realism with some cool camera panning and angles but there are times it feels too artificially void of life. The visuals carry the film beyond it's disappointing plot that peters out at the end. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
215. Black Friday (2021, 84 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ Retail humor is a bit strong at times leading to slow going workplace antics that miss more than they hit but what a wild end and some strong practical effects. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st

October 30 [Witches & Demons Theme Night] (11 hours, 17 minutes watched)
216. York Witches Society (2022, 88 minutes) ★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ Mixing mysticism with empowerment in a film that seems good natured but routine. Its straight forward without a lot of theatrical irony or tension, less a horror film than a feel good social drama for much of its first half. - which oddly clashes with some of the cheap gore later. There's an out of time quality to it but partly because it's so generic. It's very happenstance and dull. Format: Digital [Vudu UHD] 1st Theme
217. Damien (2021, 88 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ Celtic mysticism creeps up in a slow burn first half and ultimately works well given caliber of actors available; it's got a cool twist and the dimly lit farmscape is atmospheric nevermind the conspiracy cult implications at play that enliven the premise. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme Theme
218. Forbidden Zone [Director's Cut] (1980, 80 minutes) ★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ "Been doomed to fly high like a crane with no legs..." Zany Oingo Bongo band antics with corny comedy, cartoonish visuals, and demons - some of the cheap effects are camp that is at times distracting. It's not suppose to make sense straddling between amusingly cartoonish and too intentionally weird. Dante's Inferno style hellscapes are curiosities. Some of the character tropes are dated and seem taboo by today's standards (Richard Elfman apologized for black face and in this director's cut changed it to clownface, too bad he couldn't have erased the homophobia and other slurs). Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
219. The Red Book Ritual (2022, 84 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ The gargling naked woman bites into the fur of a rabbit - it's a cryptic image and the weirdness of RBR is more intense than I expected. The rabbit looks fake but the surrounding farmhouse has a rustic innocent this scene challenges, it's a prologue eventually fading into modern day framing device for an anthology film better than I expected. What a surprise for a random seeming film to be so varied and efficient. Apparently these are shorts edited into a film, but it's handled smoothly enough there doesn't seem to be a wide range in quality and the framing feels more natural than in other short film based anthologies I've found. Eventually it wears thin and could have used less intensity (maybe a moment of laugh within the one upmanship of horror shorts). Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
220. Fresh Hell (2021, 79 minutes) ★★★★★★★✰✰✰ On IMDB it's claimed the film was 'review bombed by right wing snowflakes;' thankfully I did not avoid it - it's understandable that challenging or indie content would be lower rated and Fresh Hell seems essentially of it's time but not especially political. It's an oddity difficult to pinpoint, at first it seems like an efficient Zoom web camera thriller then there it got a bit too extreme and left me rattled unaware of when the next over the top would come only for the tone to shift again and again (there are three acts). I'm still not sure what it all means but that's a great thing. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
221. The Minion (1998, 96 minutes) ★★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰ Dolph Lundgren as a Knight Templar versus... people who are suppose to be servants of Satan because the movie says so and has a lot of talking a cliche 90s vibe (sprawling b roll footage, slow generic soundtrack, native american mysticism); Dolph fights briefly with then he spends so much time chatting it up with an archeologist. Dolph sounds poorly dubbed, but I don't think it's dubbing. The Minion of the devil tracking a key is a decent justification for carnage but this movie needed to deliver more on effects, evil imagery, or black humor - it was way too straight forward. Format: Digital [Vudu SD] 1st Theme
222. Vampyres (2015, 82 minutes) ★★✰✰✰✰✰✰✰✰ A curious remake - the original film is barely a plot and excels at moody eurohorror tropes of fog hewn landscapes and female vampires. Here the acting is all wrong, it's largely too restrained, and even Caroline Munro seems bored (who I am surprised has this sort of cult following). There are some moments of bloodbathing that seem like it has potential but it takes a surprisingly amount of patience. Not sure why the remake, not that the original was high art. It's very slow, then very mean, then very slow... Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
223. Diablo Rojo PYT (2019, 80 minutes) ★★★★★★½✰✰✰ Jungle witches and a party bus jive with some great practical effects - the effects carry the film and despite a surprising number of bus based horror movie DR is unlike much of what I've seen recently due to the visuals. There is a lost child subplot that helps with the framing but seems disposable. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme

October 31 [Halloween Theme Night] (14 hours- watched)
224. The Hazing (2004, 87 minutes) ★★★★★✰✰✰✰✰ Riffing off House on Haunted Hill it's a fun update with zany college antics and Rolfe Kanefsky's unique mix of hammy sleaze and juvenile humor. It's often more humorous than scary including some played for comedy gore splatter and the most epic cunnilingus scene to grace the silver screen. It's not a rip off, its a homage. Tiffany Shepis and Perry Sheen look downright young. "Let's kick some demon ass." Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
225. The Good Things Devils Do (2020, 80 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ Good spirited with a fun loving vibe that makes up for a lot of the amateur acting and production. With some trimming it could have been a great suburban house standoff between gnarly mimic blood vampire and thieves. Kane Hodder tries but is wasted in a disposable head scratching role and the daughter also feels shoehorned in. Some of the humor needed more subtlety and less overacting. It's like an over the top haunted house where you can see the flaws but have fun anyway.Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
226. Antlers (2021, 99 minutes) ★★★★★★★½✰✰ Watched this with my 80 year old mother who said "it leaves you feeling kind of empty." Its a somber and thoughtful film as much about generational trauma than supernatural but doesn't skim on the gnarly visuals. I appreciated the levels of plot and how effectively it took something perhaps real world and make an effective metaphor. Format: Digital [Vudu UHD] 1st
227. Monster House (2006, 91 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ I love the neighborhood feel of Monster House. Its a shame they belabor the origin with an especially odd and distasteful backstory. Still it's a more fun than average family friendly movie that doesn't get too dumb or juvenile, its just the right amount of dark and with a great literally evil house. The plot has some nice twists too given the otherwise safe nature of commercial animation films. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] Theme
228. Five Nights at Freddy's (2023, 110 minutes) ★★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰ My 11 and 15 year olds both rated it 6 out of 10 stating they disliked liberties with the source material. It has a metaphysical dream theory subplot that I thought was surprisingly out there giving context to the pizzaria antics. It's a bit slow in the middle and maybe too safe with horror elements, there's some gore but frights are inconsistent. I'm not too familiar with the games so the plot seemed corny and maybe the film translated pieces too literally to recreate the game when it could have been more focused on the film pacing. Format: Theatrical 1st
229. Threshold (2020, 78 minutes) ★★★★★½✰✰✰✰ Indie style film about an estranged brother and sister maybe running from cultist or avoiding drug rehab or just reconnecting. There's heart and a lot of human moments. The plot of strange and handled gentle enough it adds flavor but never really seems to clear what direction the film is going. The ending is satisfying and then it's not, maybe ending in the best way it could but more teasing than satisfying. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme
xx. Note that 229 is a new personal best for horror movies in October!!
230. They Live Inside (2020, 103 minutes) ★★★★✰✰✰✰✰✰ A woman in a story being written by the film's hero who is trying to deal with his past watches a horror movie on tv (levels of past, hero, character, film within a film within a story) - the tone and atmosphere is good but there are a lot of moving pieces. Its a film willing to do things differently even if not always effective and the experimentation is refreshing. I'm not sure I fully understood the ending maybe because it seemed too dark to be realistic.
I wish the main actor has been a stronger presence because there were times he seemed to overexaggerate too much and dull the tone. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st
231. An Unquiet Grave (2020, 72 minutes) ★★★★½✰✰✰✰✰ Somber and cruel film about grief and bargaining to return to what was lost, a review said it's strength it approaching the situation in a very human way and I agree even if it was a soft touch and at times slow. It's the sort of film that sticks longer given some of the heavy themes. It's small scale but the actors do well. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st

November 1 [Comedy Crossover Theme Night - Till Dawn] (1 hours, 22 minutes watched)
232. The Day After Halloween (2022, 82 minutes) ★★★½✰✰✰✰✰✰ "Am I above sticking my pen-s in a fat woman? Thank you for asking, no I am not." An obnoxiously ranting horrible dialogue chore at first but once you get use to the DaH speak it's a unique comedy with frank adult elements (not sleazy but sex jokes that seem unflentching). Deploys a clever gimmick that uses flashbacks to flesh out the story and reveal plot points, which has a few twists. Much of the acting left a lot to be desired and the chronological gimmick feels mostly wasted in service of sex jokes but somewhere underneath it all is a better film that comes out. Format: Digital [Vudu HD] 1st Theme

Checklist [COMPLETED MINIMUMS]:
Spoiler:
Select 10 actors [MINIMUM DONE]:
-X- John Agar - Body Bags
-X- Paul Bartel - Private Parts
-X- Barbara Crampton - You're Next
-X- Peter Cushing - Shock Waves
-X- Hannah Fierman - Dead By Midnight (Y2Kill)
-X- Boris Karloff - Targets
--- Christopher Lee -
-X- Justin Long - House of Darkness
-X- Bela Lugosi - Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
-X- Roddy McDowall - Shakma
-X- Stephen McHattie - Eddie the Sleepwalking Cannibals
-X- Caroline Munro - Crying Wolf
--- Paul Naschy -
--- Lou Diamond Phillips -
--- Vincent Price -
-X- Diana Prince - Scare Package II, Friday the 13th Vengeance
-X- Julian Richings - The Witch
-X- Mindy Robinson - Brides of Satan
-X- Conor Sweeney - The Editor
-X- Recently Deceased (insert actor) - Julian Sands (Warlock)

Select 5 directors [MINIMUM DONE]:
-X- Charles Band - Parasite
--- Lamberto Bava -
--- William Castle -
-X- Creep Creepersin - Ghost Goggles
--- Dan Curtis -
--- Noboru Iguchi -
--- José Ramón Larraz -
--- Michael J. Murphy -
-X- Bill Rebane - The Demons of Ludlow
-X- Todd Sheets - Penny Pinchers, Hi-Fear
-X- Watch a Movie Directed By a Female Director - Slash/Back (Nyla Innuksuk)
-X- Watch a Movie Directed By a Horror Director Icon - Body Bags [John Carpenter], Scream 1-4 [Wes Carpenter]

Select 2 film composers [MINIMUM DONE]:
-X- Chuck Cirino - Mimesis Nosferatu
--- Rocky Gray -
-X- Riz Ortolani - Killer Crocodile [Il nascondiglio/Hideout, Killer Crocodile 1-2, Revenge of the Dead, Girl from Trieste, Fear in the City, Madhouse, Cannibal Holocaust]
--- Paul Sawtell -

Select 2 makeup effects artists [MINIMUM DONE]:
-X- Gabriel Bartalos - Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives, Happy Hell Night
-X- Howard Berger - Scream 1 & 2
--- Greg Cannom -
--- Kazu Hiro -
--- Helen Magelakis -

Select 2 producers [TOTAL DONE]:
-X- James Cullen Bressack - Murder, Anyone?, Pernicious
-X- Sean S. Cunningham - Freddy Vs Jason, My Boyfriend's Back
-X- Michael Paszt - Lifechanger, Brookyln 45
-X- Sam Raimi - Evil Dead Rise

Select 2 writers [MINIMUM DONE]:
-X- Sheridan Le Fanu - Vampyres (2015)
--- David Schmoeller -
-X- Robert Louis Stevenson - Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (1931), Edge of Sanity
-X- Stephen King - Cat's Eye

Select 30 of the following sub-genres / types [MINIMUM DONE]:
-X- *3-D Film - Nightmare Before Christmas [in 3D], Parasite
-X- Anthology Film - Cat's Eye, Sinphonym, Hi-Fear, Scare Package II, Body Bags
-X- Appears on 100 Obscure Horror Trash! list - There's Nothing Out There, Pledge Night, Shakma
-X- Appears on Edgar Wright's 1,000 Favorite Movies List - The Company of Wolves, Ringu (1998), The Witch
-X- Appears on They Shoot Zombies, Don't They - The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films - Trick R Treat (1986)
-X- Based on a True Story - The Sacrament, Mercy Black, Dream Home
-X- Based on a Novel - Cat's Eye [based on Stephen King's Night Shift]
-X- Blaxploitation - The Blackening
-X- Candy Cinema - Pearl, Prisoners of Ghost Land
-X- Cannibalism - Massacre in Dinosaur Valley
-X- Cinema Inspired By: H.P. Lovecraft - Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham
-X- Cinematic Titanic / Horror Host / MST3K / RiffTrax - Elvira: Mistress of the Dark
-X- Comedy / Spoof - Elvira: Mistress of the Dark
-X- Coming-of-Age - Alice Sweet Alice, Perpetrator
-X- Criterion / Masters of Cinema Version Film - Valerie and Her Week of Wonders
-X- Cryptid Cinema - Dear God No!
-X- Cult - The Night of the Bastard, The Sacrament
-X- Death by: Machete - Aquaslash, Scare Package II, Cut and Run
-X- Director or Writer Cameo in Own Film / Film Adaptation - Scream [Wes Craven as a school janitor], Body Bags [John Carpenter in the morgue], Private Parts [Paul Bartel in the park], Baba Yaga [Corrado Farina nazi/police/army]
-X- Distributor / Studio: 88 Films - Alice Sweet Alice
-X- Documentary - Penny Pinchers: The Kings of No Budget Horror
-X- Dream Horror - Psycho Beach Party
-X- Drunk Horror - Tammy and the Trex [drunk guardian], Empire of the Ants
-X- Euro Horror - The Asphyx, Mill of the Stone Women
-X- Enzo Sciotti Art - Scream
-X- Extraterrestrial / Takes Place in Space - Slash/Back, McPherson Tape, Alien Space Avenger
-X- Fan Film - Friday the 13th: Vengeance, Friday the 13th Vengeance 2: Bloodlines
-X- Featured In: In Search of Darkness Trilogy - The Burning, The Company of Wolves
-X- Film From Grampa Presents - Alice Sweet Alice
-X- Film From Someone Else's 'Best of' List - I Had a Bloody Good Time at House Harker [recommended as a top list film on Twitter/X]
-X- Film From Shudder / AMC+ Fearfest - Slash/back, Perpetrator, Angry Black Girl
-X- Film From TCM October 2023 Schedule - The Amazing Mr X
-X- Firearms - Saw X, Final Destination 2
-X- Fog - Nightmare Before Christmas
-X- Folk Horror - Forest of Death [features a local story/legend]
--- From a Basil Gogos Painting -
-X- Found Footage - Deadstream, McPherson Tape
-X- Frankenstein - The Angry Black Girl & Her Monther, Tammy & The Trex, Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein
-X- Ghost / Haunting - Deadstream
-X- Giallo - Libido, Sleepless
-X- Hagsploitation - Deadstream, Livid
-X- Hypnosis - Psycho Beach Party
-X- In Media Res - Dave Made a Maze
-X- Investigation - Deadstream, Cut and Run
-X- J-Horror - Ringu
-X- Kaiju / Giant Monster - The Prey: The Legend of Karnoctus
-X- Killer / Evil Animal - Ouija Shark 1-2, Razorback
-X- Killer / Evil Child - Alice Sweet Alice, Livid
-X- Killer / Evil Doll - Benny Loves You
-X- LGBT - Swallowed, Psych Beach Party [cross dressing cop/writer/director, gay subtext]
-X- Liminal Horror - It Follows, Come True
--- Luchador -
-X- Made-for-TV Movie - Body Bags
-X- Mad Scientist - Dear God No!
--- Mummy -
-X- Musical / Rock ‘n Roll Horror - Trick R Treat (1986)
-X- Name In Title - Alice Sweet Alice, Martin
-X- Nation of Origin: Sweden - Frostbitten
-X- Nonlinear Timeline - The House Jack Built, Dream Home
-X- Nu Metal Cinema - Saw X
-X- Ouija Board - Ouija Shark 1-2, Threshold
-X- Painting - Peanut Butter Solution, Martin
--- Phobias -
-X- Prison Horror - Human Experiments, Love Camp 7
-X- Psychological - Psycho Beach Party
-X- Quarantine - Host
--- Random Horror Film - [Didn't watch - Flight of the Living Dead]
-X- Rape / Revenge - Deeper: The Retribution of Beth
-X- Shot in Los Angeles - Scream 2
-X- Slasher / Psycho / Homicidal Maniac - Psycho Beach Party
-X- Slow Motion - Shakma
-X- Split Personality - Psycho Beach Party
-X- Suicide - Martin, Signal 100
-X- Takes Place in a police station - Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives
-X- Takes Place in a jungle - Massacre in Dinosaur Valley
-X- Takes Place in an amusement park - Terrifier 2
-X- Takes Place on an island - Influencer
-X- Takes Place on a farm - Children of the Corn (original & remake)
--- Takes Place on a cruise ship -
-X- Three Installments in a Franchise - Scream 1-3
-X- Title Spoken By Character - Martin
--- Trailer Compilation -
-X- Travelogue - Pernicious [Thailand based]
-X- Vampire - Martin
-X- Voice-Over Narration - Lifechanger
-X- Voyeurism - Aquaslash
-X- War - Love Camp 7, Frostbitten
-X- Werewolf - The Company of Wolves, Project Metalbeast
-X- Witchcraft / Satanic / Religious - Elvira: Mistress of the Dark
-X- Wilhelm Scream - Colin
--- With Commentary -
-X- With Two or More Horror Legends - Freddy Vs Jason, Dead By Midnight (Y2Kill) [featuring Kane Hodder & Bill Moseley]
-X- Zombie - Shock Waves, Dead Zone, Colin

Select 1 from the "Chronological Horror Years Faceoff":
-X- 1923 (100th) - The Hunchback of Notre Dame
-X- 1948 (75th) - The Amazing Mr X
-X- 1973 (50th) - Baba Yaga, Libido
-X- 1998 (25th) – Ringu

Select 2 from the following anniversaries [MINIMUM DONE]:
-X- 10th Belated Anniversary of 88 Films - Nightmare in a Damaged Brain, Alice Sweet Alice, Happy Hell Night
-X- 20th Belated Anniversary of Umbrella Entertainment - Talk to Me
- 20th Belated Anniversary of Unearthed Films -
-X- 35th Anniversary of Hong Kong Category III Horror Films - Ebola Syndrome
-X- 40th Anniversary of Video Nasties - Human Experiments, Nightmares in a Damaged Brain
-X- 70th Anniversary of 3-D Film - Nightmare Before Christmas [in 3D], Parasite
-X- 90th Anniversary of Drive-In Theaters - Psycho Beach Party, Targets
-X- 100th Anniversary of Warner Bros. - Final Destination 2, The Nun 2, Evil Dead Rise

Select 3 from the following horror film tropes [TOTAL DONE]:
-X- It was a dark and stormy night... - Autopsy of Jane Doe, A Haunting in Venice
-X- A town with a dark secret - The Demons of Ludlow
-X- The crazy cat lady - Alice Sweet Alice
-X- The staircase tumble - Possession
-X- When the lights go out - I Had a Bloody Good Time at House Harker
-X- Cranial combustion / The exploding head - Skin Creepers
-X- The dirty coward - Mean Spirited
-X- The television portal - Ringu

Select 4 ratings [MINIMUM DONE]:
--- G -
-X- PG - Frankenweenie, Invaders from Mars
-X- PG-13 - Five Nights at Freddy's, The Others
-X- R - Saw X, Exorcist: Believer
--- NC-17 - [Probably watched]
--- X - [Probably watched]
-X- Unrated - Saw II [Unrated], Return to House on Haunted Hill
-X- M - The Others
--- GP -

​Select 6 decades of film history [TOTALLY DONE]:
-X- Pre-1930 - The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
-X- 1930 - Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (1931)
-X- 1940 - The Amazing Mr X (1948)
-X- 1950 - Dementia (1955)
-X- 1960 - Mill of the Stone Women (1960)
-X- 1970 - Martin (1977), Alice Sweet Alice (1976)
-X- 1980 - Satan Place (1988)
-X- 1990 - House on Haunted Hill (1999)
-X- 2000 - Frostbitten (2006)
-X- 2010 - Signal 100 (2019)
-X- 2020 - Saw X (2023)

Watch 1 film with a recently deceased personality:
-X- Recently deceased list - Warlock (Julian Sands), Happy Hell Night (Bill Olsen from Code Red), Cut & Run (Ruggero Deodato)

Watch a film shot on 1 of the following:
-X- Video - Satan Place: A Soap Opera From Hell
--- 8mm (Super 8) -
-X- 16mm - Dear God No, Calvaire

Watch 1 title from the OHMC "Favorites" list:
-X- Shakma

Watch a movie and its remake or two adaptations of the same source material back to back on the same day
-X- Original - Children of the Corn (1984) [10/15], Invaders From Mars (1953) [10/22]
-X- Remake - Children of the Corn (2020) [10/15], Invaders From Mars (1986) [10/22]

Watch 1 unseen entry from a horror franchise:
-X- Saw X, Scream 3-5.

Watch 1 film from any Amityville, 2 or Bad Shark, 2 movie:
-X- Ouija Shark 1-2.

Watch films in at least three formats:
-X- First format, Digital, Friday the 13th Vengeance, etc.
-X- Second format, Theatrical, Saw X, Exorcist: Believer, Nun II.
-X- Third format, Blu-ray, Possession, Happy Hell Night

Watch films in at least three languages:
-X- First language, Italian, Death Laid an Egg, Libido, Torso.
-X- Second language, German, Skin Creepers.
-X- Third language, French, Kandisha.
-X- Fourth language, Japanese, Ringu.
-X- Fifth language, Swedish, Fortbitten.

Watch 2 films with similar plots:
-X- Film #1 - Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (1931)
-X- Film #2 - Edge of Sanity

Watch 3 films that you've never seen before that:
--- Stars a Bruce (that's not Bruce Campell) - Bruce Davison / Bruce Payne / Bruce Dern / Bruce Greenwood / Bruce Boxleitner / Bruce Bennett / Bruce Dickinson
-X- Features water turning to blood - Satan Place: A Soap Opera From Hell, Arabella
-X- Was made in the 2010s - Signal 100
-X- Features a computer - Scream 3
-X- Was written by Wes Craven - Cut and Run [eventually based on a script from Wes Craven]
-X- Features a peephole - (Scream 3, I think)
-X- Has a scene in an elevator - Project Wolf Hunting
--- Was shot in Oakley Manner -
-X- Is listed in House of Psychotic Women - Dementia
-X- Takes place in a hotel - Calvaire
--- Features death by acid burn -
-X- Title includes the word terror - Terror at Tenkiller

Attend a live or virtual event (convention, play, haunted house, ghost tour, etc.):
-X- Fort Bend County Fair. OPTIONAL

--- Listen to a horror movie soundtrack - 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% - 33/33 Completed]:
Spoiler:

-X- 10/01: Just When You Thought It Safe To Go Back in the Water... Along Come the Italians Bringing the Regurgitated Slaughter! - Jawsploitation V: Cruel Jaws Returns - Razorback, Ouija Shark, Ouija Shark 2
-X- 10/02: Wink-Wink Nudge Nudge, Kill Kill Stab Stab - Breaking the Fourth Wall / Meta-Horror-Cinema - Linnea Quigley's Horror Workout, Pledge Night, There's Nothing Out There, Deadstream
-X- 10/03: Teens Slaughtered in the Woods ...Are Any Alive? It's Brutal, It's Barbaric ...Wait, That Dude's 35! - Teen Screams! - It Follows, Final Destination 2, Psycho Beach Party, Slash/back
-X- 10/04: This Cinefile's Guidebook Covers the Horror Genre Monstrously Well! - The Horror Show Guide: The Ultimate Frightfest of Movies - Martin, Alice Sweet Alice
-X- 10/05: No Longer In Service. Still Haunting Our Dreams. - Night of the Defunct Studios - Elviria: Mistress of the Dark, Trick R Treat (1986), Peanut Butter Solution
-X- 10/06: Once, Twice, Three Times the Lacerations - Horror Anthologies - Cat's Eye, Sinphony, Hi-Fear
-X- 10/07: Find It. Fear It. - Mass Marathon of the Damned XIV presents... The OHMC Guide to Location-Based Horrors - Terrifier 2 [amusement park], Massacre in Dinosaur Valley, Snakehead Swamp, Shamka [office building]
-X- 10/08: Creepy with an Atmosphere of Foggy Paranoia & Dread It's Mysteriously Lurking in the Shadows ...Or Under Your Bed! Danza Macabra: An Exploration of Gothic Horror Cinema - The Monster of the Opera, Mill of the Stone Women, The Asphyx
-X- 10/09: Blood-Stained Black Gloves of Yellow - All the Colors of Giallo - Death Laid an Egg, Libido, Torso
-X- 10/10: What's In a Name? Misery, Death, Torture & Shame. - What's Your Name? - Deeper: The Retribution of Beth, The House Jack Built
-X- 10/11: 72 Films of Depravity, Sex Plus Cat III Gory Delights... Banned by the BBFC; They're Too Bloody Uptight! The Category of Nasty: An Exploration of Banned & Extreme Cinema
Video Nasties 40th Anniversary / Hong Kong Category III Horror Films 35th Anniversary - The Burning, Ebola Syndrome, Love Camp 7, Nightmare
-X- 10/12: Left Deserted and Alone in a Post-Apocalyptic Earthbound Hell Steer Clear of the Mutant Hellspawns & Things Will Turn Out Just Swell The FrightFest Guide: Volume 2 - Company of Wolves, Valerie & Her Week of Wonders, I Had a Bloody Good Time at House Harker, Dementia
-X- 10/13: It's That Annual Event At Camp Crystal Lake When Teens Get a Little Perverse... Meanwhile Crazy Ralph Politely Reminds Everyone - You're All Doomed, There's a Death Curse! Unlucky Charms - A Celebration of Friday the 13th - Friday the 13th: Vengeance, Friday the 13th Vengeance 2: Bloodlines
-X- 10/14: Farewell to the Late-Night Cinephile's Campy, Kitschy, Shocking, and Weirdly Wonderful Cult Film Showcase. R.I.P. TCM Underground (2006 - 2023) - Private Parts, Alone in the Dark
-X- 10/15: Paralysis-induced Demonic Entities Materializing at Night Waking from Nude Sleepingwalking with Embarrassing Blight Don't Go to Sleep on a Sleepless Night! - Come True, Bring Me a Dream
-X- 10/16: Chronological Horror Years Faceoff XI 1923 (Platinum) Vs.1948 (Diamond) Vs. 1973 (Gold) Vs. 1998 (Silver) - Ringue (1998), Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948), Baba Yaga (1973)
-X- 10/17: It Slices. It Dices. It Circumcises. - Slashers / Serial Killers - Megalomaniac, Candyland, Strangler Vs Strangler, Sleepless
-X- 10/18: Based On a True Sickening Story. It's Gonna Get Devilishly Gory. Horror Movies Inspired By True Events - Dream Home, The Sacrament
-X- 10/19: Ectoplasmic Entities Materializing at Night. Strong Yet Suspenseful Frights. Summoning the Dead by Candlelight. Supernatural, 2, 3 / Quiet/Soft / Seances - Mean Spirited, Seizure, The Haunting of Jonestown
-X- 10/20: John Bloom. Master of Doom. The Joe Bob Briggs Helloween Special The Joe Bob Definitive List / Drive-In Theater / MonsterVision / The Last Drive-In - Possession, Edge of Sanity
-X- 10/21: R.I.P. VCR: You're Officially Retired. Your Kick-Ass VHS Video Cover Art Will Always Be Admired! 1980's Video Companies Spotlight - Vidmark Entertainment + Video Stores - McPherson Tape, Warlock
-X- 10/22: Poster Art From the Sublime to the Insane with Illustrations So Good They'll Infect Your Brain. Wrong Side of the Art: Celebrating Horror Artists, Illustrators & Poster Art - Invaders From Mars, Hawk & Rev
-X- 10/23: Viruses! Plagues! Outbreaks! Cloths that Smell of Death! Call in the Military, And Someone Tell Michael--Lay Off the Meth! - Zombies - Dead Zone, Unhuman, Shock Waves
-X- 10/24: Itinerary of Hostel Intent. Railway of Unnerving Descent. Airport Security of Hellish Torment. The OHMC Passport to Terror - Global Edition - Livid [France], Project Wolf Hunting [Japan], Frostbitten [Sweden]
-X- 10/25: The Studio of Suspense and Exorcism Rights Celebrates a Centennial of Extraordinary Frights 100 Years of Warner Bros. Horror - House on Haunted Hill (1999), Return to House on Haunted Hill, Night of the Animated Dead
-X- 10/26: A Celebration of Four Risk-Taking Innovators of Their Craft Goodbye Banana Man, Farewell Scorpion, Adios Cannibal Man & Adieu Mr. B.I.G. Bill & Walt / Ruggero Deodato / Bert I. Gordon's Centennial - Happy Hell Night, Empire of the Ants, Cut and Run
-X- 10/27: Man Funds Dream Project By Killing & Stealing Identity of Millionaire with Cursed Doll He Resurrected Through Children's Parable. Story at 11. Random Maniacal Mashup of Insane Indecisiveness: The Fourth Kind Vanity Projects / Eat the Rich / Killer Inanimate Objects, 2, 3 / Based on Children's Books, 2 - The Astrologer, Killer Sofa
-X- 10/28: Straitjackets Unhinged! Crazies On the Fringe! - Werewolves, 2 / Were-Creatures, 2, 3 on a Full Moon - Crying Wolf, Ginger Snaps
-X- 10/29: Beware the Parasitic Mutations of the Facehuggers and Body Snatchers - Parasite Infestation, 2 - Parasite, Growth
-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 - Damien, Forbidden Zone, Red Book Ritual
-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 - They Live Inside Us, The Haunting, The Good Things Devils Do, Treshold
-X- 11/01: Comedy Crossover - The Day After Halloween

Ideas for Next Year: Dancing, Obsession, Statues/Artwork

Subset Films [100% Completed, 45/45]:
Spoiler:
-X- 09/30: group vote - The Witch (2015) [on 9/30]
-X- 11/01: group vote - Ready or Not (2019) [10/13]
-X- xx/xx: wildcard - any horror theatrical showing (2023) - Saw X [on 10/2], Nun II [10/3], Exorcist: Believer [10/11]
-X- 10/01: alyxstarr - Razorback (1984) [10/1]
-X- 10/02: SterlingBen - Linnea Quigley's Horror Workout (1990) [10/2]
-X- 10/03: jholmes - It Follows (2014) [10/3]
-X- 10/04: mallratcal - Martin (1977) [10/4]
-X- 10/05: spiderbite - The Peanut Butter Solution (1985) [10/5]
-X- 10/06: Darth Maher - Cat's Eye (1985) [10/6]
-X- 10/07: Fist of Doom Jr - Final Destination 2 (2003) [10/3]
-X- 10/08: tarfrimmer - The Asphyx (1972) [10/8]
-X- 10/08: DaveyJoe - Mill of the Stone Women (1960) [10/8]
-X- 10/09: Shack - Libido (1965) [10/9]
-X- 10/10: Chad - Pearl (2022) [10/11]
-X- 10/11: Toddarino - The Burning (1981) [10/11]
-X- 10/11: SterlingBen - Ebola Syndrome (1996) [10/11]
-X- 10/12: mallratcal - Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970) [10/12]
-X- 10/12: clckorang - Dementia (1955) [10/12]
-X- 10/12: SterlingBen - The Company of Wolves (1984) [10/12]
-X- 10/13: Darkgod - Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986) [10/13]
-X- 10/14: WillieMLF - Alone in the Dark (1982) [10/15]
-X- 10/15: Bladz - Come True (2020) [10/15]
-X- 10/16: hbsvb - The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) [10/16]
-X- 10/16: jholmes - The Amazing Mr. X (1948) [10/12]
-X- 10/16: jholmes - Torso (1973) [10/9]
-X- 10/16: mallratcal - Ringu (1998) [10/16]
-X- 10/17: DaveyJoe - Terror at Tenkiller (1986) [10/15]
-X- 10/18: TheBigDave - Dream Home (2010) [10/18]
-X- 10/19: Chad - Talk to Me (2023) [10/14]
-X- 10/20: ororama - Possession (1981) [10/20]
-X- 10/21: Gobear - Warlock (1989) [10/21]
-X- 10/21: Darkgod - There's Nothing Out There! (1991) [10/2]
-X- 10/22: shellebelle - Invaders from Mars (1986) [10/22]
-X- 10/23: numbercrunch - Shock Waves (1977) [10/23]
-X- 10/24: Chad - Strangler vs Strangler (1984) [10/17]
-X- 10/25: hbsvb - Evil Dead Rise (2023) [10/12]
-X- 10/26: Darth Maher - Nightmare In a Damaged Brain (1981) [10/11]
-X- 10/26: alyxstarr - Sleepless (2001) [10/17]
-X- 10/26: alyxstarr - Cut and Run (1984) [10/26]
-X- 10/26: Darth Maher - Empire of the Ants (1977) [10/26]
-X- 10/27: PCBreakdown - Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988) [10/5]
-X- 10/28: Darkgod - Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001) [10/12]
-X- 10/29: tarfrimmer - The Hidden (1987) [10/29]
-X- 10/30: Undeadcow - Livid (2011) [10/24]
-X- 10/31: mallratcal - Terrifier 2 (2022) [10/8]
-X- 10/31: shadokitty - Trick or Treat (1986) [10/5]

Last edited by Undeadcow; 11-01-23 at 01:37 PM.
Old 08-30-23, 11:30 AM
  #38  
DVD Talk Reviewer
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 346
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Re: The 19th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread***

This will be my 18th consecutive year participating in the "October Horror Movie Challenge!"
Total Horror Movies Before This Year = 679

"Lights out. And now the movies, folks. . ."

September 30, 2023 {after sundown}
1. Renfield (2023) - This was really bad - but in a way, I appreciated its manic ridiculousness nonetheless.

October 1, 2023
2. M3gan (2022) - Silly but entertaining Chucky-ish slasher film wrapped up in pseudo-sci-fi dressing.

October 2, 2023
3. Old (2021) - Some of the plot developments come off as silly - but I overall enjoyed this M. Night Shyamalan production, and its twist ending was fairly novel.

October 3, 2023
4. Knock at the Cabin (2023) - Dave Bautista's performance is the highlight of this M. Night Shyamalan production.

October 4, 2023
5. Invisible Agent (1942) - The World War II setting - and a villainous performance from Peter Lorre - kept this from being a stale Invisible Man sequel.

October 5, 2023
6. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022) - I viewed the original Knives Out for a previous challenge. It was better than this follow-up.

October 6, 2023
7. 65 (2023) - Adam Driver vs dinosaurs in a fairly boilerplate exercise.

October 7, 2023
8. Svengoolie: She-Wolf of London (2021 / 1946)
9. Svengoolie: Revenge of the Creature (2020 / 1955) - A pair of Universal monster sequels, as hosted by Svengoolie on my DVR.

October 8, 2023
10. Svengoolie: The Raven (2022 / 1935)
11. Svengoolie: The Thing That Couldn't Die (2021 / 1958) - Two more Universal horror films, as hosted by Svengoolie!

October 9, 2023
12. Haunted Mansion (2023) - Available on Disney+, this latest version of Haunted Mansion was better than expected, especially once the humor kicks in as the ensemble cast has been gathered in the titular location.

October 10, 2023
12.25. Sventoonie (2022) "Blob Gnarly"
12.5. Sventoonie (2022) "I'm a Bad, Bad Bird"
12.75. Sventoonie (2022) "Pinhead Wizard"
13. Sventoonie (2022) "Little Ditty About Francis and Diane" - The second season of Sventoonie rolls along, with episodes riffing The Body Beneath, Night Tide, The Brother from Another Planet, and The Beast of Yucca Flats respectively.

October 11, 2023
13.25. Sventoonie (2022) "It's a Wonderful Loss of Life"
13.5. Sventoonie (2022) "How Hellspring Got Her Grave Back"
13.75 Sventoonie (2022) "Sventoonie Rocks Out"
14. Sventoonie (2023) "I Wanna Seance with Somebody" - 4 more episodes of Sventoonie's second season, this time riffing The Great Rupert, Snowbeast, Wild Guitar, and Grave of the Vampire respectively.

October 12, 2023
14.25 Sventoonie (2023) "Chairman of the Circuit Board"
14.5 Sventoonie (2023) "Sventoonie . . . In Space!"
14.75 Sventoonie (2023) "You've Got Blackmail"
15. Sventoonie (2023) "Puke of Earl" - Another 4 episodes of Sventoonie, with riffs on The Man with the Golden Arm, Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet, Psycho Circus, and Drive-In Massacre respectively.

October 13, 2023
15.5 Sventoonie (2022) "Sven & Friends in the P.M."
16. Sventoonie (2022) "Sventoonie's Scary, Merry Halloween!" - Two double-sized hour-long Sventoonie episodes, with riffs of Eegah! and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians respectively.

October 14, 2023
17. Svengoolie: Earth Vs The Spider (2021 / 1958)
18. Svengoolie: Tarantula (2022 / 1955) - Two giant-bug 1950's films, as hosted by Svengoolie!

October 15, 2023
19. Svengoolie: The Haunted Strangler (2022 / 1958)
20. Svengoolie: How to Make a Monster (2021 / 1958) - Two more horror films from the 1950's (the first one starring Boris Karloff), as hosted by Svengoolie!

October 16, 2023
21. Cocaine Bear (2023) - Amusing albeit uneven horror comedy involving a cocaine-fueled killer bear.

October 17, 2023
22. Brahms: The Boy II (2020) - Barely serviceable follow-up to The Boy led by Katie Holmes.

October 18, 2023
23. Avatar (2009)

October 19, 2023
24. Avatar: The Way of Water (2022) - Over two successive nights, I watched both installments (so far) of James Cameron's wild Roger Dean-styled epic sci-fi.

October 20, 2023
25. King Kong (2005) - Peter Jackson's too-long and over-the-top take on the classic creature feature.

October 21, 2023
26. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (2023) - Stylish take on the Turtles with enough giant monster mayhem at the end courtesy of Superfly to warrant inclusion in this challenge.

October 22, 2023
27. Evil Dead Rise (2023) - Latest installment in this franchise is suitably over-the-top.

October 23, 2023
28. Svengoolie: The Invisible Agent (2022 / 1942) - Svengoolie hosting Universal horror films is always welcome!

October 24, 2023
29. Svengoolie: The Undead (2021 / 1957) - Svengoolie hosts this cheesy old Roger Corman production.

October 25, 2023
30. Svengoolie: The Abominable Dr. Phibes (2022 / 1971) - Svengoolie hosts this classic Vincent Price film.

October 26, 2023
31. Svengoolie: Gargoyles (2021 / 1972) - Svengoolie hosts this infamous made-for-television creature feature.

October 27, 2023
32. Svengoolie: Devil Doll (2021 / 1964) - Svengoolie hosts a decidedly odd British horror flick.

October 28, 2023
33. Scooby-Doo & Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2018) - My son rather liked this breezy Scooby Doo adventure featuring loads of DC characters.
33.5 The New Scooby Doo Movies - "The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair" (1972)
34. The New Scooby Doo Movies - "The Caped Crusader Caper" (1972) - Two vintage team-ups of the Scooby Doo Gang with Batman and Robin that were extras on the DVD of the aforementioned Scooby-Doo & Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

October 29, 2023
35. Svengoolie: The Crawling Eye (2021 / 1958)
36. Svengoolie: Island of Terror (2020 / 1966) - Two more fright flicks hosted by Svengoolie!

October 30, 2023
36.25 Sventoonie (2023) "The Great British Faking Show"
36.5 Sventoonie (2023) "Slightly Later with Sventoonie"
36.75 Sventoonie (2023)"Sventoonie's Got Character!" - The last few episodes (as of now) of Sventoonie, including riffs on Royal Wedding, The Night They Took Miss Beautiful, and talk shows in general.
37. Garfield's Halloween Adventure (1985) [original titled Garfield in Disguise] - vintage Halloween animated special from the '80s!
38. Svengoolie: Abbott and Costello Go To Mars (2019 / 1953) - Svengoolie hosts this Abbott and Costello go-round.

October 31, 2023
39. The Killer Shrews (1959) - Silly low-budget creature feature that's developed a small cult following over the decades.

Total # of movies = 39
All-Time 18-Year Total = 718

39 movies is an average number for me. This was fun! As always, I'm looking forward to another "October Horror Movie Challenge" in 2024!

Last edited by mrpeavey; 10-31-23 at 01:21 PM.
Old 08-30-23, 12:42 PM
  #39  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 690
Received 54 Likes on 36 Posts
Re: The 19th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread***

List:
Spoiler:

Mallratcal's 15th! October Horror Movie Challenge!
Sep 30th (Dusk)
#TitleRatingNewFormatRun TimeYear
1.The Witch☠☠☠☠VOD92 Min2015
Watched for the Indie/Arthouse crossover. I was planning to watch this movie anyway, so why not get an early start on things. The movie is still great.
Oct 1st
#TitleRatingNewFormatRun TimeYear
2.Ouija Shark☠☠VOD71 Min2020
A group of women find an ouija board on the beach while house-sitting. The board summons a ghost shark (an adorable puppet) and people start to get eaten. One of the girl's dad is into the occult and has a DBZ style fight with the shark. In the end it was some type of plot by Trump. Really bad impression there. Theme Night #1
3.The Return of the Ape Man☠☠VOD60 Min1944
Two Scientists go searching for a prehistoric man after they invent a process of restoring life to people who have been frozen. One of the scientists plans to put a piece of modern brain into the Ape Man in hopes of giving it speech and reasoning. The Ape Man escapes and mild mayhem ensues. Not bad but not really exciting.
4.Winnie The Pooh: Blood and Honey☠½VOD84 Min2023
Christopher Robin returns to the 100 Acre Woods and finds a crazed Pooh and Piglet. He gets captured and eventually rescued only to disappear until the climax. The movie centers around a group of women who have rented a cabin in the woods. It's not very good but it did have some nice gory kills.
5.The Stuff☠☠½VOD87 Min1985
This was better on a rewatch. White ooze comes out of the ground and the first guy to notice it decides to eat it. Brave man. The ooze takes control of peoples minds and an industrial saboteur ends up exposing it. I think the movie gets less interesting when the militia shows up in the third act, and could have used more of Garrett Morris.
6.The Old Dark House☠☠☠VOD72 Min1932
Five travelers end up at the old dark house during a storm, and meet the odd inhabitants, including a monstrous butler and a crazy little man in the attic. This was good and I wasn't sure where it was going.
Oct 2nd
#TitleRatingNewFormatRun TimeYear
7.Linnea Quigley's Horror Workout☠☠VOD60 Min1990
Part workout video part clip show. Plenty of nudity and even some slashing at the end. The Video on the VS transfer looked great. Theme Night #2 Subset Pick #2
8.Psycho☠☠☠☠½VOD109 Min1960
Great movie that I haven't seen in many years.
9.Cobweb☠☠½VOD88 Min2023
Pretty good, set during Halloween so I really liked the way the movie looked. A young boy begins hearing a voice coming from the walls of his house. The voice tells him that she's his sister and that their parents are evil. The parents are strange. They hide the basement door behind the fridge...
10.Savageland☠☠½VOD82 Min2015
A faux-documentary about everyone in a small town being murdered on a single night and the illegal immigrant who survived and end up taking the fall for the murders, despite the photographs he took during the rampage showing something supernatural/zombies.
11.Cheerleader Camp☠☠VOD89 Min1988
Another one that was better on a rewatch. It's murders at a cheerleading camp. It takes a long while for it to get going and the body (and boob) count is surprisingly low, but it's always good to see Buck Flower gainfully employed.
12.L.A. AIDS Jabber☠½VOD78 Min1994
A no budget shot on video movie, not terrible but instead of focusing on the AIDS jabber it follows some detectives and a reporter. In the end it turns out there was a mistake made and no one had AIDS.
Oct 3rd
#TitleRatingNewFormatRun TimeYear
13.It Follows☠☠☠½Blu-Ray100 Min2014
Been a while since I've watched this but it still holds up. I love the way the movie looks and need to get it in 4K. Theme Night #3 Subset Pick #3
14.Night Screams☠☠VOD85 Min1987
A couple of escaped criminals crash a high school party, but one of the students is a recently released mental patient. The escaped cons don't really do much of anything but hide in the basement. Really formulaic, quite slow and no interesting kills.
15.Saw☠☠½VOD103 Min2004
Really light on the torture, and Jigsaw was going to let Dr. Gordon's family die, he really softened over the movies.
16.The Nun☠☠VOD96 Min2018
A priest an a nun, aided by a French Canadian, go to an abbey after the report of a nun that has committed suicide. They find all of the nuns are dead and a demon Valak inhabits the abbey and needs a host body to escape. But luckily enough the abbey has a vial of Jesus's blood and that can seal the gateway to hell. I thought this was a swing and a miss. Just jump scares and not even good ones.
17.Saw II☠☠☠VOD93 Min2005
Jigsaw plays a game with a crooked cop. Meanwhile a game involving the people said cop has framed is playing out, and one of those players is the cops kid. I was too hard on this, as this was pretty good.
Oct 4th
#TitleRatingNewFormatRun TimeYear
18.Martin☠☠☠½VOD95 Min1977
Been wanting to watch this for a while now and was not disappointed. It's about a vampire without the magic. He goes to live with his cousin, who plans to save his soul and then destroy him. Theme Night #4 Subset Pick #4
19.The First Power☠☠½VOD98 Min1990
The old cop and psychic team up to take down a serial killer story. But after the killer is executed he returns with a bunch of magical powers and exacts his revenge.
20.The House on Sorority Row☠☠VOD91 Min1982
At the end of the school year a prank on the head mother of the sorority house is killed and the sorority sisters quickly follow during a party. Turns out the head mother had a secret monster baby.
21.Killer Crocodile☠☠VOD92 Min1989
Environmentalists looking into the pollution in a swamp run into a giant croc. Not bad, has quite a bit of croc action and Joe, the hunter is pretty cool.
22.Bloody Birthday☠☠½VOD85 Min1981
Three evil kids are born during an eclipse and for their 10th birthday party they start killing people. There really is no story, it's just the kids causing mayhem, and a brother and sister that become their main targets. Upgrading my last rating as it's pretty enjoyable.
23.Killer Eye: Halloween Haunt☠½VOD69 Min2011
A group of girls setting up a haunted house unleash something from a crystal ball that possesses a Killer Eye model that goes on to do killer eye things. A lot of the movie is just the girls watching the first Killer Eye movie. It really felt like this was less of a movie and more of an advertisement for Full Moon videos/merch. Still, not as bad on a second watch.
Oct 5th
#TitleRatingNewFormatRun TimeYear
24.The Fog☠☠☠½Blu-Ray89 Min1980
Got AVCO for my random defunct studio, so I decided to with The Fog, so I could to the original and remake back to back. I still think this is a very good movie. Theme Night #5
25.The Fog☠☠VOD110 Min2005
And this was not very good, the ghosts and fog lost all of their creepiness. There was a love triangle that didn't go anywhere, well until one became a ghost I suppose.
26.The Peanut Butter Solution☠☠VOD93 Min1985
A boy looses his hair when he sees something scary inside a burned out building, where two winos died. He was nice to the winos so their ghosts give him the formula to regrow his hair, but he overdoes it and now it won't stop growing. His art teacher ends up kidnapping him to sell his hair as paintbrushes. I can see this being good for kids but it felt really long. Subset Pick #5
27.Blood Harvest☠½VOD88 Min1987
A women is being harassed in her parents farm house. It's pretty obvious what's going one and not very interesting, there were long stretches where nothing was happening. Tiny Tim is barly in the movie. Shame the actress who played Jill never did anything else.
28.The Mummy's Hand☠☠½VOD67 Min1940
I'm not really into the Mummy movies, but this was pretty good. It follows two archeologists, a stage magician and his daughter, that go looking for a lost tomb, and find a mummy along the way. The magician's tricks are the main source of comedy.
Oct 6th
#TitleRatingNewFormatRun TimeYear
29.Trick 'r Treat☠☠☠½Blu-Ray82 Min2007
Watched with commentary, which was pretty interesting. Theme Night #6
30.V/H/S 85☠☠VOD110 Min2023
First story is a group of friends go to a lake, and while out boating they are shot and killed, but return from the dead and decide to get revenge. Second is about rescue works in a collapsed building after an earthquake that was caused by an Aztec god. Third story is a one woman play about the new god of technology set in virtual reality, and was the real stinker. Then the first story continues and we are shown that the killer is part of a family that always kills in sevens. The police raid their house and kill them but the one who killed the people at the lake returns from the dead, Last story is about a detective who receives videotapes of murders before they happen. The tapes are coming from a young man whose VCR is recording his dreams. The wraparound story is about scientists observing a shape changer. Mediocre.
31.Pet Sematary: Bloodlines☠½VOD87 Min2023
Movie follows Jud, who wants to get out of town but one of his old friends gets brought back to life. The elders of the town know all about the evil and pass the knowledge down to their kids to protect the town, which makes Jud a bigger idiot for spilling the beans in the original movie. It's not very good and the kills all come very quickly at the end.
32.Slaughter High☠☠½VOD90 Min1986
Fairly fun slasher set at a high school reunion in a closed school.
33.House IV☠☠½VOD94 Min1992
A widow and her daughter move into an old family house that happens to be built over a spirit well. She starts seeing things like talking pizzas, and her brother in-law is trying to scare her into selling him the house so that he can dump toxic waste there. I found myself enjoying this more than I thought I would. Not at all scary but this was a good family friendly movie...except for the nudity.
34.The Car☠☠½VOD96 Min1977
What if Jaws but a car? A car starts running people down in a small Utah town. The main female lead shit talks the car, so it kills her special by smashing through her house, and that was pretty cool. It's an evil car as it's invincible, has no driver and vanish, but it's defeated by being blown-up. The drunken wife/child beater is one of the heroes in the end, wasn't expecting that, he likely celebrated by smacking his wife in the eye. This has low scores but I enjoyed it.
Oct 7th
#TitleRatingNewFormatRun TimeYear
35.The Wolf of Snow Hollow☠☠½VOD85 Min2020
A very angry cop searches for a serial killer who has been tearing women apart, the other cops think it's a wolf but he thinks that's crazy. This was pretty good but the end kind of came out of nowhere. Got mountain for my random location. Theme Night #7
36.School Killer☠½VOD86 Min2001
A group of students decide to campout in an abandoned school, where 27 years ago a bunch of kids were killed by a crazy security guard. The ghosts of the murdered are still there and so is the security guard. Most of the movie is people roaming the halls. There is a nice flashback to the initial massacre, but not a lot happens otherwise.
37.Killer Party☠☠VOD91 Min1986
An April Fools Day party at an abandoned frat house turns deadly when the spirit of a pledge that was killed during hell week possesses a sorority pledge. The possession stuff is still unintentionally funny. I really like the 3 female leads and it's a colorful movie and looks good in HD, but the movie takes forever to get going, and then when it does the kills just happen in very quick succession. It sounds like the MPAA was to blame for this.
38.Madhouse☠☠☠VOD89 Min1974
The Dr Death makeup is so simple but looks fantastic. Price is great in this and I love his cattiness to the other actors.
39.Ouija Shark 2☠☠VOD82 Min2022
The dad from the first movie is not dead but trapped in hell, where he is hunting the shark and it's demonic master. The dad is basically Dr. Strange, now, and his wife and the psychic from the first movie save him from hell, but the shark and demon follow him through. There is a Power Ranger reference and the shark starts destroying the city. Magic dad finds his animal familiar, the Tarot Gator, and it has a kaiju battle with the shark. Not quite as good as the first one, but I was entertained. Had a dance number and everything.
Oct 8th
#TitleRatingNewFormatRun TimeYear
40.Revenge of the Zombies☠☠VOD61 Min1943
A scientist has found a way to bring the dead back to life, but he tries it on his wife and finds that he can't control her. He plans on using his zombies to create an army for the Nazis. Pretty uneventful.
41.The Asphyx☠☠½VOD86 Min1972
A nobleman discovers the Asphyx, which comes for you on the moment of your death, and he devises a way to capture it. Once captured that person is now immortal. Kind of slow but an interesting story. Subset Pick #8 Theme Night #8
42.The Projected Man☠☠VOD77 Min1966
A scientist discovers how to teleport things with a laser, but when his demonstration is sabotaged he tries the laser on himself, which makes him a monster man with an electric touch. Takes a while to get going and even at 77 minutes it felt kind of long.
Oct 9th
#TitleRatingNewFormatRun TimeYear
43.Black Friday☠☠½VOD84 Min2021
Thanksgiving today in Canada, so I needed a suitable movie. Alien spores land on Earth, turning Black Friday shoppers into monsters, where they lay siege to a toy store. Not bad. I enjoyed the characters.
44.Libido☠☠☠VOD90 Min1965
A young man returns to his family home for the first time since witnessing his father murder a woman there. There are only four people in the movie so there is no body count until the very end, but this was a good mystery as to whether he's crazy if if someone is after his inheritance. Subset Pick #9 Theme Night #9
45.The Creeper☠☠VOD64 Min1948
After suffering a severe fever a young woman is now terrified of cats, which is unfortunate as the people around her are medical researchers and are working with cats. One of them has developed a serum that turns his hand into a cats paw, and he uses that to kill people with, which is a super lame serum as far as mad science goes.
46.Blood Rage☠☠VOD82 Min1987
"That's not cranberry sauce." Had to watch another Thanksgiving themed movie today.
47.Return to Sleepaway CampVOD86 Min2008
This is still bad. Bad acting, over the top music and super cheap looking. Kind of cool they had Ricky and Ronnie back. How much money did they waste on having Isaac Hayes as Chef, though? All but one person in this movie was terrible, always yelling and swearing/bullying each other, it was like a Rob Zombie movie without the white trash.
Oct 10th
#TitleRatingNewFormatRun TimeYear
48.Killing Spree☠☠VOD106 Min1987
This was a step ahead of the no budget amateur movies, it had nice lighting, some good effects and camera work. It's about a man who starts killing people when he thinks his wife is cheating on him. Only she's not, she's just writing stories in her diary. Movie kind of takes a turn when the dead return to seek their revenge, but I enjoyed this. Main guy's real name is Asbestos Felt (or at least credited that way) and I hear he was a real cancer on set.
49.Camp Blood 2DVD75 Min2000
The final girl from the first movie is allowed to leave a mental hospital to help make a movie about Camp Blood. At least the mask they used for this looked better than the first one.
50.Zombie Death House☠½DVD96 Min1988
A vet gets mixed up with the mob and ends up in a prison where the government is experimenting on the prisoners and it turns them into strong zombie-like creatures. The inmates riot and really nothing much happens. John Saxon's lone directorial credit.
51.Pearl☠☠☠VOD103 Min2022
We see what made Pearl, pearl. I didn't like X but I thought this was pretty good. Mia Goth's monologue at the end was fantastic and I thought that she was great in this. Subset Pick #10 Theme Night #10
52.The Abomination☠½VOD90 Min1986
Starts with a four minute montage showing all of the best parts of the movie, and really it's all that you need to see. A guy coughs up a tumor and then he has to kill people to feed it. Nothing really happens, scenes are replayed again and again, this was the polar opposite of Killing Spree.
Oct 11th
#TitleRatingNewFormatRun TimeYear
53.The Boogey Man☠☠VOD82 Min1980
I liked this better on a second watch. The most unbelievable thing in this movie is the husband gluing the broken mirror back together. Theme Night #11
54.Premutos: The Fallen Angel☠½DVD106 Min1997
I wanted to like this more but there was a pretty boring stretch in the middle and despite all of the action it wasn't exactly exciting. It's got some good effects and tons of gore and some pretty funny stuff, like the inept lynch mob in the beginning. The English dub seemed like the pro-choice as there were lots of unintentionally funny voices. Premutos despite all of his power gets taken out very quickly every time he rises.
55.Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed☠☠☠VOD94 Min2004
Brigitte is now shooting monkshood to delay her transformation but a male wolf looking for love has been stalking her and she ends up at a hospital for the first half of the movie, where she meets Ghost (Tatiana Maslany in her first movie), a crazy, young girl who helps her escape to where the second half of the movie takes place, Ghost' aunt's farm.
56.Deadly Friend☠☠½VOD91 Min1986
BB was kind of annoying but he does eat a shotgun early in. Pretty fun movie and everything with a setup got a nice payoff.
57.Don't Go in the House☠☠½VOD92 Min1979
After a man's mother dies he starts hearing voices, and killing women with a flamethrower. His mom burned him as punishment when he was a child. He only gets three and it's got a pretty low body count.
Oct 12th
#TitleRatingNewFormatRun TimeYear
58.Valerie and Her Week of Wonders☠☠☠VOD77 Min1970
Pretty good dreamlike vampire movie, very nice looking film. Subset Pick #12
59.Twice Dead☠☠½VOD87 Min1988
A family moves into a rundown mansion that has a ghost. The local gang menaces the kids and they try to scare them off with special effects, and it's kind of charming. It doesn't work however so when the gang comes to get their revenge the ghost has to take care of them. Better than I remembered. One of the many horror movies filmed at the Beckett Mansion.
60.Dementia☠☠½VOD61 Min1955
Was not expecting a dialogue less movie but this was good. It follows a woman over one night where someone may or may not have been slashed. I don't own this movie and in fact had never heard of it before, but I would like to hear an audio commentary for this one.
61.Bad Moon☠☠½VOD80 Min1986
Thor is a very good dog and I love the way the wolf looks in this. Theme Night #12
62.Jack-O☠½VOD88 Min1995
Some no good punk teens accidentally awaken the demon, who seeks revenge on the family descendants who stopped him before. That was one lame ass haunted garage. A little better than I had remembered. Cameron Mitchell and John Carradine in the same movie, both after they had died. 4th movie of the challenge with Carradine, so far.
Oct 13th
#TitleRatingNewFormatRun TimeYear
63.Absurd☠☠VOD90 Min1981
Mikos is back and has Wolverine healing powers. Only way to stop him is destroy his brain. A cop and a priest are hunting him but they disappear for half of the movie while Mikos attacks a family in their home. It's kind of boring and fairly bloodless. The only thing absurd in this film it Europeans caring about the Super Bowl.
64.Warlock☠☠½VOD103 Min1989
Pretty decent movie and I like the three characters. The salt water syringes to beat him is kind of weak though.
65.Poltergeist☠☠VOD100 Min2015
Not very good but it had a great cast. Felt really anticlimactic.
66.Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives☠☠☠VOD86 Min1986
A fun movie. Subset Pick #13 Theme Night #13
67.No One Will Save You☠☠☠VOD93 Min2023
Aliens invade a town and body snatch the residents, but one woman fights back, while dealing with her own grief. This was pretty good.
Oct 14th
#TitleRatingNewFormatRun TimeYear
68.The Night of the Strangler☠☠VOD90 Min1972
Family members start getting killed off in odd ways. Only one of them is actually strangled. Blaxploitation so expect lots of slurs. Theme Night #14
69.Insidious☠☠½VOD103 Min2010
I think I might be too generous with 2 and a half but the movie has nice production design, the stuff with the photos was creepy, just a shame nothing about the further was, and the musical sting when something scary was supposedly happening was annoying.
70.Cursed☠☠VOD97 Min2005
Not very good but I am being generous today. A brother and sister get scratched/bite by a werewolf and learn that the only way to break the curse is to kill the head werewolf. It has a pretty nice cast but Christina Ricci was bad in this.
71.SlotherhouseVOD93 Min2023
A sloth kills people at a sorority during rush week. This was horrible and felt excruciatingly long. Going to be hard to find a worse movie than this during the challenge.
72.Fresh☠☠☠½VOD116 Min2022
A woman is abducted by a cannibal, who sells his victim's meat to the wealthy, and she has to try to stay alive. I thought this was really good.
Oct 15th
#TitleRatingNewFormatRun TimeYear
73.The Editor☠☠☠½VOD95 Min2014
This was great, I should have watched this sooner. They really got the Italian movie stuff down.
74.Horror Island☠☠VOD60 Min1941
A treasure hunting excursion is formed and sails to the Captain's island, but there are two people willing to kill to get the treasure. This was solidly meh. Theme Night #15
75.Link☠☠½VOD103 Min1986
A college student goes to work at her professors secluded house to work with chimps, and wouldn't you know it, one of them goes nuts. Not much monkey mayhem as Elisabeth Shue is alone for most of the movie, but who doesn't like seeing monkeys fall off of stuff?
76.Macabre☠☠VOD72 Min1958
A man's daughter is kidnapped and buried alive, giving him just 5 hours to find her. This was ok but it was real light on the spooky, I wasn't sure what the reveal would be.
77.House of Dracula☠☠☠VOD67 Min1945
Dracula goes to a Dr. to find a cure for vampirism, but he does Dracula things and the Dr. has to destroy him, but not before a blood transfusion goes wrong turning the Dr. into a ghoul-like creature. He dies from a gunshot, so not a vampire, anyway. The Wolfman also goes to the Dr. and is cured. Oh also Frankenstein's monster is found, but not revived until the final 3 minutes of the movie. There is also a nurse with a curved spine, so we got a hunchback, too. Seems to get pretty mediocre reviews, but I liked it. Fifth movie with John Carradine in it so far.
Oct 16th
#TitleRatingNewFormatRun TimeYear
78.Ringu☠☠☠½VOD95 Min1998
Still holds up pretty well and I still like the sound in this movie. Subset Pick #16 Theme Night #16
79.Invisible Invaders☠☠VOD67 Min1959
Aliens from the moon have come to invade Earth by possessing the bodies of dead people. Having invisible aliens is a good way to keep the budget down. Sixth movie with John Carradine, now.
80.The Wrath of Becky☠☠½VOD84 Min2023
Set three years after the first movie, Becky is now living with an older woman and a dog. The woman gets killed and the dog abducted by white nationalists, and so Becky goes to get her revenge. It's a reverse home invasion movie as it's Becky laying siege to the villains. I thought this was better than the first movie, and if there is a sequel it looks like we will find out where the key from the first movie goes.
Oct 17th
#TitleRatingNewFormatRun TimeYear
81.Terror at Tenkiller☠½VOD87 Min1986
Not as bad as I was expecting, there just weren't enough characters to keep things interesting. It follows two woman at a lake and a psycho on the loose. Kind of irresponsible for the killer to work at the lake but not know how to swim. Subset Pick #17 Theme Night #17
82.The Vineyard☠☠VOD95 Min1989
A winemaker uses humans as an ingredient for his wine, and for a potion, along with a magic amulet, that gives him eternal life. The process creates zombies but they don't do anything until the end. It felt like there was a lot going on in the movie but really not much happened. The VS transfer looked great though.
83.Girls Nite Out☠½VOD96 Min1982
A killer in a bear suit murders women on campus during a scavenger hunt. The movie is dull and doesn't have any good kills. Most of the characters were annoying. Bleh.
84.The Boogeyman☠☠½VOD98 Min2023
I might be being a bit too generous again, but this was alright. After losing their mother in a car crash, the boogeyman comes to eat them as it lives off of grief and pain.
85.Mill of the Stone Women☠☠☠½VOD96 Min1960
Now this was good. A man takes a job at a windmill, where a professor and a doctor are transfusing blood from kidnapped women into the professor's sick daughter to keep her alive. They then turn the kidnapped women into statues which are the windmills main attractions. This was another one where I didn't know where it was going, and it had a great look.
Oct 18th
#TitleRatingNewFormatRun TimeYear
86.Dream Home☠☠☠VOD96 Min2010
Set in 2007, a woman in Hong Kong goes to murderous lengths to get her dream apartment. And then 2008 rolls around. This was good with some very wet gore. Subset Pick #18 Theme Night #18
87.A Blade in the Dark☠☠VOD108 Min1983
A film composer renting a house starts getting weird phone calls and a couple of women are killed. I didn't find this one very interesting, there weren't enough characters and you could call the killer from a mile away.
88.Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein☠☠☠☠VOD83 Min1948
Dracula has come to Florida to revive the monster, but Abbott and Costello team up with the Wolf Man to save the day. First time watching an Abbott and Costello movie and I thought this was very good and still funny.
89.The Silent Scream☠☠½VOD87 Min1979
Some college kids rent rooms in an old home with a strange family. Turns out one of the family members is kept in a hidden room. Starts pretty slow but picks up after the second murder, and Cameron Mitchell is actually in this movie.
90.The Lair of the White Worm☠☠☠VOD93 Min1988
Lots of good imagery and way funnier than I thought it was going to be. I didn't expect Peter Capaldi to be the hero (he looked so young) I thought that would be Hugh Grant.
Oct 19th
#TitleRatingNewFormatRun TimeYear
91.American Terror Tales 2VOD73 Min2023
Three boring tales. The first is 4 friends break into the local haunted house and get possessed/killed by Skullface. Second is a couple buy a new house, that comes with an evil doll that makes them kill themselves. And third is a ballerina using witchcraft to kill a bully at her dance class. At least it was short.
92.Talk to Me☠☠☠VOD95 Min2023
A group of friends use the severed had of a psychic to channel dead people. As you can guess things go wrong. Not exactly scary but I liked this. Subset Pick #19 Theme Night #19
93.Eaten Alive☠☠VOD91 Min1976
A hotel owner feeds the guests to his crocodile, but things get complicated when the family of a missing woman pays a visit.
94.Angst☠☠☠VOD87 Min1983
A man gets released from prison and he immediately goes to kill a family in their home. All told from the killers perspective. Been meaning to watch this for a long time and was not disappointed.
95.Frankenstein☠☠☠☠Blu-Ray70 Min1931
It's a great movie. Maria's dad was really short, and I'm glad her cat wasn't thrown into the lake with her. And I love the cantankerous Baron, he was likely so mad because of the size of that goiter on his neck.
Oct 20th
#TitleRatingNewFormatRun TimeYear
96.Possession☠☠☠VOD124 Min1981
A couples marriage falls apart and madness ensues. Another one I'd been wanting to see for awhile. Subset Pick #20 Theme Night #20
97.The Amityville Horror☠½VOD90 Min2005
A new family moves into the house and the dad quickly becomes possessed. Not very good, there was no flow to the story, it felt like scenes just stuck together.
98.Club Dread☠☠½VOD104 Min2004
I didn't like this when I first saw it but it's a pretty funny movie.
99.Re-Animator☠☠☠½VOD86 Min1985
It's a fun movie. I forget how they explained Dr. Hill's head getting better in Brie of Re-animator, because it got pretty ripped up at the end.
100.Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead☠☠VOD103 Min2006
A chicken joint gets opened on an Indian burial ground, and the people who eat the chicken turn into demon chicken monsters. I thought I was going to hate this but I ended up enjoying it. It was a little long and had to many musical numbers, but this is another OHMC "favorite" That I've ended up liking.
Oct 21st
#TitleRatingNewFormatRun TimeYear
101.There's Nothing Out There☠☠☠VOD91 Min1991
A good send up of the genre. Subset Pick #21 Theme Night #21
102.Dolls☠☠VOD77 Min1986
A group of people end up at a house filled with dolls during a thunderstorm. It's not bad but not a lot happens.
102.Horror Hotel☠☠☠VOD76 Min1960
A college student visits a small town where a witch was burned in 1692 only to find out that the witches are still there. Didn't expect her to get the Psycho treatment. So this is where the Dragula line is from.
103.A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child☠☠½Blu-Ray89 Min1989
Freddy uses Alice's unborn baby to get new victims. Pretty bloodless and no really good kills besides the motorbike one, but it's not bad. Anticlimactic ending though.
104.The Ambulance☠☠½VOD96 Min1990
Eric Roberts, with a great mullet, meets a woman on the street, who then gets taken away in an ambulance but no hospital has any record of her. He then tries to track her down while more people with diabetes get abducted by the same ambulance crew. Turns out a Dr is doing illegal human trials while trying to find a cure for diabetes. Pretty funny if not exactly scary with a good supporting cast, even Stan Lee makes an appearance.
105.Hollywood Ghost Stories☠☠VOD75 Min1986
I didn't plan to watch this for the challenge but had to when I saw that John Carradine was the host, and I had to pad my Carradine numbers (now the 7th time he has shown up) so it was nice that it was just on Youtube. It's not much of a documentary, it's just actors/directors/crew talking about "ghosts" they've seen on set or in their homes. Half of the movie is just clips from movies and talking about them, not all of them were even horror movies, one was 'It's a Wonderful Life'.
Oct 22nd
#TitleRatingNewFormatRun TimeYear
106.The Wolf Man☠☠☠☠Blu-Ray70 Min1941
Another great classic. Theme Night #22
107.Garden of the Dead☠½VOD59 Min1972
Inmates at a prison camp huff formaldehyde, stage a breakout, get killed, and return as talking, tool using zombies. They head back to the prison camp for revenge. Bright light kills them for some reason and they end up getting horned up for a woman at the camp, and then gunned down. Despite the short run time, nothing really happens and everything moves at a glacial pace.
Oct 23rd
#TitleRatingNewFormatRun TimeYear
108.Dead of Night☠☠½VOD76 Min1977
A three story anthology. First is about a guy who restores and old car that takes him back in time so he can alter the future and meet his wife. Second is about a vampire but all is not as it seems. And third is 'Bobby', which has been adapted many times, and is about a mother using magic to bring her dead son back.
109.Shock Waves☠☠Blu-Ray85 Min1977
8th John Carradine movie of the challenge! A group of people get shipwrecked on a deserted island and get attacked by Nazi zombies. Not as good on a rewatch, it's pretty slow with a lot of wondering around the island. Subset Pick #23 Theme Night #23
110.Appointment With Fear☠½VOD96 Min1985
An Egyptian God must kills his baby so that he may live for another year. The baby ends up in the hands of some highschoolers, and daddy goes looking for him. This needs a real release because it is such a bizarre movie. The song Everything at Once rules.
111.The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue☠☠Blu-Ray95 Min1974
Ultrasonic radiation brings the recently deceased back to life. I like the location of the movie, the UK countryside looked very nice, but the movie is pretty slow and the zombie mayhem is pretty light and doesn't happen until the very end.
112.Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde☠☠☠VOD76 Min1953
Abbot and Costello lose their jobs as policemen so they try to catch the monster of London to get their jobs back, and team with a reporter. It's not as funny as the last movie I saw of them, the movie is quite a bit more serious with a lot of time focusing on Jekyll. Still some good gags and laughs though.
Oct 24th
#TitleRatingNewFormatRun TimeYear
113.Puppet Master 5☠☠DVD82 Min1994
Set right after the 4th movie, Rick is trying to save the puppets from his employer, who has sent goons to break into the hotel and the demon God. It's about the same as the 4th movie.
114.Carnival of Souls☠☠☠½DVD78 Min1962
After a car accident a woman is pursued by a ghostly figure. Never seen this before in full. Good flick.
115.Troll Hunter☠☠☠Blu-Ray103 Min2010
A film crew follows a suspected bear poacher but find he is actually a troll hunter, and that the government is keeping trolls under wraps, and the trolls they are looking for have rabies on top of everything. This was pretty good with some beautiful locations. Theme Night #24
116.Pet Sematary☠☠☠☠VOD103 Min1989
Haven't seen this movie in many years, but it's great. It really makes the remake and Bloodlines look even worse in comparison. The Zelda stuff is still freaky.
Oct 25th
#TitleRatingNewFormatRun TimeYear
117.The Evil Dead☠☠☠☠Blu-Ray85 Min1981
A classic. Theme Night #25
118.Hellraiser: Hellseeker☠½VOD89 Min2002
An unfaithful husband uses the box to get his wife's inheritance, but she makes a better deal with Pinhead.
119.Psychos in Love☠☠½VOD88 Min1987
Two serial killers meet, fall in love, and stop their murderous ways, only to run into a cannibal plumber. Some good humor but a lot didn't land for me, told in a pseudo documentary way and there is plenty of fourth wall breaking.
120.The Boogie Man Will Get You☠☠VOD66 Min1942
A woman buys an old inn from a professor who is trying to create a superman for the war. A lot of wacky things happen but this wasn't really for me.
121.Wolf Creek☠☠VOD105 Min2005
Three people head into the Australian outback, get into some car trouble and then attacked by a serial killer. I had avoided this for a long time because I heard it was brutal, it wasn't. I thought that this was run of the mill, maybe shorten the runtime and not have the main woman make all of the worst horror movie decisions and it would have been better.
122.Evil Dead Trap 2☠☠VOD97 Min1992
Hideki is back and maybe wants to be reborn to a new mom? He gets women to kill other women for him and cut out their ovaries. The first Evil Dead Trap was one of my favorite FTVs from the last challenge, this will not join it. But, there was just enough weird to keep this out of the basement for me.
Oct 26th
#TitleRatingNewFormatRun TimeYear
123.Nightmare☠½VOD97 Min1981
A recently released mental patient who is on an experimental drug begins to stalk a family. To no one's surprise the family is his. Way too slow and the audio mix was horrible. Subset Pick #26 Theme Night #26
124.Cut and Run☠☠½VOD90 Min1984
A reported and a cameraman man go looking for a missing man in the jungles and get involved in a drug war. There is a lot of nudity and action to keep you entertained. I feel like I may have seen this before.
125.Insidious: Chapter 2☠☠½VOD106 Min2013
Josh is now possessed my the old "woman" Parker and the family must try to bring Josh back. I thought this was a little better than the first one. Going into Parker's past as a serial killer was interesting.
126.Creep☠☠☠VOD77 Min2014
A videographer takes a job from a man who claims is dying, only nothing he says is true. I was worried this wouldn't hold my interest but it did.
127.The Night Stalker☠☠☠½VOD74 Min2014
I love the Kolchak character, and Darren McGavin is fantastic.
Oct 27th
#TitleRatingNewFormatRun TimeYear
128.Elvira: Mistress of the Dark☠☠½VOD96 Min1988
Elvira inherits her great aunt's house (in a very square town) and spell book and finds out she has witch powers. Fairly funny and not bad at all. Subset Pick #27
129.Books of Blood☠☠VOD107 Min2020
Didn't think this was an anthology as the first story took 50 minutes. It's about a young woman who runs away from home and ends up in a bed and breakfast that likes to keep it's guests forever, entombed in the walls and floors. Second is a fake psychic who the dead get revenge on by turning him into the book of blood. The third is also sort of the wrap around, and it's two criminals who want to steal the book. Not very good.
130.Saw III☠☠½Blu-Ray113 Min2006
A game is being run on a doctor, who has to keep Jigsaw alive, and a man, who has to find forgiveness for his sons killer. The real game is Amanda's. Jeff's test just wasn't interesting, though he gets another in 4.
131.Evil Bong 420☠½VOD53 Min2015
A lot of characters from past movies return, I'm unaware of them as this is the first Evil Bong movie I've seen, I should have expected the deep Evil Bong lore. Someone escapes from Bong World and the bong and Gingerdead Man, go looking for him. Despite the super short run time nothing really happens, I don't think anyone actually died, they just ended back in Bong World. This felt like a filler movie, until they could do an actual sequel. Theme Night #27
132.Nightmare Sisters☠☠½VOD83 Min1988
Three sorority sisters have a party, and use a crystal ball during a seance, and get possessed by a succubus. I really didn't like this the first time I saw it, but it's good, dumb fun.
133.Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster☠☠☠½VOD93 Min1964
Ghidorah lands on Earth, after laying the smackdown on Venus, and Mothra has to convince Godzilla and Rodan to team-up and save the Earth. Godzilla completes his face turn and Ghidorah flys away, likely never to menace Earth again. Outside of the final fight Godzilla and Rodan tussle a bit, but it's pretty light on monster action. Most of the movie follows a princess, a cop and some assassins. The action takes place in the mountains and looked really nice, I enjoyed the change of location and not having it set in a city again.
Oct 28th
#TitleRatingNewFormatRun TimeYear
134.A Dark Song☠☠☠VOD100 Min2016
Two people seal themselves in a house while trying to perform a magic ritual to summon a guardian angel. Pretty good.
135.Mountaintop Motel Massacre☠½VOD95 Min1983
After accidently killer her daughter a motel owner decides to kill the guests. It's pretty dull with no good action.
136.Late Phases☠☠☠½Blu-Ray95 Min2014
A blind army vet takes on a werewolf in a retirement community. Still holds up on a rewatch, the werewolf suits don't look great though. Theme Night #28
137.Five Nights at Freddy's☠☠VOD109 Min2023
A down on his luck man takes a job as a night watchman of the pizza place, and he has to bring his young sister along with him, and he meets a mysterious cop, and without having played the games it wasn't difficult to see where it was all heading. The movie is pretty boring, there's just not enough action to keep things interesting. I much preferred The Banana Splits Movie. I'm probably being generous with my rating.
138.The Hidden☠☠☠VOD97 Min1987
An "FBI" agent joins forces with an LA homicide cop to catch an alien body snatcher. Coop' always gets the strange ones. A lot of action and some funny bits. Danny Trejo is in this for 5 seconds (and dies) in one of his early roles.
Oct 29th
#TitleRatingNewFormatRun TimeYear
139.The Brain Eaters☠☠½VOD61 Min1958
Alien parasites from within the Earth try to take over the town of Riverdale. Not bad. Theme Night #29
140.Near Dark☠☠☠½VOD94 Min1987
Really good vampire movie and Bill Paxton steals the show.
141.Out There Halloween Mega Tape☠☠☠½VOD92 Min2022
Starts kind of slow with a talk show, but the Out There segment is good and all of the fake ads are great. The Out There stuff mentions the previous WNUF movie, which was nice. this one is about aliens, and a cult that thinks they will land on Oct 31st, and boy do those cultists get pranked hard.
142.The Vampire's Ghost☠☠☠½VOD59 Min1945
A vampire is stalking an African village. Not much action after the first third of the movie, but I really liked John Abbott as the vampire.
Oct 30th
#TitleRatingNewFormatRun TimeYear
143.The Pope's Exorcist☠☠½VOD103 Min2023
An exorcist goes to an abbey where a young boy is possessed by the king of hell. Surprisingly not bad, I liked all of the stuff with Crowe. Theme Night #30
144.The Bowery Boys Meet the Monsters☠☠VOD65 Min1954
The boys got to a house filled with mad scientists, apes, vampires, robots, and plant eating monsters, in hopes of getting a baseball field for the local kids. The humor is aimed at a much younger audience than me, so this just didn't hit.
145.The Rocky Horror Picture Show☠☠☠☠☠Blu-Ray100 Min1975
Another classic.
146.Totally Killer☠☠☠½VOD106 Min2023
A teenager travels back to 1987 to stop a slasher and save her mother. Pretty funny with the clash of the 80's and today's culture.
147.The Final Girls☠☠☠VOD91 Min2015
Not as funny on a rewatch but it holds up.
148.Rifftrax: Apex Predators☠☠☠☠VOD61 Min2021
Solid riff with a lot of good jokes on how terrible this movie looked. The movie itself was very boring without any bad CGI sharks until after the 'it was all a dream' ending. Rifftrax had to cut out 14 minutes of this, and I assume it was just more shots of people walking and suns setting. If it weren't for Rifftrax this would have liekly been the worst movie I watched for this challenge.
149.Isle of the Dead☠☠☠½VOD71 Min1945
A general and a reporter go to cemetery on an island. They find a house full of people and the plague. The old biddy of the house immediately casts suspicions on the young woman there, and we hear of the local legend the Vorvolaka, a vampire like creature. And everyone is forced to quarantine on the island.
Oct 31st
#TitleRatingNewFormatRun TimeYear
150.Terrifier 2☠☠VOD128 Min2022
This was a big disappointment. I really liked the first Terrifier, this was way too long and did not have enough going on, as I did not care about the main family. Some good gore but this was kind of boring. Subset Pick #31 Theme Night #31
151.Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat☠☠VOD104 Min1989
Vampires form their own town as they have created synthetic blood, but a revolt takes place by vampires wanting to return to the old ways. Not really very funny nor compelling.
152.The Sixth Sense☠☠☠VOD107 Min1999
Really light on the scares but it's still good knowing the twist.
153.Night of Terror☠☠VOD63 Min1932
A maniac stalks an estate house where an experiment with suspended animation is taking place. After the rich uncle is killed the inheritors of his estate also start getting murdered.
154.Halloween III: Season of the Witch☠☠☠☠Blu-Ray98 Min1982
Other than the original Halloween, this is the best instalment in the franchise.
155.Day of the Dead☠☠☠☠Blu-Ray101 Min1985
My favorite of the trilogy, and great music too.
156.Man Made Monster☠☠☠VOD59 Min1941
Dan survives an electrical accident and two scientists want to study him to see if they can increase a persons tolerance to electricity. The mad scientist (who to be fair did tell people he was mad) turns Dan into an electric man with no will of his own. Dan kills the good scientist and gets the death penalty. He gets the chair but that just powers him up and he gets his revenge. A very simple movie with little action, but I liked it.
157.Dracula☠☠☠½Blu-Ray75 Min1931
My only problem with the movie is that the climax felt rushed.


Spoiler:
Select 10 actors:
-X- John Agar - Invisible Invaders
-X- Paul Bartel - Killer Party
-X- Barbara Crampton - Re-Animator
-X- Peter Cushing - Madhouse
--- Hannah Fierman -
-X- Boris Karloff - The Old Dark House
-X- Christopher Lee - Horror Hotel
--- Justin Long -
-X- Bela Lugosi - The Return of the Ape Man
--- Roddy McDowall -
--- Stephen McHattie -
-X- Caroline Munro - Slaughter High
-X- Paul Naschy - School Killer
-X- Lou Diamond Phillips - The First Power
-X- Vincent Price - Madhouse
--- Diana Prince -
-X- Julian Richings - The Witch
-X- Mindy Robinson - Evil Bong 420
-X- Conor Sweeney - The Editor
-X- Recently Deceased (Julian Sands) - Warlock

Select 5 directors:
-X- Charles Band - Killer Eye: Halloween Haunt
-X- Lamberto Bava - A Blade in the Dark
-X- William Castle - Macabre
--- Creep Creepersin -
-X- Dan Curtis - Dead of Night
--- Noboru Iguchi -
--- José Ramón Larraz -
--- Michael J. Murphy -
-X- Bill Rebane - Blood Harvest
--- Todd Sheets -
-X- Watch a Movie Directed By a Female Director, 2, 3 - Fresh - (Mimi Cave)
-X- Watch a Movie Directed By a Horror Director Icon (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ,6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Random) - Martin - (George A. Romero)

Select 2 film composers:
-X- Chuck Cirino - Zombie Death House
--- Rocky Gray -
-X- Riz Ortolani - Killer Crocodile
-X- Paul Sawtell - House of Dracula

Select 2 makeup effects artists:
-X- Gabriel Bartalos - Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
-X- Howard Berger - Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed
--- Greg Cannom -
-X- Kazu Hiro - Cursed
--- Helen Magelakis -

Select 2 producers:
--- James Cullen Bressack -
-X- Sean S. Cunningham - House IV
--- Michael Paszt -
-X- Sam Raimi - Poltergeist

Select 2 writers:
--- Sheridan Le Fanu -
-X- David Schmoeller - Puppet Master 5
-X- Robert Louis Stevenson - Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
-X- Stephen King - Pet Sematary: Bloodlines

Select 30 of the following sub-genres / types:
-X- *3-D Film - Poltergeist
-X- Anthology Film - Dead of Night
-X- Appears on 100 Obscure Horror Trash! list - Night Screams
-X- Appears on Edgar Wright's 1,000 Favorite Movies List - The Old Dark House
-X- Appears on They Shoot Zombies, Don't They - The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films - The Witch
-X- Based on a True Story - Dream Home
-X- Based on a Novel - Deadly Friend
-X- Blaxploitation - The Night of the Strangler
-X- Candy Cinema, 2 - A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child
-X- Cannibalism - Fresh
-X- Cinema Inspired By: H.P. Lovecraft - Re-Animator
-X- Cinematic Titanic / Horror Host / MST3K / RiffTrax - Rifftrax: Apex Predators
-X- Comedy / Spoof - Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
-X- Coming-of-Age - Return to Sleepaway Camp
-X- Criterion / Masters of Cinema Version Film - Carnival of Souls
-X- Cryptid Cinema - Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed
--- Cult -
-X- Death by: Machete, 2 - Camp Blood 2
-X- Director or Writer Cameo in Own Film / Film Adaptation, 2 - Psycho
-X- Distributor / Studio: 88 Films - The Boogey Man
-X- Documentary - Hollywood Ghost Stories
-X- Dream Horror - Mill of the Stone Women
-X- Drunk Horror - Pet Sematary (1989)
-X- Euro Horror - Angst
-X- Enzo Sciotti Art - The Evil Dead
-X- Extraterrestrial / Takes Place in Space - No One Will Save You
--- Fan Film -
-X- Featured In: In Search of Darkness Trilogy - The House on Sorority Row
-X- Film From Grampa Presents - Carnival of Souls
-X- Film From Someone Else's 'Best of' List - The Asphyx (Fangoria’s 101 Best Horror Movies You’ve Never Seen)
-X- Film From Shudder / AMC+ Fearfest - V/H/S 85
-X- Film From TCM October 2023 Schedule - The Bowery Boys Meet the Monsters
-X- Firearms - The Car
-X- Fog, 2 - The Fog (2005)
-X- Folk Horror - Valerie and Her Week of Wonders
-X- From a Basil Gogos Painting - Madhouse
-X- Found Footage - Troll Hunter
-X- Frankenstein - Frankenstein (1931)
-X- Ghost / Haunting - Insidious
-X- Giallo - Libido
-X- Hagsploitation - The Silent Scream
-X- Hypnosis - The Lair of the White Worm
-X- In Media Res, 2 - Killer Eye: Halloween Haunt
-X- Investigation - The Stuff
-X- J-Horror - Ringu
-X- Kaiju / Giant Monster - Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
-X- Killer / Evil Animal - Killer Crocodile
-X- Killer / Evil Child - Bloody Birthday
-X- Killer / Evil Doll - Dolls
-X- LGBT - Don't Go in the House
-X- Liminal Horror - It Follows
--- Luchador -
-X- Made-for-TV Movie - The Night Stalker
-X- Mad Scientist - Revenge of the Zombies
-X- Mummy - The Mummy's Hand
-X- Musical / Rock ‘n Roll Horror - The Rocky Horror Picture Show
-X- Name In Title - Pearl
--- Nation of Origin: Sweden
-X- Nonlinear Timeline - Club Dread
-X- Nu Metal Cinema - Saw
-X- Ouija Board - Ouija Shark
-X- Painting - The Peanut Butter Solution
-X- Phobias - Camp Blood 2
-X- Prison Horror - Zombie Death House
-X- Psychological - A Dark Song
-X- Quarantine - Isle of the Dead
--- Random Horror Film -
--- Rape / Revenge -
-X- Shot in Los Angeles - L.A. AIDS Jabber
-X- Slasher / Psycho / Homicidal Maniac - Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
-X- Slow Motion - Cobweb
-X- Split Personality - Psycho
-X- Suicide - The Nun
-X- Takes Place in a police station - The Wolf of Snow Hollow
-X- Takes Place in a jungle - Cut and Run
-X- Takes Place in an amusement park - Cursed
-X- Takes Place on an island - The Fog (2005)
-X- Takes Place on a farm - Blood Harvest
--- Takes Place on a cruise ship -
-X- Three Installments in a Franchise - Saw, Saw II, Saw III
-X- Title Spoken By Character, 2 - Black Friday
--- Trailer Compilation -
--- Travelogue -
-X- Vampire - Near Dark
-X- Voice-Over Narration - Winnie The Pooh: Blood and Honey
-X- Voyeurism - Martin
-X- War - Shock Waves
-X- Werewolf - The Wolf Man
-X- Witchcraft / Satanic / Religious - The Nun
-X- Wilhelm Scream - Ouija Shark 2
-X- With Commentary - Trick 'r Treat
-X- With Two or More Horror Legends - Madhouse (Price, Cushing, and Karloff)
-X- Zombie - The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue

Select 1 from the "Chronological Horror Years Faceoff":
--- 1923 (100th) -
-X- 1948 (75th) - The Creeper
--- 1973 (50th) -
-X- 1998 (25th) – Ringu

Select 2 from the following anniversaries:
X 10th Belated Anniversary of 88 Films - Linnea Quigley's Horror Workout
X 20th Belated Anniversary of Umbrella Entertainment - Pet Sematary (1989)
X 20th Belated Anniversary of Unearthed Films - Evil Dead Trap 2
X 35th Anniversary of Hong Kong Category III Horror Films, 2 - Dream Home
X 40th Anniversary of Video Nasties, 2, 3 - Absurd
X 70th Anniversary of 3-D Film - Poltergeist
X 90th Anniversary of Drive-In Theaters - Blood Rage
X 100th Anniversary of Warner Bros. - Trick 'r Treat

Select 3 from the following horror film tropes, 2:
-X- It was a dark and stormy night... - Frankenstein
-X- A town with a dark secret, 2, 3 - Pet Sematary: Bloodlines
-X- The crazy cat lady, 2 - Madhouse
-X- The staircase tumble, 2 - Eaten Alive
-X- When the lights go out, 2, 3 - The Old Dark House
-X- Cranial combustion / The exploding head - The Wrath of Becky
-X- The dirty coward, 2, 3 - The Witch
-X- The television portal, 2 - Ringu

Select 4 ratings:
--- G -
-X- PG - House IV
-X- PG-13 - Cursed
-X- R - The Stuff
-X- NC-17 - The Evil Dead
--- X -
-X- Unrated - Winnie The Pooh: Blood and Honey
--- M -
--- GP -

​Select 6 decades of film history:
--- Pre-1930 -
-X- 1930 - The Old Dark House (1932)
-X- 1940 - The Return of the Ape Man (1944)
-X- 1950 - Dementia (1955)
-X- 1960 - The Projected Man (1966)
-X- 1970 - Martin (1977)
-X- 1980 - The Stuff (1985)
-X- 1990 - Linnea Quigley's Horror Workout (1990)
-X- 2000 - Saw (2004)
-X- 2010 - Savageland (2015)
-X- 2020 - Ouija Shark (2020)

Watch 1 film with a recently deceased personality:
-X- Recently deceased list - The Stuff (Paul Sorvino)

Watch a film shot on 1 of the following:
-X- Video ,2 - Linnea Quigley's Horror Workout
-X- 8mm (Super 8) - The Abomination
-X- 16mm - The Evil Dead (1981)

Watch 1 title from the OHMC "Favorites" list:
-X- (Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead)

Watch a movie and its remake or two adaptations of the same source material back to back on the same day
-X- Original - The Fog (1980)
-X- Remake - The Fog (2005)

Watch 1 unseen entry from a horror franchise:
-X- House IV

Watch 1 film from any Amityville, 2 or Bad Shark, 2 movie:
-X- (The Amityville Horror - 2005)

Watch films in at least three formats:
-X- First format, (VOD), (Ouija Shark)
-X- Second format, (It Follows), ( Blu-Ray )
-X- Third format, (DVD), (Camp Blood 2)

Watch films in at least three languages:
-X- First language, (Spanish), (School Killer)
-X- Second language, (Italian), (Libido)
-X- Third language, (Czech), (Valerie and Her Week of Wonders)

Watch 2 films with similar plots:
-X- Film #1 - Frankenstein
-X- Film #2 - Re-Animator

Watch 3 films that you've never seen before that:
--- Stars a Bruce (that's not Bruce Campell) - Bruce Davison / Bruce Payne / Bruce Dern / Bruce Greenwood / Bruce Boxleitner / Bruce Bennett / Bruce Dickinson
-X- Features water turning to blood - House IV
-X- Was made in the 2010s - Savageland - (2015)
-X- Features a computer - Puppet Master 5
--- Was written by Wes Craven -
--- Features a peephole -
-X- Has a scene in an elevator - Cursed
-X- Was shot in Oakley Manner, 2 - The Projected Man
-X- Is listed in House of Psychotic Women - Dream Home
-X- Takes place in a hotel - Eaten Alive
--- Features death by acid burn -
-X- Title includes the word terror - Terror at Tenkiller










Total: 157
New: 105
VOD: 136
Blu-Ray: 16
DVD: 5

Last edited by mallratcal; 12-27-23 at 10:42 PM.
The following users liked this post:
Gobear (10-03-23)
Old 08-31-23, 03:31 PM
  #40  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 2,292
Received 218 Likes on 131 Posts
Re: The 19th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread***




First Time Viewing: 25/Television: 24/Streaming: 27 / Blu-ray: 16 / DVD: 1

List
September 30th (Indie/Arthouse Crossover)
1. The Witch (2015)-MAX-This film is a chilling masterpiece. The director expertly evokes the 17th-century American wilderness, where an exiled English family from Plymouth is as isolated as if they had landed on another planet, surrounded by unknown and treacherous dangers. The movie pulls no punches - that haunting scene with the baby and the witch, and the gut-wrenching finale! While some may argue the reveal of the witch's existence is a spoiler, the true focus is not the witch's predations, but the family's own internal dysfunction that leaves them vulnerable to her dark influence..===SUBSET
2. Lamb (2021)-Showtime-The producers are clearly trying to convey something profound here, but what it is exactly escapes me. I found Lamb to be unpleasant and disquieting, although the Iceland setting is gorgeous.===THEME
3. Trilogy of Terror (1975)-TV--Watched on Svengoolie

October 1

4. Meg 2: The Trench (2022)-MAX-You can't really go wrong with a Jason Statham movie, even in a piece of nonsense like this where he has another encounter with a Megalodon and a giant octopus.===THEME
5. Linnea Quigley's Horror Workout (1990)-Tubi-I can appreciate that this video was a spoof of the popular Jane Fonda/Susan Powter aerobics tapes from the 1980s. However, the execution fell flat for me. Watching actors in poor zombie makeup perform tap dance moves was simply boring. As a fella who likes the fellas, the scenes of the female characters frolicking in their underwear did not hold my interest.
6. Razorback (1984). Archive.org. This was tedious to watch, with an unfocused narrative, although the direction and cinematography are excellent. Remind me never to set foot in the Australian Outback.===SUBSET

October 2
7. Ghostwatch (1992).
Archive.org. Apparently this show fooled millions of Britons that they were watching a real supernatural event on live TV.===THEME
8. The Last Voyage of the Demeter (2023).Soap2Day. Terrific movie and beautfully directed, but because we know the fate of the Demeter's crew, there's no element of suspense.
9. It Follows (2014). SHO. The monster concept here is ingenious, i just don't care much about the characters.===SUBSET

October 3
10. Friend Request (2016). MAX.
A popular college student's decision to add a socially isolated girl to her Facebook page takes a tragic turn when the girl, humiliated by the online attention, dies by suicide. Seeking revenge, the girl's spirit unleashes a curse upon the popular student's friends, plunging them into chaos. While the premise shows promise, the narrative ultimately fails to build momentum or fully explore the complex themes it introduces.===THEME
11. The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Meet Dracula (1978). YouTube.This TV-movie does what it says on the box with bonus Paul Williams.

October 4
12. Martin (1977). YouTube.
I was looking forward to this FTV, but it just didn't gel for me.===SUBSET
13. Frankenstein Created Woman (1967). TV. Standard late Hammer, this time Dr. F is experimenting with the transmigration of souls as he puts a dead man's soul into his girlfriend's body to wreak revenge.===THEME

October 5
14. Vamp (1986).Blu-Ray.
A 1980s buddy comedy with vampires, and an incandescent Grace Jones performance convered in Keith Haring designs.===THEME
15. Feast (2005). Blu-Ray. You don't get more gonzo than this bloody exercise in gory practical effects.
16. The Oblong Box (1969). Blu-Ray. Classic Vincent Price movie that deals woth the consequences of colonialism, Christopher Lee plays a physician who employs grave robbers for anatomy subjects and ends up with a live, disfugred maniac..
17. Deep Rising (1997). Blu-Ray. RIP Treat Williams.

October 6
18. Cat's Eye (1985). Blu-Ray. Entertaining anthology film based on Stephen King stories. ===SUBSET
19. V/H/S 85 (2023). Shudder. Not bad overall, the God of Death story was my favorite..===THEME
20. The First Power (1991). Tubi.
Ordinary and derivative story about a Satanic serial killer who possesses living people to continue his killing spree after his execution.

October 7
21. Final Destination 2 (2003). DVD. My favorite of the whole series.
22. The Legacy (1978). Blu-Ray. A fun blend of an Agatha Christie country house murder mystery with Satanism. There's no real climax at the end so the film just sputters to a halt.
23. The Mangler (1995). Blu-Ray. This was a Scream Factory blind buy and a real disappointment. Robert Englund plays the evil owner of a laundry who sacrifices his workers to the demon in the machine. Bad acting and horrible direction. Tobe Hooper was a hack.
24. Graveyard Shift (1990). TV.A much needed palate cleanser, I love this movie, hot guys and a giant rat-monster.

October 8
25. Blue Monkey (1987). Youtube. How unusual to find a film I've never heard of that runs out to be really worth watching. Steve Railsback plays a detective lookig after his wounded partner in a hospital and ends up fighting a giant mutant insect.
26. X the Unknown (1956). Blu-Ray.A UK army platoon on manuevers in Scotland runs into killer radioactive mud. The effects work really well even though the monster itself isn't well conceived.

October 9
27. The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945). TV. Classic adaptation of Oscar Wilde's novel about a young man whose sins are depicted in a painting he keeps hidden away.

October 10.
28. The Eyes of Laura Mars (1978). Criterion Channel.
The real horror here are the awful 70s clothes in the sex and violence photos taken by Faye Dunaway while a hidden killer murderes her friends.
29. Annabelle (2014).Hulu. The origin story of the creepy doll shown briefly in The Conjuring

October 11.
30. Evilspeak (1981). YouTube,
I wonder if the "misfit gets bloody revenge on his tormentors" horror subgenre stems from writers working out their own adolescent traumas.

October 12.
31. Bite Marks (2011). Kanopy
. I really wanted to like this gay-themed movie with an all-gay cast, but the terrible acting and shoddy camera work really ruined it.

October 13
32. House of Dark Shadows (1970). TV.
Essentialy a cash grab caitlizaing on the popularity of the TV show that nobody under 30 has ever heard of.

October 14
33. The Pack (1977). TV.
Cheesy flick about pet dogs abandoned by their owners that turn into feral predators.
34. Invaders From Mars (1986). TV.The tone of this remake is alot campier than the riginal, but the effects are far superior and the movie is hella fun.

October 15
35. The Menu (2022). TV.
Ralph Fiennes leads his cult of cooks to slaughter a guest list of douchebags who have it coming.

October 16
36. The Creeper (1948). YouTube. A Poverty Row production about a young woman who has an irrational fear of cats and a serial killer who turns out to br a mad scientist who developed a formula to give himself cat paws
37. The Exorcist. (1973). MAX. Still works today.
38. The Borderlands (2013). Tubi. This found footage flick takes a long time to get going but the ending is satisfactorily gooey.

October 17
39. Hush. .. Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964). TV.
A follow up to Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, with Olivia D'Havilland replacing Joan Crawford.

October 18
40. Poltergeist (1982). Blu-Ray
. An absolute classic
41. The Blob (1988). Blu-Ray. While Kevin Dillon is no substitute for Steve McQueen, the practical effects and direction make this a serious improvement over the original.

October 19
42. Village of the Damned (1960) Blu-Ray.
A decent adaptation of the original novel.
43. Repo: The Genetic Opera (2008).Blu-Ray. I really hope a new version with the deleted footage shows up.

October 21
44. The Night Stalker (1972). TV.
The original TV movie that introduced Carl Kolchak.

October 22
45. Evil Dead Rise (2022). TV.
I had low expectations going into this, figuring that the Evil Dead trademark gore would be watered down for a mass audience, and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it hadn't lost a step, even without Bruce Campbell. The references to the earlier films didn't take me out of the movie at all.

October 23
46. The Breach (2022). Amazon.
I want the last 90 minutes of my life refunded because this movie sucked.
47. The Plague of the Zombies (1966). YouTube. No flesh-eating here, these are straight up Haitian voodooo zombies, the bodies of Cornish tinworkers condemned to labor after death by an evil aristocrat.
48. Dr Phibes Rises Again (1972).YouTube. This sequel to The Abominable Dr. Phibes has some great kills and is a worthy, if slightly inferior, sucessor.

October 24
49. Empire of the Ants (1977). Blu-Ray.
Cheesy yet fun movie, including bad special effects about ants that consume radioactive waste, grpw large and end up controlling a town of humans wth their pheromones.
50. Warlock (1989). Blu-Ray. RIP Julian Sands

October 25
51. The Hidden (1987).Blu-Ray.
A space alien possesses human bodies to commit crimes. It's been years since I've seen it, so I was glad to dust off my WAC Blu. What a fun time this was!
52. Final Cut (2023). Kanopy. A French adaptation even more tedious than the Japanese original.
53. The Omega Man (1971). TCM. A decent film , but it would have been better with the vampires from the Matheson novel.
54. House of Wax (1953) TCM. One of Vincent Price's best films

October 26.
55. The Food of the Gods (1977). Blu-Ray.
Forest critters become deadly after consuming an unknown substance. Not bad for a low-budget Bert I Gordon flick.

October 27.
56. The Paul Lynde Halloween Special (1978)/It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
(1966). YouTube/Apple+
57. Horror of Dracula (1958). TCM. Christopher Lee's debut as the King of Vampires, the role that defined his career.

October 28
58. Tusk (2014). TV. A douchebag podcaster goes to Canada to mock locals and ends up getting transformed into a walrus. I didn't much care for this one; the narrative structure jumping back and forth in time annoyed me, and Kevin Smith's attempts to inject humor into the story didn't work.
59. Train to Busan (2016). TV. Probably the best zombie film in the last decade.
60. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1982). TCM.George Hearn's and Angela Lansbury's vocal performances in the stage production's recording far surpass those in the movie version. Hearn's portrayal of the title role and Lansbury's as his cohort Mrs. Lovett showcase their exceptional vocal talents.
61. The Night Strangler (1973). TV. This time Kolchak investigates a Jack the Ripper style murderer who uses the blood of women for an immortality elixir.

October 29
62. Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983). Soap2Day.
Ray Bradbury's seminal coming-of-age novel has been beautifully adapted in this cinematic masterpiece. While the themes of the eternal struggle between light and darkness within the human psyche may feel a bit heavy-handed at times, the film nonetheless captures the essence of American boyhood before the digital age - a time when children crafted their own imaginative realms. The cast is exceptional, with standout performances from Jason Robards as a father weary of raising his son, and Jonathan Pryce as the malevolent Mr. Dark, a parasitic purveyor of dreams. One can't help but wonder if Stephen King drew inspiration from this work for Needful Things, his own tale of a mysterious stranger who comes to a small town, promising to fulfill the citizens' deepest desires, only to ultimately destroy them.
63. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920). TCM. John Barrymore's performance is for my money the creepiest of the Hydes I have seen.

October 30
64. The Pope's Exorcist (2023). Netflix.
Not as bad as others have said, but still, there's nothing here I haven't seen elsewhere. Russell Crowe adopts an Italian accent in this story of purported real-life events.

October 31
65. The Mummy (1959). TCM.
The 30-something original actor cast to play the hero dropped out so Hammer roped in Peter Cushing who was nearly 50 to play a young man. It's hilarious when other characters refer to him as a boy. The movie is definitely the best of Hammer's other mummy films.
66, The Witches (1966). TCM, Joan Fontaine plays a teacher haunted by an encounter with African voodoo whp discovers witchcraft afoot at her own small English schoool. This was fairly dull until the last half-hour.
67. The Black Cat (1934). TCMA dual starring vehicle for Karloff and Lugosi, the kink level here has been dialed up to 11, coming in neck and neck with The Mask of Fu Manchu as the most bizarre pre-Code horror film.
69. Eye of the Devil (1967). TCM, Deborah Kerr's performance adds style over substance as she investigates her husband's puzzling summons to his family's ancestral estate. While the film features some compelling scenes, the predictable, underwhelming ending undercuts the overall impact.
Spoiler:





Checklist
Spoiler:
Select 10 actors:
-X- John Agar -Hand of Death
--- Paul Bartel -
--- Barbara Crampton -
X-- Peter Cushing -Frankenstein Created Woman
--- Hannah Fierman -
-X- Boris Karloff X-
-X- Christopher Lee -The Oblong Box
-X- Justin Long -Tusk

-X- Bela Lugosi -The Black Cat
--- Roddy McDowall -
--- Stephen McHattie -
--- Caroline Munro -
--- Paul Naschy -
-X-Lou Diamond Phillips -The First Power
-X- Vincent Price -The Oblong Box
--- Diana Prince -
-X- Julian Richings -The Witch
--- Mindy Robinson -
--- Conor Sweeney -
-X- Recently Deceased -Treat Williams/ Deep Rising

Select 5 directors:
--- Charles Band -
--- Lamberto Bava -
--- William Castle -
--- Creep Creepersin -
-X- Dan Curtis -Trilogy of Terror
--- Noboru Iguchi -
--- José Ramón Larraz -
--- Michael J. Murphy -
--- Bill Rebane -
--- Todd Sheets -
--- Watch a Movie Directed By a Female Director -
--- Watch a Movie Directed By a Horror Director Icon -

Select 2 film composers:
--- Chuck Cirino -
--- Rocky Gray -
--- Riz Ortolani -
--- Paul Sawtell -

Select 2 makeup effects artists:
--- Gabriel Bartalos -
--- Howard Berger -
--- Greg Cannom -
--- Kazu Hiro -
--- Helen Magelakis -

Select 2 producers:
--- James Cullen Bressack -
--- Sean S. Cunningham -
--- Michael Paszt -
--- Sam Raimi -

Select 2 writers:
--- Robert Louis Stevenson -
-X- Stephen King -Cat's Eye

Select 30 of the following sub-genres / types:
--- *3-D Film -
-X- Anthology Film -V/H/S 85
--- Appears on 100 Obscure Horror Trash! list -
--- Appears on Edgar Wright's 1,000 Favorite Movies List
--- Appears on They Shoot Zombies, Don't They - The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films -
--- Based on a True Story -
--- Based on a Novel -
--- Blaxploitation -
--- Candy Cinema -
--- Cannibalism -
--- Cinema Inspired By: H.P. Lovecraft -
--- Cinematic Titanic / Horror Host / MST3K / RiffTrax -
--- Comedy / Spoof -
--- Coming-of-Age -
--- Criterion / Masters of Cinema Version Film -
-X- Cryptid Cinema -Deep Rising
--- Cult -
--- Death by: Machete
--- Director or Writer Cameo in Own Film / Film Adaptation
--- Distributor / Studio: 88 Films -
-x- Documentary - Sharksploitation (2023)
-x- Dream Horror -The First Power
--- Drunk Horror -
--- Euro Horror -
--- Enzo Sciotti Art -
--- Extraterrestrial / Takes Place in Space -
--- Fan Film -
--- Featured In: In Search of Darkness Trilogy -
--- Film From Grampa Presents -
--- Film From Someone Else's 'Best of' List -
--- Film From Shudder / AMC+ Fearfest -
--- Film From TCM October 2023 Schedule -
--- Firearms -
--- Fog -
-x- Folk Horror - The Witch (2015)
--- From a Basil Gogos Painting -
-X- Found Footage -V/H/S 85
-X- Frankenstein -Frankenstein Created Woman
--- Ghost / Haunting -
--- Giallo -
--- Hagsploitation -
--- Hypnosis -
--- In Media Res -
-X- Investigation -The First Power
--- J-Horror -
--- Kaiju / Giant Monster -
-x- Killer / Evil Animal - Razorback (1984)
--- Killer / Evil Child -
-X- Killer / Evil Doll -Trilogy of Terror
--- LGBT -
-x- Liminal Horror - Skinamarink (2022)
--- Luchador -
--- Made-for-TV Movie -
--- Mad Scientist -
--- Mummy -
--- Musical / Rock ‘n Roll Horror
--- Name In Title -
--- Nation of Origin: Sweden
--- Nonlinear Timeline -
--- Nu Metal Cinema -
--- Ouija Board -
--- Painting -
--- Phobias -
--- Prison Horror -
--- Psychological -
--- Quarantine -
--- Random Horror Film -
-X-Rape / Revenge -Frankenstein Created Woman
-X- Shot in Los Angeles -Vamp
--- Slasher / Psycho / Homicidal Maniac -
--- Slow Motion -
--- Split Personality -
--- Suicide -
--- Takes Place in a police station -
--- Takes Place in a jungle -
--- Takes Place in an amusement park -
--- Takes Place on an island -
-X- Takes Place on a farm -The Witch
-X- Takes Place on a cruise ship -Deep Rising
--- Three Installments in a Franchise -
-X- Title Spoken By Character -The First Power
--- Trailer Compilation -
--- Travelogue -
-X- Vampire -Vamp
--- Voice-Over Narration -
--- Voyeurism -
--- War -
--- Werewolf -
--- Witchcraft / Satanic / Religious -
--- Wilhelm Scream -
--- With Commentary -
-x- With Two or More Horror Legends-The Oblong Box
--- Zombie -

Select 1 from the ‘Chronological Horror Years Faceoff’:
--- 1923 (100th) -
--- 1948 (75th) -
--- 1973 (50th) -
--- 1998 (25th) -

Select 2 from the following anniversaries:
- 10th Belated Anniversary of 88 Films -
- 20th Belated Anniversary of Umbrella Entertainment -
- 20th Belated Anniversary of Unearthed Films -
- 35th Anniversary of Hong Kong Category III Horror Films -
- 40th Anniversary of Video Nasties -
- 70th Anniversary of 3-D Film -
- 90th Anniversary of Drive-In Theaters -
- 100th Anniversary of Warner Bros. -

Select 3 from the following horror film tropes:
--- It was a dark and stormy night... -
--- A town with a dark secret -
--- The crazy cat lady -
--- The staircase tumble -
--- When the lights go out -
-X- Cranial combustion / The exploding head -Feast
--- The dirty coward -
-X- The television portal -V/H/S 85

Select 4 ratings:
--- G -
--- PG -
-x- PG-13 - Meg 2: The Trench (2023)
--- R -
--- NC-17 -
--- X -
--- Unrated -
--- M -
--- GP -

Select 6 decades of film history:
--- Pre-1930 -
--- 1930 -
--- 1940 -
--- 1950 -
--- 1960 -
--- 1970 -
--- 1980 -
--- 1990 -
--- 2000 -
--- 2010 -
-X- 2020 -Lamb

Watch 1 film with a recently deceased personality:
----- Albert Pyun -
--- Andrés García -
----- Andrew Jones -
----- Andrew Prine -
----- Bert I. Gordon -
----- Bill Basso -
----- Bill Butler -
----- Bill Olsen (Code Red) -
----- Byrd Holland -
----- Cliff Emmich -
----- Earl Boen -
----- Gary Kent -
----- George P. Wilbur -
----- Gerald Fried -
----- Giovanni Lombardo Radice -
----- John Beasley -
----- Julian Sands -
----- Leslie Jordan -
----- Mark Margolis -
----- Michael Lerner -
----- Oliver Wood -
----- Pedro Miguel Arce -
----- Ricou Browning -
----- Ruggero Deodato -
----- Stella Stevens -
----- Tom Sizemore -
--X-- Treat Williams -Deep Rising
----- Walt Olsen (Scorpion Releasing) -

Watch a film shot on 1 of the following:
--- Video -
--- 8mm (Super 8) -
--- 16mm -

Watch 1 title from the OHMC ‘Favorites’ list:
--- (insert title).

Watch a movie and its remake or two adaptations of the same source material back to back on the same day:
--- Original -
--- Remake -

Watch 1 unseen entry from a horror franchise:
--- (insert title).

Watch 1 film from any Amityville or Bad Shark movie:
---

Watch films in at least three formats:
-X- First format, Streaming, Lamb
-X- Second format, TV, Trilogy of Terror.
-X- Third format, Blu-Ray, Feast.


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

Watch 2 films with similar plots:
--- Film #1 -
--- Film #2 -

Watch 3 films that you've never seen before that:
--- Stars a Bruce (that's not Bruce Campbell) - Bruce Davison / Bruce Payne / Bruce Dern / Bruce Greenwood / Bruce Boxleitner / Bruce Bennett / Bruce Dickinson
--- Features water turning to blood -
---Was made in the 2010s -
--- Features a computer -
--- Was written by Wes Craven -
-X- Features a peephole -The Last Voyage of the Demeter
--- Has a scene in an elevator -
--- Was shot in Oakley Court -
--- Is listed in House of Psychotic Women -
--- Takes place in a hotel -
--- Features death by acid burn -
--- Title includes the word terror -

Attend a live or virtual event (convention, play, haunted house, ghost tour, etc.):
--- (insert event). OPTIONAL
--- Listen to a horror movie soundtrack - 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



Last edited by Gobear; 05-19-24 at 05:14 AM.
The following users liked this post:
mallratcal (10-14-23)
Old 08-31-23, 04:03 PM
  #41  
DVD Talk Legend
 
wishbone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 21,447
Likes: 0
Received 177 Likes on 125 Posts
Re: The 19th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread***

***LIST IS COMPLETE***


OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE CHALLENGE LISTS: 2022 · 2021 · 2020 · 2019 · 2018 · 2017 · 2016 · 2015 · 2014 · 2013 · 2012 · 2008 · 2007 · 2006

001 · OCT 01 · Meg 2: The Trench (2023) · Streaming · ☼
002 · OCT 02 · The Seventh Victim (1943) · Streaming · ☼
003 · OCT 06 · Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) · Streaming
004 · OCT 07 · The Invisible Ray (1936) · Streaming · ☼
005 · OCT 10 · The Beast with Five Fingers (1946) · Streaming · ☼
006 · OCT 11 · Twins of Evil (1971) · Streaming
007 · OCT 13 · The Terror (1963) · Cable
008 · OCT 14 · The Robot vs. the Aztec Mummy (1958) · Streaming · ☼
009 · OCT 17 · Quatermass 2: Enemy From Space (1957) · Streaming · ☼
010 · OCT 19 · The Earth Dies Screaming (1964) · Streaming
011 · OCT 19 · The Devil-Doll (1936) · Streaming
012 · OCT 19 · Mark of the Vampire (1935) · Cable
013 · OCT 22 · The Return of Dracula (1958) · Streaming · ☼
014 · OCT 23 · Son of Kong (1933) · Streaming · ☼
015 · OCT 24 · The Giant Claw (1957) · Streaming · ☼
016 · OCT 30 · The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It (2007) · Streaming · ☼
017 · OCT 30 · The Devil Rides Out (1968) · Cable
018 · OCT 31 · The Wolf Man (1941) · Cable

☼ = FIRST TIME VIEWING

Last edited by wishbone; 11-01-23 at 01:24 PM.
Old 08-31-23, 04:07 PM
  #42  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Spiderbite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: Birmingham, AL
Posts: 16,340
Received 1,147 Likes on 701 Posts
Re: The 19th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread***

Final Tally: 110 entries
Movies: 104
TV Shows/Extras: 15 episodes/extras totaling 6 entries
Soundtracks/Various Horror Music Specials: 19
Podcasts: 5
Halloween themed events: 3
Books: 1
Comics: 11
First time viewings for movies: 62 (60%)
Decades for movies: 1910s - 0 (0%); 20s - 2 (2%); 30s - 1 (1%); 40s - 8 (8%); 50s - 3 (3%); 60s - 5 (5%); 70s - 14 (13%); 80s - 25 (24%); 90s - 7 (7%); 2000s - 9 (9%); 10s - 10 (9%); 20s - 20 (19%)
Formats: DVD - 3 (3%); Blu-ray - 31 (29%); UHD - 5 (5%); Streaming - 63 (61%); Theatrical - 2 (2%)
Challenges completed: 100 films; subset films; possibly others?


THE 2023 LIST


*denotes first time viewing (movies only)
All ratings out of *****


Subset Checklist
Spoiler:
The Witch (2015)
1. Razorback (1984)
2. Linnea Quigley's Horror Workout (1990)
3. It Follows (2014)
4. Martin (1977)
5. The Peanut Butter Solution (1985)
6. Cat's Eye (1985)
7. Final Destination 2 (2003)
8. The Asphyx (1972)
Mill of the Stone Women (1960)
9. Libido (1965)
10. Pearl (2022)
11. The Burning (1981)
Ebola Syndrome (1996)
12. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)
Dementia (AKA "Daughter of Horror") (1955)
The Company of Wolves (1984)

13. Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)
14. Alone in the Dark (1982)
15. Come True (2020)
16. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
The Amazing Mr. X (1948)
Torso (1973)
Ringu (1998)
17. Terror at Tenkiller (1986)
18. Dream Home (2010)
19. Talk to Me (2023)
20. Possession (1981)

21. Warlock (1989)-
There's Nothing Out There (1991)
22. Invaders from Mars (1986)
23. Shock Waves (1977)
24. Strangler vs. Strangler (1984)
25. Evil Dead Rise (2023)
26. Nightmare (AKA "Nightmares in a Damaged Brain") (1981)
Sleepless (2001)
Cut and Run (1984)
Empire of the Ants (1977)
27. Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)
28. Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)
29. The Hidden (1987)
30. Livid (2011)
31. Terrifier 2 (2022)
Trick or Treat (1986)
Ready or Not (2019)


MOVIES:
1. The Witch (2015 - streaming - sub - Max) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. ***
*2. Razorback (2017 - streaming - rental - Amazon) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. ***
*3. Boar (2017 - streaming - sub - AMC+) - fun quasi-sequel to Razorback with mostly good practical effects and horrible CG. ***
*4. A Classic Horror Story (2021 - streaming - sub - Netflix) - Wrong Turn mixed with A Cabin In The Woods plus some folk horror ala Midsommar thrown in. Better than expected. ***
5. The Brood (1979 - Blu-ray - own) - Not as good as I remembered it when I first saw it years ago. Maybe I wasn't in the mood, or it just didn't hold any surprises for me anymore. ***
6. It Follows (2014 - streaming - sub - Paramount+) - fuck this movie - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. *
*7. Pearl (2022 - streaming - sub - P+) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. *1/2
*8. Martin (1977 - streaming - Youtube) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. ***
*9. The Peanut Butter Solution (1985 - streaming - Tubi) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. **1/2
*10. Don't Panic (1987 - Blu-ray - own) - worth watching only for how unintentionally hilarious it is. Mexican Nightmare On Elm Street rip-off with high comedy throughout. **
*11. The Seventh Victim (1943 - streaming - RayGun) - starts strong but due to a convoluted storyline and dippy love story, it eventually lacks. **1/2
12. Christine (1983 - UHD - own) - Fantastic picture. This movie is a mainstay that I tend to watch every 5 years or so. I believe it was the first R-rate movie on VHS I ever saw. ***1/2
*13. Cat's Eye (1985 - streaming - sub - Max) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. ***
*14. Rawhead Rex (1986 - Blu-ray - own) - What a fun movie! Can't believe I never saw this before. I just wish the monster had a more expressive face. ***
*15. The Asphyx (1972 - streaming - rental - Amazon) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. ***
*16. The Mill Of The Stone Women (1960 - streaming - sub - AMC+) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. ***
17. Final Destination 2 (2003 - Blu-ray - own) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. ***
*18. Impulse (1974 - Blu-ray - own) - Watch Captain Kirk fight Oddjob & Shatner chew every piece of scenery as you cry "What the fuck just happened?" **1/2
19. Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man (1943 - Blu-ray - own) - too much wolf man and not enough of the monster. Kinda dull unfortunately. **
*20. Libido (1965 - streaming - Tubi) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. **
21. The Burning (1981 - streaming - sub - Prime) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. ***1/2
22. Horror Express (1972 - Blu-ray - own) - I have seen this before and I think I enjoyed it even more this time. Snappy dialogue, interesting monster & just a lot of fun. ****1/2
*23. Horror High (1973 - Blu-ray - own) - Pretty dull teenage rendition of Jekyll & Hyde. has promise but doesn't deliver. *1/2
*24. Dementia (1955 - streaming - sub - Screambox) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. ****
25. High Tension (2003 - Blu-ray - own) - A great movie that is ruined in the last 15 minutes by an idiotic twist. It really hurts repeat views. ***
26. The Company Of Wolves (1984 - streaming - sub - AMC+) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. ****1/2
27. Linnea Quigley's Horror Workout (1990 - streaming - alyxstar link) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. *1/2
*28. Ebola Syndrome (1996 - streaming - alyxstar link) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. ***
*29. Torso (1973 - streaming - sub - Screambox) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. ***
30. Friday The 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986 - Blu-ray) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. ****1/2
31. Friday The 13th (1980 - UHD - own) - Still spooky after all these years. And the best it has ever looked! ****1/2
*32. The Amazing Mr. X (1948 - streaming - sub - Prime) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. ****1/2
33. The Wicker Man (1973 - Blu-ray - own) - Such an awesome and unique movie. I never get tired of it. *****
34. House Of Frankenstein (1944 - Blu-ray - own) - This movie is a blast. Like three mini-movies in one. ****
*35. Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders (1970 - Blu-ray - library) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. *
*36. The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1923 - streaming - Youtube) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. ****
*37. Terror At Tenkiller (1986 - streaming - alyxstar link) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. *1/2
38. The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1923 - streaming - Youtube) - viewed with commentary by Howard Blake. Extremely well informed and interesting. Worth the listen. ****
*39. Friday The 13th: Vengeance (2019 - streaming - Youtube) - Fun fan film direct sequel to FT13 Part VI. Lacks gore & good effects but makes up for it in nudity surprisingly. ***
*40. Alone In The Dark (1982 - streaming - alyxstar link) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. *1/2
*41. There's Nothing Out There (1991 - streaming - sub - Prime) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. ****
*42. Friday The 13th Vengeance 2: Bloodlines (2022 - streaming - Youtube) - Fan film sequel dumps the nudity and ups the gore getting better results than the first film. ***1/2
*43. The Shiver Of The Vampires (1971 - streaming - Kanopy) - A rather dull affair about hippie vampires. *1/2
*44. Knock Knock (2015 - streaming - sub - Max) - Hilariously bad movie. Keanu has his Nicolas Cage moments in this. **
*45. Smile (2022 - streaming - sub - Paramount+) - Effective but a little slow movie. same concept but better than It Follows. ***
46. The Wolf Man (1941 - UHD - Own) - A classic. Even only clocking in at a little over an hour, it still feels a little slow in spots. ***1/2
*47. Come True (2020 - streaming - sub - AMC+) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. ****
*48. Stanley (1972 - Blu-ray - own) - Boring as fuck. The only thing cool is the snake handling. *
*49 Skinamarink (2022 - Blu-ray - library) - What the fuck. Great atmosphere but this should have been a 20-minute short. *
50. Stake Land (2010 - Blu-ray - own) - Just a fantastically bleak film. So well made for the obvious low budget. ****1/2
51. Pandorum (2009 - Blu-ray - own) - Always liked this movie. Nice twist on the normal fighting aliens in space plot. ***1/2
*52. Invaders From Mars (1986 - streaming - sub - Prime) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. ***
53. Ringu (1998 - streaming - sub - AMC+) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. *
54. Creature From Black Lake (1976 - streaming - sub - Prime) - 1970's drive-in cheese that I have not seen since I was a kid in the early 80's. Fun but dumb. ***
*55. The Masque Of The Red Death (1964 - Blu-ray - library) - Great looking film but just too dull for me. I really wanted to like it. *1/2
56. House Of Dracula (1945 - Blu-ray - own) - They have run the well dry at this point. **1/2
*57. Shock Waves (1977 - streaming - sub - Prime) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. ***
*58. The Devil On Trial (2023 - streaming - sub - Netflix) - Documentary with good archival footage. Nice to see so many of the original people involved but still a little static. ***1/2
*59. Dream Home (2010 - streaming - alyxstar link) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. ***
60. Possession (1981 - streaming - sub - AMC+) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. ***1/2
*61. Evil Dead Rise (2023 - streaming - sub - Max) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. ****1/2
*62. Talk To Me (2022 - streaming - rental - Prime) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. *****
63. Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark (1988 - streaming - sub - Prime) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. ***1/2
*64. The Hound Of The Baskervilles (1959 - DVD - library) - nice little Sherlock Holmes whodunnit with horror overtones. Can't go wrong with Cushing & Lee together. ***
65. The Uninvited (1944 - DVD - library) - I am not sure why this makes so many top horror movie lists. May have been scary then but it is just a charming bore now. *
*66. Invaders From Mars (1953 - streaming - rental - Prime) - Dumb 50's alien invasion fun. ***
*67. Warlock (1989 - streaming - alyxstar link) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. ***
*68. Malibu Horror Story (2023 - theater) - decent found footage/ghost hunter show/regular movie narrative low budget film. ***
*69. Saw X (2023 - theater) - Solid sequel to the everlasting series. Some brutal traps in this one. I enjoyed the dramatic narrative. ***1/2
70. Empire Of The Ants (1977 - streaming - alyxstar link) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. ***1/2
*71. Scoob! (2020 - streaming - SouthWest flight) - Not really any horror to choose from. This had some ghost and Halloween themes. It was cute. Enjoyed all the old animation callbacks. ***
72. The Mummy's Tomb (1942 - Blu-ray - own) - Just ok. Nothing special. Not a huge Mummy fan anyway. **1/2
*73. Strangler Vs. Strangler (1984 - streaming - alyxstar link) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. *1/2
*74. Cut And Run (1984 - streaming - Youtube) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. *
*75. American Carnage (2022 - Blu-ray - library) - A Get Out clone with Hispanics with a heavier social message with some comedy mixed in. Just ok. **1/2
*76. Spiral (2021 - streaming - sub - Hulu) - Pretty weak Saw installment. As an actor Chris Rock is a comedian. Watchable but not good. **1/2
77. Nightmares In A Damaged Brain (1981 - streaming - alyxstar link) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. **
78. Terrifier 2 (2022 - streaming - sub - Prime) - see my thoughts in the specific thread. **
*79. Sleepless (2001 - streaming - alyxstar link) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. **
*80. Monster Inside: America's Most Extreme Haunted House (2023 - streaming - sub - Hulu) - Fascinating documentary. No way in hell I would do it. ****
*81. Spoonful Of Sugar (2022 - streaming - sub - AMC+) - drugged out babysitter of severely autistic boy causes chaos. **1/2
82. Terror In The Aisles (1984 - Blu-ray - own) - I loved revisiting this "clip show" every few years. Donald Pleasance & Nancy Allen both make great hosts! ****1/2
83. Brotherhood Of The Wolf (2001 - streaming - sub - AMC+) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. ****
84. The Hidden (1987 - DVD - library) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. ****
*85. Livid (2011 - streaming - alyxstar link) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. ***
*86. Ready Or Not (2019 - Blu-ray - library) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. 1/2 a star
*87. Abandoned (2022 - Blu-ray - library) - Just sheer boredom. Crying baby. Man talks to old man. Woman hears things. Repeat all three for an hour and a half. 1/2 a star
88. Werewolf Of London (1935 - Blu-ray - own) - Nice mix of humor and horror. Wonder why this version didn't hit like The Wolf Man did? ***
*89. Trick Or Treat (1986 - streaming - sub - Screambox) - see my thoughts in the specific review thread. ***1/2
90. Jeepers Creepers (2001 - Blu-ray - own) - this one holds up well. But why is he driving the truck when he can fly? ****
91. Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003 - Blu-ray - own) - This holds up too. Nice monster flick! ***1/2
92. Elvira's Haunted Hills (2001 - streaming - sub - AMC+) - this is a decent follow-up to the first one. More of the same but setting is different. ***
*93. Munster, Go Home! (1966 - Blu-ray - own) - silly and not really my thing. I have always tried to like The Munsters but just can't seem to capture it. **
94. Nightbreed: The Director's Cut (1990 - Blu-ray - own) - Just kind of silly and not really scary. I think I prefer the theatrical cut. **
*95. Spookies (1986 - Blu-ray - own) - Terrible film that makes zero sense but has really cheap but good special effects. *1/2
*96. When Evil Lurks (2023 - streaming - sub - AMC+) - Solid chiller with some great moments but missing something. ***1/2
97. Cube (1997 - streaming - Kanopy) - Decent low budget affair. Some poor acting but decent effects for something so low budget. Nice concept but a little too ambiguous. ***
98. Dead Alive (1992 - streaming - Youtube) - Haven't seen this in forever and funny and goopy as hell. A lot of fun! ****1/2
99. Poltergeist (1982 - 4K UHD - own) - The classic that still holds up today! I love this movie. *****
100. The Innocents (1961 - Blu-ray - own) - Classic creeper that still sends some chills up my spine. ***1/2
*101. Landlocked (2001 - streaming - sub - Screambox) - Probably one of the better found footage movies I have seen. Will make you sad for lost family and youth. ****
*102. HeBGB TV (2022 - streaming - sub - Screambox) - Nice idea but pretty lame execution. **
*103. Road Games (1981 - streaming - sub - Screambox) - Stacy Keach is awesome in this. Nice little thriller. ***1/2
104. Halloween III: Season Of The Witch (1982 - 4K UHD - own) - Such a bizarre movie. ***


TV SHOWS/EXTRAS:
.25 - The Addam's Family (1965 - DVD) Season 1 Episode 19 - The Addams Family Splurges: The Family wants to vacation on the Moon and decide the way to pay for it.
.50 - The Addam's Family (1965 - DVD) Season 1 Episode 20 - Cousin Itt Visits The Addams Family: The first appearance of everyone's favorite walking wig! Live action Fred Flintstone!
.75 - The Addam's Family (1965 - DVD) Season 1 Episode 20 - Cousin Itt Visits The Addams Family (w/ commentary): Entertaining enough with Itt, Pugsley & Weds in attendance.
1.0 - Birth Pains: The Making Of The Brood - 30-minute documentary on the Criterion Collection release. Quite interesting and well done for its brevity.
1.5 - Don't Panic (1987 - Blu-ray) - commentary by The Hysteria Continues. Dry, unfunny with mildly interesting trivia given. I halved the count as I half-assed listened to it.
2.0 - Creepshow (2019 - streaming - sub - AMC+) Season 1 Episode 1 - Gray Matter / The House Of The Head: First half nah. Second story is one of the best shorts in a while!
2.5 - Creepshow (2019 - streaming - sub - AMC+) Season 1 Episode 2 - Bad Wolf Down / The Finger: Both were fun episodes. Why haven't I watched this show before?!?!
2.75 - The Last Drive-in w/ Joe Bob Briggs: Halloween (1978 - streaming - sub - AMC+) - Just counted this because I just watched the Joe Bob parts which was 30 minutes. Interesting trivia.
3.25 - Creepshow (2019 - streaming - sub - AMC+) Season 1 Episode 3 - All Hallows Eve / The Man In The Suitcase: another round of great shorts!
3.75 - Creepshow (2019 - streaming - sub - AMC+) Season 1 Episode 4 - The Companion / Lydia Layne's Better Half: another solid pair!
4.25 - Creepshow (2019 - streaming - sub - AMC+) Season 1 Episode 5 - Night Of The Paw / Times Is Tough In Musky Holler: weakest set so far but still decent.
4.75 - Creepshow (2019 - streaming - sub - AMC+) Season 1 Episode 6 - Skincrawlers / By The Silver Water Of Lake Champlain: Enjoyable! Love the skincrawelers one.
5.25 - Creepshow (2020 - streaming - sub - AMC+) Animated Special - Survivor Type / Twittering From The Circus Of The Dead: Decent but not as good as the live action shows
5.75 - Creepshow (2020 - streaming - sub - AMC+) Holiday Special - Shapeshifters Anonymous: Fantastic! Funny as shit and some great horror themes.
6.0 - The Addam's Family (1965 - DVD) Season 1 Episode 21 - The Addams Family In Court: Goofy, fun stuff.


BOOKS/MAGAZINES:
Transgressive Horror: Reflections On Scare Films That Broke The Rules


COMICS:
1. KISS/Army Of Darkness - Issue #3
2. KISS/Army Of Darkness - Issue #4
3. KISS/Army Of Darkness - Issue #5
4. Dark Shadows: Year One - Issue #3
5. Dark Shadows: Year One - Issue #4
6. Dark Shadows: Year One - Issue #5
7. Dark Shadows: Year One - Issue #6
8. Something Is Killing The Children - Issue #1
9. Something Is Killing The Children - Issue #2
10. Something Is Killing The Children - Issue #3
11. Something Is Killing The Children - Issue #4


SOUNDTRACKS/MUSIC:
1. Pumpkinhead by Richard Stone - CD
2. Psycho (1960 Soundtrack) by Bernard Hermann - CD
3. Prince Of Darkness by John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - CD
4. Little Shop Of Horrors by Various (movie cast soundtrack) - CD
5. It Follows by Disasterpiece - Spotify
6. The Village by James Newton Howard - Spotify - what a dull movie score. Would be good to go to sleep by.
7. Freaky 50 2023 Playlist - SiriusXM - Awesome music spanning the 50's to today all dealing with freaky, spooky, or scary stuff. Excellent list!
8. Halloween Radio Main | 343 days until Halloween! Every Halloween we make you scream! - all through the month!
9. Halloween Howls: Fun & Scary Music by Andrew Gold - Spotify
10. Come True by Electric Youth - Spotify - I love this retrowave score for the movie. New favorite!
11. Annihilation by Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow - Spotify - It is okay. A little too soft and dull in spots.
12. Mutant by Richard Band - CD - Standard stuff.
13. Inseminoid by John Scott - CD
14. It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown by Vince Guaraldi - CD
15. The Ring by Hans Zimmer - CD - the score is much better than the overrated movie.
16. Dan Curtis' Dracula by Robert Cobert - CD
17. The Day The Earth Stood Still - by Bernard Herrman - CD
18. Ghost Ride: A Road Trip Radio Mixtape - Sirius XM
19. Nitro Halloween Headbangers - Sirius XM

PODCASTS:
1. Every Horror Movie On Netflix: A Classic Horror Story - Just okay movie review podcast. Not very interesting or funny.
2. Hometown Ghost Storie's Horror Movie Review!: Insidious & It Follows - another just okay movie review podcast. Brief and not very entertaining.
3. The Project Booth Podcast: Episode 167 Possession (1981) - better than average film critic podcast
4. The Slaughtered Lamb Movie Podcast: The Best And Worst Of Friday The 13th Part 6 Jason Lives - quick and to the point podcast. Pretty good.
5. Next Best Picture Podcast: Talk To Me - decent movie review podcast.


EVENTS:
1. 10-8-23 - Spirit Mansion: Birmingham, AL - Traveling ghost story show with cocktails. Awful and not worth your time or money. The producers put in zero effort.
2. 10-21-23 - The Petrified Forest: Orlando, FL - Fun haunted trails/houses. Three different ones with a small carnival type atmosphere.
3. 10-22-23 - Orlando Haunts: Orlando, FL - Awful ghost stories tour in rancid downtown Orlando. Sketchy as fuck and not well thought out.

Last edited by Spiderbite; 11-07-23 at 04:23 PM.
Old 08-31-23, 05:09 PM
  #43  
Senior Member
 
tarfrimmer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: California
Posts: 489
Received 16 Likes on 11 Posts
Re: The 19th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread***


TARFRIMMER'S

2023 OCTOBER HORROR CHALLENGE


LIST (* = first time viewing):
Spoiler:
09/301* THE RAVEN (1935)

"The Edgar Allan Poe Mystery Show!"
Directed by: Lew Landers
Runtime: 61 min
Country: USA
Language: English
IMDb
Format: Peacock
Checklist: With Two or More Horror Legends
Rating: ***
2* SKINAMARINK (2022)

"In this house..."
Directed by: Kyle Edward Ball
Runtime: 100 min
Country: Canada
Language: English
IMDb
Format: Shudder
Checklist: Liminal Horror
Rating: **
3Subset:

THE WITCH (2015)


"Evil Takes Many Forms."
Directed by: Robert Eggers
Runtime: 92 min
Country: USA/Canada/UK
Language: English
IMDb
Format: HBO
Checklist: Folk Horror
Rating: ****
DAY ONE: 04 H 13 M
10/014* SHARKSPLOITATION (2023)

"A documentary that goes into the Jaws of Hollywood."
Directed by: Stephen Scarlata
Runtime: 106 min
Country: USA
Language: English
IMDb
Format: Shudder
Checklist: Documentary
Rating: ***1/2
5Subset:

RAZORBACK (1984)


"A hog-wild tale of terror in the Australian outback."
Directed by: Russell Mulcahy
Runtime: 95 min
Country: Australia
Language: English
IMDb
Format: Prime Rental
Checklist: Killer/Evil Animal
Rating: ***
6* CYCLONE (1978)

"If the storm doesn't kill you... the sharks will! Who will survive?"
Directed by: René Cardona Jr.
Runtime: 100 min
Country: Mexico
Language: English
IMDb
Format: Freevee
Checklist: RIP: Andrés García
Rating: **1/2
7* UP FROM THE DEPTHS (1979)

"Your vacation is about to end!!!"
Directed by: Charles B. Griffith
Runtime: 85 min
Country: USA
Language: English
IMDb
Format: YouTube
Checklist: Bad Shark Movie
Rating: **
8LAKE PLACID (1999)

"You'll never know what bit you."
Directed by: Steve Miner
Runtime: 82 min
Country: USA
Language: English
IMDb
Format: Pluto TV
Checklist: RIP: Bill Basso
Rating: ***
9* SURROUNDED (Frenzy) (2018)

"Survival is her only option."
Directed by: Jose Montesinos
Runtime: 85 min
Country: USA
Language: English
IMDb
Format: SyFy
Checklist: In Media Res
Rating: **
10* 47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED (2019)

"Fear Runs Deep."
Directed by: Johannes Roberts
Runtime: 90 min
Country: USA/UK
Language: English
IMDb
Format: Netflix
Checklist: Never Seen: Decade: 2010s
Rating: ***
11* MEG 2: THE TRENCH (2023)

"New Meg. New Chum."
Directed by: Ben Wheatley
Runtime: 116 min
Country: USA/China
Language: English
IMDb
Format: HBO
Checklist: Rated: PG13
Rating: ***
DAY TWO: 12 H 39 M
10/0212Subset:

* LINNEA QUIGLEY'S HORROR WORKOUT (1990)


"SEE! Linnea Shape Up the Living Dead Through Zombiecise!"
Directed by: Kenneth J. Hall
Runtime: 60 min
Country: USA
Language: English
IMDb
Format: Tubi
Checklist: Shot on: Video
Rating: *1/2
13ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948)

"Jeepers! The creepers are after Bud and Lou!"
Directed by: Charles Barton, Walter Lantz
Runtime: 83 min
Country: USA
Language: English
IMDb
Format: Prime Video
Checklist: Cast: Bela Lugosi
Rating: ****
14