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Discussion in 'General' started by maskull, Sep 26, 2014.
Cannibal Holocaust BD
Bloodsucking Freaks BD
The Beyond BD
Demons 2 BD
The Evil Dead (1981) BD
Dawn Of The Dead (1978 - extended cut) DVD
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) BD
Ghost Adventures: Halloween Special 2014 - Ireland's Celtic Demons TV
Ghost Adventures: 100th Episode Special - The Exorcist House TV
The Exorcist BD
Night Of The Living Dead (1968) DVD
I went all-out by watching some of my absolute favorite Horror films on this day. Also had some time to catch a couple Ghost Adventures episodes as well. All in all, a great October Horror run with 93 total films and 21 TV episodes watched. Can't wait for next year!
1) Man, do you even sleep?
2) Bloodsucking Freaks is in rather good company there, isn't it? But hey, having recently seen it for the first time, I have to say that I enjoyed it more than I had expected. And I had expected to kinda like it.
:lol: I know. I think I got this binge watching thing down to a science now. As for Bloodsucking Freaks, it's a film that slowing grew on me year after year and now I absolutely love it.
** = first time viewing
10/28 - Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later (1998) 4/10
10/29 – Halloween: Resurrection (2002) 6/10
10/30 – Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) 2/10
Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later (1998) 4/10
OMG is this film frustrating. The first 45 minutes has to be some of the most annoying in horror cinema. It feels like every few minutes there is a lame jump scare that is punctuated by the music. And many of them are the type where a character is startled when they run into another character just coming from off-screen. A character that they should have been able to see but couldn’t because they were off-screen. The score for the film is so overbearing that its obnoxious. Its a shame the first half is so annoying because the final showdown is amazing. There is no part in the sequels better than the final 20 minutes of H20. WTF is with Josh Hartnett’s hair?
Halloween: Resurrection (2002) 6/10
Yes, Busta Rhymes is one of the most annoying characters in horror cinema history. But thankfully his screen time is limited and the rest of the cast ain’t bad. Other than Tyra and Busta, I like just about everything else about HALLOWEEN 8. The opening minutes are some the best from any of the sequels. The score is awesome. The web cam storyline works well for a slasher flick made in the early 2000’s. More importantly, this is one of the only sequels where Michael looks cool. In most of the sequels he looks lame to the point of distraction (especially George Wilbur).
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) 2/10
I’ve read countless glowing impressions of HALLOWEEN 3 and it seems like everyone loves this film. When I watched it for the first time back in 2009 I hated it. I was fairly new to horror back then so figuring my appreciation for horror and Halloween has grown since then, it was time to give SEASON OF THE WITCH another try. I was ready to love this film as much as all of you. Tom Aktins is the man so there is no way could hate one of his films the second time around. Wrong! I still hate HALLOWEEN 3 for all the same reasons as I did in 2009.
Final update. Halloween, what else would I watch? Well I also Watched The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.
The Fly (1986)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Halloween II (1981)
Hatchet III (2013)
Hatchet 2 (2010)
Scream 3 (2000) & Scream 4 (2011)
Scream (1996) & Scream 2 (1997)
John Dies in the End (2012)
Night of the Creeps (1986)
Galaxy of Terror (1981)
The Visitor (1979)
Texas Chainsaw (2013)
Blood Massacre (1991?)
+ Bonus film: Gone Girl (2014)
Dracula's Widow (1988)
House at the End of the Street (2012)
Kill, Baby… Kill (1966)
The Legend of Hell House (1973)
2014 total = 55 (not including TV shows or commentary tracks)
** = first time viewing
10/01 - Halloween (1978) 9/10
10/01 - Halloween II (1981) 6/10
10/02 - Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (Night Warning) (1982) 6/10 **
10/03 – Curtains (1983) 5/10 **
10/03 – Puppetmaster (1989) 6/10 **
10/04 – Puppet Master II (1990) 5/10 **
10/04 – Apollo 18 (2011) 6/10 **
10/05 – MurderDrome (2013) 6/10 **
10/06 – Nothing Left to Fear (2013) 5/10 **
10/07 – Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge (1991) 6/10 **
10/07 – Puppet Master 4 (1993) 3/10 **
10/08 – Deadly Eyes (1982) 6/10 **
10/08 – The Food of the Gods (1976) 5/10 **
10/09 – Mosquito (1995) 6/10 **
10/09 - Grizzly (1976) **
10/10 – I Am a Ghost (2012) **
10/10 – Puppet Master 5: The Final Chapter (1994) 4/10 **
10/11 – Curse of the Puppet Master (1998) 4/10 **
10/11 – Mad at the Moon (1992) 1/10 **
10/12 –The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) **
10/12 –The Howling (1981) 8/10
10/13 –Big Bad Wolf (2006) 6/10 **
10/13 – Retro Puppet Master (1999) 1/10 **
10/14 - Puppet Master: The Legacy (2003) 1/10 **
10/14 – Detour (2003) 4/10 **
10/15 – Night of the Demons (2009) 4/10 **
10/15 – The Thing (2011) 6/10 **
10/16 – Scream 2 (1997) 6/10
10/16 – The Ghost Galleon (Horror of the Zombies) (1974) 4/10 **
10/17 - Night of the Living Dead (1968) **
10/17 – The Return of the Living Dead (1985) 9/10
10/18 - Return of the Living Dead II (1988) 1/10 **
10/18 – Return of the Living Dead III (1993) 6/10 **
10/18 – Night of the Living Babes (1987) **
10/19 - More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead (2011) **
10/19 - Baby Yaga (Baby Yaga, Devil Witch) (1973) **
10/20 – The Iron Rose (1973) 2/10 **
10/20 - 5 Dolls for an August Moon (1970) 4/10 **
10/21 – Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort (2014) 6/10 **
10/21 - Terror at Tenkiller (1986) 2/10 **
10/22 – The Last Slumber Party (1988) 1/10 **
10/22 – The Final Terror (1983) 6/10 **
10/23 – Elvira's Movie Macabre: Scared to Death (1947) **
10/23 –13 Nights of Elvira: Demonic Toys (1992) 2/10 **
10/24 - V/H/S (2012) **
10/24 - J.D.'s Revenge (1976) 6/10 **
10/24 – Ginger Snaps (2000) 8/10 **
10/25 - Bloody Parrot (1981) 7/10 **
10/25 - Masters of Horror S1: Incident on and Off a Mountain Road (2005) 6/10 **
10/25 - Masters of Horror S1: Dance of the Dead (2005) 5/10 **
10/25 - Masters of Horror S1: Pick Me Up (2006) 7/10 **
10/25 - Masters of Horror S2: Right to Die (2007) 6/10 **
10/26 - Drácula [Spanish Version] (1931) **
10/26 - Fright Night (1985) 4/10 **
10/27 - Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) 7/10 **
10/27 - The Hitchhiker: The Legendary Billy B. (1987) 4/10 **
10/27 - The Hitchhiker: In the Name of Love (1987) 5/10 **
10/27 - The Hitchhiker: Homebodies (1987) 4/10 **
10/27 - The Hitchhiker: Why Are You Here? (1987) 6/10
10/28 - Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later (1998) 4/10
10/29 – Halloween: Resurrection (2002) 6/10
10/30 – Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) 2/10
10/31 – Terror in the Aisles (1984)
10/* – Drive-In Delirium horror trailers
Terror in the Aisles (1984)
I watched TERROR IN THE AISLES for the first time two years ago and enjoyed it immensely. My second viewing proved to be just as enjoyable as the first. The opening montage set to the HALLOWEEN theme is thrilling. Even though I am overly familiar with most of the clips Donald Pleasance’s near constant narration makes the whole thing a hoot. If I have one gripe it’s that NIGHHAWKS gets an obnoxious amount of screen time devoted to it. There are too many thrillers but for the most part their clips are brief and appropriate for the show.
It was mentioned earlier in this thread that TERROR IN THE AISLES was commonly used as a “must see” checklist by horror fans back before the Internet. Two years ago, I noticed that I had not seen 58 of the 76 films featured so I decided that I would give myself until October 2014 to see those films plus a few others that I hadn’t seen in recent years. I have completed the checklist and would say that it was worthwhile despite the fact that I didn’t enjoy a high percentage of the films. What made it worthwhile is that I did find some gems that I may not have seen otherwise. Most notably ABBOT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTIEN, SCARED STIFF, and KONGA. I was also woefully behind on Cronenberg and Hitchcock as well, two directors that are heavily featured in TITA. My biggest issue with the films that were chosen for TITA is that there are far too many thrillers for a clip show who’s title begins with “Terror”. For the most part it was the thrillers like MIDNIGHT EXPRESS, THE SEDUCTION and MARATHON MAN that were the least enjoyable to watch. My other issue with the list of films is that only one film (NIGHTWING) was obscure. Although I wouldn’t be surprised if it was readily available on VHS rental selves in the 80’s. A lack of obscure films did make for a very affordable checklist to follow. Not including my Netflix subscription and the purchases I would have made for films I was happy to add to my collection regardless, I only spent a total of $10 for two titles (EYES OF LAURA MARS and NIGHTWING).
Drive-In Delirium Vol. 1-3
Throughout the month there were a handful of nights where I began my evening with 30 minutes of trailer watching to set the mood. The Drive-In Delirium releases were perfect. Each one has well more than 100 horror trailers in sections of at least 30+. The selection and quality of the trailers is very impressive as well. These are a must own for fans of trailer comps and I assume would be enjoyed immensely by most on this board.
From Beyond the Grave (1973)
Wow, had a lot of fun with this anthology. Fun stories, performances, and a solid bookend w/ Cushing.
Ghoulies II (1988)
All this October talk about sequels made me revisit this one, and...welllll, it didn't hold up as much as I'd hoped. Still zany, goofy horror fun, but it felt a little long this go-round.
Not a bad way to end the month!
Looks like I got through about 17 flicks this year, as opposed to the 29 in 2013. Bummer I didn't come close to last year, but I had some work travel in there that cut into about a week.
Highest rated viewings were all revisits of old faves:
Kiss of the Damned
The Monster Squad
The Cabin the Woods
Transylvania 6-5000 (1985)
WNUF, you bastards. :glasses:
In retrospect, I wish I'd focused on more first-time viewings, although the data here doesn't support it--since all my lowlights were first-timers. In the time I had, I went with safe bets. Next year, I'll try more more newbies.
As always, it was great to read everyone's opinions and discussions. Even spending 2-5 minutes typing up a "review" of what you watched is worth it for guys like me--because I read 'em all!
Great month, great forum, great contributors.
A month late and I'm still going through this topic. But some mini reviews of what I watched during the Halloween month. It was a first for everything except for Hellraiser and Halloween H20.
I didn't remember as much of this movie as I thought. I did remember the Cenobite with the teeth. He's just a freaky character. This movie is crazy. The practical effects are impressive and the ending way out there. It reminded me of The Golden Child. I read the wiki on Hellraiser and the notes about the book. I think I might read the book as the movie doesn't make it clear why Frank is looking for that cube puzzle. It's kind of funny that if the wiki is correct and he's looking for wild sex and these Cenobites show up, that's messed up. Kind of like the ultimate form of what might happen if you go looking for hookers or those "To Catch a Predator" episodes when the weirdos show up looking for underage girls and find the reporter and cops. It's funny how they call them "predators." Like they are The Predator but they are just a bunch of sick people.
Anyway, this is the only movie in the series I saw before and it got me excited for the rest this time around. It's one of those don't get involved with the wrong woman type of stories. I look forward to the remake now because if Clive Barker is doing it, there shouldn't be a major problem. It could be awesome using someone who would be a modern day Frank. Have him cheating, lying, stealing, committing crimes, etc. Bring in the wild stuff you can find online without even trying. The remake could be crazy good. The idea that a guy that's not all there or under the influence could think that there is a box that could open up new fantasies. It's like hearing about a new drug or the real existence of a lamp that grants three wishes. It's sounds crazy but what's the harm in trying?
I don't see the remake turning out to be a Platinum Dunes type of remake. But I do believe that the original is the best in the series after watching almost all of the movies. There is something in the look and feel of the movie that makes it an old school horror movie. A gritty realism to it. Very classic. The soundtrack is good too. I'm listening to it as I type these reviews. I like Ashley Laurence as the daughter. She's very pretty. Her style in the movie is very 80s and familiar. But I can't place it. Overall I like this one a lot. It's a real dark horror movie.
Hellraiser 2 -
I didn't like this one as much as the first. And after watching all of them, either here or really with Hellrasier 3 is where the series starts a downward slide. I thought this sequel pushed the horror fantasy a bit more. The hospital was way too dirty. I something that I didn't like about the original. And the ending twist with the new Cenobite wasn't that good. I do think the story of the puzzle box lends itself to many other stories. But perhaps these stories should be like Friday the 13th type stories. What happens when people break the rules or go too far, in the example of Hellraiser, which lead to Pinhead showing up. But l like the continuation with Kirsty Cotton. She's a character that you are attached to from the minute you see her in the first movie.
Hellraiser 3 -
Here's where things go bad. The lead actress is one of the women from Star Trek Deep Space Nine. I thought she was fine in that TV show. But her acting here seems more like model who just became an actress. Maybe that's kind of what it's supposed to be though. As her apartment seems pretty luxurious for someone who isn't getting that many news stories. Also, I had to look up the date of this movie. I don't watch the news much but when I used to at times I realized that something was wrong with it. That the lower networks usually had more women leg shots. It's funny that it's mentioned here and the movie is from the early 90s.
I will say that the sex while smoking a cigarette scene is just so seedy awesome that it's cool. And what Pinhead does to that club crowd at one time tops anything from Jason, Freddy, or Michael Myers. But then it's also out of character even though they kind of give a reason for it. Yet Pinhead to me isn't really a slasher type character. He's a punishment character. Similar to Jason in a sense but darker. Once Pinhead and his gang shows up there should be no escape if you've gone down that route. And in this movie the humanizing and slasher stuff seemed to get away from the original intent of the first movie. And the new Cenobites just like in Part 2 were lame.
Hellraiser 4 -
It seems like Pinhead beat Jason to space. I didn't really like this one much. It was cool seeing the origin of the puzzle box and how the story continued. But yet more new uninspired Cenobites and a surprising conclusion made this one seem a bit like a cash grab sequel.
Hellraiser 5 -
I was surprised that this one has no reference to Part 4. I guess it's supposed to be in the time between. But the movie feels like a 90s serial killer B movie right down to the ending credits music. Which isn't bad but just goes to the whole feel of the movie. At one point it got so crazy that I felt like I was watching a David Lynch movie. The movie has one of those ending twists that I don't like but it's ok here because we are dealing with demons. Yet still it's a odd movie coming after Part 4. You would think they would have gone for a full reboot.
Hellraiser 6 -
This movie has one of the better twists that I've seen. I thought I was ahead of the movie and was upset through the majority of it. The movie felt like a repeat of Part 5 too just with a different tone and from the perspective of an office worker instead of cop. The main character also somehow lives in a rundown apartment with high end or replicas of high end furniture. Go figure. But I did like this one because of the return of a main character from the first two movies.
Hellraiser 7 -
I didn't get the ending to this one or how the one character was doing what he was doing using the puzzle box. It was kind of sad though because at least you care about the main character and her journey. I read on the wiki that this movie and the previous two were turned into Hellraiser movies. That they weren't originally written as Hellraiser movies. I guess that's ok as long as you make a good reason for Pinhead to be in the movie. Part 6 wasn't that bad. But with this one, it doesn't have a good explanation for what's happening. Or how Pinhead allowed it to happen. The ending didn't make much sense either.
Hellraiser 8 -
Easily the worst of the series. I wanted to like it too but the twist is terrible. So is the storytelling. I saw a few reviews mentioning how bad this one is. But I thought maybe they were wrong. But they aren't. The Hellraiser videogame is bad too. I think if you don't have the budget or creativity to design something resembling a computer interface or videogame that's supposed to be popular you probably shouldn't even try. Totally unbelievable.
Hellraiser 9 -
I didn't see this one. It's not up on Comcast. From what I understand it's crap and the guy who played Pinhead in every other movie declined to be in this one. I watched the trailer and it looks to be the lowest quality one. Maybe I'll check it out one day. But I'm not going to go out of my way to see it.
Overall, I like Pinhead and the idea of the puzzle box. The first movie is the one to see. Perhaps Part 2 and 6 if you are curious about some of the sequels. But the others, unless you like horror movies and the Cenobites, can be missed. I will say that these are dark horror movies and not much fun like a Friday the 13th, Halloween, or some Nightmare on Elm Street movies. I can see how Hellraiser movies would be for a different sort of crowd. I searched for real life Hellraiser clubs even though I read somewhere that Clive Barker was just influenced by S&M clubs. It would be kind of cool if there was a Hellraiser cube styled club out there. Not the full on S&M as I find the whole girl in leather mask with piercings everywhere kind of odd. But something like that building at the end of Part 3 and in Part 4.
Another thing, I had a few strange sexual dreams after seeing these movies. I remember meeting the devil in one. He was masquerading as a social worker / helper type. I was looking for some place to live. It was cold and snowing in a rundown area, a few blocks outside of a big city. I remembered that he offered me a one bedroom in an apartment building. It was weird that this white rectangular building was around all these so so or abandoned homes. There was a nightclub with beautiful women at bottom of the building. That was the plus. I said no. It's kind of funny that I turned him down because I was thinking that all my stuff wouldn't fit in a one bedroom apartment.
As I walked away I remember seeing the blue and red flashing lights of the club and hearing the hum of loud music and thump of bass. In the windows I saw many beautiful women but they seemed sad not that I was walking away but that they were trapped there. Like they were cursed to live repeating the same life of club hookups and sleeping during the day forever. Thinking about it now the building was in the shape of an "L" with the apartments being the main "|" part and the lower level and club being the "_" part. Very weird.
Also, for the Halloween month Sideshow Toys released this Pinhead statue for order. I know there are puzzle box props out there too. But like a Freddy statue, I can never see myself owning this.
Halloween H20 -
I think this is an ok movie if you like Halloween 2 or the idea that Laurie and Michael are related. The feel and tone of the movie is definitely different from the original Halloween. Michael even moves and fights differently. But I like the setting and boarding High School campus. It does seem too influenced from Scream at times. The humor killing in the opening in particular. For some reason I had a problem with the killing of the kids in this movie vs. the original. It didn't seem like they broke any rules. Perhaps they came off as younger than the kids in the original as well. This movie should have been the end of the series. It seems like they wrote it to end the series too. It's not a bad ending either.
A week or so after watching this one, I had a dream with I think a mixture of Laurie and Jamie Lee Curtis. I'm not sure. But sadly I had multiple dreams during it that when I tried to separate them afterwards I lost the details of the one with Laurie.
Prom Night (Original) -
This isn't the best horror movie but it does make the remake look even worse. From what I remember the remake didn't even follow the story of the original. There was no twist in the remake. And the twist is one of the best parts of the movie. I think it's more revenge mystery movie with slasher elements. I watched the trailer afterwards and I love the last tag line "if you're not back by midnight, you won't be coming home." The dance scene with Jamie Lee Curtis is great. The whole movie shows her acting ability as it was just about right after Halloween. And she's a completely different character here. Really cute. I like how they used the dance scene music again for the climax too. It's crazy with all that's going on. I think I watched a bad version though as some scenes were really dark and I could barely see what was happening. But this is a good movie to check out.
Sticktoitiveness, I like it.
For my part I was rather vexed that I did not finish my night with Bride of Frankenstein (family member had car trouble at that fateful hour). Fortunately I later learned local horror host Svengoolie was going to show the first Frankenstein mid-November, so I waited and watched that again over the air first and then played my Blu-ray of Bride.
I'm not going to lie, it brought a littler tear to my eye as the opening with Elsa as Mary Shelley unspooled.
Shelley, "That wasn't the end at all. Would you like to hear what happened after that? I feel like telling it. It's a perfect night for mystery and horror. The air itself is filled with monsters."
Byron, "I'm all ears. While heaven blasts the night without, open up your pits of hell."
Shelley, "Well then, imagine yourselves standing by the wreckage of the mill. The fire is dying down. Soon, the bare skeleton of the building will be dissolved. The gaunt rafters against the sky."
Some final closure to suture all vexing wounds. I also had the time now to watch the special feature about it this way too. I hadn't watched any of those for ages past.
That statement stuck with me. I've been waiting for the right time to revisit THE WICKER MAN because of it. Running into the trailer earlier this week gave the push I needed. This time giving my full attention... as you said it is chilling. I was glued to my chair for the entirety. There isn't a wasted scene. One of my favorites is the beetle on a string. They give him ample opportunity to see where the plot is headed and he keeps pulling the noose tighter and tighter. Even the children are gleefully leading Howie to his demise. Christopher Lee is fantastic but so is Edward Woodward.