The Annual October Horror Movie Watching Thread - 2016 Edition!!!

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    31 Days of Halloween Movie #18:
    Cat People (1942)
    First time viewing (Criterion Blu)
    **** (out of 5)
    #SCVpsychochallenge Guideline:
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    He's actually wearing a wig here as his hair was not long enough for a Beatles cut. I've always suspected that Chekov was created in part because of the huge popularity of David McCallum as Russian agent "Illya Kuryakin" on THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E which also aired on NBC in those years. McCallum still holds the record for getting the most fan mail of anyone who worked at MGM.
     
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    At the half way mark for the month, with a couple good ones and one stinker. I'd like to pull off more than one a day, but tasks and distractions make that an exception at best and maybe outright unlikely. At least I'm maintaining the discipline of one per day.

    Ratings are out of ****.

    10/13/16 - The Haunting (1999) *1/2
    A psychologist screens a group of volunteers for a spectrum of mental quirks and conducts a study on fear on them at a reputedly haunted house.

    The Gothic style mansion is initially intriguing, but understated style is quickly shoved aside in favor of excessively ornate and elaborate, turning the house into a carnival attraction. Which is the film's problem across the board - there is nothing subtle about this haunting. Freak accidents, pounding doors, shattering windows, animated statues, CGI cold breath effects, a parade of CGI ghosts, a CGI of Catherine Zeta-Jones doing a flip onto a bed (I shit you not, slow motion the scene to see what they bothered to waste effects budget on), even a skull spewing fireplace. Why waste time with a simple bump in the night when you can have an entire room manifest eyes and teeth? The closest this movie gets to understated is repeated aerial shots of the house with ominous music. Mentioned music also tossed in every scene where something isn't explicitly happening, as if the director was ashamed there were any pauses between action shots. Given the film marketing was quick to tout this is the director of Speed and Twister, that bluntness should (like the film itself) not be any source of shock.

    The leads were effective with what they had to work with, which wasn't much (particularly Zeta-Jones, once again relegated to just looking good and vamping it up). The exception being Owen Wilson, who was apparently cast for his ability to be painfully annoying to watch and in that succeeded admirably. In the end the film resorts to the tired haunting story trope of solving an injustice of the past, then short cutting that with a gratuitous action sequence calling out of the bad guy. I damn near expected the film to toss out its version of "get away from her, you bitch!". Wrap it with a nonsensical hero's demise and this film gallantly stays its course riding that accelerating current all the way down a flushed toilet.

    Once in a great while I am actually rewarded when I overlook the negative reviews and listen to the “it’s actually rather good” recommendations. This wasn’t one of those times. If you're looking for a traditional haunted house film, rewatch the original, or numerous excellent ones since like The Changeling. If you're looking for an effects driven haunted house film, rewatch Poltergeist. Don't waste your time on this one.

    10/14/16 - The Rat Saviour (Der Rattengott) (1976) ***
    A destitute author in an impoverished European town takes shelter in an abandoned government building, and finds it to be the gathering place of a secret society. A society whose members are not what they seem, working a conspiracy of misery and discord that may be the grand design of humanity's most notorious pest.

    European hovels and cobblestone streets, crowds of the hopeless poor peddling their meager possessions while watched by eyes in the walls, rodent faced aristocrats reveling at a feast, mist shrouded parks and sewers, dusty wood floored halls walled with books and strewn with numeral covered papers, and a dungeon cell filled with four legged tormenters. This film is wonderfully odd, sometimes eerie, serving up scenes with settings bordering on the surreal.

    The premise is imaginative, at its base the plot predictable, but it is the experience that shines. This film can be viewed for its allegory or as a literal story, either way it’s worth a watch for fans of horror with a touch of artsy and more than a touch peculiar.

    10/15/16 - Worm (2013) ***
    In the near future, humanity has lost the ability to dream. As widespread psychosis erupts, relief arrives in the form of a genetically engineered parasite. A socially inept apartment handyman eagerly partakes to fill the void in his life. But when the cure becomes worse than the ailment, and an illegal underground trade develops with a horrible means of obtaining product, reality crushes his dreams.

    This is a quirky film, initially darkly comical before becoming just plain dark. The film boasts being a mostly improvised performance, and for a much of its early run it shows and not for the good. Scenes and dialogue are sometimes meandering and muddled, likely to pad the running time, and it is clear effort spent on a real script would have been a major asset. Exposition in the form of fake news broadcasts, and amusing and somewhat clever dream sequences (although not particularly dream-like), help push past those speed bumps on the plotline road. But as the film progresses (and, likely, gets on track with the intended core story idea) things tighten up and improve considerably. The depressing, moody conclusion is rather melodramatic but for me it worked.

    The cast and crew clearly invested toil and emotion in the film, but there is a clear lack of polish that is alternately engaging and distracting. I'm convinced a big studio budget production would have botched it, but there is definite room for improvement. There are obvious comparisons to The Stuff, but while that film stayed tongue in cheek this one changes mood like a drug addiction. Happiness and enjoyment until bad trips intrude and then all succumbs to despair. Overall I was impressed, but there were moments that had me close to marking a lower rating, and I can't help but wonder how much better the film could have been.
     
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    10 and 11. Ash vs. Evil Dead season 2 - episodes Home and The Morgue. 3.5/5

    Catching up on the first two episodes of the new season. Still as fun as the first. The first episode sets up the premise of the new season, although it's really just more find-the-Necronomicon and kill Deadites. But if it ain't broke, why fix it? Glad they got the Six Million Dollar Man jokes out early, although I'm betting they're not done. Second episode brings the most "holy shit, did they really go there?" sequence of the entire series so far, and that's saying something. So glad to have this show.

    12. Carrie (1976) 5/5

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    I know I'm not the only one here who "saves" movies. It shows up in the mail, but you wait for that right night to actually watch it. Maybe you wait till this October movie watching extravaganza, maybe it's for a stormy rainy night, maybe it's when you want to open that bottle of ale you've been aging. But when the new special edition of Carrie arrived in my mailbox this afternoon, I knew I'd be watching it tonight. No need to comment on the movie, you all know how good it is. Some of the scenes on this new version look amazing, but with Carrie I just get caught up in the story, whether I'm watching it on 4K Blu-ray or the old full-frame Criterion laserdisc. I don't bother to look for artifacts, edge enhancement, or any of that crap. I just love the movie. I did want to point out something in our hero's defense though: she did not blow the volleyball game at the opening. Sue Snell hits the ball into the net, and then hits it again without any of her teammates touching it. That's a double hit and Miss Collins should have called the point (and game) as soon as she touched it. That is all.
     
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    The Prowler (1981) Seen this one countless times. Enjoyable slasher with some amazing kills. Every time I'm left wondering where the hell does Lawrence Tierney's character disappear to?

    Film count so far 26 movies
     
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    Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)-Both me and my wife absolutely love this film. It's tied with Young Frankenstein for best horror comedy ever in my opinion. It's also a film that as child innocently opened up the doors to horror fandom and the world of the monster kid for me. Bela Lugosi, Glenn Strange, Lon Chaney Jr., Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, the film is jam packed with star power and is both an amazing tribute and satire on the glory days of the Universal monster. Strange is my second favorite Frankenstein's Monster after Karloff.
    Everything in this film works for me, from the cartoon opening to the Vincent Price cameo at the closing of the film. A real delight for viewers of all ages. 10/10.

    Barbarian Queen (1985)-I wanted a little respite from straight horror films so I opted to dust off this obscure movie from my shelf. 'Barbarian Queen' is a b-movie sword and sorcery film that has something to offend everyone. Lana Clarkson is a breathtakingly beautiful actress and quite effective in her role as 'Amathea' a warrior princess leading a revolt against a tyrannical ruler and his henchmen.
    The film is filled with bare breasts, butts and bush and at times seems to be an excuse for titillation bordering on soft-core porn levels. I am no fan of the rape revenge genre or rape in films in general, 'Barbarian Queen' delivers plenty of that and in a very flippant way that is gory car wreck repulsive, you know you should not be looking but do so anyway. I'm no prude, but I found some of the 'joking' about rape along with some of the general dialogue quite shocking. The whole film has a very appealing comic book quality to it which I loved, but the frequency in which women were abused and objectified was a little problematic and made the viewing experience uncomfortable. Certainly not a 'date' movie, and a pretty nasty piece of work for the fantasy genre. I am not a connoisseur of the sword and sorcery sub-genre, so perhaps these points are recurring themes in most of these films?
    I definitely still enjoyed it, despite some cringe worthy moments and it's not as horrid an experience as 'I Spit On Your Grave' or films of that ilk by any means. However, 'Barbarian Queen' is clearly an exploitation film that is a product of its time. I'm not sure that mixing levity and something as abhorrent as rape would be acceptable in today's climate, nor should it be. 7/10.

    Monster Aka Humanoids from the Deep (1980). Mutated fishmen emerge from the deep to mate with nubile young women in another Roger Corman B-movie sleazefest. Corman certainly knew how to put the 'X' in exploitation film. Everything you would expect from such a film is here; gore, nudity, nifty rubbery monsters. Some taboos are even broken with the depiction of animal cruelty and some graphic mutant on female attack scenes. I could have done without the animal cruelty, the attack scenes while graphic are never that excessive though bound to offend some. The attack scenes are also central to the plot of the monsters perpetuating their species, so it's not as gratuitous as some would initially think.
    The whole thing is way too goofy and entertaining to be taken seriously playing like a degenerate updating of 'The Horror of Party Beach'. There is a somewhat corny subplot about the oppression of Native American Indian people, very much in the vein of Frankenheimer's 'The Prophecy', in such a ridiculous film it seems a little out of place.
    The cast is quite excellent for a film of this type and one of the aspects that makes it re-watchable.Rob Bottin's early creature effects certainly do nothing to rival his later work in 'The Howling' and 'John Carpenter's The Thing', large headed amphibious looking monsters with inexplicably long arms.
    A very fun creature feature for those willing to shut their brains off for 80 minutes. 8/10.

    The Warrior and the Sorceress (1984). Mercifully the last Roger Corman film of the day. It's much like 'Barbarian Queen' in plot but nowhere near as entertaining or vibrant. Not even David Carradine can redeem this one. 3/10.

    The Ghost and Mr.Chicken (1966). Closing out the day with some lighthearted entertainment. I'm a huge fan of Don Knotts and for me this is his most entertaining and fun film. Creepy haunted house comedy appropriate for all ages. 8/10.
     
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    18.) The Hills Have Eyes (1977) - Loved revisiting this movie, and I'm grateful to Arrow for giving this the hi-def treatment it deserves. Also thoroughly enjoyed revisiting the stellar Anchor Bay documentary which was carried over here. Great disc, great package, one of the must-have blu-ray releases of the year.

    19.) Stake Land 2 (2016) - I'm not crazy about these bleak and dreary post-apocalyptic movies, and this was no different. It reminded me of the recent zombie film Here Alone. Slow and unengaging, like most SyFy films it failed to hold my interest. To be fair, I wasn't crazy about the first film either. If you dug the first though, you'll probably love this.

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    20.) Hillbillys In A Haunted House (1967) - I DVRed this off TCM because it sounded charming, and it was. The music was catchy (and I don't like country music), the cast was fun, and the pace was brisk. It reminded me of a cross between H.G. Lewis and William Castle making Cabin In The Woods. The movie wraps up early around the 1 hour 10 minute mark and finishes with a kitschy 20 minute country concert. Goofy fun.

    Past Entries:
    1.) Edgar Allan Poe's Buried Alive (1990)
    2.) Doctor Death: Seeker Of Souls (1973)
    3.) Cult Of The Damned (1969)
    4.) The Hand (1981)
    5.) Wishcraft (2002)
    6.) Zombie Nightmare (1987)
    7.) American Horror Story "Chapters 3 & 4"
    8.) Scream Queens "Warts And All"
    9.) Donnie Darko (2001)
    10.) Idle Hands (1999)
    11.) The Seventh Sign (1988)
    12.) The Girl On The Train (2016)
    13.) The Evil Dead (1981)
    14.) Evil Dead II (1987)
    15.) American Horror Story "Chapter 5"
    16.) Scream Queens "Handidate"
    17.) The Exorcist (1973)
     
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    38) Re-Kill: A film that is more interesting in concept than it is to watch. I liked the idea behind a reality show following a group of soldiers as they disperse the last of a zombie threat, but the execution here was subpar. The characters were entertaining, even if they were just stereotypes, and the commercial breaks between the action were clever, the problem was the budget. Even worse is how the film just becomes every other action film as it goes on. Okay at best. (5/10)


    39) What We Become: A film where the government quarantines a neighborhood and the locals are clueless as to what is happening is ripe with a lot of possibilities. Too bad the plot never evolves into anything special. The film is booged down by a number of problems: the lackluster characters, the silly teenage love subplot, and the cheap family drama aspect all keep this down. A descent watch if you want something different from your average zombie film, just nothing to rave about. (6/10)
     
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    I've been absent from the group for a while... life, work, etc. Miss you guys. I figured I needed to jump back on and I always look forward to the moderators picks for Halloween, but alas there are none. I figured I'd just post what I put aside for October watching. Some of these I've watched already. Some I might not get to. Most I've never seen before and they've just been sitting, but a lot of them deserve a re-watch, so here is my list.

    Munchies
    Nightmare Sisters
    Night of the Living Deb
    Fright Night Part 2
    The Thing (Carpenter)
    It Came from Outer Space
    An American Werewolf in London
    Killer Workout
    Pumpkinhead
    Halloween 3
    The Mist (B&W version)
    The Entity
    Ghost Story
    Ghost Ship
     
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    I can't wait the for seventh film when it comes out.
     
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    In look and biology the critters in this film are second only to Dagon as being good representations of the Deep Ones from The Shadow over Innsmouth. I've little doubt the similarity was intentional. That alone is enough to make me like this movie, warts (scales?) and all.
     
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    Ghostly Goings On

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    The Nesting (1981) Not a bad little haunted house film. Well haunted brothel actually. A little too long though.

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    Dark Water (2002) Never saw this one before. I'd seen the remake, which I didn't care for. But this one I liked. The mix of the mundane and supernatural really elevated the story. In the end I really felt for the mom and daughter.

    Film count so far 28 movies
     
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    It's a Full Moon tonight, y'all. Go enjoy your favorite werewolf flick(s)!
     
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    maskull I finally got an avatar!!! Yay!!

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    Ah damn! I completely didn't notice the Full Moon. Would have been a great day for some werewolves. Oh well, I know I'll have to have a werewolf day sometime soon.
     
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    I tried to watch Night of the Living Deb tonight, but gave up after about 15 minutes. The humor didn't resonate with me at all and the concept didn't seem terribly compelling. Should I give it another chance?
     
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    Day 16

    Another 5 today. Monthly total at 57

    1. Re-animator (Blu) 1985 - Re-visiting some movies I haven't seen in a very long time. This is one of them. Just as good as I remembered. Found this one in a dump bin recently.

    2. Fender Bender (Blu) 2016 - The movie is decent, but moves a tad slow. Definitely a throwback to the 80's slashers. I absolutely loved the retro VHS cut. I didn't watch that version, but went back and had a look at how they did on it and it was pretty authentic. Nice job Scream Factory!

    3. Mindwarp (Blu) 1992 - I remembered this movie from when it was fresh, and how could you go wrong with Angus Scrimm and Bruce Campbell right? Well, not sure I cared much for this one. Just something really odd about this film. Had a really hard time getting into it. I bought the Twilight Time Blu recently so maybe I'll give it a shot down the road and see if it's any better.

    4. Werewolf of London (Blu) 1935 - Once again, enjoyed the movie out of the Legacy set. What was interesting about this version were the bits of humor and some of it was quite funny. Thought it was interesting how they scaled the werewolf makeup back to get past the ratings board or whomever, but the intended makeup was used in 1941's 'The Wolfman'. Love film history!

    5. The Car (Blu) 1977 - Watched this from the recent Scream Factory edition. I know the territory in this film really well. Graduated high school in this area so it gives you a bit of a different perspective. Knowing the geography was fun but at times also kind of complicated the viewing due to knowing distances etc. It's a fun movie anyway. The car had some really interesting modifications. Odd looking car.
     
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    Movie #19:
    Island of Lost Souls (1932)
    First time viewing (Criterion Blu)
    **** (out of 5)
    Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge Guideline:
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    13. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970) 3.5/5

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    For my 13th movie, I went with one about a 13 year old girl. All I can say is,

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