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

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    The Survivor (1981) Interesting Australian supernatural thriller directed by David Hemmings.

    Film count so far 36 movies
     
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    Movie 63, 64, 65, 66, & 67:

    The Haunting (aka The Reckoning aka NO-DO, 2009): There's multiple seemingly unrelated threads that, as the movie continues, start to tighten into one cohesive story. I think this would've worked better for me if my knowledge of religion wasn't so lacking. Simple terms that I may be familiar with but don't quite get the significance of, made me feel like I was missing another level of the film. Heck, I didn't even catch the pretty obvious reveal until about halfway through the movie....maybe I'm just tired tonight, or maybe I'm just dumber than a post. The ending was a little anticlimactic, but the build was enough to draw me in, if not particularly terrifying.

    Doctor X (1932): More of a murder mystery than a horror but it's the sets (the docks, the mad doctor-esque lab, dark hallways) that are the star of this one. Well, that and the "transformation" scene near the end. The reporter character was really obnoxious and I kept wanting for him to be the next victim of the Moon Killer.

    The Return of Doctor X (1939): Doctor X returns but it seems like it's a different character altogether, unless I'm missing a movie in between these two. AND HE'S HUMPHREY FREAKIN' BOGART!!! With a pale complexion and a white streak in his hair.

    Waxwork (1988): After an odd but wonderful build up, with some bloody vignettes and the appearances of werewolves, vampires and mummys, this seems like it wants to have a totally crazy ending but instead I found it to fall rather flat. Oh well, I had fun with most of it and the effects are gory and creative, when they're shown. I also laughed a good number of times so it was still well worth a watch.

    Waxwork II: Lost In Time (1992):
    I know Deborah Foreman didn't really have a ton to do in the last movie but she was still Deborah Foreman. Now we get her replaced by Monika Schnarre? This movie was not starting out well for me....

    I thought the first Waxwork movie was going for crazy but never actually found it. This one hit crazy, went on to ridiculous, circled back around to boring and annoying, spent some time hanging with hilarious (Bruce Campbell!!!!) and silly and ended back on on crazy. Just in time for a rap video ending credits. Everything was...more this time. More blood, the vignettes are longer, more involved (sometimes way too long), more bad jokes, more references, more bad hair, more uncomfortable sexual references.....This thing was all over the place.
     
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    Day 21

    1. Without Warning (Blu) 1980 - Decent 80's flick. Kind of an odd premise, but the movie flows okay. Some of the cast is pretty good too.

    2. Nightmares (Blu) 1983 - Apparently this was made for TV but was a bit to harsh for that format. By todays standards it feels pretty tame. The stories were okay. Seeing Emelio Estevez had me wondering where the hell he has been. He was much more prominent back in those days, but seems to have been absent for some time.

    3. Nomads (Blu) 1986 - Picked this up late last year as a blind buy. Had seen the movie around through the years but never really took the time to view it. Kind of an odd movie that at times to me feels a bit slow. I guess some people really like it as that is why I purchased it, due to user reviews. I thought it was just okay. It was cool to see Adam Ant in this one.

    Monthly total now stands at 74.
     
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    I'm pretty sure that if you rummage through the attic at the Sheen mansion until you find a Nintendo or Sega console, then boot the thing up, you'll see him in one of the game's title screens.

    Then again, if you walk outside tomorrow morning and find your car gone, you know who to blame.
     
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    Blood Diner Blu. This is one of those flicks that the more you watch it, the more fun it becomes. It's such a train wreck of craziness, goofy gore and unfunny gags that it has a certain accidental charm to it.
     
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    October 19th: The Shallows
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    Basically a one woman, one shark show. I didn't quite enjoy it as much as The Reef, but Blake Lively carries it well. The succession of injuries she acquires made me squirm.

    October 21st: Horror House on Highway 5
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    Oh, boy! I guess I was expecting something along the lines of Blood Rage or The Mutilator, but HHoH5 is something else entirely. It's technically primitive and saddled with a cast that never acts or reacts naturally. The murderous duo is too goofy to be scary*, the comedic scenes lack the timing to be genuinely funny, and some scenes make no sense at all**. It's definitely an eccentric movie, and I got the sense that this was partly by design and partly by accident. Those with a taste for out-of-left-field nuttiness may enjoy it.

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    The memorable Richard Nixon mask is worn by a third killer, who turns out to be a Nazi zombie.
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    Two characters find themselves in a hallway. Noise fills the air and they suffer injuries to which they barely react. No assailant is visible, and the attacks are never explained. Are we to believe that there is an invisible fourth killer? Are the other killers aware of this entity?
     
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    Natas Is it October yet?

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    Creepshow

    I don't think I hold this one is such high regard as most horror fans. I wouldn't go as far as say it's overrated, but it's just not a favorite of mine. It's been years since I revisted and it just doesn't hold up as much for me throughout the years.
     
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    14. It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (4.5/5)

    Not quite as iconic as the (less polished) Christmas special, but still a timeless classic. And I always wonder, who the hell is so mean as to give out rocks to kids with less-than-perfect costumes?

    15. American Horror Story chapter 6 (4/5)

    It's not My Roanoke Nightmare anymore; that was a reality show-within-the-show that ended in chapter 5. Now we're watching the making of the follow-up, where the actors from the reenactments are staying in the Roanoke house of horrors with their counterparts. It gets confusing sometimes as to who is who, but that's sort of the fun. Did anyone see the Funko-styled doll of The Butcher in Kathy Bates' interviews?

    16. The Wailing (2016) 1.5/5

    And my first bum steer of the season. This overblown mess of a movie runs two hours and 36 minutes long, which for reference is 2 minutes longer than Pulp Fiction. In other words, if you're making a movie that long, you'd better have a lot to say. This one does not. The plot is all over the place and many story arcs are begun but never completed. It's a paradox, but you'll be checking your watch as the movie plods along, and at the end you'll still say "That's it?". Nothing is resolved. I guess I should have expected this from a director who previously made a movie about a man going through great lengths to save a woman who only ends up dying at the end anyway.
     
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    What a classic no matter how young or old someone is. This serves as my reminder to add it to my watch soon list! I watch it every Halloween <:
     
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    55) Evil Dead (1981)

    56) Evil Dead 2
     
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    Not a film, but went to the premiere in the UK of the theatre production of The Exorcist - enjoyable production, staid fairy close to the book/film, good acting, most of the gags from the film featured, an enjoyable evening out.
     
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    Did not do the best job this past week with my viewing, as it was very busy at work for me. I will do my best to make the final stretch a winner!
    16. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
    -This might be my second favorite of the series behind Part 3 so far! Several solid scary moments and some very interesting and thought-provoking additions to the series mythology! I really liked this one and cannot wait for my first time viewing of the series finale this week! I am worried about the CGI that looks to pollute the las one, though. There was a little of it here, but not anything to take away from an outstanding entry. (9/10)
    17. Pumpkinhead
    -Finally watched my SE Blu from Scream on this one, and my opinion of this movie hasn't really changed over the years. It's ok, but does not rise to the level that it should given the talent behind and in front of the camera. The monster is magnificent, as is the makeup for the old witch. There just isn't enough solid atmosphere aside form the scenes in the witch's cabin, and the kills are frankly pretty lame. The special features on the Blu are plentiful, and it has one of my all time favorite Scream Factory artworks gracing the front at least! (6/10)
    18. Halloween 2
    -Was thinking of giving the series a break this year as I watch at least four or five of them every single year, but just couldn't go completely cold turkey. This one gets a bit of a cold shoulder from some, but I think it just gets better with every viewing. I can still remember my initial viewing when I was 8 or 9 in a drive in double feature with The Thing. My buddy and I were dazzled but not scared by Thing, but this one kicked my ass. We ventured back and forth from outside the car in lawn chairs to cowering back inside the safety of the car depending on how freaked out we were by the horrific happenings in that hospital! An absolute classic and one of my favorites- and STILL the most impressive burn fire stunt I have ever seen! (10/10)
    19. Ouija Origin Of Evil
    -And yet another Halloween goes by with no good horror movies in the theater to enjoy. I actually much preferred the first movie to this, and the first was not exactly a classic. No real scares, nothing done with the period setting, and no surprises whatsoever. I hope it does well to encourage more theatrical horror releases, but frankly I thought this was thoroughly mediocre. The "whispering" stuff looked especially stupid. Of course, what do I know? Out of the last three horror releases, the one that I thought was the best by far (even though frankly it was a bit of a letdown) was Blair Witch, which tanked. I thought Don't Breathe and this were both weak entries, and they are the big hits. (3/10)
    20. Witchboard 2
    -After what I thought was a soft entry in the ouija wars, I figured I would head back to the good old 80's (or was this one in the early 90's?) for an improvement. This one, sadly, BARELY qualifies. Despite starring the gorgeous Ami Dolenz, this flick is slow and never catches the cheesy groove I was hoping for. The action is sparse, the kills are almost non-existent, and by the end you are just begging for it to end. I guess we are still waiting for a really good ouija movie! (4/10)
    21. Unfriended
    -Depending on your tolerance for watching an entire movie over computer screens, you might really dig this one. I was intrigued as I have only seen this once or twice before (I know The Den, which I enjoyed, but I could swear there was one more that I can't remember right now). Anyway, this is a truly modern ghost story where everybody gets exactly what they deserve, as these teens are a vile bunch. They still hold your interest throughout and I thought this was a solid chiller and perfect for home viewing for obvious reasons. (8/10)
    Home stretch now...time to make some tough decisions about what to see and what has to be left out in the cold until next year!
     
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    X-Files ~ Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose (1995)
     
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    Salem's Lot (2004) It doesn't hold a candle to the 1979 one. But it's not bad. Has a great cast, Donald Sutherland, Rob Lowe, Andre Braugher, James Cromwell and Rutger Hauer. Besides the book is in my top five novels if not number one, so I love the story.

    Film count so far 37 films
     
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    Day 22

    All kinds of different things today. Monthly total now at 79.

    1. Child's Play (Blu) 1988 - Was never a big fan of this series. Decided to give it a second go with the recent Scream edition. After watching this, i was entertaining in its own way. Don't regret the purchase either.

    2. The Pit (Blu) 1981 - I'm one of the few that had never seen this title. Saw it mentioned here so I grabbed it recently. I found it to be a really odd film, but at the same time that is where the entertainment comes from. Would definitely come back to this one every once in awhile.

    3. Demons 2 (Blu) 1986 - This is why I love Synapse films. This transfer to me was amazing. I know there were a few issues left due to technical problems, but man does this film look good after the work they did on it. The film is decent for what it is.

    4. Jeepers Creepers 2 (Blu) 2003 - Definitely a bit more action oriented. I like this film as well.

    5. The Nest (Blu) 1988 - Killer roaches! Pretty average creature feature, but it works for what it is. I tend to really like this era of horror, so I'm not too hard on some of these movies. Some interesting effects in places. It's amazing what some film makers pull off on such minimal budgets.
     
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    I skipped Leprechaun: Origins.
     
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    10/20/16 - The Midnight Meat Train (2008) **1/2
    A photo artist seeking to capture the city at its most primal finds it in the subway, where the passengers on the late train take a one way trip.

    The story is minimal - the photographer chance encounters a grim, imposing man who he soon suspects is causing people to vanish. He becomes obsessed, leading to a violent confrontation. The logic flaws are inescapable - it is impossible to accept the sheer number of people that go missing over so many years from the same areas remaining unnoticed. And the CGI effects overstep their means, being too ambitiously blatant for the budget and resultingly absurd instead of shocking.

    But like a photographer's portfolio, this film is all about the images. In this case, raw, brutal, and gory, with facets of fixated focus and of sharp contrasts. On that it delivers grandly, no more so than in its villain. Few people can exceed Vinnie Jones (after all, he's the Juggernaut, bitch!) in making a business suit look terrifying. So much so his presence makes pissing himself the only believable protagonist reaction, not stalking. Whether waiting motionless, in the act of slaughter, or calmly preparing the night's delivery, he is attention riveting.

    As many films Clive Barker was directly attached to, a gravity of mythology centers all - events don't unfold simply by individual choice, they are part of a grander order that the protagonists have merely stumbled onto. There are far worse Barker linked films, but here the weight of that gravity isn't fully carried, the natural order when revealed is thread bare and incomplete, with no motivation for the main character to make the decision he does. It is the stark, brutal imagery that leads to the conclusion, the anticipated reveal the imagination had been lead but the film failed to deliver, that make the movie still worth watching.

    10/21/16 - Book of Blood (2009) **
    Researching a new book, a professor of the paranormal brings a student infatuation to a supposedly cursed house.

    A couple freaky or gory scenes are attention worthy. But most of the film is more subdued, with as much time focused on the professor needing to wring her panties out while pining for her reclusive student as on any spooky happenings.

    As fitting the familiar synopsis, the movie pulls similar plot and scene elements from The Haunting and Hellraiser. The story is framed with a narrative arc which tries to add even more Barker-esque profound meaning but ultimately adds little value. There are a couple twists on the formula, on whether the haunting is real, and who is in control of the situation. But this film treads ground well-travelled without leaving real distinguishing marks, failing to engage much viewer investment in the story, characters, or visuals.

    10/22/16 - Monsters (2009) ***
    Stranded on the wrong side of an alien infestation region, a photo journalist is tasked with escorting his employer's daughter back home.

    The main characters aren't overly sympathetic - the photographer is a bit of a prick, the daughter an aimless rich girl, both are terminally clueless Americans – yet this actually makes them more realistic. The film focusses on their journey, physical and personal, through the devastation of giant creature rampages in Mexico. The tone is subdued (even a bit slow at times), rather than being action oriented, creature focused, or conflict driven.

    The creatures are on screen infrequently, and usually not for long. When they are the effects are well done for the budget, particularly because there are few overt attempts to make them imposing, threatening. or highly active. Initial impressions suggest Cloverfield, but that similarity is mostly superficial. There is also a thinly veiled commentary about U.S. immigration policy, but the film doesn't overtly dwell on it.

    Taking its cues from more thoughtful alien invasion stories going back to Wells' War of the Worlds, this film is less about a grand struggle by humanity and more about people trying to cope with events as the world collapses around them. In taking that approach its goals are more obtainable, the story more relatable, and end result quite good.

    Malice (1993) ***
    A college dean copes with his health stricken wife as a serial rapist terrorizes his campus.

    The three main actors did amazing work playing against typecast. Alec Baldwin plays the brash, uber charismatic surgeon. Nicole Kidman plays the icy bitch wife. Bill Pullman plays the dean so bland he makes communion wafers taste like devil’s food cake with butter cream icing in comparison. Who the fuck am I kidding, these actors play entirely to typecast, were hired for it, and deliver expectations in abundance.

    Less said about the plot of this film the better, it defies summation anyway. Suffice it to say it’s a sordid and convoluted story of con games, red herrings, sting plays, dual identities, and detective work. Despite how the film is sometimes branded it doesn't qualify as a thriller in anything close to a horror sense, only in a dramatic one. Thus it was I that got conned into adding it to my October roster. No matter, as it is still a damn good movie.
     
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    Some horror tv shows with a lot of dark humor.

    Ash vs Evil Dead - Season 2 Episode 2

    The show continues to be hilarious. A man's worst nightmare happens in this episode. I was screaming oh no at the screen. I can't believe they went there.

    Scream Queens - Season 2 Episode 4

    I like the dark humor in this show. I believe I originally thought the show was going to be more serious horror. But it is a good mix of horror and funny nods to past popular horror movies. Also, Emma Roberts is awesome, beautiful, and crazier than ever in this show.
     
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    Natas Is it October yet?

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    Waxwork

    Had never seen before and after all the love confessed on this board I decided to give it a go. I was fairly entertained but overall I thought it was kinda a mess. Story was all over the place. There was some really great 80s dialog, especially at the beginning. I just didn't love it. I'll give it another chance soon though.

    Ernest Scared Stupid

    Threw this one on late last night. It's dumb entertainment. Stupid as fuck but very enjoyable especially after about 13 shipyards and higher than a giraffes ass. Good times.
     
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    Euro Drac Double Bill

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    Dracula 3D (2012) Dario Argento's Dracula. When I first saw it a few years ago, well it didn't go so well. And after a 2nd viewing I'm still not sure if I love this hot mess of a film or hate it. But that's what's great about this film.

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    Count Dracula (1970) Jess Franco's adaption of Dracula isn't 100% faithful but there's no giant mantis! Christopher Lee is great as Drac. It's nice to see The Count have with a mustache and start out old.

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