October 22nd: Mr. Mercedes Season 2 Episodes 8 & 9 "Nobody Puts Brady In A Crestmore" & "Walk Like A Man" - So the moment we've been waiting the entire season for finally happens at the end of episode 8, yet episode 9 still bides it's time, with the cliffhanger leaving a major tease for the season finale. Loved seeing the wonderful Rusty Schwimmer (Jason Goes To Hell, The Belko Experiment) in a small role in episode 9. Apparently this season is an adaptation of the third and final novel in Stephen King's trilogy, so I'll be curious if there's a season three (and where it will go). Def By Temptation (1990) (blu-ray) - This was the only title in Vinegar Syndrome's October line-up I had never seen before. It is also by many accounts (including Lloyd Kaufman's) the best movie in Troma's library. Also a big fan of cinematographer Ernest Dickerson, who knows how to shoot / direct a beautiful looking horror movie. Unfortunately, this movie just wasn't for me. I think it would make an amazing Tales From The Crypt episode, but it drags as a 90 minute feature. It takes half the movie before the plot really kicks off with our lead characters. Loved the movie posters on the apartment walls (including VHS rarities Demonwarp and Dance Or Die). Apparently the apartment belonged to Laurence Fishburne at the time of filming! I didn't hate the movie or anything, it just failed to leave an impression. LOL at the guy playing saxophone in the background while they're having sex. HauntedWeen (1991) (DVD) - Super charming no-budget regional horror from Bowling Green, Kentucky (home of John Carpenter). A fraternity who needs to come up with some fast cash decide to hold a Halloween haunted house in the old Burber house, where a young girl had been accidentally killed many Halloweens ago. Unfortunately, the killer is still around, and he wants to recreate that night, so he's killing people for real while the onlookers think it's part of the show. Lots of frat house antics and mullets ensue, with a powerhouse performance by one Brad Hanks (his unforgettable sole credit). It's kind of a lower-rent version of Pledge Night or Rush Week, but hey, when is that a bad thing? I love it! Be sure to pick up the DVD direct from the filmmaker at www.hauntedween.com. Haunted Episodes 1 & 2 "The Woman In White" & "The Slaughterhouse" (NetFlix) - These haunting shows are a dime a dozen, spread all over cable networks, so what is it about a NetFlix version that made me want to check it out? I guess because they can say "fuck" now? Anyway, these episodes are about 25 minutes each, and they show people telling their own personal ghost story directly to their friends and family for the first time, complete with re-enactments. The first episode is about a boy who was visited by a woman in white hanging in his bedroom closet every night, who eventually followed him around his entire life, even after he left that apartment. The second episode is about a woman who grew up in a secluded home with a pair of serial killers for parents. I watched these alone at night before bed, planning to go to sleep immediately after. They kind of creeped me out though, so I had to watch about 30 minutes of Maximum Overdrive on AMC before falling asleep. October 23rd: Eli Roth's History Of Horror Episode 3 "Slashers (Part 2)" (DVR / AMC) - More clipshow horror, this time tackling the Elm Street series, Candyman, Silence Of The Lambs, Scream, and eventually torture porn. Heather Langenkamp, Skeet Ulrich, Tony Todd, and Leigh Whannell are among the participants here. There's nothing of heavy substance, but as I've been saying, this is a fun Terror In The Aisles style documentary. Channel Zero: Butcher's Block Episodes 1 - 3 "Insidious Onset" & "Father Time" & "All You Ghost Mice" (DVR / SyFy) - I was not a fan of the first two seasons, but with E.L. Katz (Cheap Thrills) directing the new season, each season being a standalone thing, and SyFy conveniently marathoning the entire third season this morning, I decided to play catch up. There are some really macabre and weird things on display this season, but like with previous seasons, none of it really clicks or has any impact because I'm too un-engaged with the characters and what is going on. Gore is easy, the challenge is making me care. I don't know what it is about this series, there's just something off about it. I think it might be a combination of poor writing and monotone acting. I do like that Krisha Fairchild is in the cast, from the terrific film Krisha. And I do think this is probably the best season so far. Yet there's something about it that just doesn't quite work. Previous Entries: Spoiler 1.) Feral (2017) 2.) You Might Be The Killer (2018) 3.) No Escape Room (2018) 4.) Hell Fest (2018) 5.) The Witch Files (2018) 6.) Hold The Dark (2018) 7.) Creeped Out Episodes 1 & 2 "Marti" & "Slapstick" 8.) American Horror Story: Apocalypse Episodes 4 & 5 "Could It Be... Satan?" & "Boy Wonder" 9.) Tales From The Hood 2 (2018) 10.) The Mummy An' The Armadillo (2004) 11.) The Walking Dead Season 9 "A New Beginning" 12.) Creeped Out Episodes 3 & 4 "Kindlesticks" & "Bravery Badge" 13.) Bram Stoker's Shadowbuilder (1998) 14.) The Body (2018) 15.) The Purge Episodes 5 & 6 "Rise Up" & "The Forgotten" 16.) The Haunting Of Hill House Episodes 1 & 2 "Steven Sees A Ghost" & "Open Casket" 17.) Slash (2002) 18.) Light As A Feather Episodes 1 - 3 "Stiff As A Board" & "Pretty As A Picture" & "Dead As A Doornail" 19.) Creeped Out Episodes 5 & 6 "Cat Food" & "Trolled" 20.) The Haunting Of Hill House Episodes 3 & 4 "Touch" & "The Twin Thing" 21.) Knuckleball (2018) 22.) Light As A Feather Episodes 4 – 7 "Dark As The Night" & "Mad As A Hatter" & "Troubled As The Tide" & "Right As Rain" 23.) Cucuy: The Boogeyman (2018) 24.) Creeped Out Episodes 7 & 8 "Shed No Fear" & "The Call" 25.) Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) 26.) Bad Times At The El Royale (2018) 27.) You Episodes 4 - 6 "The Captain" & "Living With The Enemy" & "Amour Fou" 28.) The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 2 "The Bridge" 29.) The Haunting Of Hill House Episodes 5 & 6 "The Bent-Neck Lady" & "Two Storms" 30.) Malevolence (2003) 31.) Light As A Feather Episodes 8 - 10 "Cold As Ice" & "Innocent As A Lamb" & "Slippery As An Eel" 32.) Eli Roth’s History Of Horror Episode 1 "Zombies" 33.) I Still See You (2018) 34.) The Roost (2005) 35.) Malevolence 2: Bereavement Director’s Cut (2010) 36.) He’s Out There (2018) 37.) Karma (2018) 38.) Sleep No More (2018) 39.) Extremity (2018) 40.) Malevolence 3: Killer (2018) 41.) Jack-O (1995) 42.) American Horror Story: Apocalypse Episode 6 "Return To Murder House" 43.) The Purge Episode 7 "Lovely Dark And Deep" 44.) The Haunting Of Hill House Episodes 7 & 8 "Eulogy” & “Witness Marks" 45.) Halloween (1978) 46.) Miss Leslie’s Dolls (1973) 47.) Halloween (2018) 48.) Halloween (2018) 49.) The Haunting Of Hill House Episodes 9 & 10 "Screaming Meemies" & "Silence Lay Steadily" 50.) The Babysitter (2017) 51.) All Hallows' Eve 2 (2015) 52.) Killer High (2018) 53.) Creeped Out Episodes 9 & 10 "A Boy Called Red" and "Spaceman" 54.) Mr Mercedes Season Two Episodes 6 & 7 "Proximity" & "Fell On Black Days" 55.) The Simpsons Treehouse Of Horror XXIX 56.) Blood Harvest (1987) 57.) American Nightmare (2002) 58.) You Episode 7 "Everythingship" 59.) The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 3 "Warning Signs" 60.) Eli Roth’s History Of Horror Episode 2 "Slashers (Part 1)"