The Annual October Horror Movie Watching Thread -- 2018!!!

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  1. CPT HOOK

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    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).

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    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.

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    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.

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    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:

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    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.

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    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:
    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)"
     
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    16. The Antichrist (Alberto De Martino, 1974)

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    This Halloween, I've kind of been making an attempt to rewatch films that I have no (or almost no) memory of. Shock Waves and Exorcismo were both movies that I think I dozed off during the first time I watched them, so these were almost first time viewings, in a way. The same goes for this film. I remembered the beginning, praying at the statue, and then a scene where she floats around Rome, but that was it. I'm glad I rewatched it. It's not a bad movie. Mel Ferrer and Alida Valli are always fun to watch, but Arther Kennedy is especially good, giving the film a level of gravitas that it desperately wants, but probably doesn't deserve. At almost 2 hours, it's waaaay too long, and not a whole lot happens. Still, interesting to see yet another Exorcist rip-off/cash in. The floating scene and the dismembered hand are both wacky enough to make it worth watching.
     
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    17. Halloween (David Gordon Green, 2018)

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    This is good. This is so, so good.

    I saw it opening night, and am so glad I did. Aside from the assholes who decided to smoke a joint about 20 minutes in, the experience was a pretty great one. It's been a long time since I've seen a horror film in a theater with a large, excited audience. And I'm super glad that I could help it succeed so well in it's opening weekend. Hopefully people take notice.
     
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    18. Truth or Dare (Nick Simon, 2017)

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    CPT HOOK, you were absolutely correct! Not to say that this one is exactly a great movie either, but it takes the same (exactly the freakin same!) premise, and just plays it out more. Instead of wasting so much time setting up the game, this one gets right to the good stuff. Within the first 15 minutes, everybody is playing, and everybody knows that the game is real. It was a lot of fun. I liked the mythology behind the 2018 version better, and although the ending for that one was pretty weak, at least it had an ending at all...this one just kind of...*poof*...ends. But yeah, some of the dares are the same, and some of the outcomes. It's kind of funny.
     
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    Glad you enjoyed!

    I agree about the ending, or lack thereof, but I really liked the "share the Dare" element in this one, where the characters are working together to outsmart the game. I found that much more creative than Blumhouse's basic "do the Dare or die" approach. And the gore wasn't too shabby either, I remember cringing throughout the finale.

    I liked it so much when I saw it on SyFy last October, I ended up buying the DVD. I'll probably watch it before the month is over.
     
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    OCTOBER 23RD:
    Night Shadow
    Lone Wolf
    Dark Moon Rising
    Legend of the Werewolf
    Howl
     
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    Day 23

    84. Doom Asylum (1987) Blu-Still breaking open first time watches. This was one of them. Comedy horror for sure with this low budget movie. Comical to watch and not too bad overall.

    85. Brain Damage (1988) Blu-This was not a first time watch. Henenlotter makes some really bizarre movies. You definitely get his style. Compare this to Basket Case and you would probably be able to name the director with only the watch and style. Pretty nice Arrow set as usual.

    86. Incubus (1982) Amazon Prime-Pretty serious tone here after watching 2 very goofy flicks. Decent movie and cool to see Bruce Dickinson with his cameo from back in the days he was with Samson. Actually went by Bruce Bruce back then and is credited that way in the music. Watched this to decide whether to pick up the upcoming Blu that streets soon.

    87. The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) Netflix-Had no idea this was even out there until my Cloverfield watches yesterday. Looked at IMDB and noticed this one being 2018. It's a straight to Netflix movie. Not sure how I feel about this. It's an out in space flick that acts as a prequel to the other two, but it's and odd movie. On its own it might fare better, but it is invested heavily as a Cloverfield movie. I still like 10 Cloverfield Lane the best. This movie was definitely my least favorite.

    88. Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998) Blu-Moving along in the series. This is one of my more favorites of the series. I think the series as a whole is pretty damn good. Went through it totally last year for the first time and did it again this year. I didn't get in on the complete set, but Well Go put out the 2 this year that they didn't release singles of last time.

    89. Phantasm: Ravager (2016) Blu-Final entry in the series and a pretty good movie. I found it a bit depressing towards the end, but really like this franchise. It's become one of my more favorite franchises.

    ~Rocker10
     
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    10/22/18

    PAUL NASCHY DOUBLE FEATURE

    HUNCHBACK OF THE MORGUE (1973)

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    One of my favorite horror releases from last year was the Paul Naschy Collection Volume 2 from Scream Factory. Unfortunately it was not released until November. I already watched all five of those films shortly after buying the set. Now I decided to go back and revisit a couple of these flicks for October's marathon.

    The awesomely named Gotho (Paul Naschy) is very often the subject of ridicule across town. Bad enough he's a hunchback, the poor guy is mentally deficient as well. Neither prevented him from getting a job at the hospital morgue, where he is an attendant. Beyond working, Gotho has devoted much of his time to a sick girl at the hospital named Ilse (Maria Elena Arpon). Her condition is serious. So too is the love he feels for her. When things take a turn for the much worse, Gotho approaches Dr. Orla (Alberto Dalbes) in the hopes that he can help. Gotho is not the best judge of character as the Doctor is a batshit crazy mad scientist who gets the hunchback to do all kinds of dirty work as payment.

    Paul Naschy did plenty of non-werewolf movies that were very entertaining. Hunchback of the Morgue is certainly one of them. The story is nearly as crazy as the mad scientist character himself. Naschy is way out of control for a morgue attendant. Despite all that, his professional colleagues often speak well of him. Lots of gothic atmosphere on display. The catacombs and abbey ruins offer great scenery. The underground laboratory setup is very old school like Universal or Hammer. Pretty ample sleaze and gore push the right buttons. He may be a hunchback this time, but Paul Naschy always gets laid in his movies. This was no exception.

    Hunchback of the Morgue might be my favorite from the Naschy Collection Volume 2. It's got plenty to recommend for fans of the actor and retro Spanish horror.

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    Also known as Night of the Howling Beast, this is the 8th film in the Hombre Lobo series. The video quality is noticeably a step down on the Scream Factory collection. Possibly the best home video presentation despite that. Work with what you have then, right?

    Waldemar Daninsky (Paul Naschy) joins an anthropologist on an expedition to the Himalayas in search of the Yeti. Ever eager to journey onwards solo, Waldemar gets screwed over by an unreliable guide and left to die in such a harsh region. That's when Daninsky gets cursed with lycanthropy, though not the way you expect it to go down. Subplots are brewing, but the real showdown we await is a monster battle between werewolf and Yeti.

    The Werewolf and the Yeti is a pretty wild affair. In addition to those two beasts we get: demon nymphets, black magic, marauding bandits, cannibalism, and more. What we could use more of however is the Abominable Snowman. Those scenes are too few, but we do get a climactic fight. It's not only brief, but the video quality is too dark. Naschy bangs more women than usual in this one and also gets to fight in human form during the many action scenes. More nudity and gore than the typical Paul Naschy film. The location shooting in Spain does not convince the viewer they are in the Himalayas. At least they tried.

    Haven't seen all of the films in the Hombre Lobo series, but this one stands out for me already despite only watching twice so far. Hopefully a better presentation of the film gets released in the future by another label...
     
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    October 11:

    52) Critters 2 (1988): This one also has too much Charlie (the first one is the only one with the right amount IMO), but at least it has a little girl on a tricycle being chased by Critters, a giant Critter ball that runs over a dude and leaves nothing but a bloody skeleton, and BABY CRITTERS!!! And Maurice J. Minnifield fires his pistols into the air at one point in celebration. Classic. (tho technically I guess he was the sheriff in Critters before he got on Northern Exposure).

    October 12:

    53) Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995): I watched the Theatrical Cut earlier in the month but decided to save the Producer's Cut for later in the month. So yes, I have watched this movie twice now. In one month. Probably torture for some of the people, but I actually am finding myself to be liking this movie. Both cuts. The Producer's cut seems to have a more thorough version of the Thorn storyline and doesn't feel quite as retconned. There's a bit more Jamie as well and a couple of surprisingly cool cult scenes added in. But Thorn is still pretty much ineffective in the end and not very hard to beat. And the ending for this is weird but honestly doesn't feel like as much of an ending as the Theatrical version. So there are some differences, but both versions are telling the same basic story. I think I like the body of the Producer's cut a little more but I definitely prefer the ending of the Theatrical Cut. But I enjoyed them both. Maybe they're not what I would want from a Halloween sequel, but as stand alone horror films they're quite fun and have good kills. Michael is a brutal killer again. Just he's not in them as much.

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    54) Beast of the Bering Sea (2013): I kind of love the sea vampires. Because this is a cheap, silly Syfy movie they even do the pull their wings over their faces like Bela Lugosi does with his cape. Taking the vampire thing a little literally but I'm glad they do. This movie is goofy and fairly bloody and the ending is completely ridiculous. Characters die and everyone is soo upset for ten seconds and then they completely forget them. To the point I wasn't sure if they died or just disappeared into some vampire fish alternate reality because this movie is also shot in such a way that you can't always tell what is going on. But they shoot the sea vampires with light beams and they instantly explode so that's hilariously awesome. Oh yeah, that cute kid from Jerry MaGuire is in this. Apparently he does have a career still. Sort of. But like I said, I love the sea vampires. They're actually a nice design. If really, really badly done cg. But the design is cool. Kind of like a manta ray but with a earless, hairless, fruit bat head. I kind of wish they'd spent more on the effects for them but I still thought they looked good.
     
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    55) Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988): So I've watched this movie like a billion times...ok maybe only half a billion...and I always have a lot of fun with it. The awful one-liners, the over-the-top kills, the joyfulness Angela gives off throughout the entire movie. Pamela Springsteen seems like she's having a blast making this movie and everyone else seems to be having a hard time not breaking out laughing. The soundtrack is totally kick-ass as well.

    56) The Amityville Horror (2005): The horror in this movie is of the "hey, isn't this stuff crazy/scary???" kind. No real build up to scares or anything. The rest of the movie is not fun for me. It just feels like I'm just waiting for a man to start beating and/or murdering his wife and kids. Total downer. And unlike the original he sure didn't go back to save the dog. I had forgotten that little Chloe Grace Moretz was in this, and it's always nice to see Melissa George. And Ryan Reynolds walks around without a shirt a lot in this movie. Maybe he had just got his body all perfect and was really proud of it and told the writer to put as many shirtless scenes into the movie as possible.

    57) Amityville 1992: It's About Time (1992): My big crush on Megan Ward was what originally got me to check this movie out, and the couple of sexy Megan scenes sure didn't hurt my enjoyment back then, but it was the dude melting into the drain and the death by beak that really kept me watching. The movie starts out feeling like it's setting up as a 90's Erotic sleazefest and while the sleaze kind of sticks around, there's also a nightmarish insanity added into the mix. Nothing feels like it could possibly happen in the real world, not i even in the real world of a horror movie. There's are some really gross effects, a bunch of things that don't make sense, a mis-identification of a Luger and an expert on the occult that is completely wrong about her translations. It feels like an early 90's movie, it looks like an early 90's movie, the characters are early 90's. The evil is a clock. Clocks aren't scary. Neither is this movie. But apparently evil clocks can do a lot of things besides just rewind or freeze time. They can make a man hang himself or cause a dog to attack someone (dude's leg after the attack is DISGUSTING!!!!) and make nice girls into horny ones that want to screw their brother. Weird movie.

    58) Evil Bong (2006): A guy smokes a bong and gets sucked into the bong and inside of the bong is a strip club. There's a stripper there with skulls on her bra which take a bite out of the guy, while a tiny headhunter doll masturbates furiously. That's basically what this movie is. And a lot of lame jokes. Tommy Chong apparently says "man" 31 times in this movie and tries to destroy the evil bong with a chainsaw. I watched the Elvira version of this and she really didn't do much with this movie. It's not exactly inspiring. But Tim Thomerson, Bill Moseley, the Gingerdead Man, and a Demonic Toy make cameos.

    I don't know why I watched this. I don't even enjoy stoner comedies.

    59) Puppet Master: Axis Termination (2017): For the first 37 minutes (yep, I was checking the clock a lot) I was so bored. The only thing that kept me watching this was playing the try to figure out which accent these people were doing, because they sure weren't doing the ones they were supposed to be game....and the small Nazi puppet attack was cool. Werewolf Nazi Puppet. Rob Zombie should make that movie....but this movie was talking, talking, talking. It was painful. All right let's bet honest, most of this movie is people talking with bad accents and giving exposition to a plot that really doesn't matter. I just wanted to see the puppets. Especially the bad ass Nazi puppets! The Nazi puppets: one is a woman who shoots guns from where her boobs should be (Austen Powers' Fembots anyone?), another is a half tank/half robot in full nazi gear and has a mounted machine gun (X-Men's Reaver Bonebreaker anyone?), and the third is a mini puppet werewolf that rips people's throats out to geysers of blood. Yeah, they're all really cool! And maybe more of the Nazi girl with needles for fingers (Hello Freddy Kruger!). And heck let's not forget all the good guy puppets (this time) that we've made the trip with for all of these Puppet Master movies. When the puppets are on screen, this movie is so much fun and gets really bloody. The finale goes pretty insane with blood and puppet attacks and psychic battles and leeches in mouths and puppets bursting out of people's chests (Hello Aliens!). Most of this movie is awful. I hate it. But I'd be lying if I said I wish I hadn't watched it. All the awfulness is almost worth sitting through for the good bits. The pace does pick up...eventually.

    60) Gurozuka (2005): The actual plot for this movie doesn't make a lot of sense and it's not helped by not taking time to introduce the characters well enough. It took a while before I could remember who was who. Once the girls got whittled down to a more manageable number (almost all offscreen kills) it was a little easier to keep track, but then some of the people that I thought were dead would show up again. And argue and complain incessantly. Then someone stole their food. Then someone ate poisoned mushrooms. Not for any reason related to the story. Just because girls are mean I guess.

    I didn't enjoy this. I was pretty confused most of the time and annoyed for a good chunk of the rest. The score is awesome, clang-y percussion and repetitive instrumental and when they run through the trees, it really looks good. There's even two or three moments that creeped me out a bit. The killer looked cool (especially the chase through the trees) and I will say that technically a lot of the shots worked. It's just that this movie is too much of a mess for me to really enjoy or get engrossed in.
     
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    My son and I watched it on your recommendation. Also enjoyed it, though agree that the ending was abrupt. My son asked me which one was the remake ha ha.
     
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    Movie #27:
    Black Sabbath (1963)
    Rewatch (Anchor Bay DVD)
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    Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge Guideline:
    23. CREEPY PHONE CALLS: Reach out and touch someone before they reach out and touch you.

    Sometimes you watch Twisted Nightmare and wonder “why am I wasting my life watching terrible movies”, but then you follow it up the next night with Black Sabbath and all is right with the world. That’s the magic of matching movies to challenge guidelines. This one was even better than I remembered and is now my favorite Bava that I’ve seen.
     
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    58) Shaun of the Dead


    59) Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon


    60) Murder Party


    61) What We Do in the Shadows
     
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    Natas Is it October yet?

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    Halloween 4 and 5 (blu ray)

    Staples in my homestead every October. Horror fans either love or loath em...... consider me in the former!
     
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    23rd - October Madness No.36 / SCV Psychotronic Challenge Day 23 - CREEPY PHONE CALLS: Reach out and touch someone before they reach out and touch you.
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    Bells (aka Murder By Phone) (1981) Rewatch - Rating: 3/5
    An activist ecologist writer and speaker (Richard Chamberlain) gets involved in trying to solve who's behind a series of grisly murders wherein the victims have all been killed by an electrical charge sent through a telephone. Directed by Michael Anderson (Logan's Run), Bells rings up your dry Canadian/British-style thriller but adds some jolt with some good old gore and explosive death scenes where literally the victim is thrown across the room after they've bleed out of their eyes, ears, nose, and mouth after answering the call of death! It's a fun thriller with a bit of a goofy unrealistic premise that manages to hold you on the line long enough to entertain. If you seek this one out, try and see it uncut under the Bells title as the American-ized Murder By Phone version is cut by 20 minutes. Side note: Coincidentally I watched this following the previous nights viewing of Rituals, and aside from both films being Canadian/Ontario productions they also shared some cast members - Robin Gammell and Gary Reineke.
     
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    X-human I ate my keys

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    18 10/13 Svengoolie Presents, The Return of the Vampire (1943)
    It's been awhile since I'd seen this one and I recall it being lackluster, but watching it again now on Svengoolie it was a treat. As Armand Tesla Lugosi has some fun here and has much more to do than in Mark of the Vampire for example. With the Renaissance of Tesla's image these past few years its kinda funny to think of 40's producers using the Tesla name for a Boogeyman. While this film checks off a lot of the Gothic trappings one loves to see this doesn't really click for me for some reason. Something about the WW2 setting just doesn't jive for me and that's odd because it works well in other films. The werewolf in this is a good example; it's just a hairy guy. He's not especially animalistic or even all that threatening; rolling over like a puppy at the slightest nudge. Matt Willis had creepier moments sans makeup and that was a good makeup job! There's also a pretty big plot hole:
    It all hinges on the fact that she hasn't seen Lugosi before, but she had on the most memorable night of her life when she saw him lying in his casket! They even make a big deal out of the fact that they held a mirror up to his face and it cast no reflection. This sight had to have been burned into her mind! How could she forget? How could Lugosi or at least his henchman who's been working as her assistant these many years think she would forget?
    Svengoolie interjected some interviews with the Fright Night cast from a convention and the interview with Amanda Bearse was a fun one. They all seemed to know Sven too and weren't going to let the opportunity pass without mentioning the overlap with Peter Vincent. These actors always seem to have a blast with him and these interviews are always a highlight of the show. Koz should really have a talk show even if just a web cast. I know tons of actors would stop by for it and they could talk a lot more freely than these small segments between movie breaks. And speaking of horror hosts; character actor Ottola Nesmith from RotV also spent a few years pulling duty on KTLA. It's kinda funny to think that The Old Woman was Vampira's competition in LA!

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    19 10/13 Svengoolie Presents, Cry of the Werewolf (1944)
    I wanted to make sure I saw this so I took the extra step of watching the Saturday night airing (and it's a good thing too; a storm prevented me from seeing it the following Saturday morning). Since this has been absent from home video for decades with no real complaints from Horror fans I wasn't expecting much; maybe something half-baked like She-Wolf of London (1946). But instead I found this to be a full blooded monster movie with real werewolves, gypsy curses, secrete passages, multiple tombs and even splashes of voodoo. Much more of this movie works for me with a bit more of film noir styled intrigue along with two Hollywood femme fatales Nina Foch and Osa Massen working the silver screen. It was a great surprise and an entertaining feature not at all unlike Cat People and had a real taste of Val Lewton to it. This too was a nice transfer and I hope that bodes well for an HD home video release soon.

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    20 10/14 Flesh for Frankenstein (1973)
    It's a bit more apparent in this one because it is Udo Kier's unwavering obsession throughout the whole film, but mating two specimens built from corpses won't propagate the best features of the pieces as a collective whole for a new race; it's just going to reproduce offspring from the testicles and eggs from those specific donor corpses. Creating offspring that probably won't be all that remarkable from the gene pool filling in the local graveyards. Kinda bugs me because to anyone with any medical knowledge this would be readily apparent even in 1818. It's a ridiculous premise that dogs the Frankengenre to this day. But that's OK because in this over the top film where they crank every cliche to 11 including this one. Udo Kier is marvelously camp with his assistant Arno Juerging being the first rival I've seen to Dwight Frye's intensity. But Monique van Vooren manages to hold her own matching Kier on absurdity after absurdity. The jabs at the perfect race continue as we learn Frankenstein is married to his sister who takes their children out of the local school presumably because of it; dressing and undressing them together... And it was fun to see Nicoletta Elmi. She really gets around in these gritty horror films doesn't she? The one problem I have with this film is the stilted dialog which is all too common in melodramas where actors think they're too good for writers and just say what ever comes to their mind. Sometimes it works, most of the time it doesn't. When you've got a bunch of actors who can barely speak English, none the less think in it, along with untrained actors it becomes nauseating just to hear them talk; more grotesque than any gore or bladder fucking. So unfortunately it permeates every scene. Still I enjoyed it and I think even James Whale would have loved it.
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    38. Hell House LLC (2016)
    Amazon Stream. After watching the sequel and being disappointed by it in my first watch of this month i thought i might have been wrong about the first film as i really liked it on my first viewing so i had a rewatch and enjoyed it more the second time. This is in my top 5 found footage films and think this will be a halloween staple for me in the coming years. Those clowns were creepy as hell and the house itself would scare me death being stuck in it.

    8/10

    39. Night of the Demon (1957)
    Got my new indicator blu ray box set delivered yesterday and i've got to say its one of the most impressive collectors i own. 4 different versions of the film , hours of extras , poster and 80 page booklet make this a very impressive set. This is not a review of the box set but i would say for anybody with an interest in this film or collectors to try and pick this up.

    I watched the 96 min U.K Pre release cut of the film and the new transfer is A1 Quality , the extra scenes added in from the cinema version dont really add anything into the film but i wont complain of more of a film i like.

    9/10

    40. Carrie (1976)
    Arrow blu ray. Having only seen this film once , which was about 30 years ago i was shocked at how much i could remember of it. Sissy Spasek and Piper Laurie are brilliant in this in the mother and daughter roles. Carrie White for me was one of the most sympathetic characters in horror history and the film takes it time building up her character and i was glad when she had had enough and decided to stand up to the bullies and stop taking their shit. The film took its time to get to the real horror elements but the last 20 minutes more than made up for it.

    This film must have made many a bully give a second thought to picking on the weakest of the pack. One thing for certain i wont be waiting 30 years to watch this again.

    8.5/10

    41. Nightmare Beach (1989) First time watch.
    88 films Blu Ray. A biker named Diablo is executed in the electric chair for a crime he claims he did not commit and one year later a biker with a bike that would have made street hawk jealous starts killing students who have went to Florida for their spring break , has he returned from the grave or is there something else afoot.

    An italian production with an attempt to make an american slasher film had a lot going on but the mystery on who the killer was pretty obvious and the two main leads were pretty boring, even John Saxon looked like he would have rather been somewhere else.

    The biggest mystery is who exactly directed the film.

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    42. The Witch Who Came From The Sea (1976) First time watch
    Arrow Blu Ray. I did not know much about this film before i started to watch it , for the first 45 mins thought it was just a weird little 70's oddity that outside of horror fans not a lot of people no about, then the film clicked for me and i could not take my eyes of the screen and could not get it out of my head for the rest of the night.
    I thought this was one of the most unique, surreal and genuinely disturbing films i have seen in a while , while the film was exploitative it showed the effect of childhood trauma and the scars left on the victims of abuse. Mollie Perkins was really good in the role of Millie playing her descent into madness perfectly , i also thought Lonny Chapman was good in the role of her boyfiend Long John as well.

    The ending was heartbreaking and will give this another whirl soon.

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    #SCVpsychochallenge: Day 23 - CREEPY PHONE CALLS: Reach out and touch someone before they reach out and touch you.
    The book creeped me the hell out as a kid. I didn't want to look out the window at night. In case Mothman was out there. The film does a good job of capturing that creepy feel.
     
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    Tales of the Third Dimension
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    90. Return of the Living Dead (1985) Blu-This film is a crack up. Great humor and just a lot of fun. My favorite of the bunch for sure.

    91. Return of the Living Dead II (1988) Blu-Pretty much the same formula as the first and the humor isn't quite there. My least favorite, but still a decent film.

    92. Return of the Living Dead III (1993) Blu-My second favorite of these three. Has a much more serious tone and feels like a good horror film. Decided it was time to take the ride through these 3 films as it has been a while. Have had this movie since it became part of the Vestron collectors series and just got opened today.

    93. Maximum Overdrive (1986) Blu-Just got this yesterday. Always liked the movie and used to listen to the soundtrack all of the time. Glad to have the upgrade from DVD finally. Picture seemed a little soft, but I'm sure it's leaps better than my old DVD.

    94. Zombie 4: After Death (1989) Blu-I liked this one. Not real inventive, but what the heck, it works. I also really liked the main theme song by Al Festa 'Living After Death'. Kind of nice to have the soundtrack. It sound great sound quality wise. Only know what the first song is called and haven't found a track listing so far. This was also a first time watch. It's cool to keep finding stuff like this.

    ~Rocker10
     

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