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

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  1. Kim Bruun

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    It's by no means perfect (Alma's two minion squatters could have been left out, and the movie would have been better for it), but Dick Smith's rotting apparitions and the ever watchable Alice Krige earn Ghost Story a place among my favourites. Seriously, nothing with Alice Krige is a total loss.
     
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    10/26/18

    3 DEAD TRICK OR TREATERS (2016)


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    I first read about this right here as it was just released this month by Videonomicon, the label run by MorallySound. Anthology horror films are a format I tend to enjoy very much. Just received the Blu-ray/DVD combo a day earlier. What better time to watch than late October?

    A bicycling paperboy (Holden Levack) gets a bad feeling about a house on his route. Newspapers are piling up and no one is available to talk to. Checking out the property closer, three recent graves are found further back behind the house. Attached to each grave is a handwritten story. That is the setup to the individual segments. First we meet a young couple that shop for Halloween masks and later visit a house that very few would dare to visit. Let's just call it a very macabre twist on Trick or Treat. The next story introduces some crazed religious themes with a family preparing for "The Exodus." Witch hunting is alive and well in the modern era. Freshly baked cookies never looked so unappealing before.

    The third story features a trio of homeless people who have acquired a massive amount of Halloween candy. Did they steal it all from younger kids? Who knows, but trying to keep their inventory a buried secret is not so easy. In addition to the wraparound story, there is also a fourth piece. This is more of a missing persons aftermath focusing on two police officers.

    3 Dead Trick or Treaters has absolutely no dialogue. It's just score music and sound effects. I'll be honest in that there were times where I would have liked some dialogue. I knew going into this there would be none. Not that much of an issue really. The music was very effective, but where the film really stands out is in atmosphere. It really feels like October in this picture. Many of the scenes are shot in sparse rural areas where you may not want to go alone. Lots of bad things happen. You don't have to wait too long for horrific content.

    Decorations added to the mood, but I really loved the Halloween masks used. These are not at all the silly variety you find at most stores in recent years. We're talking some retro influenced creepy ones. The mask worn in one of the later stories looked a lot like Barlow from Salem's Lot (1979). Very cool!

    3 Dead Trick or Treaters moves along pretty quickly at just over 70 minutes. Some pretty sick moments and an incredibly bleak ending. No horror comedy here. This is an unsettling movie for genre fans looking for something with a dark edge.

    THE FOG (1980) in theater

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    Getting to see older films in movie theaters can be a special treat, particularly when they are movies you really enjoy. John Carpenter's The Fog is a film I've seen many times over the years. Halloween (1978) plays all over the country in selected theaters every October. The Fog on the other hand is much less frequently available on the big screen. Going to see this at Alamo Drafthouse was a no-brainer. Even better, this was a 4K restoration that was shown.

    As small coastal California town Antonio Bay reaches its centennial, a flurry of paranormal activity occurs starting at midnight. The strangest phenomenon is a heavy glowing fog which worst of all claims the lives of three fishermen out at sea and brings within it an unspeakable terror. Local resident Nick Castle (Tom Atkins) and his new girlfriend Elizabeth (Jamie Lee Curtis) investigate. Not the best news story as a number of centennial celebration events are planned. Town priest Father Malone (Hal Holbrook) meanwhile finds his grandfather's personal diary which brings to light a number of disturbing facts dating back to the original settlement of Antonio Bay. Throughout all of this is the presence of Stevie Wayne (Adrienne Barbeau), the radio DJ who broadcasts from a lighthouse and whose voice keeps residents up to date on the emergency situation.

    No matter how many times you may have watched a certain film at home, finally getting to see it on the big screen can breathe some new life into it. That was indeed the case with this 4K presentation. The glowing fog added a surreal dimension. John Carpenter's musical score never sounded better, particularly with the crashing rhythms as the film pushes towards its climax.

    It's not often enough that we get to see actor Tom Atkins in a larger role. That's probably part of the reason I love Halloween III so much. Atkins has good screen chemistry with Jamie Lee Curtis. He gets to play the hero multiple times in this film. Adrienne Barbeau delivers a terrific performance, probably her best in the genre in my opinion. Her throwback radio show fits the tone of this ghost story. Stevie's bravery certainly gets noticed.

    "They don't make them like they used to." That cliché is so often overused, but feels applicable to The Fog. Beyond this being a first tier John Carpenter film, you could never put together such a seasoned cast of personalities. A number of them have since passed on years ago. Collectively the cast really shines brightly. Very happy we went to Alamo Drafthouse to catch this experience!
     
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    October 25th:

    Mr. Mercedes Season Two Episode 10 "Fade To Blue" - The season finale of this Stephen King series that should have received the attention of the vastly overrated Castle Rock. This season kind of bides its time, then crams way too much into the final episode. So needless to say, this was the most exciting episode of the season. Interesting that NetFlix has just debuted a new season of Making A Murderer, because both this finale and the season premiere of Riverdale play off of this and the Innocence Project, only from opposite ends of the spectrum: in Riverdale Archie is innocent, here Mr. Mercedes is undeniably guilty. That shock ending doesn’t really leave room for a season three, but then again, I would have said the same about the ending of the first season. If the show does return, so will I.

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    Trick Or Treat (1986) (blu-ray) - This is a movie I was slightly disappointed in as a kid, but I love it more with every viewing. I reached the point where I completely adore it a few years ago, when this blu-ray was first released. So much fun, and the music is fantastic. I love it even more since visiting Wilmington and the filming locations (twice in fact). It’s fun to have a geography of everything, I’ve been to the high school, Eddie and Tim’s houses, and even had dinner at a seafood restaurant overlooking the bridge Eddie drives off at the end of the movie. Love it! This blu-ray (sourced from a film print under the title Ragman) is the best version available, but a 4K remaster of the camera negative would be most welcome.

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    The Hazing (2004) (DVD) - It had been a few years since I’ve seen this one, I figured it was time for another spin. This is an extremely fun movie, and a better remake of Night Of The Demons than the actual Night Of The Demons remake. The cast is great, especially Nectar Rose (who is gorgeous to boot). Extremely fast-paced with lots of outrageous gore gags. It was pretty late when I was watching this, so unfortunately I was nodding in and out a bit towards the end. That aside, I loved revisiting this.

    October 26th:

    Creeped Out Episodes 11 - 13 "The Traveller" & "Side Show (Part 1 & 2)" (NetFlix) - Finally wrapped up this anthology series. The Traveller was excellent, and easily the closest of the series to an old-school Are You Afraid Of The Dark episode. Fun plot with a creepy bad guy. Side Show is the only two-part episode, and it’s pretty weird but somewhat charming I guess. I would come back for season two, as this was a fairly consistent season.

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    The Halloween Tree (1993) (DVD) – This was another one I hadn’t seen in several years. I have it on VHS, but never bought the Warner Archive release because it’s a DVD-R. Turns out they released a pressed DVD a while back, so I finally caved and picked it up not too long ago. This is a pretty charming cartoon. The bookends are fantastic, providing a terrific and even moving set-up and the resolution, but the middle chunk of the movie where they’re traveling from country to country is pretty boring. If you have kids, this would be a good one to show them.

    What The Waters Left Behind (2017) (Amazon Prime) - This was released on VOD Friday, but I noticed it was available on Amazon Prime. Thinking this must have been a mistake, I figured I should watch it quickly before Amazon catches on. With the title and the poster, I was expecting a super creative Spanish horror film, maybe some kind of aquatic horror. Instead, this is a very mediocre backwoods slasher film that brings absolutely nothing new to the table. I had trouble telling the female characters apart because they all looked the same. I have to be in a specific mood for subtitled horror, which I just so happened to be in, but I wish I had given my time to Terrified or Satan’s Slaves instead of wasting it on this.

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    The Witch In The Window (2018) (Shudder) - I loved this. The whole "Witch In The Window" story is creepy, and there are a couple fleeting moments of that here and there. However, it wasn’t the horror that won me over. The movie works because of the father and son, who are terrific together. They’re well-written, well-acted, and really fun characters. The family drama totally worked for me. Come for the horror, stay for the characters. Also, you don’t see very many horror films out of Vermont, so it’s cool to see that part of the country in a film for a change.

    October 27th:

    Aside from two episodes of Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina (which I'll discuss momentarily, so that I don't have to do three separate entires), I did not watch any horror movies today! Gasp!

    October 28th:

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    Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina Chapters 1 - 6 "October Country" & "The Dark Baptism" & "The Trial Of Sabrina Spellman" & "Witch Academy" & "Dreams In A Witch House" & "An Exorcism In Greendale" (NetFlix) - I'm enjoying this show so far and the set-designs are absolutely stunning, but I will say I prefer Riverdale. The first four episodes basically set-up the show and the characters, while episodes five and six are mostly "monster-of-the-week" episodes ala Supernatural or Buffy (while still tying into the overall mythology of the show). Rachel Talalay directed episode 6 and there's a fun Elm Street reference early on regarding Harvey's attire. The only episode I haven't liked so far is episode 5. Worth mentioning, I watched this over three days, with two episodes per day, but didn’t feel like doing multiple entries.

    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)"
    61.) Mr. Mercedes Season 2 Episodes 8 & 9 "Nobody Puts Brady In A Crestmore" & "Walk Like A Man"
    62.) Def By Temptation (1990)
    63.) HauntedWeen (1991)
    64.) Haunted Episodes 1 & 2 "The Woman In White" & "The Slaughterhouse"
    65.) Eli Roth's History Of Horror Episode 3 "Slashers (Part 2)"
    66.) Channel Zero: Butcher's Block Episodes 1 - 3 "Insidious Onset" & "Father Time" & "All You Ghost Mice"
    67.) House aka Hausu (1977)
    68.) Haunted Episode 3 & 4 "Demon In The Dark" & "Children Of The Well"
    69.) The Goldbergs "Mister Knifey-Hands"
    70.) Mr. Boogedy (1986)
    71.) Bride Of Boogedy (1987)
    72.) American Horror Story: Apocalypse Episode 7 "Traitor"
    73.) Haunted Episodes 5 & 6 "Alien Infection" & "Stolen Gravestone"
    74.) Riverdale Season Three Chapters Thiry-Six - Thirty-Eight "Labor Day" & "Fortune And Men’s Eyes" & "As Above, So Below"
     
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    SCV Psychotronic Challenge Day 27. MODUM ONERARIIS: A movie about transportation methods. A car, rollerblades, a broom, flying saucer...whatever gets you there.

    A good night of horror viewing. A double bill of train bound terror. Then I followed it up with the groovy Baron Blood.
     
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    KGBRadioMoskow Makes any meat boneless!

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    Mostly caught up, on a mostly average lot. Ratings are out of ****.

    10/23/18 - Torture Garden (1967) **1/2
    A sinister carnival master of ceremonies shows five people the consequences of their future sins.

    An anthology of four stories, in the familiar Amicus style. A greedy nephew inherits his uncles domineering source of wealth. An ambitious actress finds out how the Hollywood elite stay on top. A musician's lover rivals with his inanimate muse for his attention. A Poe obsessed collector has a morbid revelation with his idol.

    Rather unremarkable stories bound by an entertaining wrapper, elevated by Burgess Meredith's admirably ample servings of acting ham. Palance spends most of the framing segments repeatedly stoking a pipe and channeling Christopher Lee reserve, in the final segment he refreshingly defies type character by exuding twitchy, nervous mania. But like the other stories it’s merely an entertaining time waster.

    10/24/18 - Headless (2015) ***
    Compelled by a skull faced child, a maniac kidnaps women to his condemned home where they are mutilated, violated, and devoured.

    A gory, perverted, and depraved grindhouse film that is literally torture porn. Scenes of an eyeball tree, bizarre chases, caged child torment, and a hellish corpse pit are assaults on the visual senses freakishly unusual even in a genre known for its extremes. A twisted flashback story of severe child abuse sets a motivation, but the focus is all about the visceral slaughter and the tasteless after acts.

    This thoroughly disgusting film is without redeeming value. I like it.

    10/25/18 - Next Door (2005) **1/2
    After a tense break up, a man is drawn to his seductive and intrusive shut in neighbors.

    A squirm inducing film, with the main character becoming grotesquely involved with two obviously very bad news women. Played out in their strange and cluttered labyrinth of an apartment, the situation is an obvious reflection of his own dark carnality. Where the film leads is fairly predictable, but it’s a flinch worthy journey.

    10/26/18 - The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976) **1/2
    A psycho brutally assaults couples on isolated country roads in post-World War II Texas.

    The docu-drama style, complete with voice narration, was somewhat novel for the time but the result alternates between effective and distracting. The film's police segments are near irrelevant to the film's events and outcome, a framing necessary for time padding but ultimately plot pointless. Worse they provide the film's weakest aspect, frequently inserting a comedic tone jarringly inappropriate for a town gripped by paranoia. The Barney Fife patrolman delivering scenes like the film was a low rent Smokey and the Bandit precursor is particularly out of place.

    What works are the assault scenes, being particularly chilling, dramatic, and elaborate. Victims are equally dispatched by cold quick efficiency and slow sadistic torment. And the trom-boned segment is still horror film infamous 40 years later.
     
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    Day 28

    113. Stuff Stephanie in the Incinerator (1989) Amazon Prime-I used to watch a lot of Troma stuff back in the days this was released. I'm not sure if I had seen this back in the day,but it doesn't hold up as well as some of the other Troma Team stuff. In ways they go for clever twists, but the low budget feel is a bit of a distraction.

    114. Creepshow (1982) Blu-I resisted buying the new Shout initially due to its high price tag, but did end up caving in as I have always loved this movie. The set is one of the better ones from Shout. Nice rigid slip with a book and movie although the actually Blu keepcase feels a bit on the cheap side. Great picture quality on this one. Glad I did pick it up, but not enjoying Shout's recent pricing structure at all. Great movie nonetheless!

    115. Creepshow 2 (1987) Blu-Followed Creepshow with the second movie in the Arrow set. I like the first movie better, but this one is really good as well.

    116. Dead & Buried (1981) Blu-Been wanting to revisit this one since the news of a possibility of an upcoming 4k set. Still hope that happens although it seems to have been quiet for awhile now. Pretty interesting story and ending on this movie.

    117. God Told Me To (1976) Blu-Was sitting next to Dead & Buried on the shelf and hadn't seen this one in awhile, so in the player it went. More Larry Cohen that although was listed as horror at least in part on IMDB, but didn't feel quite that way. Anyway, part of the marathon.

    118. The Hills Have Eyes (1977) Blu-A classic movie for the most part. I'm sure I can't add much about this as most probably know more than me. Nice Arrow set that I have viewed before.

    ~Rocker10
     
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    Movie #30:
    The Thing From Another World (1951)
    Rewatch (Italian DVD)
    ***1/2 (out of 5)
    Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge Guideline:
    26. MILITARY INVOLVEMENT: When the men in green take on the little green men.
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    Movie #31:
    Terror Train (1980)
    Rewatch (Scream Factory Blu)
    ***1/2 (out of 5)
    Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge Guideline:
    27. MODUM ONERARIIS: A movie about transportation methods. A car, rollerblades, a broom, flying saucer...whatever gets you there.
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    Movie #32:
    Hush (2016)
    First time viewing (Netflix)
    ***1/2 (out of 5)
    Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge Guideline:
    28. HOME INVASIONS: Unwanted visitors can really make a mess out of things.
     
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    Natas Is it October yet?

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    Pet Sematary

    Trick r Treat

    Scream
     
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    73) The Innocents


    74) Carnival of Souls
     
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    MorallySound Mad Mutilator

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    26th - October Madness No.40 / SCV Psychotronic Challenge Day 26 -MILITARY INVOLVEMENT: When the men in green take on the little green men.
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    Xtro II: The Second Encounter (1991) Rewatch - Rating: 1.5/5
    Hard up for money and only owning the name rights, not the story rights, Xtro director Harry Bromley Davenport hired four writers to make a name-only sequel that has nothing to do with the first film other than aliens. And speaking of aliens, this is basically a low-rent poorly lit and poorly executed rip-off of James Cameron's Aliens as a bunch of military personnel, complete with weapons stolen from Cameron's film, take on an alien lifeform who's been beamed in from a secret military experiment based around inter-dimensional travel. The squad is led by the always stiff and horrible Jan-Michael Vincent who apparently didn't memorize any of his lines and had to be force-fed them in between takes, and also features X-Files favourite Nicholas Lea. But seriously, four writers and the Xtro name and you just come up with another Aliens clone?

    27th - October Madness No.41 / SCV Psychotronic Challenge Day 27 -MODUM ONERARIIS: A movie about transportation methods. A car, rollerblades, a broom, flying saucer... Whatever gets you there.
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    Shredder Orpheus (1989) Rewatch - Rating: 2.5/5
    In the near future a bunch of goth ghouls control the airwaves through the Euthanasia Broadcast Network while a bunch of new-wavers who ride around on skateboards and live in the shipping container city called the Grey Zone try to infiltrate the network after the new wife of Oprheus, the leader of a Grey Zone band, is kidnapped by the station. Clearly influenced by films like Forbidden Zone, Surf Nazis Must Die, John Waters, and more, Shredder Orpheus has a kick-ass new wave/goth industrial soundtrack but can be a bit dry and slow in the story department and does drag here and there. It's a bit clunky with its narrated book ends by a character who isn't featured too prominently, and actually has a fairly bleak ending. Overall it's still a weird late '80s indie skateboard-new-wave-post-apocalyptic that's worth a watch although a bit forgettable.

    27th - October Madness No.42
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    The Bride's Initiation (1973) - Rating: 3.5/5
    Let's get a little steamier this October with some adult entertainment! The Bride's Initiation is a Florida-shot hardcore flick about a newlywed couple who are kidnapped by Count Dracula before they can officially "incorporate" their marriage together. Turns out Drac needs two virgins to live another 48-hours, so of course he hires his chauffeur to kidnap the newlyweds. Meanwhile, the bride's parents hire a detective to track down the missing couple. The Bride's Initiation is a laugh out loud funny horror comedy, with sex of course, that tickled my funny bone (sorry, terrible pun but had to!), complete with castration, a witch, bondage, and Marc Brock hamming it up as Dracula himself. Also features Thora Birch's parents, Carol Conners and Jack Birch, whom if you didn't know were in the adult film biz!

    28th - October Madness No.43 / SCV Psychotronic Challenge Day 28 - HOME INVASIONS: Unwanted visitors can really make a mess out of things.
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    House on the Edge of the Park (1980) Rewatch - Rating: 3/5
    David A. Hess returns in a Krug-esque role under the direction of Ruggero Deodato in this unpleasant thriller about a couple of New York City car mechanics who flip stolen cars and love to boogie. When a couple of late-night customers (Annie Belle and Christian Borromeo) arrive at the shop before they can head to the disco, Alex and Ricky (Giovanni Lombardo Radice in his debut role) decide to invade the couples house party instead and terrorize and degrade the guests. House on the Edge of the Park is seedy, sleazy, and leaves you needing a shower after as the sex, rape, and nastiness are all wallowed in excess here. It's not a fun film and definitely no Last House and probably deserves a lower rating, but you can't not factor out the dedication and acting skills of David Hess and Giovanni Lombardo Radice here who elevate this in the end above the trash it could be.

    28th - October Madness No.44
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    Errementari (2018) - Rating: 2/5
    Based on Basque folklore, Errementari (Blacksmith) tells the tale about a blacksmith who's made a pact with the Devil and somehow got away with not having his soul claimed. The townsfolk all fear him and stay away from his heavily fortified smithy, but when a little girl from the town is seemingly kidnapped by the blacksmith, the townsfolk gang up and storm the smithy only to discover the blacksmith hasn't actually kidnapped the child, but has caged up one of the Devil's minions! Errementari is an over-the-top fable who's twists I guessed a mile away and always felt like I knew what path would be taken. It's overly directed and hammy and corny, and I didn't care much for it.

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    Def by Temptation (1990) Rewatch - Rating: 3.5/5
    Joel (director/writer James Bond III) goes to visit his actor cousin in New York City. He's been having nightmares lately about his dead parents and a mysterious woman in black, but needs to get out of his grandma's house to find himself and make sense of these visions. While out at the bar one night, he's enchanted with a lady there - the Temptress (Cynthia Bond) - who's got Joel in her sights to corrupt. Def by Temptation is a fun and funny take on the vampire film from the African American perspective that while is pretty pro-Christian and heavy handed at times, is also breezy, witty, and inventive and features some gorgeous cinematography from Ernest Dickerson. It does have some great effects-set-pieces (the TV scene clearly inspired by Videodrome is absolutely amazing) and some not-so-great effects-set-pieces (the ending Temptress make-up effects, which also features some scenes with the monster from Sgt. Kabukiman, NYPD as Troma had to do some re-shoots to finish the movie during post-production), but despite it's short comings is a rather good film overall.
     
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    Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

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    43. The Evil Dead (2013)
    Blu Ray . This is a well made remake that honours the original without copying it shot for shot and it is good that it tried to add to the original mythos without taking anything away from it. I am glad they did not try to recast Ash from the original as this would have been a step too far and was a good twist that Jane Levy's character ended up being the heroine instead of her brother who did not have anywhere near the charisma of Bruce Campbell. Nowhere near the quality of the original film and the tree rape scene is nowhere near as effective here than it was in the original.

    All in all this was only my second viewing and tried to watch it as a stand alone movie rather than try to compare it to original film which is so important to most horror fans , when watched this way it was easier for me to enjoy rather to continually keep comparing it to the original which stopped me enjoying it the first time round.

    7/10

    44. Trick R Treat (2007)
    Blu Ray. Having watched this every Halloween since it release it still surprises me how fresh this still feels to me. The seperate tales all mesh together perfectly instead of 4 seperate tails with a wraparound. I cant believe we dont have a sequel after all these years this could have been an excellent franchise.

    8/10

    45. Halloween (1978)
    4K Blu ray. I have been patiently waiting to watch this since picking this up at the begining of the month and since i am going to see the new film on Halloween i thought today would be a good day to spin this up.

    No point talking about my thoughts on this film as it must be the most watched and discussed film on this thread over the years but i will say this is in my top 5 horror films of all times and is absolutely perfect , everthing clicks and works.

    I have seen a few complaints on reviews of the disk about the picture quality and the missing original mono audio track but to be honest its hard to imagine that the film will look or sound better than it does here.

    10/10

    46. The Fog (1980)
    I recieved my 4k collectors edition of The Fog this morning and put it in too watch straight away , straight from the off i was blown away with the picture quality, same as Halloween , i cant imagine us getting a better version of this movie any time soon. The box set also has a comprehensive set of extras and i will start digging into them after this years marathon is finished.

    The film is another one of my Halloween staples and i love everything about this film from the score to the slow build of dread to the climax. In essense this is an old fashioned ghost story which relies on atmosphere rather than shocks and jump scares.

    9/10

    47. The Thing (1982)
    Arrow Blu Ray. This was not originally on my pile to watch but after watching Halloween and The Fog i was in a John Carpenter vibe and went to the shelf to get this. This was the first time i have watched the Arrow restoration and was impressed with the quality.

    Watching these back to back showed how versatile Carpenter is as film maker with 3 tottally different types of film but all made with real quality. Its good to see that John Carpenter is getting more recognised for being an excellent filmaker by the masses instead of just been well known by horror fans and the new Halloween movie should bring a lot of newcomers to his catalogue of films.

    Again everthing just works for me with this film and is up there with his best.

    9/10

    48. The Howling (1981)
    Blu ray. Another film i have not seen in a few years and to be honest i have always enjoyed An American Werewolf in London to this.I have only seen the first two in the series and have always been meaning to catch up with rest of the films. This has an excellent cast of horror film veterans and moves along a a brisk pace with not a lot of side plots and moves quickly to the finale. The ending feels kind of relevent too in this age of fake news with nobody knowing what to believe on our news channels.

    The few things i did not like were the animated scene of the wolves during the campfire sex scenes and the final transformation which were both ridiculous.

    7/10

    49. Candyman (1992)
    Arrow Blu ray. Another new Arrow boxset that i got through the post today ,this is an excellent upgrade on the previous blu ray release with an excellent transfer and a comprehensive list of extras.

    This is a slow build film and takes it time building up the mythology of Candyman rather than doing an exposition drop early on in the film explaining everything and Tony Todd despite his limited screen time created one of the most famous horror icons of all time. An excellent performance from him and was played as both very sympathetic and horrifying in equal measure and it worked to make Candyman more than just a blood thirsty killer. This film could have been an excellent start to a franchise instead of the tepid sequels that followed this.

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    Caught a midnight screening over the weekend, and it was a lot of fun. A few jumpy moments and solid kills. The podcast stuff goes nowhere, and I thought all three leads would have benefited from more screen time. Otherwise, pretty much agree with what Fattyjoe said above.
     
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    SCV Psychotronic Challenge Day 28 - HOME INVASIONS: Unwanted visitors can really make a mess out of things.

    Them was a solid little home invasion flick. Whoever did the sound design went above and beyond. Inside started a bit bleak, got intense and then ended up being like the Monty Python Sam Peckinpah skit.
     
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    OCTOBER 26TH:
    Cannibal Campout
    Memorial Valley Massacre
    Sleepaway Camp
    Blood Rage

    OCTOBER 27TH:
    Phantom of the Mall: Eric's Revenge
    Chopping Mall

    OCTOBER 28TH:
    Killer Kate!
     
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    In the home stretch...

    119. Waxwork (1988) Blu-Decent movie that I feel is worth going back to from time to time. Got in the mood for it today.

    120. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Blu-Decided to catch some first movies from larger horror franchises. This is a good start to the Elm Street saga although things get a bit uneven as the movies go on.

    121. Friday the 13th (1980) Blu-A definite classic. This is part of the big box set from a few years back. Uncut version. Good stuff!

    122. Mind Ripper (1995) Blu-Got this from Ronin recently for around 10 bucks. Probably a decent price for this average movie. Wes Craven and son involvement. AKA The Hills Have Eyes III with no connection other than the desert and a bit of gore.

    ~Rocker10
     
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    maskull I finally got an avatar!!! Yay!!

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    74) Grave Encounters (2011): Well I remembered liking this a lot more than I did this time.

    The set up is great. Snarky people who may or not believe in ghosts, doing a ghost hunter show and doing what it takes to get the story. It was fun and funny and the host fellow was so perfectly fake sounding when he was on camera. But once they get into the asylum and encounter the ghosts, they really overreact for people who are doing a ghost hunter show. And the camera man gets way too (obnoxious) aggressive and they do start arguing too early in the runtime. It makes the movie unbearable for a long stretch. The movie even totally lifts a few things directly from The Blair Witch Project. Once the ghosts actually start to appear, things get better and even a bit creepy, if you can put yourself in their shoes. So it's not all bad. Some of the ghosts don't look excellent, but others look really good and freaky. A few perfect jump scares and some nice quiet moments, walking through dark hallways. A great location. I wouldn't want to be trapped there at night...or any time.

    75) Curse of the Blair Witch (1999): I don't know why I've never watched this before. It's even on my Blair Witch Project dvd. Weird huh?

    This is a faux documentary on the Blair Witch that apparently was aired on TV before the actual movie came out. It gives some background on the witch and the area and Rustin Parr. It is in no way necessary to watch before watching The Blair Witch Project, but it is a fun lead in for those of us who have seen BWP many times and want something fresh from the Blair universe.

    76) The Blair Witch Project (1999):
    Maybe it isn't quite so scary these days because I've seen it so many times, I know exactly what is going to happen next. But it still totally works and just rushes by. Woods are freaky at night!

    77) Wild Beasts (1984): I both love and hate this movie. I love it for it's sheer exploitation and awesome animal attacks on people and for the polar bear walking down a hallway and a cheetah running through a city street chasing a car. I hate it because I know that some animals were hurt/maimed/killed while making this movie. Either that or they had really well trained animals and really good effects. But I doubt it. Either way this movie is pretty darn brutal to watch and I really do enjoy it (with reservations). I just kind of wish they hadn't had the scene at the stockyards.

    The ending was weird.
     
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    maskull I finally got an avatar!!! Yay!!

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    78) Thir13en Ghosts (2001): I'm not really a fan of the juddering/slo mo/flashing style of shooting or the dead mom stuff, but the rest of the movie runs at a brisk pace with a surprising amount of blood and gore and some slightly silly but horrific ghost designs. After a while it started to get frustrating when the characters wouldn't just believe in the ghosts or kept asking "why?" at the most inopportune times, but minor complaint. This is a fun take on a haunted house movie and quite a bit different from the William Castle 13 Ghosts.

    79) Silverhide (2015): I'm not actually sure what good a beast that turns invisible when hit by moonlight would do. I'd think there would be very limited applications for that skill for use in war/espionage. Maybe the movie actually tells me but between the unnecessary constant wind sound effects, the characters whispering a lot, and the all round poor sound quality, I may have missed something. They don't even give you subtitles. Now I'll never really get who the dude in a suit was. Oh well, there was a cool scene with a girl in a tent and the silhouette of the wolf on the wall of the tent, and I thought the final shot was at least interesting. But definitely not worth sitting through 25 minutes of dialog, that you couldn't hear half the time, to get to a couple of cool moments and a weird Muppet-like creature.

    80) Bonehill Road (2017): I thought this was going to be a 4 1/2-5 star movie when it first started. The mother/daughter chemistry was great (the two of them alone in the car was probably my favourite part of the movie), the werewolves looked pretty, and being trapped out in the middle of nowhere with three werewolves chasing you...perfect. Then they went into the house and the movie dragged for me. I'm not a fan of the kind of movie this turned into. It's a personal thing, and I think the movie did a good job with it, but I just don't enjoy it. Not to mention the werewolves seemed to disappear for way too long. Fortunately the movie got back into my sweet spot for the finale and threw in a transformation and some lovely gore, so overall I really liked this movie, with a bit of a rough patch.

    I did watch some of the behind the scenes on the DVD and Todd Sheets seems like a passionate filmmaker and a nice dude so I appreciated the movie even more.

    81) Santo Vs. The She-Wolves (1976): When the werewolf cult is on screen this actually works as a horror movie. The rest is a confusing (at times boring) mess, but at least Santo wrestles some werewolves (and some dogs). It's not helped by a really dark print on my dvd. It was really hard to see what was going on in the night scenes. I'm not completely certain but I think this movie was trying to convince me that German Shepherds are wolves...

    82) Big Bad Wolf (2006): Well, the werewolf transformation is cg so that sucks but the actual werewolf is a dude in a costume and it looks pretty good. There's quite a bit of blood and gore: arms ripped off, throats torn out, an impromptu castration, blood spray....and nudity and romance and weirdly enough, the werewolf talks and spouts one-liners. And it didn't bother me at all. Some of the lines are actually funny. I liked the two leads and their little romance thing that was happening and the bad guy is suitably scuzzy/slimey/a*hole-ish.

    83) Never Cry Werewolf (2008): Obviously they wanted to make this a vampire movie, but they couldn't because this would then be Fright Night. Strangely though they keep some of the vampire trappings and mix them into a werewolf movie. But whatevs, Kevin Sorbo is having a blast playing a Big Game Hunter (*ahem* Peter Vincent*ahem*) and Nina Dobrev is likable as the Charley Brewster character who lives next door to a new neighbour who is acting suspiciously. ***SPOILER****he's a werewolf!!!!***spoil--never mind, we all know this. Peter Stebbings is suitably sexy but creeper-esque and the werewolf looks pretty good, if a little bit rubbery. Heck they even throw in some goo and gore for good measure. The whole thing is silly, and sexy, and all-in-all it's a fun movie for lovers of the wolf...if not at all original.

    84) Scream (1996): The opening with Drew Barrymore still gets me every time and I still think it might be the best part of the movie, except for Matthew Liilard over-acting and providing the best lines like "Liver alone"....well I like it anyway. :)

    85) Scream 2 (1997): I don't love this one as much as the first one. There are a few scenes that kind of drag and even the ending doesn't work as well for me. Still though I really think this is an excellent sequel and even my complaints are pretty small and inconsequential really.
     
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    THE MUMMY (1932)

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    I had a couple unopened Universal Monster Blu-ray collections. Universal Monsters are fun any time of the year, but when October rolls around, it's ideal. You can never have enough Boris Karloff. That was the one I watched.

    In 1921, an archaeological expedition by the British Museum finds the mummy of ancient Egyptian high priest Imhotep (Boris Karloff) along with the life-giving Scroll of Thoth. Full moon or not, the mummy comes to life and takes the scroll. A younger member of the team (Bramwell Fletcher) witnesses this and loses his mind never to return again. Eleven years later another field expedition makes major news with a new discovery after an unsubtle tip from Ardath Bey (Karloff's Imhotep using a colorful alias). Their latest find? The tomb of a princess. Rather than just become rich and famous, life gets a lot more complicated for the expedition team.

    Despite the Egyptian setting, The Mummy plays very much like a gothic horror tale with strong romantic themes. You can find similarities between this film and Dracula (1931) on a number of levels. Boris Karloff endured 8 hours of makeup daily in the chair of artist Jack Pierce for the early portion of the film. This was even longer than when he played the Frankenstein monster. His nuanced performance is very effective. Edward Van Sloan is playing a Van Helsing type character much like in Dracula. Who really stands out in addition to Karloff is lead actress Zita Johann. It's essentially a dual role and much more than a damsel in distress.

    The Mummy is going to be a slow moving affair for many modern audiences. It does however possess a dream-like quality in a number of moments and can put you under its spell if in the right mood.

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    A mysterious stranger covered in bandages and dark goggles walks through a snowstorm and stays at a small English village inn. The nosy patrons and employees waste little time fucking with his attempts at privacy. Push comes to shove and before long, the guy disrobes and reveals that he is actually invisible. Turns out the mystery man is Dr. Jack Griffin (Claude Rains), a chemist who had been working with the dangerous drug monocane in some secret experiments. Aside from invisibility the drug has some other side effects that present a threat to pretty much everyone.

    In the world of Universal Monsters, it's accurate to say that The Invisible Man has never come close to the popularity of the holy trinity (Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, The Wolf Man). I've always found the character very underrated and fascinating. Claude Rains is quite often forced to rely on his voice. It's a powerful one and Rains is up for it. How he carries on like a raving madman at times is indeed entertaining. If you were to ask just who is the "maddest" of mad scientist from 1930's and 1940's Universal horror films, the rock star answer would be Colin Clive from Frankenstein. That is a perfectly valid answer, but Claude Rains is more than just a routine contender in that department. Rains talks big, but acts on it too doing so much evil and having one hell of a time with it.

    As much of a joy the lead actor is, how can you overlook Una O'Connor? This broad was also in director James Whale's Bride of Frankenstein. Way the hell too loud for anyone's tolerance level, her incessant shrieking and exaggerated performances are worse than nails on a chalkboard. I just try my best to ignore her as I do in Bride of Frankenstein.

    The Invisible Man is a classic crossover horror science fiction production. Pioneering effects for the time and an unforgettable mad scientist in rare form make this Universal Monster film much more than just a curiosity.
     
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    maskull I finally got an avatar!!! Yay!!

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    October 22:

    86) Eyeball (1975): Maybe not quite as sleazy as I remember it being, or maybe I'm totally desensitized, but with some cool kills, prerequisite nudity, and a killer wearing red gloves...wait! That's not right! They're supposed to be black!! But I guess they had to match the killer's outfit.

    I've watched this a bunch of times from an old torrent I downloaded and burned to DVD (it's pretty amazing that movies like this are finally getting released on blu ray), but I guess it had been long enough because I just couldn't remember who the killer is and there's really no way from the movie to even guess. Not that it matters. Who watches a giallo to try and figure out who the killer is or for logic? The reveal for this one is so stupidly wonderful that I had a big grin on my face. I mean seriously??? That was why the killer was ripping people's eyes out?

    October 23:

    87) V/H/S (2012): A found footage anthology movie with five stories and a wrap around. Every story has at least one good idea or component to them (and pretty unlikable people, except maybe for "10/31/98"), but I don't think any of them are completely good stories. I think my favourite is "The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger" about a woman talking to her boyfriend on video chat and telling him about the strange noises coming from outside her bedroom door. I'll admit this one made me jump a few times and actually creeped me out.

    88) The Cabin In The Woods (2012): Pretty much the perfect balance of comedy and horror for me. The horror is taken seriously but you can still laugh at it, except when you can't and it's being a little bit brutal, but then there's usually something else in the scene or around the corner that is funny. It's bloody, violent, and I really liked the characters enough that I felt bad for them as they are being picked off. I just pretty much love everything about this and it's fun seeing so many actors I love in one movie (Amy Acker especially). Obviously Drew Goddard (and Joss Whedon) is a horror fan and understands these kind of movies, maybe even reveres them....and then turned around and pulled all the cogs and sprockets out to see what makes them tick.

    October 24:

    89) The Bride of Frankenstein (1935): So the first time I watched this, Una O'Connor as Minnie drove me crazy and I had a hard time getting past her noxious character and enjoying the first half of the movie. Well, you know, I still really am annoyed by her but she's really not in this as much as I thought she was. So this time I was totally able to ignore her and focus on the important things like Karloff as The Monster, an evil scientist (love the miniatures!), and the continuation of the story of Dr. Frankenstein (though I still think he gets a bit of a free pass. He may of been blackmailed to work on the Bride but he sure seemed to be into it). Frankenstein's Monster randomly kills people, rampages, is chased through the woods (LOVE that scene!!!), breaks out of prison, rampages some more, makes a friend, learns how to smoke, is given hope for love, throws a dummy off of a tower, and does so much more. All in glorious black and white which really accentuates the shadows that the Monster hides in and just looks so pretty. It's just kind of weird how little of the Bride there is in this movie.

    90) Scream 3 (2000):
    My least favourite of the original trilogy but still a really good movie. Parker Posey steals the show here, but the rest of the new people are kind of a let down in comparison. <sarcasm>At least the gave us a Jay and Silent Bob cameo<sarcasm>. And Princess Leia (R.I.P.). The humour can get a little overbearing at times but I enjoy the idea of this one and a movie based around the making of a movie of the original movie..or is it one of the sequels?

    October 25:

    91) Scream 4 (2011): Wes Craven went out on a good one. (R.I.P. Wes). This feels like visiting with old friends, who've brought along some new, likable friends for you to meet. Now I'm not big on meeting new people these days, but these people love horror so I'm totally down with them. I've always liked Hayden Panettiere (and one of these days I'm going to learn how to spell her last name) and weirdly she almost is the main girl in this movie despite it seeming like Emma Roberts was going to be the heir apparent to the Sidney crown. But then again, maybe not. Sidney is back and being a total badass, Dewey is still kind of goofy but not a total idiot, and Gale is Gale. Alison Brie also shows up. I completely forgot about that. I guess for obvious reasons and Anthony Anderson is his least annoying character ever.

    The start of this movie is pretty great. The ending is hilarious with the extremes the killer will go to for fame. The middle is a Scream movie with lots of references to past horror movies and attempts to combine influences with new ideas for something fresh. Not always successfully but enough to be worthwhile. I do kind of wish they didn't go to the hospital at the end though. I feel like the movie was already over but they tacked another part on unnecessarily. But ZAP! was silly fun so whatever.

    I really wish Mr. Craven had been able to make more of these movies.

    92) Monster Dog (1984): Damn, that music video/song at the beginning puts me in such a good mood that there's no way I can hate anything that comes after. Not that I could hate a pack of killer dogs, and puppet werewolf-ish creature, Alice Cooper as the LORD OF THE DOGS, a gun fight, another music video, and lots of fog. Not to mention Victoria Vera. I could not hate anything about this movie. This could possibly be Claudio Fragasso's masterpiece. I think I loved this even more this time around.

    October 26:

    93) Scary Movie (2000): I'm not going to say I didn't laugh at all during this movie. There were plenty of funny moments and a couple that actually made me laugh out loud. BUT, by adhering so close to the first Scream movie, I kind of started to feel bored part way through. I just watched Scream a week or so ago. I love it. There's already a Scream. It's done better. All the funny jokes are great(ish) but I think I need something a little bit more from my movies that I watch. Or maybe the jokes started to get a little bit repetitive after a while. That's very possible too.

    94) Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996): I really wish this movie had spent even more time on the toy maker building the puzzle box. No, I'm serious! I love that kind of stuff. It's one of the few origin stories that I'm actually interested in. Oh well, they did give us a cenobite dog, Pinhead in space and the creation of a brand new cenobite. And the blood/guts/goo is pretty nice as well. It's kind of hilarious how someone tries to shoot Pinhead with a laser gun. Or how they distract him into doing a soliloquy while the good guys runs away. Apparently it's really easy to distract Mr. Pinhead. Why the heck did someone Alan Smithee this movie? I mean it's one of the better Hellraiser movies to me and easily the one I've seen the most. I'd be walking down the street, bragging to anyone I happened to meet that I had made this movie. Yessir!!
     

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