The Annual October Horror Movie Watching Thread -- 2019!!!

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  1. hots4

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    My recent viewings:

    Count yorga, vampire:

    It's a little slow, a little weird, some strange shots and a very strangely edited ending, but I enjoyed it, not sure how you can do a sequel based on the events at the end, but they did, and I look forward to viewing it shortly.

    Trilogy of terror:

    I enjoyed the third story and Karen Black was great, but boy, the first 2 stories are dire, not sure how they constitute terror, I worked out the conclusion for nothing pretty much as soon as they started, if I'd not heard great things about the third entry, I'm sure I would have switched off after the second. Gotta say also strange choice of sleeve for the blu as it gives the ending away to one of the entire.

    Glad I watched, but want be re-visiting.
     
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    Day 24

    103. Triangle (2009) Prime - Really liked this movie. Don't talk about it too much as people may not have seen it and it would be easy to spoil it. Had really never heard of it before today, but was glad I checked it out.

    104. Masked Mutilator (2019) Prime - Apparently most of this one was shot in 1994 and the script was written in the 80's. You can tell. It's a slasher that feels a little lacking, but still ends up being entertaining anyway.

    105. Parasite (1982) Blu - I thought I had seen this movie at some point, but after watching the recent Kino release, I don't think I had before tonight. Decent enough I guess. Watched in 2D. Will check out the 3D at some point.

    106. The Terror Within (1989) DVD - Had a few horror titles still laying around unopened. Been trying to get some of those watched. I used to watch a lot of Concorde stuff back in the day and possible the reason I bought this. It is definitely a cheap 'Alien' imitation. 'Alien' is in space, this one was underground, but the similarities were glaring. Pretty goofy actually, but that made it entertaining. George Kennedy actually was in this one. He must have been desperate at the time.

    107. Soul Survivors (2001) DVD - Another never watched DVD. Can't say I cared too much for this one. Very odd movie. Not even sure I fully understood what was going on. Too much work to enjoy.

    ~Rocker10
     
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    10/23/19

    CREEPSHOW (1982)

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    So much has been written about Creepshow, that bringing anything new to the discussion is a difficult task. Scream Factory released a new Collector’s Edition with fancy packaging a year ago, not long after they forced their “minimum advertised pricing” (MAP) bullshit on us. It kept me from buying this until Barnes & Noble had a Father’s Day coupon this year that made it a more reasonable purchase. Already went through the contents once back in the summer. Creepshow fits in so well with an October horror marathon. I was happy to return.

    Tom Atkins gives us a much different look compared to The Fog and Halloween III. Trading in blue collar flannel shirts for a more conservative sweater look, he now drinks canned beer out of fancy glasses. Joe Hill (son of Stephen King) plays Billy in the wraparound. Who knew that Ed Harris had a knack for disco dancing in the “Father’s Day” segment? When George Romero died two years ago, it was cool to see Ed Harris come forth with some really nice things to say about working with him. Harris expressed gratitude still to the day for Creepshow and Knightriders (1981), both early in his career when he really needed the work.

    Meteor shit? Tom Atkins has said in interviews that his first choice was to play Jordy Verrill. I can’t imagine Atkins in the role. Stephen King really runs with the dopey hillbilly persona. Fun nostalgia to have 80’s wrestling on the television with a match between Bob Backlund and one of the Wild Samoans. This goes back to when Vince McMahon was still a commentator and long before re-branding as Mr. McMahon the ultimate heel. By the way, Jordy Verrill has something in common with Fred Sanford of Sanford & Son fame. Both drink Ripple.

    “Something to Tide You Over” is my second favorite story. Leslie Nielsen goes miles over the top as the bad guy. Unless I am forgetting other titles, Day of the Animals (1977) is the only other horror movie villain he did. Leslie is a major selling point and I admire his imaginative use of the VCR. “The Crate” is my favorite entry. The creature is like something between cryptozoology and dark fantasy, a brilliant creation. You find the best character development in this chapter. Hal Holbrook is quite sympathetic and Adrienne Barbeau is just a force of nature that needs to go the fuck away. George Romero called “They’re Creeping up on You” his personal favorite when we attended a Q & A with him at a horror convention a few years ago. Roaches are disgusting, but the comeuppance in this final chapter is arguably the nastiest of them all.

    Scream Factory did a commendable job on their Collector’s Edition treatment. I especially enjoyed "Terror & the Three Rivers": a round table discussion with Atkins, Tom Savini, and more. Great stories shared in that featurette. I have not yet seen the new Shudder series, but for me the original Creepshow is still a timeless classic.

    BRUISER (2000)

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    Henry Creedlow (Jason Flemyng) is a human doormat. People defraud him with relative ease. Hired help steals from the guy. Greedy wife Janine (Nina Garbiras) is unfaithful. Their pet poodle won’t even acknowledge him. Home is an unfinished construction zone that offers no rest. Fellow commuters on public transportation disregard his right of way. Nothing is a greater source of stress than his boss Milo Styles (Peter Stormare), owner of a magazine called Bruiser. Henry has recurring thoughts of suicide, not that anyone cares to notice. One morning Henry wakes up to discover his face is now replaced by a blank white mask that cannot be removed. Revenge is long overdue for some.

    Bruiser is a far cry from George Romero’s original Dead Trilogy, Martin (1977), and Creepshow (1982). Unlike those films which were primarily shot around Pittsburgh (PA), this was his first done in Toronto. The $5 million dollar budget looks cheap in comparison. An uninspired jazzy film score doesn’t help the cause. The concept itself doesn’t offer much other than the need to stand up for yourself. Bruiser is a movie I enjoy despite these shortcomings. It’s just been a long time since my last viewing. Flemyng is such a depressing figure as Henry to the point of frustration. His daydream fantasies of retaliation towards others recalls Hal Holbrook’s thoughts of catharsis in Creepshow. Peter Stormare is a lot to take as Milo Styles with an unbridled performance that redefines over the top. He may exhaust you. I think his cokehead asshole villain is funny. Another huge plus is Tom Atkins as the old school police detective who refers to women as “dames” most of the time. Atkins crashes Stormare’s Halloween party and isn’t exactly a fan of the freakshow audience. The Misfits are the live entertainment for the party. This is from the Michale Graves era and not Glenn Danzig, so it’s not really The Misfits in my eyes.

    I dug out my old Lion’s Gate DVD. Doubtful this will be getting a Blu-ray release anytime soon. Unspectacular as it may be, I would rank Bruiser higher than some of the other late output from George Romero.
     
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    63) Paranormal Activity


    64) [REC]


    65) The Blair Witch Project
     
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    24th - October Madness No.27 / SCV Psychotronic Challenge Day 24 - SHORT ATTENTION SPAN THEATER: Watch some shorts or anthology things.

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    Body Bags (1993) - Rating: 2.5/5

    I never got around to catching up with John Carptenter and Tobe Hooper's anthology Body Bags, so this one was new to me. Lots of fun cameos from the likes of Wes Craven, Roger Corman, Sam Raimi, and a hilariously perfect one from Greg Nicotero in the best segment - Hair - among others, and of course John Carpenter himself hamming it up as his own version of the Crypt Keeper as The Coroner in the wrap-around. However, all three of the stories are pretty mediocre at best... The Gas Station is pretty bland, boring, and absolutely predictable, Hair at least offered some solid laughs and an interesting premise but the ending, while out there, seems to just fizzle to a close quite abruptly, and Eye, while featuring a fun turn from Mark Hamill, is also overall very so-so. Good for a watch, but I don't know if I'd ever revisit this one - HBO's Tales from the Crypt it ain't.
     
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    Movie #26:
    Torture Garden (1967)
    First time viewing (Indicator UK Blu-ray)
    **1/2 (out of 5)
    Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge Guideline:
    24. SHORT ATTENTION SPAN THEATER: Watch some shorts or anthology things.

    One of the lesser Amicus anthologies for me. Basically an entire movie made up of mediocre stories. Didn't realize this, but the Indicator Blu has two cuts of the film on it. For a first time viewing, I went with the original theatrical version.

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    Movie #27:
    Empire of the Ants (1977)
    First time viewing (Scream Factory Blu-ray)
    **1/2 (out of 5)
    Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge Guideline:
    25. VANISHING CITIES: One with gentrification or real estate development as the setting.

    Was expecting this to be even worse based on Bert I. Gordon's reputation, but I found it very watchable. Not good mind you, but not atrocious. The shaky cam to hide the ants that could barely move was distracting, but I really liked the twist in the last third where the heroes end up in a town being mind controlled by the ants.

    Now I'm just counting down the hours until Joe Bob Briggs' Halloween Hootenanny on Shudder!
     
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    28. The Blood of Fu Manchu (Jess Franco, 1969)

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    This was a step down from Brides and Vengeance in terms of storytelling...tension...coherence. It seems like Franco may not have been too interested in making a Fu Manchu film, exactly, and he turns it into some kind of Wild Bunch-type story about bandits in some South American country. Or at least that's the midsection of the film. There's actually a pretty great plot by Fu Manchu this time, with weaponized beauties sent out to kill his enemies with a venomous kiss (hence the American title). But then that storyline disappears in favour of the previously mentioned bandits. It kind of wraps up again towards the end, but the end result is hard to consider a successful story. Entertaining in fits and spurts. Christopher Lee is relegated to a smaller role again, and the Nayland Smith character is relegated almost to cameo status. I feel like I've done a disservice to her by not mentioning Tsai Chin as Fu's daughter Lin Tang after any of the previous films. She's great, as always, and really complements Lee (even if it is unfortunate that she was prevented from turning the character into a nymphomaniac, as she mentions in an interview on the blu ray). She's one of the three actors to appear in all five films, along with Lee (of course) and Howard Marion-Crawford as Dr. Petrie. It's hard to believe that these films were released with only a year in between them when you look at how much he seems to age as the series progresses. In the first few films he seemed like a Denholm Elliot as Marcus Brody-type, a middle-aged yet capable second banana character. But by this film he seems positively geriatric. Richard Greene is not much of a Nayland Smith, to be honest. Not a bad movie, but definitely a step down from the two that preceded it.
     
  8. Natas

    Natas Is it October yet?

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    The Taking of Deborah Logan

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    First time watching. Documentary/found footage style. I really dug this. Pretty fucking creepy at times.....it was not perfect but still very enjoyable. I can't stand scenes where you're telling the characters to flip a fucking light switch for Christ sake.... And there's a couple here. I keep asking myself did I miss something that hinted at the fact the electricity is out? Anyways, besides that I highly recommend checking out. On shudder.


    Scream 2

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    Seen many times and enjoy the fuck out of it still to this day. Fantastic sequel.
     
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    Paff Super Moderator

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    I might have posted this before, but in 2011 my favorite local theatre company did a production of Little Shop that paid homage to BOTH the original film and of course the musical version.
    Here's a clip of it:



    What you'll notice is that while it's got the songs from the musical, the LOOK of the production is black and white. The only things in color are the girl group trio, and Audrey II.
     
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    KGBRadioMoskow Makes any meat boneless!

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    The theme is women on the verge of a breakdown, the result is quality viewing. Ratings are out of ****.

    10/22/19 - Dolores Claiborne (1995) ***1/2
    An estranged daughter confronts her own anguish after returning to her home town to support her murder suspect mother.

    Violently abusive husband, emotional wreck of a daughter, stoic and spunky mother. Not an original story formula, even 20 years ago, but few films have told it better. Jennifer Jason Leigh is competent as the pill popping, nicotine puffing, booze swimming daughter with a flawed memory. David Strathairn is vile as the toxic father, Christopher Plummer exudes menace as the cop with a grudge.

    But like the sun in the end of the film, all are totally eclipsed by Kathy Bates as the decades long caretaker and possible murderer of a bitchy, demanding, near senile rich widow. This is her showcase, start to finish.

    Like the similar pedigree Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, the movie is emotionally draining and gut wrenching, with a rather too tidy and satisfying wrap. It can be argued the films are thematically redundant. So what? There's something cathartic about being tossed in a pit of despair and then given a cold, hard pull back up. If they're done this well, toned dark instead of melodramatic, keep them coming, repetition be damned.

    10/23/19 - The Mafu Cage (1978) ***
    When an introverted, repressed woman starts a workplace romantic relationship, her deranged and demanding shut-in sister moves her choice of pets up the evolutionary ladder.

    A warped, unbalanced film in story and visuals. The proceedings take place mostly at the home, which looks like a Cost Plus imports was hurled by a tornado onto a greenhouse. Crazy eyed icon Carol Kane gives an unnervingly entrancing performance, trading her harmlessly quirky TV persona for something more deservedly menacing. Her manic-depressive outbursts hint that a dark, bleak finale is building. The line of Mafu graves and the shrine to a possibly molesting daddy leaves no doubt.

    Lee Grant provides sympathetic counter-point, self-sacrificingly striving to maintain control and not realizing until it’s too late there is none to be had. This film tribal dance stomps on your senses and leaves an infected road rash on your brain.

    The Eyes of My Mother (2016) ***1/2
    Witness to a brutal act in her childhood, a young woman grows up equating torture with nurture.

    Opening with a gruesomely repulsive first act, proceedings only get more unsettling as the socially naive and seriously bent lead strives to maintain a sense of family as her isolated existence falls apart.

    Depressing, disturbing, making a strong plea for sympathy for a psycho even knowing an ugly end is inescapable.
     
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    Day 25

    108. My Bloody Valentine (1981) Blu - Went with the original version this year. Kind of a classic these days.

    109. Nightmare City (1980) Blu - I think I streamed this one last year and ended up liking it. Picked up the Arrow version and watched that this year. Went with Italian with English subtitles. Kind of a crazy movie. Fun watch.

    110. C.H.U.D. (1984) - Kind of average for me, but I do go back to it from time to time. Probably more fot the nostalgia factor.

    111. Empire of the Ants (1977) Blu - Saw this mentioned earlier today and decided to grab a re-watch of it. More nostalgia.

    ~Rocker10
     
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    Today:

    Creepshow the series - episode 3

    I enjoyed this episode a lot -

    'All hallows eve', I worked out the twist as soon as it started, but I thought it was still a well put together, poignant story.

    'Man in a suitcase' was fun, the final sequence at the airport was unnecessary and they should have finished on the shot of the message, but apart from that it was a fun and inventive story.

    Each episode seems to be better than the last, fingers crossed this continues culminating in a classic finalise.
     
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    10/24/19

    SCANNERS (1981)

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    Homeless drifter Cameron Vale (Stephen Lack) starts some shit at a mall food court with two older women (it’s not what you think). Mall security is nowhere to be found. Two trench coat wearing guys are on it and subdue him with a tranquilizer dart. Cameron awakens and meets Dr. Paul Ruth (Patrick McGoohan) of the private company called ConSec, specialists in weapon systems. Ruth identifies Cameron as a “scanner” – a rare breed of psychic with incredible skills in telepathy and psychokinesis. The doctor trains him in these misunderstood abilities for the primary purpose of exterminating the most powerful scanner of all - Darryl Revok (Michael Ironside), leader of a renegade group. World domination is their goal and ConSec stands in their way for the time being. Revok’s network is vast, well informed, and always ready to strike.

    1981 was quite a year for AVCO Embassy theatrical releases: Escape from New York, The Howling, Dead & Buried, Final Exam, and more. Scanners came first that year and made a strong impression in the gore department for an R-rated feature thanks to some make-up effects contributions from Dick Smith (The Exorcist, The Sentinel). No matter how many times you’ve seen the exploding head demonstration, it’s still an incredible sequence. Stephen Lack is frequently awkward as Cameron. Maybe this was intentional as he’s a bit of a slow learner in coming to terms with his supernatural abilities? Jennifer O’Neill (Lucio Fulci’s The Psychic) is more capable as a scanner ally with inner knowledge of the Revok resistance. Patrick McGoohan (The Prisoner TV series) is a good casting selection as a mad scientist figure with personal connections to this secret society. Michael Ironside steals the show with Darryl Revok, a badass villain who commands the screen. The flashback of a 22-year-old Revok recorded shortly after he drilled a hole in his own head is disturbing in its intensity. Our reminder that he is much stronger at age 35 spells out what a bleak outcome should be expected in a psychic showdown.

    Overlook the dated computer systems on display and Scanners was clearly ahead of its time as a film. David Cronenberg gives us a chilling look at evil corporations waging war, experimental drugs with horrific side effects, and deep social commentary to ponder. Scanners is a masterful balance of horror and science fiction that requires you to use your head while others may lose theirs.
     
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    64) Terrorvision


    65) Elvira: Mistress of the Dark


    66) Return of the Living Dead
     
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    Day 24 of the Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge.
    Short Attention Span Theater: Watch some shorts or anthology things.
    Asylum. A solid if a little slow anthology from Amicus. Not my favorite of their anthologies, that would be The House That Dripped Blood or From Beyond the Grave. But it has one of the better framing devices for an anthology film. And of course a great cast as well.

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    Day 25 of the Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge.
    VANISHING CITIES: One with gentrification or real estate development as the setting.
    Amityville: It's About Time. One of the better of the Amityville series. Directed by Tony Randel. Director of Hellbound: Hellraiser II. For DTV horror film from the '90's it quite stylish and crazy. The slacker son is so '90's it hurts. There's some good mind fuckery moments. And were else to you get to see the lovely Megan Ward get felt up by her mirror image?
     
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    Movie #28:
    Halloween (1978)
    Rewatch (Joe Bob's Halloween Hootenanny on Shudder)
    ***** (out of 5)

    Had a great time watching 3 of the Halloween films as part of The Last Drive-In's Halloween Hootenanny. I've seen the original many times, but never tire of it.

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    Movie #29:
    Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
    Rewatch (Joe Bob's Halloween Hootenanny on Shudder)
    ***1/2 (out of 5)

    This is my favorite of the sequels. The opening and ending are all-time favorite sequences for me and the movie in-between is a solid slasher.

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    Movie #30:
    Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
    Rewatch (Joe Bob's Halloween Hootenanny on Shudder)
    *1/2 (out of 5)

    This on the other hand, is one of my least favorites. Having Joe Bob host definitely made it more fun to watch, I just find the majority of the characters annoying and the choices made by the writers and director bizarre. The laundry chute sequence is the highlight of the film for me, but the highlight of the marathon was when Tom Atkins called in to threaten Joe Bob because he was playing Part 5 instead of Halloween III.

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    Movie #31:
    Rituals (1977)
    Rewatch (Scorpion Releasing Blu-ray)
    *** (out of 5)
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    26. THERE'S SOMETHIN' IN THEM THAR HILLS: Twangy cringers from the backwoods and by-waters.

    This is a rare film where every time I watch it it's in a new format that is a big leap in quality. I rented the VHS from Scarecrow Video over a decade ago, grabbed the Code Red DVD maybe 5 years later, and now for my third viewing I watched the Scorpion Blu. If you're a fan of the film I'd recommend this HD release as its never looked better (although it still isn't reference quality or anything). I enjoyed the film the most on this viewing, but despite some harrowing sequences and a great ending/final shot I still only think it's just okay. Too much of the second act is made up of the characters screaming at each other and I find myself growing tired of it before the killer reveals himself.
     
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    Day 26

    112. The Nest (1988) Blu - I tend to really enjoy quite a few of these Concorde films. This one revolves around killer roaches. It's a fun movie in its own way.

    113. C.H.U.D. II-Bud the Chud (1989) Blu - Completely different tone than the first movie. More of a comedy horror film. I think this one is kind of fun and the humor is good. Grabbed a Vestron title as I saw a tweet from Dawn of the Discs retweeting news from the Vestron Line of two more titles being announced soon.. This is one of my more favorite movies from that line.

    114. Cockneys vs. Zombies (2012) Blu - I guess I was expecting something different from this one. Had never seen it but owned it for a while now. Thought it was pretty average.

    115. Shaun of the Dead (2004) HD-DVD - Yup, broke out my HD-DVD player for a few titles. Love this movie. I was thinking Cockneys vs. Zombies would be a little more like this. Re-watched this to get the experience I was hoping for from the other. Just a great watch.

    116. Pitch Black (2000) HD-DVD - Always liked this movie due to its more horror leanings. Seen it many times but not for awhile. I remember the first time I watched this, I thought I had it all figured out and then the movie takes its big turn. Liked the other Riddick stuff as well, but not as much as this one.

    117. The Boogeyman Will Get You (1942) DVD - Ended my day with a Karloff title. One of my favorite old school actors, so I have quite a few of his movies on various formats. In this movie he plays a Scientist who experiments to make people supermen, but keeps failing. It's a fun movie with lighthearted humor. He was definitely a master of his craft.

    ~Rocker10
     
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    67) Night of the Living Dead (1968)


    68) Dawn of the Dead (1978)


    69) Day of the Dead (1985)
     
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    46. Halloween (2007)

    Blu Ray . Unrated Cut. Every time i watch this i like it a little bit more. Nowhere near the quality of the original with the suspense dropped in favor of extreme violence and brute force. I enjoy the origin and find the film loses it's way when it trys to copy the original film in the second half.

    Malcolm Mcdowell was good as Loomis and it was almost impossible to follow Donald Pleasance. Rob Zombie gave it a good go but it must have been a nightmare trying to live up to a film that is so beloved in the horror genre. 3/5

    47.Halloween 2 (2009)

    Blu ray.Unrated cut. This is what Rob Zombie should have done with the first film instead of trying to take on the original film , however because the style and tone are wildly different this did not feel like a sequel, most of the main characters felt like new characters and did not feel like a natural extension of the people that faced Michael Myers only the year before. Still kudos to R.Z for at leat trying to make the film on his own terms. 3/5

    48.The Houses October Built (2014)

    Blu ray. Excellent Halloween atmosphere , despite being a bit ropey in places and the cast are not the most likeable this was a good watch for this time of the month. The sections of the group going through the different types of haunts is the highlight of the film for me. 3.5/5

    49.The Blair Witch Project (1999)

    Blu Ray. Still holds up after all these years . Shows you nothing ,No Blood , no violence everything is left to the
    imagination. Excellent rewatch 4.5/5

    50.Little Monsters (2019) First Time Watch


    Fun little zombie horror comedy that offers nothing new , a liitle bit of gore but no real scares as the zombies in this are pretty much ineffective. Felt like a cross between The Sound Of Music and Shaun of the Dead. Although was ok i dont think ill return to this anytime soon. 3/5


     
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    INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1978)

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    Elizabeth Driscoll (Brooke Adams) thinks her boyfriend Geoffrey (Art Hindle) might have male PMS. He’s suddenly acting like an entirely different person – extremely cold & distant. She confides in her co-worker at the San Francisco Health Department, Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland). Other acquaintances have odd complaints just like hers regarding their loved ones. Matthew calls on his old friend, the celebrity psychiatrist David Kibner (Leonard Nimoy) for a voice of reason. As the strangeness spreads around the city, married couple Jack (Jeff Goldblum) and Nancy (Veronica Cartwright) have a shocking discovery at their mud bath spa. No one understands what exactly is going on just yet, but the appearance of small pods with pink flowers seems to coincide with these events.

    In this first remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the story relocates from a fictional small town to one of the most progressive big cities in America. It’s more than just the location on a bigger scale. Impressive practical effects and an effective sound design add to the overwhelming paranoia and chaos unfolding. Kevin McCarthy (star of the 1956 version) has a cameo which links the two films together. Director Philip Kaufman assembled a first-rate cast for the remake. Donald Sutherland & Brooke Adams are leads you care about. Jeff Goldblum is high-strung even before all the heavy shit goes down. Leonard Nimoy stands out as the man of logic ally and proves he can do more in the genre than just Mr. Spock from Star Trek. The heavy ending still packs a punch and remains a personal favorite of mine.

    Similar to what John Carpenter did with The Thing, I have long admired the Philip Kaufman re-imagining of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Very often my preference is for the original film, however I prefer the remakes for both sci-fi horror crossovers. This Blu-ray from Arrow Video offers a solid presentation with many bonus features.
     

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