The Annual October Horror Movie Watching Thread -- 2020!!!

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  1. Colin

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    It's All Hallow's Eve - Devil's Night if you're nasty - so it's time to watch some horror movies that relish in the holiday. I haven't watched "Season of the Witch" since I purchased the Shout! box set a few years back, and it was great to revisit it once again, it truly is the black sheep of the series (and doesn't deserve the pitiful 4.9 rating on IMDB). The other three I manage to watch every October, with "Trick r' Treat" and the original "Night of the Demons" doing great jobs of capturing the spirit of Halloween, and "WNUF" - which is polarizing - is still fun campy, goodness that makes me nostalgic for my youth.

    80) Trick r’ Treat


    81) Halloween III: Season of the Witch


    82) Night of the Demons (1988)


    83) WNUF Halloween Special
     
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    Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge Guideline:
    Day 30. BRING IT ON HOME: Something filmed in Seattle.

    Movie#57:
    Class of 1999 (1990) (DVD)

    As much as I love Class of 1984, I prefer the crazy Escape From New York dystopian future vibe this film has going on. I mean you get Robo-Pam Grier with a flamethrower arm! Also Traci Lind is in the film, I've had a thing for her since Fright Night 2.

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    Movie#58:
    Vengeance of the Zombies (1973) (Blu-ray)

    One of my favorite Paul Naschy flicks It's a weird ass mix of voodoo zombies, satanism and giallo. There's an abundance of blood, boobs, spray tan and Jazz funk. None of that is a bad thing.
     
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    Last write ups before the Eve. Ratings are out of ****.

    10/28/20 - And Soon The Darkness (1970) **
    Two young women on a bicycle tour of rural France separate after a tiff. Contending with cagey and deceptive locals and a suspicious acting benefactor, one of them searches for her missing friend, fearful she may be next.

    Basically a slow developing who done it, with several questionably behaving characters independently acting on the disappearance. Most of the characters believably add to the suspense, with one serious misfire.

    The Paris investigator, ambiguously offered as either suspect or protector, is particularly odd. As someone attempting to be trustworthy he is unreasonably evasive and insistent to the point of seeming mentally unbalanced. As a prospective fear invoking villain, let’s just say it’s near impossible to look intimidating riding a Vespa. Both aspects are serious directorial misfires, an incoherence of intent that leaves the viewer thinking that regardless of whether he is the culprit, he's someone to be avoided at all costs.

    The plot takes a predictable twist, and finishes on an unoriginal rescue ending. The film's release date gives it some pioneer standing, but it’s not enough. Overall just an interesting but throw away thriller, straddling the fence between serial killer horror and puzzle solving mystery, with better offerings of both to watch instead.

    10/29/20 - Nekromantik (1987) **1/2
    A man working on a street accident clean-up crew brings home souvenirs to spice up his twisted love life. When he loses his job and his equally depraved girlfriend walks out on him - taking their latest cadaverous sex toy with her - he goes off the deep end.

    A film that definitely pushes the envelope of sick, even by today's standards. There are literal blood baths. Extended soft core scenes with a putrid, pond recovered corpse. The slaughter and skinning of a rabbit for food spliced with scenes from a (fake) human autopsy. A hooker hook-up at a cemetery that turns to homicide and necrophilia.

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    Weird, perverted, disgusting, and intentionally absurd. There are subtle digs about the nature of romance and finding joy in existence, and added to a wicked cool end scene nudges this film just slightly above the line of purely tasteless obscenity.

    10/30/20 - Hostel: Part II (2007) **1/2
    More female tourists pick the wrong vacation spot.

    Much of my October viewing is clearing of the backlog of unwatched films. And whether its lessoning interest in recent offerings or having managed over the decades to catch earlier ones, that backlog has significantly shrunk since I started October write ups on this board. This one has been sitting for quite some time, and with many years passing since viewing the first in the series.

    In the film's favor are good acting, good scene framing, and some very interesting locations. Particularly in the first half of the film. Unfortunately not much happens in that time, so all that set up is mostly eye candy. When things do start, it’s mostly chase sequences, the kills themselves are few and fairly abrupt (if not off screen). The one stand out sequence is the blade slice blood shower, but except for the victim it has almost no ties to the rest of the film (that killer is mostly there and gone).

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    Much more so than the first film there is an establishment of a back story for two of the high society torturers and the operation's ring leader, but it’s only two dimensional prep for their eventual fate. Given the remarkably depraved killing mentioned above, I'd have wanted more background on that twisted diva.

    It may be fault of memory, but this time around the torture den looks more like a maintained factory than a condemned ruin of one. With rooms often looking like stage sets. Less of the organic dirty, cramped, dark and dank chambers of horror as the first film. As such the primal terror evoked isn't as strong. The serious tone also breaks several times, touching onto outright low brow comedy and closing with a "happy" ending of gallows humor.

    Overall I rank it at the same level as the first film, regarding it as just amusing. And notably not living up to its hardcore torture porn reputation. A genre itself that I have no interest in, if it is merely for its own sake (like cannibal films, there has to be something more than just shock). As such I have little impulse to continue with the franchise.
     
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  4. Gore Lunatic

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    YIKES! I haven't posted my viewings in a couple of weeks (because of work), so I'll just do a quick list of them:

    10.18.20
    The Slayer BD
    Trapped Alive BD
    10.19.20
    Chill Factor BD
    Edge Of The Axe BD
    1020.20
    The Prey BD
    The Mutilator BD
    10.21.20
    Resident Evil Prime 4K
    Silent Hill BD
    Silent Hill: Revelation BD
    10.22.20
    Ghost Ship BD
    Triangle BD
    10.23.20
    Scars Of Dracula BD
    The Satanic Rites Of Dracula BD
    Horror Of Dracula BD
    Dracula: Prince Of Darkness BD
    10.24.20
    The Crazies (2010) BD
    The Hills Have Eyes (unrated 2006) BD
    Dawn Of The Dead (unrated 2004) BD
    Evil Dead (unrated 2013) BD
    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) BD
    Night Of The Living Dead (1990) BD
    10.25.20
    Circus Of The Dead Prime
    Terrifier BD
    20.26.20
    The Fly (1986) BD
    The Thing (1982) BD
    10.27.20
    The Gates Of Hell BD
    10.28.20
    The Abominable Snowman BD
    The Brides Of Dracula BD
    The Gorgon BD
    The Plague Of The Zombies BD
    The Curse Of The Werewolf BD
    10.29.20
    Scare Package BD
    10/31 BD
    10/31 part 2 BD
    10.30.20
    Trick 'r Treat BD
    Halloween III: Season Of The Witch BD

    Out of all those films. only three of them were first time viewings. Triangle is a movie I've been wanting to see for a while now and never got around to it when it was streaming on Prime for free. Of course when I decide I want to watch it now, it's not free anymore. So I said screw it and ordered the UK bluray release on Amazon. Glad I did because this film was excellent and a great addition to my collection. The film is like a mix of Ghost Ship and Groundhog Day with a slasher element. The film stars the lovely Melissa George and Thor's little brother Liam. Recommended. Circus Of The Dead is another "killer clowns" type Horror movie. Basically about a group of clowns that work at a nearby circus that go out on a killing spree. A few good killings and gore but nothing I haven't seen before. The clown characters were interesting enough to keep me watching. Solid overall. Scare Package is a new anthology film that has eight stories. Two of those stories work as the frame of the film. This is more of a Comedy Horror and I thought it was a lot of fun. I enjoyed all but one of the stories, the one titled "So Much To Do." That one just seemed out of place and could have easily been left out of the film. The acting was decent and some of the jokes were quite funny. Lots of blood and gore throughout as well. This is a Shudder original so it's streaming on that site. I got the bluray which also includes The Last Drive-in with Joe Bob Briggs episode with the movie.
     
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    Sure! The print did look good from Prime. The movie was just okay, but much better than 2.

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    Lovecraft Country -

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    I like this show. What this show really is, is African American adventures in various pulp stories. Be it various types of horror, sci-fi, adventure, mystical, and a couple others. But these stories are told during a racist time period with things that African Americans have and still go through in this country. Things that really should not have happened. But I guess Lovecraft Country is a catchy title that worked for readers and viewers. I've only read a few Lovecraft stories so I could be wrong though.

    When I took a break for the final few episodes, I missed watching the show. But I don't think the show ends on a good note for me. Like many TV shows, it seems like when a show isn't confirmed for a second season, the people in charge don't really know how to end it because they don't know if they will get the chance to continue or not. So it's always cliffhangers or possible clues to the future that we might or might not get. And endings that feel a bit weak. It also doesn't help that the finale brings back the elements of my least favorite episode. Furthermore, I never felt that the show had a true bad guy. And I didn't feel anger towards who they made as the bad guy. A few scenes before the ending didn't help either.

    Still, Lovecraft Country is a show I would recommend watching. I still think that first episode will go down as one of the best pilot horror episodes. I would recommend watching that episode alone even if you don't want to watch the whole series.

    I'll get it on disc in the future. All of the actors are great in the show. The lead guy is supposed to be in a Marvel project next. I really want to see Jurnee Smollett in a horror movie. She's pretty and really good in Lovecraft Country. I hope the show gets a second season and they plan it better. I would be up for more pulp type stories with these characters.
     
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    10/30/2020

    DRACULA VS FRANKENSTEIN (1971)

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    KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK (1978)

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    Reached the end of the month and going to skip doing longer traditional write-ups. Amusement parks and carnivals were a recurring theme in many of the horror films I watched during October.

    Despite the obvious differences between these two films, there are a number of common themes.

    Amusement parks featuring a haunted house/chamber of horrors selling spook show tickets.

    Bitchy mad scientists operating out of said parks with secret lairs that may remind you of retro James Bond villains.

    Visionary madmen wish to develop a race of superior beings they can control, yet they are easily distracted by getting revenge on anyone who wronged them.

    Classic monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, and other supporting fiends.

    Biker gang members using ridiculous nicknames starting trouble with anyone they meet.

    Gene Simmons (The Demon) and Zandor Vorkov (Count Dracula) both have over-the-top reverb effects on their voices.

    Lead actresses in both films are searching for a missing loved one.

    Anthony Zerbe (Park Phantom) has a talisman deactivation pistol, while Zandor Vorkov (Dracula) wears a ring that emits a death ray.

    There could be more, but I quit...
     
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    10/31/2020

    NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968)

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    HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH (1982)

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    TRICK OR TREAT (1986)

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    You've gone above and beyond. You're entitled to phone one in, now and then.
     
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    Movie #48:
    Gammera the Invincible (1966)
    Rewatch (Amazon Prime)
    **1/2 (out of 5) - Gave the original Japanese version ***

    As a fan of Brian Donlevy's portrayal of grumpy Quatermass in the first two films in the Hammer series, I was disappointed with his scenes here. Donlevy plays a general stumbling and bumbling over scientific and military jargon in English language scenes inserted into dubbed over Japanese footage from 1965's Gamera: The Giant Monster. The acting from the other American actors tends to go over the top and there's even a theme song given to the giant turtle, I guess the U.S. distributor thought playing the whole thing as camp was the way to go.

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    Movie #49:
    Screams of a Winter Night (1979)
    Rewatch (Director's Cut on the Code Red Blu-ray)
    **1/2 (out of 5)
    Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge Guideline:
    29. ONE NIGHT IN APE CANYON: Watch a Bigfoot story.

    Watched the director's cut which stretches out this already slow anthology to the 2 hour mark. While you might think that means skip this version, the new story ends up being the best of the lot. And even though things move slowly, I was surprisingly never bored and didn't nod off at all. It's just that there aren't many moments where you can say much more than "there are images on my screen and I'm watching them."

    Fun Fact: I am the sponsor of the Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Etc. section at Scarecrow Video. It was a perk when they did a Kickstarter to go non-profit in 2014. Happy to say that my Bigfoot movie now resides in the section. They even file it under its original title Valley of the Sasquatch.

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    Movie #50:
    Cloverfield (2008)
    Rewatch (Paramount DVD)
    **** (out of 5)

    The best version I've seen of a kaiju attack from the civilian POV. Gets a lot of flack for being found footage but it actually embraces the storytelling possibilities of the subgenre. Having the backstory told via old footage being taped over helps sell the "reality" of the film and keeps the momentum of the main plot going without lengthy exposition breaks. And although T.J. Miller has proven himself to be a creep, the idea of having the camera person be a character and not just a silent filming device helps keep things entertaining for the 85 minute runtime.

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    Movie #51:
    The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992)
    First Time Viewing (Amazon Prime)
    *** (out of 5)
    Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge Guideline:
    30. BRING IT ON HOME: Something filmed in Seattle.

    Thought on what to rate this for a longer than acceptable time. I guess for a sexy murderer movie I was expecting more sex and murder, but it still had me moving toward a 3 1/2 for quite a while.

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    Movie #52:
    Alligator (1980)
    Rewatch (Lionsgate DVD)
    **** (out of 5)

    Everything I love about '80s horror is in this film: the characters that feel like real people, the monster FX, the humor, and the fact that even a fun genre movie can have a scene as disturbing as the kid being made to "walk the plank" off a diving board right into the alligator's open mouth.

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    Movie #53:
    Alligator II: The Mutation (1991)
    First Time Viewing (Anchor Bay UK DVD)
    *1/2 (out of 5)

    Like someone took the boring "mayor tied to the mob" subplot from the novel Jaws and made a movie out of it.

    Fun Fact: This was directed by my directing teacher from film school. He never talked about it.
     
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    I missed watching this during the October month. It's a two part on the Resident Evil game from the creator. I'll get to it soon though because I love the series. The videos are a bit over an hour combined.



    Super 8 -

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    I think this is JJ Abrams best movie. I was surprised that he wrote and directed it. Maybe working with Steven Spielberg made him put a lot of effort in to this one. I tend not to like the majority of his movies. Alias was really good for the first season or two and that fell apart.

    At times Super 8 feels like Goonies but of course it's not as good. It's probably equal or a bit better than Attack the Block because of the nostalgia and old school movie feel. Small town settings always help for me too.

    I like the group and whole movie creation. There are so many good scenes with the group. I still have my Super 8 film machine player. So that's more nostalgia. But I never made movies. I think I was too young for my parents to let me play around with actually filming.

    There is a big set piece that is amazing. I always remember Abrams being pleased with the spinning car in the Mission Impossible 3 bridge scene. That was cool but it's in a fairly forgettable movie. But the scene in Super 8 is amazing. It's like the production values that the one kid keeps saying during the movie.

    Another thing, Elle Fanning is awesome in this. I don't think I've ever seen her in anything. But she has one of those performances where you can tell she's a real actress.

    Overall, Super 8 isn't perfect. But I enjoyed it.

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    I read this Hellraiser 5 article from a while ago.

    https://bloody-disgusting.com/edito...vision-hellraiser-v-hellseeker-phantom-limbs/

    I only like the first and third movies in the series. But it's amazing to me how they keep producing mostly bad and direct to video sequels.
     
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    Day 31

    Hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Halloween!

    144. The Barn (2016) Prime - Saw this one mentioned and have wanted to check it out for awhile. There were some cool things going for this one. I liked the music and the throwback to the 80's feel. It was a fun movie but did feel a little off. I would probably re-watch somewhere down the road anyway.

    145. A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984) Blu - Getting those classics in at the last moment. Very well know film that doesn't need me to add anything. Had to get this one in. Maybe next year I'll do a burn through the franchise. It's been quite awhile since I did this series.

    146. One Missed Call 3: Final (2006) Blu - Pretty happy with my purchase of this Arrow set. This was the year that I took the J-Horror serious. I have had a few in my DVD collection for years, but they have been largely ignored. After this run, Japanese horror is officially on my radar.

    147. Halloween (1978) Blu - This one usually is close to the end of my marathon viewing. Watch it every year and probably my most watched horror film in my collection. What else can you add...

    148. Halloween II (1981) DVD - Probably my favorite sequel in the franchise. I took in the TV cut this time. Not sure if I had ever watched it before so it was time. It was fun for comparison purposes. I went to the movie censorship page and followed along with it to get the most out of it. The TV cut sure made this movie dull and boring. Next view will be back to the theatrical.

    It's been fun everyone! I look forward to doing this every year. Discovering new movies is always a good thing. I appreciate everyone's efforts on your write ups. I mentioned checking out the blu-ray.com thread and feel the write ups here are so much better. Lots of information sharing make this a must read every year. Keep it safe and stay warm everyone!

    ~Rocker10
     
  13. hots4

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    My Halloween viewing:

    Nobody sleeps in the Woods tonight.

    Unfortunately I went out on a whimper as I really disliked this movie. This for me really lacked any energy and it just plodded along, the 2 killers looked great I will say and you could have had some serious brutal fun with them, but no they meandered around and looked bored. There is a scene with a garden device that could have been brutal fun but the way it's been edited and the music and sound effects used negated the whole sequence.

    Going back to the killers, they really missed the buck with them, they never showed any anger or emotion or ticks that would have added to the possible dread and fear, but no they were just there.

    Add to this, lackluster boring kills, a terrible sound track and some awful dubbing (I was watching this on a train, I could not go with the subtitled version) and you get a really poor movie and one I wish I'd given a miss.

    It's been fun, but boy has it gone quick I hope everyone has enjoyed themselves and thanks for the great write ups.

    I am unfortunately being forced into a lockdown for the whole of November so with little else to do I will be do this all again. Fingers crossed it keeps my spirits high and my sanity from falling.

    Stay scared everyone.
     
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    Kim Bruun Resident Scream Queen

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    October 31st: Cruel Jaws

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    My final horror movie of October 2020, which puts me at 16 horror movies (plus the Fantasy Island episode). I always try to squeeze in as many as I can find time for, and 16 is not a bad count for me. Now, was Cruel Jaws a worthy finale? Well as everyone here already knows, it's a Mattei patchwork of footage shot for the movie as well as stock footage and, ahem, footage borrowed from other movies. In this respect, it's not unlike Hell of the Living Dead, but it's even more awkwardly cobbled together. I'll go so far as to say that it made me appreciate how competent Lamberto Bava's Monster Shark actually is (just kidding - you know I love you, Monster Shark). The cast features a good number of hunky beach dudes, so there's that, and one of the animatronic sharks looks quite good in certain shots (but since those shots are taken from L'ultimo squalo, this production can't really take credit for it). I was reasonably entertained by Cruel Jaws, but the one I really want to see now is L'ultimo squalo aka The Last Shark.
     
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    We had no Trick or Treaters this year. Neighborhood streets were completely empty.

    This is an interesting walk though the Halloween area today.



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    Black Christmas 2019 Remake -

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    To start, I'm probably not the best person for this movie. First, it's a Blumhouse movie. Those are mostly miss for me. With only the rare really great horror movie. Second, I remember people talking about this being some kind of Me Too movie. And I'm not too fond of that either. Third, I remember some talk about this movie and women directors. Which I'm all for women directors. But just because a woman directs a movie doesn't mean it will be good.

    Still, I always look forward to winter horror movies so I was hoping for the best. However, Black Christmas is not a good movie. It's really bad for the most part. Of course, it made its money back because it's a Blumhouse movie. Even the bad ones seem to do well at the Box Office. But Black Christmas for the first half seems to be all about the Me Too stuff and he said, she said situations. To the point, where the characters have a whole song and dance scene and arguments about the male vs female power structure. I found the song thing and audience reaction in really poor taste considering the characters' dress, where they were, that one of them was almost raped, and the fact that one of them was actually drugged and raped. I swear afterwards one of the girls mentions that she wasn't wearing underwear during that dance. I might as well post the clips.





    Honestly, I have probably too much experience with assault and harassment situations. And I know that women can be just as bad and criminal as men. Also, that generalizations at times are true. But I don't want to get into too much stuff that I've seen in a movie review or on a forum.

    Around the mid point, we are given what the writer and director thinks is a twist. Which is obvious if people paid attention to the text at start of the movie and noticed what the main character Riley sees before the poor song and dance routine. Which I think the idea could still make a good movie if that was more of a focus from the beginning. It could have been Riley going around a nice winter college campus and noticing odd stuff and solving the mystery of what was going on. And not this stupid mass attack on one night. Nor the really dumb, we still want a sequel scene during the credits.

    Not to end on a bad note, but the best thing about the movie is probably the minority character named Kris. She's harsh at times but the strongest character throughout the movie. And also gets the best line when Riley explains what she plans to do. Kris says "excuse me what?!" That's how absurd it is. And to spoil it,
    Riley doesn't believe people will believe her because she previously went to the joke campus cop who did next to nothing. And people didn't believe she was raped either. However, now there are multiple dead bodies around, both Riley and Kris have physical injuries, and yet she still doesn't want to go to the police. Thinking that they won't believe her. But it is really about safety at that point, since they barely made it out alive. A while after this point the remaining sorority sisters become some kind of empowered warrior princesses fighting the possessed and non-possessed members of the fraternity. One final twist is that one sister turns out to be a traitor. But it's just stupid.
    Also, in addition to Riley's best friend, her love interest is African American. So I guess they did get the minority representation memo right.

    I still want to watch the original Black Christmas. I posted in probably the remake topic that I started it a while back but I stopped when I saw a crude scene with Margot Kidder. I probably wanted to watch it again during the October month. Along with the 1st remake. Which I don't remember as being good. But it had a bunch of upcoming actresses. So I wanted to give it another try. This 2019 version is a definite pass though. Another thing is the kills cut away really quick to the point where you can't tell what happens to some of the victims. No need to even check out this movie. A true disaster.

    PS - I never knew what a DivaCup was before this movie. I had a harassment situation with a girl once with a similar product though. There is another "toy" reference early in the movie but I caught that one. I guess this is the female director / writer influence. I know I wouldn't include that sort of thing myself.

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    The Invisible Man aka An LMN Movie starring the Invisible Man -

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    I know I saw parts of the trailer for this one. I probably thought it was going to be better because of Elizabeth Moss. And I guess she does give a good performance. But this is nothing more than a high end LMN movie with the jealous husband after the woman. It's just that in this movie he happens to be able to make himself invisible. From the beginning of the movie I had a bad feeling and felt like I was watching a remake of that old Julia Roberts movie where she leaves the "controlling" guy who likes the labels on his canned food straight. It's something I find funny now because the tennis player Raphael Nadal likes his water bottles straight yet many women wouldn't have a problem with him.

    Anyway, the setting makes for good looking movie. And the invisible scenes are well made. I did like how the invisible trick worked as I read about how an invisible car or tank might work years ago. One or two of the invisible scenes are kind of creepy. But this is a silly movie with for the most part stupid characters. Yet still very profitable because of how Blumhouse does things. However, just like with that last Mummy remake, I have zero interest in seeing these characters again.

    I think I read or heard that people said this movie is good for the current situation with women in the news. I don't see it like that. The Invisible Man has violent tendencies to say the least. But Elizabeth Moss' character basically admits to fraud which comes down to stealing usually a person's time or money. Misrepresentation and psychological damage to a person's mental health with a key plot point. Plus poisoning too. These are crimes in many places. Many believe you should never hit a person. But when you are under attack or harassed eventually physical violence will happen. I find it funny when women lash out because they seem to take it to a far higher level because of perceived weakness. There was this funny video with a woman driving a car though a building to hit a man who I believe was cheating or something.



    There is no reason for me to watch this one again. In the end, the modern invisible man is nothing but this guy who found a way to make himself invisible.



    Maybe it's time to give up on the Universal Monsters and leave them to the old classic movies.

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    While typing reviews I watched / listened to some favorites.

    1. The Thing
    2. Night of the Living Dead 1990
    3. Clue

    Funny how great movies have great soundtracks. I own the soundtrack to all of these. Only Night of the Living Dead 1990 is missing a modern deluxe vinyl release.

    I'll have to watch something else good to wash those two final movies away later on. Probably Halloween or Halloween 3.

    Looking forward to next year. I'm starting planning now, since I didn't finish watching youtube videos and other stuff.
     
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    Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge Guideline:
    Day 31. I REMEMBER HALLOWEEN: Something from the Halloween franchise or anything with trick or treating in it. You did it! Another successful challenge achieved. Now you can stuff yourself with candy and listen to The Misfits.

    Movie#59:
    Halloween II (1981) (TV Cut)

    Nothing says Halloween night to me more then Halloween II playing on broadcast TV. I remember many a Halloween night growing up, sitting on the couch eating pizza and watching Halloween II on WPIX. The TV cut is an odd beast. You get some new scenes and hilarious dubbing over of the swearing. But you get an edit job that could only have been done by Edward Scissorhands. Bits of the film are oddly arranged and moved around. That said, I love the fact that Scream Factory included it because of the huge nostalgia.
     
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    84) The Howling: It’s been ages since I last saw this, so it was about time to revisit it. It’s a bit of a shame this film has fallen to the wayside over the years, and I would like to say a lot of it has to do with the franchise as a whole being a hot mess – with the various and numerous sequels being different shades of awful – but I thing most of it has to do with just how sluggish the second act of the film is. It also doesn’t help matters that the mystery behind the story is more than obvious, because the acting is less than subtle. It’s also kind of strange to think this is a Joe Dante flick, since his quirky sense of humor is completely absent here, even though there is some great deadpan moments throughout – the scene with the news anchor rehearsing in front of a mirror makes me laugh still – the movie is very serious and straight forward in tone. It does feature a lot of great cinematography, with Dante’s distinct use of color, and the use of fog adds nice abeyance to the spooky atmosphere. And let’s not forget Rob Botin’s special effects, because the werewolves and transformation sequences are truly some of the best, maybe even rivaling Rick Bakers work on “American Werewolf in London”. It’s a bit dated, but “The Howling” still has enough charm that I would recommend a revisit.


    85) Dead Pit: Another film I had to dust off the shelve and long overdue for a rewatch. Brett Leonard started his directing career on the right foot with a refreshing take on the zombie genre, that still rivals many of the ones that overpopulate the market today. The production value is low, the special effects cheap, but the passion behind the filmmaking shines through. In many ways it reminds me of Raimi’s “Evil Dead” with its cleaver shot composition and cinematography that you don’t usually see in a low budget horror film, adding to some really creative shots and memorable moments. Shout out to the beautiful Cheryl Lawson, who brings her A-game here and gives a performance that is almost too good for a B-movie (it’s a shame she didn’t go on to due anything else of substance) and the glowing red eyed villain makes for one of the more unsung antagonists in 80’s horror. A true lost gem that deserves more attention.


    86) Daughters of Darkness: I saw this for the first-time last October and was totally taken aback by just how good it was and how stupid I felt for not tracking it down sooner. “Daughters of Darkness” is an outlier of 70’s Gothic Horror, offering up an amazing cast, score, and direction for a steamy and hypnotic vampire tale. The 4K UHD from Blue Underground is more than worth the nearly $40 price tag, and is so far the best looking 4K dvd purchase I’ve made, I can’t stress enough how fantastic the picture and sound quality is on this bad girl. A high recommendation one year later.


    87) It Follows: It’s been a few years since I last watched this one, and it’s still my favorite modern supernatural horror films post “Insidious”. David Robert Mitchell crafts a beautiful, and tension filled, take on the genre, with its own unique lore. Although the film takes a lot from early John Carpenter, it does enough of its own thing that I wouldn’t say it rips Carpenter off in the slightest, if anything I think he would be jealous that he didn’t direct this one. “It Follows” offers up some great atmosphere, jump scares, and Christ that score is one of my favorites in the genre. Even though the climax was creative, it’s kind of silly how the teens in this movie dispatch of the paranormal entity in this film, I’m still not sure how or why electricity was it’s weakness since it seemed impervious to bullets. But the conclusion drawn from its final form makes for a disturbing conclusion.
    That middle aged dude is apparently her father – which is implied I the following scene – when we see a family photo with that same gentleman featured. Since the entity travels via sexual intercourse, I would assume the film is implying that Mika Monroe was sexually abused by her father as a child, which is why she is currently living with her grandparents and nor her biological parents.
    Still a great watch a half decade later. If you haven’t seen it, I don’t know what you’re doing.


    88) The Blair Witch Project: What can I say that already hasn’t been said about this one? One of my favorite horror films ever and without question the gold standard of the found footage subgenre. The sense of panic, dread, and hopelessness of our three protagonists are so palpable its beyond terrifying, even to this day. The level of authenticity put into this film is truly special, Sanchez and Myrick did such a good job they fooled me and everyone else into thinking the legend of the Blair Witch was very much real. It also features my favorite ending to a horror film. A great watch even more than 20 years later.


    89) Ghost Breakers: It’s been over 20 years since I last saw this one, so it was like watching it again for the first time (ever more so thanks to Kino’s HD transfer). Considering this a horror/comedy is a bit debatable, since the first hour or so plays out more like a film noir, but the finale really shines with a lot of creepy gothic horror set pieces, a zombie, and a number of good zingers. The film is horribly dated in a lot of respects, and some of the race related jokes at the expense of Alex Burst would definitely not fly today, but all was in good fun and an easy way to winddown after long day.


    90) Psycho (1960; Uncut): It’s tradition for me watch Hitchcock’s “Psycho” last on Halloween night. I don’t have any particular reason, other than it’s a great movie, but something about capping off the October season with this just feels right. Everything about this one is just perfection, the acting, direction, cinematography, and that iconic score works so well. The Uncut version of the film is nothing drastically different from the “home video” cut that has been around for decades, other than the murders which are slightly reedited. The 4K transfer is immaculate as well, so if you haven’t pick up the new “Hitchcock Collection” it’s well worth the price tag.
     
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    Natas Is it October yet?

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    Halloween Day

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    I started my day working at the Halloween shop, 7am to 11am. Dressed as Myers, scared the shit out of a bunch of kids, handed out candy and took pictures with a ton of people. Had a lot of fun. Then my day started....

    I caught the original Nightmare on Elm Street theatrically.....first time I've been to the theaters since early February. It was only 5 bucks, I snuck some whiskey in a flask in, as well as a pocket full of Halloween candy. Had a blast.

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    Came home and threw in my all time favorite film. On blu ray.

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    My wife got home and we watched Hocus Pocus on dvd.

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    It's been years since I revisited Paranormal Activity. Someone's post earlier reminded me it's been so long.....Had a good time watching again, on dvd.....ending is creepy as fuck still to this day.

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    Tossed in Night of the Creeps. First time watching on blu ray. So much fun. Fuck the Bradster.

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    Ended the night with Halloween 4......cuz it's awesome.

    My door bell only rang once. 3 trick or treaters dressed up in Ghostbuster attire. I drank a bunch of Octoberfest's throughout the day and ate a ton of candy. I made the best of it and I hope you all did as well. I really appreciate everyone's contributions.....it's the best thread of the year on this site. Already looking forward to next year's.
     
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    You really need to see The Neon Demon.

    (and if you like 70s British punk rock, How to Talk to Girls at Parties)
     
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    The rest of my 31st watching

    Movie#60:
    The Pit (1981) (Blu-ray)

    In the history of twisted evil little shits, Jamie up there near the top.

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    Movie#61:
    Psycho Scarecrow (1996) (DVD)

    It's I Know What You Did Last Summer, but Canadian. With a killer zombie scarecrow, flannel and lots of mullets.

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    Movie#62:
    The Majorettes (1987) (DVD)

    This is a bad, yet highly entertaining WTF of a movie. It starts out as a very sleazy slasher film with weird religious undertones. Then in the last bit, turns into a low budget action flick with a dude going Rambo on satanic, dope pushing bikers. Filmed in leering Creepy Uncle vision.

    That's it for October. Went way too fast. As always, was great seeing everybody's posts.
     

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