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Old 11-02-2012, 06:40 AM   #646
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01 (01) ~ Spawn [Director's Cut] (1997) 3.5/5 BD
02 (02) ~ Gremlins 2: The New Batch
(1990) 4/5 BD
03 (03) ~ Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010) 5/5 BD
04 (04) ~ Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) 4/5 BD
05 (05) ~ Grave Encounters (2011) 4/5 BD
06 (06) ~ Terror in the Aisles (1984) 4/5 BD
07 (07) ~ The Survivor (1981) 3.5/5
07 (08) ~ Sole Survivor (1983) 5/5
08 (09) ~ Mega Shark vs Crocosaurus (2010) 1.5/5 BD
09 (10) ~ The Boogens (1981) 4/5 BD
10 (11) ~ Summer of Fear (1978) 4/5 BD
11 (12) ~ Mortuary (1983) 3.5/5
11 (13) ~ Mausoleum (1983) 4.5/5
12 (14) ~ Pet Sematary (1989) 5/5 BD
12 (15) ~ Intruder (1989) 4/5 BD
13 (16) ~ The Monster Squad (1987) 4.5/5 BD
14 (17) ~ The Prowler (1981) 4/5 BD
14 (18) ~ Halloween II (1981) 4/5 BD
14 (19) ~ Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) 4/5 BD
15 (20) ~ Rest Stop: Don't Look Back (2008) 3/5 BD
16 (21) ~ The Devil Inside (2012) 2.75/5
BD
17 (22) ~ The Loved Ones (2009) 5/5 BD
18 (23) ~ Messiah of Evil (1973) 5/5
19 (24) ~ Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971) 5/5
20 (25) ~ Altered States (1980) 4.5/5 BD
20 (26) ~ The Fly (1986) 5/5 BD
21 (27) ~ Stake Land (2010) 4/5 BD
21 (28) ~ The Loved Ones (2009) 5/5 BD
21 (29) ~ Attack the Block (2011) 4/5 BD
21 (30) ~ Ghost (1990) 5/5 BD
22 (31) ~ Detention (2011) (no rating) BD wtf?
23 (32) ~ 30 Days to Die (2009) 1/5 BD
24 (33) ~ The Phantom of the Opera (1989) 3.75/5 BD
25 (34) ~ The Ring (2002) 4.5/5 BD
26 (35) ~ Chernobyl Diaries (2012) 3.75/5 BD
27 (36) ~ Hellraiser: Revelations (2011) 1/5 BD
27 (37) ~ Children of the Corn: Genesis
(2011) 2.75/5 BD
28 (38) ~ Alien Trespass (2009) 4/5 BD
29 (39) ~ Piranha 3DD (2012) 4/5 BD
29 (40) ~ Werewolf: The Beast Among Us (2012) 3.5/5 BD
30 (41) ~ The Hole (2009) 3.5/5 BD
30 (42) ~ Tales from the Crypt: The Secret, Season 2.18
30 (43) ~ Tales from the Crypt: Split Second, Season 3.11
31 (44) ~ The Frighteners [Director's Cut] (1996) 4.5/5 BD
31 (45) ~ The Exorcist [Extended Director's Cut] (1973) 5/5 BD
31 (46) ~ House of Dark Shadows (1970) 4/5 BD

Total: 46 (Last year: 49)

First time viewing: 16 (2)
First time viewing on Blu-ray: 20 (9)
Blu-ray: 38 (21)
DVD: 8 (28)
2010s: 13 (1)
2000s: 7 (8)
1990s: 7 (13)
1980s: 14 (19)
1970s: 5 (8)
Average rating: 3.88/5 (4.35/5)

Conclusion 2012: A rise in format quality viewing (Blu-ray) but a drop in quality of the movies (3.88 average rating. Last year: 4.35/5).
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Old 11-02-2012, 05:26 PM   #647
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I caught this one too, although completely by accident. my wife really loves reality tv - reno shows and cooking shows. normally i can't stand the stuff, but i just happened to walk in and she told me what she was watching. "the guy who directed friday the 13th is one of the guest judges!" she said proudly. Wow, I thought, I wonder if it's Sean Cunningham or Marcus Nispel? Of course, then I saw Tom Savini as judge and told her it was actually the effects guy for friday the 13th. "Whatever," she said. So I watched. It was pretty cool. Those zombie wedding sculptures were pretty incredible. Savini acquitted himself pretty well.
Yeah I'm not a huge of reality TV myself, probably the reason I don't watch TV too much anymore, but for soem reason I have been addicted to the Food network and I came upon the first episode of this show and really enjoyed it. pretty impressive the stuff they designed in the limited time. Apparently this is the second season, so hopefully next year I can catch up on the first season as they usually do marathons of earlier seasons when the new one is about to start.

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leading up to Halloween I watched The Return of the Living Dead and Return of the Living Dead Part II. The first one was phenomenal, better than I remembered. It's a perfect blend of horror and comedy, and Thom Mathews and James Karen really steal the show (well, appart from when Linnea Quigley is onscreen). Part II I'd seen once before, and hadn't been too impressed. But upon second viewing, with expectations more realistic, I enjoyed it well enough. Mathews and Karen are again, pretty funny, although not nearly as much so as in the first.
I didn't really like Return Part 2 either the first time I watched it but I think I need to give it another chance. This year I watched a lot of movies that I didn't love at first but really dug this time around.
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SPAWNINGBLUE'S 2012 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE WATCHING


Bold = first time viewing. Rating out of 10.

October
1
The Evil Dead (1981) 8/10
Jeepers Creepers (2001) 7.5/10
2
Corpse Bride (2005) 5.5/10
Bubba Ho-tep (2002) 8/10
Malevolence (2004) 7/10
3
Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) 7.5/10
4
Leprechaun 3 (1995) 5.5/10
Evil Dead 2 (1987) 8.5/10
5
City of the Living Dead (1980) 7.5/10
Burial Ground: Nights of Terror (1981) 6.5/10
6
Crocodile (2000) 5.5/10
The Forest (1983) 5/10
Don't Go In the Woods...Alone! (1982) 6/10
7
The Omega Man (1971) 7/10
Halloween Wars S:2 - Evil Clowns (2012) 7/10
8
Waxwork (1988) 8/10
Saw 2 (2005) 7.5/10
The Oblong Box (1969) 6.5/10
9
Return to Horror High (1987) 5/10
Scream and Scream Again! (1969) 6/10
Return of the Living Dead (1985) 8.5/10
10
Leprechaun 4: In Space (1996) 2/10
11
Motel Hell (1980) 7.5/10
Deranged (1974) 7/10
12
Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) 6/10
Saw 3 (2006) 5/10
13
Night of the Living Dead (1990) 8/10
Shaun of the Dead (2004) 8/10
14
Big Bad Wolf (2006) 3.5/10
The St. Francisville Experiment (2000) 5.5/10
15
Halloween Wars S:2 - Battle of the Vampire Killer (2012) 7/10
Sole Survivor (1983) 6.5/10
16
Salem's Lot (1979) 8.5/10
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) 6.5/10
17
The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue (1974) 8/10
Terror Train (1980) 8/10
18
The Bat People (1974) 4.5/10
Murder Party (2007) 8.5/10
19
Tourist Trap (1979) 8/10
20
Chillerama (2011) 7/10
Inferno (1980) 8/10
Saturday Night Live - Best of Halloween (1999) 6/10
21
Frankenweenie (2012) 7/10
Halloween Wars S:2 - Science Gone Wrong (2012) 7/10
The Innkeepers (2011) 8/10
22
The Phantom of the Opera (1989) 4/10
Fright Night (2011) 7.5/10
23
The Dead Hate the Living! (2000) 4/10
24
Saw IV (2007) 6/10
28
Waxwork 2: Lost in Time (1992) 6.5/10
The Fat Albert Halloween Special (1977) 6.5/10
Alien 2: On Earth (1980) 6/10
Halloween Wars S:2 - Zombie Wedding (2012) 7/10
Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) 7/10
29
Orphan (2009) 7/10
30
Wolf (1994) 6.5/10
Maniac (1980) 6/10
31
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) 6.5/10
The Prowler (1981) 7.5/10
Halloween 3: Season of the Witch (1982) 8.5/10
Mirror, Mirror (1990) 6/10




Wolf (1994) - This movie was actually a lot better then I remembered. The cast headlined by Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer and James Spader was excellent, and the drama over the job position really worked for me. Unfortunately there are't enough werewolf scenes, and for soem reason the Director felt the need to include lots of awkward and badly done slow motions scenes that really stand out. Other then that though, this was a pleasant surprise and I'm glad I picked it up.





Maniac (1980) - This wasn't as dark or disturbing as I thought it would be, nor did it live up to it's hype or grisly poster. That being said, it wasn't bad either. The kills were really well done but there wasn't much point to any of it. This is expected for a slasher film, but at least they usually have a cool design for their killer and/ or some fun characters. In this, the killer is just a fat greasy looking slob, and you don't get to know anyone besides him who just talks gibberish to himself in his room with his mannequins. They tried to develop some sort of plot with the killer and a photographer, but that went nowhere. It made no sense either. She takes a random picture of him at the park so he shows up at her door, and she doesn't question how he got her address and instead invites him in and then they go on a date!? Did I mention she is pretty hot and he is far from not. Again it wasn't bad, and I was never bored even if the pace was all over the place, it just kind of felt empty.





The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) - I have to make a confession, I am not a huge fan of the Chainsaw series. I don't hate them or anything, I just don't love them like many others do, the first film included. They aren't scary to me, and they don't have the fun factor that other slasher films from that era have. To me they are more like the torture porn of their times. The chase scenes go on far too long with the woman yelling throughout, then they end up pretty much torturing her at the dinner table where she screams some more. Just too much damn screaming in these films! Some fun can be found in part 2 though, as even though it isn't on the same level as the first film, it is so completely ludicrous it's worth a watch . Instead of buying a gun, the revenge seeking sheriff played by Dennis Hopper buys three chainsaws and ends up having a chainsaw duel with Leatherface, I kid you not! Everyone is over the top in this film with Bill Mosley taking the cake as Choptop, a character with a metal plate for a head! The movie actually reminds me a lot of Evil Dead 2, in that it's almost a parody of the first film. That's not a bad thing and is a refreshing change I guess, but again I'm not really a huge fan of any of these films. They're all just okay for me.





The Prowler (1981) - This is a film that doesn't seem to get a lot of love in the slasher community but it's one I am a huge fan of. Yes, it does have a slower pace then most, but the characters are all for the most part likeable, the kill scenes are some of the best from makeup effects great Tom Savini. The killer also has a really great look. And how can you not love the scene with the extremely lazy lodge house clerk haha.





Halloween 3: Season of the Witch (1982) - This is a film that has really improved its' reputation over the years. It seems like many are willing to look past the fact that Michael Myers is nothing but a TV promo here, and enjoy this film for what it is, a wickedly fun celebration of the holiday. Other then the first film, this is my favourite of the series, and actually one of my favourite horror flicks of all time. There is just so much to love here from the extremely catchy "Silver Shramrock" jingle, to Tom Atkins pimpin' 'stache and ladies machismo to the great electronic score from Howarth and Carpenter, and the gooey mask death scenes. The plot and main villain are nothing short of ridiculous, but it never once spoils the enjoyment of the film. I love this film from beginning to
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end. A must watch around Halloween!






Mirror, Mirror (1990) - This film was worth a look, although nothing we haven't seen before. Unpopular goth girl uses the power of a mirror to get revenge on those that mocked her. Kind of a low budget spin on the Carrie story with some great characters and decent gore, but doesn't do anything you haven't seen before.
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Looks like I watched 55 movies and 6 TV shows! Not a record breaker for me but considering we recently had our first child, I'd say it's a mighty accomplishment! As for the few who got through 80 or 100+ movies, one word, amazing!

My Tally so far,

2007 - 32 Movies / 12 Episodes
2008 - 31 Movies / 11 Episodes
2009 - 38 Movies / 18 Episodes
2010 - 41 Movies / 17 Episodes
2011 - 70 Movies / 25 Episodes
2012 - 55 movies / 6 Episodes


This year there were't a lot of stand out surprises, but there were a few that I really enjoyed.

First Time Viewing Hits

The Innkeepers (2011) 8/10
Motel Hell (1980) 7.5/10
Malevolence (2004) 7./10
Chillerama (2011) 7/10
Orphan (2009) 7/10
Halloween Wars (TV Show) (2012) 7/10


This was truly the year of second chances, where I re-watched a lot of movies that I didn't love the first time but was blown away this time around.

Second Chance Hits

Waxwork (1988) 8/10
Shaun of the Dead (2004) 8/10
Bubba Ho-tep (2002) 8/10
Night of the Living Dead (1990) 8/10
Tourist Trap (1979) 8/10
Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) 7.5/10
Saw 2 (2005) 7.5/10


And the bottom of the barrel, struggle to get through...

The Crap

Leprechaun 4: In Space (1996) 2/10
Big Bad Wolf (2006) 3.5/10
The Phantom of the Opera (1989) 4/10
The Dead Hate the Living! (2000) 4/10


I had a lot of fun, and can't wait until next year!, although I'm sure my girlfriend can with her not being the biggest horror fan haha. I once again had a blast reading what everyone watched and your mini reviews. And once again came away with a list of films I need to check out. Thanks again guys!


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10/30 Mystery Science Theater 3000: Devil Doll (1963)
There's something disturbed about this film without anything overtly disturbing about it. There's this angst that permeates the whole film and it's the performances that really drive that. There's not a single happy character in this whole film and they're all deeply depressed. MST3k really goes to town here with the riffing and they even bring back Pitch for the skits which all come out great. The Sci-Fi Channel really was the second golden age of this show.


10/30 The Invisible Man (1933)
Claude Rains is really awesome here and a first rate discovery by James Whale. There's some special effects here that I still can't quite figure out. That's one of the bad things about CGI is that it's so easy to figure out how to do things. But in a practical effects world there's some things here that boggle the mind. The Blu-ray is very good if not mind blowing. Some of the clarity harms some effects a bit more but the ones that hold are all the better for it.


10/30 The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
“Feast your eyes – glut your soul on my accursed ugliness!”
There are so many great moments here, almost entirely revolving around Chaney, but there's some fairly dated ones too. My favorite being when the heroes are walking around the sewer with one arm up to "protect" themselves from the noose. That had to be a laughable sight even in 1925. My favorite moment is the Phantom's last effort to keep back the mob. I watched the original version from ReelClassicDVD which is an awesome set no fan should be without.


10/30 The Mummy (1932)
Karloff really gives Lugosi a run for his money here with a spell binding performance. Van Sloan is as great as ever here too. Zita Johann is just wow. The Blu-ray here is mind blowing; you could swear this was shot fifteen years later. Karl Freund is probably a big reason why as he got the final say for everything here. For some reason I had to update my PS3 for this one but everything up to here from the boxset played fine. Weird.
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Still playing catch-up. My watching queue outpaced my writing queue by a wide margin....

Second week / weekend of October:

The Walking Dead Season 2: What is it about zombies? They fire up the imagination more so than any other subgenre of horror. Watching a good zombie drama gets one to thinking: What would I do if the dead started to rise? Where would I go? How would I survive the zombie apocalypse? I think a lot of the credit has to go to the original Dawn of the Dead, which so brilliantly set up a scenario with survivors banding together in a novel location (a shopping mall). The Walking Dead continues that tradition, with a group of survivors all pulling in different directions. We have Shane, who will do anything to survive and thrive in this world. We have Dale, the conscience of the group, clinging to traditional decency and morality. And we have Rick, who draws from both philosophies as needed to protect his family. It makes the audience think, What would I do? I honestly don’t get the complaints a lot of people had with Season 2. The group finds (temporary) safe haven on a farm, but there is still zombie action in every episode. Ep. 1 had the zombie herd, Ep. 2 had the church and Carl getting shot, Ep. 3 had the sacrifice of Otis, Ep. 4 had the well walker, etc. Who could forget the barn massacre, and Farmageddon? It’s the human drama and staying grounded in reality that make the show so compelling, and that shouldn’t be sacrificed to make it into a live-action video game. I’m looking forward to Season 3 (Merle’s back!) and I hope the more “comic book-y” elements like Michonne and the Governor are handled well.

Third week of October:

Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later: After the abysmal Curse of the sixth film tanked the series, H20 reboots it by getting back to basics. Ignoring all the Thorn nonsense, this entry has Michael stalking his sister Laurie once again. The in-jokes and references are well played, especially the inclusion of Janet Leigh, Psycho’s star victim and Jamie Lee Curtis’ mom. The overall Scream vibe may put off some viewers, but the film’s biggest downfall for me is Michael himself. He just isn’t the least bit scary in this installment. He looks like some guy working at a haunted house. With a better Myers (even Curse had one), this entry could have been a more worthy anniversary pic and series capper. Again, that was not to be….

Paranormal Activity: This is my fourth October in a row watching this, and it holds up well. It's a scary and authentic-looking found footage movie. Is PA the new Saw, with a new installment released every Halloween? It looks like it; bring it on! These are a blast to see at a late show in a packed theater. PA 5 has been greenlit, and there's a Latino spinoff planned as well! I'm still waiting for Tokyo Night....

Paranormal Activity 2: This is a good sequel / prequel, but it doesn't hold up quite as well as the first. This is due to a lot of repetition early on. I remember the audience laughing at this, like that bit in Nightmare 4. But once it gets going, it's good.

Paranormal Activity 3: A clever prequel. Katie and Kristi's parents are fun characters (actually, it's their mom and her boyfriend / fiancée). He films weddings and such, so he has access to several cameras and A/V equipment. Not everything matches up with what was said in the previous entries (catatonic Kristi and their house burning down). Speaking of little Kristi, she is absolutely adorable (and looks like her "adult" self as well). This has some really good scares in it, like the roving camera and Bloody Mary. If you liked the first two, you'll probably like this one (series continuity and an ending my GF found quite silly notwithstanding). If you don't like PA, this one won't change your mind.

Third weekend of October:

Paranormal Activity 4

28 Days Later

28 Weeks Later

Fourth week of October:

The Amityville Horror

Dracula: Dead and Loving It

Amityville II: The Possession

Rifftrax Live!: Birdemic

Halloween: Resurrection

Halloween Night

Satan’s Little Helper

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I watched about 77 movies this year; 11 of them for the first time. My original plans were scratched very early on when I decided to do Poe and I'm very glad that I did.


10/31 Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Creeping Terror (1964)
I love this movie so much I even bought Famous Monsters of Filmland #31 which did a feature on it. The weirdest thing about this film is how is expounds marriage when the writer/director married a 14 year old girl, was abusive and they later divorced. MST3k does a great job riffing this with only so-so skits in between.


10/31 Mystery Science Theater 3000: Robot Monster (1953)
Kind of an Invaders from Mars if directed by David Lynch. It really does play out like a boyhood dream and I'm sure kids back then lapped it up even if parents didn't understand it (but do they ever?). The screen capture above was censored by Rhino on their VHS as a joke and it actually fooled me into thinking there were some nudity if only as a blooper. I'll always hang on to my Rhino copy now for that. For the early years of MST3k this episode's riffing is pretty good but they were getting very repetitive with their skits at this point.


10/31 Mystery Science Theater 3000: Bride of the Monster (1955)
Probably Ed Wood's best film. There's some real budget on display here and there with many real actors to boot. I showed this to a friend as his first exposure to Wood and he commented it wasn't much worse then other movies at the time. MST3k always goes to town when Bela Lugosi is involved and while they made a few digs at Ed I think they were harder on Coleman Francis. They back went back to back with Manos makes this almost certainly MSTie's greatest double feature.


10/31 Mystery Science Theater 3000: "Manos" the Hands of Fate (1966)
There's some of my favorite odd moments of all time in this film like the line, "Killing doesn't help anymore" which fits perfectly in a cult settings. There is some creepy potential in this film and it's almost unfortunate that it turned out so poorly. I bought the new Special Edition MST3k version and I'm slightly disappointed in it. "Hotel Torgo" isn't very good and the round table with the Cinematic Titanic doesn't add much except some nice insights into Joel. I can hardly wait for Manos in HD to be complete and I've donated to their just cause.


10/31 Monsters Crash the Pajama Party (1965)
Always a favorite of mine for Halloween, it was fun watching it with a friend this time around and something he brought up that I hadn't really considered was how much fun it must have been to make it. If all the Scooby-Doo'ing they're doing this must have been a blast. The SWV DVD is a plethora of cinema history as well including the only live action clue to London After Midnight. I recommend it to all collectors.


10/31 Drácula (1931)
I got a chance to watch this with my Mexican friend and he was able to provide me with a lot insight into this version. The dialog is an odd translation of the American script which could be compared to a Google Translate as it'll use some literal words which don't work too well. He also said the dialog's delivery was very "silent era" with the pacing. I noticed too that the make up, especially on Renfield, felt like a silent era hold over as well. I still find the acting to be more satire/parody then dramatic and we both laughed a lot at actor's reactions especially to Dracula's bug eyes. I remain somewhat bewildered by the claims that this is superior to the American version.


10/31 Frankenstein (1910)
This is a surprisingly mature take and asks a lot from a more sophisticated audience. You'd have to be somewhat familiar with the story and in watching well staged plays. The use of the mirror and some multiple exposures really helps to drive home the theme that Frankenstein is the true monster. This was the last film I screened to me friend before he left and he was very impressed with commenting, "I was not expecting that."


10/31 Frankenstein (1931)
All time favorite of mine having watched it before the age of 5. This is why I got so into movies. Whale's sublime sense of humor is what really keeps this films forever fresh for me; It's all in the telling. The Blu-ray transfer didn't blow my mind here but then I get pull into the film it's hard for me to look at the little things.


10/31 The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
I love the opening of this with Mary Shelley as it has this tongue in cheek feel to it that I think the Shelley's and Byron would have enjoyed. Having seen Gothic I better understand this scene now and I think even audiences in 1935 understood it better than modern audiences. The monster's make up is especially creepy here with the burned off hair and Jack Pierce really did the impossible here when he topped his original make up. This is told more as a fairy tale and I think James Whale really went Goth before there was Goth. I kept thinking to myself throughout the film, "I wouldn't change a frame of it." The Blu-ray is slightly soft but that seemed intentional by the filmmaker with its dreamlike gloss.


10/31 Dracula (1931)
Having seen this several times recut by fans to be in the same order as the Spanish version I've come to the conclusion that I still prefer the theatrical cut. The American version is front heavy but that's fine since you don't need the explanations after the fact. Seeing the Spanish version also helps me to better appreciate Dwight Frye's Renfield, the on set changes to the script (silly things in the Spanish cut are entirely absent here) and some of the ad libbing ("Sometimes I even have my doubts about you." "Yes..."). The blocking of the actors is much better in this version even if the Spanish version has a more cinematic flair. Had Melford been able to speak Spanish it might have turned out better but the performances clearly are much better under Browning.
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28. Wreckage
-Nothing special at all here...obviously something that Aaron Paul did shortly before Breaking Bad blew up. The killings are mostly weak, the ending and explanation for the killer is pathetic, and you should not waste your time. Thankfully I watched this streaming on Netflix instead of springing for the dvd, which did have an excellent cover!......3/10.
29. Night of the Living dead (1990)
-I prefer this one to the original. great atmosphere once the nighttime comes, and Tony Todd is outstanding here. Great effects for what you see, too. Savini should have directed more films! 8/10.
30. Trick R Treat
-The only movie to do the holiday proud in many years, this one works for me on every level. It feels like Halloween night form start to finish and delivers in every segment. A true modern classic!.....(9/10)
31. Halloween 2
-Loved the new Shout Blu of this one. A fantastic sequel and a worthy follow-up to the greatest horror movie of all time. I do have a bit of an issue with the mask, but why quibble?.........(9/10)
32. Halloween 4
-This one is actually my favorite sequel of the bunch. It reeks of beautiful atmosphere and has incredibly strong performances for a sequel. Myers is outstanding, and everything is done to perfection. Bravo, Dwight Little!!!........(10/10)
At least I made it to at least a movie a day...I'll shoot for 50 next year!
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-Loved the new Shout Blu of this one. A fantastic sequel and a worthy follow-up to the greatest horror movie of all time. I do have a bit of an issue with the mask, but why quibble?.........(9/10)
The mask, of course, is the exact same mask used in Halloween (1978). It's just a couple of years older and dirtier. Perhaps the difference in the head shapes of Nick Castle (Halloween) and Dick Warlock (Halloween II) also contribute, but the mask itself is the same.
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The mask, of course, is the exact same mask used in Halloween (1978). It's just a couple of years older and dirtier. Perhaps the difference in the head shapes of Nick Castle (Halloween) and Dick Warlock (Halloween II) also contribute, but the mask itself is the same.
100% right. Head shape was a critical factor for sure. The old Don Post Kirk masks (which Tommy Lee Wallace modified for Halloween) were extremely thin and small. So they conformed very closely to the head and face of the wearer. And Nick Castle had a much longer, skinnier head than Dick Warlock.

As for the dirt, discoloration, and distortion, the Halloween "hero" (main mask used in the movie) was supposedly stored in a shoebox under Debra Hill's bed between Halloween wrapping and the start of shooting for H2. I'm also told by people who know that the latex used for mass-produced masks in the 70s had a much more limited shelf life than the latex indie mask makers use today.

Put it all together and the original mask looked a whole lot different in H2.
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And here's the final installment of my October horrorthon. I hit 82 films and TV shows this year.--including 41 first-time viewings. Truth be told, it was too many. I was pretty worn out by the end. Next year I won't push myself as hard.

10/28

68. Lust For A Vampire* 2/5--Middle chapter in Hammer's Karnstein trilogy is subpar in every area except one--an unbelievable assortment of nude, nubile women to ogle. Probably marred by too much pinch hitting. Jimmy Sangster replaced Terence Fisher very late in the game. And Peter Cushing bowed out due to the failing health of his wife. Worst of all, Yutte Stensgaard replaced Ingrid Pitt (who was either disinterested or unavailable depending upon who you believe). Odd to see Hammer regular Ralph Bates in a rare nerdy role. He apparently loathed the finished product and called it "one of the worst films ever made." Love scene between Michael Johnson and Stensgaard is ridiculous beyond description. Maybe worth seeing once for the scenery at the finishing school. When class is in session it looks roughly like the inside of the Playboy Mansion. Further demerits for decision to use insert shots of Christopher Lee's bloodshot eyes to make scab Mike Raven look more menacing. It only serves as a reminder of better Hammer vampire outings.

69. Night of the Seagulls* 4/5--Straightforward fourth chapter in the Blind Dead series makes the most of a wonderful seaside setting. Plot involves the arrival of a new town doctor and his wife and their gradual involvement in some very mysterious events. Full of haunting shots of the Knights Templar galloping along the beaches in slow motion. And the iconic chanting on the soundtrack is as effective here as ever. Sense of deja vu may disappoint some viewers.

70. Dagon 4/5--Striking Lovecraft adaptation establishes a vivid nightmare world. Shipwrecked Ezra Godden narrowly escapes drowning--but finds that getting to shore isn't the end of his problems. Oppressive, rain-drenched atmosphere enhances the weirdness of the creature design. Loses some momentum in the prolonged chase that dominates the middle of the film. Some judicious editing could have strengthened the film considerably. Originally slated for production after Re-Animator. But the distributor didn't like the idea. Unfortunately this led to the casting of Gordon instead of Jeffrey Combs. He's OK--but so much of a Combs "type" that he seems like a lesser carbon copy. Special points to anyone who can understand Francisco Rabal without turning on the subtitles.

71. Graveyard Shift* 2/5--Uninvolving Stephen King adaptation has one main selling point--Brad Dourif in hyper-crazy mode. His homocidal exterminator provides a lot of laughs in limited screen time. Too bad lead David Andrews can't keep pace. His dullness prevents any type of emotional investment in his character. Stephen Macht fares better as his villainous foreman. His ridiculous attempt at a southern accent and general overacting give occasional life to the proceedings. Old school monster gets too little screen time--undoubtedly due to budgetary constraints. Rat haters should avoid this one at all costs.

10/29

72. Hatchet 2/5--Much more of a snarky parody of slasher films than the genuine article. Too bad the humor doesn't work, most of the characters overact shamelessly, and the killer looks ridiculous. The gore IS funny. It's so cartoonish and over-the-top that it earns some genuine laughs. Weak leads don't help. Tamara Feldman's hits one false note after another. And Joel David Moore is deadly dull. Third wheel Deon Richmond tries to pick up the slack. Too bad he's consistently un-funny in the extreme. A few overqualified supporting cast members offer some welcome professionalism in their limited screentime. Abrupt ending--an obvious homage to the original Friday the 13th--is one more unsatisfying element. One of the more overrated recent horror films in my opinion.

73. Dead of Night* 2/5--Tepid TV horror from genre regular Dan Curtis. The first story, about a time-traveling car, is so quaint it made me think I was watching an after-school special. It's not even horror. The middle segment featuring Patrick Macnee's battle with a vampire isn't much better. Things finally pick up for the third and best known story, Bobby. Joan Hackett does well as the bereaved mother of the drowned titular character. Her black magic rituals bring him back from the dead. But is he glad to be back? A few decent moments make this segment worth watching. Listen for many recycled music cues from the 1972 The Night Stalker TV movie. Composer Bob Cobert was a regular Curtis collaborator.

10/30

74. Simpsons Treehouse of Horror IX* 2/5--Relatively dull episode doesn't rise to the hilarious heights of earlier outings. Enough said.

75. Halloween (1978) 5/5--In my opinion still the greatest horror film of all-time. After hundreds of watches I tend to focus mostly on the economic story-telling, the tremendously menacing score, and the technical wizardry of Carpenter and Cundey. But on the heels of Hatchet, a film that's really marred by lousy lead performances, I made a point to really watch the acting. And one thing is abundantly clear. Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis don't get nearly enough credit for Halloween's success. Their performances are so superior that they give authenticity to moments that could have provoked laughter in less competent hands. Pleasence gives gravity to every scene he's in. And the way he delivers his soliloquies about evil makes has a lot to do with the fright Myers generates. Curtis's credibility and escalating hysteria gives a lot of momentum and emotional impact to the last half hour. Bravo.

76. Halloween II (1981) 3/5--One of my favorite guilty pleasures owes much more to Halloween's countless clones than Carpenter's masterpiece. Instead of focusing on sympathetic and well drawn leads it adopts the episodic nature of lesser slasher films and follows Michael as he mows down cardboard cutouts. Carpenter's uninspired decision to make Laurie Michael's sister cast a shadow that's hampered the series ever since. Still enjoyable due to Dean Cundey's signature look, Pleasence's escalating lunacy, Leo Rossi's amusing turn as Bud, Pamela Susan Shoop's shapely nurse Karen, and Alan Howarth's electronic riffs on Carpenter's piano themes. Dick Warlock makes a mean-looking Myers. But his robotic movements do little to recall Nick Castle's graceful Shape. It's hard to believe that none of the sequels ever got Michael right.

10/31

77. The Deathmaster 4/5--Enjoyable Robert Quarry vehicle can be interpreted as a jab at the hippie lifestyle. Quarry's guru Khorda quickly entrances a bunch of aimless layabouts. Unfortunately for them, they misinterpret his message and his intentions. Decidedly old school vampire film was a staple of Channel 48's Creature Double Feature in the 1970s. Benefits from likable (if lunk-headed) main characters and Quarry's considerable screen charisma. Familiar TV face John Fiedler does well in a small role. Opening daytime beach scenes immediately establish a foreboding, weird mood. Memorably ominous flute theme adds to the spooky atmosphere.

78. Halloween III: Season of the Witch 3/5--Nostalgically enjoyable little B film has been receiving a lot of undeserved raves in recent years. Features top-notch work from Dean Cundey, Alan Howarth, genre stalwart Tom Atkins, and old pro Dan O'Herlihy. But supporting performances are generally terrible. And the plot, such as it is, is as patently ridiculous as Atkins's credibility-defying effect on every woman he comes across. Definitely enjoyable in a "so bad it's good" way. But in my opinion at least, the 5-star reviews are as off-base as the universal contempt the film received upon its initial release.

79. Suspiria 5/5--Forget linear plotting and logic and surrender to the ultimate experience in cinematic horror. The marriage of Dario Argento's visual wizardry and Goblin's supremely malevolent score results in many unforgettable sequences. Dream logic feeling may be off-putting to first-time viewers. But repeat viewings--and adjusted expectations--reveal the undeniable artistry of the sounds and images on display. A landmark achievement.

80. Ghost Watch 4/5--Early BBC mockumentary hit Britain with the same kind of impact that Orson Welles's earlier radio teleplay of "War of the Worlds" had in America. Premiered on Halloween night in 1992 and supposedly generated 30,000 calls to the BBC switchboard. Makes very effective use of a "live broadcast" format. And the illusion of reality is aided considerably by the use of prominent BBC personalities playing themselves. The jokey tone of the opening sequences effectively disarms the audience for the shocks that follow. And before it overplays its hand in the closing minutes it very deftly ratchets up the suspense. Likely an influence on The Blair Witch Project--and well worth seeking out on Region 2 DVD. The apparition appears numerous times throughout the broadcast--often in subtle ways that are tough to spot. See how many you caught. A good list of his appearances is here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghostwatch

81. Candyman 5/5--One of the best post-1990 horror films--and one of my favorites period. Focuses on nuanced, adult characters like the better Romero films. And effectively blends supernatural elements and real-life urban horrors in a thought-provoking manner--which gives weight to the plentiful and convincing gore scenes. Tony Todd and Virginia Madsen anchor a uniformly excellent cast. Madsen is supremely effective in a difficult role. She runs the gamut of emotions without hitting a false note--which gives the audience a real rooting interest in her fate. Todd's booming voice is used to sensational effect in a couple key sequences. And he imbues Candyman with a sense of longing and humanity. Builds to a tremendous bonfire climax full of memorable images. Special props to Philip Glass's classy score. His foreboding organ compositions effectively underscore some of the more horrific scenes. And his haunting piano theme gives the film a ghostly, timeless quality. A great film.

82. Halloween 4 4/5--My favorite of the Halloween sequels wisely avoids the body count trap and focuses on two relatable, sympathetic heroines. Leads Ellie Cornell and Danielle Harris share a great deal of chemistry. Their believable sister dynamic (even though they're "not really sisters") makes them instantly likable. Opening credits montage of fall scenery sets the stage very effectively. And the early scenes at Smith's Grove handle the necessary backstory in an expedient, stylish manner. The welcome reappearance of Carpenter's iconic theme is very well timed too. Too bad George Wilbur is ill-suited to his role as The Shape. His thick body and plodding movements make him the antithesis of Castle. And the shoulder pads are just plain stupid. Still a fun ride all the way--with some great moments for Donald Pleasence. He ups the crazy quotient with each sequel. And his humorous truck ride with Reverend Sayer shows how good he can be with subtle comedy.

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10/30 The Invisible Man (1933)
Claude Rains is really awesome here and a first rate discovery by James Whale. There's some special effects here that I still can't quite figure out. That's one of the bad things about CGI is that it's so easy to figure out how to do things. But in a practical effects world there's some things here that boggle the mind. The Blu-ray is very good if not mind blowing. Some of the clarity harms some effects a bit more but the ones that hold are all the better for it.
I was pleasantly surprised how good this film was when I check it out for the first time last year. You don't hear as much about it compared to the other monster films but I think it is as good as any fo them. And I agree with you about the special effects. There were soem scenes in this film that I had no clue how it was done, astonishing for a film from 1933! It really is a shame that filmakers tend to go the cheap and faster route with CGI as you can always tell that they are fake, no matter how good they get.
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Well, thanks to Hurricane Sandy, I lost my power around 6 PM on the 29th, so I didb't get to watch anyting on the 30th or Halloween. I'm still without power (day 9), and I'm currently taking refuge at my cousin's house. So anyway, heres my final talley, first time viewings are in orange.

10/1- ATM (4/10)/Silent House (2012) (6.5/10)/Piranha DD (4/10)
10/2- The Corridor (7/10)/Lovely Molly (8/10)
10/3- The Moth Diaries (5/10)/Penumbra (7/10)
10/4- Absentia (7.5/10)/House Of Voices (6/10)
10/5- The Victim (5/10)/Chained (5/10)
10/6- Tales That Witness Madness (6/10)/Creepshow 2 (6/10)
10/7- Head Trauma (7/10)/A Horrible Way To Die (6/10)/Malevolence (6/10)
10/8- Return To Horror High (5/10)/Vamp (7/10)
10/9- Dead Cert (5/10)/Devil's Playground (7/10)
10/10- Juan Of The Dead (7.5/10)/Dead Heads (7/10)/Remains (6/10)
10/11- Area 407 (5/10)/Apartment 143 (7/10)
10/12- Shock Labyrinth (3/10)/Shiver (7/10)
10/13- The Barrens (5/10)/Sector 7 (6/10)
10/14- Requiem (8/10)/Deadly Blessing (6/10)
10/15- Jack's Back (6/10)/Nightmares (1980) (4/10)
10/16- Hardware (6/10)/Death Machine (7/10)
10/17- Kill List (8/10)/Santa Sangre (8/10)
10/18- Rosewood Lane (5/10)/Tall Man (6.5/10)
10/19- Living Dead Girl (7/10)/Fascination (5/10)
10/20- The Revenant (7/10)/Evil Ed (7/10)
10/21- Killer Klowns From Outer Space/Waxwork
10/22- Idle Hands/Shaun Of The Dead
10/23- Fright Night (1985)/Monster Squad/Night Of The Creeps
10/24- Return Of The Living Dead/An American Werewolf In London
10/25- Night Of The Living Dead (1968)/Dawn Of The Dead (1978)/Day Of The Dead (1985)
10/26- The Beyond/Suspiria
10/27- Paranormal Activity/Paranormal Activity 2/Paranormal Activity 3
10/28- Paranormal Activity 4 (6/10)/Blair Witch Project
10/29- Trick R Treat/Creepshow

October Total: 64

Top Ten First Time Viewings
1) Kill List
2) Lovely Molly
3) Santa Sangre
4) Requiem
5) Absentia
6) Vamp
7) Juan Of The Dead
8) Apartment 143
9) Evil Ed
10) The Corridor
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I always love this thread. Great way to discover new movies or old ones that I've never seen/heard of before. Thanks again guys!!!
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