The 2012 Annual October Horror Movie Watching Thread!!!

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  1. Hatchetwarrior

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    26) Shock Labyrinth: Words can't describe how much I hated this movie. I've sat through some really bad horror films this year, but this is the worst. Z grade CGI, five main characters that all had so many subplots they should have all existed in their own universes. Numerous villains, all with little to no use to the overall plot, and some of the hammiest acting I've seen so far. Avoid at all cost. (3/10)

    27) Shiver: I've put this one off for the longest time because I'd heard some many mediocre things about it. After watching it I don't know what people really hated about it. A truly cleaver twist to the vampire mythology, amazing acting, directing and cinematography across the board. The only major complaint I have with it is there are a few too many characters. (7/10)
     
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    Home Sick DVD
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    October 1st

    01. Murders in the Zoo (1933)


    October 2nd

    02. The Strange Case of Dr.Rx (1942)


    October 3rd

    03. Calling Dr. Death (1943)


    October 4th

    04. Weird Woman (1944)


    October 5th

    05. Thriller: The Cheaters (1960)
    06. Ed Wood (1994) Blu


    October 6th

    07. Evil Dead II (1987) Blu


    October 7th

    08. The Thing (1982) Blu


    October 8th

    09. Dead Man's Eyes (1944)


    October 9th

    10. The Frozen Ghost (1945)


    October 10th

    11. Strange Confession (1945)
    12. The Uninvited (1944)


    October 11th

    13. Pillow of Death (1945)


    October 12th

    14. Thriller: The Hungry Glass (1961)
    15. The Fog (1980)


    October 13th

    16. The Shining (1980) Blu
     
  4. Hellbilly

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    Pet Sematary (1989) + Intruder (1989)

    Pet Sematary: Disturbing and shocking. Underrated masterpiece that doesn't need to hide behind The Shining. 5/5

    Intruder: Kind of goofy but lots of bloody fun. There's some really cool dialogue and I totally love the setting. 4/5

     
  5. Paff

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    6. Madman

    Back when someone posted the list of all the films at the Quentin Tarantino Film Festival, I imported that list into my Netflix queue and have been working my way through them (in addition to my regular movie viewing, of course). This month I've pushed the horror films to the top of the list, and last night was Madman. Ugh. What a slow-paced steaming pile of crap this one was. A camp movie (not a summer camp movie, 'cause it takes place in November, as everyone on the East Coast sends their kids to camp in late fall, not summer. Duhhh), without any of the spark or inspiration of movies like Friday the 13th, Sleepaway Camp, or Meatballs, and that's saying something. You don't usually lump those movies in with Citizen Kane, if ya know what I mean. I even wondered why Tarantino liked it so much, until I got to the sequence that seems to have seriously inspired the fake trailer Thanksgiving. But the final stalking sequences are painfully dull (although there was a bit of misdirection in the "final girl" motif), and the end doesn't come soon enough. Also, big thumbs down for that long, drawn-out hot tub scene that contains no nudity save for a glimpse of man-ass.
     
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    I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't get all the love for this one. I've given it numerous shots. It just doesn't do anything for me.
     
  7. Kim Bruun

    Kim Bruun Resident Scream Queen

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    We musn't have seen the same Madman, Paff, for the one I watched was chock-full of atmosphere, thanks to some beautiful lighting, elegant cinematography, creepy villain, and fun soundtrack - honestly, more slashers should come with their own theme ballad. Speaking of the cinematography, I love that scene where one character is hastily making a hiding place in the kitchen with Marz racing down the hallway in the same frame - it's a clever, tense shot. Yes, the acting leaves something to be desired from much of the talent, but it's still good, scary campfire fun for me. :)
     
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    Count me as one of your own. I too really could not get into Madman.
     
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    October 12th

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    October Madness #20: King of the Ants (2003)
    Rating: ★½

    A house painter willing to take on any job gets asked by a sleazy construction company head to kill a City Hall accountant who is about to expose the company's wrong doings. But when the pay doesn't come through he instead finds out the crooks want to make him a vegetable instead. After taking golf clubs to the head for quite some time he manages to escape and then exacts his revenge.

    King of the Ants exploits it's violence and never makes any character either likeable or worth watching. Most of it seems an excuse just to show how nasty the characters are. Stuart Gordon's direction is phoned in and the film plods along at a pace that doesn't give it's subject matter the proper time to settle in and truly make the viewer uncomfortable. What could have been a truly unsettling film ends up as a run-of-the-mill low-budget torture thriller.
     
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    "When there's no more room in hell...the elves shall walk the earth!"

    "You pervert!"
    "I'm not a pervert, I like seeing naked girls."
    "I'm your fucking sister!"
    "Yeah, and you've got fucking big tits, and I'm gonna tell everybody I saw 'em!"

    "No Ace...I'm not a detective anymore. I'm not even a store detective anymore. This is none of my concern. I'm Santa! All I gotta do is just take care of my reindeer."

    "Die you little faggot!"

    my god, this movie is amazing. Ancient demonic bible-elves that have nothing to do with Christmas (but it's Christmas time anyway!), Nazis, department store Santas, incestuous Chinatown-ripoff grandfathers, and Grizzly Adams! I'm resisting the urge to make a bullet-point list of all the amazing scenes and lines, but that would spoil it for anybody who hasn't seen this film. Its not quite at the level of absurdity and incompetence of Troll 2, but this movie is definitely channeling the same muse, and can definitely be enjoyed on the same level. I really can't recommend this movie enough - it's just that wacky!

    Oh, and is it just me, or does Dan Haggerty look like John Carl Buechler's long-lost twin?
     
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    I absolutely adore this film, and ever since the whole "Best Worst Movie" / Troll 2 craze, I've been telling everyone that Elves is the true holder of this title and much more deserving of the fanfare. Unfortunately, barely anyone has seen it, so it continues to unfairly flounder in obscurity.


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  12. X-human

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    10/11 Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Dead Talk Back (1957)
    So bad it went unreleased and was buried in 1957. In 1993 Sinister Cinema unearthed it and MST3k unleashed it upon the earth. Talking with the dead and such paranormal activities are a seasonal must. In its own little way this film gives a quaint spook show that is lacking until the third act but there in spades. MST3k does some great riffing here but their skits aren't quite up to the same challenge.

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    10/11 The Real Ghostbusters: Ghosts R Us (1986)
    This is the first episode and has a lot of heart placed into it. You can tell that the animators really wanted to show off here with very a lot of squash and stretch with out a lot of animation short cuts. With everyone expected to already be so familiar with the movie we're able to jump right in and place with some of the already established norms of the universe. It's a big epic plot that seems somewhat shoehorned into a small story however. The script is really the let down here and was probably a mixture of rush job, too many cooks and not enough foresight to be able to polish it.

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    10/11 The Premature Burial (1962)
    Very thick on atmosphere. I think Corman used his entire fog budget for all his Poe films on this one here and any of the fog seen in the later films was all still clinging to the ground left over from this here. There's something Hitchcockian about this one's approach that makes it feel very different from the Price efforts. Not only is Ray Milland a more regular leading man but it was written for one as well. Hazel Court is enchanting as ever in here as well. A welcome and refreshing departure from the Poe series.

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    10/12 Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hobgoblins (1988)
    One of those movies that could never be good as its cover art. Well Retromedia's cover art anyways. While the script certainly doesn't help it's truly the acting that make this film as bad as it is. Although the cartoon slap stick could have sunk it on its own. The stuffed Hobgoblins are pretty good though; I would have wanted one as a kid. MST3k does an excellent job with the riffs and the skits. This seemed a fitting film to break our boys and they played it off to near perfection. I'm glad though that they waited so late into the Sci-Fi series to do this. I'm still hanging on to the Retromedia DVD.

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    10/12 Tales of Terror (1962)
    This one adapts one of my favorite Poe story "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" and while Poe's version is much more horrify in execution this is a satisfying take with Basil Rathbone as the antagonist. In fact Price is the protagonist throughout these chapters and is able to show off his range as a character actor. I wasn't too keen on Peter Lorre's version of The Black Cat on previous viewings but I liked it better this time around. Its main problem is that it is far too long for such a thread bare story.
     
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    First week...

    Oct. 1
    Dracula (1931): First time I watched this without falling asleep! That beautiful Phillip Glass/Kronos Quartet soundtrack sure helped. 3/5

    Oct. 2
    Night of the Living Dead (1968): Watched it twice in a row, the second time with cast commentary. Judith O'Dea is really lovely, and I hadn't notice that she looks a lot like Lesley Gore in the film, haha. 5/5

    Oct. 3
    Tales from the Crypt (1972): First I was bitching about the dated pastel colored sets and the next minute I was truly freaked out by the creep in the Santa suit. Cool stories, though I was expecting something more like Creepshow. 3/5

    Oct. 4
    The Prowler (1981) w/Joseph Zito Tom Savini commentary: the way Savini and Zito constantly joked made all the characters' walking around more entertaining. Now I like the film a little bit more. 4/5

    Oct. 5
    Madman (1982): The synth music is even more annoying/depressing than the score from The Burning but the kills are quite brutal and the ending is not so typical. Gaylen Ross weirdly resembles Gwyneth Paltrow. 5/5

    Oct. 6
    Lisa and the Devil (1973?): Great, surreal opening scene, it then drags a little and finally becomes some kind of proto-slsher, with those hands killing all the cast in bloody fashion. One of my favorite Bava films. 4/5

    Oct. 7
    Nightmare on Elm Street 3 (1987): Never been a big fan of this one... it feels like a 70's movie. I love Taryn and some of the kills but it's kind of slow. Great to see Saxon returning but Langenkamp's character is underused. 3/5
    Nightmare on Elm Street 4 (1988): This used to be my all-time favorite film (until I saw part 5, haha). Great soundtrack, likeable cast, memorable kills (Debbie roach!!!), fast editing, neon lighting and lovely Lisa Wilcox as Alice. Not one bit scary but always entertaining. Nostalgia keeps me from judging objectively. 5/5

    *fist viewings
     
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    October 10th-

    Horror's from The Great White North night

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    Put me into a coma...though afterwards I listened to the commentary track. That was a heck of a lot better then the film itself.

    October 12th-

    A MST3K horror triple feature.

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    Zombie Nightmare
    Touch of Satan
    Attack of the The Eye Creatures
     
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    October 13th:

    Ghostbusters (1984)
    Ghostbusters II (1989)
    Beetlejuice (1988)
    Monster House (2006)
    The Gate (1987)
    Gate II (1992)
    The Monster Squad (1987)
     
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    Me neither, found it dull.
     
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    Oct. 13th.-Bread Crumbs-An awful cross between Strangers and Wrong Turn...maybe? Really defies description, a porn crew comprised of some of the most unattractive people to disgrace a film screen are set upon by an inbred, psycho brother and sister team while filming in the woods. Watched this with friends on Netflix, I must say I have not seen one film on Netflix yet that even seems remotely interesting. In Canada at least, it all seems like Direct to Video garbage. 0/5.
     
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    this is a really solid little film. i've always liked jeff fahey, and he gives a great performance here - a pity he didn't end up with more lead roles. this reminded me of parts of quicksilver highway, which i watched at the beginning of the month - both contain rebellious limbs, although this one i think is much more interesting, and unpredictable. i really didn't see the movie going in the direction it ended up (despite the fact that i've seen this movie before - probably about 16 or 17 years ago). the story and characters are tightly written, and i found it a really satisfying 85 minutes. the scene where jeff loses his arm near the beginning is particularly well-staged, and very visceral. i'm definitely a fan of eric red.
     
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    Oct 12- Predator 2- Blu
    Oct 13- Crazies Romero -Blu
     
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    Little Shop Of Horrors (1986) - Blu
    What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? - Blu
     

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