The 2012 Annual October Horror Movie Watching Thread!!!

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  1. Hellbilly

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    There are times when I actually prefer Madman over The Burning. I love the fall setting, the atmospheric camp setting, the blue hues and the moody/weird score.
    The hot tub scenes are a riot, it's the pinnacle of corny and cheese. I would love to watch that very scene at a midnight screening in a sold out theater. I'd imagine the audience going howling wild over that one :)
    Madman delivers playing it straight and doing the unintentionally funny stuff. Very entertaining on both accounts.
     
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    28) The Barrens: A flat and dull monster movie. Bouseman didn't seem to put much heart into this one and it really shows. Your generic archetypical horror film characters (the obnoxious asshole, the angsty rebellious teen daughter, etc) and some really poor CGI. The gore and violence are pretty good, and that is the films only real savior. (5/10)

    29) Sector 7: Probably the most Americanized film I've seen from Korea. An interesting collection of characters and an interesting premise. What really dragged this one down was the underwhelming action, a silly looking CGI monster that looked like something out of a shitty Resident Evil rip off, and the ending which really dragged out for far too long. (6/10)
     
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    October 8
    40. Mother's Day (2010, 112 minutes) 7/10 - Rebecca De Mornay is sizzling playing against otherwise generic characters. The mom theme played semi-serious is comedic yet tense in the remake but at times the film feels too busy. The action keeps up throughout the near 2 hour play time with admirable pacing and there are great feminist undertones.[DVD, Redbox rental]
    41. Night of the Living Dead (1990, 92 minutes) 7/10 - the more emotional acting is a nice touch and I prefer gold club assault Barbara to the pacifist original. The remake is a lot of fun albeit un-necessary.[Blu-Ray, personal collection]
    41b. Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater 12/09/92 - Night of the Living Dead Reunion Film Introduction (1992, 12 minutes) [unrated]/10 - Reunion panel that acts as an extended introduction to the original NOLD with Savini commenting on imperfections in the original.[Online streaming, youtube]
    42. Arcane Sorcerer [aka L'arcano incantatore] (1996, 96 minutes) 7.5/10 - whimsical and stylish magician film filled with wonder and subtle build-up. The dark arts versus science versus church political background is rich and lends itself well to the feeling of mystery and wonderment. I can see why this made Guillermo Del Toro's top 5 horror films list.[Digital download, Pirate Bay]

    October 9
    43. Big Tits Zombie (2010, 73 minutes) 6.5/10 - live action anime slapstick splatter fest with clever sight gags that was energetic and fun at times overly silly but with some cool kills oozing personality. [Digital download, Pirate Bay]
    44. Hotel Transylvania [2D] (2012, 91 minutes) 6.5/10 - at times uninspired (like a Mad Monster Party rip-off) but energetic with vibrant humor filling out a party movie with one liners and music but little substance beyond cutesy homages. A lot of fun for a family friendly horror film.[Theater, Regal Cinema]
    45. Deadgirl (2008, 101 minutes) 5/10 - depraved and intense but for the wrong reasons and barely a zombie movie. Parts of the plot are ambitious suggesting social commentary with a interesting play on the undead as a tangential catalysis for interpersonal conflict. Rewatching Deadgirl didn't illuminate any overlooked content but was slightly less shocking.[Online steaming, Netflix]

    October 10
    46. Loreley's Grasp [aka When the Screaming Stops] (1976, 85 minutes) 5.5/10 - 1970s style, girls boarding school, cool monster, footage showing the monster's perspective sneaking up on girls, cheesy gore sets... there's a lot Loreley's Grasph has going for it and I enjoy the sense of mystery surrounding the creature, although part of me wishes it had more screen time. [DVD, personal collection]
    47. Humanoids From the Deep (1980, 80 minutes) 7/10 - Although sleazy at times there is a great atmosphere and the last third of the film can not be beat. The humanoid creatures are effective creepy monsters.[Blu-Ray, personal collection]
    48. Mantango (1963, 89 minutes) 7.5/10 - Creepy slow burn Asian film that is much better than I expected. The build-up is superb and plot memorable with sort of a horror Gilligan's Island.[Digital download, Pirate Bay]
    49. Grave Encounters (2011, 92 minutes) 6.5/10 - Given the hype I was ultimately disappointed. The actors run around yelling profanity rather than emoting. GE is unoriginal but at times creepy playing out like a Blair Witch Project remake without the mystery set inside an abandoned hospital adding elements from other better films sprinkled in as jump scares. Less subtle but amusingly staggers between creepy and unintentionally silly.[Online streaming, Netflix]
    50. Creature From the Haunted Sea (1961, 63 minutes) 2/10 - laborious pacing and uninspired "humor" sink a potentially clever plot.[Online streaming, YouTube]
     
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    51. Fascination (1979, 82 minutes) 7/10 - dreamlike with interesting black/white color scheme that seems thematic. Subtle film with good build-up and some iconic imagery hurt by a twist that seems elusive.[Blu-Ray, personal collection]
    51b. Fascination Deleted Scenes (1979, 16 minutes) [unrated]/10 - Extended sex scenes shot and preserved in the event Fascination needed to be sold as a softcore film.
    51c. Eurotika! - Virgins And Vampires (1999, 25 minutes) [unrated]/10 - made for TV retrospective about Jean Rollin's career and output that covers some of the political background such as upheaval of horror market from legitimization of explicit pornography.
    52a. Deathbed: The Bed That Eats - Introduction by George Barry (19xx, 6 minutes) [unrated]/10 - Interesting background about Deathbed of the writer/director discovering some following for his forgotten 70s film during the 1990s while surfing the web and eventual DVD release.[DVD, personal collection]
    52. Deathbed: The Bed That Eats (1977, 77 minutes) 6/10 - surreal dreamlike film with a plot that seems to be a creative workaround to justify a bed digesting stuff in clouds of yellow fizz. Worth seeing.[DVD, personal collection]
    53. The Beyond (1981, 87 minutes) 7/10 - Great random movie with an effective soundtrack but watching it this time it felt slow in the middle. The blu-ray audio/picture quality is great.[Blu-ray, personal collection]
    54. Count Yorga, Vampire (1970, 90 minutes) 5.5/10 - mediocre vampire movie with charismatic male actors and inconsequential female characters, not great but not bad... just plain.[Online streaming, Netflix]

    October 12
    55. Class of 1999 (1990, 99 minutes) 5.5/10 - reminds me of the Terminator movies, in a good way, and has a fun dated feel hurt by some anti-climatic moments. With a cast that includes Pam Grier and Malcom McDonald there are a lot of missing opportunities and the villains are under utilized.[DVD, personal collection]
    56. Chopping Mall [aka Killbots] (1986, 77 minutes) 6/10 - Cheesy killer robot film that is a lot of fun. Sort of like Dawn of the Dead without the social commentary but with killer robots.[DVD, personal collection]
    57. The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967, 108 minutes) 7/10 - excellent set designs with a whimsical spin on vampire mythos played comedically.[Digital download, Pirate Bay]

    October 13
    [Personal Airplane Terror Mini-Marathon: Items 58-60]
    58. Altitude (2010, 90 minutes) 7/10 - Although it's hard to suspend disbelief due to some forced plot points Altitude reminds me of Frozen and moves from social tension to gonzo creature horror effectively with enough twists throwing in everything but the kitchen sink to entertain for the run time.[Blu-Ray, personal collection]
    59. Final Destination (2000, 98 minutes) 6/10 - I am impressed with the adversary being vague non-specific death and the creative kills. Too much of the first third is just set-up and revisiting FD1 I recall Sole Survivor as feeling more timeless. There's an unbelievably magical plot epiphany but overall enjoyable.[Blu-ray, personal collection]
    60. Quarantine 2: Terminal (2011, 86 minutes) 3/10 - A let down compared to the [Rec] origin with unoriginal contrived plot often relaying on narration (rather than cinematic) to reveal major plot points. Parts of it had potential but were under-developed.[Online streaming, NetFlix]
    61. The Gate (1987, 85 minutes) 7.5/10 - Nightmarish goblin film that comes across in a authentic way and is a blast. I wasn't sure how The Gate would hold up on repeat viewing but enjoyed it even more this time than the first.[DVD, personal collection]
    62. La Leyenda de la Llorona (2011, 75 minutes) 7/10 - Figured this one would be a good compromise with the kids, but was pleasantly surprised to find an atmospheric cartoon with a creepy ghost story along with tons of Halloweenish gags.[Online streaming, Netflix]
    63. All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006, 90 minutes) 4.5/10 - artistically filmed with better cinematography and competent acting/dialog but felt predictable and many of the kills seemed to happen just off screen/frame. The first half is better than average but it flounders in the end. Some of it feels like there is more implied so it might benefit from rewatch. [Blu-Ray, personal collection]
     
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  5. Gore Lunatic

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  6. Kim Bruun

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    October 9th: Twins of Evil (1971)
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    A frustrating movie. A group of witch hunters face off against a vampire, killing many innocent girls in cases of suspected vampirism/witchcraft. The real vampire gets it in the end, while the witch hunters are largely let off the hook. I would have enjoyed it a whole lot more if it had had the balls to show how evil comes in many forms and not merely sided with religious evil as the lesser of two evils.

    October 13th: Sleepwalkers (1992)
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    Definitely a guilty pleasure - and it never aimed to be anything more. The scares and the gore are balanced with oneliners and cheesy teen romance, and the whole ting is elevated beyond what it could have been by a game cast. I admit to enjoying it.

    October 13th: The Sender (1982)
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    A young male suicide candidate is admitted to a psychiatric hospital where he demonstrates amazing telepathic abilities - which is unfortunate, because this allows him the share his mental disorder with EVERYONE. Another momma's boy horror movie, and one that I enjoyed more on my first viewing. Still, the scenes where the protagonist's delusions overtake the realities of his doctors and fellow patients are occasionally spooky, and occasionally rather impressive.
     
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    A new Halloween favorite of mine. The dude in the Warriors outfit is one of the greatest fucking movie characters of all time!:D
     
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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


    October 14th

    17. The Frighteners (1996) Blu
     
  9. maskull

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

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  10. MorallySound

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    October Madness #21: The House on Sorority Row (1982)
    Rating: ★★★★½

    After a prank on their grouchy house mother goes terribly awry the sisters at the Theta Pi sorority are getting offed one by one at their graduation party by someone who knows of their dirty deed.

    Expertly crafted slasher film from Mark Rosman who directs a tense, well-scripted, and suspenseful slasher. Richard Band's score is both beautiful and haunting and the actresses all exude real jealousy, contempt, and depth which is normally lost in the one-dimensional characters normally found in the slasher genre. With a set-up that actually works and a pay-off that actually satisfies, The House on Sorority Row is one of the best slasher films the genre has to offer.

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    October Madness #22: Murder Party (2007)
    Rating: ★★★★

    After stumbling across an invitation to a Murder Party on Halloween Christopher S. Hawley finds himself strapped to a chair and the about-to-be-victim of the theme of the party: murder! But as things start spiralling out of control with the hosts there will indeed be more blood spilled, but will Chris survive the night?

    Hilariously over-the-top black comedy with bouts of extreme violence and gore gags, Murder Party is a Halloween-themed ride from start to finish. Witty and with an any-thing-goes attitude it's a film that's fresh and entertaining, an indie horror film with it's heart in the right places.
     
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    10/13 Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Giant Gila Monster (1959)
    I can see this one being a drive-in crowd pleaser in its day. It keeps the plot moving along, doesn't really have annoying characters and the monster's doing stuff throughout the film. The concept is ludicrous but the execution is commendable. It's a good thing it's in black and white though because they say the Gila was pink! MST3k does perhaps their best riffing here. Their skits are especially Gila inspired which funnels back into better and better riffing.

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    10/13 Hobgoblins 2 (2008) w/ Rick Sloane commentary
    I got the bad idea to watch the sequel with Hobgoblins but decided I couldn't survive a double feature so I waited over 24 hours and even then chickened out by only watching it with the Rick Sloane commentary. It's mostly a rehash that really tries too hard so it lacks the charm of the original. The best actor in this travesty was the girl scout Ashley Ausburn who gave the most believable and authentic performance of the whole cast. But I did come across this cast member photo of Playmate Chanel Ryan with appreciated commonalities I thought I might share...
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    10/13 The Raven (1963)
    Starts off rather terrible with completely unfunny Price and Lorre with a bumbling Nicholson. It doesn't get any better until Karloff enters the picture; what they really needed was a straight man and Boris is one of the best. This film gets much more interesting when finally the ravishing Hazel Court appears in a darker role. The old school wizards' duel is awesome in a cheesy but secretly always wanted to see sort of way. Overall disappointing but the final act is satisfying.
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    10/8

    14. Phenomena 5/5--Not Argento's best film--but maybe his most enjoyable. Awesome mix of inspired murders, heavy metal, Donald Pleasence with a variable Scottish accent, sexually excited bugs doing the bidding of teenager Jennifer Connelly, and the greatest chimp performance in the history of cinema. Probably has more laugh out loud "I don't believe I just saw that!" moments than any other film in the master's oeuvre. Pure enjoyable Euro horror nuttiness. Credibility defying climax is hilarious and unforgettable. A good candidate for a party slasher.

    15. The House With Laughing Windows* 4/5--Slow burn tale of stranger in an isolated, insular community plays like an Italian variation of The Wicker Man. Likable lead Lino Capoliccio is commissioned to restore a disturbing painting in a small town church. But he's soon embroiled in a local mystery that no one wants to discuss. Much more subdued than the hype would have you believe--and better for it. Defies expectations by substituting creepy atmosphere and a strong sense of foreboding for the usual Euro horror over-the-top gore. Hampered somewhat by inclusion of a Renfield-like character whose antics are pretty grating. And undermines a very disturbing climax by trying to one-up itself with one more knockout shock scene that doesn't really work. Still a lot to enjoy. And probably improves with multiple viewings.

    10/9

    16. Dracula (1931) 4/5--Not my favorite classic Universal flick by a longshot. But the superb Blu-ray presentation really changed my perceptions. Dull look of previous home video releases seemed to accentuate the sleepy nature of the narrative once the action moves to England. But full grandeur of set design and Karl Freund's stark black and white compositions is now strikingly apparent. 2nd half still can't live up to the inspired opening reels. Stillness of Castle Dracula scenes is even more eerie thanks to the impressive audio restoration. Lugosi's performance still has a hypnotic quality that hasn't ever really been duplicated. This is a performance worthy of immortality.

    17. The Mark of the Wolfman 3/5--Subdued but solid debut for Paul Naschy's immortal Waldemar Daninsky. Clearly inspired by the Universal films Naschy loved as a child. Colorful widescreen compositions make good use of some effectively gothic locations. Fog drenched tunnels are especially impressive. Lacks the nudity, graphic violence, and frenzied plots that distinguish the best Hombre Lobo films. Climax hampered somewhat by comically effeminate prancing of Naschy's vampire nemesis. His twinkle-toed cape twirling antics will have some laughing out loud. SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT HOMBRE LOBO FILMS: be sure to watch these movies with the original Spanish audio whenever possible. Most of the English dubs are so bad that they add a campy, cheesy quality that's not present in the original audio tracks.

    18. Horror on Snape Island (Lighthouse)* 3/5--Hammer-like early British slasher is uninspired by enjoyable. Atmospheric opening gets film off to a strong start. And liberal doses of gore and nudity up entertainment value considerably. Main characters are also an asset. They're sharply drawn and given some good dialogue. Starts to lose momentum with reveal of killer. He seems more befuddled than menacing. Special props to sexy Anna Palk. Her bad girl character is a scene stealer.

    10/10

    19. Assignment Terror* 4/5--3rd outing (the 2nd is a lost film) for El Hombre Lobo ups the crazy factor considerably. Alien emissary Michael Rennie aims to enslave the earth by exploiting humanity's fears of legendary monsters. Cue vampires, a mummy, Frankenstein's monster, and our hairy, moon-influenced leading man. Plot moves fast enough to overcome derivative detective storyline. Good performance by Craig Hill as main inspector helps considerably. Not much for Naschy to do until final reel, when he dukes it out with several of the other monsters. Clearly inspired by Naschy's favorite Universal film, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man. And a lot of fun.

    20. House By the Cemetery 2/5--Bewildering procession of WTF? moments makes for a very unsatisfying experience. Plotting is rarely a strong point for Lucio Fulci. But this has to represent a low water mark. Main characters behave inexplicably from scene to scene just to move the creeky plot forward. Case in point, the wife. One minute she's reduced to a blubbering heap on the floor by spooky sounds. But soon she's brave enough to investigate a reported beheading in the dank basement. Come again? Expected gore scenes occasionally deliver the goods. But they're ultimately not enough to offset all the stupidity. And then there's Bob--the single most annoying child character in the history of the genre. And as if his dialogue isn't bad enough, it's dubbed by an actor who sounds about 20. Ugh. I did learn one important thing from this film. If you're ever caught cleaning up an enormous blood trail at a murder scene you should have fresh coffee on hand. It apparently makes a sensational distraction.

    10/11

    21. Halloween H20 2/5--Jamie Lee's long-awaited return was worth the wait. She gives a very committed performance. But ultimately this is disappointing, generic entertainment. Starts strong with a good pre-credits sequence in Haddonfield. Inclusion of Nancy Stephens is a great move that helps continuity (in a series that isn't exactly known for that). But immediately nose dives with the start of the credits, which feature a terrible voice actor reciting some of Donald Pleasence's most iconic lines. Quickly transitions into an irritating teen drama that feels like Dawson's Creek. And the dull photography lacks the stylistic flourishes that make Dean Cundey's work in the first 3 films so iconic. Interpolation of Carpenter's themes is equally weak. And they're largely relegated to the background by uninspired and generic contributions from John Ottman. Easily one of my least favorite films in the series. Not bad on an objective scale but seriously lacking in Halloween atmosphere.

    22. Halloween Resurrection 1/5--Just plain bad. Opening is interesting but ultimately a very disrespectful end to the Laurie Strode storyline. And that's the BEST part of the film. Busta Rhymes justifiably takes most of the blame for this train wreck. But Katee Sackhoff might be even more irritating. Her "look at me" egomania might be amusing if she was hot enough to justify it. But the fact that she's a spectacularly unattractive horse-mouthed Joker look-alike turns her scenes into pure torture. Briefly rallies for an effective sequence where female lead evades Myers with the aid of text messages. And then comes the kung fu. I was confident this was the nadir of the series. But I underestimated Rob Zombie.

    10/12

    23. Phantom of the Opera (1943) 3/5--Too much opera and too little phantom relegate this one to the bottom tier of the classic universal canon. Reliable Claude Rains gives another strong performance. But humanizing the Phantom is a bad decision. It ultimately strips him of the superhuman, supernatural qualities that make Chaney's Phantom so much more potent and terrifying. Frequent shadow silhouettes of Rains moving in a ridiculously florid manner bring snickers and memories of Scooby Doo. And goofy romantic rivalry subplot adds more levity to a film that doesn't need it. One improvement from the 1925/29 versions. The chandelier scene is now milked for a lot more suspense. Could have been a much better film if more of the running time was devoted to the horror elements. Blu-ray looks generally strong except for some occasional color bleeding due to Technicolor registration errors.

    24. The Creature From the Black Lagoon 5/5--Archetypal monster movie remains solid entertainment. Gets moving quickly after dated opening scientific montage and never stops until the credits roll. The Creature remains one of Universal's most impressive designs. And you can see more suit detail than ever before on the new Blu-ray disc. Switch back to theatrical widescreen framing gives more immediacy to the action too. But the video transfer is a very mixed bag. Different pieces of the same shots are of vastly differing quality. A razor sharp segment will be followed by a murky, blurry-looking continuation. It appears that the transfer was cobbled together from different sources--with some elements coming from inferior dupe prints.

    10/13

    25. Demonwarp* 5/5--Wow! Rarely seen low budget film is tremendous fun. Starts off as an extremely enjoyable angry sasquatch yarn stuffed to the brim with gory attacks. But expands into something far goofier. Main characters are more likable than you'd expect--with a leading man who's a dead ringer for young Kurt Russell. And venerable George Kennedy shows briefly up to collect a paycheck. His facial expression seems to be saying "do you believe I won an Oscar for Cool Hand Luke?" Fun exploitation vibe is enhanced considerably by abundant nudity. All the female leads show the goods--with genre fave Michelle Bauer looking extremely impressive in the buff. Fans of Night of the Demon should love this. I'm looking at you Anthropophagus.

    26. Fury of the Wolfman* 2/5--4th Hombre Lobo film is one of the lesser lights. Nonsensical plot involves marital infidelity and Waldemar's enslavement by a female master of mind control. Notable for a hilarious S&M scene where the female villain whips Naschy while he's chained up in wolf form AND THEN GETS BUSY WITH EL HOMBRE LOBO. Later, Naschy rapes another woman in wolf form. Too bad the rest of the film doesn't live up to the inspired nuttiness of those brief scenes.

    27. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon* 4/5--Starts out as a funny deconstruction of slasher films--then turns into one in the final reels. Gets off to a sluggish start due to awkward opening scenes at Vernon's farm. But quickly finds its footing and serves up a lot of knowing laughs. Clearly made by connoisseurs of the genre--and very clever in the way it addresses some of its more ridiculous conventions. A very pleasant surprise.

    28. The Strangler of Blackmoor Castle* 4/5--Entertaining bridge between the Sherlock Holmes and Charlie Chan films of the 1930s and 40s and the Italian giallos. German-made "krimi" features a gothic castle, lots of hammy, suspicious characters, a cache of stolen diamonds, a hooded killer, and some entertainingly gruesome murders. Actual gore is limited. But killings are effectively nasty. Superior English dubbing and moody black and white photography maintain the noir-like vibe very effectively. Identity of the killer is fairly obvious. But still a fun ride.

    * first-time viewing
     
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    I am a huge fan of Demonwarp and have seen it numerous times. Amazingly enough, even my wife has come to appreciate it.
     
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    I had a feeling this would be up your alley. And that's awesome about the spousal appreciation. My wife seemed less than enchanted. Maybe it will grow on her. Ha.
     
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    Wish Shout! Factory or Olive would get on a DVD/Blu-Ray release of this.
     
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    this is a bit of a mixed bag. on the plus side, its got some great actors. David Hess, Ray Wise (for what little screen time he has), and Adrienne Barbeau are all a lot of fun to watch. There's a certain sense of comic style to it as well, with wonderful swamp locations and lots of fun wipe transitions. Harry Manfedini's score is also quite good, although it sounds almost identical to his scores for the Friday the 13th films (as well as his score to Slaughter High). It almost feels like he's plagiarizing himself. But the swamp thing suit...ugh. that thing is terrible. just TERRIBLE. i don't know if its a coincidence or not, but the best part of the film is the first 30 minutes, when Ray Wise is around, before the swamp thing turns up. The story is interesting, characters actually interact with each other, and it feels like the movie has an actual plot. Once the scientist becomes swamp thing, the story just kind of stops. the rest of the movie feels like its made up entirely of scenes of swamp thing beating up Krug's team of commandos, scenes of the commandos chasing Adrienne, or scenes of swamp thing standing in the middle of the swamp going "Arrrrrrrrgggghhhhhh!" at the sky. truth be told, it becomes kind of boring. of course the finale with swamp thing and the Louis Jourdan character is pretty wild, and the scene where Adrienne decides to go skinny dipping is possibly one of the greatest things ever, so there's enough good in the film to outweigh the bad.
     
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    I'm a fan of the original Swamp Thing and believe there could be room for an effective remake/update in the right hands.
     
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    October 14th:

    Ringu (1998)
    Uzumaki (Spiral) (2000)
    Living Hell (2000)
    Evil Dead Trap (1988)
    A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
    Audition (1999)
     
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    Perfume Of The Lady In Black

    kind of Repulsion/Rosemary's Baby style horror thriller with a gruesome finale, this is worth seeing
     
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    The Innkeepers - I got the Blu-Ray for $5 at Best Buy. I liked this. Slow, sure, and with a massive "what are you, an idiot?" decision by a character at the end. But I enjoyed it. I liked Sara Paxton (sorry, I've seen her called Baxton a few times in the Innkeepers thread) and her dorky cuteness so I didn't mind watching her wander around a spooky building for a while. Madeline O'Malley wasn't the scariest ghost in the world, but I found her and the old man pretty creepy.

    Rubber - I don't know if this really counts as horror, but there are a shitload of exploding/exploded heads, so it's close enough. I've tried two times before this to watch this movie. The opening 10 minutes is brutal - not in a graphic gore sense, it's just a pretentious pile of crap for a while. It's like the movie is daring you to keep watching. If you get past that to the story of a psychic tire blowing up craniums, it's not awful. Maybe it's me, I just wish it was a straightforward movie about a tire blowing shit up with none of the people in the desert watching through binoculars crap. I don't think I laughed at anything any of the desert people said. Fat Neil from my favorite show Community was there, so I got a kick out of that, but still no real enjoyment from the binocular people. Of course that was a good chunk of running time, you'd only really have about 45 minutes of movie if you dropped that aspect.
     

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