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October Horror Movie Challenge
#1
AEvery year for the past 5 years or so, I make it a mission to watch as many horror movies as possible during the month of October. I'm thinking I could spread this to CHUD where we each list the movies watched, where they were watched (home, theater, etc.), and whether they are rewatches or new viewings. We could list the movies with short blurbs on our thoughts on each. Would anyone be interested in joining such a challenge? This thread can be moved to the Lists forum if that is more appropriate.
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#2

I had the same idea as you. Last night I started watching Tucker and Dale vs Evil for the first time at home. I only made it about 30 minutes into it before I fell asleep, and I went in with really low expectations but this movie is hilarious. I should learn to never doubt Alan Tudyk.

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#3
AI'm reading Gunnar Hansen's book about the making of "Texas Chain Saw Massacre," so I revisited the film last night. Franklin still kills me.

I watched the beginning of "The Purge" last night before I went to bed. I'd meant to see it in theaters but never got around to it. So far, it's all right. Almost didn't recognize Ethan Hawke without scraggly facial hair.
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#4

I'm in but I'm still marathoning through Breaking Bad so may not be able to kick in until mid-Oct.

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#5

I might give this a go as well.  I certainly have a long list of films to see thanks to the Horror draft.

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#6

I might try this, too, although I'll be out of town for a week, mid-month, so my movie count will suffer.

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#7

Sounds like fun. While I'm normally not a big horror buff (I know, I know, but guys, I cry easy) I actually cranked out 3-4 in September, so we'll see if I can't keep the ball rolling.

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#8

Not exactly a horror, but my favourite film The Wicker Man (1973) is having its restored version released nationwide this Friday. And seeing as how I missed watching it this year on 30th April as I do every year, you can bet I'm going to be there front and center this Friday.

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#9

Count me in. I have Byzantium and The Moth Diaries lined up and ready to go, with No One Lives on stand by : )

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#10

Count me in, this sounds like it could be interesting.

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#11
AJust finished "The Purge." There's a movie that doesn't know what to do with itself.
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#12

Texas Chainsaw 3D. Good Lord. I'll be writing a more detailed post in the Horror Movie Warning/ Recommendation thread.

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#13

Hmmm. I might interested in this, seeing as I love horror! I'm currently behind with Boardwalk Empire and Breaking Bad but, if I can catch up with the former by the end of the week and leave the latter until next month, I can probably join in with this one.

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#14
AI guess everyone can just post one list and edit it as you update. But since it's October already...

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#15
AI watched the Lindsay Lohan thriller, "The Canyons," hoping for some madness on par with "I Know Who Killed Me." Holy shit, it's like a bad student film: lifeless, nihilistic and boring. During the opening scene in a restaurant, I found myself more curious about the conversations the extras at the other tables were having because I'd already lost interest in the core group of assholes this movie's about.

All that being said, I like to imagine this conversation took place in real life...

"Mom, Dad, guess what...! I got cast in a movie!"

"That's great, son! What's the part?"

"Well, it's a small role, but I get to strip naked and masturbate in a chair while watching a porn actor go down on Lindsay Lohan!"

"We're so proud of you, son!"

"Thanks, Mom and Dad!"
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#16
AThanks to Film4, I have BASKET CASE, RE-ANIMATOR, THE KEEP, VACANCY and, err, DEVIL stacked up on my PVR.

This is gonna be good. First up, RE- ANIMATOR. The missus is out, so put the kids to bed and I'm sorted.
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#17
AHans Gruber?? I like it.

And Jeffrey Coombs as Herbet West sounds like Renn.
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#18
AWell that was fun. I can see where BOGUS JOURNEY got it's inspiration from.
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#19
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Originally Posted by Bluelouboyle View Post

Well that was fun. I can see where BOGUS JOURNEY got it's inspiration from.


What was fun?




Last night was John Carpenter's Christine for me. I've expressed my thoughts on it in another thread but I'll re-iterate. It's not A+ Carpenter but it's definitely B+ Carpenter. It was a "For Hire" gig after the The Thing bombed but there's still a lot to like. Christine running the first bully down is still a horrifying sequence and even though he's Mr. Indie Director now, I always thought Keith Gordon was a good actor. And John Stockwell became a director, too. Alexandra Paul, you're up!



I'm a bigger fan of the book but Robert Prosky was spot-on casting as Darnell. Most of his lines are taken verbatim from the book and he nails it.



Worth a watch and even if it's a notch below what came before and after, Christine is still a part of that hot streak Carpenter had from '76 to '88.

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#20
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What was fun?




Last night was John Carpenter's Christine for me. I've expressed my thoughts on it in another thread but I'll re-iterate. It's not A+ Carpenter but it's definitely B+ Carpenter. It was a "For Hire" gig after the The Thing bombed but there's still a lot to like. Christine running the first bully down is still a horrifying sequence and even though he's Mr. Indie Director now, I always thought Keith Gordon was a good actor. And John Stockwell became a director, too. Alexandra Paul, you're up!



I'm a bigger fan of the book but Robert Prosky was spot-on casting as Darnell. Most of his lines are taken verbatim from the book and he nails it.



Worth a watch and even if it's a notch below what came before and after, Christine is still a part of that hot streak Carpenter had from '76 to '88.



I love Christine; it's one of my favorite movies, and I have most of the dialogue imprinted in my head from watching it so many times.  I re-read the book recently, and almost all of the script is lifted ver batim from the novel, albeit rearranged a little.  But I think everything about it is wonderful.  And you're talking about the lonesome death of Moochie Welsh.  "Is that you, Cunningham??  Y-you're a dead man now!"



ETA: I actually wrote this Christine quiz and this one that ended up being absorbed into Flixtster.

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#21

Alright, movie #1 courtesy of Netflix, and quite apropos I think: C.H.U.D.



Knowing the film's cult status, I was actually kind of shocked to find that as a movie, it was actually un-ironically palatable. It's overwrought certainly but in a generally charming way, and as stock as some of the characters are a nice mix of acting well and acting really, really hard at least keep things more interesting than your average B horror flick. It's not exactly a story for the ages, but in my (admittedly limited) experience the non-monster part of these movies tend to be disposable at best, an active drag at worst, so at least this was entertaining, with a few great lines and scenes here and there. A good thing too, because holy shit if it weren't for the last 30 minutes you could easily forget this was supposed to be a horror movie. Slow burn, delayed gratification, we have no money, I get it, but there is just so little to early proceedings, and what we do get is just sort of...eh (the sewer flamethrower bit is especially underwhelming). We get a little bit of schlocky fun at the end (I liked the sword decapitation) but even then it's a whole lot of cutting away and very little straightforward action. Hell, we don't even get a big climatic showdown with the CHUDs, they're all (presumably) gassed off camera and instead we get Wilson blowed up but good. Which is OK I suppose, but how do you not have that guy get eaten by his inadvertent creations? It's a bummer, because even though C.H.U.D. gets a lot of things right that other movies in the genre don't, without that basic element of gory thrills its largely for naught. That being said, I've heard great things about the commentary track, and would totally be down to watch it again with that. Overall, a surprisingly good movie but a surprisingly disappointing horror experience.



Also, can anyone explain what the heck was going on in that shower scene? That was totally confusing to me.



The List So Far:



1. C.H.U.D.

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#22

We watched the original NOSFERATU (1922, F.W. Murnau) last night.  It's amazing how well this thing holds up as an atmospheric piece of horror.  It's DRACULA in everything but title, and it is creepy as hell.  The use of shadows in here has never been topped.



Highly recommended if you've never seen it before.



So, my list:


1.  NOSFERATU (1922)

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#23

Great idea! The wife and I do this every year as well, and we're already a couple of movies in. I guess I'll just edit this post as we go?



1. Turistas - Well made if generic entry into the "Never Travel Anywhere" sub-genre. This time, the place to avoid forever is Brazil. A pretty decent cast (Olivia Wilde, Josh Duhamel) and some intense gore make it semi-memorable.



2. The Blair Witch Project - I hadn't seen this in years, but it really is fantastic, and one of the few found footage films I can stand. The use of natural sound (and silence) is brilliant, and while some are annoyed by Heather MacDonald's performance, I think she nails the artsy, bratty college student who'd rather keep talking than admit they're wrong about anything.



The remastered Halloween 35th anniversary Blu should be at the house today. Looking forward to it!

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#24

Clarence Boddicker's (aka Paul) October 2013 Camp Blood list



1. Halloween 2 (1981) - Watched my recently ordered Scream Factory blu ray (without a slip cover!) Haven't seen it in a while, but it still cements itself as the best Halloween sequel, although a pale comparison to the original. Dean Cundey is the real star here, and due to his cinematography, it remains the only sequel to come close to the original's atmosphere. Sure it's lazy, but it's far better than other praised sequels in the series (I'm looking at you, Halloween 4!) What I took away from this viewing is how creepy Jimmy the paramedic is. You're what, 25, and you're hitting on a high school patient who just got attacked by a psychopath? What a weirdo!



2. Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) - Finally finished off my Universal Monster set I got last year. I always found it strange that this was included in the canon of the classic 30's and 40's films, as it seemingly fits better with the '50s sci-fi/horror movement. However, now it does seem to fit pretty well with the classics, especially in the end with the monster kidnapping the girl with Wolfman stock music! Still, I prefer its gothic counterparts. 



3. Lords of Salem - Why do I still watch Rob Zombie movies?



4. V/H/S 2 - As someone who was lukewarm on the first, I though this was marginally better. Although the whole thing has a Hot Topic, "No, you shut the fuck up dad!" faux edginess to it. But the world needs more horror anthologies, and I'll support them as they come. 

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#25
ALast night I started watching "Return to Horror High," the film debut of George Clooney, who also dies first.

It's a horror-comedy that's neither scary nor funny. I don't know if I'll be able to power through the rest. The whole movie-within-a-movie conceit is boring me to tears. "Terror Firmer" does all this shit better and is way gorier.

Marcia Brady's in it, though. At first, I was like, "Is that Melody from 'Hey, Dude?'"

Oh, me.
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#26

Started off October with a viewing of Slither.  Always a fun flick to show to the uninitiated - its gross, its funny, the cast is aces.  Obviously I've seen this one a bunch already, but what stood out to me this time was how wonderfully its paced.  Gunn is amazingly efficient; its a breezy 90 minutes and not a second is wasted.  Perfectly structured.  I also always seem to forget just how much heart its got.  It would be so easy for a lesser filmmaker to paint Grant Grant as an irredeemable jerk and a true antagonist, but there's a sweetness to him that gets to me every time.



The List:


1. Slither (2006)

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#27

1. No One Lives



Something to know about me - I love the Saw movies and The Collector/Collection. Bearing that in mind, I really recommend No One Lives. It is deeply amoral, siding entirely with its serial killer anti-hero to the extent of positioning him as romantic lead by the ending, but the kills are so good I let that go. Death by grappling hook, shower curtain, industrial mincer, and the killer smuggles himself into his enemies house by


hiding in the body of a big guy he killed.


2. The Moth Diaries



Maybe-vampire shenanigans at an all-girls school. A bore, and it shared both a director with American Psycho, and that film's ambigious ending. More coming-of-age story than horror, though in its favour Cronenberg-regular dolly Sarah Gadon looks absolutely astonishing dressed as a schoolgirl (relax, she's in her twenties : ))



3. Donkey Punch



Pissed up Brits on holiday in Spain head out on a yacht for some sun and sex, and one of the guys executes the title move on an unfortunate young lady. Executes being literal. Everyone goes mad and tries to kill each other. Less transgressive than it sounds/would like to be. An engaging enough slasher while you're watching it, but you wouldn't watch it twice.



4. Dead Silence



The lost James Wan film. Killer puppets controlled by a mad ghostly old bint. Short but still very slowly-paced, it has a couple of good scenes and a great, chucklesome final twist, but it's too dull to really get the juices flowing, and the mad old bat's giant CGI tongue is a step too far towards Troma. All the original versions of the (much superior) Insidious imagery are present here though, making it an interesting time capsule.



5. Splice



Diet Cronenberg, as two scientists engineer a new-species "child" with wings and a pointy tail. The creature - named Dren - is impressive, but the rest of the film is more of a bad-parent metaphor than a horror film. Sarah Polley plays the female lead, and is the best thing about the film. Average.



In order of enjoyment:



1. No One Lives
2. Dead Silence
3. Splice
4. Donkey Punch
5. The Moth Diaries

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#28

So in honor of the challenge and Netflix's ability to browse by genre, I thought it would fun to pick some of my movies the old-school way: title and cover only. This worked out almost exactly as well as you'd expect, which brings me to my second entry: Monster Brawl.



Woof. Just truly awful in every respect, a horrendous attempt at pre-packaged cult schlock that totally misses the appeal of films like Toxic Avenger. It's a solid concept (who doesn't love classic monsters battling it out?) and contrived as it would have been a more straightforward approach that just combined a bare minimum of decent writing with some solid gore would have been enough to at least be serviceable. Instead though it's a monster pro wrestling movie, which in and of itself isn't a problem (I like both those things) but it's an approach that requires a far defter touch and much, much, MUCH smarter writing to not be a complete waste of time. This thing doesn't even feel like a movie, it feels like the world's worst Youtube sketch stretched out interminably. There's not real plot, just dull match after dull match until it slowly creaks to a halt. It's not even a proper tournament, as two of the matches are just random one-off's.



It's also an incredibly daft mix of complex and stupid. They take the time to make up fake stats for all the monsters and break them into conferences and weight-classes (sort of) but then they battle it out in a cheap ring in the world's shittiest fake cemetery. There's no story, just a series of vignettes setting up each creature's background, half of which aren't even funny and only a couple of which seem to actually tie into the monsters as fighters theme. Actually none of them are funny, but half are prevented in a relatively straightforward manner that begs questions like "what the hell is the tone supposed to be here," "does this writer understand how comedy works" and "why the hell am I watching this." The same goes for the long stretches of joke free commentary. Really, I couldn't decide which was worse, the straightlaced approach (well, as straightlaced as pro-wrestling ever gets) or the attempts at wink-wink, nudge nudge humor that uniformly fell flat. Even when there is the hint of a decent idea, the execution undermines any potential humor. Herb Dean referring a no-holds barred fight to the death with no rules? Potentially funny. Herb Dean spending 2 minutes explaining that? Not funny. And the cherry on the shit sundae? The wrestling isn't even very good! It's the type of movie I would have turned off 15 minutes in if I hadn't been committed to this challenge, and seems am appropriate recipient for the old "Fuck You out of 5" rating. The fact that this pandering crap played at festivals and wasn't immediately booed off the stage is just baffling to me.



In the interest of fairness, I will say that the movie got one genuine laugh out of me. During the mummy vignette, while the sheriff is asking for information as to its whereabouts and the tagline reads MILF Alert: Mummy I'd Like to Find. Congrats Monster Brawl, you got one right.



The List so Far:



1. C.H.U.D.


2. Monster Brawl

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#29

Movie #3: Mimic



Unintentional on my part, but this was actually a pretty interesting companion piece to C.H.U.D. that covers some common ground. Alright, mainly just subways and an ending involving an explosion and gas, but still, parallels. Thankfully this was WAY better paced, and while it definitely felt like a lesser Del Toro film, lesser Del Toro is still well ahead of par. While things got fairly generic around the 2/3ish mark, I loved the little humorous touches peppered throughout. The exploding paint can in the beginning was a great little subversive bit of non-gore, and goofy as the trench-coat man roach concept was, there was enough early glimpses and little dramatic beats to keep the tension high. Also, aside from the first big roachman reveal (which, yow, 90s), the dated CGI is for the most part smartly disguised under a lot of dark lighting, and practical effects. Plus, not just a single but a double gruesome kid kill? Del Toro does not fuck around. If I have one complaint, it's that the actual mimic concept seems way underutilized. It's a cool visual gimmick and the idea that these creatures could actually be more evolved than us thanks to rapid breeding is interesting, but again towards the end of the film they just revert to being dumb generic critters. I mean they're smart enough to skulk around the city at night and break into a lab to rescue one of their young (I'm presuming to cover up their presence) yet they're fooled by the simple no-stank trick and then charge blindly into oncoming trains. Then there was the weird kidnapping and subsequent abandoning of the autistic kid, which just felt like a dumb plot contrivance. Between that and the "they don't kill unless you enter their territory" line I was half-expecting there to be some higher purpose or intelligence behind the Judas' actions, but nope, they're just bugs. Certainly not a deal breaker, it just made the creatures feel slightly schizophrenic in their motivation compared to the calculated invasion the doc seems to be implying. Overall though, dug it quite a bit, and a much need palette cleanser after the last flick.



The List So Far:



1. C.H.U.D.


2. Monster Brawl


3. Mimic



EDIT: Huh, after reading a little about about the DTV sequels it seems like the intelligent insect concept actually gets taken a step further in those, even though it sounds like the overall quality is way lower.

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#30
A[quote name="Splatoon" url="/community/t/149194/october-horror-movie-challenge#post_3594822"]Movie #3: Mimic

Unintentional on my part, but this was actually a pretty interesting companion piece to C.H.U.D. that covers some common ground. Alright, mainly just subways and an ending involving an explosion and gas, but still, parallels.
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If you want to continue with another movie with even more parallels I recommend you throw on the Relic (1997)
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#31
AI'm about to watch a midnight screening of "Tremors." I've never seen it on the big screen. I can't wait for the reaction to Kevin Bacon's inimitable line, "We killed it... FUUUCK YOU!!!"
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If you want to continue with another movie with even more parallels I recommend you throw on the Relic (1997)


I think for my next one I'm going to take a detour out of creature features, but I'll definitely add it to the queue.

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#33

THE RELIC...ugh.  What a terrible waste of a pretty damned good book.  It has its moments but is pretty awful on the whole.

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#34
APeter Hyams saved a shitload of money on lighting equipment while making "The Relic." I think the whole film's lit by Tom Sizemore's flashlight.
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#35

The main issue is that they combined two characters...Pendergast and D'Agosta...into one character and named him D'Agosta (Tom Sizemore).  This was stupid, as the interplay between the two characters is 75% of the reason why the book works.  Also, the character of special agent Pendergast is one of the more popular characters in fiction (Preston and Child have made a mint with their Pendergast books) and would have been amazing onscreen.



Actually, it's probably a good thing this didn't have Pendergast.  Now he isn't ruined if they ever decide to make some of the other books in to films.

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