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October Horror Movie Challenge
Big update.

Last Night in Soho (2021, dir. Edgar Wright)
Quote:Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city
Linger on the sidewalks where the neon signs are pretty


Flawless as a technical, sensory experience, arguably the most refined work Edgar Wright has done as a director. Said success is bogged down by choosing chastity over sleaze; the script spends two acts finding a way to be confusing and obviously telegraphed before the full-throttle mindfuck engulfs the last half-hour. Anya Taylor-Joy, Diana Rigg (in a killer final role), and Terence Stamp stand out cast-wise, though I should also throw some respect to Matt Smith, completely shedding his British prestige TV image as a gentleman misogynist. Almost certainly requires a second or multiple viewings. Special shout-out to Wright's varied use of cinematographers; Bill Pope isn't exactly going to yield the atmosphere of something like this when Chung-hoon Chung - Chan-wook Park's regular DP - totally captures Wright's love for Mario Bava in a firmly unreconstructed fashion. 3.5/5

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988, dir. Renny Harlin) REWATCH
Quote:“I am eternal!”

Here’s where Freddy goes summer blockbuster, and not even my status as a dedicated Renny Harlin fan could really get me enthused about this entry, but I’ve finally come around on this as quick-thrill splatterpunk. Dream Warriors’ ending passes the torch to Patty Arquette, setting up the potential for Kristen to succeed Nancy as the final girl savior. Instead, they get a ringer Arquette, kill off all the surviving DW’s, and then Kristen gifts a redhead with her powers. And speaking of powers, Bob Englund’s name is above the title, and since everyone liked that he had a fucked up sense of humor in the last one, Freddy isn’t even remotely scary, hogging the screen at every turn, dropping punny one-liners like Arnold Schwarzenegger and granted with the Bugs Bunny-like ability to prank enemies to their fates with unsubtle disguises. Working with a script co-written by a young Brian Helgeland, Harlin directs the shit out of this, the dream sequences flashy and colorful, boasting arguably the best gore of the series - the Cronenberg-inspired roach transformation is a practical FX masterpiece (apologies to my friend/follower who’s petrified of that bit). It’s got The Fat Boys, “Anything, Anything” by Dramarama and Sinead O’Connor on the soundtrack, caffeine pills are sexualized, absolutely no message or cause is on its mind but to service horny teenagers with bloodletting. We wouldn’t have Die Hard 2 or Ford Fairlane without this nihilistic grinder. If only this wasn’t followed by Nightmare 5, my least favorite slasher sequel ever made. 3.5/5

Def by Temptation (1990, dir. James Bond III)
Quote:"I'm the last one now."

As a stylistic effort, this is near flawless, DP'd by Ernest Dickerson back in his days as Spike Lee's regular cinematographer; as a film that purports to star Samuel L. Jackson, all will be disappointed to learn that his screen time is severely limited, and it's mostly ponderous about vampirism as Black paranoia in Dinkins-era New York. The most winning horror sequence is a clear rip from Videodrome, never coming close to reconciling whether to be a camp horror-comedy or the critique of Black-against-Black classist racism it clearly presents. Despite this, the visual power is intense enough to dull the half-baked script, and Jackson - whose biggest film credential at this point was Do the Right Thing - makes a riveting if fleeting imprint on the film as the lead's deluded preacher father. Soul singer Freddie Jackson - best known for his tuxedo-clad, extended cameo musical performance in King of New York - is billed as a "special appearance" despite having near-equal screen time to the lead actor. 2.5/5

Hellbent (1988, dir Richard Casey)
Quote:A total snore for most of the runtime, colorful enough but misfiring every step of the way with the lighting but neglecting to get any personality out of the nighttime L.A. landscapes. Starts out as a Faustian punk thing, evolves into a horror version of Raising Arizona before finally deciding its true destiny is letting loose the second female lead to blow the bad guys away with a grease gun like she’s Ms. 45. Terrible but somewhat redeemable idiosyncratic, I guess? Extra half-star for the drive-by rollup on Santa's corner workshop at the beginning; not a lot happens in this, but this moment is so willfully shameless about violence in a spectacular atrocity that reminded me of the bits with the Terminator hitman from Deep Cover. 2.5/5

Slaughterhouse Rock (1988, dir. Dimitri Logothetis)
Quote:80’s horror rarely has worse acting than this, but said acting is rarely accompanied with the right terrible character decisions and frequent gore. What starts out as an Elm Street ripoff soon becomes a quippy, straightforward slasher, which is a good thing as it sizes itself up to the plate as one does when you’re embarking on an endeavor like this and Toni Basil - nearly an eternity away from her one-hit wonder run with “Mickey” in the early 80’s - is Freddy. Oh, did I mention that most of this takes place on Alcatraz after the first half-hour? Keeping that setting in mind, this makes Shocker look like The Exorcist with how ridiculous it gets. 3/5

The Thing (1982, dir. John Carpenter)
Quote:“Now I’ll show you what I already know.”

There hasn’t been a better horror movie before or since. Truly one of the movies that made me, I don’t know how this both scares me every time and yet there’s an endless list of quotable dialogue I’ve carried into everyday life. 5/5
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30. The Rental (2020) [Library Disc] This Dave Franco-directed effort is on the border of thriller and horror, until the masked killer starts hammering the cast. With the increasing tension among the four vacationers, I originally thought that they would turn on each other. Which they do, to a certain extent, but the main threat is the voyeuristic serial killer. The movie is strongest when it focuses on the sweeping vistas of the weekend rental, the escalating paranoia and the eerie fog clinging to the cliffs.

It's less effective when the characters are increasingly caught in their own web of deceit, leading to increasingly poor decisions, or when there are several scenes showing the killer's process pre- and post-kill. It's almost a procedural film at that point.

It would pair well with 2020's Invisible Man for a double feature of justifiable panic and paranoia.

1. Popcorn (1991)
2. Stepfather III (1992)
3. Night Owl (1993)
4. Wolf (1994)
5. Species (1995)
6. The Craft (1996)
7. Scream 2 (1997)
8. Urban Legend (1998)
9. Resurrection (1999)
10. Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
11. Elvira's Haunted Hills (2001)
12. May (2002)
13. Dreamcatcher (2003)
14. Riding The Bullet (2004)
15. Dark Water (2005)
16. Severance (2006) 
17. Teeth (2007)
18. Asylum (2008)
19. Daybreakers (2009) 
20. The Wolfman (2010)
21. Final Destination 5 (2011)
22. Silent House (2012)
23. Willow Creek (2013)
24. I, Frankenstein (2014)
25. Dead Rising: Watchtower (2015)
26. The Void (2016)
27. Happy Death Day (2017)
28. Cam (2018)
29. Escape Room (2019)
30. The Rental (2020)
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Is Spacek in CARRIE the greatest performance by an actress in a horror movie? Only others that come to mind are Toni Collette in HEREDITARY and Kathy Bates in MISERY. (Although Rebecca Hall's work in THE NIGHT HOUSE is exceptional.)

Started Halloween weekend with some rewatches:

THE THING (1982)

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It's THE THING. One of the greatest films of all time. Whadya need, a road map?!

The two horror movies I'm guaranteed to see every year are this and TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. Since I saw TCM more than once during the pandemic, I'm taking a break from it, so I threw on the OTHER perfect horror movie. Like TCM, this has lost none of its power, and only grows in esteem with each passing year. The effects, the cast, the tension...My God it's wonderful.

THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (1999)

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Still the found footage GOAT. For much of its running time, it's almost more of a fascinating examination of what happens when the group dynamic collapses, with everything steadily going to hell as the filmmakers try to keep their composure. But MAN, that home stretch is amazing and bleak and shreds my nerves every time. 

Ranked in order of preference. All of these are on Tubi unless otherwise indicated:

1. THE THING (1982) - Rewatch on Blu-Ray

1. THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (1999) - Rewatch, FXNow
2. FRANKENHOOKER (1990) - Shudder
3. HALLOWEEN (2018) - VOD

4. NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984) - Peacock (rewatch)
5. OLD (2021) - VOD
6. MALIGNANT (2021) - HBO Max
7. THE TINGLER (1959)
8. RAW (2016)

9. THE NIGHT HOUSE (2020) - VOD
10. GONJIAM: HAUNTED ASYLUM (2018) - Shudder
11. HALLOWEEN KILLS (2021) - Peacock
12. TERRIFIED (2017) -  Shudder

13. THE GRANNY (1995) - YouTube
14. HALLOWEEN PARTY (2019)
15. RAZORBACK (1984) - Shudder
16. EYE OF THE DEVIL (1968) - download
17. SPLINTER (2008)
18. THE VINEYARD (1989)
19. CANDYMAN (2021) - VOD

20. THE INITIATION (1984) - YouTube
21. BELL FROM HELL (1973)
22. TWO THOUSAND MANIACS! (1964)
23. SOMETHING WEIRD (1967)
24. THE WIZARD OF GORE (1970)
25. P2 (2007)
26. THE HAUNTING (1999)

27. THE BRAIN (1988) - Amazon Prime
28. THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR (2021) - Shudder
29. SILENT MADNESS (1984)
30. HIDE AND GO SHRIEK (1988)

31. LUCKY (2020)
32. ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE (1987)
33. DEADLY MANOR (1990)
34. SNOOP DOGG'S HOOD OF HORROR (2006)
35. LAST HOUSE ON DEAD END STREET (1973)
36. SEANCE (2021) - Shudder
37. DEATH SHIP (1980)
38. ZOMBIE HIGH (1987)
39. BINGO HELL (2021) - Amazon Prime
40. CANNIBAL GIRLS (1973)
41. THE NESTING (1984)
42. CREEPOZOIDS (1987)
43. GETAWAY (2020)
44. THE SUPER (2017)
45. THE PREY (1983)
46. KILLER NUN (1979)
47. SLASHLORETTE PARTY (2020) - Amazon Prime
48. HELLRAISER: REVELATIONS (2011)
49. REST IN PIECES (1987)
50. THE EVIL INSIDE HER (2019)
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CREEPSHOW 2 (1987)
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Nowhere near as strong as the original CREEPSHOW, but still entertaining... up to a point.  “Old Chief Wood’n Head” isn’t quite a complete dud, but it’s certainly the least interesting.  “The Raft” has some great moments, undercut by making the hero a would-be rapist.  But “The Hitch-Hiker” is pure gold, with Lois Chiles getting the tone exactly the right, alongside some good gore, genuinely darkly funny dialogue, and a fun musical score.

2021 Ranking - In Order of Enjoyment
    1.      CARRIE (1976)
    2.      THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925)
    3.      LAST NIGHT IN SOHO (2021)
    4.      THE KISS OF THE VAMPIRE (1963)  
    5.      SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (1983)
    6.      THE NIGHT HOUSE (2021)
    7.      HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH (1982)
    8.      DOCTOR X (1932)
    9.      NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE (1979)
    10.    THE WATCHER IN THE WOODS (1980)
    11.    HELL HOUSE LLC (2015)
    12.    SPUTNIK (2020)
    13.    HALLOWEEN KILLS (2021)
    14.    DEMENTIA 13: DIRECTOR’S CUT (1963)
    15.    RACE WITH THE DEVIL (1975)
    16.    THE BLOOD ON SATAN’S CLAW (1971)
    17.    THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1932)
    18.    URBAN LEGENDS: FINAL CUT (2000)
    19.    BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY’S TOMB (1971)
    20.    X: THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES (1963)
    21.    CREEPSHOW 2 (1987)
    22.    THE BEYOND (1981)
    23.    THE COMEDY OF TERRORS (1963)
    24.    MISTER FROST (1990)
    25.    HOCUS POCUS (1993)
    26.    BARON BLOOD (1972)
    27.    CHILD’S PLAY 2 (1990)
    28.    MOTEL HELL (1980)
    29.    THE INVISIBLE RAY (1936)
    30.    URBAN LEGEND (1998)
    31.    THE MORTUARY COLLECTION (2019)
    32.    THE MUMMY’S SHROUD (1967)
    33.    CRESCENDO (1970)
    34.    LITTLE MONSTERS (1989)
    35.    DERANGED (1974)
    36.    PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: NEXT OF KIN (2021)
    37.    NOTHING BUT THE NIGHT (1973)
    38.    THE PACK (1977)
    39.    THE RETURN OF DOCTOR X (1939)
    40.    THE BAT (1959)
    41.    HELL HOUSE LLC II: THE ABADDON HOTEL (2018)
    42.    SEIZURE (1974)
    43.    HOWLING II: YOUR SISTER IS A WEREWOLF (1985)
    44.    BEAST FROM HAUNTED CAVE (1959)
    45.    GOTHIKA (2003)
    46.    NIGHT OF THE LEPUS (1972)
    47.    DEADTIME STORIES (1986)
    48.    V/H/S/94 (2021)
    49.    WISH UPON (2017)

Supplemental Viewing
    •     ZYGOTE (2017)
    •     POSSIBLY IN MICHIGAN (1983)
    •     BRIDE OF MONSTER MANIA (2000)
    •     GOOSEBUMPS - “The Haunted Mask II” (1996)
    •     MIDNIGHT MASS (2021)
    •     THE SCOOBY-DOO PROJECT (1999)
    •     NEVER SLEEP AGAIN: THE ELM STREET LEGACY (2010)
    •     IN SEARCH OF... - “Bigfoot” (1976)
    •     THRILLER (1983)

(10-31-2021, 08:37 AM)Mangy Wrote: Is Spacek in CARRIE the greatest performance by an actress in a horror movie?

Only Ellen Burstyn in THE EXORCIST would compete with Spacek for me.
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HELLWORLD is definitely the worst HELLRAISER movie so far, in that it does a terrible job of tying into the larger HELLRAISER mythos. A Hellraiser video game now exists in this universe for some reason, and you've Pinhead running around a party killing teenagers with an axe like Jason Vorhees, and even though a lot of that stupidness is undone by a third act 'it was all a dream' type twist, it's very clear they had no idea how to retro-fit this spec-script into a HELLRAISER movie. Henriksen is game - he gets so much stupid villain dialogue, and his plan makes no sense, but Lance is such a pro - and you've got a cast of familiar faces (Katheryn Winnick, Henry Cavil, SLASHER regular Christopher Jacot). As a standard DTV horror flick, I kind of enjoyed it? As part of the overall HELLRAISER mythology, its abysmal.

In order of enjoyment (* = rewatch):
1. MIDNIGHT MASS (2021)
2. CHANNEL ZERO: THE DREAM DOOR (2018)*
3. THE EMPTY MAN (2020)*
4. LAKE MUNGO (2008)*
5. OLD (2021)
6. MALIGNANT (2021)
7. THE RESURRECTED (1991)
8. THE WICKED CITY (1992)
9. NO ONE GETS OUT ALIVE (2021)
10. V/H/S '94 (2021)
11. CANDYMAN (2021)
12. MINDWARP (1990)
13. LORDS OF SALEM (2012)*
14. HALLOWEEN KILLS (2021)
15. HELLRAISER V: INFERNO (2000)
16. TERRA FORMARS (2016)
17. HOUSE 2 (1987)
18. HELLRAISER IV: BLOODLINE (1996)
19. HELLRAISER III: HELL ON EARTH (1992)*
20. HOUSE (1986)
21. THE BANANA SPLITS MOVIE (2019)
22. BEFORE I WAKE (2016)
23. THE NIGHT HOUSE (2021)
24. SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE (2021)
25. YELLOWBRICKROAD (2010)
26. NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS (1987)*
27. OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL (2016)
28. THE WARD (2010)
29. THE DEEP ONES (2020)
30. DARK WATERS (1994)
31. HELLRAISER VIII: HELLWORLD
32. GHOST IN THE MACHINE (1993)
33. HELLRAISER VII: DEADER (2005)
34. TALES OF HALLOWEEN (2015)
35. SEVERED TIES (1992)
36. DOLLS (1987)
37. BRAINSCAN (1994)
38. HELLRAISER VI: HELLSEEKER (2002)
39. BATS (1999)
40. THE DESCENDANT (1997)

Supplemental Material:
- CREEPSHOW (season 3, episodes 1-4)
- THE PURGE (season 1)
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Burstyn for me, but Collette and Bates come close.

Will also throw in Ruth Gordon in Rosemary’s Baby, which Mia Farrow weighs down for me, but Gordon’s witch neighbor is an all-timer. Cassavetes is the only other actor that effectively gets on Gordon’s level of evil in that.
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THE VAMPIRE LOVERS (1970)
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The so-called Karnstein Trilogy is one of my Hammer Horror blindspots, so I’m rectifying that with this first installment.  This seems to mark Hammer in a period of transition to more explicit eroticism and violence (relatively-speaking; it’s quite tame by today’s standards), yet it still retains the gloriously gothic atmosphere that Hammer’s best of the ’50s and ‘60s brought to the table.  The mix of classy production and lurid exploitation is an uneasy one (it’s a balance subsequent Hammers like HANDS OF THE RIPPER, DR. JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE, and VAMPIRE CIRCUS do a better job of achieving), but there’s undeniable entertainment value for vampire and Hammer enthusiasts.  And Peter Cushing is never not watchable.

2021 Ranking - In Order of Enjoyment
    1.      CARRIE (1976)
    2.      THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925)
    3.      LAST NIGHT IN SOHO (2021)
    4.      THE KISS OF THE VAMPIRE (1963)  
    5.      SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (1983)
    6.      THE NIGHT HOUSE (2021)
    7.      HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH (1982)
    8.      DOCTOR X (1932)
    9.      NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE (1979)
    10.    THE WATCHER IN THE WOODS (1980)
    11.    HELL HOUSE LLC (2015)
    12.    SPUTNIK (2020)
    13.    HALLOWEEN KILLS (2021)
    14.    DEMENTIA 13: DIRECTOR’S CUT (1963)
    15.    RACE WITH THE DEVIL (1975)
    16.    THE BLOOD ON SATAN’S CLAW (1971)
    17.    THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1932)
    18.    URBAN LEGENDS: FINAL CUT (2000)
    19.    THE VAMPIRE LOVERS (1970)
    20.    BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY’S TOMB (1971)
    21.    X: THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES (1963)
    22.    CREEPSHOW 2 (1987)
    23.    THE BEYOND (1981)
    24.    THE COMEDY OF TERRORS (1963)
    25.    MISTER FROST (1990)
    26.    HOCUS POCUS (1993)
    27.    BARON BLOOD (1972)
    28.    CHILD’S PLAY 2 (1990)
    29.    MOTEL HELL (1980)
    30.    THE INVISIBLE RAY (1936)
    31.    URBAN LEGEND (1998)
    32.    THE MORTUARY COLLECTION (2019)
    33.    THE MUMMY’S SHROUD (1967)
    34.    CRESCENDO (1970)
    35.    LITTLE MONSTERS (1989)
    36.    DERANGED (1974)
    37.    PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: NEXT OF KIN (2021)
    38.    NOTHING BUT THE NIGHT (1973)
    39.    THE PACK (1977)
    40.    THE RETURN OF DOCTOR X (1939)
    41.    THE BAT (1959)
    42.    HELL HOUSE LLC II: THE ABADDON HOTEL (2018)
    43.    SEIZURE (1974)
    44.    HOWLING II: YOUR SISTER IS A WEREWOLF (1985)
    45.    BEAST FROM HAUNTED CAVE (1959)
    46.    GOTHIKA (2003)
    47.    NIGHT OF THE LEPUS (1972)
    48.    DEADTIME STORIES (1986)
    49.    V/H/S/94 (2021)
    50.    WISH UPON (2017)

Supplemental Viewing
    •     ZYGOTE (2017)
    •     POSSIBLY IN MICHIGAN (1983)
    •     BRIDE OF MONSTER MANIA (2000)
    •     GOOSEBUMPS - “The Haunted Mask II” (1996)
    •     MIDNIGHT MASS (2021)
    •     THE SCOOBY-DOO PROJECT (1999)
    •     NEVER SLEEP AGAIN: THE ELM STREET LEGACY (2010)
    •     IN SEARCH OF... - “Bigfoot” (1976)
    •     THRILLER (1983)
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Well, you've already hit the peak of that trilogy with LOVERS, if only on account of Pitt and Cushing. I like them all to some degree, though. (When I rewatch I tend to throw in COUNTESS DRACULA too-- not part of the series but feels of a piece.)

...

Despite the fact I intended to watch some tried and true favorites heading into the holiday, my sister talked me into watching Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN (2007)-- with the contrarian opinion that it's actually worthwhile. And she generally has good taste in horror movies.

But not this time. What a goddamn waste of film. Nearly half of this was Myers's white trash supervillain origin story. Miss me with that shit. Points for gratuitous nudity, though.

Did get in a couple of now-perennial favorites, THE EXORCIST III (1990), and THE HAUNTED PALACE (1963), which I'll again say is underrated both as a Corman-Poe picture and a Lovecraft adaptation.

Then I made it a Vincent Price double feature with DIARY OF A MADMAN (also 1963). Price is terrorized and controlled by a a malicious, invisible presence in an adaptation of a Guy de Maupassant story. It's all right. Best thing in it is an actress named Nancy Kovack (who I otherwise only know from JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS), just because she's really nice to look at.

Ranked:

1. A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)
2. DEAD AGAIN (1991)
3. THE HAUNTING (1963)
4. A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS (1987)
5. THE INVISIBLE MAN (2020)
6. FREAKY (2020)
7. MALIGNANT (2021)
8. CENSOR (2021)
9. WES CRAVEN'S NEW NIGHTMARE (1994)
10. CANDYMAN (2021)
11. THE EMPTY MAN (2020)
12. FREDDY VS JASON (2003)
13. HOLLOW MAN (2000)
14. THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE (1973)
15. DIARY OF A MADMAN (1963)
16. OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL (2016)
17. JOHN CARPENTER'S VAMPIRES (1998)
18. THE HAUNTING (1999)
19. GRETEL AND HANSEL (2020)
20. FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM (1987)
21. JENNIFER'S BODY (2009)
22. WOLF (1994)
23. A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY'S REVENGE (1985)
24. TERROR TRAIN (1980)
25. BYZANTIUM (2012)
26. A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4: THE DREAM MASTER (1988)
27. A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 5: THE DREAM CHILD (1989)
28. FREDDY'S DEAD: THE FINAL NIGHTMARE (1991)
29. HOUSE (1986)
30. HAUSU (1977)
31. HALLOWEEN (2007)
32. RED RIDING HOOD (2011)
33. THE TURNING (2020)
34. ANGEL (1984)
35. WITCH HUNT (1994)

Unranked Favorites:

CAST A DEADLY SPELL (1991)
THE EXORCIST III (1990)
THE HAUNTED PALACE (1963)

Supplemental viewing:

MIDNIGHT MASS
SLASHER S1
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
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(10-31-2021, 01:37 PM)slim Wrote: When I rewatch I tend to throw in COUNTESS DRACULA too-- not part of the series but feels of a piece.

I liked COUNTESS DRACULA when I watched a couple years back.
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Here's everything I watched this October:

The Wolf House - ***1/2
Wrong Turn (2003) - ***
Razorback - ***1/2
White of the Eye - ****
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage - ****
Cigarette Burns - ****
The Night House - ****
Martin - ****1/2
Tourist Trap - ***
Revenge - ****
The Moonlight Man (short) - **1/2
Filth (short) - ***
Stucco (short) - ***1/2
100,000 Acres of Pine (short) - ***
Winston (short) - ***
Bobby Yeah (short) - ****1/2
How to Be Alone (short) - ***1/2
Possibly in Michigan (short) - **
The Grandmother (short) - ***1/2
Premonitions Following an Evil Deed (short) - ***1/2
Titane - ****
The Tingler - ****
House on Haunted Hill (original) - ****
Vincent (short) - ****
House of Wax (original) - ****
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon - **1/2
The Masque of the Red Death - ****
Terror Train - ***1/2
Ravenous - *****
10 Cloverfield Lane - ****
As Above, So Below - ***1/2
The Innocents - ****
Inside - **1/2
Come and Learn with Pibby! (short) - ***1/2

I kind of fell off the challenge on a couple days but will try to end with a grand finish today. Ravenous was the only rewatch (love that movie). EDIT: Oh, I've seen Wrong Turn before and forgot lol.
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Well, I did a pretty crummy job this year, but I've been preoccupied with post-production on my short film and dozing off during anything that I started watching at 11:45pm on a Tuesday.

1. "Candyman" (2021)
2. "Malignant"
3. "The Hand"
4. "Escape Room: Tournament of Champions" (first 10 minutes)
5. "Venom: Let There Be Carnage"
6. "The Night House" (first 40-ish minutes)
7. "VHS '94" (first segment, then fell asleep [twice])
8. "Halloween Kills"
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THE WOLF MAN (1941)
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Still one of the most essential Universal Classic Monster films. From the iconic Jack Pierce makeup design to the ultra-atmospheric, fog-shrouded forests, this is pretty much the pinnacle of Universal’s horror output in the 1940s. It also features one of the best casts ever assembled for a Universal genre efforts, with Lon Chaney Jr. and Claude Rains doing a lot to elevate the drama of this father/son story.

2021 Ranking - In Order of Enjoyment
    1.      CARRIE (1976)
    2.      THE WOLF MAN (1941)
    3.      THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925)
    4.      LAST NIGHT IN SOHO (2021)
    5.      THE KISS OF THE VAMPIRE (1963)  
    6.      SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (1983)
    7.      THE NIGHT HOUSE (2021)
    8.      HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH (1982)
    9.      DOCTOR X (1932)
    10.    NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE (1979)
    11.    THE WATCHER IN THE WOODS (1980)
    12.    HELL HOUSE LLC (2015)
    13.    SPUTNIK (2020)
    14.    HALLOWEEN KILLS (2021)
    15.    DEMENTIA 13: DIRECTOR’S CUT (1963)
    16.    RACE WITH THE DEVIL (1975)
    17.    THE BLOOD ON SATAN’S CLAW (1971)
    18.    THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1932)
    19.    URBAN LEGENDS: FINAL CUT (2000)
    20.    THE VAMPIRE LOVERS (1970)
    21.    BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY’S TOMB (1971)
    22.    X: THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES (1963)
    23.    CREEPSHOW 2 (1987)
    24.    THE BEYOND (1981)
    25.    THE COMEDY OF TERRORS (1963)
    26.    MISTER FROST (1990)
    27.    HOCUS POCUS (1993)
    28.    BARON BLOOD (1972)
    29.    CHILD’S PLAY 2 (1990)
    30.    MOTEL HELL (1980)
    31.    THE INVISIBLE RAY (1936)
    32.    URBAN LEGEND (1998)
    33.    THE MORTUARY COLLECTION (2019)
    34.    THE MUMMY’S SHROUD (1967)
    35.    CRESCENDO (1970)
    36.    LITTLE MONSTERS (1989)
    37.    DERANGED (1974)
    38.    PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: NEXT OF KIN (2021)
    39.    NOTHING BUT THE NIGHT (1973)
    40.    THE PACK (1977)
    41.    THE RETURN OF DOCTOR X (1939)
    42.    THE BAT (1959)
    43.    HELL HOUSE LLC II: THE ABADDON HOTEL (2018)
    44.    SEIZURE (1974)
    45.    HOWLING II: YOUR SISTER IS A WEREWOLF (1985)
    46.    BEAST FROM HAUNTED CAVE (1959)
    47.    GOTHIKA (2003)
    48.    NIGHT OF THE LEPUS (1972)
    49.    DEADTIME STORIES (1986)
    50.    V/H/S/94 (2021)
    51.    WISH UPON (2017)

Supplemental Viewing
    •     ZYGOTE (2017)
    •     POSSIBLY IN MICHIGAN (1983)
    •     BRIDE OF MONSTER MANIA (2000)
    •     GOOSEBUMPS - “The Haunted Mask II” (1996)
    •     MIDNIGHT MASS (2021)
    •     THE SCOOBY-DOO PROJECT (1999)
    •     NEVER SLEEP AGAIN: THE ELM STREET LEGACY (2010)
    •     IN SEARCH OF... - “Bigfoot” (1976)
    •     THRILLER (1983)
If we can dream it, then we can do it.
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THE DESCENT (2005)
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One of the scariest films of the 2000s.  There may not be another movie out there that is more effective at potently evoking claustrophobia, as this one is truly intense in that regard, putting its characters in a believably dangerous and scary situation and then adding in extra genre elements as the icing on the cake.  It makes rather remarkable usage of its low budget, too.

2021 Ranking - In Order of Enjoyment
    1.      CARRIE (1976)
    2.      THE WOLF MAN (1941)
    3.      THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925)
    4.      THE DESCENT (2005)
    5.      LAST NIGHT IN SOHO (2021)
    6.      THE KISS OF THE VAMPIRE (1963)  
    7.      SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (1983)
    8.      THE NIGHT HOUSE (2021)
    9.      HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH (1982)
    10.    DOCTOR X (1932)
    11.    NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE (1979)
    12.    THE WATCHER IN THE WOODS (1980)
    13.    HELL HOUSE LLC (2015)
    14.    SPUTNIK (2020)
    15.    HALLOWEEN KILLS (2021)
    16.    DEMENTIA 13: DIRECTOR’S CUT (1963)
    17.    RACE WITH THE DEVIL (1975)
    18.    THE BLOOD ON SATAN’S CLAW (1971)
    19.    THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1932)
    20.    URBAN LEGENDS: FINAL CUT (2000)
    21.    THE VAMPIRE LOVERS (1970)
    22.    BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY’S TOMB (1971)
    23.    X: THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES (1963)
    24.    CREEPSHOW 2 (1987)
    25.    THE BEYOND (1981)
    26.    THE COMEDY OF TERRORS (1963)
    27.    MISTER FROST (1990)
    28.    HOCUS POCUS (1993)
    29.    BARON BLOOD (1972)
    30.    CHILD’S PLAY 2 (1990)
    31.    MOTEL HELL (1980)
    32.    THE INVISIBLE RAY (1936)
    33.    URBAN LEGEND (1998)
    34.    THE MORTUARY COLLECTION (2019)
    35.    THE MUMMY’S SHROUD (1967)
    36.    CRESCENDO (1970)
    37.    LITTLE MONSTERS (1989)
    38.    DERANGED (1974)
    39.    PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: NEXT OF KIN (2021)
    40.    NOTHING BUT THE NIGHT (1973)
    41.    THE PACK (1977)
    42.    THE RETURN OF DOCTOR X (1939)
    43.    THE BAT (1959)
    44.    HELL HOUSE LLC II: THE ABADDON HOTEL (2018)
    45.    SEIZURE (1974)
    46.    HOWLING II: YOUR SISTER IS A WEREWOLF (1985)
    47.    BEAST FROM HAUNTED CAVE (1959)
    48.    GOTHIKA (2003)
    49.    NIGHT OF THE LEPUS (1972)
    50.    DEADTIME STORIES (1986)
    51.    V/H/S/94 (2021)
    52.    WISH UPON (2017)

Supplemental Viewing
    •     ZYGOTE (2017)
    •     POSSIBLY IN MICHIGAN (1983)
    •     BRIDE OF MONSTER MANIA (2000)
    •     GOOSEBUMPS - “The Haunted Mask II” (1996)
    •     MIDNIGHT MASS (2021)
    •     THE SCOOBY-DOO PROJECT (1999)
    •     NEVER SLEEP AGAIN: THE ELM STREET LEGACY (2010)
    •     IN SEARCH OF... - “Bigfoot” (1976)
    •     THRILLER (1983)
If we can dream it, then we can do it.
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Star 
Unfortunately due to a combination of unexpected work stuff and being sick like a dog my big Halloween weekend plans turned into watching BotW and sleeping, so the list ends at a paltry 17, but I did find some gems and as always I had a blast both trying new stuff and reading along with everyone's entries. Not my strongest year, but looking forward to the next one! That said, my final assessments:

Mummified Thumbs-Up:
Basket Case (1982)*
Let Us Prey (2014)*
Suburban Gothic (2014)
Ready or Not (2019)*
Werewolves Within (2021)
A Field in England (2013)*
The Clovehitch Killer (2018)

*Going in the second-watch rotation

Zombified Thumbs-Down:
Scanner Cop (1994)
Blood for Dracula (1974)
Censor (2021)
Dead & Buried (1981)
Maniac Cop (1988)
Basket Case 2 (1990)
Evilspeak (1981)
Possum (2018)
Scary Movie (1991)

Fuck You out of Ten:
The Good Things Devils Do (2020)

Happy Halloween Everybody!
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Thumbs down on Censor and Maniac Cop?!

Madness!!
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Closed out the season with Freddy...

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS (1987)
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The NIGHTMARE series makes the jump from pure horror to something a bit more crowd-pleasing and upbeat in energy.  Freddy has not yet fully morphed into his stand-up comedian mode, but he’s definitely a slightly sillier presence here, and the movie manages to be increasingly fun and more “popcorn” without sacrificing all attempts at genuine unease (which the next few entries will basically do).  The writing -- with an assortment of interesting teen and adult characters -- is at a level of quality that the series wouldn’t see again until NEW NIGHTMARE.  Oh, and the giant, gross Freddy snake is fantastic.

2021 Ranking - In Order of Enjoyment
    1.      CARRIE (1976)
    2.      THE WOLF MAN (1941)
    3.      THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925)
    4.      THE DESCENT (2005)
    5.      LAST NIGHT IN SOHO (2021)
    6.      THE KISS OF THE VAMPIRE (1963)  
    7.      SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (1983)
    8.      THE NIGHT HOUSE (2021)
    9.      HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH (1982)
    10.    A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS (1987)
    11.    DOCTOR X (1932)
    12.    NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE (1979)
    13.    THE WATCHER IN THE WOODS (1980)
    14.    HELL HOUSE LLC (2015)
    15.    SPUTNIK (2020)
    16.    HALLOWEEN KILLS (2021)
    17.    DEMENTIA 13: DIRECTOR’S CUT (1963)
    18.    RACE WITH THE DEVIL (1975)
    19.    THE BLOOD ON SATAN’S CLAW (1971)
    20.    THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1932)
    21.    URBAN LEGENDS: FINAL CUT (2000)
    22.    THE VAMPIRE LOVERS (1970)
    23.    BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY’S TOMB (1971)
    24.    X: THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES (1963)
    25.    CREEPSHOW 2 (1987)
    26.    THE BEYOND (1981)
    27.    THE COMEDY OF TERRORS (1963)
    28.    MISTER FROST (1990)
    29.    HOCUS POCUS (1993)
    30.    BARON BLOOD (1972)
    31.    CHILD’S PLAY 2 (1990)
    32.    MOTEL HELL (1980)
    33.    THE INVISIBLE RAY (1936)
    34.    URBAN LEGEND (1998)
    35.    THE MORTUARY COLLECTION (2019)
    36.    THE MUMMY’S SHROUD (1967)
    37.    CRESCENDO (1970)
    38.    LITTLE MONSTERS (1989)
    39.    DERANGED (1974)
    40.    PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: NEXT OF KIN (2021)
    41.    NOTHING BUT THE NIGHT (1973)
    42.    THE PACK (1977)
    43.    THE RETURN OF DOCTOR X (1939)
    44.    THE BAT (1959)
    45.    HELL HOUSE LLC II: THE ABADDON HOTEL (2018)
    46.    SEIZURE (1974)
    47.    HOWLING II: YOUR SISTER IS A WEREWOLF (1985)
    48.    BEAST FROM HAUNTED CAVE (1959)
    49.    GOTHIKA (2003)
    50.    NIGHT OF THE LEPUS (1972)
    51.    DEADTIME STORIES (1986)
    52.    V/H/S/94 (2021)
    53.    WISH UPON (2017)

Supplemental Viewing
    •     ZYGOTE (2017)
    •     POSSIBLY IN MICHIGAN (1983)
    •     BRIDE OF MONSTER MANIA (2000)
    •     GOOSEBUMPS - “The Haunted Mask II” (1996)
    •     MIDNIGHT MASS (2021)
    •     THE SCOOBY-DOO PROJECT (1999)
    •     NEVER SLEEP AGAIN: THE ELM STREET LEGACY (2010)
    •     IN SEARCH OF... - “Bigfoot” (1976)
    •     THRILLER (1983)
If we can dream it, then we can do it.
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(10-29-2021, 03:19 AM)jdc8 Wrote: Congratulations on getting to 31, Arjen!

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27. Happy Death Day (2017) [Disc] PG-13 horror is a necessary evil, in my opinion. It allows for an entry-level experience without terrifying the 12-year- olds too badly. A comedy slasher taking place inside time loop seems like a solid choice, and the movie offers a sense of fun to balance with the frights.

If nothing else, it showcases Bear McCreery's music and might get some younger viewers to watch Groundhog Day. I think I liked this better than most of Scott Lobdell's comic book writing. Maybe these younger viewers can graduate to Freaky's high-school horror.

1. Popcorn (1991)
2. Stepfather III (1992)
3. Night Owl (1993)
4. Wolf (1994)
5. Species (1995)
6. The Craft (1996)
7. Scream 2 (1997)
8. Urban Legend (1998)
9. Resurrection (1999)
10. Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
11. Elvira's Haunted Hills (2001)
12. May (2002)
13. Dreamcatcher (2003)
14. Riding The Bullet (2004)
15. Dark Water (2005)
16. Severance (2006) 
17. Teeth (2007)
18. Asylum (2008)
19. Daybreakers (2009) 
20. The Wolfman (2010)
21. Final Destination 5 (2011)
22. Silent House (2012)
23. Willow Creek (2013)
24. I, Frankenstein (2014)
25. Dead Rising: Watchtower (2015)
26. The Void (2016)
27. Happy Death Day (2017)
 I don't have a problem with Happy Death Day being PG-13. For me that movie is more about Tree's arc, then the kills.
I've got good news and I've got bad news. The bad news is I've lost my way. The good news is I'm way ahead of schedule!
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Happy Death Day is pretty great!
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Finished up the challenge with:

My house walk-through (short) - ****
The Amusement Park - ***1/12
This House Has People In It (short) - ***1/2
The Exorcist III (w/ Joe Bob commentary) - ****

It's still pretty early, so I think I'll get one more flick in. Not sure what yet. Might do more detective horror to follow up Exorcist III with either Hellraiser: Inferno or Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Retribution.
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(10-31-2021, 09:21 PM)bradito Wrote: Thumbs down on Censor and Maniac Cop?!

Madness!!

To their credit, I gave em a 2.5 and a 3 respectively on Letterboxd, so they definitely weren't in the dreck category.
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Hey all; I'm a lurker but I actually hit the 31-movie challenge for once so I really just wanted to post my list as a trophy. I know the format is to list the movies in order of preference, but trying to sort out my thoughts in that mob of 3-1/2 star movies would be a nightmare, so I'll stick with the star ratings themselves. Movies with an asterisk were first-time viewings. Platforms in parentheses (FCH is Film Crit Hulk; he threw a 17-hour watch party on Twitch midway through the month, boosting my numbers.)

For me, this was the month that finally got me to go in on Shudder and to discover Scener. Also the month when I noticed I was scraping the bottom of the barrel of Amazon Prime's offerings because they've been shifting most of their movies behind a *second* subscription paywall.

***** (Endlessly rewatchable masterpieces): The Thing (FCH), Tremors (FCH), Trick R Treat (Disc), What We Do In The Shadows (FCH)

****-1/2 (Wow, that was really special): One Cut of the Dead* (Shudder), The Descent (FCH)

**** (That was great!): Blood Quantum* (Shudder), The Mortuary Collection* (Shudder), Zombie For Sale* (Prime)

***-1/2 (Ooh, quite liked that): #Alive* (Shudder), Come To Daddy* (Prime), Ghost Killers vs. Bloody Mary* (Shudder), Halloween Kills* (Theatrical), Haunt* (Shudder), Jakob's Wife* (Shudder), Last Night in Soho* (Theatrical), Psycho Goreman* (Shudder), Raw* (FCH), Suck* (Prime), Super Hot* (Prime), Tales of Halloween* (Shudder)

*** (Perfectly fine; glad I saw it, but it won't stick with me): Antlers* (Theatrical), Beyond the Black Rainbow* (Prime), Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse* (Prime)

**-1/2 (Not "good," but there's *something* worth looking at buried in there): Scare Package (Shudder), Tarnation (AKA Creature Cabin)* (Prime)

** (Meh): Bad Blood: The Movie* (Prime), WNUF Halloween Special* (Shudder)

*-1/2 (Ugh.): Cottage Country* (Prime), Night of the Living Deb* (IMDb)

* (Barely exists): Slumber Party Massacre II* (FCH)
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31. Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (2021) [Disc] I made it to 31 today, even with my Halloween decorating and attending to the demands of 53 trick or treaters. The sequel was not quite as good as the original, with a faster pace and a little less time spent on character development. I appreciated the hints of the other escape room themes, especially the influencer one. It seems like a third movie possible, and I'd certainly consider watching it at my local drive-in.

This was a fun challenge, and I'm grateful to have shared this with the many fine movie fans here. Thanks for all of the well-written comments.


1. Popcorn (1991)
2. Stepfather III (1992)
3. Night Owl (1993)
4. Wolf (1994) 
5. Species (1995) 
6. The Craft (1996)
7. Scream 2 (1997) 
8. Urban Legend (1998) 
9. Resurrection (1999) 
10. Shadow of the Vampire (2000) 
11. Elvira's Haunted Hills (2001) 
12. May (2002) 
13. Dreamcatcher (2003)
14. Riding The Bullet (2004) 
15. Dark Water (2005) 
16. Severance (2006) 
17. Teeth (2007)
18. Asylum (2008) 
19. Daybreakers (2009) 
20. The Wolfman (2010) 
21. Final Destination 5 (2011)
22. Silent House (2012) 
23. Willow Creek (2013) 
24. I, Frankenstein (2014) 
25. Dead Rising: Watchtower (2015) 
26. The Void (2016)
27. Happy Death Day (2017) 
28. Cam (2018) 
29. Escape Room (2019) 
30. The Rental (2020)

31. Escape Room:Tournament of Champions (2021)
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Wrapped up the challenge with a new watch and a rewatch:

GIRLS NITE OUT (1982)

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The first 30 minutes are incredibly dull, then a guy in a bear suit who attached knives to his paws starts killing people, then things pick up! This might set the 80s slasher record for the oldest cast attempting to play teenagers, but the crazy stuff is delightfully crazy, if too infrequent.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968)

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The most influential horror film of the last 50+ years?

Ranked in order of preference. All of these are on Tubi unless otherwise indicated:

#1 Now and Forever -  THE THING (1982) - Rewatch on Blu-Ray

1. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968) - Rewatch on Blu-Ray

2. THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (1999) - Rewatch, FXNow
3. FRANKENHOOKER (1990) - Shudder
4. HALLOWEEN (2018) - VOD

5. NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984) - Peacock (rewatch)
6. OLD (2021) - VOD
7. MALIGNANT (2021) - HBO Max
8. THE TINGLER (1959)
9. RAW (2016)

10. THE NIGHT HOUSE (2020) - VOD
11. GONJIAM: HAUNTED ASYLUM (2018) - Shudder
12. HALLOWEEN KILLS (2021) - Peacock
13. TERRIFIED (2017) -  Shudder

14. THE GRANNY (1995) - YouTube
15. HALLOWEEN PARTY (2019)
16. RAZORBACK (1984) - Shudder
17. EYE OF THE DEVIL (1968) - download
18. SPLINTER (2008)
19. THE VINEYARD (1989)
20. CANDYMAN (2021) - VOD

21. THE INITIATION (1984) - YouTube
22. BELL FROM HELL (1973)
23. TWO THOUSAND MANIACS! (1964)
24. SOMETHING WEIRD (1967)
25. THE WIZARD OF GORE (1970)
26. P2 (2007)
27. THE HAUNTING (1999)

28. THE BRAIN (1988) - Amazon Prime
29. THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR (2021) - Shudder
30. SILENT MADNESS (1984)
31. HIDE AND GO SHRIEK (1988)

32. LUCKY (2020)
33. GIRLS NITE OUT (1982) - YouTube
34. ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE (1987)
35. DEADLY MANOR (1990)
36. SNOOP DOGG'S HOOD OF HORROR (2006)
37. LAST HOUSE ON DEAD END STREET (1973)
38. SEANCE (2021) - Shudder
39. DEATH SHIP (1980)
40. ZOMBIE HIGH (1987)
41. BINGO HELL (2021) - Amazon Prime
42. CANNIBAL GIRLS (1973)
43. THE NESTING (1984)
44. CREEPOZOIDS (1987)
45. GETAWAY (2020)
46. THE SUPER (2017)
47. THE PREY (1983)
48. KILLER NUN (1979)
49. SLASHLORETTE PARTY (2020) - Amazon Prime
50. HELLRAISER: REVELATIONS (2011)
51. REST IN PIECES (1987)
52. THE EVIL INSIDE HER (2019)
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Had a great weekend and managed 6 quality films. Went two films/day, with Friday and Saturday watching vampire favorites, then finished the weekend (and October experience) with initial viewings of two more horror classics.

BLADE II: I’ve seen this one a bunch, but wanted something my son would watch with me. He’d seen and liked the first (since it is an action movie, just like the sequel), so was game for this. This is one I really like…a lot of fun, builds on the first film, has some quality icky moments. Not quite horror, but the best vampire superhero/action hybrid available, by a wide margin. Del Toro is such a gifted director, this has lots of nice little touches and continues the worldbuilding the first film did so well.

NEAR DARK: I’d tried to stream or digitally “rent” this for the last October challenge, with no luck. I’ve seen this film exactly one time, when I rented it back in the late 80s. I was excited because it had some of my favorite ALIENS actors, and it made an impression on me. But it never really plays on TV (cable or otherwise), nor did it make a lot of noise on the early intrawebs when I started to more seriously become a fan of films writ large. Bigelow had her big come up a decade ago (deservedly so), and there was some discussion of this old vampire western which I remembered seeing and liking. Anyways, finally got serious late last year, and searched down a Blu Ray on ebay. It wasn’t cheap, but I thought it would be really great to see it for this October challenge. So it sat on my bookshelf until this weekend. And I’m quite glad I saved it for the final weekend.

I think Near Dark is a minor masterpiece. It establishes this really affecting mood early on, and effectively builds upon it until a rather lyrical ending. There is a strongly felt sense of longing (for lack of a better word) between the two leads. The western setting and use of lonely (and seemingly) deserted population centers makes it feel like the end of the earth. Overall, it reminded me a bit of Interview in terms of the emotional journey of being changed, especially if it wasn’t exactly your choice. The films go down different paths, but that is the emotional crux. And I liked Near Dark’s examination a little better. The supporting cast is a lot of fun, of course. Those who have seen it remember Bill Paxton, who really is a lot of fun as Severen, the loudmouth, life-of-his-party killer. Lance Henrikson is his usual self, and Jennette Goldstein doesn’t get a ton of time, but makes the most of what she gets. And Jason Patric’s half-brother Joshua Miller plays the adult-stuck-in-a-kids-body (again, Interview similarities) Homer. We don’t dig too much into the vulnerabilities of (never spoken) vampires, except sunlight, which apparently works and works fast. Bigelow wrings a lot of tension from that. Anyways, this film aged really, really well.

30 DAYS OF NIGHT: Another (slightly more action-oriented) choice for my son and I. I’d seen most of it once a few years back. I remember being impressed, and wanted to give it another go. The conceit is pretty great, and the execution is effective. Directed by David Slade (who would direct a few episodes of Hannibal). I actually think Hartnett is pretty capable here as the lead. The gore is pretty good, and the sense of isolation and darkness is effective. My only major nit is that they give us Day 7, Day 16, Day 27 title cards, but I never got the sense that nearly much time had passed. But it also has a pretty strong ending itself, which at least felt earned.

BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA: This is an absolute favorite. I’ve seen it quite a few times, and don’t really have much to say. This film is relatively unique, focusing on the titular vampire more than the flesh and blood characters. And it brings a ton to the table for Count Dracula. Besides the performance by Gary Oldman, it has green mist, two amazing monster designs, vampire brides, and surrounding art direction to die for. My favorite vampire design ever is the bat creature from the Carfax Abbey confrontation. Perfection. And I haven’t even mentioned Wojciech Kilar’s rapturous score. I finished off my vampire movies with this one for a reason. Just a magnificent film.

Decided to watch two stone cold classics that I had not yet seen (but knew a lot about) on Halloween day itself. I was done with the vampire films, and wanted to dig in. Apparently it was PJ Soles day, as well. I’m not going to say too much about either, because I’m new to them, and people have written remembrance upon remembrance of them in the past 45 years.

CARRIE (1976): Great cast, great filmmaking, very effective storytelling. Sissy Spacek delivers an amazing lead performance, throughout. I can see why it had (and continues to have) a significant impact on the genre, and why Stephen King became a household name. It was working quite well as a coming of age drama (with some trauma) until the big catastrophic finish. Definitely one of the greatest horror films of all time.

HALLOWEEN (1978): My weekend plans worked, as I was able to get my son to watch this gem. It’s very meat and potatoes, and while it might seem tame by today’s standards, it does everything well. My son commented that he had to respect the hustle of one Michael Myers, who was absolutely committed to the bit all day long after his escape. But he is ably paired with JLC, who is playing an intelligent and conscientious young woman, who is responsible for her friends and the kids she is watching. We didn’t like that she kept throwing the knife down, though. Can’t wait to continue this series next year, since there are plenty of these films. But wanted to give a special welcome to such a seminal film.

All in all, had another really fun experience this year. I probably didn’t get to 31 this year, unless you count 7 episodes of Midnight Mass, a few streamed Tales From the Crypt, some great Hellboy stories, and a bunch of S3 of What We Do In The Shadows. I will start building a list for next year (with the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre and some Universal Classics, plus some Hammer Frankenstein) this week. I also decided to try to watch a nice scary film once a month until mid-September…keep the pilot light on. See you periodically until the next kick off.
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Halloween night marathon:

GHOSTWATCH - pretty cool! I'd never seen this; it takes a bit to get going - it probably doesn't need to be longer than 60 minutes - but once it does its exceptionally creepy. There are a few moments that are absolute all timers. Would have loved to catch this live, not knowing that it was all staged (the closest I've come to this kind of experience was that insane fake shark documentary they aired as part of Shark Week a few years ago that was, frankly, awesome).

THE GUEST - one of my favorites and a Halloween staple; part of this lineup every year

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: NEXT OF KIN - We got the marathon started late because my dog was very upset by the trick-or-treating so we couldn't give our full attention to movies until the kiddos had come and gone, which led to PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: NEXT OF KIN coming on well after midnight. This led to me being extremely grumpy about PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: NEXT OF KIN. This format just feels so dated. Expected way better from the director of UNDERWATER.

In order of enjoyment (* = rewatch):
1. THE GUEST (2014)*
2. MIDNIGHT MASS (2021)
3. CHANNEL ZERO: THE DREAM DOOR (2018)*
4. THE EMPTY MAN (2020)*
5. LAKE MUNGO (2008)*
6. OLD (2021)
7. MALIGNANT (2021)
8. GHOSTWATCH (1992)
9. THE RESURRECTED (1991)
10. THE WICKED CITY (1992)
11. NO ONE GETS OUT ALIVE (2021)
12. V/H/S '94 (2021)
13. CANDYMAN (2021)
14. MINDWARP (1990)
15. LORDS OF SALEM (2012)*
16. HALLOWEEN KILLS (2021)
17. HELLRAISER V: INFERNO (2000)
18. TERRA FORMARS (2016)
19. HOUSE 2 (1987)
20. HELLRAISER IV: BLOODLINE (1996)
21. HELLRAISER III: HELL ON EARTH (1992)*
22. HOUSE (1986)
23. THE BANANA SPLITS MOVIE (2019)
24. BEFORE I WAKE (2016)
25. THE NIGHT HOUSE (2021)
26. SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE (2021)
27. YELLOWBRICKROAD (2010)
28. NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS (1987)*
29. OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL (2016)
30. THE WARD (2010)
31. THE DEEP ONES (2020)
32. DARK WATERS (1994)
33. HELLRAISER VIII: HELLWORLD (2005)
34. GHOST IN THE MACHINE (1993)
35. HELLRAISER VII: DEADER (2005)
36. TALES OF HALLOWEEN (2015)
37. SEVERED TIES (1992)
38. DOLLS (1987)
39. BRAINSCAN (1994)
40. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: NEXT OF KIN (2021)
41. HELLRAISER VI: HELLSEEKER (2002)
42. BATS (1999)
43. THE DESCENDANT (1997)

Supplemental Material:
- CREEPSHOW (season 3, episodes 1-4)
- THE PURGE (season 1)
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I caught 52 movies this year (starting in September...I'm a cheater!), so here's some awards:

MOVIE I'M SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE FINALLY SEEN - FRANKENHOOKER. It's genuinely good!

WEIRDEST PASSION PROJECT - THE VINEYARD, James Hong's horror/sci-fi/satire/whateverthefuck about an immortal movie producer who stays alive by fermenting people to make his magical blood wine.

BEST PERFORMANCE - Rebecca Hall, THE NIGHT HOUSE. She's extraordinary.

FAVORITE FIRST-TIME WATCH, CLASSICS EDITION - THE TINGLER. Price is so great in this.

FAVORITE FIRST-TIME WATCH, FOREIGN FILM EDITION - GONJIAM: HAUNTED ASYLUM, one of the better found footage movies. Runner-Up: TERRIFIED

BEST IMMORTAL PRO RASSLIN' GRANNY - Stella Stevens, THE GRANNY

MOST GRUESOME SCENE - Lenny Clarke is used as a knife block in HALLOWEEN KILLS

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - SILENT MADNESS, shot in ultra-widescreen for no clear reason.

WEIRDEST DIRECTION - Shymalan's shot choices in OLD are so damn odd. I loved it.

BEST MOVIE WHICH DIRECTLY LIFTS SCENES FROM 'THE SHINING' FOR NO CLEAR REASON - THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR
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Awards!  Good idea!

The thing that made me feel the most stuff: MIDNIGHT MASS

Most fun viewing experience: three-way tie - OLD / MALIGNANT / GHOSTWATCH

Best re-watch: THE EMPTY MAN, second viewing boosted it to classic status for me

Biggest surprise: HELLRAISER V: INFERNO is really good somehow!

Best kill: tie - screwdriver face trauma in CHANNEL ZERO: THE DREAM DOOR / Michael tests out knives in HALLOWEEN KILLS

Best creature: its Raatma, now and forever:

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but shout out to the runner up, this wonderful guy from NO ONE GETS OUT ALIVE:

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I like the awards idea!  First, though, my goal was to have a 2:1 ratio for “new to me” movies and rewatches.  So how did I do?

First-Time Viewing -- 34
LAST NIGHT IN SOHO (2021)
THE KISS OF THE VAMPIRE (1963)
THE NIGHT HOUSE (2021)
HELL HOUSE LLC (2015)
SPUTNIK (2020)
HALLOWEEN KILLS (2021)
RACE WITH THE DEVIL (1975)
THE BLOOD ON SATAN’S CLAW (1971)
URBAN LEGENDS: FINAL CUT (2000)
THE VAMPIRE LOVERS (1970)
X: THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES (1963)
THE BEYOND (1981)
THE COMEDY OF TERRORS (1963)
MISTER FROST (1990)
BARON BLOOD (1972)
MOTEL HELL (1980)
THE INVISIBLE RAY (1936)
THE MORTUARY COLLECTION (2019)
THE MUMMY’S SHROUD (1967)
CRESCENDO (1970)
LITTLE MONSTERS (1989)
DERANGED (1974)
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: NEXT OF KIN (2021)
NOTHING BUT THE NIGHT (1973)
THE PACK (1977)
THE RETURN OF DOCTOR X (1939)
THE BAT (1959)
HELL HOUSE LLC II: THE ABADDON HOTEL (2018)
SEIZURE (1974)
BEAST FROM HAUNTED CAVE (1959)
GOTHIKA (2003)
DEADTIME STORIES (1986)
V/H/S/94 (2021)
WISH UPON (2017)

ReWatched -- 19
CARRIE (1976)
THE WOLF MAN (1941)
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925)
THE DESCENT (2005)
SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (1983)
HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH (1982)
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS (1987)
DOCTOR X (1932)
NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE (1979)
THE WATCHER IN THE WOODS (1980)
DEMENTIA 13: DIRECTOR’S CUT (1963)
THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1932)
BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY’S TOMB (1971)
CREEPSHOW 2 (1987)
HOCUS POCUS (1993)
CHILD’S PLAY 2 (1990)
URBAN LEGEND (1998)
HOWLING II: YOUR SISTER IS A WEREWOLF (1985)
NIGHT OF THE LEPUS (1972)

Close enough.

Now a couple awards, following Mangy’s and Fuzzy’s leads (all apply only to First-Time Viewings):

Best Actor: Jeff Goldblum, MISTER FROST
Best Actress: Rebecca Hall, THE NIGHT HOUSE
Best Director: Edgar Wright, LAST NIGHT IN SOHO
Best Cinematography: LAST NIGHT IN SOHO
Most Shocking Scene: The last few seconds of X: THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES
Biggest Surprise: HELL HOUSE LLC
Best “Classic” Horror: THE KISS OF THE VAMPIRE
If we can dream it, then we can do it.
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And this is a wrap!

Beetlejuice (1988, dir. Tim Burton) REWATCH
Quote:"Nice fuckin' model!" honk honk

Certainly a classic, but the Alec Baldwin/Geena Davis subplot is a banal weight on its shoulders. Tim Burton is absolutely not invested in them as characters, instead giving the spotlight to the timeless visual coalition of practical FX flourish and Oscar-winning makeup and the massive supporting ensemble, almost all of whom would go on to more (and sometimes bigger and better) films from Burton. There's of course Winona Ryder's trendsetting work as Lydia, plus Catherine O'Hara's breakthrough film role after spending most of the 80's as an SCTV regular - her mix of neurotic and weary gives the "Day-O" sequence an ominous shadow in terms of how it possesses the dinner party. That's without mentioning how excited Michael Keaton gets to play the the pervy, knowingly obnoxious title character, far more unhinged than any celebratory puff piece will let on to. Best use of Zagnut product placement in cinema history, knocking 48 Hrs. to second place. 4/5

Schlock (1973, dir. John Landis)
Quote:Nothing to see here, just John Landis making his directorial debut by running around in a gorilla suit as a missing-link primate named Schlock, who's labeled "The Banana Killer" by the media. On top of being a serial killer, Schlock learns the human way of life. The concept couldn't be sillier or more bizarre if it tried, the tangential humor inspiring a news report at the beginning that's got a bleakly hilarious news report straight out of The Kentucky Fried Movie.

Special thanks to the Coming to America episode of The Movies That Made Us for turning me on to this. 3.5/5

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986, dir. Tobe Hooper) REWATCH
Quote:“Boys, boys, boys!”

A real Alien/Aliens situation. Not only equal in standing to the original, which I champion as the scariest film ever made, Hooper cranks up the violence and brings Tom Savini along for the ride. In the process, they forge a gore-drenched horror-comedy with satirical action, a self-portrait painted in blood (and cocaine) by Hooper, who’s sticking it to critics that vilified and misunderstood him in 1974 and beyond. Everyone in the cast is firmly committed to the grandiose insanity of a vision of this world gone obnoxious, lost to the right-wing, neon excess of the Reagan years. Said apocalyptic outlook may never stop carrying relevance so long as chaos reigns. Chop Top is by far one of the great screen villains; Bill Moseley’s ability to make this repulsive sociopath so fucking funny is a thin line he never stumbles from, and I wish more projects would’ve come his way beyond horror. Prime meat. 5/5

Worst Discoveries:

The Rage: Carrie 2
Killer Party
Bones
Red-Blooded American Girl

Best Discoveries:

Possession (1981)
Pin
The Empty Man
Stagefright
Demon Seed
J.D.'s Revenge

Best movie I hadn't seen in years I've turned around on: Carrie, Cat People (1982), Candyman (1992)

Best theatrical: Halloween Kills (I like it more than Last Night in Soho, sue me)
"PREDATOR 2 feels like it was penned by convicts as part of a correctional facility's creative writing program, and that's what I love about it." - Moltisanti
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NIGHT 55


Faces of Death, 1978... I actually didn't finish this one. The infamous Faces of Death. Figured I'd watch it since it's one of those things I've heard about since I was a little lad, seen the VHS since I was young, and is probably the whole reason I'd see those commercials in the '90s when I was little that were like Time Life videos of extreme news stories that were too hot for TV; (that old commercial with the hostage footage you've probably seen a million times before, and what looked like someone about to be hit by a train) it was also on Tubi so why not watch it? Mostly I was just kind of interested to see how it played out given, at least from what I'd heard before, that most stuff that people talked about being real was not real.

Wide shot of Doctor talking. Cut to closeup of the Doctor looking disheveled, glasses now sitting on his face crooked, looks like it would be hard to see out of them; and the Doctor says:

"I seen with my own eyes a myriad of experience that have led me to a greater awareness of the living."

This moment was pretty funny. It's also kind of an example of the type of humor that is layered throughout the film.

I guess you could say Faces of Death is an interesting example of framing, at least when it comes to the actual footage of stuff. Much of the real stuff you see here (at least of what I watched) is stuff you've probably seen something similar to in documentaries or some type of educational thing. Here though, the exploitative nature of the film makes some of the actual footage being used feel more grimy than other context. Here's an example, there's a whole little section in this around the start of stuff like slaughterhouse footage. At one point they show a kosher slaughterhouse where they bleed the animal to death. Now I've basically seen this exact same thing before in that documenty A Son's Sacrifice, and in fact it looks worse in A Son's Sacrifice, but the context and the way it's show to you in A Son's Sacrifice doesn't make it feel like some dirty voyeuristic thing. There's also this funny moralizing that's happening over this footage, where the movie is seemingly trying to give the impression they're showing the footage for a different reason than the reason we all know they're showing it. Even when the pretent moralizing does make a good point, like with the kind of brutal nature of the kosher kill, you can't quite take it seriously given you fucking know what time it is when it comes to what the movie is actually doing. There's also footage of a chicken getting its head cut off and its body running around with like clown music playing over the top of it; the moralizing doesn't quite work when you're also playing it like a joke. So what was all that animal shit for? You know, besides just to show it? It's the lead-in to the most extreme diabolical gross out meal the narrator has ever witnessed with his own eye and the glasses in front of them that he probably isn't using half the time because they aren't sitting on his head right: Live monkey brains. Now this is one of the staged things, a restaurant (in the Middle East in think) where the rich (in this case white tourists) come, are given a live monkey that's locked into the middle of the table, and they personally beat it's head in with little hammers and eat the uncooked brains. The narrator comments how this is less about the taste of the food and more about the experience of getting to beat a monkey's head in, one of the patrons talks about it bring him closer to God like he's some serial killer.

For the most part Faces of Death reminded me of a grimy version of the old Ripley's Believe It or Not! that they'd show reruns of on Sci-Fi Channel in the '90s. Even the food thing I talked about above I'd seen in an old episode of Ripley's and it was far more shocking then Faces of Death fake monkey thing as there's wasn't a fake thing: It was restaurants in China (I guess in the '80s) that served cats, and had footage of them just throwing live cats in a big fryer where the cat jump out as it's skin fell off. I think that was from the time Jack Palance hosted the show, so I guess that would've been a post Faces of Death Ripley's.

Anyways, after the crocodile attack, which is a fake part too, I decided I'd seen enough of this mostly fairly boring movie.


Old (2021)

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Old does not feel like a movie that was conceptualized as PG-13 movie. There's a scene in Old that does this thing that always reminds me of the end of this Monty Python bit:





In the Old scene, a character has to have something surgically removed. Do to the nature of the island a tumor this person has starts rapidly growing, and also do to the nature of the island wounds heal pretty much instant so they figure they can just cut the character open, remove the tumor, and use the healing power of the beaches time thing for said character to be fine. But the healing happens so fast that it's too fast to just remove the tumor, so others have to hold the cut open as its being removed and the skin is trying to heal back together shut around their hands as they hold the cut open. It's a cool idea of a sequence. And even as is it still kind of works. But as is it's also kind of funny, and I can't really believe the original idea was not to show anything like it does...unless the original idea was also to be a little funny.

There's just so much stuff in this movie that feels like it was thought up for a pretty crazy R rated movie, that then had to be reigned way in for the PG-13 rating it has. You look at the comic this is based off of, and it also doesn't seem like something someone would look at and go: I'll make a PG-13 movie out of this. And the movie is in some ways even crazier than the comic. This movie feels like M. Night was using Sandcastle as a jumping off point to do some Junji Ito type shit with. It's actually kind of funny because while everyone dies in the comic Sandcastle, everyone that gets it here gets it much worse than in Sandcastle.

Pretty sure I saw the comic book this is based on close to a decade ago at the book store.  

I kind of loved this movie. Would've been interesting to see what an R rating would've done to this.

Save Yourselves! (2020)

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It's a sci-fi horror comedy about little Tribble looking thing invading Earth. It's also a sci-fi horror comedy about this girl that's dating a useless bitchboy who isn't good at anything; they're a couple hipsters, but it seems she's finding he doesn't actually want a hipster guy, and he's dealing with feelings of inadequacy because not only is he bad at traditional male things, but he's also shit at the progress shit too.

It's kind of funny. Not as good as I'd hoped when I saw the trailer whenever it was I saw the trailer.

NIGHT 56

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)


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Got back from seeing Dune, turned on the TV, and the local PBS was just starting to play this.

Great movie. Been a few years since I last saw it. I so rarely just watch this movie from the moment it starts to the ending that I'd actually forgot the great looking title sequence and that Robert Duvall shows up as Priest in Swing.

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NIGHT 57 - Halloween Night

Possum and The Evil Within...another couple movies I get mixed up with each other, although both being on Tubi that didn't really matter much.

The Evil Within  (2017)

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This was like some rich guys passion project that he worked on for years, and (combined with drug use) the stress of trying to finish this movie may have led to his ulcer related death in his late 40s.

I enjoyed this movie. It's uneven, and it's messy, the whole opening bit is overwritten and goes on way too long, but once you're in the main meat of the movie I liked it and the look of the shifting transition morphing FXs. I'm been meanting to watch it for years, I've heard about it for years do to the circumstances around it, and thankfully it didn't disappoint.

Possum (2018)

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This one was more disappointing. Possum is a feature that feels like it should be a short. Nothing much really happens in Possum as it's constructed, and watching Sean Harris just kind of dick around his childhood home can't sustain itself as long as Matthew Holness seems to think it can.


Squirm (1976)

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It's been a while now since I've seen this one. Can't remember exactly when it was I first watched it, think the early 2010s, was going through killer bug movies I had seen before like this, Slugs, and The Nest (which I always want to call They Nest...a different movie) which has that kind of sexual VHS cover where the woman is being attacked by a giant cockroach. 

I probably should've watched Slugs, but I only saw it was on Tubi afterwards. I remember liking Squirm more the last time I saw it. It's slower than I remember.

This post Schlock film is also one of Rick Baker's earlier movies.

NIGHT 1
- Evil Dead Trap (1988)
- Evil Dead Trap 2 (1992)
NIGHT 2
- Luz (2019)
- Luz: The Flower of Evil (2019) 
- Mechanical Violator Hakaider (1995)
NIGHT 3
- Dead End Drive-In (1986)
- Kung Fu Zombie (1981)
NIGHT 4
- Manhattan Baby (1982)
- Aenigma (1987)
NIGHT 5
- Dark August (1976)
- Prey (1983)
NIGHT 6
- The Majorettes (1987)
- Tsui Hark's Vampire Hunters (2002)
NIGHT 7
- Devilman (2004)
NIGHT 8
- Stepfather 2 (1989)
NIGHT 9
- Blood Beat (1983)
- Demon Wind (1990)
NIGHT 10
- Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2
NIGHT 11
- Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out! (1989)
- Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation (1990)
NIGHT 12
- Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker (1991)
- Silent Night (2012)
NIGHT 14
- Nightbooks (2021)
- Malignant (2021)
NIGHT 15
- Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)
NIGHT 16
- Candyman (1992)
- Candyman (2021)
NIGHT 17
- Hellraiser: Judgement (2019)
- Skinner (1993)
- Wax Mask (1997)
NIGHT 18
- Two Evil Eyes (1990)
- Black Rock (2012)
Night 19
- I Spit on Your Grave 2 (2013
Night 20
The Creeping Flesh (1973)
Effects (1979)
Wowzers (2019)
NIGHT 21
- The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014)
NIGHT 22
- Midnight Mass (2021)
- Opera (1987)
- Torso (1973)
NIGHT 23
- Stuck (2007)
NIGHT 24
- The Vampire Doll (1970
NIGHT 25
- Pumpkinhead (1988)
- Jeepers Creepers (2001)
- Mr. Brooks (2007)
- Lake of Dracula (1971)
- Dr. Tarr's Torture Dungeon (1973)
NIGHT 26
- Sleepstalker (1995)
- Evil of Dracula (1974)
NIGHT 27
- Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer (2007) 
- Skullduggery (1983)
NIGHT 28
- Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
- Death Tube (2010)
NIGHT  29
- The Ninth Configuration (1980)
NIGHT 30
- Brain Damage (1988)
NIGHT 31
- Brain Dead (1990)
- Killbilles (2015)
- THE SCOOBY-DOO PROJECT (1999)
- Star Crystal (1986)
NIGHT 32
- Laid to Rest (2009) 
- ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2 (2011)
- The iDol (2006)(Tubi date 2021)
NIGHT 33
- Demonia (1990)
- Project: Metalbeast (1995)
NIGHT 34
- There's Someone Inside Your House (2021)
- Blood and Black Lace (1964) 
- Black Belly of the Tarantula (1971)
NIGHT 35
- Dead Sushi (2013) 
- Macabre (1980) 
NIGHT 36
- V/H/S/94 (2021)
- Don't Breathe 2 (2021)
NIGHT 37
- The Empty Man (2020)
- Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021)
NIGHT 38
- Werewolf Within (2021)
NIGHT 39
- Nina Forever (2015)
- The Night House (2021)
NIGHT 40
- Zëiram 2 (1994)
NIGHT 41
- Halloween Kills (2021)
- His House (2020)
NIGHT 42
- Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021)
- Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - The Movie: Mugen Train (2020)
- Them (2006)
- Banshee Chapter (2013)
NIGHT 43
- Kingdom: Ashin of the North (2021)
- Dead Space (1991)
- Hell Target (1987)
- Creepozoids (1987)
NIGHT 44
- Slithis (1978)
- Monsterland (2016)
- Deep Rising (1998)
NIGHT 45
- Caltiki - The Immortal Monster (1959)
- Rats: Night of Terror (1984)
NIGHT 46
- Lord of Tears (2016)
- Schlock (1973)
NIGHT 47
- Titane (2021)
NIGHT 48
- Sweeney Todd (2007)
NIGHT 49
- Braid (2019)
NIGHT 50
- Cell (2016)
NIGHT 51
- Mortuary (1983)
- A Field in England (2013)
- Mystery Flesh Pit National Park - 2007 Disaster Report (2021)
NIGHT 52
- Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot! (1967)
- Django the Bastard (1969)
- Tenebrae (1982)
NIGHT 53
- Kaidan (2007)
NIGHT 54
- Mirror Mirror (1990)
- Auntie Lee's Meat Pies (1993)
- Army of Thieves (2021)


Overall I'd say I didn't see as much great stuff this year as last year, and maybe even the year before. However, on the plus side, unlike the last two years, my cat did not come in from being outside and just vomit up mouse guts while I'm watching a movie. Last year it was during Guinea Pig: Android of Notre Dame. This year I got the dead mice and rats they were leaving outside before they could eat them up. At least four times I had to go out and dig a hole to bury some big rat body at night. Sometimes I wonder what the neighbors think: Oh, there's our neighbor, digging holes at night again.
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SQUIRM is definitely better than the fare that usually wound up on MST3K, but I do love that episode. Cutting out the movie's gnarliest special effects shot (the worms burrowing into that dude's face) was a low blow, though.

I like the anecdote that Spielberg referred to SQUIRM as a reference point for the volume of snakes he wanted in the Well of the Souls seqences in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. And Don Scardino, who plays the nerdy hero, ended up with a pretty accomplished career as a director of television. He did a lot of 30 ROCK.
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2021 Challenge Awards:

Best Actor: Willem Dafoe, Shadow of the Vampire
Best Supporting Actor: Tim Roth, Dark Water
Best Actress: Jennifer Connelly, Dark Water
Best Supporting Actress: Fairuza Balk, The Craft
Best Director: Wes Craven, Scream 2
Best Cinematography: The Void
Most Shocking Scene: The first sexual encounter in Teeth
Biggest Surprise:  Cam
First-Viewing Movies: 22
Movies that could be watched for college credit: Popcorn, Scream 2, Urban Legend, Asylum, Happy Death Day, Escape Room
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(11-02-2021, 12:13 AM)simbob Wrote: The Evil Within  (2017)

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This was like some rich guys passion project that he worked on for years, and (combined with drug use) the stress of trying to finish this movie may have led to his ulcer related death in his late 40s.

I enjoyed this movie. It's uneven, and it's messy, the whole opening bit is overwritten and goes on way too long, but once you're in the main meat of the movie I liked it and the look of the shifting transition morphing FXs. I'm been meanting to watch it for years, I've heard about it for years do to the circumstances around it, and thankfully it didn't disappoint.

I've told this story a couple of times on the board, but my wife worked a week on this production at the Getty estate. (I posted a pic of her with Michael Berryman, but that may be gone now.) The main story I remember is Getty hated eye contact, so she had to hide under the bed when he came on set. Also, Getty's cause of death was DEFINITELY drugs.
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