Slashing Through Cinema 4: IN 3D! The Annual BGG Horror Movie Challenge!
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Welcome one and all to the annual Slashing Through Cinema Horror Movie Challenge!!!! It is that time of year again, where the leaves begin to fall, the sky gets that autumnal blue, and the pumpkin spice mines are opened!


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And it is also time where binge watching horror movies is seasonally appropriate! So, with that in mind, let us Slash Through Cinema!


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The first geeklist was the result of my attempts to delve deeper into the genre and share what I was watching, along with getting movie suggestions from other horror fans. Plus, I had seen the fun people had with Taco De Mayo and Burrito November and, seeing no one had anything in October or anything with movies, I went with 31 Movies in 31 Days!!!

Our first year saw a dedicated few swapping movies and comparing tastes and genre preferences (as well as sharing our favorites). We had a quiet affair, celebrating the season with creepy movies. We had fun with it and the geeklist lasted long after the candles were snuffed, ghosts put away, and the pumpkins turned to mush.

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Our second year came in with a 'cannon' blast. After seeing that people enjoyed the first list and were looking forward to the second year of the event, I tried to make it more organized and streamlined using the 31 days format where each person has a geeklist item and comments on their own list as they watch movies.

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Our 3rd Year I tried to make it more interesting by providing parameters to force people out of their comfort zone or to check out unfamiliar horror movies with UNHOLY MATRIMONY!!! What would you get paired with! Something Old? Something New? Something Borrowed? Something Blue? Our third year saw the return of horror regulars as well as new people to the list. As always, we had fun, shared horror films, and talked shop.


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created the SLASHING THROUGH CINEMA GUILD! So, if October does not sate your appetite for horror, our guild has a monthly list where we talk about movies new to us as well as the latest and greatest.


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(Also, click the image above to be taken to our guild!)

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And, in honor of all his efforts, I created this years theme with that in mind. Madcap Loves him some Gillman, and The Creature From The Black Lagoon is one of the more memorable films in 3D.

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here are the rules


Step 1: Add a geeklist item to this list


(it can be any game really, but spooooky~ ones are appreciated)

Step 2: Introduce yourself

(then we won't be strangers Georgie...everyone floats on this GL)

Just let us know a little about your film history, what horror movies or series or villains you like. What sub-genres in horror that you like most (Creature Features? Giallo? Universal pics? Slashers? New? Old?)

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A bit of a variant on last year but also requiring you to add at least a few film suggestions to your list. Cross-pollination is one of my favorite things about the SLC:HMC is learning about films I didn't know existed.

So! In honor of this years theme, I want you to also add three movie suggestions to your list! Your 3D!

Decade. Director. Denizen.

Decade. Pick a film from your favorite decade for horror. Director. Pick a film from your favorite horror director. Denizen. Pick a film spotlighting on of your favorite monsters/creatures/slasher/killer from cinema!


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Look up the microbadge you want, (you don't have to own it) see what number it is, then:

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If there are any, I guess it'd be that iffen tv shows, cartoon specials, and the like are your forte, add them up to 90 minutes, since that's the average length of a horror movie. So, Stranger Things would take up four days worth vs. Eight for example ^_^. Guess that'd be the adult rules. Granted, this is really meant to be all about spoooky movies, but I want to be inclusive y'all.


If your kid or kids want to take part and make a list, everything counts! (since school and life and such)^_^

Also, you don't have to watch 31 movies/specials to take part in the list. This is intended for everyone who wants to take part and have fun! Just a place for people to gather, enjoy the season, and watch movies along the way.

Does it have to be blood, guts, jumpscares, and creepy clowns? The original intent of the list was that as long as it is in the spirit of the season, it works for me. I still stand by that 100%. We're all about having a good time here. For example, is Night of the Comet or Little Shop of Horrors keep you up at night scary? Nah. That being said, this is SLASHING through cinema.

As you watch movies throughout the month update your geeklist entry with the movie you watched next to the appropriate day. Make a comment on your geeklist entry for each movie you watched with a short synopsis and your thoughts on the movie. Would you recommend it or give it a pass? A movie poster or screen shot to help your fellow moviegeeks is a plus! You can be as brief or detailed as you like.

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Also, avoid embedding videos in your post, in our first year is really slowed down page loads. If you want to share a video link, just copy/paste the basic link. Check out the posts from last year.

If you see a new movie that really sent shivers up your spine, when you update your 1-31st list, color the movie title in Red! *Spooooky~*

Since I know we all have busy lives, I'm not super strict about it all being in October. Watching SOME stuff in the last week of September to help get a head start on hitting 31 movies is fine by me! But if you do just wait to start posting until October. Just have fun and enjoy the season!

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Hello again and welcome to the fourth year of Slashing Through Cinema!

Slashing Through Cinema started as my own attempts to delve deeper into the horror genre; be it slasher flicks, Hammer films, Universal Pictures, or anything in-between. This was because, growing up, I didn't have that much exposure to what I would call 'horror'. My mom didn't want us watching anything 'scary' (Halloween for example) but I recall seeing movies like The Exorcist, The Shining, Alien, and others at a young age, so what do I know?

So, four years in, my tastes haven't changed all that much in what I enjoy watching. The 80s is my favorite decade for horror and my favorite director is John Carpenter. I enjoy creature features and monster movies probably the most insofar as a sub-genre of horror. This goes back to Saturday afternoon b&w movies on tv that often featured 1950s movies like Them!, Tarantula, and others. I was also exposed to 70s animal attack films via my older brother and my mom enjoys all the Godzilla movies so I saw those a lot growing up. I also enjoy the Universal Monsters era of films as well.

I have since been expanding my movie catalog in the horror genre, but 80s trash is still my besties.

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September 30th: Friday the 13th Part 4
October 1st: Friday the 13th Part 5
October 2nd: Friday the 13th Part 6
October 3rd: Friday the 13th Part 7
October 4th: Friday the 13th Part 8
October 5th: Friday the 13th Part 9
October 6th: Friday the 13th Part 10
October 7th: The Blob (1988)/The Greasy Strangler
October 8th: Lifeforce
October 9th: The Phantom Carriage (1921)
October 10th: Haxan (1922)
October 11th: Nosferatu (1922)
October 12th: The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920)
October 13th: Nightmare on Elm Street
October 14th: Nightmare on Elm Street 2
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October 20th: ABCs of Death (NO STARS)
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October 22nd: Terrorvision
October 23rd: My Mom’s A Werewolf & Demons
October 24th: The Gargoyles (1972)
October 25th: Theater of Blood
October 26th: Sleepaway Camp (1983)
October 27th: House on Haunted Hill (1959)
October 28th: Tremors 6
October 29th: Doom & Halloween Specials (garfield, peanuts, buttons and rusty)
October 30th: Class of Nuke'em High
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Additionally this season I listened to a good potion of october country, which I plan to finish up throughout November, along with the audiobook of Misery, which I feel is suitable to that month. In September I listened to some Southern Gothic in the form of A Good Man is Hard to Find, and Other Stories by Flannery O'Connor. Nothing like gothic stories in the deep south to prep for the season.


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Favorite Decade: This was a surprisingly difficult question. It's hard to eliminate any decade, let alone all but one. But I think I'll have to go with the 1970's. Why?

The 70's had a huge amount of spooky, weird ESP/Ghost/Demon/Supernatural stuff. The Exorcist. The Sentinel. Halloween. The Omen. Phantasm. The Wicker Man. Carrie.

The 70's had killer animals running amok. Jaws. Piranha. Orca (short shorts in the arctic!). The White Buffalo (lol). Night of the Lepus. Food of the Gods. Willard. Ben.

And the 70's were still about monsters, before the slasher-oriented 80's: Alien. It's Alive. King Kong. Prophecy. Horror Express. Nosferatu. Zombi. Dawn of the Dead. Did I mention Alien? Alien.

Sometimes I was still too young to see these movies, but sometimes just old enough to see them at a friend's house. Or in a theater, maybe. So they're special in that 'now I can see this' kind of way. I have fond memories of just being old enough to see Alien, Zombi, and Jaws in the theater. And of my Dad taking us to see Orca and The White Buffalo at the discount theater in our hometown.

So, serve me up some 70's cheese, please!


October 1st: The Monster Squad (1987). Thirty years and I've never seen this. I always thought it was a dumb kids movie, corny and kind of drek-filled. So I skipped it whenever I saw it at Blockbuster, in my Netflix queue, etc. This morning I decided to give it a chance. Bad decision. No scares, lots of dumb goofiness. There's not a shadow in the entire movie - it's all your favorite monsters, well lit! Frankenstein's monster wearing wayfarers! Van Helsing giving kids the thumbs up! Bah. The entire thing looks like they just filmed a monster show at the Universal theme park.

There were plenty of moments that reminded me of What We Do in the Shadows.
This had the same, 'let's show the behind the scenes lives of monsters' gimmick, but in Shadows it was funny, not painful.

Bogus!

I did like the references to Groundhog Day being a series of slasher films. Gives you an entirely new way to look at the 1993 Bill Murray film.

October 2nd: The Return of the Living Dead (1985). I love this movie. So many great things that build on Night of the Living Dead. The explanation given of the events in the Romero movie. Perfect. The setting of a medical supply company. Terrific (flapping butterflies, flopping, barking split dogs, a corpse in the freezer). The two leads that work at the supply company are just fun to watch. They're hammy, but in such a good way. The flat, dry counterpoint of the army brass. The only thing I shy away from a bit is the 80's punk rockers, they're over the top (especially Spider's yelly non-acting and Trash's non-existent wardrobe). But still, they're fun.

It's a terrific homage to fun, campy horror that's still plenty scary. That gooey tar-man zombie in the basement is my favorite shambling zombie of all time. So threatening and yet cartoonish. Love him. And of course the best line of all, "Send...More...Paramedics".

One of my all time favorites!


October 3rd: Frankenstein's Army (2013). Waste of time. It has an interesting beginning, but once the group enters the catacombs the movie devolves into just costumes, blood, and confined spaces. It's as if you're walking through a haunted house at the fairgrounds. Or watching a video of a really bad knock off of Doom. There's not much story, and not much that's scary. Too bad, I had higher hopes, and I was in the mood for a good WWII/monster movie. I actually think I've seen this one before, it did seem familiar. Not recommended.


October 4th: The Greasy Strangler (2016). Ok, this is a weird one. Very weird, but somehow compelling. I found it on a list of the 'best horror movies on Amazon Prime'. It's the story of a father and his son and the people that inhabit their small world (at least for a short while). There is a ton of grease. And nudity. Mostly male. And some gross out effects. But mostly it's a character study about jealousy and craving acceptance. It's also quite funny at times. The two leads are captivating to watch, in a 'can't look away from the car wreck' sort of way. It's well acted, but they're just so...odd. The son is sort of Jeffery Tambor in Transparent mixed with Napoleon Dynamite. Every single actor in this film seems to be trying to be the oddest version of themselves possible. I love the tourists (Free Drinks! Porto!). And the soundtrack feels lifted directly from The Life Aquatic. It's bouncy and jaunty and a complete non-sequitur. I can recommend this one, but only if you're fine with no-pants for a large portion of the film and lots of bizarre behavior.

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I'm not sure what happened at the end. I kind of think that once they joined forces they shed any pretense of civility, and that's what they saw being symbolically executed by the hunters. All that was left was their insane killer personas. Maybe?


October 4th Part II: Huluween Short Films (2018). If you subscribe to Hulu, you should watch their Halloween short film collection. There are eight of them, it's one of the categories under 'Huluween'. My favorite was 'Carved'. Yeah, that one. That One!! 'Lippy' was odd, and 'The Hug' is for anyone that ever went to Chuck E. Cheese. Each film is only four to six minutes long, so you're not going to get a ton of story. But they're creepy.

October 5th: The Endless (2017). Found this one on another 'Best Scary Netflix Movies' list. I think they had me at 'UFO Cult'. The first third of the movie is very much about two brothers realizing something is not right in their lives, and their decision to revisit the cult they left ten years earlier. The second act is about odd things afoot at the cult (creepy!), and the third act shows you (kind of) what's going on. I really like the brothers, they come across as real people and a real relationship. The situation they're in becomes very dire, I was engaged the entire way through.

The funny thing is, as I was watching it I kept thinking that I'd seen it before. But I hadn't. Eventually I figured out why, and I won't spoil it for you unless you want it spoiled:
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This movie is set in the same world/locale as 'Resolution', a movie I saw a few years ago. The cult is just a short ways down the road from the cabin in that movie.
It was fascinating to see something familiar pop up, and to see how it all melded together. There was a lot more context and insight once I saw the connections. That was very cool. It's not a retread, but an expansion. Really neat. But I still don't quite understand what happened at the end.

I'll add that if you like movies like Resolution and Triangle, you really should watch The Endless. You'll like this one too!

October 6th: The Raven (1963). This is a romp! Be warned though, it's a super low budget. Costumes? Here's some stuff from a Christmas pageant. Public domain scores sound terrific, don't you agree? That B-roll exterior stuff we dug up in the vault, wonderful! And the sets...who needs to build sets? We'll just borrow stuff that's laying around. You can practically smell the gaffer tape and plywood. Here, have Jimmy hold this floor lamp up high...there, now that's some great lighting! Seriously, the production design on this thing looks like it was ripped straight out of the Batman TV show of the 60's.

But do you know what this movie *does* have? Vincent Price. Boris Karloff. Peter Lorre. and Jack Nicholson! And a screenplay by Richard Matheson! (Twilight Zone fame). Once you get past the first 20 minutes of improvisation by Vincent and Peter the movie picks up and starts to shine. But boy, oof, that first twenty minutes is rough. This is a movie about wizards having a fight. That's it. There are some twists and turns, some betrayals, and the real villain is a bit of a surprise (at least it was to me). There's a lot of running around, a lot of hammy acting and labored jokes, but you know what? It was fun. And at the end of it I found myself wanting to know what happens next to our little band of heroes. Recommended, but get yourself into that 60's Batman mood first!

October 7th: Evolution (2015). There are people online that love and recommend this movie. I am not of their tribe. This is a tediously slow movie of 'feelings, not story' (the director's words, not mine). I think it's about a little corner of the world where evolution took a different branch. A slow, methodical branch developed from starfish. Yep, starfish.

But that's all just a guess, because you'll get no answers from the movie. It has a lot to imply about motherhood (I think), but it says little. It's stylish, but I just can't recommend it. I'd suggest skipping this and watching Spring (2014) instead.

October 7th Part II: A Warning to the Curious (1972). I saw this reviewed by jackolantern, and I'm a sucker for a good ghost story. My wife and I watched it this afternoon. I really liked the set up, actually, the first half of the story was very good, it felt a bit like The Wicker Man. But in the second half things got a bit dodgy and confusing. Spoilers:
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Why did he get on the train to go to the dig site? Wasn't it just behind where he was staying? And the whole 'someone called for him, he looked like you Dr. Black' thing confused us, because Paxton suddenly was in a field by himself, being chased by the ghost of Agar. In the end we're guessing that the ghost is in the train with Dr. Black? That Black will be murdered too (because he knows about the crown?). The 'I'm going to escape with the crown' to the 'I must put the crown back' transition seemed very sudden as well.


It all just felt a bit muddled towards the end. I really wanted to like it, and I kind of did. But the logic and motivations of the characters felt a bit forced and choppy. Still, thanks for the recommendation, I'd never heard of this one before!

October 8th: Gerald's Game (2017). Wow was this good. It's also the most horrific thing I've seen in a long time. Creepy, scary, and dire. Carla Gugino's performance is fantastic. You'll feel sick in the pit of your stomach while watching this, at different times and for very different reasons. It was gripping. Loses just half a star from me for the ending. It was good but
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maybe a little too sappy? I'm thinking of the 'writing a letter to your younger self' because 'you're the only one who will understand'. And the marching in and out of the courtroom bit was hyper dramatic. But having the 'monster' recognize her and repeat her comments back to her was neat.


October 9th:
Annihilation (2018). My second time watching this movie, my wife's first. I liked it in the theater, still like it now. Between the two viewings I've read the three books in this series. The ending deviates wildly from the books, and there are plenty of other differences too, but then the books have lots of stuff that I'd think are unfilmable. The movie is a really engaging adventure tale until near the end, when it becomes more of a 2001: A Space Odyssey experience. That portion is different, it's not terrible, but tonally and story-wise it's an abrupt shift. Good acting, an interesting situation, and definitely a spooky, weird adventure. Worthwhile.

October 10th: Tales of Halloween (2015). If you like Creepshow, or Tales from the Crypt...watch this now. It's an anthology horror movie, all centered on Halloween. If you're like me you'll start to smile just a few frames in, the people that made this are horror fans. The production value is great, but very much in a comic book, campy style. There's a good amount of humor here, all of the segments are entertaining (rare for an anthology), and I'll admit I was surprised by a few of them. By far my favorite was the second story, and I didn't find out exactly why until I saw the credits. Mr. Abbadon is great! You're going to recognize a lot of faces in this movie, but I doubt you'll get that one.

October 11th: Jacob's Ladder (1990). This is a tough one to rate. I remember loving this movie, when I first saw it in the theater it was just amazing. I've watched it since and recall enjoying it. But this time it just didn't click. It took me three days to slog through it. The entire time I was, cognizant of the ending, telling myself 'Well that doesn't matter' or 'This guy has a crazy paranoid streak'. I just knew none of it mattered. Which somehow made the whole thing far less interesting.

Things I'd forgotten: I totally forgot that Macaulay Culkin was in this movie. In an important role. And that the role was uncredited, he's not listed. Forgot that Danny Aiello is in it. He was great. I'd forgotten how long and explicit the dance floor scene is, I'd probably only seen tv-edited versions in the intervening years. There was a lot more there than I remembered. I also forgot that this was where we first saw that very disturbing 'Demonic Head Shake' effect. At least I think it was first.
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The performances are terrific. The story is really disturbing and compelling (especially if you've never seen it before). And I like it a lot. But this time I think it's just a middling grade for me. Maybe I'll give it more on my next viewing!

October 12th: The Voices (2014). Ryan Reynolds has a problem. He's odd, he's an outcast, and he hears voices. And the people around him die horrible deaths. This movie answers the question 'What if that guy from Deadpool was a serial killer?' (well, I guess Deadpool is a serial killer in a sense, but this is different).

The movie is very funny. And bizarre. With a bit of romance. But mostly it's campy horror. I think this movie is great. We'd watched it a couple of years ago, and it held up really well on this second viewing. Did I mention it's funny? It even has a bit of a musical surprise. Watch it, I bet you'll like it!

October 13th: John Dies at the End (2012). What a disappointment. I've seen this before, and recall being a little let down by it. But I also remembered that there were some cool ideas in there. So when I saw a copy of the novel at a thrift store a few weeks ago I picked it up and started reading. About a third of the way through I kind of lost interest and set it aside. Time passed and I couldn't remember exactly what was going on in the book, so I decided to watch the movie to jumpstart my brain.

The entire movie (well, three quarters of it) are in that first third of the book. I was down to the last twenty minutes of the movie before I said 'Ok, this is where I stopped reading'. And I still had 300 pages to go.

I've finished the book today, and watched the last bit of the movie. I cannot recommend either. My memory was correct - interesting ideas, but poor execution. The movie is a disjointed. It's odd. And it's not satisfying in any way. The stuff with Paul Giamatti and the Soy Sauce and the Thai restaurant scenes are neat and well done. Snake girl, Meat Monster, Marconi, there's a lot to like. But the 'adventure' ping pongs all over the place, and the explanation of the big baddie is kind of just thrown out there (in the book they call it 'Sh*t Narnia', and they're absolutely right). It's just not worth your time. And neither is the book - the movie is largely faithful to the book, the book just pads another 300 pages of pointless meandering onto it. Come for the effects and the first 20 minutes, but then skip the rest. Oh yeah, a bit of trivia - the director also did Phantasm. The book has an interesting preamble by the author about how the movie came to be.

October 14th: The Haunting of Hill House, episodes 1-5 (2018). Oh yeah! A fantastically spooky creepfest that's got terrific writing and acting. This is a new take on the classic Shirley Jackson story, and this time it's kind of half 'Six Feet Under' and half 'The Conjuring'. It's a family drama with lots of extremely spooky, scary stuff. My wife and I watched the first five episodes, so far it's fantastic. Terrifying and very creepy. And it's one of those pieces that does a remarkable job of showing you the same events over and over, but each time it revisits a scene you have new information or a new perspective, which changes everything you initially thought. It's very smart. It's done by the same guy that put together Gerald's Game, and one of the stars is Carla Gugino. Highly recommended. This just came out on Netflix - go watch it!

October 15th: Murder Party (2007). Clever idea. It's really low budget, but everyone in it is very committed. Basically it's about a Parker Posey act-alike dressed up like Pris from Bladerunner. Wait? Was there more than that? Hmmm.

Ok, it's about a group of artists that decide to host a murder party, for reals. The main character (victim) is really likable, even if he only has a handful of lines in the entire movie. The situations are over the top but play out realistically. Yes, you would pause to look at that. Yes, you would stop to take care of necessities, especially after being tied up all night. Things were wacky, but they (mostly) made sense. It's very winning and a bit charming. But in the end it just wasn't quite satisfying. And there's a really draggy part in the first half where the party is struggling to get going. A lot of navel gazing. But it is amazing how a couple of flip phones and a PSP can set the period.

October 15th Part II: Game Night (2018). Ok, I'm only including this one because it kind of matches the theme of Murder Party. It's a black comedy about a murder mystery party that goes horribly, horribly wrong. Not really horror, but it is a really scary situation. Played for lots of laughs. It's a very funny movie (of course it is - that's Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams in there!). It's worth it just for the bullet-in-the-arm scene.

October 16th: Tales from the Hood II (2018). . Wow was this bad. It's new on Netflix. Do any of you remember that skit on SNL where the parents are watching their high school kids perform a 'Student Theater Showcase'? The one where the kids state obvious things and think they're blowing everyone's minds?

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If the 'kids' from that sketch were hired to make a scary movie, this is what they would make. The messages are painful and obvious. The acting is terrible. It's not thoughtful and it's not clever. But it thinks it is. The real horror? You get to feel like one of those SNL parents in the sketch sitting through drek. It's terrible, skip it.

October 17th: The Cleanse (2016). I wanted to really like this, and I mostly did. Watched it based on a recommendation here on the list from Mat. The movie has a really unique premise, that's great. It has Johnny Galecki, he's always fun. And the girl from Pushing Daisies! Wow. And Anjelica freakin' Huston! And Oliver Platt! Holy smokes. It has really neat (and competent) creature designs too (spoiler, there are creatures).

What it doesn't have? It doesn't have a third act. The first two acts are very well done. But the third act, well, the entire movie gets wrapped up in about two minutes. Unsatisfactorily. There are so many ideas and questions to explore. So many interesting characters to spend time with. But the film doesn't. The characters just kind of make a rash decision and Fin.

Now you're probably thinking 'But the movie didn't have time to do all of that, movies can't go on for hours and hours...' and you'd be wrong. This movie had plenty of time. It's only 71 minutes long. Eighty minutes if you count the nine minutes of credits at the end (yes, nine minutes of credits). It's like a long episode of Doctor Who. It should have been about twenty minutes longer, and should have
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Spent more time with Anjelica and Oliver's characters and why/how they came to do all of this.
Explore what it is they were really trying to accomplish at the camp
Explore the repercussions of killing their creatures
Explore why Paul & Maggie's creatures were so different from the others we saw.
Explain why their creatures merged.
Any of a thousand other things.

This movie had such a great setup. It just failed (in my opinion) to finish. The writers let us down, but everyone else delivered wonderfully. I want to recommend it, because it's unique. But I can't.

October 18th: Some Guy Who Kills People (2011). This is a mash up of Psycho and something like Mr. Mom. Yep, it's half stalker/slasher movie and half inept guy learning how to be a dad. And it works. Executive produced by John Landis. And one of the main players is the actor that played Dawn (Pam) in the UK version of The Office. And yes, that's Karen Black in there too. But the very, very best part of this movie is Barry Bostwick. He plays a small town sheriff and he's a hoot. It's as if the mayor from Spin City became the police chief in Fargo. It's a good mix. I just love his performance, I'd be fine if the entire movie was just him solving crimes. In fact, I'd be up for a reboot of Columbo starring Barry Bostwick.

Should you watch this movie? Yes! It's intelligent and fun, a little charming, and a little scary/bloody. Well worth your time.

October 19th: The Haunting of Hill House, episodes 6-10 (2018). Well that was nigh on perfect. Just a fantastic ten hours of television. The story is woven, and woven tightly. There is no waste, no scraps, everything is brought back around in the end and made a part of the whole. Lots of scary stuff, but it all fits and moves the story forward. I read that the creator of the show has no interest in doing another season, and it's hard to blame him. He pulled off a bit of a magic trick here, and there really aren't any loose threads that need to be pulled at. I think this will be my favorite Halloween treat this season. Highly recommended!

October 20th:
Halloween (2018). Remember twenty-four hours ago when I said that Hill House would be my favorite thing this year? I was wrong! Just got back from a late night showing of the new Halloween, and it was great! The story grabbed me from the get go, the characters all had personality and were believable, and Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer were so good. Lots of callbacks to the original and some neat twists.

The cinematography, the tone, the sound...I was amazed as well at how much they made the thing feel like 1978. Sure there was fan service in there, but boy was it fun! I'll definitely be seeing this one again.

October 21st: The Beast with Five Fingers (1946). I was in Michigan this past summer visiting my Mom, and one night she told me about a horror movie she'd seen as a kid. All she remembered was that the severed hand of a piano player crawled around killing people and that it really, really scared her. So I pulled out my phone and asked Siri 'What horror movies from the 1940's were about a severed hand?'. Siri came back with the movie poster for this film, and my Mom gasped. That was it!

I decided to rent it from Amazon and give it a watch. It was good! The dialog was a bit hokey, and the misogyny was rampant. But the actual story was very well done. And one of the stars is Peter Lorre. He's living in the pianist's mansion, studying the arcane books in the library. Everyone in the movie has a motive to have killed the pianist, so the hand has lots of targets to go after. It's a 1940's movie, so there's not going to be anything too upsetting or untoward, but it is creepy. If you're ready for a fun evening of black and white spooky drama, check this one out.

Oh, and I hopped back onto Amazon and had them send a DVD of the movie to my Mom. It should be a nice Halloween treat for her. The thing I don't understand...who lets an eight year old go to the theater and see something like this? Where were my grandparents!

October 22nd: The Final Girls (2015). This movie was a hoot! It takes all the usual tropes from movies like Friday the 13th and turns them on their head. It's kind of part Sleepaway Camp and part a backwards Purple Rose of Cairo. Very clever concept that is well done. Stars the young girl from American Horror Story and Maebe from Arrested Development.

Thanks to you guys on the list for recommending this one, I've been looking for this movie forever. Saw a trailer for it maybe three years ago, thought it looked great, but by the time I got home from the theater the only thing I could remember was it was about a girl who's the last one alive and only she can kill the bad guy. And every time I've done a Google search in the last couple of years I've found the movie 'Final Girl', which isn't this at all. I finally noticed in one of the reviews here that they'd typed 'Final Girls' (plural), and hoping that it wasn't a typo finally found the movie that's been eluding me. Thanks guys!

October 23rd: The Haunting (1963). There have been a couple of glowing recommendations of this on the list so I decided to buy a copy of the DVD and give it a go. I'm glad I did, it turns out I've never seen it before. I think I'd always confused it with The Legend of Hell House. So I got to see something new (to me). Terrific!

Only it wasn't scary. At all. It wasn't really about Hill House either. Or ghosts. Or a haunting. To me, it was about a neurotic woman (Nell) that suffers a breakdown. There isn't much that happens that can be attributed to a haunting, it could just as well be a practical joke. Even the lead psychic investigator says as much midway through the movie: 'A face on the wall, knockings, bangings, what is there to be afraid of? You weren't threatened. It's harmless, like a joke that doesn't come off'. I agree. Running to a statue, looking up, and going 'Aaaaahhh!' and then running down the hall to an ordinary mirror and yelling 'Eeeeee!' doesn't do it for me. And Russ Tamblyn's Luke is poor comic relief, he tosses out groaner after groaner. Being locked in a house with him would be worse than being haunted.

So why the two and a half stars? The sets are terrific, full of detailed, ornate overstuffed rooms. They're fascinating to just look at. Most of the music is excellent, except for the childlike playground music in one early scene. Julie Harris' performance is very good, although the internal monologue schtick doesn't work for me, it becomes tiresome. And I thought Theo was a remarkably progressive character for the time. She reminded me of the Theo in the Netflix series a lot. Oh, and bulging doors. I liked bulging doors.

Creepiest thing in the movie? Climbing the circular staircase with a coiled rope on a silver tray. What a visual!

October 24th: GhostWatch (1992). I've wondered over time if anyone would ever attempt an H.G. Wells War of the Worlds type broadcast again. Little did I know that the BBC did it in 1992 with GhostWatch. I'd never heard of this before, but once I ran across it online I had to watch.

It's only ok. You're watching a 'live' broadcast from BBC1 that went out on Halloween night 1992. The show mimics an actual investigative reporting show, all focused on one family's experience with the paranormal. Viewers were encouraged to call in, and as things escalated in the story those calls became an important plot point, and the ending is creative. The production value is typical for early 90's TV, and there are some familiar faces appearing as themselves (to better sell it as being 'real' - hey, that's Craig Charles from Red Dwarf!).

Of course many people in the UK didn't realize it was all a put on, and tried phoning into the BBC. Those that got through heard a message that it was all fiction, but those that didn't just got endless busy signals which increased their distress. It apparently was quite a big deal.

I thought it was worth a watch, I found it on Vimeo. But I'll admit that I had to fast forward through portions of the first hour...there's only so much goofy faux-serious banter you can take. And if you ever wondered what Helen Hunt would look like with a perm, boy that lead 'scientist' in studio answers the question.

October 25th: 30 Days of Night (2007). I'm pretty sure I've seen this before, but when I found the blu-ray for a buck at the flea market today I figured 'Sure, let's watch this again'. The film has a really unique idea - Vampires would naturally go where the nights last for days and days. Alaska.

I liked the movie but wasn't wowed by it. It reminded me in theme and tone a lot of Alien 3. People trapped in a remote area being chased down by super fast super strong creatures. A large portion of the movie is people hiding from the vampires. It could have been titled 'Nosferatu: Hide and Seek'.

I wanted more of the Alaska-ness to come through. The snow plow crash at the beginning was a great shot. Or the loner that gets the citation, that felt kind of 'Keep Alaska Weird'. But other than snow and the oil there wasn't enough that said 'we're in a unique place'. It could have been any snowy town in the midwest.

As far as the ending, I liked it,
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even though it's sad. I didn't see the twist coming (taking Billy's blood). I also really liked the use of the UV lamps to strike back at the vamps, I didn't realize Grandma was talking 'Chekov's Pot Garden'. Well done.


October 26th: Army of Darkness (1992). I'd forgotten what a slapstick, Three Stooges fest this was. It was just a bit too much that way for me this time, I didn't enjoy it as much as I'd remembered. I had fun, but there were some sections that were really poor in the effects, writing, and acting departments.

And the ending of this version was completely different than what I'd seen in the past. This edition featured the 'Time Travel to Disastrous Future' sequence. I'd only ever seen the 'Return to S-Mart' sequence before. Interesting to see that, but I like the S-Mart stuff better as a coda.

October 27th: Halloween (1978). After seeing the new film I had to go back and re-watch the original. I think it's been a long time since my last viewing or my memory is failing me, I didn't remember large swaths of the movie.

It was definitely good, but it has a very cheap feel to it. Some of the acting is terrible (Mr. Sheriff, I'm looking at you). And there are big logic lapses. I mean, Loomis is just going to stand in the bushes all night? He doesn't recognize his own car until the end of the movie? Jamie Lee doesn't notice it following her car from scene to scene? And on and on. But it's still a tense, spooky joyride. The new Halloween definitely 'Force Awakened' this movie. It's the same story, just jumbled up a bit, with lots of fan service. And it's really fun and will make a mint mining nostalgia. I like them both, but the new movie is much better.

October 28th: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Episodes 1-3 (2018). Another new Netflix series. And more creepy Halloween fun. This definitely isn't the Sabrina from the 90's.

I've never seen any of the popular teen dramas of the past (decade?), I've avoided glittery vampires and such. This apparently is set in the same world as the newish show Riverdale. And it's dark. Bloody. Plenty spooky. Not glittery. But in the end it is a teen drama, so it just doesn't quite hit it out of the park for me. The production design is terrific though, kind of a cross between Tim Burton and Hellraiser by way of Harry Potter.

It is fun to see lots of familiar faces pop up. Michelle Gomez (Missy) is a main character, as is Lucy Davis (The Office, Some Guy Who Kills People). And there's Jeff from Coupling, hard to take him seriously, but he does a good job. And Balki! He's the school principal. And Eowyn from the Lord of the Rings movies. Lots of fun people to watch. Definitely recommended, but did I mention it's dark? There's no pulling punches about devil worship in this one. It's pretty 'normalized', which is kind of strange and makes me go 'huh'. But the show is clever, it's twisty, and the dilemmas facing the characters feel important. Looking forward to watching more.

October 29th: Resolution (2012). I've watched this a few times in the past, but had to watch it again after seeing The Endless this year. High marks here for doing so much with such a small budget. It excels at selling paranoia and weirdness. You never know where the next threat is coming from, or what kind of oddball is going to wander into frame. It's a subtle, creeps-up-on-you type of movie. I do wish that it explained just a bit more, it does leave you to run to Google afterwards to find out what exactly you just saw. But it's well done.

October 29th Part II: Society (1989). I'd never heard of this one before, the Amazon UI suggested it for me. Directed by Brian Yuzna. Where have I heard that name before? Oh yeah, in the credits for Re-Animator and RotLD III. So I gave it a go. It was pretty terrible.

It opens with the line 'When You're Tired of Winning...' and talks about how the rich will feed on the poor. Well, guess what happens in the movie? Eventually. After a long slog. It's another movie about paranoia, but it doesn't sell it nearly as well as Resolution did. The dialog and acting here is flat and wooden. Nothing is subtle. The effects are few and far between, until the end, where they're just a sloppy, cheap-gag mess.

The best effect is the glass-door shower scene. That was twisted. Literally!

October 30th: Wake in Fright (1971). Early morning movie, got up and put this one on based on the reviews by John and Matt. Wow. It's a mixed bag, at times simply brilliant but then devolving into looooong stretches of watching men drink beer in Australia. The movie is kind of a live action visit to Pinocchio's Pleasure Island. Lots of donkey boys here.

From the opening shot though I was hooked. What a beautiful shot, the colors in that landscape are unreal. I loved the movie right there. The story is about a frustrated school teacher that goes on Christmas holiday, only to find himself stranded in a backwater town. It's not really horror at all, but can be pretty tense. It reminded me right away of Deliverance, that whole 'are we welcome in an alien culture' thing. I really was engrossed in getting to know that little town and the characters who reside there.

Stars a Peter O'Toole lookalike. And a wonderful turn by Donald Pleasance doing classic Donald Pleasance (he's kooky and great as always). And Chips Rafferty (what a fun name) as the local constable. He is so abrupt and knowing, I really liked his character. Difficult to recommend this movie for this particular Horror challenge, but it's definitely a movie worth watching.

October 30th Part II: Lake Mungo (2008). Finishing up the day with the second half of my Australian double-header. This is a ghost story told in a faux documentary style. It's slow. It's ominous. And it's not very entertaining.

I kept waiting for it to pick up and gain some steam. And it almost did. When the title of the movie finally comes into play the movie has a chance to start accelerating towards a climax, it really looked like it was about to go somewhere. And then it didn't. It just kind of fizzles out and ends.

Disappointing. I'd had much higher hopes for this one, it gets good reviews. But in the end it's mostly about a family grieving over a tragic loss, and the ghost mystery is relegated to the background. Literally.

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Part I: Rupture (2017). I picked this one out blind from HBO, I knew absolutely nothing about it going in, didn't even finish reading the summary description on the tv screen. It wasn't terrible. I expected it to be terrible.

That doesn't mean it was good. But it did keep me fairly interested in finding out what happens. It stars Noomi Rapace as a single mom who is abducted and thrown into a test lab where all kinds of experiments are going on. Why? That's the thing that keeps the movie moving along, she spends most of it trying to figure out where she is and what's going on.

The movie stumbles once she starts getting her questions answered. There's some mumbo jumbo about gene sequences and the purifying power of fear. It's really just an excuse to put some more misery into the movie 1984-style. And once the movie reaches a resolution it just doesn't seem to know what it wants to do next. Suddenly the characters become either uneven, malevolent, or both. Nobody seems to know quite what they're doing. Like 'The Cleanse', this movie had an interesting premise at the start but didn't stick the landing. Another writer/director issue. The actors are fine, I especially like Peter Stormare as the leader of the kidnappers. If you haven't seen him in the sitcom LA -> Vegas on Fox, check that show out. He's terrifically funny in it, and it's a very good ensemble comedy. In this movie you'll also see a guy with a relatively minor role that looks just like Michael Chiklis. That's because it is. Wow, from your own show to being the bouncer for a kidnappy cult. I was sure in that small of a part I was just seeing a look alike. Nope!

Part II: Dead & Buried (1981). Welcome to Potter's Bluff! What great Halloween fun. Somehow I missed this movie, in all of these years I never caught it. Found it today for a buck at a flea market and just gave it a watch. Wow!

If you liked Get Out, this is mined from a similar vein circa 1981. It's creepy and surprising. That said, it's pretty obvious who's causing the trouble. But not so much who is an accomplice. Just when you think you've figured it out...surprise! There's so much to like here. The isolated seaside town. The odd collection of townsfolk. The sheriff chasing his tail and dealing with everyone's problems (like in Jaws). And the weird 'Hey, wasn't that guy just in that last scene? The one where he
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died? It's Freddy!
If you've never seen it, check it out!

Part III: Scary Movie (2000). I was in the mood for something really funny and dumb, and this fit the bill. Haven't seen it in years, so I'd forgotten much of it. Had a good time with it, had it on in the background as I was carving pumpkins. It was perfect for that!

Part IV: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, episodes 4-5. Still enjoying this one. I asked my wife to choose between a scary movie tonight and more Sabrina. She chose Sabrina. A couple of good episodes, plenty of unsettling, creepy stuff. Especially the nightmare worlds they visited. Good show.

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(Dis)Honorable Mentions: These are movies that I watched during the month but never bothered to post. I banked them up in case I just couldn't make myself watch another horror movie later in the month (then I'd still have something to post). But that didn't happen, and I never found a convenient spot to plug them into the list. Here goes:

Happy Death Day (2017). I really liked this one, and I meant to post it. I just watched it at the same time as a pile of other movies. It's Groundhog Day meets Scream, and it ticked all the right boxes for me. Very fun. I hear there's a sequel coming out next year.

The Burbs (1989). Another fun one. Tom Hanks and Carrie Fisher live in a wacky neighborhood. A creepy family moves in next door, midnight digging and mysterious basement lights ensue. It has a great message about pre-judging people, and some twists. Worth it just for the dream sequence, that puts it squarely as list fodder.

Spider Baby (1967). Recommendation from the list, I'd never heard of it before. Great spooky 60's fun! Had a great time with this, especially the spider dance and just seeing Lon Chaney Jr. again.

Emilie (2015). Home alone meets the hand that rocked the cradle. Good setup, but does nothing new or interesting. That's one twisted babysitter. The end is disappointing, it could have been unique.

Shutter (2004) Thai horror film. Really derivative, not much new here. It's well done, but you've seen it all before. All the drains in southeast asia must be horribly clogged, here's yet another soggy, long haired stringy drain ghost. Really. The movie is almost redeemed in the last minute. It's the creepiest part, and makes sense, there is a payoff to a bunch of 'hidden' clues. Neat. But it comes so late, and is so incidental to the story, I don't think it really saves the movie.

Enemy (2013). Jake Glynenhall & spiders and doppelgangers. Well done, not much of a horror film though. More of a disturbing thriller. With weird spider imagery. Directed by the guy that did Sicario, Bladerunner 2049, and Arrival. I liked it, but it's the least accessible of all of his movies that I've seen. Isabella Rosallini was a good choice as the mom. It's creepy how Jake discovers that nobody recognizes 'you' as you. The director says it's about 'a guy that leaves his mistress to go back to his pregnant wife, told via his subconscious'. Interesting, but not a great story.

House on Willow Street (2016).
Really interesting germ of an idea that goes nowhere interesting. Kidnappers grab the daughter of a wealthy family and demand a ransom. If you were in a horror film, when would be the absolute worst time to kidnap someone? That’s the crux of the first third of the movie, and experiencing the confusion and mystery from the kidnapper’s point of view is very engaging. But then the middle third becomes ‘Jump Scare: The Movie’. Blah. It’s like ‘Attack of the Twitchy Composer’ - the strings and horns 'Blat!' at you and you jump. But that’s better than the last third of the film. That’s the ‘Exposition and Sea Cucumber Tongue’ cornucopia. It’s really bad. Why the events are happening in that location is stupid. The expositor’s mathematical knowledge of exactly what adds up to the grand peril, and how it will double at each step is unbelievable. It’s just all hooey, and not supported by anything. Random rules to create false tension. The ending makes no sense, it’s a deus ex ma-mama solution, and nobody is redeemed. Basically, it’s hard to like anyone in the film. Or like this film. What a squandering of such an interesting idea.

Also,
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The worst time to kidnap someone is right after their failed exorcism. Bad choice!


Dave Made a Maze (2017). Bad. Ingenious craftiness, loved the cardboard creativity, but it's a really bad movie.

The World’s End (2013). Huh. Another ‘We’re gods in an alternate time/dimension film. Bill & Ted. John Dies at the End. And this. Are there others? It’s ok, but it’s not my favorite of the Coronetto Trilogy. This one spends a lot of time (more than I’d remembered) focused on what it’s like to get old and reminisce. I thought it was more time travel, monsters, and killer robots. Took a while to get going.

Head (2015). Awful. Just awful. It's poorly constructed puppets controlled by people that can't act. Or write. Or direct. If you're into puppet nudity, or puppet gore, hey, you might go for this. I gave it half a star because of the horror host bookend scenes. And they're low rent. But at least they were a little tiny bit creative (Uncle Urnie!). Avoid this thing, or watch the first minute.
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This came up in discussion below but it was basically the forerunner to modern day slashers and ushered in "teens stalked in the woods".

Director: Always tough, but let's go with the father of the giallo (which spawned the slasher genre), Mario Bava who directed A Bay of Blood.

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Just read John’s email and I’m getting ready for work so this is just a placeholder at the moment. I am shivering w/ anticipation though.

Came across the challenge when it was in its 2nd year. Matches up w/ a personal goal of trying to watch as many horror films as possible in October. I used to be terribly afraid of horror movies as a kid. Which meant that growing up I never saw any of the 80’s horror classics, I was even spooked out by the ghost stories my friends told while we stayed up late at sleepovers. All that fear and dread can be placed on seeing the chest bursting scene in Alien and the wave of blood coming out of the elevator scene in the Shining ata very young age & completely by accident. For whatever reason it was sitting down to watch Predator got me used to horror films and I’ve been enjoying them ever since my teens.


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October 6th:Hell Baby. Decent horror comedy starring Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, Keagan-Michael Key, and a bunch of folks from The State & Children’s Hospital-which I’m a big fan of. Not really scary but it lampoons haunted house movies excellently.


October 7th: The Most Dangerous Game. More thriller than horror it does get a fair amount “right” for an 86 year old movie. Pacing is great, acting is fine, and the action is pretty good for the time. The addition of Fay Wray muddles things but adding a damsel in distress has diluted many a film and tv show.

Whistle and I’ll come to you(2010)- Somewhere in this list someone mentioned the BBC series A Ghost Story for Christmas which after a bit of exploring led me to this 2010 adaptation of M R James “Oh, Whistle and I’ll Come to You, My Lad”. For what it’s worth I enjoyed this version. Watching it by myself at night added to the tension in the show. Plus it stars John Hurt who is always fun to watch. Criticism is leveled at it for not being faithful to the James story like the black and white 1968 tv show, which from what I’ve read departs from the original story too, but it’s effective none the less. I do like the idea of telling ghost stories around Christmas. It’s nice mix of contrasting moods and feelings.

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5. Board Game: The Creature From The Black Lagoon Mystery Game [Average Rating:9.00 Unranked]
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Woohoo! Thanks for the invitation! I'm really feeling it this year, although I'm not nearly the horror buff you guys are.

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Hi, I'm Greg! I'm a huge movie buff, but I would never have considered myself a horror fan. But then I started thinking about how many scary movies I truly love. And monster movies. And suspense movies. And weird, freaky movies. So maybe I am a horror movie fan? I've just gotten all squeamish about gore in my old age, I guess.

As a kid, my first loves were monster movies. It started with the Universal monsters (Drac & Frankie a top, but I loved them all), then progressed to the sci-fi monsters (Them! was a fave), which then grew to Godzilla, et al.

When I got older, I moved much more to the horror/suspense side of the aisle. The epitome of combining monsters with suspense would have to be Jaws, so here's my Jaws story for you.
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I pestered my parents to let me go see it in the theater (it wasn't even rated R!), and of course I was terrified of sharks right after. We had a trip to the beach and I refused to go in the water. But the point of the story is that my older brother had told me about a scene where Dreyfuss goes scuba diving around a wrecked boat at night, and <something> pops out from the wreckage. I was so scared that I closed my eyes and didn't see it (even though I knew what it was). Years go by. I've seen Jaws a dozen times, but every time I closed my eyes at that one scene. Then, finally, last year I watched it again on my new Blu-ray, determined to keep my eyes open for that scene. I did, and of course, it was nowhere near as gruesome and frightening as my imagination had made it. Some small part of me died that day, and I wished I had kept my eyes closed just one more time.

I don't know a lot about the different genres, but I have always been curious about the Hammer Studios films. If I feel productive, I might take a stab at watching some of those this year.

Step 2b: Name your 3Ds:
Decade: For nostalgia's sake, I'll say the '30s (even though the '70s is most likely the undefeated champ).
Director: Hitchcock Psycho is a masterpiece, but there are legitimate scares in many of his best films (Carpenter is amazing, but I wanted to buck the trend)
Denizen: Gil! Creature from the Black Lagoon is one of my all-time favorites! Seeing that image at the top of this geeklist so warmed my heart, that it's probably what got me to join.

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Pre-October Viewing:

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September 23rd
Streaming, Amazon
The Day of the Triffids (1963)

Oh man, this was soooo bad! Killer plants try to take over the world! I had been half-heartedly trying to track this down for a while. I vaguely remember watching it on late night TV when I was a kid, but my real interest started a few years ago. I read the original book that this was based on, and I really liked it. So many of the tropes from The Walking Dead and other zombie movies seem to be drawn directly from that book. Anyway, I'd been on a quest to see the different productions. The BBC series wasn't too bad, but wow this movie was a stinker. Afterwards, I immediately looked to see if MST3K ever touched it, and sure enough there's a RiffTrax for it. Maybe later, after a palate cleanse.


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September 26th
Theater
The Predator (2018)

I had low expectations going in, but the movie managed to duck below them. The biggest problem is the screenplay, which surprised me. It's almost as if Black were aiming for "so bad it's good," and managed to fail at even that. Ham-fisted character intros, non-sensical actions and plot points, and cheesy, over-the-top, meant-to-be-quotable one-liners do not add up to a good movie. The original Predator had the same things naturally, and it worked well. Here, it's just sloppy and bad.





October 1st: Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)
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October 6th: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
October 7th: Return of the Living Dead (1985)
October 8th: Species (1995)
October 9th: Night of the Demons (1988)
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October 12th: The Endless (2017)
October 13th: The Ritual (2017)
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6. Board Game: The Monster Squad Game [Average Rating:4.64 Unranked]
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This year I'm going to try to stay away from watching so many old favorites and mix in more never before seen stuff.

October 1st: A Warning to the Curious (1972)
October 2nd: The Witch (2015)
October 3rd: All the Colors of the Dark (1972)
October 4th: Haxan (1922)
October 5th: The Phantom Carriage (1921)
October 6th: Night of the Devils (1972)
October 7th: The Mummy's Hand (1940) ...Ghost (1944) ...Curse (1944)
October 8th: Primal Rage (2018)
October 9th: Cry of the Banshee (1970)
October 10th: Gargoyles (1972) Horror of Dracula (1958)
October 11th: Strike 1! No movie
October 12th: From Beyond the Grave (1974)
October 13th: Insidious (2010)
October 14th: The Aztec Mummy Against the Humanoid Robot (1958)
October 15th: Cry of the Werewolf (1944)
October 16th: Strike 2!
October 17th: Thriller (1960) Friday the 13th The Series (1987)
October 18th: Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
October 19th: Carry on Screaming!(1966) Pet Sematary (1989)
October 20th: Mr. Vampire (1985) It Follows (2014)
October 21st: The Mummy (1959)
October 22nd: Pharaoh's Curse (1957)
October 23rd: Reeker (2005)
October 24th: Thriller (1960) The Devil's Ticket (TV episode)
October 25th: Child's Play (1988)
October 26th: The Stalls of Barchester (1971)
October 27th: Ringu (1998)
October 28th: The Werewolf Versus the Vampire Woman (1971)
October 29th: The Bad Seed (1956)
October 30th: Eyes of Fire (1983)
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7. Board Game: Monster Madness [Average Rating:4.43 Unranked]
Board Game: Monster Madness
Mat Thomsen
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Whoa! Let me get these on . . .

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Whew! That's better. Now . . . onto the show!


Decade: Clearly, the 70s spawned more great horror movies than any other decade -- without question or debate.

Right gang? (poke to trigger debate)

Here are just a few: Carrie, Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist, The Omen, Halloween, Alien, Jaws, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and The Wicker Man.

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(not that one!)

And those are just the all-time greats!

Add some of my personal favorites to that list -- Dawn of the Dead, The Legend of Hell House, Young Frankenstein, and Suspiria -- and you can see that my first decade of life was not only the best for that reason, but it's also clearly the best for horror.

And don't forget all of those Hammer films!
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Director: George Romero - The man created the most prolific horror genre in existence with probably the greatest trilogy in horror.

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Fact. Not opinion. (poke poke)

Denizen: Since I've talked my face off about my love for GillMan, I'm going to give you three runners up instead:

1. Frankenstein's Monster in all its forms. Including Peter Boyle's and this guy . . .

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2. Godzilla - I mean, if you don't love Godzilla then . . .

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But seriously, I've talked about how influential it was to watch my uncle's super 8 reels from Castle films, and watching the famous battle between Godzilla, Mothra, and Rodan (the "tennis" one) without sound at nine years old in 1979 was just about the best thing ever!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRS-1KkoWwM

3. And I'm going with a DEEP, DEEEEEEP cut for number three. This guy, from Prophecy:

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My dad took me to the theater to see this when I was nine years old and it scared the crap out of me! So, here and now, I salute the monster that probably scared me more than any other ever, Mutated, Inside-Out Bear!

Thanks man!

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October 1st: I managed a Werewolf TRIPLE Feature!!! And they were all very good! I also finished AHS: Cult. (comments below)
The Howling
The Wolf Man (2010)
Ginger Snaps
American Horror Story: Cult

October 2nd: Some unplanned choices. Gun Woman just hit Prime and it's been on my list after seeing Karate Kill last year, and reading about November made me give it a shot.
Gun Woman
November

October 3rd:
Hold the Dark
Channel Zero (2 eps.)

October 4th:
A House With a Clock in its Walls

October 5th: comments to come. I'm away camping with the scouts for the weekend
Oculus
Requiem (first two eps.)

October 8th:
Murder Party

October 9th:
Under the Shadow
Absentia
The Invitation

October 10th:
The Love Witch
Channel Zero
(ep. 3)

October 11th: I met my daughter downtown to see the Dr. Who premiere on the big screen. There were some horror elements but I know it's a stretch. Doesn't matter though because it was a very special event in several ways. It may have been the most I've enjoyed Dr. Who ever! To see the first female Doctor with my 18 yo daughter down the street from her freshman dorm in Boston, 40 years after I started watching the show, was very special. And Jodie Whittaker was absolutely perfect! After taking "The Clara Years" off from the show, I'm back on board and excited for more Dr. Who.

Dr. Who Premiere
REC

October 13th:
Apostle
The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell (one episode)
The Interview (1998)
Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-o-Rama

October 14th: wife's bday. no movie watched

October 15th:
Screaming Skull
The Haunting of Hill House (first episode)
Mark of the Witch

October 16th: - I finished my yardwork early so I managed quite a marathon!

The Cleanse
The Town that Dreaded Sundown
The Satanic Rites of Dracula
The Haunting of Hill House (eps. 2&3)

October 18th:
Halloween (1978)
Halloween (2018)

October 19th:
Sleepaway Camp
Slice
Pumpkinhead
The Evil Within

October 20th: - A perfect Halloween day! My son and I met my brother and nephew at my dad's for lunch, then we carved pumpkins while listening to my Halloween playlist, then, while the pumpkin seeds were roasting in the oven, we watched The Creature from the Black Lagoon, which, just like I did, my brother thought was the sequel, and had never actually seen the original! Came home and had another marathon while my wife is still in FL with her family.

The Creature from the Black Lagoon
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
Invaders from Mars
Dead Shack

October 21st:
The Haunting of Hill House (eps. 4&5)

October 22nd:
Coraline
The Haunting of Hill House (eps. 6&7)

October 23rd: Game 1 - Red Sox win!!

October 24th:
The Visitor (1979)
Pyewacket
Haunters: The Art of the Scare
Red Sox win game 2!

October 25th:
Night of the Living Dead

October 26th and 27th: I managed to play some great games AND watch 15 of the Red Sox' 18 innings!

October 28th:
The Night Comes for Us
The Haunting of Hill House (eps. 8, 9, & 10)
Red Sox win WS!!

October 29th:
Psycho with Orchestra - Symphony Hall, Boston

October 30th: - Brace yourselves! I had a day yesterday!!

Suspiria
The Exorcist III
Ghost Stories
The VVitch
You Were Never Really Here
A Field in England
Sabrina (ep. 1)

Halloween: Sad not to have watched anything, but I had a great night connecting with our neighborhood!

Board Game: Escape from the Hidden Castle

Happy Halloween from Hugo!


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8. Board Game: The Bloody Inn [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:760]
Board Game: The Bloody Inn
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Intro: I'm not a huge horror buff like some of you here, but I've been wanting to find some different horror movies lately and this seems like a great place to do that. I generally dislike jump scares, but I'm really into thrillers, slashers, serial killers and the like. I used to hate horror movies, but horror comedies like Cabin in the Woods/Tucker and Dale vs. Evil has made me appreciate and research older films.



October 1st: The Purge (2013) Seen Before? Y
Started off with something I had already seen. Haven't watched any sequels to this one yet but I probably will this month. Even though there are lots of problems with it, I love Ethan Hawke and it's fairly entertaining.

October 2nd: Green Room (2015) Seen Before? N
Hot damn this was a good movie. Just finished some Arrested Development last week, so seeing Alia Shawkat in a horror movie was pretty strange, but I thought she was great. All the acting was excellent and the suspense was thick throughout. Blue Ruin just shot up my watchlist because it's by the same guy. Also the scene with the Dead Kennedys song was both hilarious and super tense. What a great movie.

October 3rd: It (2017) Seen Before? N
Good but not great movie in my opinion. I think they relied a tad too much on jump scares, but it's a movie about a shapeshifting clown so that's bound to happen. I'm also not too fond of movies about groups of kids, for some reason kid actors just don't do it for me.(This is why I STILL haven't watched Stranger Things...whistle) I thought a few of them were funny but the ending didn't do much for me.

October 4th: Ritual (2013) Seen Before? N
I don't think this movie was very good, but christ something about the cult in those masks has stayed with me. So creepy and unsettling, I don't know why this objectively below average movie has stayed in my brain.

October 5th: Cabin in the Woods(2012) Seen Before? Y
A favorite of mine, I was looking for some humor so I pulled this one out. Love the interaction between Bradley Whitford and Richard Spencers characters. Also, who doesn't love a Merman??

October 6th: Alien (1979) Seen Before? Y
Couldn't decide what to watch so I just threw this on. One of my favorites, and I don't even really like Sci-Fi as a genre usually.

October 7th: The Ring (2002) Seen Before? Y
Hadn't seen this in a long time, so I was wondering if this would scare me as much as it did the first time I saw it. (Driving home in the dark at 1am from my then GF's house after watching this was a terrible experience.) After watching it many years later... still scary. Although the character development felt lacking I enjoyed the music/tone and thought it was still decent.

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Decade - Even though the 70's were great, I'm going to go with the 1980's. I would usually pick Friday the 13th here, but since I'll talk about Jason later I'll choose Evil Dead 2.

Director - I guess I'll be boring and say John Carpenter. Although I have been enjoying James Wan's work lately.

Denizen - Definitely Jason from Friday the 13th. Even as a kid when I wouldn't watch anything scary, I loved Jason. I once dressed up as him for Halloween which led to a very funny interaction of an older lady thinking "Jason" was my real name, and repeatedly asking me who I was dressed up as. Also I know it's not really horror, but I love the Predator franchise.
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9. Board Game: Halloween [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:5444]
Board Game: Halloween
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Oceanside
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October 1st: The Ritual
October 2nd: The Lift
October 3rd: I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House
October 4th: Ravenous
October 5th: American Horror Story Apocalypse Ep. 3 & 4
October 6th: No Movie
October 7th: The Raven, Microwave Massacre, Halloween II
October 8th: Kill List
October 9th: Friday the 13th Part II
October 10th: Living Hell
October 11th: No Movie
October 12th: The Vault
October 13th: No Movie
October 14th: Monster Club, Abbot & Costello Meet The Killer Boris Karloff, The Endless
October 15th: Bad Times at the El Royale
October 16th: American Horror Story Apocalypse Ep.5, The Haunting of Hill House Ep.1
October 17th: III The Ritual
October 18th: Friday the 13th Part 3
October 19th: Pit and the Pendulum
October 20th: Murder Party
October 21st: Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
October 22nd: American Horror Story Apocalypse Ep.6, The Haunting of Hill House Ep.2
October 23rd: Saw
October 24th: The Haunting of Hill House Ep.3
October 25th: Halloween 4 :The Return of Michael Myers
October 26th: No Movie
October 27th: No Movie
October 28th: Scream and Scream Again
October 29th: Exorcist
October 30th: Motel Hell
October 31st:
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10. Board Game: Godzilla Game [Average Rating:2.00 Unranked]
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Bob Zurunkel
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Place holder, looking forward to it.

Decade: Since everyone seems to be picking their favorite decade, rather than their favorite film from a decade, I'm going to follow the crowd. For me, it's the 1960s. Not necessarily because of the great films made then, and there were quite a few; rather, because it was when I discovered my love of horror/sci-fi. I watched everything I could, from the Thirties through the Sixties, and even some silents from the Twenties. Saturday matinees were a great way to see old movies re-released. (No home video then, unless you count Super 8mm, and I watched those, too.) I doubt that I've ever seen as many movies in one decade again.

Director: Still thinking about this one.

Denizen: Godzilla, or course. Don't know if Ash Williams (Evil Dead) counts as a denizen. If he does, then he ties with the Big G.

October 1 - Alien v Predator . Not a highly regarded crossover franchise, but the first one isn't too bad. Nice cast, good action sequences, good effects. Pretty predictable, for sure. All in all, a fun creature feature. Plus, the wintry setting is always a plus for me.

Not using star ratings any more, too much work.

October 2 - Ash vs Evil Dead, Season three.

October 3 - Ash vs Evil Dead, Season three. Split this over two nights. A bittersweet experience. Love the show, but this is the end for Ash as Bruce Campbell has said he is retiring from playing Ash. I can't complain too much, as the show was the equivalent of about seven new movies. Goes out with a bang. Some questions remain unanswered, but not in a "Is that it?" sense, rather in a way that leaves it open for a continuation, whether in comics or a revival somewhere done the road with a different cast. Essential viewing for Evil Dead fans. And Campbell has said "Never say never" in other contexts.

October 4 - King Kong vs Godzilla. What can I say that hasn't been said already? We may never see an American release of the Japanese original, which is sad. Watched this on the new Blu-ray, and I must say that the American version has never looked better. The blue screen effects in particular are much improved. For purists, I should mention that Japanese Blu-rays, unlike Japanese DVDs, have the same region code as American Blu-rays, and are easily available through Amazon.jp. Of course, no English subtitles, but you know the dialogue by heart already.

October 5 - From Within (2007). A suicide sets off a whole series of suicides (as the characters see it, the audience knows they aren't). The local Christians are villains, which is odd because they're kind of right, but not exactly, and their counterparts aren't exactly good. What happens is pretty much both sides' fault. I guess what I'm saying is that the movie's theology isn't clearly thought out. Oh, and there's a Necronomicon like book, sort of; that isn't really clear, either. One or two nice scares. Nobody has a cell phone, not that it matters.

October 6 - Happy Death Day. Enjoyable movie that uses the Groundhog Day concept for a horror movie (which is explicitly referenced). Lots of fun, good cast, some nice surprises. There are quite a few of these GD type movies, Edge of Tomorrow being a really good sci-fi version. It must be a nightmare being the film editor for one of these.

October 7 - Thr33 Days Dead (Yes, that's how they spell it). Absolutely awful in all respects, although I would single out the sound mix as especially dreadful. Starts in the middle of a zombie attack, then a title card announces One Week Earlier, some people are at a funeral, then it's Three Days Later, then at least two more days go by; all of which is to say I have no idea what the title means and I doubt the filmmakers did. Some "clever" shout outs, such as a tombstone with the name Craven and a character saying that they'll wait till dawn only serve to remind the audience that good horror movies do exist. Looks like it was filmed by some Walking Dead fans during a local zombie day, and probably was, except that the makeup is usually better at those events. I won't spoil a surprise ending, because I gave up halfway through and I don't know if there is one. This is what I get for picking a movie from Syfy channel's On Demand selection.

October 8 - 4/20 Massacre. Just when you thought there were no holidays left to use as a theme for a slasher movie, comes this pot drenched entry. Five or six, I forget, young women go to the great outdoors to celebrate a birthday (which our heroine shares with Hitler). They stumble upon a field of dreams, and you can guess the rest. Lots of boring dialogue which you've heard before if you've ever stayed up late in a college dorm with friends (stoned or otherwise). Most of the action comes at the end. If you're a fan of slasher movies, this isn't that bad; just don't expect anything new.

October 9 -Captain Kronos, Vampire Hunter (1972). Had this for years, finally got around to watching it. One of Hammer Studios last hurrahs, an attempt to revitalize their vampire corpus. Younger cast (no Cushing or Lee), new vampires (no Dracula, although there is a connection to another Hammer vampire series), etc. The movie is a success, but it did not revive Hammer's fortunes. It is an expansion, rather than a rebooting of their vampire mythos. Our heroes explain that there are several types of vampires, with different abilities and appetites, and, more importantly, requiring different ways to be dispatched. The scenery is gorgeous, and Caroline Munroe is certainly easy on the eyes. I was expecting a twist at the end, and there was, albeit not the one I expected. Nice to be surprised by a 46 year old movie. Rated R, presumably for some (implied) nudity, it would be a soft PG-13 these days. Might not appeal to modern audiences; if you're a fan of Hammer or Hammer style films, I definitely recommend it.

October 10 - Night of the Hunter (1955). A classic. Not sure if this is horror, but I'm pretty easygoing about that. A modern fairy tale; not a Disney-style one, more like the dark originals. Robert Mitchum is one of the scariest villains ever as a phony preacher after bank robbery money and the children who know where it's hidden. A financial failure during its release, Charles Laughton never got a chance to direct another film. Peter Graves, Shelly Winters, Lillian Gish, and James Gleason round out the cast.

October 11 - Primal Rage. Movie about a killer Bigfoot, interesting take on the idea. Practical effects, nice Bigfoot design, gore, and some welcome touches of humor put this at the top of the killer Bigfoot sub-genre. Owes a lot to the original Predator (no, Bigfoot isn't an alien here).
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Contains rape by Bigfoot. It makes me question my life choices when I realize that this isn't the first movie I've seen that features rape by Bigfoot.


October 12 - Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. Finally caught up with this, and it was worth the wait. Takes all the "college kids attacked by hillbillies" tropes and turns them on their heads. Works as both a comedy and a horror movie (some pretty gruesome effects). A sequel is set up, but hasn't happened, don't know if one is planned. It would be tough to duplicate what works here in a sequel. Recommended.

October 13 - Wrong Turn 3. I've seen at least one, maybe more, entries in this franchise, so it's my own damn fault for inflicting this cinematic turd on myself. A bus load of convicts crashes in a cannibal's stomping grounds. Just about everybody in the movie dies, except, improbably and despite numerous life ending wounds, the main cannibal. His son dies, though. There, now you don't have to watch it.

October 14 - The Walking Dead. Watched the first two episodes of the new season. Just doesn't grab me as it used to. Negan was almost entirely absent, which was a plus. Even though a lot of characters have been killed off, there are still a lot to keep track of. At times, I had trouble figuring out who was being mentioned. This is the last season for Rick; since he's the reason Negan is still alive, I'm hoping that when Rick goes someone will kill Negan.

October 15 - The Final Girls. First heard of this right here (thanks!) A meta slasher movie, with 2015 teens trapped in an '80s slasher movie. I always like that type of set-up, and this didn't disappoint. A horror comedy that knows that these work best when the villain is played straight. Surprisingly touching in parts. I'm torn over the PG-13 rating. On the one hand, an R rated movie with nudity and gore would have better reflected '80s slasher movies; on the other hand, nudity and gore would have gone against the spirit of what is essentially a sweet movie at its heart. Recommended.

October 16 - A Perfect Getaway (2009). Very good suspense thriller. Three couples encounter each other in Hawaii. Soon becomes apparent that one couple is a pair of murderers. But which couple? Watching this for the second time, it was fun catching the clues dropped as to the killers' identity, many of which are repeated/amplified later in the film during flashbacks. Recommended.

October 17 - Terror Taxi (aka Ghost Taxi). South Korean horror comedy (more of a comedy). A cabbie is killed in an accident, and 49 days later is back as a ghost driving a ghost taxi. This movie is all over the place, but for some reason I liked it. Of course,watching foreign comedies can be problematic; jokes don't always translate well, references may escape notice, etc. The rules on how ghosts and humans interact aren't made entirely clear, which isn't necessarily bad. I never found myself thinking, "Hey, they can't do that!". There is some violence (one ghost enjoys killing people) and some strange moments. Quirky movie that is hard to recommend or not recommend. If you see it in a store (do they still have those?), he forewarned that the description on the dvd box seems to be for a different movie.

October 18 - The Killer Snakes. Hong Kong Category III flick. US release was rated X, mostly for sexuality. Think Williard, only with snakes instead of rats. Actually helps that some of the fx are not that good, makes it easier to watch; for example, the snakes make a strange noise unlike any real snake. Speaking of real snakes, a lot of them are used in the movie, and a lot are killed, for real, on camera, so stay away if that sort of thing bothers you. A lot of humans are killed, too, just not for real.

October 19 - Urban Legend (1998). A college witnesses a series of killings, in which the murderer re-enacts urban legends. Some of the murders didn't seem to be based on an urban legend, although I admit I stopped paying close attention after a while. The movie does give a justification for this modus operandi. This movie has a barrel of red herrings, to be sure. Robert Englund and Brad Dourif have small roles in it, and a young Jared Leto is one of the leads. One of the leads went on to be convicted of vehicular homicide. Nothing special.

October 20 - Drive Angry (2011). Nicholas Cage plays Milton, a man who escapes from hell itself to rescue his granddaughter from an evil cult. Cage tends to be a polarizing actor; I like him, and he was a lot of fun in this. This is a supernatural action movie, rather than horror, that gets pretty violent at times. Good supporting cast, including David Morse as an old friend of Milton's, and especially William Fichtner as the Accountant, sent by Satan to retrieve Milton. Hell is depicted as a prison, with Satan (never seen, but described as "a nice man, well-read") as the Warden. No bees were harmed or involved in the making of this movie.

October 21 - American Nightmares (2018). Horror anthology with an interesting cast, including Danny Trejo, Vivica A. Fox, Nichelle Nichols, Jay Mohr, and Clarence Williams III. The cast is the only interesting thing about the movie. Trejo, looking like Lon Chaney in London After Midnight, and accompanied by Nichols (who has nothing to do), is the host in the wrap around story. Seven stories in all, so at least they're short. Most of the stories are about revenge, cosmic or otherwise; none of them are worth watching.

October 22 - The Devil's Rock (2012). Came across this by accident on You Tube. Two Commandos land on a German occupied island in the English Channel on the eve of D-Day (a la the upcoming Overlord), in order to destroy a gun emplacement. They discover that there is something far more dangerous than artillery there. A low budget movie, made by people who know how to work with a low budget. Good cast, lots of blood. A bit repetitive, overall works well. Establishes rules for what's going on and sticks to them. Not great, but not bad.

October 23 - The Wicker Man (2006). Just because I like Nicholas Cage doesn't mean I like every movie he's in. This is a remake of a much better 1973 movie starring Christopher Lee. A major plot point of the original is discarded here. The plot is reminiscent of Drive Angry. Once again, Cage plays a man in search of a missing girl involved with a strange cult. Best known for memes than anything else. Cage has said it was a comedy, and that's the way he played it. Whatever. Comedy or not, it will make you laugh. James Franco has a cameo at the end, for no apparent reason.

October 24 - Victor Crowley (2017). The fourth film in a franchise (the others are Hatchet, Hatchet II, and Hatchet III). I haven't seen the others, but I don't think it matters. Noted thespian Kane Hodder, renowned for his portrayal of Jason in the Friday the 13th movies, gives his acting muscles a stretch by playing the titular character, an unstoppable (more or less) mutant killer who uses, mostly, a hatchet rather than a machete. We're in splatstick territory here, with over the top gore combined with intentionally silly characters and dialogue. This can be problematic, as gorehounds may be annoyed by the comedy, whilst horror comedy fans may find the gore too extreme. Average for me, not sorry I watched it, no intention of watching it again. First movie I've seen wherein a demon is summoned by YouTube.

October 25 - Stake Land (2010). Life in the Vampire Apocalypse. And what nasty vampires they are, the ones in 30 Days of Night are genteel in contrast. They're more like fast zombies, to be honest. As if the vamps (as they're called) weren't bad enough, religious fanatic cultists are around to make things worse. Good, and downbeat, movie with an ambiguous ending. There's a sequel that I would like to see now.

October 26 - The Midnight Meat Train (2008). Based on a story by Clive Barker. A photographer in NYC investigates a series of missing person cases, and comes to believe that the victims are being abducted and murdered on a late night subway. Bradley Cooper is the photographer. Vinnie Jones, as the main suspect, exudes menace without any dialogue (for a very good reason). Difficult to discuss without spoilers. What happens at the end is clear, but why it happens is clearer in the short story, as a significant element is left out of the movie. Recommended.

October 27 - Nightmare (2001). South Korean horror movie that I pulled out of my DVD collection. Haven't seen it in 15 years or more, and didn't remember a thing about it. Six people who had been friends in college are haunted, perhaps literally, by something that happened back then. I liked the interaction between the characters in the flashbacks to college, and how those had changed. Some gore, nothing too extreme. I liked it, can't say it's worth searching for, though.

October 29 - The Walking Dead. Caught up with the next two episodes. Some things are actually happening this season. The recent episode was marred by an extended Hannibal Negan sequence and a literal plot hole. Next week is Rick's farewell episode. It will be interesting to see how they continue without him. I suspect that most of the leads aren't long for the series.

October 30 - Battle: Los Angeles (2011). Black Hawk Down, with aliens! Well done alien invasion movie, with a realistic feel to it. For a change, the aliens are shown using battle tactics, as are the Marines fighting them. Was not a hit when released. Maybe it was too sci-fi for the military crowd, and too military for the sci-fi crowd. Recommended for fans of sci-fi action.

October 31 - The Devils (1971). Another movie I've known of forever, yet never seen till now. Directed by Ken Russell and starring Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave, it's about a mass possession/exorcism in France in the 1630s. Based on a true story, it actually sticks fairly close to the events, with some simplifications and omissions. Highly controversial when released, and heavily censored, the version I saw is mostly complete. Oliver Reed plays a priest who runs afoul of Cardinal Richelieu. I guess I'm not easily offended, because I wasn't bothered by it. Lots of dead bodies in the beginning from the plague, which is dropped as a story point. This movie is really over the top, at times nearing Monty Python territory (as when people are pushing carts and calling out "Bring out your dead!"). Reed gives a restrained performance; a wise choice, as the rest of the cast seems to have been told to devour the scenary, and does so with gusto. Events seem to happen quickly, yet a woman announces early in the film that she is pregnant, and the baby has been born by the end. There's a lot of un-sexy nudity, and torture (mostly off camera, although that may be due to censorship). The sets and costumes are outstanding. Not anti-religious so much, as it is anti the merging of Church and State. For my money, The Witchfinder General did a better job making the same points earlier. Reed would have better luck facing off against Richelieu in The Three Musketeers/The Four Musketeers (1973-74).
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11. RPG Item: Xas Irkalla [Average Rating:10.00 Unranked]
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I've admired from afar for a couple years now but I'm inspired to take the plunge this time. I'll add more soon!

Step 1: Done and done

Step 2: I've been a movie fan all my life. I grew up on video stores and late night cable and my first jobs were at movie theaters ranging from old single screen palaces, multiplexes, art house theaters, and even a stint helping running a Hong Kong midnight movie series. I like weird movies and definitely have an interest in "serious" films, but genre pictures, specifically horror, have always played a role in my viewing.

Step 3:
October 1st: Spider Baby
October 2nd: Terrorvision
October 3rd: FULCI DOUBLE FEATURE - City of the Living Dead House by the Cemetery
October 4th: Human Lanterns (1982)
October 5th: Night of the Comet
October 6th: Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer Phenomena
October 7th: Scanners
October 8th: The Blood on Satan's Claw
October 9th: Killer Workout
October 10th:
October 11th: Cat o' Nine Tails
October 12th: Lone Wolf
October 13th: God Told Me To The Town that Dreaded Sundown
October 14th: Tourist Trap
October 15th: Sleepaway Camp Who Can Kill a Child?
October 16th: Twins of Evil
October 17th: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 Basket Case
October 18th: The Haunting of Hill House eps 1&2
October 19th: The Haunting
October 20th: Pieces
October 21st: The Carrier Tales From the QuadeaD Zone Tenebre Death Spa
October 22nd: Killing Spree It's Alive
October 23rd: Nightmare City
October 24th: WNUF Halloween Special
October 25th: Lifeforce
October 26th: What Have You Done to Solange?
October 27th: Rabid The Love Witch
October 28th: Invasion of the Body Snatchers
October 29th: The Omen
October 30th: The Witch Who Came from the Sea
October 31st: The Driller Killer Suspiria

Decade: The 70s and the 80s are hard for me to choose between when it comes to horror films, but I think I still lean towards the 70s. Not only do you have so many truly classic films, but I tend to be more agreeable to mediocre/bad horror from that decade. If you're looking for something weird and horrific without exactly being a straightforward horror movie from that era, you might wish to check out Wake in Fright. It's a tough watch, but you get to see Donald Pleasance absolutely killing it.

Director: Another tough one! You had a lot of talented people turning out exceptional horror films in the 70s. Friedkin, Donner, De Palma, Polanski, Cronenberg, etc. I'm gonna go with a non-traditional horror movie that scared the crap out of me when I was a kid and still disturbs me as an adult, David Lynch's Eraserhead. I'm an unapologetic Lynch fan-boy and his debut feature is still a favorite.

Denizen: I love a good zombie gut munching or black gloved murderer as much as the next guy, but these days I find that my favorite movie baddies are cults. There are plenty of great and obscure 70s movies about occult conspiracies, but I'll just go with the Wicker Man. Sing, Cuckoo!
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12. Board Game: Gremlins: The Game [Average Rating:5.89 Unranked]
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I failed pretty hard at logging our movies last year. Fingers crossed for a better turn out this time.
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13. Board Game: Horrific [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:16070]
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DECADE
I'm tempted by the 70s thanks to Halloween, Exorcist, Wicker Man, Jaws, etc. But I suspect that decade is going to get its due, so I'll be contrary and pick the current one, 201X. The last few years have been fantastic for horror: Let Me In, Train to Busan, Hereditary, I Saw the Devil, Babadook, Cabin in the Woods. But I'm going to recommend a bizarre Dutch psychological baffler called BORGMAN (2013). It left me enthralled and confused and completely unsettled.
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I'm more subgenre-oriented then director-oriented, but I've really liked Jeremy Saulnier's work so far. GREEN ROOM (2015) was amazeballs enough that I bought and framed the movie poster.
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"It" from IT FOLLOWS (2014). When I was a kid I had a recurring dream about a Frankensteinian monster that was perpetually shambling towards me, indestructible and unstoppable. It pushed through walls and even walked across the ocean floor to get to me. It Follows is apparently based on someone else's remarkably similar recurring dream, and it zaps me right in the brain stem.
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October 2nd: Day of the Dead
October 2nd: Murder Party
October 3rd: Antibirth
October 4th: It Stains the Sand Red
October 5th: The Howling
October 6th: Hold the Dark
October 7th: In the Mouth of Madness
October 8th: The VVitch
October 9th: The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
October 10th: The Devil's Candy
October 11th: You Can't Kill Stephen King
October 12th: Rare Exports
October 13th: The Astro-Zombies
October 14th: It Follows
October 15th: Kung Fu Zombie
October 16th: Cthulhu
October 17th: Wasting Away
October 18th: The Fly (1986)
October 19th: Nosferatu
October 20th: The Wolf Man
October 20th: Critters 2
October 20th: BeetleJuice
October 20th: Friday 13th Part VII: The New Blood
October 20th: Nightmare Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
October 20th: An American Werewolf in London
October 20th: Halloween (2018)
October 23rd: The Signal (2007)
October 24th: The Shining
October 24th: The Eyes of My Mother
October 25th: Mr. Vampire
October 26th: The Oregonian
October 27th: Beyond the Black Rainbow
October 28th: The Frighteners
October 29th: Sun Choke
October 30th: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
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14. RPG Item: DCC #067: Sailors on the Starless Sea [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:221]
RPG Item: DCC #067: Sailors on the Starless Sea
Step 1: Add a geeklist item to this list

Done! (I ran a session of Sailors on the Starless Sea a couple of weeks ago. It's slapstick fun when playing with old buddies, but the basic adventure plot is straight-out dark fantasy horror.)

Step 2: Introduce yourself

This is my second year participating in Slashing Through October. Last year was great fun. I only managed to watch seven films (and one tv season) in 31 days, but I had great fun doing it.

I'm a lifelong cinephile. I love horror yet I am almost always disappointed by horror films (and horror novels/stories as well). I'm probably the worst person to participate in a gleeful celebration of horror films, since I dislike so many of them. Yet every October I'm suckered into watching horror films because it seems to be the thing to do. One of these Octobers I'll commit to watching nothing but romantic comedies (this is someone's idea of a horror marathon!) just to be contrary. But for right now, I'll join in on the horror lovefest with everyone else, especially this great community here on BGG.

The best thing that I've ever read in regards to horror is Chesterton's short essay, The Nightmare. Read it here:
http://www.gkc.org.uk/gkc/books/nightmare.html

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Done! I will try to be good about updating (and commenting) daily as I watch more films. My goal for this year is to beat my 7 films watched last year. 8 films in 2018 is my goal!

Pre-October Warm-up
September 30th: mother! (2017, d.Darren Aronofsky), Beyond the Gates (2016, d.Jackson Stewart)


Slashing Through October!
October 1st:

October 2nd:
The Monster Squad (1987, d.Fred Dekker)
Demon Seed (1977, d.Donald Cammell)

October 3rd:
Oculus (2013, d.Mike Flanagan)
Are We Not Cats (2016, d.Xander Robin)

October 4th:

October 5th:
Revenge (2017, d.Coralie Fargeat)

October 6th:

October 7th:
The Evil Dead (1981, d.Sam Raimi)

October 8th:

October 9th:
Psycho (1960, d.Alfred Hitchcock)

October 10th:
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October 20th:
Happy Death Day (2017, d.Christopher B. Landon)

October 21st:
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October 23rd:
Wake in Fright (1971, d. Ted Kotcheff)

October 24th:
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October 26th: The Haunting of Hill House 1&2.

October 27th:
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October 31st:

Rating scale is pretty simple and completely subjective:
= Hated It
= Didn't Like It
= Liked It
= Really Liked It
= Loved It
I'm fairly generous with 3-stars if I liked something, but 4s and 5s are for special movies. If a film is a 5, it means that it's one of my all-time favorites. If it's a 4, it means that it has impressed me and that I want to spend more time with it. If it's a 3 and 1/2 (like Demon Seed and Oculus above), it means that I liked it enough that I'd re-watch it to explore it further.. If it's a 3, it means that I liked it, but that I don't think that I'll get anything out of watching it again. Anything less than a 3 means that something about the film actively irritated me or worse.


My 3D:

Decade: Probably the 1950s. I actually can't name all that many horror films from the decade that I love, so this will be controversial, but I'll name Nicholas Ray's In a Lonely Place as my horror pick from 1950. It's a noir melodrama, but its exploration of trust and truth and anger and human relations has all of what I am personally looking for in any psychological horror film (which are usually more satisfying to me than jump scare thrillers).

Director: Again, I'll cheat. Allen Baron directed one great film, maybe my favorite film, Blast of Silence. It's maybe the final true noir film (and maybe that's what I'm arguing right now with these picks, that noir is my horror genre, the film space in which I most clearly see the horror of life reflected on film). Baron's film is also a great Christmas film, so I recommend that you watch it now and then watch it again on or around Christmas.

Denizen: And one final cheat. I'll name The Room from Tarkovsky's Stalker. The Room is the "denizen" of The Zone, which is perhaps some sort of alien outpost in our world (and by alien, I don't necessarily mean extraterrestrial). This room purportedly has the power to fulfill one's truest desire. But are you sure that you know what your most true desire is? Scary stuff.
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15. RPG Item: S. Petersen's Field Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors [Average Rating:8.44 Overall Rank:1243]
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Introduction:

I like creature films where the director uses the monster or creature to juxtapose some social ill or as a foil or reflection for humanity. I really dig the confluence of science fiction and horror, especially films involving an unstoppable mysterious creature, alien, or virus descending upon the planet. Finally, I tend to favor films that involve a plausible scenario that turns horrific over a movie that relies too heavily on mysticism and I like movies that rely on suspense and mystery over those that rely on jump scares and gore.

3-D Selections:

Decade: The 1970s is probably the best decade for film, but surprisingly I prefer the 1980s for horror movies. So many great movies: The Shining (isolation. Check. Trapped. Check. Plausible scenario involving a person descending into madness. Check), The Thing (Isolation. Check. Unique location. Check. Paranoia, who can you trust. Double frickin’ check.), Lost Boys (half-joking, but the scene with the oiled up sax man playing by a barrel fire is probably the epitome or high water mark of the 1980s. When my kids ask me what the 1980s were like, I’ll just show them that scene).

Director: I’m going to go old school auteur and pick Alfred Hitchcock. The master of suspense. All his movies had such great pace and timing.

Denizen: The alien gel-like spores from Invasion of the body snatchers. “Sleep . . . Sleep . . . and be born again into a world without fear and hate!”

Films:

October 1st: An American Werewolf in London (1981): Dude. Stay on the road. Don’t go into the moor! I opened the season with this 80s classic. I hadn’t seen it in a long, long time, but thoroughly enjoyed it. Everyone remembers the werewolf transformation scene—which holds up after all these years—but the scenes where the infected protagonist bumps into his dead friend’s ghost-in various states of decay—which I had totally forgotten—were also equally impressive. I would have liked a little more background on “The Slaughtered Lamb,” which looks like a great place to grab a stout, and the ongoing incidents involving the Northern England Werewolf, but appreciate the brevity of the story.

October 2nd: It Follows (2014; new to me): There is certainty something unsettling about being constantly stalked by a personified STD. It’s even more unsettling that it only moves at a brisk pace and no matter where you go, it will follow. Great premise, with at least two moments requiring me to watch through the cracks in my fingers.

October 3rd: Train to Busan (2016): Zombies on a train! The protagonists get stuck on a high-speeding train during a virus/zombie outbreak. The social commentary is a bit heavy handed but the acting and choreography of the action scenes were great. I’m surprised zombies on a train hasn’t happened before. And those weren’t your ordinary zombies. They were the fast-twitch variety zombies. Side-note: this is probably a good place to raise the which-is-scarier-slow-zombies-or-fast-zombies-debate. On one hand, fast zombies are generally linked to a virus outbreak, which is really scary. Plus, you can’t really outrun them, so that adds to the terror. On the other hand, slow moving zombies are typically linked to some unnatural re-animation of the dead, which is a great pallet for horror. And even though the slow zombies don’t run fast, they are constantly shambling in your direction, which adds to the tension. Not sure where I land. I like them both.

October 4th: What We Do in the Shadows (2014): “BAT FIGHTTTT!” Hilarious. This vampire mockumentary had bubbled around in my queue for a while. So glad I found the time to watch it. It will probably be an October movie staple.

October 5th: The Endless (2018): “Donnie Darko” meets “Groundhogs Day” meets “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad” meets “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” Plenty to ponder. Maybe too much?

October 6th: Scream (1996): I originally saw this in the theatre when it was released. I hadn’t seen it since until now. I liked it better now, then I did then. It definitely rocketed me back to the mid-90s. And I’m pretty sure I missed a lot of the inside genre jokes at the time.

October 7th: Re-Animator (1985): If you live in Arkham and are rushed to the hospital at Miskatonic University, just know, it probably won’t end well for you. This is definitely a cult classic. Funny and gory, with some classic scenes. Jeffrey Combs portrays Herbert West with a nice blend of mad scientist meets Norman Bates. And I really want a Dr. Hill's zombie carrying his own head costume one day.

October 8th: Green Room (2015): I saw this on a lot of other lists, so I hopped on the Green Room train. Remember that Next Generation episode where Picard gets zapped into another world where he lives the life of a scientist on a dying planet and learns to play that sweet, sweet, flute. Well, this time around he gets zapped into Oregon where he plays the leader of a squad of skinhead goons called the “red laces.” He owns a punk rock club, and a large heroin supply, and needs to dispose of a punk band from D.C. (Arlington technically), after the band witnesses a murder. It’s a good “escape the room” thriller like Alien and Aliens but with nazi punks instead of acid dripping space monsters. It was good.

October 9th: The VVitch (2015): Got home late. Put on the witch and fell asleep midway. Was digging the cinematography and attention to detail in evoking the setting; even if I couldn’t understand everything that was being said. Casting choices seemed solid as well. Need to return to this later.

October 10th: Baskin (2015): Got home late again. By the time I got the kids to sleep, I was fading fast. Started Baskin but fell asleep before I could make any remarks. Not sure if it is worth returning to. Anyone?

October 11th: The Invitation (2015): Four movies from 2015 in a row. This is a slow burn for sure. I had a hard time engaging the movie for the first hour. But the final 20 minutes were tense. It did leave me wondering if this would have been a better short film. John Lynch was great.

October 12th: zombie

October 13th: Cabin in the Woods (2012): This was fun. I feel like someone could make a pretty good board game out of this. It would be a five-player game where each person played one of the horror movie stereotypes (Jock, Slut, Goof, Nerd, Virgin). Probably a cooperative. The base game probably comes with the Buckner family set up. But there are tons of expansions—Merman expansion is first up.

October 14th: The Ruins (2008): 10 years ago. I thought I would jump in the time machine and watch some movies from the past in 10-year increments starting with 2008 and going back. First up, The Ruins. A pretty novel idea for a horror film: jungle setting, cursed ruins, and carnivorous vines. I was excited by the premise but ultimately the movie didn’t hit pay dirt for me. The movie utilized gruesome details in place of building tension or fear. I think the writers could have made more out of the tunnels underneath the ruins to better effect. And the dialogue wasn’t great. Any other recommendations for jungle-themed horror? I wanted the Creep Show Plant Man and his meteorite to come crashing through the cursed ruin at some point.

October 15th:zombie

October 16th:zombie

October 17th: Jon Carpenter’s Vampires (1998): 20 years ago. A Modern, Western, Horror, Zombie movie where the gunfighters/zombies are more savage killers than love-sick gothic creatures of the night and the sheriff (James Woods) is more Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven than early Jon Wayne. Ringu (1998) appears to be the scariest or best horror movie out in 1998. But I’ve seen that a number of times. I scanned some lists for something new to watch, and my wife was shocked I hadn’t seen this Jon Carpenter film; she’s a big Carpenter fan. There were many eye-rolling scenes and some hard to believe moments. But in the end I thought it was pretty awesome.

October 18th: zombie

October 19th: zombie

October 20th: Pumpkinhead (1988): 30 years ago. Lots of good titles from 1988 (They Live, Serpent & the Rainbow, Child’s Play, Beetlejuice). I put on the Pumpkinhead for a creepy dark fairytale. There’s some bad acting and weird cuts. But the settings are well down, whether it’s the witches creepy cabin or the cemetery pumpkin patch.

Killer Klowns from Outerspace (1988): I Totally forgot about the Dickies EP “Killer Klowns” and title track for this movie. Fun album. It’s probably what I liked the best about this movie.

October 21st: Coma (1978): 40 years ago. Never trust an old dude in big glasses! While 1988 and 1998 had plenty of good movies, 1978 was loaded with heavy weight contenders (Dawn of the Dead, Halloween, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers). I decided to see if the year was top heavy and pulled a title I had not heard of, “Coma.” After several otherwise healthy surgical patients end up in a coma, a young surgical resident doctor (played wonderfully by Geneviève Bujold) goes on a hunt to uncover the truth. How can you tell you’re watching a film from the 70s; old dude’s in big glasses. Another way: is there a montage scene where two people are running along a beach while flute music plays in the back ground? Still not sure: does Tom Selleck make a dreamy cameo? Yeah, you’re probably watching a 70s flick. In the end, Coma was more thriller than horror but there were a couple of tense chase scenes. I’m sure Hitchcock approved.

October 22nd: Night of The Living Dead (1968) 50 years ago. Still holds up. The O.G. for zombie flicks. But I think they're referred to as flesh-eating ghouls, which lead me to looking for the first appearance of a "zombie" in film. Maybe "White Zombie" with Bela Legosi?

Horror of Dracula (1958): 60 years ago. I eased into the old recliner and put on Screaming' Jay Hawkins "I put a spell on you" (1958) onto the turn table, mixed in some Miles Davis "Milestones" and watched this old black and white flick.

October 23rd: Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). 70 years ago. Bud and Lou run into or narrowly avoid Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi), Frankenstein's monster (Glenn Strange), and the Wolf Man (Lon Chaney Jr.). Old school hi-jinx.

October 24th: zombie

October 25th: zombie

October 26th: The Haunting of Hill house (2018, episode 1): Out of the time machine and back to the future with the latest horror hotness. One episode in and I can see why this has received so many positive reviews. Really enjoy the acting and the fractured storytelling. Plus some good creepy moments in episode I.

October 27th: Hereditary (2018): Nice job tapping into trauma, grief, and mental illness as backdrop for the story and springboard for some truly haunting images. Great performances all around, too. But a little too heavy and depressing for me. And I felt like the end of the movie was a bit disjointed. I'd recommend it, but I probably won't watch it again.

The Night Eats the World (2018): Nothing really groundbreaking as far as a zombie movie goes. Pretty ho-hum and a little slow. Castaway meets apocalypse where the beach ball is a zombie in a cage. I did like the apocalypse found items symphony, however, and the drum solo zombie mosh pit.

October 28th: Ravenous (“Les affames”) (2018): This movie begins after a zombie outbreak and looks at its ramifications from a rural point of view. Set in Canada, there is some wonderful cameral work and lots of solitude interspersed with tense outbursts of horror. I kept hearing the Nirvana version of “Where did you sleep last night” echo in my head as the camera slowly lingered on the forest. Ultimately the movie dragged on a bit too long for my tastes and never fleshed out any of the seemingly interesting characters on the screen. Though, I did appreciate the nuanced take on the zombies and the mysterious zombie behavior.

October 29th: The Cleanse (2018): Paul Berger is down on his luck and goes to a "cleansing retreat" led by one of those life hack gurus to overcome his prior insecurities and negative emotions. At the retreat, things are not as they seem. The movie starts as an awkward comedy but then morphs into part-Cronenberg. But here's the thing, I needed full-Cronenberg, man. I needed it to really go off the rails. Maybe it needed a bigger budget. I usually don't think that. But When the movie ended, I really thought that should have been the mid-point. There was so much horrible and awful potential.

October 30th: Mom & Dad (2018): Suburbia is horrifying enough. It becomes even more horrifying when a sickness makes all the parents want to kill their own children. The premise is silly. The movie is hilarious. Nic Cage has a saw. "Saw all." I really liked it. Vampire Kiss Nic Cage is always welcome around here.

October 31st: Shrek's Swamp Stories (2010) (one of my kid's favorites. The gingerbread man's and pinochio's stories are pretty funny); Dracula (1931) (one of my all-time favorites); and The Apostle (2018) (I liked it more than I thought I would. The first hour was particularly good with terrific setting and cinematography).
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16. Board Game: The Anyville Horror [Average Rating:4.29 Unranked]
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This year I'm super busy and also Essen.....
Last year I didn't watch a lot of horror either.
I will do my best devil , because I love Horrormovies!

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Ok, I'm Marion and participate for the 3rd time.
Since I was a little kid I love horror. Even though it really scared me then and some still scares me today, like The Exorcist.
I like old and new ones, even a slasher sometimes, although I prefer the subtle psychic horror.

3D:
Can't answer these, I love too much from everything.
Except denizen maybe, does "Pazuzu" count?
The Exorctist will forever be the scariest horror of all times for me.

October 1st: 1408 (2007) Theater Version
Decent movie after a Stephen King story.
I've seen it before some years back but didn't remember a lot, so it was nice to watch it again, after 30 minutes the horror starts to spread out.

October 2nd: 1408 Director's Cut
Didn't see it before and only wanted to see the difference, which appearently is that
Spoiler (click to reveal)
John Cusack is dead in the end, but in the theater movie he survived.
Don't know which I liked better.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgLm4_fq6GY


October 3rd: Stigmata (1999)
Hm. When I watched it almost 20 years ago I found it much scarier than today. It's not bad, but not as scary as I remembered.
Tries to be the 3rd stepbrother of the Exorcist? Don't know, there are similarities and differences.
In any case I love Patricia Arquette and Gabriel Byrne and the chemistry between them, especially during the flower market scene.
All in all an o.k. movie, but I won't watch it again.
Good soundtrack! (bought the CD back then and the music is still great today).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIIxzodFdu4


October 4th: Das Kabinett des Dr. Caligari (1920)
First german horror movie (they say), silent movie, expressionism, surreal, and really creepy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9TQkh6F4ZU


October 6th: An American Werewolf in London (1981)
"Finnchowder" right above me already said it all.
A favourite which I didn't see in a long time, glad I was reminded of it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRVH3z_erjA


October 9th: Donnie Darko (2001)
Is Donnie Darko a horror movie? Maybe not really, but there are enough horror-ish parts in it which make me think this is legit.
Also, it all happens during October and climaxes the night before Halloween after a Halloween Party!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzLn8sYeM9o

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17. Board Game: Camp Grizzly [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:2469]
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I wish I knew about these lists years ago!

Favorite decade: It has to be the 80's, that is when I discovered my love for horror movies. There were so many great movies back then, the Halloweens, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, Evil Dead, Hellraiser, American Werewolf in London, the list goes on and on!

Favorite director: George Romero. Night of the Living Dead is my favorite horror film. Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead are also high on my list. I've enjoyed his other films as well: The Crazies, Martin, Creepshow, Monkey Shines.

Favorite Denizen:
Zombies. Like I stated above, Night of the Living Dead is still the best. Guerrilla filmmaking at its finest. The grainy black and white picture. The social commentary. The real monster in the film is human nature. They will be releasing it in theaters for the 50th anniversary. I cannot wait to see it on the big screen.


October 1st: Dawn of the Dead (1978)
October 2nd: Day of the Dead (1985)
October 3rd: Dead Heat (1988)
October 4th: Blood Feast (1963)
October 5th: Green Room (2016)
October 6th: Redneck Zombies (1989)
October 7th: Night of the Demons (1988)
October 8th: Blade (1998)
October 9th: The Mother of Tears (2007)
October 10th: Night of the Comet (1984)
October 11th: Chopping Mall (1986)
October 12th: The Fly (1986)
October 13th: Lifeforce (1985)
October 14th: Re-Animator (1985)
October 15th: Horror of Dracula (1958)
October 16th: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
October 17th: Sleepaway Camp (1983)
October 18th: The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)
October 19th: In the Mouth of Madness (1995)
October 20th: The Town that Dreaded Sundown (1976)
October 21st: The Last Man on Earth (1964)
October 22nd: The Prowler (1981)
October 23rd: Twins of Evil (1971)
October 24th: Night of the Living Dead (1968)
October 25th: Shaun of the Dead (2004)
October 26th: Carrie (1976)
October 27th: Halloween (1978)
October 28th: Martin (1977)
October 29th: The Dead Zone (1983)
October 30th: Evil Dead 2 (1987)
October 31st: Going out with a bang:
The Thing (1982)
Trick 'r Treat (2007)
Halloween 2 (1981)


I did not expect to watch a movie a day for 31 days. So instead I decided to watch at least 31 movies in 31 days. It just so happened that I was able to watch a movie every day! I also managed to squeeze in these other films during the month:

Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)
Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)
The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
Children of the Corn (1984)
The House that Dripped Blood (1970)
Terrifier (2016)
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18. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:4018]
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Decade: It has to be the 80's! So many amazing films, The Thing, An American Werewolf in London, The Shining, Fright Night, The Monster Squad, and so many more. However, the 10's (2010's that is) have been pumping out some great films like, The Wailing, It Follows, The Witch, and Green Room but the decades not over yet and its gonna take some more great hits to beat the 80's.

Director: This is difficult I've really been enjoying Jeremy Saulnier's films but in keeping with the 80's, I have to pick John Carpenter's The Thing

Denizen: Cults, cults, cults, and did I mention cults? I love films that feature Cults as a central component. Even better when the cultist theme hits in the final arc and your left reeling piecing everything together. That being said there's a top contender this year for a film featuring a cult but I won't mention it here as to not spoil it for anyone. However, a film that is explicitly about cults that I love is The Endless.

October 1st: Split
October 2nd: The Shining
October 3rd: Room 237
October 4th: Board Game Night! (I'll make up for it on the weekend)
October 5th: The Shape of Water
October 6th: zombie
October 7th: Mr. Mercedes Ep.1
October 8th: Mr. Mercedes Ep.2-3
October 9th: Mr. Mercedes Ep.4-5
October 10th: Mr. Mercedes Ep.6-7
October 11th: Board Game Night!
October 12th: Mr. Mercedes Ep.8-10 (Series was good but not horror related at all the Stephen King bit threw me) Series
October 13th: The Haunting of Hill House Ep. 1
October 14th: The Haunting of Hill House Ep. 2-3
October 15th: The Haunting of Hill House Ep. 4-5
October 16th: The Haunting of Hill House Ep. 6-8
October 17th: The Haunting of Hill House Ep. 9-10 (Series was amazing, highly recommend!) Series
October 18th: Board Game Night!
October 19th: Camping
October 20th: Mandy
October 21st: Carrie (2013)
October 22nd: The Thing (1982)
October 23rd: Byzantium
October 24th: Train to Busan
October 25th: Board Game Night!
October 26th: zombie
October 27th: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Ep.1-3
October 28th: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Ep.4-5
October 29th: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Ep.6-7
October 30th: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Ep.8-10 (Series was okay, I felt it should have leaned into the dark comedy a bit more than it did)
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