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  1. HawksFord

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    A total of 26 for me which is more than I expected. Seven of those were new, but some of the others I hadn't seen in so long that they were nearly new.
  2. HawksFord

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    26. The Tomb of Ligeia (1964) – For our last October themed movie, we watched the last of Roger Corman’s Poe pictures. Vincent Price has another of those roles in which he plays two different personalities as a man trying to move past the death of his wife while still being haunted by her...
  3. HawksFord

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    25. Witchfinder General (1968) – Another Vincent Price film but this one directed by Michael Reeves and loosely based on the real Mathew Hopkins. Price is great here offering a tightly wound performance very different than his appearance in the Roger Corman films. The other leads, Ian Ogilvey...
  4. HawksFord

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    24. The Masque of the Red Death (1964) – My favorite of the Vincent Price/Roger Corman collaborations. Price is outstanding as the evil Prince Prospero who seeks to shelter himself and his debauched guests from the red death that plagues the countryside. Corman takes full advantage of a bigger...
  5. HawksFord

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    I was actually thinking about trying to include Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in this October's viewing, but it doesn't look like I'll have enough time to squeeze it in. Maybe next October (and probably before then as well).
  6. HawksFord

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    23. The Haunted Palace (1964) NEW – Neither my wife nor I have any memory of having seen this Roger Corman and Vincent Price film before which is surprising given how much we’ve enjoyed the Poe films over the years. This one is only nominally a Poe film; the title comes from one of his poems but...
  7. HawksFord

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    22. House of Usher (1960) – There’s a lot to love here. Vincent Price is great as the doomed Roderick Usher, the film is beautifully shot with an oppressive Gothic atmosphere, and the story is well constructed. For my money, though, everything I love about this film was done just a little better...
  8. HawksFord

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    A Saturday double feature! 20. The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) – Vincent Price is great here as an organist/mad scientist seeking revenge on the doctors and nurses he blames for his wife’s death. There is an element of dark comedy in the manner of the deaths, some lighter humor in the...
  9. HawksFord

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    19. Pit and the Pendulum (1961) – What a difference from our previous film, House on Haunted Hill. There is a similar theme, but here Vincent Price is supported by an outstanding script by Richard Matheson, a solid supporting cast, and the direction of Roger Corman. The lighting, costumes, and...
  10. HawksFord

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    18. House on Haunted Hill (1959) – My wife requested this William Castle directed film last night. Vincent Price stars as a millionaire hosting a group of strangers for a night in a haunted house. If they survive the night, they get $10,000. Much shrieking ensues. When it was over my wife said...
  11. HawksFord

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    16. The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) – I haven’t watched this one in a long time, but it has always been a favorite. Having to tiptoe around Universal’s legal department forced Hammer to come up with their own distinctive take on the story which they did by making Baron Frankenstein a depraved...
  12. HawksFord

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    15. Bedazzled (1967) NEW – This “deal with the devil” comedy is a lot of fun, but I should have seen it in my late teens when I was more obsessed with British comedy. Dudley Moore plays a shy short-order cook secretly in love with a waitress. Peter Cook appears as the devil to offer him seven...
  13. HawksFord

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    14. Frankenstein: The True Story (1973) – We took a break from Hammer films to watch this three hour, made-for-TV movie. I remember watching it (on a small, black and white television) when it aired on two consecutive nights in November 1973. I recall it being a pretty big deal at the time at...
  14. HawksFord

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    13. Nightmare (1964) NEW – We’re almost through the eight film Hammer Horror collection, and here’s another solid thriller. Jennie Linden plays a young woman suffering from nightmares and the fear that she will end up in an asylum like her mother. She’s surrounded by people who all seem to want...
  15. HawksFord

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    12. Kiss of the Vampire (1963) – I’m pretty sure I saw this Hammer film before, but I didn’t remember much of it. In my defense, it’s not very memorable. A young couple honeymooning somewhere in central Europe gets lost and stranded in small town. You can see where this is going. There are some...
  16. HawksFord

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    11. Paranoiac (1962) NEW – We both liked this Hitchcockian thriller. Oliver Reed stars as a dissolute young man about to come into a fortune after his parents death eleven years ago. Adding to the family tragedy: his brother left a suicide note but no body was found, his sister may be mentally...
  17. HawksFord

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    10. The Phantom of the Opera (1962) – Hammer’s interpretation of this classic story is a solid effort. Herbert Lom plays the title character and does a fine job. The story is changed up a bit from previous versions, but the changes make sense. The Phantom is a complex character with a clear...
  18. HawksFord

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    We had the rare chance for a double feature on Saturday. 8. The Wicker Man (1973) NEW – Many years ago, I somehow got the idea that I wouldn’t like this movie. I no longer remember how I got that idea, but I’m happy to admit I was wrong. By now everyone knows the basic story: a police inspector...
  19. HawksFord

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    7. Night Creatures (1962) NEW – Titled Captain Clegg outside the US. How is it that I have never seen this Hammer film before? It’s light on the supernatural, but this film is full of the elements of a great 18th century adventure story: a legendary pirate, an obsessed naval captain, a village...
  20. HawksFord

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    6. The Phantom of the Opera (1925) – We watched the restored 1929 version from this two disc Kino Lorber release last year. This year, we watched the 1925 version. This one is more of historical than artistic interest since the 1929 version is so much more impressive in their current forms, but...
  21. HawksFord

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    5. The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) NEW – I have no memory of seeing this Hammer film before, so I’m counting it as new. There is a lot to like here. There a distinctive vision of lycanthropy, the sets and costumes are beautifully atmospheric, and there are some fine performances. Unfortunately...
  22. HawksFord

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    4. The Brides of Dracula (1960) – We’re digging into the eight film Hammer Horror box set this month. First up is this sequel to Horror of Dracula. We haven’t seen Brides of Dracula in a long time and really enjoyed watching it again. There’s no Christopher Lee—no Dracula at all, really—but...
  23. HawksFord

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    3. Horror of Dracula (1958) – We last watched this only a little over a year ago but wanted to see it again as we’re going to be digging into the Hammer Horror collection this month. We watched the bare-bones Warner Archive blu-ray. There’s a lot to like here. The story is changed from Bram...
  24. HawksFord

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    2.5 – We watched the original color timing version of John Badham's 1979 Dracula with the commentary by Constantine Nasr. I’m not sure where I stand on the debate over John Badham’s decision to desaturate the color. Both versions are impressive in different ways. The desaturated version...
  25. HawksFord

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    2. Dracula (1979) – I had vague memories of seeing this movie a long time ago, but I didn’t remember much other than the image of Frank Langella as Dracula and that Laurence Olivier played Van Helsing. We watched director John Badham’s preferred desaturated version on the Scream Factory blu-ray...
  26. HawksFord

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    1. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) NEW – We don’t watch a lot of silent films, but there are so many good silents appropriate to the theme of the month that we’ll include a few in our October viewing. I don’t recall ever seeing this version of the R. L. Stevenson story before, and it’s a good...
  27. HawksFord

    ***Official 22nd Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2021***

    I've been stockpiling discs all year waiting for October to roll around again.
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