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  1. Sandro

    ***Official 21st Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2020***

    49 films seen, 24 First-time watches Ramked * to ****0 10/01/20 Awful Dr Orloff *** 10/01/20 Paranormal Activity ** ½ 10/03/20 Monster of Piedras Blancas * ½ 10/03/20 Ninth Gate *** ½ 10/04/20 Two on a Guillotone *** 10/04/10 Cosmic Monsters ** 10/05/20 The Hunt *** 10/06/20 Urban Legend ***...
  2. Sandro

    ***Official 21st Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2020***

    Rated * to **** Island of Terror *** No-nonsense British sci-horror in the Quatermass vein with Peter Cushing and others investigating an experiment gone wrong on a Scottish island. Enjoyable for those who like this kind of thing. Watched with Svengoolie. Deerskin *** From the director of...
  3. Sandro

    ***Official 21st Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2020***

    I also love this movie. The shocking plot development you mention put me off when I initially saw it but thinking about it afterwards I thought it was genius and the use of metaphor is quite brilliant. I can see why people would not like the movie as it spotlights some pretty awful human...
  4. Sandro

    ***Official 21st Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2020***

    Rated * to **** Awful Dr Orlof *** Jess Franco's first horror movie is a riff on Eyes Wihout a Face with some added perversity, less focus on the daughter and more on Howard Vernon as the doctor. There's also a cute detective/ballet dancer couple who each investigate the disappearance. Most...
  5. Sandro

    ***Official 21st Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2020***

    Rated * to **** 10/01/20 Awful Dr Orloff *** 10/01/20 Paranormal Activiy ** 1/2
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    The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020)

    This was a pretty awesome book by cult author Charles Willeford so I hope they do it justice.
  7. Sandro

    Underwater (2020)

    I liked the director's previous two films. This one was shot in 2017!
  8. Sandro

    ***Official 20th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2019***

    Total - 38 films watched (see list 2 posts above) - 21 new watches, 17 rewatches Best films: One Cut of the Dead Thelma Tumbbad Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II Knife + Heart Incident in a Ghostland Best rewatches Death by Invitation Sauna Mother's Day (1980) Baby, The Worst Films: Skinner...
  9. Sandro

    ***Official 20th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2019***

    List (rated * to ****) 10/01/19 Clovehitch Killer, The *** 10/02/19 Prom Night (1980) ** ½ 10/03/19 Basket Case *** 10/03/19 Death by Invitation *** 10/03/19 Catacombs (1988) ** ½ 10/04/19 I, Madman ** ½ 10/05/19 Basket Case 2 *** 10/06/19 Nina Forever ** ½ 10/06/19 Tumbbad *** 10/06/19 Hello...
  10. Sandro

    ***Official 20th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2019***

    Some recent notable viewings (rated * to ****) Return to Salem's Lot ** ½ Typical Larry Cohen production is one of his more ramshackle and bumpy efforts. Only Cohen could make such a sequel to a big property like Salem's Lot, do it so cheaply and completely drop most of the threads from the...
  11. Sandro

    ***Official 20th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2019***

    Some recent notable viewings (rated * to ****) Tragedy Girls ** ½ This dark comedy-horror film is only a couple of years old but somehow already seems dated. It's the story of two teenage girls who get involved with a serial killer and try to promote themselves on social media. It ends in a...
  12. Sandro

    ***Official 20th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2019***

    Some recent viewings rated * to **** Clovehitch Killer *** on Hulu Story of a teen boy and his dad who may or may not be serial killer. It's entertaining enough while it lasts but ultimately the story does not hang together, there's an unconvincing Dylan McDermott performance and a cliched...
  13. Sandro

    ***Official 20th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2019***

    Rated out of **** Clovehitch Killer *** Prom Night (1980) ** 1/2
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    RIP: Rip Torn

    One of his greatest performances has to be in PayDay from 1973. It's a lesser known work but still packs a punch for those who like films from that era.
  15. Sandro

    The One...The Only...JAWS

    It's the story of the USS Indianapolis: https://www.history.com/news/uss-indianapolis-sinking-survivor-stories-sharks
  16. Sandro

    Removal of Lillian Gish name from University theater

    If anyone is interested in the report of the task force: https://www.bgsu.edu/content/dam/BGSU/president/documents/gish/Gish-Task-Force-Report.pdf
  17. Sandro

    Bird Box (2018)

    I find this fascinating because I am sure that a lot of descriptions of the premise of the movie are just wrong. Many sites include the phrase "The survivors must now avoid coming face to face with an entity that takes the form of their worst fears" as part of the synopsis. In fact my son drew...
  18. Sandro

    ***Official 19th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2018***

    List Here - 32 films, 5 TV episodes, score 34 (27 new watches) Best films: Noriko's Dinner Table Santa Sangre Upgrade Demon Knight Apostle Murder Party Best TV episode Hammer House of Horror Ep 12: Two Faces of Evil Best rewatches Suicide Club Curse of the Demon Worst Films: #Screamers...
  19. Sandro

    ***Official 19th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2018***

    Final List (rated * to ****) 10/01/18 Marrowbone *** 10/01/18 Secret of the Blue Room ** 10/02/18 Comedy of Terrors *** 10/03/18 Critters 2 ** ½ 10/04/18 Bram Stoker's Dracula *** 10/04/18 #Screamers ** 10/05/18 Upgrade *** 10/06/18 Santa Sangre *** ½ 10/06/18 Fury, The (1978) *** 10/09/18...
  20. Sandro

    ***Official 19th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2018***

    Recent watches (rated * to ****) Critters 3 **½ Critters 4 **½ This was a fun series to watch – surely the best of the Gremlins rip-offs. Part 3 has Leonardo DiCaprio's film debut in a lower budget but still entertaining little film while Part 4 (like other Part 4's) is set in space and has...
  21. Sandro

    ***Official 19th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2018***

    Michael, I am curious about this comment. I thought that the cut is supposed to reflect DePalma's original intent for the structure of the movie. Or are you just referring to the actual work done on the edit?
  22. Sandro

    ***Official 19th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2018***

    Some recent watches (rated * to ****) Keep My Grave Open *** SF Brownrigg (Don’t Look in the Basement and Don't Open the Door) 1970s low budget weirdness. This one is about a strange woman, her brother and some killings and has a predictable twist. Depending on your interest in this kind of...
  23. Sandro

    ***Official 19th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2018***

    Some notable recent watched (rated * to ****) Marrowbone *** A historcal drama with some horrific overtones about a family of kids who need to stay together without their parents and the strange hauntings in their house. A lot of familiar ideas from other movies makes for an uneven movie that...
  24. Sandro

    ***Official 19th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2018***

    Great call on this movie but it is really nasty. It never really got its due among all the torture porn that came out around that time. On a related subject Nicholas Cage's recent movie Mom and Dad is also worth a watch.
  25. Sandro

    ***Official 19th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2018***

    Rated from * to **** 10/01/18 Marrowbone *** 10/01/18 Secret of the Blue Room **
  26. Sandro

    A Quiet Place (2018)

    I had the exact same experience when I went to see this. This made me think that this was maybe NOT a movie that you had to see in the theaters despite what a lot of people were saying. :)
  27. Sandro

    ***Official 18th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2017***

    I actually watched a lot of enjoyable movies this October which is not always the case. I rewatched 5 old Italian gothics with Barbara Steele and was bewitched. I rewatched Theater of Blood – one of Vincent Price’s finest performances and movies. I watched a lot of excellent recent horror of...
  28. Sandro

    ***Official 18th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2017***

    Final tally: 31 movies (21 new watches) and 6 TV episodes (each 45 minutes long) = 34 Total Final List (ranked * to ****) Movies 10/01/17 Long Hair of Death, The *** 10/01/17 Wicker Tree, The * ½ 10/01/17 Raw *** 10/02/17 Tales of Halloween ** ½ 10/03/17 Monster on the Campus ** ½ 10/03/17...
  29. Sandro

    ***Official 18th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2017***

    Notable recent watches (rated * to ****) Orphan *** Worthwhile horror thriller is overlong but has a great twist and final 15 minutes including a fantastic final line. What hurts it are the attempts to make it a mainstream drama. If the film embraced its schlock factor it could have been a...
  30. Sandro

    ***Official 18th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2017***

    Recent notable viewings (rated * to ****) Blair Witch ** This offers nothing new, is poorly written and has choppy scare scenes. A big disappointment. An Angel For Satan *** One of the best of the 1960s Italian Gothics has Barbara Steele as a modern lookalike of a cursed statue. Some elements...
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