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  1. Bob McLaughlin

    3D Blu-ray Review 3-D Rarities: THE HTF 3D ADDICT REVIEW

    I loved this and my 9-year old daughter was absolutely fascinated! Between this set and the Cinerama series she is turning into a classic film aficionado!
  2. Bob McLaughlin

    *** Official 14th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2013 ***

    OK, here are my "best of"' categories: Weirdest: "Uzumaki" & "Taxidermia" (tie) Goriest: "Mum and Dad" Most creepy: "Absentia" Best Foreign: "Sleep Tight" Best-looking: "The Woman in Black" Best Family Horror: "Frankenweenie" Best Throwback: "Malevolence" Best Comeback: "VHS 2" Most Fun: "Juan...
  3. Bob McLaughlin

    *** Official 14th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2013 ***

    34. The Witches Witches at an annual convention concoct a plan to turn all children into mice, but a curious boy (with the help of his grandmother) try to foil their plan. Roald Dahl, the author behind dark children's tales such as "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", "James and the Giant...
  4. Bob McLaughlin

    *** Official 14th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2013 ***

    32. The Revenant (FTV) Hilarious movie! A soldier killed in combat is shipped home and buried, but he comes back to life. Problem is, he's rotting and has a craving for human blood. This is a buddy movie and at times feels like an American version of Shaun of the Dead, but it really has its...
  5. Bob McLaughlin

    *** Official 14th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2013 ***

    31. Citadel (FTV)A widowed father with agoraphobia is haunted by visions of his wife's killers, who may be more than what they seem. Better-than-decent entry to the "hoodie horror" genre, so if you liked "Them/Ils", "Eden Lake", or even "Attack the Block", you'll enjoy this one. This one...
  6. Bob McLaughlin

    *** Official 14th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2013 ***

    30. The Tunnel (FTV)Investigative journalists venture into the labyrinthine system of tunnels beneath Sidney Australia, seeking a story about the homeless and the water supply, but something in the darkness finds them instead. Although done on the cheap as yet another "found footage"...
  7. Bob McLaughlin

    *** Official 14th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2013 ***

    27. Maniac (FTV)Elijah Wood: migraine-prone loner, mannequin refurbisher, serial killer. The gimmick here is that nearly the entire movie is done in first-person so you get to see things through the killer's eyes. If that sounds like it could be potentially tedious or dizzying shakey-cam...
  8. Bob McLaughlin

    *** Official 14th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2013 ***

    26. Poltergeist Poltergest took the musty old haunted house tale and turned it into a white upper-middle-class suburban effects-driven thrill ride, peppered with feel-good New Age occultism and yuppie angst. It's easy to see why Poltergeist was so successful and became a part of 1982...
  9. Bob McLaughlin

    *** Official 14th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2013 ***

    25. Taxidermia Strange, dark tale of three generations of oddball Hungarian men: a perverted groundskeeper ruled by a tyrannical ex military man, a world-class competitive eater, and a taxidermist who raises show cats the size of St. Bernards. This is more of a transgressive fantasy tale (in...
  10. Bob McLaughlin

    *** Official 14th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2013 ***

    24. The Shining (1980) Isolated hotel caretaker loses his marbles while his psychic son dodges the ghosties. I saw this in a full-sized theater screen with a packed audience last night and it was an incredible experience. Not only one of my all-time favorite horror movies, but one of my...
  11. Bob McLaughlin

    *** Official 14th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2013 ***

    I've been keeping up with my daily viewing but have gotten a little behind on writing up my reviews. 22. Eye of the Devil (first-time viewing) A wealthy baron must return to the old country when his vineyards are failing. When his wife discovers her husband's family roots are paganistic, she...
  12. Bob McLaughlin

    *** Official 14th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2013 ***

    20. Naboer (Next Door) (first-time viewing) Norwegian thriller where two seductive neighbors start messing with the mind of a man who just broke up with his girlfriend. At a mere 76 minutes this was a short nasty little story, but frankly the plot is so thin it could have been made even...
  13. Bob McLaughlin

    *** Official 14th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2013 ***

    19. Blood and Black Lace (first-time viewing) Crime, statuesque Italian fashion models, and an ever-increasing body count, "Blood and Black Lace" is generally regarded as the first giallo and the precursor to the modern slasher. I've been a Mario Bava fan for years but the lack of a good print...
  14. Bob McLaughlin

    *** Official 14th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2013 ***

    18. The Awakening (first-time viewing)Cynical 1920's British ghostbuster (and WWI widow) is hired to investigate paranormal activity at an isolated boarding school. All the elements are here: beautiful settings, creepy kids appearing in blurred photos, vintage ghost-detecting equipment, dark...
  15. Bob McLaughlin

    *** Official 14th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2013 ***

    17. Juan of the Dead (first-time viewing) Viva los zombies! A Cuban petty thief and his band of misfit pals decide to make the best of a zombie outbreak by starting their own zombie extermination business. This is the funniest zombie comedy I've seen since Shaun of the Dead. Full of...
  16. Bob McLaughlin

    *** Official 14th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2013 ***

    16. V/H/S/2 (first-time viewing) After disliking the original V/H/S, I wasn't too interested in watching the sequel, but I was swayed by the more positive reviews and my love of the anthology horror format. Boy, am I glad I didn't skip this one! So much better than the first, with some very...
  17. Bob McLaughlin

    *** Official 14th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2013 ***

    15. Malevolence (first-time viewing) A botched bank robbery leads to hostages and a hideout in a remote rural house--too bad for the robbers, someone is already there, and they don't like visitors. Hard to believe this film was made in 2003, Malevolence apparently seeks to replicate the 1980's...
  18. Bob McLaughlin

    *** Official 14th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2013 ***

    14. Mum and Dad (first-time viewing)Great little bit of nastiness disguised as survival horror, it's really a black comic skewering of the the traditional British family unit--sort of a "Thames Chainsaw Massacre" without the chainsaw. A Polish emigree who cleans bathrooms at Heathrow airport...
  19. Bob McLaughlin

    *** Official 14th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2013 ***

    Keeping the reviews short today, I was pretty busy all weekend and didn't have much time to write reviews. 11. Color Me Blood Red (first-time viewing) The third and least successful of the Herschel Gordon Lewis "blood trilogy" (Blood Feast/Two Thousand Maniacs/Color Me Blood Red). A...
  20. Bob McLaughlin

    *** Official 14th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2013 ***

    10. The Woman in Black (first-time viewing) Hammer horror is back! "The Woman in Black" is an impeccably well-done haunted house movie; ironically a fresh of breath air by being old-fashioned, and just the right kind of film to get you in the mood for the Halloween season. Daniel "Harry...
  21. Bob McLaughlin

    *** Official 14th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2013 ***

    9. Frankenstein's Army (first-time viewing) Delightful entry into the increasingly popular Nazi-sploitation horror genre. "Frankenstein's Army" pits a ragtag group of WW2 Russian soldiers in soon-to-be occupied Germany, only to find that the Nazis have enlisted a descendant of Victor...
  22. Bob McLaughlin

    *** Official 14th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2013 ***

    8. Lunacy (first-time viewing)A man haunted by nightmares of being carted off to the looney bin falls in with a sadistic character with strange theories of how to treat mental illness. Although ostensibly set in 2005, most of the scenes appear to be 18th century in nature, with occasional...
  23. Bob McLaughlin

    *** Official 14th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2013 ***

    7. Sleep Tight (first-time viewing)A sociopathic concierge messes with the minds (and bodies) of the tenants at the apartment building where he works, doing all the little nasty tricks he can to make them miserable, while avoiding being suspected as the underlying culprit behind their problems...
  24. Bob McLaughlin

    *** Official 14th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2013 ***

    6. Absentia (first-time viewing) A pregnant single woman is going through the process of having her husband declared legally dead after he has gone missing for seven years under mysterious circumstances. She starts becoming plagued by visions of her missing husband in her waking dreams and...
  25. Bob McLaughlin

    *** Official 14th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2013 ***

    5. Excision (first-time viewing) Pauline, high school weirdo, has issues. Not only does she look like the offspring of Linda Hamilton (Terminator) and the Geico Caveman, she fantasizes about necrophilia and enjoys doing impromptu surgery on roadkill. Her mother (Traci Lords!) is a harpy who...
  26. Bob McLaughlin

    *** Official 14th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2013 ***

    4. Midnight Son (first-time viewing) A young night watchman/artist with a severe allergy to sunlight develops a taste for human blood at the same time he's fumbling his way through is first sexual relationship with a gothy bar waitress. I'm guessing this one got greenlit after the success of...
  27. Bob McLaughlin

    *** Official 14th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2013 ***

    3. The Pact (2012) (first-time viewing) When two sisters return to their childhood home for their abusive mother's funeral, strange and creepy things start happening in the house. Before long, two people have disappeared and it's up to the lone rebelliious sister to unwind the mysteries of her...
  28. Bob McLaughlin

    *** Official 14th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2013 ***

    2. Uzumaki (first-time viewing) Strange Japanese movie about a schoolgirl observing her friend's father's descent into madness as he obsesses over uzumaki (spiral shapes). He starts with photographing snail shells but is soon insisting on spiral shaped noodles, amassing a collection of spiral...
  29. Bob McLaughlin

    *** Official 14th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2013 ***

    Hey guys, long time no see! I can't miss this annual event! 1. Some Guy Who Kills People (first-time viewing) Enjoyable if awkward slasher comedy with lots of character and heart. A comic-book artist wannabe fresh out of the looney bin starts offing the guys who bullied him in high school...
  30. Bob McLaughlin

    MGM's MIDNITE MOVIES (A Comprehensive List Of All Movies Midnite)

    Necroposting here. I am very close to completing the entire collection! Just a few titles left (Wild in the Streets and Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow). I have purchased them all used at local stores, so it has taken time to get this many.
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