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***Official 21st Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge 2020*** (1 Viewer)

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I did it all wrong this year. I still have about 20 movies to post that I haven't had time to write anything about. But I'm just going to skip all that and drop out. I hate writing all about them after Halloween.

Maybe next year I find the time I need to participate more.
it ain't over til that fat lady rambles!
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I guess im in the minority in not really caring for the 2018 Halloween. I have the same issue with it that others have recently stated about the 78 version. You have to sit through the first hour to get to the inevitable showdown at Lauries house.

The 78 builds tension with Michaels stalking of Laurie, just enough for her to question her sanity only to have to supress that and be the grown up when Tommy starts seeing him. Its creepy and atmospheric too. It earns its climax.

In the 2018 film i didnt get any sense of dread or eeriness or anything. The early killings in the restroom felt like filler. Mike going from house to house was just kind of ridiculous. His getting to Lauries felt contrived. And you knew the husband was going to get it.

I did like the score. And I Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer were both great. But once was enough for me.
 

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Tuesday, October 27th
73. Triangle. 2009
74. Deadgirl 2008
Another fantastic double. I mean, just the right movies to watch. LOVE both of these. Triangle is great to watch over and over but that first time I remember getting dizzy with my mind trying to figure out what the hell was going on. Beautiful bit of surrealism. And I'll take one of those extra Melissa George's please! She's very sexy looking here, although her character is troubled. Finally, been craving this crazy thing for ages. Deadgirl could not have been made better. Highschool Outcasts, nosing around where they shouldn't be. Then doing just the opposite of what any rational person would do. It's like Texas Chainsaw or Last House on the Left. Makes you wonder where the hell the movie is going to go. So disturbing, sometimes funny, sometimes nostalgic (just the highschool chums parts I mean lol). Fernandez is completely real. I'd expect this actor to be exactly like this in real life. Segan is like a young Bruce Dern. Terrific performances!

Wednesday, October 28th
75. The Shining. 1980
76. Dr. Sleep. 2019 (New one)
Got the urge to do the orignal and sequel. I forgot DS was 3 hours long. But it was pretty darn good and felt like a miniseries anyway. So a split up didn't hurt it. I actually enjoyed seeing more of it the next day. Very happy with what they did. Nice homages, that do approach tedious as one point although it didn't hurt things for me, and the continuation of the story was kind of neat I thought. I did wonder what it may have been like it they had just remade the first film somewhat and then eased into this new one in a more seamless manner with the new cast. Good to see this stuff again. Was craving Ready Player ONe in 3D after but decided to hold off. hee !

Thursday, October 29th
77. Tales From the Crypt Demon Knight 1995
Haven't seen this in years. The unwrapped double dvd had been on my shelf for years! Not as good as I remember but still a lot of fun. The creatures all look very good. I need a blu ray upgrade though. This DVD is just okay. That was all I got.

Friday, October 30th
78. Deep Blue Sea. 1999
79. Kill List. 2011
Tales of the Unexpected. "Completely Foolproof" Season 4 Episode 12 (New to me)
Had to work so I carefully selected these. My dvd of Deep Blue skipped badly. The dvd was perfectly clean but a wiping helped it sorta kinda finish without losing much. Disappointed. Hopefully the blu will be $3 at big lots someday. I don't want to buy this again. It's fun but I've seen it enough already. Kill List is incredible. The friendship of those guys is as perfect and real as can be. I like how they credit the actors with extra dialogue. I guess they winged it now and then. It shows, and it's terrific. Unfortunately I had to stop Kill List just before the final part. That cut the tension out a little but still had a great time later. I closed out the day with a pretty good episode of Tales with good old Telly Savalas.

Saturday, HALLOWEEN!!
80. Evil Dead 2. 1987
81. Invasion of the Body Snatchers. 1978
** Love at First Bite 1979 (correction)
82. House of Frankenstein. 1944
83. Tales from the Crypt. 1972
84. House of Wax 3D. 1953
All carefully chosen yesterday. I was thinking I would not be able to do Wax but luckily I got a second wind. It was tough near the end though. Hard to watch a 3D when I'm the least bit sleepy. ED2 looks good on blu but I was thinking the sound on ED1 was better! Had a ball with it though. These movies and the extras the discs have, much like Blair Witch, make me want to produce my own movie even if just for friends. ONe day... Invasion from a blu I got from Dollar General. Looks pretty good. Lots of grain though. Sure better than the very old DVD I had been watching. Among my favorites of all time. Sutherland is superb. In fact the cast just works so well together. And another horror with an unforgettable ending. After all these viewings I still get chills. But now I"m giggling like a schoolgirl too. I don't remember ever seeing House of Frankenstein. It they showed it on my old late night tv horror shows of the 70s and 80s then I saw it. Again, some wild casting with John Carradine as drac this time! He's good! Terrific story with the cute pudgy gypsy girl, the hunchback and Larry the wolfman. Looking forward to the next one, Mummy's something or other. Then House of DRac. then all those Abbot and Costellos and Finally FINALLY the creature flicks some in 3D. Had to watch Tales from the Crypt. I usually go with Creepshow but decided to give it a rest for now since I haven't seen Crypt in some years. Reminded me why it's among my top 2 favs anthologies. There are so many new ones now but Creep and Crypt are just wonderful. My fav story is the one about the home for the blind. To me that one is among the best horror movies/shorts ever. Just perfect and unfortuntely relatable. The Collins Christmas opener is a close second. Pure terror. I couldn't imagine how audiences of the time got through that one. I was watching an old Johnny Carson Tonight Show with Blatty (on pluto tv!!) talking about The Exorcist and how people were fainting or just had to leave the theater during it. And I thought of that interview while watching this. Those same people would have to be rushed to the hospital during this! lol After those stories is the "heart" breaking (pun not intended it really is!!) story with Peter Cushing. Just tears me up. Again, all too relatable. Good things just get eaten up. Finallly, was thrilled to finally see House of Wax 3D on modern equiptment. I saw this at the theater back during the 80s 3D comeback. But here the 3D is jawdropping. I'd heard it was great but getting to see it like this I could not imagine it being like this in the 80s with those grey glasses. Maybe it was okay... but there is so much to see among all the depth. Just a 3D fans delight! I was just giggling during the paddleball stuff. That's the only thing I really remember from seeing it before. Superb! one of the best 3Ds in my collection. I was wishing they had released Blood for Dracula and Flesh for Frankenstein 3Ds while 3D was hot again this time. I saw those in the 80s too. 3D would help those so much!

GREAT days among the hard to do ones. Had a fun time.

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14 new ones. I watched a lot more new ones in sept
8/30min shows.
 
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I always watch all movies from beginning to end including the credits to look for stuff. This year I just forgot to keep track of credits. The things I remember were In Fabic, it had a credit for PUBIC HAIR and one for VIBRATOR. lol Kill List says "No animals were harmed..." I'd like to know who made that realistic rabbit that is being skinned at one point. I'm a vegetarian animal activist these days but in my teens I used to hunt and have cleaned my fair share of game. I'm guessing they put hoppy into a deep sleep, carefully skinned him, then put him back together carefully and sent him home to mommy. Sweet! I also remember paying closer attention to the strange names in the shining credit rolls. I'm usually elated and just taking in that wonderful song that plays. hee!

I saw so many more but now can't remember anymore. so much I meant to talk about. But I've been doing this for hours. I'll leave it at that. time for breakfast at 1:40. lol glad the time changed.
 

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My final batch of reviews. Phew! It's been fun! I'll post a separate recap later.

097 10/30 She Kills In Ecstasy (1971) 3.5/5 After her husband is driven to suicide once his morally repugnant genetic experiments gets him shunned from the medical community, a young woman goes on a path of vengeance. Plot wise this Jesse Franco vehicle for Soledad Miranda is no great shakes and production wise this one was made on the cheap. That said, Franco packs it with so much style and Miranda is so captivating and charismatic that it’s near impossible not to get drawn into it. It might be better than the more famous VAMPYROS LESBOS in that it’s streamlined efficiency really works in its favour.

098 10/31 Friday The 13th Part 3 (1982) 3.5/5 I’ve never been a great fan of this one. The 3D effects are super hokey in 2D, the biker gang is laughably dumb and then there’s Shelly. There are lovable losers and then there’s Shelly, a fist-magnet energy vampire who just drags everything down. That said, on this viewing I got a bit out of this one. The gore is toned down, but there’s plenty of action and Jason has morphed into unstoppable killer mode and it’s kind of fun watching this batch of unlikable pricks get killed.

099 10/31 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) 3.5/5 Maybe it’s overall low expectations over my physical dislike of the over the top doll design, but this is another good Annabelle picture. This one takes up where THE CONJURING left off, where we see the Warrens bring Annabelle home for the first time and the trouble ensues when their babysitters dumb friend fucks about the cursed room. It ends up being another good Conjuring franchise film. Hopefully they can keep the streak up though I have to say, maybe three times the charm and we don’t need a fourth movie about this doll.

100 10/31 Blood Quantum (2019) 4/5 The zombie genre is done to death. There’s nothing new that can really be added at this point so if you're going to make a new and interesting zombie film it's all about location and theme, and that’s where this one is a home run. First Nations people in Canada notice the dead coming alive which leads to a pandemic where it’s discovered that First Nations people are immune. I loved this one. Shifting the perspective like this allowed for themes currently untouched which lead to a novel approach to the genre and a deeper look at the horrid history of First Nations relations in Canada. This might be the best political zombie film since Romero’s DAWN OF THE DEAD, and it’s gory and nasty as fuck to boot. Recommended and I can’t wait to see what director Jeff Barnaby does next and I got to get my hands on RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS.

101 10/31 The Human Monster (1939) 2.5/5 Bodies are being discovered in the river Thames and police are starting to suspect it has to do with an insurance gimmick. The agent is Bela Lugosi, so obviously there isn’t any real mystery here. That said, they give Lugosi’s agent the hypno-gimmick he had as Dracula and a monster aid so it’s kind of fun while being nothing overly special.

102 10/31 The Thing From Another World (1951) 5/5 Revisited my dad's favourite horror film, the one that scared him as a child. It’s crazy how well this one holds up. Carpenter deserves a lot of credit for his remake which is one of the finest horror films ever made, but it sure helped to have this as a template to build on since it’s dead solid. Yeah, the monster in this is no great shakes design wise, but everything around it plays real straight, modern in style and it’s hard to not get caught up in it. Throw in one of the most amazing fire stunts in film history and this one is an absolute classic.

103 10/31 Friday the 13th The Final Chapter (1984) 5/5 My vote for best of the F13 franchise. Revisiting this one, it really would have been the perfect ending to the series since the sequels tend to miss more than hit. This one seems to take the ideas that didn’t work great in the previous two and make them work. So instead of sad sack make-up wanna be actor Shelly from part 3, you get a nerdy make-up savant Tommy played by Corey Feldman who does a great job in the role. You get the annoying teenagers making bad decisions, but likable ones that seem to have personalities and of course, Crispin Glover putting in a performance from mars. Add in a brutally aggressive Jason who is now displaying super saiyan/logic breaking ninja level skills that manage to work in the context of the picture and this one just delivers on all fronts.
 

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oops! add one more to mine.

Love at First Bite. 1979. I watched this Halloween after Invasion of the Body Snatchers. I meant to watch during my vacation period since nostalgia works better during those times and this was one me and mom saw when I was a boy. We always loved it and still talk about it to this day. I got it for her birthday in sept. But it doesn't hold up all that well after all these years. It's really fun sometimes, like long segment of Love American Style or something, also I love the NIghtlife back where it belongs left me kind of sighing. hehe. I was going to go with Young Frankenstein but my Brooks collection got put somewhere and I just couldn't find it. Anyway, no wonder I forgot about it since it was my least favorite to see yesterday.

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14 new ones. I watched a lot more new ones in sept
8/30min shows.
 

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103 10/31 Friday the 13th The Final Chapter (1984) 5/5 My vote for best of the F13 franchise. Revisiting this one, it really would have been the perfect ending to the series since the sequels tend to miss more than hit. This one seems to take the ideas that didn’t work great in the previous two and make them work. So instead of sad sack make-up wanna be actor Shelly from part 3, you get a nerdy make-up savant Tommy played by Corey Feldman who does a great job in the role. You get the annoying teenagers making bad decisions, but likable ones that seem to have personalities and of course, Crispin Glover putting in a performance from mars. Add in a brutally aggressive Jason who is now displaying super saiyan/logic breaking ninja level skills that manage to work in the context of the picture and this one just delivers on all fronts.
it sure is! enormous amounts of fun. The cast is crazy good. I was just thinking about that one after seeing an old gameshow recently with a question about who did that song he's singing, Tangerine. :D I think the show was blockbusters, they run that one on BUZZR.
 

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My totals:
Movies: 102, 93 first time viewings,
TV: 1 series, 10 episodes worth 5, also a first time viewing
Total points: 107, 94 first time viewings.

Best New Discovery: OVERLORD (2018) and BLOOD QUANTUM (2019) are the two that stood out the most.

Worst film: AMITYVILLE ASYLUM and OUIJA HOUSE. two movies so shit that I bailed on each of the series (though that's not an official OUIJA movie). It's going to take a lot to get me to revisit either franchise.

Guilty Pleasure: FRANKY AND HIS PALS and NIGHT OF THE LIVING BABES. Two shot on video comedies that revel in their stupidity to be a lot of over the top fun.

Final thoughts: Another fun challenge. I'm happy to break 100 movies which is usually my goal. This was one where I went in with no viewing plan aside from catching up on some unwatched blus from genre companies and randomly filling it out. Ended up catching up on some franchises with mixed results and finding some nice surprises. My only real planned viewing was the the first four Friday The 13th to fill in some classic nostalgia since it wouldn't feel like a Scary Movie Challenge without either some F13 or HALLOWEEN. and the only planned day was Oct 31 aside from THE HUMAN MONSTER which was chosen due to length and having Bela Lugosi in it. I think this is the first challenge I've had in years where I wasn't working Oct 31, which was nice!

Missed films: Color Out of Space was one I hoped to get to and frankly just kept forgetting about until it was too late. I'm sure there are others for the same reason lol.

Thanks to everyone participating and posting reviews, it's always a joy to read even if I didn't get around to commenting as much as past years. And hats off to those of you breaking 150 films! Hopefully we are all here next year to do it again!

001 10/01 The Eleventh Commandment (1986) 2/5
002 10/02 The Caller (1987) 3.5/5
003 10/02 Pandemonium (1982) 2/5
004 10/02 Memorial Valley Massacre (1989) 2/5
005 10/03 Zombie 5: Killing Birds (1987) 2/5
006 10/03 Spellcaster (1988) 2.5/5
007 10/03 Sisters (1972) 4/5
008 10/04 The McPherson Tape (1989) 3.5/5
009 10/04 Edge of the Axe (1988) 3/5
010 10/04 Deadly Manor (1990) 2.5/5
011 10/04 Franky and his Pals (1991) 3.5/5
012 10/04 Flowers in the Attic (1987) 3/5
013 10/06 Critters Attack (2019) 2.5/5
014 10/06 Grave Robbers (Ladrones De Tumbas) (1989) 3/5
015 10/08 King Kong Vs. Godzilla (1962 Japanese Version) 4/5
016 10/09 Ouija (2014) 2.5/5
017 10/10 Demonia (1990) 2/5
018 10/10 Absentia (2011) 3.5/5
019 10/10 Limbo (1999) 3.5/5
020 10/11 Eaten Alive: A Tasteful Revenge (1999) 3.5/5
021 10/11 Aenigma (1987) 3/5
022 10/11 Verotika (2019) 2/5
023 10/11 The Beast In The Cellar (1971) 2.5/5
024 10/11 Amityville: Horror or Hoax (2000) 2/5
025 10/12 Equinox (1970) 3/5
026 10/12 Oculus (2014) 3/5
027 10/13 Curse of the Blind Dead (2020) 1.5/5
028 10/15 One Missed Call (2003) 3/5
029 10/16 Wicked Little Things (2006) 2/5
030 10/16 The Haunting of Hill House (2018) 4/5
031 10/17 Blood On Satan’s Claw 3.5/5
032 10/17 Before I Wake (2016) 3.5/5
033 10/17 Beyond Re-Animator (2006) 3/5
034 10/17 The Nanny (1965) 3.5/5
035 10/18 Orgasmo (1969) 3.5/5
036 10/18 My Amityville Horror (2013) 2.5/5
037 10/18 Gorath (1962) 3/5
038 10/18 Alone (2020) 3.5/5
039 10/18 Hellraiser Revelations (2011) 2/5
040 10/19 Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965) 4/5
041 10/19 The Devil (1981) 3.5/5
042 10/19 It Chapter 1 (2017) 4/5
043 10/20 XX (2017) 2.5/5
044 10/20 Hush (2016) 3/5
045 10/20 Shivers (1975) 2.5/5
046 10/20 The Tripper (2006) 2.5/5
047 10/20 The Ghoul (1933) 2.5/5
048 10/20 Dracula Exotica (1980) 2.5/5
049 10/21 The Hunger (1983) 3/5
050 10/21 Scarecrows (1988) 2/5
051 10/21 It Chapter Two (2019) 4/5
052 10/21 The Strangler (1964) 3.5/5
053 10/22 Alone in the Dark (1982) 2/5
054 10/22 One Missed Call 2 (2005) 2.5/5
055 10/23 The Wasp Woman (1959) 2.5/5
056 10/23 Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) 4/5
057 10/23 Nail Gun Massacre (1985) 2.5/5
058 10/23 Torture Garden (1967) 3.5/5
059 10/23 Vampyros Lesbos (1971) 3.5/5
060 10/24 Hellraiser: Judgement (2018) 2.5/5
061 10/24 The Woman (2011) 3.5/5
062 10/24 Caged Virgins (1971) 1.5/5
063 10/24 Scared Stiff (1953) 3/5
064 10/24 Let’s Scare Julie (2020) 2.5/5
065 10/25 Cam (2018) 3.5/5
066 10/25 Offspring (2009) 3/5
067 10/25 Amityville Asylum (2013) 1.5/5
068 10/25 Ouija House (2018) 1.2/5
069 10/25 The Meg (2018) 3.5/5
070 10/25 Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Snowman (2000) 2/5
071 10/25 Night of The Living Babes (1987) 3.5/5
072 10/26 So Sweet… So Perverse (1969) 3.5/5
073 10/26 Mulberry Street (2006) 2/5
074 10/26 The Babysitter (2017) 3.5/5
075 10/26 Overlord (2018) 4/5
076 10/27 Matango (1963) 3/5
077 10/27 Darlin’ (2019) 2.5/5
078 10/27 Night Tide (1961) 3.5/5
079 10/27 House IV (1992) 2/5
080 10/27 One Missed Call: Final (2006) 3.5/5
081 10/28 Gomu (2005) 2.5/5
082 10/28 The Love Story (2006) 2.5/5
083 10/28 Annabelle (2014) 3.5/5
084 10/28 The Monster Squad (1987) 3.5/5
085 10/28 Gerald's Game (2017) 3.5/5
086 10/28 Coma (1978) 3.5/5
087 10/28 Random Acts of Violence (2019) 3/5
088 10/29 Sorceress (1995) 3/5
089 10/29 Annabelle: Creation (2017) 3.5/5
090 10/29 Friday the 13th (1980) 4/5
091 10/29 Unsane (2018) 3.5/5
092 10/29 The Greasy Strangler (2016) 3.5/5
093 10/30 The Nun (2018) 2.5/5
094 10/30 Night of the Creeps (1986) 3.5/5
095 10/30 Friday The 13th: Part 2 (1982) 3.5/5
096 10/30 The Curse of La Llorona (2019) 3.5/5
097 10/30 She Kills In Ecstasy (1971) 3.5/5
098 10/31 Friday The 13th Part 3 (1982) 3.5/5
099 10/31 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) 3.5/5
100 10/31 Blood Quantum (2019) 4/5
101 10/31 The Human Monster (1939) 2.5/5
102 10/31 The Thing From Another World (1951) 5/5
103 10/31 Friday the 13th The Final Chapter (1984) 5/5
 

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it sure is! enormous amounts of fun. The cast is crazy good. I was just thinking about that one after seeing an old gameshow recently with a question about who did that song he's singing, Tangerine. :D I think the show was blockbusters, they run that one on BUZZR.

There's a letterboxd review for f13 final chapter that is "Imagine a series so terrible that this is considered the best one" and I had to laugh. :lol:
 

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099 10/31 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) 3.5/5 Maybe it’s overall low expectations over my physical dislike of the over the top doll design, but this is another good Annabelle picture. This one takes up where THE CONJURING left off, where we see the Warrens bring Annabelle home for the first time and the trouble ensues when their babysitters dumb friend fucks about the cursed room. It ends up being another good Conjuring franchise film. Hopefully they can keep the streak up though I have to say, maybe three times the charm and we don’t need a fourth movie about this doll.
It makes big profits for WB and the producers, so I'm pretty sure we'll see another eventually. At least the creators seem to want to make good movies, not just more sequels for the money.

Prior to the release of the film in June 2019, Dauberman commented on the possibility of another film in the Annabelle series: "I didn't look at this process ... going, 'What other stuff can we absolutely spin-off into other movies?' [It's about] what works for this movie, and then if people seem to dig it, then we'll go from there." Producer Peter Safran also commented on the possibility, stating that they will continue to develop and create films "as long as [they] keep having original stories to tell. The moment that you start repeating yourself and really diluting the good will that exists out there, then it's the beginning of the end."

Grosses for the Conjuring Universe films to date:

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Challenge Summary:

42 points for Movies (16 new)
3 points for TV
45 points total

Top Rating: :emoji_scream::emoji_scream::emoji_scream::emoji_scream:
New Viewings: :emoji_jack_o_lantern:
  1. :emoji_jack_o_lantern: The Strangers: Prey at Night :emoji_scream::emoji_scream:
  2. :emoji_jack_o_lantern: Gremlin :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream:
  3. The Invisible Man (2020) :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream:
  4. The Lost Boys :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream:
  5. Psycho :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream: 1/2
  6. The Exorcist :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream:
  7. The Addams Family (1991) :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream: 1/2
  8. Addams Family Values :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream: 1/2
  9. :emoji_jack_o_lantern: Swamp Thing (2019, Ep 1) :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream:
  10. :emoji_jack_o_lantern: Pet Sematary (2019) :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream:
  11. :emoji_jack_o_lantern: NeverKnock :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream:
  12. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream:
  13. :emoji_jack_o_lantern: Small Town Folk :emoji_scream:
  14. Leatherface :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream:
  15. House on Haunted Hill (1999) :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream: 1/2
  16. :emoji_jack_o_lantern: Slender Man :emoji_scream:
  17. :emoji_jack_o_lantern: Casper :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream: 1/2
  18. :emoji_jack_o_lantern: Hellbenders 3D :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream: 1/2
  19. Werewolf: The Beast Among Us :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream:
  20. The Phantom of the Opera (1989) :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream: 1/2
  21. [Malevolence 2:] Bereavement :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream: 1/2
  22. Goosebumps 3D :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream:
  23. Eight Legged Freaks :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream: 1/2
  24. :emoji_jack_o_lantern: Devil's Gate :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream: 1/2
  25. :emoji_jack_o_lantern: Malevolence 3: Killer :emoji_scream: 1/2
  26. :emoji_jack_o_lantern: Monsterland 1/2
  27. The Final Destination 3D (2009) :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream: 1/2
  28. :emoji_jack_o_lantern: Season of the Witch (2011) :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream:
  29. Underwater (2020) :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream:
  30. Silver Bullet :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream:
  31. Grizzly :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream: 1/2
  32. Alligator :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream:
  33. :emoji_jack_o_lantern: The Evil :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream: 1/2
  34. Poltergeist (2015) :emoji_scream: 1/2
  35. IT (2017) :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream:
  36. :emoji_jack_o_lantern: Z :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream:
  37. Sinister :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream:
  38. Bugs Bunny Howl-oween Special :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream:
  39. Tales of Halloween :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream: 1/2
  40. :emoji_jack_o_lantern: Death Ship (1980) :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream:
  41. Fright Night (1985) :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream:
  42. Fright Night Part 2 (1988) :emoji_scream: :emoji_scream: 1/2

TV Series/Shows
  • Supernatural S14.E10 "Nihilism"
  • Swamp Thing S1.E2
  • Supernatural S14.E11 "Damaged Goods"
  • Swamp Thing S1.E3
  • Hair Raising Hare (Bugs Bunny short)
  • Supernatural S14.E12 "Prophet & Loss"

Not a bad year. I consider it a good year if I average one per day and reach 31 movies. I just don't have the stamina that some of you have to watch 6-8 movies per day.

Best new watches this year were Z, Devil's Gate, and Pet Sematary (2019). Old favorites that still do not disappoint include Fright Night (1985), Bereavement, Eight Legged Freaks.

Great challenge everyone. Love to read about all these films, many of which I'd never heard of.

@whacky blacky (Shawn), did you watch anything that ranked higher than a 3/5? I admire your perseverance if that's as good as it gets. :D
 

Michael Elliott

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A great turn out by all. Some major numbers this year. On average, according to Letterbox, I do around 125 films a month. I never binge watch like I do in October but I must say it burned me out to the point where I crashed shortly after one last night. Had no desire to watch anything today. But it was fun.

188 Films
101 First timers

Top First Time Viewings:

Best First Time View: MASSACRE AT CENTRAL HIGH (1976). After years of holding off in hopes of the Synapse release I finally said screw it and watched what I had. A very good horror film that needs a bigger cult following. Hopefully Synapse releases it before 2050.

Current Films: ALONE (2020), YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFT (2020), THE RENTAL (2020), RELIC (2020) and SWALLOW (2019)

TV Movies: HOME FOR THE HOLIDYS (1972), THE STRANGE AND DEADLY OCCURRENCE (1974), THE SAVAGE BEES (1976), ALL THE KIND STRANGERS (1974) and THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER (1979)

Documentaries: MICHAEL LIVES: THE MAKING OF HALLOWEEN (2008), GORGON VIDEO MAGAZINE (1989) and WOLFMAN GOT NARDS (2018)

The Rest: GRAVE ROBBERS (1989), DAYS OF FURY (1980), AND SOON THE DARKNESS (1970), LEPTIRICA (1973), GAMERA 2: ATTACK OF THE LEGION (1996), GAMERA THE BRAVE (2006) and THE HAND THAT FEEDS THE DEAD (1974)
 

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Sunday, October 25th
66. The Blair Witch Project. 1999
67. Drag Me to Hell. 2009
68. Mystery Science Theater 3000 Deadly Bees.
69. Black Swain. 2010
70. The Final Girls. 2014
.... removed Blair stuff ....

Forgot to ramble about the others after Blair witch. so some addition rambles.
So great to see Drag me again. I was thinking what if all this I'm laughing at here actually happened in real life? it would be totally different. The uncomfortable horror moments, like bleeding on your boss... just man! lol or meeting your SA's family and having an episode. So much is well done. And I just can never remember that fantastic ending! surprises every time. Next a MST3K Amicus movie with bees and some actual disturbing moments among the ones they poke fun at. Has one of my fav host bits, Mike in the bee suit. Black Swan is the one I'd mentioned when talking about Suspiria. I also find it a masterpiece. I can't take my eyes of Portman, she's so believable every moment she's on screen. And Hershy as her overbearing mother. Was really feeling great after it. I have the blu ray but I think would be incredible on 4K. I'd buy it again. Finally, the Final Girls. Surreal, hilarious, homages all over the place and a surprising amount of heart between the mother and daughter. This was also a damn good day.
 

Russell G

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A great turn out by all. Some major numbers this year. On average, according to Letterbox, I do around 125 films a month. I never binge watch like I do in October but I must say it burned me out to the point where I crashed shortly after one last night. Had no desire to watch anything today. But it was fun.

I hear you on the burn out. I listened to the first Zappa Halloween 81 concert while typing out my last reviews as the boxset arrived and sat unlistened during the challenge. I guess I wasn't fully done with Halloween lol
 

Sandro

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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 ***
10/06/20 Paranormal Activity 2 ** ½
10/07/20 Island of Terror ***
10/07/20 Deerskin ***
10/08/20 Sadistic Baron Von Klaus ***
10/08/20 Neighbor ***
10/09/20 Sea Fever ***
10/10/20 Gretel & Hansel ***
10/10/20 Burning Moon * ½
10/10/20 Countdown * ½
10/10/20 Frankenstein Created Woman **
10/10/20 A Cold Night's Death (1973) ***
10/11/20 Demon (1963) *** ½
10/11/20 Poughkeepsie Tapes ***
10/12/20 Paranormal Activity 3 **
10/12/20 Urban Legends: Final Cut **
10/14/20 Shivers ***
10/14/20 Dream No Evil **
10/15/20 Rabid ** ½
10/15/20 Dark August **
10/16/20 Urban Legends: Bloody Mary * ½
10/17/20 Blood Diner ***
10/17/20 Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed ** ½
10/19/20 Paranormal Activity 4 **
10/20/20 Invisible Man (2020) ***
10/21/20 Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell ** ½
10/22/20 Child, The ** ½
10/23/20 Dr. Terror's House of Horrors ** ½
10/23/20 Extra Ordinary ***
10/24/20 Appointment, The (1981) ** ½
10/24/20 Beast in the Cellar **
10/24/20 Reptile, The ** ½
10/25/20 Someone's Watching Me! ** ½
10/26/20 Mystery of the Wax Museum ***
10/27/20 The Brood ****
10/27/20 Deadly Strangers **
10/28/20 The Beyond ***
10/29/20 Trick * ½
10/30/20 Tremors: Shrieker Island ** ½
10/31/20 Vampires vs. the Bronx ***
10/31/20 1BR ***
10/31/20 Sweetheart ***

Best films

Demon (1963)
Sweetheart
Invisible Man (2020)
Blood Diner
Sea Fever

Best rewatches
The Brood
Ninth Gate
Frankenstein Must be Destroyed
Cold Night's Death

Worst Films
Urban Legends: Bloody Mary
Countdown

Memorable scenes/things
Exorcism scene in Demon (1963)
Samantha Eggar's revelation in The Brood
The creature reveals in Sweetheart and Sea Fever
The absurd ending of Urban Legend
The wacked-out humor in Blood Diner
 

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Well, I guess everyone's posted their totals by now. So, here's the list, with first time views noted in parentheses. Please let me know of any mistakes I made with the math.

MIchael Elliott 188 (101)
John Stell 176 (15)
TravisR 155 (1)
BobO'Link 154 (29)
Russell G 107 (94)
Radioman970 87.67 (14)
whacky blacky 68 (68)
dana martin 53 (48)
Sandro 49 (24)
Suzanne.S 49 (46)
Malcolm R 45 (16)
sleroi 45 (21)
Pete Battista 41 (23)
dpippel 40 (18)
Neil Middlemiss 31 (18)
Jeff Flugel 28 (14.5)
JohnRice 19 (8)
HawksFord 19 (7)
Greg Black 12.5 (12.5)
 
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