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October Horror Movie a Day - Can You Do It?
« on: October 02, 2010, 11:14:27 AM »
I posted something similar to this in another forum I belong to, but thought, since there's Zombie-Thon going on and all, this might provide an interesting challenge to those who are already trying to watch as many zombie movies that they can find...

Two years ago, I thought I'd start my own little tradition at home, where every day in October I would try to watch one horror movie a day.  The first year was an abysmal failure...by about day 6 I was already trying to watch 2 movies a day just to catch up.  The second year I did much better, but still fell short halfway through.  But this year I'm going to try and do it...I know I'm guaranteed at least two, since I'm writing iRiffs for The Thing and Alien, but I'm only counting each of those once.

If you feel up to the task, here's the rules:

1. Since this is the 2nd, you can count the 1st as a freebie, since I posted a day late.  However, from here on out, it's 1 a day.
2. Make-up days are allowed, but only due to important extenuating circumstances.  Laziness doesn't count.
3. Series ARE allowed, and are in fact encouraged.  Nothing wrong with following up Friday the 13th with all the Saw films...obscurity is not a factor, but if you find one you know of that not too many do, write up a quick summary following the title.
4. As the definition of horror is sketchy at times, thrillers do count, as long as they are the right kind of thrillers (Hannibal Lecter is okay, political thrillers like Patriot Games, no).  Mysteries are also acceptable, but again, depends on the theme of the movie.  For the most part, though, if you have to ask, chances are you can find something safer.
5. Post up your movies completed here, along with the date...I'd suggest editing your initial post with your updates just to keep the thread nice and tidy  There are no prizes, it's just for fun, so be honest.  There's no shame in not making it, though if you do, congrats in advance!

Not too difficult to pull off, right?  Anyway, what are you doing here?  Pop in a movie and get watchin'!

1st: John Carpenter's The Thing
2nd: Conjure
3rd: Heavy Mental
4th: Return to House on Haunted Hill - All right, it's just okay as a horror film, but I picked  it up for the 'Choose Your Own Adventure' thingie...which turned out to be a lot better than Final Destination 3's (you can get 6 different endings depending on your choices through the movie).
5th: A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) - Rorschach's a good successor to Englund, but a dull start if they're going to continue the series.
6th: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Original)
7th: Return of the Living Dead
8th: From Beyond - If you've seen Re-Animator, it's the same crew.  Just as weird, funny, and creepy.
9th: House on Haunted Hill (1999) - Haunted Hill fever!  Catch it!
10th: Tales from the Crypt Presents Demon Knight
11th: The Evil Dead
12th: Splice - Not as scary as I thought it would be, nor really as disturbing...the whole I kept thinking what Delphine Chineac looked like without her face all 'Gollumed' up (CG eye work, etc.), and by the time it got to the...well, 'deed,' it seemed like it was really a choice between one harpy over the other.   ;)
13th: My Name is Bruce
14th: Poltergeist
15th: The Human Centipede - If I say the phrase, "Feed her!" and you know what that refers to, and you're not automatically throwing up, you'll make it through this just fine.  Dieter Laser is both a creepy villain and somehow the European version of a cross between Lance Henriksen and Christopher Walken in the most hilarious ways.
16th: Nosferatu (Silent)
17th: Bad Taste - Well, sort of, I fell asleep about halfway through, so I'm technically behind half a movie.  Will be quickly rectified.
18th: The Crazies (2010) - Never saw the original, didn't think this was bad at all.  Still, too much walking, not enough Crazies for my liking.
19th: The Blob (1988) - Didn't know Frank Darabont wrote this, but what I think makes this one still creepy is that the Blob itself really does not discriminate...it's one of the few horror movies I've ever seen where LIKABLE people get eaten just as (if not more) often than idiots.  If you see it for the first time, you really have no idea who will make it and who won't.
20th: Creepshow
21st: Twilight Zone - The Movie: I've seen all the segments before, but never the whole movie beginning to end in one go.  Interesting to know, though, that Bart Simpson plays the "sister" in segment 3.  And I don't care how old the effects are, Rob Bottin's monster work STILL looks damn good.
22nd: Day of the Dead (1985)
23rd: Dead Alive
24th: Dog Soldiers
25th: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (silent)
26th: Wallace and Gromit (What?  Do they all have to be violent? ;D)
27th: Return of the Living Dead 2 - Yeah, the movie isn't great, but the DVD edition makes it nearly unwatchable (wrong music cues on English track, missing movie frames in church segment).  The whole series has been inexplicably been screwed on DVD for one reason or another.
28th: House on Haunted HIll (1959) - Yes, it counts if it's Rifftraxed.
29th: Alien
30th: The Monster Squad
31st: Friday the 13th Part 3-D
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Re: October Horror Movie a Day - Can You Do It?
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2010, 11:22:12 AM »
I would join in, but I'm off to London in a couple of weeks - that would totally screw me over on the daily schedule thing. 


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Re: October Horror Movie a Day - Can You Do It?
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2010, 01:45:29 PM »
Sounds like my kind of marathon. I'll do my best, even if my school schedule dictates that some days will be trickier than others. I'll keep my final tally going in this post.

1. The Exorcist: Director's Cut
2. Let Me In
3. The People Under the Stairs
4. Dog Soldiers
5. Survival of the Dead
6. Nosferatu
7. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
8. Mulberry Street
9. Psycho (Hitchcock)
10. The Last Horror Movie
11. Splinter
12. Dead Air
13. Pontypool
14. An American Werewolf in London
15. The Evil Dead
16. Psycho (1998)
17. Psycho II
18. Fright Night
19. Paranormal Activity
20. Paranormal Activity 2
21. Lake Placid
22. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
23. Rogue
24. Wolf Creek
25. Man Bites Dog
26. The Toxic Avenger
27. House on Haunted Hill (Rifftrax)
28. The Thing
29. Trick 'r Treat
30. Midnight Meat Train
31. Alligator
32. Xtro
33. Saw 3D

Let Me In: Just got back from this, so good timing on the thread. It's a serviceable remake of the Swedish original, certainly not the atrocity I feared it would be way back when it was announced. It's well shot, the acting works (especially for the kids; I was worried about the boy since he bugged the hell out of me in The Road, but he does a nice job here), and the changes from the original work well enough. Naturally they made things a lot more... a lot more, really. More actiony bits, more 'extreme' instances of violence... not that they went overboard or anything, just compared to the quiet grace of the original, this is a lot more in-your-face. So at the end of the day, while it just can't compete with the original film (which I still hold as the best vampire movie ever made), it's not an insult to it by existing. It's just redundant.
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Re: October Horror Movie a Day - Can You Do It?
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2010, 07:58:57 PM »
I'm actually participating in DVD Talk's insane "100 Horror Films in October"  challenge, so I'll give it a shot. (I expect to probably get 50-60 watched, not 100.) So, I'm in. I'll update sporadically.

Fuller reviews later.

Oct 1: Zombrex Dead Sun Rising
Oct 2: Blade
Oct 2: Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer
Oct 3: Blade II
Oct 3: Blade Trinity
Oct 3: My Bloody Valentine 3D
Oct 4: The Ruins
Oct 4: Quarantine
Oct 4: Night of the Comet
Oct 5: 30 Days of Night
Oct 5: 30 Days of Night: Dark Days
Oct 5: MacGruber
Oct 6: Ghost Ship
Oct 6: John Carpenter's The Ghosts of Mars
Oct 6: Darkness Falls
Oct 6: John Carpenter's The Fog
Oct 6: Terror Train
Oct 6: Dracula 2000
Oct 7: Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
Oct 7: Return of the Killer Tomatoes
Oct 7: Silver Bullet
Oct 8: 1408
Oct 8: Stay Alive
Oct 8: Blood Creek
Oct 8: Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated
Oct 8: Let the Right One In
Oct 8: Thir13en Ghosts
Oct 9: Dracula (1931)
Oct 9: Frankenstein (1933)
Oct 9: Young Frankenstein
Oct 10: Halloween (Carpenter)
Oct 10: Carnival of Souls
Oct 10: Lifeforce
Oct 11: Child's Play
Oct 11: Against the Dark
Oct 11: Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Oct 11: Day of the Dead (2007)
Oct 11: Zombieland
Oct 12: Urban Legends: Blood Mary
Oct 12: Zombies of Mass Destruction
Oct 12: Edges of Darkness
Oct 12: Killer Tomatoes Strike Back
Oct 12: Killer Tomatoes Eat France
Oct 13: The Descent
Oct 13: The Descent 2
Oct 13: Them!
Oct 13: Sleepy Hollow
Oct 14: House of the Dead
Oct 14: House of the Dead II
Oct 14: From Dusk 'til Dawn
Oct 14: Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare
Oct 14: Hard Rock Zombies
Oct 15: The Return of the Living Dead
Oct 15: Gremlins
Oct 15: Vampyres
Oct 16: Silent Hill
Oct 16: Knight Chills
Oct 17: The Frighteners
Oct 17: The Night Stalker
Oct 17: The Night Strangler
Oct 17: Flight of the Living Dead
Oct 17: Tamara
Oct 17: Chopping Mall
Oct 18: The Ghost Breakers
Oct 18: Night of the Creeps
Oct 18: Jason X
Oct 19: Versus
Oct 19: Blade: The House of Chtnon
Oct 20: The House that Dripped Blood
Oct 20: Sorority Row
Oct 20: Dance of the Dead (2008)
Oct 21: Necroville
Oct 21: Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter
Oct 21: Paranormal Activity
Oct 22: Jennifer's Body
Oct 22: Night of the Demons
Oct 22: The Witches Hammer
Oct 22: Scream, Blacula, Scream
Oct 23: Scream
Oct 24: ICWXP: Bloody Pit of Horror!
Oct 24: My Name is Bruce
Oct 24: Dead and Breakfast
Oct 24: John Carpenter's Vampires
Oct 25: Wild Zero
Oct 25: House of Wax (Remake, w/riff)
Oct 25: Hellraiser: Bloodlines (An Alan Smithee Film!)
Oct 25: Event Horizon
Oct 25: Embrace of the Vampire
Oct 26: A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
Oct 26: A Nightmare on Elm Street (original)
Oct 26: A Nightmare on Elm Street II: Freddy's Revenge
Oct 26: Elvira's Movie Macabre: The Devil's Wedding Night
Oct 27: Jess Franco's Count Dracula
Oct 27: Taintlight (shudder)
Oct 27: Cloverfield (w/Riff. Technically not horror according to IMDB)
Oct 27: The Blair Witch Project
Oct 27: The Blair Witch Project 2: Book of Shadows
Oct 27: Return to the House on Haunted Hill (Thanks, AMC!)
Oct 28: The Final Destination
Oct 28: House on Haunted Hill (1999)
Oct 28: Rifftrax Live - The House on Haunted Hill
Oct 29: Boogeyman 3 (I believe this is #100 if you don't count Macgruber or Cloverfield)
Oct 30: Squirm
Oct 30: Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
Oct 30: Werewolf
Oct 30: Red (SyFy one, not Willis/Malkovich)
Oct 31: Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Oct 31: Shaun of the Dead
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Re: October Horror Movie a Day - Can You Do It?
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2010, 12:22:46 PM »
Actually, I guess since I watched The Exorcist on the 30th, I might be able to count that over the 1st.


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Re: October Horror Movie a Day - Can You Do It?
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2010, 04:27:06 PM »
All righty, I just previewed this and realized how much crap I wrote, so I'm 'spoilering' these reviews of the movies I watched on the 2nd and 3rd...not because I give anything away, but it would be too long otherwise.  If you can get through them, good luck.

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Re: October Horror Movie a Day - Can You Do It?
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2010, 08:28:32 PM »
I was going to do this, but I'm too busy!


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Re: October Horror Movie a Day - Can You Do It?
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2010, 12:09:13 PM »
Even if I don't post here every day, I am still keeping up with this. I'll just be updating when I can.

My last two were:

The People Under the Stairs. While this isn't exactly Wes Craven's most inspired directorial effort, at least it's entertaining to watch. Almost plays like an R-rated, "urban" version of The Goonies (cute kid goes on a treasure hunt to save his family's home while aided by a deformed guy and being chased by an evil family). It can be quite funny at times, and the scenes of Daddy wandering around in a full Gimp suit while shooting a shotgun into the walls are always a delight to watch. And, to its credit, it does manage at least one mostly-creepy scene towards the end, where Momma gets what's coming to her.

Dog Soldiers. I love this movie, absolutely adore it. A solid genre effort with plenty of gore, good practical effects, lots of nice gunfighting, cool characters, jokes that work, and even some scary werewolves. That it's all so wonderfully British is icing on the cake (one's even the voice of Soap), as is the fact that no matter how you look at it, it's quite a feat in that a movie about soldiers fighting werewolves is a genuinely good film.

Watching today's movie sometime tonight, not sure what yet.


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Re: October Horror Movie a Day - Can You Do It?
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2010, 10:38:10 PM »
My last two were:

The People Under the Stairs

Dog Soldiers

Just was watching parts of "People Under the Stairs" and I forgot how cartoonish that movie gets (the crotch punch notwithstanding).  I personally think the best scenes are the Dad shouting "I GOT 'em!  I got 'em.  I got 'em I got 'em I got 'em!"  and the obvious dog puppet that looks nothing like the dog we've seen through the whole movie.

As for Dog Soldiers...I bought it thinking it was going to suck hard, since it looked like such a Direct to Video movie, but I'm glad I did, since it's one I keep watching over and over again.  I always think of Rome instead of Modern Warfare when it comes to Kevin McKidd, but I was surprised to find out that Sarge is the real-life son of the Third Doctor.  Still can't get friends to watch it, though...they don't believe me that it's actually good, and the only one who did sit down for it was too busy trying to do something (probably taxes, I don't remember) to pay attention.
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Re: October Horror Movie a Day - Can You Do It?
« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2010, 08:40:43 AM »
I saw 3 horror movies yesterday - Godzilla vs Monster Zero, Son of Godzilla and House 2: The Second Story.  I like the cheese of the Godzilla movies, but Son of Godzilla (I think he's called Minira) is just creepy looking:



House 2 is a failed attempt at a horror comedy, though it does have Amy Yasbeck dancing around in her underthings.


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Re: October Horror Movie a Day - Can You Do It?
« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2010, 03:41:36 PM »

House 2 is a failed attempt at a horror comedy, though it does have Amy Yasbeck dancing around in her underthings.

A shame too, since I rather liked the first House.


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Re: October Horror Movie a Day - Can You Do It?
« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2010, 03:18:59 PM »
Saw the new Nightmare on Elm Street.  It's crap.


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Re: October Horror Movie a Day - Can You Do It?
« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2010, 03:54:59 PM »
Oct 5: MacGruber
Really that horrifying an experience? :P

Anyway, I know what you mean about Dog Soldiers, SJP. Just can't get any of my friends interested. Oh well; it's their loss.

Survival of the Dead. I'll be doing a write-up of this one in the Zombie Movie thread.

Nosferatu. Felt like catching up on my film history. Was pretty good, the make-up job on the vampire still works wonders all these years later. Ditto for the creepy shots of his shadows coming up the stairs towards the end, and this one definitely deserves mention for starting the whole "Sunlight kills vampires" notion. A negative thing I have to say about this is the music, as I felt it didn't fit the mood of the film at all. Now, I watched this on Instant Watch on Netflix, so I'm not entirely sure if the music is original or not (didn't sound it). At any rate, what was there didn't work for me.


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Re: October Horror Movie a Day - Can You Do It?
« Reply #13 on: October 07, 2010, 06:57:13 PM »
Oct 5: MacGruber
Really that horrifying an experience? :P


It was by far the most horrifying film that I've seen so far this month.


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Re: October Horror Movie a Day - Can You Do It?
« Reply #14 on: October 10, 2010, 12:19:52 PM »
Oct 5: MacGruber
Really that horrifying an experience? :P


It was by far the most horrifying film that I've seen so far this month.

Ditto