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Apollo's Horrorfest 2014


1. Event Horizon (1997)- {4/5} Blu-ray A repeat from 2008 but still a great way to kick off Horrorfest. Rating stands. It was nice to watch the blu-ray version this time around but the improvements were subtle. Outstanding writing and some really awesome scenes. Makes one wish we could get our hands on the "full" unedited version of this movie someday. Although certainly no Gravity, the effects were good enough (especially for it's time). Highly recommended.


2. The Sacrament (2013)- {3.75/5} Blu-ray (FTV) Mixed reviews aside, I really enjoyed this movie. Done in a documentary style, it follows a group from Vice who have gone to an undisclosed location to investigate and report on Eden Parish, a religious community. Based on the Jonestown travesty, this movie does a believable job of depicting life within a religious cult. In Ti West fashion, it starts slow and moves at a deliberate pace that I personally appreciate very much. The tension is well-built and there are some really solid performances, especially by Gene Jones as the cult leader. The ending provided no real surprises if you're familiar with the events at Jonestown but to see it play out in a such a seemingly realistic fashion was very disturbing and effective. Not a perfect film by any means, but my wife and I had a great time watching it. Recommended.


3. The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (2009)- {2.5/5} Blu-ray Rob Zombie's first (and only) animated film is a random, vulgar and graphic little piece that is chock full of fun imagery and WTF moments. Not usually my type of movie but because its RZ, I bought this when it came out to add to my collection. I failed to make it all the way through in my first viewing, so it was good to finally watch it front to back this time around. Overall, not a bad movie that provides some good laughs and entertainment.


4. The Seasoning House (2012)- {4.5/5} DVD (FTV) This is the kind of movie that sticks with you well after the credits roll (whether you like it or not). Extremely hard to watch at times due to the relentless brutality but so well done that you're absolutely riveted to the screen. This movie has crazy tension nearly the entire time and the way the "house" is depicted, with it's unending filthiness and horrible living conditions, it places you right at the scene as these girls go through the worst treatment imaginable. The final act was extremely satisfying to experience while the ending was probably the most fitting way to end this story. Rosie Day kills it. Highly recommended!!


5. Antichrist (2009)- {4.5/5} Blu-ray This movie is so unique that it may not appeal to everyone simply because it's the complete opposite of your typical horror movie. It was part of my 2011 marathon so the following comments were copy and pasted from then........ Has there ever been a movie so beautiful and disturbing at the same time? If so, I would love to see it. The cinematography is absolutely stunning, the acting is excellent and the overall presentation of the movie at the hands of Lars Von Trier was amazingly unique and artistic. This is a one of a kind movie that I would highly recommend for those that can handle the gruesome brutality and borderline pornographic sex. Both of us loved it!.......Needless to say, our impressions have remained the same.


6. The Quiet Ones- {3.25/5} Blu-ray This movie was fairly well done but suffered from a few issues that kept me from rating it a little higher. First, the unbelievably loud effects intended to make you jump were okay for awhile, but became a little annoying as the movie went on. Don't get me wrong, I love active surround channels, but this was over the top. Second, was the unprofessionalism and amateur antics of the group conducting the experiment. Apparently, this is based on a true story, but I had a tough time swallowing the way these people were portrayed. Aside from those things, this movie was still mostly enjoyable as there were many elements that I thought worked pretty well. This one is definitely worthy of rental for the folks looking for movies to add to their list.


7. Shallow Ground (2004)- {2/5} Amazon Prime (FTV) It's possible that this one had some potential if done by the right people, but because it was a low budget flick, it was unable to keep up with itself. The opening scene definitely grabs your attention and there are some creepy elements sprinkled in with the abstract storyline that made it semi-interesting, but the dialog, acting and overall lack of cohesion between scenes/ideas ruined things for me. Basically, this movie was too busy trying to be clever that it completely missed the mark on making a good viewing experience. There's a ton of blood in it, so I guess I'll bump up my rating from a 1.75 to a 2. Not recommended unless you are really hurting for options.


8. The Shrine (2010)- {3.5/5}Amazon Prime (FTV)- Okay, so I chose this movie after mindlessly surfing through titles to stream on Amazon. This one is about a group of journalists who travel to Poland to investigate a missing American tourist. Apparently there have been many other people who have disappeared in the same area so that is the reason for the interest in the story. As it starts, one of the main characters (Aaron Ashmore) immediately strikes me as odd because I had my copy of Frozen sitting on the table next to me because I was going to watch that instead. Wow, what a coincidence that he happened to star in both movies.....Further investigation determined that the gentleman in Frozen is actually Shawn Ashmore, who happens to be twin brothers with Aaron Ashmore....Anyway, enough of that nonsense. This movie is pretty enjoyable. Despite the red flags everywhere as the story unfolds, the journalists push on.......shocking. They quickly determined that the community their investigative research led them to was very strange/disturbing and in a cultish fashion; the sh*t begins to hit the fan. Creatures, cool sacrificial practices and Exorcist-like possessions fill up the rest of the movie and in the end, it was a really fun watch. Good times.


9. Wolf Creek (2005) - {4/5} DVD Its been awhile since I've seen this, but this was the perfect time to revisit it with the anticipation of watching the sequel for the first time tomorrow night. Australian horror at its finest, people. Very well done in nearly every area with only a limited number of things that I would've changed in the execution of the story. Even though this is horror, the shots of the daytime scenery and the cinematography in general are simply outstanding. Makes me wish I had a copy of the blu-ray. Overall, there is great acting and a nice buildup of tension as the movie progresses. For those that haven't seen it, it closely resembles Texas Chainsaw and The Hills Have Eyes in how the movie sets up. It states that its based on a true story, but I can't help but wonder why they would've ....
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Regardless of that weird observation, this one was a fine addition to this year's list and is highly recommended.


10. Wolf Creek 2 (2013)- {3.75/5} DVD (FTV) It took 8 years, but they finally came up with a sequel to the surprisingly solid Wolf Creek. It starts out the exact same way with a blip about the number of people who go missing in the Outback and it was nice to see the original killer back in action for round 2. Similar to the first one, the sequel has some great shots of the landscape (to a lesser extent than the original) that looked wonderful on my projector. The first scene is totally badass and it is immediately noticed that they committed to upping the ante gore-wise for this installment. This movie had the exact same premise as the original, just with different victims so for those hoping for a little back story or maybe a different twist on the premise, you may be a little disappointed. Bottom line is that you don't have to see the original to enjoy the sequel as there is no building on the first story. The sequel is bigger in every way.....gore, action, kills.....all taken to the next level. For me though, when it was all said and done, I prefer the more subdued approach of the original. Can't really put my finger on why, but it had something to do with the killer taking center stage in many of the scenes with a lot of dialog. It seemed like it was just too much even though his character is very entertaining. In the end, I ranked this one a notch below the original, but it still gets a high recommendation from me for those that haven't seen it.


11. Devil's Due (2014)- {2.5/5} Blu-ray (FTV) It appears that I enjoyed this film more than most as I was fully aware of the negative reviews going in. Aside from the rehashed idea of a "devil child" and the use of the ever-popular found footage format, I can't say that I hated the movie at all. I should point out that it's not really found footage though. The scenes are pieced together from a number of different recorded video sources and its almost as if they should have just filmed the movie traditionally since its never really explained how we got to see this footage (like the supermarket security cam video for example). Aside from those issues though, I thought the acting was solid and there were some really great scenes. Groundbreaking horror movie of the year.....absolutely not. Worthy of being on my list for this year's marathon.....sure.


12. Haunt (2013)- {3.5/5} Netflix Streaming (FTV) This movie is about a family that moves into a house that was reportedly haunted due to the misfortune that fell upon the previous owners. Not the most original idea for a movie, no doubt, but the way this one is executed is what made it a very enjoyable experience. It starts with a good scene that loosely explains what happened to the prior family and then it goes into a narrative from Jacki Weaver ((who does an excellent job of playing the mother (and sole survivor) of the tragedies that happened to the rest of her family)) as she basically explains that this story is no different than any other ghost story in the way that it begins. Which is certainly true given the overall premise, but its the back story and how it all plays out that gives it it's own identity. The subtle scares as well as the jump scares all worked pretty well for me. I also liked the fact that it hid much of what was going on until the last several minutes. I remember being disappointed that the movie was not explaining anything and that it was an overall half-baked effort. However, when it was all said and done, it came together in a pretty cool story. At the center of the story was a budding relationship between the two teenage main characters and when it started to progress, I was having flashbacks of Twilight. Thankfully, this goes in a different direction and was able to create a solid tale full of creepy images and good surprises. All of the acting was pretty good but as stated before, Jacki Weaver (in a semi-supportive role) was awesome, especially in her narration of the story. Good times.


13. Se7en (1995)- {5/5} Blu-ray No need to explain the premise as I'm confident everyone has seen this movie at one point or another. It's classified as a crime thriller, but considering the gore and overall evil nature of the storyline, there is no doubt in my mind that this fits in nicely in the horror genre as well. This is my first time with the blu-ray version and although the PQ didn't necessarily catch my attention, the surround mix was quite prominent. In fact, this is probably one of the most active use of surrounds that I can recall, especially when there was background music in certain scenes. It was a little strange to get used to, but I liked it as it was not a distraction in any way. In all my years of doing this marathon, The Shining has been the only movie to get a 5/5. However, after seeing this again after many years, I simply couldn't find a reason to dock this movie any points. It is so perfectly created with the nonstop rainy/gloomy days, awesome score, vile imagery and amazing set pieces that one can't help but be completely fixated on the movie the entire time. It was an absolute delight to revisit this after all this time and I can't help but wonder how awesome it would be for someone to experience this movie for the first time. And the final sequence, when the killer is revealed and we see the last of the sins play themselves out...........it is nothing short of legendary in the world of filmmaking. One of the best movies I've ever seen....hands down.


14. Frozen (2010) {4.25/5} Blu-ray This is a repeat from my 2010 marathon and it was equally as effective this time around. I don't think I've heard much talk about this one on the forum for awhile, so if there are any folks out there that haven't seen it, I would suggest doing so. In this movie, there is no "killer" or supernatural force that haunts the characters, it is simply about a group of 3 friends who get stuck on a chairlift at a ski resort. The acting is kind of hit and miss when the movie begins, but when they are on the lift and despair slowly begins setting in, the actors give believable and heart-wrenching performances. This movie is hard to watch because of the hopelessness of the situation and the drastic choices they have to make to survive. All in all, a very well done movie written and directed by Adam Green (who also did the Hatchet movies for those familiar with them). Rating stands from 4 years ago and it is highly recommended for at least a one time watch.


15. House of Dark Shadows (1970)- {2.5/5} Blu-ray (FTV) This one is a movie based on the gothic soap opera, Dark Shadows. Jonathan Frid plays Barnabas Collins, who is a vampire who had been mistakenly released from the coffin he was imprisoned in. He then searches for a cure for his affliction and attempts to find a bride to spend eternity with while at the same time feeding off the various inhabitants in the Collinswood mansion. To me, this movie was inconsistent. There were some really cool scenes with entertaining kills and great atmosphere but the day-for-night scenes were poorly done and the story was not cohesive. For example, several characters appeared in the movie without any sort of explanation of who they were. Even though these things may have been covered in the soap opera, it makes better sense to provide somewhat of a back story when creating the movie. Taking the good with the bad, it was an okay watch that may have me watching the sequel at some point in the future.

16. Visiting Hours (1982)- {4.25/5} Netflix Streaming (FTV) This slasher is about a misogynistic, serial killer who sets his sights on a female TV journalist who campaigns for women’s rights. It stars Michael Ironside as the killer and Lee Grant and Linda Purl as the female leads. William Shatner is also onboard in a supporting role. All of the acting was on point, but Michael Ironside definitely steals the show with his Shining-esque performance. He plays the part of a psychotic killer to perfection as he slashes his way through various unsuspecting victims trying to get back to Deborah Ballin (Grant), who he had already critically wounded when he attacked her in her home. This movie was a nice little surprise as I was simply looking for something on Netflix to watch on Saturday morning. Despite my hatred for watching horror during the daytime, I had a great time with this flick. There were a number of great scenes with some genuinely tense and scary moments and even though it was entirely too easy for the killer to get away with what he was doing, I just didn’t care. This movie was too much fun to worry about the holes. Highly recommended folks!

17. Sleepy Hollow (1999)- {4.5/5} HD DVD First things first. This one is likely going to make it on my list to watch every October. Despite the great performances and fun overall story, this one is all about atmosphere. It absolutely oozes Halloween with all the amazing sets, cinematography and score thanks to Tim Burton and the crew. Depp’s hilarious quirkiness paired with Christopher Walken as the horseman and even Miranda Richardson as Lady Van Tassel make for an awesome adaptation of the Washington Irving story. There was some great well-placed humor in the script to go along with the entertaining decapitations and dark overall story. This is a repeat from Horrorfest 2008 and the decision was made to bump my rating up a full point. Not sure what I was thinking 6 years ago, but this is a wonderful movie that deserves to be on everyone’s short list when looking for movies to watch in October.


18. Afflicted (2013)- {4.5/5} Blu-ray (FTV) This one is another found footage movie detailing the travels of a man who is on a 1-year trek around the world. It just so happens that he recently found out that he has a brain abnormality that could prove to be lethal if he does not have immediate access to medical treatment if/when an emergency occurs. Of course, he goes on his quest anyway and he enlists his good friend Clif (and film enthusiast) to film the entire thing to post on his blog. It stars Derek Lee and Clif Prowse who not only play themselves in the movie but who also wrote and directed the movie together. The heart of the movie starts with Derek’s one night stand with a random woman in Paris and the sequence of events that occur afterward that lead to Derek being completely consumed by a mysterious “affliction”. This movie has a lot of shaky cam, so if that bothers you, you may want to skip it. For all others though, who want to treat themselves to one of the most entertaining movies of its kind, I highly recommend seeking this one out. All I can say is Wow!, what a unique twist on a familiar genre (don't want to give too much away). I loved everything about this movie including the acting and especially the special effects and makeup. It may remind people a little of PA: The Marked Ones but hang with it as it goes in a different direction. So far, this one tops my FTV list this year. Oh, and if you decide to watch this movie, (it’s highly recommended that you do) stay with it through the credits for a nice little extra scene. Thanks for the heads up Darth!!

19. Bedevilled (2010)- {4/5} Blu-ray (FTV) This one is about a woman (Hae-won) from Seoul who is placed on administrative leave from her bank job so she decides to set out for a remote island to visit a friend that she met there during her childhood. When she arrives, she notices that her friend is severely abused and mistreated by her husband and his close family and friends. As her vacation progresses, her friend eventually asks Hae-won to take her and her daughter with her when she goes back to Seoul. She cites the history of abuse as the reason for why she needed to leave. Hae-won balks at the idea, so her friend attempts to leave the island with her daughter on her own. The movie progresses very slowly and even though there are some disturbing things going on (abuse, incest, rape) the movie doesn’t really get going until Hae-won’s friend decides to take matters into her own hands after she and her daughter are severely beaten for trying to leave the island. The subsequent kills are very satisfying and there is a lot of blood spilled as she methodically obtains her revenge. Despite the slow start, this one ends up being quite the experience to watch.


20. Black Christmas (1974)- {4.75/5} Blu-ray Nothing much to add about this movie that I haven't already posted. After a couple viewings since I first saw it in 2011, I found myself nitpicking about some of the acting and other things in the movie, but it matters not. This one is still a classic and it was well worth the $12 I paid for it to permanently add it to my library.


21. All Cheerleaders Die (2013)- {2.25/5} Netflix Streaming (FTV)Didn't realize this originally, but this one is a remake of the 2001 movie of the same name. It's written and directed by Lucky McKee who also did May and a nice little sleeper in a past Horrorfest, The Woman. When the movie begins, we are greeted with sassy teens interacting with each other in stereotypical fashion and an accidental death that kind of gets the ball rolling on the rest of the story. Things continue to progress slowly though as the focus of the story hinges on a new recruit trying to fit in with the mean girl cheerleaders. My first attempt at watching the movie failed when I fell asleep. But because it had me curious as to how this thing was going to play out, I gave it another shot from the beginning last night as I knew that mayhem was going to ensue at some point. Well, there is a subdued amount of mayhem that does occur over the course of the rest of the film, but not nearly as I expected it to go. There is no doubt that McKee was trying for campy, B-movie status but I don't think this was charming enough to pull that off. In my opinion, the acting was not really an issue as I liked the characters, but the story was confusing and poorly executed. In the end, I wasn't even sure what the hell I had watched. I did have some fun along the way, but there is very little re-watchability going on here. I should add that the ending was pretty cool and kind of came out of nowhere (surprise surprise) and the door was left wide open for a sequel at some point in the future. Hopefully, there is better cohesion in the story if someone decides to take on that venture.


22. The House of the Devil (2009)- {4.75/5} Blu-ray There was an eclipse yesterday, so this movie was the perfect choice. Ti West hit a walk-off grand slam with this one, ladies and gentlemen. Still as enjoyable as it was when I first saw it. Slow burn done to perfection.....


23. 13 Sins (2014)- {3/5} Blu-ray (FTV) We watched this one with some guests on Friday night. All of us agreed that it was an interesting premise with some nice twists and turns in the story, but in the end, it wasn't as enjoyable as it should have been. The acting is adequate and "the game" itself was very cool, but there was something missing. I couldn't shake the thought that, if it were me, despite any financial problems that I was going through I would never have taken things that far. Now, I understand that he needed to make the choice to continue with the game to allow for the movie to play out, but is it believable for a person to do so??? Perhaps. But they made a point to show us that he was a nice guy that simply didn't have the make up to carry out such tasks. Maybe he had finally reached the breaking point and logic went out the window when the money started rolling in. We also discussed the fact that he had already committed crimes and would be held accountable for them if he stopped. But who's to guarantee that he still won't have to answer for his actions even if he completes the game? I don't know. The bottom line is that this movie is only semi-enjoyable and probably not worth a repeat viewing.

24. The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014)- {4.25/5} Netflix Streaming (FTV) This one is about a team of journalists who seek out a woman and her ailing mother to do a medical documentary about Alzheimer's Disease. They plan to film and study the subject (played by Jill Larson) over a period of time as they reside in the house with them. Well, its not long before she starts exhibiting symptoms and behaviors that are quite disturbing and it becomes obvious that there are unseen forces at play. I'll start by saying that I enjoyed this movie very much. Besides the fact that the crew continues to document the story despite the obvious dangers involved and that there were apparently no working lights in the house when all the crazy sh*t was jumping off, the story is really unique and an absolute blast to experience. It has elements of Paranormal Activity, Exorcist and even Blair Witch without really giving the feeling of being a copycat of any of them. It just continues to build tension throughout the movie until it finally culminates in an awesome final sequence. This was a Saturday morning watch and I wish I would've saved it for later as I'm sure it would've been even more effective in the dark. Jill Larson as Deborah Hill was friggin amazing. I can't imagine anyone doing a better job than she did in this role. My wife and I loved it. Highly recommended.

25. The Den (2013)- {4/5} Netflix Streaming (FTV)
I'm thankful for the recommendations from this forum to check out these Netflix offerings that I've never heard of. This makes two in a row that were surprisingly impressive. This one is about a woman who gets a grant to do an experiment where she studies the habits of webcam users while remaining logged into a chat room called The Den. The craziness begins when she witnesses what looks like a real-life murder during a video chat. The film takes off from there with some solid scares and scenes of brutality as she becomes the target of the craziness. The movie is fairly short, but it certainly maximizes it's allotted time with an interesting and fast-paced storyline that had me at the edge of my seat much of the time. Certainly not a perfect offering by all means, but still a really fun watch.

26. Godzilla (2014)- {3/5} Blu-ray (FTV) I'll admit that my rating for this movie has been adjusted to reflect the home theater experience that it provided. The overall presentation with regard to picture and sound quality was fantastic and almost effective enough to buy into the storyline. Unfortunately, what started as a movie with some good potential to be more than a bunch of monsters crushing large buildings turned into just that. The human element in the movie was pretty laughable as they tried to slide in some really awkward relationships between various members of the cast and even the overall storyline centering on Godzilla and the other monsters was pretty half-baked. Either way though, we had some guests over after football on Sunday and we all had a blast with this simply because of the home theater presentation (and a number of cocktails). For those with good systems, this one should prove to be a fun experience...... but if you're planning on watching this thing on a 25" Magnavox tv through a coax connection, I'd suggest finding something with a little more substance.


27. Grave Encounters (2011)- {3.5/5} Netflix Streaming (FTV) In yet another found footage offering, this time we have a reality show called Grave Encounters where a team of paranormal investigators go to various locations to film the unexplained activities that have been reported. This brings them to an abandoned psychiatric hospital to film the shows next (and final) episode. When it starts, I had a tough time getting over the show's host (Seth Rogerson) with his cheesy and annoying on-camera dialog. Of course, I had an idea of what was to come, so I hung with it and it turned out to be a good decision. I liked the abstract story and the sporadic placements of the scares. The acting was adequate enough to pull things together and even though there could have been a little more at the end to wrap things up, it was just fine to leave things to interpretation. Good movie.


28. Argento's Dracula (2012)- {1.75/5} Blu-ray (FTV) So here we have Dario Argento's take on the classic Bram Stoker novel and to be honest, I was considering the oink treatment after the first 10 minutes. Really bad acting and poor execution were the primary issues. I continued to trudge my way through though, and as the story gets rolling; things began to get better. In the end, the movie was still pretty bad but not a complete flop as I initially expected. We get some great set pieces and a solid score that one should come to expect with Argento. We also get some good eye candy and the requisite nakedness of his daughter Asia. Its so friggin strange that he continues to film his daughter naked. Anyway, there were a few entertaining scenes complete with good kills along with a particular scene that was so out of place that one has to wonder if it was added in as some sort of stupid joke (praying mantis scene). I didn't watch this in 3D as I have no interest in that technology so I'm not sure if it would have made this a more enjoyable watch. My guess....highly doubtful...as I suspect that it would take a helluva lot more than that to turn this thing around.


29. Deliver Us From Evil (2014)- {3.25/5} Blu-ray (FTV) Similar to a previous review, this movie was inconsistent. They tried to fit too many elements into the story and that made the whole thing a little watered down and drawn out. That's the bad stuff. The good is that the home theater presentation was comparable to the Evil Dead remake. The surround mix and awesome visuals were very cool to experience. Our entire group agreed that it was still an enjoyable movie to watch and it does warrant a recommendation to others simply because it's quite a bit different from anything I've seen before.
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"Cabin Fever - Patient Zero" was a pleasant surprise last night. It was well put together and especially well edited for a great story arc. Imagine if Elmore Leonard wrote a horror story. Yup, all the characters are flawed and do stupid things so you get some good yuks too. My rating: four flesh eating viruses. Available NF streaming and also at Redbox.
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I just finished watching The Den on Netflix streaming. I had a hard time staying interested for about the first half of the movie. The pace picks up in the second half and continues to build right up to the end. I was beginning to wonder if it was even a horror film but eventually it became very clear that it was. Overall it's worth a watch.

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I think a bunch of us liked the Sacrament! That was my afternoon horror flick!


#4 The Sacrament, 2013, Netflix streaming HD FTV... I haven't watched many Ti West movies but I do enjoy most of his work. And continuing the shaky cam/fauxmentary Horror movie watching, I looked on this thread and saw people enjoying The Sacrament. I thoroughly was surprised by this movie! First if gore/blood is what you are looking for, this movie really doesn't have that much of it, except in the end. But what this movie has is the disturbing view of what it may have been like living at Jonestown (where the real suicides happened). Who ever they got to play 'Father' fit that role to a T, more like Jim Jones, scary really. I thought the acting was pretty good and convincing and the location definitely added the creepy factor. I second Apollo's rating with the same 3.75 Manipulated Zombies!!!


Yeah Scott, Franks Army audio is pitiful on Netflix streaming so if you can rent the movie (Netflix has the BD) or I have seen it for sale for $10.


I might have to check out Cabin Fever Patient Zero, the Den sound great too, but I think I am going to start my Exorcist Anthology!

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1. Event Horizon (1997)- {4/5} Blu-ray A repeat from 2008 but still a great way to kick off Horrofest. Rating stands. It was nice to watch the blu-ray version this time around but the improvements were subtle. Outstanding writing and some really awesome scenes. Makes one wish we could get our hands on the "full" unedited version of this movie someday. Although certainly no Gravity, the effects were good enough (especially for it's time). Highly recommended.


2. The Sacrament (2013)- {3.75/5} Blu-ray (FTV) Mixed reviews aside, I really enjoyed this movie. Done in a documentary style, it follows a group from Vice who have gone to an undisclosed location to investigate Eden Parish, a religious community. Based on the Jonestown travesty, this movie does a believable job of depicting life within a religious cult. In Ti West fashion, it starts slow and moves at a deliberate pace that I personally appreciate very much. The tension is well-built and there are some really solid performances, especially by Gene Jones as the cult leader. The ending provided no real surprises if you're familiar with the events at Jonestown but to see it play out in a such a seemingly realistic fashion was very disturbing and effective. Not a perfect film by any means, but my wife and I had a great time watching it. Recommended.


Up for tonight is The Seasoning House and hopefully The Haunted World of El Superbeasto so that we can get ready for RZs Great American Nightmare this weekend. We fly out for Chicago in the morning.....
That one really needs the treatment of a proper release... full restoration, unrated directors cut with all the pulled scenes, etc.
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That one really needs the treatment of a proper release... full restoration, unrated directors cut with all the pulled scenes, etc.
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I wonder if there was any work done besides Paul having the clips on video.

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Apollo, I too have been thinking of watching Event Horizon, and almost did. Kenobi, you have spoiled it for me though with those clips and the info about how wild it was supposed to be!!!!! However, I bet sometime this month I will watch it.

I just got a chance to watch a second movie today, RESIDENT EVIL - APOLALYPSE. I needed to get ahead since the middle of the month we will probably be going away for a few days and i will lose them totally for watching movies. I really like this movie, to me its the best of the Resident Evil series by far. Really good visuals and sound, and I was surprised how good my Samsung sound bar sounded on this, I put it on the Cinema setting and turned up the subwoofer and it did damn good. Anyway, a good choice in movies!!

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Hey guys, it's that most wonderful time of the year again! Every year I count myself out, but every year I come crawling back to this thread! I can't help it! Finally I got a free minute to write up my first review of the month.

1. From Beyond The Grave (FTV)
Here's all you need to know: Amicus Productions, made in 1974, British anthology horror movie. A creepy antique store, seances, accents, haunted mirrors, Donald Pleasence, girls with big eyes and bigger knives, carved oaken doors, dark sets, crustily made-up ghouls. Get the idea? Not destined to be a classic, but felt as comfortable as putting on an old pair of warm slippers.

3 out of 5 stars.

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"Cabin Fever - Patient Zero" was a pleasant surprise last night. It was well put together and especially well edited for a great story arc. Imagine if Elmore Leonard wrote a horror story. Yup, all the characters are flawed and do stupid things so you get some good yuks too. My rating: four flesh eating viruses. Available NF streaming and also at Redbox.
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I just got a chance to watch a second movie today, RESIDENT EVIL - APOLALYPSE. I needed to get ahead since the middle of the month we will probably be going away for a few days and i will lose them totally for watching movies. I really like this movie, to me its the best of the Resident Evil series by far. Really good visuals and sound, and I was surprised how good my Samsung sound bar sounded on this, I put it on the Cinema setting and turned up the subwoofer and it did damn good. Anyway, a good choice in movies!!

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01- DEADGIRL - 4 zombies
02- INFERNO OF TORTURE - 3 zombies
03- RESIDENT EVIL APOCALYPSE - 4 zombies
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@ Apollo and BornslippyZ. I enjoyed the Sacrament as well and found it to be a pretty disturbing flick.

@ Ken F. I thought the Den was pretty good as well. It definitely picks up the pace in the second half like you mentioned.

Anyone planning to go see Annabelle this weekend?
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@ Apollo and BornslippyZ. I enjoyed the Sacrament as well and found it to be a pretty disturbing flick.

@ Ken F. I thought the Den was pretty good as well. It definitely picks up the pace in the second half like you mentioned.

Anyone planning to go see Annabelle this weekend?
No, but I'm buying a copy on blu-ray when available, it looks like a keeper

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Next movie watched, INFERNO OF TORTURE. Japanese with English sub-titles. A lot of torture, gore, big tatoo's, and a ton of young Asian girls topless. Not strong on plot or dialog but who cares.

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Love this movie! At least I did 30 years ago.

Scott Glenn, Ian McLellen and all that creepy atmospher - IIRC.
You do recall correctly (plus, it has a few naughty bits)....

If this was available on BD or DVD in original scoped ratio, it would've been near the top of my list as well. I enjoyed watchin the crap YT version though (even though sometimes it's hard to tell what's happenin through all the pillarboxing and mushiness in the encode).

Regardless of what you may think of the story, FX, and what-not, The Keep has some really beautiful widescreen cinematography that would look great in HD, esp on a 2.35 CIH screen...

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You may enjoy a few flicks on my list then (if I actually get 'round to watchin em), cuz most'll be older films that've been collecting quite a bit of dust. Case in point...

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From the ancient tombs of Egypt, to a creepy old castle in Scotland that harbors a dark and foreboding secret. Welcome to...

2. The Maze (1953) with Richard Carlson (Creature from the Black Lagoon, It Came from Outer Space...), and cutey Veronica Hurst (Battle of Britain, "General Hospital"). This was made around the same time and also lensed in 3D like the other Carlson films referenced above. Nice little horror gem in the rough that probably deserves a new home vid release.

There are two versions of this on YT. The 2D version (which is broken up into 6 separate vids in the link below) is encoded in the wrong ratio, and needs to be stretched out to ~4:3.

3D version for red & cyan stereo glasses.


Might want to bone up on the subject of "teratology" before watchin this btw.

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2: Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013)
I thought there were some decent ideas here outside of the timeline being off and some clumsy script. Ignore that and it had some fun moments. Two hot chicks. 3D didn't really do anything special for me except the thrown chainsaw did make me flinch, though I rewound it and the effect itself was rather subdued.

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1. Event Horizon (1997)- {4/5} Blu-ray A repeat from 2008 but still a great way to kick off Horrorfest. Rating stands. It was nice to watch the blu-ray version this time around but the improvements were subtle. Outstanding writing and some really awesome scenes. Makes one wish we could get our hands on the "full" unedited version of this movie someday. Although certainly no Gravity, the effects were good enough (especially for it's time). Highly recommended.


2. The Sacrament (2013)- {3.75/5} Blu-ray (FTV) Mixed reviews aside, I really enjoyed this movie. Done in a documentary style, it follows a group from Vice who have gone to an undisclosed location to investigate and report on Eden Parish, a religious community. Based on the Jonestown travesty, this movie does a believable job of depicting life within a religious cult. In Ti West fashion, it starts slow and moves at a deliberate pace that I personally appreciate very much. The tension is well-built and there are some really solid performances, especially by Gene Jones as the cult leader. The ending provided no real surprises if you're familiar with the events at Jonestown but to see it play out in a such a seemingly realistic fashion was very disturbing and effective. Not a perfect film by any means, but my wife and I had a great time watching it. Recommended.


Up for tonight is The Seasoning House and hopefully The Haunted World of El Superbeasto so that we can get ready for RZs Great American Nightmare this weekend. We fly out for Chicago in the morning.....
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#5 Grave Encounters 2, Netflix Streaming HD, FTV. I didn't even know they made a sequel till someone here watched it a while ago. I remember the first movie and that I almost wanted to Oink it after the first 10 minutes. Glad I didn't because it was pretty good. The second movie while it did have some scares, wasn't as effective as the first movie. But the ending was pretty good and kept me interested until the end credits. Basically the movie sets up as a college film student discovers that the first movie was actually real. He enlists his fellow peers to go to the site of the first movie and investigate what happened. The kid was also 'encouraged' by a Youtube user called 'Death Awaits', by giving him clues on the location of the place..so you can see where this is going. 3 Camera Carrying Zombies!





#6 The Exorcist Extended Edition, BD. I finally got a chance to get out of the shaky cam movies for a bit and get back to work on my Exorcist Anthology I picked up on BD. We all know this movie is awesome and pretty much a staple to this genre. This BD is pretty damn good I will say. The video is great but still has film grain to let you know this movie was made in the 70's. The audio is what I picked up on watching this movie! It is fantastic, and it was like hearing this movie for the first time! This movie is definitely worthy of a buy and the Anthology is actually a decent bargain than buying a few of the good movies in this BD pack. Of course 5 Head Spinning Zombies!



This afternoon I am going to try and watch The Exorcist 2. I know this movie gets a ton of flack and in reality I don't remember the last time I watched this movie in it's entirety. So I am hoping for some good times watching it!


I would to see Annabelle but my wife/I are doing a date night tomorrow and I think if we are going to see a movie, it will be Fincher's new thriller.


I like seeing people getting into this thread! It is Friday folks, keep it going!!!
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7. Afflicted. FTV. Pretty fantastic flick. Shakycam documentary style travel blog follows two blokes on a world hopping trip. One gets afflicted and strange things go afoot. It's a fairly white knuckle ride that blends Chronicle with terror. Probably my favorite new horror in a while but I'm not sure if it's a repeat performer.

8. Cannibal aka White Cannibal Queen. FTV. Pure trash. Pure cheese. Years after a family is attacked by cannibals the father goes back for his abducted daughter who is now the White Cannibal Queen. Most of the tribal lines are "ooga booga walla walla WHITE GODDESS booga booga waaaa." The dub is terrible fun.

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2. Bad Dreams (FTV)
Better-than-expected 80's slasher flick set in a nuthouse. The sole survivor of a hippie cult suicide pact awakens from a 13-year coma, haunted by visions of the cult's leader, who seems to be bumping off residents of the mental hospital where she now resides. This was probably marketed as a Nightmare on Elm Street meets Charles Manson, but it's more than that, and has a nice body count, great kooky mental patients, cool makeup effects, and lots of familiar character actors. Richard Lynch is excellent as the boogeyman. A twist ending undermines some of the premise's effectiveness, but it kept things from being too rote.

3.5 out of 5 stars.

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I thought there were some decent ideas here outside of the timeline being off and some clumsy script. Ignore that and it had some fun moments. Two hot chicks. 3D didn't really do anything special for me except the thrown chainsaw did make me flinch, though I rewound it and the effect itself was rather subdued.

I did like the post credits scene, obvious but glad I watched.
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That is what I find cool about horror, or movies in general. I SHOULD have liked Afflicted more but it never connected with me. Not to say it is bad, as maybe it will resonate better with someone else, or if viewed at another time.

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Better-than-expected 80's slasher flick set in a nuthouse. The sole survivor of a hippie cult suicide pact awakens from a 13-year coma, haunted by visions of the cult's leader, who seems to be bumping off residents of the mental hospital where she now resides. This was probably marketed as a Nightmare on Elm Street meets Charles Manson, but it's more than that, and has a nice body count, great kooky mental patients, cool makeup effects, and lots of familiar character actors. Richard Lynch is excellent as the boogeyman. A twist ending undermines some of the premise's effectiveness, but it kept things from being too rote.

3.5 out of 5 stars.

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That is what I find cool about horror, or movies in general. I SHOULD have liked Afflicted more but it never connected with me. Not to say it is bad, as maybe it will resonate better with someone else, or if viewed at another time.

It just kept me on edge wondering what was happening in a good way.
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That is what I find cool about horror, or movies in general. I SHOULD have liked Afflicted more but it never connected with me. Not to say it is bad, as maybe it will resonate better with someone else, or if viewed at another time.
I feel the same way about that one. It wasn't bad but it didn't do much for me.

Watching Eraserhead now. That constant background noise is maddening.
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I feel the same way about that one. It wasn't bad but it didn't do much for me.

Watching Eraserhead now. That constant background noise is maddening.
Both of you are wrong.
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If this was available on BD or DVD in original scoped ratio, it would've been near the top of my list as well. I enjoyed watchin the crap YT version though (even though sometimes it's hard to tell what's happenin through all the pillarboxing and mushiness in the encode).

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Spoiler!
Ah, thanks for that. I remember seeing it on TV and was captivated by the imagery. Your pics really show this. Really needs a bluray release!

Googling this, it is a Michael Mann directed flic. Funny he had it originally as a THREE HOUR movie before the studio butchered to 90 minutes, and it bombed at the box office. Effecively swept under the rug after that. Think I will check out the book.

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I guess I'm wrong about Pontypool and Session 9 as well.
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If you like Ponty and don't like Session 9 you are right.
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