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Ok, here's what I've viewed so far:

Rating 1 to 5 Stars with 5 being the best. (List is in the spoiler tag)
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Oct 1st -

1. "Atrocious" - "The Quintanilla family was found dead. Recorded evidence was discovered by the police. Production company acquires the confidential material and edits it into a Horror Movie."

This one could have been really good. Had me drawn in a couple of times but just didn't follow through. Overall not bad. Good use of surround sound.

2.75

2. "A Horrible Way to Die" - "An escaped murderer is in pursuit of his ex-girlfriend, who has fled to start a new life in a small town."

Flash forwards, flash backs, extreme close-ups and out of focus shots all add to the confusion that is "A Horrible Way to Die". If you can keep up and don't mind the director's camera techniques you may find it interesting.

2.5

3. "Altitude" - "After a mysterious malfunction sends their small plane climbing out of control, a rookie pilot and her four teenage friends find themselves trapped in a deadly showdown with a supernatural force."

Like a very bad 'Amazing Stories' episode; the only thing good about this is that Jessica Lowndes is easy on the eyes.

1.0

4. "Red State" - "Set in Middle America, a group of teens receive an online invitation for sex, though they soon encounter fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda."

I enjoyed "Red State", a little slow in spots but overall kept me entertained.

3.0

5. "Les 7 jours du talion" ( Seven Days) - "A doctor seeks revenge by kidnapping, torturing and killing the man who raped and murdered his young daughter."

Some disturbing scenes of brutal revenge!

3.5

6. "Isolation" - "On a remote Irish farm, five people become unwilling participants in an experiment that goes nightmarishly wrong."

Nice creature feature... dreary and claustrophobic!

2.75

7. "From Dust to Dawn" - "Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results."

I've always liked this film and it was coming on IFC so I watched it. Salma Hayek sure looked hot.

2.5

8. "Tony" - "A horror/thriller centered on a serial killer in a rundown London suburb."

It's like being a fly on the wall and observing the mundane life of a nobody who just happens to be a serial killer. Maybe a little too slow for some but I throughly enjoyed this one.

3.5

Oct 2nd -

9. "Boo" - "A handful of college students get trapped in a haunted hospital on Halloween."

Don't waste your time, this is really lame (just a little better than "Altitude").

1.5

10. "Devil" - "A group of people are trapped in an elevator and the Devil is mysteriously amongst them."

Better the first time I saw it but still entertaining.

2.5

11. "Goblin" - "Every Halloween, a small hamlet in the deep woods is visited by a fierce goblin, intent on capturing infants and brutally murdering anyone in it's path."

It was on Sci-Fy so I sat and watched it.... what a waste of time.

1.0

12. "Intruder" - Uncut Version - "The overnight stock crew of a local supermarket find themselves being stalked and slashed by a mysterious maniac."

I can't believe I haven't seen this before. Fortunately I was able to view the 'uncut' edition which includes the 'band saw scene' in all it's blood and gore and the 'head pressing scene' as well as a few others. Great 80's slasher with some really good effects (in the uncut version). Takes awhile to get going and the story isn't that great but the direction and acting (which for the most part is good) make up for the lack of story.

3.75

Oct 3rd -

13. "Pieces" - "Young co-eds are being cut up by a chainsaw killer on a college campus. The killer is attempting to put together a human jigsaw puzzle made from body parts."

Dumb but funny trashy 80's 'hack 'em up'. This is one of those "it's so bad it's good" flicks.. worth a watch.

3

14. "Murder-Set-Pieces Director's Cut" - "Set against Sin City, Las Vegas, "Murder-Set-Pieces" tells the story of a fashion photographer whose vocation is murder - a voyeuristic nightmare of blood, sex and brutality."

Be sure to watch the 'Director's Cut'. The Lion's Gate Films "R" rated version of "Murder-Set-Pieces" was released on January 9th, 2007, and it is cut and edited by 23 minutes. No other film in the history of cinema has had to have that many minutes cut to avoid the "NC-17" rating.

Unlike "Pieces" campy-ness, 'Murder-Set-Pieces' is hard core blood and gore, not for everyone! Be prepared for grisly bloody violence, disturbing images, strong sexuality and nudity to name a few.

3.75

15. Jack Ketchum's "The Lost" - "Hanging out at some campgrounds one nice summer day, 19-year-old Ray Pye decides to murder two young women."

A very entertaining film, Marc Senter's performance as 'Ray Pye' is outstanding. I was so impressed with Robin Sydney's (Katherine) "assets" I've added "Wicked Lake" to the films I will be viewing.

3.75

Oct 4th -

16. "Bereavement" - "The horrific account of 6 year old Martin Bristol, abducted from his backyard swing and forced to witness the brutal crimes of a deranged madman."

Unfortunately I found "Bereavement" to be boring and dull, not scary at all! There were a couple of good scene's but not enough to make up for the lack of excitement. Be sure to watch all the way through the end credits, there's a scene at the very end of the credits.

2.5

17. "Zombie Town (aka Night of the Creeps 2)" - "Local mechanic Jake LaFond's life is suddenly disrupted when mysterious parasites transform the law-abiding citizens of his quaint hometown into hoards of cannibalistic zombies."

Low budget zombie flick "borrowing" the 'slugs' from "Night of the Creeps" (one of my all time favorite campy horror movies) but nowhere near as good. If you really like zombies (PooperScooper) you may find this one entertaining.

2.0

18. "VLog" - "From the producers of SAW, VLOG is a groundbreaking extreme-horror film about a real-life webcam girl whose online murder is not what it seems."

This one just did not work for me, parts were interesting but not enough to sit through it ever again.

1.5

19. "The Loved Ones" - "When Brent turns down his classmate Lola's invitation to the prom, she concocts a wildly violent plan for revenge."

Fun and twisted Aussie horror film. Enjoyed this one.

3.5

Oct. 5th -

20. "Wicked Lake" - "Two clans of deranged males make the mistake of stalking four young women they assume to be easy prey, only to find out that at the stroke of midnight the tables will be turned and all hell will break loose."

Lots of nudity... some gore... stupid story... poor acting...

"Lesbian vampire ghouls vs. ill-mannered, sex-starved mental defectives." = boring!

1.5

21. "The Bad Seed" - "Christine Penmark seems to have it all: a lovely home, a loving husband and the most "perfect" daughter in the world. But since childhood, Christine has suffered from the most terrible recurring nightmare. And her "perfect" daughter's accomplishments include lying, theft and possibly much, much worse. Only Christine knows the truth about her daughter and only Christine's father knows the truth about her nightmare."

Some may not consider this a 'horror' movie but according to IMDB it is a "Drama | Horror | Mystery". It's not horror in the sense of demons and goals or blood and gore, it's horror dealing with pure evil. One of my all time favorite movies, if you have not seen 'The Bad Seed' you should check it out. Patty McCormack dis outstanding as Rhoda Penmark.

4

22. "The Thing From Another World" - "Scientist at an Arctic research station discover a spacecraft buried in the ice. Upon closer examination, they discover the frozen pilot. All hell breaks loose when they take him back to their station and he is accidentally thawed out!"

I love 50's Sci-Fi/Horror and this is one of the best ones around. This is a classic!

4

23. "It! The Terror From Beyond Space" - "In 1973, the first manned expedition to Mars is marooned; by the time a rescue mission arrives, there is only one survivor: the leader, Col. Edward Carruthers, who appears to have murdered the others! According to Carruthers, an unknown life form killed his comrades during a sandstorm. But the skeptical rescuers little suspect that "it" has stowed away for the voyage back to Earth..."

More 50's Horror/Sci-fi... by many this is considered the original "Alien". Outdated but delivers.

3

Oct 6th -

24. "Dream House" - "Soon after moving into their seemingly idyllic new home, a family learns of a brutal crime committed against former residents of the dwelling."

Ok but nothing great.

2.5

25. "Creature" - "In the back country of Louisiana, a group of friends unearth a terrible secret that unleashes a monster from the depths of the swamp."

Don't waste your time or money.

1.5

Oct 7th -

27. "Outcast" - "It tells the tale of Petronella (a Scottish/Romany girl) and Fergal (her mysterious Irish traveller boyfriend). As their doomed relationship plays out, a Beast stalks the estate, killing locals, working its way towards our protagonists."

"Gritty urban supernatural horror" - "Unique and Refreshing Irish/Scottish Horror", to quote a couple of comments on IMDB. Slow to get going but finishes fairly strong "Outcast" is definitely worth a rent.

2.75

28. "House of 1000 Corpses" - "Two teenage couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of serial killers end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers."

Nice tribute to 70's horror done up Rob Zombie style. Not the best I've ever seen but by far not the worst.

3.5

29. "I Spit On Your Grave" (1978) - "An aspiring writer is repeatedly gang-raped, humiliated, and left for dead by four men whom she systematically hunts down to seek revenge."

This film was passed uncut in Australia until December 1997. It was banned from December 1997 until June 2004. It was also banned in other countries as well.... my how things have changed.

2.75

Oct. 8th -

30. "I spit On Your Grave" (2010) - "A writer who is brutalized during her cabin retreat seeks revenge on her attackers, who left her for dead."

Not bad for a remake. In many ways the remake is better than the original. "Show me your teeth!"

3

31. "Mother's Day" - "The sadistic members of a villainous family return to their childhood home to terrorize the new home owners and their guests."

No ghosts or goals here just intense home invasion horror. I enjoyed this movie, although for the life of me I can never understand why when the victim gets the upper hand they newer finish off the villain but run away instead giving the villain a chance to recover and come after them. Other than that, not a bad movie. Rebecca De Mornay does a good job as Natalie 'Mother' Koffin.

3.25

32. "Prowl" - "Amber dreams of escaping her small town existence and persuades her friends to accompany her to find an apartment in the big city. When their transportation breaks down, she and her friends gratefully accept a ride in the back of a semi. But when the driver refuses to stop and they discover the cargo is hundreds of cartons of blood, they panic. Their panic turns to terror when the truck disgorges them into a dark, abandoned warehouse where blood-thirsty creatures learn to hunt human prey, which, the friends realize, is what they now are..."

Not a bad little vampire flix with a twist, it had it's moments. Worth a rent if you like vampires.

2.75

Oct. 9th -

33. "Rammbock: Berlin Undead" - "Just when Michael arrives in Berlin to visit his ex-girlfriend Gabi, a terrible virus starts spreading across the city at a rapid pace, turning people into mindless homicidal maniacs. Much to Michael's concern, Gabi's not home; instead, he meets Harper, a teenage plumber's apprentice at work in her apartment block. Together, they manage to barricade themselves when raging hordes of infected people swarm the building. Surrounded by these thirsty zombies, Michael and Harper have their hands full to survive - and it will take all of their ingenuity to make their way out to try and find Gabi."

Short but sweet! Worth a watch for sure.

3.5

Oct. 10th -

34. "Re-cut" - "Following the discovery of the murder of two twin girls in their family's barn, a former reality TV-star is dispatched by a TV-news station to uncover the mystery behind their gruesome deaths."

Another hand-held camera "reality" feel type movie. It has it's moments but it is very predictable and there are times of boredom as well as too much shaky cam.

2.5

35. "Red Mist (aka Freakdog)" - "A young doctor in a US hospital administers a powerful and untested cocktail of drugs to a coma victim. But instead of curing him, it triggers a powerful "out-of-body" experience and enables the patient - a depraved and dangerous loner - to inhabit other people's bodies and, through them, take revenge on the bullying medical students who were accidentally responsible for his condition."

Not bad but very predictable, some blood and gore, nice looking lead actress (Arielle Kebbel - Ranked #48 in Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2009 list.). While better than the director's previous movie "Shrooms" it's only worth a rent at best. My suggestion... let a friend rent it and watch it at their place.

2.5

36. "No Man's Land: Rise of the Reeker" - "A sheriff and his son chase casino robbers, only to find the all of them are being chased by something else."

More of a remake of the original movie "Reeker" than the sequel it's suppose to be. Nice twist at the end but if you've seen the original you'll know what the twist is. If you have not seen the original then you may find this more entertaining.

2.75

Oct. 11th -

37. "The Children" - "A relaxing Christmas vacation turns into a terrifying fight for survival as the children begin to turn on their parents."

If you have a problem with children being harmed, maimed or murdered then stay away from this one. A little slow to get going but once it does it's not bad.

3

38. "Captivity" - "A man and a woman awaken to find themselves captured in a cellar. As their kidnapper drives them psychologically mad, the truth about their horrific abduction is revealed."

Ok but nothing to write home about - worth a rent.

2.5

39. "Rabid" - "A young woman develops a taste for human blood after undergoing experimental plastic surgery, and her victims turn into rabid, blood-thirsty zombies who proceed to infect others, which turns into a city-wide epidemic."

Early Cronenberg (his second feature film), if you haven't seen this you should... and let's not forget it stars Marilyn Chambers.

3

Oct. 12th -

40. "Red White & Blue" - "Film follows the cool, emotionless Erica, who dives into bed with any man she meets. When she is offered a job in a DIY store in Austin, she discovers the kindness of strangers, but also the gruesome shadowy side of it."

This is one that falls into the category of horror that's more 'real world horror' than horror involving ghosts or demons, etc. This is a hard movie to watch and is not for everyone. As one poster on IMDB states "Red White & Blue" is "a horror tour-de-force, delightfully gritty & realistic" and I would agree. You may be turned off by the beginning of the film but just hang in there, you will be rewarded with a pretty brutal and grim viewing experience that will stay with you after the movie is over. The events in this film could happen in real life, for me that is what makes it a real life 'horror story'.

4

41. "Little Deaths" - "Composed of three disturbingly sensual and terrifying short narratives, unified by the twin themes of sex and death."

Sex, violence, blood and gore!

2.75

Oct. 13th -

42. "I Can See You" - "Three young ad-men enter the woods for a photo shoot, but a girlfriend's mysterious disappearance sparks a harrowing descent into unreality."

This one has a 100% Critics rating (from 5 reviewers) at Rotten Tomatoes and an audience rating of 37% (from 282 reviewers). I would have to agree with the audience ratings, I completely hated this movie. By far the worst movie I've seen in quite some time.

minus 1

Oct 14th -

43. "Pet Sematary II" - "The "sematary" is up to its old zombie-raising tricks again. This time, the protagonists are Jeff Matthews, whose mother died in a Hollywood stage accident, and Drew Gilbert, a boy coping with an abusive stepfather."

Not a very good sequel.

2

44. "Carrie" - "Carrie White is a shy young girl who doesn't make friends easily. After her class mates taunt her about her horrified reaction to her totally unexpected first period one of them takes pity on her and gets Tommy Ross, her boyfriend and class hunk to invite Carrie to the senior prom."

Great 70's horror, one of my favorite Stephen King flies.

4

Oct. 15th -

45. "Pet Sematary" - "The Creeds have just moved to a new house in the countryside. Their house is perfect, except for two things: the semi-trailers that roar past on the narrow road, and the mysterious cemetary in the woods behind the house."

Oh so much better than PS2! "Pet Sematary" has it's creepy and spooky moments and should keep you entertained throughout.

3

46. "The Orphan Killer" - "The Orphan Killer is a tour de force murder flick that defies classification. It goes far beyond current trends in gore and breaks open a new suffering genre of horror. Marcus Miller is a serial murderer hellbent on teaching his estranged sister Audrey what it means to have family loyalty."

Absolutely horrible, bad acting, no plot but lots of blood, guts and gore. LOTS of gore!!

1.5

47. "The Rite" - "An American seminary student travels to Italy to take an exorcism course."

Inspired by true events story this is a pretty good exorcism film. Anthony Hopkins' performance is excellent, worth the price of admission alone.

3.25

48. "Kidnapped" - "Three hooded Eastern-European criminals burst into a home in a Madrid gated community, holding the family hostage in its own home, and forcing the father to empty his credit cards."

Classified as a 'Horror/Thriller" this is one of those movies that depicts real life horror, no ghost or monsters other than of the human kind. Very intense, one of the better movies I've watched this October. The ending is not your typical "Hollywood" ending!

4

Oct. 16th -

49. "The Cave" = "Bloodthirsty creatures await a pack of divers who become trapped in an underwater cave network."

Not fun, not scary, don't waste your time.

1

50. "The Skeptic" - "After the mysterious death of his Aunt, a confirmed skeptic lawyer, Bryan Becket, dismisses reports that his Aunt's house is haunted and moves in. Immediately occurrences begin he cannot explain."


Chills without gore, nice little haunted house story too bad the ending sucks.

2.25

51. "Christine" - "A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it."

It's a shame there aren't more movies made like this now a days. Great story, great movie!

4

52. "The Walking Dead" Season 2, Episode 1: What Lies Ahead - "Police officer Rick Grimes leads a group of survivors in a world overrun by zombies."

Yeah, I'm counting this as a horror movie. It's pretty sad when a 'made for TV' movie is better than 90% of the movies I've watched so far. Excellent episode! Can't wait for the next installment. If you haven't been watching "The Walking Dead" it's time to catch up on last season and tune in to what appears to be an excellent season.

4

Oct. 17th -

53. "Poltergeist" - "A young family are visited by ghosts/poltergeists in their home. At first the ghosts/poltergeists appear friendly, moving objects around the house to the amusement of everyone, then they turn nasty and start to terrorise the family before they "kidnap" the youngest daughter."

What can I say... a return to the 80's and some good scary fun!!!

4

54. "The FunHouse" - "Two young couples on a double date go to a mysterious carnival. As a prank they decide to spend the night in the funhouse. When they witness a brutal murder, they suddenly find themselves in horrific danger."

Low budget 80's slasher film directed by Tobe Hooper. Not bad as long as you don't dwell on the large plot holes.

3

Oct. 18th -

55. "The Stand" - "When a government-run lab accidentally lets loose a deadly virus, most of the population of the world is wiped-out. Survivors begin having dreams about two figures: a mystical old woman, or a foreboding, scary man. As the story tracks various people, we begin to realize that the two figures exemplify basic forces of good and evil, and the stage is set for a final confrontation between the representatives of each."


What can I say, I like Stephen King, watched all 6 hours in one sitting. A very good tale of good vs evil!

3.75

56. "S&Man" (Sandman) - "S&MAN begins with footage from Michael Powell's exploration of voyeurism, "Peeping Tom." Director JT Petty uses this footage as a starting point to examine the classic comparison between filmmaking and voyeurism, particularly within the horror genre. He goes on to investigate this connection further, but rather than looking to classic horror films, Petty explores the seedy underground genre of fetish films. These movies are basically simulated snuff films where victims are raped and murdered in a variety of fantasy scenarios. The most notorious of these is a series called "S&Man," where voyeurism takes center stage as people are unknowingly followed with a camera. Petty plunges headfirst into this world of bizarre fetish films, and comes up with mesmerizing interviews with the producers and actors of these movies. Much of the footage from these videos will shock and disturb even the most seasoned horror veteran..."

Docu-horror film examining the sleazy underground horror film scene. Very interesting "documentary" on underground horror such as "August Underground", "Peeping Tom", and "Jesus Christ: Serial Rapist" to name a few. There are many disturbing scenes but one of the most disturbing was a scene from "Electrocuting an Elephant". Not recommend for anyone with a weak stomach.

3.5

Oct. 19th -

57. "The Dead" - "When the last evacuation flight out of war-torn Africa crashes off the coast, American Air Force Engineer Lieutenant Brian Murphy (ROB FREEMAN) emerges as the sole survivor in a land where the dead are returning to life and attacking the living."


If you like Zombies you'll love "The Dead". For me though it was only Ok (I"m not a Zombie freak though).

2.75

58. "Lifeforce" - "A space shuttle mission investigating Halley's Comet brings back a malevolent race of space vampires who transform most of London's population into zombies."

Great concept but as Altira stated "The sum of it all is jaw-droppingly so-bad-it's-good." And less not forget Matilda May!

3.5

59. "Checkpoint" (aka Territories) - "Five friends returning from a marriage in Canada return home to the United States. Not far from the border, two customs officers stop them to check their identity. Suspicious, they take their time especially with Jalil, a man of Arab origin. The situation worsens when a customs officer finds a small bag of marijuana in the luggage. Then things degenerate rapidly: a customs officer grabs the little dog that's part of the group and slits open its belly to be sure it's not a mule. When Gab makes a move, he's shot. The customs officer orders the surviving friends to undress and put on orange coveralls. Gradually, it dawns on the four tourists that they are in the hands of former torturers from Guantanamo."

Starts out great but slowly loses it's momentum. Worth a rent for sure.

2.75

Oct. 20th -

60. "Sleepaway Camp" - "Slightly disturbed and painfully shy Angela Baker is sent away to summer camp with her cousin. Not long after Angela's arrival, things start to go horribly wrong for anyone with sinister or less than honorable intentions."

This is so bad it's good! There is so much wrong in this movie that I wouldn't know where to start. Great fun though, I'd like to meet the head of wardrobe and ask them "What were you thinking?"

3.5 for being so bad but yet so good.

61. "Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers" - "Angela Baker has undergone years of therapy, electro-shock and sexual reassignment surgeries, and finally landed herself a job in the last place she should be working - camp rolling hills. She has an old fashioned approach as to how camp should be, and an old familiar deadly way of making sure that those who don't follow her rules don't get to come back next summer."

This is really bad and not in a good way. Doesn't have the campiness of "Sleepaway Camp" but it does have a lot more T&A!!!

2

Oct. 21st -

62. "Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland" - "Angela is back, in the form of an angry inner-city camper on the hunt for blood. Camp New Horizons, on the recycled grounds of the former murders, intends to pair high class teens with underclass counterparts. Angela, however, has a different plan."

More of the same as in "Sleepaway Camp II", not nearly as good (or should I say as bad) as "Sleepaway Camp".

2

63. "Family Plot" - Not sure if this is the correct name but it's the name AMC had listed as the movie that was playing. The only thing I can find on IMDB is the Hitchcock movie Family Plot and this is not that movie. This movie is about a family (mother, father and son) that inheritance a funeral home/crematory but they must live in it and keep the business open for six years before they can sell it. The father is a writer and talks the wife into agreeing to live in and run the business for the required six years. Of course not long after moving in strange things start to happen. A lot that happens is very similar to the "The Shining" (too bad the movie is nowhere near as good). The father sits in the basement insistantly typing away on his 'novel' while ghosts speak to him. The son is visited by ghosts and a red ball which rolls down the stairs or across the room, etc, etc.

Don't waste your time, very boring and not scary at all.

1.5

Oct. 22nd -

64. "Stranded" (Djinns) - "A platoon of French soldiers on a rescue mission in North Africa confront invisible evil creatures."

Extremely boring, not scary and should not be labeled a 'horror' movie... what a waste of my time.

1

65. "Zombie Anonymous" aka "Last Rites of the Dead" aka "Z.A. Zombies Anonymous" - "After being killed by her boyfriend, Angela, (Gina Ramsden) finds that she has been turned into a zombie. As the rest of the world is being confronted by the realization that zombies have become a part of life, Malcolm, (Constantine Taylor) and Ritchie, (J. Scott Green) are anxious to join The Gooch, (Gaetano Iacono) in an anti-zombie movement headed by The Commandant, (Christa McNamee) and after a meeting, are inducted into the movement. With the rest of the world starting to turn on the creatures for their condition, her friends in a zombie-support group grow increasingly restless with the hatred towards them, which is starting to affect their personal and professional lives. After being captured and sentenced to judgement by the anti-zombie movement, she is able to realize that there's nothing she can do to prevent others from accepting her position and eventually joins in on the zombie's freedom group to keep her rights together that she's earned."

New take on an old theme, Romero fan-boys may not like this take but I thought it was fresh and interesting. The zombies in "Zombie Anonymous" walk, talk, hold down jobs, etc. just like the living... only they are dead (and rotting). There are various groups with their own agenda; humans who hate zombies, zombies who just want to "live" and be left alone and zombies who discover that eating human flesh makes them feel better. Runs a little long but for a low budget 'B' flix it's actually done pretty well.

PooperScooper if you haven't seen this one you should check it out.

4

66. "The Reflection Skin" - "A young boy tries to cope with rural life circa 1950s and his fantasies become a way to interpret events. After his father tells him stories of vampires, he becomes convinced that the widow up the road is a vampire, and tries to find ways of discouraging his brother from seeing her. He must deal with an abusive mother, a father with a charge of molestation, a band of youths creating havoc, and an unforgiving environment in general."

This one is classified as a 'Drama/Horror/Thriller'... as a 'Drama/Thriller" it is a very good and interesting movie... as a 'Horror' movie it sucks.

2 as a horror movie but as a Drama/Thriller I'd give it a 3.75

Oct. 23rd -

67. "Jeepers Creepers II" - "Set a few days after the original, a championship basketball team's bus is attacked by The Creeper, the winged, flesh-eating terror, on the last day of his 23-day feeding frenzy."

Ok, I guess some may find this an interesting movie but for me.... it sucked!

1.75

Oct 24th -

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Oct 25th -

68. "Attack the Block" - "A teen gang in South London defend their block from an alien invasion."

Not bad, but I had one major problem with this movie... I had no sympathy for the 'gang members' and was rooting for the 'aliens' to rip their heads off. Too many punks in gangs running around in real life making life miserable for others.. rip all their heads off!

2.5

Ok, got lazy here and just tuned into AMC FearFeast for the next three movies...

69. "Cujo" - "A friendly St. Bernard named "Cujo" contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town."

Haven't seen this in years, still just Ok, not great but watchable.

2.75

70. "Graveyard Shift" - "About a Maine textile mill, where its workers come into contact with something far more gruesome than anyone might expect."

It's been awhile since I've seen this one also, still as stupid as it was the first time I saw it.

2

71. "Halloween III: Season of the Witch" - "A large Halloween mask-making company has plans to kill millions of American children with something sinister hidden in Halloween masks."

I had to force myself to sit through this whole movie.... I forgot how much I hated this movie.... complete waste of time!!!!

1

Oct. 26th -

72. "Halloween" - "A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood escapes and stalks a high school girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets."

Classic!! Over thirty years old and still as good or better than most of the movies I've watched this Oct.

4

Oct. 27th -

73. "Paranormal Activity 3" - "In 1988, young sisters Katie and Kristi befriend an invisible entity who resides in their home."

At only 85 minutes runtime "Paranormal Activity 3" sure takes it time getting started and then BAM it's over. One of the most boring movies I've ever seen. I guess I just don't get it; there were a couple of good moments but not enough to make this movie worthwhile.

2.5

74. "Deadgirl" - "Two high school boys discover an imprisoned woman in an abandoned mental asylum who cannot die."

After the disappointing trip to the theater I decided to watch something good once I returned home.... "Deadgirl", if you haven't seen it you really should. Great concept!

4.5

Oct. 28th -

75. "The Descent" - "A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators."

What can I say? One of the best horror movies in the past 10 years!!

5

76. "Survival of the Dead" - "On an island off the coast of North America, local residents simultaneously fight a zombie epidemic while hoping for a cure to return their un-dead relatives back to their human state."

A BIG disappointment from George Romero!

2.5

77. "Drag Me to Hell" - "A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point."

Very entertaining popcorn horror flix. Excellent example of how to make a PG-13 rated horror movie.

3.5

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78. "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" - "Alice awakes in Raccoon City, only to find it has become infested with zombies and monsters. With the help of Jill Valentine and Carlos Olivera, Alice must find a way out of the city before it is destroyed by a nuclear missile."

Two hot chicks with big guns killing Zombies.... what more could you ask for?

3

79. "Zombie Apocalypse" - "Months after a zombie plague has wiped out 90 percent of the American population, a small group of survivors fight their way cross-country to a rumored refuge on the island of Catalina."

A "Walking Dead" wanna be this "SyFy Channel Original Movie" fails miserable. Poor CG, bad acting, lossy makeup and bad SFX. One example of the poor SFX... the empty rounds exiting the machine gun were animated but not the rounds going into the gun... they just sat there like a brick. Don't waste your time.

1.75

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[b]80. "The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)" - "Inspired by the fictional Dr. Heiter, disturbed loner Martin dreams of creating a 12-person centipede and sets out to realize his sick fantasy."

Well... you'll either love it or hate it but there's not doubt that it's gritty, dirty and unnerving... It's like looking at a serious accident.. you can't look away. The use of black and white adds an edge to the grittiness of the film and the disgustingly gory details it presents to us. Laurence R. Harvey as "Martin" was the perfect choice, his bulging eyes and hugh gut just add to the seediness of the film. DVD/Blu Ray date for the UK is 21 Nov. 2011 (probably the cut version). Hopefully the uncut version will be available soon.

BTW.... "As of August 2011, Six was already working on a sequel, to be titled The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence). Six has revealed that the film will again be very different from the previous part but will also start with its ending, so in the end the parts of the trilogy would form one continuous film about four and a half hours long, making it similar to a centipede. He also stated that the third film will answer some "lasting questions," will have a strange happy ending, and will be the last of the series as he doesn't want to do any more Centipede films. In an interview with DreadCentral.com, Six said the third film will "make the last one look like a Disney film. We're going to shoot the third film entirely in America, and it's going to be my favourite... It's going to upset a lot of people."

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The first 3 were just before October, to get in the mood...

1. Shadow. 3 out of 5 Netflix Instant

Good twist in this one, Surviving The Game meets Hostel. Real creepy bad guy.

2. People Under The Stairs. 2 out of 5 Netflix Instant

This is my 3rd viewing of this since its release, still kind of meh on it. The brother and sister are arguably the best part.

3. Tucker and Dale vs Evil. 4 out of 5 HDNET Movies

Loved it, very fun, laid back spoof with a nice twist on perception. Wife liked it. Nothing too over the top. With the genre full of CGI garbage this was refreshing.

4. Night of the Creeps. 5 out of 5 Crackle.com

Fred Dekker does it again, I love his stuff. It's been a long time since I saw this so it was pretty fresh. Great throwbacks to the 50′s and a bit of Noir.

5. The Awakening. 1 out of 5 total piece of poop. Netflix Instant

Hipster youth die to crappy nu-metal at the hands of some ancient evil.

6. Intruder. 4 out of 5 Netflix Instant

Late 80′s slasher that I'd not seen before. Sam Raimi stars. The camera work stood out for me. On further reading I think I saw the edited version because there wasn't any real gore to speak of just great tension.

7. Strangeland. 3 out of 5 Netflix Instant

Pretty decent flick, pretty decent badguy. Captain Howdy could use a prequel in my opinion.
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Bob's 2011 A-Z Horror Movie Marathon List

1. Antichrist (first-time viewing)
This is a hard movie to review, as I'm not entirely certain what I just saw. At its base plot, the movie is about a couple dealing with the grief brought on by the accidental death of their child. But really this movie is more an examination of that grief, as well as the concepts of evil and the indifference of nature to man. Some really nasty scenes, a few good scares, and some scenes of horrific beauty, but it's hard to recommend this one. It never quite gets off the ground, it is quiet, moody and introspective, and confusing as heck.

2. Burning Bright (first-time viewing)
If you can get over the contrived setup--a young woman and her autistic younger brother are stuck in a boarded-up house during a hurricane with a starving tiger--you will enjoy this little thriller. Personally I went along for the ride and had a great time. Maybe this is more of a thriller than outright horror, but this did have several great scares, and a feeling of tension throughout. I will admit actually screamed out loud a few times, probably due to the fact that one of my recurring nightmares is that I find a wild tiger in my house (seriously!)

3. The Crimson Cult (aka Curse of the Crimson Altar) (first-time viewing)
In its opening 10 minutes, this film tries too hard to convince us it's going to be edgy and hip (a topless dominatrix, a title card talking about the effects of psychedelic drugs, a "swingers" party scene), but that can't hide the fact that this is just another creaky old British horror film trying to be as good as Hammer films but failing. Christopher Lee does what he can with his role, and Boris Karloff late in his career (and wheelchair bound) steals every scene, but it just isn't enough. Ultimately the script and story are just too weak.

4. Dead of Night (first-time viewing)
Nothing like a good old-fashioned horror anthology from the 1970's! This trio of terror isn't bad, but a low budget and a "made for TV" feel keep it from being great. Richard Matheson penned all three installments, so the stories are excellent, although some work better than others. No one is going to be scared by the nostalgia/time-travel piece starring Ed Begley Jr., or the second story involving "vampires", but they are more intended to have a Twilight Zone feel than horror. The third piece, a sort of "monkey's paw" story called "Bobby" aims for scares and mostly succeeds despite some suspect acting. Worth seeing for fans of Matheson and anthology movies.

5. Evil Dead 2
Director Sam Raimi takes splatter and combines it with slapstick, giving birth the the "splatstick" genre which later gave us such fine films from "Brain Dead" (aka "Dead Alive") to "Shaun of the Dead". This is also the first movie where we get to see Bruce Campbell really ham it up, creating his own cult of fans who love all things Bruce. This movie still has a very punk ethic: low-budget, lean, snotty and doesn't take itself too seriously. Today's dreary torture porn filmmakers could learn something from this one. Best exchange: Witch:"I'll swallow your soul!" Ash:"Swallow this!"

6. Frontier(s)
And speaking of dreary torture porn, we have the French to thank for Frontier(s). Not sure why they need the parentheses around the "s", what is it with the French, they did the same with the title "Fear(s) of the Dark"? Anyway, as torture porns go, this one isn't bad, and the weird family in this movie makes the family from Texas Chainsaw Massacre (and House of 1000 Corpses, for that matter) look as wholesome as the Brady Bunch. Problem is, this movie is highly derivative of those better films, even ripping off the dinner table scene where the elderly family member needs assistance to eat the victims. Also, at 108 minutes this is just too long--the whole opening segment about political riots and the hospital trip could have been done away with. Another annoyance is the inability of anyone to successfully shoot anyone, even when firing at nearly point blank range. But if you're looking for a creepy cannibalistic family out in the sticks kind of movie, this one hits all the right buttons, including a tunnel-crawling scene with great claustrophobic effect.

7. The Ghoul (1933) (first-time viewing)
A stern title card from the British Board of Censors at the beginning of this movie should have warned me I was about to be ripped off. This was the British attempt to get in on the early 30's horror boom started by Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Mummy. But alas, despite having Boris Karloff himself (not to mention the incomparable Cedric Hardwicke), they should have left this one to the experts at Universal. An ailing millionaire (Karloff) living in a creepy old mansion procures an Egyptian jewel that will give him eternal life--but at what cost? There's a priest who is not what he seems, an Arab man played by a British man in brownface who likes playing up his nationality to win the ladies, and a simple-minded butler. Despite these great setups, nothing much happens, and when it finally does, it's all explained away. And although Karloff is given star billing, he is on the screen less than nearly every character. Wasted potential.

8. Hidden (2010) (first-time viewing)
The Norwegians (who brought us Trollhunter) have done it again, this time spinning a great little ghost story/haunted house yarn. A man is wracked by the guilt of knowing that when he escaped his abusive childhood, his freedom may have come at the cost of another boy's life. This film is very effective at generating scares, a few of the jumpscare sort, but mostly through good old fashioned darkness, sound, and atmosphere. No torture porn or CGI monsters are to be seen. This may not be the most original film, (there are a couple sly (and not so sly) references to Kubrick's version of "The Shining") but it is very well-done. I also enjoyed the way the story was presented, as each scene advances the plot as it unpeels another layer of mystery at the same time. Even if you're reluctant to watch a movie with subtitles, don't deny yourself a viewing of this fine film.

9. I Can See You (2008)
This movie is rated 100 on Rotten Tomatoes, which is an amazing feat considering how strange and unclassifiable it is. On its surface, it's about a trio of guys trying to land a big advertising contract who decide to take a camping retreat to help clear their minds. Of course, things start to go wrong, and that's where the horror starts. There is a great creepy David Lynchian feeling to the movie, especially in the way ordinary things begin to take on a horrifying aspect simply by being unclear, unfocused, and uncomfortable. The last 15 minutes may either be mind-blowing or frustrating for you, but they are undeniably visually (and aurally) stunning. Personally this is one of my favorite new "weird-out" movies.

10. The Janitor (2003) (first-time viewing)
This shot-on-video horror comedy is very low-budget, very tasteless, and often quite funny. An outcast office janitor with anger management issues goes on a bloody rampage against everyone who crosses him. Things only get worse when his janitor buddy betrays him, stealing his coveted night job at a local sorority house. This is one of those movies that is bad but it wears its badness proudly, and asks the audience to be in on the joke, and for the most part this works. Hammy over-acting, lots of blood, multiple limbs being ripped off, gross humor, and several different obvious dummies (supposed to be real people) being thrown off buildings, run over by cars, and set on fire. You could do better things with 90 minutes of your life than watch this movie, but you could do worse.

11. Kill Theory (2009) (first-time viewing)
This was an above-average thriller that starts out as a routine slasher. But it has a nice twist. 8 college kids in a remote cottage are given an ulimatum by a psychopath: one of them must kill the others off before 6:00 AM, or they'll all die. So the only way to survive is to kill all your best friends. Although this is nicely paced and quite watchable, we never really care about the characters very much, and it's just not scary enough to really be horror, it's more of a dark thriller. The movie does manage to raise a few interesting questions: how far would you be willing to go to survive? Could you bring yourself to kill people you care about, just to survive?

12. The Last Exorcism (2010) (first-time viewing)
A preacher fed up with faking exorcisms for people who are faking being posessed announces his plans to retire from the craft. He has a film crew join him for his final exorcism, only to find he's finally run into the real thing--an actual posession. This movie works well for the most part (especially for the now-crowded "found footage" horror genre) although I kept waiting for that one big scene to push it to the next level, which never quite happens. We never really believe anyone is doing anything other than acting, and if there was a scare to be found in this movie, I don't remember it. Still, the film is tight and paced well, and there is an element of mystery that kept me watching until the very end. Keep your expectations low about big payoffs, though.

13. Midnight Meat Train (2008) (first-time viewing)
It seems inappropriate to call a movie as dark and brutal as this "a breath of fresh air", but that's what it is, at least to the tired modern horror genre. This movie set out to create its own unique horror mythos and a new iconic bad guy, and it entirely succeeds. Clive Barker wrote the original tale in 1984 about a struggling photographer who pursues a mysterious stranger through the New York subway system, intent on finding an artistic subject, only to find much more than he bargained for. There are buckets of blood (unfortunately, a lot of it of the bad CGI kind) and the violence is some of the most beautifully choreographed that I've seen outside of Peckinpah films. Vinnie Jones, in the performance of a lifetime, gives us the best non-speaking performance since Will Sampson gave us Chief in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". Some of the scariest NY subway sequences I've seen since Jacob's Ladder. Aside from some bad CGI moments, a top-notch violent horror thriller all around.

14. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Often imitated, never duplicated, this classic horror film is one I can watch any time, and often do. Not much needs to be said here except every time I view this movie, I see something new and the movie still feels fresh and gutsy (no pun intended). I am also impressed with George Romero's direction of human-to-human conflict, which often gets overlooked in all the zombie shuffle.

15. The Old Dark House (1932)
This is one of the original "travelers stranded on a stormy night in a creepy house" movies, and it's really well done. This movie has everything you'd want in the genre: Boris Karloff plays a creepy disfigured Lurch-like butler, there is a woman playing a 102-year-old man, a pyromaniac locked in a room, and a squabbling older brother and sister, and the requisite uncomfortable dinner scene. On top of this we have a romantic subplot to keep things light. Nothing really scary here but this is still effective entertainment that's worth checking out.

16. Popcorn (1991) (first-time viewing)
Hard to believe I have gone 20 years without seeing Popcorn, but it's even harder to believe this isn't an 80's movie, because it wears its 80's horror influences proudly on its sleeve. This is not a masterpiece by any means, but it's a fun little movie that people who love the whole cinema experience will enjoy. No, this isn't as good as "Matinee" but if you don't mind a lot of cheesiness and some bad acting (plus Mr. Hand/My Favorite Martian in a cameo!) you should have a good time. After all, the title is Popcorn, that says it all, this is a popcorn flick!

17. Queen of Blood (1966) (first-time viewing)
Astronauts in the year 1990 responding to the distress call of a strange planet find a lone alien with a thirst for human blood. Unfortunately about an hour goes by before we even get to see the alien, and when we do, it's a woman with a beehive hairdo and green makeup. And when she starts killing people, it is not shown, and no one seems particularly alarmed. A young Dennis Hopper flirts creepily with the alien, making him perhaps the only actor typecast as a man who wants to mate with other life forms (also see "Night Tide" where he has an affair with a mermaid). B-movie god John Saxon (Enter the Dragon, etc.) and some great opening space effects montages cannot save this yawner.

18. Rabid (1977) (first-time viewing)
David Cronenberg directs porn-star Marilyn Chambers, solidifying his reputation as the master of "venereal horror". A motorcyle accident victim gets an experimental skin graft operation that goes wrong, giving her a sharp appendage hidden under her armpit that impales her victims and turns them into snarling, rabid maniacs. The science is a bit shaky, but the film is a pleasure to watch unfold--basically if you like a good 70's zombie flick, you'll like this one. Chambers' acting is a bit suspect at times, but she was the perfect choice for what the role demanded--seduction and toplessness. My favorite scene is when a shopping mall Santa gets mowed down in a hail of gunfire.

19. Stake Land (2010) (first-time viewing)
What a great new horror movie! Plot-wise this is a mixture of films like "28 Days Later" and "The Road", or perhaps "Zombieland" with none of the humor--a teenage boy pairs up with a tough vampire killer in a post-apocalyptic U.S.A. What sets this movie apart is its tone: there is a real sadness at the loss of what was once America in this movie, unlike so many other apocalyptic films where it's just purely survival without reflection. With all the scenes of small-town Americans caught like deer in the headlights, I can't help but wonder if the movie is a commentary on the losses that working-class America has suffered during these tough economic times. The real bad guys in this movie aren't so much the vampires but a religious cult who have twisted Scripture to suit their own depravities. But the movie is not preachy or obvious in its commentary. Things start to feel a bit episodic in the final third, but overall this is one of the best in the "end of the world" genre.

20. Tales that Witness Madness (1973) (first-time viewing)
A more apt title might have been "Tales that Induce Sleepiness". Four "horror" segments (plus the requisite framing story) revolve around the patients of an asylum. The first is about a boy with an imaginary friend who is a tiger, the second is a lame time travel story involving a pennyfarthing bike, the third has Joan Collins menaced by a dead tree (!) and by the fourth I was so sleepy I couldn't even tell you what it was about, but I think it involved reincarnation. This was pretty tame stuff (an R rating was for a woman's bare backside, I guess) and a complete waste of time.

21. The Unborn (2003) (first-time viewing)
Uninvolving "long hair over the face" Asian horror mystery. I've seen too many good Asian horror movies and this one isn't even close in quality to any of them. This movie suffers from a complete lack of sympathetic characters--not sure who we were supposed to root for when everyone was unlikeable. In addition to an extremely annoyingly-voiced "best friend" character, this movies subtitles are atrocious, full of errors, misspellings and outright omissions (at one point the error message #NAME? came up in the middle of the subtitles, so obviously no one gave a damn about quality control in that department). Stay away from this movie!

22. The Valley of Gwangi (1969) (first-time viewing)
Cowboys and dinosaurs! This is a very entertaining monster film featuring some of Ray Harryhausen's best stop-animation work. A scientist and a circus vie to capture a creature from an isolated Mexican valley where dinosaurs never went extinct. Makers of lazy CGI films should be required to watch the amazing special effects in this movie, which were surely the best anyone had seen to date in 1969. Things take a little while to start moving, but much like "Might Joe Young", once they do, they never take the gas off the pedal until the end credits.

23. The Wolfman (2010) (first-time viewing)
There's something missing from this remake of the original classic movie from Universal, but it's hard to say what. The movie looks and sounds fantastic, they have done an excellent job of portraying both the look and feel of 19th century England. The special effects are very good, and the violence level is high. Despite having a great cast, I think this movie is miscast. Benicio del Toro, despite his naturally lupine appearance, seems too effeminate and sulky to carry the lead, and while Anthony Hopkins has done many great characters over the years, this is not one of them. This felt like a high-budget B-picture.

24. X: The Unknown (1956) (first-time viewing)
Two years before the Americans gave us "The Blob", those crafty British had already given us "X: The Unknown". The British army uncovers a mysterious fissure in the earth, which ultimately turns out to be home to a radioactive blob of mud that rises to gather energy and kill victims. This is science fiction that is pretty heavy on the science, to its detriment in fact--when I just wanted to the story to keep moving forward, there would always be a lengthy pause for explanations. All right, I get it, but let's get back to showing the blob melting people! Interesting to see a young Leo McKern at work.

25. YellowBrickRoad (2010) (first-time viewing)
I have to give YellowBrickRoad credit for at least trying to do something new with the "lost in the woods and something is OUT THERE" genre. The premise is kinda Blair-Witchy: in 1940, the population of an entire small town in New Hampshire walks into the woods and disappears without a trace. Present-day researchers follow their footsteps to try to find out what happened. I liked the creepy atmosphere, particularly the heavy use of 30's music eerily wafting through the dark forest, seemingly from nowhere. But the script just runs out of things for the characters to do after about an hour, and the ending is not just unsatisfying, but nonsensical--it seems more designed to be talked about than to actually resolve anything. YellowBrickRoad has occasional moments of brilliance, but ultimately the weaknesses outweigh the strengths.

26. Zoo (2005) (first-time viewing)
A Japanese collection of dark tales. While all contain some elements of horror, these are really more along the lines of a "Twilight Zone" sensibility. None of the installments are stellar, but a few of them are worthwhile. My favorites were the one where an evil mother treats her twin children very differently (one like a dog and the other like a princess), and another story involving a kidnapping and escape attempt from a mysterious prison cell was pretty good too. Other installments were either shruggable or head-scratchable.

27. Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971) (first-time viewing)
Minor entry from the vast Argento canon, but not bad at all, full of his trademark flourishes--a killer in the shadows, eyeball violence, sexual tension. A rock star accidentally kills a man, only to realize his actions have been caught on film by a mysterious masked person who blackmails him not for the money, but just for the fun of it. The plot drags a bit at times, but there were enough highlights to keep me interested for the running time of 103 minutes. The best sequence was when a woman tries to blackmail the blackmailer, and arranges and ill-fated meeting in a walled-in park that quickly empties of its occupants. Fans of creepy thrillers from the era should check this out at least once.

28. 5ive Girls (2006) (first-time viewing)
Five girls, each with a special supernatural power, are sent to a very strict Catholic academy to cure them of their evil. The priest (Ron Perlman) isn't so strict but he's being blackmailed by an unhinged (and overacting) headmistress who has an agenda of her own. There's a demon named Legion (yeah, that Legion, the one from the Bible) who is intent on taking control of one (or all) of the girls. This isn't a bad movie, I was surprised to find myself enjoying it. Sure, the acting of the headmistress is of the small theater/high school play level, and although the setup of the movie promises possible sleaze (5 sexy "girls" who each look they are about 21) there is little by way of nudity and zero sex, but still the movie was entertaining and often humorous.

29. The Thing (2011) (first-time viewing)
This isn't a remake of the 1982 classic which of course was itself a remake, but rather a prequel that tells the tale of the Norwegian base before The Thing arrives at the American base. Since we know how the John Carpenter movie starts, perhaps that should take away some of the suspense of this movie, but it doesn't. And despite having very big shoes to fill, this movie is a worthy successor (or rather, predecessor) to the 1982 film. The sets are very similar, and the period of 1982 is nicely maintained. Yeah, we don't get the ground-breaking practical special effects that we got back then, but CGI, but for the most part they make the CGI look like the practical effects of 1982, which I thought was pretty cool. In other words, this movie is extremely consistent with the 1982 movie and they could easily be watched back-to-back. My only problem with the movie is that Mary Elizabeth Winstead's limited range doesn't work for the character they have given her. They've set her up to be more like a Ripley from Alien, but only Sigourney Weaver can do that properly. Still, I liked this movie and it easily beat my expectations.

30. The Descent (2005)
Even on repeat viewings, this is still one of the tensest and scariest movies ever. There were several times where I realized I was not breathing, and I still let out a yelp of surprise during at least one scene (take your pick). Six young adventure-seeking women reunite to go on a caving expedition and also to provide a catharsis for their widower friend, but they find more than they bargained for. This movie has quickly attained the status of being a modern classic, and it is well deserved.

31. Sleepaway Camp (1983)
The word "camp" could be taken to have two meanings, but I really think they were trying to make a serious slasher in the vein of "Friday the 13th", but they created something so unique, so weird, and so funny, it's hard to say what their intentions were. This movie is also a perfect time capsule of 1983 youth, and if you went to any kind of camp back in the 80's, much of this will look familiar to you, but in a good way. This camp is also odd in that everyone seems to be either a lecherous adult, a 20-something New York Italian, or a 12-year old kid. There are some creative kills, but this movie is not highly gore-laden. I loved the overdone scalding scene of the pedophile cook the best.

32. 2001 Maniacs (2006) (first-time viewing)
This was shlock, but it was intended to be shlock, and it works pretty well. This is basically a remake of the Herschel Gordon Lewis 1964 film "2000 Maniacs" but with self-awareness and humor. A group of snotty young college kids headed for spring break get detoured to a southern town that is still sore about losing the Civil War. They throw a festival to entertain their guests, while bumping them off and eating them one by one. Robert Englund ("Freddy Krueger") gives a nice hammy performance as the mayor of the town, full of energy and humorous menace. Sure, we hate all the characters, but that just adds to the fun as they are killed in interesting and gruesome ways. Lots of pretty young bodies are exposed and then chopped up for our viewing pleasure.

33. 7eventy 5ive (aka Dead Tone) (2007) (first (and last) time viewing)
Ugh. The marathon ends on a crappy note with easily the worst movie of the month. College kids at a party play a crank-call game called "75" (the number of seconds you have to keep the victim on the line before they get wise to the prank) only to call the wrong guy and end up becoming victims themselves. This could have been an interesting setup but this movie is populated with characters that are not just unlikeable, not just annoying, but actually LOATHESOME. Not a single sympathetic character to be found, I hated spending 100 minutes with these douchebags. In one scene they are pulled over by the cops and the kids were mouthing off to them, and I was praying the cops would just mow them all down, but no dice. Even Rutger Hauer (looking especially tired and craggy) was wasted in this movie as a detective researching a cold case, and I noticed he was never around the college kids. He probably would have ripped their heads off.

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3. Tucker and Dale vs Evil. 4 out of 5 HDNET Movies

Loved it, very fun, laid back spoof with a nice twist on perception. Wife liked it. Nothing too over the top. With the genre full of CGI garbage this was refreshing.

I found out about the broadcast 6 hours too late...

Did take a look at the new Mimic BD tonite.

AQ is excellent.

PQ not so much.
Very grainy, without the corresponding close-up detail one would expect (DNR?).
Apparently, GdT used very sh!tty filmstock for this movie.

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Finally time to relax! Last night was a Pieces & Zombi double feature. We had a good crowd and Pieces went over much better than expected. The movie is so ridiculous you can't help laughing and making jokes the whole 85 minutes. Pure slop with some nice gore and TONS of nudity.

Zombi didn't go as well. We had one snorer and another almost doze off. Ha! I guess it is a pretty slow movie between kill scenes but they're some of the best of the genre plus the music by Fabio Frizzi is the cat's pajamas. A high energy romp like Dawn of the Dead (2004) would have been a better selection for the second flick. Still a great time and more fun than last year. Bring it on!

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10/1

Pieces (1982)
Porn puzzles for kids
Butt nekkid chicks sawed to bits
Last scene will grab you!

Zombie (1979)
Eyeball meets splinter
Selachimorpha battle
Best Zombie movie?

10/2

Dream Home (2010)
Choke, stab, hack, impale
Jason? Freddy? Michael? No.
All this for a flat.

10/3

A Horrible Way to Die (2010)
All over the place,
A horrible way to write
Made me want to drink.

Asylum (1972)
Four tales of crazies
An effective atmosphere
Edge of seat meet butt

10/4

Frankenstein (1931)
Men love playing God
Never have good results
Who is the monster?

10/5

Scream 4 (2011)
Unnecessary
but it's still entertaining
I'd rather watch Stab.

10/6

The Dead (2010)
Slow zombies return!
Thought trapped in a mall was bad?
No five and dime here.

10/7

Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)
Clive doesn’t direct.
What the HELL, this has to suck
Now that’s a sequel!

10/8

The Thing (1982)
Isolation sucks
No chicks, now an alien?
You’d go crazy too.

Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)
Hillbillies bad luck
Leads to scoring a hot blonde
A cute horror film?!

Troll 2 (1990)
How does this exist?
No Trolls. No Actors. No Skills.
The “best worst movie”.

10/9

Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)
Telekinesis
Formidable opponent
Jason met his match

Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)
Jason's a seaman?
New York makes a cameo
This movie was jizz.

10/10

The Psychic (1977)
Typical Fulci
Not this murder mystery
Gore-less whodunit

Black Belly of the Tanantula (1971)
Skin so "FRAGILE"
Gorgeous.Paralyzed. They watch.
Must be Italian!

10/11

The Freakmaker aka The Mutations (1974)
Pleasance slumming it
Wants to create plant people
Well this ain’t no Freaks.

10/12

Prince of Darkness (1987)
The Church's secret.
They've been hiding more than boys...
and he's coming out.

10/13

Graduation Day (1981)
Just like in Prom Night
The school dance scene steals the show
Whitey does “Rerun”

10/14

Stake Land (2010)
The future is dim
An unlikely gang move on
Genre gets UV.

10/15

Cujo (1983)
Danny Pintauro
Trapped in a friggin’ Pinto
Scared. Who’s the Boss now?

10/16

The Walking Dead 2.1

10/17

The Frighteners (1996)
Patricia's mother
never lets her leave the house
Why not? OH MY GOD!

10/18

Slithis (1978)
Nasty sea monster
sounds like a nautical treat
Death by boat anchor?!

10/19

Sleepaway Camp (1983)
The craziest twist
Since Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense
The chick has a ****!

10/20
Dolls (1987)

10/21
Puppet Master (1989)

10/22
NJ Zombie Walk

10/23
The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

10/24
Tourist Trap (1979)

10/25
The Deadly Spawn (1983)

10/26
The Burrowers (2008)

10/27
The Changeling (1980)

10/28
Opera (1987)

10/29
Don't Go in the House (1980)
Don't Look in the Basement (1973)
Don't Open the Door (1975)
Don't Go in the Woods (1981)

10/30

The Walking Dead 2.3

10/31
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Halloween II (1981)


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Sunday morning, and after watching Heather Locklear yesterday in a mild movie, it was time for something heavy, real heavy.

Watched HOSTEL, a true classic. The first third is almost a porn movie, and the rest is great horror. Superbly written, great sets, magnificent photography and direction, perfect music, this is what a horror movie should be. I love to watch classics like this over and over, more than i enjoy watching horror movies that are only so-so for the first time.

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2. People Under The Stairs. 2 out of 5 Netflix Instant

This is my 3rd viewing of this since its release, still kind of meh on it. The brother and sister are arguably the best part.

Man! Sorry to hear that it still doesn't do anything for you. Wes Craven is a very inconsistent director (half of his movies are not good), and I find that People Under The Stairs is highly entertaining and stands above most of his other movies. The only thing that really sucks about it is the ending. Other than that, it's an entertaining romp.

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Late 80′s slasher that I'd not seen before. Sam Raimi stars. The camera work stood out for me. On further reading I think I saw the edited version because there wasn't any real gore to speak of just great tension.

This was a nice find for me last year. I'll probably re-watch this again. Thanks for the reminder!
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Well, here's where I'm at so far:

1. Prince of Darkness. This was phenomenal to see on the big screen, especially the 2.35:1 anamorphic cinematography. One of the most underrated horror movies in history. Blends physics, philosophy, and evil, along with a brooding soundtrack. Can't say enough about it; one of the most notable apocalypse movies out there today. 8/10.

2. Hellraiser 2. Watched the Blu-ray. I was satisfied by the PQ despite my very low expectations. Hellraiser 2 is friggin' great. It's as good as a sequel gets--a fine definition of an adult horror fantasy. This is another underrated movie, and it successfully paints the imagination of Clive Barker. 7.5/10.

3. The Monster Squad. My second viewing; I love it! This is definitely one to watch with a family. Very exciting, great soundtrack and monsters, and great for both kids and adults alike. I'd say that this is up there with The Goonies, and I love the Goonies! 8/10.

I'll be watching mostly my favorites. I see you guys are mainly watching new stuff. With my new setup, I promised myself I'd re-watch all my favorites...it's been pretty much a new experience every time!
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I'll be watching mostly my favorites. I see you guys are mainly watching new stuff. With my new setup, I promised myself I'd re-watch all my favorites...it's been pretty much a new experience every time!

Fenders, thats what i am doing too, re-watching my favorites, so we will be together on that!!!!

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Man! Sorry to hear that it still doesn't do anything for you. Wes Craven is a very inconsistent director (half of his movies are not good), and I find that People Under The Stairs is highly entertaining and stands above most of his other movies. The only thing that really sucks about it is the ending. Other than that, it's an entertaining romp.



This was a nice find for me last year. I'll probably re-watch this again. Thanks for the reminder!

Yeah just can never "feel" it...
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Prince of Darkness is one my top movies ever. Not only did it scare the jeebus out of me as a teen but as I grew older the other messages scare me more. Great flick!
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Yes but this thread is for movies

I'm sure I've seen Prince of Darkness but I honestly can't recall, guess I should add that one in. I'm watching a mix of new and favorites which is what I do every year.

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The Human Centipede: 3 stars - Fairly original but a little light on the gore and fewer scares than I would have liked. Still the creepy German doctor makes up for the other shortcomings.

Isolation: 2 1/2 stars - Not a bad little creature feature... good atmosphere and cinematography but not enough victims and the creature was a little unimpressive. Overall this had a lot more potential than it delivered but was still worth a watch.

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Sorry, I was just trying to get a little plug in for one of my favs.


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I agree the creature is the weak spot.
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Oh well, i'll play the game.

I'll need to get rid of these movies soon as possible, so this is my list.

3. Night train to terror
4. Eyeball
5. Bare behind bars(not really horror)
6. Legend of the chubacapra
7. The Shape of things to come(scifi i assume)
8. Two orphan vampires
9. Sister of ursula
10. Eugenie de Sade
11. I spit on your corpse
12. Meat market
13. Guts of virgin
14. The Shunned House
15. Sgt Kabukiman N.Y.P.D
16. Nikos the Impaler
17. Freak
18. Naked Blood
19. Women in cellblock 9(i know, i know)
20. Love to kill
21. Island of dead
22. There's Nothing Out There(aka Don't scream...die)
23. Bad karma, Drillbit, Night pastor, Chainsaw Scum****(short movies)
24. Ganja&Hess
25. Unhinged
26. Nude for Satan
27. Porno Holocaust
28. Don't Look in the Basement
29. Fantom Killer
30. Zombie Brigade
31. Vampyros Lesbos

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It wasn't bad but it could have been really good. There where a couple of places where it started to really pull me in and get intense but then it just backed off. That said, the soundtrack makes good use of the surround sound and there were more than a few places where the sound effects were creeping me out.

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6. Intruder. 4 out of 5 Netflix Instant

Late 80′s slasher that I'd not seen before. Sam Raimi stars. The camera work stood out for me. On further reading I think I saw the edited version because there wasn't any real gore to speak of just great tension.


darthrsg, since you liked "Intruder" so much you owe it to yourself to check out the 'uncut' version. Blood and gore abounds!

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Oh well, i'll play the game.

I'll need to get rid of these movies soon as possible, so this is my list.

3. Night train to terror
4. Eyeball
5. Bare behind bars(not really horror)
6. Legend of the chubacapra
7. The Shape of things to come(scifi i assume)
8. Two orphan vampires
9. Sister of ursula
10. Eugenie de Sade
11. I spit on your corpse
12. Meat market
13. Guts of virgin
14. The Shunned House
15. Sgt Kabukiman N.Y.P.D
16. Nikos the Impaler
17. Freak
18. Naked Blood
19. Women in cellblock 9(i know, i know)
20. Love to kill
21. Island of dead
22. There's Nothing Out There(aka Don't scream...die)
23. Bad karma, Drillbit, Night pastor, Chainsaw Scum****(short movies)
24. Ganja&Hess
25. Unhinged
26. Nude for Satan
27. Porno Holocaust
28. Don't Look in the Basement
29. Fantom Killer
30. Zombie Brigade
31. Vampyros Lesbos

And maybe if i have more time i'll watch.

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This is a list to be reckoned with. Good lord. And SGT Kabukiman to tie it all together. LOL. Troma FTW!


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Checked out Dream Home tonight per Airboss' recommendation. Once again it's a foreign horror film that delivers. And I thought the housing market was bad in my area.

Dream Home (2010)

Choke, stab, hack, impale
Jason? Freddy? Michael? No.
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12. "Intruder" - Uncut Version - "The overnight stock crew of a local supermarket find themselves being stalked and slashed by a mysterious maniac."

I can't believe I haven't seen this before. Fortunately I was able to view the 'uncut' edition which includes the 'band saw scene' in all it's blood and gore and the 'head pressing scene' as well as a few others. Great 80's slasher with some really good effects (in the uncut version). Takes awhile to get going and the story isn't that great but the direction and acting (which for the most part is good) make up for the lack of story.

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October 2nd:

I Spit On Your Grave (2010): 3 1/2 stars - I've never seen the original so can't compare but this is a solid r@pe revenge flick. I have a few gripes that took this down from a solid 4 star rating but wont spoil for anyone who hasn't seen this. The r@pe scene is pretty brutal, up there with LHOTL remake but the payback is pretty hardcore!

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I Spit On Your Grave (2010): 3 1/2 stars - I've never seen the original so can't compare but this is a solid r@pe revenge flick. I have a few gripes that took this down from a solid 4 star rating but wont spoil for anyone who hasn't seen this. The r@pe scene is pretty brutal, up there with LHOTL remake but the payback is pretty hardcore!

wizzack - great to hear about dream home, I think I will queue that up for tomorrow!

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Indeed, I'll try and track it down. This version felt edited on the kills.
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This morning i watched EVENT HORIZON.

A horror movie that takes place on spaceships in outer space, right up my alley. I loved the sci-fi part of the movie, i felt the horror could have been done better for my taste. Overall though, definetely a good movie. Good sets, the big ship is really neat to look at. Nice concept too.

I would say from a sci-fi angle, its a 4-star movie (out of 5 stars), from a horror angle its a 3-star, so i will split it down the middle and give it 3.5 stars.

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I'll need to get rid of these movies soon as possible, so this is my list.

3. Night train to terror
4. Eyeball
5. Bare behind bars(not really horror)
6. Legend of the chubacapra
7. The Shape of things to come(scifi i assume)
8. Two orphan vampires
9. Sister of ursula
10. Eugenie de Sade
11. I spit on your corpse
12. Meat market
13. Guts of virgin
14. The Shunned House
15. Sgt Kabukiman N.Y.P.D
16. Nikos the Impaler
17. Freak
18. Naked Blood
19. Women in cellblock 9(i know, i know)
20. Love to kill
21. Island of dead
22. There's Nothing Out There(aka Don't scream...die)
23. Bad karma, Drillbit, Night pastor, Chainsaw Scum****(short movies)
24. Ganja&Hess
25. Unhinged
26. Nude for Satan
27. Porno Holocaust
28. Don't Look in the Basement
29. Fantom Killer
30. Zombie Brigade
31. Vampyros Lesbos

And maybe if i have more time i'll watch.

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Some interesting titles.

I got off to a slow start because I spent too much time in the garage this weekend.

I watched "Day of the Dead: Need to Feed". The only tie-in to the original was a zombie named Bud that played sort of the same character as Bub in the original. I also watched "Bram Stoker's Dracula".

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Does Trollhunter count as horror?
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1740707/

Watched last nite and loved it.
One of the best movies to run thru my HT this year.

Heavily inspired by Blair Witch, but a much better flick.
The critter sounds are awesome on the BD.

Humor aplenty, horror scary.
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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1740707/

Watched last nite and loved it.
One of the best movies to run thru my HT this year.

Heavily inspired by Blair Witch, but a much better flick.
The critter sounds are awesome on the BD.

Humor aplenty, horror scary.
Don't miss this one.

This has been getting pretty good reviews but the giant cgi troll in the trailer looked so cheesy I dismissed it, maybe I should give it a chance. btw - Dexter was great! Looks like it is going to be a pretty dark season!

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