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You guys might like this... 10 reasons why horror is the best genre of film:

http://whatculture.com/film/10-reaso...film-genre.php
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Last night's flick..........

15. Ginger Snaps (2000)- {3.5/5} DVD (First-time viewing) I tried to fit this one in last year for the challenge but Blockbuster kept sending me the wrong movie in the mail (Ginger Snaps Back). I finally received the correct movie this time but of course, it was the full-screen version rather than widescreen. That didn't really affect my enjoyment of the film though as I thought this was fairly well done in all facets. The macabre stuff was creepy and there was some good gore throughout. I really loved the script and the interactions between the sisters. There were some really good humorous exchanges between them. The werewolves were a little on the cheesy side and it felt a little weird to be watching a movie about teenage girls and their periods. Despite those things though, this movie was still quite enjoyable and I'll likely go back to it in a future Horrorfest so my wife can check it out.


On deck for tonight......... Black Christmas (original version).


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20. Friday the 13th. I agree with my review here 7/10

Watching part 2 tomorrow. Anyone else a fan?

EDIT: Bumped it up to a 7/10. Why not?
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October 17th:
Pieces: 2.5 stars - Probably more stars than it deserves but it is such quality cheese you can't help but lurv it Best scene of the movie:


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Hostel III looks over the top, could be my kind of movie. Talking of movies, i have all kinds of things to do today, might not watch a movie, and its hard for me to catch up. If i cant make 31, i will watch as many as possible, thats all i can do.

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talking of movies, i have all kinds of things to do today, might not watch a movie, and its hard for me to catch up. If i cant make 31, i will watch as many as possible, thats all i can do.

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Red State is on Instant. For some this may be the scariest thing since the Exorcist.

Not a strict "horror" film but could be terrifying to my neighbors across the street, enough for them to unfriend me on facebook.


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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.

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1. Antichrist
2. Burning Bright
3. The Crimson Cult
4. Dead of Night
5. Evil Dead 2
6. Frontier(s)
7. The Ghoul
8. Hidden (2009)
9. I Can See You
10. The Janitor
11. Kill Theory
12. The Last Exorcism
13. Midnight Meat Train
14. Night of the Living Dead
15. The Old Dark House
16. Popcorn
17. Queen of Blood

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Red State is on Instant. For some this may be the scariest thing since the Exorcist.

Not a strict "horror" film but could be terrifying to my neighbors across the street, enough for them to unfriend me on facebook.

I think it's a dark comedy.

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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!!!

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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.

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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.

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Yeah, I remember the Funhouse from a couple years back. Its certainly no TCM, but Hooper does a fair job in this one. I remember enjoying the performance by the "freak".


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Yeah, I remember the Funhouse from a couple years back. Its certainly no TCM, but Hooper does a fair job in this one. I remember enjoying the performance by the "freak".

I haven't seen it in years but I remembered the opening sequence which pays homage to both Psycho and Halloween.

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Watched "The Dead" last night. Excellent Zombie movie! Although, I'm still undecided if I liked the ending or not. Watching it made me think of World War Z and being true to life - if it were to happen.

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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.

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1. Antichrist
2. Burning Bright
3. The Crimson Cult
4. Dead of Night
5. Evil Dead 2
6. Frontier(s)
7. The Ghoul
8. Hidden (2009)
9. I Can See You
10. The Janitor
11. Kill Theory
12. The Last Exorcism
13. Midnight Meat Train
14. Night of the Living Dead
15. The Old Dark House
16. Popcorn
17. Queen of Blood
18. Rabid

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Only watched two movies yesterday due to the length of "The Stand" (6 hours).

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

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Back in the swing of things today, i just watched [REC]2, the first watch of this for me. In fact, i never have seen the original [REC], but i have seen Quarantine.

I enjoyed it a lot, although didnt find it as horrific as i expected. Also didnt expect the heavy religious aspect of this movie.

Overall though still very enjoyable, really held my interest. I will give this a 3.5 out of 5 star rating.

2011 October Ratings - 5 Star Scale
01- Return of the Swamp Thing - 2.5
02- Hostel - 5
03- Event Horizon - 3.5
04- Resident Evil: Apocalypse - 4.25
05- Sphere - 3.75
06- Wrong Turn 3 - 3
07- The Human Centipede - 3
08- Berlin Undead - 3
09- House of 1000 Corpses - 4.5
10- The Midnight Meat Train - 3.75
11- The Human Centipede II - 1.5
12- Aliens - 5
13- Grotesque - 4
14- The Cave - 1
15- The Thing (2011) - 4
16- Mutants - 4
17- Saw 7 (Saw 3D) - 5
18- [REC]2 - 3.5

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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."

I love The Stand!


October 18th:
Speaking of Tobe Hooper, last night's extravaganza was the inimitable Lifeforce (1985).

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089489/

It has a hell of a pedigree with tons of talented performers and technicians:

Story: Colin Wilson (based on his novel "Space Vampires")
Director: Tobe Hooper
Writer: Dan O'Bannon
Music: Henry Mancini
Effects: John Dykstra
Cast: Steve Railsback, Patrick Stewart, Frank Finlay, Peter Firth

The sum of it all is jaw-droppingly so-bad-it's-good. Steve Railsback is way over the top. He even gets to kiss Captain Picard. I have the cut with the extra footage and it is still goofy and the ending is barely comprehensible. Still, I am compelled to watch this about once a year.

Oh, and for you guys - the lead actress, the gorgeous Mathilda May, runs around stark nekked for most of the film. (Which must have been murder since British film sets are notoriously ice cold.)

I blame it all on Famous Monsters of Filmland!
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Lifeforce (1985).

Can't believe I never caught this one. Added to my queue - thanks!

I've been swamped with major problems at work this week. How rude!

Watched Slithis last night. Pretty stinking bad and would have benefited from a lot more gore. Monday was The Frighteners. I love the story, the pacing, the effects, the acting, the everything. What a great spooky October flick!

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Speaking of Tobe Hooper, last night's extravaganza was the inimitable Lifeforce (1985).

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089489/

I haven't seen "Lifeforce" in years, I'm adding this to my list.

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Lifeforce with Matilda May - not too many males would forget seeing it. IIRC it may be coming out on BD in the not too distant future.

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There are many disturbing scenes but one of the most disturbing was a scene from "Electrocuting an Elephant".

I have a copy of "Electrocuting an Elephant" in my Kino Edison collection. People always want to watch it when they see the title, but then they regret it.

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I have a copy of "Electrocuting an Elephant" in my Kino Edison collection. People always want to watch it when they see the title, but then they regret it.

I saw this by accident on some show on TLC or TDC. They mentioned an elephant electrocution and then they showed it! There was no warning to look away. It is still stuck in my head.

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Lastest flicks from the past 2 nights.........

16. Black Christmas (1974)- {4.75/5} Blu-ray (First-time viewing) This is what horror is all about folks! The Canadian original that clearly inspired the 1976 Americanized version, When a Stranger Calls. From what I remember of that film (saw it several years back), Black Christmas is infinitely better in every facet. Even though I knew damn well what the movie was about, it still had me on the edge of my seat nearly the entire time. The caller was very frightening as he rambles on about the craziest **** you ever heard. Extremely effective! You know that its coming, but when the cops find out where the caller is located......wow.....it still gives me chills thinking about it and I watched it 2 nights ago. This one is a horror classic. Highly recommended.

17. Dog Soldiers (2002)- {3.25/5} DVD (First-time viewing) A squadron of British soldiers find themselves face to face with a pack of werewolves in a Scottish forest. The overall story was fairly creative and there was certainly some good gore. I also liked some of the images of the werewolves (very Howling-like) but at other times I felt they were a little cheesy for a movie made in 2002. My biggest complaint was that it seemed like it dragged on forever as the werewolves seemed to launch attacks completely at random when the soldiers were trapped in the zoologist's house. The acting was fairly solid and there was an element of humor that I appreciated. In the end, I felt that this one was semi-enjoyable but I doubt that I will revisit it anytime soon.


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4. House of the Devil. Fantastic! This was my second viewing. I pulled in a friend who likes classical horror, and he loved it even more than I did. This is a great modern horror movie that literally crushes 95% of all horror movies released in the past 10 years. I'd give this a solid and healthy 7.5/10. Possibly even higher.

I can see how HotD could appeal to some people (and that group of people is pretty small in the horror-fan world, I think), it was not for me. I mean, I LIKED it, but it was seriously lacking in the scare department. It had GREAT character development and maintained a sense of uneasy suspense for pretty much the whole movie, but that was also its problem. This is a 93 minute movie and NOTHING happens until over 70 minutes into it!!

I usually fall into the group of atmospheric suspense horror fan, but this film had some serious pacing problems that prevented it from satisfying in that regard.
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I can see how HotD could appeal to some people (and that group of people is pretty small in the horror-fan world, I think), it was not for me. I mean, I LIKED it, but it was seriously lacking in the scare department. It had GREAT character development and maintained a sense of uneasy suspense for pretty much the whole movie, but that was also its problem. This is a 93 minute movie and NOTHING happens until over 70 minutes into it!!

I usually fall into the group of atmospheric suspense horror fan, but this film had some serious pacing problems that prevented it from satisfying in that regard.

3rd viewing last night. Still epic as hell. The scare is two fold.
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Back in the swing of things today, i just watched [REC]2, the first watch of this for me. In fact, i never have seen the original [REC], but i have seen Quarantine.

I enjoyed it a lot, although didnt find it as horrific as i expected. Also didnt expect the heavy religious aspect of this movie.

Overall though still very enjoyable, really held my interest. I will give this a 3.5 out of 5 star rating.

2011 October Ratings - 5 Star Scale
01- Return of the Swamp Thing - 2.5
02- Hostel - 5
03- Event Horizon - 3.5
04- Resident Evil: Apocalypse - 4.25
05- Sphere - 3.75
06- Wrong Turn 3 - 3
07- The Human Centipede - 3
08- Berlin Undead - 3
09- House of 1000 Corpses - 4.5
10- The Midnight Meat Train - 3.75
11- The Human Centipede II - 1.5
12- Aliens - 5
13- Grotesque - 4
14- The Cave - 1
15- The Thing (2011) - 4
16- Mutants - 4
17- Saw 7 (Saw 3D) - 5
18- [REC]2 - 3.5

Exactly why the US remakes suck. Even if Jennifer Carpenter wasn't annoying the hell out of you for 93 minutes the US version did not highlight the religious aspects (i.e. origins of the virus). My wife actually thought REC2 was scarier because of the emphasis on the religious backstory.

October 18th:

Re-Animator: 3.5 stars - First time viewing this one and what fun it was! I'll be getting a copy of this on blu when it comes out for sure... gore galore and a good bit of dark humor as well, really enjoyed this one!

Pumpkinhead:
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- I've seen this more times than I can count but still love it. Good ol bumpkin creature feature!


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I can see how HotD could appeal to some people (and that group of people is pretty small in the horror-fan world, I think), it was not for me. I mean, I LIKED it, but it was seriously lacking in the scare department. It had GREAT character development and maintained a sense of uneasy suspense for pretty much the whole movie, but that was also its problem. This is a 93 minute movie and NOTHING happens until over 70 minutes into it!!I usually fall into the group of atmospheric suspense horror fan, but this film had some serious pacing problems that prevented it from satisfying in that regard.

Sounds like Audition, a movie so many people like and i hate for that reason. I can tolerate maybe up to 20 minutes to set up things, but even then i am getting antsy, i cant stand these looooooooooooong periods of no horror in horror movies. Just not my personal taste.

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Sounds like Audition, a movie so many people like and i hate for that reason. I can tolerate maybe up to 20 minutes to set up things, but even then i am getting antsy, i cant stand these looooooooooooong periods of no horror in horror movies. Just not my personal taste.

That's what's cool about this thread. Differing opinions. I personally LOVE House of the Devil. The anticipation of what is about to happen is nearly unbearable, but that is what I love about it. It makes the events towards the end that much crazier. I'm fairly sure that its gonna be one of my Halloween Night flicks again this year.


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That's what's cool about this thread. Differing opinions. I personally LOVE House of the Devil. The anticipation of what is about to happen is nearly unbearable, but that is what I love about it. It makes the events towards the end that much crazier. I'm fairly sure that its gonna be one of my Halloween Night flicks again this year.

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Love HOTD and Audition too for that matter. Not that I don't also like the non-stop horror but they are such different beasts that you really can appreciate both brands for very different reasons. I think movies like HOTD and Audition are more what I would consider a classical approach (for lack of a better term) where the movie moves slow and takes it's time build something of substance and delivers in spades in the last 20 minutes. I love that.


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Red State is on Instant. For some this may be the scariest thing since the Exorcist.

Not a strict "horror" film but could be terrifying to my neighbors across the street, enough for them to unfriend me on facebook.

My copy arrived from Amazon today....probably fire it up tonite.

Although I haven't seen it, I am surprised Larry describes it as a dark comedy.
I was under the impression it was horror....

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