Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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Well the annual marathon is already several days old so I thought I'd pop in. Great to see all of the reviews and comments!
I don't have a lot of time at the moment to make many comments, but here is what I've watched so far (all are first time viewings)...
Monster Brawl (2011) - I usually like to kick off the annual October horror movie marathon with either a classic movie that I highly regard, otherwise something like this that might be considered goofy, silly or funny. I had recorded this off a commercial-free movie channel and was glad I did rather than actually pay to see it. It wasn't bad, it's basically a series of wrestling matches between various horror characters some known and some unknown. Not scary and not funny (although I did get a handful of chuckles), I rate this 4 out of 10.
The Bell Witch Haunting (2004) - Actually not too shabby considering they had a limited budget to make this. Settings, scenery and clothing, etc., made it believable that this movie was set in the early 1800's. Loved how the spirit freely communicates with the living. 5 out of 10.
Re-Animator (1985) - Fun, funny, gory, and hugely entertaining, I got a lot of laughs out of this! A couple of disturbing scenes but great comedy horror. 8.5 out of 10.
Martin (1977) - This lesser-known George Romero movie is definitely strange but also good. Flashback sequences are great as are some of the sound effects. Tense excellent scene about mid-way through the movie. Unfortunately this one did falter quite a bit in the final one-third of the movie but I was still glad I saw it. 6.5 out of 10.
The Demon's Rook (2013) - Originally I had planned to watch Spirits of the Dead from 1968 which I recorded on my cable box from TCM, but when I went to play it back, it was an entirely different movie than what it had listed. So, I improvised and watched The Demon's Rook instead. And wow, I was glad I did! This is definitely the surprise hit of the month so far. Questionable acting at times and the demon outfits could use a little work but otherwise solid. I liked the zombies and how this film was very bloody and gory. Great music and sound effects. 8 out of 10.
Them! (1954) - This classic science fiction horror about ants that get mutated into huge sizes as a result of nuclear testing is a little slow and doesn't have a great amount of action but largely makes up for this with decent story and good build up and suspense. 7 out of 10.
So there you have it for now, it's been a lot of fun so far! As always, I will try to continue to add movies to my list this month where possible. Great to see everyone having a good time this year as always.