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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.

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SAW IV this morning. I love this series, and while some think that a few of the movies in the SAW series are weak, to me, they are all really good and some are just stronger than others.

I love the basic premise, the traps, the sense of urgency, i love everything about these movies. I give this one a 4 star rating. I wish i had watched all 7 SAW movies this year, i will do that next October.

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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
19- Cloverfield - 4.25
20- Frontier(s) - 5
21- Rest Stop - 3
22- The Mist - 5
23- The Devils Rejects - 5
24- Martyrs - 4.5
25- I Spit On Your Grave (remake) - 3.75
26- Deadgirl - 3.75
27- The Hills Have Eyes (remake) - 5
28- Henry - Portrait of a Serial Killer - 3.25
29- Inside - 5
30- SAW IV - 4

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Once again, I am behind on writing my reviews, but not behind on my daily movie viewing!

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.

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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
19. Stake Land
20. Tales that Witness Madness
21. The Unborn
22. The Valley of Gwangi
23. The Wolfman (2010)
24. X: The Unknown
25. YellowBrickRoad
26. Zoo
27. 4 Flies on Grey Velvet
28. 5ive Girls
29. The Thing (2011)
30. The Descent
31. Sleepaway Camp

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Last night in Texas....

Alamo Drafthouse and MondoTees teamed up for one of their mystery movies. They had people show up at a church with their tickets, then had them bused via police escort to a nearby mall where zombies were battling the police force. Once inside they all got to watch Dawn of the Dead with George Romero on a makeshift theater setup inside the closed shopping mall.

How awesome is that!? Lucky bastards.

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High on a DayQuil/coffee/Twizzler combo I covered up and started my mini-marathon with low expectations. All four of these crappy movies over delivered! How could that be? Was it the drugs? Maybe.

Don't Go in the House (1980)
This movie has a lot in common with Bill Lustig's masterpiece Maniac: pscycho killer with mother issues, butterfly collars, fine women shaking it to disco, human dolls, etc. This wasn't on the same level as Maniac but it was an entertaining take on a similar story where the hero instead fancies a blowtorch as his go-to weapon. Entertaining!

Don't Look in the Basement (1973)
After the head Psychologist dies in an accident it's time for the inmates to run the asylum. The new nurse shows up and she has no idea what she's in for. Overall this was fairly enjoyable for me. I must have a soft spot for lunatics plus it had a wacky twist I didn't see coming.

Don't Open the Door! (1975)
To my surprise this was directed by the guy who did the Basement flick and he brought along a couple of the fine actors for this one. A young woman returns home to grandma's deathbed and some fruitcake is trying to take her inheritance away. Why are people in horror movies so stupid? If a murderer is calling you from inside the house wouldn't it be smart to leave? If you determine that the call is coming from upstairs, why would you run UP the steps? Ugh.

Don't Go in the Woods (1981)
Now this was just plain silly! I'm glad I saved this for last because the hijinks on screen easily kept me awake. The slasher and his kill music were like nothing I've ever seen and I don't know if I mean that in a good or bad way. DGITW was total trash but delightful if that's what you're expecting.

A few WTF's I had:
1. How was this banned in the UK and on the Video Nasties list?
2. Why is a man in a wheelchair hiking in the woods?
3. Why is a girl roller skating in the woods?
4. Worst continuity error EVER: Someone is decapitated and by the time the head hits the ground the scene goes from daylight to nighttime. LOL!

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Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings: 1 star - [i]More like negative 5 stars for this steaming pile of pig crap!

Oh man that sucks. I had high hopes for this one.

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Horror Marathon continues this morning...

Scale 1-5

My Bloody Valentine (1981) 4.0
Black Christmas 5.0 (this movie was much better than I expected. Very suspenseful)
The Car 4.0 (this movie is a blast. Remembered this one on tv when I was a kid).
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October 29th:

An American Werewolf In London (1981)

Well done and good fun. I haven't seen an uncensored version since it first came out. Finally a GUY running around nekkid! 8/10

I haven't seen the 1997 "Paris" sequel. Is it any good?

I blame it all on Famous Monsters of Filmland!
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32. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). Fantastic as always. One of the greatest slashers out there. That's all I want to say. 9/10.

33. A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2. The Blu-ray looks great. The sound isn't much of an improvement, if at all over the DVD. The movie has always been a mixed bag. Some great things, but some terrible things. The end result equals one of the worst sequels in the Elm Street franchise. 5/10.
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October 29th:

An American Werewolf In London (1981)

Well done and good fun. I haven't seen an uncensored version since it first came out. Finally a GUY running around nekkid! 8/10

I haven't seen the 1997 "Paris" sequel. Is it any good?

It's worth watching but pretty forgettable.
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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

I caught about 15 minutes of this travesty last night. Sad to see Ving Rhames in another half-assed zombie movie.

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33. A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2. The Blu-ray looks great. The sound isn't much of an improvement, if at all over the DVD. The movie has always been a mixed bag. Some great things, but some terrible things. The end result equals one of the worst sequels in the Elm Street franchise. 5/10.

I forget what channel it was but they had a ANOES series retrospective on earlier this year. I haven't seen Part 2 since the VHS days and was surprised to see all the gay undertones and homoerotic scenes. Everyone involved with making it was cracking up. Gotta revisit this one!

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It's worth watching but pretty forgettable.

Bite your tongue that is the best werewolf movie ever made!

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Bite your tongue that is the best werewolf movie ever made!

The sequel? I beg to differ. To each his own though. The original is stellar.
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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.

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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
19. Stake Land
20. Tales that Witness Madness
21. The Unborn
22. The Valley of Gwangi
23. The Wolfman (2010)
24. X: The Unknown
25. YellowBrickRoad
26. Zoo
27. 4 Flies on Grey Velvet
28. 5ive Girls
29. The Thing (2011)
30. The Descent
31. Sleepaway Camp
32. 2001 Maniacs

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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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34. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3. Fantastic as always. The moment where a sequel finally was on the right track. Great exploited deaths, and great fantasy! 7/10
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Well, today is Halloween, so of course i watched HALLOWEEN - the Rob Zombie version. There is a lot of negativity towards this movie due to the original being such a classic, but i happen to like this version a lot. Is it the original? No. But its still really good.

I love the story, i love the cast, i love the way its shot, this is a fine movie. I give it 4.5 stars, which leaves room to rate the original higher.

This is probably the last movie i will watch this month. Perhaps i can sneak one in later, but with the wife around i doubt it. But i made it, i got my 31 movies. I thought there would be more good movies in the theater this month, but the only one i deemed worth seeing was The Thing, so i watched 30 at home and 1 in the theater. Been a great month, cant wait to read about what you guys watch today.

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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
19- Cloverfield - 4.25
20- Frontier(s) - 5
21- Rest Stop - 3
22- The Mist - 5
23- The Devils Rejects - 5
24- Martyrs - 4.5
25- I Spit On Your Grave (remake) - 3.75
26- Deadgirl - 3.75
27- The Hills Have Eyes (remake) - 5
28- Henry - Portrait of a Serial Killer - 3.25
29- Inside - 5
30- SAW IV - 4
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The sequel? I beg to differ. To each his own though. The original is stellar.

My mistake, I thought you were referring to the original. The Paris one was awful. The Wolfman could have been pretty good, great cast, great cinematography but just failed as a horror film. Del Toro was miscast imo and the "fight" was pretty cheeseball.

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Halloween (2007): 3.5 stars - I really like this remake regardless of the hate it gets. I think RZ took on a big risk to do this and it really succeeded in many ways for me. It made Michael Myers scary again, it brought some brutality and gore back to the franchise, really a lot of great things going on here. The problem that keeps this from a 4.5 rating for me was the overcooked white trash cast and script, it was all celebrated to the point of overkill, tone it down a few notches and would would have been a real winner.

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I forget what channel it was but they had a ANOES series retrospective on earlier this year. I haven't seen Part 2 since the VHS days and was surprised to see all the gay undertones and homoerotic scenes. Everyone involved with making it was cracking up. Gotta revisit this one!

I just saw ANOES2 for the first time a few months ago. Gay overtones? It was exuberantly gay. (Err, not that there is anything wrong with that.) It was just, um, unexpected.


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32. 2001 Maniacs (2006) (first-time viewing)This was shlock, but it was intended to be shlock, and it works pretty well.

I like this one and think it duplicates the original in many good ways. I thought Giuseppe Andrews was good as "Harper Alexander." Lin Shaye is always a great addition to any film.



October 31st:

Dead Alive (1992) (directed by Peter Jackson)

I haven't watched this one in a long time. It is great fun with laughs and rivers of guts and gore. (Plus, a quick cameo by Forrest Ackerman!) It didn't seem as shocking now after all the mega gore films since then. 8/10

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I'm a little bummed that I won't be able to get to Nightmare part 4 before this month ends. The UK Box-set isn't even here; I went ahead and bought the US 2/3 combo...so now I'll have double copies of 2 and 3, and triple copies of the first.

Tonight is going to be nothing other than Halloween and Halloween 2 (not the epic fail versions). I think I'll have to watch Nightmare part 4 tomorrow. It's my favorite sequel, so I can't let it pass by...October or not.
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It would have had a more elaborate military/zombie theme to it but I dumbed it down to keep it easy at home. Hope you all have a great Halloween!













Ok, so here is my final list, I hit 42 this month!!! I have to say I think I've had more fun with it this year than any past. I feel like I really had a good mix of new release rentals, region locked imports, foreign titles, new to theaters, and personal favorites. Now for a few awards:

Biggest disappointment:

Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings

Better with age:
The Exorcist

Best foreign language:
The Silent House

Lasting impression:

Antichrist

Most disturbing scene:
The "dance scene" from Calvaire (The Ordeal)

and last but not least the most fun I've had with a horror film this month:
The Loved Ones

The List:


October 1st:
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:
2.5 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.

October 2nd:
I Spit On Your Grave (2010): 3.5 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!

October 3rd:
Cold Fish (Tsumetai nettaigyo): 3.5 stars - First off this is not a horror movie, I'm not sure why I thought it was but am thinking the trailer must have been mixed in with other foreign horror trailers I was watching at some point. This falls between drama and thriller and while it was a bit slow to get off the ground once it did it was quite a ride. The final 20 minutes were BRUTAL with enough gore to make up for the almost 2 hours of mostly dialogue.

October 4th:
Scream 4: 2 stars - Felt more like a comedy for the most part, just hard to take serious really. I enjoyed parts of it and the locale (Santa Rosa, CA) recaptured some of the original charm but otherwise it felt rather disjointed and the plot or motive was just pitiful.

The Possession of David O'Reilly: 1 star - Not much to say about this really. It tried to be a shaky cam film presented as if being filmed by one of the characters but it wasn't. The plot was predictable and it took no time to build any of the characters or premise.

October 5th:
The Silent House (La Casa Muda): 4 stars - This is definitely not something that will appeal to the masses but I really appreciated what the director did with the single continuos shot. I do have complaints that I wont voice for spoiling it for others but the claustrophobic atmosphere and camera work really added to my enjoyment of the film. I also like the way everything was wrapped up with the closing scene post credits.

Dream Home (Wai dor lei ah yut ho): 4 stars - I really enjoyed this slasher with a unique twist on the genre in the way it told the story flashing back to fill in the history. Some dark humor and solid gore earned this little gem a solid spot in this months line up!

October 6th:
Yellowbrickroad: 1 star - I guess this really deserves no stars because it is my first ejected title this month. After an hour I just couldn't stand to hear me tell myself "this is so stupid" once more. The trailer looks decent but expect disappointment.

October 7th:
The Loved Ones: 5 stars - Fantastic movie from the first frame to the last. Exceptional performances all the way around but Robin McLeavy as Lola was amazing... scarily convincing psycho chick! Not a lot of "scary" moments but plenty of tension and discomfort blended with excellent pacing and a very fitting score/soundtrack to back it all up!

The Relic: 4 stars - I reviewed this one last year so all I'll say is it is a great creature feature with a healthy blend of CGI and good ol fashion prosthetic creature creating. Too bad we see such an over use of CGI instead of blending like this these days.

October 8th:
Sweeney Todd: 5 stars - I can't really say anythin I've nod said in years past about this movie. One of my top five favorite films of all time. Brilliant music, brilliant performances, brilliant transfer... Tim Burton at his best!

Hostel II: 3 stars - As much bad press as I heard about this I really expected it to suck but it was ok. A little light on the torture from what I expected but still not a bad follow up.

October 9th:
Boo: 1 star - Everything about this was bad... highschoolers try to spend a Halloween night in an abandoned hospital where bad things happened... blah blah... bad writing, bad acting, bad everything... avoid it.

October 10th:
The Lost: 2 stars - First off this is NOT a horror movie, more like the biography of an overly emotional psychotic teen. The movie started off strong but really dragged until the last 15-20 minutes. It included a scene towards the end that had my thumb on the eject button because it bothered me but I finished watching it. The lead character Ray was played very very well, scarily convincing but all in all the movie did not fit the "horror" genre, was a bit dull for me and the last 5 min or so didn't sit well.

October 11th:
[REC]: 4 stars - Fantastic Spanish zombie film with a nice twist on the "virus" origins. Good shaky cam work that created claustrophobic feeling throughout. Manuela Valesco as Angela is a nice perk The audio track is pretty aggressive for a horror movie, plenty of scares from all 5.1 My only complaints: the ending was a bit Hollywood, it could have been longer, and the deleted scene with the nail hallway should have been left in.

[REC]2: 3.5 stars - The only thin that held this one back was the parallel footage from the teens. It took me a bit out of the film and I thought it was rather distracting. Overall this was a solid sequel that dove more into the origins of the virus and had some better close ups of a few bloody zombie faces.

October 12th:
Suspiria: 4.5 stars - Although I've seen this classic before this was the first time on bluray now that I'm region free Although the bluray has some flaws it is still a pretty obvious upgrade on all fronts. The soundtrack, set design, and lighting create a mood for this film that is awkward yet artistically evil at the same time. Love this film.

October 13th:
Calvaire (The Ordeal): 2 stars - This is a Belgian film with a couple pretty solid psychological horror segments that begs the question: "what.... the.... fawwwkk!@#$!" It was rather hard to feel much sympathy for the victim because he was such a moron and a sissy. Overall the film kinda flatlined when it should have climaxed and there were too many missing elements regarding the villagers. I wont say more for sake of spoiling but it had much more potential than it delivered unfortunately.

October 14th:
Husk: 2 stars - This one actually had potential to be more than another flop After Dark film. Some teens are forced to crash near a corn field by crows splitting on the windshield and find out the scarecrow has plans for them. This had some decent atmosphere but just not enough substance to make sense of the back story and too many holes in the rest.

October 15th:
The Thing (2011): 4 stars - Just saw this and enjoyed it even going in skeptical being such a huge fan of the 1982 version. I would like to have seen about 40% less CG and more of the "real stuff" and this did not recreate the atmosphere Carpenter so brilliantly created but I thought they did a good job of connecting the two films and really enjoyed it. My only real complaints are that it did not bring anything new to the story but in Hollywood fashion just elaborates on the original and:
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If the ship could start up and leave why the hell didn't the Thing leave 100 million years sooner? Also I thought the Norwegian set charges to blow the ice from it??

Even in light of these gripes if I really enjoyed it and think watching both this and the 1982 version back to back would flow very well.


House of the Devil: 4.5 stars - Great film! second time viewing since release but really enjoyed it both times. You can really tell this director is someone who gets horror. Takes time to set the stage, set the mood, and build to something worth while. My only complaint is that once it finally got going it didn't let up to give the viewer the suspense roller coaster.

Antichrist: 3.5 stars - Wow, what a freakin weird movie. I don't even know how to classify this...p@rn, drama, horror... not sure but it was very very well done with breathtaking cinematography and outstanding performances. Definitely a film worth checking out and open for much discussion afterwards.

80's HORROR WEEK!

October 16th
The Shining: 5 stars - Not much I can say about this one that has not already been said. Simply put: Masterpiece!

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

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

October 19th:
Prince of Darkness: 3 stars - First time viewing, not a bad 80's horror flick. Lots of familiar faces too! I enjoyed the story but felt like it was building to a slightly larger climax than was delivered. Still very enjoyable though!

October 20th:
Dark Night of the Scarecrow: 3 stars - Another solid little 80's flick that I'd never seen. Again some familiar faces but fewer scares than I needed to take this to the level it had potential to be at. Fewer accidents would have been good

October 21st:
The Serpent and the Rainbow: 4 stars - I remember seeing this for the first time when it was originally in theaters when I was a young teen and it scared the hell out of me. Really a well done film that is almost ruined by a terrible "boss fight" cheese-ball ending. It did enough right in the rest of the film to be rounded up to a 4 star. The dream sequence in the beach house is still a fantastically creepy scene too!

October 22nd:
Creepshow: 4 stars - Campy, classic, and original, love this one! The meteor story with King is the only one I don't really care for. Crate monster FTW!

The Thing (1982): 5 stars - One of the best horror films ever made IMO. A great example of Carpenter at his best and an art of creature creation that I would love to see recovered and reinvented in the current CGI Hollywood world.
[end]80's HORROR WEEK[/end]

October 23rd:
Dawn of the Dead (2004): 4 stars - Funny thing is when this came out I probably would have only given it 2.5 or 3 stars but as many horror films do with me it has aged well. I do prefer slow moving zombies but Ving Rhames + Sarah Polley + great gore + a dash of J. Cash = way too much fun!

October 24th:
The Descent: 5 stars - Another movie that I loved the first time I saw it but even more with age. Fantastic claustrophobic atmosphere and plenty of gore to spare. I love the non-theatrical ending as well, it's the only way to watch it. I have the AUS bluray and it is an exceptional transfer, I even prefer the more robust DTS-HD MA track to the US PCM.

October 25th:
Atrocious: 3 stars - Rented this from Vudu tonight and mostly enjoyed it. This is a Spanish film done in the shaky cam style. It started out interesting but started losing me with it's somewhat flat direction and shallow character development. The pacing just felt generally off as it didn't really flow, it went from 0-60 with a blink. That said once it was going it did have some good moments of great tension and a few good jumps. Ending was decent and while it may sound like I'm kinda down on the movie I did enjoy it and would recommend it for a rental. At only about 75 minutes it's worth the time.

October 26th:
Noroi: The Curse: 3.5 stars - This is a Japanese flick filmed in a Blair Witch style of interviews that are being put together to establish a story. The style and story of the film are both effective albeit a tad slow but solid in development. I would have rated this higher if there had been more of a climax but this is the type of film that does more up and down than gradual ascent. That said I really enjoyed it and definitely got the hebbie jebbies more than a few times. Another solid installment from Asian horror cinema and worth checking out!

October 27th:
The Exorcist: 5 stars - Although there are plenty of other horror films that are worth a 5 star rating in my book this film is the pinnacle of perfection in horror cinema as far as I'm concerned. Nearly 40 years since it was made and it is still one of the scariest films created. I have zero gripes with this film and consider it completely flawless.

October 29th:
House of 1000 Corpses: 4 stars - This has become a favorite Halloween flick for me. Not sure what it is but hits a sweet spot for the season. RZ had some good sets and atmosphere and who doesn't like fried chicken and gasoline!

Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings: 1 star - More like negative 5 stars for this steaming pile of pig crap! Where can I even begin? I guess it starts and ends with the writer who should be burned alive with every copy of this film. This is what's wrong with Hollywood filmmaking. A few tid bits of decent gore but everything else was so bad I'm pissed I even bothered. The only Wrong Turn film that is any good is the first one. YMMV.

October 30th:
Halloween (2007): 3.5 stars - I really like this remake regardless of the hate it gets. I think RZ took on a big risk to do this and it really succeeded in many ways for me. It made Michael Myers scary again, it brought some brutality and gore back to the franchise, really a lot of great things going on here. The problem that keeps this from a 4.5 rating for me was the overcooked white trash cast and script, it was all celebrated to the point of overkill, tone it down a few notches and would would have been a real winner.

October 31st:
Trick 'r Treat: 4.5 stars - Four interwoven stories told in a very Creepshow esq fashion, fantastically fun with great atmosphere, dark comedy, and Sam! Instant classic!

Halloween (1978): 5 stars - This is the iconic film for this night... the music, the mask, the characters, it is all fantastic and will remain a timeless classic in our house.

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Kenobi, that is awesome. Fine work.

With regard to my list and movie reviews, I have one movie left to watch so it appears that I'm gonna hit 31. No time to post reviews right now though. I'll catch up with those later. We should think about posting some statistics this year. I'm pretty sure that someone mentioned it in the past. Maybe best/worst movie awards. Biggest surprise/biggest disappointment....and so on. Might be fun.

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34. John Carpenter's Halloween. The greatest slasher ever made. The staple-mark of the genre. Carpenter's superb direction of blending the supernatural entity into the natural was astonishing; not to mention the man's work on the phenomenal musical score or in the writing. The unknown cannot be toppled and will always remain more intriguing. Keeping your bad guy a "bad guy" and not making him the "main character" will always remain more frightful and effective. Nothing touches this when it comes to slashers. Nothing. John Carpenter, I am amazed at you and just about every damned movie that you make. 9.5 out of 10, and only for the "totally's" keeping it help back in time ever-so slightly

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Kenobi, that is awesome. Fine work.

With regard to my list and movie reviews, I have one movie left to watch so it appears that I'm gonna hit 31. No time to post reviews right now though. I'll catch up with those later. We should think about posting some statistics this year. I'm pretty sure that someone mentioned it in the past. Maybe best/worst movie awards. Biggest surprise/biggest disappointment....and so on. Might be fun.

Happy Halloween!!!!!

Cool idea. I hope everyone enjoyed their day! We had the least amount of trick or treaters yet. Just 3 groups. Seems like Halloween as we knew it dies a little more each year.

We spun some Dawn of the Dead and Halloween II tonight. Not sure why but the Halloween sequel scares me way more than part 1. I must have looked behind the sofa and then into the other room at least 6 times tonight. The BD looks awesome & Terror in the Aisles is on there too. A must own!

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