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Kid decided to party all night. So I got 2 more in AND a triple feature of Monsters Inc, Monsters University, and Finding Nemo. Kid passed out at 5:30 when my alarm went off. Looooong night. While she was watching movies I was trying to nap and hoping she didn't off herself, in that process she literally dropped a pumpkin on my head and an hour later I was awakened yet again by my harmony remote getting jabbed into my eye.

54. It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. Timeless classic. 5,642nd viewing and my two year old's first. 4 stars



This TV Special has:

Peanuts.
A beagle flashing back to the war.
Classic pre razor blades in apples innocence.
Lucy stabbing a pumpkin like Michael Myers.

55. Trick 'r Treat. Timeless classic. Best Halloween movie ever. Really great anthology with no real weakness in my mind. Loaded to the gills with atmosphere and charm. I really hope the recently announced sequel is equal to or superior to this movie. 5 stars

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This movie has:

The best interwoven stories in any anthology I've ever seen.
Loads of spirit.
Loads of atmosphere.
Great effects.
To be the gold standard of Halloween movies from a holiday standpoint.
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A most excellent Halloween in this part of the country. My daughter went out with my girlfriend's older daughter and scored big time in the candy department. I tore through my workday so I could get to her home at a decent time. While giving out candy, we watched "My Stepmom Is An Alien" (1988) and "Beetlejuice" (1988). *By the way, Burton and Keaton are reportedly on-board for a sequel* We laughed the entire time.

Once again, the one block in her neighborhood went all-out with Halloween decorations. Here's just a few:







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Here Smudge, you have to jump on this now! http://www.amazon.com/Alien-Anthology-Blu-ray-Sigourney-Weaver/dp/B001AQO3QA/

Alien Anthology for $19.49 at Amazon, only today!

Thank you, good sir. Passed on it last time it was this low and instead, simply purchased "Alien" and "Aliens." Not a big fan of the last two installments.
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I was only able to get Trick r' Treat and Halloween in last night but may pepper in a few I didn't get to during the month. I'll have my final reviews and complete list posted a bit later. I also just couldn't go without doing anything so put a corpse out front biggrin.gif

Thanks to everyone and the contributions this year... seems like we grow a bit each year and I'll echo the praise for such a friendly respect we all have for the different tastes here. Probably the only thread on avs that does not have squabbling!

AppleMark
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Here Smudge, you have to jump on this now! http://www.amazon.com/Alien-Anthology-Blu-ray-Sigourney-Weaver/dp/B001AQO3QA/

Alien Anthology for $19.49 at Amazon, only today!
I had to import mine in from Amazon UK and was around $34 when US was double that. Few years later and it hits this price every few months.
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MGMHD showed The Last Man on Earth with Vincent Price last night.. Good movie. It's the predecessor to The Omega Man which is the predecessor to I Am Legend.

larry
The Omega Man was one of my favorite movies as a kid. I own the "bluray" if it is really any different than the dvd. LOL

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I was only able to get Trick r' Treat and Halloween in last night but may pepper in a few I didn't get to during the month. I'll have my final reviews and complete list posted a bit later. I also just couldn't go without doing anything so put a corpse out front biggrin.gif

Thanks to everyone and the contributions this year... seems like we grow a bit each year and I'll echo the praise for such a friendly respect we all have for the different tastes here. Probably the only thread on avs that does not have squabbling!

AppleMark

Here Here and nice welcoming porch. smile.gif

39- High Tension – 2003 FTV. Wahoo! Last movie of the month, and it was a fun one. Didn’t realize this until the opening credits but is a French movie directed by Alexandre Aja who did The hills have eyes remake and Paranha. You could tell this was a little older, less expensive movie, but still really well done. A little setup and then some pretty gruesome, brutal kills – and then the movie really starts. biggrin.gif
Is drawn out a little long but, still pretty fun. I really liked the main gal. Really put together, and physically looked like she could take care of herself. Built more like a slender gymnast and less like your typical wimpy, skinny actress. Watching it I found myself wondering if she had some athletic background, but apparently not much.
3.5 switchblade wielding Zombies


My October 2013 list
1- No One Lives -2012 FTV. 3 Psycho Zombies
2- Cockneys Vs Zombies – 2012 FTV 3.5 Cockney Zombies
3- Juan of the Dead – 2011 FTV. 3 dissident Zombies
4- Shaun of the Dead – 2004. 4 British Zombies
5- SPECIES II – 1998. 3.5 procreating Zombies
6- HALLOWEEN Rob Zombie style – 2007 FTV. 3 knife wielding Zombies
7- American Mary – 2013 FTV. 3 Modified Zombies
8- The Demented - 2012 FTV. -3.5 STINKER OF THE YEAR Zombies
9- Cemetery Man - 1994 FTV. 3 dinner plate Zombies
10- Trick r Treat – 2007. 4.5 old fashioned Zombies
11- OTIS – 2007 FTV. 4 no date to the prom Zombies
12- MANBORG – 2011 FTV. 5 ridiculously awesome Zombies
13- Frankenstein's Army - 2013 FTV. 4 Frankenstein Zombies
14- Vampire Hunter D: BLOODLUST – 2000 FTV. 4 Ghibli Zombies
15- Thale – 2013 FTV. 3 coulda shoulda woulda Zombies.
16- The skin I live in – FTV. 3 cringing Zombies
17- Evil Dead – 2013 FTV. 4 self amputee Zombies
18- The amazing adventures of the living corpse – 2013 FTV. 2 not amazing Zombies
19- PACIFIC RIM – 2013 FTV. 4.75 big ass Zombies
20- JEEPERS CREEPERS II – 2003. 3.5 creeper Zombies
21- Mum & Dad – 2008 FTV. 3 sadistic Zombies
22- Prince of Darkness – 1987. 3.25 Zombies with high wasted jeans
23- Mother’s Day 2010 FTV. 3.5 loving, nurturing, caring Zombies
24- DOOM - 2005. 4 gamer Zombies
25- PACIFIC RIM – 2013. 4.75 big ass Zombies
26-The Deadly Spawn – 1983 FTV. 2.5 50’s Zombies
27- Freddy Vs Jason 2003. 3.5 basic Zombies
28- V/H/S 2 2013 FTV. 3 better than nothing Zombies
29- Videodrome 1983 FTV. 3 S&M Zombies
30- The Monster Squad – 1987 FTV. 3 foul mouthed, tweener Zombies
31- Lost Boys – the thirst 2010 FTV. 3 Wayne’s World Zombies
32- The Collection – 2012 FTV. 3.5 collecting Zombies
33- Terror Train – 1980. 3 young Jaimie Lee Curtis Zombies
34- Piranha Part II – the spawning – 1980 FTV. 3 80’s trash Zombies
35- The Haunting in Connecticut – 2009 FTV. 3 PG13, generic Zombies
36- The Last House on the Left – 1972 FTV. 3 original 70’s Zombies
37- Hellsing, ultimate 2006 – FTV. 3 CGI bloodied Zombies.
38- Hatchet III – 2013 FTV. 3.5 blood spurting Zombies
39- High Tension – 2003 FTV. 3.5 switchblade wielding Zombies
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While she was watching movies I was trying to nap and hoping she didn't off herself, in that process she literally dropped a pumpkin on my head and an hour later I was awakened yet again by my harmony remote getting jabbed into my eye.
LOL.

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[55. Trick 'r Treat. Timeless classic. Best Halloween movie ever. Really great anthology with no real weakness in my mind. Loaded to the gills with atmosphere and charm. I really hope the recently announced sequel is equal to or superior to this movie. 5 stars

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This movie has:

The best interwoven stories in any anthology I've ever seen.
Loads of spirit.
Loads of atmosphere.
Great effects.
To be the gold standard of Halloween movies from a holiday standpoint.
I could not agree more.cool.gif

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Thanks to everyone and the contributions this year... seems like we grow a bit each year and I'll echo the praise for such a friendly respect we all have for the different tastes here. Probably the only thread on avs that does not have squabbling!
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Are there 28? Pretty much stopped at Planes, Tranes, and Automobiles.
Thanksgiving comes late this year on the 28th. I'm thinking of all those horror movies about family feuds when they come together for Thanksgiving. There's got to be some Thanksgiving horror films too. But they're probably all turkeys. biggrin.gif

I'm guessing that Hulu+ doesn't have a license to play Romero's "Season of the Witch" on a TV. It was missing from my queue on the Hulu+ app when I wanted to play it last night but I checked this morning and it is in my queue on desktop. I played a few minutes of it to be sure.

So I rented "Skinwalker Ranch" from Google Play and played it using the Chromecast. I found it a bit "meh" and disappointed they didn't let Gries do some comic acting which he is good at. I thought it needed a a better arc. Definitely played some crisp scenes indicating that Google was streaming it at 1080p but with the mixed footage it didn't mater much. I'm a fan of some of the "found footage" stuff but this one wasn't that good.
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Thanks to everyone and the contributions this year... seems like we grow a bit each year and I'll echo the praise for such a friendly respect we all have for the different tastes here. Probably the only thread on avs that does not have squabbling!

AppleMark


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This thread reminds me of 'Cheers'!
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G'night John boy!
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34. The Witches
Witches at an annual convention concoct a plan to turn all children into mice, but a curious boy (with the help of his grandmother) try to foil their plan. Roald Dahl, the author behind dark children's tales such as "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", "James and the Giant Peach" and "Matilda" has little nostalgia for childhood, as always it is a time to be frightened of adults who are more ill-behaved than the children. Director Nicholas Roeg (Don't Look Now, The Man Who Fell To Earth) pulls no punches here: the witches are grotesque and evil, particularly the excellently cast Angelica Huston who has never had a more delicious role than that of the Grand High Witch. The scary scene where a boy is transformed into a mouse was an example of how practicaI effects can far outshine CGI. 4 out of 5 stars.

35. Drag Me To Hell (Unrated Director's Cut)
A banker is cursed by a gypsy who had been turned down for a loan. Now she must find a way to reverse the curse or risk being dragged to Hell. I'd seen this movie theatrically but I'd never seen the unrated director's cut. Honestly, the film is exactly how I remember it: fun, over-the-top, and a bit lightweight. Sam Raimi's direction and use of sound are the real reasons the movie succeeds, the various creaks and howls make for some fun demo material for your home theater, giving all 7 (or 5) of your speakers a workout. As with the Evil Dead, there are moments where you are laughing at how much bodily fluid can be produced by a single person--my favorite scene is when the corpse tumbles out of the coffin and ejects pea-green vomit directly into the lead actress' mouth. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

36. House of the Devil
A college girl finds out she's gotten more than she'd bargained for when a weird couple hires her as a babysitter. Ti West's tribute to the Satanic films of the late 70's/early 80's is a refreshing change of pace, a movie that is not afraid to explore the silences between horrific events, and to take its time building up the atmosphere. The finale may be a long time coming for the impatient, but it takes your breath away. Tom Noonan (Manhunter, Robocop 2, Monster Squad) is excellent in a creepy understated role as an awkward, almost shy man. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Well, that's it guys! 36 movies in one month (4 on Halloween alone--five if I wanted to count "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"). I'll try to come up with some overall "best of" rankings for the month at some point in the near future.

Bob's October 2013 Horror Movie List
FTV denotes first time viewing
1. Some Guy Who Kills People (FTV)
2. Uzumaki (FTV)
3. The Pact (2011) (FTV)
4. Midnight Son (FTV)
5. Excision (FTV)
6. Absentia (FTV)
7. Sleep Tight (FTV)
8. Lunacy (FTV)
9. Frankenstein's Army (FTV)
10. The Woman in Black (FTV)
11. Color Me Blood Red (FTV)
12. Chained (FTV)
13. Frankenweenie
14. Mum and Dad (FTV)
15. Malevolence (FTV)
16. V/H/S/2 (FTV)
17. Juan of the Dead (FTV)
18. The Awakening (FTV)
19. Blood and Black Lace (FTV)
20. Naboer (Next Door) (FTV)
21. Carrie (2013) (FTV)
22. Eye of the Devil (FTV)
23. Splinter (FTV)
24. The Shining (1980)
25. Taxidermia (FTV)
26. Poltergeist
27. Maniac (FTV)
28. Hotel Transylvania (FTV)
29. Eden Lake (FTV)
30. The Tunnel (FTV)
31. Citadel (FTV)
32. The Revenant (FTV)
33. Vampyr
34. The Witches
35. Drag Me to Hell (Unrated Director's Cut)
36. House of the Devil
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Here's my final list... another great October here and gone so fast. I plan to be back bigger and better next year with more FTV's and a badass haunt!


October 1st:

1. Psycho (1960) - 4 black & white shower zombies.
Some say this was the height of Hitchcock's career and while it is a benchmark in horror and filmmaking he just has too many greats to chose from. Anthony Perkins really gives a splendid performance as an awkward milk-toast bean pole with major mommy issues. The black and white presentation just adds oodles of atmosphere to this timeless classic. Psycho spends most of it's time on atmosphere, dialogue and character and does well with all. As jaded horror fanatics it is nice to go back to a time where all characters in the film had some class as they were depicting everyday folk and be reminded of the stepping stones needed to bring some of the modern greats. Psycho does just that and is well crafted and laid out by one of the greatest names cinema will ever know. 4 black & white shower zombies.

2. Frankensteins Army - 4 steampunk frankenzombies
I was excited to see this one and it really delivered. Well paced with some decent gore and awesome imagination. Fantastic entry into the Nazi zombie whatever. I may have to add this to my collection, highly recommended. 4 steampunk frankenzombies.

October 2nd:

3. The Loved Ones - 4 pretty enough blood zombies
This is obviously a repeat viewing (3rd year IIRC) and just an uber fun twisted ride. Robin McLeavy is simply brilliant as the unhinged teen psycho chick with staggering daddy issues. Plenty of decent gore, well paced, excellent A/V on the B locked bluray, and a favorite in my revenge flick library. 4 pretty enough blood zombies.

4. Videodrome - 3 naked ZILF's
First time viewing this one and I have to say I found it original and entertaining. Almost seems like some inspiration to some of what we've seen in V/H/S. Nudity, torture, James Woods... what else do you need? 3 naked ZILF's.

October 3rd:

5. The Lords of Salem - FAIL
My first eject of the month. High marks to RZ for style and atmosphere but the movie was crap in my humble opinion. I wanted to stop it several times but pushed myself to see if it could deliver in the last 20 min.... nope. I made it to the theater and the various flash scene depictions on the stage and called it quits. I should have listened to my gut and oinked it after 30 min and maybe I would be pissed for wasting 80 mad.gif

6. Species - 3.5 alien sex zombies
I watched this on HDnet after ejecting the lords and really enjoyed it. It's been several years since I've seen it and found it to have aged well. Natasha Henstrage is one hot alien and it's surprising to see how many big names they pulled into this. The dated CG was really the only thing that didn't age well. Had some decent kills and just an overall fun little creature flick. 3.5 alien sex zombies

October 4th:

7. Livide - 3.5 vampiric ballerina zombies
This is my second time viewing this one and I actually enjoyed it much more this time around. For anyone not familiar this is a French film with english subs about Lucie a care-giver in training that meets the seemingly comatosed Jessel who lives alone in a very large, old, creepy house. Lucie is lead to belive that Jessel has "treasure" and notices a key around her neck. It's Halloween night (which seems to serve almost no purpose for the mood of the film) and Lucie is convinced by her boyfriend and his buddy to break into Jessel's home and find the treasure. Things obviously go south and the three find them selves trapped in the house and Jessel missing from her bed. This movie has a lot of great things going for it. The flashbacks to Jessel's ballet teaching and relationship with her daughter were fantastic but a bit too short. There was some fantastic practical effect and gore but if you go in expecting the makers of Inside (À l'intérieur) to soak the film in gore you'd be disappointed. This is a stylistic tale of two bloodthirsty creatures cursed to the boundaries of the property (for reasons not explained) and a young girls attempt to break to free. Enjoyable and unique but could have really been a 5 star flick if they'd ironed out a few of the issues. 3.5 vampiric ballerina zombies



October 5th:

8. The Awakening - 1 1/2 anti-climatic spirit zombies
The Awakening featuring you know that chick who played Christian Bale's wife in The Prestige... yeah her. The movie does not feature a lap dance mad.gif The movie does feature cheap jump scares with a lackluster unnecessarily long build up delivering an even more lackluster big reveal. Nothing new or interesting about this film, if you are looking for a proper ghost story with an old orphanage see The Orphanage and call it good. 1 1/2 anti-climatic spirit zombies

October 6th:

9. The Orphanage - 3.5 Spanish speaking orphan zombies
As an overall film I would rate this higher but as we see more and more haunting movies and more creepy kid movies some of the magic is lost on repeat viewing of this film. The atmosphere and intrigue were brilliantly crafted for this film however it does seem light on the scares once it gets rolling with more of a find the clues, solve the mystery thrust. I still really enjoyed it but not sure it is sufficient for "31 days of horror". 3.5 Spanish speaking orphan zombies

10. Inbred - 3.5 neck stump zombies
Maybe my mood was just off last night but this is another one that has dropped a tad for me in the enjoyability factor. Still a fun movie with some real sick SOB's but again looses some umph on repeat viewings. I'm still glad to have a copy and have not seen a US bluray available yet. 3.5 neck stump zombies

October 7th:

11. Dawn of the Dead (2004) - 4.5 fast zombies
As much as we have talked about films that have not aged well this one seems to be the opposite. As more and more crappy z flicks saturate the genre it is nice to visit one that has a good handle on practical effects, good makeup, solid characters, and mostly plausible situations/decisions. Great cast here and just a damn fun z flick! 4.5 fast zombies

12. After Dusk They Come - 1 dumbass zombietreemonkey
Just a complete waste of time. I rented this hoping that between being a creature flick and starring the cute canuck from Firefly/Serenity that it would be worth the 90 minutes but I was wrong... terribly bland plot and even worse characters. 1 dumbass zombietreemonkey

October 8th:

13. Attack of the Werewolves (Lobos de Arga) - 4.5 wolfzombies
I bought this last year from amazon uk with Inbred (both B locked) and blind purchases. This is almost on par with An American Werewolf in London with the brilliant dark humor and fantastic makeup/costumes. The town it was filmed in is just a perfect backdrop for the story which is: After 15 years, Tomas, a not very succesfull writer, comes back to the village in Galicia where his family comes from, Arga, apparently to get an award. But he doesn't know the real reason why he is there, to end with an old curse that is been haunting the village for the last hundred years. Without spoiling I can simply say this is a perfect example of a very well-done foreign horror/comedy, very refreshing, and just a damn fun flick to watch. 4.5 wolfzombies

October 9th:

14. Event Horizon - 4 lacerated space zombies
Repeat viewing but always an enjoyable scifi horror flick. I will say that after seeing some of the scenes that were pulled out this does seem to have a bit less of a hellacious impact had they been left in. I doubt we will ever see the film as intended by the director but hope springs eternal wink.gif 4 lacerated space zombies

October 10th:

15. The Pit and the Pendulum - 3.5 technicolor zombies
First time viewing and I have to admit I expected a bit more of a haunting atmosphere. That said I really enjoyed the cast in this and Vincent Price was just brilliant. The film plays out more as a who done it/discover the mystery but it captured the mood and hit the spot for what I was looking for last night. 3.5 technicolor zombies

October 11th:

16. The Purge - 2 bad decision zombies
This one started out with some promise and while it offered a couple nice twists they were only enough to save it from a single zombie rating for the predictability and bombardment of stupid decisions. The acting was fine just an original idea/conept wasted. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
It did not take long for me really wanting the kid to get purged... yes you stupid little assbag you got your dad killed and are responsible for every other body in and around your home. Oh and be sure when you are hiding the dark under bed you have your come find me light shining bright

October 12th:

17. The Descent - 5 sonar guided zombies
I can't really say anything new about this one but you know it's good when you can watch it year after year and it still captures the same mood, anxiety, and excitement. A must have for every horror fan IMO. 5 sonar guided zombies

October 13th:

18. The Shadow People - 1 placebo zombie
What a waste of a potentially good story. This one focuses on a late night radio talk show host that takes a call from a scared kid talking about shadow people coming to get him and dies the next day. There is a historical element that is never fleshed out and the movie begins to build as if it had something of substance to reveal but never amounts to much. It kinda reminded me of those scenes with the girl taking her top off and right when it gets to the good part the camera angle switches and you just see her bare back mad.gif - 1 placebo zombie

October 14th:

19. The Thing (2011) - 3.5 CGI zombiethings
This movie was for the most part a bad idea... we already know how the norg camp ends up so spelling it out is inevitably going to be an updated version of the 1982 masterpiece that can not be outdone. The movie losses additional points for too much damn CGI! I had always hoped if they had to do a sequel it would be The Things and maybe have a Kurt Russel return as he stumbles down a hill looking over a town like the one from 30 days of night... something to progress the story and move the creature into higher populated areas. At any rate I did find the leads in this to be mostly enjoyable and the idea that someone else was out there when all was said and done was a nice touch. The movie also does an excellent job in matching scenes to what was shown in the 1982 film when they discovered the norg camp. 3.5 CGI zombiethings

October 15th:

20. I Spit On Your Grave 2 - 3.5 sick effing zombies
This one has seemed to get mostly high marks (oink excluded of course) so I was anxious to see it. NF had a long wait so I watched it via Vudu. Top marks to the writers for not regurgitating the same story AND setting. They put a nice twist in this early on that I thought was brilliant. Unfortunately the torture just lasted a bit too long for my stomach and by the time the revenge should be at its peak it feels they rushed the finish the last 20 minutes instead of doing it right and letting the movie run a full 2 hours. Easily one of the best straight to DVD sequels out there but it needed the same out of the box writing and care that it was given in the fist hour to finish stronger. 3.5 sick effing zombies

21. House on Haunted Hill (1959) - 3.5 black and white zombies
Vincent Price is fantastic in this and mostly saves it from being too slow. It was nice to finally see this and draw some comparisons to the remake and still be able to appreciate Geoffrey Rush who is just a brilliant actor IMO. The movie mostly plays out like a game of Clue with few scares but great atmosphere and still very enjoyable and fitting for October. 3.5 black and white zombies

October 16th:

22. Session 9 - 5 mind effing zombies
This one has been reviewed to death but I will just say this IS psychological horror at its best! Jus t a brilliant film and cooks slow and delivers a stomach dropping closing that keeps your wheels turning slowly in a dark place. My wife gave me the nastiest look at the end and I knew I was not alone in the feeling it left us with even on a repeat viewing. Excellent movie and filmed in a real abandoned insane asylum made all the difference for an atmosphere that simply can not be created but the best set designers. 5 mind effing zombies.

23. Pacific Rim - 4.5 LFE MONSTER ZOMBIES
This one is a bit out of place in the standard October lineup but holy crap am I glad I rolled the dice and picked this up in 3D on a blind buy. I've read my fair share of complaints on the movie but really had only a couple myself. This is just an amazingly funass popcorn flick! The monsters and robots look badass and the 3D presentation is stunning. Benchmark audio and LFE presentation. I liked the lead female in this, I have a hard time deciding which accent is sexier, Japanese or Russian.... hmmmm. The only male character that was interesting and convincing was Stacker Pentecost, the actor that played him was also in Thor and although his role in that was brief I enjoyed his character there as well. Wrap it all together and you have a damn fun home theater exercise that is sure to be worth repeat viewings with company or solo. My only complaint is that most of the film and the fights take place in the dark or dark places. It worked well here and perhaps in the sequel (if there is one) we will see more diversity in the locations. That said by the final battle I was a tad disappointed we weren't treated to something in the forest, tropics, or some place with a more bright colorful backdrop. A minor gripe at best and while I'm tempted to give this a full 5 star rating there were some minor things that held it back for me, especially as an October entry. 4.5 LFE MONSTER ZOMBIES

October 17th:

24. Halloween (2007) - 3.5 6'8" zombie slashers
As always, I enjoy RZ's take on this adding some backstory and using the actors size and brutal imagery to bring a new element of fear into a familiar face. The movie falls short with the overplayed white-trash motif and the lack of a likable character with a bit of charm like Loomis or Lori. Still a solid effort though. 3.5 6'8" zombies

25. The Shining - 5 lunatic zombies
This one has been reviewed to death but talk about a repeat viewing value, it just never gets old. Some serious wtf moments at the end with some of the scenes but the bathroom scene may take the cake for grossarseshyte! 5 lunatic zombies

October 18th:

26. May - 1 zombie doll
What a stupid POS waste of time. I should have oinked this one after 30 min but the lead character, May, was enjoyable to watch as she fumbles through life searching for a friend. She is so effing awkward it is humorous but it gets old and as you are waiting for her to attempt to assemble the perfect friend from the body parts she has admired on other acquaintances. It just takes too damn long to play out and once it does it's just not very rewarding or interesting. 1 zombie doll

27. An American Werewolf in London - 5 wolf zombies
This is an all time favorite film and genre favorite as well. I'd really like to see someone do a proper werewolf movie with the wolf on all fours and great practical effects. There have been so many failures in the werewolf film attempts it's too bad we couldn't get the Evil Dead folks to pay it some respect. That said this is a timeless classic with a good dose of humor and brilliant creature creation. 5 wolf zombies

October 19th:

28. The Fourth Kind - 3 sumerian alien zombies
This film pretends to be a re-creation of so-called real events regarding Alien abductions in Nome Alaska with "actual footage" shown side-by-side in several scenes and interviews. The film works well in many ways however the actual footage is not one of them. It detracts from the film and pulls the viewer out of the moment IMO. The Alaskan backdrop and sense of isolation are captured very well and there are some pretty frightening scenes but my experience with this film was a bit ruined this time around due to overly chatty company. 3 sumerian alien zombies

October 20th:

29. REC - 5 demonic fast zombies
I would probably rate REC, Pontypool, and Dawn of the Dead my absolute favorite Z flicks, in that order. Manuela Velasco is absolutely gorgeous and should have her place in the hottest women thread. The atmosphere in the film is absolutely perfect. The movie just plunges deeper and deeper to a point of no return and just when you think it's another unexplained z virus the big twist enters. I love this because it is such a refreshing perspective to integrate possession and z virus into the same story and it was done very well. 5 demonic fast zombies

30. REC 2 - 4 demonic fast zombies
As is the case with most sequels REC2 is a slightly lesser successor to the original however I look at these two films in the same way I look at Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace in that the first is clearly superior in every way however when viewed together as one complete film or story they are both equally fantastic. I rate REC 2 as a stand alone but will say the A/V on the bluray is stunning and I love that it dives deeper into the virus origins. I found the side story of the kids that tie into the main characters to be distracting and unnecessary but appreciate the attempt to keep things fresh. 4 demonic fast zombies

October 21th:

31. Morituris - 2 gladiator zombies
I mostly enjoyed this as a B slasher of the foreign variety however it was in Italian and had no subs so I didn't get all of it but understood the gist. Rome, in 73 B.C. .Spartacus led the rebellion of 200 gladiators which saw them opposed to the inhumanity which Rome had forced them into. During the riot they resisted for a long time against Roman soldiers. Few against a whole army. Some of them went crazy and started murders, rapes and violence. Spartacus punished them with death. But in those Lands, when blood gets shed, they come back. This movie was partly inspired by true events known as the "Circeo Massacre" (in Italian: "Massacro del Circeo"), which occurred primarily in the commune of San Felice Circeo, Italy at the end of September of 1975. Three young men raped and tortured a 19-year-old woman and a 17-year-old girl for two days, then murdered the woman; the girl avoided being murdered by pretending to be dead. Lots of brutality to women which was a bit much for me and some decent kills/gore but all in all not much new here. 2 gladiator zombies and a special thanks to my man wiz for the hookup!

October 22th:

32. Sweeney Todd - 5 song-full zombies
What can I say about this one I haven't said before. In my book this is perfection. As a music theory and composition major as well as a horror film junkie this one just hits the mark perfectly for me. I love the costumes, the sets, the lighting, the color palette, and of course the music, story, and atmosphere. I had no prior experience with this story before blinf buying this movie when it was released. I know Depp and Carter received their fair share of complaints when compared to the broadway show but everything was perfect for me and I'm somewhat glad to have had this be my first experience with the story as I get to appreciate it all over again every October. I've said it before and will repeat, going to a desert island with only 5 movies out of all movies ever made and this is one of the five I bring with me. Simply brilliant. 5 song-full zombies

October 23rd:

33. Hellraiser II: Hellbound - 4 skinless musclesuit zombies
For me Hellraiser II and Hellraiser 4: Bloodline are the only ones you need to see to get the story. Hellraiser 2 does a nice brief recap of Helraiser but quickly dives deeper into Pinheads origins and the labyrinth of hell. Some creative set designs that I felt captured the idea well and while the film is aging somewhat poorly the concept and story is still really unparalleled. There has been nothing that expresses such dark imagination with such a unique concept. 4 skinless muslesuit zombies

October 24rd:

34. Se7en - 5 what's in the box zombies
What an excellent film, Pitt and Freeman both at the top of their game and Spacey as well. I love how the city is nameless and always bad weather, it adds such a dark and claustrophobic feel to the film. The deaths are just as gruesome as the plot thrust and it really does leave you with a rotten feeling in your gut. That is the mark of a good film, when it "gets to you". 5 what's in the box zombies

October 25th:

35. House of 1000 Corpses - 4.5 bunny zombies
This is one of the films that has not only grown on me but also become one of my most favorite ones to watch each year. The atmosphere in this film is simply incredible! The movie really does play out in an Alice in Wonderland fashion as it keeps getting more grim and evil the further it plunges viewers into the evil rabbit hole. 4.5 bunny zombies

36. A Nightmare on Elm Street - 4.5 80's zombies
I have not seen this in years and got hooked on it on AMC as soon as HOATC ended. Really just a great film. It's easy to forget just how original and horrific this was as a film and as a concept that something in your dream could hurt you for real and there was not much you could do about it. Although the acting has its problems it certainly wasn't as bad as I expected or remembered it to be. The gore was really gratuitous even for todays standards but the use of blood and latex make all the difference. 4.5 80's zombies

October 26th:

37. The Conjuring - 5 demonic zombies
Second time viewing but sure was a treat to watch it on my HT with the sound blasted and all the lights out. We had about 14 people over for this showing and it did its job scaring the hell out of them well! We even had one guy that left eek.gif Just a fantastic movie that has likable characters that are relatable, fairly well developed, and best of all convincing. The film builds tension perfectly and definitely delivers when its time for fireworks. The reactions of our guests were priceless! 5 demonic zombies

October 27th:

38. Creepshow - 4 cake zombies
It's pretty hard to follow the success of The Conjuring so I had to dig into a different brand of horror and it delivered as always. I deduct one point for the meteor story with Stephen King which I usually skip because I can't stand it. Fortunately The Crate makes up for the other shortcomings! 4 cake zombies

October 28th:

39. Suspiria - 4.5 witch zombies
This is another reason to have a region b bluray player, the transfer is not the best but the audio is fantastic and while the color palette is off it is still a huge improvement from the DVD. Although the movie had plenty of cheese and some lousy acting the music, set design, and colors more than make for distraction. 4.5 witch zombies

40. Return of the Living Dead (1985) - 5 brain-eating zombies
This was my first time viewing my B locked version with the original mono track and I have to say it was a great experience. I really enjoyed the mono track more than I thought I would. Although the makeup was pretty bad the animatronic work on the female torso zombie and some of the other practical effects were great. One of my favorite z flicks and a super fun one to boot! 5 brain-eating zombies

October 29th:

41. The Exorcist III - 2.5 dialogue heavy zombies
I knew I had seen this before but it has been years so wanted to give it a go based on the reviews here. Unfortunately it was just too slow for me. I enjoyed the story and ties to the original but perhaps it was the hospital setting or characters that I just found to be uninteresting and left me clock watching. It did deliver some nice scares and the climax was pretty decent but as a whole I just couldn't get invested. 2.5 dialogue heavy zombies

42. The Last House on the Left (2009) - 4.5 revenge zombies
It's been a while since I saw this and watching it again for the second time was a treat. I really forgot how brutal the r@pe scene was and had trouble watching it. For some reason it seems more brutal than the one in I Spit on Your Grave? Great casting here, all the characters seemed to have a distinct personality and place in the film and all were convincing. I admit I have never seen the original but as a stand alone film this one was done very well and apart from a few bad choices played out in the final scenes between the doctor and main bad guy doing the cat and mouse routine, I give this one high marks across the board. 4.5 revenge zombies

October 30th:

43. The Strangers - 4 home invasion zombies
I've seen this one a few times but really like how well this was put together. The victims were dumb as hell but once you suspend your issues with that and take it at face value it is a very solid flick with fantastic atmosphere and lighting. The perps were totally effing creepy and the final moments were terrifying to watch even as a horror film veteran. I'm not a big cheerleader for sequels but this is a film that needs a follow up. 4 home invasion zombies

44. I Spit on Your Grave - 4 woman scorned zombies
Yet another film with a brutal r@ape scene however unlike LHOTL this victim takes revenge to a whole new level. Imagine if Jigsaw was raped, and what he would do to the victims and that pretty much sums up this film. I really enjoy this one simply because it pushes the envelope and really delivers the type of revenge you want to see exacted on scum like that. A tension building visceral experience for sure! 4 woman scorned zombies

October 31st:

45. Skinwalker Ranch - 3.5 paranormal alien wolf zombies
I had to see this because the previews looked fantastic. The end result was certainly worth watching but a lot of unrealized potential here as well. The film takes place on a ranch in Utah that has a history of strange activity. The thrust of the plot is the investigation of the disappearance of a young boy Cody and his father Hoyt who refuses to give up on finding out what happened (the farm owner or Jon Gries, who I know best as Lazlo Hollyfeld from Real Genius wink.gif ). The film has some brief interviews with the locals and quickly dives into the arrival of the investigation team. Obviously strange things begin to happen and increase as the film progresses but its runs into trouble when things really start to escalate. There are a lot of awesome things this has going for it... truly a blend of everything you would want to see in a found footage film on abduction. The different phenomena are somewhat disjointed but in a creepy and awesome way that is unique and plays out scary as hell because the viewer has no idea what is next. This is film that lets you know from the first scare that nothing to follow is predictable for even the hardcore genre fans. The problem this film has is really 2 parts that both point to budget. The film needed a larger budget and about another 15 minutes to tie things together. There were simply too many things going on here that did not tie together for a satisfying or jaw dropping reveal. Additionally, the reveal should have been followed by a slightly more elevated and epic climax. The way things were building throughout the film give the impression that the last 20 minutes will knock you off your feet with terror and it just doesn't quite get there. Again I blame this on budget constraints. I'd actually like to see this as a sequel backed with better financing or even a directors cut down the road with another 10-15 minutes added in somehow. Complaints aside this was still absolutely worth watching and I look forward to seeing this on my HT next go instead of my damn 27" iMac, the lack of a proper HT experience may have also contributed towards my score. 3.5 paranormal alien wolf zombies

46. Trick r' Treat - 5 pumpkin zombies
I just love this film, it seems to have everything I want to see in a Halloween themed movie. I love how the stories are all connected in one way or another and I love how you never lose sight of the fact this is all taking place on Halloween night. It echo's the great elements of Creepshow with satire, dark humor, haunting tales, and a bit of gore as well. Sam is the new icon of Halloween and while there will never be a better example than Michael Myers to symbolize the scary/horror element of Halloween, Sam is the alpha and omega of Halloween spirit and it is captured perfectly in his character for this film. 5 pumpkin zombies

47. Halloween (1978) - 5 slasher zombies
Can't really say anything new about this but I enjoy it just as much every year that I watch it. Really a brilliant film that continues to evoke fear just at the sight of that mask. - 5 slasher zombies.
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HorrorFest 2013!

Here is my list and I had a great time watching these and reading all of the reviews! I am definitely going to try and put some more First Time views next year.



1. Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2013. Not a bad film, some decent gore but the Jessica Biel one is slightly better! Some decent blood/gore, Boobs and a bit of terror.


2 Chainsaw wielding Zombies

Good see other people started last night too!

2. Aliens 1986, Special edition BD This movie is a mixture of Action/horror/sci-fi and imo one of James Cameron's best piece of film making! Also the special edition or longer edition was the directors intent and it actually adds a bit more to the story. This sequel leaves off where the first one ended and once the action starts there is no letting up! Besides the main characters in the film, the set pieces and Aliens are the main attraction with the Queen being one of the best practical marionette puppets seen in a film. This just adds to the tension and terror to what the humans are up against. I highly recommend adding this to any BD collection and this movie holds up well even today.

5 Alien Queen Zombies

3, Creepers (aka Phenomena), Dario Argento 1985 FTV Steaming Amazon. I thought I have seen this movie and I was mistaken! With actors like Jennifer Connelly and Donald Pleasence how bad can it be?! Well I will say that this movie is definitely 80's all the way, first being presented in SD in a 4:3 format and with music from Motorhead and Iron Maiden, you are transported back in time. Like all Dario movies this film has some wonderful set pieces and some great camera work. This movie is a slow burn murder mystery film at first and the last part of the film is 100% Dario madness! Worth a watch but I wish this movie gets some sort of HD transfer like Susperia.

3.5 Maggot infested Zombies

4, Stormhouse, Dan Turner 2011 FTV Streaming Amazon HD. I started watching this movie at my sons school via my tablet and finished later at home. This movie is one of the those 'based on a true story' and on a military installation that got me interested in this film. Ghost/Entity movie all the way, that happens to take place on a British military base. This base has a captured entity and they have called in a civilian ghost whisperer to talk to it. Movie is kinda slow, until you know why the military is messing with the entity. Some ok gore but I wish the movie was not as dark so you can see a bit more of what is going on. This movie could've been better it the story was pieced together better.

2 Frere Jacques singing Zombies

5, Silent Hill 2006, Christophe Gans IFC, Ok this was my second time watching this movie spawned from the video game. Now if you are not familiar with this game the movie does a decent job staying true to the game. The setup is a mom is trying to find answers to why her adoptive daughter is drawn to a town called Silent Hill. This town is an old coal town that has a continuous coal fire burning below the town which makes this town creepier even before you seen any of the town folk. As the mom and accompanying female police officer look for the daughter, they run into some baddies, a ton of weird bugs, a dude with a huge sword and the crazy town folk! This movie has a good amount of gore, killings, baddies and the town itself is pretty damn scary! This is one of the 'best' video game to movie I have seen in this genre, imo even besting the Resident Evil series, which are fun but lack the sense of fear/dread of Silent Hill.


4 Contorted Zombies

6, The Thing, John Carpenter, 1982 BD. If I were to describe one horror movie that bests describe this genre, The Thing would be one of those top films! I have seen this umpteen times and now I live in a place that gets snow, it is really fun now to watch this film! This film starts off in an American Antarctic outpost where Norwegian people (via helicopter) are shooting at a dog. Then the American guys investigate wtf were those guys up to? This is a first domino to fall in a series of events that makes this movie Horror gold! Yes there is gore, a slimy space creature that morphs into whatever it engulfs, a question of 'who is it?' is on the minds of the characters etc...John Carpenter really did an awesome job of shooting this film and getting the actors to jell together in front of the camera. Rob Bottin's make up/ creature signature is definitely burned into your brain after you see this and Ennio Morricone did the score and it just adds to the tension. I know everyone knows Carpenter for Halloween but this movie is the other one that is on par with Halloween. This is a must buy for any HD horror junkie and the transfer is really good!

5 Morphing, slimy Zombies!

6. The Shining, Stanley Kubrick, 1980 BD. Well I feel like I am preaching to the choir so to speak about this movie. Just like Aliens, Psycho, Carrie this movie defines the Horror movie genre as well. I know people have issues with this move not being 100% to the Stephen King book but I say Kubrick brought his vision on what The Shining should feel to the audience. The book is creepy but I really don't know of any director back then that can do as well as Kubrick did (although I could be wrong). Well on to the movie and it starts kinda 'slow', but the music and majestic mountain views in my mind sets the tone in the beginning. We see Jack Torrance interviewing for a watchman job at a hotel, which is played spectacularly by Jack Nicholson. His wife Wendy (Shelly Duvall) is left at home to care for their son Danny. Through the interview at the hotel with Jack and a conversation with a Dr and wife, this solidifies the foundation of this physiological terror movie. I love Kubrick's work on 2001 and you see the perspective shots all the way through this movie and it works great! Also I believe this was the first film to use stedi-cam technology (Danny running through maze). I know most have seen this movie here but it is a real treat on BD!

What I find funny is when I mention The Shining to people that don't watch Horror movies (like us) they get really creeped out! Especially married women, when you tell them (or act it out) the part of Jack going after Wendy. I believe in the back of their minds they feel if they see that crazy eyed Jack stare from their husbands, they know they are doomed! Even today I get creeped out at the whole room 237 scene ha!


5 Here's Johnny Zombies!
7. V/H/S/2, multiple directors, 2013 First time viewing DVD. I enjoyed the first VHS and I know it got mixed reactions here. Fear not because this one is way better and it honestly surprised me! Just like the first VHS we have the setup of that home with the multiple tv's and VHS tapes. Then the four episodes play out, first on is Phase I Clinical Trials, A Ride in a Park, Safe Haven and Slumber Party Alien Abduction. I don't want to give much away because the movie is fairly new. There is something here for everyone and there is plenty of gore, suspense, scares, wtf and Boobies! There were even a couple of parts that made me jump out of my seat! My favorite episodes are Safe Haven and the Slumber Party Alien Abduction. I highly recommend this film for Halloween watching if you like the shaky cam/faux-documentary style film making. For a DVD the PQ/SQ was also good, SQ was crazy on the last one though!



4 Analogue Zombies!
8, Night of the Living Dead, George Romero, 1968 TCM HD. This is the Genesis movie that started it all! Most here have seen this movie and I have seen this multiple times, it is just fantastic in B/W! I like how (even back in 1968) the film isn't just about Zombies it is about how humans work/not work to survive, and how we are just as bad as the Zombies. TCM also had a fantastic HD presentation of this film and I haven't seen in BD to comment how better it would be. I love these classic Horror movies and they should be revisited around this time every year!


5 Zombies!

9, Grave Encounters, The Vicious Brothers 2010 First time viewing Amazon HD Streaming. I am probably going to watch The Blair Witch Project tonight so I decided to watch this movie. This movie is a mishmash of The Blair Witch/Paranormal Activity, cheesy paranormal reality shows and shaky cam faux-documentary. The setup is a film crew is filming an episode of Grave Encounters at an old Asylum. The beginning is kinda drawn out cheesy stuff (pokes fun at paranormal shows) but if does get better if you can get through this part. It is kind of a slow burn but slowly you start to see the horrifying result of staying in a haunted asylum through the eyes of their cameras. I wanted to oink this movie especially after watching VHS2 in the beginning but this film did make me jump twice, so that has to be worth something. A little blood, spooky ghost scares, creaking doors etc.


2.5 Asylum trapped Zombies

11, Interview with a Vampire, Neil Jordan 1994 HDNet dvr. Other than the OG vampire movies Nosferatu, Dracula et al. this modern take on vampires is one of my favorites and I wish more movies were made like this. With a mix of beauty, bloodlust and terrific looking sets/costumes, this film is a classic! Tom Cruise plays Lestat, a vampire looking for companionship and a lust for blood from women (men and rats too)in the 1790's, New Orleans. He finds Brad Pitt (Louis), turns home into a vampire, and hoping he will be his vampire pupil. Movie also features a young Kristen Dunst and Antonio Banderas. A decent amount of blood, boobs, and some decapitations. Vampire effects were done by the late Stan Winston!

4.5 Creole zombies!

12, DeepStar Six, 1989, Sean S Cunningham IFCHD, My creature feature last night was this late 80's ocean monster flick. I haven't seen this movie probably since the 90's and I was happy that IFC shown it in it's OAR. IIRC during this time there were a lot of ocean type movies releasing like this, Leviathan, The Abyss etc. It was pretty cool to go back in time and see pre CG effects with models and stop motion photography. This movie takes place in the deep ocean floor and a group of Navy contractors are setting up a nuclear missile 'sled' at the bottom of the ocean. Well things go awry when they use explosives to bury a cave below, thus letting out the prehistoric creature. This movie does take a while to get to the blood/gore, but it is worth it including an explosive decompression set piece.


3 Underwater Zombies

13, The Blair Witch Project, 1999, Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez IFCHD, I finally had time to watch this movie late last night. At the close of the 90's we had some good movies like the Matrix, Eye's Wide Shut, House on Haunted Hill remake and this movie The Blair Witch Project. This is the first in the found footage genre that actually 'tricked' most movie goers with clever marketing of the 3 young people lost/presumed killed in the woods. This movie stars 3 young college age kids doing/filming a documentary about a witch that resides in the forest of Maryland. As they continue their investigation, the myth is becoming too real for the 3 people walking and camping in the woods.

When I saw this with a group of friends back in 1999 it really scared us all, especially my friends who rarely partake in movies like this. We stayed up all night talking about what would've we done to get rescued or fight back lol!


4 Stick cracking Zombies

14 The Haunting, Robert Wise, 1963 First Time Viewing TCMHD, I went old school yesterday and watched the original The Haunting movie. This movie starts out by letting the audience know that tragedy and death occur in/around this mansion called Hill House. Years later a Doctor, along with four other people 'investigate' what is going on in this house. Some pretty cool scares but the director lets your imagination draw conclusions rather than elaborate set pieces. The house is creepy alone as the main character in this classic horror movie.


4 Zombies

15 Prince of Darkness, John Carpenter, 1987 DVD, I had to revisit this movie ever since the BD version was released, although I had the DVD in my movie library. This film is not as great as his past films like The Thing, Halloween and The Fog. But still fans of Carpenter can enjoy this movie. The setup is that an abandoned church contains a large vat of liquid Satan. A group of graduate students, professors and a priest soon find out the dark secrets of liquid. I like how Carpenter used actors from Big Trouble in Little China (Victor Wong) and rocker Alice Cooper in this movie.


3 Green Ooze Zombies.

16, The Thing, Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., 2011 BD, This is one movie that I really want to love and I was excited to even give this a second viewing. The Thing sets up as a prequel to the 1982 classic or what happened at the Norwegian camp before the 'dog' made it's way back to the American camp. The beginning starts off great, the effects are a great marriage between CGI/practical effects and the end is pretty good. The characters are great because most are Norwegian, the lead female character is good too. The bad is the middle of the whole film as the movie just kinda moves along (it seems like a rehash of the 1982 one) and I wouldn't be as hard on this movie if it wasn't tied to the 1982 version.


2.5 Morphing Zombies

17, The Midnight Meat Train, Ryuhei Kitamura, 2008 This is my second time viewing this movie and it was just as affective as the first time! I believe that this movie is from Clive Barkers book of Blood short stories. It starts out by a struggling (but good) photographer trying to make it big in NYC. He photographs a visceral happenings around the city when he comes across a guy in a suit that goes on the train late and works at a meat packing plant. He follows the guy to get the perfect shots, but unknowingly finds out what the meat packing guy is doing sinister things on a subway train to riders. This movie has lots of blood, cool butcher/killing tools/setpieces and a slight curve ball ending.


4 Subway riding Zombies

18, House of Thousand Corpses, Rob Zombie, 2003 IFCHD, I believe this movie does get better with multiple viewings and this is my favorite (so far) RZ movie. Most here have seen it so I will describe my best parts of the film. First the whole beginning is hilarious, between Capt. Spaulding saying "F*** me side Sally!" to him messing with the failed robbers and college kids. Of course I like 'Baby' in those chaps, but she was the most sinister (that laugh) in the beginning of this film. Second I loved the last part when we get to see Dr. Satan and that Red Juggernaut dude in the tunnel, some pretty cool make up and set design for that part of the movie. All in all this is 100% Rob Zombie and he slathers on all the Horror all the way up until the end.

3.5 Rabbit costume wearing Zombies

19 Blade Trinity, David S Goyer, 2004 EncoreHD. This was my second time watching this movie and I know it is way more of an action flick than a horror movie, but vampires in this film let it squeak in to the horror genre. The 3rd installment in the Blade series is a little long in the tooth but the action sequences and effects (let alone Jessica Biel) make it a worth while watch. Blade now has a team of vampire hunters which includes Whistler's daughter and they fight a group of vampires Hell bent on resurrecting the 'One' original vampire. I would opt for the original Blade (or part 2) movie if people have never seen a Blade movie.


2.5 Vampire Zombies

20, The Exorcist Special Edition, William Friedkin, 1973 DVD, I had some time this afternoon to myself so I dug out this classic from my binder. This is my second viewing of this edition of The Exorcist and first watch on my screen. The special edition has about 10 minutes of never before scenes that were restored to the original cut of the film. This version is the 'last nail in the coffin', and this film didn't really need it, but some of the additions were straight up creepy. Even the DVD version with the Dolby EX 5.1 is gritty, effective and it goes along with the great story telling. The Exorcist encompasses all what is fearful about horror movies and the subject matter. I still cannot believe this film was made in 1973 and it hits like a sledgehammer today.


5 Capt. Howdy Zombies

21, Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro, 2013 3DBD. Ok I am a bit bias because I have grown up with being a mecha/Japanese manga fan and I always thought how cool would it be to pilot one of those giant Mechs. The past Godzillas' were cool, Robot Jox was a joke ha, Cloverfield came close and then GDT stepped in and did it! I watched this in 3D and in 2D, if you have the capability 3D is the way to go on this film. One thing that stands out in this film is SCALE, everything is huge and it should be! Other than that what a fun ride and seeing your childhood dreams become 'reality'. PQ and SQ was superior and this was a 3D post conversion. The sets alone were awesome to look at it was seamless with the CGI. Monsters were very cool and all looked different/menacing! Worth the buy if you are into Robots and Monsters.

4.5 300FT Zombies

22, Jug Face, Chad Crawford Kinkle, 2013 First Time Viewing AmazonHD. Well I just watched my first stinker of this month, Jug Face. Basically a backwoods hill billy horror story that has a girl that wants to 'escape' from her weird community. This creature in a pit 'calls' to the community for sacrifices for whatever reason. Sean Young is in this movie and this film is pretty weak outside of 2 parts, but they are not worth mentioning. Film looks like a college project and probably should've been a short film.

.5 Hill Billy Zombie

23, Deep Rising, Stephen Sommers, 1998BD, I had time for two movies this afternoon and thankfully I was still in a mood for a creature feature. Deep Rising is 100% 90's action/horror flick, starts out with boat crew ferrying a group of pirates to intercept a cruise ship and rob it. When they arrive they find all of the people are not on the ship but something has stopped the ship and taken the people. The CGI is dated for 2013 but it isn't that bad for this presentation. Decent blood and digestive bodies throughout this film, oh and the film stars are Treat Williams and the saucyFamke Janssen, how bad can it be! Worth the buy on BD when it is on sale.

3 Deep Sea Tentacle Zombies

24, Freaks, Tod Browning, 1932 First Time ViewingTCMHD I went old school last night and watched this movie. I remember years ago when Bravo had their 100 most scary moments and they had this movie on the list. So finally I got to see it and it is basically a thriller/horror movie about a trapeze girl (Cleo) that befriends, but uses her charms on a sideshow very small guy named Hans. Meanwhile this chick is just using him for money, booze and jewelry. She is also messing around with a guy named Hercules (part of the sideshow also). Well the other sideshow people find out this Cleo is being mean and trying to kill Hans, they resort to revenge, sideshow style. What is very different about this film is that the sideshow actors are all 'real', as far as no practical effects used on them. I really don't think this movie will every get remade, although I could be wrong.


4.5 Sideshow Zombies

25, The Descent, Neil Marshall, 2005 This movie needs no introduction as many here has seen it. This movie has it all, great use of lighting, awesome creature effects, terrifying scenes, claustrophobic sets and some strong/attractive all female cast! What more does anyone need in a Horror movie these days! We need more movies like this!


4.5 Cave Dwelling Zombies

26, Halloween III Season of the Witch, Tommy Lee Wallace, 1982 AMCHD. I have a new fond liking for this film and I do believe it has a good cult following now. This movie when it came out did poorly because people expected another Michael Myers and they got this movie instead. I do respect the direction they were trying to go by having multiple Halloween horror stories of lore than the standard slasher movie. Halloween III has some pretty cool effects and a catchy commercial song that always puts a smile on my face when I here it. I just wish the story was a bit more solid and had a better direction, but the film is still decent to watch.


3 Clockwork Zombies

27, The Fly, David Cronenberg 1986 EncoreHD, I was looking for another Horror flick last night and found this gem in my DVR begging to get played! What could you say about this remake of a classic? Well I think David a hit a home run with this film and along with all the great 1986 film, this horror movie is a classic! Geena Davis and Jeff Goldblum are perfect in this tale about science, love and the de-evolving of the human flesh. This movie has some awesome make up effects that still hold today and the story is top notch! I never look at a fly and how it lives the same anymore.


5 Teleporting Zombies

28, The Children, Tom Shankland, 2008 First Time ViewIFCHD This movie has a couple of things going for it that makes it terrifying and sinister. First the setting is an English country side during the Christmas Holiday. Second it is about children that contract a bacteria/illness that causes them to go psycho on the parents. Some really good 'accidents' happen to the parents that aren't really paying attention to what these children are doing, which makes sense during the Holiday festivities. Of course the parents struggle with what is going on and never come to terms with it till it is too late. My only gripe was that I watched this on IFC and maybe it was the way the film was edited plus the commercials made the film 'choppy'. I need to rent this and watch it with out interruptions to see if it flows better. All in all a good film to watch for October.

3.5 Pint Sized Zombies


29, Jacob's Ladder, Adrian Lyne, 1990 DVD, I was thumbing throw my movie library and decided to put this movie on. I haven't seen it year and it was begging for another viewing. I actually seen this movie theatrically and it left a profound mark on my brain. This movie is a physiological/horror and it has a really good pace in this movie. Tim Robbins and Elizabeth Pena are perfect in this movie, as Tim plays a Vietnam vet struggling to go on with life after the loss of his son. Some really good wtf parts, along with scary surprises that will keep genre lovers engage in this remarkable film.

4.5 Head Shaking Zombies

30 The Omen, Richard Donner, 1976EncoreHD, This is one of my favorite movies from this era of horror movies and it has an all star cast of Gregory Peck and director Richard Donner. This movie is about the anti-christ coming back to earth as an adoptive child named Damien. The child was adopted by a wealthy couple and things started to happen to people that came into contact with this child. The parents soon learn their kid is evil incarnate but realize too late to really do anything to stop the child from committing heinous acts done to those who stand in his way or plan. This movie has also some great set pieces that include a decapitation, in my mind one of the best shown in film. The soundtrack is filled with an ominous choir singing when things are about to happen, and finally the kid cast as Damien is the icing on the cake. Do not see the 2006 remake before seeing this classic!


5 Devil kid Zombies

31 Damien: The Omen II, Don Tyler, Mike Hodges, 1978AMCHD. Now that Damien is all grown up and now living with his adoptive parents, brother, Damien is 'learning' about his true identity and he has people looking out for him and his plan to rise to power. This movie should've had Richard Donner at the helm instead of being an executive producer because this film had some promising aspects, but really fall short of the original movie. But if you are a fan of the first one, then this one might interest you. More of the same in this film, but it also stars Lance Henrickson, who watches out for Damien. Some cool effects like the first movie with also some minor twists that most people will not expect


3 Devil Kid Zombies

32, Poltergeist, Tobe Hooper, 1982BD. I have a long relationship with this movie and it has been my favorite since 1982. I have owned this movie in LD, VHS, DVD and now BD and I will say this current format is my favorite as far as Pq/Sq goes. Ok with Spielberg with writing duties this film is a winner. Most here have seen this movie a lot but for me it is a nostalgic look at how my life was in suburbia in Southern CA, just like the Freeling family in the film. This is what makes this movie creepy for me the most and now that I have a daughter, that I wouldn't know what to do if some 'force' took her away. This film has it all, kid is talking to the tv, things start happening in the house, the entity takes the child, the parents enlist help, then the house fights back. The story telling is by far one of the best examples in the horror genre and imo never gets old. Off camera some crazy ish has happened to some of the actors/actresses that is down right crazy. What is more crazy and messed up is that MGM iirc has green lit the 'remake' of this film. I constantly tell myself is "why would anyone want that, when you have the OG one right here?!"


5 Suburban dwelling Zombies

33, The Conjuring, James Wan, 2013BD I will say I have been patiently waiting to watch this at home since i saw it in the theater back in August. I will not give the movie away since a lot of members will be renting/buying this movie to watch next week. James Wan hit a home run with this movie and i liked the 'old school' way he told this story that was based on true event from demonologist Ed and Lorainne Warren. A/V is top notch and the bass pressurized my room! This movie gave me goose bumps all the way till the credits were over. The ominous soundtrack is perfect and definitely gives the story it's atmosphere! This is one horror movie that should be sitting on all fans of this genres shelf!



5 Hangin' Ten Witch Zombies

34, 30 Days of Night, David Slade, 2007FoxMovieHD, This was my second time seeing this film since I have owned it on DVD and I dvr'd this sucker a couple of days ago because I wanted to see a HD version of this film. First off, why haven't I seen this movie more! It is survivor horror at it's best with mal formed Vampires! This movie must've been a sleeper back in 2007 because I never heard a lot of people talking about it! Gore/blood hounds should love this movie and the action is great in it too! Fit and finish of this movie adds to the good story line too! My favorite movie that starred Josh Harnett (sp?)


4 Deadly Vampire Zombies


35, Monsters University, Dan Scanlon, 2013 BD, This was my second time seeing this and finally I have something that my kids and I could watch together! This movie was very cool and I liked how they made 'homages' to Animal House through out Monsters University. No this doesn't have the heart warming story of Boo and the Sulley/Mike crew but this was a film about Mike being accepted as a future 'Scarer' and Sulley learning that his family name can only take him so far. So together (with other Frat brothers) they get through college and the Scare games working together. The PQ/SQ is phenomenal and I Disney hit a home run in that regard. If you have kids or just enjoy Pixar/Disney film, this is one to add to the collection.


4.25 Furry Monster Zombies


36, Red Dragon, Brett Ratner, 2002 IFCHD, This is one of those sleeper hits that premiered in the early 2000's and it is a great addition to the ManHunter, Silence of the Lambs movies. This film takes place before Clarice Starling and Buffalo Bill. It follows another FBI agent played by Edward Norton, who is the man that
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and later works with him trying to catch a killer named The 'ToothFairy', played by Ralph Fiennes. This is the type of horror my wife likes and it truly is more of what a crazy killer could actually be in real life! I won't spoil anymore of the film but the cast is great, Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Harvey Keitel and Ralph Fiennes that carry this story through every creepy, lustful and scary corner of a mad mans mind. Oh I forgot Phillip S, Hoffman has a small part in this too.


4.5 Dragon Tattooed Zombies
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Man, I can't hold a candle to you guys this year....I bow to superior marathon skills.eek.gif

Tomorrow, I have a NF arrive called "The Devil's Rock."







BTW, Amazon has the Trick 'r Treat BD for $6.49.smile.gifcool.gif
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OK, here are my "best of"' categories:

Weirdest: "Uzumaki" & "Taxidermia" (tie)
Goriest: "Mum and Dad"
Most creepy: "Absentia"
Best Foreign: "Sleep Tight"
Best-looking: "The Woman in Black"
Best Family Horror: "Frankenweenie"
Best Throwback: "Malevolence"
Best Comeback: "VHS 2"
Most Fun: "Juan of the Dead" & "The Revenant" (tie)
Best Cast: "Eye of the Devil"
Most Wife-Friendly (results may vary depending on wife): "The Awakening"
Best Villain: Dad in "Mum and Dad"
So Bad You'll Laugh: "Color Me Blood Red"
Worst Dubbing: "Blood and Black Lace"
Most pointless remake: "Carrie"
Movie that angered me the most: "Eden Lake"
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Man, I can't hold a candle to you guys this year....I bow to superior marathon skills.eek.gif

Let the record show....smile.gif
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Stole Bob's and put my own in:

Weirdest: Brain Damage
Goriest: Tucker and Dale/Evil Dead tie
Most creepy: Maniac
Best Foreign: Modus Anomali
Best-looking: Higanjima/The Conjuring
Best Family Horror: Curious George Halloween Boo Fest
Best Throwback:
Best Comeback: Curse of Chucky
Most Fun: Curse of Chucky/Grabbers
Best Cast: The Conjuring
Most Wife-Friendly (results vary depending on wife): The Purge
Best Villain: The Tall Man
So Bad You'll Laugh: Chillerama
Worst Dubbing:
Most pointless remake: Fright Night 2
Movie that angered me the most: Fright Night 2/Baby Blues
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Stole Bob's and put my own in:

Weirdest: Brain Damage
Goriest: Tucker and Dale/Evil Dead tie
Most creepy: Maniac
Best Foreign: Modus Anomali
Best-looking: Higanjima/The Conjuring
Best Family Horror: Curious George Halloween Boo Fest
Best Throwback:
Best Comeback: Curse of Chucky
Most Fun: Curse of Chucky/Grabbers
Best Cast: The Conjuring
Most Wife-Friendly (results vary depending on wife): The Purge
Best Villain: The Tall Man
So Bad You'll Laugh: Chillerama
Worst Dubbing:
Most pointless remake: Fright Night 2
Movie that angered me the most: Fright Night 2/Baby Blues

OK, help me out here....
Can you recommend any of the following for purchase?
Modus Anomali
Higanjima
Grabbers
The Purge
Brain Damage
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OK, help me out here....
Can you recommend any of the following for purchase?
Modus Anomali
Higanjima
Grabbers
The Purge
Brain Damage

I think for you Grabbers is a safe choice. It's a fun creature feature and I think you liked Trollhunter/Rare Exports. You also liked Cockneys vs Zombies.

BUT if you're feeling adventurous and actually liked Manborg you might like Brain Damage. This is for sure a Wizzack movie.

The rest, for you, might be rentals. Modus Anomali is like Triangle in as much as it is a mind mender/thriller more than a horror, The Purge isn't perfect by any means but I felt it had some cool ideas to explore and I actually think that premise makes for great conversation. Higanjima is very soap opera in a very Japanese way, once is plenty for me.

Hope that helps.
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I think for you Grabbers is a safe choice. It's a fun creature feature and I think you liked Trollhunter/Rare Exports. You also liked Cockneys vs Zombies.

BUT if you're feeling adventurous and actually liked Manborg you might like Brain Damage. This is for sure a Wizzack movie.

The rest, for you, might be rentals. Modus Anomali is like Triangle in as much as it is a mind mender/thriller more than a horror, The Purge isn't perfect by any means but I felt it had some cool ideas to explore and I actually think that premise makes for great conversation. Higanjima is very soap opera in a very Japanese way, once is plenty for me.

Hope that helps.
Thank you, sir.smile.gif
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Tomorrow, I have a NF arrive called "The Devil's Rock."

I watched that one last month when it was available on NF for streaming. It's not too scary but the story was interesting enough. Think B horror with good acting.
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Originally Posted by General Kenobi View Post

Thanks to everyone and the contributions this year... seems like we grow a bit each year and I'll echo the praise for such a friendly respect we all have for the different tastes here. Probably the only thread on avs that does not have squabbling!


Well said, sir! It was awesome to read about everything that everyone was watching and to be able to share what I've been watching. All of the photos were great too. We've all bounced a lot of good ideas off of one another. Looking forward to October 2014. biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by General Kenobi View Post

Thanks to everyone and the contributions this year... seems like we grow a bit each year and I'll echo the praise for such a friendly respect we all have for the different tastes here. Probably the only thread on avs that does not have squabbling!

Ditto. This thread has become somewhat of a therapy from the hectic schedule of the real world. Good to know there's a respite where people can enjoy and debate. Although my schedule kept me from delving too deep, your numerous viewings gave me some ideas as to what to pick-up. My hat's off to everyone here for their passion for this particular genre.
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I'll have to search around for it but I heard a guest of a talk show who wrote a book about why some folks like to watch horror films. And I hate to disappoint you all but the reason was considered perfectly normal.
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Yes, once again i would like to really thank everyone here for helping me get thru a rough month in my personal life with your posts about what i was going thru and your posts regarding the movies you were watching!!

I would up watching i think it was 19 movies, not a bad number, but a far cry from the 31 i really wanted to make.

As i have posted before, i watched 18 first time watches and only 1 repeat, and never got time to watch my alltime favorites that would have been next. I am going to post the 12 movies below that i would have liked to watch last month but didnt, and i would be really interested in what you guys didnt watch that you really wish you had seen.

For me, while there are 30 or 40 i love, i guess the 12 movies that would brought me up to 31 total that i really wish most i had been able to see of my old favorites were (in no particular order):

SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
THE SHINING
HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES
DEVIL'S REJECTS
THE HILLS HAVE EYES
SAW (WHOLE SERIES)
HOSTEL 1 & 2
GROTESQUE
INSIDE
FRONTIERS
THE THING
CLOVERFIELD
post #8096 of 9814
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Yes, once again i would like to really thank everyone here for helping me get thru a rough month in my personal life with your posts about what i was going thru and your posts regarding the movies you were watching!!

I would up watching i think it was 19 movies, not a bad number, but a far cry from the 31 i really wanted to make.

As i have posted before, i watched 18 first time watches and only 1 repeat, and never got time to watch my alltime favorites that would have been next. I am going to post the 12 movies below that i would have liked to watch last month but didnt, and i would be really interested in what you guys didnt watch that you really wish you had seen.

For me, while there are 30 or 40 i love, i guess the 12 movies that would brought me up to 31 total that i really wish most i had been able to see of my old favorites were (in no particular order):

SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
THE SHINING
HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES
DEVIL'S REJECTS
THE HILLS HAVE EYES
SAW (WHOLE SERIES)
HOSTEL 1 & 2
GROTESQUE
INSIDE
FRONTIERS
THE THING
CLOVERFIELD

I still haven't seen Grotesque. Glad this place could give you some respite during a rough time!
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I'll have to search around for it but I heard a guest of a talk show who wrote a book about why some folks like to watch horror films. And I hate to disappoint you all but the reason was considered perfectly normal.
Crap....here I was hoping there would be an unholy explanation for my "problems."tongue.gif
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Crap....here I was hoping there would be an unholy explanation for my "problems."tongue.gif
I always thought it was related to my addiction to adrenaline confused.gif
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Originally Posted by Brian Conrad View Post

I'll have to search around for it but I heard a guest of a talk show who wrote a book about why some folks like to watch horror films. And I hate to disappoint you all but the reason was considered perfectly normal.

Crom laughs at your science.
post #8100 of 9814
Finally got the wife in for The Conjuring. Two great jumpsqueals and heart attack. While watching in near pitch black conditions, the kid, who we thought was fast asleep, came running into the room with a glowstick from trick or treating earlier this evening. The quick shuffle of her feet and the glow coming at the wife out of nowhere made the old lady jumpscream so loud it scared the kid. I saw her coming and just sat back, so funny.
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