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So I waited until it turned midnight on the east coast to continue the quest to get 31 horror films in by Halloween. I know I will make it with my jump films but I wanna make it official. .

Nice start Wonka!

Yankeeman good luck with the brother in law. Sounds like a real picnic but at least you've got some horror movies for an escape. Stay positive bud!
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October Horror Fest 2012:
1- Squirm. Worms. Worms kill people. Very good cinematography in this despite it being a total B movie. Netflix Instant
2- All the Boys Love Mandy Lane. Teen murderfest. Nice scenery and a decent twist but not a mind blower for me. 1st
3- The Loved Ones. Dude climbs a pile of bones in this teen murderfest. I enjoyed the acting, soundtrack, and violence....Am I not pretty enough.... 1st
4- Jeepers Creepers. I enjoy how this one wraps up and the beasty is very intriguing in action and design. It's underrated in my opinion.
5- Paranormal Activity 3. I saw the first in the theater due to hype and was disappointed. Watched part 2 on my couch with the wife and got several jumps. Same with part 3. I dare say I'm a fan of the series. I do think part of their draw is a lot of low sounds to get you to crank the volume and then BOOM! Part 3 got into the witchcraft side and some back story which I enjoyed and thought it made the ending lean toward jawdropping. 1st
6- Pumpkinhead. Really great flick. Solid tale of supernatural vengeance with great Stan Winston effects and Lance Henriksen. Seems like one of the better all conventional effect horror film of the late 80's. It's really well done.
7- V/H/S. What in the melon farming hell?! King of horror anthologies? Couldn't take my eyes off it and wish to unsee portions.It will be a while before I watch again because it burns into your mind. 1st
8- Frayed. Awesome opening but the rest was just ok. Felt like a Halloween cover with no meat on the bone. 1st
9- The Cottage. I enjoyed this British dark slasher comedy. If it had Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in it it might close in on Shaun of the Dead. Sadly it doesn't have them but it was still quite good. 1st
10- Night of the Demons. Recently remade, the original brought back memories of box art surfing at the old local video store. We combed the aisles for what we could get away with. This didn't hold up well despite some great effect sequences and soundtrack. It didn't have much story which would've helped. Worth a watch if you've seen the remake.
11- The Monster Squad. Fred Dekker. Perfection. Classic monsters and a "team" of kids. Fun. Fun. Fun. DVD
12- The Crater Lake Monster. Late 70's cheese which aged just fine for me. Aquatic dinosaur hatches via meteorite. A few funny character types and a fake as hell monster. Good times. Netflix Instant
13- Exit Humanity. I've got say this was excellent. Not your typical dude bro zombie stuff we're seeing a lot of. Very intelligent story, expertly narrated by Brian Cox and very similar to Johnny Cash's vocal style in The Man Comes Around. I'm still getting chills from some of the poetic delivery in his narration of this quest. At this moment it's a must see although a but slow but the quality of the product is first rate. Netflix Instant 1st
14- Piranha. Really just a fun creature feature. Absurdity all over. Particularly great gore effects in many scenes and they saved loads of cash by everybody being naked. Netflix Instant
15- Slither. Another great creature feature with some awesome effects. This one, to me, feels like a great 80's flick with several great runs of dialogue and not taking itself too seriously. Netflix Instant
16- Lovely Molly. I got lost in this one. Parts were good and parts were like meh. I did enjoy the last third more than the first 2/3 for some reason. I was just not getting it for some reason and should probably revisit another time. Netflix Instant 1st
17- Absentia. Another mixed bag thriller with interesting concepts. Weaker than Lovely Molly for me but still enjoyable. The pacing was off but I liked the concepts and the characters a lot. Netflix Instant 1st
18- The Tall Man. Not really sure if this belongs here or not. I went in expecting a horror mystery thriller and got mystery instead. Pretty good story and Jessica did a good job but it never felt like a horror movie and I didn't feel any suspense. Netflix Instant 1st
19- The Final. Much better than I expected it to be. A few tense moments and great presentation kept it from being a complete waste. I like movies with a vengeance tilt and I would have enjoyed this anytime of year as the setup is pretty universal. We all know bullies or have been bullied and the actions in this parallel loosely to other movies like Carrie or even The Loved Ones. Netflix Instant 1st
20- Creepers/Phenomena. Dario Argento. You love him or hate him. This is a more accessible film of his revolving around psychically controlled bugs and feels like a dream in the way it tells the story. Not a lot of gore but it does have a chimpanzee with a straight razor. I would suggest this to people who have never seen any of Dario's work as a starting point. Amazon Prime
21- The Haunting. Great atmosphere and good casting. The House On Haunted Hill is better in my opinion. I do dig the house and the general aesthetic of the movie. Should put most people in the spirit. HBO Go
22- Lobos De Arga. Fantastic freaking movie. It's been a loooong time since I've seen a werewolf movie this good. Easily one of the best since An American Werewolf In London. Awesome conventional effects and a great story. I've been dying for decent werewolf movie for years and this is awesome. I read a review that said it was a Spanish Shaun of the Dead and that's pretty close. It is so good. Funny and scary with throwbacks to Universal's Wolfman. See it. See it now. HBO Go 1st
23- I Spit On Your Grave. I love a tale of vengeance but hate watching what got her to that point. Some say this movie was evolutionary for the genre and I can see that. Netflix Instant
24- Triangle. It's been covered here and I can't add anything to it. Absolutely mind bending. Netflix Instant
25- The Omen. Great flick that pulls conspiracy and religion together with politics very nicely and causes instant distrust in anyone named Damien. Netflix Instant
26- Deadheads. Sentient zombies go on a road trip to find a lost love. Not perfect but still entertaining in the sea of zombie dreck we're getting lately. Netflix Instant 1st
27- The Messengers. Really good haunted house mystery where the CGI doesn't get in the way too much. Similar in tone to the Amityville films. Crackle
28- Messengers 2: The Scarecrow. Not sure why this exists but I'm glad Norman Reedus got paid for it. Crackle 1st
29- Dark Country. Noir-ish in style, Twilight Zone in story. Exceptional mind twisting road movie. HBO Go 1st
30- Outpost. A spin on zombie Nazis. I enjoyed it. Nothing too shocking but still a solid movie.Crackle 1st
31- Orphan. Creepy kid movies mean something totally different when you have kids much like The Road becoming even more harrowing.
32- Insidious. I really like this movie but have problems with how they wrap it up. I enjoy the throwbacks to Poltergeist and The Entity. It spooked me a couple of times so it's a favorite now. Netflix Instant
33- The Sentinel. Late 70's cult flick. A model is weaved into some sort of ritual that isn't kumbaya. Has a lot of stars in it and was actually quite good. Nice buildup until the crazy ending. At least one effect shot is awesome and a liberal sprinkling of T and A round it out this Satanic movie. Netflix Instant
34- Vampire Circus. Hammer time. A plague ridden village gets a visit from a circus. Things go south pretty quickly in this tale of vampire revenge. Great Hammer effects and acting is top tier:) in this well crafted story that you don't see much of anymore. Netflix Instant 1st
35- The Bad Seed. A great classic movie in its own right despite the genre. Rhoda is Stepford Wives level robotic in her wickedness. Amazon Instant
36- The Revenant. Oddly good buddy/vigilante movie about ghouls or revenant as opposed to zombies. Sold as a dark comedy though I only laughed a few times. I remained entertained by the premise and it does have very solid moments nearing brilliance. It was slow to start but really found itself mid way. Quite poignant in later scenes but the very end comes out of nowhere and it probably could have wrapped about five minutes sooner. With the few great scenes and the tug at the heart it did manage I would recommend it to those who need an undead film that is above the Z grade zombie stuff in the market now. It should pair up with Deadheads rather nicely for a double feature. Vudu 1st
37- Children of the Corn. A classic movie with an opening that still shocks me. One of the better Stephen King movies and one all my peers know. We pretty much can't even look at a corn field without saying "he who walks behind the rows." It fostered a heavy distrust in anyone with the name Malachi or Issac as well. Not a lot of gore but what it has is done well and the real terror is zealotry whether it's religious, political, or whatever. Netflix Instant
38- Link. I dig when animals attack. I dig it more with a monkey in a suit. Not an outright horror film but a good and quirky suspense movie with the protagonist pretty much out acting all the humans in the movie. Not as good as Monkey Shines or as violent as Shakma and the soundtrack sort of takes me out of the mood as it sounds circus like but perhaps that's intentional. If you like it when animals attack and can go in for fun you'll see an ape wipe the floor with Terence Stamp and Elizabeth Shue in the thespian way. 1st
39- The Shining. Stellar film. Transcends genre, IMHO. I need to read the book. Can't really say anything that hasn't been said already but this one of the best movies, in any genre, of all time. I watched last night as if it were my first time. It's been so long since I've watched it I'll have to take on the easter egg hunt at another date. I did manage to see moving light switches and clocks. Amazon Instant
40- Shocker. I've never been a huge Wes Craven person but this movie is pretty good. Similar to ANOES with a late 80's twist. Felt like they were trying to create a character like Freddy or Jason, not that that's bad. Enjoyable and funny and well paced. Not enough backstory for me. I'd like to see more on the magic Horace used and the abilities Jonathan had. Great soundtrack. Amazon Instant
41- Cujo. Loveable dog goes insane and kills mostly dickheaded people. AMC
42- The Children. Nicely shot tale of murderous kids. The kids were so realistic in their annoyingness I wanted to take that xylophone away from that one kid and cheered when the one got a spanking. Jeez they nailed part. A couple of cringe worthy scenes make it worth a watch. IFC 1st
43- Disturbing Behavior. I like this movie a lot. A cool spin on the high school archetypes and lemming mindset of teenagers. I wouldn't say it is scary except in the all too real portrayal of the social systems in school. Decent soundtrack as well but I'm partial because I'm old and I know how radio used to sound back then. In my opinion this should pair up nicely with Cabin In the Woods and I'm pretty sure it will hold up longer. MGM HD
44- Pighunt. Stupid. Netflix Instant 1st and LAST
45- Excision. American Beauty meets Human Centipede in all the good ways. Twisted as hell coming of age story. This thing gets intimate on many levels and feels like a classic already. The acting was top notch and the lead was superb. I see lots of raving about The Loved Ones for many of the same reasons this film has. This movie isn't about jump scares or gasping shocks, though gasping is here, it's about that black grime under the fingernails of a killer in your midst. Quite a treat in this one. Amazon Instant 1st
46- The Faculty. Not as good as Disturbing Behavior in my opinion. I enjoyed it way back but it hasn't aged as well as DB has, perhaps it's the effects of "style." It's pretty much a knock of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. It DOES have Famke in it so there's that but the hip cool drug dealer guy blows. Elijah Wood is really good in his role and it is super fun to see Jon Stewart get killed. Netflix Instant
47- Zombieland. This movie doesn't hold up to repeat viewings like a Romero flick or Shaun does. Even with Bill Murray and Emma Stone (who I love) in it it falls into B minus territory real fast for me. I still uphold it has one of the greatest opening sequences in a horror movie ever but with every Tom, Dick, and Harry riding zombie coat tails these days "double tap" lost it's punch. DVD
48- The Sleeper. Like the title says....Amazon Instant
49- Maximum Overdrive. The best AC/DC video EVER as well as making me think three times before I put my hand under a lawnmower. Fun movie overall and the premise is scary if you really think about it. DVD
50- Night Of the Comet. Terrific 80's scifi horror movie. Valley girls, zombie freaks, CATHERINE MARY STEWART. I just love this flick and use it to ferret out posers much like the pain box and gom jabbar in Dune. Amazon Instant
51- Trick 'r Treat. A Christmas Story for Halloween. Not a pixel of CGI in this anthology of terror that has a serial killer next door, vengeful spirits, urban legends, and esoteric traditions to follow. It really sums up the Halloween experience in a nice well designed package and it's earned its spot in our household holiday movie rotation. This movie embodies Halloween like Full Metal Jacket embodies boot camp. Blu-Ray
52- The Strangers. Very well done and spooky. This movie is pretty much ripped from the headlines in its reality. No motives to be found other than being home. On repeat viewings you do start to flesh out your own plan of action should you find yourself in a situation like this. Mine includes more guns. Bluray
53- Pontypool. Pretty damn good. IT took a minute to get going and is worth it if you are spoiler free. I tried to watch this earlier this year and fell asleep but took it up again on your suggestions here. Quite an interesting take on the zombie movie and worth at least one watch if you are a fan of the genre. I have questions about the ending and I'm okay if I'm left to wonder. Netflix Instant 1st
54- Something Evil. A scene from a movie I saw between vinyl siding commercials in the 80's has haunted me until this day. It appears I'm not alone as a few Google searches for "glowing red eyes" and some dives into the answer threads revealed this forgotten gem. I tracked it down on youtube and the low quality actually helped my experience, I piped it over to my 360 for that lean back style. The guy had taped it and it looked decent enough to remind me of old school OTA broadcasts which is exactly how I saw it as a child. As for the movie most of it is in broad daylight and there is NO gore at all but it does have Steven Spielberg directing this 1972 TV movie. Worth a watch for the rarity, the occult 70's stuff, and the conventional effects. YouTube
55- The Innkeepers. After Something Evil this movie makes even more sense. It could totally be the same flick that a vinyl siding company used to sell you product on a Sunday afternoon. Some may hate it for this but I love it for this. It is not as good as HOTD but it isn't supposed to be. It's a different story and I think I enjoy the character development and atmosphere more than anything. It is pretty much the story of bored hotel employees that are into ghost hunting and a washed up psychic actress that helps freak them out until the end. Netflix Instant
56- Village of the Damned. John Carpenter keeps it real in this remake about creepy kids. This is a mid 90's remake of a 60's movie and it's very well done. Not real flashy like other films around it but that's a strength considering the twist on the mundane that the movie is. I'm particularly fond of the first half and the initial "weird" event. Netflix Instant
57- Monster House. Good clean fun for the family and younger viewers. Light on the comedy but tightly written and well paced. Probably gets pretty intense at the end for some kids due to peril. DVD
58- Army of Darkness: Screwhead Edition. Quote filled romp in a fantasy/horror world. Excellent work on the skeletons. It's actually hard to describe this movie but I do like it. I think it's the off the wall-ed-ness of it. It would pair nicely with Your Highness, which is totally worth your time, if you need some funny takes on genres. AOD plays in the undead demonic comedy space effectively and is basically legendary. DVD
59- Drag Me To Hell. I love this flick and how it walks a fine line between serious and over the top. I don't mind the CGI in this one at all. Creepy, moody, and surprising at times. Shocking yet comic gore. Takeaways should include not being a dick to old people. DVD
60. Fright Night Part 2. What a great sequel. It's a rare one that picks up after the first and tells what happened in the aftermath kind of like we will never know how NYC dealt with all that marshmallow after the Ghostbusters did their thing. In this Charley, fresh out of therapy, and Peter Vincent, still hosting Fright Night, team up again to fight a trio of revenge seeking vamps. The trio consists of Dexter on Steroids, one half of Milli Vanilli, and Sheena Easton. They are after Charley for his role in the death of Jerry from the first one. This movie, even as a sequel, is shoulders above the modern remake. There are some really great death sequences and one that might rival the face melt in Raiders of the Lost Ark though my personal favorite vampire kill of all time is in The Lost Boys:The Thirst. AMC
61. Prince of Darkness. As I age this is becoming one of my favorites of all time. It take the man of science man of faith standoff and gives it a reason. In this movie God is light and whatever the hell is in that tube is the opposite. There is effective use of mirrors in this as means of dimensional travel and video transmissions from the future sent as warnings. You've got bug filled zombie homeless people acting on behalf of the hive mind and messages to the viewer from all the TVs and monitors in the movie. So great. I have to say that my 5am viewing left me with the feeling that there just wasn't any hope in any shot in this movie. Even the soundtrack sounds doomed. Each scene is full of despair right up to the end. You get one break as a trapped character makes jokes to zombies as the walls close in on him. Even in the torture porns you have heroes and the threat of an uprising. Hell, you expect someone to stand up and dig deep in those movies, not so in POD. Netflix Instant
62- Poltergeist. So well put together and serves to many as their first scary movie that still scares them to this day. Having the hots for Jobeth in this movie doesn't hurt either. Lines from this movie permeate my vocabulary and it's no rarity to hear "this house is clean" or "they're heeeaaarrrr" at my house from myself or the wife. Also, f**k clown dolls. On a side note a recent 5-6 miles of highway that bypasses my town was under construction and during the dirt work 40 Native American bodies were dug up they did not relocate them. So as your tires click clack on the road in the dark early mornings... HD Net Movies
63- In the Mouth of Madness. I just don't like this movie. Sorry. HD Net Movies
64- The Witches of Eastwick. Quite entertaining movie about 3 women who conjure up a man and get more than they bargained for. More puke than Lard Ass ever did in Stand By Me. Jack Nicholson owns this role and oozes off the screen. HD Net Movies
65- Beetlejuice. I'm not a Burton fan but I like this movie. It has zero Helena Bonham Carter or Johnny Depp in it so it's close to 5 stars already. I hate the character Glenn Shadix plays and pretty much hate anybody that looks like him or has similar mannerisms, basically Otho type people suck. Besides that it's funny, spooky, and is very original.
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Blair Witch is still a terrifying movie after all these years. I bought the blu-ray a few months back and may add it to Horrorfest if I'm short of options.

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Apollo, you are right about ratings, i will force them out.
As to the post about people afraid of horror, thats my wife. She freaks out when they show a piece of glass in someones body on CSI on tv. I have to watch my horror movies in another room with the door closed and headphones on as most of you guys know.
I was so looking forward to this month, now my head isnt in it. My brother-in-law, who has had all kinds of physical and mental problems for many years and has driven us nuts being a real SOB on top of that has gotten very sick. We have been dealing with him, hospitals, rehab centers, etc, and now last nite we spent the whole nite in the emergency room getting him re-admitted into the hospital. My wife is having a nervous breakdown, the emotions are so mixed because neither of us likes this guy but its her brother and there is nobody else to help him and she feels obligated, and its destroying our lives. I feel like we are living a horror movie with this guy. I know i sound cruel, but you guys dont know the 30 years of abuse and s--t he has given my wife and Yet here we are killing ourselves to do what we can for him. Its a real bad situation. He has no money too, we have to help him, and we are both retired and not rich, the whole thing sucks and has taken away my thrill of watching the horror movies right now.
But i wont give the movies up, as soon as i eat breakfast i will go inside, shut the door, put the headphones on, and watch a movie. My reviews will probably be shorter than they should be, bear with me, i am not in a good mood, but i wont give up this month with you great guys.
Let me go eat now so i can watch the movie before we get a phone call from the hospital.
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yankeeman... very very sorry to hear about your situation. I can relate more than I care to share publicly and wish you all the best in pushing through it my friend.

Wow, you guys are way ahead of me already and Airboss hasn't even posted yet! Sounds like everyone is kinda starting off with the B movie thing... fun! And I love yankeeman's new rating system!

I plan to get 2 movies in per day mostly with the exception of some days that my involve a trip to the theater or to check out a haunted house, I'll post back tonight. Happy October 1st!!
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So I waited until it turned midnight on the east coast to continue the quest to get 31 horror films in by Halloween.

Ha! I did the same thing. I suppose one could get carried away with that but I thought east coast was still legit.tongue.gif

I am going to try and alternate first views with existing "classics". Last night kicked off with Jeepers Creepers as I just got the bluray. I am sure most here are familiar with JC so I won't go all detail but I am a sucker for creature features and for some reason I was always intrigued by the creeper. I give it 3 1/2 stars!cool.gif

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I am going to try and alternate first views with existing "classics". Last night kicked off with Jeepers Creepers as I just got the bluray. I am sure most here are familiar with JC so I won't go all detail but I am a sucker for creature features and for some reason I was always intrigued by the creeper. I give it 3 1/2 stars!cool.gif
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Tonight is a first viewing of Area 407
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Apollo, you are right about ratings, i will force them out.
As to the post about people afraid of horror, thats my wife. She freaks out when they show a piece of glass in someones body on CSI on tv. I have to watch my horror movies in another room with the door closed and headphones on as most of you guys know.
I was so looking forward to this month, now my head isnt in it. My brother-in-law, who has had all kinds of physical and mental problems for many years and has driven us nuts being a real SOB on top of that has gotten very sick. We have been dealing with him, hospitals, rehab centers, etc, and now last nite we spent the whole nite in the emergency room getting him re-admitted into the hospital. My wife is having a nervous breakdown, the emotions are so mixed because neither of us likes this guy but its her brother and there is nobody else to help him and she feels obligated, and its destroying our lives. I feel like we are living a horror movie with this guy. I know i sound cruel, but you guys dont know the 30 years of abuse and s--t he has given my wife and Yet here we are killing ourselves to do what we can for him. Its a real bad situation. He has no money too, we have to help him, and we are both retired and not rich, the whole thing sucks and has taken away my thrill of watching the horror movies right now.
But i wont give the movies up, as soon as i eat breakfast i will go inside, shut the door, put the headphones on, and watch a movie. My reviews will probably be shorter than they should be, bear with me, i am not in a good mood, but i wont give up this month with you great guys.
Let me go eat now so i can watch the movie before we get a phone call from the hospital.

Sorry to hear you're going through this, yankeeman. Hope things get better.
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I plan on starting out with something old and fairly tame, but highly rated (kind of like me, hahaha): The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945), I rented this last year but the DVD arrived broken. I usually review the following day since I don't get a chance to watch my movies until about 9:00 PM EST.

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10/1

Doghouse (2009) *NF instant

Not bad at all. Picked this up off Airboss' list a while back and it had Larry's blessing. Mix The Descent with Shaun of the Dead and bring it down a couple notches and you have Doghouse. Very nice makeup and gore! I saw a promo pic a while back & thought the women were doglike creatures but that was not the case. They are total b*tches though. Solid B.

Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (1985) *HDNET

No Jason, no problem! I boycotted this for many years for that very reason but now I see it's one of the better entries in the series. Solid cast of characters anchored by the mysterious Tommy, Pam the mother figure and Reggie the badass black kid - that lives! Glad I could put my prejudice aside because this was very enjoyable. Cool kills too and lots more boobs than I remember. Another solid B for the day (actually more like D or DD).

10/2

Shiver (2008) *NF Instant

Not sure if I've heard of this title until seeing it in the NF catalog tonight. Figured it's from Spain so it's worth a shot. A Mom & Son move out to a small town and soon find a dark secret is lurking in the woods. People start getting killed and the new kid is the suspect. The editing wasn't so great on this but the story got interesting enough in the 2nd half and saved it for me. I question the son's "condition" and a few other pieces of the movie but overall it was worth a watch I guess. Wouldn't mind seeing an American remake. I'm still trying to figure out what the title had to do with it. 2.5 Zombies

10/3

Ghost Ship (2002)

What a nice surprise! This maritime massacre contains one of the most epic opening death scenes in a horror movie. Heck it might be might favorite opening since Orson Welles’ masterpiece Touch of Evil. It's just that good! The pacing was perfect and the action never really let up. Some good jumps and kills plus the innards of the ship looked very convincing. The chick from E.R. did a decent job of carrying the movie and who can forget the man we all want to be: Karl Urban. Dude is the Brad Pitt of genre flicks. This guy hasn’t made a bad movie yet! So yeah, Ghost Ship I'm sorry I doubted you all these years. 4 zombies

10/4

Triangle (2009)

Thursday night I continued with the boat theme and got stuck on Triangle. This was my second viewing of this wonderful mindf*ck and it still had a strong impact on my brain. Melissa George could be the most underrated actress out there. Her skills always have the viewer empathizing with the character and she makes us care. Autism plays a huge role in the theme of this movie and its patterns here. It could be the main driver as to why she’s stuck in this hell of constantly recreating and repeating the same sequence. One day I’ll have to sit down and pick Triangle apart during a third viewing. 5 zombies


10/5
NO MOVIE - FAIL

10/6

The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

Saturday’s Creature Feature was The Creature from the Black Lagoon. I thought all the Universal Monster movies were supposed to be great? Man this stunk like rotten fish. Haven’t seen Creature since PHL-17 played it in 3-D back in the 80’s. My parents made it a huge event with the glasses from 7-Eleven and a huge bowl of popcorn and treats. Back then this movie was a big inspiration for my love of horror and monster movies but now the only thing that holds up is the Creature costume. That was some amazing rubber work for 1954! Other than that it’s a total snoozer. Must be the reason they play those annoying horns every time the monster is about to attack – TO WAKE PEOPLE UP! 2 zombies

10/7


The Mutilator (1985)

If you like your 80's slashers with extra cheese track down The Mutilator. Ridiculous music, horrible acting and some cool kills. The gaffe shot is top notch! Good movie with beer or a crowd. 3.5 Zombies. Also has one of the best horror posters from the 80's:

10/8

Sleepaway Camp 2: Unhappy Campers (1988)
Meh. What makes part 1 so great is the two main characters. The Angela in this one is second rate & the gore isn't impressive either. Average entry in the Summer Camp Slashers sub-genre. If you like boobs there's one blonde that just can't seem to keep her shirt on throughout the movie. 2 Zombies

10/9

Livide

This is Alexandre Bustillo's (Inside) second at-bat and boy did he swing for the fences. Not a home run but pretty darn close. Lucy starts a new job as a caregiver and one of the patients is an old, rich ballet instructor shacked up in a house with hidden riches. Lucy gets coaxed into coming back on a treasure hunt and that's where the madness begins. The best way to describe this movie is a fairy tale version of Marilyn Manson's "Beautiful People" video. Spectacular gore, makeup & set design. There is some truly frightening imagery in this film. Not sure if I dug the ending but the ride getting there was a blast. French horror is back baby! The best fresh viewing so far this year. B+

10/10

The Deadly Spawn


So good I had to watch it again this year. Jersey in the house! This fine piece of 80's trash was filmed in the good ol' Garden State. One of the finer alien invasion movies of the 80's and the second best creature efx of all time. The alien spawn is one wicked looking bastard and it's got nastier teeth than Steve Buscemi. It can't see you but if you scream....you're dead! B+


10/12

Critters 3

Crites wreak havoc. Crites eat baked beans and fart. Goofy looking guy shows up and kills the crites. Not even Leonardo Dicaprio (his first feature film) could save this one. D+

10/13


Deranged (1974)

This was a very good necrophile character study. It even has a guy that appears doing a "live" commentary. The lead actor playing Ezra was so believable you wouldn't be surprised to find out he was a maniac in real life. Also interesting that this was released the same year as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and both had characters based on Ed Gein. Good stuff! Solid B


10/14

The Walking Dead 3.1


Amazeballs! What a way to kick off a season. I Loved every minute of it especially the zombie surprises. And we haven’t even gotten to the man who shall not be named! Wowza. Could it possibly get better? A

10/15

Exit Humanity

This was a fresh 1900’s take on the zombie genre. Gloomy but beautifully photographed, the look of this movie really drove home an impact. We watch lonely man lose his wife, his son and descend into insanity and that’s just his zombie problem. I really dug this one as it had a lot of the fine qualities I found in 2010’s Stake Land. Decent job by all of the actors and looking forward to more films by John Geddes. Also, big-ups to Bloody Disgusting for picking this one and making it available to the masses. Thank God we don’t have to rely on the major studios for good horror! B+

10/16

Sugar Hill

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The Innkeepers


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10/20

Monster Dog

Monster Dog (1984) was the story of a....you guessed it: a huge Monster Dog that wreaked havoc on a small town, or house because that's all we saw. It was Italian, had wacko gore, bad dubbing & starred Alice Cooper! Best rock song/video I've heard in an 80's horror flick since Maximum Overdrive. This unknown delight was Directed by Italian slop-fest master Claudio Fragasso (Troll 2, Zombi 3). No wonder I loved it! Warning: much less boobies than your usual Italian fare. Entertaining trash. WOOF!

10/21

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

I checked out All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006) the other night and enjoyed it. The ending was pretty ruthless and even though the first half was standard teeny bop horror it started moving in a fresh direction once it climbed that familiar hill. Teen on teen violence can't get a proper release (The Loved Ones?) in the US and there's no signs of that changing so we'll just have to go keep our eyes open for these little nuggets that would otherwise go unnoticed.

10/22

Ssssss

Sssssss (1973) was pretty good. Crazy mad scientist/herpetologist creates anti-venom and something even more slithery out of his protege. In the beginning there was a disclaimer that the actors worked with real poisonous snakes. True? Who knows but I know I love snakes and reptiles so this was a cold-blooded treat for

10/27

Anthropophagus

There’s two reasons I watched this one: It’s on the old Video Nasties list and I’ve long heard rumors of a scene where the crazed cannibal-man eats a newborn straight from a woman’s baby-hole. A group of friends get trapped on an island inhabited by a shipwrecked fella with a taste for flesh. Although a few scenes of gore in this film were disgusting I was expecting something a bit more shocking. Overall it was fairly tame by today’s standards. Bad dubbing, silly dialogue and all the 80’s Italian madness I’ve grown to expect.

House by the Cemetery

If Zombi didn’t have such fantastic music this would be my 2nd favorite Fulci flick. An unlucky family moves into an old house but they soon find out the previous homeowner never left. Realtor tip: might want to look in the basement BEFORE you buy a house. Little Bob still holds the prize for most annoying kid in a horror movie.

The Beyond

Fulci’s masterpiece! Chock full of madness. This movie has everything and then some. The Beyond has excellent gore that keeps delivering throughout the movie and an incredible score to boot. Perfect pacing that culminates with an epic zombie massacre. Another reason I love this movie is because the ending is so damn dark and desolate. This is horror!

10/28

City of the Living Dead

Just an alright Fulci film that relies heavily on a few scenes of gore. Oh but these scenes are so darn good! Is it worth watching 91 minutes of an average horror movie just for 120 seconds of over the top brains and entrails? Yup! Points taken off for Fabio Frizzi remixing the Zombi music and reusing it for COTLD. Yeah dude, maybe you changed a note or two but so did Vanilla Ice when he ripped off Queen.

Cockneys Vs. Zombies


This was a lot of fun and just what I needed. A UK zombie movie with unlikely heroes? Sounds like I’ve heard this before but behold…some fresh ideas! Some clumsy bank robbers rescue their Grandpa from a nursing home and the two groups team together to form a formidable zombie fighting team. There were a few creative scenes that got an LOL from me and the pacing moves it along fast enough so it never gets annoying. Good fun!

The American Scream

Pretty good documentary about 3 families and the buildup to their annual Halloween home haunts. If one of these families was crazier I would have enjoyed it more. Mostly we just see all the work and preparation that goes into their elaborate displays. Show me the drama!

10/29

Inbred (2011)

Inbred is silly, European countryside, small-town torturous fun! It moves a bit slow until the halfway point but once you get past that the madness ensues and the third act is backwoods crazy! A group of reform kids and some caretakers go on some weekend getaway at a lush green countryside cottage. After some work at the house the caretakers decide it would be nice to take the kids to the local pub for some sodas. If you're one of the kids you have 2 issues with this: 1. sodas? 2. The friggin' pub is called The Dirty Hole? Has nobody in this movie seen An American Werewolf in London? If you don't heed the warning in the ridiculously creepy name, at least reconsider staying after seeing the buggered up local folk. Yeah, it doesn't bode well for our crew from there. Definitely worth checking out. The gore is fun & almost cartoonish and the kills are fairly original. I guarantee this will be the best Yorkshire torture movie you see this year.

10/30

Lovely Molly

10/31

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Trick 'R Treat

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I watched Doghouse early in the Summer and it was decent.
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For those of you more interested in owning than renting, Best Buy is blowing out a lot of classic horror movies on blu-ray at their usual bottom tier price. There's Halloween, Jeepers Creepers, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Child's Play, Return of the Living Dead, I Spit On Your Grave, The Hills Have Eyes (unrated), The Hills Have Eyes 2, Carrie, A Nightmare On Elm Street, A Nightmare On Elm Street 2&3, Mirrors, An American Werewolf In London, Land of the Dead, Shutter, Friday the 13th, Scream, The Human Centipede, The Human Centipede 2, Jennifer's Body, Magic, and When Harry Met Sally (wait...how did that get in there?)

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Thanks to all for the well wishes for my brother-in-law.

Hey, anybody know why I am not getting any notices of new posts on any threads I am subscribed to on the AVS Forum? I used to get them all the time!!

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Hey, anybody know why I am not getting any notices of new posts on any threads I am subscribed to on the AVS Forum? I used to get them all the time!!

Hmm not sure but maybe check this thread?

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I got frisky and threw on a second movie today: Friday the 13th Part 5. No Jason, no problem! I boycotted this for many years for that very reason but now I see it's one of the better entries in the series. Solid cast of characters anchored by the mysterious Tommy, Pam the mother figure and Reggie the badass black kid - that lives! Glad I could put my prejudice aside because this was very enjoyable. Cool kills too and lots more boobs than I remember. Another solid B for the day (actually more like D or DD).


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So tonight I headed to the multiplex and saw film 3 and 4

The Possession: I give this 2 zombies it was slow, boring and can be summed up as a Jewish version of the Exorcist

Resident Evil Retribution 3d: I give this 5 zombie stars for its style and 2 zombie stars for its substance, so overall 3 zombie stars. It was beautiful but basically jumped incoherently through what it called a story kind of like a video game does. However, it is highly recommended by me especially if you like 3d. Paul W. S. Anderson has shot 3 films in 3d now and is becoming quite the expert. Milla Jovovich was stunning and its worth watching just for her
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Day One

1. Chained - Directed by Jennifer Chambers Lynch is about a cab driver called Bob (Vincent D'Onofrio) who picks up women and takes them to his house where he kills them. But on this one day he picks up a woman and her 9 year old son Tim. Bob kills Tim's mom and then makes Tim live in the house with him all while he keeps killing women. Tim grows up there, watching, seeing all that happens. Bob wants to make him his protégé. Will Tim carry on the legacy?

The first act grabbed me and pulled me in but sadly halfway through the second act it started to lose me. Fortunately all hope was not lost as the third act pulled me back in and tied things up with a bit of a twist thrown in. This one is a slow burner with limited blood and gore.

2 1/2 Zombies

2. Entrance - ENTRANCE is about the limits of our perception, how the things lurking on the periphery of our lives can lead to horrific conclusions; about how she fell out of love with the city, but it wouldn't let her go.

A very very, slow burner. It takes a good fifty minutes to start to get going but I found it worth the wait (many won't). I loved the very last shot of this film.

3 Zombies

3. Scary or Die - This horror anthology has five short films. Zombie action takes place by the Arizona-Mexico border in "The Crossing". "Taejung's Lament" follows a man in mourning for a lost love and his reward for a good deed. A hit-man has a tough job in "Re-Membered". "Clowned" tells the tale of birthday party entertainment gone wrong. "Lover Come Back" reflects on the power of true love.

Entertaining in a vein similar to 'Tales From the Crypt' or 'Tales From the Darkside'. Out of all of the stories I liked 'Clowned' the least, it was a bit too long and very predictable.

2 3/4 Zombies

4. Fright Night (2011) - A teenager suspects that his new neighbor is a vampire.

Remake of the wonderful, cliché ridden 1985 masterpiece 'Fright Night'; which I never tire of and will be watching later this month from my signed, limited edition Blu Ray disc.

3 Zombies

5. "La chambre des morts" (Room of Death) - While on a joyride with the headlights turned off, two men hit and kill another man carrying a satchel full of money. The two men decide to take the money and throw the body into a pond and bury the money in a coal hill. The next morning the police discover the body of a kidnapped 12-year blind girl, Melody, in a warehouse near the site of the hit-and-run.

Inspired by 'The Silence of the Lambs' (there's even a little nod to it with the main character having the novel on her bookshelf) this French horror/thriller (more thriller than horror though) was my best film of the day. Go into to it was no more information than what I've said above and let the film pull you in.

3 1/2 Zombies

I watch one more movie that I thought was a French Horror/Thriller but actually turned out to be a French Thriller/Suspense film therefore it really doesn't fit our horror list. It was such a great film though I thought I'd mention it in case someone needs a break from the horror genre. The name of the film is 'La cara oculta' (The Hidden Face) and is about a Spanish orchestra conductor named Adrián (Quim Gutiérrez) who receives a video message from his sweetheart Belén (Clara Lago), in which she breaks up with him then suddenly disappears. The less you know about this film before you view it the more you will enjoy it. Overall this was my best movie of the day with a rating of 4 stars (stars vice zombies since it doesn't fall within the zombie ratings category).

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That was a great start Airboss, I think next up for me is to watch The Thing remake followed by the original, anyone who has seen the remake knows why.

Also I just want to say how glad I am I found this thread. I did this for two years on another site called Filmgasm and got no one to join me, its nice to have found some fellow horror lovers.

Hang in there yankeeman, I was recently diagnosed as bi-polar and its great you are letting your wife support him in his mental illness. I am lucky enough to have a great wife and if I didn't I would hope that I had a brother in law like you, now stop reading and put on those headphones.
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2- All the Boys Love Mandy Lane. Teen murderfest. Nice scenery and a decent twist but not a mind blower for me.
3- The Loved Ones. Dude climbs a pile of bones in this teen murderfest. I enjoyed the acting, soundtrack, and violence....Am I not pretty enough....
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Rather than make one master list back here on page 98 where no one will see it, I'm going to keep a small running list below each review as I post them. That way, the final review will show a complete list of all movies viewed during the month.

1. The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) (first-time viewing)
Classic horror done well. Not on par with Universal Pictures monster classics, and not particularly scary--the horror is derived from witnessing a man's descent into a creature without a soul, as he systematically erases his humanity, with only his hidden portrait showing the effects. The use of color to show the portrait (in an otherwise black and white film) was an inspired and breathtaking choice. The pacing of the film was a bit languid by today's standards, this one felt about 20 minutes too long, but the ending still packed a punch even though it wasn't really a surprise. George Sanders is loads of fun as a hedonistic gentleman who somewhat resembles the devil himself, and a young Angela Lansbury and Donna Reed are lovely to look at.

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1. The Picture of Dorian Gray (FTV)

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I did a quick look and didn’t see that anyone posted what was happening @ Dish Network this month. I thought you guys who have Dish might like to check this out.
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Susyflower's 2012 31 Days of Horror

1. Fertile Ground (2011) - This is one of the Afterdark Originals...I liked it. It was essentially Amityville with a pregnancy plot mixed it. It had a few jumps, not as many as I would've liked however. I felt that the climax and the "ah ha" moment of the movie was really rushed. I DVR'd it from SyFy so the break for fast forwarding of commericals probably didn't help. Will be trying to avoid this in the future.

2. The Fog (1980) - Man I love John Carpenter...with Halloween being my all time favorite horror movie I can't believe that haven't seen The Fog. I really enjoyed this one as well. The ominous fog rolling in with the score in the background gave me just right amount of chills. It was great seeing all of the actors in this movie that were in the Halloween movies in some way or another. Also, I loved the guest appearance from John Houseman the great Professor Kingsfield in The Paper Chase. I'm a lawyer so seeing him and then thinking about law school was enough to give me the heebee jeebees!!

3. Hellraiser (1987) - "What you've never seen Hellraiser!" said my fiance...so we powered up the PS3 and watch Hellraiser on Netflix IW. I thought it was pretty good. I'm more of a subtle creepiness person. This one had a lot of in your face scares with the "monsters from hell" so to speak. When Frank comes out of the woodwork that was creepy and gross. Great special effects for the time. Glad I finally got to see this one.

4. No movie today...our local Oktoberfest festival took precedent

5. No movie today...same as above

6. Hellraiser II: Hellbound (1988) - this one was pretty "meh" for me. I actually fell asleep towards the end so I'll have to give it another go sometime. The part where the Dr. goes down to the "maintenance" level was super creepy with the worst of the worst. I wouldn't doubt that's pretty accurate for mental hosptials at points in history.

7. No movie today - Football

8. Children of the Corn (1984) - I love this movie and the picture quality has never been better with blu-ray. Those kids just creep out. I'm wondering though at the beginning when Bert and Vicky are driving there is a paperback book on the dash of the car. I can tell it's a Steven King book of some kind but just can't make out which one. Nice homage to the story writer.

9. The Amityville Horror (1979) - I really do enjoy this movie. There are certain movies that give me an uneasy creeped out feeling throughout the whole thing. This is one of them. Especially with all the lights off and candles going. A classic!

10. Amityville Horror II: The Possession (1982)

11. Husk (2010) - This is another one of the AfterDark Originals. This one was great! Really good offering from AfterDark as some of their movies are real stinkers. Obviously a scary scarecrow story but much more than that. Really good make up effects. Quite a few jumps and chills. Great direction...movie didn't drag for me. Highly recommend!

12. Pet Sematary (1989) - This is probably my favorite horror movie of all time. I look forward to AMC's Fear Fest every year because I know they will show this one multiple times. Stills gives me good scares to this day!!

13. Pet Sematary II (1992) - I don't like this one as much as the first one. The multiple scenes with cheesy adult contemparay rock songs is a big turn off. I never found this one to be scary at all for me.

14. No Movie - Work & Football

15. No Movie

16. No Movie

17. No Movie

18. Watched first episode of American Horror Story: Asylum

19. Deadgirl (2008) - Two high school friends are exploring an abandoned mental institution and in the boiler room find a dead girl...or so they think. The story was definitely an interesting concept...however the movie itself left a lot to be desired. I felt that it really dragged in parts and one of the main characters (J.T.) was just so annoying it was hard to get through it. The ending was certainly predictable.

20. The Alligator People (1959) - This is an old black and white...here is the description from the Netflix sleeve. "A couple is separated on a train when the husband (Richard Crane) gets off and is never seen again. His wife (Beverly Garland) spends years searching and finally finds him in a bog near his family home, but their meeting is soured when she discovers he's been turned into part alligator, part human by a mad scientist (George MacReady). Now, she must race against time to rescue her mutant husband from the scientist before it's too late." I liked this one...thought the makeup effects were great for being a movie from 1959.

21. No Movie

22. Halloween (1978) - This is one of my all time favorite horror/Halloween themed movies. That famous music gets me every time!! Can't wait to see it in the theater on October 29th!!!

23. Halloween 4: Return of Michael Myers (1988) - This will always probably be my favorite of the Halloween franchise. This was the first Halloween movie that I ever saw so it's always stuck as my favorite. This movie introduced Danielle Harris who went onto great things like playing a bratty high school friend of Darlene on the show Rosanne, and most recently in the RZ remake of Halloween and The Hitcher movies.

24. The Pumpkin Karver (2006) - Don't waste your time...a couple gory scenes but horrible acting and low budget sets & effects.

25. Birdemic: Shock & Terror - Live Rifftrax event. The guys from Mystery Science Theater 3000 take on the 2008 movie Birdemic: Shock & Terror. This probably is the worse movie ever made; however, with the live riffing it turned into the most hilarious movie ever made. Highly enjoyed!!
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I got frisky and threw on a second movie today: Friday the 13th Part 5. No Jason, no problem! I boycotted this for many years for that very reason but now I see it's one of the better entries in the series. Solid cast of characters anchored by the mysterious Tommy, Pam the mother figure and Reggie the badass black kid - that lives! Glad I could put my prejudice aside because this was very enjoyable. Cool kills too and lots more boobs than I remember. Another solid B for the day (actually more like D or DD).
Nice! Funny you picked that one, the first guy killed is an assistant on Armstrong & Getty, an AM talk show I listen to and just yesterday he was talking about the horror convention he went to and how he couldn't believe people recognized him. I guess his agent is so successful he went to the horror fest via greyhound eek.gif
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So tonight I headed to the multiplex and saw film 3 and 4
The Possession: I give this 2 zombies it was slow, boring and can be summed up as a Jewish version of the Exorcist
Resident Evil Retribution 3d: I give this 5 zombie stars for its style and 2 zombie stars for its substance, so overall 3 zombie stars. It was beautiful but basically jumped incoherently through what it called a story kind of like a video game does. However, it is highly recommended by me especially if you like 3d. Paul W. S. Anderson has shot 3 films in 3d now and is becoming quite the expert. Milla Jovovich was stunning and its worth watching just for her
That's too bad, I was hoping The Possession might be halfway decent.
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Day One
1. Chained - Directed by Jennifer Chambers Lynch is about a cab driver called Bob (Vincent D'Onofrio) who picks up women and takes them to his house where he kills them. But on this one day he picks up a woman and her 9 year old son Tim. Bob kills Tim's mom and then makes Tim live in the house with him all while he keeps killing women. Tim grows up there, watching, seeing all that happens. Bob wants to make him his protégé. Will Tim carry on the legacy?
The first act grabbed me and pulled me in but sadly halfway through the second act it started to lose me. Fortunately all hope was not lost as the third act pulled me back in and tied things up with a bit of a twist thrown in. This one is a slow burner with limited blood and gore.
2 1/2 Zombies
2. Entrance - ENTRANCE is about the limits of our perception, how the things lurking on the periphery of our lives can lead to horrific conclusions; about how she fell out of love with the city, but it wouldn't let her go.
A very very, slow burner. It takes a good fifty minutes to start to get going but I found it worth the wait (many won't). I loved the very last shot of this film.
3 Zombies
3. Scary or Die - This horror anthology has five short films. Zombie action takes place by the Arizona-Mexico border in "The Crossing". "Taejung's Lament" follows a man in mourning for a lost love and his reward for a good deed. A hit-man has a tough job in "Re-Membered". "Clowned" tells the tale of birthday party entertainment gone wrong. "Lover Come Back" reflects on the power of true love.
Entertaining in a vein similar to 'Tales From the Crypt' or 'Tales From the Darkside'. Out of all of the stories I liked 'Clowned' the least, it was a bit too long and very predictable.
2 3/4 Zombies
4. Fright Night (2011) - A teenager suspects that his new neighbor is a vampire.
Remake of the wonderful, cliché ridden 1985 masterpiece 'Fright Night'; which I never tire of and will be watching later this month from my signed, limited edition Blu Ray disc.
3 Zombies
5. "La chambre des morts" (Room of Death) - While on a joyride with the headlights turned off, two men hit and kill another man carrying a satchel full of money. The two men decide to take the money and throw the body into a pond and bury the money in a coal hill. The next morning the police discover the body of a kidnapped 12-year blind girl, Melody, in a warehouse near the site of the hit-and-run.
Inspired by 'The Silence of the Lambs' (there's even a little nod to it with the main character having the novel on her bookshelf) this French horror/thriller (more thriller than horror though) was my best film of the day. Go into to it was no more information than what I've said above and let the film pull you in.
3 1/2 Zombies
I watch one more movie that I thought was a French Horror/Thriller but actually turned out to be a French Thriller/Suspense film therefore it really doesn't fit our horror list. It was such a great film though I thought I'd mention it in case someone needs a break from the horror genre. The name of the film is 'La cara oculta' (The Hidden Face) and is about a Spanish orchestra conductor named Adrián (Quim Gutiérrez) who receives a video message from his sweetheart Belén (Clara Lago), in which she breaks up with him then suddenly disappears. The less you know about this film before you view it the more you will enjoy it. Overall this was my best movie of the day with a rating of 4 stars (stars vice zombies since it doesn't fall within the zombie ratings category).

Chained is on my list as well... I actually started Entrance on NF last week but it was late and I didn't finish it.
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2- All the Boys Love Mandy Lane. Teen murderfest. Nice scenery and a decent twist but not a mind blower for me.
3- The Loved Ones. Dude climbs a pile of bones in this teen murderfest. I enjoyed the acting, soundtrack, and violence....Am I not pretty enough....

Glad you caught The Loved Ones, that's just a plain fun movie.
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I did a quick look and didn’t see that anyone posted what was happening @ Dish Network this month. I thought you guys who have Dish might like to check this out.

Sorry man, Dish = No Hell on Wheels, Walking Dead and no IFC. That's a major deal breaker for me but the list looks fun!

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ZOMBIE DIARIES 2 - WORLD OF THE DEAD

This is a FIRST TIME WATCH for me.

Boy, this movie totally sucked. A small band of British reservists fight their way thru zombies in the woods as they try to get to the water. Poorly done, very plain and un-exciting, dont waste you time watching this one. Very disappointing. I will only give this a 1/2-zombie on my Zombie scale of 1 thru 5. When i dont like something, i really dont like it!!!!

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1. The Tunnel- 2 Zombies
A small news crew attempt to investigate a government coverup of homeless disappearances, water resources, and other events within the abandoned subway tunnels beneath Sydney. There were just too many easily corrected things about this that bothered me. It was filmed in a "found footage/post interview" style but felt more like a cheesy Discovery Channel reenactment. Some of the atmosphere was decent and it had brief moments of "creepy" but the other issues just kept drawing me out of the story.

2. Ghost Ship - 3 Zombies
This is a mildy fun movie with a very young Karl Urban and Desmond Harrington (Quinn from Dexter). Great atmosphere and a few decent scenes but fairly high cheese factor, especially at the end but still a cool premis of a ghost ship being used to collect souls for "management".

3. Turistas - 3.5 Zombies
Your standard "travel to brazil and get your organs harvested" type of movie. This is a guilty pleasure of mine, nothing really new or original with this one but Melissa George, Olivia Wilde, and Josh Duhmel make it pretty worth while, plus there is some prety cringe worthy gore.

4. The Devil's Advocate - 5 Zombies
This may not be classified as horror depending on who you ask but for people of faith (myself included) this is firmly planted in the psychological horror genre and does it's job well. I wont bother with the synopsis but Charlize Theron and Al Pacino are just brilliant from start to finish! The entire premise of this film and suggestions it makes with respect to free will, influence, and the devil having offspring on the earth (among other things) is terrifying to contemplate in this context. Well Done!

5. Return of the Living Dead - 3.5 Zombies
I watched this last year as well and it has been a long time 80's favorite (hence my "send.more.paramedics"). Just a downright fun zombie movie with some great sfx for its time, a must see for any zombie lover!

6. The Crazies - 4 Zombies
I never saw the original but I really enjoyed this movie. Timothy Olyphant is just so animated and fun to watch. Not too gory, lot of jump scares but good pacing and an entertaining little zombie flick. I do have soem gripes but I'll leave them out since I've voiced them before.

7. The Legend of Hell House - 3 Zombies
I'd never seen this before and caught some of it a couple weeks ago and thought it looked like a fun older horror flick so added to NF instant. I enjoyed this one, that atmosphere and old set designs are just great. Acting was decent, no big scares or anything but a great atmosphere movie for the Halloween spirit!

8. Jeepers Creepers - 3.5 Zombies
Solid monster movie, terrible transfer on bluray. This one is a lot of fun and I really enjoyed the premis and idea behind the Creeper. Looking forward to the 3rd one which should connect well with the original.

9. Triangle - 5 Zombies
Wizzack and I must have been on the same page last night. Triangle is a grade A top tier mind fawk. Psychological horror at its best IMO. Melissa George is simply brilliant and the writer/director of this film is seriously under appreciated. For anyone that thinks Inception and Prometheus were deep you need to see this (and Mulholland Dr.) for some contrast.

10. Exit Humanity - 4 Zombies
Just when you think there are no ideas left in the zombie genre something like this comes along. The story is crafted and executed so well it could almost be placed in the drama category. I know this movie has already been covered by a couple others so I wont repeat or rehash but I will say this is the most refreshing zombie flick I've sen since Pontypool, highly recommended!

11. Antichrist - 4 Zombies
This is my second viewing on this and while it made a tad more sense than the first time it is still probably this biggest WTF movie I have ever seen. Not so much because it is a mind twisting head scratcher but because it is so far beyond totally eff'd I can't even begin to try and explain it or review it. It probably deserves 5 Zombies but I have some issues with it that hold it back for me.

12. Lovely Molly - 3.5 Zombies
I expected this one to be more of a head game than it was but still pretty solid in that arena. The actress playing Molly does a fantastic job and she sells the hell out of crazy beeotch. More gore than I expected but less ghost story elements than I thought after watching the trailer. This kind of reminded me of The Silent House in a way and I'm sure house of you who have seen both would agree.

13. The Loved Ones - 5 Zombies
This is just too damn fun t be anything less than a perfect score. Oodles of gore and dark comedy laced together with some stellar performances and stunning A/V. The actress playing Lola is phenomenal... just when I thought Molly was crazy this on a different level!

14. Amityville Horror (2005) - 3.5 Zombies
This is another remake that I feel gets an unjust amount of criticism, I never thought the original was all that great to begin with... then again I'll take Melissa George over Margot Kidder hands down. I enjoyed the elements added to this version, particularly the history of the house and the extra room they find... good stuff!

15. Suspiria - 4 Zombies
Bluray Region B locked. This movie could easily be a 5 Zombie film with less cornball acting but the set design, lighting, and score are just brilliant. Unfortunately I'v not found any other of Argento's film to strike me as this one did but solid flick and great atmosphere for Halloween.

16. Storm of the Century - 3.5 Zombies
Storm of the Century is a made for TV movie based on the Stephen King book of the same name. A small village island off the mainland is preparing for largest storm of the century and with it arrives a strange visitor who murders one a lonely old woman on the island. Once taken into custody the town losses all communications with the mainland and the visitor starts making some of the towns folks kill themselves and others. It's clear this visitor is here with a purpose and is not a man, he repeats over and over "give me what I want and I'll go away". Storm of the Century could have really been a 5 star flick with a bit more budget and focus. There are some undoubtedly creepy things going on with this film, one of which refers to the mass disappearance of the missing colony from Roanoke Virginia in 1587. A macabre and frightening explanation is dangled but not fully revealed and the townsfolk have to decide if they want to give the visitor what he wants or meet the same fate.

17. Wake Wood - 2 Zombies
Wake Wood is a story set in a modern day small village where where a couple goes to start a new life after losing their daughter. This is a bit of a Pet Sematary style flick but with a bit more finase surrounding certain aspect and far less imagination when it comes time to deliver the goods. Really a shame because the first half has a lot going for it and falls flat for most of the second part of the film. In closing I would just say thanks for nothing tomato meter you worthless crap bag.

18. The Shining - 4.5 Zombies
Nothing to say about this masterpiece that has not been said before, just brilliant! I take half a star off because Shelley Duvall is a lousy actress and her character is annoying.

19. Bram Stokers Dracula - 3 Zombies
Not really a horror film by our standards but still pretty enjoyable and has a great overall tone for the Halloween vibe. Gary Oldman is just excellent as he is in everything.

20. Inside (À l'intérieur) - 3.5 Zombies
I really can't believe that knowing how eff'd up this movie is I would willingly watch it a second time in my life... good grief this is just brutal! If you want to squirm in discomfort while witnessing the most gruesome images to every grace your display check it out. Otherwise, take my word for it and enjoy not having those images burned in your brain! I'll have to watch Seven or something to cheer up from this!

21. Sweeney Todd - 5 Zombies
I watch this on every year and say pretty much the same things every year. This is in my top 5 all time favorites/desert island movies. The music, the story, the AV, all just amazing!

22. Disturbia - 2 Zombies
Sometimes previews are pretty well done as was the case with Disturbia. I was convinced this would be a solid thriller, maybe even horror but instead I got over and hour of adolescent romance garbage and about 20 minutes of worth while material. I'd never seen this and could not tell you what the fuss was about... meh.

23. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) - 3 Zombies
What better way to remedy a bad chick flick thriller than to watch some dope smokin hippies get chainsawed. Throw in the great Sgt. Lee Emery and some well used lighting and this remake wasn't half bad! Could have used some more gore but all in all there were some noteworthy moments created here!

24. Sphere - 1.5 Zombies
First time viewing and what a let down... had some interesting things going for it but overall I found it very dull. I give it 1 1/2 scuba zombies.

25. The Funhouse - 1 1/2 Zombies
First time watching this 1981 Tobe Hooper film and it was mostly a let down. I like the backdrop of the funhouse and the creature kid but like many 80's flicks the script was crap and the actors were a joke.

26. House on Haunted Hill - 3.5 Zombies
This 1999 remake had all the right things going for it to be a solid 4+ star horror film and then they blow it in the last 20 minutes with terrible CG ghost vapor and the oh so cliché house is caving in thing. If they could have continued on with the clever images caught on video camera, the creepy teeth face things, etc. it could have had an epic finale with all the inmates, doctors, and other weird things just overwhelming the house. It would have been so much scarier if the final survivors were being chased by that group and getting killed off and "operated on" on the way.

27. Constantine - 3 Zombies
I think this movie gets a bit more bashing than it deserves, it has a lot going for it and did some things very right. Actually one of the few movies Keanu Reeves as almost convincing and the rest of the cast was very well placed IMO. Not too many real scares or gore but the overall tone of the film worked well for me.

28. Red Dragon - 4 Zombies
This is the only movie released after Silence of the Lambs that I feel deserves a place in the franchise. Fantastic performances by Norton, Fiennes, and Hopkins. A perfect prequel to Silence of the Lambs without over explaining much of the mystery that creates Lector's dark past and makes his character so ominous. Obviously some heavy borrowing from Psycho but despite the lack of originality in this area I still felt it worked well and added believability to the FBI's decision to attempt to use Lector's expertise in Silence of the Lambs. I had to dust off the HD-DVD player for this one but it was well worth it!

29. The Thing (1982) - 5 Zombies
I watch this one every year so nothing really new to report. The movie losses it's greatness when the Blair monster comes out at the end but up until; that point averything is just brilliant, especially the atmosphere and creature creation. The prequel which was not bad was a perfect example of why modern horror films with monsters suck... the CG ALWAYS makes them look sooooo unbelievable!!!

30. The Raven - 2 Zombies
Talk about a poster child for miscasting the lead in a movie... good grief it was just panful to watch Cusack drag himself through this character. The movie was ok, nothing really special... if you've seen Sherlock Holmes and From Hell just merge the two and subtract the character charm and you will have The Raven. A couple decent scenes but all in all a flop probably undeserving of the 2 Zombies I gave it.

31. The Strangers - 4 Zombies
This was my second time viewing this film which often reminds me of the French home invasion flick "Them (Ils)" also inspired by true events. There are a lot of things I noticed that I really liked with this movie that make for some very creepy tension building moments. The songs on the record player, the way the victims are taunted, the lights going off with only the fire from outside casting a orange/yellow glow through the windows, and of course the mystery and absence of motive for the Strangers. All fantastic elements that you can tell were put together by someone who really gets horror and avoids even a hint of cheese. Well done!

32. Chained - 3 Zombies
This one is worth watching for Vincent D'Onofrio's performance which is out of this world. I knew he was familiar to me but had to IMDB him to find out why... he has played a sick basterd before in The Cell! Chained was a pretty solid and twisted movie but it felt like it wasn't sure where it wanted to go when it came time to end. This is where it lost points for me. I felt the ending was really contrived and simply unimaginative given what had taken place leading up to. Overall I like what I saw but endings can really make or break, this was a break for me.

33. Hellbound: Hellraiser II - 4 Zombies
As far as Hellraiser flicks go this is my favorite followed by Hellraiser, then Hellraiser 4 Bloodline, the rest sucked IMO. Hellbound did a great job of taking viewers into a darker world instead of bringing the worst elements of that world out. It fell short foe me with the easy dispatching of the cenobites and the abrupt development of compassion from Pinhead. That said I still like what they did with it and enjoyed the cenobites transformation. I felt the multiple puzzle boxes was unnecessary and conflicts with the box's power and origins as explained in Hellbound. Still a great flick and more violent than anything I recall seeing at my age in the late 80's. I watched this via NF streaming and noticed it was edited, portions of graphic scenes were missing such as the blade slicing Pinhead's head when he was first made and the "get them off me guy" cutting himself up.

34. Bedevilled - 2 Zombies
With the recent brand of top tier films I have seen from Korea I was really expecting to be blown away and this one just fell flat for me. The film spends far too much time developing a picture of life on the island for the main character who is abused and beaten by her husband. It takes over an hour for things to get to a boiling point and when they do it all unfolds so fast and with such an absence of tension it is almost unrewarding. The film did have some good things going for it, the building of characters that taunted and mistreated Kim Bok-nam, her so-called friend, there was ample time to develop the story and characters but it felt over-explained to me and the revenge sequence would have been more enjoyable if they had spent more time on the cat and mouse. Worth a watch but m copy will be going to amazon's marketplace.

35. Halloween (2007) - 3 Zombies
This movie probably had equal parts in failed and successful opportunities. I enjoyed the chance to dig in a bit more the MM as a child however the white trash dysfunctional family portrait is so overcooked it all but spoils the other achievements. There were some great elements from the original that I felt RZ maintained and some new things added to make MM scary again. I would have enjoyed a stronger likeability factor with Laurie's friends had they not been characterized as complete whorebags. Even the great P.J. Soles had some charm although we all knew she was the frisky uninhibited one of the three. It's a shame RZ didn't make an attempt to help us care about the other and especially the once great Dr. Loomis who was a complete "wanker" as the Brits would say. Still the movie had some great gore and good scares. MM being damn 9 feet tall sure did make hime even more fearsome looking! i enjoyed this but with a bit more finess I could have been much better.

36. Excision - 2.5 Zombies
I'm going to side with Oink on this one. I got what the film was doing but just found the descent of each character and the story as a whole too tragic to "enjoy". The dream sequences were the saving graces for me but I kept waiting for a longer one with more of a climactic vibe. I also noticed that portions of the dream sequence that have been featured in some trailers was missing. Fantastic performance by AnnaLynne McCord and regardless of how I felt about the film personally it was very successfully crafted and achieved exactly what I felt it set out to do.

37. 247 Degrees Fahrenheit - 1 Zombie
4 friends go to a cabin for the weekend and 3 of them get trapped in a sauna for the night. Temperatures rise and water is limited so what can they do to avoid slow cooking? As if the description didn't sound boring enough I went into this expecting there to be some sinister driving element and creative underbelly to the film... nope, just 3 idiots trapped in a sauna because one friend dripped over some crap that ended up blocking the door and then he passed out. What an utter bore and complete waste of time. The writers and director of this film should be hanged and all copies purged from existence.

38. Creepshow - 4 Zombies
I had to redeem the night by watching an all time favorite. This movie is h=just too much fun to go unwatched at least once a year. The Crate is my favorite.... just tell it to call you Billy!

39. Inbred - 4.5 Zombies
Wow... just wow. I don't even know where to start with this one. I find myself somewhere between WTF and WhyTF do I want to watch this again. Just when you thought the inbred cannibals from Wrong Turn has the genre market cornered along comes this group to make them look like high society! Inbred is just a fantastic and grotesque display of the most foul way of life one could possibly imagine for a village of inbred psychos, no wait let's turn that beyond what you can stomach and simmer. A group of 6 (2 social workers and 4 varied troubled teens) travel to BFE to get away and do some character building exercises away from civilization but when one of them is accidentally injured they all learn the hard way what's really going on and how unbelievably fawkd it really is. This was a very pleasant surprise and a great blind buy, fantastic gore, and some real sick scenes that will probably leave you squirming with nausea... well done!

40. Attack of the Werewolves - 4 Zombies
This was a peasant surprise blind buy Thanks darth and oink!). It was lighter on the horror and gore than I'd hoped or thought or less so than AWIL was which I felt did a pretty good job of a almost 50/50 blend. AOTW was still a lot of fun anf fantastic seeing someone use real makeup, prosthetics, and other practical materials to make a believable monster for a change. There's a lot to enjoy with this one if you can keep up with the fast subs and visuals. A few guys try to find the key to a curse that has reached a 100 year anniversary for a small village which is home to one and a visit to a family home for the other. No craft plots here, just straight forward Lycan lore and plenty of witty and dark comedy. Really enjoyed this and would highly recommend. This is a UK import but I can confirm the disk is region free once the short PAL preview is over.

41. House of 1000 Corpses - 4.5 Zombies
I don't know why this one has grown on me so much over the years but it is just a blast and just captures the Halloween vibe in a sick way!

42. The Descent - 5 Zombies
With no guys trying to play captain-save-a-hoe and brilliant set design, atmosphere, and practical effects this one climbed its way to the top of my list as soon as I'd seen it!

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