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post #1051 of 1824

You ever see The Thing From Another World?

post #1052 of 1824
Yes, I've seen your prom date.
post #1053 of 1824

If it was possible to punch another human being right in the nose through the screen, I would probably punch you right now.

post #1054 of 1824
Who says I'm a human being?
post #1055 of 1824

Only a human could be so punchable.

 

And kissable.  

post #1056 of 1824

*checks watch*

 

OK...  NOW you can go crazy as it's October.  You hack frauds.

post #1057 of 1824
Sunday morning matinee



Monster House

Hadn’t seen this before. Watched it with my 20 month old. It was probably a little too intense for her (I did have to change a poopy diaper halfway through), but I thought it was pretty entertaining. Watched this streaming on the Stars app.

1: Night Warning
2: A Dark Song
3: Candyman
4: Monster House
5: The Belko Experiment
6: Eden Lake
post #1058 of 1824


THE BLOB (1988)

 

I just watched the original version of this on nostalgia night at the drive in that's about fifteen minutes from my house. I love how mean this movie can be when it wants to. The kid gets iced, the goody two shoes football player gets deleted like ten minutes in. I think the effects hold on pretty well for how old it is now. Especially when it shows people melted inside the blob, Paul in the hospital, Jeffrey Demunn's Sheriff Gellar and the aforementioned kid in the picture. Chuck Russel directed and Darabont had a writing credit. So I think they did this right after Nightmare 3.

 

NOT IN ORDER OF ENJOYMENT, JUST IN ORDER

 

1.) Night of the Demons (1988)

2.) The Blob (1988)

post #1059 of 1824
Oh man, that Blob remake is so good. I might have to throw that in this month.
post #1060 of 1824

Both BLOBs are great.  I prefer the original, but I can't deny how wonderfully gross the effects are in the remake.

 

Anybody seen Larry Hagman's BEWARE! THE BLOB aka SON OF BLOB?

post #1061 of 1824

Day 1:

 

 

 

A nasty bit of business that gets better every time I watch it.

post #1062 of 1824
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Oh man, that Blob remake is so good. I might have to throw that in this month.

I watch it every October. It's not a matter of if but of when.
post #1063 of 1824

I've decide to see if I can do the challenge this year, and I've enlisted the help of my 8-year-old twin daughters. I'm giving them a buck a piece for every horror movie they watch with me.

 

Day 1:

 

 

The Chin deserves all the adoration he receives for this. Still holds up and connects with the younger generation.

post #1064 of 1824
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I've decide to see if I can do the challenge this year, and I've enlisted the help of my 8-year-old twin daughters. I'm giving them a buck a piece for every horror movie they watch with me.

 

Day 1:

 

 

The Chin deserves all the adoration he receives for this. Still holds up and connects with the younger generation.


ARMY OF DARKNESS is actually decent "gateway" horror film for the younger set.  Its R rating is absolutely ludicrous.

post #1065 of 1824
I had the AoD poster on my wall for like a decade.
post #1066 of 1824
Someday I need to give Army of Darkness another chance. Only watched it when it came out and was disappointed that it turned out to be a straight up comedy. I keep telling myself to give it another shot, I just never get around to it.
post #1067 of 1824
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I had the AoD poster on my wall for like a decade.

Sounds about right.  

post #1068 of 1824

DRACULA (1931)

 

A certifiable classic.  I’ve heard tell of some people thinking the movie is dull, or doesn’t hold up anymore, but I don’t see that at all.  Do several other Universal films from this era hold up better?  Yes, but DRACULA has such a wonderful, cobweb-ridden feel that I can’t help but succumb to it every time I watch.  The production design is tremendous, Bela Lugosi is magnetic and justifiably iconic, and the absence of a musical score (outside of the opening titles) gives the movie a chilling, unnerving quality that I really like.  Huge liberties are taken with Bram Stoker’s novel, but the changes work for this version, and there’s a distinctive roster of supporting faces (especially among the extras during the opening sequence).  Incidentally, the recent restoration of the film - available on Blu-ray, and presumably the streaming prints - is absolutely gorgeous.  Quintessential Universal horror.

 

Availability: Blu-ray, DVD, Turner Classic Movies, iTunes, Amazon, and probably more.  It's not exactly difficult to find!

 

Ranking - In Order of Enjoyment

    1.    DRACULA (1931)
    2.    WE GO ON (2016)
    3.    THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM (2017)
    4.    MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM (1933)
    5.    HELLO MARY LOU: PROM NIGHT II (1987)
    6.    THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960)
    7.    PROJECT: METALBEAST (1995)
    8.    NIGHT OF THE DEMON (1980)
    9.    LEATHERFACE (2017)

post #1069 of 1824
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THE BLOB (1988)

 

I just watched the original version of this on nostalgia night at the drive in that's about fifteen minutes from my house. I love how mean this movie can be when it wants to. The kid gets iced, the goody two shoes football player gets deleted like ten minutes in. I think the effects hold on pretty well for how old it is now. Especially when it shows people melted inside the blob, Paul in the hospital, Jeffrey Demunn's Sheriff Gellar and the aforementioned kid in the picture. Chuck Russel directed and Darabont had a writing credit. So I think they did this right after Nightmare 3.

Rewatched this for the first time in years, and it was way better than I remembered. I love the gooey practical effects.

 

My list in order of preference:

 

1. The Thing (1982 - Blu-Ray)

2. The Blob (1988 - Hulu)

3. Gerald's Game (2017 - Netflix)

4. The Last Horror Film (1982, Amazon Prime)

5. Fiend Without A Face (1958 - Filmstruck, Dailymotion)

6. Asylum (1972 - Amazon Prime)

7. Incubus (1982 - Amazon Prime)

post #1070 of 1824
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Rewatched this for the first time in years, and it was way better than I remembered. I love the gooey practical effects.

My list in order of preference:

1. The Thing (1982 - Blu-Ray)
2. The Blob (1988 - Hulu)
3. Gerald's Game (2017 - Netflix)
4. The Last Horror Film (1982, Amazon Prime)
5. Fiend Without A Face (1958 - Filmstruck, Dailymotion)
6. Asylum (1972 - Amazon Prime)
7. Incubus (1982 - Amazon Prime)

Yeah anytime they showed someone inside the blob half melted was the goods.
post #1071 of 1824
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Sounds about right.  

Your prom date thought it was pretty neat.
post #1072 of 1824

The tree thing?

post #1073 of 1824
I thought you were the tree thing.
post #1074 of 1824

Not sure if I'll get much in, but here goes.

 

Based on the Horror thread, this sounded like a good way to start October.

 

1. Channel Zero - season 1 - eps 1-3

post #1075 of 1824

DRACULA'S DAUGHTER (1936)

 

A direct sequel to 1931’s DRACULA, this is almost one of the “forgotten” Universal horrors; it lacks the distinctive star power that we tend to associate with Universal in that era, and it feels as though this is a movie that doesn’t get much discussion anymore.  That’s kind of a shame, because it’s an interesting yarn, packed with weird subtext and several truly wonderful sequences (Dracula’s occult “funeral” ceremony is a particular highlight).  Gloria Holden has an unknowable, enigmatic quality here - equal parts sexy and unnerving - which enhances this film’s particular off-beat flavor; her character is complex (indeed, perhaps one of the most psychologically complex of 1930s genre cinema) and intriguing, even as she lacks the special kind of magic that Lugosi brought to the Count.  It’s also great to have Edward Van Sloan back as Van Helsing, and the movie does some fun things with him - the film opens with Van Helsing arrested for the murder of Dracula at the end of the previous movie!  It’s flawed - most of the attempted humor is ineffective, and it’s so explicitly set in the 1930s that it loses basically all of the first movie’s gothic, Victorian flavor - but still a quality production all the way.

 

Availability: Turner Classic Movies, Blu-ray/DVD, Amazon, iTunes, and lots of other places.

 

Ranking - In Order of Enjoyment

    1.    DRACULA (1931)
    2.    WE GO ON (2016)
    3.    THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM (2017)
    4.    MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM (1933)
    5.    DRACULA’S DAUGHTER (1936)
    6.    HELLO MARY LOU: PROM NIGHT II (1987)
    7.    THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960)
    8.    PROJECT: METALBEAST (1995)
    9.    NIGHT OF THE DEMON (1980)
    10.  LEATHERFACE (2017)

post #1076 of 1824


This is becoming something of a tradition for me and my wife to watch this on the first day of October. Not only one of my favorite Carpenter films, but one of my favorites period. I live the atmosphere, photography, music, and cast. Just all around fantastic.

1: The Fog (Blu-ray)
2: Night Warning (Blu-ray)
3: A Dark Song (Netflix)
4: Candyman (Starz streaming)
5: Monster House (Starz streaming)
6: The Belko Experiment (DVD)
7: Eden Lake (Starz streaming)
post #1077 of 1824
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I thought you were the tree thing.

The Tree Thing would be an upgrade.  

post #1078 of 1824
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This is becoming something of a tradition for me and my wife to watch this on the first day of October. Not only one of my favorite Carpenter films, but one of my favorites period. I live the atmosphere, photography, music, and cast. Just all around fantastic.

1: The Fog (Blu-ray)
2: Night Warning (Blu-ray)
3: A Dark Song (Netflix)
4: Candyman (Starz streaming)
5: Monster House (Starz streaming)
6: The Belko Experiment (DVD)
7: Eden Lake (Starz streaming)


I love The Fog and I swear it seems like no matter what day or time of year I watch it that night or the next day is always really foggy. It could have something to do with where I live but the movie always makes me notice it more. 

post #1079 of 1824
Watched "Dracula's Daughter" (1936) right after Browning's original on TCM (through their app, using my parents' account info, and the mirroring my tablet screen on my TV; what a pain in the ass-- it's the only channel I miss since cutting the cord and I'll be damned if I know why they don't offer this shit a la carte through Amazon or something).

Short movie, still managed to be slow and devoid of thrills. Apparently an early entry in the lesbian vampire subgenre, but that's about all it's got going for it, and it barely registers. Hadn't seen it before or the next Universal sequel "Dracula's Son", but I don't think I'm gonna stay up for that.

Anyway, counting a movie from yesterday, even though it wasn't yet October, my rankings:

1. Dracula ('31)
3. Gerald's Game
2. Dracula's Daughter

Still deciding what to go with tomorrow. TCM's doing the first two Universal Frankensteins, but I know those by heart. I see they have "Pet Sematary" om Prime, which I haven't seen since its release. Maybe I'll mix in some more King.
post #1080 of 1824

I'm planning to watch at least one horror film each day for the month, and although I plan to watch mostly new stuff, some repeats are bound to happen. I am currently about to start Gerald's Game. I never did finish the book despite my deep soft spot for King's work.


I've been a horror fan since I was quite young, but most of my back catalogue is of the pop slasher variety, partly due to ease of access and partly due to coming of age after Scream came out. I'm hoping to broaden my horizons a bit. Some stuff I'm planning to watch this month for the first time:

The Dark Half
Nosferatu (1979)
Night of the Creeps
The Fog
Re-Animator
Tenebre
Sweet Home (If I can find a subtitled version?)
Grave Encounters 2 (I liked the first one! I've heard this one is bad.)
Phenomena
The Stuff

Some stuff I want to revisit:
Lake Mungo (A favorite that I first heard of on this very forum!)
Demons (I fuckin' love Demons)
Demons 2
Suspiria
Grave Encounters
Fright Night
Night Breed

post #1081 of 1824

Day 2, and a childhood favorite.

post #1082 of 1824

 

GERALD'S GAME - I thought this was pretty great. Really focused on all the interesting things about a so-so book and clarified them. And it speaks Stephen King fluidly. The lead performances are exceptional, probably the best work I've ever seen from Gugino and Greenwood, and the device they came up with for dramatizing such an internal narrative worked like gangbusters. I even liked the bizarre Moonlight Man stuff, even at the end. Creepy shit. Plus, Dolores Claiborne and Tower-verse references. Way fun.

 

In Order of Enjoyment

 

1. Gerald's Game

2. Graveyard Shift

3. Cujo

4. Friend Request

5. Flatliners

6. The Axe Murders of Vilisca

post #1083 of 1824

Silver Bullet is amazing.

Everett McGill is still Reverend Werewolf in my household. As in, "Remember when Seagal fought Reverend Werewolf in Under Siege 2?"

post #1084 of 1824
I threw on "Nightmare City" tonight. It's an Umberto Lenzi zombie movie that's absolutely hysterical. All the zombies look like the Toxic Avenger and behave like the rage monsters in "28 Days Later." Meanwhile, the humans behave like they always do in an Italian exploitation movie: bizarrely. The hero of the piece, a reporter, is suspended from his reporter job for going on the air to warn the citizens of Nightmare City of the zombie outbreak. He then summarily quits and desperately tries to find his medical technician wife, so they can escape together to an amusement park, as you do.

1) Street Trash
2) Nightmare City
post #1085 of 1824

Most of the movies I will watch this "month" I own, but I'll share if I see it another way.

 

1 The 'Burbs

2-10 Puppet Masters 1-9 <-I don't have access to the next two. I have fun with these movies, but I'm not rushing to get to more. They are enjoyable enough through 5 (peak at 3) and 6 can be ok. The rest are pretty terrible even by these standards.

10 Castle Freak <- I had forgotten this was a Full Moon picture. I'd argue this is the best movie they've ever made. Plus, Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton back together! Fun movie with some gross moments.

11 lights out <- watched through HBO. It's not as bad as some people made it out to be, but also not as good as others said. The script could have used a second pass, and the rules could have been tightened up. Solid concept though. The short film, of course, is better.

12 The Descent: Original Cut <- always a delight. I've always loved that this film has a scare for everyone. Scared of heights? Scared of tight places? Scared of monsters? etc. This movie has it. And fuck! The lighting! Such a great flick.

post #1086 of 1824

Watched "Night of the Demons" from 88. Stand out moments include demon hiding lipstick inside nipple for no reason, and Stu's "Died: Tonight" gravestone. Play of the game goes to zombie busting in and breaking the girlfriends neck in the middle of coffin sex, only for the boyfriend to yell "Stooge, not now!"

 

1 - Night of the Demons

post #1087 of 1824

The Loved Ones - not bad, pretty rough stuff here, a story about a nutty family. 

 

Gerald's Game - this wasn't bad, didn't really need that ending to learn about the big guy. I read the book a long time ago, so I can't say how close this was to the book. I've got some gripes about it, but it's fine.

 

1. Channel Zero - season 1 - eps 1-3

2. The Loved Ones (Hulu)

3. Gerald's Game (Netflix)

post #1088 of 1824

I too really enjoyed GERALD'S GAME.  I wasn't quite sure how this adaptation would even work, but Flanagan has proven himself to be a much stronger filmmaker over the years than I was willing to give him credit for initially; I liked HUSH quite a bit, but never warmed to his other stuff.  Gugino is doing fantastic work here as well.  She's excellent, and I can't imagine the film working without her.  I also love that they snuck in a DARK TOWER reference. 

 

 

2017 RANKINGS (in order of enjoyment):

 

1. IT (2017)

2. GERALD'S GAME (2017)

2. DREAMCATCHER (2003)

3. IT (1990)

post #1089 of 1824
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11 lights out <- watched through HBO. It's not as bad as some people made it out to be, but also not as good as others said. The script could have used a second pass, and the rules could have been tightened up. Solid concept though. The short film, of course, is better.

I thought LIGHTS OUT was fine when I first saw it, but I like it less and less the more I think about it.  That ending really doesn't sit right with me at all.

 

At the end of the day, it's a concept that should have remained in the short form, because there's only so much that can be done with it without getting either repetitive or patently silly (like the backstory the movie gives for the entity).

post #1090 of 1824

CULT OF CHUCKY - I'm a huge Child's Play fan, it's probably my favourite horror franchise, and this one did not disappoint though I do have a feeling it's going to be pretty divisive, Mancini had just managed to get the series back on track, and instead of sticking to what worked in CURSE, he once again goes for a massive shift in tone. Personally I liked it a lot, it's weird and sort of surreal with some fun Hannibal-esque touches. It also ends on a note that has me hoping we'll get at least one or two more out of this. The only thing that didn't work for me was Jennifer Tilly, she's a weird campy throwback to the series' more meta entries and doesn't quite fit in anymore even though the tone is lighter.

 

 

 

 

 

In order of enjoyment:

 

1. Gerald's Game

2. Cult of Chucky

3. The Resurrected

post #1091 of 1824

GERALD'S GAME (2017)

 

I’ve always considered GERALD’S GAME to be one of the weaker (and least cinematic) Stephen King novels, and I honestly didn’t think there was a way to present that story faithfully as a movie; the premise, on paper, is so internalized and the scenario so limited that it should not work as a visual story.  Mike Flanagan has managed to prove me wrong, because he’s brought the tale to life in a captivating, visually compelling way.  This is a good looking film, with strong camerawork, evocative lighting, and interesting framing; indeed, it feels of a higher budget than it probably really is.  Where Flanagan and his co-writer really excel is in the way their screenplay externalizes the protagonist’s internal exchanges, which are totally organic and often sharply staged. 

 

Carla Gugino delivers a proverbial knockout performance, offering up career-best work in a role fraught with emotion, torment, and complexity.  And that’s to say nothing of the physical demands of the part, which surely resulted in a deeply uncomfortable shooting experience.  The story utterly fails if we don’t believe in the heroine, and Gugino nails it.  She’s ably supported by the ever reliable Bruce Greenwood, who’s just terrific here; the interplay he has with Gugino is fascinating, and he has a couple of monologues that are strikingly performed.  The subtext of the story is not subtle (in fact it’s pretty much literal text), but it’s effectively conveyed and feels like a vital part of the story.  Flanagan (who really has turned out to be one of the most reliable genre filmmakers working today) handles the many moments of tension and fear wonderfully, and his execution makes the movie stomach-churning at points.   All told, this is a captivating, intimate thriller, and I’m genuinely impressed that Flanagan and company have taken a book I never liked and turned it into a movie that I do.

 

Availability: Netflix.

 

Ranking - In Order of Enjoyment

    1.    DRACULA (1931)
    2.    GERALD’S GAME (2017)
    3.    WE GO ON (2016)
    4.    THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM (2017)
    5.    MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM (1933)
    6.    DRACULA’S DAUGHTER (1936)
    7.    HELLO MARY LOU: PROM NIGHT II (1987)
    8.    THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960)
    9.    PROJECT: METALBEAST (1995)
    10.  NIGHT OF THE DEMON (1980)
    11.  LEATHERFACE (2017)

post #1092 of 1824
I'd be inclined to say Mike Flanagan can do any King story he likes, at this point. I'm still a bit in awe of the movie.
post #1093 of 1824

Started revisiting the old Monster Madness seasons.  A fun trip through horror history.  

post #1094 of 1824
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I'd be inclined to say Mike Flanagan can do any King story he likes, at this point. I'm still a bit in awe of the movie.


Maybe he's the right one to crack ROSE MADDER, which is another of my least-favorite King novels.

post #1095 of 1824

My No. 3:

post #1096 of 1824
An odd one tonight: "Whistle and I'll Come to You", a 2010 BBC adaptation of an MR James ghost story from Neil Cross (the creator of "Luther") and starring the late, great John Hurt. It was recommended me by a new podcast I started listening to called "The Fear".

It's not a feature (under an hour) but nearly feels like it because it takes about half that long to even get going. Still, some creepy atmosphere and the expected quality performance from Hurt as a rational man who has lost his wife to dementia, and is steadily losing his own marbles, or is being haunted.

There's a 1968 version of the story that has a better reputation, but they had this one on Prime. Anyway, pretty good, but more depressing than scary.

I'm right now about two-thirds through "Curse of the Crimson Altar" (also on Prime). A freaky deaky Lovecraft adaptation ("Dreams in the Witch House") from '68 featuring Boris Karloff. I saw this about 20 years ago, but I was drunk at the time and didn't remember much. It's clearly a better movie drunk, though. Not much to recommend it outside of Barbara Steele in pretty nifty demonic get-up.

1. Dracula ('31)
2. Gerald's Game
3. Whistle and I'll Come to You ('10)
4. Curse of the Crimson Altar
5. Dracula's Daughter
post #1097 of 1824


Gerald’s Game (Netflix)

Pretty much everything Belloq87 said. There were a couple things I wasn’t a huge fan of, but for the most part a solid flick worth a watch.

New revised list to only include October films, in order of enjoyment:

1. The Fog
2. Gerald’s Game
3. Monster House
post #1098 of 1824

 

RE-ANIMATOR (1985)

 

This movie is such gory fun. What is not to love? People getting ripped apart, heads being crushed, Dr. Hill's headless hijinx and zombie cat! Also you get Jeffrey Combs doing intense stares and intense pencil breaking. I was tempted to have a double feature and throw on Bride of Re-Animator as well but it came out in 1990. Missed the cut off by one year.  Also two great quotes. 

 

"What would a note say Dan? Cat dead. Details later."

"Who is going to believe a talking head? Get a job in a sideshow."

 

IN ORDER

 

1. Night of the Demons (1988)

2. The Blob (1988)

3. Re-Animator (1985)

post #1099 of 1824
I can't really participate, but am enjoying reading this thread. I intend to watch as much old school escapist horror as I can this month. The Universal classics. Tourneur's Night of the Demon and the Val Lewton stuff. The Thing from Another World. Dead of Night, The Queen of Spades. Psycho and The Birds. Les Diaboliques. The Haunting. My fave Hammer films (someone in another thread posted a screencap from The Hound of the Baskervilles, reminded me how much I love soaking up the horror adjacent atmosphere of that one). Maybe some William Castle flicks too just for a laugh.
post #1100 of 1824

Watched Let The Right One In tonight, I enjoyed it although I had to restart it after missing some of the dialogue.

Gerald's Game was really good. Great performances, great effects.

Currently starting The Blob (1988) but I might end up needing to go to bed before finishing it. I started re-watching Halloween earlier today but decided to wait until the day itself. Tomorrow I think I'll re-visit a childhood favorite in Child's Play 2, which I'm sure doesn't hold up great but I must have watched it a dozen times on USA as an impressionable youngster.


1. Let the Right One In
2. Gerald's Game

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