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post #951 of 1824
It's one week prior to October, so I'm officially gonna start tonight.
post #952 of 1824
Beginning of fall makes sense to start this.
post #953 of 1824
I had a pretty decent run last year. I leaned on folk, witchcraft, and a lot of Vincent Price. Not sure how much I’ll actually get to this year.
post #954 of 1824

I'm starting!

 

HELLO MARY LOU: PROM NIGHT II (1987)

 

 

A sequel that has absolutely nothing to do with the original, aside from the basic idea of high school students being killed on and around Prom Night.  This time out, the threat is supernatural rather than slasher, and I was pleasantly surprised by the creativity on display; there are some fun and imaginative kills and hallucination sequences (some of which honestly feel like they’re not far removed from what we might see in a NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET movie).  It’s cheesy in that way ‘80s horror movies can be, but it’s sometimes hard to discern how much of its tongue-in-cheek vibe is actually intentional; there are a surprisingly high number of explicit shout-outs to other horror movies, so you definitely get the sense the movie knows what it is.  Michael Ironside is interestingly (mis?)cast as the meek school principal dealing with guilt from the past.  There’s some weird sexual stuff in here, too, including a shocking, out of nowhere moment of incest!  I’d never seen this one before, and I had fun with it.

 

1.  HELLO MARY LOU: PROM NIGHT II (1987)

post #955 of 1824
Prom Night 2 has a surprisingly great poster.

1. CUJO

I've never loved Cujo, but I've been hearing for years that it's actually really good. So I watched it for the first time in over twenty five years, and I'm afraid I'm still not convinced. It's kinda boring, and aside from some cool Jan DeBont camera moves, there's not too much about it I thought was all that exciting. Dog looks cool, and book faithful possibly to a fault, it does at least feel very much like classic era King. I'm not sure that's such a good thing when it comes to film adaptations.

RANKED IN ORDER OF ENJOYMENT

1. Cujo
post #956 of 1824

You guys can't start!  It's fucking September!

post #957 of 1824

Heh, what are you gonna do about it, smart guy?

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post #959 of 1824
I might have a go at this, especially since the Monsters draft necessitates a rewatch of some of the classics.
post #960 of 1824

I used to do this in college, back when there was time for such things, but I love the discussion this thread always generates so godspeed to you all.  I'll be here to tell you when you're grossly incorrect about a classic movie.

 

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I've never loved Cujo, but I've been hearing for years that it's actually really good. So I watched it for the first time in over twenty five years, and I'm afraid I'm still not convinced. It's kinda boring, and aside from some cool Jan DeBont camera moves, there's not too much about it I thought was all that exciting. Dog looks cool, and book faithful possibly to a fault, it does at least feel very much like classic era King. I'm not sure that's such a good thing when it comes to film adaptations.

 

I still like CUJO a lot.  Not brilliant, but definitely sits comfortably in that category of "perfectly competent" King movies alongside the likes of PET SEMATARY or 1408.  The camerawork holds up, and the sheer patience shown in the movie's setup is a real breath of fresh air when viewed through a modern lens.  And while they punted by sparing the kid, the employment of the illogical "one last attack" cliché makes me happy for some reason.  Perhaps because the movie is implying that Cujo is a slasher villain.

post #961 of 1824

I'm starting too, but only because, God help me, I plan on watching lots of Stephen King miniseries and I'm going to need the extra time.  And also I finally saw IT this weekend and am super excited about it.  SO:

 

IT (2017)

 

I've been waiting most of my life for a Stephen King adaptation to 'get it' like IT does.  THE SHINING and STAND BY ME are better movies, and maybe THE MIST delivers more of what I want on the monster mayhem front, but Andy Muschietti's film encapsulates just about everything I love about the author.  Muschietti seems to understand that a faithful adaptation is more than just sorting through the events in the order they happen in the novel.  He understands the characters, the way they interact, the tone, the sense of place.  He understands the nostalgia; i.e. being nostalgic not for specific things, but for specific feelings at a specific point of time in your life.  I feel like he just gets the vibe of the book.  

 

The kids are all incredible; it stinks that Mike is sidelined for so long, but I understand why it had to happen like that.  The pace with which Muschietti assaults us with scares is relentless (the scares are consistently great), and yet there's still somehow plenty of breathing room for the kids to just hang out.  Its the ultimate haunted house movie (there's a playfulness that reminds me of Raimi) but the stakes always feel high and the drama always feels real.  I cared about these kids.

 

2017 RANKINGS (in order of enjoyment):

 

1. IT (2017) 

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THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960)

 

 

Terrific schlock.  Apocryphal or not, the “shot in two days” legend feels like it should be true, as the movie has such a seedy, ultra low rent vibe that not only gives it a distinct flavor, but is also part of the charm.  There’s an off kilter quality to elements of this (Seymour’s mother, the dentist subplot with Jack Nicholson’s weirdo nutbar character, and Dick Miller’s flower-eater), and a bit of perversity, too.  Mel Welles, as Mushnick, steals the movie in a legitimately great, very funny turn.  The borderline avant-garde jazz score gives the film a strange, goofy personality, too. 

 

Ranking - In Order of Enjoyment

    1.    HELLO MARY LOU: PROM NIGHT II (1987)
    2.    THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960)

post #963 of 1824

One more today...

 

WE GO ON (2016)

 

 

An interesting, unique hook about a traumatized man looking for proof of the afterlife is the springboard for an unusually thoughtful pairing of ghost story and spiritual character drama.  The writing is sharp, incorporating intriguing ideas about death, our cultural and religious relationships to it, and the existence of ghosts in a broader sense.  With the subject matter at hand, this could have very easily been too heavy, but the filmmakers never let it veer into that territory (at least for the first two acts), and there’s a lightness of touch - as well as a nicely understated, wry sense of humor - that is quite appealing.  At the center of the story is a relationship we don’t often see depicted in films: a grown son and his middle-aged mother; this relationship is a real winner, and it powers the story in emotional and endearing ways.  Clark Freeman and Annette O’Toole do some very fine work in these roles, and they establish a believable family shorthand, which makes their dynamic very convincing and, for lack of a better word, sweet.  Once the genre elements fully reveal themselves, I can’t claim to have found them particularly scary, but they work well enough to bolster and pay-off the protagonist’s journey, which is the primary goal of the story.  This is a well made, low budget affair that is concerned with ideas and characters, and I found it to be a fresh and engaging experience.

 

Ranking - In Order of Enjoyment

    1.    WE GO ON (2016)
    2.    HELLO MARY LOU: PROM NIGHT II (1987)
    3.    THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960)

post #964 of 1824
That sounds interesting. I liked Yellowbrickroad. I may check it out.

But I watched:

FRIEND REQUEST

Cyber witches! This is indeed the piece of shit that just escaped into theaters this weekend. It's quite obviously a stupid bad film, but I can't deny I've seen much worse. This one at least has a coherent mythology (until the fantastically dumb last five minutes), and it does indeed fully execute on the premise of a haunted Facebook page. Plenty of laughable stuff to pass the time - the protagonist's Facebook Friends count acts as an onscreen life meter, and the movie appears to be blissfully unaware of how heartless and ugly it is at its core. The film is structured as an I Know What You Did Last Summer slasher, where the lead teen's transgression that started the whole thing is that she acknowledged a weird girl in her class existed. Truly, outcasts belong in the shadows, and don't you dare pity them, or they'll get clingy and maybe hex you with their loser powers.

In Order of Enjoyment:

1. Cujo
2. Friend Request
post #965 of 1824
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FRIEND REQUEST

and the movie appears to be blissfully unaware of how heartless and ugly it is at its core.

Now that's kind of intriguing!  Not intriguing enough to get me to watch the movie, but still.  I'm always fascinated by films with a skewed (or absent) moral compass.

post #966 of 1824

IT (1990)

 

I'd seen this before, maybe a decade ago, but by then my formative years were already far behind me, so Tim Curry's Pennywise was never this unforgettable landmark performance like it is for some.  There are individual moments that work - usually when Pennywise is just kinda standing off in the distance somewhere, looking extremely unnatural in the frame - but those moments have little do to with Curry himself; most of the time, he's simply too broad and silly to be menacing.  And whether its the low budget, or the constraints of network television, or (likely) both - as a horror movie, IT generally sucks.  There's just not much here. 

 

Admittedly, there are a handful of effective moments - I rather like the fortune cookie scene - but they never properly escalate, and are over too soon.  Against all odds, the unwieldy runtime somehow works in the films favor.  I'm not even a fan of any of the casting here (kids or adults), but through pure attrition, I found myself won over by most of the Losers and their grown-up counterparts.  That could just be my fondness for the source material shining through.   We'll see if this ends up being one of the more enjoyable King miniseries; I suspect it will, but only because these miniseries are all so bad.  IT is a serviceable adaptation, but its no longer the only game in town.  

 

 

2017 RANKINGS (in order of enjoyment):

 

1. IT (2017)

2. IT (1990)

post #967 of 1824



A Dark Song

Really enjoyed this. There were a couple questionable moments, and some design choices towards the end that were.....ehhh. Overall I found it to be a solid horror film that went for unsettling rather than jump scares.

1: A Dark Song
post #968 of 1824
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IT (1990)

 

Admittedly, there are a handful of effective moments - I rather like the fortune cookie scene - but they never properly escalate, and are over too soon. 

I think the reveal of Stan's fate in the final moments of Part One is a pretty effective beat, and one that really bothered me when I saw the miniseries as a kid.  But you're right that there are few moments with any real bite in either half.

 

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A Dark Song

I liked this one, but didn't love it.  The basic premise is a great one, but I found the third act to be massively underwhelming.

post #969 of 1824

Going to join in on this one this year, I think. I've gotten back into horror in a big way, particularly folk horror, which I started a thread about. So if I don't post my thoughts here, I'll post them there. I've got some good titles lined up:

 

http://www.chud.com/community/t/159627/the-folk-horror-thread

post #970 of 1824


Eden Lake

My wife suggested this due to Fassbender and reading somewhere it’s pretty underrated. Another asshole kids hunting grown adults movie, just out in the woods instead of a home invasion. Loaded with plenty of eye rolling give me a fucking break moments, saving the biggest dumb moment for the end. I asked my wife “Are you sure that article said Eden Lake and not Lake Mungo?” This one also won out over Candyman tonight for the sole reason of being 8 minutes shorter. We chose poorly.

Order of enjoyment:

1: A Dark Song
2: Eden Lake
post #971 of 1824
Eden Lake is certainly mean, I'll give it that.
post #972 of 1824

EDEN LAKE stinks.  A waste of talent on a pretty insulting, pedestrian story.  You can feel it striving for something gritty and hard-hitting like THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, but it never gets anywhere near as effective, despite being far more polished and featuring two fine central performances.

post #973 of 1824
Still not October. NONE of these count you morally bankrupt cheaters.

I'll Stannis Baratheon this thread until you fools get it right.
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post #976 of 1824
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Still not October. NONE of these count you morally bankrupt cheaters.

I'll Stannis Baratheon this thread until you fools get it right.


I'm not concerned!  I'm going to blow past 31 movies, anyway.

post #977 of 1824
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Still not October. NONE of these count you morally bankrupt cheaters.

But it is officially Autumn. I say they get a pass...

post #978 of 1824
I wasn't going to do one tonight, but I think I'll do one tonight just to piss off Freeman.
post #979 of 1824

 


NIGHT OF THE DEMONS (1988)

 

I'm a little late as I actually watched this Monday. This is one of my favorite 80's horror movies, which I think is going to be my theme for this year. While the demon dragon head looking thing looks kind of hokey now I still like a lot of it. I think the demon designs are good, especially for Angela and Stooge. Also my guy rodger, actually makes it all the way to the end of the movie because he doesn't mess around. Something happens he runs the other way, throws himself out a window and climbs up barbed wire like it's no problem. The parts where Angela glides down the hallways still unsettles me even to this day. Also, it has that totally WTF ending of old guy getting razor bladed by his own apples in the apple pie and his wife is just like Happy Halloween. Like what? Lastly, I didn't know this but the actress that played Angela, Amelia Kinkade, is Rue McClanahan's niece. 

post #980 of 1824

I started off with:

 

Asylum (1972) - Even as an anthology with multiple stories and a script written by Robert Bloch, I was still pretty bored. The pacing is deadly. Disappointing.

 

 

 

Incubus (1982) - A rapist demon invades a small town. I think half of this movie is John Cassavetes describing the aftermath of brutal rape. I think I heard the word "sperm" 50 times. At least it's also really dull.

 

0 for 2 to start. Lame!

post #981 of 1824
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I wasn't going to do one tonight, but I think I'll do one tonight just to piss off Freeman.

We live in a SOCIETY with RULES!

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I started off with:

 

Asylum (1972) - Even as an anthology with multiple stories and a script written by Robert Bloch, I was still pretty bored. The pacing is deadly. Disappointing.

I'm a fan of this one, but you're not wrong about the pacing, though I think that's kind of baked into the Amicus anthology cake most of the time.

 

Even though you didn't like it, will you concede that it's got a great wrap-around tying everything together?  As far as anthologies go, this one has one of the better (and most interesting) justifications for why the stories are being told.

 

Moving on, a friend had me over tonight to watch…

 

LEATHERFACE (2017)

 

My basic reaction?  Not good.  On a certain level, I commend the movie for wanting to do something different with a TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE entry; indeed, structurally and narratively, the movie is virtually nothing like any of the previous movies in the series, as it seemingly takes its cues more from things like NATURAL BORN KILLERS, THE DEVIL’S REJECTS, and any of a handful of stories about mental patients institutionalized.  However, it’s not at all scary, nor - strangely - does it ever really try to be, and it’s populated by characters who are either totally repugnant or who are held hostage by a screenplay which requires them to behave in incomprehensible ways.  The script also gets WAY too cute with how it handles the central mystery/hook of the story, which makes the pay-off for one of the protagonists pretty baffling and unsupported by anything previously revealed in the movie.  In terms of the filmmaking, it’s a huge mixed bag; some sequences are very well shot and edited, and seem to have some vitality, while others are borderline incompetent (perhaps a byproduct of studio meddling?).  The cast is good, with Stephen Dorff being a particular over-the-top highlight as an absolute slimeball.  Just by virtue of the fact that it tries to be a different kind of TCM film, it’s not the worst of the series, but it’s still a big misfire.  It’s one of my least favorite movies I’ve seen this year.

 

Ranking - In Order of Enjoyment

    1.    WE GO ON (2016)
    2.    HELLO MARY LOU: PROM NIGHT II (1987)
    3.    THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960)
    4.    LEATHERFACE (2017)

post #983 of 1824
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We live in a SOCIETY with RULES!
Funny you say that, because my number two option of the night was Society. Instead we went with last night's second option.

Candyman

Haven't watched this in years, and enjoyed it more than I remembered. I miss those days when most horror was going for Max gore and chuckles, over here was this British kid doing something more cerebral and from a different angle than everyone else. This isn't my favorite Barker, but it's up there.

1: A Dark Song
2: Candyman
3: Eden Lake

Also I reserve the right to change this order at any time.
post #984 of 1824
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Funny you say that, because my number two option of the night was Society. Instead we went with last night's second option.

Candyman

Haven't watched this in years, and enjoyed it more than I remembered. I miss those days when most horror was going for Max gore and chuckles, over here was this British kid doing something more cerebral and from a different angle than everyone else. This isn't my favorite Barker, but it's up there.

1: A Dark Song
2: Candyman
3: Eden Lake

Also I reserve the right to change this order at any time.

I remember watching this when it first came out. I was 10 years old and I absolutely begged my mother to rent it. She did but then had to go take care of her sister so I ended up watching it with my sixteen year old babysitter. I loved it but after the movie was over I had to stand on the downstairs landing while she went to the bathroom because she was absolutely terrified. 

post #985 of 1824

I'll definitely be watching Candyman this year. It's absolutely one of my favorite horror films.

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team freeman's rules

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team freeman's rules

Team You're Probably Going to Get Two More From Me Before October Even Gets Here

 

Also I really wish I could find my list from last year.  I thought I was posting them in this thread last year, but nope.  Maybe they're on Facebook.  Must find that list!

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I'm a fan of this one, but you're not wrong about the pacing, though I think that's kind of baked into the Amicus anthology cake most of the time.

 

Even though you didn't like it, will you concede that it's got a great wrap-around tying everything together?  As far as anthologies go, this one has one of the better (and most interesting) justifications for why the stories are being told.

The content itself is entertaining, or at least has that potential, but jeeeeez it's a slog. It's from the director of Legend of Hell House, which I really liked, but this one was the doldrums. 

 

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 Team You're Probably Going to Get Two More From Me Before October Even Gets Here

Same

post #989 of 1824

I love cheesy horror and some of my favorites are the Puppet Master movies. I've not seen anything past the 6th, so I've made a go at all of the ones I have access to. I'm currently making it through the 8th -- it's not really a movie, so bad. The rest are varying degrees of stupid and/or fun. So:

 

1 The 'Burbs

2-9 Puppet Masters

 

Does the 'Burbs count? I watched that too.

 

ETA: the burbs


Edited by wd40 - 9/28/17 at 7:33am
post #990 of 1824

I'd count The Burbs. Horror-comedy right?

post #991 of 1824

I would say yes, but the horror is very minimal really. Added anyway!

post #992 of 1824

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I love cheesy horror and some of my favorites are the Puppet Master movies. I've not seen anything past the 6th, so I've made a go at all of the ones I have access to. I'm currently making it through the 8th -- it's not really a movie, so bad. The rest are varying degrees of stupid and/or fun. So:

I've only ever seen the first PUPPET MASTER.  If you had to recommend one of the sequels, which would it be?

post #993 of 1824
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I've only ever seen the first PUPPET MASTER.  If you had to recommend one of the sequels, which would it be?


The third without question. It is unanimously considered the best sequel -- some would even say it's better than the first. However, it's also the first one that very clearly wears its DTV, low-budget approach on its sleeve.

post #994 of 1824

In case you need to do some planning, here's TCM's horror schedule for October (with a pretty nifty night of dystopian SF thrown in for good measure):

 

1-Oct 8:00 PM Dracula
  9:30 PM Dracula's Daughter
  11:00 PM Son of Dracula
  12:30 AM Nosferatu
3-Oct 8:00 PM Frankenstein
  9:30 PM Bride of Frankenstein
  11:00 PM The Mummy
  12:30 AM The Wolf Man
  2:00 AM Island of Lost Souls
  3:30 AM The Black Cat
  4:45 AM The Invisible Man
8-Oct 8:00 PM The Return of Dracula
  9:30 PM House of Dracula
  10:45 PM Billy the Kid vs. Dracula
  12:15 AM The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
  2:00 AM Jigoku
  4:00 AM Tokaido Yotsuya Kaidan
10-Oct 8:00 PM Cat People
  9:30 PM The Body Snatcher
  12:30 AM I Walked With a Zombie
  2:00 AM The Seventh Victim
  3:30 AM Bedlam
  5:00 AM The Leopard Man
15-Oct 8:00 PM Horror of Dracula
  9:45 PM The Brides of Dracula
  11:30 PM Black Cats and Broomsticks
  12:00 AM The Phantom Carriage
17-Oct 8:00 PM The Devil's Bride
  9:45 PM The Curse of Frankenstein
  11:15 PM The Mummy (1959)
  1:00 AM The Curse of the Werewolf
  2:45 AM The Plague of the Zombies
  4:30 AM The Reptile
22-Oct 8:00 PM Dracula, Prince of Darkness
  10:00 PM Dracula Has Risen from the Grave
  12:00 AM The Monster
  2:00 AM Eyes Without a Face
  3:45 AM Kwaidan
24-Oct 8:00 PM The Innocents
  10:00 PM Diary of a Madman
  12:00 AM Curse of the Demon
  2:00 AM  Carnival of Souls
  3:30 AM From Beyond the Grave
26-Oct 8:00 PM The Omega Man
  10:00 PM Logan's Run
  12:15 AM THX-1138
  2:00 AM A Clockwork Orange
  4:30 AM Soylent Green
28-Oct 6:15 AM Mark of the Vampire
  7:30 AM The Devil-Doll
  9:00 AM Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
  11:30 AM Little Shop of Horrors
  1:00 PM Village of the Damned
  2:30 PM Children of the Damned
  4:15 PM House of Dark Shadows
  6:00 PM Night of Dark Shadows
29-Oct 8:00 PM Taste the Blood of Dracula
  10:00 PM Dracula A.D. 1972
  12:00 AM Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages
  2:15 AM Onibaba
  4:15 AM Ugetsu
31-Oct 8:30 AM White Zombie
  10:00 AM Mad Love
  11:30 AM Dementia 13
  1:00 PM 13 Ghosts
  2:30 PM The Fearless Vampire Killers
  4:30 PM House of Wax
  6:00 PM Poltergeist
  8:00 PM The Old Dark House
  9:30 PM The Haunting
  11:30 PM House on Haunted Hill
  1:15 AM The Cat and the Canary
  2:45 AM The Old Dark House (1963)
  4:30 AM The Bat
post #995 of 1824

Thanks for that, Richard. There's a lot of greatness on there. (I discovered The Innocents a couple of years ago during this challenge; it's superb) 

I signed up for Filmstruck, the TCM/Criterion partnership, so hopefully a lot of these will go up there as well. I plan on seeing Eyes Without a Face and Kwaidan again this year.

 

Also, here's the YouTube link to Bloody Birthday. Highly recommended - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaT5oOUb0iw (NOTE: it's not two hours long. It's about 82 minutes then it starts back up again)

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Yes!  Bloody Birthday!  Watched that one two years ago.  That year we my wife was about 6 months pregnant, so we had a Halloween theme of killer kids.  This one was one of my favorites.

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Originally Posted by Richard Dickson View Post
 

In case you need to do some planning, here's TCM's horror schedule for October (with a pretty nifty night of dystopian SF thrown in for good measure):

 

1-Oct 8:00 PM Dracula
  9:30 PM Dracula's Daughter
  11:00 PM Son of Dracula
  12:30 AM Nosferatu
3-Oct 8:00 PM Frankenstein
  9:30 PM Bride of Frankenstein
  11:00 PM The Mummy
  12:30 AM The Wolf Man
  2:00 AM Island of Lost Souls
  3:30 AM The Black Cat
  4:45 AM The Invisible Man
8-Oct 8:00 PM The Return of Dracula
  9:30 PM House of Dracula
  10:45 PM Billy the Kid vs. Dracula
  12:15 AM The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
  2:00 AM Jigoku
  4:00 AM Tokaido Yotsuya Kaidan
10-Oct 8:00 PM Cat People
  9:30 PM The Body Snatcher
  12:30 AM I Walked With a Zombie
  2:00 AM The Seventh Victim
  3:30 AM Bedlam
  5:00 AM The Leopard Man
15-Oct 8:00 PM Horror of Dracula
  9:45 PM The Brides of Dracula
  11:30 PM Black Cats and Broomsticks
  12:00 AM The Phantom Carriage
17-Oct 8:00 PM The Devil's Bride
  9:45 PM The Curse of Frankenstein
  11:15 PM The Mummy (1959)
  1:00 AM The Curse of the Werewolf
  2:45 AM The Plague of the Zombies
  4:30 AM The Reptile
22-Oct 8:00 PM Dracula, Prince of Darkness
  10:00 PM Dracula Has Risen from the Grave
  12:00 AM The Monster
  2:00 AM Eyes Without a Face
  3:45 AM Kwaidan
24-Oct 8:00 PM The Innocents
  10:00 PM Diary of a Madman
  12:00 AM Curse of the Demon
  2:00 AM  Carnival of Souls
  3:30 AM From Beyond the Grave
26-Oct 8:00 PM The Omega Man
  10:00 PM Logan's Run
  12:15 AM THX-1138
  2:00 AM A Clockwork Orange
  4:30 AM Soylent Green
28-Oct 6:15 AM Mark of the Vampire
  7:30 AM The Devil-Doll
  9:00 AM Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
  11:30 AM Little Shop of Horrors
  1:00 PM Village of the Damned
  2:30 PM Children of the Damned
  4:15 PM House of Dark Shadows
  6:00 PM Night of Dark Shadows
29-Oct 8:00 PM Taste the Blood of Dracula
  10:00 PM Dracula A.D. 1972
  12:00 AM Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages
  2:15 AM Onibaba
  4:15 AM Ugetsu
31-Oct 8:30 AM White Zombie
  10:00 AM Mad Love
  11:30 AM Dementia 13
  1:00 PM 13 Ghosts
  2:30 PM The Fearless Vampire Killers
  4:30 PM House of Wax
  6:00 PM Poltergeist
  8:00 PM The Old Dark House
  9:30 PM The Haunting
  11:30 PM House on Haunted Hill
  1:15 AM The Cat and the Canary
  2:45 AM The Old Dark House (1963)
  4:30 AM The Bat


Goddamn!  TCM is going all-in this year.  This is the most extensive lineup I can remember from them; they would usually only do one night per week during the buildup to Halloween, then all day on Halloween itself.  It looks like I'm going to be recording a lot of stuff!

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They were pretty stacked last year too if I remember.  Frankenstein was the featured monster and Christopher Lee was the star of the month, so there was all kinds of Hammer goodness.  A lot of the same films, but when you've got that catalog, you don't exactly sit on it.

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NIGHT OF THE DEMON (1980)

Based on the recommendations of some from these boards, I tracked this one down, and am very glad I did.  NIGHT OF THE DEMON is absolutely trashy sleaze, and the best kind of bad movie: one with ambition, undone by ineptitude.  It’s super low rent in that wonderful late ‘70s/early ‘80s way, and it features completely unconvincing performances from pretty much all concerned, resulting in some delightfully laughable line deliveries.  It’s got a nutso storyline that weaves together bigfoot lore with cult shenanigans, and it also features unhinged gore moments that leave an impression for how borderline over-the-top they are; this movie’s bigfoot is essentially a slasher villain, and a huge sadist, on top of that.  The movie basically revels in the violence and pain the creature inflicts, which would be disturbing if the actors subjected to it weren’t so clearly unable to act very convincingly, which renders most of the gore quite amusing instead of horrific.  Toss in some ultra gratuitous nudity along with an absolutely bonkers finale, and NIGHT OF THE DEMON has all the elements to be a memorable bad movie.  As a “real” movie, it’s garbage, but as a “bad” movie, it’s a fun time.

 

Ranking - In Order of Enjoyment

    1.    WE GO ON (2016)
    2.    HELLO MARY LOU: PROM NIGHT II (1987)
    3.    THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960)
    4.    NIGHT OF THE DEMON (1980)
    5.    LEATHERFACE (2017)

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The Belko Experiment

Yeah, yeah. Business is cut throat. If you go for the gore it won’t disappoint. I also enjoyed most of the cast. Wasn’t really sold on the lead. A little disappointed that it wound up being so fun heavy. I thought it was going to be more creative than that with the kills. Hinted to a sequel that frankly I don’t really want. It was okay, but I have a feeling it will wind up ending in the bottom half of my list.

1: A Dark Song
2: Candyman
3: The Belko Experiment
4: Eden Lake
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