31 Days of Horror 7 |OT| The October Movie Marathon

Psycho 2 So Psycho is one of the all time greats right? Would you expect a good sequel? I didn't either but holy shit was I wrong. This one really took some turns that I wasn't expecting. How was this not better known I'll never know because I think its definitely a worthy sequel.

We pick up 22 years after Norman's original killer mothers day only now he's leaving the mental institution and returning home. Can he take a job in normal society and adjust back to a regular person? Will going home open up too many mental wounds and get him to return to his old ways?

I give this one four calls from mother because only your Mother truly loves you.



PS...the Thing all day. Halloween is good but its not the Thing which is arguably the best horror film ever made.
 
17 (new): Nightmare on Elm Street 5 Dream Child

Freddy is back again...somehooooow (I seriously don't know how this time) and he's trying to reincarnate in a fetus inside Allison

This movie had some FREAKY imagery. There were some fun kills (death Harley being my personal favorite) but that image of the souls going into the baby will haunt me tonight. Overall Nightmare has been pretty creative about mixing things up and after the F13th movies that's a nice change of pace. I found this one fun and upbeat while being creepy

5/10
 
Psycho 2 So Psycho is one of the all time greats right? Would you expect a good sequel? I didn't either but holy shit was I wrong. This one really took some turns that I wasn't expecting. How was this not better known I'll never know because I think its definitely a worthy sequel.
I'm infinitely more skeptical of a sequel to Psycho than I am of a sequel to Blade Runner, but hey, 2049 turned out amazing so what do I know
 
If someone had a gun to your head and you could only choose one, would you choose Halloween or The Thing?
The logical answer is The Thing.

My answer is Halloween. Mostly because I find it scarier and I like being scared. Plus, the music in Halloween resonates with me a lot more.
The Thing is a better movie all-around with better acting and a more interesting plot, but Halloween is more up my alley.
 
20) The Devil's Backbone (2001)
Why is The Devil's Backbone classified as horror? It's as much a horror movie as Pan's Labyrinth is fantasy, in that it's a drama where supernatural bleeds into the midst of the story, quite fitting considering Del Toro directed both. It's a dark and bleak historical drama, anchored by its strong cast and use of its time period and setting. Much like Pan, the Spanish Civil War background gives the story a sense of human horror and weight that builds upon the supernatural elements.

21) Gozu (2003)
This was one weird movie. Not sure how I feel about it. It certainly nailed the feeling of its world and atmosphere being off-kilter and uneasily odd. The music is this wild dissonant jarring thing that only makes the movie that much more off and weird.

22) The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
The horror remakes of the 2000s have a bad reputation, and deservedly so, but against all odds, The Hills Have Eyes is one guilty pleasure of a mean horror thriller. The remakes of TCM and Nightmare of Elm Street are both bad movies and bad reimaginings; even if you've never seen the originals, the remakes are just examples of lazy and poorly-done horror. I've never seen the original Hills Have Eyes, but the remake stands alone as an effective and brutal film, making good use of its sparse desert isolation, its mutant special effects, its gore and thrills, and decent cast. The eventual shift from being stalked to fighting back is one of the most satisfying in the genre IMO. Not quite You're Next satisfying, but still, The Hills Have Eyes is surprisingly enjoyable for what it is.

Tomorrow is Inside and Martyrs. That should be fun
 
October 17, 2017:



17 of 31 - The Purge

A movie about what if everyone was allowed to act out their most heinous crimes in a twelve hour period without repercussion. No police, no firetrucks, no ambulances. You could get away with anything...

Great fun movie depicting a family dealing with the annual twelve hour period (7pm to 7am) called the Purge. This is instituted by a government realizing that crime, after the Purge, drops to an all time low and therefore insist this Purge to happen every year. The family holes up in their beautiful and security aided home, hoping to last the entire purge with no incidents. But, it definitely does not go that way. Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey lead a great cast of characters, some quirky, some crazy and some terrifying. The movie really plays on what would you do if you had the opportunity to partake in the Purge and how humans can change vary drastically with this new found freedom. Very terrifying and a fun watch. -8/10

--Both "The Thing" and "Halloween" are fantastic horror movies in their own right, but personally, "Halloween" affected me more and really brought me into my love of the horror genre, so I would go with "Halloween".
 
First time watching? The Thing is all time favorite. So many images burned into my head. I remember flipping through the channels when I was a kid and coming upon the autopsy scene

That stuck with me for a long time
Yeah first time watching. It had been plan to watch on and off for a while, but I think for a time it was cause I wasn't sure how much I was going to handle the gruesome effects ha ha. God I am still thinking about that particular scream tbh.

And as for either Halloween or The Thing, definitely The Thing just for the premise and Kurt Russell alone.

10. Ghostbusters (1984)

From The Thing to something more lighthearted. Yes maybe this isn't horror, but screw it, it still has some spooks damnnit, including creepy librarian that they never really did resolved. Eh maybe it happened off-screen once they got the whole ghostbusters business going (edit: oh guess they did deal with her more in the game a little while back).

Anyway it was nice seeing this classic in theaters tonight. It is still a lot fun and quite charming, with a wonderful cast for some kind of over the top ghost hunting. Just quite a few memorable lines and course dat one heck of a theme song.
 
6) | Tales of Halloween | via Netflix streaming

I had a bad feeling when the opening credits 1) demonstrated a low budget, 2) showed they didn't know how to mask a low budget, and 3) ran the titles of way too many stories to pack into the run time.

Most of the tales here go for silly, not scary, and the ones that do fail at that (such as the first). Most are satire, but pretty inept satire, and the "horror" is of the "show a character getting a bucket of blood tossed at them from offscreen" variety. They even recycle a concept (scary story is told, scary story comes true) for two stories. The two broadest satires are also the only fun ones, in a so dumb they're kinda fun way (one involving a masked killer and his nubile prey, the other a killer jack'o'lantern.)

One of these stories - involving Hansel and Gretel, sorta - was one of the worst things I've ever seen. Mostly a well-intentioned but boring waste of time.

Trick'r Treat this isn't.
 
Number 9: The Babysitter

Yeah yeah, everyone's been watching this. I wasn't planning on watching any more horror this month aside from 28 Days Later and Not-Akira Kurosawa's Cure, both of which I'm getting soon in bluray form, but I was bored last night and decided to check this out.

It was alright, pretty fun, but I'm pretty sure I'll forget about the whole movie in less than a week. Still, worth a watch.
 
#7 - The Devil Rides Out

Delightful Satanic Panic cheese. The special effects don't hold up at all but that kind of makes it more charming.


#8 - Raw

I wasn't really expecting this movie to be funny. I enjoyed it, though. Had a bit of trouble with suspension of disbelief, the hazing was just too over the top from the start and it didn't really feel right until later on when everything was over the top. Oh, and that drunk cam was super good.
To be honest though I was really hoping she'd start eating all those stupid fucking upperclassmen.
 
Like Ridley said, Psycho II has no business being good and somehow it is. It helps that director Richard Franklin was a Hitchcock fanatic and even a friend if I can remember correctly. It was also written by Tom Holland who later directed Child's Play and Fright Night. That's a pretty solid team. It was made during the slasher boom which leads to what I consider to be the films worst aspect. Due to the trends at the time the murder scenes are what you would expect from an 80's slasher and they get in the way of a cool story of Norman Bates returning home.

I still haven't seen Psycho III and I'm not really jumping out of my chair to do so. I saw the fourth one on TV way back when I was younger, I just remember seeing Olivia Hussey as Norma.
 
34) Tucker & Dale vs Evil (2010)


Oh hidy ho officer, we've had a doozy of a day. There we were minding our own business, just doing chores around the house, when kids started killing themselves all over my property.

I must be in a horror comedy mood today. Here we have a thoroughly silly example that presents a question of "How far can we stretch one joke?". The answer, to my surprise, was "very".

The central joke revolves around two well meaning hillbillies continuously and unintentionally appearing to be vicious killers right out of The Hills Have Eyes. You might think this would be sufficient only for a five minute sketch in a comedy show, but I was impressed by how much material they managed to wring out of this. Well over half the runtime in fact, and constantly one upping itself in wacky misunderstandings with comical gore ensuing. Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine give great, earnest performances as the titular hillbillies, and really make the preposterous plot work.

It does loose a bit of steam in the final act as it moves from a subverted slasher film into more actual slasher film territory, but all in all it doesn't detract too much. This was a rollicking good time.
I love this movie. Can't believe it's been 7 years already.
 
17 (new): Nightmare on Elm Street 5 Dream Child

Freddy is back again...somehooooow (I seriously don't know how this time) and he's trying to reincarnate in a fetus inside Allison

This movie had some FREAKY imagery. There were some fun kills (death Harley being my personal favorite) but that image of the souls going into the baby will haunt me tonight. Overall Nightmare has been pretty creative about mixing things up and after the F13th movies that's a nice change of pace. I found this one fun and upbeat while being creepy

5/10

Fun and upbeat is not what I would ever call Dream Child. As I have said before, Nightmare 5 is the most Jekyll and Hyde entry of the franchise. It's got an awesome gothic look, it tries to tackle serious teen issues such as pregnancy, drunk driving and anorexia and it has some of more gruesome deaths in the series which says something since the previous two entries had the Puppet and the Cockroach deaths but all three of the Dream Child deaths have a disturbing quality to them. On the other hand it also has some of the most groan inducing Freddy one liners where he is more comedian then Dream Stalker.
 

DeathoftheEndless

Crashing this plane... with no survivors!
17. Vampyr - “You know, it’s economical to not have a storyline, because then you can just film people saying things.” I was reminded of that MST3K quote while watching this, even though its a little harsh. Vampyr is a German vampire movie that's loosely-plotted and nearly silent. There are some creepy moments and impressive camerawork for such an old film. Its a surreal story with a lot of scenes open to interpretation, which is not really my thing. If you want to check it out, its on Youtube.
 
Tenebrae is a harmony of giallo (and Argento-giallo) tropes. Overly long runtime, akwardness, bad dubbing, bad acting, breasts that perform more escape acts than Harry Houdini, awesomely melodramatic violence, and music that just won't quit!

Seriously, this probably has one of my favorite original scores out of every single Argento film (maybe out of every single giallo film even), including Suspiria. The main theme especially, with it's synth-sounding chorus emphatically shouting, "fire it up" or "hallelujah" or something unintelligible, really gets the blood pumping; it's really very catchy - very bizarre - stuff, that seems intent on eliciting a range of conflicting emotion. I can't decide myself, while listening, if I want to break dance, have sex, or both. The film itself feels conflicted in that exact way; probably why it jives with me so much, despite the issues, heh.

Oh and the ending. That explosively violent ending. That helps too.

https://letterboxd.com/kinggroin/film/tenebre/


any opinions on The Purge 3?
https://letterboxd.com/kinggroin/film/the-purge-election-year/
 
35) February (2015)


Hail Sata-

I hope you are entertained by girls very slowly ambling around empty corridors, because otherwise there's a problem.

A lethargic, dreary haunted school tale with bored looking actresses taking an eternity to do or say anything. Several of them are good ones too, Kiernan Shipka is well known for being excellent in Mad Men for instance, and Lucy Boynton was very charming in Sing Street. Despite only being 90 minutes long, it feels infinite. I expect the glacial pace and performances were intended to build "atmosphere", but I have seen atmosphere built correctly in enough films to know this one doesn't pull it off. The plot is incoherent throughout, and the final narrative that's pieced together really wasn't worth the wait, with numerous bits cribbed from other, better horror films. I believe the intention was to subvert some aspects of these kinds of haunting/possession stories, but they don't land.

On a spoiler level
Emma Roberts looks absolutely nothing like Kiernan Shipka
.

Avoid.
 
any opinions on The Purge 3?
It's the best out of all of them so far, but it's still way more a continuation of 2 than a continuation of 1. It also features some real bad dialogue from time to time, but that's pretty par for the course as far as this series goes. Think 2, but with less padding.

EDIT:

Also been WAY behind on my watching. I've been in trial all week this week and anticipate another next week as well. I'm not sure if I'm gonna make it, gang.
 
What the hell, France? Your horror movies are as fucked up as South Korea's.

Besides Inside and Martyrs, what are some other French horror movies/thrillers to check out?
Avoid Frontier(s). I thought it sucked ass. There were some cool ideas but they didn't go anywhere at all. Felt like 31 in a lot of ways.

For reference I thought Inside was good and High Tension was great until the shitty ending ruined it. I should revisit it though because I have not seen that in a long while. Have not seen Martyrs.
 
What the hell, France? Your horror movies are as fucked up as South Korea's.

Besides Inside and Martyrs, what are some other French horror movies/thrillers to check out?
Frontiere(s) is another messed up French flick. Very gory, very entertaining.

Edit: dammit lordxar! It's great! And the ending of High Tension is fine.
 
As far as I can tell, Eyes Without a Face is the OG French gore fest... it's just that it came out in 1960 so it's not actually very gory. Still leagues better than any New French Extremity film I've seen, though.
 
Alright, these are my options for theatrical viewings at the end of month. They're each playing multiple days (Oct 27-31) as well.

Aliens
They Live
The Shining
Halloween
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Night of the Living Dead 4K Restoration
The Old Dark House 4K Restoration
Suspiria 4K Restoration
For sure I'm seeing Suspiria and maybe The Old Dark House, but they are all tempting.

I feel blessed, I don't get too many opportunities to see classic films in the theaters. I did catch Halloween a few years back and it was incredible.
 
Alright, these are my options for theatrical viewings at the end of month. They're each playing multiple days (Oct 27-31) as well.



For sure I'm seeing Suspiria and maybe The Old Dark House, but they are all tempting.

I feel blessed, I don't get too many opportunities to see classic films in the theaters. I did catch Halloween a few years back and it was incredible.
Is that the 1930s Old Dark House or the 60s one?
 
Alright, these are my options for theatrical viewings at the end of month. They're each playing multiple days (Oct 27-31) as well.

For sure I'm seeing Suspiria and maybe The Old Dark House, but they are all tempting.

I feel blessed, I don't get too many opportunities to see classic films in the theaters. I did catch Halloween a few years back and it was incredible.

I saw Aliens at the Odeon Leicester Square when it came out in 1986. I would love to experience it on the big screen again. So that would be my pick, along with Suspiria, NOTLD and Halloween.