DVD Talk Forum - The 6th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 (2024)

Re: The 6th Annual "October Horror Movie Challenge" (10/1 - 10/31) ***The List Thread

Continued from: Part 1

October 10th

25. ☼ The Plague of the Zombies (1966) http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/images/3.5.gif (Theme Night)

Another really good voodoo zombie flick. Fun zombie story with the trademark Hammer style. Digging the voodoo priest's wardrobe, the mask and his ring. I also particularly liked the change of setting from the usual locations of voodoo films, this being set in a small English village.

26. ☼ The Gates of Hell (1980) http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/images/3.5.gif (31 Film Subset) (Theme Night)

This movie doesn't have hordes of zombies and the story is hard to follow but I can completely forgive all of that when looking at the lovely gore exhibited in this movie, particularly the scene with the two young lovers in the truck. The girl whose eyes start to bleed then spews all of her organs out of her body was amazingly gross, and I wondered how the director was going to top that, and he doesn't but that's okay because that scene completely won me over. I admire all the bleeding eyes in this movie which is a favorite image of mine. Going to buy the blu-ray so thanks llandros for choosing it for the subset.

27. ☼ Survival of the Dead (2009) :2star:(Theme Night)

My least favorite of Romero's zombie films and I've liked them all up until this point. I like the issue being covered here, the feud between those who want to keep the zombies alive and those who don't. It reminds me of the Hershel story-line from The Walking Dead comics. Unfortunately the movie doesn't have the looming danger and suspense the other films had, and the CGI gore is such a step back from what was accomplished in Day of the Dead.

October 11th

28. ☼ The Blob (1988) :3star:(31 Film Subset)

Looses a bit of steam towards the end but it has that fun 80’s quality. The blob monster was done rather well and the drain death scene is the definite highlight of the movie for me.

29. The Burning (1981) :4star:(Theme Night)

I love The Burning, one of my favorite slashers. Not as scary as Friday the 13th but the characters were fleshed out better and more likeable. Got to love the raft scene, Savini is tops.

30. ☼ April Fool’s Day (1986) :3star:(Theme Night)

The day this movie takes place on lends its self rather well to the horror genre. There are a lot of machinations going on in the story. I can say this movie frustrated me but that’s what it sets out to do.

October 12th

31. ☼ The Cottage (2008) http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/images/3.5.gif (Theme Night)

I wasn’t expecting much from this one, mainly checked it out because of Andy Serkis, but I turned out pleasantly surprised. It has a nice blend of comedy, starting out as a crime story than transitions to horror. Reminiscent of Texas Chainsaw, I got a lot of nice laughs and scares from it and it has some nice gore scenes, an entertaining flick.

32. ☼ The Black Cat (1941) :3star:

Too bad Lugosi and Rathbone had such small parts. I enjoyed this film though, kind of overdoes it with the bumbling comedy, but the atmosphere is nice.

October 13th

33. Frankenstein (1994) http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/images/3.gif (Theme Night)

This movie starts to fall apart at the end but until the whole “Bride” part I thought it was a pretty loyal adaptation of the novel with only minor discrepancies. The problem is Branagh follows the novel very close and you expect it to stay close all the way through but at the end he deviates, which is disappointing because none of the old movies get this close and I was expecting it to follow through until the end. The story has a lot of emotion and I love the 18th century setting and visuals of the movie. I liked De Niro as the monster. Frankenstein’s action at the end with Elizabeth just don’t jive with his mindset in the book. Despite its flaws I like to revisit this movie because I love horror movies set in centuries past.

34. Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988) http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/images/4.gif (31 Film Subset)

I like the first 2 Hellraisers so much because they are the stuff of twisted nightmares. There is an unsettling aura about these films, disturbing imagery and I love the portrayal of hell in these films. Scary to think about ending up stuck in that box. This film has all the right qualities of a true horror film.

October 14th

35. The Omen (1976) http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/images/4.gif (Theme Night)

The perfect evil child film with the talents of Gregory Peck. It’s a great film and it makes me feel unsettled watching it. It’s more subtle horror but does exhibit some memorable death scenes.

October 15th

36. ☼ Night of the Comet (1984) http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/images/2.5.gif (Theme Night)

Fun campy horror comedy rife with the 80‘s feeling from soundtrack to styles. Wish the “zombies” were used more but enjoyed the 80’s vibe.

37. ☼ The Monster (1903) (Wildcard #2)

October 16th

38. ☼ Brainscan (1994) http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/images/3.gif

90’s grunge influenced horror. Fun although campy flick, liked seeing Frank Langella. Not a fan of the ending.

39. ☼ Ju-on (2000) http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/images/3.5.gif (Theme Night)

Creepiest thing about this movie was the guttural sound coming from the girl up in the rafters. That segment made the film.

October 17th

40. ☼ My Bloody Valentine (1981) http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/images/3.5.gif (31 Film Subset) (Theme Night)

Slow in the beginning but really picks up when the young people go into the mine. The mining outfit is a great look for the killer. Didn’t see the ending coming. All around good slasher.

41. Opera (1987) http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/images/4.5.gif (Theme Night)

I love Argento, I love Opera. There’s a higher element of horror in this film because our leading lady is being terrorized and played with than being outright murdered. Pretty sad*stic what the murderer does to her. Love the needles under the eyes trick and all the good deaths in this movie. Terrific directing, and images, one of my favorite horror films.

October 18th

42. ☼ The Reptile (1966) http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/images/3.5.gif

I really like The Reptile. Typical great atmosphere from a Hammer picture with a good mystery. The reptile is shown only a few times so it really builds up the suspense to see it. Like how they changed up the creature from the typical vampire or zombie. The reptiles bite has a neat effect on its victims. Another great effort from Hammer.

43. Murder in the Rue Morgue (1932) http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/images/4.gif (Theme Night)

Features one of Lugosi’s more memorable characters and lovely sets and imagery. Erik the ape climbing the cottages is very reminiscent to King Kong so I was surprised to find it pre-dates Kong. As with most of the early Poe adaptations there is some lovely atmosphere. Always a joy watching Lugosi.

October 19th

44. Black Christmas (1974) http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/images/3.5.gif (Theme Night)

Fun with phone games. A slasher that doesn't have much gore but still stays effective with a interesting ending.

45. ☼ Tourist Trap (1979) http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/images/4.gif (31 Film Subset)

I liked this movie a ton. Very effective use of mannequins and the villain was an absolute creep and played wonderfully. Telekinesis, doll masks, lots of eerie things in this movie.

46. The Blob (1958) http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/images/3.gif

Bit of a slow burner compared to the remake and the monster isn't as exciting but it has strength with Mcqueen and the nice 50's atmosphere.

October 20th

47. ☼ Candyman (1992) http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/images/3.gif

I like the exploration of urban legends in this film, I used to have a fear of the Bloody Mary legend as a young child, brings me back to those days.

48. House of Frankenstein (1944) http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/images/3.5.gif (Theme Night)

One of my favorite things about this movie is seeing the monster try to save Karloff at the end of the film. It's a nice image considering Karloff's history with the character.

49. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/images/3.gif

The first two Friday films rank up on my most scary list so unfortunately the sequels that follow feel a bit disappointing, not able to retain that same level of scares. The 4th is a step up from the 3rd however, and I like to revisit it for Corey Feldman and Crispin Glover.

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