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2016 Horror Movie Marathon

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Hellraiser (1987)
Watched October 1st

I had actually made the choice to open this year's Horror Movie Marathon with Hellraiser a while ago. I wanted to start with a classic (check), a movie I've seen before (check), something with gore (check), and of course, an interesting story (check). I had been itching to re-watch Hellraiser for the past couple of months, but decided to save it for the marathon. So once October arrived I was super excited to pull out the Blu-Ray from a cardboard box I keep my disorganised collection of movies. It's a creepy tale about a woman who lures men into her home where she kills them and uses their corpses to bring back to life her lover who had been sent to hell after unlocking a mystical puzzle box which summon sadomasochistic demons. Its plot is horribly fascinating, with themes of seduction and cruelty, and it is artistic in its stylistic violence. An '80s classic which has stood the test of time, I really can revisit this movie every October.

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People who added this item 503 Average listal rating (344 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.5
Watched October 3rd

Okay, so no movie yesterday as it was the NRL Grand Final! It's one of the biggest sporting events in Australia and it's kind of like Christmas to me, so my sole attention was on the game. I had my cousin and his wife over for dinner, plus my parents, and it was a really incredible game, one of the best Grand Finals ever! Congratulations to the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks on winning their first ever premiership... but anyway, let's get back to the Horror Movie Marathon...

After watching 'Hellraiser' two nights ago, I deemed it appropriate to move onto the sequel: 'Hellhound'! This is another movie I have seen before, I bought it on DVD to watch during last year's marathon, that was my first viewing. I really love this sequel, not quite as much as I do the original, but to me this is a fantastic follow up. It picks up shortly after the events of the first film where Kirsty is held in a mental asylum. She gets a message that her father is in hell and needs her help. In my description of 'Hellraiser' I didn't mention how much I love the Kirsty Cotton character, who is easily my favourite in these movies. Portrayed by the beautiful and talented Ashley Laurence, she is one of the all-time great horror movie heroines. In the first movie the plot focuses on her father and his wife Julia, and then shifts to Kirsty who is a young innocent woman who has this confronting situation thrust upon her. Here, Kirsty is now the experienced survivor, and protector of the younger, and mute, mental patient, Tiffany. Kirsty is even more confident, and more badass, than she was in the first film. Think Sarah Connor, or Ellen Ripley and their respective transformations in the 'Terminator' and 'Alien' films. The film ups the special effects and production values, although maybe lacks a bit in its narrative when compared to the original. Still, this is a spectacular sequel with exciting visuals including incredible stylistic gore.

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People who added this item 2084 Average listal rating (1325 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.5
The Fly (1986)
Watched October 4th

Tonight I went with a movie I like but had not seen in a while; the 1986 version of 'The Fly'. It has been a few years since I last saw it, so the itch to revisit it was strong. Actually, I had intended to watch it during last year's marathon, I bought it on DVD, but I ran out of time. I made a point to include it this year, and so I've watched it early on in the marathon to make sure it doesn't miss out this time around!

Let me just say, I admit I have not yet seen the 1958 original version, directed by Kurt Neumann, so I can not compare this remake to it. However, this version stands on its own two feet and I've been able to enjoy it as its own movie. I don't normally like remakes, especially horror remakes, but this is different. It's just a really well-made film. The special effects are absolutely grotesque. I think the first time I saw this movie was my introduction to David Cronenberg, whose films usually feature creative special effects and makeup. The first time I watched it, it blew me away. As Brundle gradually transforms from human to fly his appearance morphs into a disgusting creature. His girlfriend still loves him and desperately wants to help him but feels powerless. It's quite tragic really.

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People who added this item 731 Average listal rating (462 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.2
Re-Animator (1985)
Watched October 5th

Here we go, this is the very first time I watch Re-Animator, and wow... where have you been all my life? I can't believe it's taken me this long, but better late than never, right?

The story is kind of like a 1980's 'Frankenstein', with a mad scientist determined to perfect re-animation: bringing life to the dead. The scientist is Herbert West, a young sociopathic medical student who moves into the spare bedroom up for rent by his fellow classmate, Bruce. Herbert is brilliantly played by Jeffrey Combs as a menacing, unfriendly, and inconsiderate, roommate. His character is the best thing about the movie, but also admirable is the insane plot which sees Herbert and Jeffrey try to bring life to cadavers in the morgue which then leads to a chain of events which is not only horrifying, but darkly hilarious. I really enjoyed this movie, I had heard about it for years but never wanted to read too deep into detail of what it was about so I could go in fresh, and it worked like a charm. I never had the opportunity to see it until I stumbled upon in on YouTube. No sweat, I would have bought it on DVD, or watched it on Foxtel, but I could never find it anywhere, so YouTube was the only way to go, but I'll definitely be seeking this out on DVD because I have to own it!

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People who added this item 1323 Average listal rating (866 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
The Omen (1976)
Watched October 6th

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People who added this item 388 Average listal rating (260 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.5
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People who added this item 397 Average listal rating (254 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.4
Dracula (1958)
Watched October 8th

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People who added this item 622 Average listal rating (416 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.1
Fright Night (1985)
Watched October 9th

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People who added this item 1753 Average listal rating (1080 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5
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People who added this item 294 Average listal rating (197 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.1
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People who added this item 865 Average listal rating (521 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
Dracula (1931)
Watched October 13th

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People who added this item 442 Average listal rating (298 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.4
The Wolf Man (1941)
Watched October 14th

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People who added this item 1605 Average listal rating (1064 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.3
Cape Fear (1991)
Watched October 16th

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People who added this item 979 Average listal rating (573 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.9
Frankenstein (1931)
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People who added this item 713 Average listal rating (411 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
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People who added this item 3061 Average listal rating (1973 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.5
Dracula (1992)
Watched October 18th

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People who added this item 489 Average listal rating (279 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6
The Haunting (1963)
Watched October 19th

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People who added this item 1147 Average listal rating (717 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.9
King Kong (1933)
Watched October 20th

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People who added this item 448 Average listal rating (284 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.6
The Howling (1981)
Watched October 21st

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People who added this item 1539 Average listal rating (1021 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
Evil Dead II (1987)
Watched October 23rd

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People who added this item 1632 Average listal rating (1027 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.9
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People who added this item 2606 Average listal rating (1651 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.4
Carrie (1976)
Watched October 24th

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The Conjuring (2013)
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People who added this item 576 Average listal rating (387 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.4
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People who added this item 2271 Average listal rating (1490 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.8
Halloween (1978)
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Posted: 1 year, 1 month ago at Oct 24 2:42
Nice to see lots of classic greatness on this list!
Posted: 1 year, 1 month ago at Nov 13 18:11
Whoa, we had 10 films in common for October. Course most of those are the Elm Street films, which it looks like you caught all of but the 2nd one, but still that's a lot we both watched. :)

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