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October 2012 Horrorfest

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The breakdown: 29 films watched - 18 on DVD, 10 via Netflix instant, and 1 (non-horror movie) in the theatre; of those 22 were first views, 7 re-watches, one of which was a made-for-TV movie, and they came from every decade (!) from the 1930s to the 2010s.

All in all another successful Horrorfest. Didn't realize until the month ended that I watched films from all those decades, and had I been more conscious of that I might have thrown in a 1920s horror movie for good measure. My productivity fell off in the latter half of the month, so it was a good thing I had a big start. I wound up with a handful of films left unwatched at the end of the month, some of which I'll work in next month just because I really had wanted to watch them. I'm mildly disappointed that my intentions fell through on watching Creepshow with its sequel and Psycho with its sequel, as I'd planned to make them double features on nights off from work. Due to time & other circumstances, however, that just didn't work out.

As you'll notice (if you haven't already), the bulk of films came from my Listal friends. They loaned me some films that were well worth the time spent watching them, and a couple I wasn't so crazy about. But they made for a very interesting month & best of all provided me the opportunity to finally see some films I've been itching to see for some time now. Thanks dudes!

Best film for October I hadn't seen before: Rosemary's Baby
Best hidden gem: Dream Home
Worst film: After.Life
People who added this item 3365  Average listal rating (2329 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
1. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Re-watch - Oct. 2nd - DVD from my collection

Still not a flaw to be found here. I wanted to kick off October with this one partly because it perfectly sets the mood for the month & partly because I intend to go as Shaun for Halloween & want to make sure I get it right. I love everything about this film, especially the zombie/horror movie references throughout & the more I watch it the more I appreciate the attention to detail all around. If for any reason you haven't watched this film, go watch it ASAP.
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People who added this item 539  Average listal rating (372 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 6.6 
2. Attack the Block (2011)
First viewing - Oct. 2nd/3rd - DVD from Xanadon't's collection

Went into this one knowing nothing about it other than that a few people around here sang its praises after seeing it last year. So imagine my pleasant surprise upon finding I'd (unintentionally) perfectly paired it with Shaun of the Dead, what with it being a UK horror film with a supporting role by Nick Frost. That's not to say it's as good as Shaun of the Dead, but the films do complement each other well.

I dug that the main characters have both shades of good & bad, the creatures are awesome, the action sequences are handled well, and the performances are solid across the board. I was solidly entertained throughout the film, but I can't say I was ever fully blown away by it. The dialogue gets repetitive after a while due to the slang used & the main characters could've been better fleshed out I thought. The actors do a great job with what they've got (especially since for a lot of them this is their first film), so it's a shame they weren't given a little more to work with. Fortunately the film is highly entertaining so that one can let such things slide a little.
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People who added this item 600  Average listal rating (389 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.8 
3. The Fog (1980)
First viewing - Oct. 3rd

As the opening credits rolled by I found myself wondering aloud why the hell I hadn't already seen this. Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins, Jamie Lee Curtis, Hal Holbrook, & Janet Leigh in a movie together directed by John Carpenter...awesomeness is pretty much guaranteed. And it delivered, despite my fleeting moment of worry as the film wound to its end. Everything here fires on all cylinders, and any shortcomings I perceived were fairly minor. I'm so glad I finally watched this & I'll be sure to revisit it again & again in the future.

Currently streaming on Netflix
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People who added this item 230  Average listal rating (158 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.3 
4. Silver Bullet (1985)
Re-watch - Oct. 4th - DVD from my collection

Hadn't seen this one since I was a teenager, so I was long overdue to revisit it. It's solidly entertaining if a bit uneven at times in tone & execution. The werewolf effects are rather pitiful at times (especially if you've seen An American Werewolf in London and The Howling) & the film follows a fairly predictable course. But King's story is a pretty good one, most of the deaths & violence made me laugh (a good thing in this case), and I still enjoy it for the most part.
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People who added this item 550  Average listal rating (288 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.1 
5. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
First viewing - Oct. 5th

Prior to joining Listal this one wasn't on my radar, but after seeing mostly positive feedback on it I added it to my queue where it sat & waited for me to get around to it. Well on this night I decided it was time to finally give it a look & I can definitely see why it gets so much respect. By no means is this an easy film to watch as it almost plays like a documentary at times, and lots of messed up stuff turns up throughout the film for a very real-life horror experience. The performances are excellent & the technical aspects are solid, so really the main thing holding me back from giving this any higher of a rating is personal taste. This is one of those rare films that I enjoyed well enough, but would reluctantly recommend & almost certainly not watch a second time.

Currently streaming on Netflix
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People who added this item 429  Average listal rating (272 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.4 
6. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
First viewing - Oct. 5th/6th - DVD from phillydude's collection

Going into this one I was unsure as to whether I'd seen it before...now I'm pretty sure that it's the 1956 version I saw, though at this point it's been so long that whenever I get around to watching it to find out it'll feel like a first viewing. Aside from the basic plot idea I can't recall much about it, and so I won't be comparing this film to that one.

I thought for the most part this was excellent. The cast does a great job & the technical aspects have mostly held up well. The story is well told, and the ending is brilliantly handled. My only complaints were that the film runs a little longer than seemed necessary & the unwavering naivete of the main characters eventually grew tiresome. But I was well entertained & am glad I finally sat down with the film.
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People who added this item 20  Average listal rating (15 ratings) 4.4  IMDB Rating 3.4 
7. Maniac (1934)
First viewing - Oct. 6th - DVD from my collection

At 51 minutes this was a safe bet to have time to watch it while my daughter took a nap. Been wanting to watch this since seeing a trailer for it at Drafthouse a while back because it looked rather insane. And indeed it is. Unfortunately it's also got problems.

The story is entertaining thanks largely to a couple of over-the-top performances, inspiration from a couple of Edgar Allan Poe's tales, & a mostly unpredictable plot. There were plenty of surprises along the way, including female nudity (this is currently the oldest film I've seen with any nudity in it). Unfortunately the action is regularly stopped for informative text frames about various mental conditions, which are interesting enough but in my opinion took away from the overall experience. Also there are a couple of actors who are clearly reading their lines from off-screen cards & not bothering to hide it, though that's as much amusing as it is troublesome.

So the bottom line here is that I had a lot of fun with it for what it was, but it could definitely be better.
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People who added this item 26  Average listal rating (18 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 5.3 
8. King of the Zombies (1941)
First viewing - Oct. 9th

Last horrorfest I watched Zombie Mania, which detailed the history of zombie films & mentioned this one along the way. I made a mental note of it so I could check it out, and when I found myself wanting to watch something short before bed I gave it a look (run time 1 hr, 7 min). It's a hilarious horror-comedy whose best character is played by African-American actor Mantan Moreland, which I'm sure was a little controversial at the time. Despite a bit of stereotyping he turns out to be smarter than the white guys he's running around with, and he scores most of the film's best lines & jokes. His character & performance alone make this worth watching. The story is a decent one too, though a bit rushed (and as a result semi-predictable) as the short run time suggests. The upside to that though is that the film never slows down at any point (perhaps if it had it'd be even better though), so it's consistently entertaining.

Definitely worth a look.

Currently streaming on Netflix
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People who added this item 45  Average listal rating (21 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 6.2 
9. Madhouse (1974)
First viewing - Oct. 9th

No horrorfest is complete without at least one Vincent Price film. This one is pretty good, though it seems like it's mostly a tribute & send off for Price since it was his last film with American International Pictures where he shot the Poe adaptations with Roger Corman, among other films. Lots of footage from those films is used throughout as his character's past films, in fact a bit overused really which slows the film down eventually. Which is a bit disappointing since the story is a decent one with an excellent ending. I still really enjoyed it, especially since it provides an opportunity to see him & Peter Cushing on screen together, but it holds itself back from ever being great.

Currently streaming on Netflix
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People who added this item 206  Average listal rating (151 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating 6.2 
10. House (1986)
Re-watch - Oct. 9th/10th

Watched this & its first sequel back-to-back, and it had been many many years since I'd seen either film in its entirety. Turns out though that my rating on this one was completely accurate. This is an excellent, underrated & underappreciated horror-comedy film from start to finish. The creatures are wonderfully designed (I miss the days when CGI didn't exist), the story is solid, the suspenseful parts are well done & I found myself lost in the film for the most part. Granted the performances aren't great, but they're solid for the most part. Really any issues I had with it were minor & fleeting, and House proved to be well worth revisiting. I'll have to not take so long to do so again next time.

Currently streaming on Netflix
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People who added this item 77  Average listal rating (58 ratings) 5.7  IMDB Rating 5.3 
11. House II: The Second Story (1987)
Re-watch - Oct. 10th

Definitely not as good as its predecessor, but still damned entertaining. On the upside there's a lot of creativity & inventiveness on display throughout this film, and the story is solidly entertaining. My personal favorite part is where John Ratzenberger shows up as an electrician who's able to help out the protagonist more than you'd expect. In fact, that alone encourages me to give this an 8 instead of a 7. Unfortunately the film also gets horribly dated by the '80s fashion on display, and a couple of pieces of the story that seem important wind up unresolved. Add to that the fact that the acting ranges from good to terrible, and I'm fine with leaving this one stuck at 7 after all. Still, you'll never hear me talk anyone out of watching this film. Just expect it to be fairly cheesy & you'll be OK.

Currently streaming on Netflix
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People who added this item 296  Average listal rating (196 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.3 
12. The Mummy (1932)
Re-watch - Oct. 12th - DVD from my collection

No better than I remembered this one I should probably count it as a first view, but I know I watched it when I was younger. The Mummy starts off really strong & the technical aspects are excellent. The performances are solid with Zita Johann's being the best of the bunch. I liked the story OK even if it did steal a bit from Dracula, but as it lumbered toward the ending I started losing interest & the weak ending didn't help matters any. Also it annoys me when a character suddenly knows what's going on when there's no possible way for them to know (guess he read through to the end of the script?).

Definitely worth a look, but I didn't think it was that great.
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People who added this item 1279  Average listal rating (870 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 7.3 
13. The Descent (2005)
First viewing - Oct. 12th - DVD from Xanadon't's collection


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People who added this item 1260  Average listal rating (771 ratings) 5.8  IMDB Rating 5.9 
14. Hide and Seek (2005)
First viewing - Oct. 13th - DVD from phillydude's collection

Going into a film with lowered expectations in this case pays off. I thought much of this film was solid & enjoyed it all the way through to the end. There's nothing especially original about it & the most impressive thing is how creepy Dakota Fanning can be. The twist is well-executed but rather ridiculous, so I enjoyed the ending more while watching it than thinking about it afterwards. Worth a look, but not essential.
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People who added this item 339  Average listal rating (179 ratings) 5.7  IMDB Rating
15. After.Life (2009)
First viewing - Oct. 14th - DVD from Xanadon't's collection

Stupid stupid stupid. The only reason I got through this film is the fact that Christina Ricci is scantily clad to naked for most of it, which is kinda sad. Don't bother.
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People who added this item 129  Average listal rating (75 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 6.8 
16. Bay of Blood (Twitch of the Death Nerve) (1971)
First viewing - Oct. 17th

Let me start by saying that this film barely made the jump from a 7 to an 8, and the thing that pushed it over was the ending. So consider it more of a high 7 than a true 8. The kills throughout this film are excellent, so much so that I was willing to forgive any lack of quality in the acting. I dug the soundtrack too & was occasionally impressed by the way the film was shot. There's not much suspense to it & it follows a mostly predictable course, but it's so entertaining that that's fairly forgivable too.

Bottom line is this: if you like your horror bloody with a side of nudity, and can keep in mind that this is a B-movie through & through, definitely give this one a look.

Currently streaming on Netflix
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People who added this item 941  Average listal rating (618 ratings) 5.5  IMDB Rating 6.3 
17. Arachnophobia (1990)
Re-watch - Oct. 19th/20th - DVD from my collection

Hadn't seen this one since the '90s, yet I still remembered a fair bit of it. John Goodman's character remains my favorite part of the entire thing, and it's solidly entertaining. However, a big part of why it's solidly entertaining is how unintentionally laughable the spiders are. They're far too intelligent to be believable, and some of the effects don't help matters any (for the bigger ones I can tell it's a hand in a spider glove, for example). So it wound up being more of a horror-comedy for me this time around. Ah, and the plot quickly becomes predictable, which bummed me out a little. Still entertaining enough though to be worth a look, just don't expect greatness.
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People who added this item 2127  Average listal rating (1280 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating
18. Rosemary's Baby (1968)
First viewing - Oct. 20th/21st - DVD from my collection

When I saw this in the grocery store for $5, I decided to buy it so I could finally watch it. After all, it's got a reputation as one of the best horror films of all time, which has always made me curious to see it. Fortunately in this case it lives up to its reputation.

Polanski made one hell of a film here. Mia Farrow is Amazing in her performance, and...well really everything about the film is excellent & damn near perfectly done. The ending didn't leave me with that 10/10 feeling for some reason, but I can't think of a thing to change about the film so maybe a re-watch down the road will squeeze that last point out of me.
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People who added this item 281  Average listal rating (194 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.3 
19. The Stand (1994)
First viewing - Oct. 15th-22nd - DVD from phillydude's collection

This is 3/4 of a really good movie. Unfortunately the final 1/4 wound up being rather disappointing. Overall The Stand kept me guessing right up to the end, which earned points in its favor. Also most of the cast does an excellent job in their roles, and it was nice to see some actors I'd somewhat forgotten (like Laura San Giacomo & the big guy from Coach). The effects are mostly cheesy, which seems to be par for the course as far as made-for-TV movies go so I guess I can let that slide a little. But for all the build up of the villain, the final act makes it seem like mostly hype as everything falls apart around him with no real explanation as to why & he's powerless to stop it. You'd think since Stephen King wrote the script, which is adapted from his book, that the ending would work better than it does. I now feel like I need to read the book to see if it ends better or has the exact same problems.

Anyway, it's worth a look, but could be much better.

Also currently streaming on Netflix
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People who added this item 58  Average listal rating (26 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.7 
20. Dream Home (2010)
First viewing - Oct. 22nd

I heard about this one from fellow Listalite Dan's Best Horror Films of 2011 list (courtesy of bloodydisgusting.com), which I've now seen half of & enjoyed all 5 for the most part (my order differs to be sure). First off, props are deserved for the film delivering gore effects that look so realistic they're occasionally too intense to watch. But I was equally impressed by the way it weaves a single night of violence into the main character's history so you understand her motivations. There's some social commentary going on, but it's never heavy-handed which is always nice. Ah, and it turns out this was a good time to watch this one since the first date that pops up is Oct. 30th. :)

Currently streaming on Netflix
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People who added this item 428  Average listal rating (296 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.9 
21. Dog Soldiers (2002)
First viewing - Oct. 23rd

Were it not for the relentless intensity of the latter 2/3 of the film, I'd have to rate this one a 7. The humans are stereotypical, some elements are easily predictable, and the camera work at times is annoyingly shaky which renders the images indecipherable. But I spent so much time on the edge of my seat that it earns extra credit. Definitely worth a look.
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People who added this item 333  Average listal rating (186 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.3 
22. The Changeling (1980)
First viewing - Oct. 25th - DVD from jaytoast's collection

Apparently I'm odd man out on this one. I had problems with The Changeling from the start, which didn't set a good tone for the rest of the film. The acting is decent & there are some moments along the way that are well-handled, but on the whole I couldn't really get into it & thought the plot followed a rather predictable & occasionally ridiculous path. I can't say I regret watching the film as I was somewhat entertained by it at times, but I definitely wouldn't watch it again & I've certainly seen better haunted house movies.

My contacts rating average for this film is 8.1 though, so maybe it's just me.
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People who added this item 606  Average listal rating (384 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.8 
23. Creepshow (1982)
Re-watch - Oct. 26th/27th

First saw this one years ago & the thing that stuck with me the longest was the final bit which undoubtedly instilled in me a lasting fear/disgust with roaches (see above). Watching that one now I feel like that guy got what was coming to him though. "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill" remains my least favorite of the bunch due mainly to Stephen King's poor acting abilities & I still find it the weakest tale of the bunch; while "The Crate" remains my favorite. Creepshow has long been one of my favorite anthology horror films, and I don't see that ever changing.

On a side note, I'd intended to watch this with its sequel, but a variety of things prevented my doing so (unless I want to stay up until 3am, which I don't). Seems like I'm falling behind on getting these films watched as the month draws closer to its end, all for a variety of reasons as well. Too bad I can't squeeze an extra week out somehow. Ah well. Right now it's looking like I'll have to watch a few films next month instead.
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People who added this item 758  Average listal rating (442 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.9 
24. Fatal Attraction (1987)
First viewing - Oct. 27th - DVD from phillydude's collection

Really should've watched this one already, but I was only 9 when it came out & I had lots of other movies I wanted to watch more that came out after Fatal Attraction. Aside from a few moments that were unintentionally funny or rather unbelievable, I thought it was an excellent film & well worth its reputation as a more modern classic. Glenn Close & Michael Douglas are excellent throughout the film & I was totally caught up by the story. The suspense is handled perfectly, which definitely helps. The child actor isn't very good & I was a little bummed that the awesome Fred Gwynne was hardly in it after seeing his name in the opening credits, but those are minor complaints really.

It's funny to think how different this movie would be now though given the technological changes over time. This was prior to caller ID and cellphones and the characters are listening to cassette tapes, so you know some things wouldn't work anymore...all of which amused me.

Anyway, definitely worth a look.
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People who added this item 675  Average listal rating (434 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.1 
25. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
First viewing - Oct. 29th

Perhaps my expectations were too high on this one due to its reputation as a Great film. I didn't find much greatness in it. The camera work is the only thing I was impressed with honestly. The acting is uneven as is the storytelling. Things happen that make no sense whatsoever & those things are never explained or clarified...and not in a David Lynch sorta way, more like a lazy, disappointing way. I suppose the presentation of two characters who embody opposing views of Christianity was interesting, but for me it was more interesting to think about after the film ended than while watching it. Much ado has been made of Mitchum's portrayal of the villain, and he was OK but I can think of many villains I'm more impressed with. Oh yeah, and there's way too much singing which I wasn't expecting. Not sure it added anything to the film really, though it's possible I simply lack the appreciation for hymns & whatnot.

Terribly overrated & the only thing keeping me from giving it a lower rating is the fact that I've seen far worse.
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People who added this item 802  Average listal rating (462 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.2 
26. Let Me In (2010)
First viewing - Oct. 30th - DVD from Xanadon't's collection

Let the Right One In was a pleasant surprise when I first saw it, and I loved the film so much I had little interest in seeing an American remake. Some positive reviews over time encouraged me to check it out at some point, but it was far from a priority. Nice then that Xanadon't sent me Let Me In to watch for the Horrorfest.

What we have here is a solid if unnecessary remake. The story remains pretty much the same, which is definitely a good thing. There are some little flourishes along the way which serve to keep it from being a carbon copy of the original, some of which I enjoyed but none of which really added anything substantial. The CGI-enhanced action sequences are more laughable than believable (which wasn't a problem with the original), and the supporting cast of adults is given shorter shrift than before & thus rendered less human. Fortunately the leads both deliver excellent performances, one of the few reasons the remake is actually worth watching.

In the end I enjoyed watching it, but couldn't keep myself from comparing it to the original & being aware of how much better the film could be.
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See also this month's lists from: phillydude, jaytoast, and Xanadon't (that's his horror list btw; for his non-horror October list go here)
People who added this item 728  Average listal rating (435 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.1 
27. Martyrs (2008)
First viewing - Oct. 6th/7th - DVD from Xanadon't's collection

This one starts off with an hour of pure cinematic horror bliss. Really throughout the first 2/3 of the film I was loving everything about it & had it pegged for a new favorite & easy 10/10. Then we get to the film's final 1/3 and it quit working for me. There's an unnecessary repetition of scenes that goes on far too long & the decision to make it as realistic as possible only served to make me turn further away from the film. It seems like the filmmaker wants the audience to go through a slice of the torment our protagonist goes through, so I guess it makes sense but it's definitely no fun to watch. And while the ending is thought-provoking I didn't find it entirely satisfying.

Don't get me wrong, I'm glad I finally watched Martyrs, but it's another film I simply can't recommend nor would I likely watch it again.
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People who added this item 210  Average listal rating (134 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.4 
28. Psycho II (1983)
First viewing - Oct. 31st - DVD from phillydude's collection

First off, Psycho never needed a sequel. It's a perfect film as it is & at the end of it there's nothing else left to explore. That said, this sequel is pretty good provided you can get over how unnecessary it is. The cast does an excellent job, the suspense is handled well, the story is decent, and the soundtrack is pretty good. On the downside, most of the effects aren't very well done & look cheesy as a result. Also the film frequently falls back on the original for ideas rather than forging its own path, including recreating scenes (albeit somewhat differently). Still, seeing Norman Bates returned back to the world is compelling enough to be worth watching, even if the original film is a tough (if not impossible) act to follow.
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People who added this item 1390  Average listal rating (914 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.5 
29. Looper (2012)
First viewing - Oct. 14th

We interrupt this Horrorfest for a non-horror trip to the theatre.

Excellent film from start to finish. Lots of impressive, interesting stuff going on...I loved that the film spent as much time developing the characters as it did taking them through the action sequences, and the depiction of the future was believable (which is a nice change). Can't say it crossed the threshold into Greatness for me, but perhaps repeat viewings will improve my opinion of it as I can't really think of much I didn't like about it. I just know I didn't get that feeling that the 9s and 10s give me.

As much as I dug this & Brick, I really need to watch The Brothers Bloom now.
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Coming to get you attractions

Films I plan to watch this month

Leaving Netflix instant: Village of the Damned (Nov. 1st)


 

AKA: Movies the giraffe watched: October 2012
Yep, it's time once again for me to spend an entire month watching horror movies to celebrate Halloween. Some good friends have loaned me several of the films I'll be watching & the rest will either come from my collection or my Netflix IQ. And speaking of Netflix, if I watch ANY movies that aren't horror this month it'll only be because they're removing something I really wanted to watch. Those films will get their usual section.

Oh yeah, and my year-long focus on the films of the Marx Bros. will get put on hold this month. I'll watch 2 next month to make up for it.

By the way, if you're looking for some music to celebrate Halloween then please check out my 31 days of Halloween songs list or Bad Alice's Halloween Playlist*

See also the following similar lists:
Orlok's October Movie Journal
One Horror Film a Day for 31 Days
Phillydude's 31 Days Of Halloween
jaytoast's October Cinema Diary
Bad☆Alice's Movie Diary 2012 *October*
INEEDYUO's Movie Diary 2012 [Sep-Oct]
Xanadon't's October Movie Journal - HorrorFest 2012

Yearly lists going horror for October
Watched in 2012 (moviewatcher122)
200 new movies in 2012 (Mackenzi)
Watched in 2012 (Hootsaidtheowl)

My past lists
October 2011 Horrorfest
October 2010 Horrorfest

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Comments

Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Oct 7 14:48
Terrible shame, that there is no Halloween in my country :(
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Oct 7 14:54
@Villiana - A shame indeed! It's been my favorite holiday for a long, long time.
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Oct 7 19:42
Glad you got to watch 1978 version of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers". I think both the 1978 and 1956 each have different merits. The 'red scare' aspect is more pronounced in the 1953 putting it up with "Them" as one of my favorite 'red scare horror' films.
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Oct 8 7:56
Ah yes- great job with this list and all the providing of the links and the celebrating of horrorfest!

Nice job kicking things off with a tried and true modern classic... and yes it segues into Attack the Block nicely. Glad to see you enjoyed it! Even if you didn't enjoy it quite to the tune I did, I'm happy to see that you liked it better than most. Also, as a first time directing effort he'll be one to keep an eye on.

The Fog is one that I'm surprised not to have seen already myself. I finally started it one night but it was very late and I fell asleep fairly early in the proceedings and never returned to it. I should pick up that loose thread one of these days, especially now that it's got your endorsement!

Henry is certainly one of those movies that everyone (or at least everyone with broad cinematic taste) should see once, so glad to see you cross that off the list.

And then there's Martyrs... I'm happy to see you responded as well as you did to the majority of the film. And totally understand how anyone could be put off by much of the rest. For me it's an instance where so many movies set out to shock and disturb, yet so very very few movies actually do so for me. Martyrs did. And did it well. But yes, pretty messed up and brutal and agonizing to watch for quite a long spell there. Pretty wild, blood-splattered ride there for a while though, eh?

Okay, gotta click on that giant-ass knife Asian cover-art and see just what that is...

Check back in later!
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Oct 8 20:10
I love Martyrs, Silver Bullet and The Fog. I really liked Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Shaun of The Dead as well!

Also, thanks for adding a link to my list! :D
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Oct 8 20:21
Great selection, as usual, but I don't see how 'Tape' fit in as an horror movie. Good movie though.
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Oct 8 21:10
Glad you liked Invasion of the Body Snatchers, I thought it was better than the original, although I agree with jaytoast that there is more of a hard to miss red scare subtext in the original - the trifecta of Leonard Nimoy, Donald Sutherland and Jeff Goldblum in a movie together was enough to make it a winner for me, plus the ending is a classic.

I agree about The Fog, when you see Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis in a horror movie together, you know you are in for something good, and after seeing Christine today, I think John Carpenter now ranks right up there with Hitchcock and Romero among my favorite horror movie directors.

I am also with you on Martyrs, I liked the beginning, and if it had stayed liked that it could have been great, but it went down hill in the last part with some hard to watch scenes, but maybe I would have cut the movie more slack if I had watch it this month amidst all the other horror movies I have been watching.

I bought a DVD of Shaun Of The Dead recently and am hoping to fit in a rewatch at some point this month - one of my favorite zombie movies - and I will be looking forward to reading your thoughts on the other horror films you'll be watching this month :)

Thanks for linking all of the lists together again this year, makes it easier to keep up with them.
Yay for the Horrorfest!
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Oct 9 1:33
What a great start!!! and You have lots of great films in your future!!!
have you seen Dog Soldiers? or Let me in? Looking forward to reading your thoughts on those!
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Oct 9 17:03
@johanlefourbe - Tape doesn't fit in at all, but since it's the only film leaving my queue this month so far & I really want to see it I'll be watching it.

@Bad☆Alice - Dog Soldiers and Let Me In will both be first views, but I've already seen Let the Right One In so I know what to expect from the latter.
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Oct 9 17:41
Can't wait to see what you think about your coming attractions, there are several I plan on watching as well.
So glad you liked Attack the Block too, I was pleasantly surprised with it.
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Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Oct 12 7:16
The creatures are wonderfully designed (I miss the days when CGI didn't exist)


Yes!! Right there with ya man! I might have to finally give House a look!
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Oct 13 2:17
I am SO glad to see someone else appreciating House!!!
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Oct 14 0:14
You have to post a picture of yourself in the Shaun costume - I would like to see that - I just enjoyed watching Shaun of the Dead again and agree with you about the references to other zombie movies being one of the best parts of the film, although there are a lot of parts of it that cracked me up.
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Oct 14 0:32
Very nice choices.
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Oct 15 8:07
Hey, cool! Someone else that actually kinda liked Hide and Seek a little. I too felt like people were a bit too tough on that one. And Dakota Fanning really does a knock-out job given the circumstances.

Heh, well I did warn you that After.Life wasn't the greatest. Your 3/10 rating is probably more reliable than my 5/10 if I stop to think about it. Fuck, who knows... maybe I subconsciously gave it an extra half-star for each Christina Ricci nipple. I'd apologize, but what the hell, I'm sure I've probably awarded half-stars for even less-deserving reasons at some point or another.

I find myself wondering if a Looper rewatch will help or hurt the film for me. As it stands, I'm in your camp when you say, "I just know I didn't get that feeling that the 9s and 10s give me."

Enjoying your comments on these movies. I'll be back around soon!
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Oct 15 14:07
I'm glad you liked Hide & Seek, I think it gets a bum rap and is actually a pretty good movie - in the special features there are a few alternate endings you might want to check out, a couple are pretty good but I liked the original ending the best.
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Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Oct 22 20:37
Glad you liked The Stand - I do agree about the first three parts being better than the conclusion, which I think can be blamed on the lack of a compelling villain, always an important part of any horror movie - I enjoy The Stand whenever I sit down to watch it, but it doesn't stick with me the way The Langoliers does - I think of that movie every time I get on an airplane, and Toomey was a memorable villain. I read the book a long time ago, so I don't remember how closely the book ending mirrored the movie - props for getting through the whole thing - anything else you can say about The Stand - it's certainly the longest horror movie ever.
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Oct 24 5:25
Glad to see you enjoyed Rosemary's Baby. I love the book just as much as the film, it's probably the closest I've ever seen a book be adapted to film. Also nice to see you dug Dog Soldiers, it's a pretty entertaining flick.
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Oct 28 21:25
I am glad that I could give you the chance to finally watch Fatal Attraction - it has always been one of my favorites, Yeah, I think caller ID would have made it harder for Alex to stalk Dan today, but then she would have had cell phones, E-mail and Google earth to make it easier - talking to operators, listening to tapes and using pay phones seem almost quaint today, but it was one of the more cultural impactive movies that I can remember, it is all people talked about for months after it came out and even got a Time magazine cover - and I think it probably drastically reduced the rate of adultery in the country for a while.
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Nov 1 23:21
I agree that a sequel to Psycho wasn't needed or necessary, as it might be the best horror film of all time, but there is something about Psycho II that I just love, maybe even a little more than I loved the original - I think it is because Norman is so likeable and sympathetic in it - I think of the movie every time I make a toasted cheese sandwich - glad you got to see it, just avoid any future sequels at all cost - Psycho III is dreadful, they turned Norman into Jason Vorhees. Glad your horrorfest went well, and you are welcome for the movies, my horrorfest was cut short by Hurricane Sandy, but I will try to get to some of the movies I missed in November.
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Nov 2 5:43
Great job this month man! Lots of stuff that I wish I'd had more time to touch base with you on though out the month.

Some quick thoughts:

Glad to see you caught up with Rosemary's Baby! Excellent movie that I'll probably revisit next Horrorfest, if not before.

Happy you dug Dog Soldiers. I always laugh at the "calm and controlled hammer/panicked frantic hammer" scene.

Glad I didn't watch Night of the Hunter like I very nearly did one night. Seems I can live without it...

On the other hand, you didn't like The Changeling all that well, so...

Ha, just kidding! I think my very positive response to that film had as much to do with performance/characterization as anything. And of course so much can be subjective when assessing those things. I'm realizing that I like horror movies that incorporate a sizable amount of sadness in its tone.

As for Let Me In, the very fact that I saw that one in the Theater may account for the full-star difference in our ratings. I almost always respond better to movies when I see them at the theater- except if its a just plain shitty movie, in which case I generally hate it more than if watched at home. Also, I don't remember having any problems with any of the CGI-enhanced action, so that's interesting to me. I guess I'll find out sooner or later what a rewatch does for me.

Anyhoo, great reads here. Cheers!
Posted: 1 year, 7 months ago at Jan 5 11:27
I do this, as well. Every October it's 31 nights of horror...and days, too. :)

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