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Added by moviewatcher122 on 2 Oct 2016 03:01
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Moviewatcher122's 2016 Horrorfest

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Decade: Rating: List Type:
Best Movie: The Witch/The Birds
Worst Movie: Jason X
October 1

"So few people can boast that they've lost a flying saucer and a man from Mars -all in the same day! Wonder what they'd have done to Columbus if he'd discovered America, and then mislaid it."

Since I've never started off the month with a classic horror film, I decided to kick off this horrorfest with the original Thing. I really liked the whole atmosphere and setting this movie had and the characters are well-developed and there's a lot of interesting dialogue going around here. It also has a lot of tension and it has all the elements it needs to be a great movie. However, I just couldn't help but thinking of the remake and how John Carpenter improved on the original while at the same time making it his own work. Just every aspect about it was even better than it was here and it's one of those times where the remake is better than the original. Not to knock the original though since I still really liked this movie. It just falls short of being great in my book.
moviewatcher122's rating:
People who added this item 239 Average listal rating (162 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.5
October 1

"Then it's true."
"Everything is true. God's an Astronaut. Oz is Over the Rainbow, and Midian is where the monsters live."

This movie started off good, but the more it went on the more I really started to like it. I just couldn't help but get sucked into this world that it creates and be amazed by all the visuals this movie has to offer. The acting was really good as well, but I really liked David Cronenberg's performance the most. He was just great as the creepy psychiatrist and I just thought it was cool that he was in this movie. I really loved this movie although part of the reason I liked it as much as I did is because I saw the directors cut of this movie which is fairly new. I found out after watching this that the studios interfered with this movie by cutting out a lot of stuff and just butchered Clive Barker's vision which really sucks. If I saw this movie before the director's cut came out, I don't think I would've liked it nearly as much as I do now, so if you're going to watch this movie then watch the director's cut as it's the best way to watch it.
moviewatcher122's rating:
People who added this item 169 Average listal rating (118 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6
Alligator (1980)
October 2

"What the hell we looking for?"
"Anything that looks like it doesn't belong here."
"Uh, evidence of alligator nesting."
"I see, like shoes, handbags, luggage..."

One thing I really like about this movie is the title. It's very simplistic, but it's straight-forward and to the point. It's far from being anything remarkable, but it's fun. It had some cool effects, decent characters and it doesn't take itself too seriously. This does kind of remind me of the original Piranha which in this case is a good thing. It was a entertaining creature film and that's all I was expecting.
moviewatcher122's rating:
People who added this item 659 Average listal rating (505 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 6.9
October 3

"Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?"

Whenever a new horror movie gets a ton of praise, I don't buy in the hype. Actually it's pretty much the same thing with any kind of new movie that gets a ton of praise, but shut up. This month isn't about any other movies.

Anyways, I just go into that highly-praised movie and come to a conclusion to whether it lives up to the hype or not and in this case I was blown away by this movie. What really made it work was the setting and how it was portrayed. Just the overall attention to detail of the time period it takes place in to the smaller details like the use of Old English really made it feel authentic. That alone makes this film effective, but the acting was fantastic, especially the girl who plays Thomasin. As for the scares in this movie, the atmosphere is really what makes this movie scary. It doesn't use any cheap scares and is instead scary on a psychological level. While I wouldn't call this one of the most scariest movies of all time, it still got to me and when it was over it left me with that creepy feeling that only great horror movies can leave me with. Even though this decade is only half over, I'm just about ready to call this one of the best horror movies of the 2010's. But don't let me hype up this movie for you. See for yourself instead of letting some idiot who can't publish a damn list quick enough overhype it for you.
moviewatcher122's rating:
People who added this item 165 Average listal rating (106 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.2
Monkey Shines (1988)
October 4

"You killed my Bogey!"
"Maryanne, I think you're confused."
"Not with his hands. He had his little demon do it for him."

This is far from being George A. Romero's best work, but it was still good. The monkey in this movie was really creepy and that's a pretty big accomplishment to make something as innocent as a monkey into something creepy. On a storytelling level this movie is alright, but the problem I had with it was that it really felt slow at times and the time length it has is a bit too long. There were a few instances of dull padding and I think they were just stretching to make an almost two hour movie. The characters are fine for the most part, but there were a couple that were annoying like that woman who hates everyone except her annoying bird. She was so annoying that I was glad her bird was killed so she could disappear away from the story. While her character was supposed to be annoying, I thought she was a little too much at times.

While it does have it's share of flaws and it takes a while to get going, it's still an entertaining movie and for the most part it succeeds in what it's trying to do.
moviewatcher122's rating:
People who added this item 1113 Average listal rating (754 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.8
October 5

"A train came through here about the time she escaped."
"Is she that fast?"
"She is *that* fast."

This was a pretty weird movie. I was unsure if it counted as horror despite Netflix labeling it as such, but I decided that it did although it's more of a sci-fi/horror. It's a cheesy movie, but I still enjoyed it. Throwing away the obvious reasons, I did enjoy the overall weirdness of this movie, the interesting cast it has and I liked the visuals it had. It's hard for me to talk about this movie because I can't think of much else to say other than it was good, corny fun.
moviewatcher122's rating:
People who added this item 140 Average listal rating (93 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.2
Waxwork (1988)
October 7

"Would you like a closer look?"

What a fun ride this was. It had such a fun premise and the execution was wonderful. It had so many inventive ideas, a good sense of humor and a nice touch of self-awareness. It does lose a bit of steam around the middle, but this movie makes up for that by giving us an entertaining finale. It was a very fun movie that delivers what it promises.
moviewatcher122's rating:
People who added this item 276 Average listal rating (177 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.1
Basket Case (1982)
October 8

"Your brother? What is he? A midget?"
"No, he's deformed!"

I can't say I was a fan of this one. It did have some really good gore effects and just practical effects in general, but I didn't think this movie was particularly interesting. It had were a few instances where not much was happening and at times I was just waiting for something to happen. Also this is a horror-comedy, but I didn't really find it funny or see many attempts at humor for that matter. The biggest laugh I got out of this movie was this one actress who delivered some terrible acting when she was getting killed and when that's the funniest part of a movie, that's not a good thing. Still, besides what I've mentioned I didn't really dislike this movie. I just thought it was a movie with a good concept that just could've been better. Also I've now watched all of the three big films from Frank Henenlotter and the only one I can say I liked was Brain Damage which is a little sad since this and Frankenhooker were movies I wanted to like.
moviewatcher122's rating:
People who added this item 240 Average listal rating (139 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.4
White Zombie (1932)
October 9

"Driver, who were those men we saw?"
"They are not men, madame. They are dead bodies!"

I've been meaning to see this earlier since it is the first zombie movie and it is a fun movie, but it isn't perfect by any means. For one thing it feels slow at times for a film that's only 67 minutes and there was this scene around the beginning that had a pretty annoying sound. Maybe it's just me, but that sound of the wheel creaking for almost a minute bugged me. It even got to the point where I questioned to myself "Am I going to like this movie?" Still it is an entertaining movie and Bela Lugosi is awesome as the voodoo master. It's not a great movie and it isn't really anything special today, but it's still fun and it is an important movie for the horror genre.
moviewatcher122's rating:
People who added this item 275 Average listal rating (151 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7
The Black Cat (1934)
October 9

"You must be indulgent of Dr. Verdegast's weakness. He is the unfortunate victim of one of the commoner phobias, but in an extreme form. He has an intense and all-consuming horror of cats."

Decided to follow White Zombie up with another Bela Lugosi film, so I went with this. While this movie isn't anything too special, what really made it for me was Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. This is the first movie I've seen both of them in and they were great together. It's one of the cases where the cast makes this movie really good as the movie is good, but it could've been developed more. I did like the overall tale of it and it did have some really good scenes, but it is a bit too short and I felt that it could've been longer. Then again, there are quite a number of old horror movies that feel too short, so it's more of a problem with the genre at the time than the actual movie. While it's not a great movie and there are better ones based on Edgar Allen Poe's work, it's still entertaining and it's worth seeing for the pairing of Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi alone.
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October 11

This is a really solid movie, but it is far from perfect. For starters, it is Dario Argento's first movie and it does show at times. The pacing is a little off at times and it does feel slow sometimes. That and I can't say I was really impressed with the twist ending. Even though I wasn't expecting it, I've seen the exact twist done better before and I feel like it was more shocking back then. For all its shortcomings though, it is a simplistic film that is very suspenseful, well-acted and the cinematography is very well-shot. It may not be perfect, but it's worth watching and it is actually important to the horror genre as it's one of the earlier examples of the slasher film.
moviewatcher122's rating:
People who added this item 236 Average listal rating (146 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7
October 12

"Do you know where you are, Bartolome? I'll tell you where you are. You are about to enter Hell, Bartolome, HELL!... The netherworld. The infernal region, The Abode of the Damned... The place of torment. Pandemonium. Abbadon. Tophet. Gehenna. Naraka. THE PIT!... And the pendulum."

Not the best Corman/Price collaboration or the best Corman/Price Poe adaptation, but it's still pretty good. Vincent Price delivers a great performance as always and it did have its chilling moments. I just didn't think it had that much to make it stand out compared to the other great Corman/Price/Poe films like Tales of Terror and The Raven. It's still a very good movie though and it is one that any Vincent Price fan should watch.
moviewatcher122's rating:
People who added this item 632 Average listal rating (473 ratings) 3.9 IMDB Rating 4.4
Jason X (2001)
October 14

"Hey, you're lucky you weren't alive during the Microsoft conflict. Hell, we were beating each other with our own severed limbs."

I decided that I might as well watch this as I've already gotten this far into this franchise. I did enjoy Jason Goes to Hell since I actually thought it was a fresh take on a series that has gotten stale and formulaic. This movie could've been the same thing since having this one set in space which although it's pretty ridiculous, it could've worked and it would have also been a nice change of pace. Unfortunately, this turned out to be a disaster. It did have a couple interesting kills and it had a couple funny moments, but the problem with this one is that it's just so goddamn boring. I never thought I'd be this bored watching a Friday the 13th movie, but they managed to do it... and this one is set in space for god sake! This had the potential to be a ridiculously fun movie, but they wasted it by having uninteresting characters, botched execution and making it painfully boring. Unless you're a completionist who has to see every movie in this series, this one is worth skipping.
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October 15

"You're the last one of your friends alive. You're the bait."

I wasn't expecting much from this other than a fun slasher, but it doesn't even work as that. For the first half I didn't care for any of the characters and the second half was mostly dull. The acting was pretty cheesy and the kills were pretty standard, but there really wasn't anything I outright disliked about this movie other than a couple stupid character moments. It's a slasher flick that's merely servicable, but there are much better slashers out there that are more entertaining than this one.
moviewatcher122's rating:
People who added this item 430 Average listal rating (301 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.9
October 16

"I can tell you something about this place. The boys around here call it "The Black Lagoon"; a paradise. Only they say nobody has ever come back to prove it."

After seeing this, I gotta say that this is one of the best Universal monster movies. It had great dialogue and characters and the creature himself was pretty badass. It was a highly entertaining movie and it's easily a classic in my book.
moviewatcher122's rating:
People who added this item 106 Average listal rating (73 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.6
October 18

"That's what's wrong with the present day horrorfilms. There's no realism. Not like the old ones, the great ones. Frankenstein. Phantom of the Opera. Dracula - the one with Bela Lugosi of course, not this new fellow."

I didn't know this was an anthology movie going into it so for a while I was a little confused, but after I did find out I didn't really think it worked as an anthology film. Most of the stories weren't really interesting and the only one that I really enjoyed was the last one. This movie still had it's moments and Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee are great in their respective roles, (Even though they weren't in the same segments, unfortunately.) but I do think it had potential to be better than it was. Especially considering the fact that Christopher Lee happened to be in the weakest story which is a shame.
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October 20

"Get up on your feet. It's only a dummy."
"Dummy nothin'. It was smart enough to scare me."

This is easily a classic comedy. There were so many great lines and physical comedy throughout the whole movie and Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney Jr. do a great job of reprising their famous roles. It's a near-perfect horror comedy and it makes me want to check out Abbott and Costello's other work.
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October 21

"Texarkana today still looks pretty much the same. And if you should ask people on the street what they believe happened to the Phantom Killer, most would say that he is still living here... and is walking free."

This was a decent slasher film. It did have an interesting story to tell and it was executed well. The narrative it had was also interesting and is what gives this one it's edge. On the other hand it does fall under standard slasher territory and while it may be one of the earlier examples of the genre, it hasn't really aged well compared to something like Halloween. Still it was a good movie and it is somewhat overlooked, so I'd easily recommend it if you haven't seen it already.
moviewatcher122's rating:
People who added this item 2848 Average listal rating (1829 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6
The Birds (1963)
October 24

"Why are they doing this? Why are they doing this? They said when you got here the whole thing started. Who are you? What are you? Where did you come from? I think you're the cause of all of this. I think you're evil. EVIL!"

I'm not gonna lie, this is probably one of my favorite Hitchcock movies. It took a premise as silly as birds attacking a town into a legitimately suspenseful movie. The scenes with the birds are just as effective as they were today despite the effects looking dated at times, but what really makes this movie is the acting and dialogue. I was just really invested in this movie from start to finish and it's one of Hitchcock's finest moments. No hyperbole at all.
moviewatcher122's rating:
People who added this item 985 Average listal rating (645 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 5.5
October 25

"You're fucking lucky there, stretch. Came that close to hitting the start button on the whoop-ass machine, boy."

Well, I'm finally done with this franchise and thank god for that because this was a sorry excuse for a reboot. I'm not going to call this one a remake because, well the original didn't have Jason in it while this one on the other hand does. This could've been a decent revival of the franchise, but it's not interesting enough and it has many things that keep it from being good. The characters weren't very likeable and some were annoying, the dialogue was stupid even for Friday the 13th standards and the lighting in this movie was pretty terrible. I'm not one to complain about lighting, but the lighting was way too dark at times and it was hard to see what was going on. To this movie's credit though, it did get a little better near the second half and for the most part it's a pretty inoffensive reboot. Still, it really could've been better and I think they could've put more effort into it than they did. This was the movie that was supposed to revive the series, but despite it being a financial success, they didn't make any sequels after that and now Friday the 13th is going to be rebooted again.

Man, I'm glad I'm done with this franchise. I don't know how much more I could take if they kept going after this one.
moviewatcher122's rating:
People who added this item 289 Average listal rating (206 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.4
Silver Bullet (1985)
October 27

"I mean, uh, what the heck you gonna shoot a .44 bullet at anyway... made out of silver?"
"How about a werewolf?"

This was a really fun werewolf movie. It had some really good effects, a good sense of humor and Gary Busey's character was really enjoyable. It's far from being a great movie as in terms of things like writing it could've been polished more, but for what it is, it's a entertaining movie that doesn't take itself too seriously and is worth checking out.
moviewatcher122's rating:
People who added this item 385 Average listal rating (259 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.1
October 28

"No, Helene and Andre believed in the sacredness of life. They wouldn't harm anything... not even a fly."

I've been meaning to watch this one for quite a while, but now that I have I gotta say that this is actually on par with the remake. It told a really chilling story, had some really interesting characters with Vincent Price's role being the best. (Surprising opinion, huh?) It does feel a little campy at times, but for the most part it's a really solid movie and I liked it just as much as the David Cronenberg version.
moviewatcher122's rating:
People who added this item 257 Average listal rating (143 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.1
The Crazies (1973)
October 30

This might actually be my favorite non-living dead Romero film. It's a really good movie that tells an intriguing story and it does have that social commentary that Romero is known for. The movie may have not aged well in certain respects, it's still a fun movie that's unfairly overshadowed by the remake. As much as I did like the newer version, I think both versions are good in their own right and I think the original is worth checking out if you liked the remake.
moviewatcher122's rating:
People who added this item 94 Average listal rating (50 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.3
Bruiser (2000)
October 31

"Rosie... They won't know me. I'm invisible. I've always been invisible."

This was an interesting little movie in Romero's filmography. It isn't really talked about that much and the reviews it has gotten over the years hasn't been favorable. After seeing it I honestly think that this movie is underrated. It's one of George Romero's more unique films as it mixes horror elements with a whodunnit story. It was a really interesting idea that was executed very well. In terms of horror it's not particularly scary, but the mask the main character has does creep me out. This movie isn't for everyone and the reception it has isn't surprising, but if you're a huge fan of George A. Romero's work, I'd give this one a chance.

I wasn't planning to end the month with this movie, but I didn't feel like watching another movie to end it on nor did I feel like watching Halloween like I do every other October. This horrorfest didn't quite turn out the way I wanted and I didn't watch that many movies compared to last year or the year before, but then again, quality over quanity. Most of the movies I watched this month were good and in the end that's what really matters.
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I was actually trying to get this list out there much earlier than it did, but right after the first day I was having computer problems which caused me to not be able to update my lists since I couldn't be bothered to do it via mobile since I didn't wan to write all this text on my phone. (Also rating things on mobile is a pain.) It's all been sorted out now and I intend to watch more movies this month than I have so far. I'm not going to be able to top last year, but I'm just glad to get it officially started now.

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