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October 2021 Horrorfest

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Housebound horrors

First viewing - Oct. 1st

After trying in vain to get the kiddo to watch a horror movie with me to kick the month off, we eventually came to an agreement on giving this a look. And despite the G rating I wound up really enjoying it. The animation style is excellent, with lots of Easter eggs and homages sprinkled throughout. It's more fun than scary, naturally, but the fact that it's thematically perfect for this time of year made it well worth our time. I'd gladly sit through it again.

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First viewing - Oct. 2nd

After our trip to the theatre we watched some stuff on TV at home, none of which were movies. Since this was advertised by Disney as being Halloweenish, I figured we'd give it a look. I was skeptical of course, because the Star Wars universe doesn't share any of our Earthly holidays.

It was kinda lame. The kiddo even fell asleep during the last half of the special. I've come to expect that anything with Lego in the title will automatically come with a heavy dose of humor, and this one is no exception. If they were trying to make it into a horror-comedy that might not be so bad, but that's not the case. For something called "Terrifying Tales" there's nothing really scary present, and had they leaned into the title instead of striving to keep it kid-friendly this might have been more interesting. It's animated well though and the story was okay, but there's nothing here that left me with a feeling of recommending it to others. Feel free to ignore it, as I should have.

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People who added this item 281 Average listal rating (221 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.6
Re-watch - Oct. 3rd

Finally we get to something that's horror and not so kid-friendly. I figured my daughter would enjoy this film, and I was right. As you can see we turned it into a double feature, and when the 2nd film ended she asked me if there's a 3rd. That makes two of us anticipating another entry to this series. Both films were just as good the second time around in my book.

I love the whole idea of this film, and Jessica Rothe impresses at every turn. I also appreciate the fact that it balances the horror and comedy aspects well enough that you never forget you're watching a horror movie, which makes it perfect for any horror marathon. This time around I picked up on a few background details I'd missed the first time too.
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People who added this item 146 Average listal rating (113 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6.2
Re-watch - Oct. 3rd

The second film takes the original's concept and opens it up and twists it in wonderfully entertaining ways. There's also emotional stakes this time around, and the pieces of that side of the puzzle are juggled well enough. If the film has a downside it's that it tends to forget the horror aspects as it rolls along, but I feel like the freshness of its approach makes up for the stretches where horror takes a backseat. And the cast is just a treat. Bring on the next entry.
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People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 5.3
Fingers (2019)
First viewing - Oct. 4th

I'll give anything Jeremy Gardner is involved with a chance, so I was really happy to find that Shudder had Fingers waiting for me. Gardner delivers a great performance, a fact helped along by the fact his character is well-written. Ah, but he's the antagonist here and yet his character endeared himself to me all the same. The opposite can be said of the protagonist, though I came to better understand her character as the film rolled along. The opening stretch was a little rocky, but once it found its groove I was really into everything going on here. I'd totally watch this again, and hopefully Shudder will hang onto it for a while if I can't find a physical copy.

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People who added this item 10 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 6.4
First viewing - Oct. 5th

As a long-time fan of Romero, I've been wanting to see this ever since it was announced. The Amusement Park is really well made overall, and I dug the construction of its centerpiece and the themes and issues it explores are still relevant today. Its bookends prevent it from being a pure horror experience, but they still feel necessary at least insofar as the intentions (and money) behind the work, and I don't see how Romero could have dropped them without upsetting those who hired him. Still, if you're a fan of George's craft it's well worth a look, and at 53 minutes it won't take too long to sit through.

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People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.2
Seek (2021)
First viewing - Oct. 7th

A bunch of the people I follow on Twitter have talked this one up, so when Fangoria made a post with the short embedded in it I made time during my lunch break to watch it. And it's effectively creepy, making the most out of its small budget. I don't want to say too much and give anything away, so just trust me that it's absolutely worth a look and click that link to see for yourself.
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People who added this item 71 Average listal rating (61 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 5.5
Peninsula (2020)
First viewing - Oct. 7th

I was tempted to put on Peninsula as soon as I got home from seeing Train to Busan, but it was late and I had work the next morning. Thus it had to wait until after dinner the next night. And while I didn't expect this sequel to be as good as the original, I was still curious to see what Sang-ho Yeon would do with it.

It brings me no joy to say it's just OK. A lot of the film's issues stem from having too many characters with not enough time spent on establishing them in ways that make the audience care deeply about any single one of them. The first film shines thanks to the central relationship between father and daughter, and the way it carries emotional stakes from start to finish (plus the ever-present threat of death, crafted masterfully with non-stop suspense). This one seems to only seek to entertain, and when it tries to craft emotional moments in its finale it falls short. That's not the cast's fault either, as they each strive to make the most of their respective roles.

That's not to say the film is without its moments, however. There are some action set-pieces that work well, including one really amusing sequence with an RC car. The whole film moves at a pace that keeps you engaged, even if it's only delivering surface-level entertainment. I was never bored with it, but I did wish that there was more connection with the characters or something more thematically deep than a heist movie set in a zombie apocalypse. Between this and Seoul Station I'm really left wishing they'd not tried to turn Train to Busan into a franchise.

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People who added this item 40 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.7
Angel (1984)
First viewing - Oct. 8th

Joe Bob's Halloween Hoedown



I've known who Joe Bob Briggs is for years, but haven't actually checked him out. I figured now was the time to finally fix that since his now-annual Shudder event was airing the first night of my vacation. And as fate would have it, the first film was Angel which I'd never heard of. But before I get into that, I want to comment on the experience. Briggs is fascinating & a joy to listen to thanks to his extensive knowledge of film history. And he brought on David Gordon Green, who picked Angel, which also led to some interesting discussions. My only issue was thanks to all the breaks from the film to return to Briggs & Co., a 90 minute film was stretched to 3 hours. Granted, I was entertained the entire time, but I was also ready to tap out for the night & thus slept instead of watching Terror Train (a film I'll get to, just not this way).

Angel was pretty decent & I had no real issues with it until the killer shows up at our protagonist's home without knowing who she is or where she lives. Dick Shawn steals every scene as a drag queen & is by far the best character. The rest of the cast is solid, & the story is entertaining. It strives for emotional resonance, but didn't fully earn it in my book (though that could be in part due to all the breaks along the way). Overall it's worth a look & I'm glad I took a chance on this event since I would not have seen the film otherwise.

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People who added this item 460 Average listal rating (313 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6.1
Critters (1986)
Re-watch - Oct. 10th

My daughter has tomorrow off from school for Indigenous Peoples Day, so I picked her up Sunday afternoon to spend more time with her. She wasn't feeling 100%, so we watched movies around dinner.

I've been a fan of Critters since I first saw it on HBO back in 1987. I seem to recall that it & its sequels got frequent rotation on the service back then, which makes it appropriate that we watched it via Max. She enjoyed it but also poked a little fun at it here & there. So we had a good time watching it together. Too bad they don't have the second film or we might have watched it too (they have 1, 3, & 4).

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People who added this item 31 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.6
Duel (1971)
Re-watch - Oct. 10th

After dinner I put Duel on, which I haven't seen since I first caught it at Alamo Drafthouse 10 years ago. I bought it on Blu not long ago, and it looks great. I gave my daughter an introduction before playing it, telling her the tale of how it launched Spielberg's career & made its way from TV in the U.S. to theatres overseas. And it was just as intense the second time around, and she was really into it. It's so well plotted and staged, and Dennis Weaver gives a terrific performance. I'm still impressed with it, & after she went to bed I watched the supplemental interview with Spielberg just to soak up more info about the making of it & spend a little more time with it. Worth the purchase.
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People who added this item 63 Average listal rating (45 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.7
Saint Maud (2019)
First viewing - Oct. 11th

I've been excited to check out Saint Maud since before the pandemic came along and shuffled its release date. To my knowledge, none of the theatres here screened it even when it did finally manage a release. Thankfully it's on Hulu.

And overall it's pretty good. I like the character study approach and the fact we experience pretty much everything from Maud's perspective. The story is intriguing & well plotted, as well as feels fresh. Rose Glass clearly has talent, and I look forward to seeing where she goes from here. I didn't love the film, though there was much to appreciate including one scene that made me squirm. But it was worth the wait, and while I don't need to watch it again I might just to see if my feelings toward it change.

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People who added this item 12 Average listal rating (8 ratings) 4.5 IMDB Rating 5.5
Spell (2020)
First viewing - Oct. 11th

I've been seeing Spell pop up in On Demand options, but beyond that knew nothing about it. Now that it's moved to streaming services I figured I'd give it a look. Overall it's a solid horror movie that I really enjoyed. The entire cast is really good, & I dug the exploration of coming to terms with one's past in a different and thus fresh scenario. The effects are very good and feature one excellent cringe-inducing situation. I did question at times how our protagonist (played wonderfully by Omari Hardwick) was able to make so much noise without others hearing him, but that was the only issue I had. I'd gladly watch this one again.

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People who added this item 8 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 5.6
V/H/S/94 (2021)
First viewing - Oct. 12th

I've seen the other films in this franchise, so naturally I couldn't skip the newest entry. Plus Timo Tjahjanto is involved, and that guy is a mad genius worth keeping tabs on. We get 4 stories plus one wraparound to tie it all together, and as the title suggests everything is set in the '90s. For the most part each story started out well, and then the ending came along and took it to another level. The effects are really good all around, and I mostly enjoyed it overall. Timo's entry was my favorite by far, & the frame story was my least favorite. My main issue with the frame story was that by committing to a certain visual aesthetic you lose some of the clarity of the details. There's some great set design going on, but the distortion diminishes the impact somewhat. And by the end of it I thought it was the least interesting story. Still, I'd say this is well worth a look.

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People who added this item 2942 Average listal rating (1913 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.7
First viewing - Oct. 12th

I haven't seen Final Destination in probably 20 years. I know I caught it in the theatre, but I'm unsure whether I watched it on video (if I did, it was only once). I've also never seen any of its sequels, but since all 5 films are on Max I figured I'd try to run the series this month (they're also leaving the service on 10/31).

And hey, it holds up OK for the most part. The cast is solid, the effects are mostly good, and it moves fast enough that it's never boring while ensuring we get to know the characters somewhat. I dig the rules it establishes, and there's even a dark sense of humor running through it. It's also a good reminder that if the world around you is giving you clear signs of impending doom you should heed them (especially as many as are layered into the opening stretch of the film). I also really appreciated that they gave most of the characters names that reference other key names in horror. I don't love it and it's nothing I'd watch a bunch of times, but it's good enough that I'm encouraged to see where the franchise goes from here.

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People who added this item 2022 Average listal rating (1289 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.2
First viewing - Oct. 12th

Not surprisingly this entry is a mixed bag. The cast is fine, there are some highly entertaining kills, and at 90 minutes there's no dragging in the plot department. I had issues, however, with the film breaking the rules the first film established. Not the order side, but like half the deaths nobody gets a warning sign. The film is not helped by having so many characters to keep track of, which means you can forget about them being developed beyond the surface. It also goes a little overboard in my opinion with trying to connect its characters to those from the first film. I quickly abandoned trying to take it seriously & thus had a decent time with it, but it's nothing I'd need to sit through again.

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People who added this item 7 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 5.1
Lucky (2020)
First viewing - Oct. 13th

There's a lot going on beneath the surface of this film, & it's one I'll be thinking about. I mostly dug it, but I feel like it's a film I'll need to watch again to solidify my thoughts & feelings toward it. All I know for sure is Brea Grant continues to impress me & I'll keep following her career.

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People who added this item 7 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 7
Vicious Fun (2020)
First viewing - Oct. 13th

After watching Lucky I wanted something kinda similar but more straightforward, & wound up landing on this film. And it's a good time overall. I dig the concept & the main protagonist's journey. There are some very good effects & kills, & the cast is a lot of fun. It's nothing great, nor is it trying to be, & it was exactly what I needed.

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People who added this item 1719 Average listal rating (1102 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.8
First viewing - Oct. 13th

I think this is my favorite entry of the entire series so far. After the 2nd film lowered my expectations going forward, this one stepped up in a lot of ways & left me with no complaints. It's not great, but of the 3 films I've watched so far in this series I'd watch this again before the others.

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People who added this item 911 Average listal rating (584 ratings) 5.1 IMDB Rating 5.2
First viewing - Oct. 14th

I knew this one would be a step down again the moment I saw it was the same director as the 2nd film in the franchise. The effects rely too much on CGI to the film's detriment, the story is centered on NASCAR, & there's little suspense to the way the deaths play out. To its credit, however, the main couple is a bright spot & helped keep me invested in the story. Plus they kill off a racist twice, & I kinda liked the ending. So it wasn't too bad, but definitely not one of the better sequels.

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People who added this item 679 Average listal rating (447 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.8
First viewing - Oct. 14th

New director apparently means good things, for the most part. The cast and story are solid, & it kept me engaged with it. Again there's a little too much reliance on CGI for the effects, but not quite as bad as the 4th film. I thought the ending was a really nice touch even though I'm not sure it tracked given the technology used throughout the rest of the film. Since this seems to be the end of the series (unless they reboot it, which wouldn't surprise me), at least it went out on a stronger note than it would've by stopping at 4.

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People who added this item 25 Average listal rating (19 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 6.3
First viewing - Oct. 14th

I've heard positive things about Psycho Goreman and I'm happy to say they're all true. It's bonkers in the best ways, full of great lines & plenty of weirdness, plus enough gore to earn its title. The costumes are especially impressive & I'd gladly tag along should they decide to make a sequel. Of course if they want to leave it as is, that's fine too & I'll just revisit it every so often.

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People who added this item 3470 Average listal rating (2317 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.5
The Village (2004)
Re-watch - Oct. 15th

I wanted to see what my daughter would think of The Village since she's enjoyed all of Shyamalan's films so far. And she did, but when it ended she deemed it not spooky enough. I hadn't seen it since it was in theatres, & at the time I recall walking out of it thinking the twist was a messed up one. Now, however, I find it less messed up & more just an overreaction taken to an extreme. Ultimately I was glad she gave me an opportunity to revisit it.

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People who added this item 272 Average listal rating (202 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.3
Lights Out (2016)
Re-watch - Oct. 17th

I picked up a copy of Lights Out on the cheap last month, mainly so I could watch it with my daughter. This one was creepy enough for her, & she said the use of sound scared her more than the visuals. That led to a discussion about how sound is key in horror. I liked it as much as I did the last time I watched it, & will likely revisit it every several years.

Just a thought: For those keeping score, this was the 21st movie I watched during my vacation. I'd say I've made the most of the time off.
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People who added this item 10 Average listal rating (8 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.6
First viewing - Oct. 17th

I've been wanting to watch this since it dropped, & figured it'd be a good palate cleanser for my daughter after Lights Out. We both had a good time with it. There are some really funny moments, & I liked how they brought in as many characters as possible. I especially appreciated the ballroom scene, as a lifelong fan of The Muppet Show. And at 52 minutes, it doesn't overstay its welcome. I personally would've preferred less songs, but at least what's there didn't turn me off. I don't foresee it becoming an annual tradition, but I'd watch it again.

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People who added this item 11 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.6
First viewing - Oct. 18th

I initially started watching Timo Tjahjanto's May the Devil Take You Too, only to quickly realize it's a sequel. Sadly, Shudder doesn't have the original film, or I would've watched it instead. Thus I decided to hold off for now & watch something else.

Heard great things about Anything for Jackson here & there online since its release, so I made it a priority this month. Went into it blindly, with just a glance at Shudder's summary, & it totally won me over. It's got scares & creepiness & surprises & a top notch cast. It alone would be worth their monthly subscription fee, & I'm leaving it in my list for future revisits. Highly recommended.

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People who added this item 31 Average listal rating (19 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.2
First viewing - Oct. 20th

This was different, & not quite what I'd anticipated. I'd argue that's probably a good thing though. The characters are very well-written, the story is most told well, & overall I thought this was worth a look. After it ended I kept thinking about the protagonist & how that character was realized & his arc. I'm not sure that some of the motivations & other aspects were as clearly tied in/communicated as they could have been, but I appreciated this different approach for what it is. I might need to watch it again to see if it grows on me.

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People who added this item 6 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.6
First viewing - Oct. 21st

A Korean zom-com? Yes please. I thought this was a lot of fun, if a little slight. The cast does an excellent job all around, & I was very amused by the nods to Train to Busan & Land of the Dead. I felt like the comedy far outweighed the horror aspects, but the story was told well enough that that was a minor issue. The effects & overall attention to detail were really good too. It's not a film I'd need to own a copy of, but I might watch it again.

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People who added this item 33 Average listal rating (19 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 5.7
Sugar Hill (1974)
First viewing - Oct. 22nd

I knew this would pair well with Scream, Blacula, Scream!, but I had no idea how complementary they'd be. Both involve using voodoo to bring back the dead to get revenge, they were released the same year by the same production company, they have a main investigator who has to convince the police chief that his hunch that everything going on is tied to the occult, & they both have Richard Lawson in their cast. It really made for a perfect pairing.

Sugar Hill is fairly entertaining, though it gets a little repetitive after a while. Thankfully I don't mind watching racists get their comeuppance. It's neither great nor essential, but despite its flaws I was entertained by it.

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People who added this item 49 Average listal rating (31 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 5.6
First viewing - Oct. 22nd

Blacula meets up with Pam Grier? Of course I was going to watch this. It's pretty fun, almost as good as its predecessor, though toward the end of it my interest waned. Definitely worth a look despite its flaws.

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People who added this item 298 Average listal rating (221 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.6
Halloween (2018)
Re-watch - Oct. 23rd

I wanted to revisit this film before seeing its sequel since I only saw it once & figured it'd put me in the right headspace. I still really enjoy this film, even though the podcasters are idiots. It fires on all cylinders & delivers a satisfying alternate sequel to Carpenter's original film. I also really dig all the ways it engages with the original, those little moments bring me joy. Bonus points for working in a nod to Halloween III.
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Censor (2021)
First viewing - Oct. 23rd

Ended my Saturday night by catching Censor, which I'd heard good things about. Story-wise I thought it was fairly fresh, & I liked the real-world setting. The cast does a good job all around, & on technical levels it's pretty darn good. I felt like the pacing could've been better though, & it wound up being a film I more respected than really enjoyed. Perhaps it's just not my taste, but it's worth a look.

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Theatre of Blood

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People who added this item 9 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.3
First viewing - Oct. 2nd

The kiddo and I remain die-hard Addams Family fans, and I think we're in the minority on enjoying the previous animated outing. Naturally we wanted to catch its sequel. And despite the reviews, we wound up enjoying it well enough for what it is. It's got some fun and funny moments throughout, and while it's nothing deep we were both entertained well enough. Sure there are some missteps, and those expecting it to reach the heights of the live action adaptations from the '90s will be disappointed, but for a family-friendly film it's fine. I wouldn't need to sit through it again, but if my daughter wanted me to watch it with her I would.
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Skyfall (2012)
Re-watch - Oct. 2nd

This will be the first of a couple detours from horror this month. I asked the kiddo if she wants to go with me to see No Time to Die, and she does, so I figured we should at least catch Skyfall before we go into it. I don't know that we'll manage to squeeze Spectre in too, but mostly I just hoped this would help solidify her interest in Craig's string of films. Plus, let's face it, if you get the chance to see Skyfall in a theatre, you take it.

And hey, she enjoyed it. It's just as good the second time around, easily among the better of Craig's outings as Bond as you likely know. Javier Bardem delivers a great performance and creates a compelling villain, and I love that there's actual emotional stakes to the story. I'd gladly sit through it again.
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People who added this item 501 Average listal rating (390 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.5
Re-watch - Oct. 6th

AMC Thrills and Chills Surprise Screening


As noted above, AMC is doing surprise horror screenings all month long on Wednesdays and Fridays. Since I have my daughter on Fridays that leaves Wednesdays for me to attend them since they're all rated R. So I took a chance on the first Wednesday offering, and was handsomely rewarded with Train to Busan. I got really excited the moment the Well Go USA logo popped up, as I know they mostly traffic in delivering Asian films to the States, and then when I realized what we were watching a grin got plastered to my face for a long time.

And it's just as great the second time around. The way it uses suspense and tension throughout while also giving you characters to care about is just stellar. And there's some social commentary along the way as well, as the film explores the virtues of caring about others more than yourself. The last time I caught the film was on Netflix, so it was really a treat to see it on the big screen with an audience. And that's how you get me to come back next week. Hopefully whatever they have in store is just as worthwhile.
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Lamb (2021)
First viewing - Oct. 9th

I've been seeing some praise online for Lamb, the latest horror film from A24, so I wanted to give it a look. Given A24's track history with horror, I reminded myself that I'd likely need to be patient with this film before it started and that proved to be correct. The opening stretch is super slow, and the film really takes its sweet time to let anything actually happen. In the meantime it should be noted that it is setting up its characters and setting, it's just doing so with almost no dialogue for a long stretch and I suspect not everyone can hang with that. Thankfully Noomi Rapace and Hilmir Snær Guðnason bring their A game and sell the reality of their characters. Eventually stuff does happen and the film gets weird and occasionally funny and you know dark stuff will pop up. It's an interesting look at grief and parenthood, and yet when it ended I was left feeling underwhelmed by it. The film tends to be vague and understated even in moments where more context would help sell what's going on to the audience. And despite its high points, if I'm walking away from a film with the feeling that it was just something I watched then that's a problem. Others may get more out of it than I did, and that's fine. We'll see if writer/director Valdimar Jóhannsson can improve on what he does here the next time around.

Just a thought: With all the shots of sheep in this film, I occasionally couldn't help but think of Babe and hear "Baa Ram Ewe" in my head.
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People who added this item 21 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7
Titane (2021)
First viewing - Oct. 9th

Where I appreciated Raw well enough for what it was doing, Titane is where Julia Ducournau earns her horror crown. I knew she'd be a filmmaker to keep an eye on, and this one really proves that to be the case. It's thematically rich, expertly crafted, and fires on all cylinders from start to finish. It's dark with a sense of humor, twisted and heartfelt, and I love the clear Cronenberg influences which are updated for the present day. When it ended I sat in awe of it for a while before I was able to leave my seat. And in a way it had something in common with Lamb, despite them being two very different films. I'll gladly sit through it again.
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Get Out (2017)
Re-watch - Oct. 13th

AMC Thrills & Chills Surprise Screening


The moment I heard Lakeith Stanfield's voice I gave a quiet little cheer, knowing at that second what we would be watching. Dude seated on my left said, "I know, right?" as if he too was equally excited. But then he & his woman walked out when the title popped up on screen. No idea what that was all about. Get Out still rules, & I keep picking up details I missed before.
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Suspiria (1977)
Re-watch - Oct. 14th

Back in the '00s, one of my closest friends hosted a horror marathon in October. That night, we saved Suspiria for last & it's safe to say that by the time we got to it nobody was in the right mood for it. I didn't fully realize this at the time, but as a result I thought it sucked. As time has passed I came to the conclusion I should give it another chance. It rarely seems to pop up on streaming services, however, so when I found out one of the local theatres here was showing the 4K restoration of it I figured it'd be the best way to go.

And hey, it's a lot better than I'd recalled. Thanks to the span of time since I last watched it, most of the film had been forgotten & I was able to engage it as if it was my first time with it. The set design, visuals in general, & the score by Goblin are all excellent. I appreciated the story & thought the cast was good overall. I did have issues with the pacing of the film, as there were times it felt like they were dragging out a scene longer than necessary. I personally prefer the remake, but I'm glad I gave it another chance.
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People who added this item 98 Average listal rating (44 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.6
First viewing - Oct. 16th

The kiddo and I caught the new Bond film in IMAX, and overall I thought it was well worth the long wait due to the pandemic. It hooked me from the jump and held my attention through its ending, never once making me feel like it was wasting a moment despite the almost 3-hour run-time. Nice to see them send off Daniel Craig with a strong entry, and a fairly heartfelt one to boot. I'd gladly sit through it again sometime, even if it didn't quite cross the line of greatness for me.
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First viewing - Oct. 23rd

Halloween Kills picks up where the last film left off & spends most of its run-time focusing more on how the events of Carpenter's original film have affected the entire town of Haddonfield. As a result, the Strode family gets pushed to the background for the most part, which maybe isn't the best approach. We also get a handful of flashbacks, most of which are unnecessary & derail the film's forward momentum. Thankfully throughout all of this we get plenty of fun moments thanks to Michael's neverending carnage, & some amusing Easter eggs are sprinkled around. None of it amounts to anything great, which is a shame after the strong execution of its predecessor. But for those looking for a bloody time, there's enough to satisfy. Curious to see how they end this thing.
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It's my favorite month of the year! Time to gorge myself on horror movies like children will do with candy, only stretched out all month long. Will I get everything watched that I hope to? Time will tell, but usually by the end of the month I'm left with at least a few leftovers. I've picked out some stuff to watch with my daughter, and that's most of the re-watches. The R-rated re-watches are purely for me.

I've got a lot to work with this year too. As we kick off the month I've got Shudder, HBO Max, Hulu, and (to a lesser extent) Disney+ to choose from in addition to my collection. I'm taking a full week off work soon too, and during that time I intend to pick up Paramount+ for 7 days (EDIT: Too much on my plate, so no Paramount+ this time around). Oh, and I've got a handful of horror films I'll probably just rent so I can see them, and there's plenty of goodness at the theatre this month. All I need is enough time to see everything.

Hope those of you marathoning horror like me have a great month! As I encounter your lists I'll link them below, and you're welcome to head to the comments section to link me to yours if I've missed it. Happy Halloween!

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31 Days of Horror (Halloween) 2021 by AVPGuyver21
2021 ScaryMovieFest by Content Homebody
Movies Viewed in 2021 by PvtCaboose91 (which has gone mostly horror this month)
Watched in October 2021by Hootsaidtheowl

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