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31 Nights of Halloween...

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Hagazussa

It's a extremely moody and atmospheric gothic horror flick that's really light on plot. The movie delves into the German folk tale about witches and they do some interesting things with it.Thematically it's very similar to The Witch and The Wind, although both of those films has a lot more going on than this. Aleksandra Cwen's performance was really well done even though she doesn't get a whole lot of dialogue. Overall, it's a great first effort for Lukas Feigelfeld who directed it, but the movie needed more meat on its bones.
7.5/10


31 Day Horror Marathon 2019
Day 1 | In Fabric (9/10)
Day 2 | The Dead Don't Die (7.5/10)
Day 3 | Polaroid (6.5/10)
Day 4 | In The Tall Grass (7.5/10)
Day 5 | Haunt (9/10)
Day 6 | I Trapped The Devil (6.5/10)
Day 7 | Nightmare Cinema (7/10)
Day 8 | The Wind (7.5/10)
Day 9 | Wrinkles The Clown (8/10)
Day 10 | The Hole in the Ground (8/10)
Day 11 | Little Monsters (7.5/10)
Day 12 | Our House (9/10)
Day 13 | Satanic Panic (6/10)
Day 14 | 3 From Hell (6/10)
Day 15 | Carnival of Souls (9/10)
Day 16 | The Return of the Living Dead (8.5/10)
Day 17 | Zombieland: Double Tap (6.5/10)
Day 18 | Wounds (8.5/10)
Day 19 | The Thing (1982) (10/10) (REWATCH).
Day 20 | Frankenstein (10/10) (REWATCH).
Day 21 | Bride of Frankenstein (9/10)
Day 22 | Son of Frankenstein (7.5/10)
Day 23 | The Ghost of Frankenstein (8/10)
Day 24 | Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (9/10)
Day 25 | The Lighthouse (10/10)
Day 26 | Countdown (6/10)
Day 27 | The Mist (10/10) (REWATCH).
Day 28 | Hagazussa (7.5/10)


 
The Mist is one of my favorites, have not gone around watching it in black and white.

I hadn't heard much about it going into the theater and it was just 2 years after The Fog remake and that sucked.

I was speechless by the end of it. One of my favorite theater experiences.
 
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59. Goosebumps (2015) dir. Rob Letterman (New)
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"Y'know how they say teenagers have no fear of death? That they're never gonna get hurt? Well not me, OK? I was born with the gift of fear."

Thoughts: This was a lot better then I expected. It's not perfect or even all that great, but it definitely has a charm to it. Reminds me of a higher budget version of the old Disney channel or even Goosebumps flicks from back in the day. The best thing about this one to me, is the sense of humor, which feels a bit odd in a good way and Slappy. Who is as he always is, a little boss.

60. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) dir. Wes Craven
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"One, two, Freddy's coming for you..."

Thoughts: A classic of the genre, which is incredible when you realize it was filmed and released in less then six months. The movie does look and feel a bit dated, and a lot of it's best ideas have been done better. But i will never not love Freddy getting the Home Alone treatment.

61. Alien (1979) dir. Ridley Scott
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"I can't lie to you about your chances, but... you have my sympathies."

Thoughts: It's Alien. If you haven't watched it at this point, I must ask why? Oh, and yeah, it's really ****ing good. One of those films, like The Empire Strikes Back, that looks and feels like it could have been made just yesterday.
 
In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
Shoutout to @Broseph44 for sending me towards this, it was a very enjoyable watch. Went in completely blind and the first 5 minutes sold me on the rest. Sam Neil's performance is fun, the music was killer, and there was some great practical monster effects which I'm a sucker for. Didn't really care for most of the stuff in the town, but everything else had my attention.
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Predator (1987)
Intelligent characters vs a more intelligent monster. What a crazy concept. Predator is one of my faves, I love how it builds up its macho heroes and then tears them apart piece by piece. Freaking brilliant. I mean just look at that cast: Arnie, Jessie Ventura, Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, Sonny Landham. Your guns blazing, one-liner filled group who blow the living hell out of a bunch of Russians on a rescue op, only to get the **** scared out of them by an invisible force. My only complaint would be the freaking spaceship shot at the begining of the film kinda ruins the surprise of what's killing everyone. Also what an iconic design, crazy to think Van Damme in a Power Ranger villain suit was almost the Predator.
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Predator 2 (1990)
The inferior sequel that does bring a lot of interesting ideas to the table. I like the change in location to the city and some of the lore ideas presented. Some cool imagery and sequences. Danny Glover is cool and Bill Paxton is great as always. The other plot elements just aren't there and the writing is a bit of a mess.
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In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
Shoutout to @Broseph44 for sending me towards this, it was a very enjoyable watch. Went in completely blind and the first 5 minutes sold me on the rest. Sam Neil's performance is fun, the music was killer, and there was some great practical monster effects which I'm a sucker for. Didn't really care for most of the stuff in the town, but everything else had my attention.
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Predator (1987)
Intelligent characters vs a more intelligent monster. What a crazy concept. Predator is one of my faves, I love how it builds up its macho heroes and then tears them apart piece by piece. Freaking brilliant. I mean just look at that cast: Arnie, Jessie Ventura, Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, Sonny Landham. Your guns blazing, one-liner filled group who blow the living hell out of a bunch of Russians on a rescue op, only to get the **** scared out of them by an invisible force. My only complaint would be the freaking spaceship shot at the begining of the film kinda ruins the surprise of what's killing everyone. Also what an iconic design, crazy to think Van Damme in a Power Ranger villain suit was almost the Predator.
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Predator 2 (1990)
The inferior sequel that does bring a lot of interesting ideas to the table. I like the change in location to the city and some of the lore ideas presented. Some cool imagery and sequences. Danny Glover is cool and Bill Paxton is great as always. The other plot elements just aren't there and the writing is a bit of a mess.
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Glad to hear you enjoyed In The Mouth Of Madness :up:
 
The Mist

It wouldn't be my horror marathon without this one. It's still my favorite horror film of all time and the best way to watch it is in black & white... Not only because it looks better, it does a great job hiding the outdated rendering of the CGI. I've seen this movie countless times and that ending still gets to me.
10/10

I love how the novella behind that movie is what inspired author Marc Laidlaw when he wrote the story for the original Half-Life PC game. You can definitely see its imprints on Half-Life in retrospect now.
 
49. Slumber Party Massacre II (1987) dir. Deborah Brock
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"Let's Buzz!"

Thoughts: The Dead by Dawn of the franchise and the one my friend said I had to watch. This movie is made with way more confidence then you would expect for a D-movie horror flick. Probably why it works so well. This movie has it all, including multiple musical numbers, but it is all about the Driller Killer. He's basically a mythical being in this one, part Freddy Kruger, part failed rocker, once he properly shows up, it's everything. Seriously, the movie just keeps building to him and building to him and you can't help but think, this is going to be so dumb. And it is, but in the best way possible.
Film really did peak in the 80s. :o
 
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The Witch (2016)

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Claustrophobic and tension filled from the start, this is a confident and impressive directorial debut by Robert Eggers. Funny how Black Phillip became the breakout star of the film.

Green Room (2016)

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Another quality horror film from A24 that's just as horrific. RIP Anton Yelchin.
 
01. Maniac Cop
02. Maniac Cop 2
03. Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence
04. The Funhouse (D)
05. Demons
06. Thir13een Ghosts
07. It Follows
08. Christine
09. Blood Feast
10. Friday the 13th
11. Friday the 13th Part 2
12. Friday the 13th Part VIII Jason Takes Manhattan
13. Zombieland: Double Tap
14. Return of the Living Dead (2002 DVD Soundtrack Verison)
15. Return of the Living Dead Part 2
16. Return of the Living Dead 3
17. Fright Night '85 (D)
18. The Nightmare Before Christmas
19. Curtains (D)
20. Bloodsucking Bastards
21. Beetlejuice
22. 28 Days Later
23. 28 Weeks Later
24. Creepshow
25. The Basement
26. Cannibal Campout
27. Young Frankenstein
28. The Mist (B&W)

29. Monster Man

This is purely a guilty pleasure film I haven't watched in over a decade. I know it's crap, but it's the type of crap I like!

I caught up on my movies but I'm still waaaaay behind for my drawings. I need something movie related for the Inktober prompt Freeze and something for Ripe and Frail. I also need to finish the drawings for Bait, Ancient, Tread and Injured.

And then ink all of them.

By Thursday.

Okay, so I'll he late for Inktober, but I'll have 31 movie related drawings to go with last year's 31 movie related drawings! This is what happens when you spend half the month not yourself.
 
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Fallen a bit behind on my updates here, so *deep breath* Let's do this...

Day 16: Zombie/Zombi 2(?) - Honestly, I didn't have much of an expectation for this one in the first place, but I was still a little let down. With an Italian zombie movie, I expected wall-to-wall bloodshed, but the kills were kind of sparse. It was just okay.

Day 17: What We Do in the Shadows - HOLY. ****ING. ****. I'm so used to a pacing comedies where you only get some really good **** every few minutes (if at all), but this one was just non-stop. I mean, I can just rattle off a list of things I really loved: Petyr, Deacon's pronunciation of "spaghetti", every single beat of Jemaine Clement's performance, their love for Stu, chasing Nick throughout the house... all of it. Just all of it. A+

Day 18: In the Tall Grass - ... eh. Some interesting bits, but far from my favorite King adaptation. Patrick Wilson making for a good bad guy is probably the highest praise I'll give it.

Day 19: American Werewolf in London - Loved it. I've just got too much to cover here to do a real deep dive. I'm sure y'all know the deal.

Day 20: Gremlins 2: The New Batch - I've seen some folks say this is even better than the first one, and I don't entirely agree with that, but it's still a fun ride. The creature work might have improved for this one. Honestly, the scariest thing is that the corrupt corporate executive at the heart of the film was a parody of the man who has become President, and that the parody is... far less crazy.

Day 21: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre - This is one I think I knew too much about going in, because as much of a horrific nightmare as it was, there were no real surprises for me. Still a good time, but...

Day 22: Creepshow - I don't know how or why they decided that King should star in his own segment, but I'm glad they did, because that bit was wild. Some stories worked better than others, though. Personal favorite: Ted Danson vs. Leslie Neilsen.

Day 23: Nosferatu - I must be more of an audio guy than visual, because this was a little bit of a chore to get through without dialogue, but it wasn't bad. Undeniably creepy imagery... but my favorite silent film is still Metropolis.

Day 24: The Nun - I love the Conjuring universe anyway, so I'm already on this thing's side, but looking back, I think this thing got more critical **** than it deserved. It's definitely not my favorite of the movies, but I didn't think it was necessarily bad.

Day 25: Slither - Good stuff. Gross effects work. Again, y'all know the deal already.

Day 26: The Evil Dead II - I like that Raimi essentially looked at the first movie and said "Let me do a better version of that". And what an ending. I'm just pissed Hulu doesn't have Army of Darkness, because I still haven't seen that one in full.

Day 27: Saw - I love that this one is really quite different than what it's legacy would have you believe it was. After the onslaught of torture porn, this one stands apart. It's really more of a mystery/detective story than anything. A bloody, pitch black one, but still. Certain editing moments date the film a bit, but this was a good one.

Day 28: The Monster Squad - As cult classics go, I wasn't completely won over (Feels like an attempt at an Amblin-esque adolescent heroes story, but with no Spielberg involvement, so...), but nevertheless I had fun.

Day 29: Dario Argento's Suspiria - Hot damn, what cinematography. Loved that, loved the music, loved the finale. My biggest/possibly only complaint is some incredibly conspicuous dubbing.
 
Day 17: What We Do in the Shadows - HOLY. ****ING. ****. I'm so used to a pacing comedies where you only get some really good **** every few minutes (if at all), but this one was just non-stop. I mean, I can just rattle off a list of things I really loved: Petyr, Deacon's pronunciation of "spaghetti", every single beat of Jemaine Clement's performance, their love for Stu, chasing Nick throughout the house... all of it. Just all of it. A+
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I assume this means you haven't watched the television show, Sawyer. In which case, you must do this. It starts a little slow, but by the time you get to the Trial, you will be in love.
 
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I assume this means you haven't watched the television show, Sawyer. In which case, you must do this. It starts a little slow, but by the time you get to the Trial, you will be in love.
As much as I like the movie, I honestly might like the TV show more. I was going to post a gif, but I think all the ones I found were too funny to spoil.
 
The Shining (1980)
I mean if you haven't seen this already, you're crazier than Jack.
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The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Very few movies make me feel as uncomfortable watching it as this one does. Something about all the in your face close-ups coupled with Hopkin's very calm and chilling performance, it's unsettling.
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Night of the Living Dead (1968)
While I do find the ending a little anti-climatic, the film is a classic. Love all the tension between characters and that raw feeling of just wanting to survive no matter the cost. Barbra is over-exaggerated, but everyone else feels very real.
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Corpse Bride (2005)
Hadn't watched this it was released and was pleasantly surprised that I still found it as delightful as I did as a kid. The world is beautiful, the characters are charming, and the story overall is both dark and lovely.
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62. The Love Witch (2016) dir. Anna Biller
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"Men are like children. They're very easy to please as long as we give them what they want."

Thoughts: So many movies attempt to recreate bygone eras. Few, if any truly succeed. Here is an example of a success story. The Love Witch recaptures the technicolor horror flicks of the 60s, and is totally in on the joke. That being said, it is still very earnest and that is necessary for it's success. The film is a little slow and I could see this not being everyone's cup of tea. But I am a big fan.

63. Drag Me To Hell (2009) dir. Sam Raimi
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"I beg you and you shame me?"

Thoughts: Sam Raimi's lost gem. Seriously, no one ever talks about this one, but it's fantastic. Outside of once instance of awful CGI, this movie is all kinds of perfect. Alison Loham (Zod do I miss her) carries this one beautifully, and it contains all of the classic Raimi humor and scares you have come to enjoy. Also that ending, my Zod that ending.

64. The Thing (1982) dir. John Carpenter
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"I know I'm human. And if you were all these things, then you'd just attack me right now, so some of you are still human. This thing doesn't want to show itself, it wants to hide inside an imitation. It'll fight if it has to, but it's vulnerable out in the open. If it takes us over, then it has no more enemies, nobody left to kill it. And then it's won."

Thoughts: I feel like I forgot just how good The Thing is, until I see it again. For all it's Lovecraftian magic, it is the scenes in between, those little moments, that make this one special. It just feels so human, much in the same way as Alien. Which this definitely feels influenced by. In many ways it is a different take on Alien, but there is no mistaking that this one does it's own thing. And what a thing that is.

65. Sleepy Hollow (1999) dir. Tim Burton
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"That's the problem; he was dead to begin with."

Thoughts: Growing up I was obessed with US history during the colonial era. So when little Darth saw this one, he was not prepared for how much he'd fall in love. When people say they miss Tim Burton, to me this is a perfect example. This movie is an adaptation of some well worn material, but Burton made it something more. You can feel it through the entire of the material. The sets, the effects, the performances, everything. For me the finest example is the Horseman himself. Never has he been more formidable, more of a badass, then here. He is the sound of inevitability here. Also some fun little trivia. In a room with the Emperor, Mr. Drusley, and a wife beater, none of them are the most evil being in that room. That is impressive.

66. Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) dir. Francis Ford Coppola
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"Your firm writes most highly of your talents. They say you are a man of good... taste."

Thoughts: When they say they don't make them like they use to, this is what they mean. This one is glorious madness. If you told me everyone in this film thought they were in a different movie, I'd believe you, such is the wide variety of the performances. And yet they all somehow work. Hopkins and Oldman eat all the scenery, in their own special ways. Keanu tries to keep up, and can't, yet still works. The three stooges serve their purposes. But it is Ryder, in all her 60s technicolor exotica glory, that makes this one a staple for me. Watch it, have your mind turn to mush, then watch it again.
 
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Night of the Living Dead

I wasn't sure what I was gonna watch that day, so I went with the ol reliable. I don't know what else can be said about this classic. I still think of it as the demarcation of horror, because everything after it ushered in a new era of horror and created the new form of zombies. Not to mention, the themes are still relevant to today. Also, It's still crazy to me that because of the copyright stuff, that this is usually the go to horror movie to be put in other people's movies and shows. You still see it today and that's lasting power that only few movies can achieve.
10/10

31 Day Horror Marathon 2019
Day 1 | In Fabric (9/10)
Day 2 | The Dead Don't Die (7.5/10)
Day 3 | Polaroid (6.5/10)
Day 4 | In The Tall Grass (7.5/10)
Day 5 | Haunt (9/10)
Day 6 | I Trapped The Devil (6.5/10)
Day 7 | Nightmare Cinema (7/10)
Day 8 | The Wind (7.5/10)
Day 9 | Wrinkles The Clown (8/10)
Day 10 | The Hole in the Ground (8/10)
Day 11 | Little Monsters (7.5/10)
Day 12 | Our House (9/10)
Day 13 | Satanic Panic (6/10)
Day 14 | 3 From Hell (6/10)
Day 15 | Carnival of Souls (9/10)
Day 16 | The Return of the Living Dead (8.5/10)
Day 17 | Zombieland: Double Tap (6.5/10)
Day 18 | Wounds (8.5/10)
Day 19 | The Thing (1982) (10/10) (REWATCH).
Day 20 | Frankenstein (10/10) (REWATCH).
Day 21 | Bride of Frankenstein (9/10)
Day 22 | Son of Frankenstein (7.5/10)
Day 23 | The Ghost of Frankenstein (8/10)
Day 24 | Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (9/10)
Day 25 | The Lighthouse (10/10)
Day 26 | Countdown (6/10)
Day 27 | The Mist (10/10) (REWATCH).
Day 28 | Hagazussa (7.5/10)
Day 29 | Night of the Living Dead (10/10) (REWATCH).


 
A couple more to close out the night. It's times like this I enjoy being a college student and having a flexible schedule :funny:

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
I always forget Johnny Depp and it's always so weird seeing him look so normal. But I digress, this is a classic for reasons, there's so much to like. A lot of really cool ideas and concepts and a very tension-filled film.
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The Terminator (1984)
This was mostly to prepare myself for seeing Dark Fate tomorrow night. Probably a mistake because this one is so freaking good. I think I'm in the minority of liking this more than T2. The script is just so tight, all the characters are great, Arnie is intimidating af, and the action is raw. Not all the effects hold up so well, but man some much good stuff.
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I guess I never realized that these two came out the same year until today, but I had to take a look at other films from '84. Talk about a great year for film, a lot of classics.
 
01. Maniac Cop
02. Maniac Cop 2
03. Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence
04. The Funhouse (D)
05. Demons
06. Thir13een Ghosts
07. It Follows
08. Christine
09. Blood Feast
10. Friday the 13th
11. Friday the 13th Part 2
12. Friday the 13th Part VIII Jason Takes Manhattan
13. Zombieland: Double Tap
14. Return of the Living Dead (2002 DVD Soundtrack Verison)
15. Return of the Living Dead Part 2
16. Return of the Living Dead 3
17. Fright Night '85 (D)
18. The Nightmare Before Christmas
19. Curtains (D)
20. Bloodsucking Bastards
21. Beetlejuice
22. 28 Days Later
23. 28 Weeks Later
24. Creepshow
25. The Basement
26. Cannibal Campout
27. Young Frankenstein
28. The Mist (B&W)
29. Monster Man

30. Psycho (D)

First time watch. Yeah, I know, I know. Promised a friend is finally watch it this month. Glad I did. Very much enjoyed this movie. Wish I watched it earlier so I could have added some of the sequels to the list (another reason I wanted to finally watch this film).

Really need to catch up on my Hitchcock.
 

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