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« on: October 02, 2022, 11:46:25 PM »

Part of my yearly Halloween film selections to celebrate the holiday! These include horror, sci-fi, cult, B-Movie or Exploitation films I have never seen.

This years theme: 80's films.

1.   Alligator (1980)
2.   The Awakening (1980)
3.   Hangar 18 (1980)
4.   Evilspeak (1981)
5.   The Prowler (1981)
6.   The Beyond (1981)
7.   The Last Horror Film (1982)
8.   Wacko (1982)
9.   Parasite 3-D (1982)
10.   Mausoleum (1983)
11.   The Initiation (1984)
12.   Impulse (1984)
13.   Threads (1984)
14.   Voyage of the Rock Aliens (1984)
15.   The Quiet Earth (1985)
16.   Warning Sign (1985)
17.   Explorers (1985)
18.   The Bride (1985)
19.   Vamp (1986)
20.   Link (1986)
21.   Vicious Lips (1986) or
22.   Angel Heart (1987)
23.   StageFright (1987)
24.   Video Violence (1987)
25.   The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
26.   Trapped Alive (1988)
27.   I Saw What You Did (1988)
28.   Sweet Home (1989)
29.   Parents (1989)
30.   Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)
31.   Communion (1989)

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« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2022, 12:28:23 AM »

The Demon is another one you should try for sheer WTF madness and weirdness: photographed by one of my mentors Vincent G Cox ASC.

If you've seen it, let me know what you thought.  Smile

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zML5xR-PSLk
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« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2022, 07:33:21 AM »

ANGEL HEART, THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW and TETSUO are all good movies that should be a treat.

PARASITE is a trick.
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« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2022, 08:01:59 AM »

One '80s horror film I do think was cerebral was The Changeling, with George C. Scott. I respect the brooding spookiness and the fact it is in the intelligent branch of the genre that includes films like Hill House (shout out to you, Ronny).
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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2022, 12:22:47 AM »

One '80s horror film I do think was cerebral was The Changeling, with George C. Scott. I respect the brooding spookiness and the fact it is in the intelligent branch of the genre that includes films like Hill House (shout out to you, Ronny).

I've seen that one.
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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2022, 07:19:44 PM »

Not concerned about order, just throwing things out...

Tremors (1990)
From Beyond (1986)
The Changeling (1980)
The Evil Dead (1981)
Re-animator (1985)
Hellraiser (1987)
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« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2022, 01:55:56 AM »


29.   Parents (1989)


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« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2022, 03:49:44 AM »

Good list. Personally I like to end my October/Halloween viewings on a higher note, so I would watch them in this order:

 1. Parasite (1982)
 2. Vicious Lips (1986)
 3. Trapped Alive (1988)
 4. The Awakening (1980)
 5. Wacko (1982)
 6. Mausoleum (1983)
 7. Voyage of the Rock Aliens (1984)
 8. Hangar 18 (1980)
 9. The Bride (1985)
 10. Video Violence (1987)
 11. The Last Horror Film (1982)
 12. I Saw What You Did (1988)
 13. Communion (1989)
 14. Evilspeak (1981)
 15. The Initiation (1984)
 16. Impulse (1984)
 17. The Prowler (1981)
 18. Link (1986)
 19. Vamp (1986)
 20. Alligator (1980)
 21. Warning Sign (1985)
 22. Parents (1989)
 23. Explorers (1985)
 24. The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
 25. Sweet Home (1989)
 26. The Beyond (1981)
 27. StageFright (1987)
 28. The Quiet Earth (1985)
 29. Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)
 30. Angel Heart (1987)
 31. Threads (1984)

I actually did a Mausoleum (1983) + Mortuary (1983) double feature last year.
Communion (1989) is such a weird bad movie. The book was terrifying, the movie is like a train wreck. Christopher Walken yells his lines and it all feels improvised. Not scary at all but it has a cool Halloween scene.

I would say 1-15 are bad but entertaining movies. 16-31 are pretty good.
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« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2022, 12:52:16 AM »

Good list. Personally I like to end my October/Halloween viewings on a higher note, so I would watch them in this order:

 1. Parasite (1982)
 2. Vicious Lips (1986)
 3. Trapped Alive (1988)
 4. The Awakening (1980)
 5. Wacko (1982)
 6. Mausoleum (1983)
 7. Voyage of the Rock Aliens (1984)
 8. Hangar 18 (1980)
 9. The Bride (1985)
 10. Video Violence (1987)
 11. The Last Horror Film (1982)
 12. I Saw What You Did (1988)
 13. Communion (1989)
 14. Evilspeak (1981)
 15. The Initiation (1984)
 16. Impulse (1984)
 17. The Prowler (1981)
 18. Link (1986)
 19. Vamp (1986)
 20. Alligator (1980)
 21. Warning Sign (1985)
 22. Parents (1989)
 23. Explorers (1985)
 24. The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
 25. Sweet Home (1989)
 26. The Beyond (1981)
 27. StageFright (1987)
 28. The Quiet Earth (1985)
 29. Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)
 30. Angel Heart (1987)
 31. Threads (1984)

I actually did a Mausoleum (1983) + Mortuary (1983) double feature last year.
Communion (1989) is such a weird bad movie. The book was terrifying, the movie is like a train wreck. Christopher Walken yells his lines and it all feels improvised. Not scary at all but it has a cool Halloween scene.

I would say 1-15 are bad but entertaining movies. 16-31 are pretty good.

I start from oldest to newest by date. For me its the challenge, to discover new films and spreading films apart keeps from getting in strings of duds.
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« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2022, 06:46:48 PM »

The blob. 88.
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« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2022, 03:07:49 PM »

The blob. 88.

Seen it and not a big fan. Effects are great but the characters are stupid/unlikable and the remake ruins any mystery of the Blob.
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« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2022, 12:51:45 AM »

All finished. Happy Halloween!

My rough personal top 10:
1. Threads (1984)
2. The Quiet Earth (1985)
3. Explorers (1985)
4. Sweet Home (1989)
5. StageFright (1987)
6. Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)
7. Warning Sign (1985) 
8. The Beyond (1981)
9. The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
10. Alligator (1980)

Dishonable mentions:
1. Vicious Lips (1986) - Charles Band at his worst: boring and annoying. Even the awesome tunes of Sue Saad can't save it.
2. Trapped Alive (1988) - Great idea, horrid pacing. Cameron Mitchell at his sleepiest.
3. Voyage of the Rock Aliens (1984) - A musical that can not decide what it's wants to be. A sci-fi spoof? MTV video? Horror spoof? Beach movie?
4. Wacko (1982) - A lot of talented people and a great idea for a genre to be spoofed. Sadly the jokes get redundant very quickly. 

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« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2022, 09:54:31 PM »

Here's the list of movies I ended up watching in October. Rated and ranked from best to worst:

 1. 5.0 The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
 2. 5.0 Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
 3. 4.5 The Hitcher (1986)
 4. 4.5 ParaNorman (2012)
 5. 4.5 Martyrs (2008)
 6. 4.5 Trollhunter (2010)
 7. 4.5 Near Dark (1987)
 8. 4.0 Night of the Living Dead (1990)
 9. 4.0 Eden Lake (2008)
 10. 4.0 Blade II (2002)
 11. 4.0 Night of the Creeps (1986)
 12. 4.0 What Lies Beneath (2000)
 13. 4.0 The Blair Witch Project (1999)
 14. 3.5 New Nightmare (1994)
 15. 3.5 Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971)
 16. 3.5 Paranormal Activity (2007)
 17. 3.5 What's the Matter with Helen? (1971)
 18. 3.5 Stigmata (1999)
 19. 3.5 Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)
 20. 3.5 The Toxic Avenger (1984)
 21. 3.5 The Strangers (2008)
 22. 3.5 Critters (1986)
 23. 3.5 The House by the Cemetery (1981)
 24. 3.0 Creepshow 2 (1987)
 25. 3.0 The Deadly Spawn (1983)
 26. 3.0 Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
 27. 3.0 Return of the Living Dead II (1988)
 28. 3.0 Nightmares (1983)
 29. 3.0 House on the Edge of the Park (1980)
 30. 3.0 The Loreley's Grasp (1973)
 31. 3.0 How Awful About Allan (1970 TV Movie)
 32. 2.5 Thou Shalt Not Kill... Except (1985)
 33. 2.5 C.H.U.D. (1984)
 34. 2.5 Hell Night (1981)
 35. 2.5 TerrorVision (1986)
 36. 2.5 Tenement (1985)
 37. 2.5 Psychic Killer (1975)
 38. 2.0 The House on Tombstone Hill (1989)
 39. 2.0 Madman (1981)
 40. 2.0 Mutant (1984)
 41. 2.0 Pet Sematary II (1992)
 42. 2.0 Graveyard Shift (1990)
 43. 1.5 The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999)
 44. 1.5 Final Exam (1981)
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« Reply #13 on: November 05, 2022, 02:20:33 AM »

Here's the list of movies I ended up watching in October. Rated and ranked from best to worst:

 1. 5.0 The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
 2. 5.0 Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
 3. 4.5 The Hitcher (1986)
 4. 4.5 ParaNorman (2012)
 5. 4.5 Martyrs (2008)
 6. 4.5 Trollhunter (2010)
 7. 4.5 Near Dark (1987)
 8. 4.0 Night of the Living Dead (1990)
 9. 4.0 Eden Lake (2008)
 10. 4.0 Blade II (2002)
 11. 4.0 Night of the Creeps (1986)
 12. 4.0 What Lies Beneath (2000)
 13. 4.0 The Blair Witch Project (1999)
 14. 3.5 New Nightmare (1994)
 15. 3.5 Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971)
 16. 3.5 Paranormal Activity (2007)
 17. 3.5 What's the Matter with Helen? (1971)
 18. 3.5 Stigmata (1999)
 19. 3.5 Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)
 20. 3.5 The Toxic Avenger (1984)
 21. 3.5 The Strangers (2008)
 22. 3.5 Critters (1986)
 23. 3.5 The House by the Cemetery (1981)
 24. 3.0 Creepshow 2 (1987)
 25. 3.0 The Deadly Spawn (1983)
 26. 3.0 Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
 27. 3.0 Return of the Living Dead II (1988)
 28. 3.0 Nightmares (1983)
 29. 3.0 House on the Edge of the Park (1980)
 30. 3.0 The Loreley's Grasp (1973)
 31. 3.0 How Awful About Allan (1970 TV Movie)
 32. 2.5 Thou Shalt Not Kill... Except (1985)
 33. 2.5 C.H.U.D. (1984)
 34. 2.5 Hell Night (1981)
 35. 2.5 TerrorVision (1986)
 36. 2.5 Tenement (1985)
 37. 2.5 Psychic Killer (1975)
 38. 2.0 The House on Tombstone Hill (1989)
 39. 2.0 Madman (1981)
 40. 2.0 Mutant (1984)
 41. 2.0 Pet Sematary II (1992)
 42. 2.0 Graveyard Shift (1990)
 43. 1.5 The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999)
 44. 1.5 Final Exam (1981)

Not a bad list, granted our opinions may differ on what is best. XD

My top out of your list:
1. Night of the Creeps (1986)
2. Near Dark (1987)
3. Critters (1986)
4. ParaNorman (2012)
5. The Toxic Avenger (1984)
6. The Deadly Spawn (1983))
7. The Hitcher (1986)
8. New Nightmare (1994)
9. C.H.U.D. (1984)
10. Paranormal Activity (2007)
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