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Old 02-10-22, 04:33   #1
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Default Spooky movie month 2022

October is here, and you know what that means? SPOOKY MOVIE MONTH! What is Spooky Movie Month? It's where people celebrate spooky movies and watch a whole ton of them for the month of October!

Some people who celebrate Spooky Movie Month participate in the SPOOKY MOVIE MONTH CHALLENGE! What is that, you ask? That's where you watch (at least) 31 spooky movies in 31 days! I have been a participant for the past 6 or so years, and it's a good time.

Each year I like to do some kind of theme or "gimmick" to keep it interesting - last year I strictly watched movies I'd never seen before, the year before that I stuck to strictly movies I personally owned but hadn't watched the disc yet (even if I'd seen the movie before), and the year before that I played "blackout" on a randomized Spooky Movie Month bingo card I made.



I have a personal overriding rule that I can't watch the same movie twice in consecutive years, as well.

What constitutes a spooky movie? Does it have to be a horror movie?
NO! Spooky movies can be scary, but they don't have to be and don't need to fit the strict definition of horror movies, they just need to be spooky-themed in some way. Want to watch 'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown', or 'Hocus Pocus', or 'A Nightmare Before Christmas'? Go nuts! The whole point of Spooky Movie Month is to have fun and watch and talk about spooky movies, make up your own rules and gimmicks and have a good time.

This year my theme is horror anthologies, I've already got them picked out but their order will be randomized each day so I don't actually know what I'll be watching day by day.



Let's talk about spooky movies! Got any ideas or suggestions? Themes or gimmicks? Favorite spooky movies you watch every year?
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Old 02-10-22, 04:35   #2
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1. Tales from the Crypt (1972), Tubi

Neat little movie, but what stood out the most was how out-of-place the "three wishes" story was compared to the others - the other stories were all about how horrible the people were and them getting their comeuppance, but the guy in the "three wishes" story seemed okay and kind of got shafted by his wife's lousy monkey's-paw wishes. Like, the implication of each of the stories is that the person sees how they could have averted their own horrible fate by not being a terrible person, but his fate seemed unavoidable unless he just chooses to ignore his friend's phone call and not drive to him, or forbid his wife from making any wishes I guess. I also don't know who the dude on the motorcycle was supposed to be, or if he was a red herring, or what. They frame him all menacingly leading up to the crash and then he's never brought up again.

Peter Cushing out of nowhere was a nice surprise. I wasn't even sure it was him until the credits rolled.

Also I like how in the final story the blind guys basically built an excessive, over-complicated Saw trap to punish the superintendent, frankly I was expecting them to just, you know, blind him.
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Old 04-10-22, 04:49   #3
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2. Trilogy of Terror (1975), Amazon Video



This one was... alright. I appreciated that the three stories were distinctly different, but the first one was easily the best one. I genuinely didn't see the
"she's a black widow"
twist coming, and I liked it. The second story I kind of predicted the "twist" almost immediately, and it was confirmed for me when the lead actress was playing two parts. It felt like it was the shortest of the three stories, and I'm glad because I was afraid it would belabor the point and overstay its welcome, which it didn't - once it started to get a little on-the-nose, it ended. The third story was wacky and silly, but I'm not sure that's a bad thing. It's the only one with any real "supernatural" element which was a bit of a change of pace, and didn't try to be any deeper or more meaningful than it needed to be, haha. It's just got a killer tribal doll running around a hotel room trying to stab a person for like 20 minutes, and that's it.

3. Southbound (2015), blu-ray



This was a repeat viewing, and I still like it. I like that each story pretty much flows right into the next
before wrapping around in a loop
, I think it works well and is an interesting way to handle a lack of a framing narrative. I like how (most of) the movie has a sort of surreal dreamlike quality where things are happening around the characters and they feel off and the characters kind of recognize that things are off but keep going with it. The purgatory demons (for lack of a better term) are creepy and weird and are a huge stand-out in the first and last stories, but I think my favorite story is the highway accident story. I think my least favorite would have to be the brother/sister rescue story, it wasn't very dreamlike like the others and it kind of didn't go anywhere, I dunno.
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Old 05-10-22, 04:38   #4
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4. The Vault of Horror (1973), Youtube



Tried watching this on the youtube app on my Fire Stick and almost had the experience totally ruined for me - the resolution of the youtube video was piss-poor for some reason, and it dropped in 30-second ads literally every 2 and a half minutes or so. I got almost 10 minutes into the movie and I'd already had 4 ad breaks, it was ridiculous. I came close to turning it off, but I tried watching it on my phone instead and ended up with like 3 5-second ads over the course of the movie's entire runtime after that, and it was much more enjoyable. There was a snag in the last story (the one about the painter), the audio completely dropped out for like 5 minutes when he went to see the voodoo guy, but I was able to piece together what was going on. Not an ideal viewing experience, but oh well.

I like how this movie seemed to be competing with 'Tales from the Crypt' which came out the year prior, even though both movies are based on the same source material. Overall I think I preferred this one to 'Tales from the Crypt'; aside from one story sucking (the one about the OCD control freak and the messy wife) the rest were pretty even in quality and largely enjoyable. It's hard to pick a favorite because they've all got their merits, although I did get a giggle out of the "faked death" story completely lampshading itself by having the main character literally reading the novelization of the 'Tales from the Crypt' movie that had come out the previous year, and outright saying that nobody pays for horror stories.

1. 'Tales from the Crypt' (1972)
2. 'Trilogy of Terror' (1975)
3. 'Southbound' (2015)
4. 'The Vault of Horror' (1973)
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Old 06-10-22, 04:31   #5
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BONUS: Smile (2022), theatre



Not counting this one towards my 31 because it doesn't fit my "horror anthologies" theme for the year.

Pretty cool little movie that's a bit of a blend of 'The Ring', 'It Follows', and a touch of 'Fallen'. A little jumpscare-heavy but still plenty creepy, and unfortunately one of its best and most creative jump scares is in the trailer (if you've seen the trailer, you know the one). Lead actress does a good job of conveying a person trapped in her own head (so to speak) and trying to convince other people that she's not losing her mind, even as she herself questions if that's the case. It's got some gore but not a crazy amount, and there's some CGI at the end that kind of pushes the envelope towards being bad/stupid and I'm not sure it helped the movie, but it didn't ruin it either by any means.
What happens to Mustache is ****ed up, though.
Glad I saw it, I'll probably buy it when it comes out on video.

5. Creepshow (1982), Amazon Video rental



Was surprised to learn that this movie wasn't available for streaming, well, anywhere, even though all other Creepshow-related content seems to be on Shudder. It was neat seeing Stephen King and George Romero tackle some lighter fare and do a Tales from the Crypt homage. Seeing Ed Harris with a full head of hair in the first segment is not something I thought I'd ever see. Stephen King playing a major character in one whole segment was unexpected, but based on what happens I bet he had a blast doing it. I'll admit I had a little trouble following the "tide" segment, mostly why Leslie Nielsen (who played a pretty entertaining bad guy, something else I never thought I'd see) wanted Ted Danson and his girlfriend (?) dead, I feel like I missed something. The Crate segment felt like it ran a little long, and the payoff (Adrienne Barbeau getting eaten) didn't feel as satisfying because it felt like the story overstayed its welcome. Props to Tom Savini's special effects work in the final segment where a body straight up bursts with roaches, that was pretty gnarly.

1. 'Tales from the Crypt' (1972)
2. 'Trilogy of Terror' (1975)
3. 'Southbound' (2015)
4. 'The Vault of Horror' (1973)
BONUS: 'Smile' (2022)
5. 'Creepshow' (1982)
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6. 'The House That Dripped Blood' (1971), Tubi



Neat little move that had a little bit of everything, although I think the story I found most interesting was the first one about the tormented writer, although things certainly escalated quickly at the end. Pretty cool seeing Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, even if they don't share any scenes together. Although the very, very end of the movie tries to tie everything together by saying "the house reflects the personalities of its occupants", it kind of falls apart when you think about it, and I wish it were a little more tightly knit in having the house be integral to the weird and spooky stuff happening. For example, in Peter Cushing's story, not a single spooky thing happens to him when he's in the house itself, which kind of undermines the movie's throughline and turns it into "weird stuff happens to people who happen to occupy the house at that moment". Maybe I'm just spoiled by the first season of 'American Horror Story', which knocked the "spooky house" concept out of the park.

1. 'Tales from the Crypt' (1972)
2. 'Trilogy of Terror' (1975)
3. 'Southbound' (2015)
4. 'The Vault of Horror' (1973)
BONUS: 'Smile' (2022)
5. 'Creepshow' (1982)
6. 'The House That Dripped Blood' (1971)
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7. All Hallow's Eve (2013), Tubi



Pretty mean-spirited, felt a little misogynistic (especially the first story , and the very end of the highway story). Definitely done on a budget and it shows; on one hand I'm trying to be fair about it and say "well for a movie made for $38 and made by 6 people, it's a solid enough effort", and some of the practical effects work was great given the budget and apparent experience level of the effects guy (who was also the director), but other stuff was hokey as hell and really unconvincing. The different demons in the first story all felt like the director tried to come up with a mish-mash of the edgiest "scary" Spirit Halloween masks he could find and none were particularly convincing. The alien in the alien abduction had the potential to be cool and unsettling with his weird wavy movements, but he was shown way too much and full on looked like someone had seen a higher-budget sci-fi movie somewhere and then tried to swede it. Like yeah I get that the budget was low, but at least disguise it by keeping the alien hidden or in the shadows or only offer glimpses of it, don't put it front and center in the camera where it's extremely clear that it's a guy in a $20 costume. The highway story started out as the best one, with solid effects and a surreal "this can't be happening" vibe to it, and then it nosedived at the end when the clown carved pointless slurs into the girl's mutilated body (although when the clown was whipping her with random tools on chains earlier on, that was probably a bad sign). Like, why? The wraparound story started out weak and got pretty great, especially when it had the phone call that intersected with the highway story, and how the weird stuff from the tape bled into the "real" world. My one criticism of the wraparound story was how it would cut back from the other stories to show the wraparound characters' reactions to what they were watching; just let the little stories play out, I don't need to see the other characters flinch or cringe to tell me I should be flinching or cringing, it felt like slapping an unnecessary laugh track (scare track?) on the movie. Clown was creepy and memorable, he did his job.

1. 'Tales from the Crypt' (1972)
2. 'Trilogy of Terror' (1975)
3. 'Southbound' (2015)
4. 'The Vault of Horror' (1973)
BONUS: 'Smile' (2022)
5. 'Creepshow' (1982)
6. 'The House That Dripped Blood' (1971)
7. 'All Hallow's Eve' (2013)
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Spooky movies!! In the last few days I've watched the reboots of Fright Night and Hellraiser and I might just not watch rebooted horror movies from now on
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Spooky movies!! In the last few days I've watched the reboots of Fright Night and Hellraiser and I might just not watch rebooted horror movies from now on
The Fright Night remake with Colin Farrel is great!
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BONUS: Deadstream (2022), Shudder



This movie was a hoot, absolutely worth a watch. It was legit funny and had satisfying payoffs for every gag and idea it teed up, it was pretty refreshing. Lead character was entertaining enough to carry the show solo, the practical effects were solid for the most part, it used the found footage angle in interesting ways, the way it parodied Twitch and youtube streamer tropes was funny, and it had some genuine spooks to boot. Definite highlight of the spooky season so far. Crazy moment highlights included:

- beef cam
- getting abruptly waterboarded by piss
- putting a GoPro on a ghost
- the livestream chatter
- "demonetizing" a ghost


8. Cat's Eye (1985), Tubi



This movie bounced off me a little bit - I think it's because it just wasn't that spooky; only one of the three stories even had anything supernatural in it, and the other two felt like watered-down made-for-TV "thriller" fare. I get that the movie was PG-13, but it just didn't feel like Stephen King at the top of his game (or really Stephen King at all). Despite containing nothing spooky, the second story was the one I enjoyed the most - it felt like there was real tension as the protagonist was on the ledge. The cat was an exceptionally good kitty though, definite highlight of the movie and he absolutely carried the third story. I can't believe Alan Silvestri did the soundtrack, it was awful - especially considering he did the Back to the Future soundtrack the same year.

9. The Monster Club (1981), Tubi



While it's always a treat to see Vincent Price, and it's pretty clear he was having fun while making the movie, overall I think it was merely okay - most of that was the frame narrative dragging things down with its interspersed music videos and forced monster genealogy lore. I think the vampire story worked the best because it was the most straightforward and was fairly light-hearted, but the first story was also interesting even if it was the most tragic. The third story was definitely the weakest - not very much happened and it all kind of looped around to an unsatisfying payoff.

1. 'Tales from the Crypt' (1972)
2. 'Trilogy of Terror' (1975)
3. 'Southbound' (2015)
4. 'The Vault of Horror' (1973)
BONUS: 'Smile' (2022)
5. 'Creepshow' (1982)
6. 'The House That Dripped Blood' (1971)
7. 'All Hallow's Eve' (2013)
BONUS: 'Deadstream' (2022)
8. 'Cat's Eye' (1985)
9. ' The Monster Club' (1981)
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