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In related news: French Canadian Maple Syrup porn starlet Danielle Ouimet is my new crush.
Ben Affleck in a wig.




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Cat and the Canary (1939) – A collection of potential heirs gather at an isolated mansion in the middle of the bayou for the reading of the will. With Paulette Goddard the sole beneficiary (with a slight clause regarding premature death or insanity) will she survive the night in a house filled with relatives with a motive for murder, a creepy housekeeper who talks with dead and an escaped lunatic from the nearby asylum? Her only support being the cowardly, wise-cracking blabbermouth Bob Hope. A fun murder/mystery caper with plenty of intrigue, humour and dastardly shenanigans.
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You ain't gonna ruin this for me dammit!

I'm 5 eps into American Horror Story: Roanoke (season six). Straight horror for a change, none of the increasingly OTT offbeat shenanigans that dominated previous seasons and were starting to get a bit much by season five (Hotel) and kinda put me off it for a while. Shorter eps as well. I'm liking it

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Premonition (2007)

Not exactly the kind of horrific horror film I’d normally watch at Halloween, but it’s got Peter Stormare in it, so **** it.
Sandra Bullock gets all sad, in various low-key cigarette smoking ways, after her husband gets killed to death in a car accident.
But then he’s not dead anymore! But then he is! And then not! And then dead!!

You get the picture. It’s Groundhog Day but with roadkill. And lithium. And decapitated heads bouncing down the road.

This movie’s real confusing. Why does Sandra Bullock’s daughter have horrible scars on her face? Why is Peter Stormare allowed to run a psychiatric hospital when he’s clearly a menacing Nazi scientist? Why was Sandra Bullock taken into custody against her will with zero due process? Why does their shower have such fantastic water pressure when mine is trash?!
The film isn’t at all interested in answering any of those questions, instead preferring to reflect on grief, loss and the confusion of human emotions. The script could probably have done with at least one more pass to achieve that adequately, but there’s sufficient intrigue to make it not an entire waste of time.


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#4 The Legend of Hell House (1973)

A film I've heard about, but never seen as far as I can remember, although I'm sure I've seen references/tropes related to it.


A group of psychic investigators go to a bricked up (boarded up wouldn't be enough), house where 27 people died and one of the team is the only (?) survivor from a previous investigation.

This is one I knew about but that was about it, I hadn't realised it was a Richard Matherson story/script until the opening credits (it does have the feel of what I remember from his other scripts and stories).
It's quite a nice film, if a little dated in places, reasonable/enjoyable performances from the cast, and it's interesting seeing how they built the suspense and did the effects in a more serious horror from the 70's (as opposed to a lot of the ones I've seen from that era which were more camp/less serious).

I'll probably try and watch another film tonight if I can, as I've got a fairly long list and I'm 9 days behind schedule for Horror films (and weeks behind on model assembly and painting)

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#5 Return of the living dead (1985)

A pair of clumsy and unlucky average joe's have some breakages at their medical supply store job with some unexpected results.

This is one I think I last watched about 10? years ago, but most strongly remember watching back in the early 90's although I couldn't really recall much detail of it.

It's fun, it's got a very strong 80's vibe with the costumes, the props (like the prominent walkman), the script and tone.
The practical effects are very fun, with some great Zombie/Skeleton bits.
I'm going to try and watch Return of the Living Dead part two soon as well

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New Daughter (2009) – Kevin Costner starred in a creature feature and I only learned of its existence this year!? Well… turns out it’s a dud. Recently divorced Costner moves to the country with his stroppy teenage daughter and young son. Strange creatures in the woods and his daughter’s obsession with a strange burial mound in the garden has her behaving odder than usual for a teenage girl. Despite good performances from Costner and Ivana Baquero as the daughter and effectively used creatures, there just isn’t enough going on to maintain interest or connect to. The film dives into its concept pretty unambiguously early on and we’re left watching Costner slowly catch up for the rest of the running time. There’s no interesting revelations to be had unfortunately. Also, I have to take a minute to address the younger son, Sam. Either Sam is “special” and I missed a reference to this; the writer’s wrote for a 4-year old but they cast older without changing a word; or Sam is simply a gold medal winner in he ‘too ******* stupid to live’ category!
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#22 - Jigsaw (2017)
After a 7 year absence Jigsaw's back! Turns out I needn't have been so trepidatious about this one. It's a slick looking return to form in the hands of the Spierig brothers who's flicks I tend to like (except for their recent snoozefest Winchester). I love me some Callum Keith Rennie and he's on top a-shole form here as a dodgy detective on the hunt for Jiggie. You've got a sytlishly nasty set of traps, kicking right off with a Monty Python Holy Grail buckethead theme and ending with some fun over the top lasers-strapped-to-head gore. This one also had a nice line in black humour which was missing from the previous run entirely. I felt the expected twist/reveal was suitably mindfu-kingly well done, I can usually guess what's coming and I had bit n pieces of this one sussed but when it all gets laid out I did pause the flick and have a wee think about it, concluding; yeah that's a bit convoluted but I'm fine with it. Recommended

#23 - Street Trash (1987)
Cheap out of date booze melts all those who drink it, devastating local hobo community. Hadn't seen this in years, certainly not in such a beautiful HD transfer. Still just as nasty, funny and sleazy as ever but now with added appreciation for it's excellent cinematography. This is simply the greatest film Troma never made and I'd highly recommend the 88 Films bluray
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#24 - The Meg (2018)
You know what it's about. I fought through the stifling Gerard Butler brainless blockbuster vibe of this one to find some slight entertainment in it's 2nd half, especially the last bit when they hit the packed beach. I'll have forgotten it by tomorrow which is why I'm writing this immediately after watching it.
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Hereditary (2018)

Consider October back on track after the brief Bullock-shaped detour. I was worried this would be a bit worthy and dull, but I actually really enjoyed it.

And when I say "enjoyed" I mean "it made me want to switch all the lights on and check behind the couch". So, on the horror scale, I enjoyed it.

It's a potent mixture of seances, possession, exorcism and decapitations, all played out in the middle of a constantly escalating sense of dread. The music does a lot to ratchet things up - it's all discordant and droning and clicky and stuff!

The film also does that thing from The Descent by having creepy **** happening in the background of shots. In fact it does it quite a few times, which should reduce its effectiveness, but it never stops being unsettling and weird and anxiety inducing.

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#6 Return of the Living Dead 2 (1988)

Some kids find an unexpected surprise in a barrel, whilst a pair of grave robbers have their lunch break interrupted.


After Return of the Living Dead turned out to be so much fun I decided to watch the second one, which has moments of being gloriously silly with the same great creature effects and humour.

I've got stronger memories of this than the previous one, I think probably because I first watched when I was maybe 10 or 12 (one of my friends' father owned/ran a video shop and it wasn't unheard of for my friend to borrow a video for a day).
I could remember odd bits (I think it gave me nightmares* ), but not the ending or how funny it was in places.

I also didn't get some of the references in it (including towards the end with the Thriller suit), one of the joys of watching older films on DVD/BD or even streaming is that I'm picking up references I'd missed before (in the previous one the eyechart caught my eye).


I think the next one to watch will probably be return of the living dead 3, just to continue the run

After that Mother or The Voices as they're both sat next to the player at the moment.

*Although nowhere near as much as The Thing did.


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#7 Return of the living dead 3

A rebellious boy and his girlfriend break into his dad's place of work and accidentally create a bit of a mess.

Given I'd enjoyed the previous two films I thought I'd continue with the series, and it turns out I've seen bits of this one (Sci-fi back in the day?), but couldn't really remember anything apart from a couple of scenes.

I really enjoyed it, as once again there was a good mix of gore, humour and not taking itself too seriously, although I'm sure I've seen the set for the lab used in a bunch of sci-fi films for spaceships/bases (either that of it's some sort of standard pre-fab material).
I quite like the way they both retained a lot of the make-up and effects styles from the previous films, whilst at the same time introducing more complex ones, so you have the "original" zombies, and more complex ones.
It also seems they've got a bit more meat in some ways to the story than many of the Zombie Genre, I actually felt sorry for Curt and Julie.

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Maximum Overdrive (1986) – Stephen King writes and directs his own original screenplay to mixed results. When a comet tail passes by Earth all the machinery gains sentience and start killing folk. A handful of survivors, led by Emilio Estevez, gather in a truckstop diner fight to survive the evil automatons. This is bonkers fun with a lively ACDC soundtrack but is also very uneven. The carnage that ensues when the machines initially rebel is brilliant. King goes ******* nuts on the bridge raising sequence! There’s a plethora of familiar faces in the cast too but the film drags in patches towards the end. Probably would have made a better segment in an anthology than the stretched out feature it is.
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That waitress from Maximum Overdrive and her continuing catchphrase still pops into my head from time to time and I haven't watched that flick since big box ex-rental vhs



I've never seen the 90's remake, frankly I don't think I ever will...

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Annabelle (2014)

This one annoyed me quite a bit. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a horror film whose characters behave as stupidly as in this one, to serve the progress of the plot.
Randomly falling over their own feet while backing slowly away from a moderately serious stove fire. Choosing to keep the possessed doll that’s been moving around on its own for weeks. Figuring out the doll is possessed but transporting it on the back seat of their car anyway. That kind of nonsense.

It’s tremendously dull as well. I suddenly realised there were only 20 minutes left and **** all had happened other than a dreadful CGI demon lurking on some stairs, which looked the same as that crappy one from Insidious but painted black. A stealth demon if you will.

Anyway, I think I’ll watch The Conjuring 2 next. At least that gets good reviews and has a budget higher than the IQ of whoever wrote this toss.



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Late Phases (Night of the Wolf) - Even better on second viewing. Dodgy werewolf outfits are more than made up for by the awesome cast and script. Highly recommended. In the mood for Dog Soldiers now.
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Death Race 4: Beyond Anarchy (2018) – Maybe a bit of a stretch calling this horror but this fourth entry in the reboot franchise is a lot sleazier and exploitative than its predecessors featuring plenty of gore and gratuitous nudity (folks are getting chainsawed up in the first 10 minutes!). The plot (he laughs!) is pretty much ‘Escape From Bulgaria’. Cap’n Vane (Zach McGowan) enters the dog eat dog prison community (now run with an iron fist by Frankenstein) with the intent of winning the next Death Race and toppling Franky because… erm, err…? Along the way he enlists the help of Danny (really too old for this ****!) Glover and that cherub faced ****** from the previous films who want to… err…? Oh, wait! There’s a kick ass babe who helps him because Frankenstein killed her friends!!! Ha!! Who said, no one has any ******* motivations in this turd of a movie! I get the impression that Paul WS Anderson saw Mad Max Fury Road and thought to himself, ‘you know what? I bet I could write a 2 hour flick with minimal plot and almost non-stop action.’ and birthed this abomination. To be fair, there is some decent crunchy action thoughout but cutting out all the slow motion rock guitar sequences probably could have landed a tighter 90 minutes. McGowan makes a fine brutal badass but he is given nothing to work with. There is no story. There are no character arcs. It occurs to me that watching this film is like watching The Walking Dead - why people act the way they do or to what end remains an utter mystery, but, periodically, something satisfyingly gruesome will occur to distract you.
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8 eps into American Horror Story: Roanoke, still really enjoying it. Basically a haunted house slashfest with some very satisfying kills.

Back to Joe Bob, here's a classic.......

#25 - Re-Animator (1985)
Nobody needs this one explained I'm sure. Seen it more times than I can count including during one of these past halloween horror months so I'm not gonna bother reviewing it yet again. If you've never seen it, f--king sort yerself out and get it watched pronto!



Also I briefly considered watching Maximum Overdrive again but I couldn't face it so I opted for this instead....

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#8 Airborne (2012)

A random bunch of passengers on an aircraft find out why you don't mess with the Ming.


This was a bit of a random choice, as I didn't know anything about it other than it was set on a plane.
It's low budget, and British with a small cast and even smaller sets (I wonder if there is somewhere that has an airline interior set permanently set up for filming and they managed to rent it cheap for a few days, or if they just borrowed the Mile High set?).
The story is fairly simple, although it does keep you guessing about what is going on for a while and is reasonably entertaining if stupid.
It's not quite a complete waste of 75 minutes, but there are certainly far better films to see.


I'm Guessing Mark Hamill did this one for laughs whilst over here for something else? (at a guess his bits in it probably took a few hours to film).
I can't imagine he did it for the paycheck, or the prestige.

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Ghost Stories (2017)

An inoffensive but pretty standard collection of ghost stories. Except the middle one isn’t a ghost story. But never mind that.

This is a classic anthology format, with a down-beat wrap-around story, but none of the elements are at all scary, nor very interesting, and it’s all competently but unspectacularly filmed, like a Jonathan Creek Christmas special.

One to watch with the family, if they’ve got fed up of your extreme cinema binge this October.


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