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11/01/20 10:14:09 AM

Final list: Jaws/Alien/Killer Klowns From Outer Space/Trilogy of Terror/Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2/Hatchet/Night of the Living Dead/Child's Play/Evil Dead/Fire in the Sky/Poltergeist/Silent Hill/Return to Horror High/Rise of Leslie Vernon/Hostel/Head Count/Let the Right One In/Unfriended/Sinister/Nightmare on Elm Street reboot/The Hills Have Eyes/REC/Carrie/Insidious/Friday the 13th reboot/VHS/Siren/My Bloody Valentine/American Werewolf in Paris/Last House on the Left/The Thing. I think I am officially all horror movied out

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11/01/20 12:17:35 PM

DAY 31.2: Ringu
On Shudder

Okay, so the American version of this movie is just better in every conceivable way. It just is. I can understand why this was as good as it is.

Ringu is about the explanation I gave for The Ring US.

It's crazy how much the American version actually lends from this. It just has a way to keep you on edge during the whole film, while in Ringu, it removes almost all of the creepiness from the middle of the movie. Ringu just doesn't keep you engaged, and the mystery isn't as interesting.

I know it's probably a product of it's time and culture, but it really does lack a lot. The human element is missing in this version as well. The scenes everywhere are just not nearly as impactful. They don't do as good of a job with the kid. The video isn't nearly as unsettling, with less random creepy BS thrown into it. I didn't find any character particularly likeable with any sort of personality.

I think the thing it does that is pretty strong is the background stuff with Sadako, which seems like the biggest departure. Even then, I feel like her scenes and background could have been made more creepy.

I don't know. It's a let down after watching the American version. I understand Ringu 2 is supposed to be better, but Ringu just feels very dated and I don't know if you're missing much if you decide not to watch it as a US The Ring fan.

Rating: 6/10

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11/01/20 12:43:40 PM

DAY 31.3: Come Play
In Theaters

I was pleasantly surprised by this movie and have a lot of nice things to say about it.

Come Play is about a child with non-verbal disabilities whose parents each seem to have trouble taking care of him. One day, a monster named Larry tries to get him to read his entire story so he can come into the world to take him as his friend forever.

So this is a new director with a ton of promise. He made the horror short Larry, which is very good, and it was good enough to allow him to make this movie too! I would say this surpasses most short films that get turned into a full movie.

This might also be one of the best portrayal of a special needs child in a movie. Like, it deals with his issues in a respectful way and also shows the parents and their struggles with a child who has these issues as well. Neither one is perfect, but you can see how much they still love their boy.

As such, this movie has tons of heart. It goes into loneliness, treating others better, etc. It really feels like a feel good movie at times, despite freaking Larry.

Larry is god damned terrifying. I am actually impressed by how horrifying of a presence he is. He is done so well and literally everything he does works for the most part. The effects are great. And you're just always kept on edge because, for the majority of the movie, he can only be seen through a phone or tablet camera only. So they use that to perfection.

I have one drawback for this movie. They decided to try and give Larry a monologue to explain himself. Which... you didn't really need this. The way he does it is clever, but we didn't need details on how Larry came into being. And a couple of spots has a bit of hokey dialogue. But it really feels like minor stumbles in this movie, because everything else is really good.

By the end of the movie, it really does feel like a satisfying story. I'm hoping this means good things for the director, because he did an outstanding job with this for his first major movie release.

There's one more thing I found pretty interesting about it, but I think it's better to not really know about it before you watch it. And you should definitely watch it. It's a pretty powerful movie.

It gives you some Babadook vibes in terms of the story it wants to tell. So if you like Babadook for the human elements, I recommend checking this movie out too. I give it this high of a score based mostly on the really touching story it ended up telling.

Rating: 8/10

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11/01/20 9:05:33 PM

DAY +: Psycho (1960)
On Amazon Prime ($3.99)

So Psycho is probably one of my favorite horror movies and it's an absolute freaking classic.

Psycho follows a woman who steals money from her bank job and ends up staying the night at a motel run by a rather unsettling character.

I can honestly rant and talk about Psycho forever, but I'll try to keep it brief because holy shit I've done so many write ups I want to be done.

Psycho is the prototype for a lot of slasher movies. Black and white by choice, Alfred Hitchcock used it to push the envelope on what could be allowed in cinema and horror movies alike. Having a brilliant twist that I'm sure most people here know by now, just showed that horror movies could be more than what they were previously. They could be more than a simple exploitation film or monster flick.

The acting is superb. The narrative leads you into directions you never expect. There was a New Year's Day where a bunch of people who had stayed over at my buddy's place who was hosting a New Year's Eve party decided to all watch Psycho when it came on TV, and I was one of two people who actually saw the movie. I was absolutely shocked to see everything. This old black and white movie that was almost 60 years old, they consciously made the choice to watch this movie and found themselves so enthralled. Nobody left while they watched it. I was actually surprised because I thought I'd be alone is saying "Hell yeah, let's watch PSYCHO of all things."

I think that's a testament to just how good this movie is, even today. It still finds ways to shock people in modern day. And I always enjoy watching it and finding something new. Norman Bates is a character that is just outstanding in every way, and I can always watch any scene with him in it and enjoy it all over again.

Anyway, if you haven't seen Psycho, watch it. It's a classic and something brilliant, and horror movies wouldn't be where they are without it.

Rating: 10/10

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11/01/20 9:21:19 PM

My Horror Movie Ratings For October 2020!:

The Best of the Best:
Aliens - 10/10
The Conjuring - 10/10
Halloween (1978) - 10/10
Psycho (1960) - 10/10
Sinister - 10/10
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) - 10/10
The Wailing - 10/10

Must Watch:
Drag Me To Hell - 9.5/10
The Haunting of Bly Manor (TV Series) - 9.5/10
The Ring - 9.5/10
Alien - 9/10
Hellraiser - 9/10
Insidious - 9/10
Oculus - 9/10
Spiral - 9/10
Black Christmas (1974) - 8.5/10
Host - 8.5/10
The Lighthouse - 8.5/10
Lovecraft Country (TV Series) - 8.5/10
Mara - 8.5/10
The Mimic - 8.5/10
The Taking of Deborah Logan - 8.5/10

Great Movies:
The Babysitter: Killer Queen - 8/10
Beach House - 8/10
Come Play - 8/10
Crawl - 8/10
The Empty Man - 8/10
Insidious: Chapter 2 - 8/10
Ju-On: The Grudge - 8/10
Killer Klowns From Outer Space: 8/10
The Monster - 8/10
The Room - 8/10
Still/Born - 8/10
Terrified - 8/10
Child's Play (2019) - 7.5/10
Coherence - 7.5/10
Creep - 7.5/10
Creep 2 - 7.5/10
Fright Night (1985) - 7.5/10
He's Out There - 7.5/10
The Hitcher (1986) - 7.5/10
Nightbreed - 7.5/10
Paranormal Activity (5): The Marked Ones - 7.5/10
Sleepaway Camp - 7.5/10
The Void - 7.5/10
Absentia - 7/10
Bad Hair - 7/10
Devil's Gate - 7/10
Haunt - 7/10
Knock Knock - 7/10
Mama - 7/10
My Bloody Valentine - 7/10
Summer of '84 - 7/10
Trick 'r Treat - 7/10

Pretty Good:
Eyes Without a Face - 6.5/10
Friday the 13th (1980) - 6.5/10
Friday the 13th: Part II - 6.5/10
The Grudge - 6.5/10
Lore (TV Series) - 6.5/10
The Ruins - 6.5/10
Scanners - 6.5/10
Children of the Corn - 6/10
Lake Mungo - 6/10
The Neon Demon - 6/10
Prom Night - 6/10
Ringu - 6/10
As Above So Below - 5.5/10
Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight - 5.5/10

Below Average:
Eraserhead - 5/10
The Gallows: Act II - 4.5/10
The Nun - 4/10
Thinner - 4/10
Behind You - 3.5/10
Paranormal Activity (6): Ghost Dimension - 3.5/10
Coyote Lake - 3/10
Paranormal Activity 4 - 3/10

The Dinner Party - 2.5/10
The Gallows - 2.5/10
The Bye Bye Man - 2/10
Sinister 2 - 2/10
The Curse of Downer's Grove - 1.5/10
The House of the Witch - 1.5/10
The Sandman - 1.5/10
Slumber - 1.5/10
Deadcon - 1/10
Evil Eye - 1/10
Texas Chainsaw (3D) - 1/10
The Other Lamb - 0.5/10
When a Stranger Calls (2006) - 0.5/10
fear dot com - 0/10

The Autopsy of Jane Doe
Happy Death Day
Head Count
I See You
The Lodge
Ready Or Not
Scream Queens (TV Series)
Slasher (TV Series)
The Wretched

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11/01/20 9:26:38 PM

Thanks everyone for following and making doing this enjoyable, even though I went crazy with the amount of movies I ended up watching! I ended up watching 90 movies which is outrageous, but horror movies have always been one of my passions and I got to watch more than I ever expected to and appreciate old ones I hadn't watched again in a while and watching brand new ones I hadn't seen before. They're a fun genre of movies that really offer a ton of creativity to them, for better or worse. And I think the fact that they can be so different is why I end up loving the genre so much.

I'll review movies more for as long as this topic stays alive and I happen to see another horror movie.

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11/01/20 9:45:37 PM

PrivateBiscuit1 posted...
Anyway, if you haven't seen Psycho, watch it. It's a classic and something brilliant, and horror movies wouldn't be where they are without it.

Rating: 10/10
Yeah, easily Hitchcock's best movie imo, done so well and on a pretty modest budget

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11/02/20 12:14:01 AM

Great topic this made Halloween an extra blast this year! You're simply insane with how many movies you were able to watch! i got a good bit of new recs to check out too.

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11/02/20 12:18:54 AM

Yeah, normally I'm hitting up whatever local haunted houses I can, but with Covid being around and working from home, I could just watch horror movies all month instead.

I do miss haunted houses though. Moving cross-country made me excited to check all of them out but alas! Hopefully next year!

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11/03/20 6:35:22 PM

Hulu cancelled Castle Rock. :(

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11/06/20 3:39:46 PM

Well, I lasted all of five days without seeing something horror-related! I'll still do this for as long as people care/the topic lives.

On Netflix

So this is a low budget horror movie on Netflix made in Canada. And it's... actually a lot better than you'd expect.

A.M.I. is about a girl who loses her mother in a car accident and then believes the AI in her phone is her mother. Her AI also wants her to murder everyone close to her.

I don't know if I'm convinced this is actually a good movie, but for a dumb turn your brain off horror movie, this was fun. Like, alright. It's really dumb. And it gets really corny too. It's a twisted concept though, and you don't really need to take it too seriously since it does go for a bit of comedy here too. But a girl desperate to fill the hole her movie left with a murderous AI is enough of a premise to keep me hooked.

It's creative for the concept, and probably more ambitious than it has any right to be. I enjoyed my time watching it and thought it had enough creative kills to really keep you interested. So yeah, if you want to watch a horror movie where you don't have to pay attention much but want to still have a good time, watch A.M.I. I doubt you'll be disappointed.

Rating: 6.5/10

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11/06/20 11:04:40 PM

Watched Spell, pretty solid voodoo movie. Has some downright disgusting and up-close shots of excruciating pain.

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11/09/20 11:31:47 AM

Books of Blood
On Hulu

So we have the Book of Blood, also based on Clive Barker's anthology series Books of Blood, but this one is another take on it!

Books of Blood has three interwoven anthology series:

  • A girl who has serious anxiety issues goes on the run from her parents, but she soon suspects that the home she's staying at may not be safe.
  • A woman who recently lost her child runs into a medium who claims he can have her speak with him again, but she is skeptical.
  • Two hitmen hear of the mythical Books of Blood and aim to seek it out to retrieve it, sell it, and retire.
Overall, I think it was pretty good. Some effects were great, a lot of the visuals were chilling. It did a lot of good things with these stories, and they all were woven together nicely. I was less keen on some scenes, but I think the rest of it has enough quality to work. It don't know if the first one really went well with the others though? It felt a little out of place, even if it was completely fine.

I mean, it's solid. You probably won't be disappointed if you go into it expecting something fine.

Rating: 6/10

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11/10/20 10:16:03 PM

On Amazon Prime

This is the second of the "Welcome to Blumhouse" movies I've watched so far. And it's... pretty good.

Nocturne is about a pair of twins where one is considered a piano prodigy and the other is considered less talented. The less talented one finds a notebook that makes her become more obsessed with popularity like her sister.

It's your typical delusions of grandeur kind of story in which someone will do whatever necessary to become the best. There's a lot to it, but overall it's done well. Maybe not as well as movies like Black Swan or... shit, there's like another three movies of this same ilk I can't even remember. But it does a good job of it. I never felt particularly enthralled by it probably until the end, which is honestly pretty satisfying.

The strongest parts of this movie are strong, but there's a lot here that kind of meanders. It doesn't get particularly tense until the ending either. I can see why this made it to Welcome to Blumhouse because... hey, how do you market this thing? It's worth a watch if you want to see an interesting and dark take on college kids wanting to be the best at their art at any costs. But I think this could have been more than it was.

Rating: 6/10

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11/10/20 10:46:46 PM

I read come play as child's play and was super confused for half the review

I was like "is the new one that different?"

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11/10/20 10:49:22 PM

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11/10/20 11:01:15 PM

Ahahaha Come Play is actually really good! Check it out, sober or not!

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11/11/20 1:22:50 PM

For Welcome to Blumhouse movies, I think Black Box was my favorite. The Lie was quite good as well in some regards, but not really Horror. Nocture was decent and passable, but you rated it already and know. I haven't seen Evil Eye yet.

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11/11/20 1:53:12 PM

Evil Eye I gave a 1/10 I believe. It's a bad Lifetime movie that they decided ended up too vaguely supernatural to be on Lifetime.

I wouldn't even bother with that one man. I was actually interested in seeing Black Box and The Lie though, so I'll probably check those out eventually.

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11/11/20 1:55:20 PM

If you haven't yet Biscuit you should check out Possessor. Amazing psychological/body horror film from Brandon Cronenberg.

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11/11/20 4:06:10 PM

I recall hearing about Possessor. What platform is it on?

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11/11/20 4:17:18 PM

No where free yet but 5 bucks on Amazon.

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11/11/20 5:21:45 PM

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11/14/20 10:35:44 PM

I have an update eventually when I have time to write it!

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11/20/20 5:20:33 AM

I just watched Coherence because of this topic. Great rec! Really fun. It reminded me of a much more digestible version of Primer.

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11/21/20 2:49:06 AM

I'll post a few things about movies I've watched, but first I'm glad you enjoyed Coherence. I think it's such a wildly fascinating movie and when you research it, it feels like it shouldn't work nearly as well as it does.

But I watched The Wailing with my girlfriend tonight. I need to say on a second viewing there's so much more I picked up on. So so so very good and anyone who really likes horror movies needs to go out of their way to watch this sometime!

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11/21/20 9:08:26 PM

Hell House LLC
On Shudder

This movie is pretty good.

Hell House LLC is a documentary-style found footage movie that follows the deaths of people who worked in a haunted house attraction.

I think it's a good, but ultimately pretty flawed movie, really. Let's start with the good: you don't necessarily hate the characters. They all make sense and they're doing what they can, even the one who is the asshole of the group. It does subtle storytelling well, but I hear it's done better in deleted scenes? And the scares, when they happen, are effective. There's a clown in this that's really, really effective.

The negatives are that this just doesn't do enough. What it does, it does well. The documentary/found footage style lends to that rather well. It also feels like it needed tightened up. Again, there are apparently deleted scenes that help with the narrative, but apparently also some that are too obvious about it? But I like to think by now you guys what I mean by tightened up. It's just a movie that really feels like the narrative needed to be more solidly paced.

It's a solid concept that probably could've used a bit more polish. But what we have here is a solid flick.

There's also apparently two sequels to this and it was made to be a trilogy? I have no idea how they can do it well enough.

Rating: 5.5/10

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