If you missed it, check out #61DaysofHorror — Part 1 before reading this post.

Continuing my pandemic-inspired #61DaysofHorror watching…

During the months of September and October, I sit down with my morning coffee and my dogs to watch a horror film.  Some were new, and some old classics.  Some were great, others not so much.  After watching a film, I posted a few words about it to Twitter.

Here are the last 31 days…

Day 31 — “Mara” [2018]

A sleep demon eats the characters’ guilt as a bed-time snack and then kills them. Interesting premise that fails to create the dread that it should.

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1773753

 

Day 32 — “The Amityville Horror” [1979]

A classic 70s horror that now feels slow and disjointed to me. Steiger is almost comical.

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078767

 

Day 33 — “The Amityville Horror” [2005]

It certainly has more eerie or terrifying moments than the 1979 version. The father comes across as much more of a threat in this take on the classic tale.

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0384806

 

Day 34 — “Amityville II: The Possession” [1982]

Terrible screenplay. Horrible acting. Laughable moments that are supposed to be scary. A piss-poor film trying to capitalize on the terrors of the first one.

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083550

 

Day 35 — “Amityville 3-D” [1983]

A haunted house tale filled with all the corniness of 1980s horror films. Better than the previous two films but that’s not saying much.

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085159

 

Day 36 — “The Amityville Murders” [2018]

A “true” retelling of the historic tragedy that launched a franchise. Better than the fictionalized dreck of Amityville II (1982).

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6984258

 

Day 37 — “The Night Eats the World” [2018]

Fascinating allegory about coping with a break-up, the loneliness that ensues, and the leap of faith needed to put yourself back out there. And zombies, too.

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4266076

 

Day 38 — “In the Tall Grass” [2019]

A mind-bending adaptation of @StephenKing’s and @JoeHills novella with some mind-bending moments.  To say more would spoil the twists.

#61DaysOfHorror #horrorfilm #horror #Halloween

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4687108

 

Day 39 — “Jigsaw” [2017]

A sequel trying to reboot the series in which all the wrong creative choices were made. Watching the movie is more torture than being a victim of John Kramer.

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3348730

 

Day 40 — “I’ll Take Your Dead” [2019]

Crime meets horror in this creepy, haunted house tale. An indie horror gem.

Another excellent film from @BlackFawnFilms.

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7962932

 

Day 41 — “[REC]” [2007]

A found-film approach that has a style motivation that I actually accept—news crew capturing a horrible outbreak as it happens. Dark. Claustrophobic. Disorienting.

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1038988

 

Day 42 — “[REC]²” [2009]

Continues the saga from the perspective of a S.W.A.T. team. Add background origin…demonic zombies. Builds on the first.  Still works even though I hate found-footage films.

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1245112

 

Day 43 — “[REC]³: Génesis” [2012]

Parallel story, not sequel. Abandons the dark claustrophobia. Bails on the found-footage conceit. Becomes…splatter comedy? Mindless fun that will bother [REC] purists.

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1649444

 

Day 44 — “[REC] 4: Apocalipsis” [2014]

A return to the original storyline but without the found-footage conceit.  Both welcome choices for this viewer.

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1649443

 

Day 45 — “The Frighteners” [1996]

Peter Jackson’s paranormal tale is more goofy ghost gags than frightening feature.  Still a lot of fun. Effects stand up well 24 years later.

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116365

 

Day 46 — “Scarce” [2008]

Snowboarders get lost in the snowy Pennsylvania mountains and encounter some back-woods cannibals. A brutally violent first feature from Ontario filmmakers. .

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1238302

 

Day 47 — “Exit Humanity” [2011]

An ambitious zombie period-piece set just after the American Civil War. This sophomore effort shows the filmmakers’ ambition but also gets lost in it.

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1781812

 

Day 48 — “Ejecta” [2014]

An interesting low-budget take on alien visitation that jumps around narratively between time, characters and filmmaking styles until all the pieces come together…somewhat.

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2176722

 

Day 49 — “The Hexecutioners” [2015]

Two women performing legal assisted suicides collide tragically with an ancient death cult. Great premise. Wonderful production design. Hampered by a confusing story.

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5080804

 

Day 50 — “Deadsight” [2018]

Blind man and pregnant cop battle zombies in an isolated country environment. Interesting approach to the sub-genre is worth a watch if the walking dead are your thing.

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8551868

 

Day 51 — “Creep Nation” [2019]

More thriller than horror. AirBnB, the dark web and murder come together in a thriller that feels like we’ve seen it done better before.

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8511854

 

Day 52 — “Doom” [2005]

A square peg (video game) is pounded mercilessly into a round hole (motion picture). Big, dark, messy and far from the terror-inducing that one expects from a Doom property.

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0419706

 

Day 53 — “28 Days Later” [2002]

An imaginative re-invention of the zombie sub-genre that takes familiar elements from Romero and injects new life into the undead.

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0289043

 

Day 54 — “28 Weeks Later” [2007]

The small, intimate tale of survival from the first film becomes a bloated spectacle for the second. Less intimate. Less intelligent. Less believable.

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0463854

 

Day 55 — “Halloween H20: 20 Years Later” [1998]

The return of Laurie Strode was the only welcome factor in this tired, toothless franchise that needs to be put out of its misery.

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120694

 

Day 56 — “Halloween: Resurrection” [2002]

Live-stream of teenagers spending the night in Michael Myer’s childhood home. Killing spree ensues. Stupidity and pointlessness abound. Horrid.

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0220506

 

Day 57 — “The Haunting of Margam Castle” [2020]

Terrible writing. Piss-poor acting. Limp direction. This low-budget haunting film fails on all levels.

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10648146

 

Day 58a  — “House of 1000 Corpses” [2003]

A pastiche of ’70s horror and exploitation films, ’80s slasher flicks, and ’90s music videos. Chaotic. Brutal. Insane. From the mind of Rob Zombie…naturally.

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0251736

 

Day 58b  — “The Devil’s Rejects” [2005]

Less visually experimental than its predecessor, this sequel is unapologetically brutal, cruel, and nauseating. Campy satire that takes itself seriously. Subversive.

#61DaysOfHorror #horrorfilm #horror #Halloween

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0395584

 

Day 58c  — “Three From Hell” [2019]

Filmmaker Zombie returns to the nasty Firefly clan 10 years into their future. More unapologetically brutal murder and mayhem ensue.

#61DaysOfHorror #horrorfilm #horror #Halloween

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8134742

 

Day 59  — “The Shed” [2019]

A vampire locked in a shed. Teenage angst in small-town nowhere. Interesting concept ruined by bad writing, poor acting, and poor filmmaking choices.  Joss Whedon this is not.

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8236366

 

Day 60 — “Hereditary” [2018]

Creepy beyond belief. A slow-burn that throbs with dread until it knocks you off your feet.  The last act is the steep down-slope of the craziest roller coaster ever built.

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7784604

 

Day 61  — “Midsommar” [2019]

Dark happenings in the unending light of Swedish summer. Unsettling slow-burn dealing with suicide, ritualized senicide, and the siren’s call of emotional dependency.

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8772262

 

BONUS  — “The Haunting of Bly Manor” [2020]

Visually stunning.  Emotionally atmospheric. Both tragic and hopeful.  This slow-burn ghost story is really an exploration of love in all of its forms.

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10970552

 

BONUS  — “Lovefcraft Country” [2020]

Lovecraftian horror set in Jim Crow times is a smart and engaging commentary on race in American and a fun ride into Eldritch horror and the wonders of magic.

#61DaysOfHorror #horrorfilm #horror #Halloween

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6905686

 


What horror films are you watching for the 2020 Halloween season?  Let me know.

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