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Horror Movie Marathon Update

An update on my 181 Days of Horror Movies quest.

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May 6th – The Unwanted (2014) (Netflix) – Well, this was an unusual horror movie. It was billed as a vampire movie, but I didn’t really see any vampirism in the film. One of the main characters alluded to “her kind,” but it seemed more to be about people into blood play. There is a definite lesbian aspect to the movie, and one might even think it was incestuous. There were angry comments on the Netflix website, by people who thought the film should be listed in gay/lesbian films, not horror. William Katt channels Bruce Dern in this film. I told my wife that I wished I could talk to the writer, so they could explain the film to me. An interesting film, but I wouldn’t watch it again.

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May 7th – Wynonna Earp (2016) (Netflix) – This is a series that ran/is running on SyFy channel. I thought it would be hokey, but it is actually very watchable. Wynonna Earp is the great granddaughter of Wyatt Earp, and she slays demons, who were people originally killed by Wyatt Earp. The characters are likable, the special effects are decent, and the plots are entertaining. This is a Canadian series.

I know TV series aren’t exactly movies, but I figure if I watch hours and hours of a series, I’m going to count it as a film!

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May 8th – The Swarm  (1978) (TCM) – I’m in the middle of this show as I write this. This is an awful movie from Irwin Allen, who gave us “The Towering Inferno” and many other disaster movies. This is about killer bees, and it has a who’s who of stars from the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s. This was one of Michael Caine’s “paycheck” movies, that he did only for the $$. Cult horror from the 50’s and 60’s might be compared to this, but they are Academy Award winning films compared to this goofy stuff. Henry Fonda couldn’t even class this one up. Thumbs down.

Thanks for reading and dark blessings to you!

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181 Day Horror Movie Marathon

fhd996scr_drew_barrymore_002It’s been awhile since I wrote here. I’ve decided to branch out in what I cover here. That way I’ll have more opportunity to post, which hopefully will be a good thing.

For the past few years, I have had a Halloween/Samhain ritual of watching at least 1 horror movie every day in October. It was fun, as I was able to revisit old favorites, and unearth (slight pun intended) new finds. If you enjoy the horror film genre, you are surely aware that there are tons from which to choose, and lots of stinkers out there. So it’s an adventure just navigating all the choices.

I tend to choose atmospheric horror movies over gore. I’m not a big fan of stuff like “Saw” or slasher type films. Love the original “Halloween,” but things got bloodier from there. I was happy when movies like “The Ring” and “The Sixth Sense” caught on so well.

I’m also partial to classsic B horror films that you can find on TCM. Also like vampire, witchcraft, supernatural, satanic, and hauntings films. I’m open to most stuff, just not people getting cut in half or that kind of thing.

I found myself watching a couple of horror movies a few days ago. It was then that I got the bright idea of starting my quest in May. Last year I began on September 1st. So I looked it up, and there are 181 days between May 4th and October 31st inclusive. That’s 25 weeks & 6 days.

So my quest is to watch at least one horror film every day for 181 days. Obviously, I will miss a day or so here, but I will make up for it by having days in which I watch multiple films. I will post these under the category of 181 Days of Horror Films. The posts will be relatively short. I’m looking forward to the challenge, and I hope you get a kick out of it too. Please feel free to post any thoughts about the movies I watch! I will also list what network or streaming service on which I watched them.

Catching up on what I’ve watched so far:

May 4th

The Disappointments Room (2016) – (Netflix) So-so, mildly entertaining, a total vehicle for Kate Beckinsale. Without her, it wouldn’t have held up at all. I got the feeling there was more to the movie that was cut out due to time constraints.

Scream (1996) – (Netflix) – An old favorite, and I’m fairly certain you’ve seen it.

May 5th

I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House (2016) (Netflix) This was a Netflix Production. It is an artsy, stylistic Gothic horror film by Anthony Perkins’ son Oz. Small cast, well acted. If you are looking for huge scares or conventional horror, this is not the film for you.

Salem – (2014) (Netflix) I am making my way through this series about witchcraft. Just an added bonus. I can take this in small doses.

So that catches you up. I’m watching a weird one right now, and I’ll post about it later. Thanks for reading!

Blessings.

 

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Reflections on 61 Days of Horror Movies

the-vampire-lovers58For the past several years, I’ve continued my little tradition of watching at least one horror movie each day in the month of October. It’s just a way to find a bit of Halloween celebration every day. This year, I expanded the quest to September, and called it 61 Days of Horror Movies. I didn’t write about it here, but I put most of the selections each day on Twitter.

I didn’t keep an exact record of what I watched, or if I did indeed watch 61 films. I did miss a day here and there, however, I had days when I watched up to 3-4 movies. So I would hazard a guess that I watched at least 61 films.

I’m not much into gore laden horror movies. My favorites are classic films, cult classics, hauntings, atmospheric movies, and vampire films. I remember going to see the original “Halloween” movie at the theater and really loving it. Unfortunately, much of what sprang from that film were movies that featured exploding eyeballs, and ever more gory deaths. Not really my cup of tea. I’m more a fan of movies like “The Ring,” “Suspiria,” “Rosemary’s Baby,” “The Innocents,” “The Others,” and stuff like that. Once in a while some gore is necessary for the movie, and that’s ok.

Reflecting on my choices this year, I leaned heavily on classic horror DVR’ed from Turner Classic Movies. I also mined some never before seen movies from Netflix, Amazon Prime, and all the pay channels. For some reason, I missed some of my favorites, like “Bram Stokers Dracula,” “The Innocents,” the original “Dracula,” and some of my other go-to horror movies.

I came to the realization that I’m just not that interested in Frankenstein movies. I watched both the Universal versions and a couple of the Hammer Film versions, and I found it hard to make it through them. Speaking of Hammer Films, I watched a lot of Christopher Lee‘s Dracula films, and I must say that a few go a long way. A couple of them are really good, but there are some stinkers. “Taste The Blood of Dracula” is not a particularly good film. Lee is in it for all of 20 minutes or so, not even wanting to be in the film at the time.

I completely missed Hitchcock films, Mario Bava’s films (I love “Black Sunday“), Tim Burton movies, and many other favorites.

I enjoy this horror movie celebration, and I think next year I will get more organized. Maybe a plan would help. I plan on making a list of what I really want to see, and lean more on renting them from Amazon if need be. I think I will largely stay away from the 1950’s outer space type films, most of the Hammer Films, and all of the Frankenstein films. There will be more contemporary vampire movies in the mix (I own a bunch I didn’t even watch this year), and more niche classics such as “Suspiria” and “The Vampire Lovers.”

At this point, I am leaning toward going back to the 31 days of October, but that may be burnout talking. I suspect that by next September, I’ll be raring to go.

Thanks for reading my horror movie ramblings! I you have some favorites I can add to my list, please leave a comment!

Peace out, and Blessed Be!

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Two Month Horror Movie Marathon!

220px-Vampire_lovers231We are creeping steadily toward September, less than a month away from the Autumnal Equinox. Several years ago, as a celebration of Halloween and Samhain, I started a fun little ritual of watching at least one horror movie a day for the month of October. Last year, it expanded into the middle of September. So this year, I decided to get a big head-start on October 31st, and am going to watch a movie every day from September 1 through Halloween/Samhain.

People really seemed to enjoy Twitter and blog posts about each movie I watched, so I thought I would do that again this year.

Many days, especially on weekends, I would watch several movies a day. Many of the campy cult horror movies are fairly short, so it was easy to fit in several films.

Speaking of the films themselves, I tend to enjoy classic horror films, cult horror movies, and atmospheric horror movies. I don’t really enjoy the slasher type films, that rely on gore. Classic films like HalloweenFriday the 13th, and Black Christmas are fine, but the terrible knock-offs with buckets and buckets of blood and gore just don’t appeal to me. Vampire films are some of my favorites, and yes, some like John Carpenter’s Vampires  are pretty gore-filled, but I still love my vampire films! I love the old Hammer films, and stuff like The Ring, House on Haunted Hill, 13 Ghosts, Sleepy Hollow, Black Sunday, The Vampire Lovers, Carrie, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Others, Psycho, The Conjuring, and many more.

Here are the top rated horror movies in a list from IMDB.

I would like to appeal to the people who read this or follow me on Twitter or Google+, or Flipboard to make some suggestions of their favorites. There are lots and lots of horror movies out there, and many I’ve never seen or even heard of before. Feel free to leave me a comment, or a post on Twitter or G+.

Sometimes my blogs can get so deep or serious, it’s nice to throw in something fun like this. I look forward to reading and watching your suggestions!

Thanks for reading, and as always,

Blessed Be!