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And so ends another Halloween Month Movie A Night!

Of course as is tradition, we're watching Halloween.

Stay safe, have fun, and see you next October!
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Oct 29

The Hills Have Eyes

I guess watching American Horror Story this season made me think of watching this one. I put on the 1977, not the 2006 remake. From IMDb: On the way to California, a family has the misfortune to have their car break down in an area closed to the public, and inhabited by violent savages ready to attack.

Buy or rent on Amazon Prime
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Oct 27

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

I cued up the 1931 version with Frederick March. The best.

Buy or Rent on Amazon Prime

Oct 28

Drag Me To Hell

From Rotten Tomatoes (98% on the Tomatometer, 62% Audience Rating): Evil Dead director Sam Raimi takes the helm for this "spook-a-blast" shocker about an ambitious L.A. loan officer who incurs the wrath of a malevolent gypsy by refusing to grant her an extension on her home loan. Determined to impress her boss and get a much-needed promotion at work, Christine Brown (Alison Lohman) lays down the law when mysterious Mrs. Ganush (Lorna Raver) literally comes begging for mercy at her feet. In retaliation for being publicly shamed, Mrs. Ganush places the dreaded curse of the Lamia on her unfortunate target, transforming Christine's life into a waking nightmare.

Buy or Rent on Amazon Prime

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Oct 25

Double feature: The Ghost and Mr. Chicken and Beetlejuice.
Felt like something a little more light hearted. I've loved The Ghost and Mr. Chicken since I was a kid. It's a fun one, and parents, you don't have to worry about watching it with your kids. Attaboy, Luther!

Beetlejuice is another I have just always loved. We would shout lines back to the screen throughout. And of course you have the big sing along worthy scene to "Banana Boat Song (Day-O)". Iconic.

Buy or rent The Ghost and Mr. Chicken on Amazon Prime!. You can stream free with a Starz! subscription, too.

Buy or rent Beetlejuice on Amazon Prime!

Oct 26

Carnival of Souls
We have the Criterion Collection edition of this one. From Rotten Tomatoes (85% on the Tomatometer, 74% Audience Rating): Mary Henry is enjoying the day by riding around in a car with two friends. When challenged to a drag, the women accept, but are forced off a bridge. It appears that all are drowned, until Mary, quite some time later, amazingly emerges from the river. After recovering, Mary accepts a job in a new town as a church organist, only to be dogged by a mysterious phantom figure that seems to reside in an old run-down pavilion. It is here that Mary must confront the personal demons of her spiritual insouciance. Effective and atmospheric.

Watch on Hulu. Do this while you can, because Ted Turner and Criterion are starting up their own streaming service called Filmstruck, due to open in November now (got delayed) and Criterion will be gone from Hulu and only available on the new service soon.

Buy or rent on Amazon Prime (stream free with a Fandor subscription) ! Same thing with Fandor, I'm sure Criterion Collection titles will be gone once Filmstruck opens.
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Oct 21

They're heeeeere!

Oct 22
Sleepy Hollow

Oct 23
Goodnight Mommy

Oct 24
The Taking of Deborah Logan
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Oct 19


Another that isn't new to me in the least, of course. One of the better screen adaptations of Stephen King's work. It's not so much the car that's creepy / scary here even though yes, it is, as it is watching nerdy Arnie change. Keith Gordon is fantastic here.

Rent or buy on Amazon Prime

Oct 20

We Are What We Are

From Rotten Tomatoes (85% on the Tomatometer, 49% audience rating):
The Parkers have always kept to themselves, and for good reason. Behind closed doors, patriarch Frank rules his family with a rigorous fervor, determined to keep his ancestral customs intact at any cost. As a torrential rainstorm moves into the area, tragedy strikes and his daughters Iris and Rose are forced to assume responsibilities that extend beyond those of a typical family. As the unrelenting downpour continues to flood their small town, the local authorities begin to uncover clues that bring them closer to the secret that the Parkers have held closely for so many years.

Disturbing, violent imagery and yes there's gore.

Watch on Netflix
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Oct 16

Funny Games

I'd heard about this one and never saw it so finally queued it up. Two psychotic men take a family hostage in their vacation cabin. This one I'm still thinking about... it really is disturbing. The all encompassing dread and doom are done masterfully here by director Michael Haneke. It's a movie that isn't for the faint of heart. I'm not into torture porn at all. Hated Hostel and movies of its ilk. But this was genius.

Rent or buy on Amazon Prime here.

Oct 17

Lights Out

From Rotten Tomatoes (where it has 77% on the Tomatometer, 67% audience score): When a bloodthirsty supernatural being that lurks in the shadows preys upon a family, a young woman must fight to protect herself, save her little half-brother, and uncover a mystery about her family's shadowy past. A simple and spare, but quite effective little film. James Wan (director of The Conjuring) produced this one. I see in looking that a sequel has been greenlit. Movie's out on DVD on Oct 25.

Oct 18

No movie tonight. You'll see why (If you're on my friends list) when I post my next "Stuff..." entry. *sigh*
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Oct 14

Night Of The Living Dead

I had to bring out this classic, right?

Watch on Amazon Prime.

Watch on You Tube

Oct 15

The Conjuring
From IMDb: Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.. The suspense is built very well. Atmospheric and creepy. It's not what you see here, it's what you don't.

Rent on Amazon Prime
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Oct 12

Village of the Damned
From IMDb: In the English village of Midwich, the blonde-haired, glowing-eyed children of uncertain paternity prove to have frightening powers.

I chose the 1960 film. The 1995 John Carpenter remake is equally good, but to me, a different movie.

Rent on Amazon here.. And while you're at it, why not make it a double feature and follow up with the sequel, Children of the Damned?

Buy double feature DVD on Amazon here.

Oct 13

I love me some Hitchcock. Of course I'll be pulling out Psycho , Rear Window and The Birds before Halloween is all done and dusted, but this one is fantastic. It's inspired by the Leopold and Loeb case. From IMDb: Two young men strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime.

Rent on Amazon here.
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Oops... this'll be a catch up post. So without further ado...

Oct 7

The Mummy
Had to get in one of the Universal Monsters classics, don't you know. This is a favorite.

Oct 8

One of the better film adaptations of Stephen King's work in my humble.

Oct 9

Written by M. Night Shyamalan, directed by John Erik Dowdle. Five strangers are trapped in an elevator. One of them is Satan himself. But which one of them? I found a couple of the characters annoying and unlikable, but the suspense here was pretty good. It's a slow burner though.

Watch Devil on Netflix.

Oct 10

Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy
Heather Lagenkamp takes us back where it all began. Featuring clips, rare photos and more.

Watch Never Sleep Again on Netflix

Oct 11

John Dies At The End

From the official website (via Rotten Tomatoes): It's a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. On the street they call it Soy Sauce, and users drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly a silent otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John and David, a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs. Can these two stop the oncoming horror in time to save humanity? No. No, they can't. Darkly funny. There's violence and some gore. I love just... how... nuts it is.

Watch John Dies At The End on Netflix.
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Oct 6

Nothing due to Hurricane Matthew. We were glued to The Weather Channel keeping an eye on it.
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Two days to catch you up on here...

Oct 4

Bram Stoker's Dracula

I watch this one every October. I love it, and Gary Oldman's performance is stellar.

Watch (with STARZ subscription), buy, or rent on Amazon Prime.

Oct 5

Madhouse (1974)

This is an old Vincent Price goodie. From Amazon: "After suffering a nervous breakdown, a washed-up horror-film actor agrees to do a TV-series based on his old screen creation, the monstrous "Dr. Death." Soon the cast and crew of the series begin dying in mysterious ways."

Watch / Buy on Amazon Prime

I'll see what happens from here... we're preparing to be hit by Hurricane Matthew and I anticipate power outages and etc. I'll see you all on the other side.
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Oct 3

The Den

Keeping on my mini theme of internet horrors I guess.

From Rotten Tomatoes (where it's 78% on the Tomatometer, 54% Audience Rating) :
After receiving a grant for her graduate thesis, Elizabeth Benton (Melanie Papalia) logs onto a video-chat site known as THE DEN, on a mission to explore the habits of its users. During one of her random video-chats, Elizabeth watches in horror as a teenage girl is gruesomely murdered in front of her webcam. While the police dismiss it as a viral prank, Elizabeth believes what she saw is real and takes it upon herself to find the truth. Her life quickly spirals out of control as she gets pulled deeper into the darkest recesses of the internet.

I'm intrigued with the Deep Web. In fact I watch Some Ordinary Gamers on You Tube every week when Mutahar does his Deep Web Browsing video series. This felt to me like it would be along those lines. The Den is more like Chatroulette than a chat room, though. It didn't disappoint me. It was intense in places, good jump scares. Didn't rely on being overly gory . I didn't know any of the actors here, either, which is cool. Watched it on my computer, which made it even creepier. You know what? I bet Unfriended was yanked from this idea. This movie does it a touch better though.

Watch The Den on Netflix.

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Oct 2


I happened to re watch this again. A ghost tale for this social media obsessed generation. A girl who is cyberbullied commits suicide. Her ghost comes back to wreak revenge upon those who wronged her. The movie all takes place on a computer screen, while six friends are on Skype. Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, and Google are all prominently featured as well. This gimmick actually really works well here.

It kept my interest. Brilliant? Maybe not, but it was quite effective. There are a couple of great jump scares. Not really horribly gory, but there are a couple of gruesome scenes. Moments of good tension. Stars Shelley Henning (Ouija), Jacob Wysocki (you saw him in Pitch Perfect) and Courtney Halverson (True Detective) among the six person cast. I hope there isn't a sequel, because this worked well enough as a one off.

Buy Unfriended here.

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It's that time again! October!! That means Halloween Month Movie A Night. Throughout the month of October, I screen one horror / suspense / thriller a night up until Halloween, when we watch Halloween.

I started with the latest in the Purge series.

Oct 1
The Purge: Election Year

I liked the first film, thought the second one even better. This one was just as good as the second. I think the next one in the series is going to be a prequel, and show us how this all started, how the Purge began. If you've seen these films, you already know the premise. One night a year, for twelve hours, by government decree, all crime is legal. Including murder. It's called The Purge, or Purge Night. In this latest chapter, we follow a Senator who is running for President. She wants to unseat the current one, who's with the group who started and believe in The Purge, and repeal it. There is plenty of violence and a little bloodshed shown.

Buy The Purge: Election Year here.
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Catch up on Halloween Month Movie A Night:

Oct 26

Rosemary's Baby

Mom wanted to watch it, so I watched it with her. All of them witches!

Oct 27

The Changeling

Haunted house? Check. Vengeful ghost? Check. Excellently done.

Buy on Amazon

Oct 28

Funny Games

Disturbing home invasion thriller I'd heard a bit about before finally seeing it up on Netflix and clicking 'Play'.


Oct 29

Sleepy Hollow

Because I have to watch this one every year, just not Halloween Month Movie A Night without it in there somewhere.


Oct 30


On recommendation. It's Neil Jordan, who brought us Interview With The Vampire. Another gorgeously shot vampire film, this time it's a mother and daughter vampire. This one kind of goes well with American Horror Story: Hotel, actually.


Tonight, Halloween night, my tradition remains. It's Halloween and since I just got a blu ray of Halloween II, that as well.

Well that's it for Halloween Month Movie A Night for another year. Sorry I wasn't as good as keeping you updated this year, but there's been some craziness off and on around the house so I had to play catch up a couple of times.

Blessed Samhain / Happy Halloween, everyone. Have fun and stay safe.
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Oct 25

H.H. Holmes

Documentary on America's first documented serial killer. If you're watching American Horror Story: Hotel, Evan Peters' character, Mr. March, is based on this guy.


Later: Orphan
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Catching you up on Halloween Month Movie A Night since it kind of fell by the wayside while it had been nuts around here:

Oct 17

Nothing, had on whatever was on TV. Been enjoying "The Haunting of..." series on Lifetime.

Oct 18

Still no properly fast enough internet so no streaming. Pulled out my copy of Night of the Living Dead.

Amazon Prime

Oct 19

Halloween H20 (own the DVD)

You can rent it on Amazon Prime.

Oct 20

Carrie (1976)

You can rent it on Amazon Prime.

Oct 21

Finally got that Comcast gateway (router/modem) put back and on our accustomed fast speed. Had a bunch of techie type issues though, so didn't really watch anything but AHS:Hotel last night.

Oct 22

Goodnight, Mommy

I found a stream of it on Prime Wire. I was intrigued, had heard a bit about it so had to see for myself. I will have to remember to review it for you later. Delivered some great creeps.

Oct 23

The Nightmare

A good documentary on sleep paralysis. I've had it happen to me a few times, and it's a scary experience.


Oct 24

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

I've been eyeing it but hadn't watched it yet. Tonight I'll do just that.

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I've got some catching you up to do with Halloween Month Movie A Night so here's what I've seen since last time I posted it:

Oct 12
The Babadook

Oct 13

Oct 14
The Houses October Built

Oct 15

No movie. We had a busy day so I just settled in for Halloweeny stuff on The Travel Channel

Tonight I'll put in May.

I'd seen this one once before, but not in quite a bit, and it's a pretty good, weird movie.

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Oct 10

Interview With The Vampire.

Oct 11

Trick 'r Treat

Awesome anthology slasher. If you haven't seen it, what are you waiting for, it's the perfect time of year for it!

Rent on on Amazon Prime


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