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31 Days of Horror 2013

by EPICRAGE
This year I will attempt to watch (at least) 31 horror/horror-themed movies in October to celebrate the month of Halloween and to hopefully enjoy and discover some great new and old horror movies. I will limit the number of repeat viewings and try to watch mostly films that are new to me. This is the list of films I am compiling and in October I will update it as I watch. New Classic: - Dark Skies – a bright spot in the dark skies of this marathon. Well acted and unsettling with a great build up. Aliens are spooky! - Sugor Frio (Cold Sweat) – The Wages of Fear crossed with Saw with touches of People Under the Stairs. A really fun, gory, and… Read more

This year I will attempt to watch (at least) 31 horror/horror-themed movies in October to celebrate the month of Halloween and to hopefully enjoy and discover some great new and old horror movies. I will limit the number of repeat viewings and try to watch mostly films that are new to me. This is the list of films I am compiling and in October I will update it as I watch.

New Classic:

- Dark Skies – a bright spot in the dark skies of this marathon. Well acted and unsettling with a great build up. Aliens are spooky!
- Sugor Frio (Cold Sweat) – The Wages of Fear crossed with Saw with touches of People Under the Stairs. A really fun, gory, and suspenseful flick. Plus the ladies are nice to look at.
- Toy Story of Terror! – a funny short that references some old horror. Always fun to revisit these characters.
- Juan of the Dead – The zombie horror/comedy that Stephen Chow should have made. Same sense of humor. Very funny and one of the best zombie horde kills I have ever seen!
- I Married a Witch – a charming comedy. My personal introduction to Veronica Lake and wow is she delightful!
- The Blob – a classic from the Criterion Collection. The film looks remarkable on blu-ray! I’m looking forward to seeing the 80s remake, which is actually a good remake, on blu-ray next year.
- Kuroneko – interesting characters, good story, haunting imagery, and an intensely eerie score make this one black cat I don’t mind crossing my path.
- Sleep Tight – by the director of the great [REC], this one is more of a thriller than horror but boy is it creepy! The main character is a true monster that will make you start checking under your bed before you go to sleep.

Good, not Great:

- All the Boys Love Mandy Lane – It’s worth spending a little time with Mandy, but I’m okay with being just friends.
- The Collector – Very apparent that it was written by the writers of Saw, but the home invasion aspect is thrilling and I liked Josh Stewart in the lead.
- The Collection – Generic swat team story makes this a boring sequel, even when including Andre Royo! Interesting ending to set up a third in the series.
- Black Rock – A decent thriller that ultimately sinks due to one-note characters and poor pacing. A conventional yet fairly bloody ending.
- Manhunter – After watching the great first season of Hannibal, I wanted more so I decided to check out this gem from the 80’s that I had never seen. It is definitely of it’s time and a little lacking after watching Hannibal but still great nonetheless.
- We Are What We Are (2011) – a slow burn where the sound effects alone will make your stomach churn. I guess there is a remake out this year. It is what it is.
- The Lords of Salem – I was with the movie for the first 2/3rds and there are some great visuals and ideas, and some genuinely creepy imagery, but in the end it all goes up in flames. Far better than the god awful Halloween remakes though.
- Penumbra – The ending was a letdown and left me thinking what the point was, but it was fun and nerve wracking getting there. Worth it solely for the scene where the bad guys rub oil all over Cristina Brondo’s chest for no reason. (The one in the list is not the actual movie. This Penumbra isn’t on mubi.com but I added the other for the sake of the list)
- Eyes Without a Face – I didn’t think this was anything special but might check it out again on bluray.
- Psycho II – started as a generic sequel trying to hit all the same iconic notes from the original, but had a good twist and one exceptionally brutal death to make it a worthwhile sequel.
- We Are What We Are (2013) – a better than most remakes, still not as good as the original but with a better, more interesting and gruesome ending.
- The Uninvited (1944) – Will probably end up buying this one during a Criterion B&N sale.
- Room 237 – filled with a bunch of crackpot theories that are fairly interesting and hilarious yet won’t change my perception of The Shining except for now not being able to avoid noticing little weird details and continuity errors.
- Warm Bodies – not bad at all. It is rather silly but has a lot of charm and originality. Check out the BBC miniseries “In the Flesh” for another good “cured” zombie fix.
- Halloween III: Season of the Witch – This really dragged in the middle but it’s worth a watch for the great soundtrack and the Silver Shamrock!

Go Back to Elm Street Instead:

- Curse of Chucky – Chucky is back! Well, he’s not really back because the movie is terrible.
- A Horrible Way to Die – but a good way to get drunk without drinking. Overkill with the blurry shaky camera.
- Silent Hill: Revelation – I like the first movie and the games but it was no revelation that the sequel was going to be bad. Your agent knows nothing, Jon Snow.
- Texas Chainsaw 3D – a dark new chapter begins, and probably ends this franchise. Go watch The Next Generation instead.
- Psycho III – much like the first half of Psycho II, relies too heavily on imitating the original, but never finds its own voice and turns into a below average slasher flick
- My Amityville Horror – a documentary that has no focus and offers nothing new on the true story that inspired the films.
- The Devil Inside – just as bad as all the reviews said when it came out. And I love found footage horror.
- Quarantine 2: Terminal – I love the [REC] series and its remake Quarantine so I was sad to see the sequel go direct-to-DVD. Unfortunately it does belong there. I was at least entertained a little for the first half.

Rewatch:

- Friday the 13th – I have only seen these movies during TV marathons so I have never seen all the blood and gore unedited. A new experience altogether!
- Friday the 13th Part 2
- Friday the 13th Park 3
- Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter
- Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning – parts four and five were always my favorites!
- Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
- Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood – This is where I always either fell asleep or the sun was coming up during the up-all-night marathons.
- Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
- Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday – the first Friday film I saw in the theatre.
- Jason X I appreciated this one more now than I did when I first saw it. The Jason in Space concept is still pretty stupid though.
- Friday the 13th (2009) – wanted to rewatch this to see what a modern Friday movie is like.

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