After posting yesterday's viewing I eventually realized that I overlooked a movie I had watched... doh! So here it is-
WHISPER IN THE DARK is a gothic styled Italian film from 1976 with a
very deliberate pace. It involved a family seemingly being tormented by
the young son's imaginary friend. The pacing could be a turn off for
many people as it is intensely slow, but interesting throughout. There
is some really nice photography around the Italian villa and I'm glad I
checked it out for something different.
Now onto the 31st and final day...
better way to start off the viewing than with HALLOWEEN? I tried to
watch this right as the clock struck midnight but the thorn in my side
that is my Blu-ray player decided not to play it even though it has
played it countless times before. So after going to bed and waking up at
5am for no apparent reason I give it another chance and of course it
works. I've never watched this film at 5am on Halloween morning but it
was a blast. This is one of my 2 favorite films and in my opinion
perfect from the opening 1-shot scene that is breathtaking to the music
cues and all of the classic shots and lines in the film. Just an
incredible film that is a must-watch each and every October 31st.
followed that up with a viewing of THE SHINING. This is another Blu
that the player wouldn't play the night before that it apparently kissed
and made up with by morning. I've never seen this film in HD before and
it looked great compared to the countless times I've seen it on VHS,
DVD or broadcast TV. Nicholson is insane, Kubrick creates a sense of
foreboding dread and claustrophobia. In the entire massive hotel we only
see a handful of locations it has to offer. I don't care what Stephen
King thinks of it, I think it is phenomenal.
a disappointing turn out of kids trick or treating in my neighborhood I
threw on THE ENTITY. I haven't seen this film in a lot of years and had
forgotten most of it. It drags a bit for me but it remains an
effectively creepy ghost story and Barbara Hershey is solid in the lead
role. The sound effect that plays whenever the ghost is around isn't as
annoying as I feared it would be visiting this one again after such a
Episode 3 of AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM was next
month long challenge that at times tried my patience, melted my brain,
picked me up out of a bad mood, gave me some good laughs with friends
and was altogether 31 days of fun ends with a film I find truly
beautiful- THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN.
A Whisper In The Dark - 6/10
Halloween - 10/10
The Shining - 10/10
The Entity - 7/10
The Bride Of Frankenstein - 9/10
THE WRAP UP:
year, another 100+ films down. The burn out I was feeling about halfway
through the month luckily subsided and it became fun again quickly.
Next year I need to plan for a lot less crappy movies to see for the
first time, if at all possible. 2013 will be my 5th year doing this
challenge along with DVD Talk and will probably be my last trying to
watch 100 films in the month. While I have no intentions on stopping an
October horror marathon of some sort after that, 100 in a month is
draining at times, especially when it is garbage film after garbage
film. We will see though, only the future can tell. Thanks to everyone
that read the blog, followed on Facebook and commented on either.
Hopefully I was able to give you recommendations on some films (good or
bad), make you laugh or get you through the work day a little easier.
Now here are some numbers...
Total Films Watched - 120
Total TV Episodes Watched - 6 (3 each of The Walking Dead and American Horror Story: Asylum)
Total Entries on the DVD Talk list - 123 (Previous high 108)
First Time Film Viewings - 92 (76%)
Average Film Score - 6.18/10
Blu-Rays That My POS LG Player Refused To Play - The Beyond, Phantom Of The Opera, Re-Animator
Best First Time Viewings - Kuroneko, The Burning Moon, Cold Fish, The Perfume OF The Lady In Black, Horrors Of Malformed Men, Whip And The Body
Worst First Time Viewings
- The Last Slumber Party, The Drive-In Massacre, Home Movie, Terror At
Tenkiller, Frankenstein's Castle Of Freaks, Death Bed, Nightmares Come
Biggest Surprise - Horrors Of Malformed Men (Didn't expect to love it this much)
Biggest Disappointment - Piranha 3DD (After loving Aja's Piranha 3D the premise to this sounded like gold... it wasn't.)
Thoughts To Sum It Up
- Anthology movies need to make a bigger comeback, Kevin Smith still
sucks, Scream Factory is awesome, Horror desperately needs some talented
actors like they had in the 60s and 70s, Bring on something other than
shitty shot on video slashers... please!