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Halloween Horror Movie Challenge Day Eighteen

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And today’s post in the Halloween Horror Movie Challenge. Day Eighteen – What is your favorite vampire movie? FRIGHT NIGHT (1985) d: Tom Holland So many options for this one but I have to go with one that I absolutely love. From the first time I saw FRIGHT NIGHT as a kid I thought it was great. It was one I would watch a lot. As I’ve gotten older some films become enjoyable more on a nostalgic level than on the merits of their actual greatness. But this one holds up just as much as when I saw it that first time on VHS. A take on REAR WINDOW where Charlie (William Ragsdale) spies on his new neighbor, Jerry Dandrige (Chris Sarandon), from his window to see that he is a vampire. No one believes Charlie as he tries to seek help from his friend Evil Ed (Stephen Geoffreys) and […]

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Halloween Horror Movie Challenge Day Seventeen

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Still playing catch up. Almost there. Almost. Day Seventeen – What is a non-horror movie that really is a horror movie in your opinion? TAXI DRIVER (1976) d: Martin Scorsese WARNING: This does contain spoilers When I was in film school I did a paper in one of my film classes that caused a little bit of a stir where I wrote that at its core Martin Scorsese’s TAXI DRIVER is a horror film. Unfortunately calling a film a horror film is not a good thing if it contains dramatic elements. As if the genre is excluded from containing them. This of course is something I find extremely insulting as both a fan of the genre and as a filmmaker who has made, and wants to continue to make, horror films. Not to say that TAXI DRIVER is completely a horror film but in my view of what makes a […]

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Halloween Horror Movie Challenge Day Sixteen

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And today’s post for the Halloween Horror Movie Challenge is … Day Sixteen – What is your favorite horror comedy? THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD (1985) d: Dan O’Bannon Horror and comedy seem to go together really well. It’s interesting how our follow up reaction to being scared is to laugh. And when in a terrified state people will start laughing. Somewhere deep within us these two emotions seem to be separated by a hair. There are so many really great horror comedies though a lot of times the horror elements can sometimes get lost and the comedy becomes the overpowering factor. Or with a few of them the horror is so much that it may not be until repeated viewings before the comedy becomes apparent. One that I feel has the perfect blend of both is THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD. When I first saw it as […]

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Halloween Horror Movie Challenge Day Fifteen

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Still playing catch up but luckily I didn’t lose both days this weekend while at the 24 hour movie marathon. A blog on that will be coming soon. For now, continuing the challenge. Day Fifteen – What is one of your favorite science fiction horror films? INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1978) d; Philip Kaufman There are so many to choose from for this that it’s hard to really pick one. Since I’m trying to stick to the idea of not repeating titles for this challenge it did make it easier. I easily could have gone with THE THING or even THE FLY or another famous one which may show up in a future post … we shall see. I decided to go with one of my favorites, Philip Kaufman’s 1978 version of INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS. There have been several versions of the story involving aliens coming to […]

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Halloween Horror Movie Challenge Day Fourteen

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I am going to another 24 hour horror movie marathon this weekend so I will be even more behind in posts but hopefully next week I can catch up. But onto today’s. Day Fourteen – What is your favorite “drive-in” horror movie? THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (1974) d: Tobe Hooper I must admit that I’ve only been to one drive-in in my life and that was this past summer. But going off of film history one film that gained notoriety from it’s massive playings at drive-ins (and eventually other theatres) was ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’. I first saw ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ on video when I was 12 and was completely amazed by the sheer rawness of the film. It was disturbing and shocking and it has this almost realistic feel to it. It took several viewings before I got the dark humor of it but even […]

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Halloween Horror Movie Challenge Day Thirteen

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I hope I can catch up with these before Halloween. Here’s trying. But onto today’s post. Day Thirteen – What is your favorite horror remake? THE FLY (1986) d: David Cronenberg Here is another example where I would probably go with a different choice but I am trying not to repeat titles. While John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing‘ would most likely be my choice a very close second (like neck and neck really) is David Cronenberg’s ‘The Fly’. The original with Vincent Price is a great film that goes beyond it’s premise to be effective and even touching. Cronenberg’s remake takes that a step further to create its own version centered around a love story. As Cronenberg has said, the story is technically no different than two people falling in love only to find out one has a deadly disease. In this case the disease isn’t cancer or something like it […]

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Halloween Horror Movie Challenge Day Twelve

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I know I’m behind in these. Between the horror marathon event last weekend and the Goblin concert I was barely home. Plus my broken foot has been bothering me so I’ve been trying to take it easy which included staying off the computer. I will do a couple posts a day until I’m caught up. Though with another 24 hour movie event this weekend will will see how this goes. So, let me play catch up. Day Twelve – What is your favorite made for TV horror film? STEPHEN KING’S IT (1990) d: Tommy Lee Wallace There have been so many really amazing made for TV horror films over the years. It was hard to go between ‘Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark‘, ‘Dark Night Of The Scarecrow‘, ‘Salem’s Lot‘, to name but a very few. I decided to go with one that I have watched more than any of […]