Finally, October is over, and I’ve watched far too many horror movies. Flicks which I compelled myself to review here, this being the third part after watching and reviewing twenty other movies in previous installments, with the ultimate goal of watching thirty one scary, spooky films this month. After doing this for 5 years straight now, as well as watching horror pretty consistently during off season, I feel like I have seen hundreds of horror movies at this point. Perhaps my viewpoint has some value after that—but I seriously doubt it.
Anyway, I didn’t actually succeed this year. I’ve never succeeded in my goal of watching thirty one movies, usually making it to 24-25 before I burn out or experience too many hangovers. This year, however, I did make it to TWENTY EIGHT movies, which has been my best ever. This is a superlative year, and I’m proud of myself…. I…. guess. Not only that, but I actually reviewed every one. Wow, this is a stupid hobby.
This warrants the infamous big man tiny pumpkinhead dance gif.
Away I go.
October 21st: Halloween (1978)
Ooh, this is a big one, folks. When people think horror, one of the first things they usually think of is John Carpenter’s Halloween (and The Exorcist—think outside the box a little bit more, people). This is one of the big classics. Honestly, most of you have probably already seen this. So I’ll get right to opinions. I really just do not like Jamie Lee Curtis’s acting in this movie, and I feel like there are too many scenes with her walking around dreamily, looking like a giant adult schoolgirl. Curtis looks like a grown woman in this movie. Michael Myers isn’t a very interesting villain either, I much prefer Black Christmas’s Billy (which I will discuss much further several reviews down). In fact, this movie is kinda dull and not all that much happens. I suppose it’s popularity might be something beyond my understanding of film history, but maybe it’s the simple title and simple story that makes Halloween so popular. The movie has to be one of my least favorite slashers.
October 22nd: Killer Legends (2014)
Here we have another horror documentary, much like The Nightmare and Cropsey. I was very skeptical for the first twenty minutes of Killer Legends—it almost seemed like a Cropsey rip-off for a moment near the beginning. But then this movie evolved into something more unique, and more well done then initially expected. Basically, this documentary explores the origins of several urban legends—and explores them pretty damn close to their legitimate origins. And of course, the legends are extremely common ones that I remember hearing about in the dark at sleepovers when I was young: The Candyman, the Babysitter and the Man Upstairs, The Hook Man, and the Killer Clown. I think my favorite segment was The Hook Man origins exploration, as it touched on some film history and unsolved murder cases. This was a smart movie and I enjoyed watching it. I wish someone had given it a better title.
October 23rd: Blood Glacier (2013)
Speaking of titles: There’s just something about a movie called Blood Glacier, I needed to watch this. The glacier is full of blood? Cool. I’ll go with it. Really, this movie ends up being a huge rip-off of The Thing (for shame!), but it’s strange enough in it’s own special way at the same time. You have probably already assumed the plot: researchers in the Alps are doing researchy things and then there’s blood all over a glacier and this somehow leads to mutant animals. The hybrids look pretty stupid, especially compared to the fantastic creature formations from The Thing. The endpoint of the plot is incredibly strange, and I sat there with my head cocked to the side for a while after this one. Strange, strange, strange. And not in a good way.
October 24th: Wer (2013)
I was very into the movie as I watched Wer. Now, I’m looking back and wondering if maybe the movie was just a little too ridiculous. The violence is over the top in a lot of scenes. Still, it’s a cool werewolf movie set up differently—and more seriously—than a lot of the other werewolf movies I know. The movie’s main is a defense attorney trying to prove her client did not commit an extremely brutal murder that we see in the first few minutes of the movie. The brutality is observed only by a scene where they show their corpses in the morgue. Yeesh. The injuries go hard in this movie. Honestly, the effects all look pretty awesome, and there are some very interesting deaths. The ending is a little vague, which didn’t make me very happy, but it was specific enough that I wasn’t pissed off. I think this is a good modern werewolf movie, not worth ignoring though it may not appeal to everyone’s tastes.
October 25th: The Horde (2009)
Ugh, this is an extremely disappointing French horror movie and honestly I don’t even really want to spend time reviewing it. Basic fast zombie movie that is primarily set in a social housing complex, throwing in some gangs versus cops. There’s some bad revenge in there as well, and just lots of men being very intense toward each other with basic zombie kills. You’re much better off just rewatching the 28 Days series.
October 26th: Come Back to Me (2014)
I viewed Come Back to Me as a rather silly movie until being completely taken aback by the ending. The ending of this movie is possibly infuriating but also completely unexpected. We have a nice young couple living in suburbia who have some small problems and weird jobs (the woman is researching the effect of porn on relationships), and an extremely creepy young man moves across the street. But of course this is set up after we see the history of this creepy young man at the beginning, where a boy is shown petting a rabbit while his father beats his mother to death. In present time, the woman is having horrible nightmares where she jolts awake gasping with fear. How are all of these things related? Oh, you know they’re related. Everything is rather predictable, until there is a twist, and then the ending happens out of the blue—all in all, pretty entertaining. Not the easiest movie to take seriously, but certainly enjoyable.
October 27th: Black Christmas (1974)
This one was a rewatch for me, and really it’s one of my favorite classic slasher films. Black Christmas came out four years before Halloween, and did the whole slasher thing much better. We have a sorority house with a bunch of young independent women who don’t need no men, ranging from crass to kind, and a completely insane murderer living in the attic crawl space. His name is Billy and he calls the young women repeatedly (FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE!) and just…. giggles and pants and says some extremely disturbing stuff, making some creepy noises that require a big range of voice (a woman was employed in the making of these phone calls to get those really high-pitched sounds in there). There’s some humor mixed in as well, focused often on how sexually independent the sorority girls are (one of them is dead set on getting an abortion and has arguments with her boyfriend about how she has the right, while he tries to harangue her into having the baby) and the controlling, prudish men of the world. Billy is never really shown much, which is good because really seeing the effect his shadowy presence has on the women in the house is far more interesting. The movie is a bit too long for what it is, but still a classic and worth watching.
October 28th: The Road (2011)
The Road is a Filipino horror movie that falls flat on its face. The movie is extremely stylized and somewhat interesting for stretches of time, but when the plot finally ties together the concept is just so stupid. I can’t really complain about why it’s stupid without giving away spoilers. There’s a lot of eerie images and beautiful scenes, so if you simply want to watch a movie to see that, then sure, watch this movie. The whole thing story-wise is just disappointing. This was the last one I watched this month for this thing, and I felt bad that I ended on such a gloomy, poor movie.
There they are, the many horror movies I watched in October and my opinions on whether they are good or worth watching or not. I dd the dirty work for you, everyone. I’m just glad the effort is over, and I might not be watching a horror movie for a while. Now, if you haven’t read the first two parts to these Rapidfire Reviews, please go back and check out what other movies I watched.