October 2013 Horror Movie Challenge

by masuka-fan | created - 01 Nov 2013 | updated - 01 Nov 2013 | Public

Films I watched for the IMDb Horror Board's challenge.

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1. Piranha (1978)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

5.9
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When flesh-eating piranhas are accidentally released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies-Urich, Kevin McCarthy, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 15,469 | Gross: $6.00M

Perfectly entertaining for the type of movie it was, but I do prefer the newer version. 6/10

2. Chung oi (2007)

97 min | Horror

5.6
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In Hong Kong, the successful designer Ming lives with his beloved girlfriend Wai Luk and her younger sister who loves ghost story comic books. When Wai is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, ... See full summary »

Director: Danny Pang | Stars: Shawn Yue, Stephy Tang, Yung Yung Yu, Raymond Cho

Votes: 315

6/10

3. Castle Freak (1995 Video)

R | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

5.9
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A man struggles to save his family from the strange and deadly occurrences in the castle they've inherited.

Director: Stuart Gordon | Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Jonathan Fuller, Jessica Dollarhide

Votes: 4,811

Stuart Gordon without the humor, rather a bore. The daughter is the only bright spot. 4/10

4. La rose de fer (1973)

TV-MA | 86 min | Fantasy, Horror

6.3
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A young couple out for a walk decide to take a stroll through a large cemetery. As darkness begins to fall they realize they can't find their way out, and soon their fears begin to overtake them.

Director: Jean Rollin | Stars: Françoise Pascal, Hugues Quester, Natalie Perrey, Mireille Dargent

Votes: 1,265

Two go mad in a cemetery. Yawn. 2/10

5. ParaNorman (2012)

PG | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.0
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72 Metascore

A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.

Directors: Chris Butler, Sam Fell | Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Tucker Albrizzi

Votes: 80,656 | Gross: $56.00M

Great family film (meaning both kids and grown-ups can enjoy it.) One of this year's pleasant surprises. 8/10

6. Cemetery Man (1994)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Horror

7.3
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A cemetery man must kill the dead a second time when they become zombies.

Director: Michele Soavi | Stars: Rupert Everett, François Hadji-Lazaro, Anna Falchi, Mickey Knox

Votes: 17,398 | Gross: $0.25M

Not at all what I expected - a stylish zombie film with philosophy and romance. Another pleasant surprise. 7/10

7. Stevie (2008 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, Horror

5.1
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After a long and unsuccessful period trying to have a family, Claire and Adrian finally adopt a girl. The coming of Isabel is desired by almost the whole family but making a eight-year-old ... See full summary »

Director: Bryan Goeres | Stars: Catherine McCormack, Jordi Mollà, Silvia Tortosa, Lana Buchyk

Votes: 454

Badly-acted, completely by the numbers ghost story. If you've ever seen any before, you'll be able to predict everything that happens. 2/10

8. 13: Game of Death (2006)

R | 114 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.8
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After losing his job, his car and his money, Phuchit, Krissada Sukosol, races against time to complete 13 tasks ordered by an anonymous caller who promised 100,000,000 Thai Baht upon completion.

Director: Chookiat Sakveerakul | Stars: Krissada Sukosol, Achita Sikamana, Sarunyu Wongkrachang, Nattapong Arunnate

Votes: 4,974

6/10

9. Higanjima (2009)

122 min | Horror

5.4
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Higanjima is an eerie island occupied by vampires, from where none has ever come back alive. When teenager Akira hears that his missing brother has been seen in the island, he decides to investigate with several friends.

Director: Tae-gyun Kim | Stars: Terri Doty, Asami Mizukawa, Dai Watanabe, Miori Takimoto

Votes: 601

Lots of action, but boring. 5/10

10. Deddobôru (2011)

99 min | Comedy, Horror, Sport

5.3
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Baseball prodigy Jubeh Yakyu (Tak Sakaguchi) is the most feared and dangerous juvenile delinquent in all of Japan. After accidentally causing the death of his father with a super-powered, ... See full summary »

Director: Yudai Yamaguchi | Stars: Tak Sakaguchi, Mari Hoshino, Miho Ninagawa, Takamasa Suga

Votes: 436

I don't know why I keep watching these bizarro things. I guess I enjoyed them at one time, but now I find them annoying and tiresome. Really a comedy rather than horror. 3/10

11. Not of This Earth (1988)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

4.5
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An alien arrives on Earth looking to take human blood in an attempt to preserve his dying planet.

Director: Jim Wynorski | Stars: Traci Lords, Arthur Roberts, Lenny Juliano, Ace Mask

Votes: 1,740 | Gross: $0.11M

3/10

12. Childish Games (2012)

95 min | Horror, Thriller

5.5
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The teachers Daniel and Laura work at the same school and live together. Laura wants to have a baby, but her gynecologist has just informed that she cannot have children. One day, a weird ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Chavarrías | Stars: Juan Diego Botto, Bárbara Lennie, Mágica Pérez, Marc Rodríguez

Votes: 991

The publicity around this is misleading; it's a mystery-drama rather than a horror movie. But it's very good. 7/10

13. Nosferatu (1922)

Not Rated | 81 min | Fantasy, Horror

8.0
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Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schröder

Votes: 74,665

What can I say about this? It was a great film for its time and is still perfectly watchable today. The version I watched had a great musical score attached. 7/10

14. Snuff-Movie (2005)

R | 92 min | Horror

4.0
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Boris Arkadin is a horror film maker. His pregnant wife was brutally murdered by a Manson-like gang of hippy psychopaths during the 1960s. He becomes a virtual recluse - until years later ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Rose | Stars: Jeroen Krabbé, Lisa Enos, Teri Harrison-Keaton, Alastair Mackenzie

Votes: 639

The director warns us (perhaps tongue-in-cheek) at the beginning about how extreme it's going to be, but I found it tame. 3/10

15. Apart (I) (2011)

Unrated | 85 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

5.4
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43 Metascore

Linked by a rare psychological disorder, Noah Greene and Emily Gates must uncover the mystery of a tragic past in order to find hope for the future.

Director: Aaron Rottinghaus | Stars: Olesya Rulin, Josh Danziger, Bruce McGill, Joey Lauren Adams

Votes: 534

6/10

16. Black Sheep (2006)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

5.8
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62 Metascore

An experiment in genetic engineering turns harmless sheep into bloodthirsty killers that terrorize a sprawling New Zealand farm.

Director: Jonathan King | Stars: Oliver Driver, Nathan Meister, Tammy Davis, Peter Feeney

Votes: 36,321 | Gross: $0.08M

Just watch the trailer; that's where all the funny bits are. What a slog. 3/10

17. Frontier(s) (2007)

Unrated | 108 min | Horror, Thriller

6.3
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44 Metascore

A gang of young thieves flee Paris during the violent aftermath of a political election, only to hole up at an Inn run by neo-Nazis.

Director: Xavier Gens | Stars: Karina Testa, Aurélien Wiik, Patrick Ligardes, Samuel Le Bihan

Votes: 21,923

Well-made, disturbing, but pointless. 6/10

18. The Faculty (1998)

R | 104 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.5
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61 Metascore

Students suspect that their teachers are aliens after bizarre occurrences.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Jordana Brewster, Clea DuVall, Laura Harris, Josh Hartnett

Votes: 97,843 | Gross: $40.06M

This is why people (unfairly) think poorly of 90s horror cinema. 3/10

19. The Barrens (2012)

R | 94 min | Horror

4.6
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A man takes his family on a camping trip and becomes convinced they are being stalked by the legendary monster of the New Jersey Pine Barrens: the Jersey Devil.

Director: Darren Lynn Bousman | Stars: Stephen Moyer, Mia Kirshner, Allie MacDonald, Peter DaCunha

Votes: 3,835

4/10

20. Evil Dead II (1987)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Horror

7.8
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69 Metascore

The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holes up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks, Kassie Wesley DePaiva

Votes: 124,998 | Gross: $5.92M

This was a re-watch and I don't like it nearly as much as I used to. Just not into slapstick any more. 6/10

21. House of Whipcord (1974)

R | 102 min | Horror

5.9
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An old man who lives in an old house conducts a correctional institute for girls. But he does not realize that the date is the present as he's been cooped up in the house. He is assisted by... See full summary »

Director: Pete Walker | Stars: Barbara Markham, Patrick Barr, Ray Brooks, Ann Michelle

Votes: 1,144

5/10

22. Maniac (2012)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror

6.1
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47 Metascore

As he helps a young artist with her upcoming exhibition, the owner of a mannequin shop's deadly, suppressed desires come to the surface.

Director: Franck Khalfoun | Stars: Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder, America Olivo, Megan Duffy

Votes: 30,078 | Gross: $0.02M

Better made than the 1980 film but I found the first-person perspective annoying. The whole thing is kind of pointless. Who thinks of this stuff? 5/10

23. Night Tide (1961)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror, Thriller

6.4
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A young sailor falls in love with a mysterious woman, performing as a mermaid at the local carnival. He soon comes to suspect the girl might be a real mermaid, who draws men to a watery death during the full moon.

Director: Curtis Harrington | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Linda Lawson, Gavin Muir, Luana Anders

Votes: 1,614

Weird seeing Hopper playing the nice guy. 5/10

24. Nightmare City (1980)

Not Rated | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.7
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An airplane exposed to radiation lands, and blood drinking zombies emerge armed with knives, guns and teeth! They go on a rampage slicing, dicing, and biting their way across the Italian countryside.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Hugo Stiglitz, Laura Trotter, Maria Rosaria Omaggio, Francisco Rabal

Votes: 4,377

The shoddiest zombies this side of Zombie Lake. Poorly made in every aspect, really. 2/10

25. Visiting Hours (1982)

R | 103 min | Horror, Thriller

5.5
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A deranged, misogynistic killer assaults a journalist. When he discovers that she survived the attack, he follows her to the hospital to finish her off.

Director: Jean-Claude Lord | Stars: Michael Ironside, Lee Grant, Linda Purl, William Shatner

Votes: 2,803 | Gross: $13.26M

5/10

26. Devil (2010)

PG-13 | 80 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.2
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44 Metascore

A group of people are trapped in an elevator and the Devil is mysteriously amongst them.

Director: John Erick Dowdle | Stars: Chris Messina, Caroline Dhavernas, Bokeem Woodbine, Logan Marshall-Green

Votes: 113,702 | Gross: $33.58M

Hilariously bad (typical) Shyamalan film. Contains useful tips on how to tell if the devil is nearby, such as your toast landing jelly-side down. Really. 3/10

27. Frankenstein's Army (2013)

R | 84 min | Horror

5.3
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49 Metascore

Toward the end of World War II, Russian soldiers pushing into eastern Germany stumble across a secret Nazi lab, one that has unearthed and begun experimenting with the journal of one Dr. ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Raaphorst | Stars: Robert Gwilym, Hon Ping Tang, Alexander Mercury, Luke Newberry

Votes: 6,918

Interesting idea executed in a totally unconvincing manner. There was really no reason for this to be found footage at all. Nice creature concepts. 4/10

28. Black Sabbath (1963)

Not Rated | 92 min | Horror

7.2
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Boris Karloff hosts a trio of horror stories concerning a stalked call girl, a patriarch who has become a vampire-like monster, and a nurse who is haunted by her ring's rightful owner.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Michèle Mercier, Lidia Alfonsi, Boris Karloff, Mark Damon

Votes: 8,046

6/10

29. Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings (1993 Video)

R | 88 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

4.6
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Thrill-seeking teenagers resurrect a demon from his grave and a bloody rampage for revenge begins.

Director: Jeff Burr | Stars: Andrew Robinson, Ami Dolenz, Soleil Moon Frye, J. Trevor Edmond

Votes: 3,260

When Punky Brewster was still cute. 5/10

30. House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

R | 89 min | Horror

6.0
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31 Metascore

Two young couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers.

Director: Rob Zombie | Stars: Sid Haig, Karen Black, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie

Votes: 65,297 | Gross: $12.63M

Another re-watch. I think I liked it better this time. Something about Zombie's films really get under the skin. 7/10

31. I Spit on Your Grave 2 (2013)

R | 106 min | Horror, Thriller

5.7
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When Katie innocently accepts an offer to have new photos taken for her portfolio, the experience quickly turns into a nightmare of rape, torture and kidnapping. Now, she will have to find the strength to exact her brutal revenge.

Director: Steven R. Monroe | Stars: Jemma Dallender, Joe Absolom, Yavor Baharov, George Zlatarev

Votes: 21,426 | Gross: $0.00M

Still no spitting on graves although people do spit at each other. 3/10