October Halloween Marathon 2019

by nikolayyeriomin | created - 3 months ago | updated - 2 months ago | Public

Here it goes again! Although this time it's well-planed and supposed to be have way more than 31 entry. We'll see about that, but for now... Commence au festival!

If you want some more festive mood yourself feel free to join in or use that list to choose what to watch. I'd also very much appreciated if you check out my own Halloween Specials. A few new are coming this very month!

Counted: 80 (30 feature films, 18 webisodes, 16 TV episodes, 15 short films (including 2 music videos), 2 books)

Earlier installments: 2014-2017, 2018, Halloween Hangover 2018, 2019 Later installments: Halloween Hangover 2019

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1. Disney's Haunted Halloween (1983)

8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A spooky jack-o'-lantern explains to Goofy the origin of various aspects of Halloween and also warns kids who go trick-or-treating of stranger danger. Very short clips from various Disney shorts are used to illustrate his narration.

Star: Hal Smith

Votes: 30

1 October: Well, since I'm in Ukraine, October started a tiny bit earlier for us than for western world (for example it was still 7:30 PM in New York when I wrote this, but solid 2:30 AM here). Searched high and low for something to kick off the marathon and this seemed like a nice choice. An interesting educational short, which I believe was put together on a short notice. Still, 1983 short notice is very similar to 2010's video essays, so it does the job of explaining Halloween and/or (in our case) setting the mood.

2. Heathers (1988)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime

72 Metascore

In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids.

Director: Michael Lehmann | Stars: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk

Votes: 81,987 | Gross: $1.11M

1 October: At first I was hesitating to put the movie in that marathon, but I just went for it and in my humble opinion it fits nicely with the season. A well-deserved cult movie and rock solid directorial debut and I feel a bit sad about Michael Lehmann, as follow-ups Meet the Applegates (1990) and Hudson Hawk (1991) (both of which I really like, as well) were hardly that much adored. Not too sad, though as he's still successful on television and was involved with some of the most successful titles ever. For additional Halloween points: there is a scene with photographs seemingly taken on one and movie prominently uses "Que Sera Sera" from Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956). Latter is not much of a Halloween point mind you, but fits since Hitchcock is 120 in 2019 and his presence and influence in this marathon is welcome and inevitable.

3. Pokémon (1997– )
Episode: Capture at the Pokémon Tower! (1997)

Open | 22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The gang find out that in order to defeat Sabrina's psychic Pokemon, they need a ghost Pokemon. They travel to Lavender Town.

Directors: Masamitsu Hidaka, Toshiaki Suzuki, Fred Butter, Beatrijs Sluyter | Stars: Yôsuke Akimoto, Kae Araki, Megumi Hayashibara, Rodger Parsons

Votes: 406

1 October: Episode originally aired in September in Japan, but in October in USA. For all purposes is a Halloween special, dealing with a haunted mansion, three ghost Pokémon and a lot of stuff generally considered "spooky".

4. Pokémon (1997– )
Episode: Ghostly Pokémon and the Summer Festival (1997)

TV-Y | 22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The ghost of a beautiful maiden bewitches both Brock and James. Will our heroes and Team Rocket be able to save them from a Gastly fate?

Directors: Masamitsu Hidaka, Fred Butter, Beatrijs Sluyter | Stars: Megumi Hayashibara, Inuko Inuyama, Unshô Ishizuka, Rodger Parsons

Votes: 401

1 October: This one originally aired in August in Japan but yet again was shifted to October in US and, again, I can see why: another surprisingly complex and interesting ghost story which serves well as a Halloween special.

5. Ubit drakona (1988)

123 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

Dragon, a bloody dictator, is challenged by Lancelot, who comes to save the girl, and to liberate the people.

Director: Mark Zakharov | Stars: Aleksandr Abdulov, Oleg Yankovskiy, Evgeniy Leonov, Vyacheslav Tikhonov

Votes: 1,323

2 October: A very pleasant rewatch. I actually first saw it practically two days before that on September 30th, but I decided to rewatch it immediately to account a bodycount and a main antagonist's screen time, something that was a surprising joy for me. It might not seem eligible for Halloween marathon but on second watch I noticed it reminds me a lot of classic Univeral Monsters movies (with unsettling make-up and atmosphere substituting for gore and violence) and earlier German expressionist movies which inspired them. In my humble opinion it has more than enough elements to be featured here.

6. The Wickedest Witch (1989 TV Movie)

30 min | Animation

Avarissa is a witch so evil she has been banished to the underground kingdom of the Greevils. She discovers in order to be freed she must convince a human, pure of heart, to commit one despicable deed.

Directors: Bernie Brillstein, Steve Dubin, Steven Dubin | Stars: Raffi Di Blasio, Paul Fusco, Jackie Gayle, Ronn Lucas

Votes: 32

2 October: I loved this little special from mostly the same creative team that brought us ALF (1986), one of my favorite TV shows of all time. It has oddball sense of humor, lots of charm and a bit of wit. Great thanks to Matt Caracappa for bringing this to my attention!

7. Dinosaur Dracula (2012– )

10 min | Comedy, Reality-TV

An audiovisual extension of a cult website has Matt Caracappa and his alter ego Madd Matt doing Halloween countdowns, reviews of assorted edible and non-edible objects of interest and other inspired trips of nostalgia and wholesomeness.

Star: Matt Caracappa

[Note: Placeholder for a specific episode yet to be added] 4 October: Halloween and October are not the same without this cult website and its YouTube extension. In this particular case Madd Matt kicked off October strong with a... Christmas song and a blue pumpkin?..

8. Joker (2019)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

59 Metascore

In Gotham City, mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: the Joker.

Director: Todd Phillips | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy

Votes: 613,924 | Gross: $192.73M

4 October: A wonderful fit for both World Smile Day and Halloween Marathon and an overall great movie. Latter part is reinforced strongly by overall horror-like vibe and pacing. Reminded me a lot of Maniac (1980) and considering latter was really a 1980 movie, Joker did a great job of replicating, or rather reconstructing fictionalized 1981. Will likely go see it again. If so will expand further on rewatches in this entry with specific dates.

30 October: I managed to squeeze the movie a second time in this busy October and i holds up great on a second viewing. Noticed quite a few interesting details I never noticed the first time around. Also movie actually takes place in October and begins on 15th - neat!

9. Pokémon (1997– )
Episode: The Scary Story of the Hitomoshi Mansion! (2011)

TV-Y | 22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

While taking cover from the rain, the adventurers encounter Team Rocket and some seemingly helpful Litwick.

Directors: Norihiko Sutô, Kunihiko Yuyama | Stars: James Carter Cathcart, Christopher Collet, Misato Fukuen, Jason Griffith

Votes: 36

4 October: Another Pokémon Halloween special, a more modern one (at least from this decade). Animation was more on a low budget side compared to 90's episodes, but still a very pleasant watch with some surprising references to The Shining (1980), although even writers themselves seem to be fully aware that there is one too many haunted house stories in this series.

10. Maniac (1980)

R | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

22 Metascore

A psychotic man, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in New York City, kills young women and takes their scalps as his trophies. Will he find the perfect woman in a photographer, and end his killing spree?

Director: William Lustig | Stars: Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro, Abigail Clayton, Kelly Piper

Votes: 13,030

5 October: As Joker (2019) reminded me of it I decided to introduce it to a friend and also give it a rewatch since I haven't seen it in years. Movie holds up well as a unique slasher which actually has message against domestic violence directed to kids: main prota/antagonist Frank Zito is as much of a victim in this movie as his own and Joe Spinell's performance elevates his own script a lot. It's interesting how movie completely subverts traditional plot structure of the genre while retaining most of the tropes, for example first act looks more like a traditional third act of a slasher, but retains visual cues such as killer not being seen fully (despite we know who it is), which was not done because of double, so it must be a conscious choice.

11. Maniac 2: Mr. Robbie (1986)

Not Rated | 8 min | Horror, Short

A children's television host plots murderous revenge against child abusers.

Director: Buddy Giovinazzo | Star: Joe Spinell

Votes: 237

5 October: Maniac Dilogy is haunting, thoughtful and it manages to do that in less of an overall running time then some standalone movies. It's sad that the movie was never finished due to Joe Spinell's untimely demise: surviving proof of concept footage makes it apparent that the movie had all chances to be an even better sequel to cult classic. The most interesting part is that it's not a sequel in a traditional sense of word: it shares a creator and a theme and Spinell most likely wanted for it to retain the title just to make it crystal clear this time what the whole franchise was about: domestic violence as a pivotal societal problem. Traumatized clown Mr. Robbie whose own childhood trauma is made all the more unbearable by witnessing the suffering of children every day is definitely much more sympathetic and relatable than Zito, who is sympathetic enough, but is too delusional to be understood fully.

12. Pokémon (1997– )
Episode: A Haunted House For Everyone! (2018)

TV-Y7 | 21 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Harper and Sarah are excited to visit a haunted house, and they end up having a bit too much fun!

Directors: Maki Kodaira, Daiki Tomiyasu | Stars: Sarah Natochenny, Laurie Hymes, Rebecca Soler, Rosie Reyes

Votes: 13

5 October: Okay, NOW writers were fully aware that there is one too many haunted house Halloween episodes, so they gave this one a twist as it starts as a makeshfit haunted house attraction. Episode is a good time with A LOT of Halloween mood and stuff in it and is a big pleasure even to those who's relatively unfamiliar with some of the elements, such as myself.

13. Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)

Not Rated | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Evil aliens attack Earth and set their terrible "Plan 9" in action. As the aliens resurrect the dead of the Earth to destroy the living, our lives are in danger.

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr. | Stars: Gregory Walcott, Tom Keene, Mona McKinnon, Duke Moore

Votes: 34,523

6 October: Despite its legendary status as one of the worst movies ever it's far from the worst I've seen and has an undeniable charm, likely a result of Edward D. Wood Jr. putting in genuine effort, just not having a slightest understanding of continuity and basic production values. Movie would've even got away with Bela Lugosi's last film role, even (it already was more than I thought I'd see), if not for Tom Mason's lack of resemblance and no attempt whatsoever to hide it.

14. Batwoman (2019– )
Episode: Pilot (2019)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Kate Kane returns to Gotham when a gang targets her father and her ex-girlfriend Sophie Moore.

Director: Marcos Siega | Stars: Ruby Rose, Rachel Skarsten, Meagan Tandy, Nicole Kang

Votes: 3,049

7 October: Obviously, I watch some TV shows regularly and even some of the fitting never quite made the cut as Halloween Marathon entries. I decided I'm making exception for some shows and/or episodes just as I've accounted Gotham (2014) in 2016. There's something about Batman mythos in general that fits and this year since Joker (2019) is huge, DC kick is a bit inevitable. With that out of the way it's a promising pilot with an atmospheric Gotham and colorful villains. And Joker semi-appears driving a hijacked school bus, by the way, which is a horrible scenario if you think about it.

15. Titans (2018– )
Episode: Trigon (I) (2019)

TV-MA | 52 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

The Titans make their last stand against Trigon.

Director: Carol Banker | Stars: Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft, Ryan Potter

Votes: 2,040

7 October: another season premiere of a DC show, but this one definitely fits even more with the atmosphere: even one of the characters proclaims that situation main cast finds themselves here is "real life horror movie". Since this was originally a Season 1 finale and was partially reshot it's a bit of a mess with pacing and structure, but actors make it work. Joker gets mentioned here, as well. Big year for that character.

16. Wonder Woman: Bloodlines (2019)

PG-13 | 83 min | Animation, Action, Fantasy

Wonder Woman tries to help a troubled young girl, Vanessa, who has fallen in with a deadly organization known as Villainy Inc. headed by Dr. Cyber.

Directors: Justin Copeland, Sam Liu | Stars: Rosario Dawson, Jeffrey Donovan, Marie Avgeropoulos, Kimberly Brooks

Votes: 2,547

7-8 October: This one... I was not going to include in the marathon, but then vampires were mentioned as real in the universe and while it was not foreshadowing (which I half-expected with such a title), third act was a surprisingly horrific kaiju scenario with a rather famous mythological monster so I give it a pass and will retaliate by watching more "straight" horror and thematically relevant movies.

17. Darkroom (1989)

93 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Looking for revenge for past incenstous experiences, a slasher invades a lonely farmhouse.

Directors: Terrence O'Hara, Nico Mastorakis | Stars: Aarin Teich, Jill Pierce, Jeff Arbaugh, Sara Lee Wade

Votes: 245

9 October: This forgotten slasher from the 1980's was a pleasant little watch. Seeing it with no expectations whatsoever certainly made an experience better: surprisingly impressive cinematography, editing and title sequence, really cool opening scenes and ending... And a lot of filler in-between, although some of the sequences have a lot of suspense. Actors are mostly less than enthusiastic (the level of hastily produced soap opera, I'd say: not the worst, but hardly convincing in most scenes), but some give decent performances.

18. Nightmare Classics (1989)
Episode: The Turn of the Screw (1989)

56 min | Horror

A governess is hired to look after two neglected children, who show signs of having been corrupted by the insidious influence of the groom Peter Quint. Quint, although hanged for murder, ... See full summary »

Director: Graeme Clifford | Stars: Amy Irving, David Hemmings, Balthazar Getty, Micole Mercurio

Votes: 75

10 October: Nightmare Classics (1989) is on an obscure side of horror anthology TV series, unlike a certain other show 1989 season of which I'm planning to see entirely as a part of this very marathon. Adaptation of a celebrated Henry James' novella has a few chills, but who really shines in it is young Balthazar Getty in his very first screen appearance.

19. Murder! (1930)

TV-PG | 92 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A juror in a murder trial, after voting to convict, has second thoughts and begins to investigate on his own before the execution.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Herbert Marshall, Norah Baring, Phyllis Konstam, Edward Chapman

Votes: 5,266

10 October: Might not seem that fitting for Halloween Mood, but it's Alfred Hitchcock, he has a special pass in my case and more so considering he turned 120 this year in August. Interesting mix of drama, procedural and murder mystery. Some very inventive scenes as you might expect from Hitchcock. The circus climax and ending are especially great in my opinion. Also was not expecting this quick cutaway shot of the clown.

20. Bobby Brown: On Our Own (1989 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

In the official music video for his song "On Our Own", Bobby Brown performs the song while surrounded by images and celebrities from New York, with clips from the film "Ghostbusters II" mixed in.

Stars: Bobby Brown, Big Daddy Kane, Jane Curtin, Malcolm S. Forbes

Votes: 47

10 October: I don't believe I saw (or heard!) this until Matt Caracappa brought this up, so great thanks to him. Not especially spooky, but given the context still a perfect fit for season. A lot of random unexpected cameos (of which most of modern audience will likely recognize one particular person) and the song is rather catchy, as well.

21. Mary (1931)

78 min | Mystery, Thriller

A juror in a murder trial, after voting to convict, has second thoughts and begins to investigate on his own before the execution.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Alfred Abel, Olga Tschechowa, Paul Graetz, Lotte Stein

Votes: 594

10 October: Filmed back-to-back with original version of Murder! (1930), but still directed by Alfred Hitchcock, this German version is, interestingly enough, condensed in a much shorter runtime. Apart from that, performances are surprisingly different in their approaches so it was more than worth the watch. Even if ending is far from being as neat as original and that more or less could be said for many inventive edits and moments. Main titles are much more interesting in this one, though. Also reaction shot of a clown seems to be even more drastic in this one, as it is more abrupt.

22. Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007–2019)
Episode: Evil Dead Franchise (2019)

23 min | Documentary

Welcome to Monster Madness 2019. Tony and James review one of the most iconic franchises in horror: Evil Dead. It's an American supernatural horror comedy film franchise created by Sam ... See full summary »

Director: James Rolfe | Stars: Antonio Piluso, James Rolfe

Votes: 10

11 October: I mentioned in my list for previous Halloween Marathons that 2016 season of Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007) was the last to have practically daily episodes throughout October, but it turned out that I was semi-wrong, as in 2019 they practically went nearly full-on daily. "Nearly" because on some days Cinemassacre still uploads very much October-eligible episodes of their other great web-series. I was holding out a bit on these specials but then it just caught up with me and I inhaled a near-week worth. Loved this one as an introduction as I am a fan of franchise and still was not only entertained: learned a lot of new facts I was not aware of.

23. Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007–2019)
Episode: Incubus (1966) (2019)

10 min | Documentary

Welcome to Monster Madness 2019. Mike and James review one of the worst movies in William Shatner's career. Incubus is a 1966 black-and-white American horror film filmed entirely in the constructed language Esperanto.

Director: James Rolfe | Stars: James Rolfe, Mike Matei

Votes: 8

11 October: Second episode demonstrates it clearly that this year Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007) they're going for deep and interesting cuts with review choices, introducing people to some obscure movies. Incubus (1966) is one of five movies on IMDb which uses Esperanto as a language and was in fact filmed in it... And then lost for like 30 years. Probably I'll see this in a year or two, but I'm definitely putting it into some list.

24. Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007–2019)
Episode: Ernest Scared Stupid (1991) (2019)

16 min | Documentary

Welcome to Monster Madness 2019. Kieran and James review one of the best Ernest movies of all time. Ernest Scared Stupid is a 1991 American comedy horror film directed by John R. Cherry III... See full summary »

Director: James Rolfe | Stars: Kieran Fallon, James Rolfe

Votes: 10

11 October: Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007). Again, I feel like I'm going to postpone this movie until next year, but I loved this review/episode neverthless.

25. Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007–2019)
Episode: One Hour Photo (2002) (2019)

12 min | Documentary

Welcome to Monster Madness 2019. Justin and James review one of Robin Williams' best performances. One Hour Photo is a 2002 American psychological drama film written and directed by Mark ... See full summary »

Director: James Rolfe | Stars: James Rolfe, Justin Silverman

Votes: 9

26. Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007–2019)
Episode: Man's Best Friend (1993) (2019)

13 min | Documentary

Welcome to Monster Madness 2019. Tony and James review a movie about man's worst friend: this film. Man's Best Friend is a 1993 American horror comedy film, directed and written by John ... See full summary »

Director: James Rolfe | Stars: James Rolfe, Antonio Piluso

Votes: 8

27. Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007–2019)
Episode: The Head Incident (1999) (2019)

11 min | Documentary

Welcome to Monster Madness. Kieran and James review one of James' horror films made 20 years ago. This old-school Cinemassacre horror classic, shot on VHS, edited with two-VCR's. A ... See full summary »

Director: James Rolfe | Stars: James Rolfe, Kieran Fallon

Votes: 7

11 October: This episode of Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007) is unusual because it is a review of James Rolfe's own movie... And THIS movie I will most certainly try to watch this year to retaliate of my mistake of forgetting about it and accidentally postponing it for years. It holds a special significance of being Rolfe's de facto first feature film (although more of a blueprint since with runtime of 51 minute and no wide releases it won't fly as a "true" feature with most people).

28. Top 10 Lost Horror Films (2010 Video)

15 min | Documentary, Short

James Rolfe of cinnemassacre does a top 10 list on lost silent films.

Director: James Rolfe | Star: James Rolfe

Votes: 82

11-12 October: An interesting list, also from James Rolfe, out of which all 10 are still lost now, 9 years later. As they say in such cases "check your attic".

29. Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007–2019)
Episode: At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul (1964) Starring Coffin Joe (2019)

12 min | Documentary

Welcome to Monster Madness 2019. Tony and James review Brazil's first horror film, "At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul," (Portuguese: À Meia-Noite Levarei Sua Alma). It features the first ... See full summary »

Director: James Rolfe | Stars: James Rolfe, Antonio Piluso

Votes: 7

12 October: I became suddenly excited for The Invisible Man (2020) on top of growing obsession with Universal Monsters movies, so this episode of Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007) came in hand. James Rolfe manages to review 6 movies in 7 minutes, effortlessly and with lots of great insight. Now to decide whether I want to see the first one before remake, or all six of those...

31. Tsaritsyno. Ghosts of cursed (2019)

4 min | Short, Horror, Thriller

Tsaritsyno. The legendary place in which the high society lived for several centuries, and which keeps its secrets of bygone days.

Director: Sergey A. | Stars: Sergey A., Daria Orfa, Random People

Votes: 23

12 October: Rather atmospheric new short from Sergey A.. Not much of a plot (basically a few urban legends strung together in a semi-narrative), but compensates for it with rich, picturesque visuals. Reminded me of Zerkalo (1975) which is a high praise in itself.

32. Relentless (1989)

R | 92 min | Crime, Thriller

Two Los Angeles police detectives, cynical veteran Malloy and cocky rookie Dietz, hunt for a serial killer, an ex-cop named Taylor, who randomly chooses his victims from a phone directory.

Director: William Lustig | Stars: Judd Nelson, Robert Loggia, Leo Rossi, Meg Foster

Votes: 1,271 | Gross: $6.99M

13 October: A masterful movie by William Lustig which continues some of the themes of Maniac (1980), but takes them into a whole different direction. Still, apart from police procedural aspect, movie has more than enough horror/slasher elements. Judd Nelson is terrific as main antagonist and overall ensemble of character actors is very strong.

33. Nightmare Classics (1989)
Episode: Carmilla (1989)

51 min | Horror

Lonely young Marie and her father live on a plantation just before the Civil War. Their placid lives are invaded when they rescue a mysterious woman from a carriage wreck, and soon bodies ... See full summary »

Director: Gabrielle Beaumont | Stars: Roy Dotrice, Roddy McDowall, Ione Skye, Meg Tilly

Votes: 148

14 October: Nightmare Classics (1989) continues with another decent adaptation of a classic piece of Gothic literature. I really wonder whether "Carmilla" and "Dracula" are just that similar from the get go (that was pointed out before), or adaptations of the former inevitably borrow from the latter. I've read a sizable amount of vampire literature, but still yet to tackle Sheridan Le Fanu. Gotta retaliate the next year, I guess.

14 October: Everything on Cinemassacre is Halloween-themed this month, which is awesome.

35. Frankenstein (1910)

Unrated | 16 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

Frankenstein, a young medical student, trying to create the perfect human being, instead creates a misshapen monster. Made ill by what he has done, Frankenstein is comforted by his fiancée ... See full summary »

Director: J. Searle Dawley | Stars: Mary Fuller, Charles Ogle, Augustus Phillips

Votes: 3,393

15 October: One of the interesting schemes I wanted to try out in this marathon is to watch classic silent/early horror movies and then compare with variations from much later, mostly 1980-1990. So I started with the first ever adaptation of Mary Shelley and it's rather impressive for its time, actually having a lot of creepy, unsettling vibe and condensing the story in 14 minutes and using some neat techniques. One of the movies I wanted to compare it with was Edison's Frankenstein (1990) but the irony is that a remake made to be a replacement for the 1910 movie when it was considered lost is much more hard to find now than original short, which was since found and, much later, restored amazingly in 2017 by Library of Congress (which made it free to download).

36. Roger Corman's Frankenstein Unbound (1990)

R | 85 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

The ultimate weapon, which was meant to be safe for humankind, produces global side-effects, including time slides and disappearances. The scientist behind the project and his car are ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: John Hurt, Raul Julia, Nick Brimble, Bridget Fonda

Votes: 3,405 | Gross: $0.33M

15 October: Despite I am a huge fan of Roger Corman, I hardly expected this movie to be THIS good. It used moderate budget to the max, effects still holds up well, cast is amazing and plot from a novel by Brian Aldiss puts an interesting spin on original Mary Shelley classic, adding both sci-fi and philosophical elements to the mix. It also rhymes with other things on the marathon, The Monster looking similarly to one in Frankenstein (1910) and some moments being eerily similar to Ubit drakona (1988).

37. Never on Tuesday (1989)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

After their cars collide on a desert highway in the middle of nowhere, two friends and a woman they both like must wait for someone to pass by and help them. Unfortunately, those who do stop turn out to be criminals, eccentrics or wackos.

Director: Adam Rifkin | Stars: Claudia Christian, Andrew Lauer, Peter Berg, Dave Anderson

Votes: 563

15-16 October: Stumbled upon this in Judd Nelson's filmography and was intrigued. Also guessed from the get go that it has mild eligibility for Halloween Marathon and there was, indeed, an unexpected horror scene in the middle of the film, plus a few suspenseful moments. Although overall it's a road movie out of gas, where characters are actually stuck, but still have random encounters and are, you know, on the road. You can honestly get this kind of plot anywhere: it could have been a drama, a comedy, a thriller, horror or an art film... And it actually has elements of all of that. I guess it's just natural for directorial debut to try and overachieve, and even though it's uneven, Adam Rifkin really did something interesting here on a fraction of a budget. It also has an overall weird atmosphere and abundance of cool uncredited cameos, including Nelson. P.S. Being a rebel I am I started to watch the movie on Tuesday.

38. Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007–2019)
Episode: Gremlins 1 and 2 (1984 and 1990) (2019)

14 min | Documentary

Welcome to Monster Madness 2019. Mike and James review both Gremlins films. The Halloween/Christmas/Office classic. The first film is about a boy who inadvertently breaks three important ... See full summary »

Director: James Rolfe | Stars: Mike Matei, James Rolfe

Votes: 9

17-18 October: 17th was a busy and nervous day. Really wanted to watch something big, but sometimes all you need is a little bit of Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007) before going to sleep.

39. The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

Approved | 71 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Two fishermen pick up a psychotic escaped convict who tells them that he intends to murder them when the ride is over.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman, José Torvay

Votes: 6,432

18 October: Terrific classic film-noir. Holds up much better than the other 1953 movie I saw this year, The Wild One (1953) (not that the latter is bad, it's actually really good as well, just that some of the filmmaking aged less gracefully). All three leads are terrific, really, but William Talman as a serial killer Emmett Myers is magnificent.

40. King of the Zombies (1941)

Passed | 67 min | Adventure, Comedy, Horror

On a spooky island, three stranded travelers find an evil doctor working with foreign spies and in control of zombies.

Director: Jean Yarbrough | Stars: Dick Purcell, Joan Woodbury, Mantan Moreland, Henry Victor

Votes: 1,817

19 October: In keeping with the theme of older and newer connected I stumbled upon this movie due to the fact that it is shown in the next movie I'm going to watch as a part of the marathon, so I included it as well. This one reminded me how much I love old Universal-style horrors from 30's and 40's, even though this one is from Monogram Pictures (director Jean Yarbrough and many actors worked for Universal as well, though). A really cool little horror comedy which is a rare zombie/horror movie nominated for Oscar. Zombies here are a mixture of traditional voodoo concept and latter "living dead", it feels as though filmmakers were not sure themselves. Mantan Moreland is clearly having a blast being one of three leads, which was not that common for African American in 1940's.

41. Celia (1989)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

An imaginative and somewhat disturbed young girl fantasizes about evil creatures and other oddities to mask her insecurities while growing up in rural Australia.

Director: Ann Turner | Stars: Rebecca Smart, Nicholas Eadie, Victoria Longley, Mary-Anne Fahey

Votes: 636

19 October: A chilling, captivating movie, especially incredible for a directorial debut. Not an easy watch, nor it is easily classifiable as any genre: it has elements of psychological horror, fantasy and thriller on top of drama. Leaves you with a lot of thoughts afterwards and I'd say that drama elements are way scarier than the horror once: to see 9-year's old sanity gradually stripped away from her via assorted unsuspecting circumstantial deeds by everyone around her is not something you'd want to see everyday, but it's a really good and solid movie nonetheless, worthy of way more attention than it receives. King of the Zombies (1941) connection actually plays out more than I've expected, so it fits in my algorithm of watching earlier and later variations, I guess.

42. Left for Dead (I) (2007)

R | 84 min | Action, Horror, Western

A desperate criminal and a merciless posse become trapped in a remote Mexican ghost town by a vengeful demon.

Director: Albert Pyun | Stars: María Alche, Soledad Arocena, Andrés Bagg, Javier De la Vega

Votes: 1,192

19 October: Even being a fan of director Albert Pyun I'll be the first one to admit that due to lowest possible budgets and circumstances he is a hit-and-miss. This one is definitely from the "miss" territory and could be described as "watchable". Even that would've been a stretch if not for Pyun bringing his frequent collaborators, editor Ken Morrisey and composer Anthony Riparetti. Morrisey's editing is like watching cardistry to me: it gives the movie pace, manages to distract you from very weak visual effects at times and makes great use of subtle transitions. Film's bilingualism and use of subtitles were also rather interesting. But that's me being a filmmaker and admiring and learning some of the techniques. Otherwise I can't imagine this micro-budget movie being of any interest to anyone, other than hardcore Pyun fans, I guess, and those people who saw every other weird western/horror hybrid.

43. The Exorcist III (1990)

R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

48 Metascore

A police Lieutenant uncovers more than he bargained for as his investigation of a series of murders, which have all the hallmarks of the deceased Gemini serial killer, leads him to question the patients of a psychiatric ward.

Director: William Peter Blatty | Stars: George C. Scott, Ed Flanders, Brad Dourif, Jason Miller

Votes: 23,287 | Gross: $26.10M

19-20 October: A really impressive movie, especially considering that executive meddling hardly impacted it in terms of greatness. In fact, it's hard for me to perceive addition of Jason Miller and Nicol Williamson to the cast later in the production as a minus, because both give us grade-A work. In case of Miller it resonates well with another superb performance in the movie: Brad Dourif's, which might be one of his best, especially considering rather limited (and even more reduced with addition of Miller) screentime. I'm interested in checking out director's cut, as well, a some point. Perhaps the weirdest thing about this movie is an easter egg of saint statue clearly being The Joker, the same one from DC comics, who rules this month due to his own movie. Never knew about it when I chose to see this movie this month, interesting coincidence.