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31 Scary Movies for October (2013 - #4)

I've liked scary movies ever since I watched the Shining back when I was a wee lad. It was amazing even though it scared me. It was enjoyable, quite unlike Punky Brewster years earlier... That TV show had a horrible episode where her whole family dies (it's a dream, but her dog becomes a skeleton and a bunch of other horrible things like this -
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The image of the kids face in the wall and the limbs stuck in the wall scared me so much I wouldn't sit next to the wall as a kid.

I also watched Brainscan at the same time as The Shinning, which taught me the valuable lesson that some of these movies are going to be hilariously bad. I've always enjoyed Halloween time and the weather but these movies are a big part of my enjoyment.
For five straight years, I've been trying to watch a different Halloween/horror/scary movie a day for the month of October. I clearly enjoy it. I enjoy trying to scare myself.

I have wrote about 2010-2012 already, this post is what I watched in 2013. I did all the Child's Play movies, both Straw Dogs, the remaining Carrie's and by the time Halloween rolled along I was watching stinkers like Nine Lives and Spliced.

Previous Entries:
2012 Movie List - Written 1-1-13
2011 Movie List - Written 7-30-13
2010 Movie List - Written 11-10-10

I am going to list these in order from good to bad based a very complex system of computer numbers and my own thoughts.

1. Shaun of the Dead
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3 - My Rank,
3.8 - Netflix,
8 - IMDB,
92 - Rotten Tomatoes
I've watched this many times. This wasn't my first watch, nor will it be my last. Simon Pegg is at his best and it remains to be funny even after his mum becomes zombified. I love the jump cuts they do while explaining what they are going to do during the zombie apocalypse.

2. Rosemary's Baby
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4th - My Rank
3.5 - Netflix
8 - IMDB
99 - Rotten Tomatoes
This was my second time watching this one but enough time passed that I didn't remember most things. You know our heroine isn't crazy throughout the movie, but they try their hardest to convince you along with her that it's all in her head. Mia Farrow's acting sells the entire movie and we are behind her the whole way.

3. Tucker and Dale vs Evil
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8th - My Rank,
4.0 - Netflix,
7.6 - IMDB,
84 - Rotten Tomatoes
Probably my biggest best surprise of the movies I have on this list. I obviously hadn't watched it before but it was quite entertaining and very funny. I had seen Alan Tudyk before as Steve the Pirate in Dodgeball and as the pilot in Firefly, and he was good here as the 'straight' character. The wood chipper scene that I pictured above is by far the highlight.

4. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
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2nd - My Rank,
3.5 - Netflix,
7.5 - IMDB,
86 - Rotten Tomatoes
Maybe the only musical I ever put on this list. The music is catchy and it was tonally what I was looking for in an October movie. Maybe the last great work Depp and Carter do together. The end is brilliant wrap to the story.

5. Dawn of the Dead 2004
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7th - My Rank,
3.7 - Netflix,
7.4 - IMDB,
75 - Rotten Tomatoes
Ving Rhames is amazing in everything. I quite like most of the actors in this movie. This remake is good even though so many zombie movies fall apart. It keeps the same trapped in the mall premise that the original does but that might be where the similarities end. The zombie tension is always high which is the most important aspect other than just being a good movie.

6. Straw Dogs 1971
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9th - My Rank,
3.4 - Netflix,
7.5 - IMDB,
91 - Rotten Tomatoes
This and the remake had always been on my list as people always gave the original high marks. And for good reason. The plot, while is borderline revenge movie, borderline Home Alone does take quite a few risks that pay out. It does take some adjusting to the country and time period we deal with. The plot itself takes some time as well before skyrocketing.

7. Evil Dead 2013
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1st - My Rank,
3.4 - Netflix,
6.5 - IMDB,
62 - Rotten Tomatoes
It was going to have to be pretty bad for me not to like it. But I got what I was looking for even in a Bruce Campbell less Evil Dead world. I didn't see the end coming which was pleasant. It was both the right amount gory and scary. I can't look at this stupid picture without flinching a little bit.

8. Dracula 1931
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25th - My Rank,
3.6 - Netflix,
7.6 - IMDB,
91 - Rotten Tomatoes
It's a classic, but not the easiest thing to watch. While it had sound unlike Nosferatu, it wasn't any more deviating from the story that you know.

9. Room 237
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13th - My Rank,
3.3 - Netflix,
6.3 - IMDB,
93 - Rotten Tomatoes
A documentary on the Shining, which if you read above is my first love of Horror. The amount of detail packed into this is incredible. They make some wild theories and look for hidden messages in every single thing put on screen.

10. Underworld
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15th - My Rank,
3.9 - Netflix,
7 - IMDB,
31 - Rotten Tomatoes
This was a second watch for me. I think I liked it less the second time. Maybe I liked the second one more than this and just had fond memories of the two. The action is decent, but nothing you didn't see in Blade. I guess you have a werewolf faction here and a vampire clan, I think you are supposed to root for the vampires more because of Beckinsale? It's a step up from a generic action movie, but it's not on the level with The Crow. I'm going to power through all these eventually even though I know some have received terrible reviews.

11. Halloween 2007
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6th - My Rank,
3.6 - Netflix,
6.1 - IMDB,
25 - Rotten Tomatoes
I'm torn on this one. I can see why people don't like it, on the other hand - my favorite parts of the movie were of Myers as a kid. That's the one thing I really wanted to explore in the original Halloween and that's something that basically paid off for me. The remake of Halloween that followed the first half was merely average. Malcolm McDowell was perfectly cast.

12. Carrie 2013
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19th - My Rank,
3.6 - Netflix,
6 - IMDB,
48 - Rotten Tomatoes
I think the roles of Margaret and Carrie were cast well. I think this was enjoyable all the way through while the original can lag at moments. The kids don't seem as horrible here as they did in the original. It's still got the weird feeling that occurs after the prom scene is over that it doesn't quite know how to end.

13. Child's Play 6 – Curse of Chucky
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18th - My Rank,
3.4 - Netflix,
5.6 - IMDB,
80 - Rotten Tomatoes
This one got away from the comedy horror genre that the last two tried to do and to success. I liked this one much more than those previous entries. The end cameo is the best part of the movie. Chucky doesn't talk your ear off like he has been doing and ultimately this is probably closer to a remake than a sequel.

14. Child's Play
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11th - My Rank,
3.0 - Netflix,
6.5 - IMDB,
67 - Rotten Tomatoes
The original that made all these possible. It's actually quite haunting in parts. The special effects were not what they really needed to be at certain points - like when people are interacting with a live Chucky. Brad Dourif's voice is the best thing about the whole series. We know the doll is alive and we spend quite a bit of time with the suspense of the characters not knowing what to believe.

15.  Red State
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20th - My Rank,
3.4 - Netflix,
6.2 - IMDB,
58 - Rotten Tomatoes
I don't think the movie has one tone. It starts off with a woman terrorizing some kids like a horror movie would, then becomes an escape movie with evangelical preaching and eventually becomes a No Country For Men like comedy with John Goodman.  It never struck me as a Kevin Smith movie at any point which is probably a good thing for an attempt at 'horror'.

16. Child's Play 2
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10th - My Rank,
3.2 - Netflix,
5.7 - IMDB,
40  - Rotten Tomatoes
I think this might be my favorite of all of them when all is said and done. The original has the most suspense of any of them - the is it alive or isn't it setup. We don't have that as much here and instead have more action, more situations where our evil doll can do his number on people. I also liked the idea of the step family which was a way to keep the same tone of the original and still move the story forward from the original.

17. Straw Dogs 2011
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12th - My Rank,
3.2 - Netflix,
5.8 - IMDB,
41  - Rotten Tomatoes
I watched this one after the original which was probably a good idea unlike what I did with Oldboy(which I watched in reverse order and ended up liking the remake more). We get the cast of Superman returns here. Instead of English people terrorizing our couple, we get southerners ruled by a football coach. We do get a backstory to our antagonist and our heroine in which they had previously been in a relationship. That doesn't make it less creepy though.

18. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
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23rd - My Rank,
3.4 - Netflix,
5.6 - IMDB,
58  - Rotten Tomatoes
I had such high hopes for this but it ultimately fell flat. I remember it quite well which is probably the nicest thing I can say about it. Some movies you remember cause they worked so well but some are still memorable despite missing in quite a few areas. I liked the dual leads of Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce. It had an interesting premise but I think I expected something much more sinister(better) than these pyxies?.

19. A Haunted House
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17th - My Rank,
3.6 - Netflix,
5.1 - IMDB,
10 - Rotten Tomatoes
Probably the closest thing we will get to a sequel in tone to Scary Movie - which is absolutely a good thing. I love the Wayne's in these roles. Do they miss on a lot of jokes, sure. But they are constantly firing which is my favorite kind of comedy.

20. Poltergeist 2: The Other Side
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16th - My Rank,
3.2 - Netflix,
5.6 - IMDB,
37 - Rotten Tomatoes
It's not quite as wacky as the original but it's just as frightening in several moments. No horrible clown here but we get some terrible devil man(pictured) which scares me almost as much. It serves as a decent sequel and fills in some gaps from the original.

21. Dead Silence
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21st - My Rank,
3.3 - Netflix,
6.2 - IMDB,
21 - Rotten Tomatoes
I watched this one previously not really paying attention and not really liking it. This time I was all in on it. It has a nice twist. If the idea of a talking dummy frightens you in a good way then it's worth a watch otherwise it's not close to James Wan's other works - Saw, Conjuring, Insidious.

22. Child's Play 4 – Bride of Chucky
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22nd - My Rank,
3.2 - Netflix,
5.3 - IMDB,
44 - Rotten Tomatoes
I've watched this movie quite a few more times than I ever intended on in a lifetime. It's just so different than the previous three. I don't blame them for trying something new, I just didn't like the character of Jennifer Tilly. Was she playing herself? Oh maybe that was Child's Play 5. Whatever. Were we supposed to like her or not? It's something they tow the line with the whole run time and in the end I didn't care about any of the 'characters'.

23. The Exorcist 2: The Heretic
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5th - My Rank,
2.9 - Netflix,
3.7 - IMDB,
22 - Rotten Tomatoes
It clearly had a long way to go to even be considered in the same breath as the original. However in my opinion they do enough different that it doesn't feel like a copy just trying to re-create the magic of the original. It progresses the character of Regan. If you aren't on board with the whole locust idea or hypnotizing being scary, I can see where it is almost comical. Maybe they failed, but it is at least interesting to me.

24. Child's Play 3
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14th - My Rank,
3.1 - Netflix,
4.9 - IMDB,
23 - Rotten Tomatoes
I might be much nicer to this movie due to nostolgia than it's worth. I watched as a child which of course alters my opinion. I like the idea of a more grown up Andy and him playing more of the guardian role while Chucky stalks a new child. The war games scene in particular is worth noting even if you have no plans on watching the movie.

25. Carrie 2002
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26th - My Rank,
3.4 - Netflix,
5.5 - IMDB,
0 - Rotten Tomatoes
This was the third Carrie movie I've watched now. There isn't a super amount different between them. I mean technology gets better every 10 years, but that doesn't make this superior to the original. It really isn't superior to the most recent either. In reality it was a made for TV movie which was not a bad retelling, just unnecessary.

26. Amityville 2 – The Possession
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27th - My Rank,
3.3 - Netflix,
5.4 - IMDB,
7 - Rotten Tomatoes
It started off pretty good. Not exactly the same as the original but the same mood for at least part of the movie. And then it takes a dark turn. Not a scary turn, but a - I don't want to watch this with my family anymore movie. If you don't know this particular thing is coming, it will slightly shock you. (Won't spoil)

27. Child's Play 5 – Seed of Chucky
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24th - My Rank,
3.2 - Netflix,
4.9 - IMDB,
32 - Rotten Tomatoes
By far my least favorite of these Child's Play movies. It just wasn't pleasant or enjoyable. I don't know how to feel about a doll pre-teen who may or may not be evil. They kept arguing if it was a boy or girl. No one cares. It was pretty much a straight comedy which was not amusing to me.

28. Nine Dead
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28th - My Rank,
3.3 - Netflix,
5.4 - IMDB,
0 - Rotten Tomatoes
I think I watched this on Halloween night. No character was likable, even Melissa Joan Hart.
Every person was trying to figure out why they were there. The killer would walk in every few minutes and shoot somebody. It wasn't a super interesting reveal. Saw 2 did this premise much better.

29. The Wisher – Spliced
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29th - My Rank,
3.0 - Netflix,
4.3 - IMDB,
0 - Rotten Tomatoes
It wasn't scary. I expected a stalker movie or some interesting take on wishes going wrong. The ending is all kinds of bizarre involving fast forwarding to see the future or something.

30. Halloween Night
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30th - My Rank,
2.9 - Netflix,
4.1 - IMDB,
0 - Rotten Tomatoes
I think I watched this after the movie below so for a bit I was riding high on this. It's not scary, it's trying to be part Scream, part scary movie but doesn't do anything well. The set up was right on par with other typical horror movies but fell apart for me fairly quickly.

31. Gingerdead Man 3 - Saturday Night Cleaver
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31st - My Rank,
0 - Netflix,
3.8 - IMDB,
0 - Rotten Tomatoes
I don't why I agreed to watch it or even consider it part of this list. It's as bad as it looks even if I laughed once or twice. I can't possibly recommend it, nor do I want to watch the original or it's first sequel.


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