Wednesday, September 29, 2010

October Horror Movie Challenge Results 2009

It's time again for an annual tradition - The October Horror Movie Challenge!

Simply stated, the challenge is: Watch 31 films in October, 16 of which must be 1st time views. Of course, the secondary challenge is simply to watch as many movies as possible during those 31 days.

Last year, as I was out of town (Lewisburg, WV) doing a play (Macbeth), with fewer distractions around than usual, I was shooting for around 60 flickers, with planned stops at Hammer Horror, William Castle, the Classic FLY trilogy, Tod Browning, Val Lewton, the AZTEC MUMMY trilogy, some unviddied kaiju and a few surprises along the way. (A lot of those were films that I'd only seen once and had been wanting to revisit, so while I knew I'd get in my required 16 FTV's, for the most part I planned to wallow in repeats...)

As you can see, that's just what happened:


10/1 - 10/9

HAMMER FRANKENSTEINS:

Curse of Frankenstein, The (1957) 82 min (2nd viewing)
Revenge of Frankenstein, The (1958) 89 min (2nd viewing)
Evil of Frankenstein (1964) 84 min (3rd viewing)
Frankenstein Created Woman (1967) 86 min (3rd viewing)
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969) 98 min (4th viewing)
Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1973) 93 min (4th viewing)


10/9 - 10/10

HARRYHAUSEN IN BLACK AND WHITE:

Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, The (1953) 80 min (3rd viewing)
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956) 83 min (3rd viewing)
It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955) 79 min (2nd viewing)
20 Million Miles to Earth (1957) 82 min (2nd viewing)


10/10 - 10/11

HARRYHAUSEN IN COLOR

Mysterious Island (1961) 101 min (4th viewing)
Valley of Gwangi, The (1969)
96 min (2nd viewing)
Clash of the Titans (1981) 118 min (4th viewing)


10/11

TOD BROWNING TRIPLE FEATURE


Unknown, The (1927) 49 min (2nd viewing)
Mark of the Vampire (1935) 60 min (2nd viewing)
Devil-Doll, The (1936) 78 min (2nd viewing)


10/12 - 10/13

JUST 'CAUSE IT'S OLD DON'T MEAN IT'S A CLASSIC (ZOMBIE EDITION)

Revolt of the Zombies (1936) 65 min. (1st viewing)
King of the Zombies (1941) 67 min (1st viewing)


10/13

GEORGE ZUCCO DOUBLE FEATURE


Dead Men Walk (1943) 64 min (1st viewing)
Mad Monster, The (1942) 77 min (1st viewing)


10/13 -10/14

KAIJUUUUUUUUU! (gesundheit)

Space Amoeba (aka Yog: Monster from Space) (1970) (1st viewing) - 84 min
War of the Gargantuas (1966) (2nd viewing) - 92 min
Rebirth of Mothra (1996) (1st viewing) - 104 min


10/15

WHACKED-OUT FAMILIES, BRITISH-STYLE

Girly(aka Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny and Girly) (1970) (1st viewing) - 101 min
Shuttered Room, The (1967) (1st viewing) - 99 min


10/16

"CREATURE" FEATURES

Creature with the Atom Brain (1955) (1st viewing) - 69 min
Creature (1985) (1st viewing) - 97 min


10/16

***PLEASANT SURPRISE OF THE MONTH***


TerrorVision (1986) (1st viewing) - 83 min


10/17-10/18

PROM NIGHT SEQUELS (though they're not really sequels)

Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II (1987) (2nd viewing) - 97 min
Prom Night III: The Last Kiss (1990) (1st viewing) - 97 min
Prom Night IV: Deliver Us from Evil (1992) (1st viewing) - 92 min


10/18

FINALLY GOT TO THE CINEMA THIS MONTH

Zombieland (2009) (1st viewing) - 87 min


10/19

JUST 'CAUSE IT'S OLD DON'T MEAN IT'S A CLASSIC (MONSTER EDITION)


Monster Maker, The (1944) (1st viewing) - 62 min
Monster Walks, The (1932) (1st viewing) - 63 min



****CHALLENGE COMPLETED 10/19 11:50pm EST****



10/20

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....



10/21

MORE BOOBS AND CROTCH STABBINGS THAN THE REST OF OCTOBER COMBINED


Fantom Killer (1998) (1st viewing) - 90 min


10/21 - 10/22

HAMMER MUMMIES

Mummy, The (1959) (3rd viewing) - 88 min
Curse of the Mummy's Tomb, The (1964) (2nd viewing) - 81 min
Mummy's Shroud, The (1967) (2nd viewing) - 90 min
Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971) (2nd viewing) - 94 min


10/23- 10/24

LORD OF THE "FLY"s

Fly, The (1958) (3rd viewing) - 94 min
Return of the Fly (1959) (2nd viewing) - 80 min
Curse of the Fly (1965) - (2nd viewing) - 86 min


10/24

THANK YOU, TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES

Land That Time Forgot, The (1975) (7th viewing) - 90 min
Poltergeist (1982) (5th viewing) - 114 min


10/24

TAKING THE (JOHN) WATERS


Serial Mom (1994) (2nd viewing) - 95 min


10/25

IF IT’S OCTOBER, IT MUST BE OBLIGATORY “SAW” VIEWING TIME

Saw VI (2009) (1st viewing) - 90 min


10/25 – 10/27

VAL LEWTON FILM FESTIVAL

Isle of the Dead (1945) (2nd viewing) - 71 min
Bedlam (1946) (2nd viewing) - 79 min
Seventh Victim, The (1943) (2nd viewing) - 71 min
Body Snatcher, The (1945) (2nd viewing) - 77 min
I Walked with a Zombie (1943) (2nd viewing) - 69 min
Leopard Man, The (1943) (2nd viewing) - 66 min
Cat People (1942) (4th viewing) - 73 min
Curse of the Cat People, The (1944) (4th viewing)- 70 min
Ghost Ship (1943) (2nd viewing) - 69 min


10/27 – 10/28

LOWER THE DRAWBRIDGE, STORM THE (WILLIAM) CASTLE

Macabre (1958) (2nd viewing) - 72 min
House on Haunted Hill (1959) (3rd viewing) - 75 min
13 Ghosts (1960) (2nd viewing) - 85 min
Mr. Sardonicus (1961) (2nd viewing) - 89 min
Strait-Jacket (1964) (3rd viewing) - 93 min


10/28 – 10/29

HEERE THERE BE MONSTERS, HAMMER STYLE

Reptile, The (1966) (2nd viewing) - 90 min
Plague of the Zombies (1966) (2nd viewing) - 90 min
Kiss of the Vampire (1963) (2nd viewing) - 88 min
Curse of the Werewolf (1961) (3rd viewing) - 91 min
The Gorgon (1964) (2nd viewing) - 83 min
Horror of Frankenstein (1970) (2nd viewing) - 95 min


10/30

BORIS KARLOFF IS A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD SCIENTIST

Man They Could Not Hang, The (1939) (2nd viewing) - 64 min
Man with Nine Lives, The (1940) (2nd viewing) - 74 min
Before I Hang (1940) (2nd viewing) - 62 min
Devil Commands, The (1941) (2nd viewing) - 65 min


10/30

THE NOVEMBER TURKEY FESTIVAL BEGINS EARLY

Zaat (1975) (1st viewing) - 100 min


10/31

OBLIGATORY “WHAT THE #$@%$#^ IS GOING ON AGAIN?” SAW RECAP

Saw IV (2007) (2nd viewing) - 96 min
Saw V (2008) (2nd viewing) - 95 min


10/31

BIT MORE O’ THE BRIT, IF YOU PLEASE

Dead of Night (1945)
(2nd viewing) - 103 min
Circus of Horrors (1960) (2nd viewing) - 92 min


10/29 – 10/31

PAPA SCARE, MAMA SCARE, BABY SCARE


Carnival of Souls (1962) (3rd viewing) - 78 min
Last Man on Earth, The (1964) (2nd viewing) - 86 min
Night of the Living Dead (1968) (4th viewing) - 96 min


1st Time Views: 19
Repeat views: 59
Total Films: 78


Shortest Movie: THE UNKNOWN (49 min.)
Longest Movie: CLASH OF THE TITANS (118 min.)
Average Length: 84 min
Total Length: 6557 min (109.28 hours / 4.5 days)


Oldest Movie: THE UNKNOWN (1927)
Newest Movie: SAW VI (2009)
Average Year: 1962


Busiest Days: 10/27, 10/28 (6 movies)


Peter Cushing movies - 8
Boris Karloff movies - 7
Vincent Price movies - 4
Christopher Lee movies - 3
Bela Lugosi movies - 2
Zombie Movies (not including mummies or Frankenstein monsters) - 8
Flesh Eating Zombie Movies - 2


# of countries represented - 6 (USA, UK, Canada, Japan, Italy, Poland)

3 comments:

  1. Good luck with this year's movie challenge, Doc. I'm going to be watching a fair number of Hammer films this month myself since TCM is showing blocks of them every Friday (and I've also got that box set Universal put out a few years ago to get through). And you may be interested to know that William Castle's Let's Kill Uncle is going to be on TCM Underground, Sat. 10/9 at 2:45 a.m. (1:45 Chicago time). Figured I'd give you a head's up since that one doesn't show up too often.

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  2. Thanks for the good luck wishes (right back atcha!!!) and for the heads up. If you're taping it, hang onto it. I'm also going to see if Kitley's friends can cover for us as well. One of these days, I might just have to break down and get cable. Last year, the apartment I was staying in down in West Virginia had TCM as part of the package - Amazing.

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  3. Can do, Doc. It'll be at the end of a tape with The Reptile and The Gorgon since I'm going to be away the weekend it's airing, but I'll definitely hang onto it for you if you need me to.

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