Tuesday, November 1, 2011

SCARE-A-THON 2011 -- FINAL RESULTS


Hello Boils and Ghouls,

With that, we come to the end of another October Challenge. I gotta say, this was by far the deepest dive I’ve taken into the abyss (115 films!!!) and I sincerely thank everyone out there for their support, encouragement and feedback throughout the past 31 days of blood, babes and beasts. I was particularly proud of the myriad of mini film-fests and double features I was able to conjure, living out my programming director fantasy for Channel AC. Hope you dug it as well.

For those of you who came on board as donors to the AmeriCares fundraising drive to aid the unfortunate victims of Hurricane Irene, you are the ones who kept my eyes open into the wee hours at night…after night after night. Bless you. Please contact me at drach101@gmail.com to send in your corresponding pledge amount and let’s get these people some much-needed help. (A special word of thanks to Gavin Schmitt, whose own diligent fundraising efforts kept a persistent spur in my side – congrats to you, good sir.)

Below are the final statistics, as well as links to each day’s respective reviews. Hope you enjoy the walk back down memory lane, dark and dangerous as it might be. As always, feel free to leave your two cents worth – we’ll make sure you get some change back.

Enjoy!




FINAL TOTAL:
First Time Views: 56
Repeats: 59
Total Films: 115


BONUS BITS:

Total Minutes: 10,869

Average Length: 94.5min

Busiest Day: 568min (10/6)

Longest Movies: Day of the Triffids (157min), Brotherhood of the Wolf (152min)

Shortest Movies: Gorotica (60min), Undertaker and His Pals (63min)

Oldest Movie: Vampyr (1932)

Newest Movies: Paranormal Activity 3 (10/21/11), The Thing (10/14/11)

Most Movies/Day: 6 (10/6, 10/31)

Fewest Movies/ Day: 1 (10/29, 10/30)

# Countries represented: 17
(USA, UK, South Korea, Japan, Mexico, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Italy, Spain, Canada, France, Australia, Czechoslovakia, Belgium, Netherlands, Serbia, Germany)

Favorite Discoveries:
The Woman, A Serbian Film, Human Centipede II, Starship Troopers 2, The Pit, The Black Torment, Jigoku, Finale, Screamplay, Big Man Japan, Children of the Corn II, The Objective, The Day of the Triffids, The Undertaker and His Pals, Birdemic: Shock and Terror, Witches’ Hammer, Nature of the Beast, Gorotica, My Mom’s a Werewolf, Cthulhu, Exorcismus

Favorite Revisits:
Silent Scream, Santa Sangre, Battle Royale, Duel, The House That Screamed, Q, I Married a Monster from Outer Space, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Tourist Trap, Flesh for Frankenstein, Blood for Dracula, Ravenous, Killer Tongue, Night of the Demon, High Tension, Black Sunday, The Thing from Another World, Vampyr, Blood and Roses, Alucarda, Tower of Evil, House of Whipcord


Day by Day Breakdown
10/1
"I SCREAM" PARTY

Silent Scream (1980) (2nd viewing) d. Harris, Denny (USA) 87min
Screamplay (1985) (1st viewing) d. Seder, Rufus Butler (USA) 90min
Scream and Scream Again (1970) (2nd viewing) d. Hessler, Gordon (UK) 95min

"BIT O' THE BRIT
Oblong Box, The (1969) (2nd viewing) d. Hessler, Gordon (UK) 97min
Tower of Evil (1972) (2nd viewing) d. O'Connelly, Jim (UK) 89min



10/2
THEY GROW 'EM BIG IN ASIA

Host, The (2006) (2nd viewing) d. Bong, Joon-ho South Korea 119min
Big Man Japan (2007) (1st viewing) d. Matsumoto, Hitoshi (Japan) 113min

KIDS N' CORN
Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice (1992) (1st viewing) d. Price, David (USA) 92min
Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest (1995) (1st viewing) d. Hickox, James D.R. (USA) 92 min



10/3
TERROR EN LOS PASILLOS (TERROR IN THE AISLES), MEXICO-STYLE

Borderland (2007) (1st viewing) d. Berman, Zev (Mexico) 105min
Vampiro, El (1957) (1st viewing) d. Mendez, Fernando (Mexico) 95min
Vampire’s Coffin, The (1958) (1st viewing) d. Mendez, Fernando (Mexico) 80min
Santa Sangre (1989) (2nd viewing) d. Jodorowsky, Alejandro (Mexico) 123min



10/4
I’LL HAVE A COUPLE FEISTY QUARTER POUNDERS…

Battle Royale (2000) (3rd viewing) d. Fukasaku, Kinji (Japan) 122min
Battle Royale II (2003) (1st viewing) d. Fukasaku, Kinji/Fukasaku, Kenta (Japan) 134min

TELL ME A STORY, WAIGONG…
Chinese Ghost Story, A (1987) (2nd viewing) d. Ching, Siu-Tung (Hong Kong) 98min
Chinese Ghost Story II, A (1990) (1st viewing) d. Ching, Siu-Tung (Hong Kong) 104min



10/5
GET YOUR MOTOR RUNNIN’…

Freeway Killer (2010) (1st viewing) d. Murlowski, John (USA) 85min
Duel (1971) (3rd viewing) d. Spielberg, Steven (USA) 90min
Psychomania (aka The Death Wheelers) (1973) 2nd viewing) d. Sharp, Don (UK) 85min

MILITARY HORROR: OPERATION “O”
Objective, The (2008) (1st viewing) d. Myrick, Daniel (USA) 90min
Outpost (2008) (1st viewing) d. Barker, Steve (UK) 90min



10/6
“CREATURE” FEATURES

Perfect Creature (2006) (1st viewing) d. Standring, Glenn (New Zealand) 88min
Terror Creatures from the Grave (1965) (1st viewing) d. Pupillo, Massimo (Italy) 85min

IN THE DARK, DARK WOODS…THERE WAS A DARK, DARK HOUSE…
House of Wax (2005) (2nd viewing) d. Collet-Serra, Jaume (USA) 113min
House of the Wolf Man (2009) (1st viewing) d. McGarr, Eben (USA) 81min
House That Screamed, The (aka La Residencia) (1969) (2nd viewing) d. Serrador, Narcisco Ibanez (Spain) 99min
House of Whipcord (1974) (2nd viewing) d. Walker, Pete (UK) 102min



10/7
TERROR FROM ABOVE: ALIEN HORROR

Species (1995) (2nd viewing) d. Donaldson, Roger (USA) 108min
Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation (2004) (1st viewing) d. Tippett, Phil (USA) 92min
Day of the Triffids, The (BBC) (1981) (1st viewing) d. Hannam, Ken (UK) 156min
I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958) (2nd viewing) d. Fowler, Eugene (USA) 78min



10/8
LARRY COHEN: IT’S ALIVE, IT’S ALIVE, IT’S ALIVE…WHAT IS IT?

It’s Alive (1974) (3rd viewing) Cohen, Larry (USA) 91min
It Lives Again (1978) (2nd viewing) d. Cohen, Larry (USA) 91min
It’s Alive 3: Island of the Alive (1987) (2nd viewing) d. Cohen, Larry (USA) 95min
Q (1982) (2nd viewing) d. Cohen, Larry (USA) 93min



10/9
DEEP, DARK AND DANGEROUS…

Hole, The (2001) (1st viewing) d. Hamm, Nick (UK) 102min
Pit, The (1981) (1st viewing) d. Lehman, Lew (Canada) 97min
Bloody Pit of Horror (1965) (1st viewing) d. Pupillo, Massimo (Italy) 74min

HE AIN’T HEAVY, HE’S MY BROTHER
Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001) (2nd viewing) d. Gans, Christophe (France) 152min
Brotherhood of Satan, The (1971) (2nd viewing) d. McEevety, Bernard (USA) 92min



10/10
IF I WERE A CARPENTER (AND YOUR NAME WAS JAMIE…)

Halloween (1978) (11th viewing) d. Carpenter, John (USA) 91min
Ward, The (2010) (1st viewing) d. Carpenter, John (USA) 88min

ROAD TRIP TRAVELS AND TRAVAILS
Tourist Trap (1979) (2nd viewing) d. Schmoeller, David (USA) 90min
Wrong Turn (2003) (3rd viewing) d. Schmidt, Rob (USA) 84min



10/11
HEERE MAY YE BEHOLD, DARK HORRORS “UN”-TOLD

Undertaker and His Pals, The (1966) (1st viewing) d. Swicegood, T.L.P. (USA) 63min
Uninvited, The (1944) (3rd viewing) d. Allen, Lewis (USA) 99min
Unearthed (2007) (1st viewing) d. Leutwyler, Matthew (USA) 93min
Undead (2003) (2nd viewing) d. Spierig, Michael/Spierig, Peter (Australia) 97min



10/12
WHO YOU CALLING CRAZY?

Lunacy (2005) (1st viewing) d. Svankmajer, Jan (Czechoslovakia) 118min
Deranged (1974) (2nd viewing) d. Gillen, Jeff/Ormsby, Alan (Canada) d. 82min.

THERE’S A SMELL OF CHEESE IN THE AIR…
Gargoyles (1972) (1st viewing) d. Norton, Bill L. (USA) 74min
Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010) (1st viewing) d. Nguyen, James (USA) 90min



10/13
JUST CAN’T QUIT THAT TIFFANY (SHEPIS) GAL

Corpses (2004) (1st viewing) d. Kanefsky, Rolfe (USA) 90min
Cyrus: The Mind of a Serial Killer (2010) (1st viewing) d. Vadik, Mark (USA) 87min

THEY’RE NOT POSSESSED, THEY’RE POSSESSIVES…
Devil's Nightmare, The (1971) (2nd viewing) d. Brismee, Jean (Belgium) 95min
Satan’s Slave (1976) (2nd viewing) d. Warren, Norman J. (UK) 86min
Witches’ Hammer (1970) (1st viewing) d. Vavra, Oktakar (Czechoslovakia) 103min



10/14
BEAUTY IS OVERRATED

Nature of the Beast (1995) (1st viewing) d. Salva, Victor (USA) 91min
Beast in the Cellar, The (1970) (1st viewing) d. Kelley, James (UK) 101min

DO I GOTTA DRAW YOU A PICTURE?
Family Portraits: A Trilogy of America (2003) (4th viewing) d. Buck, Douglas (USA) 103min
Oval Portrait, The (aka One Minute Before Death) (1972) (1st viewing) d. Gonzales, Rogelio A. (Mexico) 87min



10/15 – 10/16
SING ALONG WITH ME, EVERYONE: A-ONE-AND-A-TWO…

Nightmare on Elm Street, A (1984) (5th viewing) d. Craven, Wes (USA) 91min
Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, A (1985) (3rd viewing) d. Sholder, Jack (USA) 87min
Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, A (1987) (6th viewing) d. Russell, Chuck (USA) 96min
Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, A (1988) (3rd viewing) d. Harlin, Renny (USA) 99min
Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, A (1989) (2nd viewing) d. Hopkins, Stephen (USA) 89min
Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) (2nd viewing) d. Talalay, Rachel (USA) 89min
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994) (3rd viewing) d. Craven, Wes (USA) 112min
Freddy vs. Jason (2003) (2nd viewing) d. Yu, Ronny (USA) 97min



10/17
MICROBUDGET MADNESS

Live Feed (2006) (1st viewing) d. Nicholson, Ryan (USA) 81min
Gorotica (1993) (1st viewing) d. Gallagher, Hugh (USA) 60min

THE DARK TWINS – WARHOL STYLE
Flesh for Frankenstein (1973) (2nd viewing) d. Morrissey, Paul (Italy) 95min
Blood for Dracula (1974) (3rd viewing) d. Morrissey, Paul (Italy) 106min



10/18
GETTIN’ HUNGRY OVER HERE

Killer Tongue (1996) (2nd viewing) d. Sciamma, Alberto (Spain) 98min
Ravenous (1999) (3rd viewing) d. Bird, Antonia (UK) 101min

NO ONE SAID LOVE WAS EASY
My Bloody Valentine (2009) (2nd viewing) d. Lussier, Patrick (USA) 101min
Love Me Deadly (1973) (1st viewing) d. Lacerte, Jacques (USA) 95min



10/19
DOUBLE DARE-WOLF

My Mom’s a Werewolf (1989) (1st viewing) d. Fischa, Michael (USA) 90min
Night of the Howling Beast (1975) (1st viewing) d. Iglesias, Miguel (Spain) 94min

TALES OF ELDER GODS (AND SOME SLIGHTLY YOUNGER)
Cthulhu (2007) (1st viewing) d. Gildark, Dan (USA) 101min
Exorcismus (2010) (1st viewing) d. Carballo, Manuel (Spain) 98min



10/20
THERE’S SOMETHING OUT THERE… (LOCAL LEGEND HORROR)

Night of the Demon (1980) (2nd viewing) d. Wasson, James C. (USA) 92min
Rana: Legend of Shadow Lake (1975) (1st viewing) d. Rebane, Bill (USA) 96min
Monstroid (1980) (1st viewing) d. Hartford, Kenneth (USA) 98min



10/21
IT BE NOT PROUD, IT CANNOT BE DENIED, IT PAYS NO TAXES…

Deaths of Ian Stone, The (2007) (1st viewing) d. Piana, Dario (UK) 87min
Death Warmed Up (1984) (1st viewing) d. Blyth, David (New Zealand) 85min
Death in the Shadows (1985) (1st viewing) d. Pieters, Vivian (Netherlands) 97min



10/22
ALEXANDRE AJA BETA/OMEGA DOUBLE FEATURE

High Tension (2003) (4th viewing) d. Aja, Alexandre (France) 91min
Piranha (2010) (2nd viewing) d. Aja, Alexandre (USA) 88min



10/23
ONE WORD IS ENOUGH FOR ALL OF US

Jigoku (1960) (1st viewing) d. Nakagawa, Nobuo (Japan) 101min
Finale (2009) (1st viewing) d. Elfers, John Michael (USA) 93min
Automatons (2006) (1st viewing) d. McKenney, James Felix (USA) 83min



10/24 – 10/25
SURE IS DARK IN HERE…

Black Torment, The (1964) (1st viewing) d. Hartford-Davis, Robert (UK) 90min
Black Sheep (2006) (2nd viewing) d. King, Jonathan (New Zealand) 87min
Shadows Run Black (1986) (1st viewing) d. Heard, Howard (USA) 88min
Black Sunday (aka The Mask of Satan) (3rd viewing) d. Bava, Mario (Italy) 87min



10/26
IMMIGRATION LAWS JUST AREN’T WHAT THEY USED TO BE

Alien vs. Predator (2004) (2nd viewing) d. Anderson, Paul W.S. (USA) 100min
Contamination (aka Alien Contamination) (1980) (2nd viewing) d. Cozzi, Luigi (Italy) 84min



10/27 – 10/28
SOME “THING” OLD, SOME “THING” NEW

Thing from Another World, The (1951) (3rd viewing) d. Nyby, Christian (USA) 87min
Thing, The (2011) (1st viewing) d. van Heijningen Jr., Matthijs (USA) 103min

IF IT’S OCTOBER, IT MUST BE SAW, ER, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY
Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) (1st viewing) d. Joost, Henry/Schulman, Ariel (USA) 85min

THEATRE OF HUMAN SUFFERING (THE FEEL-BAD TRIPLE FEATURE OF THE YEAR)
Human Centipede II (Full Sequence), The (2011) (1st viewing) d. Six, Tom (Netherlands) 88min
Serbian Film, A (2010) (1st viewing) d. Spasojevic, Srdjan (Serbia) 104min
Woman, The (2011) (1st viewing) d. McKee, Lucky (USA) 103min

I HEAR THE VOICE OF RAIN AND RUIN…
Devil’s Rain, The (1975) (2nd viewing) d. Fuest, Robert (USA) 86min
Ruins, The (2008) (3rd viewing) d. Smith, Carter (USA) 93min



10/29 – 10/30
CRAVIN’ SOME CRAVEN?

Scre4m (aka Scream 4) (2011) (1st viewing) d. Craven, Wes (USA) 111min
Deadly Blessing (1981) (4th viewing) d. Craven, Wes (USA) 100 min



10/31
‘CARMILLA’ SURE IS LOOSE (WELL, THESE ADAPTATIONS ARE…)

Vampyr (1932) (2nd viewing) d. Dreyer, Carl Theodor (Germany) 74min
Blood and Roses (1960) (2nd viewing) d. Vadim, Roger (France) 74min
Alucarda (aka Sisters of Satan) (1978) (2nd viewing) d. Moctezuma, Juan Lopez (Mexico) 85min

PHANTOMS AND PHANTASMS
Phantom of Soho, The (1964) (1st viewing) d. Gottlieb, Franz Josef (Germany) 92min
Phantom of the Paradise (1974) (2nd viewing) d. De Palma, Brian (USA) 92min
Phantasm (1979) (5th viewing) d. Coscarelli, Don (USA) 88min

2 comments:

  1. MY GOD! 115 movies in one month? That is insane. I thought I had overdone it with 36 movies.

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  2. Yep. Pretty sure I overdid it right around 36 as well, but then decided what the hell.

    (Scary thing is, I probably could have done more had I not decided to have "a life" the last week or if I had elected to not write reviews.)

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