Tuesday, November 1, 2016


Nobody goes hungry on my watch....

It is accomplished!!!

For those not in the know, The October Horror Movie Challenge, at least as I have come to know and honor it, was born on the IMDb Horror message boards over a decade ago. The original rules were relatively simple: Watch 31 horror films over the course of the month, 16 of which have to be first-time viewings. Of course, for those with a combination of spare time and an enthusiastic spirit of adventure, it also could be used as an excuse to bury oneself in the genre for 31 days, rediscovering old favorites and delving into the "why have I never watched that?" pile.

This year, due to a variety of distractions (including an unexpected trip to Brazil), I elected to return to the basics. 31 flickers were viddied from Oct 1 through 31, 16 of which had never passed before these wondering, wandering eyes before. As always, there were highs and lows (more of the former than the latter), and all in the service of our ultimate goal, to raise funds and awareness for a charitable organization. This year's recipient is the GREATER CHICAGO FOOD DEPOSITORY, for whom we were able to raise a combined total of over $1400!

Thanks to everyone who participated, whether it be reading the reviews, pledging, watching alongside, or just stopping by to chat. Your support makes the long days and nights go by so much easier. I’ll be contacting donors directly via email, but if you are still interested in contributing, contact me at drach101@gmail.com and we’ll get you to the right place.

Total Movies Watched: 31
Total First Time Views: 16

Total Scare-A-Thon Donations: $1431.63


Total Time: 2881 min
Average Length: 93 min

Longest Movies: SHIN GODZILLA (120 min), CRIMSON PEAK (119 min)

Shortest Movie: FOLIES MEURTRIERES (47 min)
Oldest Movie: I SAW WHAT YOU DID (1965)

Newest Movie: SHIN GODZILLA (2016)

Movies Watched Alone: 21
Movies Watched with Others: 10
Commentary Tracks: 5 (Vampyres (1974), The Hills Have Eyes, The Thing, Slugs, The Witch Who Came from the Sea)
Blu-ray screeners: 14
Seen on big screen: 4
Non-horror movies watched in Oct: 3 (Mission: Impossible 2, Mission: Impossible 3, Star Trek: Beyond)

Nightmares in Precinct 7, Francesca, Crimson Peak

The Hills Have Eyes, Carrie, The Witch Who Came from the Sea, Feast, Left Bank, Vampyres, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

Critters 2, Critters 3, Critters 4, Exorcist III, Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah

Shin Godzilla, The Thing, Vampyres


Hong Kong, USA, Spain, Japan, Argentina, Canada, Belgium, UK, Mexico, France, Austria

THE MOVIES (with links to reviews):

1. Nightmares in Precinct 7 (2001) d. Yau, Herman (Hong Kong) (1st viewing) 88 min

2. Inner Senses (2002) d. Lo, Chi-Leung (Hong Kong) (1st viewing) 100 min

3. The Hills Have Eyes (1977) d. Craven, Wes (USA) (4th viewing) 90 min

4. You’ll Like My Mother (1972) d. Johnson, Lamont (USA) (1st viewing) 93 min

5. I Saw What You Did (1965) d. Castle, William (USA) (2nd viewing) 82 min

6.The Exorcist III (1990) d. Blatty, William Peter (USA) (3rd viewing) 110 min

7.Carrie (1976) d. De Palma, Brian (USA) (5th viewing) 98 min

8.The Premonition (1976) d. Schnitzer, Robert Allen (USA) (1st viewing) 94 min

9.The Witch Who Came from the Sea (1976) d. Cimber, Matt (USA) (3rd viewing) 83min

10.Vampyres (2015) d. Mattellano, Victor (Spain) (1st viewing) 79 min

11.Shin Godzilla (2016) d. Hideaki Anno (Japan) (1st viewing) 120min

Francesca(2015) d. Onetti, Luciano (Argentina) (1st viewing) 80 min

13.Flowers (2015) d. Stevens, Phil (USA) (1st viewing) 79 min

14.Critters (1986) d. Herek, Stephen (USA) (2nd viewing) 82 min

15.Critters 2 (1988) d. Garris, Mick (USA) (2nd viewing) 86 min

16.Critters 3 (1991) d. Peterson, Kristine (USA) (1st viewing) 86 min

17.Critters 4 (1992) d. Harvey, Rupert (USA) (1st viewing) 94 min

Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991) d.Ohmori, Kazuki (Japan) (3rd viewing) 100 min

19.Backcountry (2014) d. MacDonald, Adam (Canada) (1st viewing) 92 min

20.Bloody Knuckles (2014) d. O’Mahoney, Matt (Canada) (1st viewing) 83 min

21. 30 Days of Night (2007) d. Slade, David (USA) (2nd viewing) 112 min

22.Feast (2005) d. Gulager, John (USA) (4th viewing) 87 min

23.Slugs (1988) d. Simon, J.P. (Spain) (3rd viewing) 89 min

24. Crimson Peak (2015) d. del Toro, Guillermo (USA) (1st viewing) 119 min

25. The Thing (1982) d. Carpenter, John (USA) (7th viewing) 109 min

26.Left Bank (2008) d. Van Hees, Pieter (Belgium) (2nd viewing) 102 min

27. Vampyres (1974) d. Larraz, Jose Ramon (UK/Spain) (3rd viewing) 88 min

NarcoSatanico (aka Terror, Sex, and Witchcraft) (1968/1984) d. Portillo, RafaelMexico (1st viewing) 90 min

29.Folies Meurtrieres (aka Deadly Madness) (1984) d. Pellissier, Antoine (France) (1stviewing) 47 min

30.Hotel (2004) d. Hausner, Jessica (Austria/Germany) (1st viewing) 83 min

31.Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010) d. Craig, Eli (Canada/USA) (3rd viewing) 89 min

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