28 October 2009

October Horror Movie Challenge

Among other online forums, one of the ones of which I've been a member for a while now is DVD Talk.  This is the fifth year that members have tried to squeeze in as many horror films as possible in the month of October.  Along the way, the challenge has evolved; initially, it was simply to try to hit 100 titles, but now there are a whole host of sub-challenges.  I enjoy participating, but there is one scheduling conflict: the baseball postseason.  Not being a fan of any other sport, I feel compelled to squeeze out every last inning of baseball before it goes into its winter slumber and I'm without the game until April.  Still, my wife and I have tried harder this year than in the past and as of this moment, our total film count is up to 22.  That's almost an average of one a night, which isn't bad given all the distractions and interruptions of our daily lives.

To give you an idea of how this goes, to entice you to join a delightful film-based online community and to get you to participate next year, this year's sub-challenges are:

100 Movies in 31 Days
(Self-explanatory)

31 Films Subset
After group discussion, a list of 31 films is compiled.  Each day of the month has one film assigned to it.  This year's dates and films:

10/1 Cube (1997)
10/2 Nightmare Castle (1965)
10/3 Poltergeist (1982)
10/4 The Manitou (1978)
10/5 High Tension (2003)
10/6 The Nanny (1965)
10/7 Vampyr (1932)
10/8 Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)
10/9 The Signal (2007)
10/10 Baby Blues (2008)
10/11 Cemetery Man (1994)
10/12 Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (1977)
10/13 Psycho II (1983)
10/14 Jack Ketchum's The Girl Next Door (2007)
10/15 Troll 2 (1990)
10/16 Alligator (1980)
10/17 Let the Right One In (2008)
10/18 Zombieland (2009)
10/19 Spider Baby, or The Maddest Story Ever Told (1968)
10/20 Dawn of the Dead (1974)
10/21 Dawn of the Dead (2004)
10/22 Ravenous (1999)
10/23 End of the Line (2007)
10/24 Prince of Darkness (1987)
10/25 Paranormal Activity (2007)*
10/26 An American Werewolf in London (1981)
10/27 Phantasm II (1988)
10/28 Final Destination (2000)
10/29 Shaun of the Dead (2004)
10/30 Trick 'r Treat (2008)
10/31 Halloween (1978)

*Paranormal Activity is, in fact, the same movie that has just recently had a national wide-release; it was made a few years ago and has been on the festival circuit.

Theme Nights
Perhaps you don't want to be pinned down to a specific film each night, but still want some guidance.  Well, here is a specific theme, and you get to make your own selection.

10/1 "You Put a Spell on Me!": Witches & Warlocks
10/2 Pick Your Favorite Director
10/3 "They're Here!": Supernatural/Haunted Houses
10/4 "Full Moon Mania!": Werewolves (Lycanthropes)
10/5 "Science Gone Horribly Wrong!": Sci-Fi Horror
10/6 Universal Monsters (can be any studio's interpretation)
10/7 "Shockumentary!": Horror Documentaries
10/8 Pick Your Favorite Horror Icon
10/9 "To the eXtReMe!": Splatter/Gore/Shock/"Torture Porn"
10/10 "Asian Buffet of Terrors!": J-Horror, Korean & Thai
10/11 "Quiet, You!": Silent Cinema
10/12 "Passport to Sheer Terror": European Horror
10/13 "Short Attention Span Theater": Anthology Horror
10/14 "Cuts Like a Knife": Slashers, Serial Killers & Giallos
10/15 "Godzilla! Godzilla!": Creature Features
10/16 "From Beyond the Grave!": Zombies
10/17 "Wanna Play?": Creepy Kids
10/18 "Lovecraftian": Cinema Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft
10/19 "Bollywood Frightfest!" Indian Cinema
10/20 "Cinema That Sucks!": Vampires
10/21 "My Brain Hurts!": Horror-Comedy & Campy Horror
10/22 "Inbred Hillbillies from Hell!": Backwoods Horror
10/23 "British Fright Cinema": Hammer, Amicus & Ealing
10/24 "Ouch!": Rape/Revenge
10/25 "I Cast You Out!": Possession/Satanic/Demonic
10/26 "Fog Machine Madness!": Gothic Horror (Italian & Beyond)
10/27 "Where's the Beef?": Cannibalism
10/28 "When Animals Attack!"
10/29 "Fava Beans & Chianti Mindfuck": Psychological Horror
10/30 "Timewarp!": Horror Musicals
10/31 "Smell My Feet!": Takes Place on Halloween

The Expanded Checklist/Bingo Card
A list of various themes to try to hit.  Films can be used for multiple categories, so for instance you could count Dracula as 1) a film from the 1930s, 2) starring Bela Lugosi, 3) is about vampires, 4) is based on a novel and whatever format you saw it on (DVD/TV broadcast/Blu Ray/theatrical screening/etc.) as another entry.  Then, rewatch it with a commentary track for another point!

Watch one film from every decade of film history.
--- 1890 - (insert film title here)
--- 1900 -
--- 1910 -
--- 1920 -
--- 1930 -
--- 1940 -
--- 1950 -
--- 1960 -
--- 1970 -
--- 1980 -
--- 1990 -
--- 2000 -

Watch a film for each rating:
--- Unrated (pre-MPAA) - (insert film title here)
--- G -
--- PG -
--- PG-13 -
--- R -
--- NC-17 -
--- X (not porn; 
several horror films were rated X) -
--- Unrated (post-MPAA) -

Watch films in at least three formats (DVD, BD, HD DVD, Laserdisc, TV, online, UMD, theater, iPod, etc).
--- First format, (insert format), (insert title).
--- Second format, (insert format), (insert title).
--- Third format, (insert format), (insert title).

Watch a film starring:
--- 
Bela Lugosi - (insert film title here)
--- 
Lon Chaney Sr. -
--- 
Boris Karloff -
--- 
Lon Chaney Jr. -
--- 
Vincent Price -
--- 
Peter Cushing -
--- 
Christopher Lee -
--- 
Robert Englund -
--- 
Bruce Campbell -
--- 
Jamie Lee Curtis -

Watch films in at least two languages other than English.
--- First language, (insert language), (insert title).
--- Second language, (insert language), (insert title).

Watch a film in each of the following subgenres/types:
--- Vampire - (insert film title here)
--- Frankenstein -
--- Werewolf -
--- Mummy -
--- Invisible Man -
--- Ghost/haunting -
--- Witchcraft/satanic/religious -
--- Zombie -
--- Slasher/psycho/homicidal maniac -
--- Monster/creature feature/Godzilla -
--- Documentary -
--- Musical -
--- Spoof/comedy -
--- Revenge -
--- Killer/evil doll -
--- Killer/evil animal -
--- Killer/evil child -
--- Giallo -
--- J horror -
--- MST3K/rifftrax/CT -
--- film and its remake -
--- based on a video game -
--- based on a novel -
--- directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis or Uwe Boll or Ulli Lommel -
--- won an Academy Award -- any category -
--- silent film -
--- Criterion version film -
--- with commentary -
--- film and at least two of its sequels -
--- anthology film -
--- takes place on a holiday -
--- takes place in space -
--- takes place on or under the sea -
--- animated film -
--- called "Night of ..." -
--- called "Return of ..." -
--- called "Revenge of ..." -
--- called "Attack of ..." -
--- with the words "Living Dead" in the title - 

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