Saturday, October 1, 2016

31 Days of Spooky Movies: 2016

The leaves have begun to fall, theres a nip in the night air, and October has burst into our lives like an Alien from the chest. Thats right, folks...

it's baaaacckkk...

Spooky Films 3-D:
The Revenge of 31 Days!

The Challenge:

  • Watch a spooky movie every day of October
  • Movies watched during previous years challenges don’t count towards your goal.

I, of, course will be chronicling all the films I watch here for your enjoyment / to do my part in giving you a fiendishly fun October. And if you so desire, feel free to attempt the challenge yourself! Its really quite a lot of fun.

In the previous years I would post my little reviews for each days movie on this blogs Facebook page and then assemble them here later on, but no more! I have since quit the FB habit and thus will be doing all my reporting right here at Excuse the Quality main base. As you well know, I am notoriously bad at planning ahead and doing things on time, so I cant exactly tell you when each post will go up, but there will be a new post up here every day...probably...

I have been known in past years to push my luck, wait until the last minute, and finish a day
s movie right under the wire, thus not being able to put up the post for it until the following day. But if this challenge has taught us anything, it’s that sometimes life is horrifying and sad and that’s just part of the fun.

If anyone would like some ideas for some Spooky movies to watch, feel free to peruse my previous years' challenges:

And for my own benefit I’m going to provide both my Fright/Gore ranking guides & a chronological list of all the movies I’ve watched in past challenges at the bottom of this post.

So there you have it my friends! Have a frightfully ominous October, my little Hellraisers...

...if you dare!

--Keep in mind that ratings operate on a sliding scale and things like Execution, Realism, and my own unavoidable Bias all have an affect on the ratings.

However, that being said, these are the basic guidelines I work from.--

Guide to Fright Factor ranking:

0 - You’ve accidentally gotten a horror movie confused with your Yoga workout DVD.

1 - Sure there’s some “spooky” imagery/themes in here, but the same could be said of the Halloween section of a department store.

2 - You have started to feel afraid for the characters in the movie. Because...for the love of God, why are they splitting up? The killer is behind you! LOOK BEHIND YOU!

3 - The fear of the film has escaped into your real world. You’ll still go in the water, sure, but not with the same carefree abandon you once did.

4 - My door is locked, right? And the windows? I’m just going to go double check. Did...did you hear something? Ha ha...ha...have you seen my baseball bat?

5 - I’m going to need you to hold my hand to ground me in reality please. Just...oh dear sweet baby Jesus...oh, we’re all going to die. Why did I think I was brave enough to watch this?

Guide to Gore Factor ratings:

0 - Rom-com Level gore
You might see such horrors as a sprained ankle or a newly delivered baby!

1 - Monster Level gore
You’ll probably see some ooky-looking monsters. Possibly a touch of blood, perhaps even see a shadow doing something suggestive of violence to another shadow, but you probably really won’t be seeing anything worse than a cut.

2 - “I’m Serious” Level gore
Here you might start to see the film trying to prove that their threat is really serious! They’ll show some some post-attack wounds or some blood sprays, but you’ll never see the actual infliction of the wound UNLESS the weapon is a knife. Horror films love knives so they can have “Oh! He cut her arm that means he’s serious”-kind of stuff, where a fake knife and some blood packets suggest a lot without really showing anything that bad. You might also see something like a person transforming into a monster, a monster transforming into an even oogier monster, someone getting an injection, or even a corpse of some sort.

3 - Witness Level gore
Now we begin to see wounds actually being inflicted. You might see someone get bit or something lobbed off. Probably a fair bit of blood is being thrown around. Maybe even some organs making a brief appearance. The gorier bits are generally very quick though.

4 - WTF! Level gore
At this level the movie is showing exaggerated levels of gore and trying to elicit a visceral reaction from you. It will undoubtedly feature all sorts of over-the-top crazy-ass shit that you really will never see in your lifetime (thank God). Maybe a head will be torn in two, maybe a person eaten alive, perhaps even an unfortunate encounter with some farm equipment or something!

5 - Look Away Level gore
This movie has 100% completely crossed the point of no return and entered the realm of nightmarish blood bath. They are purposefully showing you all the grotesque shit they can think of in order to gross you the fuck out. Expect long-shots of really fucked-up things happening to people, and to be left with not only a queasy stomach, but also a sense that whoever made this movie has some serious issues.

Dead Films

  • Murders in the Rue Morgue

  • The Invisible Man

  • The Black Cat

  • The Blob

  • House on Haunted Hill

  • The Last Man on Earth

  • Night of the Living Dead

  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

  • The Omen

  • Suspiria [Sighs]

  • Dawn of the Dead

  • Alien
  • Phantasm

  • Friday the 13th

  • The Evil Dead

  • The Thing

  • Christine
  • Sleepaway Camp

  • Children on the Corn
  • C.H.U.D.

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge
  • Re-Animator

  • Invaders From Mars
  • Poltergeist II: The Other Side

  • Hellraiser

  • Monkey Shines

  • Ernest Scared Stupid

  • Army of Darkness

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas

  • Scream

  • Mimic
  • The Relic

  • Phantoms

  • The Blair Witch Project
  • Stir of Echoes

  • American Psycho
  • Ginger Snaps

  • The Others
  • Session 9

  • 28 Days Later

  • Kakurenbo [Hide and Go Seek]
  • Saw
  • Shaun of the Dead

  • The Descent
  • Noroi [The Curse]
  • Saw II

  • Goemul [The Host]
  • Ils [Them]

  • 30 Days of Night
  • À l’intérieur [Inside]
  • I Am Legend
  • The Mist
  • Shrooms

  • The Ruins
  • Splinter

  • Coraline
  • The Descent: Part II
  • Død Snø [Dead Snow]
  • Doghouse
  • The Hole
  • Zombieland

  • The Crazies
  • The Last Exorcism
  • Piranha 3D
  • Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

  • The Thing

  • Cabin in the Woods
  • John Dies at the End
  • ParaNorman
  • The Woman in Black

  • Evil Dead
  • Haunter
  • The Purge
  • You're Next

  • Død Snø 2 [Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead]
  • Housebound
  • Ich seh Ich seh [Goodnight Mommy]
  • Tusk

  • The Lazarus Effect

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