Ratings Key



★★★★
= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
★★★
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Horror Recs Challenge 2014

I've decided to take part in IMDb's Horror Recs Challenge this year hosted by Zombie_CPA. For the list, 32 users have each selected 6 films (currently 192 total) apiece that they feel more people need to see. The goal of the challenge is to not only shed light on some under-loved films, but also to view as many films from the list as possible throughout the year and also to try to get your recommendations on as many end-of-the-year best lists as you can. The end-of-the-year lists are broken down into two categories: Top 5 Favorite First Time Views and Top 3 Favorite Repeat Views. My personal selections for the challenge were THE STRANGE WORLD OF COFFIN JOE (1968), A WARNING TO THE CURIOUS (1972), BEWITCHED (1981), LITAN (1982), DEJA VU (1987) and MAGIC COP (1990), so only time will tell whether or not others like these as much as I do. I'm going to try to get to as many of these as possible, but I'm not going to do full reviews for all of them. Like usual, I'm going to concentrate my energies on films made between 1950 and 1990.

THE LIST:

 001. Strangler of the Swamp (1946) (Zombie_CPA)
 002. Woman Who Came Back, The (1945) (Zombie_CPA)
 003. Kuroneko (The Black Cat) (1968) (Zombie_CPA) *
 004. Vampiro, El (The Vampire) (1957) (Zombie_CPA)
 005. Kyuketsuki Gokemidoro (Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell) (1968) (Zombie_CPA)
 006. Vampire Bat, The (1933) (Zombie_CPA) *
 007. Do-ga-ni (Silenced) (2011) (shaza123)
 008. Possédées du diable, Les (Lorna the Exorcist) (1974) (shaza123)
 009. Hexen bis aufs Blut gequält (Mark of the Devil) (1970) (shaza123) *
 010. Death Stop Holocaust (2009) (shaza123)
 011. Chop (2011) (shaza123)
 012. Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (1977) (shaza123) *
 013. Odd Thomas (2013) (sdaveak47)
 014. Big Ass Spider! (2013) (sdaveak47)
 015. Open Grave (2013) (sdaveak47)
 016. Banshee Chapter, The (2013) (sdaveak47)
 017. Insensibles (2012) (sdaveak47)
 018. Stalled (2013) (sdaveak47)
 019. Angst (1983) (peeptoad13) *
 020. Kalevet (Rabies) (2010) (peeptoad13)
 021. Killer's Moon (1978) (peeptoad13)
 022. Motel Hell (1980)(peeptoad13) *
 023. Rituals (1977)(peeptoad13) *
 024. I Drink Your Blood (1970)(peeptoad13) *
 025. Psychos in Love (1987)(Matheny85) *
 026. Modus Anomali (Ritual) (2012) (Matheny85)
 027. Blood Song (Dream Slayer) (1982) (Matheny85)
 028. Strangeness, The (1985) (Matheny85) *
 029. Carrier, The (1988) (Matheny85) *
 030. Retribution (1987) (Matheny85)
 031. Crowhaven Farm (1970) (zedzeek)
 032. Sometimes Aunt Martha Does Dreadful Things (1971) (zedzeek)
 033. Love Me Deadly (1973) (zedzeek) *
 034. Night Strangler, The (1973) (zedzeek) *
 035. Symptoms (Blood Virgin) (1974) (zedzeek) *
 036. House of Mortal Sin (The Confessional) (1976) (zedzeek) *
 037. Películas para no dormir: Cuento de navidad (Films to Keep You Awake: The Christmas Tale) (2005) (Mikey_Elite)
 038. Telling, The (2009) (Mikey_Elite)
 039. How To Make A Monster (2001) (Mikey_Elite) *
 040. All About Evil (2010) (Mikey_Elite)
 041. Tormented (2009) (Mikey_Elite)
 042. Breed, The (2006) (Mikey_Elite)
 043. Dust Devil (1992) (jimb14red)
 044. Society (1989) (jimb14red)
 045. Nuit de la mort!, La (Night of Death) (1980) (jimb14red)
 046. Thirst (1979) (jimb14red)
 047. Stridulum (The Visitor) (1979) (jimb14red)
 048. Psychomania (1973) (jimb14red)
 049. Scream of Fear (Taste of Fear) (1961) (Qwertyman3)
 050. Nuda per Satana (Nude for Satan) (1974) (Qwertyman3)
 051. Perché quelle strane gocce di sangue sul corpo di Jennifer? (The Case of the Bloody Iris)  (1972) (Qwertyman3)
 052. Undead, The (1957) (Qwertyman3) *
 053. Don't Go in the House (1979) (Qwertyman3) *
 054. Blood for Dracula (Andy Warhol's Dracula) (1974) (Qwertyman3)
 055. Isle Of The Dead (1945) (Tromafreak) *
 056. Comedy Of Terrors, The (1963) (Tromafreak)
 057. Don't Deliver Us From Evil (1971)(Tromafreak)
 058. Squirm (1976) (Tromafreak) *
 059. Last House In The Woods (2006) (Tromafreak)
 060. Wither (2012) (Tromafreak)
 061. Môjû (Blind Beast) (1969) (Nan00k)
 062. Grabbers (2012) (Nan00k)
 063. 100 Bloody Acres (2012) (Nan00k)
 064. Dead Set (2008) (Nan00k)
 065. Dans ma peau (In My Skin) (2002) (Nan00k) *
 066. Children, The (2008) (Nan00k)
 067. Gu (Bewitched) (1982) (capkronos) *
 068. Litan (1982) (capkronos) *
 069. O Estranho Mundo de Zé do Caixão (The Strange World of Coffin Joe) (1968) (capkronos) *
 070. Qu mo jing cha (Magic Cop) (1990) (capkronos) *
 071. Vec vidjeno (Deja vu; Reflections) (1987) (capkronos) *
 072. Warning to the Curious, A (1972) (capkronos) *
 073. Nattevagten (Nightwatch) (1994) (Reverend_Kane)
 074. Happy Birthday to Me (1981) (Reverend_Kane) *
 075. Ugly, The (1997)(Reverend_Kane) *
 076. Sigaw (The Echo) (2004) (Reverend_Kane)
 077. Residencia, La (The House That Screamed) (1969) (Reverend_Kane) *
 078. Evil, The (1978) (Reverend_Kane)
 079. House of Mystery (1961) (emertens)
 080. Occhio dietro la parete, L' (Eyes Behind the Wall) (1977) (emertens)
 081. Neither the Sea Nor the Sand (1972) (emertens)
 082. Goodbye Gemini (Twinsanity) (1970) (emertens)
 083. Couch, The (1962) (emertens)
 084. Flexing with Monty (2010) (emertens)
 085. Witch Who Came From the Sea, The (1976) (psychotronicbeatnik) *
 086. Ganja and Hess (Black Vampire) (1973) (psychotronicbeatnik)
 087. Eternal, The (Trance) (1998) (psychotronicbeatnik)
 088. What's the Matter With Helen? (1971) (psychotronicbeatnik)
 089. Zeder (Revenge of the Dead) (1983) (psychotronicbeatnik)
 090. Rosso segno della follia, Il (Hatchet for the Honeymoon) (1970) (psychotronicbeatnik) *
 091. Brain Damage (1988) (alchemie666) *
 092. Dance of the Damned (1989) (alchemie666) *
 093. Strippers vs Werewolves (2012) (alchemie666)
 094. American Mary (2012) (alchemie666) *
 095. Byzantium (2012) (alchemie666)
 096. Nekeddo burâddo: Megyaku (Naked Blood) (1996) (alchemie666)
 097. Twisted Nerve (1968) (lost-in-limbo) *
 098. Diabólica malicia (What the Peeper Saw) (1971) (lost-in-limbo)
 099. Girly (Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny & Girly) (1970) (lost-in-limbo) *
 100. Yuan Zhen-Xia yu Wei Si-Li (The Seventh Curse) (1986) (lost-in-limbo)
 101. Sender, The (1982) (lost-in-limbo) *
 102. Forgotten One, The (1989) (lost-in-limbo) *
 103. Of Unknown Origin (1983) (yohumbug)
 104. Special Effects (1984) (yohumbug)
 105. Geomi sup (Spider Forest) (2004) (yohumbug)
 106. Tower of Evil (Horror on Snape Island) (1972) (yohumbug) *
 107. Queen of Blood (Planet of Blood) (1966) (yohumbug)
 108. Lost Things (2003) (yohumbug)
 109. You gui zi (The Oily Maniac) (1976) (ninjas-r-cool)
 110. Bôkô Kirisaki Jakku (Assault! Jack the Ripper) (1976) (ninjas-r-cool)
 111. Wild beasts - Belve feroci (The Wild Beasts) (1984) (ninjas-r-cool)
 112. Baxter (1989) (ninjas-r-cool) *
 113. Bride of Frank, The (1996) (ninjas-r-cool)
 114. Plaga zombie: Zona mutante (Plaga Zombie: Mutant Zone) (2001) (ninjas-r-cool)
 115. Splinter (2008) (DeaconFrost666)
 116. Rabid (1977) (DeaconFrost666) *
 117. Visiting Hours (1982) (DeaconFrost666) *
 118. Scalpel (False Face) (1977) (DeaconFrost666)
 119. Wolf Creek (2005) (DeaconFrost666) *
 120. Trick r Treat (2007) (DeaconFrost666) *
 121. Man Who Changed His Mind, The (1936) (TheFiendsThatPlagueThee)
 122. House of Horrors (1946) (TheFiendsThatPlagueThee)
 123. Cult of the Cobra (1955) (TheFiendsThatPlagueThee) *
 124. Witchcraft (1964) (TheFiendsThatPlagueThee) *
 125. Craze (Demon Master) (1974) (TheFiendsThatPlagueThee)
 126. Cthulhu (2000) (TheFiendsThatPlagueThee)
 127. Aku no kyôten (Lesson of the Evil) (2012) (NoseOfNicko)
 128. Deathdream (Dead of Night) (1972) (NoseOfNicko) *
 129. Father's Day (2011) (NoseOfNicko)
 130. Macabre (Darah) (2009) (NoseOfNicko)
 131. Shiryô no wana (Evil Dead Trap) (1988) (NoseOfNicko) *
 132. Blood Feast 2 (2002) (NoseOfNicko)
 133. Through The Looking Glass (1976) (morrison-dylan-fan) *
 134. Invisible Ghost (1941) (morrison-dylan-fan) *
 135. Black Snake (1973) (morrison-dylan-fan)
 136. Reptile, The (1966) (morrison-dylan-fan) *
 137. 1920 (2008) (morrison-dylan-fan)
 138. Deranged (1987) (morrison-dylan-fan) *
 139. Habitante incierto, El (The Uninvited Guest) (2004) (SomebodyWicked)
 140. Cadaver Christmas, A (2011) (SomebodyWicked)
 141. Sur le seuil (Evil Words) (2003) (SomebodyWicked)
 142. Heart of Midnight (1988) (SomebodyWicked)
 143. Madhouse (And When She Was Bad) (1981) (SomebodyWicked) *
 144. Sleepstalker: The Sandman's Last Rites (1995) (SomebodyWicked)
 145. Mute Witness (1994) (triggerhappy6) *
 146. Wai dor lei ah yut ho (Dream Home) (2010) (triggerhappy6)
 147. 13 game sayawng (13: Game of Death) (2006) (triggerhappy6)
 148. Sennentuntschi: Curse of the Alps (2010) (triggerhappy6)
 149. Ojos de Julia, Los (Julia's Eyes) (2010) (triggerhappy6)
 150. Sexykiller, morirás por ella (Sexykiller) (2008) (triggerhappy6)
 151. Fährmann Maria (Death and the Maiden) (1936) (jdidaco)
 152. Valkoinen peura (The White Reindeer) (1952) (jdidaco) *
 153. Hakujitsumu (Daydream) (1964) (jdidaco)
 154. Seidan botan-dôrô (Hellish Love) (1972) (jdidaco)
 155. Arrebato (Rapture) (1980) (jdidaco)
 156. Docteur Jekyll et les femmes (Bloodbath of Dr. Jekyll) (1981) (jdidaco)
 157. Nude per l'assassino (Strip Nude for Your Killer) (1975) (Hellraiserdisciple)
 158. Nightmare (1981) (Hellraiserdisciple) *
 159. Psycho Cop Returns (Psycho Cop 2) (1993) (Hellraiserdisciple) *
 160. Neon Maniacs (1986) (Hellraiserdisciple)
 161. Redeemer: Son of Satan!, The (Class Reunion Massacre) (1978) (Hellraiserdisciple)
 162. Night of the Eagle (Burn, Witch, Burn) (1962) (Hellraiserdisciple) *
 163. Portrait in Terror (1965) (Dr_Coffin)
 164. Yambaó (Cry of the Bewitched) (1957) (Dr_Coffin)
 165. Night Tide (1961) (Dr_Coffin)
 166. Tempi duri per i vampiri (Uncle Was A Vampire) (1959) (Dr_Coffin)
 167. Crucible of Horror (1971) (Dr_Coffin) *
 168. Eye of the Cat (1969) (Dr_Coffin)
 169. Davitelj protiv davitelja (Strangler vs. Strangler) (1984) (Shadowplayed)
 170. Ahí va el diablo (Here Comes the Devil) (2012) (Shadowplayed)
 171. Sin nombre, Los (The Nameless) (1999) (Shadowplayed)
 172. Isolation (2005) (Shadowplayed)
 173. Chained (2012) (Shadowplayed)
 174. Entity (2012) (Shadowplayed)
 175. Deliria (Stage Fright) (1987) (DaveHedgehog) *
 176. Freak Out (2004) (DaveHedgehog)
 177. Battery, The (2012) (DaveHedgehog)
 178. Scarecrows (1988) (DaveHedgehog)
 179. Popcorn (1991) (DaveHedgehog)
 180. Murder Party (2007) (DaveHedgehog)
 181. Borrower, The (1991) (ElijahCSkuggs) *
 182. Black Past (1989) (ElijahCSkuggs)
 183. Christmas Evil (1980) (ElijahCSkuggs) *
 184. Plankton (Creature of the Abyss) (1994) (ElijahCSkuggs)
 185. Cast a Deadly Spell (1991) (ElijahCSkuggs)
 186. There's Nothing Out There (1991) (ElijahCSkuggs) *
 187. Woman in Black, The (1989) (ns1crr) *
 188. Signalman, The (1976) (ns1crr) *
 189. Mientras duermes (Sleep Tight) (2011) (ns1crr)
 190. Frightmare (1974) (ns1crr) *
 191. I Know How Many Runs You Scored Last Summer (2008) (ns1crr)
 192. Breeders (1986) (ns1crr) *

* = Seen prior to 2014. The ones I've already reviewed here are linked.

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The above list is going to inform most of my viewing these next few months. Thankfully, many are films I wanted to see, anyway, or ones I'd wanted to re-watch and review here, so it's worked out quite well. Of course, first time views are going to be what I concentrate my energies on. I plan a weekly column documenting my progress as the year progresses, which will be posted shortly. 

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