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HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
31 Days of Halloween!

Day XX: When a Stranger Calls (1979, Fred Walton)

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“Why haven’t you checked the Children?” Another psychological horror for the month, and other one released by Second Sight. This is a solid little film that was later riffed on for Scream’s iconic opening. The opening itself is very different from the rest of the film which I wasn’t expecting. 3.5/5
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
31 Days of Halloween!

Day XXI: Spider Baby
(1967, Jack Hill)

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A real love letter to Todd Browning’s “Freaks” and a macabre character piece. Lon Chaney puts on a great performance and the rest of the cast fit their bizarre roles pretty well. 3.5/5
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
31 Days of Halloween!

Day XXII: Prince of Darkness (1987, John Carpenter)

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This was quite the atmospheric film. The cast was also great with Donald Pleasance and Victor Wong on top form. The narrative slowly grows more gruesome and gory as it progresses and I thought it was very good. 4/5
 

Professor Irony

CYBER FUNKER
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Black Dynamite (2009)

A lovingly made and frequently very funny pastiche of '70s Blaxploitation film, with a great turn from Michael Jai White as the titular private detective, out to avenge his murdered brother. Its commitment to the tics and tropes of that style of filmmaking are so absolute, however, that I think it definitely helps to have seen at least a couple of the films being sent up here - anyone unfamiliar may be a little bemused by the intentionally bad karate, overexposed film and glaring continuity errors.

Dolemite (1974)

The story of an affluent hustler, framed for drug smuggling as part of a larger conspiracy, Dolemite is one of the key films of the Blaxploitation movement, and made an unlikely icon out of struggling comic Rudy Ray Moore (soon to be played in a biopic by Eddie Murphy). For the first while I was ready to write this one off as being a lesser film than its more broadly comedic sequel, The Human Tornado, but I actually enjoyed it more as it went on. Although rough and ready, there's a sort of verite quality about the filmmaking that really catches a sense of time and place. Moore too initially seems clumsy as an actor (he clearly can't fight for toffee), but his cheeky charisma carries the film, and even extends to surprising pathos in the more serious moments. I will maintain that Human Tornado is a better film, but it's not hard to see why Dolemite is so well regarded.
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
31 Days of Halloween!

Day XXIII: Scalpel (1977, John Grissmer)

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Another psychological thriller for the month and one that firmly plays out as a character study before ending on a solid twist. The premise was decent and was executed well enough. 3.5/5
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
31 Days of Halloween!

Day XXIV: The Invisible Man (1933, James Whale)

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One of the original Universal monsters from the 1930s and a film that’s held up reasonably well, especially some of the effects. It’s also darkly humorous the way the main lead messes with the townsfolk. 3.5/5
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
31 Days of Halloween!

Day XXV: Child’s Play (1988, Tom Holland)

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Since I got the Shout Factory release recently I figured I’d watch this again. It’s a decent film overall as long as you suspend your disbelief with the ending. The sequels weren’t great until Bride and then Curse of Chucky and I still need to watch Cult. 3.5/5
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
31 Days of Halloween!

Day XXVI: Deadbeat at Dawn (1988, Jim VanBebber)

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A film made very much independently and with a low budget, this is a grindhouse like film with a gritty and gory aesthetic. The characters are vitriolic and in likeable and the plot isn’t amazing but the film is a curio and an intriguing exercise in independent filmmaking. 2.5/5
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
31 Days of Halloween!

Day XXVII: The Fog (1980, John Carpenter)

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Another John Carpenter film for the month and another that was a very good slow burner. Once again the direction was acting was great and the concept works well too. 4/5
 

Professor Irony

CYBER FUNKER
Moderator
Dolemite is My Name (2019)

Eddie Murphy is on great form as Rudy Ray Moore in this biopic about his journey from struggling night club MC to blaxploitation movie star via his creation of Dolemite, his swaggering, rhyming alter-ego, but despite all the foul language, this is actually a rather gentle, feel-good sort of film. It’s a fine watch and provides some amusing moments as Moore commandeers a derelict hotel to shoot the Dolemite movie (with Wesley Snipes all but stealing the show), but it feels romanticised and it’s not as cheekily entertaining as one of Moore’s real films.
 
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Winkuru

School Idol
1.Host
2.Personal Shopper
3.Cat O'nine tails
4.Pet Semetary (remake)
5.House That Jack Built (recommend)
6.Resident Evil 2
7.We Need To Talk About Kevin
8.sinister
9.zombie flesh eaters
10.The Cabin in the Woods
11.Black Death
12.tales of terror


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7/10 Get it.
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
31 Days of Halloween!

Day XXVIII: Nightbreed (1990, Clive Barker)

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A film that got a disappointing recut when released but now has a proper director’s cut, Nightbreed is quite an inventive film with some great effects and a fun climax. Seeing David Cronenberg in front of the camera for a change was interesting too. 4/5
 

ayase

State Alchemist
Casino (1995)

My journey through gangster films made by guys who don't like cape movies continues, mostly in anticipation of The Irishman, which I'm rather annoyed won't be coming to cinemas near me. I’ll have to hijack someone’s Netflix. While I'm familiar with Goodfellas of course and have even seen the now rather ancient feeling Mean Streets, this is one Scorsese mob flick I'd never got around to seeing, but I'm glad I did. It might as well be Goodfellas Part II, it follows more or less the same formula and manages to pull it off just as well in my opinion.

There's no shortage of places I'd like to be a time tourist, and while I don't even count gambling among my vices Vegas in the '60s and '70s is one place and time I am a bit sad I'll never be able to experience in all its Fear and Loathing glory. And Robert De Niro's character perfectly sums up in the last five minutes of the film why I'm not remotely interested in visiting today. But seeing the decline of the town the mob built through the eyes of those who were there, albeit in a fictionalised form, is probably the closest I'm going to get and that alone was enough for me to enjoy Casino immensely.

De Niro, Stone and particularly Pesci are all on fine form and it's nice to see Frank Vincent play a larger role here, the guy had a great screen presence that he'd later get to put to good use as Phil Leotardo (once again) in The Sopranos. I’m starting to run out of gangster media now, which worries me. I’m two seasons deep in Boardwalk Empire and after that I don’t know what I’m gonna do.

Dolemite (1974)
They're likely pushing it into people's recommendations on Amazon Prime due to the Eddie Murphy biopic, but I also totally independently happened to watch this with a friend last week (this post has sat in drafts for a while). We were just looking for something daft that could kill a couple of hours and raise a smile, and it certainly managed that. The direction, editing (those goddamn cuts) and most of the acting is absolutely terrible (that final scene that lasts all of about ten seconds had us in stitches through the credits) but you're right about Moore's charisma shining through, particularly in the scenes where it seems like he's allowed to just relax and be himself. He's not a guy I really knew anything about going into the film, I happened to jokingly comment "this is how Dolemite invented rap" before being a bit mind-blown to find out afterwards that he kinda did.

Going back to the Scorsese debate, I think the existence and success of films like Dolemite proves there's always room for films that, despite being pure entertainment and far from high art, manage to connect with their audiences. Roll on the sequels.
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
31 Days of Halloween!

Day XXIX: An American Werewolf in London (1981, John Landis)

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A quintessential horror-comedy film from the 1980s with some amazing effects by Rick Baker. Arrow did a good job cleaning it up for the new Blu Ray. 4/5
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
31 Days of Halloween!

Day XXX: Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (Producer’s Cut) (1995, Joe Chappelle)

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Considerably better than the lacklustre version that plodded into cinemas back in 1995. This adds a lot of removed content though lacks a grizzly death scene or two. Personally I think this is the best Halloween film besides the original and III, and I love the ending. 4/5
 
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HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
31 Days of Halloween!

Day XXXI: The Exorcist III: Legion (1990, William Peter Blatty)
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One of my personal favourite films and one worthy of being watched every Halloween. Whether it’s the sturdy direction from the author of the original Exorcist or the standout performances from George C. Scott, Jason Miller and Brad Dourif, or even that infamous hospital scene, Legion always finds a new way to impress me-even if it doesn’t do a lot for others. 4.5/5

And with that I have now completed my 31 days marathon. For those who are interested here is the complete list of titles that I watched:
Day I: Tales of Terror (1962, Roger Corman)
Day II: The Haunted Palace (1963, Roger Corman)
Day III: Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998, Don Coscarelli & Phantasm V: Ravager (2016, David Hartman)
Day IV: Ringu (1998, Hideo Nakata)
Day V: Rasen (1998, Jōji Lida) & Ring 2 (1999, Hideo Nakata)
Day VI: Ring 0: Birthday (2000, Norio Tsuruta)
Day VII: The Changeling (1980, Peter Medak)
Day VIII: The Horror Story (AKA House III) (1989, James Isaac & David Blyth)
Day IX: House IV: The Repossession (1992, Lewis Abernathy)
Day X: Nosferatu (1922, F.W. Murnau)
Day XI: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003, Marcus Nispel)
Day XII: Blood Bath & various versions (1966, Jack Hill)
Day XIII: Dark Water (2002, Hideo Nakata)
Day XIV: Lisa and the Devil (1974, Mario Bava)
Day XV: Brain Damage (1988, Frank Henenlotter)
Day XVI: Joker (2019, Todd Phillips)
Day XVII: Das Cabinet des Dr Caligari (1920, Robert Weine)
Day XVIII: Leprechaun (1993, Mark Jones) & Leprechaun 2 (1994, Rodman Flender)
Day XIX: Leprechaun 3 (1995, Brian Trenchard-Smith)
Day XX: When a Stranger Calls (1979, Fred Walton)
Day XXI: Spider Baby (1967, Jack Hill)
Day XXII: Prince of Darkness (1987, John Carpenter)
Day XXIII: Scalpel (1977, John Grissmer)
Day XXIV: The Invisible Man (1933, James Whale)
Day XXV: Child’s Play (1988, Tom Holland)
Day XXVI: Deadbeat at Dawn (1988, Jim VanBebber)
Day XXVII: The Fog (1980, John Carpenter)
Day XXVIII: Nightbreed (1990, Clive Barker)
Day XXIX: An American Werewolf in London (1981, John Landis)
Day XXX: Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (Producer’s Cut) (1995, Joe Chappelle)
Day XXXI: The Exorcist III: Legion (1990, William Peter Blatty)
 

WMD

Thousand Master
Iron Man

As Phase 3 part 2 box set comes out next week decided to do a full MCU rewatch. This movie is awesome, always has been but I've never cried watching Iron Man. But in light of Endgame when Tony said "I shouldn't be alive unless it was for a reason." It broke me. It broke me hard. I've always enjoyed the MCU films, then I loved them and now I'm so happy I've got to experience several at midnight on their release in a cinema full of fans.

If anything this film is better in hindsight of what it lead to. 9/10

Scorsese saying the MCU ain't cinema is laughably absurd. And his assertion there isnt any emotional danger is just a lie. The MCU or superhero films dont have to be your thing but dont be petty and mean about something because its popular, especially when you havent tried it.
 

Azar

Thousand Master
I love em too. Phase 1 & 2 were 50/50 between great and mediocre but Phase 3 was consistently great imo. Most movie franchises fall flat after 2 or 3 movies (Terminator, Aliens, Star Wars? Etc) but MCU still going strong after 23. :)
 
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I love em too. Phase 1 & 2 were 50/50 between great and mediocre but Phase 3 was consistently great imo. Most movie franchises fall flat after 2 or 3 movies (Terminator, Aliens, Star Wars? Etc) but MCU still going strong after 23. :)
Totally agree. Though I would still say the 'bad' ones are still better than people give them credit for. But yeah they really raised the bar with phase 3.

Civil War is probably the one I've watched the most times. It never gets old and it's always emotional and exciting.
 
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