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Horror Challenge (Official, October 2022)

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The Official 2022 Horror Challenge!


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Goal.
Have you looked outside recently? We're in year 3 of a global pandemic. There's a very real threat of nuclear war. Every single environmental catastrophe is unfolding all at the same time and right before our eyes and we are, as a species, collectively shrugging our shoulders and saying "huh". So let's help manage this *gestures broadly at everything* with a little resilience training and watch as many movies as you can that fit into the Horror genre. If you are in doubt whether a movie counts or not, just ask.

Horrifying facts: Last year was a down year for us in the Official Horror Challenge - it only clocked in at the 5th busiest challenge on the forum ever. And unless I'm mistaken, this list is the Top 9 busiest official challenges we've had on the forum as measured by total number of points.
Horror 2020: 3033
Horror 2017: 2926
Horror 2015: 2635
Horror 2018: 2602
Horror 2021: 2388
Horror 2019: 2334
Horror 2022: 2282
Horror 2016: 2114
Horror 2014: 2106
Horror 2013: 2103

Rules.
- A feature film (Anything over 40 minutes) counts as one entry
- A total of 80 minutes of short films or miniseries/TV episodes counts as one point
- Shorts/Episodes can be mixed and matched to make the 80-minute runtime requirement.
- Rewatches allowed.
- News media is not allowed.

Challenge runs from DUSK 30 September 2022 - DAWN 1 November 2022.

iCM Lists.
They Shoot Zombies, Don't They?
IMDb Top 50 Horror
BFI's 100 European Horror Films

Other Lists.
ICM Forum Top-Rated Horror Films
Top 500 Horror Movies
iCM Forum's Top 250 Favourite Horror Films
TSZDT 1001-2000
TSZDT - Hidden Horrors
Holiday Horror List
CriterionForum Lists Project - Horror
Slant's The 50 Greatest Horror Movies of the 21st Century
1SO's List of Top Horror
iCM Forum's Highest Rated Horror Movies
Official Non-TSZDT Horror Films
21st Century’s Most Acclaimed Horror Films

Indian Subcontinent Horror Films (please verify):
https://trakt.tv/search/movies/?genres= ... v,np,pk,lk

I'm open to more suggestions for lists.

Bonus challenges!
We have two bonus challenges this year. The first is a collective challenge to see how far we get on the TSZDT list. The other is an individual challenge of Bingo. I’ll be tracking things manually, so if you want to play, please use the appropriate hashtags to indicate which bonus challenge your film counts for. A film may count for multiple bonus challenges, but not for multiple entries within that bonus challenge.

Bonus Challenge #1: Slay the Zombies
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Zombies. You know zombies - could be the undead. Possibly infected with a virus. Maybe they're just over 30 and it's the morning after drinking a bit too much and before the coffee has kicked in. Regardless, we're doing them a favor and slaying them. If the film you watch is on the Official TSZDT List, put the rank on the list preceded by a hashtag to get your watch included in this bonus challenge. (e.g., The Black Cat (1934) #80)
Zombie Slayers - 450 Dead
Zombie Times Slayed
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13 3
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Bonus challenges #2: A Horrific Game of Bingo
Who loves those common horror tropes? If you do, you may want to play a round of bingo with us. We’ll use a 4x4 bingo card – the columns are horror subgenres, the rows are horror clichés. See the table below. Use #BINGO and the cell number to play. One #BINGO entry per film.
A. Zombies B. Creatures/Monsters C. Psychological D. Slashers
1. Tiny town/middle of nowhere A1 B1 C1 D1
2. The laws of physics no longer apply A2 B2 C2 D2
3. Group inexplicably splits up A3 B3 C3 D3
4. Using something weird as a weapon A4 B4 C4 D4

#BINGO
Jigsaw Impersonator Bingo Card
ChrisReynolds
Spoiler
A.B.C.D.
1.1111
2.1111
3.111
4.1111
cinephage
Spoiler
A.B.C.D.
1.32
2.431
3.12
4.244
ckfilm88
Spoiler
A.B.C.D.
1.1
2.1
3.
4.
DulceDoes
Spoiler
A.B.C.D.
1.11
2.
3.
4.
greenhorg
Spoiler
A.B.C.D.
1.1111
2.111
3.1
4.111
Lonewolf2003
Spoiler
A.B.C.D.
1.1
2.
3.
4.
magnusbernhardsen
Spoiler
A.B.C.D.
1.111
2.
3.
4.1
Marazmatique
Spoiler
A.B.C.D.
1.121
2.11
3.
4.1
maxwelldeux
Spoiler
A.B.C.D.
1.1211
2.1111
3.1113
4.1131
Minkin
Spoiler
A.B.C.D.
1.2
2.
3.
4.1
monclivie
Spoiler
A.B.C.D.
1.11
2.112
3.11
4.111
morrison-dylan-fan
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1.
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Silga
Spoiler
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1.1111
2.11
3.1
4.111
sol
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A.B.C.D.
1.5544
2.5544
3.5534
4.4533

The Possessed.

Rank Participant Count
1 flavo5000 225
2 sol 135
3 gunnar 130
4 Good_Will_Harding 110
5 VincentPrice 103
6 1SO 88
7 monclivie 84
8 jdidaco 70
9 kongs_speech 65
10 greenhorg 63
11 peeptoad 60
12 filmbantha 57
13 airdolll 56
14 magnusbernhardsen 55
15 Tngy 54
15 Leopardi 54
17 DulceDoes 53
18 ororama 52
19 OldAle1 44
20 Lonewolf2003 43
20 Cinepolis 43
22 ckfilm88 41
23 klaus78 39
23 maxwelldeux 39
25 Silga 37
26 cinephage 35
27 blocho 32
27 RogerTheMovieManiac88 32
29 clemmetarey 31
30 shugs 28
31 jonas2k 26
32 Torgo 25
33 ChrisReynolds 23
33 Onderhond 23
35 Knaldskalle 22
36 AB537 20
37 GruesomeTwosome 19
37 mightysparks 19
39 frbrown 18
39 Marazmatique 18
39 beasterne 18
42 Perception de Ambiguity 16
43 Melvelet 13
44 morrison-dylan-fan 11
45 72aicm 10
46 Arkantos 9
47 toromash 8
48 Minkin 7
49 DudeLanez 5
49 vortexsurfer 5
49 Mochard 5
52 Ritesh 4
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Horror isn't really my thing, at least not the slasher/gorefest variety. However, I've been preparing this month for the challenge and am going to try and get platinum on the IMDb Horror list (I need 9 films for that), bronze on the BFI European Horror list (I need 41 films for that), and a spot in the top 2500 of the TSZDT list (I need 43 films for that). There's a fair amount of overlap, but I'm hoping to get close to 100 films overall.
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Great to have you hosting again as always, max. :banana: And amazing intro. :party:

Interesting to see the Psychological Horror column on the bingo card. That's something new. And could be interesting. I'm assuming it's okay then to include ghosts and vampires the 'Monsters/Creatures' section then since they don't have their own column?

Also, regarding "the laws of physics no longer apply", what did you have in mind for examples of this? I assume it's meant to be more than just the killer surviving blows that should really kill him/her.
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:circle:

Frightfest got me back in the mood for films and horror but still busy with moving in and haven't got a TV area so probably won't be my strongest year :P
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sol wrote: September 28th, 2022, 4:30 am Great to have you hosting again as always, max. :banana: And amazing intro. :party:

Interesting to see the Psychological Horror column on the bingo card. That's something new. And could be interesting. I'm assuming it's okay then to include ghosts and vampires the 'Monsters/Creatures' section then since they don't have their own column?

Also, regarding "the laws of physics no longer apply", what did you have in mind for examples of this? I assume it's meant to be more than just the killer surviving blows that should really kill him/her.
:cheers:

I meant to change the rows/columns up a bit - psychological was a swap for ghosts/vampires, so I'd lean towards not counting those in with creatures/monsters. Of course, there's a ton of overlap in the subgenres, so interpret as you may.

For "laws of physics no longer apply" I'm thinking those odd things that don't make sense in this particular world. Like in Sharknado, where the sharks would crush a car if they landed on it, but if you stood on the car and swung a baseball bat at the shark flying at you, you could knock it away. Or people who jump off a 654654 story building and miraculously land and limp for precisely six seconds before running off. But all the weird shit that happened in The Exorcist wouldn't count, because it all makes sense in that world.
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In! :circle: Going to aim for at least 31 films.

"News media is not allowed." Hah.
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I'm so in, and so hungry for blood, since i didn't participate for the last three times. I'll try to get somewhere around top 10 which probably means this will be the busiest month for me in this decade so far.
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Marazmatique wrote: September 28th, 2022, 6:19 am "News media is not allowed." Hah.
Glad you caught that - it was a last minute "oh this is funny" thought. :cheers:
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I'm definitely in! I've been planning my watchlist for some time now and I think it's all set. I will combine this challenge with One Film From Each Year challenge so I will get a wide variety of both older and new horror films.
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Silga wrote: September 28th, 2022, 10:58 pm I'm definitely in! I've been planning my watchlist for some time now and I think it's all set. I will combine this challenge with One Film From Each Year challenge so I will get a wide variety of both older and new horror films.
I did the same thing. I have my 'first' 100 films all lined up for the One Film From Each Year challenge with probably around 70% or more of them in the horror genre.
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My movie watching took a gigantic nosedive after getting a puppy, but I'll try to squeeze in a few. Thanks for hosting, Max, this challenge is always tons of fun! :cheers:
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I have no watchlist, I have no idea what I'm I'm going work on achieving, and I have no idea how much I'll get around to watching - but I'm in.
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I burned out before the end of the challenge last year, but the horror calls to me again. I don't think I'll be aiming to watch over 100, but who knows, I might find myself in the groove.

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maxwelldeux wrote: September 28th, 2022, 4:12 am Official Non-TSZDT Horror Films
I've noticed this link must've been copied from your previous horror challenge thread. It's a dead link because I've had a change of my profile name.
Here's the updated link: Official Non-TSZDT Horror Films
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The sun has set over here in the west of Australia and with the Horror Challenge finally underway, I managed to get off to a great start with:

1. Seed of Chucky (2004) #BINGO D2 - The laws of physics no longer apply (killer doll frequently urinates without having orifices down below)

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Like its predecessor, this sequel ups comedy over horror with the killer doll idea and is all the better for it. It is technically impressive, right from the first seven minutes, entirely shot from killer doll POV, to an insane film-within, to Jennifer Tilly recast, but this time playing an exaggerated version of herself (as well as voicing Tiffany). The film also shows remarkable openness to intersex and transgender issues as the child doll here grapples with gender identity.
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1. The Territory (1981) 4/10

Oh god the acting is incredibly painful. Sometimes funny because of this though mostly boring and irritating and idk why this isn't alongside films in the IMDb Bottom 100. This film is total crap lol. There are some ok bits when there is no dialogue but as soon as someone speaks it's all just too stupid and makes no sense.
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I think I'm gonna shoot for 150 films this month. A little on the low side, I know...
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Only a few hours left for me :circle:
I will try to watch one film every day and then as much as I can on weekends, aiming for 50. Mainly will try to stick to this list (a few rewatches, huge majority of FTWs).
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I am ready for oct.1st !!
I have a list for 31 films, and then maybe I'll watch a few more things here and there, who knows ?

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1. It Follows (2014) 8/10 [#101 TSZDT] [Bingo B4] (sexually transmitted demon / using sex as a weapon)

A hundred times YES! This is exactly the type of horror I like - slow burn with plenty of tension and dread, and not so plenty of gore. Weird but not plain stupid. It got a bit "eh" towards the end, otherwise would have been a solid 9. Very pleased with this as my opener in this year's challenge.
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^
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That's a great lineup, cinephage...


My focus this year is 1960s, and my goal is to see 3 films from each year of that decade (plus hopefully some more recent horrors). Can't wait- as soon as the sun sets later I'm on it!
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We all go a little mad sometimes
Going a little mad sometimes
1. Seed of Chucky (2004) #BINGO D2 - The laws of physics no longer apply (killer doll frequently urinates without having orifices down below)
2. Curse of Chucky (2013)

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This entry almost pushes the reset the button on the franchise, ditching the comedy slant of the last two entries and feeling close to a remake at times. The film really goes its own way in the final ten minutes though, which are incredibly fun and interesting despite the clunky exposition that precedes it. There are some very neat stylistic touches too, most notably a spinning bird's-eye view of a dinner table where one mystery bowl out of six is poisoned.
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Managed to squeeze in one more before bed. :sweat: I've now seen the whole Chucky series. After Seed, I was wondering why I had put off completing the franchise for so long. Now, I feel like I know why -- though the last two films are more of a letdown after the insanity of Seed than mediocre per se.

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Going a little mad sometimes
1. Seed of Chucky (2004) #BINGO D2 - The laws of physics no longer apply (killer doll frequently urinates without having orifices down below)
2. Curse of Chucky (2013)
3. Cult of Chucky (2017)

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The recasting of Alex Vincent is a great move here and a really cool film could have been made from focusing on how his childhood horrors have mentally scarred him. Likewise, focusing on the latest survivor could have been neat. As it is, the film constantly feels like it is pulling in two directions with much confusion as to where Chucky really is. Once the film explains itself, it actually gets kind of fun and wacky... but this only happens during its final third.
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sol wrote: September 30th, 2022, 12:05 pm 1. Seed of Chucky (2004) #BINGO D2 - The laws of physics no longer apply (killer doll frequently urinates without having orifices down below)
That is a breathtakingly hilarious and awesome interpretation of the "physics" cliche for #BINGO. :cheers:
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cinephage wrote: September 30th, 2022, 1:14 pm I am ready for oct.1st !!
I have a list for 31 films, and then maybe I'll watch a few more things here and there, who knows ?
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Ah, the only challenge I ever participate in. I’m sure I’ll end up watching my typically modest 16 to 22 or so horror films during the month, always short of my also modest goal of watching 31 films.
I’m to remember every man I've seen fall into a plate of spaghetti???

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1. Dogra Magra (1988, Japan)


Kicking off with Toshio Matsumoto, what a fascinating film! A layered puzzle of repetition and reconstruction. Feels like being trapped in a maze of memories, lies, illusions and double identities. Striking colors and a nightmarish atmosphere all through.

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Let's start!

1. Wrong Turn (Rob Schmidt, 2003) 5/10 #366 #BINGO D1
2. Madman (Joe Giannone, 1981) 1/10 #884

Wrong Turn was, actually, not bad, maybe even better than I anticipated. Stan Winston's special makeup effects standout as both creative and really creepy.

Madman, on the other chopped hand, is one of the worst slashers I've ever seen. It features some of the most ridiculous and laughable acting, even by the cheap slasher standards. The only memorable scene is the opening sequence about the back-story of Madman Marz.
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The best time of year is when this challenge comes up!

1. Wolves-2014: 6/10

Twilight knockoff that actually tries, it's not particularly good but it could've been far worse.
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Hello, October!

1. Last Night in Soho (2021) - 7.9/10
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2. Amityville: The Awakening-2017: 4/10

Jenifer Jason Leigh is in this!

Aaand that's all I can recommend about this generic, run of the mill jump scares flick.
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maxwelldeux wrote: September 30th, 2022, 4:55 pm
sol wrote: September 30th, 2022, 12:05 pm 1. Seed of Chucky (2004) #BINGO D2 - The laws of physics no longer apply (killer doll frequently urinates without having orifices down below)
That is a breathtakingly hilarious and awesome interpretation of the "physics" cliche for #BINGO. :cheers:
Thanks; it probably makes more sense if you've seen the film since Chucky and Tiffany are anatomically correct dolls but their pants-wetting child isn't.

And yeah, I think this will be the most difficult BINGO line to fill, so I'm going to get as creative as possible when I see things that might possibly count. :ermm:
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3. The Ruins-2008: 8/10

Great adaption of a much better book, just wish they'd stuck with the book's original ending.
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We all go a little mad sometimes
Going a little mad sometimes
1. Seed of Chucky (2004) #BINGO D2
2. Curse of Chucky (2013)
3. Cult of Chucky (2017)
4. Speak No Evil (2022) #BINGO C1 - Tiny town/middle of nowhere

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Invited to spend the weekend with a Dutch couple who they only just met, a Danish couple become increased unsettled by their hosts' behaviour in this psychological thriller. With occasional bursts of horror music, the film conveys the anxiety of the Danes well, but this is a film with very little to it beyond the ambiguity of whether or not there is something amiss with the Dutch couple. And I actually found the whole denouement pretty weak and unbelievable.
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airdolll wrote: September 30th, 2022, 10:37 pm 1. Dogra Magra (1988, Japan)


Kicking off with Toshio Matsumoto, what a fascinating film! A layered puzzle of repetition and reconstruction. Feels like being trapped in a maze of memories, lies, illusions and double identities. Striking colors and a nightmarish atmosphere all through.
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Thanks for posting a review and including a screenshot. That surely made me interested in the film .. and then I realized it's one of the very few feature films of Matsumoto (known for Funeral Parade of Roses and Shura) :woot: - definitely need to get my hands on that one day!

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2. Near Dark (1987, USA) #87

Good special effects, especially during the ending scene, but overall it didn't do much for me. Not against the vampire-western concept, but the execution didn't feel appealing nor refreshing.

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2. Near Dark (1987, USA) #87

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Torgo wrote: October 1st, 2022, 3:10 am
airdolll wrote: September 30th, 2022, 10:37 pm 1. Dogra Magra (1988, Japan)


Kicking off with Toshio Matsumoto, what a fascinating film! A layered puzzle of repetition and reconstruction. Feels like being trapped in a maze of memories, lies, illusions and double identities. Striking colors and a nightmarish atmosphere all through.
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Thanks for posting a review and including a screenshot. That surely made me interested in the film .. and then I realized it's one of the very few feature films of Matsumoto (known for Funeral Parade of Roses and Shura) :woot: - definitely need to get my hands on that one day!
I totally recommend it! Maybe my new favorite feature-length film from him? If you've liked Suzuki's Taisho trilogy or Sono's Strange Circus 100% go for it, it made me think a lot of those in particular...
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1 - Shadow in the Cloud (2020) - 7/10 - Chloe Grace Moretz stars as a flight officer during WWII who boards an American bomber in the Pacific with a mysterious package that she is transporting to Samoa. Things start to go wonky even before they take off and she has to put up with the sexism and distrust of the flight crew along with a malevolent creature on the plane. It's kind of crazy, but it's also fun.

2 - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) - 7/10 - A decent adaptation of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson tale.

3 - The Penalty (1920) - 7.5/10 - Lon Chaney stars as Blizzard, a mob boss in San Francisco whose legs were mistakenly amputated when he was a child. He has two goals - to get even with the doctor who crippled him and to recruit men to go on a massive crime spree throughout the city. Chaney is pretty convincing in his role and went the extra mile to make us think that he was indeed an amputee.
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We all go a little mad sometimes
Going a little mad sometimes
1. Seed of Chucky (2004) #BINGO D2
2. Curse of Chucky (2013)
3. Cult of Chucky (2017)
4. Speak No Evil (2022) #BINGO C1
5. Burying the Ex (2014) #BINGO A4 - Something weird as a weapon (photo frame; couldn't find a screenshot of that though)

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Starting a new relationship becomes complicated for a film fanatic when his recently deceased girlfriend returns as a zombie in this horror comedy from Joe Dante. The movie takes an incredibly long time to get going with almost 35 minutes elapsing before she comes back from dead and an inordinate amount of time spent on a lame comic relief Oliver Cooper instead. Once the film finally hits its stride, there are some great moments for sure though.
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3. Bliss (2019, USA)

Drug-fueled, neon-drenched, never-ending hellscape. Pretty cool soundtrack too.
It's very one-note during the first half to the point it can begin to feel exhausting, but just when I was thinking that, it went all out! Dora Madison did a great job in this descent to madness.

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1. Dogra Magra (1988, Japan)
2. Near Dark (1987, USA) #87
3. Bliss (2019, USA)

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Countries: 2
Directed by women: 1
TSZDT at the beginning of the challenge: 312/1000
TSZDT at the end of the challenge: - /1000
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