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One Film From Each Year Challenge (Official, October 2022)

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One Film From Each Year Challenge (Official, October 2022)

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The Official One Film From Each Year Challenge!!

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Challenge runs from October 1st, 2022 - October 31st, 2022 in your local time zone

Goal
-Pick a 100-year range and watch a film from each year.

Rules
- Each feature film (over 40 minutes) counts as one entry.
- 80 minutes of short films or miniseries/TV episodes counts as one entry.
- Rewatches are allowed and are good for the soul.
- Please include year of release when listing your viewings.
- Do not edit your posts to add new watches, just create a new one.

Special Challenge Rules
-With your first post, declare a 100-year block that you will be working on. For ex. Year Range: 1922-2021 or 1896-1995.
-Proceed to watch a film from each year within the range chosen.
-You may not repeat a year until you have watched a film from all 100 years in the range selected at which you can declare a new range and start again.
-For short films to count as a single entry, all shorts must have been released in the same year.
-For mini-series/TV-series episodes, as per the stated rules above, you may watch 80 minutes of a mini-series or TV-series to count for a year, but you will be required to finish out the 100-year range you declared before being allowed to count an additional 80 minutes of said series.



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Rank Participant Count
1 gunnar 161
2 jeroeno 103
2 burneyfan 103
4 sol 75
5 ororama 71
6 jdidaco 58
7 monclivie 56
8 kongs_speech 53
9 maxwelldeux 50
10 pitchorneirda 43
11 magnusbernhardsen 41
12 Lonewolf2003 38
12 Silga 38
14 cinephage 34
15 Arkantos 32
16 DudeLanez 31
17 blocho 28
18 ckfilm88 20
19 frbrown 19
20 AB537 11
21 vortexsurfer 7
22 Hunziker 1
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I plan to work on 1923-2022. I'm going to try and watch the films chronologically, though that is not a requirement of the challenge.
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Not a big fan of the tv episodes rule. I think we should exclude tv episodes. It's called one FILM a year challenge.
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jeroeno wrote: September 29th, 2022, 8:16 am Not a big fan of the tv episodes rule. I think we should exclude tv episodes. It's called one FILM a year challenge.
I don't really disagree and I certainly don't plan to watch any tv for this challenge. I also think that short films should probably be excluded since it wouldn't be 'one film'. However, I pretty much just kept the rules from last year, though I reworded it a bit.

What do others think about the mini-series/tv rule? If we have a consensus, I could change it.
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I'm in! I won't watch anything deliberately, just see how many different years I wind up hitting between 1923-2022 during the month.
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Year Range: 1923-2022

1. Wrong Turn (Rob Schmidt, 2003) 5/10
2. Madman (Joe Giannone, 1981) 1/10

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Working on 1923 to 2022 like everyone else, though not really "working" on it as such, just curious to see how much overlap I get.

1. Speak No Evil (2022)

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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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gunnar wrote: September 29th, 2022, 1:24 pm What do others think about the mini-series/tv rule? If we have a consensus, I could change it.
Personally, I'm a fan of the rule as-is - tv/miniseries is allowed in the other two challenges, so I'm a fan of keeping it here for the sake of consistency. Inevitably, there are some Horror series that get watched (as an aside, a format I'm oddly intrigued by, but generally not a fan of), and it would be kinda nice if those could get counted here too. Plus, this isn't an issue people tend to abuse, so I tend to fall under the "don't solve problems we don't have" banner.

That said, the intriguing part of the rule is that any series can only count for one point until you've looped through the full century. So even if I wanted to watch the entirety of IASIP (which, having two dogs named Sweet Dee and Charlie Kelly, I am wont to do) it would only count for a single point, making it one of the least efficient ways to score. I would agree that the 'series rule is squishier if the addendum I'm talking about in this paragraph weren't there, but since it is, I like how the rules stand.
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I feel in this particular challenge, as Maxwelldeux said, one mini-series only gives you one year, so that's a lot of watching time for just one year... I wouldn't mind allowing TV episodes in that case...
I don't think I'll go very far, but I will participate to the challenge (block 1922-2022).

01. Le tourbillon de Paris, by Julien Duvivier (1928) 7,5/10

Nice outdoor shots, silly melodrama, but I enjoy the setting and how it is used...
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01. 1977 -- Local Color -- Rappaport, 1977 -- 7.5/10
02. 1959 -- J'irai cracher sur vos tombes a.k.a. I Spit on Your Graves -- Gast, 1959 -- 6/10
03. 2016 -- Command and Control -- Kenner, 2016 -- 8/10

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1. The Headless Ghost (1959)
2. Child's Play (1988)
3. Halloween II (1981)
4. Body Count (Camping del terrore) (1986)

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1. Sluzobníci (Ivan Ostrochovský) - 7.5/10 - 2020

Loved every second of it, but when reflecting upon it, it ended when it should have really started, it's way too short and elliptical.

2. Ayer Maravilla Fui (Gabriel Mariño) - 5/10 - 2017

Not much to say about it, it's a cute concept and a cute story but the structure is weird, and it doesn't amount to much.

3. Night Awake (Sandy Ding) - 6/10 - 2016

I liked it but the patterns are a bit repetitive for a runtime of 90 min, it checks all the boxes/specifications to be labeled as "experimental" but it doesn't have a strong personality.

4. Blonde (Andrew Dominik) - 5/10 - 2022

I don't want to say anything too harsh on it because I'm clearly not on the side of those saying it's exploitative.
My main issue about it is that it seems like the film doesn't benefit from an expert knowledge of Monroe's life, the takes on Monroe's life/the strong dissociation between Monroe and Norma Jean wanting something else are what people in general have been feeling about her for several decades now, I could have made the same movie knowing nothing more about her than what makes up common knowledge.
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2022 - Blonde
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1. Speak No Evil (2022)
2. Burying the Ex (2014)

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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.

3 Brain Damage (1988) REVISION

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This horror comedy about addiction is equally funny and disturbing and looks fantastic with neon-coated hallucinations, glowing blue backgrounds and some sensational lighting as the protagonist is illuminated in purple against the pronounced blues. There are also some amazing scenes as the parasite bulges all over his body and becomes phallic. The cold turkey scenes are powerful too, as well as the main guy trying (but failing) to explain his situation to others.

4. Crimson Peak (2015)

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Odd and disappointing film; all the supernatural business afoot here ultimately has no relevance to the basic plot that involves an heiress and her newlywed husband who is keeping grisly secrets from her. The film would have probably worked better as a more straightforward psychological thriller, a la Rebecca with a new wife unsure of whether or not she is losing her mind. All that said done, the film certainly looks great as one would expect from Del Toro.


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My range will be 1923-2022

1. Them! (Gordon Douglas, 1954) 6/10
2. Argentina, 1985 (Santiago Mitre, 2022) 8.5/10 ... the FIPRESCI critics' award winner from this year's Venice festival, highly recommended if it's available in your area
3. It Came from Outer Space (Jack Arnold, 1953) 6/10
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1953 1954
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1 - The Ten Commandments (1923) - 7/10 - The first part of the picture adapts part of Exodus from the bible and is fairly well done. The sets and costumes are good, though the story is somewhat abridged. The second half is a modern day morality play about an uptight religious mother who has one son who follows her teachings and another son who is an atheist determined to break the rules and get rich. It's less interesting and not particularly subtle. It was a good decision to ditch that and expand on the biblical story for the remake.

2 - Waxworks (1924) - 7.5/10 - A poet is hired by the owner of a wax museum to write stories about his new acquisitions - the caliph from Arabian Nights, Ivan the Terrible, and Spring Heeled Jack. The caliph story was my favorite, but this was a nice early horror anthology.

3 - The Lost World (1925) - 8/10 - A professor is mocked when he tells the people at a conference that dinosaurs are not extinct and live on in a remote location in the Amazon rainforest. He mounts an expedition there to rescue an explorer who was left behind at that location and to bring proof of the existence of the creatures. This is a pretty entertaining film and the special effects were very good for the time.

4 - The Student of Prague (1926) - 6/10 - I guess the moral of this story is to never make a deal with the devil, not even to impress a girl. I liked the ending of the film plus a few earlier scenes, such as when Balduin makes his deal, but much of the film was kind of tedious to watch.

5 - The Cat and the Canary (1927) - 7.5/10 - Cyrus West died 20 years ago and his relatives gather at his old mansion as stipulated in his will. Hijinks ensue with secret passages, murder, an escaped maniac, and so on. This comedy horror film was fun to watch. Mammy Pleasant was my favorite character in the bunch.

6 - The Mysterious Lady (1928) - 8/10 - Greta Garbo stars as a Russian spy who steals secret plans from Austria, but falls in love with the Austrian captain (Conrad Nagel) that she used as a patsy. This has harsh consequences for him, but causes her difficulties as well. It's a nice romance.

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Doing 1923-2022.

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2. Dark August (Martin Goldman, 1976) - 8/10
3. Lou (Anna Foerster, 2022) - 7/10
4. Body Bags (John Carpenter & Tobe Hooper, 1993) - 7/10
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I'll work on 1923-2022 too.
1. Tarantula (1955)
2. Juan of the Dead (2011)
3. The Greasy Strangler (2016)
4. The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)
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1932 - The Mask of Fu Manchu
1955 - Tarantula
2011 - Juan of the Dead
2016 - The Greasy Strangler
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02. Corridors of blood, by Robert Day (1958) 8/10

Great, historical, and slightly dark near the end...

03. Vampyres, by Jose Ramon Larraz (1974) 4/10

Silly nude vampires... Very popular in the seventies, it would seem...

04. Born Reckless, by John Ford (1930) 7/10

I probably enjoyed it more than it's worth, but I had a great time. Ford and Dudley Nichols do it for me almost every time...

05. Triangle of sadness, byu Ruben Ostlund (2022) 7,5/10

A few great scenes, and a global entertainment value, but this is mostly a modern version of the Admirable Crichton...

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01. Le tourbillon de Paris, by Julien Duvivier (1928) 7,5/10
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3. Split Second (Tony Maylam, 1992) 6/10
4. Killer Party (William Fruet, 1986) 6/10
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1. Wrong Turn (Rob Schmidt, 2003) 5/10
2. Madman (Joe Giannone, 1981) 1/10
3. Split Second (Tony Maylam, 1992) 6/10
4. Killer Party (William Fruet, 1986) 6/10
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cinephage wrote: October 2nd, 2022, 9:54 am
05. Triangle of sadness, by Ruben Ostlund (2022) 7,5/10

A few great scenes, and a global entertainment value, but this is mostly a modern version of the Admirable Crichton...
I just watched Male and Female (1919) last month and enjoyed it so this sounds like it might be fun to watch as well.
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5. Douglas (1970)
6. Hocus Pocus (1993)

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1. The Headless Ghost (1959)
2. Child's Play (1988)
3. Halloween II (1981)
4. Body Count (Camping del terrore) (1986)
5. Douglas (1970)
6. Hocus Pocus (1993)
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Okay let's see how many I can knock off with all the horror, Indian and other stuff I will watch this month. Working on 1923-2022 too.

1. When a Stranger Calls (1979, Fred Walton): 7.5- The first 20 minutes are just a masterclass in excellent tension building. After that the movie shift gears to so many years later with the killer having escaped the insane asylum and the former police detective hunting him. What stands out in this middle part is how sympathetic the movie is to the killer, he clearly is a lost lonely desperate soul. This probably the only horror in which the hero attempt to kill the killer while the later is asleep in a homeless shelter. For the last 15mthe movie suddenly moves back to the babysitter of the opening for another suspenseful finale.

2. The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961, Coleman Francis): 3.0 This was awfully edited, seems nobody involved understood there has to be some kind of relationship between shots to tell a story so they decided to narrate over it to try to make it less incoherent and only partly succeeded in that.

3. Sing 2 (2021, Garth Jennings): 7.0

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5. The Cleanse (Bobby Miller, 2016) - 7/10

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1. Dream No Evil (John Hayes, 1970) - 7/10
2. Dark August (Martin Goldman, 1976) - 8/10
3. Lou (Anna Foerster, 2022) - 7/10
4. Body Bags (John Carpenter & Tobe Hooper, 1993) - 7/10
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I'll join the 1923-2022 bandwagon...
Safest form of time travel
"1981
2006
2018"
1. Hatchet (2006)
2. Mandy (2018)
3. The Burning (1981)

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1990 - The Exorcist III (William Peter Blatty) - 4/5

2009 - Avatar (James Cameron) - 5/5 (rewatch)

2022 - Smile (Parker Finn) - 3/5
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1990 - The Exorcist III (William Peter Blatty) - 4/5

2009 - Avatar (James Cameron) - 5/5 (rewatch)

2022 - Smile (Parker Finn) - 3/5
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Sure why not. 1923-2022

01. Demolition Man (1993)
02. Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro wasurenagusa (1973)
03. Reap the Wild Wind (1942)
04. Role Models (2008)
05. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (2022)
06. Mannen från Mallorca (1984)
07. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)
08. A Most Wanted Man (2014)
09. Robot & Frank (2012)
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Reap the Wild Wind (1942)
Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro wasurenagusa (1973)
Mannen från Mallorca (1984)
Demolition Man (1993)
Role Models (2008)
Robot & Frank (2012)
A Most Wanted Man (2014)
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (2022)
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5. Crumbs (Miguel Llansó) - 5/10 - 2015

6. Szenario (Karsten Krause, Philip Widmann) - 5/10 - 2014

7. Boże Ciało (Jan Komasa) - 7/10 - 2019

I postponed watching this one forever because I thought it would be something heavy-handed and/or feel-good, while destroying Catholic church without nuance. But I guess I couldn't possibly have been more wrong.
Nice execution and right balance for such dicey themes.
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2015 - Crumbs
2016 - Night Awake
2017 - Ayer Maravilla Fui
2019 - Boże Ciało
2020 - Sluzobníci
2022 - Blonde
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4. When a Stranger Calls Back (1993, Fred Walton): 6.8
5. Mesa of Lost Women (1953, Ron Ormond & Herbert Tevos): 2.0 - Extremely incompetent made and acted and even more incredibly boring for a movie about mad scientist making spider women and giant tarantulas.

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1. When a Stranger Calls (1979, Fred Walton): 7.5
2. The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961, Coleman Francis): 3.0
3. Sing 2 (2021, Garth Jennings): 7.0
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04. 1966 -- Le père Noël a les yeux bleus a.k.a. Santa Claus Has Blue Eyes -- Eustache, 1966 -- 7/10
05. 1958 -- Enjô a.k.a. Conflagration -- Ichikawa, 1958 -- 7/10
06. 1954 -- Passion -- Dwan, 1954 -- 6/10
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01. 1977 -- Local Color -- Rappaport, 1977 -- 7.5/10
02. 1959 -- J'irai cracher sur vos tombes a.k.a. I Spit on Your Graves -- Gast, 1959 -- 6/10
03. 2016 -- Command and Control -- Kenner, 2016 -- 8/10
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1. A Folk Tale (1980, Ketan Mehta) 6,5/10
2. In Search of Famine (1981, Mrinal Sen) 7/10
3. Threshold (1982, Jabbar Patel) 7/10
1923-2022
1. A Folk Tale (1980, Ketan Mehta) 6,5/10
2. In Search of Famine (1981, Mrinal Sen) 7/10
3. Threshold (1982, Jabbar Patel) 7/10

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5. The Strangers (Bryan Bertino, 2008) 3/10
6. House of Usher (Roger Corman, 1960) 5/10
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1. Wrong Turn (Rob Schmidt, 2003) 5/10
2. Madman (Joe Giannone, 1981) 1/10
3. Split Second (Tony Maylam, 1992) 6/10
4. Killer Party (William Fruet, 1986) 6/10
5. The Strangers (Bryan Bertino, 2008) 3/10
6. House of Usher (Roger Corman, 1960) 5/10
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1. Speak No Evil (2022)
2. Burying the Ex (2014)
3 Brain Damage (1988) REVISION
4. Crimson Peak (2015)
5. The Children (1980)

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The basic idea is decent here with the kids killing through hugging their victims and many worried parents dying by doing what comes to them instinctively. The death scenes though are poorly filmed, generally as a series of dissolves or simple cuts between the victim being alive and dead. The makeup effects on the victims look great with melted and burnt skin though and the Psycho rip-off score is decent, but much of this (black fingernails) seems simply silly.

6. The Children (2008)

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This is very slow to build up with nothing at all horrific happening for the entire first half-hour, which mostly just consists of a couple of kids complaining about feeling ill. When the horror does kick in, the film is arguably at its strongest with delicious ambiguity over whether the kids have turned devilish or whether it is all a series of grisly accidents. It is not long though before the film becomes a simple evil children variant, packed with dislikeable adults.

7. Ankle Biters (2021)

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Discovering S&M sex toys in the luggage of their mother's latest boyfriend, four sisters become convinced that their 'new dad' plans to kill them in this deliciously dark comedy. The kids are all just young enough for their misconceptions to be believable, and it is easy to sympathise with their worries and reactions, even as they go to some sadistic extremes to defend their mum and protect themselves. A superb and refreshing take on the killer-kid cliché.

8. Night Terror (1989)

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A horror anthology with weak wraparound segment but good individual segments. All three tales within feel cut from the same cloth as they each involve characters seeing things that might not be there, and as each involve paying a price for committing a sin. The third story also has some crazy toys-come-to-life with low budget practical effects, though the second time tale with an evil carnival barker (see above) and his killer rollercoaster carriage works best.

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1. Viy (1967) * 77 min.
I really liked horror based on folktales, Gogol's stories tend toward considerable weirdness and I enjoyed the rather cheap looking special effects, so this was a winner.

2. The Mummy (1932) 73 min.
I think that I tend to do more re-watching during the Horror Challenge. I previously found this movie the the least interesting of the major Universal horror movies, but this time I appreciated Karloff's subtle performance and excellent makeup, Zita Johann's unusual beauty (sort of a vamp type 15 years too late), and David Manners and Edward Van Sloan probably as bearable as either ever got. I appreciate this more now.

3. I Love Trouble (1948) * 95 min.
A very good noir with a complex, Raymond Chandler style plot,good performances all around although Franchot Tone is a bit lighter as the lead than Bogart or Powell.

4. The Keep (1983) * 96 min.
I liked the ideas but wasn't crazy about the execution. The movie often seemed like an extended 1980s music video.

5. Omnibus: Whistle and I'll Come to You (1968) 42 min.
This movie also greatly benefited from my second watch, knowing that there wouldn't be much action. Michael Hordern gave a delightfully eccentric performance, and the story is a perfect example of the late 19th/early 20th century ghost story, full of atmosphere and mystery.

6. Inugami (2001) * 105 min.
A slow start establishing the isolation of the village and the timelessness of the family, then it gets crazier and crazier.

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We're up to 16 participants and hopefully we'll have more join in as well. flavo blew the field away last year and hasn't made an appearance here yet. It won't compare to the Horror Challenge in terms of how busy it is, but should be fun. 2022 is off to the lead with 7 watches already, which is not really much of a surprise. 1993 and 2016 each have 4 watches so far.

7 - Piccadilly (1929) - 8/10 - Valentine Wilmot (Jameson Thomas) runs the Piccadilly Club and his girlfriend is one of the headline dancers. When business declines, he hires a young Chinese woman (Anna May Wong) to dance in the club. I thought the camerawork was excellent and the performances from Wong and Thomas were also very good. This is a silent film, but there is also a prologue that was filmed later which uses sound.

8 - The Blue Angel (1930) - 7/10 - An older high school teacher (Emil Jannings) doesn't have the respect of many of his students. They play pranks on him and some of them spend time at a local cabaret. When the teacher visits the cabaret to try and keep his students away from there, he falls for a popular performer (Marlene Dietrich) and this leads to a downward spiral for him. It's a decent film, but I didn't like it as much as expected.

9 - Drácula (1931 Spanish version) - 6.5/10 - This was a decent adaptation and I actually liked it a little bit more than the English version.

10 - The Most Dangerous Game (1932) - 7.5/10 - A well known hunter is shipwrecked on an island surrounded by deadly reefs. He finds himself the guest of the mysterious Count Zaroff along with survivors of earlier wrecks. It turns out that Count Zaroff is a big hunter himself, though he prefers to hunt a different sort of game. This is a nice film that accomplishes what it sets out to do in a very quick manner.

11 - Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) - 7.5/10 - A reporter (Glenda Farrell) looking into missing corpses connects them to a new wax museum that is opening. The picture looks great with its two strip Technicolor. Farrell does a very nice job in her reporter role and the film is pretty entertaining.

12 - The Black Cat (1934) - 6/10 - A couple on their honeymoon end up sharing a train compartment together with a doctor (Bela Lugosi) on his way to meet an old acquaintance. A road accident later causes them to find shelter in an architect's home. The architect (Boris Karloff) is the old acquaintance and there are a lot more sinister things going on in the house than it may first appear. Karloff and Lugosi give decent performances, but I thought the story wasn't really that great.

13 - The Raven (1935) - 7/10 - Bela Lugosi stars as an insane surgeon with an interest in Edgar Allan Poe and torture devices. He is approached by a judge to operate on the judge's daughter since she was injured in an accident and the judge believes that only Lugosi can help. Lugosi operates and later develops an interest in the girl. Boris Karloff comes into the picture as an escaped convict that Lugosi forces to help him as an assistant. The plot is a bit silly, but fun, and I enjoyed this a lot more than The Black Cat.

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1 - The Ten Commandments (1923) - 7/10
2 - Waxworks (1924) - 7.5/10
3 - The Lost World (1925) - 8/10
4 - The Student of Prague (1926) - 6/10
5 - The Cat and the Canary (1927) - 7.5/10
6 - The Mysterious Lady (1928) - 8/10
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7. Lake of the Dead (1958) * 77 min.
A good ghost story/mystery that would have benefited from more focus on the location and atmosphere and less focus on mundane character interaction.
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1. Viy (1967) * 77 min.
2. The Mummy (1932) 73 min.
3. I Love Trouble (1948) * 95 min.
4. The Keep (1983) * 96 min.
5. Omnibus: Whistle and I'll Come to You (1968) 42 min.
6. Inugami (2001) * 105 min.
*First time viewing
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Spoiler
1. Speak No Evil (2022)
2. Burying the Ex (2014)
3 Brain Damage (1988) REVISION
4. Crimson Peak (2015)
5. The Children (1980)
6. The Children (2008)
7. Ankle Biters (2021)
8. Night Terror (1989)
9. Monsturd (2003)

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Far more accomplished and enjoyable than one might expect given the juvenile title and premise, this horror comedy revolves around a criminal turning into a gigantic poo monster after falling into chemicals irresponsibly washed down the sewer. From cops angry at their hand puppets, to overenthusiastic police sketch artists (see above), to one of the best ever parodies of South Park (with Mr. Spanky the Easter Poo), there is nary a boring moment to be had.

10. Mosquito (1994)

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The mosquitoes look downright creepy here for the most part thanks to solid effects work and choice camera angles that capture their daunting size. The film also mounts several successful moments of dark humour, most notably a mosquito who assaults a naked camper before draining her blood out of her buttocks. Some of the effects are less believable than others (at one point a victim's eyes comically pop out of his face) but this is pretty fun overall.

11. Hideous! (1997)

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The performances and characters range from poor to mediocre here with a particularly irksome dumb blonde stereotype in the mix. The creatures though look absolutely amazing, and the film is at its best when they are scurrying about and trying to communicate with all-too-human facial expressions. They do not get much chance to shine though with the majority of the film dedicated to the human characters talking arguing. Great Morse Code scene though!

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06. Murders in the zoo, by A. Edward Sutherland (1933) 8,5/10

Great film, but animals got hurt and killed during the shooting...

07. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, by James Algar, Clyde Geronimi & Jack Kinney (1949) 8,5/10

Great animation, and a lovely Halloween mood for the 2nd story...

08. The Beast Within, by Philippe Mora (1982) 7,5/10

A dark story of revenge and death...

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02. Corridors of blood, by Robert Day (1958) 8/10
03. Vampyres, by Jose Ramon Larraz (1974) 4/10
04. Born Reckless, by John Ford (1930) 7/10
05. Triangle of sadness, byu Ruben Ostlund (2022) 7,5/10
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2001 - Visitor Q (Takashi Miike) - 4/5
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1990 - The Exorcist III (William Peter Blatty) - 4/5

2001 - Visitor Q (Takashi Miike) - 4/5
2009 - Avatar (James Cameron) - 5/5 (rewatch)

2022 - Smile (Parker Finn) - 3/5
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10. Mirages de Paris (1933)
11. Street Singer (1938)
12. Lo squadrone bianco (1936)
13. While Paris Sleeps (1932)
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While Paris Sleeps (1932)
Mirages de Paris (1933)
Lo squadrone bianco (1936)
Street Singer (1938)

Reap the Wild Wind (1942)

Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro wasurenagusa (1973)

Mannen från Mallorca (1984)

Demolition Man (1993)

Role Models (2008)

Robot & Frank (2012)
A Most Wanted Man (2014)
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (2022)
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7. Mom and Dad (Brian Taylor, 2017) 7/10
8. The Omen (Richard Donner, 1976) 8/10 (rewatch)
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1. Wrong Turn (Rob Schmidt, 2003) 5/10
2. Madman (Joe Giannone, 1981) 1/10
3. Split Second (Tony Maylam, 1992) 6/10
4. Killer Party (William Fruet, 1986) 6/10
5. The Strangers (Bryan Bertino, 2008) 3/10
6. House of Usher (Roger Corman, 1960) 5/10
7. Mom and Dad (Brian Taylor, 2017) 7/10
8. The Omen (Richard Donner, 1976) 8/10 (rewatch)
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