Viewing List for October

Dario Argento's Opera

As some of you already know, October is my favourite time of year. Not only do I get to wear chic sweaters, but the weather and atmosphere is ripe for horror. It is  not a matter of of just being the month that “hosts” Halloween, but those cool nights that smell like dead leaves… there is nothing more pleasurable than curling up with a good movie, a warm blanket and possibly a significant other and getting the pants scared right off ya. I realize this is premature, but I figured i’d start planning now so I could have something to look forward to in the next few weeks. This is a list of films I haven’t seen, and obviously, I won’t see all of them… but these are my cinematic goals for the upcoming Halloween season. Let me know which I should prioritize and which I’d better skip!

A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin (Lucio Fulci)

Alice, Sweet, Alice (Alfred Sole)

All the Colors of the Dark (Sergio Martino)

Blood and Black Lace (Mario Bava)

Case of the Bloody Iris (Giuliano Carnimeo)

City of the Living Dead (Lucio Fulci)

Creature from the Black Lagoon (Jack Arnold)

Death Laid an Egg (Giulio Questi)

Dolls (Stuart Gordon)

Don’t Torture the Duckling (Lucio Fulci)

Flesh for Frankenstein (Paul Morrissey)

House (Nobuhiko Obayashi)

House on Haunted Hill (William Castle)

Inferno (Dario Argento)

Jigoku (Nobuo Nakagawa)

Kairo (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)

Murders in Rue Morgue (Robert Florey)

My Bloody Valentine (George Mihalka)

Night of the Creeps (Fred Dekker)

Opera (Dario Argento)

Phantasm (Don Coscarelli)

Ravenous (Antonia Bird)

Re-Animator (Stuart Gordon)

Return to Horror High (Bill Froelich)

Session 9 (Brad Anderson)

Seven Dead in the Cat’s Eye  (Antonio Margheriti)

Singapore Sling (Nikos Nikolaidis)

Sleepaway Camp (Robert Hiltzik)

Spider Baby (Jack Hill)

Strait-Jacket (William Castle)

Tenebre (Dario Argento)

The Blob (Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.)

The Changeling  (Peter Medak)

The Killer Must Kill Again (Luigi Cozzi)

The Last House on the Left (Wes Craven)

The Leopard Man (Jacques Tourneur)

The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue (Jorge Grau)

The Masque of the Red Death (Roger Corman)

The Omen (Richard Donner)

The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (Emilio Miraglia)

The Schoolgirl killer (Antonio Margheriti)

The Sentinel (Michael Winner)

The Silent Scream (Denny Harris)

The Slumber Party massacre (Amy Holden Jones)

The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (Sergio Martino)

Village of the Damned (Wolf Rilla)

Viy (Georgi Kropachyov &

What have they done to your Daughters? (Massimo Dallamano)

Who can Kill a Child? (Narciso Ibanez Serrador)

Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (Curtis Harrington)

14 responses to “Viewing List for October

  1. All the Colors is on there twice, also it sucks. You will fail, even if you love all of the films, because they suck.

  2. A lot of good ones on there, despite what Trip (stick in the mud) has to say. The two that stick out for me are Night of The Creeps, which is the greatest cheesy horror movie of all time, and House on Haunted Hill.

  3. Hmm, lots of excitement here (these are all ‘new’ to you, are they?).

    If you’re watching the Donner “The Omen”, I have to put a word in for “Damien: Omen II” which I think is at least as ‘good’, and arguably more ‘interesting’.

    I’ll be very curious to see what you think of the Fulci. Not that I ‘swear by’ him, not by a long shot! But ‘City of the Living Dead’ is kinda– amusing, in a way.

    Definitely I hope Tenebre or Inferno commands a big essay out of you. Or both!! I still haven’t seen “Opera” but it’s what many Argento afficionados regard as the Last Great Argento film, so– high hopes!

    I am, btw, an autumn nutcase and only trying to wait till the *very first* real sympton of autumn before taking daily walks in the cemetery– IF I can afford the gas to get there! Last fall I made the mistake of going out on September 1st, 2nd, 3rd– a waste, since it’s September In Name Only. I don’t think I finally made it back before October 6th, a beautfully dreary morn when I was, alas, worn out by insomnia, if I recall.

    I need to find a cemetery that’s closer to home. Sigh . . . .

  4. other than an unfathomably stupid comic relief subplot involving two bumbling cops, Last House on the Left is actually quite creepy because of how real and up-front and no bullshit it is with its violence.

  5. Going on the ones I’ve seen:

    A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin – very good but wouldn’t call it horror
    Blood and Black Lace – as above
    City of the Living Dead – pretty terrible
    Creature from the Black Lagoon – OK but overrated
    Flesh for Frankenstein – as above, but would probably be fun in 3D
    House on Haunted Hill – and likewise
    Inferno – all right, not a patch on Suspiria
    Jigoku – a slow burner, but once everyone dies and goes to hell it’s amazing
    Re-Animator – was starting to look rather shabby when I last saw it
    Session 9 – OK
    Spider Baby – terrific
    Tenebre – again, wouldn’t classify as horror. I recall it being good
    The Blob – can’t really remember, probably OK
    The Last House on the Left – *hugely* overrated
    The Leopard Man – good but not the best of the Lewtons
    The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue – terrific
    The Masque of the Red Death – Corman does Poe as Bergman. Looks incredible
    The Omen – haven’t seen in years, wasn’t a big fan
    Viy – good but you need to make allowances for it

  6. Alice Sweet, Alice is a nice little film that is really creepy at times and Strait-Jacket is really good too, not too scary but fun and very entertaining.

  7. The Creature From the Black Lagoon
    The Changeling
    The Masque of the Red Death

    I love all of those.

    City of the Living Dead is absolute garbage. The Beyond and House By the Cemetery are a lot better, as far as Fulci goes.

  8. City of the Living Dead *is* idiotic, and I’m not even sure how to react to its repelent/comic gross-out effects: but in some very bizarre way I find the film endearing.

    I’m not even sure how that emotion would hold up to a repeat viewing; but I love the sub-Goblin music, the fog-slicked tracking shots of the streets, and the chemistry between Katerina (?) Mcwhatshernut and the journalist. Just the thought of driving off to avert the Apocalypse and having nothing better to do on your mind than to pull over and ‘try out some of that local cuisine’– now THAT’S how *I* would fight the Apocalypse!

    Justine, I hope you can fit in a Jean Rollin too?

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