That was fun (for me, at least). I’m glad a few fellow baseball card bloggers took up the challenge. Following along with their picks, and with the horror fiends’ picks, was fun and added a lot of titles to my Netflix queue. For a full recap of my picks, click here. And it’s never too late to start your own list…just pick a day and start posting!
I’m sure it was difficult to come up with the categories for the challenge, and there were certain days that I struggled more than others because of the category (day 24 in particular). Here are some of the categories I might have included if I were making the challenge…
- Favorite holiday-themed horror movie: Possibilities here include New Year’s Evil, My Bloody Valentine, Thankskilling, April Fool’s Day, and a slew of Halloween and Christmas titles.
- Favorite sequel: Sometimes sequels are bad…very bad. But sometimes they are fantastic. I personally loved A Nightmare on Elm Street 2, Friday the 13th Part 2, and Halloween II (John Carpenter’s version, not Rob Zombie’s drivel). And nearly every successful horror movie gets a sequel or two…Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Scream, Jaws, etc.
- Favorite franchise: I loved several of the Friday the 13th movies, but as an overall franchise, I liked A Nightmare on Elm Streetbetter.
- Favorite horror director (based on entire body of work, not just one film): Wes Craven, John Carpenter, George Romero, Tobe Hooper, Clive Barker…those are the first names that come to my mind.
- Favorite Stephen King movie or television program: I can’t even begin to list them all, but I was upset that I couldn’t use Children of the Cornanywhere on my list. It just didn’t seem to fit into any of the categories in my mind.
- Favorite horror movie featuring creepy kids: Another category in which I could have used Children of the Corn!
I’m sure others could come up with more categories…and there are enough movies out there we could probably make it a 365 Day Challenge! What else was missing?
Day 30 – Your favorite horror film of all time…
Man, it’s difficult for me to pick a favorite anything. Food? I like pizza and hot dogs. Baseball players? I like Griffey and Sabo and Stillwell. TV show? I like “Chuck” and “Smallville.” To make me pick a favorite something is like asking me which eye I want poked out.
In a way, my selection of the original 1984 A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET brings this challenge full-circle, having selected the remake on day 1 as “a horror film no one would expect you to love, but you do.” The original has a lot going for it: one of the most recognizable modern-day monsters, a megastar actor in his pre-megastar days, a legendary writer/director, and a foundation strong enough to carry several sequels and spin-offs.
Day 29 – Your least favorite horror film of all time…
I have never been more disappointed in a movie than I was in Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN II. After the fantastic remake of the original Halloween, I was heartbroken to see this. I went opening night and left the theater nearly in tears. The white horse? Did Michael die? Did Laurie become the killer? I was so confused and befuddled by nearly everything on the screen, it was maddening. It started out promising, in the hospital just like the original sequel, but quickly devolved into meaninglessness. Much like this post has done.
Day 28 – Your favorite horror film that no one’s ever heard of…
Well, someone has heard of it, or else it wouldn’t be on IMDB, right? DEMON UNDER GLASS is a vampire movie from a different angle…he has been captured and is being studied by scientists. It’s a bit slow-moving at times, and the acting is not the greatest, but I thought it was well done for a low-budget release.
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Day 27 – Your favorite guilty pleasure…
My guilty pleasure: THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE: FIRST SEQUENCE. If you’ve never seen it, don’t watch it…unless I’m there to watch you watch it. That’s what makes this movie so great for me, and what makes it a guilty pleasure. I love to watch my iron-stomached friends squirm while the movie plays. I do have to say, though, as disgusting as this movie is, Dieter Laser (who plays the Dr. Heiter) is one of the best mad scientists I’ve ever seen. Truly psychotic.
Day 26 – Your favorite horror film to watch as a child…
I vividly remember sneaking into my parents’ bedroom on Saturday afternoons while they were out shopping, turning on the USA Network, and lowering the volume as much as I could without losing sound altogether, and watching a sadistic killer wearing a hockey mask slitting the throats of camp counselors int he woods. Obviously, that rules out the first two FRIDAY THE 13th films (Jason didn’t don the mask until the third installment), but I’m including them all because this is the greatest horror franchise in my opinion. And I even liked the television series that had absolutley nothing to do with Mr. Voorhees.
Day 25 – A horror film that you used to hate, but now like…
I hate this category. When I watch I movie I don’t like, I usually don’t watch it again. So this was a real brain-scratcher. A couple of weeks ago I loaded up a cult classic on Netflix, one that I didn’t enjoy the first time I watched it: THE EVIL DEAD. Since I didn’t like this movie the first time I watched it, I never sought out the sequels, the musical, the comics, or anything else related to it. But for the good of this project, I watched it again. Perhaps I was in a better frame of mind, because I actually did like it this time. Didn’t love it, but liked it. So I will be ordering up the sequels on Netflix soon so I can fully experience the awesomeness of Bruce Campbell.
Speaking of Campbell, have you seen My Name Is Bruce? If you like The Evil Dead, you definitely need to check it out. Very cool self-depracating parody.
Day 24 – Horror film in which you perfer the edited version over the director’s cut…
I’ll be upfront: I don’t pay much attention to “director’s cuts.” I’ll watch them, but usually there is a good reason a film was edited. When it came to this category, I was completely lost. I kind of wish there was a “wildcard” category that you could use to replace one day, and this is where I would use it. Again, favorite holiday-themed movie anyone?
Anyway, I picked THE GRUDGE here because it’s a good movie and I didn’t pick a whole lot from the early-to-mid-2000s. I still get chills everytime I see the creepy ghost girl.
Day 23 – Your favorite made for TV horror film…
“I’m every nightmare you’ve ever had. I’m your worst dream come true. I’m everything you ever were afraid of.”
Techinically not a “film,” this miniseries for Stephen King’s “IT” aired in November 1990 when I was a high school freshman and I had to tape it each night because I couldn’t stay up to watch the whole thing. I wore that VHS tape out, and finally broke down and bought the DVD a couple of years ago.
Day 22 – Your favorite horror themed TV show…
There are few names in the world of television that were bigger than Frank Lupo in the 1980s. From “The A-Team” to “Hunter,” “The Greatest American Hero” to “BJ and the Bear,” nearly everything involving Lupo was golden. In 1987, the brand new Fox network took another Lupo production, “Werewolf,” and aired it in prime time. Sadly, the show was ahead of its time and only lasted one season. I can say without hesitation that this is what really got me interested in the horror genre. I was familiar with Freddy and Jason and knew the vampire stories, but this weekly television program cemented my love of monsters.
A couple of years ago, the series was being prepared for a DVD release. Due to music-related licensing, it was delayed and eventually canceled. There are bootleg copies available at horror conventions, but it would still be nice to see an official release, perhaps with some commentary or other bonus features.
The show has somewhat of a cult following today, including a spectacular fan website which is better than many official sites of other programs.