31 Days of Horror 2015

This is a tradition of mine and has been for the last three years. I watch as many horror films as I can during the month of October and post the list on Facebook. This year I thought I'd  publish it someplace a little more permanent. 

1. Creep - I've always hated the word "bromance", but I have to say this little indie represents the purest version of that term. Kind of sweet actually. It's like a love letter from one bro to another, but really he's just stalking him.

2. Mama - I think Guillermo del Toro is trying to tell me that raising small children is so easy even a ghost could do. Fun fact: this is actually the sequel to Ghost Dad.

3. The Beyond - Josh had the great idea to make a big pot of spaghetti, open some red wine and watch an Italian horror film. I fell asleep about halfway through. See below.

4. The House of the Long Shadows - Vincent Price, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. I really, really wanted to like this, but it was the worst. It was like being in Agatha Christie's version of a haunted house.

5. Nightmares in Red, White & Blue - This is an interesting look at the history of horror films in the United States set against the political landscape of each decade. I have nothing sarcastic to say about it. It's just a fascinating documentary. Also, I could listen to John Carpenter talk about films all day. 

6. The Strain - Season finale - My overall feeling about this show is "yeah, sure. You can leave it on."

7. Hell Baby - Probably the funniest film I have seen in a long time. Every time Keegan Michael Key appeared, I laughed so hard I cried.

8. Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Blue - A Nazi zombie and a human accidentally switch arms? I mean, I think we can all relate. Mondays, amiright?

9. Pieces - I try not to include movies I have already seen, but we had company that night and I didn't want to keep shushing people.

10. The Nameless - Oh, I'll give it a name. From now on let's call it "I Can't Believe I Watched Two Hours of Such a Mediocre Movie and Expected It to Pay Off".

11. The Stranger - It was so bad that when Netflix lost the internet connection in the last 15 fifteen minutes, I was relieved.

12. Crimson Peak (finished The Beyond) - Crimson Peak was beautiful. I can't say enough about the set design and costumes. Seriously. I can't say enough about the set design and costumes. 

The end of The Beyond - The Beyond was beyond me. I wish I had fallen asleep again. 

13. Byzantium - Hmm. Vampire period piece. Not bad.

14. The Lazarus Effect - Wait, how did Mark Duplass sneak in here again? Man, that guy can crank 'em out. For that matter, how did Guillermo del Toro get in here three times?

15. (The first 20 minutes of) Proxy - To be fair, I was sleep deprived and exhausted, so I probably wouldn't have made it through anything that night, but it felt like I was watching a student film. I kept thinking "Sheesh. I better not make all these mistakes with my first feature."

16. Martyrs - Okay, a lot of people recommended this film and while I thought the ending was good, it was not good enough to justify the amount of torture (just on young women, btw) that I had to endure to get there. If you cut about 20-30 minutes of just sheer brutally, then maybe, I wouldn't need to curl up in the fetal position and cry for an hour after.