Shocktober 2015

Shocktober 2015
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Every year, I anticipate the start of October. Shocktober is my favorite season of the year!

The spirit of Shocktober is to try and watch as many of the below films as you can, knowing in advance that it’s probably impossible to watch a movie every single night. Trust me, we never get through the list.

While my husband and I put this list together, he wrote about it on Kotaku and I am reposting here!

  1. Goodnight Mommy (Theater)
  2. Unfriended (VOD/DVD)
  3. Cooties (VOD)
  4. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (VOD/DVD/Streaming)
  5. Westworld (VOD/DVD)
  6. Deep Red (DVD)
  7. The Visit (Theater)
  8. Jacob’s Ladder (DVD/Amazon Streaming)
  9. Knock Knock (Theater)
  10. Contracted: Phase 2 (VOD/DVD)
  11. We Are Still Here (VOD/DVD)
  12. Cub (VOD/DVD)
  13. Don’t Look Now (VOD/DVD)
  14. The Devil’s Backbone (VOD/DVD)
  15. Crimson Peak (Theater)
  16. Stage Fright (VOD/DVD)
  17. White God (VOD/DVD/Netflix)
  18. The Lazarus Effect (VOD/DVD)
  19. The Tenant (VOD/DVD)
  20. Poltergeist [Remake] (VOD/DVD)
  21. Them (VOD/DVD)
  22. Insidious: Chapter Three (VOD/DVD)
  23. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (Theater)
  24. The Falling (VOD/DVD/Amazon Streaming)
  25. Starry Eyes (VOD/DVD/Netflix)
  26. Invaders From Mars (VOD/DVD)
  27. Under the Skin (VOD/DVD/Amazon Streaming)
  28. Lyle (VOD/DVD)
  29. Black Death (VOD/DVD/Netflix/Amazon Streaming)
  30. Magic (VOD/DVD)
  31. Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (VOD/DVD/Netflix)

If you’re looking for even more movies, here are my husband’s published lists from years past:

Happy haunting!!

❤ the shark

Shocktober 2013

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First of all, I’ve stolen this list from my husband. It’s my favorite time of the year and I hope to watch ALL of the movies on this list. Enjoy!

  1. Insidious: Chapter Two (2013)
  2. Event Horizon (1997)
  3. Trick ‘R Treat (2007)
  4. Bad Milo (2013)
  5. All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006)
  6. We Are What We Are (2013)
  7. Dark Touch (2013)
  8. Noroi: The Curse (2005)
  9. Hell Baby (2013)
  10. John Dies at the End (2012)
  11. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
  12. Pet Sematary (1989)
  13. Come Out and Play (2012)
  14. Escape From Tomorrow (2013)
  15. +1 (2013)
  16. Maniac (2013)
  17. I Spit On Your Grave 2 (2013)
  18. Would You Rather (2012)
  19. Videodrome (1983)
  20. Severance (2006)
  21. American Mary (2012)
  22. Screamers (1995)
  23. Carrie (October 18)
  24. Razorback (1984)
  25. Shrooms (2007)
  26. Dead End (2003)
  27. The Dinosaur Project (2012)
  28. Ghostwatch (2012)
  29. Scenic Route (2013)
  30. Hellraiser (1987)
  31. The Last Days on Mars (2013)

Happy SHOCKTOBER!

❤ the shark

Grave Encounters – SHOCKTOBER

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Grave Encounters was such a thrill to watch. So exciting that they are already working on a sequel. 2011 Canadian horror film blew my socks off. Truly a scary thrill. A couple cheesy scares but overall the ‘Blair Witch’ of mental hospitals. I love watching the behind the scenes of a ‘supernatural reality show.’ Kind of gives you insight on what it would be like if Ghost Hunters had a Grave Encounters moment.

Just found out they are having a limited midnight showing for the sequel on Halloween! Exciting!

 

❤ the shark

Pandorum – SHOCKTOBER

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Pandorum was awesome. I liked it even though it was strange and had really crazy cinematography. Patrick thought it was lame.

What’s it about, here’s a super quick recap: two astronauts suddenly ‘wake up’ and find out that their ship has been torn to pieces and there are alien lifeforms onboard. Oh and they have no recollection of why they are there in the first place. Goal is to try to survive to make it out alive. You gotta watch it to find out how it ends.

The Tall Man – SHOCKTOBER

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WARNING: THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS.

The Tall Man is a 2012 English-language French mystery film written and directed by Pascal Laugier. The film, Martyrs, was a stunningly shocking film that Pascal Laugier wrote and directed. Being such a fan of it, I hoped to have a similar reaction to The Tall Man.

I was immediately excited to see Stephan McHattie in this film. after his superb performance in Pontypool, I have this newfound passion for his performance. although his character was minor, I enjoyed the appearance and recognizing him.

This was a thriller that had some twists. Jessica Biel was a very convincing as a victim and I liked that she seemed like the child killer towards the end. I like that she ended up sacrificing herself for the greater good of The Cause: redistributing stolen children into rich white suburban homes.

I give it a 3.5 out of 5.

<;3 the shark

Quarantine 2 – SHOCKTOBER

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WARNING: THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS.

Quarantine 2 wasn’t terrible, I’ll give it that. I loved the premise: being stuck on the plane with a virus. I could have seen a little more of that versus the on the ground action in a broken down terminal at an airport, which was mostly what the movie was.

The tie-in from the original is that this plane derailment happens simultaneously with the original Quarantine in LA. The flight was leaving LAX and one of the passengers that boarded the plane smuggled on a lab rat that…wait for it…was a test subject for the virus. Yeah, kinda lame, but still entertaining noneoftheless.

I was pissed when the ending allowed the little boy to live and walk away unharmed. Too nice and Hollywood squeaky clean happy ending for me.

I give it a 2 out of 5.

<;3 the shark

Pontypool – SHOCKTOBER

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Pontypool was adapted from the novel Pontypool Changes Everything by Tony Burgess, who also wrote the screenplay. The story is about “Shock jock” Grant Mazzy who has, once again, been kicked-off the Big City airwaves and now works at the only job he could get hosting the early morning show at CLSY Radio in Pontypool Ontario, which broadcasts from the basement of the small town’s only church. What begins as another boring day of school bus cancellations due to yet another massive snow storm, things quickly turn deadly when reports of people having bizarre seizures, developing strange speech patterns and evoking horrendous acts of violence start piling in. Before long, Grant and the small staff at CLSY find themselves trapped in the radio station as they discover that this insane behavior taking over the town is actually a deadly virus being spread through the English language itself. Do they stay on the air in the hopes of being rescued or, are they in fact providing the virus with its ultimate leap over the airwaves and into the world?

Grant Mazzy’s deep bold voice is my favorite part of the film. Stephen McHattie blows it out of the water with his character, creating a selfish insecure but incredibly likable character. The ‘Shock jock’ of Pontypool has such a strong voice, carrying the town throughout it’s destruction. With all of the awful things he’s describing, Grant Mazzy brings gravity to the impossible. I could seriously watch/listen to him on the radio all day long.

At Rue Morgue‘s 2008 Festival of Fear expo, director Bruce McDonald stressed the victims of the virus detailed in the film were not zombies and called them “conversationalists”. He described the stages of the disease:

There are three stages to this virus. The first stage is you might begin to repeat a word. Something gets stuck. And usually it’s words that are terms of endearment like sweetheart or honey. The second stage is your language becomes scrambled and you can’t express yourself properly. The third stage you become so distraught at your condition that the only way out of the situation you feel, as an infected person, is to try and chew your way through the mouth of another person

Check out the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ehq2a8lum_4. I love that there is a possibility of a sequel too!

I give it a 4.5 out of 5.

<;3 the shark