Oct 31, 2016

Monthly Movie Recap - October 2016

Well, we made it to the end of the month! Whether you're out for tricks or treats or waiting in a pumpkin patch for the Great Pumpkin, have a great night! If you're staying in, maybe you'll find something on my list to watch tonight. Just about everything this month would be worth your Halloween night viewing.

Did you discover any great flicks this month? 
Let me know in the comments!

Quick reminder: any linked titles go to Amazon where you can buy the movie (or anything else) and drop a couple pennies in my pocket at the same time.

The Witch (2015, Amazon Prime)
Sometimes when I go into a horror movie, my brain has expectations of what the horror will be. This was nothing like I thought and it kind of blew me away! I was expecting a lot more witchy horror. It's there just not in the way I imagined. It focuses more on the Puritan family dynamic and the suspicion of witchcraft.

Cool: Black Phillip! When I think of historical witchcraft, this is pretty much what I envision
Lame: I didn't like the ending at first but the more I went over the movie in my head, the more I came around to it.

Rating: 7/10

Fun Size Horror: Volume 1 (2015, Amazon Prime)
I feel like I give the same review for horror anthologies: there are good parts and bad parts. I have to say I was surprised that the good outweighed the bad. There are over 20 shorts so if you don't like what you're seeing, it'll change soon enough. There is one short about dueling wizards that's pretty funny. I'm looking forward to Volume 2 where Karen Gillan will direct and star in a segment.

Cool: The awesome Halloween inspired animated opening sequence.
Lame: That opening is the only Halloween to be found

Rating: 6/10, worth a watch! You'll probably only remember the ones you like.


Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (2014, Netflix)
I've had this on my Netflix list for over a year and I'm glad I finally gave it a shot. It's nice to find a zombie movie that isn't the same old same old and tosses in some new ideas. Toward the end it gets like a Mad Max comic book with zombies.

Cool: Good balance of gore and giggles
Lame: When is the sequel coming???

Rating: 7/10

Monster in the Closet (1986, Amazon Prime)
Who would have thought you'd ever see a mostly kid friendly horror comedy from Troma? It's a horror parody but OMGP (Oh My Great Pumpkin) the humor is mostly humorous because it's so stupid.

Cool: Early roles for Paul Walker and Stacy Ferguson; Neat-o monster design (even though it looks like a Rancor's little brother)
Lame: Felt like it draaaaaaaagged quite a bit

Rating: 4/10

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: LDTTWA (2016, TV)
If you want something visual that's not too abysmal, watch pretty much anything else. I had a knee jerk reaction of "nononono" when I first heard about this and then I cooled off and decided to give it a chance. I was ready to check out after "Sweet Transvestite" but I stuck it out hoping it would get better...it didn't. Who knows, maybe this will get a younger crowd to seek out the original.

Cool: Oddly, Brad and Janet were my favorites. I kind of liked the theater crowd gags.
Lame: Mostly it feels like people playing dress up and aping what came before but they don't really know why they're doing it only that this is how they're supposed to do it.

Rating: 3/10. take me back to Transylvania!

Spirit Camp (2009, Amazon Prime)
This is a decent throwback slasher with a bit of funny throughout. It checks every cliche on the "How to make a slasher movie" checklist and it's supposed to.

Cool: Uncanny night time forests with amazing lighting
Lame: The final girl boss battle totally drops the humor and tries to become more serious than it has any right to be up to that point.

Rating: 5/10

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1980, YouTube)
Watch it right here!
Who better to play a live action Ichabod Crane than 80s Jeff Goldblum? This made for TV movie is pretty light on the Horseman but dammit if there isn't something so charming about it that kept me watching. The ending deviates from the original story for a more happy ending but it works here.

Rating: 6/10

Christine (1983)
Finally got around to this one because Now Playing podcast was covering it. In my mind, there's something wrong when I'm watching what's supposed to be a movie about a killer car and I'm more interested in the high school stuff and the dude-bros. It doesn't help that there's not a lot of car killing going on either.

Cool: Christine is pretty bad to the bone; Cool car effects
Lame: Too many time jumps skip over the parts I want to see

Rating: 5/10

Ghostbusters (2016, Extended Cut)
Long story short: it was fun, I was entertained. Would I have been as entertained if this were the first ever Ghostbusters movie? Maybe not because there are a lot of call backs but it's still a good ride. I really enjoyed the villain too.

Cool: Kat McKinnon is the best live action Real Ghostbuster Egon ever! Ok, maybe she's the only one, but still! Melissa McCarthy finally wasn't playing the same type of character she seems to in every other movie.
Lame: Chris Hemsworth's dumber than a rock receptionist. Stupid can be funny but this was way too much stupid.

Rating: 6.5/10

Month Total
 New: 9  Rewatch: 0

Year Total
 New: 59  Rewatch:3


  1. I really like that version of Sleepy Hallow! Still have the VHS.

    1. There's just something about it I fell in love with immediately even though there's very little Horseman in it.



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