October is now over, as is my horror movie challenge! 31 horror movies in 31 days, done!
Just to recap from Part One: I did not get to watch one movie a day for all 31 days in the month. I was busy some days and unable to watch even a single movie on those days, then less busy on other days and able to make up for the “days off” by watching two or three.
Everything evened out to one movie per day!
Again, while it is possible to write a review for every single movie I watch…that would simply be too much. Nobody is going to read 31 individual movie reviews! On top of providing titles, I thought I’d give a short review for each one, that way there is a little substance. I list the day I watched them, the title, and the year the movie is from. I will also give them a rating (machetes)!
10/17/19 – Midsommar (2019) – A very bad, and extremely twisted, horror/thriller that everyone (critics) seemed to love that I did not like one bit. Zero machetes!
10/17/19 – Child’s Play (1988) – The original. The classic. The best one in the still-continuing-to-grow series! 4 machetes.
10/19/19 – Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) – Just as good as the original, and a huge sigh of relief given that pretty much any unnecessary sequel that comes out after X number of years tends to be a huge letdown. But not this one! 4 machetes.
10/19/19 – Child’s Play 2 (1990) – A solid follow up to the original that I always loved because of the fun and intense factory chase at the end. 3 machetes.
10/20/19 – Child’s Play 3 (1991) – A lot of people hated this entry in the series, but I always enjoyed it and can’t watch either of the first two without watching this one. The original trilogy just isn’t complete without it. 3 machetes.
10/21/19 – Bride of Chucky (1998) – A very fun and over-the-top sequel to a series that could have easily been complete had they just left it at three movies. It’s more violent, gory, and more vulgar than the first three, but still very enjoyable. 3 machetes.
10/22/19 – Curse of Chucky (2013) – Astute readers will notice that I skipped 2004’s “Seed of Chucky.” I skipped it on purpose: I saw it in theaters when it came out and I hated it so much I swore to never watch it again! Because of that personal promise, I purposefully never saw this entry, thinking it would be just as bad. I was wrong! This was great, and a much needed return to Chucky’s sinister roots. It’s slow, dark, and just plain good. A toned down relentless-killer Chucky is much better than what he became throughout “Bride…” and went completely off-the-rails with in “Seed…” Back to 4 machetes for this one!
10/24/19 – Cult of Chucky (2017) – The 7th entry in the original Child’s Play universe and also one I had never seen (thanks to never seeing “Curse…”). I really enjoyed it! At this point I am hoping to get an 8th movie just to have three solid original movies, a fourth movie that is ok on it’s own, a fifth movie that everyone can purposefully – and rightfully – skip, and then three solid final movies, making for a roundabout “dual trilogy.” Give it time, since Chucky always comes back! 4 machetes.
10/27/19 – Crawl (2019) – More of a thriller than horror but, having always been a fan of the original “Lake Placid”, a new movie about killer alligators called out to me. It was better than expected, but also could have been better than it was. Nothing holds a candle to “Lake Placid” though! 3 machetes.
10/28/19 – Willow Creek (2013) – As a fan of Bobcat Goldthwait’s other movies that he wrote and directed, I was looking forward to seeing his lone foray into the horror genre. But, rather than be a horror movie, it was just horrific instead. Very boring, and nothing but a “Blair Witch” rip-off substituting Bigfoot in place of the witch, and with a runtime of 80 minutes that felt like 3 hours. 0 machetes.
10/29/19 – Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010) – A horror-comedy that I love m more every time I watch it, to the point of where I am going to actively start recommending it to people given the fact that so many people have never even heard of it. It is hilarious and fun. 5 machetes!
10/30/2019 – Village of the Damned (1995) – A movie I could not remember if I had seen or not given that it is very similar to “Children of the Corn” and I kept confusing the two. Turns out I had seen it long ago and forgot, but very quickly remembered that it was bad. It is still bad! 1 machete.
10/31/19 – Trick or Treat (1986) – A movie highly recommended by “so bad they’re good” 80’s movie fans that I quite enjoyed. It wasn’t scary like intended, but it had a great soundtrack and a fun enough story. 3 machetes!
10/31/19 – The Toxic Avenger (1984) – I had heard how bad this movie was, but everyone that told me that seemed to love how bad it was. I did not love it. Usually when a movie is bad I find a way to still enjoy it. This was just plain bad and unenjoyable. 0 machetes.
10/31/19 – Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) – I avoided watching this my entire life simply because it is the only Halloween movie that has nothing to do with Michael Myers…but I finally gave it a shot last year and now I love it more than the Michael Myers movies! I plan to watch it every October now that I know how good it is. I wish, somehow, they could drop the “Halloween III” portion of the title and just call it “Season of the Witch” and let it be its own thing though. It is perfectly wonderful cheesy 80’s horror movie greatness! 4 machetes.
I really had to rush toward the final few days of the month in order to reach my goal of 31, but mission accomplished. I look forward to doing it again next year!