October Horror Challenge 2015: Wrap-Up

Every October, the forum DVDTalk holds a horror challenge where the goal is to watch 100 horror films. Prizes are given out for participation, completing checklist and answering trivia questions. When we started up our forum, we copied the idea – minus the prizes. Last year’s wrap-up can be found here.

This year I watched 144 films. I rewatched 5 films; three favourites (Pet Sematary, Cabin Fever, Murder Party), one I hated (Drag Me to Hell) and one I didn’t think much of (Rosemary’s Baby). I ended up loving Rosemary’s Baby and liking Drag Me to Hell. I loved Murder Party even more, and the loved the others about the same. I saw no new first-time instant favourites, though I did see quite a few really good ones – enough for a top 10 this year. This month I also made a video montage of all the films I watched.

My full list of viewings can be found here. A ranked list of viewings can be found here. And now for awards and stats (Best/Worst film awards and stats don’t include rewatches or shorts, for simplicity).

The Horror Awards

Best Film:

1. Crimson Peak (2015)

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2. Gui da gui (1980)

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3. Basket Case 2 (1990)

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4. Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010)

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5. Ha phraeng (2009)

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6. Bloodbath at the House of Death (1984)

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7. Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat (2002)

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8. Cybernatural (2014)

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9. Stranger in Our House (1978)

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10. Julie Darling (1983)

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Also worth a look:

  • Black Death (2010)
  • Blood and Donuts (1995)
  • Bloodsucking Bastards (2015)
  • Cooties (2014)
  • Death Weekend (1976)
  • Der Todesking (1990)
  • House of Mortal Sin (1976)
  • House of Whipcord (1974)
  • Ich seh, Ich seh (2014)
  • Kyûketsu Shôjo tai Shôjo Furanken (2009)
  • Kyuketsuki Gokemidoro (1968)
  • Mountaintop Motel Massacre (1986)
  • Neon Maniacs (1986)
  • Not of This Earth (1988)
  • Películas para no dormir: La habitación del niño (2006)
  • Redd Inc. (2012)
  • Simon, King of the Witches (1971)
  • Stigmata (1999)
  • The Boogens (1981)
  • The Borderlands (2013)
  • The Final Girls (2015)
  • The Forgotten (1973)
  • The Green Inferno (2013)
  • The Monster Club (1981)
  • U.F.O. Abduction (1989)
  • When a Stranger Calls Back (1993)
  • Witchboard (1986)


Worst Film:

1. Gospodin oformitel (1987)

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2. Noriko no shokutaku (2005)

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3. Malpertuis (1971)

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4. Tsumetai nettaigyo (2010)

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5. The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972)

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‘I’ll Be in My Bunk’ aka Hottest Dudes:

1. Tom Hiddleston as ‘Thomas Sharpe’ in Crimson Peak (2015)

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2. Andrew Prine as ‘Simon Sinestrari’ in Simon, King of the Witches (1971)

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3. Sandy Barnett as ‘Alexander’ in Murder Party (2007)

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4. Jeff East as ‘Peter Bryant’ in Stranger in Our House (1978)

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5. AJ Bowen as ‘Ben Geringer’ in Rites of Spring (2011)

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Stats

Decades:

1920-1929 – 0
1930-1939 – 1
1940-1949 – 3
1950-1959 – 4
1960-1969 – 8
1970-1979 – 26
1980-1989 – 31
1990-1999 – 14
2000-2009 – 20
2010-2019 – 31

Average year: 1990

Ratings:

1/10 – 0
2/10 – 0
3/10 – 0
4/10 – 41
5/10 – 59
6/10 – 30
7/10 – 8
8/10 – 0
9/10 – 0
10/10 – 0

Average rating: 5.0


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