Bede’s 2013 Halloween Viewing List Round-Up: The Best & The Worst

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Well, Halloween has come and gone once again (well, technically it finished over a week ago). If you remember from my Bede’s 2013 Halloween Viewing: 62 Horror Films In 31 Days article that I wrote last month, I said I was going to spend the month of October watching all 62 films from the list. Luckily I was able to watch them all without any problems at all (although I will admit that there were some days where I did struggle a bit cause I had to fit them in around both work and other busy things in my life). But it was just a fun as last year’s one was and I definitely can’t to do it again for a third year in a row for Halloween next year. I have to say I think this year’s viewing list ended up being better overall than last year’s. I saw so many great horror films from the list and surprisingly very few bad ones (don’t worry there were a still a couple of awful ones)

Also I promised in my article that once I was done with my list, I would back to write an article on the 10 best & worst horror films I saw during the month. Well, here it is. Sorry it took me a little long to post it up, I’ve been a bit busy over the last week since Halloween so I didn’t have time to write it until now. But just in case you’ve forgotten which horror films I watched from my Halloween Viewing List list this year, here’s it is below (plus their ratings):

Day 1: FRANKENSTEIN (1931) (5/5) and HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET  (2/5)
Day 2: BAD TASTE (4.5/5) and NO ONE LIVES (3.5/5)
Day 3: ONIBABA (4/5) and THE ABC’S OF DEATH (3/5)
Day 4: SISTERS (1973) (3/5) and THE POSSESSION (4/5)
Day 5: NEXT OF KIN (1982) (4/5) and THE LORDS OF SALEM (4/5)
Day 6: THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (5/5) and THE BAY (4/5)
Day 7: CAT’S EYE (4/5) and SMILEY (1/5)
Day 8: NIGHT WARNING (3.5/5) and ABSENTIA (4.5/5)
Day 9:  EYES WITHOUT A FACE (4/5) and BYZANTIUM (4/5)
Day 10: MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE (3.5/5) and SHUTTER (2004) (2.5/5)
Day 11: THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE (4.5/5) and ARGENTO’S DRACULA (2012) (1/5)
Day 12: Q: THE WINGED SERPENT (2.5/5) and AMERICAN MARY (3/5)
Day 13: PIN (4.5/5) and COCKNEYS VS. ZOMBIES (3/5)
Day 14: WILLARD (1971) (3/5) and THE SLEEPER (2.5/5)
Day 15: DR. JEKYLL & SISTER HYDE (3.5/5) and AFTERSHOCK (2012) (3.5/5)
Day 16: HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER (5/5) and EXIT HUMANITY (4/5)
Day 17: THE UNINVITED (1944) (5/5) and JOHN DIES AT THE END (3.5/5)
Day 18: WITCHFINDER GENERAL (5/5) and THE BARRENS (2.5/5)
Day 19: SATURDAY THE 14TH (3/5) and THE APPARITION (1.5/5)
Day 20: TERROR TRAIN (3.5/5) and CHERNOBYL DIARIES (3/5)
Day 21: ALICE, SWEET ALICE (4/5) and DARK SKIES (3.5/5)
Day 22: SPOOKIES (1/5) and EXCISION (4/5)
Day 23: THE BEYOND (2/5) and FRANKENSTEIN’S ARMY (1/5)
Day 24: PEEPING TOM (4.5/5) and CITADEL (3.5/5)
Day 25: LIFEFORCE (3.5/5) and MAREBITO (2/5)
Day 26: NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE (5/5) and BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO (5/5)
Day 27: THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1920) (3.5/5) and THE PURGE (1.5/5)
Day 28: MANIAC (1980) (3.5/5) and GRABBERS (3.5/5)
Day 29: DEMONS (3.5/5) and HOME MOVIE (2008) (4/5)
Day 30: POISON FOR THE FAIRIES (4.5/5) and THE BATTERY (4/5)
Day 31: CRONOS (5/5) and SATAN’S LITTLE HELPER (4/5)

Now let’s get right onto my lists. For both of my lists, I’ve decided to included the Twitter reviews that I wrote for each film, so you’ll know what I thought of the films themselves. Enjoy!

Here are my top 10 worst horror films From my list:

10. THE SLEEPER

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“While it does a good job of capturing the look and feel 80’s slasher films,
sadly its also poorly acted, empty and dull”

9. THE BEYOND

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“While it has creepy atmosphere and great gore, sadly this was a messy and
sluggish horror film that failed to engage me”

8. MAREBITO

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“Despite being both original and intriguing, sadly this Japanese horror film
executed in a rather dull and uninteresting way”

7. HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET

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“It’s starts off okay but eventually it gets rather dull, stupid and very
predictable as it goes along”

6. THE PURGE

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“While it has a great concept in it, unfortunately the end result is a really
dumb and unintentionally hilarious horror film”

5. THE APPARITION

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“While it has a good concept and it’s visually stylish, sadly it’s a rather
clichéd, boring and unscary horror film”

4. SMILEY

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“One of the dumbest slasher films I’ve seen in a while. I think I loss some brain
cells over how stupid it was. It was awful!”

3. SPOOKIES

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“While it has some cool monster deigns in it, however this is an absolutely awful
horror film that’s a complete utter mess”

2. ARGENTO’S DRACULA (2012)

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“Dario Argento’s latest is an awful, boring, cheap, amateurish and poorly made
adaptation of the classic vampire story”

…and the number 1 worst horror film from my list is…

1. FRANKENSTEIN’S ARMY

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“Despite some cool monsters, this an absolutely terrible found-footage horror
film that’s poorly made in every way”

(also you can read my full in-depth review if it here)

Well, there you have it. Those were the absolute worst films I saw that month. Now let’s move on to my best of list…

Here are my top 10 best horror films From my list:

10. POISON FOR THE FAIRIES

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“A truly superb and brilliantly acted Spanish horror film that keeps you
engrossed from beginning to end”

9. PEEPING TOM

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“An absolutely terrific, complex and ground breaking 60’s British horror/thriller
that’s brilliantly acted and directed”

8. THE UNINVITED (1944)

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“An absolutely terrific, compelling and creepy haunted house film that’s
brilliantly acted, written and directed”

7. THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (1964)

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“Vincent Price gives a fantastic performance in this brilliantly made and truly
compelling horror film.”

6. BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO

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“Toby Jones gives s terrific performance in this fantastic, original and
captivating psychological horror film”

5. NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE

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“Werner Herzog’s remake of the classic silent horror film is a superbly made,
engrossing and haunting film”

4. HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER

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“A dark, grim, disturbing but exceptionally made film that’s both brilliantly
acted and directed”

3. WITCHFINDER GENERAL

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“Vincent Price gives one of his best performances in this dark, chilling,
compelling and superb horror/drama”

2. FRANKENSTEIN (1931)

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“This is a brilliantly made horror film that truly deserves its status as a
classic. Boris Karloff was fantastic!”

…and the number 1 best horror film from my list is…

1. CRONOS

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“Guillermo del Toro’s film debut is a exceptional Spanish vampire film that’s
both original and brilliantly made in every way”

Well, there you have it. Those are both my top 10 best & worst horror films I saw from my Halloween Viewing List for this year.I hope you all enjoyed reading it and I definitely can’t wait to do it again next year.

– Bede Jermyn

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