Bede’s 2014 Halloween Viewing List Round-Up: The Top 5 Best & 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 2014 Halloween Viewing List: Sequels, Prequels and Docos! article that I wrote last month, I said I was going to spend the month of October watching horror sequels/prequels and horror-themed documentaries. Luckily I was able to watch them all without any problems at all (unfortunately wasn’t able to get around to watching some of the films I planned to rewatch from the list: HALLOWEEN (1978), TRICK ‘R TREAT, GRINDHOUSE). But it was really good to catch-up and finally get watching some of the films that I’ve been meaning to see from, particularly the docos (let’s just say that overall, the docos did win over the sequels/prequels in terms of quality in the end)

Also I promised in my article that once I was done with my list, I would back to write a top 5 best & worst horror films list of what 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 sequels/prequels and documentaries I watched from my Halloween Viewing List list this year, here they are below (plus their ratings):

Day 1: THE PSYCHO LEGACY (4/5)
Day 2: THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (4.5/5)
Day 3: MORE BRAINS! A RETURN TO THE LIVING DEAD (4/5) (Bonus Film: TUSK (3.5/5))
Day 4: UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING (2/5)
Day 5:  SLICE AND DICE: THE SLASHER FILM FOREVER (3.5/5)
Day 6: GRAVE ENCOUNTERS 2 (1/5)
Day 7: CROPSEY (4/5) (Bonus Film: DRACULA UNTOLD (2.5/5))
Day 8: WRONG TURN 5: BLOODLINES (2.5/5)
Day 9:  NIGHTMARE FACTORY (3.5/5)
Day 10: FRIGHT NIGHT 2: NEW BLOOD (1/5)
Day 11: SCREAM: THE INSIDE STORY (3.5/5)
Day 12: HOWLING II: YOUR SISTER IS A WEREWOLF (1/5)
Day 13: DOC OF THE DEAD (3.5/5)
Day 14: JAWS 3 (1/5)
Day 15: MY AMITYVILLE HORROR (4/5)
Day 16: THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT 2: GHOSTS OF GEORGIA (2/5)
Day 17: GHOST ADVENTURES: THE DOCUMENTARY (3.5/5)
Day 18: CABIN FEVER: PATIENT ZERO (1.5/5)
Day 19: BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD (3.5/5)
Day 20: THE COLLECTION (3.5/5)
Day 21: SCREAMING IN HIGH HEELS: THE RISE & FALL OF THE SCREAM QUEEN ERA (3/5)
Day 22: THE PURGE: ANARCHY (3.5/5)
Day 23: KILLER LEGENDS (3.5/5)
Day 24: DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD (4/5)
Day 25: ZOMBIE GIRL: THE MOVIE (4.5/5)
Day 26: ABCs OF DEATH 2 (3.5/5)
Day 27: I AM NANCY (3.5/5)
Day 28: SEE NO EVIL 2 (3/5)
Day 29: TERROR IN THE AISLES (3/5)
Day 30: V/H/S: VIRAL (3/5)
Day 31: THE AMERICAN SCREAM (4.5/5) (Bonus Films: IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS (4/5), CRITTERS (3.5/5) and DEADLY FRIEND (3/5))

Now if that out of the way, let’s get right onto my lists. Here are both my top 5 best & worst films from my viewing list this year. Enjoy!

My top 5 worst horror sequels/docos from my list:

5. CABIN FEVER: PATIENT ZERO

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“While it does have the occasional cool moment, but sadly this unnecessary prequel to the 2003 Eli Roth directed film was way too serious, mean-spirited and dull to be fun.”

4. GRAVE ENCOUNTERS 2

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“While this sequel starts off being a very interesting meta sequel, but sadly as it goes along it becomes an complete utter mess “

3. JAWS 3

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“Say what you will about the awful JAWS: THE REVENGE, but at lest it wasn’t an absolute bore like this 3rd entry was. It’s definitely the worst one in the JAWS series “

2. FRIGHT NIGHT 2: NEW BLOOD

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“I honestly don’t get what this film is. Is it a sequel? A remake? A semake? A requel? Whatever it is, this piece of crap was both lazy and pointless “

…and the number 1 is…

1. HOWLING II: YOUR SISTER IS A WEREWOLF

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“Oh, man. This is absolutely one of the worst films I have ever seen. It’s a true all out abomination. It could have been a fun so-bad-it’s-good film if it wasn’t so bloody boring and nonsensical”

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…

My top 5 best horror sequels/docos from my list:

5. CROPSEY

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“A fascinating, eerie and truly chilling true crime/horror doco that delves into the true story that inspired the urban legend of Cropsey “

4. DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD

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“An truly awesome sequel that’s a massive improvement over the average 1st film in everyway. It funny, gory, demented and hugely entertaining!”

3. ZOMBIE GIRL: THE MOVIE

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“This surprisingly terrific documentary about the making of then 12 year old director Emily Hagins’ debut film PATHOGEN is both hugely entertaining and inspiring “

2. THE AMERICAN SCREAM

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“Michael Stephenson’s follow-up to BEST WORST MOVIE is an absolutely terrific, insightful and surprisingly heartfelt doco about the lives of Halloween home haunters”

…and the number 1 is…

1. BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN

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“While I prefer the 1st film a little bit more, this was still a truly terrific and brilliantly crafted sequel. Boris Karloff was simply amazing once again”

Well, there you have it. Those are both my top 5 best & worst horror sequels/prequels/docos 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 another list again next year.

– Bede Jermyn

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