Bede’s 2015 Halloween Viewing List Round-Up: The Best And The Worst

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Okay, I know. I know what you are thinking: Halloween ended nearly a month ago, how come I am writing an article about it? Well, actually I suppose to have this article written and posted online right after Halloween had finished but the last couple of weeks had been so busy in my life, that I didnt have time to write it until now. So its a bit of understatement that my personal life has been extremely busy as of late (I moved into a new flat, my parents came to visit, I started working at a second job etc.). If you remember from my Bede’s 2015 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 nearly them all without any problems at all (although I wasn’t able to check out the cinema and special event screenings of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION, THE LAST WITCH HUNTER, TROLL 2 and THE GREEN INFERNO, but I did get a chance to see the former two afterwards in November). I had a great time watching the films from this year’s list and I definitely can’t to do it again for Halloween next year as well. 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. 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: THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT (1972) (3/5) and OCULUS (4/5) (Bonus Film: THE VISIT (4.5/5))
Day 2: DUEL (4.5/5) and SPRING (4/5)
Day 3: THE INVISIBLE MAN (1933) (5/5) and HERE COMES THE DEVIL (3.5/5)
Day 4: HORROR OF DRACULA (4/5) and PROXY (3.5/5)
Day 5: THE CRAZIES (1973) (3.5/5) and AS ABOVE, SO BELOW (1.5/5)
Day 6: DON’T TORTURE A DUCKLING (4.5/5) and WILLOW CREEK (3.5/5)
Day 7: THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES (4/5) and HONEYMOON (3.5/5) (Bonus Film: ATTACK ON TITAN: PART 2 – END OF THE WORLD (2.5/5))
Day 8: CAT PEOPLE (1982) (4/5) and DIGGING UP THE MARROW (3.5/5)
Day 9: THE BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE (3/5) and WE ARE WHAT WE ARE (2013) (4/5)
Day 10: ISLAND OF LOST SOULS (5/5) and ODD THOMAS (3.5/5)
Day 11: BLACK SUNDAY (4.5/5) and THE QUIET ONES (2.5/5)
Day 12: IT’S ALIVE (1974) (4/5) and CONTRACTED (3.5/5)
Day 13: WITHOUT WARNING (1980) (3/5) and STAGE FRIGHT (2014) (3.5/5)
Day 14: TALES FROM THE HOOD (2.5/5) and ALMOST HUMAN (3/5)
Day 15: CELIA (4.5/5) and IN FEAR (1.5/5) (Bonus Film: CRIMSON PEAK (4/5))
Day 16: TOURIST TRAP (2.5/5) and THE BANSHEE CHAPTER (2.5/5)
Day 17: GHOSTWATCH (3.5/5) and KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM (2.5/5)
Day 18: THE BROOD (4/5) and WITCHING & BITCHING (2.5/5)
Day 19: POSSESSION (1981) (1/5) and STARRY EYES (4/5)
Day 20: ALLIGATOR (3.5/5) and THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN (2014) (3.5/5)
Day 21: FADE TO BLACK (1980) (4/5) and WOLFCOP (2.5/5)
Day 22: AFRAID OF THE DARK (3.5/5) and THE TAKING OF DEBORAH LOGAN (3/5)
Day 23: THE COMPANY OF WOLVES (4/5) and HAUNTER (3.5/5)
Day 24: GRAVEYARD SHIFT (1990) (2/5) and HORNS (4/5)
Day 25: C.H.U.D. (3.5/5) and NURSE (3.5/5)
Day 26: THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE (2/5) and AFFLICTED (3/5)
Day 27: THE BLOB (1958) (3.5/5) and WE ARE STILL HERE (3/5)
Day 28: FRANKENSTEIN UNBOUND (3.5/5) and ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE (2013) (2.5/5)
Day 29: REPULSION (5/5) and THE SACRAMENT (4/5)
Day 30: CEMETERY MAN (2.5/5) and 13 SINS (3/5)
Day 31: NIGHT OF THE DEMONS (1988) (3/5) and THE HOUSES THAT OCTOBER BUILT (2014) (2.5/5)

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. KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM

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“It does have a game cast and some fun moments but sadly, it never really lives to its pretty awesome premise.”

9. THE HOUSES THAT OCTOBER BUILT

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“Despite having some good elements, sadly this found footage horror film didn’t live up to its plot.”

8. ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE (2013)

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“It has its moments, but I thought it was a messy and uneven horror comedy that also has unlikabe characters.”

7. TALES FROM THE HOOD

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“It’s a watchable at times fun horror anthology film, but sadly the stories themselves are a bit of a mix bag.”

6. WOLFCOP

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“While it does have its fun moments, sadly this horror/comedy doesn’t really do much with its rather thin one-joke premise.”

5. GRAVEYARD SHIFT (1990)

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“Despite having some practical effects, I thought it was a rather dull monster film that takes too long to get going.”

4. THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE

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“A really mediocre, dull and flatly made 80s slasher film that sadly isn’t as memorable as its great title.”

3. AS ABOVE, SO BELOW

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“While it has some interesting ideas in it, sadly this found footage horror film is poorly written and directed.”

2. IN FEAR

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“While this British horror film is both eerie and well acted but sadly as it went along, it just became frustratingly dull. “

…and the number 1 is…

1. POSSESSION (1981)

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“While I respect what it’s going for on a thematic level but honestly, I hated every single agonising and alienating minute of it.”

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. THE SACRAMENT

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“Ti West’s latest to be a extremely well acted and made horror mockumentary that’s both really riveting and disturbing.”

9. THE VISIT

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“An absolutely terrific horror/comedy that’s equal parts creepy, funny, entertaining, surprising and insane. I loved it! “

8. THE BROOD

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“A truly terrific horror film from David Cronenberg that’s brilliantly acted, bizarre, original, disturbing and creepy.”

7. DON’T TORTURE A DUCKLING

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“Lucio Fulci’s classic giallo is an extremely well crafted film that I found riveting from beginning to end.” 

6. CELIA

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“It’s definitely more of a dark drama than horror, but it was still a terrific and brilliantly acted Aussie coming-of-age film.”

5. BLACK SUNDAY (1960)

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“Mario Bava’s classic vampire tale is a creepy, compelling, beautifully shot and superbly made horror film.”

4. DUEL

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“This early film from Steven Spielberg is a simple but brilliantly made horror/thriller that’s intense from beginning to end.”

3. REPULSION

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“An truly riveting and superbly made psychological horror film that has a terrific turn from Catherine Deneuve.”

2. ISLAND OF LOST SOULS

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“An absolutely fantastic and brilliantly made adaptation of THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU. Charles Laughton was great!”

…and the number 1 is…

1. THE INVISIBLE MAN (1935)

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“An absolutely amazing sci-fi/horror film that’s chilling and darkly funny. Claude Rains was astonishing!”

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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