Thursday, September 27, 2012

Your Scary Movie Month Primer

We're four days away from Scary Movie Month. If you can't wait that long (we can't), why not get yourself in the mood by going back and listening to all of our past Scary Movie Month podcasts again?

It's going to be such a great month...

Patrick and JB on the Best Horror Movies Ever
Patrick and JB on the Worst Horror Movies Ever
Patrick and JB on The Massacre 2010 (24 hour horror film festival)
Patrick and Mike on the Saw franchise
Patrick and JB on Let the Right One In and Let Me In
Patrick and Alex on The Blair Witch Project
Patrick and Mike on Rob Zombie's Halloween and Halloween II
Patrick and Doug on Poltergeist
Patrick, Doug, Mike and JB on Sleepaway Camp (commentary track)
Patrick and JB on the Best Zombie Movies
Patrick and JB on The Massacre 2011 (24 hour horror film festival)
Patrick and Doug on American Psycho
Patrick and Alex on Hostel and Hostel Part II
Patrick and Mike on the Halloween franchise

Revisit the Scary Movie Challenge I
Revisit the Scary Movie Challenge II


  1. I listened to all of these last week, except the Sleepaway Camp commentary since I've been listening in the car.

    I'm too excited, I've been dipping into the Halloween stash early. I've held of horror movies though, and stuck to the fringes of Halloween-ish movies so far.

    You know, The Crow, Arsenic and Old Lace, that kind of thing.

  2. I love scary movies, but I don't know that I've ever been more hyped for Scary Movie Month (or as we call it in our house, Shocktober. Yes, we're lame, but proudly so). Your enthusiasm is infectious and making it damn near impossible not to break open the crypt early. I love the franchise podcasts, and I was also pleasantly surprised by the quality of Saw VI and then made to feel like a dick for recommending it after the execrable Saw 3D so thoroughly shit the torture-device-laden bed.

    1. Fucking Saw. For some reason I made it a mission to collect the whole franchise on blu-ray with a view to sitting down and marathoning the whole thing some weekend - took me about 6 months to get them all (as cheaply as possible). Watched the first six and was liking them - seeing them all in a row made me more appreciate the many twists and turns and timelines and I was thinking it was not as stupid a franchise as I thought. Then I watched the last one. Then I sold the whole damn set on Kijiji the next day. Fuck Saw.

    2. Mike and I both had the EXACT same experience. We were surprised by how much we had come to enjoy the insane continuity of the movies and everything peaked in quality with Saw VI, which is unheard of. After we did that podcast, we saw Saw 3D and regretted everything we had said on the show. I think if you listen to the next show we did (maybe the Rob Zombie Halloween show?), we cop to it. Ugh. I haven't sold off my copies of the movies, but I'll never watch the last one again.

      Oh, who am I kidding? OF COURSE I WILL.

    3. Heheh, yeah, I heard you guys copping to it and I had already given you a pass on the Saw podcast because the same damn thing happened to me.

      You're clearly far more dedicated to the genre than me, my friend - I have NEVER sold a blu-ray from my collection except for that series. $40 - get them the hell out of my house!

    4. I saw the 7th in a theater and still bought the blu-ray because I'm a completist, which is a horrible disease (and also why I know I'm gonna go see Texas Chainsaw 3D even though it looks like the worst thing ever, which in that series is truly saying something)

    5. Ah, the dreaded Completionitis - I'm sure we've all suffered from bouts, if not chronically. Hence gems like Star Wars: The Clone Wars in my collection and inevitably, if it's ever released on blu-ray, Jaws 4: The Revenge.

    6. I'm bored at McDonalds with two hours to kill during lunch, so I'll attempt to predict what the line-up of podcasts/commentaries will be for "SCM III" (one's a gimme). I'm putting it out there so you can come and mock me when they're all completely off-base.

      Oct. 3: The Cabin in the Woods (commentary... I'd bet money on this, all $0.02).

      Oct. 10: Candyman ('F This Movie's hometown represented in a pretty decent-for-early 90's horror flick)

      Oct. 17: Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (an excuse to talk about Raimi/Campbell "dead" series)

      Oct. 22 (Monday): Massacre III podcast

      Oct. 31: The 'Nightmare on Elm Street' series (pretty heavily hinted last year in the "Halloween" series pod.)

      I like that last year, after the horror overload, you went with "The Mist" as your transition movie from total horror to mix-of-stuff (sci-fi, drama, etc.) as your "chaser." For this year's post-October transition movie I'd like to nominate Taylor Hackford's "The Devil's Advocate," which just came out on Blu-ray. It's technically a horror movie, but it's also such a grab-bag of genres (legal thriller, drama, supernatural fantasy, etc.) and performances (Keanu Reeves sleepwalking, Al Pacino completely switching over to the 'dark side' of his latter-career shouting stereotype, Charlize Theron looking/acting normal, the ME from "Law & Order: SVU" showing her boobs, etc.) that would result in a fun podcast, IMHO. :-)

    7. I know, you're doing another "Massacre" podcast this year. :-P I just checked the line-up and I love that "Hausu" is closing the 24 hrs. That movie is going to scramble and fuck up what few little working brain cells of whoever's left watching by that time. Just TRY to not have the little tune permanently stuck in your brain forever. Looking forward to hearing your and JB's (Doug's too?) thoughts on "Hausu" and "Prince of Darkness," a personal-favorite Carpenter movie of mine.

    8. If memory serves Candyman was a pretty damn good movie no matter what decade it's from. Is my memory lying to me?

    9. Your reactions to "SAW 3D" is exactly the reason I consider "SAW III" the final entry of the series. It had nowhere else to go but down and three out of four of the next sequels proved it.

  3. I'm hopeless. I'm so ready for Scary Movie Month/Halloween. I re-listened to the Massacre podcasts, created the Halloween music station on Pandora, been stopping in Halloween stores and desperately trying to find Count Chocula, Frankenberry and Booberry cereal. Let's do this :-)

    1. Try Target. They usually carry the monster cereals.

  4. I'm so excited! I feel like Christmas is 4 days away. My wife and I love this time of the year so much that we got married on October 30th. I've been looking forward to October for months now, and you guys are a part of that. This is the start of my favorite part of the year, from now to February or so. I'm a big fan of the dark half of the year, and it's ALMOST HERE.

    So this year I think I'm going to be focusing primarily on the Universal Monster movies (which I delved deeply into last year, but will hit harder this year, since I have all of the Legacy collections except for the Creature From The Black Lagoon set) as well as the earlier Hammer Horror films. I've had a pretty rough last six months or so personally, and I think I'm looking for a healthy dose of fun, familiar, and classic horror sensibilities. My goal is to aim for about 75% of my watching to be movies before 1950. There's a bunch of Universal and MGM horror I've never seen (like Freaks) and that's on the list.

    I can't imagine that there's any way I will be able to match my tally from last year, but I'll do my best. It's definitely a challenge and I'm definitely aiming high, but last year was epic. The goal right now is 2 a day. That seems like an attainable goal considering my work schedule.

    Our household annual Halloween favorites include Sweeney Todd, Sleepy Hollow, both of which I love because they feel like modern Hammer movies, and my wife loves Donnie Darko, so we'll be watching that one too. And I imagine that we'll watch Halloween on Halloween night, as that one gets watched just about every year.

    I feel like a kid on Christmas eve! I'm going to go run laps around the house.

  5. Ive never been a huge horror movie fan (post prepubescent Brad feeling like a grown up using the new VCR to tape Freddy and Jason movies that were on past my bed time) but after being an FHead for the past year and a half Ive developed a new found appreciation for them, as well as my recent appreciation for cheap exploitation films and how they end up teaching us more about film making than good quality films do.

    In other worlds, I am pumped for Scary Movie Month. I have a line up of bad 80s horror to get through and am looking forward to the onslaught of new discovers Im bound to get from you all.

    Listening to F Everything with Patrick and Doug talking about the challenge of getting the comments up, its almost like we need another site to try to do the same thing then we as a community will compete with them and inevitably beat them with our combined comments. Oh well.

  6. This thread is awesome. I'm filled with Scary Movie LOVE!