Circus of Courophobia: 2016 Madness Week 3

Posted: October 23, 2016 in Event Review
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FILMS
Mirrors (2008) 1h, 51m
Total Points: 2 (No clowns, just freaky mirrors)
Alexandre Aja is one of my favorite directors out there.  I’ve loved just about everything he’s touched and thought it was about time to revisit this one. I think it has a bad reputation, but it’s a solid movie, with some spooky imagry.
7/10

Frankenstein (1931) 1h, 11m
Total Points: 2 (No bonus points)
I love this film and watch it every year.
10/10

Bride of Frankenstein (1935) 1h, 15m
Total Points: 2 (No bonus points)
As much as I love the original, this is in my top five all time.  Great acting, story and script.  It doesn’t get much better than this.
10/10

Son of Frankenstein (1939) 1h, 39m
Total Points: 2 (No bonus points)
This sequel reignited what was a slowing horror scene in the late 30s.  This is also one of the longer Universal Horror classics.
8/10

Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) 1h, 6m
Total Points: 2 (No bonus points)
From one of the longest to one of the shortest Universal classics!  No one seems to talk about this one, but I like it.
8/10

House of Frankenstein (1944) 1h, 11m
Total Points: 3 (Temporary Carnival – Lampini’s Chamber of Horrors)
This movie, along with Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman, are what started me on my love of the genre back in the 80s when I was a kid.  I still love them to this day.  We may have had Freddy vs Jason, but we’ll never get to the level we saw back in the Universal days.
9/10

Stephen King’s It (1990) 3h, 7m
Total Points: 9 (3 base points due to length and ATB for the numerous acts of clown homicide)
I was 14 when this aired on TV and I recall being totally enthralled with it.  I sped through the book just in time for the miniseries, and while it doesn’t do the book justice (do they ever?) it is very good.  I think a lot of this is owed to Tim Curry as Pennywise, but the rest of the cast is great as well.
8/10

Halloween (1978) 1h, 31m
Total Points: 6 (ATB for Clown homicide – Young Michael Myers is dressed as a clown when he kills his sister)
What more can be said about Halloween.  It’s one of the best of all time and in my top 5 for sure.  While it wasn’t the first slasher, it started the craze that populated the 80s.
10/10

Halloween II (1981) 1h, 32m
Total Points: 2 (No bonus points)
Although it loses some of the magic of the first film, Halloween II is a solid sequel.
8/10

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) 1h, 32m
Total Points: 6 (Clown commits homicide – Jamie dressed as a clown at the end of the movie)
Again, not a bad sequel, but it’s as if you can start to feel the story unwind.
7/10

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) 1h, 37m
Total Points: 6 (Clown commits homicide – Jamie dressed as a clown at the end of the movie)
Quickly going down hill, and now…Tina, as well as the two annoying cops at the party.
6.5/10

Firestarter (1984) 1h, 54m
Total Points: 2 (No Bonus Points)
Some cool characters, great actors and interesting concept, but far too long and drawn out.  If 30 minutes was cut out, this would be much better.
6/10

Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) 1h, 38m
Total Points: 2 (No Bonus Points)
Halloween staple at our house.  I would have loved to have seen this franchise follow this path of different themed movies each year, but instead we got several mediocre Michael Myers movies. Here, you get Tom Atkins, Stonehenge, creepy masks and the most catchy Halloween jingle ever.
9/10

TELEVISION
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) 30m
Total Points: .5
Classic and must watch every Halloween season.
10/10

Toy Story of Terror! (2013) 30m
Total Points: .5
First time watching this and while it was well done, it just didn’t capture my attention.
7/10

SPECIAL POINTS/CHALLENGES
Presedential Debate (Wednesday, 10/19)
Total Points: 2 (Bonus points because both of them are clowns?)
My son had to watch this for school, otherwise I would have been watching a movie.
1/10

 

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