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Old October 31 2011, 10:30 AM   #691
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I saw The Uninvited for the first time a couple of weeks ago. Very moody. I liked it a lot. And young Ray Milland was cool.

So far in my Halloween Marathon, I've watched Mad Monster Party and (on On Demand) Evil of Frankenstein and King of the Zombies, the latter of which was interesting because of superficial similarities to another movie script of the same name. KOTZ was also kind of interesting because it included one of those comedic Black stereotypes that was common at the time, yet he was included as part of the main cast with the two other men, was treated with respect and was integral to the plot because he was able to fight off the zombie spell. I want to add that one to my DVD collection.

In the world of books, I finished World War Z a while back and now I'm reading an anthology called The Nyarlathotep Cycle, which was some groovy vintage stuff (I'm reading the Robert Bloch story at the moment). It's a great book, but the tiny print is killing my eyes. WWZ, by the way, totally exceeded my expectations; it's a fantastic book.

Brendan, that looks like a good list. I'm intrigued by "Pickman's Other Model," as "Pickman's Model" is one of my favorite Lovecraft stories. I think seeing it on Night Gallery back in the day was what started me on reading Lovecraft.

I've got some time off from work this week, so my Marathon will continue until my eyes look like fried eggs, as Harlan Ellison would say. I think The Gorgon is on TCM today. I'm pretty sure I've only seen the end of that one, so I want to check it out.
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Old October 31 2011, 11:44 AM   #692
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Reading Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill, and a collection of MR James stories (which I also need to do for work)

Over the weekend watched:

A bunch of Munsters episodes (Far Out Munsters, BTW, is by far the worst in the series)

Omen IV: The Awakening, cos it was in the Pentalogy set which I've had for a couple of years and I'd never watched it (having stopped with the original Trilogy. It was fucking awful. Came over like somebody had had an idea for a horror flick based on a medical quirk, which could have been interesting, but then decided to tie it in to the Omen films and do it all on the cheap even by TV movie standards... (Having said that, I don't have a problem with the little girl that everyone finds so annoying - she's *supposed* to be annoying, and so is doing it right.)

The Omen (2006) - not bad, but I prefer the original. Liev Schrieber is more naturalistic than Gregory Peck, though.

Ghostwatch - also for professional reasons, and nostalgia. It still holds up, and in fact my wife Lesley got so into it that she wanted to call into the programme... I had to remind her about two-thirds through that it was a) not real, and b) 19 years ago!

Sapphire & Steel story 4 - the one with the photographs. This should really be remade, as the implications in our modern CCTV and phone-camera obsessed society would be even scarier.

Dunno what to watch today/tonight- probably the Dr Who story The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit, and a movie or two.
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Old October 31 2011, 06:08 PM   #693
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Been binging on old horror movies myself. Last night was The Black Room with Boris Karloff.
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Old October 31 2011, 10:38 PM   #694
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Today was great. The Gorgon was only the start of an all-day Hammer Marathon on TCM, and I was in the mood for some Hammer this year (not that I will neglect my Universals). Two Draculas were followed by two Frankensteins and right now they are showing a couple of Mummies; I'm taping those for later.
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Old November 1 2011, 12:37 AM   #695
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Decided to finish off Halloween and enter November with the DW story The Impossible Planet/ The Satan Pit...
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Old November 1 2011, 12:39 AM   #696
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Pay It Forward.

Scary.
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Old November 1 2011, 01:15 AM   #697
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The Trick-or-Treaters have come and gone. Time to settle down in front of the tube. The Gorgon or Halloween: H20?

Decision, decisions . . . .
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Old November 1 2011, 01:17 AM   #698
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Deciding between Alien or the 1973 version of "The Wicker Man"
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Old November 1 2011, 02:20 AM   #699
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While it's not really a horror flick, I'll be celebrating Halloween with a screening of GHOSTBUSTERS at the local cineplex.
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I watched Scream, Trick 'r Treat, and Corpse Bride today. Good times.
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Old November 1 2011, 05:24 AM   #701
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Deciding between Alien or the 1973 version of "The Wicker Man"
I would go with the latter.

For obvious reasons.
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Old November 1 2011, 09:44 AM   #702
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I still have the second Mummy movie from TCM to watch, plus I'm going to watch at least one Universal. I've already watched Trick 'r Treat for this year. I think I'll probably watch the silent Call of Cthulhu film as well.
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Old November 1 2011, 05:54 PM   #703
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Ended up going with Hammer's The Reptile, topped off by a new episode of Death Valley.
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Old November 1 2011, 06:12 PM   #704
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I went for comedy this Halloween and watched "Munster Go Home" and "Young Frankenstein."
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Old November 1 2011, 11:06 PM   #705
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Today I finished watching the Hammer Mummy movies, along with Call of Cthulhu and the first episode of Grimm. Also read The Horror! The Horror!.
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