CoV's Little Shop of Horrors (Halloween Megathread for Cool People)

#1
Wasn't sure if I was gonna do this again. Seems like most people moved on over to Discord. Even I haven't been posting anywhere much these days. But fuck all that, it doesn't feel right. Even if it's just me here talking to myself.

Had an early start this year, started playing Castlevania Circle of the Moon which I just beaten. Solid entry but the fight with Dracula is probably one of my least favorites.

I bought a 30 movie box set of the old Universal monster movies from Dracula to the last Creature from the Black Lagoon sequel. Gonna start tomorrow probably, got tied up with Castlevania tonight.

Also started reading Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde today. It's well written and different than what I expected. Everyone knows the story but it's actually building it like a mystery and so far the reader isn't suppose to know they connection. I bought a nice copy of Dracula a few months ago so I'm probably gonna squeeze it in too.

My local theater is playing Ghostbusters this weekend and the original Halloween sometime later so I want to check them out. I hear the new Halloween is actually good so I'll probably go there too.

Finally, last night before bed I watched Michael Jackson's Thriller and I could not stop smiling. My favorite kind of horror stuff is fun horror, usually from the 70's-80's. Before CGI, great practical effects with half crap actors giving their all and having fun. Most people hate Friday the 13th Jason Takes Manhattan but I fucking love it. It's this style that makes me love Thriller so much more than just being an awesome music video.

So what's up TNE? Any plans? Whatchu watching/playing/reading/dressing up as? Feel free to post anything related to this. I'll be here updating with everything I do. Last year's thread got to page 3, let's do it again - this may be the last time this happens if the forums die this year.

 

FriedShoes

MLG
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#2
I plan on playing the Resident Evil 4 HD fan project at some point, but if I cant manage that I'll go through the only other classic, Dead Space 1.
If anyone wants to play Left 4 Dead on Steam this month, I'm very open to that, miss that game.

Movies and TV are gonna be more my thing, per usual, with the season. Have gone through all of American Horror Story, which are mostly bad but sometimes surprising and entertaining. Netflix has some stuff I'm looking forward to. Castlevania Season 2 and Sabrina. Murder Party is already on it, which I'm not gonna say is a good movie, but I am in the credits so if you hate it we can no longer be friends. I saw The VVitch again last night, which aint too spooky but the crow-feeding scene still disturbs me. Netflix's library is otherwise mostly trash
Hulu has a more fun collection, currently watching Pumpkinhead.
 
#3
Pumpkinhead is a pretty good time.

I should rewatch Castlevania Season 1 before 2 hits.

I do own Left 4 Dead so I can probably play some. I'm not that good at it. Never did sink a lot of time into it.
 

Juegos

All mods go to heaven.
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#4
I used to play a lot of Left 4 Dead back in 2009 (holy shit, it's been nearly 10 years). I'd be down for getting it on again. I also have Left 4 Dead 2, but something about that one didn't click very well with me. I liked the simplicity of the first one.

The local film club has a ton of spooky movies programmed for this month. There's a bunch of Dario Argento in there, other giallo movies, some Japanese gothic horror stuff, Terminator and the Thing, and other stuff like that, so I'll be trying to hit up as much of that as possible.

I thought about doing another run through my "Halloween" backlog on Steam, but I don't know yet. It's a lot of time spent on games that aren't necessarily great. Maybe I'll catch Evil Within 2 on sale and play that, if my PC can handle it.

I've been on a novel kick lately, so maybe I'll find a good horror novel. I never finished Bram Stoker's Dracula novel, so maybe I'll do that (and watch the Coppola movie again).

Finally, I really want to get around to doing more of the kind of thing that truly spooks people like me...opening Notepad and doing some writing. :mnerv::mnerv::mnerv::mnerv:
 

Karkashan

Married to Chrom
#5
I'm playing Circle of the Moon as well (just beat Adramalech). (I had forgotten how much I hate the bloody....bloody swords)

Prime 2 counts as spooky, right?

praisegrima
 

EvilTw1n

Even my henchmen think I'm crazy.
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#8
Well, if the JC is playing CotM, I might have to, too. I dig everything about that game...except Dracula. As a boss, he is built of sorrow, nightmares, and thrown controllers.

But first, due to someone being a swell human being who made my week, I think I'm gonna get to play Symphony of the Night on Vita TV. I have only played like 10-15 minutes of it in passing. I can't wait to play it properly.

Castlevania season two on Netflix is something I'll marathon as soon as it lands.
 

Juegos

All mods go to heaven.
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#11
@CitizenOfVerona Interesting that you recommended me Salem's Lot. I'd been reading Stephen King's On Writing, and I thought I should go back and read something else from him. Only other things I've read from him are It and The Dead Zone, and I liked both.

I know @mattavelle1 is also a big Stephen King fan, any other recommendations?
 
#12
@CitizenOfVerona Interesting that you recommended me Salem's Lot. I'd been reading Stephen King's On Writing, and I thought I should go back and read something else from him. Only other things I've read from him are It and The Dead Zone, and I liked both.

I know @mattavelle1 is also a big Stephen King fan, any other recommendations?
Carrie and Mr. Mercedes are also good reads. Mr. Mercedes is more of a cop story but still really good. Shining was interesting but I need to read it again. Also Pet Semetary legit gave me a few days worth of anxiety, as a result my copy is in my bedroom closet where I don't have to look at it. Take that for what you will.

I know @sjmartin79 can chime in as well.
 
#13
I finished Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Really good read, I loved the last chapter (no spoilers).

I also did a double feature of Dracula and Frankenstein from 1931. Like the books, I liked Dracula more. The characters were more interesting and it flowed a lot better. Frankenstein kinda felt like it stopped for a bit to watch a village dance in celebration. Dwight Frye was a stand out as Renfield in Dracula, and Colin Clive did make a good Victor...sorry, Henry Frankenstein. For whatever reason they swapped Victor's and Henry's name from the novels. Good ol' Universal.

Another stand out part is when a father is carrying his dead daughter through the streets. For 1931 that must have been some hardcore shit.

I decided to watch these movies in order of the year they came out rather than series by series. I want to see how not only these movies evolve but how Universal and movies in general got more ambitious as time went on where the movie makers took more risks, got more comfortable/inventive with camera work and with bigger budgets. Next up is The Mummy.
 
#14
Just watched The Mummy (the 1933 one) and I enjoyed it. I think Dracula is still my favorite so far, but seeing as how Dracula is also my favorite book I'm a bit biased.

There's some unintentional humor what with the main hero (who actually does fuck all) falling in love with the main lady inside of five minutes. Boris Karloff is the star here, no surprise. He just has that draw and the makeup work is fantastic. There's an impaling scene that must have been shocking as all hell for 1930's audiences.

We're spoiled in today's world of entertainment.
 

FriedShoes

MLG
Moderator
#15
I saw The Fly (Jeff Goldblum one) for the first time ever. Not the best script or ending, but ew, some horrifying effects. Honestly it would work better as an opera/musical. It is kinda structured and ends like Phantom, but with a main character that is a super fucking weirdo.

There's this anthology series on Netflix that just premiered, Creeped Out. Awful. I only saw one episode, but if thats the quality you can expect, yikes. Terrible acting, terrible script, terrible message (hurr, compupers bad). Really annoying watch.
 

sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
#16
Carrie and Mr. Mercedes are also good reads. Mr. Mercedes is more of a cop story but still really good. Shining was interesting but I need to read it again. Also Pet Semetary legit gave me a few days worth of anxiety, as a result my copy is in my bedroom closet where I don't have to look at it. Take that for what you will.

I know @sjmartin79 can chime in as well.
I love Stephen King books! (So yes, I have to chime in.)
Of the older set, must-reads are Carrie, Pet Semetary, It, The Stand, Salem's Lot, Misery, The Shining, Needful Things, Eyes of the Dragon
Of the new-er set, must reads include Duma Key, Under the Dome, Mr. Mercedes (whole trilogy), Dr. Sleep (sequel to The Shining), 11/22/63

The above lists are not in order or preference or by which I think are the best. Just listing them off the top of my head.
 

sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
#18
Since October has started, it's time for us to binge Horror Movies like it's our job.

I decided to start with one that I didn't like in the theaters, but so many others have raved about that I decided to give it a second chance...

It Follows


I have to say, I definitely enjoyed it more this time.
Still not a favorite, but very original, and has a few good scares.
 

sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
#19
(Apologies for the multi-post, but I haven't been on this week, and I feel like I need to catch up)

So, for gaming, currently playing Resident Evil Revelations on the Switch. Just feels appropriate for October.


Just finished Danganropa 2 on the PS4.
 

mattavelle1

Crunk Ain’t Dead!!!
Moderator
#20
(Apologies for the multi-post, but I haven't been on this week, and I feel like I need to catch up)

So, for gaming, currently playing Resident Evil Revelations on the Switch. Just feels appropriate for October.


Just finished Danganropa 2 on the PS4.
Never apologize for the multi post when there so packed with Sjm!!! Go on get them post off ya chest lol
 

sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
#21
Never apologize for the multi post when there so packed with Sjm!!! Go on get them post off ya chest lol
Okay, then one last one for today.

So, back when I was living in Cincinnati, my friend Samantha (who loves all things horror and Halloween) invited all of us over to her apartment for a new scary movie she had heard about that had just come out on DVD so she rented it.

She wouldn't tell us what it was, other than that it was an actor you wouldn't normally think of as doing scary movies starring in a ghost movie.

She had me intrigued, and her taste in movies was usually impeccable, so of course I went.

Imagine my surprise when she dimmed the lights and turned on the movie and it ended up being...









Yeah, Charlie St. Cloud. A stupid Zac Efron movie where his brother dies and the ghost of his brother teaches him life lessons or some shit like that. I've never seen it.
Needless to say, we stopped the movie and explained to her what it actually was and that maybe she should pay more attention to the trailers.
We ended up watching The Devil's Rejects instead.
 
#23
Been playing a pretty scary game the last few days. It's unlike any other horror I've played before, personally.

Mario Kart Super Circuit, hot damn the handling in this game is slippery. I swear the desert stages are programmed differently than the rest and it makes them harder than Rainbow Road.
 

Karkashan

Married to Chrom
#24
Been playing a pretty scary game the last few days. It's unlike any other horror I've played before, personally.

Mario Kart Super Circuit, hot damn the handling in this game is slippery. I swear the desert stages are programmed differently than the rest and it makes them harder than Rainbow Road.
That game gave me so many headaches as a kid.
 
#25
I saw Ghostbusters in theater the weekend, no matter how many times I see it I notice a little something extra, a visual gag I missed or something in the set. They're playing Psycho this weekend and I believe Halloween next or the week after. Tempted to go to all of them.

I also started Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2. Like the first one, I find the beginning weirdly paced but it seems to be going at a good clip now. Just fought the Gorgon and I really loved that design even if the fight was standard "upper half of giant monster in a pit that swings it's fists at you". Oh well. I also really love the soundtracks of these games even if they're vastly different than non-LoS 'Vanias. This is no Rondo of Blood but it's still epic.

 

sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
#27
I saw Ghostbusters in theater the weekend, no matter how many times I see it I notice a little something extra, a visual gag I missed or something in the set. They're playing Psycho this weekend and I believe Halloween next or the week after. Tempted to go to all of them.

I also started Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2. Like the first one, I find the beginning weirdly paced but it seems to be going at a good clip now. Just fought the Gorgon and I really loved that design even if the fight was standard "upper half of giant monster in a pit that swings it's fists at you". Oh well. I also really love the soundtracks of these games even if they're vastly different than non-LoS 'Vanias. This is no Rondo of Blood but it's still epic.

I saw Ghostbusters in the theaters a few years ago, when they released the HD remaster for the anniversary. I remember seeing it in the theater when I was little, and such a treat to see it on the big screen again.

I've seen both Psycho and Halloween in theaters, and I can definitely suggest you go see it. No matter how many times you've seen them, it's such a different experience in the theater.
 

sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
#29
I fully admit that even as I approach 40, the shows on the WB and the CW appeal to me, even though they are aimed at a much younger audience. And since the remake of Charmed was premiering last night, we decided to hit up netflix for a look back at my favorite trio of witches from the original. The original suffers from the same "special effects" problem as Buffy did during that time, but the plots were engaging.

The new Charmed had a lot to live up to for fans. While many things are the same (Power of 3, Sisters, demons), some things were definitely changed around (location, set up). And adding in science with the magic was a nice touch.

Will never rate on a scary scale, but it feels right for it to premiere now before Halloween.

Next up on the list is to check out the Hulu show "Light as a Feather".
 

sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
#31
We're watched the original Halloween last night, because we have tickets for the new Halloween on Friday. It still holds up well. I do want to watch the recently released Halloween 4K to see what the updated visuals look like.

I know the new Halloween only relates to the original, but I see me watching Halloween 2 and H20 before the 31st. I love H20. The acting, the pacing, the cinematography, the score. It's just a well-done slasher flick.
 
#32
I saw the original Halloween too and found it didn't hold up. The score is of course iconic and some of the visuals are striking, but the pacing is some of the worst stuff about it. I think it might be just due to time, a billion slashers have dropped since this that are similarly paced or way better paced. Its way too obvious and annoying to watch now having a full grasp of the genre. Also acting is just obscenely hammy, and Michael has no rules so that bugged me throughout.
I have tickets for a showing of the new movie tomorrow night, should be fun despite my low expectations.
 
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