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The Month in Movies: Shocktober 2013

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My friends and I have been dedicating the month of October to the horror genre and calling it Shocktober for several years now.  I started this blog in February and from the start I was excited about sharing my Shocktober experience with anyone and everyone.

I have been saying for a while that this year has to make up for last year’s abysmal performance. I had it in my mind that I barely watched anything last year. As it turns out, I was 27 movies last year. Not all of them were Shocktober movies, but I had been working under the assumption that I had maybe 10 or 11 viewings total last year.

It’s all for the best because this year was the second best Shocktober I’ve ever had. While I didn’t beat my record of 57 viewings in 2011, I did come close with a very respectable 52 viewings. I’m also proud to say that only 3 of those viewings weren’t Shocktober movies. Continue reading

Adaptations & Remakes: A Nightmare on Elm Street

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Adaptations & Remakes is an ongoing feature where I take a movie or a book and compare it to its remake and/or adaptation.

Happy Halloween, everyone! If you’ve been checking on the blog throughout the day, you’ll know that earlier in the day, Tiny applied his newfound appreciation for the Halloween franchise to compare Carpenter’s vision with Zombie’s depiction. Then a little later, Mike lent his slasher expertise to tackle the original Friday the 13th against its modern day counterpart.

Now I am here for the sacred final post to close out the holiday season. I’m comparing Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street against the 2010 remake featuring Rorschach himself: Jackie Earle Haley. Enjoy and let me know what you think.

Of course, you can find more of Mike and Tiny’s Shocktober contributions (Shocktributions, if you will) on the Shocktober page and don’t forget you can follow them and me on Twitter and like The Obsessive Viewer on Facebook.

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Adaptations & Remakes: Friday the 13th [Obsessive Friends: Mike]

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4 Days of Blood: Part IV – Ghoulish Netflix Instant Recommendations

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Seeing as Halloween is now upon us and I’ve committed myself to writing four “Days of Blood” posts, I figured I would devote the fourth and final post to some of the better (and more recent) horror and horror-adjacent titles available to stream on Netflix. Hopefully it will make up for the way I’ve been neglecting my Streaming Saturday recommendations this month.

Before I get started, though, I want to thank everyone for indulging me as I let my horror fandom take control of the blog and the podcast. I’d also like to thank my friends Mike (@IAmMikeWhite) and Tiny (@ObsessiveTiny) for contributing so much content this month. I’d also like to thank my friend Pat (@Patty_Kuhn) for joining us on the Zombie episode of The Obsessive Viewer Podcast.

Finally, I would like to thank John Dugan from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994) and Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013) for letting us interview him on the podcast. We had such a great time talking to him and can’t thank him enough. If you’re ever at a convention and have a chance to meet him, I highly recommend it.

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4 Days of Blood: Part II – The Horrors of Space

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Space is an endless landscape for humanity to explore. The idea of colonizing the vast unknown and taking humanity to the stars has been a dream of humanity for centuries. This dream has led to a vast array of fictional voyages into space.

Still, there’s something inherently terrifying about the idea of space travel and the isolation that goes with it. The same unknown that inspires humanity also has the power to ignite our morbid sides. Take a group of humans, put them in a confined space millions of miles from other humans, and horrific monsters won’t be far behind. Continue reading

4 Days of Blood: Part I – OV’s Found Footage Fest

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We are nearing the end of Shocktober 2013. In the run up to the final week, I realized I have a ton of movies I still want to watch. So, with plenty of unused vacation time to spare, I took Monday and Tuesday off from work. Throughout this mini-vacation I’ve created for myself, I’m going to be watching a ton of Shocktober movies. I’ve set myself a goal of writing up one blog post for each day, similar to Tiny’s Shocktober Musings posts. 

Here we have Part I, my “found footage fest.” Found footage movies get a bad rap. Sure, there’s plenty of dreck in the subgenre and it inspires needless sequels that are churned out faster than they can be written. But when the format is handled right, it can be an absolutely terrifying experience that gets under your skin.

Let me know what you think about the found footage genre in the comments below and follow me around the internet with the links below.

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Subverting the Horror Genre [OV’s Shocktober]

The horror genre has the unique ability to be self-referential while still maintaining its frightening nature. Every now and then a horror movie comes along that will examine the nature of the genre in a fun, inventive way. These movies oftentimes provide a stark look at the genre they lampoon with love.

Here are some examples of movies that turn a satirical eye at their genre. If you have any recommendations or comments on what I have I have listed here, please let me know in the comments below and follow me around the internet with the below links.

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OV’s Shocktober: Adaptations & Remakes – “Carrie”

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Adaptations & Remakes is an ongoing feature where I take a movie or a book and compare it to its remake and/or adaptation. Each post follows the same basic format:

  • General plot overview/source material
  • Original movie/first adaptation
  • How I would adapt and/or remake it.
  • How they adapted/remade it

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OV’s Shocktober: Halloween – 35th Anniversary [Blu-Ray Review]

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I picked up the Halloween: 35th Anniversary blu-ray a few weeks ago and was eager to jump into it and the features. In honor of Shocktober I thought I’d review it for anyone curious about whether they should upgrade their collection or enhance it with this horror movie classic for the first time.

The blu-ray comes in a booklet case with 20 pages stapled inside. The pages are filled with old photos from the movie and an essay written by Stef Hutchinson of the Halloween: 25 Years of Terror documentary.

Read on as I detail the release and the features within it. Let me know what you think of in the comments below and be sure to follow me around the internet.

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OV’s Shocktober: The Purge (2013) [First and Only Viewing]

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Mike’s Shocktober Journal – Day 2 (10/02/13): Wrong Turn [Obsessive Friends]

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