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OHMC 2014 – Week Four: The Wrap

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The October Horror Movie Challenge is over, and final reviews and write-ups are rolling in across the board. The last week of the Challenge was fairly light for me, particularly after revisiting the entire Saw franchise. There’s just something about those movies that kind of kills the buzz. Anyhow, here are the last few films for the 2014 October Challenge! Continue reading OHMC 2014 – Week Four: The Wrap

OHMC 2014 – Week Three: The Kitchen Sink

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The Challenge rolls along and we’re reaching the finish line with just over a week before Halloween! How have you been doing, if you’ve been playing along? Are you burning through the requirements like wildfire or taking it slow? Week three was a lot lighter than the previous two, with a weird mishmash of genres and styles, everything but the kitchen sink it seems. Read on! Continue reading OHMC 2014 – Week Three: The Kitchen Sink

OHMC 2014 Hidden Horror Contest Winners!

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It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for — the winners of the Hidden Horror book contest have been chosen! I’m am pleased to announce that through a completely mysterious, scientific process (random name picker dot org, basically), the two people who will receive a copy of this indispensable reference guide are…[drum roll]… Continue reading OHMC 2014 Hidden Horror Contest Winners!

OHMC 2014 – Week Two: A Music Box of Horrors

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Another week bites the dust in the October Horror Movie Challenge, bolstered by a trip to Chicago for the 10th annual Music Box of Horrors at the historic Music Box Theater. Several more views under the belt and I’m now a handful of films away from meeting the minimum challenge requirements. Read on! Continue reading OHMC 2014 – Week Two: A Music Box of Horrors

OHMC 2014 – Week One: The Ashmore Factor

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We’ve survived week one of the October Horror Challenge! So far, this year’s views have been a lot of re-watches, many of which were long overdue, and a couple of first time views that have largely been quite good. The heavy stuff is sure to come later, and it’s only a matter of time before I get stuck with a stinker. We’ll burn that bridge when we get to it, though. In the meantime, here’s what I watched from 1 October through 7 October:
Continue reading OHMC 2014 – Week One: The Ashmore Factor

pregaming the October Horror Movie Challenge

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The last few days of September are hard. I get antsy for October to be here, so I can get cracking on celebrating Halloween for 31 days. It’s not even about the October Horror Movie Challenge at this point; it’s just time to get spooky. I try to avoid watching horror films for all of September, because I know what it’s like to get burned out on the genre by the time 31 October rolls around. But I was weak this year! I was weak. Continue reading pregaming the October Horror Movie Challenge

Link Roundup – The John Ford Blogathon

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We made it! The John Ford Blogathon has reached the end of its run. I would like to once again express my thanks to all the participants and readers throughout the ‘thon, which was a rousing success. Thank you, all! Here below are all the participating posts (over 40 different contributions); if you wrote a piece that is not included below PLEASE leave a comment with a link so I can add it to the roster. Continue reading Link Roundup – The John Ford Blogathon

Criminal Heroes – 3 Bad Men (1926) and Up The River (1930)

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Welcome to the final day (ed. – extended here, apologies) of the John Ford Blogathon, hosted by yours truly and Christianne at Krell Laboratories. At my last count, we had close to 30 separate blog entries from nearly as many different authors; thank you to all our participants and readers this past week! Tomorrow I will collect the full list of contributions into a separate post, for quick reference to anyone who may like a handy link collection, and as usual, there is a roll call at the bottom of today’s post with the most recent contributions.

My final entry looks at two of John Ford’s early films featuring criminals who turn good: 3 Bad Men (1926), an early silent picture; and Up The River (1930), the first feature film for both Spencer Tracy and Humphrey Bogart and the only time the two would collaborate on screen. Continue reading Criminal Heroes – 3 Bad Men (1926) and Up The River (1930)