Finished watching, rating and reviewing the last of Shudder’s 31 Days of Halloween Horror View Guide. Here are links to all reviews and ranked listing of all the movies including the three that were part of the Joe Bob Briggs Halloween Hootenanny event on October 25, 2019 (three Halloween movies, the original John Carpenter masterpiece plus Halloween 4 and Halloween 5). The list below intentionally excludes the Shudder Creepshow TV series, which I’ve reviewed and rated all of those in a separate TV REVIEW post (Season 1 posted here).
NOTE: Bolded titles were first watches in October 2019, click title to read the review
John Carpenter’s eerie music just stole the show for pure horror value and earns the #1 slot. I think that’s a staple for both new and veteran horror fans alike to watch in/around Halloween every year.
Interestingly, at the opposite end — way deep at the bottom of the list — is the literally unwatchable (and the only reason I suffered through watching it again was because it was part of Joe Bob’s Shudder special) Halloween 5. Yikes, that is one of the trashiest horror sequels in an iconic franchise ever made with its only saving grace being Donald Pleasence
Organizing and planning what is new that’s coming out that we want to watch across multiple streaming channels is more complicated than it should be (master streaming calendar needed!), but, thanks to posts like the one below from BINGE, we can use to easier sort through and plan for our newest subscription channel, Shudder:
November on Shudder features something for everyone: stunning, martial-arts action horror, an atmospheric noir thriller and wild demonic sci-fi/horror fun. Plus, new library titles from horror masters Wes Craven, Dario Argento, George A. Romero and more.
Note: you need to click through and read the details at BINGE to see if these will be available in your country, all listed will be available in the United States.
Shudder Originals & Exclusives
Re:Born – Thursday November 7
A Bluebird in my Heart – Thursday November 14
Nekrotronic – Thursday November 21
Trick R’ Treat
Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
Bride of Re-Animator
The Cat O’ Nine Tails
Season of the Witch
A round-up of all streaming channels is listed by TVLine. A master streaming calendar of what’s new and upcoming would be super handy reference. If one does not exist on the web (let me know if the comments if one exists somewhere), there is an idea for some enterprising tech entrepreneur.
There is also JustWatch, but what I’m describing is a universal what’s new streaming calendar guide that people could look at each day and then see what is coming each day to channel and could be streamlined to show new movies (added to each service) only — Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, etc. This magical web service would almost certainly need to be aggregated using multiple sources, but man, it would make organizing what’s coming out when much easier to follow.
Reelgood.com comes close to what is being looked for, but not quite there:
Reelgood kept showing me movies that are on other channels that I don’t subscribe to even though I chose only to see certain channels. Would be cool if it worked as advertised. It’s so close to what I was looking for …
We probably won’t get this tool from Amazon, Google or Apple because they all want to route users to their respective services. We need somebody independent like TV Guide used to do (maybe it still does?) for all these streaming channels.
Our preferred places to watch movies from most to least:
*Theaters are where we watch almost all new movies that come out. Television (#2) is where we watch the most movies.
In our opinion, there is no better experience than watching movies on the big screen. Yes, you don’t have the comfort of being at home, but there is something magical about the giant screen, the social environment — hearing others laugh, cry, applaud or (gasp) boo. Movie theaters have the best popcorn. Yes, it’s overpriced by design. Some newer theaters have the super luxury reclining seats (love those). The sound is fantastic in the newer theaters and there are some additional cool movie experiences like 4DX that you can’t (inexpensively) get at home.
Now, it is possible to have a really, really expensive home theater comparable to the theater experience, but unless you invite friends, family and neighbors to watch, it’s going to come up short on the social side.
We aren’t movie theater snobs. Not expecting others to enjoy watching movies where we most enjoy most watching them, but this post is to talk about where people watch movies. We’re sharing our situation and are curious and want to hear your preferences in the comments or trackbacked/pinged from reader blogs.
Since August 2019, we both have the Regal Unlimited Pass, so we pay a monthly fee and can watch all 2D movies with no additional cost. We’ll happily pay the surcharge to watch specially formatted movies in the best visual format (EXAMPLE. a movie made to be watched in 3D, we’ll pay to watch in 3D).
Now when it comes to overall movie volume, there just aren’t enough volume of movies to watch only/primarily in the theater, so the most movies we watch in term of sheer volume is on our television.
75+ movies a month watched volume. That includes all new in theater movies (12-15+ movies per month) and 60+ existing library rewatching and/or movies not seen before and streamed. You might watch more or less movies than us, but if you figure the average movie is 100 minutes (for simple math, might be a little higher than average), that’s 7,500+ minutes or about 125 hours of movies a month … 5+ days a month spent watching movies!
Yes, we watch a lot of movies every month. Our TV regularly has a movie or TV show playing, pretty much around the clock when we’re awake and home.
We only have one television — 52″ 3D, high def — set. We don’t have the newest model high definition model. Haven’t felt the need to upgrade to the newest, greatest pixel TV yet. Maybe this Christmas it will be time to upgrade. Going to be tough replacing our 3D-capable TV. Easily our favorite set we’ve ever owned and we paid less than $500 buying it from Wal-Mart on a special deal.
Most movies we watch are streamed through Amazon Prime and various add-on channels (Kara has a subscription to the Lifetime Movie Channel, for example). Right now, we are paying additionally for Starz, but we rotate subscriptions around every few months to the main premium channels (HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Starz, etc).
We sometimes watch on the PS4 Blu-rays and DVDs that we own. Our current collection is around 250 or so movies. It has been as high as 700+ movies at one time, but we’ve sold off a bunch. The only movies we buy in physical media any more are collector’s sets and/or highly rewatchable movies.
Computer / Laptop
We don’t have a laptop right now that can play DVDs, so unless we spring for an external USB Blu-ray and DVD player we can’t take along any of our owned movies. It’s just less hassle streaming, even though the picture quality isn’t there.
When we travel is the primary time we watch movies on the laptop. The other situation is when Kara wants to watch Lifetime Movie channel, I’ll watch something different on my laptop.
Something newer I tried recently was watching Shudder + Discord chat event. This kind of social movie watching with others across the internet is best experienced on a computer. Or at least a computer for the chat part and beamed to TV for the movie. I do windowing for movies while on the computer (see screenshot at the top of this post), also to allow others to watch something differently, if they like, on TV.
There is another Shudder event tonight — 10/24/2019 — to watch the newest Creepshow episode. Not sure if I can make the time or not, but going to try and be there. Later tonight, we’re going to catch at least one of the new movies opening at the theater.
We have multiple tablets and have done a little streaming on them, but I more often read books on my Kindle Fire currently and play a few games versus watching movies. Am interested in watching more this way because it is less distracting than using a computer, however, I’d need something to prop up the tablet so I don’t have to hold onto it.
I have a couple movies downloaded from Amazon Prime on my phone. This way if I’m somewhere with no internet access, I can watch some kind of movie. Due to the smaller screen size and battery consumption, I’m not too excited about watching movies this way.
Other / Occulus Virtual Reality (VR)
On my Christmas wish list is the Occulus VR. FandangoNow has 3D movies for rent and purchase for this. I’ve tried other VR using my phone and it was pretty cool way to watch a gigantic floating 3D theater screen. I’m not sure whether or not I’d watch more movies this way, but I’m curious about trying to do so anyway. It seems like a cool experience
How Do YOU Most Watch Movies?
Have I missed other ways to watch movies? How do you watch movies the most? At home via owned physical media, streaming, at the theater mostly or some other method?
The current theatrical window is around 90 days. Look above at the current number of week new movies have been playing in the top 10 via Box Office Mojo. As of last weekend (10/11/2019) 7 of the top 20 movies with screening are making money.
I haven’t done a deep statistical analysis of the numbers, but it looks from casual observation that most movies drop somewhere between 30-60% in sales from week to week. Sure, there are some films that perform outside this window, so if we consider a movie opens with 20 million and has 50% loss of revenue the first four weeks, here would be the hypothetical performance:
Week #1: 20 million Week #2: 10 million Week #3: 5 million Week #4: 2.5 million = 37.5 million
Now if the theatrical window was reduced to four weeks, as being proposed, and streaming were allowed then what would be the impact if the theater continued to show the same movie? Would the dropoff increase to 60-70%? Or would it stay about the same roughly 50% dropoff?
That’s one question. The bigger question is how many movies even make it past the first four weeks still having screenings? 45 more movies out of the bottom 65 listed for a total of 52 out of 85 (61%) continue to have screenings beyond four weeks. What is the total revenue for the bottom 65 compared to the top 20? Movies ranked 21-85 only make $20 million versus the top 20 movies make $120 million.
The data is obvious: the top 20 movies make the most money and the freshest movies in release time make the most money. So, the amount of money a movie makes decays drastically — except in a small, few movies (like Lion King that has continued to make money over a couple months) — over the course of the first few weeks. After a month, the money most movies make from the box office is minimal.
While most sources we spoke to agree that a day-and-date release strategy is simply too drastic of a jump from this current system, they do think a three-to-four-week-after-release model could become a reality in the near future.
My wife and I really aren’t the average moviegoers. At least not since August 2019. I’ve seen over 31 movies in the last two months. That’s almost ten times the number of movies the average moviegoer in the US sees in a year. Prior to becoming Regal Unlimited Members, I still saw over 25 movies in the theater in 2018, which is still way more than the average of 3-4 movies per year.
We love seeing movies in the theater. I enjoy the movie theater experience and do not want to see it go away. I do want to see it evolve and change with the times. Waiting 90 days to stream movies doesn’t make any financial or logical sense any more. I’m going to see the movie the first four weeks, so it matters none to me personally whether or not the theatrical window is reduced, but it will allow people who don’t go to the movies very often to see a movie while there is still buzz through streaming.
Will some moviegoers wait for the streaming instead of going to the movie theater? This is Hollywood’s fear. I doubt the numbers will be significant. The people who want to see the movie as soon as it is released will still go to the theater. As long as there is some theatrical window — and I’m not advocating for same day in theater release to streaming — because I think that would hurt the movie theater traffic.
What do YOU think? Keep the theatrical window the way it already is (90 days)? Reduce to 30 days? Reduce to some other number of days? Or just leave it the way it is?
Some movies are not available online. The farther back in time you go, the worse it gets finding that movie you want to watch online. Whether it is licensing or the fact the movie was never digitized to begin with, a variety of reasons exist for why this happens.
For films that do exist on DVD, my suspicion is that what’s keeping them off of iTunes and streaming is mostly murky rights issues. Some of these distributors have been bought and sold multiple times, so determining who controls the rights to a given movie can be complicated.
Trick Or Treat was a rock and roll 80s horror movie with cameos by Gene Simmons (Kiss) and Ozzy Osbourne that I’ve been looking for to stream. I cheeked the streaming movie search engine JustWatch.com and couldn’t find it. Amazon has it on DVD:
This is the one Halloween in the franchise without slasher Michael Myers and has those crazy masks that melt faces. Wasn’t a hit when it released and probably should have been released outside of the franchise because it was ripe for the “why no Michael?!” cries, but it’s a surprisingly effective horror movie.
Another movie that has zero to do with Halloween, I feel good light movie to balance the darkness is the movie, Hero starring Dustin Hoffman and Geena Davis. This one isn’t available for streaming very often, and JustWatch reports that to be the case right now:
I need to balance all this darkness and horror viewing this month with some more uplifting movies. Balance is good to keep my spirits positive. Horror, despite my love for the genre, can be depressing to watch in too much volume.
Alfred Hitchcock fans rejoice on Starz starting today, Friday October 11, the following 15 Alfred Hitchcock movies are available for instant streaming (thanks pastemagazine):
The Starz selection includes his best-known classics of suspense The Birds, Rear Window, Psycho ,Vertigo, as well as The Man Who Knew Too Much, Marnie, Rope, Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubt, Topaz, Torn Curtain, Frenzy, The Trouble with Harry, The Lady Vanishes and his final film released in 1976, Family Plot.
For me, I’ll never tire of watching one of the best black and white suspense films ever made, Psycho ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ or feel the terror invoked by The Birds.
My favorite shot in the shower is of Janet Leigh’s hand raking the tile.
It’s hard to say anything done by human beings is “perfect” but I think Psycho is about as close as cinematically possible.
Looking back at the movies which had the biggest return on investment—or the movies which made the most profit in proportion to their budget—it’s evident that horror movies have always had money-spinning potential.
As of this writing, only one I’ve reviewed so far (click title for review), but. I’ve seen all except The Devil Inside and The Gallows. Link courtesy of PartyCasino (and no, this link doesn’t lead to some spammy casino gambling page, it goes to a searchable database on movie ROI):
Of the horror films I’ve seen, Friday the 13th (1980) is my most favorite. Jason Vorhees with a machete and a hockey mask scared the crap out of me the first time I watched. When it comes to sharks, nothing since has touched Peter Benchley’s Jaws. If you enjoy torture horror movies, Saw, is worth watching. Didn’t really care for the whole faux-real jittery home cam low budget movies like Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity.. So, those are my quick thoughts from memory, and when/if I rewatch them someday, maybe, I’m sure I’ll conjure more.
Am curious if you have any favorite of these 10 movies and/or how many others have seen?