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We're Heading Towards Halloween!! John Ary Introduces Ain’t It Scary Reviews!! Coming Every Day In October, Beginning Monday!!

John Ary here with something I’ve been excited to announce for awhile now.  I’m calling it Ain’t It Scary Reviews.  

To prepare for this Halloween season, I’m catching up on several of the horror films that I’ve missed over the years.  Every day in October, I plan to review a different scary movie.  We’re watching all sorts of different horror flicks from around the world and from different time periods.  

Here are the ground rules that I’m giving myself for this 31 day marathon:

1) All the movies will streamed.  I want everyone to have access to these, so don’t plan on anything too obscure.

2) Surprise is the key.  I can only watch films that I haven’t seen before.

3) The idea is to watch only good movies.  I’m not searching out any of that so bad it’s good schlock.  It’s all about quality.

Also, for everyone who gives me crap about not publishing a written-out article with my videos, expect to see both a write-up and video included with each review.

Please join me everyday in October as I hope to discover some hidden gems and forgotten classics right here on Ain’t It Cool News.

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  • Sept. 28, 2012, 1:31 p.m. CST


    by Chris Kirby

    Great idea. But don't sell us out like Harry and be late with these!

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 1:37 p.m. CST

    The more review i watch from Ary, the more i like them.

    by albert comin

    I have an avertion to filmed video reviews, but Ary's, i make an exception. He has a clear presentation style, a very good voice and a very nice presence.I'd prefere reading reviews, but Ary's i don't mind watching them.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Good Movies...

    by John Ary

    A few of my choices definitely didn't pan out as I would have hoped. There were a few surprises for me though that exceeded expectations.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 1:38 p.m. CST


    by John Ary


  • Sept. 28, 2012, 1:38 p.m. CST

    I was hoping for something like this, but...

    by prunkhaft

    Are there really 31 scary movies on Netflix/other streaming that are of quality and that you haven't seen?

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 1:40 p.m. CST

    @Mr johnary

    by albert comin

    Allow me to offer a sugestion: It's this 1974 english vampire movie called "Vampires". It's a lesbian vampire movie directed by José Larraz. It's low budget and small scope, but i find it imensably enjoyable, it suprised me in it's genuine effort to be good, and i think it's really good. If you haven't seen it, please consider it as a possible title for reviewing. Thank you.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 1:48 p.m. CST


    by John Ary

    I expanded a bit outside of Netflix with some stuff on Hulu, Crackle, Vudu and Amazon. The crummy part about this is that several of the movies I watched on Netflix have been taken off or will be taken off the streaming service by the time they run on AICN.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 1:51 p.m. CST


    by John Ary

    Thanks for the suggestion. I'll be sure to look for it.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 1:51 p.m. CST


    by John Ary

    Luckily I've been working ahead on these, so barring a technical problem with the website, these should all post on time.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 1:53 p.m. CST


    by Chris Kirby

    Obiyashi's House. Its way too much fun for its own good. Maybe you've seen it though.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Are ya sure about that??!

    by Doug Rasmussen

    Based on the flash of clips shown in this teaser- not sure that the "quality" rule will be totally applied here- but a brilliant idea! Love this!

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 2:07 p.m. CST

    House is awesome

    by John Ary

    I am definitely a fan.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 2:22 p.m. CST

    the idea is to only watch good movies (which I haven't seen before)

    by Logan_1973

    Using RT as the basis to judge what's "good" before watching?

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 2:26 p.m. CST


    by John Ary

    I didn't use RT. Instead, I used the rating system on Netflix, an assumption that anything out of the Criterion collection on Hulu was worth a watch, recommendations from friends, picked a few based off the talent involved and finally went with my gut on the rest (this method tended to yield the worst results).

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 2:30 p.m. CST

    johnary. You're such a giver.

    by adeceasedfan

    I love you almost as much as Halloween... almost.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 2:31 p.m. CST

    lol gotcha John. Looking forward to it.

    by Logan_1973

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 2:31 p.m. CST


    by John Ary


  • Sept. 28, 2012, 2:57 p.m. CST

    I think this is a great idea. Good Job, Ary.

    by Jacob Underhill

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 3 p.m. CST

    One day i'd like to see a team up between John Ary and Ambush Bug

    by albert comin

    The best AICN writer with the best AICN presenter. Should be fun.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Cool. In looking forward to this.

    by Fritzlorrerains

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 3:03 p.m. CST


    by Fritzlorrerains

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Really looking forward to this.

    by buggerbugger

    It'll be interesting to see just how obscure you go with the movies you've chosen, John. It'd be a nice surprise to be pointed in the direction of some decent horror flicks I've never seen before.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Hating on Jon Ary

    by Demagog_Dog

    How dare he present information in a different medium than other people on this site! Instant discredibility!

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 4:07 p.m. CST


    by John Ary

    After searching through the different streaming sites, I found some real holes in my horror filmography, some that border on embarrassing. There are a few titles that I would consider obscure, but for the most part I had trouble finding quality horror films that were both obscure and streaming. The main thing I focused on when picking out movies was diversity. In the first week we'll have a Universal Monster sequel from the late 30's, an Italian anthology film from the 60's, a blacksploitation flick from the 70's, an American slasher from the early 80's and faux-documentary from the mid-00's. Should be fun.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 4:47 p.m. CST

    I can't wait! It's because of these kinds of reviews that I discovered

    by sweeneydave

    The Innocents (1961) and Carnival of Souls (1962). I love sending people towards lesser known horror like REC, Splinter, Trick R Treat, Don't Look Now, and Little Otik.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 5:09 p.m. CST

    i recommend "Killer Condom"

    by Ld

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Ary is the man

    by Ld

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Looking forward to this!

    by Edited_Out

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 6:35 p.m. CST


    by FannyPad

    If you haven't seen it, I'd recommend Polanski's The Fearless Vampire Killers. Also Kill List.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Looks like...

    by JAGUART

    I picked the wrong month to give up buttered popcorn, spiced cider, and smarties.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 9:30 p.m. CST

    No one on AICN has ever reviewed 'Murder By Decree'

    by tangcameo

    Before 'From Hell' with Johnny Depp there was this movie with Christopher Plummer, James Mason, John Geilgud, Donald Sutherland, Genevieve Bujold, and Chris Wiggins. It's Sherlock Holmes (Plummer) and Watson (Mason) versus Jack The Ripper. Not sure how accessible it is but its on DVD.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 9:33 p.m. CST

    by Baragon

    I'd recommend stuff like The Blood Spattered Bride or Tombs of the Blind Dead. Even totally bizarre, off the wall stuff like Lady Terminator.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Glad to see someone's being proactive here!

    by BackoffmanImaScientist

    Dr. John, I was initially opposed to watching your video content but have grown to like your approach to reviews and find them entertaining! You won me over, you bald bastard! Anyway, I really look forward to this and I know it'll be great because you seem to actually care about your output here and it shows! Now, having said that I ask that you or someone else please take over/reboot the'Hurts so Good' column! Such a good idea for a regular column but really, I've seen Amazon reviews with more depth to them! My little heart breaks every time I see that article appear with another great title! Your bald and scientist looking, so if you can't do it yourself well would you at least consider cloning yourself? That'll help with the tab over at TGIFridays, too.

  • Sept. 29, 2012, 3:52 a.m. CST

    The Other (1972)

    by Xen11

    If you haven't seen it, there you go.

  • Sept. 29, 2012, 3:56 a.m. CST

    ^ I find The Other to be a true horror film.

    by Xen11

    Leave you feeling sick and disturbed. Please don't spoil it, if you've already seen it. John Ritter has a small part in it, if you are having trouble finding this film and sifting it out amongst the dozens of other films titled, 'The Other'.

  • Sept. 29, 2012, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Gotta give Moby some credit tho'...

    by The_All_Dead

    Instead of bitchin about the people bitchin about his video reviews he just put both written and video up. Thats so Moby!!!

  • Sept. 30, 2012, 1:28 a.m. CST


    by aceldama

    Can we give you shit for doing videos at all instead of not just typed articles? Fucking pathetic.