Last year I fought against choosing the ultimate “no shit Sherlock” choice for a Halloween movie recommendation, but I can’t do it again. It is Halloween, October 31st. And John Carpenter’s Halloween is one of the best horror flicks ever made, bar none. It all fits like a glove and it needs to be placed … Continue reading 10/31/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #31 – Halloween (1978).
For my final horror pick of October, I had to pick something really special. Halloween deserves nothing short of pure and utter terror. Something that will keep you up at night. Something that makes you look at life and death a little bit differently. Something that literally alters you. Well, here it is, ladies and … Continue reading FLASHBACK 2010 PICK – 10/31/10 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #31 – Martyrs.
Another common theme day. Last year on this day I chose Aliens, so this year it’s kind of an “of course” moment to choose Alien. It only makes sense since both of these movies create a perfect one-two punch. I’ve already talked at length about Aliens, which is almost more of an action-war movie, so … Continue reading 10/30/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #30 – Alien.
Yesterday I talked about a perfect movie, so today I talk about, if it’s possible, an even MORE perfect movie. The absolute Jeff Dixon perfect film. Sometimes it’s a good thing to be reminded what perfection looks like. Everyone who knows me knows that Aliens is my all time favorite film. Let that sink in… … Continue reading FLASHBACK 2010 PICK – 10/30/10 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #30 – Aliens.
If for even a MOMENT you thought I was talking about the Paris Hilton remake and not the Vincent Price masterpiece, I want to come through the computer and punch you in the face. There are actually three House of Wax films, but to me the consummate version is this Vincent Price baby. I love … Continue reading 10/29/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #29 – House of Wax (1953).
So I’m down to my last three days of horror movie picks. I might as well pick three of my all time favorite movies. Ahh, The Thing. How can I narrow down what I want to say about this movie..? The Thing is a cinematic treasure that comes around once in a lifetime. To me, … Continue reading FLASHBACK 2010 PICK – 10/29/10 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #29 – The Thing (1982).
Okay, it’s Friday so let’s start this Halloween weekend off right with another movie hot off the presses (it just came out on DVD in the US a few days ago.) The next few days are all about pure, unadulterated FUN, so I chose a film that would launch things off right. If there was … Continue reading 10/28/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #28 – Attack The Block.
I’d consider myself a complete a-hole if I didn’t include The Exorcist on this list. I think it’s actually in the “scary movie list” bylaws. But for damn good reason. There isn’t a soul that watched this movie and wasn’t messed up by it in some way. It’s just scary as all hell (literally.) There … Continue reading FLASHBACK 2010 PICK – 10/28/10 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #28 – The Exorcist.
Jaws is like a horror movie gateway drug. It’s got that warm and fuzzy Spielberg tag so people feel safe with it. In addition it was released with that family friendly PG rating. Aww, this must be a sweet movie about a lovable shark named Jaws that a local aquarium adopts and a family grows … Continue reading 10/27/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #27 – Jaws.
Here is another of those pivotal 80’s classics that helped model my youth. I loved everything about this movie when I was a kid, right down to being fascinated by the poster (to this day I have it hanging up in my office.) Tom Holland’s fun flick is another in my personal favorite style of … Continue reading FLASHBACK 2010 PICK – 10/27/10 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #27 – Fright Night (1985).
Yep, another no brainer, but a necessary one. Think back to 1991 if you can. Just when it seemed like it would never happen, here was the movie that finally combined the worlds of the serial killer horror film and the mainstream Academy Award winning darling. You thought the two worlds blended together like oil … Continue reading 10/26/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #26 – The Silence of the Lambs.
Frailty deserves the award for the single most underappreciated movie of the last decade. This is one of my all time favorite films, directed by one of my all time favorite actors, Bill Paxton (Game over, man! Game over!) When anyone asks me for a scary movie recommendation, most of the time I tell them … Continue reading FLASHBACK 2010 PICK – 10/26/10 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #26 – Frailty.
Another double feature day today, but this one’s a little different. From Dusk Till Dawn is the film. And Full Tilt Boogie is the documentary about the making of it. Trust me, you’ll appreciate both of these equally. First, let’s tackle From Dusk Till Dawn. This flick is in a category of its own … Continue reading 10/25/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION(S) #25 – From Dusk Till Dawn / Full Tilt Boogie. **Double Feature Day**
If you’re a classic horror fan, the name Hammer Films puts an immediate smile to your face. If there’s one thing I love, it’s horror movies from the 70’s (and late 60’s.) If there’s something I love even more, it’s the weird satanic movies of that same time period. Man, people were obsessed with the … Continue reading FLASHBACK 2010 PICK – 10/25/10 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #25 – The Devil Rides Out.
Ahhh, Haute Tension (or, High Tension, as they renamed it in the states), how can I count the ways I love thee? You twisted, genius, completely sick and wrong flick. First of all, you used one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite bands in your movie so you already win in my … Continue reading 10/24/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #24 – Haute Tension.
Whenever anyone thinks about this movie, they always go right to Rick Baker’s Oscar winning makeup effects. Yes, I said OSCAR winning… for a horror movie. I know, shocking, considering the Academy usually looks at horror movies like they’re a flaming pile of shit on their doorstep. But the award was given for good reason. … Continue reading FLASHBACK 2010 PICK – 10/24/10 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #24 – An American Werewolf in London.
Today I’m going to write about a movie that took me by complete and utter surprise. Don’t you love when that happens? This was a film that, when it was released, looked like it was simply a studio cash-in for a time when the majors were only on the hunt for PG-13 copycats of the … Continue reading 10/23/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #23 – The Skeleton Key.
Another no brainer. Honestly, I can’t leave Scream out. I just can’t. It’s tempting to not include the powerhouses on the list because everyone’s already seen and heard of them, but Scream deserves a place on every horror list… ever. It is one of the best horror scripts ever written, period. It is clever, sharp, … Continue reading FLASHBACK 2010 PICK – 10/23/10 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #23 – Scream.
Like I said before, as you get closer to Halloween more no brainers get thrown into the mix. This film to me is in the uber-royalty of no brainers. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a movie that while talked about a lot in horror circles, quite frankly I think it should be talked about even … Continue reading 10/22/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #22 – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974).
Takashi Miike is insane. Purely, flat out, insane. If you could look inside a serial killer’s brain and hit record, the images would basically be Miike’s films. Saying his movies are not for everyone is like saying Verne Troyer is sort of undersized –- needless to say, a drastic understatement. But to those of us … Continue reading FLASHBACK 2010 PICK – 10/22/10 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #22 – Audition.
Last year I chose one of my favorite movies where you basically watched someone’s slow descent into madness. I figured, let’s keep that theme going this year too. No one can do insanity like Jack Nicholson, but I gotta say, Natalie Portman did a pretty good job. Black Swan may not be your typical horror … Continue reading 10/21/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #21 – Black Swan.
As Halloween gets closer, there will be more and more no-brainer choices. Today is a huge no-brainer. In fact it’s one of my all-time favorite movies of any genre. If you haven’t seen The Shining by now, hit yourself in the face with a wrench. If you haven’t seen it again within the past few … Continue reading FLASHBACK 2010 PICK – 10/21/10 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #21 – The Shining.
I wanted to do this last year, but couldn’t because it wasn’t out yet. But guess what, it is now! Don’t you just love it when a sequel comes out and not only meets, but in some ways even surpasses the original? For me, that’s what we have here with [REC]2. Instead of just a rehash … Continue reading 10/20/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #20 – [REC]2.
Once again I tap into the reality-horror genre. But with [REC], never has it felt so utterly visceral. This movie is scary… really, seriously, effing scary. Here, we follow around with a reality TV show that is watching the day-to-day actions of the fire department. When they get a distress call from an apartment building … Continue reading FLASHBACK 2010 PICK – 10/20/10 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #20 – [REC].
Okay, so this one is hot off the presses. For a select lucky few of you it may actually be in a theater, but for the rest of the world it just hit On Demand. This movie was a festival darling for what seems like ages. It won audience awards. And it seemed like every … Continue reading 10/19/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #19 – Tucker & Dale vs. Evil.
You know what’s awesome? Pirates. You know what’s even more awesome? Zombie ghost pirates! Oh man, The Fog. This movie scared the living shit out of me as a kid. It was John Carpenter in his prime, and nothing was better than John Carpenter in his prime (the 80s!) His theatrical follow-up to Halloween, this … Continue reading FLASHBACK 2010 PICK – 10/19/10 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #19 – The Fog.
“Be afraid. Be very afraid.” Haha, such a perfect quote from, and for, this movie. The Fly is one of those crossover movies that thankfully was able to find both a horror audience as well as a mainstream audience. I think a key reason for this was the intelligence level. The Fly is a smart … Continue reading 10/18/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #18 – The Fly.
The art of the faux-documentary is a tricky bit. When they work, they’re absolutely fantastic; when they don’t, they just blow. Behind The Mask just works. It dances right along that extremely fine line of balancing comedy and horror, and keeps both intact. If you’re a slasher movie fan and thought that Scream had a … Continue reading FLASHBACK 2010 PICK – 10/18/10 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #18 – Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon.
Some movies you have to take a stand on. And I’ll take a damn stand with The Ruins. The Ruins was awesome. It has its naysayers, but I say nay to you! It was original. It was unique. I was well acted. It was super gory. And it was suspenseful and thrilling as all hell. … Continue reading 10/17/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #17 – The Ruins.
Ahh, the French. They are making some the absolute best horror films the past few years, and definitely some of the most hardcore. Inside is definitely hardcore. Another flick that divides people, I won’t lie, this is a difficult movie to watch. It is relentlessly aggressive and absolutely pulls NO punches. Some of the graphic … Continue reading FLASHBACK 2010 PICK – 10/17/10 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #17 – Inside.