And today’s Halloween pick is the other one of those “save the special ones for Halloween every year” picks. I told you I couldn’t decide between two films, so I was ending the year on two no-brainers. Yesterday I gave you the incomparable classic Night of the Living Dead (1968). Today, I give you the … Continue reading 10/31/15 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #31 – The Evil Dead (1981).
“They’re coming to get you Barbra.” Such a perfect, memorable, and foreboding line to start a perfect, memorable, and foreboding film. If only young George Romero knew the extent of the explosion he was creating when he did this little flesh-eating zombie film in good ole Pittsburgh. Yep, no-brainer choice today. I usually hold the … Continue reading 10/30/15 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #30 – Night of the Living Dead (1968).
DEATHGASM!!!! Holy lord Deathgasm. I don’t even know where to start. I think my friend Brendan said it best when he told me, “If you, Jeff Dixon, saw this movie when you were 12 years old, it would be your favorite movie ever.” And you know what? He’s right on point. This is 12 year … Continue reading 10/29/15 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #29 – Deathgasm.
Yeah, I know I just barely posted a Universal Classic a few days ago with Frankenstein, but I just can’t help myself. My youngest daughter and I have been watching all of these during this Halloween season, and I honestly forgot how awesome this movie truly is. The Invisible Man is so good still today, … Continue reading 10/28/15 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #28 – The Invisible Man (1933).
Yeah, I get to brag a little and say that awesome “I saw this at Sundance” line. So here goes, I saw this at Sundance... and it was awesome. I’m a sucker for creature features, especially creature features done RIGHT. This one is done freakin’ right. I knew I was in for something special when … Continue reading 10/27/15 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #27 – The Hallow (2015).
Okay, you want brutal? I’ll give you brutal… More brutal than you can even imagine. Today is for the hardcore. Today is for the true horror fanatics that don’t flinch in the face of something truly disturbing. We’re talking about the absolutely incredible Hong Kong flick, Dream Home (*Note, do NOT confuse this with Dream House, … Continue reading 10/26/15 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #26 – Dream Home (2010).
After seeing my friend Clay’s awesome Giallo killer costume the other night at horror trivia, it was the perfect reminder for me that I haven’t put enough Giallo on this list. Well, in honor of that costume, here’s one of the best from the master of Giallo himself, Dario Argento. This is Deep Red. Deep … Continue reading 10/25/15 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #25 – Deep Red.
Yep. It’s time to go back to the classics. The Universal classics, baby. It’s time for Franken-freaking-stein, mother-effers. This is such a damn great movie. You know, we’re so used to these iconic creatures and established tropes, that you sometimes forget that they all started somewhere. Mary Shelley’s book was the inspiration, but so much … Continue reading 10/24/15 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #24 – Frankenstein (1931).
Yes, this is first and foremost a horror movie list. I get that these are usually scary movies for Halloween. But guess what, sometimes you need a comedy thrown in here and there. And one of the kings of horror/comedies is good old Joe Dante. I love The ‘Burbs. I just love it. It makes … Continue reading 10/23/15 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #23 – The Burbs.
Those of you looking for a new, truly scary movie, here it is. Simply put, We Are Still Here terrified the hell out of me. Now I should come out and admit that I’m a sucker for solidly placed jump scares. I’m not one of those ho-hum guys that doesn't move in his seat. Nope, … Continue reading 10/22/15 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #22 – We Are Still Here.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 may be the ultimate in “you honestly have to see it to believe it” cinema. It could be the most insane and bonkers horror sequel ever made. Let me say this right up front. At face value, it’s not a good movie. It really isn’t. In fact, some may say … Continue reading 10/21/15 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #21 – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986).
Hot off the presses! Every year I try to pick one or two juicy horror films that are still in theaters. As much as I love my home viewing experiences, I still firmly believe in seeing films the way they were meant to be seen – on the big screen. My favorite place in the … Continue reading 10/20/15 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #20 – Crimson Peak.
Starry Eyes is one of those movies that goes down the Jeff Dixon checklist for movies I dig. A few years back there was a movie I looooved called The House of the Devil that was a true stylistic throwback to the movies of the late 70’s/early 80’s. While this movie doesn’t try to emulate … Continue reading 10/19/15 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #19 – Starry Eyes.
I chose this movie for today because Sundays sometimes have a nice family vibe to them. And 1408 feels like an old school haunted house movie that the whole family could watch (maybe older kids only, but still.) I have a soft spot for old school haunted house movies, or in this case a haunted … Continue reading 10/18/15 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #18 – 1408.
As you know sometimes I pick movies that maybe aren’t 100% horror. Sometime they’re flicks with horror elements, or horror hybrids. That’s where this Norwegian blast of a movie falls. It’s not pure horror, it's got comedy, fantasy, and is a hybrid of a bunch of different genres. Yet there are some fantastic horror elements, trust … Continue reading 10/17/15 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #17 – Troll Hunter.
Let’s get something right out of the way. Yes, this is another found footage movie. But you’ll have to trust me on this one. The Taking of Deborah Logan is on a whooooole other level. This baby is so well done and so downright terrifying that it demands to be toward the top of all … Continue reading 10/16/15 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #16 – The Taking of Deborah Logan.
Here it is. Every year I choose one. Every year I pick a movie that I actually like, that seemingly no one else in the world seems to. Yep, this is the pick that will piss the most people off (especially my fellow horror fanatics.) But I don’t give a shit. I will stand by … Continue reading 10/15/15 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #15 – House on Haunted Hill (1999).
I’ve been focusing on a lot of current movies lately so I figured I’d go back to one of the true classics. And I mean classic. This House on Haunted Hill is one of my absolute favorite Vincent Price movies (to be fair, I have a lot of them). And while he was amazing in … Continue reading 10/14/15 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #14 – House on Haunted Hill (1959).
I know it’s not Friday today, but it is October 13th. I feel like it’s finally time I mark that lovely numbered occasion on this list. Yeah, today’s recommendation is a serious no-brainer. I know that after 6 years of doing these lists, it seems weird that I’m only putting this one on now. In … Continue reading 10/13/15 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATIONS #13 – Friday the 13th (1980 Original).
I dug Honeymoon. Much like a movie I wrote about only a few days ago, In Fear, Honeymoon is another great example of extremely simple filmmaking. And by simple, I also very much mean “cost-effective.” Lately, most people interested in investing in horror movies seem to only be focusing on making micro, micro, MICRO-budgeted ones. … Continue reading 10/12/15 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #12 – Honeymoon.
Sometimes when you’ve watched a million twisted movies, even the most hardened horror fanatic needs a little reprieve every once in a while. And sometimes a solid comedy is the perfect cure. Even better, a solid horror comedy. That way you’re still at least staying in the horror genre. Now, comedy opinions vary from person … Continue reading 10/11/15 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #11 – What We Do In the Shadows.
I wanted to pick more of a down and dirty film today. The Horde is the epitome of down and dirty. Nigerian gangs? Check. Crooked cops? Check. Badass zombies? Checkmate. The Horde is insane. The story starts with a gang war taking place in a rundown building that is interrupted by a horde of insane … Continue reading 10/10/15 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #10 – The Horde (2009).
Return of the Living Dead is one of those crazy movies that every single horror fan I know has a story about. We all remember where we were when we first saw it. It’s kind of like this bizarre and twisted glue that bonds many of us together. My Return of the Living Dead story … Continue reading 10/9/15 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #9 – Return of the Living Dead.
Do not confuse In Fear with yesterday's pick, It Follows. I actually put these two movies on back-to-back days on purpose so that I could point out their similar sounding names, and hammer home that they are different films. Sure they sound alike, and the names look alike, but they should each be appreciated on … Continue reading 10/8/15 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #8 – In Fear.
I can’t even explain how much I loved It Follows. Listen to me… I LOVED It Follows. Every year there’s usually a movie that simply blows each one of us away, and this was that movie for me this year. It Follows was like a damn breath of fresh air, not necessarily because of content, … Continue reading 10/7/15 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #7 – It Follows.
I love picks that divide people. And Oculus is a recent release that definitely divides people in my horror community. My friend Casey will be very upset with me for this pick, but I still stand by it. No, it’s not a perfect movie, but there’s something about it I really liked. After I explain, … Continue reading 10/6/15 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #6 – Oculus.
Back to my childhood for today’s pick. Whoa, wait… is that a Disney movie!? Why yes it is. But listen to Daddy Jeff here. Do not let that dissuade you because this isn’t any ordinary Disney flick. Oh no. This little ditty was from back when Disney wasn’t afraid to make some seriously creepy movies. … Continue reading 10/5/15 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #5 – Something Wicked This Way Comes.
Did you love the Ethan Hawke/Julie Delpy romance Before Sunrise, but always thought it would have been much better if it had a disturbing horror element added to it? Boy, then have I got the movie for you. I love Spring. Mainly because it feels like no other horror movie out there right now. This … Continue reading 10/4/15 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #4 – Spring.
NOTE: I always have my first few posts pre-written up the previous weeks in order to help me get a head start on this process every year. Knowing that my post on Demons was actually written up more than a week ago, imagine my shock/surprise when I saw an insanely similar post on io9 from … Continue reading 10/3/15 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #3 – Demons (1985).
It’s funny. For many of these horror movies I saw a long time ago, there are certain things about them you forget, and certain things you really remember. I hadn’t watched The Howling in a very long time, and then recently revisited it. Man, what I forgot was how unique, bizarre, and fun this movie … Continue reading 10/2/15 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #2 – The Howling (1981).