Every Halloween Day I choose to write up a movie that I deem special. One that has ideal Halloween merit (at least in my eyes.) This year I decided on something slightly different than what I’ve done in the past. Every year up until now I’ve chosen a pretty well known film, either a staple of … Continue reading 10/31/16 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #31 – Tourist Trap.
Damn you, James Wan. How do you keep this up? Every single horror film you work on is directed better than your previous effort. It almost hurts me how good you are at your craft. The Conjuring 2 is your latest example. Oh man, I loved the first Conjuring. LOVED. It was so classic, so … Continue reading 10/30/16 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #30 – The Conjuring 2.
Time for another one of my guilty pleasures. Actually, I take that back. I don’t think I have to call it guilty, because this movie rocks. The 1988 Blob is an updated remake of The Blob from 1958 starring badass Steve McQueen. This time around Kevin Dillon takes over that role. Yeah, I know Johnny … Continue reading 10/29/16 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #29 – The Blob (1988).
Yes, I’m aware this one is not out for home viewing yet. But I put this absolutely incredible film on here for a few reasons. First, this list comes to its 2016 end in only a few days (*sniff) and I figured it’d be a nice thing to do to put something on here that … Continue reading 10/28/16 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #28 – Train to Busan.
Yep, it’s time. It’s time I finally put Monster Squad up in this bitch. This baby is one of those childhood classics that will always stick with me no matter what. I know I’m not the only child of the 80’s that has a connection to this flick. I mean, how couldn’t you? It’s basically … Continue reading 10/27/16 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #27 – Monster Squad.
Here’s another gem that came out of nowhere for me. It's such an amazing feeling when I hear absolutely nothing about a movie, yet notice one of my favorite actors in it, check it out blindly, and I’m completely wowed by it. That’s exactly what happened here. I Am Not a Serial Killer is a little … Continue reading 10/26/16 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #26 – I Am Not a Serial Killer.
Every once in a while a movie comes out that is SO niche and SO insane that it blows me away how it even got made. Luckily for me the insane niche that this movie tackles just happens to be one of my all time favorite subjects. I'm talking about Italian giallo cinema. The Editor … Continue reading 10/25/16 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #25 – The Editor.
This little film released this past weekend pleasantly surprised the Hell out of me. I always love to find good spooky movies that are in the theaters so everyone can try and have an actual October Halloween scary movie experience in the big black box. Ouija: Origin of Evil surprised me in that I liked … Continue reading 10/24/16 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #24 – Ouija: Origin of Evil.
Today I’m gonna throw an interesting little anthology at you. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I love horror anthologies (or horror omnibus films if I want to sound British.) I could do all 31 days of this list and only use anthologies. Each one is full of bite-sized nuggets of … Continue reading 10/23/16 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #23 – Southbound.
It’s Saturday! Family day! Yay! Time for a classic that you simply can’t help but smile at while you’re watching. It’s time for that perennial Halloween favorite, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. Although, it really should be called Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein AND Dracula AND Wolfman (and possibly even another little surprise.) The joy … Continue reading 10/22/16 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #22 – Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.
Yesterday I wrote about a brutal and visceral suspenseful film in Green Room. Today I’m going to write about another seriously suspenseful film, only this one is more so emotionally and intellectually. The Invitation is a fantastic little mystery that builds ever so slowly and ever so creepily. This is a movie that everyone can … Continue reading 10/21/16 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #21 – The Invitation.
Let’s get down to business on what I consider the best thriller I saw all year. After I saw Green Room at Sundance in January, this was the movie I couldn’t stop thinking about, talking about and telling every person I knew to watch when it came out. This film leaves a serious mark. It rattles … Continue reading 10/20/16 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #20 – Green Room.
I’ve been pretty safe for the past few picks so I decided to be a little wacky with today’s choice. Scream and Scream Again is a certifiably insane film. InSANE. While you’re watching it, you honestly have no clue what is happening. There appears to be three concurrent storylines that at first seem to have absolutely … Continue reading 10/19/16 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #19 – Scream and Scream Again.
Okay, so I’ve got an interesting pick today. The Other Side of the Door is a little seen flick from earlier in the year that I enjoyed. Let me use an analogy to explain exactly how I felt after I saw this movie. Let’s say you love hamburgers (you can replace with veggie burgers, animal … Continue reading 10/18/16 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #18 – The Other Side of the Door.
Here’s another one of my true pleasures I saw last year. A film that kind of snuck out of nowhere and punched me in the gut. The Gift is one of those really smart films that takes you on a twisted journey right alongside the characters, and like them, you really don’t have any clue … Continue reading 10/17/16 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #17 – The Gift (2015).
**Double Feature weekend** Every year I love to do a double feature weekend with movies that go better together than on their own. And yes, this usually coincides with a little October getaway I’m taking. Well, I’ll be gone at a wedding this weekend so that allows us to double feature it, and … Continue reading OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICKS #15 & #16 – Insidious: Chapter 2 & Chapter 3.
***This post has a BONUS at the end for those of you who knew my wife Amy (www.amydixonfitness.com) in high school. I just can’t help myself. After yesterday’s insane 80’s flick I just had to wallow in my nutty 80’s horror world yet again. Ladies and gentlemen I present to you a Corman classic, Chopping … Continue reading 10/14/16 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #14 – Chopping Mall.
It’s Thursday the 13th, so it's close enough. It’s time for a flick from my beloved Friday the 13th series. And yes, putting Part 5 on any list may be controversial, considering most people think it strays too far from the formula and that it’s the worst of the series. But hear me out as I’m … Continue reading 10/13/16 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #13 – Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning.
Time for another incredible film that was just recently released in theaters, albeit very limited. Listen to me… if you have a theater near you that is playing Under the Shadow, see it immediately. This was my absolute favorite movie I saw at the Sundance Film Fest this past year. Shockingly I don’t hear many … Continue reading 10/12/16 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #12 – Under the Shadow.
Every year I like to put one or two movies on this list that you can check out in the theater as movies were meant to be seen. I’m actually kind of angry at myself for not including this flick a little earlier on the list, considering how quickly films leave the theaters now. But … Continue reading 10/11/16 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #11 – Don’t Breathe.
Here’s a fantastic movie that completely flew under the radar last year. Because of the larger big studio Westerns that were released like The Revenant and Hateful Eight, Bone Tomahawk sadly got lost in the shuffle and that’s a damn shame. This movie needs to get its just due. Like many movies I put on … Continue reading 10/10/16 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #10 – Bone Tomahawk.
There is so much I could say about The Prowler. I could start with my personal connection to it when I showed this movie to a large group of my friends in high school. Let’s just say most of them had no idea what they were in for, and a few were seriously scarred. Just … Continue reading 10/9/16 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #9 – The Prowler (1981).
I love choosing movies that some people vehemently dislike, yet I really enjoy. The Shallows is a perfect example of this. One complaint I hear from people after watching certain movies (especially this one) is that it’s “so unbelievable” or “that would never happen.” Really? Is that what you’re always looking for in a movie? … Continue reading 10/8/16 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #8 – The Shallows.
Cheap Thrills is an extremely entertaining little flick I saw a couple years back. It’s one of those movies that takes a simple concept and keeps upping the ante. And just when you think they can’t up it any more, yep, they up it again. It's not a typical horror movie per se, but it’s pretty … Continue reading 10/7/16 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #7 – Cheap Thrills.
We’re six days into October so I feel like it’s time for a movie that makes you want to crawl into a hole, curl up and die. It’s time for Goodnight Mommy. This film is the definition of horror to me. It’s extremely unsettling. It’s unrelenting. It’s unnerving.It preys on some of our deepest fears … Continue reading 10/6/16 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #6 – Goodnight Mommy.
Time to go into the way back machine a little bit. Time for one of my favorite Vincent Price flicks. Well, let’s be honest, pretty much anything with Vincent Price is one of my favorite Vincent Price flicks. Man, I worship that dude. They just don’t make people like him anymore. Sigh… Anyway, back to … Continue reading 10/5/16 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #5 – The Fly (1958).
Here’s another little gem that came out of nowhere for me. As you’ve heard me say many times in the past, I have a soft spot for low budget films that find a clever way to tell a nice spooky story with those limited means. The Last Shift is a perfect example of this -- … Continue reading 10/4/16 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #4 – Last Shift.
Time to bathe back in my comfort waters of 80’s horror nostalgia. Boy oh boy, if you’ve never been lucky enough to see Motel Hell before, then prepare for some delightful mental instability. I cut this from the same cloth of bonkers 80’s cinema as Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 or The Stuff (both movies that … Continue reading 10/3/16 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #3 – Motel Hell.
Now for a movie that came out of nowhere. It’s time for the Jeff Dixon award of “movie I thought was going to be terrible that ended up being fantastic.” And the award goes to… Unfriended. I know many of you are probably thinking, “Wait, isn’t that the Skype horror movie? Seriously? That looked like … Continue reading 10/2/16 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #2 – Unfriended.
I like to start each list off with a bang and usually pick one of my favorite horror flicks from the previous year. This year it was an easy choice with The Witch. I don’t even know where to start when it comes to this amazing experience. Movies simply don’t come around like this very … Continue reading 10/1/16 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #1 – The Witch.