Happy Halloween! As usual, I always save a few special movies in the vault so I can use them as my Halloween selection each year. This year I bring you a true horror masterpiece, The Omen. Along with The Exorcist, The Omen helped bring so much satanic imagery to the forefront of the masses that … Continue reading 10/31/17 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #31 – The Omen (1976).
It’s Halloween Eve. Time for some Lucio Fulci. Although, this ain’t just any old Fulci. This is Fulci at his absolute finest. The Beyond is a creepy masterpiece. If you care about horror in the least and haven’t seen this film, make it your next viewing. It’s such a trippy, brain-explosion of a movie. The … Continue reading 10/30/17 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #30 – The Beyond (1981).
I know, I know, you’re done with found-footage movies. Trust me, for the most part I am too. I’m glad the trend is slowing down, but even when these movies were at their peak and new found-footage flicks came out constantly, every once in a while one stuck out to me. That was the case … Continue reading 10/29/17 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #29 – As Above So Below.
Earlier this week I posted about Gerald’s Game, one of the two new Netflix-exclusive Stephen King film adaptations. Today, I’m so happy to write about the other one,1922. 1922 is the type of film that, much like Gerald’s Game, feels far more appropriate watching at home. It’s a subtle, slow-paced, period piece that is more … Continue reading 10/28/17 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #28 – 1922.
Mixing it up again. Yesterday was a PG-13 flick everyone can enjoy. Today… not so much. Wes Craven’s very first film, Last House on the Left, is for the truly hardcore horror crowd only. In fact, I feel like I need to label this one with a completely unnecessary, but obligatory, warning. Those in the … Continue reading 10/27/17 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #27 – Last House of the Left (1972).
Hopefully by reading this blog over the years you realize that I am NOT a horror snob in any way. I like every type of horror. I dig anything from obscure French gross-out films, to B&W classics, to made-for-$5 indies, all the way to made-for-the-masses studio features. If something entertains me in some way, that’s … Continue reading 10/26/17 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #26 – The Boy (2016).
Here’s a classic horror film that is required viewing for anyone that loves classic B&W spookers, but ABSOLUTE required viewing for any of my hometown Utah peeps. Why, you may ask? Well, maybe because this classic was filmed in Utah! Not only is it cool to see Salt Lake City in the early 60’s, but … Continue reading 10/25/17 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #25 – Carnival of Souls (1962).
Maybe it’s the extreme heat wave right now, but I’m going a little goofy with my pick today. While this may not be horror in the purest sense, I’ve always said horror comes in all shapes and sizes, so why not? It’s about a plant from outer space that eats people! I’m pretty sure that … Continue reading 10/24/17 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #24 – Little Shop of Horrors (1986).
This one’s fresh off the presses and boy is it a doozy. Because of all the competition in the streaming universe right now, every service is looking for original content. This, combined with the fact that it’s Halloween season, means we horror fans are treated to a few original gems popping up lately. The blessed … Continue reading 10/23/17 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #23 – Gerald’s Game.
Sunday can be such a nice, restful, relaxing day to spend with the entire family. What better choice of film is there to watch today, than an amazing movie about sadistic killer kids and a-hole parents. Today, I give you the British gem, The Children. The Children was one of the Ghost House releases from … Continue reading 10/22/17 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #22 – The Children.
I try to at least half-plan my Horror Picks every year, but I leave a lot of room for a few movies to enter my brain organically. This is a perfect example. Yesterday I did It Comes At Night, a claustrophobic film about a family that stays in their cabin for fear of a plague … Continue reading 10/21/17 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #21 – 10 Cloverfield Lane.
This will be one of the more divisive titles on my list this year, I guarantee it. I’ve spoken to many people who saw this film and it’s split right down the middle. Half love it. Half hate it. I blame most of that on the complete misrepresentation of the advertising campaign. If you had … Continue reading 10/20/17 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #20 – It Comes At Night.
Yesterday I did one kind of home invasion movie that dealt with being locked in a house with a tiger (Burning Bright). That one is fun horror fluff that everyone can enjoy. Today, I’m bringing you an entirely different type of home invasion movie. This baby is hardcore, dark, visceral, and not for the squeamish. … Continue reading 10/19/17 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #19 – Them (2006).
Okay, so right of the bat I have to admit that Burning Bright is not a perfect film by any means, but there’s a reason I’m including it here today. Sometimes when you watch a movie that has a premise so golden, and so utterly insane, that you fall in love with that film regardless … Continue reading 10/18/17 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #18 – Burning Bright.
A few days ago when I wrote about Green Room, praising director Jeremy Saulnier, I hinted that I was going to be putting another of his movies on this list a little later. Well, here you go! I bring you the absolutely hilarious Murder Party, his very first directing effort. Now, if you’ve already watched … Continue reading 10/17/17 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #17 – Murder Party.
We’re at the halfway mark of the greatest month so it’s time for a 2nd half jumpstart. It’s time for one of my favorite Asian horror movies of all time. If you haven’t seen (or even heard of) A Tale of Two Sisters, you are one lucky soul. This movie is incredible. Man, where do … Continue reading 10/16/17 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #16 – A Tale of Two Sisters.
Here’s another recent flick that took the horror world by storm this past year. Now, I would personally argue that this movie is less horror, and more sci-fi thriller. But as I’ve said many times before in this blog, horror comes in all shapes and sizes. And in this case, colors. Get Out is a … Continue reading 10/15/17 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #15 – Get Out.
The last few years have been good to those of us horror movie nerds who love documentaries about either the effects of horror movies, the making of horror movies, or quite simply just horror movies in general. Each year they seem to get more and more specific in their scope. Well, this current one might … Continue reading 10/14/17 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #14 – 78/52.
When Friday the 13th falls in October it’s indescribable the amount of joy that blossoms forth. It’s basically like a fantasy threesome for the horror fan. Seductive Halloween on one side, and provocative Friday the 13th on the other. So much strange, macabre pleasure comes from these two occurrences happening at the same time. Obviously … Continue reading 10/13/17 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #13 – Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood.
Okay, so sometimes I like to pick a movie that is just kinda goofy. Maybe it didn’t have the biggest budget. Maybe it has its fair share of flaws. But what I love about Beyond The Gates is that it has such a good fanboy heart, that you can’t help but have a joyful time … Continue reading 10/12/17 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #12 – Beyond The Gates.
Okay, okay, fine. You knew it had to happen. Every year I love to put a film or two in the mix that you can still see in theaters. Although, judging by the INCREDIBLE numbers this movie is pulling in, chances are you’ve already seen it… possibly even twice. You almost have to be buried … Continue reading 10/11/17 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #11 – It: Chapter One (2017).
Here’s a fantastic twisted movie that was a film festival darling for a long time, and is finally out there for the general public to give a view. So if you’re into original, warped, bizarre, eyebrow-raising, stomach-churning, French, cannibalism flicks, then boy do I have the movie for you. Raw is one of those movies … Continue reading 10/10/17 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #10 – Raw.
Back to my good ole 1980’s. A time when people could make any kind of weird action or horror movie they wanted, and they didn’t have to answer for anyone. This anything-goes mentality is exactly how an awesome film like Maniac Cop was born. Maniac Cop is about a cop that is killing innocent people … Continue reading 10/9/17 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #9 – Maniac Cop (1988).
When I finally watched The Blackcoat’s Daughter, I felt like I’d been hearing about this film for some time. Truth in advertising here, I’m friends with a few of the producers on this film so I was very aware of it from an early stage when it was called February. I knew it was a … Continue reading 10/8/17 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #8 – The Blackcoat’s Daughter.
Yeah, yeah, I know what you’re thinking. Zombies. We get it. Enough. To that I say, if you can continue to present something fresh to me within the genre, I’ll watch zombie films until the day I become dust. The Girl With All the Gifts did just that. It presented something fantastic and original. I … Continue reading 10/7/17 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #7 – The Girl With All The Gifts.
Horror comes in all forms. Horror doesn’t have to be as easy as a ghost or a boogeyman. Sometimes true horror comes from within humanity itself. For this reason Green Room might be one of the most horrifying films of the last few years. Sadly, white supremacists and neo-Nazi’s are back in the cultural conversation, … Continue reading 10/6/17 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #6 – Green Room.
Ahh, Dario. It was so wonderful to see him speak the other night at the new 4K presentation of Suspiria (even though I only understood about half the things he said due to his fragmented English.) He is truly a master. After watching Suspiria for the 500th time, it brought my attention back to Inferno, … Continue reading 10/5/17 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #5 – Inferno (1980).
This film packed a punch for me. A gut punch that I felt for a while afterward. I love films like this. Low budget, minimal characters (basically only two people for 95% of the film), minimal locations (pretty much all takes place in one house in the Irish countryside), and a simple premise. When you … Continue reading 10/4/17 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #4 – A Dark Song.
Today’s pick is in honor of my friend Ryan Doman. Not only does he share my love of older horror films, but I also credit him with opening my eyes to the fantastic universe of Paul Naschy. I dare you to find a bigger Naschy fan. Who’s Paul Naschy you ask? Well, he’s basically Spain’s … Continue reading 10/3/17 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #3 – The Werewolf vs. The Vampire Woman.
This movie is near and dear to my heart because it combines two of my favorite things in the world – horror movies and metal music. The film is not actually about metal per se, but metal definitely runs through its veins. The main characters are into metal, the soundtrack is metal, and the entire … Continue reading 10/2/17 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #2 – The Devil’s Candy.