Today’s post is going to be a little… different. It’s going to be very long. And it's going to get surprisingly personal. I know that sounds bizarre when I’m essentially just doing a horror movie recommendation, but bear with me and you’ll understand why. I initially wrote this post weeks ago, right after I saw … Continue reading 10/31/18 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #31 – Halloween (2018) *A Highly Personal Post.
Earlier this month I brought you Michele Soavi’s nutty nutbar religious flick, The Church. Today is all about another of his movies, and the one I think most consider his masterpiece — Cemetery Man. The original Italian title is Dellamorte Dellamore (which contains a much deeper meaning, more on that in a bit), but US … Continue reading 10/30/18 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #30 – Cemetery Man (1994).
Here’s a movie that has kind of been lost to time, and that's a shame. Unless you’re a hardcore horror fan, or a classic film guru, you’re more than likely not going to know the ethereal, dread-filled film that is 1973’s Messiah of Evil, but you should. This movie is absolutely chock full of artistry, … Continue reading 10/29/18 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #29 – Messiah of Evil.
People who aren’t serious horror fans just think all horror is horror, that it’s all under the same umbrella. But we true fans know there are endless sub-genres under the overall “genus" of Horror. The breakdowns start broadly in known categories like supernatural, slasher, monster, etc. But when you get further down there are a … Continue reading 10/28/18 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #28 – Revenge (2017).
Let’s go back into those crazy 70’s again, when they were all about being creative and trying new things. How about this for creativity? Here’s an anthology film where the same actress plays a different role in each of the three separate stories (in one story she even plays two roles.) Each story is named … Continue reading 10/27/18 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #27 – Trilogy of Terror.
Churchgoers may want to skip today's post. We're going to get grimy. We're going to get down in the mud and delightfully wallow in its filth. Grab your mask, grab your strangulation scarf, and grab your hacksaw. It’s time… for Torso. The original title was Carnal Violence, but Torso just happens to be one of … Continue reading 10/26/18 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #26 – Torso.
The water’s too nice in here. I don’t want to leave the comfy confines of my 80’s hot tub of happiness just yet. Yesterday I waded into the water with Night of the Comet, today I’m relaxing against the powerful jets of 1987’s epic The Gate. This is a wicked little tale featuring a child … Continue reading 10/25/18 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #25 – The Gate.
Here we are again, soaking in my 80’s hot tub of happiness. This time the warm water is all about 1984’s one of a kind, campy horror/comedy, Night of the Comet. It’s funny, before October even begins I come up with my choices for the month. I leave a little wiggle room for some new … Continue reading 10/24/18 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #24 – Night of the Comet (1984).
Once again I’m mixing it up. After giving you an “all-audience” crowd pleaser yesterday with A Quiet Place, I’m going back to a niche audience flick today. Oh, Mandy. Mandy is one of those movies that you’re either going to love or HATE. Vehemently. Not much middle ground here. I was lucky enough to see … Continue reading 10/23/18 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #23 – Mandy.
The last few days I’ve played with some fun niches, focusing my choices toward more specific horror audiences. Today I thought I’d go the complete opposite direction and give you a horror film that pretty much everyone can see. A Quiet Place was one of the biggest horror hits this year. Much like Get Out … Continue reading 10/22/18 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #22 – A Quiet Place.
Here we go with the 2nd half of my very specific “bizarre and slightly humorous, genetically enhanced, water creature movies of the late 70’s/early 80’s” pair. Yesterday was all about Joe Dante’s classic Piranha. Today, it’s all about Humanoids From the Deep. This is another Jaws-inspired flick that is essentially schlock-central with a side order of … Continue reading 10/21/18 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #21 – Humanoids From the Deep (1980).
Ok so I’m going to do one more pair of movies that share something in common. I started with the “female characters in the title” pair (Veronica and Stephanie). I then moved to the “slimy practical FX Hell movie” pair (The Void and Hellbound: Hellraiser II). Now I’m going to get right into the “bizarre … Continue reading 10/20/18 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #20 – Piranha (1978).
Continuing with my pair of movies that have something in common theme, today I give you the 2nd in the "slimy practical-FX Hell flick" category. Yesterday was The Void, the smaller of the two. Today I proudly present to you one of the biggest and ultimate Hell movies - Hellbound: Hellraiser II. The Hellraiser series … Continue reading 10/19/18 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #19 – Hellbound: Hellraiser II.
Now for the next pair of movies that share something in common. The first pair had female character names in the title (Veronica and Stephanie). This second pair is all about slimy practical-FX Hell movies. I know it’s a pretty specific niche, but it’s also a niche I happen to love. First up, is a … Continue reading 10/18/18 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #18 – The Void (2016).
Yesterday I said that for the next few days I was going to do some back-to-back films that shared something in common. The first pair have a female character as the title, which obviously means we’re mostly focusing on them. Yesterday was the more pure horror of the two with Veronica. Today, I’m going with … Continue reading 10/17/18 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #17 – Stephanie.
For the next six days, I’m going to do something fun and pick movies in pairs that share something in common and put them back-to-back. Why? Hell, I don’t know. I’m just entertaining myself. To start, I’m picking the first of two newer movies that have a female character as the title. And since that … Continue reading 10/16/18 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #16 – Veronica.
It’s been very entertaining to me seeing all the conversations amongst my horror crowd recently about the Exorcist II, ever since the new Scream Factory blu-ray came out. Most unanimously hate it, but there are some who still cherish Boorman’s insanity. Well, I’m not going to wade into those waters because, yeah… Instead I’m skipping … Continue reading 10/15/18 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #15 – Exorcist III.
In the Christmas spirit yet? I’m going to help you a bit with this delightfully nasty little yuletide thriller. Better Watch Out is a pretty polarizing film, you’re either are on board or not. There’s very little middle ground. I myself was totally on board. But for it to fully work its magic, Better Watch … Continue reading 10/14/18 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #14 – Better Watch Out.
With my wife working in the fitness industry, this one holds a special place in my heart. Oh Death Spa, how much do I love you? You're such a scum. You're so dumb. But you're so much damn fun. Like many of my favorites, you condense so much 80’s nostalgia into your 90 minutes that … Continue reading 10/13/18 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #13 – Death Spa.
Right off the bat, I fully understand that this is yet another Blair Witch knockoff. We’ve seen a million copycats ever since that pivotal film came out. And yet, it doesn’t matter, because there’s something about this recent Korean take that really got under my skin. I have an affinity toward films about real-life locations. … Continue reading 10/12/18 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #12 – Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum.
This past year I watched (or rewatched) quite a few horror flicks from the 70’s. I normally land in my 80’s hot tub of nostalgia, but lately the 70’s have reinvigorated me. There’s a visceral quality and brutality to 70’s horror that feels so raw, and I’m re-realizing how much I love it. Alice Sweet … Continue reading 10/11/18 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #11 – Alice Sweet Alice (1976).
Good lord… I freakin' love C.H.U.D. Let me say that again, I LOVE C.H.U.D. This movie is more 80’s awesomeness incarnate. The name C.H.U.D. has become a punchline for years (even The Simpsons used it once). Hell, I pretty much say it every time I see a manhole cover. That’s the genius behind this movie. … Continue reading 10/10/18 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #10 – C.H.U.D.
Tragedy Girls is a movie that, based on the premise alone, I should thoroughly dislike. I’m SO sick of all these modern-day, social media, “we’ll do anything to get likes” narcissistic, rabbit holes. They’re coming out constantly and I just don’t enjoy them since they all feel so damn shallow. But with Tragedy Girls, they … Continue reading 10/9/18 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #9 – Tragedy Girls.
I guess I’m just on a religious kick. Yesterday I did The Church. Today I’m doing The Nun. Well, I’m not actually doing th-- ...ok, nevermind. Moving on. Anyway, today’s movie is The Nun. I always like to find a few flicks that you can still see in the theaters every year, and here’s one that … Continue reading 10/8/18 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #8 – The Nun.
It’s Sunday, a day for religion. A day to go to church. Although before you go, do me a favor? Make sure it’s not a church built upon a hidden mass grave holding the remnants of a Knight’s Templar slaughter of supposedly-possessed villagers. Okay? Otherwise you’ll run into the same issues as the trapped victims … Continue reading 10/7/18 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #7 – The Church (1989)
Every once in a while there’s a movie that flat out surprises me. Usually based on the trailers or premise, I just don’t think it’s going to be that great. But then it ends up being quite a lot of fun. Unfriended from a few years ago is a good example (great flick). This year’s … Continue reading 10/6/18 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #6 – 47 Meters Down.
Okay… here we go. Let’s bring a little controversy to this list. Suicide Club is one of those movies that you simply can’t believe ever got made. It’s highly disturbing, has SUCH a taboo subject matter, is confusing as all Hell, but above all that undeniably fascinating. For me, even though I didn’t know what … Continue reading 10/5/18 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #5 – Suicide Club (2001).
Today’s choice is for all the run-and-gun, micro-budget, indie filmmakers out there. It’s a perfect example of what you can do with very little money, but a great idea and a bunch of skill. A lot of Absentia was funded by a Kickstarter campaign, and in the end was still made for less than $100,000. … Continue reading 10/4/18 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #4 – Absentia (2011).
The first couple days I picked something recent from the past year. Now I get to venture back into my personal fave horror library. If you like movies that are trashy, bonkers, and will definitely leave an impact on you, look no further than The Sentinel. I’ll get to why it’ll leave that impact in … Continue reading 10/3/18 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #3 – The Sentinel (1977).
Continuing on the trend of fantastic horror movies from the last year, I bring you the delightful little gem that is The Ritual. It's a Netflix-exclusive film that's easily accessible to almost everyone in the world, so no excuses here. I'm telling you Netflix has been doing a great job with a lot of these … Continue reading 10/2/18 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #2 – The Ritual (2017).