We’re finally here. The holy day of Halloween. Like I do every year, I always save an extra special choice for this holy day. This year, I bring to you the 1977 Wes Craven classic, The Hills Have Eyes. Man, Wes Craven must have been going through some major issues in the 70’s, because you … Continue reading 10/31/19 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #31 – The Hills Have Eyes (1977).
I was going to save this one for tomorrow, since Halloween has essentially become the gateway to Christmas (sorry Thanksgiving.) But I always pick an extra special one for Halloween, so instead this absolute blast of a movie gets the Halloween Eve spot. First thing’s first, you should know that Anna and the Apocalypse is … Continue reading 10/30/19 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #30 – Anna and the Apocalypse.
Yep, let’s go full-blown crazy pants. There really isn’t any other way to describe Society other than that — full-blown crazy pants. In fact, it’s so crazy that I find if you have zero idea about this movie, I don’t even know where to start… Well, let’s start here. It’s NOT for people that are … Continue reading 10/29/19 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #29 – Society (1989).
I can’t even begin to describe how much I love the Happy Death Day movies. The first Happy Death Day surprised me so much a few years back that I pretty much told everyone who would listen to watch it. You may think it’s just a horror Groundhog Day clone, but it’s so much more. … Continue reading 10/28/19 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #28 – Happy Death Day 2U.
First of all, apologies for the later-than-normal posting today. Went to a Halloween shin-dig last night and am still recovering. Ugh… Love this season. Anyway, we’re coming in on the home stretch before the magical day, so time to pull out a few classics. I’d say the original Amityville Horror is pretty damn classic. You’ll … Continue reading 10/27/19 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #27 – The Amityville Horror (1979).
Never trust a man with a unibrow. That’s pretty much the moral of this movie, and I completely agree (I’m talking to you, Anthony Davis!) Well, it’s not so much the moral, but it does play a part. The Company of Wolves is such a strange movie. But that’s exactly why I like it. Directed … Continue reading 10/26/19 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #26 – The Company of Wolves.
I know horror can be enjoyed anywhere, but even if you aren’t normally an avid moviegoer, I still think everyone should see as many films as possible in an actual theater. Lucky you, there’s a blast of a horror/comedy playing in them right now. Zombieland: Double Tap is definitely a continuation of the first amazing … Continue reading 10/25/19 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #25 – Zombieland: Double Tap.
Oh, Annabelle. You seem to have broken into our general conscious so quickly and so fervently. We only first learned about you a few years ago in The Conjuring, and now you’re everywhere. Here’s the thing, I really didn’t like your first spinoff movie, Annabelle. Except for a neat little twist toward the end, I … Continue reading 10/24/19 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #24 – Annabelle: Creation.
I’m sticking with some sweet 70’s action today. And not just any sweet 70’s action, but sweet 70’s Nazi zombie action! Shock Waves is one of those movies that is so wackadoodle, yet still so interesting, and all the while perfectly sums up an entire time period of horror moviemaking, that everyone who holds horror … Continue reading 10/23/19 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #23 – Shock Waves (1977).
I had the awesome opportunity to blather on about horror movies with my buddy Mark Thompson today on his KGO 810 AM talk radio show. He wanted to do a scary movie segment for Halloween, and I was more than happy to oblige. He had me on for the whole second hour, which flew by … Continue reading Talking Horror on the Radio – My segment on KGO 810 AM.
Post Jaws, there was a hefty amount of copycat films containing killer animals. Funny thing is that even though the quality of these copycats vary, I still enjoy almost every one of them. There’s something about killer animal movies I simply have a ball with. Right in the midst of this killer animal glut is … Continue reading 10/22/19 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #22 – Prophecy (1979).
Uh, WHOOPS. I'm an idiot... Look after 10 damn years, I’m actually surprised this is the first time this has happened. I already posted about A Quiet Place last year! And strangely, on almost the exact same day in October! https://scaryhorrorwriter.wordpress.com/2018/10/22/10-22-18-october-horror-movie-pick-22-a-quiet-place/ So weird. I didn't even realize. My brain is obviously fried. Sorry. Anyway to … Continue reading 10/21/19 (CORRECTION: TAKE TWO!) – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #21 – Bird Box.
After yesterday’s slightly bizarro pick of Vampyros Lesbos, I promised I’d go a little more mainstream today. Considering the huge box office and success of today’s film, I’d say this is about as mainstream as anything scary that’s come out in the last few years. Most everyone knows about A Quiet Place, and for good … Continue reading 10/21/19 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #21 – A Quiet Place.
I’m feeling weird. Humor me. My longtime goal with this list was to always mix it up with the picks, so I figured, what the Hell. Let’s go REALLY bizarro. I promise I’ll go more mainstream tomorrow, but today I’m going full deep cut for some of the real horror smut-lovers out there. Today let’s … Continue reading 10/20/19 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #20 – Vampyros Lesbos (1971).
Dolls is another one of those really weird 80’s movies that has always been near and dear to my heart. To me, it’s always been more of a fairy tale horror movie. A macabre fairy tale, sure, but really aren’t they all when you get down to it? Dolls follows the (very) dysfunctional family unit … Continue reading 10/19/19 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #19 – Dolls (1987).
I’m moving from yesterday's artsy-fartsy of Don’t Look Now, to just about the opposite. This is one of the most fun, down and dirty, pure and simple, you-know-exactly-what-you’re-gonna-get flicks I’ve seen this year. Crawl is an old fashioned creature feature. If you love creature features like I do, prepare yourself for a roller coaster ride. … Continue reading 10/18/19 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #18 – Crawl (2019).
Let’s get a little artsy-fartsy. And not just any kind of artsy-fartsy, but I’m talking about early 70’s artsy-fartsy. This is smack in the middle of some awesomely bizarro filmmaking. Don’t Look Now definitely fits that bill. It is a very strange movie, and some even question if it’s even a horror movie at all. … Continue reading 10/17/19 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #17 – Don’t Look Now.
There’s something about olde tyme horror that I absolutely love. When something is set in a time period 100 years or more in the past, I’m glued. Not only do you not have to worry about tech, cellphones, or any modern day issues, but there’s just a visceral vibe to them that hits my sweet … Continue reading 10/16/19 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #16 – Apostle (2018).
I’ve loved this movie for many years, so it feels weird to just now finally get around to writing about it. Triangle is the perfect movie for those of you I hear from who don’t really do horror, but love thrillers. This is a fantastic thriller, but within an ocean (pun intended) of mystery. And … Continue reading 10/15/19 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #15 – Triangle (2009).
I’ll be honest. When I first heard about Escape Room, I initially was afraid that this was just going to be another lame, PG-13, vanilla studio film trying to quickly cash in on the escape room craze. Oh man, I LOVE when I’m wrong. Escape Room is the real deal. My first inkling that this … Continue reading 10/14/19 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #14 – Escape Room.
I couldn’t resist. It’s October 13th (Sunday, not Friday, but whatever), and this is my 10th (or X) list, so I just HAD to throw Jason X on here in this spot. For those of you who have zero interest in this early 90’s schlock (remember what I said about that time period in my … Continue reading 10/13/19 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #13 – Jason X.
Man, I can’t seem to escape this Hell/Devil/Satan streak, can I? A few days ago I wrote about Hell House, LLC. Yesterday I did the bonkers throwback, Hellraiser III. Now, I’m heading back to the devil. Today it’s all about the deliciously haunting Indonesian terror flick, Satan’s Slaves. First off, do NOT dismiss this movie … Continue reading 10/12/19 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #12 – Satan’s Slaves.
All that talk about Hell House yesterday got me jonesing for one of my favorite 90’s Hell movies. Sure I’ve done Hellraiser and Hellraiser II on this list already, but it’s high time we gave Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth some love. Hellraiser III is so much damn fun. It’s completely bonkers, and that’s a … Continue reading 10/11/19 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #11 – Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth.
Hell House, LLC was such a nice surprise. This was one of those movies where I saw the cover art, read the description, and thought, “eh, just another low budget, found-footage assembly line flick.” Not that there’s anything wrong with found footage movies, BTW. I just felt like I’d seen so many of them that … Continue reading 10/10/19 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #10 – Hell House, LLC.
Yesterday we went for a French classic that subtly unnerved you with mood and methodical pacing. Today, I’m pulling the rug out from under you and going with a full-fledged bonkers scare factory. Aterrados (or Terrified, as it was released in the states) is one of the most nonstop, fear-filled films I’ve seen in a … Continue reading 10/9/19 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #9 – Aterrados (aka Terrified).
Let’s go slightly obscure. To a horror fan, this choice isn’t obscure at all, but many of you will have never heard of it. You know, sometimes it’s difficult to make these all-inclusive October lists because there are so many ways I can go with my choices. I find that the majority of the people … Continue reading 10/8/19 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #8 – Eyes Without a Face (1960)
Yesterday's movie upset a lot of viewers because of disturbing themes that can trigger a lot of people. Today, I’m going the complete other direction. I honestly can’t think of a more purely entertaining, and just fun as hell, movie I saw in 2019 than Ready or Not. No one is going to be triggered … Continue reading 10/7/19 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #7 – Ready Or Not.
Time for another polarizing pick! Hooray! I’m putting my boxing gloves on for this one because I’m ready to rumble. The Perfection has been called feminist propaganda. It’s been disregarded as derogatory (for reasons I can’t state since it will ruin a major plot point.) It’s been in trouble for a heap of other reasons, … Continue reading 10/6/19 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #6 – The Perfection.
I’m going to stick with my beloved 80’s, and delve into what I think is a fun, under-appreciated romp. Dead & Buried isn’t talked about much when people speak of 80’s horror films, but I think that should change. Dead & Buried is a damn good time, and at its core, a mystery. Basically it … Continue reading 10/5/19 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #5 – Dead and Buried (1981).
Okay, okay, okay, the last three picks were all recent films, as well as ones that really affected me in the previous year. Now it’s time to just go with some trash. But not just trash, but some grindhouse trash from my beloved 80’s. Today we’re going old, grimy, and quite frankly, gross. This film … Continue reading 10/4/19 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #4 – Basket Case (1982).