Okay, it’s a third of the way into the month so I figure it’s as good a time as any to really start getting my horror geek on. I’m actually kind of ashamed that this is my third year doing these recommendations, and this is my first Mario Bava post. Dammit. But yes, today’s recommendation … Continue reading 10/11/12 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #11 – Bay of Blood, aka Twitch of the Death Nerve.
Last year I fought against choosing the ultimate “no shit Sherlock” choice for a Halloween movie recommendation, but I can’t do it again. It is Halloween, October 31st. And John Carpenter’s Halloween is one of the best horror flicks ever made, bar none. It all fits like a glove and it needs to be placed … Continue reading 10/31/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #31 – Halloween (1978).
Another common theme day. Last year on this day I chose Aliens, so this year it’s kind of an “of course” moment to choose Alien. It only makes sense since both of these movies create a perfect one-two punch. I’ve already talked at length about Aliens, which is almost more of an action-war movie, so … Continue reading 10/30/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #30 – Alien.
If for even a MOMENT you thought I was talking about the Paris Hilton remake and not the Vincent Price masterpiece, I want to come through the computer and punch you in the face. There are actually three House of Wax films, but to me the consummate version is this Vincent Price baby. I love … Continue reading 10/29/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #29 – House of Wax (1953).
Okay, it’s Friday so let’s start this Halloween weekend off right with another movie hot off the presses (it just came out on DVD in the US a few days ago.) The next few days are all about pure, unadulterated FUN, so I chose a film that would launch things off right. If there was … Continue reading 10/28/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #28 – Attack The Block.
Jaws is like a horror movie gateway drug. It’s got that warm and fuzzy Spielberg tag so people feel safe with it. In addition it was released with that family friendly PG rating. Aww, this must be a sweet movie about a lovable shark named Jaws that a local aquarium adopts and a family grows … Continue reading 10/27/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #27 – Jaws.
Yep, another no brainer, but a necessary one. Think back to 1991 if you can. Just when it seemed like it would never happen, here was the movie that finally combined the worlds of the serial killer horror film and the mainstream Academy Award winning darling. You thought the two worlds blended together like oil … Continue reading 10/26/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #26 – The Silence of the Lambs.
Another double feature day today, but this one’s a little different. From Dusk Till Dawn is the film. And Full Tilt Boogie is the documentary about the making of it. Trust me, you’ll appreciate both of these equally. First, let’s tackle From Dusk Till Dawn. This flick is in a category of its own … Continue reading 10/25/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION(S) #25 – From Dusk Till Dawn / Full Tilt Boogie. **Double Feature Day**
Ahhh, Haute Tension (or, High Tension, as they renamed it in the states), how can I count the ways I love thee? You twisted, genius, completely sick and wrong flick. First of all, you used one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite bands in your movie so you already win in my … Continue reading 10/24/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #24 – Haute Tension.
Today I’m going to write about a movie that took me by complete and utter surprise. Don’t you love when that happens? This was a film that, when it was released, looked like it was simply a studio cash-in for a time when the majors were only on the hunt for PG-13 copycats of the … Continue reading 10/23/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #23 – The Skeleton Key.
Like I said before, as you get closer to Halloween more no brainers get thrown into the mix. This film to me is in the uber-royalty of no brainers. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a movie that while talked about a lot in horror circles, quite frankly I think it should be talked about even … Continue reading 10/22/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #22 – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974).
Last year I chose one of my favorite movies where you basically watched someone’s slow descent into madness. I figured, let’s keep that theme going this year too. No one can do insanity like Jack Nicholson, but I gotta say, Natalie Portman did a pretty good job. Black Swan may not be your typical horror … Continue reading 10/21/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #21 – Black Swan.
I wanted to do this last year, but couldn’t because it wasn’t out yet. But guess what, it is now! Don’t you just love it when a sequel comes out and not only meets, but in some ways even surpasses the original? For me, that’s what we have here with [REC]2. Instead of just a rehash … Continue reading 10/20/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #20 – [REC]2.
Okay, so this one is hot off the presses. For a select lucky few of you it may actually be in a theater, but for the rest of the world it just hit On Demand. This movie was a festival darling for what seems like ages. It won audience awards. And it seemed like every … Continue reading 10/19/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #19 – Tucker & Dale vs. Evil.
“Be afraid. Be very afraid.” Haha, such a perfect quote from, and for, this movie. The Fly is one of those crossover movies that thankfully was able to find both a horror audience as well as a mainstream audience. I think a key reason for this was the intelligence level. The Fly is a smart … Continue reading 10/18/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #18 – The Fly.
Some movies you have to take a stand on. And I’ll take a damn stand with The Ruins. The Ruins was awesome. It has its naysayers, but I say nay to you! It was original. It was unique. I was well acted. It was super gory. And it was suspenseful and thrilling as all hell. … Continue reading 10/17/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #17 – The Ruins.
Sure, people could make the argument that this isn’t actually a horror movie, but to that I want to slap them in the face. If there is a more disturbing major studio release in the last few decades, please let me know. Se7en came out in 1995, and still has yet to be topped in … Continue reading 10/16/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #16 – Se7en.
So today I decided to pick a movie that has gained a lot of naysayers after it’s initial huge release. What is it about horror fans turning on horror movies that actually find a large audience? It’s almost like if a horror movie is a success, serious horror fans think they have to hate it. … Continue reading 10/15/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #15 – Paranormal Activity.
I’m feeling frisky. I’m currently posting 2010’s picks as well, so technically you’re already getting two picks a day. But today I decided to mix it up and blast off a twofer for my 2011 picks as well (so I guess you get three today, whatever.) Anyway, back on point, I mainly decided to … Continue reading 10/14/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION(S) #14 – Severance / The Cottage. **Double Feature Day**
Okay, so last year I picked the remake of Dawn of the Dead instead of the original and I got a lot of shit about that. But I think many people missed the point. I wasn’t really comparing the two, I just really loved what they did with the remake and wanted to show HOW … Continue reading 10/13/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #13 – Dawn of the Dead (1978).
This is a recent release that is completely near and dear to my heart. And if you worship horror movies from the late 70’s/early 80’s like I do, it will have you under its spell as well. There’s something about horror flicks back then that made them feel more visceral. In Freudian terms, they were … Continue reading 10/12/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #12 – The House of the Devil.
This movie scared the bejesus out of me for far different reasons than most of the others on this list. There is nothing supernatural, no monsters, no demons, no serial killers… Just kids. Evil f*@#ing kids. And they’re not evil because they’re possessed or anything like that, no. They’re just a gang of angry, uncontrollable, … Continue reading 10/11/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #11 – Eden Lake.
I talked about Hell last year, so I’ll talk about Hell this year too. But this time, let the debates begin… For some reason over the years if there’s one movie that consistently creates a heated debate amongst horror people, it’s Event Horizon. Some think it’s actually a ballzy studio release with a high caliber … Continue reading 10/10/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #10 – Event Horizon.
Yesterday was a bit of a softball, so today I’m throwing a barbed wire wrapped fastball. Frontier(s) is a goddamn smack to the face. Some people may shun it off as a French Hostel, but I think it definitely deserves to stand alone. I love horror that pushes boundaries, so when I see a movie … Continue reading 10/9/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #9 – Frontier(s).
Okay, okay, okay, now hold on a second. Before you roll your eyes and mock, hear me out. I know most people see that something is animated and immediately tune it out, but have you actually seen Monster House? This movie is spectacular. There was more originality and uniqueness in this flick than the hundred … Continue reading 10/8/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #8 – Monster House.
This is a movie that gets under your skin… literally. There’s two ways to look at Videodrome, the retro way, and the current way. When this disturbing flick first came out, it was at the height of VHS tapes, pirate cable networks, and what at the time was a whole new era of communication. So … Continue reading 10/7/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #7 – Videodrome.
Okay, you can start with the fact that this movie is worth a viewing for simply the music alone. Not many horror movies have a Philip Glass score. The organs are so damn haunting, it’s bores into your skin. It’s just amazing. But the movie itself does the same thing. I’m a huge Clive Barker … Continue reading 10/6/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #6 – Candyman.
There is so much about Tremors to love that it’ll be hard for me to actually stop writing about it. This movie came out of nowhere for me when I originally saw it at the theater, and it left me with one of those rare, “movie highs.” I couldn’t stop thinking about how well it … Continue reading 10/5/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #5 – Tremors.
This movie has been on my mind lately. It’s one of those interesting little gems that sticks with you long after it’s over. As an obsessive fan of the series Twin Peaks, this movie has Twin Peaks written all over it, yet with an Aussie twist. There’s so much style to this flick that it’s … Continue reading 10/4/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #4 – The Loved Ones.
Ahh, the 80’s. You were so amazing. Sure you gave us a bunch of good new wave music, provided serious top notch fashion, and provided the masses with a lot of dancing entertainment. But to me, you’ll always have my heart in your slew of fantastic slasher films. Happy Birthday to Me is sadly one … Continue reading 10/3/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #3 – Happy Birthday To Me.