As I’ve mentioned in the past, there are a special batch of movies I hold in a “holy grail” category. These are ones that I save and divvy out sparingly so that I can still have a few big ones appear on these lists in later years. And it’s no surprise that I usually put … Continue reading 10/31/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #31 – Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978).
This Halloween weekend, I’m thinking everyone should try and escape the confines of their home. Do something a little scary, put on a mask, and head to your local movie theater. Sit in the darkness and watch a horror movie on a massive screen just as it was meant to be seen. Lucky for you … Continue reading 10/30/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #30 – Antlers (2021).
When the new version of Candyman was announced, I went through the same checklist of feelings I always have in this situation. Is it a remake of the original Candyman, or a sequel? Are they going to tread the same territory, or enter into some new ground? Are they going to rely solely on nostalgia, … Continue reading 10/29/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #29 – Candyman (2021).
Full admission, after horror, Disneyland and the Muppets are kinda two of my favorite things in the world. To me they’re everything I love about pure escapist happiness. Muppet Haunted Mansion is all three in one! Since I usually try to find at least one family Halloween movie to put on this list every year, … Continue reading 10/28/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #28 – Muppets Haunted Mansion.
All that talk about Hell yesterday talking about Omen III made me want to write about one of the downright craziest Hell movies I’ve ever seen. Highway to Hell will live forever in my circle of friends. When we were young we would rent the VHS over and over. Oh man, we’d quote lines from … Continue reading 10/27/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #27 – Highway to Hell (1991).
I really love the Omen movies. I’ve spoken previously about The Omen, and Damien: Omen II, but now it’s The Final Conflict: Omen III’s time to shine. This one serves as quite a wrap to the trilogy (not including the prequel). It’s just as bonkers, violent, and delightfully sacrilegious as the others. And as an … Continue reading 10/26/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #26 – The Final Conflict: Omen III.
Oh baby. Where to even begin… Let’s start by saying you will never see another movie exactly like Titane. It is one of the most unique, disturbing, ultraviolent, grimy, confusing, mind-bending, haunting, and (believe it or not…) kind of sweet, movies you’ll ever see. I’m telling you, the French know how to make some seriously … Continue reading 10/25/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #25 – Titane.
This is the first film I saw back in an actual movie theater after the lengthy Covid break. And I gotta say, it was a borderline spiritual experience for me… to be back in my temple. You simply cannot recreate that all-encompassing, darkened, communal experience anywhere else. And A Quiet Place Part II showcases exactly … Continue reading 10/24/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #24 – A Quiet Place Part II.
Ghost Stories was an interesting find for me. I’d heard about it when it was released a few years ago, and I was intrigued that it was based off a stage play by the same writers. As you watch the movie, you can totally see how it would work as a play, especially when some … Continue reading 10/23/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #23 – Ghost Stories (2017).
Here’s a three-fer of movies that should appease anyone planning a deep horror dive for the weekend. I applaud Netflix for treating this as a trilogy of films instead of a series, releasing one movie every week for three straight weeks. It made for a type of horror “event”, and was a fun few weeks … Continue reading 10/22/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #22 – Fear Street Trilogy – 1994/1978/1666.
There’s something special about an old school haunted house movie. Specifically, so many of the ones that were made in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. They just feel classic and ageless. They’re the warm blankets of classic horror viewing. And Burnt Offerings is one that should be right toward the top of that list. Here … Continue reading 10/21/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #21 – Burnt Offerings (1976).
Cure is another vastly underseen gem that has luckily had a bit of a resurgence lately, due mainly to the Criterion Collection 4K Remaster. If you’re lucky, it’s currently making the rounds at a few art house theaters this October. If not, there are other ways to track it down. Regardless, you know that if … Continue reading 10/20/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #20 – Cure (1997).
I really wasn’t sure if I was going to put Lamb on this list. To be honest, when I left the theater last week, I wasn’t exactly sure what I thought of this incredibly strange movie. Did I like it? Did I hate it? Dunno. But then as the days passed, I found myself constantly … Continue reading 10/19/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #19 – Lamb.
The Night House took Sundance by storm a few years back (and was sold for a LOT of $$$). The fact that it premiered at that festival makes complete sense because there’s a lot more going on in this movie than simply scares. This baby is chock full of deeper meanings and emotions, specifically the … Continue reading 10/18/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #18 – The Night House.
Well Hell, it looks like I’m on a bit of a Psycho kick. But I can’t help it. After writing about Psycho II yesterday, it almost felt wrong to not write about Psycho III today. These two sequels work so well together that you may as well watch them back-to-back. Here is the brief imdb … Continue reading 10/17/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #17 – Psycho III.
It’s time to give a vastly under-appreciated sequel some love. Obviously Hitchcock’s original Psycho is a bone fide classic. So it took some real balls to attempt a sequel to a movie of that stature, especially 22 years later. But I’m telling you, they did it right. Psycho II deserves some long overdue love. Here … Continue reading 10/16/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #16 – Psycho II.
Much like Caveat from a few days ago, this is another gem I blindly discovered just perusing Shudder. It had a great poster, and to be honest, I just love Irish horror films. They always have such a heart and charm to them that I quite enjoy. And holy Hell does Boys From County Hell … Continue reading 10/15/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #15 – Boys From County Hell.
I’m sure the majority of people reading this blog have seen Gore Verbinski’s incredible film The Ring from 2002. But sadly, so many have never seen the original movie on which it was based. While the plots are mostly the same across both films, there are some key differences. Ringu stands alone as a genius … Continue reading 10/14/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #14 – Ringu (1998).
Since today is October 13th, and the original title of this movie was Freaky Friday the 13th, I felt it was appropriate to put Freaky on the books for today. This is just a fun movie. I’m a sucker for director Christopher Landon’s stuff. They’re almost always more playful than scary, but sometimes that’s exactly … Continue reading 10/13/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #13 – Freaky (2020).
I absolutely love blindly discovering movies simply by scrolling through a streaming site. This is why I love Shudder so much. I’ve found so many gems this way. One of the more recent discoveries I’ve made on there was this small contained little doozy called Caveat. It’s super simple, but really chilling. Here is the … Continue reading 10/12/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #12 – Caveat (2020).
I’ve been wanting to put Watcher in the Woods on this list for a while now because I such fond memories of watching it as a kid. I haven’t give it a spot yet because it’s been so hard to find that I didn’t want to post about it if no one could find it … Continue reading 10/11/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #11 – The Watcher in the Woods (1980).
Continuing with my Beyondfest Festival screenings, I have to give V/H/S/94 some love. I got to see this screened with a bunch of the directors doing Q&A, and it was a blast. If you’ve read this blog at all, you already know how much I absolutely worship horror anthologies. And the V/H/S series has always … Continue reading 10/10/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #10 – V/H/S/94.
When this movie first came out, I was unsure what to think. I consider Sam Raimi's Evil Dead movies some of my “holy grail” films. You just don’t touch them. And to me, the main allure of those films is the joyful, almost playful, energy they all have. So what was I to think about … Continue reading 10/9/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #9 – Evil Dead (2013).
I couldn’t help myself. After writing about Impetigore yesterday, I had to write about another amazing Indonesian horror movie today. The Queen of Black Magic ROCKS. This one was also written by Joko Anwar. So now you can plan your Indonesian horror/Joko Anwar double feature with ease. You’re welcome. Here’s the brief synopsis from imdb. … Continue reading 10/8/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #8 – The Queen of Black Magic (2019).
Indonesian horror is gaining a lot of traction for me lately, mainly due to the emergence of writer/director Joko Anwar. He is quickly becoming one of my favorite new voices in horror. I wrote about his incredible film, Satan’s Slaves a few years ago, and now I’m here to write about his most recent one, … Continue reading 10/7/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #7 – Impetigore.
Here’s an entertaining sequel that’s gotten a bad rap. Is it as good as the original Poltergeist? Of course not. That movie is perfection. But to me, this one is a fun romp with some of the coolest practical mirror effects you’ll ever see. More on that in a minute. First, here’s the brief synopsis … Continue reading 10/6/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #6 – Poltergeist III.
Because I love to mix it up, I’m picking something that has a polar opposite tone of yesterday’s movie. Spontaneous has such a fun playfulness to it. Hunter, Hunter could not be less fun. In fact, it wallows in its bleakness, daring you to keep watching as it falls deeper and deeper into the depths … Continue reading 10/5/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #5 – Hunter Hunter.
Since yesterday I wrote about The Burning, I figured I’d stick with this theme and pick one of my favorite movies of the past few years, Spontaneous. Although, this is less about combusting, and more about completely exploding. It may seem odd, but this might be one of the most charming and heartfelt movies I’ve … Continue reading 10/4/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #4 – Spontaneous.
My first two picks of the year were both relatively new movies, so let's go back in time a bit. Let's go back to my beloved slasher movie well... and what an extremely bloody well it is. Today it’s high time to give some renewed praise to the delightful slasher The Burning. Here’s the brief … Continue reading 10/3/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #3 – The Burning (1981).
The Empty Man is a movie I enjoyed for a number of reasons, but the biggest reason is for its sheer audaciousness. It felt… big. And I’m not talking about the budget or the setpieces. I’m talking about the ideas behind it. It was quietly released during Covid, completely under the radar. Sadly a lot … Continue reading 10/2/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #2 – The Empty Man (2020).