As I’ve mentioned every year on this day, there are a special batch of movies I hold in a “holy grail” category. These are ones that no matter how badly I want to put them on earlier days, I save and divvy them out sparingly each year on Halloween. That way I still have a … Continue reading 10/31/22 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #31 – The Changeling (1980).
I always like to put a movie on here for Halloween weekend that you can still see in the theaters. I highly suggest you go out and see Smile before it leaves. It’s worth the journey. Also, I’m realizing that as I’m choosing movies, I sometimes subconsciously put two movies back-to-back with some kind of … Continue reading 10/30/22 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #30 – Smile (2022).
Every year I pick a movie that I feel like 75% of the people who saw it, hated it. And yet for some reason or another, I fall into the 25% who was fascinated by it. This year, that movie is definitely Men. I will say right off the bat, this is NOT a movie … Continue reading 10/29/22 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #29 – Men (2022).
FINALLY I can put Run Sweetheart Run on this list! It hits Amazon Prime today, so it’s the perfect day to showcase it. But I thought this would never come out, because I saw this baby at Sundance in January of 2020! Almost three years it sat on the shelf. I hate when that happens, … Continue reading 10/28/22 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #28 – Run Sweetheart Run.
Screw it, why stop at two? Let’s go for three Stephen King movies in a row! Misery has been on my mind lately because, *spoiler alert*, my costume for the studio’s Halloween festivities today is based on this gem of a movie. Misery is one of those movies that sticks with you. There’s a reason … Continue reading 10/27/22 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #27 – Misery (1990).
I did Stephen King yesterday with Salem’s Lot, and guess what? I’m going to do another of his here again today. You can never have enough King. Cat’s Eye is one of those 80’s flicks that I adore. I mean, I worship horror anthologies already, but this one has always held a special place in … Continue reading 10/26/22 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #26 – Cat’s Eye (1985).
Time for an old oldie but a goodie. I’m always amazed by how many people have never actually seen Salem’s Lot. To me, this is required viewing if you’re a horror fan. Even though numerous of Stephen King’s books have been adapted into TV miniseries over the years, this was the very first one. And … Continue reading 10/25/22 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #25 – Salem’s Lot (1979).
Okay, let’s talk about Pearl. I was wavering about putting this one on the list or not, but after thinking about it more, it definitely needs a place here. Plus it’s Ti West, so of course I was going to. Pearl is a unique animal, and will not be everyone’s taste. But like it or … Continue reading 10/24/22 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #24 – Pearl (2022).
Once again, let’s chat about a movie that I’m fully aware won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. Sometimes when a movie begins one way, and ends another, viewers have a difficult time with it. Because if your expectations of storytelling are rigid, then you’ll be left unsatisfied. But if you keep an open mind to … Continue reading 10/23/22 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #23 – Censor (2021).
I said yesterday this was going to be the weekend of Freddy, so today’s choice should come as no surprise. The one-two punch of yesterday’s Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and today’s Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, are about as great as a sequel combo gets. This movie is another … Continue reading 10/22/22 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #22 – Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.
This weekend it’s all about our boy, Freddy Krueger. Why, you say? Well, why not? It’s always a good time for Freddy. Besides, I have my reasons. Recently I revisited the entire Nightmare on Elm Street series, rewatching every film. And even though I’ve always loved them, I really rediscovered my love specifically for a … Continue reading 10/21/22 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #21 – Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
Hulu has been killing it of late with their exclusive genre films. I’ve already discussed Prey and Hellraiser, but let’s not forget about Fresh. This movie came out earlier this year and knocked my socks off. It’s bold, it’s twisted, and it came out of nowhere. As usual, it’s best to go in blind, and … Continue reading 10/20/22 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #20 – Fresh (2022).
Phenomena, aka Creepers, is another in the lengthy and wonderful Dario Argento oeuvre. And boy oh boy, I know our lovable Dario has directed some bonkers movies across the years, but this one has always stuck out to me as one of his most insane. I like to call this his “everything but the kitchen … Continue reading 10/19/22 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #19 – Phenomena (1985).
I’m always a sucker for historical horror. Something about horror in a completely different era always pulls me in. Not only does it whisk my mind away to that time and place, but it also brings with it a whole different vibe. And I can’t get enough when it’s done right. Mix in an amazing … Continue reading 10/18/22 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #18 – The Cursed (2022).
I’ve expressed my love for Ti West’s work on here numerous times in the past, with The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers, amongst others. He’s back with X, an unapologetic throwback to the 70’s grindhouse slashers of the past. There is sex, gore, and all the things you’ve come to expect from those movies. … Continue reading 10/17/22 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #17 – X (2022).
Okay, let’s dig up some controversy. I’m fully aware a lot of people have issues with this film, for a multitude of reasons. And yes, I understand a lot of them. But I can’t deny the fact that I still found myself haunted by this movie. Parts of it stuck with me for quite a … Continue reading 10/16/22 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #16 – Incident in a Ghostland.
Here’s a movie that most (non-horror) people have completely misunderstood. Scantily clad women being slaughtered by a male killer? This is misogynistic garbage, right? WRONG. It might surprise you to discover this was actually written and directed by women, and was originally created as a statement and takedown of exactly what you thought it was … Continue reading 10/15/22 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #15 – Slumber Party Massacre (1982).
Last year at this exact time, I remember wondering if I should put the original Ringu on this list, or the equally amazing remake. Well, since I almost always lean toward the original of anything, I went with Ringu. So that means this year, let’s give the remake some love. I know most of you … Continue reading 10/14/22 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #14 – The Ring (2002).
Let’s keep going with the latest horror releases. Here’s another one that is quite different than many of the others I’ve already put on here. Werewolf by Night is a throwback to the classic horrors of yesteryear. This B&W, olde tyme, experiment could easily have come across cheesy, but luckily it landed in exactly the … Continue reading 10/13/22 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #13 – Werewolf By Night.
Let’s get into this nasty little ditty. I knew as soon as it was announced they were going to remake/reboot Hellraiser, it was going to divide people. I mean, it’s Hellraiser. That’s sacred ground. You’re definitely not going to please everyone. But TBH I’ve actually been surprised by just how wide the variance of reactions … Continue reading 10/12/22 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #12 – Hellraiser (2022).
Yesterday was all about how horror movies can be fun and entertaining. Today, let’s flip that script and deal with the darker side of horror. Super Dark Times kinda tells you what you’re in for with the title, so that part should come as no shock. But trust me, this movie is chock full of … Continue reading 10/11/22 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #11 – Super Dark Times.
I’m so damn excited to talk about today’s movie. For all the discussions about a million other flashy new horror releases right now, THIS is the one that might be my favorite horror movie of the year. I want to spread the word about it as much as humanly possible. It’s got everything I love … Continue reading 10/10/22 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #10 – Deadstream (2022).
It’s Sunday. No better time to enter the wayback machine and talk about this Italian classic. When discussing all-time great horror directors, Mario Bava has to always be in that conversation. I’ve already put his 1960 classic Black Sunday on this list many years back, but now it’s time for Black Sabbath. Here’s the brief … Continue reading 10/9/22 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #9 – Black Sabbath (1963).
I had the honor of developing a project, and working closely, with Steve Miner a few years back. Such a great guy with a fun sense of humor. I’ve always appreciated him as a director that showcases the “fun” aspect of horror. It really shows in the vastly underrated House, to Friday the 13th Part … Continue reading 10/8/22 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #8 – Lake Placid.
Finally I get to discuss this amazing movie. I saw The Black Phone at an advanced screen at the Aero an entire year ago. Immediately after viewing, I was insanely excited to put it on my list LAST October. Then they ended up bumping the movie until June of this year, so my efforts were … Continue reading 10/7/22 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #7 – The Black Phone.
Time to crank up the George Thorogood and feel the rev of that engine. Let’s get bad to the bone with Christine -- a warm, comforting blanket of 80’s nostalgia. It’s such a nice combination of two wonderful artists at their peak - Stephen King and John Carpenter. Two great tastes that taste great together. … Continue reading 10/6/22 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #6 – Christine (1983).
A movie doesn’t have to be 100% horror all the time to be effective in the horror realm. Sometimes it’s just as much of an action or sci-fi flick as it is horror. As is the case with today’s movie, which also throws in a nice helping of history too. If you haven’t heard of … Continue reading 10/5/22 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #5 – Prey (2022).
This was my most happy discovery from the entire past year. And I will once again thank my beloved Fangoria for finally pushing me to watch this gem after I read their amazing story on it. Man, I cannot believe I’ve lived all this life without ever seeing this movie, which is now one of … Continue reading 10/4/22 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #4 – Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II
One of the things that excites me about doing this list every year is getting the word out on a few smaller flicks that the majority has never even heard of. I’ve been excited to talk about We’re All Going to the World’s Fair since I saw it. No movie got under my skin in … Continue reading 10/3/22 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #3 – We’re All Going to the World’s Fair.
Every once in a while a movie comes out that is just… wrong. But strangely, at the same time, it’s also so… right. Yeah, The Sadness is one of those movies. It’s not a movie I can recommend to the general audience. But for those of you that love boundary pushing? This doozy is for … Continue reading 10/2/22 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #2 – The Sadness (2021).