Friday Night Fright – October 13th

This month we will see two special Fright Nights! This week it’s a Friday the 13th special, whilst in two weeks we have halloween! So to keep it short and sweet and let the scares commence, don’t forget to check out this week’s addition to the ongoing series as this week we hit the 90’s. Sadly i won’t be really referencing them too much in my recommendations based on the fact that Friday the 13th is a sacred date in the horror-verse.

 

Horror Buffs: Ringu (1998) – Now i didn’t say it wouldn’t completely be unrelated to the 90’s. All horror buffs should have seen Jason and ‘mummy’ cause havoc on the 13th, so in relation to the series, this original of the same name to the 2000’s scare fest is worth a watch. Although the premise won’t shock you, the pure horror the Japanese induce into their films is immense. If you love the Americanized version, you’ll eat this up.

 

Beginners: Friday The 13th (1980) – If you haven’t seen the original Friday The 13th by now, this Friday is your best chance yet. The reason why the date rings a bell for many, although maybe not the best out of all Voorhees films, the originals a no brainer-first-ballot-horror hall of fame movie and influence.

 

Casual Fans: Friday The 13th (2009) – The remake, a teen fest and turn of the decade inspired remake of the original is one of the better remakes of iconic horror films from centuries past. I believe that with supernatural star Jared Padelecki playing a great role as Clay and some pretty awesome death scenes, this flat out murder fest starts heavy and will keep you entertained all the way through.

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Friday Night Fright – October 6th

It’s that time of the week again! I have had so many positive responses for this segment and lord does it means a lot, so keep on checking in and I’ll keep up the good work for all you horror fans. Once again, this week will mainly relate to the series I’ve been working on, if you haven’t checked it out yet, then A) what have you been doing!?!? and B) click on the LIST tab in the right hand corner and checkout the decade by decade list I’ve recently been publishing. This week i looked at the 80’s which as I’ve mentioned countless times is the best era of horror cinema and also just a great time of cinema in general. Many of my favourites were released during this decade, Gremlins, The FogAn American Werewolf In London just to name a few. Here we go, below is this weeks horror movies that will keep you entertained!

 

Horror Buffs: Tenenbre (1982) – I am yet to see this famous hit, but what i do know about this film is that it is sublime and a full illustration of Argento’s creative mind. Great cinematography and a raw and authentic take on scare factors makes this psychological horror flick a must see to really appreciate how talented this Italian director is.

 

Beginners:  Gremlins (1984) – This fun and relatively cute monster movie is critically acclaimed as a horror. At times it may seem like a children’s movie and at others, a comedy horror, either way it features some really cool villains and a severely different type of horror movie, especially amongst the films being released in the 80’s. It is extremely important to be watched if you want to understand all the differences in horror cinema, and also understand where some of the other monster movies of today, such as  Leprechaun, for example gained their inspiration. Also, Gizmo will win your heart over, so there’s that!

 

Casual Fans: A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) – It’s hotly debated which Nightmare film is the best, we know it’s not the first or 5th or 6th, and this one is definitely mine. It’s one of the most fun, bizarre and creepy editions in the franchise and has a pretty cool narrative surrounding the children featured, which makes for a unique and also really entertaining slasher flick. It also features two of the greatest minds of the 80’s, Wes Craven and Chuck Russel.

Friday Night Fright – September 29th

You reckon i was busy last week,well think again, yet this time i kept myself as focused on the blog as possible. Especially with a week as busy and exciting as this. Creep 2 trailer, Jeepers Creepers news still pouring out, IT continuing it’s trail blazing debut, the horrorverse was in full swing.

I’ll be beyond drunk over the next few days due to the tigers being in the big dance, so if you arnt partial to football then here are some suggestions for this weekend. They will be based off of my series that i started this week.

Horror Buffs: Suspiria (1977) – Argento’s masterpiece with it’s vivid colours and game changing cinematography made this a standout hit of the 70’s. A must watch if you want to round out your knowledge with some older hits.

Beginners: Psycho (1960) – If you haven’t seen this Hitchcock masterpiece do you really deserve to embark on your horror journey!? Psycho, although not technically, was the beginning of the slasher genre in mainstream, or at least in indie films. It’s much better than it’s remakes and is without a doubt one of the greatest movies of the 60’s in totallity.

Casual Fans: Black Christmas (2006) – The 1970 original is good, but this updated teen friendlier version is appropriate for more ages and with it’s greater effects and much more modern context it makes for a classic teen scare fest for all viewers.

Friday Night Fright – September 22

Sorry fans for what has been one horrible week on my behalf. With an influx of work, uni and other personal conundrums it’s safe to say All Things Horror was far from my attention. But, on the back of amid week rekindling and the weekend fastly approaching i thought i’d make this Fright Night a special one.

IT lived up to the hype and as a fan of both Stephen King, his original and the news of Muscheitti signing up for many more King remakes the horror future seems extremely bright for me. On top of this, it seems that Jeepers Creepers 3 is looking more likely to rise from the darkness the media has surrounded it in, and although i don’t condone the actions of the director behind the film, i am oh so keen for the next installment. Here you go fans, your Fright Night inspiration for some weekend viewing.

 

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Horror Buffs: Audition (199) – This Japanese film is the ultimate indie torture film that even had the Japanese screaming and running for the exits.It may not be overpowered with blood and filled with litres of it, but this ominous film is down right fucked. The Japanese make some great movies and this is one that is acclaimed to be one of the scariest, gruesome and most underrated films of  the 20th century.

 

Beginners: Cannibal Holocaust (1980) – Now you may be thinking, this doesn’t stack up as classic in comparison to my other suggestions, no, no it doesn’t, but much like the movie above, this film also took some inspiration from the much debated and contested idea of a snuff film. Well, this film by much of the audience ,media and those in the industry was deemed an actual snuff film, and due to the heated discussions a lawsuit was generated against the director. The director for this film was charged with the murder of animals and what not, but the scenes of actual human torture and murder was dismissed. Yet i still wonder to this day if the kills are real in this movie, hence it’s significance in horror movie history.

 

Casual Fans: Get Out (2017) – A newie but an absolutely extraordinary film. This 2017 hit is so far my favorite of the year and also without a doubt the best film of the year. It’s as deep and topical as a horror film can be, attracting audiences of all kinds, yet it also has some intense thrills that keep you stuck in your seat. The perfect horror movie for fans who are looking for something both easy on the eye yet also meaningful and inspiring per say.

Friday Night Frights – September 15th

What a week ladies and gentleman. This week i listened to a bunch of true crime podcasts, finished supernatural season 12 (yes i know i’m a bit late) and got overly excited for my upcoming movie date to see IT. This week luckily it’s been yet again a quiet week apart from random clown sightings and of course, a horror mainstay in the news AHS. So i guess to keep in the theme of the week this week it will feature clowns, freaks and cults.

P.S If you enjoy podcasts like me, suss True Crime Garage, Last Podcast On The Left and The Generation Why Podcast, you won’t be disappointed.

Horror Buffs: Believers (2007) –  The doomsday cult in this movie is made up of scientists, philosophers etc. The movies premise is about this group and EMT’s coming into contact with each other after a retrieval mission gone bad did i mention the writer is one of half of The Blair Witch Project!!

Beginners: Poltergeist (1982) – Another film which’s main scare is based around a clown, this original and well known haunting movie outdid it’s remake substantially and is one of the most, if not well known ghost movies of all time. If you don’t watch this then you shouldn’t be called a horror fan.

Casual Fans: Amusement (2008) – This three part anthology horror film has three individually eerie stories that all link up with an amusing ending (pardon the pun). It’s gruesome, freaky and a great indie film that many would vaguely know base do it’s poster. That said poster is of a giant creepy clown (which ranked in my list of clowns) which features in one of the scariest scenes in the 21st century.

Friday Night Fright – September 8th

It’s been a busy week and a stressful one for yours truly, with little time what happened n the horror world was surreal, nothing significant happening in the horror world! It looks as if it has taken a breath for me. Without further due, here are this weeks recommendations.

Horror Buffs: The Sacrament (2013) – This found footage film is like no other. Most are typical in the sense they are films that are constant in haunting/paranormal films. This movie though uses the hand-held angle to infiltrate a camp, a religious cult more so and the thrills that will come your way through this overlooked indie are sensational.

Beginners: The Omen (1976) – If you truly want to be a horror buff, a horror nerd, or claim t be the king/queen of horror then this is a must watch. The original idea and film to boost the spawn of Satan plot line. It had some pretty great scares from its time and the acting is phenomenal for a film of it’s time.

Casual Fans: Sorority Row (2009) – Fast paced, gorey, unique and brutal kill scenes and plenty of gorgeous girls getting undressed, not to mention soap suds, soap suds to the max. This frat house slasher has a great plot twist, and plenty of pop culture references for those looking for a fun and upbeat film.

Friday Night Fright – September 1

It is horrible (pardon the pun) to once again have to dedicate a Friday Night Fright based on a horror pillar passing. If you have not heard by now, the powerful mind behind the Texas Chainsaw franchise, and pop culture classic, Poltergeist, Tobe Hooper has passed away. Hooper now joins Romero, Craven, Lewis and Lee who since 2015 have all passed away. Therefore this week, it will be purely tributes to those recently lost.

Horror Buffs: The Wicker Man (1973) – Not scary,  but slightly unnerving from start to finish. With each turn you continue to question what the outcome will be and this psychological cult thriller deserve to be placed alongside other horror classic pre slasher craze.

Beginners: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)  – A true indie film that through it’s originality and amazing plot and characters broke through and proved it’s not all about appearances and money that makes a great film. This franchise which rivals A Nightmare On Elm Street needs to be watched if you wan to be a true horror fan.

Casual Fans:  Scream 4 (2011) – Although it is the 4th film in the slasher franchise, it did take place 11 years after the 3rd and with that comes a fresh take on the series and it also acts a refresher. With it all referencing heavily to the origins, but with an upgrade in acting and makeup, this breezy and action infested addition was surprisingly good and a good option for light viewing.