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.

Top 10 horror directors/producers/writers of the 80’s

The 80’s, the greatest cinematic era of horror to have ever existed. The slasher craze went nuts on the back end of the 70’s with both Jason and Freddy becoming the icons they are, not to mention Myers and Leatherface as well. It was an era where not only the slasher craze dominated but also some of the great horror movies that paved ways for generations to come such as Hellraiser, Childs Play, and The Fog. This was the genre’s finest decade and this list will illustrate this.
10. Joe Dante (Gremlins)

 
9. John Landis (An American Werewolf In London)

 
8. Chuck Russell (The Blob)

 
7. Stuart Gordon (From Beyond)

 
6. Stanley Kubrick ( The Shinning)

 
5. Tom Holland (Child’s Play)’

 

4. Wes Craven (Nightmare On Elm Street Franchise)

 

3. David Cronenberg (The Fly)

 

2. Dario Argento (Phenomena)
1. John Carpenter (The Fog)

Beloved Marvel icon Stan Lee’s film ‘The Sandman’ coming to Syfy

Syfy is renowned for it’s affiliation with horror movies and horror TV. Although not all the big names stop by this fan favorite channel,one iconic figure is releasing his up-coming thriller, The Sandman, straight to it.

That’s right, The mind of Marvel, Stan Lee who has been working hard on creating this thriller has announced the straight to TV flick will be released on Syfy this month. The film does not have any affiliation with the character of the same name from the comics despite what many would have thought. People have said there is a strangely familiar Stranger Things vibe to the freaky movie.

You can sneak a look here before it’s beginning on October 14th.

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The 5 films I’m looking forward too in 2018

I know the year is not done yet, despite the overall belligerence of local shopping malls that already have Christmas decorations on sale, but it’s never too early to get excited for the abundance of horror films coming to us in 2018. Much like this year, we know that some films that are scheduled may never reach the screen (Friday the 13th) and we know that there will also be some hidden gems (The Blackcoat’s Daughter). Yet so far there are only a few announcements that seem concrete, but despite this i am still going to acknowledge the 5 horror films, EXPECTED for 2018,  that i am most looking forward too.

5. The Nun

  • Needless to say i am a huge Conjuring fan. Annabelle and it’s spin-offs may not be as important to me but the original 2 both terrified me at the time and also as I’ve revisited them have kept me so entertained. The Nun hopefully centers around Vera Farmiga and the Warrens, and if so, I will be there on opening night.

 

4. Halloween Returns

  • If you’re a horror movie fan you can’t not get excited about the next reboot. Yes reboots are so predictable and with the abundance of them it’s nothing overly enticing, but with Rob Zombie doing such a splendid job, and it being over a decade since that version i am keen to see what the newest will look like.

 

3. The Strangers 2

  • One of the most underrated horror films of all time was The Strangers. It is also one of the scariest films of all time, if you don’t believe me, turn all the lights off, the volume up and sit and watch it by yourself. If the first is any true indication of what the second will be like, then sign me up!

 

2. The Blair Witch Project 3

  • What can I say, the outdated original hand-held film has a special place in my heart. Upon re watching it earlier this year, i didn’t realize how intense it really is and i guess it made me fall in love with it all over again. The second was not as groundbreaking, nor was it as pure and authentic. It did provide us with a heap of cheap scares though, so i’m hoping this one is bit more like the original.

 

1. Nightmare On Elm Street

  • Freddy Kreuger is my all time favorite killer. The original series is phenomenal and although many disagree, i generally liked the 2010 remake. But it did fall short to the original series in more ways then one, as they tried to incorporate the whole series into one film disastrously . Hopefully this new attempt that is in talks at the moment with New Line is something refreshing yet not over the top and full of CGI like we saw with IT.

 

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IT star actress Sophia Lillas a.k.a Bev in must see horror short film!

In the wake of It being in cinemas, and the masses gravitating to their local theatres ,you may have noticed from your own viewing or through the web that one of the Loser Club’s most prodigious attractions was a young actress by the name of Sophia Billas. Her charcter, Bev was a fan favorite and her acting of the character personified this.

Below is a free link to a horro/sci-fi horror short film, The Garden, which she starred in this year and now with it surfacing in the popular public it is worth every second.

It’s directed by Natalia Iyudin an upcoming director that we should all keep our eyes on.

Follow the link here to check out The Garden!

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Laurie strode to appear in 2018 version of ‘Halloween’

Fans of the genre and this franchise in general will be pleased that scream queen and movie star of the 70s-80s Jamie Lee Curtis is returning as her fan favourite and potentially greatest character, Laurie Strode in the next installment of Halloween

Next year there is a new version of Halloween coming to cinemas by October 19th, 2018 ‘by hell or high water’ says Jason Blum, with his studio producing the film.

Filming has just begun and David Gordon Green and Danny McBride are behind the wheel for the 2018 version.