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.
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.
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.
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.
Due to some research i carried out this week in relation to some of the scariest movies ever created (for the purpose of doing an upcoming list (stay tuned)), this weeks recommendations will all be scary in one way or another. Make sure to have a buddy for this week.
Horror Buffs: The Orphanage (2007) – This Spanish gem by the original name of El Orfanato went under the radar for majority of English speaking countries due to it’s non English audio, unfortunately this made itself a victim of it’s own beauty. Regardless of the need for subtitles if you do not speak the language, this dark and sinister horror will stick with you. It is utter terrifying and very individualistic in it’s directing. A real indie surprise for many that skipped over it.
Beginners: The Descent (2005) – A group of girls embark on a rock-climbing adventure through a vacant cave, and what do you know, it turns horribly wrong. Despite the premise and plot not surprising in any way shape or form, the claustrophobia and exuberant scares throughout the film will keep you gripping tight to your pillow/drink/lover/dog. This is action horror that all fans need to watch, as it has been claimed to be one of the scariest movies ever created, and one of the best horror films of the 21st century.
Casual Fans: Evil Dead (2013) – I know it’s game to challenge the idea that originals are always better, but Fede Alvarez did an amazing job to remake a cult classic and the original of one of the greatest horror franchises in history. With an update in effects and acting, Bruce Campbell would even be proud of how well this remake was done. Fast, some jump scares, classic horror tropes and a bunch of gore, this splatter/supernatural horror will provide some great in movie scares. This non-stop excitement machine is one of my all time favourites, and makes for great group viewing.
The Dark Tower is upon us. Muschietti’sIT has been creating news almost daily, and every second place i look, Stephen King himself is being honoured. I myself am a fan of the novelist, him producing some of my favourite books. Therefore this week’s recommendations are going to be in similar taste, so lets take a walk down the perilous mind of one of the world’s all time horror writers.
Horror Buffs: Children of the Corn (1984) – Murderous cult of children, isolated farm town, award winning, and directed by a relatively unknown filmmaker at the time (Fritz Kiersch). One of King’s earlier works that didn’t carry as much weight as some of his other big titles has a unique plot that makes this worth a watch. Not over or underrated, but a film nonetheless that is often spoke about in reference but rarely for what it’s worth. Bad-ass liberation for teenage angst.
Beginners: The Shining (1980) – This is a no brainer. Undoubtedly the most well known, fan favourite and received horror adaptation of Stephen King’s work. Although King himself wasn’t impressed with the adaptation, the visual stimuli and the outstanding portrayal of the protagonist by Jack Nicholson is noteworthy.
Casual Fans: 1408 (2007) – With celeb actors in John Cusack and Samuel L Jackson, this fast paced crime/haunting horror has a sound plot and enough of a budget to wow you with it’s appearance for a 2007 film. One of the first cinematic released haunting movies to excite and spook fans.
On the back of another cold week, and with the inspiration and rising stories of tributes following Romero’s passing still flooding the internet, this weeks recommendations are going to stay within the same sub-genre.
Horror Buffs: Rec (2007) – If you claim to be a horror fanatic then you couldn’t have missed this indie sensation, but if you did for some reason or another, please please please take the time this Friday to indulge yourself in this Spanish hand held horror film. The US did what they do and made a poor remake in Quarantine, which should be left to the amateur fans seeking a cheap thrill. If Quarantine and its themes intrigued you, then this film will quench your thirst for scares and do itself justice. One of the best horror films you will ever watch.
Beginners: Re-Animator (1984) – this is a must see for those who have already tackled Romero’s heavyweights. This movie arrived shortly after Dawn of the Dead and took it’s own spin on the new zombie craze of the time. Stuart Gordon adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s story turned into a cult film due to it’s z-virus and injection of terror that was yet to be seen in the booming sub genre.
Casual Fans: Dead Snow (2009) – This Scandinavian gore fest makes blood melting into ice somewhat mesmeric. A lone cabin in the woods meets Neo-Nazis plot is what this movies’ premise is, and it lives up to what you would imagination. Fun and fast.