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A Rare Chance for Jared to be Nice to a Movie (or 31 of them).

 

Hey there.  It's not even a week into October and I'm already into full Halloween mode.  I've got a stack of monster paintings, bad movies, terrible but brightly colored candy, a rotting gourd with a candle in it, and plastic zombie parts stuck to anything that my sense of decor would allow to have a plastic part zombie part stuck to it.   Part of my vow to keep Halloween sacred is me watching at least one horror flick for each day of October.  Usually it's a bit more than that...a couple years ago I kept a tally on the blog and I think we reached the embarrassing number of 82 films or something like that.  Point is, I'm a movie addict.  Combined with the Halloween season, life is good. 

What you're reading right now is not a real article.  It's an illusion.  Well, that's not true but it breaks the mold by me just recommending a bunch of films you should see if you haven't seen them already.  It's pure opinion but this is my "how to enjoy October" list of must-see movies.  For the most part, these aren't "bad" movies, though I have already or will review a fair number of them.  They're movies that illustrate the full spectrum of Halloween horror as I see it.  These are movies (for the most part) that I'd subject my friends and family to with very little sadism motivating me.  If you understand what I'm talking about (and I think you do) let's start the countdown:

 

1.  The Classics.

While I feel redundant mentioning these, there are some horror franchises that you've probably already seen a part of, if not the whole thing.  Still, when I talk to someone online and find out they've never seen a Freddy Krueger movie...a little part of me dies.  So with that in mind here's 3 movies that I'm counting as one since it's my list and I'll cheat how I want.

Nightmare on Elm Street 2 is an oddball sequel.  The Freddy Krueger that most of us grew up with isn't in it...he's still a bit humorless and generic.  The movie also has a very weird "Freddy = homosexual impulses" thing (check out the review HERE for a better explanation and a look at all the Freddy movies) that makes the above poster amazing.  "The Man of Your Dreams is Back."  In a movie with a secret gay repression theme, that's hilarious.  I recommend this one because it's the one played the least this time of year.  It's not a bad movie, but it's not the Freddy people remember, so it gets forgotten about easily.

Can't recommend a Freddy movie without also recommending a Jason movie.  So why Part 3?  The answer is just that this one is my pet favorite.  It's also the first time Jason gets to be supernatural, instead of just a retard with a pillowcase over his head. 

While most people don't put Chucky in the same line-up as those other two, the fact that he's had more films made about him in the recent past than his peers tells us something.  Child's Play 2 is fun because, like a good sequel, it takes the premise of the original and runs with it.  Blah, blah, blah, if you haven't seen this (or those other two) head to a rental store and get your basic horror education today.  Let's move on.

Who's the best Horror writer in the world?  Who writes the scariest stuff that's just not like anything else you've ever read? 

If you said Stephen King, shame on you.  I'm talking about the Macabre Prince of Horror himself, H.P. Lovecraft. 

2.  Lovecraftian Horror

There aren't enough "good" horror movies out there based on the works of Lovecraft.  Oh, there are a lot of movies based on his works, but for the most part, they suck on toast.  Lovecraft has had his works butchered in the cinema for decades now...but don't give into the madness just yet.  Below are three suggestions for getting a decent Lovecraft fix.

Dagon's a film based on H.P.'s short stories "Dagon" (naturally) and the Shadow over Innsmouth.  Don't let the stupid monster on the cover fool you...this is a thinking man's horror movie.  I actually didn't rent this movie for years because the box looked so retarded... That's not even a shot from the movie. Filmed in a freaky fishing village in Spain, Dagon is a great introduction to how Lovecraft stories work.  Oh, and that reminds me:  While I don't usually respect the "Spoiler Alert" crap when I talk about movies, I'll actually be doing my best to not ruin the endings of these things if I can help it.  You know, because most of these films, I respect.  Well, some of them at least.

From Beyond is a lesser-known Lovecraft story, but Stuart Gordon does a good job of mixing classic other-worldly horror with the classic 1980's horror formula.  If you're up for a Lovecraft story with a sex dungeon thrown in for spice and no other reason at all except to give the guys in the back row something to think about, this is the flick for you.  Not to mention the fact that it's filled with brain-eating, evil fish from another dimension, and a sex dungeon.  Oh, did I say that already?  Yeah.  Lovecraft.  Sex.  Dungeon.

John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness is said to be "inspired" by the works of H.P. Lovecraft.  Um.  Yeah.  Inspired means "stolen," right? Enjoy this big-budget horror story based on the style of H.P. Lovecraft, but without his name.  It's probably the "best" movie out of my Lovecraft recommendations, but since it's actually NOT a Lovecraft movie, I'd be remiss standing by that.  This might be the last good John Carpenter movie.  I'd like to pretend that because, unoriginal or not, it's a damn good flick to be remembered for.

Ok, now the list turns into a list.  Screw flavors, let's break down the horror genre with some specifics.  I'm going to pretend you're an alien who doesn't know what Horror is.  That'll make it easy to keep a straight face when I say I suggest watching Frankenhooker.  Which I do.

3.  FrankenHooker (1990)

If you don't know about this movie, shame on you.  Made by Frank Henenlotter, the director of Brain Damage and the Basketcase series, Frankenhooker is the story of a man who loses the love of his life and decides to bring her back to life by murdering prostitutes.  Frankenhooker is what I'd call a horror-comedy, something you don't see too much of these days.  It also has hookers exploding by smoking crack.  Super-Crack, actually.  And they explode in slow motion.  Told you Frankenhooker was worth checking out.

4.  13 Ghosts

When your grandparents were still young, William Castle was busy making gimmicks to trick people into going to see his horror movies.  His films aren't bad, actually...in fact, three of them show up on this list, which is pretty telling.  Why am I recommending the original 13 Ghosts?  Because if you buy the DVD it comes with the original 3-D viewer that they passed out to the audience way back in 1960.  There's something fun about having to put on 3-D glasses to "pierce the veil" of the ghost world.  It's a cheesy effect, but very few movies let you watch in true retro 3-D quite like this one.  So why is it on the list?  It's an experience.

5.  Popcorn (1991)

Speaking of William Castle, this movie (not by William Castle) is a tribute to William Castle.  It's a modern rendition of the classic horror formula.  That doesn't sound interesting but the plot is a bunch of film students decide to hold a Halloween Horror movie marathon in an old theater...and then they start getting murdered.  There's more to it with prophetic dreams, psychotic burn victims, and a giant fiberglass mosquito, but that'll have to do for now.  This is one of my favorite horror movies...I think it's actually having been a film student myself that explains it.  I'm biased, go figure!

6. Wolfen (1981)

This is the best God-Damn Werewolf movie I've ever seen.  If you're into stories of suspense, urban decay, and animal attacks, this is the film for you.

7.  Perfect Blue (1998)

You know, it's funny...Japan has been going through a horror renaissance for the past decade, continuing to put out original and inspiring horror each and every year.  Hollywood completely focused on just remaking Japanese horror a little while ago, it was that big a deal.  Perfect Blue is NOT a traditional horror movie, but it will leave an impression.  The story is about prostitution and fame and it's told in an anime that takes place in the "real" world....none of this cyberpunk ninja tentacle crap.  The lead character slowly goes insane as fame and obsession push her into darker and darker corners.  That's a little pretentious and vague, but I told you I'm not going to spoil anything this time around.  Perfect Blue is a story about corruption of talent.  Plus there's a ghost.  Sort of.  The movie is pretty scary if you can get past the fact that it's an animated film.

8.  Ravenous (1999)

Cannibal horror has been a staple in the genre since...well....it feels like forever.  This unique take on why another human being wants to cook you is original because of when it takes place...  There aren't enough historic Donner-party movies out there.  The only one that I know of is Cannibal the Musical by the South Park boys.  (I recommend that too, but that's not a horror at all.)  It happens immediately after the Spanish-American war, in an remote Union outpost.  Think Colonial America only with Cannibals.  Plus the production ran out of fake blood during the final fight scene.  Which is awesome. 

9. Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

There are two types of people when it comes to this movie.  Let's find out which type you are.  Here're a couple of pictures of the monsters:

 

If you laughed, then you're the kind of person who's mind is blown at the sheer ridiculousness of a horror movie about alien clowns.  If you peed yourself in terror, then you're the other kind of person.  Killer Klowns terrified the crap (and pee, as previously established) out of me when I was young and I know a LOT of people who developed a fear of clowns just by watching this movie when it was on television.  The funny thing is, it got shown at weird times...the type 1 people didn't think it was a real horror film because it's FILLED WITH KILLER CLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE.  The movie is funny but the clown costumes are....memorable.  If you haven't seen this one, you owe it to yourself to confirm just what kind of person you are.

10.  Godzilla Final Wars (2004)

It's just not a Monster Marathon unless there's at least one giant monster movie on the agenda.  Final Wars is what any Kaiju fan could ask for.  Back in 2005 I reviewed it as well, so if you're curious to learn exactly why this Godzilla film needs to be tattooed onto my FACE, click HERE.

Oh and while you'd think I'd be tempted to put the movie Cloverfield on this list, we all know that in a couple years' time no one's going to remember that film.  It was awesome and possibly the most "realistic" giant monster movie out there, but realism doesn't always mean the same thing as fun.

11.  Darkness (2002)

Darkness does not have an original plot.  Darkness does not have an original setting.  Darkness does not have an original surprise twist ending.  But do you know what Darkness did?  Darkness made me sleep with the light on for the first time since I was eight years old.  I would say I'm a puss, but...yeah.  I'm desensitized to most horror movies at this point, so when something breaks through and actually scares me, it leaves an impression.  Even weirder, a year after I saw this movie, it came out in the U.S....and got really terrible reviews.  I don't exactly know why this film impressed me as much as it did, but apparently it's a horror film that's not for the American populace.  That sounds like as good an endorsement as any, but yeah...this ghost story/end of the world/evil cultist film got under my skin and motivated me to find a nightlight.  That embarrasses me to no end, but hey, it's true.  Check it out if you haven't already.

12.  My Little Eye

It seems like so long ago, but for a while there reality television was the ultimate rage.  The fad came and went quickly, yet dominated the entertainment industry pretty aggressively while it was around.  My Little Eye is a direct-to-video movie about a bunch of people who are forced to live in a house with cameras everywhere for a full year.  Most of the cinematography is shot from surveillance cameras so it's kind of neat in a gimmicky kind of way.  Questions develop as time goes on; "Is there really a television show?", "What will we do when Steve goes crazy?", and "Why has no one come to help us?"  If you like watching people cracking due to cabin fever and paranoia, this one's for you.

13.  Rumpelstiltskin (1996)

I know it's overdone to describe something as "so bad, it's funny" but that's the best way to describe Rumpelstiltskin the horror movie.  It really feels like they're making fun of similar movies, most notably the Leprechaun series, but Rumpel is a fun film that's actually so laughable that you can show it to people who don't usually enjoy bad horror movies (trust me, I live with one).  I will review this one very, very soon but if you need a good laugh, it's the best on the list.  You almost feel like they're trying to be serious, but then you see Rumpelstiltskin jump on a motorcycle and, well, that theory falls apart.  Oh and for those who might actually watch this one:  This flick has the best use of the F-word ever.  We still quote it and so will you.

14.  Phantasm 2 (1988)

How is it that so few people seem to know of this film series?  The Phantasm series is effectively the story of an evil alien mortician who steals bodies, turns them into midgets, and uses them as slave labor on Mars.  That's just in the first movie as the series drops the sci-fi angle and goes head-on into pure horror from then on out.  The Tall Man, the spooky villain played by Angus Scrimm (if that's his real name his parents knew that they'd created a monster very early on), throws these little robotic balls (insert testicle joke here) at his victims.  As schlocky as it sounds, the Phantasm series is an under-rated entry in the horror genre.  Pssssst.   Balls.  Man, I just re-read what I wrote and now even I don't know if this is a good movie.  But I'm sticking to my guns. 

(Fun Fact:  Stephen King uses the Balls from Phantasm in the finale of the Dark Tower (book) series.  You have no idea how much joy that brings me.)

15.  The Tingler (1959)

Imagine if you went to a theater and they gave you electric shocks?  That was William Castle's gimmick with The Tingler, the story of a creature that, according to the movie and lead actor Vincent Price, seems to crawl up your butt and attach itself to your spine.  It's amaaaaaazingly terrible but something that you need to see to believe.  Speaking of William Castle and Vincent Price, let's look at something good from them, shall we?

16.  House on Haunted Hill (1959)

As bad as The Tingler is, House on Haunted Hill is a gimmick free horror movie that is still good even today.  It might be in black and white and older than you are, but the story and "meta-plot" here is what really makes this one a classic in my book.  The story is of a rich Millionaire who will give lots of money to anyone who will spend the night in the world's only "real" haunted house.  The characters are locked in and, well, it's as much a murder mystery as it is a ghost story.  You have no idea how much I want to spoil things, but this movie has a great twist at the end and a vaguely nihilistic/scary ending.  Rare for a film in the 1950's and still rare today.

17.  Rana: the Legend of Shadow Lake (1975)

Crazy people go out in the woods looking for treasure.  Treasure is protected by a hideous Frog Man named Rana.  Rana vomits frogs at crazy people.  Doom ensues.  :sigh:  Rana is the official Z-grade horror entry on this list.  It's awful, was shot on a budget that might have covered lunch if people brought their own drinks, and is made by Bill Rebane:  the director made infamous by Mystery Science Theater for being the man responsible for Monster A Go-Go and The Giant Spider Invasion.  If you know what I'm talking about then you already understand why this movie is on the list.  Suffice to say: This movie will hurt you.  Particularly when the cast starts talking about how vicious all the totally normal and harmlessly cute frogs the director is throwing at them from off screen are.

Bad Movie Barbarians beware:  If you're serious about hunting this one down, it's currently being distributed by Troma under a different name:  Croaked:  Frog Monster from Hell.  I like using the original title.  It reminds me that this flick was meant to pass as serious horror when it was originally made.   Which is very, very sad.

18.  Brainscan (1994)

When virtual reality seemed like a practical idea and your parents/teachers were still confused about what this whole "internet" thing was all about, there was a slew of VR-based horror films.  We still get them today (Stay Alive being the most recent that I can think of) but all of them become very dated, very quickly.  Brainscan avoids this trap by having "virtual" reality actual reality and, well....I like this movie.  It's an interesting take on how video games will make you go out and kill people and it features one of my favorite characters of all time:

This is Trickster.  He's a weird cross between the Lawnmower Man, Beetlejuice, Freddy Krueger, and, well, that meth addict friend of yours.  He likes listening to Primus and tricking kids into playing his computer game which, in turn, tricks them into a web of lies and murder.  The movie is actually pretty good for a film about a young boy under the thumb of a videogame...and having a character that makes any scene better doesn't hurt either.  I mean that too.  Remember that terrible dance scene from Spiderman 3?  Trickster could have save it.  That terrible scene where Jar-Jar Binks was Jar-Jar Binks?  Trickster to the rescue.  Remember kids:  When your movie sucks, you already know who to call.  Just remember that he's a Faustian devil who will make you kill your neighbor.

19.  When a Stranger Calls (1979)

This movie is what I'll call a two-trick pony.  There are only two scary moments in it but those two moments are so scary that I've given people nightmares by just telling them about it.  This movie ties into the "scary stories to tell around the campfire" thing and really goes the distance in getting to certain people.  If someone has ever told you a scary story about a babysitter getting creepy phone calls, chances are they were talking about this movie.  If you don't know what the two scares are, check it out.

PS:  Ignore the 2006 remake.  Turning When a Stranger Calls into an action movie is one of the great tragedies of the modern age.  I'm not a purist who says all remakes are terrible (I actually like the Rob Zombie Halloween remake, which makes me a pariah in a lot of horror circles) but I will say that some remakes totally miss the point.  It's as if they remade Gone with the Wind but left out all the romance and make it the story of how Scarlet used kung-fu against enemy soldiers.  Speaking of Rob Zombie:

20.  House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

It's over the top, juvenile, and a tribute to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which you'll notice didn't make the list.  Why?  Because TCM might have been shocking for its time, but now it just doesn't make the grade.  It's still an awesome movie and I own it, but it's not something I'd put into my DVD player to seduce someone to the Dark Side.  House of 1000 Corpses though?  It's way too much fun.  Evil Clown (played by Sid Haig!), cannibalism, giant freaks, Rob Zombie's hot wife, a guy named Dr. Satan...there's just so much going on in this that it hurts.  True, the criticism that it's an over the top music video of shock horror is pretty accurate, but in it's favor it's an OVER THE TOP MUSIC VIDEO OF SHOCK HORROR.  There's also a sequel called The Devil's Rejects that is, while a bit more serious, what I'd call a pretty legit horror film.  I don't care what other people say, Rob Zombie knows horror well and just how to push my buttons. 

21. Ghoulies 2 (1987)

This list wouldn't be complete if it didn't have a puppet-based horror film on it.  Popular ever since Gremlins hit it big and traumatized an entire generation (Gremlins is why we have the PG-13 rating, boys and girls), puppet monsters have been pretty frequent attendees in the horror genre.  Ghoulies 2 is directed by Albert Band, father of Charles Band...the guy who runs Full Moon pictures and makes a living making almost nothing but Puppet-based horror movies.  His dad got the ball rolling, of course, with the Ghoulies franchise.   Man, I sure do have a lot of sequels on this list.  You know why that is?  Because too many sequels is what horror is about.  At least to me....I mean, how can you blame me:  I grew up in the 80's.  At least I didn't grow up in this particular decade.  Then I'd be thinking Trilogies were required for any movie.  But I digress.  Ghoulies 2 is about a bunch of rubber puppet demons that get loose in a carnival funhouse...obviously a winning combo.

Speaking of there being too many sequels on this list......

22.  Army of Darkness (1992)

If you haven't seen this movie, you need to fix that now.  Army of Darkness might be the 3rd movie in the Evil Dead series (or the 2nd, if you're a hardcore fan) but it's the first one I ever saw and you don't need the others to enjoy it.  It was Halloween 1994 and me and my friends were blown away.  The film is still hilarious/awesome to this day; taking horror movie clichés and giving them the "what a normal guy would do" treatment that almost always works.  Check out Army of Darkness or maybe Evil Dead 2 for a healthy explanation of why Bruce Campbell has such an avid following to this very day.

Army of Darkness:  Watch it.  Quote it.  Live it.

23. Fade to Black (1980)

Another film featuring a doomed film student, Fade to Black is hard to describe.  It's got a subplot featuring traditional characters, but the main focus is on a psychologically fragile failed film student who dreams of being someone special.  Sounds like someone I know quite well, really.  The movies shows what can happen if you watch too many movies...also a familiar theme.  This movie's actually a bit melancholy so if you're into "Art Horror" check it out.  The finale is particularly heart-wrenching with the hero/villain beating on a movie screen begging for the world of cinema to let him in so he can be happy just like the fictional characters he's watched for so long.  Yeah.  Not a happy film but a great one.

24.  The Sleepaway Camp Series (still being made to this very day)

While not name-brand horror, the Sleepaway Camp series is pretty special in that most of the movies revolve around you already knowing who the killer is and just watching them plan exactly how they'll massacre the camp counselors.  Even movies where you cheer for the villain don't usually show said character plotting their crimes.  I've not seen another series that seems to really enjoy having it's audience cheer for the villain quite to this degree.  Sure, Freddy and Jason get cheers in the theater (or did) but, excluding the 1st movie (which is good but not exceptional), these films really revolve ONLY around the killer.  The victims?  They're at most secondary characters....which is refreshingly honest for a slasher film.

(It's been a while since I enjoyed the full Sleepaway Camp Series...so for perfect examples of what I'm talking about, check out Part 2 or 3.)

25. Suspiria (1977)

You know that guy who seems to pride himself on having more refined taste than everyone else?  That guy who forces himself to eat smelly cheeses under the pretense of culture or who only smokes Fantasia cigarettes because that's what a civilized person does?  There's a pretension found in a lot of fans of Italian Horror.  Don't let that push you away though.  Suspiria is one of the most atmospheric horror movies around and there's a reason Horror Movie elite know a Dario Argento film by name.  While I don't necessarily agree with what the American poster pictured above says, I will say that no Halloween marathon is complete without at least a cameo from the Italian school of violent and supernatural murder.

26. Society (1989)

From Brian Yuzna (Producer of Dagon, From Beyond, Darkness....holy crap this list is getting incestuous), this strange little horror film is all about how the rich people in Beverly Hills are actually a race of horrible shape-shifting monsters who keep normal (poor/middle class) people down so they can eat them when the desire strikes them.  This movie is actually on the list due to a tiny Japanese man known in the industry as "Screaming Mad George".  He's retired now but even looking back you can tell his personal style of monster make-up and creature design helped create a lot of the standards of 1980's horror.  Having worked on Predator, Big Trouble in Little China, Friday the 13th part 3 & 4 (the ones that established the popularity of Freddy Krueger in the 1980's), and Freaked, Screaming Mad George was a guy who had a real talent for creating fleshy horrible things.  And with Society, I think he was given free reign to be as creative and as horrible as he could get.  Besides having orgies of flesh-crafting monsters, this movie has a finale where a guy gets turned inside out.  Pretty notable.  This one's been on my review pile for years but if you're interested in seeing some special effects you won't see anywhere else, take a peek. 

27.  The Mist (2007)

Ah, Stephen King.  I'm so glad we finally got another good movie from you.  It's been, what, two decades?  (I kid, but even King fans have to admit most of the movies besides The Shining, a film the author himself loathes, suck on toast.)   This one's actually based off one of my favorite short stories from the aging writer...it's about a town swallowed by a strange mist that brings Lovecraftian monsters with it.  The movie is mostly about the suspense...not knowing is part of the horror.  And, surprise surprise, they changed the ending from the story.  It's a lot darker than what King wrote, but man does it rock.  The person I was watching with just sat there as the credits rolled, not sure how to deal with how the movie ended.  That, my friends, is the sign of a good horror film. 

28. The Stuff (1985)

From the brain of Larry Cohen (God Told me to, Maniac Cop), enjoy this take on The Blob that's about alien slime as much as it is about capitalism, greed, and addiction.  Here's the plot:  A new item hits the shelves called "The Stuff."  It's a new sensation hitting the nation (what elation!) but it turns out to be alien slime that eats your brain.  The film is more sophisticated than that but if you need a film about killer ooze and corporate ruthlessness, The Stuff is for you.  No Halloween is complete without a moral lesson involving people melting.

29. The Brood (1979)

David Cronenberg has made a lot of great horror films over the years.  So why this one?  The Brood opens with a scene featuring a psychiatrist abusing a mental patient in front of a classroom.  The scene is so intense that while we were watching it for the first time, we all suddenly shut the hell up and gave the movie 100% of our attention.  In an A.D.D. household where talking over a movie is second nature, that's pretty special.  The film is one of the few movies that you just CAN'T figure out until the final act at which time the whole things comes into horrible focus and...so freaky.  I wish I could say more but if you haven't seen it I really don't want to ruin the ride for you. 

Oh and despite how good I say it is, it IS filled with midgets.  I still stand by what I've said, but it'd be irresponsible of me to not mention the abundance of dwarves in The Brood.

30.  The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Chances are you or someone you know is a huge Rocky Horror fan.  As such, most of you should know that I'm not suggesting actually watching this movie.  What I am suggesting is checking your local paper this month, take a look around campus, or send out a signal flare and find out what theater in your neck of the woods will be screening/performing The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  For those you really don't know:

Um... It's about....um.  There's this....If you don't know I can't tell you.  Not really.  The movie is musical science fiction Frankenstein....gah.  I fail.  Just know this:  Rocky Horror has become a phenomenon that's everywhere.  I traveled halfway around the globe and only having spent two weeks in Germany, I was sitting in a theater watching Rocky Horror with live actors playing the parts on stage in front of the screen.  That kind of gives a hint at what the Rocky Horror phenomenon is all about but...yeah.  Find it in the real world and don't be scared by the number of transvestites waiting in line to buy tickets.  It's worth it.

31.  Satan's Little Helper (2004)

What?  My final film on the list is a no-name straight-to-video horror film that you haven't heard of?  Yep.  That's right.  While it's not big budget, classic, or particularly scary, this movie is great for Halloween parties because it's hard to find a horror movie that really captures the fun of the holiday quite like this one.  It's all about an oblivious/retarded kid who brings home a psychopath in a Satan mask on Halloween.  Everyone thinks it's actually someone else in the mask and hilarity/mayhem/murder ensues.  The movie really highlights how normal folks enjoy the holiday, with a warm look to the costumes, the candy, the trick or treating....despite its flaws it's hard to not enjoy this one.  Oh, there's still plenty of stabbing.  This isn't a Charlie Brown special or something like that.  Still, it's for light viewing and something I put on my television during my Halloween party because even people who don't "get" Halloween seem to enjoy it.  Or tolerate it with a smile. 

...and there you go.   Enjoy that quick look at what I'd force you to watch if you were one of my friends here in Berlin who needed a healthy dose of what the hell Halloween is all about.  Be grateful you don't fit that criteria.

-Jared

 

 

Bonus:  I actually was lucky enough to spend some time at the Fantasy Film Festival here in Germany this year, a festival that typically previews a few horror movies that won't hit the theaters elsewhere for a while yet.  This year there were waaaaaaaay too many great horror movies at the show (including a remake of It's Alive and a new Clive Barker flick called Midnight Meat Train).  I didn't have the coin or time to see more than a handful, so here are two horror movie recommendations from me to you.  When these movies come to your town, you need to see them.  Well, the first one definitely.

Repo! The Genetic Opera

It's a Goth opera from the director of Saw 2-4, features Anthony Head (Librarian Rupert Giles from Buffy) as the singing murdering madman who repossesses people's organs, a surprisingly good Paris Hilton (yeah, don't shoot the messenger), and....a lot of awesome.  It feels like a modern Rocky Horror in some respects...only it's very, very good.  Maybe.  I loved it.  If you haven't heard of it yet, check out a few trailers on YouTube.  You'll be glad you did. 

And if you're a fan of Evil Dead/Army of Darkness, I saw a particularly great film for you:

My Name is Bruce

Bruce Campbell plays Bruce Campbell in a town attacked by Chinese demon.  It's got a great meta-level to it...I mean, if Bruce Campbell was in town and supernatural evil attacked, wouldn't you start calling him Ash and assume he'd save the day?  Possibly only for hardcore fans of Bruce Campbell, it'd be criminal to not point out this film to the 3 Evil Dead fans reading the site right now.  Boys, you're welcome. 

 

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