In this special live episode of the podcast, the guys host the third annual Shocktober in Irvington, a one-night event screening of short horror films from local filmmakers benefitting the Irvington Historical Society. Continue reading →
After Scream resurrected the slasher genre in 1996, studios quickly jumped on the bandwagon and produced teen slashers to capitalize on the craze. For the most part, these movies were cheap imitations, utilizing the same techniques and dialogue as Scream and populating the cast with TV teen drama actors. 1998’s Urban Legend is no different. In fact, it was perhaps the most shameless Scream rip-off of the era. Continue reading →
My friends and I have been dedicating the month of October to the horror genre and calling it Shocktober for several years now. I started this blog in February and from the start I was excited about sharing my Shocktober experience with anyone and everyone.
I have been saying for a while that this year has to make up for last year’s abysmal performance. I had it in my mind that I barely watched anything last year. As it turns out, I was 27 movies last year. Not all of them were Shocktober movies, but I had been working under the assumption that I had maybe 10 or 11 viewings total last year.
It’s all for the best because this year was the second best Shocktober I’ve ever had. While I didn’t beat my record of 57 viewings in 2011, I did come close with a very respectable 52 viewings. I’m also proud to say that only 3 of those viewings weren’t Shocktober movies. Continue reading →
Seeing as Halloween is now upon us and I’ve committed myself to writing four “Days of Blood” posts, I figured I would devote the fourth and final post to some of the better (and more recent) horror and horror-adjacent titles available to stream on Netflix. Hopefully it will make up for the way I’ve been neglecting my Streaming Saturday recommendations this month.
Zombies are by far my favorite movie monster. There’s nothing about zombies that scares me, per se. I would actually go so far as to say that they’re fairly low on the list of scariest movie monsters. But zombie movies, to me, are never really about the monsters. Zombies bring out the monsters that live within us and within the people we encounter every day. Continue reading →
Space is an endless landscape for humanity to explore. The idea of colonizing the vast unknown and taking humanity to the stars has been a dream of humanity for centuries. This dream has led to a vast array of fictional voyages into space.
Still, there’s something inherently terrifying about the idea of space travel and the isolation that goes with it. The same unknown that inspires humanity also has the power to ignite our morbid sides. Take a group of humans, put them in a confined space millions of miles from other humans, and horrific monsters won’t be far behind. Continue reading →
We are nearing the end of Shocktober 2013. In the run up to the final week, I realized I have a ton of movies I still want to watch. So, with plenty of unused vacation time to spare, I took Monday and Tuesday off from work. Throughout this mini-vacation I’ve created for myself, I’m going to be watching a ton of Shocktober movies. I’ve set myself a goal of writing up one blog post for each day, similar to Tiny’s Shocktober Musings posts.
Here we have Part I, my “found footage fest.” Found footage movies get a bad rap. Sure, there’s plenty of dreck in the subgenre and it inspires needless sequels that are churned out faster than they can be written. But when the format is handled right, it can be an absolutely terrifying experience that gets under your skin.
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The horror genre has the unique ability to be self-referential while still maintaining its frightening nature. Every now and then a horror movie comes along that will examine the nature of the genre in a fun, inventive way. These movies oftentimes provide a stark look at the genre they lampoon with love.
Here are some examples of movies that turn a satirical eye at their genre. If you have any recommendations or comments on what I have I have listed here, please let me know in the comments below and follow me around the internet with the below links.
I picked up the Halloween: 35th Anniversary blu-ray a few weeks ago and was eager to jump into it and the features. In honor of Shocktober I thought I’d review it for anyone curious about whether they should upgrade their collection or enhance it with this horror movie classic for the first time.
Very charming zombie comedy. Lupita Nyong'o is super endearing and there's really good chemistry with Alexander England. Josh Gad steals the show and helps cement the tone of the movie by being over the top in a fun way.
A really lazy and dumb comedy. The script is so bland and the hijinks are completely unearned. The comedy set pieces lack basic cohesion with the plot. No work was put into making the plot (derivative as all hell) endearing or even logical.There are a ton of recognizable people in the cast and the movie would have been far more enjoyable if they were given t […]
Everything about this movie feels phoned in. Sinbad is fun but it really feels like large swathes of the script is just "have Sinbad improv exasperation" instead of trying anything interesting. Every narrative beat is painfully obvious, even for a kid-friendly Disney movie.
Freaks owes a big debt to Firestarter but it's at least more original outside of its homage than Stranger Things was/is (and I like Stranger Things a lot).Very wise to deliver the world building through the perspective of Chloe. Good storytelling and impressive effects work.
Very cool low budget atmosphere piece. It's all tone and mood and it's done to good effect. Set design, cinematography, locations, makeup and costuming all work together to make some really striking visuals.