This year I’ve decided to do a shorter list of only 13 items as we were (un)lucky enough to have Friday the 13th this October and I usually fail my 31 days of Horror for October 😦
lets see if 13 is my lucky number!?! I’ll keep updating this page over the next 13 days as I countdown a fairly random list of Halloween favourites with new reviews!!
Continue reading 13 Days of Hallowe’en Horror 2017
Day 8 – Carnival of Souls
Director: Herk Harvey.
Starring. Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger, Art Ellison, USA. 1h 24m.
A cult classic that still influences a host of modern directors, this independent horror film manages to create a bizarre ghostly atmosphere that has been difficult to re-create since.
A few girls are out for a lark, when then encounter some greasers who challenge them to a drag race over a bridge, the girls car crashes in the river and they get pulled along by the rapids, the rescue mission fails to find anything but a shabby and bemused young blonde bombshell emerges from the water the only survivor from this tragic misadventure. Mary’s life is never quite the same after the accident. The church organist relocates to Utah, where she finds herself set apart from the locals and stalked by a strange pasty faced ghoulish man (Harvey) as she’s drawn towards a mysterious carnival on the outskirts of town near the river, where she’s inclined to dance. Continue reading Carnival of Souls (1962)
Day 2 – Rec 4 – Apocalypse
Director: Jaume Balagueró.
Starring. Manuela Velasco, Paco Manzanedo, Hector Colome, Ismael Fritschi. Spain. 1h 35m.
After the bizarre comedy train wreck of Rec 3, it seems we’re back to the original plot and start to get some peculiar answers to this watery isolated thriller. This film is set after the events of Rec 2, Angela has been rescued (again) the army have demolished he tenant building and she’s quarantined on soon to be retired fishing boat while she’s tested for a cure to this viral outbreak.
Continue reading Rec 4 – Apocalypse (2015)
Day 20 of 31
Grave Encounters – (Horror, Supernatural, Found footage, 2011) (18) D: Colin Minihan, Stuart Ortiz and others P: Shawn Angelski, Michael Karlin and others C: ben Wilkinson, Sean Rogerson, Ashleigh Gryko, Merwin Mondesir. 1h 32m. USA.
One of the most easily accessible and favourite found footage horrors, that is literally spread very thickly over YouTube in video’s claiming to have real ghost footage, so I feel like I’ve done myself a disservice by not watching this sooner because it now plays out like a YouTube best ghost clips real and at various points throughout the movie I was in full dejavu mode. Still it’s an uneasy yet engaging supernatural movie. Written and directed by the Vicious Brothers and premiering in 2011, it strives to and succeeded to deliver a few new haunts to the found footage genre. Continue reading Grave Encounters (2011)
Day 18 of 31
Director : Danny Boyle
Starring : Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Megan Burns, Brendan Gleeson . England/UK. 1h 43m.
I feel quite bad for not reviewing this film earlier but after adding it to this year’s Halloween list I will take a axe to this amazing film that helped re define a genre, change perceptions on low budget films (yet again) and catapulted the careers of Danny Boyle, but all of the main cast. I think it’s a bold statement to say that 28 Days Later was the first film to introduce a new breed of zombie to the big screen but it’s certainly the most iconic film that introduced “the infected” a faster, messier and more irrational and destructive zombie to a stunned audience. Continue reading 28 Days Later (2002)
Day 16 of 31
Director : Roman Polanski
Writer : Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
Starring : Mia Farrow John Cassavetes Ruth Gordon Sidney Blackmer Maurice Evans Ralph Bellamy Angela Dorian. USA. 2h 36m
A deep tale of Satanism and pregnancy which is actually from frightening than the components, filled with cautionary tales delivered by powerful performances from Mia Farrow and Ruth Gordon.
In Roman Polanski’s first american film adapted from Ira Levin’s best seller see’s a young vulnerable woman sold down the river by her lover and the Satanic community in her new apartment block. The dank old building is famed for having an equally aged community which the young couple struggle to blend in. Immediately after moving in two noesy neighbors Roman and Minnie Castevet (Sidney Blackmer and Ruth Gordon) invite themselves in and after protesting eventually Guy seems to warm to them after their intervention revitalizes his failing acting career, but at what cost? Rosemary potters around trying to make sense of her new surroundings, she befriends a fellow young girl who soon commits suicide and begins losing touch with her husband who is now best friends with the Castevet’s and whose temper gets shorter and shorter with his wife, until one fateful night when everything changes, Rosemary is unknowingly offered as a sacrifice of some sorts. Continue reading Rosemarys Baby (1968)
Day 13 of 31
Director: Ryuhei Kitamura
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Brooke Shields, Leslie Bibb,Roger Bart Ted Raimi Vinnie Jones. USA. 1h 28m
I was quite happy to see this second renaissance of the British horror guru Clive Barker movies but then remembered how terrible the last wave became… so I didn’t rush out to see anything, but as time went on my curiosity peaked, Clive wasn’t ranting about how his work was being destroyed, and for part of it I think he should have. I managed to pick up Midnight Meat Train and the Books of Blood at the same time and settled down for a Barker Double Bill, starting with the later as it’s the story I remember the least about while reading his anthologies as a teen. The film started well but turned into some kind of day time TV romantic melodrama before remembering that it’s supposed to be a blood thirsty ghostly horror story, it was honestly pathetic, and I gave up for the night, shelving the second film…. So the fateful night arrived, I had nothing new to watch apart from the Midnight Meat Train, at first i was going to just re read the story instead but I gave it a spin and was strangely amused… Continue reading Midnight Meat Train (2008)
Day 10 of 31
Director: Victor Salva.
Starring: Jonathan Breck, Justin Long, Gina Philips. USA. 1h 31m.
For a while the horror scene was starting to get stale and boring, Zombies were becoming ever popular and around this period of tedium The Creeper was born, and this curious and bizarre creature really sparked up the monster aspect in the horror scene once again.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where the Creeper character originates from but he seems to always have a trick up his sleeve, and without any backstory you can pretty much make what you will of the Creeper, to me he seems like some kind of Chimera.. who like Freddy Kreuger has frightened and seduced his audience.
Continue reading Jeepers Creepers (2001)
Last year’s 31 days of horror started well but then suddenly fell by the wayside as I was spending more and more time trying to prep for my own celebrations, work got in the way and I believe I only made it to day 19 😦 but I’m going to give it a second try this year!! sooo.. Over the course of the next month I will try and review 31 horror movies hopefully all new reviews covering as many sub genres as possible including ..
golden oldies, new, comedy, animated, black and white, silent, surreal, disturbing, gore, whores, from all over the world, cult, ridiculous, werewolves, vampires, ghosts, witches, Giallo, found footage, zombies, infected, Anthology, independent etc etc or at least that’s the idea..I’ll be updating this main page as the reviews are published.. so watch this space!
01. Puppetmaster (1989)
02. Howling (1981)
03. Perfect Blue (1999)
04. Skinned Deep (2004)
05. Dear God No (2011)
06. Tell me something (1999)
07. H6 (2005)
08. Haxan (1922)
09. Near Dark (1987)
10. Jeepers Creepers (2001)
11. Drag me to hell (2009)
12. Opera (1987)
13. Midnight Meat Train (2008)
14. Evil Dead 2 Dead by Dawn (1987)
15. Trollhunter (2010)
17. Profondo Rosso (1975)
18.28 Days Later (2002)
19. Ringu (1998)
20.Grave Encounters (2011)
21.Sharkansas Prison Massacre (2015)
22.Cabin in the woods (2012)
23. Scanners (1981)
Sadly the whole 31 days of horror went to pot after starting out so well, I will still continue with the list throughout November but due to health problems and the Rugby World Cup I’m really sorry I kinda copped out. The list as it stands today is here and I’ve not got a huge amount to do but I’m doing it.. After all it’s Halloween every day in my house.
I’ve got nothing much lined up for November, I’ll be penning some ideas for two epic lists detailing Selected movies of 2015 and Selected movies discovered in 2015.
Hopefully some more regular updates from now on… hopefully.. I will also be changing the look and feel of the blog, oh and I shall be adding a banner, I’ll bring that baby back!
I hope everyone had a Happy Halloween, did anyone find any creepy movies!?? Please let me know.
Day 1 – Halloween (1978)
Day 2 – The Thing (1982)
Day 3 – The Fog (1980)
Day 4 – Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Day 5 – Maniac Cop(1988)
Day 6 – The gate (1987)
Day 7 – Troll (1986)
Day 8 – Killer klowns from outer space (1988)
Day 9 – Jaws (1975)
Day 10 – Hellraiser (1987)
Day 11 – American Werewolf in London (1981)
Day 12 – The Lost boys (1987)
Day 13 The Beyond (1981)
Day 14 The Hills have eyes (1977)
Day 15 The last will and testament of Rosalind Leigh (2012)
Day 16 A Serbian Film (2010)
Day 17 The lodger (1927)
Day 18 L’ultimo Treno Della Note -Don’t Ride on Late Night Trains (1975)
Day 19 Banshee chapter (2013)
Yep I still have quite a few to add but will finish the list.
In the meantime there are some awesome sales and NEW sweatshirts at Rabbit In Red http://www.rabbitinred.co.uk so get yourself something warm for the winter I know I will be once I’ve narrowed my selection down from the extensive catalogue.