1. Dark Was The Night. FTV.
Very atmospheric and well acted with great characters and strong acting but hampered by budget. I'd have axed the CG and went conventional for this unconventional creature feature.
2. Shiver aka Eskalofrio. FTV.
Superb cinematography and a good story make this a worthy entry. I found myself wondering what the big twist was in the last third and enjoyed how things were handled.
3. Out of the Dark. FTV.
Like The Skeleton Key, this is a movie where the location is as big a star as any of the actors, set in Colombia amidst a local festival honoring the dead of a long ago tragedy a supernatural mystery with very real world ties unfolds. Nothing too shocking or crazy here but a solid spooky thriller nonetheless.
4. Blood Car. FTV.
At times funny and at times lame, Blood Car is an agenda movie sending up car culture, foreign wars, and diets. The lead actor is pretty likable and his descent into madness is entertaining. Thankfully the run time is short. I would love to have seen Astron 6 do this.
5. When Animals Dream. FTV.
Bleak, spartan, overcast best describe this coming of age tale that is not Teen Wolf. Set in a land where sunny days are rare a young lady comes to terms with the fact that she is something more. Subtle layers of awkward adolescence similar to Ginger Snaps are woven throughout. This film is dark and low on dialogue which plays to the strength of the leads. The humor, when present, is very low key and dark. A moody brutal piece if ever there was one. You are probably letting the right one in with this one.
6. Cooties. FTV.
Textbook example of a movie being too long and really falling apart. A decent idea for the story but horribly executed. It wasn't even worth rooting for the bad guys to kill the leads. I expected more from the cast and hope the money they get is put to good use.
7. A Lonely Place To Die. FTV.
Solid Thriller, barely horror. A group of mountain climbers finds a young girl buried alive and in the process of rescuing her get caught up in a kidnapping ransom situation. Pretty much humans hunting humans.
8. Hocus Pocus.
Lots of people like this as a family friendly entry into the seasonal marathons, it's not my cup of tea but the conventional effects are nice and the story is pretty good. Some old Salem witches put a curse on a town and resurface to finish their deeds which are mainly to seek youth via stealing the essence of children. Sarah Jessica Parker is strangely hot as a witch and a super young Thora Birch co-stars along with Bette Midler. Just a little mild language are the only parental concerns I saw and overall it's pretty fun.
The kid loved Joe Dante's classic movie about an invasive species wreaking havoc on the ecosystem. Stripe's final moments are among the nastiest on film. Standout scenes for the kid were the theater showing Snow White and her getting upset that someone tangled the dog up in Christmas lights.
10. From the Dark. FTV.
Some phantom hunts a couple and its only weakness is light. A bit of a slow start on this but it gets up to speed and turns out to be a really nice game of cat and mouse. There are way worse movies about things going bump in the night.
11. Almost Human. FTV.
Part Fire In The Sky part everyday slasher flick, this one was a nice surprise. A man disappears into a blue light only to reappear years later and then embark on a murderous rampage. The motive is never clear and you're on the ropes as to whether this movie is Invasion of the Body Snatchers or something else. It is clear, however, that these aliens breed via mouth tentacle to vag.
12. Play Dead. FTV.
Lily Munster uses Satanism to control a dog and has it kill her family. Lily Munster uses Satanism to control a dog and has it kill her family.
13. The Slashening. FTV.
Horror comedy about a killer killing. Lots of sex talk and jokes and a few legit laughs. Not much else to say except I feel like I took one for the team.
14. Evil Aliens. FTV.
Shudder continues to deliver. Never have I ever seen the level of alien human sex depicted here. Anal probes are nothing after this. This is for sure worth a watch if you like the alien horror sub genre. The basic premise is a Ghost Adventure style show investigating an alien abduction/sex abuse report and not being prepared for it to be real. As it plays out in a typical comedy horror style you get some really great set pieces including but not limited to alien fetus implants and a she alien raping a human. It's not perfect or high budget at all but fits nicely with Killer Klowns and Basket Case level movies.
15. The Visit. FTV.
I'm guessing the demotion of M. Night to found footage is a good thing. This movie was great. Several laughs to be had and plenty of WTF and then it gets dark. I hope M. Nnight and Blum stay together for a while. My favorite horror I've seen of the year so far, pushing It Follows into second or third with We Are Still Here.