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.
16. What We Do In The Shadows. FTV.
Hilarious documentary about some vampire flat mates. My sides may be sore tomorrow from laughing. Thanks Ken F.
17. Insidious Chapter 3. FTV.
This is really a great little movie and overall a great little series. If the recent Poltergeist remake wasn't up to par (spoiler it was total garbage) this should fill the void for a "spirit taking a girl" genre fans. Lin Shaye is a real gem here and her character is a spectral warrior badass. The screechy violins and chellos are on point again.I have no problem lumping this series into Poltergeist territory.
I work with Animal Control in my town from time to time on their IT needs and this movie comes up a lot. I felt it needed a rewatch. I don't remember it being so politically charged. It's basically another beat you over the head agenda film. This time it warns us of the "disease" that "filthy migrant" "animals" bring to the USA. They single-handedly destroy a small business and the American family not to mention the subtle jabs at capitalism regarding a cereal company that had a small mishap.
19. Father's Day. FTV.
Astron 6 (Manborg/The Editor) are going to hell for this one. This may be the first time that a cannibal rapist is really on film. Shocking gore and humor abound in this thriller centered on a hunt for a killer (Chris F**kman) that kills and rapes dads. Knives in penis, needles in penis, penis bitten off, and actual blood bath are some of the tame highlights. I think there's plenty here for all the regular members and highly recommend it for you.
20. Burying The Ex. FTV.
Joe Dante directs this romantic comedy which is a lighthearted mix of Fatal Attraction and Shaun of the Dead. A horror fan is dating an overbearing lady who meets her doom and returns as part of a pact with the devil, to be together forever. The ex won't give up, hijinks ensue. The lovely Alexandra Daddariostars along with Ashley Greene. Anton Yelchin adds another weird flick to his list. If Idle Hands or the classic My Demon Lover are in your wheelhouse you should enjoy this.
21. Kill List. FTV.
Move over Triangle, or at least make room at the table for this mind frack. To get into it too much risks spoilers but the basics are as follows. A broken man takes some side work as a hit man and as each target falls he loses more of himself. It's utterly compelling storytelling within an expertly made film that demands multiple viewings. I know I'll be back after I read some theories just like Triangle. Much like the heroin Vincent Vega bought in Pulp Fiction...this sh*t is the madman.
22. The Nightmare Before Christmas.
The kid loves it but I can take or leave it (Burton isn't my jam most of days of the week). It does put you in the holiday spirit though.
23. Monster vs Aliens aka Susan.
Underrated classic in my opinion. Plenty of comedy and action in this B movie homage. The Halloween short films in the Dreamworks Spooky Collection
are fabulous and perfect for the season as well as extending the original movie.
24. Dark Touch. FTV.
A young girl from a very troubled home uses her psychic abilities for self defense and the defense of other kids in trouble. When I say self defense I mean impaling human trash with a house.
25. Chaw. FTV.
Jaws but with a wild boar on a rampage in a Korean mountain village. Darkly funny.
Surf and Turf Double Feature:
26. Deep Rising.
I can barely remember seeing this but on re-watching it needed way more Famke. A little slow to start but once it gets going it's a pretty good man in a can movie with a giant tentacled beast. Nifty ending as well.
27. King Kong.
Not strictly horror but it has plenty of creatures on feature. The creepy crawly bug scene is terribly dark and hopeless. It's just too long and should have ended on Skull Island.
28. The Ruins.
Well done little movie. Suitably scary from a survival horror perspective, hard decisions and brutal body modifications make it worth a watch.
29. The Cave.
I think the monster portions could be edited out and you'd be left with a nice survival movie, the underwater stuff is really great but the rest is just meh for me. I do like the casting in it however.
30. The Amityville Horror (2005).
The original always terrified me as a child, and led to a lifelong hobby of reading about "real" haunted houses. I don't hate this remake. I think the cast was good and the end game was horrifying.
31. The Thing.
Best effects ever.
32. House of 1000 Corpses.
Still just ok for me.
33. The Thing 2011.
I don't hate it but man it could have been so much more. The cg effects are terrible considering the original.The story is fine as a prequel. The final scenes which lead into the original are nice. If only they went with conventional effects we may have had something special.
Terror On The Water Triple Feature
34. The Reef.
Based on true events, this is a tale of man vs shark as a group of shipwrecked tourists swim for land and get picked off. Pretty tense at times.
35. Lake Placid.
A giant crocodile eats a few people in this great 80's style creature feature. Bill Pullman and Bridget Fonda are like perfect together and the sheriff is Brendan Gleeson.
36. Piranha 3D.
Spring breakers meet a prehistoric fish with attitude. Lots of blood and boobs and you can tell the cast were having fun, the motorboat scalping is terrific. Really nice boats too.
Weird mind trippy man in a can underwater spook fest. Great sets.
Another man in a can flick, I like it a lot.
39. Army Of Darkness
Super fun movie and I'm not a huge Raimi fanboy. It's just over the top all the way with great one liners and action. I'd be real curious to see the crew that remade Evil Dead do this one.
40. Re-Kill. FTV
One of the 8 Films To Die For for 2015. It's Starship Troopers meets Walking Dead right down to built in commercials for joining the fight and anti zombie gated communities. Worth a watch for genre fans, I've seen WAY worse z movies over the years.
41. Cold Prey. FTV
Norwegian slasher, snowboarders go off trail for thrills and find kills from another killer with parent issues.
42. Wind Walkers. FTV.
Took one for the team here. Skip. I fast fwd the last 30 minutes.
43. Murder Party. FTV.
Slightly experimental like how Reservoir Dogs was all in one room for the most part but instead of a heist this is an art collective throwing a Halloween party with the intent of murdering a guest. Decent dialogue and a fair amount of gore. It's got that grimy low rent feel mastered. Highly recommended and one of my faves so far this month. Shudder dot com is delivering the horror goods over Netflix and Hulu, well worth the price.
44. Backcountry. FTV.
Macho man takes his girl camping, turns out he isn't so macho and a bear eats him alive. Based on true events and an excellent how to on how to not get your old lady to go camping.