Day 5 – Happy Halloween

Hello and Happy Halloween and welcome to the final instalment of this series.
There are a few more in this one because if I had thought of this sooner I could have done a few more days but there are plenty of lists out there including the classics such as The Wicker Man, The Exorcist etc, and I think it’s pretty well know how much I love The Addams Family, so here is today’s list in no particular order of preference but are favourites of mine.

American Mary
This film didn’t receive great reviews but this offering from The Soska sisters is actually better than you think, it’s not an action gore fest, it’s a slow burner. It may be a little rushed in places but this isn’t your average revenge thriller but it ‘s totally a badass feminist revenge thriller.

Feast
This was one of those random films you pick out just because who is starring in it and then it totally flips you by being hilariously funny, breaks all the rules of horror movies and no is safe from monsters who are not only hungry but extremely horny! To be fair though all the characters are despicable so it just guessing who goes first! There are sequels but I’ve not seen them.

Severance

I’ve always been against work bonding away days and this film didn’t help to dispel that fear! It’s gory but also quite hilarious and stars Danny Dyer basically as himself!


Midnight Meat Train

Based on a short story by Clive Barker.Bradley Cooper plays a photographer trying to capture the darker side of the city and stumbles across a serial killer preying on late night commuters on a train, who he then becomes obsessed with. Totally love this movie
Mad Monster Party
Technically not a horror film but a stop motion animation about all the monsters getting together for a shindig.I guess this is one you can watch with the kids!

Repo The Genetic Opera
Totally underrated opera about the organ repossession business.

Event Horizon

A film about why you shouldn’t mess with laws physics and space, and that shortcuts are not always the best choice!

He Never Died 
Fallen angel spends his days playing bingo and seemingly comfortable with being a social outcast until his daughter turns up and everything starts to go wrong. This one indie movie to checkout, it’s a slow burner but I think this is Henry Rollins’ best role to date.

Cabin In The Woods

I didn’t think this film would be as fun and enjoyable as it was but this is one of those that falls into the comedy genre. Apparently it nearly went straight to DVD but on the back of the success of Thor it got cinematic release. If you like this then you’ll probably also like Tucker and Dale V.s Evil too.

My Little Eye
I originally didn’t like this film but was impressed with there use of Peaches on the soundtrack but on subsequent viewing it turns out the reason I didn’t like it was because it made feel really uncomfortable and that’s the whole point right? This film delves into the dark side of the net where a group of young people join a big brother style house to get famous but the people who are watching are the people they think are watching.
Lady Vengeance
Part of the Park Chan-Wook’s Vengeance Trilogy, Lady Vengeance tells the story of  Lee Geum-ja who has spent the last 13 Years in jail wrongly convicted of murder. There she dreams about getting vengeance on all the people who have wronged her and clear her name. I havent yet seen the first instalment of this trilogy but I much preferred it to Oldboy. Hopefully one day I’ll get round to watching Sympathy For Me Vengeance to complete the set.
One Missed Call
I’m talking the original Japanese version here, not the remake. My love of Japanese horror means I refuse to watch the remakes, if that makes me a snob then so be it but the Japanese are good at telling a ghost story and just think remakes are lazy. If you enjoyed Ringu and Ju:On then you’ll like this and Dark Water too.

Pan’s Labyrinth
I love this film so much I saw it twice at the cinema and it takes a lot for a film to make me do that. Set during the brutal Spanish fascist regime, tells the story of Ofelia who meats a Faun who tells her she’s a lost princess. The story flits between the horror of the was and the fantasy of her trying to find her way back to the kingdom. This is not light watching, there is one scene that made people walk out the cinema and the ending had me in tears, whilst is also a rare feat for a movie! It’s also a film that can be interpreted in many ways. I also recommend The Devil’s Backbone.
I could probably go on, there are so many good horror genres out there, the thing is not to stick to just to Hollywood, I’ve found both Spanish and Korean horror to be excellent, I think Hollywood treats people dumb by thinking they can’t be bothered to sit through subtitles. Have a dig around, there are so many out there!
Anyway, I hope you have enjoyed my little sidetrack into movies over the Halloween weekend and normal service will resume (hopefully) on Wednesday with an outfit post!

Day 4 – Back from The Dead

So this could either cover vampires or zombies as they both come back from the dead but we’ve already covered vampires but to be honest I’m not that big a zombie fan.
I’m keeping today’s post short and sweet because tomorrow’s finale is a bit of a long one!

The Crow
After being slung out a window, Eric Draven returns to avenge the his and his fiancée’s murder.This film is probably more famous because Lee died on set after a tragic accident and the film had to be completed with stand ins and special effects. It came to my attention this week through an extremely disreptful headline that Michael Massee, who played Funboy and was given the ill prepared prop that ending being the cause of Lee’s death had passed away this week. It was what it was a tragic accident and all the press could do was use it to their advantage and this made me angry and sad in equal measure. Massee was a talented actor and should not be remembered for an accident that was not his fault. But I remember seeing this film in the cinema and looking past this controversy and totally falling in love with it so much that I became obsessed with the graphic novels, books etc. There are sequels but none of the unfortunately stand up to the first.

I hope both Massee and Lee are resting in peace.

Shaun of The Dead
Possible the only entrant under rom zom com genre (romantic zombie comedy) but this is a pretty funny movie. It also ensured that when moving house we located a good pub not far from where we lived so we could hole up in case of a zombie outbreak!

Jennifer’s Body

So after a ritual sacrifice goes wrong because she lied about being a virgin, Jennifer is possessed by a demon with an insatiable appetite for human flesh. It didn’t get rave reviews but it’s watchable.
Flatliners

Five medical students experiment with death and their pasts come back to haunt them, literally.Apparently there is going to be a remake added to a long list of remakes because apparently no one’;s heard of renting out or buying the originals!
Beetlejuice

I can’t believe I nearly forgot this one, the one film I never get bored of watching over and over again and is possibly the best film ever. I kinda squeezed this in on the grounds that Otho semi successfully brings them back from the dead at one point. It’s true, I will always find the loophole!
 And although I identified with Lydia as a teen
 In reality I probably grew up to be Delia!
Also this makes the best Halloween costume ever!

Tune into tomorrow for the last instalment of my little horror movie fest, where I’ll be sharing the rest of my favourite movies, where I gave up trying to keep it brief because there were too many to choose from!

Day 3 – Hide and Seek

I’ve never been overly impressed or scared by movies that rely on blood and guts to shock you. I prefer suspense, creepiness and things that make me jump rather than gross me out. As a kid I way preferred reading horror novels than watching them because I think my overactive imagination scared me more. Also I never liked watching horror movies when I was younger because my aunt let me watch Thriller at too young an age and I became scared of the dark, something my mum has probably still not forgiven her for. Obviously I’m over that now and actually need complete darkness to sleep.
Today’s list is a little shorter but I was working on borrowed time thanks to my last minute decision making but we’re going into the classics territory here.

Alien and Aliens

 Aliens was he first of this franchise I watched, I didn’t get to enjoy just how awesome Alien was until after I’d recovered from watching this one, turns out my dad was wrong and I wasn’t old enough to watch Aliens and was convinced for ages there was facehuggers under my bed!
I think there’s this argument that’s it’s Sci Fi because it’s set in space and it involves an alien but I personally feel that this is a horror movie that happens to be set in space. 

Apparently either you like Alien 3 or you don’t, I liked it but the director’s cut which basically gives away the twist within the first five minutes of the movie!

No one talks about Alien Resurrection, I think it was style over substance, it could have been much better had they swapped the whole alien baby hybrid thing at the end for something else! I kinda watched it more the cast but the underwater scene is pretty cool.
Prometheus on the other I have no idea what the fuck that was all about! All I know is that it felt about a million times longer than it actually was.

The Shining
Johnny’s peekaboo scene after hacking the door down is probably one of the most iconic movie moments ever. Though I think wants more scary is the lengths Kubrick went to drive poor  Shelley Duval to breaking point just to get the perfect shot. Turns Kubrick was a real arsehole!
Duval is what made this film for me, I was emotionally drained after this movie, he really puts her through the ringer!
But on a sartorial note I really want this jacket! Maybe I should start a series of clothes I want from movies!

John Carpenter’s The Thing and The Thing

Okay using a bit of poetic license here but the monster/alien whatever is basically playing hide and seek within the people and actually playing a major coup and hiding in plain sight! Who is real and who is the monster  mimicking? The 2011 follow up which shows the other side of the story from the other camp is also pretty good.

Also if you’ve never seen Thingu which is basically Pingu’s The Thing , then you’re really missing out! Hop on over to watch it here.

Join me tomorrow for the penultimate day in my little movie horrorfest where I pick my back from the dead movies and not just zombies!

But remember I want to hear about your favourite movies too.

Day 2 – Blue Moon

Werewolf films are not my go to horror films, though there are some good ones out there. I quite liked Hemlock Grove series on Netflix until he last series which was basically meh! Though awesome werewolf transformation scenes!But here are some of my favourites.

Ginger Snaps

Ginger Snaps is definitely on of my favourite werewolf movies, although is focuses primarily on the relationship between the death obsessed sisters Ginger and Brigitte, I think my favourite character is their mum.  The second film has a nice little twist at the end and third film I could take it or leave it to be honest.

Dog Soldiers

Definitely one of the best of the bunch, it probably wasn’t the survival training course that this bunch of soldiers were expecting. Who survives, well watch it and find out. Some nice little twists in and some very funny dialogue, it’s also very well cast and no offence to Jason Statham but it would probably have been very different if he hadn’t left to make Jogn Carpenter’s Ghost of Mars. Also trivia for you, the director hired dancers instead stunt people to play the wolves to keep them graceful and quick.

Teen Wolf

Not really a horror movie but that aside this is a classic 80s teen comedy movie about a boy who discovers he’s werewolf, acts like a dickhead to real friends and the comes good in the end.

Silver Bullet

A screen adaptation of the Stephen King story, Corey Haim plays a young kid in a wheelchair that discovers there’s a werewolf in town and of course being a kid no one believes him! Also stars Gary Busey as his Uncle Red who basically plays Gary Busey.

American Werewolf In London

Well I really couldn’t miss out this classic! I first watched this film as a kid with my cousin, in the day time, hiding behind a duvet cover! The transformation scene is still great in that we’re kind of spoilt with CGI these days and the technical genius that went into horror movies is kind of a lost art I think., I could be wrong but still a good film.

Join us tomorrow for day 3 of my little horrorfest and as play hide and go seek!

What are your favourite werewolf movies/tv programmes?

Day 1 – Bite Me!

Okay so I had another post scheduled for today but then forgot it was Halloween weekend when I scheduled it. Forget Halloween I here you say? But how?  It’s your favourite holiday! I know. Herein lies the problem when you work in retail and you have spend planning and working on everything six months in advance by the time the actual holiday/event comes around you’re almost glad that’s it’s over.
Usually I have a party to go to or to throw but this year for Halloween, which falls on the Monday, I’m off to see PJ Harvey in concert followed by John Carpenter on the Tuesday, and what with getting over a stupid cold I just plan to take it easy this week and watch my favourite scary movies and knit through a  massive pile of wool!
So as I’ve decided to write more about the things I like than spend my time worrying over readership stats, I’m doing five days of my fave scary/horror themed movies, each day is themed because there is so much to choose from! I tried to keep it short and sweet but failed miserably!
So today is Vampires! Vampires have always been my fave type of horror movie

The Lost Boys
I think this was the first vampire movie I ever watched and therefore the benchmark for all Vampire movies! Let’s face it we all wanted to be in David gang because who doesn’t want to sleep all, party all night and never grow old? Also death by stereo in my books, is the best vampire death scene ever. Vampires don’t sparkle the explode!

Near Dark
Katherine Bigalow’s 80’s cult classic of the classic boy meets girl in a dead bar, girl bites boy, turns out she’s a vampire, chaos and war ensue. Jokes aside the 80s were pretty good for vampire movies, I’m sorry if you’re a twilight fan, actually I’m not go watch all the 80s vampire movies and cure yourself of your affliction!

30 Days of Night

Set is small town of Barrow, Alaska which is so far north that it experiences thirty days of night, some Vampires cotton onto this and descend upon the town to party like kids in a candy store. I like the vampires in this, they’re a little more creepy than your bog standard Hollywood stereotype vampire. Unfortunately the sequel is pants, so skip it! You’re welcome.
John Carpenter’s Vampires

James Woods leads a crack team of veteran(oh wait wrong film) but they are a team of vampire hunters, that work on behalf of the church to help stop some vampire dude getting hold of an ancient cross! It also has my favourite Baldwin brother in it. Not the best of the bunch in regards to Vampire films but still watchable and entertaining.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Bad English accents aside, this is a pretty damn good movie, oh and Gary Oldman. Um I think the basis of my argument for this film is Gary Oldman. No seriously, it pretty much sticks to the book but then no Hollywood film is ever true to the book anyway but if you like Victorian vampire love stories this one is for you.

Only Lovers Left Alive
Technically not a horror movie but more of a what happens when you’ve been married for 100s of years and you’ve learned to blend in and live with the mortal kind. This focuses more on relationships and surveying a very long existence on this planet. There’s no blood and gore, well actually there is blood obviously but not in the horror sense. It has a good solid cast and a killer soundtrack.
Other notable recommendations include
Blade – Mostly for Stephen Dorff!
Buffy The Vampire Slayer mostly for the hilarious drawn out death scene during the end credits.
Dusk Till Dawn – When family vacations go wrong!
Daybreakers –  What happens when there is a world blood shortage!
Byzantium – Breaking the vampire glass ceiling!
Queen of The Damned – A total guilty pleasure plus Korn soundtrack!
And I’ve still yet to watch Let The Right One In and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night which has been classed as an Iranian Vampire Western and so not sure why I haven’t watched it yet.

Join us tomorrow for day 2 as we explore those full moon beasties, werewolves!

In the meantime I want to know what your favourite vampire movies are!