January Horror

Available Now: The Platform (2019)

Streaming on Netflix. Imagine being trapped in a vertical prison, comprised of a 100+ floors, where you’re able to eat the most sumptuous of cuisines. Now imagine that by the 50th floor that all the food is gone. What would you be capable of? When Goreng voluntarily enters the prison in exchange for a degree, he’ll find out the answer to that question whether he wants to or not.

The Platform was written by David Desola and Pedro Rivero, with Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia directing. Ivan Massagué, Zorion Eguileor, Antonia San Juan, Emilio Buale, and Alexandra Masangkay star.

Check out the trailer on my Instagram Here.

Available Now: Spontaneous (2020)

Available to own or rent on various streaming services. When fellow students in her senior class unexpectedly begin to explode, the last Mara expects is to fall in love. Figuring they’v got nothing to lose Mara and Dylan fall deep as the “Covington Curse” escalates. A smart coming-of-age story blended with the horror of reality.

Spontaneous was written by Brian Duffield, based on the novel by Aaron Starmer. Katherine Langford, Charlie Plummer, Yvonne Orji, Hayley Law, Piper Perabo, and Rob Huebel star.

Check out the trailer on my Instagram Here.

Available Now: Underwater (2020)

Imagine being stuck at the bottom of the Marianas Trench, the deepest part of the Earth, in an underground drilling facility when an earthquake strikes. Your completely surrounded by thousands of tons of water, with only the slimmest chance of escaping alive. There are several casualties and if you don’t work as a team with the remaining survivors you’ll never escape. Throw some aquatic monsters your way and your in deep shit. And when you finally find out what’s causing the quakes your mind will struggle to comprehend what you see before you.

Underwater was written by Brian Duffield and Adam Cozad, with William Eubank directing. Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel, Mamoudo Athie, T.J. Miller, John Gallagher Jr., and Jessica Henwick starring.

Check out the trailer on my Instagram Here.

Available Now: Teacher Shortage (2020)

Available on Amazon. A killer stalks the teachers of the English Department of Prescott High in a throwback to 80s slasher movies.

Teacher Shortage was written and directed by Troy Escamilla. Brinke Stevens, Debra Lamb, Julie Ann Prescott, Tamara Glynn, Kaylee Williams, Mel Hefflin, Roger Conners, David E. McMahon, Michael Tula, and Chris Jehnert star.

Check out the trailer on my Instagram Here.

Available Now: Ten Minutes to Midnight (2020)

Available on VOD. After being bitten by a rabid bat, a radio host is trapped in the station by a storm, reality begins to fracture.

Ten Minutes to Midnight was written by Erik and Carson Bloomquist, with Erik directing. Caroline Williams, Nicole Kang, Nicholas Tucci, William Youmans, Adam Wreppler, and Alice Kremelberg star.

Check out the trailer on my Instagram Here.

Coming Soon: Bloody Hell (2020)

Rex has a rather infamous past he’s desperate to leave behind. Thinking he can start over by fleeing the country, Rex will wind up in a much worse place.

Bloody Hell was written by Robert Benjamin and directed by Alister Grierson. Ben O’Toole, Meg Fraser, Caroline Craig, Matthew Sunderland, and Travis Jeffery star.

Check out the trailer on my Instagram Here.

Available Now: Toys of Terror (2020)

Available digitally and on Blu-Ray/DVD. An awesome clip featuring a spider going where you hope they’ll never go.

After moving into a run-down mansion with their parents, Zoe and Franklin discover a chest of toys that come to life. Soon the kids discover these toys are not here for fun.

Toys of Terror was written by Dana Gould and directed by Nicholas Verso. Kyana Teresa, Georgia Waters, Verity Marks, and Dayo Ade star.

Check out the trailer on my Instagram Here.

Coming Soon: The Strings (2020)

Upon traveling to a secluded cabin to work on her music, Catherine finds herself haunted by a mysterious entity.

The Strings was written by Krista Dzialoszynski and Ryan Glover, with Glover directing. Teagan Johnston, Jenna Schaefer, April Aliermo, and Lora Bidner star.

Check out the trailer on my Instagram Here.

Classic Clip: From Beyond (1986)

I have a list of actors that I will watch anything they do. Barbara Crampton is on that list. Her versatility as an actress is incredible. She’s been in several genre classics from Re-Animator (1985) to You’re Next (2011) to We Are Still Here (2015) and more. I have yet to see her make a bad film. From Beyond is another classic from the amazing Stuart Gordon. Barbara plays Dr. Katherine McMichaels who’s life goes off the rails when she begins to treat Dr. Crawford. Her journey eventually leads us to this memorable scene.

Upon creating a machine that can allow people to see beyond normal reality, a group of scientists are attacked by bizarre creatures.

From Beyond was written by Brian Yuzna, Dennis Paoli, and Stuart Gordon, based off the short story by H.P. Lovecraft. Stuart Gordon directed. Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ted Sorel, Ken Foree, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, and Bunny Summers star.

Check out the clip on my Instagram Here.

Coming Soon: Wrong Turn (2021)

Releasing on January 26th. So glad we’re finally getting a new Wrong Turn movie. I live 5 minutes away from West Virginia so this series has always been one of my favorites. Now I know remakes are divisive. But if you look at the Wrong Turn franchise, the quality is all over the place, as is the narrative. The first 4 movies are tied together, while the 5th and 6th seem be their own thing. Hopefully this will start the story fresh, while keeping what we love, giving the franchise fresh blood. Are you excited for the new Wrong Turn?

A group of friends hiking in the Appalachian Mountains come upon a mystery community of people called The Foundation.

Wrong Turn was written by Alan B. McElroy with Mike P. Nelson directing. Matthew Modine, Emma Dumont, Charlotte Vega, Daisy Head, Bill Sage, Valerie Jane Parker, and Tim DeZarn star.

Check out the trailer on my Instagram Here.

Classic Clip: Child’s Play 2 (1990)

CP2 is one of the best sequels to an 80s horror movies with many great moments. One of my favorite scenes is the death of Miss Kettlewell, the teacher who was nasty to Andy for no good reason. We’ve all had teachers like that, so it definitely helps us to relate to Andy more. And I love when asshole characters are killed after making life miserable for the protagonist. Sometimes it’s the best part of the movie. And Miss Kettlewell’s reaction when she realized Chucky was alive is priceless. Karma is indeed a bitch. What’s your favorite moment in Child’s Play 2?

Child’s Play 2 was written by Don Mancini and directed by John Lafia. Alex Vincent, Jenny Agutter, Christine Elise, Brad Dourif, Grace Zabriskie, and Beth Grant star.

Check out the clip on my Instagram Here. You can watch an extended version of the clip Here.

Available Now: Butchers (2020)

Available in select theaters and VOD. In the backcountry a family of horrific killers hunts anyone who crosses their path.

Butchers was written by Adrian Langley and Daniel Weissenberger, with Langley directing. Simon Phillips, Michael Swatton, Julie Mainville, Ann-Carolyne Binette, James Hicks, Nick Allan, Blake Canning, Samantha De Benedet, and Frederik Storm star.

Check out the trailer on my Instagram Here.

Available Now: Hunted (2020)

Streaming on Shudder now. Eve meets a guy in a bar, unaware he’s a psychopath. By the time she realizes the truth, she’ll have to use the forest to get her revenge.

Hunted was written by Vincent Paronnaud and Léa Pernollet, with Paronnaud directing. Lucie Debay, Arieh Worthalter, Ciaran O’Brien, and Simone Milsdochter star.

Check out the trailer on my Instagram Here.

Available Now: Sweet Home Season 1 (2020)

Streaming on Netflix. After losing his family in an accident, Hyun moves into an apartment complex that is soon under siege by monsters.

Sweet Home was written by Kim Hyung-min, Kim Kan-bi, Park So-Jeong, Hong So-ri, and Hwang Young-Chan. Based on the webtoon series. Young-woo Jang, Eung-bok Lee directed. Song Kang, Jin-wook, Lee Si-young, Do-Hyun Lee star.

Check out the trailer on my Instagram Here.

Available Now: His House (2020)

Streaming on Netflix. A young Sudanese couple receives asylum in the UK and is put in a deteriorating flat. They’re giving strict rules they must follow if they hope to be granted citizenship. However, they soon discover that the flat is haunted by something connected to their past.

His House was written and directed by Remi Weekes, based off a story by Felicity Evans and Toby Venables. Sope Dirisu, Wunmi Mosaku, Malaika Wakoli-Abigaba, Matt Smith, and Javier Botet star.

You can the trailer on my Instagram Here.

Spooktober Week 2

Spooktober Day 4: The Girl Next Door (2007)

Based off the Jack Ketchum novel of the same name, which is itself based off the murder of Sylvia Likens. This is a rather difficult movie to sit through, as its horrors are not based in the supernatural but on the terror that fellow humans inflict on each other. An aunt who takes in her two nieces, encourages a group of neighborhood boys to focus their tortures upon the eldest. The cruelty of the aunt and the boys is savage and horrific. I think a movie like this is very important for people, not just horror fans to watch. While humans are capable of good deeds, we are also capable of great evil. Sometimes even the nicest of neighbors can be the cruelest of people.

There are some scenes that are very hard to sit through. I chose a more benign scene that shows the aunt’s cruelty, but isn’t quite as tough to stomach. I have included the other scene as a bonus clip on my Tumblr for those who choose to watch it.

The Girl Next Door was written by Daniel Farrands and Philip Nutman, based off the Jack Ketchum novel. Gregory Wilson directed. William Atherton, Blythe Auffarth, Blanche Baker, and Kevin Chamberlin star.

Click Here to check out the clip on my Tumblr. And click Here for a bonus clip.

Spooktober Day 5: Drag Me to Hell (2009)

It had been many years since Sam Raimi had directed a horror movie and when news broke of Drag Me to Hell, the horror community was elated. And boy was it worth the wait. Drag was not only fantastic, but featured one of the best (if not a little gross) fight scenes in horror movie history. The brawl between Christine and Mrs. Ganush featured a very nasty moment that we all hoped would never happen to us. And for that reason it is worth highlighting.

Drag Me to Hell was written by Sam Raimi and Ivan Raimi, with Sam directing. Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver, Dileep Rao, and David Paymer star.

You can check out the clip by going to my Tumblr post Here.

Spooktober Day 6: Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1992-2000)

This is a special post that would be easier to view on my Instagram. There’s two posts located Here and Here. If you’d like to own an amazing book about the Are You Afraid of the Dark? TV show check out the Kickstarter Here.

Spooktober Day 7: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

One of a handful of remakes that surpasses the original. The 1978 remake of Invasion quickly became the definitive version and is the barometer to which subsequent remakes in 1993 and 2007 were compared to.

When people begin to complain about friends and relatives acting odd, public health inspector, Matthew Bennell dismisses it as a form mass hysteria. But soon he notice signs that something is indeed awry. He and some friends stumble onto a conspiracy of alien beings in the form of flowering pods replacing people. And they’re powerless to stop it.

It was difficult to pick just one scene to focus on, but one of my favorite scenes and one of the creepiest moments is when Matthew and his friends discover that they were about to be replaced by the pods. Matthew calls the cops now that they have evidence of what’s going on and discovers that the cops are in on the conspiracy too. The moment we discover they’re alone and have no one they can turn to is so creepy. It’s up to them to escape and reveal the conspiracy and stop the invasion. Nobody can or will help them.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers was written by W.D. Richter, based on the novel The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney. Philip Kaufman directed. Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum, Veronica Cartwright, Leonard Nimoy, Art Hindle, and Kevin McCarthy star.

Check out the clip Here. And you can check out a bonus clip Here.

Spooktober Day 8: The Ring (2002)

On October 18, 2002 The Ring debuted not only upending the horror genre, but also introducing many horror fans to Japanese horror and its tropes. It also started a trend of remaking J Horror movies for Western audiences. It’s also one of the few truly frightening PG-13 horror movies. It’s a shining example of why R-rated horror isn’t always the best. In the years to follow we soon had The Grudge, Dark Water, One Missed Call, The Eye, and several others. Some were well made and were hits. Others less so. The Ring also gave us two sequels that didn’t quite live up to this one.

There are many amazing, frightening scenes in The Ring. Number one for me is this scene. The first time you see it, it’s disturbing, in that you know something is going to happen. But then she fucking crawls out of the tv! Totally unexpected. And you know Noah is screwed. This scene alone is makes worth watching for anyone in the horror community. You can watch the clip Here.

The other moment I wanted to highlight from The Ring is the iconic tape that sets the story off. After watching it, you’ll get a phone call with a voice saying “Seven days.” It was even included as a hidden extra on the DVD release. Ironically, when I first watched it my phone actually rang right after. It was work, but talk about real life horror. If you dare, you can watch the tape Here.

In The Ring a cursed videotape leads a young single mother on a haunt for a way to stop the curse from killing her and her son in seven days.

The Ring was based off the Japanese horror film Ringu, created by Hiroshi Takahashi. Both films were based off the novel The Ring by Kôji Suzuki. Ehren Kruger wrote the screenplay, with Gore Verinski directing. Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox, David Dorfman, Amber Tamblyn, and Daveigh Chase star.

Spooktober Day 9: Friday the 13th The Final Chapter (1984)

Since I received my Friday the 13th box set from Scream Factory the other day, I thought I would highlight my favorite entry today.

Afraid the Friday the 13th series would start to lose money, Paramount hedged their bets and decided to kill Jason off. They even brought back the man who created him, Tom Savini. It was only appropriate that his creator be the one to decide his death. And he created an instantly iconic moment: Jason sliding face-first down his own machete. The Final Chapter also introduced Tommy Jarvis, who would quickly become a very important character. In addition, the cast were amazing and the kills very memorable.

Paramount’s decision paid off handsomely. On a budget of $2.6 million, The Final Chapter opened to $11.1 million, eventually grossing about $33 million. Despite what Paramount intended, Jason would soon be haunting the shores of Crystal Lake again.

Friday the 13th The Final Chapter was written by Barney Cohen, based off a story by Bruce Hidemi Sakow. The screenplay was also based off characters created by Victor Miller, Ron Kurz, Martin Kitrosser, Carol Watson, and Sean S. Cunningham. Erich Anderson, Judie Aronson, Peter Barton, Kimberly Beck, Crispin Glover, Corey Feldman, and Ted White.

To watch the clip go Here.

Spooktober Day 10: The Monster Squad (1987)

This was one of my favorite movie growing up. I was obsessed with monsters back then, so watching Dracula lead a team of them pretty much fulfilled my obsession. It’s honestly more than just a horror-version of The Goonies. There are definitely some cheesy moments, but the way the characters interact and the various storylines make for a fun movie. And the look of the various monsters by Stan Winston is incredible. I don’t think anyone else could have pulled it off as well. He truly was a genius.

When The Monster Squad debuted, it was a box off bomb. But once it his VHS and started airing on TV it gained a huge cult following. For many years the only way to watch the movie was on an old VHS released by Vestron in 1988. Rights issues kept the movie from being released on DVD until the 20th anniversary in 2007. Fan demand played a big part in making it a reality. And it was packed full of special features, making it an even nicer treat for fans. And as it stands now, we have yet to get a decent Blu-Ray release of the film. One can only hope that Arrow or Shout! Factory gets a hold of the rights and gives it a Blu-Ray we and the film deserve.

One particular scene was a favorite of mine because of how brutal Dracula was to Phoebe. He was not playing around. It gives the sense that Dracula would kill even the most innocent to get the power he craves. You can check out the clip Here.

One scene I couldn’t not share involved the squad getting attacked by the Wolfman. That iconic scene can be viewed Here.

The Monster Squad was written by Shane Black and Fred Dekker, with Dekker directing. Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Stephen Macht, Duncan Regehr, Tom Noonan, Brent Chalem, Ryan Lambert, Ashley Bank, Michael Faustino, and Mary Ellen Trainor starred.

Streaming Now: Ju-On: Origins

Streaming on Netflix now is Ju-On: Origins, a 6-episode expansion of the franchise. Written by Takashige Ichise and Hiroshi Takahashi. Directed by Shô Miyake.

Just binged it and it’s amazing. It explores the origins of the Curse and it’s connection to the house. And it’s gets more and more twisted each episode. It can be difficult to follow along at some points, so you really do have to pay attention. But it’s worth it. It gets pretty depraved as it goes on. I definitely recommend you check it out. The trailer is at My Tumblr

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