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October 14, 2012

It’s October and you know what that means…HALLOWEEN! TRICK ‘R’ TREATING! AND SCARY MOVIES! I love this month, the heat starts to break, fall arrives, everything is pumpkin flavored, endless Halloween parites, and of course watching scary movies. I LOVE scary movies, and watching them during the month of October is always gratifying.

There’s a vast variety of ‘scary movies’; comedy-horror, slashers, science-fiction, thriller, monsters, satire, supernatural, found footage, the list goes on. The next four weeks I’ll be discussing my horror movie picks of the day, why I chose it, and I why I get a kick out of watching it.

Let us continue with WEEK 2, MUUUUAHAHAHHAAHAHHAHAH!!!!!!

Oct. 8th

“Shaun of the Dead” – If this generation has a cult romantic zomedy it goes to Edgar Wright’s “Shaun of the Dead”. Perfect blend of gory scares and side splitting laughs. Simon Pegg stars and co-scripts with “Spaced” pal Wright. “Shaun…” was the feature length debut/follow-up for the BBC cult series creators of “Spaced”. It continues to be one of my favorite watches for the month of October, and is one of my favorite comedy/horror films around

Oct. 9th

“Drag Me To Hell” – In 2009, Sam Raimi released his first horror film in 17 years, and fans of the Evil Dead zen master could not have been more pleased, at least for me. “Drag Me To Hell” had all the right zings, thrills, and gross out yuck for any Evil Dead fan out there. The suspense came from the dark shadowy/sound plays, and the humor from Raimi’s classic gross-out shtick. The Evil Dead series may reign supreme standing next to this film, but it’s definitely a warm welcome for Raimi returning to genre he’s truly good at.

Oct. 10th

“The Descent” – An extremely terrifying film for one big reason, claustrophobic! Tight spaces is a big no-no for me, I hate them, I can’t stand them. The thought of being stuck in caverns miles below, not to mention being trapped with freakish cannibal humanoids, its a really mindfuck of a scary movie. It does borrow a bit of “Alien” aspects here and there, but for what it is and was when it came out, Neil Marshall’s “The Descent” was a damn good horror film. This won’t be the last Neil Marshall horror film for the month…

Oct. 11th

“Ginger Snaps” – I am a sucker for anything that has to do with werewolves. “The Wolf-Man”, “American Werewolf in London”, whatever. But, “Ginger Snaps” is a whole other element of the genre. It takes a very smart approach, by making the lyncanthropy curse as a symbolism for puberty, and for this film female puberty; when a girl becomes a woman, and how dangerous that may be. “Ginger Snaps” is dark, twisted, gory, and surprisingly funny. This another one of those horror films I find myself watching every October. Such a shame that it became o bastardized cash cow of never ending direct-to-DVD sequels, still watch the 2000 original.

Oct. 12th

“Slither” – James Gunn writes/directs this slimey slasher comedy that is a perfect homage to 80s sci-fi monster horror films. Plus, we got Nathan Fillion as a leading man, what can go there? It’s equally creepy and funny, if you’ve got the stomach for this sort of thing, “Slither” is a sick time. It still makes me squirm, and bust a gut…laughing.

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Oct. 13th

“Friday the 13th: Jason takes Manhattan” – The Jason movies are dog shit, but in the grand scheme of things it’s pretty fuckin’ epic. And the best of the loot goes to “Jason takes Manhattan”. It’s so fuckin’ bizarre, takes it all to the next level, it’s like “Predator 2”, but Jason Voorhees, well until the third act of the film that is. I’m not a crazed fan of the Jason films, but this one is just the right amount of awesome blossom.

Oct. 14th

“Alien” – Ridley Scott’s haunted house in space works brilliantly. The dark, gritty, ominous feel. Stomach churning violence, and a surprise at every turn. I just recently purchased “Prometheus” (the prologue to “Alien”), but nothing can really match up to the genius of “Alien”. It’s certainly one of the scariest sci-fi horror films to date and one of my top favorite films of all time.





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