Hey,what’s up? Remember me? ahem. Well, it’s Halloween time, ghouls and boils. Load up on Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins and start instituting scary movie nights from here until the 31st – ’tis the season, ya’ll!
If you were around last year at this time, you may recall the lists Melissa put together of all of our fav Halloween horror movie pics (check ’em out here, here, here, and here ) . This year I thought I would just share with you some horror movies that I have enjoyed recently. Here we go…
The Haunting of Julia/Full Circle (1977), dir. Richard Loncraine
Mia Farrow stars as Julia, a grieving mother, who separates from her husband and moves to London following the death of their young daughter. In her new house, she is soon haunted by the ghost of a little girl, who at first she mistakes for her deceased daughter. Lonely and heartbroken, Julia reaches out to the young spirit, believing the child ghost to be in search of companionship, but as she digs up the past to learn more about the girl she discovers some troubling details.
I might have to dedicate an entire post to this movie some day soon, because I loved it so much and I’m kind of obsessed with Mia Farrow right now. This film is very slow moving and quiet, so do not watch if you are sleepy or suffering from ADD. Special mention goes to Tom Conti and his collared shirts.
Also, how many of you are feeling grateful for the Heimlich maneuver today? I am!
You can watch it online on Netflix or on YouTube here:
The Pact (2012), dir. Nicholas McCarthy
Annie reluctantly returns to her childhood home after the death of her mother and mysterious disappearance of her sister. In trying to piece together what happened, she is attacked by a ghost or is it trying to warn her? DUN DUN!
Not bad for a low budget horror flick. I watched it in the afternoon and was still scared of the closet for a couple of days. You can watch it streaming on Netflix.
The Awakening (2012), dir. Nick Murphy
In post WWI England, professional ghost debunk-er, Florence Cathcart, travels to a boarding school for boys to get to the bottom of reports that the place is being haunted by the ghost of a young boy. Almost immediately the skeptic is confronted with incidents she cannot explain away. Mysterious deaths, creepy caretakers, a hunky teacher – Florence soon unravels an unexpected truth (and Dominic West’s pants).
Think M. Night Shyamalan meets The Remains of the Day. Streaming on Netflix.
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2010), dir. Troy Nixey/writer Guillermo del Toro (or as I like to call it, Ghoulies 5)
Guy Pearce plays an architect named Alex, who is struggling to make a name for himself. He and his new girlfriend, played by Katie Holmes, move into a large old house that once belonged to a famous painter who died/disappeared under mysterious circumstances. They bring along with them, Alex’s young daughter, Sally, who isn’t too happy to be there. Not long after moving into the home, they discover a creepy basement, hear creepy voices, and are attacked by creepy little critters from the underworld.
If you like movies like Ghoulies, Critters, and Troll, you will enjoy this film. And if you’re like me, it will make you want to watch Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, because, for you, it will forever be Guy Pearce’s defining role. Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is also streaming on Netflix. Priscilla Queen of the Desert is not. Get on that, internet!
Side note – Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is actually a remake of this 1973 film, so maybe you should watch both and do a little compare and contrast:
The Cabin in the Woods (2012), dir. Drew Goddard
Hello and welcome to your new favorite movie. If you haven’t seen it already, then I suggest you repent immediately. If you do not like this movie, then we can’t be friends. I’m sorry. This is like the moment I had in the 3rd grade when I told Michelle Brewington and Billie Hardwick that A-ha wasn’t my favorite band and I was banished from their presence. I get it now. And, Billie, I’m not sorry I hit your little brother in the face with a broom and broke his nose. Now, where was I? Oh yeah.
A group of college kids go for a weekend at a cabin in the woods and all hell breaks loose. Literally. This refreshing twist on an old formula has it all – killer redneck zombies, murderous mermen, homicidal unicorns, conspiracies, demons, werewolves – just to name a few. If you’ve ever thought of it or been scared of it, it’s in here. Fans of Joss Whedon (he co-wrote and produced this baby) will see lots of beloved, familiar faces. It’s streaming on Netflix.
My Amityville Horror (2012) documentary, dir. Eric Walter
This documentary focuses on Daniel Lutz, real life survivor of the actual Amityville haunting. Daniel recounts the events from his childhood as this documentary attempts to separate fact from fiction.
I won’t lie, this documentary will make you feel sad and depressed, but then you’ll want to rewatch the 1979 film based on the book written about the Lutz family’s experiences. It’s streaming on Netlflix. Also, Lorraine Warren appears in this documentary. If you’re a fan of hers, this will make you love her even more.
The Amityville Horror (1979), dir. Stuart Rosenberg
The Conjuring (2013), dir. James Wan
Speaking of Lorraine Warren – this movie focuses on the Warrens’ investigation of a haunted farm house. Based on a true story. According to the hype, this incident was so terrible for the Warrens and the family, that neither wanted to talk about it until now. Eh? Eh? How’s that for juicy?
I’m not a fan of the Saw movies, so I was a little skeptical about all the praise The Conjuring was getting after I heard it was the same director. I’m not one for cheap scares and modern slasher gore, but this film is actually well done. Color me surprised, but The Conjuring turned out to be a quality film and genuinely scarey. I even screamed out loud. More than once (maybe I’m getting wimpy in my old age). Sure there are cheesy moments, but that’s all part of the genre. After you’ve watched we can discuss the following:
2. Forming an “I love Lorraine” fan club
3. How wonderful Lili Taylor is
The Possession (2012), dir. Ole Bornedal
Jeffrey Dean Morgan should always play concerned dads in horror films. It is his calling. JDM plays a divorced dad of two young girls, Hannah and Emily. He and his ex-wife split time with the girls and argue a lot about how they should be raised. The youngest daughter buys an old box at a garage sale. Turns out the box contains an evil spirit and it soon begins to influence little Emily until she opens the box and the evil spirit starts to possess her. Watching Emily’s slow transformation is a delight. That kid deserves all kinds of prizes and high-fives for being incredibly awesome. After watching this film you will want to say, “She’s still hungry” in a creepy voice at least once a week. Also, did I mention there are a shit ton of moths? What can be scarier than that? Seriously. Anytime you add moths to the mix and you will have me twitching in my sleep for years.
Mama (2013), dir. Andres Muschietti
Jamie Lannister, I mean, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, plays twin bros in this movie about a man who takes in his dead twin brother’s two girls, who are found living alone in an abandoned cabin in the woods five years after their father murdered their mother and killed himself. The girls have a difficult time adjusting to normal life and living with Lucas and his girlfriend, Annabel. As the girls start opening up, they hear an awful lot about an imaginary person they call “Mama.” Is Mama real and has she followed the girls to their new home?
Not the most intelligent film of all time, but definitely entertaining. Also, what is scarier than feral children? Also, there are moths. Did I mention how scary moths are? Also, you will wish you had a “Mama” at your beck and call to do all your revenge work for you.