Let’s Get Crazy on Halloween 2020 – Apply to be paid $1,000 to watch 24 hours of horror movies

I “applied” and so can you — Halloween is a Saturday and watching 24 hours of horror movies is right up my alley, I should pay them just to be able to participate!

I’ve done blogathons in the past. Can honestly say I’ve never done a 24 hour straight watchathon.

Was looking at the Star Wars movie marathon in the theaters when Rise of Skywalker came out and was intrigued and interested. This particular challenge doesn’t require leaving my house, not sure if that’s a pro or con.

In a blogathon for 24 hours you write and posts blog posts. Seemed easier to me than it actually was, particularly toward the final six hours when the tank gets beyond empty and your brain goes into mush mode.

The dream teams at CableTV.com and HighSpeedInternet.com are partnering up to pay one lucky horror flick aficionado $1,000 to watch a nonstop, 24-hour movie marathon on a streaming service of their choice. If a night of #nosleep, coffee, and gallons of fake blood sounds like more of a dream than a nightmare, this job is right up your (dark, abandoned) alley. 

Get Paid $1,000 to Watch 24 Hours of Horror Movies This Halloween

This horror watching on Halloween movie challenge, however, is a bloody sharp opportunity to choose 13+ horror movies on various streaming channels and tweet and blog the fun. I mean, think about the run times, about 1.5 hours per movie .. it’s just about perfect for 13+ movies. With the right pre-planning exactly 13 movies could be chosen for a perfectly superstitious movie count.

24 hours x 60 minutes = 1440 minutes
divided by 90 minutes (average estimated movie)
= 16 movies!

What 13 movies would I choose? That I have to think more about for certain, but I just surfed around Shudder’s Newly Added List and quickly picked out 13 horror movies I’d like to watch or rewatch (in no particular order):

  1. 91 minutes – Mohawk (2018)
  2. 94 minutes – The Cleansing Hour (2020)
  3. 96 minutes – The Deeper You Dig (2020)
  4. 89 minutes – The Masque of Red Death (1964)
  5. 85 minutes – From Beyond (1986)
  6. 100 minutes – Rabbit (2018)
  7. 100 minutes – Starfish (2018)
  8. 102 minutes – Fade To Black (1980)
  9. 83 minutes – 30 Miles From Nowhere (2020)
  10. 89 minutes – The Evil (1978)
  11. 94 minutes – Mortuary (1983)
  12. 89 minutes – One Dark Night (1983)
  13. 81 minutes – Random Acts of Violence (2020)

= 1193 minute

Bonus movies to round out 1,440 minutes

14. 92 minutes – Hellmaster (1992)
15. 108 minutes – Uncaged (2016)

= 1,393 minutes

This would leave like 40+ minutes for bathroom pause and breaks throughout the day. Again, these aren’t necessarily the movies I’d watch if chosen, but maybe they would be, who knows?

Want to apply?

Yes, you can apply, too. It’s not about the money to me, but if they pick me and want to pay, I’m not going to turn down a thousand bones for doing something I love doing anyway. It’s about watching and enjoying horror movies.

You get 100 words for them to decide why you should be the one they choose. I made sure my precisely 100 words were exactly 666 characters.

Muhaahahahahaha!

FIRST LOOK: Creepshow (Animated TV Special) – Shudder

Creepshow Season 1 is available on Shudder, Creepshow Season 2 is now filming

Some exciting horror-related news dropped 9/24 concerning the anthology Creepshow series at Shudder. The announcement came originally via a Shudder tweet which was promptly picked up by various news sources, including Bloody-disgusting further below.

While we knew that Creepshow Season 2 filming was delayed due to the pandemic (it has since started filming in Atlanta), we didn’t know they were secretly working on a fully animated Creepshow TV special that will contain two stories from the Stephen King family in time for Halloween 2020!

Shudder details. “Though Greg Nicotero and his team are hard at work shooting season 2 (coming in 2021), they’ve crafted a fully animated Creepshow special for us just in time for Halloween, featuring two tales to die for: “Survivor Type,” based on the short story by Stephen King and adapted by Nicotero, stars Kiefer Sutherland (24, Designated Survivor) as a man determined to stay alive alone on a deserted island no matter what the cost. “Twittering from the Circus of the Dead,” based on the short story by Joe Hill and adapted by Melanie Dale, stars Joey King (The Kissing Booth, The Act) as a teen whose family road trip includes a visit to the gravest show on earth. (Also available on Shudder Canada, Shudder UK and Shudder ANZ).”

“Creepshow” Animated Special Coming to Shudder in October; Based on Stephen King and Joe Hill Tales! – Bloody Disgusting

Am not familiar with Joe Hill’s story, but am very familiar with “Survivor Type” from King’s collection, Skeleton Crew (an awesome name for a horror short story collection, btw).

Creeepshow showrunner Greg Nicotero has been trying to figure out how to adapt King’s “Survivor Type” on a budget for quite some time. This was the very first story King and Nicotero discussed being adapted. As it turns out King’s story “Gray Matter” was used instead for season one.

Nicotero says he realized very quickly that they couldn’t shoot the script in a way that would do it justice. “We couldn’t go to the beach to shoot, because we didn’t have the cash to do it,” he reveals. “So after a little bit of struggling back and forth, I went to my production team and just said, ‘Guys, we’re not going to be able to make this script right. I don’t want to shoot it on a lake and then digitally erase all of the trees, or shoot it in a parking lot with a blue screen behind it.’”

Creepshow Showrunner Reveals “Lost” Stephen King Episode Details

Apparently the animated route was the way to get this project completed. No idea what the quality of the animation will be like (the first season animation segments received mixed reviews), but I remember reading the original graphic novel of the first movie. Great stuff. You can still find that out there on Amazon in both print and Kindle versions (recommended!).

If you’re looking for great horror graphic novels to read, Creepshow is recommended

Speaking of books, there is a new young adult paperback just released this month called Creepshow: The Taker. It’s not aimed at adults, so keep that in mind. Not sure if it a graphic novel either, so adult buyers beware. You can search Amazon and other booksellers to find if interested.

Back to the animated special we’re spotlighting in this post.

Also announced, Kiefer Sutherland, who’s last role in anything by Stephen King was playing Ace in Stand By Me, is the voice actor for the shipwrecked doctor in “Survivor Type.” Jack Bauer meets Stephen King, oh yeah. Joey King (no relation to Stephen King), the actress will be the voice actor for Joe Hill’s story.

If this special episode goes over well, maybe we’ll get a full season order of a Creepshow animated series from Shudder? I’d be interested in a full series. They can make animated episodes on a lower budget than live action, so why not? I remember reading that each episode of Star Trek The Animated Series (1973) were created on a budget of $75,000 per episode — and that included the voice actor fees. They can’t do it that inexpensively in 2020, but it shows the budgetary requirements, not to mention pandemic restrictions, favor animated productions.

Creepshow: The Animated TV Special will stream exclusively on Shudder on October 26, 2020.

FIRST LOOK: Freaky

Theaters: Nov 13, 2020

Vince Vaughn has been showing his acting versatility. He does more than the sarcastic comedy role. I was a bit surprised — in a good way — by the brutal nature of his participation in Brawl In Cell Block 99, and now he’s starring in a horror-comedy vehicle from Blumhouse called, Freaky.

…can’t say director Christopher Landon doesn’t have a vision. With Happy Death Day and its sequel, the filmmaker mined a comedic concept for horror (without excising the comedic component). Now, he’s doing it again. Freaky takes the body-swap gimmick popularized by Freaky Friday and asks what might happen if a bullied teen girl switched bodies with a hulking serial killer.

Freaky trailer: Freaky Friday, but horror

The official trailer:

Character running from slasher says, “You’re black, I’m gay, we are soooo dead!”

This looks pretty entertaining and the release date, although happening after Halloween, seems well-placed.

Blumhouse, at least from attempts (not always execution) is just knocking it out of the park with horror subgenres, remakes, anthologies, they’re all over the horror map making the studio a name to reckon with in the space. Looking very forward to seeing this one, you?

Freaky is opening wide in theaters on Friday the 13th, November 2020

FIRST LOOK: The Empty Man (2020)

FIRST LOOK Friday continues with …

Hey, it’s a horror movie coming in August, maybe, to theaters. At least it hasn’t been delayed as of this writing, so I’m bravely previewing it. The film was announced first in 2016 and has taken a leisurely path to release. It hasn’t had a bunch of delays and moves, however, so maybe — assuming theaters are back open next month — will release as currently planned.

What’s it about?

A terrifying entity may be responsible for a string of mysterious disappearances in a small Midwestern town.

Everything You Need to Know About The Empty Man Movie (2020)

I couldn’t locate an official trailer for this film from 20th Century (now owned by Disney), but it is based upon the Boom Studios comic by Cullen Bunn. Haven’t read the comic, but do like the story description:

…a dystopic version of the world we know, where a terrifying disease has taken on almost deific connotations. The cause is unknown, and the symptoms include fits of rage, hideous hallucinations, suicidal dementia, followed by death, or a near lifeless, “empty” state of catatonia. As cults rise nationwide, the FBI and CDC enter a joint investigation of the Empty Man, hoping to piece together clues to stop the cults and uncover a cure … THE EMPTY MAN comic book series delivers terrifying new horrors, perfect for new readers and longtime fans alike,

The Empty Man #1 First Look – Boom Studios!

As of this writing the comic series first 6 issues are available for $9.99 at Google Play (regularly price buying each issue separately costs $18, so better deal to buy the volume 1 series). I haven’t read the series, just reporting one place you can find the series at. I didn’t check any other sources than Google Play, so maybe Comixology has as part of their unlimited deal. Subscribers should always check there first.

I’m interested in reading this comic series and seeing the movie. I don’t know if I’ll have time to do it before the movie comes out, though. More and more movies these days are being adapted from comics and graphic novels.

The Empty Man as of this writing is scheduled to open wide in theaters on August 7, 2020.

FIRST LOOK: Scare Package – Shudder

Those who have been reading this blog and/or following our reviews know that I’m a huge horror fan.

Anthology horror is a niche within that really hits close to home. Just love horror shorts. Movies like Stephen King and George Romero’s Creepshow and John Carpenter’s Body Bags are a bullseye for my viewing interest.

Shudder made Creepshow into a TV series in 2019 (see: TV REVIEW: Creepshow Season 1 Episodes Reboot by Shudder – 12 Stories, 6 Episodes All Rated and Reviewed (no spoilers)) and they are gearing up for season 2 later in fall 2020. They are also working on scripts for season three.

In Scare Package, we’re treated to seven horror shorts that take a jab at horror tropes. I’m not as big a fan of humor in horror, preferring to be scared over being made to laugh, but still I’m liking the teaser and movie info here.

The movie starts with Chad Buckley, the lonely owner of Rad Chad’s Horror Emporium, who whiles away the hours bickering with his only customer. When a job applicant shows up unexpectedly, Chad takes it upon himself to teach the newbie the rules of horror movies. As Chad narrates, he spins a series of grisly, gory tales that spring to life as mini movies, each directed by a different filmmaker. The cast includes Noah Segan (Knives Out), wrestling legend Dustin Rhodes, Toni Trucks (SEAL Team) and Hawn Tran (Watchmen), among others.

How to watch the horror-comedy anthology ‘Scare Package’
on Shudder – cleveland.com

Trailer:

7 directors, 7 stories with runtime of 107 minutes. Simple math tells me that an average of 15 minutes per short. Depending on the complexity of the shorts, this could present a quick, nasty bite in the dark. Again, I’m concerned about how much it leans on humor. It’s easier to create humor-horror than scary horror. Definitely going to check this out. Good news? It’s available as of this writing for Shudder subscribers.

Scare Package is available to stream here on Shudder as of June 18, 2020.

TV REVIEW: Bloodride Season 1 – All 6 Episodes Rated and Reviewed

Somehow I missed this Norwegian anthology horror TV series, Bloodride on Netflix released Friday the 13th – March 13, 2020. There are six episodes total with one story per episode.

The basic concept follows a bus with a creepy driver (is that Mr. Death?) with each passenger getting off at a stop being a new story.

This is a show that I would have been very excited to watch on its release. Alas, I’ve been digging around in the streaming services lately and quickly uncovered this and other shows I’d like to watch. The watchlist grows!

These are SPOILER reviews, by the way, so if you enjoy anthology horror shows, go check this out on Netflix and come back afterwards. Am I recommending watching? Yes, especially for those who enjoy anthology horror.

… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS ahead …

Episode 1 – “Ultimate Sacrifice”
Air date: March 13, 2020
Run time: 31 minutes

A couple moves out of the city due to financial problems. They soon notice a lot of neighbors oddly cuddling their animals.

Out in the woods one day, the wife observes one of the animals being killed on a sacrificial stone. She is told how sacrifices can lead to a huge windfall of money. Soon, the woman learns the darker secret between sacrifice, bonding and earning greater rewards.

This was a curious story to kick off the series. Those turned off by animal violence might cringe, but no real animals were harmed. It’s the kind of visceral imagery, however, that will disgust and disturb viewers. I liked the episode.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Episode 2 – “Three Sick Brothers”
Air date: March 13, 2020
Run time: 27 minutes

Three brothers are heading to a cabin in the woods. They pick up a woman to party with them. As the party gets more intense, we learn one of the brothers just got out of a mental hospital. Meanwhile, his mom is trying to catch up with him to deliver the truly mental news.

This episode, despite the numerous twists and turns doesn’t quite have the shock value of the first one. It’s entertaining enough, but there are far better stories.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Episode 3 – “Bad Writer”
Air date: March 13, 2020
Run time: 27 minutes

Student and teacher in sort of a grudge match of words on the computer that can literally come to life.

Not sure if this is a nod to Stephen King or what, but he’s been all over this type of story before. And his writing was better.

Points for the laptop turning into a chomp-hungry mouth. That’s a great visual. It’s a little like going the bathroom and having a fear of something reaching up.

The dubbing in this episode is terrible. It’s really pretty bad in the whole series, in fact. It’s so jarring hearing someone talk and a mouth not move.

Not a fan of this episode, kinda mediocre.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️

Episode 4 – “Lab Rats”
Air date: March 13, 2020
Run time: 32 minutes

An executive tries to figure out who is leaking intel on their secret project. He traps key members of his staff in a chamber in the building and sadistically turns on gas. He leaves them with a clue as to how they can find the clue and get out.

Ah, another one of those delicious little table turning tales (say that three times fast).

“If you love me, you’ll get out in no time.”

Bam! That’s the best line of dialogue in this corporate horror tale.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Episode 5 – “The Old School”
Air date: March 13, 2020
Run time: 28 minutes

A woman searches for answers in what happened to the children at an old school.

Chalkboards that write on themselves. Those who like ghosts and spirits in eerie locations will have something to bite into here. Me? This was the weakest episode of the six, although fans of children ghost stories might enjoy.

Dug the violent ending, however.

Rating: ⭐️½

Episode 6 – “The Elephant in the Room”
Air date: March 13, 2020
Run time: 27 minutes

An office costume party from hell. An awkward speech by the boss about how good the company did and then sort of segues into what happened to one of their fellow employees, Martha.

William in development is the person wearing the Dumbo-like costume, right? Helene and William were working on a project and then Martha just “fell” on her face. A freak, bizarre accident.

Horrific use of a paper cutter. Ouch, I could feel that. They should have gone all the way with this angle. Use different typical office items for creative kills.

A twist ending works best when you don’t see the twist coming. Kinda did here. Overall, though I was entertained and enjoyed.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Summary of Season 1

The bus idea could have been exploited a bit more in at least one of the episodes. Instead, it’s just a way to introduce a character in the story. A wraparound bus driver or bus story would have been cool. Similar to how paintings were used in Rod Serling’s Night Gallery. Then again, cool concept having the bus with people being dropped off having different stories.

I don’t know if Netflix will greenlight another season of this series, but it is a competitor to Shudder’s Creepshow. Not as good, mind you, but has potential.

Overall season 1 rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Shudder Promo Codes FREE 30 Day Subscription (LIMITED TIME ONLY!) – Watch The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs Season 2

Friday night fright time!

Shudder.com promo codes for 1 free month subscription: use JERICHO or SHUTIN.

As mentioned in our streaming picks for this week (see:WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #17 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, Shudder, Vudu, Peacock, DCU), the live Shudder event — Last Drive In with Joe Bob Briggs — starts tonight Friday 4/24/2020 at 6pm PT (GMT-8), which is like 30 minutes from this post, so that code will get you into the service absolutely FREE.

You will need a credit card and be sure to choose the “monthly membership” option on the right (default is annual subscription). You won’t be charged anything, however, if you cancel before your 30 days of free membership expires. If you like horror, you’ll probably want to hang around and see what else is brewing in the bloody cauldron.

Wrestler Chris Jericho is joining Joe Bob Briggs as a guest host tonight.

And for the second, I’ll be joined in the co-hosting chair by the amazing Chris Jericho, first All Elite Wrestling world champion and perhaps the most famous wrestler in the world right now, in both the United States and Japan, not to mention frontman for the metal band Fozzy. Why would Jericho be joining me for the first episode of the nine-week Last Drive-In season? Because he’s also the world’s foremost expert on Bloodsucking Freaks.

Joe Bob Briggs Tells Fans What to Expect in THE LAST DRIVE-IN Season 2: Electric Boogaloo! – Dread Central

I haven’t seen Bloodsucking Freaks the second film and we have no idea what the first film will be. Joe Bob’s Last Drive-In is a double feature every Friday at 6pm PT (GMT-8).

Reddit/Shudder is having a watch-a-long with chat through Discord. You can join the fun here: https://discord.gg/sHyjrdQ

Note: if you come to this post in the future, the Shudder promo codes may no longer work. Be sure to subscribe to this blog so you can get notified for posts like this. Thank you for reading and happy horror watching to you!

Jordan Peele Rumored Interested In Will Smith for new Horror Film?

Bad Boys For Life ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I’m not one to dismiss wild ideas, but either Jordan Peele is even more genius than so far he appears to be for this, or badly off base. Definitely I don’t want to bet against Peele’s talent, but this rumored idea — and it’s just that, a rumor — seems pretty out there.

Already I’m nervous about Chris Rock in a freaking Saw movie (see: FIRST LOOK: Spiral: From the Book of Saw), but Will Smith in a horror. Will Smith? I don’t know. Not even sure if Will Smith knows (see: Will Smith in 2007 Described His Acting as “slightly above average”)

Not only would having an A-list star like Smith in the lead create more interest and visibility for the project, but the horror genre would mark unproven ground for the actor. Too often it seems as though Will Smith coasts by on his natural charisma without really sinking his teeth into a character and a collaboration with Jordan Peele would no doubt mark an exciting change of pace.

Jordan Peele Reportedly Eyeing Will Smith To Star In His New Horror Film

Am not totally against the concept because sometimes the wildest mismatches work creatively (hello, remember Uncut Gems ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ with Adam Sandler in a frenetic thriller?), also I’m reminded that Will Smith was great in Ali ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ , so maybe he’ll be really good in a horror movie.

Here’s my piece of advice should this project come to fruition: keep the budget low. Considering Will Smith will command probably double digit millions to star in the film, that might make this more challenging, but producers should remember that star power does not always guarantee a hit movie — cough, Gemini Man⭐️⭐️, cough.

What do you think of Will Smith in a horror movie? Right genre for him? Have to wait and see? Curious?

Classic Scares + October 2019 Horror Challenge Completed

ROKU Hallowee-themed design in 2019

Any serious overall “best of” list of horror that omits at least some classic films is lacking. Claude Rains in The Invisible Man . Boris Karloff as Frankenstein. Lon Chaney Jr. magical transformation in The Wolfman. Bela Lugosi as Dracula. My oh my these monster movies are fantastic! I’m sure there are some people who watch and think, “I’d rather watch Saw!” or “Where is the gore?” but when you are scared with little to no blood and gore, that is very much horror, too.

Other horror classification posts in October 2019 include:

Next Halloween there are many other types that will be interesting to explore along with films that fit these subgenres.

October 2019 Challenge — Completed the challenge on 10/26/2019, but kept adding on movies after that.

GOAL: Watch and review 66+ horror films

This was a little more challenging mentally — but a lot of fun — than I thought it would be at the first of the month watching that many horror films. October is a great month every year which culminates in my second favorite holiday: Halloween!

Roku has some nice Halloween-themed decorations (pictured at top of this post). Also like how Letterboxd, made the raining blood logo:

2019 Halloween-themed Letterboxd has dripping blood logo

Below you’ll find the complete list of horror movies watched in October 2019.

I watched the 66th movie, which was Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers ⭐️⭐️½ on 10/26/2019. There were some additional bonus horror movies watched after that.

  1. Psycho ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. Halloween ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  4. The Invisible Man ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  5. Silence of the Lambs ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  6. The Thing ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  7. Rosemary’s Baby ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  8. Doctor Sleep ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  9. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  10. The Wolf Man ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  11. The Birds ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  12. Re-Animator⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  13. Body Bags ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  14. Tales From The Hood ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  15. The Devil’s Rejects ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  16. X: The Man With The X-Ray Eyes  ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  17. Phantasm ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  18. Scream ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  19. The Ruins ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  20. Rabid ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  21. Dead & Buried ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  22. Child’s Play (1988) ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  23. House of 1000 Corpses ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  24. Rubber⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  25. The Wax Mask⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  26. Children of the Corn (1984) ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  27. The Human Centipede ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  28. Zombieland 2: Double Tap ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  29. The Changeling ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  30. Haunt ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  31. Leprechaun 3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  32. Magic ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  33. Severance ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  34. The Furies ⭐️⭐️⭐
  35. T️he Nightshifter⭐️⭐️⭐
  36. City of the Living Dead ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  37. Leprechaun In The Hood ⭐️⭐️⭐
  38. Nightmare Cinema ⭐️⭐️⭐
  39. Hands Of The Ripper ⭐️⭐️⭐
  40. The Taking of Deborah Logan ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  41. Noroi: The Curse ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  42. Demons 2 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  43. Tremors ⭐️⭐️ ½
  44. Escape Room ⭐️⭐️ ½
  45. Tales from the Darkside ⭐️⭐️½
  46. Twilight Zone: The Movie ⭐️⭐️½
  47. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers ⭐️⭐️½
  48. Terrified ⭐️⭐️½
  49. Demons ⭐️⭐️ ½
  50. Hell House LLC ⭐️⭐️½
  51. Belzebuth ⭐️⭐️½
  52. Countdown ⭐️⭐️½
  53. The Last House on the Left (1972)⭐️⭐️
  54. A️pt Pupil ⭐️⭐️
  55. Freddy vs. Jason ⭐️⭐️
  56. The Blair Witch Project ⭐️⭐️
  57. Creepshow 2 ⭐️⭐️
  58. Chernobyl Diaries ⭐️⭐️
  59. Aftermath ⭐️⭐️
  60. The Witch in the Window ⭐️⭐️
  61. Gwen ⭐️⭐️
  62. Slugs ⭐️½
  63. Needful Things ⭐️½
  64. Would You Rather⭐️½
  65. Rattlesnake ⭐️½
  66. Amsterdamned ⭐️½
  67. Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl⭐️½
  68. A.M.I ⭐️½
  69. Firestarter ⭐️
  70. Maximum Overdrive ⭐️
  71. The Human Centipede 2⭐️
  72. Yiy ⭐️
  73. You Can’t Kill Stephen King ½
  74. Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers ½ ️

There are plenty of horror movies I didn’t watch this year, so stay tuned in Halloween 2020 and beyond. A bunch more Stephen King films, including The Shining., The Exorcist, The Amityville Horror, The Omen, Nightmare on Elm Street, more of the Universal horror movies (Frankenstein, Dracula, etc) and the horror list goes on and on. It will take years to rewatch them all, plus they are adding new ones every year.

So, if I missed reviewing some of your personal horror favorites, please let me know in the comments what else you’d like me to watch (or rewatch if I’ve already seen). I’ve probably seen more than a 1,000 horror movies in my lifetime so far (25 horror years times 40 years = 1,000 movies, and I know I’ve watched more than an average of 25 horror movies every year).

Happy Halloween to al1!

The History Of Horror Films

One of the most famous horror scenes ever: the Psycho shower scene

Scare me.

Horror hasn’t always been about blood and guts being spilled. Perhaps some fans would define the “best” horror that way, but for me the best is whatever makes me feel fear. From a historical perspective, certain types of films have been prominent, also highlighting real life and fears of the time (EXAMPLE. alien invasion and nuclear war).

I’m sure this can, has and will always be debated, but being a horror fan to me, means appreciating, enjoying and being entertained by horror no matter what era it comes from.

HOW TELEVISION HAS CHANGED

Television has changed immensely since the 1950s. That and movie theaters were once the only way to view horror. Television and the edited versions from the theater with commercials added. Soon, came cable TV and soon premium channels like HBO (1972) to break up the ABC, NBC, CBS and independent model.

In 1975 the ability to record TV and then fast forward through the commercials via Betamax (eventually replaced by VHS and then DVD and then Bluray and then UHD) and then, wow, the ability to buy and watch the movies with no commercials.

THE INTERNET

And then in the 1990s the internet changed everything with TV again.

Today, my TV is getting the content not via antenna over the air or via cable, it’s all coming through the internet. Streaming channels have broken up and divided the massive movie libraries and distribute movies on a rotating cycle (some licenses are here, then there, then there, and then back here, and so on).

BUYING MOVIES HAS CHANGED, TOO

There was a time when we bought and collected DVDs like crazy. We built a library of over 700 movies before we stopped, realizing new, better formats would always be coming out, thus making our current library inferior format (and they did — Bluray, UHD, 4k, soon to be 8k and who knows what else is coming!).

Ang Lee just filmed Gemini Man⭐️⭐️ that few can even see in the native format, and only a small, few theaters can come close to screening. There arent’ any home players or televisions that can view the native format yet, either.

There will be. And in 5-10 years, what Ang Lee used to make his film will not be bleeding edge. There will be something new. Perhaps even in a few years when James Cameron rolls out all his new Avatar sequels.

At some point I realized there is a technology treadmill that I was working to buy the same content in a better format. And, so I’ve mostly stopped the neverending hamster wheel of buying content and focused more on only buying the heavily rewatchable movies. That list is much, much smaller. Those movies I’ll rebuy in better formats and/or just buy to stream for convenience wherever there is an internet connection.

Back to eras. The different eras.

So how are “classics” being defined? Any movie produced in the 1960s and earlier.

1960s and earlier

The era of Hitchcock’s superb movies Psycho and The Birds are classics. Horror in the classics era wasn’t about gore and blood, although there were some bloody horror movies. Depending on how far back we go in time, it was more about the creature, monster, the psychotic killer. Why did they kill and when were they killing vs. showing very much of how the killing occurred. An argument could be made that this type of “leave the details up to the viewer’s imagination remain the most frightening.

1970s – 1980s

In my era growing up, the 1970s and 1980s, John Carpenter’s Halloween and Friday the 13th were the “new” horror and sequels to these films could be expected at somewhat predictable intervals (every few year on Halloween, another Halloween movie). We enjoyed Stephen King and a wide variety of slasher films as fodder for nightmares, it’s the original classic films that jump started my first interest and excitement in horror movies. Showing more graphic gory kills began in these two eras, while in the past the horror was less visual and more psychological.

1990s

Then came the 1990s, the torture, game and birth of amateur/found footage horror era. The cringe horror era which seemed to focus more on self-mutilation at the hands of some sadistic mastermind (Saw) and/or a bunch of strangers brought together to figure out how they got to some strange place (Cube). Slasher mashups with mystery and horror (Scream). More of a thinking scary type of horror here. Creative ways to maim and kill people highlighted.

2000s – current

In 2000s and forward we’ve seen more technology/internet horror as well as a continued resurgence in reboots and remakes and more found footage and amateur film “real” horror. I would challenge this era among the weakest and least scary of innovative horror types.

I liked what Rob Zombie tried to do when rebooting Halloween, but it isn’t (and probably can’t be) as good as the original. It might take 100+ years before any worthwhile reboot/remake could be done with any great success. They are trying with Chucky. I think the continuation of sequels, like they’re doing with Halloween is a better path. It’s tough remaking horror when the original — the strong feeling and emotion of the original — burns fresh in the mind of people still alive.

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