When October rolls around every year, I have a Horror Movie Binge. I watch horror quite often during the rest of the year, but in October I strive to watch at least one horror movie per day. Some days I watch old favorites. Other days I prowl Netflix to see what hidden treasures I can find. Since I am a kind and generous overlord…ess, I’m sharing some excellent finds and old favorites with you.
This intense thriller follows the jaded Grant Mazzy (Stephen McHattie) as he drinks his way through a small town morning radio show and pushed the limits of his producer, Sydney Briar (Lisa Houle). Grant wants to spice up the morning of these sleepy Canadians and Sydney is vehemently against his shock jock techniques. Before the two can fully come to a working understanding, something causes the residents of Pontypool to become crazed, jabbering murderers.
Chris is a crackhead squatting in a sh*tty house, shooting imaginary birds and screaming at no one. Michael is his best friend that is so determined to sober him up that he handcuffs Chris to a pipe in the house and keeps him there until the drug is out of his system. As the two friends fight and reconnect, Michael is intrigued by a mysterious story being left before him in different places around the house. I don’t want to say much more because much of the charm is derived from the unique plot.
The Entire Scream Quadrilogy
I shouldn’t even have to explain this to you. Even the worst Scream movie is better than other teen horror flicks. Sit your ass down and ENJOY.
Grave Encounters takes the found footage route, purporting to be the last recording of the crew of a paranormal investigation television show. The group arranges to film while being locked in the abandoned Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital, the supposed location of years of paranormal activity. You know where this is going, but it’s done entertainingly enough to keep you interested.
BUT YOU STAY AWAY FROM THAT Grave Encounters 2! THERE IS NOTHING GOOD THERE!!
Stephen has said it before, but it bears repeating: This film is an underappreciated gem. An asbestos abatement crew has accepted a job to clean up an old insane asylum (Danvers State Insane Asylum in Danvers, Massachusetts). Their boss, Gordon, needs the job very badly to help keep the company afloat and provide for his wife and infant daughter.
Once inside the asylum, one of the crew finds some old reel-to-reels of an interview with Mary Hobbes, a woman who lived in the asylum in the 70s. Upon discovering these interviews, strange things begin to happen to the crew. It’s much more nuanced and tense than the description would have you believe and David Caruso shouldn’t put you off either. I just hope you don’t have any friends named Simon.
The most intriguing thing about this film is how it is presented. You are seeing things through the eyes of the maniac, Frank (Elijah Wood). You only see him when there are reflections or photographs shown to Frank. It puts you right into the thick of things and close to the brutality caused by the Frank’s frayed psyche.
Frank owns a mannequin shop where he lovingly restores old mannequins to their former glory. One day an artist named Anna (Nora Arnezeder) is taking photographs of the store front and Frank invites her inside. The two become friends as Frank’s obsessions cause him to hurt more and more women.
James Gunn’s disgusting horror movie stars Nathan Fillion as Bill Pardy, officer of a small town that becomes infected with parasites after a meteorite crashes to Earth. Grant Grant (Michael Rooker) is the first to be infected, driving his wife Starla (Elizabeth Banks) to team with Bill to save the town.
This one is hilarious. Jenna Fischer, the former Mrs. Gunn, has a small part as a dippy receptionist and everyone in the cast has fun with the B-movie premise. The creature things are super gross. Like worms but worse. If you are prone to vomiting, you should probably skip this one, Puke Master.
Let The Right One In
You may only be able to watch this one once a year because of the intense bullying Oskar is made to endure during the film. Or if that stuff doesn’t bother you, maybe you can watch it weekly and enjoy the faint thumps emanating from where YOUR HEART SHOULD LIVE.
As I pointed out last week, Let The Right One In is a horror movie with a very relatable feeling at its core: loneliness. Oskar endures severe bullying at school, has no friends, is missing his father, and doesn’t confide in his mother. Eli lives a life of solitude, with no one except her caregiver for company, because no one can know that she is a vampire. You’re both relieved and pessimistic when the two find each other and the ending is gut-wrenching for several reasons.