This year I ended up watching mostly films I’ve never seen before. Some aren’t even in the genre but are arguably scary in their own right. Here are the movies I watched on DVD from Netflix, the greatest service in the world.
A good amount of gore plus a puss filled Judah Friedlander make for an interesting creature feature. Started off as the horror comedy winner of Project Greenlight.
Enough to make a grown man(ster) cry! Dogs really are a boys best friend and watching this made me think of how much I wanted to bring my own dog back to life after he passed when I was younger. Excellent animated film to show the kids!
Quicksilver Highway ★★★
For years the Manster was tortured by a memory of a made-for-TV horror movie he saw when he was but a boy. Thankfully, the Upcoming Horror Movies message board sprang to life and figured out that it was this title. Made up of two short stories presented by Christopher Lloyd.
If you hated the remake of Star Trek this one is for you. Watch as a group of desperate survivors, led by lead asshole Chris Pine, battle disease and other survivors on their way to the promised land~ a hotel on the beach.
Considered a classic by most, a well told tale of surviving in the desert. Againts worms. Giants worms. Kevin Bacon.
30 Days of Night ★★★★★
A shockingly visceral adaptation of an overrated comic book. Much more action than one would expect from a vampire flick. One of my newer favorites.
30 Days of Night: Dark Days ★★★
Doesn’t hold up to its predecessor overall, but interesting enough. Billy Walsh from Entourage shooting vampires. Nuff said.
The Return of the Living Dead ★★★
A comedy horror that used adept technology for its time to bring zombies to life. The whole thing seemed to be barely kept together by only the zaniest acting performances. Reminded me of a Troma film. One chick is nude most of the movie. No, she is not hot.
The Devil’s Backbone ★★★
I’ve been told time and again to see this “scary” movie by various horrorphiles. With Guillermo Del Toro being mentioned, I thought it was worth a go. I was dissapointed with the lack of scares but the story was decent enough for me not to completely can it. When the creepy ghost kid does show up, which is very rarely, it is pretty amusing.
13 Ghosts ★★★★★
One of my all-time favorites! Horrified me as a kid so much that I used to have nightmares about “The Jackal”. Inheriting a glass mansion from a dead relative is not as wonderful as it seems, especially when you are stalked by murderous captured lost souls. To me this remake and the original from 1960 with the trick 3D glasses are both classics!
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter ★★★
Reread that title. Now, please don’t tell me you expect much. I didn’t and I pretty much got what was coming to me. A run of the mill quick cash in movie with pretty cool vampires and Lincoln-powers, but a pretty terrible story.
Eli Roth talking about how bad this movie is on the special features is basically all that it has going for it. There are people who line up to view this drivel on the big screen year after year. There is a scene where a literal Bruce Lee impersonator (who is not in any other part of the movie) attacks the main woman, knocks her down, gets kicked in the nuts, shakes the main kid’s hand and runs off. The scene then continues on like nothing ever happened! There are plenty of baffling scenes like that throughout. However, a lot of the gory kill scenes were well done for an otherwise mindless horror film.
The Blob ★★★★
Remake of the 50’s classic which I have never seen. I honestly did not expect a movie titled “THE BLOB” to have such agonizing death scenes. Also, getting to see Kevin Dillon run around as a rat fink bad boy with a gorgeous mullet was well worth my time. By now you can probably tell that the Manster is an Entourage fan.
Drag Me to Hell ★★★★★
I saw this when it was in theaters and the second time around it was not as rewarding knowing exactly what happens in every scene. I have been a Justin Long fan ever since Jeepers Creepers and it was so good to see him in another horror movie, even if he was playing the “girlfriend” role. Twas’ a very Bruce Campbell-esque feature, probably because Sam Raimi is attached. Lots of cartoonish violence and an unforgettable ending.
I assumed this would be a dumb movie with nothing noteworthy to keep my interest. I was half right. This is a dumb plotted movie with idiotic characters but very impressive special effects and bloody goodness.
Now I have to attend to trick r’ treaters but the next post will be up soon. The Manster would pinky swear but he lost his pinkies in an alligator fight. Up next are the films I experienced in the theater as well as ones I found on Netflix Instant! Happy Halloween!!!