Are you looking to hang out with a few friends on Halloween night and watch a great horror flick? Every day in October, I’ll be suggesting a film that I believe will make for excellent Halloween viewing. Whether you’re an avid celebrator or a casual observer of the holiday, these films will convey the proper mood and spirit of October. In no particular order, here’s the next entry in my list of 31 excellent movies for Halloween Night—or whenever you’re looking for a frightfully good time.
My recommendation for October 22nd is… Nightbreed.
In the 1990’s, we said goodbye to Bill Cosby Sweaters, cassette tapes, Reaganomics, Aqua Net Hairspray, Swatch Watches, and Mullets. We also said goodbye to what many consider a Golden Age of Horror, one that started with The Shining, included Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street, and wrapped up with Pet Sematary.
By most accounts, on the other hand, the 1990’s was a pretty sad period for Horror movies as the industry struggled to find a successful medium outside of the now-trite slasher formula. While no one will ever refer to the 90’s as a “Golden Age” for Horror, there were some solid stand-outs.
See my list of 10 Awesome 90’s Horror Movies after the jump.
Last Year’s Evil Dead single handedly restored my faith in “Reboots”.
It’s not as if ED is the only good reboot/remake ever done, it’s just that they are very few and far between. The vast majority of remakes, in my humble opinion, should never have been attempted. You want examples? Alphabetically: The Amityville Horror (2005), Carrie (2013), The Fog (2005), Fright Night (2011), Halloween (2007—sorry Rob Zombie, I know you tried), The Hitcher (2007), House of Wax (2005), My Bloody Valentine 3D (2009), A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010), The Omen (2006), One Missed Call (2008), Prom Night (2008), Psycho (1998), The Thing (2011), and the hideous abomination that was The Wicker Man (2006). True, there have been a handful of successful remakes (another list perhaps?) but nothing near as impressive as Evil Dead.
Yesterday I published the first half of my list: 10 Horror Films That Could Benefit from a Reboot. Read the second half after the jump.
I’m a huge fan of the film Dread, one of After Dark’s “8 Films to Die For” based on a short story by Clive Barker and masterfully directed by Anthony DiBlasi. Now DiBalasi is set to premier his second feature, Cassadaga, at Screamfest this weekend. Peep the trailer over at FilmSponge.com!