Time for some more horror movies! We are going to start with some more movies currently streaming on Netflix, and then talk about some that are on HBO right now. The descriptions are from imdb.com. So, let's get scary! First, from Netflix:
"Roger Cobb is a Vietnam vet whose career as a horror novelist has taken a
turn for the worse when his son Jimmy mysteriously disappears while
visiting his aunt's house. Roger's search for Jimmy destroys his
marriage and his writing career. The sudden death of his aunt brings
Roger back to the house where his nightmares began. The evil zombies in
the house force Roger to endure a harrowing journey into his past."
starting off with a blast from the past. Straight from 1985...its one
part horror, one part comedy, and chock full of giant puppet monsters.
And it has George Wendt and Richard Moll in it!! (aka- Norm from Cheers,
and Bull from Night Court) If you're old like me (Ha) or you are one of
those young folks that didn't live through the 80s, but likes the
decade anyway (like my kid) then this is a must for your Halloween party
2. Lovely Molly
next two movies have a common theme going for them. A girl goes back to
an old family home, and suddenly she remembers things she wish she
hadn't, and ghostly occurrences are taking over her life. Lovely Molly
is a really shocking movie, though. It is scary and disturbing on a
psychological level. And forewarning-this is a very adult content kind
of film. Lots of nudity, many sex scenes, and even ghostly rape scenes.
This is one that will stick with you, though. Gretchen Lodge plays Molly
beautifully, and the film is legitimately scary. But it will disturb
3. Silent House
This handles a
similar theme as the previous movie, but it is far less graphic. I
don't think there was any nudity at all in this. The content however, is
pretty adult, so its another I wouldn't watch with kids. It was very
good and creepy, but of the two movies, Lovely Molly is scarier to me.
is a classic. It's black and white, and silent, so don't expect great
special effects...it was made in 1922. But this is the original Dracula
movie, and for its time, this was awesome. If you're in to classic
cinema, or you're open-minded enough to give this old film some love,
you will not be disappointed. Max Schreck was so good in this, that some
people believed he really was a vampire. Well, maybe people were more gullible back then, but anyway- this is a must see for dedicated horror fans.
was pretty creepy and bizarre. I wasn't sure what in the heck was going
on for quite a while, but I knew it was creeping me out. Clive Owen is
pretty good in this, and Hollow-Face was a scary monster. The whole
thing ends up being very mind-trippy, and surprising. I say watch it.
6. The Prophesy
This was a great movie. Christopher Walken and
Eric Stoltz are fantastic as the angels- Gabriel and Simon. Viggo
Mortenson is Lucifer- what else could you want in a movie? The premise
is- Heaven is at war- the angels have been fighting each other since the
time when Lucifer first challenged God, and the war has been
devastating to both sides. The souls of a few humans could change the
course of the war and mean either salvation or devastation to humanity,
and both sides have sent soldiers to secure their own interests. This is
not a straight horror movie, rather it's a religious-themed thriller
with horror elements. Well worth the watch, though.
7. The Frighteners
This is another blast from the past. Michael J.
Fox plays a psychic who has been using his abilities to talk to the
dead to run scams. However, he runs into a real evil spirit who was a
serial killer in life, and is bent on resuming his work in the after
life. Only Fox's character can solve the mystery behind the string of
deaths and stop the spirit before he kills again. This is more comedy
than horror, but it's a fun watch and perfect for Halloween party
8. The Amityville Haunting
UGH. This film was a waste of time. The "found
footage" is so jumpy and awful. They made the middle-school age child
the supposed videographer...and it looks like a child actually DID film
this. The acting was atrocious as well. It was boring and jumpy and
eventually I was so sick of watching it, I turned it off. Did not even
9. The Skeleton Key
This creeped me out so bad when I first saw it! There is no real gore,
and only a few violent scenes, but they work the suspense of this right
up to the end, and it had me hooked. There is voodoo and evil spirits
and some twist ending work going on. I loved it, and I've watched it
several times. It has become a new favorite of mine.
And now from HBO GO:
10. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
"Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers
vampires are planning to take over the United States. He makes it his
mission to eliminate them."
I have mixed feelings about this. I
think the movie was pretty good, had some scary moments...I think the
actor who played Abe Lincoln did a fine job. However, I read the book,
and absolutely LOVED the book. This movie just is not as good. They left
out LOTS of scenes from the book that made it fantastic, and they
reorganized events a bit to fit into a film. I know that movies are
never as good as the books, but...I wanted this one to be. I really did.
If you have never read it, you'll probably feel more favorable toward
this than I do. It really is quite creepy and very unique.
11. Dead Silence
sounded ridiculous, but I watched it anyway, and guess what? I was
pleasantly surprised. It's a little bit hokey at times, but not nearly
as bad as what I anticipated. And really- ventriloquist dolls ARE scary.
And now...they are even more scary to me for having watched this. Plus
they had a thing going on with the ghost in this- you can't open your
mouth when she is haunting you. If you can just keep it closed you can
live. But just TRY not to scream when she is right in front of you. Just
12. Dream House
First of all, Daniel Craig is hot, and I will happily watch anything
with him in it, so it gets points for that without even trying. Then,
the movie itself- not bad, I say. It is suspenseful more than all-out
scary. It is a twist ending movie, but expect more than one twist.
This is sort of a prequel to the Aliens movies. It's set in the same universe, and tells part
of the story behind the creation of the Xenomorphs, and yes, even
humans, and it shows you what the Space Jockeys actually were under
those suits. However, you won't get all of the answers and it takes
maybe a couple of viewings to pick up every little geeky info nugget.
But even if (God forbid) you haven't seen the other movies, this works
fine as a stand-alone. It's still scary, gory and you can understand
what is happening here without needing to know anything else about the
Aliens. Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender were stellar in this, and
all of the acting was in fact, pretty awesome. I highly recommend it.
14. Shaun of the Dead
Oh man. This is so much fun. If you love zombies and
comedy- this is your movie. Brought to you by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost,
who are always a riot together, this movie examines all of those
quintessential zombie movie gags and makes them both horrific and
hilarious all at once. There are LOADS of little homages in this movie,
so watch it and pay attention for extra giggles.
Alright, kids. That's all for now. Keep checking back for more horror movie reviews all throughout October!
If you missed the last two Halloween horror movie reviews check them out here: