October 16, 2009

31 Great Horror Movies: ‘The Last House on the Left’

Wes Craven’s “The Last House on the Left” was a fantastically unique movie. The first half of the movie reads like a traditional horror movie. Bad guys attack some girls, rape, kill, torture. You know how it goes. But then the other half of the movie is a revenge film with great payoff. In 2009, […]

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October 15, 2009

31 Great Horror Movies: ‘Suspiria’

“Suspiria” is probably the most colorful horror movie ever made. I’m always amazed at how red the blood is. And the lighting and color filters make the film a work of art. Even some of the blood spatters look like they could be put to canvas. And those are all very good things when you […]

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October 15, 2009

31 Great Horror Movies: ‘Misery’

I’ve never been sure if “Misery‘s” Paul Sheldon was the unluckiest man on the planet or if Annie Wilkes was the luckiest woman on the planet. Paul (James Caan) just happened to have a nasty car accident on the same road Annie (Kathy Bates) drives. Paul is Annie’s favorite author. She’s his No. 1 fan, […]

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October 14, 2009

Gus Van Sant, Bret Easton Ellis script sure to make you want to kill yourself

Gus Van Sant and Bret Easton Ellis will be writing a screenplay together based on the 2008 Vanity Fair story “The Golden Suicides.” The story is about the suicides of couple Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan, both artists, in 2007.¬†Variety says “the couple descended into a paranoid spiral when the artists developed a consuming belief […]

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October 13, 2009

31 Great Horror Movies: ‘Re-Animator’

“Re-Animator” came at a time when horror fans were in a zombie rut. The typical zombie formula was getting old and then this innovative film came a long, like a breath of fresh air. The movie is based on H.P. Lovecraft’s crazy twist on Frankenstein. Instead of electricity, the mad doctor Herbert West uses a […]

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October 13, 2009

31 Great Horror Movies: ‘Friday the 13th’

The original “Friday the 13th” didn’t prominently feature Jason and that’s a good thing. Sean S. Cunningham went out on a limb when he introduced the rare female slasher. Pamela Voorhees (Betsy Palmer) is Jason’s mother. She’s never been the same since some fornicating camp counselors let her little disfigured boy drown at summer camp. […]

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October 11, 2009

31 Great Horror Movies: ‘Carrie’

“Carrie” isn’t like other horror movies. The bad guy is really the good guy driven by bad people to do bad things. I think if I took another minute I could make that last sentence even more confusing. Carrie White (Sissy Spacek) is your typical high school outcast. She’s a frumpy dresser, she’s quiet and […]

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October 11, 2009

31 Great Horror Movies: ‘Rosemary’s Baby’

Roman Polanski’s “Rosemary’s Baby” is one of those films that most people consider a horror film, but in actuality, it’s more of a psychological thriller or suspense story. But if it’s scary (and it is), it fits perfectly in our 31 Days of Horror countdown. Rosemary (Mia Farrow) and her husband Guy (John Cassavetes) are […]

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October 9, 2009

31 Great Horror Movies: ‘Trick ‘r Treat’

The No. 23 spot was a last-minute change because I only recently saw “Trick ‘r Treat.” It’s not only perfect for this list, but a perfect Halloween movie. Not since John Carpenter’s “Halloween” has a movie centered around my favorite holiday worked. “Trick ‘r Treat” tells four different horror stories, but what sets it apart […]

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October 8, 2009

31 Great Horror Movies: ‘Hellraiser’

Clive Barker’s “Hellraiser“ came at a time when horror movies were so stale that if we saw one more drunk teenager getting slaughtered at a summer camp we would’ve thrown in the bloody towel. This unique movie gave us a new sub-genre that could allow us to be scared again.¬†A mainstream movie dealing with S&M […]

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