I consider the Halloween season to be one of my favourite times of the year. Candy? Check. Changing leaves underfoot? Check. Not ridiculously hot? Check. Horror movies? Check, check!
For some reason, I was rather young when I started watching horror movies. Should an eight year old watch an R rated movie where someone’s intestines are being ripped out? Probably not — but I did. On many occasions. Perhaps it was my older sister that got me into them, or perhaps it was the walk through the video store’s horror section that did it. I mean, how can a kid not be tempted by the section of the rental store that’s decorated so very differently and all too invitingly with faux-brick-walls and spooky posters?
In any case, I was regularly renting some of the goriest of the bunch from the local shop called Bandito Video. Back then (now I sound old), movies like these lived or died by their art cover. You wouldn’t see gory horror movies advertising on TV or in a magazine (and most didn’t make it to the theatre), so you really had to judge them by their cover. Weird green monster coming out of the toilet? Sure! Scared eyes peering into an old wicker basket? Count me in! Bloody Christmas ornament reflecting a knife wielding maniac? Duh.
So let’s get to the point. For this blog, each Friday until Halloween, I’m going to write about some of my favourite horror movies that I watched as a kid (with a few newer movies sprinkled in). I’ll try to avoid the big boys in the horror world and try to focus on the underrated ones (though Pinhead or Reverend Henry Cane might show up). This isn’t a “best of” list, but rather each post will look at five different sub-genres of horror – everything from Comedy/Spoof, Slasher, Goreporn, Zombie, Revenge, Creature Feature and more.
To start you off in the right mood (or not), check out the video nasties reviews by lampyman101 (Glen Criddle). The video nasties is a term used in the UK for movies that are extremely violent. In particular, the above review looks at the 1983 list of 72 movies that the Director of Public Prosecutions thought were so bad that they might breach the Obscene Publications Act 1959. Objectively, most of these movies are awful and aren’t worth watching for their 1.5 hours runtime, but their real life story and even their existence are fairly interesting.
The five part series includes: