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Happy Halloween!

Thanks to everyone who read through my horror posts leading up to one of the most fun days of the year!  Assuming the rain stays away, the kids will be out there collecting all sorts of goodies which their parents will have to, ahem, sort through carefully.

The horror movie posts were a lot of fun to research and write, so hopefully they were interesting to a few of you out there!  And if you missed them, here are the links:

Also, a new website just started called Reel Scary, which lets people rate horror movies based on three criteria: disturbing, gory and suspenseful.  Take a look if you’re still stuck trying to figure out what to watch tonight!  Happy Halloween!  🙂

Horror Movies: Creature Features

(This is Part 4 of 5 in a series on horror movies.  If you haven’t already, please read about The Supernatural, Slashers, For the Disturbed as well as the series introduction.)

At its most basic, a creature feature is a horror movie with a monster — as simple as that.  In the earliest incarnation of the term, if someone mentioned creature feature, they’d be thinking of the Universal Monsters — Frankenstein’s Monster, Dracula, The Mummy, The Wolfman, The Creature from the Black Lagoon as well as other monster movies like King Kong.  But not today.  For this entry, I want to get into certain types — specifically, zombies, vampires, clowns, and various other murderous monsters.  Of course, some of these monsters could fit within some other categories (witches would be supernatural), but I’m referring to movies that focus on the monster itself.  And yes, there are hundreds of great (and not so great) examples of this type of movie, but remember — this isn’t a ‘best of’ list!

 

Pontypool (2008)

Horror Movies: The Supernatural

(This is Part 3 of 5 in a series on horror movies.  If you haven’t already, please read about Slashers, For the Disturbed as well as the series introduction.)

The supernatural is a broad topic for horror, but absolutely one of the most important.  I’m counting everything related to haunted houses, possessions (of people or things), and demonic/religious.  This category was probably my first serious foray into horror starting with books by Stephen King and TV shows like Doctor Who (oddly, the mediocre episode Snakedance from 1983 might have given me more nightmares than most of the below horror movies).

Horror Movies: Slashers

(This is Part 2 of 5 in a series on horror movies.  If you haven’t already, please read about The Supernatural, For the Disturbed as well as the series introduction.)

Growing up in the era of the Slasher was a great experience for someone who fell in love with horror movies so young. I remember cuddling up to a blanket on the cold basement floor as I watched the unstoppable Michael Myers do his thing.

But let me back up a little bit – what exactly is a slasher?  Typically, a slasher is a a movie where the victims (usually women in the 80s and 90s) are killed by knives or other sharp weapons in a sequential fashion. They don’t necessarily need to be gory, or even have a large body count. Later movies like Scream (1996) played with the rules of slashers (even recounting some of them in the movie itself), but the idea of sequential victims usually stays strong.

Horror Movies for the Disturbed

(This is Part 1 of 5 in a series on horror movies.  If you haven’t already, please read about The Supernatural, Slashers as well as the series introduction.)

Un Chien Andalou (1929)

Un Chien Andalou (1929)

For the first week of Horror Month — I mean, October — I want to look at movies I watched as a kid in what can be considered the most despised of my five broad categories – Disturbed Horror Movies.  This broad category encompasses revenge movies, goreporn, torture porn and other films meant specifically to unsettle the audience through horrific imagery and scenes.

Season of Horror

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?

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