Welcome horror hounds! Apologies for not doing more this Halloween season but life happens. However I thought I’d share what I plan on watching this Halloween night to celebrate horror lover’s Christmas!
Oh the horror! Halloween is upon us once again! It’s been a tumultuous month for me personally which is why I haven’t done as much as I normally would have. Last year we had a little more fun here at TDBS but it just wasn’t quite in the cards for this year. Hopefully by this time next year all will be back to normal and we can celebrate an entire month dedicated to horror but we’ll see what the future holds. As for right now I thought I’d continue our Halloween tradition of sharing what I plan to watch this evening while the kiddies are out dressed as their favorite ghouls and goblins. Usually I go back to some classics for Halloween but this year I thought I’d stick with a trilogy of my absolute favorite horror flicks. Of course there are many, many more I could have included but there are only so many hours in the day! Anyway I’ll get on with it and if you have some of these flicks hanging around your dungeon perhaps you can watch along with me! Happy Halloween!
First up I thought I’d start this Halloween with my favorite vampire flick. Unfortunately I find a lot of vampire flicks boring and sometimes just downright lame but 30 Days of Night is anything but boring. It also happens to be one of the best comic adaptations ever made. That’s right 30 Days of Night began life as a comic book or more appropriately a graphic novel. This movie is brutally fantastic showing an interpretation of vampires as grisly beasts who don’t simply suck your blood, these vampires will rip you limb from limb! The performances are all spot on with Ben Foster in one of his earliest roles showing just how awesome he is and Mark Boone Jr (who we hopefully all know as Bobby from Sons of Anarchy!) stealing the show as outsider turned gruesome hero Beau. This film is brutal and unrelenting while reminding us why we should definitely be afraid, be very afraid, of the dark! *Fun Fact: In the graphic novel head vampire Vincente comes to Barrow to stop the group of vampires’ plans in order to protect the secrecy of vampires.
Next… to follow up my favorite vampire movie I thought I’d go with my favorite zombie movie! Now zombies have been done to fucking death in the last several years as Hollywood loves to beat a dead horse over and over like Negan brandishing Lucille (or a dead Glenn as my fellow TWD fans know too well). You younger folks may wonder at times, where did the current zombie craze begin? Hell maybe some older fans scratch their heads at times with this question but the answer is a simple one for me. I hadn’t seen a zombie film in quite some time and then in 2002 28 Days Later hit theaters and that would all change. At the time some argued and some still do over whether 28 Days Later is actually a zombie flick because it doesn’t involve the dead rising back to life but rather a virus turning “the infected” into blood thirsty rage machines who will stop at nothing to tear you to bloody pieces. So yes these aren’t traditional zombies but what’s more frightening? A slow moving mostly mindless walking corpse or a corpse that will run at full speed stopping at nothing to get at your sweet and juicy insides while vomiting blood all over you as you struggle to keep your insides inside? I think we can all agree it’s the latter. In 28 Days Later director Danny Boyle took a small cast of mostly actors none of us had ever seen before and delivered the scariest zombie movie anyone had ever seen. Love it or hate it, call it a zombie movie or claim it doesn’t count as one, but the truth is that this was the film that kicked off the surge of zombie movies we’ve seen ever since. Think of it this way, if 28 Days Later hadn’t come along and been such a success we probably wouldn’t be watching The Walking Dead every Sunday night today. Sure the zombie genre is being beaten into the ground over the last few years but there are always some standouts that we can all love mixed in with the complete and utter shit. Honestly, I still haven’t seen one that beats 28 Days Later which is why I’ll be checking it out again later tonight!
Lastly for this wicked Halloween night I plan to watch one of my favorite horror flicks of all time… High Tension (or Haute Tension as it was originally released as). High Tension was the debut film of one of the best horror directors working today, Alexandre Aja. I readily admit that I don’t like all of Aja’s films but when he hits for me, he hits it out of the fucking park. High Tension kicked it all off showing that Aja has a flair for the macabre and the gore like few are able to combine. Not only can he put together a compelling story but he can also disgust you and make you cringe with gore and disturbing images. In High Tension our first glimpse of the villain is a disturbing act with a severed head then one of the early kills is something that would make Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, duh!) smile with its over the top blood gushing glory. High Tension is an appropriate title since the tension stays high from pretty much the beginning until the wonderful end in this one. The story itself is great but then there are plenty of great kills with all manner of weaponry from a switchblade to barbed wire to a giant saw! I pretty much love everything about this gore filled fest where the terror is a palpable entity. Also if you’re in need of more awesome from Aja check out his fantastic remakes of The Hills Have Eyes or Maniac. Aja was originally slated to reboot the Friday the 13th franchise but unfortunately it looks like that isn’t going to happen now. Check out High Tension and you’ll know just how awesome that could have been.
So there you go horror hounds, those are the films I plan on watching on this most evil of evenings. I hope you all enjoy your Halloween festivities no matter what those might be. With any luck I’ll be here to terrify you for years and years to come! Until next time… FEIND OUT!!
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Feind loves watching movies of all kinds so if we watch it, we tell whether you should as well. I'll share mostly horror but I also enjoy everything from big Blockbusters to micro-budget Independent films.
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