After taking a two week break (for Halloween and FrightFest) from making these lists , I’m back!
I know, I’m sure you missed these immensely, so let’s just get straight to the picks.
New Release: His House (2020)
Remi Weekes’s feature directorial debut is amazing, and not just for a first feature.
It’s genuinely terrifying and haunting, but so much more than just a ghost story.
I tried to put into words how great this film is, but Hugh does a much better job of that in his review, so you should just check that out.
So Bad, It’s Good: The Sand (2015)
Something not from the 80s – finally! (but still on Prime)
A group of friends party all night on the beach, only to awaken to find out there’s something alive in the sand that’s eaten the majority of the partygoers.
Free-flowing beer, some free-flowing titties for no reason whatsoever, chicks fighting each other over boys – the perfect recipe for an obnoxious frat-boy horror. But you get to watch them die, or at least suffer, one by one.
There’s moronic lines, idiotic decisions made, and sometimes you really are routing for the sand to win. But, that’s what tips a bad film into the realm of entertaining fun.
The trailer actually makes it look worse than it is…
Underrated Gem: Double Date (2017)
I’m not really sure this is underrated, more like undiscovered/hidden.
I saw this at my second FrightFest back in 2017 and, honestly, my expectations were low. Luckily, I was proven very, very wrong.
I went in blind, so I had no idea what I was in for and it turned out to be a real treat! It’s funny, gory, has loveable characters and one of my favourite fight scenes ever.
Classic Horror: Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965)
I love me a horror anthology (I think I’ve mentioned this before…), so an anthology with Christopher Lee is a no-brainer for me.
Five strangers are stuck on a train with a mysterious fortune teller and his stack of tarot cards. One by one they have their fortunes read and are told of the horrors their futures hold.
The atmosphere and the stories are great, as is the wrapper. Sure, it gets a bit corny at times, but what else would you expect from a 55 year old Amicus Production?
So, go on…tap the cards.
Modern Classic: The House of the Devil (2009)
They really did a good job with creating the feel of an 80’s horror, but with a modern simplicity and subtlety about it. At least at first.
It goes a bit batshit crazy in the last third, but I think that juxtaposition really works to nail the final horrors and chaos.
And, I know I’ve seen it before, but it must have been a while, because…fuck me. That first, um, event got me.
Bonus Short: The Rocking Chair (2019)
There was an incredible selection of short horror films at FrightFest this year. I can’t wait until they’re available online so I can watch them again and share them with you all.
Until then, I was reminded of this dark comedy from Baily Tom Baily that played back in 2019, which I absolutely loved.
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