Halloween Marathon 2020

Every year I watch one scary movie every day. Here is every review from the 2020 marathon

Halloween 2020

Psycho (1960)

Ending Halloween month strong with the big one. Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. Not the crappy remake. None of the crappy sequels. The original. The great movie. How does it hold up? Doe sit have the thrill it used to? Is it dated? Let’s find out. For those who don’t know, Psycho is a 1960 film directed … Continue reading Psycho (1960)

The Silence of the Lambs

It’s so much fun to watch good movies. This is a very good movie. It’s great as a movie. It’s also a great example of an unsettling and frightening film that lingers long after the credits roll. Released in 1990 and directed by Jonathan Demme, this film follows FBI trainee Clarice Starling, played by Jodie … Continue reading The Silence of the Lambs

The Babadook

Oh boy, what an absolutely terrifying movie. This one truly rattled me. It’s incredible filmmaking that can eek unease, dread, and terror out of even the most mundane moments. The film can be described in a number of ways all of which would be technically accurate. Amelia, played by Essie Davis, is a single mother … Continue reading The Babadook

Sinister

The setup is standard, and there are a few obvious jump scares, but the performances, the cinematography, and the sound design are stellar. It all adds up to a solidly scary movie. Ethan Hawke plays Ellison, a true crime writer who moves his family into a house where an entire family was killed in the … Continue reading Sinister

John Carpenter’s The Thing

A classic for a reason, this 1980’s horror film boasts some of the best and most gruesome practical effects in cinema. It also has a wonderfully tense atmosphere of mistrust and suspicion that feels oddly prescient. Not to mention an ending that will keep you thinking long after the movie is over. Kurt Russel stars … Continue reading John Carpenter’s The Thing

You’re Next

Are you in there mood for insane violence, pitch black comedy, excellent setup and payoff, truly chilly horror and a fantastic heroine? Then You’re Next is the movie for you. Released in 2011, You’re Next is a darkly comic take on the slasher genre. It follows a family that has gathered at a remote estate … Continue reading You’re Next

Midsommar

Who’s ready to feel deeply disturbed and unsettled by an expert filmmaker and a truly fantastic performance from a young actress? Midsommar is a 2019 folk horror film written and directed by Ari Aster. This is only his second feature after the terrifically horrifying Hereditary. This film follows Dani, played by Florence Pugh, a young … Continue reading Midsommar

Splice

Splice is a very engaging and fascinating little update on the Frankenstein story until it isn’t. More than almost any other movie I’ve seen this films ending feels like someone grabbed the wheel and jerked it hard steering the movie onto a different road entirely. The story concerns the genetic experiments being conducted by Clive … Continue reading Splice

Mandy

I’ve never done acid, but I imagine that this movie is what a bad trip is like. It uses wildly saturated colors, a bonkers Nicholas Cage performance and some deeply disturbing imagery to create a movie unlike any I’ve ever seen. The film the most dreamlike execution I’ve seen in a long time. We sort … Continue reading Mandy

The Lodge

If you’re looking for a movie to crawl under your skin and lodge itself in the darkest part of your brain, oh boy do I have the film for you. The Lodge is a psychological horror film, that is more interested in building dread than creating scares. There is little that can be said of … Continue reading The Lodge

The Mist

Do you want to feel bad about humanity? Oh boy, do I have the film for you. The Mist is a genuinely scary film that explores humanity’s worst impulses when faced with extreme situations. It is tense, horrific and bleak with great performances and not so great visual effects. The Mist is a 2007 film … Continue reading The Mist

The Shining

Incredible score. Steady camerawork. Jack Nicholson going insane. This movie has it all. The Shining is a legendary film directed by Stanley Kubrick and released in 1980. The movie has taken on a legend of its own with fans pulling a vast array of hidden meanings from every moment in this movie. However, putting all … Continue reading The Shining

Day of the Dead (1985)

Truly gruesome special effects, and some genuinely scary moments elevate this zombie film beyond some of its over the top acting and way too 80’s soundtrack. Confession time, I don’t like zombies. I think they’re boring as monsters. I think they’re totally lacking in scare factor. They just lumber around and get shot in the … Continue reading Day of the Dead (1985)

Poltergeist

This is exactly the horror movie I needed right now. It is filled with creepy moments, good jolts of fear, and a real sense of heart and humor. Poltergeist is a great horror film to recommend to people who don’t like horror films. The film opens with an average family. It fills the early scenes … Continue reading Poltergeist

The Brood

Good Lord! I think I need to shower after watching this movie. It is not for the faint of heart. This movie is disgusting, violent, and horrifying. It is also riveting and absolutely one of the better horror films I’ve seen. The Brood is a 1979 film written and directed by David Cronenberg. It follows … Continue reading The Brood

The Evil Dead (1981)

What separates this low budget horror movie about a group of teens trapped in a cabin in the woods fighting off supernatural foes? The wild creative force of a director and his team giving their all. The Evil Dead was shot in 1981 by director Sam Raimi. He and his friends made this feature length … Continue reading The Evil Dead (1981)

The Innocents (1961)

This movie freaked me out. I literally still have chills as I write this. It is a deeply chilling story that builds to one of the scariest climaxes I’ve seen. This movie is incredible. Based on Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, the film follows Deborah Kerr as Ms. Giddens a governess who travels … Continue reading The Innocents (1961)

Before I Wake

What happens when a little boy’s nightmares come to life? With that simple premise, director Mike Flanagan explores themes of grief, loss, acceptance, and abuse. He also uses it to scare the crap out of his audience. Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane play Jessie and Mark a couple looking to foster a child as a … Continue reading Before I Wake

The Haunting of Bly Manor

The brand new Netflix follow up to their wildly successful The Haunting of Hill House, is a creepy and deeply unsettling series that is definitely worth checking out. At least as far as I’ve seen. Back in 2018, Mike Flanagan and Netflix unleashed a seriously good adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s novel The Haunting called The … Continue reading The Haunting of Bly Manor

The Fog (1980)

A classic ghost story setup, some creepy cinematography, a few wonderful moments and a very uneven delivery make this story from John Carpenter an enjoyable if incomplete horror movie. The movie opens with an old man telling a group of kids a ghost story around the campfire. This is a perfect setup. This whole movie … Continue reading The Fog (1980)

The Cabin in the Woods

A widely celebrated horror comedy that never worked for me. It’s too busy being arch and clever for its own good. It has it’s moments, but in the end it’s too nihilistic to be fully enjoyed. I know everyone seems to love this movie. I know it is widely praised for its self aware sense … Continue reading The Cabin in the Woods

The Blob

This is the epitome of the 1950’s monster movie. If that sounds like fun, this movie will be an absolute delight. It is cheesy and campy. It is silly and fun. It is a piece of pop culture history. Made in 1958, The Blob starts with Jane and Steve, played by Aneta Corseaut and Steve … Continue reading The Blob

The Invisible Man (2020)

Scary, insightful, and expertly made, with shocks, surprises, and twists, The Invisible Man is a fantastic horror movie. It takes the well worn premise and heads off into new and exciting territory. It’s a really invigorating horror movie. The film opens with a sequence of extended silence as Cecilia Kass, played by Elizabeth Moss, tries … Continue reading The Invisible Man (2020)

Anaconda

This move answers a lot of questions no one ever asked… how over the top can an actor go before the director will try to stop him? How many fake looking snakes can one film hold? If none of the characters choices make any sense, will an audience still sit through a 90 minute movie? … Continue reading Anaconda

The Girl on the Third Floor

Some gnarly practical effects, a woefully unlikable lead, a hazy explanation, and some genuinely creepy moments all add up to make another pretty good horror movie now streaming on Netflix. The story follows Don, played by Phil “CM Punk” Brooks, as he renovates an old house for him and his pregnant wife. However, as Don … Continue reading The Girl on the Third Floor

Sweetheart

This movie is two thirds of a great horror movie. It has a great setup and a tremendous first act. It falls apart as more characters are introduced and the expansive narrative is flatten out in order to serve the conventions of the genre. The movie opens with Jenn, played by Kiersey Clemons, as she … Continue reading Sweetheart

Zombeavers

Possibly the worst movie that I have ever seen twice. Zombeavers is going for a raunchy sexy horror movie, but is so ineptly made that it can neither be described as sexy or horror. Zombeavers is a student film level of quality production that follows a trio of sorority sisters who escape finals by going … Continue reading Zombeavers

Fright Night (1985)

Two fabulous performances, great cinematography, and some wonderfully grotesque make up work make this 1980’s classic absolutely worth watching. Fright Night is a horror comedy that follows a teenage boy named Charlie, played by William Ragsdale, as he comes to believe that his new neighbor Jerry Dandridge, played by an incredible Chris Sarandon, is a … Continue reading Fright Night (1985)

Happy Halloween

October is tomorrow! Since 2012, I have watched one scary movie every day during the month of October. This year will be no different. Starting tomorrow, I will be watching a horror movie everyday culminating on October 31st All Hallows Eve! The origins of this tradition date back to my film school days. I used … Continue reading Happy Halloween