I have a penchant for crap horror movies. I think it's because my parents wouldn't let me rent them as a child. I love to watch them. Sure, they don't scare me, but the important thing is that I got to watch them.
The picture in the corner is from the ill advised tv sequel to Rosemary's Baby. No one believes me when I tell them that the movie had a sequel. Sure, being on Sunday afternoon tv is kind of like never having happened, I realize that. But the movie, following the travails of poor Adrian - who wants to be a rock star but the whole "having to be the Antichrist" thing keeps getting in the way - was only memorable to me insofar as I remember having seen it after some Creature Double Feature on a far distant Sunday afternoon. I also remember watching some movie that involved turning people into giant mushrooms on an abandoned island. I remember exactly about as much from that movie as well - which is to say that I apparently watched it. Some Sunday.
Anyway, the important thing was that I got to see it. God bless UHF. I felt the same way about Audrey Rose even though it was dubbed over in French because it was broadcast from a Canadian station out of Northern Maine.
Loves me some cheesy horror.
I was disappointed by the line up of movies that my cable provider put together this Halloween. A lot of emphasis on family friendly Halloween fare: "The Haunted Mansion", "Hocus Pocus", "Batman and Robin". The previous weekend we'd been treated to the entire "Ginger Snaps" trilogy. That's some damn fine tv well before Halloween. What gives?
Here are my current favorite horror movies:
They are in no particular order. I've also watched the Japanese versions of both The Ring and The Grudge and they hold up, if not surpass the American remake. I've discussed why I like these movies very much at length here.
Audition is just brutal. Mr. Scoop, through mighty web-fu, finally scored us a copy. Words won't do justice trying to explain this movie. You just have to see it. However, you will never go on a blind date again after watching it though.
Saw I liked because I actually didn't call the reveal of the bad guy.
Ginger Snaps, the first one, is as much a coming of age story as a straight ahead werewolf flick. The sequel is pretty good too (and involves a 12 year old pyromaniac sociopath - and you don't get enough of those, in my opinion).
Cabin Fever is enjoyable because it is an homage to great horror movies past in addition to being an excellent movies in and of itself. And watching teenagers die of the horrible creeping ick is never a bad thing.
Sure there may be better horror movies, but these are the ones I really like right now.
Tags: Horror Movies