Shocktober 8th’s Film Choice is Susperia!!! This Dario Argento classic must see is visually stunning and gruesome all at once. The colors and sets and locations are all lush, vivid, desirable, twisted and amazing. All of this is wrapped in a good story, some amazingly bad dubbing, and pure and total FANTASY!!!
Shocktober 7th’s Installment is Resident Evil!!! I have never seen it before and thought I would give it a whirl tonight. Besides Milla Jovovich being lovely to watch on screen in general this flick is HIGHLY UNDERWHELMING. For a big budget film it is small in story and in keeping me interested. Sets were whatever, cast was whatever, basically it’s one big whatever. Play the games instead…they are unnerving and will make you jump..a lot. Also, they might give you nightmares unlike this movie.
Shocktober 6th’s Movie Pick is The House of the Devil!!! It’s actually a pretty amazing flick. It’s filmed/styled extremely well(a huge throwback to 70s and 80s horror films), the casting is spot on with a cameo by Dee Wallace(scream queen and personal obsession of mine), Greta Gerwig in her deadpan glory and awesome feathered do, all 6’7 inches of creepy that is Tom Noonan, and from Warhol to Korman and beyond the equally creep-o and fascinating Mary Woronov. For a modern day horror movie it’s engrossing, has you rooting for the protagonist, and fully spine chilled throughout. There are no gimmicks or crazed pyrotechnics needed and it still does the job. If you haven’t seen it…do it now!!!
Shocktober 5th’s Second Film Installment is Insidious!!! I did just watch this 2 weeks ago, but with the sequel out and it being a group movie outing I had to make sure everyone was up to speed. So this is a half and half sort of film. Some genuinely creepy moments and some genuinely lame moments but it is still worth the watch for the creepy ghost woman, watching the stupidity of white people in duress, Barbara Hershey gives a pretty good performance and the woman who plays the medium totally makes the movie. If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth a watch.
Shocktober 3rd’s Flick Pick is An American Werewolf in London!!! This is a mega classic and has one of the best human to werewolf transformations on film…EVER!!! Couple that with the haunting devolution of Griffin Dunne and the dreaminess that was and is David Naughton(yes I was lusting over him at 6 years old when I first saw this) we’ve got ourselves a WINNER!!!
Shocktober 2nd’s Movie Choice(inspired by Nellee Dii) is the original Halloween!!! The soundtrack/scoring, the 70s surbuban feel and fear at night, Jamie Lee Curtis in all your scream queen glory makes this a MUST watch for the month of October. Not to mention it’s titled after this month’s national holiday. Now press PLAY!!!
SHOCKTOBER 1st: This movie is technically not a horror movie but it is dark, weird, and a cult classic. As a soft opening to the month of horror films I’m watching Donnie Darko.
And it’s on Netflix streaming if you’re interested!!!
It’s October: National Tricks and Treats month and I’m indulging in a tradition I’ve kept since I was a kid. Growing up, when the month of All Hallow’s Eve came around there would always be these horror movie marathons on for the entire month. My favorite was Shocktober. Shocktober on channel 11 would screen a different horror movie every night and sometimes 3 or 4 on the weekends. It is officially October 1st, and I keep my traditions. If any of you have any interest in joining me in keeping my Shocktober vigil by watching a horror movie a day let’s do it…and share in the experience!!!!