In about a week it’s Halloween, I went from anticipation to realisation that’s it’s closing in on me. On the 31st I actually will go the movies to watch a horror movie, so I can close the month off in style. Horrortober week 3’s offerings to the dark gods range from ghosts to things in the woods and always to slashers. If you haven’t done so yet, make sure to check out week 2 of Horrortober first!
Day 1: 2000 Maniacs!
The first movie is one by The Godfather of Gore: Herschell Gordon Lewis. A couple of Northern tourists following a detour, arrive in the town of Pleasant Valley. They are invited to celebrate the town’s centennial, not knowing they are the celebration. They get tortured in different ways and the ending is quite interesting. Remade in 2005 as 2001 Maniacs. Decent fun flick, it’s one of the first southern gore movies. Recommended if you can stomach some gore.
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Redneck Mayors
Day 2: Don’t go in the woods… alone!
Another one of the infamous Video Nasties as seen in week 1. Hikers and birdwatchers are being killed off by an unseen something in the woods. Turns out it’s some kind of caveman/neanderthal. Cheap cash in on the slasher craze of the 80’s. The boxart is the only good thing about this subpar piece of celluloid. Only recommended if you need a somewhat different slasher.
My Rating : 2 out of 5 Hikers
Day 3: Evil Dead (2013)
First one of the Netflix movies I watched. A reboot/continuation of the orginal trilogy, directed by Fede Alvarez. I wrote a review of his second movie Don’t Breathe. A group of friends go to a cabin in the woods, to help their friend Mia overcome her heroine addiction. In the cellar they find a book named Naturom Demento. One of them is into witchcraft and reads aloud an incantation and from there things go from bad to worse. The orginal Evil Dead was bloody but also somewhat tongue in cheeck, this one is grimey and visceral. What I love is that both Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell from the orginal trilogy, helped produce this movie and thus making it part of the series. Highly recommended,but only for those who can stomach nasty stuff.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Groovy’s.
Day 4 : American Poltergeist
A group of college kids move into a vacation home with a sinister past in Fall River, Massachusetts. Suspicious of the home’s owner, Taryn feels a strong connection to the house and finds herself at the center of one of the most deadly poltergeists in American history; Lizzie Borden. Bad dialogue, “attractive stars” and a stupid story, this movie can haunt another one. Not Recommended at all.
My Rating: 1 out of 5 College kids.
Day 5: Satanic (2016)
Four college coed friends visit an old Satanic Panic-era true-crime sites in Los Angeles. They end up following the creepy owner of an occult store home, only to find themselves saving a suspicious girl from an apparent human sacrifice. However suprise suprise, this “victim” turns out to be much more than dangerous then the cult from which she escaped. In potential a good movie, but it never reaches this potential. Recommended for a dreary day to put on in the background.
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Satans
Day 6: Most Likely to Die
A group of former classmates gather for a pre-party at one of their homes the night before their 10-year high school reunion, and one by one, they are brutally slain in a manner befitting each’s senior yearbook superlative. Sloppily excuted story of ten little Indians, with ofcourse a twist ending. Recommended to watch with friends and make fun off, especially the sex scene: worst acting ever.
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Most Likely to get killed
Day 7: Prom Night (2008)
And the last one is another remake, the orginal 1980 movie is a fun flick starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Leslie Nielsen. A high school girl named Donna Keppel is traumatized after witnessing her former teacher brutally murder her entire family after he had become dangerously obsessed with her. Three years later, as Donna gets ready for her senior prom, he escapes from custody, follows her to the hotel hosting the prom, and kills anybody who gets in the way of his reunion with Donna. Where the orginal gained some more status, this version is not as good. One of the stand out things is Idris Elba as the detective. Watch only if you can’t find the original
My Rating 2 out of 5 Punch Bowls.
This concludes week 3 of Horrortober, the homestretch awaits for me. The weather is getting colder, the storms are picking up and so are the scares! Until next week