FINAL GIRL explores the slasher flicks of the '70s and '80s...and all the other horror movies I feel like talking about, too. This is life on the EDGE, so beware yon spoilers!

Oct 17, 2017

SHOCKtober: 297-276

Oooh we're still in the land of ONE VOTE EACH...hey over there, I think that's the way out! Wait, didn't we pass that tree already? Oh no, we're back at the beginning...WHY WON'T IT LET US LEAVE

297. Vampyres -- 1974, José Ramón Larraz
296. Visiting Hours -- 1982, Jean-Claude Lord
295. Wait Until Dark -- 1967, Terence Young
294. War of the Gargantuas -- 1966, Ishirô Honda
293. War of the Worlds -- 2005, Steven Spielberg
292. Warlock Moon -- 1973, Bill Herbert
291. The Watcher in the Woods -- 1980, John Hough & Vincent McEveety
290. We Are Still Here -- 2015, Ted Geoghegan
289. We Are What We Are -- 2010, Jorge Michel Grau
288. Werewolf of London -- 1935, Stuart Walker
287. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? -- 1962, Robert Aldrich
286. When a Stranger Calls Back -- 1993, Fred Walton
285. White Zombie -- 1932, Victor Halperin
284. Willow Creek -- 2013, Bobcat Goldthwait
283. Winterbeast -- 1992, Christopher Thies
282. Without Warning -- 1980, Greydon Clark
281. Wolf Creek -- 2005, Greg McLean
280. Would You Rather -- 2012, David Guy Levy
279. Wrong Turn -- 2003, Rob Schmidt
278. Xtro -- 1982, Harry Bromley Davenport
277. Zodiac -- 2007, David Fincher
276. Zombi 3 -- 1988, Lucio Fulci, Bruno Mattei, Claudio Fragrasso

Apparently Wrong Turn 7 is in the works...? Wrong Turn 7. SEVEN. SEVENNNNNNNNNNNNNNN

I love the first film in the series so much, it's a great time. And then I am done! Seven Wrong Turns, what a world.

Oh, and When a Stranger Calls Back is actually pretty great, that is all.

Oct 16, 2017

SHOCKtober: 319-298

Hey hey, we're under 300! But we're still in the land of the onesies, films that got ONE VOTE EACH.

319. The Undead -- 1957, Roger Corman
318. The Unholy -- 1988, Camilo Vila
317. The Wailing -- 2016, Hong-jin Na
316. The Woman in Black -- 1989, Herbert Wise
315. The Woman in Black -- 2012, James Watkins
314. Theater of Blood -- 1973, Douglas Hickox
313. They Look Like People -- 2015, Perry Blackshear
312. Thirteen Ghosts -- 2001, Steve Beck
311. Thriller: A Cruel Picture -- 1973, Bo Arne Vibenius
310. Tomb of Ligeia -- 1964, Roger Corman
309. Tomie: Replay -- 2000, Tomijiro Mitsuishi
308. The Toxic Avenger -- 1984, Michael Herz & Lloyd Kaufman
307. Trick or Treat -- 1986, Charles Martin Smith
306. Trigger Man -- 2007, Ti West
305. Trilogy of Terror -- 1975, Dan Curtis
304. Trollhunter -- 2010, André Øvredal
303. Twilight Zone: The Movie -- 1983, Joe Dante, John Landis, George Miller, Steven Spielberg
302. Twins of Evil -- 1971, John Hough
301. Twixt -- 2011, Francis Ford Coppola
300. Urban Legend -- 1998, Jamie Blanks
299. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders -- 1970, Jaromil Jires
298. Vampire's Kiss -- 1988, Robert Bierman

Trilogy of Terror is a stone cold classic. The whole thing is terrific but of course it's the "Amelia" segment that's essentially one of the greatest horror films of all time, all on its own. And that shit was made for TV!

The official title of Thirteen Ghosts (2001) is apparently Thir13en Ghosts, but that reads as "Thirthirteenen Ghosts" and that is so ridiculous that I will not use it. I WILL NOT.

The end of the "You wanna see something really scary?" framing narrative in Twilight know, where Dan Ackroyd (of all people) turns into a ghoul used to scare the crap outta me.

Oct 15, 2017

SHOCKtober: 341-320

I think maybe someday we'll encounter movies that received more than ONE VOTE...?

341. The Pit -- 1962, Edward Abraham
340. The Poughkeepsie Tapes -- 2007, John Erick Dowdle
339. The Psychic -- 1977, Lucio Fulci
338. The Raven -- 1935, Lew Landers
337. The Raven -- 1963, Roger Corman
336. The Red Queen Kills Seven Times -- 1972, Emilio Miraglia
335. The Relic -- 1997, Peter Hyams
334. The Sacrament -- 2013, Ti West
333. The Sect -- 1991, Michele Soavi
332. The Seduction -- 1982, David Schmoeller
331. The Signal -- 2007, David Bruckner, Dan Bush, Jacob Gentry
330. The Sixth Sense -- 1999, M. Night Shyamalan
329. The Skeleton Key -- 2005, Iain Softley
328. The Spiral Staircase -- 1946, Robert Siodmak
327. The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh -- 1971, Sergio Martino
326. The Tall Man -- 2012, Pascal Laugier
325. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 -- 1986, Tobe Hooper
324. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre -- 2003, Marcus Nispel
323. The Thing from Another World -- 1951, Christian Nyby, Howard Hawks
322. The Town That Dreaded Sundown -- 1976, Charles B. Pierce
321. The Town That Dreaded Sundown -- 2014, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
320. The Ugly -- 1997, Scott Reynolds

The Poughkeepsie Tapes was recently released on Blu-ray and now that it's finally available I kind of can't be bothered to give it a go. That mask is certainly creepy, and I've heard good things (why, there's one person out there who would even call it a favorite!), I just don't feel like I'm on its wavelength at the moment.

And that's just a little something about me!

Here's more little somethings about me regarding today's chunk o' list"

The Seduction needs to get in my eyeballs immediately. Morgan Fairchild as a television anchorwoman? Now that is a wavelength I am on, yes please.

Also yes please to the 2000 made-for-TV remake of The Spiral Staircase I just learned about, starring Judd Nelson, Nicolette Sheridan, Holland Taylor, Candyse McClure of television's Battlestar Galactica, and the dude who played Madonna's boyfriend in the "Papa Don't Preach" video. If Heaven is a movie, sure this must be it?

Also also, I wasn't into The Psychic when I saw it way back when, but I want to give it another go. It's got so many ingredients I love, surely the problem must have been me.

Also also also, seeing the 2003 Texas Chainsaw Massacre here (a film I didn't hate), man. Horror friends, remember the Platinum Dunes days? They were dark but we made it through! We're stronger than we ever thought possible.

Oct 14, 2017

Happy Holiday!

I don't know about you, but I went all in to celebrate Friday the 13th yesterday. I mean, it was Friday, October 13, aka a high horror holiday.

First of all, YES I'm mentioning it again: my book Death Count went on sale yesterday and it's available at Amazon. I'm selling a limited sketch edition (and I do mean "limited" and
selling"! get in while the getting's good) and signed copies directly...for more info on that, check out yesterday's announcement post. Spread the word! I'll be spreading the word frequently because you know what? That book took a lot of work and I think it's good and a good time and I'm excited about it. SO THERE.

Fox! I love Fox. Speaking of Fox, she's going to be a playable character in the Friday the 13th game soon, and I cannot fucking wait. I CAN'T WAIT.

Speaking of Friday the 13th: The Game, I wrote about the most recent update for the game at Kotaku yesterday. The new content focuses on The Final Chapter and spoiler alert, it's so much fun. Part IV Jason is playable (complete with movie-appropriate theme music), and there's a huge new map with locations from the film, including Jarvis House and the Party House next door. The game is still janky at times, and it's still *absolutely* best to play in a private group with friends. But for all of its issues, it's obvious that the developers have a lot of love for the film series and as a fan of said series, it's a real treat.

Speaking of Kotaku, I also posted a list of horror movie recommendations for horror game fans. The inverse would work as well–like a movie? Check out this game. As I noted in the piece, it's not a list of 1:1 recommendations ("Do you like Silent Hill? Watch Silent Hill!") because that would be such a boring, pointless list. But it was a good brain exercise for me, and if I can introduce someone to a new movie or game, well, then the exercise was worth it. (That is something I never say.)

Speaking of...uh, me...I capped off yesterday's festivities with this double feature...YES AT THE DRIVE-IN:

What a hoot. It was really fun to see them with someone who had never seen either film. Pet Sematary was the bigger hit of the two, considered scarier for sure. I get it. While my heart lies with Friday, it is basically just, you know, a predictable series of murders. (Although the no-Jason twist was a big surprise.) Pet Sematary is more suspenseful, and I was surprised at how well it holds up. It's a solid, solidly depressing film!

As many times as I've seen Friday the 13th, though, I still picked up on a tidbit I ain't never picked up on before: Crazy Ralph had a wife! This changes everything! Okay, not really, but still, I can't help but wonder about her. Poor Mrs. Ralph.

Also, another tidbit: Brenda was totally the gay one, right? She was all into vegetarianism and healthy eating, she curled up with a book at night, she wore that frumpy nightgown, she said the game of strip Monopoly was about to get "interesting" because Alice was going to take her shirt off...come on now.

Man, yesterday was such a good day. There should be Friday, October 13ths more often!

SHOCKtober: 362-342

Yes, another day
highlighting movies with one
fan, with ONE VOTE EACH

362. The Incubus -- 1982, John Hough
361. The Invisible Man -- 1933, James Whale
360. The Iron Rose -- 1973, Jean Rollin
359. The Last Exorcism -- 2010, Daniel Stamm
358. The Last Winter -- 2006, Larry Fessenden
357. The Legend of Hillbilly John -- 1972, John Newland
356. The Love Witch -- 2016, Anna Biller
355. The Lure -- 2015, Agnieszka Smoczynska
354. The Mangler -- 1995, Tobe Hooper
353. The Meateater -- 1979, David Burton Morris
352. The Most Dangerous Game -- 1932, Irving Pichel & Ernest B. Schoedsack
351. The Moth Diaries -- 2011, Mary Harron
350. The Mummy -- 1959, Terence Fisher
349. The Neon Demon -- 2016, Nicolas Winding Refn
348. The Night Child -- 1975, Massimo Dallamano
347. The Nightmare Before Christmas -- 1993, Henry Selick
346. The Ninth Gate -- 1999, Roman Polanski
345. Damien: Omen 2 -- 1978. Don Taylor & Mike Hodges
344. The People Under the Stairs -- 1991, Wes Craven
343. The Phantom of the Opera -- 1925, Rupert Julian, Lon Chaney, Ernest Laemmle, Edward Sedgwick

Hmm, I think this is the first SHOCKtober installment where I haven't reviewed any of the films for Final Girl. I reviewed The Last Exorcism for Rue Morgue and shortly after that I received a lovely email from a gentleman who cited that review and said it was writers like me who were bringing down the quality of the magazine. Ah, The Internet...bringing people together!

Oct 13, 2017

Happy Friday the 13th!

Wow, a Friday the 13th in October. I can't think of a mo better day to make this announcement:

I have written-n-drawn a book about Friday the 13th and it's now available! Available to buy! You can hold one, clutch it to your bosoms and tell it all your secretest secrets!

Based on my Death Count tumblr of long ago (well, it started in 2014, I guess that's long ago enough), this book features each death in the series illustrated in full color, as well as writing about each film, a foreword by the inimitable Alexandra West, and even MORE artwork besides. More than 120 pages in all!

If all of this isn't enough to tempt you, look what these fine folks have to say:

"Stacie has always been one of my favorite weirdos. She's funny and smart and draws cool horror stuff. Buy it. Be smug." – Lena Headey, who is undoubtedly best-known for her role in the 2005 film The Cave.

But wait, there's more!

Okay, so if I've convinced you, here is the link to the Amazon listing for the book where you can buy it directly! The Kindle version will be available next week...I'll be sure to update this when it's ready.

Also I am taking pre-orders for a limited sketch edition. $45 will get you a copy of the book with a full-color sketch inside. Shipping is included, but this sketch edition is for folks in the United States only. Sorry international friends, shipping is a real (costly) drag! If you are interested, you can Paypal me at stacieponder (at) gmail dot com. Make sure to include your address and which character you'd like me to draw for you–just a character name, only characters from Part One (1980) through Jason X please!

Again, the sketch edition is a pre-order, and I'm only doing 25 of them! Once the list is full I'll get crackin' and mailin' 'em out. I'll update here when they're ready to be shipped.

Some folks may be interested in a signed copy of the regular edition–if that's the case, simply Paypal me the cost of the book ($19.95) and I'll mail you a copy of Death Count with my name scribbled in it. Again, shipping is included but it's for the US only.

I think that's it? How exciting. A book!

SHOCKtober: 384-363

And the wind whispered...each movie listed here got ONE...VOTE...EACH...

384. The Conjuring 2 -- 2016, James Wan
383. The Convent -- 2000, Mike Mendez
382. The Dead Zone -- 1983, David Cronenberg
381. The Devil Rides Out -- 1968, Terence Fisher
380. The Devil's Backbone -- 2001, Guillermo del Toro
379. The Devil's Candy -- 2015, Sean Byrne
378. The Dorm That Dripped Blood -- 1982, Stephen Carpenter & Jeffrey Obrow
377. The Dunwich Horror -- 1970, Daniel Haller
376. The Faculty -- 1998, Robert Rodriguez
375. The Fly -- 1958, Kurt Neumann
374. The Frighteners -- 1996, Peter Jackson
373. The Gate -- 1987, Tibor Takács
372. The Gates of Hell -- 2008, Kelly Dolen
371. The Gorgon -- 1964, Terence Fisher
370. The Hand -- 1981, Oliver Stone
369. The Haunted Palace -- 1963, Roger Corman
368. The Haunting -- 1999, Jan de Bont
367. The Hills Have Eyes -- 1977, Wes Craven
366. The Hole -- 2009, Joe Dante
365. The Host -- 2006, Joon-ho Bong
364. The House on Haunted Hill -- 1999, William Malone
363. Howling V: The Rebirth -- 1989, Neal Sundstrom

The Convent forever! I will always love that movie. I can't believe it was released in 2000, though, what the heck. Lots of these release dates...1999? 1998? Goodness me, how old am I? Time keeps on somethin' somethin' somethin'...into the fyoo-tchaaaaa.

Look, I know this is a list of favorites and I do not judge them! We all love things and that's just great. But I would be lying, dear reader, if I did not say that it physically pained me to put #368 on this list. My feud with that film will never end! I will take it to the grave and beyond!

Oct 12, 2017

SHOCKtober: 405-385

ONE VOTE EACH...they all got ONE VOTE EACH. ONE VOTE EACH, someday we'll get to two votes...

That was meant to be sung to the tune of "One More Night" by Phil Collins, in case you couldn't tell. I'm very sorry.

405. Stigmata -- 1999, Rupert Wainwright
404. Stuck -- 2007, Stuart Gordon
403. Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl -- 2016, A.D. Calvo
402. Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight -- 1995, Ernest R. Dickerson
401. Tales from the Hood -- 1995, Rusty Cundieff
400. Tarantula -- 1955, Jack Arnold
399. Teeth -- 2007, Mitchell Lichtenstein
398. Terminator 2 -- 1991, James Cameron
397. Terror at Red Wolf Inn -- 1972, Bud Townsend
396. Terror Train -- 1980, Roger Spottiswoode
395. The Abominable Dr. Phibes -- 1971, Robert Fuest
394. The Addiction -- 1995, Abel Ferrara
393. The Alligator People -- 1959, Roy Del Ruth
392. The Bay -- 2012, Barry Levinson
391. The Beast Within -- 1982, Philippe Mora
390. The Black Raven -- 1943, Sam Newfield
389. The Body Snatcher -- 1945, Robert Wise
388. The Brides of Dracula -- 1960, Terence Fisher
387. The Broken -- 2008, Sean Ellis
386. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari -- 1920, Robert Wiene
385. The Cat and the Canary -- 1927, Paul Leni

Hey hey, 1995 and old timey stuff represent!

Okay, hmm, I'm giving a bit of a side-eye to Terminator 2, but then again I've said we're mighty liberal around these parts so hey, now I'm giving myself a bit of side-eye.

That's really all the incredible insight I've got today. I'm tired and now that Phil Collins song is stuck in my head. Is there no end to my suffering??

Oct 11, 2017

SHOCKtober: 427-406

Hey, if you assumed that each film listed today received ONE VOTE, then you didn't make an ass out of u or me! Because they did receive one vote each. Good job.

427. Saturn 3 -- 1980, Stanley Donen & John Barry
426. Scanners -- 1981, David Cronenberg
425. Seance on a Wet Afternoon -- 1964, Bryan Forbes
424. Shallow Grave -- 1987, Richard Styles
423. Shock -- 1977, Mario Bava
422. Signs -- 2002, M. Night Shyamalan
421. Silver Bullet -- 1985, Daniel Attias
420. Sinister -- 2012, Scott Derrickson
419. Sisters -- 1972, Brian De Palma
418. Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers -- 1988, Michael A.Simpson
417. Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland -- 1989, Michael A. Simpson
416. Sleepy Hollow -- 1999, Tim Burton
415. Slut -- 2014, Chloe Okuno
414. Sorority Row -- 2009, Stewart Hendler
413. Southbound -- 2015, Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner, Patrick Horvath, Radio Silence
412. Splatter University -- 1984, Richard W. Haines
411. Spookies -- 1986, Genie Joseph, Thomas Doran, Brendan Faulkner
410. Spring -- 2014, Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead
409. StageFright -- 1987, Michele Soavi
408. Stake Land -- 2010, Jim Mickle
407. Starry Eyes -- 2014, Kevin Kolsch & Dennis Widmyer
406. Stephen King's Riding the Bullet -- 2004, Mick Garris

Stephen King's Riding the Bullet, eh? Well good for him, I say!

Listen, I don't want to victim blame but you really can't attend Splatter University and not expect a mess everywhere at best, to be murdered at worst.

If you haven't seen Starry Eyes really should see Starry Eyes.

And remember, kids, Angela is always watching!

Oct 10, 2017

SHOCKtober: 448-428

Say it with me now...each of these films received ONE VOTE each!

448. Plan 9 from Outer Space -- 1959, Ed Wood
447. Poltergeist III -- 1988, Gary Sherman
446. Pontypool -- 2008, Bruce McDonald
445. Prometheus -- 2012, Ridley Scott
444. Psycho II -- 1983, Richard Franklin
443. Psycho Cop Returns -- 1993, Adam Rifkin
442. Puppet Master -- 1989, David Schmoeller
441. Quatermass and the Pit -- 1967, Roy Ward Baker
440. R-Point -- 2004, Su-chang Kong
439. Rabies -- 2010, Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado
438. The Rape of the Vampire -- 1968, Jean Rollin
437. Razorback -- 1984, Russell Mulcahy
436. Rear Window -- 1954, Alfred Hitchcock
435. The Reflecting Skin -- 1990, Philip Ridley
434. Resolution -- 2012, Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead
433. Return of the Living Dead III -- 1993, Brian Yuzna
432. Rituals -- 1977, Peter Carter
431. Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare -- 1987, John Fasano
430. The Rocky Horror Picture Show -- 1975, Jim Sharman
429. Rose Red -- 2001, Craig R. Baxley
428. Satan's Cheerleaders -- 1977. Greydon Clark

Fun fact about my review, I posted a screenshot of Hal Holbrook sitting in the middle of the road, staring into the sunrise and made a joke about it being the cover of his 1978 lite-rock album "On the Road to Soft Gold." Well! Someone took that as a tidbit of truth and added it to the trivia section on the film's IMDb page. (It has since been scrubbed.) Well well! Apparently someone reading that trivia page also took it as a tidbit of truth and mentioned it in the commentary track of the movie's DVD release.

Look, obviously we all want to live in a world where Hal Holbrook releases soft rock albums, but we are not there yet. Man, the whole debacle is my one claim to fame and I didn't even get credit for it!

Also: fuck yeah Psycho II!

Oct 9, 2017

SHOCKtober: 469-449

Once more unto the ONE VOTE each, my friends.

469. Mirrors -- 2008, Alexandre Aja
468. Mother's Day -- 1980, Charles Kaufman
467. The Mothman Prophecies -- 2002, Mark Pellington
466. The Nail Gun Massacre -- 1985, Bill Leslie & Terry Lofton
465. Nailbiter -- 2013, Patrick Rea
464. Nang Nak -- 1999, Nonzee Nimibutr
463. Natural Born Killers -- 1994, Oliver Stone
462. Night Gallery -- 1969, Boris Sagal, Steven Spielberg, Barry Shear
461. Night of the Demons -- 1988, Kevin Tenney
460. Night of the Lepus -- 1972, William F. Claxton
459. Night of the Living Dead -- 1990, Tom Savini
458. Nightmare Man -- 2006, Rolfe Kanefsky
457. No Telling -- 1991, Larry Fessenden
456. Offerings -- 1989, Christopher Reynolds
455. Opera -- 1987, Dario Argento
454. Pan's Labyrinth -- 2006, Guillermo del Toro
453. Peeping Tom -- 1960, Michael Powell
452. Persona -- 1966, Ingmar Bergman
451. Phantasm IV: Oblivion -- 1998, Don Coscarelli
450. Phase IV -- 1974, Saul Bass
449. Piranha -- 1978, Joe Dante

I love love love that Night of the Lepus employs the "slo-mo = bigness" technique. You will believe a rabbit can be really big.

Also, let us thank The Nail Gun Massacre for one of the greatest lines of dialogue in the history of cinema:
"Remember when you could sit outside and not worry about the mosquitos and the killers?"

Oct 8, 2017

SHOCKtober: 490-470

Hey y'all, it's ONE VOTE-erin' time! Each of these movies is a favorite movie of one person. Well, and they're probably the favorites of more people out there, but those people didn't vote so who cares about them.

490. Killer Klowns from Outer Space -- 1988, Stephen Chiodo
489. Krampus -- 2015, Michael Dougherty
488. Kristy -- 2014, Oliver Blackburn
487. Kuroneko -- 1968, Kaneto Shindô
486. La Horde -- 2009, Yannick Dahan & Benjamin Rocher
485. Landmine Goes Click -- 2015, Levan Bakhia
484. Le frisson des vampires -- 1971, Jean Rollin
483. Left Bank -- 2008, Pieter Van Hees
482. Let Us Prey -- 2014, Brian O'Malley
481. Little Shop of Horrors -- 1986, Frank Oz
480. Lords of Salem -- 2012, Rob Zombie
479. Lovely Molly -- 2001, Eduardo Sánchez
478. Macabre -- 1980, Lamberto Bava
477. Madhouse -- 1981, Ovidio G. Assonitis
476. Madman -- 1981, Joe Giannone
475. Man Bites Dog -- 1992, Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoît Poelvoorde
474. Maniac Cop -- 1988, William Lustig
473. Matango -- 1963, Ishirô Honda
472. Mausoleum -- 1983, Michael Dugan
471. Memento Mori -- 1999, Tae-yong Kim & Kyu-dong Min
470. Mimic -- 1997, Guillermo del Toro

Great googly-moogly, how I love Mausoleum! Such an endless delight. In my humble opinion you can never go wrong with a possession film all chock full of corn teeth.

Come with me, if you will, on a journey called Landmine Goes Click:

I read the synopsis on IMDb when I look up the year and director. "Hmm, sounds interesting, I think!" I think. "A dude steps on a live landmine, is forced to continue standing there lest...ka-boom. I shall watch the trailer!"

"Hmm, okay. This looks pretty cool and I...wait, is this going to get rapey? Like, his girlfiend gets raped in front of him and he can't do anything lest...ka-boom? I shall find a review!"

From a review: "...Ilya plays a sadistic, sexually humiliating game with Alicia, forcing her to complete increasingly degrading tasks, until the inevitable, extended, graphic rape scene."

For fuck's sake. I'm just so tired of rape and sexual violence being used as a device in horror films, particularly when it's used solely to provide the male lead with the impetus for his righteous anger and revenge. I bid you good day, Landmine Goes Click. I SAID GOOD DAY.

Oct 7, 2017

SHOCKtober: 511-491

Yep yep, you know the drill: each of these films received ONE VOTE each. But we're breaking that 500 barrier, woo.

511. House -- 1985, Steve Miner
510. House of Wax -- 1953, André De Toth
509. Housebound -- 2014, Gerard Johnstone
508. Humanoids from the Deep -- 1980, Barbara Peeters & Jimmy T. Murakami
507. Hush -- 2016, Mike Flanagan
506. I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House -- 2016, Oz Perkins
505. I Know What You Did Last Summer -- 1997, Jim Gillespie
504. I Saw the Devil -- 2010, Jee-woon Kim
503. I, Madman -- 1989, Tibor Takács
502. Idle Hands -- 1999, Rodman Flender
501. In My Skin -- 2002, Marina de Van
500. Invasion of the Bee Girls -- 1973, Denis Sanders
499. Isle of the Dead -- 1945, Mark Robson
498. It -- 1990, Tommy Lee Wallace
497. It Comes at Night -- 2017, Trey Edward Shults
496. It's Alive -- 1974, Larry Cohen
495. Jason X -- 2001, James Isaac
494. Jaws 2 -- 1978, Jeannot Szwarc
493. Ju-on: The Grudge 2 -- 2003, Takashi Shimizu
492. Just Before Dawn -- 1981, Jeff Lieberman
491. Kill List -- 2011, Ben Wheatley

Why, there's some good stuff here, kids. Just Before Dawn is a terrific, often overlooked slasher flick. In My Skin is friggin' great if you're into body horror all new-French style (and you should be). I could go on: Housebound, Kill List...BUT I WON'T because I am the tired thing that lives in the apartment.

Oct 6, 2017

SHOCKtober: 533-512


533. Freaks -- 1932, Tod Browning
532. From a Whisper to a Scream -- 1987, Jeff Burr
531. From Beyond the Grave -- 1974, Kevin Connor
530. Frozen -- 2010, Adam Green
529. Gargoyles -- 1972, Bill Norton
528. Goodnight Mommy -- 2014, Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz
527. Grabbers -- 2012, Jon Wright
526. Grave Encounters -- 2011, Colin Minihan & Stuart Ortiz
525. Grim Prairie Tales -- 1990, Wayne Coe
524. Habit -- 1995, Larry Fessenden
523. Halloween II -- 2009, Rob Zombie
522. Hands of the Ripper -- 1971, Peter Sasdy
521. Hard Candy -- 2005, David Slade
520. Hatchet -- 2006, Adam Green
519. Häxan -- 1922, Benjamin Christensen
518. He Never Died -- 2015, Jason Krawczyk
517. Hell Night -- 1981, Tom DeSimone
516. Hell of the Living Dead -- 1980, Bruno Mattei & Claudio Fragasso
515. Here Comes the Devil -- 2012, Adrián García Bogliano
514. Horror Hotel -- 1960, John Llewellyn Moxey
513. The Horror of Party Beach -- 1964, Del Tenney
512. Hour of the Wolf -- 1968, Ingmar Bergman

Ooh baby I love Hell Night! One vote only...bah! It's getting a fancy-pants Blu-ray release in December (FINALLY) and I, for one, am ready to get all gorked out.

If I may be so bold, I think one of the greatest things about this kind of SHOCKtober experiment is that we can end up with an Ingmar Bergman film listed next to something called The Horror of Party Beach. We like 'em in all shapes and sizes around these parts, we don't discriminate!

So many of these films I feel like I've reviewed. Gargoyles, From Beyond the Grave...did I only review them in my head? If that's the case, well, it's not my fault you can't read them.

I enjoyed Grave Encounters quite a bit, but as you can see I refused to list the directors as "The Vicious Brothers." Remember when brother duos would bill themselves as brother duos and they were a bit of a thing in horror? Where are the sister duos? Are the Soskas the only ones carrying that torch?

And finally, speaking of "gooble gobble" is a sketchcard commission I did approximately 100 years ago that sure was fun to draw.

Oct 5, 2017

SHOCKtober: 554-534

Oh my child, we are still deep in ONE VOTE EACH territory.

554. Don't Go to Sleep -- 1982, Richard Lang
553. Don't Look in the Basement -- 1973, S.F. Brownrigg
552. Don't Open the Door -- 2014, Danny Foxx
551. Dr. Giggles -- 1992, Manny Coto
550. Dracula -- 1931, Tod Browning
549. Dracula A.D. 1972 -- 1972, Alan Gibson
548. Dracula Has Risen from the Grave -- 1968, Freddie Francis
547. Dream Home -- 2010, Ho-Cheung Pang
546. Duel -- 1971, Steven Spielberg
545. Dust Devil: The Final Cut -- 1992, Richard Stanley
544. Eden Lake -- 2008, James Watkins
543. Elle -- 2016, Paul Verhoeven
542. Empire of the Ants -- 1977, Bert I. Gordon
541. Eve's Bayou -- 1997, Kasi Lemmons
540. Eyes of Fire -- 1983, Avery Crounse
539. The Fall of the House of Usher -- 1928, Jean Epstein
538. Feast -- 2005, John Gulager
537. Final Destination 2 -- 2003, Davis R. Ellis
536. Final Destination 3 -- 2006, James Wong
535. Final Exam -- 1981, Jimmy Huston
534. The Food of the Gods -- 1976, Bert I. Gordon

Ugh, Food of the Gods would be a 100% perfect movie if it weren't for its use of real rats. I can't abide it! Real animals getting injured (at best) was too shocking and too much of a bummer the first (and only) time I've seen the film. Really sucks all the fun out of it for me. What a drag.

Man there's a lot of great advice in this little chunk o' list!  The basement? Don't look in there! The door? Don't open it! Sleep? Don't go to there! I'm hoping we saved some lives today.

Oct 4, 2017

SHOCKtober: 575-555

Another day, another batch of ONE VOTE movies!

575. Cloverfield -- 2008, Matt Reeves
574. Coherence -- 2013, James Ward Byrkit
573. Cold Prey 2 -- 2008, Mats Stenberg
572. The Collingswood Story -- 2002, Michael Costanza
571. Coma -- 1978, Michael Crichton
570. Creepshow 2 -- 1987, Michael Gornick
569. Crimson Peak -- 2015, Guillermo del Toro
568. Cujo -- 1983, Lewis Teague
567. Cure -- 1997, Kiyoshi Kurosawa
566. Dark Night of the Scarecrow -- 1981, Frank De Felitta
565. The Dark Secret of Harvest Home -- 1978, Leo Penn
564. Dead & Buried -- 1981, Gary Sherman
563. Dead End -- 2003, Jean-Baptiste Andrea & Fabrice Canepa
562. Dead Snow -- 2009, Tommy Wirkola
561. Deadly Blessing -- 1981, Wes Craven
560. Death Line (aka Raw Meat) -- 1972, Gary Sherman
559. Deathwatch -- 2002, Michael J. Bassett
558. Deliverance -- 1972, John Boorman
557. Detention -- 2011, Joseph Kahn
556. Doctor X -- 1932, Michael Curtiz
555. Dolls -- 1987, Stuart Gordon

YES Crimson Peak! Mismarketed à la one of yesterday's selections, Bug, it's not the all-out frightfest people were expecting (although frankly we should know that by now when it comes to Guillermo del Toro, right?). It's some straight-up lush, ghost-flavored gothic romance, like a paperback cover come to life. Jessica Chastain steals the show, channeling the restrained menace of Rebecca's Mrs. Danvers until she just can't keep the crazy hidden anymore. Look I even find Tom Hiddleston okay and that dude makes my skin crawl! What I'm saying is, I love Crimson Peak.

There are a lot of terrific films on this chunk o' list, so well done, kids. Dark Night of the Scarecrow and Dark Secret of Harvest Home–evidence that made-for-TV movies used to know what's up. Cujo, an underrated, terrific example of how confining characters to a single, very small place can still produce an engaging film. And given the state of the world these days, not much sounds better to me than retreating into the warm, comforting embrace of a Michael Crichton medical thriller like Coma!