Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Five Horror Films You Should Know



Five Horror Films You Should Know
By Daniel Skye

          Last January, I posted one of these to my blog and people seemed to enjoy it. I should have probably posted it last October. It would’ve made a lot more sense if I had. I’m not going to make that mistake again. This time, I’m posting my new list in the month of October to give all you horror fans a chance to discover some hidden gems you haven’t experienced yet.
          I know I’m not the only horror movie fan that posts on Google Plus or Twitter, so I hope you guys enjoy this list and learn about some films you haven’t heard of before. Feel free to comment, add your own suggestions, criticize my choices, or ask any questions about the five films I chose and why.

1.      Detention: Released in 2011, this horror/comedy that was written and directed by Joseph Khan stars Shanley Caswell, Josh Hutcherson, and Dane Cook. In Detention, the students of Grizzly Lake High School (possibly an homage to Crystal Lake) have to contend with a serial killer named Cinderhella who takes inspiration from a series of popular horror films reminiscent of the Saw movies. But there’s a whole lot more to this film then you’d expect. With elements of science fiction, including time travel, the plot can be absurd at times, but that only adds to the campy nature of the film. It’s funny, ridiculous, over-the-top, and you might find yourself pleasantly surprised with this entry to the horror genre.

2.      All Cheerleaders Die:  This 2013 film was directed by Lucky McKee (The Woman, Red) and co-written with Chris Sivertson. In this bloody battle of the sexes, cheerleaders clash with jocks. But there’s an unexpected supernatural twist to this one. I don’t want to give too much away, but I didn’t expect much from this film and thoroughly enjoyed it. Check this flick out and judge for yourself.

3.      My Little Eye:  Made in 2002, this virtually unknown film was directed by Marc Evans and written by David Hilton. Five contestants are selected for a reality television show. The deal is simple: Spend six months in a house you can’t leave with four complete strangers. If anyone leaves the house for any reason, you’re all disqualified. But if you make it through the six months, you’ll be rewarded one million dollars. Sound too good to be true? That’s because it is. A young Bradley Cooper has a small cameo in this solid film that relies more on suspense, tension, and genuine shocks rather than blood or gore.

4.      Night of the Creeps: This camp classic from 1986 is just what you may be looking for this Halloween. Alien slugs attack people, entering through their mouths and then began an incubation process in their hosts’ brain. The incubation continues even after the people who are infected with these alien parasites have died. Yes, they come back to life and terrorize the neighborhood as zombies. Jason Lively and horror icon Tom Atkins star in this bloody, gory, over-the-top fright flick written and directed by Fred Dekker.

5.      Street Trash: Ever seen a guy take a swig of booze, swell to the size of a hot air balloon, and then explode into a million bloody pieces? You will have after you’ve watched this gem from 1987. The story is flimsy and jumps around more than a crystal meth tweaker. The characters are rude, surly, crude, obnoxious, unlikable, and unsympathetic. But it’s a small price to pay for all the visual gags and inventive special effects. You’ll probably recognize Tony Darrow (from GoodFellas and other popular films) in the mess of sub-plots this film has, but that’s about all you’ll recognize. If you enjoy Troma films like Toxic Avenger, this one is definitely for you.

Honorable Mentions: 

Frailty (2001) starring Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, and Powers Boothe

Wizard Of Gore (2007) starring Kip Pardue, Bijou Phillips, Crispin Glover, Brad Dourif, and Jeffrey Combs

Blood on the Highway (2008) starring Deva George, Nate Rubin, and Robin Gierhart
You’re Next (2011) starring Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg, and AJ Bowen
28 Days Later (2002) starring Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, and Christopher Eccleston

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