The Sighting Quick Review

The Sighting Quick Review

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The Sighting takes place a year after seven local students are murdered at a lake house. Two recent high school graduates decide to drive up from Michigan to Canada. They take a shortcut and soon discover the terrifying truth behind one of the worlds most popular cyptids.

I want to start by saying The Sighting is one of those movies that I am glad I didn’t give up on. The Sighting opens up and looks like it’s going to be a found footage movie. I am just not a fan of them and really have to be in the mood for one and I am almost never in the mood. Thankfully, it isn’t. Also, one of my pet peeves is when characters do stupid things. There’s more than a few characters doing stupid things in this movie. However, the movie begins to redeem itself towards the end.

One of the things a movie can do to help win me over is to surprise me. The Sighting did that. It actually tells a story. It gives an explanation of one of the oldest North American urban legends. A lot of the dumb things the main character Travis, played by writer directer Adam Pitman does, later begins to make sense or maybe it doesn’t? In any case, it goes from a simply stereotypical creature feature to something a little more interesting and I loved that about The Sighting.

I am not going to blow sunshine up your ass and say this is an amazing movie. It’s not but it’s good if you give it the chance. The Sighting has a very low rating on IMDb and that’s a shame because it’s actually an above average movie. Halfway through it admittedly I wasn’t happy with it but I felt that was almost intentional on the part of the writer. Like Adam Pitman is setting the expectations low so you don’t see the story twist coming. It makes the second half a lot more interesting. When you realize that it’s quite possible that not everything is as it appears to be.

It’s got some nudity. Not much but as a lonely, creepy middle-age man that loves boobs, it put a naughty smile on my smile on my face. I’d like to personally thank Jasmine John for that. Not a lot of gore but what’s there is well done done well for the most part.  I think if you give the movie a change you’ll like it. It’s not a crazy teen movie and it’s not an academy award winner. It’s a solid movie with an original story and that makes better than most horror movies out there.

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The Innkeepers 2011 Quick Review

The Innkeepers 2011 Quick Review

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The Innkeepers is about a two employees working the last weekend before the Inn Closes for good. With only a couple of guests staying for the weekend they decide this is their final chance to do some serious ghost hunting and prove the place is haunted once and for all. The more they hunt, the more they find.

Written and Directed By
Ti West

Cast:
Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis

The Innkeepers has been on my list to watch for a while now. I am sorry that I put it off for so long. I loved everything about this movie except for the ending. It doesn’t ruin the movie but it doesn’t do the movie justice. The acting, the dialog, the story, the direction and cinematography all superb. With the exception of the ending there just isn’t much not to like about this movie.

Ti West, the writer and director does an excellent job of capturing everything from the mundane and monotony of the the employees at the beginning of The Innkeepers. And, he did it without making the audience feel bored. Then, as the story progresses he builds the tension and suspense until it’s final climactic glory. But, it was the dialog that most caught my attention. There was a line uttered by Luke played by Pat Healy about being a realist that is almost verbatim to what I have been saying to describe myself or rather my philosophy for decades. It made me wonder if I had met the guy before.

The Acting was great and Sara Paxton was amazing as Clair. The faces she makes are so expressive. I fell in love with her character instantly. Pat Healy was great. His character Luke was an asshole most of the time but not to the point of total douchery. That’s not easy to pull off. You want to like the guy but you can’t and then you can. It made for an interesting character.

Now, as mentioned, the ending. A bad ending can ruin an otherwise good horror movie. This didn’t ruin the movie by any means. I am sure it’s possible that some may have even been okay with the ending. I was not. But, I have to admit that maybe I just didn’t get the ending? I felt it needed more. It’s like there was a twist to it that I felt was supposed to have a deeper meaning to it that I just didn’t see. However, I can’t stress enough to not let that stop you from watching this. It’s a good story. There’s some good creepiness and some decent scares to it. And, Sara Paxton’s performance was brilliant.

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The Other Side of the Door 2016 Quick Review

The Other Side of the Door 2016 Quick Review

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The Other Side of the Door is about a young couple living in India and trying to come to terms with the loss of a child. The mother feels terrible guilt over the loss of her son and is told of an ancient ritual that will allow her to talk to her son one last time to say goodbye. But, there are rules that must be followed and in a moment of desperation she breaks the rules causing a disturbance between the boundaries of life and death.

I have to admit that I put off watching this for a while because of the preview. The preview shows a character being told the rules to follow and of course the first thing they do is not follow the rules. The second that happens it takes me out of the moment and I feel they deserve every bad thing that’s going to happen to them. Very rarely can a character break the rules and still have me interested in the story.

If the rules are going to be broken then I have to understand why the character ignored the rules. It has to make sense to me. I have to sit there and think, “would have done or can I understand why they did it and accept it?” 9 times out of 10 a character will ignore the rules for no other reason than they are an idiot. That’s usually a sign of bad writing. However, in The Other Side of the Door, they didn’t do that. I understand why made the lead character did what she did and I have to admit that there was a part of me that wondered if I too would have done the same thing. This moment in the film was so well done and believable. You have nothing but compassion for this person.

There are so many things to like about The Other Side of the Door. The acting, the story, the scenery I could go on and on. I supposed what I liked the most about it was the ending. I won’t ruin it for you. I will just say that as the movie was coming to an end I was feeling disappointed in it. The entire film was interesting and had a wonderful eerie feel to it but it appeared they were going to blow the ending and it was starting to feel the disappointment. Then, it did something that was just perfect. I’m not saying it’s a happy ending or a sad ending I am just saying it’s good, “Whoa!” ending.

Who will like this movie? Adults, mature teens, people with a good amount of life experience. I doubt very much shallow people will be able to appreciate it. If you’re looking for boobs and gore I’d skip this one. But, if you want a movie with a good story, suspense with a couple of scares thrown in, I think you will really enjoy The Other Side of the Door.

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Top 25 Scary Horror Movies!

Top 25 Scary Horror Movies!

Top 25 Scary Horror Movies…

I have gone through a lot of horror movies in my day.  Been a fan since I was just a child.  I think my first favorite scary movie was, “I Was a Teenage Werewolf” starring Michael Landon.  I must have been 4 years old the first time I saw it on TV back in the early 70’s.  But, what really got me hooked was a Vincent Price movie that I shouldn’t have seen when I was around the same age.  I don’t know the name of it.  I just remember Vincent Price walking over to a woman I believed to be his wife in the film.  She’s sitting down, as if she were at her makeup table getting reading for the evening perhaps.  He touches her hair, softly and her head falls off.  Being 4 or 5 years old at the time, I just didn’t see it coming.  And, ever since then, I have been a fan of the genre.

Something to consider about this list.  I’m not completely happy with it.  The reason is.  I love horror movies but very few actually scare me.  It’s easy for a horror movie to scare you with scenes that make you jump.  It’s harder to make something that sticks with you long after you’ve left the theater.  Movies, that make think you twice about walking into that dark room at the end of the hall.  I am not saying these are my favorite horror movies of all time.  I am just trying to put together a list of films that I think do both well.

One last thing before I begin.  I am sure there will be movies left out that shouldn’t have been.  There are probably films that are more scary that I either haven’t seen or just didn’t recall at the time I sat to write this list.   In case you’re wondering, that time is 11:17 pm Arizona time.  So should anyone ever read this list and disagree with it or want to yell at me because I didn’t list you’re favorite.  Forgive me, and try to understand, this is my list, it isn’t your list.  If it were your list, you would have written it.

Here we go…

25. Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954 Directed by Jack Arnold)
Creature from the Black Lagoon 1954 with Julia Adams

Here’s why this is on the list.  It’s the perfect monster movie.  It’s an excluded, exotic location that gives the film a sense of aloneness.  There’s a sense scientific plausibility that this creature could exist.  The cinematography is really well done.   The shots of Julie Adams’s character swimming with the creature swimming right below her are so much creepy fun.  There’s a sense of compassion for the creature as well as fascination for it.  It’s Beauty and the Beast meets King Kong. Oh and one thing a lot of people don’t know.  This was a trilogy.  I didn’t know there was a third movie until about 10 years ago.

24. The Blair Witch Project (1999 Directed by Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánche)
The Blair Witch Project 1999 Heather Donahue

Good or bad this movie is responsible for the found footage craze.  It wasn’t the first to do it but it was certainly the most successful at the time.  It was a new experience for the general public and it managed to create a panic and fear for a lot viewers.  It tapped into that sense that what we were watching was real.  More than that, it did it with acting.  There were no huge special effects, not really any gore.  It took you on paranormal, witching ride and let a lot of the scares happen in your mind.   I remember seeing this in the theater and I fell for it.  I enjoyed every single minute of it.  There are also people to this day that are so stupid, they still think the movie is real.  The movie is 15 years old now and there have been two or three found footage films released almost every year since.  That’s an impact that can’t be denied.

23. Signs (2002 Directed by Directed M Night Shyamalan)
Signs 2002 Alien Creature

The suspense in this film was so fun.  It’s the last M Night film I truly enjoyed.  As I recall it was long before most of us realized that Mel Gibson was bat shit crazy and M Night sadly became a joke.  Signs told an interesting story, with believability, imagination and a lot of creepiness.  There’s two main stories here, there’s the alien invasion story and also the sad story of Mel Gibson’s character losing his wife and his faith.  It wonderfully blends both stories together while working them both into a significant life changes to all the characters in the film.

22. Nightmare on Elm Street (1984 Directed by Wes Craven)
Nightmare On Elm Street 1984 Heather Langenkamp

I love this movie mostly because I wrote it, sort of.  I will explain what I mean by that in my closing below.  A Nightmare on Elm Street was such an original story.  The thought of bringing something back from our nightmares, literally.  The silly idea that if you die in your dreams, you die in real life.  People seriously believe stuff like that and this film took full advantage of it.  A brilliant villain played by Robert Englund with a stunning, realistic make up by Kevin Yagher who also did the Crypt Keeper and Chucky.  And, let’s not forget the costume and that infamous bladed glove.

21. The Fog (1979 Directed by John Carpenter)
The Fog 1979 Zombie Ghosts

Director John Carpenter’s 1st appearance on my list.  This film was more creepy than scary in my opinion.  But, it ended with zombie ghosts, you can’t beat that.  The acting was well done, the story was a tale of reckoning from beyond the grave.  And, I believe it was the first time Jaime Lee Curtis and her mother Janet Leigh starred in a film together.  What I like about this film is that it does something that I hate in almost every horror movie but it does it so well I didn’t even realize it until I started writing this.  I hate when horror movies try to build suspense by not doing anything until the final moments of the film.  Too much talking, too much information.  I am reminded of Dead Sea.  It did it wrong.  The Fog does it right by mixing an interesting mystery with actual things happening along the way.  People die, go missing and we know there’s something in the fog but we don’t know what it is.  And, if we want to know, we have to let the story unfold as it reveals clues with some talking, some action and some scares. Very well done.

20. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978, Directed by Philip Kaufman)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1978 Donald Sutherland

I loved the original but I chose this remake for the very scene above.  I saw this when it came it out.  I was just a kid but when Donald Southerland’s character pointed her out and made that godawful sound, it was just so creepy.  It added things just mentioned in the original version and it added them well.  The more I think about it, the more I think I really need to watch this again.

19. Dawn of the Dead (1978 Directed by George A. Romero)
Dawn of the Dead 1978

Two things make this movie great.  The direction by George Romero and the special effects by Tom Savini. The theme of this movie has been copied over and over again.  A small group of group people all centrally located in one place and they have to fight for their lives to survive.  Sure it was done in the original as well but it wasn’t until the sequel that Hollywood really took notice that format.  The zombie craze was truly born and horror movie after horror movie took a group of people, put them all in one place and killed them.

18. An American Werewolf in London (1981 Directed by John Landis)
An American Werewolf in London GriffinDunne

I can’t say enough about this horror movie.  Gore, it’s fun, it’s scary, it’s creepy, and it when it first came out we all were convinced that David Naughton really turned into a werewolf.  The special effects were so well done.  It was the first movie since Friday the 13th that did special effects with such skill you couldn’t help but be amazed.  And, this was long before CGI started to ruin everything.  This is such a great story, told so well by John Landis.

17. Frailty (2001, Directed by Bill Paxton)
Frailty 2001 Bill Paxton Burial Ground

Not a lot of people saw this but for me I found it terrifying.  It contains two things that scare the shit out of me.  Insane, religious extremist killing people and worse than that, the insane, religious extremist killing people aren’t crazy.

16. The Amityville Horror (1979, Directed by Stuart Rosenberg)
The Amityville Horror 1979 Morgot Kidder James Brolin

The story of George and Kathy Lutz and the whole, evil ghosts made me do it thing has long since been debunked.  But, the “based on a true story” concept sells.  It was an incredible true story of an insane man’s defense for killing his family.  The movie sells the evil in the house well.  I watched this movie about 10 years ago.  I lived alone and as I try to do with all horror movies, I watch them alone at night.  I couldn’t help but be creeped out by the movie.  I watch so many horror and when one of them actually creeps me out enough that even after the movie is over I turn the light on first before walking into my dark bedroom, it’s a good movie.

15. Psycho (1960 Alfred Hitchcock)
Psycho Janet Leigh

I will be honest about this movie.  When I first saw it as a kid, I was so bored that I wanted to cry.  It wasn’t suspenseful to me, it wasn’t really scary.  Yes the shower scene freaked me out and like most people, to this day it’s why I lock the door anytime I use the bathroom.  But, it’s that one scene that makes me put this film on the list.  Sure, watching it now, I can understand the suspense.  I understand the insanity of Norman bates.  But, it’s that shower scene that haunts most of us.  Nearly 55 years later and this scene is still recognizable.  Consider that, most of the people alive today weren’t even born when this movie came out and everyone knows the music and knows about the shower scene.

14. The Sixth Sense (1999 Directed M Night Shyamalan)
The Sixth Sense 1999 Toni Collette

I remember seeing this in the theaters.  I thought it was okay until the ending.  Then, I thought it was great.  I went to see it with one of my friends.  When Bruce Willis’s character looks on at his wife, a sleep in her chair with the TV in the background playing their wedding videos, I felt sad for them.   Two seconds later when the wedding band hits the floor I actually said, “Oh shit!”  Bill, my friend said, “What?!”  I told him to just wait.  Then the film brilliantly shows us flashes of the past letting the rest of the audience catch up.  I will never forget all the, “Oh my God’s!” and gasps as the reality of it all sank in.  One of the best ending to a horror movie, ever!

 13. Final Destination 2 (2003 Directed by David R. Ellis)
Final Destination 2 2003 Logging Truck

“How can this be on the list?!” some of you might be screaming right now.  It’s simple, it’s a sequel that was just as good as (in my opinion better) than the original.  To this very day, I see a logging truck on the road and I pull the fuck over or fly past it and keep that shit in the rearview mirror.  This movie was so much fun and so well done.  From great special effects to really good acting.  When I watch Criminal Minds, I still look at A.J. Cook and think of her as Kimberly Corman from this movie.  Some of what made this movie great were the clues as to how people were going to die.  For example, the kid that wins the lottery.  Watch as he is in the kitchen and one of the magnet letters falls off the fridge leaving the word “Eye” spelled out.  So many little fun clues not a lot of people pick up on.

12. Friday the 13th (1980 Directed by Sean S. Cunningham)
Friday the 13th 1980 Jeannine Taylor

What made this movie so great besides Tom Savini’s amazing special effects was the story.  It had a really good story.   It was a simple story, but it made sense.  It wasn’t silly or unrealistic.  Most horror movies that copy this movie completely forget that when they try to copy it.  This movie was just as much a slasher film as it was a whodunit.  As you watch it, you start to think that maybe the killer is one of the counselors or at the very least someone we’ve met in the film thus far.  I remember watching it as a kid and when one of the characters kills the snake in the cabin, he looks at it, there’s a creepiness to it, a subtle look makes you wonder if he’s the killer.  I remember us wondering who the killer was.  Slasher movies don’t have that mystery much anymore.  We don’t even really wonder who the killer is.  We just know it’s going to be some psycho person that’s killing just for the sake of the film.  In “Friday”, there was a reason the killer was killing.  It gave clues and it spawned, in sequels, probably the most recognizable movie killer in history.

11. Poltergeist (1982, Directed by Tobe Hooper)
Poltergeist 1982 Heather-O'Rourke

I am not a fan of PG horror movies.  Chances are if it’s a PG movie it is PG because the studio wanted all the gore and sex cut out so kids can see it and bring in more money.  This isn’t the case here.  Not really any gore or sex.  Just a fascinating take on ghost stories.  Suspense, a creepy clown, things under the bed, ghosts and a sweet faced little girl that was able to be cute in one scene and totally creepy in the next.  Then there’s all the tragedy surrounding the deaths some of those involved in the series of films.  So many urban legends.  You can read the truth behind them on Snopes.com.

10. Jaws (1975 Directed by Steven Spielberg)
Jaws-1975 Robert Shaw as Quint

I know, it’s not really a horror movie.  But, it’s scary and it belongs here.  I remember people saying that the shark looks fake, that sharks don’t jump out of the water.  Both, completely not true.  This film started my fascination with sharks and I soon learned way back in the 70’s that sharks do in fact jump out of the water.  Well, I can’t say it was fact but I had read something about it.  I had several playground arguments over this fact.  No one would believe me when I said that sharks can jump out of the water.  It would be about 20 years later that the world finally got to see this when it aired, “Air Jaws” during Shark Week.  But, I was vindicated.  The film was more real than not.  We’ve since seen rogue sharks, sharks jumping out of the water and of course sharks attacking and killing people.  as well they should.  We kill an estimated 100 million of them every year and they kill about 4 or 5 people every year.  Proving once again, man is always the true villain.

9.  The Descent (2006 Directed by Neil Marshall)
The Descent 2005 CastI enjoyed this for many reasons.  It was creepy, it was scary and it had strong women.  Hell, if they could have thrown in some nudity in a hot lesbian scene I would put this film at number one!  But seriously, I have seen a lot of critics shit on this movie and I am pretty sure it’s because they are full of shit.  It had some really good scares in it.  It had suspense, scenes that really made you understand what being claustrophobic is like and gore.  But, best of all it had an interesting, believable story with a cast of mostly females that acted well and it didn’t resort to cheap sex and unneeded nudity.  Being a guy, I always want nudity, I own that.  But, it’s not always needed and many times it can take away from the story.  This was very well done.

8.  Halloween (1978 Directed by John Carpenter)
Halloween 1978 Jamie Lee Curtis and Michael Myers

Halloween makes the list because it really did start the insane killer craze.  It was scary and John Carpenters Halloween theme was every bit effective as tool to create suspense and scares as was Michael Myer’s mask.   However, as much as love this movie, I almost didn’t put it on the list.  Because it does another thing that I really, really hate in horror movies.  It has a main character that is an idiot.  Sorry, but in this movie, Laurie Strode is an idiot.  How many times does she think she’s killed Michael only to have him pop back up?  Once, is enough to ruin a horror movie in my eyes.  Twice and I want the character to die.  If the character doesn’t die, I feel cheated.  Laurie Strode walks away from Myers twice!  The above photo is the second time, she turns her back on the guy!  However, it wasn’t a cliche when this movie did it.  It became one because of this movie.  Keeping that in mind, Laurie Strode was a strong character and the film gave us my favorite killer of all time.

7.  Halloween II (1981 Directed by Rick Rosenthal)
Halloween II Michael Myers

Halloween II in my opinion is far better than the first one.  I believed every minute of this movie.  I was sold on the fact that Michael Myers was pure evil.  He was an unstoppable force you couldn’t escape from.  I could have done without the Samhain crap that went nowhere but the rest of the movie was just simply a good time.  When he walked through glass doors of the hospital, I think that I actually smiled.  It just set him apart from every other killer out there.  He is so methodical in his actions.  His silent rage was so pure.  And, Laurie Strode learned from her mistakes.  She knew he was still out there, he was still coming for her and he couldn’t be stopped.

6.  The Evil Dead (1981, Directed by Sam Raimi)
The Evil Dead 1981 Zombie in the Basement

I first watched this trilogy about 15 or so years ago.  Though I wasn’t really impressed with part 2.  This one stands out as unusual, creepy and this zombie thing poking her head out from the basement was just freaky to me.  I don’t know what the hell it was but that face and the way it moved, I’ve had nightmares with that face in it.  And, of course there’s the Bruce Campbell factor.  You could tell this film was going to be a cult classic from the beginning.

5.  The Thing (1982 Directed by John Carpenter)
The Thing 1982 Wilford Brimley

Another movie that blends a good story with amazing special effects.  It has all the things that make a great horror movie.  The characters are isolated, there’s no escaping.  Great musical score that helps to build the mood as well as the suspense.  For the most part, no stupid characters, a great monster.  Everything about this film is a win.

4.  Aliens (1986 Directed by James Cameron)
Aliens 1986 Sigourney Weaver and Alien Queen

I saw this in the theater  with my friend Shane.  I kept hearing a sloshing sound coming from his direction as the movie carried on.  I finally figured out what it was.  His hand, holding his coke with ice in it.  His hand was shaking at the really suspenseful scenes.  Another film with a good story, good acting, a strong female lead and the last hour is pretty much non-stop suspense.  We both out of breath by the end of the movie.  It’s as if we were on that planet with them.

3.  The Changeling (1980 Directed Peter Medak)
The Changeling 1980 George C Scott

One of the best ghost stories every written.  It’s a more than that though, it becomes a murder mystery, a cover up conspiracy movie and a main character who suffers a loss so tragic you can’t help but to root for him.  There’s no big special effects here.  But there are some scenes that will make the hairs on the back of you neck stand up.  It’s not a face paced movie, it takes it’s time to get there but stick with it, pay attention and you’ll love it.

2.  The Shining (1980 Stanley Kubrick)
The Shining 1980 Twins Lisa and Louise Burns

Another example of building suspense done well.   Jack Nicholson’s character’s descent into insanity is fascinating to watch.  His kid with and redrum finger.  Those creepy twins.  So much of this movie stands the test of time.  It’s not action packed but if you haven’t seen it, watch it alone, pay attention enjoy the rabbit hole.  Oh, want to see what they look like now?  The Today Show has a photo here.

1.  The Exorcist (1973, Directed by William Freidkin)
The Exorcist 1973 Linda Blair

From the creepy music, “Tubular Bells” to that face.  As someone that is not religious at all, I still think this movie is creepy and scary.  I’ve been asked before, how can I find this scary if I don’t believe in any god’s.  My answer is, “How can you find ghost stories scary if you don’t believe in ghosts?  How can you find ‘Game of Thrones’ good if you don’t believe in dragons?  It’s a movie.  It’s called suspension of disbelief.  If a film can’t get you to accept what it’s telling you for 90 minutes, it failed.”  This movie is just frightening.  Though I realize not everyone thinks so.  My friend Bill that I mentioned earlier.  He hadn’t seen it so I had him over to my place to watch it when we were kids back in the 80’s.  When Linda Blair’s character comes out in her nightgown during that party and pees on the floor.  Bill laughed.  Nothing about the movie scared him.  To him, it was a comedy.  And, he’s somewhat religious.  Go figure.

Well, there you have it.  As far as the movies go, I don’t think that there were really too many surprises.  I know that some will wonder how I can have some movies above others.  Most of the time it comes down to was it more scary or more creepy.  Was it more of a monster movie than a more traditional horror movie.  For example, Jaws.  It’s not really a horror movie but it is scary, the antagonist is a monster.  So, it’s on the list.  Even though it’s a better movie than some of the of movies that ranked higher on the list.  Or, rather lower, depending upon how you look at it.

About A Nightmare on Elm Street.  I was in the 7th grade when I had this nightmare.  I will keep it brief but it was about this lady who drove an old Plymouth.  She was terribly burned on one side of her face and she was chasing me and a friend.  In fact, the same I mentioned that I went and saw The Sixth Sense with.  I don’t know why she was chasing us.  She ran over my friend.  She chased me all the way to my neighborhood.  I got to another friends house, she killed all of them.  I made it to my house, she attacked in my room.  For some reason I was in bed all of sudden.  I got up to defend myself.  She had a knife, I managed to get it from her.  I had her on the ground, in front of my closet.  I was stabbing her face repeatedly.

I wake from this nightmare and I am on my back and my right hand is making stabbing motions at my right leg.  It was so strange.  Anyways, so I get out of bed and I walk over to my closet and slide the door open and reach in for a shirt.  As I pull it out, I notice on the door frame, what looks like a drop of blood on the frame.

It got me thinking, what if that dream was somehow real? That somehow parts of the dream spilled over into the waking world?  So I started to write a story.  It was about 8 or 10 pages when I was done.  It was all about this dream killer that somehow was killing my friends through my dreams.  The killer eventually comes out of my dreams into the real world.

I showed that story to a couple of teachers, one of them liked the first few pages, asked if he could borrow it over night.  About a year and a half later, A Nightmare on Elm Street was released in the theaters.  I’m not saying Wes Craven stole my story.  I’m just saying, what are the chances that someone else comes up with my exact same idea for a story.  So, now you know the truth.  I want to be compensated Mr. Craven!

10 Horror Movies Worth Watching

10 Horror Movies Worth Watching

10 Horror Movies Worth Watching…

I know, I know the name of the site is Bad Horror Movies.  Well, I can’t help it I have been writing reviews for about a day now trying to get this going and I need to cleanse my pallet with some of the horror movies out there that are worth taking a look at.  But not just any horror movies.  10 Horror movies you may not have seen.   I am not saying that all of these these horror movies should have been Academy Award winners. Just saying that in the vast plethora of bad horror movies these 10 are worth watching if you haven’t seen them.

In no so specific order they are…

Absentia 2011Absentia 2010
Tricia’s husband Daniel has been missing for seven years. Her younger sister Callie comes to live with her as the pressure mounts to finally declare him ‘dead in absentia.’ As Tricia sifts through the wreckage and tries to move on with her life, Callie finds herself drawn to an ominous tunnel near the house. As she begins to link it to other mysterious disappearances, it becomes clear that Daniel’s presumed death might be anything but ‘natural.’ The ancient force at work in the tunnel might have set its sights on Callie and Tricia … and Daniel might be suffering a fate far worse than death in its grasp.
– Written by Mike Flanagan (Director)

Starts off a little slow but it’s an interesting story and I really liked Katie Parker in it.  Strong yet vulnerable, I couldn’t take my eyes off her.

Cast of Characters:
Katie Parker    …     Callie
Courtney Bell    …     Tricia
Dave Levine    …     Det. Mallory
Justin Gordon    …     Det. Lonergan
Morgan Peter Brown    …     Daniel

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Tucker and Dale vs. Evil 2010 Tucker and Dale vs. Evil 2010
Two lovable West Virginian hillbillies, are headed to their “fixer-upper” vacation cabin to drink some beer, do some fishin’, and have a good time. But when they run into a group of preppy college kids who assume from their looks that they must be in-bred, chainsaw wielding killers, Tucker & Dale’s vacation takes a bloody & hilarious turn for the worse.
– Written by Tucker

I first saw a rough cut of this that I actually think was better than the final product, in that it used a couple of different takes in the final version that I think didn’t work as well as the rough cut. However, what an original idea this movie is.  If you don’t get why this movie is great, you’re not a horror true horror fan.

Cast of Characters:
Tyler Labine    …     Dale
Alan Tudyk    …     Tucker
Katrina Bowden    …     Allison
Jesse Moss    …     Chad
Philip Granger    …     Sheriff
Brandon Jay McLaren    …     Jason (as Brandon McLaren)
Christie Laing    …     Naomi
Chelan Simmons    …     Chloe
Travis Nelson    …     Chuck
Alex Arsenault    …     Todd (as Alexander Arsenault)

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Eden Lake 2008Eden Lake 2008
Nursery teacher Jenny and her boyfriend Steve, escape for a romantic weekend away. Steve, planning to propose, has found an idyllic setting: a remote lake enclosed by woodlands and seemingly deserted. The couple’s peace is shattered when a gang of obnoxious kids encircles their campsite. Reveling in provoking the adults, the gang steals the couple’s belongings and vandalizes their car leaving them completely stranded. When Steve confronts them, tempers flare and he suffers a shocking and violent attack. Fleeing for help, Jenny is subject to a brutal and relentless game of cat-and-mouse as she desperately tries to evade her young pursuers and find her way out of the woods.
– Written by Pathe International

This is sort of a revenge horror film.  I normally don’t like these kinds of films because they just frustrate me so much.  I suffer from a Superman complex, when I see someone being abused or bullied I just want to jump in and save the day.  This being a movie, all I could do is sit and watch.  However, there is some pay back that makes it worthwhile plus some surprises along the way.

Cast of Characters:
Kelly Reilly    …     Jenny
Michael Fassbender    …     Steve
Tara Ellis    …     Abi
Jack O’Connell    …     Brett
Finn Atkins    …     Paige
Jumayn Hunter    …     Mark
Thomas Turgoose    …     Cooper

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Grave Encounters 2011Grave Encounters Poster 2011
Lance Preston and the crew of “Grave Encounters”, a ghost-hunting reality television show, are shooting an episode inside the abandoned Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital, where unexplained phenomena have been reported for years. All in the name of good television, they voluntarily lock themselves inside the building for the night and begin a paranormal investigation, capturing everything on camera. They quickly realize that the building is more than just haunted – it is alive – and it has no intention of ever letting them leave. They find themselves lost in a labyrinth maze of endless hallways and corridors, terrorized by the ghosts of the former patients. They soon begin to question their own sanity, slipping deeper and deeper into the depths of madness, ultimately discovering the truth behind the hospital’s dark past…and taping what turns out to be their final episode.
– Written by Producer (IMBD)

It’s been a while since I saw this one but it stands out in my mind as surprisingly well done.  Some good scares and a lot of creepiness.  There’s a sequel to it I haven’t seen yet.  But, this one is definitely worth a late night watch.

Cast of Characters:
Sean Rogerson as Lance Preston
Ashleigh Gryzko as Sasha Parker
Merwin Mondesir as T.C. Gibson
Mackenzie Gray as Houston Grey
Juan Riedinger as Matt White
Arthur Corber as Dr. Arthur Friedkin
Bob Rathie as Kenny Sandavol (Caretaker)
Matthew K. McBride as Spiritual Force
Ben Wilkinson as Jerry Hartfield
Alex Timmer as The Tongueless Demon
Eva Gifford as Demon Girl
Michele Cummins as Bathtub Demon
Shawn Macdonald as Morgan Turner
Fred Keating as Gary Crawford
Max Train as Punk Guy
Marita Eason as Punk Girl
Luis Jamer as Javier Ortega

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Ginger Snaps 2000 (Trilogy)Ginger Snaps 2000 The Ginger Snaps Film Poster
Is a 2000 Canadian horror film directed by John Fawcett. The film focuses on two teenage sisters, Ginger and Brigitte Fitzgerald (Katharine Isabelle and Emily Perkins), who have a fascination with death. The title is a pun on the cookie ginger snap. “Snap” (snapping) also relates to losing one’s self-control, or a quick, aggressive bite. During the film’s production, the Columbine High School massacre and the W. R. Myers High School shooting took place, causing public controversy over the film’s horror themes and the funding it received from Telefilm. – Wikipedia

It is the first entry in the Ginger Snaps trilogy, followed by Ginger Snaps II: Unleashed and Ginger Snaps Back.

I enjoyed this movie so much.  Ginger Snaps is the first film in the trilogy.  Such an unusual yet refreshing story.  I recommend binge watching the trilogy. Two sisters, werewolves, you can’t go wrong here.

Cast of Characters:
Emily Perkins as Brigitte Fitzgerald
Katharine Isabelle as Ginger Fitzgerald
Kris Lemche as Sam MacDonald
Mimi Rogers as Pamela Fitzgerald
Jesse Moss as Jason McCardy
Danielle Hampton as Trina Sinclair
John Bourgeois as Henry Fitzgerald
Peter Keleghan as Mr. Wayne
Christopher Redman as Ben
Jimmy MacInnis as Tim
Lindsay Leese as Nurse Ferry
Wendii Fulford as Ms. Sykes
Lucy Lawless voice on school’s PA system

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The Changeling 1980The Changeling 1980
John Russell (George C. Scott), a composer living in Syracuse, New York, moves cross-country to Washington state following a tragic traffic accident while on a winter vacation in upstate New York. In suburban Seattle, John rents a large, old and eerie Victorian-era mansion and begins piecing his life back together. However, John soon discovers that he has unexpected and unwelcome company in his new home.

If you haven’t seen this you’re missing out on one of the most haunting ghost films of all time.  There are moments so creepy they will give you the chills.  A lot of the things in this movie have been done over and over in other films since this movie’s release back in 1980 but few have done it better.

Cast of Characters:
George C. Scott as John Russell, composer
Melvyn Douglas as Sen. Joseph Carmichael
Trish Van Devere as Claire Norman
Eric Christmas as Albert Harmon
John Colicos as De Witt
Jean Marsh as Joanna Russell
Roberta Maxwell as Eva Lingstrom
Barry Morse as Doctor Pemberton
Terence Kelly as Sgt. Durban

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Bubba Ho-Tep 2002Bubba Ho-Tep 2002 Poster
Based on the Bram Stoker Award nominee short story by cult author Joe R. Lansdale, Bubba Ho-tep tells the “true” story of what really did become of Elvis Presley. We find Elvis (Bruce Campbell) as an elderly resident in an East Texas rest home, who switched identities with an Elvis impersonator years before his “death”, then missed his chance to switch back. Elvis teams up with Jack (Ossie Davis), a fellow nursing home resident who thinks that he is actually President John F. Kennedy, and the two valiant old codgers sally forth to battle an evil Egyptian entity who has chosen their long-term care facility as his happy hunting grounds.
– Written by Eric Shovanda

If you’re a Bruce Campbell fan, you’ve already seen this one. If not, it’s so quirky and ridiculous but so well done and so much fun.

Cast of Characters:
Bruce Campbell as Elvis Presley / Sebastian Haff
Ossie Davis as John F. “Jack” Kennedy
Ella Joyce as The Nurse
Heidi Marnhout as Callie
Bob Ivy as Bubba Ho-tep
Chuck Williams as Elvis’ Friend
Larry Pennell as Kemosabe
Reggie Bannister as Rest Home Administrator
Daniel Roebuck as Hearse Driver
Daniel Schweiger as Hearse Driver

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Pontypool 2008Pontypool 2008
When disc jockey Grant Mazzy (Stephen McHattie) reports to his basement radio station in the Canadian town of Pontypool, he thinks it’s just another day at work. But when he hears reports of a virus that turns people into zombies, Mazzy barricades himself in the radio booth and tries to figure out a way to warn his listeners about the virus and its unlikely mode of transmission. – Unknown

What a unique find this film was.  Most of it happens in your mind and it’s amazing. A radio talk show host starts getting calls from people witnessing others seeming to go crazy.  Most of the story is told through those calling into the radio show as some kinda virus is spreading like wildfire. But, the virus it’s self, is spread in the most unusual way. The suspense is intense in this one.

Cast of Characters:
Stephen McHattie as Grant Mazzy
Lisa Houle as Sydney Briar
Georgina Reilly as Laurel-Ann Drummond
Hrant Alianak as Dr. Mendez
Rick Roberts as Ken Loney
Boyd Banks as Jay (Osama)
Tony Burgess as Tony (Lawrence)
Rachel Burns as Colin (Daud)

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Dog Soldiers 2002Dog Soldiers 2002
During a routine nighttime training mission in the Scottish Highlands, a small squad of British soldiers expected to rendezvous with a special ops unit instead find a bloody massacre with a sole survivor. The savage attackers of the special ops team return, and the men are rescued by Megan (Emma Cleasby), a zoologist who identifies what hunts them as werewolves. Without transport or communications, the group is forced to retreat to a farmhouse to wait for the full moon to disappear at dawn.
– Rotten Tomatoes

I saw this one years ago and what fun it was.  An original werewolf story.  Soldiers in the field being stalked by the beast.  Great acting and effects bring you right into the action because this just isn’t a horror movie, it’s also an action movie I would say.

Cast of Characters:
Kevin McKidd as Private Cooper
Sean Pertwee as Sergeant Harry G. Wells
Emma Cleasby as Megan
Liam Cunningham as Captain Ryan
Darren Morfitt as Private “Spoon” Witherspoon
Chris Robson as Private Joe Kirkley
Leslie Simpson as Private Terry Milburn
Thomas Lockyer as Corporal Bruce Campbell

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Well, there you have it.  If you haven’t seen these, they really are worth checking out.  Feel free to let me know you if you do, or don’t.  I don’t really care.  Well, okay, maybe I care a little.