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31 Nights of Horror, Night 18: Alien

31 Nights of Horror, Night 18: Alien


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Let us all give thanks to the 1979 mothership that started them all and taught us that in space, no one can hear you scream. Though Sigourney Weaver’s “Ripley” and acid drooling xenomorphs are the stars of the film, its greatest strength in my opinion is the slow and deliberate build up of why and how and what and where everything goes to hell for the doomed crew of the starship Nostromo. Alien is quite simply the masterpiece of sci-fi horror films.

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31 Nights of Horror VI, Night 17: Green Room 

31 Nights of Horror VI, Night 17: Green Room 


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I knew that I LOVED Alia Shawkat (I mean, serious girl crush), I knew that Imogen Poots is a name that makes me giggle, and I knew that Anton Yelchin’s death was tragic and sad… but I certainly did NOT know that Patrick Stewart could be so evil and mean. Green Room continues the trend of really good scary movies that I’ve watched this year. It’s a great thriller about a struggling band who plays a venue that just happens to be owned and operated by a bunch of murderous skinheads – check it out! 

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31 Nights of Horror VI, Night 16: Don’t Breathe 

31 Nights of Horror VI, Night 16: Don’t Breathe 


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Jinkies, 2017 has been a particularly great year of horror movies for me! Don’t Breathe was eons better than I expected it to be due to its plethora of suspense, its creepy plot twist, and the overall originality of the concept. The journey I took with this film went from slight annoyance with the main characters to flat out desperation for everything to turn out okay – whew!

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31 Nights of Horror VI, Night 13: Friday the 13th Part III 

31 Nights of Horror VI, Night 13: Friday the 13th Part III


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Is there any franchise more appropriate for today’s festivities than the one that made Jason Vorhees a household name? No! Of course not. Today we celebrate hockey masks and burlap sacks and machetes and Crazy Ralph and Corey Feldman and uppercuts that knock off heads and cryogenic freezing and so much more. But specifically today I’m celebrating my favorite entry in the series: Part III. 

The third installment is the first to feature Jason’s hockey mask. It has an awesome opening credits song that perfectly sums up 80s horror. Plus, it came out as a 3D experience back when that didn’t mean shelling out an extra $4 and had everything to do with being gimmicky. Throw in a good axe to the head and a seemingly misplaced but totally necessary biker gang stand off and you’ve got yourself a hit.

I recently found a DVD copy of Part 3 at a badass antique shop that has two great horror themed booths. The DVD was only $3 and included TWO PAIRS OF JASON THEMED 3D GLASSES. That is what we in the thrift shop biz call a “come up”. 

Hopefully your Friday the 13th is filled with merriment and joy. And hopefully Jason’s is ripe with sinful camp counselors. 

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31 Nights of Horror VI, Night 12: IT (2017)

31 Nights of Horror VI, Night 12: IT (2017)


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Yes, I did see IT the weekend it was released and yes I’m thrilled that it just passed $300 million domestically and YES – I have two more run-on sentence thoughts. Bill Skarsgard is a fantastic Pennywise, but the BEST thing about Andy Muschietti’s IT are the kids – particularly Finn Wolfhard who plays Richie Tozier and had me howling laughing in the theatre. I loved Chapter One of IT and think Muschietti’s vision did Stephen King proud, yet I wish Mike would’ve gotten more attention,I wish the leper looked realistic instead of hyperbolic, and I hated the literal floating kids. 

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