31 Nights of Horror VII, Night 23: Basket Case

31 Nights of Horror VII, Night 23: Basket Case

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If you’re like me and grew up with brothers, it’s time to thank them for not being murderous mutants who make you carry them around in a basket as you both seek revenge on the doctors who separated you! Basket Case sort of sums up the weirdness of New York City in the 1980s where perhaps even a deformed twin monster living in the apartment below you wasn’t the weirdest thing you saw all day. I love the special effects in this movie and I’m so happy that a Belial Christmas ornament exists (which will for sure be on my tree this year).


31 Nights of Horror VII, Night 22: Witches Night Out Recap

The requirement? Wear all black. The expectation? Drink up, witches. This is Witches Night Out.

The coven gathered around the ritual table for a smudging prayer. We cast out all negativity from our souls and cleansed our spirits to prepare for the evening. As the sage burned, we let the smoke purify our minds and hearts.

Once we rectified ourselves, we blessed our friendships and inscribed our wishes for our futures on a piece of paper. The wishes were then lit on fire by the friendship candle and placed into a jar to solidify our fates. Now we were ready to party.

After an un-happy hour with ghoulish goodies and demonic drinks, we rode our brooms (aka we took an Uber) to the Veil Brewing Company to sample their boozy elixirs of spontaneous fermentation.  Once our bellies were filled with the white light of some seriously stellar hops, we marched as one to the next destination: The Haunted Hofheimer Building.

We perched on the roof with other gargoyles and ravens, and continued to fill our cups with the magical potion of the alcoholic gods. Our hearts, black as ice (and our bodies just as cold) commanded us to descend to the second floor of the building. There, we participated in an ancient drum circle and danced to the Devil’s song. Seriously, though, the lounge at the Hof was exceptionally cool and I’m so glad we stumbled upon it. Feeling particularly devilish, we also crashed a ten year high school reunion that was happening in the same building. Oh, those witches! You can’t trust us.

The evening ended with more dancing in El Diablo room at Banditos and we refueled with late night quesadillas and nachos. Witches gotta eat.

A night out with your best witches and warlocks is the best way to enhance your Halloween spirit. I encourage all of you to get in touch with your dark side and host your own spooky get together. It’s sure to be a witchin’ good time!

31 Nights of Horror VII, Night 21: Escape From Tomorrow

31 Nights of Horror VII, Night 21: Escape From Tomorrow

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I read about Escape From Tomorrow a few years ago and was obsessed with the idea that someone filmed a rogue horror movie inside of Disney World without Disney’s approval. It is a beyond strange movie that is reminiscent of Eraserhead. I can totally see every dad in America having this weird acid trip of a time while begrudgingly spending a week at Disney with their families.

31 Nights of Horror VII, Night 20: We Are Not Cats

31 Nights of Horror VII, Night 20: We Are Not Cats

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One of the more bizarre horror films I watched this year is We Are Not Cats. A man with a “homeless hipster” aesthetic meets and falls in love with a woman who shares his odd addiction of eating hair. It is undeniably a strange movie but it has some great body horror elements and a definite gross-out factor that made me feel physically dirty while watching it – like I needed a shower.

31 Nights of Horror VII, Night 19: The Lost Boys

31 Nights of Horror VII, Night 19: The Lost Boys

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I don’t love vampire movies. I’ve always felt like vampires are easy to fight and kill (a sharp piece of wood, holy water and garlic is all it takes?) I also don’t always enjoy the super erotic undertones (overtones?) that often dominate the vampire narrative. Plus, you don’t even have to invite them into your home. Boom! Vampires avoided.

The Lost Boys is DEFINITELY an exception to my possibly unfair characterization of toothy night dwellers. Who doesn’t want Kiefer Sutherland and the gang’s entire wardrobe? Show me a person who says they don’t love the soundtrack and I’ll show you a liar. You get not one but BOTH Coreys. And Richard muh fuggjn Gilmore is the head vampire (aka the late, great Edward Hermann). Without a doubt it’s my favorite vampire film. A perfect blend of 80s campiness, true horror, and stylish teenage vampires.

31 Nights of Horror VII, Night 18: Creep 2

31 Nights of Horror VII, Night 18: Creep 2

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Now that we know who Aaron/Josef really is, we get to learn so much more about his psyche in Creep 2. I like this sequel better than the original because I think it’s smarter and more entertaining. Oddly, I can see myself being in Sara’s situation because I’m way too trusting – gonna keep working on that!

31 Nights of Horror VII, Night 17: Creep

31 Nights of Horror VII, Night 17: Creep

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Did you know that Mark Duplass (director of Jeff, Who Lives at Home and best known from “The League”) wrote, produced and starred in an excellent pair of found footage horror films? Creep is an awesome cautionary tale against responding to Craigslist ads and as the name suggests, it’s super creepy. It’s definitely the best movie I’ve watched in several years about the behaviors and horrors of sociopaths.

31 Nights of Horror VII, Night 16: A Dark Song

31 Nights of Horror VII, Night 16: A Dark Song

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Are you tired of the same ol’ occult film? Then fire up your Netflix, cast your magical circle to the spirit realm, and gather around A Dark Song. This 2017 Irish horror film is an excellent, fresh take on extreme rituals and the lengths we go to satiate our guilty souls.

31 Nights of Horror VII, Night 15: Chopping Mall

31 Nights of Horror VII, Night 15: Chopping Mall

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In the category of “best word play in a horror movie title,” Chopping Mall has got to be a strong nominee. The poster for this ’80s cheese-fest is beyond awesome, boasting a tag line that reads “Where shopping costs you an arm and a leg!” Legendary scream queen Barbara Crampton stars in this lovable B-movie about a trio of mall security droids who terrorize a group of no-good, hooligan teenagers who spend the night at a mall.

31 Nights of Horror VII, Night 14: The Invitation

31 Nights of Horror VII, Night 14: The Invitation

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Did you know that February is “Women in Horror Month”? I recommend celebrating early by watching Karyn Kusama’s depiction of the worst dinner party ever, The Invitation. Starring Logan Marshall-Greene (Trey from The O.C.!), The Invitation is a slow burn, but its story about the horrors of who our friends really are very much kept my attention.