31 Nights of Horror VII, Night 14: The Invitation

31 Nights of Horror VII, Night 14: The Invitation

Three sentence review:

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.

31 Nights of Horror VII, Night 13: Wedding Themed Horror!

As I mentioned in the last post, I’ve been in Louisville, KY all weekend celebrating the wedding of one of my best girlfriends. Last night (Saturday, 10/13) was their wedding ceremony and reception, so in their honor I am dedicating a whole post to the best wedding themed horror movies. Congrats to Charlotte and Noah!

1. Corpse Bride

Like Tim Burton’s other animated musical features, Corpse Bride is delightful. I don’t know how that man is able to turn the macabre world of the dead into beloved family classics but I’m so glad that he does. I love the ending of this movie when Emily bursts into beautiful butterflies. It’s lovely.

2. I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)

This sci-fi horror from Paramount Pictures was theatrically released as a double feature that paired with The Blob. How fun does that sound?! In I Married a Monster from Outer Space, the title pretty much explains the plot. A woman begins to suspect that the man she married isn’t who he says he is after a series of suspicious behaviors. Awesomely 1950s, when science fiction movies dominated at the drive-ins.

3. Bride of Chucky

Ugh, I love Jennifer Tilly so much! Let us be thankful that Don Mancini took the Child’s Play franchise in this direction and that we all got to meet Tiffany, the love of Charles Lee Ray’s life. This sequel is also the introduction of Chucky’s scars and stitches look, which were of course caused by the events of Child’s Play 3.

4. Bride of Frankenstein

The original “Bridezilla”! This iconic Universal Monsters sequel is widely considered to be even better than its predecessor, Frankenstein. I completely agree with this consensus. I love the madness of the relationship between Doctor Frankenstein and his mentor, Doctor Pretorius. The scene where Pretorius convinces Dr. Frankenstein to create a mate for his Monster is THE BEST. “To a new world of Gods and Monsters!”

31 Nights of Horror VII, Night 12: A Quiet Place

Well hello there! Wondering where night 12 and 13 are? I’ve been in Louisville, KY for the wedding of one of my best girlfriends so did not have a chance to write. Fixing that now and then back to our normal schedule!

31 Nights of Horror VII, Night 12: A Quiet Place

Three sentence review:

To be clear, there’s no way I would survive the world in A Quiet Place because I snore like a jackhammer and would be killed immediately the first time I fell asleep. There are a lot of questions and plot holes in John Krasinki’s first foray into the horror/sci-fi/thriller genre but it is undeniably effective and suspenseful. In fact, nobody in the theater made a peep while watching this film and that speaks volumes (pun intended) to its success.

31 Nights of Horror VII, Night 11: The Beyond

31 Nights of Horror VII, Night 11: The Beyond

Three sentence review:

I am so happy that 2018 was the year that I got really into giallos (classic Italian horror-thrillers). I watched several giallo entries this year, but developed a particular fondness for Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond. I love the soundtrack and shlock, but unfortunately nobody warned me about the horrifying tarantula scene that made my skin crawl.

31 Nights of Horror VII, Night 10: Terrifier

31 Nights of Horror VII, Night 10: Terrifier

More than Three Sentence Review (because it was my favorite of 2018!)

At some point in early 2018 I started seeing a ton of buzz among horror fans about a homicidal clown named Art and an 80s slasher inspired film he was in called Terrifier. I shelled out $5 to watch it via Google Play because pirating movies sucks and we should all support filmmakers pushing the limits in horror. I’m so glad I spent that money because Terrifier is easily my favorite horror movie of 2018.

It recently became available on Netflix and I was stoked to rewatch it. Because horror fans can sometimes be elitist hipsters, a lot of hardcore genre fans are tired of hearing about it. I’m not because I hope that director Damien Leone gets a ton of money to make a sequel.

Art the Clown is a welcomed addition to the list of slasher icons that was quite frankly beginning to get stale. The violence and gore are in your face and on par with the excess of 80s horror. The plot is minimal and I prefer it that way because Art is scary looking enough to stand on his own.

As you remember from the Scream franchise there are certain conventions or rules that a typical slasher villain follows. Art does follow some of these precedents but also breaks them in such fantastic fashion that I was fist pumping Jersey Shore style while watching. Needless to say, I’m a fan and look forward to Art’s next chapter.

31 Nights of Horror VII, Night 9: Mayhem

31 Nights of Horror VII, Night 9: Mayhem

Three sentence review:

There are two recent horror films about extreme workplace violence: The Belko Experiment (2016) and Mayhem (2017). My vote goes to Mayhem and I highly recommend it for fans of action, gore, viral outbreaks and sticking it to the man. The Walking Dead’s Steven Yuen and The Babysitter’s Samara Weaving team up to survive the worst work day of all time with epic results.

31 Nights of Horror VII, Night 8: Black Christmas

31 Nights of Horror VII, Night 8: Black Christmas

Three sentence review:

Nineteen seventy-four’s Black Christmas is mandatory viewing for anyone who questions whether or not feminism has a place in horror. This movie was way ahead of its time and not just because it is one of the first (and creepiest!) slasher movies. I vow to forever live my life channeling Margot Kidder’s IDGAF attitude in this film (spoiler warning: just hopefully for a little longer than she survived).