31 Nights of Horror IV, Night 27: Ginger Snaps

31 Nights of Horror IV, Night 27: Ginger Snaps

Three sentence review:

Ginger Snaps is without a doubt the best werewolf movie to come out in 25 years – and not just because I have a major girl crush on Katharine Isabelle. I highly recommend this 2000 Canadian teen horror film because it is dark, brutal, stylish and seriously entertaining. In the film, Ginger and her little sister, Brigitte, are two high school outcasts who are obsessed with death and must deal with the aftermath of a vicious attack by a terrifying beast in the woods.

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31 Nights of Horror IV, Night 26: The Nightmare Before Christmas

31 Nights of Horror IV, Night 26: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Three sentence review:

Is anyone shocked that I love a movie that COMBINES Christmas and Halloween?! I never get tired of this movie; the music, Burton’s creepy exaggerated lines and landscapes, Zero’s glowing red nose and Jack’s quest to make this the most horrible Christmas yet all make me so happy. I’m just glad this film exists for all the happy, “normal” little girls like me who loved musicals and everything jolly and Christmas related, but simultaneously had a deep fascination for exploring the macabre.

31 Nights of Horror IV, Night 25: Freddy vs. Jason

31 Nights of Horror IV, Night 25: Freddy vs. Jason

Three sentence review:

I gotta be honest, I always get slightly fatigued by the end of the month. But luckily AMC’s Fear Fest re-energized me today by showing the always entertaining Freddy vs. Jason. All you need to know is KELLY ROWLAND IS IN THIS.

31 Nights of Horror IV, Night 24: Thirteen Ghosts (2001)

31 Nights of Horror IV, Night 24: Thirteen Ghosts

Three sentence review:

I know that it’s difficult to take a Matthew Lillard movie seriously, and I get why Thirteen Ghosts has rotten reviews. But I have always been a fan of this remake because I think the special effects/design of the ghosts are great and frankly a creepy house with a basement full of violent, tormented souls that you can only see with special goggles freaks me out. Even if you aren’t a fan of this movie, you should TOTALLY check out the Wikipedia page and read the lengthy, in-depth histories of each ghost – they are great.

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31 Nights of Horror IV, Night 23: In The Mouth of Madness

I am SO excited tonight to feature a GUEST POST for the very first time on Katie Loves Horror. My friend and former co-worker, Ellis, has been a supporter of the blog since day one and I couldn’t be more thrilled that he agreed to write a guest post about a movie he recommended to me a few years ago. I finally took his advice and watched John Carpenter’s In the Mouth of Madness. I couldn’t agree more with what Ellis wrote below!

31 Nights of Horror IV, Night 23: *GUEST POST* In the Mouth of Madness

“This is a 1994 film directed by one of the kings of horror, John Carpenter. It holds the distinction of being the only (as far as I know) good adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s style of horror, probably because it’s not directly based off of one of his short stories and instead borrows the tone.

The film follows an insurance investigator (Sam Neil) trying to find Sutter Cane, a novelist who’s gone missing with the manuscript for his last novel in a set of horror films. The publishing company is understandably eager to get the film, since the anticipated sales figure stand to make Harry Potter look like chump change. He’s joined by a rep from the publishing company (Julie Carmen), and together they try and find the novelist.

This film has held up very well, thanks to Carpenter’s use of prosthetics and puppets as opposed to CG, with the exception of a few scenes. While not terrifying, it’s got great unsettling qualities and benefits from solid performances by both Neill and Carmen. It’s one of the few films that I watch almost every October, and it never gets old. If you’re a fan of psychological horror and Things That Should Not Be Known, give it a shot!”

THANKS ELLIS!!!

31 Nights of Horror IV, Night 22: Leprechaun

31 Nights of Horror IV, Night 22: Leprechaun

In 1993 Jurassic Park was released, and so was Leprechaun. Somehow, both movies became successful franchises. The story is beyond ridiculous, the one liners by the Leprechaun are classic, Jennifer Aniston makes her film debut, and the lines delivered by the kid in the movie, Alex, are unforgettable.

31 Nights of Horror IV, Night 18: The Craft

31 Nights of Horror IV, Night 18: The Craft

Three sentence review:

The Craft is the cult classic, uber ’90s teen horror about Fairuza Balk’s crazy blue eyes four high school outcasts who use witchcraft to get back at bullies and boys, but end up abusing their newly discovered powers (it’s also one of two horror movies in 1996 that starred Neve Campbell and Skeet Ulrich). Yes, in the ’90s women really could do anything – even make Christine Taylor’s hair fall out! Because of this amazing movie, there’s a really good chance that you went to a sleepover and tried to make one of your friends levitate by using your index fingers and chanting “Light as a feather, stiff as a board”.  the craft animated GIF

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31 Nights of Horror IV, Night 17: The Skeleton Dance

31 Nights of Horror, Night 17: The Skeleton Dance

If you still aren’t feeling the Halloween spirit seventeen days into October, it is time for you to bust out Disney’s CLASSIC animated short, “The Skeleton Dance”, for inspiration! This is THE quintessential Halloween cartoon and it is so fun, silly, and surreal that I demand everyone to watch it at least once this month. I know I’m a mega dork, but if a five minute skeleton dance party from 1929 doesn’t bring you joy, what will?!

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31 Nights of Horror IV, Night 16: Ouija

I performed a seance alone in my room last night. I rested my long index and middle fingers across a heart-shaped planchette, cleared my mind, and sought assistance from the nearest paranormal entity that would talk to me.

In a deep, trance-like focus, I asked the spirit world about life, love, and the future. One by one, the answers to all of my most intimate questions were spelled out across a board inscribed with the ISO Latin alphabet. Fortunately, all of the spirits spoke English. It was really working! I continued my inquisition. I began to digest and accept what the world would have in store for me. Sensing an urgency from the spirits to move on, I asked them one final question to culminate my ghostly ritual.

“What is the worst scary movie of all time, including the past, present and future?”

The wooden viewfinder laid dormant for a full minute. I was convinced the spirits left me because they were not privy to divulge the name of such an atrocity of film.

Then, slowly, the answer started to reveal itself.

O –

U-

I-

J-

A.

Ouija? It couldn’t be. How could the very instrument I was using to communicate with these soothsayers also be cinema’s most putrid creation!?

Then I watched the movie.

As a young girl, I was fascinated by the Ouija board. I’m sure, just like me, many 11 or 12 year old girls attended sleepovers where this infamous game was cautiously played. Was your friend moving the planchette or was it something far more sinister? In my experience, we asked things like “Does so and so like me?” or “What is the first initial of the man I will marry?” Innocent enough, but historically Ouija is a game shrouded in mystery and legitimately feared by some religions and cultures. An excellent horror movie COULD be made out of the Ouija board’s premise – but this one is NOT it.

The film begins with a pretty decent opening scene. Then it all goes to shit. With the amount of effort shown, it feels like the actors lost a bet to appear in this movie. All of them are good looking enough to belong in season 3 of a guilty pleasure tv show intended for teenagers. The characters are merely parodies of every teen slasher movie you’ve ever seen.

The story becomes so laughably stupid that I literally can’t wait for it to be over. The only thing more terrifying than actually making contact with a dead person through a board game is being forced to watch this god awful movie. “Keep telling yourself it’s just a game,” the tagline reads. But really it should say, “Keep telling yourself this movie is going to end.”

31 Nights of Horror IV, Night 15: Housebound

31 Nights of Horror IV, Night 15: Housebound

Three sentences review:

Housebound is an excellent horror-comedy (I’m sensing a theme here) out of New Zealand that gives a fresh spin on the ol’ haunted house story. A young woman is sentenced to house arrest and must endure her insufferable, paranoid mother’s ramblings about a paranormal presence in their home. Housebound succeeds because it perfectly blends humor and legitimately terrifying moments; I definitely recommend this one.