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Halloween Horror Movie Challenge Day Twenty-Three

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Day Twenty-Three – Who is your favorite horror movie director? JOHN CARPENTER Everyone knows of my idolization of both George A. Romero and John Carpenter. Picking one is hard. I decided on Carpenter for this post because for the sake of Halloween he has the more diverse horror resume. Much like Romero, I grew up on Carpenter’s films and has had a lot of his style creep into my own. His influence on me is very apparent. I’ve always responded to his slower style and I don’t mean that in a bad way. He was influenced a lot from westerns (a big Howard Hawkes and John Ford fan) where you go fast when needed. I’ve always loved that. It makes each frame all the more important. He was also very involved in so many aspects of his films including writing, producing, editing, and most notably the music. He has done […]

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Halloween Horror Movie Challenge Day Twenty-Two

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Day Twenty-Two – What is the scariest horror movie you have ever seen? THE EXORCIST (1973) d: William Friedkin It just so happens to also be my second favorite horror film (the first will be revealed soon though if you know me at all or read this blog then you already know what it is) so this pick was easy. Maybe it’s because I was raised Catholic, and my faith does involve believing in both God and the devil, so THE EXORCIST gets under my skin unlike any other film. I think everyone knows the story so my recapping it is a bit unnecessary. William Friedkin’s approach to the film, delivering it in a completely straightforward way, gives it a very gritty power and his style gives it a realistic feel. It’s frankness in its depiction of the possession is what makes it so frighting. Showing innocence so corrupted by […]

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Halloween Horror Movie Challenge Day Twenty-One

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This past week I was a guest on the BladtCast podcast talking Halloween and horror movies (which you can listen to HERE) and one of the things that came up was this question so it fits perfectly for the Halloween Horror Movie Challenge. Day Twenty-One – What is a film you really like but is hard to recommend to someone else? A SERBIAN FILM (2010) d: Srdjan Spasojevic This is one of those films that in some ways is really an amazing film but I can’t recommend that anyone watch it. Unless I know for sure you can handle it. I first saw this on the big screen at a rare screening (at a really great Horror Society event) at like 2am and it was unlike anything I had seen. A very in your face film that is as graphic as a film can be in its depiction of violence. […]

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Halloween Horror Movie Challenge Day Twenty

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I had accidentally missed a day so the last couple days were off but that has been corrected. So back on track. Day Twenty – What is your favorite way a horror killer has been disposed of? FRIDAY THE 13TH THE FINAL CHAPTER (1984) d: Joseph Zito WARNING: This post contains spoilers! I admit I am a huge Jason fan. The recent release of the CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES documentary was like finding gold to me. While it did not end up being Jason’s final chapter (though it was the last time Jason was actually scary) my all time favorite death of a killer, from any film, is in FRIDAY THE 13TH THE FINAL CHAPTER. After seeing THE PROWLER producers were eager to sign on director Joseph Zito to kill off the iconic Jason Voorhees. Having worked with Tom Savini on THE PROWLER where Savini did the make up effects, Zito […]

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Halloween Horror Movie Challenge Day Nineteen

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Day Nineteen – What is your favorite horror themed TV show? TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE (1983 – 1988) There have been actually quite a few horror TV series over the years. They’re still going strong with the success of THE WALKING DEAD, AMERICAN HORROR STORY, and SUPERNATURAL to name but a few. I’d have to say that the original THE TWILIGHT ZONE was probably the best but for this I decided to go with a more personal favorite with TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE. As a kid I remember every Sunday night was TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE, an anthology TV series like THE TWILIGHT ZONE where every week is a different story. I always dreaded going to school so Sunday nights meant school the next day. The one highlight was staying up to watch an episode where even the opening (which is below) scared the crap out of me. The episodes […]

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Halloween Horror Movie Challenge Day Eighteen

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And today’s post in the Halloween Horror Movie Challenge. Day Eighteen – What is your favorite vampire movie? FRIGHT NIGHT (1985) d: Tom Holland So many options for this one but I have to go with one that I absolutely love. From the first time I saw FRIGHT NIGHT as a kid I thought it was great. It was one I would watch a lot. As I’ve gotten older some films become enjoyable more on a nostalgic level than on the merits of their actual greatness. But this one holds up just as much as when I saw it that first time on VHS. A take on REAR WINDOW where Charlie (William Ragsdale) spies on his new neighbor, Jerry Dandrige (Chris Sarandon), from his window to see that he is a vampire. No one believes Charlie as he tries to seek help from his friend Evil Ed (Stephen Geoffreys) and […]

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Halloween Horror Movie Challenge Day Seventeen

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Still playing catch up. Almost there. Almost. Day Seventeen – What is a non-horror movie that really is a horror movie in your opinion? TAXI DRIVER (1976) d: Martin Scorsese WARNING: This does contain spoilers When I was in film school I did a paper in one of my film classes that caused a little bit of a stir where I wrote that at its core Martin Scorsese’s TAXI DRIVER is a horror film. Unfortunately calling a film a horror film is not a good thing if it contains dramatic elements. As if the genre is excluded from containing them. This of course is something I find extremely insulting as both a fan of the genre and as a filmmaker who has made, and wants to continue to make, horror films. Not to say that TAXI DRIVER is completely a horror film but in my view of what makes a […]