Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Tis the Season....

I know I've been gone for a while, and honestly, I don't have a good excuses for the long, barren landscape that is my post-frequency. And while this is far from my normally lengthy reviews, I couldn't let Halloween slip by without throwing something up on the blog.

I hang out with lots and lots of Mormons, who are just about the worst people in the world to watch a good scary movie with. Since Mormons don't often watch violence/gore and detest nudity/sexuality, it isn't often that you'll find one that admits to watching R-rated movies in general. So, I had to come up with my own little imdb list of Horror Flicks I knew wouldn't offend my conservative Christian buddies.

Tell me what scary movies you watching for the Halloween Season?

1.
The Mothman Prophecies (2002)
  6.4/10 
A reporter is drawn to a small West Virginia town to investigate a series of strange events, including psychic visions and the appearance of bizarre entities. (119 mins.)
Director: Mark Pellington
“ With only a make-out scene and a couple tame curse words, this film is a clean spook. Crazy part is that it is based on actual events. ” - thecheshirecat101
 
2.
Poltergeist (1982)
  7.4/10 
A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts. (114 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
“ One of the only PG horror movies that is actually good. Some mild drug references and one wax-bloody scene, but other than that, you could almost call this a family film. ” - thecheshirecat101
 
3.
Nosferatu (1922)
  8.0/10 
Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife. Silent classic based on the story "Dracula." (94 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
“ If you want to understand vampires in cinema, you got to go right to the source. Nosferatu is as about as old as horror movies come. Its a silent movie and might be better suited to a crowd that appreciate classic cinema. But don't let it's age fool you, it still has plenty of parts that are spooky as heck. ” - thecheshirecat101
 
4.
Fido (2006)
  6.7/10 
Timmy Robinson's best friend in the whole wide world is a six-foot tall rotting zombie named Fido. But when FIDO eats the next-door neighbor... (93 mins.)
Director: Andrew Currie
“ Ok, this is one of the greatest horror comedy of recent years. And yes...technically it is rated R, but it passed the screening process as PG13, only getting it's R just before it hit theaters. The movie really goes out of it's way to hide any gore (which is saying a lot for a zombie movie). It's scary, it's funny, go see it. ” - thecheshirecat101
 
5.
I Am Legend (2007)
  7.1/10 
Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure. (101 mins.)
Director: Francis Lawrence
“ Almost more of an apocalyptic survival movie than and horror flick, the monsters still make you jump. ” - thecheshirecat101
 
6.
The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)
 8/10 
After a family is forced to relocate for their son's health, they begin experiencing supernatural behavior in their new home, which turns out to be a former mortuary. (92 mins.)
Director: Peter Cornwell
“ Ghost movies are great because they don't necessarily have to have gore. This move has some dead bodies, maybe a bucket of blood, but is overall pretty tame. But don't be fooled, this one will have you saying your bedtime prayers with your eyes open. ” - thecheshirecat101
 
7.
The Last Exorcism (2010)
 8/10 
A troubled evangelical minister agrees to let his last exorcism be filmed by a documentary crew. (87 mins.)
Director: Daniel Stamm
“ Lots of Mormons are flat out against possession movies. It gets a little to close to legitimate fears around demons and the Devil. Fair enough. But if your audience isn't put off by it, The Last Exorcism is the best PG13 possession movie out there. ” - thecheshirecat101
 
8.
The Ring (2002)
  7.1/10 
A young journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it. (115 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
“ Very scary movie, instant classic. Another ghost story with disturbing images, but nothing anyone would consider to be 'gore'. ” - thecheshirecat101
 
9.
When a Stranger Calls (2006)
  4.8/10 
During an otherwise routine babysitting gig, a high-school student is harassed by an increasingly threatening prank caller.(87 mins.)
Director: Simon West
“ You really want to scare some ex-babysitter BYU girls? Then this is the movie to do it. Honestly it is more of a borderline suspense/thriller flick, but for Mormons its scary enough. ” - thecheshirecat101
 
10.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
  8.2/10 
A boy who communicates with spirits that don't know they're dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist. (107 mins.)
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
“ While just about everyone knows the surprise ending, the movie is still a great jump-up-at-ya flick. A little bit of gore, but its pretty quick. ” - thecheshirecat101
 
11.
1408 (2007)
  6.7/10 
A man who specializes in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror. (104 mins.)
Director: Mikael Håfström
“ Ghost strike again, in this supernatural investigation horror flick ” - thecheshirecat101
 
12.
The Grudge (2004)
  5.7/10 
An American nurse living and working in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim. (92 mins.)
Director: Takashi Shimizu
“ Not my favorite horror flick; I think it is lacking in plot substance. But if you want a movie without gore or nudity that will still make you jump out of your seat, then this is your movie. ” - thecheshirecat101
 
13.
Psycho (1960)
  8.6/10 
A Phoenix secretary steals $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. (109 mins.)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
“ Its a classic for a reason. It takes its time getting to the spooks, but when they come they're great. And don't worry, the 60's so it's squeaky clean. ” - thecheshirecat101

2 comments:

  1. My God, man, you've hit almost every one of my favorite films. I like the occasional gore but I guess if you have the style to make people jump and not have blood all over the floor, you might be a pretty wise and experienced film maker. I really like your list because the films are (mostly) safe to show to kids of all ages. This means more opportunities to spread the horror genre.Great review.

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    1. Thanks. I do enjoy some good gore, but I'm inclined to agree with you. Suspense is always more frightening than blatant, naked gore. Which is what makes Alien the best horror movie of all time (don't worry, ya'll can debate me on that point in an upcoming post).

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