FILMS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU NEEDED TO SEE 666
Looking for a cool Horror movie to see on Halloween night? Well, then you’ve come to the right place! How cool is it that the 6th (or 666) edition of FILMS YOU DIDN’T KNOW… fell on Halloween? I know, right? For those of you guys and gores new to the site, here’s the rundown on how this post works…
There are several movies out there that don’t necessarily get the same recognition or promotion as others. Films that at times can be quite good. Films that are currently collecting dust in the “Favorites” aisle at your local video store. We here at THE LIST have taken it upon ourselves to bring these films to the forefront and present you, the movie going public, a list of FILMS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU NEEDED TO SEE.
This time around, we are presenting you with the all horror edition to help with some spooky suggestions for your Halloween viewing pleasure. To help me out this time around, I’ve recruited the following:
Terri from GOREGIRL’S DUNGEON: The queen of gore serves up her 2nd contribution to these posts.
Andy from FANDANGO GROOVERS MOVIE BLOG: Also a repeat contributor with a unique spin for this outting.
Meredith Carter from M. CARTER AT THE MOVIES: Returns fresh off an October Horror Marathon.
Jason from INVASION OF THE B-MOVIES: The King of all things “B”.
And to kick things off, your friendly neighborhood…
TRICK ‘r TREAT (2007).
If Halloween (the movie) is the Miracle on 34th Street of Halloween (the holiday) then Trick ‘r Treat is easily the Christmas Story of the fall and should be watched everytime October 31st roles around to get in the mood for the spookiest of holidays. Told very much in the vein of the old Creepshow films, this little flick tells 4 intertwining stories, set at Halloween, that encompasses everything that makes Halloween great: Werewolves, Vampires, Serial Killers, Urban Legends, Ghost Stories and creepy little monsters with potato sacks on their head. Also, a good watch for people who don’t handle Horror too well.
You guys remember that whole Project Greenlight thing where Ben Affleck and Matt Damon had a show on Bravo to give unknowns a chance to write and direct their own projects while Bravo made a TV show chronicling the entire process? Don’t feel bad… not many do. However, their last outting produced a fun film to watch starring Balthazar Getty, Henry Rollins, Jason Mewes and a smoking hot Krista Allen as, quite simply, patrons locked in a bar fending off genetically mutated animal monsters. Very tongue-in-cheek and fun to watch… spawned a few sequels as well!
Directed by one of the guys that brought you The Blair Witch Project, Altered is sort of like A Fire in the Sky… only different. I’ll let IMDB explain: Fifteen years ago, five men were abducted by aliens. Only four returned. Now, these same four men have managed to capture one of the creatures who killed their friend and ruined their lives. It’s time for payback but payback swings both ways. This is by no means a great movie but could be a lot of fun for a Halloween watch as they do a great job of making the aliens be very sinister in a way I’ve never seen in a film before.
FRONTIER(S) – aka: Frontière(s) (2007).
The premise is fairly standard on this one: A gang of young thieves flee Paris during the violent aftermath of a political election, only to hole up at an Inn run by cannibalistic neo-Nazis. OK… not totally standard but it is a pretty formulaic film in the sense that young 20 somethings hole up in the wrong backwoods motel and bad things happen. What makes this one stand out is the fact that nobody does gore like the French and this one is a Gorefest in every sense of the word. So, get your popcorn ready and watch the red river flow!
I’m entitling this trio of films DIVA LA FRANCE as all three are French horror films featuring strong female characterizations.
INSIDE – aka: À l’intérieur (2007).
Plot: A pregnant woman is terrorized the night before she is due to give birth.
A perfect mix of tension, excellent performances, and graphic gory death. Watching a very pregnant woman being terrorized is nasty enough but there are actually moments in the film where they have the audacity to show the action from the fetus point of view. Inside is not for the squeamish but if you are looking for a lively, gory horror flick this Halloween look no further!
EYES WITHOUT A FACE (1960).
Plot: An accident has left a young woman horribly scarred and forced to wear a featureless mask to hide her disfigurement.
Mesmerizing from beginning to end and one of the most striking finales ever to grace a horror film. Plus, for a flick from 1960 it even features some impressive gore! A strikingly original, atmospheric, bleak and beautiful contribution to the horror genre. A great Halloween horror flick for those looking for a classic.
HIGH TENSION (2003).
Plot: Friends Marie and Alexa are forced to fight for their lives when a ruthless killer invades Alexa’s family home.
This intense horror film is beautifully filmed, gory and suspenseful. It is an unrelenting attack on the senses carried by an outstanding and very believable performance from its lead actress. High Tension definitely lives up to its titular promise! If you are looking for some serious suspense with your gore than you should definitely add this one to the queue.
CATHY’S CURSE (1977).
For all I know, this is a ’70’s made-for-TV film about a girl who gets possessed by a ghost. What makes this movie stand out is the hilarious acting, the obvious fake mustache on the dude at the beginning of the movie, and the housekeeper who pretends to clean shit up.
I don’t even know how to describe this movie in a short paragraph. Basically, human-eating slugs take over a town, there a dude named Mike Brady, and someone doesn’t have the authorization to declare happy birthday!
This movie is a tribute to old 50’s horror and sci-fi films, while being an 80’s slasher flick. Some film students run a film festival by showing movies called “Mosquito!”, “The Stench”, and “The Incredible Electrified Man” and the kills in this movie are just amazing.