Quite obviously with it being October, I’ve made it my mission to watch as many horror movies as possible. Sometimes I may really like them and feel like I need to devote an entire post to them. Other times, I may not have much to say but still want to document that I at least watched them! That’s what this post is for. Here’s a handful of horror movies that I’ve recently watched but don’t feel warrant their own individual entries.
1986, Empire Pictures
From Beyond is a pretty crazy, nonsensical movie. It’s basically a reunion of the Re-Animator cast and crew (plus Dawn of the Dead‘s Ken Foree) and based on a H.P. Lovecraft story as well. First off, I have to say that the special effects are amazing. Possibly some of the best to ever come out of the ’80s. What they do here is disgustingly fantastic.
That said, I didn’t love Re-Animator (blasphemy, I know) and I don’t love From Beyond either. It didn’t go in the direction I expected it to. It went from a weird horror sci-fi thing to kind of a slasher thing then back to weird horror sci-fi with no redemption or vindication for anyone, really. I’m glad I finally saw it but it’s not something I’d ever return to.
Thanks to the mega-success of Gremlins, there were many movies that tried to cash-in with mini-monsters of their own. It was almost always done with less heart and a bit more crudeness with fare Ghoulies, Troll, Hobgoblins, and Munchies. In the instance of Critters, while the Gremlins movie may have helped inspire it, there is a nod to the sci-fi B-movies of old as these “critters” have escaped from a prison in space and come to earth and beginning eating and attacking people. There’s moments of genuine humor though, as two space bounty hunters have been tasked to bring the critters back to the prison and their cold and destructive interactions with the townsfolk while doing so is funny.
Hm. This one had THREE sequels. I wonder if I’m up to the challenge!
2012, Magnet Releasing
Honestly? I got about 30 minutes into this one and turned it off. The movie takes place over a weekend at an inn that is closing and the two employees working there are trying to find proof that the place is haunted. There’s no suspense or atmosphere. It’s just like watching some indie drama where it’s nothing but talking heads and no real plot or action. I’m sure it picks up later into the movie, but I couldn’t make it to that point.
I was really disappointed with this one because Ti West wrote and directed this one and I really enjoyed The House of the Devil.
I watched this one many, many years ago when I was first starting to heavily get into horror films when I was in my late teens. I didn’t remember much about it, so I decided to re-watch it.
Then and now, I think it’s really weird, nonsensical and slow. Like many Italian horror films of the time, it relies more on gore effects than any actual story. The premise is interesting though in that a priest committing suicide opens the gates of hell and the undead rise from the ground and begin terrorizing a town.
Not essential viewing but worth watching at least once if you’re a hardcore fan of zombie movies.