With Halloween coming up (I know, it's still only September. I'm getting an early start here) I have been watching some of my favorite scary DVD movies. So far I have watched...
Dawn of the Dead - The original 1978 version directed by George A. Romero. I first saw this film at a midnight showing over 30 years ago, and it is still one of my favorite Horror movies. Sure, the makeup effects aren't the best and a little dated compared to todays' special effects, but the movie is still a good scary treat that is fun to revisit from time to time. The dead are coming back to life and eating the living, and society is quickly breaking down. 4 people hole themselves up in an abandoned shopping mall and have to fight for survival against the accumulating zombie hordes, and worse, a sadistic invading motorcycle gang. One of the best!
My Bloody Valentine 3D - I bought this remake on the cheap a couple of years ago just to see the 3D effects on my TV and it soon became one of my favorite Horror films. A cave-in traps 6 miners underground in Harmony, Pa. and one of the miners, Harry Warden, goes crazy and kills the other 5 miners in a mad frenzy. After being rescued, Harry continues his murder spree and is soon taken down by the sheriff. Ten years later a serial killer dressed as a miner continues the killing spree in Harmony and the new Sheriff needs to find out who is behind the gruesome murders. Is it the dead Harry Warden come back from the grave to exact his revenge?
The Fog - The original John Carpenter version. It's a fun little creepy movie and it stars Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Atkins and Janet Leigh. Ghost pirates come back and wreak havoc in the small fishing town of Antonio Bay to reclaim a long-lost treasure that has been stolen from them many years ago.
Forbidden World aka Mutant - I recently purchased this film on DVD as a special "Roger Corman's Cult Classics" 2-pack featuring both the theatrical version (Forbidden World) and the director's uncut version (Mutant). It is a 1982 low-budget rip-off of sorts of Ridley Scott's "Alien" movie, featuring a genetic experiment gone wrong on a space laboratory on the planet Xarbia. This movie is way over-the-top in bad acting, nudity, violence, gore, and just plain silliness, and it's also a lot of spooky fun. I was lucky enough to see this film on the big screen back during it's initial release and it stuck with me all these years later so I just had to own a copy of it. It's a great, cheesy, low-budget Horror film perfect for a late-night weekend viewing with cold cans of beer and a big bowl of popcorn.
I do have a few more scary and eerie movies that I like to bring out during Halloween Time that I will be viewing over the next few weeks, and some other not-quite-so-scary movies such as the "Scooby Doo" feature films starring Matthew Lillard as Shaggy, Sarah Michelle Gellar as Daphne, Freddie Prinze, Jr. as Fred, Linda Cardellini as Velma, and Neil Fanning as the voice of Scooby-Doo.
What are some of your favorite Halloween haunts movies that you like to bring out and watch during All Hallows Eve?
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