Wednesday, October 30

Bad Milo

Director: Jacob Vaughan
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2274570/

Review: Fun enough with a few good laughs and a reasonably tense third act considering how (intentionally) silly the premise is.

Watch it if: You can handle a fair amount of fart humour.

And if you liked: Office Space, Gremlins

Tuesday, October 29

Paperhouse

Director: Bernard Rose
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098061/

Review: A great creepy premise brought to life well with a spooky atmosphere and nicely surreal art direction.

Watch it if: You're looking for something a bit atypical.

And if you liked: Candyman, Tideland, The Truman Show, The Lovely Bones

Check this out: Marianne Dreams

Monday, October 28

Hell Baby

Director: Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2318527/

Review: Not many really big belly laughs but still plenty of fun with a lot of great comedy people.

Watch it if: You're ok with a film essentially being just a bag of jokes.

And if you liked: Tucker and Dale vs Evil, This Is the End, My Name Is Bruce

House on Haunted Hill

Director: William Castle
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0051744/

Review: Tense and creepy with a fun plot and a brilliantly spooky Vincent Price performance.

Watch it if: You're ok with a nice slow pace to build tension.

And if you liked: The Woman in Black (2012), The Devil Rides Out

Patrick (2013)

Director: Mark Hartley
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2147459/

Review: Ridiculous and loaded with odd choices and dodgy special effects but still a lot of fun to sit through.

Watch it if: You can embrace the absurdity in something despite it not being particularly strong.

And if you liked: Shutter Island, The Exorcist III, American Horror Story: Asylum

Check this out: Patrick

Return to Nuke 'Em High Volume 1

Director: Lloyd Kaufman
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2279922/

Review: Needs to be far funnier to justify the amount of crass, stupid and juvenile humour.

Watch it if: You're ok with a large amount if gratuitous nudity.

And if you liked: Street Trash, Scary Movie

Check this out: Class of Nuke 'Em High

Rituals

Director: Peter Carter
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076630

Review: Grueling and scary with beautiful scenery and suitably intense performances.

Watch it if: You like a good tense atmosphere even when the story isn't the strongest.

And if you liked: Deliverance, The Blair Witch Project, Straw Dogs

Saturday, October 26

V/H/S/2

Director: Simon Barratt, Jason Eisener, Gareth Evans, Gregg Hale, Eduardo Sánchez, Timo Tjahjanto and Adam Wingard
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2450186/

Review: A huge step above the first film with some really strong moments and some great production even when the ideas aren't as good.

Watch it if: You're ok with some gory violence.

And if you liked: V/H/S, Paranormal Activity

Eyes Without a Face

Director: Georges Franju
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053459/

Review: Tense and distressing plot with a dreamlike atmosphere and a haunting set of performances.

Watch it if: You can handle a fairly graphic surgery scene.

And if you liked: The Third Man, The Skin I Live In, Frankenstein

Check this out: Les Yeux Sans Visage

Phantasm II

Director: Don Coscarelli
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095863/

Review: A bit more coherent than the first film with decent special effects and a meandering plot.

Watch it if: You're looking into the Phantasm films like I am.

And if you liked: Phantasm, The Omen

Thursday, October 24

Orphan

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1148204/

Review: Fairly by the numbers in some places and fairly insane in others but quite watchable and entertaining overall.

Watch it if: You can handle some wince-inducing scenes of violence.

And if you liked: We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Omen, Halloween

Wednesday, October 23

Phantasm

Director: Don Coscarelli
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079714/

Review: Strangely paced but a fair amount of good scares and a decent brooding atmosphere.

Watch it if: You're ok with a bit of gore and nudity.

And if you liked: Halloween, The Evil Dead

Monday, October 21

The Skin I Live In

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1189073/

Review: Absolutely bonkers but beautifully shot and scored with an exceptionally intriguing plot that keeps you guessing all the way through.

Watch it if: You can handle some very intimate creepiness.

And if you liked: Exotica, Dead Ringers
 
Check this out: Mygale

Sunday, October 20

Street Trash

Director: Jim Muro
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094057/

Review: Very strange and meandering but full of great odd moments and icky special effects.

Watch it if: You're ok with gore and some uncomfortable gross-out scenes.

And if you liked: Bad Taste, Return of the Living Dead, Pink Flamingos

Saturday, October 19

Resident Evil: Retribution

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1855325/

Review: Confused, stupid and far more interested in slow motion CG flying kicks than any sort of compelling sense of anything.

Watch it if: You're stupid like me.

And if you liked: Resident Evil: Afterlife, Aliens, Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Friday, October 18

Pin

Director: Sandor Stern
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095871/

Review: A good amount of tension and creepiness with a strong atmosphere and well played leads.
 
Watch it if: You can handle a fair amount of uncanny valley.

And if you liked: Psycho, Stoker, Re-Animator
 
Check this out: Pin

Thursday, October 17

Night of the Creeps

Director: Fred Drekker
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091630/

Review: Enjoyable and daft with some good special effects and an immensely entertaining supporting performance.

Watch it if: You're comfortable with some violence and unnecessary nudity.

And if you liked: Return of the Living Dead, Shivers, Halloween 3: Season of the Witch

Wednesday, October 16

The Car

Director: Elliot Silverstein
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075809/

Review: Good over the top fun with some tense action and impressive stuntwork.

Watch it if: You're ok with a little bit of set wobbling.

And if you liked: Death Proof, Jaws, Death Race 2000

Tuesday, October 15

Antiviral

Director: Brandon Cronenberg
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2099556/

Review: Deeply unsettling and strongly original with some great prop design and a mesmerizing and weird central performance.

Watch it if: You can handle a fair amount of hypodermic needle scenes.

And if you liked: Looper, Pi, Primer, Black Mirror

Monday, October 14

Grabbers

Director: Jon Wright
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1525366/

Review: A little rushed in its character arcs but some good humour and great special effects.

Watch it if: You can handle a bit of silly fantasy violence.

And if you liked: Gremlins, Black Sheep, Piranha (2010), A Film with Me in It

Sunday, October 13

Rosemary's Baby

Director: Roman Polanski
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063522/

Review: Shocking and unsettling even now, with a haunting score and a mesmerizing central performance full of pathos.

Watch it if: You've somehow never seen it like me.

And if you liked: The Sentinel, Don't Look Now, The Omen, The Wicker Man

Check this out: Rosemary's Baby

Saturday, October 12

Leprechaun 2

Director: Rodman Flender
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110329/

Review: More entertaining than the first one but still pretty uneven and unengaging.

Watch it if: You're looking into the Leprechaun films like I am.

And if you liked: Leprechaun, Wishmaster

Curse of Chucky

Director: Don Mancini
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2230358/

Review: Pretty solid horror that loses its way a little when it starts going into backstory but still offers plenty to enjoy.

Watch it if: You're looking into the Chucky films like I am.

And if you liked: Child's Play, Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street

Friday, October 11

Silent Hill: Revelation

Director: Michael J. Bassett
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0938330/

Review: A few pieces of good design buried in a mess of exceptionally unconvincing CG and awkward mythology based plot pieces.

Watch it if: You're stupid like me.

And if you liked: Silent Hill, Hellraiser: Revelations, S. Darko, House on Haunted Hill (1999)

Thursday, October 10

Leprechaun

Director: Mark Jones
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107387

Review: Has some funny moments but fairly uneven and oddly paced.

Watch it if: You're looking into the Leprechaun films like I am.

And if you liked: Gremlins, Child's Play, Return of the Living Dead Part 2

Wednesday, October 9

Seed of Chucky

Director: Don Mancini
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0387575/

Review: Completely unpredictable and bizarre with some unique twists and a lot of nods to horror throughout history.

Watch it if: You're looking into the Chucky films like I am.

And if you liked: Wes Craven's New Nightmare, Bride of Chucky, Idle Hands

Tuesday, October 8

Tales from the Crypt: Ritual

Director: Avi Nesher
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0250698/
 
Review: Not particularly gripping, some very dodgy special effects and a very bad taste last second epilogue that kills any good will you could possibly have for the film.
 
Watch it if: You're ok with some uncomfortable ethnic tropes.
 
And if you liked: Zombie Flesh Eaters, Angel Heart
 
Check this out: I Walked with a Zombie

Monday, October 7

Bride of Chucky

Director: Ronny Yu
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0144120/

Review: Good bloody fun with some enjoyably silly dialogue and creative death scenes.

Watch it if: You're looking into the Chucky films like I am.

And if you liked: Child's Play 2, Child's Play 3, Idle Hands

Child's Play 3

Director: Jack Bender
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103956/
 
Review: Well put together with a rolling plot and great tense action.
 
Watch it if: You're looking into the Child's Play films like I am.
 
And if you liked: A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, Child's Play, Child's Play 2

Saturday, October 5

Child's Play 2

Director: John Lafia
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099253/

Review: Good silly fun with impressive puppetry and a wonderfully gruesome third act.

Watch it if: You're looking into the Child's Play films like I am.

And if you liked: Child's Play

Thursday, October 3

Paranormal Activity 3

Director: Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1778304/

Review: Less boring than the second one but not bringing anything new or interesting to the table.

Watch it if: You're stupid like me.

And if you liked: Paranormal Activity, Paranormal Activity 2

Wednesday, October 2

Texas Chainsaw

Director: John Luessenhop
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1572315/
 
Review: An exercise in missing the point riddled with ugly special effects, trite clichés and outdated gender tropes.

Watch it if: You're stupid like me.

And if you liked: Halloween II, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)