Thursday, October 30

Dust Devil

Director: Richard Stanley

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104155/

Review: Has some nice imagery and themes but takes a long time to get anywhere and never quite fully engages.

Watch it if: You're ok with a slower story that meanders.

And if you liked: Mad Max, The Hitcher, The Terminator

Wednesday, October 29

Monkey Shines

Director: George A. Romero

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095652/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Review: A little long and reliant on magical elements but there are still plenty of fun and thrills along the way.

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

And if you liked: Brain Damage, Creepshow

Check this out: Monkey Shines

Tuesday, October 28

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Director: Philip Kaufman

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077745/

Review: Gripping all the way through with a great soundscape and some genuinely terrifying moments.

Watch it if: You've somehow never seen it like I hadn't.

And if you liked: The Thing, Under the Skin, Shivers

Check this out: The Body Snatchers

Monday, October 27

The Pact

Director: Nicholas McCarthy

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2040560/

Review: Does a lot with simple and well-executed tricks with a compelling plot and nice production design.

Watch it if: You enjoy a well made ghost movie.

And if you liked: Ringu, The Innkeepers

Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau

Director: David Gregory

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3966544/

Review: Fascinating and hilarious with an arc that seems to mirror the subject itself.

Watch it if: You're interested in how much can go wrong on a film set.

And if you liked: Room 237, Lost in La Mancha

Brain Damage

Director: Frank Henenlotter

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094793/

Review: Hits a few problematic notes and doesn't fully hold together but still has some interesting inventiveness and silliness to it.

Watch it if: You can handle some uncomfortable scenes.

And if you liked: Basket Case, Street Trash, Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)

Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2561546/

Review: Never quite reaches levels of greatness but succeeds in a few areas as well as bringing an interesting take on how to remake an old film.

Watch it if: You want to see a mild deconstruction of the slasher genre.

And if you liked: Halloween, Scream, Friday the 13th Part II

Check this out: The Town That Dreaded Sundown

The Babadook

Director: Jennifer Kent

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2321549/

Review: Lets itself down a little with its ending but brings some interesting and creepy stuff along the way.

Watch it if: You're ok with being turned off having children.

And if you liked: The Orphanage, The Ring (2002), We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Innocents

Sunday, October 26

Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages

Director: Benjamin Christensen

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0013257/

Review: Atmospheric and creepy with great satanic imagery and an interesting perspective on history.

Watch it if: You enjoy strange and unique silent cinema.

And if you liked: The Lords of Salem, The Exorcist, Nosferatu

Basket Case

Director: Frank Henenlotter

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083624/

Review: Shows it's gears a fair amount and has some uncomfortable humour towards the end but generally holds up as an entertaining slice of gory schlock.

Watch it if: You can handle a movie that's rough around the edges.

And if you liked: The Evil Dead, Street Trash, Re-Animator

Coherence

Director: James Ward Byrkit

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2866360/

Review: Well performed and staged with just enough reality warping to keep it interesting without pushing it into confusion.

Watch it if: You enjoy a good mind-bending kind of film.

And if you liked: Primer, Another Earth

Saturday, October 25

Frankenstein (1994)

Director: Kenneth Branagh

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109836/

Review: Definitely too long and falters here and there in its grandiosity but still has plenty to offer in terms of entertainment and production design.

Watch it if: You want to see a lot of Kenneth Branagh at his physical peak.

And if you liked: Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula (1992), The Wolfman (2010)

Thursday, October 23

The Last House on the Left

Director: Wes Craven

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068833/

Review: Shifts weirdly in tone but manages to hold a loose narrative together well while creating a lot from a little.

Watch it if: You can handle a few scenes of unsettling sexual violence.

And if you liked: Pink Flamingos, The Devil's Rejects, Deliverance, Straw Dogs, The Hills Have Eyes

Wednesday, October 22

American Mary

Director: Jen and Sylvia Soska

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1959332/

Review: Very slickly put together with stressful but convincing special effects and a strong tone.

Watch it if: You can handle a lot of surgery and blood.

And if you liked: The Skin I Live In, Hard Candy

Tuesday, October 21

Maniac (2012)

Director: Franck Khalfoun

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2103217/

Review: Revels in its weirdness in a great way with really impressive effects and a fun, trashy tone..

Watch it if: You can handle quite a lot of graphic violence.

And if you liked: Drive, Enter the Void, Evil Dead (2013)

Check this out: Maniac

Monday, October 20

Escape from Tomorrow

Director: Randy Moore

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2187884/

Review: An interesting idea and some nice bits of surreal imagery but wears thin pretty quickly and doesn't bring much invention beyond its basic concept.

Watch it if: You know a bit of the backstory behind its production.

And if you liked: Eraserhead, Ed Wood, Disney films

Sunday, October 19

Willow Creek

Director: Bobcat Goldthwait

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2885364/

Review: Has a few decent production ideas but doesn't really do anything particularly new or interesting with them.

Watch it if: You can handle another found footage movie.

And if you liked: The Blair Witch Project,

Murder Party

Director: Jeremy Saulnier

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0878695/

Review: Uses its limitations to its advantage expertly while flowing well and being laugh out loud funny.

Watch it if: You've ever been irritated by pretentious art-babble.

And if you liked: Ghost World, Reservoir Dogs

Saturday, October 18

Maps to the Stars

Director: David Cronenberg

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2172584/

Review: Scathing in its satire and laugh out loud funny at times but never quite connects like it should.

Watch it if: You can handle some unsettling violence.

And if you liked: Inland Empire, Cosmopolis, Southland Tales

Trick 'r Treat

Director: Michael Dougherty

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0862856/

Review: Gleeful in its tone with a fun through-line and some nicely spooky parts.

Watch it if: You just really want to revel in Halloween spirit for 82 minutes.

And if you liked: Tales from the Crypt, Halloween, Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Friday, October 17

Possession

Director: Andrzej Zulawski

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082933/

Review: Insanely performed with a jarring atmosphere and a constant, creeping sense of unease.

Watch it if: You like a film that becomes stranger and stranger as it goes on.

And if you liked: The Shining, High Fidelity, Rosemary's Baby, The Brood

Thursday, October 16

John Dies at the End

Director: Don Coscarelli

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1783732/

Review: Somewhat televisual in its style but moves at a good pace and never bores.

Watch it if: You're ok with a film jumping around a fair bit.

And if you liked: Idle Hands, Lost Highway, Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey

Check this out: John Dies at the End

Wednesday, October 15

Here Comes the Devil

Director: Adrián García Bogliano

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2107648/

Review: Strange and nicely paced with a creepy premise and some effective tension.

Watch it if: You can handle some violence, nudity and unpleasant implications.

And if you liked: Don't Look Now, Trust, The Orphanage, Enter the Void

Tuesday, October 14

The Sacrament

Director: Ti West

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2383068/

Review: Well put together and performed particularly in the first 2 acts but follows a fairly obvious path to conclusion that ultimately feels anticlimactic.

Watch it if: You're able to put up with the usual mockumentary technical problems.

And if you liked: Red State, V/H/S/2

Monday, October 13

The Descent

Director: Neil Marshall

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0435625/

Review: Well crafted and tense with effective action and strong scares.

Watch it if: You can handle a fair amount of bloody violence and claustrophobic scenes.

And if you liked: As Above, So Below, 127 Hours, Predator, The X-Files

Sunday, October 12

Harmontown

Director: Neil Berkeley

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3518988/

Review: Beautiful to look at and tough to watch in places but intimate and engaging with a sincere feeling of hope throughout.

Watch it if: You're interested in a certain amount of flawed self-destruction.

And if you liked: Community, The Harmontown Podcast, Crumb

Return of the Living Dead III

Director: Brian Yuzna

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089907/

Review: Drags a little in the middle but otherwise a fairly daft and inventive movie.

Watch it if: You're ok with a fair amount of violence and some nudity.

And if you liked: Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, Braindead, The Return of the Living Dead

Saturday, October 11

Kill List

Director: Ben Wheatley

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1788391/

Review: Gripping from the beginning and more and more visually striking as its bizarreness escalates.

Watch it if: You can handle some pretty rough violence.

And if you liked: Sexy Beast, Shallow Grave, True Detective, The Wicker Man

Wednesday, October 8

Shadow of the Vampire

Director: E. Elias Merhige

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0189998/

Review: Lacking a certain amount of kick but very well performed and shot with an enjoyable premise.

Watch it if: You enjoy films about filmmaking.

And if you liked: Nosferatu, Peeping Tom, Dracula (1992)

Tuesday, October 7

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation

Director: Kim Henkel

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110978/

Review: Has a few enjoyably hokey moments but it's pretty inconsequential with an ending that thinks it's profound but is in fact just baffling.

Watch it if: You're interested in seeing Renee Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey in early horror roles.

And if you liked: Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, Death Proof

Monday, October 6

The Innkeepers

Director: Ti West

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1594562/

Review: Draws you in with relatable characters and delivers some genuinely good scares with lovely use of sound.

Watch it if: You enjoy a good ghost story.

And if you liked: The Others, The Innocents, The House of the Devil

Sunday, October 5

Gone Girl

Director: David Fincher

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2267998/

Review: Suffers a little in adaptation but still looks and sounds great while entertaining and keeping you guessing all the way through.

Watch it if: You've been to the bathroom.

And if you liked: Zodiac, Seven, Chinatown, Side Effects

Check this out: Gone Girl

Friday, October 3

Blue Ruin

Director: Jeremy Saulnier

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2359024/

Review: Draws you in and keeps you guessing with a strong plot and a style that knows how to revel in quiet moments as well as loud ones.

Watch it if: You're interested in a different take on the revenge genre.

And if you liked: Straw Dogs, Winter's Bone, Dead Man's Shoes

Thursday, October 2

The Lords of Salem

Director: Rob Zombie

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1731697/

Review: Visually striking and aurally interesting with a good balance of strange imagery and plot.

Watch it if: You can enjoy a certain amount of stark weirdness.

And if you liked: Macbeth (1971), Rosemary's Baby, The Sentinel, Beetlejuice

Wednesday, October 1

Would You Rather

Director: David Guy Levy

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1999995/

Review: Moves at a strong pace with some tense moments and a great villain performance.

Watch it if: You're not too squeamish about pain in a film.

And if you liked: The House of the Devil, You're Next