LiteraryHero has done me the honor of tagging me for the next horror club pick! On Friday, December 19th, I'll post a discussion post for the 2012 Australian horror comedy 100 Bloody Acres, the story of two brothers who find a new and potent source of organic material for their blood and bone fertilizer business. Matt Zoller Seitz of rogerebert.com called it "the best low-budget horror comedy since Shaun of the Dead, and one of the most assured first features in ages." [more inside]
A 2003 South Korean psychological horror film written and directed by Kim Jee-woon. The film is inspired by a Joseon Dynasty folktale entitled "Janghwa Hongryeon jeon", which has been adapted to film several times. The plot focuses on two sisters who, after returning home from a psychiatric hospital, experience increasingly disturbing events involving both them and their stepmother. [more inside]
A wraparound story about a mysterious ice cream truck rampaging through Los Angeles ties together three found-footage horror shorts by various writers/directors. [more inside]
OK, I think we have a plan for a new way to proceed with horror club that will: a) get more people involved; and b) make for minimal workload to keep it going indefinitely. Details inside. [more inside]
So Horror Club, the very first MeFi movie club kind of petered out into nothing there. It can still work, but it maybe needs help. Let's brainstorm. [more inside]
What is taking Deborah Logan? Some memories are worth forgetting. From Wikipedia: The Taking of Deborah Logan is a 2014 independent American horror film and the feature film directorial debut of Adam Robitel. The film stars Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay, and Michelle Ang. It is set in the fictional town of Exuma, Virginia, and tells the story of a documentary crew making a film about Alzheimer's patients who uncover something sinister while documenting a woman who suffers from the disease [more inside]
[REC] was made in 2007 by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza, and stars Manuela Velasco, Ferrán Terraza, Jorge-Yaman Serrano, Pablo Rosso, David Vert, Vicente Gil and Martha Carbonell.
Young and lovely Canadian nurse Betsy takes a job tending to the wife of the owner of a sugar plantation on an unnamed Caribbean island. She soon finds that what is wrong with her charge is outside her medical expertise. Directed by Jacques Tourneur and produced by Val Lewton. [more inside]
THE SPIRIT OF 1999 VIEWING CLUB - Three young filmmakers go into the woods to shoot a documentary about the legend of a witch that haunts rural Maryland. [more inside]
A young couple in the late 1960s experience terrifying supernatural incidents that seem to be connected to an antique doll.
An associate burns down a wax museum with the owner inside, but he survives only to become vengeful and murderous. Vincent Price stars. [more inside]
The original Japanese version of The Grudge, from 2002. A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides.
Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein (goaded by an even madder scientist) builds his monster a mate. [more inside]
The next two picks in the MeFi horror club are Ju-On (The Grudge, the original 2002 version) and V/H/S Viral, which get a thread on the same day it is released via On Demand. [more inside]
In 16th-century Prague, a Jewish rabbi creates a giant creature from clay, called the Golem, and using sorcery, brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution. [more inside]
THE SPIRIT OF 99 VIEWING CLUB + HORROR CLUB: Things aren't what they seem at this remote outpost in the American West around the time of the Mexican-American war and a new hire suspects claims of cannibalism have root in fact. [more inside]
A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors. AKA Braindead [more inside]
In honor of Halloween, MeFi Horror Club is going to double up, with extra picks every Friday in October. By design, these picks will primarily be the kind of widely-seen movies that a hefty chunk of horror fans will have already seen. This will allow us to maybe lure in some people with big titles, cover some movies we'd normally skip for being too overexposed, and present the opportunity for people to comment on films they may know well enough they needn't rewatch them to join in. List after the jump... [more inside]
It pains me greatly to call something from 1992 a "retro" movie, but I couldn't call it "recent" with a straight face, so working within our parameters, it's "retro." [more inside]
Six years after Earth has suffered an alien invasion a cynical journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through an infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border. [more inside]
The pick for this coming Wednesday is a "crossover" pick. It's 2010's Monsters by Gareth Edwards (whose Godzilla remake hit screens this summer.) [more inside]
Let the Right One In (Swedish: Låt den Rätte Komma In) is a 2008 Swedish romantic horror film directed by Tomas Alfredson, based on the 2004 novel of the same title by John Ajvide Lindqvist, who also wrote the screenplay. The film tells the story of a bullied 12-year-old boy who develops a friendship with a vampire child in Blackeberg, a suburb of Stockholm, in the early 1980s. [more inside]
Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl. [more inside]
When the owner of a mannequin shop helps a young artist with her upcoming exhibition, suppressed desires come to the surface. [more inside]
In this French-American remake of the 1980 cult film of the same name, Elijah Wood stars as Frank, the owner of a mannequin shop. As he helps a young artist with her upcoming exhibition, suppressed desires come to the surface. [more inside]
A composer moves into a huge Victorian mansion after the death of his wife and daughter, only to find that he's not quite alone. [more inside]
This week's pick is what I think is one of the best horror movies ever, "The Changeling". [more inside]
Alien brain parasites, entering humans through the mouth, turn their host into a killing zombie. Some teenagers start to fight against them. [more inside]
We moved some things around to add in the Crossover category, with the first selection One Hour Photo honoring the recently-passed Robin Williams. Not only do we need to put the rotation back on track, but we also need to come up with a plan for the extra picks for October. [more inside]
Ángela, a film student researching for her thesis paper on violence in cinema, stumbles upon a snuff film featuring the murder of a former student at the university. Enlisting the help of classmate and violent-movie buff Chema, Angela begins an investigation into the crime that leads them to several suspects. [more inside]
We've already agreed in principle on adding a "Crossover" category to the rotation for Horror Club, a category that would include scary science fiction, thrillers, etc. Since there wasn't much steam building for any particular film for the scheduled "retro" pick for week 10, and since the world just lost Robin Williams, I'm going to invoke my benevolent dictator powers. Week 10 will now be the debut for "Crossover" as a rotation slot, and the first pick will be Mark Romanek's film One Hour Photo. [more inside]
This week's pick is a non-English rotation selection. The feature length debut of director Alejandro Amenábar (who later made The Others), this 1996 low budget Spanish film is available free on Hulu, with ads. [more inside]
Hi everybody! Horror club is seven weeks in and still going strong. We've been trying to get a rotation going, to make sure we see a variety of films. But I think we still need another spoke or two in the wheel to really get things going. Here's a proposal: Sequel week. [more inside]
This week's pic is Don Coscarelli's (Phantasm, Bubba Ho-Tep) adaptation of David Wong's loony serialized novel, John Dies at the End. This goofy, mind-bending horror comedy combines slacker comedy, Lovecraftian horror, and freshman dorm philosophy weirdness. [more inside]
Slightly traumatized and painfully shy Angela Baker is sent away to summer camp with her cousin. Not long after Angela's arrival, things start to go horribly wrong for anyone with sinister or less than honorable intentions. [more inside]
A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.
Shock jock Grant Mazzy has been kicked-off the airwaves and now works at a small-town morning show. Another mundane day on the job quickly turns deadly when reports begin to pile in of people developing strange speech patterns and committing brutal acts of violence.
Wandering into a small town after an auto accident, to begin her new job as a church organist, young Mary Henry (Candace Hilligoss) begins to pick up strange vibes: none of the normal people in town seem to be able to see her, and she keeps being accosted by freakish pasty-faced types who seem to be dead on their feet.
A documentary filmmaker explores seemingly unrelated paranormal incidents connected by the legend of an ancient demon called the "kagutaba."
Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods.
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