“Long live trash cinema!”
Dawn of the Beast 2021
Wendigo, Bigfoot, Evil Dead style possession, creepy-crawly demons? All in one movie? Is this my Infinity War?
Someone Is Watching 2000
Made-for-TV chiller that packs in plenty of terrifying man-in-the-walls frights, but told like a haunted house movie. I must have seen the unedited version however, because there are multiple “fucks” in here. The child actor is abysmal, but horror-alum Margot Kidder is delightful as the friendly, zany neighbor. Past trauma, creepy ex-boyfriend, theatrical Halloween party flashbacks, menacing phone calls, over-dramatics. Another shining example of why older TV-movies are so great.
Besides William Castle’s House on Haunted Hill, Spookies is one of the greatest cinematic Halloween parties I’ve ever had the pleasure of attending.
And by that I mean it’s 90 minutes hanging out in a creepy, cobweb-adorned mansion with every manor of ghost, ghoul and monster lurking around every corner.
Spookies has the highest ratio of monsters-per-minute I have ever seen. Cat butlers, farting mummies, grim reapers, shape-shifting spiders, aquatic creatures, witches, demons, zombies. That’s just to name a few! There’s…
The adorably wacky love-child of 50’s B-movie sci-fi and 80’s regional horror. A hazy, lo-fi reimagining of The Thing From Another World spawned from the alternate timescape that is Baltimore.
Brilliantly ambitious miniature FX crash land a hulking, silver-track-suit-clad alien into backwoods Maryland who promptly beings a rampage of laser-blasting, gut-munching and limb-tearing through everyone in town. In a fusion of sparkly, optical effects, homegrown gore, mind-bending shoot-outs, pulsing, twinkling synth and an infamously awkward sexual encounter.
These are the kind of backyard, genre films I live for.