I have dedicated posts this month to sharing info on the music and the books that have informed and colored my September/October celebration of the macabre. With this serving as my last post for October, it makes sense to dedicate it to the scary movies I have been watching the last two months. As per usual, it ended up being a good mix of old favorites and newer titles I have been wanting to get around to watching. Didn’t make it through my full list, but I now have a head start on planning for next year! So, with all of that said, here is the list of spooky movies for Rocktober 2018, accompanied by a one sentence (or maybe even one word!) thought/review…
Little Evil: Could have been better.
The Fly (1986): Awesomely gross.
IT: Mostly effective.
The Babysitter: Could have been worse.
The Blob (1988): Unexpectedly awesome.
The ‘Burbs: I miss comedic Tom Hanks.
Jennifer’s Body: Complicated.
Killer Klowns from Outer Space: The opposite of complicated.
Creep: Good job, good effort.
A Ghost Story: Left me feeling haunted.
High Spirits: Steve Guttenberg sucks as much as this movie.
Autopsy of Jane Doe: Scarier before its big (telegraphed) reveal, but still really really good.
Hellraiser: Clive Barker is rad and everyone in this movie is awful and deserves a special place in hell.
Get Out: Required viewing and even better the second time around.
Mandy: LOVED IT!
House of the Devil: Terrific 80’s-style throwback.
Dead Ringers: Unsettling.
Deathgasm: Great premise, okay execution.
Psycho: Holds up remarkably well.
Halloween: An all-time favorite.
Halloween (2018): A (new) all-time favorite.
The Thing: John Carpenter is just the best.
Evil Dead 2: Sam Raimi is second only to John Carpenter.
The Shining: That time one of our great auteur’s decided to make a classic, atmospheric horror movie based on a classic Stephen King effort.