Thursday, August 29, 2013

Oh, the Horror: August

I didn't watch nearly as many horror movies as I usually do this month. The weather was simply too nice for staying indoors, so most days I took the laptop outside to work in the sunshine instead of settling in with a full queue of slasher flicks. But never fear, I still managed to find a few awesome movies to share with you!

The Loved Ones (2009)


Australian horror films are easily some of my absolute favorites because they tend to have pretty bizarre plot lines, intense visuals and excellent cinematography. Many of them are independently made, which I prefer over the big budget CGI stuff that dominates Hollywood horror. "The Loved Ones" is the perfect example of all of the things that make Australian horror films so great, and is also a wonderful lesson in why you should never turn down your weird classmate's invitation to the prom. If you happen to have Fearnet, you can watch it for free right now on demand!

A L'interieur // Inside (2007)


A L'interieur (also known as "Inside") is a fabulous French horror film that I enjoyed but kind of regret watching so close to my sister's due date. Pregnancy-related horror films are weird to begin with, but are especially weird when you finish up, walk out of the room and run into your extremely pregnant sister standing in the kitchen. Or maybe that's just me. In any event, A L'interieur is about a pregnant woman being stalked through her own home by a mysterious, scissor-wielding stranger that wants her unborn child. It's brutal, unsettling and all of the things you probably expect from French horror if you've seen Haute TensionFrontière(s) or Martyrs

 Dread (2009)


So I definitely didn't see this movie for the first time this month, and I'm really only featuring it because I have a massive crush on Jackson Rathbone despite the fact I've never seen Twilight (and likely never will). I did, however, watch it for the dozenth or so time, and I think I like it a little more every time I see it. Based on a short story by the legendary Clive Barker, Dread follows a group of students conducting a thesis study on peoples' biggest fears. It starts out innocent enough, but things take a turn for the worst when one of them decides to take it a step further and see how people react when forced to face the things they dread most. Netflix had it streaming for ages, but it seems it has been removed from their queue recently. Hopefully it will be back soon so you can check it out!

Ghost Shark (2013)


I know the mere mention of this SyFy Channel original will send some horror lovers into a fit of rage, but I don't really care. Ghost shark was over-the-top, cheesy as hell and it made me laugh -- and isn't the point of watching movies to be entertained? I've been a major sucker for Grade-D shark films since I saw Mega Shark versus Giant Octopus, which is perhaps by biggest guilty pleasure film ever. Ghost Shark was a so-bad-it's-awesome follow up to the infamous Sharknado, and I'm crossing my fingers for some sort of collector's box set of the two. I'd buy it in a heartbeat!

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