31 Nights of Frights (Week 5)

November 1, 20194 min

Oct. 27 – Oct. 31 Tons of blood and fun with a Hitch.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) The first appearance of Freddy Kruger before he became a cartoon with goofy kills. Wes Craven’s concept is still terrifying and while the effects are very 80’s there is still some genuine scares here 35 years later.

The Devil’s Rejects (2005) This is the one I consider Rob Zombie’s masterpiece. Great soundtrack, killer performances, truly horrific deaths, and a incredible twist before a classic ending. I simply love this messed-up movie.

Man, I love the TV edit of The Exorcist!

Rear Window (1954) One of Hitchcok’s best, not as gory or as intense as The Birds orĀ Psycho, but still a great family time thriller. It may not be as scary as a knife-welding masked psychopath but being incapacitated while possibly living next to a killer is no picnic.

The Lost Boys (1987) Even though this is not the successor to Dracula there is something about this Joel Schumacher vampire teen nightmare that still works. Corey Haim acting dated the worst, but the young cast including Jason Patric, Jami Gertz, and Kiefer Sutherland is solid. And of course the great Bernard Hermann.

Army of Darkness (1992) Somehow the third in Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead series ended up being the best as Bruce Campbell was unleashed in all his goofy-groovy-glory. And the practical gore mixed with classic stop-motion is the perfect blend that makes this one of the best fun horror movies of all time.

Guess what noise the “Boomstick” makes!

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