October Horrorfest 2012


As is tradition every October, I tried to watch as many horror films as possible. Since I spent a chunk of the month house sitting for my parents in Illinois, this meant I spent most of my time exploring the Netflix catalog. As is also tradition for the month, I didn’t get to as many films as I wanted. But I did use it as an excuse to watch Cabin in the Woods, one of my favorite movies of 2012. Twice. That’s okay though, I made up for the overabundance of awesomeness by watching a couple pretty shitty movies. C’est la vie.

Cabin in the Woods (2012) – A
Clever, hilarious, gory as hell — I can’t find anything not to like about this film. And you know what? I’m going to watch it again. With commentary.

The Omen (1976) – B
Classic, if dated, and still creepy as hell.

Piranha (2010) – D
God what an idiotic piece of shit. I normally like Alexandre Aja’s films, but god dammit I want my brain cells back.

Stigmata (1999) – C
Completely silly film, but Gabriel Byrne is le sexy. And it was on TV.

Prince of Darkness (1987) – C
Interesting premise. Y U NO GO ANYWHERE?

The Keep (1983) – C+
I’m not entirely sure what I saw, but it looked and sounded cool.

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) – B
Take note Alexandre Aja, THIS is how you do gory, throwback horror with tits.

The Fog (1980) – B+
Okay John Carpenter, I forgive you for Prince of Darkness because The Fog is so much ghostly fun.

The Burning (1981) – B-
Stereotypical slasher that breaks just about every slasher convention you can think of. Points for daring to be different. I also recommend checking out this great writeup from notcoming.com.

Poltergeist (1982) – A
Always a favorite. “You’ve never done this before!” “Neither have you!” “You’re right, you go!”

Black Death (2011) – C
Medieval times were pretty shitty.

The Gate (1987) – D-
I remember this sucking much less when I was about 10.

28 Weeks Later (2007) – B+
Bleak, intense, frenetic, violent, tragic, badass. Yep.
I should note that Netflix streaming is the only way you can watch Michael Mann’s The Keep right now. Unless you want to track down a VHS copy somewhere. Or a really expensive laserdisc.

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