At least twice a year (typically around the Fourth of July and Halloween) I wind up making horror movie playlists. I love horror movies; I love good ones, crappy ones, campy ones, and everything in between. I find horror movies soothe me (something about going on the roller coaster of worse case scenario situations and coming out the other side feels productive to me and my often overwhelming anxiety), and I’m just plain a fan of them.
I am so behind on horror movies, and there are plenty on my springtime playlist I haven’t seen, or series I haven’t kept up with.
Also, I know this isn’t gaming related, but, hey, it’s my dumb website so I can apparently write about whatever I want.
Here we go!
I’ve had this since it was released on Blu Ray, yet never managed to sit down and watch it. Every single thing I’ve seen of it makes me want to take in the atmosphere, and this month is the time.
Also creepy dolls (when done well) are great.
John Carpenter’s The Fog is one of my favorite horror movies. I’m a huge sucker for atmosphere, and this movie has it in spades. I love tiny seaside towns, I love lighthouses, and I love, love, LOVE fog. The movie takes place in April and was the impetus for this particular playlist.
Also the soundtrack is great.
Friday the 13th: Part 2
Part 2 is probably my favorite in the Friday the 13th series, though I do like a couple of the others. Something about the atmosphere of this entry really clicks with me.
As a former theatre kid in high school, I am usually all-in for horror movies where a theatre is involved and especially for one where a high school theatre makes an appearance. This movie isn’t great by any means, but I enjoy the location. Apparently (I learned this today) a sequel was made and premiers next month (if the article I read was to be believed).
I’m sure I will watch that, too, once it releases stateside.
I have an amusing history with Hell Fest.
I almost never go to the movies here because, almost universally, people will be talking or messing with their phones and it drives me bonkers. It’s also expensive and I think I am the only person I know who doesn’t enjoy those weird reclining seats. I also feel very strange having someone come serve me in my seat.
One of the only movies in recent years I’ve dragged myself to the theatre to see was Hell Fest. I adore Halloween, theme parks, mazes, and horror movies, and this combined all of them! I loved the idea of a horror movie taking place in a theme park during a Halloween event.
Despite the excellent setup, I felt the movie fell flat. The writing wasn’t great. A lot of the characters weren’t great. The execution of so many aspects of the film weren’t great.
When it released I bought it on Blu Ray. My partner was like BECAUSE OF YOU THEY WILL MAKE A HELL FEST 2!!
I thought, oh, I will watch it ironically (when I don’t do anything ironically). I put it on and enjoyed the atmosphere. I realized I liked the soundtrack so I bought that, too.
(To the inevitable Hell Fest 2, I say: YOU’RE WELCOME.)
Now I put it on in the background while I do things fairly regularly. I still don’t think it’s very good, but I’ve developed this strange fondness for it and actually enjoy it now. Apparently atmosphere and premise really can take something that far for me.
I actually hope they make a sequel. I never thought I’d say that, let alone mean it.
The Insidious Series
I saw the first film in the theatre, and have only seen bits and pieces of the second. I’m so behind even though I own all of them. I remember really enjoying the first film, and I’d love to see the series through to the present. I feel a marathon in my near future.
All I know about Jackals is that a family tries to get their son back from a cult and things go (as probably evidenced by the image above) poorly. The atmosphere looks interesting and I’m down to see what the movie holds.
This movie looked interesting to me and I’ve had it since it released. It’s time to plunk down and finally watch it.
Prom Night (2008)
I didn’t love the original Prom Night, but this time of year always makes me think of proms and the Prom Night remake from 2008. For some reason I really like it and I’ve seen it more times than I care to admit. There is probably also something wistful about the prom part for me, as I didn’t get to go to my senior prom. This is juxtaposed by the fact that my partner was the prom king of his high school’s senior prom.
Well deserved, I say. <3
And he just loves when I tell people that (he does not love when I tell people that).
The Purge Series
I remember being so hyped for the first Purge film before it released, then being let down by the actuality of it. I really enjoyed the second film, however, and was pleasantly surprised at the turn in the series. I’ve not seen the third or fourth films and I’ve had both since they released.
I feel another movie marathon in my near future.
I adore Asian horror movies, and Reincarnation was a hidden gem for me. I saw it many years ago and I recall enjoying it so much, I sought it out on DVD to watch again.
I’m excited to rewatch it after all these years. I don’t want to spoil anything about the plot, but it’s definitely worth a watch.
This is one of the rare cases where I enjoy both the original and remake of a movie. I like both the leads in this film, and I loved the twist when I first saw the original.
Plus, nearly any horror movie that takes place somewhere in Asia, I’m down for.
I heard this movie was a bit of a train wreck and I have to see for myself.
So I’m going to see for myself.
Summer Of 84
I’ve read so many good things about this movie and I’ve had it for ages so I have absolutely no excuse for not watching it. I’m excited to finally dive in this month.
And there you have it! A smattering of the horror movies on my current springtime playlist. If you have any horror movie recommendations, do tell! I’ve seen so many, but I’m always excited to find new ones.
If you enjoy horror movies, which are your favorites? Which do you revisit?
Jackals is one I’ve not heard of before but the premise sounds pretty solid so I’m going to track it down. The Gallows and Summer of 84 are two that have been on my watchlist, I’ll get around to them at somepoint.
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It does sound interesting, doesn’t it? I’m excited to see it, too.
Gallows is decent, but certainly not great. I am a big sucker for atmosphere so that keeps me coming back. I hope Summer of 84 turns out to be good!
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