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In this episode We discuss our top 13 favorite horror films of 2016 with LOTS of obscure ones and batshit crazy horror films you probably didnt hear about last year.
we also discuss the 2016 horror films that disappointed us, the 2017 horror movies we are looking forward to and finally show some much needed love and fond memories of the horror website Dreadcentral.
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Hey there horrorfiends! the second episode of the Hidden horrors you must hear Podcast is here! Sterling SporkGuy Anno and James J. Coker remember and pay tribute to Betsy Palmer and Sir Christopher Lee, share some Hidden horrors starring Christopher Lee, talk about some obscure Summertime horror movies horror fans should really seek out, rant about why young Bloggers are getting so damn sensitive to movie deaths lately and finally RAVE about the indie ghost film that just came out called WE ARE STILL HERE. so hit that Download icon in the corner and enjoy!
Hello Horror Fiends, James J. Coker here letting you all know this is the very first podcast for the hidden horrors you must see blog. Sterling Anno and mysefl discuss a wide range of topics within the horror genre including what makes a horror movie a “Hidden Gem”. Two hidden horror films that we both love to death one being a super scary Japanese found footage film and the other being a batshit crazy Bigfoot film. Two other films we both find very underrated and cant understand why fans shit all over them. Then we spew nothing but love for a little indie film called IT FOLLOWS and finish it off with some new horror directors who we have started to follow there work and the Horror films coming out here most excited for. So have the time fly by with Sterling “the SporkGuy” and myself talking passionately about the Hidden Gems we love. Link down below. you can either listen or Download by clicking the downward pointing arrow icon on the corner of the link.
Dead End is the first and only film collaboration from writing and directing team Jean-Baptiste Andrea (Brotherhood of Tears) and Fabrice Canepa (his only IMDb credit).
The film kicks off with that feeling of impending doom, as Frank Harrington (Ray Wise, Jeepers Creepers 2) drives his family to his mother-in-law’s for Christmas Eve.
Jokes asides, Dead End definitely encompasses that dreadful feeling, as the Harringtons decide to take a detour on their trip, ending up on a deserted back road and being besieged by sinister forces along the way.
One by one, each family member falls to these forces’ diversions, and one by one, family secrets come to light.
Dead End is a brilliant and mysterious situational low-budget ghost story that will keep viewers guessing right up until the very end. But the amount of laughs also equal the frights, in a strange blend of juvenile, droll, and slapstick (to name a few) humor all presented in an extremely dark manner.
The film is definitely a hidden gem that deserves plenty of recognition and should have a reservation on every horror fans’ “must see” list, not to mention a suitable part of their annual Christmas viewing.
~ Matthew McPhee
Originality and fright-factor had been gutted from the subgenre thanks to countless sequels and their antagonists, who had evolved into cartoon-like anti-heroes. Horror fans tended to root for these caricatures, who were no longer garnering screams, but harvesting cheers.
That is until 1996, when Scream rebooted the slasher genre, in a brilliant deconstruction of the slice-and-dice subject matter. But was Ghostface really that terrifying in a film that almost parodied the slasher?
Rewind one year to the release of a truly terrifying slasher that spent five years in development hell. Through countless rewrites, a multitude of on-board directors and one big legal battle, the follow up to 1989’s Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers finally saw the light of day.
The Curse of Michael Myers was intended to answer many questions about Myers’ past and counter the ambiguous ending of its predecessor.
It’s also the most panned Halloween film (with Michael Myers) of them all, by fans and critics alike. Not to mention the best sequel in the Halloween franchise.
After the traumatic events of the original Halloween, Tommy Doyle (a young Paul Rudd in his film debut) has spent his entire life as an introvert, researching Myers on his sweet-ass Commodore 64 while waiting for him to return home to Haddonfield.
When Tommy tunes in to a radio show on Devil’s Night, that just so happens to be broadcasting a Michael Myers special, he listens in on a call made by Jamie Lloyd, who tells the shock-jock that her uncle Michael is back and he is coming to get her.
After Tommy’s investigation into the strange call he finds Jamie’s baby, who she had stashed away before meeting her demise, and Tommy takes the infant on as his charge.
The next day, Tommy and Dr. Sam Loomis reunite for the first time in over fifteen years, and they begin to anticipate the Shape’s return.
Meanwhile, Laurie’s adoptive father’s brother John Strode (Bradford English), of Strode Real Estate, has recently moved his family into the old Myers’ house after years of being on the market and being unsuccessful to sell (one wonders why).
Without giving too much of the plot away, let’s just say there’s a new child contingent on taking on the mantle of the Boogeyman, after a much thought out plan and some information on why Michael is the way he is. But everybody who has viewed Halloween H20: 20 Years Later or Halloween: Resurrection knows how that turns out.
Not only is Curse one of the most forgotten films of the franchise, but it’s also the third film that H20 forgot about by not including the story arc of Jamie Lloyd in each film’s recapitulation (including Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers).
Sadly, Curse is also Donald Pleasence’s last turn as Dr. Loomis, as the brilliant actor had passed away months before the film’s release, causing filmmakers to alter the ending (a “Producer’s Cut” of Curse has been circulating around the Internet for many years before getting a much approved – by Halloween enthusiasts – “liberation” in the latest box set release).
The film has much going for it including a joke about Michael Myers in space (before Jason Voorhees and the Leprechaun did it), a rock n roll twist on the original score (as if Randy Rhodes laid some licks over top of John Carpenter’s original score), and a throwback to the ridiculous amount of white bed sheets people owned in 1980’s slasher flicks (and happened to wash them all on the same day).
The greatest thing about the death of the slasher film was the booming psychological thrillers that captivated audiences throughout the nineties (The Silence of the Lambs was the first horror film to win an Oscar). But keep in mind that there were still a few worthwhile horror films out there that buoyed the slasher subgenre throughout the grunge era, and most have yet to be seen by the laymen (that is, non-horror fiends) or have been brushed off since first viewing. So take a piece of that Halloween nostalgia everybody feels this time of year, and revisit Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers. You may come out with a totally different perspective, or just be entertained as much as the first viewing – like me.
~ Mad Matthew McPhee
The Creeper is back, in the extremely flawed, but exceedingly fun, Jeepers Creepers 2. And this time around, writer/director Victor Salva (Jeepers Creepers, Clownhouse) pulls out all the stops to the Creeper’s ritualistic forage.
Taking place within a few days following the first film, the somewhat titular flesh-eating creature does much less creeping, as he divulges his presence right off the bat after a bus full of championship high school footballers breaks down on a desolate road.
In a ducks-in-a-barrel style of attack, the Creeper plays with his food, taunting them from the window, winking and pointing at his individual meal selections in an extremely dark but humorous manner.
But when a grieving father, Hell-bent on avenging the death of his adolescent son intervenes, a battles ensues that finally gives the ancient demon a run for his money.
What makes this film a perfect Halloween treat is that the Creeper is perhaps one of the most well-made practical horror movie monsters of recent times, thanks to key makeup artist and creature and effects supervisor Brian Penikas.
And although the Creeper lore states that he feeds for 23 days, every 23rd spring, the aforementioned flaws include high school students returning from a championship game (high school football season ends in November), only to be stalked by the creature surrounded by fields of fully-grown corn (harvest season anyone?).
The film is well known for its continuity errors, but don’t let the bad reputation hinder a sit down with this one, it’s a wild ride and worth a watch for anybody looking for a fun-filled and over-the-top horror flick this holiday.
~ Matthew “Bat-thew” McPhee