5 TV Terrors for you Halloween !

ITS THE HALLOWEEN SEASON HORRORFIENDS!!

so before the big night happens. Here is 5 episodes from Horror anthology shows that are perfect for the Halloween season.

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HIDDEN HORRORS YOU MUST HEAR Episode 2 !!! RIP Christopher Lee with some Summertime Horrors while WE ARE STILL HERE

Hidden horrors you must hear EP 2 BannerHey 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!

HIDDEN HORROR – The Shining (April Fool’s Day Special)

shiningNow, on this very day, I know how Louis Pasteur felt when he created the vaccine for Rabies. What a fantastic discovery to be credited with. The world at that moment changed due to that random stroke of luck. Well my friends, I may have discovered something just as, or perhaps even greater than any generic disease cure. Up until now, “Hidden Horrors You Must See” has been comprised mainly of films most have heard of, yet never actually seen. Those who have actually seen them first hand are sometimes few and far between. Not until now have we brought you something from so deep within the confines of obscurity, that I’ll put a big sack of dollars on the table that I’ve just stumbled upon the next chapter in human evolution. Let alone a great damn movie. Please, stay seated, for I’m positive you won’t be for too much longer…

The film in question, is called… Okay, hold on one second. The name of this movie doesn’t sound all that threatening nor horror-ish by any regard, but trust me, it’s more than worth a look. It is called “The Shining”. It is literally one of the greatest underground cinematic creations I’ve ever had the pleasure of viewing. I’m humbled by the fact that I now get the chance to introduce all of you to its majesty. In this movie, a family moves into a giant hotel when Jack Torrence, the father, gets a job as the caretaker during its off-season. Jack is played by Jack Nicholson(most people know him from The Departed and for the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special). He and his family, comprised of a small psychic child named Danny and Olive Oil, arrive at the Overlook Hotel and are greeted by its chef, Dick Halloran. The chef, who sounds a lot like Hong Kong Phooey, offers Danny some ice cream with his brain. Creepy. He then explains to Danny that he shared a telepathic ability with his grandmother when he was young. They called this ability, “shining”. Just so you know, that’s why the movie is called “The Shining”. After Dick leaves, the family begins to live their normal lives. However, over the course of their stay, Jack begins to slowly drift into madness from not just the solitude, but from ghosts!

After being persuaded by a phantom bartender to unleash his true power(possibly a reference to Dragonball Z)and becoming borderline Emily Rose possessed in the process, he tries to off his family by any means necessary. Once Shelley Duvall realizes her husband has written the most redundant novel of all time, she hits him over the face with a bat and locks his demonic ass in the freezer. But, just as a huge plot twist occurs, he escapes from his frost bitten tomb. Chasing his family through the giant hotel, axe in tow, Jack won’t let any number of Johnny Carson allusions slow him down from going Tin Man on his pack. Danny summons Dick to come and fight with them, but Jack axes him why he came back before he can be of any use. Danny then leads his fiendish father into the old heart of a hedge maze. Here, he outsmarts his disillusioned dad and leaves him to chill out while Danny and Olive snowmobile it back to civilization.

The Shining is a terrific example of how arthouse and horror can truly meld together in one epic demonstration, without either aspect overpowering the other. But while on this subject, can I just point out how amazingly shot this film is? Seriously, this director(Stanley Kubrick)knows his stuff. Every shot is meticulously crafted for perfect symmetry. It’s as if every landscape is treated like Olivia Wilde’s face. Not a single element is off point. It’s as if he filmed everything over 100 times or something until he got it right. Not that he did that or anything, but i’d seriously believe it if you told me otherwise. I also find it weird how his use of back drops and color seem to conflict with the how you’d think a hotel would actually look. This whole Native American looking theme just seems out of place… Seriously, if you don’t have a deeper meaning for how you dress your set, just keep it believable, jeez… Yet, for something so original, even as an adaptation, I can’t whole heartedly say it was a stand alone piece. This film is apparently a prequel to Mick Garris’ multipart masterpiece known only as, “Stephen King’s The Shining”. I can see the similarities, but to avoid confusion or bias, I will not be covering that any further. Lastly, I think it’s safe to say that there is actually a documentary about this film! Yeah, I know right? It’s strange, but awesome to know that such an obscure piece of movie history actually had a non-fiction counterpart made for it. Sadly though, “Room 237” mainly just talks about Apollo 11, which I’m sure has nothing to do with “The Shining”, nor those involved.

Hopefully we will see The Criterion Collection pick up this lost film in the future, as it truly needs an audience. No fooling, It’s blasphemy knowing it may not ever get the royal treatment though. Sad days my friends. Well, that’s that as they say. My stay here at the Overlook Hotel is complete, so before I murder my family in a fit of rage, I’d like to say; Bye, thanks for reading and that I hope this fine April 1st brings you all a fresh new start.

– Sterling “The Spork Guy” Anno

UNDERRATED SEQUELS- “Amityville 2: The Possession”

MV5BMTYwMTAyOTY4OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjMwODQ2NA@@._V1_SX640_SY720_Perhaps one of the most underrated sequels in horror cinema history is “Amityville 2: The Possession,” the 1982 follow-up to the classic haunted house movie. What makes “Amityville 2” so great is that it is a film that can be watched and enjoyed without having to see the original. Unlike your standard horror sequel this film has its own identity and is actually a prequel to “The Amityville Horror.” With its solid cast and convincing special effects, it truly is a great film, in fact some might say that it’s an even greater film than its predecessor.

The film revolves around the Montelli family who move into the same haunted house where all of the events of the first original “Amityville Horror” will eventually take took place. The family is headed by the abusive and alcoholic father Anthony, played extraordinarily by Burt Young. The Montelli family soon realizes as mysterious things happen that there is an entity in their house. However it is not an ordinary ghost inhabiting the house but a demonic presence intent on destroying the family. And it will do it by possessing the teenage son Sonny.

The best way to imagine this film is “The Amityville Horror” meets “The Exorcist.” To be honest this film rips off of “The Exorcist” a lot. It has several elements that “The Exorcist” did including demonic possession, exorcisms, and priests. While this film is not as powerful as “The Exorcist,” it is still enjoyable and fun nonetheless. The scenes that show the exorcism of Sonny features some pretty good special effects too, such as the way that the demon has transformed Sonny into an ugly looking creature.

If you like demonic possession/haunted house type of films, you should definitely check this one out and see one of horror cinema’s most underrated sequels. While the original “Amityville” didn’t really feature many special effects, this one goes straight for the throat and includes elaborate visual effects, monsters and exorcisms. What makes this film so underrated is that not many people know of it or have seen it and that is a shame.

-Dakota Bailey

31 HIDDEN HORRORS FOR HALLOWEEN – OCT.20th – TERROR TV – TALES FROM THE CRYPT – Television Terror

39 Television Terror.avi_000030263If there is just one episode of “Tales from the Crypt” you need to watch for your Halloween season viewing pleasure make sure, for the love of God, that it is the scariest and best episode of the entire show (I know, bold statement) the season 2 episode Television Terror.

A TV shock journalist goes into a haunted house for his show. This house has a history. It was once owned by a woman who killed her tenants and collected their insurance money.

To completely exaggerate this episode…HOLY SHIT! Is this a great episode, and believe me once you watch it you’ll probably say the same thing. Hell I might even say it is the best episode of the show as well as the scariest. Right off the bat it establishes the creep factor by showing the house accompanied with a very creepy score, practically a scary tune played on a out of tune piano. It also has a creepy atmosphere throughout and several gory moments and a crazy ending you don’t really expect in a haunted house. Also the TV shock journalist played by the late “great” 1980’s TV shock Journalist Morton Downey Jr. plays his role perfectly. Well he’s practically playing himself in it. So if you ever think to yourself “God ‘Tales from the Crypt’ is awesome but there are no episodes that are scary” then sit down, turn on the episode Television Terror and prove yourself wrong.

-James J. Coker

 

31 HIDDEN HORRORS FOR HALLOWEEN – OCT.8th – HIDDEN HORROR – Spookies

198639_492452534106607_1752019851_nBoy do I have a treat for all of you. If you’ve ever been in the mood for a “what the fuck is this?” kind of a horror movie then “Spookies is one of the top “what the fuck?” horror movies from the 1980’s!

There really isn’t that much of a plot to this film. A group of people head off to a haunted house to get scared and get way more then they bargained for by encountering one group of weird monsters after another.

What works for “Spookies” is that it combines the haunted house sub-genre and the monster movie. If you like monsters this film is full of them: Werewolf boys, spider women, grim reapers, goblins, weird electric slimy monsters, zombies and mud men who fart…yes…Mud men who Fart! With all these monsters it’s no wonder the movie is a nonsensical incoherent mess with choppy editing. Yet all those weird monster scenes, cool ‘80s style makeup effects and great ‘80s synth music make this mess of a film just so lovable to me.

So if you want some 80’s horror cheese with a hefty dose of “what the fuck?” this Halloween then give SPOOKIES a go.

-James J. Coker

31 HIDDEN HORRORS FOR HALLOWEEN – OCT.6th – UNDERRATED GEM – House on Haunted Hill 1999 Remake

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Yet another horror remake for our Halloween countdown and what better remake for Hidden Horrors then the underrated 1999 remake of the William Castle classic, which many horror fans undeservedly bash because of its tone and ending. Why you ask? I have no fucking clue why my fellow horror fans hate the tone of this film. To me it’s awesome but i’ll get to that later.

A group of seemingly unrelated guests try to win a million bucks by surviving a night in an abandoned asylum. What’s supposed to only have the trappings of an everyday dark ride becomes much more sinister: The asylum has a terrible history and the spirits of those who suffered there have apparently never left.

What works so well for this movie is that the tone and style of William Malone’s direction. It is wonderfully ghoulish and gruesome, with nightmarish ghosts and one particular hallucination scene that you’ll be convinced is from a mental patients nightmares. The whole film is pretty much a ghoulish haunting movie combined with a gruesome “Hellraiser” like movie then topped off with a gory mad doctor movie. If you ever wanted to see a gruesome, gory and nightmarish haunted house movie, then this is it. It’s too bad it’s so underrated. Horror fans should give this film another chance.

-James J. Coker