Hey there Horrorfiends! instead of the usual episode, this time it is going to be episode 6 of the Hidden Horrors you must HEAR podcast with Sterling Anno and yours truly with pictures.
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.
so hit play, listen and have fun with the first video upload of the Hidden Horrors you must hear podcast!
Welcome Horrorfiends to another shinning light on a obscure little horror gem for our wonderful Halloween season. This little film from the early 80s faded into a obscurity probably due to the fact that the poster and trailer made it seem like a Witch film when at the time everybody wanted slasher film. Well the joke was on them because even though this hidden Horror does seem like a Witch film, the movie plays itself more like a supernatural slasher film. That film is SUPERSTITION
from imdb: A family moves into a long-condemned New England household with a big pond out back that everybody loves to swim in. Soon, however, they find that the pond was the site of the execution- by-drowning of a witch three hundred years before, and she’s back to revenge herself on anybody nearby, whether they’re Catholic or not.
This film packs on the “spooky” atmosphere from the get go. The beginning scene is a rift on the “Teens making out in a parked car” that ends with creepy blue lighted and cobwebs atmosphere combined with two gory and entertaining death scenes. The film then presents the family that moves in and though the film doesnt present each character with that much depth, we do notice they are somewhat of a damaged family.
The middle act does get a little show but there are hints and quick death scenes provided by the Witch and the last 25 minutes of the film is where it shines. The Witch makes all hell break loose and characters that you are convinced will not die, you know the old “oh they wont kill off …… in a movie” well they do die, The Witch kills them brutally, So the film takes you by surprise in the last 25 minutes and by how mean-spirited some of the family member death scenes are, especially one involving a stake through the forehead! lets just say this film was a bleak ending and everyone…EVERYONE is fair game to this vengeful Witch.
So if you want a spooky, surprising, mean-spirited Supernatural movie from the 80s this Halloween season but dont want to watch Freddy or Pinhead again, then seek out SUPERSTITION and give this Witch a chance. – James J. Coker
If you’re looking for a “Terror TV” entry just filled with the Halloween spirit look no further then the very first episode of “Tales from the Darkside” titled Trick or Treat.
Town miser Gideon Hackles spends Halloween hiding IOU’s in his house, which he then rigs as haunted and invites local kids to search for the IOU’s so he can scare them. This year he gets his comeuppance.
What’s so special about this episode is that it’s entertaining and is basking in the Halloween spirit. It has a few creepy moments to it such as where the old town misers Halloween decorations start moving on their own. The episode also has a message to it. In a super creepy but subtle way it deals themes of the punishment of greed and cruelty. Think of it like a very entertaining Halloween version of “A Christmas Carol” except this mean old rich man doesn’t learn his lesson and most certainly doesn’t have a happy ending for the old rotten man. So if you’re wanting some Darkside episodes filled with some Halloween spirit to it then you need to watch this episode plus the episode Halloween Candy but that review is for another day sooooon.
If you’re a somewhat seasoned horror fan you’re probably wondering “Why is the ‘80s horror classic ‘Pumpkinhead’ a Hidden Horror?” Well my seasoned horror fans the reason why is because though “Pumpkinhead” is well known and loved among the horror community it is quite unknown to the average movie goer, thus making it a “Hidden Horror.” Anyway…on with the review.
A group of city kids go into the country to relax. While there one of them is involved in a biking accident that takes the life of the son of the local storekeeper, played by genre vet Lance Henrikson. In a fit of rage the storekeeper has a witch unleash an unstoppable demon called “Pumpkinhead” to kill the group. When he realizes he’s gone too far the storekeeper attempts to save the kids but is continually afflicted by visions of peoples’ deaths through the eyes of the monster.
Yes the plot seems like it could be a fun little monster/demon movie but the film doesn’t play itself as “fun.” With a plot like that the director, the late special effects wizard Stan Winston, makes a very serious and stylistic horror film. Winston’s visual direction brings somewhat of a Universal Monsters feel with fog, shrouded woods and eerie blue lighting throughout. Yet the tone of the film, once the demon Pumpkinhead emerges to wreak vengeance, is quite harrowing and creepy with sadness and a disturbing nature underneath it all. If you want an ‘80s monster movie this Halloween season give Pumpkinhead a watch. You wont regret it.
Why yes my fellow horror fans, Hidden Horrors You Must See is in fact doing “31 whatever for Halloween” posts like a whoooooole lot of other bloggers do. However as you know at this site we are all about those hidden/underrated gems and those wonderful anthology shows of yore. So why not start off this Halloween season with an incredible hidden and even more underrated “gem.”
This micro budget, shot on DV film is not only unknown to most people it also receives a lot of crap from the horror community. However if you go into this film knowing its limitations and with the right expectations it is an enjoyable little movie. It’s about a sexy witch, played by scream queen Debbie Rochon, who gets revenge on three small town guys that murdered her cat by resurrecting these three terrific monsters (pumpkin ghoul farmer slasher things) to kill the guys. Though you can tell the budget of the film right off the bat, there’s a lot of elements that make up for its low buget: The very “halloweeny” like lighting, the overall tone, sexy scream queen Debbie Rochon and off course the cool looking pumpkin ghoul farmer monster things. If you actually saw this film years ago (and if you did…holy shit! ) and disliked it I say give it another chance…if you lower your expectations.