House II: The Second Story (1987) Dir. Steve Miner

I am not what most people would consider a fan of horror films. My exposure to "classics" of the genre has been minimal at best. I've only seen one Nightmare on Elm Street film (Dream Warriors), never watched any of the Friday the 13th series and closest I got to seeing Mike Myers horror was renting So I Married an Ax Murderer.

Netflix, the lazy man’s Blockbuster, has changed the way we watch television. Never before has the human race had access to content of such varying quality. Whether you choose to spend your evenings in the company of recent action movies, documentaries on Victorian serial killers, or immersing yourself in the dizzying number of Children of the Corn movies, Netflix is there to caress your entertainment glands.

“From the innocence of five, an evil army shall rise. When blossems shower down like rain, my dark kingdom will come again. There is one who can stop me if he would dare with the heart of a child and a mother’s care.“
— Old Lady Hackmore

It’s still October people and therefore it’s a downright shame if I don’t post a "Monster Media Monday" in this month, so here we go.

The Eye is by far my favorite film of the horror genre and is directed by two of my favorite directors, the Pang Brothers. The Pang Brothers, Danny and Oxide are twin brothers from Hong Kong, who while having separate careers, tend to do a lot of their work together. Their directing style has a very original and very interesting visual style that has been coined as “Pang-Vision” by several critics, fellow directors and actors. It is very obvious to the eye when watching a Pang Brothers film, as they have a true gift of conveying emotion through the lens of their camera.

Bubba Ho-Tep (2002) Dir. Don Coscarelli

Bubba Ho-Tep (2002) possesses one of the oddest concepts for a film you’ve ever heard. Not just the horror genre, but cinema as a whole. Describing the film to the uninitiated will make you sound crazy. It sounds like a pitch idea culled from a group of middle school aged boys on the tail end of a macaroni & cheese and chocolate milk bender. IMDb describes it as follows: “Elvis and JFK, both alive and in nursing homes, fight for the souls of their fellow residents as they battle an ancient Egyptian Mummy.”

During the late Eighties and early to mid Nineties there were a rash of coming of age/children adventure films. Some of the more famous ones include The Sandlot, Stand By Me, The Goonies, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, and even a remake of The Little Rascals. There is one that always seems to get over looked however, and that is the 1987 film The Monster Squad.

This blog was originally posted to The Thrift Archives on August 26, 2014

I call this blog post The Tale of my Top 10 Favorite Episodes of Are You Afraid of the Dark.

Are you Afraid of the Dark, a 30 minute Canadian horror-themed anthology series (think Twilight Zone for kids), ran from 1992-2000 in the U.S and was one of Nickelodeon's most popular programs, being part of SNICK (short for Saturday Night Nickelodeon).

#WalrusYes – Or How I Gave In and Just Loved the Tusk.

28 Days Later (2002) Dir. Danny Boyle

To borrow a phrase from the hipster community, I've been watching zombie movies since before they were cool. Before you correct me, I know this isn't a true “zombie” movie. George A. Romero gets the credit in my book for the modern zombie movie and therefore I follow his rules when discussing the undead: slow-moving, mindless creatures driven by the primal need to feed. I GOT IT, nerds.