It’s Horror Season!

Yes, here we go. I’ve done this a few years in a row now: Last year, we stuck to classics and favorites like Ghostbusters, because, honestly, we were in the process of selling one house, and buying another and were swamped for time. Ghostbusters is comfort food. It is, in fact, a big twinkie.

So, this year, we’re in the new house, and it’s time to provide some horrific fare to @thirtyyearhouse. Now, she’s not a horror fan, so to speak. But she does enjoy some of it. Horror-Comedy, for sure, gets her right in the cockles. But she enjoyed Poltergeist when I introduced her to it, and wants to see Nightmare on Elm St (1984).

That’s what I’m working with. And the thing is, I’m picky too: I don’t dig on horrorporn (a la SAW and Hostel) but good, solid, horror. I love 80’s horror, because it’s trying so hard to be serious and then often just ISN’T. I want to see some things I already know and love, and see her reaction to ’em, but also see some things I’ve not seen before. Maybe we love ’em together, maybe we hate ’em together. I don’t know. Cats, dogs, living in sin. You know how it works.

That doesn’t limit me a huge amount, however. And this is what I came up with.

  • Dr Caligari (1989) This will be terrible, I’m sure.
  • Bloodbath at the House of Death
  • National Lampoon’s Class Reunion
  • Night of the Creeps
  • The Cottage British, always a good place to start
  • Evil Dead 2 A Classic, but campier than Evil Dead, but not as balls-out slapstick as Army of Darkness
  • Cannibal! The Musical
  • The Frighteners
  • Hausu
  • FrightNight The 1985 original, NOT the 2012 remake, which wasn’t terrible, but just… not as good.
  • DeadAlive
  • Drag Me To Hell Because Sam Raimi
  • Severance
  • Seed of Chucky
  • Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death. No, I am NOT kidding.

    As far as true horror, I think Nightmare on Elm St, Jason X, The Exorcist, CandyMan and Freddy’s Dead should round things out. I don’t know where to put Nightmare on Elm St IV: DREAMWARRIORS, because it’s still Freddy, but it’s also SO TOTALLY CAMP. But it’s awesome, so should make for a good interlude.

    Well? Got any suggestions, folks?

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