By Donna BourgoisThis month ended up a little different than I imagined. I love horror movies and I normally kill it each year with watching at least 31 horror movies for the month. Unfortunately, my plans all kind of blew up in my face: I was planning on only watching VHS released horror films, and then my VCR took a shit, and naturally my other one was being borrowed by a friend. (Seriously, what are the odds?)

But the show must go on, so I ended up slumming it with Netflix and Hulu. Surprisingly, I actually managed to watch some good ones and I actually have a few left in my queue for the next few months.

I’m also in the process of moving, which is seriously cutting into my movie watching time. Best part about moving? Building a nice home theatre, projector should be here this week and we already have our first few movie nights scheduled, wanna come?

Of course the past month wasn’t just moving and broken VCRs, it was also a frantic clusterfuck for Star Wars! Ethan and I sat in our half empty living room on our laptops and phones trying to get tickets. After a million hopeful attempts, we got the tip off Twitter to actually go to the theatre to get tickets, duh! We get to the theatre and concentric circles upon circles waiting to get to any register. Don’t worry, your girl got tickets. (And a commemorative glass!)

Silver-BulletSilver Bullet

Directed by Daniel Attias.

Running time 95 min.

Screened via I Love Video.

I loved this movie when I was a child (I’m almost certain I wore out a copy of the VHS.) So given the subject of the podcast I co-host it only seemed fitting to to watch this 1985 Gary Busey classic. (It starts out with a head getting scratched off of a body! Man, they just don’t make horror movies like they used to.)

16Eyes of Fire

Directed by Avery Crounse.

Running time 90 min.

Screened via Vulcan Video.

This movie is bizarre and is told in a way that makes it pretty difficult to follow. The film is an independent horror film that was only released on DVD in Thailand and Brazil. Unfortunately, the quality and jumpiness of the film make it difficult to follow, but it does have some really bizarre psychedelic moments.    

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Directed by Leigh Whannell.

Running time 97 min.

Screened via PSN Streaming.

Let me preface this by saying I am terrified of everything, I am either the best or worst person to see a horror movie with because everything makes me jump. The third installment of Insidious is an out of control jumpfest. I was concerned I might have a heart attack from the sheer volume of jumps. Spoiler alert: I didn’t

SpencerAndAGHCrewAmerican Ghost Hunter

Directed by Chad Calek.

Running time 96 min.

Screened via Hulu Plus.

If you’re a fan of any paranormal, ghost hunting, or spookiest place shows then you’ve probably seen Chad Calek. A frequent guest of Paranormal State and The Ghost Prophecies, Chad brings the audience to a story of the haunting of his family. Cheesier than fresh bowl of queso.


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Directed by David Moreau and Xavier Palud.

Running time 77 min.

Screened via Hulu Plus.

After reading the brief description of the film, I expected a sort of French Straw Dogs, luckily ils is much more than that. Moreau and Palud do an exceptional job of building tension and conveying isolation, while sprinkling just the perfect amount of jump scares. 


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Directed by Larry Fessenden.

Running time 101 min.

Screened via Hulu Plus.

If you believe the world has been hurting for a Global Warming based horror/thriller, then this is for you. On the other hand, I stand by my opinion that this is a cheap and shitty ripoff of the fucking amazing The Thing. This movie is so bad that TV queen Connie Britton can’t fix it.


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Directed by Alex Stockman.

Running time 91 min.

Screened via Hulu Plus.

The story of a man in love with WiFi. Convinced he is being hacked by someone hellbent on destroying his relationship with his now long-distance girlfriend, Samuel goes through a series of computer fixer bros before settling on wifi blocking paint? Absolutely fascinating.


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Directed by Bernard Rose.

Running time 99 min.

Screened via Hulu Plus.

I forgot how good this movie is. Last month, I watched the Poltergeist remake and it reminded me how mediocre the original was to begin with. Luckily, I didn’t let that stop me from watching this classic, which is actually good. It’s like the best parts of urban legends, My Girl, and New Jack City.

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Directed by William Lustig.

Running time 85 min.

Screened via Hulu Plus.

I liked this movie a lot more when I was a kid, now it’s just really boring. The film has the typical feel of an Eighties flick: gore, lackluster story, and bad shadowing. This is surely a cult classic and I’m sure tons of people love it, but for me this film just falls flat.

yesFind Me

Directed by Andy Palmer.

Running time 84 min.

Screened via Hulu Plus.

There are two distinct categories of horror movies, those made for TV and those made for the big screen. Find Me has the telltale signs of the former: terrible acting, atypical plot, and boy. Boring. The best thing about these types of films is that I’m able to multitask and do something that’s actually fun.

megan-is-missing-trapped-740x493Megan is Missing

Directed by Michael Goi.

Running time 85 min.

Screened via Hulu Plus.

Another really low budget film that made my skin crawl, however I am certain not in the ways the director intended. While his intentions are clear, with attempts to indicate the death of innocence, the film is way too gross. The creepiest part of the film is the director and the torture porn/snuff feeling. It’s just very unsettling.

dark_house_02 (1)Dark House (2009)

Directed by Victor Salva.

Running time 102 min.

Screened via Hulu Plus.

I plowed through a lot of bad films and this was no exception. A tired plot where some traumatized college girl has to go back to a haunted house to “face her fears”. Barf. How many times has this story been done, and why do people still think this story needs to be made? 

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Directed by Tarsem Singh.

Running time 107 min.

Screened via DVD.

While I wouldn’t really consider this a horror movie, it does have some spooks. Doesn’t hurt that I watched this for a podcast released under my Gary Buseytown Massacre podcast, Feature This! I really liked this film when it first came out. Turns out I still do. Worth watching simply for the beautiful, ethereal, dream/id scenes.

maxresdefault (1)The Gallows

Directed by Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing.

Running time 81 min.

Screened via Vulcan Video.

In the POV style of Paranormal Activity and just about every other modern horror film. But here is where things get interesting, this story takes place in a high school theatre, focusing on a play called The Gallows. The film is whatever; if you’re a fan of this style then consume, otherwise the film is ok, oddly almost worth it for the deleted scenes which were pretty funny.

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Directed by Ridley Scott.

Running time 124 min.

Screened via DVD.

I don’t care, slay me if you want. This film is garbage. I only watched this in preparation for another episode of Feature This! which we were going to interview two fan editors that, as you may be able to guess, edited the film. One went with a more Alien feel, one a more streamline trying to sort the plot holes. 

hero_EB20060803REVIEWS60724004ARThe Descent

Directed by Neil Marshall.

Running time 99 min.

Screened via Hulu Plus.

I’ve seen this movie before, however I totally forgot the minutiae that makes this a great horror flick. Marshall does an excellent job building tension through the pacing and generally spooky premise of tight caves and the unknown in the dark. And of course I’m a huge fan of the all-female cast, and their ability to be way more badass than I’ll ever be.

The_gingerdead_man_dThe Gingerdead Man

Directed by Charles Band.

Running time 70 min.

Screened via Hulu Plus.

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Directed by Bruce McDonald.

Running time 93 min.

Screened via Netflix.

It seems only fitting I celebrate the great triumphs of our northern Canadian brethren by watching what will most likely end up being my favorite film of the month. With such a bizarre name it’s easy to see how I missed this 2008 auditory thriller. You can easily find this bad boy on Netflix and I totally recommend it. 

mirror3The Mirror (2014)

Directed by Edward Boase.

Running time 88 min.

Screened via Netflix.

Not to be confused with the, oddly superior WWE film Mirror, The Mirror hails from the UK. Similar to all other films with “mirror” in the title, the true star of this story is a haunted mirror that magically finds itself possessed by the one guy that can be possessed by it! Finally, the mirrors have done it! 

sprcy30-141018Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

Directed by Gregory Plotkin.

Running time 88 min.

Screened via Alamo Drafthouse.

I saw the latest in the same way I saw the original, in a theatre hating all of the people around me. This time around, however l think my initial take on the film was right. I wasn’t in love with the movie, every time I thought something interesting was going to happen it just fell to pieces.

the-shrine01The Shrine

Directed by Jon Knautz.

Running time 85 min.

Screened via Netflix.

I’ve seen the cover for this film a million times, and I always thought the cover was probably the best part of the film, but I’ve never given it a chance. The first half is like Stephen King exposition and incredibly boring. The third act is where the film actually picks up, however it’s not enough to make a lasting impression.

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Directed by David Gelb.

Running time 83 min.

Screened via Netflix.

Whenever I see a Duplas on the bill I watch, unfortunately this time around I made the mistake of assuming the film was directed by the Brothers as well. The typical setting of a school-funded lab mixed with a modern day zombie/evil spirit story. The plot was a little scattered and in the end that’s where the film failed.

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Directed by Ben Ketai.

Running time 89 min.

Screened via Netflix.

After watching The Descent this month, I thought it’d be fun to watch another spelunking mineshaft movie. The film feels like it starts in the middle of a thought and continues with half baked ideas. The most interesting parts are when it gets spooky, however the rest of the film is so dull it’s easy to lose steam between these moments.

maxresdefault (2)We Are What We Are

Directed by Jim Mickle.

Running time 105 min.

Screened via Netflix.

All the makings of an intense drama, similar to There Will Be Blood. Beautiful landscapes, good acting, an intense and interesting story. We Are What We Are is easily the most stylistic of the horror movies I watched for October, despite being the least scary. I would highly recommend this if you’re looking for a moody and atmospheric drama.

Haunting-of-Helena-007The Haunting of Helena

Directed by Christian Bisceglia and Ascanio Malgarini.

Running time 84 min.

Screened via Hulu Plus.

Why not end October with a rare story about a ghost with an attachment to a child. What an innovative and new concept! What’s even worse is that I think I’ve seen this movie before, or it’s just like every other haunted child movie so it’s impossible to tell them apart! Wake up sheeple!

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