MONSTERZERO NJ’S 10 RECENT HORRORS FIT FOR HALLOWEEN!

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After forty years, Michael Myers returns to haunt Halloween!

Halloween¬†ūüéÉ is almost here and 2018 has unleashed some very impressive horrors to view during the spooky season! Here are ten which make worthy additions to any Halloween playlist…of course Halloween 2018 opens on 10/19/18, but that is only days away!

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-MonsterZero NJ

 

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S 31 HORROR FLICKS FOR THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN!

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While I watch dozens of horror films during the month of October…these are a mix of classic favorites and recent horrors that I feel are especially perfect to watch during the Halloween season!

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Click on the titles here to go to the review page for the corresponding movie!

  1. HALLOWEEN
  2. TRICK ‘r’ TREAT
  3. PHANTASM
  4. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD
  5. THE FOG
  6. ANY (OR ALL) OF THE UNIVERSAL CLASSIC B/W HORRORS!
  7. PUMPKINHEAD
  8. EVIL DEAD
  9. A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
  10. THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE
  11. ZOMBIE
  12. THE THING
  13. THE HOWLING
  14. THE FLY
  15. HORROR HOTEL
  16. DAWN OF THE DEAD
  17. DAY OF THE DEAD
  18. FRIDAY THE 13th
  19. THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT
  20. HALLOWEEN II
  21. HALLOWEEN III
  22. THE VIY
  23. WRONG TURN
  24. THE OLD DARK HOUSE
  25. THE DESCENT
  26. HELLIONS
  27. TALES OF HALLOWEEN
  28. THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT
  29. HOUSE OF THE DEVIL
  30. HOUSE OF 1,000 CORPSES
  31. THE HILLS RUN RED

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S 12 MOVIES ABOUT HALLOWEEN HAUNTS and FUNHOUSES!

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S 12 MOVIES ABOUT HALLOWEEN HAUNTS and FUNHOUSES!

Two young couples unknowingly enter the gates of Hell when they take a ride on Captain Spaulding’s murder ride in House of 1000 Corpses.

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With Halloween ūüéÉ on the horizon, Halloween Haunts and Fun Houses will be soon opening to frighten and delight folks all across the country! So, here is a list of twelve horror flicks about, set in, or involving just such a spooky setting!… (Hell Fest will arrive in theaters on 9/28/18 and Extremity will arrive on VOD on 10/2/18!)

Brandy (Brandy Schaefer) might be regretting going with friends on a road trip to discover the ultimate Halloween Haunt in The Houses October Built.

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2018: THE YEAR HORROR REGAINED SUBSTANCE and RESONANCE!

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SPOILER WARNING! In order to properly discuss these films in context with this article, some important details that may be considered¬†SPOILERS had to be included. If you haven’t seen one or any of these films, you may want to watch them first before reading this discussion. You have been warned!- MZNJ

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2018: THE YEAR HORROR REGAINED SUBSTANCE and RESONANCE!

 

Those who think horror movies are just an excuse for blood, boobs and boogie men are sadly mistaken and there is no more proof that horror flicks are capable of substance and emotional resonance than some of this year’s genre offerings. To prove these aren’t just the words of an overprotective horror fan, here are a few recent examples of how horror has returned to telling stories with strong emotional centers…

(Clicking the highlighted links brings you to the full reviews for the movies discussed below)

Pyewacket’s story is triggered by the fractured relationship between a mother (Laurie Holden) and daughter (Nicole Mu√Īoz) who are both mourning the death of their husband/father in completely different ways. Teen Leah has turned to an interest in death and the occult and her mother wants to start a new life in a new house, taking Leah away from her friends and school. The resulting turmoil has Leah evoking a dark entity, Pyewacket, to kill her mother and learning the harsh lesson…be careful what you wish for. The dysfunctional relationship between mother and daughter is strongly presented by writer/director Adam MacDonald and wonderfully acted by the lead actresses. The conflict between Leah and her mom is the catalyst for the horror that results and gives this spooky chiller a resonance that enhances it’s supernatural element, by giving it subjects to prey upon that are already emotionally vulnerable.

 

What Keeps You Alive tells the story of Jules (Brittany Allen) and Jackie (Hanna Emily Anderson), a married, lesbian couple going to Jackie’s family cabin deep in the woods to celebrate their first anniversary. There, Jules finds out Jackie is not who she thought she was and that she may have married a psychopath. Jules is forced to fight for her life against the one person in the world she loves the most. Colin Minihan’s thriller works so well because it skillfully presents a loving relationship between two women and then tears the relationship apart in the most painful way as one woman finds the love of her life is a vicious and cruel person. Both actresses give fantastic performances as the cold and cunning Jackie and the heartbroken and terrified Jules. The film may be intense and brutal, but even more so because Jules’ betrayal and the torment she endures as a result, are portrayed so well and give the story impact beyond the violence we witness.

 

Feral is another film this year to present a lesbian couple as the character focus for it’s story. Here Alice (Scout Taylor-Compton) comes out to her friends on a camping trip by bringing her girlfriend Jules (Olivia Luccardi) along. It’s met with mixed emotions from her friends and adds conflict before our infected even appear. Once our creatures are introduced and the bloodshed and carnage begin, we watch a strong-willed young woman fight to save the ones she loves and even finding conflict with her new partner over how to handled those of the group who become infected themselves. Director and co-writer Mark Young elevates this cabin in the woods/zombie horror by having a strong and topical human interest story at it’s center with three dimensional characters well played by the cast, especially Taylor-Compton’s strong-willed but compassionate Alice.

 

Our House is a haunted house story that tugs at our hearts as well as chills us to the bone. Here, college student Ethan (Thomas Mann) is forced to leave school and abandon his dreams as the accidental death of his parents takes him from sibling to parent to his younger brother Matt (Percy Hynes-White) and his little sister Becca (Kate Moyer). Director Anthony Scott Burns gives us time to become endeared to this young, emotionally wounded family before introducing the supernatural elements brought into the house by Ethan’s experiments. Even if the basic haunting story is routine, it becomes very effective as the audience has a strong emotional investment in the characters from early on. We like them and fear for them. This could have been just a routine ghost story had Burns not given it such a very human heart and elevated it in a crowded sub-genre.

 

Hereditary may have split fans with it’s slow pace and extremely eccentric characters, but it was a story of mental illness as much as the supernatural. It had a very strong performance by Toni Collette as Annie, a woman dealing with her own mental health issues, as well as, those of her very offbeat family. Filmmaker Ari Aster could have left out the demonic portion of the story and still had a disturbing portrait of an unbalanced family created by some sadly damaged DNA. By giving us a strong picture of possibly mentally unstable characters, it kept us guessing till the final moments if it was the demonic or the psychotic that was to blame for this family’s woes. Again, basing the story in a strong human element that we can identify with and invest in, makes the supernatural elements plaguing our subjects all the more effective and believable…and thus more frightening.

These are just some examples, but one could site a few more illustrating how horror has refocused from blood, gore and things that go bump in the night to the matters of the mind and heart of some very human characters. It gives the films in question resonance and when we identify and care about characters, it makes their respective predicaments all the more effective. This year’s horrors also had something to say about some very topical human issues, while telling their stories of ghosts, ghouls and malevolent specters…and the genre is all the better for it.

…And obviously, I recommend you catch up with all these flicks if you haven’t already!

-MonsterZero NJ

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S 10 HORRORS/THRILLERS THAT’LL GET YOUR BIKINI BLOODY!

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HAPPY 4th of JULY!

Bathing beauties Katherine McPhee and Sara Paxton (The Innkeepers) stranded on an island in a shark infested lake in Shark Night!

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The Fourth of July has arrived filled with beaches, BBQs and babes in bikinis! And as summer is bikini season‚Ķand horror’s second favorite time of year…MonsterZero NJ has made a list of ten fright/suspense flicks with lasses in less getting tanned and terrorized!‚Ķand because I know you’re going to ask, Jaws 2 was chosen over the original because it has more bikinis for the buck and is structured more like a slasher flick than it’s classic predecessor!

Armed with a machete and a bikini, Melissa George plans to keep her organs in Turistas!

HAPPY 4th of JULY!

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S 15 IRISH HORRORS TO WATCH ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S 15 IRISH HORRORS TO WATCH ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

The celebrating of all that’s Irish is almost upon us! As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, those with horror in our Irish hearts can have plenty to watch with¬†their corned beef and carnage! Here is a list of Irish horror flicks‚ĶOK, #15 isn’t Irish, but you know I couldn’t leave that one out‚Ķto send shivers down your¬†shillelagh!

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(Click on the titles below to get to our reviews of the titles covered here at the Movie Madhouse!)

1. The Hallow

2. From The Dark

3. Wake Wood

4. Grabbers

5. Let Us Prey

6. Isolation

7. Shrooms

8. The Canal

9. Dark Touch

10. Citadel

11. I Am Not A Serial Killer

12. A Dark Song

13. The Lodgers

14. In Fear

15. Leprechaun

 

-MonsterZero NJ

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S CHEERLEADER HORRORS FOR SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S CHEERLEADER HORRORS FOR SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!

The pom pom carrying bewitched bad girls of All Cheerleaders Die.

It’s Super Bowl Sunday and what goes better with football than cheerleaders! And what sexy siren…other than the babysitter…goes better with horror than the cheerleader! So, here are some horrors about or featuring cheerleaders…and maybe a football player or two!

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Kelli Maroney packing heat in Night of the Comet!

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S TOP 12 PRE-JURASSIC PARK DINOSAUR FLICKS!

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S TOP 12 PRE-JURASSIC PARK DINOSAUR FLICKS!

Dana Gillespie as The People That Time Forgot’s voluptuous cave girl Ajor.

Before Jurassic Park added science and top notch CGI to our dinosaur flicks, those of us who grew up before Spielberg’s classic enjoyed our prehistoric entertainment with rubber monsters, stop-motion animation and cave-girls ready to bust out of their animal skin skivvies. In honor of the type of dinosaur flick they don’t make anymore, here are 12 old school dinosaur epics that still entertain!

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HAPPY 70th BIRTHDAY TO THE LEGENDARY JOHN CARPENTER!

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The_10_best_movie_soundtracks_according_John_Carpenter_photo_by_Kyle_Cassidy_750_501_75_sThe man, the myth, the legend!

Today legendary genre director John Carpenter turns 70 and as he has directed so many classics and is one of my¬†all-time favorite filmmakers, who’s created some of my all-time favorite films, MonsterZero NJ’s Movie Madhouse wishes him a very happy, healthy birthday!

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S 15 HORROR FLICKS WITH SORORITY GIRLS IN PERIL!

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S 15 HORROR FLICKS WITH SORORITY GIRLS IN PERIL!

The girls of Theta Pi stalked by a killer in Sorority Row

If there is any group of damsels in distress featured prominently in horror, other than babysitter’s and high school girls, of course, it’s the sorority sister. So here are fifteen flicks that feature college cuties under siege from all sorts of sinister forces…

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