MONSTERZERO NJ’S 10 REASONS IT’S NOT HALLOWEEN WITHOUT KATHARINE ISABELLE!

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S 10 REASONS IT’S NOT HALLOWEEN WITHOUT KATHARINE ISABELLE!

Katharine Isabelle as the sexually awaking lycanthropic teen, Ginger in Ginger Snaps!

Watching horror flicks during the Halloween 🎃 season, there might be one face, aside from Karloff, Lee, England and Lugosi, that you might see more than once…and that pretty face is actress and horror icon Katharine Isabelle! A cult favorite, the versatile Canadian actress has appeared in a number of horror classics and cult classics from the late 90s to present day, like Ginger Snaps, Freddy vs Jason and American Mary. She’s also done a good deal of horror/supernatural TV work from Goosebumps to The X-Files to her latest, as Vera Stone in the Netflix witchcraft and werewolf drama The Order. So, in honor of this queen of horror, here are 10 horror flicks that illustrate why it’s not Halloween 🎃 without Katharine Isabelle!

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As the beautiful but deadly Mary Mason in the disturbing and gruesome American Mary

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S 15 BAD GIRL HORROR FLICKS FOR HALLOWEEN!

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S 15 BAD GIRL HORROR FLICKS FOR HALLOWEEN!

Beautiful, mysterious and deadly, Doctor Sleep’s Rose The Hat (a chilling Rebecca Ferguson)

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While we watch numerous horror classics during the spooky season, with the likes of Freddy, Jason and Michael, let’s not forget about the ladies who have terrified us, too! So, without further ado, here are 15 Halloween appropriate flicks where the bad girls deliver the chills and thrills!

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What Keeps You Alive’s psychotic spouse, Jackie (a brilliantly devious Hannah Emily Anderson)

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S HORROR FLICKS THAT ACTUALLY TAKE PLACE ON HALLOWEEN 2019!

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S HORROR FLICKS THAT ACTUALLY TAKE PLACE ON HALLOWEEN 2019!

During the spooky season it might be fun to watch flicks that actually take place on All Hallow’s Eve… so here is a revised list of some horror flicks that actually occur on, or near, our favorite Holiday! 🎃

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S HORROR FLICKS THAT ACTUALLY TAKE PLACE ON HALLOWEEN!

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During the Halloween season it might be fun to watch flicks that actually take place on Halloween… so here are some horror flicks that actually occur on, or near, our favorite Holiday! 🎃

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S 25 HORROR FLICKS THAT ACTUALLY TAKE PLACE ON HALLOWEEN!

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During the Halloween season it might be fun to watch flicks that actually take place on Halloween… so here are 25 horror flicks that actually occur on, or near, our favorite Holiday! 🎃

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S 12 HORROR FLICKS FOR THE HALLOWEEN SEASON DIRECTED BY WOMEN!

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While we watch numerous horror classics during the spooky season, from the likes of Carpenter, Cronenberg and Hooper, let’s not forget the contributions made by the ladies who have broken boundaries in a male dominated genre. More female directors are making their voices known than ever before, but there have also been some pioneers who broke down walls long before today’s female talents got behind the camera! So, here are 12 female directed horrors perfect to add to your Halloween playlist!

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  1. HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP
  2. THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE
  3. SORORITY HOUSE MASSACRE
  4. PET SEMETARY
  5. AMERICAN PSYCHO
  6. NEAR DARK
  7. DANCE OF THE DAMNED
  8. AMERICAN MARY
  9. SEE NO EVIL 2
  10. THE BABADOOK
  11. HONEYMOON
  12. TALES OF HALLOWEEN

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And who could talk women in horror without evoking the name of the late Debra Hill, who produced (and frequently co-wrote) a number of John Carpenter’s classic films, including horrors such as Halloween (and a number of it’s sequels), The Fog and produced David Cronenberg’s The Dead Zone. A true pioneer producer/writer in the horror genre! We lost Debra to cancer in 2005, but she has left a legacy of film that will live on!

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Debra Hill 1950-2005

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Also, head over HERE to read how legendary producer Roger Corman was instrumental at giving women filmmakers a voice in horror at a time when it was practically unheard of!…

FROM FINAL GIRLS TO FILMMAKERS: HOW ROGER CORMAN HELPED GIVE WOMEN A VOICE IN HORROR!

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An erotic thriller directed by Kat Shea for Roger Corman.

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HORROR YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED: A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY (2015)

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A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY (2015)

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Ho ho ho-hum horror is a Yuletide-set anthology that tells four stories that take place all at the same time on Christmas Eve. One tale has a group of students investigating a campus murder, from a year before and not liking what they find. Another has a family reunion, of sorts, ending in a deadly encounter with Krampus. A third has a family going where they don’t belong, to cut down their Christmas tree and paying the price. The final tale has Santa (George Buza) himself battling his own zombified elves. The stories are loosely tied together by a DJ (William Shatner) on his Christmas Eve show.

Flick is directed with equal blandness by three filmmakers, Steven Hoban, Brett Sullivan and Grant Harvey. The script by five people, no less, has all four stories occurring at the same time and thus we cut back and forth between the four tales constantly. This gives the film a very disjointed narrative and keeps any of the individual stories from building any momentum they might have. Regardless, the direction is very by-the-numbers with only Santa’s battle with his zombie elves having much impact, thought the final moments of the Krampus story and the film’s reveal finale are somewhat effective, too…not enough, however, to save the movie as a whole. The FX and gore in the segments are actually pretty good, but the fact that none of the episodes stand out, or have any real memorable style, neuters any effect the well-done bloodshed might evoke. It’s kinda dull, when all is said and done and only the old pro Shatner gives his performance any life…and he is actually fairly restrained as Shat usually goes. As directors Hoban and Harvey have worked on the Ginger Snaps series, they set the little horror in the same town of Bailey Downs…and that’s about as interesting as this flick gets. It’s overall very forgettable, with what moments that do work being few and far between.

Not really much to recommend here. The direction is all fairly wooden and it’s disjointed narrative kills any momentum that the by-the-numbers stories might have built. The film looks good and the FX are well done, but aside from being set in the same town as the classic Ginger Snaps, there really isn’t much of interest going on in this disappointing Yuletide horror anthology.

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S 21 HORROR FLICKS THAT ACTUALLY TAKE PLACE ON HALLOWEEN!

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During the Halloween season it might be fun to watch flicks that actually take place on Halloween… so, here are 21 horror (or thriller) flicks that actually occur on, or near, our favorite Holiday!

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1. Halloween

2. Halloween II

3. Halloween III: Season Of The Witch (obviously, you may want to watch 4 thru Resurrection, too!)

4. Trick ‘r Treat

5. House of 1000 Corpses

6. Halloween RZ

7. Halloween II RZ

8. Hellions

9. The Houses October Built

10. All Hallows Eve

11. The Town That Dreaded Sundown 2014

12. Creepshow 

13. Ginger Snaps

14. The Crow

15. The Crow: City Of Angles

16. May

17. Lady In White

18. Satan’s Little Helper

19. Night Of The Demons

20. The Guest

21. Boo

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25 LESSER-KNOWN or OVERLOOKED HORROR FLICKS TO ADD TO YOUR HALLOWEEN PLAYLIST!

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Need a little variety for your Halloween viewing this year? These are 25 lesser-known, overlooked or more obscure horrors from recent years that certainly are worthy of a spot on your movie playlist for the upcoming Halloween season!

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  1. BEREAVEMENT
  2. THE LOVED ONES
  3. STAKE LAND
  4. THE DEAD
  5. THE INNKEEPERS
  6. AMERICAN MARY
  7. THE LORDS OF SALEM
  8. HOUSE OF THE DEVIL
  9. WE ARE WHAT WE ARE (2013)
  10.  ABSENTIA
  11. MALEVOLENCE
  12. GINGER SNAPS
  13. THE CABIN IN THE WOODS
  14. THE LAST EXORCISM
  15. THE HILLS RUN RED
  16. THE PACT
  17. LOVELY MOLLY
  18. WAKE WOOD
  19. THE AWAKENING
  20. ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE
  21. THE SHRINE
  22. BABYSITTER WANTED
  23. LAKE MUNGO
  24. HAUTE TENSION
  25. HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES

Also check out my MONSTERZERO NJ’S 25 MUST WATCH HORROR FLICKS FOR THE HALLOWEEN SEASON

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BARE BONES: GINGER SNAPS on BLU-RAY

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GINGER SNAPS (2000) on BLU-RAY

I’m normally not one for product reviews, but am so very happy that this cult classic (full movie review here) has finally been given the love it deserves by the awesome folks at Scream Factory. This label just keeps delivering these wonderful editions of horror cult classics and giving fan favorites and obscure guilty pleasures the respect they deserve with pristine restored prints and engaging extras. Ginger Snaps is finally presented in it’s Anamorphic Widescreen glory (1.78:1) and has a nice DTS 5.1 sound mix. I don’t have the best sounds system, but it sounded really good to me and the picture was clear and had only some mild graininess in some of the darker scenes, but this is a low budget horror movie and that is just fine. The colors are rich, but not over-saturated, so they look natural and the picture is certainly better quality then any other presentation before it. There are some nice featurettes and deleted scenes along with commentary and new interviews from director and co-writer John Fawcett and Karen Walton as well as leading lady Emily Perkins. Obviously the presence of star Katharine Isabelle is sadly missing, but Scream Factory claims communication with the actress’ representatives went unanswered. Too bad. Otherwise this is a must buy for fans of this Canadian cult classic horror.

… and DAMN! Emily Perkins looks good in those new interviews!

three and one half stars rating

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