MONSTERZERO NJ’S 10 REASONS IT’S NOT HALLOWEEN WITHOUT BARBARA CRAMPTON!

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S 10 REASONS IT’S NOT HALLOWEEN WITHOUT BARBARA CRAMPTON!

The scream heard round the world, as the horror community is introduced to Barbara Crampton in Re-Animator!

Watching horror flicks during the Halloween¬†ūüéɬ†season, there might be one face, aside from Karloff, Lee, Lugosi and Tom Atkins, that you might see more than once‚Ķand that pretty face is actress and horror icon Barbara Crampton! A cult favorite, Barbara Crampton has appeared in a number of horror classics and cult classics from the 80s to present day and shows no sign of stopping! So, in honor of this queen of horror,¬†here¬†are 10¬†horror flicks¬†that illustrate why it’s not Halloween¬†ūüéɬ†without Barbara Crampton!

Crampton chews up the scenery playing an evil politician…well, more evil than usual…in the recent¬†Dead Night.

(To get to the reviews of the titles listed that were covered here at the Movie Madhouse, just type the title in the search engine to find the corresponding critique!)

-MonsterZero NJ

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S 21 HORROR FLICKS WITH BABYSITTERS!

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S 21 HORROR FLICKS WITH BABYSITTERS!

Is babysitter Emelie in traditional peril?…or causing it? You’ll have to watch¬†Emelie to find out!

As we approach HalloweenūüéÉ, it might be fun to take a look at a classic horror film trope, the babysitter in peril! Here are twenty-one horror flicks which revolve around or include sequences of babysitters in¬†peril‚Ķor sometimes, causing it!

( You can find reviews for the below titles covered here by using the search engine at the top of the page!)

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN

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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‚Ķ so here¬†are some horror flicks¬†that actually occur on, or near,¬†our favorite Holiday! ūüéÉ

(To get to the reviews of the titles below that were covered here at the Movie Madhouse, just type the title in the search engine to find the corresponding critique!)

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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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  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 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‚Ķ so here¬†are 25 horror flicks¬†that actually occur on, or near,¬†our favorite Holiday! ūüéÉ

(To get to the reviews of the titles below that were covered here at the Movie Madhouse, just type the title in the search engine to find the corresponding critique!)

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S 25 HORRORS CURRENTLY ON NETFLIX THAT ARE WORTH WATCHING!

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Jay screams for her life in It Follows!

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S 25 HORRORS CURRENTLY ON NETFLIX THAT ARE WORTH WATCHING!

Netflix seems to be the go-to place to watch horror movies these days, so MonsterZero NJ has put together a list of twenty-five worth watching fright flicks screaming…oops, streaming…right now!

 

(for reviews of all these flicks pop the title in the search engine above to get MZNJ’s full review!)

 

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Deaf mute Maddie unaware a killer lurks outside her door in Hush!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY BARBARA CRAMPTON!

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Today is not only my own¬†birthday, but that of horror film legend Barbara Crampton! Not bad sharing a birthday with a horror icon!¬†MonsterZero NJ’s Movie Madhouse wishes Barbara¬†a very happy and healthy birthday!

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HORROR YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED: IT WATCHES (2016)

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IT WATCHES (2016)

(Remember, clicking the highlighted links brings you to other reviews and articles here at The Movie Madhouse!)

Flick is the latest¬†full length feature from Dave Parker who directed the criminally underrated The Hills Run Red and the Sweet Tooth segment from last year’s Tales Of Halloween. The film tells the tale of Andre (Ivan Djurovic who also co-wrote) who has been in a car accident recently and suffered a concussion that has resulted in short term memory loss. He is asked to take over house sitting duties from a friend and soon after entering the odd house, begins to experience strange things. Andre can’t decide if there is something going on, or is it the paranoia his doctors warned him might occur. But unknown to Andre, there are cameras hidden all over the house and someone is watching his every move‚Ķbut why?

Parker and his star and co-writer craft an interesting¬†tale of a man unsure of if what he is experiencing is real or the result of a suffered head drama. Realistically you might think one would not ask a man in Andre’s condition to house sit, though things do work out to make sense, when all is said and done. There is some tension as Andre starts to get spooked, his girlfriend just up and disappears and a creepy neighbor shows up to add to the young man’s paranoia. Parker builds some nice atmosphere here in this unsettling house and keeps us curious along with our leading man as he begins to investigate his temporary dwelling. He also lets the audience know someone is indeed in the house with Andre, but keeps his lead character unsuspecting so we are on edge as Andre searches the house with this mysterious watcher lurking in the shadows. Writer and director provide an interesting reveal in our last act that, also comes with some disturbing imagery. It might not have been hard to guess where this flick was heading, but it still worked well enough.

For the most part this is a one man show and¬†Ivan Djurovic is fine in the part of Andre. He could have used a bit more range, but is adequate enough to serve the story. His performance is a bit by-the-numbers, but the added plot caveat of having head trauma does help the actor out a bit, as Andre’s uneven tone¬†is not totally out of place. There is also Rick Irwin as his friend Robert who hands the housesitting gig over to him,¬†Sanny van Heteren as girlfriend Rachel and James Duval as the mysterious and odd neighbor that shows up and spooks Andre. My only complaint about this neighbor character is that the big reveal leads one to question why he was behaving so strangely in the first place.

I liked this small flick. It’s not as good as The Hills Run Red,¬†but it is chilling at times and entertaining and Parker shows he is a director that the horror genre needs to see more of. The film has it’s flaws and the acting may not be as solid as it could have been, but it works well enough even if the final moments take us somewhere not totally unexpected. A worthwhile chiller for a night on the couch.

-MonsterZero NJ

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COOL STUFF: TALES OF HALLOWEEN SPECIAL EDITION BLU-RAY!

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TALES OF HALLOWEEN (2015) Blu-Ray

Tales Of Halloween is a spooky fun 2015 Halloween anthology flick that has grown on me quite a lot since my initial review (see full review here) and has finally arrived on blu-ray a year later. This multi-story horror has been released by Epic pictures in a four disc special edition that is available from their website store, HERE.

As for the feature film itself, there is both a blu-ray and DVD version.¬†As for¬†the technical aspects of the blu-ray feature disc…

The picture is gorgeous, the colors vibrant and really represents well¬†the visual styles of all the directors and their cinematographers on the ten¬†tales told¬†here. The disc is presented¬†in the original 2.39.1 widescreen aspect ratio, preserving the film’s¬†intended¬†dimensions. The sound is in 5.1¬†surround sound with alternate 2.0 and basic stereo tracks for those without home theater sound systems. The menus are simple and easy to navigate. A nice presentation¬†to enjoy this holiday horror!

Now on to the extensive extras which make this 4-disc set even more appealing!…

The extras start out with a¬†production diary covering the 23 days of shooting that comes complete with interviews with cast and crew and some fun behind the scenes footage. In the bonus features, we get a behind the scenes reel‚Ķwhich does repeat a lot of what we saw in the production diaries‚Ķand an examination of the filming of one of the scenes from Mike Mendez’s gruesomely comic Friday The 31st, complete with storyboards.¬†We also get a deleted scene from one of the best stories, Grim Grinning Ghost and are treated to replays of the segments Sweet Tooth, Trick, Ding Dong¬†and This Means War¬†all with additional bonus commentary, aside from the commentary track that accompanies the movie¬†on the feature film discs. We also get eight short films from¬†a few¬†of the filmmakers involved, some of which are definitely worth checking out. There are also storyboards, a photo gallery, trailers and some pop-up video commentary that can be activated on certain stories¬†on the feature blu-ray. A nice selection¬†of extras.

The fourth and final disc is a CD featuring the film’s soundtrack which includes all the music from the segments and wraparound by¬†artists like Lalo Schifrin, Christopher Drake,¬†Joseph Bishara and more.

All of the discs are region free and can be played anywhere and the set also comes with two trading cards, too!

I really have come to appreciate and enjoy this flick beyond what my initial review reflects. It is now part of my traditional Halloween viewing, as it is loaded with Halloween spirit and imagery and I would love to see a follow-up with yet more filmmakers creating Halloween tales as in this film. If you liked this movie and have become endeared to it like I have, this 4-disc set is a must!

-MonsterZero NJ

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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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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.

-MonsterZero NJ

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