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June Horror Movies 2017 – Heavy Hitters and Indie Flicks

Woohoo! June horror movies are here! There’s a lot this month, so strap in and buckle up because there’s wide array of films. There’s different subgenres, different levels of quality, and different levels of WTF-ness.

I need to apologize as well, because I’ve been traveling the last few days, which delayed my normal blog post schedule. Basically, I was traveling and boozing it up. Consequently, I wrote a lot of this in the Houston airport after drinking several glasses of overpriced wine (#noregrets). I am truly a Hemingway fan and wrote drunk and edited sober.

Can I just say that this was very fun to edit this? It was a challenge.

But anyway! Here’s your June Horror Movie list! You didn’t miss much from my post being late. Ooops!

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September 2016 Horror Movies – Prepping for Halloween

Ah, Labor Day. The end of summer and the beginning of fall.

Labor Day means one last hurrah of beach trips, cookouts, and pool parties before fall officially begins. You have to pack away your bathing suits and flip flops and break out your booties and sweaters, even if the weather refuses to cooperate. Yes, we are all sad about summer leaving us, but fall is pretty great. Football season, family gatherings, pumpkin-spice everything (and making fun of pumpkin-spice everything), and most importantly, horror movie season!

Let’s be honest. Halloween is not about just October anymore—Halloween is taking over September as well. That’s good news for a horror junkie like me, especially because that means we get more and better horror movies in the weeks leading up to Halloween!

September promises to deliver something for everyone. We have so much to choose from! There’s When The Bough Breaks, a hybrid of The Hand That Rocks The Cradle/Fatal Attraction. There’s Demon, a creepy and moody foreign horror movie that explores the Jewish legend of the dybbuk. There’s 31, a vicious gore-fest from horror movie legend Rob Zombie, with offering all the absurdity I wanted from The Purge series. And there’s Blair Witch, the second sequel the iconic Blair Witch Project, back from the dead to reclaim its horror movie throne.

Enjoy!

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Houston: See Green Room For Free!

Hey Houston, wanna see a free advance screening of Green Room before it opens on April 29? I got passes!

I have 25 passes for a special screening on Thursday, April 21 at the River Oaks Theatre on 2009 W. Gray in Houston.  Each pass is general admission and admits two, so grab a friend and make a night of it! The movie starts at 7:00 PM sharp, so be sure get there early to guarantee your spot!

Follow THIS LINK, fill out the information, and secure your pass.

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February Horror Releases To Fall In (Or Out) Of Love With

February horror serves up the scary movie goods this month, what with several big-name, majorly-hyped horror flicks hitting screens. And this blogger is looking forward to it!

There’s something for everyone—a bloody and “f*ucked up fairy tale”, a remake of a classic body horror flick, a horror anthology that seems truly promising, and a foray into the Australian countryside where no one can hear you scream. And don’t forget the zombies and witches and cults! Oh my!

If you’re not into the regular sappy, cheesy romance movies, consider grabbing your sweetie and a large popcorn for two before settling down to watch anyone of these February horror releases.

After all, Science says that horror movies are a proven way to make your date feel more attracted to you.

I’m just saying. 😉

Without further delay, here are the new February horror releases and their trailers, arranged by date!

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10 X-Files Episodes That Still Scare Me, Part 2

The premiere of Season 10 of The X-Files has come and gone, and so far, I’ve been pleased.

While the first episode may not have been the strongest episode ever, it gave us a solid dose of those mythological in scope, all-encompassing conspiracy theories we’ve come to know and love. Episode 2 was way more solid, truth be told, and pulled no punches when it came to violence and gore, which was a pleasant surprise.

It is good to have the old X-Files back. Conspiracy theories are all well and good, yes, but I have to say that I prefer the monster-of-the-week episodes with lots of scares and gore. They affect me more, they arrest my imagination and my heart and genuinely terrify. Those episodes make me question so much as they confront me with truly horrifying stories.

It’s why I keep coming back to The X-Files. I love how The X-Files forces me to think even as it entertains me, even as it scares me.

So, to continue from this post, here is Part 2 of my list of X-Files episodes that continue to scare me. Again, these episodes are presented in the order they aired.

Enjoy!

(Also, spoiler alert, though, for real, these episodes aired at least ten years ago, if not longer. At this point, it’s your fault if you haven’t seen them. But at any rate, if you haven’t seen The X-Files, watch the whole show and then come back.)

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The Forest: When A Bad Movie Happens To An Intriguing Concept

The Forest is not a good movie.

It’s an unfortunate truth that there are a lot of bad horror movies out there. Bad writing, under-developed characters, lack of scares, stupid endings. Sometimes it’s OK when a horror movie isn’t very good because I can find it enjoyable in other ways. Maybe a bad horror movie is so ridiculous and over–the-top that it’s an experience in its own right. Other times, however, I find bad horror movies maddening, especially when those movies could have been good and interesting and really scary, but instead they wasted all their potential, and I leave the theater bored, not scared, and dreaming about what might have been.

Cue The Forest, which definitely falls into the latter category.

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The Final Girls: How Not To Make A Slasher Spoof

This past week, I finally found and watched The Final Girls, which I had been dying to see for a while.

Upon locating that last RedBox that was saving a copy of the movie for me, I was ecstatic. I’d really enjoyed the trailer and was intrigued by the official synopsis. I was fairly confident that this film was going to be both a spoof and homage to the slasher genre. In other words, I figured that this movie was going to be another The Cabin in the Woods, or a slasher version of Shaun of the Dead. I don’t think I was wrong to think that, given the clear effort on the part of the film’s marketing campaign. A lot of the early reviews suggested that the film had promise, and so I allowed myself to get hyped.

(Here be spoilers.)

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8 of My Favorite Horror-Comedy Movies

Who said horror had to be only scary? I like a movie that can pull double duty and scare me while making me laugh.

Together, horror and comedy create an enjoyable, rollercoaster-ride viewing experience. It’s excited to have a genuine scare only for it to be undercut by some silly slapstick the next second. There’s a pleasurable in the back and forth there, a kind of compare and contrast with the basic human emotions of fear and happiness. Maybe there’s also something there about how horror and comedy are very closely-related, cousins if you will. They both provoke catharsis, but in different ways.

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November 2015 Horror Movie Releases

It’s no surprise that November is a rather slow month for new horror movie releases, considering how many new horror movies came out in October. That being said, I’m still a little disappointed that there are only five new horror releases.

Despite the low volume, November will see a critically acclaimed creature-feature, a hipster version of The Crazies, a ridiculous (in a good way) slasher, a stylish and hopefully substantive preteen slasher, and the latest film adaptation of Frankenstein.

This list may not contain the best horror movies in the world, but I’m intrigued and will definitely add some of these to my watch list, especially now that we’re moving into those desolate winter months. Check out the November 2015 horror movie releases below!

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Want A Classic Spooky Read Just In Time For Halloween?

Halloween is only a few days away! In case you aren’t yet in the spirit, or if you are and you want to add a bit more scary fun to these last few days, consider picking up one of these classic horror books!

There are a lot of scary stories out there, too many to read. However, if I have to recommend some good scary books, I’ll recommend the following eight classics of the genre. These books are essential reading for anyone even remotely interested in horror fiction because they are 1) thoughtfully written and well-crafted; 2) unsettling, creepy, and horrifying; and 3) insanely influential. Stephen King wouldn’t be famous at all if it weren’t for Mary Shelley, Shirley Jackson, and Robert W. Chambers.

Also, its worth noting that while you may “know” about these classics, if you haven’t read them, you’re missing out. So run to your nearest bookstore, library, or Amazon account and get yourself any one of these for a spooky read. If you’re pressed for time, you might like some of the short story collections, which are quick, morbid reads. Enjoy!

*Beware of some spoilers!*

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