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11 Halloween Movie Recommendations for Fans and Non-Fans

As a devoted horror movie fan, I’ll be the first to admit that the market is glutted with horror movies, most of them terrible. And not in an enjoyable, over-the-top kind of way.

If you are a horror movie novice searching for a good horror movie, the simultaneous breadth of availability and lack of choice entertainment can be discouraging. Horror fans feel that way all the time, but we know enough that we can make solid recommendations.

With Halloween fast approaching, I decided to compile a list of horror movies with solid scares and terror but that are accessible to a wide audience. The following films are perfect for a Halloween watch party because 1) they are relatively easy to find on streaming services, 2) they’re actually well-made films, and 3) they scare audiences in thoughtful, enjoyable, entertaining ways.

Even if you’re a horror movie buff, I feel like this list is a nicely packaged bundle of great horror movies that present a strong argument for the merits of horror. These movies are harrowing, smart, witty, and funny. They are heartbreaking and profound. They reinforce the magic of telling stories through the medium of film and legitimize a genre that critics loves to hate.

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8 Actually Disturbing Classic Horror Movies

One of my favorite things about horror movies  is how long they’ve been around.

People started making scary films as soon as they could. Audiences have always loved going to horror movies. Films like Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde were widely popular. A lot of these movies became genre classics. You’ll find them on many best-of-horror lists, where they are widely praised for employ innovative techniques and practical effects to terrify audiences.

There’s just one problem—the majority of those films are no longer scary by today’s standards.

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August 2016 Horror Movies – Sparse But Potent

Bad news, horror fans, there are only three theatrical release horror movies in August. Three! And only one of them is a wide release!

I know, right? What happened? This summer started off strong with The Conjuring 2 and The Shallows. I know August is usually kind of “sleeper” month for movies, but this I was expecting more than this!

The good news is that two out of three of these horror movies look promising, in a RedBox or Amazon Prime kind of way. Hell, Don’t Breathe might be worth the price of a ticket just for the Silence-of-the-Lambs-esque night vision scenes.

Check ‘em out.

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10 of My Favorite Horror Movie Scores

What makes a horror movie truly incredible? The same thing that makes any movie incredible—excellent writing, nuanced acting, gorgeous artistic design, daring cinematography, visionary directing, and a killer score.

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July 2016 Horror Movies – Things That Go Bump In The Night

As we move into the long dog days of summer, a new slate of offerings grace our July Horror Movie lineup. June was a really interesting month for horror, giving us solid scares in The Conjuring 2, lots to talk about in The Neon Demon, and good old-fashioned summer horror in The Shallows. July is shaping up to be just as interesting, with the latest creative, violent installment in The Purge horror series, the full-length adaptation of an award winning horror short Lights Out, and a variety of low-budget wonders.

Enjoy!

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Horror and The 2016 Cannes Film Festival

With all the pomp and circumstance surrounding a prestigious Hollywood event, you probably wouldn’t expect a glittering affair like the Cannes Film Festival to include hard-hitting horror films. Cannes is where Hollywood finds a steady stream of award-worthy and award-baiting movies, right? The heavy, boring, historical drama stuff, right?

That’s true. Cannes is prestigious for a reason. Every year, the festival showcases emerging talents alongside master filmmakers, and many of those films are either good enough or earn enough hype to be marketed as highbrow cinema.

But it’s also true that Cannes has a deep commitment to varied viewpoints. The festival loves innovation. It pays tribute to films from different countries, different voices, and different genres, including horror.

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May 2016 Horror Movies – A Whole Lot of Eeehhhhhh

Oh May, such a beautiful month but oh-so boring when it comes to horror movies.

Maybe it’s because May marks the official start of the summer blockbuster season, so distributors dump their mediocre movies where they can, knowing full well that the new Marvel or DC movie will dominate the box office. Or maybe we just have to wait a little longer for the good stuff (July 1 for The Purge: Election Year!!!).

Whatever the reason, May’s list of horror movies leaves a lot to be desired. Some of these have potential, like Bite or What We Become. Hell, Most Likely to Die looks hilarious. So I should reserve judgment. And honestly, I tried.

At the very least, some of these could make a really good RedBox or VOD rental.

Check them out!

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Green Room – A Taut, Gory, and Smart Horror Film

One of my biggest horror movie pet peeves is when characters die from making incredibly irrational, stupid decisions. Not when a character is stressed and freaks out, but when a character is a genuine idiot. I hate when that happens in movies because 1) most people aren’t that stupid, 2) convenient stupidity for the sake of moving the plot forward is the height of lazy, contrived writing, and 3) that shit isn’t scary.

I’d rather watch a movie where the characters are smart but woefully unprepared for the nasty situations they find themselves in. Helplessness is always scarier than stupidity.

And that’s why, despite my natural avoidance of super-gory horror, I really enjoyed Green Room.

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A Match Made in Heaven: 8 Religious Horror Movies

A few weeks ago, I was sitting in Easter service, mulling over the more horrific aspects of many religious stories. As the gospel was read, I listened to all the details of Christ’s death and resurrection. I couldn’t stop thinking about how bloody and traumatizing the whole event must have been, on a physical, emotional, and existential level. And yet, this story brings happiness and comfort to millions of people. It’s not the only one either, since holy books are often filled with ghastly depictions of violence. It’s weird to think that these brutal stories are revered as sacred.

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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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