Halloween 2016 Wrap-Up

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I was feeling some post-Halloween blues so I thought I would write a wrap up past so I can put this year’s Halloween in the grave. I liked the crop of movies that I picked this year. My only problem is that there are so many movies to choose from and availability limits what I watch. This blog is a labor of love for me and believe me when I say I love doing it. I picked the best of the movies that I could get cheaply. I do not regret watching a single movie on the list below because all of them were what Halloween is about. Below, I have written each movie and my final star rating for each movie along with a rating so the squeamish are warned.

Every year has some standouts and surprises. The surprises would probably be Deathgasm and Stitches. I had no idea that either was a foreign film and that infused each with a different energy than I expected. Deathgasm is totally metal and was a lot of crazy fun. Stitches was kind of a weird punk rock version of Nightmare on Elm Street with a bit of Krampus thrown in. Krampus was also great and probably had the best art direction this year. Foreign films dominated this year and I love that because I have really started expanding my selection by working on this blog. I tend to prefer horror movies with comedy mixed in and I love the arc of the month from PG to R. The month just got darker as it continued but still remained fun.

Incidentally, while most of the movie is kind of boring, I was definitely chilled to the bone by the ending of The Houses That October Built. It was that hopeless ending filled with nothing but despair and hoping for a mid-credits scene showing it was all a joke. Two days later, my brother called me and asked if I wanted to go to a haunted house that night. Instantly, the plot of the movie flashed through my mind and I said no. Later, I felt a little silly so I said yes and it was on. I was scared as Hell but my brother and I resolved to go ahead with it. We visited Nevermore Haunt in the heart of Baltimore City and experienced a really fun but frightening haunted house. I still feel inspired from that brief bolt through a once-abandoned warehouse. I want to design my own haunt and I may do so here in this blog where I share mostly everything.

Anyway, without further ado, here are the main posts for Halloween including my original stories. It is followed by this year’s Halloween benediction. However, in my world, Halloween never dies so be prepared for other stuff to pop up throughout the year.

Invaders from Mars (1986)
3/5 Stars – Rated PG

Goosebumps (2015)
3/5 Stars – Rated PG

Deathgasm (2015)
5/5 Stars – Not Rated

The Raven (1963)
4/5 Stars – Rated G

Re-Animator (1985)
4/5 Stars – Rated R

Krampus (2015)
5/5 Stars – Rated PG-13

Horror Express (1972)
4/5 Stars – Rated R

Stitches (2012)
5/5 Stars – Rated R

Bad Taste (1987)
4/5 Stars – Unrated

The Host (2006)
5/5 Stars – Rated R

Mother’s Day (1980)
3/5 Stars – Rated R

The Houses October Built (2014)
2/5 Stars – Unrated

Phantasm Ravager (2016)
4/5 Stars – Unrated

Night Watch (2004)
4/5 Stars – Rated R

The Hunger (1983)
3/5 Stars – Rated R

Fright Night 2 (1988)
3/5 Stars – Rated R

Stories:
Wicked Journals 1 
Wicked Journals 2
Wicked Journals 3 
Wicked Journals 4

Awakening in Neptune 
Root of all Darkness

Top 11 Horror Villains

 

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