31 Days of Wicked Watching [DAY 30]: The Honorable Mentions

Tomorrow is reserved for John Carpenter’s “Halloween” and the icons of horror Michael Myers and Jamie Lee Curtis–the original scream queen. Today is a rundown of films that deserve some attention, and will eventually get some attention from this blog, in the Halloween season. For viewing context, I will be prepping for tomorrow by watchingContinue reading “31 Days of Wicked Watching [DAY 30]: The Honorable Mentions”

31 Days of Wicked Watching [DAY 29]: For the Love of Jack and Sally

This one is short and sweet; it is my ode to what is my favorite Halloween/Christmas story of all time: “The Nightmare of Christmas.” To Jack and Sally—you are the love story of a lifetime. Your music and dancing and story and connection is beautiful and brilliant and bountiful. To Tim Burton—thank you for yourContinue reading “31 Days of Wicked Watching [DAY 29]: For the Love of Jack and Sally”

31 Days of Wicked Watching [DAY 28]: I’ll Take the Chianti and Fava Beans

I mean, what’s 31 days of horror without Hannibal Lecter and “The Silence of the Lambs.” Anthony Hopkins rich portrayal of the cannibalistic serial killer landed him a Best Actor win. Honestly, the film was so good that it is still only one of the three to win all five of the major categories atContinue reading “31 Days of Wicked Watching [DAY 28]: I’ll Take the Chianti and Fava Beans”

31 Days of Wicked Watching [DAY 27]: It Emerges from Within

Ridley Scott did science fiction right. So much so that it led to a number of sequels, prequels and crossovers with another successful horror franchise. “Alien” may have one of the scariest and most visceral scenes in all of horror: the emergence of the alien from the body of a crew member. That burst isContinue reading “31 Days of Wicked Watching [DAY 27]: It Emerges from Within”

31 Days of Wicked Watching [DAY 26]: A Big Old Scary Haunted, Big Old House

While my headline comes from the grossly under-appreciated and underrated musical “Spice World,” the film for today isn’t British nor is it a musical and nor is it about a bunch of women. But today’s movie is about a big, old, scary haunted house. While “Amityville Horror” was shot in my hometown (the remake) andContinue reading “31 Days of Wicked Watching [DAY 26]: A Big Old Scary Haunted, Big Old House”

31 Days of Wicked Watching [DAY 25]: We’re Living It

The premise is brilliant. It is also real frickin’ scary because we might as well admit we are living amidst the premise. It is time for “The Purge.” In what was billed as a unique social experiment playing out on film, led to a number of sequels and a television that are considerably some ofContinue reading “31 Days of Wicked Watching [DAY 25]: We’re Living It”

31 Days of Wicked Watching [DAY 24]: The Birth of Innovation with a Film I Genuinely Hate

In 1999 a string of marketing flooded the internet, in what would be seen as the first major internet-dominant campaign. Coupled with a cryptic website, “The Blair Witch Project” was born. As the revamp of the found-footage genre, the film brought its viewers as close to reality as they’d ever experienced. The marketing did thatContinue reading “31 Days of Wicked Watching [DAY 24]: The Birth of Innovation with a Film I Genuinely Hate”

31 Days of Wicked Watching [DAY 23]: There’s No Place Like Home

I cannot speak any more highly of today’s film (or the film that subsequently followed from this writer-director). If you haven’t seen “Get Out,” or “Us,” then you have to put down whatever you planned to do today and get to watching both. Today’s focus, however, is on Jordan Peele’s psychological thriller “Get Out.” AsContinue reading “31 Days of Wicked Watching [DAY 23]: There’s No Place Like Home”

31 Days of Wicked Watching [DAY 22]: Who Runs the World? Girls.

I would position today’s film as one of the most important to the genre. IMDB even names it the No. 15 film in horror movie history in regards to its importance. And I believe it is important not just because of the innate fear that can be felt from the incredibly claustrophobic and dark scenes,Continue reading “31 Days of Wicked Watching [DAY 22]: Who Runs the World? Girls.”

31 Days of Wicked Watching [DAY 21]: It Would Have Made More Sense to Put this Film on Day 28

I could almost guarantee that this would be a controversial choice. “28 Days Later,” to me, is the quintessential zombie film. Now, will many fight me that Romero’s works are by far superior and belong on this list as well, if not before this film? Yes. I’m certain of it. I’m not disposing of Romero’sContinue reading “31 Days of Wicked Watching [DAY 21]: It Would Have Made More Sense to Put this Film on Day 28”