EDEN LAKE

Refusing to let anything spoil their romantic weekend break, a young couple confront a gang of loutish youths with terrifyingly brutal consequences.

2008 - Available on DVD

'Eden Lake' proves that bored children can be a very terrifying thing. Recommended for survival-horror fans and the like.

http://www.letmewatchthis.ae/movies/view/watch-264-Eden-Lake

-HC

DEAD SNOW (Død snø)

A ski vacation turns horrific for a group of medical students, as they find themselves confronted by an unimaginable menace: Nazi zombies.

2009 - Available on DVD

Say what you will about Dead Snow, “the Norwegian Nazi Zombie Movie”, but for this horror critic, it’s a blast and begs not to be taken so seriously. Horror-com’s are not my favorite sub-genre in horror, but what can i say, i really dug the Nazi zombies.

http://www.letmewatchthis.ae/movies/view/watch-2542-Dead-Snow-Dd-sn

-HC

THE BABADOOK

A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

2014 - Limited Release

Writer/Director, Jennifer Kent, obviously understands how important character development is to a story. Australian horror film, The Babadook, manages to draw you in to the life of a single mother and her “troubled” child…enough to make you want them to be “ok” long before any shit hit has even hit the fan. Enter the Babadook, a mysterious boogie man figure that makes me glad i never read books about him as a kid. Up for interpretation is the ending, and rightfully so. 

- HC

LIGHTS OUT

Winner of ‘Best Director’ in the “Who’s There Film Challenge”. (bchorrorchallenge.com)

2013 - Watch Above

Craving a mini-fright? Here is two minutes and forty two seconds of high tension horror sure to keep you up tonight.

- HC

AFFLICTED

Best friends Derek and Clif set out on a trip of lifetime. Their plan: travel to the ends of the earth, see the world, and live life to the fullest. But the trip soon takes a dark and bloody turn. Just days in, one of the men shows signs of a mysterious affliction which gradually takes over his entire body and being. Now, thousands of miles from home, in a foreign land, they must race to uncover the source before it consumes him completely. 

2013 - Limited Release

Here’s one worthy of a mention. Though not ground-breaking in any sense (hey…found footage!), “Afflicted” manages to keep things interesting with it’s brisk pacing and creepy jump scares. While not wanting to give too much away (the trailer takes care of that), i found it a refreshing take on a genre of horror i am not normally a fan of. Fans of “REC” and “Chronicle” might particularly enjoy this one.

http://www.primewire.ag/watch-2745447-Afflicted

-HC

To anyone that has followed this blog the past few years, you will see that it has been over 2 years now since i have recommended a horror film.
Let me tell you that is has not been without trying.
My criteria is simple, i recommend a film if it passes the test of being somewhat creative, original, suspenseful, unpredictable (for it’s release year), and well executed. 
It has been a very disappointing 2 years of horror cinema for me. The sleuth of uninspired films i have sat through leads me to think that the genre is in some serious trouble.
Perhaps there are those out there perfectly satisfied with this over saturated market of paranormal, torture porn, or found footage films being churned out at little cost. Only the most generic directing, lighting, acting and story-telling one can buy, just to turn a profit. It certainly makes the studios a quick buck without ever really having to create anything unique or memorable.
Remember when a horror film was remembered for decades?
It’s possible a couple of films may have sneaked past my radar, but i have never gone through a drought quite like this before, ever. It has frustrated me to the point of having to write about it and remind everyone this blog is very well still up and running!
With the exception of “You’re Next”, which i mildly enjoyed last year, i am anxiously awaiting horror films made with a little more TLC. Let’s get weird again. Make us care about the characters? Oh and don’t hold our hands through the story telling. Just because we enjoy horror movies does not mean we are not an intelligent audience. So please don’t dumb everything down for us.
Thanks, and good day.

To anyone that has followed this blog the past few years, you will see that it has been over 2 years now since i have recommended a horror film.

Let me tell you that is has not been without trying.

My criteria is simple, i recommend a film if it passes the test of being somewhat creative, original, suspenseful, unpredictable (for it’s release year), and well executed. 

It has been a very disappointing 2 years of horror cinema for me. The sleuth of uninspired films i have sat through leads me to think that the genre is in some serious trouble.

Perhaps there are those out there perfectly satisfied with this over saturated market of paranormal, torture porn, or found footage films being churned out at little cost. Only the most generic directing, lighting, acting and story-telling one can buy, just to turn a profit. It certainly makes the studios a quick buck without ever really having to create anything unique or memorable.

Remember when a horror film was remembered for decades?

It’s possible a couple of films may have sneaked past my radar, but i have never gone through a drought quite like this before, ever. It has frustrated me to the point of having to write about it and remind everyone this blog is very well still up and running!

With the exception of “You’re Next”, which i mildly enjoyed last year, i am anxiously awaiting horror films made with a little more TLC. Let’s get weird again. Make us care about the characters? Oh and don’t hold our hands through the story telling. Just because we enjoy horror movies does not mean we are not an intelligent audience. So please don’t dumb everything down for us.

Thanks, and good day.

THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE (1921)

It’s New Year’s Eve. Three drunkards evoke a legend. The legend tells that the last person to die in a year, if he is a great sinner, will have to drive during the whole year the Phantom Chariot, the one that picks up the souls of the dead. The film is notable for its special effects, its advanced (for the time) narrative structure with flashbacks within flashbacks, and for having been a major influence on Ingmar Bergman. Released Sept 2011 as part of The Criterion Collection.

1921 - Available on DVD/BLU-RAY

Great early film out of Sweden. If you can appreciate old cinema, i highly recommend it. Many scenes are ahead of their time. There are religious themes in this film, i am not a religious person, but understood it’s significance to the story. I recommend watching this during a dark and rainy thunderstorm (as i did!).


-HC

LOVECRAFT: FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN

A chronicle of the life, work and mind that created the Cthulhu mythos.

2008 - Available on DVD

Entertaining doc about H.P. Lovecraft and his collection of stories. I only wish there were more quality horror movie adaptations of his work. 

http://www.putlocker.com/file/J8L3E79UFFKGW00K#

-HC