TwittaFlicks here, with our 2009 list of severed finger-size reviews of some Samhain favorites to darken your All Hallow’s festivities…
Feverish dreams and Happy Hellowe’en, my fiends!
TWITTAFLICKS – 2009 Halloween Edition!
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) – Renaissance man Anton Phibes unleashes biblical plagues on the Dr’s who ‘killed’ his wife. Price at his crazy best.
An American Werewolf in London (1981) – Funny, ground-breaking and still utterly horrifying. The Nazi fever dream alone will haunt you forever.
Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes (1978) – Tomatoes eat people. People strike back with a song called ‘Puberty Love’. Pure zany hilarity.
Blacula (1972) – Blaxploitation take on the King of Vampires. “What’ll you have?” “Make it a Bloody Mary.” Sho’ Nuff.
The Blair Witch Project (1999) – The $22,000 movie that made $240M. Also scary as f***.
Blood Feast (1963) – H.G. Lewis unravels the guts and gore in this tale of an Egyptian cultist wreaking havoc in swinging 60’s Cali.
Bride of Re-Animator (1990) – Continuing saga of Dr. West and his obnoxious severed head- H.P. has never been so fun!
Bride Of The Monster (1955) – Vintage Ed Wood nutiness made even more special by a charismatic Bela Lugosi in his penultimate performance.
Dead Alive (1992) – Absolutely disgusting, yet hilarious EPIC zombie film from Kiwi mastermind Peter Jackson. Lawnmower Fu!
Dracula (1931) – The progenitor of the modern horror film and almost all vampire films to follow. Bela IS Vampyr!
Evil Dead II (1987) – A masterful menage-a-trois of horror, gore and comedy. Chainsaw! Groovy.
Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) – Master Polanski gives us a rich Gothic vampire opera, that also happens to be funny as hell.
Frankenstein Meets The Space Monster (1965) – One of the most ridiculously fun films in all of creation. Mars needs women and Dr. Nadir aims to provide!
American Psycho (2000) – A dark, brilliant satire of excess and evil with Christian Bale owning the 80’s. Even if it’s only in his own mind.
Howling II: Your Sister Is A Werewolf (1985) – Christopher Lee, Sybil Danning’s tear-away bra, Lycanthropy, evil Lithuanian midgets… ‘Nuff said?
Invaders From Mars (1953) – Bizarro sets and inventive filmmaking create a nightmarish vision of childhood terror and ‘invasion’ from beyond.
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978) – The Donald teams with Jeff Goldblum and Mr. Spock to warn the world of a creeping invasion. Still scares the bejeezus out of me.
Near Dark (1987) – One of the first (and best) ‘post-modern’ Vamp flicks. The bar scene is pure Badass.
Night Of The Living Dead (1968) – George Romero changed the rules of horror with this still chill-inducing bit of low-bud genius
A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984) – 1, 2, Freddy’s comin’ for you… the first is still the best. I dare you to sleep with the lights off after this one.
Nosferatu (1922) – F.W. Murnau and the mysterious Max Shreck create the most popular genre character in film history. The Vampyr!
The Shining (1980) – The Kubes uses King’s story of isolated madness as framework for the greatest cinematic ghost story of all.
Sleepy Hollow (1999) – Tim Burton’s take on Ichabod Crane is part Victorian CSI, part Gothic ghost story, and 100% EXCELLENCE.
Son Of Frankenstein (1939) – Bela steals Karloff’s thunder in probably the most unrecognized influential film of 1939…
Stink Of Flesh (2005) – ScottSPhillips made this no-budget Zombie flick with more subtext and character than any 12 remakes of the last decade
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) – Tobe Hooper unleashed hell (and a thousand sub-par ripoffs) with his exploration of the evil hidden in the back roads of America
The Thing (1982) – J.C. reteams with Kurt Russell for the most nihilistic monster movie to ever scare your snowballs off.
Trick R Treat (2008) – The best horror anthology film in 25+ years. Scary, freaky and full of Halloween naughtiness. A new classic.
The Wicker Man (1973) – Before Nic Cage wore a bear suit, Ed Woodward squared off against Christopher Lee in this rustic creepfest.
The Wolf Man (1941) – De Volf, ee bit you… deedn’t he?’ And Larry Talbot’s life goes to the wolves. Doesn’t get much better than this.
Young Frankenstein (1974) – Mel Brooks finest moment. Arguably the finest ‘spoof’ film ever made. “HE VASS MY BOYFRIEND!”