Spoiler alert! Elvis and JFK have teamed up against a mummy while a Spanish reporter, a beer drinking slacker and a stripper with a machine-gun leg battle flesh-eaters and Jigsaw rides his tricycle in circles around the demented Firefly clan. Also, there is a storm coming. Its been a pretty messed up day in the Appalachian caves… Here are 71 through 80 of the 90 movies that every horror fan should see.
The plot for Don Coscarelli’s 2002 (2003 limited release) American horror comedy is a tough one to swallow but the film itself is hilariously entertaining. Bruce Campbell plays Elvis Presley, alive and coping with old age in a retirement home where he and his friend, the assassination attempt surviving JFK who has been dyed black (yep), face up against an ancient mummy who is feeding off of the old and feeble. As far as the horror of Bubba Ho-Tep is concerned, the material revolving around the ancient soul-sucking mummy meets the criteria but the scariest element of the film is perhaps the inevitable deterioration of the human body that comes with old age. The title, Bubba Ho-Tep, comes from the novella by Joe R. Lansdale, from which the film was adapted, and originally appeared in his anthology, The King Is Dead: Tales of Elvis Post-Mortem.
March, 2004’s Dawn of the Dead was the directorial debut for Zack Snyder and the remake of George A. Romero’s 1978 classic zombie horror of the same name. The film depicts a group of survivors who seek refuge in a Wisconsin shopping mall in the midst of the zombie apocalypse and eventually make their escape to a yacht, meant to take them to the sanctuary of an island, which proves to be a fatal mistake. Oh, and there is a zombie baby! While the 2004 version isn’t quite as remarkable as the original, it is still a worthy companion as much as it is a skillfully executed remake.
Shaun of the Dead and Dawn of the Dead were originally scheduled to release in the same week but given the similar titles and subject matter, Shaun was held back. None the less the films differ greatly. Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s co-written British horror comedy is a groundbreaking and triumphant attempt at a truly funny zombie movie and has earned itself a cult classic standing. Pegg’s Shaun is a directionless, happenstance hero who tries to protect his ex-girlfriend, mother, step-father and friends during a living dead outbreak in his home town. Hilarity ensues as the ragtag ensemble fights for survival. Shaun of the Dead is the first of the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy which also includes 2007′s Hot Fuzz and 2013′s The World’s End.
The first of a 7 part franchise with one more on the way, James Wan’s Saw is an American independent horror film centering on two men who have been chained inside a filthy, dilapidated bathroom and are forced to partake in the demented game of a brutal serial killer named Jigsaw. Meanwhile the previous sadistic actions of Jigsaw are revealed and one the men’s wife and daughter are forced to watch his agonizing struggle. Saw’s screenplay was written by Leigh Whannel and based on a story by both Whannell and James Wan.
Rob Zombie turned the terrifyingly disturbed villains from House of a Thousand Corpses into a twisted group of anti-heros in July, 2005’s cult classic, The Devil’s Rejects. The film depicts the three surviving members of the Firefly family enjoying a killing spree as they flee from a revenge driven sheriff intent on their demise. Bill Mosely, Sid Haig and Sheri Moon Zombie all reprised their roles as Otis, Capt. Spaulding and Baby in this sequel to House, which many favor over its predecessor.
Neil Marshall’s 2005 (UK) British horror film revolves around two women, Sarah and Juno, whose pasts are marred by betrayal and tragedy, and their four female companions who venture together into the South Carolina Appalachian’s caves. They become trapped in an unmapped cave system where they are hunted by flesh-eating, human-like creatures who seem to have adapted to living in the pitch black, uncharted tunnels.
Bonus Fact: People who have seen this film frequently argue about the ending and whether or not the last remaining character makes it out alive because the US theatrical release provided an alternate ending in which the film ends before revealing that Sarah’s escape from the caves is only a dream. I still maintain that poor Sarah never actually made it out before the credits rolled – as the original, and much more credible, version suggests.
77. Planet Terror - 2007
The 2007 American action horror science-fiction film, directed, screen written, scored and produced by Robert Rodriguez, was released as part of a double feature with Quentin Tarantino’s Deathproof under the main title name Grindhouse - an homage to “grindhouse” theater exploitation film show methods. The film depicts a group of people, including an exotic dancer who loses her leg and has it replaced with a machine-gun, who fight for survival against a horde of zombies while facing opposition from a bizarre military unit.
Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo’s 2007 French horror film about the pregnant victim of a home invasion by an insane woman who wants to take her unborn baby from her is thoroughly brutal and horrifying. This was both Maury and Bustillo’s directorial debuts and was positively received by critics as well as welcomed as an addition to new wave French horror. The violent and disturbed assailant who seems to have all too easily gained entry into the victim’s home wields a pair of scissors and did I mention that this was brutal and effectively horrifying?
Frank Darabont had already adapted two more of Stephen King’s works when he got his opportunity to take on the writing and directing project of The Mist, released in November, 2007. The film features an intense storm that is followed by a thick fog which engulfs an entire town and traps a group of people inside a grocery store with no means of escape once deadly unknown creatures are revealed to be lurking in the mist. The well-rounded cast includes future The Walking Dead cast mates, Jeffrey DeMunn, Laurie Holden, and Melissa McBride.
This 2007 Spanish horror film, written and directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza was remade in the US under the title Quarantine, an adaptation that simply cannot hold a candle to the original. As the title reveals (the abbreviation of the word record as it often appears on traditional video cameras), [REC] is a found footage horror, complete with characteristically unsteady camera handling techniques, and portrays a reporter who is covering the outbreak of an illness that leads to vicious cannibalism.
“I’m gonna have to be taking your car today. See I have some top secret clown business that supersedes any plans that you might have for this here vehicle.”
– Captain J.T. Spaulding, The Devil’s Rejects
2015 brings some brand new horror television series to the small screen, as well as the eagerly awaited returns of several shows that we have already dedicated a season, or 5, to. If you feel like you can’t handle the empty slot that True Blood will no longer be filling on summery Sunday nights, have an insatiable hunger for zombies that can barely wait until The Walking Dead fires up the rest of season 5 or just need something to look forward to as the long awful stretch of January and February slowly creeps on, then here is a round up of some brand new horror coming to your TVs in 2015.
Several sources have announced that The Walking Dead spinoff, which is still nameless as far as the public is concerned, has begun shooting this month but many more details are scarce. What we do know so far is that the new cast will be completely unrelated to the existing troupe, as will be the location of the new series, which is going to be set in Los Angeles – unlike the original series that has yet to stray very far from Atlanta.
I’ve recently been perusing lists of what are considered to be the “best horror movies quotes of all time” and find myself wanting to make a few tweaks to just about every collection I find. While most of the quotes do stand out and are highly recognizable, I can’t say that I would categorize them as just the best, but rather notable for a specific reason, being either memorable, scary, funny or just down right corny and awful. Yes, corny and awful can make the cut. Have you ever seen a dog that is so ugly its actually cute? That is how some of the cornballiest (new word) of horror movie lines can rise to greatness. Thus, I’ve have taken it upon myself to select some outstanding horror film lines and categorize them a little more specifically. Here the Most Memorable, Scariest, Funniest and Cheesiest of the Cheese in horror movie quotes.