What is it about getting together with a group of friends and watching a good horror flick that sound so inviting, particularly in October? A huge part of it is the fact that you are surrounded by friends. Everyone can share their fear and its fun because you’re not embarrassed by screaming or jumping due to other people doing it to. You should enjoy being scared while you know it’s not real; there may come a time when you won’t be able to enjoy it. Welcome to part 7.
61- Cemetery Man (1994): A caretaker of a small cemetery begins to have problems with the dead coming back to life. He eventually sees the duty of dispatching the zombies as just a part of his job. Also known as Dellamorte Dellamore in Italy.
• Memorable Quote: The Living Dead and the dying living are all the same. Cut from the same cloth. But disposing of dead people is a public service, whereas you're in all sorts of trouble if you kill someone while they're still alive.
62- Evil Dead II (1987): Ash, played by Bruce Campbell, goes to a secluded cabin with his girlfriend. A recording from the “Book of the Dead” is accidentally played and wakes an evil force. This force can turn people into deadites through possession. More people come, more people die. Only our hero Ash survives to the end only to get sucked into a vortex. All of these films are excellent and highly recommended for anyone who likes slapstick comedy and horror.
• Memorable Scene: An eyeball goes flying into the mouth of a screaming woman. (This wasn’t done graphically at all. I found it very funny, actually.)
• Memorable Quote: Groovy.
• Memorable Scene: The trucks are running out of fuel and threaten to run over our hero unless he begins to pump gas. The song Hell’s Bells by AC/DC kicks in.
• Trivia: The head on the main truck villain is based on the Green Goblin (one of Spiderman’s enemies).
64- Needful Things (1993): Leland Gaunt comes to the small town of Castle Rock and opens up an antique store. He is willing to sell his antiques at a low price as long as you’re willing to do a little favor for him. The whole town begins to go to the shop and those little favors begin to create chaos. There is a longer version of this film that lasts about 3 hours. This is the version I recommend as it really explores the depth of the characters a lot more.
• Memorable Scene: There is a knockdown drag out fight between Nettie Cobb and Wilma Jerzyck involving knives and meat cleavers. Both end up dead.
• Memorable Quotes: The young carpenter from Nazareth? I know him well. Promising young man. He died badly.
65- 28 Days Later (2002): An activist group tries to rescue some chimpanzees that are infected with a rage virus. They get bit and quickly spread the virus to the local population. 28 days later our hero wakes up in the hospital and must survive an evacuated land where the infected rule. There is a sequel that is just as good as its predecessor, and rumors of a third picture.
• Memorable Scene: Our hero is walking around a deserted London with eerie music being played. Creepy stuff.
• Trivia: Police would close roads at 4 am for the scenes in London and filming would take place for 1 hour. They had attractive women ask drivers to take alternative routes and as a result didn’t have too much trouble with angry motorists.
66- Howling II: Your Sister Is a Werewolf (1985): Some hunters track down a group of werewolves living in Europe and plan on killing Stirba, Queen of the Werewolves. This film is so bad and campy that it’s good. In fact, it’s the only film of the Howling series that I have watched more than once. I can’t be the only one who likes it, can I?
• Trivia: Christopher Lee stated in an interview that the reason he accepted his part in Howling II is because he had never been in a werewolf movie.
67- Wrong Turn (2003): Six people try to survive attacks by a cannibalistic family in the mountains of West Virginia after taking a wrong turn. This is just a plain and simple scary movie that did not even dare wink at the audience. I loved it.
• Trivia: There wasn't a huge promotion push for this film because the MPAA deemed that most of the commercials were "too intense" for viewers. Those that did air had to be cut back heavily.
68- Inside (2007): An expecting mother loses her husband in a car crash and several months later as she approaches giving birth, she is terrorized by a crazed woman who wants her unborn child. This French horror film is not for the faint of heart. There are a lot of graphic and in-your-face scenarios where many will have to look away. That being said, there is a rated and an unrated version for those that are squeamish.
• Disturbing Scene: C-section with a pair of scissors… nuff said.
• Shock Scene: The murderers are watching a video tape of the murders they recently committed. We don’t realize this at first which is what makes it creepy.
• Tagline: Yeah, I killed my Mama.
• Trivia: The killings that happened in the opening of the film were based on real life murders that Henry Lee Lucas claimed to have committed himself.
70- The House of the Devil (1986): A babysitter is lured to an old house under false pretenses only to find out that her clients have more terrifying plans for her. Most people completely missed this little gem.
• Trivia: The film was shot in the same style as a lot of the horror films from the 70’s and 80’s.