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  • The Allure of Pre-Code Horror
    The term “Pre-code” refers to movies made after silent films became “talkies”, and before the  Motion Picture Production Code (MPPC) took full effect. The MPCC set the guidelines for what could be shown in films….
  • Deep Blue Sea
    In 1999’s Deep Blue Sea, a team of Alzheimer’s researchers learns the valuable lesson not to fuck with nature. Using an underwater laboratory, biologist Susan McAlester studies shark brains’ use to fight Alzheimer’s. She very unethically genetically alters the sharks’ brains to make them larger…
  • Jaws 2 – Here We Go Again!
    Martin Brody should never have moved to Amity! He just can’t get away from those sharks. I’m sure he never thought he would have to deal with a murderous shark in his life…let alone two! And yet we find him ready to do battle again! In honor of the forty-fifth anniversary of Jaws 2, I couldn’t let Shark Week pass without talking about it…
  • Ghost Shark
    One of our other favorite “so bad it’s good” movies is 2013’s Ghost Shark. I have to admit that it’s one of my favorite shark movies. A bunch of Rednecks kill a shark to win a contest.   Somehow its ghost comes back for revenge. A group of teenagers gets together with an old lighthouse keeper (Richard Moll) to try and stop it.
  • House Arrow Blu-ray
    If you are going to show your kids a horror film for the first time…this is the one to show them. I think that is the perfect way to sum up 1985’s House, the next movie on my list of 1980s horror everyone should see, and Arrow Video makes it easy to enjoy with their terrific HD release. 
  • Young Frankenstein
    There’s nothing better than a good horror parody and Young Frankenstein (1974) is one of the best. It’s a Mel Brooks movie, so how can it not be? 
  • The Evil Dead – my brother’s favorite movie
    The Evil Dead. …who doesn’t love that movie? Written and directed by the great Sam Raimi and starring the man himself, Bruce Campbell. It’s low-budget horror at its 80s best, and the one that started it all! 
  • 12 Kilometers – a short film by Mike Pecci
    12 Kilometers is a short film by writer/director Mike Pecci.  It’s dark,  trippy, freaky, scary, and uncomfortable and I liked it. The movie was completely different than what I was expecting.
  • Bloody New Year
    Bloody New Year is a British horror/comedy directed by Norman J. Warren. All I can say is WTF??? If you like schlock then you’ll enjoy this.
  • Mercy Christmas
    Have you ever wondered what it would be like if Texas Chainsaw Massacre was a Christmas movie?  Neither have I. But thanks to 2017’s Mercy Christmas, I think I have a pretty good idea! 
  • The Sawyer Massacre
    The Sawyer Massacre is a fan-fiction prequel about the Sawyer family from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It was written and directed by Canadian musician/filmmaker Steve Merlo. It’s obvious from the start that Steve loves, respects, and understands the original TCM…
  • Movie Werewolves Through The Years
    Early filmmakers looked to legends and lore for inspiration. The first onscreen werewolf debut was in 1913…
  • The Howling
    The Howling (1981) doesn’t get enough love. The Howling was the first of the 80s werewolf movies with An American Werewolf in London and Wolfen both released in the same year…
  • An American Werewolf in London Arrow DVD
    An American Werewolf in London is one of those classic horror movies that stands on its own as something a little different. Both hysterically funny as well as scary as hell, it carves its own path down the lycanthropic trail….
  • Jaws
    The Scary Matter team is watching Jaws – again! It should be required viewing for everyone during Shark Week. It is the gold standard of shark movies.
  • Jeepers Creepers: Reborn
    He’s back…Love it or hate it, Jeepers Creepers has become a cult classic.The monster that feeds for 23 days every 23rd spring has gotten new life through director Timo Vuorensola.
  • Noah’s Shark
    Noah’s Shark is a mix of shark movies and the Bible. This movie is definitely one-of-a-kind.
  • Incident in a Ghostland
    Incident in a Ghostland is one of those movies that messes with your head! Incident is a dark, creepy, brutal, psychological horror.
  • Creepiest Movie Dolls
    I’m thrilled every time there’s a new doll movie. Even if the movie isn’t scary, the dolls are pretty damn creepy. Here are some of the creepiest movie dolls…
  • The Shining Props Auction
    For anyone that fancies themselves a movie aficionado and collector of memorabilia, this is something for you. A true gem in the history of horror is coming up for auction on April 20th…
  • Lake Mungo
    Lake Mungo was an interesting movie. But I’ll be honest – I had a hard time thinking about writing this.  I couldn’t decide how I wanted to classify this movie. It’s a horror/thriller/mystery/ghost story disguised as a documentary.
  • Have a Scary Christmas
    I watch horror movies all year long. The thing I don’t do for some reason is watch Christmas horror movies during the year. Since the Christmas season is here, I decided to start watching them.
  • You’re Next
    You’re Next is one hell of a ride! I just rewatched it for the first time in a while. I had forgotten how much I liked it.  Director Adam Wingard takes the standard “isolated house in the woods” trope and gives it new life.
  • Heavy Metal Horror
    Heavy metal horror has spanned several decades. In the 70s, the classic rock of the 60s started to evolve into a heavier sound….
  • The Raven (1935)
    The other night I was looking for something to watch and I came across The Raven with Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. What a great movie! This isn’t Edgar Allen Poe’s Raven. It’s completely different. I’m ashamed to admit that I had never seen it before. (Please don’t yell at me).  So I got myself comfortable and hit play. I can’t believe that I’ve missed this one.
  • Cursed Movies
    Can a movie be cursed? There are a bunch of movies that have had horrible accidents on set, and unfortunate deaths after filming.  In reality, accidents do happen, and people die every day. However – There have been a bunch of horror movies that are considered “cursed”. And some of the things that happened have been pretty creepy. 
  • Trick ‘r Treat
    Most likely you’ve rewatched all the Halloween movies and are impatiently waiting for Halloween Kills. Soon my friends, soon. In the meantime – don’t forget to add Trick ‘r Treat to your list of Halloween movies to rewatch! It’s definitely not scary, but it’s a good time.
  • Halloween Kills Too Much?
    Who’s ready for Halloween Kills? Get those hands up people! We’ve all waited a very long time for this movie. I’ve been reading the reviews for Halloween Kills, and there seems to be some confusion.  Normally I don’t pay too much attention to the critics, but this calls for an intervention:
  • Belgian Horror Movies
    Let me start by saying that I have never seen a Belgian horror movie (sorry Belgium!). I have, however, seen a lot of lists about them. A LOT of lists! Although Belgium is not really known for its horror movies, they have apparently produced some pretty good ones. For the most part, they seem to be dark, bloody, have a bit of humor, and plenty of sex- what’s not to like?
  • Willy’s Wonderland
    I loved Willy’s Wonderland!!!  Let’s be honest – who hasn’t looked at those giant animatronic creatures and thought they looked possessed. At one point or another, everyone has said that one day those creepy animals were going to come to life and murder people. Apparently, we weren’t the only ones!.
  • The Amityville Horror – The Movie
    “For God’s Sake Get Out”. The Amityville Horror was one of the movies that scared me to death when I was young. I was a good Catholic school girl and not into horror movies yet. I barely slept that night. Now I’m all grown up and my church is a good horror movie…
  • Movies for a Heatwave
    When I wrote this it was hot! Here in New York, it was 97 degrees, but it felt like 104 with the humidity. The West coast was even hotter! So if you hide from the heat like me, or are recovering from a day of summer fun, here are some great summer movies to chill out to…
  • The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It
    Back in October, I wrote this article about the Arne Johnson murder case that was recently brought to the big screen in The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. After watching the movie, I want to talk about how the movie compares to the real-life case…
  • House on Haunted Hill
    I just watched House on Haunted Hill (the original 1958 version). I had such a good time! It was directed by William Castle and stars Vincent Price, so you know it’s going to be good! The movie opens with a black screen, spooky noises, and a couple of floating heads, giving you a little taste of what’s to come. Based on the book by Shirley Jackson, It is a low-budget, no special effects, piece of classic horror brilliance…
  • Rosemary’s Baby
    Rosemary’s Baby is going to mess with your head, freak you out, scare you, and keep you up at night. An absolutely amazing piece of psychological horror! The book or the movie, it doesn’t matter. They’re both amazing…
  • The Changeling
    There’s nothing like turning off the lights, getting under a blanket, and watching a good creepy movie. The Changeling (1980) is definitely one of those movies. This one of my favorite haunted house movies. It’s got everything a proper ghost story should have: a grieving man, unexplained noises, a seance, and a hidden room…
  • Bang Bang Baby
    “What the hell am I watching and why do I like it?” I repeated to myself several times when I watched Bang Bang Baby for the first time. But good or bad, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sometimes you just need something that doesn’t take itself too seriously…
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    Ask any horror fan or read any list of the scariest movies, and chances are that Texas Chainsaw Massacre is at the top of just about all of them. It really shook me when I first saw it! It was released in 1974 and was masterfully directed by the late Tobe Hooper…
  • The Universal Monsters
    Halloween week wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Universal Monsters! Where would horror movies be without them? They are the ancestors of the horror movie monsters…
  • Free Classic Horror Movies on YouTube
    YouTube is one of the biggest video sharing services in the world and practically anything your little black heart desires can be found there. One of the lesser known things you can find on YouTube are old classic horror movies…
  • I Don’t Want to be Buried in a Pet Sematary
    If you could bring someone you loved back from the dead, would you? And if they came back wrong?  Evil?  Is dead really better?…
  • The Story of “The Shape”
    Of all the slashers in all the horror movies, Michael Myers (a/k/a “The Shape”)  is the one closest to my black little heart.  He’s the OG.  No one, not even Dr. Loomis, is quite sure what happened to him.  How he went from adorable little trick or treater to killer….
  • One-Eyed Monster
    Without giving too much away:  it involves aliens, a porn shoot in the dead of winter (of course in the middle of nowhere, and a one eyed monster (of sorts)…
  • Welcome to Shark Week!
    I admit it, I LOVE a really bad shark movie!  I’m not ashamed.  Every Shark Week I troll through the SY-FY channel to see what’s on.  They can always be counted on to give me something to watch.  The plotlines are ridiculous, the special effects are always awful and the acting usually leaves a lot to be desired.  And I couldn’t care less!….
  • Summer Fun Movies
    Since most of us aren’t able to do the things we used to, I thought I would try to help.  Here’s a list of some fun summertime horror movies.