Another week is in the books, so its time for the round up of Week 2 of my "October Horror Movie Marathon". After last week's rather "animal attack" themed movies I tried to focus more on some older classics of the genre, with some of my modern favorites sprinkled in for good measure. I also took some time to get caught up on some horror themed Tv shows that I had been saving for this month. So without further ado lets dive into week 2!
Movie #6: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
Director: Robert Wiene
Starring: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher
A 1920 German Expressionist classic that still holds up today with its timeless visuals and truly creepy story. This best part is though that it that the film is in the public domain so you can watch it yourself right now by following the link above!
Movie #7: Haxen: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922)
Director: Benjiman Christensen
Starring: Benjiman Christensen, Elisabeth Christensen, Maren Pedersen
This classic "documentary" about witchcraft in the middle ages is a fun glimpse into what was considered scary over 90 years ago and has some honestly gorgeous set pieces that are immersive giving the time period and the work that must have go into them.
Movie #8: What We Do in the Shadows (2015)
Director(s): Jermaine Clement, Taika Waititi
Staring: Jermaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Johnny Brugh
Theres not much more I can say about this hilarious "mocumentary" that follows a group of vampires living together in modern day New Zealand. One of my favorite films of 2015 and one of the best horror/comedies of all time.
Movie #9: Drag Me to Hell (2009)
Director: Sam Raimi
Starring: Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Ruth Livier
Sam Raimi's long awaited return to the horror genre proved that he still new how to scare the crap out of you and one minute then having you laughing your head off the next. This is truly one of those movies you can watch and know immediately who made it.
Movie #10: World War Z (2013)
Director: Marc Forster
Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz
A movie that pretty much ignores its source material and has to under go extensive reshoots before release has no right to be as good as this is. World War Z is seriously just a miracle of filmmaking because despite all the bumps in the road this movie is damn good.
T.V. Show #1: American Horror Story: Hotel (2015)
Creators: Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy
Starring: Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Lady Gaga
I've always had a love/hate relationship with this series and because of that I never tune in on its air date. Instead I always wait until the whole season is added to Netflix so I can binge it all at once. I'm happy to report that "Hotel" is one of the better seasons in the series. The plot lines are all interesting and there are some truly compelling characters in this iteration. Not my favorite season in the series but its a close second.
American Horror Story Season Rankings
4: Murder House
T.V. Show #2: Ash vs Evil Dead - Season 1
Creators: Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Tom Spezialy
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana Delorenzo
It's been no secret how much I love the "Evil Dead" series of films, so when the "Starz" television channel announced that they were continuing the film saga in a new T.V. show I was understandably ecstatic. I am overjoyed to say that this new series lives up to and delivers upon the originals in every way. Its been 23 years since we've last seen "Ashley J. Williams" but Campbell falls back into the old role so effortlessly that its like he never took the chainsaw arm off to begin with. His new sidekicks are hilarious and a great new addition, and the writing is hilarious and had me laughing throughout the whole season.
Well that covers everything from week 2. Let me know any questions or comments and as always thanks for tuning in and I will see you all next week!