Welcome to What’s Up In Horror #5. Horror Shorts, Art, Books, and more! Read on, my fellow spookhounds. Read on.
Movies & TV
As there is absolute crap in the theatres right now, no talk of new movies. Instead, this is going to give you some spooky recommendations for the next week that highlight the best horror movie(in my opinion) from each decade, starting with the 1950s.
1950s -The Blob is awesome, bad special-effects goodness from way back when. So grab your adult beverages, popcorn, and settle down to laugh your way through this ‘horror’ movie. I mean, they knew what they were doing. Just look at the tagline for this movie.”An alien lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows.”
1960s- If you haven’t seen The Birds yet, by some odd fluke, you need to correct that as soon as possible. Alfred Hitchcock created a classic that is fascinating and vaguely spooky even to this day. You’ll never look at birds the same way again.
1970s -Can you believe that Alien: Resurrection released in 1979? I mean, wow. Talk about a movie that stands the test of time. This sci-fi / horror movie is one you definitely need to watch! Sigourney Weaver (though I can’t stand her outside of her movies) does a fantastic job as Ripley, and Ryder is a delight to watch on screen, too.
1980s– Yes, there’s two versions of The Thing. No, you shouldn’t just watch the remake. John Carpenter’s version of The Thing is pretty much perfect. I’m not saying its well-acted, or that it has great special effects, mind you. But for what it is, when it’s from, and actually even today against the pricier remake… it’s just awesome.
1990s – Dead Alive is disgusting. It’s Peter Jackson pre-hobbitses. (Yes, he actually made movies before Lord of the Rings came along. Can you believe it?) I have a strong stomach, but there was at least one scene in this movie that made me gag. It’s over the top, cheesy special effects, and just perfect enough to make you giggle in between urges to barf.
2000s – I feel like The Ring (american version) is really the only choice for this decade. It was years before I had enough guts to watch the scene where the girl climbs all the way out of the TV. I’m not ashamed to admit I very much did cover my eyes! Samara is a horror villain that will stay with you, and make you jump for a week after that whenever your phone rings at night.
2010s – This one actually required some thought. I’ve seen so many not-great horror movies from this decade that I had to think before I remembered one that was worth this spot. For our last recommendation, it’s gotta be Oculus. Starring Karen Gilian (aka: Pond from Dr. Who) and Brenton Thwaites – Oculus never missed a step. Well-acted, well -shot, perfect blend of surprise, horror, and creepy. Everything was perfect with this movie.
Featured Vimeo Horror Short
This was …. interesting. I’m not sure what to think about it. Was it actually a horror? Was it just a little girl traumatized by life on the farm?
Isn’t that creepy? Not as scary as the one I featured in #4, but kind of fun to look at and try to figure out what’s happening in it.
Small Press Featurettes:
These books are not brand new releases, but they’re probably brand new to you (and they’ve got at least 3.75 rating on Goodreads)!
Note: Sci-Fi & Scary is not affiliated with any of these small presses. We just like giving lesser known horror books a chance to shine.
- NY Times Best Sellers – zip.
- USA Today Best Sellers (1-20) – zilch.
- Amazon’s Kindle Horror Best Selling Section is headed by by Finders Keepers by Stephen King,The City of Mirrors (book 3 in The Passage Trilogy) by Justin Cronin, and The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger by (surprise, surprise, haha) Stephen King.
- USA Today has a cool list of Best Horror Heroines
- Greg Cwiyk, writing for TheWeek.Com, argues that the scariest horror villain of the ’80s wasn’t Freddy, Jason, or Michael.
- People.com has a list of 13 Worst Horror Movie Villains. I say Fie! They don’t understand that some of them are truly awesome!!
- TheNerdist talked to Michael Gallagher about population control and the apocalypse. It’s actually a pretty interesting read.
- For the Love of Celluloid had an awesome review of From Dusk ’til Dawn up recently. I love the movie, and so does this blogger. He did a great job with it.
There will not be a What’s Up In Sci-Fi next week. Due to me doing more important things. Like having fun.