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Top 10 Tuesday: Overrated Modern Horror Films

Before the death threats get sent please keep in mind labeling these films “overrated” is not considering them awful films, well most of them at least, but the hype is just annoying. When you see that some of these films top other horror films that laid the foundation for our beloved genre it reaches a point of disrespect. Maybe it’s the discontent and bitterness that comes with age, but this list is without apology. A lack of agreement is expected, but that’s why this is just purely subjective.

  1. IT: Part 1 (2017)

This was a difficult decision but it must be done. This movie was not terrible, but it seemed the money and appeal became more important than the potential this film contained. It could have been one of the best horror movies ever but fell short by dismantling the content that made the novel so great. It is still entertaining, but was the anticipation worth it? That’s your call… Hopefully part 2 will be a redeemer.

  1. The Devil’s Rejects (2005)

This film just became so dated through the years. The more one descends into the horror genre it becomes more apparent that this film is not really even a horror movie. Once again, as entertaining as it can be at times with the stylish exploitation cinematic technique, humorous dialogue, and 70’s soundtrack; how many times can one watch this movie and say this is your favorite horror movie? ….Anybody?

  1. Paranormal Activity (2007)

This first viewing in theaters was fun, but it’s obvious why it makes this list. The film is the most commercial of the found-footage genre birthing a whole series of films. Are they the worst films ever made? Not really, “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” was actually enjoyable because it was a different perspective on the original storyline. Let’s be honest, there is so much more out there that contributes to the genre, especially found-footage horror.

  1. The Conjuring (2013)

This film is just too polished. It’s stylish, creepy, and pays homage to classic horror with much respect, but maybe that’s why the film appears on this list. Although we do get some really frightening moments….without appropriating those classic horror techniques the film would just be another scary movie.

  1. The VVitch (2015)

The themes of this film alone are among the best to utilize along with its sinister score that made it even more haunting. Once again, a difficult decision… The VVitch was not entertaining in the sense that it was fun to watch. The seventeenth-century dialogue combined with the fact that it burned slower than a Cuban cigar made you want to just get to the end, which was one of the scariest parts of the entire film.

  1. It Follows (2014)

From the beginning, the film seemed promising. The 80’s synth soundtrack was cool, the plot set up was fresh, and some of the embodiment’s of the following entity were really creepy, but then where else can the film go? As it trails closer towards the end of the film things get really dumb especially in the final moments. The ending was a letdown and seemed reminiscent of the “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” episode “The Corpse” which was honestly a lot scarier.

  1. Hostel (2005)

To some, this is the epitome of gory… until one realizes that if you want vile and nasty there are so many more movies that can achieve the overall goal of this film with better storylines and more enjoyable to watch. The film had some nasty scenes, but why watch this when you have so many video nasties out there?

  1. Saw (2004)

What a hit this film was at the time of release, but was it ever really that good? Besides Billy the puppet, which is only slightly disturbing, it was not that scary. It was just another cash prize for Hollywood to bank on horror in the early 2000’s. Everything about this movie is just overrated so let’s not waste time digging too deep into this one.

  1. Mother! (2017)

This film seemed propitious from the trailer but after viewing you discern that was just to get a ticket sale. The film was marketed as a creepy house film and that could have easily been the expectation since it was a Darren Aronofsky film (Pi was awesome). The artsy surreal approach is great and we can say it had some ruthless scenes but regardless of those scholarly interpretations, there is only one true conclusion that can be made: This is the most pretentious garbage masked as a horror film ever made!

  1. Get Out (2017)

Some of you are thinking terrible things, but keep in mind this is just an opinion… This film was good with the even blend of horror and comedy. It evokes an almost twilight zone presence because this reality was so familiar but things could not be what they seemed. The sunken place was great, as was the character development, and it was perfect social commentary for the current state of America. But here’s what a horror fan must ask themselves: Is this the most important horror film ever made? Let’s just leave it at that…

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Top 10 Tuesday: Weird Zombie Films

This Friday, Morbid Movies is set to unleash the ultimate experience in undead terror as we screen an all-new high resolution transfer of the all-time classic Night of the Living Dead, but before that happens we are going to share some straight zombie weirdness with you for this Top Ten Tuesday. Not all zombie movies are serious affairs and not all of them are straight up “people trapped amidst a siege of the undead” stories either. What follows is a list of my ten favorite weird zombie films.

Honorable Mention, Zombie in a Penguin Suit (2011)

This short film is a strangely emotional and moving affair. It’s just what it says it is, the journey of a zombie in a penguin suit. Short though it is, it should serve nicely as an aperitif to whet our appetite for what follows.

10. Fido (2006)

This movie an absolute delightful coming of age story about a boy and his zombie. The premise, a dystopian Utopia set amidst a post 1950’s apocalypse (Leave It to Beaver by way of Land of the Dead would be my elevator pitch for this one.). Light hearted but filled with biting dark humor this is definitely one to watch.

9. Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006)

I admit it, this is not a zombie flick. It’s an amazing hodgepodge of zany, disgusting over the top gags and ideas that feature what has to be first and only use of a zombie finger as a…. well, you’ll see.

8. Zombeavers (2014)

Beavers become zombies in this madcap film which honestly is not terrible at all. Fun practical special effects and some amazing cheesy gorey gags make this a fun time.

7. Black Sheep (2006)

This is a favorite of mine. Sheep are docile and loving creatures, right? Not in this film. Practical effects by Weta help make this a unique and fun-filled film full of the zombie tropes you know and love but with a baaaaahhhh-rilliant twist.

6. Scouts Guide to the Apocalypse (2015)

I was going to include ZombieLand on this list but that seemed like very low hanging fruit. Instead I give you two films that are in the same hyperkinetic, oddball vein as that masterpiece. This is the first and gives us three friends who are trying to cling to the vestiges of better times while coming to terms with the fact that they are growing up and apart and they are smack dab in the middle of a burgeoning zombie apocalypse. Can they survive the night? Can they save the day? Check it out to find out.

5. Cooties (2014)

Elijah Wood stars as a failed writer turned summer school substitute teacher in this horror comedy. Alongside Rainn Wilson as the badass gym teacher, Wood and his fellow employees must deal with an elementary school full of zombie kids, all thanks to one. Bad. chicken tender.

4. The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

A singular experience brought to us by Wes Craven. This film takes us back to the roots of the zombie legend and features Bill Pullman, some awesome dream sequences, and some insane torture techniques. A classic and worth revisiting if you haven’t seen it in a while.

3. House (1986)

Not a zombie film but I have included this because it inspired my first zombie nightmare. There are several nightmarish creatures in this film, but the dead reaching up and dragging a child, a boy my age at the time I saw it first, into the ground was what followed me into my subconscious that evening. I still remember the dream, and I still remember waking up screaming from it. I watched this one recently (I try to watch it once a year) and it held up. A fun time from the director of the Monster Squad.

2. Splinter (2008)

A singular take on the zombie genre this one is a tense film filled with interesting characters trapped in a gas station with a horrible monster trying to get in. Great special effects in this one help put it to the top on the recommendation pile.

1. Slither (2006)

This is my favorite horror movie. I love the nihilistic reality of the zombies in this one, and the throwback to Night of the Creeps that comes with the moment in the film where everyone is infected, well mostly everyone. Nathan Fillion stars in this film that really has a little bit of everything to love in it. Brought to us by the one and only James Gunn.

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Top 10 Tuesday: Original Horror Soundtracks

What’s Top 10 Tuesday? It’s a new Top 10 List every Tuesday!

With so many memorable horror soundtracks that have stuck with me over the years, this is easily the hardest Top 10 List I’ve put together. To narrow things down a bit i’m only including original soundtracks which will explain the absence of some amazing compilations like The Return of the Living Dead, The Exorcist & The Shining. I’m also only including one album per composer/performer (otherwise half this list would be John Carpenter).

Honorable Mention, It Follows (2014)
Disasterpeace

The most recent soundtrack on this list by far is from video game composer Richard Vreeland (known as Disasterpeace). This eerie soundtrack gives you a tense uneasy feeling delivered through a retro-feeling synth-heavy score.

10. The Wicker Man (1973)
Paul Giovanni & Magnet

If you listened to The Wicker Man Soundtrack without watching the movie first you probably wouldn’t know it was for a horror movie. Composed by Paul Giovanni and performed by Magnet, it’s a weird mix of folk and children’s music that somehow is perfect for the film and makes it that much creepier.

9. Videodrome (1983)
Howard Shore

Would it really be a Cronenberg movie without a Howard Shore composed soundtrack? For as strange of a film as Videodrome is, the soundtrack was created in an even stranger manner. Everything was composed for an orchestra but played through a synthesizer and then combined with the same score played by a string section. You weren’t able to tell which source was which and it didn’t matter, the end result is one of the creepiest soundtracks of all time.

8. The Beyond (1981)
Fabio Frizzi

The Italian partnership between composer Fabio Frizzi and director Lucio Fulci was a beautiful one that gave us fantastic soundtracks like City of the Living Dead, Zombi 2 & Manhattan Baby. But it’s The Beyond which features a masterful atmospheric blend of synth-filled prog rock and with orchestral pieces eerie chanting.

7. The Keep (1983)
Tangerine Dream

German Prog Rock legends Tangerine Dream were no strangers to film soundtracks but the only horror film they scored besides Near Dark was The Keep. Even rarer was finding a copy of the soundtrack. Only 300 official copies were originally released which caused a flood of bootlegs.

Tangerine Dream fills this strange film with wailing guitars, disco beats, vocoders and overall synth mastery. It’s also a case of a soundtrack being better than the film itself.

6. Psycho (1960)
Bernard Herrmann

While Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is one of the most iconic movies of all time, it’s orchestral soundtrack is even more memorable. As soon as you hear the rough violins of “The Murder” you’re immediately transported to the bathroom in Marion Crane’s room at the Bates Motel.

5. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Kryzsztof Komeda

It’s not often you get a jazz legend like Krzysztof Komeda to score a movie, let alone a horror film. Komeda skilfully manages to blend jazz, orchestras and lullaby (sung by Mia Farrow) into a subtle yet eerily effective score for Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby.

4. Nosferatu (1978)
Popol Vuh

Werner Herzog’s remake of Nosferatu features one of the stranger soundtracks in horror with German “Krautrock” band Popol Vuh. Popol Vuh gives the film an unique sound that ranges from acoustic folk to synth that ranges from dark and dreary to light and hopeful. There’s nothing else that really sounds like it and somehow it fits the film perfectly.

3. Halloween (1978)
John Carpenter

With masterpiece soundtracks like The Fog, Assault on Precinct 13 and his collaboration with Alan Howarth on Halloween 3: Season of the Witch, choosing only one John Carpenter soundtrack was the hardest part of making this list.

A chilling blend of piano and synths, it made for the perfect slow-burn soundtrack for the suburban terror of Michael Myers. It’s mind boggling considering Carpenter was self-taught and didn’t know how to read or write music and the entire soundtrack for Halloween was written in 3 days.

2. The Thing (1982)
Ennio Morricone

Sometimes less really is more, especially in the case of Ennio Morricone’s minimalist score for John Carpenter’s big budget debut of The Thing. The partnership of Morricone, Carpenter and composer Alan Howarth made for a eerie mix of synths and orchestral strings that give you a near-constant feeling of paranoia.

1. Suspiria (1977)
Goblin

Clearly Dario Argento had a lot of faith in Italian Synth rock band Goblin’s Claudio Simonetti who wrote and recorded the soundtrack to Suspiria in only one day. It was definitely the right decision considering it became one of the best horror soundtracks of all-time.

This creepy mix of synths, pianos, bells and voices makes the film an immersive experience as it follows you throughout the prestigious dance academy. Some other great Goblin soundtracks that I didn’t include on the list are Profondo Rosso, Phenomena and Dawn of the Dead.

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As a special bonus i’d like to share with you some of my personal vinyl movie soundtracks that I’ve had signed over the years.