For the past 5 years I have thrown in with the faithfuls and bandwagon jumpers and have committed to one horror movie a day for the month of October. Why this month in particular? Well simple my dear sir or madam, because while everyone knows that June is the scariest month (duh!), for some reason the governments of North America have declared October “spooky central” and enforce mandatory horrorthons for men and women of 18 years of age or older. We actually have it pretty easy, it used to be horrorthongs for anyone caught not wearing orange and black at any given moment. Horrorthongs are made out of barbwire, salt and spiders.
I have been trucking right along, so here are some more that I have watched this month with a little blurb about each to let you know if they are worth your time watching them.
Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed
“My best-case scenario, Eleanor, is hair everywhere but my eyeballs, elongation of my spine until my skin splits, teats, and a growing tolerance, maybe even affection for, the smell and taste of feces – not just my own – and then, excruciating death.”
Ginger Snaps was a movie I was really late to the party in watching, it came out in 2000 but I only watched it a few years back for the first time. The first movie was really enjoyable, it was a nice mix of camp, horror and humor and I have to say the second one was almost as much fun to watch. Definitely made me want to see the third …
Ginger Snaps: The Beginning
“The Indians say the curse began in the time of the Ancients and was passed down through the blood of generations. There are legends of the Wendigo and the coming of the Red and the Black. Legends of the Day of Reckoning, when Death would consume the land, and good would face evil; of the day the curse would be broken forever – or grow stronger, and live on to plague generations to come. But ours was a story of survival; of two sisters bound by blood. A bond that would not be broken. That was our promise above all: above men, above God, above Fate. It was in our blood: together forever.”
So I watched the third flick and while it was still an enjoyable watch (and who doesn’t love period pieces) it didn’t quite have the spark that the first two had. Still recommend it for a watch mostly because the majority of werewolf flicks out there are pretty awful. If you are looking for some more to watch I recommend The Wolfman (2010), Dog Soldiers, Wolfen, The Howling and maybe even Silver Bullet. Just for the love of all that is hairy and great just do not watch any of those steaming, hairy piles of crap in the Underworld series.
Dr. Albert Frock: The Kai tribe, Lieutenant, believed that headaches were caused by sorcery, and the kinfolk of the headache victim would identify the sorcerer, and then go off and murder him. Of course, the kinfolk of the sorcerer would feel they had to avenge his death, so they’d go and in turn kill the headache victim, and I’m sure you can imagine how it eventually all turned out.
Lt. Vincent D’Agosta: What’s that?
Dr. Albert Frock: Well, it’s a medical miracle. Everybody stopped having headaches.
Nostalgia is probably the biggest reason to watch this film, followed closely by a great looking Stan Winston monster. Pretty typical late 90’s horror flick, but much like Species and the next movie on the list, it mostly brings back fond memories of going to see the latest horror offering with friends no matter how good or bad the trailer made it seem.
“So… you think your little “Frankenstein” has gotten the better of you?”
Mimic held up a lot better than I expected, and several parts actually surprised me in the amount of gore that was in the flick. Basically, if you have never seen this, and have a warm, fuzzy spot in your heart for ARACHNOPHOBIA but thought it needed way more kids dying and in danger, then check out Mimic.