Cabin in the Woods (2011)
The trailer for this movie was very deceptive, so I avoided watching it, because it looked like a typical slasher horror movie, with all the cliched characters, and tropes. It turns out that there’s very much a reason for that, (which you sort of find out in the first fifteen minutes of the movie, if you’re paying attention). The ending is also a surprise, in that its definitely not a Happily Ever After, and is one of the most iconic scenes in any horror movie, ever!
Train to Busan/ Seoul Station/ Kingdom (2014-18)
I consider Train to Busan, and its companion movies, Seoul Station, and Kingdom (Rampant), to be some of the best zombie horror being made today. They are harrowing, thrilling and terrifying, in a way that American zombie movies haven’t been in a long time. They also contain the one bit of advice that American style horror movies never seem to add: If you see a crowd of people running in one direction, don’t wait to see what they’re running from. JUST GO WITH THEM!!!
It Follows (2014)
This movie seriously captured me. I loved it so much, I wrote two reviews about the themes, and what the monster represented. I still haven’t gotten tired of watching it.
I had a choice between Jordan Peele’s Get Out, and this movie, and I chose this one because, while Get Out was good, and I certainly reckonize, Us resonated with me on a fundamental level that the other didn’t. I suspect because it had a Black female lead, and that lead is Lupita Nyongo.
Shin Godzilla (2016)
I enjoyed this version more that the American version that came out a couple years before it. This one, made by the original creators of Toho studios, actually made Godzilla horrifying and tragic again, with its powerful echoes of the Fukushima earthquake.
A Quiet Place (2018)
My Mom had the bright idea to see this at the theater, and I balked at that, because I thought it looked too scary. I was right. It was definitely scary, and horrible, and tragic, with a tiny bit of hope at the end, although if you think about it too much, the whole plot breaks down.
What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
Is very easily one of the best, and funniest, vampire movies to be released in the last ten years, and the TV show that came from it, is equally funny. Also, there’s another spinoff that was released only in Australia, called Wellington Paranormal. Check that out, on Vimeo, if you get a chance.
Tucker & Dale vs Evil (2010)
I loved watching this bit of horror silliness with my niece, The Potato. We had a ball and learned a lot about jumping to conclusions about other people. She’ll be visiting soon, and I wonder if I can get her to watch this golden oldie with me. The video is one of our favorite scenes, too. When we first saw it, we really were rolling around on the floor, laughing hysterically.
Attack the Block (2011)
This is another movie I watched with my niece. She totally fell in love with John Boyega. She is so fortunate to be growing up with all this great representation in a genre I grew up watching, and seeing nearly none. One day I’m gonna have to explain to her how fortunate she is, to be able to see aspects of herself in Pop culture, in a way I couldn’t.
I actually liked this movie. I wasn’t sure that I would like it, and I do not normally get into serial killer movies, or remakes, all that much, (in that they are not my first choice of entertainment), but this movie actually made Michael hella scary again, when he hasn’t been scary since Halloween II, which was released about thirty years ago.
This was emotional, tragic, with an intriguing mystery.
Let Me In (2010)
Its rare to get vampire child movies that truly focus on what that’s like.
Its the horror of being trapped in a situation with no good choices, and no way out of it.
The Ritual (2017)
A person cannot movie forward until they deal with ah=n truly let go about the shameful events in their past.
Lights Out (2016)
This movie was just pantshittingly scary, and really d.