31 Days Of Horror: It Comes At Night

A virus has ravished the world. Paul (Joel Edgerton) his wife Sarah (Carmen Ejogo) and their son Travis (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) all live in their house in the woods. They have rules to protect themselves from the virus and other people.

They capture a man trying to break into the house. After tying him up outside overnight to make sure he doesn’t have the virus they find out that the man, Will (Christopher Abbott) has a wife and son and he was looking for water for them.

Sarah suggests letting Will and his family live with them. Paul goes over the rules. The front door always stays locked and only Paul and Sarah have a key. And no one goes out at night.

One day Travis’ dog runs off into the woods. Travis thinks he hears something out in the woods. One night Travis gets up and finds the front door unlocked and open. Travis’ dog returns sick the virus. They kill and burn it. Then Travis reveals that the door was open.

This is a pretty cool low key thriller. Director Trey Edward Shults crafts a quietly intense film where there are no monsters, just people and the unknown.

31 Days Of Horror: Dawn Of The Dead

Remakes are seldom as good as the original. But that said there are several films that are better or at least as good.

Zack Snyder’s remake isn’t as good as the George Romero’s original. But it’s a good film, probably Snyder’s best. I think a hit of has to do with the fact that it’s not a comic book movie and the fact that James Gunn wrote the screenplay.

Sarah Polley is a nurse who goes home after a long shift. Her and her husband are awoken but a neighbour’s daughter. The girl isn’t acting normally and attacks Polley’s husband biting his neck. The husband dies and comes back as a zombie. Polley flees. The city erupts in chaos.

She eventually runs into a police officer (Ving Rhames) and they run into another group of survivors. They take refuge in a shopping mall.

Soon more survivors show up looking for refuge. Outside the hoard of zombies grows bigger and bigger.

31 Days Of Horror: The Crazies

George A. Romero’s 1973 horror film is set in small town Evans City, Pennsylvania. A local farmer suddenly goes crazy, murdering his wife and burns down his house. Firefighter David (Will McMillan) arrives on scene with firefighter buddy Clank (Harold Wayne Jones) and sees the farmer raving hysterically as he’s arrested and taken away.

Soon the army shows up in town and commandeer’s the local doctor’s office. David’s nurse girlfriend Judy (Lane Carroll) lets David that something is up. It seems that an army plane has crashed on the outskirts of the town and it was carrying an experimental virus which has now gotten into the town’s water supply. Soon more people are acting more violent and start killing each other. The army quarantines the town and blocks of all the roads going in and out.

David, Judy and Clank along with a teenager and her father try to break the quarantine and leave the town. Chaos is breaking loose and things keep getting worse.

Romero keeps the tension up and the movie is really good. There was a remake a few years ago but it doesn’t come close to the original. 

31 Days Of Horror: Rabid

October is here already and that means that it’s time for another 31 Days of Horror! This year’s theme is well……….pandemic/epidemic horror movies which is the really the theme of this entire year.

To start things off we are starting with some good old fashioned Canadian horror by director David Cronenberg.

Released in 1977 and set in rural Quebec and Montreal, Rose (Marilyn Chambers) and her boyfriend Hart (Frank Moore) are involved in a motorcycle accident out in the countryside. Hart suffers from a broken arm and some bruises but Rose is pinned under the bike while it burns suffering severe burns to her chest.

Fortunately there is a private plastic surgery clinic near the accident and Dr. Dan Keloid (Howard RyshFrankcomes to the rescue and saves Rose with an experimental surgery using morphogenetically neutral grafts. Rose survives but is in a coma for a month. Hart is released from the hospital and goes home to Montreal.

Rose wakes up screaming and a nearby patient comes to help her. The patient can’t remember what happened but his arm is wounded and his one side is numb and the wound won’t stop bleeding. Dr. Keloid sends him to the Montreal General Hospital.

Rose seems fine. But the procedure has altered her. She can’t survive on food. In her armpit she has developed a stinger that stabs her victims and drains their blood, which Rose needs to survive. The victim meanwhile can’t remember the attack and soon after they start becoming violent, foam at the mouth and need to bite someone. The victim soon dies after. And the bite spreads the virus creating more foam raging people.

Soon there are several more victims and a “rabies” outbreak is sweeping across Montreal and martial law is declared. Hart is trying to find Rose and Rose has no idea of the terrifying infection that she has unleashed.

The movie was one of the highest grossing Canadian movies at the time and it gave Marilyn Chamber her first mainstream role.

31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: Psycho

Marion Crane (Vivian Leigh) is in love with Sam Loomis (John Gavin) but Sam won’t marry Marion because of his debts. Marion works in Phoenix Arizona for a real estate company. Just before the weekend a client puts a $40,000 deposit on a property. Marion is tasked with depositing the money at the bank. She decides to steal the money.

Marion leaves town and starts to drive to Fairvale, California where Sam lives. Along the way she arouses the suspicion of a police officer who catches her sleeping in her car. She trades her car in for another and continues on her journey. It’s dark and rainy and she decides to stop at the Bates Motel.
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: The Shining

Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) accepts a job to be caretaker at the Overlook Hotel which is isolated in the mountains and cut off on the main roads for the winter months. Jack is recovering alcoholic and struggling writer. He hopes the peace and quiet will help him write. The previous caretaker snapped and murdered his family. The hotel management assume it was from the isolation.

Jack brings his family along to stay at the hotel. Jack’s wife Wendy (Shelly Duvall) and their young son Danny (Danny Lloyd) are happy to come along although Danny has a psychic power/imaginary friend that he calls Tony who warns him that bad things are going to happen.
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: The Autopsy Of Jane Doe

Police find a bizarre crime scene with several people dead and the body of an unknown woman at the scene. One of the cops thinks that the victims were trying to get out of the house.

Tommy and Austin Tilden (Brian Cox, Emile Hirsch) are father and son morticians. The two work out of the old family house. Austin has a date with his girlfriend Emma (Ophelia Lovibond). The sheriff brings in the body of the woman and asks that they try and identify cause of death before the morning. Austin postpones his date to help his dad.
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: The Babadook

If it’s in a word. Or it’s in a look. You can’t get rid of … The Babadook

Amelia Vanek (Essie Davis) has been raising her son Sam (Noah Wiseman) by herself after her husband was killed in a car accident before their son was born. Sam has been acting out lately and he has been making weapons to fight a monster.

Sam takes one of his weapons to school and Amelia is called in. The teachers believe that Sam has serious mental problems. Later Sam gets Amelia to read him a bedtime popup book called Mr. Babadook. The book is terrifying and Amelia wonders where Sam got it. Sam tells her on the bookshelf.
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: Us

While on vacation in 1986 in Santa Cruz, young Adelaide Thomas wanders away from her father and into a funhouse. Inside the funhouse is a hall of mirrors where Adelaide is attacked by her doppelganger. When her family finds her Adelaide is unable to speak.

Present day Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o) is now happily married to Gabe Wilson (Winston Duke) and they have two children, Zora (Shahadi Wright Joseph) and Jason (Evan Alex). The family has decided to have a vacation in Santa Cruz in the old family homestead. Adelaide is anxious about going back.
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Sally Hardesty (Marilyn Burns), her paraplegic brother Franklin (Paul A. Partain) and their friends, Jerry (Allen Danziger), Kirk (William Vail) and Pam (Teri McMinn) are out traveling across Texas when they decide to visit the old family homestead. They pass by a cemetery where it has been discovered that several graves have been desecrated.

They pick up a hitchhiker (Edwin Neal) who creeps them out and cuts Franklin before running off. They stop at a gas station but the owner (Jim Siedow) informs them that he’s out of gas. They head to the homestead hoping to get gasoline on the way back. Once they reach the homestead they look around. Kirk and Pam find a neighouring house and decide to see if anyone is home and willing to sell them gas.
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: Poltergeist

One of the great things about buying a brand new house rather than an older home is that there is less chance for ghosts to be in your home. Nobody has had a chance to die or be murdered and haunt the place.

Steven and Diane Freeling (Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams) live in lovely new neighbourhood in Orange County, California with their children Dana, Robbie, and Carol Anne (Dominique Dunne, Oliver Robins and Heather O’Rourke).

Steven is a real estate agent who works for the company that has built the homes in this community. Everything is fine. One night during a storm something seems to have come through the static on the TV. Then strange things begin to happen.
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: Hereditary

Annie Graham (Toni Collette), her husband Steve (Gabriel Byrne) and their children Peter (Alex Wolff) and Charlie (Milly Shapiro) attend the funeral of Annie’s mother Ellen. Annie had a very difficult relationship with her mother and is having a hard time dealing with her death.

Annie is a miniature model artist and decides to go to a grief support group to help her deal with her mother’s death. Charlie is a strange 13 year old and was close to her grandmother. Steve receives word that Ellen’s grave has been desecrated.
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: The Conjuring

Director James Wan had been directing horror movies for quite a few years when he made this movie, the start of his Conjuring universe of movies. Wan had previously directed such movies as Saw and Insidious.

The is very loosely based on real life paranormal investigates Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga). The movie opens with a very awesome cold opening about a possessed doll named Annabelle. The story very creepy and very well executed.
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: Seed Of Chucky

There are several long running horror movie franchises. Halloween, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and of course Child’s Play. But where Child’s Play as franchise takes a turn the other horror franchises didn’t is by the fourth and fifth movies, Don Mancini, the series long running writer decided to that Chucky needed a family.

The fourth movie Bride of Chucky introduced a girlfriend for Chucky called Tiffany, played by Jennifer Tilly. Tiffany brings Chucky back to life, still stuck in the doll body and Chucky in turn kills Tiffany and puts her in a doll’s body too. The two then go on a cross country kill spree. Along the way there was some doll sex and the end saw the birth of their offspring.
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: It’s Alive

Becoming a new parent is a scary thing. It’s even scarier when you’re worried there might be something wrong with your child. Frank Davis (John Ryan) and his wife Lenore (Sharon Farrell) are expecting their second child. There is only one thing wrong with their new born child. It’s alive.

In the delivery room the newborn baby has been born…..different. He has fangs and claws and proceeds to kill the entire hospital delivery staff. The baby escapes leaving behind bodies and blood.
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: Society

The shunting! The shunting!!

Young Bill Whitney feels out of place with his family. His folks are rich and part of the upper class society. Jim Whitney (Charles Lucia) and his wife Nan (Connie Danese) and their daughter Jenny (Patrice Jennings) are different from Bill. Bill is more down to earth and they enjoy the rich life.

Bill has a therapist, Dr. Cleveland (Ben Slack), who reassures Bill that everything is fine. Jenny’s ex-boyfriend Blanchard (Tim Bartell) plays a tape to Bill where it sounds like his family is having an orgy. When Bill replays the tape for his therapist, it becomes a normal coming out party.
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: Spider Baby Or, The Maddest Story Ever Told

There are some messed up families and then there is the Merrye family. The Merrye family have a strange genetic condition. It causes the members of the family to regress as they get older. They regress mentally and socially. They are grown up but they act like children. Homicidal children.

Bruno (Lon Chaney Jr.) is the family chauffeur and protector. For years he alone has get the family safe. The family live in a rural mansion. The only members left at the estate are Ralph (Sid Haig), Virginia (Jill Banner), and Elizabeth (Beverly Washburn).
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: The Amityville Horror

James Brolin and Margot Kidder star as George and Kathy Lutz. They have just bought a new home for their family to move into. Kathy has three children from a previous marriage. Greg, Matt, and Amy (K. C. Martel, Meeno Peluce and Natasha Ryan). It’s nice old house in the town of Amityville. There is only one problem.

A year earlier the previous owner of the house, Ronald DeFeo Jr., murdered his entire family one evening. The Lutz’s decide to have the house blessed while they are moving in. Father Delaney (Rod Steiger) finds a room with a large number of flies in it and hears a voice tell him “Get out!”.
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: Mama

Jeffrey Desange (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) after losing everything in the 2008 stock market crash murders his estranged wife and takes their two young daughters with him. He drives out into the woods where he goes to an abandoned cabin. As he is about to shoot the two daughters and then himself something stops and kills him. Five years pass.

Jeffery’s twin brother Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) has been searching for his nieces ever since. A rescue party finds the girls in the cabin. The girls have become feral. They have been under psychiatric care of Dr. Gerald Dreyfuss (Daniel Kash). Dr. Dreyfuss believes that the girls would benefit from a supportive home and agress to let Lucas and his rocker girlfriend Annabel (Jessica Chastain) try and take care of the girls. Victoria (Megan Charpentier) is the oldest and remembers her uncle. Lily (Isabelle NĂ©lisse) is the youngest and is still quite feral.
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: The Brood

Nola Carveth (Samantha Eggar) is fighting her husband Frank (Art Hindle) for custody of their five-year-old daughter Candice (Cindy Hinds). Nola has been seeing psychotherapist Dr. Hal Raglan (Oliver Reed) who believes in a new technique called “psychoplasmics” where the patient is supposed to let go of suppressed feelings and let them manifest as physiological changes to their bodies.

Frank wants to cease Nola’s visitation rights when he finds scratches and bruises on Candice. He tells Dr. Raglan this who in turn intensifies his treatments with Nola. Frank wants to find out if Dr. Raglan is a quack and questions some of his former patients.
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