31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: The Witch

In 1630 a family, William (Ralph Ineson) and Katherine (Kate Dickie), daughter Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy), son Caleb (Harvey Scrimshaw) and fraternal twins Mercy (Ellie Grainger) and Jonas (Lucas Dawson) leaves a Puritan Plymouth Colony over a supposed religious dispute. William moves the family to the edge of the woods and build a farm there.

Katherine has a newborn baby named Samuel. One day while Thomasin is playing with Samuel, he disappears. It’s believed that a witch has taken the baby. Katherine falls into despair. Caleb and William go hunting where William tells Caleb he has sold Katherine’s silver cup for hunting supplies. Katherine questions Thomasin about the missing cup believing that she took it and is responsible for Samuel’s disappearance. Katherine discusses with William about sending Thomasin away.
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: Get Out

There’s something scary about meeting your girlfriend’s parents for the first time.

For Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya), an aspiring black photographer is going upstate for the weekend to meet his white girlfriend’s Rose Armitage (Allison Williams) parents.

Rose’s parents live in a large estate, her father Dean Armitage (Bradley Whitford) is a neurosurgeon and her mother Missy (Catherine Keener) is a hypnotherapist. Rose’s brother Jeremy (Caleb Landry Jones) is also at the house.
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: The Bad Seed

Kenneth (William Hopper) and Christine Penmark (Nancy Kelly) love their eight-year-old daughter Rhoda (Patty McCormack). Rhoda appears to a normal child but she is anything but. Kenneth is in the military and goes away on assignment. When neighbour Monica (Evelyn Varden) comes over with gifts for Rhoda, Rhoda tells her about how she lost a penmanship medal to another kid in class. Monica laughs off the lose but Rhoda is clearly furious about it.

Later Christine and Monica are having lunch when they hear a child drowned at school picnic. Fearing it might be Rhoda Christine races to the scene to find the Rhoda is fine. The victim turns out to be the boy who won the penmanship medal. Later Rhoda’s teacher comes over to talk to Christine about Rhoda. The teacher says that Rhoda was the last person seen with the boy and his medal is missing. The boys parents come over demanding to talk to Rhoda to find out what happened. Christine sends everyone away. The teacher tells Christine that Rhoda isn’t welcome back to school.
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: Eyes Without A Face

A woman drives up to a riverbank and dumps a body of a woman in the river. Later Doctor Génessier (Pierre Brasseur) identifies the body of as his daughter Christiane Génessier (Édith Scob).

Christiane was in a terrible car accident which left her face disfigured. Doctor Génessier says that Christiane was depressed and commited suicide.
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: The Omen

American diplomat Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck) and his wife Katherine (Lee Remick) are expecting their first child while in Rome. It’s a dark and stormy night and Robert is given some very bad news. Father Spiletto (Martin Benson) tells Robert that his son was born stillborn. The good father tells Robert that another baby was born this night and the mother passed away and they can substitute this baby for his and his wife need never know that her baby died. Robert agrees.

Soon Robert is made the American ambassador to Britain and he moves Katherine and Damien (Harvey Spencer Stephens) to England. Strange things start to happen around Damien. A large black dog appears. At his birthday party his nanny hangs herself in front of everyone. The new nanny, Mrs. Baylock (Billie Whitelaw), is even creepier. A priest, Father Brennan (Patrick Troughton), appears and tries to warn the family about Damien.
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: The Hills Have Eyes

The Carter family are on vacation and are travelling from Ohio to California. Along for the trip is Big Bob Carter (Russ Grieve), his wife Ethel (Virginia Vincent), their children Bobby and Brenda (Robert Houston, Susan Lanier), the oldest daughter Lynne (Dee Wallace), her husband Doug (Martin Speer) and their baby Katy.

The Carter’s are travelling by car – a station wagon with a trailer pulled behind. While passing through Nevada Big Bob wants to take a short cut through some dirt roads. Stopping at a gas station owned by an old timer named Fred (John Steadman) Big Bob asks directions. Fred warns them not to take the dirt road.
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: The Others

It’s 1945 and Grace Stewart (Nicole Kidman) has just hired three new servants for her house out in the country. Grace lives there with her two children Anne and Nicholas (Alakina Mann, James Bentley). The children have a rare disease which makes them extremely sensitive to light. The new servants, Mrs. Bertha Mills (Fionnula Flanagan), gardener Edmund Tuttle (Eric Sykes), and a mute girl named Lydia (Elaine Cassidy) claim to have worked at the house years earlier. Grace shows them the ground rules.

Grace’s husband is away for the war and Grace is starting to fear that there may be “others” in the house with them.
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: A Quiet Place

Most of Earth’s human and animal population have been wiped out by mysterious blind aliens that hunt by sound. The Abbott family have been trying to survive. While on a scavenging trip to a town, Lee Abbott (John Krasinski, who also directs), his wife Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and their children deaf Regan (Millicent Simmonds), Marcus (Noah Jupe) and the youngest Beau (Cade Woodward) looks for supplies in a store.

The family all communicate using sign language so the creatures aren’t alerted to their presence. Beau finds an electronic toy which Leon their e tells him is too noisy and won’t let him bring. As everyone leaves Regan hands the toy back to Beau who puts the batteries back in it. On their walk back Beau turns on the toy with horrifying results.
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: Pet Sematary

The Creed family have just moved from Chicago to the sleepy little town of Ludlow, Maine. Louis Creed (Dale Midkiff) has taken a job as a doctor at the University of Maine. He has moved to Ludlow with his wife Rachel (Denise Crosby) and their two young children Ellie (Blaze Berdahl) and Gage (Miko Hughes).

Louis meets his neighbour Jud Crandall (Fred Gwynne) who shows the family a creepy pet cemetery (where the kids have misspelled it sematary) that is behind their houses in the woods. Rachel is not impressed with the trip to the cemetery worried that Ellie might be traumatized by it. Jud also warns the family about the highway that their houses are on and the speeding trucks that frequent it.
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: The Host

In 2000 an American military doctor (Scott Wilson) orders the illegal dumping of hundreds of bottles of formaldehyde into the sewer system in Seoul, South Korea and into the Han River. Soon there are reports of a creature lurking in the river.

In 2006 Park Gang-du (Song Kang-ho) works in his father’s, Hee-bong (Byun Hee-bong) snack bar by the river. Gang-du is a little slow and is always messing up. He and his daughter Hyun-seo (Go Ah-sung) live with his father. Gang-du’s sister, Nam-joo (Bae Doona), is champion archer and his brother, Nam-il (Park Hae-il) is a college graduate and former political activist.
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: The Innocents

Welcome to Bly House, a lovely little estate out in the country. The perfect place to raise two children. The Uncle (Michael Redgrave) has been forced to take responsibility for his niece and nephew after their parents were killed. He has zero interest in raising them and has hired a new governess Miss Giddens (Deborah Kerr).

Miss Giddens is taken total charge and care of the children who have been without a governess for over a year when the last one, Miss Jessel (Clytie Jessop), died suddenly. Miles (Martin Stephens) is away at boarding school but Flora (Pamela Franklin) has been in the care of the housekeeper Mrs. Grose (Megs Jenkins).
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: The Stepford Wives

Based on the novel by Ira Levin and directed by Bryan Forbes, this dark science-fiction horror film has inspired parodies, two made for TV sequels and a bad remake in 2004.

Joanna Eberhart (Katharine Ross) and her husband Walter (Peter Masterson) along with their two children move from New York to the little suburb of Stepford. Joanna is an independent woman who wants to be a photographer and finds the town a little unsettling. All the men belong to the Men’s Association and all the women just want to look pretty and do housework.
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: 13 Ghosts

Director William Castle loved his gimmicks as much as he loved scaring audiences. For his 1960 movie 13 Ghosts he came up Illusion-O glasses. These glasses contained a blue filter and a red filter. If you wanted to see all the ghosts in the film, you looked through the red filter. If you were too scared to watch the ghosts, you could look through the blue filter and you wouldn’t see the ghosts.

Donald Woods starred as Cyrus Zorba, who finds out that his uncle Dr. Plato Zorba (Roy Jenson) has died and left his house to him. Cyrus brings his family to the new home. His wife Hilda (Rosemary DeCamp), daughter Medea (Jo Morrow) and son Buck (Charles Herbert). The house comes with a creepy maid named Elaine (Margaret Hamilton) oh and twelve ghosts.
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: The Devil’s Rejects

While House of 1000 Corpses didn’t blow people away when it was finally released it has grown a cult following. For the sequel Rob Zombie decided to make a more of a hard boiled western-like thriller and tone down the cheesy over the topness of the first film.

The movie picks up where the last left off but Zombie decides to omit the whole last act with Dr. Satan and just focus on the Firefly family. Sheriff John Quincey Wydell (William Forsythe), whose brother was killed in the last movie is out for revenge against the Fireflys. The cops are closing in on the family and their farmhouse. A vicious stand-off ensues and Rufus is killed and Mother Firefly (Leslie Easterbrook) is taken into custody while Otis (Bill Moseley) and Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie) escape. They decide to meet up with Baby’s father Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig).
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31 Days Of Family Horror Fun: House Of 1000 Corpses

For this year’s 31 Days of Horror it feels like it’s time for some good old family fun. Or is that family horror. Either way this year’s focus is on families.

First up is Rob Zombie’s Firefly family House of 1000 Corpses.

A group of young folk (Erin Daniels, Chris Hardwick, Rainn Wilson and Jennifer Jostyn) are travelling across America looking for weird roadside attractions. It’s 1977 and Halloween is just around the corner. They come across Captain Spaulding’s (the late Sid Haig) “The Museum of Monsters & Madmen”. On the tour Captain Spaulding tells them about the legend of Dr. Satan and how he was hanged on tree just close by. This entices the group to go looking for the tree.
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Sunday Matinee: 10 Years of Fear Wrap Up

Another 31 Days of Horror has come and gone and while I was doing a best of / my favourite list – I missed so many more films that I wanted to mention.

In fact I didn’t really list anything from more recent years or some of the bigger classics. There is just too many awesome movies from last 100 years of cinema to squeeze into a mere 31 days. Anyway here is a few more movies that are awesome too!
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31 Days Of Horror: Psycho

10 Years of FearHappy Halloween! Here we are at the end of 31 Days of Horror: 10 Years of Fear. I decided to end this year with Psycho — the movie that got me hooked on horror as child.

Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) has just stolen a large sum of money from her boss and is driving out to California to meet her boyfriend Sam Loomis (John Gavin). Sam has massive debts and can’t marry Marion, so she took the money to help them. Along the way she switches cars at a dealership and then continues driving into the night. Tired and in a rain storm she stops at an unremarkable little place called the Bates Motel.
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31 Days Of Horror: The Exorcist

10 Years of FearI had a lot of trouble trying to come up with a best horror movie list. The best I could do was just randomly list my favourites, although it feels like I’ve missed some — actually I’m sure of it. My other problem was coming up with a movie to end this year’s 31 Days of Horror on.

I was originally going to end with The Exorcist. It’s one of my favourites, it’s still terrifying and it’s universally considered one of the best horror movies of all time.

But… I thought of another movie so I moved The Exorcist to today.
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31 Days Of Horror: The Evil Dead

10 Years of Fear“We’re gonna to get you! We’re gonna to get you! Not another peep — Time to go to sleep!”

Ahhh, The Evil Dead. Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell’s first film. Shot on a puny $350,000 budget, the film became a huge success and spawned two sequels, a 2013 remake and a recently ended TV series.

Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell), his girlfriend, Linda (Betsy Baker), Ash’s sister, Cheryl (Ellen Sandweiss), their friend Scott (Hal Delrich), and his girlfriend Shelly (Sarah York) are heading out for the weekend. Their destination: a creepy-looking cabin way out in the wilderness. The only way to it is to cross a rickety bridge that’s off the main road. Hopefully nothing horrible will happen at this remote shack that’s so far away from any help!

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31 Days Of Horror: Jaws

10 Years of Fear“Duunnn-dunnn … duuuunnnn-duun … duuunnnnnnnnnn-dun… Dun-dun dun-dun dun-dun dun-dun dun-dun dun-dun dun-dun dun-dun DUN-DUN DUN-DUN DUN-DUN DUN-DUN DUN-DUN DUN-DUN DUN-DUN DUN-DUN!!!!!

On June 20, 1975, Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Peter Benchley’s novel Jaws changed the summer movie season forever. And yet Jaws is more than just the first summer blockbuster movie — it’s a genuinely scary thriller.

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