It is the first day of Halloween officially, finally, and oh what a joyous day it is!
Happy 1st of Halloween, everybody!
In trying to keep the holiday spirit alive, I was fully expecting to do a 50 Days of Halloween celebration here on Mangled Matters – and then life happened and suddenly half of September was gone. It was quite the bummer, but hey, that just means 50 days of terror gets to be concentrated into 32 days of madness!
These next thirty-two days are going to be jam-packed with creepy awesomeness here on the site, starting today and going all the way through November 1st. Why continue the fun for an extra day? Because every self-respecting horror fan knows November 1 is the best day to find spooky savings on items from just about everywhere that sells Halloween merchandise and decor. I look forward to enjoying each and every second of this Halloween season with you all!
Oh, and did you notice our killer logo for this year’s festivities? Created by the one and only Kevin Spencer, this beautiful image encapsulates everything I love about the Halloween season. The worn out image, the skull in a damn moon, the bats, the font!!! I am in love and I’m totally thinking about getting shirts made. If you’d want one, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To start the festivities, what better way to kick off the most wicked time of the year than with a good old-fashioned “Must Watch” list. For this list, I’ll be running down some flicks that have yet to hit my TV screen and I need to fix that pronto. To keep this list as simple as possible, I’m reserving spots on this list to films that were released from 2015 to 2017. I’ve kept up on films pretty well this year, so there isn’t anything currently available that I want to see that I haven’t already for 2018. But my Lord, did I really drop the ball in 2016.
Let the movie marathon begin!
Synopsis: A squad of unsuspecting cops go through a trapdoor to Hell when they stumble upon a Black Mass in an abandoned building.
My thoughts: I’ve heard some mixed reviews but a few folks I’ve talked to say there is some of the most upsetting imagery they can remember in a movie so that right there makes me want to lose a few nights of sleep if it means getting the crap scared out of me.
Synopsis: A teenage girl in the Midwest becomes infected by an outbreak of a disease that slowly turns the infected into cannibalistic zombies. During her transformation, her loving father stays by her side.
My thoughts: Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin earned rave reviews for this one. Arnie’s take as a soft-hearted father just looking to protect his daughter was considered one of the best acting performances of the year. I’m ashamed it’s taken me so long to see this one.
Hush is considered one of the best thrillers of the past several years and is just another roundly applauded film on Mike Flanagan’s resume. A deaf writer comes face-to-face with an intruder… Train To Busan was one of the most talked about horror films in recent memory and for good reason – a dwindling group of people must stay alive aboard a speeding train during a zombie outbreak… Ouija: Origin of Evil is a sequel, another Flanagan entry, considered supremely superior to the first film in the series… Lights Out is the kind of horror flick I eat up with a smile on my face and then refuse to go down to the basement to get laundry alone for a few nights. I’m going to have to check this one out… The Autopsy of Jane Doe is one I’ve been wanting to see for a while. I’ve managed to keep spoilers away and don’t know much about it expect for the synopsis and that awesome DVD cover… The Void is the kind of Lovecraftian horror film I tend to grow obsessed with. What the hell was I doing in 2016?! I missed far too many awesome sounding flicks..
It Comes At Night
Synopsis: The world is barren save for a few survivors. Two families are forced to share a home in hopes of keeping the outside evil away. The true horror may actually be residing within.
My thoughts: Joel Edgerton is one of my favorite actors and if you say ‘the world is hungry and wants in’, I say ‘I’ll bring the popcorn’. Except… I didn’t bring the popcorn for this one. I failed to see it for an unacceptably long time. Fail.
Mom and Dad
Synopsis: A teenage girl and her little brother must survive a wild 24 hours during which a mass hysteria of unknown origins causes parents to turn violently on their own kids.
My thoughts: So, Nic Cage plays a crazy dude. I’m in. Selma Blair plays a crazy mom. I’m in. Cage is always a good bet for an indie crazy-as-hell flick.
So there it is, folks. A bundle of flicks I’ve yet to see that probably everyone reading this has. If you’ve got thoughts on any of these titles, let me know in the comments below! If you have a suggestion for a flick that should have made the list, I’ll let you know if I’ve seen it already or if I just overlooked it for this list. Either way, happy viewing and let’s keep it creepy!