Friday Favorites: Underrated Ghost Stories

I’ve always said that I’ve always loved a really good ghost story. But unfortunately, they don’t seem to be as easy to make as one would think. But we know there are some really great titles out there, where it is not just scary, but also has a really intriguing and interesting story, or a intricate puzzle to be solved to free the disembodied spirit.

Because a lot of haunted houses are really about the ghosts that haunt them, we’ll include that in our theme this week. But it does have to be a ghost, not some evil or demonic force that resides there, but a lost soul or two.

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Friday Favorites – Underrated Zombies!

Yes, Friday Favorites is back from the grave! Once again! I keep trying to make this a regular feature but life just seems to keep getting in the way. Or I’m just not planning far enough ahead! Either way, it will be back for this month at least, especially because we’re going to do something a little different for April here.

For each of the Friday Favorite themes this month, we’re going to be looking for not your Favorite per say, but one that you think is drastically underrated. Meaning you think it is a great film but not too many people seem to know about it, or it isn’t one that is usually brought up in conversations about that particular sub-genre. For example, this week’s topic is zombie movies. Now we all know there are hundreds of these living dead flicks wandering about, and we all know about Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, Fulci’s Zombie, or even Peter Jackson’s Braindead. But I know we all know a few of these titles that were really enjoyable but yet never seem to come up when this topic is discussed or examined.

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Friday Favorites: GODZILLA

I’m sure everyone has either seen the trailer for the new Godzilla vs Kong movie, or at least know it is out there and have been avoiding it, either because of spoilers or you’re just not interested. So I figured it would be the perfect time to discuss some of Big G’s films. Once again, let us remember that since Godzilla has been around for over half a century, there can be many reasons why a particular time frame is your favorite. Doesn’t mean its a better film to everyone, but holds something special to you. This is where a lot of film criticism and fandom can get a bit dicey because we tend to think if some doesn’t agree with you, they just don’t get it. I know I’ve jokingly said that many times, but I’ve also said and truly believe that you can’t have a wrong opinion. Continue reading

Friday Favorites – Kolchak: The Night Stalker

One of my favorite memories growing up was watching the seemingly bumbling reporter Carl Kolchak meet a different mystery or monster (or both) each week on Kolchak: The Night Stalker, which ran from September 1974 to March of 1975. Of course, the series was a spin-off from two successful TV movies, The Night Stalker (1972) and The Night Stranger (1973), produced by Dan Curtis. Curtis was done with the character but the studio and star Darren McGavin wanted to continue so the series started without Curtis. It only lasted one season but for us young monster kids, it made quite the impact. The charm about Kolchak was that he was just as scared about what was going on as anybody else, but knew he had to do what was right. Also, nobody ever believed him! As a kid, that really hit home because parents would never believe what their kids told them. Here was this guy that was trying to tell people there really was a monster out there, only to be laughed at. Continue reading

Friday Favorites – Edgar Allan Poe!

Once upon a midnight dreary… Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19ty, 1809, and has become one of America’s greatest known writers. And for someone who wrote very dark and troubling tales, and the way the “normal” public likes to shy away from that genre, it is even more amazing that he is still popular today, to the fact that he is still discussed in schools. Continue reading

Friday Favorites: Holiday Horrors?

Everyone has their traditional horror movie titles they bust out every Halloween, from Night of the Living Dead (1968) to Trick ‘r Treat (2007), to so many other fun flicks. But we know us horror fans do the same thing for Christmas, don’t we? So with the holiday just a couple of weeks away, we want to know what Holiday Horrors you always watch this time of year? While others might be decorating the tree with It’s a Wonderful Life on, you’ve got Silent Night Deadly Night (1984) playing! What are some of the other seasonal favorites for this time of year? Gremlins (1984)? Rare Exports (2010)? Sint (2010)? Krampus (2015)?

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Friday Favorites: John Carpenter

Since I just started reading Troy Howarth’s latest book, Assault on the System: The Nonconformist Cinema of John Carpenter, I thought it might be an interesting (though probably an easy one to call) question to see what your favorite John Carpenter film is. Now, as I said, I know there is going to be a lot of answers for the obvious choice, which would be Halloween (1978), which is fine because you can’t be wrong in what is your personal favorite. I’m sure The Thing (1982) is going to be up there as well. But I am curious to see if there will be any other titles named, such as The Fog (1980) or maybe even In the Mouth of Madness (1995). Continue reading

Friday Favorites: Friday the 13th

Seems only appropriate, on this actual Friday the 13th, that we take a day to reflect on this long running series, to get your thoughts. While some might not be a fan of Jason and his exploits, most fans growing up in the ’80s could help but be a fan of these movies. Right or wrong, some of them are pretty fun, even today. 

So… to celebrate today, what is your favorite entry in the Friday the 13th film series? Doesn’t have to have Jason in there, meaning it could be the original or even part 5, but one that you like the best.

Friday Favorites: A Time for Teaching

In an email conversation with a friend, Mark Turner, a fellow writer and horror fan, he asked me a question about starting the younger generation on older and classic films, and how do we go about it. He gave me a couple of examples on how he’s tried to pass on the love of some films, especially in the black and white variety, and whether it was successful or not. And it got me thinking. I’ve already told him I was sort of stealing his idea, so a quick thanks to Mark for planting the seed! Continue reading