Another month has passed, the sun is getting warmer and invites to backyard BBQs abound. Don’t fall for it dear readers! All you’re going to get is mediocre meat, luke warm beer, and dull conversations about work. Stay inside! Enjoy your friend the TV. He doesn’t care where you work and doesn’t mind your pasty skin or your poor attempts at conversation. In this edition I’ve got an unintentionally horrific selection to keep you up all night with the lights on. Let’s dig in!
Director Mike Flanagan follows up his excellent Oculus with this lean and mean home invasion flick. It doesn’t really add much to the genre but it’s tight and suspenseful which is all you really need from a flick like this anyway right?
I had been meaning to watch this doc for years and finally I took the plunge recently. The film makers wanted to know if there was any truth to the Cropsey legends that haunted east coast suburbs for decades. There was, or at least they found a series of child disappearances and murders that matched the myth. Creepy and well edited this film digs into every parents deepest fear: the loss of their child by a human predator.
LFO: The Movie (2013)
No this isn’t a documentary about the short lived boy band LFO. This film, released by Elijah Wood’s boutique horror label Spectrevision, is about a man obsessed with sound. He finds a frequency that allows him to instantly hypnotize anyone who hears it. A lonely man, he quickly begins to hypnotize and control his neighbors in more and more bizarre ways. A unique film that is shot entirely in one house, it has a strong script that creeped me out big time. If you like psychologically creepy slow burn flicks, this one is for you friend.
They Look Like People (2015)
This debut film is about a couple of guys in their late 20s. Still young and trying to figure out their lives only one of them has a secret. He gets messages in the middle of the night from an anonymous caller warning him about the impending apocalypse. He is tasked with preparing and to remain ever vigilant because soon the human race would be taken over by some other force and although they look like people, they are not. Another great psychological horror film that has a great script that doesn’t skimp on the suspense.
Don’t Blink (2014)
I’ll be honest, this one had a very low rating on Netflix and I wanted to turn it off in the first five minutes. I didn’t, and I’m glad I stuck with it. A group of old friends make plans to stay at an isolated cabin on a mountain. When they arrive the place is deserted. They have no gas in their cars and the key to the cabin’s gas pump can’t be found. Soon the friends start vanishing mysteriously. The method of their disappearance is a unique one so don’t go in thinking this is a slasher flick. It isn’t. Far from it. A fresh look at an old fear, this one stands out from the crowd for being unique despite the character tropes. Oh and it’s directed by the guy that does the voice for Piglet in Winnie the Pooh. Strange huh?