Well folks, we’re finally in the great month of October and that means Halloween is just around the corner. And what good is Halloween without a solid dose of horror? During this time of the year it’s nearly impossible to avoid horror films, whether you like them or not, so sit back and take it all in because there’s no excuse to avoid the best genre that cinema has to offer.
This week we’re taking a look at the classic B-movies that not only went down to become some of the best horror films of all time, but have yet to be outdone. B-movies have that undeniably cheesy charm with their questionable acting and over-the-top gore. They are without a doubt some of the most fun and entertaining films the horror genre has to offer, and even if they are bad they’re still good! The experience you get while watching these ridiculous flicks are unmatched by any other film in the genre and it’s about time you check them out. Here’s my movie guide on some of the absolute best in B-movie horror!
Only really good comedies and really good horror movies get a verbal response out of the audience. People will scream. People will laugh.
– Fede Alvarez
Who doesn’t need a little H.P. Lovecraft during the Halloween season? Stuart Gordon’s take on Lovecraft’s 1922 tale is a pretty ridiculous little film that injects some hilarious black-comedy into a gore riddled horror flick. Re-Animator is one of my go-to horror films of the month because it never disappoints. This one is certainly worth digging up if you’re looking for a cheesy horror flick to put a smile on your face.
A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus.
This may or may not be the goriest film ever to be put on screen, but if it wasn’t I’d be absolutely shocked. During the lawnmower scene at the end of the film, movie blood was pumped at five gallons per second. Yes… five gallons per second. It’s even more amazing when you see it for yourself. Peter Jackson’s insanely bloody flick is an absolute classic that is infused with just as much humor as there is red stuff. If you’re a fan of the horror genre then you owe it to yourself to give this one a watch. Simple as that!
A young man’s mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors.
The Return of the Living Dead
Tarman is perhaps the most famous zombie to ever grace the silver screen, and for good reason. Dan O’Bannon’s brilliant zombie flick The Return of the Living Dead is not only one of the best B-movies of all time, but it’s easily one of the very best films the zombie genre has ever seen. Ripe with some hilarious dialogue and amazing practical effects, this is a horror flick made for horror fans, and it’s probably the most fun you’ll ever have watching a zombie flick.
When a bumbling pair of employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to re-animate as they go on a rampage through Louisville, Kentucky seeking their favorite food, brains.
Fright Night (1985)
Around this time every year you see horror movie lists popping up all over the internet, but you rarely ever see Tom Holland’s underrated vampire classic Fright Night make the cut. Why? Honestly, I have no idea. As far as I’m concerned, Chris Sarandon, who plays the next door vampire, is one of the best vampires in horror history. He’s absolutely brilliant in the flick with his charming demeanor and downright terrifying portrayal of the blood sucking variety. Its use of masterful practical effects and a solid dose of humor make this one of my favorite B-movies of all time. If you were to pick one film off this list to watch that you haven’t seen, this one should be at the very top.
A teenage horror film addict is shocked to discover that his new next-door neighbor is a vampire in this delightful mix of horror and comedy. The problems only grow for young Charley Brewster when he expresses his thoughts about fanged new neighbor Jerry Dandridge
Evil Dead II
Sam Raimi’s sequel to his brilliant indie cabin in the woods tale of terror The Evil Dead is without a doubt my favorite horror film. It seamlessly blends both horror and comedy in a way that has rarely been matched and features the one and only Ash Williams—possibly the greatest horror hero the genre has ever seen. There isn’t much I can say about this flick that hasn’t already been said, so I’ll keep it simple. If you’ve gone this long without experiencing this soul-swallowing classic, then it’s about time that all changes. Do it, you’ll be glad you did.
The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holds up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack.
Alright folks, that will wrap up this week’s Movie Guide. Please take second to answer the survey below and stay tuned for next week’s movie guide! And just in case you missed it, here’s Modern Horror Part 1 and Part 2!