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My last post was a review of the A Nightmare on Elm Street movie franchise. This post is intended to give you a heads up on the other horror films out there to get you ready for the upcoming Halloween holiday.
The Blob (1988) - One of the best updates of classic horror films. This one stars Shawnee Smith (Saw I, II and III) and Kevin Dillon (Entourage). An awesome update of the kitschy and silly 60s movie, the 80s blob was far more threatening. The origins of the creature are completely believable and frightening, and the characters are fun. Not overly scary, exactly, but a really good time. It even breaks the "don't kill 10-year-olds" unwritten horror movie law!
Dawn of the Dead (1978) - This sequel to Night of the Living Dead far supersedes the original in fright, irony and enjoyability. Way better than the remake, too. This zombie masterpiece even makes you forget about the zombies for a while, while the "normal" humans acclimate to their environment. Outstanding, and really, really scary.
Fright Night (1985) - This movie was better in the 80s, but is still fun. What if the vampire next door was a suave and sophisticated hottie? Something is lost, 20+ years later, but this movie is funny, enjoyable, and has more than a couple of scares in it. Stars William Ragsdale (Herman's Head--and not much else), Amanda Bearse (Marcy from Married With Children) and Roddy McDowell.
Bad Dreams (1988) - This flick falls right in with A Nightmare on Elm Street for me, with scares aplenty. It got a hideous review from Leonard Maltin, but I don't care. I loved it. Not enough movies play into the plentiful horrors that religious fanaticism provides. Plus, Jennifer Rubin from A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors!
More to come!