It would be hard to argue that the 80’s horror movie scene wasn’t ruled by John Carpenter. The Fog, The Thing, and Christine were a few of the best. Even action movies like They Live and Big Trouble in Little China had some elements of horror. Throw in Halloween from 1978 and you have a career that today’s horror writers/directors can only dream of having! I had seen the movies I listed above, but never seen one of Carpenter’s more obscure flicks, Prince of Darkness. I can’t remember any other movies which focus on the return of the Devil, and since there isn’t a chance in HELL of me seeing the most recent Devil movie, I thought I’d give this one a shot.
A word of advice to all you young party goers, if a friend of yours suggests you all take part in a satanic ritual, you should consider getting new friends. I think another warning sign is if they invite you over to their house in the middle of the night for dinner and insist that you wear sunglasses for the duration of meal, your spider sense should be tingling. In other words, get the hell out of there, pronto. Peter, the “friend” mentioned above, and his girlfriend Rebecca move into an old mansion that contain some dangerous secrets, and Peter quickly comes under the evil influence of the house itself in 1985’s Ghoulies.
It’s the last day of the year 2008, and this marks the first year that we’ve been reviewing films. Well, it hasn’t been a full year – we started this current incarnation of the website on March 8th, 2008 with our first review of Larry Cohen’s “The Stuff” (note to ourselves – review more Larry Cohen films!). Anyhow, since it’s the end of the year, we figured if you really wanted to you could browse around the site and look at all the stuff we’ve covered, but if you’re the lazy type like us, this condensed view of some of our highlights and lowlights might be right up your alley. In this post you’ll find some clips and summary of our highest rated films and lowest. So… without further adieu, let’s get on with the show:
Halloween night is a time for watching horror movies, or tv shows about horror movies. I was getting a little tired of what I was seeing around all the cable networks, so I decided to dig into my own extensive catalog and take a chance on a horror movie I hadn’t seen yet. After hemming and hawing, I came across the Jag Mundhra directed 1988 film Hack-o-Lantern (aka Halloween Night). I looked at the synopsis on IMDB, and it read “A kindly old grandfather is actually the leader of a murderous satanic cult which sacrifices its victims on Halloween.” Kindly old grandfather is actually the leader of a murderous satanic cult? You don’t say? Yep, that sounded like my kind of movie, and a perfect way to cap off a Halloween night.