The temptation of producers to rinse and repeat and cash in has a long and dubious history with horror. But, horror also provides the opportunity for filmmakers to take BIG chances. Smaller budgets not only provide better profits, but also the opportunity for allowing bigger chances and bolder ideas. If you are a creative mind starting out in Hollywood and are looking for a conduit for wild ideas, go for the weird. Go for horror. Check out this Dead List for the Weird and Wonderful Horror from 1990 to 2023!
★★★ out of ★★★★★ Sleazy, greasy, grimy, grindhouse fare. It’s all here. Right down to a chilling and rather off-putting performance by one of the more odd actors to ever grace a horror film, Klaus Kinski. Hot on the heels of one of the all-time great horror performances in 1979’s Nosferatu the Vampyre, Kinski sleazes his way throughout SCHIZOID!
★★★★★ out of ★★★★★ Graham Skipper's "Godzilla: The Ultimate Illustrated Guide," from Welbeck Publishing, is a thing of beauty, and a volume that Godzilla and monster-movie fans of all stripes should consider required reading and owning.
The New Year is here! These are the 2023 films that The Scariest Things is anticipating the most. Granted, our track record for having our predicted favorites are a bit spotty, there are a number of promising titles coming out... that we know of so far! Listen to Episode 160 and find out what's coming!
★★★3/4 out of ★★★★★ Kids can be little devils, as fright-fare fanatics well know, and There’s Something Wrong with the Children does a fun, eerie job of further proving that adage to be true.
MidWest WeirdFest delivers another flurry of the mystical and the mind-boggling this year with its first-wave announcement for its seventh edition. Taking place March 3–5, 2023 at the Micon Downtown Cinema in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, the fest presents thought-provoking documentaries and cutting-edge narrative films.
Lets' go crazy! Forget your sequels, your prequels, your reboots. Give me something unique, and the weirder the better. Call me obsessed, as this dead list supplants one that I did three years ago, as I expand from ten movies to FIFTY. A list so big, I had to divide it into two posts! Enjoy....
In 2020, at the height of the global pandemic, the braintrust over at Morgan Creek Entertainment, announced — with very minimal fanfare, that they’d be taking a crack at one of the most vaunted franchises of all time — The Exorcist. To get the Scariest Things Podcast ready for 2023, and potentially the most polemic film in years, we sat down and poured through the entire EXORCIST universe. Some brilliant, some soup-soaked, some awfully-awful, and some filled with the most horrifying images ever put to film.
Horror Movies have once again hit full stride, and 2022 oozed with originality and purpose. There were so many films to pick from, most of our crew, when assigned to pick a top 10 went with 11! (Cheaters!) That's how good it was this year. So listen in to our extended super sized Episode 159 and get wise to what was great in 2022!
What a great year for the genre. It feels like both the studios and the indies have hit full stride again, and there were a bunch of really original and entertaining horror movies to watch this year. Eric picks his top 10 and had room for probably 10 more that could have made it.
SO. MANY. GREAT. HORROR. FILMS. THIS. YEAR! Really. Our cups runneth over with gallons of blood, guts, and scares. Interestingly, 2022 also had some really awful films. Truly awful. But we're not here to talk about crappy films you don't want to see. Au contraire. We're here to tell YOU about the films that you'll be gabbing about well in to 2024 -- and beyond.
This year had no shortage of incredible fright-fare films, and whittling down my “best of 2022” list to 10 from 20 strong candidates was a difficult task — one so daunting that I had to have two ties, as leaving any of the following features off of my list would have been a travesty. Here is what I ultimately came up with.
Merry Christmas from the Scariest Things Podcast!!! This year we’re giving you the gift that no one asked for, ever expected, and certainly one that no one ever put on their Christmas wishlist. It’s free and it’s here waiting for you. Totally unwrapped and ready to go… We give you all the Silent Night Deadly Night films ranked! And…you’re welcome.
Want to know what it's like filming getting buried alive? How do you capture the quintessential '90s look for a found footage horror film? V/H/S/99 cinematographer Alexander Chinnici tells the Scariest Things his experiences working on this famed anthology franchise.
★★.5 out of ★★★★★ Regicide is one of those awesome $5 dollar SAT words. You’d swear you know what it means, but always end up having to look it up online. We’ll save you they trouble. Regicide is the killing of a monarch or king. In the case of 2022’s uber-indy flick Regicide, this kind of makes sense, but it takes the film an awfully long time to find the metaphor.
★ out of ★★★★★ Laughably bad CGI. Overcooked and undercooked use of green screen. A shrill, bothersome, and awkward performance by Alicia Silverstone. And the sharks don’t even appear until the 50+ minute mark. These are just a few of problems with The Requin that could honestly fill an ocean.
Another year and another dollar! Once again Hollyweird cranked up the hype machine and had us parking our collective butts back in the theaters. What got your butt back in the theater? What got you to risk exposure to another Covid variant? What got you to shell out $14 bones for a mountain of greasy popcorn? The POSTER! That’s what did it.
★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★ Agatha resides at the intersection of an experimental art piece and a horror movie. Knowing that, you know how to proceed with this film. Agatha is visually stunning but ultimately difficult to process at times. It is mesmerizing and dreamy and entirely devoid of dialogue, so your attention span will be tested. Ultimately if you like visually poetic and painterly films, this will be your bag.
★★★ out of ★★★★★ While no one on the Scariest Things Podcast is a licensed cryptozoologist, it’s fair to say that we all have an interest in this murky science. There’s even a few of us — gasp — that might actual believe in the cryptids! When this most recent offering popped up at the Another Hole in the Head Film fest we knew we had to search it out.