Here we are near the end of scary movie season so I'm sharing my 31 favorite new-to-me horror movie viewings of the last year.
Head Count - Elle Callahan - Nicely atmospheric and spooky. That's all.
Housebound - Gerard Johnstone - A young woman with substance and petty criminal issues is spared prison time, but sentenced to house arrest with her mother. What could be worse? The house could be haunted. Goodness gracious, I did not expect to be that creeped out by what I assumed was going to be a strictly comedic haunted house movie.
The Howling - Joe Dante - 1981 was an amazing year for werewolf movies also seeing the release of An American Werewolf in London and Wolfen, but The Howling gets a nice mix of urban and rustic settings and an unexpectedly scuzzy grindhouse, serial killer running amok in the sex arcades of 42nd street element.
The Invisible Man - Leigh Whannell - Elizabeth Moss is a woman gaslit by the vengeful ghost of her abusive ex. Either that or he's not dead, he's very much alive and transparent. Pretty swell 21st century re-purposing of the Invisible Man monster.
Prom Night - Paul Lynch - Neither as good as Carrie or Halloween (its two most apparent influences), it's so much pleasure to watch Jamie Lee Curtis be a young, hot, disco-dancing babe I forgave all shortcomings.
Sweetheart - J.D. Dillard - Kiersey Clemons is castaway on an island with her boyfriend, but loses him in short order to an ocean monster. Fuck. This is great economical survival/monster horror that uses a small cast, a great locale and a simple, potent premise to wring a little dread outta nature and the unnatural.
10 Rillington Place - Richard Fleischer - Richard Attenborough and John Hurt in early roles before casting directors swapped their types. Attenborough plays the sadistic torture killer John Christie who preyed on the women in his apartment building (at the titular address) and Hurt is the young family man Timothy Evans who was convicted of and executed for some of Christie's crimes.
Waxwork/Waxwork II: Lost in Time - Anthony Hickox - Cheating by writing one entry for two movies that are a fair amount different from each other, the first is something like a Vincent Price movie directed by Sam Raimi and written by Clive Barker and the second more like a horny Bill & Ted adventure, but I watched them back to back and the impression is kinda singular. I'm not... really sure the experience I had was real, but I'm also reluctant to confirm my memory, afraid that it will fall apart if I attempt to recreate it. Goofy fun with a stupidly deep bench of character actors and half-good practical effects. Don't ever remake these. Don't change a frame.