31 Days of Halloween – Day 29 – Prince of Darkness (1987)

This John Carpenter chiller is one of our favourite Halloween movies - if not only for the Alice Cooper cameo. An abandoned church in LA hosts a mysterious cylinder with swirling, green liquid. The liquid is active and strange things are happening in the city, from swarms of flies through to loads of people just … Continue reading 31 Days of Halloween – Day 29 – Prince of Darkness (1987)

31 Days of Halloween – Day 28 – Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1981)

Much loved, this cult classic is a crazy ride from start to finish. Bruce Campbell is back to the cabin in the woods as our hero Ash, but unfortunately his girlfriend gets possessed pretty much straight in and he has to chop her head off with a shovel. From then on, whether it's the iconic … Continue reading 31 Days of Halloween – Day 28 – Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1981)

31 Days of Halloween – Day 26 – The Exorcist (1973)

If Martyrs is one of the most extreme horror movies ever, The Exorcist is one of the scariest. Linda Blair was 14 years old when she played Regan, the girl possessed by a demon, and her performance is extraordinary and ultra disturbing. It's got many legendary scenes, including the crucifix, spider walk and projectile vomiting … Continue reading 31 Days of Halloween – Day 26 – The Exorcist (1973)

31 Days of Halloween – Day 25 – Psycho III (1986)

Yep, Psycho did have some sequels starring Anthony Perkins and this one is a complete sleazefest and a whollleeee lot of fun. It's nasty, dirty and thoroughly entertaining. A blitz of neon, casual sex and Perkins as an OTT Norman Bates, another bunch of unfortunate guests come to harm at the Bates Motel. There's an … Continue reading 31 Days of Halloween – Day 25 – Psycho III (1986)

31 Days of Halloween – Day 24 – Planet Terror (2007)

Robert Rodriguez's movie - essentially an exploitation zombie flick - forms part of the double feature of Grindhouse, with Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof. It's all jolly good, gory fun with a starry cast and lots of melting bodies. Rose McGowan's kick-ass protagonist Cherry Darling is a strong lead, as some nasty chemicals are released into … Continue reading 31 Days of Halloween – Day 24 – Planet Terror (2007)

31 Days of Halloween – Day 22 – Demons (1985)

This bonkers Lamberto Bava Italian classic is produced by Dario Argento and features a large amount of exploding pus, gratuitous 80s heavy metal and some reallllllly nasty demonic transformations. It's also oh so self reflexive, yes! Student Cheryl (Natasha Hovey) is stalked on the Berlin subway by a mysterious masked man. When he catches up … Continue reading 31 Days of Halloween – Day 22 – Demons (1985)

31 Days of Halloween – Day 21 – The Blair Witch Project (1999)

This found footage classic is still as terrifying 17 years on, even though you don't see much happening on screen. That's exactly the point - what's in your mind and what you don't see is much scarier. Heather, Mike and Josh take a trip into the woods as they're making a documentary on the legendary … Continue reading 31 Days of Halloween – Day 21 – The Blair Witch Project (1999)

31 Days of Halloween – Day 20 – A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Freddy is one of the true horror icons, and Wes Craven sorely missed. Elm Street is responsible for many people in their late 30s/early 40s not being able to sleep properly as children - we can't be alone when we thought Freddy was going to get us in our sleep?! The original is the best … Continue reading 31 Days of Halloween – Day 20 – A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)