31 Days of Streaming Halloween – Day 11 – Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)

Another day, another Hammer, another classic. This is the studio's third entry in its Dracula movie series, and the second film to feature Christopher Lee as the toothy one. It's suitably gruesome and scary, with a great shot as Dracula comes back to life - his thin, white, pointy-nails hand slowly coming over the top … Continue reading 31 Days of Streaming Halloween – Day 11 – Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)

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31 Days of Streaming Halloween – Day 10 – The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

We move finely to Hammer Horror on Day 10 of Shocktober; the first colour horror film for the company and a huge success on release. It shows blood and 'gore' and is a masterpiece for horror lovers. You can't beat closing the curtains and turning the lights off on a dark autumn/winter night to an … Continue reading 31 Days of Streaming Halloween – Day 10 – The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

31 Days of Streaming Halloween – Day 9 – The Cat o’ Nine Tails (1971)

Day 9 of Shocktober and we're on our second night of giallo with Dario Argento's The Cat o' Nine Tails - it's not up there as one of our Argento classics and he admits he doesn't rate it that highly either, saying it's the least favourite of his movies. It's overlong and a bit dull … Continue reading 31 Days of Streaming Halloween – Day 9 – The Cat o’ Nine Tails (1971)

31 Days of Streaming Halloween – Day 8 – Blood and Black Lace (1964)

From the godfather of giallo Mario Bava, Blood and Black Lace is one of the most stylish of the Italian horror genre; it sets the colour scheme of giallo, the brutal close-up and lingering murders of pretty young things and dramatic plot. A masked killer is stalking and killing young fashion models. All the victims … Continue reading 31 Days of Streaming Halloween – Day 8 – Blood and Black Lace (1964)

31 Days of Streaming Halloween – Day 7 – The Lair Of The White Worm (1988)

Ahhhh, Ken Russell. OTT, extravagant and bloody fantastic. We love his work - it's always bold, absurd and something to behold. The Lair Of The White Worm is, of course, jolly good fun and features a glorious Amanda Donohoe as Lady Sylvia Marsh - a slinky snake obsessive who is actually an immortal priestess to … Continue reading 31 Days of Streaming Halloween – Day 7 – The Lair Of The White Worm (1988)

31 Days of Streaming Halloween – Day 5 – Night of the Demons (1988)

Night of the Demons is a terrible film, let's face it. The acting is turkey, the plot is dire and there's some real moral compass issues watching it 30 years on. But then something happens about 45 minutes in...you find you're actually ENJOYING THE BLOODY THING. Sure, it's stupid but it falls into that cult … Continue reading 31 Days of Streaming Halloween – Day 5 – Night of the Demons (1988)

31 Days of Streaming Halloween – Day 4 – An American Werewolf in London (1981)

THE definitive werewolf movie, An American Werewolf in London is a comedy horror which stands up as one of the most perfect scary films of all time. Everything about it is horror gold, with special effects - and some true body horror - that pushed the boundaries in the early 80s. The werewolf transformation scene … Continue reading 31 Days of Streaming Halloween – Day 4 – An American Werewolf in London (1981)

31 Days of Streaming Halloween – Day 3 – Hellraiser (1987)

We're bringing out the big boys now with Clive Barker's 80s horror classic Hellraiser which introduced us to the legendary character of Pinhead and his fellow Cenobites. Over 30 years have passed in Hellraiser history (it originally started life as Barker's 1986 novella┬áThe Hellbound Heart) and it still has such sights to show us. It's … Continue reading 31 Days of Streaming Halloween – Day 3 – Hellraiser (1987)

31 Days of Streaming Halloween – Day 2 – The Lords of Salem (2012)

We LOVE Rob Zombie films at Dead By Words. We even like his Halloween adaptations and many don't. He has a great vision and aesthetic, and is brutal and bloody scary. The Lords of Salem totally blew us away - we didn't know it was THIS good. It's an absolute riot with homage to Dario … Continue reading 31 Days of Streaming Halloween – Day 2 – The Lords of Salem (2012)