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Countdown to Halloween: A History of Modern Horror

Written by: Bobby Panzarella

Almost anyone you ask will tell you that horror’s Golden Era resides firmly within the ’80s (though the ’90s certainly held their own). How could it not be the ’80s? It was the decade of slasher villains, practical effects, and kickass synthesizer soundtracks. Not to mention just sheer greatness in numbers; we’re lucky to get one good horror movie a year nowadays! But one of the last gems of that era, Scream, has proven to be both a deafening end to the heyday of horror, and the beginning of something new.

Though it so effortlessly brought together and celebrated all the essential trademarks of the films before it, it effectively labeled the entire genre as silly and clichéd, not unlike what the Austin Powers films did for the James Bond series. Post Scream and its subsequent imitators (I Know What You Did Last Summer, Urban Legend, etc.), the state of horror has been hard to nail down. I’ve broken things down to a few major categories to give you a better grasp on what horror means to the millennial generation.

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DVD Catastrophe – Halloween Special

It is that time again when we celebrate all things creepy and crawly. It’s also a great time to get some really cheesy horror movies in your DVD players. Personally I like nothing better than closing the curtains, turning out the lights and getting a great scary movie on the telly. In fact my love for these movies is so strong that the urge to do a visual list of them was too hard to ignore. So without further ado here is a collection of 13 good, bad and just plain ugly Halloween-themed DVDs that you could be watching on that special spooky night.

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Trick R Treat (2007)

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Synopsis [IMDb]: Five interwoven stories that occur on the same block, on the same night. A couple finds what happens when they blow a jack o’ lantern out before midnight, a high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer, a college virgin might have met the right guy for her, a group of mean teens play a prank that they take too far, and a hermit is visited by a special trick or treater.

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Halloween Night (2006)

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Synopsis [Wikipedia]: The film follows Chris Vale (Scot Nery), a young man who was wrongly convicted of murdering his family in 1982, and admitted into an insane asylum based largely on the fact that Chris had been found at home with the bodies by the police.

After 10 years of life in the asylum, in which he has been bullied by inmates and staff alike for the incident, Chris has now quite literally turned insane and, to prove his innocence, he escapes from the asylum on October 31 to his home, which is now occupied by a new family who are holding a Halloween party.

As the night draws on, Chris attempts to search the house for any clues that will testify his innocence, but in an effort to conceal himself from the party-goers and the authorities who are searching for him, begins his own killing spree that leads to a massacre far worse than the original.

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Black Eve (2010)

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Synopsis [IMDb]: After a Halloween party, a guest with psychic abilities wakes up to find dead bodies everywhere. With no recollection of what happened, she uses her abilities to see the last moments of the guests. Slowly as things unfold, she is able to piece together the puzzle.

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Mr. Halloween (2007)

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Synopsis [IMDb]: The town of Sauquoit, New York has a local legend, which says that the reclusive man who runs the annual Halloween haunted house uses real body parts to make his attraction so frightening. This is a legend that is taken lightly by everyone until the youth of the town begin disappearing, and people start pointing fingers. The remaining teens of the town want to get to the bottom of the mystery, so they decide to check out that old haunted house for themselves. As more kids disappear, less of the mystery is solved. And why is the Sheriff so uninterested in investigating Bill Loomis, who has gotten the nickname… Mr. Halloween…

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Murder Party (2007)

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Synopsis [IMDb]: A random invitation to a Halloween party leads a man into the hands of a rogue collective intent on murdering him for the sake of their art, sparking a bloodbath of mishap, mayhem and hilarity.

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CreepTales (2004)

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Synopsis [IMDb]: On Halloween night, two shabby, dim-witted hunchbacks dig up the anthology horror video Creep Tales that was buried with their Uncle Munger, and show it to their dim-witted monster friends.

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The Fanglys (2004)

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Synopsis [IMDb]: In the woods outside a small Texas town, a group of friends searching for some Halloween fun discover that a local legend is not only real, but deadly.

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Goblin (2010)

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Synopsis [IMDb]: Every Halloween, a small hamlet in the deep woods is visited by a fierce goblin, intent on capturing infants and brutally murdering anyone in its path.

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Hellbent (2004)

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Synopsis [IMDb]: Halloween in West Hollywood, two guys making out in a park are interrupted by a serial killer. Later that night, a group of gay kids decide to visit to the site of the murders.

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The Hollow (2004)

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Synopsis [IMDb]: Restless spirits stir this Hollow’s Eve, beckoning Ian Cranston, the last blood relative of Ichabod Crane, back to Sleepy Hollow. Thundering hooves unleash a wave of bone-chilling screams as the ghost of the Headless Horseman rides again! Ian must try to save the town and his girlfriend, Karen and determine whether the sword-wielding stalker is their clownish classmate, Brody in costume, or the dark rider himself. If it’s truly the Headless Horseman… how do you kill what’s already dead?

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House of Fears (2007)

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Synopsis [IMDb]: The night before a local haunted house opens for Halloween; six friends sneak in for a few hours of fun. Soon after entering, they find themselves trapped inside with no way out. Their evening of fun rapidly turns into their worst nightmare as they begin to die and disappear in the most freakish of manners. With every effort to escape blocked, the survivors find themselves being driven deeper into the carnivalesque world of terror. Unable to tell what is real and what is counterfeit, they must trust one another, even if it kills them.

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The Pumpkin Karver (2006)

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Synopsis [IMDb]: A feature film based on a story in which a young man is stabbed to death on the evening of October 31, 2003. One year later, at a Halloween party, six people were brutally butchered in a remote location. The victim’s faces were carved and mutilated beyond recognition. The crime is still unsolved and is currently under investigation

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Scare Zone (2009)

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Synopsis [IMDb]: Scare Zone is OLIVER’s pride and joy. Sure, it’s just another strip-mall Halloween Horror House, but as always, he’s put his heart and soul into it. The attraction is open for three nights only, and Oliver has brought back his old staff, including ex-con Spider, eager bride-to-be Summer, and the enigmatic Goth princess Claire. A bunch of newbie’s are also on board, including earnest young Darryl, who immediately finds himself bewitched by the creepy Claire. The dysfunctional ‘scream team’ learns to work together while someone or some-thing is out to make the horror REAL.

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So there you have it. If you have managed to view this article without closing your eyes in fear then you should keep checking out Grizzly Bomb for more Halloween related articles!

Countdown to Halloween #9: Sam

Sam is the governing body who resides over all Halloween traditions in 2007’s Trick ‘r Treat.  He is the physical embodiment of all things Halloween.  He’s the trick or treater, the scary story, the full moon, the blowing leaves.  Everything that makes Halloween what it is, he is an integral part.  He is all that’s evil, all that’s good.  His only demand is that you abide by tradition.  What ever you do, don’t run out of candy.

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Countdown to Halloween Special: Top Ten B-Movie Monsters

So we here at Grizzly Bomb have a mammoth Countdown to Halloween going on, focusing on some of the greatest Halloween icons to ever terrify humanity. However, here I just want to give a thumbs up to some of the more obscure creatures of the night who have terrified me over the years.

So welcome to our Countdown to Halloween Special – Top 10 B-Movie Monsters. Click on through our new handy Tabber below and prepare yourself for some B-Movie greatness.

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