Must-Watch Monday: Horror Films

Hell House LLC

Hell House LLC tells the partial, disjointed story of a company (i.e. a group of friends) that designs and runs haunted houses each year. Although I stumbled upon the movie by accident, it has since become one of my favorite Halloween-themed titles.

Brief comedic reprieves in Hell House LLC—courtesty of Paul, my favorite character—lighten the otherwise slow-building tension. Suspense and mystery are what this film does best, leaving several elements of the friends’ journey open to speculation and interpretation. Documentary-style storytelling (interviews, found footage, and secondhand video) works in the film’s favor, especially when it comes to nailing down what actually happened “that night” in 2009.

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First, to watch and understand Martyrs, one must be prepared to read subtitles (unless fluent in French).

Second, this movie is NOT for the faint of heart.

To me, it’s almost divided into two halves, the second of which seems to take an entirely different turn. While some of the violence and gore may be construed as gratuitous, much of it serves a purpose that isn’t revealed until the end of the film. One image in particular is seared into my memory. I won’t forget it soon…or ever.


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Sinister is one of few horror films to affect my ability to sleep and feel safe in my own home. (In fact, the only others I can remember are Candyman and The Unborn, after watching both back-to-back at a sleepover in the seventh grade.)

Not only is Ethan Hawke’s acting top-notch, but the director does a fabulous job of balancing “jumpy” scenes with an ever-increasing intensity that reaches its crescendo at the movie’s close.

Let’s just say my husband wasn’t thrilled when the lamp by my bedside stayed on stayed on that night.

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****Stay tuned for more horror-themed movie reviews throughout the month!****

October: The Season of Horror

It’s FINALLY October, the season of horror films!

Maybe it was AMC’s FearFest, or a similar movement from Chiller TV, that first got me hooked on the genre and medium. Either way, I’ve become a self-professed horror film “connoisseur” in the last few years, and I’d love to pass my recommendations along to viewers of like minds.

For the purposes of this post, I’ll bypass a defense of the genre and its fans here (although I did have my students read Stephen King’s article “Why We Crave Horror Movies” this semester).

Some people don’t understand those of us who watch, analyze, and re-watch scary movies. And that’s okay….

To each their own!

Although a departure from the blog’s titular entertainment medium, I’ll be doing several film features this month, all revolving around the scary, the horrific, the suspenseful, the dark.

To kick it off, I’ll share an article that was shared with me: “Here’s 31 Underrated Creepy, Disturbing, and Downright Scary Films You Can Watch Throughout October”. My plan is to watch and review all of these, while also highlighting some of my favorite all-time horror films.

If this subject matter appeals to you, stick with me this month as we cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time! And if this subject matter doesn’t appeal to you, keep following our Facebook page for book-related posts, per usual. 🙂