The Chronicles of Horror Movie Night: The Evil (1978)

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After starting in Washington D.C. nine years ago Horror Movie Night has expanded to include chapters in Austin, Dallas and Chicago. Horror’s Not Dead’s own Brian Kelley is the originator and programmer of this illustrious weekly Wednesday night tradition which features a “classic” horror film. Each week I will be reviewing/commenting on the past week’s selection so do your best to find the film, most of which have not made it past VHS, and follow along. Better yet, start your own chapter!

Cover Art for The Evil

If only there were a masturbating ghost…

Don’t worry, I’ll explain in a bit. This week we trekked all the way back to the late 70s for a Roger Corman distributed bit of haunted house creepiness. Unfortunately, Gus Trikonis’ 1978 film The Evil is nothing all that special. There is a ghost on the loose in a huge, strange mansion with some co-eds, but save for the outstanding fashion stylings of the characters and a jaw-dropping ending, this really isn’t too interesting.

Halloween White Elephant: Shutter (2004)

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Jump scares may be cheap, and often times they only serve to cheapen the experience of a given film. It’s always a pleasant surprise when you come across an exception to that rule. In the case of Shutter, it was both a pleasant surprise and at times an absolutely fucking terrifying experience. What is actually a pretty straight-forward story is executed with amazing precision and gives the film a brilliant intensity. When combined with absolutely chilling makeup effects and a creepy score, all of that adds up to a great horror movie. It also is now responsible for my not wanting to take a picture of anything. Ever.

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