The Chronicles of Horror Movie Night: Death House (1987)


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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!

VHS cover for Death House

I’ll go ahead and get this out of the way – I love John Saxon.

There, I said it and it felt good. Though this isn’t really a secret because I talk about it quite a bit. Probably more than I should. When he accepted my friend request on Facebook I’m pretty sure there was squealing like a little girl on my end. Most probably know the man from his roles in films like Enter the Dragon or A Nightmare on Elm Street, but I’m far more interested in his work in Italian horror films and the seminal holiday slasher Black Christmas. I find something absolutely great about this man and cannot get enough of seeing him onscreen.

When another BYE week came up for Horror Movie Night I decided to pull out the film I’d been waiting to see for a while now. Saxon has one sole directorial credit to his name and it’s a horror film! Not only that, but a zombie film! Death House, or Zombie Death House as some may know it, is pretty much a typical late 80s horror flick rife with all the problems that stigma might entail but with plenty of cool moments and, of course, your daily dose of Saxon!

BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974), AYIF Review.


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Directed by Bob Clark, 1979
Written by Roy Moore


Welcome back to AYIF.  Today’s film epitomizes why I started this project in the first place: to mine obscurity and strike paydirt!  I love horror films and have since I was a kid.  While I have grown to be picky, even a bit snobby, on the subject, it is a genre with which I find a comfortable familiarity.  Horror is the gateway drug for my full on film addiction.  I moved to Austin because I wanted to expand my horizons and find my new favorites.  BLACK CHRISTMAS will definitely occupy one of those spots.

BLACK CHRISTMAS takes place just after Labor Day.  Not really, just making sure you’re paying attention.  In lieu of spoilers, enjoy this hopelessly vague synopsis.  It’s the holiday season and we follow one local sorority preparing for their Christmas break.  Some are packing to go home, others are decking the halls, and still others are simply drinking spirits right.  But amid all the festive frivolity, the girls receive numerous phone calls featuring disturbing voices and threats.  They don’t think much of it until unexplained sounds and shadows find their way inside the house.  Who is the mysterious figure lurking outside?  Will our sorority sisters be slaughtered before sunrise?




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