5 Summertime Horror Movie Recommendations

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With October only two months away and summer nearly over, why not check out these recent releases? Finish summer off right and get an early start on your Halloween festivities.

What We Do in the Shadows

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If you love films like Spinal Tap and Borat, then do I have a movie for you! From the guys who brought us the most excellent Flight of the Conchords TV show comes this mockumentary about the everyday lives of a group of 800-year-old vampires trying to fit in with modern times. The jokes are spot on, situations like getting into nightclubs are original, and the cast sells every bit perfectly. It’s by far the funniest thing I’ve watched all year, a true treat for fans of both the comedy and vampire genres.

From the Dark

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This is definitely the most low budget pick on the list, but please don’t let that dissuade you. It’s Pitch Black meets the Irish countryside, minus a Vin Diesel, replaced with his female equivalent Niamh Algar. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a couple’s car gets stuck in the middle of nowhere, but luckily, they are able to locate a farmhouse that offers them refuge while putting them in the path of an ancient creature that will stop at nothing to get to them. It’s horror 101, but with a strong female lead. With a need to stay in the light, this film offers real tension, and it’s refreshing to see practical effects in a horror film again.

The Town that Dreaded Sundown

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I admit I have not seen the 1976 original, but as a huge fan of the TV show American Horror Story, I saw this film as soon as I could due it being directed by one of the guys involved in the show. Set 30 years after the original “moonlight killings” that rocked the small Texan town of Texarkana, someone has put the potato sack back on and is recreating the town’s deadly past. The camera angles and shot selections are more akin to an indie film than horror, and really add to this film’s style — its strongest feature. The colors in this movie are over saturated, giving every scene an unnatural sense of dread. Every kill feels personal, and there is a great chase scene toward the end for all you horror purists.

Creep

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It’s not a Moan4Stallone recommendation list without at least one found footage film. Full disclosure: I am partially biased towards this pick because I grew up near the shooting location (Crestline, CA), and it stars Mark Duplass of the awesome film Safety Not Guaranteed. Duplass’ character Josef puts an ad on Craigslist, asking for someone to film his last wishes, since he’s dying from cancer. Aron, played by Patrick Brice, answers the ad, setting up a chain of events that will change his life forever. Duplass really transforms into one of the weirdest, creepiest characters in the horror genre since Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates. Note to readers: if you are ever in a creepy guy’s cabin and he puts on a creepy werewolf mask, that’s your cue to bounce.

Housebound

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Yes, this film was released a while ago, but I decided to add it to this list because I was unable to give it some love last year, and it’s the most fun horror film since You’re Next. Going in, I had no idea what this film was about. I assumed it was a haunted house film, and it kind of is, but to say any more would spoil this movie’s Shyamalan-worthy plot twists. Just know that it was my favorite horror film of last year, and the best horror/comedy from New Zealand since Dead Alive.

So, my fellow “Horror Timers,” let me know what you think in the comments below, or hit me up on Twitter  if you agree/disagree my picks. Until next time, hang out with nice vampires, keep the lights on, check your attic, avoid Texarkana, and don’t answer Craigslist ads!

13 thoughts on “5 Summertime Horror Movie Recommendations

    1. I signed up for Amazon prime just so I could buy the bluray since its exclusive to prime members only; and a week later bestbuy carried it but it was worth it! It really is that great and I am glad you dug it!

  1. Thank you for reminding me about “What We Do In The Shadows”. I heard praise of it on a few podcasts and lazy ass me never made note of it. Not to mention four movies I’ve never heard of that seem interesting. I look forward to watching these. I’m not good with movies that go for the actual scare, which makes it more fun. This list gave me an interesting idea. An ongoing recommendation section for movies, mostly of the indie or easily passed over persuasion.

  2. so that movie Creep is found footage? saw the poster on Netflix and thought it was the 00’s horror flick about a weird monster in the subway. cool movie, you should check it out

    1. You talking about the british one? Heard it wasn half bad and been wanting to check it out for too long. Will update ya once I finally see it!

  3. M4S!! You lured me in with a picture of ol’ Humphrey’s first big child hood crush! (well, second, but Nancy Kerrigan doesnt count right?)

    Young J Love H was the tick to my tock when that movie came out, she made my 12 year old heart thump… But i click the link and all i get is info about ACTUALLY GOOD FLICKS? False advertising friend… false as hell.

    Creep is good as hell btw

    1. Nancy K was a dime piece yo so I aint mad atcha brotha! Yea the ending was like…..Spoiler Alert! Jk wont do that to those who have not seen it.

  4. Seen Creep, and I have What We Do in the Shadows and Housebound in my queue.
    Regarding Creep, if you seen anyone with a creepy wolf mask calling himself Peachfuzz, run away to another country.

    Another great film that I’ve seen in the theater is The Gift, although it’s more of a thriller with some horror elements. It was a nice surprise for the month of August, and has great performances from Jason Bateman, Joel Edgerton (also writer/director), and Rebecca Hall.

    1. The trailer for the Gift just didnt grab me but all the positive press has it on my to watch list once its available for purchase. Didnt even recognize Edgerton from the trailer; love the guys work and hopefully this makes him a household name.

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