My earliest memory is Regan McNeil’s head spinning around, of puking pea soup, of a bed shaking so violently the little girl on it is bounced all over the place. I remember a swollen face full of cuts. I remember a body rising slowly off the bed, high into the air.
The Exorcist was released when I was 14 months old, but I saw it at a drive-in, so it had to have been a summer re-release because the drive-in isn’t open in winter here. I don’t know exactly, and for years my mother didn’t believe that I remembered that night, until I told her I had thrown up on my pillow. I had to have been only 2 or 3, but The Exorcist is the first thing I remember in my life.
That pretty much set the stage for everything that came after for me. I’ve been a horror junkie all my life, and horror movies are one of my passions. I love the big budget, big stars movies, but the cheap, cheesy stuff is just as good, sometimes even better.
The movies you find in Horror Corner are going to vary greatly between Hollywood blockbuster horror films and low-budget backyard affairs filmed with a Wal-Mart camera and cast filled with the director’s friends. The only sure consistency is going to be the truth. Whatever I thought of it, good or bad (and I like reviewing the bad ones most), I won’t sugarcoat it. Enjoy.
– C. Dennis Moore
- DARK There's a lot of greatness in this movie.
- Needful Things (1993) What does the movie have that the book didn’t? This only took 2 hours to bore me.
- Ribbons Matar is a master at handling the tension of this script, ratcheting it up and up and up until you’re sure SOMETHING is bound to blow, and then he ratchets it up a little bit higher. Put simply, I’m not sure I can say enough positive things about RIBBONS.
- Tommyknockers (1993) It’s been a while since that first viewing--23 years--but I was fully expecting my next viewing to be more of the same. Yawn. Bore. Snooze. BOO!!! Okay, so the TV movie isn’t THAT bad.
- Exorcist Chronicles Even at $1.99, I feel cheated by this one.
- COPLEY: An American Fairytale It’s probably not a good sign that, at the halfway mark of this 70-minute movie, I’d seen a handful of really creepy and effective scenes but had yet to discern any kind of story.
- Sadako 3D Despite how absurd this movie got in MANY places, Satomi Ishihara carried it almost exclusively.
- Descent: Part 2, The I’ve been waiting years to see this movie, but considering how little I trust sequels, didn’t want to pay full price for it, and could never find a decently-priced used copy. I’d seen it included for a while in the 4-pack with the first two CABIN FEVER movies and the original THE DESCENT, but I resisted buying that, too, because, well, then I’d own CABIN FEVER 2...
- Descent, The I enjoyed this movie the first time I saw it, probably a decade ago when it first hit DVD, and I enjoyed it again when I saw it this morning. I don’t know that I’d say I enjoyed it more the second time--probably about the same--but either way it holds up. That’s more than I can say for a lot of other horror movies I’ve seen a second time.
- Contracted: Phase 2 It often happens that, when I find an indie movie I like, the sequel--when there is one--is less impressive and just another part of the studio machine. Such is the case with CONTRACTED: PHASE II.
- Cabin Fever: Patient Zero What do you do when you go into the last movie in a trilogy, expecting a prequel that leads into the first movie of the set only to find you’re still just as lost about how the whole thing started as you were before? You finish up the movie and remove CABIN FEVER: PATIENT ZERO from your Netflix queue, because you just watched it.
- Documenting the Grey Man Far be it from me to begrudge anyone living out their dream. I had a dream once, to write a novel. And when I finished that first one, I was very proud of it. In retrospect it was SO bad and I’m glad it hasn’t been published. Sometimes those first efforts are just practice and not meant for public consumption.
- Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever The problem with this movie is it’s got no heart. Sure, the gorehounds will eat it up, but at the end of the day, there’s just no substance here.
- Contracted It’s not a GREAT movie, but it’s great at what it sets out to do, and sometimes that’s good enough. This is definitely one of those cases.
- Cabin Fever It’s been over a decade since I first saw this, and have only seen it twice now, but upon a second viewing, I’d like to amend my previous opinion.
- 100 Feet 100 FEET is a horror movie from writer/director Eric Red who, during his career, has been responsible for some really good horror movies (THE HITCHER and NEAR DARK), and some less than stellar ones as well (BODY PARTS and BAD MOON) and is apparently using what he’s learned over the decades to craft his, to date, masterpiece of middle of the road horror.
- The Dark Half (1993) I credit this novel, almost single handedly, for inspiring me to not only start reading--an activity I’ve done every single day since--but also for picking up a pen and trying my own hand at writing--a decision that has shaped every day of my life since. To me, this is a story I’ll always cherish and hold in high regard … even if I know it’s really not that great.
- It Follows David Robert Mitchell's It Follows is stylish, terrifying, beautiful, dingy, and so damn good you'll want to smack every other horror movie you see.
- Oculus (Dennis) Mike Flanagan's Oculus shone amid a see of mediocre jump scares and hack endings to become my favorite horror movie of 2013.
- Babadook (Dennis) Jennifer Kent's The Babadook is scary and heartwarming in equal measure, and is totally made for watching alone in the dark.
- Ouija Stiles White's Ouija is a plot by numbers teen slasher flick, lacking heart or sense. Yawn.
- Devil’s Due Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillet's Devil's Due works on many levels. It's far not perfect, but it's perfectly entertaining and fun.
- We Are Still Here Ted Geoghegan's We Are Still Here is a ghost story for people who love ghost stories, have seen it all before, and need something new and better.
- Unfriended Levan Gabriadze's Unfriended is a smart horror movie with a complex plot and an original approach.
- Night Listener Patrick Stettner's Night Listener, starring Robin Williams, is underplayed, under-appreciated, and fully deserving of your attention.