31 Horror Movies to Watch This Halloween!


My favorite month is amongst us and I’m so excited! I’ve been trying to watch a horror movie a day. And now I will share with you 31 horror movies to watch this October. They’re going to be lesser known movies or ones you maybe haven’t seen, or even forgot about. So here ya go. Enjoy! P.S. these are in no particular order.

1. Cursed (2004)


2. Two Heads Are Better Than None (2000) This was a Kenan and Kel Nickelodeon movie that I always loved. It’s family friendly too.


3. Let Me In (2010)


4. Wendigo (2001)


5. Wicked Little Things (2006)


6. Cabin By The Lake (2000)


7. Baghead (2008) A Duplass brothers film.


8. We Are What We Are (2013)


9. The Faculty (1998)


10. Housebound (2014)


11. Magic Magic (2013)


12. The Uninvited (2009)


13. The Glass House (2001)


14. Dead Alive (1992)


15. The Strangers (2008)


16. The Ice Cream Man (1995)


17. Madhouse (2004)


18. The Ward (2010)


19. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)


20. American Mary (2012)


21. Chillerama (2011)


22. The Descent (2005)


23. The Officer Killer (1997)


24. Fright Night (1985)


25. Odd Thomas (2013)


26. The Voices (2014)

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27. Hocus Pocus (1993)


28. Orphan (2009)


29. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)


30. Hush (2016)


31. Tower of Terror (1997) This was a Disney TV movie.


I hope you can watch some of these films that I love! Hope y’all have a Happy Halloween! Stay Scary, but also stay sexy!


SMC

Film Tag – Questions

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I thought I’d do a film tag so you can get to know me and the types of movies I like, a little better. Hope you enjoy!

1. Favorite film of all time?

I have a lot of favorites but we will go with a classic…Titanic. That one just pulls at my heart strings. Also, Take Shelter.

2. Favorite scene from this film?

Right after Jack and Cal watch Rose get on a lifeboat then she jumps back on the ship and runs into Jack’s arms. The music blended with the images…so beautiful! “You’re so stupid, Rose. You’re so stupid. Why did you do that?”

3. Favorite action film?

I have a few but I tried narrowing it down to ones I could watch over and over again. King Kong remake with Jack Black and Naomi Watts or The Incredile Hulk with Edward Norton and Liv Tyler, but also Armageddon.

4. Favorite thriller film?

This changes a lot but I’ll say Black Swan.  Honorable mention: Office Killer.

5. Favorite psychological film?

Magic Magic by Sebastian Silva. I also appreciate Nasty Baby.

6. Favorite comedy film?

Little Miss Sunshine. But also, All I Wanna Do, by Sarah Kernochan, as a close second.

7. Favorite scene from this film?

**Spoiler alert** When Dwayne realizes he’s colorblind and jumps out of the van screaming.

8. Favorite black comedy?

This is probably one of my favorite categories of film. I have so many. Drop Dead Gorgeous, American Beauty, Welcome to the Dollhouse, Ghost World.

9. Funniest scene from this film?

I’ll choose my favorite scene from Drop Dead Gorgeous. I love the talent show portion, especially when frail Mary Johanson wheels across stage. It gets me every time.

10. Favorite horror film?

Magic Magic, Let the Right One In with Chloe Grace Moretz, We Are What We Are, The Descent. Too many to choose from.

11. Favorite animated film?

Ratatouille.

12. Favorite romance film?

I’m going to have to go with Titanic again.

13. Favorite drama film?

Take Shelter and Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus.

14. Favorite Mystery Film?

Mystic River.

15. Favorite sci-fi film?

E.T.

16. Favorite indie film?

This is tough but I would probably say Take Shelter by Jeff Nichols. Honorable mention: Charlie Bartlett.

17. Top 5 directors?

Sebastian Silva, Jeff Nichols, Lynn Shelton, Diablo Cody, and The Coen Brothers.

18. Favorite Film Score?

Titanic, Avatar, American Beauty, and Charlie Bartlett. 

19. Favorite Movie Soundtrack?

Juno and Across the Universe. 

20. Favorite guilty pleasure film?

Mean Girls and Scary Movie 1 & 2.

21. Most disturbing scene in a film?

In The Hills Have Eyes (2006), one of the creepy killers breastfeeds before killing Vinessa Shaw’s character. So disturbing!

I know this may be considered cheating, but I have to add some honorable mentions that didn’t make the cut: Thelma & Louise, Stranger Than Fiction, Sunshine Cleaning, Girl Interrupted, The One I Love, Carol, Pitch Perfect, The Others, The Uninvited, and The Faculty.

Let me know what your favorite movies are! Hope you enjoyed my selection.

SMC

Upcoming Movies

There are some exciting movies coming out in the near future. I thought I would share the movies I’m most excited about and have been anticipating for a while.

Goat starring James Franco and Nick Jonas. The reason why I’m excited to see this film is because yes, I’m obsessed with James Franco, but also, it takes us inside a very intense look at the horrors of frat houses. Hopefully this film will shed light on the issue with pledges dying as a result of grueling initiations. Directed by Andrew Neel. Check out the trailer below. The film hits theaters on September 23rd.

The next movie I am DYING to see is The Intervention, which is written and directed by the AMAZING Clea Duvall. I’ve been wanting to see this ever since it hit Sundance, where it won 2 awards. The movie has an outstanding cast (Natasha Lyonne and Clea Duvall, reunited as lovers once again) and is about a group of friends who stage an intervention for a couple who really needs it. This technically was in select theaters August 26th, but it would be a sin not to throw it in. Check out the trailer below:

The next film is getting a lot of buzz. Nocturnal Animals written and directed by Tom Ford, starring Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Michael Shannon. The trailer is intense. It sort of reminds me of Nightcrawler starring Jake G. Usually you know it’s a good film if the trailer is obscure and doesn’t give too much away. Fingers crossed. It will hit theaters December 9th. Check out the trailer below:

The next movie that has been much anticipated is Miss Sloane starring my girl, Jessica Chastain and it follows Chastain’s character as she attempts to pass gun control legislation, a much needed movie right now. Written by Jonathan Perera, directed by John Madden. This movie also hits theaters December 9th and will be competing with Nocturnal Animals for the #1 spot. Check out the trailer below:

The last film I’m excited about is Kate Plays Christine starring Kate Lyn Sheil. The film follows Kate getting into character to play Christine Chubbuck, a 1970’s television anchor who committed suicide on live television. The movie differs from Christine by Antonio Campos in the sense that it’s more of a Documovie (Documentary/Movie), whereas Christine is a straight up movie. It’s the same story being told in two very different fashions. I’m looking forward to both. Katie Plays Christine is written and directed by Robert Greene. Christine is written by Craig Shilowich and directed by Antonio Campos. I will post both trailers below:

What movies are you guys excited to see? Let me know.

SMC

Why is ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ considered J.J. Abrams’ movie?

The Cloverfield sequel finally has a trailer and it looks super creepy awesome, but every article about the movie has one name attached to it: J.J. Abrams. We’ve all seen his name constantly attached to sci-fi films. So if he didn’t write or direct the movie, why does J.J. Abrams get all the glory only serving as a producer? It’s strange, isn’t it? That his name will be the one everyone remembers. And I’m wondering why that is, and if it’s fair. But this is Hollywood after all and NOTHING IS FAIR in Hollywood.

Obviously for marketing purposes it’s the smart approach to showcase Abrams‘ name everywhere you possibly can. In the trailer, on the poster, visibly in the credits, etc. Because at the end of the day the producer is the one who is going to promote this film to audiences and important people in Hollywood. Let’s break it down to see what a producer actually does.

The job description of a producer is: Producers play an integral role in the television, film and video industries. A producer will oversee each project from conception to completion and may also be involved in the marketing and distribution processes. Producers work closely with the directors and other production staff on a shoot.

So it does actually sound like they have a lot to do with the actual movie during pre-production, production, and post-production. But at the same time (no offense to producers) they didn’t put the hard work of directing or writing the movie, they’re merely an overseer. But if you’re one of the big guys in Hollywood like J.J. Abrams, Steven Spielberg, Jerry Bruckheimer, George Lucas, etc. your name will most certainly be overly used and marketed. And I mean it completely makes sense to me. If I were to write or direct a movie and Quentin Tarantino was attached, you know everything would be done to let the public know it’s Tarantino’s film. It’s a marketing tactic that works all too well. But do you think it’s right that producers end up getting all the credit and praise? I personally don’t, but what do I know? I’m just a teenage dirt bag baby. (hehe).

Here’s the trailer:

SMC

New Year’s Resolutions

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It’s officially 2016. One more year of your life is officially over. Or for you optimistic people out there, it’s the beginning of a new year to prosper, learn, and grow. That is what I will be indulging in…hopefully.

I, like most people, have a few problems that tend to set me back when trying to get work done: I get lazy, which can consist of me not getting enough work done. I have ADD/ADHD (I’m sure), which results in getting distracted easily. And I live my life going through different phases which results in me going from one thing to another. One month I’ll be obsessed with Youtube, the next writing, the next filmmaking, then photography, etc. The list goes on and on.

That’s why this year, I hope to GET MORE SHIT DONE. I will do this by having more structure in my life and creating less distractions. This year is my year, I can feel it. Instead of wasting the valuable time I have, I will be doing something that is PRODUCTIVE. This is the year of productivity.

I will do more. I will create more. I will write more. I will experience more.

I can be a pretty boring person. I rung in the new year completing a short script, about 35 pages, but for me, that was a kick ass way to start my new year. Accomplishing more. Doing more. Focusing more. That will be me.

So down below, I’ll name a few goals I have for this new year:

  1. WRITE MORE

I hope to write, and COMPLETE more screenplays. I have so many scripts that I have started but haven’t finished. I strive to accomplish more by putting pen to paper…or hand to keyboard I should say.

2. READ MORE

I hope to read more in general, whether it’s news, novels, stories, but mostly I’d like to read more screenwriting books. I have read a lot, but I have so many that are collecting dust.

3.  EDIT MORE

I hope to do a lot more editing of my scripts so I can get them sent off to Hollywood or in competitions.

4.  WATCH MORE MOVIES

This includes new movies along with classics.

5.  BE MORE PRODUCTIVE ALL AROUND

In all facets of my life.

Those are my New Year’s resolutions and I hope to stick to them. Good luck with all your New Year’s rezzies. May you have a productive year!

What are your New Year’s resolutions?

SMC

Best Movies I Watched in 2015

I’m going to do something a little different. In 2015, I was pretty busy with work, life, and school so I wasn’t able to watch a lot of new movies that came out. (Pretty shitty for a screenwriter, I know). So instead of naming my favorite movies of 2015, I will name the best movies I watched in 2015. Some will be newer and some older.

Best of 2015:

  • Wolfpack
  • Jurassic World
  • Queen of Earth
  • The Road Within
  • The Foxy Merkins
  • Stand By Me
  • Welcome to Me
  • The Disappearance of Elanor Rigby
  • Housebound
  • Young Ones
  • Fort Bliss
  • Frank

I’m sure there are many more I’ve seen that have been the best of 2015, but my mind’s drawing a blank. realistically, who actually remembers all the movies they’ve watched in a year?

SMC

Most Annoying Things In Movies

It really blows when a movie states the obvious facts in the most unnatural way. Examples being something along the lines of:

  • “Hey big brother.” “What’s up, cousin?” etc.
  • Remind me why we’re at a cemetery at night?”

Stupid obvious shit like that will first off, make your audience cringe. It sure makes me cringe. There are better ways to show your audience who your brother or cousin is. But on the contrary not showing/telling us clearly who’s who is off putting as well and just plain confusing. We want to know who our characters are and what the hell they’re doing at a cemetery at night.

Just had to get that off my chest.

SMC

Why Suspension of Disbelief in Movies Work

This post is really aimed at my girlfriend…you’ll see why. Yesterday I went to see Jurassic World with her. She’s the most unimpressed person when it comes to movies. She actually hates movies. Don’t know why. Don’t know where her childhood went wrong that made her hate movies. WHO HATES MOVIES???? Anyway, every 30 minutes I would ask her how she’s liking the movie, knowing her distaste for movies. She would answer, “It’s okay.” I would proceed to ask her after something epic would happen. She was still unimpressed. Well, I found out she doesn’t really care for action or unrealistic movies. Which, if you think about it, most movies are somewhat unrealistic.

After the movie we went out to eat. Most of the meal consisted of her going on about what she hated about the movie. (There were a lot of things). One thing she focused on was how unrealistic Jurassic World was. So I tried explaining to her that obviously in real life most of the movies out there would never happen, or could never happen, and that’s why they’re called movies. Although not all movies are works of fiction, some are based on true stories. Nevertheless, in order to make a movie work, you must have imagination. You have to exaggerate things or stretch the truth to make it more entertaining for your audience. You think biopics would be entertaining if movies stuck to the facts? Not everybody lives an interesting life, so of course you must create content for the purpose of a successful film. What makes a successful film you ask? Conflict.

You must throw obstacle after obstacle at your protagonist to overcome, whether it’s as extreme as fighting off dinosaurs or as mild as not fitting in. Whether it’s an external or internal conflict, your film needs conflict. Although too much conflict and too much going on causes chaos and the film fails. So you have to have a good balance of things. Okay, back to what I was actually talking about. Oh yeah, realism and movies.

Do we actually believe that Claire ran the entire movie in heels? No. Do we actually believe that Jurassic World theme park would ever happen? (Perhaps in the future, but for now, of course not.) Do we believe that people would genetically modify a dinosaur? Actually, I believe this one because humans are crazy, but you guys know what I’m saying. It’s the idea of suspension of disbelief.

In actuality we don’t believe any of Jurassic World to be true, but in the world they’ve created, we believe it. In the universe where these characters live, we completely buy it. Is The Hunger Games real? No, but the world that Suzanne Collins brings us into, feels real.

To further explain why fantastical movies work, I’m going to quote Syf Field and this will put the whole thing to rest.

“It was Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the 19th century poet and literary critic who coined the concept known as the willing suspension of disbelief. What he says is basically this: when we, the viewer, reader or audience, approach a work of art, we must leave our own personal beliefs, our own personal perception of reality, behind so we can approach the work on its own merits, on its own level. In other words, we must willingly suspend our disbelief no matter how distant the story line strays from what we believe to be true. All thoughts of what we believe to be true have to be suspended; our “reality” has to be left behind to “the work.”

Amen to that, Syd. Amen. So now you realize that no matter how unrealistic your concept is, there’s always room for an audience. (Unless it’s batshit crazy stupid). But in that case I’m sure the SYFY channel will pick it up.

SMC