Saturday, March 22, 2008

5 Favorite Horror(ish) Movies to Watch on Easter

These aren't really in any order. Little too busy right now to stop and think them over to that degree. Most of these films happened to be playing on TV during Easter when I was little which is why they make the list. This isn't supposed to be some kind of Easter Movie list. Except to the degree that it actually is.

Tarantula (1955)

I will always hold Them as the greatest giant bug movie, but this one comes pretty close. Like Them, Tarantula had a director who understood how to make the idea of a monster scary. Another fine classic from Jack Arnold, best known for Creature from the Black Lagoon. What more could a candy buzzed kid ask for?

Gargoyles (1972)

Creature master Stan Winston's first monster movie. In many ways a great low budget predecessor to Clive Barker's Nightbreed. Though perhaps my memory is a little blurry as to who was good and who was bad in the film. Either way, it's cheesy gold in wrapped in in golden cheese.

The Swarm (1978)

Oh sweet Jesus! (Pardon.) This movie is bad. Bad, bad, BAD. Back when natural disaster movies like Earthquake were all the rage, this was thought to be the next big one. A lot of money was poured into it. Great actors were hired. Terrible crap was made.

I for one, love killer bee movies. It's one of those crazy genres like tornado movies that used to flood television. I remember when everyone was so afraid that African killer bees were going to migrate north and kill everyone. Then winter came about and they chilled out in Texas. (God there are too many crazy things that can kill you in Texas. Its like Australia's little brother only with more guns and less deadly snakes.) What can I say? I was a big bee geek at the time.

As I said, unlike those hilarious Family Channel TV movies, The Swarm was BIG. I'm not sure if we can comprehend the kind of flop this movie was. Oh wait, yes we can: Battlefield: Earth. This movie was the Battlefiel: Earth of the 70s. It is to movie geeks what a good wreck is to people who watch NASCAR.

Critters 2: The Main Course (1988)

Why is it so fun to watch the Easter Bunny die a horrible death by flesh devouring balls of fluff? I don't know. I just admitted to liking The Swarm. Things like this were the reason New Line Cinema was so great in the 80s and 90s. They will be missed.

Last but not least. Hands down favorite horror movie to watch on Easter...




That's right, a movie about giant killer bunnies. No words can describe how great this movie is.

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes... The Killer Shrews... Orca... Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter... they got NOTHING on Night of the Lepus. Giant killer bunnies is where it's at.

Well, maybe Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter.

Happy holidays.


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