r Wicked Things Horror Blog: Summer Horror Chiller Watch List

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summer Horror Chiller Watch List

Like some kids get a summer reading list, I am going to assign all of my horror blog readers who trust my judgement in horror and thriller movie tastes to watch these classic and contemporary horror films if you haven't seen them, because they are mandatory, well at least in my book they are!

This is like when your high school teacher made you read Catcher in the Rye or The Badge of Red Courage and you did it, because you had a book report on it. I am doing this for your own good, not because I will be testing and grading you on it, weirdos. These will enrich your nightmares.

1. Re-animator (1985) - Based on H. P. Lovecraft's Herbert West–Reanimator and directed by Stuart Gordon, this is the first installment in the Re-Animator series. This masterpiece is gory, terrifying, and most of all, pretty funny.

2. Rosemary's Baby (1968) - Mainly a psychological horror film, this film was written and directed by Roman Polanski. The film is based on Ira Levin's 1967 novel, Rosemary's Baby. The film's star-studded cast includes Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, and Ruth Gordon.

Mia Farrow plays a pregnant mother who has a sneaking suspicion that her husband has made an agreement with a creepy and eccentric elderly neighbor couple that their child can be used as a sacrifice to Satan in exchange for his success as an actor.

3. The Sentinel (1977)
Starring Cristina Raines, Chris Sarandon, Ava Gardner, Burgess Meredith, Sylvia Miles, and Eli Wallach and featuring Christopher Walken, Jeff Goldblum, John Carradine, Jerry Orbach, Tom Berenger, and Beverly D'Angelo, this classic chiller focuses on a model who moves into a Brooklyn brownstone apartment complex steeped in history, only to find that its proprietors are excommunicated Catholic priests, and the building is a gateway to hell.

The Sentinel by CĂ©line Roulier

4. Hannibal Rising
Based on a novel written by Thomas Harris, published in 2006, this horror thriller is a prequel to his three previous books featuring the serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who consumes his victims. It is Harris' fifth and, as of 2014, most recent novel. The novel was adapted by Harris himself into a film in 2007.

In the film, Hannibal is an 8 year-old boy, who resides at Lecter Castle in Lithuania, when Operation Barbarossa, Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union, turns the Baltic region into a part of the bloodiest front line of World War II. Lecter, his little sister Mischa, and his parents escape to the family's vacation house in the countryside to avoid German troops.  Hannibal's whole world continues to come crashing down as he loses his family and becomes an orphan.  These are the origins of the boy, who became a monster.


5. Dead Alive (Braindead) -
This 1992 New Zealand zombie horror comedy gore film was a commercial failure at the time of its release, but subsequently scored a cult fan following after its director, Peter Jackson, directed the notable Lord of the Rings trilogy.  The film is widely considered to be one of the goriest films ever made and is enormously entertaining on every level.

I am just giving you five so its not that hard and you can watch them free online (I have provided links or embedded players, mo fos!). Therefore, you have no excuse, guys and dolls!

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