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Rue Morgue and Netflix Canada want YOU to curate your own Halloween horror triple bill

on October 23, 2012 | 51 Comments

Yeah, we know — everyone’s a critic and, come October, everyone’s a horror expert. The thing is, our readers actually are horror experts, and now we have a chance to reward you for your curious… proclivities.

RUE MORGUE and NETFLIX CANADA are teaming up this Halloween to bring you a list of the scariest, silliest and most original horror flicks currently streaming on Netflix. From classics like The Blob, to festival creepers like Kill List, and cult films like They Live, these Rue Morgue approved horror films picked and curated by Rue Morgue Editor in-Chief Dave Alexander will be the focus of media and giveaways leading up to Halloween.

Now, Rue Morgue and Netflix Canada want YOU to curate your own Triple Bill from Rue Morgue’s Halloween Horrors List and become eligible to win one of the following prizes:

FIRST PRIZE:
A one-year Netflix subscription, a PlayStation 3, and a one-year digital subscription to Rue Morgue.

SECOND PRIZE:
A six-month Netflix subscription, and a one-year digital subscription to Rue Morgue.

THIRD PRIZE:
A one-year digital subscription to Rue Morgue.

TO ENTER*
Choose THREE films from the list below, with an explanation of why you chose them in the comments section of this blog post (below). The most thoughtful/interesting/creative answers will be chosen as the winners.

  • Multiple entries are permitted.
  • Winners will be selected by Rue Morgue and notified via email.
  • Contest closes October 31 at midnight.

*Contest open to Canadian residents only.

RUE MORGUE’S HALLOWEEN HORRORS LIST

American Psycho
Black Death
The Blair Witch Project
The Blob (1958)
Cat People (1982)
The Crazies (2010)
The Children (2008)
Cube
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Daybreakers
Demon Knight
The Descent
Dog House
Ghostbusters
Fright Night (1985)
The Human Centipede
The Human Centipede 2
Julia’s Eyes
Kill List
The Mist
Mister Brooks
The Mothman Prophecies
My Bloody Valentine (1981)
The New Daughter
Phantasm II
The People Under the Stairs
Pet Sematary
The Prophecy
Red, White and Blue
Rubber
Shaun of the Dead
The Shrine
They Live
Tremors
We Are What We Are

 Good luck! We’re looking forward to reading your entries. Be creative and have fun with it!

Tags: Halloween contest, horror movie list, horror movies, Netflix Canada

Responses to Rue Morgue and Netflix Canada want YOU to curate your own Halloween horror triple bill

  1. With Halloween Movie Marathons – you can go one of two ways – Creepy, or Campy. (The best films have a little of both.)

    Here’s Campy:

    The Blob (1958): Steve “Half-a-block-of-f-ing-air-on-the-streets-of-San-Fran-Bullitt” McQueen… running from a giant cup of Jello. And a hippie being eaten by a sink. This movie is the quintessential “fun” Horror movie. Best viewed with fellow hecklers.

    Fright Night (1985) Sorry Colin Farrell, but you’ve got nothing on Chris Sarandon as a super-suave, porno-haired vamp next door who proves his unholy and inhuman might by terrorizing children. Roddy McDowell as one of his most memorable non-ape characters is the key to this film, as his over-the-top portrayal as an onscreen Vampire Hunter (and offstage wuss) is sure to keep you watching. Seriously – he’s the funniest, whiniest old guy on film since Lost in Space (the TV Show… not “Joey from friends in an astronaut costume”.)

    They Live Wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper gets one of the best lines in horror not from Bruce Campbell. “I have come here to kick ass and chew bubblegum… and I’m all out of bubblegum.” THAT is where you first heard this. Besides the great-for-the-time alien effects, and the chilling Orwellian message that runs throughout, They Live has one of the best on screen fistfights ever filmed. Piper and the dad from “Something About Mary” beat the crap out of each other for about ten minutes straight- and they’re both exhausted after the first three punches. The reason they’re fighting? Keith David won’t put on a pair of sunglasses. Watch this movie. It’s awesome.

  2. Mark Ostler says:

    My three films, in order of screening:
    My Bloody Valentine
    The Blair Witch Project
    Ghostbusters

    My explanation:
    My Bloody Valentine is a favourite of mine, because it’s a fun 80s slasher, but offers what I think is a pretty unique approach to the sub-genre. It has some great gore from the golden age of practical SFX and some inventive kills that the movie blends well with a fun/funny party atmosphere. It’s a good way to get a Halloween triple bill started. I’d follow that with The Blair Witch Project because that movie still scares me to this day. I saw it in theatres during its initial release and I’ve watched it countless times since and I still hold it above most other found-footage movies (and even horror movies in general) as having some of the scariest, creepiest scenes ever. Then to lighten the mood I’d screen Ghostbusters. One of the funniest movies ever made and full of some excellent ghost SFX, it just might be good enough to shake off the Blair Witch creeps before going to sleep. It also still has some genuinely creepy parts, especially after the Gatekeeper and Keymaster turn into giant horned dog-like creatures. I’ve watched that movie dozens of times since I was a little kid and still manage to laugh a ton and get creeped out. A true classic to end the triple bill.

  3. Carolyn says:

    Ghostbusters, Tremors, Shaun of the Dead

    These three films represent a campiness in horror films that sets them apart from others on this extensive list. At different times in my life, I’ve also been unwittingly scared by them thinking they were going to be comedies.

    The choice of Ghostbusters is often a no-brainer for those who have been fans since its inception. Dan Ackroyd’s writing was at its peak of cleverness with a vernacular that was cool and totally New York while remaining accessible as a comedic horror film. This film is the reason I insisted on going to the New York Public Library Branch the first time I visited the city. I dragged my companions there. They initially complained, but ended up being impressed. We were also pretty sure that an elderly woman working there with dew drop glasses and an immaculate hair roll styled on top of her head was some kind of Versace-type Fairy Godmother. The place just reeks of coolness – and it’s definitely haunted, even if the books haven’t stacked themselves.

    But I digress: This film is at the top of all my lists. If I could somehow curate it into every exhibition, I would. Interestingly, the part of Dr. Venkman was originally given to John Belushi before his death in 1982, enabling the viewer to graft the geist of his comedy onto Bill Murray’s performance – and subsequently having their minds blown.

    Kevin Bacon, by contrast, is one of those actors who continually surprises me. He’s starred in everything from campy horror films, to serious dramas, and then more recently blew everyone’s socks off (well, my socks were blown) with his impeccable German in X-Men First Class. X-Men. First Class. Blew my socks off. Who knew. Michael Fassbender was also excellent in that. I only wanted to bring that up so I could type his name. Michael Fassbender. Michael Fassbender.

    Tremors is the only film in this grouping that genuinely frightened me into thinking there were giant worms underneath the ground at my house. I lived in the country so that didn’t seem so far-fetched at the time.

    Shaun of the Dead was Simon Pegg’s first feature. Compared to the sausage factory of a cast that was in “Hot Fuzz” this film had a greater range of characters that included his neglected girlfriend. I’ve always enjoyed a horror narrative that gives more than “theres something in the attic or that house on the hill is haunted” plot line. Adding humour, depth, and dimension gives horror lee-way to frighten. It’s more likely to take the audience by surprise. “Shaun” did that incredibly well – and so it deserves to be the companion of Ghostbusters and Tremors.

  4. Anna Cabusora says:

    1) The Blair Witch Project – This movie made me sick (jumping hand-held), but it scared the crap out of me. My friends and I loved this movie so much that we made a spoof about it for a class project and named it “The Bloor Witch Project”, which we filmed in High Park. :)

    2) Ghostbusters – Who doesn’t love this movie? An oldie but a goodie! One of the movies that I love watching that was transformed into an animated series. What about the swag? Who didn’t drink the inferior green Hi-C Ecto Cooler drink?

    3) Cube – This was a thinking movie. It totally screws with your mind. The traps were extremely inventive. The characters gradually lose their minds, I mean, I think I would’ve too if I got stuck in there (claustrophobic). But, I think my favourite part of this movie was when one of the characters gets sliced like cheese blocks and his pieces slowly slide off. Kinda disturbing, but it was nicely done! THINK RUBIK’s CUBE!

  5. David Goulet says:

    Black Death haunts me because, as a Christian, I know it’s on the mark historically. The Jesus of the ‘crusaders’ in the film is essentially a zombie Christ — a distortion and corruption of the actual Jesus of the Gospels. Worship a zombie and you become one. It’s a film with a very timely warning about the dark price of zealotry and self-righteousness. The film is also further proof that Sean Bean was born to wear armour and wield a sword.

    Blair Witch Project spawned a genre. When I saw it the first time I was reliving every camping trip I’d ever been on: the one where I got disoriented in the Eastern Ontario bush; the one where my canoeing buddy and I snapped at each other because we were hungry and wet; the one where something cracked heavy branches outside our tent in the middle of the night yet left no tracks. I also had flashbacks to the times as kids we’d explored the abandoned farm homes in the back hills. For me there isn’t all that much faux in this faux documentary.

    Ghostbusters – because as a monster kid in the 80′s this movie was everything you wanted: a story that was Disney on acid, cool monsters and hip heroes, and sex appeal (Sigourney not Moranis!). All that and a theme song that remains a cross-generational ear worm. Dad’s coveralls on – check. School backpack shouldered – check. ShopVac tubing and pipe connected – check. Power up!

  6. Matt McPhee says:

    American Psycho
    Not only is this a brilliant satire, but also the narration alone stands apart from the physical violence. Patrick Bateman’s pornographic in nature when describing his morbid murderous inclinations, as well as his obsession with beauty and material possessions.

    The Mist
    Curious as to what Frank Darabont and half the Walking Dead cast were up to before the successful AMC series? Darabont’s third Stephen King outing, but it is his first horror adaptation (after Shawshank and Green Mile). Without giving too much away, this flick has one of the best examples of tragic irony ever put on film.

    Cube
    One of the most interesting and original horror films (although it was inspired a Twilight Zone episode) in recent times. With human lives in jeopardy behind each door, the human interactions end up being just as horrific. Bonus points for being a Canadian flick.

  7. Eric says:

    Black Death
    Sean Bean. A first good reason. Then,there is the fact that this movie was not seen buy everyone; YOU have to see it, seriously!

    The Blair Witch Project
    For the realistic feeling and vision. For the fact that you can feel like you are in this movie whenever you go in some unknown woods. And because the end is just so, so, so…

    Pet Sematary
    That movie goes right next to Evil Dead 1 in the category: movies that scared myself to death when I was young.

  8. Jason Hammond says:

    Even though there was no Lucio Fulci flicks in this list, I managed to pick 3 brutal favourites of mine.
    DEMON KNIGHT; I grew up reading EC comics like Tales From The Crypt and it was definitely my favourite TV show also. They made 3 Tales… movies but the first was the BEST! The storyline about Demons, the knights, and the apocalypse is amazing. The demon effects are even better than DEMONS, Ernest Dickerson is the only reason I still watch The Walking Dead, also heaviest soundtrack for ANY movie!! Melvins, Ministry, Sepultura, Rollins Band, Pantera, ect… (anyone who’s seen Ministry do Tonight We Murder live would agree) me and my brother owned the cassette and cd and wore out both copies from constant listening\m/
    THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE; One of the very few modern movies that I actually felt disturbed watching! I heard all the “100% medically accurate” hype, but when I watched it for the first time I was actually horrified, awsome!! Dr. Hiter is on par with Norman Bates, Leatherface, Hannibal Lector… but way more terrifying (and insane)!! At least if Norman or Bubbah killed you it would be… quicker. Hannibal is evil, but Hiter was a Nazi surgeon (Netflix had Philosophy Of A Knife awhile ago, it has actual footage of Hiter’s trade if you want to see REAL evil) I picked the first one over The Full Sequence because I can’t stop laughing every time I watch it (maybe the first one and the Southpark spoof have desensitized me, or maybe it’s just REALLY funny!) except the stillbirth part… ok I laughed at that part to! Also this is the only movie Beavis & Butthead have reviewed (a surprisingly intelligent review at that!!)
    PET SEMATARY; Stephen King is the Elvis of horror, a fact of life (like everyone dies). I grew up reading everything of his I could get my morbid little hands on, also grew up watching The Munsters! Fred Gwynne’s most iconic role (Judd is still my favourite South Park character, even more than Cartman or Kenny!!) I chose this one over The Mist because it’s old school classic King, also this story is a very personal, moving metaphor for learning about death. I have a tough time watching this film now since I lost my little girls Lexx and Nova, but that is just a testament to the true power of this story. It should affect you deeply, if you have a soul. The music on Pet Sematary is all Rammones (Sheena Is A Punk Rocker/ Pet Sematary) and two of my favourite songs of all time (King knows rock n’ roll, see Maximum Overdrive\m/\m/)
    If Netflix still had Visions Of Suffering from Andrey Iskanov, that would’ve been on this list (but would have been a tough ass choice on which one I’d replace, so I’m kinda glad it’s not!)

  9. shawn provost says:

    Pet Semetary , American Psycho & Fright Night

    Pet Semetary: Not only is this adapted from one of Stephen King’s most frightening novels, but this movie is easily one of the most effectively terrifying screen adaptations of King’s work.Sometimes, dead is better

    American Psycho: Dark, insanely funny, I can’t even buy Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne in the batman films because of his role in this….. American Psycho is a film I could watch over and over.

    Fright Night: What triple bill would be complete without one of the best vampire movies ever made?? ( Near Dark is better but it’s not on the list).

  10. Kim says:

    My first response would have to be ghostbusters for sure, for a few reasons such as, Dan Akroyd and Bill Murray! I dont believe I need to elaborate from there. Another top choice pic is Shaun of the Dead, simply for the comic relief part of it, its got a little bit of everything that you like in a movie. My last choice is The Blob, just because you gotta love the classics, seriously what movie list is complete without them?

  11. Mark Green says:

    1. My Bloody Valentine, shot in Atlantic Canada (where I’m from) this holds a sentimental place in my “heart”. Not to mention it’s classic 80′s slasher vibe that appears to be so hard to replicate today.
    2. Cube, I accidentally discovered this gem. It blew me away as it did many. An original idea and a genuine “no explanation needed” story line like the movies of yesteryear. Sometimes shit just happens, we don’t need to know the backstory or an explanation to appreciate some great story. A I right? Not to mention the great Canadian talent.
    3. They Live, Carpenters #2 film in my opinion. Shot with a media centric focus, it opened the eyes of our own zombie like traits. While making our peers the potential monster, it was a kick ass 80’s take on “who’s who”. It also didn’t hurt matters that Piper was one of my favourite wrestlers, who I may also mention is Caniadan.

    Why all the Canadian love? Well hell I am Canadian and so is my favourite horror magazine! Even Netflix picked Canada as its first international home. In which case, I can’t help but appreciate the choice and affordable alternative to piracy Canada needs! Canada and it’s talent need more of that.

    Rock on, eh!

  12. Matt Clarke says:

    My “Triple Bill” would go as follows:

    Cube
    The Children (2008)
    The Mist

    I love watching horror movies with friends– especially ones I know will affect them. Naturally, I made a list that moves from “kinda hopeful” to “pretty disconcerting” to “this feels terrible”.

    All of these movies are more-or-less bottled. In them, there’s a small group bound to each other by circumstance, at the height of emotion (not an uncommon theme in horror, but well represented here). These situations, much to my delight, become vicarious if there’s a group watching.

    As a result of the tension, the viewer is forced to think about the people around them, and evaluate how helpful they’d be in these situations. Would they abandon you just to make it to the next room? What would they do if you tried to kill their evil child? Would they stay rational in a crisis beyond reason?

    Cube is somewhat of an adventure, so it would pull people in. The Children is horrific, but none of us have kids so it wouldn’t hit too close to home. But after closing out with The Mist, there would certainly be silence and a lot of digestion. Maybe some self-evaluation. Maybe a little distrust of one another. More likely, some outrage for putting them through such uncomfortable stories (but a secret pleasure in having survived it).

    That masochistic uneasiness is what draws me to these movies, makes me want to share them with others. Out of all the movies in this list, I think these three evoke that uneasiness the most.

  13. Matt McPhee says:

    American Psycho
    Not only is this a brilliant satire, but also the narration alone stands apart from the physical violence. Patrick Bateman’s pornographic in nature when describing his morbid murderous inclinations, as well as his obsession with beauty and material possessions.
    The Mist
    Curious as to what Frank Darabont and half the Walking Dead cast were up to before the successful AMC series? Darabont’s third Stephen King outing, but it is his first horror adaptation (after Shawshank and Green Mile). Without giving too much away, this flick has one of the best examples of tragic irony ever put on film.
    Cube
    One of the most interesting and original horror films (although it was inspired a Twilight Zone episode) in recent times. With human lives in jeopardy behind each door, the human interactions end up being just as horrific. Bonus points for being a Canadian flick.

  14. Karina says:

    Unfortunately, I seem to find myself a week away from Halloween with little time to get my horror movie fix. I want to watch as many of my favourite genres in as few movies as possible while still feeling completely satisfied and terrified.
    After careful consideration I have decided upon:
    American Psycho; a great psychological thriller that also hits my dark comedy spot with the perfect amount of gore.
    The People Under The Stairs; nostalgic scary movie from my childhood that still gives me the creeps. A horror satire that leaves me checking closets and counting silverware must be included.
    Dawn of the Dead: a Halloween triple-feature demands THE Zombie movie. This film jam-packs the sci fi, post apocalyptic, thriller genre’s in an excellent cult classic punch.
    This horror trifecta is sure to indulge my halloween flick needs.

  15. Adam Myles says:

    My choices are going to follow the great theme of Canada!

    CUBE
    Filmed in Toronto, Canada on a modest budget, this mind bending flick took low independent horror fanatics on a true ride through imagination. This movie proved once and for all that simplistic and repetitive sets can in fact provide an atmosphere that lets the imagination flow beyond what the viewer can actually see. Well acted and containing some surprisingly effective special effects, it is a movie that has been handed around and recommended since its release, proving that to Canadian film makers a lower budget does not mean lower quality.

    MY BLOODY VALENTINE (1981)
    The classic slasher film that has inspired many horror films of its day, and even spawning a remake which has provided a reason for newer generations to revisit the original. Filmed in Sydney Nova Scotia, home of recent Canadian horror Comedy “The Legend of the Psychotic Forest Ranger”, My Bloody Valentine was and still is proof that Canadians know how to captivate and scare an audience. Seeing this movie and claiming yourself to be a Canadian horror fan, in my opinion, is a pre-requisite.

    THE SHRINE
    This gem came as a follow up from the great mind of Jon Knautz as a follow up to his smash hit “Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer”. Having met Jon in person, while I was an extra on the set of “Chillerama”, I can honestly say that he is a truly humble person who simply loves to tell a story. The movie does not disappoint, focusing on the psychological, with a nice mix of blood and FX where it is necessary, the movie has been given the thumbs up by any and all I have recommended it to. Jon has a great future in the movie industry, and does a proud service to Canadian Horror fans.

  16. Nick Piers says:

    I’ve always felt horror movies should never end on a positive note. Even slashers, where the slasher suddenly comes back right before the credits. But the best horror flicks are the ones where, just when you think it’s over and the worst is over, they hit you just ONE more time that really knock you on your ass.

    With that in mind, these are my three:

    1) The Mist – a really great movie that looks into the idea of mob mentality and how easily people can be swayed under the right circumstances. But then that ending, which Darabont changed from the original novella, just destroys you.

    2) Cube – a fantastic Canadian horror flick. But the ending is a real kick to the gut when you find out all their work was all for naught. It ends on a somewhat bittersweet note, but just before that, the “twist” is a real kick.

    3) The Descent – I hated this movie the first time around. It was a great, claustrophobic film until the monsters show up. Then they’re all running around no problem. Then a friend of mine revealed a theory to me: there are no monsters. The Descent isn’t about going down into a cave, but the descent into madness. I hate writing the spoiler here, but it needs to be said: the one survivor at the end? She didn’t escape, as we saw. She also didn’t fight monsters. She was killing her friends. The monsters were all in her head. That, my friends, is great horror.

  17. Brenda says:

    The three I would choose are
    1-Cube
    2-The Mist
    3-Shaun of the Dead

    Cube-I have always loved this Canadian gem.The people who are trapped in the futuristic cell like cubes are fascinating to watch as they try to work there way out of the cubes.Such a mystery as well as no one remembers how they got there.This movie is very gripping and intense.

    The Mist-This movie stuck with me I could not get it out of my mind.The ending is heart breaking.I love Stephen king and some of his movies are hit or miss.This is one of his best ones.You will be on the edge of your seat as the mysterious mist closes in on a small town.The survivors band together to fight the evil.

    Shaun of the Dead-Well who doesn’t love a good Zombie movie!Simon Pegg was brilliant in this one.I love that its a British dark comedy they have the best quirky movies.I love how Shaun(Simon Peggs)bad day gets even worse with the introduction of zombies…He is the hero in this movie.

  18. Tammy says:

    1. The Mothman Prophecies…the idea of that thing you catch in the corner of your eyes, and Richard Gere is a top notch actor.
    2. Daybreakers…an awesome twist on an old idea, the thing that can kill you, can also save you, the sun. The idea of a society based on blood and not money!! Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe, also two top notch actors.
    3. Tremors…campy, hilarious and still able to make you jump in your seat!! Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward are an awesome awkward duo!

  19. Blair Witch Project:
    I can’t even look at my tent in a box without hyperventilating.

    People Under the Stairs:
    The People who were under those stairs were on our side! It’s the fanatical leather-clad cracker parents that we have to fear. And I have ever since.

    Human Centipede:
    Because it proves that those old-dark-house stories still work, in new perverse ways. Texas Chainsaw Massacre was that for the 70s. Psycho was that for the 60′s. There are some monsters who roam the streets, and there are some who sit at home and wait.

  20. Milo Beitman says:

    I have a theme: Animals. Why? Cause they are awesome, just like these movies:

    1. Cat People (’82) – A. Made the year I was born. B. The music in it is rad – David Bowie, anyone? C. The plot is awesome starting with the parents having been animal trainers to this awesomely erotically intertwined plot in this horror film.

    2. Pet Sematary (’89) – A. Stephen King is a genius. B. Church is a bad ass cat that comes back to life. C. Again–the music–the Ramones. D. The movie was scary and freaked me out. Job well done.

    3. Dog House (’09) – A. Who doesn’t love a little british comedy/horror? B. So technically–not about animals BUT ravenous man-eaters? Amazing. Nuff said.

    C’mon–points for theme and organization, right?

  21. Anita Clemas says:

    1. The Prophecy – because Angels are not the goody goodies that people think they are and Christopher Walken .plays a mean Gabriel.

    2.Dawn of the Dead (2004)- because there just has to be a movie with slow moving people trying to eat your brain.

    3. My Bloody Valentine (1981)- because what is a horror Triple Bill without some psycho chasing after you with a big bloody instrument.

  22. Colleen Scott says:

    The Blob (1958):A Haiku
    Red Blob space case
    50′s monster goo
    Frosty repose until a sequel

    Ghostbusters: Limerick
    There once was a man named Ray
    with ghosts and guouls he did play
    He used a proton pack
    to lead the attack
    and made the ghosts go away.

    Tremors: A Song: sing it to the music of We will Rock you

    Graboid you’re a boy make a big noise
    Playin’ under the street gonna eat a big man some day
    You got mud on yo’ face
    You big disgrace
    Flickin’ your tongues all over the place

    We will we will grab you
    We will we will grab you

    Val you’re a young man hard man
    Shoutin’ in the street gonna save the world this day
    You got blood on yo’ face
    it’s no disgrace
    Wavin’ your hands all over the place

    We will we will grab you
    We will we will grab you

    Earl you’re an old man poor man
    Pleadin’ with your eyes gonna make you some sucess some day

    You got mud on your face
    It’s no disgrace
    Somebody will put you back into your place

    We will we will grab you
    We will we will grab you

  23. Francine says:

    1-The Shrine
    2-Shaun of the Dead
    3-The People under the Stairs
    I’m recently getting into scary movies. I have never seen THE SHRINE. Looks terrifying. I would then watch SHAUN OF THE DEAD because I have seen it. It would give me a horror comic relife before heading into THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS which is and oldie and scary too :)

  24. bsywanyk says:

    I. Fright Night
    II. American Psycho
    III.We Are What We Are

    Given the choices, I would like to see a triple bill that explores the themes of ‘the horror next door’ as well as providing a nice cross-section of the genre’s evolution over the last 30 years.
    What frightens audiences will change with the times but what makes horror scary has always been the prospect of something unknown encroaching on our daily lives. Good horror works when you leave the theatre convinced you are somehow less safe than when you went in. The world changes and the recluse next door may not be a vampire anymore, but he most certainly could be eating people.

    Starting with “Fright Night” would ease the audience into a fun supernatural romp while introducing them to the theme. The suburban setting and classical horror tropes are there, but mixed with enough tongue-in cheek nods and genuine scares to really set the mood and get people pumped with the energy of an era long past. (The 2011 remake just couldn’t tap into it)

    Barreling on through to “American Psycho” would maintain the twisted humour vibe but throw the audience headlong into a more realistic take on the modern psycho. Though the story is set around the same time “Fight Night” was made, there’s no denying the mid-nineties grittiness and charred sense of humour. “American Psycho” drags the ‘horror next door’ theme into the light of the larger world and can even be viewed as a precursor to the recent spate of wall-street mistrust.

    “We Are What We Are” rounds off the night with the most grungy and lifelike depiction of urban horror. We are still planted firmly in the ‘horror next door theme’ Only this time there are no twists or gimmicky literary elements to save us. This horror is real and anyone who tunes into world (or even local) news from time-to-time has to recognize that horror films have craned their necks and are staring deep into the dilated pupils of our nerve-wracked society. There is nothing more horrible going on today than the things which eventually squirm onto the late news behind “disturbing content” banners. Events just like those depicted in “We Are What we Are” have happened before and will happen again and that will be the lone thought quivering around the minds of those who huddle their loved ones while leaving the theatre after this triple bill of horror.

  25. Francine says:

    1-THE SHRINE
    2-SHAUN OF THE DEAD
    3-THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS

  26. Justin says:

    soo hard to choose just 3! my first choice is Dawn of the Dead (2004)

    such a classic movie even being released 8 years ago! this movie overall has an amazing storyline, great convincing acting, terrifying zombies! not only are they scary but they are the intense fast running zombies i have a could watch this movie over and over again, just the beginning of the movie alone is scary.

    2nd movie would be Cube:

    randomly stumbled across this movie while just flicking through the channels was already a half hour into it but still watched it anyway and glad i did (seen it a few times after that) the way the put this movie together was amazing, from the characters to the traps/puzzles and the enviroment, it took me by surprise, it’s a canadian movie too so that’s a plus for us

    3rd is The Mist:

    insane movie! the ending was the craziest part, if anyone didn’t see this movie definitely see this!, from all the scary monsters/things that we’re in the mist to the again great acting and characters in the movie

  27. Catherine says:

    I’ve been housebound for a few months due to health issues and am very grateful to have Netflix. I’ve watched a few of these movies again lately. Lots of good Triple Bills here so far, here’s mine.:

    Blair Witch Project-because it’s effective. It really is scary. To me Halloween is about three things: getting scared, nostalgia, and fun. Blair Witch Project fills the first one.

    There are many on the list to fill the last two. I’ll pick Demon Knight for nostalgia and fun. A young Billy Zane, Thomas Hayden Church and Jada Pinkett Smith, the Cryptkeeper, that icon of early 90s TV that many of us remember from our youth.

    For my last pick I’m going to choose Kill List. I watched it recently and couldn’t get it out of my mind. It starts out as one type of movie and then turns into a completely different genre. It’s flawed, but brilliant. The soundtrack alone is award worthy. This is a must see.

    Happy Halloween everyone!

  28. Colin M says:

    The Blair Witch Project
    I was 20 when this movie came out, working as a lifeguard at a summer camp. The location of this movie, felt like this could have been filmed at that camp. I remember having to run down the path through the woods to get to my cabin, and to top it off the art director of the camp got the kids to make stick people and hang them in the trees. I will never forget this movie, as it felt like I was there in those woods…

    Dawn of the Dead (2004)
    I feel this is one of the best modern Zombie movies, Sarah Polley is a wonderful actress, and the direction of Zack Snyder is great. The opening sequence with the neighbor is great and ending is great.

    Shaun of the Dead
    I fell in love with this movie and have seen it at least 10 times. Simon and Nick are so incredibly good together. “you have red on you”

  29. Ryan says:

    Ghostbusters- What a classic. This movie can be watched over and over again without getting boring. Full of great entertainment.
    Fright Night- Forget Twilight this is the ultimate vampire movie. Again this another movie that can watched over and over.
    Shaun of the Dead- Pure zombie fun. I found this movie very entertaining.

  30. Colin M says:

    1. The Blair Witch Project
    2. Dawn of the Dead (2004)
    3. Shaun of the Dead
    Blair Witch came out the summer I turned 20, I was working as a lifeguard at a summer camp. Every night I had to walk, ok run, down a dark path in the woods to get to my cabin, and to add an extra creep factor, in arts and crafts they had got the kids to make and hang stick people in the trees.
    Dawn of the Dead, is one of the best modern zombie flicks out there. Sarah Polley is a wonderful actress, I jumped in the movie and it had an amazing opening sequence with the little girl.
    Shaun of the Dead, is the best buddy horromodey, Simon and Nick work so well together. I think I have seen this flick 10+ times “you have red on you”

  31. Megan Cuthbertson says:

    Fright Night(1985): “You’re so cool, Brewster!” ~Stephen Geoffreys. This iconic line is about the first thing I hear when I ask friends about this movie. Upon seeing it for the first time, it instantly became one of my top five favorite movies in my collection. Chris Sarandon as Jerry Dandridge was the perfect choice for this film. And Stephen Geoffreys as Evil Ed… his character is an awesome mix of funny and creepy.
    A must watch…
    Shawn of the Dead: Well, let’s see. Zombies. Check. A pub named after a rifle (Winchester). Check. What does this give us? The ingredients to a bloody good time, that’s what.
    American Psycho: Christian Bale does creppy and unsettling very well as Patrick Bateman, a shallow, vain, homicidal investment banker. This film has a lot going for it. Like some of the death scences. It’s just a good time all-round.

  32. louidgi gauthier says:

    Too many films in that list…its heartbreaking too choose only 3 but i’ll go with the ones that i think made my love for the horror genre what it is today:an unquenchable thist for more and more chills,thrills,blood and the occasional disembowelement….
    THE BLOB:
    in the pre-cold war era ,the people phobia of invading martians and mutating creatures were at the peak and gosh i wish i could had been living these years of hot rod cars,pin-up chicks that you bring to the drive-in to see the latest b-movie…the blob is one of these movies that we cherish after so many years and that will remain FOREVER in our collective mind
    THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT:
    That movie set the standadrs for the ‘found footage’ flick..The terror that the charcters endured(and spectators too)seemed so real and intense and all that without seeing a single creature…thats work of genious!!!I remember that when i saw this movie,i was living with my parents in a house surronded by woods…the parking lot was about 20 feet away from the entrance and when i came back from the movie theatre, i think that i soiled myself just covering that distance…twice…
    THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES:
    This ones just give me the creeps just thinking of the events that happend when i was watching

  33. Dillon Goldsmith says:

    1. Tremors. 2. My Bloody Valentine. 3. The Descent.
    Lets start off the triple bill with the 1990 classic, “Tremors”. This action packed thrill ride sizzles as Kevin Bacon and friends take on giant monsters living under their hometown. The fear lives just below the surface in this film that packs the laughs as well as the screams making this a perfect start to the three. Though filled with jumps, by the end you will be screaming “F**K YOU” at your fear and be ready to move deeper into the horror of Stage Two.
    Next up is the 1981 slasher masterpiece, “My Bloody Valentine”. Though you may feel you have some courage after facing off against the giants worms of “Tremors”, you will not be prepared for the pickaxe wielding psychopath butchering the East Coast. As Harry Warden slaughters buyz and lassies left, right and centre, your heart will start racing until it is ripped out of your chest. With a surprisingly creepy ending, you will need a twofour of Moosehead just to calm your nerves. “Harry Warden is in the mine. Everyone get the f**k out”, but only after you travel deeper into Stage Three.
    To finish off the bill comes 2005′s “The Descent”. In this claustrophobic nightmare, the covers will only increase the fear the you feel as you travel deeper into the madness. Following a group of foxy adrenaline junkies, you travel into a cave where the only escape is to go deeper. But you are sure as hell not alone! With the strong combination of tight places and eaten faces, the only thing you will be doing is using the rest of your Netflix subscription on Arrested Development and frantically looking behind yourself every couple of second.
    From the wide open spaces of “Tremors” to the blood filled tombs of “The Descent” these films drag you deeper and deeper into terror as your laughter quickly becomes screams. This makes for a hell of a triple bill, so grab some friends and a helmet lamp and prepare for terror!

  34. Dillon Goldsmith says:

    1. Tremors. 2. My Bloody Valentine. 3. The Descent.
    Lets start off the triple bill with the 1990 classic, “Tremors”. This action packed thrill ride sizzles as Kevin Bacon and friends take on giant monsters living under their hometown. The fear lives just below the surface in this film that packs the laughs as well as the screams making this a perfect start to the three. Though filled with jumps, by the end you will be screaming “F**K YOU” at your fear and be ready to move deeper into the horror of Stage Two.
    Next up is the 1981 slasher masterpiece, “My Bloody Valentine”. Though you may feel you have some courage after facing off against the giants worms of “Tremors”, you will not be prepared for the pickaxe wielding psychopath butchering the East Coast. As Harry Warden slaughters buyz and lassies left, right and centre, your heart will start racing until it is ripped out of your chest. With a surprisingly creepy ending, you will need a twofour of Moosehead just to calm your nerves. “Harry Warden is in the mine. Everyone get the f**k out”, but only after you travel deeper into Stage Three.
    To finish off the bill comes 2005′s “The Descent”. In this claustrophobic nightmare, the covers will only increase the fear the you feel as you travel deeper into the madness. Following a group of foxy adrenaline junkies, you travel into a cave where the only escape is to go deeper. But you are sure as hell not alone! With the strong combination of tight places and eaten faces, the only thing you will be doing is using the rest of your Netflix subscription on Arrested Development and frantically looking behind yourself every couple of second.
    From the wide open spaces of “Tremors” to the blood filled tombs of “The Descent” these films drag you deeper and deeper into terror as your laughter quickly becomes screams. This makes for a hell of a triple bill, so grab some friends and a helmet lamp and prepare for terror!

  35. Brendan says:

    Triple Feature for a Halloween Shindig
    ————————————–

    (1) My Bloody Valentine (1981)
    No better way to get people in the right mood for a Canadian Halloween party than sex and gore. Oh, and Moosehead beer.

    (2) Pet Sematary
    Now everybody has a good Moosehead buzz and is feeling a little rambunctious, what better time to pop in the equal parts silly and genuinely scary Pet Sematary? It’s a perfect balance of giggles and screams.

    (3) Red, White, and Blue
    Now your drunk guests are getting loud and obnoxious. Time to make them shut the fuck up. Initially this seems like a movie about getting drunk and having sex which will lead to annoying cheers and probably shots. But as this movie begins to unfold they will be sure to get uncomfortable and leave your house depressed, which is great. I’m kinda a shithead like that.

  36. Ryan says:

    Dawn of the Dead – This is a exception to the rule that remakes ruin the franchise. I find this one surpasses the orginal. If you do a horror movie marathon around halloween, this should be in your watchlist. Great zombie movie.

    Pet Sematary – Stephen King books makes great movies. This is flawless and scary as hell. Something creepy about that little kid.

    They Live – This a alien movie that scares you and makes you very paranoid about the world you are living in. Another one for a watchlist.

  37. Zvi Vaxman says:

    The Blair Witch Project – As a camping lover, after watching this movie, I haven’t gone camping since nor have been in a tent… The final scene in the movies still makes the hairs on my hands rise just thinking about it
    Ghostbusters – One of my favourite childhood movies, I was fascinated with the state puff marshmellow man and dressed up as him for 5 years in a row.. after the 3rd year, people asked me what I was and i was shocked they did not know who he was!
    and the final movie – Pet Sematary – Almost as bad as Blair Witch Project… I loved my cat but when it was time, he passed away and I wanted him to come back so bad. But after watching this movie, I think its better that he just stays dead

  38. Cam Schwarz says:

    THE BLAIR WITCH PEOJECT Being at the tender age of 28, a movie is not supposed to mke you sit in your car after te movie. Smoke a cigarette and have you hands shake. Truly amazing.

    THE MIST-Do you have kids? Dam that hurt.

    MY BLOODY VALENTINE-Hanging work clothes dropping on you? Omg I shat my pants.

  39. Pat says:

    THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT – The film uses imagination to fill in the gaps and for those that get it, it’s terrifying. I saw this on the initial limited release, it was tricky to get tickets. Remember when the film ended the sold out show just sat there in silence for a for a bit. This one turned that tables for modern horror.

    MY BLOODY VALENTINE – It’s apparently Quentin Tarantino’s favourite slasher for good reason. It’s not mindless teen, but young adults living in a struggling, Canadian coastal mining community. Awesome kills, thick atmosphere and genuine scares are what makes this work beautifully.

    THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS – This is an underrated gem from Wes Craven. Chas Balun said that for a horror film to be great, anything could happen at any minute. This one has that. It’s genuinely scary with twists and turns, and about ten years ahead of itself. I remember seeing this twice on initial release with about ten people in the theatre. It’s been a Halloween viewing staple ever since!

  40. Lizel Chavez says:

    1) The Ghostbusters- Any movie that stars Bill Murray as a guy who has catches ghosts for a living is GOLD in my book. This movie is always an excellent conversation starter when speaking to my fellow geeks. Conversation topics that might arise when discussing this film, can be one of the following: who is your favorite Ghostbuster? What was your favorite scene; or even would you rather have sex Slimer or Mr.Stay Puft? I know, I know as twisted as it may seem some may think those ghouls are sexy.

    2) Pet Semetary- I usually watch any film that is based off a Stephen King novel or story. Therefore, I obviously had to watch Pet Semetary. Any film that can make the cutest kid ever, become the freakiest little thing with a knife is pure horror gold. I couldn’t help but chuckle at times while watching Miko Hughes (Gage Creed), chase his dad around. All I kept thinking of was that classic line in Kindergarten Cop, when Miko : “Boys have a penis, and girls have a vagina”.

    3) Dawn of the Dead (2010)- This film has one of the best opening sequences ever. The use of Johnny Cash’s, “Man Comes Around” just makes it that much better. All I can say, is that this movie helped make zombies cool, of course “The Walking Dead” just made them more acceptable and less freaky to 40-year-old homemakers. Watching Ty Burrell, Phil in “Modern Family”, play a total dick is freaking awesome especially when we are used to seeing him acting like such a tool on ABC’s “Modern Family”. The effects are amazing and the gore is just to die for.

  41. adam leathers says:

    Can i really only pick three lol DAWN OF THE DEAD- original great! Zack Snyders version…horrifying and i dont mean in the sense that it sucked…com’n zombies can be scary enough, but think about a 3 hundred pound monster running at you in full speed…(cause lets be honest they dont get tired..thier muscles dont ware out, its just dead weight)…and the only thing this creature wnats to do is eat you alive. Now that scary.
    DEMON KNIGHT- by far my favorite tales from the crypt story…awesome protagonist..Brayker or breaker how ever its spelled sorta reminds me of an Ash type and im talkin the first Evil dead ash…before he became a super bad ass..brayker or breaker was just a normal guy fighting a war within a war so to speak im a firm believer in the super and paranormal..i believe some horror movies give doses of truth..the whole blood of Christ thing in that movie was Awesome..the whole having to shoot the demons in the eyes…brilliant!… and Billy Zanes character as the head Demon was very interesting specially when he starts getting pissed lol love it!
    DOG HOUSE- kind of a comedy horror, but still a horror movie..i love the fact that the disease only effected women..that’s super scary if your married like me..shhhee dont tell my wife i said that lol (but hell hath no fury right?) i just love movies where you havta be worried about being attacked in all directions not just one…many monster comming at you is a worse scenario than say just one slasher character. not to mention a some of the women on there looked like they would have been tough when they were alive. I love British horror..they seem to be good story tellers..Dog Soldiers is the best..but any way Dog House was very BAD ASS! Ha its crazy how much i love love horror..

  42. Lizel Chavez says:

    1) The Ghostbusters- Any movie that stars Bill Murray as a guy who has catches ghosts for a living is GOLD in my book. This movie is always an excellent conversation starter when speaking to my fellow geeks. Conversation topics that might arise when discussing this film, can be one of the following: who is your favorite Ghostbuster? What was your favorite scene; or even would you rather have sex Slimer or Mr.Stay Puft? I know, I know as twisted as it may seem some may think those ghouls are sexy.

    2) Pet Semetary- I usually watch any film that is based off a Stephen King novel or story. Therefore, I obviously had to watch Pet Semetary. Any film that can make the cutest kid ever, become the freakiest little thing with a knife is pure horror gold. I couldn’t help but chuckle at times while watching Miko Hughes (Gage Creed), chase his dad around. All I kept thinking of was that classic line in Kindergarten Cop, when Miko : “Boys have a penis, and girls have a vagina”.

    3) Dawn of the Dead (2004)- This film has one of the best opening sequences ever. The use of Johnny Cash’s, “Man Comes Around” just makes it that much better. All I can say, is that this movie helped make zombies cool, of course “The Walking Dead” just made them more acceptable and less freaky to 40-year-old homemakers. Watching Ty Burrell, Phil in “Modern Family”, play a total dick is freaking awesome especially when we are used to seeing him acting like such a tool on ABC’s “Modern Family”. The effects are amazing and the gore is just to die for.

  43. Paul Dickson says:

    1. The Mist.
    After our “hero” slaughters his own son and a friend of his in his pickup truck to spare them further horror, the film’s most enduring lesson is learned -never give up hope.
    2. The Cube.
    This is a paranoid tin-foil hat type of thriller not for the claustrophobic. Quite original and inventive in a very tried genre. -And its Canadian!!!
    3.My Bloody Valentine (1981).
    This movie was and still is under most people’s radar. The name Harry Warden should be as easily recognizable today as Jason Voorhees or Freddy Kreuger. Unfortunately, it is not. Like Bob Clark’s original Black Christmas, this is a film that was way ahead of it’s time. It is also cinematic proof, especially when compared to it’s abysmal big-budget remake, that enthusiasm from people who love what they do will always mean more to horror than money. It is also semi-Canadian for it’s use of locations and actors. The line at the end of the film, “Sara, be my bloody valentine”, uttered by a presumed dying maniac as he slunk off into the shadows of the mine, made for a hard night getting to sleep for this 12 year old at the time. I have never forgotten it!
    Cheers!

  44. Nathan says:

    1 – The Mist – One of my favorite Stephen King short stories
    2 – Dawn of the Dead (2004) – A remake of a classic horror movie that is actully almost as good as the original
    3 – They Live – Three words Rowdy Roddy Piper

  45. Ryan says:

    American Psycho – One of Christan Bales darker movies. I like that it was orginal and stood out from other horror movies.

    The Crazies – The was very zombie like and does what a zombie film would do, make you scared of some little virus like the common cold.

    Daybreakers – This a very orginal vampire movie that stands out from all the others. It asks and answers your question, what would vampires do if there were no more humans to feed on.

  46. Neil Beckman says:

    The films for a Halloween triple feature should embrace the holiday…any old horror flick won’t do. AND Order matters… so in this order (first to last)

    1) Fright Night : This is a classic 80′s Halloween flick. A little campy, a little cheesy, but has HALLOWEEN written all over it. Hormone raging teen Charley Brewster has a new neighbor Count Douchebag and nobody believes him. Not even Evil Ed.

    2) The Blair Witch Project : This movie popularized the “found footage” genre, bringer of fright to anyone paying attention and not trying to get to third base with the girl on the sofa with you watching movies on Halloween! This movie makes you jump and twitch and dodge out of the twiggy woods you feel like you are there with them being terrorized by an unseen evil. PERFECT hair raiser for the holiday!!

    3) The Mist : A truly scary movie done in the classic horror style. The world’s gone to hell (literally??) and you’re trapped in a store, creepy crawlies outside trying to eat you and a one hell of an ending. If you make it up late enough to watch my third installment this Halloween, you just might get your wish and have a nightmare of your own!

  47. Marcell says:

    American Psycho – When you look into Christian Bale’s eyes, you are seeing the soul (or lack thereof) of Patrick Bateman. The emptiness that you are seeing on screen is something so chilling and yet, it’s something that is real. I think the film, the entire concept is a study of the darker side of human nature and dares to show us what some think but would never do. Also, the film is completely hilarious for all the wrong reasons. Finally, taken from the book – the film captures the yuppie culture of the 80′s so expertly it’s a complete joy to watch, not to mention that soundtrack!

    Pet Sematary – I believe this is one of the best examples of a Stephen King book being committed to film. Fred Gwynne as Jud Crandall might be one of the most believable characters in a horror film in some time. Every time I hear him utter “Sometimes, dead is better” it both gives me goosebumps and makes me smile. What about Church the cat as well? That cat was ridiculously cute when it was alive and a complete psycho cat when “dead” Kudos to the cat and the cat trainer. All in all it made for a wonderful experience as a film, and one I just can’t get tired of.

    The Blair Witch Project – The reason I picked this film is because of the impact it had on me when I was younger and the impact I know it had on a whole host of others. I was young enough to be able to sit in the theatre and say “Wait… Is this real?” “How am I watching this?” “Do I really need to be afraid?” I was with my cynical cousin who eventually stomped out any belief I had in the film, but for a brief moment, I was able to experience what true horror is supposed to do: Suspend disbelief, terrify and entertain. I still feel it’s important to this day.

  48. johnny T says:

    (In this order)
    Demon Knight
    Shaun of the Dead
    The Human Centipede

    These three choices perfectly sum up all the crazy possibilities for a Halloween Movie Marathon! They are arranged in the order that you should watch them…

    Demon Knight starts off the night right. You get a nice mix of all the “standard” horror movie conventions: scares, monsters, blood & guts, action, humor, and plenty of good “one-liners!”

    Shaun of the Dead takes you away from convention while still giving you everything you love about horror movies! You are taken into a cleverly crafted, cheeky, British Zombie comedy! No Halloween is complete without some good’ol fashion zombies (with a comic twist)… So, you start the night off with Demon Knight which has all the standard horror movie cliches, and then you are taken higher with the hilarious zombie-filled comedy Shaun of the Dead. How can the night get any more fulfilling you ask..?

    The Human Centipede. This is where we separate the strong from the week. This is where we find out how much you like/dislike the freaky possibilities that Halloween presents! It is where we look into the eyes of a deranged lunatic… Then look at the folks around us… Then you realize that monsters and demons are small potatoes when compared to the “reality” that psychopaths do exist in this world… This is the scariest thing you can imagine, actually being at the mercy of a deranged person… Gulp!

  49. Crystal says:

    Claustrophobia Triple Bill
    (1) The Descent, (2) My Bloody Valentine, (3) Cube

    I’m a big fan of themed movie nights, and for this triple feature, I’ve selected titles on the theme of claustrophobia. The Descent (2005) was the movie that brought me on-board with modern horror when I saw it in theatres. Finally, a contemporary film that was genuinely creepy, thoughtful, and anxiety-inducing, and with a relatable, realistic, all-woman cast, no less! I would be hard-pressed to name another film that so successfully imparts breath-holding dread as the characters shimmy through dark crevices. If you have any hint of claustrophobia, this movie will awaken it in you. My Bloody Valentine (1981) is a fairly straightforward slasher, but it certainly ranks up with other holiday horrors. The scenes set in the mines are definitely the most effective – dark, maze-like passageways allow for, say, a pick-axe wielding gas-masked killer to seek revenge on brazen teens. Cube (1997) is a piece of Canadian SF/Horror history, as important as any Cronenberg film. The characters find themselves within a system of thousands of identical rooms, many of which are rigged with traps resulting in numerous memorable death scenes. The concept behind Cube is excellent, and a feeling of panic, claustrophobia, and helplessness pervade as the characters crawl through the surreal, Kafkaesque rooms.

    Interestingly, both Cube and My Bloody Valentine are Canadian productions. Is there something in the Canadian consciousness where, growing up with expanses of forests and prairies, we fear enclosed spaces? Dark, claustrophobic space is a common technique in horror, and I would love to play this triple-bill to watch horror rookies squirm with anxiety.

  50. Crystal says:

    [North] American consumer culture horror triple feature:
    (1) Dawn of the Dead, (2) They Live, (3) American Psycho

    ——————–
    Horror films are often a reflection of our fears, anxieties, and modern social ills, and these three films have become canonical critiques of consumer culture, relevant not only to a specific Western era, but continuing to be prescient social commentary today.

    Dawn of the Dead (2004)
    Dawn of the Dead (2004), Snyder’s remake of the Romero classic, updates the ‘70s mall setting with fake but recognizable brands and storefronts, reminding audiences how little has changed. While the dead have a “memory” or “instinct” to return to the mall, “an important place in their lives” (as per the 1978 version), the survivors engage in the memorable montage of Utopia/Apocalypse: unrestricted access to all the previously unaffordable contents of the mall. As Romero once said, the film “takes a satirical bite at American consumerism”, with 20th-21st century uncritical, compliant shoppers turning to instead consume human flesh.

    They Live (1988)
    A critique of Regan-era politics, the elite of Carpenter’s They Live are aliens conditioning passivity and sheep-like consumerism in the middle-class masses via subliminal advertising. Often campy and unintentionally funny, They Live remains relevant today with the prevalence of guerrilla advertising, product placements, arguments over political media bias, “dogwhistle” phrasing in political discourse, etc. In particular, Keith David’s character Frank has lines that may perhaps echo through history, as events such as controversial industry bailouts recur: “We gave the steel companies a break when they needed it. You know what they gave themselves? Raises.”

    American Psycho (2000)
    Recalling the mastermind social elite of They Live, American Psycho takes a different perspective – a vision of 1980s Wall Street where the super-rich are preoccupied with the trivialities and minutiae of expensive consumer products that represent their status and affirm their identities. Only sex workers and homeless people breach the insulated sphere of wealth, and then, only as victims of Patrick Bateman. American Psycho has a number of scenes and motifs now synonymous with shallow, superficial consumerism: business card stock choices, five-star restaurant reservations, regurgitation of political media sound bites, and over-analysis of inane 80s pop music. Patrick Bateman has fashioned his life by imitating what he sees. He adopts consumerism as modeled by advertising and his peers, and imitates violent murders and dramatic sex as modeled by horror movies (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and pornography. Not only did Mary Harron achieve the momentous task of adapting the Bret Easton Ellis novel to an accessible, enjoyable result, but created a Great horror film on par with those from genre auteurs like Hitchcock, Polanski and Argento.

  51. April says:

    Thanks to everyone who entered the contest! We enjoyed reading every last entry, and wish we had 49 prizes to dole out. Alas, there can be only three, and here they are:

    FIRST PRIZE (a one-year Netflix subscription, a PlayStation 3, and a one-year digital subscription to Rue Morgue) goes to Colleen (entry #22).

    SECOND PRIZE (a six-month Netflix subscription, and a one-year digital subscription to Rue Morgue) goes to Crystal (entries #48 and 49).

    THIRD PRIZE (a one-year digital subscription to Rue Morgue) goes to bsywanyk (entry #24).

    We’ll be in touch soon to hook you up with your prizes. Cheers, gang!

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