Think Friday the 13th, and you think bad luck, misery and disaster. I think: that’s a great excuse for a Friday Night horror marathon. If you’re looking for inspiration because you’ve seen all the classics, the modern must-sees and have even given Saw a go, I’m here to answer your prayers. There’s always room for more horror and here are some spine-tingling recent examples you just to have to see before you die (gruesomely).
Happy Death Day
Summary: A college student must relive the day of her murder over and over again, in a loop that will end only when she discovers her killer’s identity.
Tea’s Thought: Oooh how I’ve missed horror films a la Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer and The Faculty. And Happy Death Day filled that gap! Fun fact… there is a sequel that’s just as good.
Summary: In 1905, a drifter on a dangerous mission to rescue his kidnapped sister tangles with a sinister religious cult on an isolated island.
Tea’s Thought: I loved this atmospheric horror/thriller. It does take its time to build, but the setting combined with the story and the acting keeps you invested until the craziness really starts.
Train To Busan
Summary: While a zombie virus breaks out in South Korea, passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan.
Tea’s Thought: Train to Busan is actually terrifying considering the current affairs, but this Korean zombie movie should be on your list for its fantastic set of characters.
Ready Or Not
Summary: A bride’s wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric new in-laws force her to take part in a terrifying game.
Ready or Not has all the ingredients I need in a horror movie: an old mansion house with a lot of rooms, eccentric and over the top family members and most importanntly – Seth Cohen.
Summary: Two girls must battle a mysterious evil force when they get left behind at their boarding school over winter break.
This films shows a lot, but barely tells you anything so you have the free reign to put together the clues and make it your own. Blackcoat’s Daughter is also very slow, so if you are not into that better opt for one of the other films.
It Comes At Night
Summary: Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorises the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son. Then a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.
Tea’s Thought:Horror movies where the problem comes from the inside the circle rather than from outside are my favourites and this one did a superb job, perfectly building the tension to breaking point.
One Cut of The Dead
Summary: Things go badly for a hack director and film crew shooting a low budget zombie movie in an abandoned WWII Japanese facility, when they are attacked by real zombies.
Tea’s Thought: I would say this is a safe zombie comedy for people who don’t like gory scenes. It’s one of my favourite and original movies I’ve seen in a long while and reminded me of the camaraderie of my film school days.
Summary: A pizza delivery girl at the end of her financial rope has to fight for her life – and her tips – when her last order of the night turns out to be high society Satanists in need of a virgin sacrifice.
Tea’s Thought: Despite a few ridiculously gory scenes I really enjoyed this horror comedy with some great one liners and a star turn from Ruby Modine