- Shining (Fake Trailer)
- The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror V: The Shinning
- What We Do In The Shadows (trailer)
- Housebound - After a hair-brained attempt to rob an ATM machine, Kylie is sentenced to house arrest by the judge. The catch is that it's her childhood home with her step-father and frustratingly talkative mother. Also, apparently, ghosts! With the aid of the security officer who monitors her ankle-band (he is an amateur paranormal investigator, naturally), Kylie transitions from selfish punk to mildly-interested in figuring out what is going on. Apparently, house arrest is quite boring so you could argue otherwise, but Morgana O'Reilly plays Kylie with such aplomb that you can't help but fall in love with her, despite her curmudgeonly sneering and initially self-absorbed whining.
- The Ring Video Dating (Robot Chicken)
- The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror: Bad Dream House
- The Hitchhiker's Guide To Murder (short)
- Out of the Dark - Stephen Chow's made a career out of genre mashups, and this early one works reasonably well for fans of the genre, even if it isn't nearly as seamless as Chow's best work (Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer are excellent and worth checking out). The Looney Tunes-like slapstick is the highlight of the film, mostly driven by our intrepid hero, played by Chow, a literal mental patient who dresses up like Leon The Professional and fancies himself a ghost hunter ever since he visited a circus and confused the paper mache monsters for the real thing.
- Tremors (trailer)
- A Ruined Nation (Robot Chicken)
- The Netherbeast of Berm-Tech Industries, Inc. (Short)
- Grabbers - An Irish monster comedy that plays into the stereotype, this one mashes up several tropes and sub-genres to get to the finish line. You've got your typical monster movie conventions, then we've got the the by-the-book cop gets assigned to a rural town and falls in love with the local whilst solving a string of mysterious murders sub-genre (yeah, that old chestnut), and then a good old-fashioned drinking film, a stereotypically Irish sub-genre. Our hero is played by Ruth Bradley, a charmingly prim and proper young woman who is partnered with the generally drunken, curly haired local cop. She looks askance at his general approach, but unlike Out of the Dark's romance, this one works reasonably well.
6WH: Week 4 - Comic Horror
It occurs to me that this year's Six Weeks of Halloween movie marathon is about as long as possible (assuming the six weeks begin on a Sunday) because Halloween falls on a Saturday this year. As such, we're just a hair over the midway point of the marathon, and after last week's batshit insanity, I decided to go a more humorous route this week. Some genre mashups go together like ink and paper (numbers on a calculator), but balancing horror and comedy is a tricky beast that few films manage to tame. Some figure it out by accident; the fabled "so bad it's good" type of movie often runs on an engine of unintentional comedy. But intentionally mashing these genres up takes a deft touch, and even the best examples often veer hard in one direction or another. I'm hard pressed to think of two better examples than Shaun of the Dead and Ghostbusters, but you already knew about those, didn't you? So let's troll the depths of Netflix in search of more.