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5 Friday Fright Night Recommendations: The Best Slasher Flicks [Friday Sept 1st]

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Before we dive into this curated list of films, I want to say that I am not sure what qualifies as a slasher anymore. And I don’t think anyone else does either. A slasher used to mean an unknown person amassing a large body count, usually involving teenagers or 20 somethings. If that were still the case, we would call Jigsaw a slasher, but we don’t.

No, now a slasher film is more of a vibe than anything else. And I love that about horror movies. They just keep evolving into new things with each generation. Now with that out of the way, let’s dive into this list of the top slasher films available to watch this weekend.

Terrifier

Terrifier Streaming Free as of 9/1/2023
Terrifier Poster

This little indie project has made huge waves in the horror community over the past few years. So much so, that the hype for the third entry into the franchise is reaching critical levels. will it be able to match the pure chaos of the previous two films? I sincerely hope so.

Terrifier has made a name for itself as one of the best modern slashers around by ignoring all of the rules. Hell, I don’t think Michael Myers ever thought about just pulling out a gun and shooting his victims.

This one isn’t for everybody; some people can’t stand the non-plot of the films. If you are one of the lucky souls who hasn’t stumbled upon this amazing slasher, go give it a try this weekend.

Terrifier Official Trailer

Sleepaway Camp

Sleepaway Camp Streaming Free as of 9/1/2023
Sleepaway Camp Poster

I have mentioned before my love for Felissa Rose (Wolf Hollow), and my willingness to see anything she stars in. For those unaware, Sleepaway Camp is the film that started the horror world’s obsession with Felissa Rose.

This is another film that is both loved and hated within the community. Nobody would deny its cult status within the genre. But some of its ideas are very outdated, and possibly terribly offensive depending on who you ask. Regardless of how people may feel about the film’s messaging, it is still one of the best slasher films of its time and should be seen at least once.

Sleepaway Camp Official Trailer

 A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Streaming/Rental as of 9/1/2023
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Poster

I am such a sucker for Freddy Krueger. He isn’t the scariest slasher out there, and many of the films are terrible. But his quips and kill scenes are to die for. And Dream Warriors shows us the very best of what A Nightmare on Elm Street can be.

That hand made of syringes will be burnt into my brain until the day I die. For good reason too, Freddy Krueger is nothing if not iconic. Even if this will be your hundredth rewatch, I still recommend you watch Dream Warriors this weekend.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Official Trailer

X

X Streaming/Rental as of 9/1/2023
X Poster

Ti West (Pearl) has been on a roll as of late. This slasher trilogy is talked about nonstop in the horror community. His second entry Pearl was a psychodelic, sex laden version of Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, and fans loved it.

In my opinion, X is his best film so far. Mia Goth (Infinity Pool) is the new face of horror as far as I’m concerned and her presence in this film elevated it to something mythical. If you want to see what direction the slasher film is headed go watch X.

X Official Trailer

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon Streaming/Rental as of 9/1/2023
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon Poster

I have touched on meta films in the past, they remain my favorite sub-genre of horror. And for good reason, what other genre appreciated horror as much as the one willing to deconstruct it?

Behind the Mask is the pinnacle of what a meta slasher film is all about. It not only breaks down the slasher tropes but is also filled with cameos of famous slasher villains and winks to the audience. This one is absolutely worth adding to your slasher viewing party this weekend.

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Bloody Valentines: Date Movies for the Horror Loving Couple

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Valentine’s Day is upon us, and stores are dripping red with candy filled hearts and teddy bears of every shape and size.  It’s a great night to curl up on the couch and watch a movie with the one you love.  If you’re hanging out on iHorror.com, though, I have a feeling the regular regime of romantic comedies just might not be for you.  So, in the spirit of the season, We’ve put together a list of flicks that just might be perfect for the horror lover’s Valentine’s Day.  This is by no means a comprehensive list, but they’re some of my favorites and I hope they’ll be added to yours.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Though problematic in places, this is certainly one of the most opulent versions of the classic tale to ever grace the screen.  Oldman’s Dracula oozes sex appeal and as one of my close friend’s once said it, “If any man ever looked at me the way he looks at Winona Ryder in that movie, he could have my blood, land, life, whatever.  Just keep looking.”  Available for purchase here.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Warm Bodies

Does love really conquer all?  In Warm Bodies it does.  Not only is love capable of taming a zombie’s hunger, it also has the power to restore his humanity.  Nicholas Hoult is at his charming best as the zombie in question and Teresa Palmer only slightly softens the badass appeal that made her a scene stealer in I am Number Four.  This is probably the “cutest” movie on the list, but it’s perfect for the YA fiction horror set and certainly fits the bill of putting a twist on Valentine’s Day romance.  If you don’t have a copy, you can pick it up here.

Warm Bodies Trailer

Phantom of the Opera

A genius composer with a murderous obsession, a promising ingenue, a wealthy patron, and the glorious setting of a French opera house…what could go wrong?  If you’re familiar with the tale of The Phantom of the Opera, you know exactly what could and does go wrong and you love it anyway.  Brought to life by a brilliant cast, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s version of the tale is perfect viewing for Valentine’s Day.  Available for purchase here.

The Phantom of the Opera

Carrie

Carrie is going to the prom, and her school will never be the same again.  We all know the story of Carrie and her awesome telekinetic powers.  Her apocalyptic revenge on the fellow students who abused and bullied her for years is legend in the genre, but the story also has elements of the Cinderella story as Carrie dons her prom gown and shares a dance with the coolest, cutest guy in school.  With romance, the dance, a crazy mother and buckets of blood, this is a movie with everything you need for a romantic evening with your horror honey.  Get it here!

Carrie

My Bloody Valentine 3D

Oh come on…you knew this was going to be on the list.  This remake of the 1981 original stars Jensen Ackles and puts an interesting twist on the plot of the original, and the only film on the list that actually centers around Valentine’s Day and all the trappings that go with it.  Get your copy here.

My Bloody Valentine 3D

An American Werewolf in London

A movie that’s all about letting the beast out in all the right ways, John Landis’ classic werewolf tale is not only a highly entertaining film filled with the restless undead and an unlikely werewolf terrorizing London, but it also contains a sensual love story brought to life by David Naughton and Jenny Agutter.  And, let’s not forget that awesome scene in the porn theater with the hilariously polite British porn playing in the background.  Get your copy here.

An American Werewolf in London

The Strangers

A  young couple tormented through the night by a trio of sadistic, mask wearing psychopaths?  What’s not romantic about that?  Seriously though, Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman are electric as the couple in question and if tension is an aphrodisiac for you and your sweetheart, this is the film for you.  Get it here.  You won’t be disappointed!

The Strangers

Horns

Horns is everything.  Love story, horror, mystery, thriller… everything rolled into one tight package.  Ig and Merrin, played expertly by Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple, have the kind of love that most people only dream of, so of course it’s doomed from the start.  I won’t give away more, but you have to see it.  Get a copy here and enjoy it with your favorite love!

Horns

Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas sees spirits everywhere he goes.  He helps them bring justice to the people who murdered them.  He helps them move on and find peace.  Odd also has a sweet girlfriend who gets him and even helps him when the need arises.  There’s so much more to this film and the ending?  Heart wrenching springs to mind, but it’s totally worth the ride and it’s a perfect blend of comedy, horror and romance for any Valentine’s Day date.  You can get a copy here.

Odd Thomas

Candyman

A love that lasts beyond death?  An obsession that cannot be denied?  And all you have to do is say his name five times…”Sweets for the sweet” has never been so insidious as it was in Candyman.  This one’s a heavy hitter for the horror couple who doesn’t mind some gore with their romance, but I highly recommend it for your Valentine’s day celebration.  Get your copy here and enjoy!

Candyman

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7 Horror Movies Releasing Before Valentine’s Day 2024

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The year has barely started and we are already getting a slew of new horror titles — that’s an observation, not a complaint. But as much as people love horror movies, they also (hopefully) love their significant others, and if both of those things are in sync then there is no other month like February to celebrate them together.

Yes, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and along with it comes candy, flowers, and perhaps a night out on the town. But until then, you are in for a treat because we have sifted out seven upcoming titles to enjoy before the big day, starting with a doc on one of the greatest pulp horror movie directors of all time.

So whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day or not, get ready for two weeks of slashers, monsters and other nasty things. Here is a list of upcoming horror movies for the week of February 1 through February 14.

Dario Argento Panico (documentary) (Shudder Feb. 2)

Dario Argento Panico

Even in his eighties prolific director Dario Argento is keeping busy behind the camera. His most recent movie was 2022’s Dark Glasses. But most people know his prolific work from the ’70s. Taking a cue from director Mario Bava, Argento created some of the most revered Giallo movies to ever exist. From The Bird With the Crystal Plumage to Susperia to Demons, Argento’s oeuvre contains films that still influence the filmmakers of today.

Synopsis: Experience the world of Dario Argento like never before in Simone Scafidi’s documentary, Dario Argento Panico. It offers an intimate look at Argento’s creative journey and impact on horror, with insights from icons like del Toro and Noé.

Departing Seniors (VOD/PVOD Feb. 2)

Departing Seniors

If you’re slasher craving wasn’t satisfied with last month’s Founders Day, perhaps Departing Seniors will meet your needs. Billed as a horror-comedy, this one looks promising for a genre that is undeniably shop-worn.

Synopsis: Mexican-American and queer, high school student Javier doesn’t exactly fit in with the popular kids. But he might be the only one who can save them. After an act of bullying sends Javier to the hospital, he begins experiencing visions that foresee glimpses of shocking murders at his school right before they happen. Now, in between navigating the social hierarchies and prejudices of clique culture, Javier (Primo’s Ignacio Diaz-Silverio) and his best friend Bianca (Candyman’s Ireon Roach) must try to unmask a serial killer before he strikes again.

Departing Seniors puts a fresh spin on teen slasher movies like Scream and Freaky, updating them by putting its queer protagonist and characters of color front and center. It’s a horror-comedy with a sarcastic, whip-smart edge and appealingly complex characters.

Lisa Frankenstein (In theaters Feb. 9)

Lisa Frankenstein

Writer Diablo Cody is back with her brand of social commentary. This time the monster isn’t Megan Fox (Jennifer’s Body), but Cole Sprouse as a re-animated corpse. This is a highly anticipated film from director Zelda Williams (Jane the Virgin, Criminal Minds).

Synopsis: A coming of rage love story from acclaimed writer Diablo Cody (Jennifer’s Body) about a misunderstood teenager and her high school crush, who happens to be a handsome corpse. After a set of playfully horrific circumstances bring him back to life, the two embark on a murderous journey to find love, happiness… and a few missing body parts along the way.

Out of Darkness (In theaters Feb. 9)

Out of Darkness

Monsters existed 45,000 years ago and Out of Darkness proves that point. This is what they call a “survival horror film” which is to say that several people are running from something big enough to block out the sun.

Synopsis: Out of Darkness is a survival horror film following a group of six who have struggled across the narrow sea to find a new home. They are starving, desperate, and living 45,000 years ago. First they must find shelter, and they strike out across the tundra wastes towards the distant mountains that promise the abundant caves they need to survive. But when night falls, anticipation turns to fear and doubt as they realize they are not alone. As relationships in the group fracture, the determination of one young woman reveals the terrible actions taken to survive. Adding to the film’s authenticity, Out of Darkness is shot on location in the Scottish Highlands with the use of a bespoke language called “Tola,” which was developed specifically for the project by a linguist and an archaeologist. 

Skeletons in the Closet (Shudder Feb. 9)

Skeletons in the Closet

Terrance Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr. star in this possession movie-with-a-twist. This is getting a Shudder release so keep a look out for it on the platform.

Synopsis: Follows Olivia and her friends as they go to a vacation. After Olivia nearly drowned with a slit wrist in her bathtub after her fiancé’s funeral, her friends suspect that she killed herself, but she believes someone attacked her.

Double Blind (VOD/PVOD Feb. 13)

Double Blind (2024)

Big Pharma is making a killing off prescription drugs. But before they can get approved by the Food & Drug Administration they have to be tested. In Double Blind, one such test has very weird results.

Synopsis: After an experimental drug trial goes awry, the test subjects face a terrifying side effect: if you fall asleep you die. Trapped in an isolated facility, panic ensues as they try to escape and somehow stay awake

Stranger in the Woods (VOD/PVOD Feb. 14)

Stranger in the Woods

Do taxidermists scare you? Remember Norman Bates stuffed his own dead mother and propped her up in a rocking chair in Psycho. In this movie, a creepy guy may or may not have done the same thing to a dog that belongs to vacationers renting a cabin next door. Who’s next?

Synopsis: Follows Olivia and her friends as they go on a vacation. After Olivia nearly drowned with a slit wrist in her bathtub after her fiancé’s funeral, her friends suspect that she killed herself, but she believes someone attacked her.

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10 Horror and Thriller Releases Coming To Netflix This February 2024

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Netflix Horror February 2024

As February approaches, Netflix is set to spice up its catalog with a collection of gripping horror and thriller titles. Ranging from classic horror adventures to contemporary psychological thrillers, this month’s selection promises to deliver a blend of chills and thrills to viewers. Here’s a rundown of the top 10 spine-tingling films and series making their way to the streaming platform this February, complete with release dates and synopses to help you plan your next binge-watch session.

Anaconda (1997): February 1st

Anaconda Official Trailer

In this horror-adventure film, a film crew headed by Jennifer Lopez and Ice Cube journey into the Amazon jungle only to be hunted by a giant, monstrous anaconda. The suspense intensifies as they encounter not only the deadly snake but also a mysterious hunter who knows more than he reveals.


It (2017): February 1st

IT Official Trailer

Adapted from Stephen King’s novel, this horror film follows a group of children in Derry, Maine, who face their biggest fears when they confront an evil clown named Pennywise. The movie delves into themes of childhood trauma, unity, and overcoming fear.


Resident Evil (2002): February 1st

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012): February 1st

Resident Evil (2002) Trailer
Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) Trailer

These installments of the Resident Evil series follow Alice, played by Milla Jovovich, as she battles the Umbrella Corporation and the zombie apocalypse they’ve unleashed. The films combine horror with action-packed sequences, set in a dystopian world overrun by the undead.


X (2022): February 1st

X Trailer

An A24 horror film set in rural Texas, where a group of young filmmakers set out to create an adult film. Their project takes a terrifying turn when they become the targets of the reclusive, twisted couple whose guesthouse they’re using.


Home for Rent (2023): February 10th

Home For Rent Official Trailer

This international horror story revolves around a landlord who unwittingly rents out a house to a cult. The plot thickens as eerie events unfold, leading to a shocking revelation about the true nature of the tenants.


Lost in the Night (2023): February 10th

Lost In The Night Official Trailer

A Spanish mystery thriller that centers on unexpected events during a night out in Madrid. The story weaves through twists and turns, as secrets are revealed and the characters’ lives are changed forever.


The Abyss (2024): February 16th

The Abyss Official Trailer

Nope, it’s not The Abyss you were thinking of. This Swedish horror/thriller explores the unsettling events in the town of Kiruna, which is literally sinking. The plot follows Frigga, who finds herself torn between her family and her duty as a security chief in an underground mine, as the town faces inexplicable threats.


Can I Tell You A Secret? (Season 1): February 21st

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A gripping documentary series that delves into the lives of women affected by a stalker who infiltrates their social media accounts. The series sheds light on the broader issue of online harassment and its real-life implications.


American Conspiracy: The Octopus Murders (2024): February 28th

No trailer at this time, but you can read our article about this Netflix docuseries here.

This true-crime documentary explores the mysterious and controversial case known as “The Octopus Murders.” The series investigates a web of conspiracy theories, delving into various accounts and evidence to uncover the truth behind these chilling crimes.

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