Eye on Horror Podcast Host Jacob Davison’s Top Ten of 2020
The year 2020 will forever be infamous to human civilization. Particularly when it comes to cinema. The pandemic reduced most movie watching experiences to small screens and drive-ins for most of the year and the effects are all-encompassing. Still, there were plenty of fine films released in one form or another and well worth watching.
With that in mind, I put together a list of my top 10 favorite movies that I got to see this year and hope you watch, too! Make sure to listen to the latest episode of EYE ON HORROR for more commentary on my tops as well as my co-host’s Jonathan Correia and James Jay Edward’s picks!
10. The Mortuary Collection
The anthology is one of the longest and most traditional forms of horror storytelling. It’s always a blast when a new one manages to charge the format with new blood, and The Mortuary Collection has blood galore! Hosted by Clancy Brown as a narrative mortician who is as entertaining as he is eerie, The Mortuary Collection digs up some fun tales of karmic comeuppance like the EC Comics inspired anthologies of old.
Streaming on Shudder and Prime Video
Horror is often reflective of the times, and a recurring cycle is that of diabolical character studies. Like Fade To Black, Star Time, and American Psycho, Spree follows a deranged individual as they breakdown further into madness. In this case, a psychotic rideshare driver played by Stranger Things‘ Joe Keery who’s obsessed with two things: internet fame and mass murder.
Streaming on Hulu and digital rental/purchase on Prime Video
8. The Wolf of Snow Hollow
Small towns are seen as ideal Americana. Where everyone knows each other’s name, where family values are held on high, and where everything is nice and peaceful. But what happens when there’s a werewolf on the loose? This is what happens when a small skiing town comes under siege from a rash of full moon murders. Causing the rustic facade to fall apart like a cross between JAWS and Fargo as the stressed out cop in charge (Jim Cummings) starts to lose his grip. Also featuring Riki Lindhome a final and memorable performance by genre mainstay Robert Forster.
Available on Blu-Ray and Digital
7. The Invisible Man
Being able to see a movie in a packed cinema has now become memories I hold onto fondly. Of such, seeing Leigh Whannell’s intense remake of the Universal horror classic on the big screen was an experience I will never forget! The story follow Elisabeth Moss as the wife of an abusive and controlling scientist who kills himself after she leaves him. But has she truly gotten away? When weird things sabotage her life more and more, she’ll have to figure out who or what is stalking her. A masterclass in tension that caused the audience to erupt in screens and cries. Whether in a seat or on the couch, you’ll be on the edge!
Available to stream on HBOMax, on 4K/Blu-Ray/DVD, and Digital everywhere
6. What Happens Next Will Scare You
This one’s a bit of a cheat since it hasn’t officially come out yet, but having watched it on the Nightmares Film fest digital festival circuit, I had to champion it! From the makers of the reality bending found footage frights of The WNUF Halloween Special comes an update for the modern internet age of Creepypasta. Following the skeleton crew of journalists for a clickbait website as they desperately try to scrounge up some genuinely terrifying found footage to pick up clicks. But has what they found from the bowels of the web too real? An inventive take on both found footage and horror anthology, I cannot recommend this one enough for when it’s officially released.
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‘Ghostbusters’ Receives Slime-Covered, Glow-in-the-Dark Sega Genesis Cartridge
Sega Genesis’ Ghostbusters game was a complete blast and with the recent updates, patching in Winston and a few other characters was a much-needed update. The underrated game has recently seen an explosion in popularity thanks to those updates. Gamers are checking the full game out on Emulator sites. In addition, @toy_saurus_games_sales released some Sega Genesis game cartridges covered in glow-in-the-dark.
The Insta account @toy_saurus_games_sales is giving fans a chance to purchase the game for $60. The awesome cartridge also comes with a full-fledged exterior case.
Have you played the Ghostbusters game for Sega Genesis? If you have, let us know what you think.
In order to purchase the limited edition, slime-covered game cartridge head over HERE.
John Wick in Development for a Sequel and a Video Game
John Wick 4 was a complete blast and the ending pointed at the odd fact that John Wick might actually be… dead. I didn’t believe it for a second. Not John Wick. The dude is a tank. Lionsgate has already greenlit development for a John Wick 5.
That isn’t all the studio has in store though. It also appears that we will receive a big triple-A game based on the Baba Yaga.
“What is official is that, as you know, Ballerina is the first spinoff that comes out next year,” President of Lionsgate Joe Drake said, “We’re in development on three others, including and including television series, “The Continental”, will be airing soon. And so, we’re building out the world and when that fifth movie comes, will be organic — will be organically grown out of how we’re starting to tell those stories. But you can rely on a regular cadence of John Wick.”
In addition to those awesome projects, we also have The Continental TV spinoff coming and a whole new Ballerina film based on the assassins introduced in John Wick 3.
The synopsis for John Wick 4 went like this:
With the price on his head ever increasing, legendary hit man John Wick takes his fight against the High Table global as he seeks out the most powerful players in the underworld, from New York to Paris to Japan to Berlin.
Are you guys excited about a John Wick 5 and a full-on, shoot-em-up video game based on Wick? Let us know in the comments section.
Tim Burton Documentary Features Winona Ryder, Johnny Depp, and Other Regulars
Tim Burton will always be a part of horror for us. He has a page indexed here and we love it. From Beetlejuice to Ed Wood the director has broken the mold time and time again. A documentary focused on Burton is headed to Cannes this year and will feature all of the director’s co-conspirators in action.
The four-part documentary features Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, Jenna Ortega, composer Danny Elfman, Christopher Walken, Danny DeVito, Mia Wasikowska, and Christoph Waltz. All of these awesome actors to talk about their time with Burton.
“Tim continues to build his aesthetic, the Burton-esque style, derived from a wealth of art, cinematic, and literary genres,” the release says “The documentary explores how Burton brings his vision to life through his own joyous idiosyncrasy and his ability to meld the ominous and the frightful with a sense of whimsy. Tim’s films are just the tip of the iceberg.”
The documentary will take us through Burton’s life and many adored films.
Are you excited to see Burton’s documentary? Let us know in the comments section.