There is a ton going on at Signal Horizon this week and I need some serious distractions. I’ve seen just about every movie on Shudder and there are a few that no matter how many times I have seen them I keep coming back. They are those movies that stick with you. Some of them are genuinely groundbreaking are others are so disturbing they should require with a shower warning at the beginning. Most of the films on this list I can pinpoint why they freak me out, but others are enigmas. Horror has many shades, the ones that make your heart beat faster, fear dark rooms, and make you lock your doors are the ones I’m interested in this week. There are plenty of amazing movies on Shudder like Mandy, The Shining, and Hellraiser, but the movies on this list are the ones that make my pulse raise and appear in my nightmares. Shudder has a great selection of these films that you can’t get anywhere else. It’s time to watch some movies. I curate a list every week. If you would like to see what I’ve recommended in the past click here.
Prince Of Darkness
When a physics professor and his research students are asked to come to an old abandoned church, they don’t expect to find a large glass canister of swirling green liquid. As their investigation continues they uncover the shocking truth– the ooze is really the essence of the Devil himself, and the students have disturbed his slumber! They must fight together to keep Satan and his minions at bay and prevent him from releasing his father, the anti-God, and bringing about the apocalypse! Master of horror John Carpenter will keep you clinging to your armrest in this delightfully terrifying film starring Donald Pleasance, Jameson Parker, and Oscar winner Lisa Blount.
Cast: Donald Pleasence, Jameson Parker, Victor Wong, Lisa Blount, Alice Cooper
This is an older movie that has some special effects that have seen better days, but is genuinely terrifying. The dread is built masterfully to a horrifying and perplexing end. The cast is incredible and director John Carpenter is a God. Watch it as part one of your double feature and prepare to debate just exactly what the secret message is. This is still discussed on Reddit for good reason.
Hell House LLC
In this found-footage gem, a documentary crew visit the site of a haunted house attraction whose opening night ended with 15 unexplained deaths. Eventually the crew come across a surviving employee who has footage that shines a scary light on what really went down that night. As we watch those ill-fated thrillseekers shuffling through the horror house, the knowledge of what’s about to happen makes for a squirm-and-scream-inducing good time. Dread Central called it “a perfect fright flick for the Halloween season” which features “one of the creepiest clowns to appear in a horror movie in a long time.” Sorry Pennywise!
Cast: Kristin Michelle Taylor, Theodore Bouloukos, Jeb Kreager, Miranda Robbins, Gore Abrams
I admit I enjoy a good found footage film. I’m a sucker for that whole “is it real or not” thing. There are plenty of films in this subgenre which are bad. Hell House LLC is not one of them. There is no getting around the fact that it will leave you more than a little nervous. It’s a perfect movie to watch before heading out to an Escape Room or Survival Experience. Maybe hit it up Saturday morning while buying your tickets?
On an ordinary suburban street in Buenos Aires, voices are heard from kitchen sinks. Bodies are levitating. Evil is here. It is up to a doctor, her colleague, and an ex-cop to get to the bottom of this neighborhood nightmare. Demian Rugna’s must-see TERRIFIED is one of the scariest movies of 2018. A SHUDDER ORIGINAL.
Cast: Maxi Ghione, Norberto Amadeo Gonzalo, Elvira Onetto, George Lewis, Agustín RittanoI
This film from Central America is the real deal. It is a eerie ghost story with more than a few things to be scared of. You will never look at your kitchen sink the same. Do not be wary of the subtitles, sound work is incredible so you often forget you are even reading. Watch this Saturday afternoon while cleaning the kitchen.
A former addict begins to have strange episodes after moving into her childhood home in this relentlessly disturbing ghost story from BLAIR WITCH PROJECT director Eduardo Sanchez. But where that film relied on off-screen atmosphere to create dread, here Sanchez serves plenty of on-screen scares, resulting in a film that follows in the footsteps of graphic shockers like THE ENTITY. Richly exploring the parallels between psychosis, addiction and demonic possession, LOVELY MOLLY is a gripping look at how the traumas of the past come back to haunt us. Contains strong language, sexual scenes, violence, and gore.
Cast: Gretchen Lodge, Johnny Lewis, Alexandra Holden
Molly is so far gone on the crazy/hot scale there is no point in even discussing it. The chic is straight up psycho. It may be a demon chasing her from childhood or drug psychosis. There is no way to know for sure and that is part of the charm of the movie. It will make you cringe, squirm, and in the end feel very dirty. This is a fairly extreme film that is guaranteed to freak your shit. Watch it Saturday night before going out and remember, “Just say no”!
The year is 1963, the night: Halloween. Police are called to 43 Lampkin Ln. only to discover that 15 year old Judith Myers has been stabbed to death, by her 6 year-old brother, Michael. After being institutionalized for 15 years, Myers breaks out on the night before Halloween. No one knows, nor wants to find out, what will happen on October 31st 1978 besides Myers’ psychiatrist, Dr. Loomis. He knows Michael is coming back to Haddonfield, but by the time the town realizes it, it’ll be too late for many people.
Cast: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, P.J. Soles
There is a reason Michael Myers has stuck around for over forty years. This Big Bad has serious staying power. The monster has stamina for days. He is the scariest homicidal, mask wearing killer of all times. You can’t forget the closet scene no matter how much time has passed. I don’t care if you agree or not. Watch this Sunday afternoon when the sun is still out.
A blood-soaked man limping down a deserted road is rushed by officer Carter to a nearby hospital with a skeleton crew. Trapped inside by hooded figures, Carter discovers that the patients and staff are transforming into something inhuman.
Cast: Ellen Wong, Aaron Poole, Kenneth Walsh
This one disturbs me on a deep level. Part Lovecraftian mythos and part Clive Barker epic this film goes dark in a hurry. Practical effects are well done and the direction will remind you of the ’80s greats. Finish the weekend with a bang.
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As the Managing Editor for Signal Horizon, I love watching and writing about genre entertainment. I grew up with old-school slashers, but my real passion is television and all things weird and ambiguous. My work can be found here and Travel Weird, where I am the Editor in Chief.