By THOMAS BOND, Oklahoma City Horror Movie Examiner
(as published on Examiner.com)
It’s Halloween-time, and when the air gets colder and the nights get shorter, a scary movie with your pals sounds about perfect. For those who don’t want to get to the theatres to see “Sinister” this week, popping a spooky DVD in and wrapping up in a warm blanket is a sure bet. But what to watch?
You’ll hear the usual responses: “The Evil Dead“, “The Exorcist”, “Psycho”, “The Omen”, “The Blair Witch Project”, and so on and so forth. But who doesn’t at least already know the premise of most of these movies? Where’s the surprise when everyone already knows (SPOILER) that Ash kills everyone, even his zombified girlfriend, before the credits roll?
View slideshow: Scenes from 2008′s brutally chilling French film, ‘Martyrs’
So just for you, my fellow horror fans, and as much for myself as well, I have asked my fantastic circle of Twitter friends for suggestions. I asked them to tell me of the “greatest horror films you probably haven’t seen”, and the response was great. I can’t wait to start watching some of these titles, and to share them with you so that you can have a surprising evening of horror, at home under your favorite blanket.
Our next horrific flick on this list, following “Trick ‘r Treat” and “The Loved Ones“, is 2008′s French-language film “Martyrs“. I must say that this film is obviously not for the squeamish or faint of heart. It deals with very serious and disturbing issues, and is horror in a very real sense of the word. While many horror films make light of or even praiseviolence, this film seeks to disgust and repel the audience from any kind of celebration of violence, much like the critically-acclaimed and extremely disturbing “Irreversible” did back in 2002. So, you’ve been warned. Many thanks go out to @PromoteHorror, @theunstrungharp, and @DominicScott for this heart-wrenching and thought-provoking selection…
(Read the full story, check out the slideshow, and watch the movie trailer here, at Examiner.com)