It’s that time of year, folks, and I’m not stopping with the spooky stuff. This week, I asked my fellow DiHEDRAL cohorts what their favorite B horror movies are.
Let it be known that Carrot is a scaredy cat. I watched maybe five scary movies in my life and one of them was a Pixar movie about a dead kid. I don’t like being scared. I don’t read scary books or even listen to scary music. The Monster Mash is a bit too much for me. I don’t like haunted houses, or halloween, or podcasts about ghosts. So, when Jen asked us to write about our favorite B-horror flick, I came up pretty much empty. But, not completely empty. There are two horror movies that even this scaredy cat finds to be spectacular! The first is Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2011). In all fairness it’s kind of a comedy horror film, but the balance of tremors and laughter was uniquely fulfilling. I recommend this film, 5 out of 5 dihedral pumpkins. The second is the insanely unique vampire movie What We Do in the Shadows (2014). Essentially this is a film…I don’t even know how to explain it? Think Real World meets Dracula, but hilarious. So, I know this is actually two recommendations, but just make some popcorn, order a pizza, and enjoy an amazing double feature that will have you believing that you do in fact watch scary movies!
If you’re looking for a “horror” movie that is so bad that it’s good, then I’ve got the film for you. Troll 2 will give you an amazing ab workout with all of your laughing. I have no idea if there’s a Troll 1 or prequel to Troll 2, but if it does exist you do not need it for the plot. There’s not much of plot here, but they’ve got solid gore and spooky action for Halloween (with minimum budget effects). As a family moves to Nilbog (goblin spelled backwards!), they encounter the creepy locals (and believe it or not goblins as well) and have to fight to stay alive. Truly, the film looks like a high school project, but it checks all of the essential Halloween film boxes: spooky, creepy, supernatural, hysterical, and, most importantly, incredibly stupid main characters who ask questions like, “who’s there?” and “why not go check out the creepy abandoned property in the middle of the night?”
Like Carrot, I also have two movies to recommend (mainly because I’m not sure if one is really classified as a “B” movie…arguably). Unlike Carrot. I have always loved getting scared and Halloween. It’s my mom’s birthday, so maybe it’s in my blood?
First, I’d recommend The Craft. The 1996 film (not some new version). Like every basic white girl growing up I wanted to be a witch. All sleepovers consisted of Ouiji boards and “light as a feather/stiff as a board” tomfoolery. “The Craft” taps into this, while also having a genuinely nerve-wracking antagonist. That witch girl I think is legitimately crazy and not just acting, but that’s me. Is this even a B movie?
Secondly, definitely, Re-Animator (1985). Creepy and funny and pretty disturbing (I can’t bleach from my mind enough a disembodied head about to go down on a girl). The actor playing Dan Cain gives the part 100%, even despite the campiness of the film. But if you put this one on, prepare to be disgusted.
Give these a shot and let us know what you think! Or better yet, add your own in the comments below!