One 2014's best horror films, Starry Eyes is a pulsating affair of self-image and horrifying ambition. It bubbles; alternately alluring and utterly grotesque as its subject prepares for ultimate sacrifice in her quest to be a star. The film is foreboding and imposing, but also seductive. That contrast is part of directing team Kevin Kölsch & Dennis Widmyer employing heavy, heavy style, visually incorporating lead character Sarah’s stresses, hallucinations and surreal ordeal and backing it all with something of a sexy, electronic score. Must-see.
The Quiet Ones
The Quiet Ones is a disappointing film, but its heavy Hammer vibes, almost grating sound design and over-the-top performance from Jared Harris almost make it a recommendation.
Mary Harron's adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' grotesque novel is a beloved, slick, dark horror-comedy of narcissism and hollowness. I imagine you know if you love it.
One of two fantastic Stephen King adaptations back on the service - Lewis Teague's tense Cujo
Michael Winner and Charles Bronson's morally horrifying, Jeff Goldblum-appearing, NYC scummy revenge classic. Also on Netflix: Death Wish 2
The Dead Zone
David Cronenberg's unsettling King adaptation is some of the best of both horror icons.
The Devil's Rejects
When was the last time you revisited The Devil's Rejects? It holds up spectacularly. Grimy, sweaty and ferocious on all sides, Rejects remains Rob Zombie's most accomplished, even if Lords of Salem is my personal favorite.
You might talk shit, but you know you can't resist savant William Sadler and teen rebel Katie Holmes.
Hey, if it's your thing, you can watch all of the Leprechaun films, minus last year's ill-advised WWE production, this weekend.
Inducer of many 2004 panic attacks. Dive in!
The Phantom of the Opera
Recently released on Blu from Scream Factory, Dwight Little's The Phantom of the Opera is actually quite something. The period and set design recalls gothic Hammer horror, while Little's undeniable chops add a spectacle/adventure feel to the horror story. There are a few unfortunate slapstick choices, but this is really such a great time with a wonderfully over-the-top present-day epilogue.
Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers & Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland
Now that the original is more popularly known thanks to its bonkers final image, Sleepaway Camp II & III are left to be more true cult titles, largely unloved and disregarded except by genre diehards to find plenty to adore about them.
Survival of the Dead
Romero's western iteration and current last of his long-running series of zombie terror and bleak worldview.