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7 VALENTINE HORROR FILMS FOR TONIGHT

St Valentine’s Day is upon us.  A time for red roses, chocolates, candlelight dinners and giant cards declaring your love for a special someone.

Ugh, enough already.  Ok, so I’m not a total humbug about today, but I don’t need card and confectionery companies telling me how and when I should be declaring my love for another person.co

Last year my boyfriend surprised me with a beautiful Valentine’s gift, which was really nice, but the best way he can express his love for me is by joining me in watching some beautiful horror.  You see, he hates horror, so I would firmly class this as the most romantic gesture he could make.

So as a tribute to all horror fans out there, I have compiled a list of the best valentine horror films to watch tonight, for all different types of relationships…

My Bloody Valentine

An old folk’s tale about a deranged murderer who kills anyone who celebrates Valentine’s Day turns out to be true when a group of teenagers throw a party and start being bumped off.

Don’t bother with My Bloody Valentine 3D, stick with this far superior original from 1981.  This film suits all relationships as it is the ultimate Valentine’s horror.  It has candy, kissing, a party and a lot of murder.  What else could you possibly need?

Valentine

A group of female friends find themselves being stalked by an unknown assailant in the lead up to Valentine’s Day.

Now I know a lot of people will groan about the fact that I’ve included this film but, honestly, I find it very entertaining.  This horror is best for those who are single so they can enjoy the abundant “totty”.

The Loved Ones

High school student, Brent, soon regrets turning down his classmate’s prom invitation when she concocts a brutal way to make him hers forever.

I love this film.  It has great characters, great acting, torture, an emotional underscore and a great take on the classic prom style horror.  If you have ever been jilted or are feeling angry about a recent break up, this is film should help satisfy your mood without you having to take the drill into your own hands…

Bride of Chucky

Chucky is back for a fourth outing and this time he’s got a little killer help from his girlfriend, Tiffany.

I love the Child’s Play films (we won’t mention Seed of Chucky) and I am eager to see the next installment.  Bride of Chucky is my favourite, as I love that our anti-hero gets a partner in crime to play with, and the havoc they wreak on those around them is gross, fun and features some very inventive kills.

If you’ve been with your partner for a while and you both enjoy sick comedy, this is the horror film for you.

Warm Bodies

This horror-comedy take on Romeo and Juliet, follows a zombie whose encounter with a human helps to restart his heart.

This is a very sweet horror comedy that will suit those couples who are in the early throes of a relationship.  Before your faults (cold skin and a diet of human brains) get in the way of the butterflies in the stomach feeling (or is that undigested brains?).

Candyman

Candyman, a murdering urban legend with a hook for a hand, is summoned to the real world by a sceptical grad student.

Candyman is one of those horror films that has always haunted me.  I love exploring urban legends and myths and Candyman is a truly terrifying one.  This film is perfect for sharing with your partner who is difficult to buy presents for.  If they’re anything like me, they’ll appreciate this scary tale much more than a box of chocolates.

Beetlejuice

A couple return from the dead to find their beloved house occupied.  They enlist the help of bio-exorcist, Beetlejuice to help them scare the family away with malevolent consequences.

Beetlejuice is a very accomplished horror comedy with great special effects, a fab cast and a great story.  This horror is perfect for couples who have been together for a long time, who find themselves still very much in love.

The central couple in this film have a very sweet and tender relationship that shines through amongst the gross horror and scary antics.  This is definitely a must see.

Written for the London Horror Society.

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FRIGHTFEST GLASGOW: THE 5 FILMS I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE

Last year I got to accomplish my dream of attending FrightFest.  It was amazing.  Four days of meeting like-minded horror fans, enjoying film after film, glimpsing some of my idols and taking part in workshops.  It was everything I wanted it to be.  And more.

I am very happy to announce that this year I am taking my dream one step further and I am attending FrightFest Glasgow.  I was very lucky to get my hands on a ticket on Monday (get your hands on one here).  It’s an extra special event as it’s also an early birthday present to myself.

So today FrightFest announced the line up for the weekend.  And it is good.  Not that it wouldn’t be; they’ve never let us down before.  I have had a hunt through the films and have found 5 gems that I can’t wait to see:

SHIN GODZILLA/GODZILLA RESURGENCE

Godzilla is back for a reboot of Toho’s kaiju classic.  Present-day Japan, and an unexplained seismic event has occurred off the coast of Shinagawa, causing ripple effects all the way to the capital.  Ministers scramble to figure out what the audience already knows: Godzilla has returned.

“Godzilla, Gozilla, Godzilla…”.  Man oh man do I love this gorilla crossed with a whale (that’s what Wiki says Godzilla is anyway).  My favourite version is the one with Matthew Broderick (I know I’ve now lost readers for admitting that but I stand by my decision).  This film looks raw, imaginative and epic.  I can’t wait to see him/her/it stamping about and breathing hellish fire once again.  Bring it on.

CAGE DIVE

Three friends set out to film an audition tape for submission to an extreme reality game show.  They decide to travel to Australia and document themselves in a shark diving cage.  While on the dive, a catastrophic turn of events leaves them in baited water full of hungry Great White sharks…

This is my second “creature-feature” but I love sharks or, more importantly, I love horror films about sharks: Jaws, Jaws 2, The Shallows, Deep Blue Sea (that counts, right?) so I am eager to see what happens with this “found-footage” angle on killer Great Whites.  I have high hopes for this feature.  Let’s hope it doesn’t sink.

RAW

 

This film follows vegetarian Justine who, during a hazing at veterinary college, is forced to eat raw liver.  Her new unhealthy desire for meat drives her to commit acts of savagery, eventually leading to cannibalism.

This film has replaced the Patient Zero in the line-up but I am just as keen to see this film because of one word.  Cannibalism.  I realise this may make me seem a little unhinged but I think many of us have a certain fascination around this subject, after all there has been documented cannibalism globally so we can’t taste that bad.  There were reports of audience members passing out when this played at Toronto Film Festival.  Now this may have been a publicity stunt but I hope it’s true because any film that gross has got the thumbs up from me.

HOUNDS OF LOVE

Inspired by real-life crimes, this film follows Vicki Maloney who is randomly abducted by a disturbed serial killing couple in the mid-80’s.  She quickly realises she must drive a wedge between the couple if she is to survive.

Some of my favourite horror films involve serial killers; it’s my kitsch.  The premise of this one really interests me, especially considering it’s a real-life “this could happen to anyone” situation.  After watching the trailer, I’m pretty sure I’ll never trust a man with a moustache again.

THE NIGHT OF THE VIRGIN

At a New Year’s Eve party, naïve Nico sets out to lose his virginity.  His gaze crosses to a mature woman, Medea and he’s immediately whisked off to her filthy apartment where there are all sorts of sinister goings-on…

I recently got into Spanish horror after doing a contemporary horror film course so this film caught my eye immediately.  It looks sick, disgusting, gross, insane and utterly, utterly incredible.  I predict that this is going to be my favourite of the weekend.  And it’s last on the schedule.  Sweet dreams everyone.

(Image rights: Venice Film Festival)

FrightFest: The 5 films I Can’t Wait To See

This year, for the very first time, I am heading to FrightFest. And to say I am excited is a massive understatement. I know as a big horror fan it is sacrilege that I have never been before, but hopefully this will become an annual pilgrimage for me.

Buying a ticket was absolutely nerve-wracking. Watching my chosen seats disappear before my eyes is never easy. I actually ended up blind-clicking two seats, which luckily I managed to purchase. I actually managed to get seats in the Horror Channel screen, which have turned out to be spitting distance from some of my fellow London Horror Society writers. It will be great to finally meet you folk in person!

So, now the stress of buying tickets has gone, I can focus on the goodies this festival will bestow upon us. After studying the schedule diligently, here is my FrightFest preview, detailing the 5 films I’m most excited to see.

Written for the London Horror Society, read the full post at http://londonhorrorsociety.co.uk/frightfest-preview-5-films-cant-wait-see/.