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2018 Spooky Film Recs, Part IV: Family Viewing

For my final "Spooky Films" post, I'm offering some suggestions for family viewing. If you're new to the blog and have younger children, you might check my 2016 post that includes solidly PG films. If you have tweens and teens interested in watching horror, the...

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2018 Spooky Film Recs, Part III: Ghost-free Horror

Today you'll find paranormal, sci-fi, slasher, and post-apocalyptic films, but there's nary a ghost in the bunch! (As far as I could tell, at least.) As always, the brief synopses are from imdb.com. The Ritual (2017) -- Rated: TV-MA A group of college friends reunite...

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2018 Spooky Film Recs Part II: Ghostly Favorites

In this post I hope to inspire you to watch some ghost films that flew under the radar during the past couple of years. I've come to appreciate lower-budget/independent ghostly films because there's much less reliance on expensive special effects and, in many cases,...

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Spooky Film Recs for Halloween, part III (2017 edition)

The adventure concludes! I tend to gravitate toward ghost films, but from time to time other forms of horror tempt me. So if you're looking for a ghost-free option, here are three films for your consideration: The Devil's Candy (2015) -- Unrated A struggling painter...

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Spooky Film Recs for Halloween, part II (2017 edition)

The adventure continues... Dark Signal (2016) -- Unrated The spirit of a murdered girl returns with a message for the staff of a local radio station. Ghostly voices appearing during a radio broadcast? Yes, please! I'm a fan of Welsh actor Gareth David-Lloyd from his...

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Spooky Film Recs for Halloween, part I (2017 edition)

It's that time of year when I voraciously consume recent (or new-to-me) horror films in hopes of sharing my favorites with you -- oh what fun I have! If you are a horror fan, you've probably seen most of the recent mainstream options. However, there are plenty of...

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Spooky Films for Younger Viewers

To conclude my 2016 "Spooky Films for Halloween" series, I offer suggestions appropriate for younger viewers (and those adults who aren't quite up to the intense horror options I've previously recommended). Please mention your own favorites in the comments, and I will...

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Spooky film round-up, part II — 2016* releases

The Witch -- Rated R A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession.Many fans of mainstream horror have panned this specimen of "cerebral horror" for being slow and hard to follow, but I was caught in its spell. If...

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Spooky film round-up, part I

It's that time of year again! This post features "new to me" ghostly/Gothic films, three of which are from this intriguing list of Scariest Ghost Movies of All Time. (Stay tuned for a follow-up post on spooky films released in 2016.)Jessabelle (2014)Returning to her...

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Horror movies for Halloween — 2015 edition!

Every year around this time I like to recap the past year's spooky movie viewing. Perhaps you'll find something here to enjoy during your Halloween weekend festivities? Please share your own recommendations in the comments![All plot blurbs and metacritic scores are...

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Creepy Film Roundup for Halloween 2014

It's that time of year when I have a special craving for ghostly films -- thought I'd share the results of my recent binge-watch in case you were looking for a spooky flick for your Halloween festivities!The Quiet Ones (2013)When I first heard about this film, I...

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Friday Favorites: ghost movies for your weekend enjoyment

It's that time of year when I especially crave ghost movies, so this past week I revisited some old favorites and tried a couple of new (to me) ones. I have two American and two foreign films to offer. All of them are character-driven, slow burn sort of horror films...

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Movie Monday: THE HAUNTING (1963)

My final ghostly offering from Martin Scorsese's 11 Scariest Horror Movies of All Time is the unforgettable and endlessly re-watchable The Haunting, directed by Robert Wise (who made the film between directing West Side Story and The Sound of Music -- not too...

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Movie Monday: The Innocents (1961)

As we continue with ghostly B&W films from Martin Scorsese's 11 Scariest Horror Movies of All Time, I must confess how much I love Henry James' Turn of the Screw. I've read it several times, seen the play, seen the opera, seen (& taught) the 1999 BBC adaptation with...

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Movie Monday: The Uninvited (1944)

My second ghostly recommendation from Scorsese's 11 Scariest Horror Movies of All Time is The Uninvited, based on a novel by Dorothy Macardie, featuring a screenplay by Dodie Smith (I Capture the Castle! 101 Dalmations!) and Frank Partos.What Scorsese has to...

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