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15 Horror Films to Get You in the Summer Spirit

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Summertime is the season for slashers, sea creatures and campouts, so what better way to kick off this time of year than with a selection of horror films to really get you in the seasonal spirit? I love the ambiance that comes with each season and holiday, filling you with sensations that associate with that specific time of year- I’m a sucker for it all, and I guarantee that most of you are, too.

One of my absolute favorite things to do is throw on a horror flick while working on a painting, having it fit with the current season or holiday… it just doesn’t get much better than that!

Narrowing it down to fifteen (technically sixteen, shhh), I’ve selected films that I enjoy watching the most during this time of year, in absolutely no particular order. Whether considered horror treasures or box office busts, these are the films that I feel best represent the tonality that tags along with the summer solstice, and the ones I have the most fun delving into to get that feeling of good ol’ fashioned summer fun!

Tourist Trap

One of my all-time favorite summer horror movies, Tourist Trap is how to start the season off right. This cult flick caters to the summer getaway gone horribly wrong, featuring disturbingly lifelike mannequins and campy scare sequences. Nothing says vacation quit like split-personality disorder and a bizarre ending that you’ll love regardless of how little it makes sense. This movie is all about the ride, and what a ride it is!

The Burning

Curl up around the campfire to this 80s slasher, hosting the badly burned killer named Cropsy, murdering campers with a pair of deadly shears. Any horror film with a summer camp premise holds the recipe for a great seasonal watching, and The Burning is definitely a gritty gem for anyone’s list. I had the pleasure of seeing this outdoors on the big screen at The Mahoning Drive-In’s “Camp Blood II” fest last summer- what a great viewing that was!

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) and (2003)

Nothing says “summer” quite like getting chased by a chainsaw-wielding lunatic who wants to slice your face off and wear it as his own. This classic is the perfect flick to gear up for the upcoming heat waves, with its sweaty rural locations and family of cannibals who are dying to have you over for dinner. The 2003 version also fits well into this category, making Leatherface scary as ever while encompassed beautiful cinematography. And with the same DP as the original film, how could you go wrong?

Sleepaway Camp

Pack your bags, and saddle up for the bloody and insanely bizarre cult hit that is Sleepaway Camp. This movie is one of everyone’s favorite summer slashers, while even showcasing some peen during its creepy and plot-twisted finale. This is a flick that will satisfy anyone’s summer camp cravings until the season begins to sizzle out.

The Cabin in the Woods

Escaping the heat through the insides of a rented cabin is a common theme amongst summer-based horror films, but The Cabin in the Woods shakes things up with its creative plot and fun tonality. I thoroughly enjoy this movie, from its vast selection of mythical monsters to Sigourney Weaver’s cameo and even its weird wolf head make-out scene. It’s definitely a seasonal must-see.

Jeepers Creepers

Another great film to add to your heatstroke haven is Jeepers Creepers. Although this movie technically doesn’t take place during summer, the film’s hot Floridian location makes it feel as such, giving you the sensation of being engulfed deep within the season, instead of the actuality of spring. This is the perfect movie for early June (which is technically still spring anyway).

I Know What You Did Last Summer

Although not an award winner by any means, I Know What You Did Last Summer fits perfectly into this category. This nautical 90s slasher is coated from head to toe in summer vibes, making this a great (and cheesy) watch for the month of July. It’s mostly the nostalgia talking, but let’s face it… there are hardly any Fourth of July-themed horror films, and this one (along with JAWS and Return of the Living Dead) are great to throw on while hosting a creepy cookout during the patriotic holiday.

Piranha (1978)

Cool off with Joe Dante’s satire-filled bloodbath starring a plethora of man-eating fish out to ruin your good time. This film is another great example to always spend your summer vacation next to bodies of water, and not in them.

The Devil’s Rejects

Another one of my favorites, The Devil’s Rejects presents Rob Zombie’s psychopathic trio, who are now on the lamb, creating a mass amount of deathly destruction in their wake. This film gives off great summer tonalities through its hot Texas landscapes and sun-bleached desert roads that stretch on for miles. Road trip, anyone?

Friday the 13th (2009)

Not the greatest of the remakes, but Friday the 13th holds up well and is good for what it is: a different take on the iconic original with a lot of killer death scenes. This remake screams summer and is just a fun watch overall. With scenes containing arrows through the face and machetes puncturing heads between wooden dock boards, how can you not be amused? And, oh hey, same DP as both Texas Chain Saws previously mentioned- gotta love it!

Creepshow 2: The Raft

I’m throwing this out there as my wildcard, with The Raft being a pretty perfect example of summer fun for horror fans. Watching a floating, gelatinous blob devour a bunch of college students while on vacation is A-okay in my book (and probably everyone else’s). And if you’re feeling frisky, you could also say that Old Chief Wood’nHead contains some elements of summer fun as well, so two out of seven isn’t bad!

Preservation

One of my favorites of 2015, Preservation offers camping, hiking… and human hunting. It’s never a good idea to go off trail, especially when you have a pack of demented teenagers hunting you down for sheer sport. This flick fits nicely alongside seasonal classics to get you in the summer spirit.

Twister

Not horror, but there’s an unwritten rule out there somewhere stating that this movie must be watched throughout the course of summer. It’s one of my favorites, and the late and great Bill Paxton turns this natural disaster movie into a prolific classic that provides the perfect summertime ambiance for any film fan.

Friday the 13th (1980)

Originals always pave the way to variations and spinoffs, and with good reason. Friday the 13th holds a strong place in the slasher hall of fame, providing the perfect spooky undertones for this time of year. This classic was made for summer and produces intense feelings of suspense through thunderstorms and desolate camp cabins.

JAWS

Saving the best for last, JAWS, to me, is the epitome of the ultimate summer horror flick and even sits amongst my favorite movies of all time. This unique feature stands strong and proud, while remaining terrifying, even after seeing it a couple thousand times. This is another great film that is a must-see around the Fourth of July (and just all summer long) and is the main reason why I still won’t go past my ankles into the ocean (or any body of water for that matter). If you haven’t made watching JAWS a summer tradition by now, then I’m not sure what you’ve been doing with your life.

Thus concludes my list of horror flicks to get you geared up for the sensations of summer and the fun activities that come along with it. Everyone enjoys different things, and if there’s a movie on this list that is not right for you, replace it with a film that best represents your horror summer experience – and tell us about it below!

 

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Who Goes There Podcast: Ep 152 – Cloverfield Paradox & The Ritual

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Last week Netflix shocked the world by not only releasing a new trailer for Cloverfield Paradox during the Superbowl, but announcing the film would be available to stream right after the game. In a move no one saw coming, Netflix shook the film industry to it’s very core. A few days later, Netflix quietly released horror festival darling: The Ritual.

Hold on to your Higgs Boson, because this week we’ve got a double header for ya, and we’re not talking about that “world’s largest gummy worm” in your mom’s nightstand. Why was one film marketed during the biggest sporting event of the year, and why was one quietly snuck in like a pinky in your pooper? Tune in a find out!

Meet me at the waterfront after the social for the Who Goes There Podcast episode 152!

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Ryan Schifrin’s Abominable Gets a Sasquatch-Sized Blu-Ray

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A recent scientific study concluded that since the year 2000 there have 4,374,139 killer Bigfoot movies. 2006’s Abominable is one of the better Sasquatch-ploitation flicks of the era. Now this creature feature is getting a collector’s edition blu-ray complete with a brand new cut of the gruesome flick.

MVD Rewind Collection has announced they’re planning a special edition of Ryan Schifrin’s gory Hitchcock-influenced Bigfoot flick Abominable, which cast Matt McCoy as a wheelchair bound man who begins Rear Window-ing a psycho Sasquatch terrorizing his hot-blooded cabin neighbors that then turns his big foot towards him. Lance Henriksen, Dee Wallace, Jeffrey Combs, Tiffany Shepis, Haley Joel, Karin Anna Cheung, and Paul Gleason co-star.

It has been sighted 42,000 times in 68 countries, a vicious creature of myth and legend called Sasquatch, Yeti, and perhaps most infamously, Bigfoot. It’s been hunted it for years. But what happens when it decides to hunt us?



After recovering from a horrific accident, paraplegic Preston Rogers (Matt McCoy) moves back into the remote cabin where he and his now-deceased wife once lived. When his new neighbor Karen, is attacked by a gigantic creature, Rogers contacts the local authorities. But after the police and those around him dismiss Rogers as a delusional widower, he sets out to stop the abominable creature himself.

This won’t be your typical collector’s edition as not only will be getting a new high definition transfer of the film originally shot on 35mm, this will also include an all-new cut of the film with improved CGI-effects overseen by filmmaker Schifrin and editor Chris Conlee with enhanced color timing and correction.

As if two cuts of the film weren’t enough, MVD’s Abominable release will also boast a ton of extras both new and ported over from the original DVD release:
-Brand New 2k Remaster of the Film from the Original Camera Negative
-Brand New Introduction from Director Ryan Schifrin (HD)
-‘Basil & Mobius: No Rest For The Wicked’ (16:28, HD) – New short film written and directed by Ryan Schifrin featuring a score by legendary composer Lalo Schifrin and starring Zachari Levi, Ray Park, Malcolm McDowell and Kane Hodder
-Audio Commentary with writer/director Ryan Schifrin, Actors Matt McCoy and Jeffrey Combs
-‘Back to Genre: Making ABOMINABLE” featurette (SD)
-Deleted and Extended Scenes (SD)
-Outtakes and Bloopers (SD)
-“Shadows” Director Ryan Schifrin’s USC Student Film (SD)
-The original 2005 version of “Abominable” (Blu-ray only, 94 mins, SD)
-Original Theatrical Trailer
-Poster & Still Gallery Storyboard Gallery
-Collectible Poster
-Audio: 5.1 Surround Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)

The MVD Rewind Collection release of Abomimable stomps its way to blu-ray on June 12th.

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Horror Retro Caps Boasts Hats Featuring The Lamp, The Video Dead, Rosemary’s Killer and more!

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Yesterday I was stumbling around on Instagram and I came across this killer account called @horrorretrocaps. They make horror movie-themed hats and I felt the need to share their work with you guys today.

It’s not so much the hats (which are cool), or the quality of the product (which looks sound as a pound) but it is the obvious love of horror by the guys behind the scenes that gets me all warm and fuzzy.

I mean sure there are products like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. But they also have hats celebrating such classics as The Outing, The Lamp (hell, yeah!), The Gate, Zombie Lake, and The Video Dead.

Nice!

On top of that, the product that sealed the deal for me was their Rosemary’s Killer hat. As some of you might know, Rosemary’s Killer is the alternate title of Joseph Zito’s underrated slasher The Prowler. That alone just earned them horror-cred for days.

You can check out some of their choice caps below and then head on over to their account to purchase some product: @horrorretrocaps.

All caps are $15 plus $4 shipping in the U.S., and he also takes requests for $20.

Enjoy!

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