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beginner’s guide to horror movies

Okay, so you’ve seen a few scary movies and enjoyed them, and now you’re looking to expand your horror prowess. Maybe you’ve been reading/listening to a lot of creepypasta, and you feel like you’re ready to take the plunge. Or maybe you just have a feeling that you’d like horror, but have no idea where to start. 

I’ve been a huge fan of all things creepy and scary for years. I was just reading an article called, “Horror Gems You Haven’t Seen Yet” and realized that I actually had seen almost every film on the list, so I guess that makes me an expert. So, my new baby horror fans, allow me to introduce you to the genre.

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Slacker (1991) - dir. Richard Linklater

I can’t quite tell if Slacker is an incredible period piece that will only get better with time, or a frustratingly simple film experiment seldom worth revisiting. I suppose the answer lies somewhere in the between, but it is quite obvious why Linklater rose to such stardom. It’s not that it’s a meandering script - his point comes across readily and easily. There’s terrific pacing to the film as it oozes from vignette to vignette, moving linearly amongst the hip and the seedy parts of Austin, TX.

Perhaps more impressive than Linklater’s youthful energy is the cinematography of Lee Daniel*. Visually the film is telling a separate story, and that’s what makes me hope the film will be the former of the aforementioned options. Check it out on the Criterion Blu Ray or just pop it on Netflix Instant, either way it’s worth watching.


April Fool’s Day (1986)

A group of nine college students staying at a friend’s remote island mansion begin to fall victim to an unseen murderer over the April Fool’s day weekend.


A great 80’s slasher flick with an interesting twist. Sadly Netflix and Amazon took it off of instant watch today, but if you get a chance you definitely should check it out.

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Day 28 - JACK FROST (1997)

“ He’s Chillin’ and Killin’ ”


Jack Frost is a serial killer on his way to be executed. On a snowy night, the prison truck collides with a chemical truck and melts Jack into the snow where he becomes a killer snowman out for revenge against the sheriff who initially caught him.

Already a holiday classic, this feature film is constantly confused with the Michael Keaton movie of the same name. Although, they are both very, very different from each other. This one has a cult following and right from the start I can see why. Very creative as the credits are introduced through ornaments on the tree and not in the common ‘text on screen’ way. As we are introduced to Jack Frost, you can immediately get a sense of him, his comedy, the movie and how you will like it or dislike it. I have shown this movie to a lot of people and all but one loved it. Now, you may be that one who despises it, but give it a try. The editing and pace of the movie is very clean and integral. The characters are set up equally as nice and the script is the last piece of the puzzle to make it happen. Yes, it’s a horromedy, but you know that going into it. B-movie definitely, but lacking in some of the features normally seen. It looks as if this could have been made for a cable channel like syfy or the like which would be why the gore, adult language and nudity are not present. But the subject matter and implementation are really what brings this one home. The killer snowman has a great sense of humor and comedic timing. The seriousness played in this film only makes the comedy better. When I first rented this back in the 90s, I didn’t know what to expect being I rent just about anything along these lines. But was I glad I did because it is these gems that let you know diamonds in the rough do exist. 


Most of the actors in this are not the locals in town like in some B-horror films I have seen this month. They are pretty good. Again, we’re not talking scar worthy, but believable for the movie. The sheriff and Jack Frost himself are the best to watch. And hey, Shannon Elizabeth’s before American Pie.


Scares - Loud music/score at times.
Scary - Not in the least.


This one gets a 4 out of 10. There really isn’t any. There are some makeup effects and blood, but no true-on gore. Score is for frozen dead person, bloody skeleton, bloody snow, bloody icicle in body, shards of broken ornament in face and throat bulge.



It has zero horror, but a lot of comedy. You may like it.

A true holiday classic. Own it. (booby-count of 0)


YouTube has it in its entirety. Netflix has it for rent on DVD and Instant. Amazon has it to buy on DVD.

Check out the trailer here: