Monday, October 26, 2009

Satana's Fatal Beauty

From "The Beyond # 14" comes yet another Tale of Terror!!! "Satana's Fatal Beauty" is, by the way, my favorite story from this issue. As I said previously, I'm not a huge horror comic fan, and before picking-up this issue of The Beyond, the only horror comics you would find in my collection was "Asylum" from Millenium Publications, unless you count John Ostrander & Tom Mandrake's Spectre series a horror comic ... which I pretty much don't.

And now it's time to show how "My Opinion Doesn't Matter" regarding Horror Movies.

Only a handful of days away from Halloween, and I still haven't watched any horror movies (wait! Does "Spawn" count as horror?). That's partly because none of the networks want to show anything when I want to watch it, and partly because I have twin toddlers who I would prefer not exposing to that kind of thing just yet. While I might not love horror comics, I do enjoy a good horror film, and here are some of my favorites (minus the one I can never remember the title of or who was even in it):

The Blair Witch Project: I know some people don't like this film, but I think it is one of the greatest films I've ever seen because it was presented in a "this really happened" kind of way. Oh, and just so you know, I thought the sequel ok, but I would have preferred the producers to have taken the same approach as the first movie rather than making a traditional horror film.

Phantasm: The first one only, because I can't take the sequels seriously. "The Ball is Back"? Like, someone thought "Phantasm" was only about a flying steel ball?

White Noise: What creeps me out about this movie is not so much the movie itself, but the whole idea of EVP (aka Electronic Voice Phenomenon). I take everything with a grain of salt, but when you experience something like that first-hand without the intention of actually trying to discover if "The Dead" really can talk back, it makes you wonder if it's possible.

Amityville Horror: I used to watch this over and over again as a kid.

Exorcist III: George C. Scott was a great actor and is probably the only reason I ever bothered to watch this movie.

Vault of Horror: I only first caught this movie a couple of years ago on cable and I was surprised by how many actors I recognized from other movies and tv shows. It's not overly terrrifying (unless Dr Who's Tom Baker scares you), but it does contain a nice group of well-written short stories.

The Ring: One of the few newer horror movies that I enjoy watching now and then.

The Omen: It's a classic.

Salem's Lot: The original with David Soul. I'm not into Stephen King like everybody else seems to be, but this is my favorite movie that was adapted from his work ("It" would be the only other one I like).

And finally, The Thing: With Kurt Russel and those poor dogs.

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