31 Days of Horror – Day 29: Session 9

31-Days-of-Horror-2015-29Brad Anderson’s criminally underrated psychological thriller filmed at the actual Danvers State Insane Asylum in Danvers, Massachusetts. Session 9 finds an asbestos abatement crew dealing with the real or imagined specters that still haunt the disturbed walls of the asylum.

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31 Days of Horror – Day 26: WNUF TV28 Presents: Frank Stewart Investigates Halloween

31-Days-of-Horror-2015-26Chris LaMartina’s brilliant LP followup to his modern Halloween classic; The WNUF Halloween Special.

Franks Stewart Investigates Halloween features “audio recordings of Frank Stewart’s cutting-edge investigative reporting. His skeptical take on ghoulies, ghosties, and long-legged beasties were highlighted in his classic Halloween news packages.” The release also “showcases fascinating occult analysis from everyone’s favorite paranormal research couple, Dr. Louis Berger and his wife, Claire. These unusual first-hand accounts were plucked from the Bergers’ extremely hard-to-find 1976 LP, “Sounds of the Spirit Word.”

31 Days of Horror – Day 16: Manhunt (Playstation 2)

31-Days-of-Horror-2015-16Controversy abounds with this nasty little gem from Rockstar. In Manhunt you play as James Earl Cash, a death row inmate who on the night of his execution is kidnapped and forced to participate in a series of live “snuff” films. At it’s heart, Manhunt is a stealth game as you sneak through a series of decaying urban settings avoiding detection and ultimately death. Being outnumbered and out armed, Cash must hide in the shadows only emerging to kill an enemy until none remain. Patience and restraint is paid off with some of the most realistically depicted video game violence as Cash dispatches his enemies. The kills pushed the envelope when it came to on screen violence and the game was banned in several countries. Dark, gritty, and violent the game is scored with a superb, ominous synth soundtrack reminiscent of John Carpenter’s early work. The whole Manhunt experience comes across as a super violent interactive movie (especially when you kill someone and the screen goes all VHS and has tracking lines and “REC” in the upper corner).

31 Days of Horror – Day 15: The Zombie Survival Guide

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31 Days of Horror – Day 15: The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks.

You can never be too prepared for when the undead rise.

This book will be your greatest ally.

1. Organize before they rise!
2. They feel no fear, why should you?
3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
4. Blades don’t need reloading.
5. Ideal protection = tight clothes, short hair.
6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!
9. No place is safe, only safer.
10. The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on.

31 Days of Horror – Day 14: The Last Broadcast

31-Days-of-Horror-2015-13From IMDb:  “Bristling with equipment, two enthusiastic local access cable TV producers recruit an assistant and venture into a forest in search of the mythical and horrifying Jersey Devil. Days later, only one of the trio emerges. He becomes the prime suspect in the disappearances of the other two. However, a local filmmaker examines extensive footage found at the scene and arrives at a different conclusion.”

31 Days of Horror – Day 12: The Nightmare

31-Days-of-Horror-2015-12Streaming on Netflix now. Pretty creepy documentary that focuses on the phenomenon of sleep paralysis. Detailing the stories of 8 individuals that had or do suffer from sleep paralysis, The Nightmare draws parallels between the sufferer’s experiences and the common observance of the “shadow man”. Told through a series of well done and quite scary re-enactments, the documentary focuses on the sufferer’s stories and attempts to explain their sleep paralysis and just briefly touches on more physiological and or spiritual/supernatural explanations.