Spooky Trailers: White: The Melody of the Curse (2011)

It’s October, the spookiest month! I love horror movies, so for October I’m going to be highlighting some of my older or lesser known favorites thanks to YouTube’s huge backlog of trailers. I also add an “intensity rating” for folks who like a little fright but not a full on horror fest.

Official Rating: not rated but I’ll say PG-13
How Intense Is It?: 7/10

Not every movie has to be a monument to art — sometimes you just want a capable popcorn flick, and White delivers solidly on that front. White is about an aspiring K-Pop group who gets mixed up with a haunted song, with predictably disastrous results. The movie doesn’t break any new ground, but has a genuinely satisfying ending, unique deaths (yes this is an issue with horror movies), catchy music, and gives a little glimpse “behind the scenes” of the Korean pop idol industry.

Spooky Trailers: Kill List (2011), Lake Mungo (2008), Black Christmas (1974)

I wanted to post about 31 different scary movies in October, which means this is a catch-up post from the weekend.

It’s October, the spookiest month! I love horror movies, so for October I’m going to be highlighting some of my older or lesser known favorites thanks to YouTube’s huge backlog of trailers. I also add a “scary rating” for folks who like a little fright but not a full on horror fest.

Official Rating: not rated but I’ll say R
How Intense Is It?: 10/10

Kill List Kill List Kill List. Go in as unspoiled as possible — the trailer is fine though — and watch my favorite horror movie of the last decade. It’s creepy, it’s meaningful, it’s bizarre, it’s sad. The directorial style reminds me of Kubrick’s The Shining. I super mega love this movie. (Please note that there is a scene of gruesome violence, but it’s essential to the story.)


Official Rating: R (for sex rather than gore/violence)
How Intense Is It?: 6/10

An Australian mockumentary, Lake Mungo is another slow boiler that aims to give you the creeps rather than engage in jump scares. That being said, this is one of the few movies (and one of the very few ghost stories) that has kept me up at night after watching it, perhaps entirely because of the gentle plot path leading up to the climax.


Official Rating: R
How Intense Is It?: 8/10

Black Christmas is a Canadian indie movie that’s considered to be one of the first slasher flicks ever. And boy, is there slashing! There are also creepy phone calls, sorority girls, and as implied by the title a not very jolly Santa. The movie is also very 70s and pretty charming for that alone.

Introducing The Game and Entertainment Network
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Introducing The Game and Entertainment Network

Do you like… podcasts? Do you like… MMO blogs? Then boy, do I have news for you.

I’m super pleased to introduce the new podcast network, The Game and Entertainment Network. You might recognize a few familiar faces on the roster:

We’ve all come together under the banners of honesty, creativity, diversity, collaboration, consistency, and fun to deliver fine indie podcast entertainment. Being part of a network means we can cross-promote, hold network round tables, and just generally work together to make awesome shows.

Logo small Introducing The Game and Entertainment Network

Head to tgenetwork.net to subscribe to a single iTunes/Stitcher/RSS feed with all of our shows, check out the calendar of releases, and see info on the other great podcasts.

Thanks so much to everyone who listens to Cat Context and other great shows like it, and I’m looking forward to the future with TGEN!

Spooky Trailers: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

It’s October, the spookiest month! I love horror movies, so for October I’m going to be highlighting some of my older or lesser known favorites thanks to YouTube’s huge backlog of trailers. I also add a “scary rating” for folks who like a little fright but not a full on horror fest.

Official Rating: R
How Intensely Scary Is It?: 9/10

Texas Chainsaw Massacre is the grandfather of modern horror. It has a sense of authenticity that few movies have ever been able to duplicate, although they try. TCM doesn’t complicate the story — there’s a family of killer hillbillies and a van full of partying teens — and never worries about making Leatherface more than a crazy human who loves his chainsaw and human skin.

The modern “torture porn” horror movie, a genre I loathe, has been unsuccessfully trying for over a decade now to recreate the same rawness you can see here. The thing they always miss is that TCM isn’t mean spirited. It doesn’t revel in the pain of victims.. it’s just telling a horrifying story.

Also, the trailer is super duper 70s.

Spooky Trailers: Noroi (2005)

It’s October, the spookiest month! I love horror movies, so for October I’m going to be highlighting some of my older or lesser known favorites thanks to YouTube’s huge backlog of trailers. I also add a “scary rating” for folks who like a little fright but not a full on horror fest.

Official Rating: not rated but estimated to be PG-13
How Intensely Scary Is It?: 4/10

I love, love, love “found footage” movies. Noroi, aka The Curse, is one of the best I’ve ever seen. This is not a fast-paced movie, and honestly it can be a little slow in the middle but oh man, stick with it. There is little if any blood, but instead a pervasive sense of creepiness that builds and builds until the end of the movie kicks you in the gut with full force. Noroi is difficult to find in North America, but I bet if you searched for it on YouTube you’d find a full version with subtitles, wink wink.

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