In honor of Charise Castro Smith’s new horror comedy Feathers and Teeth (September 19 – October 18 in the Owen Theatre), we asked Goodman staff members to share their favorite horror movies Check out recommendations below from staff member Casey Chapman. Check back soon for more picks from our staff and be sure to watch a few before you come see Feathers and Teeth!
5. The Monster Squad (1987)
This creepy horror comedy is made to be enjoyed by the whole family. Many 1980’s babies will remember their parents letting them stay up late to watch The Monster Squad and the movie is tons of fun! The story revolves around a group of kids who form a treehouse club to discuss and idolize famous movie monsters. As often happens in horror movies, turns out there is one day every century when all of the world’s monsters are able to escape into the world – and what do you know – the kids unleash them into society. The film features creepy classic characters such as Dracula, The Wolf Man, Frankenstein and more. Rejoice, as this has been added to Netflix just in time for Halloween season!
4. Stage Fright (2014)
This one is for all of the musical theater lovers. Ten years ago Broadway’s biggest diva was murdered backstage after the successful opening night of her new musical The Haunting of the Opera (see what they did there?) by a maniacal masked man. Years later the diva’s children enroll themselves in a musical theater summer camp in hopes of landing roles in a kabuki revival of their mother’s doomed musical, only to find the masked man isn’t done yet! This is a hilarious parody of both horror movies and Broadway musicals with clever and witty original music, fun cameos (including appearances by Meat Loaf and Minnie Driver) and some moments of genuine terror. It’s a must-see for theater fans!
3. John Dies at the End (2012)
Don’t worry, the title is not going to ruin the movie! The horror comedy has a little bit of everything, no matter what creeps you out. Are you afraid of monsters under the bed? Perhaps zombies coming for your brain? Snakes slithering across your legs? Badly cooked meat? Whatever your fears may be, John Dies at the End will have something to send goosebumps down your spine. I like to call this one an “everything but the kitchen sink” horror film (and there may actually be a kitchen sink in there). John Dies at the End revolves around the emergence of a new street drug called “soy sauce” that transports its users across time and space with one disturbing side effect: most don’t return in human form. The whole world is at risk – and our fate is in the hands of two college dropouts. Not great odds, huh? The film is funny, inventive and doesn’t have a dull moment.
2. The Changeling (1980)
Often referred to as the scariest haunted house movie of all time within horror circles, The Changeling is sure to chill you to the bone. The story follows a composer (played magnificently by George C. Scott) who is dealing with the tragic passing of his family after a freak accident. To cope with the tragedy he has decided (as people often do in these movies) to rent an old turn-of-the-century mansion to hole up in and write new music. Needless to say as the sleepless nights begin he learns he is most definitely not alone. The film is even inspired by actual events screenwriter Russell Hunter experienced while living in an estate home writing the screenplay.
1. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
This South Korean psychological horror in based on the Joseon Dynasty folktale Janghwa Hongryeon jeon, a story of two sisters whose father, after the death of their mother, marries an evil woman intent on tearing the family apart. The film takes place almost solely inside the family’s Gothic home where things are never what they seem. The beautiful and terrifying film even shares parallels with Feathers and Teeth. Elizabeth Banks later starred in an American remake of the film called The Uninvited. Skip that version and check out the much scarier original. Your mind will be blown once you reach the end and you will want to re-watch the film in order to start putting the pieces together – that is if you can make it through the whole thing!