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The Halloween broadcast is now up and running and will continue playing throughout the weekend. Normal programming will resume sometime Sunday night, but in the meantime the programming will focus on Halloween themed music, with Dynamic Range Radio’s usual eclectic mix of genres and moods.
And if the livestream isn’t to your liking, there’s several cloudcasts you can listen to via MixCloud, one of which is embedded on the sidebar.
If the weather forecast is to be believed, it’ll be raining here in Vancouver pretty much non-stop between now and Halloween, so it sounds like a perfect time to curl up at home with a cup of hot chocolate, some homemade snacks, and one of these lesser-known horror movies you may not have seen before.
For the purposes of this article, I’ve limited my picks to horror movies with less than 50,000 votes on the IMDB, which seems to be a good, objective criteria for establishing how well known a movie is with today’s consumers. Frankly, I was shocked at how some of the iconic movies of my youth weren’t passed down to the next generation of movie lovers.
#5 – The Lords Of Salem (15,796 votes)
Director Rob Zombie moved from the grindhouse to the arthouse with this incredibly stylish and surprisingly well-acted throwback to the trippy European horror films of the 60s and 70s.
Sherri-Moon Zombie, Rob’s wife, stars as Heidi, a recovering junkie who works as a DJ at a rock station in Salem, Massachusetts. When she receives a mysterious record and plays it on the air, it casts a spell over the women of Salem and opens a doorway for the return of an infamous witch who had been burned at the stake centuries before.
The soundtrack is terrific, the cinematography is often stunning, and I was particularly impressed by Jeff Daniel Phillips, a Rob Zombie look alike, who plays Heidi’s lovestruck fellow DJ. You don’t normally get characters or performances like this in a low-budget horror movie.
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is a black and white, arthouse, Farsi Vampire movie shot in California but set in Iran. I know what you’re thinking: not that old gimmick!
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night won’t be challenging Twilight or Dracula Untold at the box office any time soon, but it’s an interesting addition to the vampire canon for people who prefer Jim Jarmusch to J.J. Abrams
The movie stars Sheila Vand as the titular vampire, and you may recognize her from Argo where she played the housekeeper who knew what was happening at the Canadian ambassador’s residence but kept quiet, even when it meant risking her own life.
Here she plays an unnamed vampire who stalks a run-down Iranian community known only as Bad City, which is a sparsely populated ghost town where bodies are left to rot in a dried-out riverbed for reasons that are never explained.
Housebound is a very funny horror-comedy from New Zealand that I managed to catch Saturday night during the Vancouver International Film Fest (VIFF).
Housebound goes for Shaun Of The Dead levels of self-aware homage, but ultimately falls a bit short. The lead actors, director, and composer all do good work, but I couldn’t suspend my disbelief far enough to accept some of the absurd twists the script takes or the coincidences the movie relies on, and characters sometimes do things no human being would ever do, simply to move the plot forward. If you’ve seen the movie you probably remember the denture stealing sequence, so you know what I’m talking about. Still, every time the movie lost me with a head-scratching plot point, it won me back with a side-splitting gag, and I enjoyed it more than I probably would if I watched it a second time now that I know all the jokes in advance.
Here’s the trailer, to give you an idea of what to expect: