Post-Halloween Horror Reports: Scary Tales of Dark and Horrific Nights 2

Our Horror Obsessive friends might be proud: Halloween has come and gone, but November is surely as good a time as any for some horror. Leaves are falling, it is cold outside. On the east coast of the United States, it will start getting dark at 5 p.m. Really horrifying things! Anyway, if you’re looking for something to chill your spine and/or by a violent forest, we’ve got you covered this week. Tim recommends the Chilling Tales for Dark Nights podcast, particularly the episode “Autumn Apparitions.” Meanwhile, Hawk is flocking to masterpieces terrifying 2. while…

Podcast Recommendation: Chilling Tales of Dark Nights, ‘Autumn Ghosts’

Tim Glaton: Halloween may have already come and gone, but luckily there are plenty of horror-themed podcasts to scratch that itch for something scary year-round. One of my favorite episodes, Chilling Tales for Dark Nights, last week had a particularly big drop in the episode “Apparations of Autumn,” which features quotes from two sinister stories.

The first, “The Jack-O-Lantern Men” by The Vesper’s Bell, is an old-school creepy thread with the warm feel of a campfire story. It follows a small town that is slowly being invaded by a strange group of so-called “Jack o’ Lantern men” – snowmen made of jack or lantern – who have wreaked havoc in their wake. A new one appears every day, all before Halloween… and whatever their end goal may be.

The second film, “The Girl in the Wall” by B.D. Williams, is a more gritty and profound tale, documenting a cross-country movement that goes wrong when a couple find themselves in a strange roadside motel practically deserted. When the friend heads to a local bar in the evening, the girlfriend tries to find something to occupy herself – only to hear a little girl’s voice, seemingly coming from the next room. But when you break through the wall, you don’t find a trapped girl, you find something from a nightmare.

Together, these two stories make a perfect pairing for Halloween or even after Halloween, one warm and spooky and the other evil and sinister. All of them were brilliantly perceived by the voice actors and effects team, and it really freaked me out as I listened to the episode on my evening walk – and there’s no higher recommendation.

movie recommendation: terrifying 2

Hook Ripjaw: the original horrifying It’s not so much about the story, acting more as a slick makeup/director Damien Lyon show and the effects and physical work of David Howard Thornton as Art the Clown. He establishes art as a spooky, random killer, quickly picking out potential new heroes and is mostly his show.

The sequel to Leon takes place a year after the first movie, and we get an actual central heroine this time around in Sienna (Lorraine Lavera), who finds herself haunted by an art ghost as Halloween approaches. Her late father, who was ill, painted Sienna in some sort of Valkyrie armor costume and inspired the Halloween costume for Sienna this year. As Art makes his way through town, Sienna is forced to confront him.

terrifying 2 He ups the ante in every way – most notably in blood. Good GOD is an outrageously violent movie, even more so than the first movie. I wish I could see this in the theater, just to experience the people who audibly respond to the killings. The scene alluded to vaguely in some of those articles about people who fainted in theaters didn’t hit me that hard, but my jaw hit the floor on the sequence in the middle of the movie.

Art the Clown wears a silly pair of sunglasses that resemble gears, while standing next to a rack of sunglasses, in Terrifier 2

There’s a strong sense of nostalgia for the ’80s aesthetic here, from the set’s design to the heavy score to the grain of the film. Everything has that kind of dream-like sensation, which often turns into frantic exploitative nightmare and bizarre dream sequences. Leon leans heavily on the inherited potential of this world, not only for art but for Sienna as well. There are a lot of hints regarding the cosmic or supernatural forces that animate these characters, but there’s never a feeling that Leon isn’t confident about what he plans to reveal in a later segment.

Lauren Lavera totally presents as the last girl. Sienna is as resilient as the slashing villain herself, and takes on a huge amount of battery as they hit the art of their massive fight in their prime. As excellent as Art is, David Howard Thornton continues to establish himself as a new horror icon. He is completely silent, and his performance depends entirely on his exaggerated facial expressions and movements. Sometimes he’s totally reckless, other times he tears someone apart – and often at the same time. There hasn’t been a horror actor with such a catchy animation since Robert Englund, who is, in turn, funny and terrifying.

Despite some speed issues and a slightly bloated runtime, there’s an honest effort here to create a new mainstay for Halloween. The practical effects are quite impressive (even considering this was with a budget of 250 thousand and about nine crew members), the allusions to the art lore are interesting, and the brutality in each kill develops to dizzying levels. Scattered fans will eat well with this one.

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