Horror films from A to Z: part three
At The ABCs of Death, showing now at the Sie FilmCenter, you're going to get the equivalent of horror tapas -- one short, punchy tale for each letter of the alphabet, each delivered by a current or rising star in the genre. It's a tasty appetizer that can serve as a meal in and of itself, but what if you want more? What if this just whets your appetite for horrific death and graphic dismemberment?
We're here to help. In the spirit of The ABCs of Death, we're offering 26 full-length horror-movie suggestions, one for each letter of the alphabet, at a pace of five a day for each day the film is showing (on day five, we'll actually offer six, because of the alphabet and math). Some are favorites old and new, some are overlooked gems, and some are just there because, look, there aren't very many horror movies that start with Q, okay?
Scared yet? You will be after watching these 26 films.
K is for Killer Klowns From Outer Space
If you're going to get through 26 horror films, you're going to need a little comic relief, and nothing is funnier than clowns, right? This late-'80s horror-comedy is a cult favorite that should be good for a few laughs among the scares -- unless you're a coulrophobe, that is.
L is for Last House on the Left
Wes Craven's 1972 exploitation classic showed you don't need the supernatural, a monster or even clowns to make a gut-wrenching horror flick, just a twisted premise -- in this case, a gang of sex criminals escaping and going on a rape/murder spree -- and the willingness to push things further than anyone else had before. After this one, you might need a shower. Or three.
M is for Maniac
Sleazy, lurid and infamously graphic, William Lustig's Maniac is another movie about an ordinary guy who just so happens to kill people. Well, as ordinary as a dude who scalps women and has conversations with his dead mother can be, anyway.