I’ll admit, this recommendation is one that won’t resonate unless you’re a horror movie fan. I recently finished watching Starry Eyes, a new-ish horror film that gave me serious old school supernatural horror vibes (think Suspiria or Rosemary’s Baby). A huge part of its retro aesthetic was due in part to its ’80s-inspired synth soundtrack by Jonathan Snipes. In the film, a wannabe actress gets mixed up with a Satanic cult in hopes she can literally “sell her soul” to be famous (Tom Cruise’s life story, anyone?), but along the way she runs into detractors (mainly her loser friends) who stand in the way of stardom.
Directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer originally planned to use the typical orchestral score but opted to go a different path once convinced by Snipes. The decision turned out to be a good one, and the soundtrack has been getting as much praise as the film itself. The soundtrack will be released on vinyl via Waxwork Records in the near future, but in the meantime, check out the track above for a preview. This song plays during a very critical point in the film, but I won’t spoil it for you. After all, I’m not Satan.
|Recommended by Tiffany White||Monday, March 23rd, 2015||No Comments »|
What happens when an unsuspecting hipster photographer stumbles upon an abandoned mansion? Why, horrific mayhem, of course! The short film I’ll Be Waiting opens with a young photographer bravely entering a creepy mansion that looks like it belongs on the set of The Addams Family or The Woman in Black. As he pokes around and starts taking pictures, you can’t help but get a sense of dread because you can tell the statues are watching him and waiting for something to strike. The tension rises when the cheerful music kicks in and the Polaroid picture reveals a creepy anomaly. Needless to say, the ghost is not happy and the film ends on a cliffhanger.
Did the photographer die? Was he able to survive? I’ll Be Waiting uses good old-fashioned jump scares, a creepy atmosphere, and excellent makeup to create a chilling ghost story that leaves it up to the viewers to imagine their own ending.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Wednesday, January 21st, 2015||No Comments »|
As children, we’ve all been afraid of what horrible monsters or terrifying ghosts lurk under our bed, but as we grew up, we got over our irrational fears. However, what if we were right to be afraid?
Filminute’s short Tuck Me In, which is based off a short story by Juan J. Ruiz, explores that spine-tingling scenario. In the video, a father bids his young son, Alex, good night. Of course, the little boy asks his father to check under the bed, and viewers can feel the tension rise. What the father finds when he peeks under the bed will have your hairs standing on end. The short fades to black just as a look of horror darts across his face.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Tuesday, October 21st, 2014||No Comments »|