Thursday, April 14, 2011

Day 23 "favorite made for TV horror film" of the 30 day horror challenge

Made for television horror films thrived in the 70's with strong offerings like Trilogy of Terror, Satan's School For Girls, The Initiation of Sarah, and Don't Be Afraid of the Dark. However, in the 80's there was a decline in quality. They were still made with great abundance, but how many can you really say were memorable? How many can you honestly remember off the top of your head? In the 90's TV horror movies thrived yet again, especially those that were adaptations of Stephen King books. We got such films as It (1990), Sometimes They Come Back, The Stand, The Tommyknockers, The Longoliers and the Shining (1997). So with TV horror movies thriving in the 70's & 90's, you might find it rather surprising that my pick is an 80's TV horror film. This isn't just my favorite TV horror film, it's one of my favorite horror films of all time. It's just a horror film that makes me feel so many different emotions. I laughed. I cried. I got chills. And I just had a lot of fun each time I view this film. Some people consider Halloween necessary Halloween entertainment. I say forget Halloween. This truly captures the essence of Halloween. So I give you….. 

The Midnight Hour -  Originally airing as a made for TV movie for ABC, this little gem is filled with many wonderful elements. The cast is way too old for their roles, but they are so appealing and seem to be having such a good time with the material that it really doesn't matter. There's thrills, chills, humor, a love story, classic oldies with Wolfman Jack as a radio DJ and even a musical number by Sheri Belafonte thrown in for good measure complete with dancing vampires and zombies! The Midnight Hour has something rarely seen in horror films, heart. It seems like everyone involved with this film just had a really good time with the material and gave it their all. That's what makes The Midnight Hour special. That's what creates this kind of intimacy with the viewer. The Midnight Hour has characters and places that seem like old friends that you want to revisit over and over again. There is a tangible connection with what is going on in the film and with the people involved. That's what gives The Midnight Hour that sense of feeling, that extra oomph.

So which film would you have picked? take part, the rules are below, or you can check out the Facebook fan page and interact with everyone else that's taking part by visiting:!/pages/30-Day-Horror-Challenge-by-Big-Daddy-Horror-Reviews/198282733537709?sk=info

Or feel free to start your own blog posts on your site! (You can start on day one or you can feel free to join me on day we are currently at). Or just feel free to leave us a little comment so we know which film made the cut for you! The rules are simple, just pick your favorite horror film for each day! However, you can't pick the same horror film more then once. So once you pick say The Exorcist for your favorite horror film involving the powers of Hell, you can't repick it again for any other day what so ever including favorite horror film. And for once, I am opening up the comments section so that, yes, you can comment each day along with me on your favorite picks! So let's get to it! This is the 30 Day Horror Film Challenge! 

Day 01 - A horror film that no one would expect you to love, but you do
Day 02 - The horror film that you relate most to
Day 03 - Your favorite slasher
Day 04 - Your favorite werewolf film
Day 05 - Your favorite monster movie
Day 06 - Your favorite vampire movie
Day 07 - Your favorite supernatural horror film
Day 08 - Your favorite anthology
Day 09 - Your favorite exploitation / grind house type film
Day 10 - Your favorite psychological horror film
Day 11 - Your favorite science fiction horror film
Day 12 - Your favorite horror film involving the occult
Day 13 - Your favorite horror comedy
Day 14 - Your favorite zombie film
Day 15 - Your favorite horror film involving serial killers
Day 16 - Your favorite childhood themed horror film
Day 17 - Your favorite horror film remake
Day 18 - Your favorite foreign horror film (outside of your country of origin)
Day 19 - Your favorite horror film involving the powers of Hell or Satanism
Day 20 - Your favorite horror film involving a killer animal
Day 21 - Your favorite medical horror film
Day 22 - Your favorite horror themed TV show
Day 23 - Your favorite made for TV horror film
Day 24 - Horror film in which you prefer the edited version over the director's cut
Day 25 - A horror film that you used to hate, but now like
Day 26 - Your favorite horror film to watch as a child
Day 27 - Your favorite guilty pleasure
Day 28 - Your favorite horror film that no one's ever heard of
Day 29 - Your least favorite horror film of all time
Day 30 - Your favorite horror film of all time  

1 comment:

Andrew Green said...

Good choice....
I would have gone with Duel, assuming that it qualifies as a "horror" movie.