Ready For Some Halloween Horror – With A Bite?
I love this time of year, as my “Cult Movie Monday” highlights Halloween!
Look at these four films: all designed to give you a good scare, thanks to an animal kingdom that has turned against us!
Let’s begin with what I think is the greatest movie poster of all time:
That is, for me, the most perfect movie poster of all time: capturing perfectly the plot of a film in one bite! Oh, and let’s all agree: that is one evil Frog! The poster captures perfectly what you can expect from the film – check out this vintage trailer, playing it perfectly straight:
While the poster showcases one evil amphibian, the film actually tells the story of a group of helpless victims who make the fatal mistake of celebrating a birthday on an island estate crawling with killer amphibians, birds, insects, and reptiles!
Doug McClure, Sam Elliott and Joan Van Ark are just a few of the recognizable stars who are menaced by nature – including this guy who just can’t seem to stand up and walk away from the frogs!
Just some good horrific fun for Halloween, and it is just one of the campy horror treasures I have for you today – let’s go to a horror film that’s been “gnawing” at me lately:
“Zombeavers” is EXACTLY what you think it is…and exactly what it should be! Bloody horror fun with zombie beavers!
Yes, this film captures the fury of mother nature – IF Mother Nature was a Beaver!
The title tells you all you really need to know, but the trailer reinforces the fun they have in store for you!
Here’s the plot: a bunch of kids go to a cabin in the woods and have a big party – and then they all decide to go swimming in the lake outside….
And the zombie-infused Beavers eat them. Got it? Well, of course you do, it’s just the latest in a long line of wacky, bloody “animals eat people” movies…
You see, there is nothing more terrifying than a film where you can’t see the evil that lurks below the surface – now imagine if that evil was in 3-D!
This 2010 hit has a great cast: Richard Dreyfus, Elisabeth Shue and Ving Rhames – and the film had a tight little plot: after a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area’s new razor-toothed residents.
Check out the trailer:
“Piranha 3D” is a lot of goofy fun, with enough blood and mayhem to keep your attention. Actress / Model Kelly Brook also stars, and it seems her job was to wear a bikini a lot and keep the party going, as she admitted in an interview…
“It’s a big popcorn movie. It was fun to work on and it seems to have got a good response. The fans seem to love it. If you like horror and you like fish then go and see it.”
How can you argue with that? Now, how about a cult horror gem that was “Oscar-nominated?”
“Tear him up!”
And with that command, “Willard” turns his band of ravenous rats on all of his enemies!
Even more shocking, the movie’s sequel “Ben” had a theme song sung by Michael Jackson, that was a love song to a rat – and was Oscar-nominated!
Time For The Wacky Animal Vengeance Horror Of “Willard!”
This 1971 film starred Bruce Davison and Ernest Borgnine, and was a surprise hit! Check out the classic trailer:
“Willard” was based on the novel “The Ratman’s Notebooks”, and was a surprise box office hit in 1971! A young Bruce Davison stars as Willard, a shy boy who befriends a rat named Ben…
Ernest Borgnine Bets Against “Ben!”
Legendary Actor Ernest Borgnine co-stars in “Willard”, and as you can see, it doesn’t end well for him. According to Borgnine’s autobiography, they offered the legendary character Actor a choice of a higher salary or a percentage of the box office. Borgnine chose to take the money right away – probably costing him plenty, because the movie was a surprise hit!
Michael Jackson’s Love Song To A Rat!
One of the most interesting aspects of the film is that the main rat, Ben, was the star of a sequel the very next year called “Ben” – and the theme song is sung by a young Michael Jackson…and it was nominated for best original song of 1972!
That’s right – “Ben” was oscar-nominated! And why not? After all, it’s not every movie that offers a loving tribute to a killer rat!
“Ben, the two of us need look no more
We both found what we were looking for
With a friend to call my own
I’ll never be alone
And you my friend will see
You’ve got a friend in me
(You’ve got a friend in me)”
Yes, you’ve got a friend in “Ben!”
If you need to know, “Ben” lost the best original song Oscar to “The Morning After” from “The Poseidon Adventure!”
Of course, the classic “killer animal” film is this one:
“Jaws” is not only one of the best killer animal films, it’s just a great great film as well! Click here to see more pictures and lots of trivia about this masterpiece!
Sharks are scary, right? Well, so are clowns.
And recently, America has been “spooked” by the appearance of real evil clowns:
Wow! There are a few great Halloween “evil clown” films to check out, and you can see them here:
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