After Midnight (1989)

Written and directed by Jim and Ken Wheat.  Starring Ramy Zada, Jillian McWhirter, Pamela Segall, Marc McClure, Judie Aronson, Penelope Sudrow, Alan Rosenberg and Marg Helgenberger. Plot: a college professor invites his students over to his house to sway scary stories while studying fear. First story:  The Old Dark House - A couple gets stranded … Continue reading After Midnight (1989)

Torture Garden (1967)

Directed by Freddie Francis. Written by Robert Bloch (based on his own short stories). Starring Burgess Meredith, Jack Palance, Barbara Ewing, Beverly Adams, John Standing, Maurice Denham, Michael Bryant, Michael Ripper, Ursula Howells and Peter Cushing. Plot: Dr. Diablo (Meredith) takes five customers into a special exhibit to warn them of their "evil" futures. Five … Continue reading Torture Garden (1967)

Alien Zone (AKA The House of the Dead) (1978)

Directed by Sharron Miller. Written by David O'Malley. Starring John Ericson, Ivor Francis, Judith Novgrad, Bernard Fox and Burr Debenning. Plot: a cheating husband (Ericson) caught in a storm, seeks refuge with a mortician (Francis) who tells him four stories about people who have wound up in his establishment. Right off the bat, I want … Continue reading Alien Zone (AKA The House of the Dead) (1978)

Screamtime (1984)

Directed by Michael Armstrong and Stanley Long.  Written by Armstrong.  Starring Robin Bailey, Ann Lynn, Ian Saynor, Yvonne Nicholson, David Van Day, Dora Bryan and Jean Anderson. Plot: two thieves steal some movies from a video store - these are those movies. Story #1 is about a puppeteer whose wife wants him to get a … Continue reading Screamtime (1984)

Tales of Halloween (2015)

This anthology isn't the best Halloween movie ever, but some of the stories are too good to miss out on this season.  So, let me tell you which ones you just have to see. SWEET TOOTH Written and directed by Dave Parker, this terrifying tale is about an urban legend known as "Sweet Tooth".  Sweet … Continue reading Tales of Halloween (2015)

The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

Directed by Robert Bloch.  Written by Peter Duffell.  Starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Denholm Elliott, Jon Pertwee, Ingrid Pitt, Nyree Dawn Porter and Joss Ackland. Plot: a collection of four shorts told to a detective about a cursed house. METHOD FOR MURDER In this story, a writer comes to the house with his wife to … Continue reading The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

Dead of Night (1946)

Directed by Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Chrichton, Basil Dearden and Robert Hamer.  Written by John Baines, E.F. Benson, Angus MacPhail and H.G. Wells.  Starring Michael Redgrave, Melvyn Johns, Fredrick Valk, Roland Culver and Sally Ann Howes. Plot: the guests at a country home take turns telling supernatural stories. The first story is The Hearse Driver based … Continue reading Dead of Night (1946)

Ghost Stories (2017)

Written and directed by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, based on their play of the same name.  Starring Nyman, Martin Freeman, Paul Whitehouse, Alex Lawther, Paul Warren and Nicholas Burns. Plot: three scary stories have a sinister connection to a Professor Goodman (Nyman), who has devoted his life to exposing phony supernatural happenings. Professor Goodman … Continue reading Ghost Stories (2017)

The Witching (2016)

Directed by Corey Norman.  Written by Michelle Davidson, Jesse David Ing, Patrick Rea, Sean Lee and Calvin Weaver.  Starring Jessica Bedell, Ian Carlsen, Joanna Clarke, Jack Scanell, Jennifer Friend, Beth Somerville, Ellen Elizabeth White and Catherine Parker. Plot: on Halloween, members of a popular podcast go into the woods to tell scary stories The first … Continue reading The Witching (2016)

From A Whisper to A Scream (AKA The Offspring) (1987)

Directed by Jeff Burr.  Written by Burr, Darin Scott and C. Courtney Joyner.  Starring Vincent Price, Clu Gulager, Terry Kiser, Harry Caesar, Rosalind Cash, Cameron Mitchell, Susan Tyrell, Martine Boswick and Ron Brooks. Plot: in a small Tennessee town, a librarian relates four horror stories about the town to a reporter with a secret of … Continue reading From A Whisper to A Scream (AKA The Offspring) (1987)