It’s often said that October is set aside for horror fans, and December is given for holiday cheer. HBO GO is going to make sure that we have somewhere to turn to if we’re tired of seeing Christmas film after Christmas film. Not only do they have horror films to watch, they have CLASSIC horror films to watch. Let’s take a look at the top five horror classics you can check out with your HBO and HBO GO subscription this month:
1.) Stephen King’s Cat’s Eye (1985):
Stephen King is as known for his short stories as his full-length novels, and “Cat’s Eye” is another example of that. An anthology film that has two segments from King’s book “Night Shift” and a third written for the film, it is tied together by a nomadic cat nicknamed General, with some great performances from a young Drew Barrymore, James Woods, and Robert hays.
2.) Joy Ride (2001):
Written by J.J. Abrams and Clay Tarver and directed by John Dahl, this film goes from a road trip film to a murderous cat and mouse game. Two brothers, Lewis (Paul Walker) and Fuller (Steve Zahn) drive home with Lewis’ friend and crush Venna (Leelee Sobieski) when they decide to pull a practical joke with a truck driver on the CB, and an innocent prank turns into a fight for survival on desolate backroads.
3.) They Live (1998):
John Carpenter’s classic take on pop culture, politics, and subversion sees an equally classic “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Keith David who discover sunglasses that allow them to see beyond a layer of deception to see who or what is really controlling us and what they really want. The genesis of the infamous and oft-repeated phrase “I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass… and I’m all out of bubblegum.”
4.) 28 Days Later (2002):
Danny Boyle’s take on the zombie genre with creatures that aren’t actually zombies, but people. Really pissed people. After a virus escapes a lab and infects the British Isles, the population falls to pure rage that causes them to literally tear each other apart. Cillian Murphy and Naomie Harris traverse England with other survivors trying to find a way not only to keep living but to escape.
5.) Poltergeist (1982):
Tobe Hooper’s take on a Steven Spielberg story, the original “Poltergeist” is probably one of the most famous and memorable haunted house films in cinematic history. Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams play parents to a small family in a seemingly idyllic California suburb. After some supernatural elements that the group finds exciting and even cute, more horrifying events take shape and take them to the very brink of death. The film easily has some of the most unforgettable moments, including some famous hallway dolly zooms, creepy clown dolls, and an adorable Heather O’Rourke gleefully exclaiming “They’re Here!” “Poltergeist” still remains a film that has and will terrify multiple generations of filmgoers.
What will you be checking out while everyone else is getting cozy with candy canes and what are some of your favorite classics to revisit during the holidays?
Jason Stollery has horror films encoded into his DNA, going so far as to name his sons Michael and Fred. He can be found on Twitter @smegghed, and on his genre film blog and podcast at filmguild.net