Saturday, June 18, 2011

What to do when no new horror movies are in theaters

It happens more often than it should. No new horror movies are in wide release this week. So what is a horror fan to do?

Obviously, you could branch out and try another genre. Chances are many of you went and saw "The Green Lantern" Friday night or are planning to see it tonight. That's cool. I like comic books and, if I wasn't trying to focus my limited funds on direct horror-related expenses, I'd be there with you.

There are a few Ryan Reynolds horror movies you could watch, instead. You could give in to the remake craze and watch the 2005 "The Amityville Horror" with Reynolds as George Lutz. There are better movies to watch, but there are also worse. Chloe Grace Moretz of "Let Me In" and "Kick-Ass" is in it, too. Watch a star in the making.

Reynolds got his comic book start in "Blade: Trinity" if vampire hunting is your thing. Or, check out Reynolds get buried in a box in "Buried."

If that isn't appealing, you should go see "Super 8" if you haven't seen it yet. heck, go again if you have. It's the kind the anti-blockbuster that deserves your money.

But let's say you are staying home. Tonight (Saturday) is the Bram Stoker Awards. You can watch the ceremony live at 9:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. That's 6:30 for you West Coast folks. Watch the broadcast here.

There's not a dang thing wrong with just reading a book, either. The Stoker Awards nominees are a great place to start. "Horns" by Joe Hill, "Rot and Run" by Jonathan Maberry, "Dead Love" by Linda Watanabe McFerrin, "Apocalypse of the Dead" by Joe McKinney, "Dweller" by Jeff Strand, and Peter Straub's "A Dark Matter" are up for best novel. Any one of those should hold you over for the weekend.

We're horror fans, which means many of us remain visually stimulated. The video stores are still open, Netflix Instant Watch is always on, and I hear Redbox stocks newer releases of some horror movies.

I'm a Netflix man myself, which generally means I watch a lot of classics. Why not have yourself a marathon? Sunday is Father's Day, so why not queue up "The Stepfather," "Pet Semetary," and "The Shining" for some fatherly fright fun.

You could even add "The Amityville Horror" to that and still get your Ryan Reynolds fix.

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