Sunday, February 25, 2018

mother! (2017)

Saw this film for the first time a week ago, alone, late at night, on a Sunday.

I need to talk to people about this film. This isn't so much of a review as it is a desperate cry for conversation.

Out of all the Darren Aronofsky films I've seen, I've never had a need to converse afterwards. They all made sense to me. They all scared the crap out of me. I felt I understood them fully. In fact, I didn't even want to talk after seeing these films, I just wanted to sit still and absorb the horror by myself.

I was expecting the same with mother! but to my utter astonishment, I grappled for other people to be near and to hear.

What in the holy hell did I just see!?!

First, I would like to point out that one of the first things I noticed in this film is that it's obvious there is no stairwell, sidewalk, or path, leading up to this home's front door. Folks, I can not describe the absolute terror this struck in me.

And this is why I need to talk about this film. I was terrified by a lack of a sidewalk. A Sidewalk!

As someone who relies getting around town almost entirely by walking, this really disturbed me. So here is where I'd like to start the conversation. What did this film mean to you and why did you find it frightening?

This film is beautiful, *poetic* (using that word on purpose...), haunting, and jarring. With distinct visuals meant to stick with you for life. But what did they mean to you and why?

Alternatively, as I'm aware this film has a love/hate relationship with audiences, what about this film angered or frustrated you. I'm not looking for generic answers on either side. I'm looking for specific scenes or parts of the plot that resonated.

So please, world, share your thoughts with me and others. A week later I'm still finding myself staring into the distance, remembering certain scenes and wondering (while shivering) what they really meant.

I watched this film on Amazon Prime. Use the Find It! Watch It! links on Horror Habit's side bar to locate where else you can see this jaw-dropping film.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Haunted Saginaw, Michigan (2010 - 2017)

Happy New Year, everyone!

If you're like me and love binge watching paranormal TV shows and documentaries (and by love I mean I might have a problem), then I highly recommend spending the new year chilling on the couch with these beauties:

A Haunting on Hamilton Street2010
A Haunting on Hamilton Street 2: The Stable2011
A Haunting on Potter Street: The Potter Street Station 2012
A Haunting in Saginaw, Michigan 2013
A Haunting on Washington Avenue: The Temple Theatre2014
A Haunting at the Hoyt Library2015
A Haunting on Dice Road: The Hell House2016
A Haunting on Dice Road 2: Town of the Dead2017

All directed and produced by DJ Prozak (Steven Shippy), these bone-chilling documentaries into the paranormal world in - of all places - Sagniaw, Michigan, will surprise you.

I could see the evolution of the filming style and quality as the documentaries progressed over the years, with the last two actually scaring me, and that is a feat.

Heartfelt, original, intense, and frightening, these films are clearly made out of the love the for the area, people and their stories. 

All available on Amazon Prime, so get your popcorn ready, turn off all the lights, and get ready for a thrill ride!

Strikingly entertaining, surprising.
Strikingly entertaining, surprising.

Truly terrifying. Love. Love. Love.
Truly terrifying. Love. Love. Love.
Strikingly entertaining, surprising.
Strikingly entertaining, surprising.
(Both) Truly terrifying. Love. Love. Love.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

October Challenge 2017: Recap

Well, that's a wrap folks!

Happy November 1st! It was a pretty exciting October challenge, this year. With record breaking views on both the blog and the Roku channel, I'd like to think that everyone enjoyed the entertainment this month :)

It was a little strange simply streaming all the movie picks this year instead of popping into my local video store, I have to admit. RIP Rain City Video. But overall, it was a fun experience, as always.

Thanks again to those who reached out to Horror Habit for the Celebrating Independent Artists day. Until next year, if you would like me to help spread the word on your work, simply send me a message through the contact tool on the website and I'll share it on my Shout-Outs and Film Press Releases page.

To my utmost surprise, my Husband joined me in watching several of the films this year. I might be turning him into a horror movie fan after all...

I started October attending a memorial service for a good friend of mine who passed suddenly. It was heartbreaking. And yet, I had a little experience right before Halloween that might just suggest he's sticking around to keep an eye on all of us from time time time. Mad love, man. [mad crossed out and written backwards in crayon]. Peace.

Overall, it was a very good October challenge. I love them, and I am officially looking forward to not watching a horror movie everyday for a while. On to Documentary November! (coined by my Husband), where we'll just watch real life horror stories.

Thanks again for joining me on my adventure, everyone! As per usual, I'm going to take a little break from posting for a while and will see you in December!

Love love.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween! Here's 18 Short Horror Films You Need To See! (2017 edition)

October Challenge Day 31:

Happy Halloween everyone!! Here is 18 brilliant short horror films to spook up your day.

Why 18 you ask? Because this is the 8th month of the old Roman calendar and the 10th month of the current calendar. BRAINS!

So without further ado, below is my pick of some of the best out there. With a review of 18 words or less, and in no particular order, please enjoy Horror Habit's 2017 Short Horror Film Festival.

Spira: This film asks, "What happens if a psychiatric patient's madness becomes contagious?" Lord help us all if that happens.

The Landing: Fantastic effects! Stunning cinematography! Brilliant execution! Striking and shocking in every way - don't miss this one.

The Gibbering Horror of Howard Ghormley: Nightmarish, strange, surreal, and it looks like it was pulled from David Lynch's nightmares.

Dead Hearts: "A whimsical, gothic bedtime story filled with love, loss, taxidermy, Kung Fu, and biker werewolves." Indeed! Indeed! Indeed!

The Best of Intentions: This Danish thriller surrounds an overly protective father, his daughter, and her caretaker...

The Brain Hack: Can a perfect image induce a viewer to see God...? Note - this video contains flashing images!

The Disappearance of Willie Bingham: Mentally and emotionally gruesome and very chilling, this short looks into an alternative capital punishment method...

Thumb Snatchers From the Moon Cocoon: A hilarious, goofy, and very original claymation short is sure to entertain all audiences. 

“Dans l’ombre” (In the shadow): What things do you think your shadow would say - and would the two of you get along...?

Shame: A very disturbing tale about a girl and her hands...

Awfully Deep: A powerful and thought proving little tale about responsibility - for ourselves and others.

But I’d Really Have To Kill You: Witty, hilarious, and brilliant. This little office conversation will leave you laughing.

Monsters: A family living in a bunker after monsters take over the world, are doing more than hiding themselves...

Tik-Tik: Based on the Aswang creature, from Philippine folklore, this one will chill you to the core.

Canis: A deeply, deeply, deeply disturbing puppet stop animation about a boy and packs of wild dogs.

Night of the Slasher: Witty and filled with macabre humor, this one takes cheesy slasher films to a new level. 

Intrusion: A remarkable found footage film created on a budget of $11.50! Watch with headphones!!

The Umbrella Factory: A simply stunning and beautiful animation short about the perils of getting what you ask for.

But Wait!!! There's more! Be sure to check out the short horror films available on this year's Celebrate Independent Horror Films post:

Monday, October 30, 2017

Celebrating Independent Horror Movies (2017 edition)

It's another year and another October Challenge festival in the Horror Habit world. Although 99% of the month is dedicated to watching films, one day of the month is dedicated to independent artists and film makers who are putting the latest and greatest out there!

Some producers and directors have contacted Horror Habit recently, and I would like to give their work a proper plug as best as I can! I'm going to list these in the order that I've received them. Where possible check these films out, support your local artists, support independent horror films, and be on the lookout for the reviews!

Title: Let Her Out
Directed by: Cody Calahan

Here's a super creepy story about a woman and her evil twin... or is it?! Released in theaters and VOD as of October 20th, so be on the lookout for Let Her Out! “ emotional, engaging horror thriller that centers on the mental and psychological state of Helen, a young Toronto bike courier who has recently awoke in the hospital after a traumatic incident."

From the Press Release:

TriCoast Entertainment’s horror division, DarkCoast presents the USA release of Cody Calahan’s Canadian-horror, female psychological thriller, “LET HER OUT”, in collaboration with Black Fawn Films and Breakthrough Entertainment.

“LET HER OUT"” is a high-concept horror film, which captures film in a psychological; terrifying way by showing that true fear is innate and inescapable. When Helen's "vanishing twin" (or one that is absorbed in utero) takes over, turning her life into a living nightmare, it is guaranteed to leave viewers with their hearts racing and chills running down their spines.

“LET HER OUT” stars fabulous stars, with Alanna LaVierge as the lead of Helen, stealing the show with her emotional, terrifying role. The film also stars Nina Kiri (“The Haunted House of Kirby Road” (2016), “Geek Charming” (2011)) and Adam Christie (“Antisocial” (2013)).

Learn more about the film and the artists here:

Check out the trailer now!


Title: Don't Move
Directed By: Adam Scarlett

Here's a dreamy and atmospheric spine-chiller! Empty office spaces are creepy enough, but when there's someone else in there with you, that's creepy on a whole new level! 

Adam is a filmmaker from Wales and recently created this 7 minute short horror film with Eddie Adamson - the same Adamson who helped create the fabulous short slenderman film, "Victim". 

Check out this short film here!


Title: Aliens: Zone of Silence
Directed by: Andy Fowler

A found footage film about aliens! I honestly don't think there are many of these out there. Having just been released on October 24th and with already an IMDB rating of 7.1, I think this is one horror fans should certainly check out. 

From the producer: 

The film follows a young woman who goes on a daring search for answers after her brother vanishes from the Mexican desert. But when she discovers an extraterrestrial presence, she must risk her life to expose the desert’s otherworldly secret. 

Distributor Gravitas Ventures is releasing Aliens: Zone of Silence on over 100 cable and digital platforms, including Comcast, Cox, Dish Network, and Verizon Fios, in addition to Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, Vimeo on Demand, and Vudu. The film will also be available on DVD and Blu-ray at Amazon and Family Video.

Check out the trailer and learn a little bit more about the film here:


Title: Knock Knock (Short Horror Film)
Created by: L.A. based creative collective - Live From Mars 

Here's a marvelous and politically powerful short horror film, Knock Knock. A story about a housekeeper just trying to do her job. "Live From Mars combines horror tropes (off-kilt angles, shadowy rooms, disembodied knocking and a monster in the closet) with a strong social metaphor..."

From the Press Release: 

Brief Synopsis/Logline: When an enterprising, young, Latin American housekeeper cleans up the remains of a 4th of July celebration, something in the closet quickly turns her American dream into an AMERICAN NIGHTMARE.

About the Filmakers:

Alex Gabrielli- Director/Producer- Alex is an award winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles, CA. His fascination with movement combined with his passion for storytelling lends to a distinct creative style. He is also a technically gifted visual effects artist often employing his skills to create surreal imagery. MFA USC Film.

Collin Leydon- Writer/Co-Director/Producer- Collin is an actor and content creator based out of Los Angeles, CA. Past producing projects have appeared in festivals as well as on network television. A firm believer in horror's ability to open up dialogue about pertinent issues, Collin seeks to create content that taps into the terror of events shaping our world today. NYU Tisch.

Evelyn Lorena- Actress- Evelyn has appeared on the Lifetime Network, a variety of commercials (Participant Media, mun2/Telemundo, IHOP) and in films at HBO Outfest Los Angeles and the Cleveland International Film Festival, among others. Recent Theater Credits include IRINA in THE THREE SISTERS and playing both THE WIFE (at Sacred Fools) & THE BRIDE (at The LATC) in Oliver Mayer's BLOODMATCH. She is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

About Live From Mars:

Live From Mars (a creative collective) was founded in 2015 by a group of entertainment industry professionals from NY and LA seeking to promote and support each other artistically, while exploring aesthetically challenging projects across genres.

Check out the short film here, now!


Title: “Goosebumps Theme”: A Modern Electro Reimagining (Music)
Created By: DreamReaper (Troy Dierke)

Just in time for Halloween and to tap into your nostalgia feels, Troy has recently created a remix of the Goosebumps TV show theme song!

From the Press Release

After placing second in a remix competition for Powercyan’s “Disciples of the Night,” synthwave artist DreamReaper decided the best use of the prize money was not new equipment or software, but rather to purchase an enormous collection of original 1996 Goosebumps trading cards....In addition to hoarding the cards, the Phoenix, AZ based musician has begun to include them in merchandise orders and gives them away to fans at shows. Locally, he has become known as “that fucking Goosebumps guy,” a badge he wears proudly.

Available as a free download, “Goosebumps Theme” is a modern electro reimagining of the original that reinvigorates the soundtrack for today’s dance floor. The artist utilizes his signature retro-influenced synthwave sound to flip this ’90s TV favorite into a club-ready electro banger.

Featuring huge distorted French electro bass, creepy piano arpeggios, gritty slap bass, and enough sound effects to open your own haunted house, fans of Justice, The Glitch Mob, and all things spooky are sure to enjoy DreamReaper’s fresh take on this classic throwback.

To learn more about this work and the artist:


Speaking of music - here's a music video from James Drake! She's a .... Monster:


Title: Machine Baby
Directed by: Sean Richards Buddle

This is a short horror film "...about a struggling paparazzo who gets pulled into a mad pageant manager's plot to win Miss America while trying to break the story." Also according to IMDB it won the Best WTF Short Film award at the GenreBlast Film Festival. I never knew this award existed and I'm so glad it does!

From the press release: 

Machine Baby most recently screened at Nightmares Film Festival in Columbus, OH, as well as GenreBlast Film Festival in Winchester, VA. The film is now publicly available for viewing on Bloody Disgusting's World of Death series. 

Note: the first minute and a half of the film (and about 15 seconds towards the end) has a lot of flashing lights. Careful, those of you with photosensitive epilepsy. 

To learn more and see the film, check out the links below:


Watch this David Lynchian short now!


Title: Sounds to Play in the Dark
Artists: Radium Audio

This is a collection of horror sounds to welcome in your Halloween evening! Andrew, a part of the team, brought this collection to my attention, and I'll share with you what he shared with me: "....hope it darkly resonates with you."

From the site:

This horror themed sound collection is a continuation of our “Shadow Oscillations” explorations. Originated in our studios by our inhouse team who work tirelessly to research, imagine and develop some of the most arresting timbres and hands on creative approaches in our discipline of sound and music for media. The ancient art of dark storytelling is how humans explore their shadow selves, hidden desires, and greatest fears. We hope you will use SOUNDS TO PLAY IN THE DARK to twist, turn, and sculpt up your own diabolic narratives. Bind, bound, mould into chilling music scores, haunted adverts, dark films, horros tropes, whatever shadowy nebulous stories you happen to be weaving.

TONES TIMBRES FLAVOURS : Alarming, eerie, disturbing, scary, whispering, creeping, demonic, incantations, Babylonian, ancient, jump scare, distortion, spooky, supernatural, wicked, creepy and unnerving, vocally demonic, head slices, soul hits, ghost rasps, paranoid scrapes, twists and knife turns. Play these sounds in the dark, and peel back the fabric of our day to day world for a spinetingling glimpse into the eternal night …

This music is available to download for free. Learn more here!:


Title: The Babyface Killer
From: Forte Films Entertainment

I've been following the Forte brother's projects for quite a while now, starting with their short film, Anna. They produce some pretty disturbing stuff, folks! Gruesome, in blood and guts, but also in the concepts and the messages relayed in their stories.

From their site:

"Forte Films Entertainment has began making horror short films since 2007. Kevin and Matthew Forte are brothers from New York that wanna bring their vision to the film industry. Especially in the horror genre. Kevin first started with "The Appointment." Then went on to make "Orlock" and "Last Laugh." Matthew started with "Anna" and then went on doing "Wednesday's Children." The brothers are working together getting a horror web series going called "The Sin Reapers." The Forte Brothers wanna bring in new fear into the world of horror that you will never forget! Welcome to the world of Forte Films Entertainment."

Check out their Horror Web Series: The Sin Reapers - and pair it with a short film spin-off of the show in the video below:

To learn more about Forte Films Entertainment:
And follow them on Facebook:


A huge thank you to everyone who has reached out to Horror Habit and I hope all of your projects will be a wonderful success!