Thursday, October 16, 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 16: Shrieker

For the last few years I always do a 31 days of Halloween month. The past few years I re-read all the original Goosebumps books and before that I'd watch 31 horror movies. However I realized every single time I watched 31 Horror movies I exclusively picked ones I enjoyed. I decided to do something slightly different. I composed a list of every horror movie I owned and put them in alphabetical order. Then using a random number generator I generated 31 numbers and watched the movies that corresponded with those numbers. Some are great films and others… well… are less than fun let's say. I hope you enjoy!

Day 16: Shrieker (Movie #423)

Two Charles Band Productions back to back. I'm not going to lie… this one hurt. Not because it was particularly bad (I mean, it certainly wasn't good) but because I remembered LOVING this fucking movie as a kid.

When I was first getting into horror movies Full Moon was my company. I'd rent anything of theirs I could get my hands on. I loved the Puppet Masters and the Demonic Toys but from the first time I saw Shrieker it was immediately my favorite title of theirs. I can't explain why now though, I guess I just really enjoyed the creature design.

Shrieker tells the tale of a group of college students who squat in an abandoned hospital to save money. Shortly after the newest girl joins the ranks they begin to be haunted by The Shrieker, a two-headed demon that might be the reason the hospital was abandoned in the first place. The film is brutally slow but thankfully short (Just over an hour if you ignore the 10 minute credit crawl), excluding the opening sequence the demon doesn't appear until roughly 40 minutes (which for 60 minute movie is too long of a wait) and a pretty nonsense ending.

On the plus side of things I do still like the creature design. Also it was fun to realize that Parry Shen (of the Hatchet series) is one of the leads in this movie. The most ludicrous thing is that despite all of those complaints, they've discussed a part 2 for over a decade now and I don't doubt I'll watch it that if it ever gets made.

Matt Kelly is the host of the popular podcast The Saint Mort Show, a frequent contributor to, the founder of Chords for Cures and the co-writer/co-director of the upcoming comedy Describing the Moon. He also loves it when people surprise him with purchases from his Amazon Wishlist… just saying.

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