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I am in my 40s and recently quit my job of 20 years to take care of my ill son and to pursue my love of writing.  Within this blog, I hope to cover all the ups and downs I will face as I go from unpublished to published writer, while facing the challenges of being a stay at home dad to a teenager battling Crohns and colitis. Along the way I'll spout off on pop culture and revisit the entertainment that made me the person I am today.  My writing primarily falls under horror but I hope to branch out to other genres as I travel down this path. 

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Horror movies to celebrate this October Part III

Every year on my personal Facebook page I whip my friends and family with a list of must watch horror movies. I try and find obscure or older movies they may have missed but sometimes they are popular horror movies I think everyone should revisit or movies just released to the theaters. So here are last year's top choices.


You can't celebrate Halloween without David Cronenberg's trippy Canadian sensibilities. This movie is simply amazing when you think about the limitations they faced with special effects at the time and how great it looks even today. It will pop up from time to time on Prime but it is available to rent anywhere you stream.

Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

The best movie in the series, the creators take Freddy back where he belongs...haunting the dreams of teenagers. This movie has a solid cast and while Freddy is still quite the cut-up, this movie takes itself more serious than the following installments. Another one you will have to pay to see but worth it. Dig around in the Walmart bin and I bet you can find it for $5 or so.


This one can be found on Netflix and while it has some good jump scares, it's more for those who like a lot of gore. Story is a little bare but the movie moves at a solid pace and has enough "Oh My God" moments to be fun. Art the Clown gives Pennywise a run for scariest clown in film.

Prince of Darkness

Oh course you need some John Carpenter to really celebrate October and while I'll never say no to Halloween 1-3 or the 2018 version, Carpenter does a great job with this spooky tale of the end of the world. Plus with Great 80's mustaches and Scully from Brooklyn Nine-Nine how can you go wrong?

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

You can stream this one on Amazon Prime and Shudder. This movie takes everything great about slasher films and tweaks it just enough to give a totally new spin on the genre. A documentary crew follows a want to be horror villain and films how he plans his next night of slaughter. Very funny, and a perfect look at our insane "reality" television fascination.

2018 was not as difficult to trim to just 5 suggestions but I did have some more to suggest.

  • Just Before Dawn

  • Return of the Living Dead

  • Phantasm

  • Lost Boys

  • Head [Puppet horror movie - worth a watch if you like muppets]

For this year's suggestions please visit my Facebook page. There I offer a daily movie suggestion and where to find it. https://www.facebook.com/Eric-Butler-Author



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