Happy holidays! As October brings that familiar snap in the air, the fuel I need doesn’t just come from a pillowcase filled with an amalgamation of chocolate, bubble gum and sour patch. I need some horror. Not always to terrify, but sometimes to laugh and spark the merriment of old-world Celtic traditions.
If you’re looking for some major holiday camp, search “horror” under “movies” on hoopla. You will be rewarded with titles like Eddie the Sleepwalking Cannibal (worst roommate ever), The Maze (yes, a movie about a killer on the loose in a corn maze – family fun for all!), Deadly Renovations (for those of you that have always wished the shows on HGTV would take a dark turn) and Return to Horror High (starring 1982 George Clooney AND Marcia from The Brady Bunch! Excuse me while I run home and stream this beauty immediately.
Thure Lindhardt stars in this quirky horror-comedy as Lars, a former darling of the art scene slipping away into the land of has-beens and struggling with lack of inspiration. When Lars’ art dealer Ronny arranges a teaching job in a small town to stir up his creative juices, things don’t quite turn out as planned.
Five friends break into a closed corn maze in the middle of the night and decide to play a harmless game of tag. Little do they know that a psychopathic killer has decided to play along (shouldn’t they have assumed this would happen?). As they wander aimlessly through the maze the murderer follows closely behind, taunting them and watching their every move. The game turns deadly when the kids decide to separate (of course they do) and weaken their chances of survival.
In 1982, Crippen High School was the scene of a series of brutal murders. The killer was never caught. Now, a low-budget film crew that includes an ill-fated leading man (George Clooney), the pretentious director (Scott Jacoby), a lecherous producer (Alex Rocco) and numerous nubile actresses have all returned to Crippen High to film the story of what happened. But when members of the production are stalked and slaughtered one-by-one, it appears that the depraved maniac is back. Who will survive the massacre? And what will be left of their careers?
I wish you a festive season filled with tricks, treats and sincere pumpkin patches. Find your spot on the couch, pop some corn, pour some cider and settle in for some laughs and scares courtesy of hoopla and your Library.