Five Horror Films for Easter
Just because Easter is a major religious holiday doesn't mean that it can't be used as an excuse to sit down and watch a bunch of horror films. Please note that this article is not for the easily offended or the uneasily offended, for that matter.
|Night of the Lepus (1972)
It is the rabbit! If the concept of an anthropomorphic rabbit coming into your home and seeding hardboiled eggs behind your furniture doesn't disturb you... neither will this movie. A valiant effort at eco-horror undercut by bad special effects, hamfisted acting, and a poor choice of rampaging animal. At last we get to hear Dr. McCoy say, "They're as big as wolves... and twice as vicious!"
Return of the Evil Dead (1973)
|Blood for Dracula (1974)
If you want over-the-top sacrilege, this one has it all -- not only for the religious, but for adherents to horror canon. A weak and wearied Dracula needs the blood of virgins (pronounced "where-gins") to survive, so he travels to Catholic Italy, hearing that the highly religious aristocratic families would have plenty of good stock. Sadly, the family he targets is almost completely out of virgins, thanks to the muscular Marxist gardener. The finale features a final fate for Dracula that is kind of like a crucifixion in reverse.
And if you really want to get into the sacrilege in earnest, Juan López Moctezuma's Alucarda presents the story of a child, born in a crypt, who takes to spreading the word and deed of Satan and suffers for it. The film also features a blood-drenched resurrection, a sexual baptism, and a most incredibly oppressive arrangement of crucifixes. Alucarda is sincerely twisted.
|Jesus Christ: Vampire Hunter (2001)
The first thing you hear when the menu on this DVD comes up is the song that also closes the film -- It's all good, it's all right / Everybody gets laid tonight! The Savior is back to kick some bloodsucker ass. With the assistance of smokin' mercenary Mary Magnum and legendary luchadore El Santo, the big JC sets out to stop an evil plot to use the skin of lesbians to sun-proof the undead. If that doesn't sound nutty enough... Actually, don't tell us. We're afraid.