Horror Movie Roundup: The Toxic Avenger [1984], The Woman [2011], Fido [2006]

In an attempt to get into the Halloween spirit, I have been watching more horror films than usual. Here are mini-reviews for three of them:

The Toxic Avenger [1984]
The Toxic Avenger [1984]
My first Troma film left me entertained but also somewhat underwhelmed. A spoof of heroic monster stories, The Toxic Avenger is loaded with cheesy B-movie horror staples: terrible acting, low-brow humor, over-the-top gore and — perhaps most crucial — naked breasts with blinding tanlines. There’s good fun to be had, but the film kind of runs its course at the halfway mark. As a result, this doesn’t quite live up to its reputation, but it’s still worth seeing for camp horror enthusiasts. 6/10

The Woman [2011]
The Woman [2011]
Equal parts dark and disturbing, The Woman tells the tale of a feral woman who is captured and held captive by a rural lawyer, in hopes of domesticating her. The man, played to slimy perfection by Sean Bridgers, introduces the woman to his family, and keeps her chained to a wall in their shed. There’s more to it than that, though; something seems off with the entire family, and we are left guessing as to what the hell is going on with everyone involved. It takes a little while to get going, but the film’s payoff is an unforgettable bloody spectacle. This isn’t for everyone, thanks to some pretty brutal moments in the final act, but I was pleasantly surprised with The Woman. 7/10

Fido [2006]
Fido [2006]
Passing this off as ‘just another zombie movie’ would be a big mistake. Fido is a dark comedy that essentially spoofs on the classic Lassie TV show by using zombies as household pets. Set in an alternate 1950s universe, not long after the Great Zombie War, zombies have now been trained to perform simple household tasks — as long as their collar remains charged properly. The concept is rife with potential, and Fido sometimes realizes this with some truly hilarious moments. Unfortunately, somehow the film feels a little dull overall, never quite kicking into the next gear. Loved seeing Carrie-Anne Moss as the zombie-loving housewife, though. 6/10

While none of these films were flat-out great, I did enjoy all of them, and I am in the mood for more horror. I have a simple question for you guys:

What horror films would you recommend I check out this month? I’m open to all ideas, but I’m most interested in those that may have been overlooked over the years, and preferably ones available on Netflix Instant.

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