Katie McCarthy: Friday the 13th scary movie recommendations and the Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse

September 13, 2013 

It's Friday the 13th -- what better time to offer up some horror movie recommendations?

I'm always up for a good -- or, to be honest, bad -- scary movie, but Friday the 13th is often when non-horror fans are drawn to the genre. Here are a few titles I've recently watched that might make for good viewing this evening:

• "Evil Dead": As in this year's reboot of the classic Sam Raimi/Bruce Campbell trilogy. I can understand some apprehension on the part of fans of the original films -- but Raimi and Campbell backed this film and it's truly a reboot, not a remake. Don't expect an Ash character, anyone acting like Campbell or Campbell himself and you'll probably be satisfied. It's creepy, sometimes funny and at the end it literally rains blood. What's not to love?

Here's the synopsis from the official "Evil Dead" website: "In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival."

• "The Lords of Salem": I'm throwing this one out there not because I loved it, but because I couldn't stop thinking about it. There's definitely a target audience for this Rob Zombie film, which is vastly different than his previous efforts ("House of 1,000 Corpses," "The Devil's Rejects," "Halloween" remake). It's about a rock radio DJ who basically becomes possessed by spirits of witches who were tortured and killed during the Salem Witch Trials. In terms of style, it's got "Rosemary's Baby" and Stanley Kubrick running through its veins. My husband hated it, I'm on the fence, but it definitely sparked discussion -- I think it's worth a watch (or maybe two).

• "Sharknado": Yep, I went there. "Sharknado" is probably too bad to even be called campy. The effects are awful, the script predictable, the acting horrendous and I kept muttering "this is so terrible" -- it's basically everything you would want or expect from a movie made for the Syfy network. But it's also one of the most talked about movies of the year. If you want to see what the big deal is -- or, more accurately, what it's not -- this is a must-watch.

Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse

In addition to being a horror movie fan, I love haunted houses -- not a far stretch, I know.

Two years ago I found out about Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse. You literally feel like you're in a zombie movie. It's tons of fun.

I skipped last year due to pregnancy, but this year is fair game -- I'm already prepping my running shoes.

AZA's three attractions open Sept. 27, but they're still looking for actors and volunteers. Interested? Send an email to atlzombie@gmail.com for more information.

Katie McCarthy, kmccarthy@ledger-enquirer.com or 706-571-8515.

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