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One of the things I remember most about Debbie and I’s years “BH” (before Hogan, our son) is our Friday night ritual.  At the time we were working on the radio in the morning in Augusta, Georgia.  After an afternoon doing what we wanted to do, SEPARATELY, we would meet somewhere for dinner and then go see whatever the new, hot movie that week was.  I’ve mentioned many times here, growing up, going to the movies was a huge, rare treat.  So, being able to do it every week as a “grown-up” was amazing to me.  Now, once our son was born, our Friday nights-and every night-had other plans.  We still went to the movies, just not near as often.  Well, Hogan’s gone (at college) and our time is free(er).  This past Saturday night we decided to relive our pre-parent days.

The Best Creepiest 90 Minutes You'll Spend

Yup, we went to a “horror” movie.  The first thing that surprised me was that “M3GAN” is rated PG-13.  I just assumed there would be enough violence and mayhem to warrant an “R” rating.  And TBH, there was (in my opinion).  Not that there’s anything wrong with that, in fact, we prefer our horror movies with plenty of violence and mayhem.  If you’re staying away from this movie because you think it looks “dumb,” get over yourself.

“M3GAN” is the new “Chucky.”  There is some legit, old-fashioned, “gotcha” scares in the movie (and who doesn’t love those?).  Also, you will find yourself laughing out loud at least a half dozen times.  And the best part?  Unlike seemingly every movie we see these days, “M3GAN” gets it done in less than 90 minutes.  PERFECT.  There’s nothing worse that walking out of a 3-hour movie (new “Avatar” for example) more exhausted from sitting for three hours than thrilled by what you saw.  Trust me, everyone is gonna be talking about “M3GAN” this week.  Football season is over for the Panthers and all our college teams.  Take her out for a dinner and a movie.  And get creeped out together by a doll that will have you avoiding the toy section at Wal Mart for life.

Top 10 Horror Movies of the Past 10 Years

October is here, which means every day is Halloween for lovers of all things spooky! One of my favorite pastimes is watching a horror movie classic that I’ve never seen, or rewatching my faves.

The horror genre isn’t just blood and gore. Psychological horror and paranormal horror can be more terrifying than an insane man with a knife.

Below we have compiled the best horror movies in the last ten years that are a must-see if you haven’t watched them, and if you have, might want to revisit them!

  • Get Out (2017)

    Jordan Peele’s horror debut as director for Get Out was a huge hit. The film follows the story of Chris, who journeys with his girlfriend, Rose, to meet her parents. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries leads him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

  • The Conjuring (2013)

    Perhaps one of my favorite horror movies of all time, The Conjuring takes place in 1970, where paranormal investigators and demonologists Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed (Patrick Wilson) Warren are summoned to the home of Carolyn and Roger Perron. The Perrons and their five daughters have recently moved into a secluded farmhouse, where a supernatural presence has made itself known. Though the manifestations are relatively benign at first, events soon escalate in horrifying fashion, especially after the Warrens discover the house’s macabre history.

  • The Ritual (2017)

    Reuniting after the tragic death of their friend, four college pals set out to hike through the Scandinavian wilderness. A wrong turn leads them into the mysterious forests of Norse legend, where an ancient evil exists and stalks them at every turn.

  • Midsommar (2019)

    As most A24 movies are beautifully shot, Midsommar captures the beauty of Sweden, only to be tainted by the horrors that unfold throughout the movie. Florence Pugh’s Dani struggles with a really cruddy boyfriend, who she decides to travel to Sweden with alongside a group of his friends. The rural hometown they arrive at is gearing up for what seems to be its midsummer festival, but it really turns out to be a pagan cult.

  • As Above, So Below (2014)

    Archaeologist Scarlett Marlowe has devoted her whole life to finding one of history’s greatest treasures: Flamel’s Philosopher’s Stone. According to legend, the artifact can grant eternal life and turn any metal into gold. When she learns that the stone is hidden underground in the famed Catacombs of Paris, she assembles a crew to guide and document her historic mission. As they begin their descent, the team members have no way of knowing that they are entering their own personal hell.

  • It (2017)

    The remake of Tim Curry’s 1990 It was great in its own way. Bill Skarsgård takes over as Pennywise as he emerges from Derry, Maine’s sewers to prey on the town’s children. As the seven kids band together over the course of one horrifying summer, they must overcome their own personal fears to battle the bloodthirsty clown.

  • Gerald's Game (2017)

    A woman (Carla Gugino) accidentally kills her husband during foreplay. They had driven out to a remote area in an attempt to reignite their flailing relationship. Handcuffed to the bed, she soon becomes delirious.

  • A Quiet Place (2018)

    A family must live in silence to avoid mysterious creatures that hunt by sound in this dystopian reality. Knowing that even the slightest whisper or footstep can bring death, Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and Lee (John Krasinski) are determined to find a way to protect their children while desperately searching for a way to fight back.

  • Suspiria (2019)

    Young American dancer Susie Bannion (Dakota Johnson) arrives in 1970s Berlin to audition for the world-renowned Helena Markos Dance Co. When she vaults to the role of lead dancer, the woman she replaces breaks down and accuses the company’s female directors of witchcraft. Meanwhile, an inquisitive psychotherapist and a member of the troupe uncover dark and sinister secrets as they probe the depths of the studio’s hidden underground chambers. Tilda Swinton plays a fantastic witch and old man in the horror flick.

  • mother! (2017)

    A young woman (played by Jennifer Lawrence) spends her days renovating the Victorian mansion that she lives in with her husband (Javier Bardem) in the countryside. When a stranger knocks on the door one night, he becomes an unexpected guest in their home. Later, his wife and two children also arrive to make themselves welcome. Terror soon strikes when Lawrence’s Veronica tries to figure out why her husband is so seemingly friendly and accommodating to everyone but her.

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