Spooky Kids Saturday Jam ~ 'Rock Until You Drop'

In a hundred years, in the darkest night 
The forces of evil come out to fight 
The amulet, they must destroy 
Or spend forever in the darkest void 
Who can stop their deadly might? 
Who will stand up for the right? 
From the mouth of babes comes dynamite 
The monster squad is gonna groove tonight!

Wolfman's got nards!

The Monster Squad is to horror kids what The Goonies is to almost everyone else: the joy of watching a group of best friends on a great adventure that just happens to involve the arrival of the Universal monsters. When you watched The Monster Squad, you could imagine you and your likeminded buds saving the city from Count Dracula. And nothing quite sealed the monster-hunting deal like Michael Sembello's Monster Squad theme song, "Rock Until You Drop." So fire up this week's Spooky Kids Jam, and hide your twinkies!

The Ten Scariest Kids Movies in Forever!

A Spooky Kids Top Ten from Revenge Honey Linnie

If you grew up to be a horror fan, chances are you stumbled across a few of them in your childhood that lead to the fascination. Maybe it was a late night dalliance on HBO with Freddy, or perhaps you tangled with Stephen King's Pennywise via IT. However, not every experience that a kid has with the horrifying is a result of horror films. Many of the movies my particular generation grew up on had scenes that were downright terrifying, or in the case of a few, were total mindfucks from beginning to end.

The following are just a few of the most twisted kids movies ever made, many of which rival horror movies in the "fucked up shit" department. Which are YOUR favorites?

Saturday Creature Feature with Suzanne!

Jennifer (1978)

After the success of Carrie (1976), we were given a plethora of movies, both theatrical and made-for-TV, about young ladies who sought supernatural revenge on the people who tormented them for being different. It’s a tried and true formula that is still being used today with an upped technology factor, as in the recent release, Unfriended. I’d like to thank our Horror TV Honey, Lisa, for taking that bullet for me, for all of us.

I thought I’d watched pretty much every film from the 70s & 80s with this basic plot line, but one escaped my attention. Jennifer Baylor (Lisa Pelikan) is a poor, but intelligent, attending a prestigious private school on scholarship. She is quiet, studious, and well-liked by everyone, except Sandra Tremayne (Amy Johnston) and her clique. Sandra is a Senator’s daughter, spoiled and entitled, and has no real reason to despise Jennifer, other than her station in life. She is determined to get Jennifer out of the school by any means necessary. 

Saturday Morning Horror Cartoon ~ 'Aeon Flux'

In 1991, MTV was still fabulous. Yes, believe it or not, MTV used to be a truly wonderful place to turn for experimental science fiction and horror content. ├ćon Flux, Peter Chung's avant-garde sci-fi cartoon was a dystopian masterpiece that aired in various incarnations through 1995, and the pilot episode is your Saturday Morning Horror Cartoon for today!

Sci-Friday Jam - 'Flagpole Sitta'

Been around the world and found
That only stupid people are breeding
The cretins cloning and feeding
And I don't even own a TV
Put me in the hospital for nerves
And then they had to commit me
You told them all I was crazy
They cut off my legs, now I'm an amputee, god damn you
I'm not sick but I'm not well
And I'm so hot 'cause I'm in Hell

Disturbing Behavior, the Stepford-high school student film from 1998, is kind of... meh. It doesn't really hold up with time and that's mostly because it's distinctly late 90s. However, there is no question that this movie maintains a bit of nostalgia for those of us who were starting high school the year it came out. It was loaded with crush-worthy eye candy (HELLO Honey-fav Ethan Embry!) and who couldn't relate with that feeling of being less-than-perfect in a world full of cookie-cutter sameness? But, the one element of this movie that will always be amazing is the alt-rock soundtrack. Specifically, Harvey Danger's "Flagpole Sitta," an anthem of outsiderness that blasted through a pivotal film moment of rebellion. I'm not going to lie. To this day, when that song comes on the radio, I roll the windows down, turn the volume up, and remember what it was like to be in high school. And terrified of being a pod person. ~RH

Friday Favorites ~ Horror Education!

It's time to enter the classroom with the Horror Honeys! Please put away all of your radioactive spitballs, and make sure your mogwai is safely stowed in your backpack. Today, the Honeys have created a syllabus of sorts for you little monsters; whether you are just starting your journey as a student of horror (thanks Scott Derrickson!) or are looking to expand your horror horizons, these are the movies each Honey has handpicked especially for you. Painstakingly narrowed down to five a piece, the Honeys believe that the following films will teach you most about the art of horror: past, present, and hopefully... future!

Which of these films is YOUR favorite? What would you include on your horror syllabus? Let us know on Twitter, using #studentofhorror!

Something Went Wrong in the Lab Today...

A Revenge Honey List of the Best Genetic Horror by Linnie

Most horror fans know plenty about the genre known as body horror: this branch of fright films is characterized by the graphic destruction of the body. Sometimes caused by disease or mutilation, while other times the result of a parasite, horror masters like David Cronenberg and Clive Barker have become known for their commitment to discovering new and awful ways to destroy the human body. However, there is another genre in the horror world that falls somewhere in between straight body horror and the more generic medical horror: that is genetic horror!

These films aren't about a simple virus or parasite, oh no! Genetic horror deals with the awful physical and psychological repercussions of altering one's own biological makeup right down to the DNA. These films may deal with cloning, or experiments in genetic mutation. One even goes so far as to deal with huge questions of time travel and genetics. These films aren't simple or even necessarily terribly enjoyable, but they are brave in that they often force us to question our own morality; specifically, just how far would you be willing to go to bring your greatest love back from the dead? Or maybe to rid the world of awful diseases? Learn the secrets of the universe?

Become a mutated alligator girl? Or is that just me?
This is my list of what I consider the five best genetic horror films in recent history, with a few honorable mentions thrown in at the end for some movies that just skirt the line between body and genetic horror. Guard your DNA, kiddies...


A Sci-Fi Honey Review by Katie

Fire in the Sky (1993)

“Horror nostalgia” is a funny thing; we consume all kinds of popular culture growing up, and whether they are intended to frighten us or not, we inevitably come across a moment that we are not mentally or emotionally mature enough to process. If we revisit this work later in our lives, we usually discover that it’s not as scary or entirely different than we’d always imagined. One of the most significant horror nostalgia moments for me was a key scene in Robert Lieberman’s 1993 alien abduction film, Fire in the Sky – a scene which engendered scores of nightmares as well as a profound curiosity and love for all things extraterrestrial. After not seeing the film again for nearly twenty years, I recently watched Fire in the Sky hoping to reexamine the scene in question with adult eyes and find that it is not as harrowing as I remember. I soon discovered, however, that it is also possible to regress to that moment of childhood trauma, and relive the terror all over again – a testament to the film’s visceral power all these years later.

Undead Thursday Jam ~ 'Judas'

In the most Biblical sense

I am beyond repentance

Fame hooker, prostitute wench, vomits her mind

But in the cultural sense

I just speak in future tense

Judas kiss me if offenced

Or wear an ear condom next time
I wanna love you, but something's pulling me away from you

Jesus is my virtue and Judas is the demon I cling to...

Lady Gaga's videos always tend toward the epic, but her mini-film for "Judas" took her Little Monsters to an entirely new place. Gaga is a motorcycle-riding Jesus's main girl, but with Norman Reedus riding behind as Judas, Gaga finds her loyalties tested. And really, who the hell can blame her? I'm not even a Walking Dead fan, and I'd still take a beer-soaked bath with Norman Reedus. So thank you for that new and awkward fantasy, Gaga. ~RH

Hardcover Honey's Haunted Bookclub ~ 'Summer House With Swimming Pool'

Hardcover Honey Jocelyn's Book of the Week

Summer House With Swimming Pool – Herman Koch

Unpleasant people doing nasty things to each other? Yes, please. This second Herman Koch book, after the equally unsettling The Dinner, broadens the scope a bit with a slightly larger cast of characters, but only slightly larger. 

Our unreliable (and frankly kind of an asshole to boot) narrator is Dr. Marc Schlosser, a successful general practitioner, in part due to his loose hand with the prescription pad and his willingness to overlook the unhealthy habits of his artsy patient base. Marc is married to the frankly saint-like Caroline and has two lovely daughters, the 13-year-old gangly beauty Julia, and her younger sister Lisa.