Horror for the Weekend: New Year’s Edition

The weekend is upon us again, so allow us to make some suggestions for your horror viewing over the next couple of days.


First off, Happy New Year! And what better way to celebrate 2014 than with the classic slasher New Years Evil? It’s gained something of a cult following since it’s release in 1980, with an over the top plot and definite 80s feel. The plot centres on a  Punk Rock & New Wave show host who receives a phone call saying that when New Year’s strikes in each time zone, someone will be murdered – and she will be the final victim. No, it’s not a masterpiece, but it’s a lot of fun.

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If you’re in the mood to celebrate the new year, then Terror Train is another one you might want to check out. Following a prank at a pre-med fraternity party on New Year’s Eve, things go terrible wrong when a pledge named Kenny becomes traumatized after ending up in bed with a woman’s corpse. Sent to a psychiatric hospital, Kenny breaks out three years later and begins to murder his tormentors one-by-one as they celebrate New Year’s Eve on a train. Scream Queen legend Jamie Lee Curtis stars in this one, and although the film is cliched, you’ll enjoy her performance. Here’s an interesting bit of trivia on the film for you. To create the train for the film, the producers leased an actual Canadian Pacific Railway locomotive from the Steamtown Foundation. The train’s engine was renumbered from its original 1293 to 1881, and, along with five passenger cars, painted black with silver stripes.


Snowmobiling doesn’t sound like our idea of a fun new year party, but Ghostkeeper focuses on a group of friends forced to take shelter when their Rocky Mountains snowmobiling party goes horribly wrong. Based loosely on the legend of wendigo, the film is in our opinion one of the best of the cheesy 80s New Year bunch. The wendigo was thought to be a half-beast creature appearing in the legends of the Algonquian peoples along the Atlantic Coast and Great Lakes Region of both the United States and Canada. The creature or spirit could either possess humans or be a monster that had physically transformed from a person. Although the concept isn’t explored in much depth in this film, it’s still an interesting idea that we haven’t seen too often in horror.

Have a great weekend, and feel free to make your own horror for the weekend suggestions below.