The Cabin in the Woods is a classic slasher horror movie with lots of gore and creative demon monsters, Scream-esque humor, a light sprinkling of Hunger Games, all wrapped up with a pleasing twist. I think Aztec Brewery's Sacrifice is a perfect complement to the movie. Sacrifice pours a deep blood red, is full of malt with a refreshing hop profile and it's name is a not too subtle hint at the movie's twist.
The first time I watched Pet Semetary I didn't get past the truck zooming by and the empty shoe tumbling down the road scene. The second time I did get through to the end but it was still quite disturbing to me. That said, I had a lot of fun pairing a beer to this movie.
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Jud Crandall (the old guy who knows how to operate the magical semetary) is played by Fred Gynne. Fred Gynne is better known, to me at least, as Herman Munster. Three Floyds is located in Munster, Indiana and they make some damn fine beer. Conquistador De Muerte (conqueror of the dead) is a barrel aged milk stout clocking in at 10% and is reminds me of a certain semetary that conquers the dead and brings them back to kill and to be killed, again.
Monster House is one of those animated movies that's way more intense than the trailer would lead you to believe. This is a great older kid and adult movie but I think the little ones might find it a bit too scary. For you adults that will be enjoying this movie, I am pairing Ballast Point's Tongue Buckler with Monster House as a nod to the house's nimble red tongue that makes short work of stray dogs, postal workers and police officers. This is an imperial red, which means it is BIG (10% ABV) with a lot of hops up front but full of malty sweetness to reward you for fending off tongue's advances.
I will always find room for Tim Burton here at Hops&Horrors. Dark and sometimes un-nerving his stop animation or even his live action fits this season like no-other director. I think what I like the most about his movies is that almost all of them are suitable as family movies.
The beer pairing for Frankenweenie will be difficult for many of us (myself included) but that doesn't mean that it can't be done*. Any beer from Sixpoint Brewery's Mad Scientist series (it rotates every couple of months or so) is the perfect pairing for this movie as it reminds us that we should use our brains to make delicious beer instead of brining creatures back from the dead!
*Playing on the theme of before and after and the super-dog strength of the dead brought back to life, a perfectly appropriate substitute pairing for this movie would be Double Dog from Flying Dog Brewery. Flying Dog has national distribution and Double Dog's 11.5% will certainly improve the star rating of this movie.
In the interest of full disclosure, I haven't seen Zombeavers, but that doesn't mean I couldn't find a perfect pairing for it! Those beady, glowing demonic eyes and the tagline "You'll all be DAMMED!" all led me directly to Belching Beaver Brewery's Dammed! double IPA. This is one of those pairings that will definitely help raise Zombeavers overall rating. DAMMED! is a gold medal beer, clocks in at 8.5% and is guaranteed to make all those beaver puns hilarious.
Dammed, dirty beavers.
Pontypool takes the zombie genre and makes it even better. The movie does a great job of creating suspense with the "what you don't see" scares you kinda shit until the cast of characters (all hunkered in a radio station while a blizzard of zombies descends on them ) start to fall victim, then the movie plays with your emotions. The perfect pairing for this movie (well any zombie movie, really) is Left Hand Brewing Company's Wake Up Dead imperial stout. I can get behind any beer that uses this tagline, "Good Morning. You’ve woken up dead. You’re in ruins. But don’t be discouraged. Here’s a black ale to brighten your day."
I'm going way, way back for this horror movie and there couldn't be a more appropriate beer to pair with Frankenstein than Midnight Lightning from Tioga-Sequoia. This pairing gives a nod to the life giving 1.21 gigawatts needed to reanimate the dead and pours midnight black with a delicious stouty punch of 11.8%.
If you can't get your hands on Midnight Lightning you could substitute White Lightning from Speakeasy.
Fido comes in a close second behind my favorite zombie movie of all time, Shaun of the Dead. A hilarious take on the zombie genre with a touching love story subplot that'll keep you entertained to the very end. The perfect beer pairing for this movie is Heretic's Shallow Grave. Playing off the plot thread that no matter how deep the grave if you don't invest in a head-casket it's all for naught.
Oh Fido has a pretty great soundtrack, too!
It wasn't hard, finding a corn based beer pairing for Children of the Corn. The hard part was deciding on what beer to pick, but in the end I went with one of my favorite breweries, New Glarus Brewing Co. Spotted Cow is brewed with a just a "hint of corn" and makes it the perfect pairing for this IF you live in Wisconsin.
Unfortunately, you won't find New Glarus beer outside of Wisconsin unless you brought it with you. If you aren't lucky enough to live in Wisconsin, you can replace Spotted Cow with Genesee Cream Ale, Sleeman Cream Ale or even Little Kings Cream Ale. If those aren't available try a local cream ale, chances are there is some sorta flaked corn in it.
If the trailer made you think, I need to see that movie! Here ya go!
The only thing scarier than a haunted house? Pale kids. The children in this movie suffer from a light sensitivity that keeps them indoors all day with heavy blinds pulled which helps set the scene and maintains the suspense to the end.
The perfect pairing for his movie is any pale and hoppy beer that comes in clear or green bottle. You all know what will happen to these beers if they are left in the sun.* My preferred beer pairing for The Others is St. Peters India Pale Ale. Its UK roots match the English accents quite nicely and punctuates just how damaging light sensitivity can be.
*When you purchase this beer make sure you pick one that hasn't been sitting in the sun or under florescent lighting. Pick the closed case or one towards the back of the shelf. Beer in clear and green bottles can become skunked in a matter of minutes.