Halloween is here. I love Halloween and you should too. Here are five great movies you are going to watch this Halloween… or else.
Trick ‘r Treat
This is my favourite Halloween movie of all time. Following five stories that occur on the same block on October 31. “A couple finds what happens when they blow a jack o’ lantern out before midnight, a high school principal and his secret life as a serial killer, a college virgin who might have met the right guy for her, a group of teens play a prank that they take too far, and a hermit is visited by a special trick or treater.” This movie twists (and not M. Night Shyamalan bullshit twists) and turns but manages to rock a solid narrative that reminds us why Halloween is such a special night.
The Poughkeepsie Tapes
Ok, I know the title doesn’t sound all that scary but I think The Poughkeepsie Tapes just might make you Pough your pants. “When hundreds of videotapes showing torture, murder and dismemberment are found in an abandoned house, they reveal a serial killer’s decade-long reign of terror and become the most disturbing collection of evidence homicide detectives have ever seen.” This one is pretty terrifying; it’s in the Found Footage style of another movie I love, The Blair Witch Project, but I think this one is probably more terrifying.
Let the Right One In
Ok, I know some people hate to read a movie. But honestly this one is so worth it. “Oskar, a bullied 12-year old, dreams of revenge. He falls in love with Eli, a peculiar girl. She can’t stand the sun or food and to come into a room she needs to be invited. Eli gives Oskar the strength to hit back but when he realizes that Eli needs to drink other people’s blood to live he’s faced with a choice. How much can love forgive?” And if you really can’t bear the thought of subtitles there’s an American version for you called Let Me In.
Based on the Stephen King novel (Stephen King hates the movie but he’s crazy) The Shining is a classic, and probably one of the most iconic movies as far as psychological thrillers go. “A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.” Kubrick is one of my favourite filmmakers, since his attention to detail is astounding. If you haven’t seen this movie already all I can say is go watch it. NOW! Actually first watch the trailer because it is equally amazing.
Evil Dead II
Okay I know some of you might say, “What about Evil Dead?” Honestly, for me Evil Dead II has always outshined its predecessor. In this movie, Sam Raimi really defines his unique brand of filmmaking. “The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holds up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack.” Ok with that synopsis how can this movie not be awesome?
So there you have it, if you start watching now you can probably get through all of those in time for tomorrow. Enjoy your All Hallow’s Eve, Day of the Dead, Samhain or whatever it is you celebrate on October 31st. Be safe everyone and happy haunting.
(Synopses courtesy of IMDB.)