As you probably have figured out by now, Halloween season is my favorite time of the year. Since there are only 13 days left, I decided to compile a list of movies for each day counting down to the 31st of October. I could pick obscure and rare flicks, but decided to list movies that are fairly easy to find for everybody. Some of them I picked because they don’t often get mentioned or are overlooked. Obviously most of them deal with the supernatural or paranormal, but I snuck in a few exceptions, cause they’re also my personal must-see flicks every year. So here you go, in no particular order:
‘What we do in the Shadows’ (2014 by Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi) Not a ghost story, but a great way to start your Halloween countdown with some levity at first. The vampires in this horror comedy are to die for! (see what I did there?)
‘Horns’ (2013 with Daniel Radcliffe). It has everything, it’s original and odd and kinda fascinating. People either love it or hate it. I, for one, love it. Great for a night when you can’t decide between horror and dark humor or when you’re having a cynical, people-hating day.
‘The Crow’ (1994 with Brandon Lee) Well, duh, that one is obvious. I watch it every October 30th, aka Devil’s Night. RIP Brandon. If you’ve never seen it…I’m not sure I wanna know you, lol!
‘The Entity’ (1982 with Barbara Hershey) You really wanna freak out over the ‘unseen’? This one still scares the crap out of me! I think what makes it so scary is because it’s based partially on a true story. I still can’t get he musical score during the attacks out of my head. You’ll leave the lights on at night, not that it would help!
‘The Others’ (2001 with Nicole Kidman) Great ghost story and brilliant acting, especially by the two kids. You can’t keep your eyes off them!
‘The Descent’ (2005 by Neil Marshall) Not a ghost story and one of the odd ones out on this list, but I usually savor watching it during this time of year. If you like super high tension, holding your breath kind of movies – this is one for you. Especially if you’re claustrophobic. Oh, lots of blood and gore, too. I could write about this one forever..but don’t want to spoil it for anybody.
‘The Orphanage’ (2007 by J.A. Bayone). It was marketed more as a horror movie, but I was surprised when it turned out to be more of a creepy yet moving ghost/thriller/drama. Haunting story and remarkable acting.
‘Black Death’ (2010 with Eddie Redmayne) Not so much of a ghost story, but kind of…it is pagan/christianity themed horror during the days of the bubonic plague in England. When Eddie Redmayne got his Oscar for ’The Theory of Everything’, nobody in Hollywood ever seemed to mention him being in a ‘horror’ (gasp!) movie before, even though he does a great job in this underrated flick. Not for the squeamish. And Sean Bean is in it. Guess what happens to him…
‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ (1993 by Tim Burton). I don’t think it needs any description. I like playing it before going out, while dressing up. How can you not get in the mood when the ‘This is Halloween!’ song comes on! Then I play it again around Christmas to cheer myself up during the madness of THOSE holidays.
’The Ring’ (2002 by Gore Verbinski). Yes, I know, everybody says ‘Ringu’ is better, but this remake still creeps me the hell out and the visuals are forever ingrained in my head. So much creepiness without a single drop of blood shown! I’ll never forget the first time I saw it.
‘Housebound’ (2014 by Gerard Johnstone). A weird horror comedy that I found by accident on Netflix. It’s a great mix of scares, laughs, jumps and silly fun. I love the lead actress, Morgana O’Reilly and really dug her energy.
‘The Babadook’ (2014 by Jennifer Kent) Probably my favorite horror thriller of 2014. Smart, unnerving, creepy and superbly acted. It’s in my ‘go-to’ Netflix queue and I don’t just wait for Halloween to watch it.
‘Trick ‘r Treat’ (2007 by Michael Dougherty) My ‘must-watch’ ever since I first saw it. PLAY IT ON HALLOWEEN OR TERRIBLE THINGS WILL HAPPEN TO YOU! Nuff said!
Honorable mentions: Hocus Pocus, Sleepy Hollow, Mama, Haunter, Oculus, The Woman in Black and of course Poltergeist (I should have started my list earlier than 13 days til, heh…)