Greetings all you ghoulies, ghosties, and long legged beasties! Tomorrow is "Halloween 2014". While I personally won't be celebrating, or dressing up in costume I do have some horror movie suggestions for your late night festivities. Being the horror film enthusiast that I am I've seen me fair share of unique horror movies including some foreign films that push the limits of decency. I'll try to mix in a little of everything so that you'll have several movies to choose from should you not be afraid of watching such things. I hope that you all have a safe, and responsible Halloween. Always travel in groups, and with trusted adults. Always check your candy thoroughly before partaking of it, and also wear bright colored clothing when walking through traffic heavy areas. Halloween is meant to be enjoyed, and I hope that you enjoy your Halloween to it's fullest this year!
Before I start I'd like to mention that I'm open to sharing photos of your Halloween costumes here on this very blog. Just email them to me using the "CONTACT" email link. Be sure to include your name, or Twitter name for reference, and let me know who, or what it is you are dressed up as. Thanks in advance!
When it comes to mandatory horror films everyone knows that the classic slashers such as that of "Halloween", "Friday the 13th", and "A Nightmare on Elm Street" are the traditional go to films of the holiday season. Those along with your standard Stephen King offerings are a must! With that being said though I feel that there are some underrated, and less recognized greats that should also be a part of your nighttime Halloween celebration. Among those said movies I think "House on Haunted Hill (1999)" is a definite must see as well as some of Dark Castle Ent.'s other horror remakes ("Ghost Ship", "13 Ghosts", "Gothika", "FearDotCom"). These films are actually good on their delivery, and offer up a haunting yet party-like atmosphere fitting for the Halloween holiday.
For all you gore fanatics I do have a few selections up my sleeve that you may, or may not heard of. Among the suggestions you'll find that I highly suggest a return viewing of "HOSTEL", the "SAW" series, "Rob Zombie's Halloween", "Interview with the Vampire", and "Repo the Genetic Opera". For those of you looking for that foreign fix I have a couple of suggestions that might appeal to you as well. If you are into the unique vampire horror films you'll not want to miss out on the original "Let the Right One In". It definitely takes a different path from your traditional vampire horror flicks, but for a foreign film I think it does really good. Secondly, fans of "An American Werewolf in London" will not want to miss the spin-off of "An American Werewolf in Paris". I know it catches flack from some critics, but in my opinion it's worth a watch.
Next up, for all you religious horror film fanatics I've got some really good recommendations. We all know that exorcisms films have become a huge thing in Hollywood cinema, and that every director and their mother is throwing their own spin on the genre. Sadly not all directors get it right. In the case of "A Haunting in Connecticut" though you will find the perfect true story retelling of an actual exorcism account. I actually picked this one up recently at Walmart for five dollars, so it's not a bad deal if you are looking to add it to your horror movie collection. Other exorcism films that are worthwhile include "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" (That movie sends chills up my spine! Kudos the the Emily Rose actress for that!), and "Stigmata" which is a whole other religious horror flick in it's own right. For action related horror you might also want to watch "End of Days" which is one of Arnold S.'s last greatest films from the 90's as well as "The Omen (Remake)".
Last, but certainly not least we have the alien horror flicks that will put terror back into your sleep filled nights. Amongst these blended genre films you'll find me suggesting "Dark Skies", "The Fourth Kind", and the "ALIEN" series. Dark Skies was actually released on dvd not too long ago, and I was truly surprised by how good it was. The same goes for "The Fourth Kind" which starred the lovely Milla Jovovich. It was based on a true alien abduction case, and included mirrored footage of the actual events for added effect.
Well, that does it for my movie mentions. I will say however that if you are looking for a TV series to go on a marathon with you can't go wrong with "The Twilight Zone", "Supernatural", "Tales from the Crypt", or everyone's current favorite "The Walking Dead". I hope you have enjoyed my suggestions, and that you take some time on Halloween to enjoy yourself some horror movies, or horror shows. It's what Halloween is all about after all. That, the costumes, and the candy!
Your Last Samurai,
Brad Carver (OtakuDante)