It is Halloween time again. Second only to Christmas regarding their wonderful built-in kitsch and campiness. And while I would rather be watching the live action television adaptation of the comic series The Walking Dead on AMC I do not have the channel therefore I must wallow. Apparently I make lists while wallowing. So here are a few films I like to watch around this orange and black ornamented fall time of year:
Films after the Break——>
Director: Ridley Scott
Written By: Dan O’Bannon (Story and Script), Ronald Shusett (story)
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Harry Dean Stanton
What is it? The crew of commercial towing spaceship Nostromo battles and alien entity. The ultimate haunted house film that does not take place in a haunted house.
Evil Dead (1981)
Director: Sam Raimi
Written By: Sam Raimi
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor
What is it? A group of guys and gals heads to a cabin in the woods. Horror tropes maintain that this is a great idea. Carnage ensues.
Evil Dead 2 (1987)
Director: Sam Raimi
Written By: Sam Raimi, Scott Spiegel
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks
What is it? More of an Ash one man show and one of the rare instances of the sequel surpassing the original in quality. Also a chain saw takes the place of a hand. This may be the future.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Director: Tobe Hooper
Written By: Tobe Hooper, Kim Henkel
Starring: Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Gunnar Hansen
Advice! Don’t be a hippy and travel off the main highway. Carnage will ensue!
Trick or Treat (2007)
Director: Michael Dougherty (writer X-2: X-Men United)
Written By: Michael Dougherty
Starring: Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Dylan Baker
What is it? An under-appreciated horror anthology.
Director: Dario Argento
Written By: Dario Argento, Daria Nicolodi
Starring: Jessica Harper, Udo Kier
What is it? Director Argento lit and coloured the film to look akin to Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. A young ballet dancer travels to a school in a foreign country. Things don’t stay too Disney for long.
Director: Joe Dante
Written By: Chris Columbus
Starring: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton
Break down! I usually like watching this at Christmas a little more as it feels more seasonally appropriate during that time of year. No bright lights. Don’t get it wet. Don’t feed it after midnight. Simple rules to follow to stave off chaos. But we all no that, in movies at least, rules are not meant to be followed they are meant to be broken.
28 Days Later… (2002)
Director: Danny Boyle
Written By: Alex Garland
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Christopher Eccleston
What is this? The revisionist zombie tale that arguably brought the idea of undead mindless masses back from the abyss of the horror genre back into a favourable light.
The Thing (1982)
Director: John Carpenter
Written By: Bill Lancaster
Starring: Kurt Russell, Keith David, Wilford Brimley
Words of wisdom. This movie is too good to not be seen. Everyone should see this film. Watch it more than often. It is badass, thrilling, and may have the only creature effects that have been able to avoid the usual degradation of time. Don’t watch Halloween by Carpenter, watch The Thing. One of the best remakes ever, and the reason I do not balk at remakes. Hyperbole! Hyperbole! Hyperbole!
The Host (2006)
Director: Bong Joon-ho
Written By: Bong Joon-ho, Ha Won-jun, Baek Chul-hyun
Starring: Song Kang-ho, Doo-na Bae
What is this? A family tries to save their youngest member who has been stolen by a mutated monster. I like to describe it as Little Miss Sunshine meets Godzilla, but far superior to the aforementioned.
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Director: John Landis
Written By: John Landis
Starring: David Naughton, Griffen Dunne, Jenny Agutter
Advice! Stay clear of the Moors. Good advice to follow I guess, but I would have taken it more seriously if you had mentioned the reason for moor-avoidance in England is roving werewolves. Villagers must learn to not bury the lead.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Director: Philip Kaufman
Written By: W.D. Richter
Starring: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy
Observations! Pod-people. Pod-people. Pod-people! ARGH! Sutherland. Goldblum. Nimoy. Now that is the three amigos film I wanted to see.
Being Human (2008-present)
Created By: Toby Whithouse
Written By: Toby Whithouse
Starring: Russel Tovey, Lenora Crichlow, Aidan Turner
The set-up. A ghost, a werewolf, a vampire. The vampire and the werewolf work at a hospital. The ghost does ghost things occasionally. They all share an apartment. Sounds like the set up to a bad joke. It is not. Not strictly horror, but a good play on the genre.
Wild Card Bitches!:
Earnest Scared Stupid (1991)
Director: John R. Cherry III
Written By: John R Cherry III, Coke Sams (get it? Cherry Coke. Man these people did not want to be credited)
Starring: Jim Varney, Eartha Kitt
Huh?!? Earnest accidentally unleashes an army of trolls. He must stop them. What is Miak? Hilarity, or lack thereof, ensues!