Enjoy, and happy Halloween!
Halloween is here and if you haven't made any plans for tonight, you might want to grab a blanket and a bowl of fresh popcorn and watch a scary movie. When Laura asked me to write this guest post, I got extremely excited to share some of my favorite horror movies with you.
In the Mouth of Madness (John Carpenter - 1994 - USA) If you're a fan of H.P. Lovecraft or Stephen King, you absolutely need to see that movie. If you're not, you should still give it a try. The movie follows John Trent, an insurance investigator, hired by a publisher to investigate the disappearance of their popular horror author Sutter Cane. Trent is soon to discover that reality isn't what it used to be anymore...
El Espinazo Del Diablo aka The Devil's Backbone (Guillermo Del Toro - 2001 - Spain) Another great spanish horror movie. The movie takes place in an orphanage in a remote part of Spain during the last year of the Civil War (1939). It follows Carlos, a 12 years old newly arrived at the orphanage. Soon after his arrival, Carlos starts seeing things and discovers the school has a dark secret.
Janghwa, Hongryeon aka A Tale of Two Sisters (Kim Jee-Woon - 2003 - South Korea) A modern adaptation of an old korean folktale, the movie follows two sisters who recently came back to the home of their father and stepmother after staying in a psychiatric institution for a while. Soon after their return, disturbing events start to occur involving them, their stepmother and a mysterious ghost.
Teeth (Mitchell Lichtenstein - 2007 - USA) An innocent high school student, active member of the local chastity group, discovers her body has developed an unusual defense mechanism. Based on the tale of the vagina dentata, this movie's premise might sound weird and maybe gross to some people, but contrary to what it can seems, this is not a porn movie but actually a good horror one (In case you doubt me, the movie won a prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007).
Saw (James Wan - 2004 - USA) Two men wake up chained in an underground bathroom, each of them with tape recorders containing instructions on how to escape and the consequences if they don't. It turns out that they've been captured by the Jigsaw killer, who submit his "victims" to what he calls "tests" or "games" to test their survival instincts. This is the first one in a serie of seven movies, and even though I'm usually not a fan of sequels, I must admit most of them (I haven't seen the 7th one, Saw 3D though) are pretty descent horror movies. If you entend to watch them all, in my opinion they're better watched in order since the story unravels movie after movie.
Dawn of the Dead (George A. Romero - 1978 - USA) Not the first but probably the most classic zombie movie, Dawn of the Dead focuses on a group of survivors trapped in a mall trying to survive the zombie apocalypse. References to this movie are everywhere when it comes to zombie stuff, so you might want to check it out. Just keep in mind that it's a medium budget film from the 70s, hence, some of the make-up and special effects may make you laugh more than scare you (especially if you're watching a show like the walking dead where the effects are pretty realistic). I still think it's a great movie but if it's something that kills if for you, you might wanna check the remake from 2004 instead. The remake is pretty descent but the story is different. The similarities are reduced to the context and the setting. Actually if you're in the zombie mood, I'd say watch both.
The Descent (Neil Marshall - 2007 - United Kingdom) The movie follows a group of six friends who go spelunking in an unmapped cave system in the Appalachians. The expedition turns awfully wrong as tensions are growing between the friends and the group discover that the caves are not as empty as they believed.
Orphan (Jaume Collet-Serra - 2009 - USA) Not to confuse with the Orphanage, Orphan follows a couple with two children who decides to adopt a nine year-old girl. Shortly after arriving to her new home, the girl starts to have a very unusual behavior. While making this list, I realized movies with creepy children work really well on me apparently. In any case, this movie is definitely worth the watch.
To finish this selection, I wanted to add to the list two movies that I mostly consider comedies but are still categorized as horror movies. If horror movies are not really your cup of tea, they'd be what you wanna try first.
Shaun of the Dead (Edgar Wright - 2004 - United Kingdom) The first horror comedy that I would definitely recommend to anyone is Shaun of the Dead. The plot is fairly simple, it just follows Shaun who tries to get his life back together by saving his ex-girlfriend as a zombie outbreak occurs, but it leads to some hilarious situations.
Psycho Beach Party (Robert Lee King - 2000 - USA) The final movie, and second horror comedy I'd recommend to you today is based on an off-broadway play of the same name and is a parody of the 60s beach movies as well as the 80s slashers. It follows "Chicklet", a girl who decides to learn how to surf and joins a band of surfer guys in her beachside town. She's having some inexplicable blackouts and worries she might do bad things during those. In parallels, some murders are being investigated by a police captain who suspects some members of the group. That movie might sound weird at first but was pretty funny and a good discovery.
If you made it that far, thanks for reading and happy Halloween!
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