Happy Spooktober to you all! The spookiest night of all is almost upon us and I know that you’re all dying to see which films I recommend you watch, this Halloween. There’s plenty to choose from, but it all depends on what sort of a film you actually want to watch. So, what do ya wanna watch?
Before we begin, let me just say that these are individual movies that you might find appropriate to watch on Halloween night, of various sub-genres of horror. I do not guarantee that you will enjoy these movies, but I know that if I wanted to watch that sub-genre, that is the film I would pick. So, let’s begin, shall we?
Horror Comedy – Cabin In The Woods (2012)
I love a good film that doesn’t take itself too seriously, whilst also sticking to the tropes of the genre it is supposedly a part of. It’s why I enjoyed Scary Movie 1, but not so much Scary Movie 3. The thing about Cabin In The Woods is that it is a fantastic movie, and if it wasn’t a satire, it’d be a fantastic example of horror done right, with the ever-prominent reveal that we humans are the monsters all along. Sort of. I won’t spoil too much for you, but rest assured, I reviewed this one way back in 2013.
Found Footage – Cloverfield (2008)
Cloverfield did a lot of things right, despite what you might think of the premise. Building on the success of The Blair Witch Project, the entire movie is pieced together from camcorder footage, as we witness the events unfolding after the fact, but from a more personal perspective than idea-stealing films such as the Paranormal Activity series.
Gore – Saw (2004)
Okay, so first, I can’t believe that Saw is 14 years old. That’s ridiculous. Just a few more years and it’ll be old enough to watch itself… In all seriousness though, Saw (the original movie, not any of the follow ups) is an amazing movie. It combines the atmosphere of a criminal investigation movie, such as Se7en, with the visually distressing scenes that are implied in movies such as, well, Se7en. Saw, I honestly believe, paved the way for mainstream “gore-porn”, and whilst that’s not necessarily something anyone should be pleased with or proud of, it has definitely changed the boundaries on what violent acts is acceptable to see happen in a movie. I enjoyed number one, I enjoyed number two, and number three turned me off the series. I think I’ve seen parts of number of number seven, but that felt more like a gory episode of Murder She Wrote than a credible horror movie…
Overseas Horror – One Missed Call (2003)
Okay, so I don’t watch many horror films, and I certainly don’t watch many foreign horror films, but this is one that you just have to watch. It’s sort of a ghost-murder-supernatural-what-the-fuck-is-going-on sort of movie, and I suggest watching the original Japanese version with subtitles, because why the fuck not? Subs, not dubs, bitches. I remember watching this, oooh, maybe 8 years ago, late at night, and it fucked me up. So did The Ring, if One Missed Call isn’t your idea of a good movie. Either or, really.
Science Fiction Horror – The Thing (1982)
So, this is the only film on this list that I haven’t seen, yet. However, I can confirm that when I get the chance, this is the next movie I really wanna watch. It’s meant to be a classic, it’s meant to be superb, and it’s meant to be scary. Give it a watch.
Slasher – Halloween (1963)
Okay, so that’s not true, I also haven’t seen Halloween, but, the only reason that THIS movie is on THIS list in THIS spot, is because a proper, absolutely, 100% sequel sequel is being released this year. You should watch them both, and I’m sure you’ll have a great time.
Family Friendly – Scooby-Doo (2002)
And of course, for those of us with kids, what’s not to enjoy about Scooby-Doo, the 2002 movie? You’ve got child-friendly horror (which I prefer to call “spooks”, you’ve got adult references to keep the movie interesting for older viewers, and it’s essentially a mostly-live-action reboot of a beloved children’s cartoon. Get the whole family round the TV and get watching!