So Halloween is tomorrow and for those of you, like myself, who hate getting dressed up in some stupidly cheap costume and going out to a bar only to spend $20 to get in and be bored out of your mind, there is another option, horror movies! Now everyone knows the typical horror movies like Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Alien… I could go on forever. But this list is a few that I enjoyed that aren’t necessarily “classics” like the list above, but were still enjoyable and had some good scares or creepy moments. And these are in no specific order with very brief descriptions. These are just my opinions and sometimes I have horrible opinions on movies, according to my friends.
1. High Tension: 2 chicks go to one their parents house/farm to do some studying for school over the weekend, a psycho killer comes and starts brutally killing everyone. And the movie is pretty brutal. Some of the death scenes are almost hard to watch, there’s tons of blood and gore and overall I enjoyed the movie quite a bit. However, a lot of people were disappointed by the ending. They called it a cop out or just an easy way to wrap it up, but I actually liked it. Check it out and let me know what you think.
2. Feast: A bunch of people are hanging out at this sketchy bar in the middle of nowhere when someone busts in covered in blood talking about some monsters that are outside. And sure enough there are some fucking monsters outside. This kind of reminded me of Evil Dead in the way that there are people trapped in one location through the entire movie and some weird force of evil is trying to get in, but in this case we actually get to see these weird looking creatures. This one is more campy fun than terribly scary, but it’s worth seeing.
3. Session 9: Some guys are called in to remove the asbestos from an old mental hospital, but when one of them finds some old recordings of a doctor and patient things start to get a little crazy. This one has a lot of creepy moments and I never got bored throughout the whole thing. It also has a young Horatio Caine aka David Caruso, who acts like a bitch the whole time. Sadly he does not have sunglasses with him.
4. Midnight Meat Train: A photographer starts following a man that he thinks has been murdering people on the train late at night and with good reason, cause he has…. brutally, with a huge fucking hammer. I really enjoyed this one, it’s on Comcast OnDemand right now from FEARnet as an exclusive before it comes out on DVD, so check it out if you can. The ending was a real surprise, but you never know what you’re going to get from Clive Barker.
5. Black Christmas: The original, not the shitty remake from a few years ago. Many consider this movie to be the birth of the slasher film. A bunch of sorority girls get trapped in their house due to the weather outside and then some dude just comes and starts killing them. It’s not extremely bloody, but the idea that we never see the killer and a lot of it is shot in first-person perspective from the killers view is kind of cool.
6. The Descent: Adventure seeking women head down into an unexplored cave system only to find that they are not the first ones there. This movie was incredible, so much blood, gore, action and some really good scares. I don’t like how the US version ended, but it leaves it open to the sequel which should be out in theaters next year hopefully. Watch this one in the dark with the volume way up. And if you’re claustraphobic you may have a hard time with this one. I’m not claustraphobic by any means and some of those tight cave sequences were making me a little antsy.
7. The Orphanage: This one is in spanish, so if you don’t like subtitles in your movies, don’t bother. It’s produced by Guillermo Del Toro, the guy behind HellBoy and Pan’s Labyrinth. It’s more of a slow moving, creepy ghost story than anything else. There’s not much blood, not much action and it does move a little slow, but it is kinda of creepy and I really enjoyed it.
8. A Tale of Two Sisters: Two sisters return from their stay at a mental institution to a horrid step-mother and an unfriendly ghost. This is another one of those asian horror movies that the US decides to remake every year, this one gets the remake treatment next year with The Uninvited. But this is one of the few horror movies that gave me goosebumps, so I highly recommend it. Again it’s subtitled, so be prepared.
9. The Thing: Kurt Russell and a team of scientists are in the arctic when they discover that some sort of alien creature has infected an outpost near theres and has now began infecting their crew. This is one of the best horror movies I’ve ever seen. It’s not as widely known as some of the other big names, but is worth checking out. There are some great special effects in this one.
So these are my random suggestions for a few, out of the ordinary, horror movies to check out on Halloween if you don’t feel like going to the bar. However, if you feel like Halloween is about the classic horror movies, here’s a short list of ones to check out:
1. Friday The 13th
2. A Nightmare on Elm Street
4. Child’s Play
7. Evil Dead
9. The Exorcist
10. The Shining
11. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
13. Night of The Living Dead