My Halloween favourites* in no particular order.
When a videographer answers a Craigslist ad for a one-day job in a remote mountain town, he finds his client is not at all what he initially seems.
Creep is one of the most effective, genuinely haunting horror movies of recent years and proof that if it’s done well, it can be just as classic as the classics. Mark Duplass absolutely nails his part as Josef, the vulnerable yet creepy loner looking for a little company in his cabin in the woods.
Near perfect – and probably my most recommended film of the last three years. Plus, Creep 2 THIS MONTH.
The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster’s myth.
Not only one of my favourite scary movies but one of my all-time favourites in general, Candyman never fails to get me. Virginia Madsen is incredible as Helen, the woman who gets herself tangled up in the mythology of the Candyman – and wishes she’d never started it, much like me and every project I’ve ever undertaken.
My thoughts on this masterpiece, here.
An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover; demons are pursuing him after he escaped their sadomasochistic underworld.
Another shit-hot horror tale not least because it features the greatest representation of the evil stepmother I’ve ever seen. Julia, you make the first two Hellraiser movies and I forever salute you.
Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)
Kirsty is brought to an institution after the death of her family, where the occult-obsessive head resurrects Julia and unleashes the Cenobites once again.
Hellbound is a blood spattered nightmare of a movie and it’s one of the best. Julia’s back to terrorise snotty little Kirsty and get in on with her hot dead brother-in-law – and I’m here for it all.
One from the archives.
Evil Dead (2013)
Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods.
Fuck, I love this remake. One of the taglines on the poster was “A near perfect experience” and I’m with them on that one. It bothers to change things up a little, giving us a different kind of protagonist to root for – and a final girl to die for.
Love, love, love.
A group of teenagers get into a car crash in the Texas woods on prom night, and then wander into an old farmhouse that is home to Leatherface and his insane family of cannibalistic psychopaths.
If you’re looking for fun, then look no further. Matthew McConaughey relishes his role as a member of Leatherface’s crew, hellbent on terrorising the shit out of Renée Zellweger and pal on prom night.
This film has a great aesthetic, if nothing else.
The Orphanage (2007)
A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend.
This one might make you more sad than scared, but it is brilliant and features one of the most iconic and creepy moments in horror history. IMHO.
The Babadook (2014)
A widowed mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.
Sometimes I can’t even express what this film means to me. Its depiction of depression and grief is so real that when I first saw it, I couldn’t breath.
This is a masterpiece and nothing will ever convince me otherwise. It’s also one of the only films I’ve ever watched with my husband that has visibly disturbed him. So bonus points for that.
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
A young couple moves in to an apartment only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.
This is a classic for a reason and proof you should never get to know your neighbours.
My review here.
The Visit (2015)
Two siblings become increasingly frightened by their grandparents’ disturbing behavior while visiting them on vacation.
I really enjoyed this film. It seemed at the time decidedly un-Shyamalan but now, I’m not so sure. The kids are great.
What are your favourites?
*A couple of these films seem to make every list I write about my favourite horror movies.