Jack-o’-lanterns, evil spirits, skeletons, and scary movies. Halloween is the best excuse for a mind-blowing horror marathon. Here is our Halloween Special Must-See Movie list, with some material that you would be a fool to miss!
“You’ll float down here. We all float down here.”
1990’s cult classic, the two entry “It”, based on Stephen King’s novel, got a must-see remake in 2017 remaining completely faithful to the original, inviting us to a group of kids who fight against an unknown shape-shifting lifeform in the small town of Derry. There is no secret about the majority of people disliking movies with child actors, but this flick brings us a very competent team of youngsters. Perishing jumpscares, nightmarish hallucinations, and a swivel-eyed clown. What more is there to ask for a proper Halloween?
“It could look like someone you know or it could be a stranger in a crowd. Whatever helps it get close to you.”
IT FOLLOWS (2014)
“It follows” follows “It”. And “It” from “It follows”, follows everyone who was naughty recently. Featuring a horrifying, spectral being whose attention can be transmitted sexually, It follows’ suspense control is astonishing. You won’t find many jumpscares here, but you will find something that is constantly getting closer in any form it can take to misguide its preys. Offering some beautiful visuals with the feel of 70’s, this horror flick is definitely a must-see for any trick or treater with a nerve of steel.
“These f*cking zombies. Remember when you could just throw a girl in a volcano?”
THE CABIN IN THE WOODS (2012)
You get the familiar cliché formula at first with five friends going to a cabin for a weekend. Don’t let this prologue fool you. You are in for something that you will never forget. This cult movie is a satire and an ode to love of horror movies, spiced with some extremely funny and smart ideas. Trying to give an understanding of all the stupid choices characters usually make in horror flicks, it takes the genre to a whole other level. Functioning on different dimensions, filled with an awful lot of metaphors The Cabin in the Woods is a perfectly balanced mix of Horror and Comedy.
“I’m an insect who dreamt he was a man and loved it. But now the dream is over… and the insect is awake.”
THE FLY (1986)
I won’t lie, The Fly is a serious drama about love, companionship and the questions of being a human. The Fly is also a serious Sci-Fi about teleportation and genetic engineering. Inviting us on the dark journey of scientist Seth Brundle, who accidentaly mixes his genes with a housefly’s. The painful road of metamorphosis is precisely illustrated in the film with one of the best makeups I have ever seen. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that The Fly is also a serious horror about everything that is gorey, disgusting and hearthbreaking. Don’t you dare skip this classic, considering that it’s fly as fu..
A QUIET PLACE (2018)
I think I’m not telling a big secret when I say that one of the biggest factors of a good horror movie is its sound department. Usually we are terrified of some well-made ambient effects, screams or even a bit of sinister violin solo. A Quiet Place brings this to another level. Actually lowers it. We won’t hear a lot of music or violin here, because A Quiet Place’s core lies amidst the oxymoron of screaming silence. The fact that the monsters hunt with their ultra-sensitive ears, brings a brilliant atmosphere, where people are forced to live their lives in total silence.
“Send… more… paramedics.”
THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD (1985)
The Return of the Living Dead is undisputibly a true cult flick. Another gem with glorius makeup work and laughing out loud humor. When two dumb guys accidentaly release a fatal gas from a vacuumed military barrel, anything that is dead comes to life. Well, and the other way around too. A group of survivors fight this apocalypse with the utmost comedic entertaintment and horror. There is something about The Return of the Living Dead that makes me feel that this movie was made to be an evergreen classic.
“Sometimes the world of the living gets mixed up with the world of the dead.”
THE OTHERS (2001)
And last but not least we should end this year’s Halloween with an immensely frightening psychological horror. Those of you who decide to watch this one, be ready to think about it for the weeks coming, and never ever forget it. Taking us to a lonely mansion of a mother with two children, where the boy and the girl suffer from a rare disease (possibly Xeroderma pigmentosum). They get severe burns after even a few seconds in the sun, so they have to live in complete darkness with some candlelight. Awful right? And I didn’t even mention the ghosts…
A HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
“Where there is no imagination, there is no horror”
-Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
“You’re television incarnate, Diana: Indifferent to suffering; insensitive to joy.”