Halloween is approaching and with it the atmosphere of the macabre, perfect for watching horror movies or thrillers. So, here’s my list of ten horror movies that you absolutely must see on Halloween. This will not be a ranking, but a simple list, clear? Let’s begin.
The first film I recommend is Babadook, written and directed by Jennifer Kent.
The film is about a single mother and her six-year-old son. One day the child finds a very scary book, Babadook. And from there the troubles begin. Babadook is a flaky horror. In addition to being scary, it is also very profound. Not to be missed. It is available on Netflix.
I made a review of Babadook, which you can find here:http://www.mjpsreviews.com/2017/10/30/the-babadook-review/
Second Title: Mike Flanagan’s Hush.
Hush is a great reinterpretation of the home-invasion genre. The protagonist is Maddie, a young deaf-mute writer who will have to face a sadistic killer who wants to kill her. Very nice, it manages to create a lot of tension. It is available on Netflix
We continue with Halloween, the great film by John Carpenter.
Halloween is a film that has made the history of horror cinema and slasher cinema, and has recently released its sequel to the cinema. I have already told you about the sequel so I leave the links here: http://www.mjpsreviews.com/2018/10/26/halloween-2018-no-spoiler-review/
We remain with Carpenter with another title: The Fog.
Released in 1980, it is the film that followed Halloween and sees Curtis again as a protagonist. A strange fog seems to come from nothing to wrap the whole city and with it something else will come. The Fog is a very cute horror, although not at Halloween levels, but manages to put the right level of tension and anxiety.
Another tip, which is actually two, is The Ring / Ringu.
I do not know if you know it, but The Ring is a remake of a Japanese horror, Ringu. Everyone knows the story of The Ring, the tape that leads to death seven days after the vision. The Ring is a great horror because it aims at a slow creation of suspense that grows with the development of the paranormal investigation that drives this film. Both versions are good, obviously the Japanese one is so much better, but also America has its why. So it’s your choice.
We’re already halfway through the list, but I have more goodies in store for you.
Let’s go ahead with the titles, but we remain in Japan with a very famous film, Audition, based on the novel by Ryu Murakami.
The film is about a widower, Shigeharu Aoyama, who decides to make a new life and so knows Asami, a beautiful girl with a dark past that will begin to emerge and creep into their relationship. Audition is one of Takashi Miike’s best works. And you must absolutely see it.
We return to America, but we do not leave the Asian-style. The film in question is Ari Aster’s Hereditary, American horror released this year, but which is inspired more by the Asian horror than the Western ones.
Hereditary talks about the Graham family, fresh from a recent mourning, that of her mother, hard to deal with. But soon it will become very clear that the old grandmother did not leave them only large boxes. Hereditary is a very well written film, directed very well that builds the tension very gradually up to a point of final apotheosis where you are holding your breath all the time.
But now we come to Italy, and we can not fail to mention Dario Argento’s Suspiria.
The story of Susy, a dancer who decides to undertake the academy to improve her art, is certainly the most famous for the Italian director. And rightly too. I am also very curious about the remake of Guadagnino.
Another film that I recommend is Don’t Breathe by Fede Alvarez.
Another film that takes and destroys the home-invasion. The protagonists are three young thieves who decide to rob an old blind man, unaware of the danger looming inside that house. Dont Breathe is crazy, held in suspense from the first to the last minute. It’s on Netflix, watch it.
We arrived at the tenth, and then last, film. It was not easy to decide, but the last title that I recommend is a classic, because you know, the classics can never be snubbed. And I’m talking about Romero’s Night of The Living Dead.
Film of 1968 that made the history of horror cinema and gave birth to the zombie genre. The Night of the Living Dead can not miss on Halloween and if you miss it, you have to recover it. It is available on Prime Video.
Little surprise, what is it? An eleventh film, for the little ones. If you have kids and want to show them a crazy Halloween movie, but suitable for them, here’s my tip for you: The Nightmare Before Christmas, directed by Henry Selick.
A stop-motion animated-musical very funny, but at the same time it often sinks into the macabre. Perfect for family, on the sofa, with a nice hot chocolate on Halloween night.
But it does not end here. If you do not want to make a movie marathon this week, but you want to immerse yourself in a TV series that holds your breath, here’s my tip: The Haunting of Hill House, the new horror series from Netflix.
Inspired by Shirley Jackson’s novel of the same name, the series is about the Crain family and their lives in America’s most haunted house: Hill House.
I made the review and here it is: http://www.mjpsreviews.com/2018/10/25/the-haunting-of-hill-house-series-no-spoiler-review/
My long list ends here. I hope you have satisfied and that there is something you have not seen yet. What will you see in this week? Do you have any other tips? Write down everything in the comments. I want to hear them. I thank you for reading and I invite you to share, and to follow the blog, or via e-mail, or via social, of which you find the windows on the side if you are on the PC, or below if you are on the phone.