Scary movies have a way of putting us in the mood for Halloween whether that’s by scaring us, stirring up nostalgia, or having a good laugh at the things that made us scared when we were kids. For me, horror films are an integral part of Halloween and hopefully these suggestions will help you find something to watch this last week of the Halloween season. Enjoy:
1. 28 Days Later: What would it be like to wake up after long after surgery to a world gone mad with rage-infected zombies? Cillian Murphy stars in this raw film that explores the good and evil humans are capable of when things are at their worst. This film is a breath of fresh air in the zombie genre, and also one of the best in the zombie genre.
2. Disney’s Halloween Treat: Classic characters such as Donald Duck, Goofy, and Mickey Mouse appear in this mashup of creepy Disney cartoons. There are also clips from Disney films such as “Snow White,” and “Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day.” If you love classic Disney cartoons or you’re looking for something to watch with your kids this, is a gem. The only way I know how to watch this is on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZ-Gol7gUrg&noredirect=1
3. The Lords of Salem: In this Rob Zombie film, a strange album mysteriously shows up at a Salem, Mass. radio station and DJ Heidi hawthorne’s (played by Zombie’s wife, Sheri Moon Zombie) life takes a turn for the worst as she learns more about an evil witch coven from Salem’s history. Like other Rob Zombie films, The Lords of Salem is gnarly and scary and in my opinion not suitable for children.
4. Pet Cemetery: To what length would you go to to bring a loved one back to life? A young family buys a house in the Maine countryside and life is peachy, but local folklore and an untimely death are a recipe for disaster. Stephen King cameos as a pastor in this adaptation of one of his books.
5. The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror: Not a movie, but o’ well. “The Simpsons” has been killing it with their Halloween specials for more than 20 years. Lampooning popular horror films and putting the world of “The Simpsons” through original terrors, these episodes will leave you LOLing or ROFLing. Each episode is divided into three short cartoons. I Tunes offers Treehouse of Horror collections, or you can borrow the discs from that one friend who owns every season.
6. VHS: When amateur filmmakers are tasked with stealing a VHS tape from an old man’s house, they stumble upon a collection of VHS tapes filled with raw footage of supernatural happenings. Filmed in the found-footage style and formatted into short films, VHS was surprisingly original and scary. This film is on the grittier side of the horror movie spectrum.
7. This is the End: James Franco is throwing a big party and it’s the end of the world. Cameos abound in this Judd Apatow film where actors play themselves. I think this was the funniest movie to come out all year, but the movie was packed with elements of the supernatural and horror.
9. Halloween: The original “Halloween” is the only way to see this film. Michael Myers, the masked psychopath who kills on Halloween night, is the last person I would ever want to see lurking in the shadows. A young Jamie Lee Curtis stars in this classic that launched one of the most successful horror franchises. The sequels to “Halloween” aren’t bad either.
10. Trick ‘r Treat: Four spooky tales chalked full of vampires, psychopaths and trick-or-treaters are intertwined into one Halloween night, leaving people dead in their wake. There is a subtle-and-dry sense of humor in the movie that had me chuckling. Anna Paquin and Leslie Bibb are star in this film.