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Friday, October 5, 2018
A fast and loose list of 25 horror films to try for Halloween - I doubt you've seen most of these
But there are literally thousands of films out there that you probably never heard of and which are way better than the lack of discussion about them would indicate. You have to keep in mind that the reason everyone keeps going back to the same old films is combination of laziness mixed with the big well know films are getting pushed. For whatever reason they had a PR machine behind them that could push them in everyone’s face. As a result you know Jason and Freddie ad nauseum and not a legion of other titles.
We have to correct that.
What follows is a list of 25 films that are largely off the beaten path, that we’ve reviewed in the last two years. While we have reviewed dozens more, these are the ones that are either the best of the bunch that aren’t the big well known titles or are interesting enough so as to be worth a look. I’m not going to pretend that they are all best of the best, that isn’t the case, but they are all worth a look. I've given each film a one line description and linked to the longer review. While you may not like everyone of these I think you'll find a few you'll really like.
Ultimately if you want a good horror film and you are on Netflix or Prime or one of the other streaming services look at the listing for horror and just start watching films - the best stuff is often hidden in under titles that you normally wouldn't try.
(And If you want even more recommendations for off the beaten horror films simply click on the horror tag in the sidebar and page through for hundreds of titles.)
THE BOOK OF BIRDIE - just hitting VOD is a creepy film about a young girl who is put into a convent by her grandmother. Part horror film, part fairy tale it is a film that is not like anything else you’ve probably seen.
WEREWOLF - on the festival circuit this Polish film is about a bunch of children just released from a concentration camp and the horrors of war. It will disturb you deeply.
ENDZEIT: EVER AFTER another festival film about zombies that is not like anything you’ve seen before. Two women try to get to safety and find that the plague is the result of the earth in revolt.
SHOCKWAVES 1977 classic about undead Nazi soldiers coming back to kill people on an island paradise. A lot of fun and Peter Cushing too.
MANDY() Nick Cage in a wild and weird throwback horror film that is on VOD and in theaters.
END TRIP a ride share driver is a serial killer in this small scale thriller
CARGO Martin Feeman is bitten by a zombie and has to get his daughter to safety. A great film on Netflix
THE ENDLESS it may not completely work, but this tale of two brothers visiting the “death” cult they left years before has some creepy moments
THE DEMON creepy realistic film about demonic possession. Great performances and stark black and white photography help build the chills
HOUSE OF DEMONS Think a Vertigo comic book melded into a drive-in film in a film about time travel and cults.
TRENCH 11 military horror film about an abandoned secret base and the monsters that live there- its one of the best of the sub-genre
THE OLD DARK HOUSE Classic horror film about a dark and stormy night and a weird family who opens their doors to travelers
THE VAULT A bank robbery goes wrong...and James Franco has a solid role
RED CHRISTMAS Psycho Killer on the loose with a twist- who the killer is not who anyone suspected
DEVIL’S GATE The FBI goes to investigate the disappearance of a woman and her son and finds something much worse than they could have imagined
THE VOID a cult opens up a gate to another dimension and things cross over
DON’T KILL IT Dolph Lundgren is a demon hunter troubled by a demon that jumps from person to person if you kill its host. This film needs a sequel
BE AFRAID what is the dark figure that appears in a small town driving people mad and dragging people away?
DELUSION three years on a man gets a letter from his wife saying she will always be around.
DAY OF RECKONING Demons rise up from the center of the earth in one of the few good found footage films
PARASITES () college kids go to skid row and end up being hunted
LADIES OF THE HOUSE () friends go home with a stripper only to find she and her housemates are cannibals.
WITHOUT NAME () A surveyor goes to an isolated house to map a forest and finds something weird in the woods.
INERASEABLE () is one of he scariest films I’ve ever seen. The story of a haunted house that becomes truly terrifying
THE WAILING ) Mostly one of the scariest films I’ve ever seen about a town where everyone is going nuts and the efforts to stop it which leads to a demon.
(And a big thank you to the great Ted Geoghagen for saying on Twitter how all the list cover the same five titles- Ted -your anger got me to do this list. I hope you approve.
And while we are talking Ted don't forget to see his WE ARE STILL HERE and MOHAWK for two very different types of horror films)
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