Guest post by Eric Beltran
The witching season is upon us and, along with the costumes, candy, and Halloween decorations, there is another tradition that must be maintained in order to appease Samhain.
That is the Halloween horror movie marathon. Preferably, you do this with friends and family, but if you think you can handle it alone, go for it!
Now, we understand that, even though our video production team may be devout when it comes to this custom, it doesn’t necessarily make it a tradition that everyone else adheres to.
So, even if scary movie marathon madness isn’t something you’ve experienced, or wanted to, in the past, why not start this year and make it a part of the rest of your festive traditions?
So, here’s our list of film productions, and their trailers, that you may want to add to your video library for this Halloween, and future ones to come. They may also inspire your next video production.
First, let’s take the major players out of the game.
Now, there are the obvious choices that we should briefly mention. For instance, we all know that it wouldn’t be Halloween without watching John Carpenter’s Halloween, the film that’s probably become the one most firmly embedded in scary movie culture.
Carpenter’s masterpiece may have taken a whole lot from Hitchcock’s Psycho, but it was also the driving force behind the birth of an entire sub-genre, the slasher film.
Halloween did more than enough, in its own right, to go down in history, and there are some others that have similarly become household names.
Movies like The Exorcist, The Shining, Night of the Living Dead, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Nightmare on Elm Street, the slew of Friday the 13th films (far too many if you ask us), even the Saw films, seem to put everyone in the Halloween mode.
Okay, now that we’ve went over the basics, let’s try to step outside the norm. People tend to watch the same ones they’ve watched since they were kids, but let us help you unearth some gems and grow your horror film vocabulary.
The body horrors that’ll make you squirm.
The body horror genre is especially inspiring for any film or video production with a little darkness to it, and it starts with a familiar name. John Carpenter’s The Thing follows a group of scientists who are being hunted and imitated by a shape-shifting alien.
Paranoia quickly runs rampant amongst the group and the distrust leads to an every-man-for-himself situation. The film has some of the best special effects of the time, no CGI, and is well worth the endurance it takes to get through the truly gruesome transformations.
Sticking with the theme of gory, bodysnatching aliens, James Gunn’s 2006 film Slither is another must see. The story follows the sheriff of a small town turned upside down after a parasitic alien crash-lands in the nearby woods.
It starts to take over the minds of the local residents, turning them into zombie-like monsters. Sounds horrifying, but if you’re a true horror lover, you’ll know that some clever humor never hurts. In horror, you laugh to keep from screaming.
That’s what makes Slither worthwhile; it doesn’t take itself too seriously. However, be sure not to stuff your face with too much candy before watching this one because it may all end up coming back out before it finishes.
Gorno and found-footage are big players now.
If you are a fan of the Saw films and horror torture is your thing, then you may want to get your hands on Takashi Miike’s Imprint. This is a fairly short film that only plays for about one hour, and it was initially meant to be a part of the Masters of Horror TV series.
Rumor has it that, because of the violent nature of the film, Showtime pulled it off the show and it wasn’t until the DVD was released that people had the opportunity to watch it. This is a bizarre film to watch, but definitely worth it, especially if you want to freak out some friends.
Nowadays, many horror film or video productions are done in the increasingly popular found-footage style. One film that did a very good job using this technique was [Rec], by directors Juame Balaguero and Paco Plaza.
The film follows Angela Vidal and her cameraman as they attempt to make a documentary on a local team of firefighters. Things begin to go awry when the firefighters receive an emergency call to a nearby building. Once in the building, the group is trapped and attacked by the ravenous residents.
Forget the body, this horror is all in your head.
If bloody gore and zombies are something that you want to avoid, but you still want something scary that’s just a bit more psychological, then Brad Anderson’s Session 9 may be the thing for you.
The film follows a group of asbestos removal workers that have to do a job in an abandoned asylum. Things, however, slowly start to unravel for the group and tensions begin to rise.
Another psychological horror film to watch is Ingmar Bergman’s 1968 horror, Hour of the Wolf. There isn’t much more to say about the film other than that I have never watched a movie that has twisted my mind in such a perverse way.
Watching this movie for the first time will definitely make you experience a new kind of horror that not many other movies can offer.
Or maybe it’s a new spin on an old film you’re looking for.
If a classical type of horror is your thing and you want to watch something that takes from the old but is still somewhat fresh, then Let the Right One In is the movie for you.
This Swedish film, about a young boy whose new neighbor is a seemingly young girl who also happens to be a vampire, is a true modern masterpiece. It takes a simple concept and adds new themes and levels of subtlety that make it a very powerful film.
There you have it. These are just a few of the lesser-known horror films that can help spice up your haunted, horror, Halloween festivities and serve as inspiration for your next film or video production.
Regardless of what today holds for you, be sure to take the time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the murderous massacre taking place on your television screen. Happy Halloween!
Check out one of KVibe Productions’ early horror shorts to get a taste of what inspires us here:
More Miscellaneous Marathon Additions:
Prince of Darkness, The Devil’s Backbone, 28 Days Later, High Tension, Eyes Without a face, Shivers, Deep Red, Suspiria, Night of the Creeps, Re-Animator, Lost Boys, Near Dark, Audition, Rosemary’s Baby, The Fog, The Funhouse, Sleepaway Camp, Event Horizon, Salem’s Lot, The Collector, and Silver Bullet.
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