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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Finally, after receiving our Red Scarlet towards the middle of March of 2012, we are finally releasing some content. One of our first Red projects for 2012 was working on a music video by CjP from Jersey City, NJ. They hired Kvibe Productions to produce the music video in a filmic fashion. We believe we achieved it. Below is a trailer and soon to come next week will be the Behind the Scenes documentary of the making of the music video titled “Forever”.
There has been a lot of progress in our feature film titled “Whitlock Asylum”. We are on several draft revisions and will be conducting a reading for our script. I feel the writer Vito LaBruno took my story concept to the next level and has turned a concept to something that can be very successful. There are no movies that have this concept along with many scary elements.
We plan to do this film on a low budget. This will be our first feature film and if this film comes out the way we all envision, this will be a break through for all of our careers in filmmaking stylistic elements. We have an advantage over a lot of other filmmakers which are the years of experience of life endeavors and trained skill set of filmmaking. We have a unique group of talent in this company.
We plan to shoot this on the Red Scarlet or C300. We aren’t really sure yet, but both cameras look very appealing to us. We love the low light capability specs of the c300, but I also love the 4k abilities which makes us very well prepared for big screen movie theaters today and for the future.
However, we are in a good position and Kvibe will not be shooting DSLR for their first feature film. I feel we need to move on from the DSLRs and start working with Hollywood standard production quality at least technically. We all know that it’s not the camera, but it’s the artist, content, and talent. Well, we have the content and we have the artistic talents. Why cripple the film with inferior quality because we were cheap to save a few thousand dollars?
This is actually very personal to me. And the more I think about it, the more proud I am for doing something that may never come about.
I talked about this in my recent blogs, but now, I want to talk about what I feel after that event. I’ve been thinking a lot if Francis Ford Coppola would ever look at my work after handing him my business card. Maybe one day he would type in the address to my website and be amazed…. or maybe he never will. But regardless of that, deep down in my heart, I felt it was an opportunity to seize. If I hadn’t done anything, I would have felt miserable of myself for not trying my best. But fortunately, I did and now we let fate take its course.
The point of this blog is to be inspired to do what you can, without hurting others, to take your career to the next level. There will be a lot of risks and the things you fear most will be confronted. I believe when facing those challenges ahead of you, you will be able to overcome those challenges with a lot of hard work, practice, persistence, and confidence. If Francis never calls me, then that’s ok. But I took the leap to reach out to him and gave it a shot for him to see my work. It wasn’t some event that wouldn’t be appropriate to speak to him, but it was a networking and educational event. So if he doesn’t look at it, then its not meant to be. There will be many other people and many other opportunities, but most of all, I’m very much prepared for those opportunities to reach another level.
With that being said, time is wasted when waiting for the “opportunity”. Kvibe Productions is producing a film called “Whitlock Asylum” produced by Me, Vito LaBruno, David Henehan, and Chris Wilcox. I will be directing the film and we can assure you that this film will take its course to higher levels in the film industry.