Halloween Horror Choice
So what did we decide to view for Halloween? (And are we dropping the apostrophe now?)
HP Lovecraft adaptations, good call. There are a couple of terrific HP Lovecraft films I’ve mentioned here before called ‘The Valdemar Inheritance’ and ‘The Valdemar Legacy’. As an added bonus they have Edgar Allen Poe and Conan Doyle in. There’s a nifty little Halloween-set number called ‘Trick ‘R’ Treat’ that might fit the bill. How about a midnight movie show of ‘It Follows’ and ‘Hereditary’?
For some slightly more offbeat creepy shockers try ‘Sleep Tight’, about a building concierge (the always-amazing Luis Tosar) who lets himself into residents’ apartments, ‘Orphanage’, in which the heroine goes back to the home she grew up in and finds it inhabited by ghosts, and ‘The Vanishing’ (original version, not the Hollywood remake), which turns a sunlit, busy gas station into something terrifying.
‘The Invitation’ and ‘The Gift’ are both creepy slow-build spins on suburban life, as is the funny-frightening Coen Brothers-scripted movie ‘Suburbicon’, with Matt Damon going off the charts. ‘Under The Shadow’ is a British-Iranian film about a woman who finds that a djinn has been released into her house, and is superbly spooky. ‘The Witch’ is a brilliant exercise in Salem-type horror, and ‘The Belko Experiment’ has an entire office full of people fighting for survival.
Finally any late film with Nicholas Cage in should do it. Try ‘Mom & Dad’ or ‘Mandy’. My choice; ‘Train To Busan’ – a unique zombie movie set on board a commuter train, so popular that there’s a very good feature-length prequel that goes with it – and that one is animated!