Halloween fast approaches….
and you’ve a busy weekend of preparation ahead.
You’ve talked about a ‘Horror-fest’ movie marathon to be held round a friend’s house (they’ve got the best TV to watch it on) but how in the name of Pennywise are you supposed to choose which of the thousands of cool horror movies to watch?
A) Go down the tried and trusted route of watching movies you already know and love?
B) Try out the old B&W classics that have stood the test of time?
C) Road-test some newies but goodies from the last 10 years?
D) Go for the comedy so-bad-they’re-good angle cos everyone always just talks through the movie anyway?
E) Cater for the squeamish movie-goers in the group who “don’t really like scary movies“?
F) Favour a full on gore-fest over some icy “what the hell is that behind the door” chills?
So many factors to consider.
Here are a few movies we at dustforprints have considered in the run up to Halloween. These are ones we are ashamed to see we haven’t seen but would most definitely like to:
“THE BROOD” (1979) – Directed by David Cronenberg. Stars Oliver Reed.
A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist’s therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, while a series of brutal attacks committed by a brood of mutant children coincides with the husband’s investigation. One of the few Cronenberg films that we’ve still to watch plus the inimitable Oliver Reed. Life comes no finer. This would be my first pick.
“Frankenstein” (1931) – Directed by James Whale
Horror classic in which an obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. One of the most influential of all horror movies and it stars Boris Karloff. Need I say more.
“The Wolfman” (2010) – Directed by Joe Johnston. Stars Benicio del Toro.
Upon his return to his ancestral homeland, an American man is bitten, and subsequently cursed by, a werewolf. Dubious as to whether this is any good but it looks good and gothic, Anthony Hopkins will ham it up a treat AND it’s bound to have some great “American Werewolf in London”-style transformations.
“The Wolf man” (1941) – Directed by George Wagnner
A practical man returns to his homeland, is attacked by a creature of folklore, and infected with a horrific disease his disciplined mind tells him can not possibly exist. high ratings and high praise from anyone that has anyone that has ever seen this film. Plus Lon Chaney Jnr stars.
“Salem’s Lot” (1979) – Directed by Tobe Hooper from a Stephen King novel
Vampires are invading a small New England town. It’s up to a novelist and a young horror fan to save it. Rumour has it that this is bloody scary in a deeply unsettling “I’m never watching that again” way plus it’s a Stephen King story with one of Starsky & Hutch taking the lead.
A young couple move into a new apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins controlling her life. Polanski rarely puts a foot wrong… directing-wise.
“Night of the Living Dead” (1968) – Directed by George Romero. Stars Duane Jones.
A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse. Okay, so we’ve seen this one but it’s still bloody good and way, way, way ahead of its time.
Jonathan and Lucy live in Wismar and the Count wants a house there. Varna is a port on the Black Sea, close to Dracula’s castle. Werner Herzog and the crazy Kinski in a remake of the horror classic. What’s not to love?
An evil, sadistic Leprechaun goes on a killing rampage in search of his beloved pot of gold. One of Jennifer Aniston’s first film outings if not the first. British actor, Warwick Davis, from Ricky Gervais’s “Life’s Too Short” also features as the leprechaun. High comedy potential.
If you wanted to go out and have a vague interest in Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Shining” (1980) then selected cinemas are showing this movie again:
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. Visually stunning. Chilling too. Decide for yourself if watching Jack go mental is for you.
OR why not watch the next movie, “Room 237“, again at selected cinemas instead?
“Room 237” (2012) – Directed by Rodney Ascher
A subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick‘s film The Shining (1980). The film may be over 30 years old but it continues to inspire debate, speculation, and mystery. Five very different points of view are illuminated through voice over, film clips, animation and dramatic reenactments. Together they’ll draw the audience into a new maze, one with endless detours and dead ends, many ways in, but no way out. has been getting rave reviews from critics and audiences. Worth a punt if you’re interested.
So that’s it. The choice is yours. If you have any more suggestions then please feel free to comment. All suggestions would be gratefully received.
After all, selecting your choices is ‘a mindblowing decision’….
Watch the trailer for “Room 237” here: