It’s finally October and you know what that means? Breast Cancer Awareness 5Ks? Good guess. Pumpkin Spice Lattes? Delicious, but no. Halloween? YES. Horror movies? DOUBLE YES!
To get all you Geeks and Ghouls in the spirit for Halloween, I’ve compiled a list of 31 horror films to watch throughout the month of October.
Which ones are your favorite to watch?
Frankenstein | Bride of Frankenstein
“It’s alive… IT’S ALIVE!”
Both Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein were produced by the legendary Carl Laemmle Jr. and directed by James Whale, with cinematographer John Mescall replacing Arthur Edeson on 1935″²s Bride of Frankenstein.
Mescall and Whale expertly crafted a haunting mood, bringing the influence of German Expression into the sets and the performance of Elsa Lanchester‘s Monster’s Bride. Her jerky, robotic movements are reminiscent of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and Robert Wiene’s 1898 film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
George A. Romero‘s monumental horror film Night of the Living Dead redefined the word “˜zombie.’ While the word itself is never used – the term used in the film is “˜ghoul’ – Romero’s low-budget film introduced the idea of zombies as reanimated, flesh-eating cannibals. Early zombie movies like 1932’s White Zombie involved the living enslaved or enchanted by a Voodoo witch doctor.
The catalyst for Romero’s zombie apocalypse comes not from a chemical spill or ancient voodoo ritual, but rather outer space. When a meteor strikes the earth, its radiation turns the recently deceased into flesh-eating zombies.
A geological expedition in the Amazon uncovers ancient fossilized evidence of a link between land and sea animals in the form of a skeletal hand with webbed fingers. Expedition leader Dr. Carl Maia (Antonio Moreno) visits his friends, Dr. David Reed (Richard Carlson), an ichthyologist who works at a marine biology institute, and his scientist girlfriend Kay Lawrence (Julia Adams). Reed and Ms. Lawrence persuade the institute’s financial backer to fund a return expedition to look for the remainder of the skeleton in the heart of the Amazon.
When the group arrive at Dr. Maia’s camp, they discover that the scientist’s entire research team has been brutally killed by a mysterious animal with razor-sharp claws: the amphibious “Gill-man,” an ancient, misunderstood creature that occupies the murky depth’s of an Amazonian paradise known as the Black Lagoon.
Sam Raimi‘s The Evil Dead was made for $350,000 and shot over a year and a half, with some actors leaving the project and being replaced by Fake Shemps and stand-ins periodically. With some borderline claymation visual effects, The Evil Dead has become the definition of a cult classic, grossing over $30 million since its release in 1981.
Filled with chainsaw dismemberments, sexually aggressive trees, and maniacal laughing demons, The Evil Dead is filled with memorable moments, and is also noteworthy for jumpstarting the careers of Raimi and Bruce Campbell, both of whom returned for Evil Dead II, a quasi-remake of the first film, and Army of Darkness, where Ash goes back in time to fight Jason and the Argonauts-esque skeleton warriors.
V/H/S is an anthology of five found footage horror flicks. V/H/S (Video Horror Segments!) includes short films by Ti West (House of the Devil), Glenn McQuaid (I Sell the Dead), David Bruckner (The Signal), Joe Swanberg (Silver Bullets), and Adam Wingard (You’re Next).
V/H/S/2 is an across-the-board improvement, with a framing narrative that follows two private detectives as they investigate the disappearance of a college student. Upon entering the kid’s house, they stumble upon a collection of VHS tapes and a makeshift shrine of TVs and VCRs. There are stacks of spiral notebooks; a laptop is nearby, recording video. The investigators discover a video diary from the missing college kid who appears to be a connoisseur of rare VHS tapes.
V/H/S/2 includes segments by Wingard, Simon Barrett, Eduardo SÃ¡nchez and Gregg Hale, Gareth Huw Evans and Timo Tjahjanto, and Jason Eisener.