Are you looking to hang out with a few friends on Halloween night and watch a great horror flick? Every day in October, I’ll be suggesting a film that I believe will make for excellent Halloween viewing. Whether you’re an avid celebrator or a casual observer of the holiday, these films will convey the proper mood and spirit of October. In no particular order (and by no means a completely representative), here’s the next entry in my list of 31 excellent movies for Halloween Night—or whenever you’re looking for a frightfully good time.
My recommendation for October 8th is… Dawn of the Dead (2004 Remake).
Official Synopsis: A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall.
It’s rare, especially in the horror arena, for remakes to surpass originals in terms of popularity and artistic integrity. The 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead is just such a film, a feat made more astonishing by the fact that the original film by George Romero was completely brilliant to begin with. So maybe you missed this remake when it was first released. Zombies weren’t quite at the height of popularity yet, and the trailers were all incredibly gory. But now, in a post Walking Dead entertainment landscape where zombies are almost commonplace, it’s time to revisit this absolute winner. Sure, some will be divided in debates about “Fast Zombies” vs. “Slow Zombies” but Dawn of the Dead is action packed, jaw-dropping, and immensely entertaining. Sarah Polley is brilliant (and cute as hell). The opening scene is fucking insane. And if you’ve ever wondered what happens to a pregnant woman’s baby if a zombie bites her, this one will answer all your questions.
List so far:
- American Mary
- Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
- Cabin Fever
- The Cottage
- Dark City
- Dawn of the Dead (2004 Remake)