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 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 15th is… Fido.
Official Synopsis: Timmy Robinson’s best friend in the whole wide world is a six-foot tall rotting zombie named Fido. But when FIDO eats the next-door neighbor, Mom and Dad hit the roof, and Timmy has to go to the ends of the earth to keep Fido a part of the family. A boy-and-his-dog movie for grown ups, “FIDO” will rip your heart out.
Fido is one of the funniest films I’ll be recommending on this list—and it’s definitely the sweetest. Years before Warm Bodies tackled the idea of zombie-romance, writer/director Andrew Currie’s film sees a Zombie as a human boy’s best friend—and father figure. Set in an alternate 1950’s-style universe, Fido turns stylized nostalgia on it’s head in an odd but winning genre mash-up. Carrie-Anne Moss is brilliant as the suburban housewife who finds herself unusually attracted to her son’s “pet” (he’s definitely the strong-silent type). Billy Connolly is excellent as the titular Fido; through a gray face paralyzed with rigor mortis, he manages to subtly convey emotions ranging from frustration to elation. Even folks who don’t consider themselves fans of zombie movies (or all horror movies) are sure to love this indie gem.
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)
- Dead Snow
- Drag Me To Hell
- End of the Line
- Evil Dead