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, 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 16th is… Frankenstein’s Army.
Official Synopsis: Toward the end of World War II, Russian soldiers pushing into eastern Germany stumble across a secret Nazi lab, one that has unearthed and begun experimenting with the journal of one Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The scientists have used the legendary Frankenstein’s work to assemble an army of super-soldiers stitched together from the body parts of their fallen comrades — a desperate Hitler’s last ghastly ploy to escape defeat.
Expect to see this title in January when I compile my Best Horror of 2014 list. Not only is Frankenstein’s Army one of the best genre films I’ve seen this year, it’s also a great candidate for Halloween viewing. Why? Because it’s a blast to watch! Now, I know a lot of you will disavow anything in the “Found-Footage” subgenre, but keep an open mind. Frankenstein’s Army was shot on real film giving it that grainy, realistic depth that makes it look like actual archival newsreel footage. Frankenstein’s Army also finds ways to use this medium to reinforce its wicked black humor. We also get a unique take on zombies, or in this case “Zombots”: Creatures constructed out of dead corpses and mechanical wreckage. The result is a horde of monsters with a wild Steam-Punk aesthetic (and more than a bit reminiscent of a Slipknot concert). All FX’s are practical, gory, and completely over-the-top.
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
- Frankenstein’s Army