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 17th is… Frontier(s).
Official Synopsis: A gang of young thieves flee Paris during the violent aftermath of a political election, only to hole up at an Inn run by neo-Nazis.
In the mid 00’s, a new way of horror films began emerging from France that were more brutal, graphic, and nihilistic than just about anything that proceeded them. This movement was dubbed “New French Extremity”. And while I’m a huge fan, most of the crown jewels of this subgenre are simply too hardcore for most cinema fans—and even a lot of horror fans. I’m taking about films like Inside and Martyrs. And while Frontier(s) is just as brutal as anything you’re likely to find under this banner, there are aspects of this film that make it an acceptable (if harrowing) Halloween evening watch.
In my humble opinion, Frontier(s) mixes the finest aspects of films like Hostel, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and The Decent into something uniquely compelling and powerful. While this is a serious film, there’s a wicked back humor lingering just below the surface. And the kicker: The last 20 minutes of the film features more explosive firepower than all the Rambo movies combined. For a relentless thrill-ride, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better film. Just don’t expect a happy ending!
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