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).
In an alternate reality, The Academy of Motion Pictures began awarding Oscars for Best Horror Films in 1980. The 80’s were an incredibly vibrant era in Horror Movie history. The 90’s, on the other hand (with a few notable exceptions), was a terrible decade for Horror. The new millennium, however, ushered in a true Horror Renaissance. Many of the films released this last decade are some of the best in Horror history. In addition to a wave on “Found-Footage” films, the millennium brought us New French Extremity, “torture porn”, and a few truly amazing remakes.
If the last decade is any indication of what’s to come, 2010-2019 is only going to get better. Less than 2 years in, and this decade is off to an amazing start with films like: Black Death, The Crazies, Insidious, The Last Exorcism, Let Me In, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Don’t be Afraid of the Dark, Final Destination 5, Scream 4, and Paranormal Activity 3 (to name a few).
Come with me, one last time, back into the past, as I recap the Best Horror Film Oscar contenders, nominees, and winners from 2000-2009.
I’ll admit it: I was on the “I hate the French” Bandwagon for a bit. It wasn’t because France didn’t support the US when we invaded Iraq (because I wouldn’t have either). Most likely, my distaste for France stems from jealously, as I’ve never experienced this country and its culture first hand. So I bought the stereotypes: The French are all winos, everyone eats snails, the Subway stinks, Paris is overrun with mimes, all guys wear stupid berets and run around saying “Ooh la la”, and the women never shave their underarms. Worst of all, French are weak for letting Hitler roll his tanks in (as if I’m an indignant WWII Vet or something!).
Since leaving LA almost a decade ago, I’ve adopted more of a live-and-let-live attitude, not just in regards to France and the French, but towards everything. I’m all about celebrating mankind’s similarities rather than putting folks into boxes based on arbitrary characteristics.
But it wasn’t until the Netflix Era that I realized the French are actually the new Masters of Horror. With Netflix’s suggestions and viewer comments, I was exposed to a plethora of Horror and gore that I might otherwise have never seen. I didn’t go out in search of French films, I went looking for the best Horror films, regardless of where they were produced. It just so happened that Horror movies exported from France were continuously blowing my mind. I’d like to thanks Netflix for guiding me towards this Horror goldmine, and I’d like to thanks the French for revitalizing my enthusiasm for all things terrifying. This list is my tribute to you. Viva la France!
Friday Night, the Witching Hour, and I’m about to crawl into my cave with a creepy DVD. On the menu tonight: Dark Ride, one of the films I couldn’t comment on last week ’cause I hadn’t seen in.
And in case you haven’t noticed, I’ve started writing Horror blogs for filmsponge.com. I’ll do my best to get a blog a day for you over there, but you still got to come here, to the source, for my weekly essays.
See you next week for Part III!
A SOMEWHAT-COMPLETE HISTORY OF AFTER DARK HORRORFEST – AKA 8 FILMS TO DIE FOR