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 28th is… Slither.
Saucy Josh is… in a little bit of pain. It’s not excruciating, but it’s bad enough to be hella distracting. Hard to write… Find out why at the end of this blog.
But it’s Friday, so I must soldier on…
The list is solid, though, and I’m not making excuses for its quality. I put tons of thought into this list. Horror Comedies, really good Horror comedies, are rare and don’t come along nearly as often as they ought to. I think the term, Horror Comedy is actually thrown around way too often (we haven’t had a great one since 2009). There are plenty of funny parts in scary movies and plenty of comedies with scary scenes, but a true Horror Comedy seeks to represent each genre with equal gusto.
See the list movies that will give you the biggest laughs while simultaneously freaking you out after the jump…
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.
Slither: 8PM (PST) on AMC (Fear Fest)
This is the basic cable premier of Slither, one of the best Horror-Comedies EVER. It’s right up there with Return of the Living Dead and Zombieland. Slither isn’t a Zombie movie in a traditional sense (although some characters are “taken over” and become… something else). Synopsis: The sleepy town of Wheelsy could be any small town in America – somewhat quaint and gentle, peopled with friendly folks who mind their own business. But just beneath the surface charm, something unnamed and evil has arrived…and is growing. No one seems to notice as telephone poles become clogged with missing pet flyers, or when one of the town’s richest citizens, Grant Grant ( Michael Rooker), begins to act strangely. But when farmers’ livestock turn up horribly mutilated and a young women goes missing, Sheriff Bill Pardy (Nathan Fillion) and his team, aided by Grant’s wife Starla (Elizabeth Banks), uncover the dark force laying siege to their town… and come face-to-face with an older-than-time organism intent on absorbing and devouring all life on Earth. Super gory, super gross, super good! A great film to watch with some friends. Don’t miss it!
I found a “Best Horror Films” list I almost completely agree with: http://www.horror-movies.ca/horror_18308.html
The 21 Best Horror Films of the 21st Century. Props to Meh. He or She really knows their Horror.