It’s Halloween again, and we all know what that means: it’s horror movie season. The theaters have been barren for once, with a complete lack of good scares. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to watch. If you’ve have Netflix, and odds are you do, here are 6 stellar films that will get your spook on:
1) “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night”
We’ll start things off with a bit of an outlier. Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, this film can be considered the first (and only) Iranian Vampire Western in cinematic history. Now, that might sound a little strange, but rest assured, the film is astounding. With a mix of horror and western themes with a dash of gothic and a splash of punk counterculture, this flick is an absolute must-see. The language barrier might be a bit for some, but the film is absolutely worth it. Shot in stark black and white, “Girl Walks Home” is a testament to indie horror filmmaking, while taking the genre to new territories and crafting a piece that is not only entertaining, but artsy as well.
2) “The Invitation”
Released last year, this is one of the most recent films on the list. Focusing on a couple who were invited to a dinner party, the film plays with audience expectations to keep them on their toes. Director Karyn Kusama lets the anxiety of the protagonist take center stage, allowing viewers to take a seat on his descent into madness. The framing and colors are gorgeous, and the restraint used has to commended. Nothing is revealed until it needs to, which for a horror film, helps it to take an alternate route to the old cult slasher film. Get ready for a ride, but prepare yourself for one major left turn near the end.
3) “The Babadook”
Oh man, “The Babadook.” What a completely twisted film. This one takes on the ages-old tale of the ‘monster under the bed’ and completely flips it on its head. Merging psychological horror and conventional paranormal creature effects, the film provides an excellent look into motherly depression and the physical manifestation of growing stress and anguish. But the film doesn’t stop there. It’s also completely and utterly terrifying. When the creature finally gets revealed, feel free to scream – you’ll want to.
It’s not all about the spooks, of course. Here’s another fantastic flick that edges more toward the comedic side. Premiering at South by Southwest to universal acclaim, “Deathgasm” bears the distinction of being the only heavy metal horror comedy ever made. And good lord, is it fun. The story follows a group of metalheads who discover a mysterious tune which, to nobody’s surprise, summons Satan to take the town by storm. It’s gritty, gruesome, and glorious. If you’re not one for terror but still want to get into the spirit of the season, check this one out.
5) “We Are Still Here”
Man, I love this film. The story is more conventional to start, with a family moving into a house which is, of course, haunted by murderous spirits. That said, while it begins a bit cliche, the end of the film is something completely different. Much like it’s contemporaries in “Don’t Breathe” and “It Follows,” “We Are Still Here” takes an overused trope and uses it to their advantage. Combined with the several hundred gallons of fake blood and style to spare, this one is an absolute blast. If you’re looking for something a little different this year, throw this on the screen.
6) “The Host” (2006)
Not to be mistaken for that wretched film based off of the equally boring Stephenie Meyer novel, “The Host” is a masterpiece of South Korean monster horror. Equal parts political commentary and creature feature, “The Host” brings in some much welcome variety to the monster realm. Unlike other monster flicks like “Godzilla” or “Gamera,” this one is soaked in realism, humanity and grotesque body horror, moving away from the massive city destruction the genre is known for. Honestly, this change of pace lets the film shine on its own merits, with characters that actually feel something beyond just pain and horror. Like “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night” the language barrier might cause some problems, but if you can get past that you’re in for a crazy ride.
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