Halloween Movie List

In 2015 I embarked on a short term movie expedition.  As a build up to Halloween I attempted to watch as many horror or Halloween themed movies between Canadian Thanksgiving and Canadian Halloween.  Here is my list, roughly in the order watched.  19 movies in 19 days, only 2 that I had seen before. (everything links to IMDB, so I hope they don’t break it).

Sinister

  • Always nice to see Ethan Hawke in a movie and he turns in a great performance.  Story unfolds nicely, ratcheting up to some very tense and scary moments.  Not sure I 100% loved the ending, but it was interesting and unpredictable enough overall.  Worth the watch.

May

  • An odd little movie.  Not sure I would exactly categorize it as horror, though it does go there.  Worth the watch.

The Monster Squad

  • Loved this when I was a kid.  Wouldn’t say it exactly held up, but it was nostalgically fun.  Watching it with my 9-year-old I cringed at the typical 80’s language – it was fun back then to have kids talk like homophobic truck drivers.  Worth the watch.

All The Boys Love Mandy Lane

  • I’m not big on movies where I just hate everybody.  Hard to care about them dying.  ATBLML is a bit uncomfortable as a rallying cry to strike out at your bullies in this day and age of public shootings.  Not highly recommended.

Detention

  • This one caught me off guard.  Frenetic, chaotic and totally unique.  This movie moves in such weird ways the horror theme barely registers.  Loved it!

Haunter

  • I liked the flip-floppy ghost story premise, but in the end it was not all that unique.  I think they spent too much time explaining the premise.  Abigail Breslin gives a great performance.

Beetlejuice

  • What can I say that hasn’t already been said three times.  A classic.  The story is a little choppy at times, like why does he suddenly only care so much about getting married (I mean, other than the fact that it’s Winona Ryder).  Never the less, I love it.

Creep

  • Another non-traditional horror-ish movie.  The events are truly creepy and scary.  Mark Duplass is great as always.  Totally worth the watch.

The Conjuring

  • I didn’t think a haunted house movie could scare me this much.  I jumped and cringed and felt my heart thump throughout.  I think that now I’m a parent movie where kids are in peril hit me so much harder.  Great performances, too.  Worth the watch.

The Midnight Meat Train

  • Weird.  Mostly in a good way.  Vinnie Jones and Bradley Cooper are great.  I definitely didn’t predict where this was going.  Worth the watch.

In Fear

  • So stressful.  I was not always on board with the choices the characters made, but you can totally put yourself in their situation and accept irrational thought processes.  Worth the watch.

Corpse Bride

  • Our only family Halloween movie this year.  I love The Nightmare Before Christmas and had not watched this before.  I liked it, but didn’t love it.  Good for a family with younger kids.

The Final Girls

  • The only one I paid for (all the others streamed or disc’d) and totally worth it.  Great horror comedy with heart.  Amazing performances.

We Are What We Are

  • I kept circling around this one and finally landed on it mainly because I hadn’t watched any cannibalism yet.  It was decent.  You want these girls to rise above and cringe at what they endure.

Silent House

  • Elizabeth Olsen is great, but there is something that doesn’t quite feel right from early on in this movie.  Some great, tense moments, but I felt like I saw this one coming from way across that field she should have kept running across.

Bad Milo!

  • Funny, weird and unpredictable.  Much better than I expected.  Ken Marino delivers.  Worth the watch.

The Den

  • Creepy sort of modern day cyber-slasher movie. I liked it.

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers

  • I love the original, have never been impressed with the sequels.  I only chose this one for Paul Rudd and enjoyed his creepy loser character.  This one tries to be witty and self-aware, but does not achieve it in the way that Scream would knock it out of the park the next year.

Oculus

  • Great performances, including the kids.  I liked the idea of purposely going to battle against the known evil, but the way it unraveled didn’t really pull me in.

L’il Zombies

Some of the funnest movies come from putting a horror slant on a simple thing.

  • Horror + Comedy = Shawn of the Dead or Zombieland
  • Horror + Animals = Piranha
  • Horror + Dolls = Child’s Play
  • Horror + Children = Children of the Corn

Now I know that last one has been done before, but I have a new take on it.  I figure that I had better jump on it before Romero tears through it as he attempts to supersaturate the zombie movie genre to the point of no return.

Zombies + Children

Not just that one child zombie that makes you jump and then feel bad for child poverty.  All child zombies, all the time.

I did not feel I had time for a spec script, so I went ahead and shot a scene.

I call it L’il Zombies.