For some of us, Halloween is a blissful time! The permission to be mysterious and wear nothing but black for a solid month can be liberating after a hot and sticky summer. For others, October can be gloomy and cold, where the urge to pack up and settle for an early hibernation is hard to resist.
Either way, you’re going to need some movies to keep you company, so here are my Halloween top picks!
30 Days of Night (2007): Bored of vampires that frolic about pursuing teenage girls? 30 Days of Night is a film that depicts vampires as the petrifying blood suckers that they really are. Set in Alaska, villagers pack up and move out as their town braces itself for a full month of complete darkness. This year however, starving vampires target the village to feast upon the locals who decided to brave the cold.
If you’re partial to a bit of a blood and guts, you’re in for a treat. Prepare yourself for some glorious film making and stellar performances, especially Danny Huston as the head vampire.
An American Werewolf in London (1981): Some of the best special effects makeup in movie history happen in this John Landis classic. A divine balance of dark humour and gore make An American Werewolf in London a must see this Halloween.
Set in the 80’s, two American backpackers explore the English countryside only to be attacked by a rather XL wolf – awoooooo. The lone survivor is plagued by nightmares of his dead friend who warns him of the next full moon…and his new hairy identity. Should he kill himself for the sake of others, or wait and see what happens?
The Descent (2005): Nothing beats a gritty British horror film, especially when it’s done well, much like Neil Marshall’s The Descent. This story follows six women who explore North Carolina’s underground caves. Of course, utter bedlam ensues when their exit is blocked, and the six friends are forced to find an alternative route. What lurks inside the caves is truly horrendous, a horror fanatics wet dream…
I shan’t say anymore, but get ready for plenty of blood, drama, and emotional trauma. The Descent is a real horror gem, one that deserves a definite spot on ICM’s Halloween top picks.
What We Do in The Shadows (2014): Okay, back to Vampires. I know what you’re thinking – we get it, they drink blood and avoid sunlight, vampires are overdone… well no one is more aware of this than the hilarious Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, the two masterminds behind What We Do in The Shadows.
This mockumentary follows the pale residents of a shared house in Wellington, New Zealand. Promising not to eat the documentary crew, a group of unconventional vampires happily share with us the complications of existing in the modern world. If you’d rather laugh than lose sleep this Halloween, this is the film for you.
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