October is nearly here, and in our house that means that it's time to start thinking about settling in and watching scary movies in honor of Halloween. I happen to be a horror-film junkie, although I do have some requirements, namely that the movie must have a plot and decent acting. My husband is not quite as enamored of the genre as I but rolls his eyes indulgently as I bring home boatloads of gorefests and plunk them down atop the DVD player soon after the first frost. He's pretty good-natured about it, although by week three he's actually begging for a good chick flick!
If you would like to start your own annual Halloween Film Fest, here are a few of my favorites you may want to use to start your list.
Last spring (off-season, I know) I couldn't resist bringing home "Planet Terror" directed by Robert Rodriguez. This flick is so entertaining that you'll willingly disregard those silly little questions that keep popping into your head ("How does she get that thing to actually fire?"). Serious analysis has no place here! The other half of this "Gindhouse" effort is Quentin Tarantino's film, "Death Proof", a different kind of chick flick. I have never enjoyed a Kurt Russell performance as much as this one!
Other zombie-film favorites include George Romero's seminal work, "Night of the Living Dead"; this film really set the quality bar high for this category. A more recent effort that provides a bit of competition to this classic is Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later", which turned the whole slow-moving zombie stereotype upside-down. If you want a laugh-out-loud zombie entertainment experience, try "Shaun of the Dead"--still Simon Pegg's funniest outing, in my opinion.
If vampire flicks are more your style, check out Tomas Alfredson's "Let The Right One In". I guarantee it's like no other vampire film you've ever seen! David Slade's "30 Days of NIght" serves up great acting (Danny Huston and Ben Foster are unbelievable) as well as spine-tingling chills. If you've ever thought about visiting Alaska, you'll think again!
Last, but not least, is "The Ring", easily the scariest flick of the bunch. Based on a Japanese horror film (Ringu) it was spooky enough to give both my husband and me the heebie-jeebies for days after viewing it.
This is just a small sampling of all the great movies designed to chill your innards. It should be enough to get you started, so, pop some corn, grab the remote and enjoy! After all, Halloween only comes once a year!