I've decided that I'm not going to do a Halloween costume this year. My hot glue gun's in the shop ... or something. Instead I've been watching (and in some cases, re-watching) a variety of horror films to celebrate the season. Fun for the whole family! Today I thought I'd share a few of the most interesting (or crazy) horror films that have been on my radar lately. Or on my radar again—what is that? Re-radar? To keep things interesting, I'll only be sharing films made outside the United States (whaaaaaat?), and, AND AND AND, every single of one of these titles can be streamed RIGHT NOW from one or more of the most popular streaming media services. (Unless you're outside the USA, in which case ... I don't know if you can watch these or not.)
Rather than just making an enormous list of every terrible horror film I've watched recently I thought I'd narrow it down to five, each representing a different type of horror movie monster. Ooooooh, spooky.
Dead Alive (AKA Brain Dead, 1992, New Zealand, dir. Peter Jackson)
I have mixed feelings about the current zombie craze in films in TV—I feel like I'm the only person who likes horror films in general, but didn't really love Shaun of the Dead and other productions of that ilk. (Sorry Simon Pegg fans!) What I do really enjoy is the ridiculously over-the-top (and somewhat gore-tastic) zombie films I watched in my youth—think cheese-tastic classics like Re-Animator or Dawn of the Dead. Keeping that style in mind, I'd like to recommend Peter Jackson's Braindead, which manages to be (a) about the undead, (b) hilarious, and (c) the most outrageously bloody movie I've ever seen. (Seriously, don't let your kids watch this. Unless they're 30.) It's not the kind of gore that is likely to give adults nightmares for years, but I wouldn't recommend eating while watching it. :P
Where to view: YouTube
Stitches (2012, Ireland, dir. Conor McMahon)
Terrified of clowns? I'm not really, but I found out that Stan is when I put this movie on the other day. Bonding session? This is another film that falls into the "gruesome but funny" category. Because clowns are just inherently funny. Especially when they come with supernatural lore and bouts of vengeance.
Where to view: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video (rent from $2.99)
Ginger Snaps (2000, Canada, dir. John Fawcett)
A surprising dark comedy in which lycanthropy is a metaphor (sort of?) for going through female puberty. You'll never look at getting your period the same way again! And if that doesn't convince you to watch this movie, I just don't know what will.
Where to view: Hulu, Amazon Instant Video (rent from $2.99)
Let the Right One In (AKA Låt den rätte komma in, 2008, Sweden, dir. Tomas Alfredson)
Tired of buckets of fake blood? Let the Right One In is a superlative vampire film that manages to be both creepy and sweet. This was later remade in English as Let Me In, but I haven't seen that version so I can't compare.
Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon Instant Video (free with Prime subscription or to rent from $2.99)
Apartment (AKA 아파트 or APT. or 9:56, 2006, Korea, dir. Ahn Byeong-ki)
I'm not going to tell you what the creepy creature is in this film because the suspense is half the fun, but I will share the plot synopsis from the Wikipedia page:
"Se-jin, a lonely department store employee, moves into a high-rise apartment building. One day she notices that the lights in the windows of the building opposite all start to mysteriously flicker at exactly 9:56pm. She begins to suspect that these occurrences are somehow linked to a series of suspicious deaths in the neighborhood."
This isn't a total gorefest, but it's creepy enough to be included amongst these other films that go bump in the night. And prepare to feel extra freaked out if you're living alone in a high-rise apartment building. With flickering lights. In Korea. (Which I know you all totally are.)
Where to view: Hulu, DramaFever
Have you seen any of the films on this list? What are your top horror film picks for this Halloween season?
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