Top Halloween Films
It's Halloween on Monday! So here at LocateTV we thought (just in case half of the world turn into zombies and you're forced to lock yourselves in at home or you're just sitting in the dark, hiding from 14-year-old trick or treaters) you need something to watch! So whilst you're waiting for it all to blow over, here's a top Halloween film list to keep you entertained. We've mixed it up with new and old classic horror flicks to give you a nicely rounded scare.
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Creeping from under the bed first is winner of 'Best Foreign Film' at the British Independent Film Awards. This critically acclaimed 2008 Swedish film is no ordinary Blade-esc style vampire film; it holds its own as one of the greatest vampire films ever made. It even prompted a 2010 American remake titled 'Let Me In' which also won awards. The story follows a lonely 12-year-old boy who dreams of taking revenge on the local bullies and befriends a mysterious girl living in his neighbourhood, unaware she is a vampire who, with the aid of her human helper, is responsible for a series of murders. As the trail of dead bodies becomes more noticeable, he is drawn into helping conceal her dark secret. Starring Kare Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson.
An all time classic from Stanley Kubrick is next in 'The Shining' proving that all work and no play will drive you slightly mental. Aspiring writer Jack Nicholson takes a caretaking job in an isolated hotel - but evil spirits dwelling within begin to haunt him, causing him to terrorise his unfortunate family. Stanley Kubrick's version of the Stephen King novel wasn't popular with the author, but genre aficionados cite this as one of the best horror movies ever made, with creepy camera work, a memorable score and inspired acting. Also stars Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd and Scatman Crothers.
After seeing Jack Nicholson lose his mind it leads us perfectly on to the gorey psychological thriller 'Pandorum'. Released in 2008 by director Christian Alvart it follows two astronauts who wake up in what seems like a pitch black spacecraft. Disorientated and unable to remember who they are or what their mission was, they discover that they are not alone and begin to uncover a reality of shocking and terrifying secrets. Starring Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster.
Stepping away from psychological thrillers for awhile and onto pure out on out on the edge of your seat horror with 'REC'. This Spanish horror (subtitled but don't let that put you off) follows a TV reporter and her cameraman as they accompany a fire brigade on a seemingly mundane emergency call to an apartment building. But when they arrive, they are plunged into a nightmare from which they will struggle to escape with their lives. The movie is filmed in the 'found footage' vein of The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield making you feel very much in the moment. It stars Manuela Velasco and is directed by Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza. REC2 was released in 2009 with REC3 Genesis and REC4 planned to be released in 2012.
Back to an all time classic with world renowned director Alfred Hitchcock and his adaption of the 1959 novel 'Psycho'. Anthony Perkins stars as Norman Bates, the disturbed motel owner whose curious relationship with his mysterious, domineering mother leads to murder. Alfred Hitchcock's classic chiller features the notorious scene in which victim Janet Leigh takes her final shower, and there are plenty of other moments designed to make viewers jump out of their skins. Full to bursting with symbolic imagery and capped off by the superb score, this is truly a masterpiece. Vera Miles, Martin Balsam, John Gavin and John McIntire also star. The film has been making people scared of taking showers since 1960. There was also a prequel, remake and television spin off which didn't quite grab the critical acclaim, especially Gus Van Sant's attempt starring Vince Vaughn.
From the 1960 'Psycho' to the 2010 Norwegian cult hit 'Trollhunter'. With a slightly lighter tone than Psycho, the film follows three student filmmakers who are investigating reports of illegal poaching, to their surprise they encounter a man who slays trolls for the Norwegian government. Shot in a documentary style format the film has some tense moments combined some amazing effects. It was directed by Andre Ovredal and starred Otto Jespersen, Glenn Erland Tosterud and Johanna Morck. The remake rights were bought by Christopher Columbus so keep your eyes peeled for a US remake in the next few years.
Carrying on the horror/comedy route but stepping up the gore is Eli Craig's 'Tucker and Dale vs Evil'. Released in 2010, it follows two laidback hillbillies who come to the aid of a student in distress. Her friends become convinced they are murderous lunatics and plan to save her from their harmless clutches, while the backwards pair's efforts to plead innocence only result in a series of grisly accidents and a growing pile of bodies. The film stars Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk and Katrina Bowden and received wide cult praise.
It's late and we don't want you going to bed to scared, so what better way to cap off the night with world wide comedy horror hit 'Shaun Of The Dead' from Simon Pegg and director Edgar Wright. A bored 29-year-old trapped in the job from hell thinks life can't get any worse - his stepfather's always nagging him, his flatmates are at each other's throats and his girlfriend has finally had enough of his lazy ways and left him. But just when he's at his lowest ebb, zombies rise from their graves to feast on the living. When faced with a crisis that threatens the entire human race, it falls to the hapless Shaun to become a hero and protect friends, family and his beloved pub from hordes of the living dead. Also starring Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Dylan Moran, Lucy Davis and Bill Nighy.
Here at LocateTV, we don't miss a trick so here's another treat for you. I have put together a montage of some of the best vampires from films and TV shows. Enjoy!
Happy Halloween from the LocateTV team.