Welcome back Bookbrainers! Nerdy jokes about mechanical fruit aside, it is FINALLY October! I’m pretty excited for this month for many many reasons (some of which I’ll be sharing on the blog next week), but one of the biggest reasons I’m excited is for Halloween!
For me Halloween doesn’t start on October 31st, or even October 1st.
Nay my friends.
Halloween starts on AUGUST FIRST!!!
Starting on August 1st, my fiancée Jamie and I begin to binge watch all the horror movies we can get our hands on. As of writing this we’re currently at 38 movies for the season! If you want to read about her take on our horror movie experience this year she will be posting about it on her blog this weekend here!
So I knew I wanted to talk about how much I love and enjoy horror movies, but I wasn’t sure what the best way to do that was. So I said screw it and decided I’m just going to take you on a random love filled rant of horror movies you should go watch right now because they’re freakin’ awesome!
LET’S GET STARTED!!!
- IT (2017)
So I’m going to start my list with the most obvious movie I could talk about. There is nothing I can say about this movie that you haven’t heard already this year since it’s freaking everywhere! Everyone is talking about this movie! And do you know why? Because it really is that good! Now, to be fair it is NOT by far the best horror movie ever made nor is it perfect (it’s not). This movie is everything I’ve ever wanted from an adaptation of Stephen King’s amazing novel. If you haven’t seen IT yet and want to see a horror movie that is more than just scares, but also has a universal message about what it’s like to be different and growing up, watch this movie.
- The Babadook
Keeping with the idea of a horror movie that talks about life, The Babadook is a horror movie that smartly takes you through the pain of loss and what that does to an isolated family. One of the things about this movie that got me while watching it is that it constantly made me feel afraid, filled me with dread, and unnerved me…but I couldn’t always figure out why. This is a movie that forgoes the more modern style of horror movies and delves deep down into reminding you why sometimes the house you’ve lived in all your life and still scare you sometimes in the dark. I don’t want to give too much away, but trust me if you like smart horror movies give this one a watch!
- Fright Night (1985)
This is a movie I first watched years ago when I started to watch horror movies. This movie has everything you could ever want from a vampire movies! It has sex, mystery, violence, gore, and teen angst all wrapped up in a way that was only possible in the ‘80s. If you haven’t seen this movie, think Rear Window or The Burbs, but the neighbor turns out to be a vampire. It is the kind of fun horror movie that it perfect for just sitting back and enjoying.
4. and 5. The Void, The Thing (1982)
Alright…follow me on this. So recently Jamie and I were surfing Netflix for new horror movies to watch when we came across, The Void. I LOVED this movie! Jamie was disgusted and hated it. *shrug* This is a movie that’s hard to explain without giving too much of the mystery away as you watch it. The best way I can explain this movie is if they had taken John Carpenter’s The Thing and combined it with Hellraiser, then dropped it into an entire vat of H.P. Lovecraft writing. The Thing is one of my favorite horror movies of all time and one that I feel never stops resonating with Americans even as our country develops and changes. The paranoia of the story is FANTSTIC and the visuals pure masterpieces. The Void takes all of that and adds in the extradimensional and creepy touch of Hellraiser. Now you may be wondering why I didn’t add Hellraiser to my list even though I talk about it. That’s simple my friend!…I don’t like that movie and it’s my blog so I can do what I like. Either way if you’ve ever heard of horror writing master H.P. Lovecraft and wanted to know what his writing is like…but for some fucked up reason hate reading…watch this movie. Just be prepared for it to take some pretty fucked up left turns into HOLY-SHIT-WHAT-WAS-THAT-VILLE.
6. and 7. Tales of Halloween, Trick ‘r Treat
I’ve paired these movies together for two reasons. 1. They are both Halloween/horror based anthology movies. 2. They are both freakin’ awesome! If you haven’t heard of or seen either of these incredible movies PLEASE take some time and relax and enjoy them! Both of them have a Creep Show, Twilight Zone, Outer Limits feel, but with a very modern horror feel. The various shorts in the movies can range from funny, to creepy, to violent blood spattering fun!
- Halloween (1978)
Speaking of blood spattering fun! I know most of this list tends to focus on newer movies, but that’s mostly because they’re the ones kind of getting ignored. Halloween is one of the most essential and classic horror movies ever made that nearly everyone has heard of it and even if they haven’t seen it can recognize Meyers and probably even knows the theme song. Halloween may be one of the best horror movies ever made and you should celebrate it in all its glory every year!
9. and 10. You’re Next, Kristy
So let’s take a moment to jump from one of the greatest slasher films ever made to two movies that take that genre and turns it upside down. You’re Next is about a girl having a dinner party with her boyfriend’s family when they start getting attacked and killed by masked men. Kristy is about a girl who is the only left on a college campus during a holiday when she becomes targeted by a group of fanatics to be killed. Both these movies have one major thing in common, the female protagonist isn’t a weak damsel in distress and instead of fleeing the slasher killers, turn around and fight back. I’ve always been bothered by people in horror movies that knock down the killer…then run away. I’ve on more than one occasion started screaming at the TV, “WHY ARE YOU RUNNING AWAY??? BASH HIS STUPID FACE IN UNTIL THE POLICE SHOW UP AND THE KILLER IS A CHUNKY PUDDLE OF BLOOD ON THE FLOOR!!!” (or something like that) If you’ve ever felt that way too, then watch these movies and enjoy some common sense on me!
11. and 12. Cabin in the Woods, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
Finally I’m going to round out the list with horror movies that can be funny, but are also fairly meta in how they spend most the movie tipping their hats to the horror genre while also subverting some of your expectations. I’m looking first at the wildly popular Cabin in the Woods by the creative god that is Joss Whedon and then Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. Both of these movies are completely fantastic and worth every single moment of your time for how entertaining they are. If you’ve ever wanted love letters to the horror genre, this is your first and last stop!
Well there you have it! My list of horror movies you should be watching this year! Is this all the best horror movies or my favorites? Nope! I’m just suggesting these might be some to check out this year. In the comments let me know what horror movies you’re watching and what ones you think are a must have this year!