Part of the House of Tortured Souls
Staff Pick October 2016
By Tabitha Harvey
Forget Christmas, October is the most wonderful time of the year in my opinion. May I just say this was no easy task. I could talk for days about the horror films, especially those that I absolutely must watch during my favorite holiday season.. I love gore as much as any horror fiend, and I am also a huge fan of psychological horror and horror comedies, therefore, The films I choose for my five picks to watch in October list, are a mixed bag, and are in no particular order. It was hard enough narrowing it down to five, ranking them would be impossible.
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
Two young couples travel across the dusty back roads of Texas looking for cheap thrills at road side attractions. Along the way they hear the tale of "Dr Satan" a lunatic surgeon, who experimented on patients brains trying to create a "super race" in which case, he was put to death by hanging. The couples decide to search for the tree that he was said to have been hung. In pursuit of this urban legend, the couples meet the seriously twisted Firefly family, and experience some true horror they certainly had not planned on. A full hour and a half of Omg and WTF moments. How can you not love it?
I'm a huge fan of anything Rob Zombie, and this original story for his directorial debut is my favorite for many reasons. Great actors, sick characters and good gory fun.
The Monster Squad (1987)
This is an exciting and fun movie about a group of young monster movie enthusiast, that call themselves The Monster Squad, who find themselves in a battle of monstrous proportions, to save their town from the monsters, believed only to exist in the monster movies they love. I cannot imagine celebrating my favorite holiday without The Monster Squad. This movie has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I love the re-imagined Universal monsters!
The Strangers (2008)
James and Kristen are violently tormented and terrorized by three masked strangers, while at their secluded summer home, for no other reason than the simple fact that they were home. This one that made me fearful to answer my door after dark or to look out my windows into the shadows for fear that I would see one of those creepers looking back at me! I did not expect it to get in my head the way it did. Sure the sack and baby doll masks are totally creepy, but the eeriness of them lurking in the shadows is what is so unnerving. This movie is definitely not lacking psychological horror, and for me some of the best scares are the thoughts going through our minds after the movie is over.
Shaun of The Dead (2004)
Shaun is an ordinary, not exceptional, electronics store manager, who lives in a flat outside of London with his best friend Ed. After a late night of drinking at The Winchester, Shaun and Ed stumble towards their home, along the way encountering some seemingly fellow drunken citizens, but in fact they are the living dead. Shaun decides he must rescue his mother and keep her safe as well as his girlfriend Liz, so he and Ed devise a plan to make their rescues and then ride out the situation at their favorite pub, until it all blows over.
Easily one of my favorite movies of all time! Not your typical zombie flick, as which is what makes it great. Clever and funny. Shaun of the Dead will forever be on my Halloween season must watch list.
30 Days of Night (2007)
Residents of the small isolated town of Barrow, Alaska prep for a month of darkness, unaware that a group of bloodthirsty vampires plan to rip through the secluded town during these thirty days of night. I really like this movie because its different from most vampire movies and the setting and situation and pretty scary in and of itself. Its one thing to survive a night in a town over ran with vicious vampires, it's quite another to survive an entire month, in the seclusion and cold of an Alaska winter. This really is a great screen version of what Steve Niles created in the comic series. The vampires are creepy cool. Even if this movie never makes it on your list I promise that the vampire's animalistic shrieks will not be soon forgotten.