Are you looking for a particular horror movie to watch for the month of October? For the Halloween season this year we spoke to five great indie filmmakers that have released some fine horror films recently, and asked them to suggest a horror film that they particularly find worthy of viewing for Samhain, be it so bad it’s good, infamous, or a masterpiece. These filmmakers currently working in independent film were kind enough to take time out of their busy schedules and recommend a title for our readers, so without further ado, five great films for the Halloween season as suggested by five Great Filmmakers.
What are some of your favorite Halloween season movies? Let us know in the comments section!
Patrick Rea (Nailbiter, Get Off My Porch) suggests “Halloween III: Season of the Witch.” “One of my favorite films to watch during the Halloween season is the infamous “Halloween III: Season of the Witch”. The film is often maligned for being the one sequel that doesn’t feature Michael Myers as the knife-wielding villain. Personally, I love “Halloween III” because it’s unapologetically bat-shit off the wall crazy. The film has a plot that so strange that describing it to people who have never seen is a thrill unto itself. Tom Atkins stars as a doctor investigating bizarre deaths connected to masks made by an evil Irish toy-maker who plans to kill millions of children on Halloween. Oh, robots and Stonehenge play a part as well! I will most likely watch this film at least ten times before October 31st and feel no shame. Well, maybe a little shame.”
Thomas Edward Seymour (Director of Mark of the Beast, Bikini Bloodbath) suggests “Night of the Creeps” from 1986. “I saw this when I was a teenager and loved it! It features space slugs that would slither into your mouth, lay baby slugs in your brain and then your head would explode when they were ready. Tom Atkins character is amazing! He says cool things like “Thrill me!” when he answers the phone. It’s directed by Fred Dekker who gave us the classic “Monster Squad,” well–and also “Robocop 3” but we’ll forgive him that. This must have been the inspiration for the James Gunn film “Slither” as well. Highly recommended!”Derek Dubois (Director of Fallout, Sinners) suggests Francis Ford Coppola’s adaptation of “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” from 1992. “My personal favorite horror film. This is not objectively a great movie; in fact there are aspects ranging from Keanu Reeves horrendous accent through the narrative’s tendency to lose its focus that are absolute flaws. However, Coppola takes one of the most salient and significant horror novels of all time and goes for broke with operatic spectacle. The mise-en-scene is lavish, the effects (all routed in practical in-camera effects available to Meilies and other pioneer filmmakers at the dawn of cinema – when Dracula is set), the emphasis on mixing sex and death, as well as the goose bump inducing performance of Gary Oldman makes this a film I keep returning back to year after year.”
Aaron Longstreth (Director of Shelter 5) suggests Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws”. “In thinking of a film to select I kept coming back to this because it was the first film I ever watched that changed my entire perception of something I wasn’t very experience with: the ocean. The ocean went from a magical vacation spot to a terrifying place to die out of our natural element. Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” had a similar effect on me in that it forever changed my perception of what other wise seemed harmless. Once you saw those films, the ocean was a battle zone and birds were terrifying. “The Shining” is a very close second. Jack Nicholson’s performance is incredible and the twin girls in the long narrow hallway are iconic images burned in my head.”
Brian Dorton (Director of The Horror Network, Vol. 1, Theatre of the Deranged) suggests “Night of the Demons” from 1988, which was “The scariest movie I had ever seen, I was about twelve when I first saw it. It’s funny now that I realize it’s more of a horror / comedy than just straight up horror because it absolutely traumatized back then. Now that I make films myself, it’s amazing to me that one of the films stars Linnea Quigley is cast in one of my upcoming projects, the remake of the horror movie “Crazy Fat Ethel.”
Thanks for the contributions, guys!