Horror Movies to Watch this Halloween 2.0 ✌


Written by Thelonia

It's Halloween month, which mean it's now, once again, socially acceptable to watch as many horror movies as your mind can take. We're continuing from last year's Halloween horror movie compilation list to give you recommendations on what to watch to get spoopy this October season (or, if you're like me, all year round).

Crimson Peak (2015)

It is unsurprising to anybody who knows me that I have only the deepest of love for literally anything Guillermo del Toro works on. His 2015 film, Crimson Peak, is one of the heights of his aestheticism, despite his not contributing to the cinematography. It's the most decadent Gothic romance, with an old desolate house (never mind that's it's in ruins even though it's contemporary to the time period), an incestuous pair of siblings, more color and animal symbolism than you really need, and Charlie Hunnam doing a very bad job at hiding his British accent. 

All in all, a delightful and highly aesthetic romp through the kind of trashy Gothic stories that are so much fun to read as a teenager, but now a major motion picture! 

Special credit goes to PJ Harvey for her cover of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' "Red Right Hand," which was used in the trailer for this film and also makes an excellent backing track for an angst session.

The Invitation (2015)

Have you ever been invited to a friend's dinner party only to realize the only reason you're there is so they can try to convince you how much better their life is now that they only follow the words of Gwyneth Paltrow and how you should also buy all Goop products? Well, imagine that the feeling you get mid-conversation where you realize you'd stab yourself in the leg to get out of this conversation  was made into a movie that ends in a shootout, and it's not veganism or a new time share they're trying to get you into, it's a suicide cult, and if you're not taking yourself out they'll help you move on.

This one is a slow burn, but it's a great look at what almost every interaction is like if you have social anxiety to the point that by the time people are stabbing each other with kitchen knives, you'll feel the most relief you've felt in the past hour and a half.

Under the Shadow (2016)

Set in 1980's Tehran during the Iraq-Iran war, Under the Shadow is often described as the "Iranian Babadook." Substitute depression with wartime anxiety and repression and the comparison is apt; the main character in Under the Shadow is a mother dealing with her daughter alone after her husband has been assigned to a dangerous spot close to the fighting. As the daughter becomes more and more convinced that a Djinn is after her, the mother must come to terms with the dangers threatening them both - both from the bombs dropping on top of them (quite literally) and from within their very family. 

Get Out (2017)

It's always impressive when you watch something for the first time and know it's about to become a classic landmark film, and this year's Get Out has just that quality to it. A masterful look at racism with fantastical elements, Get Out uses extreme elements lifted from horror films to reflect on the realities on the modern world. Although this was one to see in the theatres, it's still a masterpiece that must be seen to truly appreciate.

Also Charlie Hunnam could definitely take hints from Daniel Kaluuya on how to fake a convincing American accent. 

Diabolique (1955)

In early 50's France, Christina and Nicole, two schoolteachers, plan the murder of Christina's husband. But things begin to go horribly wrong when the murdered husband begins to follow them...and begins to haunt the school and the two women who killed him.

Full of thinly veiled eroticism, genuine scares, and as many heart-pounding sequences as any good Hitchcock film, this vintage French thriller is one fun watch for any time of the year.

If you're looking for more horror movie recommendations, give our podcast No Improvement a listen for our October episodes on Goosebumps, The VVitch, Train to Busan, and The Exorcist.

What are your favorite movies to watch for Halloween?


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