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13 Horror movies to get you ready for Halloween

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As September starts reaching its final days, October (literally) drawing closer by the minute, some of us have already started getting into the Halloween mood. Halloween, just in case you were wondering, is a celebration held during the last days of October (30-31.) The dates can change according to the country’s culture (for example, in Latin America and Spain, the festivities last from October 30th to November 2nd. In England, Guy Fawkes Day is on the 5th of November, and tradition consists of lighting a bonfire,) as do the customs, but in most parts, that element of spookiness is always present. During Halloween, it’s become part of the celebration to watch scary films (in some cases, the scarier, the better.) Here are just a handful of movie recommendations, in case you were looking for something to watch.

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*Keep in mind that these are merely suggestions, which means that your list may perhaps not narrow down to just  this, and that like other art forms, film is subjective. Also, the movies listed here deal with mature topics and may not be suitable for everyone.

THE CLASSIC ONES → “Halloween” (dir. John Carpenter, 1978), “Friday the 13th” (dir. Sean S Cunningham, 2009), “It” (dir. Tommy Lee Wallace, 1990), “Nightmare on Elm Street” (dir. Wes Craven, 1984), “The Exorcist” (dir. William Friedkin, 1973)

I’m pretty sure I don’t need to go into deep detail about these. These are movies your older siblings or parents may have already told you about. For their time, most of them, like the iconic “The Exorcist”, were groundbreaking (admittedly, some of them have very cheesy effects, but they’re still worth your time.) If you’re searching for something mild, not too terrifying but still a bit eery, you can give either of this a shot.  

THE COMEDY → “Shaun of the Dead” (dir. Edgar Wright, 2004) This is pretty much a cult movie at this point, but in case you have yet to watch the second of the Cornetto Trilogy film, go ahead and watch “Shaun of the Dead.” It’s a comedy film set during a zombie apocalypse in England, directed by “Baby Driver” director Edgar Wright and featuring iconic duo Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. The humour makes the entire situation light, so even if you’re a bit squeamish you might laugh watching it. The movie’s got an 8.0/10 rating in IMDB.

THE GORY ONE → “Evil Dead” (dir. Fede Álvarez, 2013) Again, a remake of a classic film, “Evil Dead” shows the result of meddling with supernatural objects.  The characters are young adults who travel to a cabin in the middle of nowhere in order to cure one of them’s drug addiction. Needless to say, things don’t go as planned. This, I like to say, has a hint of “The Exorcist” to it, including the makeup and possession-related story. It’s because of this that it might make some viewers uncomfortable, so proceed with caution. However, if you enjoy and can stand a good scare that consists of bloody wounds, jumpscares and terrifying frames that might stay in your mind at night, you’re in for a treat.  

THE HALLOWEEN TREAT → “Trick R’ Treat” (dir. Michael Dougherty, 2007) “Trick R’ Treat” is made up of episodes, each of which tell a different story. All of the stories take place on Halloween night, and they all happen to intertwine. It might take it too far at some points, but it’s a perfect movie to watch with friends if you’re up for a light scare and want something that directly ties to Halloween.

THE NOT-SO-SCARY ONE/THE THRILLER ONE → “Zodiac” (dir. David Fincher, 2007) David Fincher’s name is synonymous to good, blood-churning thrillers. Responsible for films like “Gone Girl” and the remake of “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”, Fincher delivers a aesthetic beauty under the name of “Zodiac”. What’s remarkable is that it’s based on true events – a series of murders that took place in the US in the 60’s and 70’s. Creepy.

THE OVERLOOKED ONE “Would You Rather” (dir. David Guy Levy, 2012) Based on the infamous game with the same name, “Would You Rather” follows the same premise as the Saw movies, falling under the gore tag. The story circles around Iris who, along with other people, must go through painful challenges in order to get an appealing monetary reward. The movie features stars Brittany Snow and Robin Lord Taylor and has a (comical) rating of 5.8/10 in IMDB. Don’t let this fool you, though – if you want something that will make you squeal, this maybe just it.

THE POPULAR ONE →”It” (dir. Andrés Muschietti, 2017) “It” follows a group of youngsters who must face a shapeshifting child-killing monster chasing after them in the form of a clown. The movie comes out on the 28th of september in Switzerland, but it’s already received praise. Critics have applauded the actors’ performance and the execution of the movie, and a sequel’s already been confirmed. Because of this and many other reasons, you can expect this to be the movie everyone will be talking about. Just a warning: you might never see red balloons the same way after watching it. We warned you.

THE ZOMBIE HIT → “Train To Busan” (dir. Sang-ho Yeon, 2016) Take this from a person who doesn’t watch non-American movies that much – this movie is definitely worth it. This movie is worth your time for a number of reasons: 1) he desperate struggle from a father to get his daughter to safety during a zombie infection outbreak actually pushes you to root for the characters. 2) most of the zombie movies seem to have the same setting, so to see a change in this and be transported to Korea, makes it all more refreshing. 3) The problem develops within a train, which, if you think about it, is a sucky place to be caught. However, this is an important element, and you’ll be kept at the edge of your sit during a good chunk of it.

PERSONAL FAVORITE → “KM 31: Kilómetro 31” (dir. Rigoberto Castañeda, 2016) “Kilómetro 31” is, I’d say, a good piece that is often overlooked. I won’t go into much detail so as not to spoil it, but it’s a greeting surprise if you’ve already gone through everything listed and still want more.

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So, what are your favorite horror movies? Any special mentions you’d add to the list? Let us know!

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