As you might have guessed, Halloween is my favorite holiday! I love nothing more than costumes, candy and horror films on a crisp and spooky autumn night. While it’s fairly easy to convince Kristin to commune with the dead with me in an actual haunted house, it’s practically impossible to convince her to watch horror films with me. In honor of Halloween today, I’m going to make a few horror recommendations that I’ve loved from this year.
If you’re looking for a series:
The Haunting of Hill House is probably my favorite addition to the haunted house genre. The camera work is extremely beautiful and the mood is solid and tense throughout. The ghosts are scary but it’s really the human relationships and performances that make this a must see. Read more about my feelings on this series here. You can watch it on Netflix.
If you’re looking for found footage:
Hell House LLC makes excellent use of both the found footage genre and their specific premise. They manage their low budget extremely well by building realistic, well-rounded characters, letting the dread build and having some really nice effects despite the budget. I highly recommend this if you are looking to have trouble sleeping. You can watch it on Shudder or Amazon Prime.
If you’re looking for something as adorable as it is spooky:
Over the Garden Wall is an absolutely adorable mini series that can be watched in one, film length setting. The music is really good and the animation frequently gets rather spooky. I highly recommend for the whole family. You can watch it on Hulu.
If you’re looking for a slasher:
Robert Englund’s 1989 adaptation, The Phantom of the Opera is definitely not a classic but it is surprisingly fun! There’s some fun kills and lots of fun easter eggs/ playing with the source material if you are a Phantom fan already. There’s also a very young Molly Shannon in this briefly, so keep an eye out for her. You can watch it on Amazon Prime.
If you’re looking for something funny:
Tucker and Dale VS Evil is such a fun horror comedy that I don’t think gets enough love. Tucker and Dale are lovable hillbillies caught up in a deadly misunderstanding. You can watch this on Netflix.
Regardless of how you choose to spend your Halloween, we hope it’s the best ever. As for us, it’s always Halloween! We will be investigating a theatre this week and we can’t wait to share the results with you. Stay Tuned!