Hey gang, Valkor here. And I'm back with part two of my Halloween Inspired articles; last round we focused on drinks. This time around we're doing films. Now, I've done a Top Ten of films before, but I've done a bunch of reviews since then. So, consider this an updated version. And without further ado, let's take a look at ten films that you might want to consider adding to your Halloween film rotation!
Below you'll get an excerpt from my full review. So if you want to read it in its entirety, simply click on the title.
RYDE - I went into RYDE with the lowest of expectations, thinking it’d be a cheesy slasher flick. But I can honestly say, RYDE is one of the most original and most entertaining horrors I’ve seen in quite some time. I know I gave high props to “Red Christmas”, but that was old school fun; RYDE is something different, refreshing, and unpredictable save for the end.
Red Christmas - Red Christmas might not have started out as well as I would have liked, but this is one film you have to stay with until the end because the pay off is immense! It’s been a good while since I’ve sat down and watched a really good, edge-of-your-seat style horror, and this one delivers in all of its gory goodness! Especially the ending.
Don't Breathe - I went into “Don’t Breathe” with zero expectations and I walked away having watched one of the most intense and suspenseful thrillers I’ve seen this year! One of the major elements of a really good thriller is how well it can handle the suspense levels. And this film has it down on lock with a slow and steady build-up and not wasting too much time on all of the characters’ backstory.
All Hallows' Eve - It’s been awhile since I’ve been seriously creeped the fuck out and All Hallows’ Eve has achieved just that because I was seriously creeped the fuck out! Overall the film is unsettling and very disturbing. The last time I watched a film that made me switch on the lights immediately after watching it was “Lake Mungo” – now that was disturbing. But All Hallows’ Eve is scary in its own right and what truly sells it is Michael Gianelli’s “Art the Clown”, with his big, disgusting, toothy grin and his non-vocal laugh.
Secret Santa - Without a doubt, Secret Santa is THE craziest film I've watched this year – and I loved every minute of it. From start to finish, the film is loaded with plenty of drama, laughs, and gore that blends together for one horrific holiday treat.
Hereditary - Hereditary is one hell of a ride, with the kind of pacing, length, and frights I haven’t seen since “The Exorcist”, which when combined, makes for one jarring piece of entertainment. While the film might not be the scariest I’ve seen, it is worth watching as it left me feeling disturbed and unsettled.
Cut Shoot Kill - "Cut Shoot Kill" is a combination of great writing, great directing, and great acting coming together to form unique yet enjoyable horror experience. While the idea of a “film within a film” is nothing new, what “Cut Shoot Kill” does is serve up a refreshing take on the genre.
Decay (2016) - “Decay” is a tragic, disturbing, yet a beautiful love story that really hits hard as it tackles the subject of one man’s loneliness. I actually felt bad for Jonathan and the situation he’s in, as he tries to form a relationship with a dead body.
All Hallows' Eve 2 - All Hallows’ Eve 2 is the perfect companion and follow up to the first film; it serves up an excellent selection of previously released tales brought together to provide the right amount of scares to complete your Halloween night – or any night for that matter..
The Forces of Horror Anthology Vol. I - In short, each piece embodies what a true horror experience should be, which is not only about jump scares and monsters, but it also includes great storytelling, fine acting, excellent pacing, tense buildup, setting, and even editing, all coming together to create one of the finest horror anthologies that rank amongst the bests there is (Creepshow still ranks as my favorite).