Now that Halloween is upon us again (literally, like, it’s tomorrow, whoops), it’s time for my annual horror movie compilation post. For the last two years, I’ve put together some pretty great lists of some pretty classic, pretty awesome and pretty classically awesome scary movies, most of them known by the general public. You can revisit them here and here.
This year, I’ve put together what I consider a pretty sweet list of movies generally unheard of by the kind of people who a) aren’t huge horror movie buffs and/or b) who only watch movies that are produced on a large scale and featured in the theaters (with a few popular ones thrown in for good measure). Don’t get me wrong, it’s totally awesome to go to the theaters and see the cliche horror movies they’re coming out with these days (another exorcism movie, how original), but anyone looking for a good scare (or two) this Halloween should check out some (if not all) of the following:
Insidious Chapter 2. Okay, this one is obviously well-known to anyone with a TV, but I loved the first one (so much it made my list two years ago) and the second one is no different. Actually, I liked the second one better which, for anyone who knows how obsessed I was with the first, obviously means it’s worth watching. Obviously. It should be out on DVD in about a hundred years (okay, really, like a month, but same difference). Chapter 2 seemed to have more terror to it, more scenes to make you jump out of your seat, and I especially liked the development of the Old Woman. Just go watch it, you’ll see what I mean.
The Barrens. You may or may not have heard of this one (I hadn’t) but you’ll find a familiar face in this flick. True Blood’s Stephen Moyer plays Richard Vineyard, a troubled man just trying to bring his family back together with an innocent camping trip. But an urban legend from his past comes back to haunt him and his family, and what seems like a nice vacation quickly turns grim. Not the scariest movie of the year, and the special effects aren’t quite Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights standards, but it will definitely make you think twice before wandering off into the woods.
V/H/S. Loved this movie. It’s actually a horror anthology, a series of short films strung together with an overall story line to tie them all together. I’m particularly fond of Adam Wingard’s segment (mostly because I’m slightly obsessed with him), but all of the segments bring something unique and terrifyingly awesome to the table. Apparently the movie was so successful they produced a second. V/H/S/2 is actually pretty great as well (and available at Redbox right now) and doesn’t require having seen the first one, but I personally enjoyed the original more than the sequel. But you should watch them both anyway. In a row. In the dark. By yourself. Right now. And… go.
ABCs of Death. Speaking of horror anthologies (and Adam Wingard), ABCs of Death is a pretty badass movie (that most normal people who don’t sit up at night watching horror movies in the dark have never heard of). It is exactly what it sounds like, a horror anthology chronicling 26 ways to die in alphabetical order. You’d be surprised how some of the letters of the alphabet could off a guy.
Would You Rather. Less of a scary movie and more of a disturbing one, it viewed like a mild version of Hostel as far as content and plot, but it’s by no means as gory or sexually explicit (although I still wouldn’t recommend letting your kids watch it). I thought it was a fairly creative idea for a movie, and it had a pretty good twist at the end. Although I saw it coming, but nothing gets by me, so that’s not surprising, but it was still a decent ending to a decent flick.
The Human Centipede (First Sequence). This movie is several years old, 2009 I think, so more and more people have heard of it by now, but it’s still a good one to make this list. I actually watched the second sequence first but was unimpressed. I finally sought out the original, first sequence, about 8 months ago and, while completely disturbing, I found it sickly satisfying. I think you will too. Don’t deny it, you love watching this sick crap almost as much as I do.
So there you have it folks. This year’s awesomely unheard-of horror movie mania list. Be terrified, be disgusted, have nightmares for weeks. These are all signs of a positive horror movie experience, and I think everyone should know what it feels like at least once in their life (or every day, if you’re me). Happy haunting!