Movies to enjoy on Halloween
The close relationship that exists between Halloween and horror movies has resulted in several of the best films of the genre, and doing marathons of scary movies has become one of the most popular ways to celebrate the All Hallows’ Eve.
That’s why in MFC Playlist we give you a selection of horror movies that will make this Halloween as creepy as well as fun.
Halloween (John Carpenter, 1978)
Halloween is an independent film directed by the successful horror filmmaker John Carpenter. It narrates the return of the murderer Michael Myers to the town of Haddonfield to terrorize Laurie Strode, played by Jamie Lee Curtis in her cinematographic debut.
With a reduced budget of $300,000, Halloween made over $70 million worldwide, which makes it one of the highest grossing horror movies in history. It’s also the film that started the slasher subgenre, inspiring other films such as Friday the 13th (Sean S. Cunningham, 1980) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (Wes Craven, 1984).
Although the acting is not very good, Halloween shines in the rest of its technical aspects. The composition of the shots, the narrative rhythm and its iconic soundtrack made Halloween, and its 11 sequels, a perfect classic to enjoy during Halloween.
Trick ‘r Treat (Michael Dougherty, 2007)
Trick ‘r Treat is an anthology film directed by Michael Dougherty and produced by Bryan Singer. The film narrates 5 intertwined stories that take place at the same time in the fictional town of Warren Valley, Ohio, on Halloween night.
The different stories in Trick ‘r Treat present the typical characters in horror movies, such as murderers, monsters and zombies, that cross their paths throughout the film. In addition, each story has in common the appearance of Sam, a mysterious character who seeks revenge on anyone who violates the traditions of Halloween.
The great construction of the script makes Trick ‘r Treat a spooky and fun experience. Although it had few public screenings and was released directly on DVD, the film has accumulated a lot of fans around the world and has become a definitive Halloween classic.
V/H/S is an anthology horror film that brought together producer Brad Miska, directors Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg and the Radio Silence collective to give us one of the scariest experiences in cinema.
The film brings together 5 short films made with the found footage technique within a common narrative line, in which a group of criminals are hired to retrieve a videotape from an abandoned house. To find it, the characters will have to watch different tapes and the horrible stories they contain.
The technique used in the filming of the movie brings a realism to the stories that already have characteristics of B movies. The shorts included in V/H/S, and its excellent sequel V/H/S/2 (2013), vary in subgenres and narrative techniques, resulting in a varied collection of stories perfect to fill this Halloween with fear.
Haunt (Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, 2019)
Haunt is a horror movie written and directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods. It stars Katie Stevens and tells the story of a group of friends trying to escape from a haunted house during Halloween night.
The film tells a simple yet effective story, as it serves as a narrative basis for a display of the most common characteristics of the slasher subgenre. An easy but great option to enjoy during Halloween.
The Haunting of Hill House (Mike Flanagan, 2018)
From successful horror director Mike Flanagan, who had previously worked on great films such as Absentia (2011), Oculus (2013) and Hush (2016), The Haunting of Hill House is the first season in the anthology series called The Haunting.
It tells the story of the Crains, a family horribly marked by the paranormal events that they lived in their childhood home, to which they will have to return in order to resolve pending business. Each episode is told from the perspective of a different character, so the general plot is slowly unveiled through the fears and traumas of each one.
The second season of the series will be titled The Haunting of Bly Manor and its premiere is scheduled for 2020. For those who prefer to spend Halloween immersed in longer and denser stories, The Haunting of Hill House is the perfect choice.