'Tis the season for blood and gore and demonic possession. When's the last time you watched a crazed killer pull some stoned teenager's small intestine out just for fun?
You know you need a dose of psychotic supernatural entities wreaking havoc on cute drunk college students. Since it's October, you're in luck. Put down your gigantic Oktoberfest beer steins and check out these flicks. Or better yet, sneak the beer steins into the theater with you. We won't tell.
I don't know many people who aren't freaked out by demonic possession and supernatural forces. Think about it... 'The Exorcist,' 'Rosemary's Baby,' even season four of 'True Blood' had enough witchcraft and satanic possession to make you keep the closet light on. Or maybe that's just me.
Director Scott Derrickson made his mark with 'The Exorcism of Emily Rose,' and Emily Rose was one scary chick when the devil was inside her and she was flying around the barn talking that Latin infused gibberish that Satan seems to love.
With 'Sinister,' the director moves into the found footage realm and tells the story of a true crime writer (Ethan Hawke) who finds a mysterious box of disturbing home movies that pull his family into a horrific supernatural hell. It’ll make your skin crawl.
Opens October 12.
Silent Hill: Revelations 3D
Based on the video game franchise, a new 'Silent Hill' hits theaters just in time for Halloween. Directed by Michael J. Bassett, the sequel to the 2006 flick is about a woman who starts having horrible nightmares on her 18th birthday. Her father disappeared years ago, and she starts to realize she's not who she thinks she is.
Her revelation pulls her into a demonic world that she might not ever escape from. Think of this one as the popcorn Halloween pick -- personally, I thought the previous 'Silent Hill' was pretty silly, but if you want some cool visuals and a few scares here and there, add it to the list, just for fun. This might be a good one to bring the beer stein to.
Opens October 26
Paranormal Activity 4
Some cynics might think we're headed for 'Paranormal' overload, but come on, when it comes to Halloween movies these are always fun to watch – and call me a wimpy but they freak me out, which is the point, right?
Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Shulman, this one follows the same found footage format as the last three, and the directors, Joost and Shulman, did 'Paranormal 3,' as well as that creepy documentary 'Catfish,' about a Facebook “friendship” gone wrong. That one wasn’t even technically a horror movie and it gave people the heebie jeebies. Promising.
Opens October 19.
More found footage, but this time it’s six short films, all helmed by different indie directors -- kind of like watching a block of horror shorts at a film festival, which is where V/H/S made its mark. It screened at Sundance and SXSW before hitting theaters this month.
The six films -- directed by David Bruckner, Joe Swanberg, Glenn McQuaid, Adam Wingard, Ti West, and 'Radio Silence' -- are held together by the story of a bunch of nasty dudes who break into an old man's house to steal some secret VHS tapes to sell on the black market.
The old dude is dead (or is he?!) and the tapes are a hell of a lot more hardcore and disturbing than the nudie flicks they're used to selling. Each of the films is one of the tapes the guys watch.
Some are more affective than others ('The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger' is the one that doesn't really measure up; it feels like a 1950s science fiction TV episode -- in a bad way), but the rest are surprisingly creepy, and if you like blood and guts, V/H/S is for you. Lots of small intestines flying at the camera.
This one's based on director Tim Burton's original short film from 1984, and he's finally brought the full-length version to the big screen, in 3D. It's a macabre, kooky, black-and-white, stop-motion animated movie about a boy who wants to resurrect his beloved dog, so he turns into a mad scientist to make the black magic happen. Maybe you won't find Michael Myers wielding a hatchet, but not everyone likes the hard stuff.
If these aren't enough and you're a true Halloween movie junkie, you can check out the re-release of the original 'Halloween,' which opens October 25, and watch the trailer to the freaky looking Nicole Kidman movie 'Stoker', which opens February. 'Stoker' is directed by Oldboy's Chan-wook Park and it has that creepy teenage girl with a mean mommy thing that made Carrie such a classic.
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