Staff Picks: Frightening Flicks For Your Halloween Hang-Ups

So as you all know, Halloween is undoubtedly the best time of year since Halloween has now taken over the entire month of October (which I’m cool with). Somewhere between all of the costume parties and themed cocktails, you may find yourself craving some down time to recover from those Halloween Hangovers, so we’ve got just the thing for you. We compiled a list of our favorite horror flicks to get you into the Halloween spirit, whether it be from the comfort of your bed or in a backyard with a projector – that’s up to you. But nonetheless, grab your candy corn and Bag of Bones Cheetos and get ready for some fun.


1. Virgin Witch (1972)

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This movie may just be the definition of a 70’s B-rate horror film, but that’s what makes it so great. The story starts with a pair of sisters who travel to London to fulfill their dream of becoming models. While there, the girls are introduced to a lecherous lesbian talent agent who then invites them to spend a few days at a luxurious castle doing photo shoots. The girls happily take the agent up on her offer and go to the castle. However, upon their arrival, they discover that their time at the castle has a darker purpose which involves an underground witch cult, virgin sacrifices, and lots of nudity. If you like twisted endings and/or boobs, this movie is for you.


2. Frailty (2001)


Why you should watch this reason #1: Matthew McConaughey. Okay, but really, he’s a fantastic actor in this twisted movie. The story takes place in Texas as the FBI is investigating a serial killer who goes by the name “God’s Hands” – as he believes his murders are justified because God ‘told’ him to kill these ‘demons’. Yeah. McConaughey’s character, Fenton Meeks, begins by telling the story of how he knows who the killer is to the FBI, which serves as the narrative for the movie. He starts by discussing his childhood, in which he and his brother were raised by a single dad. Their dad, a devout Christian, begins having these dreams in which God tells him to murder certain people because the are sinners/demons. So basically, Dad of the Year sets up a torture chamber in his basement where he brings all of the local wrong-doers. He then buries them in this creepy rose garden and calls it a day. Then things get all sorts of crazy when he attempts to get his kids in on the fun…raising them to believe that its A-Okay to kill people if those people were shitty or sluts or whatever. From there the story gets hella twisted, tons of people die, and so on. It’s worth a watch if you’re into psychopaths, serial killers, and twisted shit.


3. Trick ‘r’ Treat (2007)


To best describe the way this story is told, I’d say it is kind of like Creepshow if all of the stories were happening in one town all at the same time: it’s nuts. There’s a serial killer, aliens, ghosts, and all sorts of weird shit – it’s like the ultimate scary movie that has figured out all of your fears. Though I wouldn’t say this movie is so scary you’ll shit your pants, I would suggest having something or someone to hold on to.


4. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) 


If you’re looking for something more tame in the jumps and shocks arena but that delivers a creative and original vampiric storyline, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is the one for you. Set in a Western noir small Iranian town, the film is highly stylized with an absolutely killer new wave and ambient soundtrack throughout. The tone is bleak and dark, yet has elements of dark comedy thrown in and deals with gender politics in a very smart and authentic way. Sheila Vand’s character does a stunning job in her role as unnamed Vampire Girl, plus what’s more kick-ass than a woman-vampire on skateboard?


5. Christine (1983)



Based on the Stephen King novel, Christine (directed by the infamous John Carpenter) is about high-school nerd Arnie who (literally) falls in love with a broken down car whom he lovingly names Christine. Christine seems to take on a mind of her own as she creeps further and further into Arnie’s life, ruining his relationship with his parents, his social life, and even his relationship with the most popular girl in school. The car takes on a mind of its own as it brutally murders people that attempt to harm Christine or win the affections of Arnie in some shape or form. Some may find this one campy, yet regardless it’s a classic that may make you never look at classic 50’s cars the same way again.


6. Dead Alive / Braindead (1992) 


Not for the faint of heart, Dead Alive is said to be (at the time) the goriest and bloodiest movie of all time. Protagonist Lionel meets the girl of his dreams and takes her out on a date to the zoo; however, his overly protective mother tries to disrupt their romantic encounter but gets bit by a disturbing looking rat creature in the process. His mother starts developing zombie-like tendencies and it’s not long before Lionel has to battle hoards of zombies and finally his mother in the process. The final massacre scene has said to have used 300 liters of fake blood along with other over the top special effects for an all out splatter gore-comedy. Pssst, who would have thought something like this would come out of director Peter Jackson’s brain?


Notable Mentions:

Eyes Without A Face (1960)

House on Haunted Hill (1959)

The Shining (1980)

IT (1990)

Ginger Snaps (2000)

The Craft (1996)

Black Sunday (1960)

Pin (1988)

Slither (2006)

Jeepers Creepers (2001)

The Babadook (2014)

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