Well folks, we’re finally in the great month of October and that means Halloween is just around the corner. And what good is Halloween without a solid dose of horror? During this time of the year it’s nearly impossible to avoid horror films, whether you like them or not, so sit back and take it all in because there’s no excuse to avoid the best genre that cinema has to offer.
Continuing from part 1 is another dose of modern horror films that you should check out this month. I have pulled together a list of some of the best recent horror films out there because despite how good a classic is, some people just don’t like them. If you’re not a fan of dated special effects and questionable acting, then this list outta be right up your terrifying alley!
Horror movies are the best date movies. There’s no wondering , ‘When do I put my arm around her?’
– Eli Roth
28 Days Later
Here’s another film I felt was mandatory to throw on the list. Danny Boyle completely reinvented the genre with this one as he created what I like to call the “holy shit zombie” because they are much meaner and scarier than anything we had seen before. The reason the film is such a solid horror flick is because it takes a tired genre and not only breathes new life into it, but actually makes it scary again. The film’s set-up is basic enough as you see a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary after a deadly virus spreads throughout the UK. Sometimes a simple story is all you need when you bring the shock and terror that horror fans are looking for.
Among the absolute best in the genre, Boyle’s 28 Days Later is a must-see for any fan of horror and the perfect movie for October.
It’s hard to come by anyone who isn’t a fan of Neil Marshall’s viciously claustrophobic flick as it’s one of the most intense and edge-of-your-seat horror films that the genre has seen in recent years. Set in a place that’s scary enough by itself, the film follows a group of explorers who embark on a cave expedition that takes a turn for the worse when they get pursued by a strange breed of predators.
There isn’t a whole lot to say about this one that hasn’t been said already. If you like your horror films to be of the claustrophobic variety with a heavy dose of the red stuff and some jaw dropping practical effects, then you’ll surely find a lot to love about The Descent.
James Gunn’s hilarious B-movie homage released back in 2006, yet I still come across people who haven’t seen it. It’s insane to think that Slither has been ignored by so many people over the years. Anytime you hear someone talk about this film you will more often than not see the word “underrated” being tossed around. Almost no one saw it when it hit theaters but thankfully in the years since it has managed to find a loyal fan base amongst horror fans. As a horror film, you really can’t ask for much more than Gunn’s B-movie gore fest. This one is simple, a small town gets taken over by a nasty alien plague, turning the people who live there into zombies and all forms of mutant monsters.
If there’s only one movie you watch off of these lists I would put Slither right at the very top. It has something for everyone, and whether you consider yourself a horror fan or not I guarantee you will walk away from this one with a smile.
I Saw the Devil
Ji-woon Kim’s revenge tale is about as gritty and brutal as it gets and is sure to please horror fans who like an adrenaline fueled bloodbath. I’m always fascinated by watching a character change drastically throughout the film and with I Saw the Devil, you see the protagonist become the monster he pursues. It’s truly fascinating and a brilliantly acted tale of cat and mouse. It follows a secret agent who seeks revenge on the man who killed his pregnant fiancée.
This is an insanely intense flick with jaw-dropping violence and just what the month of October needs if you’re looking for the red stuff.
If you like your horror films covered in blood then you might want to consider Xavier Gens’ totally off the rails and over-the-top gore fest. Is it the best film on this list? Probably not, but it will easily please gore hounds looking for an entertaining horror flick. In this one we see a gang of young thieves who flee Paris during the violent aftermath of a political election, only to end up at an Inn run by neo-Nazis.
Frontiers may be a rehash of stuff we’ve seen before but it’s nonetheless a solid outing by director Xavier Gens who’s not afraid to inject a little bit of blood and guts into the horror genre.
Drag Me to Hell
Sam Raimi’s long-awaited return to the genre that put him on the map comes at us in the form of a hilarious and deliciously cheesy horror flick that delivers on the scares as well as the laughs. Raimi brings his slapstick style of B-horror to this one making it a genuinely fun and refreshing piece of horror cinema. It circles around a loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home and ends up the recipient of a supernatural curse that wants her soul.
A B-movie at heart, Drag Me to Hell is a fun return to the horror genre for Sam Raimi and while it may not be the Evil Dead film we’re all waiting for him to direct, it’s easily the next best thing.
Alright folks, that will wrap up this week’s Movie Guide. Please take second to answer the survey below and stay tuned for next week’s movie guide! And just in case you missed it, here’s part 1!