Summer is winding down, and that means October is right around the corner… which means it’s time for another end-of-summer horror film recommendation list! The following are a nice group of scary films of all different horror genres that go great with a cool summer’s night. Grab your loved ones, and watch one or all of them. Enjoy!
Clown (Amazon Rental)
After watching Eli Roth’s previous effort Knock Knock, I was all but ready to disown anything with his name on it. Glad I caved in when I saw that he was involved in a clown movie. Solid acting, realistic responses to the story, excellent creature designs, and Peter fucking Stormare putting it down as the Van Helsing of Chuck E Cheese — this one is worth seeing if you ever wondered what The Fly would look like if you replaced the Goldblum with Pennywise… and quite possibly the craziest suicide attempt in the history of self-termination.
Cell (iTunes Rental)
This is based on the book written by Stephen King that I own but have yet to read, and stars John Cusack and Samuel Jackson, who previously teamed up for another King book adaptation, 1408. While nowhere near as good or scary as that film, this one is worth a watch for a new take on the inevitable zombie apocalypse. Like all King novels and film adaptations, this one kind of stumbles during its third act, but it doesn’t take away from what came before.
Before I Wake (In Theaters September 9)
Slated to come out in April, but for some reason canceled and left on a shelf to die, this film is finally getting its due in theaters on September 9th. It stars Thomas Jane and Kate Bosworth, and is directed by recent horror master Mike Flanagan (yes, I am dubbing him a master, since his films Oculus and Hush are brilliant, and he is adapting Stephen King’s book Gerald’s Game into a feature length film). Grieving the loss of their son, a couple adopts a new child, and all seems good… until they realize something is not right with their new kid. His nightmares are their reality!
The Other Side of the Door (RedBox)
Somehow this one slipped under my radar during its theatrical release, but thank God for RedBox. This stars Sarah Wayne Callies and Jeremy Sisto… and that’s about it, which is great since horror films with unknowns are always more enjoyable. It has probably the best premise on this list: when a loved one dies, you can speak to them one last time by entering a haunted forest and locking yourself in an abandoned temple, but not before spreading your deceased loved ones ashes on its steps, lighting a candle, and waiting for them to return. But whatever you do, don’t open the door! Who knew Indian-based horror could be so legit? (Dot, not feather.)
The Purge: Election Year (In Theaters Now)
While the first film was straight horror and the second was more action focused, this one is more or less The Purge Anarchy 2.0, with some added humor that was lacking in the franchise until now. Series regular and savior Frank Grillo is back, along with newcomer Mykelti Williamson, who is still my favorite actor from the legit-but-forgotten police procedural Boomtown. More cool masks, one-dimensional characters, and a good time are to be had for those who decide to vote this year.
The Darkness (Amazon Rental)
This one barely made the list since it’s not really scary and not really exciting, but it stars horror vet Kevin Bacon, and is directed by Greg McLean, who gave us Wolf Creek, Wolf Creek 2, and — you guessed it — the Wolf Creek TV show. But it did at least try to do something new by including a link between children with autism Native Americans and the paranormal (yes, really). Plus, its ending takes a great left turn.
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