Halloween 2016 Horror Film Recommendations

It’s October, and that means a ton of horror movie viewings should already be commencing nightly, if you’re doing it right. And that’s why I’m here to give you some recommendations.

Who would’ve thought this list would include the likes of James Caan and Bill “Here’s Your Sign” Engvall, plus the underrated Richard Brake doing his best Joker impersonation in a Rob Zombie flick. Yup! So here are my picks for 2016, summaries taken directly from IMDB, but a quick tagline by yours truly to save time in deciding if it’s for you, enjoy.

The Neighbor

“The collector meets Mr. Rogers. Well not really. Here’s your sign.”

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Set in Cutter Mississippi, the film follows a man who discovers the dark truth about his neighbor and the secrets he may be keeping in the cellar.

The Mind’s Eye

“Campy throwback to the golden age of horror, the 80s.”

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Zack Connors and Rachel Meadows were born with incredible psychokinetic capabilities. When word of their supernatural talents gets out, they find themselves the prisoners of Michael Slovak, a deranged doctor intent on harvesting their powers. After a daring escape, they are free from his sinister institution, but the corrupt doctor will stop at nothing to track them down so that he may continue to siphon their gifts for his own use.

Train to Busan

“Resident Evil 0 on film.”

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While a zombie-virus breaks out in South Korea, a couple of passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan.


“It’s ladies night, and viral is alright.”

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Following the outbreak of a virus that wipes out the majority of the human population, a young woman documents her family’s new life in quarantine and tries to protect her infected sister.


“Adults-only humor, in the vein of vintage Kevin Smith.”

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In a desolate community full of drug-addled Marines and rumors of kidnapping, a wild-eyed stoner named Lou wakes up after a wild night of partying with symptoms of a strange illness and recurring visions as she struggles to get a grip on reality while stories of conspiracy spread.

Friend Request

“Follow back, youngin’.”

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When a college student unfriends a mysterious girl online, she finds herself fighting a demonic presence that wants to make her lonely by killing her closest friends.


“The most un-zombie Zombie film to date.”

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Five carnival workers are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, Hell-like compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game, the goal of which is to survive twelve hours against a gang of sadistic clowns.

The Good Neighbor

“A solid twist on an old formula.”

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A pair of mischievous high school kids (Logan Miller, Keir Gilchrist) create the illusion of a haunting on an unsuspecting neighbor (James Caan). While keeping his every reaction under surveillance, they see much more than they bargained for, and discover that the man they’re tormenting is not the easy target they’d expected.

The Abbatoir

“As close as we’ll ever get to The Evil Within: The Movie.”

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An investigative reporter works to solve the mystery of a haunted house constructed from rooms of the deceased.

Swiss Army Man

“The most imaginative film I’ve ever seen, while also being totally f***ed up.”

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Being stranded on a deserted island leaves young Hank (Paul Dano) bored, lonely and without hope. As a rope hangs around his neck, Hank prepares to end it all, until he suddenly spots a man (Daniel Radcliffe) laying by the shore. Unfortunately, he is dead and quite flatulent. Using the gassy body to his advantage, Hank miraculously makes it back to the mainland. However, he now finds himself lost in the wilderness, and dragging the talking corpse named Manny along for the adventure.

Carnage Park

“Texas Chainsaw with a rifle.”

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After botching an ill-conceived bank robbery in a desolate California town, two wannabe crooks flee the scene with a hostage and lead the local lawmen on a dangerous high-speed chase.

The Neon Demon

“A return to form for Refn.”

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Jesse (Elle Fanning) moves to Los Angeles just after her 16th birthday to launch a career as a model. The head of her agency tells the innocent teen that she has the qualities to become a top star. Jesse soon faces the wrath of ruthless vixens who despise her fresh-faced beauty. On top of that, she must contend with a seedy motel manager and a creepy photographer. As Jesse starts to take the fashion world by storm, her personality changes in ways that could help her against her cutthroat rivals.

Tell Me How I Die

“This would have killed back in the 90s.”

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When a group of college students take part in a clinical drug trial, an unexpected side effect of the experimental medicine gives them terrifying visions of their own deaths…which begin to come true. As they scramble to escape their fate, they discover that the killer is among them and shares their ability to see the future – only he seems to be one step ahead of their efforts to survive.

The Shallows

“The studio pick.”

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Still reeling from the loss of her mother, medical student Nancy Adams (Blake Lively) travels to a secluded beach for some much-needed solace. Despite the danger of surfing alone, Nancy decides to soak up the sun and hit the waves. Suddenly, a great white shark attacks, forcing her to swim to a giant rock for safety. Left injured and stranded 200 yards from shore, the frightened young woman must fight for her life as the deadly predator circles her in its feeding ground.

Thanks for checking out this year’s list! That’s it for now, so let me know in the comments if you have any picks for me and the readers. And check back in, because October at Laser Time belongs to Moan4Stallone, yo!

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14 thoughts on “Halloween 2016 Horror Film Recommendations

        1. I have and its legit, but also a little disturbing in that some scenes will stay with you for ever. lol I have a digital UV code for it , Il shoot it your way brotha.

          1. Hey man I watched altered states when drunk and that was fucked up, I can handle something thats a bit disturbing with my good friend alcyhol

        2. The Witch was easily in my top 5 horror movies made in the last 10 years. I was scared it may not hold up as well on a second viewing but those fears proved baseless as I ended up enjoying it even more than the first time I saw it in theaters (seriously, subtitles are a god send for that movie).
          I love The Witch for so many reasons but most of all, because it was a movie that, on paper, should never have been made.
          A slow burning movie with sets built from scratch, hand made clothing and dialogue that is, at some points, almost impenetrable because they stuck to documented linguistics of that era?
          In a world of Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity, we should never have gotten this movie because no sane executive would have backed it.

          1. I agree, the Witch will be mentioned in the coming years like Psycho, Jaws and the Shining! Its that level of immersion that only the truly great horror films all have in common, plus goats named after people are always going to be scary lol #BlackPhillip

  1. Woo! Always love when you do these. If I can make one suggestion, check out The Invitation if you haven’t already. Fucking AMAZING movie. I stumbled across it months ago while browsing the dumping ground that is Netflix horror. Decided to give it a shot and was blown away. Beautifully made movie that had me glued to the couch. If I can make a suggestion, don’t look it up on the internet. Don’t even look at images as the covers are semi-spoilerish. Just go into it blind. It also stands at a lofty 88% on Rotten Tomatoes so you can feel a little more confident in giving it your time.

    I started watching Neon Demon last night. I’m halfway through and am loving it. Absolutely gorgeously made. Also, Keanu is fairly unrecognizable in it. It seems like it’s the one time he drops his California beach bum accent. Looking forward to watching the other half tonight.

    There’s a couple more on here that I haven’t seen and will have to check out when I get the chance. Keep up the articles man! I will take as many horror articles as I can get for October (AKA best month of the year).

    1. First of all fuck yeah my dude and thank you for the kind words and glad you enjoy these as much as I do! Neon deamon makes up for Keanus horrible performance in Knock Knock lol. I have heard so many people recommending the Inventation, I am going to watch it tonight, thanks!

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