With fall in full swing and Halloween coming up very soon, it’s time for a list of new horror classics to get you into the Halloween mood.
My first pick is from Police Academy and Happily Ever After star-turned-director Bobcat Goldthwait. Willow Creek, his third feature length film, is also his first foray into the horror genre. Yes, it is another Big foot movie, but its a really great one! It doesn’t get going til the 45 minute mark, but in the meantime we get character development and successfully created characters that we should care about–something sorely lacking in horror films today.
This next pick is a personal favorite of mine from the director of the awesome film The Descent. I’m talking about director Rob Marshal’s 2003 werewolf movie Dog Soldiers. If you are a fan of British films, then you will love this movie. If you’re a fan of werewolves in the vein of The Howling–not Underworld–then you will love this film. Lastly, if you are a fan of being locked in a building due to a looming threat outside, a la Night of the Living Dead, then this movie is for you.
Next we have the recently released werewolf movie Wer. What if Law and Order did an episode on a werewolf killing? Watch this film to get the answer. The movie’s final moments probably should have been retooled to make this film an instant cult classic, but even with its flawed finale it is still the freshest take on lycanthropy since The Howling.
My final pick is going to the Josh Stewart’s found footage film The Hunted. I know found footage films are a dime a dozen, but trust me, this movie gets it, and is the best found footage film since the Blair Witch Project. If can only see one of these recommendations, please see this film.
Honorable mentions: 13 sins, Bubba Ho-tep, The Quiet Ones
Happy Halloween Laser Time-ites! Can’t mention Halloween without at least one Evil Dead shout-out.
Article by contributor David Batarseh.
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