Best of Halloween-Themed Horror Movies — I


October is the best time for the horror-movie fans. It is the time for dressing up and indulging in make believe. It is the time where people decorate their house with ghouls and goblins and scare their neighborhood kids. It’s also a perfect time to watch horror flicks. We have compiled a list of Halloween-themed horror flicks for the night of frightening fun. This list is full of scary, gory, magical and darkly funny movies, which might put you in the Halloween ‘spirit’. These are no way kids-friendly or family-friendly. The ten movies are not based on any ranks. They are just assembled based upon the year of its release. Now, get ready to watch in terror and to look over your shoulder at every little noise for nights to come.


Murder Party (2007)


This is a simple, low-budget, and black comedy/horror. Personality-lacking Christopher finds a mysterious Halloween party invitation on the sidewalk. He creates a cardboard knight costume and heads to warehouse district, where pretentious art-students are waiting to host a ‘murder party’ – a real one, just as billed in the invitation. The movie has an hour of senseless buildup and gets into a outrageous, quite darkly comic violence. Axe and chainsaws are part of the gleeful gore quotient. It is badly scripted but quirky enough for horror fans.


Halloween (2007)


Rob Zombie’s remake of the horror classic is innately scripted, even though he doesn’t trample over the original. The first-half of the movie starts as a biopic of the masked monster – Michael Myers. In the second half, Myers escapes from the mental asylum and terrorizes his home town on the night of Halloween. This part is hugely disappointing, since it resorts to the mayhem usually carried out by B-movie slasher flicks.  Horror fans, who have sat through seven Halloween sequels in hopes might like this movie, which recreates something original.


Trick r Treat (2006)


Michael Dougherty’s gleefully twisted anthology of tales features the kind of impeccable detail and thick autumnal atmosphere that any horror fan can appreciate. The film interlaces four different stories on Halloween night in, Ohio. This film went straight-to-video, fearing the critics reaction and for an episode in which the slaying of a plump teenager is played for laughs. Trick ‘r Treat sets out to be the definitive movie of the holiday, and it succeeds. Pumpkins, candy, foliage, and costumes are perfectly incorporated into the film’s overall mood, which also captures the manic energy of the 31st.


May (2002)


Lucky McKee’s indie psychological horror flick comes under the art house horror category, whose only connection with the holiday is the occurrence of a twisted event on that particular day.  May is a introverted, lonely young woman, who lives in a fantasy world that’s not harmful to others. Her only best friend is a doll enclosed in a glass case. When it is broken she decides to do some bizarre replacement. “May” has a flawed, original story, which somehow manages to mesmerize with its sound, intrigue with its images, and makes us numb with its ending.


Ginger Snaps (2000)


John Fawcett’s sharply scripted well casted low-budget feminist horror, werewolf flick places out more like a character-study scenario from Cronenberg’s “The Fly.” The film is about two alienated teens; Brigitte and Ginger, who survive an encounter with a vicious beast. Ginger is bitten and slowly transforms into a werewolf. Brigitte vows to find a cure before the time for red alert, conveniently scheduled for Halloween. Like King’s “Carrie”, “Ginger Snaps” identifies with the full moon transformation mythology and links it between lycanthropy and puberty. This is not just a monster-movie. It’s rather a terrifying satire, which depicts the agonies of adulthood.

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