Spooky Movies I Watched In October 2020

SEASON OF THE WITCH, BITCH!

number 3 contains spoilers.


1.

The Haunting (1963)

About: This is an adaption of the 1959 novel, Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. A man named Dr. John Markway, invites two women to stay at a notoriously haunted mansion.

Pros: This is classic for a reason! Great cinematography, acting and script. If you sensitive to blood and gore, there isn’t really any, but read here for more information.

Cons: The main character’s monologue can get a little bit much at times. The main character is a little much in general. And, personally, I thought the ending was a bit anti-climatic, but it’s still worth the watch!

Spookiness: I wouldn’t say this is a scary movie, more of a thriller/mystery.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

2.

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

About: A group of people are trying to survive the night, while zombies are attacking.

Pros: Quick, simple and entertaining. Holy shit, that ending, I wasn’t expecting it! And, the acting was good.

Cons: Since this movie came out 50 years ago, I personally find that some of the ‘scares’ don’t hold up. Other than that, I liked it.

Spookiness: The zombies aren’t really scary, but the sense of impending doom makes the film more suspenseful.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

3.

Don’t Look Now (1973)

About: Based on the short story by Daphne du Maurier, called Not After Midnight. After their child dies, a couple go to Italy for work. And they think they still see her running around.

Pros: The cinematography was beautiful, with a score to match.

Cons: Ok. Lets get into it. This movie was ok, at it’s best. Every second of your movie should be important to the plot of the film. I’m not someone who cares about sex and nudity in movies but the plot didn’t really need a 10 minute sex scene, did it? It slowed down the plot, and it felt like I was watching a totally different film. Also, the movie was so slow building I thought the ending scene would be very impactful. Nope. Mr Baxter gets killed (by the murderer that was running around Venice) and the blood was so red, it looked like cherry slushie. I laughed do hard. Oops.

I’m sure I didn’t ”understand the complexity of the filmmaking,” and maybe you’re right. Nonetheless, the film felt pretentious in it’s ‘complexity.

Spookiness: Does fog spook you?

I’m going to go for the obvious joke…Take the movie title’s advice.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.

4.

Fright Night (1985)

About: A teenage boy fears for his life when his neighbor turns out the be a vampire. Directed by Tom Holland and staring Chris Sarandon and William Ragsdale.

Pros: I love when a movie uses practical effects! (That transformation scene with Evil Ed is fantastic!) And sure… the bat fight didn’t age great…But, I’d prefer that than some nonsense CGI.

It’s a fun horror movie! The cast is great (for the most part). It’s campy and spooky, truly the best of both worlds.

Cons: The middle and ending dragged out. Halfway through the movie I was like, ‘ah yes if feels like the middle of a movie.’ If you’re watching a movie and thinking about the length of a movie, not a good sign. Some of the conversations I zoned out. The bat fight.

Spookiness: Fun lighthearted horror movie.

I haven’t watched the 2011 remake, maybe it’s good? I’d only watch it for Toni Collette though.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

5.

The Innkeepers (2011)

About: Two hotel workers spend their shifts hunting for evidence of supernatural activity. Staring Sara Paxton and Pat Healy, directed by Ti West.

Pros: The characters were very entertaining, they’re the best part of the film. And, the call back to the lock at the end (the only thing I didn’t predict).

Cons: Very Predictable. Random characters (with dedicated scenes) serve no purpose, other than to fill the time. The film spends half the movie relying on jump scares. The ending left me thinking, what was the point of this movie? This movie played it safe; even if nothing was original, the movie didn’t use tropes in a smart way.

Spookiness: Courage the Cowardly Dog episodes are scarier.

Could be a good introduction to horror for 13 year olds. Or if you haven’t seen many horror movies, it might not seem as formulaic.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.

6.

The Lost Boys (1987)

About: Two teenage boys move to Santa Carla (the murder capital of the world), where a group of vampires live.

Pros: It’s purposely campy, duh, it’s directed by Joel Schumacher. A movie with punk vampires wearing fabulously bad clothes that bleed glitter blood, count me in!

The family relationship was so cute. Sam Emerson, played by Corey Haim, was such a charismatic character that you couldn’t help but want more screen time of.

Cons: THEY SAY THE NAME MICHAEL 118 TIMES.

Spookiness: A campy pick for a halloween movie night.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Thank you so much for reading, let me know what you watched this month!

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