Get ready for your spooky Halloween night horror movie marathon
For those of you who know me, Halloween is my Christmas. When my calendar goes from September 30th to October 1st, there’s a switch in me that just wants to visit haunted houses, drink warm tea, and my personal favorite, watch scary movies. Every October, I (re)watch A Nightmare On Elm Street, The Exorcist, and get to follow along AMC’s yearly Friday the 13th marathon. However, when Halloween finally comes around, I have a hard time finding Halloween-themed horror movies to watch. From years of research, it’s surprisingly not a popular setting for these types of movies, but I’ve managed to find 5 that will definitely help with your October 31st horror marathon.
With Denis Villeneuve at the helm, Blade Runner 2049 is worthy sequel to one of sci-fi’s most influential film
As a cinephile, I tend to prefer original, different, and daring films. However, I’m completely stuck in a time where creative content is scarce. It’s a time where Hollywood likes to play it safe and what’s safer than sequels, remakes, and franchises. But who can blame them? These type of films tend to do more at the box office, and the audience seems to keep making that demand. But there comes Blade Runner 2049, a sequel that defies all odds. A continuation of one of sci-fi’s most controversial film but at the same time, it’s a stand-alone film, only inhabiting the Blade Runner universe. 2049 shows us how to make a great sequel and why they are so important.
Casey Affleck is bedsheet ghost in this hazy poetic exploration of the meaning of life
A film tackling the meaning of life with a cheap Halloween ghost costume doesn’t seem like the best idea ever. Actually, it’s the worst idea I have ever heard. But David Lowery has managed to make a full feature-length film that is never cheesy, funny, or idiotic. A Ghost Story feels very much like a backstage view of the most important film – our life.
Stronger is better than most biopic as it captures realism and humanity
America’s obsession with heroism often leads to big droopy biopics that inaccurately present the person just to fluff up his or her life. For years, this formula has worked bringing in people of all ages to the theatres. However, in all of this nonsense, we manage to lose the essence of how and why people become such heroes and how their lives are impacted by sensationalism. Stronger, David Gordon Green’s latest drama, doesn’t transform Jeff Bauman into a flawless superhero. Instead, Green manages to make something real putting his humanity on full display.
Leatherface does nothing to add to the mythology of the franchise
As a lover of slasher films, I continue to cling to the idea that someday there might be a renewed interest. With all the supernatural ghosts stories as of late, slasher films would offer a nice change of pace in the horror industry. However, as much as I love this genre of horror, who asked for another Texas Chain Saw Massacre movie? Seeing that Leatherface only further proves that slasher films aren’t ready to be resurrected and that Texas Chain Saw Massacre wasn’t made to be a franchise.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle’s heavy style and off-beat villain warrant its existence
Kingsman: The Secret Service was a surprising spy movie that no one had ever seen before. It was an over the top parody of everything from James Bond to trophy blondes while oozing with British culture and explosive style. Matthew Vaughn steps behind the camera again for his first sequel and Kingsman: The Golden Circle follows suit with everything that made fans fell in love with Eggsy and the gang the first time around. However, it also brings everything that prevented it from going higher and more.
Darren Aronofsky’s message is clear and a little too loud
Let me start by clearing out some confusion. No, mother! is not a straight-forward horror film or the home invasion thriller it so perfectly markets. With that said, it’s by no means an easy film to market. Darren Aronofsky’s latest film is his most ambitious and daring yet, even for him. Working on a purely metaphorical level, Aronofsky is able to craft a horror film so different, it will surely have casual movie-goers walking out of the theatre. However, as a critic and a fan of these types of film, mother! is at its best when delivering its harsh message even if it often seems self-assertive.