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Best Unconventional Halloween Movies

Here we are again!  Back in the season of pumpkins, slutty costumes, and the best seasonal colors of all!  October is an interesting month for film as it has become dedicated to the genre of horror.  In part we can say it is because of the extreme popularity horror films have gained over the years, but I think it’s mostly because people can never get enough of Halloween.  Everyone has a great memory with the holiday, and if you don’t then you better step up your game by making this Halloween one to remember.

Every year when we try to get into the spirit of the holiday we end up watching the same movies over and over again.  There’s Halloween, Friday the 13th, and A Nightmare on Elm Street for slasher fans, there’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Saw, and Hostel for gore addicts, and then there’s my personal favorites, Hocus Pocus and Bettlejuice, which are not horror but are too damn fun not to love!  All of these are great Halloween films, but year after year you may find yourself wanting to watch something a little bit different and this is why I am here!  In order to spice up your horror movie marathons here are my picks for the Halloween movies that get overlooked far too often.  All of these films are solid and are sure to put you in the candy giving mood of Halloween!

Here we go:

The Orphanage

Spanish speaking horror films have been one of the greatest assets to cinema in recent history, and Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Orphanage is one of the standouts.  The story is simple with the action only leaving the house for a few scenes.  We get plenty of great scares with creepy children and a dark spooky house.  This is great for anyone who wants to soil their pants while practicing their Spanish!

See what I mean:

The Village

Yes, M. Night Shyamalan has become synonymous with terrible movies but The Village is back when he had it together!  The film is his most misunderstood and under-appreciated work for many went into the film expected a straightforward horror film, but The Village is anything but that.  The film is complex with elements of drama, horror, and extreme social commentary.  While not the best choice for a scary movie, this mysterious thriller will put you in the Halloween mood and make you wanna sport some fall colors.

Both haunting and beautiful:

Trick ‘r Treat

Trick ‘r Treat is like Hocus Pocus, but with more blood, less magic, and much darker comedy.  So basically Trick ‘r Treat is a completely different movie, but both films do a terrific job of paying homage to one of our favorite drinking holidays.  The four stories may seem independent at first, but you will soon realize the connections and just how important it is to follow the traditions of Halloween.

You will laugh and cringe:

The Descent

One weekend outing turns deadly when these six women go on a spelunking adventure in a uncharted cave.  They may find danger, but these girls are no damsels in distress.  We get some great female empowerment moments as the girls fight these mysterious cave dwellers without the aid of a big strapping male.  Fair warning: you will be terrified if you have are afraid of the dark, small spaces, or anything scary.

Actual warning: Do not watch the 1:00 mark if you have not seen the movies!

Clue

Okay so I know that this is not a horror movie, but you can’t deny it’s definitely in the spirit of Halloween!  We have a spooky house, a series of murders, and it’s based on one of the greatest board games.  There is plenty to love!  Plus when you combine the comedic geniuses of  Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, and all the others you are bound for greatness.

Cue the greatness:

The Hills Have Eyes

The 2006 remake may have all the gore, but it is the 1977 original that will haunt you for days on end.  Wes Craven was only just beginning when he released this, and as a result many fans tend to overlook this landmark achievement.  In the film we have the Carter family, who while en route to California become a little sidetracked with a group of cannibalistic mutants.  The Hills Have Eyes is disturbing, shocking, and will make you never want to go anywhere with your family again.

I found something better than the clip!  The whole film:

Drag Me To Hell

Sam Raimi is best known for his great work on Spider-Man and Evil Dead series and as a result the rest of his resume can be forgotten.  I beg you: do not forget about Drag Me To Hell!  The film is one of the strangest film experiences you will ever have and you do not want to miss out on that.  Any attempt at summarizing this film will end up in flames, so just know that one old lady is not too happy with her loan officer and may seek revenge a little too harshly.

Find a stranger scene, I dare you!

Se7en

David Fincher’s 1995 film, Se7en, is a highly regarded film, yet it never gets the attention it deserves in the horror realm.  Why it does not get more attention is beyond me for what says Halloween better than a serial killer?  The seven deadly sins play a key role in the film, if you have not picked up on that yet, as a serial killer begins to plan his murders based on each one.  This film sure made us cherish Fincher as a filmmaker and enjoy Gwyneth Paltrow’s head attached to her body.

Looks like someone beat Jigsaw to the punch:

The Crazies

A rare event where the remake is better than the original.  Unlike The Hills Have Eyes, the 1973 George A. Romero version of The Crazies is a classic in its own right but it is the 2010 film that got the formula right.  Horror remakes have run rampant in Hollywood for the past decade and while most are an insult to their predecessor The Crazies combines all the elements of the original while expanding on the story with just the right amount of gore.

This is what a remake should be:

[Rec]

We started with a Spanish speaking film and now we are going to end with one.  [Rec] is another fine addition into the sub-genre of Spanish horror, unfortunately it gets overshadowed by the mediocre American remake, Quarantine.  The American film follows the original perfectly, yet it lacks the inital shock and cringe-factor that the original film brings.  The zombie-esuqe chamber piece is not one to pass up!

Pardon the poor sound quality and spoiler:

Even if you have seen all of these films I hope I have inspired you to sit back, relax, and bask in their greatness again.  If you have not seen any of these then I think it’s about time you had yourself a little movie marathon.  Halloween is fast approaching and I will return soon with more horror posts for your enjoyment.  Happy moviegoing!

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