Three of the best Halloween movie classics that you may have never seen

Brendan Sheardy, Staff Writer

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Halloween is right around the corner, and that means it’s horror movie season. Some of the best thrillers such as “Halloween”, “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, “Scream”, and “Friday the 13th” have never failed to bring out the Halloween spirit, but there are a few other films that you may have never seen. Here are the three best horror movies to watch in October that you may have never seen.

 

  • Trick ‘r Treat (2007)

 

  Trick ‘r Treat is a straight-to-DVD released film directed by Michael Dougherty. This anthology horror-comedy film combined four different stories set on Halloween night. These four stories all poke fun at the lore of Halloween, and give us a scary-good time from beginning to end of its’ crisp 87 minute runtime. The four stories follow a school principal, who has a secret second life as a serial killer; a group of young women whose outcast may have found the right man for her awakening; a group of kids who play a bad prank on a girl; and a grumpy old man who gets attacked by a strange creature. Each story is connected together by Sam, a strange entity who watches over the Halloween traditions, and punishes those who do not follow. Sam has since become an iconic Halloween character, and may become as popular as Freddy or Jason. Each story has a great deal of hard-hitting jokes, and a ton of blood and gore. The film isn’t as scary as many other horror films, but with it’s setting and storyline, it has become a Halloween classic for many around the world. The film has since gathered a large cult-following, and has become one of the most famous horror films of all time. Director Michael Dougherty has since directed the Christmas horror film, “Krampus (2015)”, and is currently directing The sequel to the 2014 “Godzilla” film, “Godzilla 2”.

  1. Fright Night (1985)

  There’s nothing better around the Halloween time than a good 80s horror film. “Fright Night” is a pretty well-known horror film but often falls under many people’s radar because of films such as “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Friday the 13th”. This film follows a young teenager who witnesses his neighbor turn into a vampire and kill various women. This is the definition of a great 80s horror film; there is a great amount of blood and the film is flooded with pop music and flashy neon-lights. The film has the typical 80s practical effects and makeup that doesn’t quite hold up as well to today’s time. But, I always appreciate the level of craftsmanship and work that went into these older horror films. The director of this film, Tom Holland, also made the first Chucky movie, “Child’s Play”.

  1. Evil Dead 2 (1981)

  The first film titled “The Evil Dead” debuted just a year before this sequel. It was made on a shoestring budget, so the effects are VERY dated and don’t hold up to today’s standard. After Stephen King pushed for this sequel to be made because he loved the first so much, the filmmakers were able to work with a much bigger budget. This movie is essentially the exact same as the first, but with better craftsmanship and better acting. The film still has a low budget feel to it, but you can definitely tell they had a lot more to work with. The location of the abandoned cabin in the woods gave the film a great sense of isolation, and also helped convey the insanity of the lead character played by the great Bruce Campbell. This movie is a lot more bloody that the first, and I mean blood is literally spraying out of the walls like tidal waves. I definitely recommend you add this to your horror movie count, as it is a great deal of fun! This film and it’s original was so well-received and became one of the best cult-horror films ever made, it received a 2013 remake titled “Evil Dead”. The director, Sam Raimi, went on to direct the Toby Maguire Spider-Man trilogy.

  These films have gathered a much larger audience over the years, and has been a yearly tradition for many horror fans around the world, so why not add it to yours?

 

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