Ten Great Horror Anthology Films To See Before You Die
An anthology film (also known as an omnibus film, package film, or portmanteau film) is a feature film consisting of several different short films, often tied together by only a single theme, premise, or brief interlocking event (often a turning point). Sometimes each one is directed by a different director. These differ from “revue films” such as Paramount on Parade (1930)—which were common in Hollywood in the early sound film era to show off their stars and related vaudeville-style acts—composite films, and compilation films.
Sometimes there is a theme, such as a place (e.g. New York Stories, Paris, je t'aime), a person (e.g. Four Rooms), or a thing (e.g. Twenty Bucks, Coffee and Cigarettes), that is present in each story and serves to bind them together. Two of the earliest films to use the form were Edmund Goulding’s Grand Hotel (1932), released by MGM with an all-star cast; and Paramount’s If I Had a Million (also 1932), featuring segments helmed by a number of directors.
Sometimes there is one “top-level” story, a framing device, which leads into the various “sub-stories”, as in Tales of Manhattan (1942), Flesh and Fantasy (1943), Dead of Night (1945), and The Illustrated Man (1968). Dead of Night helped to popularize the format for horror films—although they had existed as far back as Unheimliche Geschichten (1919)—and British company Amicus made several such films in the 1960s and 1970s.
“Boys and girls of every age. Wouldn’t you like to see something strange?” Happy 62nd Birthday to Danny Elfman who composed the music in The Nightmare Before Christmas including “This is Halloween” which also features as the main music for Halloween Town in #KingdomHearts I & II! #BDayKH
A/N: I know Halloween is months away but I really wanted to write something nightmare-ish (hence the AU title) so here it is! There will be a Calum one because we will be making a series that will last until Halloween. We’re writing Cashton’s now and the Muke nightmare imagines will be posted around Halloween. Anyways, enjoy!
(F/N= Friend’s Name)
So pained. So lonely. So beautiful.
You stared into his hazel eyes, hands shaking, grasping at his perfectly sculptured jawline. He stared down at you lovingly, it seemed, your body relaxing under his touch. His hands caressed your cheeks, hands so cold it sent a shiver down your spine.
Ashton was a different person. You knew, somehow, he wasn’t normal.
“What are you thinking, love?” he murmured softly as the wind blew quietly through his golden locks.
You shook your head, erasing your previous thoughts out of your head.
“Nothing, Ash. Nothing.”
He looked questioningly at you, setting you at arms length from him. His eyes had darkened, but not in the way you had suspected. Not lust, not love.
Just darkness. His irises were just a dark abyss of nothing. Pain, perhaps. Or a desperation for something.
“You’re too beautiful to look like that, love. Too beautiful. Even for this world.”
Your eyebrows furrowed, about to open your mouth but in a split instance, you lost your vision and all you could see was black.
You sat up in a cold sweat and started panting, blinking rapidly to adjust your eyes to the dark. Your chest was heaving, hair matted to your forehead with sweat. Your eyes glazed over the fluorescent digital numbers on your alarm clock, your fingers flying up to rub the sleep out of your eyes.
You couldn’t possibly go back to bed with your recent nightmare haunting you. You stared up at the ceiling, thoughts echoing through the silence, crickets chirping outside your bedroom window. You had school in the morning and your alarm wasn’t set to go off for another three hours but here you were, awake and frightened.
You turned on your side and kept your eyes on the full-body mirror hanging on your closet door across from you, keeping your eyes on your reflection. Moonlight made its way into your bedroom, lighting your surroundings a bit, giving you a clear view of your reflection. Out of your peripheral, you saw a figure standing behind you, a smirk plastered on its face. You turned around in fear and saw nothing but empty space, blinking twice to make sure it wasn’t real.
Maybe my eyes are playing tricks on me. Or maybe I’m just going crazy, you thought shaking your head, distraught. The nightmare still played, repeatedly, in the back of your head, the images of the figure you thought you saw and this ‘Ashton’ from your nightmare altering from one to the other. Could they have been the same person?
**Author’s note: this is my first one shot EVER so please be kind and if you enjoy it feel free to follow :-)**
by far my favorite holiday of the year. The pumpkin carving, the decorating,
and the excuse to eat junk food for an entire night all bring back great
memories of my childhood. Even the Halloween movie specials they play on TV get
me excited. One movie in particular, though, exceeds the others as my all-time
favorite movie: The Nightmare Before Christmas. Reason being because the two
love interests, Jack and Sally. I can relate to Sally’s song about longing for her
love to notice her. In the end, when Jack and Sally unite, it gives me hope for
my current situation with Dan. We were great friends, but it always seemed like
he was too preoccupied with other things to realize what I felt for him.
I still loved hanging out with him, which is why we had a Friday movie night
watching The Nightmare Before Christmas to get into the festive mood.
said, trying to get my attention.
said hastily, completely invested in the Christmastown scene. “I had an idea
for Halloween…” Dan continued slowly. “Mhm, okay, what is it?” I turned to look
back at him for only a second before returning my glance to the TV screen.
“Well,” he started, “I thought that- since you
love this film so much- maybe we could, I don’t know, go as Jack and Sally to Zoe’s
around, fully averting my attention to him. Did I just hear him right? Did he
really want to go as Jack and Sally with me? “What?” I said in confused
astonishment. “Never mind, it was a dumb idea. “ He dismissed, shaking his head
and looking down at his lap. “No, no! I do want to go!” I said eagerly. “Really?
I really want to, but only if you do.” He wanted to confirm. “Of course I want
to go with you.” I reassured him. A smile spread across his face, and he
chuckled a little bit before saying, “Alright then. Let’s go as Jack and Sally.”
For the first time, I was unable to focus on the movie; I was just too damn
jittery with excitement.
following week, after purchasing our costumes, it was finally Halloween. I put
on my makeup and stitches, braided random strands of red yarn into my hair, and
slid into my Sally dress.
to Dan’s house was the longest drive of my life. I had so many emotions running
through my chest and stomach. Nervousness, excitement, bewilderment, and most
of all, hope. Hoping that I looked good. Hoping that he’d notice me like Jack
noticed Sally. Hoping that tonight would be like a magical night in Halloween
I hopped up
the stairs to the door of his flat and knocked. A few seconds later, I heard
the fumbling of locks being unturned, and then the door opened to Dan, donned
in his Jack Skellington attire. He looked undeniably handsome.
“Oh, my god,
you look amazing!” I said, feeling butterflies in my stomach. “No,” he marveled,
seemingly stunned, “YOU look amazing.” We both stood there staring at each
other’s costumes. I waited a couple of seconds before jokingly murmuring, “Well,
are you going to invite me in?” Dan laughed. “Right, sorry.”
As we walked
into the lounge room, I noticed he didn’t have any of his skeleton makeup on
his face. “Did I interrupt you getting ready? I can wait while you do your face
makeup. I said apologetically. “Actually, since I’m shit at doing makeup, I was
hoping you could do it for me.” He shyly responded. “Oh, sure, let’s go ahead
and start that so we won’t be late.” I suggested.
We went to
the bathroom, and Dan pulled a palette of face paint out of the drawer. The
space was kind of tight, so I had Dan sit on the toilet to refrain from taking
up too much room around the sink. I picked up a sponge applicator and dipped it
into the white paint. I stepped closer to him, and reached up to move his
fringe out of the way. When I pushed his hair back, he stared into my eyes. If
I had the courage to stare back, I don’t think I’d be able to control what I’d
do once I lost myself in his eyes. To steer clear of losing my composure, I
tried to focus on applying his makeup.
As I was
carefully painting his face, his gaze didn’t leave me. It was almost as if he
was TRYING to make me uncomfortable.
Once I finished
with the white, I picked up a smaller applicator and dipped it in black. “Okay,”
I said, “I’m going to do your eyes now. I need you to keep them closed.” He
obliged. I put my hand under his chin, and tilted his head up. It took all of
my will power to not lean down to kiss him.
I wish I had re-evaluated the option to do his makeup; if I had known
how close we would be to each other’s faces, I would’ve refused.
completing the eyes, I quickly etched the skull teeth going from the corners of
his mouth to the middle of his cheeks. Finally, I put down the tool, and
stepped back to admire my work. Jesus Christ. Seeing Dan like this was almost
too much to handle. “You’re finished?” He asked. “Yeah, come take a look in the
mirror.” He stood up and walked towards the mirror. Once he saw himself, he let
out a laugh, and stared at himself in disbelief. “This is awesome,” he mumbled,
“Let’s go ahead and leave for the party.”
the party, he grabbed my hand and directed us through the crowd. I was caught
off guard in the best way possible. When we stopped, I looked forward to see
Zoe in a cat costume and Louise in a witch’s hat.
You guys look so adorable!” Zoe said while embracing us in a greeting hug. “I didn’t
know you two started dating!” Louise exclaimed, unaware of the true situation.
I froze in embarrassment. Dan and I just side-eyed each other to see who would
speak first. Dan broke the silence, stating, “We’re not dating, we just came as
faltered for a split second. Although I knew it to be true, it was still
painful to hear it out loud. I let go of his hand. “I’m going to get a drink.
Do you guys want anything?” I asked, only glancing at Louise and Zoe. “We’re
fine,” they responded. I nodded and walked towards the bar. I needed some
For the rest
of the night, I tried to distance myself from Dan as best I could. I couldn’t
let the truth of the matter get to me tonight. I didn’t want to spoil my
favorite holiday for myself. As more and more party guests came in, I found it
hard to get some space on the dance floor, so I went outside to catch a breath
of fresh air. To my surprise, Dan was outside as well. I guessed I couldn’t run
from my feelings for much longer.
said as I walked up to him. “Oh, hey,” he said back, looking up at the starry
sky. We stood by each other in silence for a few minutes until he spoke again. “(Y/N),
why have you been avoiding me this entire night?”
dropped. I really didn’t expect him to notice my absence. “What do you mean?” I
said dubiously. “You know exactly what I mean.” He said bluntly. I knew at that
point he wasn’t messing around. I had been caught. “The honest truth?” I
proposed. “The honest truth.” He affirmed.
I took a
deep breath. “Well,” I began, “the reason that I’ve been running from you is
because of what you said earlier. Okay, I get it that we’re not actually a
couple, and I’m totally fine with that, except… I’m not. I’ve liked you for a
really long time now and I hate that you haven’t noticed me after all this
time.” After admitting my feelings, I felt a weight lift off of my chest, but
it was soon replaced with a feeling of anticipation for what Dan might say
next. But, instead of saying anything at all, he just laughed.
hell.” I barked, infuriated that my confession was a joke to him. I started to
stomp away, but he caught my arm and twirled me around to face him. Our faces
were only a few inches away from each other. My breath hitched.
laughing at you,” Dan insisted, still smiling, “I just find it funny that you
haven’t noticed me either.”
his eyes for a tell-tale sign of lying, but I didn’t find anything. It left me
with a deep wonderment for him and the position we were in. “So you’re telling
me you’ve felt the same way this entire time?” I inquired. “God, yes. I couldn’t
take my eyes off of you when you came over before the party. Couldn’t you tell?”
I giggled while covering my face with my hands. I couldn’t believe this was
actually happening, it was so surreal. I felt Dan’s hands hold mine and pull
them away from my cheeks. He then returned his hands to my face, cradling me.
I looked up
into his eyes. His beautiful, enchanting eyes. I now was able to lose control
without fear of getting rejected. “Hey, (Y/N)?” He whispered. “Yeah…” I
whispered back, trying to stay in the moment. “For it is plain as anyone can
see, we’re simply meant to be.” He quoted the final lines of The Nightmare
Before Christmas. It made my heart turn to mush. “We’re simply meant to be,” I
quoted back, before kissing him gently.