October is here, and now is the time to get into the Halloween spirit! Instead of the traditional “best of” Halloween movie list (don’t need to mention yet again how much I love The Shining, the first two Halloween films, and The Exorcist), here are a list of 10 movies (in release date order) that may not be as well known or not usually listed among the upper echelon of scary movies but perfect for this 2017 Halloween season and worth a look.
“In Heaven everything is fine…”
The spectacular new season of Twin Peaks just came to an end last month, so this Halloween would be the perfect time to take a look back at David Lynch’s brilliant feature film debut on its 40th anniversary. The film create a sense of total dread and darkness in its beautiful black-and-white cinematography, eerie sound design, and well-acted performances. It is pure horror! The film has inspired a significant number filmmakers over the years, including Stanley Kubrick while he worked on The Shining. It may be one of the most important movies ever made!
This cult-classic horror film was remastered in HD this past year (with the help of JJ Abrams) so this Halloween would be the first time to experience the film in its full visual glory. I love the creepy music, eerie sets, and low-fi feel of the film; feels like being in a haunted house. Really high quality for such a low budget and some really good scares, especially Angus Scrimm as the menacing Tall Man. If you like movies such as Stranger Things, Super 8, and the Halloween series you will love Phantasm!
“Vincent is nice when his aunt comes to see him, but imagines dipping her in wax for his wax museum.”
This early Tim Burton stop-motion short film is a masterpiece! Vincent Price provides the narration with great inflection. The animation is top-notch and some of the best stop-motion work ever; love the dark visuals and music. At some points it feels like we are getting a glimpse at Tim Burton’s childhood. The short celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, and its influence shows in the many stop-motion films that have been released since (i.e. Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, ParaNorman, Frankenweenie). It’s almost as if all stop-motion animated films have to be horror-themed and this one was the first.
Most overlook this film and pass on it as “the one without Michael Myers,” but Season of the Witch is actually a great horror film in its own respect. John Carpenter’s idea of having a different Halloween-themed story with each sequel while maintaining some of the same crew and cast (albeit in different roles) was way ahead of its time and now seems to be commonplace with American Horror Story changing its story and characters every year. I love the cinematography, special effects, scary soundtrack, especially the dark “Silver Shamrock” commercial song. The movie also celebrates its 35th anniversary this Halloween. Definitely worth another look because it is actually a good horror movie, especially if one doesn’t think of it as a Halloween sequel.
Return to Oz (1985)
“There’s no place like home!”
Many see this movie as the weird Wizard of Oz sequel. However, it stands on its own as a truly unique fantasy adventure film. It is actually quite dark in parts; more in the likes of The Neverending Story or The Dark Crystal than the 1939 original. This movie is great for Halloween with the fall setting, the Halloween visuals (i.e. Jack Pumpkinhead, the thousand-head wicked witch Mombi), and the spooky interpretation of Oz.
Stephen King’s It (1990)
“They ALL float down here. When you’re down here with us, you’ll float too!”
If you like the new IT adaptation (or if you don’t), definitely check out the 1990 original. The new film has more impressive special effects and is a better movie overall, but the 1990 miniseries holds a special nostalgic place in my heart and is much scarier thanks mostly to Tim Curry’s terrifying performance as Pennywise the Dancing Clown. This film also would make a great introduction to the horror genre to younger viewers because it scary without the excessive gore or gratuitous sex found in many horror films.
“Being normal is vastly overrated.”
With the passing of star Debbie Reynolds this past December, this Halloween is the perfect time to pay tribute to the late actress by watching one of her best films. My siblings and I watched this film and its sequels (the 2nd one is good too, 3rd and 4th are not so much) every Halloween at our grandparents’ house. Not really scary as much as it is a fun Halloween movie. I love the decorative set designs of the town (it’s a place I would love to visit if it were real) and the cool costumes used for all the monster characters who live in Halloweentown. It’s a movie all ages can enjoy!
The Sixth Sense (1999)
“I see dead people.”
With writer-director M. Night Shyamalan making a successful career comeback earlier this year with Split, this Halloween is the perfect time to take a look back at the film that made him a celebrity filmmaker. The atmosphere and performances are incredible! I used to watch this film for the horror elements as a kid and in my teen year, but now as an adult, I see this more as a film about love and relationships. There are some scenes that really hit me deeply on an emotional level, especially in the scene where Cole tells his mom how much her mother really loved her and the final scene with Malcolm and his wife. One watching this movie can see why Shyamalan was at one point thought to be the next Spielberg.
Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007)
“Behind these eyes one finds only blackness, the absence of light. These are the eyes of a psychopath.”
This Halloween marks the 10th anniversary of Rob Zombie’s Halloween film (my dad and I saw it theaters on opening day when I was a high school freshman). It is quite possibly the best horror film of the past 15 years! Though not as much of classic or as scary as the 1978 original, the 2007 film stands above other horror remakes (i.e. Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, The Fog, Prom Night, Psycho, Amityville Horror) and succeeds by being its own thing and not trying to be a carbon copy of the original. I especially like the performances including Malcolm McDowell as Dr. Loomis and Daeg Faerch as young Michael Myers. Also some really great cinematography and use of colors and overall pacing that gives the story a grand scope. Plus it has a killer soundtrack featuring awesome songs like “God of Thunder” by KISS, “Baby, I Love Your Way” by Peter Frampton, and “Love Hurts” by Nazareth.
Trick ‘r Treat (2007)
“Always check your candy.”
Good elements of dark comedy are sprinkled throughout this colorful horror anthology. I like how the film is several Halloween-themed shorts that are all tied together. It’s the rare horror film that is both fun and scary! Also check out writer-director Michael Dougherty’s short animated precursor “Season’s Greetings,” really retro and creative!
Happy Halloween! By the way, as an added treat, here is a picture from my animated Halloween short in post-production called “Halloween Cat.”
(A/N: This is going to be the only fanfic I won’t move to this blog becuase…well…it’s 20 fucking chapters and that would take me all night to tag and post and delete from my other blog so I’ll just post the full chapter list here.)
If you’re new here, a little while ago I wrote a 20-chapter Jacksepticeye fanfiction called One and the Same, which is basically about Jack being experimented on by scientists and ending up creating the egos. It features Jack, Schneeple, Chase, Jackaboy Man, Marvin and Robbie (with a cameo from S-3-4-N) becaus they were the only egos that where around when I was writing this.
Prompts for disaster, apocalypse, post-apocalypse, end of the world, end of something type stories.
I thought it was the end. Now I wish it had been.
Nothing feels quite as surreal as walking down the barren
and silent streets of an abandoned New York City.
“Everything is gone. Everything we worked so hard for is
just rubble and dust…”
“We don’t have enough supplies to last through the winter.
Someone is going to have to go out.”
“We’re doing the best we can! In case you haven’t noticed,
the worlds a bit fucked up at the moment.”
“I’m sorry. Let me just tell the zombie you aren’t ready
yet. I’m sure he’ll understand and wait to attack till you get your shit
“You can’t just evacuate a massive city like that without a
plan and sufficient time. They never had a chance.”
“This is not the time to be taking selfies! We’re being
fucking attacked by the undead!”
“The governments of the world are at a loss. No one was
prepared for this.”
“We’re on our own from here on out. “
“We can go into the city tomorrow and see what we can
“The whole world is falling apart. Literally.”
“Zone four is
completely unreachable now. We have no choice.”
“Europe’s been quiet for over a month now. I think it’s
probably safe to say they’re gone or at the very least, in no shape to be any help.”
“They didn’t make it out in time….”
“Our ancestors nearly destroyed the world. I don’t see why
we shouldn’t just finish the job.”
“Things are different now. If we don’t adapt, we WILL die
“Those pretty ideals were nice when we weren’t fighting just
to survive every day. Now, such ideals will get us killed.”
“We should check farther upstream. The water might not be as
“If I had known the fucking apocalypse was going to happen,
I would have paid a lot more attention in science class.”
“It’s busted…..just like everything else.”
“You should call your families…..”
“This may be your last chance to talk to them. Go.”
What I remember most from that day was the dozens of phones
ringing one after the other, the screams and sobs, the frantic prayers to every
God I’d ever heard of echoing off the walls, and the knot of dread within my
chest. I thought that was the end.
Do I have any friends/followers who are simultaneously into ZR/The Walk, and also tarot designs? I miss drawing ZR stuff and when commissions close up in a bit I’d like to get back into it again. But I know next to nothing about symbology so like…hmu with ideas maybe if this is ur thing?
Emma Swan had been through a lot of shitty things in her life, but becoming a zombie definitely topped the list. To satisfy her newfound appetite for brains Emma quit her job as a medical resident and began work at the Storybrooke morgue. The only side effect of eating said brains? Temporarily inheriting the victim’s personality traits and memories, which Emma passes off as ‘psychic visions’. The only person who knows her secret is Killian Jones, her boss and her new best friend. He’s determined to help her find a cure and remind her that not all hope is lost.
I totally wasn’t going to do anything for the sci fi prompt for CS Halloweek, then I remembered this gem of a story and it seemed rude not to make an edit for it. It’s a brilliant, hilarious story that you should definitely read.
Hi! Such an A+ blog!! Anyway, would you have any good Zombie AUs?
Personally, I’m terrified out of my wits of zombies, but I hope you enjoy!
Person A is a sentient zombie that tries to befriend Person B, a zombie hunter/killer.
Person A and Person B are sentient zombies torn apart from the zombies hunters and have to find their way back to each other.
Person A is secretly a zombie, but passes for a normal human with a decent spray tan. Person B is the ass who makes the mistake of pissing Person A off. (alternative: Person B suspects Person A of being a zombie and goes of their way to try to prove it only for it to fail)
Person A and Person B are zombie hunters and are known as the best damn zombie killers there is
Person A and Person B end up trapped/hiding in an old bomb shelter full of supplies from the zombie apocalypse. Neither have met each other before (alternatively: before all of this, they were enemies)
Person A and Person B are civilians caught up in the zombie apocalypse with no previous fighting experience. But what do they have? Plenty of experience with zombie video games that prove to be more helpful than most would think. (Bonus: Person C is a seasoned fighter and can’t figure out who in the hell Person A and Person B are actually surviving this)
Person A and Person B are the only ones left in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. Person A wants to kill all the zombies. Person B, however, wants to get straight to the whole ‘we must repopulate the earth.’ (Bonus: turns out they’re not alone after Person A stumbles upon Person C, who thought they were alone)
Person A is a zombie who works as a grave digger/mortician and Person B is the newest corpse that Person A is supposed to take care of. Hours after being buried, Person B digs their way out and now has to learn the life of a zombie from Person A.
hi, i'm using your 'zombie/blind' au kinda thing, but i don't know how to make character A blind. (mine is a he) and i want him to go blind during combat. do you have any ideas?
• One of the members in Character A’s group hates them and one night they blind Character A by pouring rubbing alcohol into A’s eyes (this causes extreme sensitivity of the eyes which leaves them undefended against scratches and infection that lead to blindness). At first, only the one who blinded them was kicked out, but eventually A was abandoned as well. (I know this isn’t really combat but I wanted to share this one).
• Character A, already blind in one eye, is accidentally stabbed by their friend’s knife in their working eye during a fight.
• Character A and some of their group members are in an abandoned grocery store looking for supplies. They happen upon another group and during the fight for the leftover provisions, Character A is separated from their group. They are cornered by one of the other group’s members in the cleaning supplies aisle. Their opponent flings strong chemicals into Character A’s eyes, leaving them blinded and in pain. The other members of A’s group retreat during the fight and leave A behind.
• Character A is fighting a group of zombies alone when one of them slashes its nails across A’s eyes. They’re rescued by the group of other disabled apocalypse survivors.
Those are just a couple that I could think of, I hope that helps!
Mondays; the birth of stars; old grudges; stones that are on their way back to the ocean; the machinations of insects; rare buses; two whales who, not having got the point of the joke, are attempting to get to Wales in a Mini and have just reached the hilly bits of the borders; glaciers; sloth parties; dripping molasses; realisations; plate tectonics; tortoises that are out for revenge; the veil; entropy; the queue for the toilets; evolution; hungry snails; freight trains; adventurous starfish; zombies; rivers; time.
“it’s 3 am and you’re the only person in the bar that knew all the lyrics to my favorite song and now we’re doing bad karaoke” au. This feels like it has Kent Parson written all over it.
Kent was back. Jeff had learned his name after the third week in a row. He’d started coming in a while ago, always by himself, always sitting in a corner. He’d stay a while and then he’d leave, and he always drank Laphroaig.
Tonight he was singing karaoke – which was insane because he never seemed to want any attention and Jeff couldn’t remember ever seeing him near the karaoke area at all. And he was good, that was the weird thing, he was really, really good and he was singing Fleetwood Mac and honestly, Jeff hadn’t seen anyone get all the words to Sara in a long time. People always sang Go Your Own Way if they did Mac at all.
That was Jeff’s excuse – it was the Fleetwood Mac, not the guy, that got him to stay once his shift was over and spend an hour singing through a whole bunch of songs with him. Kent didn’t know the lyrics to any of the Pearl Jam they had, but he tried. It was adorable.
“You know,” Jeff said, once he’d finished a Dire Straits song, “we’re closing. I mean, we’re closed. A while ago.”
Kent looked at his watch. “Ah, fuck.” He scrubbed a hand through his hair. “I’m sorry to keep you, I’m sure you wanna go home.”