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13 Hours of Halloween Horror Films!

Posted in All Genres, Horror, Lists, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2011 by coronoides

As you know, Halloween is yet again nigh on our doorsteps in the forms of tatter-clad, lolly-hungry menaces and is the time when all things sinister and dark are released into the streets. Undoubtedly the best annual celebration, it gives you the excuse to…that’s right, have a horror movie marathon (or dress up as Freddy Krueger)! Well, that is, unless you’re too busy answering the door to trick or treaters, or, likewise, knocking on people’s doors and begging for sweets. 😉
Anyway, this list is solely for suggestions if you have nothing better to do than watch 13 straight hours of horror movies, plus a few extra films just in case!

Enough verbal diarrhoea, here’s the list, enjoy!

Note: Where it says TIME, this is, of course, a rough guideline to help with planning when you’ll start or end.

#: ONE
TIME: 11am
FILM: HALLOWEEN (1978)
DIRECTOR: JOHN CARPENTER
RUN TIME: 90 minutes (1 hr 30 min)

To begin this horror marathon, why not sit down to a bit of slasher-time with Michael Myers?
This is, of course, the original film, as in the film directed by the ever-so-amazing John Carpenter.
The film follows the tactical chaos caused by the previously institutionalised Myers as he releases a bloody havoc on Halloween after escaping just a day earlier. That’s right, he escaped from the institute, need I say more? Escapees are never good news, and sadly, this film doesn’t bring any extra in that sense. Upon exposing yourself to the wild world of psychotic murder rampages, however, you will undoubtedly be satisfied by this masterpiece.
Alternatively, if this old, ‘outdated’ film doesn’t tickle your fancy, the 2007 remake of the same name just might (run time 110 minutes, directed by Rob Zombie).

#: TWO
TIME: 12:30pm
FILM: THE DESCENT
DIRECTOR: NEIL MARSHALL
RUN TIME: 100 minutes (1 hr 40 min)

The second film in the list to watch is The Descent, directed by Neil Marshall. Now, you may think ‘wow, a film about losers going into a cave and getting killed by mutated losers…sounds boring,’ but let me tell you, that is anything but true. This wonderfully crafted movie takes you on a journey of blood-splattering goodness and one by one, people are taken down by what are known as ‘Crawlers’, savage beasties who live in an underground cave with an appetite for your flesh. Sound familiar? Yeah? Well it probably does because it sounds like a lot of other horror films…except this proves to be one of the best.

#: THREE
TIME: 2:10pm
FILM: SAW
DIRECTOR: JAMES WAN
RUN TIME: 100 minutes (1 hr 40 min)

Saw is probably the best torture film ever to grace the big screen (and soon, YOUR screen!), with a gory plot and a strange twist at the end. To be honest it is far better than the scarringly horrific movie, Hostel, which you should in fact NOT watch…alright, alright, watch it if you want to. Anyway, enjoy this spectacular movie.

#: FOUR
TIME: 3:50pm
FILM: SHAUN OF THE DEAD
DIRECTOR: EDGAR WRIGHT
RUN TIME: 100 minutes (1 hr 40 min)

Ah, it’s time to lighten up a bit and watch a fantastic comedy horror, Shaun of the Dead, starring Simon Pegg and directed by Edgar Wright. This slice of drool-worthy goodness is a hilarious take on a zombie apocalypse as the main characters attempt to survive in a bar while unfortunate after unfortunate events occur.
I know, I know, many times comedy and horror do NOT mix…but it just so happens that this does, it works perfectly.

#: FIVE
TIME: 5:30pm
FILM: BLACK DEATH
DIRECTOR: CHRISTOPHER SMITH
RUN TIME: 100 minutes (1 hr 40 min)

O my, o my, o my, what a different horror movie indeed! Black Death, let me tell you, is not like other slasher films. In fact, you can hardly call it that at all. What, you say? A horror movie with character development? Characters you can care about? What, you say? A horror movie that doesn’t outright barge into violent death scenes?
Let me tell you my fellow horror fanatics, this film is a VERY interesting movie indeed, what with its intriguing plot and believable characters, as well, of course, as its fair share of gore and mayhem. I suppose it can somewhat be called an ‘adventure’ film, though there’s not too much adventuring as there is trying to escape from the adventure.

#: SIX
TIME: 7:10pm
FILM: ALIEN
DIRECTOR: RIDLEY SCOTT
RUN TIME: 120 minutes (2 hrs)

We have all heard of Alien, directed by the brilliant director, Ridley Scott.
Now if you haven’t watched this, then now’s the chance to see badass xenomorphic aliens killing people, and to watch Sigourney Weaver (as Ellen Ripley) dominate the screen as she rolls her eyes at her almost skeletal foes.

#: SEVEN
TIME: 9:10pm
FILM: PAN’S LABYRINTH
DIRECTOR: GUILLERMO del TORO
RUN TIME: 110 minutes (1 hr 50 min)

That’s right, Pan’s Labyrinth is on this list. That’s because it is technically a horror, just mixed with other things to create an absolutely sensational movie.
Be warned, it’s in Spanish, so you may have to use English subtitles, but to be honest, I couldn’t imagine it being filmed in English. I don’t know, the language it’s in seems just…right.
Let me explain what happens: a girl caught up in a post-war scenario discovers she’s actually a born-again princess in another world and must complete tasks to prove she hasn’t become fully mortal. Alright, I’m making it sound lame. It’s anything but lame, folks. It’s a completely grown-up type movie, with a serious feel to it…an ‘adult fairy tale’ as some describe it, and rightfully so. You’re not bombarded with pointless deaths or over-the-top fantasy, it’s all balanced out perfectly. You’ll see.

#: EIGHT
TIME: 11pm
FILM: TRICK ‘R TREAT
DIRECTOR: MICHAEL DOUGHERTY
RUN TIME: 80 minutes (1 hr 20 min)

I must admit that this is the most perfectly fitting film for Halloween, you can’t deny it. It’s about Sam and his amazing journey to…kill! Kill people who don’t follow the rules of Halloween, that is. 😉
This must be one of the most cleverly constructed horrors I have ever watched, as you’ll find out – everything fits together in the end. It’s an absolutely wonderful way to finish Halloween, and if there was just one movie you could watch on that spectacular night, it should be Trick ‘r Treat, a horribly underrated piece of work.

TIME: 12:30pm

Need some more film suggestions?

SLASHER
Friday the 13th (1980/2009)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984/2010)
Hatchet
Severance
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Scream
House of 1000 Corpses

PARANORMAL
The Ring
The Grudge
Poltergeist
Insidious

ZOMBIE
28 Days Later
28 Weeks Later
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Zombieland
Planet Terror

VAMPIRE
Stake Land
I Am Legend
30 Days of Night
Priest
Let The Right One In

OTHERS
Scary Movie
Silence of the Lambs
The Mist
Silent Hill
Resident Evil

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So, folks, I hope you have a great Halloween and really enjoy yourselves!

P.S. Leave a comment as to what you’re going to be this Halloween!

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