by Rodrigo Monzon
Not feeling the Halloween vibe at all? Here are some movies that will give you the Halloween spooks and chills to start of your November.
The Shining (1980)
Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) is a former teacher due to his bad temper he lost his teaching position and interviews for a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel. Mr. Stuart Ullman (Barry Nelson), the hotel manager warns Jack that they will be snowbound over the winter and also told them about the story of the caretaker (Charles Grady) who went crazy and brutally killed his wife and children. Jack being desperate acknowledges it but still accepted the offer. Danny (Danny Lloyd), his son, was found to have a gift of telepathy called “the shining”. It was discovered by Dick Hallorann (Scatman Crothers), the head chef of the hotel. Also, Dick warns Danny to stay out of Room 237 because there is something weird about it. But Danny went to Room 237 out of curiosity and by that all of the mischiefs started. The movie is a bit old but it is a great watch. It is not about ghosts, vampires, werewolves, and such. It is about madness, insanity and hallucinations. The movie focused on the mental state of a person – It was the element used to give the scare and thrill of the movie itself.
The Orphanage (2007)
The movie was directed by J.A. Bayona produced by Guillermo Del Toro. It is a story of a family who went to the orphanage with the plan of reopening it. Laura (Belén Rueda) was interested in reopening the orphanage because it was once her home. She was an orphan when she was a child and as a form of giving back she is planning to re-establish it to house people with special needs. But as they went there things got strange. Her son started to act differently and made imaginary friends. The film got even spookier when a masked child and its mother who took an interest on Laura’s child visited the orphanage. Revelations of the things of the past was triggered by then. Its difference with other horror films is that it does not focus on the sound effects but it used the traditional way of frightening people.
Funny Games (1997)
An Austrian psychological thriller film directed by Michael Haneke. The story is about two young men who took hostage and tortured a family with games that are brutal for their entertainment. This film is really creepy and a must watch for those sadistic people out there. Usually people hold hostages with the intent of robbery and revenge but this time they are doing it for the sole purpose of entertainment. Creepy right? The fact that the film shows high possibility of it happening in real life is very frightening.
Aaron Boone (Craig Sheffer) dreamt of a place called Midian which is a place where monsters can go to be rectified and accepted. With these recurring nightmares he decided to ask a psychotherapist’ advice not knowing that the doctor was a serial murderer. Dr. Phillip K. Decker (David Cronenberg) told that Boone was the one murdering the people in order to cover up all of the murders he have done. He asked Boone to turn himself over to the police. Boone was drugged by Dr, Decker and was hit by a truck. He was rushed in the hospital and overheard the drug-addled cries of Narcisse who is waiting for the monsters to take him to Midian. He asked Narcisse how to get to Midian then went there. He then told his “sins” there but the monster, Peloquin, did not believe him because he smelled innocence from him. Suddenly he bit Boone but Boone escaped then unexpectedly met Dr. Decker together with the police in the vicinity. He was gunned down by the police. He did not die. He transformed into a nightbreed because early on he was bit by Peloquin. His girlfriend Lori (Anne Bobby) was worried as to why her boyfriend suddenly left her. Out of curiosity she went to Midian in order to find his boyfriend. The movie breaks down the ideology that the monsters are those creepy looking creatures but instead it showed that the monsters are the people. As people try to douse their fears they become the ones to be feared itself. The movie is a good watch I would rate it 4.5/5. It’s really amazing how horror film directors in the 1900s make their scares a success even without the advanced technology.
The Hills Run Red (2009)
Brutality is preeminent in the film– shown through numerous sadistic murders and deaths. Horrifying to the fullest, the film however portrayed death not in an overacting sort of way nor too bland. Without giving endlessly the plot or any further curves, let me put into conclusion that a ridiculous family get-together for a film, that has become absolutely gruesome, seems effective for a horror movie. This film I was delighted from its beginning to every superb detail it executes is worth my watch. It was not that unique plot and a portion of the turns were seen coming but its unexplainably interesting to watch the film. The stellar acting may be far from ruining the entirety of the film because it was a fact that their acts made the horror film effective. I do critically and whole-heartedly give the film a one hell of a 4 out of 5 stars.