It’s Halloween! And you are stuck for something to watch? Well here are some suggestions for you.
Train to Busan
Okay, so this is a Korean film, so yes there are subtitles but don’t let that put you off because I would say without a doubt that it’s the best Zombie Film I’ve seen. The action is impeccable, the tension is so high that you pretty much feel on edge for the whole film and it has so much emotion at its core that you may even find your self shedding a tear or two at the end!
Other reasons to watch: if your a Gong Yoo fan, you liked Snowpeicer (directed by Bong Joon-ho) or your a fan of Korean Cinema
Wonderfully gothic, Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak is the perfect Halloween night watch for those who love the classic Victorian novels Wuthering Heights and Dracula. It’s also a visual feast for the eyes and Allerdale Hall the beautifully designed property that much of the film is set at is like a character itself in the film and it’s one of the most impressively short horror films I’ve seen, but that’s no surprise with Toro behind the camera.
Other suggestion from Guillermo del Toro: Pan’s Labyrinth – The creature in this clip still gives me the creeps!
Only Lovers Left Alive
Slow paced but all the more perfect for it, this film is exquisitely shot and the main characters are enthralling to watch. I am a total sucker (no pun intended) for anything to do with vampires and I always have, I just find the idea of immortality as both a blessing and a curse (and all the other stuff that comes with being a vampire) so interesting. Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton are ethereal and mesmerising as Adam and Eve and of course, the late John Hurt is exceptional as Christopher Marlowe.
Other reasons to watch: if you’re a lover of music or literature, or maybe both then you’ll appreciate the soundtrack and all the interesting books these lovers have collected over lifetimes.
Robert Rodriguez’s pulp horror zombie movie Planet Terror is just so much fun to watch, it’s a hark back to old horror B-movies. The film is absolutely bonkers and bizarre and it’s a lighthearted take on the Zombie genre.My favourite character has to be Cherry Darling played by Rose McGowan because let’s face it, having a machine gun as a leg is the ultimate Zombie apocalypse weapon.
Other reasons to watch: Rodriguez wrote, directed, scored and produced the film and it’s clear to see how much passion went into the movie. Plus the soundtrack, specifically Cherry’s theme is pretty awesome
A priest becomes a vampire! Well, that’s certainly messed up and paves the way for the usual Vampiric self-loathing but on steroids due to his religious beliefs. Park Chan Wook is one of the greatest directors working in cinema right now and I love how he deftly juggles gore, comedy and seriousness all at the same time.
Other suggestion from Park Chan Wook: Stoker, his first (and only to this date) English Language film follows a family coping with the death of the Patriarch and the appearance of his mysterious brother. It’s creepy and beautifully shot.
Okay, so that’s a wrap, seven films for a frightful evening of Vampires, Ghosts, Zombies and Total creepiness! Let me know in the comments section what your planning on watching and also give me a shout if you’ve seen or love any of these films I’ve recommended!
Side Note: It’s bonkers how many good creepy films Mia Wasikowska has been in, seeing as she has appeared 3 times on my list with Crimson Peak, Only Lovers Left Alive and Stoker.
🎃 HAPPY HALLOWEEN! 🎃