Thursday, October 11

A Guide To Movies & Shows For Halloween (for the scaredy-cats and horror fans alike!)


Creepy horrors, mysterious movies and supernatural tales are an essential part of October in our house... but who am I kidding??? These are my favorite movies all through the year, even during Christmas, which means that I'm pretty well-versed in these genres.

Thus, I thought it'd be useful for some of our readers - maybe you included? - to flood you with some recommendations! I made sure to include as many type of titles as possible - you'll find truly creepy horrors, gory movies, thrillers, mysteries and even animated movies and shows. Basically, I have something for everyone here, so I'm VERY excited to see your reactions! 

Titles link to IMDb. 



TV SHOWS

for those in need of something scary(-ish)


AMERICAN HORROR STORY


 

πŸ’€ IT IS AN ANTHOLOGY, so even though there are some small connections between the seasons, you can totally watch them out of order, and even leave out the ones you don't care about. 

πŸ’€ THE ACTING is A+, with actors like Jessica Lange, Angela Basset, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe and Evan Peters playing some of the leading roles. 

πŸ’€ There's SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE in the series - it has gore, dark episodes, sort of scary scenes, weirdness, fantastic & complex characters, and humor.

πŸ’€ For those who are unfamiliar with the series: S1 - Murder House, S2 - Asylum, S3 - Coven, S4 - Freak Show, S5 - Hotel, S6 - Roanoke, S7 - Cult, S8 - Apocalypse

πŸ’€ Each season is fine, but the first and second are my favorites, whilst Hotel is probably my least favorite. 

Other title(s) worth mentioning:

(I only watched the first season, but that was COOL!)


for those in need of something mysterious

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER


πŸ’€ DIVERSITY - Nearly all the main characters are diverse - there are black, bisexual, Asian and gay protagonists.

πŸ’€ MYSTERY - There's a new mystery in every season with time jumps in each episode to keep the truth hidden from the viewers until the near-end, and IT WORKS SO WELL. Of course, there's a main plot that's been going on from the first season, and these sub-plots fit into that perfectly.

πŸ’€ CASES - The characters go to law school, and they get some truly interesting cases and people to defend. Unfortunately, as the plot thickens, they have less and less such cases, but the first season in particular has tons of intriguing ones.

πŸ’€ SHIPS - Obviously, romance is NOT the main aspect of this show, but SOME OF THE SHIPS ARE REALLY GOOD. 

other title(s) worth mentioning.

for those in need of an animated show

GRAVITY FALLS


πŸ’€ A+ GRAPHICS - Honestly, one of the most gorgeous animations I've ever seen. Every little detail is well-done and ah, just check out the first episode and you'll see for yourself what I mean. 

πŸ’€ FANTASTIC RELATIONSHIPS - Be it the stunning twin-bond between Dipper and Mabel, their friendship with others, or their relationship with their uncle, Stan, every single relationship is portrayed SO REALISTICALLY. They argue, they disagree, they do not talk to each other at times, but they obviously love each other so very much.

πŸ’€ THERE IS A PIG. 'Nuff said.

πŸ’€ MYSTERIOUS. For a show that was aimed at kids originally, Gravity Falls packs some seriously shocking punches. ALSO, each episode basically has a new and super-intriguing secret revealed about Gravity Falls (as in, the town), like magical creatures or robot-making geniuses. I KNOW, SOUNDS TOO WEIRD, BUT IT'S FANTASTIC. 

Other title(s) worth mentioning:

MOVIES.


slower build-up, but TENSION-filled


GET OUT




πŸ’€ THE ACTING took my breath away. Incredibly talented actors, amazing direction and just fantastic work all around. 

πŸ’€ PLOT TWISTS that shocked me to my core. 

πŸ’€ TENSION, SO MUCH TENSION. Like the category title says - slower build up, but from the get go YOU KNOW that everything will go to shit, and the build-up is so so so well-done. 

Other title(s) worth mentioning:

NIGHTCRAWLER








more dark and mysterious than scary

IT


πŸ’€ HORROR, BUT WORKS FOR NON-HORROR FANS!? Okay, so I'm a huge fan of horror movies, and I looooved IT a lot, but I also know people who despise horror movies, yet, IT worked for them, too! SO, obviously, IT is generally liked by everyone, or so we should pretend for the sake of this post.

πŸ’€ THE! ACTING! IS! SO! GOOD! I'm not sure when was the last time I saw a movie with such young cast who a) were INCREDIBLY talented, and b) had great chemistry. I swear to god, I could totally imagine these guys hanging out IRL. 

πŸ’€ A GREAT ADAPTATION. I haven't read the book (sorry fans!), but the friend I watched the movie with is a HUGE Stephen King fan AND she is really critical, but even she was impressed by IT. 

πŸ’€ LONG, BUT DOESN'T FEEL LONG. IT is longer than two hours, yet, time seemed to flew by, because the plot was fast-paced and intriguing from the first scene to the last.

Other title(s) worth mentioning:

(this is an anthology about the darkness in everyday people who get pushed to the edge, and it is a freaking masterpiece)

(but read the book first, because book >>>>>>>>>>> movie)




actually scared the hell out of me


HEREDITARY



πŸ’€ DARK, SINISTER AND UNIQUE. I've seen a shit ton of horror movies, but Hereditary is honest to god the most unique EVER. 

πŸ’€  AMAZING CAST who gave convincing performances. Loved how while this was a creepy movie, there were a lot of other emotions there: anger, grief, distrust - Hereditary brought you all the worst of humans. 

πŸ’€  LEAVES YOU WITH SOME QUESTIONS. Now, this can be both positive and negative, depending on what you like, but I think it was delightful to see a horror movie that's aim is to leave you with some things to ponder over. Not being 1000% sure about some of the events that took place added a lot to the overall disturbance level. 


(okay, to be honest, I think this wasn't very impressive?? but good enough for a quick horror movie)

ANNABELLE: CREATION



THE NUN
(Far from being scary, but it was very atmospheric and entertaining. If you like the rest of the Conjuring franchise, I highly recommend it.)



not necessarily scary, but quite bloody

I don't want to highlight either of these, because they are SO DIFFERENT from each other - Goodnight Mommy is truly dark and twisted and plays onto a lot of fears people have, whilst The Hateful Eight is a dark comedy. Both are great - though, I did like the latter more - and worth watching. HOWEVER, do NOT go and read a lot about GM, because MANY reviews spoil the twist, which is so not cool. 


animated movies

COCO


πŸ’€  Stunning visuals and a creative and well-written story add up to Coco being ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES I HAVE SEEN IN YEARS. 

πŸ’€  It is truly a family movie with a MASSIVE EMPHASIS ON FAMILY. I loved how the protagonist, Miguel, was able to meet with so many of ancestors, and all that ensued from him crossing into the Land of the Dead. 

πŸ’€  More than that, though, I adored how IT SHOWED THAT PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS ETC. CAN MAKE MISTAKES, which is rare, especially in kids' movies. Adults owning up to being wrong and apologizing to kids is a MOOD.

πŸ’€  Obviously, props for the latinx - specifically Mexican - REPRESENTATION!! 



    Other title(s) worth mentioning:

    MONSTER HOUSE



    not scary titles that would still work for Halloween

    DESCENDANTS (and Descendants 2)



    πŸ’€ DISNEY'S FIRST AWESOME TITLE IN YEARS!!

    πŸ’€ MUSICAL! I mean, that's a plus for me, but if you dislike music-numbers in movies than probably not cool for you. BUT!! The songs are actually catchy, and closer to being "radio-friendly" than any other Disney songs, to be honest. 

    πŸ’€ KENNY ORTEGA OF HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL DIRECTED THE MOVIES.

    πŸ’€ INTERESTING CHARACTERS. The main characters are literally the descendants of 4 great villains - Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Jafar and Cruella de Vil - living imprisoned on an island with all the other villains and their kids.  

    πŸ’€ Honestly, the production value is, obviously, lower than that of other movies from this list, but The Descendants are SO WORTH WATCHING!!



      Other title(s) worth mentioning:

      • THE SHAPE OF WATER
       



      QUESTION TIME!

      Have you watched any of these? What did you think? Any you find interesting from my list? What movies or shows are you planning on watching this Halloween?

      16 comments:

      1. Hmm, let's see, that's a huge collection of tv shows and movies! I loved the first two seasons of AHS (fun fact: the lighbulb in my room exploded while I was watching the exorcism scene in season 2), but I thought 3 wasn't up to par and I only started 4 and 5.
        I've watched some of Criminal Minds, HtGAWM, and Penny Dreadful.
        Of the movies, I've seen some too, but not many because horror films lean into the gore and/or loud sounds scares for me, while I prefer something more like the Twin Peaks brand of creepy.
        I loooved Death Becomes Her as a kid. HUGE crush on Isabella Rosellini there.

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        1. Omg that would have scared me so bad! :O Yeah, I agree - while I enjoyed all seasons to an extent, the first two were the most excellent by far.
          Oh same - I mean, I love horror movies but the loud sounds that come with the jumpscares always manage to scare me so bad haha.

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      2. I have seen many of these movies and shows, American Horror, The Shape of Water, Into the Woods, etc., etc., etc. I love this genre and you have some great ones on this list. Netflix has some shows I am planning on watching, Malevolent and Hold the Dark and whatever else pops up.

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        1. Thank you, glad you liked the post. :) I'm also planning on watching Malovent and I'm excited for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix.

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      3. YES TO THIS POST! Horror movies are my faves of all time and I watch as many as I can get my hands on. You do too, obviously, since there were only about 5 of these I haven't seen! I have promptly opened them up in IMDB and hopefully I can find access to them :D

        Have you seen Marrowbone? It's a scary movie but also super amazing in other ways. I won't tell you anything else but I loved it a lot and highly recommend it to fans of a good horror movie!

        Also The Village! It is old but also such a good one to fall back on when in need.

        Absolutely loved this post, Veronika!! :D I love finding others who love horror movies!!

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        1. I'm glad you enjoyed this post, and wow that's so cool that you've seen so many of the ones I mentioned! I've checked out Marrowbone and The Village, and I'm definitely interested in both - will try to get them before Halloween.

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      4. I can't even begin to wrap my mind around the ton of work that went into this post - what with pairing every movie/show with a related gif!

        But pssst...ONE SHOW IS MISSING...you can't let Supernatural out of a list like this! Not that I'm biased or anything. *whistles*

        WATCH. SUPERNATURAL. NOW. πŸ‘Ώ 😜

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        1. Haha, I never watched Supernatural simply because it is SO DAMN LENGTHY and still on-going (I think?? or not, idk) and it is hella intimidating. Maybe one day though.

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        2. Yep, they're on their 14th year and running (I think! of course we aren't to know if it will get renewed for a 15th season till spring). The sad thing is, we're still waiting for S.13 to air here in Italy. It's been on during the summer lately, but this year it didn't air, and there are no words about it yet. *grrr*

          Sorry, I got carried away LOL. Do you usually get your shows in a timely manner in Hungary? and are they dubbed? ours are.

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        3. Oh no, that sucks! I remember you being worried about spoilers of Doctor Who because it'll be some time before it airs for you. :|

          Haha, NOPE - some of the shows I watch will never air here, or otherwise they air a lot later (e.g. American Horror Story always airs around a year after US release.) I use Netflix, and khm, other sites.. And yeah, shows are always dubbed here.

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      5. I'm looking forward to the new "Sabrina" series--it should be atmospheric and cool!

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      6. When it comes to horror, I am a total scaredy-cat. Like even some of the GIFs in this post gave me the creeps. Like even American Horror story is WAY too much for me and my fragile deposition.

        For the most part, I stick to mysteries and crime stuff. I LOVE Criminal Minds and Bones, with the thrill of a crime instead of like a thriller. I can mostly handle gore, but jump scares and tension is when I get creeped out.

        That being said, I do really want to want A Series of Unfortunate Events. I loved the books when I was younger and I need to see Neil Patrick Harris as Olaf. It's somewhat a kid's show, so I know that it can't be too scary (at least, I think).

        Thanks for the recommendations and for helping those who are scared of horror, but want to celebrate Halloween!

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        1. Haha that's fair. Ooh I like Bones - it's not a favorite, but it's definitely entertaining and I watch it when it's on tv here.

          A Series of Unfortunate Events is not scary, I SWEAR! It's very entertaining but also dark & Neil Patrick Harris is the perfect Olaf.

          No problem, I'm so happy you enjoyed this post even though you don't watch horrors. :D

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      7. Ahh this is amazing Veronika! Corpse Bride is definitely my all time favorite animation <3 And Conjuring creeps the shit out of me, I was literally hoarse from screaming and can barely move after I watched it the first time. Murder House and Asylum were my favorites too, haven't watched the rest of AHS. It was so much scarier than what I was expected and Gravity Falls!! Ugh, that show was cancelled too soon!

        I'm adding so much from this list to my watch list ahaha. I just watched Silence of the Lambs for the first time today and it was AMAZING. I highly recommend it, what a classic.

        Tasya // The Literary Huntress

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        1. I need to rewatch Corpse Bride, it's such a classic. Conjuring is probably one of the scariest movies I've ever seen - the scene with the woman on top of the wardrobe made me gasp in the cinema :O I agree about GF, we NEED more of it!!

          Shamefully I haven't yet watched Silence of the Lambs, will have to do it soon, thanks for the rec.

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