What Are You Watching This Halloween?

a quick trip to the DVD rack with Renzie Baluyut.

It’s Halloween– what are you watching for the Halloween weekend?  There are a lot of good scary movies out there- The Exorcist, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the Scream series- and even those that aren’t as good, but still very entertaining- like your Final Destination series, the later Nightmare on Elm Street movies, or stuff like I Know What You Did Last Summer, or Urban Legend.

What say we recommend you some flicks you’ve probably never seen at all, or maybe seen once, but didn’t quite appreciate it the first time?

I’ve put together a list of 69 must-watch DVD’s for your Halloween weekend viewing.

These lists are by no means definitive in any way.  In fact, there are lots of other great horror movies out there that are not part of this list.  But if I had to watch just ten of them at a time, then these would be it.

Breaking it down, we have:

Let’s break out the lists!

Ten Great Horror Movies from the 1990’s

They say Jacobs Ladder [1990] has a killer twist in the end.  Sounds fun already.
They say Jacob's Ladder has a killer twist in the end. Sounds like so much fun already.
I thought the nineties would be a great decade to start with.  As it turns out, there are a lot of good flicks so many others online have recommended– some which were probably never shown here in the Philippines, or worse, marketed under some crappy title.

The 1990’s was also a time when I was either way too much into school (I was taking up Physical Therapy in the early ’90’s, which allowed for very little time to do anything but read and study), or way too much into work (when I was starting out as a lowly radio disk jockey).  Which meant I may have missed out on some pretty good movies.

Nevertheless, I’ve managed to put together a nice pile of 10 DVD’s to check out for the Halloween holiday:

  • The Candyman [1992]
  • Jacob’s Ladder [1990]
  • The Prophecy [1995]
  • The Relic [1997]
  • Stir of Echoes [1999]
  • John Carpenter’s Vampires [1998]
  • Event Horizon [1997]
  • Ravenous [1999]
  • The People Under the Stairs [1991]
  • The Frighteners [1996]

Check out the more detailed version of this list here on my other blog, RenzieMedia.com.

Ten Must-see Horror DVDs from the Eighties:

The Company of Wolves [1994] was based on a series of werewolf short stories by Angela Carter.
The Company of Wolves was based on a series of short stories on werewolves by Angela Carter.
I can remember how horror movies in the ’80’s have somehow devolved into some horror/comedy hybrid, most likely as an effort to be more commercial, and therefore make more money.  Some worked out alright, but unfortunately, so much more have missed the mark.  But every now and then, you do get a timeless piece of work.

Some of these DVDs (Near Dark, The Company of Wolves, Nomads, An American Werewolf in London) are movies I haven’t even seen before, which makes it all the more interesting.  The rest are just plain good ol’ favorites definitely worth watching again this Halloween.

  • The Thing [1982]
  • Hellraiser [1987]
  • Pumpkinhead [1988]
  • Near Dark [1987]
  • The Shining [1980]
  • An American Werewolf in London [1981]
  • Evil Dead II [1987]
  • Prince of Darkness [1987]
  • The Company of Wolves [1984]
  • Nomads [1986]

Ten Truly Scary Asian Horror Flicks

If you think the Hollywood version of The Ring was scary, wait til you watch the original. Youll probably sleep with the lights on for days after.
If you think the Hollywood version of The Ring was scary, wait til you watch the original. You'll probably sleep with the lights on for days after.

Asian Horror truly made its mark on the world with some really twisted movies.  In fact, Hideo Nakata’s Ringu have left me all screwed up even to this day, and it remains as the scariest movie I’ve ever seen in my entire life.

True, Hollywood has brought a lot of these titles to the Western box office, but you have to watch the originals to get a better appreciation of these Asian masterpieces.   

  • Audition [1999]
  • Ringu (The Ring) [1998]
  • Janghwa, Hongryeon (A Tale of Two Sisters) [2003]
  • A Chinese Ghost Story [1987]
  • Ang Pamana (The Inheritance) [2006]
  • The Eye [2003]
  • The Maid [2005]
  • Ju-on (The Grudge) [2003]
  • Uzumaki (Spiral) [2000]
  • Yeogo Goedam (Whispering Corridors) [1998]

Nineteen Films to Die For from the AfterDark series of DVDs

The AfterDark HorrorFest 2007 promotional poster
The AfterDark HorrorFest 2007 promotional poster

I was really looking forward for an AfterDark HorrorFest this year, just like the ones they had back in 2006 and in 2007.  Nevertheless, the next AfterDark film festival- Horrorfest III- has been announced, and will hit selected cinemas on 09 January 2009.

In the meantime, Halloween is a great time to watch all the previous HorrorFest flicks from the two past years.  Here they are:

  • The Abandoned [2006]
  • Dark Ride [2006]
  • The Gravedancers [2005]
  • The Hamiltons [2006]
  • Penny Dreadful [2006]
  • Reincarnation [2005]
  • Unrest [2006]
  • Wicked Little Things [2006]
  • Snoop Dogg’s Hood of Horror [2006]
  • The Tripper [2007]
  • Borderland [2007]
  • Crazy Eights [2006]
  • The Deaths of Ian Stone [2007]
  • Lake Dead [2007]
  • Mulberry Street [2007]
  • Nightmare Man [2006]
  • Tooth and Nail [2007]
  • Unearthed [2006]
  • Frontier(s) [2007]

Ten Classic Horror Masterpieces

  Dario Argentos Suspiria [1977] comes in very highly recommended, and is considered by many to be Argentos best piece of work.
Dario Argento's Suspiria comes in very highly recommended, and is considered by many to be Argento's best piece of work.
I have to admit- I haven’t seen most of the flicks on this list of ten classic horror movies (everything but the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre). I’ve only read so much about them as recommendations by other people, and well, based on what I can tell, these ten should make for quite a weekend of viewing.

If you really think about, there should be a longer list for the classics– four of these movies are just from the 70’s alone, and there must be more from all the past decades, all the way to Nosferatu, which came out as a silent film in 1922.

The challenge, really, is finding DVDs of these great horror/suspense/thriller classics.

  • Dawn of the Dead [1978]
  • The Haunting [1963]
  • Night of the Living Dead [1968]
  • Bride of Frankenstein [1935]
  • Eyes Without a Face [1958]
  • Nosferatu [1922]
  • Quatermass and the Pit [1968]
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre [1974]
  • Suspiria [1977]
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers [1978]

Ten Horror Movies from the Recent Past (2000s) Worth Watching Again

Session 9 takes place in and around the Danvers State Mental Hospital in Danvers, Massachusetts.
Session 9 takes place in and around the Danvers State Mental Hospital in Danvers, Massachusetts.

Even with a derth of good movies in the past few years, we get treated to the occasional piece of work that’s worthy of anybody’s Horror movie collection.  Here are ten DVD’s you might want to check out if you’re looking for something more recent.

  • The Descent [2005]
  • Wrong Turn [2003]
  • Cabin Fever [2002]
  • Ginger Snaps [2000]
  • 28 Days Later [2002]
  • Rec [2007]
  • Session 9 [2001]
  • Rob Zombie’s Halloween [2007]
  • Shaun of the Dead [2004]
  • 30 Days of Night [2007]

So there you have it, ladies and gentlemen, a solid collection of 69 horror DVD’s you can easily put together for your Halloween viewing pleasure.  Go right ahead and make your own list, mix and match DVD’s according to your own personal tastes and preferences.  Tell me all about it– I’d love to hear what you had for the Halloween holidays.

This article was made right after I read some recommendations from Boston.com’s Top 50 Scariest Horror Movies of All Time, Michael Montoure’s Bloodletters, the guys over at CinemaRoll.com, Joblo.com, CurrentFilm.com, DVDTalk.com, EatMyBrains.com and KillerMovies.com.

Pictures courtesy of Wikipedia.com.  Also used Wikipedia, as well as the Internet Movie Database, IMDb.com as references for this entry.

Which horror movies are you watching this Halloween?

Cheers, everyone!

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10 thoughts on “What Are You Watching This Halloween?

  1. Wow, awesome list REnzie! I love most of your classic horror listings as well as the Asian’s. I’ll be into classic this Halloween too with a touch of latest horrors like Saw V and the House by Dekker.

    I’m awaiting this Dekker movie and kinda excited to see it! It’ll be in theaters on November 7, BTW. You might want to check out their list of cities where it’ll be shown, which is in their official website, http://housethemovie.net .

    Happy Halloween!

  2. Hey… Great post! You really have done your research and have quite a bit of knowledge on horror movies. This is truly a great list. Did you put The Sixth Sense anywhere? Anyway, for the past week I’ve been brushing up on my horror movies, watching The Descent (one of my favs), Hellraiser, Bride of Frankenstein, and some others. I’ll definitely use this list as a guideline for whatever movie I’m going to watch next.

  3. Hello Lisa.

    Thanks for checking us out. LOL I haven’t even seen SAW past the second one, and already, the fifth one’s already out. Looks like I have some catching up to do.

    Yes, I got my eyes on House as well. Thanks for the heads up!

    Happy Halloween!

  4. Hello Herculesrob.

    Well the only reason why I didn’t put “The Sixth Sense” up here is because I must have already seen it five or six times. And yeah, I remember how I kept all the lights on at night after the first time I saw it.

    I’m just about to watch “The Descent” myself. I’ve heard it was awesome, and I can’t believe I missed it on its regular run.

    Happy Halloween, man!

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