The magic of the spooky season may require a little more suspension of disbelief in our adult years, but that doesn’t make it an unworthy celebration. Getting into the Halloween spirit can be as simple as dimming the lights and turning on a scary movie.
To really get in the right state of mind, whether you need to relax or just want to up the fun factor, we suggest mixing up a cannabis-infused sweet treat to heighten your senses and make the flick that much more enjoyable.
If you’re wondering which spooky movies you may want to include in your Halloween celebrations, we’ve got a few suggestions to consider. The following five movie picks range from macabre thrillers and monster masterpieces to delightfully dark cul classics. Enjoy—if you dare.
1. “Dead Alive” Is an Absurd Horror Comedy for Folks Who Enjoy the Outrageous
This macabre, slapstick comedy gained a cult following after director Peter Jackson went on to achieve “Lord of the Rings” fame. Though “Dead Alive” was a box office failure at the time of its release in 1992, the sheer outrageousness of the plot has actually made it stand the test of time.
To give you an idea of the tone of the movie, the plot starts off with a rabid rat-monkey hybrid biting an elderly woman, turning her into a zombie. Then she begins turning everyone in her manicured Wellington, New Zealand, neighbourhood into zombies, too.
There’s an outrageous amount of gore, splattering organs and flying dismembered limbs to be seen here. If you love a proper, bloody, zombie massacre with a bit of humour, put “Dead Alive” on your Halloween viewing list.
2. “What We Do in the Shadows” Hilariously Puts Vampires in Modern-Day Situations
If you’re craving good acting and clever writing but still want some classic seasonal spook-factor, this mockumentary horror film starring Jemaine Clement from “Flight of the Conchords” fame is a great option. “What We Do in the Shadows” follows a group of four vampire roommates, each of whom are at least a few centuries old, on their day-to-day dealings in the otherwise completely normal city of Wellington, New Zealand. (The kiwis seem to have cornered the market on funny horror.)
While they struggle to adapt to modern life and meet their vampire need for blood, they still manage to keep up their daily chores, try to go to clubs and pay the rent—but not without many hilarious tribulations. Go for this flick if you like humour with your horror.
3. “Nosferatu” Is the Haunting Classic Some Say Started It All
One of the most influential monster movies of all time, “Nosferatu” served as the inspiration for a modern horror classic, Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” The monster is the shadowy Count Orlock, a Transylvania-based vampire who haunts a visitor to his castle who’s there to sell a house.
This 1922 German expressionist, black-and-white film, complete with a dramatic organ soundtrack, is a borderline disorienting treat. Check it out for the spooky ambience alone.
4. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”: Halloween, But Make it a Musical
With its sci-fi-inspired costumes and iconic musical soundtrack and dance-numbers (“Time Warp,” anyone?) “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is a musical horror-comedy that’s a timeless spectacle.
Tim Curry plays Dr. Frank N. Furter, a self-proclaimed sweet transvestite who takes a conservative newlywed couple (Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick) into his castle for the night after they get a flat tire. And the events that transpire are as shocking as the cast of unruly characters that take over.
Whether you’ve seen it hundreds of times or never, “Rocky Horror Picture Show” is consistently, a mind-expander. A Halloween viewing of this for those who could pass on the gore is what the doctor ordered.
5. “Heathers” Turns the ’80s High School Flick on its Head
“Heathers” is a black comedy starring Winona Ryder, Christian Slater and Shannen Doherty as teens at an Ohio high school. Though released back in 1988, the flick is still well-loved for its shockingly subversive themes and wit.
When Veronica, one of the most popular girls in school, turns on her clique and teams up with a new kid in school, a murderous plot turns even uglier than they expect. At the time of its release, this film was not well-received by all—some didn’t approve of the comedic spin on the topic of teen suicide.
Now, audiences who appreciate next-level dark humour make up the modern-day cult that is “The Heathers” fans. If you liked “Mean Girls,” or tune into “Scream Queens,” chances are you’ll like “Heathers.”
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