Today’s Top Ten post is a Halloween freebie. I adore Halloween. The vibe. The aesthetic. The ability to try on identities. The abundant scary movies! Keeping all that in mind, it might be surprising that I don’t love horror novels. I typically find them kind of trite and predictable. I’m sure there are good ones, but it’s just not my genre.
However, I love me a scary movie. This year was my first year attending Dedfest, a locally run week of horror/horror adjacent movies. These are not your typical blockbuster fare movies. Some are gross, some scary, some down right silly, and most a combination of all of those things. I only went to a couple of the many, many movies they showed over the course of the festival, but it inspired today’s post. (I’ve included bookended the post with he movies I saw)
The following movies may include a few laughs, a bit of a spine shiver, some disturbing AF content, and healthy dose of suspension of reality.
A group of filmmakers sets out to make the first 3D found footage horror movie, but find themselves IN a found footage horror movie when the evil entity from their film escapes into their behind-the-scenes footage.
Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods.
A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.
A small town is taken over by an alien plague, turning residents into zombies and all forms of mutant monsters.
About the inhabitants of a small Iowa town suddenly plagued by insanity and then death after a mysterious toxin contaminates their water supply.
A young woman’s quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.
Five interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband; and a mean old man meets his match with a demonic, supernatural trick-or-treater.
A normal Friday service at a fast food restaurant becomes interrupted by a police officer who claims an employee stole from a customer, but something more sinister is going on.
A psychological thriller in which a deadly virus infects a small Ontario town.
Two estranged brothers reunite at their missing father’s video store to liquidate the property and sell off his assets. As they dig through the store, they find a VCR board game dubbed ‘Beyond The Gates’ that holds a connection to their father’s disappearance and deadly consequences for anyone who plays it.
This movie scared the bejesus out of me as a kid. It still puts me on edge just to think about it. I blame Bette Davis.