Tomorrow is Halloween and if you haven’t gotten into the spirit of things yet I would like to help.
For most people Halloween comes with many traditions. Outside of the parties, costumes and trick or treating, movies, music and comics are as much a part of the season. All the stations are playing horror movies, comics are zombify-ing up for the season and all those classic Monster Mash records are coming out of dusty bins. The thing is, these are all the same things we see year after year. I love the Halloween movies and doing the Transilvania Twist as much as the next ghoul but every so often you need a new infusion of blood. Tradition can be a comforting and good thing but so is change. Below are some of my recent favorites for the past couple years. Fresh as a rotting corpse to add into your Halloween entertainment traditions.
A side note. All of this things are available digitally whether it be Netflix Streaming, Comixology or Bandcamp, meaning they are easy to find, purchase and consume.
Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil
This movie is a prime example of how a well made horror movie can mix with comedy. Easily on par with Shaun of the Dead and just as clever, Tucker & Dale plays on the concept of the scary rural redneck in horror movies and how “city folk” perceive them. Funny as all get out, gory through and trough and even touching in moments, Tucker & Dale is a great addition to any Halloween movie night.
This movie sort of came and went without much noise and that is a darn shame. Ti West previously made the awesome and highly underrated House of the Devil but The Innkeepers is a bit of a departure from the slow burn satanic romp. It’s still a slow burn horror movie in the classical style. The movie allows suspense to build instead of just going balls to the wall every five minutes. It helps that there are actually characters in this horror film that you don’t immediately hate and want to see die. This isn’t a gore fest, instead it relies on tried and true horror tactics to unnerve and haunt you.
John Dies at the End
Based on the book of the same name and directed but the great Don Coscarelli (Phantasm, Bubba Ho-Tep) John Dies at the End is a unique movie, as you would expect from Coscarelli. Not your average horror film, or even average film at all. It’s more of a trip into the bizarre full of awesome characters, monsters and an all consuming inter – dimensional world destroyer. A clever story and a good fun movie to sneak into the rest of your Halloween viewing.
Richard Corben’s Edgar Allan Poe Series
What could be more Halloween than Edgar Allan Poe? Well how about the amazing and legendary artist Richard Corben adapting them into comic book form? Corben has a long and amazing past working in comics but over the past two years he has been adapting classic Poe tales and the results have been breath taking. He has done Conqueror Worm, The Fall of the House of Usher and released today, The Raven and The Red Death. Corben’s grisly and expressive art is the perfect compliment to Poe’s work and for me, these are instant classics. All of these can be purchased digitally at Dark Horse Digital.