I’m just going to steer your attention to a couple of films that you may or may not have heard of but are worth your while watching this Halloween. Those of you looking for loads of jumps and scares (what Mark Kermode calls Cattle Prod Cinema) may be a little disappointed while watching this selection, they fall more into the suspense/dread psychological horror category.
‘Don’t Look Now’ tells the story of a married couple whose time in Venice is haunted by the presence of a figure from their past. Its really about the psychological effects of losing a loved one. The quiet, wintery streets and canals of Venice are one of the real stars of the piece.
‘Shutter’ is the only one of this group that falls somewhat in the sudden jump/scare category of horror. It’s a film from Thailand where the main protagonists come to realise that the unusual shapes appearing in their photographs are more than just lens flare!
The Vanishing (Spoorloos)
One of the best films, not just horror films, to be released in the last 25 years. Could be viewed as more of a thriller, but the horrific elements of the film are undeniable. The real horror for me comes from the fact that the premise is so plausible, the perpetrator so mundane, and the act so random. The structure of the film is really inventive and masterfully directed, jumping back and forth in time, giving equal screen time to both victim and perpetrator. It’s a must see.
If jumps and scares are more your thing I would recommend this year’s ‘The Conjuring’ as a good place to start. If you’re more into the gory/slasher type horror then look towards France and films like Inside, Martyrs, Frontier(s) and Haute Tension.*Huge thanks to David for writing this guest post. I watched all three of these films along with him and agree that The Vanishing is probably the best out of the lot! David is a huge movie buff and web designer. He actually designed the blog for me. You can find him here* Have you seen any of these movies? What’s your favourite horror films?