September 25, 2017
Last fall I wrote about 15 underrated, creepy gems that you should take a look at before All Hallow’s Eve. I trust you watched all of them, yes? Now it’s time for 10 more!
Some of these are genuinely creepy, some are goofy, and some are definitely of the cheesy variety, but they are all winners in my book. I love the classics of the genre, but the goal here is to dig a little deeper and go beneath the surface to unearth some flicks you might not be too familiar with.
Attack the Block (2011)
A rough, inner city London neighborhood filled with endless housing projects is the setting for this action-packed alien invasion film. A group of teenagers do battle with beings from outer space after a meteorite falls from the sky. A lot of humor and a lot of creatures abound in this one.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)
This beautiful black and white film (in Persian with English subtitles) was billed as the “first Iranian vampire western.” A young female vampire stalks the streets of “Bad City” at night, preying on thugs and other undesirables. In the midst of her murders, she meets a boy…then things get complicated.
A young French couple living in a remote house in the country find themselves under siege one night by a group of nameless, faceless assailants. Short and sweet at only 76 minutes, the tension never lets up.
The Monster Squad (1987)
The stars of this classic are currently on a tour showing a restored version of the film in all its glory (sadly not coming to Charlotte). A group of classic monsters (Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, etc.) descend on a small town in search of a powerful amulet that will let them take over the world. Their only obstacle? A group of horror-obsessed kids who band together to fight back against them.
Angel Heart (1987)
Anything Satanic is A-OK in my book! A 1950s private eye played by Mickey Rourke is hired by a shadowy figure (Robert De Niro) to track down a famous singer who disappeared in Times Square after World War II. Rourke finds himself immersed in a bizarre world filled with occult murders as he travels from New York City to New Orleans in search of his target. You won’t see this ending coming…trust me.
The Devil’s Backbone (2001)
Set in the 1930s during the Spanish Civil War, a young boy arrives at a desolate, rural orphanage that he soon discovers is haunted and harbors many disturbing secrets.
Don’t Look Now (1973)
You’ll never look at a little girl in a red coat the same way again. An American husband and wife relocate to Italy after the tragic death of their young daughter…then things get creepy. The couple hopes the change of scenery will help them forget about their daughter, but things don’t go as planned. Probably one of the most unsettling films finales you’ll ever see.
The Hitcher (1986)
Rutger Hauer is so good at playing a psycho, isn’t he? A seemingly clueless young man driving across the country picks up a hitchhiker on a rainy night (good move) and things spiral out of control from there.
Trick ‘r Treat (2007)
This one is perfect for this time of year. A fun, creepy anthology of 4 short Halloween-themed stories that all tie together in the end.
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
I know, I know, some people will scratch their heads at the inclusion of this one, but the return of the masked serial killer after a 7-year hiatus (Halloween III: Season of the Witch doesn’t count in my book) is surprisingly creepy and atmospheric. Michael Myers returns to his native Haddonfield to wreak havoc on the local population…again.