[Reel Watchers] Vic’s Top 5 Halloween Picks

By: Vic Abreu

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Suspiria (2018)

One of my favorite films of all time. It’s an example of style over substance done right- the soft, bright red and blue hues of Petra Collins were perfected years before in Dario Argento’s masterpiece. It’s the story of a ballet student settling in at an academy in Berlin who discovers a terrifying coven of witches. Beautiful, 70s Italo-horror chaos ensues. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

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Lake Mungo (2008)

Jesus Christ. I wish I can burn the image at the climax of the film out of my mind. Lake Mungo is an incredible slow burn of a horror film that presents itself otherwise- it mostly deals with an Australian family’s grief over losing their daughter. It’s when you find out how she died that a one-two gut punch of fright and emptiness ends up sticking with you for a week. Watch if you enjoy Twin Peaks and showering with your curtain open.

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The VVitch (2015)

Might be an easy pick but it’s easy for a reason. I absolutely love Robert Eggers’ direction in this. Barely any jump scares, all just the spartan, religious horror of early American witches. I love all of it, down to the old colonial dialect that made the movie all the more real to me. Also- THE WRITERS DID THEIR RESEARCH! The VVitch wears its European folklore roots on its sleeve and wears them well.

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Tokyo Gore Police (2008)

Damn, I love over-the-top gore! Tokyo Gore Police lives up to its name without a single moment’s hesitation. Set in a (hopefully) alternate future Tokyo, a scientist creates a virus that causes people to sprout weaponry from their wounds. It’s not outright scary, but it’s definitely fun watching the protagonist hunt down creepy cyborgs. Funny, bizarre, and gross, it’s all you’d ever want out of a midnight movie.

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House of the Dead (2003)

Fuck The Shining. Watch this train wreck of a video game adaptation instead. Thank me later.

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