5 Different Movies To Watch This Halloween

Halloween… a time to watch the same fucking handful of movies over and over. Rocky Horror Picture Show, Ghostbusters, Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas (which kind of works for two holidays, way to cash in Tim Burton), something from the Saw, Scream, Halloween, Friday the Thirteenth, or A Nightmare on Elm Street franchises, a bunch of weird J-Horror movies about ghosts that have bizarre endings, I’m sure you can come up with more but it’s all the same fucking shit year after year. Well, I’ve had enough. Here are 5 movies to watch this Halloween that probably wouldn’t make your traditional list, but are horrific in their own ways (and as a bonus, they’re all from different countries… have a cultured All Hallows’ Eve this year!):

Se7en
(USA, 1995)

David Fincher has made 3 amazing films (Fight Club, Se7en, and The Game) and a bunch of other ones that arguably range from “meh” to “not too shabby”. Not bad for a guy who used to make music videos for Madonna. Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman attempt to hunt down a serial killer who is murdering his victims based on each of the seven deadly sins. Se7en is not really a horror film as much as it is a thriller, but it’s a dark, moody thriller that just never lets up, and I know that sounds fucking cliched but it’s true. From the unnerving opening credits to the grim ending, this is a movie that fucks you up so well the first time you watch it, you wish you could erase your memory just so you could let yourself experience it again.

Cube
(Canada, 1997)

A Canadian horror film with a cast of nobodies (the most famous person in the movie is an actress that was in a couple Kids in the Hall sketches). People talk about how great the first Saw movie was on a budget of a little over a million, Cube was made for $350k and blows it out of the fucking water. A psychological thriller about a group of people trapped in a gigantic cube made up of smaller cubes probably sounds really boring, but within about a minute when the Cube claims its first victim, you’ll shut the fuck up about how boring you think it is. It’s a great minimalist film that has some excellent gory moments (the effects are pretty solid for how much they spent on the movie) and manages to be a pretty fun mind-fuck overall. Oh, but ignore the prequel and the sequel. They sucked.

Battle Royale
(Japan, 2000)

Not a horror movie at all, despite the section some shitty HMVs put it in, but the premise would be pretty terrifying for most 13-14 year olds: What would happen if your entire class was kidnapped, put on an island, and forced to kill each other for sport and because the government doesn’t have a better solution for population control? Battle Royale only recently became available in North America, conveniently just before the Hunger Games hit theatres (the plots are similar, and the author of the Hunger Games franchise claims that they never heard of the novel or the film Battle Royale before writing it, but then Battle Royale is kind of a rip-off of Stephen King’s early novels The Long Walk and The Running Man, and I’m sure someone would suggest those novels borrow elements from other works as well, so… what the fuck can you do). It’s got everything you need this Halloween: violence, creepy Asian girls, a weird bad guy that’s possibly a pedophile, and more violence. It’s kids viciously murdering each other on an island! What more do you need to know!?

13 Tzameti
(France, 2005)

Normally when you think “French films”, you think about a bag blowing in the wind for 45 minutes while a mime cries and it’s in black and white. While definitely horrifying, thankfully that’s not what 13 Tzameti is (although it IS in black and white). Absolutely NOT a horror movie in any way, but similar to Battle Royale in the sense that the situation is the terrifying part. A guy doing a construction job on a private house finds out about an envelope in his employer’s home, said envelope including instructions that could net him a fortune. What follows is so fucking awesome that I don’t even want to give any more away, although I’m sure someone will spoil it for you if you try to look any deeper into it, but the guy gets sucked into a world he wishes he hadn’t. Doesn’t ruin the whole movie or anything if you find out where the envelope takes him (it happens in about the first 30 minutes and the rest is him dealing with the situation), but if you can go in completely spoiler free, it makes it even cooler, so I’m not going to be the asshole to tell you. They did an American remake that’s pretty close to the original (it was made by the same director), so if you absolutely must watch it in colour and in English then the option exists, but don’t be lame. Just watch the original.

I Saw the Devil
(South Korea, 2010)

Before Kim Ji-woon made his American directorial debut with The Last Stand (an unfortunate misuse of his talents), he directed this modern masterpiece. The premise seems pretty simple at first (a cop tracks down a serial killer after the killer makes it personal) but then we get an interesting twist: the cop relentlessly tracks, beats, tortures, and maims our villain only to keep releasing him so he can beat him some more (with unfortunate consequences for all involved). Never let it be said that Koreans don’t know how to make revenge films (see also: Oldboy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, both of which could also have easily made this list). There’s a gruesome scene involving an Achilles tendon and a sharp object that makes me cringe every time I even think about it, a darkly humorous moment with a screwdriver, and so much brutality throughout that I couldn’t leave it off this list. Never mind the shitty “jumpy-loud-noise” scares of bullshit modern horror like The Conjuring or those Paranormal Activity movies, this is that creepy, uncomfortable and unsettling horror that stays with you some time after the movie is over.

So there you go, 5 different movies to watch beyond the usual crap we always end up watching at this time of year. The downside to all of these movies is that your girlfriend isn’t going to cutely grip your arm and hide her face in your chest while you watch them and then fuck you when it’s all over. They’re just going to be pissed that you made them watch these with you. Of course, if they do want to fuck you after watching any one of these… they’re a keeper. A weird, disturbed keeper. My kind of woman.

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30 Responses to “5 Different Movies To Watch This Halloween”

  1. I’ll definitely be watching at least one of these this weekend! Thanks for the recommendations Buckley!

  2. Battle Royale changed me I watch lots of foreign movies now because of it so its my strong recommendation, and Buckley I’m Irish and think your’s is the best channel on youtube.

  3. Battle Royale is one of my favourite movies. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone!

    13 Tzameti is pretty awesome too.

  4. You know what you should watch, the steven king mini series;

    3 episode TV shows like It, the shining (not the Kubrick film), the Tommyknockers and the Langoliers are all perfect examples of King’s loose grasp on what makes a good horror since they’re all too long, too anti-climatic and have little to no redeeming features that could make them even the slightest bit scary, but hey at least Tim Curry as Pennywise is good for a few laughs
    “O-HAH! O-HAH! O-HAH! O-HAH!”

  5. The first one is kind of a gimme, but I’ve seen Cube, and yes, it is creepy as fuck. I love it. Hopefully one of these gems are on Netflix for my Halloween gore needs.
    Thanks for making this list. Much obliged.

  6. Thanks for reminding me about cube! I haven’t seen that movie in years!

  7. Cube and Se7en look very interesting, I’ll have to check those out.

  8. Come Wednesday I’ll have a marathon of these for the morning.

  9. Forrest Maynock Says:

    I have seen all of these movies (I actually own three), and I agree that these are great for Halloween…but I’d add a David Lynch movie (Mulholland Dr. most likely), The Seventh Seal…and South Park Halloween Episodes…I haven’t seen Cube in almost two years, thanks for reminding me Buckley!

  10. Ha ha, Battle Royale… Do you know that has a sequel Buck?
    We should do that to our politicians and pair up Democrats and Republicans together. 🙂

  11. Steffens Edward Dennis Says:

    i have seen the three first movies mentioned before!
    they are awesome.
    se7en is a masterpiece thriller btw!!

    gonna check out the other two

  12. Robert Foster Says:

    Nice list Buckley…Se7en is an awesome movie. Cube is also one of my favorites. The latter 3 are going on my watch list. One small correction though, David Hewlett from Cube has done pretty well for himself. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0382110/?ref_=tt_cl_t5

  13. I was looking for some movies to make a movie night on Halloween with some friends of mine… Thank you very much Buckley, you just made my search a lot easier

  14. Edward Reyes Says:

    Thanks Buckley know I now what to watch with my girlfriends. Muahahahah Happy Halloween everybody. 😄

  15. Watched everything but 13 Tzameti. Will definitely check it out.
    I recommend ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ and ‘Take Shelter’ if you have the time 🙂

  16. I’ll consider watching these 😀

  17. Nice list with plenty of variety, although I would argue with putting ‘The Game’ as one of Fincher’s best films. I actually thought it was his least impressive venture, paling in comparison to ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ remake, ‘Zodiac’ and especially ‘The Social Network.’ But different strokes for different folks, I guess 🙂

  18. If you guys want to look up any of these movies, I suggest watchin-it.nu. Pretty good website. It will give you a list of hosts to watch from. Find the nowvideo.ch or .eu or whatever, and then just x out of the pop up, press play, and ouila. Enjoy.

    Props to buckley for the list!

  19. My choices for this year are Event Horizon, The Shining and The Exorcist. I just can’t get enough of these! And thanks for the tip on Battle Royale, I’ll definitely check that one out.

  20. i own all of those moves….great taste you have there.

  21. Se7en is absolutely astounding.

  22. Excellent suggestions. Seen them all except for that French one. Going to look into that one. My choice this year was Session 9. Hadn’t watched it in ages…

  23. Thanks Buckley! I’ve seen I Saw The Devil and heard of Battle Royale, but the one I’m really excited about is the Cube! 😀 I love movies that just fuck with you, ’cause then you usually don’t regret watching them.

  24. Thank you so much for your comment on my blog! I’m so glad I followed your link over here, there are some damn good films in this list, and I now really, really must watch Cube 😀 I’m also ridiculously happy you listed 13 (I wrote a post about this film myself- http://bunnywaffles.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/films-i-can-watch-over-and-over-because-i-have-to/) as hardly anyone has seen it but holy shitballs, it’s amazing.

  25. the conjuring was built much more on atmosphere then jump scares

  26. Cool list!
    You should try Alejandro Amenabar’s “Tesis” as well. Really mindfucking shit!

  27. I know it’s a pretty well known American movie to some, but I haven’t seen it brought up yet. I think Eraserhead is a pretty scary fucking movie. It doesn’t act as a typical horror movie. But, that ending still creeps me out.

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