20 horror films to watch this October

October 2, 2017 By Cameron Maitland Go Back

Shocktober is here once again! Hollywood Suite has lined up over 60 movies to put you in the Halloween spirit. Here are 20 that you definitely shouldn’t miss:

  1. Repulsion (1965). This classic psychological horror follows the breakdown of a woman trapped in her own apartment and set the terrifying standard for the genre. Catherine Deneuve’s brilliant slow-burn performance is only outdone by Gilbert Taylor’s BAFTA-nominated cinematography and the disturbing images he creates. Showtimes.
  2. Beetlejuice (1988). Leave it to Tim Burton to create a haunted house film where you side with the ghosts! When the mild-mannered Maitlands (Geena Davis & Alec Baldwin) are killed and their home is taken over by uncaring new tenants, they strike a deal with a supernatural huckster Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton in arguably his best role) to kick them out. Remembered for its elaborate comedic sequences and amazing practical effects, Beetlejuice has stood the test of time as a pitch black hilarious Halloween favourite. Available on Hollywood Suite On Demand and HSGO in October. Showtimes.
  3. Interview With The Vampire (1994). Anne Rice’s novel was destined for the big screen since its publishing in the 70s, but fights over casting, concerns over Hollywood’s homophobia and the death of River Phoenix almost halted the production on numerous occasions. The final product, in spite of the controversial casting of Tom Cruise, remains the high point of 90s gothic horror. Neil Jordan’s beautiful images play perfectly with Rice’s story and it remains one of the most complex and nuanced looks at the life of a vampire. Available on Hollywood Suite On Demand and HSGO in October. Showtimes.00219685_fa850b39
  4. House On Haunted Hill (1999). Not high-brow by any stretch of the imagination, this remake of the 1959 Vincent Price classic still manages to be a fun tribute to its creator, notorious schlockmeister William Castle. Geoffrey Rush gleefully chews the scenery as a Castle-style showman offering his riches to anyone who can last the night in his haunted mansion. While the scares may be cheap, the surreal effects and cavalcade of stars are a great reminder of the big budget horror that dominated the 90s and the kind of thrills Castle himself admired. Available on Hollywood Suite On Demand and HSGO in October. Showtimes.
  5. Cujo (1983). Lewis Teague delivers one of the most stripped down and relentless of Stephen King’s adaptations to film. Stephen King calls Dee Wallace’s lead performance his favourite among the adaptations of his work and it’s no wonder. Wallace delivers such a realistic and harrowing performance she had to be treated for adrenal fatigue when they finished filming. Available on Hollywood Suite On Demand and HSGO in October. Showtimes.
  6. Shadow of the Vampire (2000). This oft-overlooked meta horror remains one of the best horror comedies from the turn of the millennium. Following the chaotic “real life” production of F. W. Murnau’s classic Nosferatu and its mysterious star Max Schreck (Willem Dafoe), who may or may not be a vampire. Dafoe switches so deftly from comedy to true terrifying horror he was nominated for an Academy Award for his role. Available on Hollywood Suite On Demand and HSGO in October. Showtimes.
  7. Scream (1996) & Scream 2 (1997). Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson produced one of the tightest slasher film franchises, which manages to both parody the genre and elevate it to something sublime. The story of Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) constantly beset upon by the Ghostface killer doesn’t just make for jump scares, but intricate whodunit narratives, biting commentaries on hoary tropes of the genre and an interesting overall story of survival. Scream available on Hollywood Suite On Demand and HSGO in October. Scream showtimes. Scream 2 showtimes
  8. Rosemary’s Baby (1968). When Mia Farrow took the role of Rosemary she was untested and uncertain, only known for her role on Peyton Place and her troubled marriage to Frank Sinatra. This film’s incisive look at the horrors of motherhood launched Farrow into superstardom and it remains one of the few horror films to win an Academy Award for Ruth Gordon’s darkly comic performance as Minnie. Available on Hollywood Suite On Demand and HSGO in October. Showtimes.RosemaryBaby_Still_01
  9. Pet Sematary (1988). Remembered for its frightening, dreamy sequences, Pet Sematary is a staple of the 80s horror genre. While quoted, parodied and remixed by shows like South Park and The Simpsons, the film is also notable as a rare chance for a woman to get in the director’s chair of a Stephen King adaptation. Mary Lambert brings a unique creepy vision honed from directing some of the most provocative music videos of the 1980s. Available on Hollywood Suite On Demand and HSGO in October. Showtimes.
  10. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). More than just a cult favourite, The Rocky Horror Picture Show still stands as a boundary-pushing queer musical and fun parody of 1950s sci-fi and horror. A film full of bizarre choices and wild improvisations, it’s a movie where you find something new to laugh at every time you watch. Showtimes.Web 2
  11. The Reflecting Skin (1990). You may not have heard of this cult film from British artist Philip Ridley, but if you watch it you won’t soon forget it. The rural gothic tale of a young boy growing up on a remote farm who suspects his neighbour is a vampire is punctuated with beautiful Canadian landscapes and horrific scenes (including the infamous exploding toad) that are not for the faint of heart. Showtimes.
  12. It (1990). With the remake tearing up the box office, it’s the perfect time to revisit the first attempt at Stephen King’s epic tale of terror that won’t leave you on a cliffhanger. Tim Curry’s turn as the evil presence Pennywise broke through the TV movie barrier and instantly installed him as a classic character of the horror movie canon. Keep an eye peeled for future horror stars Seth Green and Ginger Snaps’ Emily Perkins among the young cast. Showtimes.
  13. The Omen (1976) & Damien: The Omen II (1978). While the first film is well regarded (it garnered composer Jerry Goldsmith his lone Oscar!) many forget that The Omen extends beyond the tale of a family torn apart by raising the antichrist. The Omen’s sequel sets the stage for Damien growing up and the continuing struggle of good against the coming prophecies of the Book of Revelations and has plenty of fun 70s scares in the tone of the original. The Omen Showtimes. Damien: The Omen II Showtimes.OMC_1052
  14. Christine (1983). Maestro of horror John Carpenter did himself no favours choosing Stephen King’s preposterously-plotted “evil car” book Christine to bring to the big screen, yet he pulls it off. The story of a machine built to kill, and the boy who protects it, changes the novel to suit the screen and comment on 80s commercialism. Features some great performances, including a heartbreaking turn from the late, great Harry Dean Stanton. Available on Hollywood Suite On Demand and HSGO in October. Showtimes.
  15. Sleepy Hollow (1999). Though not always thought as the top of Tim Burton’s canon, Sleepy Hollow is nonetheless a thoroughly fun, twisting narrative tribute to the gothic works of Mario Bava and Hammer Horror that came before. The lighter, sometimes comedic tone makes it great family choice if you have older kids curious about the genre that can handle a dark storyline with a few big scares. Showtimes.
  16. Don’t Look Now (1973). Many who remember this film for its infamously steamy sex scene between Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland forget it’s also a deeply fascinating exploration of parental grief and a crackerjack slow burn thriller. Definitely a movie that goes places you can’t expect, Don’t Look Now drags the viewer in with nightmare logic and twists aplenty. Available on Hollywood Suite On Demand and HSGO in October. Showtimes.
  17. Young Frankenstein (1974). Mel Brooks’s skill as a parodist was not just in his rat-a-tat joke pacing, but also in his loving recreation of the genres he mocked. Young Frankenstein is one of the funniest comedies of the 1970s, while also being a meticulous recreation of James Whale’s classic Frankenstein films, and remains just as visually stunning as it is hilarious. Showtimes.
  18. Rabid (1977). A look back to the time when David Cronenberg was the enfant terrible of the Canadian film scene and for good reason. Rabid stars adult film performer Marilyn Chambers as a genetically modified beauty sexually transmitting zombification on the streets of Montreal. An early dip into his obsession with body horror, and a low key commentary on the governmental mishandling of the October Crisis, the film holds up as a peek into the genius Cronenberg would become. Showtimes.240493-236495-5
  19. The Mothman Prophecies (2002). The Mothman Prophecies is the kind of wonderful film that plays on corny folklore and turns it into something truly terrifying. The story of a man (Richard Gere) drawn to West Virginia to hunt the myth of the Mothman teases the audience with what’s real and what’s imagined. Add to that some truly shocking scares and an elaborate conspiracy and you’ll start investigating the myths yourself. Showtimes.
  20. The Craft (1996). Sometimes lost among the 90s horror boom, The Craft remains not only a wonderfully fun teen horror romp, but also a clever look at the cruelty girls endure in high school. Worth it for the performance of Fairuza Balk alone which crowned her the 90s Goth Queen! Available on Hollywood Suite On Demand and HSGO in October. Showtimes.

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