It has roots both in the most ancient and unknown of rituals and the most modern of technologies. It affects us all, brother, sister, friend, lover, and annoying roommate. Its purpose cannot be questioned but the ritual cannot be denied. We may try to look away, try to sleep through it, but always we shall be drawn back to the blue hues, the fangs and axes, and the true darkness that resides in the heart of man. (Also beer.) It’s your Halloween film festival, and let’s get on that shit right now.
Here’s my list (and yes I did get this idea from TOS thanks for asking), which I imagine starting sometime October 30th in civil twilight, so it should finish just in time to take the kids for the annual candygrab. Or Purge, depending on where you live.
The Thing (from Another World) (1957) You gotta start with a classic, and also one that’s fun to get everyone in the mood.
The Hitcher (1985)
28 Days Later (2002) Then as night completely falls, move into two lean, mean thrillers, both of them about being on the run from implacable forces that only look human.
The Shining (1980)
The Ring (2002) In the darkest hours, we go into the more hallucinatory stuff, with inexplicable imagery and atmosphere. We’ve done the scary, now let’s get into what’s truly haunting.
Seven (1995) Dawn comes up now, but it doesn’t matter when you’re watching the strangeness of David Fincher’s lighting and the rain that never stops in the city of the damned.
The Fly (1986) Ain’t a horror festival without Cronenberg, and here I’d show his most affecting, tragic film.
American Psycho (2000) A transitional work, kind of a palate cleanser. Take a shower, exfoliate, listen to some Phil Collins. Make sure you return your videotapes.
In the Company of Men (1997)
Day of the Dead (1985) Through the day, we’ll do the darkest films, starting with the darkest, most irredeemable heart of the whole festival. (Why did I do this? Because I could.) Threads and Day of the Dead end our species, nothing more to say.
This is not an exit.
Evil Dead 2 (1987) Well, I think we need a fun little film with some nice possession and dismemberment, don’t you?
The Thing (1985) Bring it all back to the beginning with John Carpenter, who also has to be in any Halloween festival. Clear!