Those of you who’ve been following this website before it became sort of popular, might remember my Halloween guilty pleasure list from last year. A few people thanked me for that article, since it made them watch some flicks they’ve never even heard of before.
Thus, for this Halloween I decided to do something similar, writing five short reviews of weird and overlooked horror movies that might tickle your curiosity and give you something to watch over this spooky holiday, besides the usual Halloween to-go films.
To make things interesting, I picked five flicks from different countries, each one of them belonging to a different sub-genre: please let me know what you thought of this article and what’s a weird horror movie you’d recommend for some Halloween entertainment.
1) LOVE OBJECT (USA, 2003, horror/romance) – this is the twisted tale of Kenneth (Desmond Harrington from Dexter), a socially insecure person who forms an obsessive relationship with “Nikki”, an anatomically accurate silicone sex doll he orders over the Internet. Kenneth, though, starts dating Lisa, a co-worker at his office, but he’s afraid this affair will ruin his relationship with Nikki. Which one of the two has he got to choose? Why not a combination of them? Very twisted and sometimes disturbing, this low-budget indie flick features also a dark comedic side and a strong, depressing underlaying message about loneliness and modern relationship. 7.5/10
2) HAUSU (AKA HOUSE, JAP, 1977, horror/comedy) – I guess a 70s Japanese exploitation horror comedy might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but House and its ballistic nonsense will make for a quirky and fun ride if you’re willing to suspend your disbelief and have an unconventional sense of humour. The story centres on a schoolgirl and six of her classmates travelling to her aunt’s country home, which tries to devour the girls in bizarre ways. Similarities to Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead – which was partially inspired by this movie – might give you an idea of what you’re in for with House! 7/10
3) THE SILENCED (KOR, 2015, horror/drama) – another great example of South Korean horror, The Silenced is set in 1938 Korea and follows young but sickly girl Joo-ran (A Tale of Two Sisters), who is transferred to the Gyeongseong Boarding School. The mysterious school is run by a strict headmistress who demands excellence at every turn and refuses to offer any explanation when students start to disappear. Joo-ran teams up with her new friend Yeon-deok to figure out the secrets of the school. This slow-burner of a mystery/drama might seem a bit dull if you’re not used to Korean cinema, but captivating story and great cinematography make it easy to sit through. And the ending is worth waiting for. 8/10
4) THE LIVING DEAD GIRL (FRA, 1982, horror/erotic) – in this quirky movie, a toxic spill revives a beautiful, dead heiress who, with the help of her childhood friend, must quench her insatiable thirst for blood. So, in a way, this is a vampire flick. However, this is more melancholic and downbeat (and artsy) than one might expect. The film is also about friendship and loyalty. The bond between the two girls is literally a pact that goes beyond the grave. To make this flick more appealing to the average horror fan, I’d add that one of the defining features of The Living Dead Girl is its goriness. This is a very bloody movie, with hints to Dario Argento’s gruesome surrealism, so in this respect it may be a little more accessible to a wider horror audience. 7/10
5) WYRMWOOD: ROAD OF THE DEAD (AUS, 2014, horror/action) – if you like Aussie flicks, zombies and gore, Wyrmwood is as good as it gets. This road adventure follows a talented mechanic who fights his way through hordes of flesh-eating monsters after his sister is kidnapped on the eve of a zombie apocalypse. Filled with comedic moments that rely on absurd situations and characters’ reactions, Wyrmwood also benefits from solid performances and stylised action sequences. 9/10
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