Five Spooky Films to Watch this Spooktober

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Here it is at last! Spooktober! Let’s bring on the ghouls, vampires and the skeletons! Let’s get our scare on, and I’ve got just the thing for you. Here are five spooky films to watch this Spooktober.

Fright Night

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My personal favourite on the list is Fright Night and, no, I am not talking about the 2011 remake starring Anton Yelchin and David Tenant. I mean the 1985 original.

Fright Night is a classic vampire film that managed to return to the roots of the genre but, at the same time, change things up for the better. Meet Charlie Brewster, who becomes convinced his new neighbour, Jerry Dandrige (Chris Sarandon), is a vampire. His friends don’t believe him so he seeks an ally in Peter Vincent, host of hit horror theatre show Fright Night.

Fright Night is funny, scary, downright charming, and entertaining — with a fantastic score from Brad Fiedel. Go give this one a watch.

Dog Soldiers

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Dog Soldiers is honestly a ridiculous film but stupidly fun to watch. While out on training drills in the Scottish countryside, things get too real when our heroes run into very real werewolves. With tons of gore and humour, this film comes from Neil Marshall, the visionary director behind The Descent. Dog Soldiers is well worth a watch.

It even stars Sean Pertwee, son of Jon Pertwee who played the Third Doctor in Doctor Who!

Jennifer’s Body

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While it was mostly overlooked and harshly critiqued at the time, Jennifer’s Body has since been considered a cult classic in horror. Written by Diablo Cody and starring Megan Fox as the titular Jennifer, this film is gory, campy and funny. It’s both a homage to classic eighties horror and a critique on the role of female characters in those films. In fact, Diablo Cody pretty much critiques the treatment of women in Hollywood in general.

Megan Fox shines in this film, as does Amanda Seyfried. Go give this one the attention it deserves.

The Blackcoat’s Daughter / February

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The Blackcoat’s Daughter, also known as February, is a bloody brilliant film directed by Oz Perkins, son of Anthony Perkins who you may remember as Norman Bates. Oz even appeared in Psycho 2 as a young Norman Bates!

The Blackcoat’s Daughter is a brilliant mesh of possession horror and slasher horror that takes inspiration from both The Exorcist and Psycho, and it hangs those inspirations proudly.

Starring Kiernan Shipka and Emma Roberts, this film is a tense and deeply scary film. Go watch it.

Murder Party

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And finally for the list, we have Murder Party. Set on Halloween, our hero finds himself invited to a party that actually turns out to be a murder party.  Yes, a party where they murder you. Filmed on a low budget, this film comes a bit rough around the edges but that just adds to the nineties’ horror charm that the film nails perfectly.

It’s over the top with gore, humour, and some imaginative and horrifying kills. Perfect for Halloween!


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