Reel Spooky- The Reel Good Film Club’s Halloween Recommendations

tumblr_lzxqgzLgBp1qztgbao1_1280So you’ve spent an hour scrolling Netflix deciding what horror film to watch, not knowing whether to go for a classic or a shockingly bad one. We know this feeling all too well and have come on our brooms to rescue you from time wasting, bubbling a cauldron of films that will have you jumping and cringing. Here are 6 films perfect for Halloween.

The Slumber Party Massacre (1982) (picture above)

Four girls have a sleepover naïve to the knowledge that there’s a serial killer on the loose. We all know this narrative and although it was sold as a straight slasher, this film has a lot more going on under the surface. Written by author and feminist activist Rita Mae Brown and directed by Amy Jones Holden, the The Slumber Party Massacre is a biting parody of the slasher genre and subtly exposes the domination of the male gaze in these films. If you’re staying in this Halloween, get yourself some popcorn, ring your girls for a sleepover, and pray your fate isn’t the same as the girls from The Slumber Party Massacre! (MC)

 

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Psycho Beach Party (2000)

Though not technically a horror movie, Psycho Beach Party is so clearly so influenced by old B movies that it makes a perfect Halloween viewing. If you’re after grizzly murders, (investigated by a motherly police officer brilliantly played by Charles Busch), old screen sirens, surfer chicks and personality disorders then you’ve got that and more here, PLUS a cast that includes Six Feet Under’s Lauren Ambrose, Buffy’s Nicholas Brendon and a young Amy Adams. (GBP)

 

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The Rocky Horror Show

Let’s face it, Rocky Horror is marmite. You’re either completely into it’s camp sounds, sequinned costumes and schlocky special effects, or you hate it, (if you’re in the latter camp, I have no respect for you). But in what other film would you find alien transvestites attempting to build a lover, all set to some of the best songs in the history of musicals? The outfits are gloriously outrageous, and though it’s not an out and out horror film, there are more than enough thrills and chills to keep you adequately satisfied. (GBP)

 

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You’re Next (2011)

Finally, a horror film with a good female lead who plays someone other than a “strong female character”! 2013’s You’re Next isn’t the scariest film in the world, but it’s full of gore and paranoia, and actually manages to be funny in potentially the darkest ways possible. From the terrifying opening straight through to the ‘did that really just happen?’ finale, You’re Next is one of the best horror films to come along in recent years. (GBP)

 

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Sleepy Hollow (1999)

The ultimate Halloween film for sissy’s – Sleepy Hollow! This 90’s Tim burton classic stars baby Jonny Depp and Christina Ricci, not to mention God himself, Christopher Walken. If that isn’t enough to persuade you to sit yo ass down and watch Sleepy Hollow then hopefully the appeal of woefully overused smoke machines, comical flying heads, an utterly unconvincing headless horseman and the line, “Perhaps there is a little bit of witch in you Katrina, … because you have bewitched me”, will make you think otherwise. (LH)

 

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Demon Seed (1977)

Do you remember that episode of the Simpsons when the house comes to life? Well Duh. So horror nerds may not see the Demon Seed as ‘pure horror’, but it definitely has one of the creepiest storylines ever. An artificially intelligent computer wants to impregnate Julie Christie, with this bizarre start the film only gets weirder while Christie slays with her performance. This often-forgotten classic has just the right amount of trash to keep you laughing but a whole lot of serious to keep you looking away. (MC)

 

Words by Maria Cabrera, Lydia Heathcote and Grace Barber-Plentie