19 Horror Films to Watch this Halloween

Best Pinoy Horror

There’s more to Pinoy horror than Shake, Rattle, & Roll.

Yanggaw (2008, dir. Richard Somes)

Feng Shui (2004, dir. Chito Roño)

Best Zombie Film

Beware of the (un)dead .

28 Days Later (2002, dir. Danny Boyle)

[REC] (2007, Jaume Balaguero & Paco Plaza)

Best Vampire Film

Vampire romances need not be sappy.

Let the Right One In (2008, dir. Tomas Alfredson)

Thirst (2009, dir. Park Chan-Wook)

Best Twist Ending

Spine-tingling reveal.

The Others (2001, dir. Alejandro Amenabar)

The Sixth Sense (1999, dir. M. Night Shymalan)

Best Foreign Horror

Imports from Japan and Spain .

Ju-On: The Grudge (2002, dir. Takashi Shimizu)

The Orphanage (2007, dir. Juan Antonio Bayona)

Best Torture Porn

Guts, blood, and gore.

Hostel (2005, dir. Eli Roth)

Saw (2004, dir. James Wan)

Best Slasher Flick

Run for your life.

Scream (1996, dir. Wes Craven)

Child’s Play (1988, dir. Tom Holland)

Best Genre-Benders

Horror-musical. Horror-comedy.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975, dir. Jim Sharman)

Zombieland (2009, dir. Ruben Fleischer)

Best Classic

Scares as old as time.

The Shining (1980, dir. Stanley Kubrick)

The Exorcist (1973, dir. William Friedkin)

Best Remake

Better than the original.

The Ring (2002, dir. Gore Verbinski)

Obviously, I did not include films I haven’t seen. So please, do not complain why Mike de Leon’s Itim is not Best Pinoy Horror or why John Carpenter’s The Thing is not Best Classic. That also explains why Dario Argento, David Cronenberg, Alfred Hitchcock, George Romero, and the other masters of horror are missing the list. But don’t worry, JDownloader is working overtime so I could catch their films soon. Maybe, I’ll have another set of recommended films next year. Till next Halloween!


Eternal Wanderer... said...

the classic horro film for me is the changeling (1980). very atmospheric, nothing explicit, but scary as shit!

i also recently watched the innocents (1961). one of the few horror films that makes you think, "was it a supernatural event, or were the people involved just plain disturbed in the head?" :P

Will said...

Aw, I still think the original Ringu is better. The remake is still great, though, thanks to the talented Naomi Watts.

My most favorite zombie film of all time is Shaun of the Dead. It's a comedy, but it's still genius. :)

Fidel Antonio Medel said...

@Will I saw Ringu and it was kinda bland for me. The Ring added a layer of adventure to the story. Shaun of the Dead looks fun. I'd categorize that as a genre-bender. ; )

@Eternal Wanderer I like classic horror films. Since they lack the technology to create vivid special effects, they make up for it in mood and atmosphere.

Unknown said...

yup, there actually nerve wracking, and scary.. i love the ring and the six sense..

radiohead said...

just curious, Raimi's Evil Dead shall fall on what cateGORY?

Agree, Shaun's a lot of fun (more than Zombieland).

You may also check out S. gordon's Re-animator.

Fidel Antonio Medel said...

@Tim The Ring started the fad of long-haired ghosts in movies.

@Radiohead Evil Dead is a zombie movie, right? I haven't seen it yet. Re-animator looks freaky. Mad science!


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