Sommerleigh Pollonais, Horror Head Writer
Every horror fan out there has a list of movies they revisit every Halloween season. It doesn’t matter that you’ve seen them a hundred times before; they’re your favorites and have now become part of your own personal Halloween traditions. Growing up my go to was the Friday the 13th movies which I would watch from sun up to sundown. But we can all benefit from adding new and fun content to our lists and the following movies that came out this year are more than worthy of your time, especially if life got too busy and you missed them the first time around.
Here are my recommendations for Five Horror Movies worth Watching this Halloween.
Side note: I haven’t had the opportunity to see Smile yet. I had to choose between that and Halloween Ends and unfortunately I backed the wrong horse. And since I only recommend movies I’ve actually seen, Smile couldn’t make this list.
In the mountain of movies I’ve watched this year Sissy was one I unfortunately never found the time to review fully, and that’s a shame. It’s the story of a young up and coming influencer who meets up with her long lost childhood BFF and gets invited to her bachelorette weekend where old wounds and childhood traumas turn the festivities into a blood bath. The movie balances its dark sense of humor with its more depressing moments really well, and the performance by lead Aisha Dee as Cecelia reminded me of Kathy Bates in Misery. Yeah, it has a slow build-up but it’s still engaging. A horror story tailor-made for the social media generation, Sissy will have you laughing and squirming in equal measure.
A slasher (of sorts) that managed to subvert all my expectations, Barbarian is one of those rare movies that actually does jump scares in an effective manner. Avoid the trailers, avoid Google and go into this as blind as possible to have the best time with this story that may put you off Airbnb for the foreseeable future.
Further reading: Barbarian: The Most Shocking Horror of 2022 (So Far)
#3 Werewolf by Night
In the mood for something that looks like a classic horror movie but isn’t? You really can’t go wrong with this short but oh so fun horror story from the folks over at Marvel/Disney+. The story may not be as fleshed out as I wanted it to be but the overall experience is worth viewing. And with its beautiful visuals that harken back to the Golden Age of Horror, not to mention featuring my personal favourite movie monster in the form of a werewolf, and this is one step in the right direction for fans of comics that like to take a walk on the darker side.
Further reading – Werewolf by Night: The MCU’s Successful Horror Hunt
Some horror films choose to go the subtle route but who needs subtle when the topic of conversation is cannibalism?!
Two things (or at least two of the main things) that made this movie standout for me were the engaging characters and the messed up thought that kept bouncing around in my head — the possibility that there really might be a community of wealthy psychopaths out there willing to pay for Hannibal Lecter-styled cooking. Add to that the icky chauvinism on display (all the victims are women) and the fresh twist (pun intended) on the Final Girl trope as well as the darkly comedic take on the perils on dating all combines to create a viewing experience that feels, for want of a better word, fresh.
Honourable Mention: Terrifier 2
So I don’t know if you noticed but I tried to throw a little bit of everything into this list. Cannibals, Werewolves and crazy folks abound but none of them out-gores, out-squirms or out-crazies like the follow up to Terrifier simply called Terrifier 2. Now this is not going to be everyone’s cup o’ tea as Terrifier 2 is one of those movies that pushes even the hardest of hard core genre fans to the very edge and then gleefully pushes them some more. Art the Clown makes Pennywise look like Ronald McDonald when it comes to mayhem and murder, but if that’s your idea of a great Halloween time then feel free to dive head first into this ultra-gory sequel.
#1 Pearl and X
Clearly cheating with these pics but as a double feature that delivers you can’t go wrong with Ti West’s ode to sleazy horror X and its slow-burn prequel Pearl, which both star Mia Goth in the titular roles of Pearl/Maxine. Mia Goth continues to shine bright in the role and has created one of the most memorable modern day villains the genre has seen is quite some time. And with the upcoming THIRD film (MaXXXine) coming soon turning this duo into a trilogy, now is the best time, not to mention the right season to add Pearl and X to your must-watch list.
Further reading – Texas Porno Massacre ‘X’ Falls Short of Excellent
And just because I love this season as much as you do, here are a few more awesome horror flicks that came out this year and are tailor-made for a fun Halloween weekend: The Innocents, Saloum, Prey, Hatching, Deadstream and The Sadness, just to name a few of my favourites of the year so far. Happy Halloween!
Sommerleigh of the House Pollonais. First of Her Name. Sushi Lover, Queen of Horror Movies, Comic Books and Binge Watching Netflix. Mother of two beautiful black cats named Vader and Kylo. I think eating Popcorn at the movies should be mandatory, PS4 makes the best games ever, and I’ll be talking about movies until the zombie apocalypse comes.
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