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Hello October, Halloween Season

Hello October, Halloween Season
Priscilla Peck

It is October! And what is event everyone is looking forward to? Halloween! It deeply saddens my heart that Wes Craven, master of slasher films, died at the age of 76. Growing up with brothers and one who is 10 years older than me, I grew up watching loads of Wes Craven’s popular films, or horror films in general as a matter of fact. 

From thriller-slasher films to zombies, we now list you our favourite horror films to watch this Halloween season! 

An American Werewolf in Paris (1997)


An American Werewolf in Paris follows three American friends touring Paris where they encountered a life changing night. Until this day, this film has been one of my favourite werewolf films because of its amazing transformation scene. Despite it being made in 1997 where CGIs were probably a little bit strange, the werewolves transformation is, to me, one of the better ones out there. It also has some pretty gruesome scenes, especially of the dead that cannot reincarnate because in this story, if the werewolf that killed him/her is still alive, they cannot leave earth. 

Yeah, I will never forget this film. Imagine watching it when you were at the tender age of 5? I pretty much had the scare of my life. 

Resident Evil (2002)


Inspired by the game series, the Resident Evil films follows a new female lead, Alice, in her journey to survive in the zombie apocalyptic world and her fight against the organization that started all of this. Although Alice was not originally from the game, she was well-received as a character of the series. I thought the first film, released in 2002, was pretty good. It later moved on from a horror-action film to a fully action film in the subsequent films, which was in my opinion, quite disappointing. The horror elements in later films died out. 

The final chapter is stipulated to be released early 2017. 

Dawn of the Dead (2004)


This is a remake of George A. Romero’s 1978 film of the same name. I clearly have not watched Romero’s version of the Dawn of the Dead, but the remake seems to have done some justice and it was positively received by critics. Like every other zombie films, it follows a group of survivors who seek refuge in a shopping mall surrounded by zombies and how they spent their lives before something changed and leaves the survivors fighting for their lives. 

Scream (1996)


Ghostface, co-created by the late Wes Craven. The film follows Sidney Prescott complicated life with a mysterious killer, Ghostface, on her trail. Scream is said to have revived the public interest in slasher genre films, and many other slasher films were rebooted following the release of Scream. There were a lot of shock factor (jump scares) in the film, and popular for the “whodunit” (who has done it) concept. 

Zombieland (2009)


The latest film of the lot, Zombieland may not be as scary as the others, but I think it deserves to be on the chart. Categorized as a zombie-comedy film, the film is narrated occasionally by Columbus, the protagonist, and his lonely adventure to find his family, and friends. Throughout the film, Columbus teaches the audience survival rules; the double tap and importance of cardio. It is a very light hearted and fun film to watch as a family. At the climax of the film, it feels like a L4D (Left 4 Dead) gameplay map. Definitely worth the watch. 

And we have Jesse Eisenberg as the lead alongside Emma Stone and Woody Harrelson (Hunger Games), so why not?

Warm Bodies (2013)


Warm bodies is a romantic-zombie comedy film based on the novel of the same name. This film is refreshing because of its different take of zombie apocalypse. It features zombie named “R” as he narrates his thoughts of his life as a zombie. Strange things start happening and unlike other films, there’s actually a cure for the zombies as they may become human again. It is also a love story between R and Julie, a human girl he met while on a hunt for food. 

What is your favourite horror film this season?

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