This October, starting from today, I’m participating in Blogtober. That means that I will be posting every single day throughout this month! And to kick things off, I thought I’d get us all in the spooky mood with five films you should watch this October!
I’m a huge horror film nerd, usually favouring the classics of the thirties through to the eighties. Two of the films on this list are of that era, but I’ve included three modern horror films that I love just as much.
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
I finally watched An American Werewolf in London earlier this year after YEARS of my dad telling me that I would love it. It turns out he wasn’t wrong, and it’s now one of my favourite films both in and out of the horror genre. I love the ‘classic’ monster genres in horror films: werewolves, zombies, vampires… and so on, and this film does the werewolf trope perfectly. A horror film with a dash of weird and wonderful humour, plus the chilling howls echoing around the dark moors, An American Werewolf in London is sure to keep you entertained on a dark and stormy October night.
The Shining (1980)
As a nineties baby, one of my favourite things to watch around Halloween was The Simpsons’ Tree House of Horror episode that parodied The Shining. Now that I’m an adult, the tale of the Overlook Hotel still thrills me, and the film has become one of my favourite horror films. The biggest reason for this is Jack Nicholson’s performance, perfectly portraying a man descending further into madness in every scene. The Shining is a true classic that will remain a must-watch until the end of time.
The Village (2004)
I’m actually watching The Village as I write this. The score is one of the most beautiful I have ever heard, and the plot twist is the most unique I have seen in a long time. Often overshadowed by M. Night Shyamalan’s mega-hit The Sixth Sense, The Village is an underrated gem that will send shivers down your spine.
The Woman in Black (2012)
What’s my all-time favourite genre of horror you ask? Gothic. Period. Pieces. What makes this film one of my favourites of that genre? Daniel Radcliffe. Also, the story I guess. I’m kidding of course: the story is both chilling and captivating, and the film is beautifully shot. The Woman in Black is the perfect watch in the lead up to Halloween.
As Above, So Below (2014)
I watched this on a whim a few years ago, and I am so glad I did. Filmed in the catacombs of Paris, As Above, So Below is a claustrophobic and heart-racing movie that literally took my breath away. I’m serious, there were moments where I felt like I couldn’t breathe and that I was genuinely in the catacombs myself. As Above, So Below should most definitely be on your October watch list.
Will you be watching any of the films above this October? What are some of your favourite horror films to watch this time of year? Let me know in the comments!