Looking for a horror film to keep you up at night? Seeking out a classic ghost story from the past or curious about how to approach the current glut of found-footage horror? Want to know what to avoid on Netflix? We’ve got you covered.
Every October, we review various horror movies from the past and present in an effort to get into the Gothic spirit of the season. This is also an effort to catch up on key films in a genre that’s often overlooked in critical discourse. Let us be your guides to Halloween Horror.
Christine finds John Carpenter working at the height of his formal powers, transforming a ridiculous concept into a thrilling film.
David Gordon Green revives the Halloween films with this satisfying horror sequel that returns to the original’s strengths.
It Chapter Two is effective and scary if a bit muddled.
Exploring all nine films in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise and what makes this often scary, usually campy, and frequently bizarre horror series worth watching.
A feeble monster movie and a flaccid horror comedy.
Anders looks at Dario Argento’s horror-thriller, Deep Red: a bridge between modern slasher cinema and the nightmares of folklore.
A worthwhile debut from the filmmaker behind Blue Ruin and Green Room.
Paul W.S. Anderson’s first film in the Resident Evil series remains another shoddy video game adaptation.
As many films try to do but fail, it shows the man in the monster.
This third Halloween film is worth a look for its horror thrills and critique of holiday consumerism.
A buddy movie, not a monster movie.
Perhaps the pre-eminent haunted house movie of all-time.
Aren offers a defense of the found-footage horror subgenre, arguing that it's both formally daring and psychologically revealing.
A thematically satisfying new chapter of Ridley Scott’s Alien series.
Aren offers up an introductory guide to found footage, telling you which films to watch and how to approach the subgenre.
An assaultive exercise in found-footage terror.
Innovates just enough to rise above its limitations.
A genuine mega-hit that earns its popularity.
A discussion of how Ridley Scott's 1979 film uses science fiction to merge two kinds of horror to unsettle and disturb.
Aren ranks the Paranormal Activity series and discusses its strengths.
Redundant but also entertainingly nasty.
Richly atmospheric ghost story.
The gore effects are astounding.
For its look and feel, Sleepy Hollow is one of Burton's best.
The original slasher film, but its impact has dulled over the years.
Chilling in its mundanity.
Slow-burn found footage horror with no payoff.
A genuinely frightening look at the horror genre.
Aren: Deeply disturbing art-house horror.
Genre thrills with social commentary done well.
Anders looks at the enduring appeal of two classic 60s horror films.
An interesting concept, but lacking in scares and ingenuity.
This silly blockbuster never outstays its welcome.
As far as horror, it's both outdated and still unsettling.
Meticulously detailed and genuinely creepy.
A brazen 1980s oddity.
This supposedly clever film is no deeper than a SCOOBY-DOO episode.
A Michael Mann supernatural thriller. . . what?
The setting–trapped underground–compounds the film's many terrors.
A powerful yet neglected work of focused dread.
The supporting players are the highlights of this bloodless remake.
A classic comedy, although not a masterpiece.
This flawed but charming film testifies to the appeal of Lovecraft.
The holy grail of found footage. A terrifying experience.
A gripping opening act undone by nonsensical explanations.