My friend Luke noticed my blog several months ago, and since then, he has been extremely supportive of my writing and my interest in the horror genre. He insisted that I had real talent, and encouraged me to write consistently, offering advice and praise along the way. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the hundreds of horror blogs out there, and feel as though yours isn’t up to par. However, with friends like Luke, I’ve felt confident enough to follow my dreams, and I can’t thank him enough for that. Whether you have or haven’t heard of him, most have heard of the company he works for, FEARnet, and I’m sure you will enjoy his polished writing. Please read on below!
Hello horror friends! Most of you probably don’t know me, but hopefully ALL of you know the company I work for – FEARnet. To introduce myself, my name is Luke LaBeau, I am in the marketing department at FEARnet, handling all of its social media accounts, as well as a great deal of copy writing, events, and numerous other projects in the marketing realm.
Kalyn has asked me to write a guest blog regarding some of my favorite Halloween horror films, so here we are. However, instead of simply listing all the films REQUIRED for Halloween viewings (Halloween, Trick ‘R Treat, The Exorcist, etc.), I wanted to throw some at you that maybe you’ve heard of, but haven’t seen yet. So, without further adieu, here are 3 great horror flicks that could help enhance your Halloween experience:
Satan’s Little Helper
This an interesting little horror flick that I had the pleasure of viewing some time ago, and has since become a perennial title for me every time Fall rolls around. The story is simple: a young boy befriends a masked stranger who is dressed as his favorite video game character (Satan). Little does the boy know, this stranger is a serial killer, and is using the naïve young lad as a pawn in his diabolical plan.
When you begin watching this movie, you’ll notice that the acting isn’t anything special, and much of the story is pretty hard to believe. However, there is something about it that you just start to love as you get further into it. Maybe it’s the filmmaker’s obvious passion for Halloween, maybe it’s naivety of the young boy and the fact that his new “friend” doesn’t speak a line the whole film, or maybe you’re just a sucker for an attractive young lead actress (Katheryn Winnick).
Either way, this is a fun little Halloween film with plenty of kills, camp, and jet-black humor to go around. Not to mention the ending freaking ROCKS. Fans of the horror genre and Halloween-addicts alike should embrace this little gem. Check it out.
Night of the Demons
Night of the Demons is a rare occasion where I like both the original and the remake. Although the original is clearly a better movie, the remake offered some truly fun moments and was entertaining enough to keep me watching. The plots from both are essentially the same, but do head separate directions at a few points: a group of friends hit up a Halloween party at a funeral home (awesome), and a séance performed at the party resurrects a satanic force that turns people into demons.
To start off, the party the friends attend (more so in the remake) is AMAZING. It’s the kind of Halloween party horror fans would kill to go to. I mean, it’s nowhere near FEARnet’s “Con of the Dead” party, but really, what is? J Anyways, the party unfolds in typical fashion – people get drunk, high, hook up, fight, etc. The real fun starts when the demons make an appearance. In both films, they are done (and done well I might add) without CG, which is so refreshing to see.
Neither film is particularly scary, but both have plenty of gore, humor, and love for Halloween to satisfy any movie fan. The original (1988) is a better film, but if you’re not a fan of 80’s horror, the remake is a great option and will certainly get you in the Halloween spirit.
Ginger Snaps is a personal favorite of mine, and has become more frequent of a viewing than just Fall. The plot is this: two sisters, both fixated on Goth, horror and death, make a pact to die together. One of the sisters (Ginger) gets bitten by a werewolf and later comes down with lycanthropy. Throughout the film, Ginger’s younger sister works tirelessly to find a cure for her big sister’s “problem”. Seems like it’s been done before right? Wrong. This is an original, fun, dark and deep werewolf flick.
Many people stress that a young girl becoming a werewolf in this film is a metaphor for puberty and the many changes the female body (and mind) undergoes during this time. Though this may be true, I personally cannot relate to it (thankfully), nor does it make the movie any more or less effective to me.
Aside from this, the effects in this movie are GREAT. The werewolf (also NOT in CG) is frightening and extremely well thought out, and the gore is done masterfully. The acting by both young actresses is surprisingly good and quite believable. Though Ginger Snaps isn’t quite as Halloween-focused as the other two titles, it all takes place in October, and the third act in the film centers around Halloween.
If you’re looking for a fresh take on the werewolf legend this Halloween, accompanied by a great young cast and bleak-yet-fun and relatable plot, look no further.
In conclusion, there are PLENTY of awesome Halloween horror films to enjoy this Fall season, but hopefully you will find some value in the aforementioned blog, and maybe even find yourself watching one of these films. I’d like to give a special thank you to Kalyn for giving me the opportunity to write for her blog. She is a true horror fan, expert, and rising star. She knows her stuff!
If you have any horror questions, comments, recommendations, or if you just want to make a new friend, hit me up on Twitter – @luke_labeau. Also, be sure to “Like” FEARnet on Facebook at Facebook.com/fearnet, and follow us on Twitter – @FEARnet. Don’t forget to watch “Tales from the Crypt”, Fridays 10PM-12AM ET, now on FEARnet! See the ORIGINAL Crypt Keeper puppet pictured with me below J