For some time now, without having an exact date, the Halloween holiday has acquired a special role in European culture, which has not wanted to miss the opportunity to disguise itself as one of the fantastic icons that they have been absorbing voraciously throughout life with the excuse of celebrating those unforgettable scares. Let's remember some of the best movies of the last five years To spend a Halloween of laughter and fear.
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Before the virulent irruption of an Illinois boy named Michael Myers, the cinema to watch on Halloween was pure classic revisionism. Universal's monsters and other mythical mysticism formed a dinner menu and babysitting that maybe he had a little corner for some contemporary title, like 'Black Christmas'.
Fortunately, today there are so many and so varied streaming platforms and the wide range of thematic offer that it is increasingly easy to find a good continuous session of fright and guasa with which to liven up the night of sweets. They are endless, but today I would like to recover the ones I feel most suitable for the night of all saints. Let's see if you have any pending.
What we do in the shadows
Direction: Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement
Distribution: Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement, Rhys Darby
Before becoming the hero of independent cinema and the most powerful studio in Hollywood at the same time, Taika Waititi had shot a short film with her colleague Jemaine Clement about half-haired vampires who maintained their Victorian lifestyle today. The short film can be seen here. Two things stand out from his adaptation to the feature film: how elegant his narrative is and its amazing special effects and, above all, how deeply sad he is in the background.
See 'What we do in the shadows' in Filmin.
Nazi Zombies 2 (Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead)
Direction: Tommy Wirkola
Distribution: Vegar Hoel, Ørjan Gamst, Martin Starr, Jocelyn DeBoer
Can a movie as mediocre as 'Zombies Nazis' have a sequel that is a masterpiece of the most grotesque humor? Yes. The second part that Wirkola presents is madness full of humor and wit at the height of the most stubborn Peter Jackson of its beginnings. No, it is not the best zombie comedy in movie history but surely it is the most hilarious.
See 'Nazi Zombies 2' in Filmin.
Sweet creatures (Cooties)
Direction: Jonathan Milott, Cary Murnion
Distribution: Elijah Wood, Alison Pill, Rainn Wilson, Leigh Whannell, Nasim Pedrad
SpecterVision had already produced a couple of interesting films, especially 'Toad Road', a junkie nightmare worthy of the Korine of yesteryear. These little creatures start from a powerful start that will make you forget some shags. Nothing to object to Commendable company effort when it comes to producing gender. Do not stop the party.
Direction: Kevin Smith
Distribution: Justin Long, Michael Parks, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez
'Tusk' is nasty, distressing, ridiculous and very funny. A drum roll with a walrus penis. Kevin Smith provokes again and complies with note. How nice and brief was the moment when it seemed that Smith would become the best guardian for our nightmares.
Direction: Marjane Satrapi
Distribution: Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, Jacki Weaver,
Before finding the fame and money he deserved thanks to his vision of the now legendary 'Deadpool', Ryan Reynolds played his neck in bets as risky as this delicious, oppressive, very black and extremely cuqui movie from the director of 'Persepolis'. Pure cult.
See 'The Voices' in Movistar +
Burying the ex
Direction: Joe Dante
Distribution: Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene, Alexandra Daddario
The most Joe Dante movie since 'You won't kill the neighbor'. Funny, modern and with endearing characters that proclaim love for gender in each syllable. The music is also like before and an unexpected coherence with the rest of Dante's filmography flies its scarce hour and a half. Great.
Direction: Patrick Brice
Distribution: Patrick Brice, Mark Duplass
Sometimes it is very difficult to differentiate a great black comedy from a horror film from the heap. Duplass steals the movie, as always, and the point of view – and starting – cleverly dodges the overdose of identical proposals. It barely exceeds an hour and a quarter and that confirms it as ideal for a double program with …
(See 'Creep' on Netflix)
Direction: Patrick Brice
Distribution: Karan Soni, Mark Duplass, Desiree Akhavan
A very clever sequel that knows how to turn everything we knew from Aaron or Josef or whatever the hell this "Michael Scott" of serial killers is called. The last of your shoe. Frankencreep's girlfriend. "Steve Jobs" award for a prodigious Duplass.
See 'Creep 2' on Netflix.
Krampus – Damn Christmas
Direction: Michael Dougherty
Distribution: Allison Tolman, Emjay Anthony, Adam Scott, David Koechner, Toni Collette
Before proving his inability to blockbuster with the terrible sequel to 'Godzilla', Michael Dougherty proved to have a lot of hand for the b series and the cult cinema. Some of the coolest Christmas ideas compensate for atonal swings and an epilogue more strongly in the background than in the form. To some extent (and a billion light years away), the 'Gremlins' of the new generation.
See 'Krampus' on Netflix.
Direction: Anouk Whissell, François Simard, Yoann-Karl Whissell
Distribution: Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Michael Ironside, Edwin Wright
It would be a palette to list your references, tributes and winks at this point. Let's say that, at night, people have nightmares, wet dreams, weird dreams, crazy dreams, dreams that we know they are or funny dreams of those from which one wakes up laughing. 'Turbo Kid' is a mix of all of them with a more than worthy finish and all the blood that others save. And with better soundtrack.
See 'Turbo Kid' in Filmin.
Beware of strangers (Better Watch Out)
Direction: Chris Peckover
Distribution: Olivia DeJonge, Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould, Virginia Madsen
One of those films so surprising and unruly that the party continues many years later. Too a great unknown for the general public and a double-edged sword for the gathering of friends on the eve of All Saints' Day. And if it can't be, then you reserve it after eating Christmas day.
The love witch
Direction: Anna Biller
Distribution: Samantha Robinson, Gian Keys, Laura Waddell, Jeffrey Vincent Parise
This colorful and retro love witch is pure talent. An evocation of a style and a genre that goes beyond the tribute to achieve something so unique that it gave no option to exploit the matter. Unique in its kind.
Beyond the Gates
Direction: Jackson Stewart
Distribution: Sara Malakul Lane, Brea Grant, Barbara Crampton
Such an absurd thing that would make Charles Band himself freak out. She is so "idiot" and the camera shots so absurd that it is impossible to know if they have done it willingly. If so, it would be a masterpiece. A pretty adorable movie.
See 'Beyond the Gates' on Filmin.
Let me out (Get Out)
Direction: Jordan Peele
Distribution: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford
The ideal mix of an unforgettable Halloween night: a true horror movie that starts from a comedy. Things that were only available to the greatest when the cinema, well, when the cinema was cinema. Brave and daring. Masterpiece.
Distribution: Judah Lewis, Samara Weaving, Leslie Bibb, Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell
The closest thing to a Midnight X-treme that you can face in a night like Halloween. Funny, slutty, elegant, well written and better shot. The best Netflix original of genre and the film that McG needed to regain the meaning of his life.
Happy day of your death (Happy Death Day)
Direction: Christopher Landon
Distribution: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Rachel Matthews
Under its postmodern facade is hidden a horror thriller of a more prestigious vintage, even though he constantly strives to get out of the way. If there has to be a genre cinema aimed at a public that is mostly foreign to him, I imagine it could have been much worse. Good option for a while of good vibes and stabs.
Little Devil (Little Evil)
Direction: Eli Craig
Distribution: Adam Scott, Evangeline Lilly, Bridget Everett
Seven years since his previous job are too many, but Craig delivers a nice and harmless story with a message that is the best of the movie because the coolest character in the function has only one sequence 🙁
See 'Little demon' on Netflix.
Ana and the apocalypse
Direction: John McPhail
Distribution: Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming, Sarah Swire
Although it may seem that everything is invented and that the film is due to endless references, 'Ana and the apocalypse' stands out above its competitors when it comes to providing charisma and honesty to some characters that, in any other title, would have been absolutely generic. And the great songs, of course.
One Cut of the Dead
Direction: Shinichirô Ueda
Distribution: Takayuki Hamatsu, Yuzuki Akiyama, Harumi Shuhama, Ayana Gôda
You have to be willing to pay the price of the trip. 'One cut of the dead' is not easy to digest, but because it fulfills its mission from the first to the last level. Shortly after you have stayed more or less outside the move (I got it!) You will end up enjoying this crazy gang with too much passion for theirs. Exactly the minimum required by that profession. An impeccable casting and a wonderful main character they will end up seeing their commendable effort rewarded. We also.
You are the killer anyway (You Might Be the Killer)
Direction: Brett Simmons
Distribution: Fran Kranz, Alyson Hannigan, Brittany S. Hall
The director knows how to use a playful script and offer a delicious deconstruction of the effective and very, very funny slasher that will make the much more forgettable 'The Final Girls' virtually non-existent. If a masked serial killer chases you, having coverage is almost worse I don't have it.
See 'You are the killer anyway' in Movistar +
The House with a Clock in Its Walls
Direction: Eli Roth
Distribution: Owen Vaccaro, Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Kyle MacLachlan,
Overflowing old school adventure with which Eli Roth far exceeds the test of presenting something for the whole family that works on Halloween better than at any other time. Charming, hilarious and with a story out there that will make your hair stand on end. Ideal.
See 'The clock house on the wall' on Amazon Prime.