It's almost time for me to end the Halloween-athon thing I'm doing. Just one more review and we're done. But before we do that, let's talk about some of the more underrated Halloween films. Just because it's a Halloween movie, doesn't mean it has to be a horror movie.
5. Halloween III: Season of the Witch
The Halloween franchise is looked at as just another slasher film series, but in reality, the Halloween franchise was going to be an anthology series where every film would be a new story...although they kinda screwed that up with Halloween II but, eh. Halloween III attempted to start the anthology feel and instead of focusing on Michael Myers, it'd focus more on curses and the original roots of Halloween. However, people seem to really hate this movie for really only one reason...it doesn't have Michael Myers. I honestly think that's a dumb reason for hating this movie and if you love horror/thriller films, you're going to love this one.
Now this film was a huge hit when it first came out back in 2012, but in the three years since the film's release, the movie has been all but forgotten and not many remember this stop-motioned gem. ParaNorman is incredibly smart, funny and amazing just to look at. I'd say this film is almost as good as The Nightmare Before Christmas, which has been recently confirmed as a Halloween film. The film is about a little boy that can see dead people teaming up with his friends, family, and others to defeat a witch's curse and a bunch of zombies from destroying their town. It's a damn good film for kids and it's a great film for anyone who wants another stop-motion Halloween film.
3. Corpse Bride
Another stop-motion Halloween film? Alright, I promise this is the last one on the list. Corpse Bride is the second stop-motion Halloween film by Tim Burton and you can practically taste the amount of Tim Burton stuff in this film. Gothic scenery? Check. Johnny Depp? Check. Content that borders the line between kid film and adult film? Check. Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride is technically a romantic comedy stop-motion musical for Halloween. If you liked A Nightmare Before Christmas, you're going to love this film.
2. Grave Encounters
Sort of a direct-to-DVD found footage horror film? How the hell could this be any good? Trust me it is. "But Nick, didn't you make a blog saying the found footage genre should die?" I did do that and I still think it should, but this is one of the few gems of the genre. Grave Encounters follows 'Canadian Ghost Hunters'—basically a parody of the show Ghost Hunters—who lock themselves in a haunted hospital and, well, spooky stuff happens. Does it sound cliche? Yes. But the film has enough twists and turns to get a recommendation from me. Sure, the film has jump scares, but it also has some actual good, deep scares. Hell this film is one of the few films from the 2010s to have actually scared me without relying on jump scares.
1. Murder Party
Murder Party is a hilarious horror-comedy that isn't for everyone. That's really the only way I can explain it. It's about a nobody who gets invited to a "murder party" and soon realizes he made a big mistake by going to the party. It's a damn good movie with an equal mix of scares and laughs. That's all I can really say about it.
p.s, whoever the hell is changing my blog's titles, stop it.