Celluloid Diaries: Top horror movies to watch this autumn {part 1}

Monday, October 13, 2014

Top horror movies to watch this autumn {part 1}

top horror movies to watch this autumn

Don't you like cozying up on the couch with a good movie and your favorite hot drink? There's something about autumn weather that makes these activities sound really appealing.

Just like last year, I teamed up with the Sitges Film Festival in Spain to put together a list of the top horror movies to watch this autumn. If you haven't heard of the Sitges Film Festival, it's one of the biggest movie events in the world and thus an ideal place to watch upcoming films before anyone else hears about it.

Filmmakers from all over the world attend this festival and this year I was in the good company of people such as Antonio Banderas, Joe Dante, and Jake Paltrow. Anyway, I think you'll love the top horror movies we selected for you...

Musaranas
Shrews Nest

Shrew's Nest (Musaraňas)


What is it about?

Montse suffers from agoraphobia and many other emotional traumas. After the death of her mother and the disappearance of her father, she raises her little sister on her own. One day, the upstairs neighbor falls down the stairs and Montse takes him in the time he needs to recover.

Why should you see this?

If you liked Misery with Kathy Bates, you might also find something of interest in this comical turn on the same theme. Shrew's Nest starts with a fascinating concept – the neighbor's presence brings a part of the outside world into the apartment that Montse never leaves and thus forces her to stretch her boundaries. Directors Juanfer Andrés and Esteban Roel don't use this theme to their advantage, though. The story could have been more surprising and deeper.

Amor Eterno

Eternal Love (Amor Eterno)


What is it about?

After his teaching hours, Carlos checks out his cruising area at Montjuïc and notices one of his students. A day later, they start a tumultuous relationship.

Why should you see this?

Amor Eterno is extremely well directed with beautiful dark imagery, a powerful build-up, fascinating characters, and an intriguing soundtrack by Don the Tiger. However, some viewers were put off by the elongated love scenes and the bizarre ending.

Young Ones Jake Paltrow
Young Ones

Young Ones


What is it about?

Produced and directed by Gwyneth Paltrow's younger brother, Jake, Young Ones is set in a nearby future where water has become so scarce that people are willing to kill for it.

Why should you see this?

Because it's a beautiful film, both visually and emotionally. The science fiction element mixed with a western landscape makes for a very strange, dreamy atmosphere. Young Ones may be a bit slow for some, but it's undeniably made by someone with a big heart for cinema. Also, it won the award for best screenplay at the Sitges Film Festival.

The Guest
The Guest Adam Wingard

The Guest


What is it about?

Adam Wingard from A Horrible Way To Die and You're Next is back with The Guest, a thriller about a family who's grieving over the loss of their son. When an old friend of their son appears at their home, everyone is immediately charmed. Unfortunately, the man is not who he pretends to be and he has some bad surprises in store for the family.

Why should you see this?

While there have been numerous similar films before, none of them are as fun and cool as The Guest. The story may not be flawless, but I guarantee you'll come out of this film smiling like a child.

Electric Boogaloo
Charles Bronson

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story Of Cannon Films 


What is it about?

Mark Hartley's documentary grants the viewer funny insights into the world of Cannon, the production company behind Breakin', Runaway Train, Cyborg, Cobra, American Ninja, etc.

Why should you see this?

Electric Boogaloo provides more or less the same information as the documentary The Go-Go Boys but accentuates different subject areas. Whereas The Go-Go Boys focuses on the relationship between the two men behind Cannon Films, Menaghem Golam and Yoram Globus, and how their differences in personality brought the company to its known success, Electric Boogaloo shows lots of scenes from Cannon films and looks at the company and its founders with a critical eye. Whether you're familiar with the films or not, Electric Boogaloo is a delightful and engrossing documentary and a good introduction to the world of Cannon.

La distancia
The Distance

The Distance (La Distancia) 


What is it about?

In Siberia, three dwarves with supernatural powers plan a robbery of The Distance.

Why should you see this?

Because you are brave enough to sit through an experimental film in which nothing happens apart from dwarves sitting around a table while moving a pot of salt through telekinesis and reading each other's meaningless thoughts. At least, you'll have some unique Siberian filming locations.

Housebound
Housebound


Housebound


What is it about?

A girl is forced to move in again with her parents when the court places her on home detention. There's only one problem: the house is haunted.

Why should you see this?

Housebound won the prize of the audience at the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival and had everyone in the auditorium laughing, except me. The jokes were silly and predictable, and the main character was so unlikeable that I rooted for the ghost instead of her.


The Voices

The Voices

The Voices


What is it about?

Ryan Reynolds headlines as Jerry, a single man with mental issues. Whenever he doesn't take his medication, he has elaborate conversations with his cat and dog and, luckily for him, they talk back. But pets don't always give good advice, especially not cats, and especially not when that advice is about the joy of killing and following your instincts.

Why should you see this?

Because you like pets that talk, especially if they are foul-mouthed. Apart from the talking animals, however, there's not much that keeps the story together. I like the idea that The Voices mixes romantic comedy with gory horror, but director Marjane Satrapi never dares to go far enough for the concept to work. Therefore, it's all too obvious and cute. Overall a funny watch, but definitely not worth the hype.

Dog to cat: “I earned the right to be called a 'good boy'”
Cat to dog: “You earned the right to be hit by a van."


What movies will you watch this autumn?

new horror movies to watch this autumn

17 comments:

  1. Electric Boogaloo! Hilarious title.
    Young Ones sounds interesting. The Distance sounds odd. Not sure anyone can pull off a talking movie like that except Tarantino.

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  2. Thanks for the movie recommendations! The last one made me laugh.

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  3. I LOVE scary movies!! I will add these to my fall movie list :)

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  4. The Voices sounds creepy good. Boy, Ryan Reynolds looks so thin!

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  5. Wow, awesome list! I have to admit I'm not a fan of horror so I haven't heard of most of these, but they look creeptastic! I go more for like, Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic type stuff :D

    Sarah Allen
    (Writing Blog)

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  6. Interesting list of movies here. I haven't heard of any of them!!

    I do quite enjoy watching Ryan Reynolds...!

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  7. I have heard of a couple of these :)
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  8. I didn't even know that Gwyneth Paltrow has a brother. His film looks like it's high quality.

    Ugh, I couldn't stomach the few bloody photos above. I'm so thin-skinned. I can't do horror movies, but I always enjoy your reviews.

    Thanks, Vanessa, for keeping us posted.

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  9. Thank you for these. I love horror.

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  10. Interesting list of movies, I wrote it all down and will get it to watch with daughter when she's home for holidays!

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  11. Thanks for sharing, spine tingling horror movies!

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  12. How have I not heard of these? I'm making a list right now.

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  13. I'm sincerely the biggest wimp ever, so even scrolling through this gave me the heebie jeebies. I don't think I'd last through any of them.

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  14. I love that with that last one, "Utterly predictable" is on the promotional poster!!!

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  15. What a collection of bizarre and interesting movies. And I know exactly how you feel about rooting for the ghost instead of the characters. I've felt that way too, sometimes about books. ;)

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  16. I think Housebound looks super creepy! Yikes! Lots of other scary (and unique) looking movies on your list.
    Thanks for sharing. :)
    ~Jess

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  17. Oh wow, I hadn't heard about any of them and am now curious about almost all of them. Thanks for sharing! Just one question; Is it silly to get excited about talking pets..?

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