After reading our resident movie buff band Murder By Death's list of their favorite horror films in VICE/Noisey magazine, we were inspired to create our own guide. We had each Bloodshot staff member pick his/her favorite film in the "horror" genre (quotes denote loose definition of "horror," as you'll see). And no, not all of these movies are frightening enough to make you squirm and watch through the cracks between your fingers (some are), but they all include those special elements that make us feel all warm and fuzzy (see: blood, sharp objects, deformities, unnatural transformations, great chase scenes, etc.) and remind us of the reason for the season (scaring away bad spirits!). In case you're running low on viewing ideas at the last minute, see the list below for some films you may have missed this Halloween season.
Without further climactic delay...
Rob Miller, Co-Founder/Co-Owner, Bloodshot Records
The Shining (1980) - "Campy and scary and a nice solution to the writer's block that continually plagues me. Office beware! (I am a bit of a wuss when it comes to horror flicks.)"
Nan Warshaw, Co-Founder/Co-Owner, Bloodshot Records
Otto; Or, Up With Dead People (2008) - "A Bruce LaBruce German gay zombie horror film. It is hysterical if you have a dark, punk sense of humor and are not offended by graphic zombie gay porn. It is also touching – the main character Otto is truly on a self-discovery mission with which anyone could identify, but of course he’s seeking to discover his own history of when he was an alive human boy."
Scott Schaefer, Label Manager, Bloodshot Records
The Thing (1982) - "The remote setting is really stark, and the characters' fear and confusion is portrayed adeptly. Their predicament, and their hopelessness and helplessness, is convincingly depicted. It's all palpable, and this movie really pulls me in, every time."
Pete Klockau, Retail Dude, Bloodshot Records
Deliverance (1972) - "When I served time working in a video store and people really wanted the "best" movie to scare them, I had to refer to a movie that still bothers me deeply… not a "horror" movie by classification, but it should certainly be in the horror section. Whew….this one's a doozy to get through. And… y'know, if they're out of Deliverance, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer will do in a pinch."
Josh Zanger, Publicist, Bloodshot Records
Them (2006) - "I picked this movie because I was on the edge of my seat for its duration. I think the best horror movies are the ones that suggest what’s chasing you or is going to happen but they never show that actual thing."
Joe Swank, Radio Publicity Guy Man, Bloodshot Records
Halloween (1978) - "The premise is absolutely 100% plausible. No super natural anything in the first one. Just a crazy man slashing his way into the hearts and minds of Illinois teenagers at an alarming rate. Terrified the hell out of me as a wee lad."
Mike Smith, New Media Publicist, Bloodshot Records
The Lost Boys (1987) - "The original teenage vampire movie, as I say to anyone who tries to tell me anything of merit about Twilight. It's one of those movies that just makes you feel "cool." It's essentially a long-long-form '80s music video that tries so hard to be "Californian" that it's endearing. Doesn't get much more tubular than a vampire movie with leather jackets, motorcycles, mullets, comic book stores, Brat Pack actors, '80s hair metal references, Echo & the Bunnymen, and a scene where a bowl of rice turns into maggots while Jason Patric is eating it. Kind of like his career."
Anthony Nguyen, Bookkeeper, Bloodshot Records
American Psycho (2000) - "Handsome, white collar male with great taste and big corporate job... who has an insatiable desire to kill. The best part is the business card scene. And the "feed me a stray cat" line."
Leigh Ann Getchis, Tour Promotions, Bloodshot Records
Sleepaway Camp (1-3) (1983-89) - "To me, these are the epitome of American '80s slasher movies. It has a metal soundtrack, hilarious one liners, and a transgendered serial killer. But seriously, only 1 -3 are worth seeing. Don't waste your time on the ones released after 1989."