Pack away your shorts and t-shirts, get your heating system serviced, and kiss goodbye to late evening sunshine; Autumn has arrived. Whilst its become a national sport to moan about how bad the British summer is, I for one revel in the approach of Autumn and the Halloween set dressing that accompanies it. Bring on the mist, the murk, the bare trees and the biting, frosty air.
Its been championed here before, but there really is no time of the year like October for flavouring up your movie viewing. All summer you've been straining at your TV as the summer sun makes the viewing of any night-time set film an impossible task. No such problems now. Greying skies, turning leaves, misty nights, a nip in the air; it's as if the world outside has becoming a backdrop to the only film genre that can draw additional benefits from a changing of the seasons. The scary movie loves October and its Autumnal run up to All Hallows Eve. So as well as digging out the winter coat and rummaging for candles in the back of the cupboard, the FilmsFilmsFilms crew blow the dust off of their fright film collection and commence a month long ode to the horror film.
As in previous years, we'll be bringing you all the information and updates you'll need to make the most of the season and your own Halloween celebrations. We'll be hitting up the television channels to see what goods they'll be offering up, and we'll be bringing you the latest from the big cinema chains as they start releasing their Halloween movie schedules. You'll also find new articles in both the Film Blog and the Films Films Films library to celebrate the 31st October.
Its been a poor few years at cinemas for the scary movie . Since Paranormal Activity (2007) there hasn't been a movie that has troubled the top fifty list of best fright films, with only Insidious (2010) and The Conjuring (2013) coming close. But filmmakers this year are finally putting some effort into the October release schedule. Annabelle (2014) offers up a prequel to The Conjuring, Ouija (2014) brings the demon raising board to the big screen, Dracula Untold (2014) sees Universal release another entry in their bloodsucking franchise, Horns (2014) is an intriguing adaptation of a solid Joe Hill (son of Stephen King) novel, and Stonehearst Asylum (2014) offers traditional mental home set horrors with a starry cast. The real prize this year though is the Jennifer Hearst writteb and directed The Babadook (2014). Already receiving rave reviews from critics, Hearst's frighteningly original film is lining up to be the first scary movie masterpiece since Oren Peli's 2007 found footage thriller.
But if you just can't wait for these spinetinglers to hit cinemas or the upcoming FilmsFilmsFilms Halloween delights, try tangling with these articles:
- Fancy a scary read to accompany your fright films? Then check out these superb tomes from Hemlock Books: http://filmsfilmsfilms.co.uk/blog/the_greatest_scary_cinematic_reads/2012-10-29-26
- A look back at the Halloween movie franchise, the stabbings, the stalkings, the many, many sequels: http://filmsfilmsfilms.co.uk/blog/happy_and_not_so_happy_halloweens/2012-10-31-28
- Your guide to getting the most out of your All Hallows Eve celebrations: http://filmsfilmsfilms.co.uk/blog/have_yourself_a_scary_halloween/2012-10-30-27
- A return trip to Camp Crystal Lake as we look back at the Friday The 13th franchise: http://filmsfilmsfilms.co.uk/blog/friday_the_13th_he_39_s_still_out_there/2013-10-23-55