On the October 2nd episode of The Odd Podd, Cory and Odd found a list of horror movies that somebody claimed was a MUST SEE of each Halloween.
The were upset that the list in question held so many questionable horror movies. So they decided to make their own.
However they soon found that even their list had some questionable Horror movies, so they decided to include them, figuring every list will have a small handful of movies people will argue about. So here is Cory, Ollie, Ace and Odd’s horror movie list to watch this Halloween
Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
It’s a classic, almost to the point of not needing to mention. However, for some reason it is often overlooked when compiling horror movie lists. For those that don’t know, Zombies have always been kind of political and none more so than when Romero is in the directors seat.
Trick R Treat (2007)
This movie is a great addition to any anthology binge. The way all the stories are told independently only to come together in the end is a beautiful and gorey testament to the writing in horror movies. It’s a fun movie and a couple of the tales leave chills running down your spine.
Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)
Killer Klowns is simply a cult classic at this point, it’s not overly gruesome or scary unless you suffer from Coulrophobia. It’s a great popcorn flick and fun fact, some of the Klowns were repurposed for Ernest Scared Stupid.
The Crazies (2010)
Toxins of unknown origins begin infecting the population of a small town and start turning the citizens in crazy and violent “zombies” in this often forgotten horror movie. It’s definitely worth a watch, especially if you ask Ollie.
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
What can we say that hasn’t already been said about RHPS? It’s a classic movie that is perfect for any time of year, but it’s a tradition within the House Of Odd to watch this at least once during the Halloween season. Odd also likes the lesser known sequel Shock Treatment
This is one of those questionable horror movies mentioned in the intro. Ollie loves this movie and it made the list to appease her. If we look at this list as strictly a Halloween list, then this Disney Channel Original definitely gains entry. It is a fun and enjoyable movie for spooky season though.
Spaced Invaders (1990)
This is one of Odd’s questionable horror movies, he will defend this movie to his dying breath though. It’s a quirky and fun romp that takes a twist on War of the Worlds and pits some hapless townsfolk against some even more hapless alien invaders. Odd has watched this movie every since he was a kid.
Evil Dead (1981)
A cult classic of indie horror, Evil dead and it’s subsequent sequels and reboot are classic American horror. The Evil Dead series started as a simple alone in the creepy woods movie and grew into a horror phenomenon years later. Ash has been solidified as a “Final Girl” to rival any other.
Child’s Play (1988)
This is the only movie to ever scare Odd as a kid. He owned a My Buddy doll though, so we can look past him being scared of a doll. Child’s play has been a staple in the horror movie-verse since it’s beginning. With a slew of sequels and now a couple reboots. Chucky is assuredly hear to stay. Wanna play?
Cabin In The Woods (2011)
This movie is by far the group favorite on this list. It takes your typical “alone in the woods” scenario seen in movies like Evil Dead and it turns it stands it on it’s ear. It’s one of the few movies on this list we all wish had a sequel or two.
Puppet Master (1989)
This is one of Odd’s favorites. The entire series is gruesome and weird. There are 14 movies in this franchise and have a specific order in which the should be watched. For the correct order click here. A band of homicidal marionettes created by twisted puppeteer Andre Toulon lurk a hideaway in Bodega Bay, but as the series progresses you get to see that they may not be as evil as one would think.
Paranormal Activity (2007)
These movies aren’t really all that scary. Found footage movies start off on the wrong foot for Odd and Cory. It’s hard to take it seriously because we know it’s all fake. Blair Witch birthed and ruined the genre all at the same time. Other’s try to make it work, but it ultimately just falls flat for many horror fans.
Dead and Breakfast (2004)
Do you want singing and dancing zombies? Well D&B is the perfect movie for you. It was billed as America’s answer to Shaun of the Dead, if you ask me it falls a bit short of that bar but does manage to provide laughs and a good movie watching experience. Plus the songs are infectious and stay with you.
You gotta love a horror movie that thumbs it’s nose at horror movies. Scream wrote the book on that in our opinions. Not only did they provide a fresh take on your typical teen slasher movie, they kept the momentum going for all of the sequels. Deputy Dewey will always be our favorite.
This is another one of Odd’s favorites. Take your typical isolated zombie movie and add a fresh take to how the virus spreads. It’s one of those angry violent zombie movies, rather than your typical flesh eating undead ones. Pontypool has something unique to offer and should be in your library/lists for Halloween.
Few movies have the legacy that Poltergeist has. The production itself was surrounded by eerie and unexplained events. The term “cursed” is often used when talking about the entire series. If you have somehow never seen it, do yourself a favor and watch it this Halloween season.
The Conjuring (2013)
The Conjuring and it’s sequels, including the movies not titled with “The Conjuring” in front of them (Annabelle, La Llorona, The Nun) follow Ed and Loraine Warren, the pair were notorious paranormal experts with a history of cases spanning multiple decades. True tales of paranormal experiences with a Hollywood flair added.
The Blob (1958)
A classic in horror/scifi, The Blob is one of the many monster movies released in the 50’s and 60’s. It was remade in 1998, but the original is still where it’s at when it comes to Halloween favorites for us. The idea of giant lumbering mass eating everything in it’s wake is still terrifying to this day.
The Stuff (1985)
Much like The Blob, this movie centers around a lumbering mass of goo. Only The Stuff added a unique twist, capitalizing on the health food crazes of the 80’s. The Stuff is a testament to knowing what is in our food and how it’ll effect us long term. Are you eating it, or is it eating you?
Shocker is an almost completely forgotten movie from the late 80’s. We think this mainly due to the fact that a lot of it’s elements were seen 5 years earlier in Nightmare on Elm Street. It’s the story of a convicted murder who can travel through dreams and televisions to wreck havoc on a teen who was already under suspicion for “odd” ways.
True-crime writer Ellison Oswald is in a slump; he hasn’t had a best seller in more than 10 years and is becoming increasingly desperate for a hit. So, when he discovers the existence of a snuff film showing the deaths of a family, he vows to solve the mystery. He moves his own family into the victims’ home and gets to work. However, when old film footage and other clues hint at the presence of a supernatural force, Ellison learns that living in the house may be fatal.
People Under The Stairs (1991)
Another movie filed into the all but forgotten films list. People Under The Stairs is a creepy look at what happens when socialites are left unchecked. The story taps into racism and the ugly side of the foster system. It’s worth watching and sharing because it is unnerving and downright creepy at times.
Imagine if your house was trying to kill you? Evil houses are terrifying, especially nowadays with the rise of smart devices and smart homes. Back in 1988 though, those things were only fantasy and left in the realm of science fiction. Don’t trust your toasters folks!
Haunted Mansion (2003)
Another for the list of questionable horror, but good for Halloween movies and unsurprisingly another entry from Disney. Haunted mansion is a kind of forgettable movie, although it the attraction that inspired the movie was super popular. If you’re looking for entry point for your kids into the world of horror, then you can’t really go wrong with this one since it is from the House of Mouse.
Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)
There are two big things Odd looks for in horror movies and Elvira: Mistress of the Dark has them. No it’s not that, it’s a great story and creepy supernatural elements. Capitalizing on her wide popularity as a horror host, Elvira was given her own movie to thrust herself further upon the general public. Not one of the kids, but for sure one for the Halloween list.
Made in 2014, but lost to the sands of time until just recently. Hogzilla stars Joe Bob Briggs of The Last Drive-In fame as well as TNT’s Monstervision. It’s not a great movie, it’s not even a good movie/ It is however a movie worth watching if you’re a true fan of indie horror. Plus it’s got Joe Bob!
This is one Cory remembers better than Odd. He was adamant that as nerds and horror fans it be included in the list. The movie centers around a CD-ROM that portrays murder from the killer’s point of view combines these interests. The first time Michael plays it, he kills a stranger and cuts off a foot, thinking the events take place in virtual reality. But the next day Michael finds a foot in his refrigerator, and cyber-ghoul Trickster emerges from the program and forces him to keep playing — and to continue committing violent crimes.
The Birds (1963)
It’s a classic suspenseful horror movie about nature vs (wo)man. The father of modern horror creates a world in which the birds are out to get us and there is nothing we can really do to stop them. We know people are reluctant to watch older moves in general, but we really feel you’re doing yourself a disservice by ignoring the classics.
Little Shop Of Horrors (1960)
Sure the remake in the 80’s has cemented itself in our collective memories. It was bright and fun, plus it had Rick Moranis! However, the original film deserves to be seen. The ending is slightly different and a little more unnerving than the remake. It is also one of if not the first ever role Jack Nicholson had. See if you can spot him if you watch this.
Undertaker and His Pals (1966)
This one is classic 60’s horror/comedy. Odd found this one years ago while going to horror film double features being hosted around the area. It’s one of his favorite old horror movies and he demanded it be on the list so others might find it.
28 Days Later (2002)
No, it’s not a weird sequel to that rehab movie. It’s an entry into the rage zombie list. In fact it’s one of the first of the rage zombie movies. At the time of it’s release, zombies came from a biological experiment done by the military on the dead. This movie however turns the zombie genre in a new direction with an infectious virus that amps up anger and violence in it’s hosts.
Land of the Dead (2005)
Again, George Romero provides a great socio-political view using zombies as it’s allegory. This time however, the zombies are learning and adapting. It’s a fun movie with gore, humor and a few good jump scares. Add it to your watchlist. Odd says he’d want to go out like John Leguizamo’s character chooses. He’d want to see how the other half lives…doesn’t live?
Very few people remember this movie or the sequels that followed (there are 3, though the third one exists under a different title). The effects work and the creep factor are both high in this 80’s horror classic. Track down all 4 movies and watch them this Halloween and you won’t be sorry.
The Final Girls (2015)
Imagine your typical camp slasher flick mixed with a The Last Action Hero style magical movie trope. The Final Girls kind of flew under the radar and it really shouldn’t have. It’s a fun and gorey flick that has a unique enough twist that you don’t feel like you’ve seen it all before.
Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988)
The 80’s were jam packed with horror films and not all of them were great. This isn’t winning any awards, but it is at least a good groaner to watch with friends this Halloween. Odd recently saw it thanks to Shudder and The LAst Drive In.
Our last entry is a fun horror/comedy movie about a boy and his dog…err zombie. Set in a world where zombies have become a status symbol and a tradeable commodity thanks to behavior collars. It’s goofy and silly in all the right ways and still manages to maintain a good chunk of horror elements.
There you have it, our full list of movies we think you should check out this Halloween season. Remember though, a love of horror is a year round passion and doesn’t need to be regulated to a single month.
If you watch any of these movies, have seen them already or think we forgot any movies that people should know about. Feel free to comment and let us know your favorites.