Movie: Nightmare On Elm Street – I know it’s a classic, but the premise has always grabbed my imagination. It’s so terrifying to think that a tortured man can become a sort of dream-demon stalking your nightmares & can kill you. And I have to say that “Nursery Rhyme” is truly creepy: 1-2, Freedy’s coming for you. 3-4, better lock your door… Classic stuff!
Book: Stephen King’s It. I know it’s all vogue right now because of the movies, but it is another classic that just makes me think of Hallowe’en. Again, demons preying on young & innocent victims. A theme of my recommendations perhaps? Anyway, I think my favourite part of It is that it is fundamentally a book about facing & overcoming your fears – especially your childhood fears. It’s a dark book, but one that is full of hope.
Drake (NM Henderson) recommends
Movie: I’m not really a lover of traditional horror movies, but one of my all-time favourite films is Alien. It’s a classic ‘haunted house’ structure, even though it’s technically a sci fi film, and Ripley is a character I’ve always enjoyed – she’s resourceful and realistic without giving up her underlying personality. The alien itself is fantastically horrifying. I don’t enjoy all of the sequels equally, but for me, the original holds up pretty well.
Books: To be honest, I have a weakness for true crime books, and particularly appreciate anything by Ann Rule, who treats the victims with honour and respect. I do read and enjoy creepy fictional tales, (Stephen King, Dean Koontz), but I don’t think anything is quite as chilling as the true stories. Toss in some history of medicine (especially treatment of anything that might be considered a mental illness) for good, solid creepifying reading.
Chris (CT Bridges) recommends
Movie: The Addams Family. Ah, the Gothic aesthetics. Underneath all the goofy fun are some serious themes, though. Gomez and Morticia still sizzle after three children, and are a great example of a couple who makes their time together a priority. Their date and dance is epic, even though it is a double date (ugh). And Wednesday is such a delightfully gloomy character. She and Pugsley have the worst case of sibling envy toward the new baby. Summer camps can be places of horror if you are a shy or anxious child, or different enough you to feel like you don’t belong. And the perkiness of this particular camp would grate on any sane person. And poor Uncle Fester shows the dynamics of an abusive relationship and how the partner tries to alienate you from your family and friends. But the Addams don’t give up on one of their own.
There is also a new animated version coming out, right around this Halloween. Here is the trailer of the new movie. It looks wicked fun.
Books: Since Chris went with vampires, I’ll echo her. My recommendation is Hunting the Corrigan’s Blood by Holly Lisle, a scifi PI story with scary genetically modified super vampires. The beginning of the book is sufficiently creepy for Halloween too. The character is locked in with a corpse.
The corpse’s left eye squinted at me from mere centimeters away.
Now that’s a pretty epic first line. You can read the first chapter here.
I also recommend, a Post-Apocalyptic finished trilogy the Blood of Eden by Julie Kagawa. In this series vampires won and have taken over the world, and humans are just blood cattle to them.
What if having a chance to save humanity meant becoming what you hate and fear most?
To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness…
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. All that drives Allie is her hatred of them – the vampires who keep humans for food. Until the night Allie herself dies… and becomes a vampire.
Forced to flee, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend – the cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what – and who – is worth dying for… again.