13 (Nearly Forgotten) Unappreciated Horror Films for Halloween

31 Oct

Halloween-3

Halloween III (1982)

Fans of this series can hate this film for all its worth because the story is not about Michael Myers. When the producers intention was to feature stories taking place around this holiday, perhaps they should have said something in the marketing of this film. It was made to be a piece of folk horror, not many people understood it because of the sudden change from where the last film left off. I believe that this movie would have fared better if it was advertised under a different title.

I recall reading that the producers wanted to make a series of Halloween movies that were not associated with Michael Myers. However, when the majority of the fans wanted this character back, the series did not feel as fun. Sure, some folks love seeing a slasher keep on coming back like a bad zombie flick, I’m not surprised the rocker turned film maker, Rob Zombie would take on a new product. I enjoyed it, but in the back of my mind I would keep on wondering how this franchise might have evolved if the producers did not bow down to fan demand.

This Gaelic festival’s occult origins is a subject worth exploring. There’s nothing terrifying about this pagan tradition, but you never know. And if there were ritual sacrifices involved, maybe they were enacted because it’s to appease the ancient gods so Winter would not be as harsh.

1987 - Chinese Ghost Story, A (DVD)

A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)

The first film is a romp through a house of terror than its sequels (or animated iteration) because it uses the cabin in the woods trope very well. In this isolated home, several lovely spirits serve an evil tree-demon, and must pick up weary travellers to suck their soul away. The essence is not theirs to keep, and that’s the true terror. The horror may be real for them in feudal China, but for audiences, it’s a mix of campy romantic fun and martial arts action! This movie was produced by Tsui Hark and directed by Ching Siu-tung and it stars Leslie Cheung and Joey Wong — both of whom are legends in the Chinese entertainment scene.

In the early 90’s this film was popular in cinema art houses to screen. But ever since the turn to a new century, this movie has sadly become largely forgotten. A family friendly remake appeared in 1997, and that animated take was very Disney. It’s far more cuter because the romance between Ning and Siu Lan is emphasized far better than the live-action one. Also, the music is very catchy.

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