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Critics Recommend Movies For Halloween Season

From silent ‘Nosferatu’ to new Michael Myers’ slasher

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Nicholas Hoult is a self-aware zombie who falls in love with a human girl in "Warm Bodies."



Beth Accomando, KPBS Cinema Junkie host

Yazdi Pithavala, Moviewallas film reviewer


The new “Halloween” movie just set a box office record for the franchise over the weekend. Moviewallas podcaster Yazdi Pithavala and I both enjoyed the movie even though he doesn’t consider himself a fan of horror.

So what does a non-horror fan like to cue up for the Halloween season?

Pithavala had some classy supernatural films to recommend, most notably “The Others,” starring Nicole Kidman in a film with a delicious twist at the end. He also suggests M. Night Shamaylan’s “The Sixth Sense” as well as his non-supernatural thriller “Signs.”

My picks for a supernatural film emphasize witches, perhaps because I am working on a podcast all about witches. For an oldie, you can’t go wrong with Mario Bava’s “Black Sunday” starring Barbara Steele as a witch who gets entombed in an iron maiden and then returns to seek revenge. For a more recent film, Robert Eggers’ “The Witch” delivers a Puritan nightmare.

In the creature feature category, I suggest revisiting F.W. Murnau’s silent classic “Nosferatu” with the decidedly creepy Max Schreck as Count Orlok. Then pair it with “Shadow of the Vampire” all about the making of the film. Then finish the night with the hilarious mockumentary about modern day vampires, “What We Do In The Shadows.”

Since I recommend zombie movies all the time it was only fair to let Pithavala get a chance to champion his favorite zombie film, “Warm Bodies.” The film serves up a a revisionist take on “Romeo and Juliet” with Nicholas Hoult as the self-aware zombie who falls in love with a human.

For less conventional horror fare, I recommend Todd Browning’s “Freaks” from 1932 and Pithavala went with something more current, Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” a horror film with a lot on its mind.

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