For example, we recently watched the 2009 Gothic film Dorian Gray, which I believe was never widely released in theaters in the U.S. I thought it was quite well done, true to the spirit if not the letter of Oscar Wilde's story, admirably restrained with the special effects, and graced by compelling performances by Ben Barnes, Colin Firth, and Rachel Hurd-Wood. It's perfect for the Halloween season, to my way of thinking. Here's the trailer:
Last year for Halloween we watched 2008's The Burrowers, an independent science fiction/horror Western that was short on cheap gore and long on psychological terror (just the way I like it), and we thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Here's the trailer:
Some of the other recent "off the beaten path" films that I find chilling enough for the season include the following:
- the Finnish historical fantasy/horror/morality play Sauna (2008 - thanks to mr_earbrass for the recommendation),
- the surreal dark fantasy Franklyn (2008),
- the chilling, true crime-inspired Borderland (2007),
- the Spanish science fiction thriller Timecrimes (2007),
- the moody, Lovecraft-inspired Cthulhu (2007),
- the gorgeous, silent Lovecraft adaptation The Call of Cthulhu (2005),
- the U.S. Civil War-era dark fantasy/horror Dead Birds (2004),
- and the dystopian psychological thriller Final (2001).
Your mileage, of course, may vary.
What "off the beaten path" film(s) do you recommend for the Halloween season?
Text of the Day: Do you have the Tuesday blues? I have the solution for you: the short story "Vampires of Venus" by Anthony Pelcher (1897-1981). Why? Because it has vampires. On Venus.
Teaser: Leslie Larner, an entomologist borrowed from the Earth, pits himself against the night-flying vampires that are ravaging the inhabitants of Venus.
Read the complete story here.