Halloween Recommendations 2011

by moviemoxie-1 | created - 29 Oct 2011 | updated - 29 Oct 2011 | Public

All 30 of these films have come out on DVD in the past year in case you are looking for something new and/or off the beaten path. A few are unconventional choices, so check the description to see if it's something that fits the mood you are hoping for! Enjoy! -Shannon the Movie Moxie.

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1. Trollhunter (2010)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.0
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61 Metascore

A group of students investigates a series of mysterious bear killings, but learns that there are much more dangerous things going on. They start to follow a mysterious hunter, learning that he is actually a troll hunter.

Director: André Øvredal | Stars: Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg, Knut Nærum, Glenn Erland Tosterud

Votes: 59,768 | Gross: $0.25M

This Norwegian monster movie is a fantastic choice for any film fan with a making a documentary premise and likeable characters it bridges a wonderful blend of emotion, horror and fantasy.

2. Wake Wood (2009)

R | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

5.5
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The parents of a girl who was killed by a savage dog are granted the opportunity to spend three days with their deceased daughter.

Director: David Keating | Stars: Aidan Gillen, Eva Birthistle, Timothy Spall, Ella Connolly

Votes: 7,010

Creepy supernatural tale in a small of the beaten path community and awesome pagan vibe.

3. Devil's Playground (2010)

Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Horror

5.2
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As the world succumbs to a zombie apocalypse, Cole, a hardened mercenary, is chasing the one person who can provide a cure. In his way aren't only the flesh-eating, super-athletic cannibals... See full summary »

Director: Mark McQueen | Stars: Craig Fairbrass, Danny Dyer, MyAnna Buring, Jaime Murray

Votes: 4,549

Slick new addition to the zombie genre with fantastic story, acting & action.

4. [Rec] 2 (2009)

R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

6.6
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52 Metascore

In order to ascertain the current situation inside, a supposed medical officer and a GEO team step into the quarantined and ill-fated apartment building.

Directors: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza | Stars: Jonathan D. Mellor, Manuela Velasco, Óscar Zafra, Ariel Casas

Votes: 60,216 | Gross: $0.03M

Awesome sequel to the [REC], continues the verite style frantic zombie story confined in an apartment building.

5. 6 Souls (2010)

R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.1
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28 Metascore

A female forensic psychiatrist discovers that all of one of her patient's multiple personalities are murder victims. She will have to find out what's happening before her time is finished.

Directors: Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein | Stars: Julianne Moore, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jeffrey DeMunn, Frances Conroy

Votes: 27,986

Unnerving psychological thriller with fantastic performance by Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, I'm surprized this one didn't hit regular theatres but happy to enjoy it on DVD.

6. The Howling: Reborn (2011 Video)

R | 88 min | Drama, Horror

4.1
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A teenage outcast discovers he is a werewolf, and must battle a pack of the brutal creatures when they threaten him and his new girlfriend.

Director: Joe Nimziki | Stars: Landon Liboiron, Lindsey Shaw, Ivana Milicevic, Jesse Rath

Votes: 2,996

Great werewolf film that takes a coming of age look at the genre during a teens last days in high school.

7. Stake Land (2010)

R | 98 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.5
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66 Metascore

In a world of vampires, an expert vampire hunter and his young protégé travel toward sanctuary.

Director: Jim Mickle | Stars: Connor Paolo, Nick Damici, Kelly McGillis, Gregory Jones

Votes: 37,245 | Gross: $0.02M

Another coming of age pairing, this time with vampires and in a post apocalyptic setting.

8. Small Town Murder Songs (2010)

R | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.9
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66 Metascore

A modern, gothic tale of crime and redemption about an aging police officer from a small Ontario Mennonite town who hides a violent past until a local murder upsets the calm of his newly reformed life.

Director: Ed Gass-Donnelly | Stars: Jill Hennessy, Amy Rutherford, Peter Stormare, Vladimir Bondarenko

Votes: 2,632 | Gross: $0.03M

Chilling crime drama and human drama set in small town Ontario. Brilliant film.

9. Cactus (I) (2008)

84 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.9
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A man is kidnapped from his city home in the quiet hours of the night and, the kidnapper, John Kelly, embarks on a journey into the Australian Outback towards the place where his hostage is... See full summary »

Director: Jasmine Yuen Carrucan | Stars: Travis McMahon, David Lyons, Bryan Brown, Shane Jacobson

Votes: 528

Fantastic small cast Australian kidnapping/crime film.

10. Repeaters (2010)

89 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.8
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A gritty mind-bending thriller about three twenty-somethings who find themselves in an impossible time labyrinth, where each day they awaken to the same terrifying day as the preceding one.

Director: Carl Bessai | Stars: Dustin Milligan, Amanda Crew, Richard de Klerk, Alexia Fast

Votes: 5,585

Dark indie science fiction drama following a trio of recovering addicts who experience the same day over and over.

11. The Bleeding (2009)

R | 80 min | Action, Horror

3.0
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Surrounded by carnage, slaughter, brutal crashes and total mayhem, Shawn Black is in a race to save the world from pure evil.

Director: Charlie Picerni | Stars: Michael Matthias, Vinnie Jones, Nancy Young, Armand Assante

Votes: 917

Vampire action flick with party vibe and some amazing car stunts.

12. Le poil de la bête (2010)

100 min | Adventure, Horror

5.2
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Takes place in 1665 in New France at a time when a part of Canada was colonialized by France. Joseph Côté escapes from a prison in order to avoid death by hanging. Moreover, while some ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Gagnon | Stars: Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge, Viviane Audet, Gilles Renaud, Patrice Robitaille

Votes: 467

French-Canadian historical set werewolf film with a strong gothic & romantic tone.

13. Bitter Feast (2010)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

5.3
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A celebrity chef exacts revenge on a food blogger who torpedoes his career.

Director: Joe Maggio | Stars: James Le Gros, Joshua Leonard, Amy Seimetz, Larry Fessenden

Votes: 1,306

Brutal but interesting indie film that pits food blogger vs one of none well reviewed chefs.

14. Enter the Void (2009)

Not Rated | 161 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.3
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69 Metascore

A French drug dealer living in Tokyo is betrayed by his best friend and killed in a drug deal. His soul, observing the repercussions of his death, seeks resurrection.

Director: Gaspar Noé | Stars: Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta, Cyril Roy, Olly Alexander

Votes: 53,355 | Gross: $0.34M

Trippy and experiential film that runs the gambit of crime to supernatural to family drama.

15. Mr. Nobody (2009)

R | 141 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.9
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63 Metascore

A boy stands on a station platform as a train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? Infinite possibilities arise from this decision. As long as he doesn't choose, anything is possible.

Director: Jaco Van Dormael | Stars: Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh Dan Pham

Votes: 178,471 | Gross: $0.00M

Brilliant and romantic science fiction drama with a fantastic performance by Jared Leto.

16. Kaboom (2010)

Unrated | 86 min | Comedy, Mystery, Romance

5.7
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64 Metascore

A sci-fi story centered on the sexual awakening of a group of college students.

Director: Gregg Araki | Stars: Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett, Chris Zylka, Roxane Mesquida

Votes: 11,234 | Gross: $0.12M

Hard to describe but hilarious set film that delves into both science fiction and supernatural but most strongly runs college comedy.

17. A Summer in Genoa (2008)

R | 93 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

6.1
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A man moves his two daughters to Italy after their mother dies in a car accident, in order to revitalize their lives. Genova changes all three of them as the youngest daughter starts to see the ghost of her mother, while the older one discovers her sexuality.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Colin Firth, Perla Haney-Jardine, Willa Holland, Catherine Keener

Votes: 5,732

Family drama about loss and grieving as they summer in Genoa, and a light supernatural spin.

18. Jaloux (2010)

95 min | Thriller

6.0
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Thomas and Marianne, a feuding couple whose relationship has hit a wall, decide to spend a weekend at Thomas' uncle's lakeside cottage. This is their last chance to save their relationship,... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Demers | Stars: Maxime Denommée, Sophie Cadieux, Benoît Gouin, Emmanuelle Rochon

Votes: 177

Unnerving drama/psychological thriller set in a cottage country in Quebec following a couple going through emotional conflict when a stranger gently pushes their limits.

19. Insidious (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.8
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52 Metascore

A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye

Votes: 231,929 | Gross: $54.01M

Creepy new tale on the paranormal which gives some nice nods to paranormal investigators of the day.

20. Season of the Witch (2011)

PG-13 | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

5.4
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28 Metascore

14th-century knights transport a suspected witch to a monastery, where monks deduce her powers could be the source of the Black Plague.

Director: Dominic Sena | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman, Claire Foy, Stephen Campbell Moore

Votes: 81,352 | Gross: $24.83M

Fun adventure-paced supernatural flick that reads like a historical fantasy, .. don't take it to seriously just enjoy it for the fun ride that it is.

21. Source Code (2011)

PG-13 | 93 min | Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi

7.5
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74 Metascore

A soldier wakes up in someone else's body and discovers he's part of an experimental government program to find the bomber of a commuter train. A mission he has only 8 minutes to complete.

Director: Duncan Jones | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright

Votes: 422,529 | Gross: $54.71M

Mind bending science fiction film that will keep you thinking well past watching. Fantastic performance by Jake Gyllenhaal, and you can tell by the extras on the DVD that the cast & crew loooooooved him.

22. Skyline (2010)

PG-13 | 97 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

4.4
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26 Metascore

Strange lights descend on the city of Los Angeles, drawing people outside like moths to a flame where an extraterrestrial force threatens to swallow the entire human population off the face of the Earth.

Directors: Colin Strause, Greg Strause | Stars: Eric Balfour, Donald Faison, Scottie Thompson, Brittany Daniel

Votes: 80,311 | Gross: $21.37M

Alien invasion science fiction actioner that's heavy on the effects and light on story, but still a lot of fun to watch.

23. Sharktopus (2010 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 89 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

3.3
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A half-shark, half-octopus creature created for the military, creates a whole lot of terror in Mexico while a scientist who helped create it tries to capture/kill it.

Director: Declan O'Brien | Stars: Eric Roberts, Kerem Bürsin, Sara Malakul Lane, Héctor Jiménez

Votes: 5,893

I've totally come to love monster movies this year, and this 1/2 shark 1/2 octopus menace tops the list of being the funnest one to watch.

24. Super Hybrid (2010)

PG-13 | 94 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

4.0
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Late one night, a mysterious car is brought into the Chicago police impound garage after a deadly traffic accident. The on-call mechanics soon discover the car has a mind of its own. With ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Valette | Stars: Alden Adair, Shannon Beckner, Shane Bellegarde, Adrien Dorval

Votes: 1,448

Low budget but well done monster/action flick. I don't know tons about cars but I was mighty impressed with all the action *and* it has a female protagonist!

25. Dinocroc vs. Supergator (2010 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

3.2
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An unscrupulous biotech corporation run by the shady Jason Drake creates two gigantic reptiles in a secret island laboratory. Things go awry when the ravenous beasts escape from the lab. ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Wynorski | Stars: David Carradine, Rib Hillis, Amy Holt, John Callahan

Votes: 1,787

I've watched this one so many times and I still can't tell apart the Dinocroc from the Supergator - but it's so much fun to watch I don't even care!

26. Mega Python vs. Gatoroid (2011 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 91 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

3.0
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There's a crisis in the Florida Everglades as giant pythons are threatening the alligator population.

Director: Mary Lambert | Stars: Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, A Martinez, Kathryn Joosten

Votes: 2,921

Not only is it monster vs it's 80's pop star vs with Debbie Gibson and Tiffany. Extremely fun to watch.

27. Dinoshark (2010 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 92 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

3.2
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A baby dinoshark evolves into a ferocious predatory adult, terrorising tourists and locals offshore from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Director: Kevin O'Neill | Stars: Eric Balfour, Iva Hasperger, Aarón Díaz, Dan Golden

Votes: 2,263

Eric Balfour stars in this monster movie with lovely family loyalty vibe to it. Oh... and a prehistoric shark.

28. Hatchet II (2010)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

5.5
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49 Metascore

Marybeth escapes the clutches of the bayou-butcher Victor Crowley and returns to the swamp with an army of hunters and gunmen, determined to end Crowley's reign of horror once and for all.

Director: Adam Green | Stars: Danielle Harris, Kane Hodder, Tony Todd, Parry Shen

Votes: 10,291 | Gross: $0.06M

Unbelievably over-the-top violence, gore and blood in this sequel to new slasher classic.

29. Scream 4 (2011)

R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery

6.2
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52 Metascore

Ten years have passed, and Sidney Prescott, who has put herself back together thanks in part to her writing, is visited by the Ghostface Killer.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Lucy Hale

Votes: 111,855 | Gross: $38.18M

Fourth instalment in the ghost face slasher films that brought back the final girl story to life.

30. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

R | 152 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.8
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76 Metascore

A journalist is aided by a young female hacker in his search for the killer of a woman who has been dead for forty years.

Director: Niels Arden Oplev | Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Ewa Fröling, Lena Endre

Votes: 187,543 | Gross: $10.10M

Brutal, harrowing and brilliant - if you haven't seen the original it's best to get to it before the remake it's us at Christmas.