There’s something fun about horror anthologies. If you have a tendency to get overwhelmed with decision-making when it comes to the type of on-screen fear you wish to encounter on a particular night – like myself—a good anthology should do the trick in satisfying that indecisiveness. I’ve narrowed down a list of some of my favorite spooky anthologies; although there are a ton of anthologies that are worth watching, the following are the movies that have left the biggest impression on me:
Trick ‘r Treat (Michael Dougherty, 2007):
Trick ‘r Treat is a film that has stayed with me since it’s release. One of the reasons I love this movie is because the plot revolves around an entire community participating in Halloween, this makes the movie engaging from the start as well as makes me feel nostalgic which warms my black heart. The stories are rich with creepiness and unpredictable, my favorite being an interesting twist on werewolves involving Anna Paquin. The continuity between the stories and the live events taking place is to be marveled at as well. Trick ‘r Treat was an overall refreshing film. Besides, who can’t find our little pumpkin-head mascot, Sam, adorable?
Chillerama (Adam Green & Joe Lynch, 2011):
One day I hope to finally meet someone who appropriately replies to a subtle reference that I make from Chillerama. This movie first caught my eye with its’ drive-in movie setting, an era that I long to have been a part of for movie-going. An anthology containing cheesy gore, tasteless humor, and offensive dialogue – a B-movie must. With titles like “Wadzilla”, “I Was a Teenage Werebear”, “The Diary of Anne Frankenstein”, and “Zom-B Movie”; I think you can expect nothing but the best in bad taste midnight movies.
Tales from the Hood (Rusty Cundieff, 1995):
When you initially come across a movie titled Tales from the Hood, it’s easy to laugh it off and think nothing of it. However, Tales from the Hood is one of those films that provided more than its’ expectation. What could have been a ridiculous and possibly offensive movie; the combination of macabre short stories intertwined with Black culture is executed incredibly. A good horror film is usually inspired by observation of society, and Tales From the Hood’s social commentary on mid-90’s race relations is thought provoking.
V/H/S (Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, David Bruckner, Tyler Gillet, Justin Martinez, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence, Joe Swanberg, Chad Villella, Ti West & Adamn Wingard 2012):
In a desensitized era where it’s almost impossible to frighten audiences, V/H/S comes and picks up the ball to keep the horrific times rolling by introducing a new direction for fans to wander into. The film is groundbreaking in its creative method of compiling the stories, each profound and disturbing in a different element. The commendable point-of-view style of cinematography elevates the suspense for even a seasoned horror fan. V/H/S was an exciting project that definitely had an impact on the horror films we have today and will continue to do so.
I highly recommend checking these films out if you haven’t already. Maybe they’ll leave an impact on you too. I can picture it now: you’ve got your Uber Eats delivered and warmed up so that it’s extra hot, you have no priorities for the rest of the evening, maybe you have desert in the refrigerator too. You’re in a mood for some good horror movies and you can’t decide which one to watch, so you put on one of these movies that Manda recommended. And while you’re watching said movie you think to yourself, “Man, Manda recommended a good one”.