One thing I love about movies is the mood, the atmosphere. Of course movies are good year round but sometimes, like a good outfit, they shine even brighter when put in context or go with a theme.
These movies to me feel like October, a beautiful yet spooky month known for it's breath taking landscapes and ghost stories.
Here we go!
1. Sleepy Hollow, Tim Burton. The universe Burton recreates in this movie is SO scary! A lot of the movie was actually shot on a stage made to look like an Halloween decor and it's both enchanting and grandiose! The costumes are gorgeous and the story is really disturbing. A headless horseman, an isolated village and a particular inspector (Johnny Depp) make this movie an October must!
2. The Birds, Alfred Hitchcock. Actually, If you have time, have an Alfred Hitchock marathon (I recommend Pyshco and Marnie too). I adore all the costal sceneries of this movie, the fabulous clothes and the transcending theme of the birds. Did you know the Tippi Hedren had to be hospitalize after shooting the scene where she got attacked by the birds? Scary, but on film and real life!
3. Gainsbourg (Vie Héroïque), Joan Sfar. Because I adore this movie about mythical icon Serge Gainsbourg. The story is phantasmagoric, the images are beautiful and it's just the right amount of cooky imaginative to make us travel in Gainsbourg's world. The movie boasts really enchanting natural decors, sea side, in the forest and in the city (of Paris!!) a lot of which take place in Autumn.
4. The Shining, Stanley Kubrick. Because we could all use a little bit more Kubrick in our lives! If Eyes Wide Shot is his Christmas movie, this for sure is his Halloween movie (does that make Lolita his Valentine's Day movie?). Kubrick's visuals are always strong and these are particularly retro, so inspiring! And the movie is positively creepy (I used to have the poster as a child, once a movie geek, always a movie geek!).
5. House of 1000 Corpses, Rob Zombie. Because it's my favorite scary movie. And I know my cinephile friends won't all agree, but I just LOVE it. Gives me goose bumps just thinking about it! The story is grotesque and frightening, and could totally happen in real life (which makes it so much scarier!). The settings are terrifying and the characters vulgar. And Sherri Moon is magnificent in a trashy kind of way.
There are A LOT of scary movies I love (it's one of my favorite genre!) so I'll be sharing more scary movie suggestions all throughout October!
Are there other movies you like to watch in October?