Halloween Movies

Spooky Specters Of The Silver & Small Screens [Part II]

Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (2021)

Yuta Okkotsu gains control of an extremely powerful, cursed spirit and gets enrolled in the Tokyo Prefectural Jujutsu High School by sorcerers to help him control his power and keep an eye on him.

– Google

Yes, it is anime. But, HEAR ME OUT.

A prequel film to the Jujutsu Kaisen storyline, which takes place in a world where “Jujutsu Sorcerers” must confront and exorcise the physical embodiment of curses plaguing their existence. 

The story provides a broad introduction to the JJK world and will fill in first-time watchers on the rules of JJK’s world-building without spoiling the anime series, which is darker, grittier, and certainly worth the watch as well.

I understand that anime isn’t for everyone, but as JJK continues to emerge as the premiere NextGen anime, its hype will only continue to grow and offer a great opportunity to introduce newcomers to the anime world.

Available in Multiple Languages
Director: Sunghoo Park
PG-13: Anime, Action, Fantasy, Horror
Stream on: Amazon, Crunchyroll, AppleTV, YouTube

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021)

I know some people didn’t give this one a shot when it came out on HBO Max the other year. However, I thought this was a great continuation of Lorraine & Ed Warren’s story.

I know the conjuring-universe has a bit of a cult following, and this one isn’t exactly at the top of people’s lists, but I believe Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson turn in their best performances since the original installment of the trilogy.

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren take on one of the most sensational cases of their careers after a cop stumbles upon a dazed and bloodied young man walking down the road. Accused of murder, the suspect claims demonic possession as his defense, forcing the Warrens into a supernatural inquiry unlike anything they’ve ever seen before.

– Google
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ruairi O’Connor
Director: Michael Chaves
R: Suspense, Mystery, Paranormal, Horror
Stream on: Amazon, Max, AppleTV

The Ritual (2018)

The Ritual Netflix Film

Four friends with a long-standing — but strained — connection take a hiking trip into the Swedish wilderness, from which they may never return.

– Netflix

Any horror movie worth its salt that begins with the death of a loved one, always turns dark fast. 

The Ritual is just that, set in the wilds of Scandinavia where ancient entities lurk. There are monsters, hallucinations, creepy disembodied voices, and psychological torment. The mental anguish that Rafe Spall’s character endures beneath the memory of his friend’s death adds a debilitating level of weight to this one.

This one genuinely checks all the boxes for a good creature feature, and then some.

R: Horror, Creature Feature
Starring: Arsher Ali, Rob James-Collier, Rafe Spall
Director: David Bruckner
Stream on Netflix (*Netflix Original)

Honorable Mention: Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil 

If you haven’t seen this horror comedy yet, you are missing out.

What happens when some college kids who have watched too many horror movies, think they’ve found themselves hunted by a pair of degenerate rednecks on their camping trip?

Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil is what happens. 

Affable hillbillies Tucker and Dale are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are mistaken for murderers by a group of preppy college students.

Starring: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden
Director: Eli Craig
NR: Adventure, Comedy, Horror
Free to stream on Amazon, Hulu, Peacock, The Roku Channel

For more silver & small screen recommendations check out part one of this series HERE . . .

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