Hey lovely Pulp readers! In honor of all the spooky movies in the world, I thought it best to have a collaborative post from other Pulp girls to get their insight on October flicks! Personally, I believed it would have been doing the scary movie category a disservice if this post included only a movie that I thought was spooky. Spooky can mean lots of different things, for me it means older horror movies with lots of gore and anticipation, while for others it could mean a modern film about small children. This post is a “virtual sleepover” of ### Pulp girls, because if spooky movies have taught us one thing, it’s that everything is better with a girl group. From the snarky charm of the Jawbreakers gang, to the peculiar interactions of the coven in The Craft, spooky movies have proved how vital girl groups are to create an interesting dynamic- hence this collaborative post with all my fave Pulp girls! And from the depths of my spooky heart I hope you enjoy this post and find some new movies on the way! xoxo, TV + Film Editor- Kiya
Adrienne Yap- Shutter Island
If the run-of-the-mill horror flick is not up your alley, maybe try Shutter Island instead this Halloween! It starts off slow, but keep in mind that everything that leads up to the ending is crucial. Without it, the movie would have less of an impact. Towards the end, your mind will be blown and you will never be the same again, because you will never be able to watch this movie for the first time again. At times, I wished I could watch this movie again, not knowing how it ended just so it could take me by surprise. But alas, life doesn’t work that way. Thus, I am dedicated to recommending this thriller to everyone and anyone so they can feel what I felt. Go forth Pulp Babes, thrill yourselves endlessly with this gem of a movie!
Emily Webb – Girl, Interrupted
The first time I watched Girl, Interrupted, it left me spooked for weeks afterwards. The second time I watched it, I was even more spooked for MONTHS afterwards. For those who haven’t seen it, I realise I’m probably making it sound like a horror film. It isn’t, but it’s such an intense and dark, but deeply touching, film that it will play on your mind for long afterwards. The film is set in 60’s America and follows the life of 18-year-old Susanna (Winona Ryder) who is diagnosed with depression and checked into Claymoore psychiatric hospital. There, Susanna meets a range of girls with mental health problems, but is most enchanted by Lisa (Angelina Jolie). A sociopath, Lisa is extremely charismatic and the beauty of the film is that, like Susanna, the watcher is helplessly drawn to Lisa despite her lack of empathy and constant taunts. Jolie’s performance as Lisa is quite awe-inspiring– she plays the character so well that it’s an intense watch, particularly the scene where Susanna and Lisa visit Daisy (Brittany Murphy) and Lisa delivers an excruciating, killer monologue that makes you want to block your ears and wince. The film is pretty dark and at times can get a bit too real, but there are many moments of poignancy and happiness amid the seemingly gloomy setting. I can’t recommend this film enough, but just be prepared to feel dem feelz.
Miller Dew- Edwards Scissorhands
Each October, as the leaves shrink into crunchy capsules, the wind begins to whistle with more vigor than usual, and a general sense of spookiness pervades the air, there is one film that pokes at the edge of my brain, begging me to engulf myself in its beautiful world yet again: Edward Scissorhands. I first watched the movie at the age of 13 on Halloween night, and I have hooked ever since. It introduced me to Winona Ryder, began my middle school infatuation with Tim Burton, and solidified my love for Danny Elfman’s musical scores. The movie tells the story of a figure named Edward—an abandoned invention who is, for all intents and purposes, a perfectly human figure…except for one small detail: he has scissors for hands. After being discovered by a local Avon representative (!), Peg Boggs, and taken into her home, Edward falls in love with her teenage daughter, Kim (Winona Ryder). Aside from the curious plot, the movie is an aesthetic wonderland, from the almost artificially perfect, pastel suburbs to Edward’s creaky Gothic mansion to everything the Bogg’s over-the-top neighbor Joyce wears. Though part of the story takes place during the Christian season and snow plays a minor role in the film, I still stand by the fact that it is the perfect October movie: a romantic and warm escape from the cool outside, but still spooky enough to make a wonderful addition to your Halloween marathon lineup.
Teresa Law- Scream
I think Scream was the first scary movie I saw, and I have fond memories of watching it at my best friend’s house and constantly quoting it! I love the American teen horror style, and this is the one I feel started that trend! I think I also wanted to be Drew Barrymore (minus the dead part.) That bob, the dark lip, the chunky landline phone – amazing. I love a movie that makes me jump and this still does it. (Though I am a bit of a wuss when it comes to suspense and stuff – gore is fine but a face suddenly appearing behind someone in a bathroom mirror? Jeeeeeez).
Sophie Wilson- Rosemary’s Baby
I was first drawn to “Rosemary’s Baby” because of the cute sixties aesthetic and Mia Farrow’s gorgeous outfits. The plot follows a young couple moving into their first apartment, who soon fall victim to a satanic plot. I was intimidated by the film’s length at first, but “Rosemary’s Baby” creates a subtle and deep-rooted sense of creepiness that makes it one of the most interesting and developed thrillers. From the music during the opening credits to the slow deconstruction of the perfect young family, nothing is as it seems and no one can be trusted.
Whether or not the storyline interests you, aesthetically it is gorgeous. This contributes to its spookiness because even when things are falling apart it still looks fine on the surface. That said, the part that I found scariest to be Rosemary’s fast decline in health and how brilliant and realistic that effect is. If you want to watch something that mixes perfect cinematography and costumes with horror, then go watch “Rosemary’s Baby” now.
Jo- Wild at Heart
To me,Wild at heart is the ultimate Halloween movie. It is a tale of love,crime and leopard print. Two lovers go on the run from Laura Durn’s mother and the mob. It’s the perfect mixture of spooky and trashy. I love the Las Vegas romance feel and Isabella Rossellini’s characters knife earring! This movie had me searching for the perfect pair of mix-matched earrings for almost two years now! Would recommend for all John Waters enthusiasts and fans of a young Nick Cage.
Alicia- A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
There’s something strange about a woman putting eyeliner on without a mirror. There’s something eerily beautiful about the same woman floating down an empty suburban hill on a skateboard in a black chador. And there’s undoubtedly something badass about this woman sucking blood from the neck of a drug dealing pimp. Welcome to the world of “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.”
My own introduction to this dark fictional world happened with a trailer before a completely unrelated indie film (long live art house theaters!) Anyway, the trailer featured some pill popping and party people dancing to White Lie’s song “Death,” so I was expecting a campy, entertaining vampire story. I couldn’t have been more off the mark.
Shot in black in white and set in a small Iranian town called “Bad City,” Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut film is a violent romance between a vampire and a dude, who happens to dress up as a vampire on Halloween. The story is driven by emotional turns rather than plot points, so it’s hard to start without unraveling the whole thing; but each character, even a heroin addict’s cat, plays a pivotal role in the story.
Tessa- House on Haunted Hill
The first time I saw House on Haunted Hill I was probably 9 or 10 years old. My dad came home one evening from the gas station (pints of blue bell, man), and was so excited to show me some movie he had just bought for a buck. At first I was just thinking “Okay, Dad. Whatever, let’s just get this over with,” but the second I saw the drunk’s floating head: I was obsessed. Skin-melting acid, eccentric millionaires, and guns in mini coffins are my kind of party. William Castle, the director (who is also responsible for The Tingler), is such a freaking genius. He took some campy elements and mixed it with pure suspense and horror. Not only was it extremely original for 1959, but it is so addicting! Even though I have seen this movie over a hundred times (no exaggeration), it never gets old. Low-key, I still gasp at the plot twist, laugh at the spoopy skeleton, and feel so bad for the party guests. Just “don’t let the ghosts and ghouls disturb you!”
Bonus: Here’s the real fun, real spooky trailer
— I hope this gave some of you Pulp Readers some inspo to put on your Halloween costume, get some candy, and marathon all the spooky movies in the world…if you dare! xoxo, Kiya