Time flies and somehow Hallowe’en has snuck up on me this year. And now it’s only five days away! I understand that doesn’t leave you a lot of time to plan what you’re going to read and watch for your Hallowe’en thrills, so without further ado, here are some frightening (and sometimes gory) recommendations to help get you in the spirit:
Before ‘found footage’ horror was a thing, there was Cannibal Holocaust: a 1980s Italian horror film in which a team of documentary filmmakers head to South America and are brutally killed. Initially released as a documentary, the film’s director was arrested on obscenity charges after its release. Cannibal Holocaust –and several other horror films!– is available to stream from the library via InstantFLIX.
I can’t be the only one who has been waiting years for someone to write a novel inspired by Cannibal Holocaust because debut novelist Kea Wilson has done just that with We Eat Our Own.
Want less gore and more slowly deepening horror? Try Paul Tremblay’s Stoker award-winning A Head Full of Ghosts. The Possession is a reality TV show which delves into the lives of the Barrett family as they deal with their teenage daughter’s demonic possession. Don’t let the reality TV veneer fool you: this book will have you utterly creeped out by the last page.
Have a must-watch scary movie or must-read Hallowe’en read? Please share in the comments below — I’m always looking for new ways to lose sleep.