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Just because Halloween falls on a weeknight this year doesn't mean your weekend will go without some blood-curdling chills.
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24 Oct 2018 - 10:21 AM  UPDATED 24 Oct 2018 - 11:42 AM

You'd better get used to hiding under that blanket with this collection of horror films this weekend. WIth a mid-week Halloween, this weekend is the time to delve into your passion for great horror films, with this collection of great titles from around the world.

Press play at SBS On Demand to see some great recent horror films, along with the classics of the genre, and a few horror-comedies that will have you squealing with terror delight.

RECENT CHILLS

Queen of The Damned

After many years of sleeping in his coffin, the vampire Lestat awakens only to find that the world has changed, and he wants to be a part of it. He gathers a following and becomes a rock star, only to find that his music awakens the ancient Queen Akasha, and she wants him to become her king.

It Follows

A critically acclaimed supernatural psychological horror film starring Maika Monroe (Independence Day) and Keir Gilchrist (United States of Tara). For 19-year-old Jay (Monroe), the fall should be about school, boys and weekends at the lake. Yet after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter she suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions; she can't shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.

Let The Right One In

Twelve-year-old Oskar is bullied at school and at home tends to retreat into his own violent fantasies. Oskar’s life changes when he makes friends with the mysterious and unkempt 12-year-old Eli. However, when locals start falling victim to a series of gruesome murders, many drained of their blood, Oskar starts to realise that Eli might just be exactly what she seems.

The Dyatlov Pass Incident

Based on a shocking true story that still remains one of the most bizarre unsolved mysteries of the 20th century. In 1959, nine skiers went missing in a remote area of the Ural Mountains in Russia. Two weeks later, all nine were found dead, hundreds of km from their camp. Years later, five American college students set out to uncover the truth, retracing the steps of the ill-fated-expedition. But what they discover proves to be more shocking than they could ever have imagined.

Primal

A group of friends travel into the bush to view ancient cave paintings but soon find a horrible sickness gripping one of their own, which leaves them with nothing in their mind but a primal blood lust

REVISIT THE CLASSICS

Halloween

This John Carpenter's thriller forever changed the face of horror. Admired and imitated for over 30 years, original masked monster Michael Myers remains one of the most terrifying creations in film history. On one particularly fraught-filled Halloween night, young Michael Myers brutally slaughtered his sister, terrifying a community and beginning a legacy of terror. Institutionalised for 15 years, Michael breaks out to fulfill his insatiable bloodlust. The only person who understands the murderer behind the mask is psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis, who knows Michael is coming back to Haddonfield to wreak havoc and spill blood in the long dark shadows of Halloween.

Vampyros Lesbos

Cult director Jesús Franco’s '70s psychedelic lesbian romp stars his muse Soledad Miranda as Countess Nadine Korody, a descendant of Count Dracula who entices young women to her isolated island, then seduces and sacrifices them in order to remain young. When naïve young lawyer Linda Westinghouse (Ewa Strömberg) travels to the island to settle Countess Korody's inheritance, Lucy recognises the beautiful woman as the vampire from her recent erotic dreams.

Bride of Re-Animator

The mad Dr. Herbert West returns in this terrifying sequel, set eight months after the events of Re-Animator. Dr. West and Dr. Cain continue their strange experiments, this time attempting to create the perfect woman by joining the legs of a hooker and the womb of a virgin to the heart of Dr. Cain's dead girlfriend. A grisly and witty tribute to The Bride of Frankenstein.

Scanners

David Cronenberg's mindblowing Scanners launched a genre in itself – "body horror". Scanners are people with extraordinary telepathic powers, who can read people's minds, make them mad or even explode. Darryl Revok, a rebellious scanner, is the leader of an underground movement and decides to wage a war against a weapons manufacturer who uses people of his ilk for their dastardly purposes.

She Killed in Ecstasy

This twisted, erotic horror tale by exploitation maestro Jesus Franco stars his sultry muse Soledad Miranda as the widow of a young doctor who kills himself after a medical committee terminates his research into human embryos, considering it too inhumane. She seeks revenge on those who drove her husband to his death by luring each member of the committee into compromising situations and then killing them one by one.

GNAWING OFF YOUR FUNNY BONE

Body Melt

In this gory, tongue-in-cheek horror film, a mad scientist has developed a vitamin pill with horrendous side effects. Soon the inhabitants of an entire Melbourne suburb are experiencing ghastly symptoms – hallucinations, splitting throats, exploding stomachs and body meltdowns. Directed by Philip Brophy and stars Gerard Kennedy, Andrew Daddo, Ian Smith, Matthew Newtown and Lisa McCune.

Strippers Versus Werewolves

When werewolf chief Jack Ferris is accidentally killed in a strip club the girls who work there have until the next full moon before his bloodthirsty wolfpack seek murderous retribution.

100 Bloody Acres

This Aussie horror gem stars Damon Herriman and Angus Sampson as two South Australian brothers running an organic fertiliser business, 'Blood and Bone', and whose secret ingredient – dead car crash victims – soon comes in short supply. When Reg comes across three young people stranded on a remote road on their way to a music festival, he sees a radical solution to their supply problems, and a way of finally gaining the respect of his big brother, Lindsay. But things don't quite go to plan when Reg becomes attracted to one of his captives, Sophie.

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