27 October 2020
Gore Before Halloween 2020

Join AFE for a Tweet-along of some of our favorite scary movies that will be sure to get you in the Halloween spirit.

What is that you say? 2020 isn’t scary enough already? 

Well, get ready for a spooky movie marathon with Armed Forces Entertainment, as we take you on a thrilling Halloween adventure. We guarantee that there will be swarms of evil ghouls to slay, murderous clowns, sinister family secrets, and zombies galore!

Here’s what we’re watching this Halloween. Tune in this Halloween, grab your favorite snack or MRE, and join us as we live-Tweet our favorite Halloween movies.

Gore Before Halloween Schedule:

  • Hereditary – 1 PM ET
  • IT Chapter 1 – 3:15 PM ET
  • Train to Busan  – 6 PM ET
  • Get Out – 7:15 PM ET
  • Halloween – 9:15 PM ET
  • Army of Darkness – 11:15 PM ET
Image: IMDB

Hereditary (2018)

Directed by Ari Aster

Available to stream now on Amazon Prime Video, Also available on Vudu from $2.99

This supernatural thriller features Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro and Gabriel Byrne as a family haunted by a mysterious presence following the death of their grandmother. What was the deep dark secret she was hiding?

A critical and commercial success, this film was Ari Aster’s directorial debut. Despite a production budget of $10 million, the film raked in a shocking $80 million, and has a Certified Fresh Rotten Tomatoes Score of 89%.

If you’re a fan of Ari’s twisted approach to filmmaking, also check out Midsommar–a literal waking nightmare of a film guaranteed to make even the toughest drill Sergeant squirm.

Image: IMDB

IT (2017)

Directed by Andrés Muschietti

Available to stream now on Hulu Premium, Sling, YouTube from $3.99

Stephen King once asked himself: “What scares children more than anything in the world?” 

What is that “binding, horrible, nasty, gross, creature kind of thing that you don’t want to see, [and] it makes you scream just to see it?”

His answer was simply “Clowns.”

Diabolical evil bears the makeup of a clown. Image: Cinemablend

Part Goonies, part thriller, this new saga of Pennywise the Clown ranks among the best Stephen King adaptations. Bill Skarsgård slays, quite literally, as the evil clown. For those afraid of clowns, IT is the stuff of nightmares.

And if you’re looking for a nostalgic trip, check out the 1990 IT mini-series featuring Tim Curry, now streamable to rent on YouTube, Google, and other platforms for as low as $3.99.

Image: IMDB

Train to Busan (2016)

Directed by Yeong Sang-Ho

Available to stream now on Amazon Prime Video, Tubi, Crackle

A mysterious disease escapes from a biotech plant, causing a strange epidemic to break out and cause mayhem. Does that sound a little bit like 2020 to you?

Only this time, it’s not the coronavirus we’re dealing with, it’s a full-blown zombie apocalypse. 

Snakes on a Plane? How about Zombies on a Train?

Borrowing the crazed zombie masses from the likes of Brad Pitt’s World War Z, albeit with a deeper human appeal, Train to Busan follows a group of passengers as they struggle to stave off hordes of the living dead.

With a Rotten Tomatoes score of 94% this South Korean drama is a pure thrill ride, with deep character development, and skillful action sequences.

Image: Amazon

Get Out (2017)

Directed by Jordan Peele

Available to stream now on YouTube, Google Play Movies, Amazon Prime Video, and Vudu from $3.99

So let’s say you’ve been in a steady, committed relationship, and you’re about to take that next great leap of faith: meeting the parents. For some of you, that might be a scary proposition in itself.

But what if there’s a deep, dark secret about your partner’s family that she didn’t tell you about? Get Out follows Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend Rose Armitage (Allison Williams), as they go to meet her parents for the first time. What could possibly go wrong?

These are the kind of open-minded parents that shop at Whole Foods, right? Image: New York Times

From the ingenious mind of Jordan Peele, Get Out is not only Peele’s directorial debut–it’s one of the greatest horror films of the 2010s. The film was a massive commercial success, grossing over $255 million on a $4.3 million dollar budget. 

Fun fact: Get Out only took 23 days to shoot in Mobile, Alabama, proving that great storytelling doesn’t always require big budgets and exotic locales.

We can’t wait to watch it with you.

Image: IMDB

Halloween (2018)

Directed by David Gordon Green

Available to stream now on YouTube and Amazon Prime Video from $3.99

In this horror thriller, Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laura Strode, confronting the murderous Michael Myers who has haunted her since his killing spree over 40 years ago.

After the masked maniac escapes from his routine prison bus transfer, Michael Myers is back with a vengeance. However, this time Laura is ready to take him on. 

Ignoring the disappointing remakes, as the eleventh (!!!) installment in the film series, Halloween (2018) aims to be a direct spiritual successor to director John Carpenter’s original vision, as interpreted by David Gordon Green.

Featuring nostalgic callbacks to John Carpenter’s 1978, Halloween (2018) wipes the slate clean of disappointing remakes, as a direct sequel to the cult horror classic. Image: IMDB

There are two sequels announced for this movie, Halloween Kills, set to release on October 15, 2021, and Halloween Ends, which is set to release in 2022. 

Image: IMBD

Army of Darkness (1992)

Directed by Sam Raimi

Available to stream now on Amazon Prime Video, Hulu Premium, Sling TV

“This is my BOOMSTICK!”

Ah, who can forget that classic moment when Bruce Campbell’s Ash character introduces his customized department store double-barrel shotgun to a mystified medieval crowd, magically firing off three rounds in front of an awestruck peasantry.

Trapped in 1300 AD, surrounded by evil, and low on gas, Ash teams up with King Arthur himself to recover the Necronomicon and defeat the undead army of darkness. Will he succeed in getting back home? Or will the pile of rotting corpses left in his wake have been all for nothing? 

Arguably the biggest and slickest of the Evil Dead trilogy, this film showcases some of the last great practical effects before the CGI revolution. And the definitive 2015 Blu-Ray and digital remaster lets you stream the film in all its gory glory.

AFE veteran comic and all-around badass Bruce Campbell is truly a tour-de-force in the zombie-slaying genre. Image: Medium

Directed by Sam Raimi who helmed the classic Tobey Maguire Spider-Man Trilogy, this macabre camp classic is sure to leave you with a smile on your face, and the sudden urge to acquire a chainsaw. There’s a reason the film won the 1993 Fangoria Chainsaw Award, after all.

Now, let’s talk about how you can get back home… To watch these Halloween classics.

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Don’t forget to join us on October 31 for our Gore Before Halloween movie marathon. 

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