These two very different films (one film a surreal nightmare thing, the other a hilarious, tongue-in-cheek take on the ubiquitous «found footage horror film genre») should help you ease into the Halloween season!
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Director: Bernard Rose
Not released on DVD in the US
Before he gifted American moviegoers with the slasher-flick classic Candyman, British director Bernard Rose burst out of the gate with a different kind of horror movie. A sullen adolescent girl works out her unconscious psychosexual neuroses and parental issues by entering nightly into a dream world modeled after a drawing of a house she absentmindedly doodled in school. If she alters the picture during the day, it directly affects her imagination’s nighttime rambles — hence the worry when she crosses out the eyes on a drawing of her absent father and sketches a hammer into his hand. Paperhouse reminds you, in the most genuinely unsettling way, that there's nothing scarier than your own imagination run wild.
— Michael Koresky (Rolling Stone)
WNUF Halloween Special (2013)
Director: Chris LaMartina
Originally broadcast live on October 31, 1987, the ‘WNUF Halloween Special’ is a stunning expose of terrifying supernatural activity that unfolded at the infamous Webber House, the site of ghastly murders. Local television personality Frank Stewart leads a group of paranormal investigators including Catholic exorcist, Father Joseph Matheson and the prolific husband-and-wife team Louis and Claire Berger. Together, the experts explore the darkest corners of the supposedly haunted Webber House, trying to prove the existence of the demonic entities within. Did they find the horrific truth or simply put superstitious rumors to rest?