Where to get your Halloween horror film fix in Singapore
1. Dearest Sister (Laos)
Laos' first entry into the Oscars' 2018 Best Foreign Language film category is a flick by horror director Mattie Do, a rising star in the Laotian scene. The LA-born director is a rare female voice and lens in the relatively young market, and her feature, Dearest Sister, puts two female leads in the spotlight. Nok starts to care for her cousin, Ana, who's losing her sight but gaining strange and unsightly visions. Their relationship takes a turn for the worse as they start to be destructively co-dependent. Book here.
2. Cuadecuc, Vampir (Spain)
It's the Bram Stoker reinterpretation you weren't quite expecting. The 1970 experimental feature film by Catalan filmmaker Pere Portabella's only dialogue appears in the last scene, but what will keep you glued is the conceptualised used of high contrast black and white film stock. Inspired by early expressionist horror films, Cuadecuc, Vampir has the appearance of a degraded film print, with an electronic soundtrack by Carles Santos. Book here.
3. What We Do In The Shadows (New Zealand)
What do you get when you include three flatmates with opposing personalities, just trying to make the best out of their living situation? A possible sitcom, perhaps. But when those flatmates happen to be centuries-old vampires, you get a cult hit. This Kiwi mockumentary not only gives you a peek into the lives and loves of three vampires, you also get an insight into the dynamics between witches, banshees and "werewolves, not swear-wolves" of Wellington. Book here.
4. The Glory Hoes Present The Rocky Horror Picture Show (UK/US)
This 1975 classic was ahead of its time in many aspects, embracing gender fluidity, drag, free love, and even ventured into touchy subjects such as polygamy. We're all here for Tim Curry as Dr. Frank N. Furter of course, the "sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania". Both a parody and tribute to sci-fi and horror B movies of the past, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is now celebrated with Singapore's own drag queen troupe as well. Book here.
5. The Promise (Thailand)
When two teenage best friends make a promise to commit suicide and one gets cold feet, the departed seeks out her revenge — only 20 years later. After Boum visits the abandoned tower — that was the scene of that fateful night — with her daughter, strange events start happening. Her daughter is increasingly affected by a spirit, as the past comes to light in ways that'll make you shiver. Book here.