It’s the Easter weekend and, to mark the occasion, my horror ensemble Doctor Psycho, DeathtoSanity and I have had a discussion on what qualifies as some of the best horror movies that share an Easter trope.
We’ve considered bunnies, eggs, lent, paganism and temptation to help devise our findings.
Starting with a guilty pleasure, is Critters 2 (1988). Who wouldn’t find huge gnawing hairy-balls coming towards you terrifying?
One of the greatest religious horror movies of all time is The Passion of Christ (2004). The sacrifice scene is painstakingly beautiful.
There’s a new Bunny in town and apparently we only have 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds until the world ends. Talk to Frank in Donnie Darko (2001).
Available on VHS only and via Briarwood Entertainment, the Easter Bunny Bloodbath (2010) is superbly fitting.
British cult sci-fi horror movie Xtro (1982) features some of the best birth scenes I’ve come across. WARNING – scenes of birthing, fertility and creepy eggs in the video clip below.
Continuing with the egg theme, we couldn’t help include the obvious – Alien (1979). The clip below contains a medley of Xenomorph scenes.
And to keep things eggy and edible, the Cadbury Easter Aliens (2015) advertisement is fantastic.
This next section is dedicated to lent with films exploring themes of temptation and resurrection.
A Dirty Shame (2004) directed by John Waters is my favourite film about sexual temptation, addiction and fetishism (next to Shortbus and Shame).
Hitting hard with the more questionable and inappropriate forms of sexual addiction comes Hard Candy (2005).
Angel Heart (1987) is a gripping psychological tale about a man who discovers he has sold his soul to the devil. ‘You’re gonna burn for this Angel.’
It just wouldn’t be Easter without Aprils Fools Day (1986) which was also remade in 2008. Below is a clip from the original movie. ‘Party until you drop.’
The devout residents of Summerisle in The Wickerman (1973) would most probably be celebrating Ēostre, with pagan rituals and ceremonies on the day of blood, Black Friday.
Finally, the ultimate resurrection is unleashed in Clive Barker’s Hellraiser (1987), as Frank Cotton attempts to cheat hell. But it doesn’t go unnoticed.
‘We have such sights to show you.’ The Cenobites.
And in the true words of Frank:
Happy Easter all!