Guest Post: Hisense Has Suggestions To Help Make The Most Of A Halloween Unlike Any Other

With no social bubbles permitted and physical distancing measures in place to fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we are expecting to have a Halloween unlike any other.

Trick-or-Treaters not expected to be out and about scavenging for candy from their neighbours, and Halloween parties – whether for kids or adults — will be frowned upon (if not, technically, illegal in some parts of the country where people can be fined for hosting or attending large events). 

But that doesn’t mean Halloween has to be a write off. You can still enjoy it in a physically distanced manner — grab the candy bowl, settle into the couch and enjoy the theme of the season with a horror movie marathon. 

“Halloween is a great time to go back to the classics, and this year even more so with the clamp down on parties and Trick-or-Treating,” says Ashley Saunders, Social Media Specialist for Hisense Canada and a self-described horror movie enthusiast. “But if you are having a horror movie marathon, you have to do it right — dark room, big screen, the right colour contrast and a sound system you can feel in your chest, but is reduced to a whisper when the tension is building.” 

To get the best out of your TV when screening horror flicks, your checklist should include:

  • Ultimate Resolution — Don’t settle for less than 4K Quantum Dot technology. 
  • Broad Colours — Distinguish the dark from the really dark, and get the most vibrant reds — nothing takes you out of scary moment faster than fake-looking blood.
  • Contrast — Without the right contrast, you could end up watching a black screen, or get pixelated blotches in the dark areas that make it hard to see what is happening. Horror movies are mostly shot darker than other genres, so HDR technology is so important.
  • Killer Sound — Pun intended. Much of the tension and thrills in a horror flick comes from the soundtrack. Sound effects, music, screams – all are equally important for your marathon. 

Once you have the TV, it is time to assemble your viewing list. The easy choices are classics and pop culture favourites like The Exorcist, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street or Halloween. But Ashley suggests inserting some of these favourites into the rotation: 

  1. The Shining (1980) – Here’s Johnny! Ok, you’ve probably seen this one, but we love it anyway.
  2. Lifechanger (2019) – A murderous shapeshifter sets out on a blood-soaked mission to make things right with the woman he loves. Body horror meets awesome practical effects in this Canadian film. 
  3. Alien (1979) – Sci-Fi can be terrifying to anyone. Do we really know what’s out there? And also, Sigourney Weaver is badass (and so is Jonesy).
  4. You’re Next (2013) – A family dinner party gone horribly wrong. Want to see a protagonist finally fight back? This is a must-watch from Australia.
  5. The Lodgers (2017) – Irish “ghost” story that leaves you feeling uneasy from beginning to end. 
  6. Poltergeist (1982) – A malevolent ghost attacks a couples’ young daughter, sending her to a terrifying alternative dimension.
  7. Host (2020) – Very fitting as it was filmed during pandemic lockdown – friends decide to host a digital séance – what could go wrong? 
  8. Thir13en Ghosts (2001) – Fascinating variety of horrifying spirits that teaches you that what you can’t see can definitely still kill you.
  9. The Mortuary Collection (2019) – An eccentric mortician recounts several of the strangest stories he’s encountered in his long career, but things take a turn in this anthology.
  10. Peninsula – A sequel to the Train to Busan (2020). A Korean zombie flick about folks escaping the initial outbreak and after a time jump in a post-apocalyptic zombie wasteland. A group takes a mission in the middle of an overrun city – what could go wrong? 

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