Horror movies teem with death, but few are really about death — the fun fact that one day every single one of us will cease to exist. Our bodies will fail us, slowly but surely. The best we can hope for is that passing on comes quick, though not anytime soon. So if you’re really and truly morbid this Halloween, why not spend it not with a movie where anonymous teenagers get hacked up by some supernatural being? Put on your black eyeliner, smoke some cloves and while away your limited time on earth with a movie that looks mortality square in the face. Here are some films that grapple soberly and grimly with the meaninglessness of existence.
‘The Grey’ (2012)
Billed as a movie where Liam Neeson fights a wolf, this thriller is actually a great film about death and accepting that mortality is not just looming but is around the corner. Things peak early when, after a plane crash has deposited Neeson and fellow oil drill team members in remote Alaska. One of them (James Badge Dale) is already fatally wounded, and instead of lying to him about his chances of survival, Neeson just tells him to do his best to enjoy his last remaining seconds of existence. The rest finds them staving off the inevitable, which will come by freezing temperatures, falling down tall trees or being consumed by wolves. But each has to eventually accept that death is in the cards. And there's a wolf fight — sort of.