Halloween and horror movies go together like Ars and Linux OS reviews—it can be hard to imagine a more appropriate, occasional pairing. And while a classic scary movie (or fun innovations on the genre, like Get Out or A Quiet Place) still hits the sweet spot for many film fans, sometimes you simply want something different.
This pre-Halloween weekend, audiences lucked out. Two horror adjacent gems—the highly stylized scares of Suspiria and the supernatural thrills of Border—each open in select US theaters. The two films have been conquering film festival after film festival this year (including Fantastic Fest, where Ars caught ’em) due to very different skill sets. But for anyone looking for alternatives to the traditional holiday fare, a double-feature may be in order.