October 26, 2020

Some Ghostly Projects of Halloween Past and Present

Technicolor keeps the spirit of Halloween alive with this year’s crop of Halloween films and series – and another look at some projects that will still haunt you.

This Halloween will be different from years past – no parties, no parades, and “trunk or treating” instead of door-to-door trick or treating. But one thing we can still indulge in are the scary stories of the season – some brand new and others worth another look.

Technicolor and our creative studios have been busy working on some of the most frightening – or frighteningly funny – features and episodic shows being released just in time for the holiday. We’ll also be reminiscing about some of our favorite past projects across advertising, games, animation, and more.

So grab some popcorn and that big bag of fun-sized candy we know you bought anyway, and enjoy the following Halloween thrills and chills.

Hubie Halloween

Who better to provide a laugh right now than Adam Sandler. Set in Salem, MA, Hubie Halloween follows eccentric community volunteer Hubie DuBois (Sandler), who finds himself at the center of a real murder case on Halloween night. A little bit scary and a whole lot of funny, this family friendly film is the perfect way to kick off your Halloween festivities. The hilarity is heightened by a seriously beautiful Dolby Vision grade courtesy of Technicolor Colorist Travis Flynn.

Hubie Halloween is available for streaming on Netflix.

The Witches

The Witches, written by Robert Zemeckis along with Guillermo del Toro and Kenya Barris (and co-produced with Alfonso Cuarón) is the second feature adaptation of the 1983 novel by Roald Dahl. The all-star cast includes Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, and Chris Rock. Technicolor Senior Colorist Maxine Gervais provided the film’s gorgeous color grade, while Technicolor Marketing Services oversaw the striking trailers for the film.

Enjoy the The Witches on HBO Max.

Come Play

Maxine Gervais also provided the glorious grade for Come Play, coming to theaters on October 30. Come Play follows the story of a monster named Larry who targets his victims by manifesting through their smart phones, computers, television screens, and other mobile devices.  How scary is that! Additionally, VFX was provided by MR. X.

Catch Come Play in theaters for Halloween on October 30.


N0s4a2, the supernatural horror series based on the best-selling novel by Joe Hill, follows Vic McQueen, a young artist who discovers that she has a supernatural ability to track the seemingly immortal Charlie Manx, a villain who feeds off the souls of children. Technicolor artists provide a number of services for the terrifying series, including Color by Tim Vincent, Sound services supervised by Lauren Stephens, and Visual Effects by Technicolor VFX. Additionally, Technicolor’s Pulse platform was used for VFX pulls.

Check out N0s4a2 – Seasons 1 and 2 – on AMC.

What We Do in the Shadows

What We Do in the Shadows is the spooky comedy that follows the daily lives of vampires Nandor, Laszlo, and Nadja. After providing visual effects for the acclaimed first season, Technicolor VFX was thrilled to again help the series achieve their vision for season two. Technicolor VFX was able to showcase a multitude of talents including CG head replacements and head spinning.

What We Do in the Shadows airs on FX and streams on FX on Hulu.


In the unsettling series Slasher, Sarah Bennett's parents were murdered by a killer known as "The Executioner" 30 years ago. Now, she returns to the quiet community of Waterbury where the killings occurred to start over with her husband Dylan. But upon arriving they discover that things haven't changed much. Technicolor provides multiple services for the series, including Color by Senior Colorist Ross Cole; Sound Mix by Scott Shepherd and Paolo Amati; and Technicolor VFX as sole vendor, supervised by Creative Director Kevin Chandoo.

Watch Slasher available on Netflix.

The Grudge

Technicolor VFX also worked on The Grudge, producer Sam Raimi’s twisted new take on the horror classic. In the film, a detective investigates a murder scene that has a connection to a case that her new partner handled in the past. The killings occurred in a haunted house that passes on a ghostly curse to those who dare enter it. Directed by Nicolas Pesce, The Grudge stars Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir, John Cho, and Betty Gilpin.

The Grudge is available on Amazon Prime Video.

American Horror Story: 1984

This award-winning anthology series created by Ryan Murphy chronicles fictionalized haunted locations and the people – both living and dead – who inhabit them. In the latest season, its ninth, five friends escape the city to work as counselors at Camp Redwood in the summer of 1984 – where the past soon comes back to haunt them. The Technicolor Sound team, who have a long-standing relationship with Murphy, were nominated for a 2020 Emmy for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Limited Series or Movie.

American Horror Story airs on FX and is available on Hulu, Amazon and Netflix.


This series based on the Count Dracula legend finds English solicitor Jonathan Harker traveling to Transylvania to meet a new client and finalize the sale of a stately house in London. But he finds himself trapped in a terrifying maze-like castle of undead brides with a vampire Count whose ambition is to conquer the world. The series features the work of Technicolor Senior Colorist Kevin Horsewood as well as Technicolor VFX, supervised by Creative Director Gary Brown.

Watch Dracula on BBC One and Netflix.

Saint Maud

Maud is a reclusive young nurse whose impressionable demeanor causes her to pursue a pious path of Christian devotion after an obscure trauma. Now charged with the hospice care of Amanda, a retired dancer ravaged by cancer, Maud's fervent faith quickly inspires an obsessive conviction that she must save her ward's soul from eternal damnation, whatever the cost. Technicolor VFX was the sole vendor on Saint Maud, also supervised by Creative Director Gary Brown.

Saint Maud can be seen in theaters.

Heirs of the Night

Europe, 1889: the Heirs of the five remaining vampire clans in Europe have learned each other’s powers and are on a quest to secure their future by saving the world from eternal darkness and defeating Dracula. This riveting series was graded by Technicolor Colorist Brian Krijgsman. Additionally, Technicolor’s Mikros provided visual effects and post production on season 1 and season 2, which is coming soon to audiences around the world.

Catch up on Heirs of the Night season 1 on Amazon Prime and BBC.

Technicolor's MPC

His House

His House is the debut film from British writer-director Remi Weekes. When a young couple from war-torn South Sudan seeks refuge in England, they are tormented by a sinister force living in their new home. This thriller layered with insightful horror premiered at the Sundance Film Festival – and was quickly picked up by Netflix for global distribution. It was color graded by Senior Colorist Jean-Clément Soret.

His House comes to Netflix on October 30.


Also graded by Jean-Clément Soret is Cadaver, written and directed by Jarand Herdal. The film centers on a peculiar hotel dinner show that draws crowds during a postapocalyptic famine. One starving family lured by the prospect of a free dinner discovers that the evening's entertainment blurs the lines between performance and reality. Will they wind up the spectators or the spectacle?

The first Netflix Norwegian film, Cadaver premieres October 22.

Now we conjure up some past projects across other realms!


Technicolor’s The Mill

Geico ‘Horror Movie’

'Horror Movie' – the first installment of Geico's 'It's What You Do' campaign – is still being run at Halloween time.  The humorous spot plays off the classic horror movie cliché: if you're a teen in a horror movie, you make bad decisions and go where the killer is obviously hiding. It's what you do. The Mill worked with director Wayne McClammy and The Martin Agency to bring the horror parody to spooky life, and the film was graded by The Mill's Fergus McCall who set the tense slasher movie mood.

Find Geico ‘Horror Movie’ at The Mill.

Skittles 'Witch'

For Skittles ‘Witch’, The Mill joined up with DDB and Smuggler director Björn Rühmann. When the spot ran last year, featuring a witch trying to get rid of an annoying teen, it was Skittles’ first Halloween ad in five years. The comical spot flips the script on the classic Halloween tale of the evil witch luring unsuspecting youngsters with candy – in this case the rainbow-colored Skittles. Colorist Nick Metcalf helped bring the spot to the color finish line.

See more of Skittles ‘Witch’ at The Mill.

TurboTax ‘Scary Dependents’

Nothing is more certain – or scary – than death and taxes. The Mill collaborated with Wieden+Kennedy (Portland) and Director Ivan Zachariáš of Smuggler to create the stimulating visual elements for TurboTax's ‘Scary Dependents.’ Complete with ghosts crawling on the ceiling, and featuring Kathy Bates, the spot put an eerie spin on financial deductions. Unfortunately, the ghostly children who lurk in the shadows of Ms. Bates’ house cannot be claimed as dependents. Color, VFX and Design by The Mill.

Revisit TurboTax ‘Scary Dependents’ at The Mill.

Technicolor’s MPC Film

The Wolfman

Before his work on The Lion King and The Jungle Book, Oscar winning VFX Supervisor Adam Valdez was pushing the creative and technical boundaries on stunningly realistic films like The Wolfman. As lead visual effects company, MPC provided concept art and scene design to support director Joe Johnston’s vision for the film’s tension-filled atmosphere. Their work includes fully animated Wolfman scenes, three gruesome transformations, the film’s climactic waterfall environment, and more.

Watch The Wolfman on Amazon Prime.


Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan in the Ghostbusters remake, two paranormal enthusiasts (Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy), a nuclear engineer (Kate McKinnon), and a subway worker (Leslie Jones) band together to stop the otherworldly threat. Who ya gonna call? Led by MPC VFX Supervisor David Seager and VFX Producer Laura Schultz, MPC’s work on the film included the action-packed finale, where they created a 1970’s Times Square and a 300-foot tall 3D ghost.

Enjoy Ghostbusters (Extended Cut) on Amazon Prime.

Technicolor’s MR. X

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

MR. X took creature animation to scary new heights, as R.L. Stine's best-selling series of books came alive again in Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. For VFX Supervisor James Cooper and the team, it was a monster leap forward to move deeper into animated creature work, as they put their own scary spin on a collection of creatures old and new – twice bringing them all together in one shot that surpassed original concepts.

Find Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween available on Netflix.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

This horror film from director André Øvredal and producer Guillermo del Toro is set in 1968 America, in the small town of Mill Valley, where a group of teenagers discover a book that has transcended time – and the stories have a way of becoming all too real. MR. X provided the VFX, and Technicolor completed picture post and sound, including marketing services, for the terrifying horror fest. Relive the nightmare in Technicolor’s first POSTCAST with Senior Colorist Mark Kueper and Mr. X VFX Supervisor Matt Glover.

Watch Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark on Amazon Prime – if you dare!

Technicolor's Mikros

The Room

Mikros also provided VFX work on this mysterious movie directed by Christian Volckman and released last year. Moving to an isolated house, Matt and Kate discover a strange room that grants them an unlimited number of material wishes. But after two miscarriages, what they want most is a child.

Catch The Room on Amazon Prime.

Mrs. Hyde

In Mrs. Hyde, French actress Isabelle Huppert plays Mrs. Géquil, a teacher despised by her colleagues and students. On a stormy night, she is struck by lightning and faints. When she wakes up, she feels different. Will she be able to keep the powerful and dangerous Mrs. Hyde contained? The film saw the studios of Mikros Paris and Liège collaborating on VFX and post-production.

Watch Mrs. Hyde on Amazon Prime.

Good Manners

Since its release in 2017, the Brazilian movie Good Manners has garnered 32 awards and another 32 nominations. Mikros provided VFX on the movie, about lonely nurse Clara from the outskirts of São Paulo, hired by mysterious and wealthy Ana as the nanny for her unborn child. The two women develop a strong bond, but a fateful night changes their plans.

Good Manners is available on Amazon Prime as well as CanalVOD and Orange in France.

Technicolor Games

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

In Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, gamers will find fun connections to the popular Resident Evil series but with a new cast of characters created in collaboration with Capcom in Osaka. Animators also worked on creature animations, with spiders, cockroaches, and oversized mosquitos among the creepy cast of game characters. All told, the Technicolor Games team contributed to an immersive three hours of frightful gameplay.

Check out Resident Evil 7: Biohazard at Technicolor Games.

Happy Halloween from Technicolor!