Ah, Halloween time! It’s the time of the year when you bust out your favorite scary flicks, pop some popcorn, eat a bag of peanut butter cups (don’t judge!), and turn out the lights to get a good scare. I love this time of year for movie watching and below are five of my favorites that I have to watch before the season is over, or I’m gonna die!
5. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) – I am not ashamed to say that I have seen every installment of this franchise but nothing beats the original. There is no other villain that even comes close to Freddy, not to mention he’s pretty freakin funny. This one is a safe bet for some good jolts, some gross outs, plus Johnny Depp is in it. One, Two, Freddy’s coming for you!
4. The Exorcist (1973) – If this one isn’t on everyone’s list of scary movies then I’d be surprised. I don’t know anyone that doesn’t get freaked out by watching this or cannot think of this film when eating split pea soup! It’s also one of the few horror films that’s also good cinematically. The score is instantaneously recognizable, the acting is good, and her head spins around completely. What’s left to say?
3. The Omen (1976) – Sure you might think you know someone whose child is the spawn of Satan but in this film you get to meet the real deal. There is just so much freaky B.S. that happens around this kid that it’s hard not to watch what happens next. This is a true classic and who can forget this scene…
2. The Shining (1980) – This is probably my favorite Stanley Kubrick film, my favorite Jack Nicholson film, my favorite Stephen King adaptation, AND my favorite Shelly Duvall film (other than Popeye of course). The Shining is another one of those films whose score plays a huge part in making it an effective thriller. It’s also hard not to like Jack Nicholson in this even though he is the bad guy. I mean how could you not want someone to kill Shelly Duvall’s character in this film?
1. Poltergeist (1982) – Anyone who knows me will tell you that this is my favorite movie of all time. Not just my favorite horror movie but my favorite of ANY movie. This is my Star Wars, my Lord of the Rings, my comic book film. Sure, it’s not a masterpiece and can’t be compared to the movies I just mentioned but I love it just the same. Executive Produced by Spielberg and directed by Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Masacre), this movie has some pretty good scares and an ending like a crashendo. Plus, watching this movie knowing that there is a real life curse that follows anyone involved in the making is kinda eerie in itself.