Oct 292010
 

The Exorcist 1973The Exorcist scared the crap out of me when I was a kid.

While slow paced compared to the movies produced today, The Exorcist still stands out as one of the scariest movies of all time. The Exorcist changed the genre and scared several generations of movie watchers. Even at 37 years old, The Exorcist still scares and entertains.

Other Movies Considered:

The Shining, The Silence of the Lambs, Poltergeist, Psycho, Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, Army of Darkness, Drag Me to Hell, The Grudge, 28 Days Later, The Complete Omen Collection (The Omen – 1976/ The Omen – 2006/ Damien: The Omen II/ The Omen III: The Final Conflict/ The Omen IV: The Awakening), Zombieland, Creepshow, Tales From The Crypt Presents – Demon Knight, Jacob’s Ladder, Twilight Zone – The Movie

Oct 282010
 

Trick 'r TreatTrick ‘r Treat (2008) was the first Halloween movie I was excited about in a long time. While the actual release wasn’t exactly what I expected, it was a fun romp for a Halloween and horror/thriller movie fan. Several stories are weaved together and if you pay close attention, you can see things in the background from one of the other tales. While I didn’t find Trick ‘r Treat (2008) scary, it was enjoyable and certainly put me in the Halloween mood.

Oct 272010
 

Night of the Living Dead (1968)If you read critic reviews and commentary on Night of the Living Dead, you could be left with a sense of wonderment on what the movie is really about. It’s almost like poetry in that people interpret it’s meaning and purpose in ways that the original creators may not have intended. No matter what you believe it’s about in the end, Night of the Living Dead is a pivotal part of horror history.

I suggest the original black and white version. Something about the black and white makes it creepier and the color version ruins some of the “filling in” your imagination does of it’s own accord.

Oct 262010
 

Nightmare on Elm Street 1-4Freddy Krueger has always been a favorite movie monster. The ability to terrorize people in their dreams is one of the scariest concepts out there. A Nightmare on Elm Street has plagued a few generations with nightmares of Freddy.

Wes Craven creates something in the Freddy series that is rare and exactly what I look for in a horror movie. Actual fear and scares instead of a gore fest. Sure, there’s blood and guts and gore, but many movies today forget about fear and go for the disgusting. I think maybe A Nightmare on Elm Street is one of the reasons movies don’t scare me anymore. Nothing tops the bastard child of 1000 manics.

I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch the remake yet. To me, Robert Englund is Freddy. Remakes can be fun and different takes on a movie are interesting to me, so I’ll watch it someday.

Nightmare on Elm Street 5-8Unlike most people, I enjoyed the entire A Nightmare on Elm Street series. Sure, I liked some better than others, but I couldn’t get enough of Freddy. If they were still making A Nightmare on Elm Street‘s with Robert Englund as Freddy, I’m sure I would still be watching them. I might be wondering why, but I’d still be watching.

You could make an entire marathon out of just A Nightmare on Elm Street movies.

If anyone watches the remake, let me know what you thought of it. I’m interested to see something other than critic reviews since I seem to rarely agree with the critics.

Here’s A Nightmare on Elm Street 1-4 and A Nightmare on Elm Street 5-8 for the full Freddy experience.

Oct 252010
 

Ghost Story 1981Ghost Storyactually began my love for the works of Robert Bloch (author of Psycho). With an all-star cast list (Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., John Houseman, Alice Krige, Patricia Neal) and haunting storyline, Ghost Story has remained one of my all-time favorite classics.

Ghost Story was released in 1981 and is limited by the technology of the time, but I’ve always thought it stands the test of time better than many movies from that era. I haven’t seen it in ages, but when I started compiling my top ten list, this was one of the first movies I thought of.

Oct 192010
 

Shaun of the Dead (2004)Shaun of the Dead is a British black comedy that embraces its zombie horror genre, while delivering laughs at the zombie nature of our current society. Sometimes childish and silly, Shaun of the Dead also manages some tense scenes as the characters deal with the zombie invasion that has plagued London.

Oct 182010
 

In no particular order, these are my top ten picks for Halloween movie marathons. I’ll be posting one every week day until all ten are posted. I hope you enjoy my picks and let me know what your favorites are. I’m always on the lookout for a good scare. A good spoof is more than welcome, too.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)It’s not horror, not scary, not specifically a Halloween movie, but The Nightmare Before Christmas is a charming, original work that can be played from Halloween to Christmas. With tunes that get stuck in your head and characters that are gruesome yet cute at the same time, The Nightmare Before Christmas is a favorite for Halloween. Before the little ones go to bed, they can join in the Halloween movie fun with this one.

I’m a fan scary movies, but in 1993, I went to see The Nightmare Before Christmas in the theater and it captured my heart.

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