It’s my favorite time of year. Right as the leaves are changing color, the sun sets earlier, and there is a slight chill in the air at night that it gives the exciting feeling that fall is here, but also the perfect time to put a sense of mystery and eeriness. I’m obsessed with ghosts stories (I own the whole series of A Haunting on DVD). Halloween just happens to be my favorite holiday as well! It’s the time of year that tv has the best movies and tv series listings because they just have scary movie marathons and you get the bad with the good. You get to see the awesome originals and the not-so-awesome sequals…I mean seriously, how did Jason come back allllllll those times!?!
If you’re like me, sometimes instead of going to a party, I find it more thrilling to stay home and watching the best of horror films in pitch black darkness with a bowl of popcorn and the only light in the room coming from the tv. Pretty soon those little sounds coming from the back room become a little more freaky. Is it a ghost? A zombie? Is it IT the clown calling you from the bathroom sink…is it–OMG WHY DID I THINK THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA!?!
See? It’s awesome.
So, I decided to give you a list of the creepiest, craziest, intense horror films to watch tonight that’ll make you shit your pants! I’ve got one for several different types so you can watch your favorites, or you can watch a variety of different films. Its up to you…if you dare!
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE GORE:
1. EVIL DEAD (1981):
The original Evil Dead film was actually meant to be a horror film. The later sequals are just as good, but play on the campy feel and overacting with the best one-liners in cinematic history. The original is gory and the eeriness is hard to ignore. And Bruce Campbell is just fantastic. If you’re already a fan of the Evil Dead trilogy, then you probably already know about the new television series premiering tonight Ash vs. The Evil Dead. But if you’re not familiar with this trilogy, I definitely recommend you check it out, starting from the beginning.
2. THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974)
This film scares the poop out of me. Would you like a man chasing you with a chainsaw while wearing a mask made out of human flesh? What’s even spookier is that the film was inspired by Ed Gein, a real-life serial killer from Wisconsin. The sound/music in this movie is crazy and adds a lot to the mood of the film. Even though by the time you get to the end you just want someone to shut Sally up from screaming, you cannot help but hold your breath during the final chase scene.
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE PARANORMAL STORIES
1. THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (1998):
This film started the video footage genre. With the actors holding hand held cameras and throwing a little improv in the mix out in the woods, the creators of this film probably didn’t think this film would go as far as it did. Most people watch this film, most being of the Paranormal Activity generation, and think ‘What’s the big deal’? Little do they know that when this film came out in the late 1990’s that this genre of horror was unheard of. I remember hearing about it for the first time while doing eighth grade homework and watching a Syfy special on this ‘documentary made by these missing kids who haven’t been found, all that was found is this footage!’ then this syfy special continued to give an informational episode about the Blair witch and why most people never return from the woods, and blah blah…yeah, what they did was set this found footage up as REAL and because the found footage genre was unheard of at the time, people believed it! So we all flocked out to see it, getting the crap scared out of by those damn tree cracks and chase scenes. Then when the actors showed up to the MTV movie awards I was like, WHAAAT! …but then was relieved that they were really alive. So, even though you can’t see what’s going on because of all the shaky camera sequences it definitely adds to the creepiness if you let your imagination allow it.
2. THE CONJURING (2013):
based off the real case of Ed and Loraine Warren, this takes ghost stories to an all too realistic level. The subtle jumps will make you afraid of the dark again, and to start paying attention to those moments you feel like you being watched.
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE STALKING SERIAL KILLERS:
1. HALLOWEEN (1978):
What can I say? It is creepy as hell to think about a normal sized man (unlike the giant monster in the Rob Zombie remakes) who spends the first hour and fifteen minutes of the film stalking his prey in a get up that screams dangerous. And John Carpenter is fellow Hilltopper from WKU which makes it even better!
2. Silence Of The Lambs (1990):
“Oh wait, was she a great big fat person?”
“She was a big girl, sure”
eerie, wierd, messed up…nuff said.
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE FOREIGN FILMS:
1. THE ORPHANAGE:
If you liked Pans Labrynth then you will love this movie. This Spanish movie is set in an old orphanage bought by a couple and their son. The wife just happened to spend a good chunk of her childhood there before being adopted. But strange things begin to happen. When their child goes missing things begin to go bump in the night. It’s haunted by the orphans who died there. You know what’s creepier than ghosts? GHOST CHILDREN. The scene where she plays one, two, three, knock on the door towards the end is subtle, and makes you jump even though there are no jump sequences. The ending is a shocker, its sad, but is also beautifully crafted. I cry at the end of this movie every time. Not from terror, but the closure for the main character.
2. HIGH TENSION (2005):
This movie is a psychological thriller game of cat and mouse. It starts out pretty calm, but once the killing happens it happens ALL OVER THE PLACE. It gets pretty stressful, guys and gals. The ending is nothing new, but it works enough for you not to be disappointed with ending.
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE CLASSICS:
1.THE SHINING:all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
2. The Birds:
ain’t nothing like animals turning on us. This film does what M. Night. Shamylan’s film The Happening tried to do…nature is against us! Save the planet. Duh!
3. The Haunting
The first real thriller that interested me in ghost stories. Bases on the novella Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.
SOME HONORABLE MENTIONS:
1. WOLF CREEK–Jeff and I watched this when we first started dating. The movie is so intense that at one point I had tell Jeff he was squeezing my hand too hard.
2. DEAD ALIVE–Peter Jackson’s masterpiece before LOTR. Its so awesomely bad, campy, and gory. If you wanna chuckle and gag a little bit, this is your film.
3. THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW–You have not fully celebrated Halloween until you’ve dressed up and went to a screening of this film.
What are YOU doing for tonight’s ghoulie fun?