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Happy Halloween Spill!!!
It probably would've been smarter to post this ahead of time, but since it is Halloween I thought it would be cool to list 5 movies that I like to watch around this time and to see if you agree with me or not. Keep in mind that this is a list of films I've seen, not a list of general films (for example, I haven't seen Psycho, The Exorcist, John Carpenters The Thing, or any of the Paranormal Activity films) The list will also contain films that don't really scare me, but I enjoy watching around this time. Also this isn't a list of my favorite horror movies because the list would be completely different, so without further to do here's my list
5.) Alien (1979)
I don't know a lot of people who bring up this movie around this time (I might be the only one). It might have to do with the fact that "Aliens" is more popular then it or maybe with the other sequels/AVP films people forget what the original was like. Whatever the case, this is a not only a great film in general, but probably the best sci-fi horror film that I know of. I saw this movie when I was thirteen, literally days after seeing AVP. The atmosphere and sets give it the creepy nature and the idea of a creature impregnating you and having the offspring burst out of your chest is very terrifying. In fact that scene is also creepy for the fact that no music plays, it's just the sounds of John Hurt struggling.
Unlike other slasher-like horror films that were made in the 1970's, it doesn't feature a bunch of teenagers or college students, but rather a bunch of people in their thirties. Overall great movie and with a tagline of "in space, no one can hear you scream" how can't it be scary.
4.) Jaws (1975)
I think it's predictable that the first summer blockbuster would make the list, but 36 years later this thing scares me. To this day I've never watched this movie at night because the first time I saw it, I was seven years old and it was night time. I didn't really have any feels about the movie afterwards. After the movie I went to bed and was terrified to look under the bed or sit on a couch, because I was worried that a shark was going to come out and grab my legs (I was stupid back then lol). I let time go on, I forgot about the movie, then one day I caught the movie on Turner Classic Movies and I fell in love with it and immediately went to go buy the 30th Anniversary DVD. I saw Jurassic Park and The Lost World before hand because my parents showed me both of them and they didn't scare me as much as I thought they would. Those reasons were because I was fascinated by the dinosaurs and I know that dinosaurs were long dead. Jaws is scary because sharks are alive and the fact that you can't see them when in the water is very unsettling. The incredible and very simple score by John Williams adds to the fear and suspense, especially during the films opening scene.
I've obviously got over the shark under the bed situation, but to this day, whenever I go to the beach I look out into the distance and the Jaws theme starts playing in my head. It's really an amazing film and features one of the scariest film scores ever.
3.) Shaun of the Dead (2003)
Not a horror movie by any means, but it's the perfect movie to calm yourself down after seeing a really scary horror movie, while keeping you in the Halloween spirit. Such a hilarious movie and even when I watch certain scenes on their own, it makes me smile, giggle, or laugh out loud like an idiot. This scene when they are sorting through record albums while two zombies are walking toward them gets me every time mainly because there are arguing about what to throw at the zombies.
Even the most simple gags make me laugh like crazy. Since it's not a real horror movie I don't have much say about this one.
2.) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Hands down, the most creative and imaginative horror movie I've ever seen. Judging by this film alone (being the only Wes Craven film I've seen so far) he had a really original take on a slasher film. The idea of a killer that can only harm you in your dreams is very scary and the fact that it's in a dream opens the door to dozens of possibilities. Also he controls the dream world which puts our heroes at a disadvantage at times. The kills are very creative also. The scene with the girl getting tossed around the ceiling and of course the death scene involving Johnny Depp's character Glenn (due to disabled embedding you're going to half to go to youtube to see it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PlqHHmu1xI) The acting is a little bad from time to time, but I don't agree with Korey and Cyrus about the acting in the original being terrible (I didn't see the remake, but I'm sure that's where the terrible acting lies), so Co-host you have someone to back up your statement. So with a supernatural killer that murders people in their dreams, what could be scarier then that. Well the answer is the number one movie. (insert Leon singing here)
1.) Halloween (1978)
What!!! The first official slasher movie ironically named after the holiday is number one? WHAT A SHOCK!!! Seriously though, it was pretty obvious that this was going to be number one. There are multiple reasons for this being the best movie to watch on Halloween.
1.) It takes place on Halloween.
2.) It has a creepy atmosphere.
3.) A killer that needs no explanation for his actions except of the fact that, he's the devil.
All of it's backed up by a score that without it would not have made the movie what it is today. I know that this movie is the scariest movie I've ever seen when the opening credits alone make me shit myself.
The ending is really creepy, because it leaves you in question and it still leaves you scared even after the movie ends. And that's why it's the best movie to watch at this time of year. P.S. I've seen the Rob Zombie remake and I think the first half is good, but once he's on the lose and starts killing it starts to mimic the original (until the end) and it goes downhill.
Hope you guys enjoyed the list and I'd like to know if you agree with me or if I'm full of shit. Let me know in the comments what you think and what movies that I didn't list put you in the mood. I hope to put up more posts in the future.