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10 Movies to Watch for Halloween

2014/10/22

“As spirits roam the neighborhoods at night, Let loose upon the Earth till it be light…” – Nicholas Gordon

 

 

It’s getting to that time of year where ghouls and goblins run amok; that time when spooks and spirits haunt the back alleys and corn fields are home to the souls of the long dead… well maybe not, but sometimes it’s fun to think so! As this Halloween season approaches there is no better time to remind yourself of all the goodness and love in the world than watching a truly horrifying movie.

I am and have always been a huge advocate for Horror movies because they offer a perspective on our society that traditional story telling just doesn’t allow – at least not with the same amount of freedom. Horror films act as a social commentary for the way a country or even a group people may be viewed from the filmmakers eyes.

The best example of this is George A. Romero’s “Dawn of the Dead,” in which Zombies returning to the shopping mall once they’ve turned shows us the filmmakers views on Global consumerism and the mindset of the upper & middle-class. Which these films are violent and grotesque at times it’s important to ask the question; “What is the filmmaker trying to say?” for even the most superficial movies usually have a deeper meaning to them.

It is easy to dismiss Horror films as nothing more than a canvas for monstrous and inhuman thoughts, but since the days of Gladiators in the Colosseum we as a society have been drawn to blood. More than that Horror films are the personification of fear in film, it exploits what we all hope to hide from and presents it in a way that makes us truly scared.

To put it simply: it is fun to be scared and there is no better time to be scared than Halloween. So here are…

 

1. Halloween (1978)

A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood for the murder of his sister, escapes and stalks a bookish adolescent girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets.

2. Poltergeist (1982)

A family’s home is haunted by a host of ghosts.

3. Beetlejuice (1988)

A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a “bio-exorcist” in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house.

4. Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of 3 people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman.

5. Spaced Invaders (1990)

Dimwitted Martians drop into a little Illinois town on the day that the local radio station happens to rebroadcast Orson Welles 1938 “War Of The Worlds”.

6. Trick r Treat (2007)

Four interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the one guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband.

7. Arsenic & Old Lace (1944)

A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family.

8. Alien (1979)

The commercial vessel Nostromo receives a distress call from an unexplored planet. After searching for survivors, the crew heads home only to realize that a deadly bioform has joined them.

9. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods.

10. The Evil Dead (1981)

Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.

 

Honorable Mentions:

The Conjuring (2013)

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.

ParaNorman (2012)

A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.

Monster Squad (1987)

Dracula is alive. In fact, he plans to rule the world and that is why he seeks the help of other legendary monsters. However, a bunch of kids regarded by their peers as losers uncover the devious plan and prepare for a counter strike.

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