Just a few suggestions…

October 31, 2006

It’s Halloween, and you’re looking for a scary movie to watch as the number of kids coming to the door begins to dwindle. What should you watch? This may not be the list of the “scariest movies of all time,” but in my humble opinion, this is a small list of some truly awesome horror flicks. Be warned: there is a lot of sci-fi horror on this list (I guess I’m biased). Also, Exorcist, Rosemary’s Baby, The Shining, and The (original) Omen are not to be found on this list, but you should consider those as well if you have yet to see them.

Alien (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078748/)
Alien

Necessary viewing. If you haven’t seen this flick, please go to your nearest video store and check it out. The beginning of true sci-fi horror, this classic is one of the best movies of all time and stands high among those famous scariest flicks of all time. If you want more gore, see the 4th film, Alien Resurrection. If you’re looking for more action, see Cameron’s sequel, Aliens. If you want a more arthouse aliens, see Fincher’s underrated Alien 3. In anycase, if you haven’t seen any of them, see the original masterpiece.

The Thing (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084787/)

the thing

I actually just saw this Carpenter flick over the summer. It turned out to be an excellent little ride with some scary and hairy moments. The creature effects of this film are quite extraordinary, and the sense of paranoia generated by the actors is palpable.

Slither (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0439815/)

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Slither is a funny, gross out flick that has hit dvd shelves just in time for Halloween. I highly recommend seeing this flick because it’s just pure fun. The movie is more slimy than bloody and is the definition of horror comedy. The New York Times enjoyed it, and if you’re into the campy, funny, horror – you will too.

Halloween (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077651/)

Halloween

Wow, John Carpenter made my list twice. Anyways, this is it- the real deal, the original Halloween movie. It pretty much spawned the slasher flick genre as well as a ridiculous number of sequels. This October 31st, throwback and see how it all started.

Re-animator (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089885/)

reanimator

So I’m a bit ashamed that I’m recommending this flick since I don’t remember it too well, and I’m not even sure if I saw it in its entirety. From what I remember (I was really young and channel surfing late at night), the flick was entertaining and kind of gross, falling into the comedy horror category. Well known as a cult classic, this flick is well worth watching from what I remember, and I will probably take a second look at it too.

In addition to the five aforementioned flicks, remember the ongoing extreme asian cinema series (“Audition” and “Three… Extremes” especially) if you want some additional weird and creepy flicks. Have a happy Halloween and enjoy!

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