Do you love the thrill that courses through you as you sit in the dark with your popcorn mesmerized by the drama on the screen, listening the to rumbling music escalating to warn of some impending threat about to happen at any moment?
Horror movies let us experience the elevated heart rate and adrenaline rush normally associated with daring sports like mountain climbing, hang gliding or bungee jumping without any danger to ourselves. We get the excitement without the pain. The adventure without the work. It’s a win-win deal.
Scary films also have another bonus – they let us escape our problems for a short time. They also put difficulties like annoying coworkers, higher food prices, or misbehaving kids into clearer perspective. After all, none of those things will kill us right? Sort of takes the pressure off the issues which can otherwise overwhelm our lives at times.
The thrill of unknown draws our curiosity and fascination. It’s a chance to experience the strange and bizarre – from aliens and zombies to ghosts and demons, the unusual and odd abound in horror movies. Suddenly ordinary life seems much simpler and sane. Not to mention that thrillers are just plain fun. Who doesn’t love shouting “Don’t open that door,” to the naïve victim about to step into the killer’s lair?
So what are the Halloween films you can’t live without? Which ones do you need to watch every year? Who is your favorite creepy character and why? As you think it over take a look at some of my favorites to spark your memory. Then get out the popcorn and pick some flicks and have a fearfully good time.
The Frighteners (1996) – A creepy, ghost-filled horror story with a sense of humor. Michael J. Fox gives a great performance as a confused and man with the ability to see ghosts. With a can’t miss FBI agent with a bizarre twist. Sure to give you chills and have you staring at people’s foreheads.
An American Haunting (2005) – A loving family is caught in a supernatural trap in this menacing tale. When John Bell is cursed by his neighbor, a rumored witch, strange things begin happening in the family home. Who is what is causing the haunting and abusing their innocent young daughter Betsy? The truth is truly horrifying.
The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005) A riveting tale based on a real life story; delve into the life and mind of Emily as she faces horrible pain and suffering. You decide as the case is laid before you – is it demon possession or abuse by her caretakers that torments this gentle soul? With a mesmerizing performance by actress Jennifer Carpenter unlike anything you’ve seen before, you’ll be glued to your seat until the end.
Interview with a Vampire (1994) A captivating story played superbly by Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and a young Kirsten Dunst. High society living cannot distract from the loneliness, pain and suffering that the vampires live with daily. Horrifying and heartbreaking at the same time. A must-see movie.
- Alien (1979)
- Ghostbusters (1984)
- It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown! (1966)
- Slither (2006)
- Poltergeist (1982)
- Sleepy Hollow (1999)
- The Thing (1982)