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Top 10 Movies to Watch for Halloween

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If you’re like me, Halloween is your favorite holiday. The costumes, the candy, but most of all, the horror movies. Horror is a genre that is as old as cinema itself, dating back to the German expressionist film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and I am a huge horror film fanatic. So I have compiled a list of horror movies to watch this time of year, and if you’re reading this on Halloween… What are you doing? Watch some horror already! Joking aside, onto the list!

 

Evil Dead 2Evil Dead 2

The Evil Dead series is great by themselves, but I want you to check out Evil Dead 2. A sequel to Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead, it tells the story of Ash Williams; A wisecracking S-Mart employee who takes his girlfriend Linda to an abandoned cabin in the woods. The two have some romantic fun as couples do when Ash plays a recording of a book of the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis AKA The Book of the Dead. Linda is turned into a demon called a Deadite and Ash gets a sweet chainsaw hand. If you haven’t seen this movie before, you’re lying because it’s an iconic film.

HalloweenHalloween

A classic horror film about a serial killer escaping from a mental institute and stalking a babysitter? That plot sounds familiar yeah? Well it should, because that’s the plot of the iconic 1978 classic Halloween. Michael Myers stalks and kills everyone that isn’t Laurie Strode, played by the wonderful Jamie Lee Curtis. Funny enough, after this movie Jamie Lee Curtis was crowned the Scream Queen of horror films. This is another film that everyone has seen and if you haven’t… Stop lying to yourself! You know you saw the AMC TV edit!

Re-AnimatorRe-Animator

What happens when you take H.P. Lovecraft and the exploitation of Charles Band’s Empire Pictures? You get the best movie ever. Re-Animator is based on the H.P. Lovecraft story “Herbert West: The Re-Animator” The movie is about medical student Herbert West inventing a neon green serum that resurrects the dead into vicious zombie-animals. You’d think with a plot like that and a character like Herbert West the movie is 100% focused on West? Nope. The movie focuses a lot on medical student Dan Cain for a majority of the film and it feels like “The Dan Cain Show featuring Herbert West” all that aside, the movie is gory as hell and great. Give it a watch. I won’t berate you for not have seen this one.

The Texas Chain Saw MassacreThe Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Down south in the deserts of Texas lives the Sawer family… or the Brown family… or the Hewitt family… the name changes a lot, but the iconic 1974 classic directed by the late, great Tobe Hooper. The film follows teenagers visiting a small town in Texas and runs into a psychotic cannibalistic family, and the most famous of the bunch; Bubba “Leatherface” Sawer. A chainsaw-wielding maniac that will not only kill you but eat you as well! It’s a classic that you should watch… Just not any of the sequels or reboots…

A Nightmare on Elm StreetA Nightmare on Elm Street

A film by the late, great Wes Craven. The film follows Nancy Thompson and a string of nightmares she’s been having. When her friends start dropping like flies, she connects them to the murderer Freddy Krueger, played by Robert Englund. Who at the time was chosen for his performance in the mini-series “V”. Freddy is a silent killer in the first one and not the comedic villain we come to know and love. It’s definitely the more crap your pants entry in the series.

Puppet Master 3Puppet Master 3

The third entry in the Puppet Master series? I prefer this entry over some of the others. My overall favorite ones are 3, 4, and 5. The film follows Andre Toulon as he does puppet shows in Germany when the Nazis believe his shows mock Hitler so they kill his wife. Andre decides to use his puppets for revenge, even transmitting the soul of his wife into a puppet and giving her the powers to throw up leeches… Her name as a puppet is Leech Woman. Tell me, if I were to ask who would win? small Puppets or Nazis? You’d think the guys with guns yeah? Nope. The small army of puppets massacres a ton of Nazis. Nazi death isn’t why I like this one but it’s because of Guy Rolfe’s emotional performance as Andre Toulon.

PhantasmPhantasm

Phantasm: A figment of the imagination; an illusion or apparition. A spirit. A ghost. This is the Don Coscarelli 1979 classic, Phantasm. The story of young Mike as he encounters a mysterious Tallman with even more mysterious powers. The Tallman is a force to be reckoned with as he can take the form of a Woman in Lavender to trick unsuspecting men to the Morningside Cemetery to kill them. The Tallman was portrayed by the late, great Angus Scrimm and delivers a performance that will send shivers down your spine. The whole film will make you question reality, what is real and what is a dream as much of The Tallman’s doings are believed to be all in Mike’s head.

HellraiserHellraiser

Clive Barker delivered onto us a classic that will make you squirm in uneasiness. Hellraiser is not for the faint of heart because Pinhead will tear your soul apart. Kirsty Cotton attempts to save her dad’s soul from Hell. If I say more than that, I would be saying too much. It’s gory beyond the realms of comprehension. This film redefined the horror genre. With a string of sequels that added to the legend, the original installment is a must-see.

Demonic ToysDemonic Toys

Another film by Charles Band. This one is about toys possessed by demons. A cop by the name of Judith Gray is trapped in a toy warehouse with a chicken delivery boy as they avoid evil toys. A baby doll, Jack in the Box, teddy bear, and robot toy are the main villains. The toys work for a demon named “The Kid” who wants to be reborn through Judith’s unborn child. The film had a semi-sequel with another Full Moon movie, Dollman. Dollman vs Demonic Toys. Give either a watch. Interesting, the film was written by David S. Goyer, the writer of the Blade and Dark Knight trilogies.

Night of the Living DeadNight of the Living Dead

The classic among classics. The premo of horror films. The masterpiece that kick-started the modern zombie genre and launched the career of the late, great George A. Romero. A group of people are trapped in a house and must survive a zombie attack. They were called Ghouls but never the less, they’re just as dangerous. The powerful effect of the film is no one survives. The zombies all die, but the people we have been rooting for all die. Truly a classic.

 

I hope you liked this list and in the words of Phantom Strider, this is just my silly opinion.


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