October is my favorite month for many reasons, as I stated before. But one thing towers above all else when it comes to Fall Essentials: A good scary movie.
I was one of those kids who watched movies that were WAY too scary WAY too soon. I remember my twin brother and I crying out every time we saw a clown after watching Stephen King’s “It” when we were five years old. Having had been terrorized enough as a kid, I have since gained a huge appreciation (some might say obsession) for all things horror. So turn off the lights, hold someone close, and try not to scream; here are my top 5 scary movie picks to get you into the Halloween spirit.
5. Sinister (2012)
Sinister is an awesome new horror movie (which are becoming harder and harder to come by) starring Ethan Hawke as a True Crime writer investigating a terrible crime. He goes so far as to move into the home where the crime was committed, without telling his family. This movie is full of those stomach-dropping-audible-gasp moments. When my brother and I saw it in theaters we were screaming and practically in each other’s laps by the end. This is one of the few newer horror movies that has a GREAT twist ending that I, personally, never saw coming.
4. House of 1,000 Corpses (2003)
I am a huge Rob Zombie film fan. His style sets hardcore gore and cringeworthy characters to an awesome rock and roll soundtrack. House of 1,000 Corpses is not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach. It will have you covering your eyes and yelling at the idiots who, without fail, go into the dark basement alone (it doesn’t matter how many times you yell “DON’T GO IN THERE!) This one will definitely leave you feeling weird for a few days after watching it…
3. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Roman Polanski’s adaptation of the novel, “Rosemary’s Baby” is a classic. The Occult, devil worship, the birth of Satan, naked old people chanting, and Mia Farrow being adorably dainty and helpless make this one of my all-time favorites. Set in New York City in the 60’s, Rosemary and her husband move into an old apartment building to start their lives together. But upon meeting their eccentric neighbors, the Castevets, the couple gets involved with matters far darker than they had anticipated. If you haven’t seen this one yet, you HAVE to.
2. Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007)
Rob Zombie makes my list for a second time purely because of his ability to remake a classic and, in my opinion, make it better than the original. Zombie brings us back to Michael Meyers’ childhood and shows us the progression of a murderous psycho. In the opening scene, Meyers escapes from prison after taking out several guards and lumbers down the middle of a highway, backlit by truck headlights, with Rush’s “Tom Sawyer” blaring as he makes his way back to his hometown to hunt down his only remaining family member. God, I love Rob Zombie.
1. The Shining (1980)
Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” takes my number one spot on creepy must-watch movies. An adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, though not completely true to the literature, has some of the most iconic moments in horror movie history. Jack Torrence (Jack Nicholson), a wanna-be writer, takes a job as the winter caretaker at The Overlook Hotel in Colorado; a hotel FULL of all sorts of crazy ghosts and half ghosts and ghost parties…You watch Torrence slowly descend into madness as his son, Danny (REDRUM) and wife, Wendy, run for their lives through terribly carpeted hallways, endless shrub mazes, and forbidden hotel suites. If you haven’t already seen this one, I’m afraid we will never be friends.
So there you have it folks, my top picks to keep you scared this October. So pour some cider and lock your doors; you may want to sleep with the lights on for a while.
Stay (Scared) Gold,