10 Best Throwback Scary Movies for Halloween
Halloween is only a few weeks away and the looming date of that holiday has set me thinking about pictures that can get one in the proper spirit for the occasion. When you mention the word Halloween invariably horror movies come to mind. Now, there is no doubt that films like Nightmare on Elm Street, Paranormal Activity, I Know What You Did Last Summer and of course John Capenter’s classic that shares the holiday’s name have “Halloween” written all over them. But, there are other movies from years past that I think can be considered to be appropriate fare. So, what follows are my picks for the best scary movies to watch before and on Halloween.
Though it’s set in Colorado in the dead of Winter, this movie is well- suited for Halloween. The story of famed romance novel writer Paul Sheldon, (James Caan) being trapped in the home of Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates)- his psychotic number one fan- has all the makings of a great film to see on all hallows eve. In my humble opinion, the most exciting and worthy aspect is that the way Bates portrays Wilkes is so chilling it will send shivers down your spine and demonstrates that her fear inducing chops were well in place long before (God help you, if you cross her and she starts calling you a “dirty bird,” or if you try to escape from her home your legs will get a good “hobbling.”) American Horror story. Moreover, it’s Filled with constant suspense and humor along with fabulous direction by Rob Reiner, riveting performances and great writing. Finally, being adapted from a novel by the master of horror, Stephen King, certainly doesn’t diminish it. Therefore, you can’t’ get any better than Misery when looking for something to put you in a Halloween mood.
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Favorite Horror Movie Girls
Horror movie girls. Scream Queens. Damsels in distress.
Horror movies just wouldn’t be the same if your psycho ax wielding killer kept ruthlessly pursuing boys. Horror movie girls are a genre staple and ultimately the villain’s Achilles heel. Killing the school jock? Easy. Disposing of law enforcement? No problem. But killing that final horror movie girl is always an almost impossible task as those pesky girls always seem to find a way to escape or turn the tables on the killer at the last moment.
Take a look at our favorite horror movie girls who got away. An awesome infographic, courtesy of HalloweenCostumes.com
Is your favorite scream queen missing from the list? Then feel free to add her in the comments below!
Ten Scariest Horror Movies of All Time
I hate horror movies.
It goes without saying around my house that horror movies are among my least favorite types of films. Truth be told, I’d rather watch a musical or historical period piece than a horror movie most days. The reason is simple. Most “horror” films tend to be anything but. Cliched? Of course. Silly? In abundance. Gruesome? I guess. Scary? No.
Take a look at these recent Hollywood horror films and tell me if you notice a pattern. Insidious Chapter 3, Poltergeist, The Lazarus Effect, and Before I Wake. They are all rated PG-13.
How I ask, can you claim to be a true horror movie when you openly admit you’re film is targeted toward the middle school crowd? Are you a horror film or the Hunger Games?
But for some true horror movie win make sure to check out all the films on the list that follows. These films are, without a doubt, the scariest movies of all time. The scary movies that always make you feel uneasy after watching and stay with you while you sleep. The ones guys will want to watch on a first date. The films that still remember a good scare comes from the physiological instead of gratuitous gore.
Oh, and they’re all rated R. ….. Well kinda. You’ll see.
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The Ten Best Movie Trailers Of All Time
What’s one of the best parts of going to see any movie?
Getting there in time to watch the trailer’s of course.
Basically extended commercials, movies can live and die by the quality of their trailer. Sometimes the trailer shows too much of a film and spoils any surprises that may be waiting in store. (Terminator: Genisys I’m looking at you) or show hardly anything at all and leave the audience with confusing expectations like the original Matrix trailer did.
Making a great trailer is an art form onto itself. One in which you only have two minutes to get your cinematic hooks into the viewer and convince them that the movie being advertises is worth seeing. Quick cuts, fiery explosions, witty one liners, and passionate kisses are the paints in which a trailer editor works. It’s amazing what kind of mini movies these guys and gals can make given the time constraints forced upon them when you sit back and really think about it.
But sometimes, just sometimes, a trailer comes around that’s so memorable they can stand on their own as great onto themselves. Even if the actual movie turns out to be a clunker or box office bomb, at least the trailer ended up being better than the movie.
What follows are the ten best trailers ever made. Ones worthy enough to leave the house early to make it to the theater ahead of time.
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