5. Taking Lives
Let me just start by saying that this is not what I would consider a brilliant movie by any stretch of the imagination. In truth, this one makes my “So Bad, It’s Good List.” But, this piece about F.B.I. agent Ileana Scott (Angelina Jolie) investigating a murder by a serial killer in Montreal, Quebec whose modus operandi involves killing men in order to assume the identity of each, is most certainly worthy of any slasher film. Additionally, it’s executed in a far more big budget and realistic way than anything involving Jason or Freddy Kreuger. It has enough murder, blood and gore in it to satisfy any fan of Sam Raimi and a story that is not all together too terrible. Finally, the direction it takes near its end is interesting if not a bit contrived. Still, if you’re looking for something to see on Halloween you could do a lot worse.