With Halloween approaching, it's time to break out those scary movies, and here's some of the favorites of our writers.
Cori (Making Cents with Cori)
Cori (Making Cents with Cori)
It's just a jump to the left and a step into a time warped movie. While Rocky Horror Picture Show is not actually a Halloween movie, it is one of my favorite movie going experiences. A bomb during its original run, Rocky Horror quickly became a cult classic. Anyone that has attended a midnight showing of the film know that it is more than just a film. From costumes, to dancing, to screaming at the screen, this late night is exciting and entertaining. I must admit that I no longer watch the movie when I go because the crowd is much more entertaining. The best part is that each time you attend, it's like a brand new show. People area always creating new callbacks to yell at the film. While the standards remain, new pop culture references are always being added by the crowds. Anyone else think that Dr. Frank-N-Furter would make a good back-up dancer for Lady Gaga? For a film made in the 1970s, it shows no sign of slowing down or leaving theaters anytime soon. It also leads to some creative Halloween costumes.
Marc (Marc It Dude!)
When it comes to the genre of, not necessarily horror, but at least scary movies, there’s only one way I find to make it work and that is to keep it real. If the audience feels like it could infect their world, it makes it that much more scary. With this in mind one of the most terrifying movies I have seen is The Silence Of The Lambs. Aside from being a terrifically made film, it’s element of the neighbor harboring a frightening secret in his basement and the former trusted doctor that was too intelligent for society gives it that real element that will give you chills. Hannibal Lecter has been called one of the most scary villains of all time because of the ability to recognize how real he could be.
Being a horror fanatic I have countless movies that I consider favorites and timeless. My favorite movie regardless of genre is Halloween but that to me seems too obvious for a post like this. So let's focus on a different offering from the same mind. The Thing is by far one of the all time greatest horror/sci-fi works to be put to celluloid. The loose remake of the 1951 original is in my opinion the best example of all of the Carpenter trade marks coming together perfectly to make one helluva bleak, gory, rollercoaster ride. Kurt Russell is perfectly cast as the lead of the arctic research team that discovers and unknowingly unleashes the alien being. Once the thing of the title is running amok the movie never lets up and the wonderfully cast ensemble of actors make it seem all the more believeable. A write up of The Thing would not be complete without mention of the best practical FX work seen to this day and the man who was responsible. Rob Bottin dedicated over a years worth of time without a break in order to bring the astonishing FX work to the screen. If you've never checked out this genre classic do yourself a favor and pop in the DVD and turn off the lights and proceed to be wowed by the work of a genius in his prime. In closing, Where in the world did Kurt Russell and Rob Bottin disappear to? Kurt was the ultimate anti-hero badass between this, Escape From New York, and Big Trouble In Little China. Sure he was in Grindhouse but it's been far too long since then. Mr. Bottin has also pulled a modern day version of where's waldo and left the audiences having to deal with subpar CGI in place of his superior practical work. Here's to hoping that both will return someday soon and claim the thrones that they used to sit upon.
Jeremy (Spirit of the Thing)
When I think about scary films, I don't think of horror. Since most of it is schlock (hey - some man's trash is another's treasure), I don't find that it scares me much or stays with me after watching it. Adrian Lyne's Jacob's Ladder is a film that scared me AND stuck with me. While the film bounces between three narrative threads, the scenes of the decayed, crumbling New York are those that still hold the most scare value. Vietnam vet Jacob (Tim Robbins) starts seeing demons, faceless creatures inexplicably hunting him. When it comes to his attention that all of his squad from the war are suffering the same problems, things get really bizarre. This film is able to maintain the creep factor, punctuated so wonderfully by Jacob's trip through the hospital/insane asylum/war zone to the surgical room, that it is nearly impossible to shake the images for days afterward. I dare you to go to sleep right after watching this. DARE YOU. So, if you're up for a good, non-horror scare, this is the film for you. Perhaps the finest of its kind this side of the early David Cronenberg films.
Melissa (Dial M For Melissa)
Growing up, we very rarely watched scary movies. I didn't see Halloween until college and I've never even seen a Friday the 13th movie. However, there were a few that sneaked through. I remember renting Silver Bullet for a slumber party and not being able to sleep that night. Even with Corey Haim it was way too much for me to handle. That was gory though. The only movie that continues to scare me with every viewing is The Shining. It defines suspense with every frame. Jack Nicholson is scary enough, but combined with the absolutely TERRIFIED Shelley Duvall, he doesn't even have to speak to freak you out. Here's Johnny!
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