Friday, October 16, 2009

Creepy, Worthwhile Flicks

Halloween is the second largest commercial holiday in the United States, followed by Christmas. It surely is no surprise that October is probably the month with the greatest number of horror flicks shown, while December is the month for heartfelt Christmas stories.

Anyway… Halloween is two weeks away! So, it’s time to get into the spirit by watching a good horror flick or two. It of course, depends on the type of film that suits or fancy. Creepy? Eerie? Just plain off? I’ll be honest, I’m not too much of an ‘old’ creepy film watcher… mostly anything from the 1970s through the early 1990s. Besides Hitchcock, I love more modern day movies when it comes to thrillers and/or mystery and suspense films. I haven’t seen any remakes of the classic 1970s and 1980s movies, such as Rob Zombie’s take on Halloween or the new Friday The 13th film. The following four films are the to me, the coolest films and a requirement to watch during the Halloween season. Also, if you want a synopsis of the movie, either check it out and be surprised, or search on IMDB.

Halloween (1978) - It had an extremely low budget, it was Jamie Lee Curtis’ big break, and Michael Myers always came back to life after dying. The mask was a William Shatner mask, for goodness sakes. But as a child, this film scared the living daylights out of me. The music is eerie, the mask was creepy, and I was always on the lookout for the killer in real life. Of course, the franchise still continues, but they certainly aren’t anything comparable to the original.

Friday the 13th (1980) - I first saw this film with my boyfriend three years ago. I was frightened, even being fifteen. The music was also a tad creepy, and the mask was nothing more than the cliché hockey mask that a goalie wears. The budget was only $500,000, but made over $39,000,000. This film didn’t have to convince me twice, but I never even planned on being a camp counselor ever again.

Psycho (1960) - Alfred Hitchcock once wanted to make a film in Disneyland in the early 1960s. Walt Disney refused because Hitchcock made “that disgusting movie ‘Psycho.’” Yes, the film had that much of an impression… the famous shower scene gives us all chills, and the ending was just wonderful and spooky. Plus, who would think that Anthony Perkins could harm anyone? It was Hitchcock’s last black and white film, but surely, it was one of the most bone chilling ones.

The Exorcist (1973) - A young teenager becomes possessed by an evil spirit. Two priests must help. Simple plot, but still a great film. The evil voice is really creepy, and Billy Graham claimed that an actual demon was living in the celluloid reels of this film. It’s only pea soup, but the effects are everlasting. If you adjust for inflation, this film is the highest grossing R-Rated film. Yeah, think about that.

They may be 'newer,' but they are certainly classic.

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