Spine tingling flicks for the small screen
Published: Thursday, October 31, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013 16:10
Fear drives the human race as much as any emotion, and since the beginning of film, the bright minds of cinema have been tapping into the realm of jumps, thumps, and boogeymen. That is so long as we can go home to our warm, cozy beds afterward, knowing it was all just a movie; nothing to worry about.
Horror films are fantastic. Any nancy boy—as I think R. Lee Erme would put it—who says they don’t care for horror movies needs a swift kick in the rear end because we have a biological desire for the disturbing.
Whether it’s for excitement or to remind us that our lives are okay, horror seems to be a blissfully disturbing escape for the real world, so I buttered my popcorn and poured my Dr. Pepper as I sat down to see what horror films should be on your must-watch list this Halloween.
Now, I won’t pretend these are necessarily the best horror films or the most frightening, but it’s Halloween and growing up until now there were certain films that either intrigued me, scared the crap out of me, or made me laugh into fits of tears, and if you are planning on having a horror movie marathon this Halloween, these better be on the table:
Yes, “Halloween.” I mean come on, Halloween is the freaking title! And yeah, I’m talking the original 1978 John Carpenter masterpiece featuring wonderful Jamie Lee Curtis not that Rob Zombie porno flick remake. I was 10 when I first saw the original “Halloween,” and I think I’m still haunted by the image of Michael Myers’ face.
A Nightmare on Elm St. (1984)
Once again, the original film. Though, I don’t have as much disrespect for this remake as I do for the “Halloween” remake. Wes Craven and Robert Englund team up to deliver one of the most horrifying tales of its time and one that is still very haunting today, asking the question: where do you go when even your dreams aren’t safe?
Cabin In The Woods (2012)
Now, I’m sure many would wonder why in the world I would put this film on the list. Though I wouldn’t consider this straight horror, it’s definitely an absolutely brilliant dark comedy and a commentary on what horror films have become in the modern era. Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard deliver a deliciously evil hero for the horror film industry. This has all the good laughs and horror film clichés you could ask for.
The Evil Dead (1981)
Sam Raimi’s campy 80s masterpiece as one of the most satisfying films of the past few decades. Don’t expect to be terrified by this film (it won’t do it) but it’s a film everyone has to see, and why not on Halloween? Bruce Campbell’s goofy, or is it groovy? Style, coupled with Raimi’s lovely tribute to the horror genre, make this film a cult classic and one to watch.