I have never tried to hide my love for the month of October for one reason, Halloween ends the month and it is by far my favorite holiday. With ghouls, goblins, vampires, zombies, princesses and the occasional Sharknado, this Halloween is ramping up to be one of the best on record. Now, I am not one for dressing up for this frightmarish event, however I do love to watch my favorite horror movies to make up for it.
For this year, I am not sugar coating this list for the weak of heart, so be cautious when giving them a view as a couple might leave you wondering what you got yourself into.
The Shining – 1980 – I have never stopped expressing my love for this movie over the years and do not plan to going forward. Although it has it variations from the novel, the movie still covers the basics of a loving family being secluded in the mountains with no way of escaping. With an evil power running through the walls of their confines, it is only a matter of time before it is able to take control of who is staying there.
Insidious – 2010 – With a family moving to a new home, there does not seem to be any problems. Leaving all of their troubles behind, they have a plan to be happy going forward, but when their son falls into a coma like state, they find out that he is in the beyond and there are spirits and demons looking to take over his body and come back to the land of the living.
Sinister – 2012 – The Oswalt family moves into a new house once again. As a crime novelist, Ellison has to be at or around the site where unsolved murders have taken place to gather inspiration. With the new house being the exact location where a documented murder happened back in the 1960’s, he finds out there is a little bit more than meets the eye as there is someone lurking in the shadows and looking to harm him or a member of his family.
Ghostbusters – 1984 – Just an all-around classic with a group of parapsychology professors banding together and trying to make a living catching ghosts. With plenty of laughter, there are still plenty of scares as they travel deeper into the realm of the dead and have to face their greatest fears.
Evil Dead 2 – 1987 – Even though it is a remake of the first one, it is just that much more disturbing. With a group of friends finding solace in an old cabin for a weekend holiday, they find that there is something evil lurking in the woods. As passages from an old skin bound book are read, the evil comes to life and there is no way to stop it from entering the cabin, much less their souls.
Night of the Living Dead – 1968 – You cannot have a list of scary movies without a zombie film, especially these days, so why not fall back to the movie that helped start it all. With the dead coming back to life, people are forced to battle their feelings of loss along with the unknown as they have to band together to survive.
The Conjuring – 2013 – Just a great haunting and possession story as a family sinks everything they have into a new home. When the daughter starts acting strange in her sleep and strange things start happening around the house, the family has to try to find out why. Seeking help from an investigator couple, they find out there is a demon in the home, but who exactly it is after, remains a mystery.
Poltergeist – 1982 – In a new home that has been built over an Indian burial ground, a family finds out that cutting costs is not a good thing. As strange events start to happen around the house, the family tries to make the best of it, but once the house comes to life and takes their daughter, it is no longer about fun and games. With a team of investigators, they are able to determine where the vortex is in the home, but will they be able to defeat all of the spirits that inhabit their home?
30 Days of Night – 2007 – What is a list without a good vampire film as well? 30 Days of Night is a guilty pleasure as you get to see a group of vampires take over a small Alaskan town where the sun will not make an appearance for a long duration of days. With a small group of survivors fighting to stay alive, they have to face their friends, foes and fears of what will happen before the sun comes back up.
The Exorcist – 1973 – One of my favorite movies since I was allowed to start watching rated R movies. With demons on the prowl, a young girl is taken from her mother’s side and help is called in from the local church. Although exorcisms are not common practice by the church, there is enough evidence to suggest it is the only way to save the child. It still has some of the most shocking scenes that are not allowed to be shown on regular U.S. television.
There you have it, my 2014 Halloween must watch list. There are several movies that I have left off and feel kind of bad about, but there is only so much time to watch these movies before All Hallows Eve is upon us and you don’t need to be rushed. If you have any movies you are passionate about, please make sure to comment and make sure I am as up to date on some of the finest horror movies out there. Until next time, Stay Scared.