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Frightening Flicks for a Fun Halloween

Frightening Flicks for a Fun Halloween

October 29
22:35 2009


By Brooke Cowlishaw / Scene Editor –

Too old to trick-or-treat? We are, too. So the Daily staff compiled a list of our favorite horror flicks for those who prefer to stay in on All Hallows Eve…

10-30-09-tombstone1Best Zombie Movie: “28 Days Later”

We like zombie movies that aren’t so, well, zombie-ish. The monsters in this 2002 film aren’t simply reanimated corpses – they’ve contracted a virus never intended to get out of the laboratory. Needless to say, the masses are infected, and what you get are lots of people with lots of murderous rage. If you’re still in the mood for zombies at the end, go ahead and rent the sequel, “28 Weeks Later,” too.

Runner-up: “Shaun of the Dead” (2004)

10-30-09-tombstone6Best Slasher Movie: “Psycho”

This Alfred Hitchcock film, released in 1960, is THE classic slasher flick. If it seems kitschy and cliché now, that’s because this is the movie that invented the clichés. The story revolves around the infamous Bates Motel – a once-popular stop-off for travelers, now a shady establishment run by a guy a little too fond of his mother. Let’s just say it’s a bad sign if all the rooms are vacant. Best line: “We all go a little mad sometimes. Haven’t you?”

Runner-up: “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (1974)

10-30-09-tombstone3Best Paranormal Movie: “The Shining”

Another hotel setting. Seeing a pattern? This horror masterpiece has everything a scary movie should: ghosts, blood, a psychotic Jack Nicholson and an abandoned location hours from civilization. It even has a naked woman, but we don’t think anyone will be aroused once everything’s said and done. If you think you’ve got cabin fever, you ain’t seen nothin’ till you’ve seen this 1980 classic.

Runner-up: “The Sixth Sense” (1999)

10-30-09-tombstone4Best Gory Movie: “Saw”

Even if you aren’t a fan of sequel after sequel of this 2004 movie, you have to hand it to “Saw”: It uses gore to the fullest extent. In fact, we’d say it takes gore and torture to a new level, putting them on a sky-high pedestal and sadistically parading them on-screen like a new car. In terms of being an iconic killer, we dare say The Jigsaw Killer is this decade’s Freddy Krueger, and the success of this six-movie franchise is proof.

Runner-up: “Hostel” (2005)

10-30-09-tombstone2Best Monster Movie: “Alien”

This 1979 film deserves its title because it was revolutionary in introducing the outer-space-horror genre. What can you do when you’re billions of miles from Earth and something goes wrong? The answer: not much. These monsters might not be blood-thirsty or covered in hair, but perhaps their non-cliché nature makes them that much scarier. If the Face Hugger alone doesn’t give you nightmares, we might start questioning your humanity.

Runner-up: “Nosferatu” (1921)

10-30-09-tombstone5Scariest Movie: “The Exorcist”

Werewolf: silver bullet. Vampire: wooden stake through the heart. Psychotic killer: anything that would destroy a human. But you can’t kill the devil. That’s why we chose this 1973 tale as the scariest of them all, the story of a young girl’s demonic possession that continues to haunt audiences. It’s scary because it’s so real for many people – in fact, it’s based on the true story of a documented exorcism in 1949. Watch it. Be scared. Thank us later.

Runner-up: “The Shining” (1980)

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