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Top 5 Bone Chillers

Top 5 Bone Chillers

October 16
10:38 2013

Cole Clay / Intern

October is in full swing and as the rain comes down and the leaves start to change we turn our attention to the some of the more creepy movies to set the mood for the season. Nearly every horror fan has seen his or her fair share of “torture porn” films like “Hostel” and “Saw” and tons of people rushed to the midnight premieres of “Paranormal Activity.”

Who could ever forget the “Slasher Films” which spawned iconic figures, such as the clawed mass-murderer Freddy Krueger and the silent, but deadly Michael Myers.

These films are filled with a plethora of scares and shrieks and blood curdling moments that have kept us coming back for more every Halloween.

This list isn’t meant to praise the greatest horror films of all time, or shine a light on the most obscure. It’s simply a few recommendations of some bone-chilling treats you may have overlooked over the years.

5. Trick R’ Treat(2009)

Director: Mike Dougherty

Starring: Anna Paquin, Dylan Baker, Brian Cox

Why So Spooky?: “Trick R’ Treat” consists of four interwoven stories that take place on a fateful Halloween night in a Midwestern town. This film sat on the shelves for two years before it released and rumors circulated that this tale of terror was far too scary for theatrical audiences to handle. Although it doesn’t quite live up to those standards, it delivers both in scares and laughs. Get a group of friends together and make this one a movie night.

4. “The Fly” (1986)

Director: David Cronenberg

Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis

Why So Spooky?: This 1986 film is a remake of the Vincent Price classic of the same name. This version follows an eccentric scientist who creates a machine that allows him to teleport, but his experiment goes horrifically wrong as he gradually turns into a giant human/fly hybrid. Cronenberg crafts a terrifying film that preys upon our fear of body deformities and showcases some of the most astonishing animatronics in the history of cinema.

3.  “Creepshow” (1982)

Director: George A. Romero

Starring: Ted Danson, Ed Harris, Stephen King

Why So Spooky?: Written by the master of horror, Stephen King, this anthology film consists of five stories that are a mixed bag of comedic tackiness and sheer terror. Each story has a running theme throughout, rather it be the consequences that stem from our curiosity in “The Crate”, or our everlasting fear of cockroaches in “They’re Creeping Up On You!” If you are in the mood to enjoy a campy take on classic 1960‘s horror, sit back and relax, because “Creepshow” is a blast.

2. Drag Me To Hell” (2009)

Director: Sam Raimi

Starring: Allison Lohman, Justin Long

Why So Spooky?: Yet another horror-comedy graces this list, but this film takes the cake in terms of pure, unadulterated fun. Helmed by the legendary director, Raimi (“Spiderman”) chronicles the haunting story of a young banker who finds herself cursed by a gypsy that was recently evicted from her home. Raimi sets up some of the most opaque sequences of his storied career. There are plenty of cringe-worthy gags that will have you laughing and screaming simultaneously.

1.The Thing” (1982)

Director: John Carpenter

Starring: Kurt Russell, Keith David, Wilford Brimley

Why So Spooky?: This just might be the most heart-pounding horror film of all time. It takes place in Antarctica when a mysterious canine comes into contact with a group of scientists. Their research goes completely awry when they realize that a shape-shifting alien is killing and taking the form of its victims. Any more illustration will delve into spoilers, but the film is a sight to behold for its mesmerizing special effects and compelling moments of tension.

Honorable Mentions

Hell Raiser” (1987)

“The Mist” (2007)

“The Devil’s Rejects” (2005)

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