With Halloween just around the corner it’s time to start watching scary movies. Yesterday I recommended 10 great horror films, but there are many more than that. So here are 10-more movies that will make you scream, laugh, cry, or just have a fun evening with your friends. Happy Halloween!
1. The Terror: A young Jack Nicholson stars in this 1963 film about a French soldier who washes up on the beaches of a haunted castle. He meets a beautiful ghost, a witch, and a Count who seems to be tormented by the secrets kept inside his castle walls. This film is in color, which was very rare for horror films in the early 1960’s. The special effects are top notch too (for 1963 anyways).
2. Interview With a Vampire: This is the best vampire movie ever. I’m hoping that all the Twilightfans who read this will watch this movie and see the light (or darkness?). Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise play vam
pires from New Orleans who must deal with eternal life as cursed bloodsuckers. Antonio Bendaras and a very young Kirsten Dunst also play significant roles.
3. Zombieland: What would you be searching for in the zombie apocalypse? Twinkies? A girlfriend? Not only does the gore exceed zombie movie expectations, the film is also hilarious. Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) and Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) make an unlikely pair of zombie killers as they travel the highways blasting zombies in search of what they want. My wife and I have seen this at least 1,000 times and we still love it.
4. Donnie Darko: This is one of my all-time favorite movies. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Donnie Darko, a very smart kid with some psychological problems. Darko creates chaos in his small community and searches for the keys to time travel under the guidance of Frank, the 6-foot tall bunny rabbit. All of this may sound kind of ridiculous on paper, but this movie is incredible. You’ll just have to watch it.
5. The Mothman Prophecies: After seeing this film the last thing you would ever want is a phone call from Indrid Cold. The film is based on supposed true events that happened in a small town in West Virginia. Richard Gere plays a reporter who is trying to get to the bottom of who the Mothman is. Weird happenings, strange phone calls from Indrid Cold, and the scary images of the Mothman will have you scared.
6. Creepshow: This unique film is a collection of movie shorts. One of the fine moments of the film is watching Stephen King play the role of a backwoods yokel who finds a strange rock from outer space in his yard. Leslie Neilson also appears opposite Ted Danson in a dispute over a lover that takes a sinister turn. Don’t expect this to be the best film ever, just enjoy it. It’s more funny than it is creepy. B-horror at its best.
7. Army of Darkness: Ash (Bruce Campbell) is sent back to medieval times in this final segment of the Evil Dead Trilogy. The only way for Ash to get back to modern times is to retrieve the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis (an evil book) from a haunted forest. This is a great comedy and a great horror film at once. If your looking for a funny movie with a very dark element to it, check this movie out. It stands on its own, so you don’t have to see Evil Dead I and II either.
8. House on Haunted Hill: Vincent Price plays a millionaire who will give 10,000 dollars to anyone who stays the entire night in his purportedly haunted house. Who will live? Who will die? What is this millionaire’s motive? Vincent Price is one of the great actors of yesteryear and this is one of his finest performances if not his best. If you’re a stranger to black and white horror films I recommend starting with this one.
9. Aliens: Not to be confused with Alien, Aliensis the sequel and in my opinion the better of the two films. Space Marines (yes Sigourney Weaver is with them) travel to a distant planet to rescue colonists form the scariest aliens ever conceived. This film stands on its own. It’s also the scariest movie I saw as a teenager; I was so scared it made me sick in my stomach.
10. Ghostbusters: Bill Murray, Rick Moranis, Dan Ackroyd, and Sigourney Weaver star in this spooky comedy about a couple of down-on-their-luck scientists who figure out a way to capture ghosts. Business is booming for the Ghostbusters as they take on the supernatural in New York City, but can they stave off the apocalypse? Watch this movie, and you won’t be scared, you’ll be laughing. You may even find that the ghosts are endearing.