Friday, October 22, 2010


   The next couple of weeks before Halloween, don't cuddle up with a book and read some kind of romance novel!   Go down to your video store, redbox rental unit or dig out one of these from your collection of movies (you do have your own stash of scary Halloween movies, don't you?).  Grab one of these and pop it in the dvd player, make some popcorn, grab some snacks (some Reese's chocolate), and a soda or two and sit back in your favorite chair or on the sofa and get ready to be entertained (or if you haven't seen them before, I hope they scare you so much that you sleep with the lights on!). Here's my top thirteen favorite scary and not so scary movies, not in any order, for this Halloween season!

30 Days of Night - This 2007 vampire tale has a strong story and excellent acting.  The set design is beautifully done and very realistic.  It takes place in Alaska during the time when the sun doesn't shine.  Based on the 30 Days of Night  comic books, there are some scary scenes in the film as the vampires descend on the little town.

The Ring- A remake of the Japanese movie Ringu, The Ring is one of the top Halloween movies that may not scare you if you see it a second time,  but it will most certainly scare you the first time around. 

The Grudge-A remake of the Japanese movie Ju-on, which is also extremely good, The Grudge is often criticized for not being as good as the Japanese version.  It does a great job of staying true to the Japanese style of horror. 

Dawn of the Dead-(The 2004 remake)-This one is scarier than the original 1978 zombie movie, but not as scary as the first zombie movie, Night of the Living Dead, also directed by George Romero.  Dawn of the Dead, the remake, is in color and it starts out with a bang right away.  The zombies move fast and the scenes are terrifying.  The music used in the movie, such as Johnny Cash's The Man Comes Around in the opening scene, is perfect.

The Descent-The Decent was a different movie because there were only women in the movie.  This group of women decide to go exploring in a cavern.  The trip goes horribly wrong from the beginning when there is a rock slide and their entrance is blocked.  So the only was out, they think, is to go deeper into the cave.  Wouldn't be scary without some humans that evolved into blood thirsty creatures.  These creatures stalk the women in the pitch black cavern and pick them off one by one.  These aren't the wimpy screaming women you are used to; they give these monsters a run for their money

The Strangers-This movie was scary.  What makes it particularly scary is knowing it was based on a true story.  This young couple returns to their remote summer house in the woods in the early hours of the morning.  Strange noises begin and knocks on the door.  Then people with cartoon masks begin appearing in the yard and in the windows.  Then the couple is terrorized throughout the night by the two women and one man in the masks.  Then they get into the house and that's when the violence starts.  When the young couple asks why the three bad people are doing this to them, and one of them says, "because you were home".

Quarantine-A newscaster and her cameraman are shadowing a fire department for a weekend.  The fireman are called to an apartment complex for an emergency and the newscaster follows.  Quickly thereafter, the police show up and then chaos begins.  Nobody is allowed out of the building.  Police and sharp shooters won't allow anyone to enter or exit the building, not even the police.  Then things go down hill.  Screams come from the upstairs and a bloody deranged woman attacks a firefighter, ripping out his jugular vein.  people become infected and chase, bit and kill the people i the building.  This movie will have you on the edge of your seat from all of the attacks.  You will wonder if you would rather take your chance with the sharp shooters outside or being eaten by what's in the building!

Jeepers Creepers 2-A winged creature goes on his 23 day feeding frenzy.  He comes to life every 21 years to feed.  He picks his victims by their scent.  If its something on you that he likes he'll take it out of your body.

The Thing-No other horror movie scared me more as a kid than John Carpenter's 1982 thriller/horror movie, The Thing.  This time it is a shape shifting alien that is doling out the carnage, and it is doing so in particularly gruesome ways.

The Nightmare Before Christmas-One of my favorite movies by Tim Burton.  Not everything has to scary to watch during Halloween. This is a good movie for the whole family, and if you ever get a chance to go to Disneyland during the Halloween season, go take the Haunted Mansion ride.  It's decorated as The Nightmare Before Christmas and is pretty cool, even while you're waiting in line to get into it, there's alot of great looking decorations.

Sleepy Hollow (1999)-Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to  investigate the decapitations of 3 people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman.  This is another Tim Burton film, and is very enjoyable to watch.  I wouldn't recommend it for younger kids, there are some scary parts plus the decapitations of heads flying around.

Beetle Juice-This film was one of the better films of the 80's.  Tim Burton directed this one also.  This is a great family film that is good any time of the year.

Trick 'r Treat- Trick 'r Treat is a collection of creepy stories that mixes fun with fear, candy with poison, and laughter with screams.  In the tradition of Creepshow and Tales from the Crypt comes four interwoven tales set on Halloween night; A high school principal who moonlights as a vicious serial killer; A young virgin whose quest for that special someone takes a gruesome turn; A group of teens who carry out a cruel prank with disastrous consequences; And a cantankerous old man who battles a mischievous trick-or-treating demon.