For some, myself included, the best part of Halloween is curling up with that special someone or a group of good friends and watching a movie that will keep you up all night. No, not that kind of movie – I mean the scary kind. So without further ado, here’s my top ten picks to get you pulse racing this Halloween (in no particular order).
1. The “Paranormal Activity” Franchise
In case you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t seen it yet, the third “Paranormal Activity” film came out last week, and boy is it scary. The previous two iterations are on Netflix Instant, so a dedicated horror fan can watch the entire series in order. Just don’t expect to sleep afterward.
2. The “Exorcist” franchise
More creepy than scary, the exorcist films always bring the horror regardless. A word to the wise though, unless you are a sociopath, you will be disturbed by the original. The newest installment is one of the smartest horror films I’ve ever seen.
3. "Psycho" (the black and white one)
Departing from the franchises and modern horror altogether, “Psycho” is probably one of Hitchcock’s finest films. Despite not being in color, this movie is surprisingly scary and has a great old-fashioned twist at the end.
4. "The Blair Witch Project"
This one was doing the found-footage thing before it was cool, and it did it so well it scared most people so much they stayed out of the woods for a week.
5. "The Ring"
It may have been lampooned by the “Scary Movie” franchise, but this is probably the scariest movie to come out of the early 2000s. It may be a little dated since no one even knows what a VHS is these days, but it’s still scary.
6. "The Grudge"
Watch this one with the lights on. Also, take it from me, if your girlfriend has long black hair and likes to torture you, don’t invite her over to watch this with you. Make sure you get the English version.
7. "The Fly"
Who says spiders are scary? Wait until you see “The Fly.” While the effects may not be space-age, the fact that Jeff Goldblum is turning into a fly is scary enough.
8. "The Shining"
Really any movie based on King could go here, but “The Shining” has the direction of Stanley Kubric to add to its suspense. Be ready for a kind of horror you’ve never seen and will never want to see again.
9. "Ammityville Horror" (the original)
One of the best haunted house movies ever made. Bleeding walls and basement portals to hell may drive down your property values, but they sure make for good horror.
Ever been convinced you know what’s going on in a movie and been proven horribly wrong? Get ready to feel like that again. Really, it’s worth it just for Halle Berry.