'Tis the season for zombies and witches, ghosts and goblins, vampires and werewolves, and just about every other scary thing you can imagine. Yes, Halloween season is here, so it is time to dust off those horror films, pop some popcorn, and gather ’round the television set.
I thought I would share my list of favorite fright night movies with you, and as I was compiling this list I realized that there are so many movies that deserve to be on my list...so narrowing it down to 25 wasn't easy. My choices are heavily influenced by the way these great films scared the hell out of me. I also didn't include many of the earliest films like Nosferatu, King Kong, Bride of Frankenstein -- but we bow down to their greatness. No doubt your list will be different than mine, for instance, I know I like J-horror better than most people.
So please, put your favorites picks in the comment section, on Twitter or our C&L Facebook page. Have a safe and happy Halloween, everyone!
25) Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Don't fall asleep during this one! The remake was good too, but not quite as good as the original. It's paranoia on steroids.
Dr. Miles J. Bennell: They're here already! You're next! You're next, You're next...!
24) A Tale Of Two Sisters
This is South Korea's entry into the horror genre. The plot focuses on two sisters who, after returning home from a psychiatric hospital, experience increasingly disturbing events involving both them and their stepmother.
Another hand held camera pic that is surprisingly brilliant.
IMDB: A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying.
Ángela: It's nearly 2 A.M. and we're still sealed in this building that we came to with the firemen earlier this evening, to assist an elderly woman who later attacked a policeman and a fireman. They're both in critical condition. The police won't let us leave and are giving us no explanations.
22) Let the Right One In
Simply exquisite and beautifully shot. Brings the vampire genre back where it belongs. The US remake was great also.
IMDB: Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl who turns out to be a vampire
Eli: I'm twelve. But I've been twelve for a long time.
21) The Haunting
The classic haunted house tale that was perfectly crafted by Robert Wise, who directed Sound of Music and West Side story. He only used shadows, camera angles and sound to terrify you.
Mrs. Sanderson: The dead are not quiet in Hill House.
20) Evil Dead II
Evil Dead was a shocker that changed horror as well. Thank you Sam Raimi.
Mirror Ash: I don't think so. We just cut up our girlfriend with a chainsaw. Does that sound "fine"?
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