Halloween is not far away and there is no better way to have a scare through a good horror movie or thriller. Besides the more graphic slasher flicks there are enough older films which can scare anyone that tunes in. Think about grabbing some popcorn and settle in with a good scare with one of the following movies.
10 - Carrie (1976) Written by Stephen King, the movie was directed by Brian DePalma. The story focuses on a young awkward teen girl who lives with her mother. The young girl who was an outcast gets asked to prom by one of the high school’s most popular boys. Sheltered by her religious based mother and taunted by her classmates, Carrie attends the prom for a night of dancing and fun against her mother’s wishes. After years of abuse by her mother, Carrie gets her revenge. Carrie does not know what is lurking and planned by her classmates as all her dreams appear to be coming true. The movie builds to a fiery ending and Carrie getting the revenge on those classmates who had teased her and laughed at her. A lesson can be learned from this story: Don’t make a girl angry when she goes to prom.
9 – Children of the Corn (1984)
Based on a Stephen King short story and turned into a movie. The story is about a town with no adults after the children go on a killing spree led by one young child preacher. Unfortunately for a young couple driving through the remote area their lives are about the change in this town. The adults wander into town after an accident and find that there are no longer any adults in the area. The story focuses on the children and the rituals they have for the outlanders and those of the corn followers as they turn 18 years old. The child preacher teaches the children of ‘He Who Walks behind the Rows’ and the sacrifice they make at the age of 18 years old. The movie builds to the power struggle between the child preacher and the lead killing child and a corn field on fire.
8 – Amityville Horror (1979)
The movie is based on a true story from a small New York town about a family who moves into a new home only to be disturbed by odd events. The family has not been informed by the real estate agent of the previous history of the home and the murder of six family members. The Lutz family contacts a local priest to exorcise the house after the paranormal activity seems to increase. During the time the priest is in the home, he experiences his own paranormal activity and leaves the home telling the Lutz to get out. The home has unexplained events with flies in the winter time and the father awaking every morning at 3:15 AM and going down to the boat house. The family leaves the home after the paranormal activity creates more chaos in the home between the family members.
7 - The Shining (1980) ‘Here’s Johnny’ states Jack Nicholson as he bust through a bathroom door attempting to get at his wife, played by Shelly Duvall. The story focuses on a writer and his family as they go to tend to a resort during the winter months and allow the writer time away from the city and able to write again after having writer’s block. During the time the family is at the resort, the wife notices changes in her husband and the son begins to observe twins in hallways and blood rushing from doors at the end of those hallways. Stephen King has not been a fan of the version Stanley Kubrick made in 1980 and had a mini-series completed of his version in 1997. Stephen King has completed a sequel to ‘The Shining’ which will be release on September 24, 2013 named ‘Doctor Sleep’
6 – The Birds (1963)
Alfred Hitchcock directed the film about birds that strangely begins to attack the townspeople over the period of a few days. Various birds begin to kill themselves and attack children and adults throughout the town. The townspeople are not sure what to think of the random attacks by the birds and the film concludes with the birds just perched in trees and not attacking.
5- Halloween (1978)
Starring Jamie Lee Curtis and directed by John Carpenter, the story of a patient from the mental hospital which escapes after being there for 15 years. The character of Michael Myers had been placed in the institution due to him murdering his 15 year old sister when he was six years old on Halloween night. When Myers escapes the night before Halloween, the psychiatrist is on the chase to locate Michael before he murders anyone else. The suspense and music in the film can scare the viewer because the music indicates with the Myers character is near. This was the first movie for Jamie Lee Curtis and she became known as a ‘scream queen’ for horror films during that time.
4 – Psycho (1960)
Alfred Hitchcock directed the film based on a book and starring Anthony Perkins as the awkward Norman Batts. Hitchcock does the unimaginable when he kills off his leading lady within the first 30 minutes of the movie. The story about the love of a son for his dominating mother and the characteristics he takes on which leads to him dressing in her clothing.
3 – Cujo (1983)
The story which is based on the friendly Saint Bernard that becomes infected by rabies and becomes a vicious killer. The dog holds a woman and her young son hostage in their car during the summer heat after she brings the car to her neighbor’s mechanic shop for repairs. The mother attempts several times to get to the home to contact help and witnesses the murder of a local police officer by the dog. The mother finally makes an attempt to try to get help for her four year old son who is suffering from dehydration and she is attacked by Cujo. The father arrives home after a business trip and finds his wife and son at the neighbor’s home as the wife is being taken to the hospital.
2- The Sixth Sense (1999)
A young boy tells his therapist how he sees dead people and this scares the young boy. The therapist attempts to assist the child with his fears of his vision of dead people and that these dead people might be trying to reconnect with others in life to provide a message. The story follows the therapist as he assist the young boy through the tasks of informing loved ones of the messages from the dead. Director M. Night Shyamalan provides limited information throughout the movie of the truth behind the therapist and the relationship he has had with children he believes have delusions or hallucinations of dead people talking to them. Bruce Willis stars as the therapist who had failed with another client in the past that has broken into his home one night and shoots him and then himself.
1 - The Exorcist (1973)
Probably one of the scariest movies of all-time, The Exorcist focuses on a single mother, played by Ellen Burstyn, and her daughter Regan, played by Linda Blair, and the demon that possesses Regan. Regan plays with the Ouija board and soon begins to develop aggressive behaviors. Regan’s mother attempts everything to save her child from the possessing demon through extensive therapy and tests; she attempts to contact a priest to assist her. Regan has killed the mother’s love interest and the young priest that has lost faith in God knows that Regan was the only person in the home when the mother’s love interest was killed but does not believe that Regan is possessed. The priests perform an exorcism on Regan to remove the demon Pazuzu from her and the young priest demands the demon to enter him. After the demon enters the young priest, he throws himself through a window.