Terrifying Halloween thrillers
With Halloween season in full swing, it’s time to sit back, grab some candy and binge-watch the classics, but don’t expect to be getting much sleep anytime soon!
The Shining (1980) Scare-o-meter: 5 ghosts
During the winter of 1980, a seemingly innocent family trip goes awry when The Overlook Hotel isn’t all that it seems. A tried and true classic, “The Shining” never fails to captivate audiences. Stephen King’s classic tale of the innocent family stuck at a spooky hotel inspired many copycats for years to come. Jack Nicholson’s acting is gritty and eccentric while Shelley Duvall perfectly encapsulates the maiden in distress role. The phenomenal cinematography works in perfect conjunction with the soundtrack, as seen in the infamous tricycle scene. The effects capture attention and play with imagination, leaving audiences haunted but thoroughly entertained by the movie.
The Conjuring (2013) Scare-o-meter: 4.5 ghosts
Imagine moving with your wife and five kids into a rustic farmhouse, miles away from traffic and pesky neighbors. Sounds like the perfect place to raise a family, right? But now, imagine the terror that grips the family when seemingly small paranormal events like their clock stopping at exactly 3:07 a.m. every night and constant sleepwalking in nightmarish trances escalates to full-blown horrifyingly macabre apparitions appearing and wreaking havoc. Then, your possessed wife attempts to kill your children. Well, that’s exactly what happens in“The Conjuring,” which has captivated (and frankly terrified) audiences for years. The soundtrack accentuates the eerily quiet moments of the film, heightens the suspense and pulls audience members to the edge of their seats (or into the arms of their friends, who may or may not have been endowed with greater courage). It’s a classic and a must-watch for any horror movie fanatic!
The Exorcist (1973) Scare-o-meter: 3 ghosts
As one of the highest grossing films of all-time in the United States and Canada, “The Exorcist,” directed by William Friedkin, is unarguably a classic commonly regarded as one of the best films of its type ever made. When the 12-year-old daughter of an actress begins exhibiting disturbing symptoms of abnormal strength—speaking in strange, backward languages and committing a number of other bizarre, vulgar acts after playing with a Ouija board—her mother enlists the help of two priests in the hopes of performing an exorcism. With spectacular effects ahead of its time, “The Exorcist” is both highly disturbing and psychologically terrifying, a must-watch for your Halloween binging!