Halloween = Cinematic Scarefest!

Hey all,

Have you ever been in a situation where you claim to realize something when you hear about it, but it’s not until it hits you in the face that you actually realize it?  That’s happened to me with Halloween season.  My email is flooded with film reviews of horror movies, both acclaimed (Sinister) and panned (Paranormal Activity 4) have hit theaters, and it wasn’t until I saw my review of The Thing had posted that I realized I’d been treated this month just like any other month.  Why not have some fun and spend the rest of October (and maybe a little bit of November, because after all, November 1st is the Day of the Dead) watching and reviewing horror movies?

I’ll leave it up to you guys.  I won’t limit you as to how many you can choose; I’d just like to hear from you in the comments about which ones you’d like to see reviewed. Horror-comedies such as Scream and Piranha (the original) are not named below, but you may leave them in your comment if you so wish (and if they do not contain the words “Chucky” or “Child’s Play” in the title).

Here’s a list of movies I haven’t seen but would be willing to see:

The Blair Witch Project (1999, dirs. Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez)
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992, dir. Francis Ford Coppola)
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935, dir. James Whale)
Cape Fear (1962, dir. J. Lee Thompson)
Cape Fear (1991, dir. Martin Scorsese)
Dawn of the Dead (1978, dir. George A. Romero)
Les diaboliques (1955, dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot)
Dracula (1931, dir. Tod Browning)
The Exorcist (1973, dir. William Friedkin)
Frankenstein (1931, dir. James Whale)
Friday the 13th (1980, dir. Sean S. Cunningham)
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994, dir. Neil Jordan)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984, dir. Wes Craven)
Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979, dir. Werner Herzog)
The Omen (1976, dir. Richard Donner)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968, dir. Roman Polanski)
The Thing from Another World (1951, dir. Christian Nyby)
28 Days Later… (2002, dir. Danny Boyle)

You may recommend sequels to any of these titles, but please do so with caution.

Here’s a list of movies I have seen and enjoyed enough to watch again and review (horror-comedies included):

Alien (1979, dir. Ridley Scott)
Aliens (1986, dir. James Cameron)
Arachnophobia (1990, dir. Frank Marshall)
The Birds (1963, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
Jaws (1975, dir. Steven Spielberg)
Night of the Living Dead (1968, dir. George A. Romero)
The Ring (2002, dir. Gore Verbinski)
Ringu (1998, dir. Hideo Nakata)
The Sixth Sense (1999, dir. M. Night Shyamalan)

Any of those titles pop out at you? Let me know in the comments!

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11 thoughts on “Halloween = Cinematic Scarefest!

  1. I’m not a big horror fan so I havn’t seen many of thoses. But, I really liked 28 Days Later; that’s my vote. Aslo, an Alien and Aliens review would be nice down the road. Intersted in which one you liked better.

  2. I’d recommend Bram Stoker’s Dracula (it’s pretty divisive, so I’d like to hear your take), both Cape Fears (I prefer the original), The Omen (my favorite horror), The Exorcist (second favorite), Interview with the Vampire (I love that one), Rosemary’s Baby (fantastic), and 28 Days Later.

  3. Of the ones you haven’t seen, I’d recommend Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Bride of Frankenstein; and also (I don’t know if you’ve seen the original though you have the remake up there) Nosferatu the Vampyre. I didn’t like The Blair Witch Project. I’m looking forward for your reviews.

  4. Rosemary’s Baby
    28 Days Later
    28 Weeks Later
    Rosemary’s Baby is my favorite horror film of all time. I just finished watch the “loose” apartment trilogy of Roman Polanksi.
    I’d rate them:
    1. Rosemary’s Baby
    2. Repulsion
    3. The Tenant

  5. Both Versions Of Cape Fear Get My Strongest Votes, As I’m A Lover Of Them Both, And For Different Reasons!
    Also, I’d LOVE To See A Grand Review Of The Thing From Another World!!!
    Good Luck With This, Dude!
    Can’t Wait To Read What You Write!
    Or Pick-Up What You’re Puttin’ Down!
    Or Even Smell What You’re Cookin’!
    😉 hehehe
    -B.

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