50 Classic Horror Films You SHOULDN'T Watch This Year and What You SHOULD Watch Instead

Alright folks, here we are once again knocking on October's door. The leaves are changing colors, pumpkin spice is sprinkled on seemingly everything and your local supermarket just cleared an entire isle of actual food and replaced it with sugary snacks, plastic skulls and face paint. We all know what that means, that's right! It's time for HALLOWEEN!! It's time to decorate the lawn, cut your hands up making Jack-O-Lanterns and ogle all the hot women in their sexy [insert noun here] costumes. There's candy, there's parties and most importantly there's scary movies.

This is actually one of my favorite times of year and as a movie guy, how could it not be? Horror is the most eclectic genre of film ever. Think of it, every romantic movie is the same; guy meets girl, first they hate each other, then they love each other, there's some sort of misunderstanding and they break up but, in the end they always get back together. Action movies are no different; some bad-ass guy gets roped into a big terrorist /drug thing, his friend/partner/brother gets killed, there's a shootout, his lady gets kidnapped, there's another shootout and the hero always gets to say something smart right before he kills the super villain with the British accent in spectacular fashion. Horror movies on the other hand, are wide open and absolutely anything can show up in them from mutant bears to killer cartoons to evil fruit. It's that dedication to the unexpected and bizarre that make horror flicks so popular despite the fact that many of them have bad acting, half-baked special effects and are often made on shoestring budgets.

Over the years we've all come to find our favorite scary flicks. Films like The Exorcist, Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street are popular the world over and for good reason, each of them are great films, two of which are in my personal top 10 list of Halloween movies. However, the fact of the matter is, there are literally tens of thousands of lists on-line that name "the top 10 'best' Halloween movies of all time" and a good 90% of them have the same 15-20 titles in them. I don't know about you, but I'm starting to feel like some of the old classics are getting a little stale. I mean, as great as some of the old standbys are, how many times do I need to see that awful red and green sweater before it's officially passe? How many times do we need to watch pea soup rocket across the room before I'm allowed to search for something else? Well, some may call me a heretic but, I say enough is enough and it's time for a change.

I say it's time to bring back that little eerie chill we used to get on the back of our necks while huddled on the couch under that big blanket. Let's scream again, let's cringe, let's jump, cover our eyes and, for you macho types out there, let's get off the couch and walk away from the TV pretending like we're just getting up to make some more popcorn. It's time to create some new memories and maybe a nightmare or two. How do we do that you ask? Well, for the next 31 days that is the bewitching season, I'm going to ask you to stave off your addiction to the more popular scare fare and give some other Halloween treats a try. I've comprised a list of over 100 movies that I think deserve a little more love than usual this All Hallows Eve season. Some of these movies are scary, some are funny, some are face cringingly gross and some are just so out and out weird that you may decide to picket the pharmaceutical company that developed the pills some of these directors were clearly on. Either way, lets give Carrie, Gizmo and good ol' Leatherface the month off and take a trip down the road less traveled. Sure, we'll probably run into some monsters along the way but if we stick together, we'll be fine...well...probably. Anyway, it all goes down on the first of the month so get your popcorn ready and keep your eyes open for updates coming every night at midnight starting October 1st!


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