Anyone who knows me is aware that I’m a horror movie nut. Fortunately, Halloween is the perfect time to kick back and enjoy my favorite genre of film. In celebration of the holiday, I wanted share my top ten movies to view during Halloween. Most are oldies, but they are films I can never seem to get enough of.
10. Black Christmas (the original). This movie is one of the few horror films I enjoy during Christmas. The atmosphere is fantastic and the villain is killer.
9. Halloween (the original). Who doesn’t turn to this film when they want to be scared? The music combined with edge of your seat moments? A definite winner.
8. A Nightmare on Elm Street (the original). No list would be complete without Freddy Krueger. This movie was my introduction to horror and created my fascination with the darker side of film.
7. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (the original). Scary weirdos. Leatherface. Meat hooks. How could you possibly go wrong?
6. The Dolls. This little known flick is a gem and remains a favorite to this day. As someone who has never been a fan of dolls, the concept continues to freak me out. Not to mention, the story is pretty kick ass.
5. Poltergeist. “They’re here…” Who doesn’t shiver upon hearing those two words? This is one movie that always gives me chills. Yes, it’s dated, but that doesn’t lessen the scare factor or the creepiness a viewer experiences while enjoying the flick.
4. The Company of Wolves. Another gem and quite possibly my favorite werewolf film. The movie is beautifully shot, the stories are captivating, and the music is to die for. If you’ve never seen it, you’re missing out.
3. Trick ‘r Treat. This movie became an instant favorite when it released a few years back. I’m partial to several of the “stories” but the werewolf one is definitely a delicious treat.
2. Fright Night 2. It’s rare that a sequel can live up to the original, but Fright Night 2 goes above and beyond. The cast is spectacular, the effects are spot-on, and the story keeps your interest and doesn’t let go.
This brings me to my number one film…
1. Fright Night. This remains my favorite vampire film of all time. The music is haunting, the acting is stellar, and the story is brilliant. I’ve seen Fright Night dozens of times and it never gets old. Don’t bother watching the remake. If you want to see this film as it was intended, go for the original. Chris Sarandon IS Jerry Dandrige. Accept no substitute.
Now that I’ve shared my favorites, why don’t you tell me a couple of your favorite Halloween movies? It wasn’t easy narrowing down a list. Trust me when I say there are plenty more where those came from.
Jaime AKA J.A. Saare