Monday, October 24, 2011

13 Awesome Scary Movies

Halloween is next Monday which means hundreds of scary movies on TV this week. I grew up with no censorship on what I was allowed to watch on television so I watched everything from Tales from the Darkside, Tales from the Crypt, CreepShow, old school Dracula, Wolf-man and Frankenstein, and hundreds (maybe thousands) of scary movies.  This is why I love horror movies. If you're looking for something good to watch here are thirteen awesome scary movies.

13. The Craft 1996 – Great story about witches.
A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them. Director: Andrew Fleming Writers: Peter Filardi Stars: Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Rachel True and Neve Campbell

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12. The Lost Boys 1987 – Cute boys & vampires is a winning combo for me.
The film is about two Arizonan brothers who move to California and end up fighting a gang of teenage vampires. Director: Joel Schumacher Writers: Janice Fischer, James Jeremias and Jeffrey Boam.

11. Exorcism of Emily Rose 2005 – Great story and Scary!
A lawyer takes on a negligent homicide case involving a priest who performed an exorcism on a young girl.

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10. Stir of Echos 1999  – The director did a great job of creating a suspenseful atmosphere.
After being hypnotized by his sister in law, a man begins seeing haunting visions of a girl's ghost and a mystery begins to unfold around her. Director & Screenplay: David Koepp Writer:Richard Matheson (novel).

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9. The Serpent & the Rainbow 1988 – Gotta love a good voodoo story.
An anthropologist goes to Haiti after hearing rumors about a drug used by black magic practitioners to turn people into zombies. Director:Wes Craven Writers:Wade Davis (inspired by the book), Richard Maxwell (screenplay).

8. Amityville Horror 1979 – I watched this again recently and it still managed to scare and gross me out.
Newlyweds move into a house where a murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away. Director:Stuart Rosenberg Writers:Sandor Stern (screenplay), Jay Anson (book).

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7. Blade 1998  – Sexy, butt kicking vampires plus the best techno track eva, eva.
A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires. Director:Stephen Norrington Writer:David S. Goyer

6. The Exorcist 1973 – The scariest story ever thought of. Did I say it was scary? Heck yes. Nothing has scared me more than this movie.
When a child is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. Director:William Friedkin Writers:William Peter Blatty (written for the screen by), William Peter Blatty (novel) 

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5. Halloween 1978 –This genuinely creepy movie has the best built up tension scenes ever with erie music adding levels of anticipation. I bet you it's playing in your head right now.
A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood escapes and stalks a high school girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets. Screenplay & Director: John Carpenter 

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4.Underworld - Vampires plus werewolves equals awesome.
Selene, a beautiful vampire warrior, is entrenched in a war between the vampire and werewolf races. Although she is aligned with the vampires, she falls in love with Michael, a werewolf who longs for the war to end. Director:Len Wiseman Writers:Kevin Grevioux (story), Len Wiseman

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3. The Devil’s Backbone - A fantastic ghost story about revenge.

The Devil's Backbone (El Espinazo del Diablo) 2001 Spanish-Mexican gothic thriller film written by Guillermo del Toro, Antonio Trashorras and David Muñoz, and directed by Guillermo del Toro. It was independently produced by Pedro Almodóvar. Synopsis: It is 1939, the end of three years of bloody civil war in Spain, and General Franco's right-wing Nationalists are poised to defeat the left-wing Republican forces. A ten-year-old boy named Carlos, the son of a fallen Republican war hero, is left by his tutor in an orphanage in the middle of nowhere.

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2. Bram Stokers Dracula – Eternal love can be romantic and scary too.
A 1992 American Gothic horror-romance film directed and co-produced by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker.

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1. El Orfanato 2007 - This is a the perfect movie for story lovers. Great tale, a must see.
The Orphanage (Spanish: El Orfanato) is a 2007 Spanish-Mexican horror film. Director: Juan Antonio Bayona Writer: Sergio G. Sánchez  A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, where she opens an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend. 

What's your favorite scary movie?


Erin O'Riordan said...

Some of these were my favorites when I was younger, too. This version of 'Dracula' is still one of my favorites.

Julieta said...

Great selection of horror movies dear!! I love the Lost Boys and El Orfanato, very scary!

xoxo Julieta

Haddock said...