5 Horror Movies You Should Watch
Who else can watch horror movies all year long?? Let’s take a look at five horror movies you should watch!!
The year was 1978 when the film Halloween was released. It was directed by horror film legend John Carpenter. Carpenter along with Debra Hill wrote the screenplay for the movie. This film would go on to become a huge mainstream success. It would introduce the world to Michael Myers. Michael is a masked killer, who would go on to terrorize the little sleepy town, of Haddonfield, Illinois. A mask that we would see on Halloween night in cities all over America as kids went trick or treating.
As the story goes…Michael Myers was committed to a sanitarium after he murdered his teenage sister on Halloween night. Fifteen years later, Myers would return to Haddonfield. He had escaped, the psych ward after killing anyone who got in his way. Once he escaped he is pursued by his psychiatrist, Dr. Sam Loomis. Loomis was played by veteran British actor Donald Pleasence. This film would be the debut of lead actress Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode.
There has never been a movie, like Halloween. As if the history of Halloween isn’t scary enough, add in Michael Myers and add him to your thoughts on Halloween and we got our us a recipe for terror. The soundtrack of this film was also done by Carpenter. That famous riff on the keyboard, made the movie stand out. It was especially creepy watching Michael pace along to the music.
We have seen many other scary and suspenseful, horror films but this one will always stand out as a masterpiece of fright. The first film would lead to several sequels in later years. Even a new Halloween film has come out in 2018.
This was a historic movie, every moment Myers stepped out of the shadows, and lurked after his next victim. It was simple yet cinematic genius.
A good scary movie keeps you up at night. Thinking about Michael Myers and this movie was frightening. If you haven’t seen this classic, please be sure to check it out!
Nightmare on Elm Street
This film set the stage for a different kind of horror story in cinema. In 1984 Nightmare On Elm Street Hit theaters. Directed and written by Wes Craven. Craven would go on to direct more movies, in the genre.
This movie personified horror and terror. It truly would keep you up at night. The movie introduced us to Freddy Krueger.
The cast was full of talent, Nancy Thompson was played by Heather Langenkamp and John Saxon as Lt. Thompson. Ronee Blakley plays Marge Thompson and Johnny Depp plays Glen Lantz. Robert Englund was the infamous Freddy Krueger. The film was produced by Robert Shaye. The production company was New Line Cinema.
The main story is about teenagers that live in the fictitious town of Springwood, Ohio. They end up getting their dreams invaded by the cruel Freddy. The dreams become brutal and frightening nightmares. They become reality, very real as Freddy was killing these teens in their dreams. What a crazy sadistic way to die.
Freddy was burnt in a fire and wears a bladed leather glove. He would say don’t dare go to sleep, you might not wake up. Freddy still scares me and many to this day. Freddy is seeking revenge on the teenagers whose parents were responsible for his death.
Nancy Thompson is the main character. She and her friends become in danger. Freddy starts tormenting and targeting Nancy and the others. He would go after her mother as well. If you have not seen this classic you must check it out.
The film, like many slasher and horror movies to follow guaranteed scares. Heck you may not sleep the night you watch this film or you might hear Freddy say, “I’m here, I’m gonna get you” to you.
Friday the 13th
The film was released in 1980. This movie would introduce us to another classic serial killer. One that wore a mask a hockey mask to be exact. That is Jason Voorhees, the boy who drowned at Camp Crystal Lake. Jason is ready to unleash revenge on the counselors at the camp. This will happen in the many sequels in this franchise. Jason was instrumental in building slasher films. It was a costume we have seen in the streets on Halloween ever since. So simple yet so brilliant.
This first film of the Franchise starred Betty Palmer as Mrs. Voorhees and Adrienne King as Alice Hardy. Kevin Bacon plays Jack Burrell, Ron Carroll as Sgt. Tierney, Walt Gorney as Crazy Ralph, and Ari Lehman plays Jason Vorhees. The film was directed by Sean S. Cunningham and written by Victor Miller.
However in the first Friday The 13th there was a killer seeking revenge but it wasn’t Jason. It was Mrs. Voorhees! She was carrying out a plan of terror on those who dared to visit the camp. Much like her son would go on to do in every movie in this series that was to follow. Her reign of terror is something to behold. She was out to terrorize every single camp counselor at Camp Crystal Lake. Especially those counselors who let her precious Jason drown the previous year.
After seeing what Mrs. Voorhees is capable of it’s no wonder why Jason is one of the most sadistic killers in horror movie history.
This movie would give you chills for days after watching.
Scream came out in 1996. It was directed by Wes Craven and written by Kevin Williamson. What a team Craven and Williamson made. Craven knew where to take the vision of Williamson’s story and the characters and make it fit. This is a movie that grabs you, from the first scene. Williamson’s inspiration for this movie came from famous horror movies such as John Carpenter’s Halloween. Interestingly the title of the motion picture was supposed to be named Scary Movie. When Dimension Films bought the script it was retitled by the Weinstein Brothers.
The movie was nothing short of scary and would make you Scream. I remember watching this in my teens and being afraid to be at my house alone. Even just going outside, especially at night time, I would have Ghost Face in my mind. This movie gave you chills from the opening scene. The scene where Casey Becker, a high school student played by Drew Barrymore, got a call from an unknown person.
The person proceeded to flirt with her on the phone. I can still see her standing in the kitchen cooking popcorn. The man would ask a question, what’s your favorite scary movie? Becker was quickly frightened as the call turned life-threatening. She has to play a deadly game as her boyfriend is being held, hostage. The game is where she has to answer questions about horror films. Which I thought was so different and unique approach to the story. The underlying wit and the killer’s confidence. Becker has to meet the demands of this sadistic person. After Casey gets one of the questions wrong, her boyfriend is murdered. When Casey refuses to answer any more questions during this sick game, she herself meets her end at the hands, of this ghost-faced masked killer. A new villain that was introduced to moviegoers and the genre of horror.
The cast was stellar in this film, Sidney Prescott was portrayed by Neve Campbell was the main character. I’ll admit that I had a crush on her, she was very attractive and a great leading lady. Her friend Tatum Riley was played by Rose McGowan. Sidney’s boyfriend Billy Loomis is portrayed by Skeet Ulrich. Wonder where the name Loomis is from? Could it be Dr. Sam Loomis? I’m not sure, but that could be a possibility. Tatum’s boyfriend was Stu Macher played by Matthew Lillard. David Arquette was Dewey Riley, Courtney Cox played Gale Weathers, Jamie Kennedy played Randy Meeks, Liv Schreiber was Cotton Weary, and Henry Winkler as Principal Hembry, Even the famous Linda Blair would make a cameo playing a reporter. Roger L. Jackson provided the voice of Ghostface.
If you have not seen this film it is an absolute must watch this Halloween season. Get the popcorn ready and wait for it to get dark. If you’re really brave, leave the curtains open.
The Shining is a 1980 psychological horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick and co-written with novelist Diane Johnson. The film is based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel of the same name and stars Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers, and Danny Lloyd.
The film’s central character is Jack Torrance (Nicholson), an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic who accepts a position as the off-season caretaker of the isolated historic Overlook Hotel in the Colorado Rockies. Wintering over with Jack are his wife, Wendy Torrance (Duvall) and young son, Danny Torrance (Lloyd). Danny possesses “the shining”, psychic abilities that enable him to see into the hotel’s horrific past. The hotel cook, Dick Hallorann (Crothers), also has this ability and is able to communicate with Danny telepathically. The hotel had a previous winter caretaker who went insane and killed his family and himself. After a winter storm leaves the Torrances snowbound, Jack’s sanity deteriorates due to the influence of the supernatural forces that inhabit the hotel, placing his wife and son in danger.