I racked my brain and came up with 10 movies that you should watch this Halloween season.  There are so many more, but I narrowed it down to 10 different types of horror films that are great.  If you haven’t seen some of these movies, you will not be disappointed if you rent or buy them.  In no particular order, let’s go…

1.  Poltergeist (1982) – This is the story of a typical middle class family that moves into a house that is haunted by ghosts.  It is very scary and still holds up today.  The psychic has the creepiest voice ever.  You can get a preview of that in the trailer below.  You will never look at toy clowns the same after you watch this movie.  Do it…

Check out the original trailer. The music is hauntingly excellent.

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2.  The Ring (2002)  – If you’ve never seen The Ring, it’s about a journalist who investigates a mysterious videotape that seems to cause death to anyone in a week of viewing it.  I know the logline sounds pretty ridiculous but this movie is great. The opening scene has always stuck with me.  Director Gore Verbinski did an excellent job remaking this film.  Watch this…

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3.  Let Me In (2010) –  Let Me In is a American re-make of the 2008 Swedish film Let The Right One In.  The movie is about a bullied boy who befriends a strange girl who recently moves into his apartment building.

I’ve seen both movies and against popular opinion,  I like the American version better.  Matt Reeves, the director, took the original which is really good and made it great.  His direction and shot design took this movie to the next level.  I can confidently say that this is the best vampire movie I’ve seen (not including The Lost Boys.)

Here’s a clip from Let Me In.

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4.  Dead Alive (1992) –  You might not have heard of this movie, it’s one of Peter Jackson’s (Lord of The Ring’s) first films and it is crazy.  It’s a splatter film that is about a young man’s mother who is bitten by a Sumatran Rat-Monkey.  She gets sick and dies but later comes back to life eating animals, neighbors, friends and more.

This is a extremely graphic, gory and fun movie to watch.  I wish Peter Jackson would layoff Middle Earth for a while and go back to making a movie like.

This is a terrible copy of the trailer.  Sorry about that.  Here’s a little Easter egg for you too.  The Sumatran Rat-Monkey which is the cause of the zombie outbreak in this movie is also in King Kong.  Next time you watch it, it’s stowed in a crate on the ship where Jack Black is working.

5.  30 Days of Night (2007)  –  This is another awesome vampire movie.   In Barrow, Alaska for one month each year it is plunged into darkness due to it’s location far north of the Artic Circle.  While the town is shut off from the rest of the world a horde of blood thirsty vampires ravage the locals.

This film was directed by acclaimed music video director David Slade who used the creepy distorted face effect on his vampires like he did in System of a Down’s video Aerials and Muse’s Feeling Good.  This is another visually amazing film, the shot direction and look are top notch.   Ben Foster and Danny Huston deliver some notable performances as well.  It’s refreshing to watch a real vampire movie.

I’ve got a little fun fact about this film.  Director Slade was having such a hard time with his star Josh Hartnett that the producers had to fly out one of Hartnett’s previous directors to help work him out of his funk….  Hollywood can be a cruel thumbsucking bitch.

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6.  Cabin in the Woods (2012) –  Five college friends head to a remote cabin for a weekend vacation, when they realize something is terribly wrong.  Now they must find out the truth about the cabin in the woods.

This is a horror film like you’ve never seen before.  It’s funny, scary, smart and very entertaining.  It’s like a real life Scooby Doo episode made for adults with gore and tits.  This is one for your library for sure.

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7.  Frailty (2001) –  A man confesses to an FBI agent his families story that his religious fanatic father’s visions led to a series of brutal murders.

The first time you see this movie is the best so if you haven’t seen it you’re in for a treat.  This is a great chilling story that give you a good scare.  People hate on McConaughey but ever since I saw EDTV I’ve loved him.  “He did it in a Camry!”

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8.  The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) – Five friends visiting their grandfathers cabin are hunted down by a chainsaw wielding madman and his insane grave digging family members.

This movie has the scariest and most iconic opening monologues of any scary movie.  This is a truly terrifying film and if you’ve only seen the remake(s) then you need to see this one.  Yes it’s old and looks old, but it’s worth the watch.  Do it….

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9.  28 Days Later (2002) –  I feel like this movie is the film that not only brought new life into the zombie genre but also reinvented it.  28 Days Later is about a bike messenger who wakes up from a coma 4 weeks after an infection has spread throughout the UK.  He and a group of survivors try to find sanctuary.

I love Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Sunshine, The Beach) and love this movie.  The music is pretty awesome too.

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10.  Psycho (1960) – This is probably my favorite film of all time.  I don’t know what it is but even as a kid who grew up on Nightmare on Elm Street and Americas Funniest Home Videos, this movie has always had an impact on me.  I don’t know how old I was when I first saw it but I do remember loving the simplicity of how Hitchcock told this intricate story.  Killing off the main character 20 minutes into the film, the twisting shot of Marion’s eye as she lay dead on the floor, the look of Norman’s mansion, the list goes on and on.  If you have never seen this movie, please do not watch the 1998 version with Vince Vaughn, it’s so bad.  Watch the original.

I’ve got a little story for you all, as a kid who grew up in Southern California I went to Universal Studios probably every 3-4 years.  I would always love to see the Bates Motel and Psycho Mansion. That was my favorite part of the tram ride.  Well, in college I was working on a film that was shooting on the Universal Studios backlot and one night a group of us decided we were going to take a midnight tour after we wrapped.  We drove around the entire lot, getting out of the car and taking pics at all the cool movie sites and sets.  Since I was the driver we ended up last at the Bates Motel.  We parked the van walked around the entire hotel and around the Mansion.  I wanted to check out room 1, where Marion stayed, but the door was poorly nailed shut.  So with a swift little kick the door opened right up.  I was shocked to see an entire hotel room set inside the room.  I was expecting a facade but it wasn’t, it looked just like it did in the movie.  We went in to room and checked everything out, then went into the bathroom, where Norman Bates mother killed Marion in the shower.  The bathroom was complete just like the hotel room and inside the shower the floor was covered with red blood (paint.)  I could not believe it, it was so awesome!  Now I know that it’s not the blood from the original film but it was crazy to be standing in the actual Bates Motel, inside Marion’s room and looking at blood stains in her shower.  Crazy, I actually have some pictures, I’m going to have to go to my parents and dig them out of my storage in their garage and then I’ll post some up for you.

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