Happy soon-to-be Halloween. I think you’ve missed some good scary movies. Yes, you have. Really. For those of us who love a scary movie, there’s a lack of the seriously spooky movies that don’t include a gaggle of screaming teenagers being chased by a psycho with a hack saw.
What I like, though, is what I consider the honest scary stuff. The things that feel as if they could be real, or that maybe are real. Or the movies that make fun of horror and are funny in the process. Like what, you might say. Okay, there are some movies on this list that are pretty far from reality, but some of them aren’t, and that’s what I think makes them quite a bit scarier than the average B slasher flick. Some on this list are old movies that pack a significant punch, while some are more modern. Try these and see if you don’t get a good goose bump thrill this Halloween season. I haven’t included the more famous movies in general, even if I loved them, because I figure pretty much every horror fan has seen them.
(Splendid acting, British soldier humor, action out the ying-yang.)
When A Stranger Calls
(Latest version-panned by critics but I think it is very atmospheric and suspenseful)
(Creepy. Quite a few plot holes, but still well executed in many ways and different.)
(1963 version-one of my favorite spooky movies of all time. Seriously atmospheric and creepy. Acting is top notch. Julie Harris is amazing.)
Sweet, Sweet Charlotte
(Psychological chiller with amazing acting.)
Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?
(Another psychological chiller.)
(The gargoyles aren’t as campy as you’d expect, and the suspense leading up to the main event is pretty creepy.)
Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark
(Old version not the newer one…although I like that one, too.)
(Humor, great acting, and some serious chills/thrills)
Stir of Echoes
(Kevin Bacon is one heck of an actor, and he does an amazing job in this ghostly tale.)
(This sleeper has great acting. I call it psychological horror. Old abandoned asylums! This one has that what just happened flavor, but I found it completely creepy and interesting. Don’t watch this one in the dark.)
Shaun of The Dead
(Those of you who love British humor will ROTFL.)
Cabin In The Woods
(Okay, probably a ton of people have seen this one. But it’s pretty funny and the black humor aspect is really different. A great movie that makes fun of horror and the twists are to die for.)
(Came out twenty years after the original Halloween. I thought it was danged good. I only liked Halloween and Halloween 2. All the other ones in between until this 1998 story…meh.)
Well that’s all for now. Have you seen some spooky movies that you think most other people haven’t seen and yet you’d recommend them?