- Category: Volume 87 (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)
- Published: 14 October 2015
- Written by ANNA BLAINE | CONTRIBUTING WRITER
If there is anything I can recommend during the month of October, it would be a good scary movie. Whether you are a fan of slasher flicks like Wes Craven’s Nightmare on Elm Street and Sean S. Cunningham’s Friday the 13thor George A. Romero zombie movies like Dawn of the Dead, there is enough horror to enjoy with your family and friends. All those things that go bump in the night are what make Halloween the time of the year for grabbing some candy corn and sitting down in front of a scary movie.
What are the best scary movies on Halloween? Tony Green, a junior communication student, is more familiar with the 80’s horror movies, “I heard good things about the Evil Dead series.” The original Evil Dead series was directed by Sam Raimi in 1981. The 2013 remake that featured a group of friends at a remote cabin with an evil presence lurking in the woods was a huge deal amongst younger movie goers.
Sarah Baker, a sophomore English student, has a different preference for scary movies more along the lines of thrillers. “I like House at the End of the Street with Jennifer Lawrence and The Roommate was pretty good.”
Most people have their preferences; I prefer to watch scary movies without a lot of gore or unrelenting violence so the best scary movies that give me a fright on Halloween are the somber ones. There was something extremely creepy about Michelle Pfeiffer seeing a dead woman’s ghost in What Lies Beneath or the cold breath exhaling from Haley Joel Osment’s mouth when a ghost was nearby in “The Sixth Sense.”
The best scary movies propel you into the horror and leave you with a sense of frailty that you can’t escape from. However, not everyone is a fan of the movies that give you a scare on Halloween. Chad Dell, an associate professor in the Communication Department, for example, is a fan of gothic musicals and whimsical movies.
“I’m not a huge horror film fan, so for Halloween I might settle down with a good Tim Burton film: Sweeney Todd, Edward Scissorhands, or even Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. Because ‘You don’t wanna mess around with me. I’m a loner, Dottie. A rebel.’”
Whether people prefer the bone chilling atmosphere, the little hairs standing up on their arms and neck or they prefer to be a little less petrified is all a matter of personal preference. The best Halloween movies can be summed up from the experience of the viewer and how it left them feeling.