With Halloween right around the corner, it’s the perfect time for horror movie buffs to get together and gather ’round the tube for a good ole horror-movie marathon. Since Hollywood seems to churn out a scary flick every other minute, there’s pah-lenty of films to choose from, so we’ve decided to throw some suggestions out there that may help you narrow down your options. Campy, creepy, terrifying – dig the following sampler of chillers:
Tales From The Hood – You know the tale: “A strange funeral director tells four strange tales of horror to three drug dealers he traps in his place of business.” A true classic, with a message, Tales is thoroughly engaging and features a fantastic ensemble cast.
People Under the Stairs – This 1991 flick stars Ving Rhames and Brandon T. Jackson as two individuals trapped in a house of horrors, fighting to find their way out and making some disturbing revelations along the way.
Candyman – The first in the series may be the best bet. Starring Tony Todd, Vanessa Williams and Kasi Lemons, it’s one of the ultimate urban legend films about a tortured soul who haunts the residents of Chicago’s Cabrini Green projects.
The Thing – With the prequel to this 1982 freak fest of a film now playing in theaters, the original version is definitely not to be missed. John Carpenter’s story of Antarctic-based scientists who become consumed by a shape-shifting alien terrifying gore at it’s best.
Alien vs. Predator – before the AVP Requiem was AVP: Alien vs. Predator starring Sanaa Lathan who played Alexa Woods –leader of an archeological expedition in Antarctica. Terror ensues when they realize they’re smack dab in the middle of a battle between the fierce, warring creatures
Crazy As Hell – An Eriq La Salle directed film, it centers on a celebrity psychologist Ty Adams (Michael Beach). Wrestling with his own demons, he decides to star in a reality show that chronicles his work with patients at a state run hospital. It’s a smooth run for Adams until he takes on a mysterious patient who calls himself Satan (played by LaSalle).
Spawn – An uncommon tale based on the comic book character of the same name. Michael Jai White plays the lead – Al Simmons – a husband, father, and a mercenary. When killed during a mission, he’s brought back to life to be a soldier of the devil, but has second thoughts about carrying out his unholy demands.
Friday the Thirteenth – The saga of Jason Voorhies includes 10 films in this massive franchise. If mindless murder is your thang, may we suggest parts 1, 3 or 9 (Jason Goes To Hell)?
Nightmare on Elm Street – Here’s another mega-series. Freddy Krueger’s sense of humor seems to grow with each sequel, but the first one is definitely a horror classic. If you want to kill to birds with one stone, check Freddy vs. Jason – the title alone speaks for itself.
Rosemary’s Baby – In 1968, Psychological thriller starring Mia Farrow was directed by notorious Roman Polanski. It’s a timeless film that deals with the occult. If you’ve never seen it before, dig imdb’s account: “A young couple move into a new apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins controlling her life.”
Pitch Black – A heart-pounding sci-fi definitely good for a scare. When a random group of space passengers get marooned on a planet that goes completely dark, Vin Diesel’s character leads the way to safety from bloodthirsty, dark-dwelling beasts.
28 Days Later – Naomie Harris and Cillian Murphy star in this exciting zombie flick that follows the unfortunate survivors seeking sanctuary 28 days after after a mysterious, incurable virus decimates the UK.
Attack the Block – Another UK pic which was released this year, it’s a total camp tale of some roughneck teens in South London who use their street fighting skills to defend their block from an alien invasion.
Saw – A gory franchise that specializes in the outrageous display of torture and murder has seven films under its belt, the last being a 3D experience. Their brand of gore may not be for everyone, but for those who feel their graphic suspense, none of the installments will be a disappointment.
Hey Clutch, what are some of the horror flicks you’d add to the list?