By Aaron Stoner
It’s October and that means it’s time to cozy up on the couch with a delicious hot apple cider toddy and treat yourself to a delightfully scary movie while the blustery fall air blows outside. With this list of must-sees, you can be sure you and your friends are going to be scared you-know-what-less. So turn off the lights, light a few candles, fire up the popcorn and get ready to scream.
IT (2017)- In the remake of the original “It” written by the master of horror himself, Stephen King, Pennywise is back terrorizing a group of kids in the small town of Derry, Maine. Plain and simple, he’s the scariest clown on the planet and the scares in this one are a plenty. I’m telling you right now, you will never think of Bozo the same way ever again.
The Shining (1980)- Jack Nicholson gives arguably the most impressive performance of his career with his maniacal portrayal of a man slowly losing his mind and eventually turning on his wife and son while staying at the sprawling Overlook hotel. Trust me, when you hear the words, “Come play with us,” it’s time to turn around and speed away on your tiny little plastic tricycle.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) – I know what you’re thinking, “Come on, this movie was made in 1974, there’s no friggin’ way it’s scary.” Well let me assure you, it’s not just scary as hell, it’s borderline uncomfortable. (insert shocked emoji face!) Sure, it’s Leatherface running around with his chainsaw shredding up the helpless college kids he captures, but it’s also the wildly disturbing backwoods family that aids in the kidnapping of one of the girls that makes for one of the most unsettling dinner scenes ever depicted in film. Don’t say you weren’t warned.
The Descent (2005) – A group of five lifelong friends go for an exciting caving expedition and ultimately get trapped below, having to fight for their survival amidst dire circumstances. Much more terrifying than just the tight crevice walls that hold them below, the creatures that lie in wait will make you want to cover your face in absolute terror.
Bar none this is one of the creepiest, claustrophobic horror films ever made. And if you don’t want to take my word for it, maybe the 85 percent Rotten Tomatoes score will help push you over the edge.
Green Room (2015) – Per IMDB.com this movie is, “Littered with clever dialogue, a beautifully constructed narrative, as well as moments that shift between the energizing and sheer terror, there are a slew of endearing qualities worth sifting through.” I decided I couldn’t write or say it any better myself, so I figured why even bother. For reals though, quite possibly one of the most shockingly violent, intensely filmed horror movies in which you find yourself rooting with vehement, white knuckled tension for the protagonists as they literally fight for their lives against one of the most vile villains played by none other than Professor X (Patrick Stewart). Believe me, this is one hell of a ride.
28 Days Later (2002) – Not just one of my favorite horror movies ever, but “28 Days Later” is one of my favorite movies, period. Director Danny Boyle’s style of filming is masterful and it takes the zombie genre to an entirely new level. The score is ominous and helps create tension that is utterly palpable from start to finish. Also, the cast led by Cillian Murphy (“Batman Begins,” “Dunkirk”) are entirely convincing in their struggle to survive in a post apocalyptic London overtaken by some of the most terrifying zombies ever seen in cinema. P.S.: When you see the priest that doesn’t seem to be acting quite right, yeah it’s time to start praying.