With Halloween right around the corner, you might want to get into the spooky spirit. Perhaps you’ve carved a pumpkin or visited a haunted house, or maybe you’ve watched reruns of your favorite Halloween specials. But ultimately, you don’t really feel in the spirit of All-Hollow’s Eve. Here are five horror films that will send shivers running down your spine. In fact, these films just might put you in the mood you’ve been trying to find.
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Starring John Astin and Jimmy Smits, The Tommyknockers
is about a "buried UFO that slowly turns local inhabitants into gizmo-building alien mutates". “Tommyknockers. Tommyknockers, knocking at your door” is the sing-song mantra that flows through this 1993 TV mini-series based on a Stephen King novel. It’s an ominous sign that things are going to get really bad and really creepy when those words are uttered. People lose teeth as they become telepathic and murderous; no one is safe in this small town! It’s truly a terrifying cinematic experience.
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Set in fascist Spain during World War II, you get some interesting history with a suspenseful mix of horror. You could say it’s a modern version of Alice in Wonderland, but we can’t tell you whether the ending is as happy as Alice’s. There are creepy, blood-thirsty monsters (both human and mythical creatures) with scenes of graphic death and torture. Guillermo del Toro has created a psychological thriller full of fantasy and horror with a touch of his signature unsettling creepy atmosphere.
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The Woman In Black
You have creepy children. There are gothic buildings (staples in classic horror films). A vengeful ghost lurks through the halls of the manner. Writing on the wall appears. It is the quintessential horror film starring Daniel Radcliffe. Based on a book by novelist, Susan Hill, the horror film is about a young lawyer who travels to a remote village. During his stay, he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman who is terrorizing the locals. It is truly terrifying.
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A Tale from the 19th century – The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
by Washington Erving – is one that has been told and retold countless times. There is even a new television program about the story. However, none of them are as quite gruesome, plot-driven, or terrifying as Tim Burton’s take on the classic. Featuring Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, and Christopher Walken (among many other great actors), we are taken into the world of 18th Century America where “Ichabod Crane (Depp) is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of 3 people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman.” In this horror story, there is murder, witchcraft, and enchanted trees. What a delightful movie for Halloween.
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With an all-star cast performing in a theatrical version of Titus Andronicus
, written by William Shakespeare, one might expect an elegant show filled with sentiment and gentility. But no, you will find none of that. This barbaric and horrific film shows a victorious Titus returning home from war, but the beginning of future turmoil for him and his family follows shortly after. What makes the film frightening and shocking is the fact that there is cannibalism involved, as well as people being buried alive, decapitated heads in jars, and a raped woman who loses not only her tongue, but also her hands. That is only a short list of what happens in this film. There is so much to witness within this Anthony Hopkins film. It is not for the faint of heart.
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These five horror titles are my personal favorites. No science was used in the undertaking of writing this article. Nor were any interviews used. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy them.
Share with us your favorites in the comments below, and have a Happy Halloween!