By Melissa Chapman
Halloween, tragically, is just one day of the year. Fortunately, there is nothing wrong with celebrating the spooky season all month long. Cozying up to watch a scary movie is the perfect way to get ready for All Hallow’s eve. The films below are designed to give Halloween vibes.
“It”-is a story based on a Stephen King novel and follows a group of children battling against an ancient, supernatural clown named Pennywise. Of course, the 1990, Tim Curry-led miniseries will always be a classic—but Pennywise was just begging for 21st Century, big-budget CGI effects. Good luck sleeping.
“The Ring” for a brief time made everyone afraid of their TV. Naomi Watts plays a journalist investigating why people keep dying from watching a certain videotape. Just like all of the best scary movies, it has a creepy kid.
“Blair Witch Project”-When this film originally came out in 1999, people didn’t know if it was real or fiction. Advertised as “found video footage,” it’s the story of three students who travel to a small town to investigate a murder, and are eventually terrorized in the woods.
“A Quiet Place,” a family silently navigates a post-apocalyptic world, stalked at every turn by monsters that hunt their prey with a supercharged sense of hearing. Although the family of survivalists has so far managed to avoid the extraterrestrial hunters, the fractures within their own relationships may lead to their downfall. Viewers will spend this entire movie on the edge of their seats.
“Night of the Living Dead”, created the modern zombie genre, and its fondness for sociopolitical echoes. George A. Romero’s low-budget black-and-white original proved that money isn’t needed to create a horror classic; just brains.
“Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, ignore all the remakes, remake sequels, and remake prequels, and stick with Tobe Hooper’s original 1974 grindhouse, about a slightly unhinged hippie-hating family with a house notable for its giant meet hooks, human bone furniture, and slaughterhouse metal doors.
These kid-friendly films are sure to entertain. “ParaNorman” follows the story of a boy who can communicate with the dead, and he uses the power to unravel a town-wide mystery. “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” captures the Halloween excitement with all the Peanuts gang. “Hocus Pocus” has withstood the test of time. The central trio of witches is irresistibly charming. Come check out Warsaw Community Public Library’s film collection.