The best movies to watch this Halloween

Oct. 19, 2015

Alexander Nedd
anedd@uccs.edu

When celebrating Halloween, there are important rules one must follow to secure a safe night of partying: never mix skittles and M&M’s, always leave the porch light on and never have sex.

That’s what kills everybody in a scary movie.

Although Halloween isn’t until the last day of the month, you don’t have to wait that long to get into the spirit.

But don’t let your party go to waste by watching the same list of scary movies you watched last year.

Here are some true hits that are sure to get your blood pumping no matter how many times you watch them.

“Scream”

Available on Netflix, the 1996 thriller continues to be one of the best and most original scary movies of all time.

What makes “Scream” a classic is its ability to be relatable in any type of town setting.

“Scream” follows a group of high schoolers, most notably Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), as a ghost-face killer is on the loose. The film is considered to have one of the best plot twists in cinematic history. Check it out on Halloween night, if you dare.

“Scary Movie”

You don’t have to be scared to enjoy the full Halloween experience. You can laugh it off. That’s the basis of this 2000 horror comedy film, which has led to four sequels based on its commercial success.

The film takes a look at the best classic horror films of all times (“Scream,” “The Blair Witch Project,” “The Sixth Sense” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer”) and turns their plots into hilarious outcomes.

The film vaguely follows a plot, but if you’re watching for an intriguing storyline I suggest you look elsewhere.

Nevertheless, “Scary Movie” is comedy gold and lightens the mood for those looking for a light side of scary.

“Saw”

This psychological horror film attacks the mental state of audience members everywhere and is not for the faint of heart. First released in 2004, the seven-part series began with a simple plot: two men chained in a room where one is ordered to kill the other in order to survive.

But, as with any scary movie, it’s not that easy or that clean.

What follows are gruesome findings that will make you question your instincts should you ever be placed in such as horrible position.

A great Halloween film to lose your candy on, should you eat too much before watching.

“Paranormal Activity”

Sometimes the scariest things in life are the things that remain unseen. This was the case in 2009, when this franchise turned theaters into screams across the country.

“Paranormal Activity” follows a couple who are haunted by supernatural findings within their home.

The film was one of the first to adopt the “found footage usage” using a standard camera that most people would use to capture surveillance. It earned economic success and has since spawned four sequels, including “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension,” set to be released Oct. 23.

“The Conjuring”

The newest film on the list was first released in 2013, and people haven’t received much sleep since.

“The Conjuring” follows the real life events of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The couple is sent to investigate a house purchased by a family in 1971, where strange and unexplained events are happening.

What makes the story incredibly detailed and scary are its firsthand account portrayals. Lorraine Warren is still alive at the age of 88 and actively speaks about her experiences. Their reports inspired “The Amityville Horror.”

Are their reports true? You be the judge after you watch.

A sequel is set to be released in the summer of 2016.

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