5 Flicks To Give You Chills This Halloween
17 Oct 2016
That spooky time of year when the strange appear and the haunted return is here. To celebrate, freak out with 5 of the scariest Halloween flicks.
1. THE EXORCIST (1973)
Whether you've seen one of the many remakes or not, the ever-influential original, Academy Award for Best Picture nominee, is definitely worth digging into. Based on the novel of the same title, William Friedkin's American horror sees 12-year-old Regan MacNeil (a frightening Linda Blair) possessed by a demonic being. In a desperate bid to save her, MacNeil's mother Chris (Ellen Burstyn) cries out to two priests to perform an exorcism. A must-see horror for all jeepers, creepers and film enthusiasts alike.
Memorable quote: "What an excellent day for an exorcism."
2. HALLOWEEN (1978)
Chances are you won't find a film title or storyline more fitting for the occasion than Halloween. On All Hallows' Eve of 1978, Michael Myers escapes from a mental institution, where he's been kept the past 15 years for stabbing his older sister to death - when he was six years old. Myers, now aged 21, is out on the loose and headed back to Haddonfield for a killing spree, while his psychiatrist Dr. Loomis, whom only knows the capacity of this evil, warns the town - but of course, not soon enough. Written and directed by the legendary John Carpenter, this 1978 slasher paved the way for the hit film franchise, which to this day remains one of the highest rated (and profitable) horror series of all time.
Memorable quote: "It's Halloween, everyone's entitled to one good scare."
3. THE OMEN (1976)
If you've heard the saying "the original is always better", then by now - we're sure you know we mean it. And fortunately, Richard Donner's The Omen will prove no different. After having a stillborn child, US Ambassador Robert (Gregory Peck) and Katherine (Lee Remick) Thorn, eager to be parents, adopt a newborn child who's just lost his mother during childbirth. But little do they know, their sweet little boy has the birthmark of the devil - a fact that only becomes clearer after an array of peculiar then horrifying acts.
Memorable quote: "Look at me, Damien! It's all for you."
4. THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974)
Just a heads up, we highly recommend eating before you watch this gore-packed horror-thriller slasher. Set in 1973, an intense time for America, two siblings travel to Texas to pay respect to their grandfather's tombstone, while accompanied by their three friends. What begins as a heart-felt road trip fast becomes a tortuous ordeal when the five teens pick up an incredibly creepy hitchhiker, enter a haunted home and run into a family of (very hungry) cannibals. Slaughter aside, this 1974 hit redefined the film genre of horror and after you watch it - you'll understand why (whether you want to or not).
Memorable quote: "You could have dinner with us... my brother makes good head cheese! You like head cheese?"
5. THE CONJURING (2013)
He's done it again. From James Wan, the same director who brought you Saw (2004), Dead Silence (2007) and Insidious (2010), comes this 2013 hit making people lock their doors and keep the lights on. Set in 1971, the Perron family move into a rundown farmhouse in Rhode Island, which they first believe is wonderful. Following a chain of unexplainable occurrences, paranormal investigators Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) are called by Carolyn Perron (Lili Taylor) to investigate. 'Based on the true case files of the Warrens', it turns out the Perron's home is where a savage murder in 1863 occurred - the first of many. To defeat this satanic force threatening to kill everyone in the Perron home, only a vast spiritual battle (a conjuring) could work.
Memorable quote: "Want to play a game of hide and clap?"
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Spook you later!