Listed here are 10 films that horror fans and people looking for a good scare alike should check out this Halloween. These aren’t necessarily the favorite films of the writer of this article or of anyone else at the Campus Citizen, but they’re 10 films that will surely prove terrifying for anyone who dares to watch.
1.) Nosferatu (1922)
Directed by F. W. Murnau, “Nosferatu is considered the oldest surviving adaptation of Bram Stoker’s horror novel Dracula. A silent film, it’s considered a staple of German Expressionist Horror. Max Shreck stars as the Count Orlock. Being a silent film, the film may be a chore for some, but it would make a great spooky movie to play in the background at Halloween Party. It’ in the public domain, so anyone could watch it for free on YouTube.
2.) Frankenstein (1931)
The quintessential adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, only rivaled by its sequel “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935), James Whale’s version, starring Boris Karloff as the Monster, also became the most iconic. From the green skin, to the flat top head, to the platform shoes, it all started here. Like Nosferatu, the film may be a little slow for casual folk, but give it a chance and be ready for a good classic scare.
3.) The Blob (1958)
Directed by Irvin Yeaworth, this is the staple of 1950s horror cheese. If teenagers being sucked up and dissolved by a big blob of mass sounds appealing, then this will surely satisfies those tastes. Starring a 28 year old Steve McQueen unconvincingly pretending to be teenager, The Blob depicts a small Pennsylvania town being terrorized by an extraterrestrial creature known as, what for it, The Blob. Give it a watch for a good cheesey scare.
4.) Psycho (1960)
Directed by iconic director Alfred Hitchcock, “Psycho” was considered the most shocking film in the time of its release. Films have obviously surpassed it since, but without spoiling too much, don’t get too attached to too many characters. All jokes aside, this is more than just a great horror film, but a great film in general. The films stars Anthony Perkins in an iconic performance as Norman Bates. The film is in black-and-white, which may be a turnoff for some, but give it a chance and be prepared to be scared silly.
5.) The Exorcist (1973)
Directed by William Friedkin, The Exorcist blows “Psycho” out of the water. If Psycho is considered shocking, than this is a nightmare. The most controversial film of its time, and still is considered by many, The Exorcist depicts a 12-year-old Linda Regan MacNeil, played by Linda Blair, that has been possessed by the devil himself. Have a barf bag ready, because this film can be disgusting at times as well. While it may not be for the faint hearted, the most hardcore horror fans will definitely find something to be scared of here.
6.) Halloween (1978)
Directed by John Carpenter, this is considered by many as not the only the first, but also the best slasher film. Produced on a shoestring budget, the film stars Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, a babysitter being stalked by a William-Shatner-Masked killer, Michael Myers. It’s not the most violent horror film, or even the best looking, but it’s the poor quality of the film that gives it its creepy feel. It will provide plenty of scares this Halloween
7.) An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Directed by John Landis, “An American Werewolf in London” is perhaps most famous for its groundbreaking special effects. Without spoiling too much, get ready to see the greatest werewolf transformation ever depicted in film. David Naughton stars as David Kessler, an American tourist who is attacked by a werewolf, in, wait for it, London. While it holds plenty of scares, it also boasts plenty of laughs, as well as a great soundtrack that is appropriately all Moon centered. It’s a spooky good time.
8.) The Thing (1982)
Another John Carpenter directed film, “The Thing” is a remake of the 1951 film The Thing from Another World. However, this is one of those rare cases where the remake is better than the original. Like American Werewolf, this film is also famous for its groundbreaking special effects. Like The Exorcist, it’s also disgusting. Kurt Russell stars in the film as R.J. MacReady, who, along with several others, is trapped in the arctic with a shapeshifting alien. Not only does it work as a terrifying horror film, but also a tense thriller.
9.) The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez, “The Blair Witch Project” is the catalyst for the found footage plague that is infecting the movie world today. In search of the legendary Blair Witch, three amateur filmmakers go out camping in the woods, which soon proves to be a mistake. Like Nosferatu, the film may be slow for some, and it does a require a certain state of mind, but give it a chance and terror will be found throughout.
10.) Creep (2014)
Probably the least recognizable film on the list, “Creep” is directed by and stars Patrick Brice as a filmmaker tasked to film the last days of a dying man, Aaron, played by Mark Duplass. Things start getting weird, though, as more and more is revealed about Aaron. Like Blair, this is a found footage film, which may turn off some with how oversaturated the film industry is with them. The film does take a little bit to get going, but this becomes satisfying as the film gets creepier and creepier.
Have a Happy Halloween!