Best Horror Movies of All Time
By Benjamin Turner, Science & Tech Editor, The Pawprint
It’s October, which means it’s time to stack up on candy, get into pumpkin patterned pajamas, and watch some scary movies. This list consists of 5 movies- all of them in the conversation of best horror movies of all time. While some of the movies on this list are a no-brainer, there are one or two which are not seen as popular, however are an amazing watch and will leave you restless at night.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
In a rural area of Texas, five friends go out to visit the grave of one of their grandfather. On the way there, they come across a deserted house and decide to go in and explore what it is, and discover someone armed with a chainsaw. The performances from the cast is almost perfect, especially with Edwin Neil as the Hitch-Hiker who acts like an insane person. The way Leatherface runs towards these victims makes this movie absolutely terrifying, even with the lack of gore.
The Conjuring (2013)
The Conjuring can be summed up in one word: Jumpscares. James Wan, who previously made the movie “Saw” and “Insidious” made a story about a haunted house that was actually scary. The use of the famous Annabelle doll makes it even more unsettling. The story is set in the 70’s, in a small Massachusetts town. Paranormal investigators help the Perron family, as they are horrified by a dark presence in their farmhouse.
American Psycho (2000)
“American Psycho” follows businessman Patrick Bateman and his life in corporate America. He lives a normal life in the day, and a second life as a serial killer at night. Bateman is represented as being Narcissistic, and possibly having Dissociative Identity Disorder. The beauty of this movie is that discussion on whether Bateman actually committed these crimes, or if it was all just in his head and the movie only shows his imagination of what he wants to do. The character of Bateman represents anger from being a normal person in corporate America, and wanting to become someone different.
Get Out (2017)
The movie follows Chris and his girlfriend Rose, she invites him for a getaway with her parents. Chris, being suspicious of the parent’s overly accommodating behavior, finds out a truth about them. Chris then scrambles to get out of this terrible situation: Him against his girlfriend and her family coming after him. The Character Chris represents a deer in the headlights, with the use of his eyes in multiple shots- showing his feelings of helplessness during the running time of the film. The symbolism in the movie creates an incentive to rewatch the film and try to see details that weren’t seen at first glance. The film also tackles the idea of casual racism and how people who are victims of it do not take it seriously, which is shown with the character of Chris and his girlfriend’s parents’ treatment of him.
“Halloween” is one of if not the most popular Horror movies on the planet. This movie was a pioneer in the slasher film and horror genre, from its gut wrenching back story, and horror without much Gore. On a Halloween night in 1963, Michael Myers who was 6 at the time murders his sister Judith, and is sentenced to 15 years in jail. However, on October 30th 1978, while being transferred for a court date Myers steals a car and escapes Smith’s Grove. He returns to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois where he looks for victims to murder. Like previously said, there isn’t much gore in the movie, however there is a lot of violence. While the camera work is simple, it still capitalizes on a simple yet frightening music and setting
These 5 Horror movies are essential for any person who’s ready to binge watch scary movies during the spooky season, and don’t intend to sleep at night. Just make sure to keep the lights on when watching these movies- just in case someone’s in the closet waiting for the perfect time.
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