It’s that time of year again. You can’t turn on your favorite television or movie channel without being inundated with horror movie marathon’s and fright fests. As most of the films offered up on commercial television are butchered to death due to language and “unsuitable” material, we thought it was only appropriate to offer our readers a top-ten list of our favorite chilling films, which you can seek out on your own at your own leisure. Some you have seen, some you might hate. Some may be new discoveries for you. Either way, we hope you enjoy our list of “afraid of the dark” themed films. Happy Halloween!
The Strangers (2008) For a recently-made thriller, this wasn’t bad. A story about a couple alone in the boyfriend’s family cabin, only to be harassed by a traveling family of terror bringers. Truly creepy and suspenseful. At least upon the first viewing.
The Boogyman (1980)A brother and sister, years later, return home to the scene of a family murder, only to be reminded of the terror they faced as children, when they look in the mirror. Somewhat of a John Carpenter’s Halloween knockoff, but we thought we’d let you decide if that’s truly the case.
Hell Night (1981) A Linda Blair Classic. Your basic college party setting, which turns into a nightmare for 4 college students pledging to be accepted by the fraternity and sorority. Erie and suspenseful.
Summer of Fear (1978) Another Linda Blair addition, which is about an estranged relative coming to live with the family, only to bring havoc and bad luck with them. Based on the Lois Duncan novel and directed by Wes Craven. With all those ingredients, how can you go wrong?
Alice, Sweet. Alice (1976) Brook Shields’ debut film. Set in Patterson, NJ, a little girl faces deadly consequences when a jealous party takes a disliking to her. Everyone suspects Alice, and given her behavior and bad attitude, they are justified. But could Alice be the victim of a set up, or was it her all along?
The Fog (1980) A good old fashioned ghost story, played out in front of us on film. Set against the backdrop of a quiet seaside town, a group of ghostly pirates return home to reclaim what was once theirs.
Magic (1978) Way before Silence of the Lambs, Anthony Hopkins played a deranged nightclub performer, who, along with his dummy Fats, delivered a chilling film about a man so starved for stardom, he’d lost his mind while reaching for the stars.
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