Halloween is fast approaching and movies are one way of getting into the spooky spirit. These movies range from cult-classics to horror and can get a little gory. Here is a review of my top 10 Halloween movie picks for this season:
“Stay Alive” (2006)
“Stay Alive”follows the story of five gamer friends who stumble across an unreleased game called Stay Alive. The five follow a police investigation over the deaths of two fellow gamers and realize that if they die in the game, they’ll be killed in real life by the game’s antagonist, blood countess Elizabeth Bathory. A game between life and death begins as the friends try to find a way to defeat the countess before she takes their lives.
What would you do to avenge a loved one’s death? In “Pumpkinhead”, mourning and desperate for his murdered son’s return, Ed Harley calls upon a witch to summon a horrendous creature, a demon of vengeance, known as Pumpkinhead. Pumpkinhead begins to exact revenge against all those involved in Harley’s son’s death, but unbeknownst to Harley, vengeance comes at a high cost.
“Dead Silence” (2007)
In the town of Ravens Fair, ventriloquist Mary Shaw is murdered following the disappearance of a local boy. Decades later, Jamie Ashen returns to his hometown of Ravens Fair, with one of Shaw’s puppets in hand, to investigate the reasoning behind his own wife’s murder. There he discovers that Shaw’s spirit is haunting the town and the only way to survive her murderous lust is to be silent. If you scream, she’ll rip your out your tongue.
“Thir13en Ghosts” (2001)
After inheriting a mansion from his late uncle, widower Arthur Kriticos decides to take this opportunity and moves from his cramped apartment with his two children and their nanny to his newly-inherited mansion. The mansion, they discover, is completely made of glass that’s covered with Latin phrases and serves as a sort of prison.
“Trick ‘r’ Treat” (2007)
“Trick ‘r’ Treat” is one of the best horror/Halloween films of this decade, in my opinion. The film is actually an anthology of short stories that intersect throughout Halloween night. We see the stories of Henry, a holiday-loving man, and his wife Emma, who has no regards for the traditions, a school principal with a creepy, murderous nature, five kids who visit the location of the “school bus massacre,” a young woman who is being preyed upon, and finally an old curmudgeon who hates Halloween.
Similar to the Bloody Mary urban legend, if someone chants Candyman’s name while facing a mirror, he appears and murders the summoner. Graduate student Helen Lyle is conducting her research thesis on urban legends when she hears about Candyman. Intrigued, Helen becomes involved in figuring out the truth behind the legend – that is, until she comes face to face with Candyman himself.
“Repo! The Genetic Opera” (2008)
Following an epidemic of organ failures that devastates the world in the year 2056, GeneCo, a mega-corporation, provides organ transplants on payment plans. Clients who can’t make their payments are hunted down and have their organs repossessed by the repo men. Although it sounds similar to the Jude Law film “Repo Men,” “Repo! The Genetic Opera” is a horror-musical featuring Anthony Stewart Head (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Alexa Vega (“Spy Kids”), Paris Hilton and even Sarah Brightman, the original Christine Daae from “Phantom of the Opera.”
“The Haunting” (1999)
In this movie, based on Shirley Jackson’s book, “The Haunting of Hill House,” Nell Vance is invited to participate in what she believes is an insomnia study under the direction of Dr. David Marrow. She arrives at Hill House and meets fellow participants Luke and Theodora. None of the participants are aware of Dr. Marrow’s real intentions – exposing his subjects to increasing bouts of terror to study their reactions to fear. The true terror begins when paranormal phenomena and the murderous spirit of Hugh Crain, Hill House’s original owner, begin to plague the four.
Directed and co-written by Guillermo del Toro, “Mimic” focuses on two entomologists who, in an attempt to eradicate a disease being spread by cockroaches and claiming the lives of hundreds of children living in New York, genetically engineer a new breed of large insects called the “Judas Breed.” The new bugs are successful in killing the disease-spreading cockroaches and are expected to die within months, as the entomologists created an all-female breed. Three years later, the Judas Breed reemerges, bigger than ever expected, and coincides with the recent murders occurring in the New York subway system.
“The Phantom of the Paradise” (1974)
This loosely based adaptation of the “Phantom of the Opera” plot follows composer Winslow Leach, who, after music producer steals his music for his concert hall’s opening night, becomes the disfigured Phantom. As the Phantom, Winslow terrorizes he Paradiseconcert hall, trying to sabotage its opening night. Along the way, Winslow falls in love with the beautiful singer Phoenix who is the only that he wants to sing his music.
Story by freshman Shelly Romero