Friday, October 31, 2014

Manipal Dubai Blog has compiled the perfect list for a scary movie aficionado, all set to celebrate Halloween on October 31. Watch out, for it’s a gorefest, stomach turning list filled with slashers and the living dead. If staying in and watching movies, is more up your alley, then here is a list of must watch horror movies (with bonus video trailers).

Most of the movies were so well received that they made remakes and had successful franchises. These movies have now become cult classics and are an intricate part of popular culture. This is where it all first began but a fair warning: some movies on this list are not safe for younger audiences or the faint hearted.   

1)    Scream (1996)[Mature audiences only] Scream is set in a small town, where a masked serial killer is targeting the teenagers of the town. As the killings increase, one group of teenagers begin to revaluate the rules of horror films faced with the reality of living in one. This movie has quite a few tongue-in-cheek moments and a lot of culture references about the mask the serial killer wears, also making it one of the most popular Halloween costumes.

Trailer for 'Scream' (1996) via Youtube

2)    The Exorcist (1973) - [Mature audiences only] The mother of a teenage girl who is possessed by an otherworldly entity seeks the help of two priests to help save her. These priests having never faced such a conundrum retort to the ancient practice of exorcism primarily used to treat the mentally ill. This movie brings forth a genuine scare factor with the use of graphic visuals and a spooky premise. This is considered one of the greatest classic horror movies.

Trailer for 'The Exorcist' (1996) via Youtube

3)    A Nightmare on Elm St. Pt.1 (1984) - [Mature audiences only] Christopher Nolan was rumored to be watching this movie when he came up with the concept of Inception. This movie deals with the murder of several people who are haunted in their dreams by a serial killer. The survivors’ only hope of finding the reason for being targeted is through staying awake and hoping they aren’t next, since the killer only grows stronger through every nightmare. This movie lead to the cultural iconization of the killer Freddy Kruger who has returned from the afterlife to extract his revenge on the community that condemned him for his actions in the past life.

Trailer for 'A Nightmare on Elm St. Pt.1' (1984) via Youtube

4)    The Blair Witch Project (1999) - [Mature audiences only] One of the first movies to be shot in a documentary style format. This movie is about three film students who disappear in a dense Maryland forest in order to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend. The premise of the movie is based on the footage left behind by these students. This movie is responsible for the dramatic rise in documentary style movies, even inclusive of other genres and offers a first person experience.

Trailer for 'The Blair Witch Project' (1999) via Youtube

5)    Ring (1998) (‘Ringu’ in Japanese) - [Mature audiences only] Ringu is about a mysterious video that leads to the death of whoever views it. The only means to avoid the viewer to prevent his/her demise is to solve the mystery behind the video. Originally of Japanese origin, this movie quickly became popular across international audiences, which read to many different sequels and remakes. This was also one of the first horrors movies to deal with evils of technology, during the silicon age. 

Trailer for 'Ring' (1998) via Youtube

6)    The Omen (1976) - [Mature audiences only] The American Ambassador’s son is the center of attention after many mysterious deaths of his acquaintances. The evil nature of the child leads many to speculate if the child is anti-Christ or the Devil’s son himself. What makes this movie all the more thrilling, is that such child like innocence could be pure evil. This helplessness by the cast only add to the overall allure of a complete nightmarish situation.

Trailer for 'The Omen' (1976) via Youtube

7)    Ju-On: The Grudge (2002) - [Mature audiences only] An unknown evil entity that haunts a house. This is a well-worn and often imitated horror theme. What does set ‘The Grudge’ apart from other similar themed movies is the amazing cinematic elements. The dark theme and moody atmosphere created by filmmakers set the gold standard for horror filmmaking. This movie would definitely lead to many a sleepless nights.

Trailer for 'Ju-On: The Grudge' (2002) via Youtube

8)    Paranormal Activity (2007) - [Mature audiences only] This movie follows the life of a couple that documents their move into their new suburban home on their handheld camera. Unfortunately for them a demonic entity has taken residence and haunts their new home. This movie was highly marketed as the one that keeps audiences on the edge of their seat from start to finish. The filmmakers installed hidden cameras to judge the audience reactions to prove this, which can be seen in the movie trailer.

Trailer for 'Paranormal Activity' (2007) via Youtube

9)    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) - [Mature audiences only] A group of 5 friends visiting their grandfather's house in the country, when they are hunted and terrorized by a killer who wields a chain-saw. He does this in order to provide sustenance to his family of grave-robbing cannibals. This movie is a must watch when you have friends staying over as the entire premise of the movie is about a group of friends who don’t know any better.

Trailer for 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' (1974) via Youtube

10)  Ghostbusters (1984) - [Family Friendly] Ghostbusters is a cult class based on three unemployed parapsychology professors who set up shop to serve as a unique ghost removal service. This movie was created in the era of the paranormal such as mysteries and ghost busting during a time period of shows like Scooby-Doo. While the computer graphics greatly suffers, this movie provides great comic relief and is fun for the whole family.

Trailer for 'Ghostbusters' (1984) via Youtube

11)  It’s the great pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) - [Family Friendly] While technically not a horror movie, this is one for the little ones in your home. Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang are preparing to celebrate Halloween. Their grandiose plans never follow but instead the journey teaches them about sharing and friendship. The movie ends on a celebratory note for the whole gang and is an overall feel good Halloween themed movie.

Trailer for "It’s the great pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (1966) via Youtube

12)  Beetlejuice (1988) - [Family Friendly] This is a TimBurton movie and that really should say it all.  This quirky and comedic tale is about a recently deceased couple who, in reverse fashion, of Ghostbusters hire a ‘bio-exorcist’ to exorcise their old home of its obnoxious new owners. While this movie could be construed as a breakdown of the deeper implications of ownership in the afterlife, Tim Burton takes a more comedic approach on how letting go is not just a mortal conundrum but and afterlife one too.

Trailer for 'Beetlejuice' (1988) via Youtube

13)  House of 1000 Corpses (2003) - [Mature audiences only] A pair of teenage couples who are traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder. Ironically they end up as the prisoners of people behind the legends of the murders. This is a family of bizarre and sadistic backwater family serial killers who never let intruders encroach on their property. Saving the best for last, this is considered one of the greatest horror stories of recent times.

Trailer for 'House of 1000 Corpses' (2003) via Youtube

After watching all those movies and sleeping soundly at night might become an issue. What better time to invest in a spook proof bunker such as this.

Ghouls and Zombie Proof Bunker! (Sourced from Gizmodo)

Happy Halloween!

Authored by Rahul Sakkia
The writer is Final Year Media & Communication Student who is specializing in Print and Online Journalism.