Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Some Halloween Viewing

Here are some movies that are highly recommended during any season, but especially for Halloween:

The Changeling, 1979.

This is not to be confused with the 2008 film with almost the same title. George C. Scott plays a man who has experienced a double tragedy, and moves across the country to rebuild his life. Unfortunately for him, his magnificent rental house is haunted.

Night of the Living Dead, 1968.

The one that started an entire, wildly popular genre. Seven people take refuge in an isolated Pennsylvania farmhouse when the dead reanimate and eat the living.

The Haunting, 1963.

Based on Shirley Jackson's classic novel The Haunting of Hill House. Four people investigate the supernatural in Hill House, long known to be haunted.

Evil Dead, 1981.

Five college students rent a cabin in the middle of nowhere, and find a reel-to-reel tape in the basement. Playing the tape causes horrific - and gruesome - results.

Psycho, 1960.

A true classic, often imitated and ripped off, never equaled. 12 cabins, 12 vacancies ... and a convenient swamp nearby.

The Birds, 1963.

A coastal community in Northern California is besieged by bird attacks.

The Norliss Tapes, 1973.

An author who has written a book debunking mediums, seances, and the like is asked to investigate strange happenings on a rich widow's estate. He gets far more than he'd bargained for.

Dead of Night, 1945.

A man has a recurring dream of traveling to a stately manor and meeting a group of people. When the dream comes true, he finds himself wondering what is real and what is fantasy.

Dead of Night, 1977.

NOT a remake of the 1945 classic. This is an anthology of three stories, the last of which is horrifying.

The Exorcist, 1973.

A young girl begins to exhibit bizarre behavior. After her mother exhausts all other forms of treatment, she turns to an exorcist.

Salem's Lot, 1979.

A well-known writer comes to the small Maine town where he lived as a child, only to find that the town is being taken over by vampires.

Angel Heart, 1987.

A private detective in 1955 New York City is hired by a mysterious businessman to track down a former client, who vanished after World War II. The detective finds himself in over his head.

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