Premiere Thursday for Halloween.

       Trick-or-treat time approaches and this week marks the peak of prime time for horror movies. I decided to create a mini-list of movies that will satisfy both the thrill-seekers and the scaredy-cats.

The Blair Witch Project :

       One of the first movies that used the documentary-style narrative and the idea of found-footage. And because of its “reality” technique, I was pretty sure it was REAL for a very long time (please excuse my naiveté). There’s also a whole debate on whether or not this movie’s as scary as it is said, but in any case I recommend it simply because it’s one of the classics.

The Conjuring :

       We can find usual components and clichés but it is still a genuinely scary movie nonetheless. Excellent for those who are fond of supernatural horror movies.

The Sixth Sense :

       This one is full of emotions and isn’t scary in general but some parts will definitely make you jump out of your seat. However, not one single scene is wasted in this brilliant movie, and especially not the twisted ending.

Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) :

       Because one, two, Freddy’s coming for you…

The Grudge :

       Ok, no joke here. This is the ultimate movie that scared the hell out of me. The story, the girl, the noise she makes that anyone who watched this will never forget, and the scene on the stairs…I don’t feel like explaining, just watch for yourself, at your own risk though. For those who don’t find this frightening enough, I strongly recommend the original Japanese version called Ju-On.

Edward Scissorhands :

       Yes, I’m aware that this is not a horror movie, but it does have its dark and Gothic tones (it’s Tim Burton after all), and well I just couldn’t help but include this masterpiece in my list! It is one of the most original and beautiful love stories ever. And well, there’s Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder. Definitely a must-see.

Psycho (1960):

       A long-time cult that will keep you thinking. The aesthetics, shadowing, and contrasts are spectacular and add a gloomy edge to the story. You don’t really know the real issue until the end of the movie, making the suspense unbearable.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991):

        A prisoner, preys, skinning, mental breakdowns. All these are synonyms that are to be attached to this horrific masterpiece. Based on the story of Hannibal Lecter,known as the psycho who devours men, you are bound to have frights.The killer enjoys mentally torturing the FBI agent on his case, making her doubt every little thing she discovers.

I hope everyone will find something corresponding to their own taste and degree of courage.

Happy Halloween!

Ania.

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