Happy Halloween, everybody! In honor of the holiday, here’s a post on scary movies. I love scary movies, and I almost always seem to watch them when I’m home alone. I accidentally watched all of Zodiac by myself last year on the day before Thanksgiving when all of my roommates had gone home while sitting on the couch underneath a window. It was not a comforting combination, but I loved every minute of it. My mom always says that she doesn’t like horror movies because real life is scary enough as it is, but there’s something fun about how exaggerated movies can be. Anyway, here are my recommendations for good scary movies to watch this weekend!
1. House at the End of the Street
Despite the fact that I think this is a weird picture of Jennifer Lawrence, I like this poster. Lawrence plays a semi-angsty high school girl who moves to a new town with her mom. They soon discover that the house next door to them was the site of a double murder, and the culprit is said to still live in the woods. That doesn’t bother them much though, and they live life happily in their new house until they don’t. The tagline is accurate, this movie does have an awesome twist that I really didn’t see coming. I really appreciated that the twist wasn’t totally out of nowhere, like one of those where everyone is just like “what just happened and why did the director/writer think that made sense?” The movie also doesn’t rely on gore or egregious violence to be scary. The penultimate scene was really suspenseful in a way that reminded me of the next movie I’m going to talk about. J-Law is fabulous as always. I really liked this movie!
2. Wait Until Dark
Wait Until Dark stars Audrey Hepburn and features a young and very creepy Alan Arkin. It’s about a blind woman whose husband unintentionally and without his knowledge gets mixed up in a drug deal and she basically has to deal with it all because he leaves her home alone and goes to work. It was adapted from a play, so it’s done almost entirely in one room and it transferred to film really well. There’s drugs, dolls, murder, blindness, and suspense! It’s not a horror movie at all, but it is scary, and the last scene is one of the most tense scenes I’ve ever seen. If you like old and classic movies, this is a great one to watch!
3. 6 Souls
Julianne Moore, who is a remarkably flexible actress, stars in this psychological thriller. The plot focuses on her as a forensic psychiatrist who begins to see a patient with multiple personality disorder. The interesting part comes when she realizes that his multiple personalities are those of murder victims, which seems impossible to her scientific mind. Jonathan Rhys Meyers has a tough role to play in this movie as the guy with multiple personalities, but I think he did a good job. I have to admit that I’m still in the middle of watching this as I write this post, so I don’t know what happens, but I really like it so far. It’s the perfect rainy Halloween afternoon movie to watch!
Update: This movie took a kind of weird religious/backwoods white voodoo witch turn about half way through. It was weird and I don’t know how I feel about it, but it’s definitely an interesting movie.
Have an awesome and safe Halloween, everyone!