|Volume XXVIII Issue 9||October 31, 2002|
Halloween movie picks from frightful to fun
Bree Sherry - Reporter
Every year Halloween creeps up, and the thirst for a really spooky movie begins. Just as the Wicked Witch of the East reaches over to grab a handful of candy corn and asks what movie you’re going to watch, you realize that you don’t have a clue. Here are a few movie suggestions offered by Elon students and faculty guaranteed to set the perfect Halloween mood.
"The Exorcist," probably the most classic of scary movies, is about a girl who is possessed by the devil. An exorcist comes in to rescue her, but has a frightful time accomplishing it.
"The Seventh Sign" is based on the Bible’s book of Revelations. The film is a great classic about the end of the world filled with horror and suspense.
Elon English professor Robert Blake’s favorite is Alfred Hitchcock’s "Psycho." Hitchcock’s direction made the movie truly terrifying. "The shock value of Janet Leigh, a major star at the time, being murdered in the first few minutes in the horrifying shower scene was a total stunner…The dark and dreary house on the hill, the run-down hotel and the weird behavior of Tony Perkins, combined with several shocks, make this my all time favorite," he said.
"Pitch Black" is another popular movie known for its scares. A convict, Riddick (Vin Diesel), leads a group of stranded individuals off of a planet with his special vision that allows him to see perfectly at night. "It’s my favorite because the suspense that it builds is just so intense that you can’t stop thinking about the movie," freshman Andy Baker said.
Senior Jennifer Phelps suggests "Pretty in Pink" for those who don’t like to be scared. It’s about a poor girl, Andie (Molly Ringwald), who falls in love with a preppy rich boy, Blane (Andrew McCarthy). Despite attempts from Blane’s friends telling him not to date her, all ends happily.
"Not a scary movie, you say?" Phelps asked. "Have you seen Annie Potts’ outfits? Not to mention her hair styles, which in themselves scream bloody murder?"
History professor Jim Brown has also lost his appetite for scary movies after seeing "The Amazing Colossal Man" and being too scared to stay for "The Attack of the Puppet People" that followed it in theaters.
Other classics include the "Halloween" movies and "The Shining," where Jack Nicholson is trapped in a big hotel for the winter, goes stir-crazy and attempts to kill his family.
"What Lies Beneath" and "The Sixth Sense," which can better be classified as thriller action movies than horror, are also perfect for Halloween.
Make sure to go to the bathroom before watching "What Lies Beneath" because it will be hard to go back into one after this film. Harrison Ford and Michelle Pheiffer are at their best in this intense flick about an uncovered secret that makes for a good ghost story. Unlike other ghoul tales where the climactic music has the viewer anticipate gory murders, this will keep viewers on the edge of their seats for the entire movie.
Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment will have viewers questioning if ghosts do exist in "The Sixth Sense."
Another Hitchcock classic, "The Rear Window," starring Jimmy Stuart, has the same amount of hunting anticipation that leaves viewers constantly looking over their shoulders, wondering, "Am I being watched?"
"The Blair Witch Project" is hauntingly clever because the actors are not actors, but supposedly real people working on a project. The viewer instantly becomes more than scared for the actors’ well being, but scared with them.
"Silence of the Lambs" is a great scary movie about a cannibal (Anthony Hopkins) who is interviewed by FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) to trap a serial killer. It is the only horror film to win five Academy Awards.
The "Scream" trilogy has a typical plot line that the 1999 comedy "Scary Movie" mocks, where a killer slashes as many people as possible in 90 minutes.
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