As October comes to an end, one of the spookiest holidays comes along. Halloween, also known as the eve of All Saints’ Day, (or Vashtie’s favorite holiday) is traditionally a day for kids to dress up and head out on town collecting candy. Halloween is a time for the scariest thoughts and ideas to come to life in the form of things like decorations, costumes, hairstyles, television shows, and most importantly with movies. The craziest and most extreme phobias are brought to life in films during this season. Directors create films based around psycho killers, scary monsters from under the bed, and even killer clowns. As the holiday approaches, here are five of the must see horror films before heading out to collect candy.
1. Nightmare on Elm St.
This is a classic film of the past coming back to haunt you. In “Nightmare on Elm st.”, several teenagers become the target of Freddy Krueger, a disfigured killer who preys on the teenagers in their dreams; which, in turn, kills them in reality. After some investigating one of the teenagers begins to suspect that a dark secret kept by her and her friends’ parents may be the reason behind the haunting.
2. Jeepers Creepers
After making a horrific discovery in the basement of an old abandoned church, Trish and her brother Darry have an odd road trip home from college. They find themselves the chosen prey of an alien force that continuously pursues them and gives a new meaning to the old song “Jeepers Creepers.”
3. Hocus Pocus
This one is more of a childhood favorite. After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani and their new friend, Allison. After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches who used to live in the house. The kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal.
4. Madea’s Halloween Boo 2
A typical Madea movie, “Madea’s Halloween boo 2” is the sequel to a previous Halloween Madea film. After venturing to a haunted campground, Madea, Bam and Hattie must run for their lives when monsters, goblins and the boogeyman appear making for an interesting night.
A continuation to the Saw movie saga, “Jigsaw” is a film that brings back the terrifying creature. The mysterious madman rounds up a group of victims to play sadistic games of life and death. Police soon find evidence that link the crimes to Jigsaw, the infamous killer who died 10 years earlier.
These films can be found in a multitude of places for viewing. Older films such as “Hocus Pocus”, “Jeepers Creepers”, and “Nightmare on Elm St.” can be viewed on television around this time or found on youtube. While the newer films on the list such as “Boo 2” and “Jigsaw” can be viewed in theaters. Make sure to watch before Halloween night approaches for a frightening, enjoyable experience.