When your Halloween involves a DVD and some friends, pull out this list and you're sure to cause the crowd a scare!
10. Event Horizon
The stars aligned for this 1997 frightener about a ship sent into deep space at the speed of light only to disappear.
Seven years later, the state-of-the-art spaceship suddenly reemerges caught in Neptune's orbit. How do audiences know? A distress call has been received and a rescue mission is under way.
That premise sets of a terrifying series of scenes that culled together make one scary movie. Starring Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Joely Richardson and Kathleen Quinlan, Event Horizon manages to be one of the scariest films you've never seen because of its astonishing ability to take the audience on a journey they have never seen in a genre where they've witnessed it all.
9. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Forget the Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig starring remake in 2007 – which is actually a pretty good film – 1978 brought the scariest version of the lore that is Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
Donald Sutherland was at the top of his game with a slew of other '70s veterans including Brooke Adams along for a trip of the most extraterrestrial kind where the visitors have no intentions of making nice.
The 1950s had a version, but there is something about the Donald Sutherland anchored film that is truly mind-busting in its methods of pulling the rug out from underneath the viewer just as they think they have the film figured out.
8. Open Water
In 2003, to say that a film about a couple stuck in the water with a shark harassing them would be one of the most thrilling of the year, one would be met with laughs. What Open Water did is save the thriller genre during a period where its guns had run out of original ammunition.
Beginning simply enough, Open Water quickly compels the viewer by establishing the characters behind the couple as clearly as Lasik surgery cures glasses. Emotional attachment in their journey begins with theirs out to sea in search of adventure basking in their love. What happens next is what makes this film one of our scariest is how two people alone in the water with a shark for over 90 minutes can terrify and make you jump out of your seat is a tribute to the astute filmmaking by Chris Kentis. His script and direction are tight.
When Halloween seems like a been-there-done-that episode of a bad sitcom, turn your evening into a wet rollercoaster ride with Open Water.
is really five short films taken from the classic comic book. Some would say that Creepshow
was a precursor to the graphic novel that has taken over movie screens in the last two years.
Starring a talking skeleton that introduces segments containing many of the seven deadly sins including revenge and lust, Creepshow
sent this writer to sleep with a night light upon first viewing for a year. Yes, I was a 'tween, but forget the budding man-to-be, the mere thought of Creepshow
still emits shivers. Brrrr...
Denzel Washington in a scary movie that will rock your world shocked when it hit screens in 1998. Yeah, it's true. John Goodman's in the stellar cast as well.
In all seriousness, Fallen
is the tale of a cop on the trail of the devil in modern day New York City. The policeman here is Washington who turns in one of his most delicate performances of his career. It works perfectly as the budding horror is what makes this film so incredibly frightening.
When the soul of the film is revealed – Denzel's enemy is the Devil himself – prepare to sit and stare at the screen for hours afterwards wondering how what just happened you did not see coming.
Up next...Kevin Bacon, Nicole Kidman and Christian Bale fright!