As you all know, Halloween is just around the corner. Halloween isn’t just about dressing in a sexy costume and stuffing your face with candy, it’s also about getting scared. Although it’s become a custom in Puerto Rico to go to big Halloween parties, some of us enjoy a night of pure horror. For those of us that do, there is something magical that helps us achieve this… Scary movies.
For this purpose I have chosen a few of the scariest movies of all time so you, my lovely Her Campus readers, can have a hauntingly frightening night.
The Exorcist – I’m just going to jump in with a classic right from the get-go. The Exorcist is literally the definition of classic. It was shot in 1973 and it is STILL terrifying! You have a girl that’s been possessed by the devil walking backwards down the stairs? Winner winner, chicken dinner.
The Ring – This movie is much more contemporary, being shot in 2002. This movie created a signature that kept everyone spooked for at least 7 days. If you know what I mean. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a must-see. A girl comes out of your TV to kill you after 7 days of having watched her tape? Uh, yeah, creepy.
Saw – Okay, Saw is a bit gorier than anything else. There’s a lot of blood and I mean A LOT. Filmed in 2004, it centers on a man who punishes people for their sins in horrible ways. When I say horrible, I mean horrible.
Nightmare on Elm Street – “One two, Freddy’s coming for you. Three four, better lock your door…” Imagine little girls singing that while jumping rope. Now that you’re terrified… This film was shot in 1984 and it’s about a man who takes revenge after his death on the children that reside on Elm Street. He does so through their DREAMS.
Paranormal Activity – This film you must have at least heard of. It’s basically about a family being haunted by a ghost, but the way it’s filmed is genius. It’s filmed as if the family filmed it, making it seem like something that really happened. It’s hard to separate the documentary style and realize it’s still a film. Touché Oren Peli, touché.
The Amityville Horror – There are two versions of this story, one filmed in 1979 and the other in 2005. I’ve only ever seen the 2005 version and it is excruciatingly terrifying. Ryan Reynolds is not only hot, but also oh so horrific. Oh and “based on true events”? Scary^100
There you have it! A short list of horror films to watch on Halloween. Remember to watch with candy and/or popcorn and then later just hide under the covers. It’s okay, I won’t judge you.
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