Want to watch something terrifying tonight? Here are some Halloween-related lists from our contributors.
Recommended Halloween viewing, with images from each:
Wait Until Dark (Terence Young, 1967)
Suspiria (Dario Argento, 1977)
The Woman In Black (Herbert Wise, 1989)
Jacob’s Ladder (Adrian Lyne, 1990)
Drag Me to Hell (Sam Raimi, 2009)
1. The Innocents (Jack Clayton, 1961)
2. Les Diaboliques (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1955
3. The Exorcist (William Friedkin, 1973)
4. Cannibal Holocaust (Ruggero Deodato, 1980)
5. Nightbeast (Don Dohler, 1982)
The Saw movies are known for their horrific and gruesome death scenes. Here’s a list of 8 of the greatest death scenes from the Saw movies. Happy Halloween!
“The Pig Vat” (3) – death by drowning (in ground up pig carcasses)
“Death by Darkness” (1) – shut up alone in a dark room… forever…
“Pound of Flesh” (6) – Merchant of Venice style- death by cutting off a pound of flesh
“Pendulum Trap” (5) – death by a very sharp swinging pendulum
“The Carousel Room” (6) – death by gunshot while spinning around on a playground structure
“The Rack” (3) – twisting to death
“Freezer Trap” (3) – an icy end: frozen to death while hanging from a pole
“The Public Execution” (7) – sawed in half by jealous boyfriends (in the middle of a public square)
These stories aren’t scary because they go through the motions of the horror genre; they’re scary because they expose something sinister and unchangeable about the human condition:
Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955)
A Room For Romeo Brass (Shane Meadows, 1999)
No Country For Old Men (The Coen Brothers, 2007)
Paths of Glory (Stanley Kubrick, 1957)
Christmas with the Kranks (Joe Roth, 2004)
1. La Gueule Ouverte (Maurice Pialat, 1974)
2. Through a Glass Darkly (Ingmar Bergman, 1961)
3. Don’t Look Now (Nicholas Roeg, 1973)
4. Black Ice (Stan Brakhage, 1994)
5. Antichrist (Lars von Trier, 2009)
1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Alfonso Cuaron, 2004)
After the whimsy and innocence of the first two Harry Potter films, the third one took a dark turn. One of the most terrifying scenes of the movie—and yes, it is terrifying—finds Harry exploring the castle at night with the Marauder’s Map. He sees Peter Pettigrew’s name approaching him, but still Harry remains alone. The name slithers up the hall as the eerie harpsichord music escalates. Snape finally appears to put an end to the ensuing horror. This scene was particularly chilling when I first saw it in 2004. I was the last person awake at a sleepover, and The Prisoner of Azkaban was playing in the dark and quiet house. There are many moments in this film that, to me, will always be horrifying: Lupin as a werewolf; Professor Trelawny seemingly being possessed; the emergence of the dementors. I could go on. Although I have endured many horror films since 2004, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban continues to scare me to my core.
2. The Blair Witch Project (Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez, 1999)
3. Funny Games (Michael Haneke, 2007)
4. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (David Hand, 1937)
5. The Ring (Gore Verbinski, 2002)
The Top 7 Friday the 13th Films
1. Friday the 13th – Zany twist ending with Mrs. Voorhees, lakefront murdering shenanigans, and a pre-Footloose Kevin Bacon? Cinema magic. They sure don’t make them like this anymore.
2. Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives – Harkens back to the classic Friday the 13th’s of yore, this time at a real summer camp with actual campers. Predates Scream’s use of self-reflexivity by ten years.
3. Friday the 13th Part II – Jason wears an unsightly brown bag over his face. Hilarity ensues.
4. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter – The first misuse of “The Final Chapter.” It is far from the final chapter. Also features a young Corey Feldman. Need I say more?
5. Friday the 13th Part III – Jason eschews the brown sack and dons the hockey mask for the first time. Also features wonderfully campy 3-D graphics.
6. Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood – In which Jason faces off against a girl with kinetic powers. Psychic melodrama and a sight of Jason’s ever-elusive face.
7. Freddy vs. Jason – Jason and Freddy Kreuger face off in the 11th installment, in which a decapitated Freddy winks at the audience. How coy.
Scariest Not-Strictly-Horror Movies
1. Jesus Camp (Rachel Grady & Heidi Ewing, 2006)
2. Outer Space (Peter Tscherkassky, 1999)
3. The Brave Little Toaster (Jerry Rees, 1987)