Horror Movie Picks for Halloween

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Horror Movie Picks for Halloween

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Halloween is within our grasp, and the haunting mood must be cast! Whether busy trick-or-treating, dawning some costumes with friends, or simply staying home with family, these films are a good way to get in the Halloween spirit. A good dose of a cinematic thrill is always good for the celebrated day of scares.

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5. The Silence of the Lambs

What better way to start off this list, than without one of the hallmarks of the horror-film genre? The Silence of the Lambs is horror-thriller that follows an FBI detective trainee, Clarice Starling, who in order to track down a serial killer dubbed as “Buffalo Bill”, must seek the advice of another serial killer that is currently imprisoned, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. This film will take its viewer to the darkest regions of what humans are physically capable of, for what worse monster is out there but another human with ill or rather, murderous intent?

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4. Predator

While this is more in the action-oriented realm, it nonetheless has enough horror elements to produce its own set of scares. This movie shows Arnold Schwarzenegger during his prime back in 1987, as the main protagonist of this film, where he plays the leader of a special forces sent on a rescue mission to save hostages. Throughout the mission, the team finds out they are not the only ones in the area and that they are being hunted by something they cannot explain at first. Like previously stated, Predator is more of action film that is riddled with horror elements, so this is a film for those who are looking for a lighter horror experience this Halloween. But do not underestimate it, as it surely has tense moments to offer to whoever views it.

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3. Poltergeist

Poltergeist takes the supernatural approach on its horror and excels in it. To this day it is regarded as a classic in the supernatural horror genre, and for reasons that are self-evident upon viewing. The plot follows a family living in what appears to be a simple home, but as the night’s progress, it is anything but. A simple plot that has been heard multiple times, but this film proves itself in all the right ways and shows that it should not be regarded as a cheap take on horror as it contains some of the most intense horror heart-pounding scenes that have the same effect to this day as it did back in 1982.

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2. The Shining

Regarded as one of the best horror movies of all-time, The Shining has definitely left its mark in pop culture, especially the scene of “Here’s Johnny!”, which almost everyone has heard of. But behind all the fuss, the film by itself is excellent, mainly due in part to the film’s great leadership held by the well-known director, Stanley Kubrick. The plot follows a father who takes a caretaking job at a hotel, though overtime his son possesses “the shining” which psychically see the hotel’s dark history. From here the story escalates to one of the most memorable horror experiences, and which is why it is praised so much to this day.

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1.  Aliens

My personal favorite here on this list, which is why it’s probably number one, as its sci-fi horror at its best. Famous film director, James Cameron, shows his science fiction prowess here and it excels for the second entry in the Alien film franchise. Sigourney Weaver plays the lead character, Ellen Ripley, who has just been rescued from her previous alien encounter from the first film, her employer denies to believe her encounter and begin to assign her to another mission. Of course, this results in a second encounter and the story kicks off from there. Aliens offer action, horror, and suspense in one content-filled package and if you have never seen any of the Alien films, there is no better entry point than this one.

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