I am not a witch, devil-worshiper or a Gothic princess that celebrates Halloween all year, I am merely a fanatic of this holiday (if that has not been made apparent yet). I want to talk about horror movies, people! Today I will give you my Top 3 Horror movies of all time. Gore is great, but suspense is better, although there is never anything wrong with an axe to the forehead.
First, allow a girl to talk about Paranormal Activity 3, which I saw last night. If you have not seen it yet and plan to, do not read any further. I do not want to ruin this movie for you like my sister ruined Titanic for me when I was 10 years-old (Jack dies! Dumb.)
If you have seen the first two, you will know they start off slow. I would like to say that this third installment of the creepy paranormal franchise is much more action-packed than the prior, by far.
It starts off with sisters Kristi and Katie filming her new move-in and decorating of the nursery, eventually playing a childhood home video. That is what the movie is about. It shows the haunted sisters’ childhood which takes place in the 1980’s. The two little girls in the movie are absolutely precious. The littlest girl, Kristi (who goes batshit crazy in PA2) is so damn adorable, I could not handle it, the acting was good, too.
There is Toby, Kristi’s imaginary friend who wreaks havoc on the household by picking up furniture and hiding it in the cabinets, terrorizing the babysitter Lisa (one of the best parts of the movie) and running back and forth in a black form when Katie and another character, Randy, perform Bloody Mary in the bathroom (not Kristi as portrayed in the previews). However, I was scared out of my mind.
Overall rating: 8 out of 10. The ending blew. I mean, we knew who was going to die, but what is the deal with that creepy grandmother? What is the covenant? Did she kill her own daughter because she refused to have anymore children? Children that needed to be sacrificed for the good of evil? Confusing. Do help a sister out. There better be a fourth or it will take away all of the good creepiness out of the three.
If you plan on seeing it due to previews on the television, think twice. None of those scenes are actually in the movie. Boohoo.
Top 3 Horror Movies
3. The Exorcist
This 1973 classic entails all the makings of a great horror movie. Directed by William Friedkin, this film is adapted from the real life exorcism of Robbie Mannheim. Check out the case and other true stories here. This film focuses on the exorcism of a young girl, Regan, played by Linda Blair, who is possessed by evil demons after interacting with spirits through a Ouija Board. Her mother brings her to a doctor after she portrays unusual behaviors, who blame nerves for her actions. Regan’s situation only gets worse with time, and by worse I mean by taking on demonic features, psychotic behavior around anyone, speaking Latin and head-spinning craziness. Her mother takes on the help of Father Karras who is more or less Regan’s only hope for a cure. The end is sad and slightly unpredictable. You will not sleep for a while after this one.
2. The Sixth Sense
Bruce Willis plays Dr. Malcom Crowe in this 1999 M. Night Shyamalan thriller that sometimes makes me wonder if I am the walking dead. Well, not really, but what a great concept. This movie was the first to take that idea and perfect it. Dr. Crowe, a child psychiatrist takes on a troubled little boy, Hayley Joel Osment as Cole, and befriends him. The problem with Cole is more than just a severe social problem, he can communicate with dead people. Dr. Crowe takes too long to realize that Cole is the only person that ever talks or sees him throughout the majority of the movie (aside from the beginning). The puzzling mystery of Dr. Crowe’s divorce and his project, Cole, brings for great edge of the seat suspense. The ending brings tears, though. Should I not admit that? I am an honest woman.
1. The Shining
This creepy flick filmed and directed by the brilliant Stanley Kubrick in 1980 takes the number one spot. Starring a young and handsome Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall (she played Olive Oyl in Popeye the same year) were part of the best horror film I can say I have ever seen. Based on the Stephen King novel, Jack Torrance (Nicholson) goes insane as he takes residence in an off-season hotel to work on his novel with wife and young son, Danny. Nicholson begins to go crazy because of the hotel, setting out to murder his wife and son. See it immediately. Everything about this movie will give you the chills. No ground-breaking special effects needed, just good ol’ fashioned scares.