After Labor Day it is time to start thinking about ghouls and ghosts. Along with jack-o-lanterns and creepy decorations, nothing will get you into the spirit of Halloween more than a scary movie. Here are a few good fright films that are worth some time.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
An innocent road trip turns into hell when a group of teenagers encounters a family of cannibals after their van runs out of gas. The group is chased and craved up by the trusty chainsaw used by one of the family members.
Reasons to watch : A gritty realistic take on horror.
Nominated for three academy awards, and named one of the scariest films ever made, this is a movie every horror buff should see. An ordinary family is visited by ghosts in their home. These unseen beings appear to be friendly, but the amusement goes away when the ghost starts to terrorize the family.
Reason to check it out : The film is one of the best haunted house movies.
A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
Directed by Wes Craven, this film introduces the evil terror of Freddy Kruger to viewers. The plot revolves around several teenagers being stalked in their dreams by Kruger. Although they are unaware of where this evil came from, their parents are well aware. The teenagers must now figure out away to avoid Freddy's razor sharp glove in dreamland.
Reasons to watch : Witness Johnny Depp's film debut. Enjoy a creepy version Freddy Kruger before he became comical.
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
This film took the harmless image of a fisherman in a rain coat and made it into a symbol of terror. After four teenagers hit an individual in their car, they dump the dead body in the sea. A year after they are stalked and killed off by someone who claims to have seen the crime.
Reasons to view: The principle cast delivers good acting by the 90's standards. The movie contains one of the longest stalk sequences in any horror.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Haley Joel Osment delivers a great performance in this M. Night Shyamalan classic. The plot follows a young boy that can see and communicate with ghosts. To understand why he has this gift, he seeks the help of a child psychologist.
Reasons to view : One of M. Night Shyamalan's best films. There is great chemistry between Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment.
Jeepers Creepers (2001)
When it opened, this film was the highest grossing ever for a Labor Day weekend. On the way home for spring break, two siblings cross paths with a creature that is hungry for human flesh. The siblings learn that every twenty-third spring the creature comes to life and eats for twenty-three days.
Reasons to check it out : A new type of horror with a new villain.
Based on a Stephen King short story, this film plays tricks on your mind. John Cusack plays an author that specializes in debunking paranormal activities. When he decides to stay in a so-called haunted hotel room, he begins to experience his own ghostly encounters.
Reasons to view: The film does not use gore to deliver fear. A well known song is used in an eerie way.
Paranormal Activity (2009)
This independent movie that found its way on the big screen thanks to producers like Steven Spielberg. When a young couple moves into their dream home, strange things begin to occur. They decide to record their torments and realize they are being haunted by an unseen presence. The entire film is shot like a home movie with hand held cameras, this brings more realism to the film.
Why you should watch it: Things you cannot see will frighten you.
A true crime novelist stumbles upon home movies of the serial killer he is currently researching. He realizes that he has found something more evil than he has ever imagined.
Reason to watch : A very creepy movie. The story changes in front of your eyes.
Monster House (2006)
The last suggested film is like no other due to the fact that it is an animated feature. Three kids believe the old, creepy, house across the street is alive. With crisp animation, and a solid story line, this movie is great for adults or younger viewers.
Reason to watch : It is an animated horror flick that will keep viewers of all ages interested.
Well there you have it, a few films that will certainly get you into the spirit of Halloween.