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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Top 5 Films - Halloween

Obviously, scary films are the type of films for Halloween
but it's not just about the screams - plenty of films can give a cheap thrill. The 5 scariest films of all time are all about establishing a haunting, terrifying atmosphere that will linger in your dreams for years to come. Not for the weak of heart, here is the top 5 I recommend.
1 - The Silence of the Lambs (1991) - More realist than many of the movies in this list, The Silence of the Lambs delves into the crime genre with more flair than has been seen since in film. One of the many films on this list that was originally considered a box office failure, but it's popularity grew exponentially from its pure excellence.
"Don't worry sir, I'm sure nobody will even notice the braces"

2 - The Shining (1980) - If you're a horror fan, and you haven't seen The Shining, go watch the film now. The Shining is better known for the Steven King book, but the movie tackles horror in its own uniquely terrifying way.
"Ma'am, you seem to have a slight draught issue, don't worry I'm a professional."

3 - Alien (1979) - The film that spawned an entire franchise.
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Before the Alien vs Preditor prequels films, Alien was a landmark horror film that stunned both critics and audiences with its sci-fi undertones and terrifying horror scenes. and believe it or not back then the technology used in the film was very very impressive, and even if you watch it today the film's style just adds to the atmosphere. It was a tremendous success in sales, but its popularity has died off after so many sequels. Still, everybody recognizes this guy and that's all that matters.
"Don't worry! I can fix it!"

4 - Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) - An all-time horror classic, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre is still embedded in popular consciousness. It's 2003 remake failed to capture the same film audience, and this remains a landmark film in many ways. Just because the 2003 version has a higher technological edge, as often as remakes go they never quite meet the atmosphere of the original film.

5 - Paranormal Activity (2007) - Paranormal Activity is one of the most uniquely horrifying films ever released. The fact that this film was produced for such a low budget (less than $200,000 USD which is extremely low budget for a film these days, even with today's technology available) just makes the film even more impressive. They quite cleverly made use of their budget, and made sure that they stayed true to their objective and not go overboard on special effects films often have. The way it's set up makes it a quiet and brilliantly timed horror.

Even though this one is number 5 on my list, you should watch the trailer so you can see what I mean.

Obviously there are plenty more amazingly good scary films, but just in case you haven't seen one of these I'd advice you to watch one this Halloween and you won't regret it. Especially if you haven't seen ANY of these.


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