|As Halloween looms on the near horizon, many are warming up to the idea of good scary movie to help ring in and celebrate the season. But today's new horror movie releases, more slashers than old fashion scary movies, seem to fall short of providing the punch.
That's why we have copmpiled a list of the Best Horror films for the 2008 Halloween season. While opnions vary greatly about what makes a good horror film scary, most will agree there are those few movie titles down through history that seem to do the trick well everytime.
Get your Blockbuster, Movie Gallery or NetFlix card ready and reserve one or more of these titles to 'send you over the edge' this Halloween night.
“I never drink…..wine.” - Dracula (1979) – Dracula (Frank Langella)
“The powers of evil are too great for those with weak minds.”
Dracula (1931) – Renfield (Dwight Frye)
“Do old ideas rest comfortably in an open mind?” - Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972) – Van Helsing (Peter Cushing)
“Being chosen, it's like being born.” - Dracula 2000 (2000) – Solina (Jennifer Esposito)
TOP TEN HORROR FILMS FOR HALLOWEEN 2008
The Exorcist (1973)
Recently chosen by TV Guide as the scariest movie of all time. The religious element made it a big draw in the mid-seventies.
This early John Carpenter effort set the tone for many slasher flicks to come. None of the sequels measured up. Get the 25th Anniversary DVD version if you can.
House On Haunted Hill (1959)
A sinister host, played by Vincent Price offers a group of people $10,000 each if they'll spend the night in his macabre mansion, then does his best to see that no one collects. Directed by the legend William Castle.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
When I was a kid, this was the first horror/sci-fi film that I was forbidden to see (probably had something to do with the word "body" in the title). The 1978 remake wasn't bad, either.
Not to be outdone by Hitchcock, Spielberg managed to make people afraid of a fish. In a totally different class from the sequels.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
George Romero's seminal but low-budget 1968 zombie flick is still about as scary as they get, because in spite of the black and white, it looks real. 1978 sequel was better, but this was the first.
Hitchcock might not be happy to hear that he started the slasher flick craze, but this is still his most popular film, and one which influenced generations of filmmakers.
The Shining (1980)
We couldn't forget this one by Stanley Kubrick, who teams up with Jack Nicholson for a gothic tale with a difference.
Interview With A Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
Vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac [Brad Pitt] has decided to tell his story to writer Daniel Malloy [Christian Slater]...how he became a vampire in 1791 at the age of 24 and what it's been like living for 200 years. This is Louis's story.
It is the year 1462. Constantinople has fallen. Prince Dracula [Gary Oldman] must leave his bride Elizabeta [Winona Ryder] to do battle against the invading Turks. Elizabeta, believing her husband to be dead, flings herself into the river below. Because she committed suicide, the Bishop [Anthony Hopkins] proclaims her soul damned. Consequently, Dracula renounces God and the Church.