Halloween movies to die for – The Poly Post

Halloween is right around the corner and now is the time to de-stress from midterms and watch some horror movies. 

There are many movies to consider during the Halloween season, but here are a few of the greatest horror movies of all time. 

For many, a great horror movie brings up feelings of nostalgia and memories that take them back to their childhood. 

Nostalgic movies during the Halloween season sometimes tend to stray away from horror. If you’re looking for nostalgic horror movies try: “Twitches,” “Hocus Pocus,” “Halloweentown” or the classic, “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” 

Moreover, “Beetlejuice” is considered a fantasy-comedy-horror movie, from 1988 and directed by Tim Burton. 

It stars Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder. 

The movie’s plot revolves around a deceased young couple that enlists the help of an obnoxious poltergeist to try and scare away the new inhabitant from their former home. 

The movie was an instant hit with audiences when it was first released, and about 31 years later, it is still considered a cult classic by many. 

Some horror movies aren’t interesting because of their nostalgia factor but because of psychological interest.  

“(I think the greatest horror movie of all time is) the original ‘Nightmare on Elm Street,’” said Dana Recio, a fourth-year liberal studies major. 

“The concept of how they’re scaring people is really interesting. The psychology in the movie is interesting.”

“A Nightmare on Elm Street” is a slasher film from 1984 directed by Wes Craven. The first movie is one of nine slasher films. It stars Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, John Saxon, Ronee Blakley and Amanda Wyss. 

The movie centers around several teenagers who live in Springwood, Ohio, and are being attacked and killed in their dreams, and in turn killed in reality. 

The film is considered to be one of the greatest horror movies ever made and spawned an entire franchise consisting of crossovers, sequels, a television series and even a remake of the original movie released in 2010.

If you’re looking for more slasher movies to watch this Halloween try: “Trick ‘r Treat,” “Friday the 13th,” “My Bloody Valentine,” “Halloween,” “Scream” or “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

You can’t have a Halloween movie list without including a Stephen King movie.

“(I think the greatest horror movie of all time is) ‘1408.’ It’s creepy but not too scary where I can actually sleep that night if I watch it,” said Cheyenne Caballero, a fourth-year agricultural science major. 

The film “1408” is a psychological horror one from 2007 based on Stephen King’s 1999 short story. 

It was directed by Mikael Håfström and stars John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Mary McCormack and Tony Shalhoub. 

The movie focuses on an author who makes a living investigating alleged haunted houses, when he rents the alleged haunted room 1408, he soon becomes trapped and begins experiencing unexplainable events. 

While the movie isn’t a cult classic, it had positive reviews and did well in the box office. 

If you need more creepy, psychological movies try: “Orphan,” “Black Swan,” “Silence of the Lambs,” “Funny Games” or “Get Out.” 

No matter what movie you end up watching, make sure to turn down the lights and grab a big bowl of popcorn. 

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