Your Everything Guide to the Scariest Movies on TV This Weekend (October 5-7)

October has arrived! Or SHOCKtober if you're into macabre punnery! And much like ominous elevator doors opening to release thousands of gallons of blood into a hotel lobby, so too do our televisions unleash a seemingly endless onslaught of scary movies right into our living rooms! So in observance of the first official weekend of the Halloween season, stock up on candy corn and soda pop and call up all your favorite neighborhood buddies to invite them over for some scary movie marathons! You will be thrilled and chilled to your bones by the cornucopia of TV's horror offerings, but we've highlighted our favorites below for your spooky pleasure. [SINISTER CACKLING FOR SOME REASON]

[Note: Listed times are generally Pacific Daylight Time & listed networks are HD whenever possible. Plese do verify your local listings.]



FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5


Encore, 4:50pm
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
Guys, I know. You're probably going, "I only like the first one," but I'm here to tell you that YOU ARE WRONG. This one is the best one. The third one. First of all, it was written by Frank Darabont, so that's a surprising level of talent right there. But also it contains a part where Freddy Krueger shoots up a recovering addict punk rock girl using his syringe-fingers. Rude! But yeah, anyway, the plot goes like this: The last remaining Elm Street kids all have mental problems and have been institutionalized, a dilemma made somewhat more annoying when Freddy Krueger starts picking up where he left off. But this time the kids learn a neat new trick: They can transform themselves into dreamland superheroes and fight back! Hence the titular Dream Warriors. All this is beside the point, though, because the best part is when we learn about Freddy Krueger's backstory and someone dramatically describes him as "the bastard son of a hundred maniacs." So good.


AMC, 10:30pm
Ghoulies
Ghoulies is not that great of a movie, let's be honest. It was part of that weird wave of movies that arrived in the wake of Gremlins but got basically everything wrong about why Gremlins was so great. On the upside, the puppets in this one are memorably disgusting, and the badness of the Ghoulies franchise DOES make them very watchable. Anyway, in this case the titular Ghoulies are actually demons summoned by some ill-advised Satan worshippers. Also, a young Mariska Hargitay is in this thing, but you Mariska Hargitay fans probably already knew this. I know how Mariska Hargitay fans get! And just FYI at one point a Ghoulie comes out of a toilet BYEEE.


BBC America, 6:00pm & 8:30pm on BBC America
Misery
You dirty birdies can have your Titanix and your Hairy Laws, but for my money Kathy Bates will never top her performance as Annie Wilkes, the deranged fangirl of James Caan's bestselling author character. I mean, we all know Stephen King was clearly working through some issues with his fans when he wrote this book, right? I hope that for Misery's inevitable remake it'll be updated to make Annie Wilkes super active on Tumblr. Because Tumblr is a hornet's nest of troubled fangirls sometimes? Yes. Anyway, watch Misery and you'll never be more grateful to have functional ankles!


LOGO, 6:00pm
Trick 'r Treat
For a while there Bryan Singer had this pair of overachieving young dreamboats writing all of his movies, but then one of them went off on his own and wrote/directed Trick 'r Treat, surely one of the most underrated horror movies of recent years. Michael Dougherty's nasty little anthology movie tells a handful of interlocking tales all set on the most over-the-top depiction of Halloween since the one in Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, and Dylan Baker all play either sympathetic or psychotic characters, but the whole movie is stolen by this little guy pictured on the right. What a rascal! A murderous, hateful rascal!


Encore, 11:20pm
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Again, you're probably like, "Get out of here with this Platinum Dunes abomination." And again, that's just plum hasty. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (the original version spells "Chain Saw" as two words) is the only decent movie Platinum Dunes has made, PLUS it improves on the original masterpiece in at least one respect: Mike Vogel in a tank top. (Or, I guess, Jessica Biel in a tank top, if that's more your speed.) But yeah, while few things will ever top the fever dream LSD trip of the original, I do quite like this remake for its atmosphere and occasional beauty. There is one frustrating part where the Jessica Biel character takes shelter from Leatherface in an abandoned slaughterhouse, and when I first saw this in theaters, that was the moment when the crowd lost sympathy for her entirely. One gentleman shouted "Aw naw! Man, cut that b*tch UP!" and the whole crowd started laughing. I don't know, you probably had to be there.


Also Airing...

Camel Spiders, 4:00pm, Syfy
DeadHeads, 2:00pm, Showtime
Evilution, 2:00pm & 8:30pm, Chiller
Exit Humanity, 6:00pm, Chiller
Grace, 9:00pm, FEARnet
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, 5:00pm, FEARnet
I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer, 3:00pm, FEARnet
Ice Spiders, 2:00pm, Syfy
Infestation, 12:00pm, Syfy
Mimic 2, 6:00pm, Syfy
Motel Hell, 11:30pm, Turner Classic Movies
The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb, 1:30pm, Turner Classic Movies
The Killing Strain, 4:00pm & 10:30pm, Chiller
The Woods, 11:45pm, IFC
Valentine, 3:30pm, LOGO
When a Stranger Calls, 2:40pm, Starz
Wishmaster 2, 1:00pm, FEARnet



SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6


USA, 1:57pm
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
I hope that we, as a society, can accept that this Dawn of the Dead remake is one of the best zombie movies ever made. Sure, the running zombies thing remains controversial, but if we're being honest the biggest objection anybody has to this film is its title. But the original Dawn of the Dead still exists, and it is still great! Other than that, this flick pretty original in its own right. Frightening too: In particular the opening ten minutes in which Sarah Polley's early morning suburban reverie is interrupted by the girl next door. Plus, you know, this movie also has the wheelbarrow woman. And the baby. And Ty Burell. There's something for everyone!


LOGO, 6:30am
Hellbent
Yes, this is the first gay slasher since, I don't know, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge, but don't let that the gay angle eclipse the fact that Hellbent is also solid slasher flick. The who-will-die-next victims are young gay guys instead of college co-eds, and the setting is the West Hollywood Halloween Carnival rather than a sorority house, but other than that, Hellbent has some truly old-fashioned horror instincts. Disclosure: It's shot on video and has a budget of about $5, but Hellbent gets more right than wrong. It's no Halloween or even Friday the 13th Part 4: The Final Chapter (what is?) but Hellbent is a refreshing diversion that eschews some of the slasher subgenre's more tired cliches while celebrating its best ones.


IFC, 7:45pm
The Descent
Or, if you'd prefer to watch a ladies-only horror film, you can't do much better than The Descent, Neil Marshall's fantastic subterranean spelunking nightmare. When a group of sporty and sometimes overdramatic friends decide to explore some Appalachian caves, they encounter more than a few hazards along the way: Collapsed caves, broken bones, interpersonal squabbles, and a race of blind, slimy humanoids who are STARVING. So it's like shopping at Ross Dress For Less basically. Haha just kidding BRB need to go buy $1 underwear. Anyway, yeah. The Descent is a modern classic, and at the risk of being controversial, its direct to video sequel isn't half bad either.


IFC, 5:00pm
The Exorcist
Widely considered The Scariest Movie of All Time (not by me though, I'm not religious enough), The Exorcist is a masterpiece of atmosphere and imagery. You can have your pea soup spewings and crucifix masturbation, but for my money the scariest scene is when Regan's at the hospital having tests done. So unsettling! And there's also, you know, the recurring subliminal images of THAT FACE or also the Pazuzu statue lurking in the shadows. That's the stuff that gets me. Unrelated: I recently saw a stage production of The Exorcist that starred Brooke Shields as the mom. It was not very good!


Chiller, 10:00am
The Signal
The Signal is a microbudget three-part indie film about a mysterious TV broadcast that turns its viewers into rage-filled murderers. (The Lost series finale?) Anyway, it's hit and miss, particularly the middle section that plays like a Loony Tunes cartoon. But lead actress Anessa Ramsey is really good, and the film creates a terrific dread-soaked atmosphere frequently scored to a haunting cover of Joy Division's "Atmosphere." So yeah, this thing isn't perfect, but like many horror fans, I feel like I'm basically panning for gold when it comes to modern horror. The Signal has more than a few nuggets of goodness buried in it, so for that reason alone I'd recommend it.


Turner Classic Movies, 1:15am
Let's Scare Jessica to Death
Haha, okay, let's get something straight. This movie is DATED. And slightly unscary. But also VERY creepy? I dig it. It follows the titular Jessica as she is released from a mental institution and retreats to the countryside for some R&R.; Unfortunately she begins to experience tons of sanity-threatening incidents involving ghosts or vampires that are either real or figments of her imagination. Let's Scare Jessica to Death is definitely more Picnic at Hanging Rock than I Spit on Your Grave. From the dreamy tone to '70s fashion, let's just say I'm pretty sure Sofia Coppola owns this on Blu-Ray.


Also Airing...

28 Days Later, 1:25am, HBO
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, 1:00am, Encore
Acolytes, 2:05am, Sundance Channel
Army of Darkness, 11:15pm, Encore
Blackout, 6:00pm, Chiller
Boogeyman, 1:00pm, Syfy
Carny, 11:00pm, Syfy
Cherry Falls, 4:30am, HBO2
Crazy Eights, 3:00am & 9:30am, IFC
Critters 3, 6:05am, HBO2
Dark House, 2:00pm, Chiller
Dead & Breakfast, 3:00pm, FEARnet
Exit Humanity, 12:30am, Chiller
Family Plot, 8:00am, Chiller
Final Destination 2, 1:20pm & 9:40pm, Encore
From Within, 1:00pm, IFC
Ghosts of Goldfield, 10:30pm, The Movie Channel
Grace, 11:00am, FEARnet
Husk, 4:00am, Syfy
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, 9:00am, FEARnet
I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer, 3:00am, FEARnet
La Monja, 1:00am & 1:00pm, FEARnet
Nine Lives, 9:00pm, The Movie Channel
One Missed Call, 3:00pm, Syfy
Open Graves, 9:00am, Syfy
Primal, 9:00pm, Syfy
Queen of the Damned, 7:00pm, Syfy
Reeker, 6:00am & 8:00pm, Chiller
Resident Evil: Afterlife, 9:00pm, USA
Riding the Bullet, 9:00pm, FEARnet
Rise of the Dead, 12:30pm, Chiller
Severed: Forest of the Dead, 4:00pm & 10:00pm, Chiller
Shutter Island, 11:00am, USA
Stigmata, 5:00pm, Syfy
The Children, 4:45am,11:15am, and 9:45pm, IFC
The Cursed, 11:00am, Syfy
The Dark, 11:00pm, FEARnet
The Eye, 3:00pm, IFC
The Messengers, 2:00am, Syfy
Triangle, 4:00am, Chiller



SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7


FEARnet, 9:00pm
Haute Tension (High Tension)
Alexandre Aja's breakout hit Haute Tension is one of the best horror movies ever made that is almost completely ruined by one of the worst twists in horror history. If you've seen it you know what I'm talking about. The flick is about a young woman (Cécile de France) who visits her friend's family's home only to witness their systematic murder at the hands of an intruder. Then things turn into a chase film as our heroine chases after the killer (who'd also abducted her friend). Seriously, it's almost heartbreaking how terrible the final twist is because until that point this flick is one of the scariest, goriest, and most compelling thrillers ever filmed. Rumor has it Aja included the final twist on the suggestion of Luc Besson, but I'm really hoping by now he's come to his senses and would consider releasing a director's cut without it. Because GAHH!


The Movie Channel, 2:15pm
The Others
Speaking of twists, I am not trying to brag when I say that I guessed The Others' twist after seeing THE TRAILER. That being said, knowing a twist shouldn't—in theory—ruin a viewing experience if the movie has a lot going for it otherwise, and The Others definitely does. Nicole Kidman stars as a mother of two in the post-war British countryside who must deal with the arrival of three creepy new servants and a possible ghost situation. Haunting, elegaic, and downright terrifying, this is one of those movies hinged around a BIG REVEAL, but still would've been good without it.


HBO, 1:00am
The Thing (2011)
We all, as a collective society, cringed at the idea of remaking John Carpenter's fantastic classic The Thing. It didn't even matter that Carpenter's movie itself was a remake, just keep your hands off The Thing, modern Hollywood! On the upside, The Thing 2K11 does a few things right: Having Mary Elizabeth Winstead for a lead and also positing itself as a prequel rather than a remake. (Though, let's be fair, this is VERY similar in structure and tone to John Carpenter's.) Still though, when this movie works, it works. Hard to be mad about that, you know? I like being scared, and this is a well-made horror film. We'll allow it. (Again: Just panning for gold here.)


Encore, 4:10am
Final Destination 2
I love the Final Destination franchise so much that I'm afraid it means I have mental problems? Because these films are definitely not good for society right? Probably the best one is this one, Part 2. Not only because its opening freeway car crash catastrophe is like something straight out of my nightmares, but its kills, twists, and surprises come at such a rapid clip that it feels like the fastest 90 minutes possible. Criminal Minds' A.J. Cook stars alongside Ali Larter as just a couple of gals trying not to be turned into human-shaped blood balloons. A tale as old as time.


Syfy, 11:00pm & 1:00am (Monday)
Leprechaun & Leprechaun 2
Haha all right, so. Long before Friends and even longer before Leprechaun ventured into the Hood, an old-nosed Jennifer Aniston faced off with a truly nasty trickster from the Emerald Isle (Warwick Davis). Like most rational viewers, I always root for Leprechaun. He just wanted "m'gold!" Put down that shotgun and give him back his gold, Jennifer Aniston! Anyway, because Syfy just gives and gives and gives, here they're airing the first two Leprechaun movies back to back! Essential viewing.


Also Airing...

Alien Resurrection, 2:45am, HBO
Blade II, 4:30pm, Syfy
Cameron's Closet, 7:00pm, FEARnet
Children of the Corn, 10:30am, Syfy
Dead & Breakfast, 1:00am, FEARnet
Dream House, 11:15pm, HBO2
Family Plot, 12:00am, Chiller
Ghosts of Goldfield, 1:30am, The Movie Channel
Growth, 3:00am, Syfy
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, 7:00pm & 10:00pm, TV Guide Network
Idle Hands, 5:00pm, FEARnet
Lake Placid, 4:50pm, Cinemax
Nine Lives, 12:00am, The Movie Channel
Not Against the Flesh, 11:30pm, Turner Classic Movies
Perkins 14, 10:00pm, IFC
Primal, 7:00pm, Syfy
Queen of the Damned, 2:30pm, Syfy
Resident Evil: Afterlife, 3:01pm, USA
Riding the Bullet, 11:00am, FEARnet
Stag Night, 2:45am, HBO2
Superstition, 12:30am, IFC
The Bride, 2:55pm, FEARnet
The Dark, 1:00pm, FEARnet
The Hills Have Eyes Part II, 12:30pm, Syfy
The Possessed, 3:00am, Chiller
The Rite, 1:05pm, Cinemax
Trick 'R Treat, 5:30pm, LOGO
Underworld, 8:00pm, Cinemax
Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings, 9:00pm, Syfy



VIDEO ON DEMAND


[REC] 3: Genesis
Fans of the mostly excellent first two films in this Spanish found-footage zombie series might be shocked to learn that this third installment not only ISN'T found-footage, it's an homage (in tone at least) to the Evil Dead series. So yeah, it's a pretty fun hour and a half. Taking place before the events of [REC], this chapter plunks us into the middle of a lavish Spanish wedding just as the mysterious demon-virus is loosed by a drunken uncle. From there the separated bride and groom must find each other while also fighting off their bloodthirsty relatives. Keeping in mind this movie is not even trying to be a thoughtful horror exercise, you may be surprised at just how much fun it is.


The Tall Man
After his controversial masterpiece Martyrs broke the ankles of the horror genre, director Pascal Laugier now brings us The Tall Man, his English language follow-up. While this film does not contain pervasive, stomach churning, audience pummelling violence, it still bears the hallmarks of a Laugier film: Twists, and lots of them. Jessica Biel stars as a small town doctor whose son goes missing. Was he taken by the titular boogeyman allegedly responsible for dozens of other disappearances in the town? Or is the answer much, much weirder? Honestly, I really liked this movie, but like Martyrs I can't actually recommend it. Let's just say that its best surprises hinge on subverting audience expectations, which could have the unintended consequence of leaving viewers disappointed. I for one appreciate The Tall Man's audacity, though.


V/H/S
You know, I'm still wrestling with my thoughts on V/H/S. It's certainly one of the best horror films of the year and may one day be considered a classic. Essentially an anthology film consisting of found-footage segments each directed by up and coming horror filmmakers, V/H/S is all over the place, quality-wise. And while its less-good moments border on dire (not to mention some pervasive misogyny almost ruins the whole thing), the highlights are so good they're basically transcendent. A segment involving a debaucherous motel tryst gone awry has popped up in my nightmares already, and the final segment is so fun/good I wish a whole movie was made of THAT. But anyway, yeah. It's not perfect, but this is a horror film that can't be denied.



NETFLIX INSTANT


The Innkeepers
If you've seen director Ti West's previous film House of the Devil, you know he prefers slow-burn horror. Like, VERY slow-burn horror. (And if you haven't seen House of the Devil yet, RUN DON'T WALK. You only get to see it for the first time ONCE.) Anyway, The Innkeepers tells the tale of two bored hotel employees who work the final weekend before the hotel shuts down for good. And they may or may not encounter ghosts! But honestly, the real pleasure is the easy chemistry that stars Sara Paxton and Pat Healy share. Simply hanging out with them is a pretty solid way to spend 90 minutes. (And that is mostly what you do in The Innkeepers!)


Insidious
Before he made this film but after he made Saw, Director James Wan made Dead Silence (the super boring haunted ventriloquist dummy movie), which was so terrible it made me not want to see Insidious. But then I saw Insidious and it is kind of terrific? Yeah, obviously the last 20 minutes are a disaster, but for my money this film has some of the best jump scares of any horror movie ever. Its basically about a family whose house becomes progressively more haunted after one of the children falls into a mysterious coma. On its face this is a haunted house film, but with a really cool twist on the genre and some fantastic performances by Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne. So yeah, James Wan is allowed to keep making movies. I'll allow it.


Audition
Haha you've seen this already right? Man I hope so, because if you haven't then I really regret using this picture on the right (to be fair, it's on the cover of the DVD). I mean, I know we shouldn't go through life letting so-called spoilers ruin our entertainment experiences, but few movies really rely on the character reveal quite like this one. What seems at first like a romantic comedy, Audition instead turns into one of the most demented and disturbing exercises in madness ever to come out of Japanese cinema. WHICH IS SAYING SOMETHING.


Let the Right One In
Accept no substitutes. If your childlike-vampire-next-door horror drama does NOT contain an insane scene in which a woman is attacked by dozens of cats, then it is BULLSH*T. In this original Swedish version (later remade in English as Let Me In), a lonely boy befriends his mysterious new neighbor only to discover that she is not quite as young as she looks. He also learns several more disturbing things about her, like the fact that she is A VAMPIRE. But really, tune in for the simultaneously poignant yet sinister drama, and stay for the CGI cat nightmare. Just some truly remarkable cinema right there.



Will YOU be watching scary movies this weekend?

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Cabin in the Woods. Made me laugh/scream @ my TV SO HARD. Best horror film ever, if only for the following exchange:

"And the prize goes to . . . MAINTENANCE!!!! Who share the pot with Ronald the Intern." - Head Lab Coat Guy

"YAY!!! WAHOO!! YIPEE!!!!!!" - Ronald the Intern

"But wait, that's not FAIR! I picked zombies too!!" - Whiney Lab Coat Lady

"Yes you did, you had zombies . . . But this is Zombie Redneck Torture Family, you see? They're entirely separate species. Like the difference between an elephant and an elephant seal." - Head Lab Coat Guy

"U SUCK basically." - Whiney Lab Coat Lady (Read the expression).

We all ♥ our precious zombiefied pain-worshipping backwood idiots!! (Right?? Yes you do, or you will be murdered by them.) :)

And then the bozos in the cabin get killed by a ZOMBIE REDNECK TORTURE FAMILY!!!!!!!! BEST MOVIE EVER. Watch it.
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I just thought of another one. Near Dark (1987, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, who would go on to do the Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker) is a really awesome horror-action movie that, at the time, went against many of the usual conventions seen in vampire movies. It has a great cast that includes Lance Henriksen and a young Adrian Pasdar.
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Love that movie!
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Love that movie!
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Totally agree that Nightmare on Elm Street 3 is the best in the series! I love Trick or Treat, and think it is a nice homage/throwback to the comedy-horror movies of the 80's. Candyman really scared the crap out of me when I was a kid. 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, and the Descent are all awesome, but for me the creepiest horror movie of the 2000's has got to be The Ring.
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Splinter - It's different and different is good (and rare) IMO.

The Hills Have Eyes (2006) - I liked it a lot better than the original.
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No Hellraiser 1-2? Unbelievable.
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Blame the TV listings. I LOVE those movies. (Even 3)
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It was not bad! I'll always remember that one as "The one with Jadzia Dax" XD I adore Lance Henriksen and his Hellraiser is probably the worst one.
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Awesome article Price.



One thing though, I thought the twist at the end of High Tension was terrific. It was definitely accentuated by the "lunge" l at the end.
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no Football , Nascar more football then my Sunday shows!!
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no Football , Nascar more football then my Sunday shows!!
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I watched VHS last week. It disturbed me. One of the best 'found footage' things I've seen (my best being Quarrantine!) as it was so realistic- almost beleivebly ameteur. I felt dirty after watching it tho...

Let the right one in was awesome- so compelling, loved the end sequence, tho I wanted to see more. Brilliant film.

Dawn of the Dead remake- One of my fave movies of all time- truly has everything. I am a zombie fanatic tho!

High tension- sick. I watched that somehow a year before it came out and it was called Switchblade Romance?! weird.

I could go on but I'll just get boring if I do!

Nice article tho! thanks :)
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Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors is an epic horror film!
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Price... you don't highlight Triangle? It's such an awesome movie! Albeit, not very terrifying i suppose.
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Yeah, I appreciated it as thriller more than horror. But you're right, it's super clever.
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They should really dedicate more time to classics, I believe. Something like The Shining, some more Hitchcock, a couple more We Craven ones (I love the one he did for Nighmate on Elm Street), maybe even a Chuck one - who didn't pee their pants for weeks thinking their toy would come alive and muder you in your sleep?
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I think the big guns are still to come this month.
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Oh my God! I have been saying the same thing about High Tension since it came out. I work at a small independent video store and still recommend this film every Halloween. I was on the edge of my seat watching the whole film until the (SPOILER ALERT) Fight Club ending. It almost ruined the whole film for me, and I have always felt that it was good enough on its own merit and didn't need a forced and unbelievable "twist". The film even falls apart upon multiple viewings unlike, say, the Sixth Sense, where I was very much into the twist on the second time through. My second time watching High Tension I kept thinking "this doesn't make sense" every few minutes.
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Dude, Price, I just watched High Tension on your recommendation and I gotta say... Actually, I don't know what to say. Definitely scary, but also disgusting and I think I regret watching it just for all the imagery that I'm sure will haunt my dreams.



And yeah, House of the Devil is definitely amazing. The Innkeepers, though? Eh.
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hey price. love your work. gotta ask about all the question marks in your post though. made me very confused.



also, worst horror movie i ever saw was Reeker. i want that time back.
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For classic horror, can't go wrong with anything starring Vincent Price or Christopher Lee particularly the Corman set done with Price. Fun thing about the 60/70's was that even the really bad horror flicks are great to watch (lots of sites that review just bad horror movies are on the net). Oh, and the Troma produced flicks....Hammer Studios Dracula flicks of the 60's..etc...
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Love vintage horror and Christopher Lee is a terrific actor - I recently saw Hammer Studio's The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll, highly recommended!
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Ah Price, I've loved you since the first TVD review... now you're a full-on horror buff? I'll get in the long line of people wanting to marry you :)



Thanks for using that exact screencap from Insidious - no sleep for me tonight. That movie scared me half to death. As did Dead Silence. I was to busy being afraid of that dummy to be bored.



Also: Would have loved to read your opinion on Idle Hands - one of my favs as a kid that always makes me nostalgic :)
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Oh, man! LOVED "Idle Hands"!
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Oh, horror is my first love. That's part of why I love TVD so much, it does not skimp on the scares. I'm embarrassed to admit I haven't seen Idle Hands, but it's going on my list now.
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Come on!!!! Are you serious? You will never watch Casper the same way ever again... Davon Sawa aiming for the stars, for sure. And Jessica Alba. Why aren't you downloading it right now?

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Wow, some good movies on the list!
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Love the list, thanks Price!



"Ghoulies"- Don't you dare say anything bad about this one, its great cheesy fun. The effects are quite good and besides its part of my childhood.



"Nightmare On Elm Street 3"- I really don't get this though: "Guys, I know. You're probably going, "I only like the first one," I mean, the third Nightmare sequel is highly regarded by fans and others. It's almost as great as the first one, it has some great scenes, the soundtrack is great, Nancy is back, Kristen is pretty great and you can never go wrong with the classic line: "This is it, Jennifer: your big break in TV.Welcome to prime time, bitch".



As for "Let's scare Jessica To Death", I don't see how it's dated, some movies are more about atmosphere and creating an eerie mood than they are hacking off a limb every five minutes.I absolutely love this movie, there's just something about it that makes you feel so uneasy... so strange. The whole movie is just surreal and it's an alltogether chilling little horror movie. Very creepy, utterly nightmarish.It did remind me somewhat of "Carnival of Souls" and "Images" in its use of dreamlike logic/imagery and it's leisurely pace, and what was also impressive was the bulk of the horror taking place in daylight hours, it really worked to great effect. Like I said, if you like this one you should definitely check out "Images".
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Haha you're right, who DOESN'T love Part III? And yeah that TV part is awesome.



Thanks for the rec on "Images". I will totally check that out! Personally I love slowburn '70s horror, it's just harder to sell other people on it, you know? I once tried to show "And Soon the Darkness" to some friends and I put the whole room to sleep.
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The subliminal flashing of the demon's face in the priest's dream scared the crap out of me as a kid. A fraction of a second was the scariest thing I've ever seen and gave me nightmares. I've loved horror movies ever since. Current horror movies don't scare me really anymore. Silent Hill was pretty darn good though. I liked Insidious a lot because it reminded me of the slow burn thrillers from the seventies. A lot of the movies on this list are pretty good.
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Ooh, Silent Hill is definitely underrated. You gotta love how insane it gets.
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Currently doing a horror movie marathon, inspired by this article! Done 1408 and Final Destination. Misery, The Descent, The Exorcist and Trick 'r Treat.

Also Scream (again) if time allows...
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So awesome. Speaking of the Screams, obviously Scream 2 has its issues, but that cold open is one of the scariest things I've ever seen. It's totally my nightmare to be killed in plain sight and everyone around thinks it's a joke.
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Exorcist is the most frightening movie I've ever seen. Also love Dawn of the Dead and John Carpenter's Thing. I'm big on movies where there really is no way out. Unfortunately, I don't get most of the channels with really scary movies, so I won't have the opportunity to really indulge my love of horror. Sigh.
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That "no way out" thing is DEAD ON. I hadn't even thought of that. So yeah, The Descent for sure.
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I was terrified of horror thanks to the first Nightmare (though I liked 6 :) I still don't like horror movies AT all. I will alert my bf though as he is a horror FANATIC.
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As a child my psyche was absolutely traumatized by watching the very first Alien film. It's the first film I saw that gave me nightmares. Since then I have yet to come across anything that is truly scary. In my honest opinion, modern scary movies are more about blood and guts than anything really scary. What scares me the most are movies about realistic things that just might happen. Though it's 4 hours long and made for television, a movie like Stephen King's The Stand could be well and truly terrifying. Not so much because of Randall Flagg but because of Captain Tripps.
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You know, every time either my husband or I read "The Stand", we would end up with a cold...and get all paranoid...I'm due for a re-read, but I'm waiting for the current cold I have to go away first, just to play it safe. As for the miniseries...LOVED IT!!! Years before it came out, I took part in an informal "Let's Cast 'The Stand'" poll, and while all of the other parts no one could agree on, every single person who voted cast Molly Ringwald as Fran, so I like to think I had a part in that. :)
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The first time I read it, I was babysitting my niece who was just a toddler. She sneezed and my first thought was that she had the superflu and was going to die.
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I agree that maybe four or five years ago things got too gory (Saw, Hostel, etc.) but this new wave of Paranormal Activity type stuff has brought things back to suspense. I know people are kind of over found footage, but I definitely appreciate the break from torture porn.
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I remember the first movie of "found footage" that I ever saw. It was "The Blair Witch Project". I hated it then and I still hate it now. Shaky camera work that makes me nauseous. Horrible acting that gets by because it's suppose to be a "true story" or "based on true events"

What's even worse is that the "found footage" genre has made its way into comedy films (which are horrible these days anyway). There is no way that 2 hours of supposedly funny stuff can just accidentally be taped, lost, and then found.

This newest movie genre just needs to disappear. But that's just my opinion and probably won't happen.

What I really miss are real scary movies that actually get released around Halloween.
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The first Saw was good, though certainly not for the squeamish. I like it better when the fear is a buildup to something rather just a gore fest.
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Dawn of the Dead (remake) came out in 2004? Mind=blown. Very good though.

I also definitely recommend "The Descent"... surprisingly great.
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Totally agree with you about The Descent, it's one of the best horror films I've seen. Also, I strangely enjoyed the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre too, that might've just been Jessica Biel's fault though...
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I'm with you. It may never be cool to like the TCM remake, but I think it's totally underrated.
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I'm not a big fan of the gory horror movies, but I will be watching as many of these as possible: Perfect Creature (amazing, by the way - if you haven't seen it [or even if you have] watch it!), all the Underworlds, all the Alien movies, Queen of the Damned & Interview with a Vampire, the Blade movies, and 28 Days Later. The only reason the Resident Evil movies aren't in here is because I just finished watching all of them a couple weeks ago and it's too soon to rewatch them.



Oh! And as far as cheesy movies goes, I definitely suggest Vampires and Vampires: Los Muertos. They're both pretty awful, but also quite enjoyable if only for their awfulness.
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I loved Vampires! I haven't seen Perfect Creature, thanks for the rec!
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oh my god Insidious was probably the worst horror movie i've ever seen. I'm usually a really jumpy person and I'm scared easily, but I laughed throughout the whole movie. It was just ridiculous.
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Oh come on, the WORST? You would not believe the garbage I've seen...
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Me too. But I'm a MST fan so I've watched, and enjoyed, a LOT of really, really bad movies.
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Haha! Loved the Lost finale bit. So true:)

I think I've actually seen The Signal but was only half-reminded of it by this article... other than a vague memory of there being a party, can't say I remember much... and I don't really watch a lot of movies...
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Dawn of the Dead and 28 Days later are two of my favourite movies. Another great horror is the Korean A Tale of Two Sisters. Very very good. If you like B-Grade bad/good movies, Demons and Demons 2 are fantastic/awful! Best gore - Evil Aliens and Dead Snow (Nazi Zombies who could resist!). Also the first Ring movie scared the hell out of me when I was younger!
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I strongly dislike "A Tale of Two Sisters". zZzZzzzz

28 Days Later is a great rec though.
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Have you seen "I Saw the Devil"? It's by the same director as A Tale of Two Sisters, but it is ANYTHING but boring. It's more of a revenge thriller than a horror film, but dang is it dark.
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I like your taste! I like a lot of those also, I will try and highlight them in the next few weeks.
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