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You might not be able to tell from the content around here, but I’m a bit of a horror fanatic. A collection of dog-eared Stephen King books sits on our bookshelf, and I get maniacally excited whenever a new scary movie comes out. You know how you flip through those awful slasher films on Netflix and wonder who the heck watched this stuff? It’s me. I watch them. Sometimes more than once. Everyone knows The Shining and The Exorcist are classic bone chillers, but if you’re looking for some more recent Halloween flicks, here are some of my favorite modern horror movies:
- The Descent
The Descent not only makes you feel claustrophobic and ensures that you will never ever go spelunking, but it also features an all-woman cast. And no one is running around with her cleavage hanging out. Go figure!
- The Strangers.
I often have home invasion-related nightmares, and The Strangers does absolutely nothing to help this.
- Fright Night.
This remake of the original Fright Night is the perfect example of how you pull off a funny scary movie without moving into cheeseball territory.
The first Saw was such a clever piece of work that I got carried away and watched the next 6 sequels. Most of it was through my fingers. Don’t do this to yourself. Stick with the first one.
- 30 Days of Night.
There is absolutely nothing romantic about the vampires in 30 Days of Night. They don’t want to be your boyfriend. They want to tear you from limb to limb while shrieking in horrific vampire voices.
Being quarantined by the government in a pitch black house with infectious bloodthirsty zombies is the stuff nightmares are made of.
- Drag Me to Hell
Drag Me to Hell is a breath of fresh air from the usual weirdo on a killing spree routine. The over-the-top style made me want to laugh, cower, throw up in disgust and jump 10 feet in the air at times. Two thumbs up!
Asian horror movies are notoriously creepy, and Shutter doesn’t disappoint!
- Paranormal Activity
This movie is king of the nothing’s happening…nothing’s happening…nothing’s happeni-OH MY GOD WHAT WAS THAT?! moments. Like Saw, the first one is the best of the series.
Don’t let Kate Beckinsdale and Luke Wilson fool you into thinking Vacancy will turn into a romantic comedy. If my car ever breaks down in a remote area, I’ll be locking the doors and waiting until broad daylight to go get assistance, instead of checking into a seedy motel, thank you very much.