We have arrived at that time of the year! So put on your coziest pajamas, switch off the lamps and light the candles – it’s scary movie time.
It’s hard to believe that 8 months into a living through a scary movie, anyone could possibly need to watch a scary movie, but heck; if the only thing scarier than our own life is a teenage girl barfing out the devil and crab crawling down the stairs, so be it.
Anything to make us feel like – “Hey, you know what? I might have wiped myself with the cardboard roll inside the toilet paper twice this spring, but at least no one has poured pigs blood on me this year.“
I’ve compiled a list of 13 (appropriate, no?) movies that are worth watching this Halloween. Beside each movie title you’ll see a percentage. That’s the percentage of people who liked the movie when they watched it.
It’s not how many film critics liked it – but rather regular bumbling people like you and I.
The Exorcist – 87% liked this movie
There is no scarier movie. There just isn’t. I haven’t watched it since I was 12 in my parent’s basement. I only saw the version that was aired on television so it wasn’t even the full scary version. I will never be the same again. We all knew it was going to be on the list, so I figured I’d get it out of the way right off the top.
Rosemary’s Baby – 86% liked this movie
A movie about a scary baby made by director Roman Polanski; a man who was charged with drugging and raping a 13 year old. Watch it or don’t. But it’s a scary movie classic and sometimes you have to separate the art from the artist.
Carrie – 89% liked this movie
Girl gets tormented. Girl gets revenge.
Scream – 86% liked this movie
The first in the classic, campy, horror movies franchise.
Ghostbusters – 86% liked this movie
Who you gonna call? Your favourite Canadian friend to thank them, because without Canadians Ivan Reitman, Dan Aykroyd and Rick Moranis, is there even a Ghostbusters?
Practical Magic – 90% liked this movie
Yes Virginia, there is a Halloween Rom Com movie starring Sandra Bullock.
Us – 74% liked this movie
A perfectly respectable family gets terrorized by their doppelgängers.
The Witch – 78% liked this movie
The Witch is a period piece taking place in 1630s New England.
Don’t Breathe – 91% liked this movie
Three thieves break into the home of a blind man after hearing he has $300,000 cash in the house. They figure it’ll be an easy job. They’re wrong.
Donnie Darko – 92% liked this movie
The psychological thriller that cemented Jake Gyllenhaal as a talent, not just a Jake Gyllenhaal face.
Get Out – 89% liked this movie
My first try of this film I turned it off. Not because it was too scary, but because I just didn’t like it. I gave it a second shot. I changed my mind. It’s a brilliant look at systemic racism.
Host – (too new to have an accurate account but it scored 100% on Rotten Tomatoes)
Host is THE movie made for this moment in time. A movie about the isolation of Covid 19, shot entirely in isolation, about a ZOOM call. The actors shot alone, did their own special effects and shooting with instructions from director Rob Savage.
Contagion – 87% liked this movie
Contagion. The similarities to the current pandemic are eerie both in the unpredictable nature of the virus and how it came to be. Even more eerie, is the fact that this predictive movie was made a decade ago.
I haven’t seen Don’t Breathe and that’s the one I’ll be watching this Halloween night.
Will you be watching a scary movie this weekend? Or just sticking with the one we’re living through?
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