TJF Top 10 Horror Movies For Halloween
With October coming up, that only means that second Xmas (LOTR joke)… I mean Halloween is coming up. I don’t know about you, but this is one of my favorite times of the year. I literally count down the days to this greatness just like I do the Gathering! Now everywhere you look, you will see Horror movies on TV and at the theaters this time of year. The TJF staff recently met up and put together a Top 10 Horror movies for Halloween.
10. Showgirls – Naptown Mike pick
Not really a horror movie, unless you paid for admission in 1995 to watch this in the theaters. More like a flick for cheap thrills for 12 year olds. None the less, if you haven’t seen it, you should at least once. You can probably find it on SkinOmax late at night.
Synopsis: A young drifter, named Nomi, arrives in Las Vegas to become a dancer and soon sets about clawing and pushing her way to become the top of the Vegas showgirls.
9. The Devils Rejects – MizzMonoxide pick
Synopsis: Ambushed at their isolated home by Sheriff Wydell and a squad of armed men, the Firefly family wakes up one morning with guns blazing — yet only Otis and his sister, Baby, manage to escape the barrage of bullets unharmed. Hiding out in a backwater motel, the wanted siblings wait to rendezvous with their errant father, Captain Spaulding, killing whoever happens to stand in their way. But as the body count mounts higher, Sheriff Wydell decides to take the law into his own hands.
8. Rocky Horror Picture Show – Wilted pick
A cult classic. With a young Susan Sarandon and the ever so awesome Tim Curry, you’re bound to have loads of entertainment. Eddie was always my favorite. Just don’t ask him what’s for dinner!
Synopsis: In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker (Meat Loaf) and a creepy butler (Richard O’Brien). Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named “Rocky.”
7. Psycho – Miss Juggalette pick
You can’t have a Top 10 Horror list and not have an Alfred Hitchcock feature in it. Definitely a master of Horror and Suspense. Brings a whole new meaning to being a mama’s boy.
Synopsis: Phoenix secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), on the lam after stealing $40,000 from her employer in order to run away with her boyfriend, Sam Loomis (John Gavin), is overcome by exhaustion during a heavy rainstorm. Traveling on the back roads to avoid the police, she stops for the night at the ramshackle Bates Motel and meets the polite but highly strung proprietor Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), a young man with an interest in taxidermy and a difficult relationship with his mother.
6. Children of the Corn – Naptown Mike pick
Gotta love a movie with creepy ass children and Sarah Connor in it. This Stephen King adaptation gave me the creeps as a kid. Hopefully, it still continues to do the same to kids today.
Synopsis: As physician Burt Stanton (Peter Horton) and his girlfriend, Vicky (Linda Hamilton), drive across the Midwest to his new job, their trip comes to a sudden halt when they encounter the body of a murdered boy in the road. In trying to contact the authorities, Burt and Vicky wander into a small town populated only by children, followers of sinister young preacher Isaac Chroner (John Franklin). Soon the couple is fleeing the youthful fanatics, who want to sacrifice them to their demonic deity.
5. Army of Darkness – Menace pick
Sam Raimi and Bob Kurtzman display why they are legends in the Horror industry with this masterpiece and third installment on the Evil Dead trilogy. Makes me anxious for the new series coming up premiering on Starz on Halloween
Synopsis: 3rd Evil Dead movie. Ash (Bruce Campbell) finds himself trapped in medieval times. He must quest for the Necronomicon, a book of evil which can return him to his time. Unfortunately, he releases the evil trapped inside the book and unleashes an army of the dead.
4. Friday the 13th – ShadowRose pick
The original that started it all for the Jason Vorhees franchise. Funny thing is, this movie isn’t about Jason going on a killing spree. It just leads up to it. Makes me want to go camping and put this on a projector screen. A legendary flick to enjoy for ages to come.
Synopsis: Crystal Lake’s history of murder doesn’t deter counselors from setting up a summer camp in the woodsy area. Superstitious locals warn against it, but the fresh-faced young people — Jack (Kevin Bacon), Alice (Adrienne King), Bill (Harry Crosby), Marcie (Jeannine Taylor) and Ned (Mark Nelson) — pay little heed to the old-timers. Then they find themselves stalked by a brutal killer. As they’re slashed, shot and stabbed, the counselors struggle to stay alive against a merciless opponent.
3. Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors – Juggalo972 pick
Some of you may be pissed the original from Wes Craven wasn’t included on this list. Well, that is the predictable choice and probably deserves to be on here. However, Wes did write this one also and for me, depicts the the continuing fight between Nancy and Freddy. One of my favorites from the Freddy franchise!
Synopsis: During a hallucinatory incident, young Kristen Parker (Patricia Arquette) has her wrists slashed by dream-stalking monster Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund). Her mother, mistaking the wounds for a suicide attempt, sends Kristen to a psychiatric ward, where she joins a group of similarly troubled teens. One of the doctors there is Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp), who had battled Freddy some years before. Nancy senses a potential in Kristen to rid the world of Freddy once and for all.
2. Trick or Treat – MizzMonoxide pick
This was always one of my favorite Halloween movies growing up. Gotta love that damn theme song too. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have appearances from Ozzy and Gene Simmons in this one
Synopsis: Sammi Curr was a famous, devil-worshiping rock star who died under mysterious circumstances. Now he wants to come back to life. Doing so requires possessing radio wave & automobiles and making a few human sacrifices.
1. Halloween 1 & 2 – Menace pick
I picked both part 1 and 2 because it’s all part of the story. To me you can’t pick one without the other. This movie brought an intensity so hard that it made people think twice when sending the kiddos out for candy. One of the greatest Horror/Halloween movies of all time. Always remembered as The Night He came Home.
Synopsis: On a cold Halloween night in 1963, six year old Michael Myers brutally murdered his 17-year-old sister, Judith. He was sentenced and locked away for 15 years. But on October 30, 1978, while being transferred for a court date, a 21-year-old Michael Myers steals a car and escapes Smith’s Grove. He returns to his quiet hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, where he looks for his next victims.
While Sheriff Brackett and Dr. Loomis hunt for Michael Myers, a traumatized Laurie is rushed to hospital, and the serial killer is not far behind her.
What do you think of our Top 10 Horror picks? Think we overlooked something? Let us know in the comments!
American Guinea Pig: Bouquet of Guts and Gore
Synopsis: Two women are abducted by a group of snuff filmmakers and brought into a Hellish nightmare of unmistakable brutality, viciousness and destruction that will leave every viewer shocked, amazed and awestruck.
Synopsis: From acclaimed writer/director Ti West (The House of the Devil) and master of horror Eli Roth (Hostel), THE SACRAMENT follows two journalists as they set out to document their friend’s journey to find his missing sister. They travel to “Eden Parish,” a self-sustained utopia. At the center of this small, religious, socialist community is a mysterious leader known only as “Father.” As their friend reunites with his sister, it becomes apparent to the newcomers that this paradise may not be as it seems. What started as just another documentary shoot soon becomes a race to escape with their lives
Synopsis: A teenager is part of an interactive video game where he kills innocent victims. Later, the murders become real.