This Halloween weekend promises to be a rainy one. While trick-or-treating events have been moved to Friday across the south Louisiana area to avoid bad weather, Saturday could still be a fun time — if you like a good horror flick.
Grab your popcorn and Friday night’s treats, sit back and get ready to scream along with these films.
Stanley Kubrick’s beautifully photographed 1980s nightmare lingers in your head days after watching it. Based (or not really based) on Stephen King’s novel, the film focuses on a family that takes care of a hotel during the winter. A slow burner, the film builds on its creepy intro, before growing into a showcase for the house’s gruesome psychological horrors. Rated R/2 hrs., 26 mins.
See also: “Room 237,” a documentary about the supposed meanings of “The Shining,” which is absolutely ludicrous and fun.
‘Drag Me to Hell’
After becoming the hottest filmmaker on the planet with the “Spider-Man” trilogy, director Sam Raimi returned to his roots with this horror-comedy. Like “Evil Dead,” “Drag Me to Hell” is a movie where the protagonist is beaten to a pulp by unknown, supernatural forces. Rated PG-13/1 hr., 39 mins.
See also: “Evil Dead” and “Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn,” for more of Raimi’s style of horror.
One of the better films of the past two years, “It Follows” is a teen drama where a murderous ghost goes from person to person after sexual contact. What could have been dumb is one of the more compelling films of the genre in quite some time. Rated R/1 hr., 40 mins.
See also: “Carrie,” the 1976 film starring Sissy Spacek and John Travolta that is known for its bloody climax at the prom.
I know, I know, but that theme song! If you’re going to go for a Halloween horror film, you might as well go with the classic first entry about Michael Myers. Rated R/1 hr., 31 mins.
See also: “Scream,” from another master of horror — the late, great Wes Craven.
If you like to feel legitimately terrified or want to sleep with the lights on for a month or three, watch “The Exorcist.” William Friedkin’s 1973 film about a teenage girl being possessed by a demon spirit is still one of the scariest films ever made. Rated R/2 hrs., 2 mins.
See also: “Poltergeist,” the 1982 version is also great for not ever sleeping.
After seeing this film, I kept looking in my rearview mirror as I drove away from the cinema. A 2005 flick about a caving expedition that goes horribly wrong, “The Descent” is one of the most intense horror films I have ever seen. Rated R/1 hr., 39 mins.
See also: “28 Days Later,” Danny Boyle takes his kinetic style to horror and doesn’t miss a beat.
A horror film about a dysfunctional family and the monsters that live with them, “The Babadook” took home some of the best reviews of 2014. Not rated/1 hr., 33 mins.
See also: “The Omen,” Richard Donner’s 1976 horror about a kid who might actually be the son of Satan.
Three more ridiculous picks
“Tremors”: A monster movie about killer earthworms with Kevin Bacon. That’s 1990 for you.
“The Faculty” : High school meets Robert Rodriguez in this sci-fi/horror flick that’s really silly.
“Jason X”: Jason Voorhees takes his gory vengeance to outer space.
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