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Top Five – Halloween Horror Films

I do love a Top Five and what better day to share with you my Top Five Halloween Horror Films:

1. The Shining
Released in 1980. A family with Jack Nicholson as Dad become the winter housesitters of a hotel in the mountains of Colorado. Nicholson’s character Jack Torrance is writing a book but the isolated hotel’s ghosts take hold of him and insanity takes over Torrance played magnificently by Nicholson whose face bursting through that door still sends shivers down my spine today.

Shelley Duvall and Danny Lloyd also starred.
Directed by Stanley Kubrick.
Adapted from a Stephen King novel.

2. The Omen
Released in 1976. Gregory Peck is the ambassador to the United States whose wife has a stillborn child. Without her knowledge he substitutes another baby as theirs. The son is called Damien and the family move to London when Robert Thorn (played by Peck) becomes the US ambassador. Thorn then finds out that the child is the son of Satan. Who can forget Damien riding around the house on is tricycle? This movie has an added spice for me because my brother played football in the 80’s with Harvey Stephens. Did any parents name their son Damien after 1976?

Lee Remick, Patrick Troughton and Harvey Stephens also starred.
Directed by Richard Donner.

3. The Silence of the Lambs
Released in 1991. A young FBI cadet, Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling, has been sent to the Batlimore state hospital for the criminally insane to interview an inmate Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant, cunning but psychotic psychiatrist turned infamous psychopathic serial killer. A story of trust evolves as Starling gathers clues in the hunt for Buffalo Bill. Anthony Hopkins plays one of the most intimidating characters ever on the big screen.

Scott Glenn and Anthony Heald also starred.
Directed by Jonathan Demme.
Adapted from a Thomas Harris novel.

4. The Exorcist
Released in 1973. An actresses daughter (Regan played by Linda Blair) brutally changes both in the way she looks and the way she acts, with violent outbursts on everyone who comes in contact with her. Her worried mother gets in contact with a priest who comes to the conclusion that Regan is possessed and then attempts to save Regan from the demon inside her. Who can forget Regan impossibly rising up and down her bed and spitting out threats?

Ellen Burstyn and Max von Sydow also starred.
Directed by William Friedkin.
Adapted from a William Peter Blatty novel.

5. Carrie
Released in 1976. After being taunted and ridiculed by classmates following the unexpected timing of her first period, Carrie (played by Sissy Spacek) discovers the art of telekinetics. Roundly abused at home by her crazy mother she finally gets to go to the prom with a date. However a nasty trick gets played on Carrie and her date for the night and later at home her mother finds her in the bath covered with pig’s blood (who can forget that scene). Events get even more tragic from here.

Piper Laurie, Amy Irving and John Travolta also starred.
Directed by Brian De Palma.
Adapted from a Stephen King novel.

What are yours?

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5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Pedro45 #

    The Shining was filmed in Oregon (on Mt Hood); an excellent choice. I did love “It’s Alive”, more horror than halloween; “Carrie”, an absolute classic – why are they remaking it?!?; and the original “Friday the 13th”, how old is Jason now?!

    October 31, 2014
  2. Martin Cowan #

    How about “Halloween” itself?

    I would also add “Blair Witch Project” and “Paranormal Activity”.

    One of the spookiest films I’ve seen is a Spanish movie called “The Baby’s Room”. Check it out here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0430164/

    Well worth a look!

    October 31, 2014
  3. I always thought I don’t like ‘horror’ genre.
    I’m more of an Action film, Comedy or Documentary fan but after reading your list and agreeing I love all of them, I might need to have a rethink!
    I’d probably add Poltergeist to your list, purely because it reminds me of teenage ‘video parties’ (those were the days!)
    Poltergeist was a film that really caught the imagination of our crowd, along with the not at all horror film, Porky’s.
    M.

    October 31, 2014
  4. Too many to name but Sheffield United in the Cup last season will take some beating.

    October 31, 2014
  5. Don’t look now must be up there.

    October 31, 2014

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