Staying in: 10 things to watch this Halloween weekend
Spooky doo be doo
Whether you're a fan of Asian ghosts or love some classic teen slashing, grab some popcorn and curl up with these horror flicks that will send shivers down your spine
1. The Classic: Psycho (1960)
Before Wes Craven, Stanley Kubrick and Roman Polanski, there was Alfred Hitchcock. Without a doubt one of Hitchcock's scariest films, Psycho defied conventions of the time, with the main character killed in the middle of the film in that iconic shower scene. Janet Leigh, the actress who played the unfortunate woman reportedly avoided taking showers for the rest of her life.
2. The Asian: Shutter (2004)
Hollywood remakes don't have anything on the Asian originals. Thailand and Japan are the duo fighting for the top spot for scariest country. While Japan has The Ring, Ju-On and Dark Water under their belt, Thailand's Shutter has scarred some of us for life. Eurasian-Thai cutie Ananda Everingham stars as a photographer who routinely sees his deceased ex in film negatives. Let's just say we won't look at blotches on film negatives the same way again.
3. The Teen Slasher: I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
Ah, the late '90s. It's the time where teenagers got frisky and psychopaths got even friskier. While Neve Campbell was ever so charming as the damsel in distress cum unlikely heroine in the Scream franchise, she doesn't quite match up to the sexy foursome that was Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ryan Phillippe, Freddie Prince Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar.
4. The Dry Comedy: What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
It's a mockumentary featuring vampires. I mean, seriously — does it get any better than this? It's like The Office, but with vampires. And we're not talking about the bloody ones who sparkle or have inner emotional struggles — we're talking costume drama, foreign accents and weird quirks surrounding four vampires who share a flat in Wellington, New Zealand.
5. The Vampire: Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
It's the most stylish vampire movie yet. Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston come together in this Cannes-worthy horror drama, which stars the duo as a married vampire couple who reunite after spending time apart. Instead of attacking humans for blood, they live on supplies of blood — until the arrival of another vampire shakes things up.
6. The Doll: Magic (1978)
We don't know if it's their cherubic face, permanent smirk, or bright, empty blue eyes that make dolls pretty damn freaky. Or perhaps it's characters like Chucky, who've ruined many a childhood for those who accidentally crept up on their parents watching it. Something even freakier than dolls? Ventriloquist dolls — Magic sees pre-The Silence of the Lambs Anthony Hopkins playing a failed magician who lives by the hands of his sinister doll, Fats.
7. The Family-friendly: Hocus Pocus (1993)
Before she was Carrie, Sarah Jessica Parker was a ditzy witch who lured children to a dangerous lair with her siren call. This cult classic introduces three witch sisters that were resurrected by the candle-blowing of a virgin, only to find out that Halloween had turned into a commercial holiday. Recently, Bette Midler (who plays one of the witches) joked that Disney's reboot of the film had been delayed because they couldn't find a virgin. We tried looking, too.
8. The Psychological: Rosemary's Baby (1968)
There can't be a mention of horror films without singling out Roman Polanski. Rosemary's Baby not only gave birth to a timeless haircut, but it introduced the European Polanski to American audiences in his first Hollywood feature about a woman allegedly impregnated by Satan himself.
9. The Gruesome: The Human Centipede (2009)
A mad surgeon kidnaps three tourists to form his own human centipede. Yes, the film looks as grotesque as it sounds. While it didn't garner appraisal from critics or movie buffs alike, it does remain fairly enjoyable for those who enjoy watching movies that are so bad, they're almost good.
10. The Babysitter: The Hand that rocks the Cradle (1992)
Babysitter films creep the living bejesus out of us. The Hand that Rocks the Cradle features a love triangle of a different sort, one that's between mother, babysitter and baby. "The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world", chants the babysitter eerily in the trailer, and indeed, in this movie, she does. A sweet smile can mask a lot of things, and in this case, it hides a psychological mess that you stupidly invited into your own home.