Oh, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my favorite holiday of the year (and now yours too because you’ve got a 5 year anniversary halloween party to attend and this list of movies to keep you busy for post-halloween blues) than to watch some popcorn throwing, girl shrieking, flinchy-parkouring inducing movies with my loved ones. Here are the top 5 we’ve selected at STD. Granted, there’s lots more – so if you want more ass clenching films, here are some animated GIFs to inspire your bloody/freaky/psychotic desires.
1. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Get over Mia Farrow’s pixie cut (I know, its adorable) and focus on the demon growing inside her belly. Disclaimer: I am not a baby hater, but this movie reassured my abhorrence to carrying a nine month fetus inside of me. This movie is awesome if you’re into classic voodoo and some old Roman Polanski glam (yay Chinatown!)
2. It (1990)
Oh, I’m sure your childhood was all about animal balloons, legos, and happy feelings, right? And when you finally grew up, you reveled in the reality of your childhood dreams come true? Well, leave it up to Pennywise the Dancing Clown to haunt you forever, carrying adolescent schizophrenia all the way to adulthood.
3. Cube (1997)
Saw 1, 2, 3, 4…? Well I’ve lost count on them..but back to Cube – it’s not a well known movie, but it is actually the original storyline for the well-known contemporary series. But trust me, it’s not as perverse and a lot more interesting because this time, we’ve got a bunch of nerds together trying to escape impending death. The visuals are great, and their problem solving skills are to die to for (nerd alert). Watch it!
4. Suicide Club
What would a list be without an introverted Japanese flick? This is not your typical horror film, could even be considered a fetish film (given the amount of cute japanese girls, pop culture, and kawaii-ness), take your pick. But at least to me, this was a psychological mindfuck. It delivers TMI visuals giving the fundamental detective story elements of horror. Definitely worth watching if you want something a little different than the usual blood and gore (which I don’t oppose).
Not one but five short films that glued my palms to all orifices of my face at least a dozen times throughout the movie. But after the first short film, I just wanted bloody more. Oh right, I heard this film made a couple of viewers run out of the showing at the Sundance Film Festival, because it was that scary. How much more enticing can this film get?