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Film Writer Shares 10 Must-See Horror Movies for Halloween

In the spirit of Halloween, a local aspiring horror-movie writer shares his picks for the most terrifying, thrilling, funny — and less obvious — fright films. You won't find The Exorcist here.

Halloween is horror movie season, and there are plenty of frightful flicks to choose from — whether you're into the flightfully terrifying or the frightfully terrible. 

But if you're looking for something a little less obvious than Jason, Freddy or Michael, check out the following list from aspiring horror-movie writer Colby Heyer. Heyer's day job is in Concord but his dream job is evoking screams from a rivited audience. Heyer currently writes for Digital Shadow Films. Here's what he suggests for Halloween entertainment:

Deep Red (1975) – A psychic is murdered. It's up to the musician that witnessed her murder and a tenacious reporter to find her killer.

Black Christmas (1974) – This film is considered to be the very first “Slasher” movie. A lewd phone call is the catalyst to a string of murders. 

Behind the Mask: The rise of Leslie Vernon (2006) – In this sometimes hilarious, sometimes thrilling movie, a documentary film crew follows around a man who is taking all the steps necessary to become the next psycho killer legend.

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Meyers (1988) – Michael Meyers awakens after ten years to hunt for his seven-year-old niece, and kill anyone who gets in the way.

Cabin in the Woods (2011) – Cabin in the Woods is a twist on the genre that will leave true fans awed by how the film deals with common horror archetypes.

Demons (1985) – Talk about claustrophobic. A group of people are trapped inside a theater as demons — who try to kill and posses their victims — continue to amass in numbers.

Return of the Living Dead (1985) – This is horror-comedy at its finest. Watch as a group of teens and medical supply employees try to fight off a horde of the undead. BRAAAAIIIIINNNNSSSS!!!

Sleepaway Camp (1983) – A shy, quiet girl is sent off to summer camp with her cousin in this Friday the 13th clone with a truly shocking surprise ending.

They Live (1988) – A pair of mysterious sunglasses allows a unemployed construction worker the ability to see the propaganda that is being fed to the people, as well as the creatures behind it.

Dead Alive (1992) – Directed by Peter Jackson, of Lord of The Rings fame, this film centers around the un-deadly effects of the Sumatran rat-monkey’s bite.

What horror movies are you watching this Halloween? Share your favorites below.

Jason Morris October 25, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Nice list! I know what to rent now this Halloween! Wait...video stores still around? Damn redbox!
John Heyer October 25, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Troll 2 isn't on this list?!?!
Saide Heldberg October 26, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Awesome list Emily! Trying out new horror is why I love this time of year; I have 364 days a year to watch Freddy and Jason, but this Halloween I’m looking for something altogether darker. I like horror because it helps me tap into the darker places of my mind that are easily susceptible because society forbids what dwells there. I watch horror a lot but once a year the dark thoughts of humanity leak out and combine. That one night is Halloween, and I’m definitely watching Dead Alive along with Salo; I’m excited, because I’ve seen neither. Unfortunately, I’m not going out this year, since I’m on the schedule to work at DISH that night, so it’s a perfect movie night. I know the 31st is right around the corner, but I’ll have my movies in plenty of time before Halloween, since I rent from Blockbuster @Home and they deliver fast. Honestly, a night at home sharing the darkness with the minds of madness sounds awesome, I’ll have a nice spooky vibe going on, there’s no due date on my movies, so I won’t be interrupted. It’s going to be a bloody great night!
Emily Henry October 26, 2012 at 03:37 AM
I know it's hard to believe... but Blockbuster is STILL open in Concord! Also, check Netflix. There are a few truly awful horror movies on there.
Emily Henry October 26, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Saide, the credit for this list all goes to Colby Heyer — but I agree that it is pretty great! I love exploring new horror movies too. Your description of Halloween night is very poetic and sounds simply perfect!

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