Welcome back boys and ghouls! Hopefully you enjoyed a few of the selections from last weeks article. This week I decided to recommend some films that are more creepy and haunting, rather than gruesome and grotesque. Less violence, same level of what-the-f**k-is-that-OH-MY-GOD-IT’S-HORRIBLE!
Sure, it’s another movie about spirit possession. But frankly, this one’s pretty great. A little girl buys a small, old box from a yard sale and it turns out the box hosts something ghostly. Major creepiness factor as it was produced by the one and only Sam Raimi, so you know that’s full of make-your-skin-crawl moments.
The House of the Devil
This movie really throws back to the 70’s satanic horror flicks (think Rosemary’s Baby). A very bizarre couple hire a babysitter for the husbands sick mother, but their intentions are far more nefarious that the baby sitter realizes. The end here does get pretty bloody, but the majority of the film just makes you nervous because you have no idea what’s going to happen next.
This is, by far, one of the top 5 best sci-fi horror movies ever. It takes place in the future, and a space crew is sent to investigate a distress signal coming from a spaceship that disappeared several years earlier. There’s some pretty disturbing business going on here. This is one you HAVE to see.
This is an interesting little psychological horror flick, starring Clive Owen as a father whose family begins experiencing some malignant supernatural encounters with a dark force. There are elements of this movie that are generic and mediocre, but if you’re the kind of person who dosen’t like horror movies but wants to watch scary stuff anyway, this one’s for you.
This is one of my personal all-time favs. Peter Jackson produced and directed this flick about a guy that can see ghosts (played by the always likable Michael J. Fox) and uses his power to scam people, until a real ghostly threat comes along and forces him to use his power for good. It’s scary, it’s funny, and you’ll be glad you watched it.
This is another one of those horror-movie-for-people-who-don’t-like-horror-movies. It’s not a horror movie by the standard definition, but writer/director Kevin Smith certainly made what he considers a movie about something horrifying. The premise involves a Westboro Baptist church-like cult who takes three boys captive and torments them in the name of god. The reality of how people like this really exists is pretty damn terrifying.
I get that M. Night Shayamalan doesn’t have a decent track record, and I’ll admit that I’m not a fan of everything he’s done, but this horror flick from a few years ago that he created the story for and produced is pretty great. Five people are trapped in an elevator together and one of them just so happens to be the Devil… but who? I will warn you that this one does have a little more blood and violence than some of the others on this list, but there’s a actually a very sincere, underlying, moral here about redemption that kind of sneaks up on you and makes it all worth it.
Sean Bean stars in this historical-horror movie about a knight charged with investigating a woman who is said to be able to bring the dead back to life and whose village had been completely untouched by the Black Plague. If you remember the Nic Cage flick from a few years ago “Season of the Witch”, this is a better version of that movie.
Hope you all enjoy the selections this week! Come back next week when we’ll bring some great horror classics for Halloween week, with a VERY SPECIAL guest contibutor… Stay nerdy, and creepy, friends!