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Best Horror Films to watch this Halloween

Best Horror Films to watch this Halloween

Although most of our readers might agree that this year has been a hellish year, to put it mildly, we won't be surprised that in the coming years a 2020 calendar might even make for a legit Halloween costume (much like Corona virus is going to be this year). Since there's no theme parties or trick or treating this year, we suggest you dim the lights, and indulge your darker side with our choice of creepy horror films as you stay indoors this year.

Paranormal Activity 3
Paranormal Activity 3 is a 2011 American found footage supernatural horror film, directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. It is the third (chronologically, the first) installment of the Paranormal Activity series and serves as a prequel, mostly set 18 years prior to the events of the first two films. The film broke financial records upon release, setting a new record for a midnight opening for a horror film ($8 million) and the best opening day for a horror film in the United States ($26.2 million). And while most horror films are pretty forgettable, Paranormal 3 is perhaps the most enjoyably creepy films of all times. The film goes back back to 1988 for a found footage bonanza concerning the childhood of the sisters who starred in the first two movies. You surely know what happens next - possessions and creepy obsessions - but on a night like Halloween, it can still deliver plenty of jumps.

In 1957, in Detroit, a red Plymouth Fury is built and is the cause of two accidents, one of them fatal, still in the assembly line. Twenty-one years later, the outcast and bullied nerd Arnold "Arnie" Cunningham is getting a ride with his best and only friend Dennis Guilder and he sees the wrecked car for sale in a garden. Arnie immediately falls in love with the car. The car was given the name Christine by its first owner. He brings the car to a repair shop of the despicable Will Darnell and works hard to restore the classic car. While he works in the restoration, he changes his personality to a cocky teenager and he dates the most beautiful girl in the high-school, Leigh Cabot. Soon Arnie becomes selfish and jealous of the supernatural Christine that kills everyone that is a threat to them. The uncharacteristically ominous 50s rock n roll exudes a palpable sense of menace, even when the demonic car is parked harmlessly in a garage.

American Psycho
Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence as a sadistic, sociopathic murderer as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies. Shockingly violent and intensely uneasy on the eyes, the film is more a satire on the great American capitalist dream rather than being a full on psychological thriller.

The Babadook
A single mother and her child fall into a deep well of paranoia when an eerie children's book titled "Mister Babadook" manifests in their home. Amelia, who lost her husband in a car crash on the way to give birth to Samuel, their only child, struggles to cope with her fate as a single mom. Samuel's constant fear of monsters and violent reaction to overcome the fear doesn't help her cause either, which makes her friends become distant. When things can not get any worse, they read a strange book in their house about the 'Babadook' monster that hides in the dark areas of their house. Even Amelia seems to feel the effect of Babadook and desperately tries in vain to destroy the book. The nightmarish experiences of the two encounters form the rest of the story.

The Wicker Man
A puritan Police Sergeant arrives in a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl who the locals claim never existed. On Sunday, April 29, 1973, Sergeant Neil Howie with the West Highland Constabulary flies solo to Summerisle off the coast of Scotland. He is there to follow up on a letter addressed specifically to him from an anonymous source on Summerisle reporting that a twelve year old girl who lives on the island, Rowan Morrison, the daughter of May Morrison, has long been missing. The correspondence includes a photograph of Rowan. Upon his arrival on Summerisle, Howie finds that the locals are a seemingly simple minded lot who provide little information beyond the fact that they know of no Rowan Morrison and do not know the girl in the photo. As Howie speaks to more and more people, he begins to believe that Rowan does or did live on the island, but that the locals are hiding their knowledge of her. He also sees that the locals all have pagan beliefs, their "religion" which centers on procreation as the source of life. That procreation does not necessarily need to be within marriage, and openly flaunts the act of sex. These beliefs do not sit well against Howie's strict Christian morals. Everything that happens on the island seems to be dictated by Lord Summerisle, whose ancestors bought the island generations ago. Howie begins to believe that Rowan was murdered, a sacrifice by the islanders to their higher power to ensure a bountiful apple crop - the main crop of the island - which did not materialise last season. Howie not only tries to find out if Rowan was indeed murdered/sacrificed, but if there will be another sacrifice on this important day within the cycle of life.

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