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Horror Movies to watch this Halloween

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Ladies and Gentlemen, the witching season is upon us again.  The dead shall walk the earth and witches shall fly through the sky.  And monkeys might fly out of my butt.

But don’t let reality interrupt a night of fun and frolics.  There are lots of things you can do, go see a scary movie, take the kids trick or treating, or go to a fancy dress party with your work collegues.

Nah, just go see a scary movie.

In fact this year we have quite a batch for you to choose from.  Circuses of freaks, zombies, sadistic killers and bermuda triangles to name but a few.

So let’s start with Cirque du Freak, the story of two young lads who go to a freak show that is new to town.  The see lots of weird things, bearded ladies, tattooed men.  They see this one man do tricks with a poisonous spider.  After the show the man names one of the boys a deal, he will make him a vampire if he agrees to become his apprentice.  What follows is the accomplishment of evil.

My favourite so far is Zombieland, set in the aftermath of a nationwide Zombie attack.  Unlike other Zombie movies this one has a sense of humour.  It also has all the rules of how to survive a Zombie attack in detail, demonstrated in graphic detail.  How jolly useful.  It stars Woody Harrelson and Bill Murray, so you know you are getting your money’s worth.

The third choice is a good old fashioned haunted house movie.  Paranormal Activity is, theoretically, the new Blair Witch, handicam horror movie.  Filmed on a shoestring budget and lots of bumpy photography, it is none the less supposed to be extremely scary.  I guess you just have to go see it and judge it for yourself.

The Saw franchise seems to roll and roll.  We are now on number six of the series, and it somehow manages to retain the ability to scare the hell out of us.  What keeps the Saw series going is it’s imagination and intelligence that it channels into what it knows are our deepest fears.  Jigsaw is long dead but he sowed the seeds of sadism and dark pleasure into the souls of those who survived him.  Finally they are bearing their dark, nasty fruit.

Last but by no means least we have Triangle, a horror based on the mysteries of the Bermuda triangle.  During a yachting race a crew are forced to abandon ship in heavy weather.  A sinister cruise ship offers the only refuge, but on board all is not as it seems.

So enjoy your halloween, go to your nearest Vue and scare yourselves shitless!


Written by Nick Gilmartin

October 15, 2009 at 12:18 pm

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