IT (2017): Some say it was disappointing, but It is definitely a must-watch movie for Halloween. It was a film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, It. The 1990 version of It was clearly a big hIt. The two adaptations are clearly uncomparable because of the production, however, there is one thing in common: Stephen King’s specific style of writing. The 2017 version is a refreshing movie to watch, because it’s so different from other horror movies. What other film makes you laugh, but also makes you almost piss your pants? It revolves around seven friends, and one creature. Most people would assume the clown, Pennywise, is It. However, It is whatever your biggest fear is, and Pennywise is It’s favorite form.
The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014) : This documentary style film follows the story about Deborah Logan, whose mental health is deteriorating due to alzheimer's disease. A film crew tracks her life by installing cameras in her home, and observing how the disease affects Deborah. However, the film crew isn’t prepared for what the true darkness is lying inside of her. The movie is delightfully disgusting with a few scenes that leave you wondering why you even watched the movie in the first place.
The Blair Witch Project (1999) : The Blair Witch Project is also a documentary style horror flick. With only a small budget of $60,000, the film succeeded in the box offices. The point of view is captured by three students. They explore a small town to record and collect more information about the Blair Witch, who has supposedly taken people’s lives. With curiosity in mind, the three students explore the woods that the witch is haunting in. However, it quickly takes a scary turn when the students are lost. What’s a good college trip without getting lost in the woods with a murderous witch?
We Need to Talk about Kevin (2011) : For a 2011 film, it was way ahead of its time. The production was made in a way where it could not be replicated in any other movie. We Need to Talk about Kevin isn’t a horror movie. It’s psychological, tense, and it creates an uncomfortable atmosphere that makes you dig your nails into your pillow. Eva Katchadourian is a mother of two children, Kevin and Celia. More importantly, the movie illustrates the timeline of her oddly unfortunate relationship with Kevin, who was known as a troublesome child. As Kevin grows, so does Eva’s patience. With back and forth reflections from both perspectives of the mother and the son, the ending is a certain surprise that would need to be watched multiple times to understand.
Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) : An unusual case of a family murder leads to a fallen female victim buried under a basement. The victim is unidentified, and the crime is unsolved. Father and son medical examiners perform an autopsy, and things are going as planned until the corpse starts bleed. It seems unusual, but the pair decide to continue to perform the autopsy. As the knife continues to cut deeper into the corpse, so does the story. The bodies that have been autopsied are wrapped with little bells around their ankles, like a cherry on top. Just like any other horror movie, unusual things start to happen: flickering lights, jump scares, etc. But one thing that is certainly concerning is when the bells starts to ring.