Horror is in the air come Halloween. For those who enjoy a good fright, watching a scary flick with a bucket of popcorn in hand can be just the trick. The following films make ideal choices for scary Halloween fun.
“The Amityville Horror” (1979): Another movie based on alleged real events, “The Amityville Horror” tells the story of the Lutz family of Long Island, N.Y. Newlyweds move into a house where a murder took place and experience strange events that have them running for cover.
“Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006): This film from Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro details the strange journeys of an imaginative young girl in an eerie but fascinating fantasy world.
“Dawn of the Dead” (2004): Several survivors of a worldwide plague that produced flesh-eating zombies are forced to take refuge in a Midwestern shopping mall to escape impending doom. This is a remake of a 1978 film of the same name.
“The Mothman Prophecies” (2002): Richard Gere stars in this film as a reporter drawn to a small town to investigate reports of horror at the hands of a strange, shadowy figure. When predictions begin coming true, the reporter is caught up in bizarre events. This movie is based on a book chronicling supposedly true events from the 1960s.
“A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984): Freddie Krueger, a deranged child molester who was burned alive, comes back to haunt the dreams of his killers’ children.
“The Fly” (1986): An eccentric scientist transforms into a man/fly hybrid when a teleportation experiment goes wrong. Geena Davis and Jeff Goldblum star.
“Cujo” (1983): A woman and her son are trapped in a car when a rabid dog terrorizes them intent on the kill.