Claiming to be a fearless soul? We all instantaneously muster up the extensive valor to watch scary movies especially during the Halloween season. After all, it is real fun to spook your friends–including yourself, just admit it–to keep up with the chilling atmosphere.
Armed with a resourceful (or otherwise) costume and a bag of mouthwatering goodies from your eventful trick or treat, let’s see if you can bare these frightening films alone or with peers during Halloween night!
The Shining is a 1980 adaptation of Stephen King’s 1977 illustrious horror novel of the same name. It focuses on a determined writer and recovering alcoholic who works as a custodian at a historic hotel during the off season. He settles in with his wife and son who is besieged by psychic visions. As his son’s premonitions become more difficult, he realizes the hotel’s horrifying past and starts turning into a murderous maniac bound to torment his loved ones. The film epitomizes sublime fragments of jump scare: the captivating visuals and musical scoring, the improvisation of the memorable and startling quote: “Here’s Johnny!”, and the eerie young twin sisters on the corridor lingered in most people’s nightmares and significantly impressed them.
The Shining is hailed by critics, and has become a core of today’s pop culture. Mathematicians at London’s King’s College utilized statistical figuring in a research mandated by Sky Movies to determine that The Shining was the “perfect scary movie” because of its precise harmony of different aspects such as impact, suspense, and gore. It stars the infamous method actor Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, and Danny Lloyd. The creepy movie trailer may be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S014oGZiSdI. Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror film, “The Shining” is highly regarded to be one the scariest horror films of all time.
The Ring is a 1998 Japanese paranormal and mind-altering horror film. Adapted from the 1991 novel of the same name by Koji Suzuki, as well as the Japanese folk tale Banchō Sarayashiki, a Japanese myth of fragmented faith and vows resulting to a desolate fate, the movie centers on a reporter who probes the mystery behind a cursed videotape that kills the watcher 7 days after viewing it. The movie became the highest grossing horror film in Japan, was critically praised by reviewers, and garnered immense following in the West. The unanticipated twist in the story and the never-ending goosebumps caused by “Sadako”, the vengeful ghost with her long straight black hair covering her face and dirty long white dress while crawling out of the static television screen and that spooky phone call with the screeching sound after watching the videotape paved its status as one of the most petrifying films of all time. It generated several follow-ups and started a trend of Western reprises, beginning with the 2002 American version. The haunting movie trailer may be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcgCM2FyU8s. The Ring, a 1998 Japanese paranormal and mind-altering horror movie became the highest grossing horror film in Japan, was critically praised by reviewers, and garnered immense following in the West.
Get Out is a 2017 American horror film written and directed by comedian Jordan Peele in his directorial debut. It revolves on an African-American photographer who unravels a troubling secret when he meets the “liberal” family of his Caucasian girlfriend. It stars the remarkable British actor Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, and Catherine Keener. The movie is often considered as one of the greatest horror thrillers of modern American cinema. It is a brilliant allegory on racism and is a political satire on post-Obama America. It successfully triggered the trend of smart horror films (cue John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place”) with low-key but poignant and frightening narratives with a small budget that can still make you think. It instills dread on Hollywood that loves remakes and recycled superheroes. At the 2018 Academy Awards, Get Out won the celebrated Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. As Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian cleverly summarized: “[Get Out] is a mainstream feature film bold enough, tactless enough, irresponsible enough to invoke race outside the solemn confines of documentary…The point is that Get Out takes pessimism and converts it into defiance – and laughs.” The terrifying movie trailer may be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzfpyUB60YY&t=1s.Get Out is a 2017 American horror film often considered as one of the greatest horror thrillers of modern American cinema. It is a brilliant allegory on racism and is a political satire reflecting on post- Obama America.
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