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Horror movie recommendations

Jigsaw is the main antagonist who appears in the Saw franchise. Photo courtesy of Youtube

Shaun Lucas
Associate News Editor

October is the time for pumpkin pie, breaking out that cozy sweater, and celebrating Halloween. Since many of us are now too old to mooch free candy of off strangers, what better way to celebrate “spooky season” to enjoy horror movies; yet, it’s pointless for me to say go watch the latest ghost movie or Steven King adaptation, as many horror-fanatics were already planning on viewing those films. As one who isn’t opposed to viewing quite atypical content, I have a few movies to feel uneasy about.

 “Saw,” while being well-known as the first movie of the classic horror franchise, is one which many overlook due to its violence. Yes, the movie is indeed gruesome, mostly due to the expert usage of practical effects by James Wan; yet, the story of the first film is actually quite intriguing. The story is also supported by its characters, mainly the main villain of Jigsaw. 

Tobin Bell’s performance as Jigsaw boosts the film into greatness, as his dedication to the role creates an intimidating, yet developed villain.

“V/H/S” is a collection of horror stories told from the perspective of individuals viewing VHS tapes. Each tape features one of the stories, ranging from video chat footage of a girl infected with an alien virus, to found footage of invasions during a couple’s honeymoon. 

My favorite of the segments being “Amature Night,” in which a young man encounters a strange woman during a night out. “V/H/S” and it’s sequel are on Netflix for those interested.

“Rubber” is a methodical horror film with the bizarre premise of a car tire with deadly telekinetic powers. The film flows with a constant feeling of uncertainty due to the somewhat vague plot and patient pace. It’s very odd, but isn’t that what horror movies are all about?

“Cabin Fever” (2002) is a somewhat cheesy, yet also unnerving film about five young adults vacationing in a cabin in the woods. Rather than having a deranged murderer, the group is threatened by a potent disease and killer dog. 

The movie has many stupefying moments, along with multiple excellent practical effects and camera perspectives. It’s a squeamish and outlandish film, and you’ll be both laughing and trembling within it’s run time.

“Thriller” is a hilariously cheesy and unthreatening movie about a returning killer interrupting the lives of his ex-high school friends. I know many readers thought this list would be primarily serious, but I can’t possibly talk about horror films without mentioning some “so bad it’s good” movies. 

If you enjoy middle-school play level acting, threats and scary scenes that don’t function, and plots without much sense, “Thriller” is the Netflix movie for you.

These were just a few unconventional horror movies you can give a viewing this October 31. These certainly aren’t the best within horror’s history, but some alternative films you may otherwise not have considered. 

Maybe one or two of these will surprise you and become an annual tradition for you and your friends.