Michael. Jason. Freddy. Pinhead. Yes, these are the film monsters nightmares are made of…especially if you live on Elm Street. A lot of these bad guys came from the ’70s and ’80s, the time of the slasher flick…and like the undead are being resurrected. Whether their stories are being retold for the bucks or the sheer horror (or both), the fans are flocking. First, you have a stronger, tougher Michael Myers in the new Halloween run by Rob Zombie, or the unstoppable Jason Vorhees (yeah, that scary force of nature in the hockey mask) in the recent Friday the 13th. Then there is the success of Jigsaw from the seemingly infinite number of Saw films. And let’s not forget the upcoming Nightmare on Elm Street reintroducing us to Freddy Krueger and his long steel claws all over again. Close your eyes and pass the popcorn! Make what you want of this resurgence but Halloween is coming and these are some creepy customers that will cause you to lock your doors and windows and hide in the closet.
Still feeling bold? Okay. Here are some of what SJCPL offers:
• Halloween (and Rob Zombie’s Halloween)
• Nightmare on Elm Street series
• Friday the 13th series
• Hellraiser & Hellraiser: Deader
• Saw series
• Texas Chainsaw Massacre (prequels remakes etc. featuring the beloved Leatherface)
Also check out some recent flicks of the last few years such as Let the Right One In, Last House on the Left (the remake of Wes Craven’s classic), The Strangers, Midnight Meat Train (the title says it all), The Hills Have Eyes, Hostel 1 and 2, The Orphanage, Going to Pieces/The American Nightmare (both excellent documentaries), among many others too numerous to mention.
If you would like an SJCPL list culled from the American Film Institute, try this. Also, IMDB has a list as does Rotten Tomatoes with their own top 50! You will find some classics from all these lists.
A final tip of the hat goes to George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead series for making me believe in zombies again.
What are some of your favorite scary movies?
Enjoy the popcorn and be sure not to go to sleep until the sun comes up.