One great way to share a night with friends, no matter how old you are, is taking in a few horror movies. Popcorn, laughter and screams can make for great fun, especially if you happen to own a home theatre system.
Many great classics have been re-released in High Definition on Blu Ray Discs, but there are also many available on the internet, so you can even make a list, and let your friends choose on the night. Many televisions now have internet access, so you can watch the films directly on the TV. Or you can hook up a projector to your PC and make your very own little theater in your living room.
These five movies are the perfect recipe for a great night of horror movies. It is a selection of titles that have been made over the last fifty years, showing that great horror never dates. Not only were these great scary movies, but they were also just great films, being nominated for awards, and in many cases winning. While many may stick their noses up at horror movies, these are five films that everyone should see at least once.
The number one movie to put on the list should be Alfred Hitchcock’s classic, Psycho. Released in 1960, it is still as shocking and eerie today, thanks to a superb performance by Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates. Bates Motel is definitely worth a visit, unless you happen to be Janet Leigh. Try not making the error of getting Gus Van Sant’s re-make which featured Vince Vaughn in the Norman Bates role and is not nearly as good. The original Psycho was nominated for 4 Academy awards.
William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist came out in 1973 on the silver screen. Since then its been scaring people around the globe, and this tale of a possessed teen girl played by Linda Blair, who received a nomination for an Oscar for her role, is spine-chilling still today. The Exorcist was the winner of 2 Oscars, for Best Writing and Sound, while it also received another 8 nominations.
In 1975 living Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg made his first mark on modern culture with the instant classic, Jaws. Winner of 3 Academy Awards, including one for John Williams, who composed the unforgettable theme music, Jaws may not stand up to today’s films’ special effects, but it is still as frightening as ever.
Picking a film adapted from a Stephen King novel is always a good choice for a scary night. And not many are better than 1990’s Misery which saw Kathy Bates play an obsessed fan who rescues an injured famous writer played by James Caan after a car crash. Bates won a Best Actress for her portrayal of Annie Wilkes.
The Sixth Sense, made my M Night Shyamalan in 1990, and arguably his best film ever, picked up 6 Academy Award Nominations. Bruce Willis leads the cast but it is the Oscar-nominated performances of Haley Joel Osment as the child who can see dead people, one of the best acting performances by a child ever, and Toni Collette as his mother, that steal the show.
These movies are just a few examples of the horror genre and should be seen though by all movie lovers. For the horror buffs who have seen these a thousand times there are so many other options as the genre has expanded to include so many other films, from Asian ghost stories to the independent gore flicks.