Well, I listed out a few scary movies a few years back, but I figured it would make a great Halloween tradition to list these out again this year...
First of all, #1/2 goes to my favorite Halloween TV special, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. It contains the funniest party scene of any Charlie Brown cartoon, and of course the famous Linus-ism "Three things you should never talk about: politics, religion, and the Great Pumpkin."
- The Others: This has become my favorite in the last couple of years. Nicole Kidman does a great job, and this is a classic example of a scary movie that doesn't cross over to the over the top gore place. The plot is bar none.
- The Blair Witch Project: I kind of rolled my eyes in the theatre, then I had trouble sleeping for a week. What makes this one work is the fact that they never show the "witch". It's all in your head.
- The Shining: Gotta give props to Mr. Nicholson for portraying the creepiest character in all of film. I think I'm just a couple of steps away from "Jack" whenver I'm in the middle of writing for a record.
- Psycho: I watched this one on TV one year and knew nothing about the famous plot twists and suprises. Hence my mind was absolutely blown when "that scene" came up.
- Identity: This 2003 classic starring John Cusack riffs on the Psycho motif for awhile before going into some crazy uncharted territory. Also features some great plot twists (can you tell I'm a sucker for plot twists?)