If you haven't realized by now, I really freaking like horror films and, unlike certain individuals, I feast on them year round. It being so close to Halloween, more than the horrorphiles will indulge in the scary part of Hollywood and I want to make sure they enjoy every minute of pants-peeing viewing. So here's my choices for some choice horror.
The Kate Beckinsale-led film (and franchise) is more than a simple vampire flick; it's a high octane action thriller will gore and violence splattered all over the walls. It's like Buffy the Vampire Slayer except the slayers are also the vampires. The entire series is worthwhile though, sadly, Beckinsale is absent from the third installment, Rise of the Lycans but don't let that stop you from checking it out. NOTE: I suggest the extended versions; simply for more.
28 Days Later
This UK-produced zombie flick isn't your average undead title; it's deliberately paced and drawn out just enough to to get those tingles going before our hero's life (Cillian Murphy) is again in danger. And once you've seen this one, be sure to check out 28 Weeks Later; it may not reach the heights of the original but it's still an awesome movie for The Walking Dead fans. Also, Murphy shows off a digitally enhanced full monty moment, for those who enjoy a little man-objectification.
Arnold Schwarzenegger may not be the obvious star of a horror flick unless he's the hulking killer a la See No Evil (WWE's Kane) but this isn't an obvious horror flick. There's no masked killer, dream demon or possessed doll; there's a hunter-alien stalking US soldiers testing himself against Earth's best. The ending is scientifically iffy but if you're cool with that, check this, hell, the whole franchise, out.
What's scarier than a little boy being threatened by his brand new toy? Duh, not much. After receiving a Good Guy Doll for his birthday, Andy (Alex Vincent) finds himself the virtual hostage of a serial killer (Brad Dourif) with nobody willing to believe him. Also starring Catherine Hicks and Chris Sarandon, the film boasts a talented cast and plenty of thrills. Child's Play 2 continued the violent legacy but faltered with Child's Play 3 - what the hell is up with the older, recast Alex!? The second trilogy veered more towards dark comedy - Jennifer TIlly was a brilliant addition as Tiffany - but Curse of Chucky, and presumably the next installment forthcoming, brought the series back to it's roots. Just watch them all. Except maybe 3; it really isn't that good.
Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson redefined the slasher/horror genre with this bloody gem and shocked a generation of horror lovers when they killed one of America's sweethearts in the opening scene. Scream breathed new life into the genre built on death and is now even a series on MTV.
If you want more option, check out my Horror Films for the Halloween Season Part I and Horror Films for the Halloween Season Part II: Family Friendly Edition as well as my post on KateTilton.com, 6 Horror Movies for Halloween You May Now Know. And if you have some suggestions, let me know in the comments.