9 scary movies for Halloween
Alien ... a 1979 science-fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm and Yaphet Kotto. The film's title refers to a highly aggressive extraterrestrial creature that stalks and kills the crew of a spaceship. It's hard to beat this classic. Ebert gave it 4 stars.
Anaconda ... a 1997 adventure-horror film, directed by Luis Llosa, starring Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Jon Voight, Eric Stoltz, Owen Wilson, Kari Wuhrer and Jonathan Hyde. It centers around a film crew for National Geographic who are kidnapped by a hunter who is going after the world's largest giant anaconda, which is discovered in the Amazon Rainforest. I liked this, except for the snake-eating-people parts ;) Ebert gave it 3.5 stars.
- The Day After Tomorrow ... a 2004 American science fiction disaster film ... depicts catastrophic effects of global warming in a series of extreme weather events that usher in global cooling and leads to a new ice age. It starred Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emmy Rossum, Ian Holm, and Sela Ward. I find disaster movies particularly scary for some reason. Ebert gave it 3 stars.
- Fallen ... a 1998 neo-noir supernatural crime thriller film, directed by Gregory Hoblit, and starring Denzel Washington, John Goodman and Donald Sutherland. It's about demon possession - eek! I posted about it here. Ebert gave it only 2.5 stars.
- Lord of Illusions ... a 1995 American horror film written and directed by Clive Barker, based on his earlier short story, The Last Illusion (from Books of Blood Vol. 6). The film presents Barker's signature character Harry D'Amour onscreen for the first time. It stars Scott Bakula as D'Amour ... I tried to watch this because I like Scott Bakula, but it just creeped me out and I only got halfway through. Ebert gave it 3 stars.
- Night of the Demon ... a 1957 British horror film directed by Jacques Tourneur, starring Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins and Niall MacGinnis. An adaptation of the M. R. James story "Casting the Runes" (1911), the plot revolves around an American psychologist investigating a satanic cult suspected of more than one murder. Yep, it's old, but still I found it quite creepy! I posted about it here
- The Prophecy ... a 1995 American fantasy horror-thriller film starring Christopher Walken, Elias Koteas, Virginia Madsen, Eric Stoltz, and Viggo Mortensen. It was written and directed by Gregory Widen, and is the first motion picture of The Prophecy series including four sequels. The film tells the story of the Archangel Gabriel (Walken) and his search for an evil soul on Earth, and a police detective (Koteas) who unknowingly becomes caught in the middle of an angelic civil war. I did find this pretty scary --- there's something about religious horror that especially gets to me.
- Revelations ... a six episode television miniseries that began airing on April 13, 2005 ... explores the End of Days ... It starred Bill Pullman and Natascha McElhone - a nun and a professor investigate the second coming of Jesus while trying to avoids Satan's minions.
- Wolfen ... a 1981 American crime horror film directed by Michael Wadleigh and starring Albert Finney, Diane Venora, Gregory Hines and Edward James Olmos. It is an adaptation of Whitley Strieber's 1978 novel The Wolfen. I posted about the movie here. Ebert gave the movie 3.5 stars