There is nothing better than settling in with an awesome slasher movie late at night. Among all of the great horror films, the “Halloween” series featuring Michael Myers is definitely my favorite. I created this website to celebrate my love for Michael Myers and his character in my favorite movies. I invite you to check out my articles where I dish about all this horror… movies, books, characters, and more.
Each time a new horror movie hits theaters, I’m there with popcorn in hand. I analyze the movies here and rate them for my fellow horror fans so you can know what movies are best before you ever hit the ticket line. You will also find some great actor biographies here as I love to research the actors and actresses that appear in the Halloween movies and other slasher films. So without further ado, let’s start this fright fest and look at some of the world’s most horrifically awesome horror movies.
For as long as there has been cinema, there have been horror movies. The interesting thing about these horror movies is that despite the fact they are generally made with a very low budget, and they are almost always panned by the critics, they draw huge crowds at the theatres and also are the movies that seem to stick with viewers the longest. Few people realize that horror movies also provide some pretty valuable life lessons.
The first thing you should take away from horror movies is the importance of staying sharp and always checking out your environment. During the movies, the minute someone lets down their guard is the same instant that someone wielding a bloody chainsaw jumps out of the bushes at them. In real life, staying sharp will help you avoid car accidents, muggings, and even help you catch signs that a relationship is headed south.
Stay Calm, Cool, and Collected
No matter how bad things get, you need to keep your head. In horror movies, the person who stays calm is generally the only one to make it out alive. In real life, staying calm will help you extract yourself from any situation, or even better, think of a perfect solution.
Don’t Try to Be Brave
While the person who stays calm and rational during the instances when they are being stalked by some paranormal, flesh eating creature is the one who stays alive. The person who gets brave and tries to pretend there isn’t anything amiss, is almost always the very person who gets attacked. The lesson you can learn from this is that hiding, calling for help, and removing yourself from the situation are always better options than trying to put on a brave face.
One of my biggest pet peeves about going to the movie store is the type of movies that I see most on the shelves, horror movies. I just don’t get why they are so popular. Do people really want to scare the crap out of themselves on a regular basis or is there something else about the movies that I am missing? Also, why are there so many of these movies out there? If you have ever taken the time to look up online the new movies that come out on DVD or Blu-ray each week, you will notice that a lot of them are horror movies.
Most of these movies were never in the theaters and by the description and the plot it really is obvious why they went straight to the video store. It seems that a lot of them are the same movies over and over and the point of most of them is to just see how much grosser they can be than the last movie that came out with the same plot. What really gets me is that it is not just during the Halloween season that these types of movies are coming out, like it used to be back in the good old days.
Every single week it seems there are new ones out there ready to show you just how bad a movie can be. Maybe I am little biased because I hate watching horror movies because I don’t like to be scared. I have never had an interest in having nightmares when I go to bed or being afraid to go out at night just in case that creep character from the horror movie I watched is waiting for me in the parking lot. I am an adult and I do know better, but I just don’t get the point of wanting to be scared by something that is supposed to be entertaining.
In an unfortunate twist of events, I married a man that adores horror films. From “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” to old school “Jason” and “Freddie”, my husband loves them all. But I can’t stand any of them. I am a big chicken and I can’t stomach even the mildest scary movies. In fact, I can still remember the first time I watched “Scream” back in high school. A bunch of my friends got together and rented the movie when it came out and everyone kept telling me how great it would be. I nearly wet my pants before we were halfway through the film and I ended up making up some lame excuse so I could go home, where I promptly had nightmares for two weeks.
When I started dating my husband, he urged me to try scary movies again. He insisted that I could handle them as long as I was tucked next to his side where he would keep me safe and offer some comic relief from time to time. I put on my brave face and gave it my best shot. We watched “The Ring” and I should note two things here. First of all, I can never watch a static screen on a television set ever again. Second, don’t ever watch this movie. You will regret it. I made it through the whole film, although I did close my eyes a few times. But after it was over, my nerves were totally fried. My husband-to-be thought it would be cute to startle me. He was grabbing something from the refrigerator and turned around and just made this high pitched “Peep!” sound and I burst into sobs. Not only was I terrified, but now I was awfully embarrassed too. So that is why I hate scary movies.
It seems that almost everybody has a particular holiday that they love to celebrate. Most people seem to enjoy Christmas but I think that is because they are selfish and they simply like to get presents. I have two holidays that I love. The first is Thanksgiving, and that is simply because I am fat and I love to eat. However there is one holiday that I really get excited over and that is Halloween. I always go all out for the event and this year is going to be no different. I am already making plans for what I want to do and there are some good ideas cooking in my brain. However there is one idea that I have already settled on. I am going to try using herbal incense for my Halloween party.
Herbal incense is a great thing and it offers a ton of possibilities. Not only doe it come in a lot of aromas but it is so easy to use. I simply light the incense and let it put off its amazing smell. However it does more than that. Not only does herbal incense smell fantastic but it helps set the mood and it can even help get conversations started. I typically have to invite all of my coworkers to the parties and they are not the most talkative group. They often need a little help along the way. I figure why not try setting the mood with a cool new smell and see if that helps the people start talking. I imagine the conversation would go something like, “So, have you noticed the awesome smell of herbal incense”? Once that phrase is out there the opportunities for chatter will be endless.
Herbal incense not only sets the mood and smells great but it is also very affordable. Since this incense burns slowly it means that you are not going to run out as quickly and have to replace it. That makes herbal incense a great investment. But I digress. So here is my plan. I am planning on having 3 different herbal incense containers set up in the house. One will be in the bathroom because, well you know. The other will be located in the entry way and the final will be located in the kitchen. However I have a plan for another herbal incense container. I am planning on setting up one container outside the house. The smell? I am leaning towards chocolate simply so it draws attention and invites the people to come in hungry.
So that is my herbal incense Halloween plan. Sounds yummy and fun to me. What are your plans for incense and/or Halloween?
The Internet is full of bloated information that has absolutely nothing to do with reality. However this article is not going to fall into that category. The idea here is tactical flashlights and the reasons that you need to have one. For the sake of arguments lets assume that the flashlight is going to be used in a haunted house. With that being said lets take a few moments and explain the advantages of using tactical flashlights and the reasons that you need to always have one on your side. From this moment forward we will be assuming that we are all talking about haunted houses.
The first reason that you need tactical flashlights in a haunted house is because the house is freaking dark. Nobody likes to walk around in the dark. Isn’t that why we have a phrase that says, I’m in the dark here? We all like to walk in the light because it allows us to see better and it keeps us from stumbling into or across things that might impede us. Tactical flashlights are great for adding light because they are some of the brightest flashlights on the market today. One of these bad boys can illuminate an entire ballroom. Not only will they brighten a dark room but they also have the ability to focus their beams into small, tight spots. This is a great advantage.
Tactical flashlights are also good because they are built from hardened steel. Sure they might be a bit heavy but the reasons for this added weight are simple. A heavier object allows us to actually use the flashlight as a weapon. A properly swung flashlight can deliver a serious blow to any ghost or ghoul and it will certainly make you feel a bit more secure knowing that you have a serious weapon in your hands. But this is not the primary reason that you need tactical flashlights.
Tactical flashlights are used by the local police and the military for a reason. These things have a long life expectancy and they are built very, very well. These flashlights can be dropped, run over, thrown around, and they will still work. Tactical flashlights do not use up the batteries quickly either. There really is no reason to think that these flashlights are not useful. When it comes to added light, added security, and quality, there is nothing better than a tactical flashlight. I have several in my home and I even keep on in my truck and my car. So are you ready to go get your own?
If you are running out of things to do this summer perhaps you need to get started watching some scary movies. I remember back in the day when my husband would gather all the cousins and our daughter around him in the evenings after a family meal to tell them all a scary story. My daughter still talks about that to this day because it made a fond memory for her. She didn’t get too scared but a few of the kids got scared and screamed during these stories. If you have fond memories like that from your childhood then perhaps you would be interested in starting a tradition with your kids as well.
You may not always have time for a scary story but there is always time to watch a scary movie. I know my girl likes to watch them and has gotten me into it a little bit. I cannot watch something that is really scary because it will make me dream horrible stuff but a few of the shows and movies she has me watch with her are ok and very doable.
Getting all wrapped up in a blanket with your loved ones with a box of popcorn in front of the television set and watching scary movies together is really fun. If you don’t believe me then give it a try this coming weekend. I know that if you have kids they will totally enjoy you spending quality time with them under the blanket like you did when they were little. Think of it as a bonding time with your kids. If you don’t like scary movies you can always close your eyes and just enjoy the love from your family.
If you are like me then you really enjoy a good scary movie. There is just something special about finding a movie that can really bring you to the edge of your seat and scare the lights out of you. There are many movies that attempt to do this but there are very few that actually succeed. Hollywood has recently started making more horror movies and they are starting to do a better job of making the movies scary and more realistic. However until they are able to consistently put out a good product, I am going to be forced to re-watch the older movies that actually have a great story to tell. With that being said, here are my top three-scary/horror movies of all time. This is just my list and you might not like them, but I still do.
Coming in at number three is the movie that still gives me the willies. The name of the movie is IT. This is a movie that was made from a Stephen King book. The idea in this movie is that a band of adults must come together to fight a formidable foe from their childhood. In this case the monster takes the form of a clown and he is very creepy. I fault this movie for giving me a phobia of clowns.
Number 2 on the list is the original Night of the Living Dead. This was a movie made in the late 60’s and it was a black and white film. The movie was not really scary but it is the grandfather of all zombie movies.
The number one scary movie of all time is The Exorcist. This is a film that follows the true story of a child that has been possessed by a demon. The movie has head spinning, green vomit, and many other spectacles that are sure to leave you searching for the closest light.
Scary movies are not new and they are not always good. Some of the most awful movies are horror flicks. However there are a few that have been able to capture the hearts and minds of the audience. The following list will highlight the 5 scariest movies of all time. Understand that these movies are not universally loved.
5. The Conjuring
This film is based on real life events. This movie depicts the real life possession of a home and a woman. The movie deals with demons and evil spirits. It is a very scary movie simply because it is real.
4. The Amityville Horror
Again, this is another film that deals with hauntings and demons. This film deals with the same couple as The Conjuring does. The same demonologist worked this case. It happened in the 70’s and the movie is still very frightening.
3. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The real life monster known as Ed Gien inspired this film. He was a murderer from the 1950’s that enjoyed skinning people and wearing there skin. a very demented person, he was known for digging up graves and using the skin of the deceased to make belts, lamp shades, and even clothing.
A Stephen King book that was made into a movie. The monster in this movie is an evil clown. I hate clowns and this film gave me nightmares for years. I still hate clowns and this film is the reason.
1. The Exorcist
The granddaddy of all horror films. This movie follows the real life possession of a young boy. While the movie uses a girl, the story itself is about a young boy.
Halloween parties are a little better when you have wine. They’re better yet when that wine somehow fits the Halloween feel. There are some things you can do to get your adult beverage feeling a bit more holiday appropriate.
Read the labels. Some wine companies have done a great job of creating holiday themed wines. Local winery’s will often be the first to start doing this. There is also a brand called Vampire Wines that’s very spooky. Can’t find a bottle that has an appropriately Halloween name/feel, not a problem, turn to your computer and create some of your own labels and stick them on the bottles. It’s a little thing your guests will love. Small bottles of wine with the creative labels make great gifts if you want your guests to leave with a party memento.
Jello shots are always a huge hit at the parties, and they’re really tasty when you make them from a good bottle of white wine. After the jello has set, use a cookie cutter to create fun, Halloween inspired shapes.
Pour some red wine into a small punch bowl and use fruit to make it look like there are body parts or monsters floating in the liquid. You will still be able to enjoy drinking the wine, and your party guests will be appropriately grossed out. Best of all, they’ll be talking about your wine themed punch bowl for years.
The wine bottles don’t have to be full. If you have a couple empty bottle tucked away, you can incorporate them into party decorations. Use stickers and other crafty ideas to give the bottle a Halloween appropriate vibe and then use it as a vase for some dead flowers.
Slasher films have been around for almost as long as the motion picture itself. From the inception of this genre of film there has always been the question of who likes this stuff and what is the point behind these films? The real answer could frighten you. The reality is that these films not only depict a scary situation but they also allow the viewer the chance to live through the villain or even through the protagonist.
Regardless of where you fall in this area, the truth is that people like to be scared and they like to tap into that carnal, bloodthirsty animal that lives within them. Slasher films allow the viewer a chance to witness what they could only dream of. Perhaps it is the desire to be chased or maybe the desire is to fight for your life.
One of the most successful slasher films of all time is, in fact, a series of films known as Halloween. In this series the audience is introduced to Michael Myers and his sister. Michael is portrayed as a psychotic, mentally challenged young man that has a desire to kill his older sister. He routinely shows up on the night of Halloween and chases any and all that dare get in his way. Wielding his signature machete, he stalks his victims and ultimately cuts them to pieces. This is a particularly bloody film that plays on the dysfunctional family and the lust of the teenage heart. If you want a good scare or if you simply want to see some extremely bloody death scenes, this film is for you.