Halloween: 10 great horror movies, according to Future

Today, Monday, October 31, we will experience a new Halloween all over the world. And since it is a long weekend, it is the ideal time to review some great films that terror has left us in the cinema.

The genre has reinvented according to the times, revitalizing timeless stories and adding new codes. And on rock radio, we’re doing the run-up to Halloween with 10 great horror movies.

Exorcist

It’s hard for those who weren’t around in 1973 to fully understand what happened when “The Exorcist” opened in theaters across the United States. Paramedics were called to some multiplexes because people were literally passing out. When the little Regan projectile puked on the priests, some members of the audience puked into their popcorn. No one had ever seen anything so strange, and everyone couldn’t get enough of it. It went on for months and months, even as various groups called for a boycott. There have been countless movies since then about demonic possession, and all of them owe a huge debt to “The Exorcist.”

Psycho

In 1960, Alfred Hitchcock was one of the most successful directors in the world, but Paramount still didn’t want him to make “Psycho.” They didn’t love the idea of ​​a movie about a homicidal hotel clerk and objected to the demand for its budget. Undeterred, Hitchcock promised to shoot the film cheaply with the crew from his television show. Few people could have imagined that they were creating a cultural landmark that would somehow dwarf almost everything Hitchcock had done over the previous four decades. It is a film full of surprises, beginning with the simple fact that the protagonist dies 45 minutes into the film. The movie made a fortune and released three sequels and a remake. Even the trailer is brilliant: instead of showing scenes from the movie, Hitchcock just walks around the set and drops hints about the plot.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The title pretty much tells you everything you need to know about it. He’s in Texas. There is a chainsaw. And there is a massacre. Shot for just $300,000 with a cast of well-known actors, this movie shocked audiences in 1974 with its graphic violence and unforgettable imagery, like a woman impaled on a hook. The film began by saying that it was an “account of the tragedy that befell a group of five young people.” Unless there is an unreported massacre by a chainsaw-wielding maniac somewhere in Texas history, this appears to be a very clever lie on the part of the filmmakers, who almost certainly had no idea they were changing cinema. forever. After this, you didn’t need a big budget, careful cinematography, and well-known actors to make a movie. You just needed a great idea, smart direction and the will to push boundaries.

The Haunting

A movie about a diverse group of people forced to spend the night in an old, haunted house may seem like the most clichéd story in the world, but that wasn’t the case back in September 1963, when it first hit theaters. Based on Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel “The Haunting of Hill House,” “The Haunting” is still terrifyingly creepy all these years later. Much of the suspense comes from watching actress Julie Harris completely freak out. There is also a lesbian character, who was almost unknown back then. Stephen King and Steven Spielberg came close to teaming up for a remake in the 1990s, but the project never got off the ground. It finally happened in 1999 and featured Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Owen Wilson, but the less said about it the better. See the original.

The Thing

John Carpenter’s 1982 horror film “The Thing” had a lot going against it. Not only did it have to open on the exact same day as “Blade Runner,” but it hit theaters just a few weeks after “ET,” a movie that featured aliens as adorable little creatures that were great with kids. The aliens from “The Thing” had a very different agenda. Instead of levitating bikes, these shape-shifting aliens terrorize scientists in Antarctica. Men never know if they are dealing with a colleague or a vicious alien who has taken their form. It couldn’t compete with “ET” and “Blade Runner”, but today it is seen as an absolute classic of the genre.

The Shining

Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film “The Shining” has been the subject of notable public reassessment over the past three decades. This was initially seen as Kubrick’s first sold-out film, a popcorn flick that guaranteed a ton of money after the debacle of his last film, 1975’s deadly boring Barry Lyndon. Critics loved the tension. relentless and Jack Nicholson’s performance as the homicidal Jack Torrence was praised, but after the brilliance of movies like “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Dr. Strangelov»e, it seemed like a minor job. Then something curious happened. People started watching it over and over again. They came up with crazy theories about the real meaning (as recounted in the incredible documentary Room 237) and even sane people began to see the film as a twisted masterpiece. Interestingly, it has probably been analyzed, screened, and parodied more than any other film in Kubrick’s library. Absolutely no one in 1980 saw it coming.

Halloween

These days movies about mysterious, masked psychopaths who go after nubile teens cost a dime a dozen, but in 1978 this concept was something of a novelty. That’s when John Carpenter unleashed “Halloween” on the world. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, a teenager who has a very, very bad Halloween after her brother escapes from an insane asylum. The music alone is enough to send chills down your spine. There almost certainly wouldn’t be a “Friday the 13th” or a “Nightmare on Elm Street” without this movie.

Alien

There is something inherently strange about any movie with aliens. Most people recognize that there are no zombies, ghosts, werewolves, or demons from hell, but there are almost certainly aliens out there somewhere. In Ridley Scott’s classic 1979 film, a group of astronauts in the distant future find themselves trapped in a spaceship with a vicious space creature that burst a poor man’s stomach. The Thing takes out the crew one by one before a final showdown with Sigourney Weaver. Scott is a brilliant craftsman, letting the tension slowly build until it becomes absolutely unbearable. James Cameron followed up with Aliens seven years later and, unlike most horror movie sequels, it almost stands up to the original.

Night of the Living Dead

Long before “The Walking Dead“, “28 Days Later,” “World War X,” and the countless other zombie movies and TV shows of the past few years, there was “Night of the Living Dead.” Directed by George Romero, the film centers on a young couple forced to fend off a massive zombie attack on a Pennsylvania farm. Romero shot the film on a micro budget and quickly generated controversy due to scenes of graphic violence. This was before the MPAA rating systems, so children of all ages were allowed in. Obviously, the more negative press it generated, the longer the lines. Romero shot many sequels over the decades, but the original remains the true masterpiece.

poltergeist

Like many great horror films, “Poltergeist” begins by introducing a colorful American family living carefree in the suburbs. Everything seems fine and dandy until seemingly benevolent ghosts start taking over your house. Needless to say, the ghosts’ true intentions quickly emerge, and the daughter is sucked into a portal in her closet, able to communicate only through the family television. It’s extremely weird, though stay away from sequels.

Halloween: 10 great horror movies, according to Future