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Scream With Me! Five Scary Movies That Will Make You Scream
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Scream With Me! Five Scary Movies That Will Make You Scream

Halloween is just around the corner and that puts us all in the mood for a good scary movie. Who doesn't love to curl up in the dark with a bowl of popcorn, their significant other by their side for a good old fashioned scare or two. A great movie makes us scream out loud or jump with fright.

I am in the small category of people who like my scary movies on the subtle side. I don't care for the blood and gore fests. I find them very unimaginative and just plain gross. Doesn't take much imagination to stack up a body count in ever more violent ways. If I want to see that I could just watch the news.

I prefer a good ghost story. The atmosphere has to be done just right for it to be effective. But if all goes as it should, the things you don't see, the things you anticipate can be much scarier than an ever growing body count. Our imaginations can conjure up frightful things that horror directors can only dream of capturing. That being said I have compiled a list of some of my favorite scary movies.

1. The Uninvited. I am a classic movie fan. I love old movies. They just don't make movies like this anymore. These movies had actual plots, they had heart and character. A lot of great movies would be dismissed today as chick flicks. But call them what they actually are, movies with a story instead a ton of special effects masking the fact there is no plot line.

The Uninvited is one of those great old black and white classics. It follows the story of music composer Rick Fitzgerald (Ray Milland) and his sister, Pamela (Ruth Hussey). They fall in love with an abandoned seaside house they spot during a vacation. The two decide to rent the place so Fitzgerald can work on his music.

While staying there, they meet a young girl Stella Meredith (Gail Russell) and soon befriend her. The house belongs to her grandfather who has forbidden Stella to ever enter the house. She defies her grandfather and visits her new friends. This sets off a series of supernatural events which keep escalating. The Fitzgeralds begin a quest to solve the mystery of Stella and her connection to the seaside estate.

The movie provides a spooky atmosphere combined with a tragic family history. It is a great story for a stormy night. It is a bit hard to find but Turner Classic Movies usually runs it in October.

2. Ghost Story. This movie is based on a book by Peter Straub. Straub is famous for his ghost seeks revenge books. That is the crux of this story. In a small New England town, four friends formed The Chowder Society. The members regale each other with scary tales. But it turns out these four friends have a secret to hide from their youth. They were responsible for the death of a young woman. Now they have grown old with their secret but the woman has returned from her watery grave to exact revenge. She begins with the son of one of the members and then methodically begins to wreak vengeance on the rest of the group.

It is a scary good ghost movie. It has a mystery and an old tragedy at its center. It scared me aplenty the first time I saw it. It stars some great classic movie stars Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, John Houseman, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Craig Wasson. Alice Crige plays the woman who can't rest in peace. The movie is available on DVD.

3. The Changeling. The Changeling is another ghost story which occurs in a an old house. George C. Scott plays a composer who has moved cross country after his wife and daughter are killed in a traffic accident. As soon as he moves in eery occurences begin to plague him. He soon learns he is not alone in the house. After discovering a secret hidden room, he learns that the presence in his house is the ghost of a little boy. The little boy seems to want Scott to help him. As Scott begins to unravel the mystery of the little boy, his quest takes him all the way to a powerful Senator and the secret he has kept since childhood.

The Changeling is a creepy, atmospheric movie with an intriguing story. It is available on DVD.

4. The Ring. The Ring is a more recent horror movie but it has the spooky atmosphere of a ghost movie. I have to admit this movie scared the bejeezus out of me. It follows journalist Rachel (Naomi Watts) as she investigates a story about a cursed videotapy. Everyone who watches the tape dies. Of course she doesn't believe the story and she watches the tape. After watching the tape she begins to experience nightmares, nose bleeds and surreal happenings. She soon believes the curse and sets out to find the origin in an attempt to stop the chain of death.

The tape is terrifying and the story behind it bizarre. This is a great scary movie to watch with your main squeeze. Plenty of jump out of your seat scares. It is available on DVD.

5. Scream 2. OK, this one is my guilty pleasure. I know it is of the slasher variety, but the killer is Timothy Olyphant. Who wouldn't love Raylan Givens as a crazed slasher? The story follows Sidney Prescott from the original Scream, as she goes to college. There she is plagued by a copycat Ghostface killer. It is pretty formula following the first one in slasher style. But Olyphant makes a great villain and if that isn't enough Roseanne's sister Jackie (Laurie Metcalfe) turns out to be an accomplice. Priceless.

Scream 2 is perfect for girls night. Pour a glass of wine, pop some popcorn and enjoy Olyphant playing crazy.

That is just a few of the scary movies I love. Next time you find a stormy night upon you, pop some popcorn, rent one of these great movies and settle back for some good old story telling and a few scares. Was that a scream I heard?


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