Scary Movies: the Catalyst’s Recommendations For Halloween

Everyone associates October with all things spooky and Halloween-related, therefore, scary movies are that much more popular this month. As horror movie enthusiasts, The Catalyst has put together a list of the Top 4 Halloween movies to watch: The Conjuring, Get Out, The Open House, and Annabelle: Creation.

The film “The Conjuring” is centered around a poltergeist who begins to possess different members of a suburban family. The mother and father strive to protect their three daughters from the unexplainable. Along with the help of paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson), they try to rid their house of the evil spirit. As expected, the movie takes a dark turn when the spirit grows more and more powerful.

The movie does a great job incorporating animations that seem life-like. Several jump scares are scattered throughout the plot, always leaving viewers on their toes. Although every scary movie tends to be predictable, “The Conjuring” is uniquely mysterious.

The movie “Get Out” begins with a happy couple. The girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), plans a trip to her parents house in order to introduce her boyfriend, Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), to her family. Upon meeting the family, Chris begins to make startling observations of their cultural habits, such as having servants whom are black.

This is nothing like a typical horror film which is what makes it so good; you can’t predict what is to come next. The lack of evil entities makes the plot that much more realistic as well as the integration of modern day issues such as racism. The scares are psychology based, making the viewer wonder what is real and what is an illusion.

“Open House” on Netflix is a horror movie about a mother, played by Piercey Dalton, and her teenage son, played by Dylan Minnette who decide to stay in a secluded mansion in the woods. Failing to escape a recent tragedy, the two become haunted by the silence and unexplainable forces surrounding them.

This movie is enjoyable because the storyline is easy to follow, yet it doesn’t fail to keep one on the edge of their seat. The eerie behavior of the surrounding neighbors begin to raise questions as to what will happen next. Also, the inclusion of many jump scares adds to the paranormal aspect and kept me engaged throughout the film. The seemingly realistic frame in which the film was shot adds to the cliffhanger because the spookiness does not seem so unreal.

“Annabelle: Creation,” follows a young nun and six orphaned children who are welcomed into the california farmhouse of the Sam and Esther Mullins. All hell breaks loose when one of the girls finds herself in a forbidden room where a human-like doll lives.

This movies is recommend to frequent horror movie watchers because it incorporates intense paranormal graphics. Although you may not sleep for a week after watching this flick, it is totally worth the scare. “Annabelle: Creation” has a twisted plot line that will keep you thinking while watching. Not to mention it’s chilling jump scares and ambiance of paranoia.

So, if you are looking to take break from homework and are ready to be scared, check out some of these October essentials.