You can't celebrate Halloween — or Friday the 13th — without doing your best to scare yourself, and the best way to do that is to turn off the lights, crawl under a blanket next to the person whose arm you want to grab on to/puncture in fear, and check out a really scary horror film.
The big question, of course, is what you should watch. The easy ones are films that deal with vampires, werewolves, witches, and zombies, but there are a lot more choices out there, such as the terrors lurking beneath the ocean waves and those coming from deep space. But even worse, there are the horrors that can be inspired by every day life. Let's face it, in Hollywood, if your car breaks down and you walk off to get some help, you're gonna die. If you're hiking and come across an abandoned cabin, and stupidly decide to make that your home for the night....you're gonna die. If you check into a remote motel in the middle of nowhere and decide to take a shower — especially if Norman Bates is the manager — you're gonna die. If you go to a family farmhouse and see your next door neighbor is wearing a mask made out of human skin, and playing a chainsaw like he would a guitar...yeah, you guessed it.
So because there are so many choices, we've decided to narrow them down a bit for you. What follows is a guide to 25 horror films that should do the Halloween trick. Some of them are classics from the ancient days of the 1950s and '60s, some from the blood-soaked '70s, and a lot of others are more recent. All of of them range from ultra low budget to Hollywood blockbuster. In most cases, you will not be bored. If you are, let's talk about it. We have this remote motel with a family farmhouse and a couple of empty cabins. C'mon by. We're waiting for you.
In the original Alien, the space vessel Nostromo, filled with miners, explores a planet where one of the crewmen accidentally ingests an alien life form. It gestates within him and then, once back on the ship, decides to give birth to itself by ripping through his chest (#rude). Escaping, the creature begins to grow, picking off the crew one at a time. Hope falls to the hands of Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver in a career-defining role). Ripley returned in the James Cameron-directed Aliens, which took the concept of the Alien and placed it in more of a war movie type setting as space marines attempt to take on a whole lot of the creatures this time out. Watch it as a double feature: you won't be disappointed. Other films in the series are Alien 3, Alien Resurrection, Prometheus, and Alien: Covenant.