BOO!

BOO!

BOO!

BOO! Did we scare you? With Halloween weekend upon us, we wanted to list out our Top Three all-time favorite horror films. Not sure where it all began, but in the Isaacson household growing up, we loved our scary movies. Yes, we’ve pretty much seen them all. Hey, some of us were only 5 years old when we saw 1968’s Night of The Living Dead. Does that make us weird? Sure. But we have made it a family tradition by usually scoping out the newest Hollywood hub bub flick at our favorite theater in Minneapolis, The St. Anthony Main Theatre. We brainstormed and came up with our three favorites to share with you. We aren’t about the gore here, yes of course we all know to watch Friday the 13th or Halloween. But we’ve come up with three that you might’ve forgotten about, or never heard of. Don’t watch alone. These films will sure to spook you to your core. So cozy up in that beautiful living room of yours and lock the doors. Happy Halloween!

 

The Babadook (2014)

Don’t judge a film by its name. Yes, when this movie first came out, Director Jennifer Kent knew the name sounded silly. But that was her intention. She wanted it to have a name that was something that a kid could easily make up. The Babadook is no joke however. Even the director of the Exorcist, William Friedkin, said it was one of the best and scariest horror films he’d ever seen. Woah. The acting is absolutely phenomenal and the slow emotional build up in the film is what keeps you wondering and guessing what will have next. Watch until the end and you will be thinking about this film for months.  A widow who is sticken by the grief of the loss of her husband, is finding it hard to cope with her out of control son, whose behavior seems to be getting more out of control. When a book suddenly appears in their house called, “The Babadook”, the son states that he’s been seeing this Babadook at night. The Babadook may be a villain, but the film explores the difficulties of parenting and the emotional pain of grief.  https://youtu.be/k5WQZzDRVtw

 

The Shining (1980)

Based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel, The Shining. The film is about an inspiring writer and recovering alcoholic, Jack Torrance (played by Jack Nicholson) who accepts a job to be the off season caretaker of the isolated historic Overlook Hotel in Colorado with his wife Wendy and son Danny. Danny possesses the psychic ability to see the hotel’s horrific past along with the hotel’s cook. The film explores the slow build up to Jack’s insanity. This film has epic scenes that are burned into memory and not to mention the most famous line from the film, “here’s Johnny”. In which Jack Nicholson improvised while filming. This movie is an absolute classic in our family and yes, we have seen it multiple times, but something about watching a character slowly grow more and more insane is not only fascinating but also intriguing. Who wants to take a trip and stay in room 217? https://youtu.be/5Cb3ik6zP2I

 

The Witch (2015)

The Witch in no way relies on jump scares, gore, or any other sort of silly monster to keep you watching until the end. Instead it takes its time to meticulously stir the pot to build up to its demonic and monstrous end that will leave you saying that was the best ending to a horror film. The film takes place in 1630s New England when a family is banished from the Commonwealth because of a religious dispute, are forced to build a farm outside of a secluded forest. Even though the film is set in 1630 New England, it feels modern in its implications about oppression, misogyny, and distrust. Winner of the Best Director prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015, this will sure to become one of your top horror films of all time. https://youtu.be/iQXmlf3Sefg

Now your electricity bill has increased because you will sleep with the lights on now…

I will leave you with Tony the Vampire…

 

 

Content Credit: Leah Isaacson

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