Halloween Classics


As Halloween comes near many people want to get into the spooky season by watching horror movies. Some of these horror movies are considered classics and people watch them to relive the memories of watching them for the first time, some are new movies that are just coming out this Halloween season. 

Three Talon staff members share their movie picks for the season.

Javier Packer’s staff picks are Nightmare on Elm Street and The Conjuring. Nightmare on Elm Street is a classic horror movie that came out November 16, 1984 (Rated-R). This was a movie that made the teens of your parents generation afraid to fall asleep! Be sure to grab your blanket, popcorn, and beverages to tune in on this horror movie classic. In this movie, Freddy Kruger (the antagonist) haunts the dreams of teenagers and kills them, eventually Nancy Thompson (the protagonist) finds a way to fight back against Freddy Kruger.

The Conjuring is another horror movie based on true events that came out July 19th, 2013 (Rated-R). This movie consists of the life and story of Ed and Lorraine Warren and their experience being paranormal investigators and demonologists. This movie is truly the scare of a lifetime.

Isabella “Edda” Gilbert’s staff picks were John Carpenter’s the Thing, and Drew Goddard’s  Cabin in the Woods. The Thing, written and directed by John Carpenter (Rated-R), is a cult classic. Well-regarded for its practical effects and intelligent characters, the Thing is an example of a movie relying more on paranoia over panic. It can be watched on Peacock or rented for 4 dollars on Amazon Video. The plot summary reads, “A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.” 

Drew Goddard’s 2012 film, the Cabin in the Woods (Rated-R), is a modern classic as well. As a love-letter to every single aspect of the genre, the Cabin in the Woods works hard to convince the audience to be invested. It can be rented for 4 dollars on Amazon Video. Watch with your friends as “Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods.” 

Austin Zens’ staff pick is a film called The Shining. The Shining (Rated-R) is a Mike Flanagan film which came out in 1980 is a classic that almost all of the population has watched. This timeless classic is known to be one of the scariest movies of all time. This movie has very few jump scares yet it is one of the most psychologically scary movies ever made. The Shining is about a family watching a hotel during the winter and creepy things begin to affect them psychologically.

So, pick a night, grab your friends and enjoy some time watching these horror movie classics!