“The Other.” “The Innocent.” “The Fog.” “The Village.” These simple and seemingly harmless nouns are common titles from the horror movie genre. But if you’re not careful, a movie like this could be the source of your nightmares for a week.
Horror movies are especially great to watch during cold October nights, if you’re brave enough to scroll through On Demand or Netflix’s vast collection of scary movies. The Black & White is here to help you find just the right movie for every thrill-seeking audience.
The best horror movie to watch while babysitting: Though they might regret it, some kids you babysit will beg and plead to watch a scary movie. They play the “but our mom lets us!” card, and sooner or later its 10:30 and you’re stuck explaining there aren’t any monsters in their closets. For situations like these, Gil Kenan’s 2006 animated “Monster House” is perfect. Its fantastical plot and happy ending are sure to keep the kids entertained, without the ensuing nightmares.
The best horror movie to watch on a date: Most girls aren’t huge fans of bloody zombies-for-no-reason horror movies, and guys should want a movie that will make a girl cuddle up to them, not puke. John Moore’s 2006 movie “The Omen” is perfect for dates. The plot, rather than the graphics, is what makes it scary, and the occasional blood and guts aren’t overwhelming.
The best horror movie to watch with your parents: Let’s put the question of why you’re watching a scary movie with your parents aside. Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 classic “The Shining” is by far the best option. Your parents will remember seeing it for the first time, and can compare today’s special effect filled horror films to those of their day. Nonetheless, it’s a classic for a reason. Viewers of all ages can go crazy along with the main character as he keeps watch over an old inn through the winter.
The best horror movie to watch alone: don’t even try.
If you’re not a fan of scary movies, chances are you haven’t watched one since that bad experience in middle school when your mom had to pick you up early. But give them another shot. There’s no better time than October, and who knows, you may grow to like the spine-chilling sensation of a quality horror film.