Beware! You may not be scared

Illustration by Taylor Fenton

As viewers, you’re familiar with the scene: a crazed murderer chasing a gaggle of teenagers who look like they’re 30, led by a strong yet sensitive jock running alongside his love interest, a screeching blonde, closely followed by their generic group of friends. It’s a classic horror movie moment, something you see every October. But, this year, the collection of horror movies released for Halloween have taken a new angle on the terror they instill in your heart, and I made it my goal to find the scariest movies that can truly make people scream.

Illustration by Taylor Fenton

The ominous lowercase letter, the Broadway-esque exclamation point and the mysterious trailer leaves the the plot of “mother!” obscure. Walking into the theater, I didn’t know what to expect other than to be intensely creeped out. Boy, was I right.

To stay true to the mysterious nature, here’s all I’ll say about the plot: A nameless wife, played by Jennifer Lawrence, struggles againstherauthorhusband,played by Javier Bardem, as he invites more and more people into the house she’s renovated.

“mother!” takes a new perspective on horror movies by psychologically terrifying its audience through disturbing images and presenting the movie in Lawrence’s limited perspective. “mother!” kept me guessing because Lawrence’s character was not included in her husband’s conclaves, which was the most frightening part of this movie.

I was never truly scared while watching “mother!” but I was thoroughly uneased (and very confused). I would definitely recommend this mind-twisting thriller to anybody not looking to be scared this Halloween.

Illustration by Taylor Fenton
Illustration by Taylor Fenton

When read on paper, “Hey there Georgie,” sounds innocent enough, but coming from the mouth of an eerie clown with a disturbing yet wacky voice, it is utterly terrifying. After watching “It,” I was the opposite of OK, and I have yet to forget that clown’s horrid face, let alone his awful voice.

“It” is the remake of the 1990 TV miniseries and is based on Stephen King’s novel, all of the same name. This movie details the menacing force (Pennywise the clown, or It, played by Bill Skarsga rd) terrorizing a town, preying on children and causing a group of misfit teens to band together. Though this was not the intention, some of the awkward moments and weird graphics made “It” funny. When combined with the psychological torment and jump scares, “It” has all the right parts of a great horror movie.

Of all the movies to watch this Halloween, “It” is by far my favorite because it both petrified and amused me. This movie is perfect for gathering with friends in the dark, snacking on popcorn and being horrified together.

Illustration by Taylor Fenton
Illustration by Taylor Fenton

The thought of what happens after death is mysterious and terrifying and the movie “Flatliners” plays into this fear.

“Flatliners” is about a group of medical students, led by Courtney (Ellen Page), conducting an experiment in which each member dies for a period of time, then is brought back to life. During these experiments, the students have flashbacks about wrongdoings and deal with the consequences.

Initially, I wanted to love “Flatliners.” It immediately captured my attention and intrigued me. However, despite being advertised as a horror movie with multiple jump scares, the scariest aspect of this movie is the concept it attempts to tackle: the afterlife.

After the movie was over, I was confused, but not in the sense that the material was too sophisticated for me to understand. It never really answered the, "What happens after we die?" question. Based on the lack of cohesion and scary material, I would not recommend "Flatliners."

Illustration by Taylor Fenton


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