Halloween Films Take 2

So many films so little time. My second list of Halloween films.

Skeleton Key (2005)

Rated PG-13

Sent to New Orleans to care for an aging stroke victim who lies bedridden and speechless in a rambling antebellum mansion, 25-year-old hospice worker Caroline discovers a key that unlocks ancient secrets. Alone in the house with no company aside from the man’s unfriendly wife, Caroline eventually comes across a hidden room. But what she finds inside is a Pandora’s box of voodoo, danger and lies.

Ringu/The Ring (1998/2002)

Rated NR/PG-13

Based on the book by Koji Suzuki, this earlier Japanese version of the hit American movie The Ring is creepy in the extreme. After watching a mysterious videotape, a group of teenagers die gruesomely. The video becomes an urban myth. But an insidious force points a deadly finger at unwary souls unable to resist their curiosity — people such as Reiko, a journalist who’s unwillingly drawn into a nightmare by the unseen threat.

I’ve always enjoyed the japanese film over the american made film.

The Fly (1958)

Rated NR

Scientist André Delambre has invented a matter transporter. To perfect his machine, he decides to test the device on a human subject — himself. He steps into the chamber unaware that an ordinary house fly has accompanied him. His head and arm become horrifically switched with those of the fly. Now Delambre and his wife are faced with a gruesome dilemma in this classic sci-fi horror.

Ju-on/The Grudge (2002/2004)

Rated R/PG-13

Before he crafted an American version starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, director Takashi Shimizu thrilled Japanese audiences with this story of a young nurse who learns that the house she’s visiting is cursed by two brutal murders that happened there. Soon, she realizes that everyone who sets foot in the house, which is inhabited by vengeful spirits, meets a bloody and disturbing end, and she’s the next in line.

Again, I prefer the Japanese version to the American.

Identity (2003)

Rated R

Complete strangers stranded at a remote desert motel during a raging storm soon find themselves the target of a deranged murderer. As their numbers thin out, the travelers begin to turn on each other, as each tries to figure out who the killer is. This spine-tingling thriller that culminates in a surprising twist for everyone concerned — including the murderer.

Sixth Sense (1999)

Rated PG-13

When young Cole Sear inexplicably starts seeing dead people, he lands in the care of child psychologist Dr. Malcolm Crowe, who is determined to uncover the truth behind Cole’s remarkable paranormal abilities. M. Night Shyamalan writes and directs this plot twist-filled chiller, which was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Cabin Fever (2002)

Rated R

Five college friends head off to the woods for a weekend of drinking, partying and fooling around. But as they sit at their campfire the first night, a blood-soaked hermit with a flesh-eating virus approaches them. They shoo him away, but the hapless kids start to catch the bug, and paranoia and hostility run rampant. Meanwhile, the locals slowly learn that they’ve got the bug, too. Eli Roth directs.

If you like blood…

synopsis by Netflix.

Happy Halloween. Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do.

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