Let’s face it, this year hasn’t been uplifting or inspiring by any means. Our news stream has been littered with stories straight out of a Stephen King novel. If it’s horror you are after, 2020 has got you covered. We’ve been overwhelmed with talk of medical masks and murder hornets. We have witnessed the heartbreaking deaths of two larger-than-life stars in Kobe Bryant and Chadwick Boseman. Most recently, the Gulf Coast had to deal with the threat of two hurricanes (Laura and Marco) at the exact same time. As we approach Halloween, it’s time to take a break from fact and focus on fiction. Here are a few hair-raising and award-winning horror films to re-watch or seek out this month.
Kathy Bates terrified us all as Annie Wilkes, an unhinged nurse who kidnaps and holds captive her favorite author Paul Sheldon (James Caan). Misery, based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, is a harrowing look at fandom gone wrong and how a deranged, lonely woman can look like our next-door neighbor. Watch this one with the lights on.
To this day, Steven Spielberg has absolutely freaked out audiences around the world with his tale of a great white shark that terrorizes the small town of Amity Island. Jaws isn’t just one of the greatest horror films of all time, it’s one of the greatest films of all time. Period. It’s grisly, unrelenting, and perfect. Don’t go in the water alone!
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
This classic Oscar winner has FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) enlisting the help of imprisoned serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) in order to catch an at -large psychopath named Buffalo Bill. The Silence of the Lambs is a tense and unnerving “cat and mouse” thriller that gave birth to the most vile and horrific villain in cinematic history. Hopkins as Hannibal Lector is widely considered one of the greatest performances of all time.
By SCOTT PETERSON