Monday, June 24, 2024

We recommend five scary films for Halloween

WE are partial to the odd scary film at Your Thurrock towers. So we thought we would suggest five films that you might want to dig up…

We like to think we may have gone off the beaten track here but then again, we are the types that go off beaten tracks, end up at a tavern, buy a beer and then say: "Excuse but who lives in the big house up there?"

1. La cabina ("The Telephone Box") is an Emmy award-winning, 1972 film directed by Spanish director Antonio Mercero, and written by him and José Luis Garci. The film starred José Luis López Vázquez.

In the 35-minute film, a man becomes trapped in a telephone booth, while passers by seem unable to help him.

2. Carnival of Souls

Carnival of Souls is a 1962 American independent horror film starring Candace Hilligoss. Produced and directed by Herk Harvey for an estimated $33,000, the film did not gain widespread attention when originally released, as a double feature with The Devil’s Messenger; today, however, it is a cult classic.[1][2][3] Its plot follows a young woman whose life is disturbed after a car accident, finding herself drawn to the pavilion of an abandoned carnival.

3. The Wicker Man

The Wicker Man is a 1973 British mystery horror film directed by Robin Hardy and written by Anthony Shaffer. The film stars Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento, Ingrid Pitt, and Britt Ekland. Paul Giovanni composed the soundtrack. The story was inspired by David Pinner’s 1967 novel Ritual and centres on the visit of Police Sergeant Neil Howie to the isolated island of Summerisle, in search of a missing girl. Howie, a devout Christian, is appalled to find that the inhabitants of the island have abandoned Christianity and now practise a form of Celtic paganism.

4. The Exorcist

The Exorcist is a 1973 American supernatural horror film directed by William Friedkin, adapted by William Peter Blatty from his 1971 novel of the same name. The book, inspired by the 1949 exorcism of Roland Doe,[4][5] deals with the demonic possession of a 12-year-old girl and her mother’s attempts to win back her child through an exorcism conducted by two priests. The adaption is relatively faithful to the book, which itself has been commercially successful (hitting the New York Times bestseller list).[6][7]

5. Society

Society is a 1989 American horror film directed by Brian Yuzna. Though completed in 1989, but not released in the US until 1992. It was Yuzna’s directorial debut and was written by Rick Fry and Woody Keith. The film stars Billy Warlock as Bill Whitney, Devin DeVasquez as Clarissa Carlyn, Evan Richards as Milo and Ben Meyerson as Ferguson. Screaming Mad George was responsible for the special effects.


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