Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Luck 13? I think not.

While trying to reopen a summer camp that was closed after a child drowned, camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant.  Sound like your own summer vacation?  Perhaps.  But this also describes the plot of my #12 favorite horror film - Friday the 13th (Cunningham, 1980).  Although the reviews are not great, this is still one of the most profitable slasher films ever, not to mention one of the most well-known.  In fact, its great success at the box office led to a lengthy series of sequels, a totally ridiculous and downright stupid crossover with Freddy Krueger, and a 2009 remake.

What makes this movie is scary is not knowing who the murderer really is.  You may think you know... but just you wait.  Plus, once you feel as if you have it all figured out, they throw another whammy at you.  Seriously, the first time I saw this movie I totally freaked out, jumped off the couch, and screamed was kinda shocked in the final moment of the movie.  And no matter how many times I've seen it, that final scene always seems to get me.

Having all the murders occur from the perspective of the killer (a classic horror film technique) coupled with the chilling music is also a great part of the movie.  So if you have not seen this one, I definitely recommend it.  Classic scary movie would be an understatement.  This is a true must-see for horror film lovers.

In other news, ABC Family's 11th annual 13 Nights of Halloween begins tonight with The Goonies (well, officially it started last night but there was no movie - just a special Halloween themed episode of America's Funniest Home Videos).  They will also be showing Edward Scissorhands, Corpse Bride, The Haunted Mansion, Scooby-Doo, Beetle Juice, The Addams Family, The Mask, and Hocus Pocus.  They definitely have some fun movies in the line up this year (especially Hocus Pocus!).  Not sure if any of these are scary, but they are Halloween-ish and therefore holiday-appropriate.  So if you are looking for some fun flicks to get you in the spooky mood be sure to tune in to ABC Family!

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