For a lot of us Halloween is a time for tricks and treats, parties and costumes. If you are like me, it’s also a time to get scared by watching horror and thriller movies. There is nothing better than covering your eyes while peeking through your fingers during a movie. Jumping out of your seat is a rite of passage.
The following are new thriller/horror movies in theaters now, just in time for Halloween.
Hellfest promises to be a frightening, gory movie not recommended for young children. The movie is directed by Gregory Plotkin and stars Bex Taylor-Klaus, Reign Edwards, Tony Todd and Amy Forsyth. Revelers converge in a horror-themed amusement park for a night of scary fun not knowing what awaits them is a terrifying reality of blood and death. A masked serial killer takes over the park and terrorizes a group of friends while the other customers are duped into believing that it’s all part of the show. You will definitely want to see this with a friend.
The action/sci-fi/horror film Venom is directed by Ruben Fleischer. The movie stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott and Woody Harrelson. While it is based on a Marvel Comics character, Venom is an anti-hero. Unwittingly he is bound to an alien symbiote (a fictional race of amorphous extraterrestrial beings from the Comic Books that bond with their hosts) that gives him superpowers. When he becomes “Venom,” he is a scary being that must somehow release his alter ego in order to live. While it is action packed, it is also horrifying.
In theaters in limited release, this suspenseful thriller is directed by Scott Speer and is based on the novel Break My Heart 1,000 Times, by Daniel Waters. Bella Thorne, Dermot Mulroney, Richard Harmon and Sara Thompson star in this movie set approximately 10 years after an apocalypse killed millions of people. In its wake, the world is now inhabited by ghosts and dark forces. Roni (Thorne) is on the receiving end of a menacing message from the other world and convinces a secretive classmate to help her fall into the shadowy world to stop a clever killer. It’s a very good thriller to get you in the mood for Halloween.
While technically not a horror film, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween does have its scary moments and is good for the whole family. Directed by Ari Sandler, the movie stars Madison Iseman, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ken Jeong, Shari Headley, Caleel Harris and Jeremy Ray Taylor. Unfortunately for the film and for us, Jack Black does not return for this sequel. The movie is based on R.L. Stine’s series of books. Halloween comes to life in the small town of Wardenclyffe and two boys must save the day.
It’s back…Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role of Laurie Strode (sister of Michael Myers) four decades after the original movie. This is the third movie Curtis has appeared in and is the 11th film of the series. Nick Castle, Judy Greer and Virginia Gardner round out the cast. Once again, Michael Myers returns with a vengeance, but this time Laurie,is ready to finally put an end to his existence and stop the murder spree. I for one can’t wait to see this movie, as it promises to be one of the best out of the series.
Grab your popcorn, soda—and sneak in some Halloween candy for yourself—and get ready to be scared at the movies.