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Halloween Month Brings Out My Five Favorite Horror Movies

I have to admit, considering the hundreds of horror flicks that have come out in the past 40 years, I have seen relatively few. It’s really not my cup of tea. Still, I have seen more than my share. October seems to be a popular month for scary movies, with Halloween coming up,  and so I offer my top five “scary” movies. This is not a list of the best or the scariest. It’s simply my favorites.

5) Night of the Living Dead (1968)
This black and white classic was ahead of it’s time, although I didn’t see it until the 70s. Now, zombies in movies are ever so common. But, when I was watching this as a teenager, this was as scary as they come. I had heard scary things  about this movie, and when I finally got the chance to see it,  I thought I was one bad dude.

4) Young Frankenstein (1974)
This is the first movie I ever saw in the theater. It’s actually a comedy with a horror theme and there are more laughs than frights. Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, and Teri Garr are just magical in this black and white flick. This is definitely one you can watch over and over again.

3) An American Werewolf in London (1981)
This was the first R rated movie I ever saw. I was a freshmen in college and went with a group of friends to the Midnight Movie in downtown Springfield, Missouri. I didn’t even know what movie we were going to see, let alone that it was going to be rated R. It combines comedy, with romance, horror, and tragedy.

2) Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

Friday the 13th was good, but part 2 remains my favorite. However, I stopped watching the series after Part 3. I guess I lost my thirst for blood and guts. That and the fact that it became so predictable, it lost it’s thrill. Still, this remains a favorite, kind of like an old friend that you like to see once a year or so.

1)Psycho II (1983)
Sequels don’t normally happen 23  years a part, but that’s what we got with Pyscho II, with Anthony Perkins reprising his role as the disturbed Norman Bates. For a while, you may find yourself believing that Norman isn’t really crazy after all. It keeps you guessing all the way through to the end,  and on the edge of  your seat.

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