Arguably one of the best ways to spend a night with friends, no matter what age you are, is watching horror movies. A night of popcorn, screams and laughter can make for great entertainment.
You can make a list of horror movies you want to watch and let your friends chose on the night of. There are many great classics available on the internet, as well as being re-released in High Definition on Blu-ray Discs. Another great option is utilizing the fact that many televisions and game consoles now have internet access, and are connected to Netflix instant, so you can watch the films from the internet directly on the TV.
There are a plethora of horror movies to choose from but here are five movies are the perfect recipe for a great night of horror movies. Not only were these great scary movies, but they were also just great films, being nominated for awards, and in many cases winning. It is a selection of titles that have been made over the last fifty years, showing that great horror never dies.
The quintessential horror movie everyone should watch is the Alfred Hitchcock classic, Psycho. Do not make the mistake of getting the re-make which starred Vince Vaughn as Norman Bates and is not nearly as scary. Made in 1960, it is still as eerie and shocking today, with a brilliant performance from Anthony Perkins. Bates Motel is always worth a visit, unless of course you are Janet Leigh. Psycho was nominated for 4 Oscars.
Jaws, which was directed by Steven Spielberg in 1975, became an instant classic. It won 3 Academy Awards, including one for the unforgettable original score by John Williams. True, it may not live up to the technology of today, and the shark may be a little cheesy, but it still makes people scream and jump just the same.
Stephen King has been the master of horror writing for the better part of four decades and picking one of the film adaptations of his books can always add to a scary night. Kathy Bates won an Academy Award in 1990 for her role as Annie Wilkes in Misery, a chilling tale about an obsessed fan who rescues a famous writer after a motor accident. If ghosts and haunted houses are more your style you should pick up Rose Red. Itâs quite long and worth every minute. Despite the technology not being the newest it still provides plenty of chills and screams, leaving you feeling very satisfied after watching it.
In 1973 William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist was released on the big screen. The Exorcist won 2 Oscars, for Best Sound and Writing, and received 8 other nominations. Ever since it has been scaring folk around the world, and this story of a possessed teenager played by Linda Blair, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her role, is guaranteed to send chills down your spine.
With 6 Oscar nominations in 1999, The Sixth Sense is truly a modern masterpiece. Haley Joel Osment delivers one of the best child performances ever as the boy who sees dead people, and Bruce Willis and Toni Collette support him brilliantly. While many of his other movies have fallen short of being great, M Night Shyamalan hits every note perfectly in this one.
If you have not seen these movies, get started on them now, as they are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the horror genre. Of course if you love horror you will know there are thousands of other movies out there, from the Japanese classics to the independent gore flicks but these are a great place to start.